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back tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. eastern time. have a great day. ♪ welcome to the news hour live from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, south africa's highest court finds the president guilty of violating the constitution after he used public money to renovate his home. one of the longest running war crime trials in the hague comes to an end with the acquittal of a serbian politician. a bridge under construction collapses in india, killing
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some, many more trapped. thousands hit the streets of france angry at changes that affect the 35 hour working week. we'll begin in south africa where the highest court found the president violated the constitution. jacob zuma spent $16 million refurbishing his private residence. the ruling was anonymous by 11 judges. they found the national assembly had also breached the constitution when it tried to exonerate the president. pan i can't page is live in jonesberg. this is an unprecedented case in south african politics, isn't it, tanya? jam loot. the chief justice who delivered
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the ruling in front of 11 constitutional court judges said the people of south africa could feel renewed confidence in the structures of not only government but in the structures of the bit that are like the public protector deemed to act as watch dogs on the guilty or those allegedly guilty of corruption. with me is a political an gist. we heard political parties talk about impeachment and pay back the money. is this the beginning of the end for him? >> the beginning of the end but not quite death bed yet i think in that the electoral conference is next year and it's unlikely the d.n.c. will recall him before then, the opposition even
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cumulatively do not have sufficient numbers in parliament to impeach the president and we know from previous attempts that the a.n.c. will not allow a secret ballot. if it did, there might be sufficient numbers who were to disgusted and repulsed by what the president has done, they might vote to impeach him. that is unlikely. while he is on his death throes, the death is still to come. >> the president said he respects the co constitutional court judgment. >> it shows an organs and belief that is above the law. the court has said he has to pay back some of the money. the president should be saying i respect that and i'll abide by
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it, not i'll consider it and decide what to do. i think many will be hearing a sigh of relief that the judiciary is independent in this country and has the news to judge both against the president and to lambast -- many have suffered to the reputational damage. we've seen the currency drop, tourism drop, business confidence dropping. all of that contributes to a state of underdevelopment in the lives of many that basically
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will be impacted. they may find to inflation raises, that food and commodity prices become unaffordable for them. all of these things are a direct result in certain ways of the reputational damage that south africa has suffered as a result of scandals of this nature. >> the key question, are the voters going to lay the blame at the foot of the president and the a.n.c. and vote against them in local body elections? >> i think in the urban areas and amongst the young, the youthful, definitely, however, the majority of south african voters are rural voters. they do live outside the major centers and those voters are still loyal to the a.n.c. partly because it's still seen as the party of liberation and partly because many of them don't just ally that party with mr. zuma, but see it as the party of mandela and their heroes. the other reason is that there is still no viable alternative in many citizens' minds to the
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a.n.c. the opposition parties that have arisen have got small pockets of support here and there, quite regionally based support. the vast majority electorate still does not see a possible alternative unfortunately. it's up to the a.n.c. whether it wants to salvage the president or the party. if it wants to salvage the party, it must take appropriate action now. >> in six months time, is this going to just be added to the list have scandals the president's faced? >> i think so. i think we'll see that the a.n.c. will lose some of its urban support, particularly in places such as the northern province and northwest. certainly we'll see decrease in support for the a.n.c. but not a sufficient decrease to really
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severely knock the confidence of the a.n.c., that is still the party in power. >> political analyst, thank you for joining with us. to be continued, as they say. a bridge collapse in eastern india has killed at least 10 people. it happened on a busy road in north calcutta in bengal state. these pictures show the moment it came crashing down on top of cars. many are feared to be trapped beneath that roll. rescue teams and firefighters are at the scene. the main concern is that this happened in a very busy area of a commercial and residential complex nearby. there is also a metro station and market in the surrounding areas. the construction area should have been cordoned off. the locals say there were no barricades. they often passed freely under the construction and vehicles were also parked under the
