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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ welcome to the news hour. i'm in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes. cautious optimism more queues at greek banks, but creditors say the latest financial reforms may just work. all sides in yemen's conflict agree to a truce for now. but will it hold? flights canceled and thousands are stranded in nearby shall at a volcano rumbles to life. [ cheers ] and closing a controversial
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chapter in u.s. history, south carolina lowers the confederate flag. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ there's cautious opt schism that greece's creditors may accept a plan which could pull it back from the financial brink. e.u. members are meeting to discuss proposals that greece put forward. the greek government is promising to raise taxes and clamp down on tax evasion, discourage people from retiring early, and greece will sell off its remaining shares in ote and privatize two ports. it is also offering to cut more than $300 million from its military budget by next year. let's go to john psaropoulos
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live for us in athens. all right. john lots of reforms there. definitely signalling more austerity in the country, among them privatizing two ports. how will this affect the workers there? >> reporter: well the port shouldn't affect the workers. the port privatizations, in fact we have been told by people involved in the process is well underway. it has not stopped under syriza contrary to for example, the power corporation, and the regional airport, all of that is frozen. the ports are going ahead because the stage of advancement was great. and what we're expecting to see is not layoffs, rather a very large inrecessment package. when the conservatives fell from power, they were negotiating a
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package which would have involved they hoped, half a billion dollars worth of investment in the port alone, a smaller some in the other port. what we expect therefore, is whoever comes in to manage these ports is going to pour money into them because both of them come with container terminals. that's where the real money is. not the passenger ports, those are loss or break-even businesseses at best but the container terminals have the most potential. the one that has been taken over already, has expanded 14 fold in the past few years. now my colleague, hoda was there recently and filed this report about how people who are not in the public but the private
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sector, which has suffered most of the layoffs have tried to take care of themselves create business for themselves and become their own employers. >> reporter: it's a model of self organization. a factory that was doomed if not for the engine newty of its workers. so it went from from producing building materials, to making environmental friendly soaps and cleaning products. >> translator: we were working with a lot of chemicals before so we decided to change. we wanted to produce something different that is cheap and affordable for the families and people. >> reporter: the products are now sold in several european countries with a label proudly stating made by workings who refused to fall into unemployment and depression because back in august 2011 they had effectively lost their jobs even though never officially fired. what happened here is very telling about how things went wrong in greece where there's
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often a fine line between personal interest and business. the owner was the mother of the owner of [ inaudible ] and things weren't doing very well there, so money from here were injected there and then within weeks from each other they both shut down. it was a shock for this man. he came to work only to find the doors locked and management gone. >> translator: of course it was a surprise. we were still working and the boss took what she owed us and left. >> reporter: decisions are now made collectively. this man doesn't want to be asked about management anymore. >> translator: cut this word out of your question. [ laughter ] >> translator: it's a business and we have to learn, but no one makes a decision alone. we don't have bosses. we are all equals. >> reporter: many factories have shut down in greece since the
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crisis began. this is the only one still functioning in this area. the rest is more or less an industrial wasteland. the workers first learned to make soap on the internet. a fresh start that saved their factory from becoming part of the many ruins of modern greece. hoda abdel hamid, al jazeera. as we just saw there, john greeks to be entrepreneur skills, particularly during tough times. will there be more entrepreneurial skills now going forward? is there much support for these reforms promising even more austerity? >> reporter: well, it depends on who you ask. the private sector believes in reform a great deal because they know better than anyone how difficult it is to do business in greece.
