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>> hello from doha. this is the news hour on al jazeera. casualties of war, a new report from unicef says eight children are killed or injured in yemen every day. >> thai said the bangkok bomber didn't act alone. two other men are suspects. >> we join forces on the front line against rebels in southern somalia. >> there's been an al shabab ambush here. it's reknowned for talks from al
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shabab. >> in the sport, governing body struggles to restore its image in the face of doping allegations. >> it is children who are bearing the brunt of yemen's brutal armed conflict. that is a warning from unicef, which says 400 children have been killed since the saudi-led airstrikes began back in march. there is a new report, which has found eight children are being killed or injured every day, and they are being used to fight, as well. unicef has documented 377 cases of children recruited by armed forces in groups since march. access to food, difficult enough before the war, now harder. you've got 1.8 million children who don't have enough to eat and
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10 million in need of humanitarian assistance. that 10 million is 80% of yemen's children. we join the yemen representative for unicef. he said prospects long term are even worse. >> the vast majority of the people in yemen have nothing to do with this, they want to go back. they want to live their lives, educate their children and see them grow up. they don't want this, and they are suffering unnecessarily. it's not just direct attacks on people. it's also the ability to bring in food, fuel, commodities, the essential receives of life, yemen imports 90% of its goods, including meds and fuel and food. yesterday, civilian harbor, the main harbor for all the goods of yemen was attacked. the civilian infrastructure used to unload ships, food and fuel,
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if the civilian population don't have access, malnutrition is only going to get worse. all parties in the conflict have to respect civilian life. the massacring of people through airstrikes or killing of civilians in shootings in taiz or aden or other parts of the country, it's against international humanitarian law. parties to the conflict have an absolute obligation to pay attention to these issues and to respect human life. it's just wrong. it has to stop. >> it doesn't stop there either, because this war is impacting people from other countries, especially somalia. there are 230,000 registered at refugees to the u.n. in yemen. they've left one war and found themselves stuck in another. this report is from caroline malone. >> a somali refugee in yemen is staying at this school in the
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district of the southern port city of aden, along with many others displaced by the fighting. she escaped from civil war in somalia many years ago and finds the herself caught up in another conflict. >> i have been living in aden for 25 years. it's hard to leave it. now i have children, and life and death are in god's hands. no one escapes death whether in somalia or here. >> some of the people living here are also displaced yemenis. he came here after his home was damaged. they say they are worried about not having a place to stay, because the authorities want them to leave the school. >> every day, the authorities come to remind us about the deadline to leave on august 20. where can i go? i have no house. my house was destroyed because of the war. we left because of the tragedy of the war, and now we have the tragedy of housing.
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>> the situation is particularly bad for the 230,000 somali refugees in yemen. some of them are going back to somalia, even though there's wide spread fighting there, too. >> i have gone to yemen to start a new life away from the war in somalia, but there i found another war. now i'm back to somalia again. i've been a refugee all my life. >> somalia already has tens of thousands of displaced people, but many in yemen have no choice but to go there. whether they are stuck in yemen or forced to go back to the country from which they fled, these somalis have nowhere safe to call home. al jazeera. >> as you see in that report, somalia is far from secure. african union peacekeepers plan a major too far against the army against the armed group al shabab. the aim is to cut off the route from kenya.
