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>> welcome to the news hour from doha. our top stories leaders are gathering from across the arab world to pay their respects after the death of saudi arabia's king abdullah. the countries new king promises continuity and calls for solidarity among muslims. >> five killed in ukraine since april and the fighting is still escalating. >> all the sports, including
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defending champion japan of the asian cup. iraq defeats iran in another penalty shootout for the semifinals. >> arab leaders gathered in saudi arabia for king abdullah's funeral. his body has now been moved from the mosque in riyadh to its final resting plays. the elderly ruler died in hospital after admitted last month with a case of pneumonia. his half brother is now the new king. we have a report. >> the world learns of the death of one of its few remaining absolute monarchs. the path to power was shaped from his birth by tradition and
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conservatism. >> the problems of the world are caused by people rejecting the principles of justice. terrorism and crime are the enemies of god and every religion and civilization. >> young abdullah was taught religion literature and science by islamic scholars. he spent long periods of his childhood living in the desert. as crown prince, he took control of the country in 1995 when king fahd had a stroke. ten years later he became king. there were hopes the saudi kingdom would at last open up. >> he has inspired a greater openness in two particular areas, for women and in freedom of expression. there's an outburst of criticism, social criticism and also of government policy inside saudi arabia that has happened with the let's say tolerance to some degree of the saudi government. >> abdullah inherited a kingdom
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basking in an oil boom, yet beset by terrific, and accuses of corruption. he encouraged more private enterprise. that failed to address the prospects of jobless young saudis. he granted women the right to vote and run for office. they were issued with i.d. cards and allowed for the first time to do business without involving a male guardian. domestic concerns gave way to global ones, when the united states was attacked on september 11 2001, 15 of the 19 highjackers were saudi citizens. they took on al-qaeda when the group began bombings against westerners from his country. in recent years activists who demanded change through petitions ended up in jail and political parties and public
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demonstrations were banned. king abdullah's next major challenge after 9/11 and al-qaeda was iran. the king's foreign policy focused on efforts to contain what the monarchy so you the graining influences of other groups. he may have revealed saudi fears of an iranian backed revolution next door. at home, the king confronted fears of an jump rising in a different way. he spent $130 billion on housing, jobs and other social benefits. his critics believe he could have done more, given saudi arabia's vast oil wealth, to help his population. al jazeera. >> joining me now on set is my colleague, sami.
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how much change about king abdullah bring to the country. >> his supporters have always called him a reformer, brought change. his critics might disagree and those who seemed perhaps the harder side of the saudi security apparatus might disagree. he did bring some change to the country, there was a push to create more jobs, meet challenges which the kick dom faces. he did push, have a big push on education, even the education for women the establishment of the king abdullah university for science and technology was designed to be the first co-ed institution at the country. the projects which he launched for affordable housing won him supporters and sympathy for those segments of saudi society. let us remember there are segments of sawed society which drug toll make a living. it is a wealthy country the largest exporter in the world has a considerable chunk of the
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world's oil reserves. as we saw in some of those videos which bloggers produced during the peak of the arab spring there were sections of saudi society that struggled with putting food on the table and paying rent. some of those bloggers got in trouble for making those videos. there has been change domically as well as of course in foreign policy much more aggressive some would say stance or active stance in foreign policy engaging saudi government suspected regional threat, balancing overdo iranian influence as the government would see it, and counter perceived iranian influence in lebanon, yemen those are fires still burning, as well as in syria and iraq, where as saudi arabia joined the international
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or the u.s.-led coalition in the fight against isil with saudi arabia participating in airstrikes. those are some of of the things to be remembered i guess in terms of what he brought to saudi arabia. >> these are all things that the new king is going to have to deal with. king king salman. let's get world reaction. first let's go to davos where more than 40 heads of state are meeting. no doubt this is a story the death of the king of saudi arabia is something people are talking about in the rooms and corridors at davos. >> they are indeed. among the dignitaries, we have president hollande of france, u.s. secretary of state john kerry is here today, as well.
