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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. welcome to the newshour. divisions in the ukraine intensify. the questions - who is in control, and where is the president. afghan president hamid karzai condemns the deadliest taliban attack. we ask will it be possible to guarantee safe passage in syria?
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>> life after war - former fighters find new lives in the democratic republic of congo. >> we begin in ukraine where there's no sense of who is running the country. the president is out of the capital, after being impeached by parliament. no one is sure if he is still in ukraine. his arch rival tymoschenko is free after two years in gaol. she made her way to independence square, where she urged protesters to remain until the struggle is over. the camps from quiet, but many protesters remained. the main question now is somewhere the president. he has, in fact, abandoned his residence and was seen claiming he was the victim of a coup.
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whelm talk to rory challands at the winter olympics in sochi, an event eclipsed by event in ukraine, first to andrew simmonds in kiev. where is viktor yanukovych, do we know of his fate? >> no one knows where he is, but an incident in the east of the country has been described where a plane a presidential charter plane. it was stopped from taking off.
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armed men, body guards of the president and they were offering large sums of money. they refused. there was gunfire in the vip lounge. same airport. two government officials, ministers in fact, alexander klimenco, the attorney-general were held in the vip lounge, and the shooting occurred and they drove offtoo. that's the latest on these men. there's video of cctv of an operation to remove the treasures from the presidential
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residence outside the capital, and a fleet of trucks staking possessions. it's thought the president may have escaped on a helicopter seen in the grounds in the black and white pictures. the gates opened and thousands of people massed into this large residence area. 18-hole golf course, ornamental lakes - all sorts of incredible features, and documents found floating in the like that apparently officials tried to push the documents, showing all sorts of alleged financial mispractice, embezzlement, apparently cash taken from public funds. that's the situation as far as the president goes. >> certainly very intriguing
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developments since the violence we saw in the square. let's talk about his rival, his political rival. the opposition leader julia tymoschenko has been freed from gaol, she went to the square and made an emotional speech. is she likely to be the next leader? >> a good question. she has not announced her candidacy for the presidential elections taking place in may in the fast moving events that parliament is engaged in. she is a heroin figure, it has to be said she's not popular with all. the protest movement didn't factor her in as part and parcel of their demands. she's a new arrival. in more than two years in gaol, it's a harrowing story. she's regarded by many as a point whereby the divide in
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opinion, and she is regarded as an oligarch with mistakes behind her. don't read that she'll ride the wave of popularity. she is a popular figure and win over. it remains to be seen how it will play out. this is what she said to the crowds in the square. >> translation: if anyone tells you you have completed your task and go home, don't trust a word, until you have completed this to the end. no one has the right to leave. >> looking at the square behind you, it's a lot calmer in kiev. do we know what is happening in the rest of the country? >> protests are likely to take
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place. there's a vote to confirm that in parliament. we are hearing official figures for the number of dead is put at 82. the fear is that the figure go go beyond 100. the interior ministry announced an inquiry into officials, and how they ordered various things to happen here in the square. that's a major inquiry going on. right now an extraordinary feeling of exhaustion here at the pace of events, and the momentous scale of events. >> intriguing. thank you for getting us up to date. andrew simmonds there, speaking to us from the capital kiev. >> there has been reaction to the event, from moscow and washington. >> john kerry has been speaking with his russian counterpart. he told sergei lavrov:
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>> meanwhile russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov said he told kerry that the peace deal has been: >> now, let's go to rory challands who joins us live from sochi. we heard there from sergei lavrov. what do you think moscow's next move will be now that their ally is out of the picture? >> well, since the comments from sergei lavrov, the russian government has been quiet on the whole ukrainian issue. it's sunday here and a public holiday. maybe it's not surprising.
