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al jazeera america presents "motherhood on ice". sunday, 10:00 eastern. only on al jazeera america >> hello, this is the news hour live from london. coming up, the death toll in vanuatu rises to 24 after a devastating cyclone, and still there is no contact with outside islands. negotiations between iran and u.s. and major gaps remain. two police officers on trial for the deaths of two teenageers
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. >> we have all the sports, including zlatan france's highest paid footballer. >> the death toll from the devastating cyclone that mitt hithit the island nation of vanuatu has risen. and that could still rise because there is no contact yet with outside islands. it's president has asked for help and vanuatu will have to rebuild everything. al jazeera's andrew thomas has this report from vanuatu's
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capitol, port vila. >> from air you can see there is destruction but it's up close you can see the impact cyclone pam has had vanuatu. downed trees everywhere, thankfully few people died in port vila, and injuries were light. colin lynch hurt his foot during the storm. he showed us how he got the injury trying to save the garage and car. it was futile. >> so the metal of the garage sliced your foot? >> yes. >> his partner pleaded with him not to go out in the storm. >> i was trying. i was worried. i thought i was going to lose
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him. >> he is a builder. there will be plenty of work coming his way. within meters of his house is destruction. houses crushed by trees boats thrown from the normally idyllic lagoon. you can only imagine the horror being in this house when the when the cyclone struck. there were four people here, and when they saw the roof being peeled off they ran it's a good thing because it was destroyed the house that had been in the family for generations. >> similar stories are everywhere. help is arriving into port vila, but a lot of help will be needed here, and many out lying islands have not been heard from since the storm.
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al jazeera, port vila, va next uatanuatu. >> vanuatu's president is on his way back from japan where he had been attending a conference. >> it was a monster. it was a monster hitting vanuatu. again, this is a setback for the government and for the people of vanuatu. after all that has taken place and all that has been destroyed we'll have to start anew again. >> we'll go to the representative from the world vision. thank you for talking with us. can you give us an update for what you're witnessing on the ground, and how bad it is? >> yes i'm based in the capitol
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of port vila, and it is devastation. i have been able to see the damage that they've caused. they have decimated villages, villages have been blown and washed away by cyclone pam which came through and picked up up the corrugated iron or that much, and they did not stand a chance during cyclone pam. and then the trees littering the roads and power lines hanging. >> is there a plan in place for getting help in? how far has that got? >> yes to get people access to drinking water and access to
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shelter. then beyond immediate priorities priorities people have not lost their lives but they've lost their livelihood. >> and we know some of the outlying islands were difficult to reach. have you managed to get ahold of people there? >> we've managed to fly in to an island south and. >> and tell me, we're looking at
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pictures, and sometimes from these situations there is a lot of demand, and people want to help. what would you say priorities are at the moment. >> obviously there are immediate priorities. we'll make sure that mr. are somewhere place to stay and somewhere safe to be, and safe to water water. those are some of the needs right now. >> iran's prime minister has been meeting for four hours in talks with the u.s. to talk about the country's nuclear program. as james bays reports there
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were more signs of progress in readings meetings with officials . >> is that thumbs up from john kerry an indication of progress in the latest round of nuclear negotiations? they were certainly tense. as he left, mr. zarif made upbeat comments today. cameras were far away, but we could clearly make out his words, and finally we're getting something. mr. zarif was whisked away by motorcade to fly into brussels to meet with foreign minute stress. >> if i'm john kerry i ahappy. i'm
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happy. we're in the 11th hour he more than anybody. >> with a deadline for framework agreements set at the end of this month time to get a deal is tight. james bays, al jazeera, lausanne. >> during this round of talks, there are gaps between the agreement. then the final deal must be reached by the end of june. in return, international sanctions against tehran worth about $7 billion were
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temporarily relaxed. but there is still disagreement over how big iran's nuclear program will be. they oppose any deal with iran, and they could block pro protests against iran. simon mcgregor wood has more from brussels. >> they arrived in brussels earlier monday evening. he had a bilateral meeting that's now being expanded to include the foreign ministers of france and germany we don't know very much about what the so-called gaps are remaining between the two sides.
