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♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ welcome to the news hour, i'm in doha and coming up, in the next 60 minutes u.n. reports a sharp rise in allegations of sexual abuse in ten different countries. foreign ministers from france, germany and the uk meet in paris to describe the partial ceasefire in syria and tens of thousands of refugees remain stranded at the greece, macedonia border as restrictions continue. >> what is the big d.
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>> don't worry about it little marco. >> reporter: the latest t.v. debate turns nasty as they throw a bar arch over tax. barcelona break another record and 35 matches unbeaten and messi and friends as they break the spanish record set by bitter rivals in madrid. ♪ the u.n. has reported a sharp rise in allegations of sex abuse against its staff, a new report cataloged 99 accusations of abuse. u.n. missions in central african republican and democratic republic of congo and ivory coast animally counted for a majority of the claims and we report. >> reporter: u.n. peace keepers were supposed to come to the rescue in central african republic and instead accused of sexual exploitation and the number of allegations of sex
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exploitation were accused by the staff of 99 last year compared with 80 the year before a statement says this regrettably means more needs to be done for allegations and more importantly the number exploited by abuse perpetrated by u.n. personnel. 21 countries who the nationals are abused in sexual abuse and criticized for not doing enough saying the secretary-general to speak out last year. >> i believe a disturbing number of allegations we have seen in many countries but particularly in the central african republic in the period before u.n. peace keepers were deployed and since speaks the need to take action now. enough is enough. >> reporter: it was in 2014 that allegations of wrong doing in the central african republic first came to light when french
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troops were accused of sexual conduct and the mission is made up of 10,000 personnel from 45 countries and the u.n. says it takes time to investigate such accusations but sexual abuse is not new and in hatety they exchanged sex for food and medicine and then there was swift action and zero tolerance and the resent report calls for an on sight marshal proceeding for sex crimes and called on member states to have examples of alleged perpetrators but so far doesn't seem to be working and central african republican say they are raising babies who are the children of u.n. troops, al jazeera. >> joining us from london know is joanne a senior response crisis advisor at amnesty interinitial and the main question is how was it this
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abuse and horrible abuse could go on for so long by u.n. missions? >> well sadly this kind of abuse has been reported even since the 1990s and bosnia and cosovo there was sexual abuse by u.n. troops and the real question is what has taken the u.n. and why has it taken the u.n. so long to address this problem in a meaningful way, when is the u.n. finally going to put a stop to it because in the central african republic clearly the problem is chronic. >> it seems to be if you say that the abuse has been happening since cosovo missions and what does this say about the u.n. missions if they are not able to instill order and discipline among their own troops in areas where they are being entrusted to instill law an order? >> well, i mean one of the core problems is the fact that although these troops are under u.n. command the real responsibility and power lies
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with the contributing countries and most importantly the u.n. has no power to prosecute these troops for crimes of rape and sexual abuse and exploitation, what happens is the troops return to their own countries and in theory those countries are supposed to prosecute them, of course in practice that very rarely happens. >> that being the case what needs to happen to ensure that these people are held accountable for their crimes? >> well, the u.n.'s decision to actually publically name and shame those countries whose troops are implicated in abuse is one step and certainly it will embarrass those countries and create some pressure for accountability and i think more concretely there needs to be improved vetting so troops that are implicated in abuse in their own country should not be sent on u.n. peace keeping missions, there needs to be improved training and the structure of
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accountability needs to be reformed so this report's recommendation of prosecuting troops in the countries in which the crimes are committed i think is worthy of serious consideration. >> joanne thank you for joining us and giving insight by amnesty international. britain and france have questioned russia's equipment to the partial ceasefire in syria. they called on moscow and the syrian government to end attacks on western-backed rebel groups and this video posted online appears to show russian air strikes from earlier this week despite the truce and prime minister david cameron said accept that removing bashar al-assad is the only way to reunite syria and foreign ministers from france, uk and germany arrived in paris to discuss the syrian conflint and paul brennan is live from there
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and paul the syrian conflict is tendering its sixth year now and there is a fragile ceasefire currently in place, are these foreign ministers hoping to optimize that ceasefire moving on? >> that certainly seems to be the intent at least of the foreign minister's meeting taking place here at the moment. i mean what the french foreign minister has done is bring together the british foreign minister and the german foreign minister, essentially almost as a good will keeping on the same page kind of encounter but it's being thrown in for example just today, friday, we are hearing from islam a syrian rebel group which which as accuses the regime to mount military offenses against rebel-held territory and would be in direct against hostilities which was agreed a week ago now so what the foreign ministers
