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>> welcome to another news hour from al jazeera. coming up in the program, eight south african police officers are found guilty of murdering a man who was handcuffed to a van and dragged behind it. >> the united nations calls on europe to come together in the face of a refugee crisis. >> the red cross indefinitely suspends operations in the yemeni city of aden after its office is attacked. >> i have sport, including indy
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car driver justin wilson dice of a head injury, following a racing crash. >> eight police officers have been found guilty which the murder of a taxi driver in africa in 2013. the 27-year-old was videoed struggling with police who tied him to the back of a van, then dragged him behind it. he was accused of parking illegally. tanya page is outside the high court. what did the judges say while delivering this verdict? >> he said there were two crucial pieces of evidence. the mobile phone footage that shows that the police officers were there, identified them, showed that some of them took
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hard in handcuffing him to the back of the police van. he said in doing so as it drove off dragging him, they must have known that he might have been caused serious injury, perhaps death. the judge was damning in the verdict. i've been to a lot of course cases and never heard a judge be so strong in condemnation of the police officers' actions. the court said their version of evidence was quite that simply ridiculous, completely untrue and said they tried to get away with murder, including and in coming up with fantastickical stories about what happened and simply weren't believed. it came down to pathologist evidence. he said there was no way all the injuries could have been caused by that the injuries of him being dragged behind the police van that he must have been assaulted by that the police contributing to his death. >> hey rare is it that the
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police in south africa are held accountable? >> it doesn't happen often and certainly not in such strong terms and condemnation from a judge in such a public forum. we have to go back to the time, the contents of this event are very important. this happened only six months after officers shot dead striking miners and only after this man was killed in police custody, another individual police officers accused are assaulting and murdering him, an event captured by mobile phone footage. it was delivered today and his family is overjoyed at the news. >> thank you very much, live outside the high court in pretoria. >> the united nation's high
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commissioner for refugees called on europe to come together. she said up to 3,000 refugees are expect every day in macedonia and continuing violence in iraq and syria means the influx of people will continue for months. al jazeera is covering this story from every angle. jonah hull is in the greek capital, athens where many of these refugees are now arriving. andrew simmons is in serbia. he's just crossed the border with hundred hundreds of refuge. tell us about what you experienced, andrew. >> >> here we have what's called a one stop center, which is another transit point in this journey for tens of thousands of people. in fact, 10,000 people have passed through this center in the past five days alone, and then the next stop is hungary
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and 100,000 have been registered in this past year. the numbers are getting their hard to digest because their so enormous. this his the biggest refugee crise since the second world war. june the next bottleneck with harsh conditions will be the hungarian border, which has a fence, the serbian hungary
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border. 800,000 asylum applications are likely in one year alone. this is getting bigger as the days go by. there seems to be little coordinated response politically into trying to otherwise things in a more rational humanitarian fashion. >> many refugees coming into macedonia are arriving from turkey. turkey's also where refugees are arriving or actually departing from to head to greece. jonah hull joins us live from athens. more and more people arriving every day. how are the outlying greek islands, the ones close to turkey coping?
