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>> in the report reveals the true scale of famine in somalia after one quarter million dead, half of them children. hello. world news from al jazeera from doha. a u.s. citizen is sentenced in north korea to hard labor for crimes against the government. an indian prisoner accused of spying dies in pakistan, triggering a new dispute between the two countries. settlers resorted to cannibalism to survive a.
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evidence discovered. than. report says more 250,000 people died during a famine in somalia that began in 2010. half of them were children. it's almost double the previous estimate of deaths caused by almost three years of hunger. aid agencies say a thousand people died needlessly because the international community was slow to respond. a radical islamist group, al- shabab, also prevented food deliveries to areas it controlled. more from nairobi in neighboring kenya. >> the food and agricultural organization that did the study looked at the numbers of people that would normally die under ordinary circumstances. this is a country already fallen apart by years of conflict and insecurity and instability. even then, there were a quarter of million people who might have
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died. the other key is the number of warnings. the u.n. has sent up the expanded warning system. it is designed to alert the international community about the onset of these kinds of natural disasters. according to the study, they issued 16 mornings ahead of the beginning of the doubt. this will be seen as an indictment of the very slow international response. somalia is always a very difficult environment to operate in. al-shabab controls a huge part of southern somalia. they refused to allow a lot of international aid organizations into those areas, which exacerbated the extent of the famine. even then, there were a lot of aid agencies complaining that the donor community was pafar to slow to respond. they started to crank up the
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response at the thomas saw some of the worst images coming out of somalia. a lot of people will say if we ever see these kinds of warnings again, if it is incumbent on the donor's to start funding well in advance of a crisis. >> an american tour operator has been sentenced to 15 years hard labor in north korea. kenneth bae was arrested in november and has been accused of hostile acts against the government. now more details from the south korean capital. >> kenneth bae or pae jun-ho is a south korean-born american naturalized citizen, 44 years old, the head of a tourist group organization that's been to north korea number of times before. he traveled to northeastern city, the special economic zone of rason on november 3 with a number of other tourists in his group and was picked up shortly afterwards. the north koreans accused him of
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hostile acts against the government, of plotting to overthrow the government. when they announced they had in custody at the end of december, they said he admitted to such crimes in questioning. the announcement on saturday that came from pyeongchang suggested this case would be heard in the supreme court and that he faced the death penalty. we now hear the case was heard on tuesday april 30. this sentence is 15 years hard labor. we have no further information as to the specific nature of the alleged crime. there has been some reporting in south korea and elsewhere that he is a man of devout christian faith and also some reporting that there was perhaps a hard drive with information sensitive to the north korean authorities in the possession of this group. nothing to support that yet from the state media. it comes at a time when tensions had been lowering on the peninsula, particularly between the u.s. and north korea. there's speculation this is
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p'yongyang trying to encourage engagement with the united states. his initial offense as far as the north koreans are concerned happened before this round of difficulty on the peninsula on november 3. >> afghanistan border police says one of its officers was killed and two others wounded in an exchange of fire with pakistani troops. the gunbattle happened between the two countries on the border in the north of pakistan. two pakistani soldiers were wounded. afghanistan says that pakistan started the fight over two gates built on its territory. and in the prisoner has died after an attack in custody in pakistan. sarabjit singh has died after he was beaten by inmates in a lahore jail. he was sentenced to 16 years ago, of spying and being involved in bomb attacks. now to our india correspondent.
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>> this is a hospital where sarabjit singh was treated and eventually died on thursday. he had been on a ventilator several days after he was attacked last friday by two inmates at a jail where he was being held. in india, reaction to his death has been swift and condemning. the prime minister released a statement in which he said, " sarabjit singh was a brave son of india who bore his tribulations with valid and fortitude.' he regretted that the pakistani government did not take a humanitarian view in this case. the information minister was even more clear-cut. >> an indianen -- citizen has been murdered in cold blood in the custody of the pakistani state. the pakistani establishments must account for his death.
