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>> few man activity is disrupting the climate. >> president obama urges leaders to protect the planet. hello. also on the program, showing solidarity in vienna, thousands take to the streets to support refugees in europe. not adequate or safe. an australia senate report slams
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an off-shore immigration camp. >> i will be telling you why these are in danger. >> u.s. president barack obama says climate change is a problem that needs to be addressed now. he made the comments at the start of a three-day visit in alaska. he demanded action before a u.n. summit. >> u.s. president barack obama is dragging the national spotlight to a place it rarely goes, the far northern state of alaska. >> alaska has warmed twice as fast as the rest of the united states. last year was alaska's warmest year on record. just as it was for the rest of the world. and the impacts here are very
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real. >> he will tour mountain glaciers, talk to people who are right now dealing with the impact of climate change, a chance to try and reach the third of the americans who tell pollsters they don't believe climate change is real. but this trip has environmental activists calling the president a hypocrite. because he recently approved drilling for oil in the very place he is. >> president obama has never shied away from executive action before. he's been on the defensive in the last couple of weeks trying to claim that these were bush era leases to drill in the arctic. but really, it's been his decision. if he cares at all about protecting that progressive legacy, he can cancel the lease. it's not too late. >> he's made climate change a part of his legacy.
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he made it a priority in his budget. but at the same time he is pushing for more drilling. when he took office the u.s. produced just over 5 million barrels of crude each day. in 2014 that number jumped to around 8.7 million. that is a 39% increase. the president defendings that saying it will take time to get more green energy. >> we have to rely on oil and gas. as long as that's the case, we should rely on domestic production. we should demand the highest safety standards in the industry, our own. >> the president is in alaska to focus the impact it has on land while not highlights the cause of it just off the coast. 20,000 people have taken to the streets of very even in a calling for fair and respectful treatment of refugees after the bodies of 71 people were found
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in an abandon truck last week. >> reporter: thousands of people gathered until vienna's ancient cathedral to mourn the refugees who died in an airless truck. and for the thousands of others who have died on land and sea trying to reach europe. the deaths of the 71 refugees have horrified the european public. over the weekend us a treal police began checking trucks and vans entering the country from hungary. they found 200 refugees packed into vehicles and detained by suspected human smugglers. >> translator: we are seeing people traffickers who are becoming increasingly brutal.
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we have to fight that with tougher measures. >> reporter: getting tough snarled the highway with a traffic jam nearly 30 kilometers long. as night fell, thousands of people marched in protest through the streets of vienna demanding better treatment for refugees. people here are not only grieving for the refugees who died, many are upset with the leaders of the european union for failing to deal effect fively with the refugee crisis. leaders of human rights groups organized the march seeking to apply pressure on politicians. >> i'm very european. we can't take up a few hundred thousand refugees? they are fleeing for their life. >> i want the government to be
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more sensible, sensitive, to the foreigners which have pain and suffer, just let them in and give them a chance to live. >> reporter: but prayers and protests are no substitute for a coherent refugee policy. european leaders will hold a summit on the issue in two weeks. between now and then, the river of refugees will keep flowing. rob reynolds, vienna. >> meanwhile refugees cheered "thank you." they arrived on a train from the hungarian capital. the refugees will be transported by bus to registration centers. germany has taken in more asylum seekers than any other country and expects 800,000 this year alone. but there have been tents seen
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at the border between austria and hungary where trains were stopped. we follow the journey of hundreds of people. >> reporter: yet another cue for weary refugees, but this is a breakthrough. hundreds being allowed to board training to germany and austria. some of these families have been living on pavements surrounding the station for more than a month. this is happening only a few hours after the hungarian government told al jazeera there could be no trouble across borders without visas. none of these people have visas. now they are in a train bound for munich and cleared to leave. at the austrian border there is confusion and delays of several hours. it's because the austrian railway wasn't happy with the overcrowded carriages and wanted to transfer passengers to other
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trains. this man talked of elation. >> i go to germany. where will i go? maybe in germany. it's the country. and maybe good. germany is good. >> reporter: but some were stressed whether they were free to carry on across the border. after an hour and a half came relief. >> it's stifling in here. this train is packed. these people are all celebrating because they are convinced they are about to cross the border. they don't have visas and it seems the exception is being made and the journey goes ahead. at last, on their way to the destinations they have grown to doubt they would ever see.
