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>> germany and france call for a unified to europe's refugee crisis. also coming up in the program, asian stock markets swing wildly as the eyes of the financial world are on china. south korea stops propaganda broadcast as part of the deal to diffuse tension with north korean a british driver dies after a crash in an american indycar race.
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france and germany have called for a coordinated european response to europe's refugee crisis. german chancellor wants to see a unified system for the right to asylum. the issue is said to top the agenda at a summit on thursday which merkel will attend. there have been chaotic scenes at europe's borders with some 7,000 refugees crossing over. we'll hear from the red cross. but first, we report from southern serbia. >> reporter: in just two days nearly 10:00 thousand people entered serbia through here. this is a village near the border with macedonia. just weeks ago it was another village in one of the poorest areas of serbia. now it's become an important point of entry for refugees
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trying to get to the european union. every day thousands of hungry, thirsty and exhausted people arrive here. >> i'm expecting to cross. i just want to cross to continue my journey. just want to cross. >> we have the women here. just to go outside from here. >> reporter: many want to go to germany. europe's strongest economy and they are ready to endure all the hardships on their way to a better life. and this is just another step for refugees and migrants just five kilometers northed from the border with mass don't y here they are offered medical help, some food and water. the picture here is different than the situation at macedonia's border with greece. roughly around 5,000 people
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actually went through this migrants and refugees registration points. after the people are registered, they are heading to a nearby train and bus station, catching them to belgrade which is just a step closer to hungary and the eu. doctors without borders called this an ex-sew dust. more will come this way, putting to test the region's ability to cope with the large number of people transiting through here. >> i have been at the great border with the macedonian red cross over the last couple of days. as andrew said, they have set up a reception center.
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things seem to be moving along quicker. but after people are protest, they still sitting down in the hot sun waiting for trains to take them away. our teams going around, the people that are waiting, making sure that they don't need any medical attention. a lot of them do. there are many young children amongst the groups. there are elderly people, treating people for cuts and rashes and blisters. and children for fevers and diarrhea and that kind of thing. just to give you an idea of the scale, the number of people coming through, in the last three days we distributed 11,000 bottles of water, 3,000 food parcels, treated 1,000 people with first aid. they are still coming over the border. the ones that can't fit on the train are having to walk to the town. >> truly extraordinary numbers.
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what sort of stories are they telling you? >> all they want to do is get through macedonia up into serbia. they have been traveling for days and days and days. the journeys have been long. they just come up and say where is the toilet. what do we have to do now. where can we register. i was driving into the town the other day from the border along quite a bumpy dirt track, i came across an 85-year-old woman who was walking along slowly with her son to the bus station. it's hard to see things like this. children in push chairs, pregnant women. a lot of pregnant women are losing their babies along the way. >> you said there was a basic reception center that had been put up. we know that they have called
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for reception centers in italy and greece as well as a unified system for the right to asylum. could those make a difference? >> i think that what we need to see is a coordinated approach between all the countries along the trail. as we have seen, any action taken in any country has a ripple effect up and down the trail. these people, they don't want to leave home. they are fleeing from conflict and insecurity. they have a right to seek protection and a right to seek refuge and we have a right to provide that protection, to prevent loss of life and treat them with dignity and stop the indifference towards these people. it's been another day of big swings and heavy losses on china's stock market. one analyst said the recent turmoil left the hardened trader gasping for air. investors are spooked by china's
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faltering economy which has been one of the pillars of global growth. we have more from beijing. >> reporter: trading across asia pacific opened on tuesday. they opened with baited breath for the traders wondering how the markets would react considering china's fall in the shanghai was so dramatic on monday. the markets were shaky, most making losses in the early parts of trading. they regained some of that ground as the day progressed and made up in some cases on those losses. markets that were in profits saw themselves reach the black again with taiwan, australia, singapore. the shanghai composite, perhaps the market that many global eyes were focused on ended at 7.63% down on the day. hong kong, hang seng was down by just under 1%, tokyo's market
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was down by 3.96. korea is makes a positive gain of just under 1%. certainly, the fears that many traders, investors, manufacturers and exporters feel about the chinese economy will certainly be there in the short and long term. because the effects of what we have seen over the past 48 hours will not be felt immediately, we'll be seeing those in the next few days and weeks and the reaction from the chinese government will be very important to see how they actually decide to deal with the failing stock market or even how to deal with the currency and how it felt, whether it's strong or weak globally. all these issues have to be debated and examined. i think the analysts will perhaps have their say, which could influence the way that
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government policy proceeds over the next few weeks. they used to say when america sneezed. , the rest of the world caught a cold. that's the way it is with china. last year australian exports were worth nearly $65 billion, $42 billion was iron ore and coal, which china needed to actual its construction growth. but as the economy slows down, so does demand. iron ore peaked at $200 a ton, now it's just 52. and the price of coal is halved to just under $60 a ton. andrew thomas reports from singleton in new south wales. >> reporter: until recently, it was the wonder down under. that's changed. commodity prices have collapsed.
