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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. ♪
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hello, the greek government has submitted a new plan to its european creditors. euro group ministers will decide by sunday if athens has done enough for a further boilout. and the greek government is promising to raise taxes and clamp down on tax evasion, it will discourage people from retiring early, and seek higher health contributions from pensioners. it will privatize two ports. and it is also offering to cut more than $300 million from its military budget by next year. john psaropoulos has been following events in the greek capitol for us. does the prime minister have political support for this range of measures? >> reporter: i don't think people are very surprised by what is on the table, or that it
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was the same document on the table two weeks ago. people have been even laughing about it today. i they think knew this was coming one way or the other. in fact about 50% of respondents of an opinion poll just two days before the referendum said they didn't think a no vote would make any difference towards their creditor's stance towards them. in that may be proven wrong over the courseover this weekend. it may well be while the document remains the same because what greece has to do hasn't essentially changed. may be will that creditors will become more lenient because they will add more sweeteners to these austerity measures partly because it will present another recession which was partly caused by the first two bailout loans. and the commission president has in fact today that if greece accepts this package, it would
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come with a $35 billion investment fund directly from the european commission. in other words, three times as much austerity in dollar terms as the greeks are willing to impose upon themselves. so i think that while people have a sort of a fatalistic approach to the package itself they feel it may become more palatable. >> if you are suggesting that nothing much has changed in the proposals then how much is likely to be accepted by the euro zone? >> reporter: well, i think the euro zone really has already generated this proposal the one that the greeks are sending back to creditors are the ones that creditors originally have proposed to the greeks. there might be minor changes between now and sunday but essentially this is it roughly 1.5 to $2 billion worth of cuts and spending mainly from
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pensions and social welfare and new tax revenue. all of that has been well-known and well rehearsed for about two weeks, but i think what the greeks will ask for is the real question. will creditors september an an -- accept an extension of the original debt? that's the big con sense that mr. tsipras has to bring home and if he does then i think he have brought one of the biggest criticisms of austerity to an end. >> john thank you very much. as we heard earlier, one of the ports that faces public control is this one. hoda abdel hamid has meet some workers there. >> reporter: it's a model of self organization. a factory that was doomed if it
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wasn't for the ingenuity of its workers. it went from producing building materials like growth and acrylics 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: these products are now sold in several european countries, with a label proudly stating made by workers who refuse 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 is often a fine line between personal interest and business. the owner of this factory injected money from here to there, and within weeks from each other, they both shut down. it was a shock for this man.
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he came to work one morning, only to find the doors locked and management gone. >> translator: of course it was a surprise. the boss knew what was happening and she planned and took all of the money and left us without paying us. we are learning less but we don't have bosses anymore. >> reporter: alexis 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 takes a decision alone. we don't have bosses. we are all equals. >> reporter: many factories have shut down in greece since the crisis began. this is the only one still functioning in this area on the outskirts of town. the rest is more or less an industrial wasteland. the workers first learned to make soap on the internet.
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a fresh start that saved their factory. ♪ catch you up on our breaks news. gunmen are fighting in mogadishu. a suicide cam bar went off at a hotel in the middle of the city. police believe the gunmen are al-shabab fighters. fighting is now going on inside the hotel. we'll bring you more on that story as soon as we get it. iran's foreign minister says progress has been made with western powers over its nuclear program. negotiations are edging forward in vienna and zarif says talks are likely to continue over the weekend. >> fresh meetings have been taking place here in vienna trying to deal with the final last sticking points which are
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stopping for now a deal taking place. those meetings took place between the iranian foreign minister zarif and the u.s. secretary of state john kerry as them as the e.u.'s high venntive for foreign policy federico. at the end of that meeting, we didn't get a proper a readout of what was discussed of achieved but which saw zarif come on to his balcony and reporters shouted questions at mr. zarif? will we get a deal today? he said he didn't think that was likely. will we be here over the weekend? yes, he thought that probably was likely. so slow if the any progress in these talks, and this is the day of yet another deadline the interim deal with iran is supposed to expire so if they can't get a deal it looks likely that will be extended again. a u.n. brokers humanitarian truce is set to come into effect
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in yemen in the next few hours. it's meant for vital aid supplies to reach the civil yab yabians. >> reporter: some humanitarian aid has trickled into sana'a. these trucks will provide desperately needed assistance to hundreds of families. a temporary ceasefire means there is hope more aid will reach other areas. most of the road access is under the control of houthi fighters. >> during the pause, we aim to reach people in need with essential medicine vaccination, and water, and aid agencies plan to stockpile supplies throughout yemen, including supplies for nutritional assistance for malnourished children, emergency sherlts. water and sanitation and medical sup place which would benefit over 2.3 million people,