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local forces are taking on al shabab. we have this report from the front line. >> these are the men somalia wants to use in its efforts to seize territory back from al shabab fighters. they have now been trained in the port city. capital of the regional state, one of the last remaining strongholds of al shabab. >> al shabab, we cannot allow them to continue using this region as a lightout. they have been flushed out of most other parts of somalia. er, do the same here, too. >> until the training is completed, it's these fighters who have the task of defending the territory under government control. we set out with them to their front lines with al shabab. it's a constantly changing combat zone. moving in small groups, al shabab is known to conduct
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surprise attacks almost anywhere. suddenly, we are under attack. [ gunfire ] >> there's been an al shabab ambush here, this section of the road. it's reknowned for al shabab attacks. they are just a few minutes away. they are rushing fire. >> pushed back and everyone accounted for, we move forward to the official front line. >> anywhere beyond here is rebel territory. these men cannot afford to relax. they know their enemies could hit them at any moment. just a few hundred meters away from the defenses of the original forces, there's an african union peace keepers base. >> we have a close working relationship with the peacekeepers. we exchange intelligence and information. they support us by treating our
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sick and wounded. >> a short distance from the front lines is the village. until recently, it's been an important base and tax collection center for al shabab. with their village turned into a battlefield, most have fled. those who remained behind of terrified. this woman said her roadside cafeteria was burned down days ago by al shabab, who accused her of sell food to government soldiers. this is no conventional war and it seems each group is ready to use any trick to outdo its opponents. al jazeera in southern somalia. >> now police in thailand say they believe the main suspect in the bangkok bombing is a foreigner and did not act alone. 22 died in monday's attack on the shrine in the city center. we have more from bangkok. >> this is the man thai police are hunting for in connection with the shrine attack. they issued an arrest warrant
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for him, saying he appeared to be a foreigner. they are offering a $28,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. his image has been shown on t.v. and is a constant figure on social media. police don't think he acted alone. they say two other suspects have been identified in close circuit t.v. footage of the blast site. >> once we get into the bomb makers, then we can make the conclusion who they are, what their identity, nationality. for the moment, some of these pieces from the bombs are seemingly coming from our own country. >> he adds that the physical evidence could reveal signatures that can help them determine where the bomb was made. at this stage, they are not ruling anything out, especially when it comes to the motivation behind the attacks. >> these bombings come just as tourism is rebounding in thailand and numbers of the chinese market doubled compared to the same period last year.
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united nations tourism organization say these were direct attacks on thai and the nation's economy that is strongly connected to tourism. >> 10,000 additional security forces have been deployed in bangkok. this has reassured tou tourists. >> i was shocked to hear about the blast. after assessing the situation, i think bangkok might be safer of after the bomb. >> thailand's government admits it will have to work harder to prevent more attacks. al jazeera, bangkok. >> there's been an explosion and gunfire outside a historic pam lass in the turkish city of istanbul. the 19th century palace on the european shore is a major tourist attraction. it is also where the officers of the prime minister are located. that attack comes during a time
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of political instability. >> eight turkish soldiers have been killed near the syrian border. we see a reporter there to tell us more about that, those eight soldiers, bernard. >> these eight soldiers were on patrol along the eastern side of turkey near the town of sirte and their vehicle, it seems was targeted by a remotely controlled roadside bomb, one of the biggest single loss of life down there in this recent stepped up campaign against p.k.k. positions in northern iraq and turkey, soldiers and police, security officials have been targeted for quite some time down there. now intensity increased in the last month or so, with eight soldiers is a lot of soldiers killed in one incident. >> as i mentioned, there's a political backdrop to everything which happens particularly at
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the moment in turkey. tell me more about that backdrop. president erdogan's been speaking of the possibility of new elections. where are we now? >> now the ball is back really in president erdogan's court. he's been given back the mandate that he gave to the prime minister to form a government. the prime minister's not been able to find a coalition partner, so there is no government to be formed. it looks inevitably that there are going to be new elections there in turkey, the second time they'll have had them in six months. june 7, we saw the ak party lose its majority. he has looked for coalition partners and not found any, so there will be new elections. in the months up to the new elections, there will have to be a caretaker government, made up of all the parties represented in parliament. the ak party will have to give
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out ministerial posts to the pro kurdish h.d.p. in parliament for the first time and another right wing party, the m.h.p. the ak party have been trying to avoid sharing power. it's going to have to share power now, even if only for a few months. >> thank you. bernard smith live on the news hour. >> news out of saudi arabia, where women are registering to vote. it's the first time they've been able to take part in municipal elections in the kingdom. the 2011 legislation means they can also run for office. it's the third time elections have been held, allowing citizens to choose whoever they want fob municipal services. this must be a very exciting for you are and women all over saudi arabia. >> very definitely. it's an incredibly exciting time for us, and i didn't expect it to happen so soon, but it has,
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due to the king's vision and the support of the municipality of rural affairs and initiatives done by women from the community, such as the initiative led by the party. >> you said you were surprised it happened so quickly. has it been coming for sometime? is it as you say, part of the king's changes in the man arc eye there that these things have been sped up? >> i would say yes, because we've already made a move for the sure are a council during king abdullah's reign. there hasn't been talk, so it was surprising to me. i do see a linear advancement in women's participation in affairs and politics. >> will there be opposition to
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this sort of thing? saudi arabia esteemed intra disses and history, and i'm almost certain there will be some who won't want this to happen. >> for sure, absolutely. i was just having this conversation with family members. a lot of -- i guess with any change that happens, you have to face opposition, and a lot of people in society, men and women alike are concerned about the arab and islamic identity. however, i do believe that the word is not created by single nations, we are all the same nation at the end. in order for us to find our identity, we needing to forward and explore other identities and other ideologies -- >> when you talk about the identities, how would women voting affect that in a bad way? it has to be a good thing for the whole arab world and the identity of arab people.
