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♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the al jazeera news hour and i'm robin in doha and coming up, in the next 60 minutes the syrian town of kobani as kurdish troops continue to battle isil. bomb squads clearing the way for an army offensive to get their territory controlled by isil. also caught on camera, more details emerge on the gunman who attacked canada's capitol and grim milestones for three al
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jazeera journalists have now been jailed in egypt for 300 days, plus. >> brazilians are divided on who should be the next president but not here in this town where almost everyone say they will be voting for the opposition candidate and we came to find out why. ♪ good to have you. kurdish fighters in kobani took control of a strategic area in the west of the town on syria's border with turkey. these are live pictures of kobani. the advance of kurdish forces follows four u.s. air strikes since wednesday against isil targets and despite the strikes kurdish fighters are calling for more reenforcement and hearing the rebel groups are sending a joint force of about 1500 fsa
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fighters and these exclusive pictures we obtained by al jazeera show the extent of the devastation within the town. now the recaptured area by kurdish forces gives them control over a large stretch of open land and help for future air drops and weapons don't fall in the wrong hands and as we report now near the turkey/syria border. >> more street fighting kobani thursday night into friday and focused on the east and south of the city, sources in the town telling us it's very difficult to say where both side positions are except the kurdish fighters still unable to push out isil forces but have not been able to progress further in the town either. significantly for the kurdish fighters they took control again of a small hill out to the west of kobani. this was taken by isil fighters a couple of days ago and it's in
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an open area which is where we believe air drops took place and if there were further air drops then kurdish forces would need to have control of that hill. and we understand that an air strike, a u.s. coalition air strike last night, that is thursday night took out isil fighters on that position and allowed the kurds to retake it. but an indication of how reliant the kurds are on the air strikes, without them they would not have been able to retake control of that important hill. in iraq the army is trying to take back oil-rich territory and the troops launched offensive to get back the towns but roadside bombs and other explosive devices are a challenge and we have more on the bomb disposal unit trying to clear the way for the offensive.
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>> reporter: a controlled explosion is still quite a thing to witness, roadside bombs and boobie traps kill lots of people here and they try to retake the cities from lavonte continues, with this stretched they have taken matters in their own hands and coming up, with ever more creative solutions. one of the tactics is to shell empty village's in order to ex employed any hidden devices. >> translator: the process of clearing the main highway from these roadside bombs by the m.o.d. is ongoing and aim for us to clear the main highway and clear the nearby village's close to the main highway and land minds and other explosives and by this mechanism we guaranty the units and give the enemy no chance to hold that strategic
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supply line any more as we clear it ly inch by inch. >> reporter: it is inch by inch moving to isil positions. they are centered rounds the town of takrite and one section is fighting in the north and another section is fighting and this is one of the largest oil refineries and in control partly by isil and partly by the iraqi army and as they inch there isil fighters will want to challenge the army, this offensive is designed by the iraqi army to cut i sil in half and allow them to disrupt supply lines. >> one more day on the front lines and this is one force that proved to be crucial in the battle against isil but isil fighters are nothing if not resourceful leaving these men with no choice but to be ever watchful and i'm in baghdad.