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ban ki-moon u.n. secretary general was speaking earlier about king abdullah. he said that the king leave as tangible legacy that can still be used to promote peace throughout the middle east. when you control 10% of the world's oil reserves and rich enough to spend your way out of trouble, there's no doubt of your importance on the world stage. we are see that go here at davos, as various discussions you'll hear in the corridor center on the price of oil right now it's saudi arabia's policy to drive down the price of oil per barrel in an effort to affect the sea of competitors. that's hurting a lot of oil producing nations, saudi arabia trying to stave off new producers, shale producers particularly in the u.s. among the nations hurt now
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venezuela and russia at the moment, saudi arabia can afford to ride out this oil price sitting as it is on an $800 billion cushion much of that amassed under the stewardship of the late king abdullah. now let's get reaction from beirut. nicole johnston is there. >> here in lebanon, three days of natural mourning was announced. the former prime minister has said that the late king abdullah was a brilliant leader and supporter of lebanon. we've had a statement from the senior centrist politician. hezbollah is backed by iran, saudi arabia's mine regional rival. saudi arabia's influence here in lebanon towards the end of last year it announced $3 billion for the lebanese army and no
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doubt in attempt to try to boost the power and prestige that have army with french-made weapons and in some respects, try to dampen some of the clout of hezbollah here in lebanon. also, saudi arabia has had a big impact here in trying to bring the two main political sides hezbollah and the future movement to talks to dialogue to try to solve the political crisis here. basically lebanon has not had a president since may of last year. that's something saudi arabia has been involved in trying to solve. over the years, of course, it's been involved in the arab israeli issue. in beirut in 2002, saudi arabia was here, it sponsored an initiative the arab peace initiative to return full diplomatic relations with israel. israel and lebanon are still technically at war. now, that was considered quite a bold proposal at the time.
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it never actually came to sprue i guess but it's still remembered as a significant achievement by the saudis as much. finally, lebanon is considered to be a real sort of theater for the on going proxy war between saudi arabia and iran, basically because of the sectarian divide here between the sunnis and shias. now for view from washington, we have my colleague. >> thank you. yes. u.s. leaders effusive in their praise for the late king, president obama talking about a serious and warm friendship with the king. both he and the secretary of state john kerry singling out the cooperation in key
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achievements. the king's death comes at an interesting time for u.s.-saudi relations, saudi arabia incensed with the obama administration for its engagement with iran over its nuclear program and interestingly the u.s. has been more outspoken about saudi arabian conduct. in a rare rebuke, saudi arabia was criticized for its sentencing for 1,000 lashes for a saudi arabia political activist. very rare for that to happen. much discussion about whether that relation is changing as the u.s. becomes less reliant on saudi oil and saudi arabia becoming more assertive. it's fascinating to see how the late king is treated within the u.s. media very respectful materials, even though he was a vowed opponent of democracy and western conceptions of human rights these key american
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values but across the u.s. media today you wouldn't really know that there was much controversy about the king and his absolute monarchy inside saudi arabia, very much treated as a moderate reformer, a force of moderation across the u.s. today. >> thanks very much. that gives you an idea of how this news in saudi arabia is being digested all around the world. let's take a look now at the pass for royal suggestion session in saudi arabia. this is key now and for years to come. it's been clear. if you look at the parts of the family tree it shows how complex it could come in the future. abdullah was the latest of successors who reigned since 1953. it passes to king salman.
