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would be so close that the impact is still going to be the same across that coastal area over the next few days we're going to be dealing with widespread flooding damaging winds as well as storm surge the storm is going to decrease intensity slowly and also move very slowly that is why the flooding threat is going to be so high so here on monday you can see the storm only creeping down here along the coast to the southwest by the time we get to tuesday we're probably going to be looking at a tropical storm still bringing some very heavy rains and some gusty winds so we're not out of the woods yet probably not until mid week are we still going to start to see things improving across the area down here across much of the southeast look at those cool conditions here from melbourne at eighteen degrees for you as we go towards tuesday well for the south island of new zealand and fortune the weather is only going to be getting worse we're talking about more rain in the forecast there christ church at twenty five degrees here on monday as we go towards tuesday the temps remains about the same but the rain really does increase across the region auckland is going to still be a nice day there with a temperature of about twenty three and clear skies.
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hello again i'm. reminded of the news this hour voting is underway in thailand's fast and general election since the twenty fourteen military coup more than fifty one million tires the eligible to elect five hundred members of parliament but critics say it isn't truly democratic since the entire upper house is appointed by the military. australia is being hit by a second major storm in two days veronica crosses the northwest coast of port hedland it's moving slowly and a combination of high tides and strong winds could cause flooding. kenya's government warns that more than a million people are at risk of starvation as parts of the country and your a severe drought conditions in thirteen counties are continuing to worsen with widespread vegetation loss of a crop you. well survivors of psycho die that pass in southern africa and now
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facing the threat of diseases like cholera and malaria the death toll from the storms of more than seven hundred but is expected still to rise out of there is tony betty as in mozambique sport city of para most of which has been damaged or destroyed. they are tired and traumatized but at least these victims of cyclon eat i are safe now each one has their own harrowing story about the time the storms came each day more of them come mostly from boozy district. on monday to is sixty five years of age he had a smallholding and lived alone he was rescued after spending four days stuck in a tree without food he says his life is changed forever i say i give little movement a lot of i have nothing to go back to my farm my house all were destroyed there is nothing left i need to start afresh but i don't know how. he lives here now in the sim or in michelle's school in bira along with twelve hundred other displaced
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people. christina arrived on saturday after surviving for four days on the roof of a church in boozy a foot was infected after she stepped on a piece of submerged roofing while waiting to safety her future like many others is something she finds difficult to contemplate. from now on life will be difficult i will need food i will need shelter he's crying for food now but i don't know what he will be crying for when we go back. these people are getting three meals a day and access to medical care so safe and sound and drive and they have no idea when they'll be able to go back to their homes that is if they have a home to go back to. the massive emergency operation involves dozens of countries and it's costing more than fifty million dollars but the focus is now changing at the moment think that the that the cute phase of risk is pretty much those people needed to be lifted out of raging water. people and trees and the top of causes
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most of that is as as says those people most of those people have been risking their artwork the think the focus area at the moment is relief. getting that relief to the people who need it is now an urgent priority before cholera and other diseases break out the situation is improving but there are still risk of further flooding sadly the risk of flooding is ever present and ultimately we have red alerts now on two of the major rivers one is a busy flowing in from zimbabwe to the sea and the other is the boozy river which is a short fat flat river which floods very easily as already battles saturation of the germs are full so we're facing multiple risks that won't affect these people their concern is their next meal and how to rebuild their homes their communities and their lives tony burke read out his era beera. well at least one hundred thirty four free lani herders have been killed in mali during an attack blamed on an ethnic rebel group gunmen dressed as traditional dons or hunters targeted the
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village of saga and bank us district they also attacked another three lani village nearby ethnic violence has compounded an already dire security situation and molly's desert regions which are used as a base by al qaeda and isolated groups. the number of people who died and says day's ferry disaster in northern iraq has risen to at least one hundred seven and another one hundred still missing most of the victims were women and children heading out of mosul for mother's day picnic natasha going to aim has the latest from that city. burdened with the grief of losing two generations of their family the l. ani's young and old not came to the banks of the tigris river this mother is calling out for her nine year old daughter. how do we miss you where are you just. had to come out. to deal her seven year old sister and her
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father drowned on thursday when the amusement park ferry they were in capsized on the tigris river their bodies still haven't found. the lava jet ferry operator filled to the brim we couldn't breathe everyone was shoulder to shoulder i saw my husband and two daughters holding is. when the ferry launched within minutes all of a sudden we capsized in a city that was terrorized and destroyed by eisel the pain and anger are palpable. on friday protestors swarm the iraqi president during his visit accusing the government of widespread corruption in efficacy and a lack of accountability the most difficult issue as if mosul is constantly targeted bridges collapsing ferry sinking explosions we feel deeply saddened we