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even to get simple bits of paper that license you to start up a new business or export anything. things which ought to be hastened and accelerated now, that the government wants people to start businesses and hire people, but they haven't managed it really as much as they should have. the private sector i think will welcome the pension reforms, because they basically equalize public sector with private sector workers who have to retire at 67. early retirement is only for the 600,000 public employs. i think they will also welcome the investment package, and i think they will welcome the return to normalcy because even if everything goes off without a hitch, and we have a deal on saturday afternoon or sunday this country will take months to return to normalcy some say years, because confidence in the
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bank system has been stricken, and the banks are expected to go on under a regime of capital controls, that will take a lot of stimulus and the greek government to get normalcy to return. >> a tough long road ahead for the greeks. john thank you for that. iran's foreign minister says some progress has been made with western powers over its nuclear program. negotiations are edging forward in vienna. and mohammed says talks are expected to continue through the weekend. >> reporter: fresh meetings have been taking place here in vienna trying to deal with the final last sticking points which are stopping for now a deal taking place. those meetings took place between the iranian foreign minister, and the u.s. secretary of state as well as the e.u.'s high representative for foreign policy. now at the end of that meeting,
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we didn't get a proper readout of what was discussed or achieved but we did then see foreign minister zarif come on the his balcony and from quite a distance, kwen -- again reportered shouted questions at limb. will we get a deal today? no he didn't think that was likely. will we get in a deal in the end? this yes, he thought that was likely. so slow progress. and the interim deal with iran is supposed to expire so if they can't get a deal it looks likely that is going to be extended again. >> the united states has asked the u.n. security council to identify those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in syria. it's part of a plan to bring the perpetrators before an international court. syria denies using them.
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a ceasefire is due to start at midnight in yemen after government troops and houthi groups agreed to a truce. the agreement is the latest attempt to tackle the crisis which began last september when houthi rebels ceased control of sana'a, forcing the president out of the capitol. civilians trapped in yemen are having to survive saudi-lead air strikes and the cross fire. this manlies in sana'a and describes what it is like living in a war zone. >> translator: every day we are living in fear and terror. once we hear the sounds of bullets and shells we rush to side in the room. my daughter is frightened. we're all frightened and we cannot leave this house. we live in a very traditional house, which means that we can hear the shelling and it makes
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everything shake. we're really scared. me and my family just don't want to live here any longer. this window smashed because of shelling. we have been living in constant terror every time we hear the shelling. the girls are just too young, they are also sick. my family lives in homs and they asked me to join them there. we are all living in total horror, all we are concerned about is the fear and terror that we're living in on a daily basis. a stampede at a holy month of ramadan charity event in bangladesh has killed at least 22 people. a crowd outside of a local businessman's factory, rushed to collect ramadan handouts. another 30 are being treated in hospital snfrmths security
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representatives from india and pakistan will meet to discuss how the two countries can combat terrorism. it's a major diplomatic development and follows the first meeting between indian and pakistani leaders since talks broke down last year. they met on the sidelines of a summit in russia on thursday. modi has agreed to attend a regional summit next year. let's look at the issues that are actually involved in this talk. the nuclear armed rivals have fought three wars since independence, two of them over kashmir. kashmir has been a flash point for more than 60 years despite a ceasefire in place since 2003. at the heart of the kashmir contract is water insecurity of two countries. india and pakistan have built dams on rivers which originate in kashmir, and relations grew
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worse following the 2008 attacks. faiz jamil has more now from new delhi. >> reporter: the announcement of talks between india and pakistan's national security advisors is being seen as an important step forward in relations between the two countries, but there have been many forward and backward steps between the two in recent years. one of the first important step forwards when modi invited sharif to india for his inauguration inauguration. but then pakistani officials allegedly met with so-called kashmiri separatists. they accuse each other of regularly firing at the border
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posts. analysts say friday's meeting is an important step in relations, it's far too soon to call this a break through. still to come thailand's rice crop is facing ruin after the worst drought in decades. also a community in conflict we meet the men in south sudan who switched from the farm to the front line. and easy does it tennis world number 1 cruises into the wimbleton final. details a little later with robin. ♪ the confederate battle flag has been removed from the south carolina state capitol grounds. the rebel flag was raised more than 50 years ago at the height of the u.s. civil rights movement. the controversy grew over the use of the flag after nine flag church goers were shot in june. let's go live to columbia.
