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meeting of party bosses in budget - why it could be felt in rural areas like this. . the destruction caused in the philippines by one of the biggest storms in the world is beginning to emerge. the u.n. official who visited the city of tacloban says the destruction is on a massive scale - similar to the aftermath of the 2004 indian ocean tsunami. tenses of thousands of homes have been destroyed and many don't have access to clean food and water. we go to the city now, and what was witnessed the moment the typhoon struck. >> i could see roofs blown away and a matter of 10 minutes the water started going up quickly all the way to the second floor
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where we were in. we were trapped. some of the hotel guests that were also with us there started to go up in the same area. we were stuck and had nowhere else to go. we broke in a small stock room where all the stocks of water and stuff were in there, so we broke in and managed to get out - get in, but the water was still going up. so me and my coalition climbed up to the -- coalition climbed up to the roof, ready to jump to the water, and managed to find massive empty gallons of that we could old on to in case we had to jump. we were holding on to the ceiling. the whole roof was blown away. that's when we knew the eye of the storm was above us. and for the next two hours it
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was the noise, the sound is incredible. it's hard to explain. it's like a beast that is there. you can't see it, but you can feel it. for two hours we were exposed. we were lucky enough to be covered and either solid concrete wall. that was the only protection we have. some they breathe from the water, and it's about two hours before the water recreeded -- recreded. everything else that we had had been swept away. we had nothing left except the clothes on our back. the camera was broken, and the people started heading out. the wind was strong. there was a lot of dead people, everything has been flattened. everything destroyed. it was a ghost town. it's incredible how two hours of this massive typhoon flattened the province of leyte.
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they are looting in the streets, every establishment around - from convenience stores to bottle companies, to - i mean everything that has been taken, even here in the tacloban city where we are, supposed to be the capital. the streets are full of people who are sick and wounded. yesterday we were in a hospital and practically this hospital is working in the dark with doctors who have been working more than 24 hours. the wounded and dead are being brought in. they are not working with electricity, not even candles, or clean water. there's no clean water to drink, no food available, not even in the hotel. there's no way to get food. and it's a difficult situation. for those that have been looting, it's unknown how the situation is going to be. we are not seeing rescue operations. we are seeing a lot of choppers overhead.
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this place needs security. there's lawlessness on the ground and as people becomes desperate the situation becomes more precarious. the destruction is incredible. people really are wounded and are just in the streets, asking for help. we spoke to the secretary of interior and secretary of defense. they have convened and said the problem is getting aid to reach those that need it most, specifically it is difficult because only tacloban city is the one where you can make contact with. the united nations is here, they arrived a few hours ago. the world food program is here. the situation is more precarious in the area where we were, which is about a few hours away. people are forced to walk from there, wounded in the street, walking, trying to get to town, looking for any help that they can. the situation is very, very desperate. >> it's a grim situation. let's look at the path of the
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destruction brought by the typhoon. typhoon haiyan hit the island of samar with winds of more than 300 k/hr. it travelled lo the islands of leyte and cebu. it's moving now to vietnam. >> let's speak to our correspondent marga ortigas, who is monitoring the situation from manila. we were listening to our correspondent there, and you have to wonder if the authorities could cope with this. >> with a disaster this size there's no way they could have prepared for it, no matter how hard they tried. they did try. the government wanted to be proactive sent rescuers relief operators and relief goods to the areas directly in the path of the eye of the storm. still, that clearly will not be much help in a situation like this, where the roads are impassable, communication
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happens been impossible, many people already wounded and, indeed, fallen ill because of the rain and the windows and destruction wrought on their homes and villages. the problem has been how to get the communication lines up first off, because they need to understand exactly what is needed, and where. but that is going to take another few days before they can get that sorted. as mentioned earlier, the first thing they did is one of the largest city, tacloban, the government said it will be a base and it is from here they'll launch rescue efforts for leyte, samar, panay and indeed other areas. >> what percent of the disaster zone are we talking about that is out of communication. it's a black hole right now, that no one knows what the
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situation is there sth there? >> that's it, let's say the central islands, what we get from the phone companies is the majority of the area is in the dark. not just through electricity, but in terms of communication. it's a good many islands that people have been able to communicate with people outside. jal made the call with a satellite phone. only ngos and those coming in on military choppers have the satellite phones. all in all most of the i would say remain without contact. leyte, that's a population of 2 million people. >> grim situation. thanks so much.
