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kston. the news continues next live from doha. keep up on >> announcer: this is al jazeera. welcome to the news hour. i'm in doha. here is what is coming up in the next 60 minutes. more violence on the streets of burundi's capitol as protesters demand the president does not run for a third term. after taking ramadi isil sets its sites on capturing more territory in iraq's anbar province, but shia militias are getting ready for a counter offensive. 11 afghan policeman who
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failed to stop a mob from killing a woman are given jail sentences. i'll report on an enduring sub culture within american society, outlaw motorcycle gangs. ♪ hello. anger against the president of burundi has continued for another day. the european union says it's office has come under fire and is asking the government for extra security. hundreds of protesters ignored a foreign ministry warning not to take to the streets of the capitol. police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds and arrests were made. protesters are insisting president pierre nkurunziza should not be anow today run for a third term in office next month -- in next month's election. >> reporter: there were more people on the streets on
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tuesday. and police and soldiers as well. the police and socials were not having the protests so they put up a barricade and blocked the protesters. they were agitated and angry. they kept telling people go home but people refused. the police then fired tear gas at the protesters. some were arrested and of those arrested the police forced them to pick up [ inaudible ] and barricades before. i spoke to a presidential advisor, and he said they are disrupting things. he says as far as they are concerned as a government that they are linked to the alleged coup plotters because they were cheering when the coup first took place. that means they are guilty and he a warned them if they continue the government will crack down very heavily on them. >> reporter: protesters are
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vowing to keep taking to the streets. malcolm webb got a chance to meet a few of them. >> reporter: this man who doesn't want to be identified has been coordinating protests on the streets bujumbura for more than three weeks. he said police shot at him. he says the president should not run for a third term in next month's election, because they say it's against the constitution. the president has said the protests must stop and many activists fear being arrested. >> translator: there are many protesters and we have to find them something to eat. or if they have been injured we try to take them for treatment. >> reporter: since the failed coup there have been mostly police and soldiers on the streets. he went to talk to them. there's an argument between two factions. the men from the largest group
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say they will not shoot at protesters, but the smaller group will. >> translator: they are ordering us to get off of the streets so they can fire at protesters. >> reporter: he says there are more than a hundred ored nicers involved. a lot of the activists weren't out here on the streets, but instead coordinating things from hiding places. since the coup announced its failure, a lot of those activists we can't get ahold of at all. we filmed this activist last week. he is normally a lawyer. he was organizing demonstrations and meetings using three phones. he spoke in code because he thought the calls were tapped? >> translator: we need somebody to poor cold water, maybe we can study on the issue later. >> reporter: since the failed coup all of his phones have been switched off. we also filmed this man last
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week. he says he has not had time to do his normal job, but when he is not in the middle of protests, he is a dancer. he trained this troop last year. he also does acting and comedy too. he says he hopes to get back to it soon. i asked him if he was worried about things out on the streets getting worse. >> translator: those who see the truth will come and join in the struggle. >> reporter: he seems unworried by the threat of more violence. everything here feels less secure since the failed coup. but activists and protesters alike seem undeterred. to iraq now where at least eight policemen have been killed in isil attacks on police stations east of the city of ramadi which was taken by isil on sunday, and just ten kilometers away from a base where shia militias are
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preparing a counter offensive. zana hoda reports. >> reporter: they are preparing for a war that could deepen the sunni shia divide in iraq. shia fighters are 30 kilometers east of raw maw-- ramadi. they plan to recapture territory from islamic state of iraq and the levant. >> translator: we're announcing that the popular mobilization forces are getting ready to take back anbar. people asked about our help about a month ago, but politicians were reluctant. >> reporter: the council did request such assistance when ramadi fell to isil on sunday, but the council is not representative of all sunni tribes many don't want shia forces on their land and would have preferred arms. officials in baghdad are insisting that these fighters who are backed by iran are no longer militias and operate under the government. they are trying to calm sunni
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fears. even the u.s. has expressed concerns about deploying them in a sunni province but now it says it backs the government's decision. there are those who don't agree, they say the paramilitary troops are stronger than the state. but for the time being they are the only force capable of fighting isil. regular forces are still weak and they weren't able to hold ground in the face of isil's offensive in anbar. the u.s. is stepping up air strikes and has promised to help the iraqi government recapture lost ground but isil is still on the cough offensive. people are on the movement. the armed group targeted security forces in the town east of ramadi. the fighting has already displaced thousands. makeshift camps are being set up in pockets of territory still under control of the government and its local allies but not all sunni tribes support the
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government and decent is growing. >> translator: we are here to help our people. the council and government aren't doing anything. >> reporter: reaching out to the people of anbar is needed to win this war, but the government has done little. >> translator: what have our children done to deserve this? we haven't eaten for two days. >> reporter: the battle for anbar has still not begun in earnest, and already there are fears of its consequences. sunni leaders have long demanded that they secure their province. defeating isil is just the first challenge. if shia forces fill the security vacuum, it would mean another war. a three-day conference in riyadh has ended with support of exiled president hadi. hashem ahelbarra has more from
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riyadh. >> reporter: surrender or face war. it's the warning issued to the houthis by yemeni factions and tribal leaders gathering in the saudi arabia capitol, riyadh. president hadi who is in exile called for arab joint troops in yemen to protect civilians. hatdy's only chance to return to yemen is a defeat of the houthi fighters. >> translator: this will pave the way and lay a solid foundation for resolving all of the issues. ladies and gentlemen, the houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted president sa-- saliva misread the conditions. >> reporter: but they say the houthis must pull out of areas they seized.
