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>> mass protests in malaysia. thousands rally for a second day demanding the prime minister's resignation. hello, you're watching al jazeera, in doha. also on the program. the u.n. joins the global condemnation as an egyptian court sentences three al jazeera journalists to jail. greece struggles to find the resources and policies to cope but get more refugees. and, sharing the spotlight.
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three big stars help reboot the philippine film industry. tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in the malasian capital kuala lumpur for a second day demanding najeeb razak's resignation. unnamed foreign donors making a deposit to his bank account. 1 mdb set up in 2009 to try to turn kuala lumpur into a financial hub. >> reporter: tired and hungry, juneie and jimmy prepare for another day of protest. they have traveled almost seven
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hours to be here, sleeping on this concrete pavement overnight to show their support for a massive anticorruption rally in kuala lumpur. >> we want a state whereby everybody has equal opportunity everybody has equal shares and everybody treats everybody equally. that is what we want. >> concerned about a police crack down they've carried masks to fend off tear gas. thousands of demonstrators have taken over the capital calling for the resignation of najeeb rajak. >> many are students, some are professional. there is something they have in common. they are fed up with the government that they feel is chronically corrupt.
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najib is thought to have taken over $7 million from the state fund. >> if you see that there is something wrong about what he is doing, then they should actually pass a vote of no confidence. >> reporter: but the prime minister remains defiant refusing to step down. the government has labeled this illegal and has taken steps to stop it. >> take heed of them and not shut them out, not drown these voices. >> reporter: analysts believe this movement is unlikely to topple the government or force the prime minister's resignation but protesters have vowed to carry on their campaign.
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karishma viaz, al jazeera, kuala lumpur. >> anthropologist was at the protest, you were there and there have been previous protesters in the past. how significant is the second day of this protest? >> i think it's quite significant. in two ways, previous rallies in 2007 and 2011 and 2012, 13, sorry, were a prelude to a general election. this rally is not a prelude to a general election but galvanizing against one prime minister. i think the second is that the rally has been one of the longest we've seen here. we see there is a strong showing out there which shows the
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dissatisfaction amongst the general populace is really significant and people are willing to sleep overnight on the street of kl and rough it out. >> the dissatisfaction is it just to do with the financial scandal that we are all talking about or does it actually go a lot wider than this? is there a general dissatisfaction with mr. najib? >> i think there's a wider dissatisfaction, for instance what's happening with the economy. a lot of people are feeling pinch. a 6% gdp was recently introduced. so people are feeling the pinch and a scandal such as the one that's been widely reported about the $700 million u.s. dollars makes it quite apparent that there are some who are benefiting unduly perhaps and some that aren't benefited from
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affirmative action policies and the wider benefits in general. those people are showing and demonstrating their dissatisfaction on the streets of kl in recent days. >> effectively removing people who criticized him off the back of these protests do you believe there's enough momentum for a change of government for him to step down? do you believe this is possible? >> anything is upon especially in malasian politics but i think this is really the beginning rather than the end. this isn't the last i'm sure and not the end of a process of hoping and arguing for fairer elections and cleaner elections especially. i think it's the beginning of the renewed push for better governance in malaysia. and i think the scandal around najiw razak, has brought forth the scale of the system and the
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systemic bad governance that the citizens are having to deal with on a daily basis. >> we have to leave 30th, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> to japan, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of tokyo to protest against a security bill, whether or not to ease restrictions on japan's military, troops could fight abroad for the first time since world war ii. similar protests were held when the bill was pushed through japan's lower house last month. now the sentencing of three al jazeera journalists on saturday has been condemned worldwide. baher mohamed, mohamed fahmy and peter greste were convicted of
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crimes, the u.s. state department says i.t. was deeply disappointed and concerned and that freedom of the press to investigate, report and comment is fundamental to any free society. and the prime minister of canada also condemned the sentencing. in a tweet, steven harper said canada continues to call on egyptian for the full release of mr. fahmy and facilitate his return home. mohammemohamed fahmy and baher mohamed spent their first full night in jail. peter greste says the verdict was a gross injustice. andrew thomas spoke with him in
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sydney. >> reporter: peter greste has just finished his press conference to the rest in sydney. >> a positive sign in as much as we need to keep public attention, public awareness about our case and its gross injustice. remember i'm absolutely convince they'd one of the main reasons why i'm here today one of the reasons i was deported was because we had so much public support because so many people around the world were aware of the injustice in our regional trial and made it almost impossible for the egyptian government to continue to hold me there. we need to make sure that that noise doesn't die away. and so the media attention that we've been getting is absolutely vital. we need to keep it going. >> where does the campaign go from here? what are the elements of it? >> obviously there is a legal aspect to this.
