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humanity... >> sharks like affection >> tech know, only on al jazeera america thj. this is al jazeera. >> hello there, welcome to the news hour. i'm laura kyle in doha with the top stories. peace deal, all rebels victory, after strengthening their positions in the yemeni capital. kurdish, repel i.s.i.l, thousands still crossing the border into turkey. children goes back to school in nigeria, where the world
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health organization declares ebola pretty much contained. and the battle in eastern ukraine. how separatists are fighting to keep the gas flowing. have houthi rebels are celebrating in sanaa, fireworks are lighting up the skies a day after a peace deal was signed. but houthi raiders, now control large parts of the country and key areas of the capital. let's take a closer look at their positions. the main strong holds are in the mountainous north of the country. they began pushing out from sada, and five days ago the houthis began their assault on
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the capital. parliament and the defense ministry. sanaa's central bank and after heavy fighting, yemen, state tv building. from sanaa, mohamed val reports. >> it is clear who is in control. these arnolding houthi rebels. they have -- these armed houthi rebels. keeping guard in front of major institutions such as this one iman university. , deployed on hills surrounding the sixth military zone which they took over on sunday. there appears to be no sign of the government or the army. what's more many here say they are worried. houthi rebels are reported to carry out acts of revenge on their old enemies.
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the peace deal will likely allow the domination of the country. the u.n. negotiator who brokered the deal is concerned. >> the straight must reestablish its authority over all regions of yemen. there is no ambiguity about that. anyone who would want to be to supplant the authority of the state would be in violation of the agreement. >> despite those worries, the president has described the agreement as historic. >> translator: witwe command e u.n. special envoy, i urge all to work together so we can implement this agreement with immediate effect.
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>> reporter: the agreement has tackled nearly all the major issues but came short on especially certain aspect the houthi takeover of the capital. the signed document does not clearly state when the houthi fighters will be forced to pull out of the capital and happened over their weapons. growing fear that the acts of revending they are accused of conducting, mohamed val, al jazeera, sanaa. >> mohamed joins us on the line from sanaa. we have been seeing these widespread displace of fireworks, mo, but not everyone is celebrating. >> reporter: surely, laura. two hours after the beginning of those celebrations the fire work are still flaring in the air. an indication of the fact that the houthis are really, really happy about their victory here in sanaa.
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but as you mentioned not everybody is happy it this. we have seen those reports today from the ministry of health, of the last 50 -- the last batch of bodies extracted from the site of their battles during the last three days. including soldiers and receivables are now as these celebrations go on probably being buryb buried by their fams and you can imagine the amount of grief and sorrow there. so two moods at the same time in this city tonight and also we have the news of the -- what we can describe as the first bloody reaction against the houthis in ambush on the border between saudi arabia and yemen, to celebrate their victory in sanaa, nobody knows so far who was behind that ambush. nobody has claimed responsibility as yet. and also before leaving this
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point about celebrations it is very interesting to notice that the yemeni potential government tv has also aired those fireworks, remember yesterday, only two days ago, the government was fighting against houthis, we talked about those bodies, we talked about the army trying to oust the houthis and tonight it's completely a different scenario. the government tv, official tv is airing the celebrations of the houthis, we also have the other information about the houthis looting at one of the tv stations belonging to the isla party, it belongs to a sunni party, that one of the parties have signed the deal with the houthis, it has been looted it has been stormed by the houthis and that was hours after the headquarters of the party were stormed. the houthis are continuing their campaign of revenge.
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>> not everyone is celebrating there in yemen. mohamed, thanks very much for the update there from sanaa. joining us in the studio is ibrahim s sarka. retaliatory attack against the houthis, make this is one of many attacks in the coming days. what was your take on that? >> that is very alarming actually what we have seen, we have seen that the house an active member of the party and nobel prewinner has already been seizeby the 12 houthi as on the facebook page we have seen also that ali khamid, all have been
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targeted and became wanted for the houthis. so this is about settling all the scores between the houthis and all the enemies, so this is not a good sign. >> but the attack i think that mohamed was mentioned was against houthis themselves. a counterattack almost to what's been happening the last few days. >> yes as it happened on the saudi border with yemen with an ambush against houthis, this is not a good sign either. actually, the whole movement is taken care of and in control of sanaa, not a good sign not good news for the peace in yemen. we still don't know what actually happened in the past two days, why the army collapsed the way it collapsed. but there is no in the coming fw
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days, from opponents of the houthis, and the tribes will regroup and if they continue to be targeted, they will hit back. and that is not what becomes even a more serious sign and more serious mostly around rank of possible long term violence in yemen. >> yes, one wonders how it might also if it hasn't already extended beyond the borders where people say that this gain by the houthis actually is a big gain for iran. and one could imagine that saudi is not very happy about that. >> there seems to be some sort of a wait-and-see attitude by the regional and the international community. the parties to date atar faisil met with the countries also they supported the agreement but the concern actually is from inside.