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bridge. many people fear that there are people trapped in those vehicles under the debris. heavy machinery is needed tort search and rescue operation to lift heavy concrete and iron structures. they are on the way. the army, though, has arrived at the scene to help with the mission. there have been many questions about this bridge even before texas. it has been in construction for over six years with delays time and time again. the builders were under pressure to finish it off quickly. now politicians are also taking advantage of the situation. the chief minister is there. she stopped her campaigning to be at the scene of texas, but the polities are pointing fingers at each other and playing the blame game saying it's irresponsibility and corruption that is behind texas. >> it's a verdict the prime minister i also calling shameful. the international criminal tribunal for the former yugoslavia has acquitted a
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serbian leader of war crimes. was accused of stoking ethnic hatred during the wars in bosnia and croatia during the 1990's. he was not in court to hear the judgment. the presiding judge said the prosecution failed to show that he was personally responsible. >> within acquittal on all nine counts of the indictments, the arrest warrant issued by the appeals chamber on the 17th of june, 2015 is here rendered moot. he is now a free man following this verdict. >> we are joined live from the hague. a decision that's all right prompting controversial, controversial reaction, away bit of a surprise, take us through that. >> yeah, very surprising and very disappointing decision of war crime tribunal here in the
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hague. chief prosecutor was as well very, very surprised and disappointed. he said that this is not the first time that the court decision is much more different than the expectations for prosecutors, but they will now carefully review that decision and they will decide are there any grounds for appeal. this was a marathon trial, he voluntarily surrendered in 2003. the trial started in 2007, and at five years after that in 2012, in the meanwhile, he was temporarily released because of health problems. he has cancer, but that didn't stop him to continue with radical political work in serbia opposing european union,
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protesting against it and in one case, he even burned a croatia flag. there was a unique trial because of the many things, for example, this was first time that verdict happened without the accused person inside the courtroom. >> remind us what he was accused of, ivan. >> he was accused about the war crimes in croatia and bosnia-herzegovina. he was charged for persecution and political, racial and religious grounds, murder, torture, destruction of religious and educational situations and he was found not guilty of all charges. >> all right, ivan, thanks so much for that update. there's much more still tical in this news hour. still coming, argentina approves a deal to end the debt crisis
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and years of financial isolation. in sport, this crash at australian grand prix results in one of the biggest names in formula one pulling out of the race. details coming up. >> iran's prime minister is addressing his cabinet with changes in parliament. we have the details. >> outside baghdad's so-called green zone, discontent swells. this part of iraqi capital at the heart of political power, where the elite live and work. barricades separate them. they want a cabinet made up of
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people who are not affiliated with political parties. >> these blocks have caused iraq and iraqis much trouble. we here are followers offal sadr, who is a symbol of reform. >> abadi said the political deadlock diverted attention and resources from a bigger threat. >> the state of emergency is effecting the war against isil. troops have to be reinforced by additional troops in baghdad. as a precaution against attacks and security breaches. we call on all our people and political forces to take this into consideration. >> this week, the iraqi army launch add new offensive to try
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to retake the northern province of nineveh from isil. that has left people homeless. >> our plan is to coordinate with local and international organizations to provide them a camp. there are 2,025,000 and 30,000 since the beginning of these operations. >> in baghdad, the pressure is on abadi. isil, a flagging economy, and political risk all challenges ires stability that the people won't let the prime minister ignore. gerald tan, al jazeera. >> the leader of libya's new unit government said he wants to work towards national reconciliation. the prime minister and his u.n. backed government defied threats of violence to return to the capital of tripoli. libya has been politically unstable since the 2011 overthrow of gadhafi.
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since 2014, he has had two competing forces, one in tripoli and the other than in the eastern port city of tobruk. >> the special representative of the u.n. general in libya is appealing for all libyans to unite. >> i would say there are two governments in tripoli which do not deserve the name which governments, because they do not deliver services to the people. my idea of a government is that they are responsible for hospitals and schools and security for their people. they are not doing this. the government is the government of national accord. this is still on paper. the fourth government is the government of daish, the central message is that is the clear wish of the international community, but more importantly of the people of libya to immediately orderly and peacefully hand over power. i emphasize peacefully. there should be no fighting. this must go on in peace now.
