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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. hello. welcome to the newshour. i'm martine dennis in doha. coming up in the next few minutes - the u.s. defense secretary arrives in iraq. we'll be live in baghdad. the u.n. envoy to syria expresses alarm over the use of barrel bombs. the battle for aden - pro-government forces say they have pushed houthi fighters from their last remaining stronghold.
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>> i'm andrew simmonds at the home of barack obama's grandmother, and she's been telling me about his first visit to kenya. the u.s. defence secretary ash carter made an unannounced visit to iraq meeting u.s. commanders and haider al-abadi. he's been it israel jordan and saudi arabia. and his visit coming as i.s.i.l. claims responsibility for several car bombs, one of many attacks in shia neighbourhoods on wednesday. 17 died in those explosions targetting marketplaces. we'll talk to imran khan who is in baghdad. a timely visit then by ash
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carter. what are the iraqis likely to say. >> the iraqis will be looking at assurances, especially when it comes to speeding up weapon delivery systems that they have long been acting for. there has been an aircraft platform sold to them. they have been delayed for a number of years, there's four in iraq, four in total. 36. they'll be looking at speeding up deliveries of those aircraft and he'll look at what is going on generally. he'll meet with the iraqi generals to talk about how the battle of i.s.i.l. is going, and talk to the american trainers to get an idea of what is going on on the ground. they'll talk about the regional influence, and iran. he will not meet with the heads of the shi'a militia, a key fighting force.
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they will not discuss syria. this is crucial. there's a lot in iraq that are criticizing the u.s. policy of putting iraq first in the battle against i.s.i.l. without any political solution or a military solution in syria, i.s.i.l. is going across the border. regrouping and coming back to iraq to mount attacks. this is proving to be a challenge for the iraqis. they say they have been put under pressure in the fight against i.s.i.l. and that there needs to be joined up thinking when it comes to iraq and syria. >> imran khan there in baghdad. in neighbouring syria, in damascus, the u.n. special envoy is there having talks with the government. wednesday, he said that he was deeply concerned about barrel bombs that had been dropped over the town of zadane saying that government air strikes caused
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death and destruction in civilian areas. the town close to the border has been subjected to several attacks this week alone well our correspondent is on the turkish side of the border with syria. he joins us live now. mohammed - the syrian situation is - well the special envoy is looking for a political way out. he's been canvassing opinions in the region and has landed in damascus. evidence where you are, that the ongoing conflict is spilling over the border into southern turkey. >> that's right. the trip is putting focus on that particularly difficult issue of the spillover of violence from spillover into neighbouring countries. that's felt severely especially in this part of turkey. behind me my right soldiers
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that is kobane syria. we are a couple of miles away. last september there were pitched battles between i.s.i.l. fighters and y.p.g. kurdish fighters. the area was cleared of the i.s.i.l. fighters but it highlights the fact that there is spillover of violence continuing to this day. turkey is continually feeling the threat of i.s.i.l. there was an explosion on monday at a cultural center. we have been covering that because of that it put the focus on turkey, on whether the government is doing enough to combat the threat of i.s.i.l. many of the kurdish population feel the government is not doing enough, their anger is increasing. the turkish government denied the allegations. the accusations, and as recently as last night there was a meeting of the council of ministers in ankara and the deputy prime minister said the
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accusations are nefarious lies and the turkish government has and will continue to protect the population to take any measures necessary from the spillover of violence and the threat of i.s.i.l. >> that's a look at the security situation with regard to the syrian conflict. now let's look at the humanitarian side. more than 4 million had to leave the country. most have gone into neighbouring countries. according to the u.n. 250,000 have gone east into iraq. 600,000 have gone south to jordan a million are in lebanon, and many in camps huddled near the border. and turkey formed a big burden of refugees hosting close to 2 million. so turkey is not only having to
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deal with this overspill of the violence adding to the precariousness of their own question, they are having to hone so many people who are fleeing syria. >> that's right. the refugee crisis is something that is felt intently here in turkey. earlier today we were outside a refugee camp that hosts around 30,000 primarily kurdish refugees coming in from syria. it was two weeks ago the u.n.h.c.r., the refugee agency announced the numbers leaving syria were now over 4 million. the number was reached because in those few weeks there was 30 to 40,000 brand new refugees that fled syria and came into turkey because of fighting. that number now stands at about
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4,100,000, the staggering numbers of refugees fleeing syria. it is a bad situation. turkish authorities said they'd camp down on security, and reinforce the military units on the border and say that they will continue to keep humanitarian lanes open and try to provide humanitarian aid to the refugees. borders have been closed. there's an influx. a lot of refugees are smuggled in and come over borders in an u.n. official capacity. even the number of 1.8 million i'm not sure if that is the number of refugees in turkey it could be higher. that's a lot of dilemma. how many refugees are there, even though the government does oo good job of hosting them. there are others here that are not getting the aid they need. and they are worried about the