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in a briefing with journalists here they know that gaps exist and they will be part of the process to close those gaps. we understand, of course, that in the lead up to these crucial talks they hope this framework deal in place that the principle points of contention like how many center huges they'll be allowed to keep how much enriched you uranium will be allowed in the country. one of the things that we're sure sure they want to talk about is how quickly e.u. sanctions can be lifted once the deal is signed. that is clearly the request of the you rain ones is they do sign these deals these terribly damaging sanctions can be lifted as possible and some of the
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toughest sanctions are e.u. sanctions. >> two police officers have gone on trial in france over the death ten years ago of two teenagers. the two teenage agers were electrocuted running away from police patrol. >> it's been a long journey for the families. the memory of what happened on october 27, 2005, is as fresh as if it happened yesterday. and so is their sense of loss. >> we remember. we never forget. a few days ago it would have been his birthday. he would have been 25.
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from 15 to 25 his life would have completely changed. he could have finished his studies. he could have done the things he wanted to do. particularly in football, which was his great passion. >> they had not committed any crime. they had been playing football with friends when a police patrol car pulled up. fearing they would get hassle from the police, the boys climbed the fence of the electricity substation where they were electrocuteed. their deaths triggered rioting in the neighborhood. night after night protesters set fire to cars and publicking about. the riots spread to other suburbs, and the government declared a state of emergency. it's been an extremely long league process. now ten years later the families hope that this trial will finally give them some answers. the death of the teenagers and the riots that followed drew public attention to the suburbs. it also raised broader questions
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about the policing of these communities. lawyers for the police say it's important to focus on the facts. >> they could not know that they were in danger. therefore, they could not make the deliberate decision not to go to their rescue. >> the trial would last one week. the judge will then have two months to decide whether the police officers failed in their duties to protect, or if the death of the teenagers was simply a tragic accident. >> the muslim brotherhood top leader has had his criminal case referred to grand mufti. the grand mufti's decision must be sought before any execution
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could take place. the charges are murder and inciting violence during the protest of 2013. four filipino nurses have been kidnapped by the fighters of the islamic state in iraq and the levant. they were taken in broad daylight in the city of sirte. dozens of families are fleeing sirte. people have been seen packing into cars and heading west wards. fuel is in short supply, and some shops are closed. in yemen houthi rebels have released the prime minister and several cabinet members from house arrest. the prime minister, who had been held for two months, said he was released as a gentlementure of good will. last september houthis captured control of the capitol of sanaa and risk a north-south split. the race to deliver food
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supplies to war-torn south sudan before the rainy season starts. >> i'm in chile where a teenager suffering from an incurable disease has caught world attention by demanding the right to a lethal injection. >> and in sport fans across the ocean, the iconic u.s. soccer team heading to cuba. >> the e. coli arm said that it paused the offensive in the city of tikrit. thethey have tried to recapture tikrit from isil which took total control last year. >> more than 90% of our objectives are going according to plan. we've stopped our military advance to lessen casualties
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against our troops who are liberating the city. the enemy planted bombs in government offices and buildings. by helping operations we have give the opportunity for civilians and families to get away. >> syrian president bashar al-assad said that only syrians can decide it's future. it comes after the secretary of state john kerry said washington would be willing to talk to assad to broker a political resolution to the crisis. assad acknowledged kerry's comments but said he's still waiting for concrete action from washington. >> we'll wait for the actions then we'll decide. we have no choice with you but to defend our country. we've had no other alternative since day one to do so. any changes that come out are somethings weretive.
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>> roslind jordan has more on the reaction to john kerry's comments. >> if you were to ask the french or turks, they would say that john kerry did get ahead of himself. both countries are apposed to any negotiations with bashar al-assad. but if you take a close look at what the secretary of state actually said during that interview on sunday, you'll see he was talking about the assad regime, not about bashar al-assad himself except in a very colloquial sense. they insist that bashar al-assad is still not the leader of syria. and any settlement to resolve the four-year-old war in syria cannot have him at the table. >> refugees have been pushed into exile again.
