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>> amassive storm bearing down on eastern india with millions of people in its path. >> you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also coming up at least 37 dead many more mirroring as another migrant boat capsizes in the mediterranean. exurs icaptured in afghanise u.s. says it has seized a major taliban commander.
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the u.s. budget is pushed to the brink of collapse. (t) biggest storm to threaten india in 14 years is headed towards the east coast of the country. communities and entire communities and all 42 its in the region cancelled. this satellite image shows how big cyclone phailin is. winds of 220 kilometers per hour. the assessment of u.s. navy put wind speeds even higher. phailin is expected to hit the coastline by evening. many of them are low lying areas and up to a million people are expected to have to leave their homes before arrival. this scene on the northeastern coast of india on saturday, massive swells. emergency services are on alert. about 26,000 people have been
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moved to higher ground and residents in the most vulnerable areas have been stockpiling food and provisions. while the cyclone is bearing down on the east coast, let's hear from fais jamil. >> these waves are a couple of meters high and much more frequent than they usually are. this is quite literally, the calm before the storm, the storm cyclone phailin. it is going to be on the outer edge but the north of here where the northern part of phailin is expected to hit. hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated into shelters, response has been stationed there. this is not going to be a repeat of 1999 the government says where they were caught unprepared and thousands were killed. they are telling people to get out of the area now and moved people to shelters several
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kilometers inland. but we are hearing that several people are staying in their fishing villages because they have no one to take care of their homes and fishing villages if they leave. they say get inland away from the storm. just a matter of few hours before the impact becomes huge. this storm surge is building up. it is not like a tsunami as such but the winds are increasing. the rainfall is obviously increasing. and the buildup in waves is also going on ahead. so it's an impact which will continue to increase until at least 1500 gmt when the system makes landfall and even then david it goes on for quite some time. about that time scale. have the look at the graphics again. the extent of the thing, the way it covers the whole of the
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region. it's half the size of india. >> from thailand to sri lanka. >> right. the actual truth of the system lies somewhere between the americans and the indians, about 240 kph is a mean speed which means a top end of a category 4 low end of a category 5 but the impacts are going to be huge with that storm surge. 250 to 500 millimeters of rain and all the other problems that go with it. the whole region is going to be impacted, not only 24 to 48 hours but a huge impact of flooding. >> thank you very much. rescuers are searching for survivors, 143 have been rescued. this latest incident was about 100 kilometers off the italian island of lampedusa.
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more. >> for the staff of lampedusa hospital an all too familiar action as the ambulance arrives. >> we got ready as soon as we were alerted after the accident. a helicopter with ten sick people on board was due to arrive. we're working with all our staff. >> the patients are from another smuggler's boat overloaded with migrants trying to get from africa to europe. although lampedusa is part of italy it is closer to africa. this is the choice of most smugglers. more than 200 people were rescued but dozens drown. the second ship in less than a week. just last week a ship from libya capsized with 550 on board, only 150 survived. a distress call was received
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from a satellite phone and a search and rescue helicopter from malta dropped live life -- life rafts to those below. >> the prime minister of malta, joseph muskaf, has addressed the that it's time europe act immediately to save the lives of these migrants who are trying desperately to reach these shores. >> in the meantime, the rescuers are working. the staff at lampedusa hospital know it won't be long before the next alert. lynn jame, al jazeera. let's talk about the maltese
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talks. not necessarily african migrant. where do you ball three they came from? >> the the majority of them, 147, came from syria. >> so we have syrian refugees, we have people coming from both directions from the northeast shore of the mediterranean to the shores of the southwest. >> yes, that's right. at the moment, our army and our navy are stretched helping and aiding migrants crossing. as we speak there are other operations ongoing. and during the night, we saved 147 persons from sea. they arrived this morning and they were in a very difficult situation. some of them arrived on land, without their children. some of them lost their husbands
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and wives. it is a real human tragedy at the moment. resources in malta and italy, of course italy is cooperating with search and rescue operations. resources are stretched at the moment and we are doing our best to give the best possible treatment to these people who are becoming syrian refugees. >> is it your opinion that we are seeing a number of different people out of africa countries but in the past few weeks? >> this has been a constant problem, problems with immigration for the last years. it's escalated in 2008, 2009.