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the german chancellor took aim at other european countries at their treatment. >> we have a humanitarian responsibility. we need establish registration centers and talk to african nations, talk to countries that are in civil war and ensure there is a fair distribution of refugees across europe. not like what is currently happening across serbia, macedonia and hungary. an explosion hit a chemical plant in the eastern chinese province. one person is believed to have died. a single blast was heard before midnight. we have more from beijing. >> reporter: the incident, a chemical factory, occurred at 11:25 local time on monday evening, that's about 1530 gmt. one reported death, that of the
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factory manager and the few photographs available on the internet were soon removed by the authorities. the local government site has reported the blast but that report was also withdrawn. so very little coming out of the area. the location is 460 kilometers southeast of the capital beijing. and it comes just weeks after that huge blast which killed as many as 130, left 300 injured and still has at least 15 people missing. the authorities are trying to clamp down on such incidents and have vowed to inspect rigorously those locations deemed to be industrial areas or chemical plants and will prosecute those. it comes off the back of another small explosion in the same province last week. the authorities want to try and stop this in the lead-up to huge national day celebrations on thursday where they are welcoming over 30 heads of state
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and over 100 international delegations, one of the largest celebrations and commemorations this country will hold in memory of those that died and also fought in the second world war. >> in kenya four suspects are due in court. the men were charge in june for the april 2 attack in which gunmen targeted christian students. the 148 people were killed. in somalia alshah bothey claim e skilled scores of troops. a similar raid killed dozens of troops in the same province. lots more still to come on al jazeera. los angeles is the largest city to equip its police officers with body cameras.
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plus argentina returns stolen artifacts to their rightful owners. stay with us.
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>> welcome back. a quick reminder of the top stories. president obama has outlined the damage caused by climate change. it needs to be addressed now. thousands have taken to the streets in vienna calling for fair and respectful treatment of refugees. a memorial service was held for
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71 people. los angeles is now the largest city in the united states to equip local police with body cameras. many u.s. cities are looking at using the cameras after protests against police brutality. officials are trying to build trust with the community. >> punch like this, slip it under my collar. >> reporter: police call this the new normal o monday more than 80 officers here took to the streets wearing body cameras. >> something that we are not intimidated of, we are not afraid of. we are embracing the idea and the concept of it. i think it will give a new perspective to it. >> reporter: the first 860 cameras will be deployed over the next month. 7,000 will be issued making this
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the largest city to use these devices on a wide scale. officers say body cameras will give the full story, unlike the deaths at the hands of police that were not captured on camera. >> they are talking about a crime or incident, that cam largest city will be on. this organization has nothing to hide. >> but peter with the aclu disagrees. he notes that l.a. pd officers will be allowed to review the footage before filing their report. the department has no plans to let the public see any of the video recorded. >> it helps provide the public assurance. but giving officers a chance to look at the video betrays that principle. >> it protects me more than it
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protects the public. >> in 2012 the smallty of realto became the first city to deploy the devices. but body camera footage has also been used against officers. this video from cincinnati show as routine traffic stop escalate into a shooting. the white officer who shot and killed the black driver is now charged with murder. an australian senate report condemned conditions that an off-shore detention center used to house asylum seekers. what were the committee's recommendations? >> well, this committee has been look into a number of allegations of abuse at the detention center. you will remember that the
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detention center set up by australia's government in other countries are a key plank of their deterrence policy towards asylum seekers. australia's government says if you will be put in these camps. but these secret camps where all kinds of nasty things go on have been operating for three years. many people, hundreds of people, languishing in them for some years. this report details a number of the allegations that are going on. it comes up with recommendation. that the process should be made more transparent. media and nongovernmental organizations should get more access to these camps. people should have a more predictable status and the abuses going on in this camp as well. another recommendation that children shouldn't be in this camps. the conditions are in no way fit for them. i'm pleased to say that claire
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from the organization chill out which campaigns to get children out of detention joins me now. the recommendation of the economity is that children are withdrawn. that's what you have been calling for. >> absolutely. chill out supports that recommendation. past reports have said children should be removed. what chill out wants to see is action and following on from these investigations, it's clear that these environments are harmful to children. there are still over 200 children in detention within australia. and we ask that the government release all of those children into the community. >> the report details some of the allegations of abuse that go on in the camp, or are said to go o sexual abuse of women, abuse of children, self-harm by children. but there is scepticism about
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the validity. the government said that the claims are unsubstantiated. are you sure what people are saying is going on really is? >> we have no doubt that this is actually what is going on. we have firsthand communication with many children and families in detention. in fact, the best of our knowledge, there are many more cases of abuses than were revealed in the report. many children are fearful speaking out against these abuses due to consequences, cultural issues. we would say apart from the 67 allegations, there are likely to be many more. >> thank you very much. the government has said that this report is part of the campaign against their policies. they have said they will look at the recommendations contained in it. there is no sign that the camp will close down entirely. the private company that operates in the camp was on monday award ads further five year contract to continue running these centers. so although the new answer, the
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details of what may or may not be going on in these camp more public than what it was. floss question of these camps closing any time soon. >> thank you. a thai court has cleared people. the charges related to an on-line alleging the military turned a bottom line eye. the case should never have been brought in the first place. the u.s. state department released more than 7,000 pages of hillary clinton's e-mails on-line. she's been criticized for using her private e-mail server when she was head of state. the body of a woman who died
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in sierra leone tested positive for ebola. the last confirmed patient had been discharged from hospital. paris is introducing tough new measures to control the city's worsening air pollution. large trucks registered before 2001 will be banned from the center of the city. that's a start. >> many of these market traders trucks are about to be banned. according to the mayor, they are too old and too polluting. drivers will be fined $40 each time they are caught. and they are not happy. >> it's going to affect us, three-quarters of the market don't have new trucks. we end up paying. >> but paris has a problem. they like to drive, especially cheap to run diesel engines which pour millions of tiny particles into the air. back in march the city had the worst air quality in the world.