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we have reports from the largest refugee carp on the daily struggle to survive. >> too old to care for her disabled and mentally challenge ed daughters, but she has no other choice. they are palestinian refugees who came to lebanon when their neighborhood in damascus became a battleground. they said they're barely coping with the little help they get. but they were alone when the youngest daughter died from lung infection. >> no one was next to me to help her. she died in my arms. no one came in time to bring her a doctor. >> they live in the largest palestinian camp in lebanon and it's overcrowded and people are poor. now they're sharing this space with thousands of palestinians who escaped the war in syria. >> we have been under pressure since the arrival of syrian
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palestinians. they are our brothers, but we're already finding it hard to survive. >> there is competition for jobs and aid provided by the united nations. this has caused tensions. >> various palestinians enjoyed the same rights as benefits of syrian nationals. they had access to schools universities healthcare. this is not the case here. according to the united nations relief and work agency 75% of the 45,000 palestinian refugees from syria cannot survive without handouts. >> and for many this camp is a prison. the lebanese government, which has had a history of conflict with its own palestinian population has imposed tight restrictions. >> one of the biggest problems that they have is the fact that their visas have expired. that makes them much more vulnerable about restrictions of movement. they can't go in and out of the camps as often as they want.
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they can be stopped, their documents with be confiscated. >> this is just one of the reasons why many of them try to find a way out and that at times it has cost them their lives. this palestinian family was hosting the relatives from syria before they were lured by smugglers to take a boat to reach europe. >> they were highly educated but they have no future here. there was no other way but to go on the journey of death. >> it has been a difficult journey for palestinian refugees. it has ended for this woman's daughter. for those left behind it is a daily struggle just to survive. al jazeera, southern lebanon. >> the nigerian military says it has recaptured the town of bama in borno.
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it has forced residents to flee in the state capitol of maiduguri. agencies in south sudan racing to get tons of food supplies to people in desperate snead before the rainy season begins next month. we have this report. >> a rush to beat south sudan's rainy season. it starts in april. most of the supplies must be delivered to warehouses in areas that are hard to reach because of security. rebels and militia have applied themselves from both sides in civil war that started just a year ago still control large areas. these food rations are being repack badged in places that cannot be accessed by road and mainly controlled by rebels. we're in a situation where
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2.5 million are facing acute hunger. with the rapey season coming, we only see that number growing. >> food is transported by boats using the river nile. it is faster and less dangerous. we're now heading to kodok a village of 7,000. it's difficult to reach it by road but their needs are many. >> this food was supposed to arrive in february, but because of government bureaucracy it is just arriving now. >> when the crisis happened we couldn't harvest and the displaced people who came were more than us, so we had to feed them. >> yetthis woman and her grandchildren walked to kodok
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last february. >> sometimes we get food. sometimes it's delayed. but we have to wait because we don't work. >> they have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to assist valuable people here, but money to quickly move all the aid to where it's supposed to be is needed now. al jazeera. kodok south sudan. >> tell me, you've witnessed the situation there. when they voted for independence there was so much hope. how did it go so badly wrong. >> that is a good question. i was there when there was all that hope about south sudan becoming an independent country now it's facing one of the worst
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hunger crisis. over 3 million people are expected to face acute hunger by june. this is because of fighting that erupted, and in december of 2013 it's civilian who is have born the brunt that have fighting. >> did anything improve in terms of the infrastructure in the couple of years when there wasn't fighting? >> improvements were made in terms of building roads and schools, absolutely. but those gains were quite slow and quite fragile. when south sudan became independent in 2011 it was one of the poorest countries in the world where something like kilometersa country the size of france. at every level south sudan was at the bottom. it always was going to be a struggle, but progress has been made. of course that has now gone into
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reverse. it's terrible for the people of south sudan who had such high hopes. >> all the roads that had been built have been blown up in the fighting. >> roads from tar marked, and those roads are still there. but most of south sudan you don't have paved roads and it does become impassable during the rainy season. i've been in vehicles that get stuck in the mud you can't get from point a to b. flights would have to deliver in swamps. it makes it difficult to get aid to people and that's why it's so vital to do it now during the dry season before it gets to be the rainy season. >> how many people are in have
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been displaced? >> it's very significant you've got 100,000 people who are in camps that are protected by the united nations. so they're living in very tough conditions. it's very crowded. i was in one of these camps back in september. you have high levels of frustration. women are particularly vulnerable to sexual and other types of violence, but those people are protected by the u.n. outside of the camps people aren't afforded that same level of protection, and they're very vulnerable when the fighting kicks off. it's ordinary men and women children, that get caught in the cross fire. >> thank you very much, indeed, for coming to talk with us. >> thank you. >> still to come on this news hour can israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu secure another term on tuesday, or will isaac herzog steal his crown?