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world powers and iran have resumed talks in geneva. they've entered a third day of talks. after a diplomatic push there appears to be some process at least. u.s. secretary of state john kerry interrupted his tour of the middle east and africa to join the talks in geneva. foreign ministers from the u.k., france and germany arrived friday. russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov and a top chinese diplomat will join saturday. representing iran is foreign minister mohammad javad zarif and he said there's a general outline of an agreement. it's thought an agreement would see iran freeze nuclear activities and sanctions would be eased. our diplomatic editor james bays is at the talks in geneva. yesterday the picture was optimistic. how does it look today? >> it really depend who you listen to at this stage. we have some clues, because we have heard from two of the
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european foreign ministers in the last couple of hours. speaking a short time ago the british foreign secretary william hague said that the talks were going very well, there was a different atmosphere from previous negotiations with the iranians, but he added that it may not be possible to get a deal on-saturday and it may be they have to come back to geneva at a future date, but said it was possible that maybe they could get a deal. when you look on the other side - you'll have to listen to the french foreign minister, laurent fabius, who gave a radio interview. he said there's a draft on the table. as the draft stands france can't accept it. he raised two areas. he talked about the heavy water reactor that iran is building at arak and the stockpile of uranium that iran has enriched to the 20% level. he's not happy with the arrangements of what is going to
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happen to that in the draft, which i add we haven't seen. is it that there's a disagreement amongst the international powers. that's not clear. it's possible - i'm delving into realms of speculation - that they decided one country should take a tougher line, perhaps one is playing good cop the other bad cop. it's not clear. we are not being given a lot of details of the negotiations. as you say, the russian foreign minister is on his way here. i spect we will not have proper sit-down talks with the iranians until he's around in town. >> obviously as well there's a lot of pressure from israel, possibly others in the middle east - the u.s. congress. how does all that play out on the talks? >> i think that is very, very crucial to the talks. i think they are well aware what is being said in jerusalem by prime minister benyamin netanyahu. i think the americans are well aware that whatever happens here in geneva, they have to try and
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sell it to a skeptical congress. that's why i think they'd like to do a deal. they'd like to come up with an interim agreement before they leave geneva. if they don't come up with an agreement they know in the period that they adjourn the talks, there'll be so many forces trying to kill a deal before it's done. >> james bays there, thanks for that update from geneva. now, syrian paiders are in yist -- paeders are in -- opposition leaders are in istanbul, discussions whether to attend peace talks in geneva. >> they are opposed until president bashar al-assad steps down. we'll bring in our correspondent from istanbul. talking about another conference in geneva, i wonder how much of a cloud are the counter talks in geneva over iran's nuclear program, casting over the meeting that's going in in istanbul where you are right
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now. >> quite a significant one. there are people seriously worried whether syria will be a card in the nuclear negotiations. people feel it may not be an immediate card, but maybe in the background. for everyone, what is happening in geneva with negotiations over iran's nuclear status is directly or indirectly, immediately or with a delay going to impact on the syrian national coalition and the status of syria and what parties make what bids, intervene and play what roles in syria going forward. the ones most concerned are those allied with the gulf states. the syrian revolution could be up for negotiation in its entirety. part of the deal may be implicitly behind closed doors -
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that iran is allowed to continue to do what it has been doing in syria, in backing and supporting, arming, giving economic support it the regime and will be given a green light in return for a nuclear compromising. that has people here very concerned. >> is there a feeling that since the u.s. put off the table the idea of launching a tax on syria, that their whole position of the opposition changed dramatically? >> you're absolutely right again. there's a feeling here among everyone. we are not talking too much of a split between various groups in the syrian national coalition that america has abandoned them. whether you talk about logistics on the ground and one of the delegates here said, "we haven't seen a thing from america in the last two weeks", through to foreign policy - america stepping back from syria, not
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that its commitment was reliable. they contrast the actions of iran for the assad regime being steady, unwaivering. whereas the american commitment to a new syria not involving the current regime has wobbled, vass lated and has given the syrian opposition a cold shoulder. there's a feeling that they can't rely on america in negotiations over iran's nuclear status to be a partner for the syrian opposition forces. they don't feel they have american forces until they want to stay and remain aloof. despite feeling that the decision to stay away from syria is one of the worst foreign policies decisions america has made in deckons. >> one dynamic impacting another. thank you. >>. inside syria the army is making gains. rebels have had practically all
