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>> the allegations against syria's militia, accused of abductions and murder of hundreds of civilians. >> hello it's me david foster, you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also republicans in washington offer a temporary solution to the looming debit crisis. the united nations send workers to the central african republic.
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>> the nobel peace prize, working with victims in southern congo. a global human rights organization is calling for an international investigation in syria. human rights watch has conducted its own investigation into an opposition offensive in latakia province in august. it claims that syrian rebels killed at least 190 civilians and took operations around alloite villages. this investigator spoke to eyewitnesses in latakia. >> the villages they attacked were alloite villages. taking baruda and neighboring alloite villages would be a shot into the heart land of assad's
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stronghold, and that much closer to latakia city, these villages are on the front line of what is increasingly sectarian war between government forces and opposition forces. >> in 105 pages the report claims that at least five rebel groups were behind the incidents in latakia . it says that amounts to war crimes. 43 of those who died were women, they claim, and elderly. called on the u.n. to refer that to the international criminal court. barack obama has had a meeting with republicans to trailer raise the u.s -- temporarily raise the u.s. national debt. without that the u.s. with it
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default on the debt. >> the suggestion that discussions to raise america's debt limit are finally getting somewhere. >> the take away from the meeting was, our teams are going to be talking further tonight. we'll have more discussion. we'll come back to have more discussion, the president said that he would go and consult with the administration folks, and hopefully, we can see a way forward after that. >> republicans offered a short term deal, raise america's debt ceiling for six weeks in exchange for discussions on other financial issues. the white house didn't immediately dismiss the deal, wanted a longer deal with no strings attached. >> i think the president said if they were to send them a clean debt ceiling extension, no strings attached he would sign it. >> the meeting came just hours after the u.s. secretary said
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failure to raise the debt sealing -- ceiling is just a week away from running out of money. since then it's been taking what the treasury said were extraordinary measures to pay its bills. that will all stop on october 17th. mr. lew says it has to pay interest on its debt and if it can't pay its bills, the u.s. in default. >> unfortunately today we face a manufactured political crisis that is beginning to deliver an unnecessary blow to the economy right when the united states economy and the american people have painstakingly fought back since the worst recession since the great depression. >> the u.s. falling into default would have what the report would call a catastrophic blow to the economy. increased inflation, u.s. interest rates will rise which
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will make mortgages more expensive and slow economic growth in the u.s., which will most surely mean fall of growth in other markets. after days of pointing the finger and laying blame, things to be finally moving. allen fisher, al jazeera, washington. given 50 years for war crimes by an international tribunal in may of last year also found guilty of using the proceeds from diamond sales to finance rebels in sierra leone during is its civil war. the central african republic is a country in effectively free fall. if it is not a fallen state it could be. splintering and fighting itself, there is a humanitarian emergency. now the u.n. security council has unanimously voted on a new
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resolution supporting a strength in u.n. political mission in the country and african peace keepers who are supposed to take control, take order, say it will be hard, one presence of the lord's resistance army, first started in uganda and parts of the c.a.r. >> the country is 3,000 kilometers square and we know that a.r.a. the terrorist group is using the eastern part of the country as a stronghold. so obviously, security challenges are important. >> the new resolution gives the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon 30 days to come up with a report on the country. peace keeping force of african troops into a u.n. peace keeping mission. >> apologize for not explaining
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the reason james popped up at the moment. i should have mentioned but the u.n. security council has now adopted a resolution asking the u.n. to establish a peace keeping force in the central african approximat republic. a possible withdrawal from the international criminal cou court. indicted by the icc on war crimes charges. kenyan president uh uhuru kenyatta. >> the pakistani teenager shot by the taliban. another possible a doctor from the democratic republic of congo.
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stephanie deck are has his story. >> dr. deni mckwegi has risked his life to physically fix the bodies of women that have quite literally been ripped apart. >> all the victims have been raped in unbelievable brutality. often they arrive with the genital system destroyed by bullets or sharp objects. an act of savagery unheard of before in the history of the region. >> he survived an assassination attempt and had to flee the country with his family. but who months later he returned to a hero's welcome. >> my decision to come back is motivated by the fact that i'm
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determined to continue fighting against the sexual violence which is happening here. and also, by the determination of the congolese women. we will not be intimidated. >> and so he is back at panzi hospital which he founded over ten years ago. it is a rare haven for thousands of women who arrive violated beaten and broken. dr. deni mckwegi has become an expert, from grandmothers to young baby girls. he has become their voice calling on the government and the international community to do something, 16 years on. stephanie decker, al jazeera. abolish the crime of illegal immigration. the deaths of 300 people from africa last week were trying to reach the island of lampedusa.