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al jazeera america's diane eastabrook is there for us. diane you witnessed the flag coming down very significant day, not just for the people of south carolina, but for the rest of america as well. >> reporter: oh absolutely. this was one of those moments in history. there were about 7,000 people here about an hour ago when the flag was lowered from the state house grounds, and when it happened, just a huge huge cheer erupted from the crowd. people were hugging each other, taking pictures with their camera phones. this has been an issue that has been very divisive here in south carolina, because the civil war history plays a big role in the culture here. but it has become a distraction in recent years and week so everybody feels that bringing this flag down was a healing moment for south carolina and really something for the history books. >> diane i'm curious what has been the reaction from those -- you know, who may not
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suppose the racist element that has been tagged to this particular flag but say the flag is a reflection of their heritage and culture and means bringing it down means that bit of them is lost. >> yeah, it's interesting, but there are two schools of thought. there are people who still have a lot of reverence for the flag but there are other people who have brought the point that yes, it is part of their history, but they can revere monuments. this flag has become a symbol for many people of slavery and repression and they want to bring it down. a lot of these people who have been in favor of the flag have great grandparents who fought in the civil war, and even though say it's time to bring the flag down. >> diane thank you so much.
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now a volcanic eruption in indonesia has caused chaos. gerald tan reports. >> reporter: have spitting ash for a week the eruption skills up a notch. the volcano belches out ash and debris almost 4 kilometers into the sky. five airports have now been shut down including the one in bali. thousands of travelers and tourists are stranded. >> we have to find somewhere to stay, because they can't tell us if we'll be here tonight or fly tomorrow or the next day. >> reporter: for many indonesians traveling om to celebrate the eid holiday at the end of ramadan. bali is also a hot spot for foreigners particularly
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australians. in sydney many are in a bind with dozens of flights already canceled. >> we're waiting around to see what is happening. we can't speak to anyone either because there's no one at the counter. >> yeah, it's really disappointing. and the big problem for us is that we don't have the opportunity to take more holiday holidays. >> reporter: so far there has been no eruption from a nearby volcano. but they are keeping a close watch. china's stock markets are rising strongly for a second day. they are being [ inaudible ] by a barrage of government support measures. interest rates have been cut and brokers have been told to buy stocks backed by cash from the central bank. >> reporter: after a second day of big gains in the main chinese stock markets, a bit of optimism here on beijings financial streets.
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some have told us that even though they lost money, they are not going to sell their stocks for now. >> translator: i think the market will bounce back. i'll decide later if i want to stay in the stock market or pull out. i don't think it will stay like this forever. i still have hope. >> translator: most of the individual investors lost money. it's better to leave investing to professionals. chinese people like gambling. there's not enough investment education in china. this is a good lesson for them. >> reporter: but it's a far from over. this is the building where they make the policies that govern the stock markets here in china. it's still left to be determined. obviously what they have done has stopped the massive selloff in the markets here. is it a band aid or a long-term fix? that clear picture isn't going to come to view until all of the stocks are brought back into the stock market. because right now nearly half of the stocks trading before this
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crisis have halted. rain is desperately needed by farmers in thailand one of the worst droughts in decades is engagering the million billion dollars rice export industry. so now clouds are being seeded by government pilots to try to make it rain. >> reporter: from the air the problem is plane to see, hundreds of kilometers of agricultural land is drying up across thailand. there has been no signs of annual rains that should have arrived. fields are practically dry, and nationwide the rice crop is being declared a failure. the government's department are trying to make it rain by using chemicals sprayed from the sky. >> translator: not only the central region but every
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province throughout the country is facing a drought. part of this is because of el nino. >> reporter: so little rain has fallen since last year that even irrigation canals and dams can't help. they are worried about falling water levels. >> translator: in around one week this canal will dry out. the rice fields are almost ready to harvest. there will be a lot of damage. some of the farmers have already invested a lot of money in them. >> reporter: government officials have been explaining how serious the drought is becoming and what solutions they have. >> another measure is we have asked other government bodies. army and local administration to help people. this is to make sure everyone has water for daily usage equally. >> with no rain in site some have to keep working the land. planting next season's com is vital to their existence. other countries such as taiwan