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security situation and not crossing into syria feeling they never will be able to thank you mohammed jamjoon. reporting close to the border with syria let's look at yemen, pro-government forces are saying they managed to push houthi fighters out of the last remaining stronghold in aden. fighters loyal to the president, have recaptured the presidential palace. victoria gatenby reports. >> reporter: pro-government forces celebrate victory at the presidential palace in aden. they are allied with the government, fighting for almost 4 months to drive out the houthi >> translation: we entered and
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and those lyle to president ali abdullah saleh. >> translation: we entered and thank god we are here. now we are clearing out to other areas in the airport. now we are standing at the presidential palace. >> reporter: there's not much left of the presidential ball -- pam as. it's been badly damaged. forces loyal to exiled president are soaking in the victory. they are confident they will be repeated in other cities. >> translation: we will liberate all areas of yemen, we will not stop until we liberate other areas, we will not stop. >> the yemeni government success in recapturing aden led to the reopening of the airport. a plane carrying military supplies was the first to land. aid agencies started to deliver food, water and medicine to millions of yemenis. those in need of help. we reached aden by road, but reaching it by sea is a break through. >> the vessel was carrying food,
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300,000 tonnes enough for 180,000 people for a month. >> the houthis control the capital sanaa and proved a resilient enemy despite months of air strikes. the collaboration between fighters in aden, and the saudi coalition lead to defeat in the southern port city. president abd-rabbu mansour hadi said it's the first in a series of victories, leading him to gaining control of the country israeli forces shot dead a 52-year-old palestinian man in the occupied west bank as they tried to arrest his son. it happened in hebron. he was shot several times in the chest as he tried to help his son, who was shot in the leg an israeli army spokeswoman said forces were attacked by a violent crowd. >> well, there has been weeks
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of violence in the occupied palestinian territories as israel carries out arrest operations. wednesday a man was shot dead during a raid on houses near janine. last month soldiers killed a palestinian who opened fire at troops at a checkpoint. israeli soldiers killed 16 palestinians in the occupied west bank since the beginning of the year on monday israel's parliament changed the law meaning palestinians who throw cars at stones or roads can be imprisoned for up to 20 years. meanwhile, israel is expected to approve an expansion of settlements in illegally occupied territory, creating 906 housing unit in the west bank. it's been a year since israel last approved any new settlement construction israeli settlements in palestinian territory are illegal under international law
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but the campaign of building houses in the west bank has been going since the 1967 law when israel seized more land from palestinians, and bit by bit they constructed homes and roads for the use of israeli citizens. we speak to a senior political columnist from a website providing reporting and analysis from the middle east. we'll talk to him live. what do you say, first of all, with regard to the extension of the existing settlements, that this is a snub to ash carter? >> it's not only to carter i think that binyamin netanyahu is playing the loose canon, that the messages - that if you died to turn a blind eye to our concerns, which is iran we are
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able to turn a blinded eye to your concerns. binyamin netanyahu is saying that he's not committed any more to the roadmap in which israel made a clear commitment not to expand settlements, not to build new settlements, and even to remove the existing illegal outposts. so binyamin netanyahu is playing, if you like a loose canon, and he is putting the international community to the test, to see, like the village, that the israeli authorities are planning to demolish is another message. let's see what you are able to do. >> the issue, of course of expending existing settlements has been a thorn in the side even when there was something that you could call a peace
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protest. tell us about the arrests that are leading to shootings, it would appear from where we are as if this is happening on a constant and regular basis. >> yes, it seems that the palestinian authority led by mahmoud abbas is losing control in the west bank. we see in gaza and in the west bank, i was told by a senior european diplomat that we see signs of d.a.e.s.h. in janine let alone in gaza. the status quo is an iuse and the occupation is another illusion, and expanding settlement is another one that we can get away with continuing annexation of the palestinian territories, and the palestinians lost hope that things will change using
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diplomacy. so the alternative diplomacy was and is violence and israel is good at doing this. israel has a problem. israel has a problem with nonviolent demonstrations. >> thank you very much for talking to us. from our monitor we have a lot more to come. russian survivors offer clues as to how some withstand starvation better than others. thousands protest in new york against the iran nuclear deal. in sport, two teams come to blows in the semifinal of the north and central america's biggest football tournament.