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supply routes cut off. in the country side north of the capital the battle is yet to start. >> reporter: some call it a softening up campaign before a critical and fierce battle. this is the northern front of the fight for damascus. rebels are in the mountains area 60km from the capital. it is the only remaining life line for the opposition along the syria-lebanon border. it's an important almostingistics base for the fight in the damascus area. the opposition says it will not lose this territory. >> rebels hold the high ground. terrain makes it difficult to attack. we have thousands of fighters. we'll cut supply lines and take their arms. >> reporter: rebels say they were preparing for law. controlling this area means
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controlling the highway leading to the regime's heartland along the coast. rebels have seized some arms warehouses. this will be a hard and costly fight for both sides in a fast battle ground and a mountainous region. it could last for a month. the fighting could spill over into lebanon. if hezbollah joins the fight alongside the regime. the lebanese armed group came under attack for participating in battles in syria, thousands of rebel fighters could retreat into the country if they are surrounded. their presence could cause instability. there are those who believe recaptures the area is not the army's priority, not for the moment. >> we'll let them stay there, one, without problem, and be surround
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surrounded. one condition - not to threaten the - as we said - damascus, hamas. now the syrian army is fighting around damascus. the objective is to clean up around damascus, in order to protect the capital. >> the rebels suffered setbacks. the army cut off almost awe the opposition supply routes in the southern flanks of the capital. there are many fronts in this battle - to create a safe zone around the regime's center of power will require targetting life lines. this is one. you are watching the al jazeera newshour - coming up - no stability, no security - nobody in control. the forgotten crisis of the central african republic. how rural landowners in the countryside in china could be affected by a meeting in the cap
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a tall. >> it was the world cup, but can the chinese side be guided to a first ever asian league champion's title. . bangladeshi police arrested three senior opposition leaders. the arrests made after strikes called by the opposition bangladeshi opposition party. the opposition wants prime minister sheikh hasina to quit and appoint a caretaker government. thousands of people in pakistan have been rallying against u.s. drone strikes, saying america's use ends up killing civilians. a number of parties organizat n organizations demonstrated
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wanting pakistan to stop supply routes for the u.n. >> there's a feeling in pakistan that too many pakistanis are killed with the drones. u.s. have been a good ally. we fought the law together. pakistan has lost 50,000 innocent people. obviously you expect - do you expect to lose pakistanis, particularly when poor families, everything, is saying no to drones. obviously drones have - let's say good use if they hit the target, fine. but they should not hit the pakistani people. >> tens of thousands of people are being caught up in the unfolding crisis in the central african republic.
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>> rival rebels groups are looking for control. who are they. the seleka launched a defensive last september. they made their way to the capital bank uy. in march there was a new president. he no longer has control over seleka fighters, integrated into the army. the rebels from the christian anti-balaka - anti-machete - have become their own uprising, 200,000 fled to escape the violence. many believe the anti-balaka is funded by former president francois bozize in an attempt to take power. we have this exclusive report from the far west of the country. >> soldiers from chad arrived too late. most of the people who lived in the burnt village are hiding in the bush. locals say members of seleka,
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who are now part of government forces tarted them as they search for a group of rebels, calling themselves anti-balaka. >> translation: after burning our houses they took our cows and slit their throats. >> reporter: local seleka commanders say it was a bushfire and not them that burnt the village. they show us where anti-balaka fighters allegedly attacked their base last month. with ak-47s and mortars. they say they defeated more than 1,000 rebels. they can't explain why only four of their soldiers, and eight anti-balaka men decide. we are told these are pictures of the dead rebels dressed in military uniforms with green ribbons, and local charms around their necks. the rebels are facing a
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rebellion of their own. it's not clear whether their enemy is a group of young disorganised people or if they are well armed and disciplined and loyal to the former presidents. >> francois bozize was toppled in a coup in march. several members of his army went on the run. some people here say the former president is funding anti-balaka in an attempt to retake power. >> translation: most of anti-balaka are members of former president francois bozize's army, i saw them myself. >> reporter: the rise of anti-balaka complicated the situation. seleka are mostly muslim, and anti-ball abbinga christian. there's a fear it could turn into conflict. >> this is a monk who sent
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20 years helping people here. he said enough is enough. >> translation: never has the country been so humiliated and devastated by this chris size. we saw regular systematic looting. we have never seen anything like it. >> reporter: anti-ball abbinga rep else are on the move - some say to the east. everyone here is certain that they will strike again. . let's spoke to the advice president for the international federation of human rights, joining us from paris. do you think it's time for an international force to be sent to the car and impose order before we end up with a genno side perhaps? >> thanking very much.
