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included and thanks for watching stephanie sy and the news continues next live from doha. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ welcome to the news hour i'm in doha and good to have you with us here is what is coming up in the next 60 minutes. more than 20 people reportedly killed after saudi-led air strikes hit a factory in southern yemen. >> today history has been made and change has finally come. >> reporter: nigeria's next president addresses the nation after his unprecedented election
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win. iran nuclear talks are extended after a self imposed deadline expired. plus palestine becomes a member of the international criminal court. ♪ hello we begin with deepening crisis in yemen and all week since the start of the saudi-led air offensive targeting rebels ten nation coalition is made up of gulf states and jordan morocco and pakistan and continues to hit rebel positions and secured yemen's air space and saudi arabia is deploying more vessels for a full maritime blockade but no plans for a ground operation and trying to make gains especially in the south and fought against anti-houthi forces in dalia and here in aiden international airport. but the u.n. says it is alarmed by the growing civilian toll.
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on tuesday it said 93 civilians had been killed so far including 62 children. but that number is now risen after an explosion at a factory which killed at least 23 workers and natasha reports now. >> reporter: a dairy factory became an inferno after an air strike in the western port city on tuesday evening. about two dozen employees were killed according to medical sources. witnesses say there is an army camp nearby with forces helping the houthis. the houthis are blaming the saudi-led coalition for some of the deadliest attacks on civilians. on monday evening an air strike hit a refugee camp killing at least 29 people. >> air strikes. >> reporter: the u.n. condemned the attack calling it a violation of international law. intense ground fighting moved in the port city of aiden. the group says it has helped take over the city's
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international airport and the surrounding area. they are one of a number of groups now fighting the houthis on the ground. each has its own agenda the players include forces loyal to president haidi and various tribes and says regaining control of yemen will not come easily but the region stable depends on it. >> translator: we are not war mongers but with the grounds of war we are ready. yemen security is part of icc and arab national security. >> reporter: in the meantime those who can are getting out of yemen. about 350 indian citizens left for here left in a ship overnight and those who remain there are growing concerns of a humanitarian crisis and no sign of a ceasefire any time soon. natasha, al jazeera. joining me now is correspondent who has reported
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extensively on yemen and we are now a week long into this campaign, just give us a sense of where things are right now inside yemen. >> well, the latest developments on the ground basically are houthis pulling out from areas they managed to control over the last few weeks and also in aiden. we are seeing forces loyal to haidi and successionists taking control of some of those areas. in the nofr northern part of the country air strikes are focused in areas where houthis managed to maintain a presence particularly in sada and sanaa and why sanaa in particular? because they have loyalty of soldiers. >> former yemen. >> yes and stationed in air bases surrounding the capitol and the air strikes have been targeting those areas in
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particular. >> give us a sense of why yemen matters so much in the context of all of this especially when you consider the fact that it is a very poor country and very little in the way of natural resources. why does it matter so much particularly to the saudis? >> this is one of the poorest countries in the world so you always have an issue there. second in 2009 al-qaeda in the arab peninsula said use yemen as a platform to launch attacks against saudis and against the americans and they threatened to use the coastline as a platform also to disrupt the shipment of oil to international markets. this is exactly why since 2000 the americans maintained the presence in the area and stepped up their drone attacks against al-qaeda until they were forced to pull out from south of yemen recently when the houthis took
