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... senior members of a far right party in greece are released on bail. the leader is due in court, charged with organizing a criminal group. hello. welcome to access live from doha. italy's government confronts a challenge from berlusconi holding a vote of confidence. we will be live in rome. u.s. weapons inspectors arrive in damascus. adel are people are being starved to death a few
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kilometers away. the flooding along the micong river that's claimed dozens of lives. hello. in greece, three senior figures. country's far right golden dawn party have been freed on bail. the government is cracking down after a leader was stopped to death. the leader is due to appear in court. he is charged with running a criminal group. joining me now live from athens is our correspondent, barnaby phillips. what do we expect to happen now? >> reporter: well, it's hard to know because the release of three of the four members of parliament who's hearings began yesterday is somewhat unexpected, it has to be said. they walked out an hour ago. in fact, it's only the spokesman of golden dawn who is going to
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have to pay bail of 50,000 your os. the only two only have travel restrictions if you would like. they are not allowed to leave the country. another remains behind bars. all attention is on the leader. the expectation that he will be charged like his fellow party members with leading a criminal o. but let's look back at what has been happening so far in the athens court complex behind me. >> this is how golden dawn came to court, a party in disgrace accused of undermining democracy and practicing violence and criminal methods. and this is what the greek police say they found, fascist memorabilia and it seems a movement prepared to use force. golden dawn still has its supporters. they say a correct government is persecuting their party to draw attention away from its own
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failings. later in the day, four of golden dawn's most senior figures were also brought to court. here come the golden dawn members of parliament. they have been behind bars for three days. during that time, they have beenvil villified as neo nazi s. >> reporter: can this be a fair trial? or will it, in fact, be a witch hunt? >> i am sure they will get a fair trial, and the judges today, they are very, very specific in what they are searching. they are fair persons >> reporter: there was a heavy police presence around court. but some of those arrested are, themselves, policemen. and several senior police officers have been suspended because of suspected links to golden dawn, all suggesting that
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a movement that grew out of greece's economic crisis cannot be easily crushed, no matter how these trials proceed. >> barnaby, what more do we know then about the government's case against golden dawn and the party's own defense? >> reporter: well, what we are hearing is being leaked from prosecution witnesses who are now under protective custody, who are people who are saying that they were in golden dawn. they paint a rather dramatic picture of the organization. they say that it had para military craning squads and that it sent out hit teams around athens to carry out acts of violence. golden dawn say that this is nonsense, that they are being politically persecuted by a corrupt government that is seeking to distract ordinary greeks if you like from this country's social, political, economic problems. we will have to see how the evidence stands up in court.
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it's perhaps too early to come to any conclusions, but you might say that the fact that three of the four members of parliament who had their first hearings have already been released on bail raises the possibility that the state is going to have to work quite hard to tighten up its evidence if it is to secure convictions in this case. >> barnaby phillips live in athens. thanks very much. now political drama is unfolding in the italian parliament. italy's prime minister has asked for a vote of could have been if i had he knew in his coalition government addressing the senate earlier said the government's survival must be separated from the legal troubles of berlusconi. it was a last-ditch attempt to persuade enough mps to persuade to bring down the government. that session going on rome as we speak. joining me as well is our correspondent, sonjaface guego.
