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. after failure at the g20 barack obama returns to the united states to build support at home for a strike on syria. but his secretary of state is still looking for international support. john kerry is in lithuania to sell the idea to europe. >> this is the world news from al jazeera. election day in australia and it looks like the incumbent's days are numbered. opposition leader tony abbott is expected to defeat prime
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minister kevin rudd. >> chasing the golden lion, tough competition for the top prize at the venice film festival. we'll look at the favourites. >> just a bit of breaking news to tell you about before we get going. some article -- somalia, 10 have been killed in mogagishu near the presidential palace. more on that when we get it. >> syria - as far as securing an international support, the g20 was a failure for the united states. the focus shifted. secretary of state john kerry is in europe to convince the european minister. the united states wants military action, supported by france and - well, the british prime
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minister supports the idea but his government will not take part in a military strike. during the g20 meetings there was a bit more support - we call it qualified support - these countries are calling for a strong response - sea, turkey, australia, south korea. the real job is convincing europe. >> the most senior u.s. diplomat forges on with a campaign to convince european union politicians for support. he has a big task ahead. >> european parliament appears to be stepping back from talk of a military strike. despite the smiles in st petersburg, there was deep division. the russian president was
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insistent no action can take place without a green light from the un security council. he maintains that the justification of the syrian government in using chemical weapons on 24 august was wrong. >> >> translation: the so-called use of chemical weapons was a provocation from the rebels, hoping for help from the countries. >> the french government, the strongest u.s. ally for intervention struck a more kaushous tone. >> >> translation: france cannot accept that this should go unpun wished. we'll await the u.s. senate, the report from the investigators and then make a decision.
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>> the obama administration says it's one of a moral responsibility. >> over 1400 people were gassed. over 400 of them were children. this is not something fabricated. >> his message was echoed by an editorial published by his secretary of state on friday, writing: >> the challenge is not just international. he has to sell his case to fellow politicians and the american public. the question now is whether they'll buy. in other news egyptian authorities obtained deposed president mohamed morsi for four
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more days, pending an investigation into allegations he insulted the judiciary. he's been referred to charges on inciting violence during a sit-in in a demonstration in september. >> rockets have been fired at hot beds in northern sinai. the military says troops have gone into the area and there has been repeated attacks on police stations and the military in sinai since mohamed morsi was deposed. >> the early exit polls in australia point to a landslide victory for opposition leader tony abbott. voting has finished on the east coast. there's an hour to go in the west. we have our two correspondents in the respective camps. andrew thomas on the left is with tony abbott. peter grist is on the right. we'll talk to you in a moment, first a look at this report. >> australians don't need much of an excuse for a barbecue.
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kevin rudd's own electorate of griffith in brisbane - parents from the local school did a bit of fundraising, felting early voters. once in the past 40 years has griffith abandoned labor. mr rudd has been their mp for 15 years. the polls predict a nationwide landslide in favour of the liberal party , and it's been reflected here. the prime minister might lose not only the government, but his own seat. >> well, i think the kind of government - they've had a go, they've had six years in. they've let us down. . >> as it goes, we have a labor government for a little while then we need a liberal government to get the spending under wraps. >> we have businesses, the liberal government is the thing. labor has not been doing their job. >> even as voters cast their
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ballots, protesters dogged kevin rudd, shouting slogans against his controversial policy, shipping asylum seekers to papua new guinea. he argued earlier that the results were still open. on that issue tony abbott agrees. hecklers angry with the liberal party asylum seeker policy interrupted his voting too. there's discontent with both major parties, the poll suggests it hurt of the incumbent more than the opposition. >> anything can happen today. the electorate, i think, is wanting to change, but there are a lot of distractions out there, a lot of minor parties and independence running. it's a massive senate ballot paper. it's important if people want to change the government, they vote for the coalition in the house and senate. >> in the australian system the
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parliamentary election should produce a clear winner. the upper house has the potential to create an upset. this is the senate ballot paper for queensland. 36 parties in all. because of the complex system of preferential voting, there's no way to predict the outcome of the senate. although it looks as if the liberal party will win government, all of these issues means the liberal party could face a hostile upper house. >> if no party win, there'll be a furious round of coalition building in the weeks to come. the liberals could face a left wing block with the power to force another election within the next year. >> let's see how it's panning out. andrew thomas at abbott hq - is it going to script? >> it certainly it, off the script to an extreme level.
