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>> okay, it's enough. as people desperately try get in on europe. the e.u. calls this the worst refugees crisis since world war ii. ♪ ♪ i am lauren taylor, this is al jazerra live from london. also coming up. hundreds are thought to be trapped under rubble after more shelling in douma. out on the streets of beirut, thousands of protesting against the government they say doesn't work. reunited against, iran and the u.k. reopen their embassies.
♪ ♪ hello, some of them haven't eaten or excellent for days, cramping in the rain waiting uncertainty only to face police batons and stun grenades and for the 2,000 refugees that finally made it in to macedonia their journey has just begun they were boarded trains and bus to his take them to serbia. they are aiming to head further north to hungary a member of the european union. they are in a packed refugees store apply for asylum. and time is short. serbia is building a ra razor we fence to keep people from coming in. >> reporter: there is no end to the suffering, the exhaustion, it's a different place, a railway pla platform.
waiting for another journey is at one point police and soldiers were blocking the border with force, now they are organizing transit for these people to pass through macedonia and then onto serbia. in the crush there is tension. a train has received. there is no way everyone can get on board. there doesn't seem to be any system on telling these people whether they have a right to board this train or not. it's hit and miss, people are pleading to soldiers to let them on board. they begin to let people through in orderly lines. the anxiety turning in to smiles of relief. some of the security forces here are helpful and considerate. but any resistence to their orders is seen as provocation. one officer was heard telling a refugees if you don't like this, then you should go back to syria. and this man was saying that
even though he had the right papers, he wasn't being allowed on the train. >> we are human beings. >> okay, it's enough. it's enough. it's enough. that's enough. he lied. >> yeah, okay. but that's enough. >> reporter: this woman from afghanistan is trying to guide an extended family of 12 through all of this. she says she has been separated from some of them. >> my family are there. my grand pa, very, very old, children, my uncle, my uncle's children. my. [ inaudible ] but we don't going. >> reporter: some people have gone to extraordinary lengths to get this far. parting with their children on the border so they would be allowed in. >> they would put their children underneath the razor wire so afterwards they would go and reunite the family and extract
the family there and lead them to the train station. this act of separation should not be happening anywhere to anybody. >> reporter: as many more people head from greece to the border, the latest political moves like so many others, right across europe have failed these people. andrew simmons, al jazerra, in macedonia. andrew simmons is in there on that border town there where many of the refugees have been waiting to take trains north, andrew, what is happening there now? >> reporter: well, lauren, i am just outside the town and this is, as you can see, open countryside. what is going on behind me is a digger is spreading over this entire area, clearing the area to form a transit center. nearby is a railway, and a railway is -- has got makeshift sort of platforms with wooden supports. they are going to use this area basically to fast track refugees out of the country effectively.
they'll go straight by train or bus to the serbian border. what has actually happened is quite political. in fact the macedonian government originally angered by the greek government's action in chartering a ship and a number of ships bringing refugees in to greece and then them going over the border here in to bass down i can't, they couldn't cope with the numbers, that's why they closed the border. then, of course, immense pressure came down on the government here to reopen the border because of what happens happening, which was injuries, clashes between the security forces and the people. now we have a situation where the government says, right, okay, we have done what you want, we have reopened the border but we are moving everybody very quickly out. so there has been a lot of movement, a lot of action taken. movement here physically and also movement politically to get some sort of solution, some sort of backing for a fast track
approach to move these poor people out of the country. >> and, andrew, i know you said a lot of them just want to get through the country and onto other places further north in europe. in terms of facilities, what do they do for food and water and so on while they are waiting there to get on the trains? >> reporter: well, that's the key question, lauren, because there is very little apart from what local n.g.o.s can do. some water you see being dished out now and then. some basic biscuits and things, but no real organized aid effort going on. and there seems to be some attempt here to really effectively form a platform to get them out, but very little in the way of humanitarian aid. this is really a situation whereby the government is intent on getting the people out. humanitarian aspect of it all is neglected. there report really enough things going on. i can actually show you one
example of what is going on here if the camera could just move across, you'll see coming through the field there, another group of refugees. mainly from syria we are finding. arriving now at this reception area. they are being steer ed in this direction. instead of having conflict with them. the macedonian security forces are guiding them in to this area. behind them there are -- >> sorry to interrupt andrew simmons there, let's go to a live news conference with the people who intervened on a train in northern france to prevent a shooting. now let's listen in. >> thank you so much. and now we will take a couple of questions. and i am going to let mike, who is stands to go my right, call on you, and thank you so much for being here. >> reporter: thank you, ma'am. and the ambassador did say a couple of questions.
