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these were people i thought were my friends. >> he is half the brakes behind the creation of elders, a group of global leaders that worked for human rights. >> it's a lot dream. problems. >> his first claim to fame was genesis then as a groundbreaking solo artist. he is the founder of woman, the festival. >> people weren't singing in english, weren't from mainstream pop culture. they weren't getting seen or heard he wrote shock the monkey is now working with apes. we got some on the rooms. >> i spoke to him in new york. i was watching you deliver a ted talk. you were a child. you really, you enjoyed trees
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and bushes and foliage. you were taken there against your will. >> yeah. kids, you know, i can't remember how old i was. i was probably seven, eight, something like this and then took all of my clothes off and mucked around. i was -- these were people that i thought were my friends. on a number of ways, you know. it wasn't too bad at school. there was a school i went to later which was worse, but it was still a traumatic event for me. when i try and loved ones blown up. i don't have anything in my experience to compare to that. but i've got just, you know, a little hint of something when the world isn't what you you. >> it was a combination of the world not what you expected to be and some shame and some sense that people won't maybe believe it.
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>> yeah. i guess, and i think that was one of the stings that astounded me with human rights world when i first encountered it is that it was pretty easy for people to have horrible experiences denied, buried and forgotten. those in part got away with enormous amount and it seems that there was a fantastic opportunity with new technology coming, particularly cameras, of getting evidence that would make achieved. >> your mission was to say, if we could use this new emerging technology, the idea you could get people into people's hands, in the '90s, video cameras and team people how to safely document things that were happening injustice that was being committed, that all of a sudden, you would take away that idea of denial, that it didn't
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happen. >> yeah. we will see kind of powerful stuff but when we see a video, it becomes emotionally undeniable and even though we know now you can fake it in films, i think ber pretty good judges of authenticity. >> you went through an experience as a child, the from many years not that you were disinterested in human rights. but you describe it as something that was over there, outside, the way most people actually look at human rights, terrible people. >> yeah. >> nothing to do with me. >> that's right. foreign. over there. out there. and then, you know, i got invited to a couple of things. i wrote this beaker song. and that served -- so my political education happened. >> steve beko? >> yeah, who was a great young leader, not the anc but he would have been a great future
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statesman and i am not sure they actually intend today kill him but they tortured him so thoroughly that he died and they didn't treat him. they led him on this horrible ride. it got coverage enough to be noticed around the world when he was arrested. most of us assume he is going to coverage. so when he was actually killed, it was shocking. i wrote the song, and it was a bit like a calling card. then i got invited this, that, and the other and particularly the amnesty tours which in '86 and '88, the '881 went around the world, we suddenly started meeting people who were in the front line of these extraordinary experiences. >> but you had now crossed the threshold into the world of human rights activism and social justice and at that point, you were in. you couldn't walk away? in fact, you talk about bono hustling you into this as well? >> yeah.
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well, the first one was '86 and bono was the master husbandler for that on behalf of amnesty. and i also took over his role on the 88 but i think he had been influenced by the song, too, and it was they were life changers, i think, for all of the musicians who took in the '88 tour, we had springsteen, doors, tracy chapman and i think for all of us, it was unlike any other experiences we had had. >> what's your sense of artists and musicians getting involved in causing like this? to feel good that you can change something? or do you think it really influences change? >> i don't think, you know, that the popular conception is we just do it to pop ourselves up and assuage our guilt, but i don't think it is like that. i don't think any of us would waste the time to do it if we didn't think it was going to make a difference. with the amnesty tour, for
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instance, the membership was doubled worldwide. music, yes . >> actually, as you guys know, you've got to film it in the right way. you've got to make it edited in such a way that it delivers the content in a meaningful and powerful and short enough, concise enough form that it actually makes a difference, touches people, and then, as i was learning even yesterday from -- because there has been a seismic shift. our dream is to get cameras to
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the world. we couldn't do that. the phone companies did that. >> right. >> way better than we would ever dream of. it's knots not getting the cameras out there. how do you actually film it in such a way that it can be used as evidence? so, are there any incriminating bits of evidence that you can include in the footage? but it's you've got to think about all of these things in the way you construct and compose and then we look at ways to amplify that to help get it to the right people whether it's politicians or youtube has general would you sayly allowed us with storifold to set up a human rights channel on youtube, and that is obviously accessible to billions. so u, suddenly, there are means of getting this stuff out there. but to me, it's all part of this revolution that we -- when you are a kid, you know, you think your parents can sort out everything. i think, you know, we for a long time thought national
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governments can sort out things, you know, that they are the grown ups. they can do the economy and diplomacy and all of that stuff. but actually, what we are seeing is things are coming up, whether it's isis or ebola or climate change that really can't be tackled by national governments that have to be tackled on a global front. so, you need to empower individuals and you can't rely on being the only vehicle for change. and this is, i think, at the very heart of what we were trying to do with witness, to get technology to people, to empower them to become more effective. >> there are remarkable examples around the world of people making the decision that we can't depend upon governments to do things but that we can use our positive energy to make change. we saw these rallies about climate change. it seems like there are people attending those marches and rallies who typically have not attended marches and rallies who
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protesters? >> yeah. >> ceos? >> yeah. >> politicians. >> yeah. >> all sorts of people. >> ban kee moon. i think it's hugely significant. you know, like a lot of people, i think climate change had been over there. desirable to get them over -- i think the deniers, their day is over. we've got to take action, and we've got to do it fast. >> this is "talk talk to al jazeera" still ahead, peter gabe bre yell talks about his retrospective tour, back to front. >> "consider this". the news of the day, plus so much more. >> we begin with the growing controversy. >> answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> real perspective. "consider this". monday through thursday, 10:00 eastern. only on al jazeera america.
