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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ >> hello, there, welcome to the news hour. i i'm in doha with the top stories in on al jazeera. homes in ruins in southwest pakistan, a powerful earthquake kills 270 people and injuries hundreds more. the westget a siege is over in kenya, but security forces are still recovering bodies. >> iran's president opens the
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door to discussion on iran's nuclear program. america's cup in history is all squared. one of the sport's great comebacks. details later in the program. ♪ >> a powerful earthquake has hit southwest pakistan killing more than 270 people and injuring hundreds of others. pakistani troops and helicopters have now reached a remote region. the magnitude 7.7 quake destroyed hundreds of homes. here is more. >> reporter: this is what remains of many villages in the district houses flattened and hundreds of inhabitants wounded. it was the epicenter of the
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earthquake. >> translator: it all happened within a minute. everything was destroyed. when we went back, even the little place where we kept water was gone. >> translator: we took out some bodice and some injured, but there are no facilities here. >> translator: we don't know how many are dead. half of us are maybe alive. >> reporter: it is so remote that it was a few hours before the injured could be moved to hospital. >> it also has effected the communication system, and the relief workers are facing lots of difficulties to reach out to the earthquake survivors and it also takes eight hours from the capitol to reach the district. >> reporter: medical camps are being set up and the military has launched a relief depreciation. air balances and more than a thousand solders are take part
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in relief efforts. >> translator: we have started relief work. more health centers have been established. >> translator: in april a 7.8 magnitude quake hit the same providence. scores are killed from earthquakes in 2011, and 2008. pakistan's government has been fighting a bloody separatist insurgency there, but they accuse of the government of not alindicating enough resources and funds. it's the people that are regularly suffering from natural disasters. our correspondent has just araved in the area. how are relief forces coping?
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>> reporter: well, we have just entered the district, which is an adjoining district to the area. it is at least a six to 7-hour's drive from this location. as you mentioned indeed it is a remote area. the infrastructure was badly damaged and therefore it was very difficult to reach the area by telephone, however, we have been told that the military has indeed been -- in the area -- at least 174 dead people from the area, but we are told that they have received the maximum damage and most of the houses there have been flattened. we are also told that out of the 27 districts in the area, six are hit very hard, and it is going to be still difficult to
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find out the exact nature of that damage because the earthquake happened in the even ing, then it -- and in the remote region it will be very difficult to air area reconnaissance. so helicopters are airborne and trying to access the actual extent of the damage plus trying to get as much as possible to those who have suffered from this quake. >> kamal just briefly, this is an area which has suffered several sectarian attacks through different armed groups there. what is the security situation whilst this is all going on? >> we have word that there has been an attack at least on an rescue team. we don't know whether the
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liberation army is involved. those people that -- heard of any serious incidents. however, a volatile area where the [ inaudible ] insurgents are quite active, and at the same time the government is getting precautions by putting more military forces on the main road in the effected area, in order to ensure the smooth traffic flow so that rescue teams can arrive and carry on their work uninjured. >> kamal thank you very much. to kenya now where troops are searching for bodice. at least 72 people were killed including five fighters and six soldiers. it's feared more victims will be found after three floors collapsed during explosions and
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fire. andrew the grim task now begins of trying to go through the shopping center some of which is impossible to access because of these collapsed floors. >> reporter: that's right. the president announced three days of mourning on tuesday night. there is a change in mood here. really people realizing now the true extent of this international tragedy. and i say international because this has now become obviously a much bigger scenario that anyone first visualized in the -- when the attack was made. the police we understand are being stopped from their requests to actually recover bodies, because a huge forensic operation is underway to go through the rubble. what happened is this, that on
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monday, that's the day when the attack was made on the al-shabab attackers, and they it appears responded in some way, it is thought they detonated explosives that caused the collapse of part of the building. the supermarket we understand was completely wrecked by this, and there are bodies in that rubble. so far we know from the president himself that five of the attackers were shot dead. as for the rest another 11 suspects were arrested but nowhere near here. they were something to do with the overall inquiry. this is the way events have unfolded. for the first time in five days a cloeter few of westgate mall. inside an unknown number of