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just want to cry out and shed tears but there's a feeling inside of us that we need to step up and help the. police have arrested nine people including the amusement park owner and ferry operators and charge them with negligence iraq's prime minister is calling for the governor of nineveh province to be sacked. for mismanagement i thought i'd love to rip out enough dining cold blood enough for those politicians not being serious will be going to benefit from those politicians coming to denounce and offering condolences people's lives have wasted people have been waiting outside the morgue waiting for answers about their loved ones dozens of people are still missing recovering their bodies may be tricky given the thing with the current of the tigris river one body has already been retrieved twenty kilometers downstream from the accident. compound in the tragedy iraq's red crescent says two volunteers assisting divers searching for bodies died the tigris may be the final resting place for songs and
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daughters mothers and fathers one man stood on the riverbank watching the search operation he says these aren't his relatives but these victims are our family natasha going to zero mosul iraq there's been fierce fighting in the yemeni city of ties between an element of the yemeni army supported by saudi arabia and pfizer's backed by the united arab emirates video has been shared online of several buildings on fire and ties to several days of intense street battles sources at the scene say a number of civilians were killed in the clashes a cease fire has since come into effect between the factions much of ties which is yemen's third biggest city is under the control of the yemeni army well with eisel self declared caliphates now a raised there are questions over what happens to foreign fighters and their families who want to return home while many countries are turning them away
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chechnya is bucking that trend step fasten reports from its regional capital crossly. thank you that was pregnant with her third child when she and her family crossed the border from turkey to join eisel she says they were lured by fields betraying a land of pure islam but found torture war and oppression instead fearing reprisals from i so she doesn't want to show her face. there was a lot of injustice there a lot of evil they not only tortured others those who were not from my school they were torturing that we do schooling there that's why the place fell apart it cannot be called islamic state things that took place there do not exist in islam after saddam's husband was killed she managed to contact chechen operatives and was put on a flight home where she became part of a deal radicalization program and it's carefully watched she was one of the last women allowed to return the russian government now only repatriate children much to
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the despair of hundreds of parents who come from all over russia to chechnya urging the authorities to bring back their daughters richest in the challenge to the it gets harder to stay hopeful for the third year there's no news about the case the last phone call fatima received from her daughter was in february two thousand and seventeen. i was in mosul with her five children. we have the government will give a chance with these girls to be reunited with their mothers if the author found if they are alive they should be able to live in a normal human atmosphere with the help of the state without any worries the organization who lobbied for their return has filed of more than seven hundred russian women and fifteen hundred children still missing. of course we are worried they were women who really wanted to get to the caliphate but those women are among the first to run away now they can get here illegally that is why if we bring them
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back through the program and under the close eye of the special services they will be less dangerous. while men who have returned were sent to prison women. given money and a place to live. policy of rehabilitation for former ice a women a stake in many by surprise. is perhaps better known for being a tough uncompromising leader an unexpected approach in a region known for its violent crackdown against people considered extremists so this policy of returning women and children from former eisel territories is seen by some as a way for the bureau to boost those poor human rights record as well as to crack potential insurgent and to promote his stature as a muslim leader. is now trying hard to convince your throat is to bring home more women despite criticism that she's helping people who joined a band organization she sees rehab patients of these women as the safest option making her do you only hope for parents to be reunited with their children not only
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in russia but parents from as far away as germany have come to her for help stop classes al-jazeera closed russia demonstrators have clashed with french police during the nineteenth weekend of yellow vest protests tear gas was fired after a peaceful march through paris ended with some protesters setting fire to garbage cans paris police banned demonstrators from gathering on the day after shops and businesses were looted there last weekend tougher security measures saw the french army ghada public buildings to help protect the city a move that's been widely criticized and hundreds of thousands of people have marched through central london calling for a second referendum after three years of negotiations it's still unclear how or when the u.k. should leave the european union so many protesters in the capital it's the biggest political crisis in a generation sunnier reports from london. they bought central london to