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the time for the international committee to act was yesterday. we have seen the death toll is going high, internal displacement is unbelievable. we see that a number of citizens are moving into neighbouring countries. and we have seen rape and killing and indiscriminate arrests. looting - i think the time for international community to act was yesterday. it should be done fast. >> are you concerned that a lot of international attention and focus seems to be on the seleka. if international intervention comes this that context, might that contribute rather than undermine the cycle of continuous violence of one group getting the upper hand, trying to put down the other and it goes on and on and on.
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>> i think the international attention should be to - all the warring parties. we have the seleka, anti-ball abbinga. the braggsal community should focus on both. they are both guilty in terms of committing crimes and human rights violations. the forecast should be on how to bring the warring parties together - first to be unarmed, and, two, to ensure that the protection of the citizens, and, three, we need to bring together the party's including society organizations and the public to discuss the crisis in central africa republic. what about impugnity. is there a role for the icc to investigate some of the crimes that you mentioned there? >> yes, from our nation as an
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fidh one - we are classifying as some of these crimes as crimes against humanity. the element around rape, murder - also we are seeing an apprising and intersect airian conflict between the catholics and the muslims as well. so definitely we hope that that international criminal court and the u.n. security council will take interest into this matter, and investigate some of this crimes that have been committed. >> all right. thank you so much for your thoughts. now, let's see what else is brewing with the weather and over to everton. we'll start with the super typhoon. it's been downgraded to just a typhoon - i say a tif un, but it is a significant featurure. it's the equivalent of a category 3 storm. it's making its way across the china sea towards vietnam. the winds around 190 k/hr,
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gusting to 235 k/hr. it slowed down, losing 5km per hour. we are seeing it make its way towards central parts of vietnam over the next couple of days. it will run up the east coast. it could produce rain fall for three or four days. that's something to bear in mind as we make our way into next weeks. as it makes landfall we are looking at 135 k/hr. it will be the equivalent of a category 2 storm. we have another system. this is a tropical cyclone making its way to the horn of africa. we'll see heavy rain fall. the wind is not muchf an issue, we will see 300-350mm rain. we are likely to see flooding across somalia in the next
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couple of days. it's been 100 days since iran's new president took office, has he delivered on promises to change domestic policies. >> and games that are more about competition. >> in sport - move over federer, there's a new swiss master in town. action from the atp titles coming up.
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>>. welcome back, let's recap the headlines - a major rescue operation is under way in the
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philippines after a devastating typhoon smashed into the country, tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed. many don't have access to clean food or water. u.k.'s foreign secretary says talks on iran's nuclear program are making good progress. russia's sergei lavrov is among a string of foreign ministers who changed plans to attend negotiations. >> syrian opposition leaders are meeting in istanbul to discuss whether to join in the geneva talks. returning to the super typhoon in the philippines, we'll talk to the head of the united nations office for humanitarian affairs. joining us from manila. from your field reports, how devastating does the scene look like? >> the scene is very devastating. we had a team in leyte province, shock the by the scale of
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destruction that they saw. roofs have been ripped off house, roads blocked. there's no power, shortage of food, water. so the situation is certainly severe and we need to do everything we can to assist poor people. >> are people getting the aid they need. listening to our correspondent talking about how she has no access to food or water at this point. >> well, when you get a typhoon of this scale, it posts significant logistical constraints. roads are blocked, power is down, airports are partially damaged and they need emergency lights, so aircraft can land not just during the day but the night. aid is being delivered. the local government is delivering food and will support the national government by
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helicopter to rural areas in leyte. that's encouraging search and rescue efforts, which are ongoing. of course, much more can be done to ensure to meet the essential life-saving needs of the people. >> some officials are describing the aftermath scene as something comparable to what existed after the tsunami. shouldn't there be a larger international response to this? >> the government of the philippines accepted the offer of international assistance to respond to the emergency. we'll do all we can to scale up to meet the request. we'll meet with the member state partners tomorrow to see what they can do to help. one of the urgent needs now is in telecommunication, so we'll be looking at that, and how we get aid and people to these remote areas.