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bodies are yet to be recovered. three floors of part of this building collapsed during the fighting. on tuesday a staircase is sealed off and they reached the fourth floor. every corner or closed door contains a risk. what was a place where people would spending their money on fashion, food, and entertainment, now stands in ruin. what you can't see here are three floors collapsed. earlier more distant but progressively bigger blasts have soldiers running to avoid any un-coming fire. [ explosion ] >> reporter: we counted five explosions in the space of a few hours, and single shots. the security force say they disabled at least two bombs laid
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by their attackers. the president made an address to the nation, and gave the numbers of the attackers who were killed. >> five terrorists were killed with gunfire. eleven suspects are in custody in connection with the attack. intelligence reports have suggested that a british woman, and two or three american citizens may have been involved in the attack. we cannot confirm the details at present. >> reporter: but there was no reference to how many people dead or alive who were left inside the building. al-shabab had claimed hostages are being held and they are alive. that appears highly unlikely. some kenyans like these visiting the city mortuary searching in
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vain for family and friends can get little comfort from anyone right now. >> i know it's impossible for you to confirm this, but al-shabab are saying there are 170 hostages that have been killed in that mall. what we do know is there are still many, many families trying to trace loved ones, who they simply don't know what happened to them? >> reporter: that's right. that is a twitter account that has been closed down repeatedly but come up again from al-shabab. but all i can say is there is an ambiguous situation here. the presidential spokesman has held a briefing in the past hour. he is basically saying that the president has made it clear that the forensic investigation is depending on how they get
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through all of this rubble, because there is so much evidence in the rubble. there is no information about the somebody of host agency. 63 are confirmed dead, but the red cross think that up to 50 hostages could have died. they haven't said that officially, but those are the numbers of people missing at least that figure. and you have only got to look at the numbers going to the mortuary. the numbers in nairobi who are looking for loved ones or family, there is definitely a link. and it would seem that there has been a biggest loss of life than one would have thought in this whole crisis. we know a number of foreign agencies are helping the kenyan forces. that includes israel at some
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stages, british definitely involved, confirmed that the scotland yard police investigations unit is helping with the forensics, and also the fbi have certainly been involved in intelligence matters. as for the operation it's a, the kenyans say it was down to them, although there are some sources suggesting that this may not be the case all the way through. but it is impossible to tell just what sort of operation it was. the key are the events on monday, and the partial collapse of this building. >> andrew, i'm sure things will become clearer as the next few hours unfold. thank you very much indeed for that. hassan rouhani says iran is not developing nuclear weapons and isn't a threat to peace. the president condemned the
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imposition of western sanctions which are hitting iran's economic. here is james bays from new york. >> reporter: the arrival of hassan rouhani, iran's president for less than two months on the world stage brings a promise of a new start to his countries relay shun -- relations. both he and president obama spoke cautiously after more than three decades of mistrust. >> we are encouraged that he received from the people a mandate to pursue a more moderate course, and i am directing john kerry to pursue this effort with the iranian government. >> reporter: he said progress would only be made if there is a deal removing the threat of a
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nuclear bomb. but he offered that iran can have a peaceful nuclear energy program and acknowledged mistakes from the past. >> the united states and iran have been isolated from one another since the islamic revolution of 1979. this mistrust has deep roots. iranians have long complained of a history of u.s. interfere answer in their affairs, and of america's role in overthrowing the iranian government during the cold war. >> reporter: later president rouhani took to the podium. >> translator: i listened carefully to the statement made by obama today at the general assembly, hoping they will refrain from following the short-sided pressure of warmongering interest groups. peace is within reach. >> reporter: it was not all
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conciliatory talk, there was criticisms of u.s. engagement in the middle east, of drone strikes and israel's treatment of palestinians >> translator: what has been and continues to be practiced against the innocent people of palestine is nothing less than structural violence. >> reporter: u.s. diplomats listened to the words. in past years they have walked out, but this they are giving diplomacy a chance. netenyahu stay inn inned -- said . . .
