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latest stories online at have a great weekend. >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello welcome to another news hour from al jazeera from our headquarters in doha. coming up the battle to lead burundi has been won by president pierre nkurunziza. turkey steps up its night against isil with air strikes in area and nationwide raids. kenya ramps up security efforts for the arrival of u.s.
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president barack obama. and while these palestinian children are facing eviction from the only home they have ever known. ♪ burundi's president pierre nkurunziza has been declared the winner of an election that has been marred by violence and boycotted by the opposition. it will give him a third straight term in office which his critics say is unconstitutional. let's take you live to the capitol. no great surprise in that nkurunziza has won this third straight term but by how much has he won it? >> reporter: well he got nearly 2 million votes nationwide and his rival got just over 500,000. it started very slowly the process. people expected the president to win. what was interesting is despite calls for people to boycott these elections, it seems like a
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lot of people did turn out and vote for the opposition. the president won most of the provinces except two. the main one being bujumbura province which is an opposition strong hold. it was interesting how many people voted. despite calling for a boycott. >> people are worried there now, that there could be more unrest. >> reporter: it is unusually quiet. we expected at least people who support the president to be out on the streets celebrating. it's very very quiet, because nobody knows what is going to happen. the worst fear is there could be violence overnight by those who are not happy with the results. the police will be patrolling the areas.
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most hope it will be a peaceful night. >> what about the rauch that this third term is unconstitutional? has that gone away? >> reporter: it hasn't there are still people who are saying they won't recognize the election, the african union and some other agencies say they won't recognize the result. but we are hearing a push from key figures internationally saying he has been elected. he is going to get his third term, maybe the only way to avoid full scale war is to have dialogue and form a power sharing government. but who will be in the unity government? so a lot of things are still up in the air right now. >> haru many thanks. well there's evidence that burundian refugees giving in rwanda are being recruited to
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fight against their own government. al jazeera has spoken to several people in a refugee camp in eastern rwanda and they say that dozens of men have left the camp. catherine soi has our exclusive report. >> reporter: this mother of five was a teacher in burundi's capitol. she says her husband left this camp two weeks ago after a series of meetings with people said to be enlisting men to fight against the government in burundi. she says she just wants her husband back. >> translator: he hinted to me that he was going to fight for the country and brining peace, but he wouldn't give me details. and when he left he didn't carry his phone or anything. >> reporter: we talked to several young men who say they have been approached by the so-called recruiters and who know of refugees who have left to unknown locations for alleged weapons training.
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this is an issue that is discussed discreetly. those we manage to talk to are saying their lives are being threatened. the united nations refugee agency officials have also heard the allegations. >> of course we have been concerned about such attempts and therefore, we have raised it with the government from the beginning of the establishment of the camps, and we have been given assurances that the government will make all efforts to curb violence. >> reporter: earlier this month men and weapons were paraded. many people here are angry at burundi's president run for a third term. which they say is unconstitutional. and they accuse his parties youth wing of killing and intimidating opponents back
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home but they say they don't join any rebellion. >> we cannot fight with those soldiers. we failed already. we cannot fight with those in bujumbura, because they are armed. but we still one arm, our goal is there. not that our president trust in right now. >> reporter: the mass recruitment in the early days of the conflict have gone down but people like this say they are worried. turkey's prime minister says his defense forces will continue operations against isil after air strikes against the group in syria. overnight turkish fighter jets hit three isil targets. on thursday this week turkish tanks fired across the border
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with syria, after isil weapon fire killed a turkish soldier. turkey has blamed isil for a suicide bombing on the boarder town on monday. 32 people were killed there. earlier this month, police took more than 250 suspects into custody in another crackdown on suspected isil members. the prime minister says that turkey is determined to fight isil and along with it the armed kurdish group, the pkk, which turkey views as a terrorist organization. >> translator: it's out of the question for turkey to turn a blind eye to what is going on. we have met and put together an action plan. the operations which started this morning are not ad hoc operations. it marks the beginning of a period, and as of today we'll continue operations which will be widening gradually. let's get the latest from the turkey syria border. what more are turkish officials
