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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello welcome to another news hour from al jazeera at our headquarters in doha i'm adrian finighan. shia muslims come under attack in northwestern pakistan. boko haram fighters carry out their first deadly attack in chad. bashar al-assad is part of the solution, the u.n. says for the first time that the resolution of the syrian conflict must
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involve the president. >> i'm very proud of every single moment i spent in prison for the sake of freedom of expression. >> and mohammed fahmy, and baher mohamed are freed on bail. ♪ the taliban says it has attacked a shia mosque killing at least 20 people in northwestern pakistan. it is the second attack on a shia mosque in pakistan in two weeks. >> reporter: they chose the busiest time of the week friday prayers. a small group of men wearing suicide wests entered the building and shot at worshippers, even throwing grenades. one blew himself up killing the most people. another attacker was shot by officers.
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according to a local police chief this was a courageous decision that presented many more deaths. the people were caught in the middle of a long-running violent campaign by the pakistani taliban. it wants to impose a strict version of islamic law, and wants more control, and says this is revenge for the killing of one of its men in december. like other attacks the taliban has chosen to target shia muslims. a minority community in pakistan. it is also where 150 people mostly children were killed in a school in december. the government has been fighting the taliban in tribal areas where it is most active but the military cam contain has not stopped attacks like these. suspected boko haram fighters have launched an attack inside chad from their strong hold in neighboring nigeria. they crossed lake chad in
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canoes. they set homes on fire in the border town, killing several people before being pushed back by the army. let's go live now to nigeria's capitol. what more can you tell us about this attack? >> reporter: well adrian the details are sketchy and thin. it is a very remote area. we do know this attack happened in the very early hours of friday morning, according to an unnamed security official. we know from that same person that at least 30 suspected boko haram fighters attacked this village. according to the security official five people were killed including one soldier in the violence that took place, but one eyewitness account given to a news agency suggests that at least ten people were killed. >> where is the multinational force that is supposed to be combatting boko haram?
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>> well it's still coming together. countries in the region have decided to put together these 8,000 or so soldiers to fight the group, and the logistics are still being worked out, but there has been thousands of nigerian soldiers in the area anyway and questions obviously are going to be asked about how effective are the thousands who are already there. how can attacks be happening when the military authorities, at least in nigeria keep saying they are winning this war against boko haram. if you talk to the political opposition they will say an attack like this is further evidence of the ineffectiveness and inefficiency of the forces. where are the billions of dollars being spent to fight the group going? but if you talk to the political leadership they say it is a difficult task. they are fighting a terrorist network that is hard to penetrate, and this is just the
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consequence of some of the challenges they are facing. >> many thanks. saudi arabia is the latest country to close its embassy in yemen due to the deteriorating security situation there. it follows last week's houthi rebel coup in the capitol of sana'a. >> reporter: the official reason given by the saudis to close their embassy is the fact that they pointrd out the security situation in sana'a was taking it unatenable for them to secure the safety of their staff. their decision is preceded by the u.s. u.k. france and italy to close their diplomatic missions in the capitol as well but analysts are saying that the saudi decision is not only because of the security situation, but also because the saudis are trying to pile on the pressure on the houthis who are essentially the de facto rulers
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of this country. they have not recognized the coup, they are busy at the united nations with a proposal to get the security council to adopt some strong stances calling for the reinstatement of the former government and calling on the houthis to withdraw their fighters from the capitol and return the government buildings and institutions to what they say are the legitimate rulers here. there are three different military bases that have been taken over by tribal fighters. after another larger military base was taken over and then handed over to those tribesmen there. so a lot of different develops showing how unstable the situation is. just want to draw your attention to a developing situation in iraq. isil forces have tried to attack
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a base that houses hundreds of u.s. troops. it happened in anbar province. imran khan can tell us more. imran, we have been expecting some sort of assault by isil on this base for several days now. >> reporter: that's right. and there was an attack at 7:20 am local time this morning against the base. it was repelled according to the local iraqi security forces. 300 within the air base were kilometers away and never under attack. the americans very much saying their troops were secure and this was a victory for the american security forces. this attack started at midday on thursday. what they have told us is that in the town just outside of that air base they -- sleeper cells were activated by isil which