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have on their agenda is three fold. first of all to set up in their hope some kind of task force which will monitor independently and verify whether the cessation of hostilities is holding and secondly looking at the possibility of ensuring that humanitarian aid does get through to where it needs to get and fourthly, sorry thirdly of course to try to prepare the way for a presumption of those geneva talks which have stalled and are having great difficulty in getting them started again. >> we cannot say the syrian conflict is links to the influx of refugees that europe is currently experiencing. we know too that the leaders of germany as well as france are meeting today on that particular issue, what is expected to come out of those talks? >> well, there is as you say significant overlap and the overlap is such that the leaders of france, president holland and
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merkel are meeting ahead of monday's meeting in brussels between the european meeting and turkey and merkel is talking about refugees primarily but while together in the same room they will then be on the toll find with president putin, the italian prime minister, my understanding is the british prime minister david cameron as well not to talk about refugees but syria so there is significant overlap between the two and of course the cause and effect type of situation that we have here while the conflict continues in syria the refugee crisis persists so that is why the leaders are trying to touch all the bases in forming some kind of comprehensive solution to this as opposed to pick it piecemeal which has been proven ineffective. >> paul brennan speaking to us from paris. the flurry of diplomacy comes as thousands of people gather at
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the greek-macedonia border and refugees blocked a rail way line in protest of macedonia refusal to let them in and al jazeera mohamed reports now. >> reporter: we are not prisoners she says. we are humans. with escape from i.s.i.s. and we came to you. we have become more desperate as each day goes by. if there was any hope that the bottleneck at the border would be solved in a few days it's all but gone and replaced by this anger and frustration and an overwhelming state of confusion. exit to mass done that is restricted but no clear guidelines have been given as to what the stranded here need to do. information is spread by word of mouth and often it's wrong. >> translator: everyday there
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are new rules and i'm afraid when the time comes they will tell me i cannot get in because any jacket is brown and they want it black to get through. >> reporter: any; ambulance of a european system has completely broken down and many registration papers issued by greek authorities are not valid any more and macedonia and balkins now require a new stamp and so many stand in cue for hours even though there are no guarantees it will end their plight. another source of anxiety is a turkish stamp on passports and he is and iraqi and like many here he first stopped in turkey to earn enough money to pay the smuggler. >> been in turkey one month and can't get into macedonia. >> reporter: what does that mean for you? >> for me it's very hard that you come a long way on suffering without sleep and food and then you hear like you hear news that you can't get into macedonia
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because you have been in turkey one month. >> go. >> reporter: police are struggling to keep order, they have been organizing refugees into numbered groups of 50 but with so many conflicting rumors few are waiting to hold out. it has spread to the borderline and those who manage to reach the crossing point have to wait for a long time with the uncertainty of whether they are going to be pushed back or not. that is what happened here, he made it ayos on wednesday only to be back in greece by the evening. >> translator: i went through this morning and was pushed back. they say the signature on my registration form is fake, i'm not the only one in this situation. >> reporter: faced with such hardship tempers often flare-up and there are scuffles and people push and shove but perhaps what is most difficult is the humiliation for the refugees here who are begging their way for the sake of their
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children. >> let's go now to hada who joins us now from the border crossing, that is between greece and macedonia, hada you talked about the chaos and confusion there at the border. tell us how authorities are deciding who gets to cross and who doesn't. >> well, it's very difficult, it's actually all these decisions are taken on the macedonia side of the border where over there you have some several representatives of several countries who are there with interpreters to interview these refugees. now for example we just learned this morning that any syrian or iraqi tells you that he his trying to reach western europe for family or education or indeed he is trying to avoid military recruitment back home that will not be accepted as a reason any more. the only reason accepted is to
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state that you are fleeing war. now the process is extremely slow and only little more than 300 were allowed in over the past 24 hours and that is much less than the 500 daily cap by the balkin countries and austria and the congestion is increasing and the latest estimate is between 11-12000 people stranded and it has been raining overnight and you can see they are actually camped in the middle of the mud, the garbage is everywhere and now the rain is about to start again and these people don't know for how long it will take and 12000 people here now at this rate it will take about two months just to have all of them go through if indeed they manage to go through because there is also a push back process that is happening from serbia to macedonia to greece all the way down so searching very difficult
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for the greek authorities and what they are doing at the islands at this point is those who are considered migrants and iran and pakistan and north africa and immediately detained on the island isolated from the rest of syria and iraqis and eventually will be deported but here the situation is growing dire, i would say really by the day, we have been here now for two weeks and we do see the continued degradation of this makeshift camp. >> thank you with an update from the greece-macedonia border. a court in turkey sentenced two syrians over the death of the refugee boy curdy from the news agency reported the accused has been sentenced to four years in prison. a three-year-old syrian kid made global headlines after he drown while trying to cross over to europe with his family in separate. his body washed up dead on a beach in turkey.