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>> not very well at all is the short answer to that. i'm standing at the port. we're waiting in the next hour or two, three perhaps for the arrival of a fer require, a large passenger ferry with 2,500 syrian refugees onboard, coming to us here in athens from the aegean islands. they are the front line in this massive influx of humanity, taking the greatest number of them. this boat load now the fifth, many more are making their way by other private ferries and even by airplane, as well. 50,000 people in july alone, the august figure will be much higher. now we've been in touch this morning with the authorities on lesbos. the mayor's office confirming to
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us there are around 10,000 people living in two very rudimentary reception centers in pretty bad conditions. they said they have not received a single euro of money from central government to help them, although they've asked repeatedly. they say those numbers are swelling by a thousand every single day, so this unrelenting flow of people goes on. it against here in greece, and it heads to where andrew is now and far beyond. >> many thanks from athens. >> refugees were brought to shore on a doctors without borders vessel. the ship was also carrying the body of a 15-year-old somali boy, who had been rescued from people strugglers. he died of cardiac arrest monday. over 100,000 people arrived by boat in italy since the start of the year. >> the red cross in yemen is
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suspending operations indefinitely in aden after an attack on its office. let's go straight to the red cross spokesman in aden. why have you taken the decision to close your office indefinitely? what actually happened yesterday at your office in aden? was it a robbery or do you think there was something more to it? >> gunman into the office in
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aden. >> many thanks for being with us. >> there's more fighting in other parts of yemen. we have the latest. an armored vehicle is hit by a rocket in a southern saudi arabia province along its border with yemen, where houthi fighters say they launched this attack to target saudi troops. fighting has also intensified in the south central city of taiz. this is where the fight for the control of yemen would likely be decided. houthi fighters have put up fierce resistance here, despite
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losing crucial district elsewhere. as the fighting continues, more are killed and buildings destroyed. >> look at this. they destroyed buildings, killed children, women and old people. they are destroying taiz. >> taiz is on the main highway that links the south to sanna in the north. forces loyal to the exiled president adou rabbo mansour hadi say retaking taiz is just a matter of time. >> until the yemenese attack the houthis, they assure that taiz will be liberated soon. >> this is another front line in yemen's continuing conflict. pro government gun man fire at positions in the oil rich province. yemenese soldiers trained in saudi arabia have been sent here with new weapons to recapture
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the city and secure oil and gas installations. this is what government forces are hoping to achieve. they are on the offensive to recapture the province. they also say they have fighters ready to retake taiz. if they succeed in getting ahold of them, forces will advance to retake the capital and push houthi fighters and their allies to the north, which is their stronghold. that goal might not be easy. the houthis and forces loyal to former president ali abdullah saleh say they have deployed an elite force in the mountains surrounding sanna to stop any advance by government troops. al jazeera. >> just ahead here on the news hour: >> yesterday, i lost 10%, today another 10%.
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>> we meet chinese investors hit hard by the share market slump and we'll ask an expert how it could affect you. >> celebrations in sierra leone as the last known ebola patient is discharged from hospital. >> we'll tell you why the bad boy of tennis is on his final warning. details later with joan. >> china has cut interest rates again. many people who bought shares with their life savings are worried about losing everything, as we report now from beijing. >> struggling to understand what is happening to nine in a's economy, all he knows is that his shares are now worth 70% less than two months ago.
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>> i already put all my savings into the stock market. what i can do now is just wait for the index to come back. i won't buy or sell at this stage, just keep watching it. >> his story is being replicated. when it comes to making investments, the options are limited, property and shares. the problem now is that the price are both are falling. >> a following stock market and economy that's slowing, the owner of this restaurant said his takessings are half of june when the stock market began to fall. he says the landlord won't reduce the rent, so he's closing next month. >> my business is not doing well, merely because the stock
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market is falling. many companies in this area have been bankrupt. many blame foreigners for manipulating chinese stock market. this room is popular with pensioners who were encouraged by the government to buy shares. >> i don't even dare to calculate how much i lost, the market keeps falling. yesterday i lost 10%, today another 10%. i don't know when this could end. >> the stock market is a sensitive issue now and these people know it. initials demanded to see our pictures, order us to delete several images before they returned our identity cards. the president unveiled his vision, calmed the china dream, meaning making china more rich
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and powerful. >> the china dream is our goal. that goal would be definitely achieved. if not, our country will go backwards. people's lives are still getting better day by day. >> china's leadership engineered recovery before, and for people it good morning, they still have faith it will do so again. adrien brown, al jazeera, beijing. >> let's get an expert view now from with my black, associate professor of the university of missouri in kansas city. what's going on with the chinese stock market? is there any correlation between these stock market falls and the actual chinese economy? >> there's more correlation with the chinese economy than is true in most place in the world. in most places in the world, there's almost no connection between the stock market and the real economy.