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a standstill at a time when the government is power lies by bricks it this was supposed to be the week when the u.k. would have begun its divorce from the european union instead. there is more uncertainty more waiting and more anger and the forty eight percent of britons who voted in the referendum three years ago to remain in the u.k. are increasingly exasperated this wasn't what they were promised this was a campaign based on lies and i think people were. leaving the european union were actually means was politicians from across the spectrum called for the government to arrange another referendum echoing the demonstrators concerned that the deadlock whether you. voted for europe you know to leave you would have a political party you support i mean we could all agree that the talks were being
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forced on the national interest filmmakers so poor and rich or so make us weaker or stronger it's making us more divided not more you know. they came from all over britain all against the very idea of bricks and given the strength the feeling on show here it's very difficult to see how this can be reconciled when and even if bracks it happens i wanted to remain because i'm european i'm one of a cloud and i want to stay one of a club i don't want us to be little britain. there is a lot riding on what happens over the next few days now the prime minister to resign may face extra time to push through her deal she is facing the political fight of her life one but she may not survive may has blamed british m.p.'s for the bricks and obstacles and that has cost us support for another attempt at a vote on ho withdrawal agreement the marchers insist that nothing is a done deal britain is in full so. a political crisis not seen in decades there
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is a political stalemate it is impossible to predict what happens next but opposition to it here is alive and kicking die any time soon so al-jazeera london a vigil has been held in the new zealand city where a gunman killed fifty people at two mosques the service took place at a park in christchurch near the eleanor mosque the first to have been attacked on friday a week after the shootings the muslim call to prayer was broadcast across new zealand during national commemorations. evacuations from a cruise ship previously at risk of being grounded off the rocky norwegian coast have ended helicopters airlifted nearly four hundred people from the viking sky some thirteen hundred passengers and crew were on board when it sent a mayday call after the vessel encountered engine problems and bad weather the vessel is now being tarred to
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a nearby port victoria gave the reports. it was meant to be a relaxing cruise. that passengers on the bike and sky say it ended in a terrifying ordeal i. was out of. the ship suffered engine failure and stormy conditions of norway's west coast on saturday afternoon as it drifted towards rocky ground the captain sent out a mayday signal the call to novel or said washington is clear that it's a serious situation when a cruise ship with over thirteen hundred passengers is in one of northern europe worst waters they've managed to anchor the boat so it's lying at rest they've also managed to start one engine there are four engines on board and now they want to start more so they can move themselves out of thank strong winds and waves up to eight meters high caused windows to break and ruutu to flow in the passages mostly
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from the united states in the united kingdom were told to put on life jackets and wait for help. the bad weather med rescuers were unable to use lifeboats to take them ashore. the helicopters were said to winch them one by one to safety the viking sky was more than halfway through a twelve day trip around the way and we should you will too are right in britain on tuesday. it's a trip passengers say they'll never forget but for all the wrong reasons to tour a gate and be there. hello i'm the star in doha with the headlines on al-jazeera polls close in about thirty minutes in thailand people are voting in the country's first general elections since the twenty fourteen military coup more than fifty one million thais
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are eligible to elect five hundred members of parliament but critics say it isn't truly democratic since the entire upper house is appointed by the military still prayer is praising the democratic process. but you know much like i did today the prime minister has voted like everybody else today in the name of the people one write one vote i hope everyone will vote in the election today to exercise their own right everyone wants democracy therefore everyone should exercise their rights in transparency and the country will be developed by our own hands. australia is being hit by its second major storm in two days veronica crosses the northwest coast at port hedland a day earlier site current treva hit a remote part of the north coast kenya's government is warning that more than a million people are at risk of starvation as parts of the country and your severe drought conditions in thirteen counties are continuing to wesson with widespread
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vegetation loss and other crop yields. the death toll in one of southern africa's worst natural disasters is continuing to rise more than a week after a psych die swept across the region more than seven hundred people have died in mozambique zimbabwe and malawi and the risk of disease spreading remains high there's been fierce fighting in the un the yemeni city of ties between an element of the yemeni army supported by saudi arabia and fighters backed by the united arab emirates video has been shared online of several buildings on fire in ties after several days of intense street battles sources at the scene say a number of civilians were killed in the clashes a cease fire has since come into effect between the factions much of ties which is yemen's third biggest city is under the control of the yemeni army evacuations from a cruise ship previously at risk of being grounded off the rocky coast of norway have ended emergency services say three of the four engines have been restarted and
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it's being towed to a nearby port well those are the headlines next stop is rewind to stay with us. where ever you are. hello and welcome again to rewind. back in two thousand and six.