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over. saudis are concerned of developments on the ground particularly over the last few years and this is to consider houthis allies of iran with agenda which is to destabilize the region and spread shia ideology in yemen and border with saudi arabia. this is exactly why the saudis are saying they will continue the fight to the houthis join a political settlement not become the key player in yemen. >> the longer this goes on the greater toll it's going to take on civilians there. you talked about the fact this is desperately a poor country and mentioned civilian death toll earlier and that is only going to have a further detrimental effect on all of that. >> when you see the massive saudis in the fight against yemen people that would push the houthis on forces loyal to al-assad to move to areas which are not exposed and here comes
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the risk of civilian casualties and some of the most important military installations in yemen are near residential areas and also the ammunition deposed like we have seen that particularly in aiden where more than 60 people were killed during an explosion. very critical situation. as long as the conflict goes on we most likely will see more casualties among civilians. >> thanks very much. to events in nigeria the next leader of the country has been addressing the nation after his unprecedented election win. muhammadu buhari says he will be president for all the people. former military ruler who became opposition leader pledged the transition of power from president goodluck jonathan will be peaceful. >> a long night has passed and the daylight of a new democratic
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governance has broken across the land. therefore this is a victory for me for one man, or even one party and victory for nigeria and all nigerians. >> reporter: in abuja for us and muhammadu buhari supporters still in the glow of victory there. what is happening right now? >> well that is right. we are outside the the campaign headquarters for the campaign he ran for several months and muhammadu buhari is meeting with officials and thousands supporters are on the streets and incredibly happy at this historic occasion. we all know the script and assume we all know the script when it comes to democracy in africa. you hear the people say you cannot remove an incumbent president and cannot remove a second government and can't have a peaceful transition from one democratic leader to another and
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clearly what happened in nigeria changed that perception and that is what people are so excited about. and other people thought it wasn't possible to do this but it has happened. and there is a great amount of excitement, not just here in the capitol abuja but around the country. people this has been a massive change, a massive transition in the democratic history of this country. the ruling party, the people's democratic party has ruled the country since 1999 16 years of democracy, and for the first time the opposition have won an election. so it's a truly historic occasion. >> yeah, and we are getting a sense of some of that excitement behind you there but what are some of the problems that muhammadu buhari will be facing? >> well there are massive problems to tackle. corruption seems to be the biggest issue for nigerians and
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there is a feeling that this country has a problem and endemic problem with corruption and perceptionnt perception and during the tenure there were scandals and reported that millions and billions of dollars, in fact, were stolen or lost by ms. management of the public's finances. insecurity is also a major issue for people. not just in the northeast, in the boko haram crisis but you have issues like kidnapping and southwest of the country you have problems like bank robbery unemployment is also a huge issue here. unemployment runs at about 25%, millions of nigerians are out of work especially the young people. every year the universities are turning out more than a million graduates and have no jobs to go to. and finally the power situation. there is a chronic shortage of electricity, every one has to
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rely on generators which cost so much to run. so these are the main problems. now muhammadu buhari has already said on the campaign trail what he intends to do. he said that he would create 3 million jobs a year. that is what he promised nigerians. he said that he would provide free healthcare to all nigerians. he also said on the campaign trail that he would guaranty free education up to the end of secondary school or high school. housing is a major issue he promised to tackle and there is a shortage of 17 million houses across the country. the question now is how is he going to do this. and in the coming weeks and coming months that is what we hope to hear from the new president elect. >> all right for the moment we are live in the nigerian capitol abuja. and it's be enbeen more than a week since they detained two al jazeera journalists in the north of the country and they were