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early results are trickling in, showing a swing against the labor government , between 5-10%. predictions of some of the television networks is the right of centre coalition will win around 90 to 100 seats out of 150 parliament. that's a huge, huge landslide. a former labor prime minister came out in the last few minutes and accepted defeat. he said - this is bob hawk - said the government lost it rather than the opposition winning it. the abc is formally predicting a coalition right of centre win. i'm loath to call it this early, we are an hour after the polls closed and some polls in the western part of australia are still open. this will be decided in the east. they have swung so heavily towards the right of coalition, i'll say at the risk of having egg on my face later in the evening that this is tony abbott's moment, he is elected
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prime minister. >> you've said it now. tell me though, and this is it like what bob hawke did, how much of this is an endorsement of tony abbott or a rejection of kevin rudd? >> i think as peter said in his package earlier, this is a lot to do with a feeling that the labor party in the last few years has been in disarray. they had kevin rudd in a landslide victory in 2007. not, though, i must say on the scale of the landslide we may look at tonight, but a convincing victory. three years later they dumped that leader when his poll numbers dipped and installed julia gillard, the first female prime minister to the job. in june of this year, her poll numbers looked dark, so they brought kevin rudd back. the idea was he was a popular man who saved the party. it doesn't look like it has gone that way. the numbers we are seeing so far look as bad as julia gillard faced a few months ago. kevin rudd seems to have done
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absolutely nothing. in australia, i should say votes are counted where they are cast. you don't have to wait for a central collation, which is why we get results quickly. those results that are in - they suggest a huge, huge victory for the right of centre coalition. >> andrew thomas live in sydney. the man who called the election on al jazeera. we'll check in with peter in brisbane. are they pretty much conceding there, peter? >> well, as you can imagine there's a pretty sad feeling of the loss here. i've been speaking to a few alp die hard supporters, who have refused to accept that a lose as big as this, that they are suggesting, suggesting that the swing will come back in their favour as the evening goes on. i think everyone understands that the election is over, the liberal party won, and i think a
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lot of blood will be spilt over the floor. >> it's not uncommon to see defeated candidates or leaders leave the position of leadership at the end, when they lose an election. kevin rudd has only been back as leader of the labor party for a few months. >> that's right. a lot of people recognise that one of the reasons they lost the election was because kevin rudd smashed back the leadership of the party, he lead the party three or four years ago, and he ceded the leadership to julia gillard, he came back and reclaimed it a few months ago to lead the party into this election. it's been a constant battle between the two leaders that has seen the party split down the middle. a lot of people, a lot of the voters we talked to said it was a lot to do with the reason they felt they needed a change, the party in disarray.
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a lot of people recognise that that has been a costly leadership dispute. a few people that i spoke to him quietly suggest that perhaps a term in office opposite for a period in opposition might be good for the labor party , giving them a chance to sort out the leadership struggles, to stabilise things, steady the ship before tackling the next election in three or four years time. >> all right, peter greste live at kevin rudd's headquarters. >> coming up a new start for thousands of kenyans living in camps forum to six years since fleeing post-election violence. their lives are about to change. tokyo, madrid or istanbul, one will be named the host of the 2020 summer games. coming up - we weig
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. top stories for you here on al jazeera. 10 killed in an explosion in the somali capital mogad. >> shu -- mogadishu. john kerry is in lithuania trying to gain support for a strike on syria, after some of the world's richest naptions were gath -- nations were glath gathered in rush a. >> millions in australia have fished casting their votes, predicting a landslide win to
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tony abbott. >> six years since kenya's post election violence. the government has begun a resettlement of 8,000 people living in displacement camps. the government will give each household $4,600 approximately to start their new lives. we'll check on katherine sawyer at a camp. we were talking about this, six years since the violence and the people have been in displacement camps. it's an extraordinarily long time. >> yes, it is an extraordinary long time. the people have been talking - i have been talking to some. displaced people waiting for the president to hand cheques to them to start their new lives. they were telling me that six years is a long time. they are tired of living in tents, tired of living in squaller, and say the money is not enough for them to do much with.