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we'll talk with one of the men inside u.k.'s detention centers where detainees are said to be treated like criminals. and these cricketers are coming home to a hero's welcome despite an early exit in the world cup. >> we always have to stay one step ahead of them because they're out there. >> techknow's team of experts show you how the miracles of science... >> this is my selfie, what can you tell me about my future? >> can affect and surprise us. >> don't try this at home. >> "techknow" where technology meets humanity. only on al jazeera america.
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>> an are minder of the top stories here on al jazeera. the cyclone that hit vanuatu caused 24 deaths. >> and two french police officers have gone on trial over the death of two teenagers a decade ago which sparked weeks of riots. they were electrocuteed in 2005 while hiding from police in a power substation.
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employ e.u. foreign ministers appointed a new special representative in the middle east. italian diplomats make become new middle east envoy. >> when prime minister benjamin netanyahu forced elections least year it was all but certain that he would keep his job. but as israelis go to the polls his party is trailing behind,
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and many political analysts say the vote has become a referendum on his nine-year tenure. at this rally organized by pro israeli settlement groups on sunday, the strain was starting to show. >> they're attacking me. there is a real threat that a left-wing government could come into power. >> this is the man who could be israel's next prime minister. isaac herzog is the leader of the labour party. labor gained momentum after it forged the left of center alliance recent polling suggests their zionist union block could win more seats than netanyahu's likud party signally a major shift.
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the long strained relations between benjamin netanyahu and barack obama received a low point this month when they addressed a session in congress warning that a nuclear deal with iran without first seeking approval from the white house. >> we will know how to amend and correct the relationship and how to return them back to being intimate strong, and strategic with full alliance when us and the united states. >> the party expected to place third is a joint list. the alliance of the palestinian parties is the first time that the parties divided along religious, socialist and nationalistic lines have campaigned together as a group. the group is expected to win 13 seats of the parliament. and some political analysts if the right winds wins more than
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expected they just might. >> the party leader that wins the most seats does not necessarily-- >> protests including hunger strikes are spreading across the u.k. thousands of people are currently being locked up indefinitely in places critics say are like prisons. the 28-day limit on holding individuals. the u.k. has total of 13 immigration detention centers most of which are medal in england. together they can hold a total of 3275 people.
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>> the u.k. system of dealing with immigrants attacks a huge amount of criticisms. this is the immigration removal center. it's name describes exactly it's function. pressure groups have taken to filming inside places like this where it documents a variety of issues ranging from racial issues by staff to lack of care. this man dealt with an epileptic fit and then fell down the stairs. what sort of medical conditions that they have that they want to be treated? >> some people have torture from back home where they came from. some people have the bullets. they got the fire in their bodies, and they still have lead inside. they're treating us like a
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prisoner. that's it. >> to one issue that concerns every inmate is indefinite detention. there is no limit of how long people can be held for. >> you can never say legislation is straightforward unfortunately, but what i want to say there is certainly political will from this group of mps and with a we to see party leaders take this up and take it seriously an look at this in the next parliament. >> it's the sense that they have having committed to crime to being locked up indefinite that breaks people's will. >> people said to me, you have two years then you'll be out. i would be happy with that because then i knew i would be working towards a target. one modify favorite phrases from another freeze voices member is that in prison, you continue can
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your face down and down. and in detention you face up and up and up. >> detainees say that nobody is interested in their welfare and asylum seekers are treated lick criminals, and in the next parliament it is unclear if anything will change. >> russian president vladimir putin has made his first appearance in public in ten days. >> they have rumors about their health saying life would be boring without gossip. it's been near lay year since crimea was formerly absorbed by russia. >> the official anniversary of what russia now calls the
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crimean spring is just days away, and the patriotic flag waving has already begun. such jubilation isn't for everyone though. others have businesses to run. on the winds-buff edited steped step lands these vineyards continue. but the director comes with up sides. >> since crimea became a part of russia, we have a status of domestic producers and we can easily sell our produce. but we have good government support. >> one of the biggest challenges is the water supply. ukraine provided 85% of crimea's water down this pipe. now the canal is dry. ukraine shut the water off last april. for other kinds of businesses the problems have been financial.