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commander of the nusra front urged isil not to execute peter and they threatened to be head him on a video posted online and the front commander says kasic is the medic who treated him when he was wounded and isil threat to kill the american has divided people especially in light of his conviction to islam. police in canada said the shooter acted alone and said when michael zehaf-bibeau did this. >> this shows the man charging in the house of parliament as people run away, the closed circuit video shows the shooter from multiple angles and hijacking a car and storming a
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building after killing corporal nathan cirillo and he defiantly rallied the country before the same parliament. >> vigilant and not panic and as for the business of government here we are in our seats, in our chamber in the heart of democracy and our work. >> reporter: military bases cold and told to wear civilian gear when they leave security in canada has already changed and is likely to change more. the lightly guarded parliament where the gunman entered with a rifle and shot by arms is now surrounded by security. >> the kind of terrorism we have now is it self in a very vicious one. you don't need sophistication that al-qaeda were requiring with intercepting or hijacking a plane or a train or
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sophisticated bomb. usual household items like a knife or a gun, a rifle for hunting rifle or a car, and that is what makes it very difficult to sort of encounter. >> reporter: after locking down the capitol and searching for multiple gunman authorities now say the shooter acted alone. >> there were concerned at the initial stage of the emergency response that there may have been more than one individual involved. our partners at the ottawa police service agree that zehaf-bibeau acted alone. >> reporter: he has a significant criminal record and because of that he was prohibited from owning a gun. how he obtained the winchester rifle he used in the shooting is the central focus of the investigation. as canada looks at growing attacks they say citizens and visitors can expect a future of
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heavy security, john with al jazeera in ottawa. zambia has 50 years and he flew out of the country to an undisclosed location and he has been in power since 2011 and thought to be seriously ill. and tonya page is in the capitol, it's a cautious celebrations in the light of the fact that people are asking where is the president. >> yes, absolutely and we are right in the heart of those celebrations at the official events and dignitaries across africa just starting to arrive and the crowd being entertained by bands and singers and over shadowing it it all and in their minds is the house of the president and we know he has been unwell for sometime and the government forced to admit because of the milestone celebrations, his location they
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have not exactly said the travel abroad and not given any information as far as to what exactly is wrong with him. it's created a little uncertainty because there is no clear successor to michael and he fired the man he was thought to favor a short while ago and the next could be his son or a politician, one of his uncles is a minister but currently the acting president is not the vice president, so a bit of a confused picture for zambia as they reflect on the state of their country on this important day. >> they want to celebrate and want to certainly let the world know what they achieved but what have they achieved since they gained independence from the british? >> well, a huge amount and i think really importantly for this region the fact they never experienced civil war and they had 50 years of peace and stability and they will hand over the government and changing of power from president to
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president if you like. people here very proud of the fact that zambia is the first in the region to gain independence and very supportive of other independence movements and a great deal of respect and admiration and it's growing 6% a year by huge exports and has inequality and poverty and still some challenges for people to really think about as they look back on the past 50 years towards the next 50 years with that shadow hanging over them of exactly where their president is and how he is doing. >> we will follow that throughout the day and for the moment thanks for joining us. still to come here on the news hour we are live where an operation against fighters holds up in a villa outside the capitol has ended and plus we record fears that the democratic process and freedom of speech are being interfered with as the country heads for an election on
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sunday. also ebola reaches new york for the first time and says america's most crowded city is well prepared. and in sport the match that turned into a riot, european football's governing body hands down the punishment for serbia and albania. ♪ activists in hong kong will decide on sunday whether to continue their street protest or accept the government offer for more talks and so far efforts to resolve the crisis ended in deadlock and democracy protesters has been staging a month-long campaign and the negotiations remains open and compromise is needed from both sides. meanwhile student demonstrators built an tempora temporary clas the camp by headquarters and we
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have more. >> reporter: every night at the protest sight groups of students gather around tables under the shelter of yellow tents, the topic of discussion ranges from cardiovascular disease to english to literature and this is where hong kong protesters still in their uniform come to do their homework. >> i think this is matching our principle and we come to class and we want to, like, we don't want to give up studies because of this. >> reporter: his parents don't approve of his nighttime activity and prefer he study at home. hong kong system gears all learning to tests and exams and putting pressure on students to perform well. but as the protest continues daily participation of students has wayned and some tried to come after school to show their support and this has inspired the more academically minded protesters to set up facilities
