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that's very important for me as a generation pass i can often feel that my continent is misrepresented and we've changed that your story is important to us it doesn't matter where you come from personal stories of lebanese villagers on the border with israel the line runs through this period their daily struggles when they go get emergency forces stop us when we go there they're sure that they're out to survive and peaceful protests do reason in the place of danger means defiance and resistance at the same time it's mean is not for life and freedom life on the edge of cross border tension lebannon living on the blue line at this time on al jazeera. this is al jazeera and live from studio fourteen here at al-jazeera headquarters in
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doha santa maria welcome to the new spirit is the inauguration all from duracell's president. there is but don't expect things to go smoothly and i just won the election in november but supporters of the opposition candidate have always maintained that was voted for and that man should be president we will be in texas you go back as the protest movement carries on also on the grid a second major attack in kabul in just a week this time it is ninety five people killed and more than one hundred wounded in a suicide car bombing targeted and then it stands i pieced and our first look inside the luxury hotel which became a virtual prison for dozens of saudi billionaires remember last year crown prince mohammed bin salman ordered their arrest in the name of cleaning up corruption and now the richest open prince. is a free man. and one man's protest that justice in india has the social movement and forced the government to act i have
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a comment next stop drop the show using the hash tag agent spent. you with the news great on air in streaming online through you tube facebook live and at al-jazeera don't call me against a background of complaints from the opposition and mass protests on the streets the president of honduras is starting another four year term on him and as he is about to be sworn into office at this ceremony in the capital take a seagull but it has been a fraught pot since that election back in november as opponents of maintained there was voter fraud and in the resulting protests more than thirty five people have been killed in violence with police. it's a little more on why this election was quite so contentious essentially the opposition says president and as stole the wind from its candidate the television presenter salvatore nasrallah on and as ran for reelection despite a now an elder constitutional ban on presidents actually serving more than one term
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and when the results were announced there were complaints of electoral fraud protests ensued a curfew was imposed the opposition accused in and as of installing a military dictatorship yet the oas as well the organization of american states which represents that is from all countries in the americas it proposed holding new elections after its observer mission expressed doubts about the outcome that never materialized also known and as has the backing of the u.s. which has invested millions in the region to fight drug trafficking and to stop immigrants heading towards its border here we go to take a seagull point out john holman covering events for us and i mean that is not usually what i would expect to see a reporter wearing for a presidential inauguration tell us about what's happening there. you might be able to hear the sounds as well actually there's a tear gas going off behind us a smallish groups of protesters the tried to take over the road here and prevent
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people from getting to the national stadium as you can see here they're trying to get there themselves where you can see those lines of military police and there's no way that the protesters are going to get anywhere near where the swearing in is actually happening but i think that's really a mark this sort of standoff about what's been happening here with the president and and is and as you mentioned the suspicions of fraud surrounding the elections here and which has become the president of honduras for the second time just to recap two months ago on the election night there was a day and a half in which the system crashed before it crashed his rival was winning after the crash one london nine days it was announced as the new president as the president again of honduras so that's why there's a lot of anger on the side of the protesters but those protests have been getting smaller and smaller from two months ago when there was at least tens of thousands to the day when the largest point really were just with them and there was maybe a thousand maybe two thousand people how far away are you from the actual
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integration and now you said that the police are trying to keep everyone away but i'm just trying to get an idea of how big this cordon is almost. sure will the the the the national stadium is just a bit down the road from us but you can't see it from where we are so they're keeping them a fair amount away and actually an additional measure the president and his team had these two events one was at the central bank a dozen douras and one was at the stadium and that was really interpretive from both sides really as a means to try and confuse protesters to make sure that there wasn't trouble in the events themselves that's quite a an unusual step usually a president that's going to be sworn in once the biggest amount of crowd so it's sort of made the divide really in the polarization in this country john despite what's going on behind you i do want to ask you a quick political question and that is just more about what happens after the inauguration what has president and it's got to do to try to bring this country
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back together. well at the moment we've been speaking to members of a group that sort of shuttling between him and his political opponents and they're talking about mediation there was some sort of talk i was speaking to one of the group last night there were a group of influential members of the church here businessmen n.g.o.s they were talking about getting u.n. mediators to try and resolve this between the different people but of course that's at the political level lower down but you've got people here on the streets that are protesting and it's not just about what happened in the elections honduras has a huling gap between and their leet a political and ruling business elite and the rest of the population poverty's actually increased under the first term of president and and this unemployment is high there have been various human rights abuses that have happened in the time you mention that there's been thirty five protests is that have been killed in the last