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critics say that this is more about the city of paris trying to avoid a huge fine being imposed by the european union and also trying to get its house in order before it hosts the world climate change conference later this year. the city says it will encourage drivers to buy newer vehicles. restrictions will cover more and more vehicles in the years leading up to 2020. >> translator: air pollution costs france $110 billion per year. that's a travesty for our health but also an economic travesty. we have to improve air quality so it doesn't harm our health. >> big operators like staff trucks are taking steps to meet the new rules. this vehicle runs on ethanol, this one is a hybrid. all are regularly serviced, but it cost a lot of money.
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>> this is a pr exercise, yes. it's also a symbol, important to tell to the people, the professional and the people to understand that they have to do something now. >> it's not clear how aggressively the rules will be policed. but it will be taken by the small operators. it's not clear they can afford it. the organization of american states has held a special session to address a border standoff between venezuela and colombia. venezuela has closed part of the border. more than a thousand colombians have been deported after three soldiers were injured in a shootout with suspected smugglers. argentina is sending back thousands of stolen artifacts worth millions of dollars to their rightful owners.
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the pieces were recovered during an investigation by interpol. we have more. >> reporter: these are thousands of artifacts which are being sent back to their country of origin. they are around 4,500 of them. they come from ecuador and were recently recovered after a ten year investigation. >> translator: the investigation started with a u.s. professor was caught at the airport with one of the pieces. i went to some of the raids. we found book shelfs filled. >> reporter: among the pieces, there are glasses, statues and other elements used in peru. we are told that the pieces were stolen from archeological sites
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and brought here. this is the neighborhood that is fill with antique stores. interpol launched several raids, some in this area, to recover the pieces. at interpol's headquarters, an expert in finding stolen antiques. he was in charge of the operation and says what happened with the archeological artifact was not an exception. remember. >> translator: south america is a region that provides archeological material. pieces come from other parts of south america to argentina an then taken somewhere else. that's how trafficking happens. it's a multimillion dollars industry. >> reporter: argentina is trying to set a precedent about what to do with recovered antiques. that's why it's offered to send the pieces to the original owners. >> translator: when you go to museums around the world, they
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are filled with stolen pieces from another country. that's why argentina is sending these pieces back. >> reporter: antique trafficking has become a major business around the world. at least this time these artifacts are heading to where they belong. for hundreds of years intricately painted human tigers have taken to the street in a southern india streets. once dozens of teams would compete for prize money and entertaining the crowds. but as we report, rising costs and a lack of government help means the celebration is at risk of dieing out. ele.>> the painting starts earln the morning. each has their own tiger design. teams will be judged by the body art, dance moves and the size of
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their bellies. this small frame won't get many points, this 75-year-old has experience on his side. he has been bearing his stripes since 1956 and competition was fiercer in the past. >> before there were more tigers. but now the painting and makeup were different in those days. it was nicer. had a different smell. >> to save money, some teams have resorted to using house paint instead of traditional organic powders and dies. and due to rising costs, many groups have dropped out despite grants from the government that covers half their expenses. but even the mayor agrees, that's not enough. >> translator: i think the government should be supporting it with more funding. [indiscernible] in order to keep this art form alive.
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>> reporter: by mid afternoon the troops take to the streets. each troop has up to 51 human tigers backed by dozens of drummers. the origins go back more than 200 years started by the regions came to showcase the spirit. until recently it was mostly men. you won't see very many women and children in the crowd watching these dancing tigers. but that changed over the past few years with the government promoting this as a grand finale for the harvest festival and it's working. thousands of people come to watch the show. >> it's crazy. i like it. >> reporter: there is no question the popularity of this once obscure festival is growing. but many here say unless it gets more financial support, it's in danger of going extinct.
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