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>> there's a tidal wave. >> we all have a problem. >> could you have seen that coming? >> i'm lauren taylor. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. more an 70 people are killed by barrel bombs dropped from the syrian government helicopters. >> i have no concerns about that and i have especially no concerns about my person. >> sepp blatter defiant as the corruption scandal involving
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fifa rules on. >> i'm in the netherlands where the young and old are living together with benefits for both. >> a massive rescue operation is taking place in italy. more than 4,200 migrants have been saved in the mediterranean in the past 24 hours. they were picked up in a number of separate boats by italy ireland and german. estimating 1,800 people are dead or have gone missing since the beginning of the year. the italian coast guard has transferred many to the island of lampedusa. separately a different groups of migrants from plucked from the water by a german vessel. some people had ended up in the
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sea. over 1500 people have been picked up by the greek coast guard in the last few days. athens has called on the e.u. to help. give us an idea of the scale of the praise operation and what is happening to those who are brought to shore. >> to give you an idea of the scale of the operation that figure of more than 4,000 was about 10 hours ago. since then we know for example that the italians have carried out three more rescue operations, 300 more people, and they there are various operations ongoing off the coast of libya. this 4,000 number over the next ours that it's probably gone up
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to five or six shout 7,000. this is the perfect weather condition for these migrants who try to make it across the mediterranean. they try to be rescued by the ships patrolling the waters there. what will happen is some will be relocateed to mainland. the government had asked for all the region to pinpoint, to isolate all these buildings that are empty maybe pieces of land that have been evacuated and not used any more old sports facilities anything available to house these migrants. some could find themselves in
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the north of italy by and large most of them will sneak out of italy as quick as possible. for most of them italy is just a transit point and they want to go to countries that are further north in europe where maybe they have friends and family and any sort of contact there. you would be surprised how quickly they would move on despite the fact they've been across this grueling trip across the sea tell us how that works in practice. >> well, it's called operation try tritan. a few months ago the e.u. was not so eager to have the operation of the same scope of the italians that ended last year.
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they have reached that same level of i would say money invested in it, and also as much hostilities given to that operation. it could be again because if we compared a number of migrants who have reached europe this year compared to last year at this time there is an increase of about 30%. now that operation is set to continue throughout the summer, but the biggest problem really is what happens once they arrive on land. we have seen it's a big discussion among the european countries. everybody is panicking for several reasons who are these people. there are security concerns among many of the european countries especially at a time where there is a threat of isis,
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and there are financial reasons that make it very difficult. many of the european countries for example here in italy are struggling economically, and many of the local communities are saying well, if there are all these means to house and feed and take care of all these migrants, how come we don't have the same means? it is a huge problem. maybe to target the vessel that carried migrants or trying to dismantle some of the smuggling networks this will come at a huge risk and it will take some time--they have not taken the decision here in europe, and then after that they will have to go to the u.n. to get some sort of resolution that would pave the way for a military intervention. >> thank you so much, indeed.
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>> let's go to northeastern my yearnigeria. what have you heard on this explosion? >> as many as eight people have been killed so basically according to our sources on the ground they have been able to
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lob some grenades into the city. >> the new president has been sworn in, and is this--is the timing of this dig? >> yes it is. this is one of the tactics to test the will of the area. they will tackle the insurgentcy right on. and this is also a very significant development in the bomb's tactics. for long people believed that boko haram's ability has been
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degraded by the nigerian military along sidesser side its neighbors from cameroon niger and chad, people are beginning to see the return to see a rise in the number of suicide attacks by boko haram also daring attacks in the northeast but probably what we'll be seeing in the next few days as pressure mounts is a return to the scene. >> the worst attack was on the marketplace in a town of al bab. >> the scene in aleppo this morning is grim.
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activists say government helicopters have dropped barrel bombs. this ambulance is rush to go survivors, although many are dead including women and children. syrian rebels have overrun the town and the field commander is promising more. >> we're seeing weapons we never used before. we're promising our brothers very soon they'll see the new weapons. >> they have fighters of coalition groups including al nusra front affiliated with al-qaeda. syrian forces have been on retreat in idlib province in recent days. these military vehicles are said to be heading into the province of hama and the coastal areas beyond. the area could be the next
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crucial battle for the syrian government. it lies between the power base of the mountains to the west and the rebel-held province of idlib in the north. but on the other side of the country there is a fast-moving battle between kurdish fighters known as the people's protection units and fighters were the islamic state of iraq and levant levant. activists posted this video shown the destruction of syrian church which was recently overrun by isil. kurdish fighters backed by u.s.-led airstrikes drove them out. this woman said that she lost everything. >> i built this house with my sweat and blood. i don't have anyone, and i'm barely surviving. they don't fear god. millions of syrians have lost their homes and livelihoods
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during this four-year war and as fighting conditions, millions more could face the same fate. al jazeera. >> sources close to isil in iraq say that fighters have repelled the government attack east of ramadi. the offensive was part of an taste by the iraqi army to regain control over ramadi taken by isil forces earlier this month. this video shows ammunition as they retreated from the area. still ahead on al jazeera civilians in south sudan face what the u.n. says is the worst fighting in months. we'll have the latest on india's scorching heatwave that has killed 2,000 people already.