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two months or is to deal with that but we have to say as well there are positive things the president and i understand this was the deadliest country in the world just a couple of years ago and he has reduced violence his repaired links with international lending organizations so there are things that he can do to build on but as you say he does have to look to repair this country. john holmes in texas a gallop it is the inauguration of president hernandez but as you see behind him a military presence and explosions in the background john stay safe and we'll hopefully check in with you again throughout the day in texas ago meanwhile learn kyra sectors from the international human rights clinic in new england wrote this piece back in december arguing that and these are her words the legitimacy of the horror under in democracy is hanging in the balance that is some good context for today's inauguration just to illustrate how deep the feelings run on this when it's an opinion piece so it's one hundred one democracy at al jazeera dot com and get in touch with us when she was well here come your contact details with the hash tag
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thirty first one hundred fifty people were killed by a massive truck bomb and more than five hundred injured but that makes today's attack no less devastating. another day of carnage on the streets of kabul this time the bomb was in an ambulance the driver pretended to be taking someone to a nearby hospital but instead he detonated his device on a crowded street the taliban said it was targeting policemen having lunch but as so often happens here afghan civilians going about their daily lives are among the victims including people lined up outside the interior ministry's human resources department. i was in my office we heard the explosion we didn't know what was going on so many people were injured i myself counted at least forty wounded near me everyone was on the ground and i couldn't tell who was dead or who was wounded the street was already heavily guarded with a number of checkpoints protecting government offices embassies a hospital and a school the area is usually bustling with people emergency services evacuated
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offices shops and agencies perceptor blocks can you hear the security vehicles going by. taking away the wounded and the dead there have been casualties here this is a very busy part of town in addition to the high peace council the anti-corruption commission is also down there just down the streets at the u.n. mine agency and this is normally a very very busy part of kabul it's the second attack in the capital in a week taliban fighters battled security forces for more than fifteen hours at the city's intercontinental hotel in a siege that killed twenty five people last saturday security has been stepped up around the city but it wasn't enough. police on the army of afghanistan is a is really young it's just seventeen or eighteen years old and they need more training they need more practice they need more experience but the taliban on the other hand they are very devoted to fight this cobbles emergency hospital was flooded with patients it's
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a scene that's been repeated many times the president says the uptick in attacks is because of increased military pressure on armed groups and political pressure on pakistan that may be the case but it's the people here who continue to suffer the most. afghan officials are calling this a massacre this attack has been roundly condemned by government officials here and by diplomats and just in the few past few minutes the united nations special representative ted amaechi yeah yeah moto issued a statement calling it a violation of international humanitarian law the taliban using an ambulance a clear violation of international humanitarian law while the taleban say their target was policeman setting off a huge bomb in a crowded street could not reasonably seen to not harm civilians and the u.n. the latest voice of condemnation in this attack that killed ninety five and injured more than one hundred fifty come on jennifer glass with that update from kabul
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thank you for that to syria now we are continuing to track both the diplomatic and events on the ground in the besieged area of eastern the clue to a cease fire has come into effect this is the last remaining rebel stronghold near damascus and it has been under siege by the government forces for almost five years and then meeting in vienna syrian opposition members say they will boycott the talks russia are holding in sochi next week but it say they will engage with russia if moscow genuinely works towards a solution let's start with stephanie decker she is and i'm talking to the turkey syria border more on this ceasefire in eastern go to stephanie. that's correct well it's holding for now kemal but things on the ground are not always exactly as those who make these negotiations thousands of kilometers away would intend them to be yes the bombing a stopped we've seen an intensification of airstrikes in the last two months or so but what is most concerning in eastern as you mentioned besieged for years is the
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situation for civilians the u.n. says that the malnutrition levels amongst people there are the highest in the syrian conflict so it also raises the question for this to be effective in improving the situation for people there come all you need to get aid in and we know how complicated that is getting all sides in this conflict to agree to that so let's see how it plays out also just to update you on where we are the other front here that turkey has opened with after you know it is day eight it is also the first day that the weather is cleared somewhat kemal it's been incredibly rainy and foggy here visibility very low over the last four days so there's been increased fighting along this sort of western border without feeling that turkey has also turkish authorities very keen to show the media what they're doing so. and i joined them on the on the on a trip into syria yesterday into a city and ruse really quite interesting for us because of course we have been there in years and we try to focus on the people that we met there and what life is