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and north and south korea have all been experiencing differing levels of drought. farmers here are anxious that the rains that should be falling now are not predicted to arrive until august. one of president obama's top aids has spoken about the horror unfolding in south sudan. u.s. national security advisor susan rice says that massive and widespread violence has returned and human rights abuses are not rampant. rice says the president and his former deputy are both to blame. and she issued aern waing saying the u.s. and international community would punish those determined to drive south sudan into the abyss. several different tribes and militia are involved in south sudan's civil war. one is the white army. it's largely civilian force that
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has been fighting government troops alongside the rebels. catherine soi met some of them in upper nile state. >> reporter: in times of trouble, it's young men who are called to the front line to help fight tribes and the government since conflict started 1.5 years ago. they call themselves the white army. this man was injured in may while fighting near the oil fields in the north. he says once gets better he'll return. >> translator: i'm not afraid to go back when children women, and people like me are being killed, how can i be afraid. >> reporter: he told his wife and many others will not officially join the resistance army. >> translator: what i like about the white army is when we are ready we just run to war. we are not like the regular soldiers who have to stand in military formations and wait for orders. >> reporter: they are mobilized
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by community leaders like these elders. >> translator: when we are going to war no one helps us. we go with one gun. when we kill the enemy, we take their gun, and we go on taking their guns until we defeat them or they defeat us. >> reporter: what started out as a political quarrel in the capitol, turned into a war, mainly between the two largest tribes. many people you talk to here will tell you that they are fighting those whom they claim are killing one tribe, they say just trying to protect their lives, their property and they won't stop until everyone is safe. the militia has also been accused of human rights abuses. rebel commanders say they are trying to integrate the civilian fighters into their army. >> the local people organize
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themselves to defend themselves. because they might follow people in the villages. >> reporter: his men are clear on their mission. they say they are fighting their endmy and won't stop until there's a clear winner on the battlefield. the three west african nations devastated by ebola are seeking financial help. the leaders are attending a u.n. donor meeting in new york to raise millions of dollars. but it could be overshadowed by a surge in new infections. >> reporter: for the last 18 months ebola has ravaged west africa killing more than 11,000 people. some areas have been declared free of the virus, but here in the west of guinea this village is still under quarantine. >> translator: there is a health control on every road where
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thermal scanners monitor the people. if they suspect a case they are sent to a medical center. >> reporter: the red cross oversees the burial of victims. deaths are down, but there is still a threat of infection. >> translator: we can't determine the exact number of bodies. at the start there were 16 dead to bury by evening we had about 27 to bury. we managed to bury 24 of them. >> reporter: this part of guinea has been a hot spot for ebola, and with every new case there is a continuing risk the virus could make a comeback. poorly resourced before the outbreak ebola devastated death systems in the region. health workers were likely to be 30 times more likely to catch the virus, and more than 500 died leaving hospitals short of qualified and committed staff. earlier this month, health
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workers protested against the government. they say the president promised bonus money for those who agreed to treat ebola sufferers. >> translator: she made a promise that we were going to get risk benefits so that is why we are here. if i will get my risk benefit, i'm willing to work a second time. i'm praying that ebola will not come, but if ebola comes, i'm willing to work. >> reporter: keeping health workers on board is a critical part of efforts to rebuild health systems in the region. money is also needed. guinea, liberia, and sierra leone, have asked donors for just over $2 billion for the job that pledges remain $700 million short. without that money, they fear ebola could return to the region and again become a threat to global health just ahead in the news hour tourists lead tunisia over security, the government is
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planning to build a wall along its border with war-torn libya. gaps in the ranks, why the u.s. army is about to get smaller. ♪ and the united states women's world cup winters are being honored right now at an historic parade in new york. these are live pictures. we'll have more on this sport segment a little later. ♪ ♪
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carolina state capitol grounds. con ta versy grew over the use of the flag after nine flag church goers were shot in june. now the british foreign office say an attack in tunisia is likely and is advising against all but essential travel there. thousands of british tourists are now leaving the country. 30 be it -- britains were killed in a beach attack in sousse. the tunisia government is planning on building a fence across the border. physical barriers have long been used as a mechanism to keep what is desired in and what is not out. one of the most controversial walls separates israel from the occupied west bank. it was built in 2002. israel calls it a security fence to defend its citizens.
