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and now on top of that the prime minister is deeply popular within population ranks and we
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will talk about what has happened with the prime minister first, nick? >> the prime minister has offered his resignation, saying the situation in the country needed to be resolved personally and he was therefore willing to give up his job, the fact he tendered his resignation doesn't mean the president yanukovych will accept it but they think he will given the great lack of popularity on the part of mr. azarov who is seen by many as being tainted by corruption in the past, who is seen as a confident of viktor yanukovych and somebody who is simply must go. now, opposition leaders were offered the job of prime minister and vice prime minister in the past few days, in a compromised deal that the president was putting forward.
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however, they refused to accept that offer. if the president accepts azarov's resignation and it's who will replace him and what consensual candidate could it be and it's early but there is talk it could be a billionaire picture of klitschko to sign the association agreement with europe and if you cast -- [technical difficulties]
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and they still have to answer to the people in the street who may not be satisfied with whatever deals are struck. >> thank you, that is nick spicer live in kiev for us. two people together in the bosnian war and standing in court once again, and he has called his former general latich to the stand to testify in his defense. live pictures from the hague now and accused of the siege of serivo and both men accused of
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atrocities and two reporters covering this for us and he will join us from bosnia and i want to start with paul brennan who is live at the hague to talk us through proceedings today, hi, paul. >> there is a huge amount of anticipation and expectation about what he would say in response to six preagreed questions that he had submitted to shed some light on who knew what and when with regard to the be siege of the shelling and snipering of the city of sereivio but we are on a 30-minute delay and i can tell you actually proceedings have finished and it has actually been a very frustrating morning in the hague. and he was deeply reluctant to
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go against his boss and fought tooth and nail avoiding going in the witness box and when he was in the witness box he was asked these questions and the questions were did you ever inform me prisoners would be executed? did we have any agreement or understanding that the citizens would be subjected to terror by shelling and snipering? well, in response to each of those questions, he said the following, i cannot and will not testify for the reasons of my health on the advise of my defense council, it may impair my health and impair my future defense, bear in mind he is also being tried in a separate court here in the hague. now, the judges have the power to compel him to testify despite his objections and the decision of the judge is they would not compel him to testify and it took everybody by surprise, the fact it has taken so long to get
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him here and for the judge to make that decision really has taken everybody by surprise here and left us with a huge sense of frustration and anti-climax. >> reporter: for for that and we will leave you paul in the hague and we will go and talk to stephan and how do people people when they see not one but both people on the stand together today, how much interest is there? >> well the interest is great as always. and some 100 kilometers away where genicide took place when forces killed more tan thousands of men and teenagers and many women who lost everything and everybody, fathers, sons, husband's and brothers were forced to leave and try to find a new life, many of them here. there are many associations of women here and we visited one this morning and they are
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watching closely every process that is related to the genicide and so they were watching this morning, the process when they were for the first time in the courtroom. it was very stressful for them. it's a crushing amount of stress every time when they see those two especially together because they hold them responsible for the big atrocities of the war and genicide of 95. and let me just give you a brief explanation of that. because this association called women of the 70s is a small association. they are accommodated in a room of ten square meters and two sofa betz and one tv set and pictures of the loved ones of these women who were killed in the genicide and these women who are watching closely every word said by everyone and the
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prosecutor and the judge adjust it's hard for them. and it's cruel to speak of numbers when it comes to them but it's one of a few ways to see how deep the tragedy of the women is. i met 70 of the women this morning and when you count the lost more than 100 family members in the genicide of 1995. >> reporter: he is joining us with inside of how this will be received in bosnia and thank you. new talks underway this geneva and the main goal ending at deadlock over the issue of a transitional government and a desperately needed deal on humanitarian aid which they will aim for as well and we will check in with james covering the event and events on the humanitarian front first of all. >> on the humanitarian front there was that agreement we were told at the weekend that women and children could leave homes, no women and children have left
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homes to our knowledge. and also that a convoy was going to be allowed into the city of homs, the besieged area of homs bringing vital supplies and nothing has happened there, no convoy has gone in and no permission has been given for damascus for the convoy to go in. in the last few hours i understand there has been another meeting here at the u.n. in geneva about the situation and we are being told, the reporters here are being told there are now supplies ready to go, supplies for 2500 people is what the u.n. estimates are the number of people trapped in the old city of homs and told there are food supplies and that number of people for 100 days and coming from the world food program and shelter coming from the un fchl hcr and supplies for children coming from unicef and all of it ready to roll and in
