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a regional conference on the migrant crisis in southeast asia is underway in thailand. we are live in bangkok. ♪ ♪ hello and welcome to al jazerra live from our headquarters in doha. i am elizabeth. also ahead. >> it must fall to me to take responsibility. >> a defiant sepp blatters stays the course. bombs at two hotels in baghdad killing at least 10 people.
and captured at 15, he spent a decade in guantanamo and more time behind bars in canada. we meet omar. ♪ ♪ talks to tackle the growing migrant crisis in southeast asia are underway in bangkok. representatives from 17 nations are attending. this includes myanmar where most of the rohingya migrants are from. it says it's being singled out over the crisis, thailand, meanwhile, says it will allow the u.s. to fly surveillance planes from its territory to identify boats of migrants adrift at sea. >> we have to stabilize urgently. we have to develop better ways of discussing and meeting on these issues and taking action when people are setting sea in the boats and then we need to look at the root causes of why people feel they have no alternative but to flee their
own countries and take such a dangerous, dangerous trip. >> let's go to our correspondent scott heidler now he's live for us in bangkok. looks like we might have some progress scott? >> reporter: a little bit yeah, we heard from the u.s. assistants secretary of state and she mentioned the root causes. that is an area where we might be making a little progress at the end of the day the. at least some channels of communications have opened up. what they are focused on, the attendees and the united states is here, and that is helping the people at sea. the best way do that. delegates and organizers are saying better coordination out on the sea and the land to help these people in need. the people traveling out on the sea, the people who are still out on the sea. the big challenge though, we might see incremental progress on this. but the big challenge is getting at the root cause that the u.s. assistants secretary of state
was discussing there. but also because you have such delicacies here when it comes to this issue. for instance, myanmar won't even use the term row mean rohingya, they don't believe in that. they don't believe there is a minority group in their country called rohingya that had to be dealt with in getting them here. so moving forward the root cause will be a huge challenge. >> there is also that policy of sort of noninterference that they have, doesn't it, scott? the association of southeast asian nations no doubt resolving the root causes will take a lot longer. but myanmar is there and at the meeting where they have been reluctant to get involved in the past. and i guess that's a good start. >> reporter: it is a good start. and, again i spoke with one of the organizers, the foreign affairs ministry here in thailand organized this meeting. a couple of weeks ago they announced this would happen. they told me they don't pictures
at the end of the day a big plan of how to move things forward when it comes to tackling the root cause of this. at least it's getting everybody at the table including those that weren't at any discussions before including myanmar. but also the international community, the united states is here switzerland is here, switzerland is here, japan u.n. entities. international office of migration is here. to get everybody who needs to discuss this at the same table is a step down that challenging path in tackling the root cause the root problem that prompted all these people to list their lives to go out on the sea. >> scott heidler live for us in that regional meeting in bangkok. thank you very much, scott. well malaysian officials continues to ex-assume the bodies at graves found near the board we are thailand. the bodies are expected to be of trafficked migrants, rob mcbride has more. >> reporter: leading up to the
main trafficker's camp located in this area, this remote jungle trail is seeing increasing amounts of activity. in the morning police and forensic units go up, taking with them, stools, including white body bags, this investigation has stepped up, sadly those white body bags are coming back with more bodies each day. as the top of this hill effectively becomes a crime scene at the center of an international investigation. rohingya muslims from myanmar are at the center of the migrant crisis, gerald tan gives us a glim thinks of their plight. >> reporter: the rohingya people live redominantly in myanmar's rakhine state. myanmar does not recognize the row lanerow huh begin and considers them illegal bang los bangladeshi citizens. they have severely restricted
their movements. their plight came to prominence in 2012 during two waves of violence with myanmar's majority buddhist population. that unrest combined with years of economic hardship have driven many rohingya to seek ref i think in mainly muslim mclaren actual the u.n. estimates 130,000 people have undertaken the perilous journey across the bay of pain bengal. they get in boats. and fall in to the hands of human traffickers who demand a steep price for passage. once they reach southern thailand they are typically held at random before being transported by land to malaysia. but in response to a recent crack down by the thai government the traffickers began abandoning the rohingya at sea. thailand and i understand neesha sparked outrage by turning away the boats from their waters
leaving thousands trapped with little food or water. they are now offering temporary shelter but the meeting in bangkok seeks to find a more permanent solution. permanent solution. >> the u.n. has acknowledged the shortcomings in the census. >> while recognizing the achievements of the census, we must not overlook some of its shortcomings. [ inaudible ] >> demands by people -- [ inaudible ] identifying demands that have not conceded by authorities. this controversy prevented many people being from counted. to other news now. fifa boss sepp blat percent refuse to go resign despite the deepen is crisis that football's