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saying zana about this overnight operation? >> reporter: well, turkish officials really are making it clear that they will do what needs to be done to protect their nation. they are basically declaring war against isil promising that the air raids that targeted isil positions inside syria and the police raids that rounded up dozens of suspected isil members is just the beginning. these are just the first steps in combatting isil. clearly a very different policy from the turkish government which really has been not really active in the fight against the islamic state of iraq and the levant. turkey over recent months has made clear that it disagrees with the coalition's strategy. it doesn't believe that the focus should be on isil but the mission should be broader and target the syrian regime as well. so many questions are now being
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asked. turkey has been dragged into this conflict. it's more actively engaged, but is there some sort of a deal especially because all of these developments coincide with an agreement. turkey is now allowing the u.s. to use its air bases to target isil, which u.s. officials say will be a game changer. >> what lies behind this shift in policy that you are talking about there? why now? >> reporter: well turkish officials will argue this is a natural response. their kun-- country is under threat and they have the right to retaliate. but we have to remember that tensions have been building along this border for sometime now. turkey actually threatened a cross-boarder operation inside syria. it is worried about the growing strength of syrian kurds, and it is always worried about isil
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threatening syrian opposition groups who they support. now whether or not they were serious about crossing the border and carrying out some operation, the very fact is they made -- the reservations clear to the coalition, telling them your air strikes are only helping the kurds take more territory. we want something different on the ground. now what kind of deal has taken place in the background many can speculate, but what has happened in the past three weeks is we haven't seen [ inaudible ] on the offensive, and when the president of turkey says that the air bases can be used within a certain framework, does that mean the coalition will be helping or targeting isil when they threaten syria opposition groups? many questions, adrian that in the next days and weeks ahead, we'll understand more what kind of deal has been reached. >> zana many things. zana hoda live on the border. u.s. secretary of state john
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kerry has been trying to persuade its middle east allies to work more closely in his fight against isil. >> i'll be meeting with prime minister lavrov and we hope to follow up on syria, and we want to bring the saudis and the turks in and ultimately probably, we have to see what the iranians are prepared to do. but that is a -- you know to deal with daesh, to kill off daesh, isil which we intend to do, we have to change the dynamic of syria, and that's part of why we have been negotiating with turkey in these last weeks and now have some shift in what the turks are prepared to do and there is also a shift in some of the things that we're engaged in. so my judgment is that there are possibilities there, but i'm not going to promise them i can't tell you where they will go and
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i'm not betting on them. >> let's get some analysis from james bayes in new york. the implication is that turkey has made this shift in policy as a direct result of pressure from the u.s. >> yes, certainly he has made it clear that they have been talking to turkey in the last couple of weeks. what is clear from his comments is that some of the stories we have been following are converging right now, and there is a new diplomatic push underway. first remember the iran nuclear deal. well, the iranian foreign minister is now in the uae. he is explaining the nuclear deal, but is he talking about other things. and the next important meeting will be in doha qatar, where there will be a meeting of all of the gulf corporation council,
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six countries there, at that meeting, secretary kerry will be there along with the russian foreign minister, new thoughts and ideas, they say on syria, and it seems to me the idea is this, you have lots of regional countries which have been on different sides. they are hoping to pull all of those countries in to take action against isil. >> what do you think the prime minister meant when he said the u.s. could use the air base to attack syria, but only within a certain framework? >> well i'm sure that there is going to be a deal of exactly what they can do and what they cannot do. what is one of the biggest nato air bases and certainly one of the most air bases in the region. but the fact that the u.s. and turkey are now talking about that turkish base that base
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that is so important in being used in attacks on isil is a big change. >> james many thanks. james bayes at the u.n. in new york. still to come here on the news hour, it was known as romania's prison of silence, and it's former commander has been handed a 20-year jail term for crimes committed there. india calls for global action in the battle against so-called drug-resistant superbugs. tokyo 2020 olympics have a logo, but still no national stadium. jo will be here with all of the details in sport. ♪ somalian government troops have captured another al-shabab strong hold. it was used as a tactical