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maybe moscow is waiting for the olympics to be wrapped up and it will con sen trait attentions to what is going on in ukraine. perhaps we can get an idea from the finance minister, who is in australia at the moment. he said that ukraine should go it the imf, the international monetary fund for a bailout. what it's possible to read into the comments are essentially a message to the west - okay, if you wanted ukraine so much, you have to pay for it. if you remember, back in december ukraine and russia did a deal where russia was going to bail ukraine out with $15 billion of loan purchases, bond purchases. not much of that has taken place. moscow has been saying to
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ukraine and the world "we're not going go through with bailing ukraine out until we know exactly what the nature of the next ukrainian government is going to be. for the moment moscow is biding its time and waiting for the situation to stablilize. >> they are hedging their bets. there has been international concern over the violence that occurred over the last few days in kiev. what has been the reaction so far to the latest development from the e.u. and washington? the view from washington and brussels is different to the view from russia. where is from the west, the governments look at what is happening in ukraine and see happy, smiling liberated people basketing in the first glow of freedom, in washington - sorry,
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in moscow the kremlin looks at what is going on and sees chaos, and what is going on is chaos fanned by governments in the west. the kremlin was never particularly keen on viktor yanukovych, it saw him essentially as a weak man who couldn't keep his house in order, but thought he was the best man for the job, in looking after russian interests. now that viktor yanukovych has gone, the kremlin will be looking at the landscape and working out who the next person is that it could put its attention to, and who might be best positioned. it might be julia tymoschenko, because the kremlin had a previous good relationship with
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kremlin. it will be looking to see who is the next person that it will look after the russian interests from ukraine. >> rory challands speaking to us from sochi. >> moving on, taliban fighters attacked an afghan army base in the east. they killed 19 soldiers, kidnapping seven others. hamid karzai postponed a tripped to sri lanka. the attack took place near the border of pakistan. extra troops have been sent to the area. they join us live to kabul. do we know what is the latest. we know the fighting is ongoing. what is the latest from this. >> we understand that the fighting between the taliban and the army is over. the military surrounded or sealed off access to the area. it began at 3 o'clock this
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morning, predawn, when 100 taliban fighters attacked an army outpost. we think it's an until biggest taliban attack that there has been in the last couple of years. during that attack at least 19 afghan army soldiers killed and we understand two taliban fighters killed as well. it prompted, as you say, hamid karzai to cancel a trip to sri lanka to stay at home to deal with the problem. >> we know the attack hopped on the border of pakistan. no doubt this will affect ties between the two neighbours. >> hamid karzai has point the finger of blame at pakistan. he said he called on the taliban to take action against terrorism.
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there has been a suspicion - don't take the fight agaups -- against the taliban seriously. 23 pakistani soldiers last week were killed by the taliban. we think possibly inside afghan territory. that's what the pakistanis are saying. hamid karzai still believe the pakistan are not taking the taliban threat seriously enough. the afghan army is now in the front line now n.a.t.o. forces are stepping down. >> thank you for that, bernard smith, speaking to us from kab u. in neighbouring pakistan, police were the target of attacks. three were killed and several wound wounded. no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> described by some as the
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world's top drugs lord, joaquin guzman, known as shorty, has been captured. mexico's most wanted has been on the run for 13 years and on forbes list of billionaires, captured without a shot being fired. adam raney has the story. >> after evading their capture for 13 years, mexican law enforcement were keen to parade joaquin guzman before the cameras. he led the sinaloa, and was captured overnight by mexican and u.s. officials. >> translation: today at 6:40am in the morning, elements from the navy detained joaquin guzman, along with a collaborator. >> he's been one of the world's most wanted men since escaping from a mexican prison in 2001,
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in the back of a laundry truck. since then his empire expanded across the globe. his cartel allegedly controls some of the most lucrative drug smuggling routes. trafficking heroin, cocaine, meth amfete and marijuana. it's one of the most sophisticated criminal organizations. there's no shortage of men with decades of experience. >> if the success does not go well, the lieutenants of the sinaloa may fight amongst themselves, it may fracture or the rival cartels may try to move in on their territory, which is valuable trafficking routes. and that's where the real violence comes in. >> he was captured saturday morning without a shot being fired. mexican officials said it was a collaboration between the
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mexican navy. >> translation: this operation over the last month had definitive moments leading to his arrest. between the 13th and 17th of february several homes were discovered. in some we discovered they were connected by several tunnels to several homes. it also used the city's drainage system. >> it was heralded by the president of mexico as a maimer breakthrough. it's unlikely to put a dent in the day to day cartel operations. >> lots more ahead - including we meet a generation of syrian children that work to pay for their education. and birthday celebrations for a controversial leader robert mugabe. >> and no cristiano ronaldo, no problem. the world's most expensive
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player shines for real madrid. details later in sport. >> there has been more violence in syria. 13 people have been killed in a car bomb near a field hospital in the town of akmed. the area borders turkey, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. the incident comes hours after the u.n. security council adopted a resolution to send humanitarian aid to syria. the document demands rapid, safe access. the u.n. says more than 9 million syrians need help. joining us via skype is simon shorno, a spokesman for the red cross. thank you for joining us. >> we saw the u.n. passing the resolution. details sound good.