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>> houthis must understand they will not be a solution without the houthi respecting the resolutions of the security council. they have to withdrawal. they have to understand that what they are doing is bringing dissensions and probably splittering the country. >> reporter: this is the leader of one of the most powerful parties in yemen. his party played a significant role in the '2011 uprising that toppled former president all la. >> translator: the houthis are the ones that declared war on the yemeni people. we have to resist them. >> reporter: but if the factions seem united against the houthis, they are far less united in their vision about the future. the successionist in the south are determined to break away from the north.
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>> translator: people of the south are looking for a genuine partnership with the north. two states united in the 1990s. any future agreement must acknowledge that yemen is in fact two separate states. >> reporter: coalition war planes bombed houthi positions in the capitol sana'a. there are heavy clashes in the cities of ta'izz and aden. millions of yemenis fear the protracted violence will only aggravate the humanitarian situation. the international community seems unwilling to get militarily involved in yemen. it's main goal is to bring together all of the feuding factions to negotiate a deal and give diplomacy a chance. hashem ahelbarra, al jazeera, riyadh. joining us on the phone is a yemen researcher for human rights watch. thank you for being with us.
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you spent time in sa'dah and sana'a, and you are currently in the capitol. can you give us an idea of what life is like there on the ground? >> absolutely. at the moment as [ inaudible ] some people [ inaudible ] sana'a is undergoing heavy, heavy air strikes. as i understand it right now, they are getting [ inaudible ] an area they hit last week. as i understand it they are still trying to target other military weapons. [ inaudible ] actually shaking as we speak. inside sana'a the situation more generally is not crisis mode. fuel is getting in in limited quantities. it is more expensive, but you see cars on the road. food is getting in as is water, but i have to say you see lines
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of young children at different water stations trying to gather water for their families. you see lines at petrol stations that span hundreds of meters. people having waited two, three days just to get a little bit of petrol. we were in [ inaudible ] on mission for the last two days up there the situation is much worse. sa'dah city has been drastically destroyed by air strikes. all government buildings have been taken out. they have hit the markets in the cities which has lead to a food crisis. we have also seen targeting of homes. whether or not members of the family were affiliated with the movement, we have seen entire families wiped out. in one case a family of 27 was killed and three were wounded.