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embedded with the military before they were detained last tuesday. they have been kept in their hotel since then. al jazeera is demanding their immediate release. talks on iran's nuclear future are continuing in switzerland after tuesday's self imposed deadline expired. diplomates there say they are making progress but some key issues still need to be resolved. simon mc-greger wood reports from lozan. >> reporter: it's clear that talks in lozan which stretched from late tuesday and well into the early hours of wednesday morning have made progress on a number of key issues. but it's not clear there has been enough progress for a full framework agreement. leaving the talks the iran foreign minister spoke of his optimism. >> we have been working since 7:30 in the morning and it's been a very long day for all delegations. we have accomplished quite a bit but people needed to get some rest and start over early in the
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morning. i hope that we can finalize the work on wednesday and hopefully start the process of drafting tomorrow. >> reporter: the russian foreign minister sergei fedorov was also upbeat as he headed out of the hotel in the early hours. he and both the chinese and french foreign ministers are no longer directly participating in the negotiations. on wednesday morning there was a greater degree of caution from the british foreign minister and a warning that there is still difficult work to do. >> i think we have a broad framework of understanding but there is still some key issues that have to be worked through. some of them are quite detailed and technical. so there is still quite a lot of work to do but we are on it now and we will keep going at it. >> reporter: negotiations to conclude some kind of framework agreement have continued on wednesday and secretary of state john kerry met one on one with his iran counterpart with the
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sense that talks are entering their final crucial hours. seems on balance the sides are going to fall short on the kind of agreement that really wanted to achieve here. the iran deputy foreign minister speaking to media indicated the sides are working to release of a press statement by the end of wednesday and also said there are key differences on things like sanctions and on iran's right to research and development of key nuclear technologies simon mc-greger wood al jazeera. still ahead on the al jazeera news hour chaos in libya as the head of the tripoli based government. going for a meal in malaysia has become more expensive and so have many other things too. and in sport andy murray wins his 500 career match but it wasn't a piece of cake and we will have details later in the program. ♪
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so all that still ahead by turkey justice minister says the killing of a prosecutor who was held hostage in his courtroom is an attack on the entire justice system. the funeral has been held who died in a shoot out between police and two gunmen in istan ball and investigating the death of a teenager hit by a tear gas canister during antiprotest three years ago and gunmen were from a banned macks group. ahead of the legally installed government in tripoli rejected the decision to sack him. prime minister dismissed after being accused of misleading parliament about government finances and victoria reports. >> reporter: omar has been in charge of libya's legally installed government in tripoli since august last year. members of parliament have voted to sack him but he is refusing
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to stand down. >> translator: a prime minister cannot be dismissed without being held accountable for any wrongdoing. besides we were not called for an investigation and the government is not to be questioned before it receives its budget. >> reporter: he lost the support of his colleagues following allegations he misled parliament about government finances. >> translator: there was a request submitted by 70 members of the general national congress calling on omar to submit his resignation. there was also request submitted by ten ministers and deputy ministers from the government threatening to submit their resignations if the request to remove him is not met. >> reporter: it means more political turmoil in a country the u.n. envoy has already described as close to chaos. the tripoli based government is one of country's two rival administration, the other is the u.n. recognized government based in the eastern city of tabrook
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and each supported by armed groups engaged in daily fighting. violence and rivalries have deeply split people in libya. the country has fallen into chaos since the 2011 nato backed uprising that deposed leader moammar gadhafi. since the regime out of fire and it is made worse by groups who claim allegiance with i.s.i.l. with an already crowded battleground. an effort to address the political crisis delegates from the governments are meeting at u.n. brokered peace talks in morocco but little sign of reconciliation. and now with political in fighting in tripoli based government libya seems more chaotic and unstable than ever. victoria with al jazeera. joining me now to talk more about this is a political analyst based in tripoli.