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how optimistic are you that it will be implemented. >> we welcome any effort that pushes for greater himman taran -- humanitarian access in syria. it remains to be seen if there's change in the field. red cross woks independently from the u.n. >> that being the case, what needs to happen to ensure that all sides act accordingsly, is it a political sol use, or a solution that needs to happen on the ground with the fighters? u r first the parties, the government of syria have to, under humanitarian law, have to allow independent humanitarian activists, like the red cross and others.
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their fighters and commanders are to allow us to go in. that needs to be negotiated at the command level with the government, but it needs to be taken on by commanders at local level that when we send a team there can be a pause in the fighting to let us into the areas safely. that is not the case today. >> in the last humanitarian occupation. we saw the devastation in homs and what the people had to contend with. give us an idea of what it's like in the rest of war-torn syria. >> the effect on the population is multifaceted. they've been desieged for months, access to food, water and medical care. very little good comes in.
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there are several such areas from where i'm speaking. a few kilometres away. they can get the medicine they need. those are the most critical areas that affect the population throughout the area, even in the wealthier parts of the area. everyone is affected in one way or another. it's very critical in very specific areas. >> i want to ask you an operation question. in the last aid and evacuation, the u.n. organised a ceasefire and it broke several times. would you advise for it to continue or stop altogether. >> the interagsal red -- international red cross did not take part.
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this was a political negotiation that structed the humanitarian relations to intervene in difficult circumstances where security was not guaranteed. we did not take part for those reasons. we need to carry out our humanitarian arguments. we need to come back and deliver relief where it is needed. this was not the case at homs. that is not the model we advocate and want to put in place. you need to go independently, when we want, and we need to have action. >> great getting our insight. thank you so much. spokesman for the red cross speaking to us from the capital. now, turkey is home to some 750,000 syrian refugees. half of them are children. thousands don't go to school. some of those what do are forced
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to work after classes to survive. we have the story. >> these two are finishing off their homework. they study for a couple of hours before they start their job. she is 13 and they are sister is 11. they make accessories from home until midnight, to help the family make end meet. they say their day is long, but it's worth it. >> translation: i don't get tired. i need to be educated. i need to be educated for when we go back to syria. >> i work hard to get high grades. i want to be a teacher. >> at school the two sisters are doing well. compared to refugees, they are lucky to have a place to study. about 1,250 students study in the school in two shifts.
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around 200 work to support their families. >> this boy is a waiter. >> translation: i work on weekend. only my brother and i work. mum found a job in the school. all family members have university degrees. >> there are no statistics for the number of syrian children studying or working in turkey. estimates suggest that half of the 750,000 registered refugees in turkey are children. many of them are out of school. >> this person runs the school. it offers syrian children an education for $200 a year. she says the costs are high, and they are running out of money. >> this generation has the right to an education. >> this is saving a generation and a future of syria. >> unfortunately, there are many
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children who cannot afford the transportation costs. many work after school. it should solve the education problem. the load is heavy. >> many students here are happy to combine study and work. syrian children and school teachers say they need help to go on. before it's too late. >> now for the weather with richard. richard, there's more smog in china's capital. >> there is, but i have seen it worse, around 700-800. it's in the 300. anything above 300 is deemed to be hazardous with risks associated with emphysema and cancer. the weather pattern is quiet. it puts a lid on the atmosphere, keeping the pollutants at low
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level. you need a breeze or rain or change in wind direction. none are likely to figure in the forecast. across beijing you can see there's a ol use level. it's not looking good at the moment. some cities have higher levels. looking at the forecast, it's quiet at the moment. as you move the forecast on, it's static. the pollution levels will stay that way. we have problems of a different kind across java. there's a lot of rain showing up at the moment. it's been giving heavy rain, in jakarta, and we expect further rain to continue. down towards australia, we have a lot of heavy rain showing up across northern parts of country and are expecting flooding here in the coming days. >> thank you richard.
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>> celebrations are getting under way to mark the 90th birthday of robert mugabe. he said in an interview that he had no plans to retire and was fit as a fiddle. the birthday celebrations outside of harari are believed to be costing a million dollars. our correspondent is in the east where some celebrations is under way. give us an idea of what the mood is like. >> people are celebrating. robert mugabe is the oldest african president at 94 years. there has been ups and downs, and now there's a lot of downs, particularly the economy. he knows people are struggling with no jobs, can't send their
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children to school and can't put food on the table. people want to hear from him. people want to hear about his succession. it is worrying people t who worry when he goes. he says he's not going anywhere, but most zimbabweans know that within his party people are jos lipping for positions, it take over. >> still ahead - more on the latest development in the ukraine, including reaction from the u.s. and russia. and the tragedy of greece's emission problem. we fell you why the grey skies show no sign of clearing up. >> in sport, could the king of clay struggle on his open surface? details a little later.
