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♪ the u.n. calls for a guaranteed system to relocate refugees in europe, at least 30,000 people are waiting to be registered in greece. ♪ hello, i'm marteen and live from do what and also coming up, in the program, a bomb attack kills at least ten police officers in turkey a day after the prime minister threatens to wipe out the pkk separatists and toxic effect and abandon gold mine in south africa people say is
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choking a community and tell you more about a mexican community that fought back against organized crime to bring back life to its forests. the u.n. says an urgent system is required to relocate refugees to ease the worsening crisis in europe. u.n. refugee agency says there are 30,000 refugees on greek islands and 20,000 people here alone and says a record 7,000 syrians arrived in macedonia on monday and the head of germany's biggest state north ryan westfalia says refugees arriving will be well above the earlier estimate of 800,000. the u.n. special envoy for moi griegs has again criticized europe for not working on a cohesive response to the crisis
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and peter says it's unacceptable countries are taking in more refugees than others. >> we should have a european response as part of a global response and if we are not joined in this it will fail to a position which is not going away as everyone knows but which can be greatly improved. we need structures. how is it for an example that at the moment that the assessment of whether a person is or is not a refugee conducted at national level has widely different results in different countries. >> reporter: a message that is being echoed by the unhcr as well, i've been speaking to the chief spokeswoman for umhcr melissa fleming. >> reporter: we proposed there be european union-led mega
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reception and registration centers established in greece. we would support that, established also in italy and also in hungry whereby the people arriving there could go to these centers, be received in decent humane conditions and they could apply for asylum there but this would only work if european countries come together and agree on a relocation plan. it would be mandatory they would be relocated then once established that they are refugees to participating countries in the european union. >> reporter: we can go live to mohamed our correspondent who is at a station, a train station in the austria capitol vienna and criticism for european countries for not making a united stand on the issue of refugees.
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what are the austria people doing with regard to thousands of people who managed to get this far? >> marteen it's interesting because a couple hours ago we spoke with an official with the ministry of interior here in austria and he was telling us that one of the things that is really complicating their response to the refugee crisis is the fact that they don't really know what hungry is doing. hungry has not been communicating effectively with them and them not knowing here, not knowing what the policy is going to be from hungry makes it much more complicated for austria to deal with this influx. that all being said there is also a huge concern for the refugees here because they don't know one minute to the next how exactly they will be dealt with, if they have to seek asylum here or asylum in germany or if relatives are left behind in
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serbia or hungry and cross to austria so it's a chaotic situation and everyone we have spoken with here today if they are refugees or government officials all very much in agreement there must be a cohesive policy formulated by eu to effectively deal with this. we had been on an earlier train coming from border of hungry to here in vienna with hundreds of refugees who were thoroughly exhausted and yet relieved to be aboard one of these trains. here is our report. looking back on all they have survived it's clear the trauma won't be easy to overcome. parents may have been the ones cradling their children but the fathers and mothers here are obviously in need of as much comfort and compassion as their sons and daughters. >> translator: i took my family out of iraq because i.s.i.l. was getting closer. i wanted to protect them. i could i have known we would be treated the way we were in hungry? >> reporter: as they depart on
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austria's border with hungry resilience slips away and reflection sets in. >> translator: we were in hell and now we are in heaven he tells me. >> reporter: but it's the arab countries that are to blame. >> translator: they slammeded the door in our faces and they slammed their doors in the faces of all the syrians. >> reporter: fled war-ravaged syria last month explains how he never has been treated worse than he was this past week. >> translator: i swear to god hungry humiliated us. >> reporter: the refugees aboard this train to vienna while relieved are also thoroughly exhausted. all of the ones i have spoken with have said they never would have believed their journey to this point could have been so hard. for some though moving ahead
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allows them a moment or two to drop their guard. . >> translator: i didn't believe it at first when they told me i could finally get on the train and didn't believe it would happen but it did. my niece here said it's the first time she seen me smile in 15 days. >> reporter: she echoes her uncle telling me how happy she is. >> translator: life got better for us she tells me. >> reporter: arriving in vienna the refugees know the true healing is yet to begin but this is a good of start as any and reached their destination unobstructed by the journey is far from over. >> and mohamed, so you have already outlined the warm reception so many people received in austria, is that a sign that is beginning to end? because as we know the numbers are mounding up and many people are bulking, aren't they, about