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so the situation there is really quite dire. there are no phone communications for the most part in the area of sa'dah and absolutely no communications [ inaudible ] early on in the strike, so it's very hard to get information out of there. we could go up there and see the situation [ inaudible ]. >> we -- we mentioned earlier there, the communication from the riyadh conference is. what do you think that means for the humanitarian situation in yemen? does it give you cause for any hope at all? >> i think the problem are many [ inaudible ] sectarian communities. for one as long as [ inaudible ] at least and aerial blockades, there is a limit in how much aid can come in by boat and -- and by plane, and of course the main thing that is urgently needed in yemen right now is
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fuel. and the humanitarian organizations aren't able to fill the needs of the yemeni people, so until [ inaudible ] can come in the situation on the ground won't improve dramatically. and even if aid can get, there are no aid organization that [ inaudible ] that very much needed aid to different cities where fighting is fierce. also they are running out of urgently needed medical supplies. so i hate to say it's hard to be optimistic at the moment. >> good to speak to you. thanks for your time. coming up in this news hour protests turned violent in southwest china over a proposed railway line. plus unicef says millions of teenage girls get married every year. child rights activists discuss
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ways to end the practice. and in sport, a crisis ahead of america's biggest motor race after yet another spectacular crash. ♪ all of that still ahead, but first rebels in south sudan say they have captured a refinery near an oil field in upper nile state. the rebel group say all companies should shut down and evacuate their staff immediately. last month they vowed to capture key installations to force the president to step down. south sudan's information minister told al jazeera there are no refineries in the area and explains why the believes the rebels will not succeed in bringing the country to a stand still. >> to set the record right, we have no refinery in upper nile.
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and only refinery that we have was a [ inaudible ] and it was interrupted before it could be opened. so their claim that they have kptured the refinery is not correct. because there is no refinery over there. they believe that it is only the [ inaudible ] the problem, and they are demanding that [ inaudible ] that is why they rebel. and of course they come out with their own objective. the question is can they achieve that? for me i don't believe they are capable of doing anything they are incompetent and they will not make it. instead they will have to accept what the government does. a taliban suicide bomber has attacked a justice ministry in afghanistan, at least five were killed in kabul and more than 40 others injured. it coincided with the end of the working day when board buses and cars to go home. also from afghanistan, 11
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people have been jailed for failing to stop a beating of a woman. >> reporter: the judge said police failed to help the woman as a mob beat her in brood daylight in kabul. in that and their failure to carry out police duties meant 11 were sentenced to a year each in jail. >> translator: after thoroughly investigating the documents, the judicial decision is in keeping with the law, the officers know their rights and been given time for defense. >> reporter: this was the second round of verdicts. in the first four men got the death penalty and eight others 16 years each in prison. 18 others were freed for lack of evidence. all of the defendants can appeal.
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the court case is unique for its openness. it was televised live and it was the first time police have been publicly prosecuted. there were also irregularities. some of the most prominent murders, easily identifiable from cell phone footage haven't been caught. those in court to watch the case they are disappointed with the trial and the verdicts. >> it was a political game. the whole thing was designed how to calm peoples minds. the court is going to give death penalty, and that would be the perfect answer politically for them. >> reporter: the murder shocked afghanistan, and many hoped it would spark a change in the justice system. critics of the trial say the sentences have been too light and not all of the killers have been brought to justice. there is a shrine on the spot
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where her body was burned and this street has been named in her memory but there's no certaintive that her murder will change afghan people's minds about justice or violence against women. state-backed sexual violence in egypt has increased dramatically since the military takeover in 2013 according to a new report. it accuses security forces of subjecting detainees to rape gang rape and virginity tests. men, women, and children are being abused to in their words eliminate public protest. it also found those responsible are rarely held to account. katherine booth is from the international federation of human rights and joins us now from paris. thank you for being with us. on what basis do you say this is part of an overall policy to
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stifle decent? what evidence do you have of that? >> well we've seen a massive surge in crimes of sexual violence perpetrated by the security forces and the wide-spread nature of those crimes, the patterns and the similar lair advertise and the methods used as well as the almost total impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators lead us to believe it is a policy aimed at humiliating, destroying stifling civil society and any public protest. >> were there specific orders from the top to carry out these kind of acts? how far up the top does this go? >> well we don't have evidence that these crimes are being ordered from the top. what we do know is that they are being committed in many
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different areas of egypt in police stations in detention centers, in unofficial detention sites as well as at check points during security checks and so this -- this very wide-spread nature of the crimes which are known to those responsible for these agents of the state, and nobody has been held to account, would indicate that this is tolerated by the egyptian authorities, if not encouraged. >> have you had any reaction at this point at all from the egyptian government on this report? >> we haven't been able to engage in dialogue with the egyptian government on this particular report. we had established a constructive dialogue with the authorities on previous documentation that we undertook
