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>> a day of mourning in italy as the search continues for the hundreds missing in the migrant boat tragedy. hello and welcome to al jazeera live for our news center in doha. also on the program, security alert at the white house. a woman is shot dead after a police car chase. as fifa discusses the qatar world cup, we hear from a nepalese woman whose husband died on the work site.
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how bookstores are entering a new chapter. >> hello, italian coast guards are continuing their search for survivors. a boat carrying about 500 people set sail from the port city, and 150 are confirmed dead. this is expected to be rising. son yah, where do things stand right now? >> well, this is still continuing. the search and rescue operations are still continuing. the coast guard's set out earlier on this morning. and what they are concentrating on, and the focus of their search at the moment, is to try to get under the remains of the boat. of course, the island is still
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very much in shock over yesterday's chaotic event. the mayor who we spoke to a few moments ago also was talking about this sheer chaotic event, an extremely hai harrowing even. a boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank as it tried to reach the italian island of lampa dusa. >> the crew and passengers set fire to a blanket, so they could be seen by passing ships, and that started a fire on board. they panicked causing it to capsize. >> more than 100 people were pulled from the waters and taken to shore. but it's believed 500 people were on board, including pregnant women and children.
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this incident is one of the deadliest boating accidents involving migrants to occur here and it's the second one to occur here this week, now italian politicians are calling for action. >> i have to ask for shared intervention from the european union to adopt humanitarian corridors, corridors that would make these trips safer and to end trips in which criminals make money off the backs of men, women and children. >> thousands of migrants.enter the waters every year. hundreds have been killed in the journey. >> many of these people are likely to be fleeing persecution and human rights crimes of their country. this is a tragedy of multiple layers. many will still make the
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journey despite the risks involved. for the people of lampa dusa, dealing with the situation of waves and waves of migrants coming from conflict areas of africa and the middle east, this is nothing new from them but they are actually getting quite angry with not only the italian government but also the eu. they say they need help with this. they are the ones on the front line that are dealing with this crisis, these waves of migrants that come in dispris situations, there is a strong pull to try and help the islanders on lampa dusa to expedite the process of trying to help the people that come here in desperate conditions, has am. >> thank you, sonia gallego, in lampa dusa.
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a woman was shot dead following a car chase in washington, d.c. kimberly howcutt has a detail. >> it was this white vehicle speeding away. who tried to gain access. >> this was an outer perimeter checkpoint of the white house. beyond that checkpoint there were multiple other checkpoints that someone would have to go through. >> no shots were fired at the white house but the car struck a secret service officer as it drove off. driving at high speeds through midafternoon city traffic with police following closely behind. witnesses say they were terrified when they saw the suspect vehicle come down the street and stop about 100 meters when those please lights were flashing. it was there the police ordered the woman driving the black sedan to stop. she didn't stop.
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she rammed into a police barricade and police opened fire. >> workers were told to stay indoors. others found themselves running for cover. one officer was injured when he tried to stop the vehicle with his own. >> they surrounded it, backed up smashed into one of the cruisers, took off again around the south side of the capital. >> i thought somebody was attacking the capital and i was trying to get away. >> the female driver of the black sedan was killed by police. she was reportedly unarnold. a small child riding in the car throughout the police chase and gun fire has not been harmed. >> the child is approximately a year old and in good condition and in protective custody. >> what is not certain is why this child had to witness such a
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tragic ordeal. >> twitter has debuted on the u.s. stock market. it's also revealed for the first time how much it's making. $317 million last year. it also had a 44% rise in active users to 218 million over the last three years. 13 members of the internet hack group anonymous have been indicted in the united states. either critical of wikileaks or refused to process payments. hack into u.s. government websites. >> u.s. president barack obama has cancelled his trip to asia as the partial government shut down enters its fourth day.