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the city of homs and it goes to the government's court why have they not allowed the aid to go-go into homes. >> reporter: this is huge to try to overcome. >> i think that is the thing you do have to focus on and they are sitting around the table and there are lots of people who told me these talks would never get underway and people told me for months they would never come to geneva and they are here and sitting down and yes, they are not making any progress but like brahimi, the special envoy said it's about time and giving him time and giving the process time and he wants to build trust with both sides and he wants to try and grind down the two sides to force them to make some sort of concessions and both sides arrived in the building and you will not see pictures of them arriving in the building because
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the u.n. decided for the first time to ban the cameras for anyone arriving and i think there may be something behind it because brahimi said people are giving too many interviews in the press and i think he will try to do this away from our cameras. >> reporter: live at the syria talks. we go to the new interim government and the crisis seems to be getting worse, u.n. is expected to have a resolution to give eu troops to skroin the peace keeping force and muslim civilians are extremely vulnerable is a quote and without the help of, without more help the cycle of violence may, quote, spin out of control and mostly silica rebel group have a ban in the capitol of bongui and we have this report from mr. phillips.
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>> reporter: from the people of bongui and they went through burned village's and towns and ruthless malitias. >> translator: all drivers were afraid and we left 100 behind because they refused to cross the border with their trucks and we are muslims and warned any muslim who took the route would be killed. >> reporter: the trucks had an armed escort and rowandian peace keepers who accompanied them for 550 kilometers. it has taken several days for the convoy to get here from camaroon border and from the violent and lawless country bringing aid to thousands of people is increasingly expensive and dangerous. watching the convoy we find antibalica fighters wearing magic tarms which they say protect them from bullets and tell me they have been chasing muslims away but they are strong and winning this war.
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and in bongui at the barracks another sign the tide has turned against the selica malitia and they are leaving what has been the headquarters for the past ten months. and peace keepers will take them to a new base on the edge of the city. the selica not happy their departure is caught on film. some seem more intent in taking stolen furniture than their own guns and this is what a failed rebellion looks like in a country rich only in weapons that kill. then a gruesome discovery french soldiers find a prisoner who they tortured in the barracks and left for dead and we don't know if he will make it but at least now he has a chance. we take a look at the abandoned presidential residence looted by the selica and now empty. if this country is to recover it will be starting at rock bottom,
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mr. phillips in bongui. >> reporter: we will look at a bold move by the mexican government but is legalizing it the way to curb the violence problem. and anger in chile as the country loses neighboring territory to peru after a ruling and why the most expensive player in the world will miss the encounter. ♪ oppose egyptian mohamed morsi is back in court this hour and security high outside the courthouse at the cairo police academy academy where he is on trial for a jail break in the 11 out rising and mahommad who was
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killed and lots to talk about in egypt and we will talk about that from a gentleman from the kings college in london and let's start with the latest killing and the fact it happened to someone in the interior ministry and centered on cairo and goes to the center of it all and will only mean we suspect the government and military will respond harder. >> yes, i mean, until now, until very recently most of the violent attacks on the police and the military were confined to the sinai desert area but now we have violence moving in the city, we had bomb attacks the week of the referendum and now assassination of a senior interior minister official which indicates the country is still as polarized as ever and we find
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ourselves in a situation that was probably not entirely anticipated three years ago. >> reporter: we will talk more about three years ago in a moment, i want to talk about the trial of mohamed morsi today again for charges that date back to the revolution and he has been through so much since he has become the president and deposed as the president and what happens here given he doesn't recognize the legitimacy of his court and what do we actually expect from this? >> in the business of today's trial is actually one of the lesser charges i would say and it dates indeed back to 2011, a mass jail break, ensuing the president mobark and the other three court cases are of a serious nature and spying and colusion with a foreign power and responsible for the death of egyptian protesters. i think it forms actually the second part in a two-pronged
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approach by the interim government and the military behind it. the military and security forces are trying to contain the muslim brotherhood and its political arm to freedom and justice party through one set of means and judiciary which i think must be considered the other important part of egypt's deep state is now using legal means to contain the muslim brotherhood further. and i think today's trial, the charges almost look trivial but i think it's sort of an attempt to dennegrate and think of them as common criminals. >> reporter: three years ago today was a day of rage, the day the revolution really turned and forgive me, i sat for five hours on that day and watched in disbelief with all of you as to what was going on. in a way there is almost as much
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disbelief now where egypt hasn't moved in those three years. >> yes, i mean, the sentiments are understandable. of course, if you look at in the maybe over enthusiastic response and the very high strung hopes and expectations at the time when we saw indeed as you said unprecedented developments in egypt, the expectations of the population and i think also the international community were so extremely high that we were almost bound to be disappointed and democratizing with experience with regimes for decades and decades takes time. however, especially if we look at what happened over the last 6, 7 months there is a sort of return almost to square one with the military, literally calling the shots, i would say, was definitely not something people were anticipating.