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>> for sure. that's one way to look at it and thank you for phrasing it in such a manager. other people and i'm not in support, view it as a western intrusion, perhaps an underlaying of the democratic party, perhaps and that scares people a little bit, the idea of elections is not new in its construct to the arab culture, but some people are a little bit apprehensive and afraid that it might lead to having a media that is more exploitive than beneficial to the society. it's one of the opinion that is i don't agree with. >> fascinating stuff, thank you for your time. we do appreciate it. >> thank you. >> plenty more ahead here on al jazeera with a story of a man who spent more than half his life caring for the ancient syrian site of palmyra as he died defending it from isil. >> many of the people who have
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made desperate journeys to reach europe have been moved on. we'll have a report. >> the nfl brawlings, what started the fight between these two teams at a joint training camp. >> two iraq where plaintiff more demonstrations, protests have been on going across the country as people are increasingly fed up with corruption and government mismanagement. they are also angry at the lack of basic services and electricity. the prime minister al abadi visited to reassure the russian operator of an oil field that these demonstrations wouldn't effect production. >> the arab league has pledged to do more to help libya but hasn't endorsed a request by one of libya's rival governments for airstrikes against isil. the armed group fightenned control over the city of sirte.
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>> some activists say isil are using loud speakers to pledge allegiance or be killed. >> by occupying sirte, isil claimed a major central city connected to the coastal highway that links the east and the west. in february, the group showed a video beheading christians. one of libya's rival parliament is calling for help from arab neighbors. >> we asked arab nations to
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support us by performing airstrikes against islamic state. the danger of islamic state and terrorism in libya threatens tunisia, algeria, chad, niger, sudan and neighboring states. europe knows the imminent danger from this terrorism. >> the meeting in cairo requested by the tobruk government fell short of requesting airstrikes to prevent isil's complete take overof sirte. >> the council adopted a strategy to support libya in these hard times and adopted a request from the international community to interact with the legitimate government and parliament to fight terrorism and the islamic state group. >> there are differences about which rifle set of politicians makes the legitimate government. the internationally recognized government is limited to the eastern city of tobruk and upheld by the supreme court. while the general national congress parliament facing the
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capitol in tripoli controls large parts of libya and backed by militias. those divisions within have created a security vacuum in libya that's helped criminals, smugglers and hard lined groups like isil to take root. cities have become war zones. so far, u.n. efforts to bring together the warring libyan factions of not worked, giving isil more time to regroup and recruit. al jazeera. >> news from europe now, the german parliament has backed the greek bailout plan. german chancellor angela merkel had to fight to keep it. we'll talk to michael sherman. the greek story becomes not just a europe story, but a story for
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individual countries in europe. why has this been such a battle for german chancellor angela merkel to keep her own party in line? >> first reason is that germany is the main contributor to the greek bailout, the third one. second reason is that german parliamentary procedure forces her into this kind of contest, contest of will, and third, this is terribly important in the mind of the people, because people have the feeling that ultimately, the money will not come back. it will be taken out of their pact and they have to foot the bill. >> is it a sign of weakness for angela merkel there? i want to stay with the politics before we talk more about the people. is this a problem for her going forward if there have to be more talks or anything further on the euro dramas? >> well, it is certainly not a
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triumph for her, what has happened. it was clear that about 60 of her 320 members of the parliament, which are in coalition with the social democrats, about 60 of her own people would defect, would in fact not follow the advice of very strong words, the advice to go along with whatever the government had decided. this goes back to the mood in the country,ed mood in the country is greece is a bottomless hole, and the government is wasting our money and it's a useless exercise and it would be better as the finance minister himself indicated, it would be better to if greece would drop out. >> people put politicians into power and must understand that the people are sick of it, that they are bailing out another country over and over again, and
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it's not their fault, as such. >> you see, there are other conversions beyond the financial one. we will never see this money again. it's like giving big money to your children on the assumption that they will pay back one day in never never land. you have but the problem for the government is that formally, it cannot forgive the debt and i.m.f. also will not join until, unless people in washington are convinced that greece is capable of carrying the burden of interest rates, so there are complications, but beyond that, it has sort of nibbled away from angela merkel's reputation as being the most powerful woman on earth. if she can't hold her parliamentary troops together, all that power doesn't reach
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very far. she had to rely on the opposition -- yeah -- >> to help her out and also the very rough treatment. >> thank you for your time, we do appreciate it. >> thank you. >> what have you got for our european viewers this afternoon? a big band of cloud, i see. >> the heatwave is gone now. last week was the invasion. to the north sea to the middle of europe, it focused on hungary for a while. it little particular floods.
