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hello, you are watching al jazeera, live from london. also coming up. at least 41 people are killed when an overloaded cargo plane crashes in south sudan. there were new diplomatic push to get syria's government and rebels to sit around the same negotiating table. and rights groups say israel is violating the rights of eritrean and sudanese refugees
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who are being deported back to africa. romania is without a government after the prime minister dramatically announced his resignation in the wake of public anger over a deadly nightclub fire. 32 people were killed at the club on friday when a pie rowe tech nick display went wrong. on tuesday some 20,000 people protested in bucharest calling for the prime minister to resign. announcing his resignation he acknowledged the pubs like anger as nadim baba now reports. >> reporter: less than 24 hours after mass protests on stleets, romania's prime minister has resigned, saying his government will also step down.
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>> translator: i'm doing this because in all of the years i have been in politics i resisted conflicts with political adversaries, but i have never fought against the people. this would be a big mistake and everybody would suffer as a result. >> reporter: on tuesday a large crowd estimated at more than 20,000 people rallied in the capitol. some carried signs that read corruption kills. >> translator: people have not taken to the streets to simply replace the government with another. it's important that the public interests should come first, and not their personal interests. >> reporter: i'm here because i want my country back. i want justice to be done. i want people to take responsibility for what they have done. i want this dead to rest in peace. >> reporter: they are angry about a fire at a night club last friday that killed more than 30 people. it started when a band playing inside set off fireworks. >> translator: we have lost friends, brothers, comrades.
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we have to be together and we have to push aside those who are responsible. now this is the moment. it's enough. >> reporter: many say they are frustrated with what they call corrupt local authorities. theysy public venues don't have safety standards, and are kept open to attract tourists. prior to his resignation he was accused of corruption and is macing money laundering, and tax evasion charges. >> the tipping boiled over. and finally the romanian society has found a voice. >> reporter: police have arrested the three owners of the
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nightclub on manslaughter charges. >> let's speak to a romanian journalist, who joins us from bucharest now. can you tell me about reaction to the prime minister's resignation over there? >> well, it came as a bit of a surprise, because the people asked for his resignation many times before. he survived a no-confidence vote in parliament. still he didn't resign up to now. but at the same time, it was -- it would probably be the best solution for someone who at the moment lacks the support of his own party, the social democrats, the majority party, and it's probably the -- the
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best solution that a politician could resort to in these conditions. >> reporter: and what are the people telling you, protesters that you might have spoken to, how do they feel about this, and are they going to continue with their demonstrations? >> yes, they all feel it is not enough. because their protest wasn't directed mainly against the prime minister, but against what they call a whole system of corruption, of bureaucracy. they asked even for the resignation of the rescue team managers, because they felt they could have done better in rescuing lives and transporting the wounded in hospital a few nights ago. so they -- they are protesting against what they see as a vast network of corruption, of bribery, and for that matter, the prime or the interior
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minister are merely components. >> is the resignation of this government likely to change anything? are we likely to see a process begin that will really tackle the issues surrounding corruption, of course public safety for buildings like this nightclub being one of them? >> yes, some small measures have already been put in place during past two days, but to give you an incite of what is happening, there were law passed by the government ten or 11 months ago, and still this law hasn't been completed with procedures in order to -- to -- to put it into effect. so this is how it -- it worked before. and hopes are things will go on -- on -- much speed now. >> thank you very much for bringing us the latest from bucharest, appreciate it.
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>> thank you. ♪ now at least ten people have been killed after a partially-built factory collapsed in eastern pakistan. rescue operations are underway where dozens of people are feared trapped. more than 150 construction workers are believed to have been inside the factory when it collapsed. kamal heidler is there and joins us on the phone now. is there any update on the rescue operation and indeed the death toll from this building collapse? >> reporter: -- >> all right. apologies for that we appear to be having technical problems. but we will get back to kamal. right now we know that it was a
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building that was partially built, a factory. rescue operations are ongoing. rescue workers at the scene, ten people have died, but we don't know how many were inside the building to begin with, possibly around 200 people, and many more feared to be trapped under the rubble. i want to bring you news from south sudan where at least 41 people have died in a plane crash. the plane came down shortly after taking off from the main airport from the capitol. three people including a child are reported to have survived. the exact number on board isn't clear as the plane appeared to be overloaded with passengers not on the official manifest. >> reporter: the search for victims from the plane crash is still ongoing. but as the day is coming to aen, this search is expected to come to a halt until tomorrow morning. it was designed to carry food, and it was carrying the maximum
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amount in addition to the passengers. the bodies that have been discovered are still in the process of being identified. because there was no official manifest. nobody knows who was on the plane. at least 33 victims of saturday's plane crash in egypt have been identified. the metro jet airbus a-321 was carrying russian holiday makers to st. petersburg when it came down, killing all 224 on board. rescue teams are still combing the desert for more remains. as victoria gatenby reports. >> reporter: wreckage from the airbus a321 was strewn over more than 3 kilometers of desert. this footage is being used to help establish why the plane crashed in the sinai peninsula. for days investigators have been searching the area. they didn't find any bodies on tuesday, but they did discover