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the stock market is falling because it is a severe bubble and it's triggered by as opposed to caused by the slowdown in the chinese economy. >> they used to say that if america sneezed, then the rest of the world caught a cold. is it now becoming a case of china sneezing, the rest of the world catches a cold. what are the risks for those of us outside of china? >> yes, for a very significant portion of the world, that is now true. i just got back from five months in ecuador, and throughout latin america, china is now the number one or the number two trade partner for most countries and in a vast range of goods and when you add what's happening to china to what's happening to commodity prices, you are going to see dozens of countries that are going to have serious
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economic problems already have them. >> we are talking about any countries that produces things like iron ore, copper, that sort of thing. >> and of course, oil, oil big time. >> all right. are we likely to see, i don't want to scare monger here, but if there's anything like 2008, are we looking at a potential here for another global crash? >> no, 2008 isn't the analog, but what is lurking behind, listen to your report just done, think of the lenders who have made extensions of credit to all those businesses that are failing, to the people who borrowed money to invest in the stock market, that would be
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analogous to 2008. the chinese have a very poorly regulated banking sector and they have like we did in the united states, a massive shadow sector that is essentially not regulated, and in deep trouble. if that sector goes, they be you'll have something closer to 2008. >> the chinese government of course has intervened on several occasions to prop up the stock market itself, introduced restrictions on sails of stocks by big investors, now playing around with interest rates. is there any way the chinese government can stop any of this? >> there was a bona fide bubble. many should never have been in the market.
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that contrary to portions of the report is already causing a significant loss of confidence in the broad range of the chinese people. the interventions to date have failed. their best hopes is what they have done, which is the very aggressive devaluation of the currency. over time, that could certainly cause their exports to increase, and of course that will be very bad for nations like japan. >> professor, thank you very much, sir. i learned a lot. i'm not sure whether any of that was good news, but thank you very much indeed. professor of economics at the university of missouri in kansas. >> saudi arabia has executed 175 people over the past 12 months. a new report details the execution of 2,200 people in the kingdom in the last 20 years.
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saudi arabia is third in the list of countries putting people to death after china and iran. >> lebanon's government said it will invest $100 million to solve a waste crisis that starts large anti-government protests. emergency ministers walked out of a meeting. a decision was made to find a new developer for a landfill site. there is a social media campaign using the hash tag you stink, about the rubbish on the streets and the tuesday towards the countries political elite. take a look at this image that's shared on twitter right now. the cleared tree on the flag has been replaced by a big green nose, reference to the mounting rubbish on beirut's streets. >> this image, a rather resolute
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looking cedar tree has been dumped, the slogan, some trash should not be recycled, referencing the political elite. that a lebanese group dedicated to fighting corruption and its representative is here with us. thank you for joining us. the investment for a new landfill site, is this going to make the people's campaign go away? >> this government faces 100% in dealing with the problem of garbage and waste management because of corruption and because of like they thought that there is no accountability. this is why they started to
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refuse the election of a president, but garbage is on the roads, everywhere. the campaign, you think is mobilizing people, of course, as you say that there is a real anger between all the population against other politicians, because they are not delivering, but now, i think next time, we are -- this campaign is calling for a big gathering saturday and focusing its message. you are obliged to find a solution for waste management soup. we want the minister of environment to be accountable. we want the president to be accountable. we want accountability. >> this campaign, it's interesting, isn't it, that it's crossed the sectarian divide. what is it aiming to do? topping the present government? as you say, you don't have a
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president in lebanon at the moment. if the government goes, there's going to be sheer chaos, surely. >> of course when the population gets to the street, they called for all this politic class and called for what we called revolution or change the regime. of course in this area and according to what we saw on sunday night, all these protestors acknowledge violence that happened, we presume that there were intruders. we don't, we can't call for really a change in regime. it's impossible how to, even the prime minister can't really resign, because there is no president, and if you want to call for new elections, you need to the whole parliament to resign, so now, we want to focus again, again, i want to sox the problem of waste management and
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to make this minister and this government accountable through really judicial system. >> ok. all right. >> through resignation and we want a solution, rapid solution to this problem. >> some are calling this a garbage revolution. do you think this is a real moment of change or has the potential to be a real moment of change in lebanon? >> there is a potential. the fact that all population gathered against other factions, political factions means that this political class lost faith between people. so, it's a momentum, it's a gradual momentum and we have hope that we can make a difference for once since like the independent in 1943. >> ok, thanks indeed. >> time for a weather forecast.