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a little village outside budapest got thigh deep water. it wasn't alone. the capitol saw a sinkhole develop where rain was that heavy and flooded the place. however, hungary is now at rest and the water can run away, but the line is still persistent. atlantic air got in, so the cup here, above it, you think would be still quite hot, but that, too has cooled down as the airs come in from the north. temperature-wise, we've lost the heatwave except for bits of greece and turkey. the sun has come to work and lifted temperatures back up in madrid and spain. we're back to normal for the summer. over the next 24 hours, with the air carmen italy and the middle of the mediterranean will look to flash flooding at least in the balkans, maybe the north of greece and albania. that's it.
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>> registration is open for elections in saudi arabia, the first time women will be able to vote. women can now also run for office for the first time. >> a ferry carrying hundreds of refugees has left the greek island chartered by the greek government to take them to the mainland from where they will continue their journey north. thousands of people have been left behind. jonah hum is our correspondent there, watching refugees boats come in. >> a lot of it happens overnight
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under the cover of darkness, but these boats keep rowing well into the daylight hours. for many, it's a short, direct journey from turkey. that's the turkish shore there, not long away. many find themselves adrift for hours on end, waiting for rescue. it comes down to money. if you've got money as syrian refugees do, you can afford to pay more for better boats. if you don't, well then, you take your chance sometimes with tragic consequences. >> an early morning rescue by the greek coast guard, yet another vessel in distress. many others do make its across. this is a family who finally arrived on the island in the
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european union. >> did you pay somebody to give you this boat? >> yeah, $1,000. >> per person, $1,000 per person? >> 500 for children. >> the shoreline is littered with the remnants of overnight arrivals. it is a fairly short but sometimes perilous crossing from turkey. on monday night, six people, including a child are confirmed to have drowned when their boat overturned. this boat arrived at two am according to a witness from a nearby hotel who saw up to 50 people, syrians, he believed disappear. >> it's fast, reliable, relatively safe and estimated those aboard will have paid around $2,000 a head to major the journey. >> this is the sort of budget airline equivalent of flimsy plastic dingy powered by a cheap battery operated motor that often fails, pedals and car
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tires. >> using such a vessel, these pakistanis were lucky to survive. >> he's saying we are coming, our battery is empty, our battery lost and at this time, three of us are in the sea. >> the boat was drifting and then the coast guard rescued them. >> rescued all of them. >> the coast guard returns to port, not for the first time this morning, heavily laden once again, and it won't be the last. >> are things improving at all? all these new refugees arrive in large numbers, the tensions are surely increased with that. >> they seem to be on the rise in the last couple of days. in fact, the crowd outside the police station waiting for
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registration papers on wednesday morning was bigger and angrier than it was the day before. they'd been waiting for days, even weeks to be registered and living all the while in appalling conditions in the heat. we met officials from the u.n. refugee agency who say they would like to and are ready to set up a proper camp, but are struggling to get the go ahead from the local authorities. that enormous ferry that was chartered by the authorities to deal with the syrians largely as a reception center left this morning on its way to the north, helping these people out of greece on their journey deeper into the european union. the implication is that the greek authorities here would not have to do anything very much to support formally the people who are here or encourage them to stay. they much rather they leave as quickly as possible. >> jonah hull with a live report.
