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>> sending the syrian chemical weapons deal to the world, the u.s. secretary of state heads for his first stop, israel. the patients the is really army won't talk about the syrians being treated in israeli hospitals. ♪ ♪ hello and welcome i am stephen cole in doha with the world news from al jazerra also head. >> reporter: reporting from the city in southern philippines where fill bean government forces continue to battle it out with national liberation front fighters. >> washed out in the western u.s. hundreds of people are missing in the worst flooding in
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colorado in decades. ♪ ♪ >> but first, it's just a day after the united states and russia made ideal to bring syria's chemical weapons under international control. and then destroy them. now u.s. secretary of state john kerry's goal is to sale the agreement to the rest of the world. his first stop is israel. he'll arrive in the next for you hours for a country which has major concerns about the fight ago cross the border, but it's also a country rumored to have cheap cal weapons of its own and hasn't ratified the global treaty banning their use, we'll be crossing live to jerusalem in a moment. but first a reminder of u.s.-russian plan. syria must submit a formal list of its chemical weapon stocks and locations within a week. international inspectors must being allowed to begin their work inside syria by november.
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the goal is to have eliminated all of syria's chemical weapons by the middle of next year. let's cries cros to same none jerusalem. simon, why is it important for mr. kerr toy go to israel first? i think on a basic level it's the united states closest regional ali ali they tend to sy in lock step on diplomacy the israel is were wrath earn throughs as tick about president obama's initiative to launch air strikes against the assad regime. publics said they thought it was a good thing of the 10 or of the media said what it was a good thing and they threatened to help president obama to try to get the decision both through houses of congress and enlisting their friends in important organizations in the jewish and israeli lobbying in the united states to help the president.
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some irony for people there. and, of course, don't forget as you alluded to earlier, this notion that some israeli officials will be anxious to wait -- to hear what john kerry might or might not have to say about israel's chemical weapons. the russians have made no secret in the last few days of saying, well, listen, if we get the syrians to agree to the chemical weapons convention what, about israel? what about making the whole near east as sergei lavrov said yesterday a chemical weapons free zone. >> the impact in lebanon has been dramatic in terms of numbers of refugees because of the syrian conflict. how has israel been affected by the car? >> reporter: there are levels of anxiety have increased, i think both in the public domain and political circles. assad has been, for many years, the devil that israel has known. so while they clearly are very
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upset about the way he's been treating his own people, they make no secret about the fact that they are rather nervous about what may follow. there has been a lack of stability on the occupied heights in recent months, there has been sporadic shells landing there. but a midst some criticism, even from israel at home, israel has refused to accept refugees across that border, which is surprising given how many have crossed borders to syria's other neighbors. but as we discovered just a few days ago, stephen in a hospital in northern israel, there has been some enthusiasm to allow a limited number, about 200 200 wounded syrians cross the border and get treatment in israeli hospitals and that's been a new initiative. the army brings them to a hospital 40-kilometers from syrian territory. most are too badly hurt to know where they are. but 96 syrians have been treated here in the northern israeli
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city this year. the army won't say how or where their journey starts. in recent months, many children have been brought here, this boy is 15. we cannot show his face, one day he may return to syria. he has a head wound and shrapnel to the stomach. he's not fully conscious, they don't even know his name. his pain is obvious. >> some people say why we have to do did? but a few people could say something like this when you see these kids and these people are innocent, they are injured, i think that it doesn't make any sense where they come from. >> reporter: some patients are men of fighting age but no questions are asked. this man came with bullet counts wounds, he's had 10 operation sews far, his case is touch and go. the doctors here will admit this is a very unusual situation. they don't know how their patients get here, they don't know where they come from. and after weeks or even months
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of intensive medical treatment, they have no idea where they go to next. some syrians are shocked to learn they are in israel but most are happy to receive the treatment. and trust grows slowly. how are they treating you, asks this officer? good said this man. nothing could be better. this note is from an unknown syrian doctor to the israeli colleague he will probably never meet. it's a referral stained with blood. many patients will need years of treatment, doctors have saved this girl's leg but she will need more surgeries. they don't know if she'll get them when she leaves. there is no talk of allowing her to stay. this hospital has spent $1.5 million from its own budget so far, staff donate everything from toothbrushes to clothes. and when their syrian patients well enough, the israeli army takes them, they won't tell us where. a brief stay, when all that
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mattered was making them better end. and an uncertain future begins. >> indeed, an uncertain future beinsimon. uncertain future for the peace takes to regarding israel and palestine. mr. kerry, is he likely to raise possibility of progress or lack of it in the peace talks while he's there? >> reporter: yes, that's what the state department says in its sort of previsit announcement. that this is a two-track visit, syria and the peace process. don't forget, john kerry has set a lot of personal polight store by getting this peace process up and running, six visits so far, i guess this will be his seventh. both sides sworn to secrecy not to tell us what was going on, what was being discusses. but in recent days the palestinians have been leaking through a number of senior official that his things haven't been going very well. the is reallies have complained about that. and you might remember that president obama appointed martin
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to shepherd this whole process. the palestinians will tell you he hasn't been allowed in on any of the sessions. but interestingly, he was in gentleman cruise legal late last week. is secretary of state coming here to push things along, or are with in some sort of crisis? we simply don't know. but he is for sure invested in that and he'll want a progress report from the prime minister and lastly tell the prime minister what he discussed with the palestinian who he let in london earlier last week. >> sign mcgregor wood in gentleman lose legal. thank you, simon. elsewhere, countries have been react today the deal on sear sys chem wall weapons. iran has supported syria. he says the deal removes the pretext to attack, turkey which hosts half a million refugees said the agreement didn't remove the necessity, the urgent necessity to solve the conflict. there has been no official response from the syrian president, but the deal has been welcomed by germany.