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still to come here on al jazeera's news hour, a sign of concession in a long running dispute over a military base in japan. on the trail of a dying language that is only a few speakers away of dying out altogether. in sport we will tell you who came out on top as the three world's greatest golfers play together in florida. ♪ iran accused gulf countries of risking lebanon stability by designating hezbollah as a terrorist organization and says it's reckless and hostile and we have more. >> reporter: the gulf cooperation council's form of hezbollah is significant and many say it will have a weighed
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ranging impact across the region. >> this is actually a big deal because saudi arabia is putting order within the alliance and we know the kingdom of saudi arabia along with bahrain and the emirates have already designated hezbollah as a terrorist organization and now what we have is the add did of kuwait, qatar and amman. >> reporter: indicates how lebanon where hezbollah is based finds itself once again on the front lines of a regional power struggle, coming as it does two weeks after saudi arabia announced it was cutting $4 billion in aid to lebanon's army and a week after saudi arabia, the united emirates kuwait and bahrain warned citizens of traveling to lebanon and urged any citizens in lebanon to leave, the decision which iran called a mistake under scores the regional division between saudi arabia and iran
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hezbollah's backer. much of the growing tension is traced to january when the saudi arabia embassy in iran was stormed by protesters and they were protesting against saudi arabia's execution of the program nen shia cleric nimit-nimit and the leader accused the saudi government of punishing lebanon. >> translator: does saudi arabia have the right to sanction lebanon and the lebanese army and state and lebanese people and the lebanese residing in saudi arabia and the gulf just because one particular party took a certain position and raised its voice. >> reporter: the gcc however insists the block decided to formally designate hezbollah a terrorist organization because the group and others in the region and say the gcc is determined to stop hezbollah. >> i think the gulf countries are pressure much determined not
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to allow hezbollah the militia not to determine just the fate of what goes on in lebanon but also because the militia's involvement in syria, iraq as well as in yemen. >> reporter: just days ago came more serious accusations from saudi arabia and yemen they were plotting against other countries and the sectarian divisions run deep and are most effective, al jazeera. dangerous heavy metals used in oil production in south sudan polluted drinking water and a rights organization says 180,000 people are facing life threatening health risks and toxicology reports were carried or tests were carried out in the oil processing plant in unity state, the area has seen some of the heaviest fighting in more than two years of civil war. two policemen have been killed in a car bomb and rocket attack
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in southeast turkey and happened in new sibin close to the border with syria at least 35 people are reported to have been wounded in the explosion. the republican race for the white house has turned ugly, frontrunner donald trump was branded a fraud and phony by rivals in a debate on fox news and it was crude with time running out for the party establishment to stop him winning the nomination and allen fisher has more. >> reporter: fewer people on stage and more attacks and insults and donald trump put on defensive straight away and the first question on criticism from formal presidential candidate mitt romney. >> he was a failed candidate and should have beat president obama easy and failed miserably. >> reporter: didn't have the talent to be president. >> this is not about insults
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back and forth to the candidates or what we can throw at each other. >> reporter: he won one state and didn't want donald trump who won seven as the candidate. >> they voted against you and do not want you to be the nominee. >> reporter: then there was this bizarre comment by donald trump. >> look at those hands, are they small hands? and he referred to my hands, if they are small something else must be small, i guaranty you there is no problem, i guaranty. >> reporter: and this exchange sums up a lot of the evening and the republican contest. >> don't worry about it little marco. >> what about big donald. >> don't worry about it little marco. you ought to chill. >> you got to do better than this. >> this guy has the number one absent record. >> reporter: tried to nail the candidates on specific and asked