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for them. >> we are putting the school in this area and also in this area we can also discuss any politics and problems. >> protesters blocked main roads and business districts for nearly a month and demanding that beijing reverse its decision to only allow candidates approved by the central government to run for the post of executive in 2017. while the students are concerned about their grades many of them say what they are learning here at the protest sites cannot be taught within the confines of a classroom and they are getting a firsthand lesson at standing up for what they believe in. the learning centers are found at all the sites in different forms and this grows by the day right in front of the entrance of the government headquarters. >> translator: i wanted to remember that they came to these protests and used the study area so when the movement end they will remember the amnesty here and inspired to use education as
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a tool to change society. >> reporter: but their efforts to change society is proving to be a tough lesson for these student activists, hong kong's governments said their demands are impossible. i'm with al jazeera, hong kong. china is launching a development bank to take on global financial institutions like the world bank and 20 countries including india are to become founding members of the initiative and the bank will have initial capitol of $50 billion and provide emerging economies with an alternative source of funding and rob mcbride has more on this from beijing. >> with this announcement china flexing its growing economic and physical muscle across asia and beyond and this is the approach to the high speed rail in beijing and china has been expanding massively the high speed rail network across the country and the type of projects
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that can be taken to an international scale, one of the projects in particular being talked about is a direct route from beijing to baghdad and following the old silk road and they would need to dip into the initial capitalization of $50 billion from the bank and coming from china and expected to be increased very quickly to $100 billion. this initiative is born out of china's frustration of not being allowed to have the kind of influence it believes it should have in the world bank and imf and the asian bank in asia and institutions it regards as being a cozy club dominated by the united states, its response is well we will have our own club and invite our own friends to join. of 21 nations who signed up the most important is india and the rest are made up of less powerful nations of asia and the middle east and china already
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exerted influence and more after today. 300 days since al jazeera journalists were arrested in egypt and they remain falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood and arrested on december 29 last year after a long trial. they were sentenced in june. greste and fahme to 7 years and jail and mohamed was given ten years and it attracted condemnation from around the world to sidney to nairobi and even the white house. there was a crucial review hearing for that case that will be hard on january the first next year. and al jazeera peter thomas met peter greste's parents in sidney to find out how they are coping as their son remains behind bars. >> reporter: the last time he was this sidney was last year when he was reportingly on the australian election and his parents traveled from their home
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and part of their continuing efforts to keep their son's plight high profile. over the course of this year you've become campaigners, haven't you? how has it been? >> tough. really tough, you know. it's a constant thing all the time. >> we really haven't had in our life this year and it has been campaigned from morning until night from friday through next friday. >> reporter: did you ever think that peter and his colleagues would be in prison for 300 days? >> no, absolutely not. 300 days too long. >> reporter: there have been pretty dark moments along the way. what were the darkest? >> well, clearly the darkest was the day of the sentence. it still remains in my memory as just an awful, awful nightmare. >> one of the other darkest days
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we are seeing for the first time was. >> in the cage. >> in the cage. >> that pains me today when i think of that image. >> reporter: you spent two months in egypt immediately after the verdict and how was peter doing when you saw him? >> he was very strong, remaining strong really. and doing everything that he could to keep himself physically and mentally and spiritually altogether. >> reporter: and now? >> well, he is still strong but having to stay as it were into the abyss of not knowing of what is to come, there were moments where i thought he was showing some cracks. >> reporter: your feelings going forward? >> i am optimistic and i have faith in the egyptian judicial level in achieving a fair and
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just decision. >> optimistic, but also a little bit tense about what happened. >> reporter: thanks very much. and lois greste speaking to us in sidney and we have amnesty secretary-general in london and thank you so much for joining us sir and we interviewed you many times on this subject from the initial arrest, detention and sentencing of our journalist. has amnesty position or upon changed in any way with regard to the way these men have been treated? >> we have been careful from the very beginning and journalists doing their jobs and the egyptian government did not like what they said so they have been very in a manner detained and kept in prison for 300 days, 300 days too many as peter greste's parents just mentioned so we