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rob's here. meteorologist rob, a winter tornado in new south wales. >> yes, not unheard of. the weather has gone crazy in the last 24 hours or so. let's have a look at what was captured in the town in new south wales. this is a tornado not quite touching the ground. it did cause trouble. it wasn't alone in this severe weather. the vast amount of rain family. the dam set to be recommissioned breached itself. this is south of sydney. that produced 248 millimeters of rain. that's where the problem came.
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i'd like to say it's all over, but i can't. the rape is still there in the forecast for wednesday. although it will wind itself out of the way, coming down through greens land is the next interesting built of weather, heading for sydney and to forecast the severe weather, in sydney is there, as well. for some curious reason, this winter season, all of a sudden in new south wales and now has turned really quite vast amounts of rain and tornadoes, and possibly more to come. >> sierra leone could be declared free of ebola. the countries last known patient with the virus is reds from hospital. the outbreak that began last year has killed 11,000 people in west africa, a third of them in sierra leone. we have a report from the north. >> it was a day of celebration
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for this ebola survivor. she came out of the treatment unit, staffs sang a celebration song in her local dialects. sierra leone's president handed her the discharge certificate. he congratulated her on beating the deadly virus and on all the hard work to contributed to fighting the disease since the outbreak hit the country in may, 2014. >> i think we once recognize to seeing reunions nationally and internationally that provided support. >> celebrations continue here in her village, close to the treatment center where she was cured. even though there's reason to
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celebrate, officials warn people should not become too relaxed as the country is not ebola free just yet. >> there has to be 42 days of no new cases to be declared ebola free. contact with bodily fluids could still surface. >> we should stop washing dead bodies, following the steps and follow procedures. >> that statement was echoed. she caught the virus for her son caring for him. he died in late july. the entire village had to be quarantined. she said she misses her son and will keep sending people to take precautions against the disease, now that she understands how deadly it is. >> i want to remind people ebola is still around, so if you are sick, call the emergency ebola response line. i do not want anyone else to get
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sick. >> for now, it's about a celebration of life and new hope that this virus might finally be stamped out for good. the countdown for being ebola free starts tuesday. al jazeera, sierra leone. >> we're at the midway point. still to come on the program, it was a good idea, but a sad result. the huts built for somali refugees that nobody wants to live in. >> also, myanmar loosened laws on importing cars. this is what it's led to. >> in sport, mexico have a new national football manager. all the details on that in around 15 minutes in the sport.
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>> struggling with police, they tied him to the back of a have been and dragged him behind it. >> the united nations high commissioner for refugees called on europe to come together to deal with its refugee crisis. the u.n. said up to 3,000 refugees expected each day in macedonia. the red cross is suspending operations in aden in yemen over security concerns its officers
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were attacked by armed man who looted equipment and money. the decision is indefinite. >> south sudan's president agreed to sign a peace deal and power sharing accord. his rifle, the rebel leader signed the deal last monday, agreeing to end the 20 month civil war. he is expected to sign the deal on wednesday at a meeting of regional leaders. let's take you live to juba. what have they signed up to in this peace deal? >> >> quite a lot of things. it's a very dense document, but among them are the makeup of a transition government of national unity, including the president remaining in his post, but would more than likely mean that coming back into the government as the first vice president, which is very similar to the position he held before
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he left the government and took up arms. there are other details in there, for example, to do with the ceasefire, monitoring mechanisms, the security, which would include a demilitarization of juba. that is a contentious subject. there are provisions for humanitarian assistance and rebuilding of the economy that might be possible if there was a peace deal signed. >> what would this mean for the people of south sudan, the world's newest nation particularly, those living under the protection of the u.n.? >> well, unfortunately, this is still a very big if. i just spoke to the president spokesman. he told me this is by no means a done deal, which is different to what we heard earlier in the day. we were told these heads of state would come tomorrow and the deal signed. he told me this is going to be more like a continuation of the negotiations and that the
