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desperate for food and water. typhoon survivors in the philippines still waiting for aid. the army trying to keep things calm - we are hearing reports of armed group ambushing aid convoys. [ ♪ theme ] hello. you're watching extensive coverage of the situation in the philippines. and in other news - israel's prime minister pulls plans for 20,000 new settler homes in the occupied west bank. trying to replant seeds of trust, a report on white farmers offering help to black owners a
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decade after being evicted from their land. >> local and international rescuers in the philippines are struggling to cope with the aftermath of one of the strongest storms recorded. the philippine's president says the number killed during typhoon haiyan may be lower than the 10,000 estimated. many people across the affected region are in need of food and water. the people in tacloban had to resort to digging pipes out of the ground get drinking water. security situations has been deteriorating. soldiers are trying to keep control. people suspected of having robbed shops drive away in gunfire. >> around 10 million people are in need of help. we have reporters covering the
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stories from the worst effected areas. wayne hay is at tacloban airport. we do to cebu. craig leeson reports on how international aid is not arriving fast enough for some. >> they lumbered into the cebu air force base delivering precious cargo from the nightmare that is one of philippine's worst natural disasters. those that couldn't walk were carried - the sick, the old and those that wanted to the escape the disaster. >> bodies are on the road. nobody is picking them up. >> the injured and sick were taken to a military hospital. for many here, the horror of losing their families outweighed the pain of injuries. this woman was struck by her roof as it collapsed in the storm. she managed to crawl out with
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her daughters, as it passed. they were a lucky one. >> the doctors are working around the clock, overwhelmed by the volume of injured, but every now and then a ray of hope. >> today we have a spine fracture, body fracture. mostly trauma, injury. we have protect nant women coming in -- pregnant women. we delivered two babies. >> after discouraging the human cargo, the c130s were loded with supplies. >> the u.s. government is helping us, and various other international governments are helping us being an aid. we'll continue to do the support. >> the relief supplies are not always getting to those that need it most. the government is sending in more troops to control the looting. also at the airport a few brave survivors, determined to go back
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to the disaster area despite all they'd been through. >> imagine the courage of these people here in cebu, at the air force base. many there during the storm. they are waiting here for a c130 hercules aircraft to arrive to take them back to the devastated area. why? in those bags are food and water, things that their families need to survive. the survivors say the government's aid is not reaching families fast enough and going back is their only option. >> i'm scared, but i have no choice. i have no choice because my family is in tacloban. international relief is on the way. the united states directed the uss "george washington" to head to the philippines and provide support. u.s. marines are on the ground. as bad weather closes in, the survivors wonder if they'll ever
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arrive in time. . aid agencies are struggling to reach some of the philippines' remote areas. bad weather is not helping. wayne hay has more from tacloban, and one of the worst-affected cities. as each day passes the scene at the tacloban airport is becoming more chaotic as many try to leave the area because their homes were destroyed in the storm. a makeshift medical center has been set up in the remains of a terminal building. there are sick people outside, people on drips inside. people have waited for flights, a baby has been born and one person died from illness. outside, beyond the fence, you can see many people waiting for the flights. each day thousands of people make a long walk from where they used to live here to the airport to try to get on one of those
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military flights out of here, perhaps back to the capital manila or other areas nearby. there's only a certain number of flights each day or seats available. night-time they are not flying because of issues with safety. run way lights cannot be turned on. when the gates are closed and the last flight gone, there's scenes of desperation and anger by people trying to leave the area because of devastation caused by it storm. >> police in tacloban are trying to keep the security situation under control, reports of looting are leaving some residents scared. >> translation: we have no more houses. it's difficult. the smell is overpowering. there's so many dead bodies that have not been picked up. prisoners have escaped. there has been reports of rape at homes.