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we'll be looking at every possible option for appeal. we will also be looking to president sisi to issue a pardon. he did say several times before he would pardon us if we were ever convict pend the world's attention is focused on this particular trial, of rule of law due process and freedom of the press. we've seen a gross injustice in these convictions and president sisi now has an opportunity to correct that and make it very clear that egyptia egypt still s respect those principles. diplomatic and political support, i've also spoken to the minister julie ibish, who will use every means at her control to get justice, everyone we can
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in fact to remind egypt that the world really does care about this case and what it stands for and of course we'll be looking to continue the very powerful social media campaign. >> peter, thank you very much. his chief concern is for his two colleagues my two colleagues back in cairo. human smuggling case in which 71 syrian refugees died. the refugees were found dead in the back of a truck in austria on thursday. the three bulgarians and an afghan are being held in custody because they are considered a flight risk. 26 refugees smuggled in a truck, pulled over on a chase in the western border with germany. trying to get to germany. well, the refugee crisis is the
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worst europe has seen since world war ii. the united nations says more than 300,000 people have crossed the mediterranean trying to get to the eu. the government is struggling to cope. john siropolous has the report. >> reporter: these afghan children are having a little of their childhood restored to them. the hellenic red cross has set up this compound, here they have 24 hour medical care. but much has been taken from them in years of poverty and exile. >> we are shia and hazara. in afghanistan there were some people like taliban, they kill the hazara people. that was why we migrated to
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iran. in iran, people were very cold actually. i'm going to go to a place that accept us. accept us like a person like a human. >> reporter: more than 170,000 refugees have poured into greece this year, most fleeing war, most looking for a better life. tent city had sprung up in athens largest public park. most feared public safety. most have gone ultimately out of greece nort northward into the balkans. the free for all that existed here and the policy of detention centers built by the previous conservative government. migrants were detained indefinitely until they agreed.
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the closure is controversial and five other camps remain. it is the same across europe, a struggle to balance law and order with humanity. these syrians afghanistan and iraqis felt euphoria when they stepped foot on continental europe. >> my family has lost ten women and children, if you find food it is expensive and only for the rich. >> reporter: the sudden freedom is overwhelming. some are unsure where to go, some get on buses, others head to the athens metro. they seek a little comfort and humanity. john siropolous, al jazeera,
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athens. >> still to come on al jazeera. ten years after hurricane katrina devastated new orleans, the city remembers its dead. also. >> this is common now. my people are coming back. >> we'll be reporting from northern nigeria, where farmers chased away by bandits are now reclaiming their land.
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>> you're watching al jazeera. a reminder of the top stories now.
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thousands of malasians have returned to the streets of kuala lumpur to call on prime minister najib ratak to quit. hundreds of millions of dollars paid to his bank account by unknown donors. the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon says he rejects the egyptian sentence imposed on al jazeera's journalists. refugees from syria and migrants from bangladesh. thousands of demonstrations
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and demonstrators have gathered in beirut for a second fate. anger at the state's failure to provide basic services. the fight against houthi rebels, abd rabbu mansour hadi, sudan was once seen to be close to iran. >> iran i -- iran expansion is w in sanaa. >> foirnlingofficials questionia bombing in bangkok. arrested on an apartment in the
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outskirts in the capital. he's the first person arrested at the shrine which killed 20 people. the u.s. city of new orleans is mark ten years since hurricane katrina. the storm ravaged the city and left much of it under water. andy gallagher reports. >> reporter: a decade ago this city lay submerged. its streets and neighborhoods in ruins. many of the memories are still too powerful. the losses too great. the mayor of new orleans told mourners that the struggles of the past ten years were not in vein. >> i want to take a minute to do the best i can to make sure the people of new orleans know that the world has not gorgten u for.