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this company sells roadside advertising space. >> we knee the money for developing our business, the minute is irretrievable now. >> with crimea off limits for most international banks the peninsula has become predominantly cash only. but even getting cash out can be difficult. shatterly after crimea re--shortly after crimea rejoined russia, visa and mastercard withdrew from the region. >> anything i can do--canceled. this is annoying for businesses and individuals with no sign of when services will come back. >> children murals proclaim the russianist of crimea, but keeping crimea aplot afloat
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takes $2 million a month. errorly challands. >> police have arrested six people in connection with kickbacks and political payoffs at petrobaras. it comes a day after a nearly a million people protests around the country. it's all putting extra pressure on president dilma roussef. >> to chile where a teenager's request for the right to die has split the nation. >> my name is valentina i'm 14 years old, and i suffer from cystic fibrosis.
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i ask to speak to the president urgently. i'm tired of living with this illness. >> her plea for assisted suicide has gone viral in chile and beyond. her brother michael died from the same incurable disease that attacks the lungs, liver and pancreas when he was six years old. and valentina said she does not want to die suffering as he did. >> my son struggled for six years, and i saw him fating away until he suffocated in my arms. a few weeks ago valentina saw her best friend in the hospital die of the same disease. that hit her hard. >> thanks to valentina's highly publicized message the government has transferred her from a public hospital, which is all her family can afford, to this private facility, where her father says she's getting much better care. the president herself came to
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visit but refused her request. arguing euthanasia is against chi chilean law. >> euthanasia is a controversial subject for adults. even more so for those considered too young to make crucial decisions on their own. belgium is the only country that allows children of any age suffering from an irreversible disease the same right as an adult to choose to die. in socially conservative chile valentina's request has triggered a debate. >> they would be treated as objects. >> the only thing certain of life is death. to speak of a dignified death is to address the fundamental rights of a patient as a human being. >> despite doctor's efforts valentina's health is deteriorating.
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[music] she's been fight to go live all her life, but she knows it's a losing battle. the only question is whether it will end at a time of her own choosing. lucia newman, al jazeera santiago. >> facebook has notified users that it has updated standards on post and content. anyfacebook will remove content that considered bully criminal activity or self-injury, and users have been warned about graphic violence. nudity must only be used for
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forational humorous, satirical purposes. let's go to technology writer kate bevins. how much of difference is this to make? >> absolutely none whatsoever. facebook has clarified them because they have been concerned protecting users and making it clear what the boundaries are. >> it's still going to be effectively up to people who use it to report the abuses, right? >> you can't possibly place that on users. you rely on users reporting. >> i mean, do you think this is just a publicity exercise. we're clarifying this and making making it all better. >> i think there is a fair bit
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of that. it's a useful thing to do because it does draw focus again. this is how we want you because facebook is a private space. actually, i don't want you smoking in my house. it's my house house rules. >> you said it could be difficult. could they do better than ton? could they have more looking for the content. >> you can't possibly look through all the content 1.5 billion users producing billions and billions of posts every day. >> wouldn't it be possible to control it electronically? >> algorithms are a blunt instrument, and i don't think. facebook has done zoo badly. you have to protect adults rights and i'm not sure that they've got that balance right. >> how much of an argument is there for--for making something like this, you know, we talk about children.
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isn't this something that we keep children off something like this? >> in theory you can't open facebook until you're 13. loots that have guidance and care is up to parents. you're going to sign up to use this but i'm going to see how you do it. i'm going to supervise you and guide you through it. there are rules. there are community standards or facebook will a take things down. but there are people that you look after to help them through that. >> in the past they've been accused of bending the rules in certain cases. then when it came to certain communities, they can use stage names. is that part of the problem. >> one of their internal rules is you do things quickly and roll them out quickly. then if it's wrong you roll back on it.