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you know, gisent the fact commercial transport is not running, we have the c130 military transport. we need to supplement that with offers from other countries. >> thanks for your input. >> thank you very much. iran's softened stance on its nuclear program has been a feature of its new leader. it's been 100 days since hassan rouhani took office. he promise to grant more political freedoms. how much has changed? >> reporter: in iran there's a lists. on it the names of those who offenses range from the criminal to the political. many of them are students and academics caught up in the disputed 2009 election. this man is one of them. he was on the list for four years. that meant wh no official -- with no official explanation he was banned from attending
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university. >> translation: i was in journalism and during the post-election incident i was briefly arrested. last year i took the exam from my masters. they didn't give us test results and called us starred students and banned us. i was verbally told i was not allowed to study. >> that is until now. he has just been allowed back to university. he thanks the new president for that. one of iran's most respected economic and political minds, says hassan rouhani used his first 100 days in office to begin the process of taking the country back from rad calls. he, himself, was gaoled in 2009 and banned from teaching. >> i have been in gaol for more or less one year, but personally, i have no complaint because it has been a cost which i should pay for my nation and
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for my country. and i'm so happy that after the four or eight years everything is clear at the moment for everybody. >> those eight years belong to the previous government of mahmoud ahmadinejad. which fired hundreds of professors for not sharing its ideology and gaoled thousands - journalist, human rights campaigners union leaders and activists and academics. it closed dozens of papers, blacklisting the largest organization of journalists. since hassan rouhani's election the judiciary released hundreds of prisoners. many are in gaol or under house arrest, including the leaders of the reformist green movement. in iran's political system, what is concluded is that the domestic situation is change, but very slowly. since hassan rouhani's election so many iranians gained back
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their freedom. when it comes to human rights or gender equality, internet senn soreship many are hardpressed to see any improvement. the constitution is still the constitution, the law the law and the president swore to uphold it, not to change it. >> let's go to the university of train tehran. how do you think people are reflecting on the first 100 days? is the political scene opening up? >> people that voted for president hassan rouhani are more or less happy with his performance. hassan rouhani has promised is change in iran's foreign policy. he is delivering on that promise as he spoke in geneva, and promised internal politics - changing internal poll takes.
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he -- politics, he talked about improving the economy. the economic situation has not improved in the last 100 years, but i think is on the right track. i think people are giving him some time on economic issues as well. >> that was going be my next question - a lot of economic problems or some have to do, let's not forget with the western and u.s. sanctions. how much of a free card will hassan rouhani get to sort out domestic economic problems? >> i think a lot of people in iran understand that the government is standing up to pressures from outside powers and the problem that the country has is that it does not want to give up its rights on having a nuclear program. people need to realise that the country is paying a price, they
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remember what happened to iran 60 years ago, and then iran wanted to nationalize oil. iran was sanctioned by more or less the same governments that they are sanctioning in iran now. and they had to withstand that type of pressure in order to get something for the country. so because of that, i think the pressure on hassan rouhani government is less than normal. people are giving him a chance to go through this geneva talks and people realise that getting the doing this is got going to be easy. people are working hard to create problems for the process. since they realise this, i think they are having more patience than normal. >> thank you so much for your thoughts on that. >> thank you. chinese communist party
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leaders are beginning a 4-day meeting in budget. in the past they've been -- beijing, in the past they've been used to single far-changing meetings. it was a plenary session 35 years ag that china moved away from maoist ideaologies. they embarked on sweeping changes to the economy, leading to unprecedented growth and development. president xi jinping will want to carve out his legacy at this year's session. some issues - liberalizing the economy and decentralizing government. reforming land rights in rural areas is likely to be high on the agenda. andrew thomas has more from unianning province in south-west china. >> this woman has lived in beijing all her adult life. she's in the officially a resident. nor her twins, despite living in the city their entire lives. they don't hold a registration
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certificate because their parents came from a rural province - and that matters. without the certificate the adults can only apply for lower paid drugs, the family can't access health services or buy property or a car. the children are restricted to certain schools and can't ply to the city's universities. >> translation: we pay tax like they do, but because of the system we are treated differently - like we are a second-class people. ? >> reporter: for many the system feels like part of a con. the government requires urbanisation but discriminates once they arrive in the city. for those in the country side the complaint is they don't have the same rites as urban items. land and established. people can buy, sell, raise money by mortgaging it. not here. people have specific plots
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allocated to them, they can't trade them. this man would like to sellize 700 square metres and reckons he'd get about $50,000 if he could. >> translation: i'd use the money to rebuild my house and send my daughter to a better school to get a better education. >> reporter: allowing people to raise cattle could give them a disposable income. >> translation: people in urban areas learn six times what we do in the country. >> reporter: china's political leaders prosecutor to have heard that message. saying that rural reform is an issue for the communist party's bosses. the government is aware of the grieve appses of the rural chinese, including those living as second-class citizens in the city. a system and reform will be slow.