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>> the top stories - the whereabouts of ukraine yn president viktor yanukovych is unclear. vans have been captured taking goods from the presidential palace. it's believed he may be trying to go to russia. taliban fighters attacked app army base in the east. they killed 19 soldiers, and kidnapped several others. it prompted the president to postpone a trip to sri lanka. the united nations security
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council has unanimously called for better humanitarian access. 9 million syrians need help. >> more on our top story. that's the political situation in ukraine. a country that is divided the east is russian speaking. it is the heart lan, and where he gapes support. the western half is ethnic ukrainian. the west is the focus of much of the unrest. it has a long-standing economic and tie with poland. russia plays a big role in ukrainian affairs. providing loans in an attempt to assist the badly performing economy. europe is playing an
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increasingly bigger role as ukrainians see their future lies within the e.u. >> a political analyst with the carnegie moscow center joins me from the russian capital in moscow. thank you for joining us on the show. russia is a major influence on ukraine. moscow decided to withhold much of the much-needed aid to ukraine. what is os-coe's next move now that viktor yanukovych is no longer in the picture. >> first, it should be said that russia's influence in ukraine has suffered a setback. this is a vladimir putin's policies. he wanted viktor yanukovych to stay away from europe and come closer to the russian orbit. this plan did not work for vladimir putin, and what
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followed was mayhem and lots of bloodshed and lives lost in ukraine. in this is a deceit, the question is how is vladimir putin going to take it. russia, indeed, has a lot of leverage on ukraine, giving ukraine a discount on the price of gas, as a carrot, to persuade ukraine to stay away from europe. will russia raise the praise factors to a high level. this is but one out of many leverage that russia has, and russia has more influence in the east of ukraine, and this remains to be seen how russia uses it there. the anticipation, the fears of possible disintegration are now coming through. what we can see is political bargaining between the eastern regions of the government and enjoying the backing of moscow.
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>> there are many scenarios, of course, as we said. ukraine is split in the middle. which way are they likely to lead. you have mentioned that the east is leaning towards russia, but it's the west. will europe have more influence and bring the west towards it as well. >> at this point in time europe has more influence. it has western brokers or foreign minister who brokered the deal who helped ukraine stop the bloodshed. the question is weather the agreement will hold and hutch influence europe will have in the future. right now it seems julia tymoschenko is viktor yanukovych's worst nemesis. he is at large. she may take part in the
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elections and may become the president or prime minister. she's a talented politician, and a cynical one. the question is whether she would pursue a democratic path or whether she would wage for power in the ukraine. if this is the case, what kind of influence europe may have. julia tymoschenko is clearly the only person now who can hold the nation together, at least for now. what will happen in the future is far from clear. i know president viktor yanukovych's whereabouts is not known, there's rumour as to where he may be, and rumours that he may try to get into russia. will russia take him in. will he face prosecution for any of the violence that we have seen over the last week.
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if he stays in ukraine and rumours have it that his whereabouts is uncertainly, there is information, a report that he tried to leave the country but was not let out by the border guards of ukraine, which is noteworthy, he was trying to leave from a city in the east, and it shows the east may be pro-russian, not share the nationalistic septemberments, but it seems -- sentiments, but it seems the whole of ukraine hate viktor yanukovych's guts. if he stays, i think he will face prosecution. he has the worse political rival gaoled. he drove his country to a bloody conflict with lots of lives lost. he presided over a corrupt governance, and he, of course
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will be prosecuted, i think. if he stays in the country. whether russia will take him in will depend on vladimir putin. what can be said is he let down his patron, putin, who put high stakes on him, who was ready to allocate $15 billion, of which he allocated three, thinking that this way he'll keep ukraine in the russian orbit. viktor yanukovych did not deliver that. >> thank you so much for your insight. >> marcia lipman, political analyst with the kahn any center. >> a person has been targeted because of his opposition to american drone strikes in yemen. looking into the eyes of a man the u.s. considers a global terrorist. but he doesn't sound like he
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could be a leader of al qaeda. >> translation: we never condone violence against innocent people or americans and their interests - party's approach and dial ogs with all believe that jihad and islam would be necessary. the original message as delivered through the word, not the sword. the treasury department a ever a the government accused him of funding them. it's a staunch campaign on civilian targets in yemen. the latest attack took place on september the 12th, where drones fired, killing is it civilians. three days later parliament voted against the drones, but the decision was not binding. >> attacks conducted have been
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against anonymous individuals. the attackers don't know the names. they call them suspects. it's degrading to the people. >> it's a stark violation of humanitarian law. >> reduction of - there has been political parties and inspired gravity, and the message is one under sovereignify, failing to destroy al-qaeda, but succeeded in causing problems. >> translation: they don't kill al qaeda, just innocent civilians that have done nothing wrong. >> the government is to blame. >> in response to this the government is almost apologetic. >> you should remember that the u.s. launched a global war on terrorism and announced if you are not with us, you are against us.