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there could be another crisis in two weeks if it doesn't raise the debt ceiling. patty culhane explains. >> hello everybody. >> u.s. president barack obama on the road with the message. shutting down the u.s. government is one thing. the next big thing is the entire world. >> if we screw up, everybody gets screwed up. the whole world will have problems. which is why generally nobody's ever thought to actually threaten not to pay our bills. it would be the height of irresponsibility. >> but that is what the republican controlled house is threatening. to refuse to allow the u.s. to borrow any more money unless the president greez to agrees to af demands. slow down his health care law to
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name a few. in about two weeks that means the u.s. government won't have enough cash to pay its bills. which means i could decide to default on its dead. the head of the fed: >> could very seriously damage not only the u.s. economy but also the entire global economy. >> if the u.s. defaults its debt some possible outcomes. stock markets panic. the value of the dollar plum the plummets. banks stop lending money. economist irene foster says all of that puts other countries' occurs at risk. >> countries like brazil are
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very attractive to the market, global market. capitol could flow to brazil because it all tends to flow as hot money so it flows fast and quickly and countries can't recover fast enough when that happens. >> all of those dire predictions come with one caveat. everyone says they think that will happen but they don't know because it has never happened before. other countries have defaulted on their debt but they weren't the world's larges largest econ. patty culhane, al jazeera, washington. >> the ongoing problem of disappearances and brutality. qatar is set to host the 2014 world games of soccer.
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>> this is where he was allegedly tortured and killed by plez. dee sousa's family hadn't seen him for two weeks. >> justice has not been done because they're not in prison yet. we're waiting for justice to be served. the fact that they really are put in jail and pay for what they did. >> the sweep was of the program meant to clean up the city slums, roll out social services and make them ahead of football's world cub and the 2016 olympics. rio police have been famous for heavy handed tactics. such tactics were supposedly discarded under the pacification program. reported deaths have gone down but critics say police violence is still rampant. rio's prosecutor suspects that
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souza died. >> inside a park, a park filled with cliffs, where the police containers are located. circumstances we are not going oknow and none of the accused police will actually speak. >> while security continues to be a problem, the projects for the word cp cup and olympics continue with delays. cost overruns and delays on multibillion dollar project, continue to playing rio's poorest residents. this was supposed to be at the core of the pacification program. the program that has yet to convince people that they shouldn't fear the police.
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adam rainey, al jazeera. >> this is al jazeera, we've got much more ahead including trying to turn over a new leaf to tackle the digital series. our series or the global literacy continues. together with a report from the u.s. tomorrow night, fault lines investigates wage practices in
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thursday. a woman has been shot dead following a car chase in the heart of washington, d.c. police say they tried to drive through a security gate at the white house. u.s. president barack obama has cancelled his trip to asia as the partial government shut down in his country continues. and the crisis could worsen in two weeks if congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling. more on the migrant boat tragedy off the southern coast of italy. many were from the horn of africa. somali capital mogadishu, quite a distance from the north african coast where this boat is thought to have left from. tell us what kind of organization, how organized is
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the whole operation? >> the journey is really quite staggering when you understand the kinds of conditions that public transport, the transport options that are open for refugees particularly for people around here. the people from the horn of africa tend to go to somali left-hand and the move into eastern europe that way. others as we've seen with this particular group that was trying to cross into lampa dusa they try to move further to the west try to go through libya to take advantage of the collapse of the state there and perhaps the slightly more -- the more lax security processes. the other things that we're seeing is the colossal involvement, enormous involvement of organized crime. i was just looking at a study
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frr from a few years ago that surveyed the number of people in africa that was using the services of smugglers. they said between 97 and 99% of all of those people were using the smugglers. you find brokers that are canvassing the refugees looking for people who have a few hundred maybe a few thousand dollars to be able to pay for a crossing into europe. >> and just how difficult and desperate must life be in the horn of africa for so many people there that forces them to take this very perilous journey? >> one of the things you realize when you speak to the refugees, is no one makes this choice easily. nobody wants to leave the safety, security, of home, even
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as broken as mogadishu. the fact is that this is a very dangerous place, it is still desperately poor, people have increasingly come to feel that they don't have a future here. they're prepared to take up what little savings they have to try otake their families and make the journey north. or they break up the families. quite often you see families sending the most capable, youngs, more honest, to make the journey and then send money home. this continuing number of refugees really support the argument that there needs to be great security and economic growth here if there's going to be reduction of refugees into southern europe.