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where is the vote of confidence right now? >> reporter: it would seem it's in rather a stronger position than thought when the crisis broke, when berlusconi pulled his ministers from the cabinet. in those days that the crisis broke, there has been a lot of shoring of support -- showing of support toward the government. there has also been a lot of agreement across the parties, interestingly enough, that this act that's done, that some would say berlusconi did was actually an irresponsible act. the prime minister on sunday has emergency talks to the president, both an agreement that they would do whatever it takes to ensure there would be stability. this reflected across economically as well saying the
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last thing, commentators are saying italy needed right now in the face of the economic fragility, that it stands as another political crisis. t this leaves berlusconi than a weaker position than he would care to admit. >> yeah, despite the fact he isn't prime minister any more seems to loom large until italian politics. what is at stake for him? >> reporter: he is in decidedly a weaker position. certainly his political credibility has been compromised. and, also, this latest decision that he took to force those ministers to pull out from the government, it was seen as an act. people from his own party saying
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berlusconi must have been under the influence of certain extremists within his own party. and, on tuesday, his right-hand man, the party secretary, angelino has said he would throw his support behind the government in order to avoid any kind of instability. so, it looks more like there is a schism that is within his party, putting him in a far weaker position. >> it will be interesting to see what office unfold there in rome. for the moment, sonja gaego. syria's opposition has accused of allelufa al assad og people to death. it has been under siege for the last nine months. now they say government forces have intensified their killing campaign there. >> . meanwhile, in another part of the capitol, a new team of
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u.n.-backed chemical weapons inspectors is getting ready to do its job. they have nine months to find, dismantle and destroy the government's arsenal. it's the shortest deadline such a mission has ever faced. following developments in syria for us from neighboring jordan, seren, what more do we know about these stories coming from the opposition about the situation in a certain part of damascus? >> reporter: well, what we k w know, has a.m., as you mentioned, part of the statements that was issued by the col alition, this area of suburb of damascus close to the president's seat of power has been under a suffocating siege for a very long time, around 280 days or nine months, as you mentioned. food deliveries are apparently not reaching this area that is being heavily bombarded. in recent months, the statement
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says 700 people were killed there and a number of women and children have also died of starvation because food is not available. hospitals are not functional. neither are schools. even mosques have been bombarded. the statement says eight of these mosque did in the city have been hit by government forces. and so the syrian national coalition is calling on the international community to assume its responsibility to immediately establish humanitarian corridors sot that food deliveries at least could reach people who are under the threat of starving while they are being bombarded. so the syrian national council is definitely calling on the international community to shoulder its responsibility towards making these food deliveries reach this part of syria. >> and nisreea, as we mentioned, the u.n. chemical weapons inspectors back in damascus,
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first full day on the job. a big task ahead of them >> reporter: it is a very tall task. we understand from media reports quoting unnamed officials that the organization for the proceed has beenition of chemical weapons is that in the coming days, the inspectors, chemists, technicians, are going to be going through the inventory of ch chemical weapons provided by the syrian governments as well as the list of chemical weapons sites. they are going to check if these are accurate. and then, they are going to deploy to the field. now, their first task and the number 1 priority is to meet a november 1st deadline, where they have to dismantle and destroy completely the sites where chemical weapons are produced and mixed, so as to crush the heart of the nuclear program. and they have to do that in less than a month. then they will be moving on to the other storage facilities to destroy the chemical weapons there. but the number 1 priority is to stop the production and the nexting of chemical agents in these facilities that are
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believed to be five across syria. >>reporter: nisreen, live in damascus following developments in syria. lots more to come here on al jazeera, including declassified cia documents released by the intelligence group. we will tell you what they reveal about u.s. involvement and fishing for a solution, the invention that may reduce the numbers of fish unintentionally caught.