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like for them. as we enter syria it is the free syrian army flag that flies high here we're on a media trip into as organized by the turkish authorities they take us close to where there's been fighting with the kurdish armed group turkey calls a terrorist organization turkish forces are trying to push it out of the region about the front line is just a few kilometers west of here both turkish troops and the free syrian army are taking part you know i'm not sure but. one of the f.s.a. fighters why he is involved in turkey's operation for some it seems it's personal. because they betrayed us and especially because they took over my city. i've been displaced along with many of my neighbors for two years living in the camps there are such bad conditions especially now in the winter. what our target escorts are telling us is that the front line with the kurdish fighters is just further along
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that mountainous. which is over to this side where there's been fighting but what is clear here on the outskirts of city is how much of a presence they are of course supporting the free syrian army fighters and syrian rebels that are really taking a large part in this operation that turkey has undertaken against. the wall while we were here two bullets whizzed overhead. and we're told. to blame for this. sort of the you know they shot at us and our tires and stars. we move on and into the city. i saw was pushed out of here in two thousand and fourteen but life remains difficult now her has to provide for thirteen members of her family she tells us she is. war has now become the norm she says i mean but the low. people are used to the shelling and the explosions the young children are
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still scared but we've been facing this for a few years now we're not afraid anymore. there is hardly any electricity here generators are the only way to get light or heat in the winter rain has left the streets with mud. the black paint on this will be for sale. it seems some still dream of moving on from here. the landscape in this part of syria is dotted with tents millions of syrians remain homeless in their own country . we've been here for three years in the tent has never been fixed because of the ryan the tent leaks and there are seven people in one tent a situation is terrible. this is a country ripped apart by almost seven years of war millions of syrians have had to leave their lives behind. and as the years go by the war simply seems to change its
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form the guns seemingly impossible to silence. so kemal as we talk about those negotiations with the u.n. sponsored ones are the ones that russia is spearheading it is difficult sometimes to take them seriously because the war in syria is now into its seventh year and it simply transforms particularly now when you've seen eisel pushed out of most of its territory in the country what you're seeing is the international players playing and trying to carve out their spears of influence inside the country and certainly it seems that the syrians are the ones that hold the least sway of. stephanie. thank you for that and for that report as well excellent stuff we're off to vienna now to talk to what i mean as i said we've got dual tracks to look at the other being the diplomatic side of things so to bring us up to date with what's happening there and i guess looking ahead to sochi as well. well it's been two days of really intense oh maraton call to patients and meetings was that
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the. really even despite all his efforts there was no common ground to be found between the two delegations the opposition and the government delegation there was one document that was floating around the working document that was put forward by five countries france u.k. u.s. saudi arabia and jordan that document basically was tackling the mechanism to sort of try to revive these peace talks that have never really taken off the ground even though this is a row of talks they're having. to do you patronage now actually the syrian delegation came out rejected outright that document saying that if it was about reviving those peace talks well all it did is jeopardize even further now at the beginning of all of this the mystery were said the east talks
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were critical of the ballad was the attendance of the. and see the upcoming so she meeting which is called upon by russia with iran and turkey as government doors well at the end of these two days the s.n.c. came out saying it will not attend that meeting the spokesman. why would they not attending this meeting and this is what he had to say. this round in vienna was meant to be a real test for the commitment to the implementation of us you could go solution two to five for what the detainees in it unfortunately this test has been. they failed the test both the regime and those who are supporting that he deemed to continue surviving now based on that is all of the vote that there could be
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commitment decisions could have been made regarding what russia is proposing unfortunately the test was free where is this going to go i mean how many times are you guys going to attend talks when or in vienna in geneva or anywhere else and each and every time there's no outcome absolutely all right but you have to think of the person who is trying to obstruct the political process from the very beginning of the g.m. has selected the minutes of your solution to be the strategy for just silencing people how about the world quote a political solution and it should u.n. security council resolutions that is somebody who is working against these political attempts of them going to solutions and finding ways and means to obstruct the yuan from just doing its job it is a challenge not only to the syrian people it is a challenge to the u.n. it's and it's because the council resolutions this is the problem. but the
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opposition also says that it has put forward to do all this is put it to attend so cheap like for example that be a one time a meeting and that the results of those meetings will be folded back into do you had process at the beginning of the view that talks it seemed that both the you and the opposition where hand in hand the message being if the opposition attends. the u.n. will also attend so she but then last night the opposition went ahead and had internal vote in which it decided against and today the office of the un secretary general doing a good tears issued a statement saying that it will attend those meetings because it did get guarantees from russia that any result coming out of sochi will be folded back into didn't even talks that there's a question what happens now with the opposition left into the fold the opposition