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the people of libya deserved it. >> the director of the tripoli based institute said the government does not remember libyans. >> this isn't an elected government, this has come around after 19 months of negotiations but not a government that achieved what it set out to a chief, collapse the civil war that has been in the country since mid 2014. that is not the case today. the war still continues. the two operations, widening operations still continue and two governments they were supposed to find a middle ground that could represent both halves in disputes and find a solution to both has not actually happened. i think in that respect, in the same manner, doesn't represent anybody. it's a very, very difficult question today. there is a desperate need for elections. there's a desperate need for a
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new accountable mechanism that is representative of people but is also a peaceful mick nix going forward and replaces bullets for ballots. >> argentina has taken a big step toward reinteresting the global financial system. the senate approved a deal to repay u.s. creditors over a long dispute over debt. we have this report from buenos aires. >> one significant step towards leeing financial default behind. on thursday, argentina senate passed a law that will allow argentina to pay back its creditors. >> we have to set the time and pay back soon, because we are believe interest. we have been in default for years and we need to put an end to that. >> the senate vote paves the way for the government to pay billions of dollars to so-called holdout creditors. a small handful of very wealthy speculators who have reject
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argentina's efforts to restructure a debt it defaulted on 15 years ago. the so-called vulture funds bought up billions of dollars of argentina debt in the early 2000's when the country was on its knees. since then, argentina has managed to renegotiate with 93% of its creditors. a handedful have interest plus penalties. >> this vote is considered a victory or argentina's new president who is trying to pay off argentina's debt so this country can go back to the world market. it would allow argentina to borrow money once again. >> argentina needs to -- needs sometime to digest those
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balances it has and the best way to gain the time without having to devalue the currency or without having to make a very harsh j is to access to credits. >> many oppose paying the vulture funds back. people close to president searchner and left wings group say argentina shouldn't be taking on anymore debt. every time we have taken debt, it has not built roads, schools or hospitals. >> for now, argentina has until april 14 to pay its debts. it's not the best deal most people say here, but it is the only one available that will allow this country to leave the past behind. al jazeera, buenos aires. thousands of protestors have hit the streets of france in anger over proposed labor reforms. in paris, demonstrators clashed
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with police to protest part of a nationwide strike against changes that could alter france's 35 hour working week. supporters say it will make the country more competitive but critics believe workers might end up having even fewer rights. let's go to jacky rowland. it looks like the protestors are picking up momentum. are they? >> yes, they are. i mean they've literally this moment started moving, sammy. they've been gathering for a couple of hours in the square to the east of paris and now they're starting to move. they're moving from one major square to another. it is quite arable when you bear in mind the torrential rain here but people have come out in the thousands nevertheless. they have their flags, umbrellas and are starting to march. young people, old people, very much expressing anger and rejection of these plans to give
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employers greater flexibility to hire and fire people, with young people in particular feel is damaging their future and jeopardizing their chance of finding secure jobs. >> a side of the questions of course of labor right, how much of a key challenge or test is this for the president himself, jacki? >> it really is a big test of president hollande, because he's really staked his name and staked his political reputation only. right at the beginning of his presidency, four years ago, he said that he was going to make youth a priority and ending youth unemploymentar rather tackling youth anally employment. four years later, we still see one in four young people out of work. if anything, young unemployment
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numbers have gone up and yet this piece of legislation which the government says could actually increase jobs for young people because it would make it easier for employers to hire people without being afraid that if the economy downturns that they wouldn't be able to have the flexibility to change the numbers of people they're employed, that is just being rejected and the president has said that if he isn't able to improve employment, then he won't run for election in a year's time. that gives you an indication of just how much his political reputation is at stake here. >> as the protest movement grows, what about the demands, are they growing, too? what's next for these protestors? >> basically, this law would mean that companies can hire people without having to commit to a job for life. now, for many workers, to many
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of our viewers, the idea of a job for life might seem something that disappeared decades ago but in france there is still this feeling that people should have job security, they should have a contract that will see them through to pension age. when you talk to young people here and you say to them why are you against this, aren't you in favor of reforms that would actually open up the workplace and maybe give you have a chance to get your first job off to college, young people are saying no, we want the kind of secure jobs that our parents had and our grandparents had. while the government and many on the right are arguing that this is -- people are shutting their eyes to economic reality, shutting their eyes to the reality of the workplace, the fact that the very rigid work rules making it more difficult for companies to hire people, the young people in particular are not listening to this. i have to say that there is a large number of young people in the crowd, student unions, even
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high school kids who haven't gone to school today. they've blocked off the door to the school using wiley bins and their out on the street, as well. they are saying this is our future so we are out here to say that we do not agree with anything that will make our future jobs less secure and more vulnerable to hiring and firing than the kind of jobs our parents and grand parents had. snowstorms are wreaking havoc in spain's northwestern region. the snow caused disruption on a major highway. plows are trying to clear the affected areas now. bad weather is expected to continue into the weekend. here to tell us just how often bad the weekend is going to be, steph, what is it looking like? >> things are going to improve, but they've certainly been very bad there. we have seen oh lot of snow but
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at lower levels, it's been rain. that's been the main problem. we can see how bad it is there. it's been range there since the 25th of the month and just in the last two days, we've hat 11s more than you would expect in the entire month of march, so clearly it's been very, very wet. if you want more only story, and of course there's more on our website, this system is going to pull away from that region, so it is an improving picture at the moment. rain very heavy over france is singing south wards and east wards. the southern parts of france will see the worst that have weather friday. it's a short lived break. the next system working its way into the u.k. there for friday and then that's pushing down into spain and portugal again for saturday. it is looking very, very wet.
