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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ >> welcome to the news hour. these are the top stories. >> this is an extraordinary situation. it's [ inaudible ] and we are at the beginning of a difficult process. >> the head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog calls for a ceasefire in syria. accused of invitement to murder a date is set for the trial of mohammed morsi.
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blamed for a deadly outbreak of cholera in haiti. lawyers file a lawsuit against the united nations. [ technical difficulties ] and getting out of their cars and on to their bicycles. ♪ hello, we begin this news hour with the latest developments from syria, and the program to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons. there has been a rare briefing by the director general of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons at the hague. the opcw is in charge of dismantling the stockpile. let's first take a look at some of the highlights of the briefing. cur recollectly there are 19 weapons inspectors working in damascus and its suburbs. another 12 will be deployed. since beginning their work on
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sunday the experts have visited one site already and have 20 more to inspect. they have about nine months to carry the work out. and that's not going to be an easy task but one that can certainly be achieved. >> the corporation has been quite constructive, and i will say that the syrian authorities have been cooperative. [ inaudible ] overriding concert, and if the administration does permit and that's why, actually we have urged all parties in syria to be cooperative and to contribute positively to this mission. i think the elimination of those weapons in the interest of all. therefore, if we can assure some cooperation by all parties and some temporary ceasefire could
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be established in order to permit our experts to work in a [ inaudible ] environment, i think the targets could be reached. >> let's get the latest from barnaby phillips. barnaby a pretty uphill task there. what did we learn from him? >> well, we learned a few more details as you said. there are roughly 30 inspectors on the ground. we had a bit more flesh on the bones if you could like as to what they have done and what they will be doing in coming days. they have visiting another site today and we got a bit more detail about the timetable to come. the opcw is expecting the syrian government to sub its timetable by october 27th. the timetable for destruction
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officials are calling it. they hope they can sign off by november 19th, and as you said in theory, all of syrias chemical weapons would have been identified destroyed, the verification of that destruction would have happened by june 30th, 2014. >> so how would you describe the tone of this press conference, then barn bee? >> well, in a way what was interesting was the fact that it took place at all. this is an organization that is discrete that deals in matters of high sensitivity, but it is taking on a pretty extraordinary role in a very dangerous country, and they are keen to tell the world that they are doing something. so to that extent it was positive. i have to say there were an awful lot of questions -- [ technical difficulties ] -- from the officials in the room, i don't think that is
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especially surprising given the sensitivity, and remember, you said that this is a nine-month mission. well, you know what, we're in day nine of those nine months. so quite frankly if we want to know how it is going. not bad so far. it is going to succeed? far too early to say. >> thanks very much. to egypt now and the trial of the countries deposed president mohammed morsi will start on november 4th. he will stand trial with 14 other defendants over the killings of his -- killings outside of his presidential palace in december 2012. he was overthrown in a military coup on july 3rd and has not been seen since. the u.s. is denying reports that hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance
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to egypt could be withdrawn. it has been reported that the obama administration has been considering pulling the plug since the july coup. on the streets protests against the coup are continuing. more than a thousand students rallied at cairo university. there were also demonstrations at the university north of cairo. we have our correspondent on the line. what more can you tell us about this then? >> reporter: we have spoken to two of morsi's lawyers already today, two of at it of the legal team that he has. they say they weren't informed of this date. they didn't know anything about it, indeed before he even called them. they said they have also not been able to meet with their client, the former president and have none of the official court documents so far. they do say the public prosecutor who has been to meet
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morsi says that the season they haven't been called in to meet him is he is still not recognizing that he is not the president, and he is not recognizing this legal court case. it relates back to early december last year, when a huge sit-in outside of the presidential palace, people turning up there to demonstrate against the sweeping powers that morsi brought in for himself, and according to human's rights groups they were attacked by promorsi supporters. so he'll be standing trial on a charge of incitement to murder alongside 14 other members of the muslim brotherhood, aids and various senior officials. >> all right. thanks for that. that was our special correspondent in cairo. now it has been becamed for causing a deadly cholera epidemic in haiti.