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jonah. >> there's been fighting at the border of yemen and saudi arabia, saudi policemen were killed near the crossing. the rebels have sent missiles toward residential areas. more violence as well in taiz, houthi rebels attacking the city. a sawed backed coalition along with local allies has been fighting rebel groups across yemen since march. >> this war has left millions of people in need of aid and protection. 1.3 million yemenese forced from their homes, and that has made getting food difficult. 1.6 million people are severely food insecure, according to the word food program, largely surviving on bread or rice with oil and sweet tea. the average cost of food has
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risen 30% since before the war. let's talk to the executive director of the world food program and was in yemen hours ago, joining us by skype from cairo. we thank you for your time. i want you to give me an exact story of what you do. let's say you've got x packages of food to be delivered to however many hundreds of thousands of people. tell me about how you go about doing that or in this case, how you don't go about doing it because of all the blocks in the way. >> well, inside yemen, too often, we don't go about doing that, because we don't have access to enough of the areas where those most severely impacted by this on going conflict are now living, and when we do have access, what we do is work with partners, work with government, work to distribute the food to the most vulnerable households to provide
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the assistance that they otherwise would not have access to without support from w.f.p. >> have you basically got a whole lot of foot sitting, well where, in a big warehouse or big tent somewhere some i'm trying to get an idea of exactly what it's like there. >> inside yemen today, we have warehouses. we have warehouses in aden. we have warehouses outside sanna, but what we do is move those warehouses by truck. we now have our own dedicated truck fleet of 300 drivers that are prepared to assist us in delivering food across the entire country. the challenge that we have is we don't get regular access into every district in the country. it's without that access that is creating the challenge where we can't provide the food to those
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who need it. >> i feel this would be easy to look at as a short term issue, there's fighting right now and you can't get the food through, but if this many people are malnourished, have we got the beginnings of a very long term problem here in yemen? >> the problem is yemen before this conflict began was one of the largest operations. we were feeding 5 million people inside yemen before the conflict began. yemen had some of the highest chronic malnutrition numbers in the world before this conflict began. what we're now seeing is the brewing of a perfect storm, because we're seeing that in addition to that vulnerable population that was challenged because of poverty, and other issues from having the ability to feed their families before the conflict, you now have 1.3 million people additional, who can't feed their families on
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a regular basis, in addition to those individuals, you now have a population that could buy food before the conflict began, but because the commercial markets are no longer operating, because commercial traders can't get food into the markets, it has resulted in less food available in the market, higher inflationary cost of food and those who could buy food before, they can't even purchase it anymore, so between the lack of availability of food, the lack which access by humanitarians to the vulnerable population, the lack of access by those who can't guy food, the lack of fuel available for people to move around countries, for us to mill grain when it comes in and the lack of clean water, a perfect storm that is brewing inside yemen right now.
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>> terrible. thank you, for all that information. do appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> >> add least 10 kurdish fighters have been killed in a suicide attack in the northeast syrian city. a bomber in a car bombed the turkish headquarters there. they have been the most successful fighting isil in syria and iraq. >> an official from palmyra has been beheaded by fighters from isil. the 82-year-old was abducted in may when isil fighters captured the 2000-year-old word heritage sight. >> half a century, he was a guardian of palmyra's ancient roman ruins.
