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... >> this is al jazeera. welcome to the newshour life from al jazeera's international news in doha. these are the name stories we are covering this hour. seven european observers bred rebels in western ukraine. the scar on the hillside. 2000 were thought to have died
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in london. police are accused of trying to settle old scores as a leader is questioned for a 4th day. >> here with all of thespots. a the top and bottom of the english premier league and in spain, paying tribute to former barcelona tito. scomplafrnling now, seven military observers taken hostage in eastern ukraine a week ago have been freed by their rebel ca captors. five were released. the military is continuing defense in the east. pro-russian groups are calling for peace keepers to be sent to the area. al jazeera has teams across ukraine. paul brennan is standing by in the eastern city of donetsk.
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joan jonah hull, iwhat happens to them now that they have been released what happens to them next? >> reporter: perhaps not from the look of them when i saw them on the road side earlier on today, they looked rather tired, quite drawn, relieved, of course, but i don't think they will be heading back to this region any time soon. they will be heading back to homes in europe. >> said, there are calls today for osce operations to expand in eastern ukraine and for the observers to be given the role of trying to a couple of the situation. what we have seen today, is actually a renewing of the ukrainian military operations, just the sort of thing that the russians would like to see calm down. >> the burning cars and day bre
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which littered the streets looked like a day of heavy fighting between ukrainian shoulders and pro-russia separatists. vehicles and tires have become makeshift barricades, set alight to try to keep the government troops at bay. there are a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and the fighters of the checkpoint. people are going to work were injured. there were a lot of injured and a lot of dead. this way shooting at buildings from the tent for about half an hour hour. >> a stock pile of petrol bombs on hand to throw at any soldiers who didn't come near. it didn't stop the advance of armored vehicles, nor did the chants of residents. checkpoints are controlling traffic in and out. not all traffic has been halted. up to eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of osce observers did make it through. a road side north of donetsk, they embraced freedom with an over powering sense of relief.
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a carefully choreographed handover bringing an end to the can'tivity of the observers. >> you can't imagine. it's happiness, deep relief on the situation, it was really tough. the last two nights, as we saw the situation developing. finally, with the operation of all of the key players, it went perfectly. thank you very much. >> the men looked calm but tired. the tension of their captivity and the nerves of their freedom came closer was obvious to see. they had been detained by the self-proclaimed separatest mayor of slovyansk. the released men said he had kept his promise to protect them from harm but diplomats who negotiated it said any other outcome was simply unthinkable. >> taking people as hostages was
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unabsentable. it was extremely important to get through this situation. >> organizing a hostage handover in this environment was far from straightforward. it has taken days of very delicate negotiations to reach this point including the final say from a self-decide mayor. but the men in the osce are now returning home. paul? >> paul, in turns of the military operations that were underway today, where has that left things on the ground? >> well, the ukrainian military has made some success says. they have been able to failure unopposed launch operations around slovyansk. they have mounted road blocks and checkpoints blockading that city and preventing controlling traffic in and out. there have been, though,
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setbacks from the point of view of there have been more buildings taken over in the last few hours further away to the east of where i am in donetsk. there have been serial police and government buildings taken over today. and even here in donetsk, one of the sbu, one of the secret service buildings, is not a major headquarters but a building, that was forcibly entered by a group of pro-russian supporters here in donetsk. so, it's clear that while thev ukrainian military i continuing practices, it is not holding sway across the whole of eastern ukraine. >> all right, paul blenan there. bank cock correspondent for that update on donetsk. let's continue the discussion now with jonah hull, live for us in odessa. the shock perhaps setting in, some of the aftermath of the confrontations there, jonah? >> that's right. it is very clear that this is a city the residents of this city in deep shock as the events of
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friday night have sunk in. on saturday, there were competing narratives depending upon who you talked to. with unfolding events in ukraine. it isn't clear, though, at exactly who started the train of events that led, culminated in the death did of 46 people at last count by the interior ministry. many of them in a building satellite during the course of the rights. it is also clear that there were appalling lapses in the response of police and fire crews to what was going on. the government in kiev has done what it can under those circumstances to put forward a pro-active face with the deputy prime minister in charge of law enforcement to odessa. he promptly set the police chief and announced a commit would be set out to find out what had happened. the government said it had evidence some of those involved from nearby transmistriy, and