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of award winning film rewind. some of the best of the today we're reminded to two thousand and thirteen when we went undercover on a wildlife smuggling trail stretching from madagascar off the southeast coast of africa across asia to malaysia on the trail of a man known as the pablo escobar of reptile smuggling. well global wildlife trafficking is estimated to be worth billions of dollars every here almost as lucrative as the trade and illegal drugs and arms a key destination for wildlife traffickers as madagascar over ninety percent of the country's animals all found anywhere else making them a prize catch for smugglers including anson wong the man that named the lizard king would jailed after a sting operation in one thousand nine hundred eight he was soon back in business before being arrested again in malaysia and two thousand and ten at an al-jazeera
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and best occasion in two thousand and thirteen travail that those arrests and subsequent convictions did not put an end to his smuggling korea from the want to one east series his return off the lizard king. in all his years of trying to get there is one place the lizard king has always returned to. valley bay lies in a remote corner of madagascar off the southeast coast of africa. it's home to the ploughshare the world's rarest tortoise that distinction makes him target number one france it was. we've come with members of drought a conservation group spearheading the fight to save the species. to fight off. so long. robert brew and his team used
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radio receivers to track the ones they've managed to tag it's estimated there are only four hundred adults left in the wild the ploughshare are made especially vulnerable because they're only found in this small area of sand bamboo and scrub and. right there the first we come upon it's a tiny one turns out to be just a few months old. and. some of those who worked with ant and wong in the past tell us that because a rare species he collects goodies at a plush or tortoise is perhaps the most valuable of all goodies when this guy or girl grows up to be an adult he or she could be worth tens of thousands of u.s. dollars when you put this back. to real says smugglers including wong started coming to these shores in the one nine hundred eighty s. just as the group was publishing reports over how when danger dispy she's had
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become. endangered means high profits for poachers and the rule believes has made millions selling plowshares off to be illegal pet trade. their beautiful shells make it easy to see why they are considered the jewel in the crown of the reptile world. so when you hear about people like ants and long making lots of money from these partial tortoises. what is that's doing your mind or does that to your heart you know. it's it's not. but i want to take a gun and kill him. you feel that strongly about. nearby breeding and rescue center we find pens full of shares that were saved from poachers. the rate of smuggling is so high his sheer madagascar's government for bid the group from releasing any back into the
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wild. in the lab there is a photo warning workers to be on the lookout for this man. it's anson was. that photograph is there in terms of you know if this man turns up be it be careful. in one nine hundred ninety six seventy two plow shares restored from this center in the most brazen reptile robbery in history while no one was ever caught one was later found trying to sell a number of them. he's almost public enemy number one for us in terms of his reputation even if half the stories are true then the scale of operation this man has been operating around the world and this and in madagascar is in his mind born . it was a shipment of plough shares to the u.s. among some other exotic animals that led to the lizard king's first arrest in one thousand nine hundred eight. it followed
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a five year undercover sting where wildlife officers posed as dealers to lure one a malaysian citizen to america. in court officers testified one promised them he could get anything from anywhere. in the end he pled guilty to forty counts of illegally importing endangered species and was sentenced to almost six years in prison. is all i'm going to market our army. or a reckless you know walker. who doesn't. this man who we'll call x worked with wong for years and describes what drives him is more. sense if you're going. to come for your. court room i mean. besides the ploughshare madagascar is also home to many other unique species. ninety percent of the
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country's animals are found nowhere else in the world an irresistible draw says that's for the lizard king. and so is in madagascar as capital to begin gaining access to his network and tracking down a man who since being harmed has learned to be far more lucid. we're off to meet someone who's promised to take us to some smugglers and his job is to pack the tortoise's before shipment we told him that we're interested buyers he believes that he's getting some customers to meet his bosses. give them a. reason not appearing nervous the man guides us through the crowded streets to a factory. i know next year and a buddy mario introduces himself as a businessman. using hitting cameras we film is operational which he says exploits
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seafood and reptiles. we also learn he's the son of a presidential candidate. i'm going to. my home in his office mario is the first to mention the man we're after. i'm ok ok you know i know you know him and i think. i'm. mario offers to put us in touch with one of his associates and the next evening we meet that associate in a hotel room where he presents us with samples. per. their radiated tortoises the second most endangered in madagascar according to international law exploiting them from the country is illegal. to steal the deal of