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>> the authorities in islamabad said that he got the best treatments available and that medical staff had worked around the clock to try to save his life. sarabjit singh and was sentenced to death after he was convicted of spying and killing 14 people in a series of bomb blast in pakistan in 1990. his family has always protested his innocence. after last week's attack, they called for his repatriation. now is too it. there are fears the issue may strain relations between india and pakistan, which had been slowly improving after decades of hostility. the prime minister has called an emergency meeting with security agencies after a gunman killed six people in the south. four militants opened fire with rifles at a grocery store near a checkpoint. armed groups in the majority muslim south of thailand are fighting to break away from thailand, which is mostly
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buddhist. the government and one of the group's met in malaysia this week for peace talks but failed to reach any agreement. security forces in chad say they have stopped an attempt to overthrow the government. several members of the military, at least one member of parliament, and an opposition leader have all been detained. the son of former libyan leader moammar gaddafi has appeared briefly in a court in the country's west. seif al-islam qaddafi is being held after he was captured by a local militia in november of 2011. he is accused of harming state security, attempting to escape, and insulting libya's new flag. the case was adjourned until september. the international criminal court also wants to try him on war crimes charges. three more men have been arrested in the united states in connection with the boston marathon bombings. they are said to be friends of
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bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev. two are featured with him in this photograph taken last year in new york. the three are accused of covering up evidence after the bombings. their lawyers say they have done nothing wrong. absolutely denies the charges. ass kadyrbayev is just shocked and horrified by the violence in boston that took place as the rest of the community is. he did not know that this individual was involved in the bombing. his first inkling came much later. >> a member of bahrain's will from has been elected president of the asian football confederation. he beat rivals from thailand and the united arab emirates. he was elected despite criticism of bahrain's crackdown on opposition protesters and claims bahrainis footballers had been persecuted. >> somebody talks about
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government. i don't think this belongs in football. we are football people. if anybody has proof from the bahrain football association has violated the statutes of fifa, let them present that. next question. >> turkish health officials are going to start testing syrian refugees seeking medical treatment for exposure to chemical weapons. many arriving and hospitals in recent days have been suffering from breathing problems. >> when wounded people arrived at the crossing, there were suffering from suffocation and breathing difficulties. there were vomiting and large tears were in their eyes. these are symptoms of chemical gas. turkey is increasingly worried that the civil war in syria might spill over the border. now our correspondent explains how turkey is dealing with the security threat. >> after two years of fighting,
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neither side in the syrian conflict appears able to win a decisive victory. neighboring turkey supports the rebels put, but it is worried the conflict might spread onto its territory. turkey recently agreed a peace deal with the main kurdish separatist group the pkk. forceretired turkish air officer says that pkk fighters are still a threat. >> the risks for turkey is the pkk will establish an independent kurdistan, which is unacceptable. pkk fighters have been trained to form a defect of kurdistan but it stretches from northern iraq, northwestern syria, to eastern turkey. >> but it's not just the pkk that worries turkey. it is also concerned about allegations syrian troops have used chemical weapons. this year, nato sent six missile batteries to southern turkey to intercept any missiles that would stretch across the border.
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ankara wants more. it has repeatedly called for nato to send troops into syria to secure the stockpiles of chemical weapons. >> the biggest threat is either by the regime or some of the rebel groups, if these weapons are passing into the hands of the scripps, you may never know where they may end up or may day -- if these weapons end up in hands of these groups, you never know where they may end up. >> turkey is left grappling with the growing conflict. officials are frustrated that our four countries like the u.s. are not showing the same enthusiasm for an aggressive role to end the conflict in syria. their argument here is that a prolonged conflict may spread and there would be one of the first country to be affected. al jazeera reports from istanbul. >> nasa has released a spectacular images of an eruption of energy from the sun.
