nigeria's president says he'll run for a second term even though he appears to be losing the fight against boko haram. ♪ >> i'm sami zeidan with the top stories here on al jazeera. also ahead, the captain of the south korean ferry that capsized is jailed for gross negligence. iraqi forces try to retake the country's biggest oil refinery from isil fighters. telllization surgery in
india goes wrong. eight women are dead and more than a dozen seriously ill. ♪ now goodluck jonathan has normally announced his bid for reelection as anything's president. he confirmed his lands during an event. this cos a day after dozens of students were kills in another suspected attack by boko haram. that's despite the government saying last month it reached a ceasefire agreement with the group. the president says the government is doing all it can. >> we are equipping the armed forced and the special forces this time to engage the separatists. we must protect our country. we must save our people. i will do everything possible to end this violence in our nation.
>> despite the criticism over security, he is deciding to go ahead. >> absolutely, sami, and exactly what happened yesterday underlies the challenges the general administration is basing over the last four years. although the boko haram violence didn't start under his watch, but over the last four years we have seen boko haram grow bolder, and now they are taking more territory. we have seen several villages in the northeast going to boko haram. and the government appears to be losing, like i said, to be losing the battle, because the military has withdrawn in some of these up tos, and the challenge against boko haram is gradually fading.
>> is there any indication about how popular he is at this point with nigerian's? >> well, at the beginning of 2011, jonathan had the goodwill of nigerians. then gradually when the issue of corruption started growing bigger, and the issue of power grow affecting industries, affecting power supplies people were -- were gradually becoming more and more frustrated with how slow things are in terms of improvement. with boko haram getting bolder, definitely that has impacted a lot on the popularity of the president, goodluck jonathan. and always the issue of corruption. he said the government was able to tackle corruption on the agricultural scale. but there are critics who say nothing has been done about corruption.
>> all right. thanks for that. the south korean court has handed down the verdict of for the crew of a ferry that sank in april. the captain was sentenced to 36 years in prison. the prosecutors wanted the death penalty. and they are planning to appeal. rob mcbribe reports. >> reporter: they have faced the anger of the south korean public, now it was the judgment of the court. the longest prison sentence, 36 years, was handed to the captain, found guilty of negligence. he was filmed abandoning ship in his underwear while most of his passengers, many were children, were below decks having been told to stay there. only one of the crew, the chief engineer was found guilty of murder, while the other 13 crew members received sentences of between five and 20 years.
for relatives emerge frlg court, the sentencing were too lenient. >> translator: i'm so sick of this country's legal system if this is dhal do. >> translator: our anger will continue and someone has to take responsibility for this. >> reporter: the bodies of nine passengers have still not been recovered from the wreck. but authorities say the search has become too dangerous and has now been called off. more pain for the relatives of those still missing. also on trial has been the wider issue of safety regulations and the way they are enforced. but during the several decades of rapid economic growth it might have been acceptable to shortcut or overlook regulation, but in today's sophisticated south korea, it isn't. failings in the rescue services, particularly the coast guard has been severely criticized and the government says there will be an
independent investigation. an ongoing protest in the capitol of seoul has been demanding one. >> translator: this is not the end. it is a start. now the cause of the tragedy and the conduct of the rescue can be fully investigated. >> reporter: as the crew begin long terms in prison, so south korea continues its long process of investigation and introspection. rob mcbribe, al jazeera, south korea. iraq's military is trying to stake back strategic teller to held by fighters of islamic state of iraq and the levant. it has been trying to retake the biggest oil refinery for the last three days. the refinery used to produce more than a quarter of iraq's oil, about 300,000 barrels of crude oil each day. and the armed group is using desperate tactics now.
imran khan has this exclusive report from bagdad. [ explosion ] >> reporter: when isil fights back, this is what happens. a humvee is turned into a car bomb. 12 soldiers are severely injured. iraqi solders say the bat ll be decisive. >> translator: we are now at the central neighborhoods of the city. these parts of the city are adjacent to the check point which is considered to be valuable because it controls the supporting lifeline of isil. today we have managed to cut isil's supporting lifeline. >> reporter: but that confidence is in stark contrast to how deadly isil fighters can be. this is the reality of the fight. iraqi forces and isil fighters are not at a stalemate, but it's close.