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on -- concerning crimes against women in the public sphere but the particular airty of this report is that it concerns not civilians participating in mob rapes around the square but state actors police military national security intelligence themselves responsible for crimes of sexual violence. and what we're talking about in terms of these crimes is sexual assault, rape, rape with objects, various forms of sexualized torture, including electric electric electricution of sexual parts. and forced exams. >> sorry to jump in but in terms of the time frame here, what is the pattern that you have seen as far as these accounts? in what particular time period
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do most of these -- are you saying most of these things have happened? >> so we have seen a surge in this type of crime by these actors since the army regained control in july of 2013. we have been documenting the wide-spread sexual violence against women in the public sphere before that date gang rapes, and other sexual assaults during protests and sorts. and then towards july 2013 we began to get increasing reports of people suffering sexual abuse at the hands of the authorities, and that is what lead us to conduct this extensive documentation, and to establish these patterns which we have seen since 2013 and progressing to -- to today. good to speak with you katherine booth from the international federation of
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human rights joining us from paris. thank you. now the u.n. is urging indonesia, malaysia and thailand to boost sea rescue operations and let desperate migrants reach land. thousands of migrants stranded in the sea are running out of food and water, and thai police say a suspected kingpin of a major human trafficking network has turned himself in. scott heidler has more from southern thailand. >> reporter: this is the pier many of the businesses are owned by a former politician. now according to police he is the key suspect in human trafficking here. now just off of the coast that's where those boats of rohingya and bangladeshi migrants have been drifting. thousands are desperate to get on to shore, it's a situation the u.n. says could turn into floating coffins. >> reporter: nearby check points
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are set up here. police say that they have evidence that an army general was involved in the trafficking. the military government deny is this. in some cases fishermen have helped without the boats. thailand says they have equipment deployed 24 hours a day looking for these vessels. for the first time there will be high-level meetings between thailand indonesia and malaysia. the foreign ministers will sit down for a meeting on wednesday, many are hoping there will be decisions about the thousands still adrift out at sea. thailand's former prime minister has pleaded not guilty at the start of her trial. she is accused of negligence while overseeing a rice subsidy scheme. she says the charges are politically motivated, but faces
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a maximum ten years in prison if found guilty. >> everything will be followed by due process. thank you. thailand's military government says there should be a referendum on a new constitution. under the draft, future elections will be decided by a proportional system that will give smaller parties more seats. critics say it is an attempt to make it suffer for the shin that roy family to get back into power. still ahead, austin underreport says armed groups are targeting women and children in south sudan's unity state. shell shareholders meet in the netherland amidst protests over the arctic drilling plans. and in sport, the tampa bay lighten strike back to level the playing field.
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our top stories on al jazeera. hundreds of protesters ignore a government warning not to take to the streets. they insist pierre nkurunziza should not be allowed to run for a third term in next month's election. police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds and arrests were made. a three-day hearing in riyadh has implicated support for the exiled president. and called for theation theation -- creation of a joint arab force to force the houthis to step down. south sudan's information minister told us there are no refineries in that area. more now on that south sudanese rebel claims that they have captured an oil site on
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upper nile state. luke joins us to talk more about this from copenhagen. thanks very much for being with us. i'm hoping you can clear this up for us then. different versions of this coming from different sides. the rebels saying they have captured what they say is an oil refinery in upper nile state. the information minister saying there is no refinery there. so my question is who is right here? and does it really matter in the general scheme of things? >> well it's the information minister who is correct here. a foundation was lead of this refinery in late 2012, but construction never really got underway. so it really is just a slab of concrete, but a very tonight position, because it is within
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striking distance of many of south sudan's oil installations. >> give us an idea of how important oil is to the economy of that country. it really has been the battleground, if you will in all of this. >> right. oil is really the bread and butter of the south sudanese government's economy. it generates around 90% of the south sudan government's revenues on an annual basis. so for the rebel group if they are able to shut down and capture oil fields they are really able to gain a strategic bargaining chip. and these oil fields which are close to this construction site where think refinery is located, this is really the life blood of the oil industry and therefore central to the economy and south
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sudan's able to generation revenues. >> given all of the conflict and violence that has gone on in this country, i suppose the question is is oil really more of a curse in this country than a benefit? >> i -- in though midst of a civil war, it is certainly not helping the matter. we could see if rebels are able to shut down more oil fields we could see this really escalate the conflict. they would have sort of an emboldened position to try to overthrow the government. the government will look for more support from its regional neighbors, and this would turn into more of a regional conflict and oil, of course is at the center. >> good to speak to you. thanks for your time. >> thank you. now the children's organization unicef says boys and girls as young as seven years old have been abducted raped and killed?