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coming up on the news hour, accused of stabbing here parents while high on drugs. teenager addicts in bangladesh tell their story. >> reporter: scientists have found new ways to harness the power of the sun to save the planet. ♪ un weapons inspectors have arrived back in damascus to continue their investigations into chemical weapons use in syria. the u.s. says there are 1400 people were killed in a attack. the last investigation didn't look into who was responsible.
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13 of syrias rebel groups say they don't recognize the coalition. and they are called for a united syria. >> reporter: this was a sign of broader tensions to come. the date july 2013, the place, dana, a village close to syria's board we are turkey. al qaeda-linked fighters wanted to show us they were in control after pushing army rebels out. fast forward about two months later, the same happened in the border town. in a statement they justified the takeover by calling the fsa northern storm brigade western spice, accusing them of being traitors.
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they accused foreign fighters of violating the principles of the revolution by turning their guns on fsa rebels. it said the islamic state is no longer fighting the syrian regime but instead strengthening its positions in liberated areas. it was a rare condemnation but the rebel fighting forces on the ground didn't adopt the same stance. instead they denounced the coalition as a foreign-based group that doesn't represent them. these groups include powerful forces and bring grades, and syria's al qaeda branch, a front the u.s. designated a terrorist organization through its weight behind that position. >> translator: the national coalition and the proposed transadditional government does not represent us nor do we recognize it.
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these forces call on all military and civilian groups to unite in a clear islamic context. >> reporter: the national coalitions influence on the ground was always questionable, but now it doesn't seem to have any sway over the fractured opposition. efforts to restructure opposition forces were never welcomed by those inside syria who feel it is a western project. >> translator: they didn't provide us with anything. his only concern is the chair he sits on. of course we want a unified army, it is being discussed by forces on the ground, and will be announced from inside syria within two months. >> reporter: it is on the front lines where rebel forces are united, but know the most powerful forces have also found common ground in a rare show of unity they made clear they will
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confront outside influences. well, i'm joined in the studio now from a member of the syrian national council, welcome to you. so what is your reaction to this? at least 13 of the rebel factions have rejected the syrian national coalition. >> well, i'm trying first of all to know the size of these groups on the ground, because we have many, many groups on the ground. we don't know how big, how influential, how strong they are -- [overlapping speakers] >> yes, in fact. it's -- it's the name -- it's number one on the list, and i see some names of groups i can recognize. it's a combination of two things. one of them, yes, there is a degree of failure from the coalition leadership in taking the -- the syrian revolution to
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a level where we can, you know, really tell the world what we want and -- and stand very strong against this regime. we don't see that strong stand. we know that recently we have not been served well by the cancellation of the plans of that strike. it -- it actually boosted the regime more, and restricting all the atrocities that happened during those two and a half years only in one thing which is the chemical weapons, and we know there is a lot more than the chemical weapons. >> just coming back to these groups, i mean, what they are asking for, even the ones that are seen has moderate, they are demanding an islamic framework based on sharia law. that is going to worry syrian western allies and even some of the gulf states. >> right. well, let me tell you the opposition in general. the islamic tendency among it is
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very strong. however, many people like myself are not calling for a islamic state. we're calling for a civil state that has democracy, freedom to everyone. we will have elections and everyone can have their own program, and if the people choose an islamic government, so be it. if they choose secular, so be it. however, what we are against, and this is mainly the problem with this declaration of those 13 groups is imposing an islamic state on people, and this is sort of -- you know, dictatorship that we are fighting -- >> trying to fight in the first place. what do we do about this? >> to make it even worse, there are so many versions of the islamic state. which version do you want? many people inside told me -- some are really fanatical. and we're wondering where did