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if his position on immigration was simply playing to people's fantasies. >> i'm not playing to fantasies but our country is in trouble and we have a tremendous problem with crime and the border is a disaster like a piece of swiss cheese. >> reporter: and from president trump to capture captives. >> if i say do it, do it. >> reporter: he appealed for calm. >> there are a lot of people out there yearning to bring america back both at the leadership and the neighborhood where we can begin to reignite the spirit of the united states of america and let's stop fighting. >> reporter: another republican debate that was all about donald trump he took the majority of the attacks and dominated the air time and despite all the efforts to rerail he still dominates the polls and the race, allen fisher, al jazeera, washington. north korea's leader kim
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jong-un said be ready to fire nuclear weapons at any time and state television reported he made the announcement while supervising a military drill and comes less than 24 hours after they fired short range missiles into the sea of japan, wednesday the u.n. imposed new sanctions on north korea and china condemned the latest moves by north korea. >> translator: regarding the security in the northeast asia region i think we need to implement sanctions for now, see the results and make every person realize the negotiations but to eventually solve the problem we have to break the cycle effecting security. >> china expected to raise defense spending by 8% this year, the exact numbers will be announced saturday at the annual conference and he is positioning himself as a leader as agent brown reports.
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>> reporter: president xi jinping made the rounds of state media recently, adoring journalists could barely contain their excitement. but as they gathered around him he issued his own blunt news alert. their job the president reminded them was first and for most to serve the party. >> his purpose there was to say that the media has to fall in line with the central party which means him, that no decent is allowed in the media. >> reporter: online the adulation is even more dawning. ♪ this song dedicated to the president says if you want to marry marry someone like uncle she. the state news agency has turned to rap releasing cartoon slogans, the lyrics don't
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exactly roll off the tongue and singer infusions it's every one's dream to build a moderately prosperus society and president xi jinping regards himself the most powerful leader. >> he is dominating the media and he is putting out a sort of leadership where everyone has to line up with him. >> reporter: in the days leading up to the national people's congress president xi jinping ordered the 88 million members to study the 1949 guidelines on party discipline. earlier this year the president saw the pledge of loyalty from his top generals after announcing sweeping reforms in the people's liberation army and aimed at wiping out corruption and making the military a more effective fighting force.
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few world leaders face economic and social challenges confronting xi jinping but campaigns against corruption and dissent suggest what matters most to him right now is party allegiance. if some party members are resentful for the president's style they won't be showing it at this congress and know that to survive they need to unite between xi jinping in thought and action, adrian brown, al jazeera, beijing. let's take a check on the weather now with everton and this heavy downpours in southern africa. >> that is right and we are talking drought for some areas but looking at really heavy rain across there and madagascar heavy rain and this massive cloud has been swirling away around the mozambique and in 24 hours and the day before and
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last two days 207 millimeters of rain and that has led to widespread flooding and extend across the south of madagascar and you can see the circulation just easing its way to the southern indian ocean and it will lead as we go on through the weekend and it will push out a little further east with bright skies trying desperately to come back in and heavy showers in madagascar and there are a few showers maybe up to the peaks and seeing wet weather as well and rain pushing up across zimbabwe to zambia over the last few days and up the rift valley and malawai and uganda and showers here and stretching from ethiopia highlands and agaguinnea and ra on the eastern side and swept across the levant this weekend.
