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>> hello, welcome total al jazeera news hour, i'm martin dennis live from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes: 7,000 refugees have made their way into serbia from macedonia, another stop in their desperate journey to europe. >> from asia to australia and now europe, global stock markets tumble as fears deepen about the economic slowdown in china. isil is suspected of using
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mustard gas against civilians in syria's northern aleppo province. >> i'm in beirut, where a concrete wall is being erected outside the prime minister's office after a night of violence. >> let's start with the growing refugee crisis in europe. the u.n.'s refugee agency, unhcr said 7,000 refugees have arrived in serbia from macedonia since saturday. that's when macedonia reopened its southern border with greece after declaring a state of emergency. the country had been struggling to cope with refugees trying to cross into western europe. >> it's difficult. it's like everest.
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it's difficult to see anything. it's difficult to stay there and no future for my children, and i lost my job. i lost everything. i'm engineering. my wife is a teacher, no income, no everything. >> i saw actually one camp which is roughly one kilometer behind me, which is guarded by the police, but i haven't seen any barbed wire. i haven't seen any tensions between roughly around 100 serbian police officers and border police, and several hundred migrants. what is happening that those people are being gathered there at that location, and then being taken on foot to the location right behind me and as you can see, there is one u.n. agency bus and these buss taking and shipping these refugees and illegal migrants from this place to a town which is five kilometers north from here.
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i've seen a number of relatively happy faces among refugees and among migrants, because apparently, they are happy, because they cross another hurdle on their trip on their way towards the e.u. they feel macedonia is behind them, that the horrible ordeal that happened a couple of days ago is behind them and they feel relatively safe. they also know that until from here to the e.u., there is only one more border ahead. i think that is very good sign for them and they are happy because of that. >> the australian foreign minister is calling for a new strategy to tackle the crisis, calling it a human disaster. sebastien visited the border between macedonia and greece, a scene of violent crackdown by police over the weekend. our correspondent is there where the crackdown occurred. i'm not sure if we've got
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andrea. we haven't got our correspondent, andrea simmons just now. hopefully, we'll get him back later on. macedonia opened that border with greece. they are only letting three small groups in at a time, trying to prevent a mass russia. the greek border town is where people are still arriving every day. >> we're here on the greek side of the border. it is busy, but for the moment, there is a system in place and the system seems to be working. new arrivals coming here all the time at this point are able to the least to access basic aid, food, water, medical attention if they need it, sit under the shelter before continuing. on the railroad tracks are a group of people waiting, macedonia police in front of them, raise door wire across the borderline over there and
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macedonia police lawing people through in groups of a couple of hundred perhaps once an hour to continue their journey to the railway station. this is an absolutely unrelenting flow of people. to give you an idea of the south of the country, a few hundred kilometers away here on the islands of the aegean, there are 900 people sitting, growing by a thousand people every day. there is a capacity of people making shuttle trips to athens. those people arrive here within hours of being dropped off the at athens port, so an unending flow of people making their way through greece into macedonia and on wards to certain yes. >> many refugees arriving in greece have come from africa or the middle east over the water. the international organization for migration says nearly 10,000 migrants arrived on the island last week alone.