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these people come from and who financed them and so on. the most fanatic one i don't see it among those 13 ones, which is the islamic state in [ inaudible ]. this is the most tragic and dangerous one. there is -- you know, people are wondering who is behind those groups? >> well, another question they are wondering is how on earth can syria go forward if the whole opposition is fractured? what -- what can you do about this? >> it is a problem. i'll tell you here the coalition leadership has to step up. has to really make the syrian people feel that we are doing our best. there is -- you know, personally, if i'm in the leadership, i would have two choices. either i can do the job or step down. i'm not going to stay in the position of the leadership and tell people i can do nothing. if i can do nothing, i will step
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down, and let the revolution, start, yes, we can say -- it can go to square one, and let the world see that -- everyone failed us and go to the -- the syrian people and what they want. but the bottom line is unfortunately the coalition leadership has not filled the -- you know, the power vacuum there, and people feel frustrated. >> okay. thank you very much indeed for that. flooding and landslides have killed at least 30 people in northern philippines. the waters have subsided but recovery efforts are still underway. here is more. >> reporter: at least 30 people have already been killed from flash floods and landslides here. the local government still puts the providence under a state of
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calamity. many of the residences say they lives are slowly returning back to normal. some stores and schools have already opened, and clearing operations are already underway. however, there seems to be a public [ inaudible ] so keep essential government and local government, essential government saying they have given enough information for local government to act. local government saying they have given enough instruction to residents to act earlier enough before devastation like this could happen. but they say they are being moved to an area where they have no livelihood. many depend on fishing, and they say being moved to an area that is mountainous is not going to work for them. it's unfortunate that thousands continue to die because of extreme weather devastations.
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it's unsure whether this will be a less son for many of the local goes, but many of the residents say they are worried this is a story that is going to be repeated again and again almost every year. >> the philippines of course not the only part of asia with flooding problems. how is it looking around the rest of the region? >> take a look at the satellite, you can see the showers coming out of the philippines, pushing south to the southwest of china. and we have flooding problems here along with cambodia and vietnam. and we have a typhoon that will make its way towards japan. it is somewhat stronger than we initially thought, but thankfully it is not expected to make landfall. but we're still looking at
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damaging winds and heavy rains. and the eastern area could see flooding. we have flooding meanwhile into northwest india. this area has been swirling away. brought down some very heavy rainfall in and around the region. many homes and businesses have been destroyed. roads and bridges have also been washed away as a result of the heavy rain. i'm afraid the rain will stay in a similar position over the next couple of days. much of the northwest is heading this way. >> thank you for that. coming up here on the news hour -- rapping for change, a tribal community in brazil since of injustice to try to reclaim their ancestral ground. and in sports we'll tell you
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why the yankees playoff hopes are all but over. stay with us. ♪
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♪ hello, again. the top stories on the al jazeera news hour. a powerful earthquake has hit southwest pakistan, killing more than 20 -- [ technical difficulties ] -- in a remote region. in kenya it is feared that more bodies will be found in the
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debris of the shopping mall. and some people are still searching for their loved ones. >> reporter: this man and his wife are lucky to be alive. they were park their car in the basement of the mall when the nightmare began. he was shot in the hand, his life fractured her leg and shrapnel lodged in various parts of her body. >> [ inaudible ] i told my husband i think i have been hit badly. i told him that much. so he said just get down. get down. let's get out of here. >> reporter: injured are being kept and relatives anxiously wait for any information.
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this man has searching for information about his cow try. >> we are searching the morgues and check the lists, but nothing, nothing. >> reporter: security forces have rescued more than one thousand people from the mall. bodies are believed to be buried in the rubble after some floors of the mall have collapsed. thousands wait to donate blood. at least 4,000 people have been coming up daily since saturday. most of these people have been here since early morning, and they tell us they are going to stay here until they give a chance to give their blood. >> i lost a friend here. she was in the cafe, and she died. so i thought [ inaudible ] because i'm save another life.