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promises not only a steady supply but hundreds for shipment very big peter. he also says his contacts at the airport will ensure they get through security checks. are. prepared to. hear. it confirm something extort us earlier. one of our customs in all these countries orders costs and. they're paid off. we're going to get something. that's what you can get them but they're supposed to be enforcing. your forces or you're also corrupt. both x. and the dealer explained the typical route for smuggling same carriers or mules checking the tortoise's in suitcases in madagascar. from there he says the bags transit through a number of other cities like darussalam and dubai before entering asia. one
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shipments we're told end up in his home country of malaysia where they are then sold on to buyers around the world. from india. cirrus a honda resort says she was once an unwitting participant in one's criminal dealings a student from madagascar desperate for money she says she agreed to meet him at this hotel. back in twenty ten sara says she and another woman were taken to a room and offered for. hundred dollars each to carry shipments for wong to malaysia the cases she says were packed without her involvement. i only knew it was animals i didn't ask the details as to which kind of any laws were inside. while their first trip in two thousand and ten proved uneventful sarah says it was her second trip to malaysia a few weeks later that things went wrong. soon after touching down customs
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officials singled her out. soft and before we could take away the luggage it was picked by suspection and they saw it was not simple luggage but was full of animals . among the cash authorities found three hundred radiated tortoises and a number of ploughshare. sarah was convicted of smuggling and was jailed for eight months. the same year the sarah was arrested the lizard king himself ran afoul of the law. in a separate incident was caught with dozens of snakes on a plane for which he had no licenses for. a raid of his properties uncovered even more. a malaysian judge gave him a five year sentence but he served just seventeen months. according to sources one of the liberal kings biggest customers lives in indonesia
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bustling capital. we arrive just of the city is hosting a reptile exhibit. which. despite this being a government sanctioned event it doesn't take long for us to find illegal animals for sale. yet in the research including tortoises from madagascar. still undercover as a dealer we head for one of the biggest booths. but we sit down for a meeting you know with daniel and you would judge or you know as and how do you know us and all. of you not only does daniel readily admit that to work together but we notice he's also wearing a shirt from madagascar and doesn't go on her so still to still doing our there
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there then that's something that surprises even us daniel admits the two thousand and ten shipment of snakes which landed anson in prison was destined for his shock even her hero and hero is my. my friend. if you think i hate you if they go. pick your biggest all manly men like they were your snakes. i read about that. daniel also claims that after his last conviction as wife is increasingly taking over the operations he way we were always right ourselves or else ok it works out it's time to get a little closer. our first stop is once rural property in penang is back hills. we need to see whether he's returned to his life of crime as some say or leading a reform life. twenty ten when law enforcement officers busted in to
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displace he found two things tigers as well as the crocodile in question now it's his that sort of thing still going on for. an hour later after hiking through the hills we stumble on a number of cages. and then we spot an enclosure. there's a tortoise inside. evidence that one is at least keeping animals. for the wrong we find a row of newer enclosures it's hard to make out what they are so we creep closer the animals have distinctive ears we show our photos later to experts who tell us these are servile cats from north africa. following his twenty ten conviction malaysia's government banned wang and his wife
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she had been she from holding business and wildlife trading permits. yet someone in government did knowingly sign off on new licenses are search of public records found that both anson and his wife have had several business permits renewed from the book kid jumble reptile sanctuary. to errol flynn. to c.b.s. wildlife. posing as customers we visit the penang address listed for the company. there we find answers wife being she almost immediately she confirms she and her husband are still trading at one of the router wherever. there. are documents search also and covers another company grow no wildlife. it was formed after one's twenty ten conviction listed owner is a name we don't recognize. but trading permits show it exports the same animals as
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anson did to the same us customers he had before his arrest. i think the door might be open so. rose address is listed on the upper floor of a commercial strip in the name of somebody nearer shore. from the street we can make out aquariums and cages leading us to believe animals are being kept there. and there. we find a worker or i have a horror now where. whatever that was more than happy to show off his current stars. there are many albino pythons some thirty feet long all of them require permits. and then we confirm the real person behind. your boss is mr bone. mr wall. and.