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retreat from the group. as it's only about 250 kilometers east of the capitol. it's another below to al-shabab fighters who were forced out of another site on wednesday this week. u.s. president barack obama is expected to offer more support in the fight against al-shabab in a visit to kenya. he has been criticized for not paying more attention to the african countries. but that appears to be changing. last year he hosted the first u.s.-africa leaders summit in washington, d.c. to promote economic relations. we also launched an initiative called power africa the goal of that to double access to electricity in africa and his government has also committed more than $2 billion to contain the ebola epidemic in west
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africa. we're joined live from nairobi. much excitement there, andrew i would imagine, along with tight security? >> that's right, adrian an immense amount of excitement. the kenya media have been describing this as obama's homecoming. they have laid claim to this u.s. president. his father was born in a tiny village in western kenya, and he, after going to live in the u.s. and being educated there, and having his son, obama -- barack obama, he moved back to kenya and died here. now this isn't a personal visit in any sense. obama is not going to going to the village. he'll be meeting his relatives here in nairobi, and he's going
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to have talks with the government here. and he said before leaving the u.s. that he was going to have blunt talk and engagement, that he wanted to open the way for civil society. there is a lot of concern about human rights and corruption here and a lot of concern about terror attacks by the somali group, al-shabab. so there's unprecedented security on the ground and in the air. nairobi's skyline as u.s. forces move in. and the americans are monitoring all air space ahead of the president's rival. last-minute makeovers, and kenya is about to experience one of its biggest-ever security operations. barack obama is setting out on his first presidential visit to the homeland of his a little father. any personal fulfillment will be tinged with the time line of
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human loss. from al-qaeda's 1998 bombing of the u.s. embassy, the al-shabab attack on the west gate shopping mall nearly two years ago, to al-shabab's attack on the university that killed nearly 150 people, only three months ago. while this summit is all about innovation entrepreneurship, and economic growth the rest of barack obama's visit isn't expected to be positive all the way. issues such as security good governance, and corruption are going to be on the agenda and there could be some tough talking. [ cheers ] >> reporter: the u.s. has had an uneasy relationship with kenya after violence that followed the elections. he was indicted by the international criminal court, those charges have now been dropped. that's the reason why this
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presidential visit is going ahead. the president will be asking for more assistance. >> we have been working in very close cooperation with american agencies. >> reporter: -- >> he will be asking his counterpart, we need more support, we need more training of our social forces by the u.s. so they can go in and do their work. >> reporter: west gate mall has reopened, no memorials to the dead here. this is intended to be a defiant move to show normality, but kenyans are still skeptical about whether or not enough is being done to protect them. and they will be looking to a u.s. president with kenyan roots to help them. the first drug to make
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babies immune to malaria has been approved in europe. the drug's called moscurix. up to a quarter of a million people are killed by so-called superbugs each year. they are bacteria which aren't resistant to drugs. our correspondent reports from india's capitol where local health teams are on the front line in the battle against the bugs. >> reporter: he is just 14 months old, but for months he has been ill. he has typhoid and first saw this doctor in january. it took two courses of treatment, but now finally he has the all clear.
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>> since the time you know, we started our services almost -- most of the cases that we have are drug-resistant cases. almost all. almost all of them have been drug resistant. so it is a problem. >> reporter: for adults too, getting the right medical treatment is a growing challenge. >> translator: i got medicines from one doctor and then another and then another. when the first treatment didn't work i went to another for help but then the second doctor's treatment didn't help either. >> reporter: it was only when she visited a clinic that she was found have drug-resistant tuberculosis. this doctor has spent the last 20 years treating difficult tb cases and says more and more drugs are becoming ineffective against the disease. sheer partly blames unqualified health providers. >> some of them are not qualified to write a
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prescription, so when they write incomplete prescriptions that is one way patients get drug resistance, so training and upgrading the skills is very much required. >> reporter: once a drug-resistant strain takes hold, it is passed on through others in a community through contaminated water and waste. sanitation is a daily challenge and drug resistant illnesses are a growing threat. health workers have tried to compensate by treating the spread of illnesses with a host of treatments. it has raised important questions about the capacity of india's healthcare system to deal with diseases that afblth -- affect millions of people.