i have one mobile microphone, so bear with me, i will get it to you as quick as we can. please identify yourself. state your question. direct it to one of the gentlemen if you would like or make them decide who will take it. may i have a show of hands. maggie, we will start with you. here is the microphone. [ inaudible ] from the associated press, my question is for spencer. can you describe the events from the moment you left your seat and what prompted you to react the way that you did. >> it's kind of a long story. but i kind of just woke up from the middle of a deep sleep and my friend anthony -- i mean alex was sitting next to me, anthony was across to my right side. and i turned around and i saw he had what looks to be an a k-47 and it looked like it was jammed or it wasn't working and he was trying to charge the weapon. and alex just hit me on the
shoulder and said let's go, ran down, tackled him, we hit the ground, alec came up and grabbed the gun out of his hand while i put him in a choke hold. it seemed like he just kept pulling more weapons left and right. pulled out a handgun, al he can took that, took out a box cutter and start stabbing at me with that. we let go, all three of us started punching him while he was in the middle of us. and i was able to grab him again and choke him unconscious while alec was hitting him in the head with the pistol or rif rifle. i can't really had h remember. that's pretty much what happened. [ inaudible ] >> survival. to survive and for my friends and everyone else on the train to make it. >> please identify yourself. >> charlie dagget, cbs news.
spencer, has it sunk in yet what has happened? have you thought about what may have happened if you hadn't intervened? >> well, no, it hasn't at all. it feels very unreal. feels like a dream, so i don't really know what to say. >> alec have you thought about the consequences of what had happened if you hadn't acted? >> well, yeah. i mean, the guy had a lot of ammo. his intentions were pretty clear, but i mean, you can speculate all day long, but i mean, like spencer said it really hasn't sunk in. it doesn't really seem real. but that's the best he can answer that question i guess. >> stephen wright with abc news, spencer i gather that after you were injured you rendered first aid to one of the passengers who were injured. can you tell me what you were able do for him and how is he
doing? >> well, i didn't even other than me finger i didn't feel any of my injuries, i knew i was bleeding but they didn't feel that bad. i went over and saw that he was squirting blood out of the left or right side of my neck. i was going to use my shirt at first but i realized that wouldn't work so i just stuck two of my fingers in the hole and found what i thought to be the artery, pushed down and the bleeding stopped and i just said thank god and held that position until the paramedics got there. >> next question, don't be shy, please. yep, stand and identify yourself, please. >> thank you very much. >> we are watching a news conference in paris there with spencer stone and his two other fellow americans describing the moment when they intervened on a train in northern france to prevent a gunman from shooting people in the carriage. and they said spencer stone describing that he still feels unreal, still feels like a dream and describing the moment that
they rushed through the carriage to disarm the potential attack attacker. >> the gun shot was probably the first noisy heard. let's move to on to the refugees making their way to europe and many are escaping from the war in syria. the rebel-held town of douma east of the capital damascus came under heavy bomb board. on saturday. at least 34 people killed in government air strikes. activists say runs more are thought to be trapped under the rubble after buildings were she would. another syrian town north of the capital is under government siege. people are running out of foot there. and relief agencies say they are being blocked from entering the town. erica wood has the latest. >> reporter: with food surprise blocked, these children are doing what they can to find something to eat. savaging through the rubbish on the street. he and his children came here to
escape a siege in another city nearby. but now they are living under another one. >> we were sitting in our home and there were airstrikes happening over our heads. i have four children and they get scared. the fighting was right in front of my house. that's when we decided to flee to al-tal. >> reporter: thousands came here hoping to find security and food. they have found neither. al-tal has been under various levels of siege since the start of the syrian war. the residents started peaceful protests against the syrian government early on in the uprising, but that was when all of the town's buildings were still whole. they never imagined that what would followed would be more than four years of hardship. they have had intermittent access to basic necessities like electricities and water now now the town is full you under sync, aid agency like the red cross