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hundreds of princes potentially in line for the throne, although the new king just appointed his nephew at deputy crown prince. that's a crucial development but despite that, questions remain over the stability of saudi arabia during the transition of power. king salman has moved to address concerns staying he planned to stay the course his father set for the nation. >> we are going to continue with the approach of father, king abdullah who is followed by his sons. we are going to continue to implement the koran and character of the prophet mohammed into our legislation. >> joining me on set still my colleague sami. let's look stock problems inside the country, the fact that the dichotomies that
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exist, and it is very wealthy country, but there are many struggling to survive in saudi arabia. >> the die dichotomy you look at the demographics of saudi arabia which is important to look at. the working age group is increasing in saudi arabia. in 2010, it reached 66% of the population. the move towards urbanization reached by 2010, 82% of the population is now urbanized. education levels of rising, big push on education but even foreign education in 2012, i think the number was 130,000 saudi students were sent abroad. clearly a lot of change has happened in a short space of time in saudi arabia, and that change is putting tensions on the traditional structure and way of life. it's given -- prompted rise and i hate to use these materials by the way but what is called in the international media the
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tension between the so-called liberals and the so-called conservatives or traditionalists and how they see their country should change. this is going to be a key challenge for king salman to confront. reform is a process which has been going on for a while in saudi arabia. you may recall in 1993, the late king started the council in an attempt to bring in parliamentary system into the country. all its members are appointed. they don't have strong powers when it comes to investigating and questioning the government and ministers. 2005 you had the establishment of the municipal councils and elections. half of those members of elected, the controversy over the lack of participation of women in the voting process king abdullah tack would announcing women would be given the right to vote. all of these issues are still
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unfinished business within saudi arabia, how much reform, how much accountability should the government -- should people be able to call upon the government and which direction which way the country should go. i think these are key challenges, as well as meeting just the basic needs of some of the citizens of saudi arabia, some of whom, as i mentioned you know, not everybody contrary to what people might think outside of saudi arabia, not everybody is living an exuberantly luxurious lifestyle. some struggle inside saudi arabia and some people have documented that in blogs and landed in trouble with saudi security services over that. there is tension between conservatives, liberals, young people simply want a bigger piece of the pie and then the whole issue of radicalization and extremism in saudi arabia, those who feel very unhappy with the situation join groups like
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isil because they don't see change in saudi arabia and change in the region the way they want. that's a balancing act that king salman will have to play carefully going forward. >> thank you. >> we will have much more on saudi arabia later on in this news hour. also our other stories looking at democracy in thailand. former thai prime minister banned from politics for five years. >> deadly protests in the democratic republican of congress. we'll have that story. >> in sport roger federer knocked out in the third round of the australian open.
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>> houthi rebels in yemen are walking for the formation of military and presidential committees to surround the country after the resignation of the president. we have the details. >> a dawn attack in yemens capitol, shia houthi rebels take stock of the damage. their leaders were targeted at a mosque and nearby homes. across the country, people have been react to go what they see as a houthi takeover, some in celebration, others in anger. in the city, they demonstrated a besieged president's resignation. >> he must not run away from taking responsibility, must complete the peaceful transition of power. we, the people, will stand with him. >> the decision was made under pressure. he's been holed up in his room since the palace and parliament
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were surrounded earlier this week. the houthis signed a broker deal after taking large parts of the area. they are demanding a bigger say in government. >> i want to assert again that the crisis can't be resolved other than what you agreed about through the peace and national partnership agreement. i call on you all to have wisdom in national spirit and use political action and dialogue to promote the agreement. >> separatists in the south renewed calls for a split and some are fighting in the port city of aden. the only line of security against al-qaeda are saying they will no longer take orders from the capitol. some activists view this as the
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unraveling of hard-gained reforms. >> after the militia, houthi and counter revolution, they destroy all the news of our peaceful resolution and the most important thing that they destroyed is the peaceful nature. >> the houthis are accused of colluding with the former president, a confluence of forces showing who now has power in yemen. >> the japanese government is doing its best to secure the release of two citizens held hostage by isil, sending a top official to try and secure the release of the two. isil demand add $200 million ransom be paid for their freedom. the deadline pass add few hours ago. >> egypt's president al sisi would like to see the case against three al jazeera journalists resolved. our colleagues have now been imprisoned in egypt for 391
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days. the three were falsely accused of colluding with the outlawed muslim brotherhood charges they deny. >> we don't have any interest whatsoever to put any citizen under detention journalists or otherwise, outside the rule of law, but there is a point also that i would like to highlight here which is we are trying very hard after four years of turbulence to regain the rule of law and to uphold the independence of the judiciary. >> let's get the weather with rob with the first proper snow of winter in the u.s. >> not everywhere. there's a bit where they've had freezing rain, but not proper snow. it's called a clipper it's down there. what's it done so far seemed like a clue of what's coming. it's moved from the mountains in the west through texas. there's a picture of the middle of texas yesterday daylight hours, and that, was is snow.