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the hundreds of thousands potentially could be coming their way. >> yeah, marteen, that is a very good question and there are opinion polls that have been reported in local media suggesting the public may be divided on this issue. that there is a growing number of the austria public who may be starting to be less welcoming to the idea of so many refugees coming here. that being said though we are not seeing where we are any hostility being directed to the refugees whereas in hungry it was quite a different situation and everybody we have spoken with the refugees the children and women have all said they are very gratified for the treatments they have gotten. and the refugees we have spoken with have been critical of the treatment they got in hungry they always made mention that they did not hold it against the hungry people because they were
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very kind to them and just blame the hungry government for their policies. >> thank you very much, mohamed at a train station in vienna the austria capitol. turkey and 12 officers have been killed in a bomb attack on a police mini bus and explosion happened in the eastern province and blaming the kurdistan workers party or pkk for the attack and we have a correspondent here and sent this report. >> reporter: police officers were in a bus that was targeted by a roadside bomb as they were being taken to accustoms check point right on turkey's eastern corner border with armania, the second very serious, large scale attack on security forces in the last few days. on the weekend 16 soldiers were killed in another roadside bomb attack, the kurdistan workers party, the separatist pkk claim
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responsibility for that and launched a series of air strikes on pkk positions, at least 20 targets hit and more than 35 pkk fighters killed according to the turkish military and it was then after that attack the turkish prime minister promised to wipe out the pkk. the security situation has been deteriorating in turkey in the eastern provinces really since the elections, the national elections in turkey in june. in the run up to those elections there have been increased violence from the pkk targeting turkish security forces after the elections, turkey at the same time it launched new assaults on i.s.i.l. targets it also launched air assaults on pkk positions and as that happened the pkk stepped up its number of assaults on the turkish military turkish forces
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and at least 90 members of forces have been killed now since june and many hundreds of pkk fighters killed at the same time. and all of this, the deteriorating situation comes as turkey prepares for a second national election on the first of november after the elections in june failed to return a majority government and after the ruling act party was unable to form a coalition out of that election results. the saudi-led coalition carried out a series of air strikes against rebels in the yemeni capitol sanaa. and targeted an airforce base controlled by troops loyal to former president saleh and also damaged homes nearby. thai police have taken a suspect in last month's bangkok bombing to their investigation and police say he admitted to a charge of possessing explosives
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but has not thought to have planted the bomb that killed 20 people last month and wayne hay is our correspondent in bangkok. >> reporter: a common event for thai police and like to bring suspects back to the scene of the crime. on this occasion obviously it's a very high profile situation and very high security and large media contingent here too because the person they brought back to this apartment building is this foreign man picked up on the thai-cambodia border last week reportedly in possession of a chinese passport and he was arrested in connection with the bombing at the shrine in the heart of the city. since then he has according to police confessed to being in possession of illegal explosives and also to actually constructing the bomb that was left at the shrine. but the police don't think he was the man who actually placed it inside the grounds of the shrine so they have brought him here to this apartment block on
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the outskirts of the capitol city because they say they have forensic evidence that links him to an apartment here that had earlier been raided by the police and another foreign man was arrested. there was also bomb making equipment inside there. so as well as the two foreigners arrested police say they are looking for at least ten more suspects. still to come on the program how hong kong is feeling the effects of the turmoil on the chinese stock market plus myanmar's traditional marshal arts is gaining in popularity and we go to meet some of its people. ♪
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♪ hello again, let's have a look at the top stories at al jazeera, unhcr has a system for relocating refugees and they are waiting to be registered in greece and mandatory relocation plan need to be for european countries to share the burden. head of germany's biggest state says the number of refugees arriving in the country this year will be well above the current estimate of 800,000. she says arrival numbers will need to be revised upward. in turkey at least 12 officers are dead in a bomb attack on a police mini bus. the explosion happened in the eastern province here and government officials blaming the kurdistan workers party or the pkk for the attack. now abandon mines around south africa's largest city's