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a bit further south, we are seeing a similar system work its way into the northwestern parts of africa, too. there it is, working its way. today, we've got to the kidsy heights of 27 degrees. it's very different for friday, a maximum of 15 and looking pretty wet. >> thanks so much. coming up on al jazeera, columbia moves closer to ending 50 years of political violence. >> donald trump controversy again, this time with his comments on abortion. nba champions, the golden state warriors produce an overtime thriller against the utah jazz. details coming up.
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>> you're watching the news hour here. here's a quick recap. south africa's main option party called for the ruling anc party to impeach president jacob zuma. the highest court found he violated the constitution. >> national criminal tribunal for yugoslavia with an acquittal for war crimes. many people believed to be under the rubble after a bridge collapse in calcutta. a military court is deciding whether to release a soldier accused of killing a palestinian who had been injured. he was shot and wounded after
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allegedly attacking an israeli. what more is coming from this case? >> well, we started off by hearing that the prosecutor has downgraded the potential charge for murder which was an extremely rare charge to be left against a member of the israeli army down to manslaughter. specifics we've heard from the prosecutor, saying that the soldier told his commander at the time that after he shot the man, that the palestinian terrorist, this is in quotes, needed to die. another quote, from the prosecution that the soldier told another soldier on the spot that the terrorist had stabbed my friend and tried to kill him and deserved to die. another testimony from the top commander saying that he did not believe the soldier's account afterwards that he was worried that he had a knife or explosionives on him.
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these kind of accounts go against the sort of self defense charge that we're hearing from the soldier's lawyer. certainly if you look at the video and we did that very closely with the palestinian who documented the event, we went through the entire video. this his the uncut version, it has a lot of footage. this is what the army has and will be looking at in this investigation, but you see in the period of time up to the shooting, probably five, six minutes of the palestinian 21-year-old lying on the ground. he'd already been shot. you see him moving. he is clearly still alive. soldiers and settlers are milling around close to him. doesn't seem that there was anyone concerned that there were explosives. you see the soldier in the back of the screen talking to a settler. he makes his way forward, speaks to a soldier casually. that soldier takes something out of the soldier's hand, he cox his weapon and he shoots.
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you see a settler stand go there, he's closing his ears waiting for the shot to happen. you have another soldier on the phone, no one really doing anything. it is extremely damning video. a lot of people watching closely what is happening in court. it seems the army prosecutor backing down to incredible pressure from the public, the israeli public and politicians standing behind the soldier downgrading it from murder to a manslaughter potential charge. thank you very much. stephanie decker there. in colombia, the government and second biggest rebel group announced the beginning of formal peace talks. the national liberation army will follow on from the farc and take part in separate negotiations with the government. the aim is to end 50 years of civil conflict. we have this report. >> it was the missing piece in colombia's quest to end a 50 years old civil conflict, but finally, the e.l.n., the second biggest rebel group in the country agreed to start formal
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peace negotiations with the government. >> they have agreed to open a public negotiating table to address the points on the agenda in order to reach a final agreement to end the armed conflict and agree to transformations in search of a peaceful colombia. the announcement was made in caracas where the sides have been meeting in exploratory talks since 2014. under the deal, the public negotiations will take place in ecuador but sessions held in brazil, chile, cuba and venezuela. >> the action plan will involve mechanisms of control, monitoring and verification that will include the participation of society, the international community, the government, and the national liberation army. >> the two sides agreed to a broad six-point agenda that will deal with. like peace construction and the right of victims. the focus will be on public participation to define the most
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needed reforms in the regions affected by the conflict. some points will converge with the on going peace talks between the government and farc that have been underway for four years in havana and are now in their final stretch. founded by a radical mic priest in 1964, the e.l.n. is a smaller group than farc but has proved able to inflict damage. many analysts fear that a peace deal without them would have been fragile with the ranks taking over areas now under farc control. president sap toes said that bringing the eln to the negotiating table was paramount. >> it will be the end of gorilla groups and we can all concentrate on making our country the free, normal, modern inclusive place that it can and should be. >> it is still unclear when the negotiations will begin in