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the downturn is felt in towns like singleton. restaurants have closed and shops are empty. this car dealer is still in business, but has seen a 30% drop in sales and has been laying off staff. >> it's belt tightening for us. we have had 30, 40 people. now it's 25 people to keep the business afloat. >> the economy is tied into the coal industry. the price has tumbled, down by more than half in four years. this is the hunter valley north of sydney. just a few years ago it was booming. no longer. existing mines are cutting back on production. thousands are seeing cuts to wages or losing their jobs intirely. coal is australia's second biggest export.
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the biggest, iron ore, used to make steel, has seen its prices down. robert was being flown to remote copper mines where he works repairing machinery. he was told he lost his job by text message. >> my family is in shock. we are on a single income. start back over, getting out resume's and looking for work on job seek. >> most don't think australia is on the verge of economic collapse. but if it starts to affect house prices which in big cities have proved resilient, australia could be in trouble. a loss of the country's wealth is bound up in property. >> if we were to see ongoing weakness in commodity price, australia would have problems.
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not that i would forecast a recession, but risk of recession increases in the housing prices fall. after talks lasting for more than 40 hours, north and south korea reached a deal to end the standoff. south korea has turned off broadcasts along the border with the north. north korea expressed regret for a land mine blast that injured two soldiers. both sides have had their armies on high alert. we have more from seoul. >> so far so good, it seems. south korea ended its loud speaker broadcasts on time. at the same time, north korea ended its war status, south korea is starting to wind down
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some of the troop deployments. they did carry on the loud speaker broadcasts up until the noon deadline and it will maintain those loud speakers, it won't dismantle them. in the text of the agreement, it does say it will make these broadcasts unless there is a situation. they can restart. as for the talks going forward. both south and north say they want to have talks as soon as possible. also, they say they will work towards getting family reunions up and running again. chances for people to meet who have been separated since the end of the fighting in the korean war. the first they hope to get up and running to coincide with the festivals. south korea is treating this as a vindication, they got the apology they wanted.
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the text of the agreement talks about north korean regret rather than apology and taking responsibility for that blast. there is an opportunity for more talks going forward. both sides could have something to gain from those. potentially the lifting of seemses, restarting tourism. those are broader subjects that could be up for negotiations in the future. still to come, honors for the men who tackled a man on a french train. it raises questions about train security. doctorscall off three strikes without response to their grievances.
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>> top stories on al jazeera. france and germany called for a coordinated european response to europe's refugee crisis. they want to see a unified system for the right to asylum and the setting up of reception centers. it's been another day of big swings and heavy losses on china's stock market. the fallen share price rest negligent fears that china's economy is slowing down. after talks lasting for more than 40 hours, north and south korea reached a deal to end app
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standoff. south korea said it turned off a broadcasts. lebanon's cabinet is holding an emergency meeting to discuss antigovernment protests. it begun under uncollected rubbish. it's become much broader. 99 members of the security forces and 61 civilians were injured during two nights of violence on saturday and sunday. >> translator: we are calling for a tracks parent, serious and independent investigation to be launched to hold accountable those involved in violence such as the politicians, security forces and the interior minister. and for the arrest of security personnel. >> we are joined from beirut. what can we expect today? >> reporter: well, it's anyone's
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guess. the bar has been set high by the protesters who have been gaining momentum since that #youstink movement was formed. then it became a wider antigovernment protest movement, protesting against corruption and the lack of basic services like power outages. in fact, one of the people that the criticism has been directed at has been the interior minister. he was on holiday on the greek island when these protests were taking place. there was a vigil circulated about him. people using that as an example, how the lebanese minister and government officials weren't doing their job in terms of providing for the people, but were either interested in their own personal interests or other business affiliations. now, the unique nature of these protests, because they are
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bipartisan, it's something that hasn't been seen in a long time, does give it that added edge. as large as they have been, they still must be able to force some sort of change. how this cabinet meeting takes place and what kind of resolutions come out from it, how credible they are in terms of being able to force change in a country that has had a political system set in stone for decades. >> thank you for that. saudi led coalition bombed a hospital in yemen. it happened in a port city under the control of houthi rebels. rebels. aid groups complain it's preventing delivery of human terry relief.