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some of from a moldova, none of which is in any comfort to any of those involved. >> after the appalling events of friday night in odessa, a peaceful march became a riot and then an inferno, prayers were held outside the trades union building in which dozens burned or suffocated to death. many have jumped to escape the smoke and flames. some to their deaths. others perished inside as they traded gunfire and molatov cocktails. so-called proceed russians meshing with pro-kiev demonstrators despite government accusations of direct foreign involvement, most are fellow citizens now on opposite warring sides. >> stop killing our people, please, stop killing our people. >> the police, many say, did
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nothing to stop or present the violence. >> what happened here on friday night was the single most deadly incident since the killing of protesters on kiev's independence square in late february. opposing sides in ukraine are forming more clearly now with every passing day. the divide between them is growing. >> on the square, i met a lawyer from odessa who feels his country is falling apart. >> i am terribly upset. i am very angry of what happened yesterday. i can't explain. it was just -- it was just the crowd of people, people died only because they had another opinion than other people have in kiev. >> in one of the hospitals where the injured lay, i met an 18-year-old student who still believes in the future. >> translator: we are all people. we all want to live well, to create conditions in ukraine. so, it's good for everyone.
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>> for many, that hope is fading as deadly violence and hardening attitudes move from the east of ukraine to the south. >> the political bottom line for all of this, hardening of attitudes going to make outreach and reconsideration a lot more difficult. >> i am afraid that's how it's looking. and certainly on the basis of the people that i have spoken to on both sides here on saturday, it does seem registering the anger that this could be some kind of a milestone. there have been many milestones along the way in the last few months in ukraine, but this could be an important one. one that indicates not just a shift or extension of the violence from the east of the country down to the south but that also, as you say, indicates this hardening of positions, hardening of attitudes. on the one hand, you've got the group who might be called pro-kiev loosely or pro-unity, who are beginning to wonder whether unity under any
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circumstances is possible now. on the other hand, you have the pro-russian group, many of whom have no intention or desire of being annexed by russia but who are beginning perhaps to wonder whether it is russia after all that offers any hope of peace and security in these parts of an increasingly divided country. >> all right, jonah hull live from odessa. thanks for that. paul brennan live for us in donetsk. in after garnstan, rescue user have abandoned the search for victims of a massive landship. an entire village was buried under mud and stone in a mountainous region that borders china and pakistan. the areas have had difficult time for aid agencies to even reach the district >> reporter: they spent the night in the open.
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and during near freezing temperatures looking over what used to be their homes and praying for any sign of life. >> seven members of my family were here when the landslide happened. four or five of them were killed here i am half alive. what can i do? >> reporter: >> translator: from so fas of have not received assistance. it is a big challenge for the people. people who survived the landslide have left this area. as you can see, there is no excavation. we need more machinery. working with shovels is not enough >> reporter: days of raining caused the side of this mountain to collapse. a wall of mud and rocks swept into the village below destroying all in its way. homes buried many with people inside. >> until now we have only managed to find you one woman's body with regard to the aid operation, we have used our
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resources in the province and sent them to the area is. >> volunteers from nearbyvillages have come to this area of northeastern afghanistan with crude tools and shovels to help rescuers, but the focus has shifted from trying to find survivors to keeping those who did alive. >> what we are doing now is helping facilitate the need of around 700 families, more than 4,000 people who have been displaced, either directly or insdrelth by what's happened. their needs range from food and water, of course, to medical help as well as shelter needs. >> it's been hard for teams to reach the site. the narrow roads have been damaged by rain and can't take the heavy machinery. the hill side remains unstable adding to fears that another part may cave in. al jazeera. the trial of three al jazeera journalists detained
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in egypt has been adjourned once again until may the 15th this time. their 7th court appearance coincides with international press freedom day. stefanie dekker reports. >> reporter: their 7th appearance in court ended just like all of the others: bail denied. mohammed fatni was allowed out of the cage to address the judge. he sprite to explain jublists need to explore all sides of a story. >> for me, communication with the muslim brotherhood or the new party or anyone else, this is something completely rene for me. i work hard to get an interview with an officer. i work hard to reach my sources. >> that's what journalists do >> reporter: saturday is also world press freedom day. the three colleagues shouted out happy press freedom day, they were led back to their jail cell. >> we are here in court. world press freedom day.