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>> i'm ali velshi, the news has become this thing where you talk to experts about people
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and al jazeera has really tried to talk to people, about their stories. we are not meant to be your first choice for entertainment. we are ment to be your first choice for the news. i am ali velshi. you are watching "to talk to al jazeera" my guest is peter gabe bre yell with richard branson, he helped create elders, a group of elder peace. >> you were having a conversation one day with richard branson, and you -- it seems like your -- you have these moments in your life where you decide that change is required and you are going to go really big with change. this yd of the elders? >> yeah. >> came up. >> yeah. >> tell us about the elders for those who don't know. >> it's sort of a naive dream, you know, like you can get a bunch of super heroes and sort out some of the problems, but the serious aspect of it was that
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wisdom is the neglected commodity in a way. you know, people go through life, a ton of experience, and we sort of push them off to the sea and into the unknown. and there is something there that could be gained. the dream, i think, was that if you could find elder statesmen, states women, that have extraordinary lives behind them but are no longer interested in their own personal agrandizement, career or whatever but trying to get it right for the future and you can make connections with young people action young and old could apply a pincer movement on those in power as a balancing force, so i think the dream -- more my dad was an electrical engineer/inventor. so that's where i come from. richard was coming from it more from a conflict resolution but -- exclusive.
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>> they are not at all. i think we got excited with the idea that maybe if we could get a group together, they could really be of service, and we thought the person who had the most moral authority in the world at the time was mandela. we had to sell it to him his first reaction was, i don't think the world wants a bunch of old timers? this is mandela? >> his response and reflected and he thought there was a time when i was in negotiation with the hutus and tutsies and he said we want to talk with you because it's like talk with our father, and we feel your interest is just to get it right for everyone. everybody else has an agenda, you know, and that is fortunate. unfortunately, the truth about a
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lot of national governments is, you know, a particularly when politicians have to pay lots of money to get elected. you have to make agreements for compromises. people who have had that experience could maybe add something. one of the founding principles of the elders is they talk to everyone. you know, too bad, too horrible to communicate with because if you look, you know, if you look at mandela, himself, you look attis, you see terrorists as they were called by some faxes become statesmen or peace makers. you know, tutu, himself, says no one is beyond redemption. and so we just have to say, actually, you know, people are extraordinarily complicated,
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often terrible but miraculous and wonderful things and we have to trust in basic humanity at some level. so a lot of situations, you know, they won't be able to help, but there will be some situations at a tipping point, a crucial moment where they can come in and really make a difference person to person. for instance, i think hundreds of thousands of young girls around the world turned into brides before they became adults, as kids, and they managed to get this on the united nation's platform. it's changed laws in various countries and my dream is that when applied for citizen power, which can connect at the cross borders globally on some campaigns. if something bad happens, we can map it. we have tools to visualize it in extraordinary ways to make it very clear what's going on. we can then get the stories told so that individuals can speak in
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their own voices as well as, you know, we would still need media. we need context. we need opinion. but we need to hear from the themselves. >> when you were starting the elders, these are people who don't hold public office any more desmond tutu said i did not know peter gabe bre yell from a bar of soap? confused. >> when i met him for the first time on his friend, sir richard bransom's island in the virgin islands. what is his correct? he has a heart. we would give him our highest accolade and say he has obuntu, that marvelous quality that speaks of compassion and generosity, about sharing, about hospitality, that's what bishop desmond tutu said about you. i think there are a lot of people who would even like for him to know where they are? >> i am pretty good pr. he is an amazing man that's
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been -- a lot of the elders were all of them in their own ways are just extraordinary people to be around, and i feel very privileged, you know, when we can listen in to the meeting some of the time. >> what is in your heart? why are you doing all of this? it's a bigger part of your life think? >> it's about a third, a third, a third with this benefit work music and tech. i love tech stuff. and i think to me, i think it's my dad's genes of invention, you know, in social invention is maybe a part of the contemporary invents ors palate. >> let's talk a little bit about music, what you call a third. you are back to front tour, traveling to europe soon. i was interested in the -- what you are calling "the tour," the back to front tour. >> it's my first backward looking tour. and i had always stayed away, you know.
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i hadn't done this sort of reform genesis tour. i hadn't gone back on high old stuff and then i went to see brian wilson do pet sounds, and i thought, actually, to see someone wrote something that is special to you do it with some of the people that he created it with, that's a lovely thing. and i thought, okay. maybe i was wrong about that. and i will put the band together that toured the album and we do it flu in three parts. the first part is like the process, sort of the process, not the product. so we start with a song that hasn't been finished. so you sort of see it as its trying to find its shape or i am struggling without words and feeling my way with sounds and then the second and third and fourth numbers will be like with aduftic as we might be in a rehearsal room trying to work stuff out. the next is the electronic bit.