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[ inaudible ] a number of buildings. there was a standoff between iraqi security forces and isil for about 13 or 14 hours. we were told at that point that the base was never under threat but now we're hearing the days bied come under attack. the isil fighters were backed up from the west through the countryside, and the iraqi security forces say they did beat them back. we have spoken to local sources, and they say there are still remnants of isil fighters there. just to wrap this up there are a number -- they do take over towns and villages on the out outskirts and use that to mount attacks. >> all right. imran many things. imran khan live in bagdad. the u.n. special envoy to syria, says that any resolution
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to the conflict there must involve president bashar al-assad. that's the first time that the u.n. has said so he was briefing the press over his meeting with syrias president in damascus earlier in the week. he is due to present a report on his mission on february 17th. >> there is an important dialogue that we need to have. he is still president of syria. there is a government there. there is a large part of syria which is under the control of the syrian government and i will continue having very important discussions with him, because he is part also of the solution. >> plenty more still to come here on the news hour. accused of assault, an elderly man in the u.s. says that police caused him serious injuries during questioning. plus desperate to save water. we report on the severe drought
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in brazil's biggest city. i'm reporting from new zealand which is preparing to host a major international sporting event less than four years after the city was struck by a major earthquake. ♪ egyptian state media says that a police officer has been killed in a bomb blast in cairo. the government says the roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in the capitol's northeast. nine people are reported to have been injured. an armed group said it attacked the patrol because it was heading to disperse protests. security forces used tear gas to disperse some demonstrators at a rally in giza. they were protesting against the military coup that ousted president morsi in 2013. they are also calling for the
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release of political journ -- prisoners. mohammed fahmy and baher mohamed are back home with their families in egypt. their retrial on charges of colluding with the banned muslim brotherhood is expected to resume in ten days. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: after 411 days -- after too much time alone in prison it's like a dream come true. >> reporter: al jazeera producer baher mohamed, during the first moment of his new-found freedom. a day to celebrate with his wife and three children. >> i'm very proud of every single moment i spent in prison for the sake of freedom of expression. i'm really proud about it. as time goes back i would choose the same experience and i know the case is still there. i'll continue to fight for the freedom of expression and i will not back off.
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>> reporter: baher and his colleague, mohammed fahmy, were granted bail by a judge on thursday. they were imprisoned for 411 days and as part of the bail fahmy was asked to pay a security bond of around $33,000. >> i will follow everything -- abide by everything in the egyptian law, and i'm sure he is being vindicated by this and completely vindicated later on. >> reporter: but the judicial fight will continue until the charges are dropped. baher was initially sentenced to ten years, and fahmy to seven years in prison. that decision was correctly overturned. egypt's highest court of appeals has challenged the evidence presented by the prosecution, saying the proceedings were flawed and ordered a retrial.
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[ cheers ] >> reporter: earlier this month another al jazeera journalist peter greste was deported to australia after 400 days in detention. familiar -- faumy was hold his only way to freedom was to denounce his egyptian citizenship, which he has done. the three journalists were arrested in december 2013. they were wrongly accused of promoting the outlawed muslim brotherhood. their trial has been widely condemned by the international community. six other colleagues from al jazeera were sentenced in absentia to ten years in prison. al jazeera continues to call on egypt to have all of its journalists exonerated. there has been more shelling and fighting in eastern ukraine since a ceasefire agreement was
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signed on thursday. seven civilians have been killed. the ukrainian army has blamed the rebels for the deaths of 11 soldiers. the european union has already warned russia of additional sanctions if the deal isn't met. a police officer in the u.s. state of alabama has been charged with assaulting an elderly indian man during questioning. the 57-year-old said he was left partially paralyzed and had to undergo surgery. >> reporter: this man is about to meet two officers from the madison, alabama police department. a dashboard camera records the conversation. >> what is going on sir? do what? >> reporter: and what follows. the 57 year old is tackled to the ground the incident recorded by a different camera in a second car.