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but the palestinians view it as an attempt to expand their territory. others serve as a political border. cyprus has been divided along what is known as the green line since the turkish invasion in the north in 1974. in some parts of the line is indicated by barbed wire fencing and concrete. to stem the tide of migrants, the united states has built security fences along a third of its border with mexico. so far more than a thousand kill meters of the barrier is fortified with walls and patrols. let's get more from martin prat. he is a specialist in international boundary making and dispute with resolution. thanks so much for being with us. my first question to you is do walls work? do they actually keep the
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undesired out in the name of national security? >> i think there is some evidence that states which invest heavily in border fortification do see some success in reducing the frequency of attacks by small groups from the other side of the barrier. the israeli security wall or whatever you want to call it has at least in the eyes of israel added a level of protection to its citizens. >> right. >> but -- and there are two big buts firstly, it really requires the entirety of the boundary to be -- to be secured. >> right. >> and tunisia's proposal is actually for only about a third of its boundary with libya to be
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fenced, which leads a big gap at the southern end. >> martin i want to take you up on a particular point that wall in israel. walls have been used in the past to delisten at it border like east west berlin shall we say. now tunisia and libya, but when it divided a community like the israel west bank wall what does that then do to societies? >> this is really the second of the big buts that i was going to come to. yes, there may be some security benefits associated with the barrier, but the socioeconomic impact of a barrier can be enormous. sometimes people think of borders as the -- the edge of the -- a political socioeconomic group, but in fact border lands are often inhabited by people who have more in common with
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neighbors across the boundary than with people within the capitol of their own country and putting a physical barrier into people who are used to trade, communication, often historical great freedom of movement can have an enormous negative impact and can create what a socialologist has described as an alienated border which is not good for the health of two neighboring states. >> there are so many walls that are built today. we're looking at many of these walls in history and current walls, what does this say about today's state of affairs across the world with all of these walls coming up and being constructed? >> it's interesting in the 1990s, there was great optimism i suppose particularly following
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the fall of the berlin wall and the concept of the borderless world was very popular. i think developments over the last 15 to 20 years have firmly put that concept back on -- back on the shelves. states still see protecting their frontiers as one of their key roles in terms of the -- of national identity and statehood. but it has enormous consequences for neighborly relations, not just for the people who live in the border areas, but the states as well. it creates a certain mindset of defensiveness, which is not ideal. it's understandable, but it's far from ideal. i do think, however, many of his barriers are largely symbolic. they are a sign that the government is taking the defense of the state seriously. and that's important to citizens who have just witnessed brutal
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and psychologically devastating attacks on their territory. >> right. martin we're going to have to leave it there. thank you so much for your incite. specialist in international boundary making and dispute resolution. >> thank you. 40,000 u.s. army soldiers will be made redundant in the next three years. critics warn u.s. security could be affected. from washington, d.c., rosiland jordan has more. ♪ >> reporter: the corps of the u.s. military is about to shrink. in three year's time the number of army soldiers will drop to 450,000. >> these cuts will impact nearly every army installation both in the continental united states and overseas. >> reporter: the cuts come even
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has top generals are monitoring what they consider the most potent threats to the u.s. >> my assessment is that russia presents greatest threat to our national security. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: during the height of the u.s.-lead wars in iraq and afghanistan, more than 570,000 soldiers were on the payroll. the army says it will save about $7 billion with these cuts but it's annual budget is still sizable at $126 billion. the u.s. spends more on defense in a year then the next seven largest mill -- militaries combined combined. some in congress warn cutting troop levels is dangerous, even that's army is threatening still deeper cuts. some analysts say it's not the size of the military, but how
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you use it. >> we ought to have an approach that allows a smaller army than this, which is to not get into occupational war fair in countries like iraq and afghanistan, and then we can be safe with a much smaller army than we have did. >> the obama administration says it wants to make better use of its defense dollars, and is betting this isn't a security gamble. leaders from around the world will commemorate the genocide of bosnia. as nadine barber reports some of the victims are only now reaching their final resting place. >> reporter: for this man it's the end of a 20-year wait. she has already buried her husband and one of her sons who were killed but now she is finally getting chance to say
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good-bye to her youngest son who was just 17 when he was murdered. >> translator: when i was on my way out, i saw his body next to the road, and there were others with him. they were lined up and they were head less face down in a ditch. jamal had no shoes and his feet were white. i guess his blood has drained. >> reporter: at this cemetery they are saying prayers for the latest group of victims, 136 in all, who's remains have been driven to the memorial site including jamal. his remains were discovered in several different places. that's because 20 years ago, bosnia serb forces dug up many bodies and reburied them across a wide area. reminds are still being found. >> translator: this is the first generation ever to witness