sent said they cannot get surprise some. >> everything is cut off. no surprise can enter. the situation is getting worse because of the current shortage of such basic materials. >> reporter: the clinics are having to shutdown because they don't have the medicine to treat people. and as the routes in and out continue to be blocked, the residents of al-tal go hungry. erica wood, al jazerra. ♪ ♪ let's go off to lebanon now where thousands of protesters have been gathering on the streets of the capital. in beirut for us, tell us what it's all about. >> reporter: well, lauren, these protests triggered off a few days ago under movement which essentially translates to you stink. it is directed, a statement directed at the government because they blame the government for an increasing
crisis with regards to the garbage and trash that has been piling up across beirut, across other parts of the country. essentially the main garbage fill where the trash would be taken from the homes of people and so forth and placed was closed off over a month and a half ago by the government without anything else being opened. so you have trash just piling up everywhere. essentially making the streets of the city ridiculous. reek. and that's led to thousands of people coming out onto the streets to protest about this in particular, but there are several other underlying issues with regards to the government's failure. yesterday obviously when the largest protest took place police opened fire with tear gas and other things and several people were arrested as a result or as a consequence of that protest. and added to the demands which now include demands for the government to resign, and also demands for those protesters who were arrested yesterday to be released as well. but there are underlying issues
there, lauren. >> in terms of what they might achieve with the protests, do they have a history of getting what they want? >> well, this is a relatively somewhat new type of movement here in beirut, in that it is bipartisan, usually in lebanon when these protests take place they are aligned with one party or another or one sect or another because of the way of demographic makeup of lebanon, this is very much a youth oriented bipartisan pro test it was tiggerred off by the trash but long complaints with regards to constant power out i believes, problems with water, problems generally with the state of lebanon with the government which many of the young people say is only interested -- or only run by those who have their own interests in terms of the business men and the powerful figures here if this protest does continue it has a potential
to mushroom that lebanon ain't seen like it is so far bipartisan, mechanics of parliament and two ministers tried to join the protest they were kicked out by the protest, they don't want interest any one political party trying to make any political gains from this protest it is a grassroots movement that has come about, whether it will be able to come in to something more fruitful we'll wait and see. thank you very much indeed. still to come on al jazerra. >> reporter: i am charlie angela at the world's largest arts festival where we are finding out if comedy can travel. and on your marks, get set. but did bolt go. >> find out who won this all-important 100 meet are final.
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♪ ♪ hello again, reminders of the top stories here on al jazerra. thousands of people bound for the european union cross over the macedonian border after authorities lift a two-day blockade. hundreds of people remain trapped under rubble after syrian government forces bombard the rebel strong hold of douma. thousands gather in beirut calling for resignations after rubble piles up. britain and iran have reopened embassies in each other's capitals coming weeks after iran reached a deal dishing its nuclear program. paul brennan has a report.
>> reporter: this is the first visit to teheran by a british foreign secretary in 12 years. and a sign of the importance with which britain attach to his reestablishing relations. this is not just about diplomatic nice dids. july's agreement to curb iran's nuclear program allows for the progressive lifting of sanctions, britain is one of many western governments anticipating multi billion dollars business opportunity on his the horizon. >> well, i hope that as the nuclear deal is implemented, and sanctions are gradually lifted off, and iran reintegrates more effectively in to the international economy, we will also see a thawing of relationships, particularly between saudi arabia and iran. >> reporter: it's less than four years since the british embassy compound was over run by angry protesters. the mob burned a car and ran sacked the buildings. in retaliation the u.k. expelled iranian diplomats from london. >> things have changed now in iran. since the removal of and the
ahead vent of president rouhani has brought about a complete different outlook. >> reporter: the reopening of iran's embassy in london was rather low key. during the morning staff shuttled in and out of the building. then together with one of iran's deputy ministers strolled the short distance from the embassy to host a small, private ceremony at iran's diplomatic residents. >> good morning, how are you today. >> i am very well. a very significant day for our country. >> yes, for both countries. >> reporter: some 400,000 iranians live in the u.k. and representatives attending the ceremony are now looking forward to better consular help. >> the major problem was the visas for especially the shia muslims who want to go to the holy shrines in iran. they had to go through a lost hassle to get a visa to go to the holy that ripes in iran. so we hope in few their will be better.