governing body. he says he is not responsible for the corruption scandal that saw sefo visuals arrested in zurich on wednesday. but the majority of the 209 national associations voting in friday's presidential election still back him. andy richardson has more on the contest. >> reporter: sepp blatter's career at football's governing body spans forties years. the last 17 of them as president. but he's never had a 48 hours quite like this. the man who could unseat him tends of it all is prince ali ben al hussein of jordan. >> there needs to be a change in fifa. we need to bring back its reputation. it's a game that is the most popular sport in the world. and i think with all that's happened, all the criticisms that the organization has had that it's common sense to make that change, and i am willing to be the one to do it. >> reporter: brother of jordan's king abdullah, he's been the president of his country's football federation since 1999. in 2011 he became fifa's
youngest vice president representing asia at the age of 35. his growing influence was demonstrated a year later when he played a key role in overturning fifa's ban on women playing football in head scarfs. much has changed at fifa since blatter became president in 1998. fifa now has a cash surplus of over a billion dollars. and there is big investments in football for developing nations. but his own goals are just as welling known. he once said that female footballers need to wear tighter shorts. and in an al jazerra interview he suggested players should settle racism with a handshake. >> if the -- when it happens and if it is in the league, then they have to make this investigation and then they come to a solution and what they say they bring the two people together and to say shake hands. >> reporter: despite his survival instinct and political skills it's the corruption that has seen many of fifa's most influential figures being bans.
it's overshadowed his presidency. but he's still popular amongst many football administrators across the globe. particularly in africa. this fight for power sees blatter and prince ali looking to land votes from all 209 of fifa's member associations. a two-thirds majority of 140 votes will result in a first round knockout. if that number isn't hit a second ballot will be held with when a a simple majority of a at least 105 is all that's needed to end the fight. the vote that will take place in zurich was set to be a formality for sepp blatter as he seeks a fifth term as fifa president. historically he has overwhelming support from countries outside of europe. the vote will reveal if the turmoil of the last couple of days really has upset the status quo of world football politics, andy richardson, al jazerra zurich. and former fifa vice president jack warner who is among those accused of
corruption has left a jail in trinidad and tobago by ambulance. one a complaint of exhaustion and didn't take questions from supporters. he had surrendered to authorities on wednesday after u.s. officials sought his extradition, he's being granted bail. prosecutors say he solicited bribes worth $10 million from the south african government for host the 2010 world cup. brazil has now begun investigations in to possible fifa corruption in the country. the former brazilian football confederation president was one of the sefo visuals arrested in zurich. and the angle over the 2014 world cup -- anger over the 2014 worlds cup hasn't died away yet. many rail against the money spent on stadiums that are now empty. virginia lopez reports. >> reporter: for many in brazil, this is a sign of everything that was wrong in the fifa world cup. it cost $600 million to build. twice as much as originally
planned and after hosting less than a handful of matches during last year's world cup it's never been filled again. today it serves mainly as a parking lot for these buses. after seeing cases of mismanagement and disproportionate spending in stadiums all the around the country, to many the signs of wrongdoing during last year's world cup were glaring and took very few by surprise. >> translator: the brazilians have never trusted fifa. some of us already suspected corruption was rampant. for others, there was no surprise of the corruption scheme. >> reporter: indy nation was such that thousands took to the streets in 2013 to protest what they thought were misused resources in a country in millions live on so little. >> all these stadiums are unnecessary, in brasilia they have no football culture the money would have been best spent on hospitals and schools.
>> reporter: most glaring to brazilians is the fact that brazil has no professional team. these days there is very little football being played at the world's second most expensive stadium. in fact it mostly is empty save for the occasional concert. last ye ter even played most a mass wedding. attempts to look in to corruptions by members of congress had briefly boycotted but have now been approved in light of the recent revelations coming out of the fifa scandal. >> translator: there is no doubt that the government works to avoid our investigation related to the world cup last year. it's all connected to the corruption scheme in fifa and the brazilian football confederation. >> reporter: building stadiums like this was meant to demonstrate to the world that brazil was now a major economic power. instead, crit sick are critics say it might stand as a symbol of ram can't corruption and squandered resources. car bombs at two row tells in the iraqi capital baghdad
have killed at least 10 people. police say the attacks appear to be coordinated. the first bomb targeted the babylon hotel where government officials often hold meetings, the second hit the sheraton. syrian rebels have captured another city in the northwestern idlib province, the last government held city in the province which borders turkey. it provides access to president president bashar al-assad's home and to the coast. there was heavy shelling and rocket fire it before it was stormed by rebel fighters. coming out bulletin, nigeria prepares for a changing of the guard. and demonstrators clash with police in chile as protests for educational reform continue.