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now, we have made mention of that deal, the iranian deal with the six world powers that is upsetting israel so much. the iranian president himself, hassan rouhani has been defending the agreement on state information, and has been addressing conservatives in his own country who oppose the deal that laynians sought policies of moderations and an end to sanctions. he said a new page in the nation's history was opened when iranians voted for him as president in 2013. while top republicans in the united states say president obama has a lot to do to convince them that the deal with iran is a good one. the deal needs approval in congress. they need to persuade some of the congrens men not to fight it. here is what they had to say.
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>> we are very much looking forward to answering any and every question that the members of the house have, and later the members of the senate. we are convinced that the agreement that we have arrived at with world powers is an agreement that will prevent iran from the potential of securing a nuclear weapon, and make the region, friends and allies safer, making the world safer, and are convinced that the absence of any viable alternative underscores that fact. more from our correspondent rosalind jordan. >> reporter: u.s. secretary of state john kerry is one of three obama administration officials to brief members of congress behind closed doors on wednesday.
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he, the energy secretary and the treasury secretary talked to legislators about a deal to make iran give up nuclear weapons ambitions. some members that came out to speak. said in between the sessions that they had skepticism that the plan would work, and were hoping that the president and his team would make a stronger argument to make the deal go through, not just through congress, but on the international stage as well . >> millions in south sudan are at risk of starvation, steven o'brien said hunger levels are rising. nearly 70% of the population will run out of food. hundreds of thousands are living in refugee camps because of the fighting. the conflict began in 2013, soon after the president fired his deputy at least 30 have been killed in three bomb attacks in north-eastern nigeria. two crowded bus station were hit in gombe. one of the attackers is believed to be a female suicide bomber.
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50 people were killed at a market in the same city in twin bombings by expected boko haram fighters. now burundi observers to the presidential election are due to hold a press conference in discussing tuesday's voting process. the poll has been criticized inside and outside the country. the opposition accuses pierre nkurunziza of violating the constitution by running for a further term. despite boycotting the vote some called on the president to hold talks on a unity government the electoral commission said preliminary numbers suggest voter turn out was 74%, despite the u.n. saying 160,000 left the country to escape the violence. the u.s. e.u. and the african union say they will not
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recognise the results. >> it's been dense in bujumbura for a few weeks, wednesday night another was killed the latest death that some say are politically motivated. >> reporter: this is becoming normal. family members say he was opposition, his body is in the house. a group of men came at the house wednesday night, called him to come out. they started to beat and strangle him and shot and killed him. people are in shock and mourning, and can't understand why this is happening. >> reporter: some politicians are talking about forming a government of national unity. a lot know it can take time be
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complicated and that the government doesn't trust the opposition and the opposition doesn't trust the government. we spoke to the opposition. he said he would look at forming a unity government with the present government. they'll look at sharing power, but not for five years. he said if it will happen he'll agree to one year. but after that they should have another election. now, this weekend president obama makes his first visit as president to his father's homeland of kenya. he is going for a global summit on entrepreneurship. his late father's village is not on the it inry. villages are hoping for a change of mind. >> reporter: this lays claim to the obama name like no place on earth. it's all you hear in this tiny village. president obama visited in 2006
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when he hoo was a senator. since then asphalt has been laid on the roads and electricity arrived. some things like education need improvement. at senator obama primary school that is named after obama. conditions are boar. only a private school could offer what children need. next door this secondary school carries the same name. it has the same problems as the primary school. but president obama plans to change that. the president's grandmother plifs down the road. >> things have changed a lot. orphans are given homes here at the base of a foundation which is raised enough donations to rebuild the schools.