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that's not a big surprise. that's happened in texas before, so what am i talking about now? >> well, there's the clipper. it's a boundary between mild and moist air and cold stuff sitting in the northeast so it's heading up to the northeast corner and that's the thing. we've had a mixture of rain, sleet and snow here before, but not a proper depth. running up the appalachian chain in the next 24 hours this will produce snow through pennsylvania probably washington d.c., massachusetts connecticut, and up a maine. this area hasn't had proper snow so this is the warning now. that's the picture. behind it, the breezes are northwesterly, so probably a day beyond that, you're going to get a proper storm the cold air coming over the great lakes. a quick look at what's happening in the gulf, blue skies above. it's not summer, but begin to go think it's a very nice period. temperatures in the low 20's for
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qatar and low 30's further west. >> thanks very much. >> thailand said former prime minister banned from politics for five years said it's the end of democracy in the country. we have a report from bangkok. >> the vote that removed one of the most recognizable times in thai politics for five years the military appointed national legislative assembly voted to impeach her as prime minister and she was voted to be kicked out of office. it's a position she atlanta held since may. that was the crux of her failed argument. the basis for the impeachment
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she ignored corruption within her failed rice subs deprogram. defending it to the end she said it was to help poor farmers. observers feel it was a move to out of the her from politics, regardless of the process. >> her impeachment is illegal since we no longer have a constitution. the military government did this for political reasons. they want yingluck out of politics and now they're working on a criminal case. >> just before the impeachment vote took place thailand's attorney general confirmed he'll file a criminal case. it will be heard in the supreme court. if convicted, they'll face at least 10 years in prison and not be allowed to reenter politics. with the news of the impeachment, one of the red shirts the supporters of yingluck's party. some say they still take cues from the party.
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>> they do not want to rock the boat. they want the government, the military government to function, because and to elect the people, just for themselves, but i am sure they are itching to come out. >> while her legal team will contend the legality of the impeachment, it is said to be legal. >> without a achieving accountability and rule of law i don't think reconciliation will come. >> one thing both sides of the political divide agree on, military rule cannot drag on. a path that returns thailand to democracy needs to be revealed soon. al jazeera bangkok. >> the first ebola vaccine shipment is due to arrive in liberia. the batch was dispatched by british pharmaceutical company glaxosmithkline. it said the initial shipment will be the first to arrive in
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one of the three main ebola affected african countries. >> senators in the democratic republican of congress backed down on an electoral bill that triggered deadly protests this week. they voted to remove a requirement for senses before next year's presidential election seen as a ploy to extend the president's time in office. malcolm webb met the family of one man who died in those demonstrations in the capitol. >> he says his 17-year-old nephew had no interest in protesting or politics. thousands have been demonstrating here in congo's capitol. they say the president is trying to stay in power beyond the constitutional limited two terms. they were watching police arrest protestors from this upstairs window. >> boom! >> we heard boom. we both went down. i got up, but he didn't. i tried to wake him, then i saw
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he was injured in the neck. a lot of blood was coming out of the wound. >> he died here on the floor. his family want to take legal action against the government. here at the high court the government has been quick to begin proceedings against the people it says are responsible for looting and for organizing the protests. it it is police arrested more than 300 mostly young men who will be tried in the coming days. prosecutors will seek the harshest possible punishment. the first suspects were brought here in this truck. they sat here for hours. this man says that he's innocent he didn't do anything. lawyers arrive and the first trial begins. two suspects are charged with looting. one of them says he was a bystander arrested by police. the political opposition who called for the protest condemns the mass arrest and said the detainees should be released.
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meanwhile, the government deny that is planned controversial changes in election laws intended to extend the president's rule. >> it's disorder. the demonstration calling on people to cause civil did i see obedience of acts of bar are you familiar. i think our opposition is not responsible. how can that lead the opposition to send youth to destroy people's property? >> back at the house his family come together to mourn. his mother told us she has no money and was depending on him to look at her in old age. meanwhile, the government still wants to change the laws and the opposition plan more protests, but the politics won't bring him back. al jazeera in the democratic republican of congress. >> still to come for you, we look at a growing crisis in yemen as the president there resigns. houthis are calling for the
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formation of political council to say run the country but they're facing protest. >> in sport newt england patriot star player answers allegations that his team cheated their way into the superbowl.