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if they survive that, they get the album. >> so you are not going to a concert? >> no. there is some of that in the soul section, it's not always easy. >> it is the 25th anniversary of the real world record label. i want to get your sense of this relationship that you have been instrumental in developing between western and non-western artists and how that's gone and where we are 25 years later. >> right. well, i think it began as a failed drama. you know, i loved drums and i loved great grooves. i was hearing more interesting grooves coming from other countries than i was hearing from the radio. and then fantastic voices, fantastic players and atmospheres and yet people weren't singing in english, weren't from mainstream pop culture, they weren't getting seen or heard, so i found a
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group of people that were enthusiastic like me and we started putting an event together which became the real manifest value which we have taken around the world and real world records grew out of that because we had all of these wonderful musicians who sort of couldn't get -- well, they could get arrested quite easily but easily. >> your point was that there were great perform applications out there? >> great artists, great perform applications, yeah. >> but people just weren't listening to them? >> yeah. >> they couldn't get out of their own silk because if you weren't listening to music in english that sounded like the current trend -- >> yeah. >>-- it wasn't getting anywhere? >> we do that with food. like your italian or your indian food or your leb lebanese food and it may be you are familiar. maybe it takes us a couple of times a couple of visits before our pallette is open enough that we actually give it a proper go. >> you might love it. >> you might love it. i always challenge anyone to come to one of our world
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manifest values and not find one with. >> you have been inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame twice. once, for genesis, and once as a solo artist. the "new yorker" wrote of you, his travel during his five-decade career is so great that it can be hard to reconcile the progressive rock front-man of the '70s with the multi-cultural, multi-media human rights activist who came later. do you have any trouble reconciling this? >> no. anyone -- compliment. >> it's a wonderful thing. i have had fantastic opportunities, and i have always been smarter to surround myself with people that are smarter than i am. smart enough, sorry, i should say and i always say to people, there are people that i know who are better and more able than i am in any one of the areas
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that i am involved in. it has not deterred me. it has not stopped me. you. >> that's what i would say to young people because, you know it's very ambitious or arrogant to assume that you can get away with all of this stuff. but i think if your heart is in the right place and you are following what you love, things fall into place. >> what would stop people is running out of money. >> yeah. >> and when you started wo-man, i understand you had to mortgage your house. >> i was in a situation, yeah, where we had debts. again, that was highly ambition festivals and we thought this is such a brilliant idea, everyone will come, and very few people did. so it was more money than i had veeruos they said we will do a
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concert with you and give all of the money to pay off the debts and keep where i am at alive and they honored that and it is still going 30 years on. so, i am extremely grateful for that but it was a skraer moment and you know we are getting horrible phone calls tell home because they would look at the list of directors and see, this is a fat cat that we can squeeze and it was death threats. quite unpleasant. >> wow. >> so it was -- but anyway. all is well that ends well. >> peter gabe bre yell has just about done it all when it comes to the world of music. now, he is working with apes. yes. apes. >> that's next on "talk to al jazeera." >> beyond the verdict and on the streets >> there's been another teenager shot and killed by the police >> a fault lines special investigation >> there's a general distrust
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you are watching "talk to al jazeera." i am ali velshi speaking to musician and human rights activist peter gabe bre yell? >> i thought i misread that. you are creating apes. >> yeah. well, i mean i played -- i had a year when i was working with sue savage-rumbeau with these extraordinary bonobo apes and i went down there four times. sometimes with musicians and, and we tried different things but in the end we got a bonobois on the keyboard, two of the apes and i would be playing in the next door room. they could see me and they would just experiment with different notes according to what i was
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playing, and most people, you know, i mean i think some people have seen stuff on the movies and they expect had he them to play beetoven but what you see is an extraordinary intelligence questioning each note, finding harmonnies, octaves, repeating certain notes and for any musician, they get blown away because there is something happening which you get in a jam where things begin to work, and it was 100% evidence from the -- of the intelligence of other beings, and i think we have maintained anextremelyarrogant attitude towards the other with. >> you mean we as humans. >> as humans, yeah. let's see who it is that we share the planet with before we external nature them all. >> what a brilliant thought to end this on, peter gabe bre yell. thank you so much for your time.
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thank you thank you so much for your time. thank you >> welcome to the news hour, these are the top stories. nine policemen are killed in iraq as isil attacks the compound of an influential tribal leader. >> the military standoff continues, how they forces have surrounded the presidential compound. >> voters in zambia choose a new president. >> keep on running we follow the athletes hoping to run seven
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mountains in seven days on seven continents. we start in iraq where isil seized a compound belonging to a tribal leader. the battle for the home began sunday night in are inry mad de. nine were killed as gunman blew that up the buildings. let's get more now from the iraq capitol, baghdad. jane what more can you tell us about this pro u.s. tribal leader in rimadi and why he was targeted by isil. >> it is a strong message, one of the chance of one of the biggest tribes in iraq is currently in washington to meet with senior u.s. officials. he is well known to the u.s. he met with president obama when
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obama was first elected and was instrumental in the sunni awakening, the aligning with the united states. he is with the new governor of the anbar province to lobby for more help, money weapons and particularly direct weapons going to the sunni tribes. isil has gone in while he has been away, taken his compound and killed nine policemen from the tribes, as well. it marks an incursion by isil into the capitol, an indication that the western province is still very much a huge trouble spot in this fight. >> as you say it does underline isil can still operate with
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immunity in the anbar province and around rimadi. >> isil has control of 70% of the province, and that is probably a conservative estimate. it's iraq's biggest province and it goes all the way up to the syrian border, which isil also controls. it's key to this fight and it's part of the reason why he and others are in the u.s. he said nobody is help to go arm them. the iraq government does not want to directly arm tribes, nor does the united states, but in the meantime, the sunnis say they are being massacred by isil and no one calming to their aid. >> jane, thank you. >> meanwhile japan's prime minister has vowed to save two hostages held by isil. in an on line video which al jazeera's choosing not to show, the armed group demanded