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again, the top stories on al jazeera: three senior figures of greece's far right party have been freed on gail. five are charged with running a criminal group. the government is cracking down on the party after a anti-racist musician was stabbed to death. the party denies any link. prime minister of italy has asked for a vote of confidence in his coalition government. he said the government's survival must be separated from the legal troubles of berlusconi. it was a last-ditch attempt to defy berlusconi's call to bring down the government. >> syria's opposition has accused of bashar al assad of starving people to death relating to an area under siege for the last nine months. barack obama has cancelled a trip to malaysia so he can try
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to sort out a government shutdown which began on tuesday. it's the first time in 17 years some public services have been closed. politicians failed to agree on a new budget. employees have been forced to stay at home. tourists were turned away from seeing america's landmarks. carlos mol inas has more. tourists who wanted to glimpse inside lady liberty had to settle for a view from afar. >> it's pathetic when a lot of people are here specifically to see the statute of liberty, people who have come from europe and all over the world to vacation here and tour all of these things. it's a shame. >> in want, a group of world war ii veterans who traveled from mississippi found themselves fighting to visit the memorial. >> it breaks my heart personally. >> this is stupid. we were here just one day. >> although the memorial was closed as part of the shutdown, some lawmakers and park service employees moved the barricade
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and let the vets tour the site. in california, yosemite celebrated it's birthday with park employees turning people away at the gate. nasa's 55th anniversary was spoiled when 97% of the staff was told to shut down. the gateway arch in st. louis locked up. in chick, people visiting the city's irs office had mixed feelings over the shutdown. avila couldn't negotiate income tax settlement for dozens of his clients >> this is unfortunate because there are hard-working people that want to, you know, do their due diligence by submitting, you know, their taxes and doing their part. but the government isn't doing theirs >> reporter: for many people across the country, the effects of the government shutdown were immediate and sometimes annoying, with problems that are likely to multiply as a
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congressional stalemate goes on. one car loss mol ina, al jazeera. the group that carried out the attack on the westgate shopping mall in nairobi has threatened more violence after kenya president said he won't be bullied into withdrawing his troops. he is setting up an inquiry on to the siege of westgate mall last week. a statement from al shackab said it will intentionfy attacks until the last kdf boots exit somali soil. the group said it had a right to defend somali land and its people from what it called enemy aggression. it said the kenyan government was inviting unprecedented levels of security, blood shed on its people. peter from kenya's military campaign in somalia >> reporter: this is the front
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line of kenya's fight against al shabaab. the bone-dry and dusty expanse stretches out from the airport in the far south. the rebels are only a few kilometers to the north of here. the kenyans have been dug in for just over a year, watching mostly and fending off al shabaab attacks. the militants aren't likely to win a direct contest against the heavy weapons but since they arrived, the kenyans haven't pushed further into al shabaab territory either. theironsive has stalled. >> history urges foreign armies to be cautious when coming into somalia, even if for humanitarian missions in the early 1990s and in 2006. if they have come this in hard and caused too many casualty, somalis have banded together. >> after al shabaab first
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kidnapped tourists, the idea was to push them away from the border and protect the homeland but the westgate attack has rose questions about whether the plan is really working. >> our position in somalia has always been very clear: the country went to somalia because of the al shabaab activities there was national security. that threat has not been eliminated. and, therefore, we will not reconsider our position. it's been very clear we will continue to take action on that front until our security and interests in the country is protected >> reporter: now, in the wake of the west gate attack, the kenyan military is under intention pressure to go after al shab a. b. but the group has changed. it's apparently less interested in fight to go hold its ground against the kenyan's big guns
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and heavy armor. >>. >> they are not prepared to engage in a war anyways. it's efforts go underground and for the longer gain as opposed to a shorter gain. so even if they attack al shabaab's position, that would not have an attack on them in the shorter term. >> as darkness falls, the kenyans test their weapons. nol-manned's land to see if anyone shoots back. tonight, there is no response. al shabaab is holding its fire. peter gresta, al jazeera in southern somalia. in cambodia, heavy rain has called the micong river to burst its banks. so far, thousands of families have been forced to leave their homes. meteorologists are worried flooding around the capitol
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could be the worst for 17 years. veronica pedrosa is the here with more >> reporter: cambodia is one of the world's least developed countries, but it also has a big united nations aid agency presence and international non-government organization presence. so, the response to this flooding disaster has been quite rapid and quite thorough. what we have seen is that heavy rains since the third week of september added to a typhoon that's just hit the neighboring country of vietnam, have contributed to high waters along the micong river here in cambodia. what that's meant is that 10 out of 24 provinces in cambodia have been affected by the flooding. 370,000 people have been affected. have been affected.