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police say they received a call about a suspicious person. patel's son said his father went for a walk. >> he was telling them no english, indian and he was telling them in english house number and pointing towards the house. >> reporter: patel has rived in madison two weeks ago to help his son's family care for their 17-month-old child. audio captures confusion. >> he don't speak a lick of english. >> reporter: when police try lifting him, they find he can't stand up. he required surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal chord. >> i found that officer parker's actions did not meet the high
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standards and expectations of the madison city police department. for that reason i sincerely apologize to be patel. >> reporter: the indian government has contacted the u.s. state department to express its concern. >> our understanding of the situation is that while there has been some progress in his medical situation, it still is a matter of concern. >> reporter: the u.s. state department has sent its condolences to his wife in india and the rest of his family. patel is suing the city of madison and the two officers. a proposed free trade pack between the u.s. and a number of asian companies is causing controversy among certain u.s. companies. >> reporter: two industries that very much symbolize the state of california the tpp will make
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one a winner and the other a loser. coastal california has its fishing industry. >> it has become increasingly challenging to be an american fisherman. >> reporter: inland is california wine. >> we're very excited about the opportunities with tpp. >> reporter: so wine wins as we learned from visiting vineyards. >> japan, malaysia and vietnam. we feel that there is tremendous opportunity if we're able to enhance that. >> reporter: california already exports a fifth of its wine but the industry can sell a lot more overseas that's where this trade deal comes in. it would bring more california wine to store shelves. >> by reducing or eliminating trade barriers to entry and creating a level playing field for us so that we can compete on the basis of the quality of
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our wines versus price. >> reporter: the wine industry is confident about the benefits of the trade pack because the united states and china signed a trade deal. it lowered the tax from 15% to zero. sales to south korea flowed. but this trade agreement is going to be different. yes, the wine industry looks like it will be a winner but the trans-pacific partnership will also regulate industries and that might complicate things. it will hit the seafood industry. especially small operations like the ones at the wharf in san francisco. >> free trade agreements tend not to help local producers, and we don't really trust free trade agreements. >> reporter: they question the quality of many imports. already agents inspect just 1%
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of seafood coming in. if the pacific trade agreement brings more food in from other countries some worry if they can manage the feed safety effectively. the devil is in the details and the details are not yet public. >> unfortunately after more than five years of closed door negotiations where there are 600 advisors who are helping to write his rules and the public doesn't know about it. >> reporter: the state's agricultural industry also stands to gain a reminder that the agreement would still benefit some though disappoint others. state media in myanmar says that 47 soldiers have been killed in four days of fighting with ethnic chinese rebels. the trooped tried to stop the rebels taking over the capitol of the zone near the chinese
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border. the government also carried out air strikes. it's not clear how many rebels have been killed. the foreign ministry has called for calm. more now from adrian brown. >> reporter: this is not the first time there has been fighting between the myanmar army and also the myanmar armed forces. it happened six years ago. on that occasion some 30,000 refugees crossed over the border into china. they were mostly ethnic haan chinese and that is the case now. we're told that some 10,000 refugees have crossed over the border into china on friday. pictures online show thousands of refugees sheltering in blue tents, others are being accommodated in an exhibition center and also a sports
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stadium. china says they will continue to provide humanitarian aid to those who need it but has appealed to the government of myanmar to try to find a peaceful solution. they were due to sign a ceasefire a number of days ago. that clearly is not going to happen and the worry now is that the fighting will drag on as it has in the past. there has been a rise in tension in indian controlled kashmir. faiz jamil reports. >> reporter: people in the village have come out to comfort the family. he was allegedly shot and killed by security forces earlier this week when protesters began throwing stones at him. the mood here is somber but angry. people say he was playing
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cricket near where this protest happened. and they insist he was not one of the protesters throwing stones his father was too emotional to speak to us so his cousin spoke instead. >> translator: there has been so many cases like this one of people being killed. nothing has happened in those cases, and it looks like nothing will happen in this one either. >> reporter: the streets have been largely empty after his death this week and there have been curfews and strikes across the regions. security forces were posted outside of bots village to prevent further protests. authorities began an investigation into bots killing right away. >> in order to instill the confidence in the public that we are very fair in getting justice done. >> reporter: the investigation