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the explosion on wednesday lasted more than two and a half hours. this video has been speeded up. it can blast a billion tons of particles into space at more than 1 million miles an hour. it happens when the sun's magnetic field changes and violently releases bubbles of gas and other matter. a check of the weather up next with richard. and then -- >> [indiscernible] allowedmuslims not treatment in hospital? >> we investigate claims by muslims in myanmar that they are being denied hospital beds. the americans tried and now european troops are doing it. for an efforts to transport -- foreign efforts to transport mali ''s army. a u.n. report says the famine in
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somalia killed 260,000 people. that's one in 10 children under five in the country died of hunger. a u.s. citizen has been sentenced to 15 years hard labor in north korea. kenneth bae was arrested in november and has been convicted of hostile acts against the north korean government. relatives of an indian man murdered while on death row in pakistan are calling for his body to be returned. sarabjit singh died after being attacked by pakistani inmates in jail. a court in nairobi has found two iranians guilty of planning to bomb kenyan cities. the chief magistrate also 15victed two for possessing kilograms of explosives. police arrested the pair last june. they face 15 years in prison. as french forces speed up their withdrawal from mali, questions are being raised about whether
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the country's own army can co. it is poorly trained and its soldiers like discipline. from 1985 until 2012, malian troops were trained by the united states. in march of 2012, a u.s. trade officers overthrew the government in a coupon and then allowed armed islamist groups of links to al qaeda to take over the country's north. a year later, france intervened and repeled rebel groups. 13 european union nations last month started their own program to train malian forces. andrew simmons reports from one of their camps. >> they are trying to transform mali's army. instructors under british command. foreign training of the troops is not new. the americans have tried it before, only to see the forces do little to stop rebels taking over a part of the sava bigger than the size of france. unlike the american training,
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your opinion in commanders say what's different about bears is that they are training together as a battalion. and they will stay together. they say coordination is key and that'll make a difference. english translated to french and the ethnic tuaregs language. >> we have to overcome the language barriers. >> but the biggest issue for many mullions in the north of the country's human rights. malians.any emolum wendy's patrol stopped and most of the troops go home, the mood could change. plans for the un peacekeeping force made up of african troops has yet to instill confidence. people don't trust their own army. >> we don't want the french to go and leave us.
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>> we are scared. we think the jihadists will come back. >> they are scared of our soldiers above all, for the simple reason they lacked discipline, they lacked professional and technical training, and they lack knowledge of international human rights laws. >> the commanding officer reject that claim. >> you said the army has been disappointing on human rights, but that is just what you say. here we're learning to be professional and to conduct operations properly. out, french soldiers pull but pressure switches to the new u.n. mission starting in july. elections should take place then, another pivotal point in the conflict. there needs to be a political will to unite north with south and integration of africans, arabs, and ethnic tuaregs is a big challenge. so really needs to happen
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that the un, like france, can fly out of here. >> wildlife authorities say poachers have killed the last known rhinoceros in mozambique. the 15 animals were killed for their horns last month in the park. poachers probably got help from the rangers responsible for protecting the rhinos. mr. workers in bangladesh have recovered more bodies from a collapsed building, bringing the number of known victims to 420. many more bodies are still buried on the ground level. it could take another five days to clear tons of rubble with cranes and cutting machines. the 5 garment factories operated in the illegally constructed building near the capital dhaka, which collapsed eight days ago. war crimes tribunal in bangladesh has issued at a rest of warrant for a bangladesh-born british leader.
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they say that he was involved in the 1978 liberation war. he denies the claim. opposition parties say the tribunal is used by the government for political means. they have been protesting against the government and holding strikes for months. religioussplaced by violence in western myanmar say they are being denied adequate medical treatment. it has been 10 months since the violence started. now more from the state capital. >> it is a struggle just to keep this 16-year-old boy down when he starts convulsing. he was bitten by rabid dog. there was little his family could do for him. >> is struggling to breathe and is going in and out of consciousness. he loses consciousness when he cannot breathe enough. he's in pain. >> when he and many other patients need is proper medical treatment in a hospital.