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another adjourned. getting increasingly difficult for us, family and all of the guards inside to, you know, get through this process. >> a fourth al jazeera journalist will remain in detention for another 45 days. he has been held without charge since last august and has been on hunger strike for over 100 days. he has lost 35 kilos and said he has not received any medical attention. >> this is unprecedented case we have never seen any government go after international news network for nothing more than doing their work and also using terrorists on related charges to keep them in custody without evidence. >> journalists are finding it increasingly difficult to work in egypt. >> personally as a reporter, it's been harder to go down and cover street protests, acts of
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dissent, you are at a greater risk of being swept up en masse arrests and being lost in the prison system >> reporter: there are many journalists, activists and protesters who are being held without charge in egyptian jails. the prosecution rested its case on saturday. the defense will have a chance to have its say when the trial resumes on the 15th of may. the network continues to deny all of the charges against its staff and demands their unconditional release. stefanie dekker, al jazeera, doha. >> the trial of ousted egyptian president hamad morsi and 14 members of the mineral weluslim brotherhood has been resumed on charges related to jail break and the killing of protesters. he is accused of conspiring with foreign groups to commit terrorism inside egypt and facesafaces espionage charges. his trial will resume on sunday. >> campaign to be the next president of egypt has gun.
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the leading candidate for the poll, asisi kicked off his campaign with this tweet: i promise to work hard and i ask everyone to assume responsibility with me. building this nation is the responsibility of all of us. civility, security and hope for egypt will be achieved through our will and capabilities ". the only candidate challenging is the politician who was jailed 17 times under former president sadat for disidence. he said the kirpt policies are the same as under mubarak. >> two explosions in kenya's port city. three people have been killed in the area. no casualties have been reported so far in the second blast which happened as a result. there has been no immediate claim of responsibility either. u.s. secretary of state john
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kerry says washington will help the nigerian government find the school girls abducted last month. nearly 300 students are still missing after being taken from their school in northern nigeria more than two weeks ago. kerry made the announcement in ethiopia during his tour of africa. >> let me be clear: the kidnapping of hundreds of children by boka har a.m. is unconscionable and we will do everything to support the niger yam government to return these young women to of their homes. >> seven people have been killed in a bombing in mogadishu. police say there is a targeting of former local government official killed in the explosion. final rallies are beg held ahead of next week's election. facing the toughest challenge yet, likely to return to power, tania page explains
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>> reporter: the blue of the democratic alliance filled the hall like a rising tide. although it's more popular than ever, it's small compared to the governing national congress. it's south africa's biggest opposition party. >> if our government was doing its work properly, south africa would be attracting much more investors and the economy would be growing much faster to create the jobs we need to tackle our biggest problem, which is unemployment and poverty. >> all opposition parties say they can create the jobs. the african national congress hasn't. the da has one major problem? >> the democratic alliance is perceived by many people to be a party that protects the interests of whites even though some of its leaders and the vast majority of the crowd here are black. but that perception holds it back. >> the amc has the influence of nelson mandela in its corner. if has given people social
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grants. officials say they won't turn their backs on the former movement easily. the freedom finders say the amc is corrupt. ess is promising to nationalize mines and banks. it's time for first time voters who is passing by the da rally on her way to work. she isn't convinced by the efs or da leader helen diller. >> when i see her campaigning the way scampaigns, i see a lot of symbolic transformation, but i don't see her addressing the bread and butter issues. >> inequaltive is rife, especially in the poorest province. most of these young men are out of work and hope. >> i would not work because the going -- vote because the government is doing nothing for us. they are using taxpayers money. >> they aren't likely to be any major changes at this election