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all run by this woman, who is 94. she races the father from childhood. when she returned she said he made a prediction. >> his father said he'd do a great job in this world, saying "mum watch this space." he'll make the family famous. i'm proud of you and the love we have of people. >> looking at pictures of her step grandson's family. she had an observation. she's looking old. >> when i saw them in the white house, grandma, there are issues all over the world. that is why i'm going grey. >> reporter: mama sara wants her legacy to be better education for all. down the road a poor boy goes
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home with a father who wants to believe his son can get a better education. time for the weather. richard is here and the monsoon happens every year this year it's causing more problem than usual. >> it's in full swing across the whole of asia away from india and pakistan, through to china and japan. looking at the satellite, it looks like a messy thing, you get the idea of it developing across the region, and warm air moving in, but it doesn't happen like that. there are storms in the north, areas of heavy rain, and away across parts of bangladesh, and these are seeing states with heavily rain. india, rain fall totals are high. large rain fall totals affecting northern parts of pakistan. further to the south, through
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pakistan's punjab region, we have a lot of flooding taking place. nevertheless causing a lot of inconvenience to people and we have flooding taking place in the western parts of pakistan. looking at the forecast. not a great deal of change. more areas will see a lot of rain in the next few days. meanwhile here we don't have precipitation to worry about, we have the heat. and the heat is not the main problem, temperatures reached 40 plus - we shrug it off. it's the humidity. at the moment we don't have much in the way of a breeze. what we have is coming off the gulf conditions around the gulf states be the same in the next few days. a gene has been discovered that some people who are better able to withstand starvation than others. scientists say researching this gene is a gene we all carry. emma haywood explains how it
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could help. >> they tried to build a life-time of happiness together. but this couple are haunted by their childhood memories. >> translation: there were mountains of dead bodies. at night they carried them away from the hospital. >> reporter: at night they were taken away they were lucky to make it. their city was cut off from the outside world. for some of is that time. residents don assumed less than 200 calories a day. our jewish neighbour taught them to soften it. it filmed the stonework, didn't matter with what. she sliced added it and divided. we looked at and compared it. >> reporter: surviving was an every day enturns test. some still want to know how they
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did it. scientists looking at blood samples that lived in the city during the siege, another part of russia that found some differences. scientists say a gene that we all have proved crucial. it can be in an active or inactive form. the survivors had an active form better able to cope with the effects of starvation. survivors had more than a shared history. they hoped by better understanding the genetic make up. they are more prone to metabolic disorders. >> this allows work on prolonging human life. >> we wanted to check if it applies to people. you can't experiment on humans. it turned out to be a live
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sparms. calorie restriction is a key area in prolonging life. all the data will go into a new bio bank. it will help to personalize medicine and maintain the link between past and future still to come here on the al jazeera newshour. we look at the new drug which could help patients in the early stages of alzhiemer's, plus... >> i'm in kuala lumpur where an upcoming football game between liverpool and malaysia is causing a lot of controversy. this is a great place to work. not because they have yoga meetings
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hello again, you're with al jazeera, these are the top stories. i.s.i.l. claims responsibly for a suicide attack killing 20 people. 17 others were killed on wednesday. meanwhile, the u.s. defense secretary ash carter arrived in baghdad. the u.n. envoy to syria is meeting bashar al-assad in damascus. on wednesday he voiced concern over the plights of civilians after several government attacks this week. pro-government forces in yemen say they have pushed houthi fighters out of their last remaining stronghold.