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thank you for being with us. we talked first about the dismissal of prime minister hasi and what do you make of this because the general feeling was he was a source of a lot of division and this might go some way towards bringing a bit more of a consilitary atmosphere there, what do you any? >> it's softening the government that was installed at the time of military engagement and was there to really give cover, political cover to you know a military actor and as time has gone on actors involved in the political landscape have had opinions and political positions that have not made reconciliation or dialog on negotiations feasible. so in that respect it is certainly a softening of
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positions and a new posture to take into consideration many of the positions that have been taken since the dialog talks have taken place in morocco. >> where do things go from here do you think now that he has been removed? >> well certainly there will be a replacement i think already has been announced that the foreign minister will replace him but i think it's also a sign of much of the gnc moving towards a block or at least those that are involved beforehand and had desperate opinions or had regular affiliations with some of the brigades in fighting and coming to a position in the very least trying to let go of positions vis-a-vis of not being an issue of former gadhafi brigades to those that are actively and technically involved and ways going forward, ways which gnc can go from an isolated and
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quite strong and quite firm headed and cynical at moments political body to being a body that is engaged and what looks like it is engaged in a peaceful protest and at the very least it gives a sign going forward that some of the actors that may have been spoilers in the negotiations look like they are slowly falling apart and looks like a body willing to engage with the other side peacefully is going to emerge. >> looking at what is happening in libya more broadly we have rival governments m cocompeting for legitimacy and militias batting each other on the battlefield. i mean much of this is down, isn't it to the power vacuum that resulted from former leader gadhafi's removal. >> it is certainly one way of looking at it a vacuum in that sense creates more of an urgency to solve what had been long problems and problems of legacy and issues that have been there for decades if not longer and if
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we look to the south and look at some of the rival tribes and fighting there and some arab tribes fighting alongside them they are not fighting for issues of operation dignity. what they are fighting for in most cases are survival and don't have identity or don't have firm identity or citizenship in a lot of the countries are fighting for that and has been there 30 40 years. looking to the north you find issues trying to control border posts. so i suppose many of the issues legacy issues but as we go forward i think it's most important to try to understand some of the locally motivated issues and understand how the local level trying to look at this through just a military lens or even the ideology is not there, there is a battle of propaganda and battle of narratives one tries to white wash the entire west of the country as either terrorists or is sympathizers or with is and that doesn't really add up and
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trying to explain the entire other side of the country that is involved in operations is somehow a revolutionary force doesn't make sense with vulnerabilities on the ground and needs and answer to its urgent terrorism problems and none of the narratives being given provide a solution. once we can get rid of the quite toxic narrative from both sides we can begin the real work and the real work is urgent and i said yesterday and better late than never. >> good to get you thoughts on this. joining us there from tripoli. thank you. palestinian authority is now officially a member of the international criminal court. it is part of a move by the palestinians to put more international pressure on israel. but as we report netherlands the process in the hague won't be either quick or easy. >> reporter: the palestinian authority foreign minister emerged from a formal welcoming ceremony at the international criminal court in the hague on
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wednesday. palestinians he said were a step closer to justice but it will not be quick. >> we seek justice because it is the anchor in which the future of peace and stability can be established. >> do you accept this might take a long time to bring action against israel here to international court? >> we are not going to alter the work and the mechanisms established by sisi. what we want to do is incorporate with icc to provide whatever information is available in our hands in order to facilitate and the process done by icc. >> reporter: in a preliminary examination of the facts on the ground the prosecutors are looking at to potential areas of concern. first israel's settlement building on occupied palestinian land considered illegal under international law and second the actions of israel's army in the gaza war last year. it will be for chief prosecutor
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to decide whether a formal investigation should be launched and much later whether charges should be filed. and the heavy political weight of the israeli palestinian conflict that the court will want to be absolutely certain of itself before proceeding. >> i think it's very premature to speculate on the outcome of the legal analysis of prosecutor. what is important at this stage is to allow the prosecutor this possibility of analyzing all the relevant information, all the relevant arguments, the type of the crime, the gravity of the crimes, the alleged perpetrators. >> reporter: one potential problem for the palestinians is the question of palestinian war crimes just last week amnesty international published a report of allegations of war crimes committed by hamas and other groups and chief prosecutor here said she will investigate both sides without fear or favor. so by joining icc the palestinian authority is taking
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action that could impact on israel and the peace process. but it could also expose palestinians to charges at the international criminal court. i'm with al jazeera, the hague. joining me now is richard who is the director of the international justice program of human rights watch. he joins us from u.n. headquarters in new york, thank you for being with us. so now that palestine is a member of the international court of justice what do you think, what sort of a case do you think that they have against israel? >> well i would have to agree with the previous speaker that it would be premature to speculate on what the prosecutors prosecutors preliminary investigation will fine and she will examine the evidence and look to see whether or not
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serious crimes within her authority have been committed and whether or not sufficient meaningful, national prosecutions are going on. we've documented unlawful acts committed by the israeli defense force in the conflict in gaza over the summer including indiscriminate missile and artillery strikes and shooting of civilians by ground forces and are of great concern to us. similarly, we are concerned about the indiscriminate rocket fire attributed to hamas into areas of israel. we hope the prosecutor will look into crimes regardless of who the perpetrator may be.
