taliban commander in afghan custody. and reconnecting with ancient past. >> welcome to the show. a massive and powerful storm is expected to hit india's northeast coast in a few hours from now. the cyclone is so big that it covers most of the bay of bengal. hundreds of thousands of people have already left their homes and all flights in the region have been cancelled. storms this big are rare. cyclone phailin covers most of the bay of bengal, has wind speeds almost as fast as a
formula 1 race car. >> damage will be very severe to -- very severe. especially in the low lying areas, and of the inhabitants of the shore areas. >> even before it makes landfall, phailin has caused flooding and cut electricity. the gate has fallen damaging electric wires and we are facing a lot of problems to work in this condition. the electricians have been working here since last night. flights have been cancelled affecting thousands of passengers. stock up on food and he other supplies. phailin is the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than 14 years.
back in 1999 a cyclone killed around 15,000 people but weather forecasters say phailin isn't expected to be as strong and technology is helping to be better informed and making it likely that they can get out of the way in time but none of that makes phailin any less dangerous. al jazeera. >> joining me now on the line from the state of andra prades, firstly where are they going? >> well, they're going to emergency shelters all over the state. i'm actually at one of them in the village of calina fatnam. it is actually a cruel joke. we are right by the sea. this is a designated government shelter, we are right by the sea and rain blowing everywhere.
compared to the thatched huts, it is just a government school and there's only a couple of does people right now. hundreds of other people up and down the beach under shelter just watching the waves almost like a picnic atmosphere. we spoke to some of them and they say a storm happens every few years, almost a casual atmosphere, they don't know how bad the storm is supposed to be. >> i was going to ask you how much communicates between the local officials and the local people, are they aware of how severe the storm is? >> there doesn't appear to be any communicates, none of them know how large it is. when i told them this is expected to be worse than 1999, their eyes went up, they were quite surprised.
we stopped in a fishing village and asked them why are you guys still here? we, the al jazeera crew, was the first they had met in days, no one told them there were any shelters available. they said if they knew, they would go there. and there are several shelters inland, a designated government shelter right by the sea, so i don't know how much protection this area is going to have. >> what about the shelter you are at right now? can you describe it, are there enough flies in case the situation takes some time? >> well, i.t. a two-story high school -- it's a two-story high school with veranda on top and bottom, children playing in another room. looks like they have supplies and food here but i can't tell how much. and like i was saying most of the people are still outside
watching the tidal waves go by. the shelter seems adequate for some people but i can't see it can be more than a day and from the meteorologists the storm does appear to last for several days. >> we will check back in with you shortly. our weather presenter richard anquin is with us right now. the comparisons to the cyclone in 1999. does this one have a similar path? >> it certainly bears comparison, no doubt about it. the difference is 150 kilometers. that one was further north which means it went over lower ground. the system that is going over land which is slightly higher so
maybe that will work in our favor of course the massive evacuation which has gone on. but as you were seeing in that report, anywhere on that coastline you've got to get, as you look on the graphics that we've got here and you see the satellite imagery you can see the extent of this thing covering the whole of the bay of bengal, an absolutely phenomenal system affect much further than that. >> talk to us about the timing of all of this. it is expected to make landfall in the coming hours. >> that's right. go back to the graphics. it goes across northern anda pradesh, 1400, 1500 gmt will reach landfall. we are a few hours away from the peak of the winds. you see that moving across the
region and the waves are 18 meters high, we have the storm surge which is five meters and then there's the massive rain, some places could see 500, goes back in the rivers and comes back down again so more flooding coming back. >> can you i see a scenario in e coming hours where the wind changes path so it's not as catastrophic as being predicted? >> no i don't -- there's been skins in thconsistency in the f. it's own been by about 20 kph. whether it's a upper end of a category 4 or the lower end of category 5, the prediction is spot on there is nothing to stop that massive wall of water to
inundate the region. >> thank you, richard, we'll get back to you as the storm develops. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in kabul with negotiations with hamed karzai. just ahead of those talks, the u.s. announced that it has a senior taliban officer in custody. afghan and american officials are both claiming responsibility for his capture. it's not certain where he will go next. >> did capture tpt terrorist leader latif mehsud. i don't have further to share with you at this time. >> considered the second in command for the ttp, the groups responsible for many attacks including the attempted bombing