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either. the amc's dominance is guaranteed although it appears to be losing some of its appeal. tanya page,ays, johannesburg. >> still ahead on al jazeera. >> in south pao p sao paulo brazil. >> can manchester city regain the top spot in the english premier league. details later in the show. in five years an estimated 350,000 people from south america have migrated to brazil's capitol. it's known for its large economy and many jobs. many have no choice but to migrate illegally are coming in large numbers
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>> reporter: as a father, all he wants is a better life for his 12-year-old son. >> that's why they left haiti more than a month ago to travel to brazil. >> translator: i want financial stability for my son to become an artist, to have a profession. hawaiians have been coming -- haitis have been coming through the amazon border with peru. with skaurs resources, they are being bussed on a 3-day journey to this church shelter for migrants in sao paolo. >> in the last 2 weeks, 500 haitans have arrived here this is a lot of people for us in a short amount of time. >> the church manages to feed, clothe them. there is a sense of urgency to improve the immigration process for haitians.
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>> port-au-prince says they are issuing a thousand work visas a month for those who want to come here. they appears not to be enough. how many haitians continue to arrive with a lot of hope but no work documents, no visa, very little money. >> there are some signs of improvement. work documents are now processed in a day or two in sao paolo. it used to take more than a month in the border regions. >> with you'll of his work documents in hand, he says it's still not easy. we eat three times a day but we need a job for money for ourselves and for our families back home >> reporter: as they look for work, the risks are great. officials are currently investigating cases of corrupt middle men hoping to take advantage of the new immigrants. >> haitians are easy prey for people looking for slave labor walking around bus terminals and
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most unable speak portuguese. people with bad intentions have tried to take advantage of them >> reporter: most tell us the opportunity far surpasses the risk. it was mr. cleo's lucky day, a business owner hires him to work in a restaurant and whifkz him away a first step to achieve a new life in brazilsks him away a first step to achieve a new life in brazil. >> in northern ireland, the military is accusing police of trying to settle old scores. more on this in our european newscenter. marion? >> reporter: making those comments in belfast at the opening of the new mural in honor of the leader jerry adams. he has been in police kund for four days. he has been questioned over the appe abductor, killing and secret burial in 1972.
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police now have until sunday to either charge or release him. jerry adams has been questioned by police. live now. tim, strong comments coming from martin mcginnis saying the arrest of jerry adams was deliberately timed ahead of elections in three weeks' time. >> >> reporter: every passing day that jerry adams remains in custody here -- he has been arrested although he arrived voluntarily initially at the police station here he is being questioned about that murder and has denied any involvement. martin mcginnis has spoken about a northside to northern ire land policing. he says there are the old school, if you like, the previous incarnation of the police here, the royal constabulary who want to settle
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old scores and they want to settle them with jerry adams. he has gone further on occasions and not ruled out the possibility that shin fiin might stop cooperating with police here in northern ireland. that would be significant. i think we can hear what martin mcginnis had to say at that event. >> brought us here today, our 30 fifth day of government and candidates are being denied solidarity and support of their party leader, their election champion. after the launch on thursday night, jerry adams, our party leader was to be the main speaker at that event. there was a packed house with hundreds of people. i had to give the speech, a very poor substitute for jerry adams.