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but lampedusa's residents wants to stop the migrants from even arriving. from which many start their hazardous join. the united nations set it off in 2011 when thousands of refugees fled the conflict there. the u.n. left in june. some people were given more than $1,000 to move into tunisian towns. but some spent the cash on illegal boats to europe. there is concern some of the former residents might have died off the coast of lampedusa last week. a few hundred turned down the money and decided to stay. >> i woik l would like to get ar life but i don't know how to get it. because i have been here without even medicine. so how i can get a better life?
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i don't know. >> tunisia is closer to italy but most africans are leaving on boats from libya because there is less security there. these folks had been drifting for days. tunisians are living too. mohamed jelasi made it to this coastline and then to france but returned after he couldn't find work. mohamed wants to try his luck again. >> when we get there, i really felt like i crossed the seas and i just went back home with nothing. i couldn't achieve anything there. i'm fed up, i really regret coming home. >> in 2011 the italians made a deal with the tunisian government. this hasn't put off people in
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jajij. >> they think they would find a big deal. they expect to find money easily there. a lot of people manage to get lucky and a lot of others aren't so lucky. that's your destiny. >> about 5,000 tunisians have made it there, but now the weather is worse and fewer will be attempting this dangerous journey. when the weather improves the boats will run again. they are running from war hunger or human rights abuses. tunisians want to escape years of joblessness. there are so many reasons why asylum seekers will risk their lives for a chance to live in europe. southern tunisia. >> hip hop artists may not be
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around for very much longer. and we find why cd sales are going up in a country known for its cutting edge: technology.
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>> hello again. these are the top stories here on al jazeera. human rights watch have accused some syrian rebel groups of killing at least 190 civilians during an attack in august. many of the fighters are linked to al qaeda.
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>> u.s. democrats and republicans have failed again to come up with a deal to end the standoff over the government's debt limit. the government will run out of money if there's no agreement by october 17. u.n. security council has passed a resolution, backing a cease fire in central african union. down playing reports of migrant workers being mistreated in qatar. outstanding evidence of workers living in crowded camps. jamal ahshia reports. >> leaving their country for a job in qatar. but the promise of a better life hasn't materialized. knocked off a scaffolding,
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colleague killed. but it's not just at work where these men suffer. many live in overcrowded labor camps. they sleep in cramped dormitories where sanitation is often poor. >> the plight of migrant workers has become more of an issue for qatar ever since it was awarded the 2022 world cup. unions have criticized qatar for not doing enough to protect laborers. but the government insists it is doing its best to improve conditions. this week it met with workers of woodworkers international. >> there are concerns over companies that confiscate passports but this is illegal and we prohibit this practice. as a improvement we've introduced is an increase in building site inspections and bang staff working from 11:00
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a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summer when the temperature is too hot. for many of the migrant workers here the risks associated with their working conditions are huge but they take those risks because qatar provides employment and with that, a chance for a better life. >> the problem is that many countries take advantage of that and despite labor law being pretty good on paper it is not properly enforceand that's what employers are allowed to overwork their staff, confiscate their passports and even withhold their salaries. >> when it comes to health and safety, long overtimes underpayment and these are the issues that can be solved. it's important for government to address this very quickly. they have to increase three times or five times their inspection. they have to create health and safety committee.