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declared them as prisoners of conscious which means they are absolutely peacefully doing their job and are journalists, not terrorists and we called for the immediate and unconditional release and our position has absolutely not changed. >> reporter: is a review an honest chance for the egyptian judiciary to look at the case impartially and without political pressure? >> reporter: there is no real independent judiciary with very few exceptions in egypt right now but i would say this is probably the last chance for them to salvage the situation because what we have seen in the trial until now is a mockery of justice. we have completely contradictory testimony from the key witnesses, the prosecution has not given any single piece of credible evidence,, in fact, the first video evidence was about some animal sanctuary and again and again irrelevant evidence. the defense lawyers have not been allowed to be in the
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committee which is reviewing the evidence. the judgment and the 57 judgment which amnesty international has access to has actually said al jazeera journalists have been aided by the devil. so amnesty international sent a trial observer so it's just a mockery. so let's hope that this happens because the three journalists are in very difficult situations and living in very unsatisfactory prison cell. fahme has an injury which has been really he has been denied proper medical care and possibly permanent disability to his shoulder. so let's hope that something comes out of this. >> reporter: how important has this case become globally? we at al jazeera have continued to highlight the incarceration for the past 300 days and media colleagues globally helped raise awareness but does it really resonate anywhere else? >> well, certainly amnesty international membership with
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more than 7 million members acting as supporters so i think obviously it's a very important case for us and it's almost problematic because this is part of a wider crack down we see across egypt and they have been attacking peaceful student protesters in the last weeks and people have been detained or indicted and in egypt in resent times so this is really a very important case. but where the western governments really move let's not be too sure about that because egypt is part of the game plan in the so called war against terrorist so i think people should stand up and fight for the rights of these people that are unlawfully detained. >> and regardless of what you think political individuals have been involved and we have seen the white house put pressure or embarrass egypt for 300 days and do you think it has made an impact? >> well, i think, you know, it's just they need to be consistent
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because at one moment they criticize egyptian government and next moment they are saying they are not the best promoter of human rights and we need much more consistency and we know john kerry raised this and australian government raised this and the only way western governments or governments which has influence over egypt will stay on the course and put pressure is if people put pressure and their vote and their constituency puts pressure on them which is what amnesty is all about and they act as pressures bottom up. >> we will see what happened there and this is the secretary-general of amnesty international and thank you for joining us in the london studio. al jazeera continues the immediate release of the journalist and we will be marking colleagues 300 days in jail with 300 seconds of silence during our news hour at 1800 gmt
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on friday, that's today. now to the weather with everton and it's not looking too good across china. >> that is right, we are seeing lively weather making its way across northern parts of china and quieting down and this band of clouds is going to the northeast and going in the far east of russia. as that same system made its way across the far northwest, very impressive and it's spotted here and didn't cause any problems and this is over china's largest lake and nine of these spotted at the time and you can see it does make for some pretty picture if nothing else and things quieting down and it's clear and dry but back in the northeastern corner we have a few showers pushing up across the far northeast of the region, eastern parts of russia. going on through the weekend look at that, a fair amount of rain and snow sweeping in here and expect to see heavy rain coming in across the weather and lively weather very much in
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place. lively across southern areas of india and a rash of showers so much in evidence across the south of india and further heavy showers pushing in here as we go on through the next couple of days and as i move out of the way we see this massive wet weather and very strong winds too circling in the arabian sea and could cause problems on through the weekend and keeping a close eye on that one for the coming week. >> thanks everton and we will keep our eyes on that too. south america and br council yanukovichs go to the polls on sunday to decide on who will be their next president ahead of that poll and al jazeera is taking a trip through the state to find out what voters really want. gabrielle reports. >> reporter: the day starts earlier. and milking his cows on his small farm, a necessity he does twice a day. his wife processes the milk to produce a specialty cheese
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called kanastra that they then sell regionally. it's hard work but they wouldn't change it for anything. what they do want changed is the government and opposition candidate message to end corruption and especially to halt rising cost strongly resonate in this rural or conservative part of the country. >> translator: today you get much less for the same money. everything went up, medicine, gasoline and food, everything is more expensive for us here in the country side. >> reporter: in the town here population 6600 more than 75% of the people voted for nevis in the first round of voting. people here say he has so much support because they remember him as eight years as governor. all of the people we have spoken to said they want change and they think nevis is the right person to deliver it. in the sleepy plaza where men gather for their daily game of poker their opinions are strong.