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$200 million for the release of the two japanese men. the group threatened to kill the hostages if demands aren't met. >> said an unacceptable act to threaten us in exchange for human lives. i strongly urge them to release the hostages without harming them. >> we talk live to a middle east an lift formerly with the and corporation. he joins us live from london, joseph this is a huge ransom demand isil is making, $200 million, they threatened to kill the hostages within 72 hours if their demands aren't met. is japan likely to pay, do you think? >> probably not, but this is not the first time that isil and individuals like isil or groups like isil have asked for a ransom payment for hostages. it indicates at any rate that they are desperate for cash and
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they are running out of it, which is why they have really increased the prize to $200 million if that is true. i doubt very much that the japanese government will pay in this particular instance. >> it's an interesting point about the funding with that some say isil now faces a funding challenge as oil revenues are down. they lost critical oil terminals. could that be why they have gone back to softer targets like kidnapping. >> it's a possibility, of course. it's not just because they lost the oil revenue because of the price drop, but more importantly, i think the routes through which they were selling this oil whether legal or illegal, whether through iraq or turkey have now dried up. not only has the coalition forces scored very direct hits on some of the refineries that isil was operating but at the
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same time, turkey has put the onus essentially, if you would like to curb the export of this illegal sale of oil. therefore, the isil leadership, the baghdadis of isil are running out of cash and desperate for more income, which is why they are increasing the price on hostage over and above kidnapping ransoms and oil revenues how else does isil get its money? what about state and private sponsors. >> there are no private sponsors. we don't know the details, of course. they have a revenue deficit of between $20 million and $45 million that they were trying to fill with these ransom payments. individuals are making contributions, but that is not enough because after several months of very tough leadership, very tough pressure on the leadership now they are running out of cash, and people are
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desperate to actually live or breathe, if you would like, whether it's in mosul or elsewhere in iraq and syria. it seems to me that we are beginning to really see isil unravel and it will not be long before isil will really be inca anothers and real trouble. >> and i guess we shouldn't be surprised by these latest outrageous demands from isil. the fact remains though that the sergeant majority of isil revenues come through local criminality and terrorist activities. >> well object obviously there is competition between criminals as to figure out which can abmore revenue generating criminal versus the other. there is a limit to how much you can shake down local populations. there are limits to what isil leaders at the local level can really do to a population that is strangulated literally both iraq and syria. therefore, it seems to me that we are seeing now not only the
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out judge rouse demands made, but this is a clear indication that the isil leadership faces the kind of challenges that it never thought that it could face and now the challenge really is to continue with this kind of pressure and it's very important it seems to me for the japanese government not to cave in and to go ahead and pay the $200 million ransom for the hostages which i very doubt they will do anyway. >> thank you for talking to al jazeera. >> yemen's president is negotiating with houthi rebels following the gun battle in the capitol. it is quiet after the fighting between the gunmen and army. the u.n. security council is expected to hold an emergency meeting on the unrest. let's talk live now so the reporter in yemen. we understand that the pat did have a meeting today although
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it wasn't for all the parties they'd hoped. do we know what came out of it? >> yes well, he met with his advisors including a member of the houthi group and a few lines coming out from that meeting is that the president expressed his hope that call the political parties understand the scale of the crisis, and that how it will impact the future of yemen. only these details coming out from that meeting but it was also interesting that another government source told a number of reporters that the president had called for an urgent meeting for all the political parties who are signatory to the peace agreement. this is to do with the fact that the president wants to have all the political parties aboard making changes to the draft constitution and that if true means is bowing to the pressure
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by the houthi to say change the paragraph in the constitution with rewards to dividing yemen into six federal regions. >> we saw all that dramatic violence in the capitol yesterday. what's been the diplomatic reaction to those events? >> all diplomats are very concerned, they tightened their security measures. i spoke to one diplomat. he said the situation is very dangerous and he hold that all the political parties understand how dangerous it is for their country. we have the british ambassador using social media. she wants services back to the streets, she wants all the parties to understand what's going on and to have some sort of dialogue to end the political crisis. all the eyes are going to new
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york to the u.n. security council meeting and outcome of it. >> all the experts say that president hardy's authority that clearly been undermind many say he is now a weak president. what's the next step? can they do a deal or is this the beginning of the end for him? >> he deployed the forces loyal to him the presidential guards. there is a possibility that he may survive this crisis, however if does he, he will appear even weaker and so is his government because who's in charge in yemen, it is clear is the houthi movement. >> thank you. >> israel deployed one of it's iron dome anti missile battery
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to say the border with lebanon. security is tight in the occupied area. tensions are high after six hezbollah fighters were killed sunday. the leader recently threatened israel to long-range rocket attacks. >> afghanistan's president is facing tough opposition to his cabinet nominees. he presented his ministerial team monday morning. we have more from kabul. >> the a. began cabinet ministers have been introduced, but the confirmation procedure is going to be far from straight forward. at least 11 of the nominees are believed to have duel citizenship. several of the nominees, there are apparently questions about their educational credentials one nominee alleged to be under the age of 35. that's how old you have to be to be a government minister here.
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two nominees didn't appear in parliament at all the nominees for finance minister and agriculture minister. the agriculture minister was on the most wanted list. this complicated procedure is not what afghans want. it's taken afghani three months for his government to introduce nominees at all. basically, the government's been paralyzed not only for those three months, but the five months leading up to it that were part of the presidential election period. afghans anxious to see a government in place here. without one the economy has slowed down, many of the ministries are working slowly, if at all afghans can't get some of the most basic things done. they would like to see afghani's government put in place and they would like to see it working. of course he is ruling in a
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unity government along with abdullah abdullah. afghans are watching to see how it will work. so far it's working slowly. president afghani speaking in parliament today making a very, very ambitious speech, saying he plans a lot of changes and needs more time. he wants to make a lot of reforms. he says his new ministers will be held accountable to the people. afghans are waiting to see when this new government will be installed and what kind of government it will be. >> anger in argentina over the death of a prosecutor who accused the president of being involved in a coverup. >> with temperatures near freezing millions of homeless are suffering across northern india. >> in sport the quest for the australian open title, a little later in the program.