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>> reporter: the more things change the more they stay the same and great to talk to you, thank you, al jazeera cannot report from cairo because our journalists have been in custody 31 days accused of spreading lies to state security and joining a terrorist group and al jazeera says allegations are totally unfounded and two others are held by our sister channel and the camera man who have been detained for more than seven months now. the philippines army is against an separatist group and several have been forced to flee their homes and the freedom fighters iff trying to establish an independent state in the area and we have more from the city there where many of the refugees are heading. >> we have major general and he
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is the commander and leading the oppositions against the freedom fighters here. and major general good afternoon and thank you to talking to al jazeera. thousands of people have already been displaced and it only has been a few days and you are concerned this is a 72 hour operation against the biff. what is it really you are trying to achieve? >> first, we would like to make it clear this is made but however this is target specific and in this case it's the biff, operating in the area and it's very important because it's part of the peace process and the armed forces of the philippines and law enforcement agencies and law enforcement operations and should be a joint between the
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two families, that is one. and second it doesn't necessarily mean we can conduct the operations. we have to give time for those mlf fighters and communities to bear the position first. >> reporter: a look now at some headlines around thailand and antiprotests as they meet to decide on sunday's election and the commission said it would be postponed. we are hearing it will go ahead we are the being told it will go ahead. japan angered south korea with revising school textbooks and will show a set of disputed islands as japan territory and doctor in south korea and banned the sale of live chickens for three weeks and after the calling of millions of birds after fears of a bird flu out
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break and 23,000 at a wholesale market in hong kong will be slaughtered. mexico decided to legalize vigilante groups and they transform them into a sanctioned security force and the self-defense group sprang up last year regarding the drugs cartel and the leader has been captured and we have a report from mexico city. >> caught hiding in a closet, one of mexico's most notorious boss arrested and known as the uncle had a $2.5 million bounty on his head and one of the top leaders of the night drug cartel and wanted on drug and money laundering charges. >> translator: this person allegedly controlled drug trafkt in the city. maintaining a direct and tight link with members of the criminal group operating in the
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area. >> reporter: earlier this month they deplayed soldiers and police in response to heavy fighting between vigilante groups that have sprung up to fight the drug cartel and leaders said they would not laid down their arms until cartel bosses were detained. this comes at a critical time for the mexican government and despite an increased number of military and police vigilante groups and neighboring states continue to grow and up to the government to bring peace and security to a troubled region. but the government is also acknowledging the vital role played by the vigilantes or so called self-defense groups and on monday they met with the vigilante leaders and announced the members would be integrated into a rural defense core. >> translator: this rises great expectations for the region. what we need is a strong common front whereby trust can be
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rebuilt. >> reporter: it wasn't so long ago that vigilantes were disarming the police who they accused of working with the drug cartels. now the mexican government says arresting one of the founders of the templar is a step in the right direction, gaining the trust of the people and i'm david in mexico city. >> reporter: we have a look at the world with evenerton and a possible cyclone near australia. >> that is right, we have a system just developing right close to australia and if it is a cyclone it will be called dillon and not too friendly because it may coincide with high tide and lead to flooding. it made its way close and rainfall totals 223 millimeters of rain in only 24 hours. and that wet weather is making its way across the coral sea and there are thunder heads to the northeast of australia and this is the low pressure and this
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could become dillon and you can see a monsoon trough feeding moisture into the same area as we go on through the next couple of days. and the monsoon trough and 108 millimeters of rain over 24 hours and that has led to some widespread flooding. we will continue to see the wet weather and the moisture running to the system up to the northeastern corner and into wednesday and thursday and looking at thursday before the system does make landfall with heavy rain coming through at that stage. as i said it could coincide with high tides and that is inevitably likely to lead to some flooding. elsewhere across australia the heat is 35 celsius and down to the southeast corner. northern most parts we have showers and the winds at the same area of wind feeding the showers into australia and bringing further flooding into a good part of indonesia and not