of times square back in 2010. ma sud imehsud is believed to bs early 20s, and a trusted commander of the pakistani taliban. just north of the afghan capital of kabul, what are the afghan officials saying about this operation that seized mehsud? >> shereen they are speaking off the record, they said that he had been taken from afghan custody where he was already being held by the afghan authorities. now al jazeera have spoken to afghan intelligence forces that said yes they had him in custody and he was taken but the raid in which he was arrested was a joint effort between americans and afghans but stressed that
the afghan intelligence were integral in arresting him in the first place. but the real conflict here and the real confusion is the fact that you have americans holding a pakistani on afghan soil. so this is a complex issue of sovereignty, the afghans say they should be allowed to hold him, that they would have given the americans access to interrogate him. he could be used in a potential for peace talks. this couldn't have come at a more sensitive time and the very bilateral security agreements is about the future of u.s. and foreign forces here after 2014 but from the afghan perspective it is about their own sovereignty. there is an irony about the two
issues being debated on this one day. >> just waiting for the press conference between the afghan president hamid karzai and secretary of state john kerry. we've learned that the migrants on board a boat were from syria at least 30 have died and more than 200 have been rescued. the boat went down about 100 kilometers off the island of lampedusa. >> for the staff of lampedusa hospital, an all too familiar coordinated action. >> we got ready as soon as we were alerted of the accident. a helicopter with ten sick people on board was due to arrive. we're working with all our staff.
>> although lampedusa is part of italy it is closer to africa than the italian mainland. >> 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 and wives. it's a real human tragedy at the moment. >> just last week a ship from libya capsized with 500 people board. only 150 survived. a distress call was received from a satellite phone and a search and rescue helicopter from malta dropped life rafts to those below. the maltese prime minister warned the sea will become a
cemetery if not better patrolled. >> it is high time that europe must act immediately to save the lives of these migrants who are trying desperately to reach the shore. >> the staff continues the work with the survivors. >> they're wet and very scared but they're doing well. >> two overcrowded ships with desperate people. the staff at lampedusa hospital knows it won't be long for the next. >> the plight is being felt all over the mediterranean. in lebanon tightening border controls as more people flee across the border. more coming up. in defense of drones. why these small aircraft have a big future. and in sport, teams from around the globe continue their push for world cup
qualification. i'll tell you who's bound for brazil later on in this hour. now, the original plan for a mass war count by eafng states by international criminal court seems to be losing momentum. the union's opposition to what it calls the unfair targeting of eafntioafternoons isn't a campa. let's little -- africans isn't a campaign. >> the united nations security council and the icc have displayed with regard to the eu's request for deferral for
prosecution in a number of cases have been particularly positively received even under very controversial circumstances neither the icc nor the u.n. security council have heeded the repeated requests we have made on a number of cases related to africa over the next several years. let's talk to malcolm webb. the summit opened about an hour ago. what's been happening? >> that's right. the heads of state are talking now. they are in the round auditorium you can see just behind me. what we are expecting to get out of this we don't know yet but there has been a lot of talk about request from the eu that heads of state be given immunity from trial at the international criminal court. whether it's possible for the
icc to do that, it may be illegal for them to grant that. the trials of kenya's president and deputy president who are facing charges in the hague for insighting violence, they are just trying to evade court and gain impunity. kenya's democratically elected leaders need the time or space to govern. they're saying that they just want their leaders to be able to rule in peace. >> so if there is a vote, that grants the heads -- sitting heads of state immunity, what do they need to do and how would the decision actually be enforced? >> the african union wouldn't actually have the power to give heads of state immunity but they could put out a statement requesting that of the
international criminal court. then if the international criminal court if it would grant such a thing would have to rewrite the statute, the rome statute, signed by 133 cunt. they can ask the united nations security council to defer the trials one year at a time on certain grounds. they've asked that before and the security council turned them down. if they do it would be a question of repeating that request, see if they can get any further. but if those trials were to be deferred for the whole duration of the terms of the president and vice presidents of kenya that would be unlikely because that would require that repeated decision again and again and there's a lot of opposition to that from other countries. some from africa and outside africa as well. >> malcolm webb from the ethiopian capital, thank you.