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criminals after killing their victims and burying them in mass graves then going back with bulldozers destroying the bodies and scattering them into different mass graves. one young man's remains were discovered in five different mass graves. some 32 kilometers part. >> reporter: despite such challenges laboratories like this have managed to identify most of the victims and some from other atrocities. >> this year's scope and scale of what happened here and the identification process is nothing like what we have worked on elsewhere. the number of missing and the complexity surrounding the reassociation of those samples together. it's on a scale that nobody has ever done before. >> reporter: machines like this take dna samples and turn them into electronic profiles and it's that kind of technique that has allowed around 7,000 victims
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to be identified so far. but that still leaves hundreds still missing, and from across bosnia the number of missing people is estimated at 8,000, so the painstaking scientific work could continue for sometime. this woman will be there this weekend to see leaders from around the world publicly commemorating the victims, but that can't take away the pain of losing so many loved ones. and to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide, al jazeera has launched on interactive website, and there you can take a video tour of where the atrocities took place. there's also drone footage of the memorial. the address for that on your screen. pope francis has ended his trip to bolivia with a trip to
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an overcrowded prison that houses more than 5,000. more than 4 in 5 of them are still awaiting trial. the head of the catholic church has frequently spoken out about the treatment of prisoners. denouncing the abuse of pretrial detention. the canadian government being accused of inaction on climate change frustration is leading to action. >> reporter: a warm welcome for the man who started climate change activist former u.s. vice president al gore since the release of his documentary, he has been warning about the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate change and calling for changes. >> the answer to that second question can we change is not
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only yes, it is yes, and as we change we can lift the global economy, and the economy in the states and provinces and cities and regions that are represented in this meeting. [ applause ] >> reporter: the culmination of pledge signed by officials from north and south america to cut their own emissions. dozens are attending. however, canada the country where they are meeting is not. its federal government sent no ministers, no participants at all. >> we'll form the largest -- >> reporter: instead other levels of government are taking action. here the governor of california and the premiers of canada's two biggest provinces are pooling their resources and emissions cuts. it's all a plea for national and federal authorities to get involved. >> we're not doing enough. it's clear. we're taking baby steps and many countries aren't even doing
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that. >> reporter: canada helped negotiate the first major climate change treaty but shocked the world when it withdraw in 2012. the country's petroleum industry has both driven economic growth and been a major source of emissions. many say canada is not playing the global role it could to halt climate change. >> my hope is that the government of canada will recover very soon again as leadership, because we need a big beautiful country like canada going ahead of all of us trying to fix one of the most commanding challenges we have as human beings in this century. just before the summit thousands protested against what is seen as an inadequate response to climate change in ottawa. the hope is that momentum from street actions from other
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governments, and opportunities could lead to more vigorous steps by canada's government. we have got some news just coming in now. we have reports of a suicide car bomb that has just gone off outside of a hotel in mogadishu. we're we're being -- being told that fighting is still going on. just to repeat reports of a suicide car bomb that has just gone off in mogadishu. we'll bring you more details as get more information. china's agriculture ministry says food production will be self-sufficient in the next ten years. margo has the story. >> reporter: this group of visitors isn't touring the usual beijing attraction. they have come to the little
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donkey farm to learn about organic farms. there are 15 hectors here growing seasonal vegetables without use of fertilizers or pesticides. and visitors are welcome every day to see it for themselves. >> translator: the real reason we founded the farm is that food safety had become a very serious problem in china. >> reporter: so serious that people here are encouraged to do more than just buy organic products. for less than 300 usd they are lease 30 square meters of ground, and grow their own vegetables. the farm trains them. this worker visits every week with her family. >> translator: when we grow our own vegetables at least we know it's safer. it's impossible to be completely worry free but at least it's better. >> reporter: at five times the cost of regular vegetable, it
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isn't cheap. but it has become the rage across middle classes. more and more farms like this one are cropping up across china. it's becoming more commercial, with big businesses investing millions of dollars in ecological agriculture. >> reporter: but it isn't about earning a profit for those tending to community farms like this one. it's about sustainable farming, and keeping people in the cities connected to the land to remind them to take responsibility for the world they live in and the one they leave behind. the actor, omar sharif has died at the age of 83. >> this is dr. saw roy go. >> reporter: born in egypt he starred in cinema classics. he was nominated for several oscars and won many golden globe
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awards. last month he was diagnosed with alzheimer's disease. still ahead we'll be in new york city, where the u.s. women's world cup winners are being honored right now. they with us here on al jazeera. ♪
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time for sports now with robin. >> thank you very much. good to have you along everybody. let's start with the latest from womenable dna.