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stores have had to close down they have been flooded. pagodas as well, the places of worship. it is a holy festival coming up in buddhism, the main reledge on in this country. what we are seeing is the annual rainy season becoming more and more of a challenge across the entire greater micong region as climate change kicks in. and it's increasingly difficult for these communities, who are generally used to flooding because of the monsoon to get past that stage of recovery and move on and take the next step up in their quality of lives. >> aid agencies are struggling to cope with the humanitarian crisis in the southern philippines. more than 100,000 people there have been displaced between clark between the army and sep prattist fighters. more than 200 people were killed in almost three weeks of
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violence. government troops are hunting for mnfl leaders believed to be on the run. on monday o the army said the uprising is over. mianmar said it will take all necessary measures to end violence against muslims. on a visit to new york, a foreign minister said it is in a state of emergency after a new spate of arson attacks targeting muslim homes since june, last year, more than 240 people have been killed in fighting between buddhists and muslims. 140,000 others have been driven from their homes. rescue user are searching for fishermen who went missing in the south china sea three days ago. the chinese news agency says three of the 5 folk. 30 of the 88 fishermen have been rescued. four have been confirmed dead. an army convoy carrying relief goods for earthquake victims in pakistan has been attacked. the military say two soldiers were killed in a strike.
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the area is a strong hold of armed fighters who want a sep prattist state. declassified documents have been released by the cia that show the u.s. government's role in the bosnian war. at least 100,000 people died in the conflict that ended when president bill clinton helped broker the dayton peace acords in 1995. andy gallagher reports from the clinton library in little rock, arkansas >> reporter: >> i woke up in the middle of the night last night, and i couldn't go back to bed. i relived bosnia from start to finish >> reporter: this is the first time a u.s. president has been part of a declassification of cia documents. the subject of bosnia is close to president clinton's heart. he said intelligence was vital in every decision his administration made. >> like all of history, there are many questions still
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pending, but the peace has held because a long time ago, with a lot of other things going on, good people were given good information and made good decisions. >> war in bosnia began almost 20 years ago following the break up of yugoslavia. the serbians fought with croats. it ended in 1995 with the peace acords. the declassified documents, more than 2,000 pages of them were released early by the cia, but despite the hype, there were no significant revelations. to many in the intelligence community, it's about trans passenger and accountability >> it's a healthy thing for those who work these issues in the heat of the floor back in the '90s to now be able to stand back and look at those documents and see what insight we have
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about the decisions that were made, the event did that we covered, the way we covered them. >> they were insights shared by former clinton advisors who came together for the release of the documents. former u.s. ambassador, madeline albright says it wasn't always an easy process >> it was okay to disagree. if you look at these documents, you can see us disagree it's normally at least 25 years before sensitive documents are released. it's not known whether this will be a growing trend in the u.s. intelligence community. it was a celebration of what the clipton administration reviews as one of its greatest achievements, lasting peace in bosnia. little rock, arkansas. >> russian investigate orders have charged two greenpeace activists. among 30 people arrested last month. new zealand's government has unveiled technology it says
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could we have lucienize the world's fishing fleets. here is jerold taft >> reporter: a pvc tube that could change the face of commercial fishing. the fish inside are the intended cash but escape holes let the small ones out while still under water. >> we can now target figure exactly the species and the size of the species that we want to catch and what we don't want to catch stays in the water, swimming. >> once on board hold enough water so the fish remain alive. anything else that's unwanted, known as bycatch can be thrown back into sea. simple in design but a potentially monumental solution to a persisting global problem. >> traditional fishing nets trap many unintended animals. each year bycatch kills 100
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million sharks, 300,000 sea mammals including small whales and dove fins as well as 250,000 turtles on top of thousands of sea birds and billions of smaller fish and invert brats. >> this latest invention is the result of a $43 million project buy new zealand's government and fishing industry. it joins a host of existing methods used to reduce bycatch including souchld emitting react orders to dolphins not only for reducing waste but also producing the higher quality catch because the fish hits the deck alive. >> you have the bronze callous that you don't see when they come up in the traditional meters. >> it will take a few more years of fine tuning but its inventors hope this offers a glimpse into
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the future of sustainable fishing. gerald chan, al jazeera. >> that just about does it for this half hour. as always, there is plenty more on our website, get all of the latest on the stories we are covering. plenty of news and analysis all there for you. facili at what cost for you and the economy? an obama exchange is open for business. i will tell you what's next and answer some questions. i am ali velshi. this is "real money." >> this is "real money." you are the most important part of the show. the government may be shut down but twitter is still working. join our live conversation for the next half hour by using the hash tag ajrealmoney on twitter. let me show


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