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and now lawyers have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation. hundreds of thousands have been infected. but taking the un to court won't be easy. >> reporter: they are farmers and laundryesses. >> translator: before cholera i was pretty healthy. since my life has changed because i always have headaches and stomach aches. >> reporter: they are looking for compensation for the disease. >> translator: we filed a complaint against the un but we still have gotten no justice. >> reporter: scientific evidence points to this un base as the source of haiti's cholera
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epidemic. the strain of the disease came from nepal. the un's own report found that the base has failed to properly dispose of its sewage which scientists believe is the source of the cholera in haiti's water supply. they face one monumental obstacle. the treaty that grants it sweeping immunity. for two years haitians sought justice. >> peace keepers operate under a veil of immunity. and this cholera is challenging that. it is best to clean up messes
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and this one is a mess. >> lawyers for the cholera victims say the un has a moral responsibility. >> the way that it has been responding to this case has been very hypocritical. there has been no follow through in the principles that the un preaches. >> reporter: a legal question for the courts, but for the survi survi survivors it's a simple question of right and wrong. primed for the hot seat the woman being lined up for one of the most important jobs in us finance. plus pakistan's former military ruler is given permission to leave the country. and the boston red sox make it to the championship series.
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joe will have all of the details coming up in sports. ♪ now sudan's president has launched an attack against opponents of his economic reforms. cuts to fuel subsidies saw the price of petrol doubling overnight. at least 50 people are thought to have died in the subsequent riots. they call the protesters enemies of sudan. kenya appears to be laying the ground work to avoid having the president appear at the international criminal court next month. the foreign minister has issued a statement saying no sitting president has had to appear before the court. he was speaking days before an african community meeting. the president faces charges of crimes against humanity related to violence after elections in
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2007. >> as you know he has cooperated fully with the court up until now. are the circumstances different? absolutely. today he is head of state of the republic. and i could challenge you to tell me in what place on us a sovereign president has been brought before any court of justice. in most cases in fact, in the more countries that are considered more advanced than -- than ours, it's clear that presidents are not -- are not held before court, and that in many cases the courts have to wait for their day after the president leaves office. that has been true for many presidents in the north, and so seriously that is not a question i can answer right now.
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we have a request before the court, we want to cooperate, we want space for us to cooperate to expend and not to continue to diminish. >> katherine what can we read into the president's comments? >> reporter: yes, the minister's statement was -- it was very careful -- it was very carefully worded. it left a lot of room for interpretation. she was very firm as well, but ambiguous enough to leave room for a lot of interpretation and also to keep the options open really. but she did insist just like the president has been saying over time that they will continue to cooperate with the international criminal court. but like she said there was the caveat that she said we will continue to cooperate, we want for that space of cooperation to expand and not to continue to
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diminish. it seems like warning really to the icc, that they should be flexible with the president and allow him room to also carry out his duties as the president of kenya. now there is a petition that was filed by the president before the charges of international criminal court where he's asking for room to not appear -- of his court proceedings, that he should attend the sessions via video link, but we're still waiting for the judges to make a ruling on that. and it seems to me that rule be determine the next step for the government and the president as well. >> all right. katherine soy thank very much. the head of the european commission has been hackeled as he visited the eyeland of
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lampedusa. protesters shouted shame, shame, as he arrived for a firsthand look at the recovery depreciation. he was joined by the italian prime minister. he said they would receive an additional $40 million in eu funds to help receive and settle immigrant issues. let's talk about what manuel said the eu can do to help italy cope with this. >> reporter: of course before he arrived here but also said that he wanted to show his solidarity with concrete solutions and you said it in the end after his visit he said he will give 40 more million dollars to italy to cope with the wave of
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immigration. they only stayed here about three hours where he visited the airport where the coffins of the hundreds of victims of last week's shipwreck are being held. and visited very quickly the center of immigration here on the island. certainly as you mentioned in the intro, well, he did not receive that warm welcoming that he hoped he could. >> yeah, it was a pretty hostile reception that he got there. why are they so angry at the eu? >> well, we spoke to those residents after they shouted shame, shame. and they even shouted [ inaudible ] towards them and we asked why, and they said we think this is yet another cut work by politicians who like to come here every time some bad tragedy happens, but then they don't really do anything to help out, and they have been asking
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now for years. for instance a humanitarian corridor to be opened in the stretch of sea that separates lampedusa with north africa, to allow safe passage. but they also ask for help so these migrants who arrive here will be moved to other places and not so they don't stay here on the island. so although they welcome the offer of giving more money to help italy cope, they feel like still they have been abanned by the european union and by italy as a whole. >> all right. thanks for that. [ inaudible ] has been allowed to leave pakistan after being granted bail by the country's top court. the former military ruler has been under house arrest for nearly six months. his lawyers say he will fly to dubai once his charges are