isil are using increasingly desperate tactics, including suicide bombers, car bombs, and snipers. we have seen these type of tactics before. isil fighters rarely if ever surrender, for them it's a fight to the death. the city strategically very important because the -- it's a territory they are going to want to hold on. and another area they give up easily, because it was on the border of the territories they controlled. this is central to them. the oil refine i have only 15 kilometers from here. it is partly controlled by isil and partly controlled by ike iraqi security forces. now the u.n. says the syrian government is seriously considering a proposal to end
fighting in parts of the country. he has been meeting various syrian leaders after rebels warned they are losing the strong holds in aleppo. >> reporter: this counter offensive is about recapturing supply lines. syria's rebels need to win this battle to hold on to the neighborhoods they control in aleppo. over recent weeks syrian government troops have closed in on the main roads that link the city to turkey. [ explosion ] >> reporter: they have the rebel-held east of aleppo surrounded. >> translator: the regime is advancing. aleppo could be under siege and is about to fall. that would be catastrophic. always the islamic state of iraq and the levant is on the other side. >> reporter: aleppo has been a battleground for more than two year, and the government has targeted opposition areas with
near daily barrel bombs. people are complaining about the rise of the price of gasoline and other basic goods as it is said that some 300,000 people still remain. >> translator: it has more weapons. they are using militia men recruited from aboard. and rebels have turned their guns on each other, and that has weakened us. >> reporter: they are at war with islamic state of iraq and the levant. isil controls the eastern countryside and northeastern entry points into aleppo. the rebels have been losing ground, but not just to the military, to isil as well. and as of late they have been facing a new challenge, syria's al-qaeda brunch has recently overrun their areas in the northeastern province. this city is the last strong hold as groups designated as
moderates by the united states in the opposition controlled north. india eight women are dead and 30 others are in critical after sterilelization surgery. the program is being used as a way to control the country's population. faiz jamil has more. >> reporter: thester realization procedure was performed on more than 80 women last weekend. all 80 surgeries were performed within a five-hour period in order to meet government target numbers. it was in the last day or so that women started to complaining of pain and fever because of the surgery. now the state health administer says the government isn't taking any responsible l -- responsibility but have launched an investigation.
the 1.2 billion population is set to grow by 1.2% every year. and set to overtake china within the next 15 year, and because of that, family planning, anything from contraceptives all the way to sterilization for men and women are found in cities and rural areas, and is really being pushed by the government. still to come, nowhere to call home, the plight of those hoping to find refuge in bangladesh. ♪ he was trying to have sex me... >> now we return has anything changed? >> his continued presence on the campus put the entire community at risk
welcome back. let's recap the top stories here on al jazeera. goodluck jonathan has formally announced his bid for reelection as president. it comes just a day after dozens of students were killed in an attack. and the north korean prosecutor says he'll appeal the sentence handed down to the captain of the ferry that capsized in april. the iraqi military is trying to take back territory controlled by isil fighters. they have been trying to break a siege of iraq's biggest oil refinery for the past three days. isil captured the city in june.
a report has stated deaths won't be as bad has thought from the ebola outbreak. right now it has only received $623 million or around 63% of what it wants. the money is being distributed among the three countries worst affected by the outbreak. those three countries have slashed their growth forecast, but in an exclusive interview, carlos highlighted the impact of the crisis. >> these three countries were doing rather well. in fact they were in the top tier in terms of performance, and all of a sudden, it's very difficult situation because of all of the consequences coming
from ebola. and i think, you know, you have different predictions. the predictions from the countries themselves, none go close to zero growth. they still have a little growth, but if we were to look into a zero-growth scenario, for both 2014 and 2015, we will be talking about something in the range of 0.05% of africa's combined gdp being affected, which is almost nothing. it's a thinner in terms of economic impact. so -- >> for the region. >> for west africa. >> for the region, all of west africa. if we are talking about west africa, slightly higher, but we're talking about 1.9% impact. >> so the impact isn't as dramatic, and yet other organizations has been talking about a lot worse than that. what is the discrepancy there.
>> what the world bank is doing is looking at three scenarios. if you look at the worst case, they are saying it is having an impact of about $32 billion. they are not saying the impact of these three countries, but rather the perception impact. the panic, still ma, can provoke incredible damage. they have done that so many times in the past. and you create this situation where it's a self fulfilling prophecy. if you look at the pledges announced by the key players in this game. we are talking about 3, $3.2 billion already announced. but then when you look into the ground, and we have been talking to the leaders of these three countries, you don't see even close to that. i think we are now about 15 to 20% of disbursements taking part on the ground.
the money pledged is actually to support interventions themselves of the countries, so they are going to send medical units. the u.n. has done about 500 flights. >> right it takes on different forms. >> but still 15% is quite low. >> you can see the full interview there on this week's edition of "counting the cost." the funeral of zambian president is being held. heads of state from across africa are attending. the 77-year-old leader died last month in a london hospital while undergoing treatment for an undisclosed treatment. tania page is at the funeral. >> the funeral is still underway, but there are still lots of people coming and going.