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we show our findings to and surendra a lawyer and opposition member of parliament in malaysia the fact that is being done in open again indicates corruption for years surrendering has publicly raised the need to investigate the country's wildlife department. accusing them of aiding and abetting warn so he seems to be able to operate above the law and beyond the law in malaysia how is that possible it is impossible without the complicity of all the parties throughout our year long investigation which involved lengthy stakeouts in several countries we never caught sight of the lizard king this despite frequent reports from sources that he was in the area. finally we tracked him down in the name mr long steep challenge from the program going to any star you would love to ask you a question if we can know are you still involved in the trade. to talk to you sir can you tell us what role no wildlife fears.
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and why why are there albino i thought i'd run a wildlife and according to the government you're not supposed to be trading in wildlife lawsuits woman. are you admitting ask the government are you saying you're doing nothing wrong. and i have no comment. also because jumble as always at your company. company. several companies including our own a wildlife do you know comments. sir are you still involved in the trade directing an endangered species. that. you understood one of his workers along with his wife and tries to stop us from filming oh yes you've served time in jail sir one grows increasingly aggressive obligations while we're on public property services because you're behind you're on public property don't push
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us or you're on public property. or we're on the property. just as quickly go back to song sir and can you tell us what this box is for. sir these are serious questions we understand that you have served time for a number of these crimes and the question is are you still involved in the trade of endangered species it's the most will get from here search but not once did long denied he was back in the reptile trade. some questions left unanswered is whether his dealings would be possible without the help of authorities and why despite. obvious involvement his wife has never been brought up on charges so you are the official owner of the no no no wildlife. you know. why is that ma'am.
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what is clear is that the lizard king and his associates continue to operate just as they have for decades. trading in selling off the world's most endangered creatures at will. well that was return of the lizard king from one in one east back in two thousand and thirteen little is known today of ants and was whereabouts but he seems to have lost his standing as the kingpin of wildlife trafficking joining us now from kuala lumpur is steve child followed one for a year and steve you went undercover over the course of the year following wall why was it so important for you to make this film and take the risks that you took while elizabeth we were hearing from a lot of environmental groups around the world about how serious the wildlife trafficking situation was becoming many people were linking the wildlife trafficking trade to other major crimes like the trafficking of arms and the trafficking of drugs and saying that it was on the same level and that organized
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crime syndicates were getting involved that was sort of the impetus for us to start looking at this and then when we're trying to sort of target or pinpoint people who are involved in the trade and since we're and someone's name kept coming up so we decided to try to infiltrate his network and find out what was going on whether he is still involved in wildlife trafficking we simply do not know what we do know is that after we ran our film malaysian authorities did charge the director of a company that answered long was affiliated or linked to as well as they did also charge his former wife for possession of endangered animals after several years of delays in the courts that malaysian director of the. company pled guilty to possession and willingly agreed to pay a fine of ten thousand u.s. dollars plus of the prosecution however dropped the charges against anson wong's former wife so the film did have some impact but of course not the kind of impact
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that's need and where do things stand in malaysia now stephen where does that figure and global wildlife trafficking malaysia still remains a key transit hub for evil legal wildlife being trafficked the way it works we understand is that poachers there are poaching wildlife from africa or other parts of asia are shipping it through malaysia as well as other countries in southeast asia on to destination points in terms of places where buyers are are acquiring this so malaysia still remains a problem country there has been a lot of work done by the un and others to train customs officers here and to create more of a diligence if you will to keep tabs on customs officers so that they aren't on the take however that is a challenge we understand throughout much of the world especially in southeast asia so what we're seeing is that a lot of the cultures there they're trafficking their goods through these places and once authorities seize some of the shipments then that is switched to another countries some of the key countries are seeing you know the continually popping up
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are malaysia thailand laos vietnam and these are just some of them that are key problem cities countries if you will and steve who is driving the market. well that's a very good question it is extremely varied depending on the wildlife and the type of wildlife we're talking about if we're talking about wildlife use for the descent of purposes such as pangolin scales or rhino horns that are rubbed down into medicine the key markets are vietnam and china predominately as well as other parts of asia if we're talking about the trafficking of pets you know pets illegally taken from places that then that becomes much more global so we're talking about you know interest out of collectors in the middle east collectors in europe the u.s. and also in parts of asia as well in terms of how much this illicit trade is worth annually we are dealing with a tsunami the numbers are staggering we're talking about upwards of two hundred