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just through wednesday and same into thursday, some more problems to come here over the next couple of days. >> reporter: thank you for that. a study reveals what ancient europeans looked like and it may be surprising and the tests said they lived 7,000 years ago with dark skin, dark hair and blue eyes and it was previously thought the first europeans became fair soon after they arrived from africa about 45,000 years ago. emerging economies, emerging problems, the fall out of the peso in argentina and turkey and india and china are all struggling and let's look at the bank balance in a moment and find out how one of the strongest men feeds his appetite for success. ♪
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you're on the news hour here on al jazeera and these are the top stories, the ukraine prime minister has resigned in an attempt to ease ukraine's two month political crisis and the parliament convened a special session to deliberate antiprotest laws talked about two weeks ago. court at the hague says chief of the armed forces will not have to testify in defense of his former boss. their ruling was made during the trial and has concluded at the
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hague and the election in thailand goes ahead after the prime minister and election commission met in bangkok and the commission said it should be postponed. just more on ukraine at the moment and the parliament convenes a special session to talk about the antiprotest laws. this report is from kiev. >> and even before the banks in the emergency session of the ukraine parliament has begun, the prime minister has resigned and he handed it to the president and the president yanukovych has accepted that resignation. what is clear is that the rest of the government has not resigned. they are still holding firm and we don't know whether the opposition leaders will accept the resignation as enough of a concession believing the protests should be called off because before now the resignation has been a deal breaker and watching carefully the debate if they are still
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backing the president and whether any of those mps who really hold the majority here in parliament are backing away now from the president and looking for his resignation and elections, the key demands of the opposition. >> while that is going on putin is attending a meeting in brussels and they arrived to talk about grief ahead of the talks with the russian president and follows a period of let's say strained relations between eu and russia, after months of negotiations they backed away from signing a trade deal of the eu in favor of closer ties with russia and we have the voice of russia and international news and broadcasting in moscow and this is arguably the original issue, whether to go to eu or whether to go towards russia, is that still st. issue in your opinion? the project movement has changed and turned into a broadly
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antigovernment protest movement. >> yes, i think that right now it's sort of a secondary issue for ukraine, the main issue is the main issue of power. but i would also add to that the eu influenced the events in ukraine more than russia because no one came to kiev during disturbances and now we have the head of new diplomacy and she will be in brussels back from kiev where she talked to protesters and some ministers from the eu actually took part in the protest and the german foreign ministers talked to them and parliament did the same so i think it's preposterous to say the pressure in the ukraine and eu is not pressure in ukraine. >> reporter: you were going to say is it your belief the eu is stoking the tensions there intunly or unintentionally? >> i think it has done it
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unintentionally, i don't think anyone in brussels thought some of their protesters could be so radical, throwing molotov cocktails and hanging the portraits of stephan, ukraine person who was with hitler in 1941, 1941 so the officials did not expect it, but now they are in the same bed with these radicals and it doesn't look like the eu is ready to condemn their actions and they are just saying something neutral about avoiding violence. >> reporter: surely the solution, if i can call it that lies within and for ukraine to talk about and we pointed out the amount of influence on the head, this is a decision for ukraine to make, is it not? >> you are absolutely right. only ukraine can make it but also i point your attention to the fact that back in december and actually november the
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president yanukovych suggested that we have talks and eu, ukraine and russia and we sought out differences but eu refused and said it's just between ukraine and brussels. also refused to change the agreement in any way. and refused to postpone signing it. so basically what has happened is the eu just pushed the agenda through, disregarding the opinion of both russia and ukraine. >> reporter: and good to talk to you as ever and thank you for that. >> thank you. >> reporter: now the united nations highest court has redrawn the maritime border between chile and peru and have 148 kilometers from the coast and we are close to the border of peru with more on the reaction. >> reporter: wounded national pride, anger and disbelief in