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says it appears that this meeting in sochi is an attempt to try to isolate it from any further to what abdul hamid at the syria talks to the current ones in vienna thank you for that another opinion piece for you here this is written by assad i see from. syria which is trying to promote a syrian civil society movement he is not confident about this other diplomatic track being pushed by russia simply because he says russia cannot be a neutral broker of peace it's a good primer for those talks in sochi which we'll of course cover this is in the opinion section a down to zero dot com. the saudi billionaire prince. has been released from detention after agreeing a financial settlement remember he was one of the dozens of saudi princes and billionaires rounded up by crown prince mohammed bin salman last year as part of an apparent corruption crackdown some of them have traded cash real estate and other assets for their freedom and support from an extra. just hours before
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billionaire saudi prince and waleed bin talib was released from the ritz carlton hotel in riyadh he conducted an interview with the reuters news agency from the suite where he'd been confined been tile is one of saudi arabia's most prominent business men and one of the world's richest men but he'd been held for more than two months accused of corruption in the interview he described the entire situation as a misunderstanding no charges ok just some discussion between the government you know i mean but the rest assured that this is this is a clean operation that we have and we're just in discussion with the government on the various matters and that i can't divulge right now because we are going there to discuss with them the mark perry and his likeness was just one of the many objects known as the prince gave a tour of where he'd been detained been teller's arrest in the van that was part of what the government called an anti corruption campaign ordered by crown prince
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mohammed bin solid money the government says one hundred twenty four billion dollars is expected to be seized for more than two hundred individuals a group that is said to include the owner of the n.b.c. television network as well as several other senior princes observers say the crackdown has allowed in someone to do far more than simply consolidate power i think there are two things here it's about money because the saudi. government is facing financial difficulties because of the collapse of the oil prices over the past few years. when mr man is having very ambitious economic plan actually three from the kingdom so he needs the cash money in order to carry on with this project but this is not the only issue the other issue in my opinion here is that he's trying to create a popular base of support for him because all these people are in fact caught up. in tallow his farm holds stakes in companies like twitter citi group an apple is
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estimated to be worth seventeen. billion dollars his release could potentially reassure investors but analysts believe the timing of his interview with reuters as the world economic forum met in davos was no coincidence having someone like prince to allow for example speak out publicly as he did yesterday shows that you know the saudis are trying to use him as somewhat the poster child of liberalism they're trying to appeal to investors overseas saying we realize that what we did and the way we did it with that courage last year we saw a completely undermined big business confidence and investor confidence in saudi arabia entire has told reuters he expects to remain in full control of his global investment firm without being required to give up his assets to the government. there. has jamal khashoggi in our saudi journalist with us from washington d.c. so what's your take on this now that sits well i won't say it's all over but has
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everyone that being mohamed been solomon and the princes and billionaires on the other side if they got what they wanted out of this. i think sewn most of all over but you just saw a new shop the fourth sort o. d. of business and corruption. to me as a certainty citizen it's good news that corruption would not be us around bunch of it was in the last four decades when it would be high but. twenty and thirty and forty percent so a certain royal will take a huge commission i think this is over. but of course mohamed bin some parents need to restore confidence of the business and. probably do so into if you will for what he does part of that company and rightly so there is need to do that but what about the way it's all been played out the fact that the crown prince
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arrests a bunch of people puts them in a hotel for a few months and then they pay their way out it's not. what's the phrase people say the optics not good on it yes i see it it is. a beginning. restructuring saudi arabia but cleaning. the he always. exploitation of the will of the took phyllis. for the last forty years is saudi arabia so it is a beginning of a new shop that. should become a descendant as a clone but in the end in mind he witnessed. bizzle moment he was corruption that was taking place in the past and he wanted to what it into that i would rather to see more transparency more rule of law is what it simply nations we need that in
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saudi arabia we're not getting it yet but nevertheless. i like it it is good we need it is it we need to stop that could have said we had in the us how do you feel people and that means politicians i'm talking about international people or politicians business people how do you think they will be feeling about doing business with saudi arabia about investing in saudi arabia as you say on the one hand cleaning up corruption is a good thing but again the way this is been handled could it put people off what very much there must be what it. needs to be reached out to and probably a little dialogue country or all in the future in doing that. to what is right now and i'm sure international investors. are reluctant to come to saudi arabia as the conference wished them so but really i don't think we saw the only