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when specific groups feel they're being targeted and that they're going to pay the price of old battles. and that's when you expect a reaction. especially when the houthis did not sign the security section of the agreement that calls for the houthis to withdraw from yemen, i'm sorry from sanaa, which is very alarming. in fact, which is a sign of serious intentions of the houthis that they want to continue to control the country and have a puppet government actually, that is in control of the houthis. >> it's not surprising that we're seeing these celebrations in the capital sanaa, i wonder what message at a then sends to other groups in yemen who also might be looking to launch a similar uprising? >> there is also the elephant in
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the room which is al qaeda, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. there is of course a traditional rivalry between the houthis and al qaeda. so this is -- we should expect to hear something about how this is going to play. now that al qaeda knows that the houthis traditional series enemy are in control of sanaa and how they are going to respond to this and whether they are going to accelerate attacks against houthis or they're going to hit in other places. so by an overall, i mean, situation of houthis taking over and capturing sanaa is very alarming very serious and i'm afraid this has set up the
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country on a path of instability and chaos, especially how the houthis will manage and handle the situation in the coming days and if we start to see parties regrouping and reacting to the houthis control of sanaa. >> ibrahim, thank you or the joining us. kurdish forces in northern syria say, they have repelled an i.s.i.l. attack, 130,000 syrians have are crossed the border into turkey in the last three days. stephanie dere decker is in they of sanlatha on the turkish boarder. >> reporter: we are on the turkey syria border and there are 130,000 refugees crossed over here in the last few days. that number was significantly lower what did happen when we
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arrived here was a standoff with a couple tens of protestors, used tear gas water cannon to disperse, a long line of riot police to try to keep things under control. families who wanted to bring their family here from the i.s.i.l. onslaught and turkish government, saying they're not doing enough to protect them and some of them even saying that turkey is even helping i.s.i.l. fight the kurds. the situation has called somewhat, surrounded by i.s.i.l, about one kilometer to the west, 30 kilometers to the east and ten kilometers to the south we're being told but the kurdish fighters have managed to repel them so far. the concern is because that situation is very fluid there are still many people who could cross this border. >> coming up here on the program: >> i've not heard his voice or seen him and that definitely
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means he's dead. >> his brothers have been missing for months along with their wives and children. peace keepers in central african republic are implicated plus: >> tens of thousands of people have been infected by abdominal problems and skin diseases. coming up. how doctors are coping. >> and match in europe we'll be hearing from both sides later in the program. world health organization says two of the five countries battling ebola have managed to control the virus. senegal is one of them. rob reynolds reports.
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>> students at garkee secondary school spent the morning sweeping their classrooms. a tradition. after everyone debate over how to keep them safe in crowded conditions from the threat of ebola virus. nurse chrisiana, with 1300 students she says she will need more. >> for this, this is not enough. >> reporter: government education officials say teachers have been given ebola prevention training and all schools are being supplied with items needed to keep the virus at bay. >> government now provided materials such as the temperature monitor machine, the cleaning materials like sanitizers, liquid soaps. >> reporter: but none of those
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were to be found at the primary school outside the capital at abuja. the dilapidated classrooms remain empty. the nigeria principal said the teachers won't work at the schools that don't have sanitizers. >> what we want is protective measures, at the moment, taking the temperature of somebody, sanitizer, running water, hand glove. and the rest. >> reporter: gadenasco hasn't got any so school's out. the government insists that all schools will be supplied and reopened as soon as possible. until then students like 18-year-old alo rotobe benga remain anxious. >> are you worried about examination? >> i'm worried about examination. i'm in not worried about
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education. >> even before ebola nigeria has struggled to educate its children. 25% of boys and young men between the ages of 15 and 24 cannot read or write. for young women and girls the illiteracy figure is 42%. and 9 million nigerian kids never go to school at all. rob reynolds, al jazeera, abuja, nigeria. >> in central african republic, the u.n. peace keepers are replacing those from african union. forced tens of thousands to seek safety in neighboring countries. as nazanee bashiri reports. >> reporter: be robert reads out the names of people who are missing. on the list are two of his
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brothers, their wives and children. they were all staying at the home of one of his brothers. this man, self declared rebel general maurice macono, an anti-balaka leader, mainly christian group. when they first disappeared in march robert thought his brother was in prison. >> translator: if he was in prison i would have been able to take him coffee, cigarettes and foot. but from the at one time of march i have not seen or heard from him that definitely means he's dead. >> reporter: in march, a peace keeper was killed here. soldiered appeared at the rebel general's house. this is the last place the general and his family were seen alive. witnesses say peace keepers from congo base took him away.