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the chile's northern port as the international court of justice readout the verdict in the hague and fisher men living in the sea that chile will return to the neighbor peru. >> translator: flood was spilled for this and should not give up a square of our seas or land. >> reporter: peru lost this in a bitter war 100 years ago and it was savered as a long-awaited victory. >> translator: they have historically regarded chile as a rival and this verdict is seen as compensation. >> reporter: peru's president called it a historic day which he helped would open a new chapter in the observe tense relations with the chile neighbor. in chile the fishermen who will feel the economic of the ruling
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demanded government compensation. riot police used water canon to try to disburse them to no avail. >> translator: it is shameful the police are repressing people for the loss of sovereignty over our seas. we are not in a dictatorship any more. >> reporter: chile's government promises to abide by the court's verdict which is final and binding. this ruling is significant not just for chile and peru but the whole region where there are numerous territorial dispute and look to bolivia who is embolden to return a corridor to the sea which it lost during the war of the pacific. in a continent where nations have been prepared to go to war for much less, this bitter day for chile does send the signal that disputes should be settled through arbitration no matter how painful, chile.
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>> reporter: argentina government eased restrictions on u.s. dollars after the peso's massive lied last week and the biggest drop against it in 12 years and we report from buenas aries and why they turn to the dollar in economic times. >> reporter: this is a common site in the financial district, whenever the country has economic problems more and more people seek refuge in the green back and the currency they feel safe with and it's cash only. >> translator: the most common way an easy way to save and what we know is the dollar. the dollar here is a social thermometer of confidence and no confidence in the government and currency. >> reporter: with inflation high some independent economists put the rate at 25%, and few
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save their money and invest in cars and last year was record sales and property and transactions are strictly cash and u.s. dollars only. >> they were full of dollars from our account. the bank cashiers brought the dollars in the bags. we counted them and then proceeded to hand them over to the other side of the table, pushed them over and they counted it. >> reporter: dealing in dollars is legal but sometimes it doesn't feel like it since the restrictions governing trades change constantly as they seek to control the flow of the u.s. currency. many deal with black market change houses known as caves. and these money changers are such a constant feet chur on the buenos ares and known as little trees and everybody wants them but how many there are stuffed into mattresses and safety deposit boxes or foreign bank accounts in uraguay or miami
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nobody knows and it makes reading the economy extremely difficult. the government is expected to announce new economic measures in the next few days and to restrict flight and control inflation and encourage greater investments in argentina. the uncertainty from the financial district is spreading throughout the country. one of the few certainties here is the stability of the dollar. daniel with al jazeera buenos aires. >> reporter: and it was seen as the stars of the economy have seen it floundering in resent months and india raised interest rates and the central bank trying to revive the economy as it battles consistently rising prices and china took a step providing $500 million to save bond investors over default over a failed coal mining, project and later today the central bank of turkey will meet in an
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emergency meeting and expected to raise interest rates to stem the slide there and i want to talk to christian lawrence at the bank in london. christian in your opinion have these emerging markets have a real problem here or are they at this point in time talking about the united states and the head back there? >> i think it's a combination of the two. what happened is clearly some emerging markets have less desirable fundamentals and when the u.s. was in the full throes of ke it meant a lot of stimulus was flowing around the globe and helped support all current currencies and people are looking at currencies and the underlying fundamentals and seeing some problems across a number of emerging market countries. >> let's talk about fundamentals and the countries and what i listed before which was india for example, how strong is the
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under lying economy there do you think? >> it's a number of things that make a currency vulnerable and a couple of things i particularly highlight are the size of the current account deficit and some where india struggles with a large deficit and externing funding requirements, a lot of emerging markets have a significant portion of the debt in u.s. dollars and when we see u.s. dollar funding costs rise that is negative for the countries and seeing investors shy away from them and move out of emerging markets back into developing markets like the united states and that is what is driving the sell off in emerging market currencies. >> reporter: what about the measures being taken to fight all this, turkey, seeing you talked about that there, turkey, i mean it doesn't necessarily have the cash reserves that other countries do and it's pumping it in the economy and trying to shore up the currency and is that the right thing to