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south sudaner, especially in the past two weeks. natasha ghoneim reports. >> reporter: villages burned people killed, women and girls raped and thousands displaced. since south sudan's government began fighting with rebels 17 months ago, these scenes have been common in this four year old country. unicef says in the last two weeks children have been the targets of armed groups in unity state. >> one of the victims a 17 year old girl said when the attackers came they took my belongings. they threw me into the fire. they tried to take my baby away from me. i said they had to kill me first. >> reporter: that mother and her twin baby's survived. they have now joined the millions of sudanese who have been displaced by fighting.
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unicef says in the past two weeks, dozens have been killed rapes, and recruited as solders. >> we know that they are likely to be on the [ inaudible ] side and this is impacting many many more children. this is quite horrifying and a very very dark sign for where things are going at the moment. >> reporter: the attacks against children coincide with the south sudanese operation against rebels in unity state. the president has been battling rebellion by his former vice president. presidential and parliamentary elections were supposed to be held next month, but in march parliament extended the president's term for another three years. the international committee of the red cross says as the fighting continues civilians will be at even greater risk. south sudan already has a high rate of mall nourishment, as
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more people leave their homes they will suffer from a lack of food and medical treatment. natasha ghoneim, al jazeera. returning to burundi now, and the crisis has created more than a hundred thousand refugees. large numbers have left saying they fear revenge attacks by militias loyal to the president. most have gone to tanzania. >> reporter: this tiny fishing village wasn't prepared for its population to double in just two weeks. villagers say life here has changed dramatically. there are now more refugees than locals. >> translator: most of us are coping now. our toilets are full. i had to rebuild my toilet because it was blocked. >> translator: they there are too many refugees there are too many diseases water is scarce. >> reporter: further along the banks of one of the largest fresh-water lakes in the world,
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the problem is the same too many new arrivals not enough clean water. >> they are drinking out of the lake. they are drinking out of unclean water sources and that is a recipe for disaster when it comes to disease. >> reporter: diseases like cholera, from contaminated water or food, it can kill within hours. there have already been several cholera deaths in poorly equipped camps. >> translator: family members are dying in this front of our eyes. we have heard that some people will bring in medication but even if they do it won't be enough, because there is so many people here. >> reporter: many more are on their way, tanz kneeian soldiers check both the young and old as they wait for buses to a nearby camp. the adults know that peace has been fragile back home. anyone over 20 lived through civil war in burundi.
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unresolved ethnic rivalries from that war are a factor in the current crisis. 300,000 people died when tutsi and houthi ethnic groups turned against each other. this university student says he and many others have run away because they are scared it could happen again. in southwest china at least 100 people were injured on sunday when fighting broke out during a protest over a high-speed rail line. adrian brown has this report. >> reporter: this has feel of a town that is still waiting for better economic times. a proposed high-speed rail link was supposed to help deliver that. but when the government appeared to change its mind many in this remote community rose up. protests against new development
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projects in china are not unusual, but demonstrations in support of new developments are. the protesters carried banners saying we want prosperity and don't abandon us. it's still not clear how a protest that began peacefully turned into a violent and prolonged confrontation. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: here tear gas is fired at protesters attempt to block a main road. in the local hospital some of the injured accuse the police of using excessive force. >> translator: i am more than 60 years old. i am very rational. not like those young people. but i was beaten by the police. it was chaos. the situation was out of control. >> translator: i can remember when the pla liberated our town in 1949. i am 72. i have never been treated like
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this my our military. i was just passing by. they hit me for no reason those [ censor bleep ] were crazy. you can see my teeth. they hit me here. >> reporter: at the town's entrance a giant picture of the former leader who's economic reforms helped pull millions out of poverty. he was born in a nearby town that is also competing for the rail link. our assignment here was brought to an abrupt halt by police commandos. they threatened to shoot before assaulting our producer and taking our camera? all in the presence of local government minders who had given us permission to be here. unconfirmed reports say at least three people died and more than a hundred others were injured over the weekend. around 30 of them police officers. if that's true then this was
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one of the most violent protests in china to date. adrian brown, al jazeera. a global advocacy group is calling for an end to child marriages. girls not brides is holding an international conference aimed at combatting the practice. it says 15 million girls under 18 get married every year some as young as eight or nine. the group says that that denies them of their rights to health education, and opportunity, robbing them of their childhood. almost half of all child brides live in asia with a third in india. boys are also married as children, but girls are disproportionately affected. a spokesperson said every two seconds a girl gets married before the age of 18. >> it is happening in pretty much every religion. now imagine if you are a 13 year
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old girl, who gets married off to a man who is two or three times your age, and you are pulled out of school and then you become pregnant and while your body is still tiny, you have to give birth, the chances you will survive are very low for child brides. so it's not only a major human rights abuse, but also really an impediment to development. we the global community can never eradicate poverty as long as we have child brides being married off every day. we know it happens because of poverty, because of the low status of women, security issues and because of tradition. people think they are doing the right thing for their daughters because that's what it has always been. but being here together with civil society organizations from all over the world, more than 60 countries, change can happen. we need to empower girls.