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there have been 175 people executed. a new report details the execution of 2,200 people in the kingdom. saudi arabia is third in the list of countries putting people to death after china and iran. the four men who thwarted the attack have been honored at a special ceremony. security has been stepped up at stations. but we report from the french capital, authorities are facing a delicate compromise. >> they were honored with the highest reward, rewarded for their courage. they had prevented real carnage. how to keep france and europe's
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trade in tact. he boarded with neither baggage or passport being checked. >> translator: whenever we talk about random stop and search checks, people say they could be discriminatory. i would refer to be discriminated. >> they pass the borders. europe's politicians and police forces now face a huge dilemma, how to improve security, how to track known individuals while preserving the principles of freedom of movement which have become a crucial part of the european economy and its way of life. nowhere is that more true than the tbg network.
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it carries 250,000 people a day from 215 stations. across france, but also into neighboring eu states. on monday the head of france's rail network ruled out airport style security. it may be the only way of guaranteeing safe travel. >> what needs to be done, the first trains are more likely to the targeted. some kind of metal decters. that would be the first step. and then that would be a next step as well. >> friday's attack showed how vugger inable the systevulnerab. soldiers have been killed
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when demonstrators turned on police with spears, knives and axes. it's been exposed with thousands of people demonstrating to demand their separate province. >> a pay for the long hospital strike. there's been no emergency care for three weeks. doctors are demanding better pay and working conditions. just one doctor for every 11,000 people. >> the waiting area is busy again after three weeks of being deserted. doctors have been on strike over their conditions of service. this doctor is the head of clinical care here. he says it's been a difficult
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time. >> doctor find themselves in, to put out to the public, doctors don't want patients to suffer. however, we point that out. while we are asking. >> the strike has been suspended due to public pressure and calls from leaders in society. the doctors want proper terms and conditions of working. they have no set hours, no pay grades and no defined benefits. they say it's been like this until we are able to sign and negotiate documents. so that is our ultimate. and within the next couple of days to weeks should be able to sign off the documents and make sure the consent, they will have
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to come and ask about this. >> the many patients, three week strike has been long enough. 73-year-old says he wasn't able to see a doctor when he really needed one. >> when i came, my blood pressure was high. there was no one here. so i went, i was getting dizzy spells. i fell and hit my head. >> the doctors need to appreciate the constraints of the economy. this has been a bitter dispute for both the government and doctors blaming each other for the lack of progress. the doctor patient ratio is one to is 1,000. there is little to encourage people into the profession. >> venezuela is continuing a crack down with criminals.
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it's deporting hundreds. venezuela president has imposed marshall law in the state. that's after three venezuela soldiers were injured in the shootout with smugglers last week. crews have joined efforts to fight fires. they have been brought in to help their person colleague. with more than 30,000 square kilometers burnt so far. washington state has been the hardest hit. indycar driver justin wilson died from head injuries sustained at a race in pennsylvania. he was hit by stray debris, becoming the second death in four years. >> like any high level motor
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support. it's fast and dangerous this crash in sunday's race looked almost state forward. the debris that had broken off struck him in the head as he approached the accident site. the 37-year-old was airlifted from the track but succumbed to head injuries. >> he passed away in the company of his family, his brother and parents. his elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his kindness, exacter, which made him one of the most respected members. >> wilson competed during the 2003 formula one season, contesting 16 races. he began competing in the united
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states in the following year. suns race had seven victories. >> justin was a great driver. he was extremely good at his craft. beyond that, he was a great guy, one of the few, if only, guys that was a friend among everyone. >> it's a treasured part of the support. it was harder for the driver to exit in case of danger. the indycar season concludes on sunday with six men in contention for the championship title. so that's a fight that will no longer seem important. >> as challenging as today is and yesterday was. he's doing what he loved to do and what we all love to do and
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