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bit i need that much of international investors we need to fix the house first i think. i would like to see the conference it's been doing probably hold the kid fixing up the saudi economy making it more normal rebuilding the. cities. in conditions before we go to the future and we need to fix the present the biz into fog anyway today is not that good it jamal khashoggi joining us from washington d.c. good to talk to you thank you i late last year when the arrests happened the counting the cost team looked at just what mohamed bin someone was trying to achieve from an economic standpoint back then experts are saying the whole situation was as we were just discussing making investors nervous about putting their money into the kingdom you can refresh yourself on how all of that sounded by heading to the counting the cost pages that in the show's section at al-jazeera dot com search for saudi perch. and still with saudi news dismissed employees of the
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saudi construction company or jay are demanding their salaries because it's been almost two years since they were paid or was forced to close last summer it was owned by the family of lebanon's prime minister saad hariri as i heard the reports from beirut the employees have now become political bargaining chips. but a has lost almost everything he returned home to lebanon from saudi arabia after working for the construction company saudi oshie for twenty two years it was a good life now this attic is his home his children are all he has left but since he was laid off last summer taking care of them is hard mohamed mahmoud in syria are in an orphanage didn't just lose his job he is owed around sixty thousand dollars the company was in financial trouble before it closed down last july tens of thousands of saudi oshie employees didn't receive their salaries for two years
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close to even some of the sort of even my wife left me because of the situation i've had two heart attacks and i haven't been able to afford to buy medicine for five months when i came back from riyadh i only had twenty dollars in my pocket. the construction company employs more than fifty thousand workers three thousand five hundred of them are lebanese and just like many of them spent their savings they have been holding protests hoping to receive their pay out eventually. we are demanding our rights but i'm not hopeful because this has become a political issue and not a humanitarian one. saudi was established forty years ago by the father of lebanon's prime minister. amassed the family's fortune in saudi arabia before he was assassinated the preferential treatment the company enjoyed a few years ago some believe it wasn't because of falling oil prices and reduced saudi government spending.
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has clearly lost financial support from saudi arabia. and. after. the prime minister with. the saudi government is believed to over the company billions of dollars government leaders say the company is indebted to saudi banks. they cannot afford to live. what happens. prime minister the case could affect his popularity months before the parliamentary election but the stakes are much higher than. the break some of your comments coming in particularly on the suicide bombing in afghanistan that i really don't understand how anyone could think lighting an ambulance with
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explosives and detonating it among civilians is a heroic thing to do i don't think you'll get much argument from a lot of people on that and he has said on facebook facebook dot com slash al-jazeera for the live stream afghanistan on its best again presuming this is. irony here after the war is over really they have no choice but to have dialogue with the taliban to keep your thoughts coming through hash tag is a genius group this is the news great if you watching us on facebook live you're about to learn about hip hop music in china which is growing in popularity but authorities are not about that and then later something that is well it's a staple even with a lot of meals but for jordanians bread is about to get a lot more expensive that story emerged from. hello there things have been rather waits for some of us here recently particularly over parts of turkey we've had this system with us for the past few days and slowly
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now it is releasing its hold and edging away towards the east behind it it won't be warm they look at that anchor as a maximum just four degrees of force in beirut only around fifteen on sunday that area of cloud and rain there is edging its way eastward turning more and more wintery as it makes its way across parts of iran and then eventually across into parts of afghanistan there on monday still giving a sim very heavy snow in places and that cooler weather is also making its way a bit further south as well the winds here in doha will be quite fresh on sunday a blustery day then with a fair amount of dust at times and twenty one degrees will be our maximum that it could even drop to just twenty is the maximum as we head through monday so a real change for us we've been enjoying around twenty seven twenty eight the temperatures are still staying around twenty seven or twenty eight though insula here there will be fine sunshine down towards the southern parts of africa lots of wet weather here and you can see that area of cloud of rain stretching down into the eastern parts of south africa we see it's
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a fairly sharp showers here recently more still to come this still with us for sunday and on monday still more showers and i think some of those are going to be lively with the odd rumble of thunder to. i had a good look the arrival of refugees is debated in european parliament's. but the journey itself is little understood. to syrians document the route that is claimed so many lives such info sanctuary to people in power at this time on al-jazeera personal stories of lebanese villages on the border with israel and runs to their daily struggles when we go get it we're just a force a stop us when we go there they're sure that i wouldn't survive and he spoke protests
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. in a place of the interior means defines and resistance at this new time it's means no for knight and freedom life on the edge of cross border tension lebannon living on the blue line at this time on al jazeera.
