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with days to go before the referendum the i.m.f. says the country needs 52 billion euro to stay afloat hello there welcome to al jazeera. also on the programme - the search for survivors of a ferry singing in the philippines. at least 38 people are dead 15 are messing. bp agrees to a record-breaking pay out of more than $18 billion over the 2010
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gulf of mexico oil spill. and we report on the young victims of china's mass migration from the countryside to the city the i.m.f. issued a strong message to european leaders in brussels saying any bailout must include debt rerelease, and they need $52 billion to stale afloat. in athens police accused pepper spray to disperse violence in rallies. thousands have taken part in ralies. >> greek prime minister alexis tsipras is optimistic that he will get a new deal from brussels. >> translation: if the yes vote win, the banks will have a deal
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not available. if that is a decision from fear, pressure or choice we'll respect it. >> if the no vote win, i'll be in brussels and a deal will be signed. >> the i.m.f.'s call for money to be found from greece comes after the introduction of capital controls strict rules limiting the amounts people can withdraw from cash machines. >> reporter: gasping for air greece is being strangled which supporters. in this economy, no one is giving credit. cash is king, and it's never been so scarce. there are lots of people here, the fish seller explains, but few are buying, they can't afford to. >> translation: what do they want? why have they closed the banks, the banks shouldn't have closed, we are in europe, europe is one. without greece, there is no europe.
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>> reporter: day by day the news is not good. from bad to worse to terrifying. there's talks of losing 55 to 70% of money in the bank. in a diminishing economy, perhaps a diminishing country, even the newspaper is getting smaller. there's an apology that they were running out of paper to print it on. could this be the answer to greece's problems. it's the first bitcoin machine. with some 150 new registrations, each day this week the virtual currency is seen by some as a safe haven to their money, out of the banks and beyond the reach of creditors. >> translation: it's something very new in greece. i believe that because it exists and transactions are made all around the world, that it's something stable, and i believe it may catch on here.
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>> reporter: there may be less paper for newspapers, but there's paper enough for posters ahead of the referendum this weekend. no for more austerity, yes for a future of bank queues inside the european union. the choice is clear, but the politics are not. at a bus stop there are angry words. the politicians are corrupt, says this man. fascists shouts another. >> translation: i'm desperate. i had enough. they are all t-shirty, all of -- dirty, all of them. >> reporter: particular anger is aimed at the politicians of the eurozone, the architects of austerity. he drunk your blood for five years, says this poster. the message on sunday for the german finance minister could be no more. some of libya's warring parties have agreed to form a national unity government. the parties signing the deal call on the tripoli based
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government, based on the libya dawn militia to sign up. the u.n. has been trying to bring the two governments together to agree to a power-sharing deal. >> the saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on the emyeny capital hours after the u.s. called for a humanitarian pause. a jet pounded sanaa in the early hours of friday morning, and the u.n. says 21 million people are in need of aid as a result of the conflict. >> in syria, an alliance of rebel groups is reported to have started an assault in aleppo. they fired hundreds of rockets and missiles into many areas. a statement by the rebel group says the goal was to liberate the city to ensure it's ruled by sharia principles. i.s.i.l. destroyed the famous statue of the lion of alat
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outside the city of palmyra. the u.n. cultural agency u.n.e.s.c.o. says i.s.i.l. is looting ancient sights on an industrial scale, selling the treasures to middlemen to raise cash. >> children caught up in syria's war are being sexually abused. 271 documented cases of children recruited as soldiers have been identified. the numbers are higher. some of the images in this report may be disturbing. >> this girl lost her parents when a barrel bomb hit their house in aleppo and she is among 40 million affected by the war in syria. the united nations says many more like her are not only facing death, but abuse.
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nearly half were subjected to torture, and numbers could be higher. >> it's documented allegations of sexual violence against children by syria government forces and pro-government groups and some believe children are targeted. most of the times they are targeted. on one hand, of course, because they are vulnerable. on the other hand it's too fragmented to destroy the society the focus of the conflict. >> reporter: children are arrested at checkpoints and schools, like this boy, picked up for a pro-freedom song on his mobile. he is questioned and beaten repeatedly. activists say it's a common practice. the government has been accused of recruiting children and using them as human shields.
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>> i.s.i.l. is believed to have soldiers, some as young as eight years old. it abducted or imprisoned nearly 500 and uses them as suicide bombers and inform ants and established three child-training camps and hundreds of boys are indoctrinated with mobile phones and religious persecution. right groups say it's in violation of humanitarian law. syrian children have been taken to northern lebanon, many calling for steps to stop the laj to millions of children. >> it's the youngest growing up in violence then the changer is that this violence will spread out in many different contests. if we don't talk quickly, they cannot have a happy life and become healthy adults both psychologically and physically.