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>> thanks this to, there is a chance once more for a political solution to this terrible chemical weapons attack. the time frame allows one week to disclose syria's chemical weapons. we know from the united nations that it is very likely, almost sure actually, that chemical weapons have been used and therefore i greatly welcome that a political solution has become possible now. >> china has also welcomed the u.s. and russian plan to secure syria's chemical weapons. the chinese foreign minister meant his french counterpart in jay jinx. france also backs the deal. >> we still remember that several days ago the syrian government was still denying that they owned chemical weapons. and that they used them. so now we have reached a more positive stage so that we can focus on find ache political shrao*eupbgs solution to a series of problems.
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>> reporter: china welcomes the framework agreement on the issue of chemical weapons in syria. we believe that it will ease the current situation but maybe triggered at any moment and creates new prospects for resolving the chemical weapon issue in syria through peaceful means. >> 24 after began miners have good after a coal mine collapse. it happened northwest of the capital kabul. let's go to jane ferguson for more on this one. jane is in kabul. what happened? >> reporter: well, stephen what we are hearing is yesterday afternoon on saturday a coal mine own bide the government chance odd top of the miners inside. these are often very rudimentary mines. often with very little security or safety infrastructure, now, you said that 24 were confirmed dead we have just recently heard that 27 have now been confirmed. they haven't confirmed the other three because they hadn't
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recovered those bodies yet. and the government are now saying the local governor spokesman is now saying that all 27 bodies have been recovered. but another 20 people are believed to be injured, several of those severely injured. so the death toll could rise. it's understood that most of those injured were locals from nearby villages who rushed to the area when they heard the mine had collapse today try to help rescue people but they simply put themselves in danger also because they didn't have the kind of equipment and sophisticated rescue operation that would be needed for something like this. >> you are talking about rudimentary mines. tell us more about conditions. because mine, plane people might not realize that mining is very important to the afghan economy. >> reporter: mining minerals huh harassed been heralded for years as a great potential no afghanistan. some estimates put 1 trillion as
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a figure on the mineral that his lay below the ground in afghanistan, particularly in those northern area where his this incident took plays. cop he should iron coal there is a huge potential but. getting the industry off the ground is challenging. everything from security to corruption has really hampered any development in getting those mines properly developed and getting anything literally extracted from the ground and exported from this country. so that potential has not been reached. and a lot of the mining that goes on here is illegal, although technically all the mines are owned by the government. you tend to have quite a few illegal mines very informal mining which doesn't really have the kind of safety standards that it needs to have so the conditions are extremely poor for miners who take great risks to go down to gets anything from precious stone to his coal itself in this instance. and unfortunately, incidents like this happen quite regularly. >> jane ferguson in kabul,
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thanks, jane. let's go it turkey, protesters and police have fought for a sixth night. the protests were started by grievances against the government. some demonstrated used fireworks against the opposites. security forces responded with plastic bullets and water cannon. in egypt, protesters defied a nighttime curfew to gather in the suburbs of the capital cairo as waels in otheas well as in oy support president morsi, hundreds died whether they cleared camps on august 14th there. have been reports of explosions in a village south of the egyptian border. air strikes have been taking place in north sinai for a past few weeks against what the military describes at terrorist hot beds. philippine troops are reportedly closing in on rebel positions in an attempt to end a week-long standoff in the southern city. fighters from the national
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liberation front of holding a number of hostages, the troops are trying to retake villages near the city where the hostages are being held. here is the latest from the fill philippines. >> reporter: there seems to be no sign that the clashes will be resolved soon. here on the ground, more and more human rights services are questioning whether the philippine military is in fact in control of the situation. seven days since fighting began. the number of hostages up to now still sun determined. and so too are the number of fighters still believed to be held up in several suburban villages. the philippine government now puts the number of evacueeses at 70,000. that's 10% of the cities population. now the mlmf is demanding that's development implement the 1990 peace agreement it signed with its founder, it is opposing ongoing peace talks with another
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breakaway group the islamic liberation saying those peace talks are not inclusive and does not represent the needs of the people here in the southern philippines. >> as the u.n. tries to raise billions of dollars in aid for syria. we are look at how money has been spent in cast crisis. we track aid sent to so pool i can't after the devastating famine and find out if the money has really reached the people who need it most. it couldn't be anywhere else but bavaria, could it. the germany's most traditional state holds the key to the forthcoming election. details coming up. al jazeera america - a new voice in ameri
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♪ ♪ >> welcome back. a recipients minder of top stories aft u.s. and russian deal on syria, secretary of state john kerry sets out to make his case, he's scheduled to arrive in israel in the next few hours and we'll go from there to paris tomorrow. president obama is warning that he's still ready to act if the plan fails as he says. 27 afghan miners have died after a coal mine collapsed. it happened 300-kilometers northwest of kabul. philippine soldiers are reportedly closing in on rebel positions. the week long stands off has forced thousands of people out of their homes. voters are going to the poles in bavaria one week ahead of the general election, bavaria is the spiritual home of the coalition. the chancellor is hoping for a