uganda is one of the countries that has criticized the icc's role, responsible for thousands of deaths during the conflict in northern uganda, it is only then that an arrest warrant was actually issued. let's talk to victor o chen. we're great to have you with us. correspondent in adis amountbaba was just telling us that. what was the general opinion of the icc. >> i think it also stretches down to the people in the community because at the end of the day we have the question of who are we looking at? whose justice? are we looking for justice for the heads of state or the
justice for the victims of war? i know in the community people are saying that their fear is not the icc. their fear is the criminal genocide, to prevent genocide, why would we should a concern that the leader decides to do something that protects their position with respect to their people? so the big concern right down here is whose interest, whose justice are you looking for? it should be representing the views and perceptions of the victims and survivors of war. political immunity, we need leadership, with respect to the civilian population on the continent. our leaders should be held accountable, because we are not looking for justice for the presidents, we are looking for justice for the people who are defined by war -- >> let me ask you this.
do you think the icc is the right body to bring you that justice and accountability? >> i think the best justice, state responsible is to protect. uganda, it was not on -- when the icc arrest warrant was issued, it wasn't so clear, but protection it also took the recommendation out of the country. the big question is-- >> apologize for that, we are having some difficulty with that skype connection. those that argue for withdrawal from the icc is that the icc is biased against africa. these are all the icc investigations in the world including those at the preliminary stage, as well as the icc linked tribunals.
only two asian countries are highlighted, north korea and cambodia, deputy director of the asia division of human rights watch, he will explain why the icc hasn't had,. >> groups like human rights watch and others are committed to pressing groups in asia to become members of the icc. i would like first and foremost at north korea. there is a u.n. commission of inquiry looking at possible crimes against humanity in korea. burma is another, we identified crimes against humanity, last year, but the burma government is denying that such crimes took place. so there's an urgent need of the
work of the icc in asia but first we have to persuade the governments to accept the concept of international justice and the importance of that here in asia. the central problem is that asian governments has refused to ratify the rome statute that establishes the icc. cases can't be referred to the icc, they haven't signed the rome statute, and will not allow such a reerl. the icc in asia and many places is facing a dead end connected to government's refusal to accept the icc. it's a problem of the governments here. >> an explosion at a fireworks factory in northern vietnam has killed more than 20 people and injured dozens more. the factory is located in a military complex just north of hanoi. police say the fire that engulfed the building after the
blast is now under control. japan has completed a major two-day nuclear safety drill. more than 3,000 participants took place in the exercise including the prime minister, the cabinet and civil defense staff. they simulated what might happen if a magnitude 8 earthquake causes a nuclear reactor's cooling system to fail. also simulated radioactive material leaking from the plant. the japanese government is still dealing with the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant leaking. the technology is advancing quickly law and society are struggling to keep up. kristin saloomi takes us to a conference in new york that aims to bridge the gap.