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>> translator: here at least now for us we have paved roads and we have nevis to thank for th this. >> reporter: this man says. >> i will vote for nevis because i want change because the country is not working. >> reporter: back at the farm this is falling on deafs with ears with the government but they hope it will change. >> translator: we believe in the plan since he was governor of the state and fulfill his work and at present he is the only person who can help us in this region. >> reporter: the only question now is if enough of the rest of the country will agree to make their states native son next president, al jazeera, brazil. >> reporter: still to come on the news hour we will have more on the fight against i sil and just how the group is getting its funding. and in sport murray to qualify
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for the season ending final and we will follow-up with the latest. ♪
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♪ welcome back to al jazeera and these are the top stories, kurdish fighters in kobani have retaken control of a strategic area in west of the town on syria border with turkey and the rebel groups say they will send in 1300 fighters to backup the kurds in the battle against isil. footage from canada shows
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zehaf-bibeau brandishing a gun and people running for cover and the police say a gunman who killed a soldier in open fire in parliament acted alone. and it has been 300 days since three al jazeera journalists were arrested in egypt, fahme and greste and mohamed are fally accused of helping the out lawed muslim brotherhood and al jazeera calls for immediate release. more on the top story and in the fight against isil and to defeat the group is focused on the group's financial set up and helped isil maintain areas it captured and attracting more foreign fighters and we report on u.s. efforts to disrupt isil's funding. >> reporter: u.s. and other countries say isil is a powerful terrorist organization not just because of the weapons it has but also because of its financial strength and isil
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sells oil stolen on the black market and takes hose adjusts and collects millions of dollars in ransome and extorts fees and raises monies from sympathizers in the gulf and around the world and washington wants those revenues stopped. to deprive isil of funding is run out of the building behind me, the u.s. treasury and some of the tools the u.s. government using includes acid freezes, travel bans and even fines and prison time for people who are supporting this and other enemy organizations. david kone is in charge of the campaign to cutoff isil funding and says the strategy has three parts, keep isil from getting money in the first place, make it impossible for isil to use banks around the world and target its top leaders and facilitators with sanctions. >> with time, patience and close international cooperation the
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steps i have outlined today helped under mine isil's foundation and i must stress again however that the campaign against isil's finances will require more than just financial tools. cutting off one key source of funds will require dislorning it from territory in which it operates. >> koen and other officials say it has been a challenge to get other countries to engage in similar crack downs to not pay ransome for hostages and so far isil brought in $20 million for hostage taking and koen says cutter and kuwait need to be much more aggressive in enforcing their antiterrorism funding laws. >> we are going to continue to work with both those jurisdictions so that they employ those tools as effectively as possible. >> reporter: one of the points he kept making during remarks is just how long it's going to take to disrupt isil's funding and says it's not just a matter of
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interrupting the funding supply but really trying to keep the funding from being a never-ending source of his strength, i'm with al jazeera in washington. >> let's bring in a fellow at the middle east forum and american and joins me live from tel aviv and welcome to the program, how difficult is it in reality to try and stop the cycle of funding? >> it will be very, very difficult and dealing with this issue of isil collecting money on the ground in syria and iraq, an important part of isil's image itself is actually being a state and not a mere group. so examples of taxation becomes important for the group's image as a state for example. in mosul having seized hundreds of millions of dollars from the
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banks as initially was reported when the city fell out of government control. and what happened instead is transactions continue as normal and isil collects a fee, taxation fee on those transportations and the same goes for other areas of iraq too. so for example government salaries in areas of anbar that is a form of government control and still being paid and the government in baghdad was maintaining leverage on those areas and isil will in turn collect some of that money as taxes so people say they are reminded to get salaries and isil will take some of that. >> when you look at the way the global community is trying to handle this, when you have somebody in new york or london saying we are going to try and stop them at the banks from spending their money or from getting money transferred to them, how do you actually stop that at a global level?