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a ferry carrying 2,500 mainly syrian refugees from the is now docked on the greek mainland. it was chartered to move the refugees closer to the border with macedonia. it's the third such trip in four days. >> let's look closer now at some of the numbers involved. up until july this year, the number of refugees and migrants who crossed into europe either by land or sea had already totaled 340,000. that's more than double for the same period last year. the majority of people are coming to europe through the mediterranean sea. greece has seen the greatest number of arrivals, around 150,000 this year alone. italy is the next biggest arrival coastal point with around 104,000 and spain received more than 2,000 refugees. we can go live enough to the
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island and talk to steven from the international organization of red cross and red crescent. you're on one of the i'ms that the one of the focal points for many of the refugees trying to get into different parts of europe. i'm just wondering why so few of these refugees want to stay either there or on any of the other islands or within greece. why would they want to move further afield? >> i'm sorry, could you repeat the question please? the connection is not very good. >> wondering why so many of the refugees do not want to stay in greece, they want to go to different parts of europe. >> they're hoping to find away
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place to set up their families -- >> i'm afraid you're absolutely right, the line is not terribly good. we're going to try to get you back later on to hear the thoughts of the international federation of the red cross and red crescent society. for now, hundreds of mainly african may go grants have fought with police in the italian police in milan. they briefly blocked a road, protesting their living conditions in a temporary holding shelter. they say the red cross center is overcrowded and they've been waiting there for months in inhumane conditions. the migrants need to be given temporary documentation before they can be allowed to leave the center and move on. >> an italian navy shim carrying
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refugees from africa has arrived in the port of messina. the coast guard rescued at least 300 people on sunday from overloaded boats. it said it picked up 4,400 people over the weekend, making it one of the largest rescue operations yet in the mediterranean. >> many refugees say they want to end up in germany, which is expecting around 800,000 asylum seekers this year, but they may not be welcome. there is been an increase in attack on refugees and asylum centers. we have visited one of those refugee shelters targeted by far right protestors over the weekend. german chancellor angela merkel condemned the attacks. >> more than 30 police have been
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injured since friday, trying to protect the asylum center from rioters. we can go back to our correspondent in the border town, right on the border with greece, where you saw so many desperate scenes over the weekend of people trying to get through and stopped by macedonia police. andrew simmons is there and witnessed all of this. we have news that the austrian foreign minister has been in town calling for a new strategy. has he given idea how it is to be formed? >> the austrian foreign minister has been here at this makeshift reception center. he spoke of a new strategy, but he did not describe what that might be. what he did say was that macedonia had been left alone
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with inadequate situation to cope with the hole influx of refugees coming over the border. as a result, they had effectively closed the border. the interior minister was also here. he was defending his country's actions, saying they had no option but to protect the border. he said protecting the border was different to closing it down. however, one can't get away from the fact that there were percussion grenades and rounds, rounds fired during this confrontation and there were injuries. now, what he said was that greece was responsible, and so the foreign minister, saying greece weren't controlling in any way the massive number of refugees, enfact encouraging them to come across the border into macedonia. the greek government was responsible, according dew both
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ministers, so it's a blame game. as the blame game goes on, as you can see here, eight umbrellas for shade and a tent there for shade. right now, we've got a break in between hundreds, thousands coming through here to go on a railway nearby and then get straight on to serbia. of course now, the massive pressure point has been moved up the line effectively to places like serbia, which is where the 48 hours of traffic of people here have moved to now and then places like hungary. >> i was going to suggest that macedonia seems to have made an abrupt turnaround from stopping people crossing into its territory, then changing its mind, letting them in, in small manageable numbers, and then deciding that that he can make haste and get out of their territory, putting them on
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trains and buses, making itself effectively a very brief transit point. >> effectively what's happening is that macedonia has developed a system here where it is simply a transit point. this is not a human camp. there are some basic needs looked after, but sanitation's pretty poor. this is all about moving this vast number of refugees and desperate conditions away from here as quickly as possible. it's pretty clear right now, but because we are in between the arrival of refugees, but you can see they are clearing the ground with diggers. beside that in the distance, you can see the water cannon in case of trouble. this is all going to be fenced in to protect it from the outside, which is effectively the people living nearby. they don't want to see these
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refugees. the government here wants top isolate this problem to this rough piece of ground and a train line to get them out of here. it is rather a vast operation, but as far as the politics go, their pretty stagnant. there may be a meeting in berlin today with the francois hollande, the french president, and angela merkel from germany, but the difficulty is that the dublin agreement, which is supposed to coordinate the whole problem of this flow of refugees just isn't working here, and so what they're looking for is another agreement to try as the austrian foreign minister put it, to try and coordinate what the governments are doing about the problem, but coordinate, what does that mean? it means some sort of means of really either blocking the refugees from coming through, giving them proper court checks because little is being done in