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personal items, a reminder that many victims were flying home from a holiday. the plane was operated by the russian airline metro jet. 23 minutes after takeoff it suddenly dissended and disappeared from radar. u.s. satellite imagery detected heat around the plane before the crash. the ministry says it didn't receive a distress call from the pilot. experts from several countries are investigating the crash, representatives from ireland where the plane was registered are also involved. they are now focused on the black box recorders. across russia, people are remembering the 224 killed. in st. petersburg mourners lay tribute to the victims in central square. >> translator: this tragic event
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lies heavy on our hearts. it wounds every resident. not only in st. petersburg but across the country. >> reporter: a group affiliated with isil has said it shot down the plane, but the egyptian government has denied that. the cause of the crash may not be known for many months. investigators say they anied time to produce a definitive report. let's return to the situation in pakistan in the east of the country. there has been a building collapse that is fatal. we know that ten people have been killed others injured. the rescue operation is ongoing. kam kamal heidler joins us now. what more do we know about the rescue operation and how about
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the death toll? >> reporter: we are now getting reports that at least 12 people were killed. over 70 people have been taken out in injured conditions -- they received injuries. and at the moment we have also learned by special aircraft and urban rescue team, because of that collapse, of the four-story factory building, in which construction work was also going on, we're getting reports that despite protests from the people involved in construction that it was not safe to continue with that, the owner of the factory is said to have told them to carry on. now that the building has collapsed, at least 150 are feared to be trapped inside the rubble, rescue attempts are underway, and the military is being called in to supervise the rescue operation. >> and kamal do we have anymore
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clarity on how many people might have been inside the building at the time of the collapse? >> reporter: well, it is reported that there were hundreds of people. if you look at the figure of 72 injured, 12 killed, that's almost 100, and with 150 feared buried under the rubble, that's a very large number, so the people involved in the construction on the top story, which is the fourth floor, and it would also involve the factory, which is a shopping bag factory, and there were shifts going on, apparently there were three shifts, so there was work going on around the clock. and there are also reports that there were women and children also inside the factory when it
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collapsed. >> all right. kamal thank you very much. there is more to come here on al jazeera, the u.k. prepares to roll out the red carpet for egyptian president sisi, amidst criticism of his government back home. and canada's political superstar, 43-year-old justin trudeau is sworn in as prime minister. ♪
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we're back. let's take you through our top stories this hour. romania's prime minister has
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resigned just hours after a mass protest over a deadly nightclub fire in the capitol. demonstrators accuse the government of corruption. it's feared almost 150 workers are trapped and at least ten dead after a plastic bag factory collapsed in eastern pakistan. and at least 41 people have been killed after a cargo plane crashed in south sudan, the plane was reportedly overed loaded. now in other stories, we're following, the syrian army has regained control of the key road linking aleppo and hama. the road is the army's only supply route to government-held western parts of aleppo. foreign minister sergei lavrov made comments after he met with the special envoy for syria. he says he united nations is
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ready to host talks. but both agreed that the syrian people are key to the peace process. >> translator: we need to clarify what is the opposition? what is the moderate opposition? and should become the partners during the negotiations? there needs to be a mutual understanding between the opposition and the government. this is the key principle. it was reiterated in vienna. the political process should be syrian lead. the syrian people only can define the destiny of the country. three days after his party won a majority, president erdogan is calling for a change in the constitution that would further increase his power. a spokesman for the president says he is considering a referendum of changing from a parliament to a presidential system. he has long pushed for this change, but his opponents say it would give him too much influence. he is also promising to press
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ahead with the military campaign against the kurds. german officers have carried out raids against human smugglers. rights groups say hundreds of refugees from eritrea and sudan are being deported from israel. they were promised a chance to start a new life. but activists say they are being mistreated. malcolm webb spoke with deportees in uganda who say they have been left with no legal status. >> reporter: this man has been looking for a safe place to go for years. in 2007 he fled military service and torture in eritrea. he hoped things would get better when he got to israel, but last year he was detained there, then he says he was dpoerted to rwanda and told he would rebuild
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his life. but on arrival he says things got worse. >> translator: the rwandans took our papers. we were looked in a hotel for days. we were told we could only leave if we paid to be taken to uganda. >> reporter: he is one of several men here in the capitol who told us similar stories. rights groups say about 1500 african asylum seekers have been deported from israel to east africa in this way. they are mostly from eritrea and sudan, where they fled persecution. they traveled over land through egypt to israel. many of them worked there before being detained and then deported by air. activists say the eritreans to rwanda, and sudanese to uganda. but most end up in the uganda capitol, since t the eritreans say they are brought here.
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they say they are dropped off because they are told there are a number of eritreans living around here. but they can't work, and the rights say from here most begin the long and treacherous journey north heading towards the mediterranean sea which they hope to cross to find safety in europe. israel was seen as safe by many refugees from africa, but in 2012 there were protests against an influx of african asylum seekers. a government crackdown follows. thousands have been taken to this detention center. israeli officials have acknowledged a system for deporting refugees from here to some african countries, but have not said which ones. rights groups expect israel has pedro wanda and uganda to receive them. when we asked the uganda prime minister about it, he said there is no agreement and the government is unaware of refugees arriving.