>> they can fly like a bird. swarm like flies. and sting like a bee. unmanned aerial drones may most often be associated with their military applications but scientists say when it comes to this quickly evolving technology, out are pace is the limit. stephen gorvin helped design the mars rover. >> here in the infancy of drone development if we can think of all kinds of instruments 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 getting more and more accessible. this model sells for $300. >> people have been doing all sorts of crazy algorithms using this to get it to fly in all
sorts of places. once you've got the basics you can easily with a built more knowledge move on to some of the stuff we have seen today. >> drones are not in the area of the military or even the state, concerns about policy and law, that's the debate that's taking place along with some very interesting demonstrations here 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 of liability where the law is still catching up with technology. >> what are drones but flying smartphones. a third party could write an app for it. how do you allocate responsibility amongst the person who owns the drone or writes the software where bones
are on the line instead of just bits. >> this comes with an element of unpredictability. one thing that is certain, drone technology will keep evolving. it is human society that has to catch up. kristin saloomi, al jazeera, new york. >> it's time to get another check ton record. richard, another storm brewing in the philippines this time. >> that's right, shireen. all the focus in the bay of bengal, phailin, the dynamics are very, very clear. where towards the philippines we have a disorganized system. typhoon mary. torrential rain, 150 millimeters in places and now it has a chance to reorganize as its moves across the south china sea and into vietnam. you see for sunday no real
impact there but by the time it hits around 12 g on monday, it will be a category 2 storm, two meter storm surge and we're looking at winds of 155 and there was a tropical storm that was heading up towards japan, i don't think it's going to have an impact in the time here, giving some heavy rain and indeed snow as well but for much of japan it looks like it's going to be relatively dry, tropical storm stays and japan should enjoy some fine weather. >> still to come on the program with the harsh pill garage am, we report on saud effort to help mecca. and austerity pushing
approach. cyclone phailin is expected to make landfall. more than 200 people have been rescued. a spokesman for the maltese government says the migrants were from syria. and u.s. forces in afghanistan has captured a senior member of the pakistani taliban, latif mehsud, his group responsible for the attempted bombing of times square in 2010. do you think this is more of a blow for tarik taliban? ma sud was recruited by afghan intelligence agents at the time he was seized.
>> latif mehsud was a very important person. the ttp held in pblghts, this latif mehsud was hits very trusted commander and once he also served as driver, personal driver of akeem amal mehsud. how damaging it is for the tarik taliban. he is a very important person very important commander and i think it is going to be a huge blow for the pakistani taliban who has lost a very trusted commander who is a very trusted person, friend of the pakistani taliban, chief mehsud. >> what is the result of his capture?
>> i think it is going to be the government and the international community knew it very well, the pakistani taliban, operating in the pakistani tribal areas, outside the right of the pakistani regime. people are going to afghanistan, going from afghanistan to pakistan, no doubt it is denying what the pakistani establishment is telling the word, that the insurgency ask a local one, but this case shows that the pakistani taliban are still, the pakistani militant are still operating inside of afghanistan. they are targeting the international security forces so definitely the iran government will take it up with the pakistani establishment.
currently the relationship between the government in kabul and the government in islamibad, vis-a-vis talking to taliban whether in pakistan or whether in afghanistan. but personally i feel that this case of latif mehsud has definitely provided an opportunity for the pakistan government, who are already accusing the pakistani territories being used by the afghan insurgent against the regime forces so definitely it is going to create a stir among the growing relation now the newly growing relation between kabul and istanbul. >> how many coordination would there be between the operation like this between the angst and the americans?
>> as far as john kerry is concerned, you know the relation between the you know, and special president karzai are very strained as far as the signing of bilateral agreement, there is also president karzai interviewed several weeks back where he almost tried to back out of this agreement. his statement is if this agreement is not in the interest of afghanistan, so afghanistan will never shy of the opt being out of this agreement. so you know that president karzai and john kerry they are personally close to each of th them. so i think the americans are trying ouse the personal relationship between president karzai and the secretary of state to break the defenses over the bilateral agreement. because generally this year, the president of the united states and the president of
afghanistan, they agreed that the by lateral security agreement -- bilateral agreement will be signed by october of this year. so october is the last month and kerry is there to have damage control and encourage president karzai to sign it. >> hasim, thank you for sharing your thoughts. eight of greece's largest universities have closed because of a strike by administrators. the government said 600 employees could lose their jobs as part of government cuts demanded by the eu. john serat has more. >> it is an intense meeting. half of these students will have to go bearing the brunt of the higher education dismissals. there are no graduations no
teaching. students are siding with staff. finalist is worried about the job market he will find. >> we support the strike and fight with the staff, not just because 400 households are being shuttered but it is a blow to public universities and to our studies. >> the polytechnic relies heavily on its staff, like this wear simulator. >> in 2005 we had 105 teaching positions and now we have 65. we are struggling to keep up standards. >> state funding for higher education has fallen by almost half in two years. in greece, the bottom of the european union. the polytechnic has decided enough is enough. the polytechnic has a history of resistance to authority. in 1973, students locked
themselves onto this campus, demanding representation in university bodies. the military government of the day used a tank to smash through these gates and killed dozens of people but ultimately it brought about its own downfall. the the university plans to divert more people directly to the labor through technical schools. >> we say there is nothing wrong with a technological education, there is nothing wrong in being a technician, in being in acquiring skills and getting out in the market. >> it's a brave new world for universities as well as graduates. they're being told to top off their budgets with private money. many here say fees which are currently unconstitutional which only be a question of time. john siropolous, al jazeera.