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>> that involves of course targeting potential or actual foreign donors to the islamic state. one concern is with the islamic state success they might support al-qaeda and groups may think it's more than just in terms of isil the mission to back the islamic state but in truth really that doesn't play a big part in the islamic state funding. and this is about foreign donations and trying to freeze those transactions. i would say probably no more than 5-10% of what isil gets. really, if you go talking about degrading it, then you go and take steps say for example bombing the oil infrastructure with iraq and syria and has a big down side to it in terms of humanitarian impact because it's also being distributed to locals in iraq and syria considering
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the onset of the winter, it would be very tough time for them as they have no fuel to sustain their needs. >> in your opinion do you think there is any opportunity to you might say talk to a group that calls itself a state to try and find a way for them to stop doing what they are doing at the moment in terms of the you might say the killing and the taking over of land, property and assets to enhance their own political beliefs? >> no, i don't think there is any means of engaging them. i mean, isil's goal ultimately is a single state that encompass the entire world which is mess a -- messaging since last year and the height of islamic state and formally demanding the allegiance of the world's muslims and claiming sovereignty over the entire world. so, no, i don't think there is a
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means at all because they don't recognize the international war zone. that doesn't mean they don't have racial calculations about whether they can and can't expand. for example i don't think they have an interest and launch an attack on the soil at this time. but this global expansion has an outlook and the lack of recognition of the national order precludes any real engagement with them as an actual state. >> we shall see what does happen in the coming weeks. and thanks for joining us from tel aviv. a doctor in new york tested positive for the ebola virus, the first time it's been detected in the city, he recently returned from west africa and went through an enhanced screening process when he landed at jfk airport and the mayor says it has all the systems it needs to contain the spread of the virus. >> the patient is now in isolation. the health department has a team
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of disease detectives who have been at work tracing all of the patient's contacts and we are prepared to quarantine contacts as necessary. >> reporter: and for the first time there has been a case in mali making at least six west african country to report the infection, a two-year-old girl in mali who traveled from neighboring guinea has the illness and the west countries are liberia, sierra leone and guinea, more than 4800 people have died there since the outbreak was first detected in march. nigeria and sinagal have cases of ebola but the world health organization declared these two countries free of the disease and the government moved quickly to prevent more cases. >> translator: we have already put into force the emergency response to ebola. we were ready from before the case was diagnosed. this morning we had a rehearsal at a hospital. experts arrived from abroad to evaluate our plan of action. we have always taken the threat
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of ebola seriously and that is why we have been making sure we can respond quickly. we are now ready to face ebola. >> and staying on that, the european leader at a meeting in brussels agreed to increase aid to combat ebola in west africa and we are joined from brussels and of course that word is now coming out and what are they saying about the funding itself? >> well, ebola has played high on the agenda in this two-day summit and countries of the eu is as worried as anybody else about the spread of the virus and earlier on friday the outgoing president of eu announced that the block was increasing its funding to countries in west africa effected by ebola and almost doubling pledges from $600 million to $1 billion, $1.27 u.s. dollars and an envow to
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block efforts and we have a doctor and in coming commissioner for humanitarian affairs and look at aid going out and coordinate efforts to protect the eu's borders and ports of entry. eu of course has already had contact with ebola in germany and norway and in spain, of course, and just last week british prime minister david cameron urged the eu at the summit to come up with a more ambitious measure to help stem the spread in the response. >> not just ebola they are talking about and including the fiercest debate is around the eu budget. >> talking about the eu budget for 2015. that's right. british prime minister david cameron came here hoping to talk down the budget, instead britain found itself slapped with $3 billion u.s. dollars, that is enormous money and a bad message david cameron will have to take
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home to britain but these are not the problems of the block as a whole and they are extremely concerned about gloomy commission prospects for the euro zone and they will knock heads together after a major jiter in the markets last week and may bail out early and imf 40% chance of return to recession for the euro zone and extremely low inflation, high unemployment and very, very slow growth including the economic powerhouse germany and has people worried. >> thank you for following events and we will go back for the day and we are in brussels. mexico a state governor resigned after public outrage of disappearance of 43 students and accused him of tolerating corruption and drugs in the state and we have the latest