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commercial capitol johanesburg are making people sick and toxic waste has been left to pile up in residential areas for years now and we report from one community that is just meters away from such a dump site. >> reporter: roslyn says her lungs are failing her. she relies on a machine for oxygen for 16 hours a day to keep her alive. >> it's very difficult because we can't go anywhere at all and anywhere you have to go you have to take the machine with. this is my life for the rest of my life i have to deal with this machine. sometimes i can't even get out of bed. >> reporter: she says the dust from neighboring mine dumps have made her and others in her community sick. decades of gold mining, created the largest gold and uranium basin in the world now flooded by acid mine drainage and created close to 300 mine residue deposits with uranium
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which is toxic and radio action. >> they are killing us with the s scent and should be held accountable and hoping somebody can do something for us because we don't have a mouth to speak for us and nobody to represent us. >> reporter: poor community with high number of unemployed people and limited medical care. the community is surrounded by mine dumps, the closest one just meters away from roslyn's home. many like her here have no where else to go. allen thompson has been living at a local retirement village for eight years and strong winds are reminder of the potential hazards. >> in august it's like ten times worse and you can carrying only sweeping and wiping, whatever, it's a dusty sea but the air is full of dust. >> reporter: federation for a sustainable environment says 1.6 million people live near or on top of mine residue deposits. >> exposure and widely accepted
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that it causes lung cancer and also exposed to the inhilation and ingue guesgues guesgues gug fall out. >> reporter: some action has been taken. >> there are companies which actually reclaim, you know, minerals from the dust and i think that is the best way forward because then it means the dumps are gone, you know, forever but should those dumps not be removed you try to minimize the exposure. >> reporter: until those plans are completed and the environment improves, roslyn is worried that many more from her community could get sick. al jazeera, johanesburg. we can talk now to patrick who is from the department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs in south africa and joins us live from johanesburg and thank you for
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talking to us here and the wealth and vast wealth of johanesburg was built upon mines, doesn't the government have at least the responsibility to do a study and to find out exactly how toxic all these mine dumps actually are for resident residents? >> thank you, ma'am, and thank you to the viewers out there. yes, the province is actually a way of the problem and with the government and traditional affairs and this is with the department of human resources who are here to deal with the issue and there are regulations that are now being put together in terms of making sure the mines take responsibility. the only issue is. >> sorry to interrupt but that sounds all perfectly well and
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good for the future but what about for now, what about for the air that people are breathing in now, the dust that is regularly blown into their houses? >> the dust issue is with terms of finding away of taking the dumps to make sure during the winter seasons the dust does not actually affect the mine and the households in the vicinity of the dumps. unfortunately some of the mine dumps have actually been there since the 1890s and some of the mining, houses have moved out in the process to actually detect them is becoming a very labor i us one. >> this is a prime responsibility as we had, johanesburg is a city built upon
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the mining, industry and now the most, the vast majority of people being affected are poor and black. >> of course when the government recognizes this and is taking the necessary steps to deal with it, as indicated that the whole process is being dealt with together with us, ourselves and department of minerals and energy and we are very aware of the fact that the communities affected are mainly communities where people are poor and unemployed and would also encourage that the communities that can come forward or members of communities who can come forward with issues that they are effected with then the complaints are sent. >> can i ask you one direct
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question? will you commit your department to undertaking a survey of the quality of the air that is affecting up to 1.6 million people commit to conducting a survey, will you? >> as a government, a responsible government, we will definitely look into the issue in terms of getting this and establishing how many people are affected and what is being done to assist these community members by the mining, houses and what part of the government can actually play in terms of assisting the community members so very affected by this aspect of the dust from the mines in the area. >> thank you very much indeed for talking to us at al jazeera. now north and south korea agreed to reunite families who were separated during the korean war in the 1950s.
