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>> the biggest migration of people sips the second world war. >> this is al jazeera live from london, where i'll be getting the very latest from the u.n. refugee agency in koz. >> a african judge convicts eight police of killing a taxi driver. >> ukrainian filmmaker facing 20 years in prison for russia is calling a terrorist attack. >> psychic healer patrols in
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ghana rooting out bad practices while respecting customs. >> hello, the united nations high commissioner for refugees is calling on europe to unit if it's to succeed in tackling the refugee crisis. the u.n. said europe can accommodate them if they are fairly distributed. thousands of refugees are taking shelter in serbia, andrew simmons sent this report from the town. >> by the day, the numbers are harder to digest. here in what's called the one stop center, an entrance to serbia from macedonia, more than 10,000 people have passed through in less than five days. further up the line at serbia's border with hungry, an e.u. member state, more than 2,000 a day are arriving. the number registered in hungary so far this year has passed
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100,000 compared with 43,000 in the whole of last year. the numbers are staggering, and so, too, is the inability of the european union to come up with a coherent strategy in sharing responsibility of helping reef gees. >> it's chaotic registration centers such as this one that are really worrying european union leaders. very few in the way of security checks, only 72 hour visas being issued and look at the numbers. they're extraordinary. >> it gets more complicated. germany predict it will deal with 800,000 asylum applications this year. it wants a fairer system of quote at as for member states to take in refugees. the e.u. wants a tougher policy to turn back people who are categorized as economic migrants. in northern serbia on the trail to try to across into hungary,
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most of these people are refugees from syria and frightened for what lice ahead. >> we need to go to syria and work. he should work. we don't know what happens in hungary. >> we are very worried, because we have heard a lot of news as they say that soldiers in hungary are hitting people. >> hungary is going to become an even beinger pressure point in this crisis. its government is criticizing the e.u. for not giving it enough money to cope with the record number of people intending to cross its border. al jazeera insertion i can't. >> more refugees arrived in athens from the aegean islands. two and a half thousand people disembarringed at the port, most intending to continue north to
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the mass dope i can't border and then into the european union. >> of the many stages in their long journey before and still to come, this 12 our ferry crossing from the aegean island of lesbos has perhaps been the most comfortable and secure. they paid 50 euros'm to the ferry operator and they've arrived safely on dry land. >> we don't have any right in our country. people kill each other, so we escaped from our country. >> are you happy to be here? do you feel relieved to be here. >> yes, we are so happy here. >> we're 10. >> 10 in one family. >> turkey to greece and now we're going to macedonia, to serbia, then hungary. >> have you heard about the trouble on the route it is. >> i heard so much. >> are you worried about that? >> yes.
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>> this is 12.5000 people in a single week. back on the ablen islands, the european front line, if you like, are well over 10,000 people waiting to get on ferries and that number is growing by a thousand new arrivals across the sea every night. >> the authorities in greece are utterly overwhelmed, offering little besides a simple registration document that allows the refugees to pass through the country and leave. >> this is the paperwork that they gave you, telling you that you could stay in greece for three months and then leave. >> yeah. >> is that what you plan to do? >> yes, probably. >> they'll need transport north towards the macedonian border and the bus companies know an opportunity when they see one. >> are you handing out here? a pass to take them to connect to another bus?
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>> yes. in that bus to the next bus. >> some take the metro towards the train station in athens. this 7-year-old is the only english speaker in her family of eight. >> there the people -- >> in air i can't, what did you see there, bad things? >> yes. >> do you feel excited about the future? >> yes. yes. >> for the young, perhaps, there is excitement in this movement between countries. the duties with them will hope that nothing ahead is worse than what they've left behind. al jazeera, athens. >> joining us now on the line from cross is a principle
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emergency coordinator. could you brick us up to date with the situation in koz at the moment, are more refugees still arriving? >> we have several hundred per day. >> and what happens to them when they arrive on kos? >> well, we are first rescued in most cases by the coast guard, brought to the harbor, then registered. however, the capacity of the registration system is insufficient so you have an increasing backlog every day despite the authorities with
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interpreters trying to communicate between the refugees and police force. >> we heard from one journalist traveling with refugees right now, he says some of them are actually very well organized. they have smart phones, they're in contact with other groups, but i guess that's not the case for all of them. >> yes. in certain cases, refugees are well organized, they are in communication with each other, but you have also certain persons who don't speak english, and are vulnerable, are lost, so communicating with them and providing them correct information is the priority for us. >> the unhr is calling on all european countries to distribute the refugees fairly. do you know how that is practically possible when some will be in tent on going to specific countries?
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>> well yes, there are advocates for sharing, and i think that if more countries provided bigger avenues of actions to their territory, and possibility for i want allegation, refugees would be willing to go anywhere it is safe and dignified. >> very good to hear from you, reporting for us or speaking to us live from kos. thanks so much. >> eight south african police officers have been found guilty of murdering a mozambique tax as i driver in 2013. they handcuffed the man to a police van and dragged him through the streets before beating him in a police cell. tanya page was in court in pretoria.