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>> reporter: and when we look at israel they are not actually a member of this court, so are they in any way bound to any of this? >> well the court does and it is the international criminal court just to be clear, not the international court of justice, the icc as it's known has the proper authority to conduct an investigation if a national is accused of committing serious crimes on the territory of a state that has joined the icc treaty. that is what gives the prosecutor her authority. there is no compelling legal obligation on the israeli side to cooperate with the prosecutor. i think, however, it would be
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daming to israel to try to stiff arm the icc prosecutor in the conduct of her investigation. >> reporter: good to get your thoughts on this richard there at u.n. headquarters in new york from human rights watch. still to come how scientists in qatar are opening doors to a cure to a heavy weight problem. and how cheaper milk in other parts of europe is driving greek dairy farmers out of business. and we will find out if this wonder strike was enough for the u.s. to sink the swiss and we will have the details in sport. ♪
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ousted the president from the capitol sanaa. talks on iran's nuclear future resumed in switzerland after tuesday's deadline expired and diplomates say they are making progress but some key issues need to be resolved. >> today history has been made and change has finally come. >> reporter: in a speech to the nation after his unprecedented election win this nigeria, muhammadu buhari says he will be a leader for all the people when he becomes president. as the war continues on several fronts in yemen there is no let up in the number of refugees streaming into the east african country of jaw jabudi and 50 refugees granted asylum.
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>> reporter: they are fleeing conflict in their country and they are exhausted and have been at sea in their old boats for five hours navigating through the waters of yemen and here and threat with his wife and five children skroo we never wanted to leave. we were forced to leave by houthis who came to our town and lay siege to it and controlled everything. we could not go fishing. most businesses are closed and couldn't find anywhere to buy food. >> reporter: they are offered food and medical help before taking them to a temporary camp and there they joined dozens of countrymen who arrived in the past few days. they will soon be taken to a more permanent refugee camp. >> translator: we are prepared to host up to 5,000 refugees and months preparing for the arrival of refugees and a clear
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division of work among aid agencies and we are ready. >> reporter: not just yemen refugees who are arriving at the port, hundreds of migrants who crossed the gulf of aiden in search of a better life are now fleeing back. international organization for migration has a transit camp for the returning ethiopia people and offers transportation back to their country. >> the condition. >> translator: the migrants come back weak and dehydrated when they take the boat back to the land and we offer medical and psychological help when they arrive. >> reporter: some of those returning from yemen and groups of new migrants arrive from ethiopia and eager to reach yemen and on the point where traffic has hung around offering this to migrants and do not see
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the dangers that lie ahead, mohamed with al jazeera. activists in syria say fighters from islamic state of iraq and levante stormed the palestinian refugee camp in damascus and it became the focus of heavy fighting in 2012 when rival armed opposition groups moved in and government saw widespread starvation and violence prevented aid groups from doing their work and i.s.i.l. is in control of the west and announced a curfew. also in syria at least 45 people killed in i.s.i.l. attack on a village and observatory for human rights say women and children were among the village who was beheaded burnt and shot and died in the central providence and several people are missing and it's unclear whether they escaped or had been kidnapped by i.s.i.l. and syrian government jets have targeted idlib taken over by
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coalition of rebels on saturday and activists say the strikes hit a hospital where the bodies of government soldiers have been kept. and the al-nusra front linked to al-qaeda has an audio messages talking how it will run adlib and says we are not after governing the city by ourselves and we want it run by those who spread justice and civil servants should be asked to return to their work in service sectors like health electricity, water bakerys, communication and municipality. iraqi prime minister arrived in tikrit confirming most of the city has been liberated from i.s.i.l. control. [gunfire] fighters have been driven out of central city three outer neighborhoods remain under their control and iraqi interior minister has been speaking from tikrit.