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president isn't necessarily going to sign this document tomorrow. if he did, there is still no guarantee that there would be peace, because senior commanders from the in opposition forces have vowed that they will continue to fight, even if a peace deal is signed. at the moment, this isn't looking like a done deal. there is certainly reason for cautious optimism if a peace deal was signed. it would mean great changes for this country, meaning people living under the protection of the u.n. could return to their homes and live in safety. at the moment, this is still a very big if. >> reporting live there from juba. >> thousands of refugees are returning to somalia from the world's largest refugee camp in kenya. nearly 400,000 people lived in the camp. in 2013, an agreement was made to relocate people who wanted to leave. most of those who returned are living a life of hard sip in the
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port city. we have this report. >> built on the shape of the sunny beach, this had been home to those displaced by conflict and drought in somalia. the population had grown with refugees returning from neighboring kenya. she and her daughter returned after living in the camps for 21 years. >> all we have here is peace with that we have nothing else. we got no help to settle back and no aid from anyone. >> just before the first group of refugees returned, a number of charities came together to build these makeshift shelters for them. no one lived here, all these houses have been abandoned. the families moved out, complaining they were too tiny and did not offer protection against the heat. it's the difficulty of shelter that is causing concern about the ability of the returning
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refugees to live in dignity. >> most have been forced to swap one refugee camp for another. >> it would cause huge resources to settle these people. they need hospitals, medical care. there are so many services they require, which juba cannot afford. >> these young men have been trained and equipped by a charity to build boats out of fiberglass. the majority of the returning refugees have been left on their own. every morning, hundreds of them take to the streets, looking for work. omar, a father of two has lived in the kenyan refugee camps for 11 years. >> i'm facing the same problems i've fled from. i'm still a refugee. i thought i would be resettled properly and begin farms, but here, i am a layer remember.
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>> the dock near the border is the world's largest refugee camp and is home to nearly 400,000 somalis. it was thought returns would empty the camps, butch with the situation in somalia, it's unlikely many more will be coming back soon. al jazeera, southern somalia. >> police in spain and morocco arrested 14 people suspected of recruiting fighters for isil. the joint operation arrested one person in the town south of the capital of madrid, the others were arrested in several other cities in morocco. >> the turkish military said members of the p.k.k. have been killed. the fighters died in airstrikes in northern be iraq's mountains. turkey began a military operation in the region after
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momentum after a p.k.k. attack on turkish troops. turkey said president erdogan has given the prime minister a hand date to form a caretaker government ahead of snap polls. president erdogan called for a new election. the party didn't win enough votes for a majority in june elections. it was the first time it failed to do so since coming to power. talks to form a coalition have been unsuccessful. >> a filmmaker has been jailed after opposing annexing crimea. prosecutors accused him of setting fire to the office of russia's ruling party, united russia. the 39-year-old denied the charges and said he was tortured into confess that. human rights groups condemned the trial as unfair. >> after marathon talks, north
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and south korea agreed to end the standoff. south korea turned off brought casts along the border with the north at north korea expressed regret for a land mine blast that injured two south korean soldiers. >> it wasn't the most natural looking group photo, after after 43 hours of talks marked a significant moment, one relayed by state t.v. to its people including a rare expression of regret. >> north korea expresses regret over a recent land mine incident on the south side of the demilitarized zone that wounded the south's troops. >> south korea demanded a clear apology and even if president language fell a little short that have, seoul is treating the talk's outcome as stripped occasion of its hard line. >> this agreement is considered the fruit of our government
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constantly follow the principle of strongly dealing with north koreas provocation while opening the door of dialogue to resolve a the issue. >> loud speakers blaring news broadcasts and materials deemed harmful to the north remain installed but fell silent. troops stood down from their quasi state of war. at least 50 of the northern korean submarines that disappeared from their bases appeared to be returning. now to the long term implications, calling for another round of talks as soon as possible and there's talk of more regularized meetings between north and south korea going forward to help build trust on the peninsula. >> the first test of the deal is likely to come next month when it calls for a new round of family reunions, allowing those separated since the end of the