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fighters loyal to the president in exile. they recaptured the presidential palace. protesting minors in bolivia stormed a building in la paz. they demand more government support. 44 people have been arrested one police officer injured. the minors were more hospitals and an airport. protestors blocked access. >> but it was paralyzed and isolated. the people are on strike they save for the long hall. it's been more that two weeks, and the city continues to be shutdown taking a toll on some.
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>> translation: we carried her, she couldn't walk. the city is blocked. this is one of only two hospitals. only the emergency ward is attending patients. they say here medicine is guaranteed, but getting food deliveries could be a problem. the market is closed. people are getting what they can on street corners. we were shown how the vendors are supporting the strike. the people will not be hungry because they planned for it. >> we stocked up knowing that the strike would be indefinite because the last time five years ago the government lied to us. these people say that they feel betrayed by morales, and those that supported him. they want their voices herd, they talked about the same demands, new hospitals and international airport, factories. >> what the women brought us
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here to show us they say that the president says they spent a lot of money, it's not what they want. what they want is industries to bring jobs. they say they are worried about the future. these students were collecting signatures to oust the governor loyal to morales. >> translation: we not only need football pitchers but investors in information technology so we can have a better future. >> this band supports the protest. [ singing ] >> reporter: they sing "we are altogether and we will win" but it may be a while before the roadblocks are lifted. wednesday talks between the government and the marchers failed. protesters are more determined than ever to press for their
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demands. china expressed concerns after 150 of their citizens were given long gale sentences in myanmar. a court sentenced them to life in prison. china gained access to large amounts of myanmar's raw materials during the later years of their country's rule. >> this will destroy our environment and we'll lose many. we decide itted from this point of view. f- if they are not satisfied with the decision, they can appeal to union court. they have the chance. >> florence louie is there with more. >> there were arrests during a military and forestry crackdown on the illegal timber trade. not long after the judgment was handed down the chinese lodged several representations with a feeling that the punishment was
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too harsh. the chinese foreign minlsry expected the manner to be dealt with in a lawful justified matter. it is likely to strain ties between the countries. fighting between the myanmar military spilled over into chinese territory. several shells landed in china, this of course angered china. in myanmar there's a feeling that the chinese have been allowed to resort this country for too long. a myanmar government spokesman said it would not interfere in the judicial process and illegal logging has to be dealt with. illegal locking is a huge concern and problem in myanmar. the international organization the environmental investigation agency statements that it's worth $6 billion a year and there's a 47" illegal logging
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rate across the country and said in its report thast leer that it is endemic and a crime that is only allowed to happen because of institutional corruption on a tuj scale. >> online chat rooms are a booming business and millions are willing to pay for the occupation. scott heidler explains what is behind their success. >> like millions of chinese, this man moved from the countryside to a city. he owns the working class restaurant. with long hours of a small business owner he became lonely, that was until me met a performer in a video chatroom. they'd been chatting for three years. >> we talk about each other's lives, even about unhappy
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time, she tells me about her live, it's a way to let out emotions. is it. -- the largest video chatroom in china. it has 50 million users. >> this is a full-time performer. she makes $40,000 a year. >> translation: in real life not too many pay attention to me. online, i have so many friends. i rarely encounter people that are so offensive. sometimes they say why so ugly. i try to be patient and friendly. >> this is how she and 40,000 other performers make money. the users watching her perform or chatting with her buy a gift, ranging from $0.06 for a virtual rose all the way to $60 for a
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virtual cruise. the company takes a percentage. the more they like her, the more they buy. the company insists that all the chatrooms are monitored. if a user and performer wants to meet offline, it's under control and something that she wants to do. >> translation: i consider it a form of entertainment and i also consider her a good friend. i will try to find a girlfriend like her. >> the company calls each chatroom a family. and is developing off line connections for the family. linking them in karaoke. >> translation: it's a virtual chat room. if they feel anything, they can meet. >> he hopes to get the time to meet up soon. >> a type of friendship they hope will successfully transition from the virtual to the real world. he gets to meet his friend and
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the companies have more ways to make money now to greece where the parliament has passed legislation opening the way for bailout talks with creditors to begin on friday. it was backed by 230 m.p.s - most of the opposition backed it while 61 mainly from the ruling syriza party voted against it. the bill include civil justice reforms, a bank government protection scheme and measures to ensure banks have enough cash. there are encouraging developments in the fight against alzhiemer's. clinical trials indicate one drug has the potential to slow the illness if patients are treated earlier enough. tom ackerman has the details. >> this is a bracelet. very important. >> reporter: there's no cure in sight for alzhiemer's which cripples the power to remember recognise and finally to control a person's motor functions.