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>> reporter: so they do their bit here, and relatives continue to hope that sometime soon their loved ones will show up, hopefully alive. katherine soy, al jazeera. north and south korea should have been celebrating a reunion of sorts, but the ceremony was canceled. harry faucet reports on the fallout. >> reporter: a week ago this woman was with her daughters-in-law. she was getting ready for another family event. one that had been more than 60 years in the making. >> translator: all of this waiting is finally bearing fruit. i feel hon in order be able to see their faces. some people never got a chance to see their family's faces, and in some cases their family members are no longer alive, but
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i have nephews and i would love to meet them. >> reporter: kim had discovered that her sister was now dead. she had been hoping to find out more about her life. ♪ >> reporter: hopes dashed on saturday with this statement on north korean television. it said it was canceling the reunions accusing the south of using resent dialogue between the two sides for the purpose of confrontation. and the anticipation has been replaced by deep disappointment as kim looks through the clothes and other grifts she had ready for her family. >> translator: i was eating and i saw the news on tv. i felt powerless and i dropped my spoon. i just feel so sad. >> reporter: in another apartment, south korean's minister was meeting another
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disappointed family. south korea's government says remains committed to trust building with his north korean neighbor. harry faucet, al jazeera, soule. many young people are turning to drugs, and many aren't getting the help they need. >> reporter: she was a teenager who had the usual problems with her mother and father, but now she has been accused of stabbing her mother and father while under the influence of drugs. up with of the popular drugs is a methamphetamine mixed with
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caffeine, it comes from myanmar. >> approximately 5 million is the size of addict population, and the majority of which are the young, and there are some addiction professionals who have told me that there are addicts who are as young as ten years old. >> reporter: drug laws in bangladesh require the government to treat and rehabilitate young addicts, but in practice they don't get much help. >> when they make up in a few hours, the kids won't have much to eat. there are hardly any rehab centers to treat children. we ones that do are too expensive, but this is a christian center and one of the only places that takes care of
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the addict children for free. >> the most alarming thing is i think people are not aware of how vast the problem is, and if they don't know, how can they do anything? and if they don't do anything, these young children who are on the streets today, will be in the future streeted a -- street adults. this girl is 16 years old, and one of the girls being treated here. >> translator: my friends told me if your family has so many problems, if you take these drugs then all of the pressure will go away, and i was curious. i thought maybe if i take these drugs, maybe all of my problems with my parents will go away. >> reporter: she is optimistic
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about her future, but unless the government in bangladesh chooses to help the young addicts, her path to recovery will remain out of reach. in sudan, people have died due to protesters over oil prices. calm has been restored in jerusalem. israeli soldiers used sound grenades and tear gas inside a mosque. they began a sit-in several days ago. a un human rights report says israeli is [ inaudible ] the rights of palestinians. it revealed a desperate picture
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of tens of thousands of people forced from their lands and denied the ability to work. >> reporter: it is a harsh environment. and the politics of this place have thrown up physical barriers almost as insurmountable for the palestinian farmers and fisherman. in this village not a lot has changed over the years. preparing the winter crop as they have done for centuries. except now the palestinian farmers have new neighbors. the jewish settlement, and international law's presence here in the occupied west bank is illegal. >> translator: we have lost a huge part of the land to settlement. my family lost over 37 acres. we have land outside of the settlement fence that we dare not approach because of possible attacks. >> reporter: so he farms whatever small parcel of land he can find. the presence of the settlement
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has also impacted on available water supplies. this spring at the village is the only source of pure water available. in gaza even sea access is restricted. the fishing fleet is limited to between 5 to 10 kilometers off of the coast. the israeli navy has fired on palestinian fishing boats within the limits. >> translator: the palestinian economy is in limbo. we have less than 40% of the land, less than 20% of the water, and the food basket of the jordan valley is off limits. >> reporter: the government says they believe a strong israeli economy is crucial. the whole issue of restricted
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areas imposed on palestinians was raised in a human rights report this week. and this is what the report says, access restricted areas undermine the livelihood of tens of thousands of palestinians, violating their human rights. in other words denying them the right to farm their own lands, and fish in their own waters. in south africa, 34 striking mine workers were killed after police opened fire last year. the police have been accused of fabricating evidence and hiding documents. james nickel is a uk lawyer, and joining us now. what kind of evidence were they tampering with? >> reporter: they are extremely serious allegations.