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make them realize they have rights. we need to sensitize their families and communities, to help the leaders in the communities understand that they are economically better off if these girls get married after the age of 18. the annual general meeting of the energy giant royal dutch shell has heard calls for more transparency about the impact on climate change. a rig is scheduled to start drilling in the arctic soon. protesters in seattle staged a weekend protest. dominic kane has more. >> reporter: the issue of climate change was high on the agenda here in the hague. a group of shareholders had found a way to get a resolution on to the order paper which compelled the board to go into more details about how it reports climate change and the issue that arise from it. before the meeting took place, i
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spoke to several delegates and others and an activist from green peace explained to me green peace group had real concerns about the commitment to reduce climate change and it said the percentages of emissions that shell was responsible was something that should be looking into. i spoke to a campaigner from alaska who had flown all the way here to explain the plight of her people and why she believes the threat posed by drilling in the arctic is so serious. >> and i hope that the board might be able to -- to realize, you know, how high the risk is for them to attempt to go out there and check these seas because it's a very dangerous place to try and drill right now. they don't have a proven technology that will -- that will be safe enough to drill out their in the ocean.
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>> reporter: shell says that the arctic ocean represents a huge opportunity for it but also presents it with a huge responsibility. it says that the risk-management procedures they have in place are unprecedented and that they believe they could deal with any spill that right occur in the arctic. they say they are ready and believe they can minimize any danger that may be posed, but whether that is actually what happens remains to be seen. police in texas have been warned of revenge attacks from biker gangs. rob reynolds reports. >> reporter: motorcycle gangs have been part of american popular culture since marlin brando road with the wild ones in 1953, but the romantic image is at odds with the reality of out law biker gangs. >> they are criminal enterprises. they are individuals interested in dealing drugs, guns and sex.
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they are very very high-level in the methamphetamine manufacture and the methamphetamine trade. they do a lot of sex trafficking, a lot of prostitutions, and they are high-level gun runners. >> reporter: the mayhem in waco was one of the most violent in years. their reputation is exaggerated by media, tv and the movies say gang expert georgia leaf. >> violence is a part of their lives, but it is not used on an every day level. violence is used very strategically. what i would say is the threat of violence is much more potent in their day-to-day existence. they intimidate and that is how they control. >> reporter: the u.s. justice department says there are more than 300 outlaw biker gangs in the country. many motorcycle gangs got their start here in california but
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have spread across the country and across the world. one of the best known clubs the hell's angels has chapters in 26 countries. >> the motorcycle club world is really a manifestation of the american frontier. it's america, and it has the wide open spaces and you can get on your bike and escape. >> reporter: at the heart of the appeal is the intense come rawdy and male bonding. >> the last time i left a club i cried. so it's sort of a romantic way to be a man, to fight duels, and to not take any crap off of anybody, and to know that you have got people who will back you no matter what. >> reporter: davis says many new members are combat veterans of the wars in iraq and
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afghanistan. according to the fbi some gangs allegedly recruit members of the u.s. military to get weapons expertise and combat training. a heavy rain has triggered a massive landslide in western columbia killing at least 56 people and destroying dozens of houses. now the race is on to set up temporary shelters for the survivors. >> reporter: the wall of mud and debris surprised the villagers sleeping in their homes at 3:00 in the morning. within minutes dozens of homes were swept away. leaving many residents with nowhere to escape. >> translator: when i felt my house shaking, we left. my family left and we were left in the middle of the landslide. it passed on this side and we were in the middle. it carried away a house on this side, and we were in the middle and frightened. i said to my wife let's hug and
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hope to got that it doesn't take our house and that we are saved. >> reporter: heavy rains caused the ravine to overflow. many houses were built on the bank of the river. military personnel and search and rescue teams arrived on the scene, while residents searched the river in hopes of finding survivors. >> translator: people were screaming everywhere. i ran to help but the river was impossible to pass and all of the bridges were covered. at sunrise i started to search the river and the first thing i found was a boy and they recused him and brought him here. >> reporter: at least four dozen were confirmed dead and dozens other injured. the president came to the area. >> translator: we don't know how many people are still unaccounted for. we have 166 people working to find them.