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and it keeps going. this is a real european problem. it's not a problem that we, as a small island, in the immediate mediterranean, malta. this is a real human problem. it is a human tragedy that's happening in the immediat meditn and in europe. you can't turn a blind eye -- >> what can be done? >> well, of course there should be done, there should be real solidarity and concrete action, in terms of patrolling and making sure that we don't -- we as a country, the southern part of europe, don't take all this influx alone. and the thing is that europe needs to -- they need to patrol, we need to patrol better, with
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joint operations from europe and also make sure that immigrants and others will be treated the best possible way. they should be distributed on other countries and given options and given a new life. we've seen mothers and fathers this morning, we were helping, rescuing and helping these people. there are children, five-year-olds, four-year-olds, i'm sure they remain traumatized from this experience. they need a future, they -- we as a country are making sure that we help but you all of you should make sure that these people are given a better future. >> mr. faruja, thank you very much. that's curt faruja talking on behalf of the maltese government. the u.s. forces have captured a senior member of the
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pakistani taliban. latif mehsud. mehsud was in the custody of afghan forces when he was detained by the americans. us secretary of state john kerry is in kabul trying to resolve differences with the afghan government. here is the rather terse confirmation of his capture. >> u.s. forces did capture latif mehsud. i don't have further information for you at this time. >> can you confirm jay that he was actually taken by the americans from under the noses indeed, from the custody of afghan forces? >> david, at the moment that's what pafng force afghan forces .
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he was in afghan custody when he was seized by the americans. but the operation that caught him was a joint operation and that's very common at the moment as the transition continues across afghanistan. this was likely this was a special mission especially for this purpose so with the two sides working together, what's really in question david is who gets to keep the captive? it seems as though that has really caused the row here. they are saying this a sovereignty issue. that he shouldn't be in the custody of the americans. and another thing that the afghan intelligence forces are telling al jazeera is they give the americans access to any foreigners they capture here so they can interrogate themselves. somewhat of a defensive line that they weren't trying to shield him from american investigators or americans who might want to talk to him or
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interrogate him themselves but what is important is what happened when the day he was seized but what will happen to him going forward here. the pakistanis the americans are both interested in this prisoner and who gets to keep him remains to be seen in the next couple of weeks. >> the delicacy underlined by the fact that there were suggestions that mehsud was helping the pakistanis with the taliban. >> you have two complex issues here, the peace talks that are trying to continue fight all the setbacks over the last few months and you also have the americans trying to close a deal on the bilateral agreement, that sets the enforcement after 2014 after the withdrawal. and the two issues are really beginning to mix now. the afghans have made no secret
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that they feel side lined by peace talks. so if indeed they were involved in trying to bring him in as a go-between between the taliban and the afghan government, this will be a big setback and in turn, with u.s. secretary of state john kerry in kabul when this news broke, he himself is trying to smooth over a deal and this is unlikely that will help the situation between him and hamed karzai at all. >> as expected expect a press conference within the next hour, jane ferguson in bagram province. coming up on this program: this is what happens when a million people lose their water supplies. we report from the capitol of senegal where the taps are running dry. in defense of drones, why
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>> top stories here on al jazeera with me david foster. cyclone phailin is expected to make landfall on saturday evening the most powerful storm to hit india in 14 years. many are missing and feared dead, off the coast of tilt,
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believed to be from syria. about 200 have been rescued from the scene. u.s. forces in afghanistan have captured a senior commander of the pakistani taliban, latif mehsud. his group is behind a number of attacks including the bombing of times square in 2010. the senegalese capital of dacca is suffering a lack of water. the situation is getting worse by the day. >> this is what happened what happens when a city of a million people runs out of water. to each his own. most taps are dry and people are thirsty. there is little to drink, to bathe with, to cook or to clean.
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some schools have had to shut down and hospitals are running out of their reserves. water has become so precious it's now being rationed but there isn't enough for everyone. >> we are tired of this. we wait here morning, evening and night but not a drop in sight. we are fed up with this situation. >> the problem started two weeks ago when the only pipe connecting dacca to its water source broke. the french company that is obligated to fix it is working. >> our politicians don't care about our difficulties. >> every season, heavy downpours flood the section of daccar. the water hasn't receded.
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this neighborhood has been like this for weeks. there's water all around but drinking water is nowhere to be found. this is an ideal breeding ground for diseases such as cholera. 100,000 people are in immediate need of assistance. >> we are immediately facing a very, very serious situation that can lead to sort of epidemic outbreak. >> senegalese authorities have promised to relocate those in new homes. there isn't enough water to mix the cement needed to build new homes. >> we are working on a ten year plan to find a solution. we don't claim to be able to solve the problem in a year. >> this water crisis is turning into a major challenge for the government. those who are waiting the solution cannot come soon enough. nicholas honk al jazeera daccar.