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yemen is better than other countries in terms of limiting u.s. attacks on soil. >> few people find solace in the explanation, including that man, who despite his views may one day be a target of a u.s. drone attack. >> reuters is reporting a blast at an anti-government rally in the thai capital bangkok. it comes hours after a child was killed when gunmen attacked a rally. dozens were injured when the gunman shot into the crowd setting off explosives. supporters of the prime minister have been threatening an aggressive approach to anti-government protesters. it's not clear whether the violence was a problem.
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for 57 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy, and mohammed badr are accused of being in prison. another al jazeera journalist, abdullah al-shami of the network's arabic channel has been held since august. he has been on strike for a month to protest his imprisonment. thousands of fighters who spent years waging a war in democratic republic of congo have given up their weapons. many from one of the biggest rebel groups, the m23 which was defeated in november. malcolm web travelled to a town where rebels are trying to start new lives. >> these people have been living as outlaws for years. life in eastern congo's armed groups can be brute a many have killed, looted and raped. many have been victims of
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equally horrific victims. in the transit camp each day starts with a parade and song. wooden guns are in place. they are new masters, trying to bring discipline and control. keeping former fighters in order is no easy task. >> this colonel else us there's 600 women and children. >> they wanted to intint grate. they come to us. we are looking for the freedom. we show them the need. they want to be like us. >> the government's worried they could go back to the bush. she registers, it's the only way to keep check. after weeks of living in the camp a few have disregard. all the people have been living
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in the bush for years, decades. our arrival attracted attention. conditions are not good, mostly living in structures like this, leaves and sticks. all of people we have spoken to are anxious. it's a gamble. now they are hoping the government will give them a better deal. they don't know what will happen to them. the fighters want to join the army so they can get a salary and support the families. the government doesn't want that. there's a plan to take them to camps in other parts of the country. steven was a colonel, and wants to join the army. >> we need to protect our population. >> protecting the population is the reason everyone here gives
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for having joined the group. the reality is there's no jobs. militia can earn money from mineral minds or checkpoints. the army says it will disarm them all by force. these men took a chance on coming out without a fight. waiting to come out is in a new democratic republic of congo, winners or losers. >> we'll have the latest sports news in a moment, including a dream start for hamburg's new coach as the team ends a 7-game losing run in style.
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welcome back. greece is asking for countries suffering because of the recession, to be allowed less stringent rules, about a fifth of the country's electricity come from plants that burn cheep fuel. they are paying millions in penalties for the ifor polluting. we have more in northern greece. >> this is one of the europe's most polluting power stations, producing about a fifth of the greece's electricity. it produced 13 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. it burns brown coal, a dirty coal that's pol verized and blasted into the 30 storey high
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furnaces. >> under e.u. law, every the idea is to offset carbon emissions and encourage the use of environmentally friendly sources of energy. instead of moving away. the public power corporation is investing 1.8 million in a cleaner plant. >> this is the only abundant fuel. it generates half its electricity, and there's enough here to burn for decades. it's the cheapest form of energy, if greece is to fuel a turn around. this may be the best options. the fires of industry are going out. the biggest steel smelter is going employ 2,500. >> greece plays about 32 euro,
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we pay 80. spain and france are cheaper. they are the countries we compete with. the cost of electricity will rise with the price of carbon. >> we are talking about the price of three to four euros, normally it should be 50 to 20 euros per tonne. the power companies are taking advantage of that, and the fossil fuel lobbies. >> for security and economic reasons, greece will use native resources. wind and solar power suffered underinvestment. government policy has not protected either industry. both are running out of time. >> we are going back to one of our breaking news, and that is coming out of thailand, where reuters is reporting that a blast at an antique government
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rally has happened there in the thai capital. this comes hours after a child was killed when gunman attacked a rally in the town of trut. we have our correspondent on the line. what can you tell us about the blast. reports are - the first now is coming in. i can confirm that the blast went off. the emergency medical service [ audio breaking up] a child may have been injured. there are conflicting reports coming in at the moment. it seems that six people have been injured. how the explosion happened - it happened in an area where there's many thousands of tourists that go shopping at a commercial interception in