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they do things and they try to get it right. >> the focus of this year's cebit conference is a globally connected economy and china is playing a major role. >> it's germ's window into the --it's germany's window toll electronics and this year the main foreign partner is china. >> we're an infrastructure provider which means we need partners for applications. we need partners for integration and different systems. and we're going to have a lot of agreements business partners that will push our business in europe and germany. >> to put that in perspective
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trade relations between china and journey are worth $177 billion every year. which explains why they're so keen to encourage trade like this one. >> cebit is important for german firms to appeal to the chinese market. in recent years some people have expressed concerns over unfair competition there. but one german industrial laser company said that's not a problem. >> we'rewe have complex machines . to copy them is not that easy. we have such an advantage that we really don't have to worry about it. >> another hotly debated topic at ce bit is online security, and the challenge of $1.3 billion web users represents. >> if you have more people with
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more ideas you'll get more bright ideas. >> they say that their fare is the place to meet more people and find new ventures. >> still ahead in this news hour. in sport, a manage pays the the price for his team's poor form. and she celebrated her birthday by jumping out of a plane. find out what this south africa grandmother did next.
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>> now to sport. >> thank you lauren. the highest paid footballer is in the middle of political wang. he faces legal investigation after an angry remark. the striker has apologized for this outburst at officials after they were beaten on sunday. he confronted the officials in the tunnel suggesting that they should wake up and said it wasn't an amateur league. then he used an expletive as he appeared to criticize the whole of france. >> the french football league will discuss that footage at a
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police disciplinary hearing. >> whoever felt offended or took it in a wrong way if they took it i apologize for them. i'm a man of honor. i will stand by my things i do, and i apologize, but i think that people, whoever saw it or however they twist it, i think the french people are intelligent enough to understand the situation. >> he has been heavily criticized by politicians including the sports minister, who called his remarks insulting. and lance's far right leader. >> those who consider that france is a [bleep] country are allowed to leave it. it's as simple as that. >> we spoke with johnson johnson, and he said that many french football fans--
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>> i think there was an issue of shock, because it was not clear how he delivered what he said. but once people were able to see the video and listen to him talking with no disrespect to him, english is not his first language, and i think a bit got lost in translation. i think that we can expect him to be in france for another season. however, i do believe that they will use the disciplinary meeting. they have one every week, and i think that they will look to push this one through as quickly as possible, and they'll look at sanctions that makes an example out of this. i think we're talking about five matches. >> thethe sunderland is looking for a new manager.
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this season has been a struggle, and won just one of 12 last league matches. traveling from the u.s. to play the groundbreaking friendly match against the cuban and national team in havana. it's part of the easing of the relations between the two nations announced by by president barack obama in december. they're excited about the challenge. >> my team is emotional and anxious that it's finally happening for them prosecutor for the team it's going to be a great experience. there is a lot of expectation. we're all very happy that this is happening.
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>> of sides eliminated from the cricket world cup have all been arriving home. for most of them it will be an unhappy moment coming, but in afghanistan, it was a triumphant homecoming. >> even though the team only one of six matches, you can see they're being hailed as heroes here. this team has come a very long way in a very short period of time. cricket is a relatively new sport here, and a bright spot in a country where so many challenges. >> the teams left for the tournament are preparing for the quarterfinals which begin on wednesday following the group
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changes. and the first match gives south africa another chance and an unwanted record as they take on sri lanka. they've lost all five knock-out games they played at the world cup. that's all your sport from me. now back to lauren. >> thank you very much, indeed, sanaa. now someone who is quite sporting in a different day and different way just two days after celebrating her board, a thrill-seeking south african centurion has taken to the sea for a bit of shark diving. she braved cold waters to come face to face with one of the ocean's most feared predators. she was unphased. we have more on the website. the address is i'll be back in just a couple of
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and glare. the death toll rises from the devastating cyclone with isolated communities still out of contact. i am lauren taylor. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up nuclear negotiations count but a major deadline is looming. sources say major gaps remain. >> head to head can israeli benjamin netanyahu succeed? den years on, two police