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the youngest person in the group was less than a year old. the african union has replaced the contingent in voale with these men. they are also from congo braseville but under a u.n. mandate. their force commander won't comment on the incident and six months on there has been no conclusive investigation but the u.n. says its new mission will be different. >> the united nations has a zero tolerant policy for any violation of any sort. that i have briefed the african contingent commanders that includes of course sexual behavior but i think human rights in its globallity is something that we have to uphold. . >> reporter: but u.n. peace keepers can only be prosecuted in their own countries. >> if this mission continues to act with the impunity that we saw with the con groa brazeville
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mission, we are here to protect civilians not abuse them. >> this is where robert wants to bury his family but he fears that their bodies will never be found. that he will continue to mourn in private. until he has answers, and justice, nazane mashiri, central african republic, al jazeera. separatists are preparing too withdraw their artillery part of a peace plan signed on saturday. pulling their forces at least 15 kilometers from the front line. ukrainian army says it will withdraw its forces as long as the separatists respect the ceasefire. pro-russian separatists want to strike up a deal with moscow
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to supply them with gas. it won't be an easy task. >> reporter: sergei and his men have important work to do. the pipeline has been peppered by shell fire. >> translator: there's a lot of work and the shelling it can be terrifying. and sometimes, after finishing a job, others within the same district get destroyed overnight. >> reporter: even if they fix all the pipes the gas may soon run out. russia cut off supplies to ukraine in june. separatists have a plan to keep their part of ukraine cozy in winter. >> there is a possibility of a deal. we can make our agreement with russia. >> depending on gas by
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government held territory. that is why the separatists resent the present ceasefire. they want control of the entire donbas region. gas is only part of the problem. engineers are work hard to keep the gas-powered station. >> we have still enough fuel for a month of operation. >> reporter: they say it can also run on gas and heavy oil. though at the moment it's very little supply. this power stietion is only operating one turbine at just 15% of its ordinary capacity. runs only on coal. coal lines produce for fuel. for lack of power, many coal mines like this one are flooded
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inside with ground waters. this ger told me it will take months to pump the mines dry. with the economy at a standstill thousands of workers are on unpaid leave. there will be plenty to worry about for the self-declared republics this winter. al jazeera, donetsk. university students in hong kong are on strike, in protest of china's refusal to allow democracy. boycotting their classes for the next week. they want the right to vote for candidates who have not been hand picked by communist leaders in beijing. pakistan's flood hit areas face crises. one campaign southern punjab
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province. are. >> family's home was swept away by the rising tide a week ago. >> i was in acute pain lying on the bed for four days. i can't afford to visit a doctor or get medicine. >> the weakest are suffering especially children pregnant and elderly. we count a dozen babies in this camp alone. developing sores. >> we need hygiene and food and clothes and a tent for giving birth. the government has given us nothing. we are exhausted. >> 2.5 million people are affected in the worst floods pakistan has seen. many can't go back to their villages. they are living in camps beside
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the road with no toilet. >> floodwaters are slowly starting to recede. but it's leaving behind dirty stagnant water which breeds more disease and misery. >> people are using this water to bathe in and wash their clothes and dishes. in some areas they're drinking it and many people are already getting sick. >> they are living right next to their homes not inside because there's water over there. they have their bed right outside their homes, on the roads and we have all the stagnant water and insects around them and there are cattle already around them. that is what are making there conditions worse and this is what they're living in. >> this area is run by a charity and also in the middle of a major road. children have skin rashes and infections. this woman tells us she's suffering from vomiting and stomach cramps. all of these women have the same
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complaint. doctors are treating around 2,000 people aday in this tent alone. >> most of the problems we are seeing are because of to stomach issues, and scabies and boils. more and more people are showing up with temperature and more and more diseases. >> medical staff are pleading for more help. they say it's a crois is here. at least these flood victims have somewhere to go to see a doctor. in more isolated regions there's no one and so for now, baby sema and her mother have to struggle alone. nicole johnston, al jazeera, southern punjab in pakistan. still to come on the news hour. >> the oil companies talk about helping us but it's a lie.