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that reward, they are now being registered, but not in a particularly thorough way and also the human situation, it's pretty appalling. very little is being done, and when you look at this thing, the biggest movement of people since the second word war, it's diabolical in places. >> andrew simmons in macedonia. as andrew was indicating, so many people from where he is have now moved further up the line. they've gone across the border into serbia. we can join our correspondent on the serbian side of the border. >> they are queuing in huge numbers, registering here. they are allowed to freely move toward north of the serbia
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towards belgrade and further towards hungary. right next to me is a representative from doctors beyond borders. what are your tigs saying about the number of people actually coming here? >> we estimate for the last four days between 8,000 to 10,000 people who crossed the border. as you can see, there are some long queues for registration. the days are hot and the nights are cold, and most people, most of them have two weeks of travel with long distance walking and they are tired, exhausted. they need shelter, food accommodation and their goal is to get to western europe as fast as possible. >> do you think that these governments, particularly government in serbia are doing enough for these people who
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apparently need water, food, shelter, anything. >> the serbians are doing great with shelter, we are creating two new camps for people and they've given care, food, drinking, and there is a number of migrants increasing faster -- we don't speak about migration anymore. we can speak about the numbers so big. just a half hour ago at the border, another 400 people just arrived, and we can -- we've focused arrival like 2,000, 3,000 people a day every day for the next few weeks. >> just a short question, according to your knowledge and your information, will we see the reduced number of people crossing this border anytime soon? >> anytime soon, no. we foresee an increase and
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through the winter. the winter will be slowing down the people, because during summer or spring, more movement and people travel. during the winter, the travel will be very difficult, and even if the number of people decrease a bit, the travel will be more difficult for them, and i don't think anybody is yet prepared to thaaccommodate those people in a proper way with the cold. >> thank you very much, that was representative from doctors without borders, now back to you. >> live there from serbia, thank you. >> let's move on. three americans and a britain have been given france's highest accolade. they were honored for stopping a gunman who opened fire on a
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train on friday. a u.s. airman was injured in the attack. >> lots more to come, including the trial of a british man in bangladesh accused of publicly beating to death a disabled boy, due to begin. >> isil reportedly blows up oh roman era temple in palmyra in syria. >> the american indy car crash left a driver in critical condition. details coming up in sport. >> the stock markets around the world are down after a big selloff across arab osha and it started incline in a. stocks there plunged to an eight year low. the concern among investors sent global commodity bryces tumbling
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down. >> the share selloff began within minutes of the shanghai stock exchange opening. some of the china's biggest companies means there is a new invention trying to prop up the market using the state pension fund. it failed to stop the slide. >> how can the markets drop every day like this? one, two, three, four, five, the market dropped for five days and it never rose back. >> many borrowed to buy shares and are now being forced to sell those shares to pay back the loans. >> the chinese market aims to eliminate the middle class. after eliminating the middle class, the middle class will have no purchasing power and the market won't be flourishing.
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>> worse still, the value of their pensions could be at risk if the markets decline continues. >> i think the government can solve this properly. the government won't spend all the pension money on the stock market. >> the government is reassuring investors, but everything it's tried to rescue the market has failed. since june, the shanghai index has lost 30% of its value, and analysts warn the decline is likely to continue. >> once more, the drop in chinese shares dragged down markets across the asia pacific region. the main reason, a fear that the slowdown in china's economy is worse than the government is letting on. the hong kong index followed the mainland sharp decline, closing down more than five points. the region's biggest stock market tokyo ended today five points lower, as well. south korea closed down by more than 2%, it's sixth consecutive loss. australia suffered its biggest
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one day fall in four years, down by more than 4%. what all these markets desperately need but don't have is investor confidence. adrien brown, al jazeera, beijing. >> a chief economist from london explains wipe the slide in chinese stocks is impacting the rest of the word markets. >> i think you have to look back at the way cline in a has i understand graded into the word economy in the last seven years. the u.k., we've seen over the last 10 years, exports increase, german's exports to china up, even japan up fist% over the same period. we've integrated with china more recently, it's more the west that has benefited from that versus australia. the way economies in the west of geared towards china does put them in a more vulnerable position than with the case even
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five or seven ears ago. it can get quite a bit worse if china continues to fall and we don't see corrective measures from the government. the chinese stock market is not like anywhere else in the world. it's more like a casino. a lot of the companies state control to varying degrees. there's a lot of retail participation versus predominant participation in the u.s. it's much harder to sort of then offer that on the down side, as many investors have been underwater. >> anti-government protestors in lebanon have called off their rally planned for monday. their assessing the damage after two nights of conflict with police in which one demonstrator was killed. the protest was sparked by the failure of the authorities to