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this week we want to commemorate the lives lost which we are doing today and want to say thank you to the world that came to our aid in our darkest hour. >> in other parts of the city, residents danced and marched through their neighborhoods. a unique celebration of death and rebirth. ten years after the city's levees failed, a new system of purchase provides protection. in the lower ninth ward, one of the worst hit neighborhoods, there was a celebration. less than half of the residents here ever returned to their homes but those who are here are determined to restore their community. >> if there's something to take away from the struggle of the past ten years is this, resill resilience. >> poverty remains a big issue
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for new orleans but many remain optimistic. >> once you fall down you always learn there your mistakes. just like katrina we came back bigger and better. >> what happened here ten years ago, can never be forgotten but a determination to make things pert no matter how long it takes. andy gallagher, al jazeera, new orleans, louisiana. protest over young men at the hands of police. some are calling an epidemic of police violence. john hendren reports. >> reporter: on chi's most storied streets, the demonstrators feign death. the state of recent deaths of young black men in police custody have focused world attention on places like
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baltimore and ferguson, missouri. but here in chicago they say police abuse and unjustified killings have gone on for decades. ♪ the whole damn system is guilty as hell ♪ >> the chi theater pass a facade owned by a presidential candidate to protest killings of black and poor by metropolitan police. >> you don't seize anyone higher, sexually assaulted by police but you do see that often for black and brown citizens. >> the city has paid $85 million to victims of torture and it settle aside a $5.5 million fund for others. commanders john burge was
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convicted of overseeing torture of inmates. >> i listened to the victims of torture and it's literally outrageous. i don't know how you can listen and not get involved. >> they want to elect a civilian oversight board because 220 people have been wrongfully treated by police and none have been held accountable. >> they have literally done nothing, they have become a cover up for the police department. whenever something goes on i'm talking about serious stuff like murder and whatnot, these folks never get prosecuted, never get brought to justice. >> the police union says the demonstrators have a right to
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protest but declined to confront them. >> killed by firing squad. the man was sentenced to death on friday raf being ict requested for murder and the use of explosives. meantime, peace is returning to certain areas of nigeria after people were forced out. ahmed idris reports. >> first time in three years, he can return on his farm. after being forced out by thieves. for them tilling the land was impossible until a few months ago. >> we suffered and lost lives and property. we fled several times and decide not to run. we can't run forever. we're still afraid but ask where
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can we go? >> hundreds have been killed in the region. families have been forced into poverty as thousands of cattle were stolen. >> this is common now, my people are coming back. for moars it is a tough decision what to learn, we are trying to get back on our feet but it's not easy. >> reporter: a few is trying to raise cattle again. these communities are less than two kilometers from a regional security post. the population is now back after self imposed compile. for years, armies have threatened these areas forcing many to leave but now, many have returned. what many don't understand is
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how the animals are sold without then gitting caught. the government has assured them they are serious. >> for these posts will be there so the policing can control and see to security of life and protect parts of the community there. >> reporter: but that has come too late for some. this shilling was raided by robbers two years ago and the residents are not looking forward to coming back to these ruins. ahmed idris, al jazeera. >> for many years it was dominateby big budget studios but that is changing.
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recording are from manila. >> creating what they call a small film on a very tight budget but it features one of the country's more popular young actresses. this could be the next run-away hit. >> even with simple cell phone camera we can already tell a story. and two, people have recognized it. >> reporter: digital technology and social media has led to what industry watchers call the democratickization of cinema. it has revitalized the film industries and putting individuals back in cinema seats. it's been ten years since the
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birth of cinemalaya. now it's one of the biggest cultural event in the philippines. more hollywood people are takings a pay cut to get recognized. >> last november, an independent film that nearly wasn't completed broke records earning as many as $2 million u.s., in about as many weeks. but it's not just about film makers. >> we want to get our stories out there. >> some of those stories will hit the box office, maind,
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independent sensibilities and film making. marga ortigas, al jazeera. >> you can keep up to date on our stories at >> 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. >> techknow investigates 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 is safer than 10 years ago?


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