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will look at why shots were fired insisting police and paramilitary forces do restrain themselves when faced with stone-throwing protesters. >> it is loss then the fighting can also be ordered. >> reporter: in anticipation of the protests authorities placed several separatists leaders under house arrest. from his home this leader says the protesters were peaceful. >> some used more force to crush the peaceful protest, definitely then [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: life has begun to return to normal in kashmir, but the calm is fragile. authorities hope to finish their investigation later this month. businesses have reopened and people are returning to their daily lives, but many here worry
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that deaths like these could lead to more violence. brazil's biggest city is facing potential water rashing after years of drought. people are trying to save water any which way they can. >> reporter: in this middle class san paw low home the aware to save water has changed everyone's life. they use a bowl to catch the water when they wash their hands, when it is pull it is used to flush the toilet. the soapy water is collected for a second lot of clothes and then used to wash the floors or pots and pans. nothing is wasted in an effort to economyize on what has become
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the most scarce commodity of the capitol. >> translator: it's such a large city i don't know what we will do if there is a water rationing. the government is considering totally cutting water five days a week. >> reporter: there are already severe shortages in the poorest neighborhoods, where the drought forces this woman to rush home to gather water before the tap runs dry. >> translator: we gather water in buckets and bottles. sometimes it disappears for days. >> reporter: in this case the washing machine is being used to store the water. though ongoing deforrestation of the amazon is to blame for the changing rain patterns but while the cause may be environmental, the repercussions are both economic and political. many disgruntled residents
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accuse the government of not investing in proper infrastructure. the drought is now in its third year. this bought is impacting industry, and threatening to unleash an energy crisis given brazil's dependence on hydro electric power. >> we will certainly go into recession. >> reporter: afraid of what is to come one of the most traditional restaurants has devised a plan b. top of the line disposable plates and cut -- cutlery. >> reporter: the government says
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it will hold off until the end of the month in the unlikely event that more rain will come. we're approaching the midway point on this news hour. still to come we'll meet the rescue divers of bangladesh who risk their lives to search for victims of boat sinkings. plus a parliament punch up while opposition lawmakers were shown the door in south africa. just days after 20 football fans were killed in violence egypt says it will restart his premier league. the details coming up later in sport. ♪
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>> you know how they say that everybody has a pupose in life? well at one time i felt that selling cocaine was my purpose. >> we was starving just looking for a way to succeed. >> the first time i seen rock cocaine was 1980. >> the murder rate was sky high... >> south of the 10 freway, was kind of a no man's land... >> know... we're selling it to the blacks... so you go into these neighborhoods there's no cops, you can sell where you want,
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and when they start killing each other, nobody cares! >> i was going through like a million dollars worth of drugs just about every day. >> it's like gold... we can make a fortune... >> he was maybe the biggest guy in l.a. >> freeway rick was getting his dope from a very big operator... i think we're into something that's bigger than us... something we really can't deal with. >> they had been trafficking on behalf of the united states government. >> she could prove what she was saying... >> crack in the system ♪ good to have you with us. adrian finighan in doha with the headlines. the taliban attacked a shia mosque in northwestern pakistan. u.s. military says that isil forces in iraq have attacked a
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major government base that houses hundreds of u.s. troops. it happened in anbar province iraqi security forces have reportedly resecured the facility. ♪ suspected boko haram fight ores have launched an attack inside chad from their strong hold in neighboring nigeria. they killed several people before being pushed back by the army. more on the suspected attack by boko haram in chad. the group has launched numerous attacks on neighboring countries in recent months. suspected fighters fought cameroonian soldiers killing nearly 200 people including civilians. in nigeria, the border towns of
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boso and nifa was attacked. as we reported recently chad joined the military coalition against boko haram. let's get a view on this from lee in the u.k. joining us is specialist in peace and security. boko haram has made it clear of establishing an islamic caliphate in the region in which it operates. given the remarkable ineffectiveness of regional governments to confront boko haram, what do you think are the chances of that happening? >> thank you for having me. i don't think that is possible for a number of reasons. to start with the region in which boko haram is operating in northeastern nigeria has a large