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it's difficult. >> the people, especially people that are looking for the properties of the other people here. >> our correspondent marga ortigas is in cebu and told us why security is a big factor in the relief effort. the state of national emergency that the country is under is meant to stablilize the situation. or try to. a curfew has been imposed in tacloban, to try to stop the n incidence of looting that has taken place since the typhoon hit. people are desperate for food, water and medicine, that they have been taking things from establishments like damaged malls or the houses of people who have died and disappeared. it's not just victims causing security concerns, but the communist rebels in operation around these areas and in the provinces that surround the
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areas have been planning or caught by the military staging on ambush on relief convoys trying to bring in materials to help the victims. in one of the skirmishes that military men had with the alleged communist rebels, two people were killed. this happened on tuesday. the military say, though, that they are quickly trying to take the situation in hand and special forces are on the ground trying to ascertain that people bringing in relief goods can get to where they need to go safely. >> to other news. israel's prime minister delayed the building of thousands of settler homes. benyamin netanyahu says he fears diplomatic repercussions as israel tries to stop world power signing a deal. peace now says the housing ministry's plan, for 24,000 homes, 4,000 in east jerusalem, and the rest in the occupied
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west bank, including 1200 homes in the e 1 settlement and a settlement elsewhere has been put forward. it's controversial, because it's between jerusalem and ramallah, the palestine state of government. mike hannah sent this update from jerusalem. >> it is a story unravelling through the night. some sources say justice minister approached by palestine negotiators informed benyamin netanyahu that the plans were on the table. he then immediately put an end to one plan in particular concerning 1500 housing units in the controversial e1 area, adjacent to east jerusalem and development would block palestines access to the old city. a few hours later he put a suspension on the entire tender proposal, involving 25,000 housing units. he rebuked the housing minister for not keeping him informed,
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but he made it clear that the whole plan has been put on hold for now. >> benyamin netanyahu making adamant that the move has been taken not because settlement building is wrong, but it would cloud israel's attempts to end treaties with iran at the moment, making clear this is his primary motive in suspending these settlement developments. we may see hostile reaction from some members of the coalition government who may be outraged at the fact that what they will see as giving in to u.s. pressure put an end or suspended at least the building of some settlements. >> egypt is rolling out the red carpet for the highest level russian delegation in years. the former soviet union was a major military supplier before the americans took over. moscow is trying to reassert its
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influence in a region where it suffered setback. >> the russians, back. it docked in alexandria monday. a high-level delegation, including the foreign minister and the defence minister followed the hardware to egypt. >> translation: there's no doubt russia wants influence in the middle east and they lost a lot during the arab revolutions and the 2003 iraq invasion, destroying an army which relied on russian weapons. it lost in libya and syria. russia and russian weapons no longer exist in the middle east. >> the old soviet uniyon was a european sponsor. anwar sadat threw soviets out. some arms contracts were retained, but in the main egypt
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turned towards the united states. however, relations with washington d.c. soured. following the ousting of mohamed morsi, the united states suspended part of its 1.3 billion military aid package to egypt. that didn't go down well at all. a visit from secretary of state john kerry smoothed things over a little. egypt's foreign minister doesn't want to rely on the u.s. any more. one report quoted him as saying: a new phase presenting russia with regional opportunities it hasn't had for years. lots more to come - including we'll continue the extensive coverage of typhoon haiyan, including a growing
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province facing aid agencies, and stories of hardship. thousands of yemenis return from saudi arabia after being deported.
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it's good to have you with us. these are the top stories on jazz. the official death toll from typhoon haiyan is more than 2200. despite the scale of the destruction president benigno aquino says the number of people killed may be lower than the 10,000 previously estimated.
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there has been widespread looting, with reports of security forces exchanging gunfire with armed men. people suspected of robbing shots in tacloban have been driven away with gunfire. many people across the region are in need of food and water. the people in tacloban resorted to digging pipes out of the ground to get drinking water. well the un your humanitarian chief, valerie amos arrived in tacloban and is promising to help speed up the aid effort. >> i'm trying to get things moving, so that we can get the stuff here. i have seen all of those pictures, i heard the complaints from people. i absolutely agree with them. you can't have people here who are desperate, and can't get anything to eat and don't have water. it's basic. joining us on skype from mann ima is the philippines company director for oxfam. good to have you here with us.