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>> a reminder of top stories here on al jazeera. more than 4,200 migrants have been rescued in the past 24 hours. a bomb has exploded inside a mosque in the northern nigerian city of maiduguri. and activists say that 70 people have been killed in northern syria after government forces dropped barrel bombs on two areas of aleppo province. and sepp blatter does not fear arrest. he denied he was personally to blame. he said it was his job to restore the reputation of world football. andy richardson has been
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following events from zurich. >> sepp blatter is not happy. >> i said i forgive but i do not forgot when it comes to persons and facts. >> he just chaired a meeting of fifa executive committee the panel that makes world football's biggest decisions. but david gill a newly elected member from europe has showsen notchosen not to attend. he said he could not there being any positive changes at fifa while blatter was in charge. it's just one detail in a growing split between fifa and european football governing uefa owe backed blatter's rival prince ali hussein. >> you have the best competition and best players. but when it comes to clubs if you don't have the players from the other continents then they're not so rich and so good
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in football. but they need to be an example. not only to say what is fifa? they shall help, come in and take responsibility, and responsibility you cannot take when you're elected and you don't even come to the first meeting. this is no responsibility. you're elected. you have to come. whetherwhoever is the president of fifa. >> but he does have loyal support in many countries beyond european borders. that's why he was able to survive a week that saw seven high ranking fifa members arrested on suspicion of corruption. the thought of resigning never crossed his mind. >> congress, they are of the opinion that i'm still the man to go into this problems, and to solve this problems. >> uefa may find. ironic being told to set an example by the head of an organization that currently has seven senior officials residing in prison on corruption charge. uefa will meet saturday, the
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topic of pulling out of fifa will be discussed. al jazeera fifa headquarters in zurich. >> doctors in india have had their leave canceled and clinics struggle to cope with heatwave victims. the heatwave has already claimed 2,000 lives. with daytime temperatures reaching as high as 48 degrees celsius. >> this is an issue that the government as well as people who have been suffering through this have been trying to deal with for decades and the issue of water scarcity not having enough water to farm, not having enough water to drink or use for every day living has been compounded by the soaring temperatures in recent weeks. if you take a look, people are sitting outside of their houses
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they tell me because their homes are actually very, very hot. the corrugated iron sheets that they use is actually trapping hot air with soaring temperatures inside creating dangerous living conditions. but the problem that these communities have been facing when it comes to water supplies for many many years now has been highlighted. there are calls to action, but the problems are that many governments tried to deal with for many years and it's proved to be an increasingly difficult challenge. how to provide for communities. how to give them as much water as they need to survive. >> thousands of people are fleeing violence in south sudan's unity state as the government fights rebels there. the u.n. said that the fighting is the worst for months. catherine soi reports from beniu. >> this man has just arrived at the camp for displaced people in unity state. they come from a village and
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they've been on the road for 24 days. hiding in swamps during the day and only daring to walk at night to avoid government soldiers. their father was too weak and sick. he died on arrival here. >> my dad's health had improved. he was even walking and talking. i went to look for his food, but when i returned he had died. >> after days on the road one-week-old has also just arrived. her mother gave birth to her on the day they escaped from the village after an all the by who she claims were men in military uniform. >> they beat us and killed some people. we ran to the bushes. that's where i delivered my baby. >> he came with a gunshot wound to his arm. dollars without borders have received dozens of patients with bullet wounds since april.
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>> my son was with other people at the cattle shed when the armed men came. they started shooting and they took our cattle. my son hid in the swamp for the night. we had to leave the next day. >> thousands of people continue to leave villages to the south and east of beniu where a government offensive is going on. many have come to seek refuge here. at least 21,000 in the last few weeks heavily burdening the already crowded camps. >> they come for registration so they can get humanitarian help. then they'll receive basic supplies like food, blankets mosquito nets and utensils. some of these people have been through this process before, and those we talked to said that it seems like a never-ending cycle of suffering. >> this family is making his funeral arrangements. he'll be buried in bentiu, a
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town he had never visited before and so far from a town that he had lived in and loved all his life. catherine soi al jazeera, bentiu in south sudan. >> a move that further inflames tensions between ukraine and russia. president poroshenko has i pointed a governor in the odessa region. he has a reputation of being fiercely pro western. we have this report. >> protesters gathered >> president poroshenko has called the new governor. he has long been a local supporter of the country's move. and he's an implaccable foe of vladimir putin.