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from mexico city. >> reporter: decision by the governor to step down comes after weeks of mounting pressure against him. he will step aside in the congress and they will appoint a temporary governor and shows his position was not politically sustainable because they accuse the whole government of being corrupt and they need a breath of air and new leader to perhaps turn things around. it's unclear if that will change much daily reality for people in the state who say their leaders are basically colluding with members of criminal organizations and the mayor where the students went missing is accused of ordering the attack on students that subsequently led to disappearance and the president of mexico says daily he is checking up on the case and that he is committed to finding those who are responsible and to finding these students. on the ground parents are impatient and angry as are people advocating for their cause and want the government to do more and find the people
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responsibility for this disappearance and find them now. >> they stormed a building ending a standoff with fighters, the latest reports at least six people have been killed. and sunday's elections have raised concerns about political interference into the media, there is freedom of speech but journalist fear this freedom was brought in after the revolution nearly four years ago and may now be at risk and we report from tunis. >> reporter: this is how most tunis people get their news, he has a million listeners a day. one of its presenters used to work in state television. he says political interference got his sacked. >> political party, presidents who own media, we have corrupt people which have cases in justice which still are followed
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by justice for things they have done even before when he left and who runs the media. so you can not have these media leading the democratic transition. >> reporter: there is a powerful media running for president. slim owns various outlets and a football club and some see him as as balasconia of tunesia and freedom is an important part of the democracy and people say a floushishing media is not enough and needs clear ethical guidelines. this is the organization appointed to watch over the broadcasting industry. hika was set up last year after a lot of political disagreement. it's been tough on outlets that break rules, taking away some of their licenses.
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>> translator: the way we see it is politics is politics and media is media and we need to separate the link between them. because tunesia modern history media was corrupted with mixing it with the political sphere and that naturally leads to propaganda. >> reporter: this new documentary 7 1/2 tries to capture the atmosphere of the last four years. it could never have been made before the revolution. its director says tunesia should not forget how far they have come. >> we need politicians also to not to make us go back to where we came from so with these elections i hope that, you know, we will go on and continue to on the path of democracy and liberty of speech. >> reporter: the media used to echo the state line and now it's free to question politicians but it is still learning to adopt to
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this new, more independent environment. i'm with al jazeera, tunis. >> on the sport still to come in the news hour including a football style fairy-tale and a club to be crowned the best in asia. ♪
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welcome back, when they first uncovered the fossils in mongolia 50 years ago they thought they had new species of
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dinosaur and they reconstructed the creature and it's somewhat different and we have the story. >> reporter: when scientists unearthed the bones of two large dinosaur arms nearly 50 years ago they thought they discovered a powerful creature with killer claws similar to a t-rex and scientists from south korea found the rest of the dinosaur's body and looks not what they imagined and measured 11 meters long and weighed six tons and had an elongated head and duck-like beak with a sail on its back. >> translator: terrible hand and looking peculiar and means terrible hands that look peculiar and we are pleased we have been able to confirm its identity. >> reporter: the breakthrough came when scientists discovered two almost complete skeletons in mongolia and the skull was recovered recently from a private collector in germany.
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scientists assumed from the claws it was a meat eater but the stomach says it lived off of plants and fish. >> translator: a large lower jaw and strong tongue and could create suck up waters on pick up dead fish from the lake. >> reporter: he roamed the earth 17 million years ago and researchers say it's one of the strangest dinosaurs ever discovered, victoria with al jazeera. fascinating. and we have the sport. >> thank you so much. the football federation of serbia and albania is punished after the qualifier had to be abandon last week when a riot broke out and a drone had an albania nationalist flag and someone grabbed it and through it to the ground and had a tussle between people and the match abandon after 41 minutes.