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fighting in the korean war to meet again. the plan is for it to coincide with a harvest holiday at the end of the september. >> myanmar's biggest city is fast becoming notorious for its traffic jams. it's got much worst since restrictions on car imports were relaxed four years ago. we have a report from the slow lane. >> there are many roads that lead to downtown, come rush hour, they all look like this, bumper to bumper traffic in the commercial hub of myanmar. since government regulations were relaxed, car ownership that risen and so has traffic congestion. it's a far cry from military rule where only a select few were allowed to import cars. >> we had around 15% to 20% increase per year. within two or three years, it just doubled up, and then the city itself is not prepared in
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many aspects. >> traffic policemen are deployed to major intersections, but there doesn't seem to be enough of them. with the city lacking a traffic management system, many cars spend time just waiting. >> they are sitting in heavy traffic. in 15 minutes, this car has moved a mere 200 meters. the narrow streets aren't built to accommodate this many cars and trucks. congested roads and jim patient drivers mean the streets have become less pedestrian friendly. city leaders are trying to tackle the problem in various ways. one is to limit new car buyers to only those who have a valid parking spot. for a while, that seemed to work. car dealerships complained of slower turnover, but sales are picking up, with salesmen
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helping navigate the paperwork. in the meantime, flyovers are being built to help ease congestion. building alternative district will take time and money. traffic woes aren't going away anytime soon. al jazeera. >> still to come here on the news hour, ghana moves to set up formal training for psychic healers who play an important role there. >> in sport, after another indy car death, we look at why this view is risking drivers' lives.
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>> i want to show you live picture at athens. this is the vessel, a ferry that surfs the outlying greek islands, places like kos and lesbos. it's carrying 2,500 people having made the perilous journey across the water from turkey, escaping fighting in syria, and in afghanistan. the greek authorities are helping them on their way, as they arrive in the european union as we were hearing earlier
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in the program. we'll bring you an update in the next 20 minutes here on al jazeera. >> to ghana where medical patients are being warned to choose their psychic healers wisely. the government said some are practicing without a registration certificate. we have a report from ghana. >> on patrol for psychic healers, government inspectors are checking whether the psychics are registered or not. they are often met with hostility. this man isn't register road, and his community is trying to persuade him to comply, rather than face arrest. >> we have to be sure that they have the relevant competency and
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skills. imagine what is going to happen. these people should be resourced, trained. >> in ghana, islam and christianity exists alongside other regions. psychics seek guidance from god before performing rituals. >> he often deals with patients with psychiatric problems, a snake bite or other poison. he is preparing an idol for this person to use to care for his home. >> i have to make sure they are getting value for money and i serve them well. these people who are not registered are lowering confidence with the rest of us. >> the government is trying to find ways for traditional medicine to work alongside conventional medicine. it recognizes that ghanians use
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both. there's a huge gap between the two. the team have to strike a delicate balance between respecting local traditions and enforcing regulations, because this i guess the kind of healing that most people believe in, so the team has to insure it's being practiced safe live. >> it's also about making sure that vulnerable people are protected. there are thousands of traditional healers in ghana and trying to track and monitor them all is a major challenge. al jazeera, ghana. >> time now for sport. >> we start in beijing where olympic champion world record holder has won his second 800-meter world title. the kenyan is recovering from a niger that cost him the word title in 2014, but finished strongly ahead of the polish athlete that. >> bolt and gatlin on course to
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renew their rivalry at the bird's nest track. the two made the semifinals with that gatlin was .900 of a second quicker. >> greg rutherford won gold in the men said long jump with more than enough to secure victory. it gave him a place in the history books. rutherford is the fifth british athlete to hold multiple titles at the same time. >> indy car driver justin wilson died from head injuries sustained at a race in pennsylvania, hit by flying debris. he's the second driver to die in the u.s. based sport in four years,. >> like any high level motor sport, i understandy car is fast and dangerous.