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species of flora and fauna that are going extinct every twenty four hours that's about one thousand times the natural progression if you will of any extension that we've seen on the planet and a lot of that is attributed to wildlife trafficking we know what more can be done about it you know the key people say is corruption corruption corruption is the main problem if you know customs officials if the government officials in various countries you know stop you know taking in the bribes if they actually you know stop the shipments then perhaps we can put an end to this but at this moment it's not happening richard lewis you know we spent some time with him in madagascar for this film and when we were out in the jungles with him you know we looked at the ploughshare tortoise one of these very wanted you know animals and at that time of filming there were about four hundred ploughshare tortoises left in the wild only four hundred but as of now we understand that number is down to fifty and that
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species is on the brink of extinction and that's the heartbreaking part. thank you very much steve and that's it from oz but do join us again next week and check out the rewind page of al-jazeera dot com for more films from the series for now thanks for joining us and see you again. rewinds continues to care bring your people back to life erm start with updates on the best of all jews here is documentary. the struggle continues book from. used histories revisiting the suv of friends we're going back to a poor south african neighborhood where music and tradition come together in an annual competition. looking forward to only a reward on al-jazeera. eternity
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polls are about to close now the country awaits the results of its first election since a military takeover of five years ago. fishing boats to the rescue in mozambique but the death toll rises every day and the u.n. warns of the danger of disease. and one of a million people desperate for food we visited a village in kenya at the center of the drought crisis. and i'm lee harvey here with all of your sport naomi osaka is out tennis world number one suffers a shock defeat at the miami open. so polls have just closed in thailand in its first election since a military coup in twenty fourteen now the leader of that coup probably wants to remain prime minister through the ballot box and his biggest challenge comes from the poor thai party that's the most prominent party leader you can see voting here
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it is linked to the exiled former prime minister texan shinawatra now he was ousted by the army in two thousand and six horses sr eight years later and the third group is led by the anti tax and democrat party which argues that it can form a government that's unusual and there's also the future forward party its charismatic billionaire frontman is popular amongst the younger people. we have two correspondents following these elections shortly we'll be going to. this in chiang mai but first let's speak to scott haidar in bangkok so scott now the polls have closed what can we see and the coming hours what do we expect. in the coming hours and just before we came on air there was we're at a school one of the polling positions one of the six thousand plus polling positions here in bangkok city an announcement came over the p.a. system saying that the polls were in fact close now we've been here for the last several hours we've seen a fairly steady flow of voters coming in never really along the line out the door
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of the school here in central bangkok but definitely a steady flow of know what we're going to see over the next our election commission should be holding a press conference at six pm local time that's in just about an hour from now we're also going to start to hear from some of the major parties the ones you outlined the most likely it's going to be thinking the voters thanking the supporters but again you know as we were talking earlier in the day the unofficial results from the election commission are expected for three hours from now eight pm local time that's if everything goes smoothly so that's what we're looking at over the next couple of hours you know probably thank you's from from the party heads. early press conference from the election commission saying everything how everything went for the day everything went smoothly and then hopefully unofficial results at about eight pm again three hours from now so it's got us we've been saying first time that people are going to the polls since the military took over first time in eight years for elections how are people feeling about this and want to move there.
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well well a couple of people that we've spoken with who spoke to a first time voter here at this polling station you know that's he's one of seven million first time voters because there's been such a gap between elections so many people have come a voting age since the last election eight years ago that he said that he was he was at those yesterday he said he was excited but he realized that this is not a fully democrat it might be a democratic exercise today where people cast their ballots but the government itself won't be fully democratic that is because the way the constitution was written by the military government over the last several years he went into it eyes wide open i guess you could say that he was excited about it but realizes it's a step toward democracy other people we spoke with older voters they said you know they kind of stick with the party line that they have been used to over the last chunk of years but they are also very excited and realize the importance of coming up to vote because of what's happened over the time since there was a last election and in the last five years when the government has been controlled by the military so the gravity of the situation the definitely. understood
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recognized by the voters coming up with kind of different points of view is where things go from here via scott had learned the capital there thank you very much we cannot go to florence new eagerness in chiang mai florence you know that area has always been a stronghold for a texan shinawatra people feeling there about these elections do they feel like they will get a free and fair vote. well it's going to be an uphill battle for thompson supporters to win big in this election and that's because for the last in the last five years with the military government in power it's already told to the playing field in its advantage it's got the it's got the ability to appoint all the members of the upper house that's about a third of the legislature who will then have the power to select the prime minister it's also changed electorate rules in such a way that there is a limit on the number of seats a party can win and critics say that this will be