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morale-boosting win. >> reporter: we are traveling in a bmw. a car made here in bavaria. and a shining example of this region's industrial might. bavaria's wealth helps explain why so many voters here support the conservative coalition in the upcoming election, but there is more to it than that. by most accounts, bavaria is germany's most tradition-minded renal youregion. strongly catholic the population is proud of the old ways, the old dances, the traditional music. and a voting for conservative parties since the end of the second world war. >> we are, of course, really connected to our homeland, so politicians need to show that they look and care about it. and are not just concerned with other topics. >> reporter: the bavarian version of the christian democratic ube i don't remember is called the christian social union.
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the strongest conservative voice pushing for traditional family values and a tough stands on european bail outs and does the most, say company bosses, for the small and medium sized company that his make up a big part of germany's exporting success. this company makes high-tech kevlar tubing that can be drawn through and repair a damaged underground pipe. there bby saying millions in construction costs. keeping the business environment friendly and building on bavaria's traditional strengths. >> the advantage of bavaria as a business location is that we can employ local people and these people stay loyal to us. that's how bavarians are. they stay put. >> reporter: the conservative block in germany is not expected to win an out ride majority. at the expectation is that it will form whatever coalition government is created after the vote. and take the lead in making policy. which would mean staying the course for germany.
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given the country's lead role in the recent economic and banking crisis in europe as well. and now we are driving off to the region to look at supporters of the german green party. >> professor at stanford university in berlin and california, and he joins us live from berlin. is chancellor merkle likely to get a morale-boosting win? >> well, the elections today are not about merkle, it's about the governor of bavaria and this is the party when the government decided to hold elections today and not next week, together with the national elections, they were hoping for a positive signal. and there is no doubt that the most conservative party of germany, bavaria will see it as the strongest party. >> so in other words, yes, she is likely to get or receive a very strong message from
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bavaria? positive? >> well, she will receive a strong message but as always the devil lies in the detail f bavaria will become too strong it will be difficult in the government off the elections next week to continue with the same policy as before. because then she will be confronted with very self confident conservative and somehow anti-european sentiments coming from bavaria. that's one of her problems. the other one is that the liberal party, the current junior partner in the government of merkle is likely to disappear from the scene because they won't manage to reach the 5% threshold and if this is going to happen, this can also affect the national elections. so on the one hand, yes, she will receive a positive signal, but it can also affect the outcome of national elections negatively. >> what about the demographics
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of the election, a very traditional part of germany, ba fair yeah, but what about young people, young people don't always follow their parents' examples. where are their loyalties? what are they thinking about in this election? >> well, one could say it's the economy stupid as in other parts of the world. because we have 3.8% unemployment rate in bavaria, this is a very modern economy, and people are very satisfied with public services, with the way that they have been governing for half a seen true and i thercentury andthere is ne from the perspective of different generations. so from that point of view, the economic success story is the biggest benefit from having them as the government. >> many things for joining us from berlin. >> you are welcome. >> a large scale rescue operation has started in the
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u.s. state of colorado. severe flooding killed five people and there are hundreds missing. thousands more have been forced for evacuate their homes, flood waters are now subsiding but more rain is on the way. al jazerra's ash-har reports from one of the worst affected areas. >> reporter: rescue efforts are in full force. local, state and federal agencies have been board nateed intensified effortses to save people who have been trapped for days, the roads are not just blocked, but gone. >> people dialing 911, people calling for help, entire community that his we couldn't reach. very, very, very frustrating situation for our first responders and, you know, all of our staff. >> reporter: boulder airport has become the command stpoerpbt air air rescues. much of the efforts are focusing on rescuing stranded residents in isolated mountain communities and searching for those still
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unaccounted for. a team of at least 400 has assembled here to carry out search and rescue operations b a dozen she nook and blackhawk helicopters are take to this sky to airlift residents to safer ground. >> we get a call, we go out and get them with our aircraft and resources here. >> reporter: in some of the areas hit the hardest, there is no electricity and no cell phone service making it hard to account for dozens of people. whole mountain communities have been cut off by rushing water. >> within an hour the houses were just crumbling off of the mountain side. and people's entire lives, everything that they own just fell off of a mountain in to a river and down. >> reporter: others who escaped with the help of rescue workers are hoping to be reunitessed with family members who had already gotten out. >> our family and friends have been worried sick so i just want to go give them the biggest hug in the world and it makes me realize like how fragile life can be, you never know if you will be given a tomorrow.