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>> everton thanks very much. the u.s. space agency nasa released a new photo showing what appears to be snow on pluto's mountains, scientists believe the bright material on the image may be ice and the agen agency's new horizon team says the snow-capped mountain range stretches across pltuo's region an area slightly bigger than alaska. still to come here on the al jazeera news hour, a way of life at risk, nigeria's pottery makers struggle to pass on their traditions and panda sculptures take over the thai capitol and the artist behind it has a serious message. in sport an futbol match in brazil invaded by unusual spectators and stay with us for all of the details. ♪
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welcome back a quick recap of the stories on al jazeera and the u.n. has reported a sharp rise in allegations of sex abuse against its staff, a new report cataloged 99 accusations of abuse in ten different countries, that is up from 80 the year before, 59 of those accusations were against peace keepers. foreign ministers from france, the uk and germany arrived in paris to discuss the syrian conflict and it has been seven days since a partial ceasefire came in effect and the u.s. says there have been no major
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violations. and the flurry of diplomacy in syria comes as thousands of refugees are stuck at the greek-macedonia border, at least 30,000 are pleading with police to allow them to count their journey to western europe. and french president holland says there will be consequences if britain leaves the eu and met british prime minister david cameron on thursday and discussed a need for an urgent solution for unaccompanied children, there are more than 300 minors in the french city of calley where they are dismantling a camp known as the jungle and germany government facing backlash for open-door policy for refugees and in some places there have been violent attacks and many of them are happening in the eastern state of saxny and dominick cane
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reports. >> reporter: this is the hotel and it should soon have been housing up to 300 asylum seekers, instead it is now a wreck. when the fire was raging the emergency services reported that some people could be heard cheering the burning and that a few people deliberately hindered their efforts, those people have since had charges brought against them. the mayor here says such incidents will not deter him from providing a welcome to refugees. >> we are not going to let arsonists decide who is going to come and what number of people and under which circumstances, we are not going to giveway to these arsonists. >> reporter: but such incidents do not happen in isolation. more than 20% of all the attacks on asylum seeker centers are in this state yet there are fewer asylum seekers per capita than
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anywhere else in germany and one refugee for every 238 people and other examples of antirefugee sentiment in the state and half and hour from here is clausniz and in this house refugees are given shelter and just a few weeks ago a crowd gathered outside shouting insults and verbally intimidating refugees who were trying to get on a bus, this video of the event went viral and in the aftermath ministers denounced what had happened. but given that relatively few refugees have come to saxony why is there such antirefugee sentiment and i put that to a local academic. >> people are getting even more anxious about the people coming in to the country and so they feel themselves justified to some kind of resistance and that is why some of them even take
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refuge to violent attacks. >> reporter: the market is underway, this is a prosperous and picture town they call cozy and the local mayor says refugees are still welcome here but it seems a growing number of people do not agree, dominick cane, al jazeera, in saxony. japan has suspended construction work to relocate a u.s. air base on the island of okinawa and they have 26,000 soldiers there and want to move the base to a less densely populated part of the island but people living there want it closed down and harry faucet has more from a picture in northeast japan. >> this on the face of it would appear to be a concession by the prime minister and the central government in tokyo in its long running battle with the
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government and the governor of okinawa the island chain far south of mainland japan and centers around a u.s. air base which is right in the middle of the pain okinawa island in the middle of a residential area, the japanese government calls it the dangerous air base because of that and destined to be relocated in a bay known as hinoko bay close to a u.s. military base but there has been a long running prosouth of the residents of okinawa saying it's an environmentally dangerous thing to do to reclaim the land in that bay and simply say they bear too much of the burden of the u.s. military presence within japan and they want to see or many of the residents and the government certainly of okinawa want to see the base taken outside altogether and potentially outside of japan, there has been a legal challenge to the governor's decision to
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revoke the permissions given to that work by his predecessor brought by the japanese government and now he is saying that he will submit to a court mediated process and they will drop their legal challenges, they will try to come to some kind of peaceful settlement but he says there is no alternative in the long run other than this plan and so that is still being a hard line in the long-term for the japanese government and the real core of this issue still remains as it was before this decision. >> a ukrainian pilot accused of killing two russian journalists say she will go on hunger strike and has been held in russia since 2014 and protesting against what she says is an unfair trial and russian authorities say she provided the ukrainian army that killed a journalist and civilians and asked to sentence her to 23 years in prison. a prison fire has killed 16