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zero dot com and what is trending right rico to terror tell you it's trending because he's apparently offering surgeons to the cities of the philippines the type of headline that will probably be about you want to go and read plenty more there for you certainly on kabul on saudi arabia and syria as well it is what is trending this saturday night on the superdome. now and the man who has been protesting outside a government office for almost eight hundred days has become a bit of a social media star we have for him here to talk us through this eight hundred days a long time for a long time. but this is the stories making the rounds in india for like i said a while and social media has played an important role in bringing this story to the public this is. he's been sitting outside the government building in the southern
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state of carolina every day since may twenty fifth braving the scorching heat and bitter cold his demand is an inquiry into the death of his younger brother sid reeves who he says was killed by police. but the police say that his brother committed suicide while he was in custody after being arrested for stealing a mobile phone now a human rights watch report says the deaths of criminal suspects in custody occur too often in india one of best occasions well ordered by courts or human rights authorities it is not aware of a single case in which a place official was convicted now according to india's national crime records bureau almost six hundred people have died in police custody between twenty ten and twenty fifteen police blame the deaths on things like suicide illness or natural causes now suggest plights has gained
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a lot of public support and carola people have joined in on the demonstration calling for the case to be handed over to india's central bureau of investigation someone on went on hunger strike while others posted videos of themselves standing in solidarity with your grandmother what the police are accused in this case we strongly demand the authorities to investigate we want justice for some. and there's even a song and a music video about his story composed by a well known indian songwriter called gopi center. i am the irish.
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now the hash tag justice for she has spread across social media platforms with a range of celebrities taking pot kellen are says that people should be afraid of they should not be afraid that their government government should be afraid of people raise your voice for the common man and his efforts to correct a corrupt system and the acton even poorly says that it's heartbreaking so death does know the truth behind the death of his brother a big salute to your one man fights as another act to him is called a precise viraj says that so this represents the most valuable human faculty of modern times what you have become is an embodiment of hope for a whole generation has forgotten the merits of peaceful protest the eloquence of silence and the power of one well the indian government have taken notice caroline's chief minister posted this message on facebook including a photo of him with cities saying that it was agreed by the central governments to
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order an investigation into his case and m.p.'s ashi through his works for the state there he tweeted that he admired city's courage and persistence but him to call off his per test so if you are currently in india we do want to get your thoughts on the story connect the show using the hash tag news grid or message me directly i met him on it here that we're going to talk about the price of bread now specifically in jordan because it is going up one of history's tours anything is that an increase in the price of staples like bread is nearly always controversial in this case subsidies on a piece of bread have been removed as of today saturday meaning a kilo of the stuff will be sixty percent more expensive it will now be the equivalent of fifty cents and i know that sounds cheap but historically it is not and this is actually the first increase in twenty two years the jordanian government reckons the measure can save it seventy million dollars in twenty eighteen which is how long the price increase will be locked in but will also be
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offsetting the higher bread. isis by compensating poorest citizens with cash transfers or part of an economic belt tightening exercise in jordan including tax increases to try to bring down public debt not just for some context member said prices were increased twenty two years ago well this is an article from the new york times back in one nine hundred ninety six reporting on those bread price hikes and the riots which actually followed now no sign of that this time yet but look at the similarities an increase in price from thirteen to twenty eight cents around the same percentage increase and coupled with compensator e allowances for its citizens it seems jordan in two thousand and eighteen is following the same playbook from nine hundred ninety six we've got rid of could be with us now he is an economist and the middle east director of geo economic is joining us from amman in jordan and we thank you for your time sir twenty two years between price increases it's a long time how do you think jordanians will cope with this so far so good there's been some complaining people are generally not happy however this
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has been simmering now for quite a while so people are gradually getting used to the idea plus if i may we've had some pretty rainy cold wet weather over the last few days so the demonstrations the people going out into the street i have just not been there i'm guessing that this is going to be taken in stride i'm not saying that people are happy about it they're not but i think that the mood in the country now is one of our qui essence people are actually. worried about they're not scared and there's no overwhelming anger or fury what's your take though on the theory here the fact is ok take away the subsidies the government saves money but the government is saying it's also going to be giving cash transfers to people as well
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i mean do they cancel each other out to a degree. no not entirely first of all the logic behind the this measure was that before everybody was getting cheap bread including a people who are well off who didn't needs to have subsidised bread and b. many many non jordanians living in jordan some of them of course are tourists some of them are visitors guess but most of them are actually refugees and of course the refugees have to be taken care of but we can't really imagine the jordanian government subsidizing a commodity like bread for the refugees and we're talking about a very large number jordan is number one in the world if you add the refugees registered with the u.n.h.c.r. to the palestinian refugees jordan is number one in the world in the number of