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and food for 1.2 million people for one month. >> reporter: it took the u.n. envoy much convincing to reach a brief humanitarian pause in the fighting. and statements from both the houthi leadership and yemen's government in exile make it clear that hostilities are far from over. >> reporter: i would like to say that there is a loss of opportunity for the houthis and saleh forces. two and a half months theying were offered a six-day truce, then another opportunity in geneva geneva. here they have one more chance. we all reacted positively to the truce in order to send the aid to the yemeni people. >> reporter: ships like this laden with food fuel and essential supplies can make it to aden and further inland. the bulk of it has remained undelivered. despite the lifting of a saudi-lead blockade attempts to send aid have failed. >> one would hope that this
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papaicular ceasefire, lasting maybe a little bit longer, if indeed it is honored by all sides. >> reporter: the people of yemen can only hope that all parties not only honor the agreement, but find ways to stop the conflict. four fighters from the lebanese armed group hezbollah have been killed near the border with lebanon. violence has been ongoing there for the last six days as they try to cut off a key supply line for syrian rebels. it links the region on the board we are lebanon to the outskirts of damascus. the u.s. has asked think u.n. security council to identify those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in syria. syria's government said it would destroy all of its chemical
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weapons in 2013, and denies using them. in central bangladesh at least 25 people mostly women and children have died during a stampede at a charity hand out. more than 15,000 people had been gathering outside of a factory to collect clothing outside of the capitol. >> reporter: the incident took place around 5:00 am local time when a local wealthy tobacco businessman organized a donation event around his factory premise. thousands of people gathered during the event, and when he opened the factory gate people rushed around the factory gate resulting in this tragic stampede. people detained at least eighty people including the tobacco owner, for not organizing this event popperle and notifying the
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authorities. this is not the first time in bangladesh where people died during such events. unless the authorities come up with proper regulation and enforce these, we'll continue to see these sort of tragedies down the road. still to come on the program, an excusing invite into south sudan's white army. the civilians taking up arms against the government. and why thousands are showing up to honor the u.s. women's soccer team. this is a great place to work. not because they have yoga meetings and a juice bar. because they're getting comcast business internet. comcast business offers convenient installation appointments that work around your schedule.
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♪ hello again, a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. the greek government has submitted a new plan to itself euro zone creditors. a u.n. brokers humanitarian truce is set to come in to effect in yemen in the next few hours. and iran's foreign minister says progress has been made with western powers over its nuclear program. negotiations are edging forward, and talks are likely to continue through the weekend. fighting continues at a hotel in the somalian capitol, mowing -- mogadishu. tell us what the latest you have heard on these attacks is. >> reporter: so so far what we know as people sat down to break their fast there were two heavy explosions in two hotels that were not far apart.
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after the explosions there had been a heavy exchange of gunfire between fighters from the rebel group al-shabab, and security forces. so just before we came in i also spoke to the official spokesman of the group who confirmed to us -- actually it was al-shabab attacking. so these hotels at this exact moment the busy time and they are thought to be officials who are breaking their fast and there are also a large number of civilians. this is not the first attack that we have seen since last month, when muslims started fasting. and al-shabab, as we know promised to increase attacks during the holy month of ramadan. this also comes at a time when we have seen security in the somali capitol heightened. there have been increased road checks or security roadblocks in
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the capitol to check for suspected members of the group. >> okay. thank you very much in indeed for that update live from doha. the confederate flag has been lowered from the grounds of the south carolina state house in the united states. the rebel flag was raised there more than 50 years ago another the height of the u.s. civil rights movement. but the controversy grew after nine black church goers were shot in june. the suspect charged for the shootings was photographed draped in the confederate emblem. let's get now from our correspondent in south carolina. how significant is this event? >> reporter: lauren it's incredibly significant. i was in the crowd when this flag went down. it went down fast after manying, many years of discontent. it was a symbol of the south losing the civil war, but it also became a symbol of
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anti-civil rights of hatred of racism, and then after the killing of nine people it became a symbol because of the shooter holding that flag on social media, brandishing it really. so people are saying here today, look, you can have it in your own personal space, but not public, not here at the state house. it used to fly over the dome from the 1960s as -- it was put up to commemorate the centennial of the civil war, and then it was sort of a thumbing of their nose at the civil rights movement. 2000 it was moved to this flag pole and this monument that honors veterans of the confederacy, but the flag pole is going to be taken down in about an hour too. >> what was the reaction like from the crowd when it actually took place? >> reporter: yeah, as a journalist you always try to remain objective, but sometimes you have these moments. it was -- there was a chill in
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this crowd. like when that flag came down and people started to cheer, it was a very mixed crowd. you could see people taking their families little children teenagers, but you had people wrapped in confederate flags, and bikers in their leather jackets with the confederate flag on their jackets. but the flag came down fast and people started chanting usa, usa. it was a moment of change that literally gave you -- gave me a chill. lauren? >> courtney keeley thank you very much indeed. a volcanic eruption in inin in -- in -- in -- in -- in -- indonesia has closed five