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we been served with tens of thousands of pages of documents in the past few days. there are documents that they have put before the commission which they said were contempt rainous, but we now know to be fabricated and made up some weeks later. it's a pretty serious allegation that is being made, and a pretty serious discovery. >> so what are you hoping for the families of those who were killed who you are helping to represent? >> reporter: when you look at what has been disclosed, for example, you will find that the new documents show that some of the union leaders were in favor of killing the police immediately before the police
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killed the demonstrators, that bit of cc tv has been manipulated in benefit of the police. similarly, we have been told that the commission has proce proceeded on the basis that there was a plan of action for the police. there was a plan, but it was not on plan put before the commission. we have to stop the fabrication of evidence, and that's what i hope this commission is going to do. we have already seen earlier on in the commission, dead bodies that have been planted with weapons in order that the police can come up and say, oh, we were acting in self-defense. that has got to stop. there needs to be a full inquiry as to how this set of circumstance has come around. >> james thanks very much
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indeed. comes up here on the al jazeera hour, we'll talk about the longest american cup in history. it is always square as team usa continues. one of sport's greatest come backs. stay with us.
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♪ welcome back. the head of peru's counter drug agency as defended her country's efforts at curving cocaine
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production. she was reacting to a un announcement that it has overtaken columbia at the production of cocoa leaf. >> translator: despite the problem being horrific, as you all can see we are optimistic, because this is the first time in more than five years that we are starting to see a reduction. two british women have pleaded guilty of trying to smuggle cocaine from peru. and the [ inaudible ] catch those involved in a plot to smuggle cocaine from venezuela. two british and one italian are the latest accused.
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three officers from venezuela's national guard were arrested for being part of the plot. teenagers are using [ inaudible ] to try to reclaim their ancestral lands. gabrielle spoke to the youth of the tribe. >> reporter: rapping from the heart of their community. thought to be brazil's first rap group made up of indigenous people. they might not be from the rough urban streets but they were born out of the same rap tradition. >> translator: i grew up listening to lyrics from rappers everywhere, and i thought to myself some of the same struggles are going on within my village, but in a different way, i thought i'll do it my way, and
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merge it with our language. >> reporter: they are from southern brazil. life is tough here, where many of the teenagers are forced to work in the sugar cane fields to support their family. land conflicts with local farmers have killed dozens of the tribe members in recent years. rap music was a new concept to the community but is being accepted. the local chief told me that the whole idea of rap being music was in his words, stranges, but says he supports the effort because it mixes the traditional and modern traditions together. and it's not just about rap. ♪ >> reporter: the government
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wants to create a conservative indigenous community here. >> kids want to be part of the orchestra, but they know they have to study. so they no longer want to work in the sugar cane fields. >> i think a person from our community can get into these orchestra group. the orchestra makes them think of something different to do in life. >> reporter: he is now teaching his cousins and brothers to play whether it's rap or soothing sounds of the orchestra, they use music as an outthroat a better future. russian president vladimir putin said green peace activists aren't pirates but did break the
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law. how about this for a bright idea? a new and more efficient way to generate electricity and fresh water in remote areas, using the rays of the sun. >> reporter: it's not the most likely place to look for a solution to the planet's -- [ technical difficulties ] -- scientists believe they have found a far more efficient way of using the power of the sun than anything solar power has achieved before. a key part of these the system are these cells, capable of converting almost half of the sup light they absorb into energy, electricity. the mirror over there concentrates the sunlight down on to the cells, harnessing the power of up to a thousand suns.