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christian minority. about 30% of the population, by my estimates are christian, across the region. because of this it will be impossible to my understanding. secondly the kind of strict islamic interpretation of sharia, that boko haram is agitating for is not supported by a lot of people in that region. historically, that region belongs to the economic side of islam as against the [ inaudible ] in northeastern nigeria. because of this there's a lot of sanctions even with [ inaudible ] society -- >> sir -- but what -- sir, whether they have public support or not, they are establishing
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control through force. i just wonder who is it that is arming and financing these -- these fighters? >> well their sponsors are not known, but all know there's a trend that has been going on for a while. in 2009 there was a -- there was an on slot by the nigerian government against boko haram that lead to the deaths of the late leader. after that point in time they went to mali where they were trained. it was probably due to the collapse of the libyan regime actually ended boko haram to
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come back forcefully and since then they have been operating, they have been kidnapping and they have been looting banks, subjecting local population to a lot of stress and they are paying ransoms. >> so will the combined militaries of nigeria, cameroon chad be able to defeat boko haram? >> i want to believe so if certain things are put in place. the nigerian military is capable of defeating boko haram. if not for the position of military relations in nigeria. >> good to talk to you, sir. we will leave it there. many thanks indeed. >> you are welcome. staying in nigeria, the deadline for people to collect their voter id cards has now
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been extended to march 8th. that follows the postponement of the presidential election. but more than 20 million people haven't been able to collect their cards as of yet. >> reporter: anthony is happy that the presidential election has been postponed. because he hasn't been able to find his voter id card. >> people here are in kind of -- things that get someone hot, i guess, you struggle to get yourself registered in 2011 and you come in 2015 just to get a cooked story that your card is missing on the list. >> reporter: but it's good news for this man. >> of course i am very happy, because [ inaudible ] will come here and i think the postponement of this election
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actually [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: election officials believe more than 20 million people in nigeria still don't have their voter id cards. officials blame voter apathy as well as logistic call problems. delaying the election has always raised suspicion. the main opposition party is concerned the ruling party is trying to buy time to manipulate the electoral process. the ruling party denies the allegation and explains the army needs more time to secure the areas in the northeast that have been attacked by boko haram fighters. some say it comes down to politicians interfering in the national election. >> [ inaudible ] that can only
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be done when [ inaudible ] is to commit. >> reporter: people in the northeast also need their voter id cards, so the government is trying to speed up their delivery. those are access to the internet can find out if their card is ready. when you click on this link it tells you which electoral card. if the army makes it safe for people in the northeast to return voters will have to go through this whole process to collect their voter id cards. politicians from south africa's economic freedom fighters party have been thrown out of parliament. they are trying to interrupt the president's annual state of the nation speech. >> reporter: just seven minutes into his annual state of the nation address, the president was interrupted. >> which rule are you using --
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>> reporter: the house was forced to stop proceedings and call in security to eject the leader of the economic freedom fighters party and all of its members out of the chambers. minutes later anger over how it was dealt with also lead to the walkout for the main opposition democratic alliance party. he promised weeks ago that he would use the occasion to demand the president pay back some of the taxpayer funds it had used on making security upgrades to its private home. last year the public protector found zuma spent $20 million on the upgrades. she says he should pay some of it back in with his own money. so far he has paid nothing.
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this year's address has been unprecedented in terms of anticipation and controversy. in part because of the scandal and also because of the electricity crisis which is calling rolling blackouts across the country. but others saying interrupting the state of the nation speech is the wrong way to demand that the president pays back the money. there is concern now that this may set a precedent for future state of the nation addresses. >> it's about the president making a statement and addressing the nation. >> whatever issues that you have, it should be resolved in a good manner following the procedure of the parliament. >> reporter: and analysts say while the stunt has succeeded in creating a parliamentary circus it won't have achieved much. >> it is titillating for the
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media, but at the end of the day it is not going to take them further substantially. >> reporter: and even if some disagree many say they are suffering from real issues the president has failed to deal with. erika wood al jazeera, cape town south africa. bangladesh has a poor record of maritime safety. there is at least one ferry sinking every year. rescue drivers are under pressure to recover the victims quickly and return them to their families. our correspondent meets one driver who has found over 100 bodies from as many as 15 capsized vessels. >> reporter: no knife, no dive. that's his motto. he is a diver with the fire department in bangladesh.