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>> politicians have attended the opening of parliament, new coalition government after months of negotiations. at one point it looked like new elections would have to be culd after a coalition partner pulled out because of cuts in fuel subsidies. heads of state are meeting in ethiopia arguing about their relationship to the international criminal court. there is a split after a withdrawal from the icc but many nations are calling for immunity for sitting presidents. accused the court of being condescending and unfairly targeting africans. isn't a ceo said, he added that africa simply wants its concerns addressed. angela modokuti is with the
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southern african litigation center. i asked should the,. >> will do the right thing and encourage the african union to support the icc because this is an important international justice accountability organization. >> if you look at most of the cases before the icc they're what are called several-referrals. autonomous african governments say, can you handle this, we can't. are it's not icc targeting africa. >> in terms of the possibility of a withdrawal, it seems pretty unworkable. if other countries say we won't, it is unworkable and if others say we will, it is a stalemate isn't it? >> each of the heads of state has to return to the country, table the motion before
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parliament, and a letter needs ton written to the united nations secretary-general announcing withdrawal. so this is in essence more talks about talks. >> let's say there is no vote for a mass withdrawal. but the african union says it would be unfair for sitting heads of state to be targeted. how would that work, in your opinion? >> well, i think what we need to remember here is not to foster a culture of impunity. which means that no one is above the law including a sitting head of state and this is what the icc is about. it's a shame that heads of state are above the law so we need the icc or mechanism or a regional body that can handle this matter because we do see sitting heads of state perpetrating crimes. >> though no organization is perfect where do you think there should be reforms with the icc? >> i think we need to look at
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united nations security council referral, we see more actions than actual rule of law. we need to have the icc expand its scope. the preliminary investigations need to be concluded. the icc need to be providing justice totally. john siropolous reports from athens. >> it is a tense meeting. half of these 800 employees at the athens polytechnic will have to go, first year students arrive for orientation but there are no enrollments, no graduations and no teaching. students are siding with staff. students like a finalist worried about the job market he will
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find. >> we support this fight with the staff not just because 400 households are being shuttered but because it is a blow to universities and to our studies. >> this wave action simulator which tests airport runway extensions and harbor works for clients and the economic crisis has already claimed teachers. >> in 2005 we had 105 teaching positions and now we have 65. we are struggling to keep up standards. >> state funding for education has fallen by almost half in just two years, a drop of $1 billion, the polytechnic has decided enough is enough. >> students and staff stand united. in 1973 students locked themselves onto this campus demanding representation in university bodies. the military government of the
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day used a tank to smash through these gates and killed dozens of people but ultimately brought about its own downfall. >> the conservative government says it's unavoidable. it plans to divert more young people directly to the labor market through technical high school. >> we say to our society in our young people that there is nothing wrong, there is nothing wrong with the why educational, there is nothing wrong in being a technician, in being in acquiring skills and getting out in the market. >> it is a brave new world for universities as well as graduates. they are being able to puff up their budgets, only a question of time. john siropolous al jazeera athens. lawyers who represent italy's former prime minister,
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sylvio berlusconi, he is 77 and doesn't have to go to prison, instead he can choose between house arrest or performing community service which would give him greater freedom of movement. if his request for services is accepted a court in rome will decide what sylvio berlusconi has to do. these days aerial drones can be used for everything. society is struggling to keep up. kristin saloomi takes us there. >> they can swarm like flies and sting like a bee. unmanned aerial drones, when it comes to this quickly evolving
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technology, outer space is the limit. >> if we can think of all kinds of instruments that we might put on drones to help agriculture, traffic patterns, population growth, i don't know, but there's lots of instruments that are getting smaller and smaller and smaller and more powerful at the same time. >> even as the technology becomes more advanced it's becoming more and more accessible. this model sells for $300. >> people have been doing all sorts of crazy algorithms to get it to fly into different regions. with a bit more knowledge you could move to some of the stuff we have seen today. >> drones are not only the domain of the military or even the state. as they become more common in the civilian air space, so is
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the concern about policy and the law, this debate is taking place at new york university's law center. drones mounted with cameras whether used by law enforcement or journalists raise the issue of privacy. there is also the issue of liability, catching up with technology. >> if you build a drone a third party can write an app for it, a big corporation or some kid in the basement. how do you allocate responsibility among the person who owns the drone or the person who owns the software, where bones are on the line stiff just bits? >> machines that are programmed, one thing that is certain, drone technology will keep evolving, it's human society that has to catch up. kristin saloomi, al jazeera, new york. >> orange diamond has gone on
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