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>> welcome back. you're watching the al jazeera news hour. let's update you on our top stories. arab leaders have in saudi arabia for king abdullah's funeral. his body has been moved to its final resting place. he died in hospital after
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admitted last month with pneumonia. he ruled the country for nine years. the new king is king king salman. he promise add maintain the same approach as his predecessors. while he is now in power his ascension to the throne wasn't always so certain. traditionally, it goes to brothers rather than sons, but that's meant an aging royal line as we now report. >> the prince salman is the next king of saudi arabia. he became the crowned prince in 2012. his swift appointment by the late king abdullah was seen as shoring up the succession line and avoiding a struggle for power. he is one of seven brothers, the sons of the founder of saudi arabia all from the same mother. all of the remaining sons are
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over 75 years old. he was governor of riyadh for nearly 50 years. during his tenure, the saudi capitol grew into a major modern city. the prince attracted foreign investment and seen as politically and economically aligned with the west. he developed relationships in arab and international circles. he became minister of defense in 2011 and also appointed to the powerful national security council that oversees foreign policy security and intelligence. socially conservative and close to the religious establishment he is not likely to introduce significant change, but at 79 years old there are concerns about his ability to govern. his health is rumored to be frail. he's rarely spoken in public in recent years. saudi arabia's royal succession rules stipulate to the eldest and fit effort among the dead king's brothers inherit the throne but the rules are not clear about more complex
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situations. once all the sons die the several dozen grandsons of the founding king may battle for power. the prince salman is seen as the most likely person to quell any dissent, whether he's able to rule a powerful country with many citizens agitating for change will be his greatest challenge. >> the united nations human rights agency says more than 5,000 people have been killed in ukraine since last april. this as nato warns at that time conflict is reintensifying in the east. pro-russian separatists say they will continue fighting ukrainian forces for more territory. we are joined now from donetsk. charles, we are hearing that rebels separatists are planning an offensive. what more do we know? >> that's right certainly signs here of an offensive planned by
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the rebels in donetsk. rebel leader said today that he was not interested in pushing for more attempts at truce talks. he said that attempt to say talk about a ceasefire will no longer be undertaken by our side and promised an advance of what he says will be towards the outer regions of the donetsk province. that's around 60 kilometers to the east and 100 kilometers to the north. he says that they are planning an advance along five routes out of donetsk. a very worrying sign. certainly we're seeing possible evidence that have push. we've seen tanks today outside the hotel driving along the street and armored personnel carriers. earlier today we drove to a new front align along a road contested by both sides for months and months and visited a village about 30 kilometers from here that the rebels took
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control of only yesterday. there were dead ukrainian soldiers on the streets, there was evidence of a ukrainian military hardware and equipment. the rebels obviously very upbeat about what they describe as a fight for their motherland, so certainly these statements coming out from this rebel leader here today, a worrying sign of a potential escalation in the violence. >> what does that escalation mean for the people. >> you have ordinary people living and working in these areas, you know, trying to get around an do that business with their families.
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>> along this stretch of road, and see these vast areas of farmland left, amazingly people still living in this conflict zone, as well, very difficult very difficult conditions. also yesterday a statement by the ukrainian government which seems to be if you like, surmising just how entrenched this conflict has become, new regulations stipulating anyone want to go come into this region needs a specific past. now, if you live here, that means the citizen that is are here, 2 million citizens in this region now will need to get specific paperwork in order to come and go as they please, an indication that certainly the ukrainian government are looking at this escalation in violence as her seriously an indication of just how differ the situation is becoming for the citizen that is live here. >> of course we have the u.n. human rights agency saying more
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than 5,000 people have been killed in ukraine since april. >> voters in greece will go to the polls sunday for an election that could have dramatic consequences across europe. poms suggest a victory for the party demand that go europe council a large part of the enormous greek debt burden. we found out how the younger generation feels about the vote. >> they are on the verge of a victory that will spread final and fear across europe. the party and its leader elects leaders. for young greeks web said an end to austerity means an end to mass unemployment, a message to hope to those who suffered so much in the cries. not so excited about these elections, it is said i didn't think people can't make a living in greece anymore.