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>> translator: it's very hard. the water pressure makes it very difficult, and you have to be so careful going up no more than two feet per second. if you go up too fast it's dangerous. >> reporter: the divers are often the target of public anger. families of victims sometimes confront salvage workers, wondering why it's taking so long. most passengers usually go down with the ship. when one of these major disasters happen divers can spend five to six days looking for bodies. this is one of the best divers on bangladesh. he has recovered over 100 bodies. on one occasion he recovered a woman who was live. >> translator: i became very
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scared. i thought of my young son and mother. i thought of taking my oxygen tank off of my back on to my hands to make it easier to get through. but thankfully i was able to slip out. >> translator: at first i used to get scared but i have gotten more used it to over time and people come to me and tell me that my husband helped them get closure, by finding the body of their loved one. so i'm really proud of him. >> reporter: he is always reminded of his son when he brings up the body of a child victim. psychologically it is hard but it is also a thought of wondering what happened to his child that pushes him to keep going. germany ranks in the bottom quarter of nations in europe for organ donations.
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many fear their body parts won't go to those most desperate for a transplant. nick spicer met one patient. >> reporter: this 23-year-old handles application from people who need an id card to prove they are severely disabled. this is his. four years ago his heart doubled innize. without this pumping machine, he'll die in 20 minutes. he is so tired of waiting for a donor heart, he wishes his case would get worse. >> translator: at the moment i'm on what is called the normal list. that means i will almost never get a heart, because there are too many emergency cases. people who are in hospital and who get a higher place on the list. the only chance to get a new heart for me is to be in hospital. >> reporter: this is the university clinic it is one of several transplant centers who's doctors were accused of changing
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patient information to move them up the europe-wide transplant waiting list. when the scandal broke, it had a devastating effect on public opinion and continues to do so. more than 60% of germans think that donated organs won't necessarily go to the most needy. to win back trust, the government is running ads like this one. but the problem remains. three people die every day waiting. 11,000 people are on the wait list. the donor pool has dropped by nearly one fifth in the past two years. >> reporter: people have to accept that it is a very useful method and they have to stand behind this method and then i think we as medical doctors, we have to convince our population and we have to gain again, trust. >> reporter: germany was one of
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the least donor friendly countries before the scandal. kevin says people have to imagine what it is like to watch a loved one die because an organ didn't become available. for now he's just waiting for a call to come quick to the hospital, or for his health to worsen to move up on the list. still to come here on the news hour we'll tell you how researcher in the u.s. trying to prevent hospital equipment from being hacked could end behind bars themselves. >> there is a clear bias against qatar. and the man in charge of the 2022 world cup in qatar says he feels the country has been unfairly targeted for criticism. ♪
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♪ hello, again, u.s. president is expected in california later for a summit on cyber security. taking on hackers is a complicated business and the people trying to catch them may even end up being prosecuted themselves. >> reporter: at the johns hopkins computer science dp department, paul has been hacking into devices used in hospitals around the world, but then making them safe for other hospitals. >> they are connected to networks and patients right now, and nobody has done that much
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work on looking at the security of these devices and trying to prevent estes specially the legacy devices from being attacked. >> reporter: more and more of our lives are networked, all too often with minimal safeguards but under proposed anti-hacking legislation announced last month by the obama administration it's researchers like martin who could be prosecuted. >> finding bugs is really exhaustive. >> reporter: as an academic martin's profresz or thinks he would be safe but he's not sure and he knows other white-hat hackers could be liable for prosecution. >> what they are proposing is to make things that are already criminal even more criminal. i don't think that's going to solve the problem. they are proposing to share, collect information, and share
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it with the national security agency. and there are privatesy problems with that. you know and somebody who is a technologist the problem is we have a lot of very bad software in everything we use. >> and you are trying to make it better. >> we're all trying to make it better. >> reporter: is there an easier root that is possible? >> yeah it's a hard problem, you have to get every company in america to start putting out secure software that's a whole lot harder than putting up a new department in washington. >> reporter: even consumers who share their pass words for sites that stream movies but dangerous hackers would be untroubled. but such is the need to be seen to be doing something about hacking, it's unclear whether