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>> the judge called these former police officers liars and murderers. he said they killed the man for blocking a road with his taxi. the mobile phone helped convict them the judge said they acted in purpose dragging him 200 meters. these images went viral can when they emerged and proved damning. >> convicted of murder. >> what happened once the footage ends is almost worse. the pathologist said the man was bodily beaten in a police cell. he died of hit injuries and in terrible bleeding. the judge said the police officers lied and submitted ridiculous verses of events in their defense. >> south african police are often used of excessive force. many don't trust them. although that's unlikely to change with this verdict, at least one family said it now has justice. justice isn't enough for the
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family. we need compensation. he left behind four children and a father that need to be supported. >> the public has been let down in efforts to hold police to account before. six months before, police shot dead 46 miners. a month after the man died, seven police officers caught on camera shooting a protestors in the chest with rubber bullets were acquitted of his murder. brutality will never be tolerated. police are expected to investigate crime within the framework of human rights. >> the defendants bowed their heads low. they are now in custody. the people who are supposed to protect are now convicted
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killers. al jazeera, pretoria. >> the red cross will suspend all aid operations in yemen's aden after gunman stormed its offices there. some were held at gunpoint but said to be unharmed in the attack. equipment, money and vehicles were among items stolen. the city has seen intense fighting between troops loyal to the exiled president and opposition fighters. >> a spokesperson for the red cross spoke to us earlier from sanna and condemned the attack. >> we are in contact with authorities in aden. >> elsewhere in yemen, three saudi soldiers have been killed at the border after coming under
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artillery fire. mainly soldiers, 50 people have been killed. we have the latest. >> an armored vehicle is hit by a rocket. this is a southern saudi arabian province, along its border with yemen, where houthi fighters say they launched this attack to target saudi troops. fighting has also intensified in the south central city of taiz. this is where the fight for the control of yemen will likely be decided. houthi fighters have put up fierce resistance here, despite losing crucial districts elsewhere. as the fighting continues, more people are killed and buildings destroyed. >> look at this. they are destroyed buildings, killed children, women and old people. they are destroying taiz. >> taiz is on the main highway
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that links the south to the capital, sanna, in the north. forces loyal to the exiled president adou rabbo mansour hadi say retaking taiz is just a matter of time. >> i tell the yemenese that despite the ongoing attacks by the houthis using rockets and heavy weapons, they assure that taiz will be liberated soon. >> this is another front line in yemen's continuing conflict. pro-government forces fire at houthi positions in the oil rich province. yemeni soldiers trained in saudi arabia have been sent here with new weapons to recapture the city and secure oil and gas installations. this is what government forces are hoping to achieve, they are on the offensive to recapture the province. they also say they have fighters ready to retake taiz. if they succeed in getting
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control of taiz and maarib, forces would advance to retake the capital and push houthi fighters and their allies to the north, their stronghold. that goal might not be easy. the houthis and forces loyal to former president ali abdullah saleh say they have deployed what they call an elite force in the mountains surrounding sanna to stop any advance by government troops. al jazeera. >> still to um come, ripples in china's economy leave investors fearing for their savings. >> images showing isil destroying a 2000-year-old temple in syria.
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>> a reminder of the top stories. the u.n. called on europe to tackle what is described as the world refugee crisis since world war ii. 3,000 refugees are expected to enter macedonia every day over the next few months. >> eight south african police officers found guilty of killing a taxi driver, handcuffing him to the back of their police van dragging him down the road. >> the red across suspending aid in aden after gunman stole equipment, money and vehicles. >> south sudan's president agreed to sign a peace deal to end the 20 month civil war.
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he is expected to sign on wednesday at a meeting of regional leaders but called for more negotiations on key parts of the deal first. the rebel leader signed the deal monday. the u.n. security council said it will take action immediately if he refuses to sign. >> they expressed optimism that the president will follow through on his commitment to sign the agreement without reservation. to stress the importance of full implement of the agreement, council members underscored the need to remain engaged on the situation in the country. in this regard, they expressed their readiness to act immediately if the president does not sign the agreement
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tomorrow as he had undertaken. >> we are joined live from the united nations, gabe, there have been real doubts about whether the president was going to sign this. >> that's right. and that's why the message from the security council was all options remain on the table and the pressure is still on the president from the security council's point of view. what he could face or country could face in south sudan if the president doesn't sign this agreement or signs it with reservations is targeted sanctions or an armed embargo against the country, all part of a u.n. led resolution on the table since last week. the security council's message is they are going to hold on to this resolution and wait and see what happens in these negotiation or if he signs this on wednesday, and then sort of make a decision after that on how to proceed. we just did hear from
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ambassadors from the u.k. and france, who bolt said that even if he doesn't sign it, there are probably still days or hours away from the u.n. taking up this resolution. we don't know where russia and china stand on it, so there would still need to be more negotiations no matter what happens tomorrow. >> huge pressure to get a political situation, because the humanitarian situation is so bad. >> that's right. steven o'brien, the u.n.'s top humanitarian official briefed the security council on that earlier on tuesday. he gave a very grim outlook on the humanitarian situation on the ground there, talked about thousands of people killed, also told some really horrific anecdotes about women being raped, allegedly, and people being killed in their homes, just some horrific, horrific tales. he updated the situation on terms of numbers. there are now 2.2 million
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internally displaced people in south sudan, over 200,000, with nowhere else to go now taking sanctuary in u.n. safe camps there in the country. over 616,000 refugees have fled to neighboring countries and the this is really critical here, as well. out of the 12 million population, there's a hunger problem. 38% of the population or 4.6 million, according to o'brien face food insecurity. he said fear hunger is a real threat now. so there's lots of problems in the country, the humanitarian situation is not getting any better. in fact, it's getting worse. >> thank you. >> the u.s. stock market has rebounded after china cut its interest rates. it is the fifth time in nine months china lowered the cost of borrow that. many who bought shares with
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their life savings are now worried about losing everything. we have this report from beijing. >> he is struggling to understand what is happening to china's economy. all he knows is that his shares are now worth 70% less than two months ago. >> i already put all my savings into the stock market. what i can do now is just wait for the index to come back. i won't buy or sell at this stage, just keep watching it. >> his story is being >> his story is being replicated across china. when it comes to making investments, the options are limited, property and shares. the problem now is that the prices of both are falling.