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>> i want to have a family and i don't think i'm going to be able to raise a family in greece, because i'm not going to have the money. we can for us, i haven't bought any clothing for a year, i think now. >> so many young greeks will vote for change and some want to leave the country altogether. many agree that the old system has ruined this country and should never come back. >> another in his 20's will vote for the conservative new democracy who leave the outgoing government not because he's happy with the way things are but he thinks they offer the best chance of reform. >> the old greece was a country where motor people's dream to
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work in the public sector to be comfortable there without contributing too much. we want to abmodern western country, not a company living with the cries. >> they feel their time has come. they are ready to risk a confrontation with european countries who lent greece money but imposed harsh economic policies. many in this crowd young and old feel they have nothing to lose. al jazeera athens. >> arab leaders gathering in saudi arabia for king abdullah's funeral. his body has been moved from the mosque in riyadh to its final resting place. his half brother crown pins salman is the new king. i am joined by the director of the institute for gulf affairs from washington, d.c. thank you for speaking to us. can you start by giving your
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assessment on the current line of suggestion session? i'm not just talking about the new king salman or crown prince, tell me about the significance of the new deputy crown prince, muhammed bynayif. he is now second in line to the throne in terms of a new generation of the family taking the helm in that country coming to power. >> this is the first grandson of the founder of saudi arabia to take power. that came through a long process of vetting back in december, he was in washington and it was very clear that he received american approval for his role. he's been visiting washington for three years and they're all meeting with obama very clearly a message of support for him to become the new king of saudi arabia. the man in charge, really, king
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salman is not in a position to run the country because of his age, not, you know, let alone his problem with alzheimer's. there is no power base to speak of so he will be a margenal figure. the true force has american support, very close relationship personal relationship with the director of the c.i.a., john brennan and we saw in washington in december him meeting kerry and other senior american officials an indication that this process has been in the works for a while now. >> you speak about his close relationship with the c.i.a. director. he's rewarded favorably by washington and london. he's been involved in counter terrorism efforts. when you think about the timing of king abdullah's death so much happening in syria in iraq
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and now yemen. will the deputy crown prince, is he really one to watch in terms of will he play a greater role in these counter terrorism efforts in terms of policy towards these countries towards what's happening in the region? is he going to be more important now? >> i think he has been in charge of this file for a while and he has been touts by washington and other that is the counter terrorism disa as they put him and he is involved in basically controlling the country in terms of his policy, the domestic policy of saudi arabia that been a reflection of his personality very aggressive, rootless, brutal no space for dissent.
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>> even capturing and imprisons twitter users and issuing this terrorism law that considers the smallest dissent to be considered terrorism. you know, you remember the two women who were arrested for driving and are now under terrorism charges, the court that was set this is not good for the country. >> he's clearly in a very important position inside the country, he will continue to maintain that. >> i don't hear it. >> in terms of -- >> you know, i don't hear you but i think what i can say is that looking to the future, you will see much more restrictive government in saudi arabia. the new generation must or want to prove itself as capable so
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they will -- you will restrict the people's right see a much more repressive policies, and in order for somebody to become king he must prove himself to the west that he's capable of defending this wealth, defending the oil. >> well a great many challenges, both political and economic. good to get your perspective on this. >> coming up, we have all the sports news for you including the tour down under cycling event claims a number of casualties. we will have the latest on that. stay with us. >> al jazeera america presents a breakthrough television event. borderland. six strangers. >> let's just send them back to
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mexico. >> experience illegal immigration up close and personal. >> it's overwhelming to see this many people that have perished. >> lost lives are relived. >> all of these people shouldn't be dead. >> will there differences bring them together or tear them apart? >> the only way to find out is to see it yourselves. >> which side of the fence are you on? borderland, sunday at 9 eastern, only on al jazeera america. >> protestors are gathering... >> there's an air of tension right now... >> the crowd chanting for democracy... >> this is another significant development... >> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live...
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>> welcome back. now india's push to renew a solar energy deal with the united states during the visit with president barack obama rich starts sunday. united states release on coal and is third large effort producer in the world. there are large and small solar projects. >> every time he turns on the light, he saves money. he spent $1,500 setting up this micro solar unit, but says it's been worth it. >> if you invest in this, you save $400 every year. that means you recoup investment in four to five years. after that, it's all profit. >> not everyone is willing to make the investment. electricity is still relatively
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cheap with two thirds of india's power needs met by ready available coal. advocates for solar power are convinced that the current preference for coal generated power will change. >> initially, there are some technologies with higher costs. they may have higher preference. >> the hope is for fields like this become a common sight. the government aim is for solar energy to contribute 8% of india's total electricity production by 2022. solar power generation is set to increase across india as governments and the private sector invest to bring it into the mainstream. there are challenges, including figure out long term effects.