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>> listening to his comments from martin mcginnis at that ral rally, clearly a lot of anger and resentment. tell us more about how people feel about jerry adams' arrest >> reporter: well, obviously amongst his own supporters and martin mcginnis was talking there to shin fein rank and file supporters. he has their full backing. and that mural that you were mentioning earlier, the events of thwhich martin mcghanition w speaking describe him as a visionary and peacemaker. it is inaccurate to say jerry adams helped deliver the peace in northern ireland but the ghosts are never far away from the circus. perhaps there are some who are starting to think that he carries this baggage with him. >> might eventually prove to be an electoral disadvantage.
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there is no overt doesn't but there are plenty of younger leaders who have come up since the troubles who are ready to s step in to places of power. and i think there is a sense here and south of the border in the republic where jerry adams is a member of parliament for the irish parliament perhaps there will come a moment and events like this may hasten it where his political career, distinguished many would say, controversial certainly, will come to an end. >> in belfast, thank you. more from europe for you a bit later this hour. now back to sammy. thanks, marian. still ahead on al jazeera, syrian rebels agree to pull out of hums after a brutal siege. >> these electric rickshaws are the newest form of transport.
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let's recap the headlines here in al jazeera now. seven european military observers have been freed in ukraine after being held by pro-russian separatists. a second day of military action is underway as the government tries to take back strong holds in the east. in afghanistan, rescuers have abandoned the search for survivors of a massive landslide. jerry adams is being questioned for a fourth day in connection with the murder in 1972. the killing of jean mcconvi will. l is one of the most not orous murders. he denies any involvement.
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>> a cease fire agreement was reached on friday to let rebels leave the last remaining strong holes. some were allowed out of the old quarter earlier this year but a few armed groups remain. it has been called the capitol of the revolution. it was one of the first cities to rise up in 2011. much of the city fell to opposition forces. over the past two years, the government has laid siege to areas once home to tens of thousands of people. this year, the old city was held by armed groups and it thif rebs leaves the government will have full control of the strategic city in the middle of the country. >> government there is shown in green and purple areas are contested including aleppo as well as a large swath in the east. slivers of red mark rebel
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stronghol strongholds. other areas are held by the islamic state of iraq and the kurds. rebels in the city were expected to start leaving on saturday. but their withdrawal is being delayed by a few hours. rebels are asking a u.n. delegation to supervise them. they also want injured people to be assisted by the red crescent. al jazeera's reporter sent this from neighboring turkey. >> the old quarters of homs and its surrounding neighborhoods are the last rebel strongholds in the city. some 1,000 fighters are inside. but for months, they have been under siege. now, they may be given safe packa passage out as part of a deal with the government. the rebels will retreat to the northern countryside of the city but those areas are also under siege. the deal would allow the state to regain control of a city known as the capitol of the revolution. >> now, it is impossible to take back the city. we are so hungry. we couldn't walk 100 meters.
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i used to way 73 kill owes. now, i weigh 53 kilos. >> this 24-year-old arrived in istanbul a few days ago. he said the bombardmentweigh 53. >> this 24-year-old arrived in istanbul a few days ago. he said the bombardment forced them to leave. in early 2012, the regime began it's campaign to retake lost territory in the city. this neighborhood came under one of the most intense assaults. activists appealed for help when international observers visited the rebel areas at the time. but the world didn't act. for him, it was a symbol of defiance when the rebels lost it, he left. >> translator: at first, i thought we would return. the situation was worse. i left homs over a year ago when the city under was siege. >> at a time corridor linking
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damask damaskas passes through homs. >> the regime and the opposition know they cannot control the whole country. so the regime is concentrating on re-stataking strategic territory, part of their plan to partition the country >> reporter: once the rebels withdraw from the historic center, homs will no longer be divided. the rebels may lose what they call the heart of the revolution, but the war is still not over. al jazeera, istanbul. dozens of people remain trapped in a gold in club gambia -- colombia. search dogs are combing through the rubble. at least three bodies have been recovered so far. the government says it doesn't know how many workers are trapped since the mine was operating illegally. >> yo your ga /* /- uruguay, people will be able to buy 10
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grams of marijuana a week, set at less than a dollar a gram. he said the rules will work better than in the u.s. where a number of states have made the drug legal. >> what we have been doing in terms of combatting drugs doesn't work you cannot ctry to change by doing the same thing over again. officials are speaking to airline officials after a case of respi rit /* respiratory syn mers virus in the american state of indiana. he had flown from saudi arabia to the u.s. late last week stopping at heathrow airport. the london bound passengers have been contacted by health officials. mers is unusually lethal. over 100 people have been killed by thevirous since it's out break in the middle east two
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years ago. there is no vaccine or cure though the virus is not highly contagion. slougheen i can't's prime minister says shelt resign on -- she will resign on monday. she urges for early elections last month. she announced her intention to resign last week after she lost the leadership of the party. it was once the fastest growing economy but badly hit by the financial crisis. the policies helped stave off an international bail-out. members of the vatican advisory board have outlined new measures aimed at greater accountability around sexual abuse within the church. the panel which was appointed by pope francis in december says it will develop clear and effective protocols to punish bishops and other senior church officials who cover up suspected sexual abuse. the vatican has been criticized for refusing toco t.