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>> translator: today most of tikrit is liberated, only a small portion remains to be cleared. god willing we will eliminate the remaining pockets and a few coming hours. the enemy has been totally defeated and has lost all its ability and moral and the battle will end god willing. >> reporter: south africa president zuma given findings of official inquiry into the deaths of 34 miners and opened fire on them in self-defense three years ago and lawyers for the families argued the miners had no threat from joe johanesburg. >> reporter: ten people had already been killed during the strike including miners and officers and security guards. by 16 of august hundreds of heavily armed police deployed and journalists and cameras watching they open fire. [gunfire]
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34 mine workers killed and 70 others injureded and it was the single worst injury involving security forces in south africa since the end of apartheid. inquiry more than 50 witnesses testified including union led leaders and police and president and wanted to know who ordered the shootings and understand the government and unions and miners and what happened here had been brewing for years. >> after 20 years of democracy at the end of apartheid people feel they have not yet reaped the benefits of democracy. >> reporter: south africa has more than 80 strikes each year. ♪ this is al jazeera america, i'm libby in new york city and breaking into programming to hear from arkansas's governor about a so called religious freedom bill. let's listen in. >> and it's time for me to take a look at it and make some
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comments in reference to it. this is a bill that in ordinary times would not be controversial. but these are not ordinary times. this bill is is not really complicated. the bill itself restates the standard of review for the courts to consider in determining first amendment privileges as weight against the compelling interests of a state. that simply stated as a summary as to what this legislation does. it's a balancing test. the bill itself does not pick winners and losers. it balances two competing constitutional obligations that our founding fathers gave to us. but the issue has become decisive because our nation remains split on how to balance the diversity of our culture
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with the traditions and firmly held religious convictions. it has divided families and there is clearly a generational gap on this issue. my son seth signed the petition asking me, dad the governor to veto this bill. and he gave me permission to make that reference and it shows that families and there is a generational difference of opinion on these issues. so where are we now in reference to this legislation? i have asked through this process of our legislative leaders and members that certain changes be made. in some instances they were accommodated and changed and other instances they said no. and as the balance between the executive and the legislative branch i certainly respect those bodies. it's been my intention all along
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that house bill 1228 the religious freedom restoration act be crafted in a way that mirrors the federal religious freedom and restoration act that was passed in 1993 and it was signed by president clinton. i came to congress after that but i sat on the judiciary committee and house of representatives that considered these amendments had hearings on this federal religious freedom of restoration act and so i'm somewhat familiar with it. and how it's played out across the country, it was my intention because the federal law does not cover safe causes of action that we have a similar law in arkansas. and but we wanted to have it crafted similar to what is at the federal level. and to do that though changes need to be made. the bill that is on my desk at the present time does not
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precisely mirror the federal law. it doesn't mirror it in a couple of ways. particularly allowing the first amendment to be asserted in the private litigation between parties or the reliance upon the state law and those claims. therefore i ask that changes be made in the legislation and i've asked that the leaders of the general assembly to recall the bill so that it can be amended to reflect the terms of the federal religious freedom and restoration act. in the alternative, it can be simply have some language changes so that those accommodations and changes can be made. so by recalling the legislation or having additional legislation that would accomplish those changes. again, this is the difference between executive branch
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legislative branch and all have our responsibilities and all have our different view points. my responsibility is to speak out on my own convictions and to do what i can as governor to make sure this bill reflects the values of the people of arkansas protects those of religious conscious but also minimizes the chance of discrimination in the workplace and in the public environment. it is important to recognize that the bill as it's currently drafted does not change who we are. and it has not changed the current discrimination. this bill simply defines the standard to determine the right balance. but how do we as a state communicate to the world that we are respectful of diverse workplace and we want to be known as a state that does not
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discriminate but understands tolerance. that is the challenge that we face. making this law like the federal law will aid us in that effort in communication but also it was my original objective from the beginning. another option is that we are looking at is to utilize an executive order which interestingly has not been utilized from my research from the executive branch in state government in terms of protecting against discrimination in the workplace for state government. but we are looking at an executive order to aid in that communication and to make it clear that arkansas wants to be a place of tolerance. we want to be a place that has a right balance between religious protections and religious freedom and nondiscrimination.