>> reporter: the doors of the iranian embassy here in london remain closed for the moment to all but officials and visiting dignitaries. it will take many months before full funk at is restored to operations such as issues visas. but after a gap of four years, the embassy here and in teheran are once again open for business. prowl brennan, al jazerra, london. u.k. media is now reporting that 11 people have died after a jet crash in southern england. the hawker hunter crashed while its pilot was performing a stunt aat an air show in sunday it plowed in to a road and hit several vehicles in the process, the pilot survived the crash but is in critical condition. a saudi-led coalition has carried out mere airstrikes in yemen tarlin targeting. previous airstrikes were criticized i it provides a key route for aid delivery to the
northern parts of the country. >> this is not the. [ inaudible ] that mr. o'brien and the united nations envoy talk about in that situation. we are comparing that position that we had an operation against its a military position far from the airport. and to make sure that the airport today and the several days ago continue to receive the ships which is located by the king salmon humanitarian center to bring food and relief to the yemeni population. hundreds of protesters are blocking access to eye major port in southern iraq, they have been rallying since friday demanding jobs and political reforeform. but the prime minister is argue that go some people are standing in the way of progress.
zeina hoarder reports. >> reporter: it's a protest movement that brought in to the open the power struggle between iraq's shia politicians. every friday iraqis from different sects and walks of life at first demanded better services, now they want change. >> people don't just want water and electricity went political reform and government institutions. >> reporter: prime minister baddie promise today do that. these have been a pledge to fight corruption, but reforming the iraq's sectarian based polighpolitical system will note easy everybody the prime minister said he's facing powerful enemies. >> translator: there are people that want to bring down the political process, they have money, they run television and radio stations but we will stand in their way. >> reporter: he has the backing of the highest shia reluge us rs
authority in iraq, who has influence over the shia population. through his spokesman he urged him to press for reforms. it was a message of support and a message to his rivals not to stand in the way. he took office over a year ago after isil captured much of the sunni heartland think he replaced al-maliki who was accused of sectarian practices. al baal badi was to reconcile te commune is and reassert state authority. but he has been challenged by political forces from within the shia leadership. shia militias are known as the popular mobilization forces have replace places an arm that i collapsed in the face of aisles' offensives, they have gained support among the public and their leaders have political ambitions some have strong links with iran and are allies of maliki who still has the largest sinker block in the iraqi par lamb. >> translator: there are serious divisions within the shia house, this is very dangerous, al badi
tried to ask iran to stop shia groups from medaling in state affairs but it doesn't work. >> reporter: the protest says emerged from a grassroots movement. but there is fear me that i be highjacked by political forces who, in many ways, are stronger than the state. al badi needs to meet people's expectations in order to insure his credibility. but there is much more at stake. including the future of iraq as a state. zeina khodr, al jazerra, bagdad. the world's largest arts fesfestival and commodity shows play bailing part. comedians from across the globe take part. charlie angela was there and has more. [ laughter ] [ inaudible ] >> we do that the same way that everybody else does, i don't know what people expect.
>> reporter: preconceptions, he is a big celebrity in south africa. but in the u.k., he's just an unknown comedian charming a tiny audience with his observations. >> your every day cloudy. [ laughter ] >> with no chance of black people. [ laughter ] >> reporter: he believes comedy can unite people. >> but i know in south africa, with 11 official languages and even more cultures, i have definitely seen it transcends. >> reporter: voted asian's best standup comedian, he performs all over the world but always taylors his material. >> the first thing i do in any new country is i find out about their history, their politics, their culture. their recent scandals, my first 10 minutes are purely about them. so with that, you have sort of brought them in instantly. and then you can take them beyond their borders.
>> as an indian comedian when i travel to different parts of the world, depending on where i am people treat my differently. but what i found really amusing was how excited all the american comedians were. they were like, oh, my god, 10 million people watch this program. i was like, dude, i come from india, if i open my bathroom window 10 million people will show you have live. >> reporter: international comedians do brilliantly well says comedy critic kate because of being foreign. >> when you are outside something, you see things that people on the inside don't see anymore. you -- everything is odd and strange and interesting and quirky. and that is the cement and the bricks of comedy. >> reporter: this festival proves that comedy is universal.
but audience want compassion and sincerity but if you fake it, they'll find on you out. charlie angela, al jazerra, edinburgh. plenty more for you any time on our website. the address of that is aljazerra.com. and don't forget you can also watch us by clicking on the watch now icon. >> this is "techknow". a show about innovations that can change lives. >> the science of fighting a wildfire. >> we're going to explore the intersection of hardware and humanity, but we're doing it in a unique way. this is a show about science... >> oh! >> oh my god! >> by scientists. >> tonight, saving the macaw. >> i'm in the peruvian amazon and we're on the search for endangered macaws. >> now techknow is on a one of a kind mission. >> look at those wings. >> the macaw; graceful, elegant, and in some parts of the world, endangered.
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