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people in the capitol georgetown and set fires to protest against over crowding and it led to a riot, eight prisoners taken to hospitals for burns and smoke inhalation and they seized drugs and mobile phones during the right and 11 killed in peru during a torrential rain and flood waters trapped cars and blocked the road to the capitol lima and 42 areas have declared a state of emergency. more than 8,000 people died in the earthquake that struck nepal last year and many were injured and had to have limbs amputations and al jazeera spoke to a family to find out how they are coping with the trauma. >> translator: it all happened suddenly when the quake struck there were clouds of dust everywhere, i called my mother and daughters and started digging around. first i found my oldest
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daughter, she was dead. then i found kendall, her leg was smashed, i pulled her out, i kept looking for my mother, she could not be found. all this while my wife was in kuwait working. phone lines are bad and when she finally called a few days later i asked her to come back. the ground was still shaking. if we were all to die we might as well die together. i just cried and cried and i became weak and fainted and kendall told me to stop crying and threatened if i didn't stop she would start crying too. everything in the house was buried and the clothes were drenched in blood and a third night a foreigner came to our village, it was raining and put some medicine on kendall's wounds and magofs started falling out of it and we went to the district center and the helicopter came that evening and
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told me to go back and search for my mother and send kendall to the hospital and when he went to visit the next day her leg was gone. i found my mother only six days later and i cremated her and made a sign next to my daughter's. when i finally made it to the hospital and saw kendall all i could do is cry. my only daughter who survived lost a leg. i really had to tell myself i have to survive for kendall. i told myself she will get better. now kendall has a prosthetic leg. she doesn't like to put it on. we have to scold her. i hope that she will be comfortable with it and confident on it. when she feels like it she exercises, otherwise she doesn't. and helping her with her education. when she grows up i hope she can work and take care of herself. there is much to be done in our village but i can't go back, i have to take care of kendall. her mother can't put the leg on
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for her. i've been staying here to take care of my daughter but when i'm alone i get restless. >> reporter: global estimates show that fish are being caught nearly three times more than reported and much of that catch is illegal. and as miller reports from the western cape in south africa small scale fishermen say they have little choice when it comes to making a living. fishermen marcus and his crew set out for the day's catch and it's a task made difficult by a small and safe boat and unpredictable weather on south africa's west coast. >> sometimes when the wind comes up it can be really rough and with the size of the boat with cap size. >> reporter: the crew is willing to take a risk because it's the only way they know how to earn a living and risk their lives everyday facing the rough waters of the atlantic ocean, sometimes they fish within the quota they are allowed and other times not and says they have to break the rules if they are to feed their families.
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>> fishing 20 years and says there are too many restrictions on small scale fishermen like himself. >> it allows me to catch about 96kilos from november to june but what is 96kilos with three children and a wife, it's not viable to go with this boat to sea to catch 96kilos and call it poaching then you have to do something else to survive. >> reporter: arrested once for exceeding the amount and type of fish he catches and problems with police are hanging over them which relies on the fishing industry and some don't have jobs and he officials for marine snails. >> a lot of obligation and a lot of people living along the coast they don't know a lot about
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paperwork, all they know how is to fish so it's quite difficult. >> reporter: according to the environment of environmental affairs south africa's illegal fishing industry makes almost $400 million a year, poaching filled by demand for exotic sea products specifically rock lobster which are on some asia dinner tables and will conserve species by over fishing but it often appears ineffective. >> the annual quota is under 100 tons and the poaching level is 2 1/2 and 3 thousand tons so what is illegally coming out of the water is less than 5%. >> reporter: big business is dictating how they make their lively hoods and want restrictions relacked so they can stop poaching and earn a living in a safe environment, al jazeera in the western cape. unique exhibition in thailand is causing a bit of a
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pandomonium and sculptures are on display to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals and this is by a french artist and represents the number of pandas still left in the wild and wayne hey has the story. >> reporter: the pandas have been flash mobbing their way around the world and now they are here in thailand and for the next month they will be popping up at various locations to try to raise awareness of the plight of their real counterparts, there are 1600 of them because back in 2008 when this exhibit first started that is the number of pandas that were alive in the wild. the good news is that number is now a bit out of date because according to a survey in 2014 which was carried out by the world wildlife fund which is sponsoring this exhibit there are now more than 1800 pandas alive in the wild but they are still regarded as one of the most endangered bears in the