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refugees registered with it now the new system excludes everyone but then gives back a small amounts to the jordanian who applies and can prove that he economically is below a certain threshold and therefore i salute you both for some direct cash support tell me more broadly riyadh about the cost of living in amman we were discussing this in our meeting this morning a lot of people tell me actually it's a there's a very high cost of living we're talking outside of bread here just the actual cost of living in particularly in amman. it's not that high it's high. it was it used to be a lot lower for various reasons now it's creeping up but it's not astronomically high again there's a problem but i don't think this is a catastrophic situation. economist joining us from amman in jordan we thank you very much for your time take security force of arrested fifty thousand
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refugees on the land border with northern greece refugees are becoming increasingly desperate they are turning to smugglers now as well for different routes as lawrence they found out with this exclusive report from western turkey is dumble isn't well known as a gathering point for refugees yet there is all the evidence you need that a significant smuggling operation is based here. in the central districts of x. arrive people from all kinds of places like ina fast so eritrea sri lanka pakistan nobody wants to tell you much about their plans but they do spend a lot of time on the phones all the refugees are tried the same thing how the deal is done in the nearby coffee houses smugglers charge up to two thousand dollars. and when day turns to night some of those smugglers will tell you just how big the trade is. we do three trips a week there are others working till there's
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a trip every day in istanbul there are more than fifty smugglers we take forty fifty sixty people a week it depends on time we took seventy five people in one trip these two who are kurdish and syrian former refugees used to smuggle people across the aegean sea to the greek islands but not anymore this is much better. so a lot of course the waves are too big in the sea we have worked there and it's too dangerous it was difficult at the laundromat is easier. the river border is one hundred fifty kilometers long this vast nothingness might feel safer to the traffickers than the sea but it's still hugely dangerous on the greek side they're a forest of mountains the refugees call the jungle their wild boar and wolves up there being eaten is a genuine concern. the smugglers drive the refugees to tiny depopulated
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villages where they hide out in abandoned buildings. that the farmer said the army had captured refugees each of the last two days this man tried it and failed his face hidden as he was still in fear of the smugglers muffy though it's like nothing exist here in total darkness you might be attacked by wild animals in the forest anything you can imagine could happen to you it makes you paranoid we weren't allowed to put any lights on we were following the smuggler we got to the river and they pushed us into a dinghy. even in daytime the wide river valley is treacherous in the winter water is everywhere it wasn't difficult to find signs of life discarded belongings and supplies at night time navigating a path through all this even before getting to the much wider river would be terrifying we had already seen images from the greek side of those whose attempts to cross the course and their lives either from drowning or hypothermia and everywhere we drove up and down the river especially the places where greece feels
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close enough to touch the turkish security forces were there but virtually nobody else well that hill is grace the turkish military say that last year they caught a full fifty thousand people trying to cross the border in places like this as a thousand people a week and it's exactly the same as what the people traffickers told us given that this looks like one of the most important border crossings for refugees in the middle east trying to get into the european union and yet because it's so bleak and so remote it seems surpassed everybody by. the turkish security forces didn't reply to our requests to film with them but the state agency released these from atic pictures of us soldiers at work defeating the darkness and capturing the group trying to escape the european union to likes to see this sort of thing we see is all through all the new front line in europe's battle against the refugees or
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ensley al jazeera and the turkey greece portal to nigeria now where this is quite something a writer was asked during an interview if there were any bookshops in her country and as you can imagine this is treated quite the response right here on my goodness what a question to ask outrage and probably some humor as well call now nigerian writes on monday i was speaking at an event at the french institute she was asked by a journalist whether nigeria the most populated country in africa had bookstalls well it didn't go down very well take a listen to this exchange between. their bookshops in nigeria and i when you talk about nigeria in france unfortunately there is not much said about nigeria but when people talk about nigeria it's about boko haram it's about violence it's about security you know i think. i think it's i think it
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reflects very poorly on french people that you have to ask me that question thank you thank you thank you thank you because i think surely i mean it's two thousand and eighteen mean come on. all many nigerians in social media mistakenly thought that the journalist was hosking if there were libraries in the country because the french word for library actually means books all this uses says that the she must think that nigerians live in huts too when will learn about this subject matter the intentional ignorance and arrogance is extremely upsetting but this is also now raise a debate about libraries and and the education system in nigeria eleanor says that the question was indeed racists and tremendous response was brilliant the question
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we must ask ourselves is do we have enough libraries and the kind of libraries that we need and then another use just adds that even though they are all libraries the culture around using them in nigeria is different compared to europe and that's not because we don't like to read so send in your thoughts if you are in nigeria tweet me directly after him haven't used. that stuff thank you this is the news good still ahead if you're watching us on facebook live with a little bonus story for you coming up it's about a gold toilet in a white house that white house and then in sports one of the tennis world underachievers finally has moment in melbourne the big finals coming up. from satellite technology to three d. printing and recycled waste to solar powered classrooms africa is transforming young innovators are propelling change building communities creating employment and
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solving problems they're challenging systems and. it's about creative thinkers continence future going to africa this time on al-jazeera. the big breaking news story can be chaotic trying to behind the scenes. people shouting instructions and if you're trying to provide the best most curious up to date information as quickly as you can. it's when you come off on things thinking to realize you witnessed history in the making.