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a huge disadvantage to that type party but you know this is an area which has traditionally delivered election victories to thompson and his allies who have not lost a single election since two thousand and one but they've seen their choice of leader their choice of government removed in coups or by the courts since so they are very eager to come out to vote and specially both because this is a much delayed election when the military took power in two thousand and fourteen they have promised to hold polls within a year or two now and they've waited five years but what analysts say is the way the electoral process has been structured it's going to be difficult for tied to be able to win enough seats to form the next government even if it does do well in the polls so but all is not lost there is a chance that they will still be able to form a coalition if they even if they do win big and that's because there is a there is and military party the future for party a young party only
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a year old that has captured the imagination of youth voters and first time voters make up about thirteen percent of registered voters this election they could prove to be that doc was in this election they could win enough for us to form a viable coalition with high and florence louis and chiang mai thank you very much and i will be following these elections. later in the program but i will be trying to get some more inside but for now let's move on to some other news. survivors of cyclonic that battered southern africa are now facing the threat of diseases like cholera and malaria the death toll from the storms that more than seven hundred but that is expected to rise our correspondent tony burke reason and mozambique's port city of barrow where most of the area has been damaged or destroyed. they are tired and traumatized but at least these victims of cyclists safe now each one has their own harrowing story about the time the storms came each day more of them come
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mostly from boozy district. on monday to a sixty five years of age he had a smallholding and lived alone he was rescued after spending four days stuck in a tree without food he says his life has changed forever i say i did my job wolf i feel like i have nothing to go back to my farm my house all were destroyed there is nothing left i need to start afresh but i don't know how. he lives here now in the same or michelle's school in bira along with twelve hundred other displaced people . christina arrived on saturday after surviving for four days on the roof of a church in boozy her foot was infected after she stepped on a piece of submerged roofing while waiting to safety her future like many others is something she finds difficult to contemplate i was i from now on life will be difficult i will need food i will need shelter he's crying for food now but i don't
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know what he will be crying for when we go back. these people are getting three meals a day and access to medical care so safe and sound and dry but they have no idea when they'll be able to go back to their homes that is if they have a home to go back to i. the massive emergency operation involves dozens of countries and it's costing more than fifty million dollars but the focus is now changing at the moment think that they like us they. phase of risk is pretty much those people need to be lifted out of raging water. people and trees and the top of houses most of that is. those people most of those people have been received i think the focus at the moment is really getting that relief to the people who need it is now an urgent priority for cholera and other diseases breakout the situation is improving but there are still risks of further flooding sadly the risk of flooding is ever present and ultimately we have read
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a lot of snow on two of the major rivers one is a busy flowing in from zimbabwe to the sea and the other is the breezy river which is a short fat flat river which floods very easily as already battle saturation of the germs of salt so we're facing multiple routes that won't affect these people their concern is their next meal and how to rebuild their homes their communities and their lives tony burke three zero zero zero. and i have plenty more still ahead this news hour including what to do with the form i saw fighters and their families while chechnya seems to have one answer we'll tell you about that. but i think it's . a big crowd turns out for a vigil close to the scene of one of the mosque shootings in new zealand. animal they tell you about the gymnasts is going viral with a six perfect tan and her choice of music and sport.
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i can use government says more than a million people are risk of starvation as a severe drought takes hold catherine so has this report from turkey on a county that's one of the worst affected areas. sweltering in the more i village as from this dry desolate land here to the sea food aid from the humanitarian agency wald vision is a drought in kenya and the government says up to a million people in thirteen of the country's forty seven counties need argent help hiders in the northwest region of two cana a some of the worst affected here they receive saugor rice bins and cooking oil to last them at least a few weeks a lot about i want to go i'm very happy to see this food and make sure it lasts longer for my four children before you go away from community centers the more desperate the situation gets and he can loria bond says how fourteen year old son
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long narrow died last month from manu tradition. we did not have food so you just used to have fruit he grew weak by the day until he died that's when sam when we first met us were the only volunteer health worker in the village shows as well long hours buried the government denies others have also died of hunger thing and then i'll go with you was just bones he had never come to the health center for any treatment of any other ailment he had just been eating wild fruits and nothing else . wild food which grows near reavers is what you can as return to when they can't find other food at accounts has found is doing his best to feed his remaining family until more help comes. over we just need help if we don't get it then we'll just continue eating the fruit and wait to die there.

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