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world. still to come here on al jazeera we will have all the sports news and we will have the unlikely story of the race cycling in the east african country of rwanda. ♪
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the philippines has 184 languages and a number of them are dying out and rob mcbride traveled to the region to visit a community with what is considered to be the most endangered language in the count country. >> reporter: it is a remote
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rice growing area of the philippines but not remote enough for its local language to survive. it is only spoken by a few. the leader of this indigenous community is one of them. when she wants to hold a conversation using it she has to seek out a neighbor like mrs. weber. in her 50s she is one of the youngest speakers left. her son can't speak it and at the school which he and others from the community at tend tribal languages are not taught. >> translator: i am sad we are losing this connection to our ancestors and i would prefer if the younger people would want to learn about it. >> reporter: to get a sense of how remote the language is becoming it was first translated into the widely used tongue and english and back again. when the villages moved down from the volcanic which language
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takes its name and integrated with the wider population their language started to die. >> translator: there are different standards of the language spoken and as more people married outside the group it has become less pure. >> reporter: one of 15 languages identified in the philippines as being at risk, the others may not be as endangered with more people speaking them but the fear is they could go the same way taking with them cultural heritage which will be lost forever. with a rich diversity of languages across the philippines institutes like this one are vital in preserving them. capturing digitally words that are in danger of vanishing from everyday use. >> of course we are concerned if a language completely goes away that there is some record of it not only for linguists that are inherently interested in that sort of thing but for the people who spoke that language, at some point it becomes important for them as part of their cultural
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heritage. >> reporter: for development and some languages that task is becoming more important than ever. rob mcbride, al jazeera, sir providence, the philippines. it's time for sport's news now. thank you very much now what more can you say about this group of gentlemen here and barcelona has an eight point lead on lalega and have a spanish lead and 5-1 on wednesday thanks mainly for a hat trick from messi and means they have gone 35 games without defeat in all competitions, what is more the cat land break a 27-year-old record set by bitter rivals royal madrid back in 1988 to 89 and great achievement from barcelona but over the years have been even more unbeaten record in sports and back in the 1920s french tennis player was a pioneer in the woman's game and
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unbeaten for 181 matches between 1921-1926 and one of the pairs at the show courts and tennis greats to one of the greatest basketball teams of all time and la with wilt chamber wlin were unbeaten 33 games in the 70s and a long way to go to match this team and bucharast of 104 games unbeaten between 1986 and 1989 and one of the sides they beat was barcelona in the cup final of 1986 but when it comes to dominating the event there are not many who can match this gentleman the 16 champion phil taylor between 1995-2002 he won 45 consecutive world championship matches picking up eight world titles in the process and what is more the 55-year-old is still going strong. moving for futbol and spending $360 million on players in the transfer window the new chinese
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super league will kickoff in the next hour and features a big spender away to grand your honorer and among the purchasing bought argentina and ivory coast winner. after day one of wgc cadillac championships jordan spieth came out on top on the group featuring the world's best golfers and spieth had three under 69 weeks after he was cut at the northern trust open and missing the cut. three shots behind the leader scott and frazier and six under par and rory-mcilroy and jason day shot behind after a level par around of 72. former tour de france could only manage silver as they lost the final at the world track cycling championships and beaten by
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rivals australia in london and the australia getting the second quickest in history, three minutes and 52.727 seconds just one second off the world record set for 2012 and this is the final in years. women's scratch race final double olympic champion laura came with the first goal of championships and the sixth world title of the 23-year-old's career. competitive cycling gained unlikely foot hold in the east african country of rwanda and the first team came together ten years ago and riders making their mark at events all over the world and andy richardson reports. >> reporter: rwanda known of a land of a thousand hills and these riders have been up and down most of them. inside a decade this is a country where race cycling has