investigations. start weekday mornings with al jazeera america. open your eyes to a world in motion. ♪ ♪ good to have you with us, i am elizabeth in doha. these are the top stories on al jazerra. talk to tackle the growing migrant crisis are underway in bangkok, representatives from 17 nations are attending. thailand says it will allow the u.s. to fly surveillance planes from its territory to identify migrant boats. fifa boss sepp blatter is refuse to go resign despite the deepening crisis at football's governing body. blatter says he's not responsible for the corruption scandal which saw sefo visuals arrested in zurich on wednesday. and he still has majority support to be reelected as fifa president for a fifth term on
friday. car bombs at two hotels in the iraqi capital baghdad have killed at least 10 people. 30 others remember injured. police say the attacks appear to be coordinated. to the war in yemen at least 40 houthi rebels have been killed in the southern city of aden. residents were forced to flee their homes as heavy fighting continued and air raids pounded rebel positions. the rebel strong hold in the north wasing also hit by air strikes on thursday. the war in yemen topped the agenda at the annual meeting of the organization of islamic cooperation in kuwait city. iran, turkey and saudi arabia were among the countries attending could kuwait's foreign minister defended the air strikes. securesecurity in and around nigeria's capital abuja has been tightened for the inauguration of the president on friday.
it's nearly 30 years since he last ruled as a military dictate never the 1980s he went onto lose four times in presidential bids after nigeria adopted democracy before finally winning in march. >> reporter: rehearsals under way at eagle square in abuja for the inauguration of nigeria's new president mohammadu buhari. u.s. secretary of state john kerry will be attending along with leaders from across africa. after the celebrations, buhari says he will get to work. he's got major problems to deal with. economists say the country is almost broke because of the falling price of oil. nigeria relies almost exclusively on money from oil exports for income. and corruption has cost the country billions of dollars in lost revenues. buhari has promised to end it. and improve security. >> there is a lot of expectation
from nigerians nigeria has seen a huge decline in terms of its infrastructural condition, but also in terms of processes and in terms of the way government has been run. huge levels of corruption, did decaying infrastructure, dwindling revenues. >> reporter: but the first problem he may have to deal with is the massive fuel shortage that's bringing nigeria to a stands still. hundreds of flights have been canceled. many banks and factories have had to close analysts say the fuel crisis is link today corruption in the oil sector. >> there are going to be a number of mesh us, a range of or approach to his take in order to deal with corrupt practices. one those whose hands have been found in the cookie jar would have to pay the price. but purely on the base of the rule of law. two, if you have taken nigeria's resources, you would have to find a way to return it. >> reporter: there has been a
huge improvement in the fight against boko haram in the northeast. so insecurity is less of a concern for the people. but over a million have been displaced like these people. buhari will have on work hard to get them resettled. buhari supporters say he's incorrupt table and highly disciplined. so he been able to deliver the changes that he's promised. advisers to the new president say the first thing he will do is take stock and tell the people in a nationwide address what he intends to do to solve nigeria's problems, al jazerra abuja, nigeria. the european union has suspended it's oversee of burundi. the catholic church has withdrawn support for the presidential election. there has been weeks of violence against the president's bid for a third term.
hospitals in india are struggling to treat victims of a heat wave that's claimed more than 1700 lies in just over one week the highest number recorded in two decades. the southern states are the worst hit. with temperatures reaching 50 degrees celsius. nidhi dutt reports. >> reporter: funerals have been taking place across the southern indian states. >> translator: most of the people who are died here are daily wage workers. they do small jobs and they have no financial security. the government needs to help them. >> reporter: it has been hardest hit by the heat wave with the state government putting the death toll at more than 1,000. india's meteorological department says temperatures have risen quickly and unexpectedly. catching residents in the region's hottest areas by surprise. people are doing what they can to keep cool. n.g.o.s and local governments
are trying to raise awareness about illnesses like heat stroke. but in some areas there are fears they public service announcements are a little too late. in other parts of india hundreds of millions of people are struggling in sweltering conditions. >> translator: i have to cover up well when i am traveling by rickshaw it's easier for people with air-conditioning in cars these days, i also try to go out either in the morning or during the evening. >> translator: the heat is great for my business. people are buying a lot more and drinking cold drinks like lemonade to stay hydrated. >> reporter: here in the capital. temperatures have consistently risen over 45 degrees celsius. frequent power cuts have compounded the misery and led to criticism of the state of the country's infrastructure. the first rains of the annual monsoon season aren't expected to hit the southern indian state until next week. and it will be at least a month until the forecast improves in northern india.