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earnest. the government wants the e.l.n. to release any hostage held before agreeing to a date. what's clear though is that this announcement means the country took around important step toward a definitive and sustainable peace. >> al jazeera, bogota. >> protestors have ended four days of sitting demonstrations outside pakistan's parliament. they were angry at the hanging of a man who killed a governor opposed to the blasphemy laws. it is about security and religious tolerance in the country. >> the capitol tries to get back to normal. it was just before sunset wednesday that an agreement was reached. the protestors and police faced each other in a tense standoff. at its peak on the first day, the protestors who follow a very conservative version of sunni islam numbered around about 25,000. they met no resistance as they
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entered the capital and surprised even the authorities. they were rallying to support the country's controversial blasphemy laws and in support of the killer. they wanted him to be honored and for those they view at blasphemous to be executed. the protestors who want sharia, religious lawence forced say the current law isn't tough enough. sunday, they ran riot, burning trucks and destroying the local bus station. more than 700 people were detained. >> those who have done nothing wrong will be released and those who have committed wrongdoing will be charged and face the full force of justice. >> after the crackdown and mass arrests, the protest quickly loft momentum, by the second day, a hard core of 1500 remained.
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over three days, this group held the city center hostage. the government claimed it had won. the leaders of the protest movement say they did. >> we want the sharia law here in pakistan and people should face the justice of god. >> the compromise included reference to the blasphemy laws. >> i think frankly speaking it was a compromise. the people who are having sat in here for four or five days were not able to continue because the government was gradually making its mind to take action. >> what the protestors achieved was putting the issue of blasphemy back on the agenda. >> the cleanup operation begins. more difficult to remove is the legacy the protestors left behind, also very difficult questions for the government, how were these people able to get into the capitol and hold it hostage. al jazeera, islamabad. many of the 50,000 refugees
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stranded in greece have now become separated from family members who were able to take the migrant trail before the borders were closed. >> day 33 and waiting, living out in the open just a few hundred meters from a border that is separating them from their families. he is from the syrian city, on his way to germany before the balkan migrant route closed. >> we all made this journey because we thought we could reach germany. we sold everything we owned. they can't do this to us. >> his sister hasn't seen her husband and four children for six months. she was left behind when turkish police arrested her before she managed to get on the boat to reach greece's shores. now all she has are the pictures of her family in a refugee center in germany. >> i die every day, she says, and lila has little hope of
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being reunited with them anytime soon. many of the 50,000 people now stranded in greece share a similar story. they arrived weeks ago, only to find a different europe. europe's response to the refugee crisis man criticized. the united nations said erecting fences is not the answer. they've been told repeatedly by the authorities the borders will not open. >> the only option are to apply for asylum in greece or to the e.u.'s relocation program which has accepted only a few hundred applications in the past six months. for some, time is not on their side. he has been here a month. he said his family lived through conflict and he struggled to find work to feed his family. now he finds himself in an even more difficult situation. >> my wife and her younger brother arrived in germany. she is alone now and she has
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couple. i just want to be with her. >> nazim is worried it will take months before officials look into his case. he is sharing his story on the plastic sheets of his new home in the hopes that those to decide his future may be aware of the situation and possibly make an exception. >> chinese police arrested more than 3,000 people trying to enter honk tong illegally. many were undocumented and from several countries in southeast asia. they wanted to work at laborers. the arrests were part of a police crackdown on smuggling rings. security officials in china released the family members of two is dissidents living abroad. they were detained in an apparent hunt. several others are still held.