they have come for a man who they affectionately call king cobra for his sharp tongue. but it was that straightness that won people's affection. they credit him for developing infrastructure to impoverished rural areas, although he has been accused of overspending, and some political opponents said he become quite intolerant. they have a problem over united behind a single candidate to run in the election that is supposed to be held in january. there have been protests on the street, and we could see more protests that could weaken the governing party's position. but now for the thousands of people here to take part in the state funeral, they want to focus on remembering the life of
their president. the tripoli based administration in libya is holding its first meeting since the supreme court declared the rival parliament illegal. they recognized the rival parliament. at least one soldier has been killed and four others wounded in a roadside car blast in yemen's southeast. there is also reports six houthi fighters have been killed in a similar incident. here is more from sun -- sun that. >> reporter: this has been an area where al-qaeda has set up a power base. when the houthis started expanding south of the capitol
sana'a, sunni tribesmen forged an alliance with al-qaeda with the view that the houthis are a danger, and they have to be pushed back towards those areas in the northern part of the country. it's a very critical situation, because this is a country divided along sectarian lines, and you can see the fear that this could spread into sectarian war in yemen. there have been demonstrations across egypt. these pictures show protesters in alexandria calling for better services and security in the country. al jazeera continues to demand the immediate release of its journalists who have been detained in egypt for 318 days. peter greste, mohammed fahmy, and baher mohamed are accused of helping the outlawed muslim
brotherhood. they are appealing against their prison sentences and deny the charges. the human rights amnesty international has held an event calls for the release of the detained journalists. >> he wants to be out of course immediately, you know. and so do we. we are very tired of this whole thing. and particularly when you think that he is totally innocent, and there is absolutely no evidence against him whatsoever. russian president vladimir putin says he favors speeding up the crash investigation of malaysia airlines flight mh17. his comments come as a dutch team arrived at the crash site. the flight went down in july. until now investigators and
forensic scientists have been unable to access the site. >> reporter: the dutch experts together with the oce finally arrived at the crash site this morning after some hours of delay. they are here by the cockpit at the moment trying to gather some evidence and wreckage in order to send back to the netherlands for expertise. they are trying to complete the investigation into the crash. but it has been very difficult for the experts to work in this area as fighting as been going on for months, and even today we saw a military convoy moving in the direction of donetsk armed with some light artillery and trucks and grad missile launchers. so hopefully this will be possible for them to collect the evidence they need, but the
situation here still remains rather tense. europe is marking the anniversary of the first world war. events were held where some of the bloodiest world war i battles took place. and at the tower of london, it was a sea of red poppies. a record number of people gathered in australia's capitol to remember their country's war dead. nearly 4,000 people capped the national war memorial. the former prime minister differed an address >> world leaders are wrapping up the summit in china. the meetings concluded with a promise to improve relations between rivals. scott heidler reports. >> reporter: as the sun rose on
the second day of the apac summit, the leaders traveled outside of beijing to this lake. the complex was built by the chinese government for this week's gathering. each of the 21 heads of government made a long walk down the red carpet to the brand new hall where they held closed discussions. they took a break for a second group photo, followed by a tree-planting summary. it was how leaders interacted that told part of the story. the chinese and russian leaders appear to have discussions while u.s. president barack obama was off to the side. they discuss growing trade across the area. for china this is a showroom for its steadily growing economy, and showing it is transforming the way it does business.
evolving from what was traditionally chinese manufacturing into a player in the modern marketplace. when china served as host it was an emerging market. >> now we see china emerging as this massive exporter of capital, and it's a precipitous rise in a very short period of time. >> there was progress and direct talks between the u.s. and china on trade. the two largest economies reached a break-through deal on eliminating products like gps devices and game consoles. this began as president obama had a private dinner with the president. they are looking to further map out their political and economic relationship. and muslims who fled
persecution in myanmar are no safe in bangladesh eitherer. >> reporter: this man is plotting his escape. he is a muslim refugee who came to bangladesh more than 20 years ago. but he has found life difficult here. >> translator: every time we leave the camps we get harassed. people rob us or beat us. >> reporter: he hopes to go to malaysia like many others. >> translator: i have heard some people are doing well in malaysia, and some people aren't doing well. but it has got to be better than here. >> reporter: since the early 1990s, many refugees have been housed in these camps. they live in cramped squaller
conditions. they are desperate, and vulnerable. mohammed spent a year being held captive in the forrest of southern thailand. he has struck a deal with some men who said they would take him through thailand to malaysia. >> translator: once they got me there, they refused to let me go, unless i gave them much much more money than we agreed. they held me as a prisoner, until i was finally able to arrange the money. >> reporter: until now the government has refused to help the refugees, but that may be changing. there is finally some hope now for the refugees living in these camps. the prime minister says they will be loved to a location with more space that will allow for better living conditions, but after so many years of neglect and mistreatment, they remain
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