nidhi dutt, al jazerra new delhi. more than 100 people have been ordered to evacuate remote southern japanese island after a volcano erupted. it exploded on friday morning sending thick black smoke high in to the air. some airlines have been forced to divert flights. demonstrators have clashed with police in chile as protests for educational reform continues. students in the capital santiago are demanding free education and better pay and perks for staff. they are also accusing police of using excessive force at a demonstration last week. lucia newman reports. >> reporter: it started peacefully enough. the turn outs were passing even organizers' expectations. as 10s of thousands of demonstrators marched down santiago's main avenue. they were led by the father of a student in critical condition after he was hit by water sprayed from from a water cannon last week.
this march is against police repression in solidarity with him and all students who have a right to protest said stephanie aviles. the injured student's sister. others joined to express their anger at recent revelations of political corruption in chile. >> translator: we can't put anyone in jail for stealing a phone when our elected officials are robbing us blind. and it's the students who are praying the biggest price. >> reporter: three weeks of student protests, to demands deeper and faster education reforms than the ones chile's khez is offering have take between student lives and left several others seriously injured. there have been a lot of protests in the last few weeks but this one is different because of the people who are taking part. it's not just students, but also teachers parents and members of civil society in generally. all of them here to protest against what they consider
excessive use of force by the police. as they reach the presidential palace some staged a sit in insist on this need to protest peacefully. but from the beginning it was clear that a group of anarchists had come for a fight. and it didn't take them long. putting up barricades and lighting bon fires they hurled rocks at riot police, they responded with water cannon. this time by chilean standards with restraint. the same occurred in the port city of valparaiso where at least one pharmacy was torched. a day that will unfortunately be remembered just as much for the chaos generated by a few than for the legitimate demands of the majority who came out to reject violence. lucia newman, al jazerra santiago. mexico's president is embodied in a real estate scandal. records show enrique a peña
neito allegedly misrepresents circumstances under which he acquired a person property. he first declared the land as a gift. then said it was a purchase and raised its value twice. the young effort person ever to be held at the prison -- military prison in guantanmo bay has been talking about his experience and has hopes for the future, he was alleged to have thrown a grenade at u.s. troops in afghanistan killing one soldier. he was interviewed for an al jazerra documentary in canada where he now lives. roslyn jordan has this special report. >> reporter: for many years this photo of 15-year-old canadian omar was all the world new about the youngest prisoner held at the u.s. military facility at guantanmo. he is now 28 years olds. out of guantanmo, under house arrest in canada. and learning how to move i don't understand what he says were 10 traumatic years in american military custody. >> people were drugged.
humiliated. water boarded. dogs. slip depravation music the whole book. >> reporter: it is the first time that he has spoken publically about his time in detention. he had been under a gag order until a canadian judge ordered him leased on bail earlier this month. he's now trying to answer questions he imagines people have about his experience. such as whether he is angry about what happened to him and why he was captured in the first place. >> the first few years in guantanmo, i was just all over the placey motionly, and ideologically. i was just a mess. i would be around a bunch of people and start acting like them and talking like them and doing everything they were doing and then they would move me for a different place and i would just adapt to the new neighborhood.
he also talks about how he ended up at gain tan know in 2002 and whether he really threw a grenade that killed a u.s. army medic during the raid on a house where he was living in afghanistan. under orders from his father, he was working as a translator for al qaeda operatives. >> nobody claims to have seen me throw the grenade. this soldier testified that i was under the debris and couldn't have been me. i always held to the hope that maybe my memories were not true. >> reporter: he is now waging several leg battles. the canadian government considers him a terrorist and wants him back in prison. he is suing the u.s. government to clear his name. and the canadian government for allowing him to be tortured as a child. whatever the outcome of these cases he says he is focused on the president. >> for the longest time all i would tell to anybody is that i wished that i could just get out of prison and just be the next
joe on the street who nobody knows and nobody gives a second look or a thought to. >> reporter: roslyn jordan, arsenal, washington. just a reminder now that you can always keep up-to-date with all the news on our website at al jazerra.com. [ ♪♪ ] i'm david shuster in for ali velshi. on target for the short lift for president. winning by losing. the payoff for candidates with no chance to capture the white house. over the past 36 hours, two more republicans declared that they'll seek the g.o.p.s 2016
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