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>> oil companies prepare to drill in a national park. >> the only place i can release my energy is the gym. >> challenge of a new life down under for refugees from iraq. plus rafa nadal has pulled out of a new tennis league. more than adequate replacement. coming up in sport.
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>> it is imperative that i get into college... it's my last chance to get out of here... >> the incredible journey continues... on the edge of eighteen only on al jazeera america >> hello again, top stories here on al jazeera. fire works celebrations have been held in yemeni capital after houthi rebels celebrate. (f) kurdish forces in northern syria say they have repelled a i.s.i.l. attack. crossed border into turkey in the past three days. children have been returning to
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class, in. world health organization says the ebola outbreak has been pretty much contained. (f) the group houthi as found support against sectarian lines. ali mustafa explains. >> prichary of politics to center stage. only 150,000 houthi a small fraction of the country's 9.5 million shia muslims but very are a vanguard of shia discontent and by far the most active. >> the houthi movement politically as a political movement i think they can 83th the change that they need -- this can he create the change they need. not part of the government in
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yemen. >> no choice but to take up arms defense government. the movement controls this area south of saudi arabia including sadaa province. members of the houthi tribe descended on the capital this summer. the group's young leader gave an ultimatum to the president to resign or face the consequences. the time has come for the third stage of the popular escalation which falls into the framework of civil disobedience. >> reporter: yemen's government says the houthi are supported by the dominant power iran, but the group denies this. saudi arabia uses this as a bullwark against al qaeda in the arabian peninsula.
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despite its relatively small size, the houthi stand at the precipice of major political gains but its struggle may marginalize other groups in yemen. ali mustafa, al jazeera. >> we'll get the opinion of mohamed ranadi in just a moment. >> this is a situation unprecedented, we never influenced that before. we fought hard with nasser's egypt when it tried to control yemen in the '60s and we wouldn't yemen back but now iran did not control all of yemen but i could say today, it has the upper hand in yemen, unfortunately. >> i think iranians had predicted this all along.
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because whenever unpopular regimes in this region are confronted with the rath of the people, they look for an external enemy to blame. the reality in yemen is that the regime is corrupt. that the like in the price of gas, gasoline and fuels, has hit poor people very hard. but the regime failed to recognize this. they've marginalized the majority, not just the houthis, but the overwhelming majority which is comprised of people in the south and people in the north as well. >> russia's president has met his security chiefs, in the fight against i.s.i.l, it's not known which countries russia may join. moscow's leaders have not
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respond to america's call to form an international coalition. live from moscow, what are russia's interests in getting involved in the fight against i.s.i.l? >> well, russia is close friends with many of the enemies of the islamic state, russia very strongly supports the assad regime in syria, russia has very right now close relations with the shia dominated government in baghdad and of course russia has very good relations with hezbollah and with iran. so we are kind of in a very hostile position to the sunni radicals and the sunni radicals of the sarafits don't like russia either. so russia is of course going to side against the islamic state, though of course we at the same time have bad relations with the
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west and the united states which means that we will not be part, officially of a coalition. but we are going to work kind of in parallel with the coalition against the islamic state. >> which then of course raises up the next question: was russia actually going to do and how is it going to be involved? >> well, actually, russia is very closely involved. this summer, after getting a request from baghdad, russia very swiftly and actually in several weeks provided the iraqi government military with attack jet planes, soq 25s which were delivered from the russian military and contractors and specialists came together with the planes. said they would leave soon but as far as i understand, these russian contractors are actually still involved in making these planes operational and using
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them against the fighters of the islamic state. and so russia -- russian contractors are involved yes. >> members of the u.s. led coalition are all saying at least this stage there will be not boots on the ground to fight against i.s.i.l. is russia taking a similar stance there? >> well, official of course it's out of the question, of russia sending its air force or its military to fight there against the islamic state. but not for sure yes we're on the side of the coalition or sort of parallel. and many in moscow believe that maybe this is an opportunity to mend some fences with washington over ukraine because there in the middle east we're sort of on the same line. >> okay, very interesting development to watch, thank you for joining us from moscow.