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this crash in sunday's race in pennsylvania looked almost straightforward. debris that had broken off the damaged car struck british driver justin wilson in the head as he approached the accident site. the 37-year-old was airlifted from the track, but succumbed to head injuries a day later. >> he passed away in the company of his family, his brothers, steven, his loving wife, wonderful wife, julia and his parents, keith and lin. justin's elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwaiving kindness, character, and humility, which made him one of the most respected members of the paddock.
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>> originally from sheffield and the u.k., he competed during the 2003 formula one season, contesting 16 races. he began competing in the united states in the following year. sunday's race was his 174th start in indy car, heralding seven victories. >> obviously justin was a great professional driver and an extremely good at his craft. beyond that, you know, he was a great guy, one of the future if great guy, one of the few if only guy that really was a friend among everyone in the had dock. >> open air racing is a treasured part of the sport. opponents against a protective cockpit argue it would affect the aerodynamics of the vehicle, as well as making it harder for the driver to exit in case of danger. the indy car season concludes sunday with six men in contention for the championship title. 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 why we'll all be back competing in his honor in the near future. >> justin wilson is survived by
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his wife and two young daughters. al jazeera. >> his death renewed the debate on protecting drivers in cars with open cockpits. this is a view from inside an indy car or formula one car that leaves drivers exposed to debris coming towards them. the dangers have been highlighted in recent years. another driver died in july after spending nine months in a coma following a massive head injury during the japanese grand prix. two time indianapolis 500 winner dan wheldon was killed instantly when his head hit a pole and fence during a 2011 crash. another driver was hit in the helmet and he returned to racing the following season. >> alex young drove over two
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seasons and joins me from malaysia. you've driven across many motor sport categories. what's your view on open cockpits? >> i've done my whole career in open cockpits. it's an accident that took out justin, unfortunately was a freak accident. it's very rare to see head injuries, but it has happened before. you mentioned lucas massa and henry killed by a tire in 2009, tragically. they are looking to a canopy cockpit, a little coverage like a jet fighter, but haven't concludes the tests on that. if you cover the cockpit, it's distracting to the driver in case of an accident. until you can do that properly, that is a bit of a concern. >> there is pushback over those canopy, because purists say that the idea with this open cockpit is to feel the air rushing through your helmet, is that
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right? >> i don't know any driver that says that. we've never worried about it before. the risks have always been successful. when you loose someone such as justin wilson, a loss to the sport, most drivers already know that closed cockpits are on the way. it's a bit like the next safety device coming out, all the drivers really liked it. after using it for about a year, it seemed lives that it saved, everyone enough a days would not race without the device. once we get the canopies, and it's actually safety works, then the drivers and everyone else in the sport will embrace it. >> we've seen deaths in indy car and norm la one, open cockpits, high speed. are either safer than the other and what would that be?
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>> we should never take our eyes off the safety side. safety's come on so much since 1994, but we can't take our eyes off it. we have to keep pushing forward. justin was also pushing for changes in indy car, speaking out about a few things. maybe indy car is a sport that will have to look at a couple things, because they have had a few big accidents this year and i show they already are looking to see how they can make racing safer. >> thanks for your insight. >> ricardo takes over for just four matches after former herrera was sacked for punching a journalists in mexico. he won't be accepting a salary
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for his national team duty. >> nick is back amongst his pierce as he prepares for the next week's u.s. open. the controversial australian player was given a 28 day ban and fine of $25,000 for miking looked comments about a fellow player's girlfriend. he'll need to behave for the next six months in order to avoid those penalties taking effect. >> a hammer thrower lying low after winning gold in beijing. he reportedly woke up after a big night of celebration to discover his medal gone. the 26-year-old contacted police, who began investigating. they eventually worked out he had willingly paid for taxi with a gold medal. thankfully for him, the driver returned it. >> many thanks indeed. that's it, thanks for the news hour. stay with us. i'll be back to update you with a full bulletin of news in just a few moments.
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