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remove household rub issue. the demonstrators have wide thatted that he can focus to include alleged government corruption and incompetent. we go live now to our correspondent outside the prime ministers office in beirut. the protestors called off today's protest. have their complaints gone away? >> for from it. they said that they were postponing today's protest as a result of the violence, particularly yesterdays, which peeked late in the evening. however, they are yet to announce exactly what they're next steps will be. we're expecting a press conference from them in roughly about an hour's time. i'm going to step aside and allow the camera to pan now to show you we're outside the prime minister's office where a concrete wall has been erected by security forces. there are very small group of people here who have gathered. there are anti-government
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slogans on placards complaining about the government's actions forwards protestors. why does the government need a concrete wall to protect it. the wall is still being erected as we speak. whether that's going to be enough to prevent future violence is not quite sure. i want to make a point here, which it's important to note that these protests, most of them or most of the protestors were in fact peaceful from what we saw and the other journalists on the ground saw. it was later inside those demonstrations late sunday evening where the organizers felt infiltrators or felt infiltrators asked their followers to move away, go home
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because they were afraid violence would erupt and sure enough, that happened. the main protest group being otherwise by this movement which came about after the garbage crisis remain peaceful. their mental in their tone, although demanding for the government to resign, they say they are only interested in peaceful, civic discourse and nothing more than that. >> who are the for the most part, the people making up this pressure group, because that is what it has become and how representative of they have lebanese people as a whole, would you say? >> this is the interesting thing. that is what makes this protest group different from others we have seen in lebanon over the years. they are a cross sector cross party politics, mainly young people who did start mobilizing because of the inability of the
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government to remove the rubbish. they do not represent party politics. lebanon is divided among sects and that's how the makeup of the government is formed. the president has to come from one sector, prime minister from another, head of parliament from a third and so forth. this group aren't interested in that. in fact when some politicians tried to join them, they were rejected and forcibly removed from the protests. that's where their string lies according to them. according to analyst, that is where their weakness lice, because they don't have a political body to take them forward. it is not sure if there will be a flash in the pan protest or grow into something bigger. >> live from the will be knees capital beirut, thank you.
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>> now the islamic state of iraq and the levant has been accused of using chemical weapons in syria on friday in aleppo province. a medical group on the ground said at least 50 shells were fired at residential areas. dozens of those injured displayed signs of having been exposed to chemical weapons. they had wheezing, coughing and redness of the eyes. maria has been attacked by isil since last may. it's on the highway linking aleppo to the turkish border, so therefore highly strategic. a chemical weapons expert joins us from salsbury in the u.k. i don't know how much of this information you've been able to look at, but does it seem credible, these claims that mustard gas has been used on civilians in aleppo province in syria?
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>> i think there are a number of issues here that really do make this credible. i've looked at a lot of the evidence that is on social media in the last couple of days. i've been in communications with the doctors who have been passing this information so the syrian american medical society, part of a group of a charity that i also support and our people on the ground are investigating it at the moment. is state had used mass started agent, commonly called mustard gas against oppression forces in northern iraq, creating casualties there and there have been that rumors that islamic state possessed an amount of mustard agent, probably from assad's chemical weapons stockpile, most of which was removed from syria in 2004. >> i was going to ask you, because president assad was supposed to have given up the
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entire stock of his chemical weapons as part of a deal almost insofar as he was preventing any further american action. >> that's entirely correct. i think those of us who follow this very closely were a little surprised in october, 2013 when assad declared his stockpile of chemical weapons at 1,300 tons. most people believe there were 200 tons in stockpile. it's commonly accept that had some of that must start agent went missing and the c.l.a. said two weeks ago, they believe some nerve agent and mustard agent was missing from that stockpile. there was a lot of reporting in december, 2013, when the assad stockpile started to be moved out of syria by the united
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nations that some had gone missing, some had gone over the border into the hands of islamic state. now that we've seen mustard agent being used at least twice against peshmerga forces in northern iraq and now apparently against civilians in aleppo, that does lead us to believe that they now possess amounts of mustard agent and really, chemical weapons are the ultimate horror weapon. islamic state are running on very effective psychological campaign to create terror and horror amongst those who oppose them and this seems to be another step up in that psychological campaign against innocent civilians in syria and coalition forces in iraq, as well. >> ok. thank you very much indeed for taking the time to talk to us here at al jazeera. thank you. >> pleasure. >> a powerful typhoon hit southwestern japan, knocked down posts and turned over cars.
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it's typhoon goni. flash floods have killed at least 15 people. let's go to rob and find out whether it's about to do anymore damage. >> it probably well. it's following the japanese island chain there. what you just saw on video is caused by the rain, gusts of 163 kilometers per hour. that was last night local time. since then, this typhoon has moved north. you can see the eye actually quite clearly. it is accelerating toward the main japanese island. this caused the affair we have been watching now for at least a week with this typhoon in the ocean. goni is still a category three storm. it should be weakening by now, but hasn't started to do so.