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>> soldiers in the democratic republic of congo have been deployed to block protestors from entering the city center. at least four people, including two policemen were killed monday. they fear a bill would delay elections next year and the rule to be extended. >> zambia are voting for their next president after the death of the former president last year. they will run the country until the next election in 2015. >> this man wants to be near the front of the line. they are choosing a new president, someone to relace the former president, who was sick and died in office last year. he says the house of candidates is important. >> we can't have anymore
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presidents dying in power. we need to vote in a healthy person. that's why i'm here. it's better we vote people in. i want someone who can finish what he stands. >> this election is also about more pressing issues. >> people want to have a better zambia. we have been struggling with youth unemployment. you graduate and just find their paying for five years or six years without employment. >> the party is expected to win. the question is by what margin. it's presidential candidate said it will be by a landslide. within fighting of the ruling party of the leadership positions, this election could be a tight race. some political analysts say the ruling party lost focus and opportunities of main opposition leader have used to his advantage. >> appears to have come up with a message that seems to be appealing to a lot of people,
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especially the elite. we are talking to much about the economy, about the constitution and things like that. this appears to be an attraction and that's why there is momentum. >> the late president's term was supposed to end next year. whoever wins this election will be under pressure to improve the lives of the poor, but he'll only be in power until next year. that may not be enough time to deliver on campaign promises. >> most people here want this week to go by quickly without problems. they definitely don't want a disputed election. >> a security conference held in najar is focusing on the fight against boko haram. 25,000 residents have fled to neighboring countries. there are fears the group is expanding across the border. there were 80 people kidnapped in cameroon, 50 of them rescued.
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>> what are the delegates hoping to achieve in the campaign against boko haram? >> basically the members attending this particular conference, foreign minister and ministers of defense from these countries are trying to put together what will look like a coordinated approach to the fight against boko haram. there are also representations from the united states, britain spain, the european union the african union, united states nations and international community lending support to the fight against boko haram. they are asking, 12 people attending this particular conference to come up with a solution to the fight against boko haram but the general feeling in west africa especially nigeria and chad and cameroon much time has been wasted with these meetings.
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they want to see action on the ground multi-international task force to deal with the. >> >> one of the problems they face is they say their armed forces aren't allowed to chase boko haram fighters back over the border into nigeria. is that border issue likely to be resolved? >> most likely and the difference is between these countries. remember chad quarterback niger representatives said to their own disappointment, chad and niger troops attached to multi-national task force sort of with drew and a few days later, there was an attack where hundreds were killed. it looks like there is a lot of differences between these countries and if there is any
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coordination in the fight against them, then that is very little. >> most importantly, what about nigeria? it seems at the moment the government is dramatically losing the battle against boko haram, so what is brought to the table? >> unfortunately that is what is happening on the ground in nigeria. the representative spoke about how the military is trying to take back towns and villages, a lot of boko haram fighters killed and a lot of them surrendered, but he also made mention of the fact that boko haram is still hold ago lot of territory in nigeria. the nigerian authorities whatever fight they have against boko haram at the moment is not working well, because boko haram continues to attack relentlessly and the violence continues. >> thank you. >> now gunmen in central african republic kidnapped a united
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nations peace keeper, seize the 24 hours after two aid workers were taken hostage. we will speak to the u.n. spokesman for that peacekeeping mission. what more details can you tell us now about the kidnapping of this u.n. worker? >> well, a group of gunmen this morning in the morning stopped a u.n. vehicle and took her, also took another who was later
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found. we called on authorities to try and find out who did this and how to arrest them and of course -- >> who do you think is behind the kidnapping and why would they be targeting the u.n.? >> well, we don't know. early morning even before this incident they tried to kidnap an individual going to the airport this morning. the attempt failed. we don't know why they should be targets for central african people. >> this happened a week or so after two other n.g.o. workers were kidnapped. what's the climate like in terms of violence in the area? >> well, it's the political climate we are having here, because they are returning for
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what they called concentration underground to see how they can contribute to restore peace. the current abduction are not with the climate trying to restore peace. >> protestors demand answers from argentina after a prosecutor accused the president of being involved in a coverup was found dead. government officials say an autopsy showed no evidence of foul play. we have more from the capitol buenos aires. >> demonstrations and calls for
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justice. in the capitol they gathered in at least three locations and they were protesting in the provinces, as well. there was a small standoff with police outside the presidential palace. crowds started gathering shortly after officials announced the preliminary results of an autopsy on the body. they said there was no indication that anyone else was involved in his death. his body was found with a single gunshot wound to the head. it was less than 24 hours before he was due to testify before a congressional hearing on his allegations that the president had obstructed justice over the country's worst terrorist act. the protestors aren't satisfied by the president's denial of wrongdoing and the judge's assertion that he had been misguided in the way he made the allegations. >> for a demonstration organized at short notice, this protest is big.
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whatever the circumstances of the death, there is a simmering discontent here, a frustration with the justice system, a lack of faith. >> i don't want a country stained with blood and corruption for my children and grand sons. that's why i'm here. >> i'm demanding justice. it's very grave what's going on. they are walking all over us. >> no one has faced justice for the bombing of a jewish community center in 1994. he denied involvement. phone taps were said to show the president along with the foreign minister and other officials were offering to drop moves against iranian suspects in a deal that would involve grain exports to iran in return for oil. opposition parties insist that he had no reason to commit suicide.