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it's here he is believed to have been beheaded by islamic state of iraq and the levant. before the syrian conflict, palmyra's ancient buildings drew tourists from around the world. as head of antiquities, he oversaw research, gaining international recognition. >> he was so much involved in part of the city and part of the culture and history and he said he would live and die there and he did pay the ultimate price. >> the war came to palmyra. fighting peppered the ancient buildings with bullet holes. then after capturing the site from government forces, isil arrived. assad stayed in palmyra to help evacuate the valuable contents
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but was taken host only and reportedly interrogated. isil has destroyed hundreds of heritage sites across syria and iraq. sledgehammers and power drills have been used to ruin priceless artifacts. some fragments of human history have been successfully smuggled out of the conflict zone. it is not known how much damage they caused to palmyra. it's believed isil sold some on the black market to help finance their campaign. the human cost though is clear. this video shows 25 men in a packed am theater before their apparent execution. now the beheading of a renowned archeologist who devoted his life to palmyra, now at the mercy of isil. >> mexican police have destroyed more than 140 tons of illegal drugs. they were set on fire in tijuana
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and eight our cities. the marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine were worth $120 million. >> investigators looking into the disappearance of 43 mexican students say the government is preventing them from doing their job, that important evidence could have been destroyed by the authorities. we have more from mexico city. >> one of the things that most angered mexicans about the abduction of 43 students late last year was the collusion of local authorities. the town there ordered their object ducks and then the local police force together with the gangs carried them out. the army had a base nearby where this took place and a team of international experts who have come to investigate say they think they could tell more, but the mexican government has stopped them speaking to
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soldiers. >> we wanted to carry out the interview process with the army, but the mexican government said we couldn't question soldiers or get their explanations in person. >> worse still, evidence has gone missing and may have been destroyed. >> we are especially worried about missing everyday in the case. we were informed the mexican attorney general office of a now lost video of police intervention which caused the disappearance of the students. >> this will fuel suspicion that the mexican government isn't interested in getting to the bottom of this case and may actually be hiding things. in the wider context, its emblematic of a country in which a vast majority of crimes go unsolved. >> people's whose homes were damaged in china are demanding more compensation. residents of one housing estate
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staged a protest calling on the government to buy back their property. thousands of homes were damaged in the blast and raised fears of toxic release of chemicals. >> we have a report on the prefers ferry sinking in seoul. >> many families maintain this protest here in central seoul has been a very long time to wait for this recovery operation to at least get underway. there had been debate about whether to raise it at all, a debate about the practicalities and effectiveness. that was resolved with a presidential decision that they would raise it.
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it's going to cost in excess of 17 million u.s. dollars and be incredibly difficult and i want ricket. there will be this survey period, then divers will put noting across the openings to prevent any of the missing nine people who may still be onboard that ship, to prevent them gloating out. they'll inflate portions to give it more bouyancy, beams underneath it will then be carried on a rig to support the entire vessel as they take it closer to shore before eventually raising it on to a floating dock and then to the shore. it's going to be an incredibly difficult and costly operation. we spoke to a mother of a 17-year-old who died in the disaster. she says that they will maintain this visual jill until the very end to make sure that the ship is raised and that as much as can be is found out about the circumstances surrounding the
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south korean's biggest disaster. >> kenyan athletes fight allegations of doping. we'll talk about what can be done for the sport's reputation.
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>> 750 million people around the world don't have access to safe and clean drinking water, but researchers in the u.s. are trying to change that with a book. a very innovative one.
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>> it's a book like no other, not one to read, but to save lives. it's called the drinkable book. it's pages are made from technologically advanced filter paper made of silver nano particles that kill water borne diseases. imagine it being sort of like coffee filters being pages of a book. here's how it works. each piece of paper or filter can be torn out of the book. the paper is slid into a specially designed filter box. dirty water can be poured through, safe drinking water comes out. >> the most important thing and really the hero of this whole project is the technology. >> it was invented over several years by a chemist at carnegie melon university. >> we are testing these papers in a few different countries, and we evaluated the water quality before and after
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filtration in several countries. the results were that 99.9% of the bacteria were killed by the paper, which is basically as good as tap water. >> more than 500 million people don't have access to clean water, and more than 800,000 people die each year from drinking water that is unsafe, according to a new report by the world health organization. >> this is a water filter sold at many camping stores and often used by backpackers. just one of these costs $38. that's far into expensive for poor people in underdeveloped countries to be able to afford. even ceramic filters made for poor communities can cost just about the same. that's where this comes in, the book, it can be produced for less than $5.
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>> i've filter in the book costs 10 cents and can filter 100 liters of water, enough for one person for 30 days. it hasn't gone into mass production yet. they teamed with others to fund recognize to get it off the ground. it could solve all the problems, just one in know native steps to get people that need it clean w. >> in sport, talking about the international federation not wanting to talk about doping. the new boss has got to talk about it, doesn't he? >> he has to, really. champion runner sebastien has been elected president of the international athletic federation. the election comes at a troubled time for the sport's governing body, claiming it turned a blind eye to blatant doping.