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do and the only measure? >> exactly, this started may the 22 of last year and in the aftermath of that we saw a lot of central banks step in and try to support the currency directly by intervening in the market and seeing that again, turkey last week is suspected to have intervened to the tune of around $3 billion on thursday, but the turkey continued to slide and as you mentioned one of the reasons for this is the market is not convinced they have reserves to keep supporting the currency and that is why the turkey bank has a meeting tonight to announce new measures because quite frankly in the market it is not enough and literally a waste of money. >> nicely put. this could all go on for quite a while, couldn't it, because the u.s. is pulling back on the stimulus but has to do it carefully and cannot just pull it out and has to do it carefully and it could be a protracted situation.
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>> reporter: that is true but a lot of it is in the price and it actually was in the price towards the end of last year and why we see a renewed bought of it at the start of the year is because of a number of political situations across emerging markets have men that emerging markets are in the headlines of all newspapers and all tv stations so it's really brought this to the market's focus and, in fact, it said a lot of the selling at the moment is from retail investors who have been scared off by the headlines. you recently ran a story on the ukraine. that has been in the headlines a lot and argentina and the problems in turkey and that scares investors away from emerging markets and clearly they are different countries with different situations but for some investors they group them as a whole and when they see tensions in some areas they decide to exit all emerging markets and move back into safe havens like the u.s. dollar. >> reporter: thank you for talking to us. still ahead, joe will tell you
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why the superbowl teams are preparing for a frosty reception in new jersey and surprises me and that and the rest of sport in a moment. ♪
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♪ no price for guessing what the neck story is about, the humble peanuts producing a huge profit and china and india cannot get enough of the popular protein and we report in the southern synagogue. >> this is no exceptional harvest and yes it got
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60-year-old peanut farmer excited and not worth much until the arrival of chinese buyers and this one ton of peanuts is a pot of gold that will make him rich. >> translator: this is my treasure and if i can sell this for my extended family i will be covered for the full year to come. >> reporter: half of the land is used to farm peanuts and since 2013 chinese are offering twice the local market value for it. >> chinese businessmen are here buying peanuts off the farmers and build a process in the factories like this one. >> here the plan is to make peanut oil exported to asia and they have imports of the product and it's for demand and domestic market and the appetite for the
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nut has changed their collective bargaining power who rely on millers to buy the crop. >> translator: what they are offering is indecent and buying the peanuts at the lowest price and keeping us in poverty and the chee chinese will have a better option. >> reporter: they are boosting the ties for the next ten years. >> translator: china will inte interest has taken millers by surprise and farmers no long e want to sell goods to them and leaving this once bustling place to nothing. >> this is a disaster not just for us but the whole region, the truck drivers and seasonal staff and peanut sellers we will all lose our jobs. >> reporter: once processed the peanut is worth ten times more and chinese buyers offer large sums of money to build factories and how attempting this will be this atlanta where generations
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have farmed peanuts is not for sale. at least for now. nicholas hawk with al jazeera eastern sinagal. >> reporter: joe is here to talk sport, how are you? >> good, not -- better than football's exciting players is refusing to give up on world cup and faces a race against time to be fit for brazil and he had surgery on a knee an injury he picked up during the french cup last week and the surgeon says the 85 million striker has a 50/50 chance of making it to the finals. >> translator: i'm focused as well as everybody around me and i have the andngs will be fruitful. >> reporter: six games coming up, this thursday and could move four points ahead at the top of the table and the leaders have
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south hampton and will extend the stay at the club with a new contract and the frenchman has been in charge since 1996. >> and we support this and completely behind them. and has always been committed to this football club and are comfortable and relaxed about it. as i said before, we will be extending with us at the right time and we will make that announcement. >> reporter: and we will start life with new clubs as they play and liver pool can be 3 points of chelsea in third and take on everton. >> the game had intensity but we are at home and love playing here and with the great support we have we will look to get a victory for sure. >> reporter: and madrid have the semi finals in their sight