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it's not enough for them to buy land or build, because that's very important to them. it's better than nothing, and better than living in tents. they welcome the move and are anxiously waiting for the president who is supposed to arrive any time. >> if not during the last six years, why now. is there a timing or symbolism as to what's happening now in kenya? >> the symbolism is that cases are coming up, the president and the deputy president are coming up. it's significant in the sense that the cases - one is coming up next tuesday and the president in november. a lot of people are reading politics into that. the government will tell you that this plan was in the works. the problem was that the previous government failed to resettle all the internally displaced people. if you talk to the opposition,
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the narrative will be different. this is politics. it is a charm offensive. the deputy president's trial comes up tuesday. it's from here where he's accused of planning activities that led to the murder of people, that led to mass evictions and led to rape. so in a sense the symbolism relies that these cases are coming up. the opposition says it's politics, the government is saying... say again. >> no, we'll have to leave it there. time is ticking on. thanks for that. live from kenya. >> back to syria - government forces are trying to push fighters out of the capital damascus. the fighters are hoping for u.s. strikes to weaken the army, a limited intervention would be unlikely to end the war.
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>> this is where the fight for the syrian capital has happened for a month. the rebel-held suburbs. the objective of the military campaign - government forces want to prevent rebels entering damascus. armed opposition fighters were hoping a strike would weaken the regime's offences, allowing them to enter the capital. >> translation: the international community knows the regime is week and military action will give the rebels time to enter the capital, that's why they delayed the strikes, so they can prepare the hits. >> the position is not a unified force. many are suspicious of washington's intentions. the u.s. said it doesn't want groups linked to al qaeda to prevail. >> u.s. administration does not
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want to bring down the assad regime now. the opposition is in such a situation of disarray and the islamist radicals are so dominant they'll end up in power in damascus. >> the delay in deciding on military action has bought the syrian government time. some syrians joined what they are calling a human shield campaign to protect important facilities in the capital. the opposition, however, says the government is using civilians as shields and military assets and loyalist forces have been moved to residential areas, leading some to question the effectiveness of taking out military targets, especially since the army has been changing its tactics. >> for a long time they've been adapting to the resistance doctrine. to the united states - if you want to bomb, a fixed facility, they can bomb it, because it will not be a major impact on
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them. >> the syrian army is not fighting a conventional war, commanders are lie relying on the national defence forces and they could play a greater role. >> the syrian opposition is not just demanding military strikes. they want military strikes to topple it. the obama administration has sought congressional approval for limited action. limited or not, for now what is clear is washington will not use combat troops on the ground. the u.s. says it doesn't want to get involved in syria's civil war. taking out military targets may rebalance the military situation in the opposition's favour, in turn leading to a political solution. the pakistani government released seven taliban prisoners to facilitate peace talks with
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afghanistan. among them mansoor dadullah, taken two weeks after afghanistan's president hamid karzai visited pakistan himself. >> a sunni schoolgirl who survived an attack by the taliban is the winner of a peace price. she accepted that awatered award at a -- award in a ceremony in the region. she was 15 at the time. >> a planned concert by the state orchestra in kashmir will go ahead. it angered groups. the separatists say holding the concert on the indian side legitimises new dellie's rule. it takes place against the backdrop of an upsurge of violence in the region. we have more.