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what is the latest situation on the ground in the philippines with getting the desperately needed supplies to people in the worst affected areas? are they reaching people yet? >> supplies are starting to get into the area. it is not enough. the logistical chains are by no means up and running at full speed. the challenge also is most of the aid that is getting - is only able to get through to the main centres. it is not getting to the deep areas where a lot of the most vulnerable still are. >> we know there has been a huge international mobilisation so far, but what are the challenges and coordinating relief in these areas? >> it is immensely difficult in terms of coordination. as oxfam we have supplies in cebu. they are going out to the
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communities as we speak. we also need to make sure that the supply routes are really well coordinated, and the essentials are prioritised. as you would have heard from valery amos, it is to ensure we get the food and water there. >> what are your concerns for people in the areas that we haven't accessed yet, where we haven't seen the scale of the damage, or assess it? >> it is very worrying. we have four teams, oxfam, won the ground... >> apologies. we seem to have lost that skype connection with the oxfam director, justin morgan - we do apologise for that. let's move on to other news. it's been more than 10 years since the government in zimbabwe evicted white commercial farmers from their land.
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now some of those white farmers are proposing to work with black landowners to rebuild the sector. there is mistrust of their motives. we have this report. >> zimbabwe's land reform in the year 2000 was controversial and racially divisive. most of the country's 4,000 white farmers were the backbone of the agricultural economy. they were forced off the land. it was given to the black farmers. the country is struggling to feed its 14 million people. white farmers unions propose working with the black landowners and their unions to rebuild. >> we are really trying to achieve a one voice for agriculture. more of a unified agricultural industry, which can lobby government and get policies that will benefit agriculture in zimbabwe. we have to put our differences
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aside and work together. it's the only way to get agriculture going. >> this is a commercial farmer. he doesn't trust the white's latest offer to work together? >> why now. what is their agenda. gisent the situation they should have realised -- given the situation they should have realised that from the onset - let's share. if it was like that, we would have looked at the modalities, them coming in with experience and so forth. >> it has not been easy running the farms. zimbabwe's economy is struggling. bank loans are not favourable. equipment needed to farm properly is expensive. >> many black zimbabweans started farming. they survived because they mind their own business, stay out of politics and try not to antagonise the government. they do what they can. >> political analyts say many will one day work with land owners. land use and ownership are
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sensitive issues. some feel that by laying whites on to the farm, the rest of the world may get the impression that black farmers won't cope and landreform failed. as many as 300 are feared dead after a storm caused flooding in the north-west. hundreds are missing and livestock is lost. a tropical cyclone hit the region. the u.n. food and agriculture organization said entire villages have been destroyed. >> a head-on collision between a bus and truck killed at least 29 in south africa. it took place north-east of the capital pretoria. scores of passengers were taken to a nearby hospital. south africa has one of the highest number of road accidents in the world. >> yemen says almost 60,000 of its citizens returned home after
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its neighbour saudi arabia deported illegal workers. many are complaining of their treatment and the loss of income will put more strain on the weak economy. >> these yemenis are returning home after being deported by saudi arabia. the numbers are on the rise and so is tension at the crossing near the saudi border. saudi officials say illegal workers were given seven months to fix their legal status in the king dom. many here say they were forced to leave. >> translation: saudi arabia police men aimed their gun and threatened to expel me on the spot. thousands suffered the the gaols. >> that man says he was humiliated. that he feels betrayed by his government. "isn't our president supposed to defend us", he says. many said they were gaoled in
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saudi arabia. their fingerprints taken, and that once out they won't be able to return. >> translation: we were about 3,000 in gaol. they gave us nothing - no water, no food. three people died in gaol. that's not fair. >> these are mostly unskilled labourers. they have almost no chance to find work as well. many of the workers who were deported spent most of their lives in saudi arabia. now, they feel abandoned and betrayed. >> so they picked human rights - the way they treat these people is inhumane. as they cross the border to yemen, they complain how they were treated. it is an ordeal. >> there are half a million workers in saudi arabia. they face a tough choice. staying illegally in saudi