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>> i think you are giving us useful information which we will follow up, and see what is behind it, and to deal with it. >> reporter: he says he was told by officials not to apply for asylum for tell anyone he came from israel, so he is illegal here and hiding. he says he has added rwanda and you yanda to a growing list of places he is not welcome, and wonders if he will ever find a place he can live safely. justin trudeau has been sworn in as canada's new prime minister. he becomes canada's second-youngest prime minister. his liberal party won 183 of parliament's 338 seats in last month's election. during the campaign he promised to bring in 25,000 syrian refugees by the end of the year and overall security and tax legislation. let's get the latest from daniel lak who is live for us in ottawa. daniel after a decade of conservative rule, describe the
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atmosphere over there as canada welcomes justin trudeau as its prime minister. >> reporter: for one thing there is an atmosphere here. usually when a prime minister is sworn in, the public isn't invited. several thousand were here earlier in the morning. justin trudeau's cabinet is sworn in. the mood is very upbeat and happy. people voted for change in this country. and that's what they got. a young fresh prime minister, greeted by his children. it was totally different from the past. very, very interesting scene so far. >> how much change could trudeau potentially bring? what can we expect from him? >> reporter: well he has promised those 25,000 syrian
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refugees by the engineer -- end of the year. we'll see. he has also promised to withdraw canada from the anti-isilco tligs in iraq and syria. tax legislation overhaul is going ahead. and climate change progress as the climate summit in paris approaches. it's a really, really ambitious agenda and he is going to have to hit the ground running to even realize part of it. >> reporter: daniel, how might trudeau's premiership affect relations with the united states? >> reporter: he has promised to make relations with the united states better than they were under stephen harper. they weren't that bad, but issues like the keystone pipeline, that really did prove a problem when america has still not approved that pipeline. so trudeau says he will get that one approved. we'll see on that. but the two largest trading partners in the world, he says
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relations will be a centerpiece of his foreign policy. >> daniel lak in ottawa, thanks very much. the first meeting between the leaders of china and taiwan in more than 60 years will take place over the weekend. beijing considers taiwan to be part of china, but it broke away in 1949. there are suspicions on both sides about these talks. >> reporter: this summit comes as the culmination of a policy by taiwan's president to draw closer to mainland china. business and transport links have become stronger than ever before under his leadership. and meeting his counterpart has always been the ultimate goal. but almost as significant as the summit itself is it's timing as taiwan prepares for presidential elections in january. with his ruling party, kmt, trailing in the polls, many see
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this as china's way of giving his party support. >> chinese are trying to boost up the fortunes ironically of their old enemy, with whom they fought in the 40s and 30s. >> reporter: the main opposition democratic progressive party is wary of getting too close to mainland china, going as far as favoring independence. >> translator: i have to point out the president is a president who is going to finish his term of office soon. people will not allow the president to compromise taiwan's future for his own personal political career. he has no right to make promises that he is unable to take responsibility for. >> reporter: china has exerted pressure in past taiwan elections with the staging of well-timed military exercises to remind voters it's prepared to stop any outright independence push by force if necessary.
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while the prospect of drawing closer together is a highly motive one in china, in taiwan, it is a highly divisive one. this summit could lead to closer links, or it could backfire, steering taiwan on a more independent course. egypt's president is en route to britain where he is due to have talks with the prime in london. sisi has visited both france and germany in the past 12 months. that has not stopped strong criticism of his latest trip to europe. the labor party says it shouldn't be happening, and human rights groups are planning a protest starting within the next hour. let's talk to our correspondent outside of the british prime minister's residence. tell us more about who organized this protest and why. >> reporter: well, it is a
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coalition of different groups and parties. the anti-war movement, some egyptian groups, and even revolutionary council, that's a body of egyptian opposition leaders in exile here in london, and they have gathered to condemn this visit. they say it seconds the wrong message to a man they view to be a dictator, and what human rights watch has called being the one responsible for the biggest massacre in egypt. it was only after more than a decade that a chinese leader was allowed to visit the u.k. after their massacre. the actual itinerary of the trip is difficult to ascertain, but they have been very tight lipped about it.
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presumably because they aren't happy about the number of people who have come out of posed to this visit. however, we understand that there is going to be two memorandums of understanding, one on education and one on arms deals. obviously arms deals being one of the more important factors of sisi's presidency. in the u.k., egypt has more than $2 billion worth of trade every year. but right now it's about those who are opposed to this visit trying to make their voices heard. >> thanks very much. we hear the voices of protests growing louder. now [ inaudible ] and japan's postal service has raised almost $12 billion in what has been seen as the biggest stock selloff this year.
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the prime minister is hoping that selling stakes in the postal service will help increase investments in japanese firms. more on that story and everything else we're covering right here, losing support, russia softens its stance on keeping syrian president bashar al-assad in power. a meeting 60 years in the making. china and taiwan, set to discuss peace talks. and up in smoke, ohio voting against legalizing medical and recreational marijuana. one of the many issues turned aside at the ballot box. ♪