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>> once again, there's a lockdown. there's a heavy security presence on the street. there are checks of people walking around. shops are closed. this time the tensions are because of a music concert to take place saturday evening. the german embassy respond sored the bavaria -- respond sored the -- sponsored the bavaria orchestra to perform here. what started as an innocent performance has turned into a hot political issue. separatist leaders are angered by the event, saying authorities are using the performance to deflect the violence in cash mire. thousands have died. many are missing. what is truly needed here is a peace protest and not a music
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concert. >> later on saturday the international olympic committee will announce the city to host the summer games in 2020. we have correspondent in all city. >> lee is in madrid. we will go to istanbul. we start with florence in the japanese capital tokyo. >> if tokyo wins, this is where the 2020 summer olympics will be centred. the national stadium. it's the main sporting arena for the 1964 games. then the olympics marked japan's recovery from a defeat in world war ii. now it's an advanced nights with world class infrastructure -- advanced nation with world class infrastructure and technology. that is tokyo's experience and reputation will make it the favourite. it's being overshadowed by what is happening 200km away - the nuclear crisis at the fukushima plant. dammed by an earthquake and
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tsunami in 2011. the plant is unstable, and leaking radiation. the prime minister has given assurance that the situation will be under control. the japanese government says holding the olympics in tokyo will help inspire the world, showing how a nation can recover from disaster. >> if tokyo wins it will be the first majority to hold the olympics. this stadium was built 11 years ago and could be the central figure. turkish officials will invest $19 billion and that is higher than who others needed to propose. there are many challenges, many issues to overcome for istanbul. for example, traffic. there's a 14 million population. also the doping scandal that erupted this year, and the war
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in neighbouring syria. turkish government is trying to convince the voters that it is not a security threat. in the city there were clashes between the antigovernment protesters and police. counting in all these factors istanbul has a lot to offer for the olympics, and many challenges to overcome. >> this is the first consecutive time madrid bid for a games, finishing third in 2012, 20 in 2016 to rio and now they feel 2020 is their time, despite being out siders. the reason they've been outsiders is the financial problems that have had an effect in madrid and spain. people wonder how they could afford to bid, let alone stage a games. they have taken existing venues and are making the most of them. 27 out of 36 venues exist.
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whether it's the stadium to the tennis to the basketball arena, it's there. that impressed people at the ioc. madrid made up ground on the other two potential hosts. the thing they want in madrid is the barcelona effect from 1992. the only spanish city to have hosted the games, it transformed the reputation of barcelona. can it do the same for madrid. >> arts news. the venice film festival about to come to its conclusion. we'll shortly find out who won the golden lion, which is the top award in venice, two british movies and a french movie among the contenders. >> lights, camera - as for the action, give it a few hours. venice's red carpet is about to get well worn. saturday night is awards night. who will take the golden lion, the top award. how about
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'filomena' an irish woman trying to find the child she was forced to give up. it's british, as is, "under the skin" - an alien on a roadtrip, kidnapping and send people home to be food. it may be the british battling the french. there's a french film called a monochrome affair, exploring family relationships french style. it's in with a serious chance of winning the golden lion. the competition described as the toughest in many years, not necessarily the best. that from a man who covered this festival every year for half his life. >> it's not how it was in the '80s, and '70s. there's less international on the field, especially for the
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most important productions. >> a tale of an unemployed man who craftily takes on other people's jobs - the director wants that to take the top prize. >> when in rome, do as the roman do. when in venice, hope for the best. that's what italians are doing. the host nation has 22 movies considered among the four main categories. >> the movies have been screened. juries have retired. in all probability they've been reached. as for the directors, crews and stars - they'll have to wait a bit longer before they find out how this one ends. >> news continues online. you can see a lot of our reports again. there's breaking news, live blog


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