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>> a falling stock market and economy that's slowing, the owner of this restaurant said his holdings are half of june when the stock market began to fall. he says the landlord won't reduce the rent, so he's closing next month. >> my business is not doing well, merely because the stock market is falling. many companies in this area hav >> it is an anxious time and not everyone wants to talk. many blame foreigners for manipulating chinese stock market. this room is popular with pensioners who were encouraged by the government to buy shares. >> i don't even dare to calculate how much i lost, the market keeps falling. yesterday i lost 10%, today another 10%. i don't know when this could end. >> the stock market is a sensitive issue now and these people know it.
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officials demanded to see our pictures, order us to delete several images before they returned our identity cards. the president unveiled his vision, called the china dream, meaning making china more rich and powerful. some still believe that will happen. >> the china dream is our goal. that goal would be definitely achieved. if not, our country will go backwards. people's lives are still getting better day by day. >> china's leadership engineered recovery before, and for people it governs, they still have faith it will do so again. adrien brown, al jazeera, beijing. >> 13 iraqi troops have been killed by a suicide bomb close to rimadi, held by islamic state of iraq and the levant. security officials say an army vehicle was used to approach the troops before detonating the explosives.
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>> isil released images showing the destruction of an ancient temple in syria. barrels of explosives are seen being laid around the temple in palmyra. the temple was almost 2,000 years old and one of the most important sites in the city. isil captured palmyra in may and tore down ruins it considered pagan. it is said to be a loss for all syrians. >> this temple has been reconstructed before by a french team in the 20th century. i think that kind of rebuilding will certainly come. i think a place like palmyra loses a little bit of its, you know, its presence and authenticity every time something like this happens, and, you know, the loss to the people of syria is in calculable. syrians have that very strong identification with the site of pal meyer are precisely because
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they embrace this multi-cultural sense of self. if you ever, i lived in syria 12 years and if you asked a syrian which sect they belonged to or which group they belonged to religiously, it's an offensive question there. they would almost always look at you and respond i am syrian. the site represent that is multi-cultural diversity, precisely the kind i think isil wants to see eliminated. >> thousands of personnel have been deployed in a western india state. at least half a million people from the minority community have been on the streets protesting, demanding a quota for their caste in education and jobs. >> medical patients in ghana opting for traditional treatment are warned to choose their psychic healers-wisely. the government said some have been practicing without rental
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station certificates. we have a report from ghana. >> on patrol for psychic healers, government inspectors are checking whether the psychics here are registered or not. they are often met with hostility. this man isn't registered and his community is trying to persuade him to comply rather than face arrest. >> we have to be sure that they have the relevant competency and skills. imagine in these days of h.i.v. aids a practitioner using one treat people. >> in ghana, islam and christianity exists alongside each other.
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psychic healers seek guidance from god before performing rituals. he often deals with patients with psychiatric problems, a stroke, snake bite or other poison. he is preparing an idol for this patient to use to protect his home. >> if a person is paying for my services, i have to make sure they are getting value for money and i serve them well. these people who are not registered are lowering confidence with the rest of us. he is >> the government is trying to find ways for traditional medicine to work alongside conventional medicine. it recognizes that ghanians use both. there's a huge gap between the two. the team have to strike a delicate balance between respecting local traditions and enforcing the regulations, because this is the kind of healing that most people believe in, so the team has to insure it's being practiced safely. >> it's also about making sure that vulnerable people are protected. there are thousands of
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traditional healers in ghana and trying to track and monitor them all is a major challenge. al jazeera, ghana. >> there is much more on our website at katrina... ten years after the storm. >> during katrina, a large amount of water rushed in from the gulf. >> the walls were engineered to stop mother nature... they failed. >> do you think that new orleans