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now with the number of cases on the rise the threat is real. they are calling for global action to help stop superbugs and hope it will be enough and won't come to late to protect the health of the next generation. and the final part of our series on superbugs, we look at the race to find effective drugs before the bugs can fully take hold. >> reporter: the truth is there are enough micro oringism in this handful of dirt to pursue countless lines of antibiotics. but they can only thrive here. you can see that on saturday. a palestinian bedouin village could be flattened within days. israel says the makeshift homes are illegal. they are home to around 300 people, but one of the top
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courts says the village should be demolished. israel's offered to relocate the villagers to a nearby area but european diplomats and human rights campaigners say any any -- the villager's should stay. >> reporter: life here in the small village in the occupied west bank is normally quiet. most of the palestinian bedouins who call this place home earn a living tending livestock or farming, but they future is uncertain. for the third time in nearly 30 years, the residents are under threat of displacement. this person has lived here for most of her life. she has raised six children
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here. it's also where five of her grandchildren were born. >> translator: we won't leave our land. even if they demolish our homes, the israelis say they will give us somewhere else to live as an alternative. but who will trade their homeland it's our land. >> reporter: the area is between an illegal israeli settlement and an archaeological site also run by palestinian settlers. but the israeli government insists they want to move the people because they built the structures without permits. this is one of the community's earlieds. he says israel has been trying to evict palestinians from this area for years. >> translator: i have been expelled three times in my lifetime, first in 1948. that's when we came to this
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[ inaudible ]. then in 1986 and then again in 2001, they demolished the whole village here. >> reporter: the planned demolition has drawn criticism. they say it points to a wider problem of demolition and displacement of palestinians from villages that the israeli government does not recognize and they are calling on israel to end the practice. israel's high court will review the case on august 3rdrd. but residents believe their homes will be destroyed and they will be displaced regardless of what the court decides, saying they will rebuild no matter what. we're approaching the midway point on this news hour. still to come striking minors in bolivia demand a better future for their children.
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and why some taxicab drivers are angry about a new popular service. and formula 1 safety in the spotlight again. in hungary this time. jo will have the details in around 20 minutes in sport. ♪
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♪ great to have you with us. the news hour from al jazeera, the top stories, turkey's prime minister says his country will continue operations against isil after it carried out air strikes against rebels in syria. turkish police arrested nearly 300 suspected isil members and kurdish activists. burundi's president pierre nkurunziza has been declared the winner of an election marred by violence, and boycotted by the opposition. it gives him a third straight term in office that his critics say is underconstitutional. the u.s. president is expected to offer more support in the fight against al-shabab. al-shabab fighters have been
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pushed out of another town following a success earlier in the week. i'm sorry i don't know what that means. let's go to our top story. this expert says that there are several reasons for the strikes in syria. >> at the beginning of this week isis attacked a kurdish town in the south of turkey where 32 young university students were killed. that is reason number 1 for turkey to attack the isis targets right at the border. but in addition to that it looks like there are bigger reasons, one of them being that i think the alliance and turkey is now agreeing more on what to do about syrian civil war, and
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isis. this wednesday, the united states president and turkish president made a phone call and in this call it is agreed that the united states will use turkish air base to fight against isis and turkey will be allowed to keep some safe zones at the north of syria, which has been turkey's point for a year. there was a lot of pressures especially in the last one, one and a half years, you are right. i think there are two big reasons, the first reason is the turkish government and the american government were not on the same page about what to do with isis and behind closed doors there was a lot of hard bargaining going on. and both turkey tried to bring america to its position and america tried to bring turkey to the position that they desired. that was one thing. the second thing, i would say that isis held hostage 49
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turkish diplomats until one year ago, and it was very difficult for turkey to conduct any military operation against isis when they keep hostage 49 of your diplomats. last summer and this summer there were two elections in turkey, and usually you would appreciate this democracies try not to become involved in wars when there are elections. a former prison boss in romania has been jailed for crimes against humanity. he is now nearly 90 years old, and has always maintained that he was just doing what he was told. lawrence lee reports. >> translator: i was only obeying orders. that was always the defense of this old man against the accusation that he carried out actions in a prison camp in