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it's urgent but there's nothing urgent about the syrian conflict, in its fifth year, where thousands of vulnerable children bury their parents lose homes and schools. a 6.1 magnitude i take struck china's western regions. the epicentre was 130km. there's no reports of damage or casualties so far. rescue teems teams in the philippines are working to find survivors of a capsized ferries much it capsized after leaving a port. gerald tan has the latest. >> reporter: 187 people were on board the ferry when it capsized. survivors say it happened
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suddenly, minutes after docking. >> i was with my mother-in-law and brother upstairs when it sank. i do not know what happened below the deck. >> reporter: many of the passengers were rescued by the coast guard and fishing boats. others swam to safety. victims were rushed to hospital as some waited anxiously of news of the missing >> translation: where is my mother, i mope she didn't drown, i haven't seen her left. the ferry sang meters from the port. it's unclear that caused the 33 tonne ferry to flip. the coast guard says there was light rain waves strong, but not dangerousment the ferry's captain is in custody.
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>> we are looking at human or. >> at of the this time we kane gi a conclusion. >> dozens die in ferry accidents. frequent storms overcrowding and poorly maintained vessels are blamed. >> there has been two explosions in bogota. the first in the banking system and the second in an industrial zone. eight were injured. it's not clear who is behind the attacks. bp agreed to pay a massive fine after the deep water horizon rig exploded.
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it's been called the worst environmental disaster in u.s. history. andy gallagher has more from miami. >> reporter: in april 2010 the deep water horizon rig exploded in the gulf of mexico killing 11 workers. in the 87 address that followed water spewed into the golf causing pam owe to call it the pors -- president obama to call it the worst environmental disaster. livelihoods were ruined. beaches ruined and wildlife kill. a judge found that bp was nement in the handing of the well. and the country agreed to pay a fine of $18 billion. >> instead of battling through a litigation black hole. we have forged ahead with an agreement to spur hope and
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recovery for our region. the money will be divided among the states of texas and florida and louisiana. it sends a message, enabling the states to begin important restoration work. >> if the money comes out to restore the coast, that is less damage that we have to mun now is worth more than money in 10 years. the money will be paid out, and ends bps case with the u.s. government. costs associate with the spill exceeded $40 billion, shares were up when news of the settlement were made public. >> scientists were unsure of long-term effects of an oil
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spill. it may not be known for years. it's hoped that it will bounce back. more to come on al jazeera. stepping on to a sandy beech in europe. a report from greece where migrants are arriving night after night. >> and as the island of cuba opens up politically and economically, business leaders court the country like never before. deal... and no deal. >> world markets react. >> it's a grim picture. >> the consequences could be catastrophic. >> for continuing global coverage, stay with al jazeera
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here is a recap of the news - the i.m.f. size a bailout deal for greece must include debt relief and they need $52 million to stay afloat. >> greek police used pepper spray to disperse voters outside athens. >> lines of rebels groups begin an assault in aleppo hundreds of rockets and missiles have been fired into areas, according to activists. rescue teems in the philippines are continuing their search for survivors of a capsized ferry. numbers are missing. the ferry was carrying 18 # people -- 18 # people when it -- 189 people when it overturned. greece grabs with its connect crisis and copes with a record number crossing the mediterranean. so far this year numbers are up
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by 83% compared to 2014. hoda abdel-hamid reports from the greek island of cos. they are the first to land in cos. there's a sigh of relief. the road to greece was long and difficult. just a few hours ago the trip endedment several other boats were making their way to the island, many undetected. the crossing doesn't take long turkey is there, 4km away. migrants leave in the middle of the night and arrive on the beaches in the ert oil hours of the morning. >> soon we spotted them.
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they ask in they were in greece. shortly after, another dingy, this time intercepted by a ship. deployed as a mission, controlling the bofrters. they first went to iran walking across turkey to reach shores. next morning again, the same scene. this time a group of syrians and iraqis. they drifted to the beach of a holiday resort and the engine stopped. the current brought them here. some shaken by what they witnessed.