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we're back with sport with mr peter not only richardson as i tweeted earlier apologies it's ok i take no offense. ever after a long wait which included two grand slam final defeats carillon was the ikea's made it third time lucky by winning first slam title at the australian open for good measure she also reclaimed who will number one ranking she defeated simona halep seven six three six six four in a thrilling finally in melbourne to also become the first player from denmark so when a major tennis tournament in gleason reports. thank you it will be third time lucky people who ever won the australian i can try fate had twice lost in the final of the french open and caroline wozniacki twice in the us final. the world number one ranking was also on the line trying to hold onto it was me i keep getting to wreck
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lame it for the first time since twenty twelve were were as you'd expect from a contest between the world's top two players there was little to separate them on court wozniacki just edging opening set in a tie break with temperatures exceeding thirty degrees that looked to have taken it out of the remaining needing a medical timeouts midway through the second set but as is her way the twenty six year old who had to save much points into early in matches in melbourne came fighting back. to the was and with harlots seemingly in control of the decider it was was the ak is time to get some medical attention that day and was also much point down early in the tournament was a game she puts her way back to a winning position with this championship point was fitting of the close on a high quality encounter but it was to be was an iraqi celebrate the grandson time
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for the first time being here tonight a grand slam champion to show an open champion it's a very special afternoon here so it's going home with me tonight and i'll be cuddling with her so yeah. i'm really said i couldn't. when it. was close again but they get over in the end so. shows whether she was fresher. and she could give she she had actually more energy in a third heart break for holiday but this weekend of victories her was the akki forty third major and nine years after reaching her those final she finally had their hands on a much longer full grand slam tracy. than i can see. how interested was the world in the year straightly an open women's final whether terms caroline wozniacki simona halep and hash tag open were trending pretty much all over the world as you
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can see via the heat map see how it lights up there during a play ours open the hash table is actually included fifty seven thousand times during the final and if you include the two players' names that figure is close to one hundred thousand now the australian open accounts we did this come gradually dream messages to the dane the number two outlasts the number one was the actually will be number one on monday when the new rankings are issued and the former world number one and twenty seventeen champion serena williams sent this tweet she says she was too nervous to wake up and watch but delighted to wake up to the news that her friend is now a grand slam champion and was mia he does have interests outside of tennis she enjoys football and supporting this team a liverpool a club related handle called empire of the co-op a reference to a famous stand that they and field stadium tweeted this to congratulate or now i'll be back with more in the eight hundred g.m.t. hour but for now i'm going to hand you back to come all thank you peter and the
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men's final tomorrow as well we'll have a report on that in news group that will do it for today though if you were to get in touch with us you know how to do it but i'm still going to remind you how to gauge a newsgroup twitter facebook and whatsapp facebook dot com slash al-jazeera is where the live stream is one of the best ways to watch the show phone tablet or computer you can watch the show in h.d. i would tell you and comment as you go so we'll see there facebook dot com for trash out of iran and back here in studio fourteen fifteen hundred hours g.m.t. tomorrow something. lead.
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news has never been more available it's a constant barrage that they put every day but the message is a simplistic you have. good logical rational person to pray for months and misinformation is rife dismissal and does not well documented accusations and evidence is part of genocide the listening post provides a critical counterpoint challenging mainstream media narratives at this time on al-jazeera the sams in archaeology graduate from iraq he's also a part time going to pergamon museum which includes a reconstruction of the famous ishtar gate in most of the people he's showing around came to germany as refugees this is just one of several billion museums taking part in the project called most taco bell meeting point and as well as bringing people together one of its aims is to emphasize the contribution of migrants right up to the present day to western culture. because i've been here for
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some time i can help them with lots of things that moves us forward to me the great thing is it's not just about museums about forming a new life it is part of life it's culture twenty years of china's transformation. told through one young girl's journey. from birth to adult hood if i meet two decades following the development of a life and nation. five years on rewind returns to the story of k k the girl from wang joe. at this time on al-jazeera.


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