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what happens next in this political crisis, no one is sure but the questions are piling up with few clearances. andrew simmons, buenos aires. >> let's get a check on the weather. you've got more news of flooding across northwest africa. >> just over a month ago, we had flooding in nigeria now more heavy rain in place. the satellite picture, you can see this making its way pulling from the north of libya. another system just started to push in across the northwest and northern parts of morocco. we have seen particularly heavy rain recently, a good 62 millimeters of rain actually just to the east of tangiers. this system will continue to
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affect the mediterranean. over the high ground, the mountains, we can easily see 20-cent motors of snow through wednesday and into thursday. by thursday, brighter skies coming back into much of morocco, but northern algeria seeing heavy rain. the temperature just 10 degrees celsius, so pretty cold, the possibility of flooding coming through. it's more likely we will see flooding over the next few days. >> showers damage the southern parts of kenya just pushing down into tanzania and westward further with more heavy downpours. the same line of showers extends further south into southern africa. we have seen flooding recently around mozambique, malawi, into madagascar. we have further showers
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extending across the mozambique channel into zambia, extending all the way across. >> time for a short break. still rising, but not as fast, cline in a's economy takes a knock, but it's still ahead of the rest of the world. >> sunny side up, we test the tools that are trying to transform renewable energy sources in abu dhabi. >> in sport how the africa cup of nations favors algeria making a dramatic come you know in the opening match. more on that, stay with us.
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>> in iraq, isil seized a compound belonging to an influential tribal leader in rimadi. nine were killed in the fight for the home. he led the sunni awakening when tribes fought with the u.s. military against al-qaeda. >> a fight in yemen after a gun battle between houthi fighters and soldiers monday. rebels are surrounding the presidential home and palace. >> voters in zambia are choosing their next president following the death of the president last year. it is a close race. >> a court in bahrain is expected to announce a verdict in the trial of a prominent human rights activist, charged with null the government on twitter. he faces up to six years in prison if found guilty. he's already spent two years in
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prison for taking part in protest. >> egypt's president has said human rights violations are bound to happen because egypt is facing unusual circumstances but al sisi still described this as unacceptable speaking at a police academy on a national holiday honoring police. al jazeera demand the release of our colleagues held in egypt falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood charges they deny. an appeals court in cairo order add retrial. >> four men charged in connection with one of the attacks in france. the men are expected of providing logistical support for coulibaly, who held hostages.
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>> ukraine army claimed to have taken back the airport from separatists. >> for kiev's high end retailers, the street market in the suburbs is less than 10 kilometers, but it may as well be 10,000. a woman samples a bottle top of milk to test freshness. eager incomes are lessened. >> everything has become more expensive. you at this time, food, everything. the wages are the same, but everything else is more expensive. inflation was 24.9%. ukraine said g.d.p. dropped 7%.
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the current is worth 15 to the u.s. dollar, half of a year ago. before being out of the add year ago, president yanukovych enjoyed opulence. economic recovery here in ukraine depends not just on out of the ago president and remove ago few corrupt officials. it needs cultural and systemic reform. >> yanukovych's staff tried to destroy incriminating documents here in the river on the edge of his estate. the paperwork was retrieved. >> we have some advances, we have new legislation which is waiting for implementation. the problem is how it's too slow. >> economic and political reform is underway, driven by young dynamic people brought in from the business world.
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one of them is an entrepreneur and former microsoft executive. among his tasks balance the spending cuts demanded by the i.m.f. with the need to recruit and retain good people. >> if we're expecting the civil servant to say know a foreign language work with the lawyers to be able to work with them with temporary technology, be able to run negotiations, et cetera and that person's going to add $50 that's not going to fly. >> back in the market, discussion of the economy has provoked a heated row. >> we are in a war shouts this woman, thousands are being killed and you worry about the economy? the economy's fine. it's not fine says this woman not fine at all. >> al jazeera kiev. >> a report on china's economy shows the level of growth in
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2014 slowed down. some economists say a slumping property market and unseen exports are to blame. others believe there is nothing to worry about. the rate of growth, seven pointed 4% were ahead of market conditions. it's still ahead of the annual target of 7.5 being missed. it's stronger than many global economies. the euro zone expecting growth of 1.2% this year. we have a report from beijing. >> economists say no numbers matter in the world right now more than china's g.d.p., the best way of measuring a country's economy. new data shows china's economy grew by 7.4% in 2014. that is not what the government hoped for. they had hoped for economic growth of perhaps around 7.5%, which is essentially what it's been the past few years. this represents really the slowest economic growth in
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china, in almost a quarter of a century. why? well a housing bubble affecting cities and a lingering belief that banks are underestimating the extent of bad loans on their books. these are loans that the government incurs the banks to make to try to stimulate economic growth after the global financial crash in 2008. >> if we have a disruptive slowdown if we ran into our department capacity limits, that could be bad for china and the world. i don't think that's going to happen. so far it looks like we're going to have a stable adjustment. >> while china's g.d.p. slows it is still the envy of the world. this remains an economy that is transforming. fringes, retail sales in december were up by almost 12% from a year earlier. industrial output for the same period was also up by almost
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7.9%. both were better than the government forecast. the danger remains china's property bubble. since the real estate sector accounting for a third of china's g.d.p. that's why the international monetary fund is forecasting 2.8% growth in 2016. anything blow 6% could spell danger for china job losses and what the government fears most, instability. it is a remind their what happens here has the potential to affect lives around the world. >> it's not such a rosy picture in other asian countries. economies based on oil are struggling to cope. the government's had to adjust its national budget in kuala lampur. >> malaysia wants to assure the public.