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>> thank you. australia is expected to resettle nearly 4,000 refugees from iraq and syria. its suck in stopping asylum seeker boats, as andrew thomas reports, settling into a new life still has its challenges. glglshchallenges. >> reporter: abdel never went to the gym but working out he spends a large part of the day. >> the only place i can come and release my energy is the gym. >> before the arab spring, he joined a shop and when the crack downed began, he joined the resistance, in 2011 that got him arrested he was held and he says tortured for 20 days before he bribed guards orelease him.
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within 48 hours he had left syria for lebanon, there he applied to the unhcr. this led to a new life in australia. he's grateful but also lonely waiting for an english course to begin, hoping that when he's better able to communicate he'll find employment. right now, his life is empty. >> i'm grateful for the reception and generous assistance i have here. >> reporter: he knows thousands are stuck in lebanon. australia has just committed to take 4,000 more refugees from syria and iraq. government says freed up spaces for more deserving people who apply through the u.n. hcr. many some say australia is not
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doing enough. >> there are place he within our resettlement program for syrian refugees, compared to others it pales in comparison. >> reporter: australia's government has been heavily criticized for the way it treats asylum seekers. being tough for those who arrive through so-called back door, people like abdel hakem. andrew thomas al jazeera western sydney. part of the immigration law which allowed it to lock up anyone who entered illegally. the australian government has the right to release those from.
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>> major victory for african asylum seerks, the section of the law of the antiinfiltration law that has been struck down effectively ends the authority's right to indefinitely detain those who have come into the country illegally. what that means is around 2,000 people, major those who come from sudan and eritrea will effectively have to be released within 90 days. but because of the issue of african asigh l lu -- asylum se, very quickly try to find a way to try to ensure that these people who are going to be released there this detention center don't find their way back into wider society and they will try to find some other legal mechanism to prevent that from happening. whatever the case at this stage we don't know just how the
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government is going to respond but again as we've been saying this is a major victory for african asylum seerks i seekersn israel. wall street protesters are blaming on climate change in an attempt to block wall street. shia bratanzi is there for more. >> the police thought they were going to go that way, by the stock exchange, but this is one of the symbols of the march and it's going over, i don't know if you can see, but very few people have started a sit in here, it is an act of civil disobedience. just in front of the iconic bull of wall street which has been fenced off you as cu see away
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from he's protesters whose message is capitalism is at the root cause and wall street is at the root cause. >> investors can choose where their money goes, whether they invest their energy portfolio in oil and coal and gas, carbon intensive sources or solar energy and renewable energy, on a scale that mayor blows bloiz o announced in new york. >> expecting 100,000, at best, they got 400,000. this time on the southern tip of manhattan around the financial district, thousands of protesters have gathered from all walks of life, including those from overseas from the philippines who suffered that terrible typhoon a few months
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ago. it's time for wall street to get a taste of its own medicine. >> deaf stating to us so we can occasionally disrupt their operations, their business, and that's what needs to happen. >> as always the question is, is this does seem to be getting some national attention. that has again exceeded the expectations of this demonstration just as sunday's demonstration exceeded organizers' expectations. on tuesday at the very lease those that are calling for integral policy now have some evidence that there is popular support for that policy. >> al jazeera continues the demand the release of its journalists imprisoned in egypt. peter greste, baher mohamed and mohamed fahmy have been retained for 268 days, accused of supporting the outlawed muslim brotherhood. fahmy got an additional three years having a spent bullet that
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he picked up from a protest. the three are appealing their convictions. still to come: some of iraq's best musicians put on a special performance to play for peace. and the european ryder cup team gets their preparations underway for friday's showdown. rest of sport in just a moment. moment.
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>> a tribe in northern ecuador has been forced to live with an oil company for decades. in the last pristine areas of the national park, the tribal members are worried. david mercer has more from coca. >> umerto carves are, in the two decades since oil companies first arrived here, they have seen their way of life transformed. >> translator: the oil companies talk about helping us but it's a lie. here there's more sickness. they damage and pollute the land. every day, vehicles drive down the roads and there are fewer animals. >> reporter: now the tribe are afraid things will get worse.