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this is a prototype, of course, in a year they expect there will be a working system 40 times larger providing enough power for ten homes. put 400 of those in a field or strip of desert, and you can meet the needs of a small town. the cells that harness the power of a thousand suns tend to get hot, very hot. here they worked out how to use their system using water. sea, water, fresh water, even wastewater. the warm water evaporates leaving salt and other impurities behind, the vapor is reduced back into water, so pure you can drink it. that is pure, pure water. >> pure, pure water. >> not very good for drinking? >> not good for drinking, but a
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small amount was okay. >> ecology and economic go in opposite directions. and now this system allows to make them run parallel. that's a great thing. because as we make photovoltaic energy cheaper, we can produce it in masses and help save the planet. >> reporter: it's the culmination of eight year's work for him at the same labs that gave the world nano technology and four nobel science awards. let's get to sport now. here is summer. >> thank you very much. oracle team usa are closing in on one of the sport's
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greatest-ever comebacks. they won the last two races in san francisco bay to set up winner take all. >> reporter: the sailor with a sinking feeling now facing defeat after being in a commanding position. the moment oracle firmly becomes the favorite to ensure the old mug stays in america. >> it's really clear to see we probably could have take just about anywhere and we would have been behind at the end of that league, and the first time that we recognized there was a condition where maybe we're not as strong as we need to be. >> reporter: a seventh loss in a row for a shattered new zealand. and the rivals are no doubt up for the cup decider. >> we wouldn't want to be
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anywhere else. >> there are certainly options we can look at, but it's going to be hard to find the two or three knots of speed. >> reporter: otherwise the kiwi challenge could be dead in the water. [ inaudible ] has accused the media of writing lies about him. he was quick to respond to claims that he was unhappy with the coach after being substituted. the argentine was brought off with ten minutes to go in the game. he said later, nobody likes to be replaced, but we must accept it, because it is best for our team. he has already scored during the 4-1 win. he has recently been accused of attempting to humiliate his former coach and bullying his teammates. madrid is equal on points
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with barcelona. both goals coming from diego. [ inaudible ] also unbeaten this season. [ inaudible ] could return to action against manchester united in the english league cup on wednesday. he has now completed his ten-game ban for biting [ inaudible ] in april. >> i think having someone of that quality back into your -- your squad gives everyone a lift, really, and as everyone knows the depth of his qualities and his attitude, really, you know, he is non-stop in his commitment, and i'm sure that once he gets back on the field again, he'll show what he has shown since he has been here, which has been top quality. >> i think that liverpool got a really good player. does it change the complexion, i don't know. >> but i know the call is very
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good. [ inaudible ] has extended his contract for a further year with his deal now extending to 2016. he is now focused on champions league success. >> i want to win it and the club has big potential to win it, and they are showing everybody by being [ inaudible ] that they want to win it. there is no doubt, and no question about that. it's like all in, and that's the way it is, and i'm very happy to be part of it, and hopefully i will make the history come true. on to baseball the st. louis cardinals are one step closer to the national league title after a 2-1 lead over the washington nationals. tampa bay rays all but ended the yankees hopes.
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tampa lead the wild-card standings, and are one game ahead of cleveland with five to play. yankees have to win all five games to have any chance. basketball legend shaquille o'neal has become a part owner of the sacramento kings. he retired two years ago and has a minority share with the california [ inaudible ] team. the four-time nba champion, o'neal once called the franchise the sacramento queens. and more on our website, check out aljazeera.com/sports. and there's details on how to get in touch with our team using twitter and facebook. do stay with us. we're going to take a quick break. and then elizabeth will be here with all of the day's developments. i'll see you a little later on.
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good morning, this is al jazeera, i'm del walters , these are some of the stories that we are following. 16 hours and counting, center ted cruz and his marathon speech says he plans to talk until he can't stand any longer, but his mission to defund obamacare appears to be doomed. >> translator: peace is within. >> words of optimism to pursue peace between the u.s. and iran. there was no symbolic land shake to seal the deal. getting serious about

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