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we have this report from beijing. >> for nearly a week, a chinese blogger and government critic was worried about what he had put his family through. he lives in the u.s., out of reach which security officials in china, but his relatives back home were not. >> i didn't expect the officials to pressure me this way. i was shocked when i heard the police had taken three of my family members. >> authorities held his parents and brother for nine days, because they suspected him of having something to do with an anonymous letter calling on the president to step down. the letter published on line in early may criticized the authoritarian leadership and accused him of cultivating a cultive personality. since then, the government has launched a hunt for those suspected of writing or circulating the letter. >> the numbers of difficult to very five, it's thought security officials picked up 11 people in connection with the investigation. some have been released, but
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others, including staff from a website on which the letter was posted are still missing. in recent years, the crackdown on disdepartments and critics has intensified. in one of the more high profile case, five people linked to a publishing house in hong kong disappeared. there were protests over fierce they were abducted. they later reappeared on television in china, some making concessions or statements that act visits say were likely coerced. >> what the foreign media sees is only a small fraction of these cases. there are no many activist that is disappeared in silence sentenced for 15 years, 19 years and nobody knows. >> back in the u.s., he feels safer living abroad. >> my criticism of the government and policies led to my family members disappearance, but i will not give up my work. >> he knows, though, that his family could be targeted again
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and that worries him. a new bill given extended powers was the first act of myanmar's new government. he was sworn issue as president an wednesday, because the constitution bars the prime minister from the highest office. the new role of state counselor would function similar to those of a prime minister has been created especially for her. it will allow her to work on all government issues. the military, which still has significant political power has yet to respond to the new bill. in an exclusive interview with al jazeera, the new information minister says he believes the
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military will cooperate. >> i am optimistic, because so far, they have relaxed up to this degree, so they may have foreseen that they will have to relax more but it may take sometime. >> on the government's first working day, it was all about formally increasing her power. if the bill to make her a state counselor is approved, she will basically share pure with the president, an unprecedented position in myanmar's political system. >> the next step is constitutional change. >> this moment marked the people's struggles but this is not the ultimate goal. we have to go further to proceed. >> the information minister said amending the constitution will take time. meanwhile, urgent issues like the plight of the rohingya
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minority who are facing persecution has yet to be mentioned as a government priority. >> it's clearly an issue, there is discriminatory practices throughout government aimed at muslim populations, and we do hope they'll be addressed. >> the president and his soon to be prime minister clearly have a lot on their plate as visitors arrived on her first day as a foreign minister, she, herself, was busy elsewhere. al jazeera, myanmar. u.s. presidential candidate donald trump has more controversy. he said women who have abortions should be punished. he said he supports the ban on abortion. >> do you live in punishment for abortion, yes or no as a principle? >> the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yes, there has to be some
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form. >> 10 years? >> i don't know. >> why? you take positions on everything else. >> it's a very complicate position. >> trump later back tracked in a statement saying the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. the woman is a victim in this case, as is the life in her womb. my position has not changed. like ronald reagan, i am pro-life with exceptions. >> world leaders are arriving in the u.s. for a summit on nuclear security. representatives from 50 nations attending the meeting, but russia isn't taking part in the talks, drawing criticism from the u.s. who says it's a missed opportunity. rosalyn jordan has more. >> he threw to washington in
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2010 to take part in the first ever nuclear summit. he and president obama agreed the time was no you to keep nuclear materials away from the bad guys. >> this is not about the economy. this is not global crisis discussion, this is the topic crucial for every state and it's a real threat, a real challenge for all of us. >> med vie did he have's successor won't be joining the summit in march. a the cold war, russia and the u.s. worked to secure nuclear material. russian security services long suspected the security prom was a spying initiative in disguise
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and putin suspected the obama administration was more interested in undercutting him. >> we've actually seen a lot of cooperation between the russia and the u.s. on non-proliferation issues in north korea and in iran r.b.i. has been central to the deal there. they have this broader skepticism of u.s. led initiatives and u.s. led national institutions that might lead them to take a step back. >> also at issue, the u.s. sanctions in response to russia's annexation of crimea. some observers say moscow is making a short sight the calculation to skip the summit. >> if an act of terrorism were to take place, the entire international community would be fadged by the environmental fallout, by the financial consequences and certainly by the cat catastrophic loss of li.