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the budget was approved last october, now it is being readjusted this year. they are worried about the falling global price of oil and its impact on the oil producing economy and the prime minister wants to make sure those worries don't turn to panic. >> i'm here today to announce specific and proactive measures to align ourselves through the recent global economic developments. we are not in crisis. we are taking preemptive measures following the changes in external global economic landscape, which are beyond our control. >> there was no specific announcements on changes to the tax structure or subsidies on fuel that many expected. he said military recruitment will be suspended saving $112 million. the prime minister also encouraged malaysian's to buy local products to stimulate the
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economy and attract foreign tourists. >> it's quite a hard time for consumer. >> the store manager has noticed it in sales saying his local customers still feel uncertainty in the market. >> from that, they refrain from buying. they used to buy now they don't. >> it is an oil producer, 30% of revenues come from sales funds that support the economy and future plans. malaysians will pay more for petrol and less to spend on essential items. the government thinks it is making the right decisions. >> the prime minister has come across to show that the government is not panicking that it has a plan to deal with the decline in royal prices and deal with its spending
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accordingly, but i think there's a sentiment that it's not -- the cuts are not going far or deep enough. >> the prime minister has had to rethink government spending. the devastating floods that hit last december displaced 200,000 people and caused millions of dollars of damage. the rebuilding and rehabilitation of the region may cost the government an estimated quarter of a billion dollars. >> the malaysian government needs to counter the falling oil price and rebalance its books. if it wants to see its policies implemented, this won't be the last that we hear about budget cuts or tax rises. a new general service tax of 6% is due to be implemented in early april, and everyone will be affected. it's the public's long term reaction to these changes but the makes government has to be sensitive to it in the next few months. al jazeera, kuala lampur. >> the air asia plane that crashed into the java sea
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climbed too fast and stalled before coming down. rescue teams recovered the black boxes and the cockpit voice recorder more than a week ago. all 160 people aboard died when it crashed last month. >> millions are shivering in cold weather across northern india. more than 100 have died so far. as temperatures fall in new delhi, shelters are set up for the homeless. >> under this bridge in new delhi, the homeless huddle around fires. others hide under blankets, trying to stay warm during the winter cold. suddenly a car pulls up to donate supplies and there's chaos. of the tough streets of india's capitol, men women and children have to fight to survive. >> no one knows exactly how many homeless there are in new delhi.
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the government estimates 17,000, while social workers say there are more than 100,000. what is certain is that every winter the city struggles to provide them with shelter. >> she missed out on the donation. all she has are a few plastic sheets and flannel blankets. her family left their village in search of work, now they're all sleeping on the city streets. >> i get scared. i can't sleep at all. drunk people can come by and attack us. that's why i get scared. >> the city government is concerned about the polite of the homeless. >> it set up a 24 hour control room to manage shelters and otherwise rescues but admits more needs to be done. >> i understand that out of 222 shelters there are just 19 for women, and that is a cause of
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concern. we are seriously thinking bit to increase the number of shelters or redesignate some shelters. >> government centers in new delhi accommodate 17,000 people. they've given blankets, food and access to medical care. social worker says some still choose to sleep outside. he walks the streets every night to convince people to go to shelters but it's not always easy. >> every day they receive tens of 15 blankets in donations which they sell. they earn 200 to 400 rupees and use it to buy drugs. >> he believes his work is important, with temperatures falling to just three degrees celsius overnight this winter, he said the homeless face danger. al jazeera, new delhi.
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>> lots more still to come here. find out how serena williams is doing in her quest for a ninth grand slam title. stay with us.
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live. >> countries across africa look to increase their use of renewable energy to help pull millions out of poverty. egypt announced plans to provide 20% have needs through renewables in the next five years. our environment editor has more from the future energy summit in
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abu dhabi. >> there's a sense we're on the cusp of big change, as renewables gain more and more momentum, getting a bigger and bigger of the energy market. >> we're absolutely sure that we are at the cusp of the third industrial revolution. we are transforming the way we produce energy. technology is enabling change at a pace we haven't seen before. >> oil supplies may be transport sector not power grids around the world, so the price drop hasn't affect the change of renewables held it a little bit, because it's reduced the cost of building components. >> there is interest here at home of six of the 10 of the world's fastest growing economies. >> we have a potential for solar in the continent because we are on the sahara.
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we are promoting solar energy. >> solar panels technology will help bring millions out of poverty. in malawi, only 9% of the population ever access to electricity. >> we are looking at an energy mix, which is very much dependent upon wood fuel, if you look at the future, we believe that we have to look at all energy resources that will be available. >> amid all the panel discussions and workshops climate change, the constant refrain, but the evident rise in renewables is a very big positive as the world seek as global treaty on climate in paris at the end of the year. al jazeera, abu dhabi.