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to find out what it takes to make the world's most comfortable shoe. reports from barcelona >> reporter: buy agnew pair of shoes has always been something of a gamble with the latest designs, are they as comfortable as fashionable? or older styles be more likely to make your feet sing? >> now, a team of researchers in barcelona is hoping to remove the guesswork. they have been using the latest in technology to try to match what people say are comfortable shoes with certain physical attributes in the foot wear. >> sensors inside the shoe monitor the force from the body carried down through the feet into the shoe, itself and into the floor. they are also using 14 infrared cameras to track movement using these white balls attached to the body. taking this data, they are able to work out using a number of
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computer models just what features of a particular shoe make it comfortable. >> so women prefer shoes with space in tows and, also, they like shoes with flexible insoles. for men is the weight of the shoe. light shoes affects the way they walk. >> not all shoes, especially cheaper ones, get the same attention. sabla has helped people with foot problems. frequently the result of poor fitting or badly designed shoes. >> a good pair of shoes is fundamental. it's going to avoid injuries, not only bumps but also malformation injuries line bunyons and flat feet. in a flat pair, the foot isn't adjusted properly. it doesn't function as it should inside the shoe. >> he said spain's economic down turn has had an effect on the
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nation's feet as people are forced to buy cheap shoes but he tells patients that shoes need to be seen as an investment and their health and happiness could depend upon the their next purchase. terret, barcelona spain more from europe a bit later on. now back to sammie. >> thanks. three children are among those killed in the blaze at a fireworks factory in india. several others are injured. the government said it will compensate victims of the fire. now a ferry has capsized in bangladesh's south. at least four bodies have been recovered from the river where the boat sank. witnesses say around 50 passengers were on board. around 30 of them managed to swim ashore but several others are still missing. electric rickshaws are gaining popularity. ays's jameel explains some in
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new delhi think they are more trouble than they are worth. >> they have become a common site, fully electric, they offer what's being called an environmentally friendly alternative. people take them after their metro ride and they compete against cycle rickshaws and those powered by natural gas. >> mohammed made the switch last year. >> passengers prefer these because they travel faster. pedalling, you can only take two people and it takes longer. they are late sometimes. >> not everyone is happy, though. the high court has ruled that the government needs to regulate erickshaws. they say under current laws, they can't go after erickshaw drivers. >> they are not covered by the police because they don't follow the classic vehicle. so there is a legal tangle stopping them.
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>> he says there is more. a government commission recently reported that many of the erickshaws are more powerful that they are supposed to be and are too fast. he is now waiting for the government to instruct the police on what to do next. >> part of the popularity is that anyone can drive one of these legally without a license. seemingly, a happy medium between slower cycle rickshaws and more polluting auto rickshaws, these aren't as environmentally friendly as they appear. . >> kumar who sells and repairs the erickshaw says the batteries have to be replaced every six or scenario months and with no recycling available, dangerous chemicals end up in the landfill. business is down because of the threat of reclations. he is worried that erickshahs will come under the motor vehicle law and business could dye out. >> if they don't, buzz will be fine.