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>> the russians say the summit has come to the end of its usefulness. al jazeera, washington. amnesty international says migrant workers are qatar are facing systematic abuse based on interviews with over 100 workers building a stadium for the world cup. every worker reported abuse, including poor wages and conditions and even forced labor. it blames fifa and the government for not enforcing regulations. the government of qatar responded to the report saying it remains committed to reforming labor laws. it says new procedures allow workers to apply directly or permits. the government says other new measures aim to improve recruitment practices and working hours. till ahead in sport, the
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west indies women's cricket team reach the final can the men's team do the same? the latest from their semifinal against india.
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let's catch up with all the sport news. >> thank you very much, formula one, the drivers arrived in bahrain ahead of the grand prix. one man who won't take part in the race is alonzo. the former double world champion was involved in a huge crash at the opening race of the season
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in pell bourn. earlier this month. he was set to race, but following a medical examination on thursday, it's been decided that he should pull out. last season he missed the opening race in australia, having had a big crash during preseason testing. to the nba now, the golden state warriors have set a new franchise regular for regular season wins. they beat the jazz wednesday to go 68-7. they remain on course to be the all time win record of 72. it barely begins to tell the tail of an amazing game on wednesday. the jazz led 79-71 and 88-85 with just a minute and a half to go, but then back game gold be state. klay thompson tying the game with a three-pointer, with 15 seconds left in regulation. in overtime, the reigning m.v.p.
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took center stage. he scored 31 total including six straight in overtime. the definition of most valuable player. 103-96, the golden state warriors win. india and west indies underway. the winner will face england in sunday's final in calcutta. going into this game, most talk surrounded the two star batsmen. teammates going up against each other in a real heavyweight crash in keeping with the boxing theme. let's have a look at the tale of the tape. these physician don't include the match going on that right now. he has played four innings to gail's two. in terms of runs scored, 104, but he's played two innings less
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than the indian. a high score of 82 against australia in the last game. scored a century that time against england in the opening match. his average is an amazing 104. he also leads in terms of the striker. that's the amount of runs scored every 100 balls. comes in at 132.37. gales is 208. a true heavyweight contest. the west indies women have their place in the final after beating new zealand in their semifinal. batting first, 143 for six. the key why started six runs short. stephanie taylor the start with the ball, the spinner taking 3-26. the west indies will play defending champion australia in sundays final just ahead of the men's decider at eden gardens in
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calcutta. five members of the united states women's soccer team are accusing their governing body of wage discrimination in a federal complaints filed on thursday. the united states are the world champions, but contend they're paid four times less than their male counterparts despite producing revenue. the plaintiffs include the co captains. complaints will be submitted to the u.s. federal agency that enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination. in charge of fifa for over a month, the swiss has been familiarizing himself with every corner of the globe. the third stop on his saw the american tour, after taking on some local attire, he met with the bolivian president where he was presented with one of the nation's highest honors.
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djokovic continued his dominant form at miami open. the world number one had treatments on his back during his semifinal. he recovers to claim a 6-3, 6-3 victory. he hasn't dropped a set in this tournament. he now goes to the last four. michael jordan retired from basketball for a third and final time back in 2003, but 13 years later, he's still earning roughly $30 million a year, more than any other athlete former or retired. forbes released a list of the highest earning retirees. he pulled $110 million in 2015. the majority of the revenue coming from his association with nike. second on the list is former england football captain david beck in response to deals and appearances helped him earn $65 million. retired golfer arnold palmer
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still made $30 million last year, golf course design and an ice tea and lemonade bearing his name are behind his wealth. you might not know this man. he played 12 seasons for the l.a. bucks and clippers but had $32 million in earnings last year due to wrestle franchises to his name. now one of the first video cassettes ever developed is about to disappear into history. sony plans to stop sell the beta max magnetic tape in japan, the only country where it's still available. >> now you see it, and soon you won't. beta max, one of technology's greatest looses. when video cassettes were new, the beta max made all the early
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running. sony, supported by the government, but along comes the upstart v.h.s. produced by sony's rivals, the v.h.s. catches on and the rest is history. to most young people, the v.h.s. is still recognizable as seen on the shelves of their parents or even grandparents. sony made its last beta max machine in 2002. in 2013, it stopped producing beta max tapes. now shipping out the last of its tape decks, it held ever so briefly the promise of a golden video able. now relegated to the museum and the to the memory of people old enough to remember such a thing ever existed. stay with us here on al jazeera. we've got another full bulletin of news. that's coming up in just a couple of minutes. utes.
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