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taken hold with team rwanda competing throughout africa and beyond. >> it's a miracle the way it happened and i think it has been an incredibly rare opportunity to see a culture actually germinate and grow in the country. >> to compete in tour de france and came to rwanda ten years ago to organize a local race and after experiencing the excitement it caused he decided to stay on and put a national team together. >> there are hundreds and hundreds of thousands of bicycles in rwanda here already and use them mostly for taxi bikes and transport and you done see that in any other country so when i go and test a rider on the velatron and test their ability and their efficiency already they have the muscles for riding a bike. >> reporter: the riders live five days a week in rwanda's training camp, a life changing
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opportunity but an expensive one to sustain. when team rwanda started in 2007 there are five unpaid readers and now there are 18 and earning up to $50,000 a year and while there is some government assistance answer and sponsor ship the bosses need to find a half a million dollars a year to keep the riders on their bikes. the profile and olympic appearance it provides is one way of raising support and he has qualified for the mountain bike racing in rio later this year and follows the trail blaze by the teammate shute and four years ago in low london was the first black african to compete in the olympics. >> improve my country because you know many countries people
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they know about rwanda for cycling. >> reporter: english grammar and engaging gears is part of the day for all riders including 20-year-old john dark the first woman to sign with the team. >> translator: i want to be a full time professional and hopefully inspire other girls. they shouldn't be discouraged by our culture which in the past it was for girls to cycle. >> reporter: pace setters on-and-off the road team rwanda is changing the culture and lives of its riders andy richardson, al jazeera, rwanda. crowd invasions at futbol matches are nothing new but an estimated million and a half moths visited in santa cruz in northeast brazil and look at the cameraman who continued to do his job and still managed to
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finish the game. the sport for now and more later. that is certainly dedication for you. now pottery is one of the oldest craft in nigeria, families try to preserve the tradition bypassing skills down to each new generation but chief plastic imports are driving many a way from pottery that has made some communities famous and we have the story. trying hard to preserve a heritage, for simon pottery making is both a matter of survival and a question of pride. it has been the family business for generations. it is the only job she knows and the only skill she has but as a source of income the future of pottery is in doubt. >> translator: business is being tapped and that is why the young are running away from it and doubt if pottery will be around for long.
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>> reporter: from the nigerian capitol many young people are turning their back on a craft that made their community so famous and many are attracted to lives and jobs and with this craft it's also called the bill clinton village, in a note to the former u.s. president who once visited. it's one of the few institutions trying to save the art from dying out and brings together the old and the young and teach them new skills, to give them a chance to earn decent wages but with more and more people heading to the cities for better opportunities, the future of this craft looks bleak. and cheap imported plastics are replacing traditional household earthen wear says the center. >> they have come to play and people use them a lot. besides it's the product that
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have come to compete favorably. >> reporter: and that is why many younger people don't see many prospects in the art and a student of fine and applied arts came to the pottery center to hone his skills and already he is thinking of switching to something profitable. >> it pays well. no difficulty like in the other area where i'm facing the aspect of production and difficulty in production and also getting by. >> reporter: those who choose to remain are left with pride in the art they know and hope that it will still be good enough to bring them a living, mohamed devries, al jazeera, nigeria. we ar going to take you live to paris where the french foreign minister is speaking,
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let's listen in. >> translator: continue to deep deep -- deepen humanitarian aid. so let usbegin. hello. since geneva and the task force in syria and what chance in your view for this ceasefire to continue and what possibility for the inter syrian negotiation in geneva to presume? >> as i said we have seen real progress. the situation has really changed compared to the previous week,
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that is positive. we recognize that. but there was still ambiguities, unacceptable situations and we would like a respect of such violations and improve the condition for presumption of negotiation and participate on the date of the 7th, a day earlier and another on the 9th is now planned indeed and we want those meetings to start again very quickly and the condition to be fulfilled. it is possible that integration of good will on all sides and we give our support for that to be even stronger.
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mad madam, the balkin road is a difficult one, i know i come from there. i would like to know before getting to germany and the uk the migrants, i say migrants and refugees and spend time in the balkins. they are cold and they get very little help because the population there itself has just come out of war so what action really is there today, what international action to give help even passing help for these people because everything that the. in gos do, those charitable organizations that is fine but it doesn't help where they are