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romania, which degraded tortured, and killed the political enemies. pursued everywhere during his trial, he kept going back to the same argument used by nazi prison guards in world war ii that he was carrying out the commands of his political leaders. >> translator: i only executed the order. but they are the ones who must be asked to come. they must call all of those who gave orders and question them. >> reporter: but the problem with that argument is that most of them are dead. he was in charge of the so-called prison of silence between 1956 and 1963. this woman's husband held in prison died himself in 2003. >> translator: my husband would not receive food. he came out of the prison with arthritis, because he had chains on his feet. he was put in water above his
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knees so ice would form around his legs. he wasn't able to get his feet out of the ice. >> reporter: 20 years in prison may or may not be scene as the same form of justice as the former decader who was executed along with his wife. some look back at soviet times with a sort of warmth. still for his victims and their supporters, the fact that this man will surely die in jail himself will carry a certain sort of satisfaction. two people have been killed in a shooting at a cinema in the u.s. state of louisiana. police say a loan gunman opened fire inside the crowded theater. nine were injured. he then turned the gun on himself. the autopsy of a black woman found dead in a texas jail has revealed no evidence that she
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was killed by someone else. prosecutors say the marks around her neck are consistent with suicide by hanging. she was arrested by traffic police three days before being found dead in her prison cell. minors in bolivia have been protesting for days demanding more pay. people who live there have been struggling since prices of silver slumped. >> reporter: it was known as a land of riches but it was the major supplier of silver for spanish conquerers and for bolivia a symbol of prosperity for centuries. but for most men here the mine is their destiny. this man was studying law but had to leave to be a minor.
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>> translator: i feel bad and very frustrated because i couldn't finish my studies. >> reporter: the mine has been active since 1545, it is the world's largest silver deposit, however, two thirds of the people here live in poverty despite the riches. >> translator: 87% of the silver wealth go to international companies and the president hasn't changed that. the fact the companies operate here is welcomed but there are demands that they do more for the region and the country. >> reporter: mining is the maniac main -- main activity around here. analysts say that at least 60% of the people's income here depends on the mine but because the state is so fragile it could collapse, people see themselves in a future without the mine and
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without industries. but they have been protesting for more than two weeks. they want more choices for the new generations. >> translator: our children finish university and end up working as taxi drivers, vendors or mine ors. they can't exercise their professions. that's why we have stood up for our demands. >> reporter: he says the protests must be successful. >> translator: i feel hurt if one day my children have to go on strike. >> reporter: he says he does want his children to become minors like him. he doesn't want them to walk into the mine and not know if they will come out. he want them to have more options other than having to die as a minor. many latin america countries like bolivia have for years
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benefited from sawing raw materials to countries like -- especially china. the slump is due to a flooded market right now. here are some of the figures involved. gold has tumbled from a record high of just under $2,000 an ounce, to a little over a thousand dollars. copper prices are set to fall by another 44% to 4,500 dollars a ton. countries dependant on commodities are slashing budgets and growth targets. brazil expects to be in recession, predicting a drop by 4.5. carlos is live for us in london. he is the senior principal analyst in the ihs country. good to have you with us. let's start with bolivia, as our
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report was talking about. the president has done a pretty good job of managing the bolivian economy. he has tripled the size of it in his time in office. of course with the commodity slump as it is right now, he can't really do anything about the minor's demands can he? >> well, yes, i think one of the difficulties the president is facing in bolivia, is it's a [ inaudible ] class in bolivia. he has done a fantastic job in terms of reducing poverty. bolivia has been one of the countries with the sharpest decline in extreme poverty. there have been investment in education. but the problem is when you made the progress bolivia has done, people become even more impairment and start demanding even more than the government has delivered. and you are right, at the moment
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bolivia needs to be careful about how the government has spent the money. because the commodity boom is over and they need to be quite responsible on public expenditure. so there is a clear dilemma there for the government how to deliver this but at the same time, that doesn't deny the improvement in the sociopolitical situation. >> okay. let's talk about brazil. once again headed towards recession. has the -- the rousseff government before that the government, somehow mismanaged the brazilian economy? they seem to have very little to show for the commodity's boom. >> there was clearly a mismanagement, and this coincided exactly in which the commodity boom collapsed. and when you put those together plus a serious case of corruption then you have a
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problem with business confidence. you have a problem of mismanagement of the economy. you have a very large fiscal deficit. the president is trying to put the house in order, but when -- as she's trying to do that, the political, domestic situation for her is extremely difficult, so yesterday they abandoned the plan of going for a fiscal surplus of 1.1% of gdp. now they are going to be less -- less ambitious. >> okay. carlos we have very little time. i just want to put one point to you. the brics nations were held up of beacons of good economic management. were they actually riding on china's insatiable demand for commodities?