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the administration is listening to their concerns. time now for sport. >> adrian thank you. we're just a few hours away from the opening match of the world cup. they have yet to reach the final. the black caps believe they have what it takes this time around and have started the warmup strongly beating south africa in their last match. >> it's a better prepared team. i think all around team. and i think the style of play which we have crunched down over a period of time, is something we're comfortable with. we have had different personal coming in and out over the last little while, but the game plan has remained the same and it's a good sign. it's almost four years since a major earthquake struck christ
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church. but as wane haye reports in many parts of the city there are still problems. >> reporter: this area is still abandoned following the 2011 earthquake. it doesn't look like a city preparing to host a major international sport match. >> it's just a fantastic opportunity for chrischurch to prove itself to be the host city that we have always been. >> reporter: but the lives of so many who live here are still in limbo. communities have disappeared. in this area there used to be almost 600 families now there are three. this man turned down government
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offer to move out of the area. >> this is one of the reasons why we're starting to launch claims in terms that we believe that insurance companies -- some of the insurance companies have breached people's human rights. >> reporter: it's a similar situation for many commercial buildings and facilities. the earthquake occurred less than seven months before this stadium was scheduled to host games in the rugby world cup. it also would have hosted world cup cricket games, but like many buildings, it's the subject of an insurance dispute. with so many reminders of the disaster it is hoped that cricket will proceed a distraction. chris harris is now helping to develop young players. he is proudly christchurch born and bread, and believes the
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world cup is what the city needs. >> there are a lot of families still having issues here. so this can help cheer up the community. >> reporter: they are also hoping when the games are shown around the world, they will send a message that despite the challenges this city is open for business. once the action begins in chrischurch arguably all eyes will be on melbourne. australia go into this one having won 13 of 15, one-day matches against england over the last four years. but george bailey says past successes won't count for much when it is time to walk on to the pitch. >> i honestly don't think it matters. england has made some positive changes to the way they play and their structure, and they look
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really dangerous. and they don't rely tow too heavily on one or two players. so unfortunately we all start on zero tomorrow. >> this time -- there's a real difference in the belief that we have got. i think there's a real genuine belief that we can, you know, surprise a few teams. we feel confident enough that we can beat anyone if we have our day. on to football now. the egyptian premiere league will continue in two week's time following the death of 20 supporters. future matches will be held behind closed doors for the time being according to the egyptian prime minister. the man in charge of organizing the 2022 world cup says qatar has been the victim of clear bias by the media.
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he believes the country was unfairly focused on during a corruption investigation. qatar was cleared of any wrongdoing in the report. garcia was tasked with investigating all of the countries who bid for the 2018 and 2022 world cups but he says qatar has been singled out. >> all of the reporting that came out in terms of michael garcia the description was the focus was on us. it was on qatar. and that was inaccurate. the simple fact was the investigation was on all bidding nations, 2018 along with 2022. the other fact is we were very open and accepted an investigator coming from a nation that, you know is -- or coming from a country that was a competitor to us in 2022. we never raised an issue, because we were confident of our
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position, and we embraced the whole investigative process, because for us it was an end to allegations and accusation unfounded allegations that came out. and yet nevertheless somehow the focus still seems to be on us and i think that shows that there is a bias. on to the nba, the chicago bulls have handed cleveland just their second loss in 16 games beating the cavaliers on thursday. the bulls pulled away in the final quarter. star guard derrick rose in top form scoring 30 points. lebron james was well and drewly back in action but not even his 31 points could rescue cleveland. final score 113-98. today's top stories straight ahead on al jazeera. thanks for watching. we'll see you again. bye for now. ♪
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