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it could be at the plenary this weekend - that it will begin. in the maldives voters are going to the polls to elect a president. it's taking place after two failed attempts. it's hoped the vote will end the political crisis since ex president was forced from office. mexican security forces rescued 61 people who were kidnapped. the victims were captured by a criminal gang when they were trying to cross the border into the united states. police suspect a major drug cartel were involved. four suspects were detained and could face sentences of up to 36 years. >> translation: the victims hold the following nationalities, 27 hon dur yarnings, one american, seven duel citizenship.
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there were two girls aged 7 and two and an 8-year-old boy. negotiations over iran's nuclear program in geneva. britain's foreign secretary william hague has been speaking to reporters. >> these negotiations have made very good progress, and continue to make good progress. i think it is fair to say. there are still important issues to resolve. we concess having all the ministers, we are son shes of the fact that some real -- conscious of the fact that some real momentum has built up. there's a concentration on the negotiations. we have to do everything we can to seize the moment and seize the opportunity to reach a deal that has illueded the world, that the world has been unable to reach for a long time. >> still ahead all the sport, including nigeria's young
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footballers celebrating an historic achievement.
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in . welcome back, with more than 800,000 indigenous people brazil has one of the largest populations of native people anywhere in the world. every other year tribes get together to take part in the indigenous games - their version of the olympics. we have this story. >> reporter: chants of indigenous people getting ready
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for competition. indigenous tribes from brazil pouring into the city to take part informant 12th edition of the indigenous games. they'll compete in traditional sports - bow and arrow, blow dart competitions, wrestling. football breaks, but it is an event - this is brazil after all. >> translation: in previous years in kanuing we were champions, we got to the tug of war but lost. this year we came to win. >> translation: we came to share with other tribes that are our brothers. we'll meet new tribes. >> reporter: the world cup and olympics are coming to the country. there's a case to be made that the indigenous games are colourful. what they look in big sponsorship and multi-million
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deals they make up for in gathering. it's a cultural gathering held every other year. there's more than 1500 indigenous people from more than 40 tribes taking part informant games. for -- part in the games. for them, it's more than competition. >> it's our tradition, culture. this is why we came from so far away, to share the culture with the outside world. before the games can begin they participate in a ceremonial firedance to celebrate being together. triballe song and dance fill the air. energy transformed into bouts of athleticism. . all right. let's catch up with all the sports news. >> thank you very much. in over an hour's time chinese side guangzhou evergrande will
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take on south korean champions fc seoul in the second leg of the asian final. tied at 2-2 following the first leg in south korea. fc sole - if they win they'll be the fourth korean side in five years to be crowned asian champions. >> as for guangzhou evergrande, they are coached by marcelo lippi and they are bidding to be the winners in the current form >> translation: obviously there's not much pressure, just of the enthusiasm to win the match. all of us want to win because it's important for the team. we had a year and a half to work with the team that has grown a lot. hopefully we'll meet the right levels and the match will go our way. >> i'm joined by pete davis, a chinese editor. how significant will it be for football in china if guangzhou evergrande lifts the asian
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champion's league title? >> yes, it will be massive shoe guangzhou evergrande win. it's an hour away now. anticipation is at a high level. football, itself, is growing in popularity. guangzhou evergrande ran away with the chinese superleague and in the fa cup as well. with them being in the asian champion's league final and potentially winning it, it could be huge for chinese football. >> you touched on it. how excited are the locals - by which i mean everyone in china at the prospect of a guangzhou evergrande victory? >> it's an interesting question. if chelsea or manchester united were in the you afa champion's league final and you asked opposing fan if they were supporting manchester united.