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the disease causes proteins auld amma loids to be tangled and build up plaque in the brain, a process so far considered irreversible. drug manufacture is reporting solar, an experimental drug may hinder the process. a follow-up study concluded that mild patients who started treatment early lost cognition and function at a slower rate than similar patients that took it later. >> secondary analyses suggested that therapy showed evidence of evocation in the mild subjects subgroup. >> for some researchers, those findings didn't seem like much of an advance. lily's share price fell. the hopes of conquering alzhiemer's is high. so far 99% of the tested drugs
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failed. 78 companies are working to arrest reverse or prevent disease. >> the u.s. and others have a lot invested in the fight. alzhiemer's prevalence amongst the generation, people in their '60s, and '70s arise dramatically from 1% in 2020 to 50% when they reach ages 85 and over. as a result, one quarter of the dollars spent by the u.s. medicare programme for seniors will have to be sent on emma's care. spurring the congression to boost spending by 50%. private funding is growing too. >> the largest nonprofit funder. that investment is so important as a compliment. that private philanthropy can move quickly and develop opportunities with speed. that's what we need.
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>> the government's ambirn to have an effective treatment ready within 10 years. we'll stay with science. scientists are trying to find out how bacteria evolves so they can develop better medicines to fight them. there are concerns drug-resistant bacteria or super-bugs could be worse than cancer. without action from drug companies, that could increase to 10 million. in the first of the series of super-bugs nadim baba went to a research center in southern england. >> reporter: you might not realise it but you are looking at a medical revolution. when it comes to diseases researchers at the welcome trust sanga institute are not just interested in what strain of bacterium is a cause, they want to know the d.n.a. of a bug.
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they call it genome sequencing. >> they may look like high tech refrigerators. but these are at the heart that researchers hope will track diseases around the world in real time. >> julian said it heads a team's developing ways. they are become resistant to antibiotics. >> if i take the bacterium from you and me and take the whole bacterium, i can say how closely related they are how long ago they shared an ancestor and how long it is that they gave it to you. they are working on a mass killer malair yax. >> they send the samples here which have been taken from a patient's arm. researchers are busy analysing how the illness has been caused.