athens. lawyers for sylvio berlusconi, say he has a chance of house arrest or community service. if it is accepted the a court in roam will decide what form it will take. the international monetary fund is forecasting small economic growth. regional economy will grow just 2.5% this year and 3% in 2014. but brazil could recover from the slow down that began two years ago. >> we see levels of growth that given the structure of the brazilian economy today we would be waiting for 2014 and onward for improvement. perhaps rates between 3 and 3.5% a little bit later for economic
growth. >> mexico's president is proposing a law that ensure that almost half of the candidates are women. >> the president made a surprising announcement. >> i will send an initiative to congress that, if approved, political peashts wil parties we obliged to submit half candidates that are women. i don't doubt these will be easily passed because there are many women out there and many men who support them. >> now the next step is that the president will submit a bill to congress. he will ask that 50% of all candidates either for senate or congress at the federal level will have to be women. now when you compare mexico to the rest of latin american, it bears fairly well. a third of the congress is made
up of women and last year it had its first female candidate for president. we'll have to wait and see mowch and at what plefl it affects female participation here in politician in mexico. >> people in the senegalese capital, and suburbs are flooded leaving entire neighborhoods displaced. as nicholas hack reports from daccar. >> this is what happens when a city of 900,000 runs out of water. there is little to cook, bathe with or clean. hospitals are running out of their reserves. water has become so precious it
is 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 the situation. >> the problem started two weeks ago when the only pipe connecting daccar with its water supply broke. the prepare is taking longer than expected. the government is asking for international assistance, china is offering to help. >> our politicians don't care about our problems. they have complete disregard to our daily difficulties. >> every year during the rainy season heavy downpours flood the suburbs of daccar displacing entire neighborhoods. this year was no different. the rains have stopped but the water still hasn't receded. this neighborhood has been here like this for weeks.
there is water all around but drinking water is nowhere to be found. >> oxfam america says 100,000 people are in need of assistance. >> this situation can lead to sort of epidemic outbreak. >> senegalese authorities have promised to have reconstruction by november. but there isn't enough water to mix the cement needed to build homes. >> we are working on a ten year plan to find a solution. we don't claim to be able to find a solution in a year. >> this water crisis is turning into a major problem for the government, the solution cannot come soon enough. nicholas honk, al jazeera,
millions of faithful who go on that pill garag garage -- pill >> walking to the holy mosque, the most sacred site in islam. and this is what you see from above. the skyline of the holy city of mecca is filled with cranes. a multibillion dollar development project is underway. saud officials say mecca will have a state-of-the-art infrastructure and one of the best transport systems in all the world. this 3d animation will show what mecca will look like in 2020. shopping malls bridges and high speed rail are the center of the new project a massive expansion
of the holy mosque to ease overcrowding during peak seasons. for the saudi government, expansion and renovation are a necessity for the growing number of pilgrims. but many are wary of skyscrapers and shopping centers might be at the expense of the city's identity and traditional architect. they all agree mecca can modernize but should still maintain its authenticity. >> unfortunately the whole area has been invaded by tall buildings. i understand the need to build places for pilgrims but saudi arabia isn't just attached to sites. >> the whole region is being leveled and that's sad. these are the same mountains that the prophet mohamed used to
herd goats on and which was his training for profithood. >> osama laba is the mayor of mecca, he shows me this picture of the city, taken 130 years ago. all buildings neighboring the caba have been locked down ever since. >> people are seeing the huge infrastructure and asking questions. we have to make them understand, at the same time we are committed to preserve the cultural and spiritual history of mecca. >> this will continue to be a huge challenge. this luxury hotel was built where an ottoman fortress once stood. it is too close to the holy
mosque. al jazeera. >> thank you very much, reporting 32 spots have now been decided for next year's fifa world cup in brazil. alyce holman reports. >> nonnonetheless the 16th time their, republican of ireland, among the scorers. >> i think we share today again that we set the tone in this group. we marched on ahead from the beginning and to think this result of eight victories in nine games and bishop has won the 9th one. this is a great qualification from the team. >> belgians sat outside the top 50 last year but they arrived as
the footballing continues. the results seeing them secure their first world cup appearance since 2002, sparking plenty of celebration in the capitol brussels. the manchester united strike netted a hat-trick, with the 38 goals. the dutch rushing hungary 8-1. and england caimg close coming r to victory. >> i think they made the country proud, i think the way we worked so hard every time we lost the ball, came really hard to chase back and win it back again and of course, we had some good attacking moment.