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finalized. kamal given the power that the military still has as an institution in pakistan, is this a decision that should really surprise us? >> reporter: well, it could be surprising to a great many people perhaps even [ inaudible ] it must be remembered that he was granted bail in this particular case for the killing in august 2006. his son had blamed the former military ruler for being directly responsible for the killing of his father, so indeed it would come as a surprise, but he had already been granted bail in the murder case and the judge's detention case, so it
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won't be a surprise all together. but we spoke to his lawyer who said that the ruler is now free to go around the country and even perhaps dubai where his ailing mother is said to live. it will moan according to lawyers that after six months, only six months of detention he will be a free man for the moment. >> all right. kamal thanks for that. now to india where millions of people in the country's south are facing power blackouts for a sixth consecutive day. electricity workers went on strike after the announcement to split the area in to two states. transport has also been effected
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by the shutdown. a special tribunal has found [ inaudible ] guilty of crimes against humanity. earlier this month another man was sentenced to death for genocide. at least eight people have been killed in a garment factory fire in bangladesh. it happened on the outskirts of the capitol. the fire engulfed a warehouse and two other buildings. 170 workers were inside at the time. voting is underway in the presidential election of the former soviet republic. the leader has been in power since he took over for his father in 2003. there is a single candidate
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running against him representing opposition parties. he has said the whole process is corrupt. joining me to talk more about this is an advisor. how would you describe the situation right now? >> well, i think we're in the middle of a preelection in our election crackdown, but we have to put it in the contest of systematic abuse of human rights, and growing terrorism over the last few years. we had about 142 political prisoners in the country now. civil society, particularly, the preelection period have been targeted by the authorities, so i don't believe it is possible to have a free and fair election at this stage. >> so what are you looking to see from the international community here?
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>> well, what we're seeing now especially in the last 24 hours is first evidence emerging of what is wide-spread electoral fraud. last night around evening time, an android app that was launched by the central election committee malfunctioned revealing details of tai today' election. and on social media we're getting more and more evidence of observers being kicked out of polling stations and various other abuse. so it's essential for the international community to pay careful attention and we want a full investigation of all of these violations. >> but are you optimistic that anything is going to change going forward, given that all of this has gone on for several
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years now. >> absolutely, i think this is an unprecedented election anyway. we have a united opposition now, the national council of democratic forces, and we have selected single candidate to represent the entire movement. at the same time there are a number of long-term strategic issues that have emerged in particular to do with run for a third term which we believe is unconstitutional. and this something that will have major implications for his legitimacy as a candidate. and there has been growing unrest especially in the regions, [ inaudible ] that takes shape of this unrest. and i think if you look forward regardless of what happens in this election, i think his
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ability to continue this way is no longer feasible. >> all right. good to get your perspective on this. >> thank you. >> thanks very much. >> thank you. now there are more signs that iran is making some movement towards ending its international isolation. parliamentary speaker says iran may negotiate on its enriched uranium program. carolyn has more. >> reporter: movement on the diplomatic front while reports emerge that iran is willing to he is it is not trying to enrich uranium to weapons grade. people in tar ran are pleased that relations seem to be improving -- [ technical difficulties ]
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>> even if it is limited it is a good idea. >> in the past the us and uk have had a hostile approach towards us, and they still do, but i think it's better to have relations with them. >> reporter: it is the biggest change since then. people angry at sanctions imposed against iran attacked a british embassy in iran. after that they withdrew all of their staff. but sanctions against iran will remain until there is actual movement on its policies. >> this requires a substantive change in that program, however, we must test the iran government's sincerity to the full. >> hague met at the united nations last month. he says he hopes there will be
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an agreement soon. but relations may be thawing with the us as well. on his return to teheran he faced some criticism. the superpeople leader says he backed rouhani's democratic efforts but doesn't trust the west. >> in the past the u.s. has used all sorts of excuses not to treat iran as an equal partner, and equal member of the international community. during the recent trip of president rouhani to new york, that excuse has been taken away from the united states, they no longer have that excuse, so if the united states continues to try to hurt ordinary iranians through punitive sanctions and
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to not recognize iran's legitimate rights as a sovereign country, then i think the international community will know. >> reporter: iran has agreed to talk about its nuclear program next week talks that will include united states and britain. we have the latest weather for you. everton? >> as you know we have seen flooding across central and southern parts of the philippines recently. and i'm a -- afraid we're going to see continued flooding. you can see quite a clutch of storms brewing away. and they are going to continue to make their way further westward. winds of 65 kilometers per hour. it will intensify and by the time it makes landfall sometime
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on saturday, just to the north of manila, by that stage it is likely to be a typhoon. very heavy rain and winds pushing in. you can see the circulation well underway for thursday and friday even more so. and then it will pile it's way through. and then the big area of storms just around the islands at the moment and that is going to continue making its way westwards. we are looking at winds of 85 miles per hour. it will strengthen and by the time it makes landfall we are looking at winds around 160 kilometers per hour. still ahead, talking peace. plus . . . >> reporter: i'm in mexico city
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and traditional a markets like this one date back to the empire. but now they are under threat.
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♪ you are watching the al jazeera news hour. a reminder of our top stories. the head of the world's chemical weapons watch dog has called for a ceasefire in syria.
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the trial of egypt's deposed president, mohammed morsi will start on november 4th. morsi and 14 other defendants stand accused of the killings of protesters outside of his presidential palace in december last year. the united nations is being sued for infecting haiti's water supplies for cholera. they are seeking composition for the outbreak that has effected hundreds of thousands. conflicting claims over the resource rich south china sea are set to dominate discussions in dubai. leaders have agreed to development a maritime code of conduct for all countries involved. china has been accused of being more aggressive in asserting its claim over the area. japan says it controls a group of islands that it calls
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[ inaudible ] but china says they are part of its territory. no one lives there, but they are close to vital shipping lanes and are believed to contain large natural resources. moving on to the south china sea another collection of islands are claimed by several countries. the spradlys are expected to contain vast oil wealth. >> reporter: the fish port here is one of the busiest in southern china. last year the catch brought back here was more than 70,000 tons. but this fisherman says it isn't as easy to earn money as it used to be. they have to go further out to sea, battle stronger currents. >> translator: the islands are
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all chinese territory. we're not afraid of going fishing there. our navy will protect us. >> reporter: but it's the presence of the chinese military that has raised tensions in the region. china say it has an historical right to the area but other countries disagree. the fishing community here says the chinese government encourages them to go further out, giving them fresh water for the journey and free petrol. it allows a larger catch but also strengthening the claim of sovereignty. >> a claim that is being challenged by the philippines. the chinese government has always maintained the matter should be kept between the states directly involved. >> translator: the two sides should always seek peace means
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in order to safeguard bilateral relations. >> china has agreed to sit down and begin discussions, but for the fishing community here, the entanglements of governments and international law are beyond their concern. >> translator: the fish man can get along very well even if we are from different countries. to be honest, we don't care about politics. >> reporter: there must be a way for everyone to benefit. they say they only want to earn a living without risking the start of a war. six workers at yap pan's cripples fukushima nuclear plant has been doused in radioactive water.
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fukushima has been hit by a series of toxic water leaks in recent months. the plant was badly damaged by the earthquake and tsunami of march 2011. u.s. president, barack obama is set to nominate the head of the u.s. federal bank. the 67 year old yellen would be the first democrat to head the institution since 1997. >> reporter: running the central banking system in the united states is one of the most powerful jobs in the world, and the person in charge can directly affect the wallets of every american and the global economy. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: the fed chief as the chair is sometimes called, sets the price of borrowing money. this directly spurs economic growth or curbs inflation.
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the chair also controls the supply of u.s. money in the economy. president obama has announced he will nominate janet yellen for the job when ben bernanke stepped down. but yellen takes over at an unpredictable time. the u.s. central bank has been pumping money into the nation's struggling economy. over the summer bernanke hinted that the practice of pumping more money into the u.s. economy would be ramping down. but then bernanke made a surprise announcement. >> we decided to keep the range at 0 to 1.4% and make no change in its asset purchase program or finance. >> the change in thinking left investors wondering whether they
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could still look to the u.s. to take the lead on fiscal policy. >> we still haven't got to where we want to be on [ technical difficulties ] request to raise the u.s. debt limit so the country can continue paying its bills. the white house delay on nominating yellen has also caused uncertainty in the global markets, a worry that the u.s. can no longer be trusted to manage its money.
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argentina's president is recovering in hospital following surgery to remove a blood clot from her brain. it is thought she may have sustained the injury after a fall a few months ago. venezuela's president has a asked congress for greater -- [ technical difficulties ] -- corruption to boost the ailing economy. he'll take his request to the national assembly where his party holds a two-thirds majority. >> translator: on behalf of the people in constant battle, i am going to humbleably present a series of reflections, a dynamic that combines discussion and action with a central objection, and a transformation of the venezuela economic model. >> reporter: mexico city is
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trying to restrict supermarket chains from certain neighborhoods as a way to protect traditional supermarkets. adam has this report from mexico city. >> reporter: welcome to mexico city's central market. it is the largest market in the world, covering more than 300 heckers. every week a motel owner comes to stock up on fresh groceries to serve his guests. he shops here instead of the supermarket for one reason. >> you can't beat these prices. if i buy this stuff in the neighborhood where i live i pay up to four more times. >> reporter: the central market feeds a system of more than 300 neighborhood markets across the city. about half of all food purchases are made at these markets.
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they have been part of economic life dating back before the spanish came here. and that is made clear from this mural. but according to mexico city's government these markets are under threat from national and international chains popping up across mexico. earlier this year, the supreme court overturned a city law that barred supermarkets from specific neighborhoods. now the city is trying to come up with ways to restrict the chains. >> translator: making sure these markets continue to thrive is a way to protect the social dynamic in the city's neighborhoods. >> reporter: mexico's supermarket association wouldn't speak to us but said the city is trying to block the creation of new businesses. many have a sentimental correction. >> translator: meks sew city
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wouldn't be the same without its markets. >> reporter: while the city struggles to limit the growth of supermarkets, it's the country's sluggish economy that has lead to a slow down in market construction. the city hopes they will continue to attract business for decades to come. the government of myanmar is meeting members of an organization as an effort to resolve bloody fighting. in may 2011, a 17-year truce ended when fighting broke out when rebels and government troops. a has meant tens of thousands of people being displaced inside the state. thank you for being with us. first of all are you hopeful that this latest round of -- of
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talks will amount to anything? >> well, not very hope. i think it's possible that they may reach some kind of compromise deal, but i think that the fundamental problems that profell the different ethnic groups to take up arms remain. two problems. one is the burmese military has rejected the only viable solution to create a multi-ethn multi-ethnic yuan non-which is federalism and second peace for them is not a goal in and of itself, peace is a means to achieve a commercial development. these two problems remain to be addressed. >> so why do you think this has been such an intractable
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conflict for so long? is it because of those resources? >> yes, there is an issue of the central government's attempt to control strategic border areas that are also, as i said, endowed with, you know, above and underground resources, jade, rubies, gold, teak forest, but perhaps equally important the burmese central government has internally colonial vision which makes them think they are more equal than -- more equal among all of the ethnic groups of burma. when burma was negotiating independence with britain back in 1947, the foundational principal of modern burma was to
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be ethnic equality. and that was what was promised to the minorities, and since independence successive burmese civilian and military governments have broken the promise of ethnic equality. that really is the crux of the matter. >> do you think the fact is -- as you know myanmar and its government has opened up to the international community quite a bit in the last couple of years. do you think that will make any sort of difference to this conflict? >> well, i think there is an international dimension to the current ceasefire processes. we have got close to 20 different armed ethnic groups, not just one or two. and the problem is there's a fundamental mistrust that has been built up among the
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different ethnic groups especially towards the burmese military, also i think the opening up of the country is less along democratic reforms and federalization and evolution of power among different constituent ethnic groups, and more along the lines of the chinese model of building up the country, commercially, evolving the -- [ technical difficulties ] -- to reform the country as a multi-ethnic, democratic and developing country. so i think the international community's role here needs to be critically examined. there are donor countries, so-called such as norway and the united states, that are pushing for unfair deals here. >> all right. good to get your thoughts on
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this. thanks very much. now still to come on the news hour, twice bitten, an australian diver survives a second shark attack. and he may have slipped down the rankings, but roger federerer is still number one with chinese tennis fans.
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♪ hello again. cycling is a popular pursuit in many european countries, but not
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so much in spain. people there appearing to prefer horsepower to pedal power. but that appears to be changing. >> reporter: the shine has come off of car sale figures. no one comes in to admire these sleek expensive machines, let alone buy one. spanish dealerships are currently shifting around 700,000. spain's financial crisis seems to be dealing a hammer blow to car dealers, but cycling is increasingly seen as both cool and value for money. in spain new bikes are now outselling new cars. >> translator: the reason is the bicycle is a saving. it's a form of transport that doesn't cost anything over a
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year. they don't need much maintenance. apart from that, it's healthy, and also the best way of getting around the city. >> reporter: cycling culture is gaining momentum too. hundreds of cyclists turned out for a night ride through madrid recently as part of the global bicycle month critical mass. promoters of the event are watching changing attitudes here with satisfaction. >> maybe four years ago i was alone in the street. three years ago, i said hey, i can see another cyclist around the corner. last year, people began to tell me, hey, i have seen people in the streets. something is changing. >> reporter: cyclists here are realistic though. in the main spaniards still prefer petro to pedestrianals. they still have a long way to go before it catches up with
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countries like the nether lans or even the uk, but there are a couple of cities, blazing the trail -- [ technical difficulties ] >> they closed out their series with tampa bay, 3-1. but winning game 4 wasn't easy. boston leveled the score in the next inning and also took the lead. shane victorino smashing an rbi single. it's the tenth time that boston has reached the series in franchise history. >> the one thing the team has done is continue to build opportunities, and even though
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we may come up short at times, it felt like we would still create some. we faced nine different pitchers, and we had to remain patient. >> oakland couldn't close out detroit. the a's did lead, but johnny perral ta's got the scoring going. detroit went on to win 8-6. >> this is really a good series. i'm sure the commercialer is happy it is going five. so we'll see what happens. the penguins hosted the hurricanes on tuesday smashing
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them 5-2. opening scoring in the first period, page wins doubled their lead after the break but carolina was doubled in the third period. the president of the u.s. soccer federation says his country won't bid for future world cups unless the rules are tightened up. he is also a new member of fifa's executive committee that decided to delay a switch of the world cup in qatar in 2022. >> reporter: are you personally happy with the decision that was made? >> absolutely. i think the decision to take one's time, study the issues
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involved over the next six, 12 months, whatever it takes and make a decision is absolutely the right decision. >> reporter: [ inaudible ] you have indicated that 2026 you need complete changes of what is going on, or you won't bother bidding. >> well, we think the rules should be changed and should be made stronger. i think that will happen. some things have already started to happen. and we need to know what those rules are, and what the rationale is for making decisions before we get into a game and contest, you want to know what the rules are, and i think that's a fair request on the part of any participant. >> andy murray has pulled out as he recovers from back surgery. the world's number 3 said he was very disappointed not to be able to play in front of the home
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crowd in london. the finals feature the top eight players in the world. [ inaudible ] survived an injury scare earlier, when he landed awkwardly on his right feet. he needed a medical time-out, but recovered to beat his opponent in straight sets, and reached the third round. also through in the [ inaudible ] who leads past [ inaudible ]. roger federer say have slipped down the rankings, but he hasn't dropped in the ranks with his fans. he went on to win on wednesday reaching the third round.
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fourth seeded thomas is also coming back from a back injury he sustained in the china open last week, and rebounded to beat his opponent 7-6, 6-2. and [ inaudible ] goes through having beaten his opponent. this was his fourth title of the year. and [ inaudible ] has reached the -- [ technical difficulties ] he won a straight set, 6-3, 6-2, hitting 9 aces on the way. he is currently 11th in the world. and that's all the sports for now. >> thanks for that, joe. speaking of someone else, an australian diver who was attacked by a shark was
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convinced it would be a once in a lifetime scare. but ten years on it has hand again, leaving him seriously injured. andrew thomas reports. >> reporter: greg pickering is either the unluckiest man in australia or the luckiest. he was diving for an edible sea snail when a shark thought to have been a great white attacked. he was hauled into a nearby boat and transferred by plane to perth. remarkably, though, this isn't the first time he has been attacked. in 2004 another shark attacked him. at the time he said that wouldn't put him off getting back in the water. >> the shark grabbed me -- just sort of struck by -- and i felt
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the teeth go right in -- one incident in 34 years, it is very small odds. >> the odds of it happening twice to the same person are vanishingly small, but it has proved possible. this was a spokesman for the fri fisheries department. >> if a sizable white shark is caught in the waters in the coming hours, i'm likely to give the order to destroy the shark. >> reporter: conservationists say in people go into a shark's environment they should accept the risk. >> it's very sad, but we are playing in their waters. we have to be more careful. >> reporter: greg pickering has had 12 hours of surgery. his condition is described as serious but stable. stay us with here on al
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this is al jazeera america life in new york city, i'm del walters dell with a look at today's top stories. president obama and john boehner playing a dangerous game of chick went the nation's checkbook. the president says he is willing to negotiate with republicans only if they end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. the republicans say they is not going to happen. the cia has called some employees back to work. they still won't get


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