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>> almost everywhere you work in doha you'll see a building site. it's all costing billions of dollars. union and civil rights groups asking, what will be the human toll of this? al jazeera, doha. >> reducing the government's foreign migrant population. cut access to free health care and housing for people who can't prove they have the right to stay in britain. but opponents of the system think it will put lives at risk. lawrence lee reports. >> for almost 70 years health care for everyone has been one of the things that britain has been most proud of yet it's difficult for migrants to get medical support. they reported that doctors are increasingly demanding a passport and proof of residence before they agree to treatment. as a result they say people like
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this young man from vietnam are unable to see a doctor. in some cases the results are life-threatening. >> people who are pregnant, not receiving are natal care, until very late. an example of a mother who gave birth by herself on a bathroom floor. under the plans some migrants would have to pay up front into the health service. more dramatically, the same service would deport people convicted of a crime before they have time to put down an appeal, put down roots and claim they have the right to stay. cut musicians ration levels to the tens of thousands and clearly you can't do that without trying things that have never really been attempted before. of course, many people say it's not very liberal, that migrants are actually a boon rather than
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a burden to the economy but the government says simply it's not fair on taxpayers to keep supporting people who don't have the right to be here. >> both fair and echo widespread support of the move. >> they'll say it's not faish people can carry on here illegally. or using our public service like the health service. it is a national health service not an international health service. >> the aim is to destroy universal rights that have been accepted since the 1940s. >> the government is trying to break a consensus for all, regardless of data in the u.c. you know we're actually seeing a much more divisive politics taking over when it comes to accessing services employment and opportunities in the u.k. that are resulting in potentially creating second class citizens here. >> these proposals are not law yet. some claim they breach people's
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human rights. nor sit clear that it will save the country a vast amount of money. what's undeniable, that the message that britain is less open than it wants, the government is getting what it wants. lawrence lee, al jazeera, london. drugs worst $190 million smuggled into china, three people were arrested. narcotics officers in india, northern state of punjab, haul worth more than $200 million a former mayor of the city of detroit has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. the longesting sentence in
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history. >> quakwame cilme kilpatrick ise 18th city officially during his tenure as mayor to be charged with misconduct. on thursday he was sentenced on two dozen counts including racket eager and extortion charges. approved an $8.4 million settlement, he went to jail again after he was convicted of hiding assets from the court. as prosecutors wrote, quote, kilpatrick is not the source of economic corruption for decade. his lawyers argue he's being made a scapegoat for the financial woes of a beleaguered
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city. despite some urban successes downtown it's struggling with thousands of abandoned homes, now for detroit, the road to renewal remains as polt hold as its city -- potholed as its city streets. john hendren, al jazeera, detroit. while military drones make the headlines in many parts of the world they're used by private individuals and police forces, is growing. civil society groups, worsening surveillance society but the people who make the drones say they can make a lifesaving difference. graffiti artists in new york city are taking legal action to try to stop an old factory to be
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knocked down. kristin saloomi explains why. >> ablaze with color and creativity, it's known as five points. the old industrial site is a mecca for graffiti artists. jonathan cohen, better known by his street name mirrors 1, serves as cur curator. >> if you have never even touched a can and just want to experience it. we do offer that. >> an icon of street art it's been a backdrop for movies and music videos but the building is now slated for destruction. the name five points refers to the five you abou boroughs comig
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together. news that this will all soon be lost, is hitting them hard. these artists came all the way from france. >> all around the world everybody talk about five points, you know. many graffiti artists came here, it's really sad if it's gone. >> the owners plan to build two high rises on the site, after years of allowing artists owork there. the plans include gallery spaces for artists as well as a place for their artwork outside the building. jimmy bramer helicopter negotiate the deal. >> the artists wanted it what it was kind of forever. that wasn't possible given private ownership of the land. >> but the artists aren't happy. they have filed a lawsuit under what's known as the visual artists rights act which gives artists a say over their work
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regardless who owns them. >> it's not attacking the landlord, it is fighting for artist giving them a voice after 11 years of work they deserve to be recognized. >> with little places left to spray paint, it would send these artist work underground, their work here consigned to street art history. kristin saloomi, al jazeera new york. in music sales, the age cd is holding its own against digital downloads. rob mcbride went to tokyo to listen in. >> down at big boy's atsuyo suno has just got the latest tommy davis. first spin through a pair of 1979 jbl speakers.
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obviously, the whole bar says, cool. >> owning it is part of the joy. you want to touch it, and read the jacket cover. >> with thousands of vinyl records and cds this tiny bar is a shrine to physical media. the patrons own many thousands more. cds lovingly kept at home in a land of tiny apartments not designed to hold them. >> for all my customers it's the same. fighting with their wives for storage space. >> it's a fight being fought throughout japan. an icon of 20th 03, the cd is nevertheless, alive and well in 20th industry music stores. marketing of boys and girls bands in particular keep the kids buying. >> japanese cds, tickets to your events to see your pop
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idols and they keep coming with new ideas. >> remember the facts? japan does, japan's newspapers are among the world's largest selling along with mango comics holding its own. but time may be catching up with even the japanese cd. >> with more people having smartphones cds will decline here as well, street to live streaming. >> back at big boy's that's not so cool. >> as long as there are people who appreciate cds, they still exist. if we stop, that will be a problem. >> so spin it again while you can. and stay cool. robert bright, al jazeera tokyo. >> scott carpenter, one of the last surviving surviving astrone
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apollo program, the nation held its breath after he lost radio contact with controllers,. >> rick: . more details on that and all the rest of the news on al


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