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it's a picture of the threat population. we are here. >> reporter: nearly 500 arrived in a 24 hour span hundreds around the sea. agrees may be in the midst of safety and a better life. >> a u.n. observer decided the election in burundi was not free or fair. the opposition boycotted. opponents say police are raiding the eyes of opposition supporters. this report contains disturbing images. >> reporter: bereaved family
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members say police looked for an opposition activist and a police member shot at them. they fired back in self-defence. in the chaos others were killed and the suspect got away. witnesses don't want to be seen talking to journalists, saying the police are lying. >> police fired from outside the gate. they started firing at everyone. >> there has been so much death and missery since the president announced he's running for a third term. >> you can see the bullet holes. when the shooting started a man and two children reason inside. grenades were thrown inside. they exploded. everyone was killed. >> u.n. human rights officials promised to investigate what
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happened. some of the pois supporters are armed. >> we are disarming civilians with weapons. we have collected 8 kalashnikovs. 15 grenades. the numbers killed are rising. human rights workers fear if reports of opposition arming themselves are true. burundi could enter a grim phase of the crisis. >> in china, a suicide pact by four siblings raised concerns about child welfare. authorities say their parents abandoned them to find work else are. mass migration saw an estimated 60 million left behind by their parents. about 22% of china's children.
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most are part of 3-4 million under six years old living in poverty, forced to forage for themselves. the result is a poor diet and growth defect and estimated 12.7 million stunted growth. the impact is not just physical. in some rural areas, more than half of children tested were found to suffer anemia or lack of iran. adrian brown reports. >> reporter: it's a landscape offering some beautiful scenes. it's a region synonymous with tragedy and poverty, this is a house where four children, three sisters and a brother committed suicide after being abandoned by their parents, both migrant workers, they swallowed pesticide. the youngest were five. highlighting the plight of the left behind children.
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>> translation: those four children, what they ate was worse than the food you give to pegs. raw corn every day. no one took care of them. >> reporter: she is vague about why no one raised the alarm sooner. this case is about more than poverty, it concerns the issue of child welfare in china, and raises a number of troubling questions. how is it possible for four children to live in this house for so long without anyone a neighbour, a teacher at the local school the police local government officials, not realising what was going on. one of reasons - there's nothing unusual about children living apart from their personalities in today's china. these two grandchildren live with her, because her son works hundreds of kilometres away. their mother left five years ago to escape the poverty all around them. >> she went back to her home
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town. she thought life was too hard on the poor here and doesn't want to come back. >> poverty is a sensitive issue is china, which is why local government officials were on to us following our every movement. they were worried because president xi jinping had been in this same province a few days earlier telling people that poverty was nothing to fear. we were allowed, to visit the village school. out of 93 students, around 20 lived with relatives, grandparent mostly. strict rules to control the flow of people mean they see their parents once a year. before we talked to the teacher, our minder spoke to her. >> translation: it is not a big problem. most of the children talk to parents by phone once a day. in the worst case it's once a
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week. a poster with an urgent message builds up confidence to battle poverty. in the city of niger, they are constructing passages and offices that could provide jobs that could help keep local families together. the deaths of four children is a reminder of why such an investment can't come soon enough. >> well as the island of cuba opens up politically and economically business leaders court the country like never before. this week saw announcements from cuba and the u.s. that they'd open embassies in each other's capitals. investing in cuba is a risky business, as mirjana lucic-baroni reports now from the -- lucia newman reports from the town of
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hershey. >> >> it's still called the hershey train, the town named in 1916 after its founder, the american chocolate magnet. milton hershey, he built a town for his workers, around a giant sugar refinery. the train took the sugar to the nearby ports, to be sent to the u.s. to make the famous chocolate bars. 88-year-old vincent remember that has a child he spoke english. his family came to hershey from jamaica to cut gain, when sugar was king. >> now it's all over. there's no more sugar production. they closed the refinery. when they did that, the town was finished. >> reporter: hershey is a shadow of its former self. the refinery, once the largest, is being dismantled. all that could change with a renewal of diplomatic ties between havana and washington.
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>> cuba has become a magnet for visiting dignitaries and investors, interested in making all this come back to life. >> in the last month it's been a nonstop pilgrimage for the french president to european and asian foreign minister, accompanied by business executives, eager to position themselves in cuba before the americans move in. it's as though a curtain has been lifted. >> translation: because the empire blessed us in the name of the father, the sun and the holy ghost. when the united states announced in december that it wanted good relations with cuba, it took away the fear that so many had about joining business with cuba. >> while the legislation is
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unprecedented, moving to normal diplomatic ties and taking cuba off the list of state sponsors of terror is not enough. >> they have an embargo legislated elevating the risks. when you do the cost benefits, cuba is not there yet. >> it's not just american companies that are cautious. as the french president complained, the helms burton act passed by the congress. still faptions even foreign company that is do business with cuba and the u.s. still, there's consensus. consensus that it's a matter of time before the remnants of the cold war. before it becomes a thing of the past, and eventually melt away a team flying a solar panelled plane around the world broke the record for the longest nonstop solar flying, it passed
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