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arabia, returning to their country while the future looks bleak. >> we tried to get a comment from the yemeni government about accusations that saudi arabia is mistreating illegal workers, but the officials we contacted declined. they called it a sensitive issue. we know the king dom contributes hundreds of millions in financial aid to yemen, because of that officials here prefer not to upset their neighbour. . bombings in central iraq have killed at least eight people. police say the explosions happened simultaneously close to a group of shia as. 32 were insured. they were marking a commemoration of the def et of the prove et muhamad's grandson. >> leaders from a minority group in the united states are making their annual visit to
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washington. native americans heard many promities to improve their lives during president obama's two turns. patty culhane takes a look at how he's lived up to those expectations. for most americans the plit of native americans is rarely seen. they are less than 2% of the population, tucked away on the broad expanses of the reservations. once a year that changes. they are called to the seat of power, washington d.c. the main concern economy and jobs. a complaint that president obama hears, but for the native american community, it's an urgent problem. the reason, the native american population has a higher rate of its people living in poverty. 28% compared to the national average of 15%. they say more than most they have been severely impacted by across-the-board spending cuts
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known as the sequester. >> it's hardest on tribal governments because most of the trials across the country are relying on or mainly reliant on the federal government for operations of programs, and services. when those are cut off, the poorest of the poor suffered. >> i can't get anyone into in-patient treatment. there's no more inpatient treatment dollars. they had to be cut. the same thing is true of mental health evaluations. >> you won't hear many of them complain about this president who complain and broadly have their support. not if you look at the numbers. the bureau of indian affairs gets about as much money as the national parks service, that was the case under george bush. under president obama, they get slightly more than native americans, around $2.5 billion.
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the groups represented here said their plight is about more than money. for them it's as much about independence and recognition. those are two things this president is delivering to these mostly forgotten people. judges and juries delivered their verdict on the worst environmental disaster in spain. the coastlines of portugal and france were covered in oil when a tanker "prestige" sank 11 years ago. the ship's greek captain and former marchant marine was charged - he ordered the damaged ship to sea. >> the speed at which u.k.'s population is ageing has been described as a ticking time bomb. a report from the british medical journal says the problem is overstated, challenging that the state would not be able to support the elderly and over 65s
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shouldn't necessarily be seen as dependentened. >> bridi considers herself part of the furniture at the irish pensioners' project. >> they said "if you retire, come and help." i retired on 31 march and came here that week. >> 15 years later the 78-year-old has not looked back. >> i like helping people. another thing, if i was at home, i would be bored stiff. >> bridie and her friends are part of what is called the new generation of pensioners. according to the authors of a new report, they are proving there's nothing to fare from an ageing population. >> people are saying because of population ageing - welfare state in the future will not afford to do the things it does today. they are many. >> the report argues the formula used to calculate the ageing population is no longer relevant. people over the age of 65 are fitter and healthier than they
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have ever been and very much contributing to society. >> right now ageing population is calculated by taking the number over 65. and dividing that. the reports author says that formula is simplistic. >> they take an arbitrary cut-off point and say everybody who is 65 or over we'll count as old. you are better saying, "let's count everybody who has a certain amount of time left to live." >> with adjustments the welfare system will be fine. not everyone agrees. a select committee to assist the u.k.'s changing demographics found the government is alarmingly ilprepared. >> the counter social care system is poor at managing these. it is designed to deal with acute conditions, rather than chronic conditions. it will need to change
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radically. >> a ticking time bomb according to some, but not when heard in the pensioner's club. bridie says improvements to health and welfare is needed, but the over 65s are there to help. >> >> load up. and raising the minimum wage could be picking up momentum. what grease mean for workers and small businesses. and let the video game hiring begin. it may help you land your next job. this is "real money with ali velshi." >> this is "real money," and you are the most important part of the show. stock markets closed lower on tuesday, but please don't

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