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>> reporter: more rain is coming. forecasts indicate at least another day of rainfall that could once again limit these critical aerial operations. officials say it could be days before the rescue operations are completed and months before people can return to rebuild. ash-har, al jazerra, bolder, colorado. >> final preparations have been made to raise the wrecked cruise ship off in italy. it's costing an estimated $800 million. 32 people died when the ship rana ground in january of last year. the ship will be broken for scrap. parts of mexico are braced for two storms expected to bring severe floods, tropical storm manuel has hit the west coast up didn'ting almost twice the monthly rainfall in three days. in the gulf of mexico, more than 5,000 people have been evacuated before hurricane inning grid arrives. as the u.n. tries to raise billions of dollars no aid for
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syrian people we have been looking at how international donations have been spent in past crisis. the famine in somalia in 2011 killed more than a quarter of a million people, a look now at how money raised today for famine relief was spent. >> reporter: two years after the end of the worst fan immaterial in five years, there is no let up i in the stream of hungry people walking. 70-year-old is one of the new arrivals. she fled from her town 700-kilometers southwest. >> i came here in search of food. we have no livestock, no energy for grow our own food. like many of our neighbors we were forced to flee. >> reporter: most of the displaced are from areas controlled by fighters where aid agencies have little or no access. they are joining camps already overflowing with those displaced by the 2011 famine. according to u.n. figures there
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are at least 500 camps for displaced people in and around the capital. they say that they are not receiving help. >> we have not seen any agency coming to assist us here, be it local or international. when we go to the u.n. offices they tell us that they fear coming to our camps. >> reporter: somalia has been a failed state for 22 years. it's also the scene of one of the worst humanitarian crisis and efforts to get help to those who need it most remain hampered by the violence. in a statement the united nations in somalia told al jazerra the donor support flowed in to somalia following the fan immaterial helped millions avoid starvation, $868 million in 2011. while almost another $400 million were raised outside. officials, however, doubt whether all of the funds have been put to proper use.
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>> from my experience, not all of the funds raised for this country get used for their intended purposes. we are not working on policy to insure aid to so mon i can't is carefully monitored. >> reporter: corruption in the delivery of aid is not a new thing in somalia. >> somalia and foreigners tolerate or manufacture crisis in order to benefit from foreign aid. aid agencies spoke of gatekeepers. vulnerable populations were essentially kept hostage by people and organizations who were taking a cut of the assistants that they received. >> reporter: in its latest analysis of the country's humanitarian situation, the u.n. says 870,000 s so knowledge vinnies are tasker, while 2.3 million others require continued emergency assistants, it seems unlikely that the cycles of hunger will end as long as the country remains in
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suhremainsremains inturmoil. >> that's the front page of our website you can click onto it for the latest news around the world. president obama and his reaction to the syrian deal. year. the question many people are asking going forward how long will this momentum last when it comes to talking about women's rights and women's safety across india. this case has come to an end in terms of offensing. we don't know when the punishment will be handed down given the appeals process likely to take place. but the biggest spotlight is how long can india keep it going when it comes to protecting women across the country. >> joining me now from new delhi india is kavika krishnan, a member of the communist party. has this brought an incident of violence against women out of the shadows? >> there has been large protest against violence against women, but what this movement did following this terrible incident was to shift the discourse from inside about women needing protection to the question of women needing autonomy and freedom, and the need to safeguard that freedom. so in a way what was new about this movement that followed the december terrible incident is the crisp against rape culture, the direct challenge against rape culture that we heard on the streets of new delhi and the country. >> what is rape culture. >> the culture of blaming women for rape. i see connections between the movement here and the protest that started in canada and spread all over the world. i see that in india you had women on the streets, don't teach yourself how to dress. teach men how not to rape. so these slogans on the streets of new delhi and india were new and encouraging. >> was this a movement that came from the women of india, and if sowa


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