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ecuador remains divided by the president's decision to extract more oil in the national park one of the most biodiverse places on earth. a few miles up river from the tribe, lice the coca river. here people have lived side by side with oil for more than four decades and know the benefits and the cost. this is coca river, last year a broken pipeline spilled nearly 12,000 barrels of oil, that's one.5 millioone -- 1.5 million o this water. >> the journalist says it is a reminder that the government must boost farming and other industries as a long term alternative. >> translator: without doubt, oil is orn our only source of
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wealth, that's why the president depends on it. what happens when we run out of oil? >> reporter: ecuador's state run oil company refused to speak to al jazeera. but politicians from the ruling party insist that this time oil companies will see the greatest benefits from the drilling. >> it's a great challenge by our government that a small exploiting oil will leave poferred behind. >> reporter: looking out over what was jun jungle. one day there will be no animals left in the forest. they want the government to legally recognize their territory now before their way of life disappears forever. david mercer, al jazeera in the amazon region of ecuador. >> let's get you caught up on all the sports. robin.
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>> thank you very much. 40th ryder cup gets underway, captain tom watson flew in on monday. looking to regain the ryder cup. however, winning at the bellfree back in 1993. >> on paper everyone think europeans are the favorites and rightfully so. they have great players on the team. they are not to be taken anything but very seriously by our team. i can tell you our team is here to win. i believe in the fact that our team can win. >> as the u.s. team arrived in scotland on monday the european team already on the gleneagles course practice practice be. rory mcilroy has played six out of 10 ryder cup matches with
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graham mcdowell. a strain on the relationship, although captain paul mcginley does not believe the legal battle would pair them again. >> if i didn't decide to play them, it would be for tactical reasons not any other ones. it's not like these guys are written in stone. they're not a formidable force, pairing that's unbeatable. having said that there's no reason why they wouldn't play together. when i was captain of the trophy i paired them together and they did well with that. i've got a lot of options but it doesn't have to be that they have to be together. >> rafa nadal has withdrawn from the international tennis league but the organizers have been able to line up a rather handy replacement roger federer.
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along the ipl will be held across four cities, manila, new delhi. ivory coast and guinea were host as the 2019, 2021, and 2023 africa cup of nations. we don't know who will host 2017 libya had to pull out because of the poor security issues within the country. algeria egypt have expressed interest. gary l. smith is an africa football journalist, landing the 2017 addition at the stage. >> in all our corridors of
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power, everybody has seen the front runners and a lot of people believe that in terms of the political situation, algeria is in a great position to host the tournament. especially the record they have in terms of public goodwill. that would give them a strong run for their money. gghana also looking for, but algeria is looking to be host for 2017. primera leaga, the valencia go above severe to second place. barcelona maintains their 100% winning streak. over to the asian games in south korea, where china continues to lead the medals table.
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223 medals so far all of them gold. 54 in total. one of their titles came in the artistic gymnastics. beating north korea who came in second. south korea came in second on medals tables, they were beaten by myanmar for the men's doubles champions. in the women's beach volleyball competition, the full seed tie, narrowly beat their kazakhstan opponents. clark in november, the winner will fight vladimir klichko.
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bad language at a previous press conference. on top of speaking he used hand gestures. the lost art of miming. comedy show. interesting. >> thanks very much robin. now iraq was one a sophisticated center for art and learning and on sun, its most prominent physician put bow to instrument. >> this may have been the most unlikely weapon against i.s.i.l. they begin with the national anthem and iraqi officials say that concerts like these are crucial in the battle against i.s.i.l. who have sworn to destroy anything that doesn't
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conform to the group's ideology and that includes music. a lot of people have come to watch the concert. some say that's a reflection of a desire for more events like this. despite the fear many have of leaving their neighborhoods and traveling in the streets. for conductor though, the attendance is less important than ability to just play. >> for many of years our music has been marginalized by thiofficialdom. it is if we can transcend war and give a moment of are tranquility. >> an electricity blackout interrupts, but the concert is crucial not only for their own development but for the image of their country. >> it's difficult in these difficult times what the world is going through right now in so many countries.
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so i hope that this concert would like to go through other people, and you know, to be an example that even though we're living in iraq we're still doing concerts and people are still attending. people still care about music, especially classical. so that's the point i guess. >> but more concerts will require a big effort. in the year since the american invasion and occupation iraq's art scene has declined. a lack of investment means this once grand building is in disrepair. under saddam hussein concerts like this were common and well attended. despite all of the challenges putting this concert on this is a hopeful moment for the iraq art scene. a bigger series of concerts and perhaps get that back name. iraq was called for centuries the cradle el of civilization.
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