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rescue teams, the red cross, firefighters, the police and the army. >> reporter: hundreds of aid packages and 15 water trucks have been sent to the down. the government says it will rebuild the houses that have been destroyed and compensate the families of the victims. in the meantime a temporary shelter camp has been set up in a coffee farm not far from town. still ahead, all of the sport. after days of uncertainty, the zimbabwe cricket team arrives in pakistan to become the first international team to tour the country.
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♪ time now to get all of the sport. >> thank you very much. there's a safety crisis ahead of america's biggest motor race. a driver has now suffered a heavy crash in practice. he hit the wall and his car briefly flipped after possible mechanical failure. the 28 year old remains in intensive care after surgery on his leg. this comes just 24 hours after ed carpenter's crash, which after two earlier crashes prompted race organizers to change safety rules ahead of sunday's race. earlier i spoke to the editor of motor sport magazine, he says it will be difficult for the indycar to make big changes right now. >> they have already made a few
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arrow dynamic tweaks. but the accident yesterday still happened. the indie car racing world will be keeping their fingers crossed on sunday that we don't have a serious accident in as you say one of america's biggest races. they have tried to make the cars more stable but the time is too short to make big changes. in the last 20 years the sport has struggled to keep up with media attention in america. nascar dominates so much in the states now. and indy car is the poor relative to nascar. so this is very bad for the sport. the zimbabwe cricket team have landed in pakistan. they will be the first team to play in the country since the
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2009 attacks on the sri lanka cricket team. there are an extra 6,000 police and thousands of security personnel deployed. >> reporter: welcome to gadhafi stadium. this is going to be the venue for the match between zimbabwe and pakistan. it has taken six long years to convince an international team to come and play here in pakistan. there is unprecedented security in the city to ensure that the games go smoothly. the pakistani military has launched a major offensive against the taliban in pakistan and that has created a conducive environment, restoring law and order across the country, although the threat still remains, the zimbabwe team have done a brave thing to come here. but they want to send a message to the people of pakistan that
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zimbabwe is there to play a leading role in revival of international cricket in pakistan, a country where people are passionate about the game. >> translator: we are very happy to see an international team after six long years. we hope more teams will come to pakistan as the security situation is far better than before. >> translator: almost all of the tickets are sold out. there are still four days until the match, but people are very excited to see a match after such a long time. we are kicket lovers. >> reporter: it also means pakistan will come out of isolation, it's own team has had to play in the united arab emirates, so a lot of excitement across pakistan that this will be good cricket, and give an opportunity for the pakistani team to show they can still play the game. italian police have arrested more than 50 people suspected of fixing dozens of football matches.
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authorities across italy raided homes and club offices in the early hours of tuesday morning. several have been taken into custody. charges include criminal association aimed at sports fraud with some linked to mafia organization. nhl, the tampa bay lightning have leveled they playoff series at 1-1. it was all thanks to tyler johnson who is fast becoming a front runner for post-season mvp. the lightning secured a 6-3 victory. >> we definitely want to go to tampa on tuesday. that's always a tough thing to get back. but i think what we're mainly focused on is the fact that we
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worked so hard to get into this position, and we don't want to just squander it away. i thought the team responded very well tonight and i thought they played a great game. >> there's more sports on our website. for all of the latest check out we have blogs and videos from our correspondent around the world. the address again, and that's all of your sport for me. lee wellings will have more for you later on. >> thanks very much. stay with us here on al jazeera, another full bulletin of news is straight ahead. thanks for your company on this news hour. ♪ >> i think we're into something that's bigger than us >> that's the pain your mother feels when you disrespect her son... >> me being here is defying all odds
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