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>> time for sport now. >> tennis world one djokovic moved into the second round of the australian open in melbourne. the top seed has struggled with illness for the last few days, wasn't at his best. he managed to overcome the 116th ranked player in straight sets. djokovic is going for a fifth australian open title. >> it hasn't been an ideal couple weeks in terms of health and preparation but i fight my way through and now it's behind me and i'm looking forward, i think i did well in terms of respond to go the slow start today and feeling a little bit rusty on the court so hopefully, the next one will be even better. >> defending australian open
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champion into the second round sweeping aside turkish opponent in straight sets. >> the way i play today, feel great coming to the court and playing some good tennis. i'm confident with my game in general, and that's what i did today. it was not so hard. >> in the women's draw, serena williams quest for a grand slam title off to a perfect start. the world number one demolished her opponent in straight sets, making it look easy. >> it's never super easy to be the one that everyone wants to beat so i always have to be a little bit above but yeah, i felt ok. i definitely think i can improve
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a tremendous amount so i can do better. >> standing up to a tough task from the 18-year-old, seven of eight break points to beat her american opponent. she'll now face two time australian open champion. >> reigning champion japan through total quarter finals of the cup. despite winning their first two games, they needed a point to progress. they got the lead with a third goal in three games. nailing the final score japan faces the u.a.e. friday. >> iraq overcame palestine to set up a final. the first goal of the game in the 48th minute, could have gone another but miss add penalty. the late goal sent the 2007
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champions through as runners up. >> algeria picked off their cup of nations campaign with a comfortable within winning in group c. with a goal down early in the second half, they responded with three gales in less than 20 minutes. the goals sealed a 3-1 win for the desert fox. >> the beginning of the match was interesting. we found difficulties with direct shots. we were expect that go. the beginning of the sect half was catastrophic. we gave them many chances. the physical side of our game was weak. the penalty was the turning point in the match. we went ahead, it changed the balance and we won. >> in the other group c. match ghana were beaten by senegal 2-1. the four time champions had led in the first half thanks to a penalty, but things were squared up in the 58th minute with a
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last second goal to give senegal the win. >> our correspondent andy richardson has more. >> in terms of turning points in a game of football, there can be few more clearly defined than the one we saw in this match between south africa and algeria. in the second half, they had a penalty. algeria finally woke up and began to resemble the team that looked so impressive at last year's world cup and went on to get their cup of nations campaign off to a winning start. ghana and senegal was the earlier game, ghana looking to rebuild their reputation after a really disappointing world cup in brazil. they were beaten. as for the host town, the tiny venue had never staged games of this caliber before.
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the pitch had been flown in from spain, the turf relayed just a couple of weeks ago. it did hold up pretty well. there was a lot of attention on that. the tournament now movers to the he can with a tore yell guinea capitol. we'll get a first look at the assembled star names. they can find new and interesting ways of losing. they are trying to win this title for the first time since 199 with it. >> the final group at the cup of nations kicks off later tuesday. ivory coste faced guinea in group d., still considered one of the favorites even though they'll be chelsea striker. the captain admits his team wasn't as strong as three years ago. >> it's a great team with a good
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qualification track record after being in a difficult group with ghana. for us, too, we have had a different qualifying season, but came with a lot of enthusiasm. the team is young but wants to learn, wants to have a taste for this competition and go much further. >> cameroon faced mallee in the other group the side had an impressive campaign during qualifiers and headed into this match looking like the stronger team. this team, though had a shambles at the world cup in brazil. the side was left with red cards and ultimately no points. >> the nba raptors leading the bucks, kyle lowry scored 18 and was one of six players to reach double figures. 16 more were added as the raptors won for the first time in 10 games. >> chicago bears coach john fox said he is going to give everything he's got to bring a
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national championship. he was introduced after the broncos and him parted company. chicago has only won the superbowl once and missed the postseason for the last four years in a row. they have someone with real playoff pedigree. fox is were you ever six coach to say reach the superbowl with two different teams. >> i'm really excited and honored, and proud to be standing here. you know, i can't make any promises, other than i'm going to give you everything i've got and that trophy is kind of lonely out there in that hallway. >> there's much more sport on our website. for all the latest check that's it from me for now. >> thank you very much. >> now can you imagine competing seven marathons in seven days? well that's what the runners hope to achieve in the world marathon a competition that takes athletes to every continent. for one man it's more than just
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a physical challenge. we caught up with him in miami. >> it's day three of the world marathon challenge and ted jackson still has his sense of humor. >> it just makes me run faster. >> the british schoolteacher and fellow athletes have run already two marathons. he knows challenges lay ahead. >> i kind of knew what to expect so i was a little prepared. i think it's just going to get harder and harder. we've and got lot of miles to cover in the next five days. >> set, go! >> for all these runners this is a logistical physical and emotional challenge that few will ever face. the event is limited to just 12 dedicated runners. >> the runners are holding up, i'm proud of them, actually. they're all in good spirits. we'll see how long that will last. by the time we get to mara kesh,
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they'll be flagging a built. >> in 2009 his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. he's raised almost $200,000 for a u.k. based charity but says he won't stop until he reaches 1 million. >> every time i get off a flight another 1,000 pounds has come in. that pushes me on. >> it is a task for anyone, but these athletes are only halfway through. from her, they go to spain morocco, dubai finally finishing up in australia. ted still has a long way to go, but his spirit and voice. [ singing ] >> seem sure to carry him through to the finish line. al jazeera miami florida. >> good luck to him. stay with us here on al jazeera. i'll be back at the top of the hour with another full bulletin of news. stay tuned. thanks for watching.
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>> tonight. from race relations to foreign policies, terrorism and the economy. >> if this congress wants to help, work with me. >> ali velshi kicks off our special state of the union coverage at 7:00. >> we'll take an in-depth look at our nation's financial future. >> then john seigenthaler breaks down the issues. >> we need to know what's going on in our backyard. >> plus, objective analysis and live reports from across the nation and reaction from around the world. the state of the union address. special coverage begins tonight, 7:00 eastern. right here on al jazeera america.
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nine policemen are killed in iraq as isil fighters attack the compound of an influential tribal leader. ♪ hello, i'm darren jordan. also ahead the military standoff continues in the yemeni capitol. heading to the polls voters in zambia choose a new president. and keep on running, these athletes running seven marathons in seven