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it will do slowly and it's up here in the cold waters of the sea of japan. it's just being felt there by the amount of rain that's fallen. the winds haven't yet got up, but considering that and considering how strong it is, it's still as it goes through the korean strait likely to gust to 150 kilometers per hour. this could be damaging because of the amount of rain potential, and still because it's a windy storm, quite surprisingly sow. >> still to come on this al jazeera news hour: >> farmers protesting in argentina saying the government policy is making it impossible for them to grow their crops. >> reaction from sri lanka in sport where one of cricket's all time greats has played his final test match.
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>> hello, again, you're with al jazeera and these are our top stories. the austrian foreign minister is calling for a new strategy to tackle the refugee crisis. 10,000 have arrived in serbia from macedonia since saturday. >> migrants have fought with police in milan in italy. they briefly blocked to road protesting their living conditions in a temporary shelter. >> u.s. markets have opened in the red and have lost more than
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a thousand points in a few minutes of trade. it was a day of heavy losses in asia and the european markets. it all started in china, the world's second largest economy. stocks there plunged to an eight year low. >> 15 isil fighters have been killed in iraq by security forces in ramadi. three policemen were killed. in a separate attack, three car bombs targets a convoy of iraqi soldiers, killing 18 people. >> iraqi forces have been facing strong resistance from isil in the battle for ramadi. soon volunteers in the iraqi army have been leading the fight, but shia fighters are being kept back from the front line. >> a newly formed force made up of thousands of iraqi soldiers and sunni volunteers has been trying to advance into the isil controlled city. many of them have received u.s. training. the defense minister who visited
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the troops was in a defiant mood, but the reality on the ground is different. dozens of his men have been killed in ambushes over recent days. it is proving to be a difficult fight. this battle is an important test for the government, who's army and police units abandoned their positions when isil entered anbar in may. washington has reportedly asked prime minister abadi not to use shia militiamen to secure sunni territories to avoid worsening sectarian tensions. those militias known as the popular mobilization forces were sent to anbar whenr when are ri. >> we won't allow anyone to interfere in our internal affairs. this is a red line.
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>> prime minister abadi or anyone else cannot marginalize him. the force has become a military institution and the u.s. is worrying about its strength in the post isil phase. it wants to contain its power and numbers. it has pressured abadi to do this. >> the militia have become stronger than the state and army. the popular mobilization forces is believed to number 100,000 men. they were given official status by the government, which pay's some of their salaries. they have largely replaced the army in the provinces and even here in baghdad. thousands of its forces are in
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anbar. the newly trained troops are close to ramadi, but the government continues to rely on shia forces around another isil stronghold, the city of fallujah, as well as on supply routes. it is expected to be a long fight not just in anbar, but to weaken militias who have capitalized on the failures of the iraqi army. >> one of syria's most important and best preserved historical sites has been blown up by isil. the temple in palmyra is reported to have been bombed on sunday. it was built around 2000 years ago, isil captured palmyra in may. in june, it blew up 28 she didn't shrines the group said were pagan and sacrilegious. >> isil has looted and destroyed dozens of sites. here are some of the most significant ones.