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also, i think we can be assured this will continue to be a robust debate in the future. i understand that a title has been approved by attorneyel attorney general that may put extension of the civil rights protection to additional classes of citizens of arkansas. that debate will continue and ultimately be determined by the people of this state either through their legislative body or through a vote of the people. and so this conversation does not end. i've expressed my view to the legislature. it is up to them to respond to the request to the governor that changes are made in the current bill to make it reflect the federal law that i think sets the right tone for arkansas in the future will look at additional action on the road as needed partly depending upon the action that the legislature
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might take with that i'll see if the president has any comments. >> thank you, governor. first let me say that i support an rifra in the session and think the majority of both chambers support an rifra being passed this session. i think there are some complications and if i'm just being blatantly honest i've been in the middle of the budget debate probably as much as anything else the last few days. i'd ask some brief questions about the language we were passing. and actually felt like we were mirroring and actually giving some assurances we were mirroring that federal legislation. it's my understanding through the business community, other folks in the state of arkansas that that was not the case. this does not mirror the federal rifra language and will actually open the door to some probabilities or uncertainties. i think what we should pass
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should be something that is predictable. the federal rifra has been debated and been through courts and there are standards in place and an understanding of what the result of that passage would be here in the state. with the legislation we have before us, that certainly is not there. and so again, i support us moving forward and support and right now just to be candid we are having these discussions in the senate about making those alterations and there is not a conclusion to that discussion but we want to be sure that our membership has all the information they can in front of them and can make a decision that this is a change in the course that they would like to take. thank you, governor. >> questions? yes. >> so do you have agreement from the legislator that you need for this plan to work or the bill to
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be restore edd down here? >> i do not. i have communicated to them my desire. i've made the request of them. i've spoken to the house caucus. i've spoken to the leadership. but i do not have a commitment as to what action they will take. >> if this were not fixed and the issue, would that have any bearing on the private. >> reporter: listening to the governor of arkansas and talking bt a house bill in that state supporters say it strengthens religious freedom and critics say it enables discrimination and he said his intention all along was that this bill would be written to mirror the federal religious freedom restoration act and this one does not and
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wants to see it either changed and would like the general assembly to recall the bill and amend it or write something new to tack on to it to clarify this law. the governor says he wants to see this bill minimize any chance of discrimination while at the same time promoting religious freedom. i'm linda live in new york with al jazeera and back to more news live from doha. ♪ hello again and scientists here in qatar say they made a breakthrough towards finding a cure for obesity and it's all to do with something called brown fat as kim explains. >> reporter: this is painstakingly delicate work. these scientists have been cultivating, dividing and sequencing fat cells for years. but now they say they have made a breakthrough which could
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change the way obesity is treated. >> the aim is to change the lifestyle of kids or adults but just to give them a pill that is enhanced with the brown fat and naturally they are protected against obesity. >> reporter: having more of the so called brown fat actually makes you skinny. and with obesity at epidemic proportions everyone wants to find a way to transform the white bad fat cells we all have into the brown kind which burn energy all the time. this is called an incubator. this is where the cells are cultured. >> reporter: these researchers have got both kinds of fat cells. >> good one is this one. >> reporter: and have proven contrary to what the medical world thought one can change into the other. so we have white fat cells and we have brown fat cells.