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if they come under the law and there are extra expenses on top of the battery and repairs, there is no life ahead for it. >> there are about 100,000 erickshaws on the road. all their drivers can do now is wait for the government's decision on regulation to come down. only thing then will they know what the road ahead will look like. fez jamil, al jazeera, new delhi. ahead on al jazeera, blind and partially sighted people read by braille. why is it losing popularity in the united states? the latest from the nba playoffs with this dramatic win of the portland trailblazers.
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in sports? >> thank you very much. we are going to start with ball. it was an emotional day for the players of barcelona as they played their first match since the death of, ahead of their match with a crowd also observing a minute. the game was a vital one for both teams. a win for barca would see them close the gap and athlet co up a point. messi gave the home side the lead after 23 minutes. but cancelled out number 37 minutes. resumed with barcelona in the
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second half. then, the goal which could yet be a second in the game making the final score 2-2 to keep them clear of the drop zone. barcelona remained second four points off of the lead. in england, manchester city took a step toward regaining the premier league title beating everton. everton took the lead at goodson thanks to ross barkley. agre agrera left off injured. jecko eased city's nerves by hitting them in front. they made it 3-1 at the beginning of the second half. one goal back for everton but city held on to win 3-2. they go top of the table above liverpool on goal difference. earlier, sundayerland gave themselves a chance of staying up with a surprising 1-nil win, a huge result. now three points clear of the
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relegation zone. >> that result in old trafford, cardham wilhelm are relegated. fu the former world 100 meter and 20 ohm meter champ pip has accepted his one year ban for doping. it is backdated to june 2013, the date he tested positive at the u.s. trial. it means he will able to return to competition as early as next month. however, the ban effects results stretching back to july, 2012 meaning he had to return the silver medal in the relay at the london olympics. floyd mayweather, jr., has weighed in ahead of saturday's welterweight title against markas mardana in las vegas. the undefeated mayweather 146 points. the reigning champ will earn
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$32 million? >> my job is to go out there and do what i do best. i think i perform better under pressure. so, i look forward to going out there and me beating floyd mayweather, keeping my composure and doing what i do best. >> one of africa's high left of rated fighters is hoping one day to challenge mayweather. but a lack of resources is stalling his tour. he has enlisted the help of his president. alice hollmann reports. >> for zimbabwean, circumstance rather than choice decides his training program. he is from the country's prove incident more than 200 kilometers away from the capitol. here, there are few boxing facilities, great outdoors is his gym. >> there are challenges.
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to overcome the challenges it is very strong. you have to forget about challenges. then you work hard for your country. you work hard for yourself, for your family. we love zimbabwe. >> those challenges include having to train in zambia where there are better facilities before his last fight. >> contest saw him becoming wbc welterweight international champion, a title for boxers ranked outside of the world's top 10. it's often a stepping stone to a big money title fight. >> but manuchi and his supporters fear a lack of help may stand in his way. >> he has some very good possibilities. we just need support from the corporate world. he has some youngsters he is training. and he, himself, needs some help as well. in our country, we are aban oned in boxing? >> i am not the only bosser.