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in february, isil members used sledge hammers to smash artifacts in mosul museum. they looted the mosul library and burned hundreds of books. in march, they used sledge hammers to break apart the 2300-year-old ruins in iraqi. the complex of temples was a unesco world heritage site. later in the same month, they used bulldozers and explosives to destroy the 3000-year-old city of nimrod. it was although a unesco world heritage site. it used heavy machinery last week to destroy a christian monastery, and now palmyra. >> saudi arabia reported new
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cases of mers over the past week. all new infections were discovered in a hospital in riyadh. 15 are medical staff. it is the largest new numbers of cases reported this year. since it was first discovered in 2012, saudi arabia has had the most infections. >> two policemen was e. have been killed in a ball blast in egypt that happened just north of cairo. the bomb exploded as a bus carrying the policemen was taking them to work. egypt has been battling a growing in surgeons since president mohamed morsi was ousted in 2013. >> 20 people have been killed in anti-government protests in nepal. it happened in the west of the country. 17 police officers are among the dead, and the home minister is saying that one of them was set on fire. the protestors are upset about
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demarcation of federal boundaries. let's go live to our correspondent in the nepalese capital kathmandu. tell us more about these violent demonstrations. >> the news is still sketchy and still coming out. we do understand that at least 20 people, including 17 policemen have died. there are reports that around 10,000 demonstrators came out with household implements and even burned police, a police officer. one of the police officers who died is a senior police, high ranking official and that has not happened before. the problem has been that the past few weeks, the government has decided to come out with a constitution and fed rate nepal and the demarcation of particular states have been a problem, an issue with a lot of
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communities. there have been two different groups who have been protesting against this arbitrary demarcation. one had been protesting for a separate state, towns are indigenous community which are always marginalized and another wanted demarcation. tensions have been high for two weeks, but this kind of violence was unprecedented. >> thank you very much. she will be following events in nepal as they edge closer towards a new constitution. >> video of a disabled boy being beaten to death in bangladesh has gone viral and provoked a lot of public anger. we have a report from northeastern bangladesh on how
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the attackers took the law into their own hands. some viewers may find the report upsetting. >> the pictures continue to haunt his father as he campaigns for justice. he said his son, who suffered from mental and physical disability would never steal anything. an angry mob thought otherwise. they killed him, then gloated about it in h.d. video of the 13-year-old's murder was posted on line by the culprits themselves. they bragged that they had caught the thief. >> we are poor, so he used to go to the market and help out our family by selling vegetables. his mother called and said our boy hadn't come home. i panicked straight away. >> this is the roadside market where the attackers caught him and tied him up to this pillar. it was early in the morning, but there were still people passing
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by, so they took him to this garage at the back where they beat him to death. >> passers by did nothing to stop the assault. the murder is provoking international outrage, because the video has gone viral, the bangladesh usually ignore beatings here. >> me and six of my friends were hanging out near a bridge when these men came up to us and said they were looking for robbers. we told them we were students but they started hitting us. all my friends died. >> groups say mob beatings are a sign of people's lack of faith in the justice system. the police say incidents are rare and they are working to stop them.
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>> such measures will bring little peace to the child's father. with charges, all i wants is to see the killers punished for taking away his cherished son. >> amnesty international said security forces in burundi tortured members of the opposition during the recent controversial election. the riot group said security services used iron bars and acid to force confessions from those they suspected of taking part in protests. the thousands of people demonstrated against the president's run for a third term, which he won, despite a constitutional limit as two terms in office. >> the guatemalan president
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molina told the nation in a televised address he won't be stepping down. he's under pressure to leave office as there are allegations he's been involved in fraud and corruption. >> with the same strength in character in which i deny my involvement, i cannot help but recognize that this has happened by my government and close government officials or those i designated. that obliges me to ask for public forgiveness to ask that the guatemalan people forgive me. i reaffirm that i am not resign and willfully submit myself to the legal processes. good night and may god bless you. >> farmers in argentina want an end to a 35% export tax imposed on their goods. they are calling for a five day strike. the farmers say they have been forced to stop growing their crops, because they can no longer afford it.
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we have this report from northern argentina. >> back on the road, these farmers' demands have gone unheeded for years. they say they are in economic crisis. >> we're here because our production in the northern part of argentina has a terminal disease. it is not viable. the next year, there won't be any crops in this part of the country. >> this man has been a former here for decades. he took is to his ranch. he said the situation is so complicated that many are thinking of selling their land. >> this is terrible, not to have this land with crops. the humidity is the right one but we have to spend a lot of money and it's not that easy. >> he said the big problem is the exchange rate with the u.s. dollar. in argentina is an official rate and local rate. >> in the case of the soybean,
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we have to pay a 35% export tax and at that value, we get paid in a dollar that is fake and worth 60% to 70% less than the real dollar. we pay 35% minus 30% around it is impossible. >> that's why they put a road block here for a third week. a local government has granted some tax exemptions. farmers say what makes the situation worse for them, the closest port is around 1,000 kilometers away. many decided not to sell their crops, because the flight is so expensive that they cannot afford it. >> farmers are making similar demands. since the government imposed and export tax on crops, there's been constant tension with the farming sector. the global price of crops like the soybean has collapsed in the last year. >> since 2008, the government
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has taken the are farming sector as an enemy. the former president said he wanted to put us on our knees and that the message is still in place. >> presidential elections are two months away. the government said this isn't the right time for a strike. farmers here think differently, and say that they will block the roads until at least some of their demands are met. al jazeera, argentina. >> we've not had much to smile about in this news hour. have you got something? >> another jamaican has won her third world title, that jamaicans of previously won gold. also a two time olympic champion, took silver with the american winning the bronze.