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the store was 0-0. the u.s. have awarded serbia 3-0 win over albania but docked three points and will have to play the next to qualifying games behind closed doors and have almost $127,000. more on this let's go live now to london where a correspondent lee weldings is standing by and have we gone far enough with its punishment? >> this is a complicated and difficult one for eu because they think they should and particularly they feel that it's a harsh punishment. looking at the points first and for most and it's tough and with them getting no points from the match and not being replayed we could be in a position where it could reflect them qualifying for the finals played in france in 2016 so that you could argue is a tough one.
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then behind closed doors and i'm not sure it's working for ua but they use it, two games behind closed doors and first den mark next move and armania and how much will it effect the team to go out and take the points in the matches and then over 100,000, neither the serbia or albania will be pleased but how much will it harm them and they are not happy about this. they feel two of the charges were against them, why are they getting punished in the same way and both associations of course have the right to appeal. >> there are still significant problems around this qualifying group for ua to deal with. >> yes, one thing that has been resolved is this match in belgrade and not replayed and that is not a problem for ua but what about return match in
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albania in october of next year and there will be chaos but i think the best thing they can do now is look as quickly as possible is move that to a neutral venue because there are certainly tensions between serbia and albania and neither one of them say there is a problem with the match beforehand. that is how it was able to take place in belgrade but it will still be a difficult one to play and they have a problem of what to do in the future and they don't want to keep nations apart because it's chaotic and could get unfair and the official conflict between the countries and they don't want to keep nations apart and do want them to behave. >> lee weldings reporting live from london. the first leg of asian champion final held on saturday between the most decorated site and they
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are to years old and can claim the biggest prize against saudi arabia and alise reports. >> reporter: one thing western sidney fans are not short of at the moment is confidence. >> wonders. >> 3-1, yes, 2 for sidney of course. >> reporter: those fans were predicting the score of a match last weekend against the team's local rivals, sidney sc and they lost that game 3-2 and most had a bigger contest in mind. >> i think it's the biggest thing that ever happened to the club, to australian futbol in 20 years. >> reporter: the rise of the western sidney wonderors is a real life futbol fantasy and three years ago they did not exist and in the first season they topped the a-league and it wasn't a fluke and did almost as
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well in the second season and now had the chance to top the lot and the league final with saudi arabia's al offers them a shot at glory and potential club world cup show down with madrid. >> i think they got together, a terrific bunch of players and he knows what he wants out of his players. the players bought into his philosophy and they understand the whole system. >> reporter: western sidney wanderers players and possibility they could be crowned the best in asia as so little time as a team is yet to sing in. >> undescribable and you have to experience it and it's just a bond between us players and nothing could break it and i think that is what has us so far and it just continues to get stronger and stronger. >> reporter: traditionally sport in australia has been dominated by the rules, rugby
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and cricket and last week this was played in front of the city's largest crowd for a-game and largest ever t.v. audience and wanderers have the opportunity to be the first australian team to be asian champions, an futbol-fairy-tale with a happy ending. williams is guaranteed to finish the year as the world number one in women's tennis. and maria was the only woman who could finish, the top russian was eliminated from the tour finals in singapore and she won in three sets but won't progress to the knock-out stages and she has beat another. murray qualified for the men's season event in london and picking up to reach the quarter finals and producing a 4-2, 6-4
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win over his italian opponent and won 15 of 17 matches and may fine finish in the top eight and qualify for london. federer and world number two coming back from a set down to beat dennis to advance to the quarter finals there. much more sport on our website and for the latest check out al and/sport and details on how to get in touch with the team and the address is al that's it for me for now so it's back to you. >> thank you. and we will have more news on the other side of the commercial break, and thank you for watching the al jazeera news hour and thanks for your time and your company. ♪
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