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we can be better than this. they need the support. they are not fighting for themselves alone. they are fighting for national and for africa. >> it's all a long way from las vegas and the prospects of another welterweight champion, floyd may skths weather is set to earn more than $30 million in his upcoming world title fight. >> he is a human being like us. the chance comes. manuchi is set to meet the president to ask for more government support. only with that sort of backing does he believe he can one day fight for a world title. elise hollmann, al jazeera. spanish writer marquez is taking poll position for his home granted ', the spanish grand prix next sunday clocking
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the fastest lap, he broke the course record ahead of sunday's race. yamamaha second quickest and pedrosa will start from third. >> we thought it was possible to stop two times and then we just tried to do the proper position because here, maybe we are in a good level. and we are ready for a fight for the victory. >> basketball, a few hours' time, the los angeles clippers wi will hatake on the golden state warriors in the deciding game of their play-off series a place in the western conference semifinals. already there are the portland trail bra trailbla trailblazers. they were leading the best of seven series 3-2 going in to
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this game but look to have lost it when the rockets scored in less than a second left on the clock. >> put them ahead 98 to 96. but the crowd went wild with a 3 pointer on the buzzer to steal a stunning 99 win for portland. it's the first time in 14 years they have breeched the semifinals. >> i think i can speak for our entire team when he made that lay-up, with.9 seconds, man, we've "to go back to houston." i told them later, i looked at the clock to see how much time was left. and i knew that we were getting shot off. i didn't know what the quality would be of the shot. but, you know, we got as good a look as we was going to get and, you know, in the time out, you know, here we are. >> the chicago blackhawks have drawn first blood in the nhl western conference semifinal series with the miles per hour soda wild. the defending stanley cup
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champions were 5-2 winners in game 1 at united center patrick cain scored two goals. the blackhawks made it five wings on the bounce after the first two playoffs games. next game on sunday. >> three minutes into overtime to earn the new york rangers a 3-2 victory against the pittsburgh penguins in the first game with the eastern conference semifinal series. their second game also takes place on sunday. rich and greenage rider adams yates in the tour of turkek managing to avoid a couple of nasty incidents in the 7th stage. an over-excited dog was shoed away with a spray of water. 300 meters remaining before the finish line. these riders crashed out. d i have a ni went on to win the stage. our website, check out
2:55 pm on how to get in touch with our team. that's sport. >> thanks so much. over the past decade, the number of people reading braille in the united states has fallen. technology has made things like audio books and downloads. not everyone is happy about it. tanya moseley explains. >> joyce shumacher citizens in front of her computer screen. she is not reading. instead, she is listening. the words are being read back to her using automated text-to-talk device. she is legally blind. she has been progressively losing her vision since the age of 12. she has never learned braille. thanks to technology, schumacher believers she will never have to. >> reading braille, i think, for me personally, i don't have the time or the brain space honestly. >> for close to 200 years, the system of reading by touch on embossed paper has been the standard way for blind people to
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read and write. in the last decade, however, braille has fallen out of favor. the national federation for the blind says fewer than 10% of the 1.3 million blind people in america know braille. >> it's a pathway for literacy. it's reading and writing. and, you know, think about raising a child and if they don't learn to read and write, that's a problem. >> danielle miller, the director of the talking braille library is working with school districts and parents to teach younger generations of the sight-impaired they miss learning important skills like spelling when they rely on high-tech devices. >> i think the problem lies in not teaching kids. so, then, you may be have this little generation that can't compose an e-mail or can't read information in a database to do a job. so, it's a choice. but if you don't learn it, you don't even have that choice. >> but in the age of convenience, miller admits
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braille may not be very appealing. >> here is a copy of the best selling novel, twilight, the braille version is four volumes. and this is the audio version. >> braille is also expensive to publish. libraries like this one are now investing in digital braille which transfers the text on screen to a braille display keyboard. it's cheaper to produce but expensive for readers. the keyboards can cost up to $5,000. but blind braille library researcher shannon curry says there will always be a reason to learn traditional braille. >> knowing braille is the way in which i am literate in the way that knowing print means that a sighted person is literate. >> braille, a fading system of small but dedicated population believes it's vital to hold on to. tanya moseley, al jazeera, seattle. >> that brings us to the end of this news hour. we are back in a couple of minutes. do stay with us here on al jazeera.
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>> like most people, i'm not an activist by nature. there's really not that many people whose greatest desire is to go out and fight the system. my theory of change was i'll