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>> indy car driver justin wilson is in a coma after suffering a head injury during a race in the united states on sunday. he was hit by debris from another car that crashed in front of him. the incident occurred when the driver spun and crashed. it appears that the nose cone from his car struck wilson on the head. the former f1 driver was rushed to hospital. the 37-year-old is in a critical condition. >> it's one of the most dangerous forms of short sports. we go out there every day taking that risk with our head exposed. i hear that the nose cone hit him in the head, so that's a big piece of body work to hit somebody in the head, so thoughts and prayers are with him. he's one of my good friends. >> one of cricket's all time greats has made his final test match appearance, retiring with the fifth highest score in
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history. he didn't get the sendoff he would have liked, his team losing. he scored 18 in his final innings. he retires with sri lanka's leading run scorer in test and internationals. his average is just under 50 way with 38 centuries included. scored 11 double centuries. our correspondent was outside the match and said it is a huge loss for the game. >> he started late in cricket, but he has more than made up for his time, reaching the pinnacle of the game. he has accepted the responsibility to inspire off the field. a few years ago, he said that the love and devotion that he inspires is something that he strifes every day of his career to be worthy of.
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>> >> we are in love with his quality and performance. everything was really perfect. when it comes to perfect, we will always remember him and he will be always in our heart forever. >> he has impressed on not just the international stage, he talked about the turmoil in sri lankan cricket, talking about the mad chaos without consistent administration. >> for more than 15 years, he's played with the national squad. timing is everything in cricket anticipated chooses to go out on top. >> the nfl is dealing with the emergence of a rather embarrassing video from a
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mentoring session given up last year by former players. hall of famer chris carter telling young players they'll need one of their friends to be described as a fall guy if they ever get into legal trouble. >> you all want to keep rolling like this? then i need to know who going to be the fall guy, who going to be driving, because you all not going to do all the right stuff now, all right, so i got to teach you all how to get around all this stuff, too. if you're going to have a crew, one of those fools got to know he's going to jail. we'll get him out. >> we'll get him out. >> carter apologized by twitter, seeing that video has made me realize how wrong i was. i was brought there to educate young people and instead gave them very bad advice. every person should take responsibility for their own actions and i'm sorry and truly regret what i said that day. >> tennis number one serena williams is in good shape
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heading into the u.s. open. the 33-year-old easily defending her title on sunday, beating for strike sets. if williams can pull off the grand slam, she'll be the first to do so since stephi graf in 1998. >> every year, thousands of refugees head to southern italy to work as an unregulated and underpaid workforce. a talented handful have found football to be a truthful diversion. we have this report. >> italy said latest football sensation is the team in yellow, the first entirely made of african refugees to win a minor football league in this country. >> winning the championship meant saving our honor. we don't have any other way of showing what we're capable of. we won, but nothing's changed.
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>> no running water or electricity, men and women living in conditions human rights groups have called sub human. one of the very few locals to help out is local priest robert. he founded the football team, helps the refugees with legal papers and gives them lifts to and from the camp, sometimes taking more than he can carry. he says the team's success hasn't been the game changer he hoped. >> it's a dream that didn't come true. we hoped that by winning the league, we would find a sponsor that could help improve living conditions here. we didn't find anyone who seriously wanted to help. >> one of many southern italian towns, thousands of refugees work at poorly paid fruit pickers. in 2010, the shooting of two
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refugees triggered one of the worst race related riots in italy. since then, relations between the fruit pickers and locals have improved, but their football team still had to tackle rampant racism. in this video shot by the players, supporters of opposite teams called them dirty africans. others shout the they wish they'd drowned in the sea. >> while these players are still looking for a sponsor that pace the $6,000 needed by the team to enroll in the next season, they will continue to train and dream on the same shore they landed on after a long and perilous journey. al jazeera. >> we'll have more drop the word athletic championships in beijing a little later. that is it for now. >> thank you very much indeed. lots more to come here at al jazeera. i'll have another full news bulletin coming in in just another minute or so, so don't go away.
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>> this is al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. live in new york city. we're following breaking news. wall street is plunging this hour. this is a live look at the big board. the new york stock exchange down now about 645 points, which means it is bouncing back a little from the open. the markets earlier were down more than 1,000 points. the worst open since the financial crisis in 2008. ali velshi is with me right now. how rare is it for the dow to drop this precipitously. >> very rare. in 2008 the day the house did not approve the stimulus bill, the d