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if they were a chelsea fan they may have said they'd support a team from a different country. in this case the people - they run a story just saying the words, you know, we are all guangzhou evergrande fans tonight. which is quite - it goes with the sort of chinese thinking of being born and getting behind the country when things like this happen. there are followers of chinese football and rightly so. they are saying beijing fans, for example, who are not so keen on the idea of a victory, and they are in a small minority compared to the whole country wanting to get behind this. anticipation is high. there's a lot of gnatter about it, it's all positive from what i've seen. >> all positive at the moment. the game in china has been involved in corruption and financial scandals. it's the success of guangzhou evergrande, that chinese
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football is on the right track? >> yes, well, that's a big topic. it's one thing that yesterday i was frustrated with because obviously there's a lot of tapes on this -- attention on this game, from outside of china, not just inside, and the attention - when you read the story, every story has a paragraph or two covering corruption in china, and how this is part of cleaning up the game, and that kind of winning the asian champion's league. it's nothing to do with corruption. when a six point deduction occurred, they lost a championship, they were stripped. that was for an event that happened in 2003. it's a long time ago. the most are not was, in my opinion a team that was relegated. in the last - yes, the image of
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chinese football cleared it is up a little bit and decc am has been over -- mr beckham has been over and he made appearances. i was talking with various people about his visit. and i said it was part of a big puzzle. >> it's great to hear you. >> that's what i think this is too. >> we'll have to leave it there. thanks very much for that. >> stay with football. fifa president sepp blatter is in qatar to talk to the emir about the 2022 world cup. on friday he what is in abu darky to see the final of the under-17 cup. saying on defending champions mexico. same result, different score line as the golden e-let's recorded a win, nigeria becoming the fourth nation to win. nadya tolokonnikova makes it
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three win -- raphael intoedal made it three wins from three. berd itch needed a win but lost the opening said. the czech came back in the second, winning 6-1, intoedal took the -- nadal took the title. he play roger federer or juan martin del potro of argentina in the semis. >> berdic's geed meant larenka went in. he'll take on novak djokovic in the last four. adam scott increased his league on the gold coast. he carded an even-par third round to move to 10-under. fowl and david mckenzie are tied for second at the royal pines
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resort. the indiana pacers beat the toronto raptors 9-1, 84 for a sixth straight win. kevin durant sunk 7 as the oklahoma city thunder bet detroit - they have not beaten oklahoma since 2008. >> staying in the united states, the miami dolphins football team has been thrown into crisis following allegations of bullying a tar player has been -- a star player has been suspended after racially abusing and threatening a younger player. >> reporter: in a football obsessed nation everyone is talking. >> i believe jonathan martin saw the personality, ego tist call strong willed alpha male and said, "i do not feel comfortable being around guys like this, i'm not like this." >> that is veteran player richie incog neato accused of bullying
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jort , a young -- jonathan martin, a younger player that left the team. jonathan martin launched legal access. for football players past and present it's a betrayal of the sport's core values. >> we don't allow weakness, that is what jonathan martin is shown and why the players on the team are taken aback. this is what we know a football locker room is. this guy is showing a weakness. it's amazing. >> reporter: serious questions are raised about what happened between the two players. the team-mates involvement and whether it was sanctioned by manager. incog neato is accused of physically and verbally abusing i player he was supposed to be mentoring. highs team-mates closed ranks. >> for fans it's a divisive issue, for the game it could be more dramatic, if the allegations of what happened with the team turn out to be
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true, locker room culture could face a shake-up. legal expert tamara says fines and penalties that the dolphins play could change the way teams are run. >> if he is penalized, he could be gone after under state and federal laws, it will make a difference. it will send a message. >> this is turning into a high profile case in the history of american football. it will, a the the at least, challenge some of the sport's oldest practices. lots more sports on the website. check out aljazeera.com/sport. again aljazeera.com/sport. that is the sport. more later. that's it for this al jazeera newshour. joins us in a couple of minutes with another bulletin of news, don't go too far.
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