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>> peter, thanks so much. now in the next few hours football's governing agency will decide, for the second and final day in zurich, they're also due to discuss allegations of the mistreatment of migrant workers, in preparation site for world cup. a major development drive is already underway to get qatar ready to host the world cop. those reports of builders dying in the summer heat has focused attention on the issue. one of the top three countries
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exporting labor to qatar. >> on average each client pays him $320 to be placed with a company in the gulf. concerned about worker rights and the safety of its citizens abroad the indian government now scrutinizes conditions like this. >> we must tell them who to call in an emergency. >> india has been exporting labor to gulf countries for years. but only until recently have they introduced checks and balances. in other parts of asia it's a very different story. died on a construction site on qatar in july. she received $380 in compensation from his employer
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but she says that's not enough to pay off the ploan amassed to get the job. while discussing this situation to al jazeera she was overwhelmed with her father's death. >> all our land has been sold off to pay our debt. >> these families put their faith into unscrupulous agents, who should be held accountable for the deaths of nepali workers? >> if the any pal government had given more attention to issues like these, perhaps there would be less of the incidents in the future. >> some governments like the philippines have taken it upon themselves to negotiate higher
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wages and better working conditions for their nationals. >> it goes without saying that when you allow filipinos, we would like them to enjoy the same type of protections that workers are in philippines. >> for their seemingly small world there is renewed concerning, al jazeera, coricot. >> southwestern darah. activists say government shelling has intensified. despite that, are fighters say they have been able to hold their positions. these amateur pictures, under
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sniper fire in the suburb of the capitol. and the syrian army has also hit several locations in southern aaleppo. yemen, armed men took over military defeated ought the fighters but didn't spif how many died in the operation. there are expect to be more an antigovernment displays. >> a week ago, sala sanouri, a 28-year-ol28-year-old farms wasy
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police. >> we were chaptering feasfully then shots were fired. it was like a trap. the protest had to follow a certain route. we were challenged that the army and the people were united. they fired tear gas first and then the shooting started. >> the protest was sparpd by spd because of government raising in cost of fuel. eventually a change of government is something that strikes a court many of the youth in this country although notten everyone is ready to go down to the streets yet. about 800 people have been detained so far. among them, very young
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activists. for mohamed, these attention are part of an ongoing campaign of intimidation carried out by the government. he's been jailed several times before. >> i never thought the arab spring would happen here as quickly as in other countries. the regime doesn't have the time to put people together or, but it is going down. >> despite the first protests are ongoing, not the large screen, but like this one, on a side street away from security forces but not very far from the sanhouli residence which has become a final place in the capitol. >> it's my right to protest.
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the law allows me to, these are cowardly,. >> others have come and gone but many now feel that it's just a matter of time before the change they're balling for -- they are calling for. >> pope frances has been meeting with local disabled children and the sick. he says he wants today's church to more resemble francis of assisi's vision of the poor. book sellers of the u.s. are facing multiple challenges to digital gadgets. tom ackerman reports from annapolis, maryland. >> the store in the heart of maryland's state capital doesn't
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take up a lot of real estate. but you'll find a world of words to pursue. its visitors call it a big institution. mr. we used to go to the big bookstores but they don't seem to be as touch with my community. >> people come here and yes, it is about books but it's a lot about the conversation that happens around the book. >> college steun student cameroo works here says: >> it's a place for people to feel comfortable being serious. >> store owners are quick to admit they can't fight big bookstores. but other things. >> we've had three proposals of marriage. you can't get that on amazon or other online places, they are
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competitive but we do have our niche. >> neighborhood bookstores are experiencing a resurgence. sales are up 8% and more independent stores open up as the u.s. economy continues to bounce back. kindle and nook, once predicted to turn paper books into museum pieces. growth rate has been falling steadily and according the a trade survey six in everyten readers say they are not intercepted in e books. but the small stores are keeping pace with technology. >> use of social media all those things we can do today in the exact same way that our national competitors, big national corporate chains can do. >> signs of more chapters yet to come for the local bookstore. tom ackerman, al jazeera,
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annapolis, maryland. >> there is plenty more on our website, plenty of news and analysis and commentary, it's all there for you.


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