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>> i think so. i think they benefited from the sharp increase in commodity prices but then they didn't do their homework. they didn't put the macroeconomic situation in order, and then when the commodity prices collapsed, the real weakness of the macroeconomic situation become so obvious, and now they need to be very responsible, very disciplined in order not to undermine the fiscal and the political environment of each country. so i think the party is over and now the next question is whether they will be able to water -- weather this storm, and they will be able to maintain a significant level of macroeconomic discipline. and this is a big challenge for countries like brazil. >> many thanks indeed for being with us carlos. motor bike taxis are a popular way to get around
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indonesian cities. >> reporter: it started with a mobile phone application, now six months later, go-check has more than 1 million users, and 11,000 motorbike drivers delivering services in congested cities in indonesia. customers place orders on their phones and taxicab drives like this accept them taking people quickly to their destinations delivering food orders or packages so people don't have to sit in their cars for hours. >> translator: go check is more efficient. it saves time money, and energy. >> reporter: it's a professional version of indonesia's traditional motor bike taxis. >> what we are essentially selling is time and that has got to be one of the most
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precious commodities being an urban dweller, so it works, because both sides of the are benefiting immensely. >> reporter: this is often the only way to get around big cities in indonesia, but the success of the go check has also its down side violence have been facing threats from other traditional motorbike taxis because of the competition. in several areas traditional drives have placed banners urging go check drivers not to enter their areas. this person has been a go check driver for more than eight years. he says since go check started its services his income has been halved. >> translator: these businessmen sit in their offices with their mobile phones and make money.
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we do the real work. i don't want us poor people to be humiliated like that. >> reporter: but this and tens of thousands of drivers are facing a difficult future. the governor is supporting the new taxicab service. they say they are losing a lot of money -- >> translator: you have to follow the technology. >> reporter: go check tries to lower tensions by sending in teams to approach the other drives, but some are worried that that could turn into something worse. just ahead in the sport, we'll tell you about the painful moment in front of 100,000 people in melbourne. jo here with all of the details, oh -- next. ♪
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♪ hello again. nasa's telescope has discovered what is being described as earth's closest cousin. it has characterists that so closely resemble the earth that scientists say it could support life. >> reporter: it's older, slightly bigger and warmer but so very similar to what we call home. meet kapler 452b or what nasa is calling earth 2.0. this is an artist rendition to the newly discovered planet the
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closest match to earth known to date. it is about 60% larger than earth. our planet's diameter. it's estimated this new rocky world is more than 20,000 kilometers in diameter. it takes 365 days for earth to orbit our sun, what we calculate as a year. one year on this new planet is just 20 days longer. the planet was detected by nasa's powerful telescope launch into space six years ago. it has already identified thousands of potential so-called exoplanets, but none as exciting and as this one. >> we have been surprised by the number of planet and the number
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of stars that host planets in the habitable zone the zone where water can be in a liquid state. so this planet is in the perfect -- it's in the goaldy locks zone. >> reporter: so it is a distant cousin? the key word is disimportant. it's 1,400 light years away using the fastest spacecraft today it would take roughly 25 million years to reach. all right time now for sport. adrian thank you. safety in formula 1 is very much at the forefront of everyone's mind this weekend. it's the first race since the death of the frenchman. this man's car flipped over at
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turn 10. he managed to climb out unscathed. lewis hamilton was fastest in both sessions. [ inaudible ] has admitted that a new president will probably mean he is out of a job as secretary general of fifa. he has held the role since 2007 and has been pleating with the russian organizing committee. >> yes, i mean whomever becomes the fifa president should have a new secretary general, because it's the most important relationship for any organization. meanwhile, fifa president is also in st. petersburg. it's his first overseas trip since the corruption scandal broke two months ago. >> how does it feel to be here? >> i'm happy to be here. >> reporter: are you confident russia will host a good world