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airports. >> reporter: this 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. >> they can't tell us if we will be here tonight or fly tomorrow or the next day. >> reporter: it's a headache for many traveling home to celebrate the eid holiday at the end of rom -- ramadan. in sydney many holiday makers are in a bind where dozens of flights have already been canceled. >> we're just waiting around to see what is happening. we can't speak to anyone either because there is no one at the gate to talk to. >> yeah it's really disappointing, and i guess the big problem for us is that we don't have an opportunity to take more holidays. >> reporter: so far this has
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been no mass rerup shun from this nearby volcano. but vulcanologists are keeping a close watch. supertyphoon has reported wind gusts of 200 kilometers per hour. the system hit partsover taiwan on friday and 20 people were injured in the winds as the typhoon moved over japan. thailand is taking extreme measures to try to combat the worst drought in decades. as our correspondent reports from bang kong thai pilots are now starting a process called cloud seeding to try to bring on much-needed rain. >> reporter: from the air the problem is plane to see, hundreds of kilometers of
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agricultural land is drying up. there has been no sign of annual rains that should have arrived by now. fields that should be plentiful with rice are practically dry. the government is trying to make it rain by using chemicals sprayed from the sky. >> translator: not only the central region but every province is facing a drought due to the weather changing severely. part of this is because of el niño. >> reporter: so little rain has fallen that even irrigation canals and dams can't help. >> 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.
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>> reporter: government officials have been explaining now serious the bought is becoming. >> translator: we have asked the government to help people to make sure everyone has water for daily usage equally. >> reporter: with no rain in sight some have to keep working the land. ore countries such as taiwan and north and south korea have been experiencing different levels of drought. farmers here are anxious that the rains that should be falling now are not predicted to rife until august. china's agricultural ministry says food production will be self-sufficient within the next ten years. however many are worried about a string of scandals and that
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means markets selling organic products are popping up all across the country. >> reporter: this group of visitors isn't touring the usual beijing attractions. they have come to the little donkey farm to learn about organic farming. they are using organic vegetables without use of fertilizers or pesticides. and visitors are welcome every day to see it. >> 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 can lease land and grow their own vegetables. the farm trains 'em to grow their own crops. this woman visits every week with her family. >> translator: when we grow our
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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 vegetables it isn't cheap. but organic agricultural has become all the rage. more and more markets like this are popping up across china. with big businesses investing millions of dollars in ecologicalal culture. >> reporter: but it isn't about earning a profit for those tending to 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. people have turned out en masse in new york to celebrate the u.s. women's soccer team. the u.s. beat japan in the final
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in vancouver on sunday 5-2. gabriel was at today's ticker take parade. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: tens of thousands of fans lining the streets, cheering wildly to get a glimpse at the members of the u.s. women's football team. this is rare in the city of new york. this is the first time ever that the city has hosted a parade like this for a sports team that is not made up of men. usually it's for the local football team or the yankees the baseball team. but this gives you an idea of the excitement here right now in the u.s. around the world the men make much more money than the women, however, this last world's cup could have been a real break through here. the final game between the u.s. and japan saw as many viewers as the final of the men's world cup in brazil last year. so the enthusiasm is huge. the city and really the country
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is going crazy. this is really a coming out party for women's football here in the u.s. [ cheers and applause ] omar sharif best known for his award winning films, has died at the age of 83. he has been diagnosed with alzheimer's decide in may. >> reporter: omar sharif's acting deck -- careen spans decades. he began acting in the 1950s, but his rise came in 1962 with the release of his first english language film lawrence of arabia. >> truly for some men nothing is written. >> reporter: for which he would receive a host of awards.
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asked about his performance in the movie, he said i think it's a great film but i'm not very good in it. three years later he won a further golden globe in dr. shavago. he continued working into old age. his last film was in 2013. >> i was a shy boy somewhat and i enjoyed not being shy because i was somebody else. i think that's what actors love about their work. >> reporter: but earlier this year he treated from the spotlight after being diagnosed with alzheimer's. his agent said he die from a heart attack in the hospital. plenty more stories for you any time on our website. the address is, and a quick reminder of our breaking news within the last hour or so somalia's al-shabab group said it attacked two hotels in the capitol mogadishu
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on friday evening, and according to the police car bombs were used and there is still fighting going on. we'll bring you updated information on that story as we get it. but do check out the website, again, the address for that ♪ [ cheers and applause ] after 54 years, the confederate flag comes down for the last time at the south carolina state capitol grounds. extended again, the nuclear talks with iran will last through the weekend as negotiators try to work through the details. plus fighting to stay in the euro zone. greece debates its latest debt crisis proposal as eur