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and red cross representatives from both countries met on monday to negotiate the arrangement. 100 people will be selected by each side to take part in the week-long event in october. almost 130,000 are still looking for family members in the north. chinese exports and imports contracted in august and the latest sign of weakness in the second largest economy and it led to a steep decline in chinese spending power being a popular destination for main land travelers hong kong is feeling the effects as rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: these are a good barometer of how much visitors are spending, the news is not good. and his business is down by more than half. >> translator: we are facing a hard time. the mainland chinese are not spending as easily as they did
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before. >> reporter: at the airports arrival here the shopping promotions sounds more like a plea or for visitors with less money to spend. hit hardest are luxury brands with some flag shift stores closing. >> on the high end side they are talking about july-august performance widening for the decline with 20% to over 30% so that is pretty bad. >> reporter: all shops are suffering, accounting for 95% of its customers this book shop is totally relying on visitors from the mainland. it specializes in titles band by the chinese government and business is down 50% making it harder to pay the rent. >> all the other shop owners asking for decrease, decrease and cut down the rent and we are on the same side. >> reporter: it is located in one of the city's most expensive
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shopping districts now seeing big cuts in rents as landlords struggle as well. this used to be the world's most expensive retail space but the downturn pushed hong kong in second place after new york fifth avenue and rents here are still inflated thanks to china's spending spree and have a lot further to grow. growing businesses are banking on their rent coming down before their shutters do, rob mcbride, hong kong. columbia president santos is willing to meet his venezuela counterpart on the on going border crisis and comes at a team time when the venezuela president madura is cracking down on drug smuggling at the border with columbia an ordered the closer of a crossing in the state and additional 3,000 troops are sent there. myanmar's opposition leader has called on politicians in her country to ensure that
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november's elections are free and fair. she says the poll will be the first chance for decades for bringing about real change in myanmar and asked the international community to guaranty a smooth transition after the vote. and we stay in myanmar because you may have heard of thai kick boxing but this is its distant cousin and it's the traditional martial arts called left way and it's less well-known and travel restrictions and sanctions on myanmar said it kept a low international profile but that is all changing as florence reports. >> reporter: it was once considered the marshal arts of hulligans but left way, the traditional self-defense form has cleaned up its act. no longer considered the preserve of village folk it's embraced in towns and cities
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too. he is a former left way fighter and founder of a boxing club that not only trains professionals but offers classes to enthusiasts and it's like thai kick boxing but more rawness in left way and opponents can use body parts and head butts are allowed. >> what is the difference between left way and kick boxing, the difference not only the techniques but the way we fight it without gloves. >> reporter: the front compound is used as the training zone and there is no air conditioning and no fancy machines and much like the sport itself it's down to earth. if this boxing gym can be like left way popularity it has grown by leaps and bounds from one student when it was offered recreationally it has 30 students per weekend. he is one of the regulars who has been taking left way lessons for more than a year. >> it relieves my stress when i
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punch so it's kinds of a relieving of my stress. >> reporter: in resent years the sport has been making a name for itself in the international arena. its fame with the transition from a military dictatorship four years ago. recently one championship, a singapore based mixed marshal arts had a match and the sport is some way from achieving global recognition. part of the reason may be because of the baba -- bare knuckles is more robust but the traditional form and fighting without gloves should be preserved. >> it was a national art which was developed 1,000 years ago and it's a historical legacy for the people. >> reporter: and so he does his best promoting left way. >> kick. >> reporter: but making sure
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the sport stays true to its roots. keep right up to date with this massive story of course the ongoing refugee crisis affecting for the most part europe. al >> europe's wealthiest nations pledge to take in more refugees. now the white house considers opening america's doors. >> congress heads back to work today with the iran nuclear deal on the agenda. democrats are a few votes away from stopping a vote altogether. >> kentucky clerk kim davis takes new steps to try to get out of jail. today, a presidential hopeful visits her to show support.