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he also may be part of poroshenko's drive to root out local corruption. >> we must all work together under this new ukrainian president to build a new ukraine. without a new ukraine there won't be a future for the region or for our town. everything is being decided now. a lot of it in odessa itself. >> as president of georgia until until 2013 he scored his country away from the moscow's sphere of influence towards closer ties with europe. in 2008 they fought a war of control over of the breakaway region. saturday's surprise appointment assume ukrainian citizenship while he faces criminal charges in his native georgia. the russians are stirring up tensions. the military exercises taking place on ukraine's borders that have kiev and the west fearful that russia will initiate another round of fighting in eastern ukraine.
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sporadic clashes continue. this hospital in donetsk was hit by shell fire on friday. the minsk agreement, which was meant to end the fighting and separate forces, still has not been fully implemented. the ukrainians accuse the russians of continue to go send weapons and troops into rebel-held areas into the country. simon mcgregor wood, al jazeera. >> farmers in southern peru refusing to give up their fight to the copper mind. four people have been killed in two months in protests across the country. the farmers say that the mine will destroy their crops. they are convinced that the new mine will not bring new jobs. >> they have been farming in the valley for more than 50 years. in that time he has seen a decline in the quality of the land and the local water supply.
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>> the dust comes from the smelting facilities kilometers away. it travels with the wind. >> this olive tree is covered with dust from the mines. he said its dying. >> another rice field ready for harvest may be lost. farmers have abandoned their crops to confront and protesting against the mining project which calls for the construction of a new copper mine. farmers say it is too close to the valley, they fear they'll lose their livelihoods because of contamination. >> we want our land healthy. they give us life. and with the mine close by they will disappear. >> farmer leader said the mine will not bring them new jobs. >> the company comes and offers
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jobs but that's a lie. they're bringing people in especially to do the job. >> they believe if the project begins other mining companies will also start explorations here. >> all of this land in the valley has been divided into mining concessions. so people are afraid that one day they will be forced out of their property as it has happened in many other places in peru. >> last year peru's government improved an environmental impact study where the people say the government has let them and their only course of action is to oppose the mine. now the rice is ready for the harvest. it will begin falling on the ground but they say the protest is more important than saving crops. >> it would not be fair that i harvest while the other protest and lose. i will be with them. >> 20,000 people make their livelihoods from growing rice,
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potatoes garlic and sugar cane here. 6,000 hectares of crops are at risk but they say the mine will never give them prosperity, health and future for their grandchildren. al jazeera, per are peru. >> the cost of elderly care is rising, at the same time young people are finding it difficult to find a place to listen. in the second of a four-part series we visit one project in the netherlands with an unique solution. >> max heads home after a day at university. but home isn't a messy shared apartment or college dorm. max lives in an old people's home. he's one of six students living rent free at the center.
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in return, the students spend time with the elderly. >> sometimes before all this, before i move here, i get a little bit of annoying by people elderly people in the bus, for example. when i'm here i think about the time differently. so 15 minutes for me is not so many but for some people into the house here, some elderly retirement people, it's 15 minutes of their lives and you can see their smiling faces. >> the old people and the students have an easy relationship. they tease each other. the warmth is evident. >> we get along very well. they're just like our sons. it's like a part of the group. >> the center has won prizes for the students-resident concept.
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they came up with the idea when faced with the challenge of dwindling funds. she has been surprised by the resounding success. >> when they have a bad knee, the doctor can't fix it any more but the youngsters telling stories about the girlfriends about music parties they go to in amsterdam they bring in life. they bring in stories they bring in joy. they bring in a smile. there is no down side to this experiment. the young and the old benefit alike, so it's no surprise that they've had inquiries literally from around around the world from people wanting to know how it works. like all great ideas it's so simple you can't imagine how it wasn't thought of before. the concept looks back to decades earlier in europe when the elderly lived at home with multiple generations. but the scheme has been updateed for modern economics.
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the students learn caring skills and for the elderly the last years of life are much more enjoyable. jessica baldwin al jazeera netherlands. >> many more stories for you any time on our website. the address is it's updated 24 hours a day. >> for more than a decade, the world has witnessed seemingly endless violence in afghanistan. many tell me the daily reports of the attacks, and the daily killings have ceased to hold much meaning. but for those living in this land, torn apart by war, there's no more important of a time than


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