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figuring out how to transform one into the other is one thing. but taking that information and turning it into a possible treatment for obesity is quite another. but that is exactly what the doctor has in his sights. he has already figured out how to turn stem cells into brown fat cells and the next step is inject those into obese rats and hopefully watch them lose weight. eventually he says there will be hope for humans too. >> we collect the stem cells from this overweight subject who are cultured in the lab and we will inject the cells into the same subject. >> reporter: diabetes suffer and doctor is not convinced. >> it's not assured if you are obese and diabetic if you do diet and exercise at least 70% of the people do not develop
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diabetes. >> reporter: traditional approach researchers say will always have its place. but the chance to give a helping hand and a pill shouldn't be ruled out. kim with al jazeera, doha. let's get the sport here. >> thank you very much and with cricket and the world governing body and icc confirmed the president has stepped down. he made his decision after not getting the chance to present a world cup trophy to australia following sunday final and accused icc of conducting itself unlawfully and criticized the empire in the quarter finals which saw india eliminated of his country of bangladesh and icc statement they say he has left on personal grounds and no complaints. and andy murray recorded his 500 career victory. he beat kevin anderson in the
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fourth round and three seed who won in 2009 and 2013 won in 6, 4, 6, 3, 6, 3 and will face austria. >> tomorrow will be tough and he struggled at the beginning part of the year and always takes a few months to get used to that and on this week he played very well again. >> reporter: and we are joined in the last by yanukovich the world number one and survived a scare and lost the first set on tie break in 4 2 in the second but fought back to win the match 6, 7, 5, 6 6, 7, love and makes up for the champion of six seed daveed. >> he was a better player and
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was just more leading more and i was just kind of hanging there fighting a different battle inside of myself. i would say it was the biggest battle i fought today and, yeah just came back in the right moment and found a way to win. that is a positive that i can take out of this. >> reporter: in the women's venus williams knocked out in quarter finals and beat by 12th seed and love 6, 6-1, 7-5 and they will play quarter final match later. belgium in the qualifying group by beating israel 1-0 and united got it scoring nine minutes in the match and the point was the company getting sent off in the second half for the second
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yellow and the men are unbeaten in their first five games. >> translator: for us it's important to focus on winning each game. we are in bosnia and israel and coming up, against whales which will be the hardest. >> reporter: also a number of international frenzys on tuesday. the netherlands are host of spain in repeat of 2010 world cup final. of course they met more recently at the 2014 woke up in brazil where they beat spain 5-1. not so many goals this time but it was another victory for the dutch, 2-0 the final and netherlands are currently third in the 2016 qualifying group. >> yes. >> translator: we should not quickly make generalizations after this match in terms of our defense we showed last season and lower level games and make stupid mistakes and that also
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happened tonight. there were good moments in play with to nice goals but i'm not blind and can see we can also shoot ourselves in the foot. >> reporter: the united states faced switzerland in europe and fantastic free kick from shay gave them the lead and was in great form and toronto sent off in the second half and ten men held on until ten minutes to go when stroker equalized for the swiss, 1-0 the final score. the biggest shock on tuesday was cape verde 2-1 over portugal england was 1-0 against italy. >> it seemed to drift the first half and drifted badly as far as we were concerned because we came in and won it down and thought the same half was much much closer to what we are trying to do and there were moments in the second half where we actually played well.
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>> reporter: in the nba brooklyn nets have tightened the eastern conference spotter by beating indiana 111-106 and it's their 8th win this 10 games and atlanta hawks have filled the top seed slipped up 95-105 against detroit and the start for the pistons was 22 points and 13 rebounds and the win keeps detroit's chances live. and that is it for me. thanks very much. now, if the world that is it for this and thanks for your company and more news straight ahead. see you then. ♪ much more on our website as well al and get the latest on all the stories we are covering there, al ♪
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