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how it's resistant to int mill lairian drugs. they are interested in how it was bred in the first place, and became resistant to insenty sides. >> you have to do two things. you want to stop the mosquitos transmitting. and there are strategies for doing that, such as getting them to sleep underinfected areas. we have to have insect sides to get rid of mosquitos. >> malaria affects hundreds of millions and is a cause of death among children in africa. resistance to the front-line treatment, which has been increasing in south-east asia could be repeated in sub-saharan nations. the rate of mall air yes death
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rate is high despite the ability of drugs, it is high. if the drugs are not working and there's no replacement drug it will be a disaster. >> that disaster need never happen. from science to sport, andy will be here in a little while with all the sport news including a mexican football team making history in the club competition. 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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andy is here and that means it's time for sport. >> thank you so much. mexico and panama's footballers came to blows at the semifinals of the gold cup tournament. a controversial penalty sparking the unrest. the match in atlanta had to be delayed after fans threw objects on to the fitch. >> it's the biggest football tournament in north and central america. it didn't take long to heat up. panama's player sent off after 25 minutes. the chances of reaching a third final looked to disappear as well. after the break, it was panama that took the lead. rome and torres with a goal that
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threatened to knock out the 6-time champions. but the chaos and controversy was only just beginning, and the 88th minute mexico was awarded a spot kick after this tussle the referee deciding there was a deliberate handkick. the decision was made clear, a 10 minute delay ensuing. he was given an equalizer to mexico sending the game into extra time. another penalty for mexico decided the game. once again. the team through to the final, 2-1. pan ma'am's protest continued after the final whistle. the referee requiring an escort
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to get off the pitch. pan ma's weight for a gold cup title goes on mexico plays jamaica in the final in philadelphia being a big upset to knock out the u.s.a. defending champions. two goals in five first-half minutes decisive. charles barnes with jamaica's goal. now mexico into the copa final, beating a brazilian side 3-1. winning 4-3 on aggregate. a home crowd on hand. they were helped on their way to the final of south america's competition. that put them 2-up. the third a second half. tigris plays argentina.
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>> belgium striker liverpool's arrival. the 50 million transfer from aston villa rapid up on bence. he will not meet his team-mates until they arrive back from a pre-season game. liverpool playing a malaysian 11 on friday. not all looking forward to it. one group calling for a boycott. >> reporter: in fields across malaysia saturday mornings are devoted for football. for this 15-year-old lesley nathan, it's more than a hobby, it's his life. he has been playing since he was six and is with former english footballer peter barnes, to play professionally. >> they are the best players in the world.
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why? the ball strikes the feet. >> my favourite team is liverpool. they play well. it's a lovely report. >> the premier league enjoys a following in football-loving malaysia. they'll play a local team as part of a tour aimed at increasing the viewage sales. thousands of tickets have been sold as fans gear up to watch their favourite team. >> it's not cheap. for them to be here and play. >> the match angered many the
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match doesn't bring benefits to the national team. it disrupt the schedule. malaysia has reason to be concerned about the team one of the poorest according to f.i.f.a. rankings. the government is concerned, and it has arrived the malaysian football federation to limit the international matches. >> it offers the national team or selection who end up playing the clubs val tubal experience it's not about development. >> it has not dampened enthusiasm for the game. for many fans the liverpool
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game is a dream come true. >> watching it will only intensify their love for the personal game. for more, let's speak to zico editor of the in malaysia and singapore. joining us now, do the protesters have a point. are they bad for malaysian football. >> thank you for having me. i believe there could be benefits having these countries coming here. it's a chance to see them. arsenal haven't been here for 20 years. >> and what about for the domestic teams. do they get a benefit playing
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against the english premier league teams. >> they tried to put forward a malaysian group. they get to test their skills, bit players, and opposition don't usually get in malaysia. can the teams be blamed on the fact that this is a distraction. >> i think the blame from this year has been the fixtures. camming dawn with the international break. they'll playseven games in august alone. it's not that convenient. >> the money coming from the games, it's not going to grassroots coaches but the organizers. what is happening to that money? >> from what we know we don't
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have all the information. we have organizers a group going to malaysia. >> always the fans that play. >> the united states is a huge and growing mark. that is where chelsea are on a pre-season tour. the champions beaten by the red balls, including 16-year-old tyler evans. and a couple of goals for sean davis. both fielding below strength line-ups for this game. south africa's bowlers doing well on day 3. bangladesh bowled out for 326. after south africa managed 248 in their first innings, south africa going well 61 for no loss. the players off the pitch due to
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bad light. >> pakistan win their first one-day series in sri lanka since 2006. here they are beating the hosts by 7 wicket and have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the 5-game series, chasing a victory target of 257 with 10 overs to spare. plenty more on the website. there'll be more from me later. that is it for now. >> thank you very much now, a ship as docked with the international space station, taking with it three astronauts from russia japan and the u.s. to join three already there. this is the first time the international space station is fully crewed more to come on al jazeera. don'ts go away.
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