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moslems whose houses were burned down by buddhists in last year's violence. they are now confronted camps where a small medical center with dwindling supplies is the best treatment they can hope for. buddhist doctor's visit from time to time, but they stayed only briefly. over the past 10 months since the violence started, only around 100 seriously ill patients have been allowed to leave this camp to seek proper treatment at the main hospital in town. on arrival at the hospital in the state capital, some patients say they were denied medication or surgery by buddhist staff. we tried to put those allegations to the hospital's director. can you please answer a question? >> no. >> why are muslims not allowed treatment in hospital? >> [indiscernible] >> his response was to call the police. the healthtime,
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situation in the camps is worsening. tuberculosis and malaria are spreading and the rainy season is on the way. this man was deployed 30 years by the government. when the conflict started his pay was stopped, because he's a muslim. but he continues to work even though he and his medical center are clearly overwhelmed. the reason why i keep working is our people have no one else to care for them. we have to look after our own people. >> the estimates in 10 months, more than 1000 people died in the camps through a lack of adequate medical treatment. there's little hope the situation will improve. al jazeera reporting. >> al jazeera has contacted the myanmar government for a response to the allegations made in the story, but so far they not responded.
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malaysians will vote in the general election on sunday. one of the most important battlegrounds is a stronghold for the governing coalition for nearly 20 years. allegations that previous administrations traded citizenship for votes may affect this year's outcome. now this support. -- now this report. >> on borneo island, its coastal waters have long made it a focal point for illegal migration. in 30 years the population grew by 390%, more than double the national average. 1/4 are foreigners. an ongoing official inquiry is exposing allegations that the government gave citizenship to illegal immigrants in order to secure a vote to help it stay in power. this is a former government official turned opposition politician. he remembers attending a top- secret meeting in the mid-1980s. he says the home affairs
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minister at the time told him about the operation. >> the invention of this exercise was to get the illegal immigrants registered as voters in order to ensure it that the muslims retain the seat of power. correct the prime minister at the time has said his administration gave out citizenship to hundreds of thousands of people in the area but denied it was for political consideration. we visited several villages and people were nervous about talking to us. no one would admit on-camera to having benefited from the operation. but one man originally from southern philippines told us how he became a citizen if without going through the proper channels. he said some government officials turned up at his village one day in the late 1970's. they help him fill out the forms. a year later he was malaysian. opposition politicians say as many as 60 cows and voters in the area may have obtained citizenship through dubious means.
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that's a number that could potentially tilikum the election in favor of the ruling coalition. it is a thought that angers an artist. >> that is stealing the ability for people to choose their leadership. votes hasemocratic been stolen. >> people in areas traditionally accept migration. she says that she harbors no ill will towards those who became citizens through dubious means, even though she realizes their presence may have the ability to determine the country's political direction for years to come. al jazeera reporting from malaysia. >> police in athens have stopped members of a far-right party from handing out free food to greek nationals only. they gave away a few bags of food before officers stopped them. the party was restricting handouts to people who had papers proving they were greek.
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>> organized a completely legal food handout in the center of athens to give away food and to help struggling people during the easter holiday. the mayor of athens disagreed and said the square is for immigrants, junkies, and anarchists. we tell him, no, it belongs to the greeks. greg a 5-year-old boy has accidentally shot and killed his two-year-old sister in the southern united states with a gun designed for children. the children's mother was on the home of their ports in rural kentucky when she heard a gunshot from inside. the boy had received the 22- caliber cricket rifle as a gift. it's marketed to children in the u.s. as my first rifle. there's new evidence that some of the police earliest european settler is in north america resorted to meeting their debt to survive. archaeologists say they have found? in the bones of a 14-year-old girl who died more than 400
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years ago. now this report. >> this is what is left of the jamestown settlement. it is in these ruins that archaeologists have discovered evidence of a dark moment in north america's early colonial history. when they excavated these buildings, they found the skull of a 14-year-old girl which had been cut. >> it's a clear intent to remove flesh from the face, to remove and cut it in here to take out the tongue and the pharynx. in the 17th century diet it might seem b strange to but this is out of the ordinary, for it to come from a human. >> this is what they believe the teenage girl looked like. they don't know much about her. they called her jane. they believe the damage to her skull was inflicted after her death. the settlers resorted to
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cannibalism of the dead because virginia was experiencing a drought and famine so severe they called it the starving time. >> death awaited for them outside. there was very little food left. no hope of provisions coming in from outside. >> now we have graphic evidence of just what they had to do to keep one of the first north american colonies alive. al jazeera reporting.
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