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>> plants require a lot of land. some worry they'll encroach on agriculturally sensitive land. that's disputed. >> i think there are a lot of question marks. >> an environmentalist recommends building smaller rooftop units on family homes and government buildings. >> for india, solar energy should be used on the existing land used, which means large solar based plants which requires huge amounts of land is not something india can afford. >> the government is responding with projects like this 10 megawatt solar plant built over
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an existing canal. right now, there aren't many plants like it. still, his own experience suggests no matter how small the power plant, it pays to go solar. >> at the asian cup, the lineup decided after two matches involving penalty shootout, sending japan to the tournament while iraq faced their fierce rivals iran. we have more. >> four time asian champions and with the population 14 times that of their opponents japan's clash with the united arab emirates seemed a mismatch on paper, but the u.a.e. took the lead in just the seventh minute. the defending champions look set for an early exit until the score was leveled with nine minutes left in regular time. it went on to extra time and
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then penalties. remarkably the emratis entered the day with host australia. a lot of history between them, iran and rack, with iran the top ranked in asia, it came as no surprise when they opened the scoring. the match turned sharply down before half time as iran went down to 10 men and the iraqi's capitalized in the 56th 56th minute, leveling the score at 1-1 which is where it was after 90 minutes. twice iraq went a goal ahead only for iran to pull level each time.
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the match was forced to a penalty shootout, both nations missing first attempts, but it was iran who stumbled twice sending iraq to the semifinals 7-6 on penalties. they were celebrating in the streets of baghdad, as well. south korea now awaits in sydney on monday. al jazeera. >> on to the africa cup of nations where algeria will take on ghana for a place in the quarter finals. algeria, the highest ranked team on the continent came from a goal down to beat south africa 3-1. ghana are also looking to bounce back from senegal on monday. the coach is less than pleads
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with arrangements in the small town where the first two matches have been taking place. >> we needed to ride one hour to the hotel. the change of venue one hour before the game, we asked to come close. i'm sorry to say you need to say our -- i want you to know the other things. >> the match is one of two groups c. fictors played on friday. africa will be desperate for victory against senegal to stay in contention for the quarter finals. >> 17 time grand slam champion roger federer is knocked out of the australia open in the third
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round. he was beaten in four sets by the forth sixth ranked in the world. he hasn't won a grand slam title since wimbledon in 2012. >> i was on the wrong points today. i knew how important that second set tie breaker was so clearly that hurt, losing that one. the end wasn't pretty. it wasn't easy to play with the shadows, but it was the same for both of us. just a disappointing loss. >> the spaniard looked in fine form after suffering cramps in his previous match. he crossed through this one. he'll next face the south african kevin anderson.
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>> an easy match in straight sets but now face a tough counter on sunday. >> we've always had good matches. she's had great success in the last two slams. she's a bit of an untraditional player with two hands on both sides, so that's a little tricky. i enjoy playing against her. she hits the ball quite flat, as well, and deep, and just really have to be ready for those shots to always come back, and yeah, i look forward to a good matchup. >> new england patriots and
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their coach deny accusations of cheating in a case that's been known as deflate gate. the nfl is investigating claims that the patriots intentionally deflated 11 of the 12 balls used in sunday's a.f.c. championship march with indianapolis colts. a deflated ball could have been easier to throw and camp in the cold rainy weather. the pats won the match 45-7 to advance to the superbowl. >> i have no knowledge of anything. i have no knowledge of any wrongdoing -- yeah, i'm very comfortable saying that. i'm very comfortable saying that nobody did it, as far as i know. i don't know everything. i also understand that i was in the locker room preparing for a game. i don't know what happened over the course of the process with the footballs. >> i have nothing. i don't have an explanation. i have no knowledge whatsoever of this situation until monday
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morning. i've learned more about this process in the last three days than i knew or had talked about in the last 40 years coaching this league. >> there's been a high speed crash at tour down under cycling event. [ screaming ] >> several riders were brought down during the fourth stage in south australia. some force to the carry their bikes to the end australian had crossed the line before the chaos. that's all the sport for you. i'll have more later. >> looking forward to it. >> that's it for now. stay with us on al jazeera. another full bulletin of news coming up. we'll have all the latest on developments in saudi arabia as the funeral of the late king gets underway.
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leaders gather from across the arab world to pay their respects after the death of saudi arabia's king abdullah. hoouz ♪ welcome to the program. you are watching al jazeera live from doha. saudi arabia's new king salman is promising unity. at least 5,000 people with killed in ukraine since last april, and the fighting is escalating. and former thai prime minister says democracy has died