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world number has cruised into the final. the top seed and defending champion disposing of the frenchman in straight sets. djokovic's bid to win three wimbledon world titles now well underway. he will play either andy murray or seven time champion roger federer. they are on court now. federer leading. england's crickers are attempting to put further daylight between themselves and their aussie opponent. stewart brood for 30. and wickets continued to tumble. they were well short of england's innings tote at of 430. england have also lost early wickets in their second inning.
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joe root reaching his half century a short while ago. england leading 312 rounds. of course the women's world cup winners are being honored right now in a ticker take parade in new york. we have gabe there who will give us a sense of that in just a moment. but you might remember they beat japan in last weekend's final, 5-2. the team being honored, as i said in new york. no women's sports team in the united states has ever been honored in this way. so this is quite historic for them. gabe is in new york in a moment and gabe just give us a sense of the atmosphere there. >> reporter: well the paraders just went through the downtown new york city, lower manhattan, and it was crazy, crazy scene. tens of thousands of fans lined along broadway street one of
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the major thoroughfares in manhattan, and cheered on the u.s. team. it is historic in a way. as you mentioned, this is the first time that is sports team that was not made up of men received such an honor in new york. so it was a really wild scene. it really shows how much soccer and football really has progressed in the u.s. the women's team now is just in front of city hall where they are going to have another big rally. >> just looking at the tournament itself the women's world cup has been quite successful in terms of viewer ship. do you think we're starting to see the gap between twhem's and men's game get smaller? do we see the gap shrinking now? >> reporter: it is in some ways but not in others. for example, on the viewership
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of the u.s.-japan game there were a little over 26 million people in the u.s. that watched that game. that includes 1.3 million in spanish language here as well. the number of people in the u.s. that watched the final of the men's world cup was 26 million. so the viewership is very strong for women's football here in the u.s. and expanding in canada and other places. but like you mentioned the prize money is far behind. the u.s. team is going to get about $2 million, where germany from the men's world cup got over $30 million. so it will be interesting to see what happens after this parade is over and everyone goes home if that enthusiasm can be translated into bridging the gap between the men's and women's game. all right. tens of thousands of people are in the seats at the moment for
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the historic ticket take parade. we'll check if with you later. in other football mexico is celebrating a memorable start to their campaign. scoring a hat trick and a big win against their opponents who were without seven of their regular players and head coach due to logistical problems during traveling. they put 6 on the mexicans next face guatemala, that game takes place on sunday. guatemala meanwhile consigning to an opening defeat. all three of trinidad's goals coming before the break. guatemala did manage a consolation goal in the second half. but too little too late.
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just continue gatlin has sent out a warning to his opponent. clocking the second fastest time of the year. 9.75 seconds. [ inaudible ] and tyson gay. and double olympic champion in the 5000 meters' event. it's the first race since sal a very faced doping allegations last month. that's your sport for now. >> thanks very much. they went through the skies of britain four years ago, and now they came back. they flew over bunkham palace in london. they were marking 75 years since the battle of britain when they helped to defend attacks by nazi germany. stay with us on al jazeera.
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i'm lauren taylor this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up yemen's fighting factions agree to a week-long ceasefire to allow in humanitarian aid. south carolina takes down the confederate flag. and the actor omar sharif has died. ♪