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>> it was a secret vote for a very public role, an election to choose a president for a sport in crisis. the front runner triumphed, we arey but relieved. >> this for me is the pinnacle. it's my sport, the passion, the thing that i've always wand to do. >> the double olympic champion faced only one contender, the former pole vaulter, co run by 23 votes, a margin of 10%. the final stages of the election were overshadowed by intense criticism of the word body, allegations that it failed to act on evidence of widespread blood doping between 2001 and 2012. he has been president since 2007. >> there is a zero tolerance to the abuse of doping in my sport
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and i will maintain that to the very highest level of vigilance. that is something over the next week or two i will want to sit down and discuss with my colleagues. >> supporters insist he can't help restore the image of track and field. >> he is taking on a sport with many challenges, some talk about it being in crisis. >> the out going president from senegal recently turned 82 and has been in the job 16 years. he's defended the body's handling of doping under his watch. >> sebastien coe takes over on the eve of the championships in beijing and has pledged to clean up word athletics. to do that, he needs more money and time. >> al jazeera, beijing. >> one of the countries hardest
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his di doping allegations is kenya. several have failed drug tests in recent years. the boston and chicago marathon winners was found guilty of doping. let's go live to nairobi and speak to a former runner and sports commentator. >> do you believe that seb is the right man for the job? >> you know, i believe he will revitalize the sport and fight the doping scourge. >> what do you think is the problem? >> >> well, of course, you know, it is a problem, and, you know, in recent times, they have shied
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away from taking the scourge on. something has to be done particularly from a country's perspective where they are weighed down heavily with allegations of doping. we would like to see it cleaned up. >> all these allegations, kenya athletics, how do they feel they have been portrayed. >> the feeling locally, we see a surprise that we are implicated in this doping scourge. it does exist in very small numbers, but it's definitely affecting our heritage, our success in the sport, so a lot of people in kenya asking questions, is this what's really happening. that's really not a great thing for us to be having to deal with
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particularly when the championships are coming up. >> the kenyan government has blamed foreign agents and a lock have education amongst athletes for the up surge in failed tests in the last years. do you believe that's the case? >> >> i don't think that's the case anymore. i think particularly as the lack of education certainly is a factor, but blaming foreign agents isn't really the reason. i think there's a lot of local dealings happening here where the athletes introduced to this doping by local doctors, particularly, so i don't think the blame on foreign agencies, you know, they could be one or two doing it, but apparently from what i hear, a lot of it happens locally from the local doctors, too. >> that is a former runner and now sports commentator, thanks very much for your insight. >> the word anti doping agency
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said a blanket ban on countries whose athletes are regularly doped should be considered. it's president said a ban would be a deterrent in a wake of doping allegations. >> let me make it quite clear that the world anti doping agency does not have the power to do that. all we can do under the world anti doping code is to declare a runner non-compliant. it is up to the government to take whatever action they want to do. i do not have powers to do that. the debate can be held, but it must be held by somebody else. >> manchester united one away from the lead.
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the ben jens had a shot lead, but then they scored twice to give the lead at the break. an assess was approached in the second half as they won 3-1. >> the remaining first leg playoff ties take place later. the pick of the game sees monica. >> it's been quite a year for golf's new number one, jordan speith. he's won the mast terse and u.s. open and had top four finishes in the other two majors. tuesday, he threw out the first pitch at seattle mariners game. he had a bet who could do it better. his effort was not bad, but the cubs manager threw 94 miles an hour in his. >> the absolute rams canceled
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the second of two joint training camps after this happened. a massive drawl broke out. one player got punched in the face. tension had been building r. building, but coaches could do nothing and the rams said later there is no excuse for bad behavior. >> a team of 11 and 12-year-old girls has been accused of match fixing at the little league world series. the team advanced to the next round. they benched their best players in the game which sent their rivals out of the competition. the accuseddation is that they lost deliberately and little league organizers forced them into a tie break game with iowa, which they also lost. >> that is ridiculous. 11 years old! goodness me! >> we are back with more sports in the next news hour. i'm back after the break with more news. see you then.
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>> live to turkey as it gets ready for a snap election. ♪ welcome back. this is al jazeera live from doha, also ahead, eight children killed or injured in yemen every day according to a new report there unicef. thai police say the bangkok bomber didn't act