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bangkok. it's the place where clashes took place between anti-government troops in 2010 and the army. the pictures coming in show scenes of t-shirts saying thailand, land of smiles and blood on the floors through injuries that occurred as a result of the blast. it does happen. less than 24 hours after another explosion, the gunattack, in which someone has been kill. the pressure is mounting for the political situation that caused the attacks to be resolved. it seems as if the possibility of conflict may rise with the recurring explosions and a meeting that is going on as we speak among supporters of the government, who are talking about coming out in support and show their numbers against the
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anti-government protestor, who are occupying key imperfections in bangkok for the last few weeks. >> thank you for giving us an update on the situation in bangkok. veronica pedrosa speaking to us from bangkok. >> it's time for sport. football in spanish. they have a new leader. real madrid are at the top of the table. we have more. >> days after being charged with tax fraud after the signing of neymar, the brazilian was one of six changes to the side that beat mexico city. they were 1-0 down after half an hour. the header deflecting in. barca equalized. messi scored their only shot on
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target of the first half. despite being level at half-time, the barca coach lost his cool. sent to the stand. barsa lost 3-2, it would be a painful night, and tom greeceman's 15th goal putting sociedad in front. before the defending champions regrouped, they conceded again. 3-1 the final score. barcelona have in the won since 2007. they are three points behind real madrid. real madrid's first in a 3-0 win over elche. the hosts were without the suspended cristiano ronaldo. in his absence, the world's
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expensive gareth bale proved his worth with a second. and isco rounded off the scoring in the closing stages. atletico madrid could join real at the top of the table later if they win. >> bayern munich have a chance to extend the lead at the top of the german bunnize leagua. that's because second place bayern lost 3-1 away on saturday. it ends a bad week for leverkusen being beaten at home in the champion's league. >> dortmund lost, they were beaten 3-0 at hamburg. it was a game under the new coach. he is unlikely to forget his team's third goal. the long-range free kick ending a 7-game losing streak. >> chelsea remain top of the
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english premier league following a late win against everton. they are a point ahead of arsenal. fourth-placed liverpool move to a point behind city. the reds have won fine of their last nine home games. >> we go into every game and the home games looking to own of pitch. that's our home ground. that's our changing room and fields and supporters. we have to play like we own it. >> the sochi winter olympics are drawing to a close on sunday. before we get to the closing ceremony, there's gold medals to be won. it's been a good final day or the host. russia swept up the medals in the 50km mass, cross county
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skiing. alexander lit cove taking the cold. the 4-man bobsled is going on now, and the action concludes with the men's ice hockey final as canada looks to retain their title, against sweden. on saturday norway's marr eke became the most decorated female olympian. her gold medal and the cross country means she has six gold medals and 10 medals. it was a good result. so this is how the medal table looks going into the final:. norway is second with one gold medal away from the host. we have a live blog on the winter olympics on the website. check the
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there's news on how the court of arbitration for courts turned down canada's and sloughania's appeal to disqualify a team in the cross ski. >> rafael nadal has been almost unbeatenable on his favourite surface. it was not his night. nadal got off to a shaky start. he managed to level the match. he struggled in the third, which went to a ty break. nadal had to fight two match points before winning the semifinal in three hours. 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 the final score. >> rafael nadal faces alexander in the final after the ukraine yn upset the number two seed
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davydenko. >> times have been tough for vms , but she -- venus williams but she proved she could win after winning the dubai championship. she won the final over a french woman, who swept aside venus's sister. she had a 6-3, 6-0 victory. >> australia was set a target of 428 in the second innings against south africa. >> south africa declaring their second innings on 270/5. australia 31 before lunch, leading 1-0. that's it for me. >> thank you very much. that's it for the newshour. stay with us here in al jazeera, another full bulletin of news at the top of the hour.
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>> the fate of ukraine hangs in the balance. former prime minister julia tymoschenko is free from gaol while the man who put her behind bars is nowhere to be found. >> rival rally, thousands take to the streets of venezuela. >> captured - one of the world's most wanted drug loords arrested after 13 years on the


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