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cup. >> exactly. that's why we are here to prepare all of these great events. thank you. u.s. prosecutors have asked paraguay to exdiet this man who was president of south america's soccer federation for 27 years. he is one of 14 people to be charged with bribery, racketeering and money laundering. they also said he's innocent and intends to fight exdecision to the united states. nearly 100,000 people have packed into the melbourne cricket grounds to see real madrid. the striker got the first goal. christiano netted two minutes later. as they went on to claim the champions cup. although there was a painful moment for renaldo, when he was
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kicked by the city midfielder. exactly five years to go until the 2020 olympic games in tokyo. japanese officials say they don't know what they are going to do yet for a new national stadium. they inveiled a new low go for the games. but it comes a week after the prime minister decided the original stadium plans would be canceled because the price rose to almost twice what was expected. >> translator: nothing is decided yet. we know there are various options. as of construction costs, we aren't thinking of anything at this point. we are really starting from zero. i think the entire government is responsible for this. according to the sports editor for the japan times the unternty over the stadium is unsettling the public support in tokyo. >> it was the falling cabinet
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level support that had climbed previously because of some national security bills he submitted, and then when this happened it further created more backlash. the support was over 70% back around the time the bid was submitted, so i think the people are behind it but these kind of -- stuff with the stadium is making people a little unsettled. any sport that wants to be taken seriously these days has to have rules on doping. performance-enhancing drugs have ruined the reputation of everything recently, but e-sports is determined not to fall into that trap. the german based electronic sports league has announced it will be drug testing its participants. it is alleged that players often
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use stimulates to increase their focus. prize pools sometimes reach millions of dollars. just a quick update from the tour de france [ inaudible ] has won the latest session. hundreds of u.s. schools are looking to asia for guidance, and many are adopting a new method of teaching called singapore math. >> 11-tens, 5-ones. >> reporter: each day this teacher works with her students to make math fun. what her students don't realize is the math games they are playing are teaching critical thinking. >> they have become more
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affluent counters and all around better thinkers in math. >> reporter: seven years ago, students here at this washington school were struggling. school administrators realized they needed a new approach. so they looked to the lessons of the world's most successful nation when it comes to student mathematics. singapore. >> it really brings together the conceptual teaching of mathematics through problem solving, and through deep thinking, and really conceptual learning. >> reporter: they are areas where u.s. students consistently underperform contrast that with singapore who came out on top of 76 countries. the united states kingdom ranked 20th, the united states 28th. that's what this administrator hopes the singapore math method will result in the high-level
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math skills american students need to complete a global economy. but the transition hasn't been easy. >> it has taken us a lot of frustrations, but at the same time we have seen the success within the community. >> reporter: many u.s. teachers don't have the training or in-depth understanding necessary to teach singapore math. there is a high number of teachers now using the singapore math. >> my hope is they make the connection with the real world that you can tackle a problem in many different ways. >> reporter: something educators in the u.s. must also do as they struggle to raise the test results of their students. that's it for the team in doha for a few hours. julie is standing by in london
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to update you. that's it for now.
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turkey joints the fight against isil and vows to defeat kurdish rebels as part of the same offensive. ♪ hello there, i'm julie mcdonald, this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up after months of violence burundi's president wins a controversial third term. also ahead -- >> i'm in nairobi, and i'll be bringing you the latest on barack obama's first presidential visit to kenya. and