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but he will miss tuesday's game, the most expensive player in the world suffered a leg injury on saturday. and he will take a 1 mil lead on espanole on the second leg of the quarter final. superbowl five days away but a snowstorm expected to hit a day before is causing concerns and the met life stadium will host the first nfl championship outside in a cold, weather city and the stadium has been cleared after a resent snowfall but tomorrow is the night before sunday's game and the denver broncos and seattle seahawks are bracing themselves for a frosty encounter. >> i think it will be a championship team and you have to be weather proof. and i think our football team played in all different elements this year, i feel comfortable where we are at as far as it goes wellments but it's part of the game, it has been, i think
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tradition wise. >> reporter: aiming for the title of world's strongest man and life choice many could make and we have to be bulky and powerful enough to lift and load and drag huge weights during events. the training is intense. but as matt reports it can also be life threatening. >> that 360 kilograms, more than twice the body weight of two large men and he can left it before breakfast. he is known as big z has won three out of the last five world strongman competitions, the two he did not win, well, he just came second. but after the tragic death in his sleep of fellow strongman mike jenkins of america at the age of just 31, the question is being asked, how internally strong are men that push their bodies to the absolute limit? are they risking their lives?
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>> professional sport for sure is not like that in the world and to be the strongest man in the world you need to eat the food, sleep very well and not drink, not smoke. >> reporter: mike jenkins described big z as the michael jordan of strong men and the best ever and the competition record is unrivalled and he thinks the secret to long-term success is balancing. he openly admits it's an unhealthy professional life with a healthy private one. >> i saw a lot of things come to competition and compete one, two, three years and then they stop competing because they got injured and they have some health problems, but i compete for 22 years already and this
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season will be it for me. >> reporter: he doesn't drink coffee and told us over herbal tea and other strong men have come to train with him in the past looking for his secret to success but couldn't find it and he says it's simple with organic food in the freezer. >> strawberries. >> reporter: training and pressure to feed a body to reach competition strength can damage the strongest of men from the inside. and he is 38 years of age. and still lifting heavier weights every year and he says he will quit the sport when that is no longer the case. it's unclear if the lifestyle of a strong man contributed to the untimely death of jenkins at the age of 31. the strongest of them all openly admits staying on top of the sport does have its risks and to
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stay strong you have to maintain a healthy balance. >> reporter: a few days away from the start of the winter olympics and the mayor of the village say they will have to pretend to be tolerant to gay athletes and spectators, we have a former olympic speed skate champion and on monday they said they were not ready to accept gay people and her countrymen would make an accept shun -- exception for the game. and that is it for now. >> reporter: thank you for that, and two russian cosmonauts are walking outside of the space station and could actually change the way we see the world. >> floating outside the international space station they are installing two cameras which will send a constant stream of
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high definition pictures of the earth live via the internet and pipelines to volcanos say all sorts of images will be available to almost anyone with an internet connection. >> we will sell to governments and ministers and agriculture of course. secondly targeting businesses, people who want to be able to track farms, business intelligence and mining, resources and things like that around the world. and thirdly we will take it and process it and stream it over the web so a farmer can log in with the phone and get a picture of the farm taken two weeks ago on the phone and it's all three sections of the market. >> reporter: they offer space imagery now but earth cast and others with data collection from or bin say it will be more quality and detailed and zoom if on a battlefield or a city square. and that does raise privacy
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concerns. one comme intersection tatos said it's like silicon valley sending up spy satellites and say they will watch the projects closely n the end the space walk had mixed results and say one of the two cameras is working and the other not providing quality data and several months before the pictures stream from space, up close and potentially more personal than ever before. daniel with al jazeera. >> that is the news hour at al jazeera and back in two hours and after the break we will have the latest news right here on al jazeera. ♪
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