if. >> the win keeps england on top of group 8, they must win poland for automatic processing to brazil. alise holland, al jazeera, brazil. >> qualification continued in south america as well. columbia will take place in the first world cup since 1998. after a thrilling match against chile. found themselves three goals down before the break. the visitors needed to win, but alex sanchez scored twice to make it 3-nil. the tables turned after half time, followed by a goal from
silo ortez, gave home to the columbiaians. scored twice from the penalty spot to secure a heroic come back. ecuador down uruguay 1-nil. draw would see both sides advance. mexico have kept their hopes of qualifying alive after a thrilling match against panama at the azteca stadium. olive perlita, from the penalty spot, but penama managed to square things up in the 81st minute. but it was raul yemez to the
rescue. his goal came in a miraculous faction, five minutes, beautiful bicycle kick, lifting mexico to a 2-1. the result moved mexico into fourth place in concacaf. the last round of matches to be played on tuesday. australia had already qualified from asia but that wasn't enough to sai save their coach. following a6-nil lost to paris on friday, had also been beaten 6-nil. take charge of the site in brazil. tournament 1 and teammates macwoll, will start on the
pole position, australian was almost 2/10 of a second ahead. fourth excessive pole position at the malaysian gp. marquez dominated, postin postie spaniard, extends his lead in the championship standings. for extra innings were needed to decide game 1 of national league championship series. st. louis cardinals and the los
angeles dodgers were tide but after 4 hours and 47 minutes, the winner will face boston red sox or detroit tigers. >> helps young people reconnect with their ancestry, while at the same time showing what it's capable of. >> game of life and death where two warriors are chosen to defeat the lords of the underworld. mayan, video game's creators hope their use of technology helps revive guatemala's ancestral character. >> we want people to know about
the ballgame and how it was played there and that maya our ancestors and we are proud of the incredible things they did and this motivates us to try to do great things as well. >> he and his brother daniel got started by researching the ballgame. for months they studied mayan archaeological sites. stories from the popo vu known as the mayan bible. it was particularly this quest for knowledge. >> for each site and date, an idea what happened here. the idea that when people played this place existed, yes, people played the ballgame here and it motivates people to visit these sites. >> in just a few months, thousands of people from as far
away as china have downloaded mayan pits, helping young people reconnect with their roots is one of the group's primary goals. historic importance of the ballgame with a plan to provide free downloads to local schools, mayan pits could reach hundreds of communities. now the game has been honored with two awards. >> let's see if we can bring good news to guatemala. >> now knowledge of the past and pride to the people. al jazeera. >> that's it for this news hour. don't go anywhere, david foster will be here in a couple of minutes time. and we are still waiting for
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>> a supercyclone barrels towards india forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate. debt deal proposals, with the white house to end the government shut down. meeting malala, the girl targeted by the taliban sits down with the first family. >> good morning, and welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan