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>> good evening i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america. we begin with mexico's strong condemnation of egypt tonight over the accidental killing of tourists by the egyptian military. took the tourists into a restricted area without
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permission. they also claim security forces thought they were firing on a rebel group in the country's western desert area. survivors said they were fired on by egyptian helicopters and military aircraft. at least two of them were mexican tourists. now there's word two american citizens may be among the injured. mexico's enrique pena nieto is calling for investigation. his country is still in shock after the incident on sunday. >> yesterday's events have saddened us, there hasn't been an event like this against our citizens, mexico has demanded from the egyptian government an exhaustive thorough and comprehensive investigation.
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>> helping with the repain pait ratiorepatriationof the citizen. the injured were taken to a cairo hospital for treatment. arrived at the hospital to visit the injured. egypt has expressed regret about the incident but it says the tourists were in a restricted area. alongside the mexicans onumber of egyptians were also said to have been killed and injured. in a tweet, mexico's president also said his government quote strongly condemns these acts against our citizens. egyptian troops at the time are said to have been chasing armed fighters in the desert, they were said to have been traveling in similar vehicles to the tourists.
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lucia newman, al jazeera. >> we are joined by doug olivant. he joins us from washington. hi doug. >> evening, antonio. >> os this seedoes this seem ton what the egyptians say it is, a tragic mistake? >> it seems to be but we need to back up a step. yes, these tourists may have been somewhere they weren't supposed to be but friends of the tour guide who was killed in the attack have been posting his permits on social media. let's say they were in a place they weren't supposed to be. nonetheless you have the egyptian military in apache helicopters which we sold them which were incredibly fast killing machines. they are sitting in the air looking at these people in suvs. the apache can travel at 100 miles an hour, the suv can't do
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more than 40 in the desert. they can go and look and zoom in with their optics, they could have seen who these people were, they could have called for reenforcements. there is no need for attacking and shooting the first thing you see, that's what apparently happened here. >> they said first it happened at night in a restricted zone but reports are clear it happened in broad day light, in an area that is frequented by tour guides. you have to wonder, the egyptian military trained by the americans, using great apache helicopters, do before you do what was suggested. >> there is a few possibilities here one, they're perhaps not that well trained. this is a distinct possibility this is brand-new pilots out there for the first time, maybe the experienced pilots were sick
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today, we don't know. another possibility is that this is not going very well for the egyptians out in the desert and they're having a lot of trouble finding these armed groups. and so when these pilots saw something, they were immediately so excited at the time thought of finally finding their opponents that they shot first and forgot to ask the smart questions. >> it raises the question how bad things are getting inside egypt. the reports are that the insurgent is away mostly in the east, or in cairo where there have been occasional attacks. so is this incident in the west evidence that the breadth of the problem in egypt is growing? >> i think certainly there's a problem out here. now whether it's always been there or whether it's growing i'm not quite sure we know. but evidently they were out there looking because there was some be bedoin that was execute,
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not that egyptians randomly killed tourists. there was not just some random going on. random pid before you kill them. >> strong insurgency in western egypt, is it this mostly sinai province the i.s.i.l. affiliate that egypt is seeing as its most dangerous? >> they're out there but there are also more generic islamic groups. in that area of egypt you have the various menagerie that you have just over the border in libya say. so hard to know exactly who they were looking for. they may not know which group committed the latest atrocity they were hunting down. >> it does seem i.s.i.l. has growing operations across north africa, in egypt, libya and
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tunisia. >> hard to know if it's siel proper oi.s.i.l.proper or some d groups than i.s.i.l. whether it's i.s.i.l. or some islamist group. if you are captured and beheaded, the result is pretty much the same. >> this must be a blow for egypt who is trying to increase tourism. >> this is not going to help their tourism level. >> the website saying tourists should avoid travel outside cairo and major tourivity areas. tourist areas. more countries are closing their doors and imposing tighter border controls. today all in favo austria and sl
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jazeera's jacky rowland is in brussels whering ministers have failed to agree on a border plan. >> austria has followed germany in introducing new border controls for refugees seeking asylum in the european union. interior justice ministers from across the eu met in brussels on monday to try reach an agreement how to share out 160,000 refugees. ultimately they fell short. >> when we do not succeed the first time, yes, we try again. is there world is watching us. it is time for each and every
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one to take their responsibilities. >> reporter: these refugees beat the new border controls between serbia and hungary. but they may not be as lucky when they try cross from hungary into austria. they risk getting caught in limbo. this crisis is laying bare some fundamental divisions between eu states. several eastern european countries have said that imposing refugee quotas won't work and they won't seven them. but germany and france are arguing that if countries want the privileges of eu membership they must accept the responsibilities. even as some close their doors more refugees arrive on the shores of greece. they are unaware of the obstacles and hardships that lie ahead. >> as they say, winter is coming and europe needs to be prepared
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for that so that we can fulfill our obligation towards those who flee war and persecution, so we can also fulfill our obligation against those who want us to do a better job of protecting our borders. >> in the european union decision he are reached through consensus but in this case common ground is hard to find. ministers say a political commitment exists to relocate the refugees. translating that professed commitment into action is another matter. jacky rowland, al jazeera, prustles. brussels. >> british prime minister david cameron got a firsthand look at the consequences of the syrian war today, he says it is vital to support refugees within the region to discourage them from risking their lives trying to reach europe. >> i wanted to come here to see for myself and to hear for myself the stories of refugees an what they need.
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britain is already the second largest donor to refugee camps and to this whole crisis really helping in a way that many other countries aren't with serious amounts of money. we'll go on doing that including increasing the amount of money we're giving to educate syrian children here in lebanon and elsewhere. >> last week cameron promised britain would take in 20,000 refugees. they are only a fraction though the total number of refugees in need. al jazeera's maryana hand has the story of the refugees. >> syria had a population of 22 million people in 2011. but after four years of brutal civil war 12 million have been forced from their homes. that's more than half the population. close to eight million have
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sought refuge within syria. of those internally misplaced, four million are children. turkey has taken in the most close to 2 million, more than a million are in lebanon while jordan, iraq and egypt have refugees numbering in the hundreds of thousands. compare that to the number of syrian refugees in europe or trying to get there. significantly smaller. u.n. refugee agency says almost 350,000 syrians have applied for asylum for over the last four years. but even accounting for the thousands more trying to make it to europe every day, europe is taking just over 3% of the 12 million syrians in urgent need for help. >> the pentagon has new concerns for russia, saying it is setting up a military base inside a
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province of syria. the u.s. will not confirm specifics of numbers or troops or weapons. but says that the intentions for base are unclear. our national security correspondent jamie mcintire joins us from the pentagon. jamie. >> antonio, after a week of hemming and hawing, the pentagon did come out and say the russians are apparently setting up a forward air base in latakia. the way the united states knows this they have been watching for more than a week now, a steady flow of russian military cargo planes, bringing in military equipment and troops, cargo ships and a lot of aerial surveillance in the area because of the ongoing air operations there. the real way they know that this
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is going on is russia is not hiding it. media quoted sergey lavrov as saying yes military build up is going on, including not just weapons but also troops that train the syrians to use them. the u.s. has seen some t-90 tanks around the outside of the air base, sa 22 surface to air antiaircraft missiles, again presumably in a defensive role. what they haven't seen is any attack aircraft or attack helicopters, strike aircraft being brought in. they don't know if that will happen in the future. the u.s. has warned russia that it is making an unstable situation in syria even more unstable but russia says they're just doing what they've been doing all along which is supporting their long time ally in the region. antonio. >> jamie, the u.s. has asked a
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number of countries in europe and in the region not to allow russian planes to fly over them to deliver these military supplies to syria and a lot of countries have complied. one of them however is not complying and that's iraq despite the fact that it's supposedly an ally and we give them an awful lot of money. >> iraq, united states makes the point of saying iraq is in charge of its own destiny even those u.s. is playing a big role there. getting nato allies bulgaria and greece to stop russian overflights, but iran and iraq, the u.s. has basically gone to iraq and saying hey you need to really question on these planes bus what russia is doing is using regular commercial routes that are used by any travel to
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take this equipment in so the u.s. is subtly pressuring iraq to try to get russia to stop that but it has not made a formal request to stop. >> jamie mcintire at the pentagon, thanks. hungary's prime minister takes a tough stance on refugees say it will help preserve a way of life. coming up we'll look at the action he of hungary and europe with a former ambassador to the u.s. and nato. i.s.i.l. bomb plot disrupted an i.s.i.l. affiliate. te.
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>> as we mentioned hungary is taking even tougher measures to keep out refugees. the government has been building a 12 foot high 108 mile razor wire fence along its border with serbia and now has enacted new laws to turn back asylum seekers. the message, face arrest and imprisonment. close to 6,000 refugees shattering the record of 4300 set the day before. victor orbin has vowed the country will not back down. orbin vowed to protect hungary border and way of life. >> translator: you have to defend hungary and europe you
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have to protect our way of life. you are the defenders of our culture our way of life and our sovereignty. our thousand-year-old statehood gives us an unquestionable right to defend our borders. we have a right to determine who can enter our country and who can't. >> 200,000 refugees entering hungary. but not everyone in that country agrees with the prime minister's views. in our incontext segment andrew simmons looks at what both sides say and the prime minister's long term goals. >> referring to this human crisis, hungary's prime minister has repeatedly said it's germany's problem but ask any of the volunteers who try ohelp the refugees through chaos what they think and they can't help getting political.
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>> for many hungarians it's natural we have them and we feel really angry that the prime minister is giving them there treatment. >> he said that they don't want muslim here. i did not understand that. because there are muslims living here with peace. >> we're not sure what's going to happen. if they close the borders then, there will be thousands of people sleeping here again. >> reporter: political protests are gaining momentum. this demonstration is supporting him. this publication is supporting him. >> it's not the prime minister that is fascist but the editors who dare to say this about the prime minister. >> translator: there's nothing wrong with the migrants or their religion, it is the large number that's all.
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>> reporter: not far away, protesters have marched against parliament. his main opposition is keeping a grim grip often power. before the refugees crisis his popularity was waning. now his advisors say the firmer he gets on the issue the more popular he becomes. a former socialist prime minister believes orban is taking hungary down a dangerous road. >> orban is fighting for the right wing. >> orban is four years from an election. some analysts believe he is playing a smart card. >> victor orban is not someone who's interested in popularity tomorrow or after tomorrow. he thinks much more that there is a challenge for europe and
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the current european elite is not able to answer this challenge. >> reporter: orban's supporters believe in his fire brand approach and his believe of a christian europe but he is playing for political stakes and makingen miss in high places. as he does so, the misery continues without relief. andrew simmons, al jazeera, budapest. >> former into ambassador to und states and nato, joins us from the lithuanian capital. they're patrolling the bother on horseback, the fence is almost finished. they declare any border crossing or tampering with the fence a felony. is the chaos there getting worse? >> i don't think the chaos is getting bigger. but i do think that this is a
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one step in the direction of creating some kind of order. but in itself this is not the solution. i do believe that hard power alone will not do the trick. and i think it needs to be a combination of empathy, strong humanitarian support and some kind of organized, organized, transit of these people to the place where they want to be. >> well, there is a lot of empathy in hungary, there is also a lot of people who want a hard line including prime minister orban who say the refugees threaten the hungarian way of life. in our story we said that the firmer he gets the more powerful he becomes. do you think country will become more tough on refugees? >> i don't agree he is becoming more popular, he is more popular
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in his base but there is a lot of disagreement in hungary. increasingly understanding that hungary can not be seen as a country that refuses to accept refugees. >> but on the other hand is orban just reflecting what others feel? we have seen protests against refugees and immigration in general in western europe so are tensions growing on the whole continent? >> i think tensions are growing on the whole continent and that is why the european union really needs to act fast. you know there are sentiments and there are people who want to push back on this. who are you know some of it is xenophobia, some of it is driven by fear and some of it is driven by the fact that they have not seen real leadership on this issue from the european leaders. >> in an opinion piece you wrote that this crisis could go one of
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two ways. either a exinls problem o existr a real opportunity. what do you see as the existential property? >> management to the chaos it will go away. do i not expect this to last for very long. the opportunities are also great. look, europe has an aging population and for many countries it would be just smart economics for future to invite refugees. europe either take multiculturalism seriously or it doesn't. >> but you've seen the rise of some of these racist protests. europe has not done a tremendously good jos job in may cases of assimilating people in many years. are you confident with this kind
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of flood europe can accept them in that opportunity that you talk about and manage to assimilate them in a way that's good for them? >> perfect question. i think there is no other way, i don't think europe has a choice. it just has to figure out a smarter better way of integration. look, most of these people will want to work. they want to contribute to society. but one thing is clear, that the fundamentals of our societies of our democratic societies have to be accepted by these refugees which is tolerance, understanding, respect for others, respect for human rights, respect for women, if these conditions are met, why wouldn't they be able to integrate? but i agree with you. europe so far has not done a really great job of this. we can do better. >> former hungarian ambassador
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to the united states, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> afghanistan freeing hundreds of inmates, fear of the trouble the country has to secure inmates on its own. and mouth osso sending plumes of smoke and ash into the sky.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international news a power shift in australia as tony abbott is ousted as prime minister. but first a look at the stories making headlines across the u.s. in our american minute. >> a pair of major wildfires burning in northern california takes a life. more than 500 buildings have already burned to the ground. in mississippi, police say they have spoken to a man suspected of shooting two people today. wanted in the killing of a college professor at delta state university. also wanted for the shooting of a woman at the complex he lived. they did not say where or when they were in contact with him. in kentucky a same sex couple got their marriage license from a clerk's office in
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rowan county a few hours after kim davis went to work. davis was jailed for contempt after saying her religious beliefs would not allow her to issue licenses, she said she would not interfere with the licenses being issued. taliban, afghan officials say managed to free more than 350 inmates and kilt more than four afghan officers. six fighters dressed as police entered with heavy weapons. jennifer glasse reports from kabul. >> reporter: a coordinated taliban attack on that facility in the outskirts of aghazni city. taliban reporters, taliban fighters. security was already bad in
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ghazni. this incident. dozens of them will not improve the situation at all and it highlights how fragile situations are outside that taliban can attack facilities, attacking continues in the north in the kunduz province. police and army dead and wounded at 15,000 so far this year, that's an average of 22 afghan soldiers being killed a day across afghanistan. numbers that analysts here are just unsustainable. and one of the big challenges forthfor the new afghan presidet ashraf ghani, knows security is a key for government if it wants some security here. >> jennifer glasse from kabul. authorities say they broke
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up a group planning a terror attack, pledging allegiance to i.s.i.l, wanted to create a affiliate called the caliphate of i.s.i.l. series of rebel groups plo moroo says it has stopped. northern village near the nigerian border, locals said they noticed four teenagers who were strangers to the neighborhood, the teens did manage to detonate one bomb, but members of a self defense group managed to keep them from a local market. defense secretary ash carter is expected to present an award to airman spencer stone, two of his friends and stone helped subdue a gunman while in a train
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on vacation last month. stone's thumb was almost severed in the incident. alex skarlatos is also expected fob honored. purple heart is usually reserved for injuries suffered while this war. abu dustar abdel rachman authorities believe traveled to bangladesh, but authorities have no record of him arriving there. florence looi reports. >> the malasian inspector of police confirmed they have three
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suspects in custody. three include a pakistani national. >> we are not sure whether the main suspect is in this country so far, we are not so sure yet. we don't have any evidence to show that he is in this country so we are investigating it. >> the arrests were made several days ago and police say they acted on a tipoff from thai authorities. the bomb blast in bangkok took place at overy popular shrine in downtown bangkok. locals and tourists were killed. thai police also have several suspects in their custody but they have yet to establish omotive and no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> florence looi reporting from kuala lumpur. palestinians and israeli
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police skirmish at the al-aqsa mosque, the mosque is part of a compound revered by muslims and jews. this is the second day muc of te most recent conflict there. today jordan's king abdalla warned israel that further provocation would damage ties between two countries. also issues between venezuela and colombia are growing, after accusations by the venezuelan military. two military planes crossed into colombian air space on saturday around another on sunday. venezuelan pilot says he was crossing the border because of bad weather but failed to ask permission as required. president maduro of venezuela
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accused colombian paramilitary of. >> andrew thomas reports on the shift in power down under in australia. >> the result was close but in the end votes went in favor of the challenger. >> in the leadership, was contested by malcolm turnbull and tony ab bo. turnbull 54, abbott, 44. >> the australia of the future. has to be a nation that is agile. that is innovative that is creaivet. wcreative. we ask not future proof ourselves.
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the volatility and change is our friend. is our friend if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it. there has never been a more exciting time to be live than today. and there has never been a more exciting time to be an australian. >> tony abbott was australia's prime minister for almost exactly two years. to the right of his party, his chief achievement was stopping boats of refugees from reaching australia and scrapping an environmental tax on carbon emissions. he was never very popular. his chances of leading his party to a second election victory looked slim. malcolm turnbull was a long ago rival. he seized his moment. tony abbott was elected in 2013,
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promising to end the dysfunction of the labour government. one of no controversy, it was not to be. turnbull will be sworn in as prime minister on tuesday. andrew thomas, al jazeera, sydney. under fire today for his appointments to his shadows cabinet, the bulk of the criticism stems from his controversial choice of finance spokesman john mcdonald, a labour ally. corbin chose a record number of women in his cabinet, but the women are not in senior roles. the construction probe into fifa is not over yet. loretta lynch was in switzerland today. saying more charges will be
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filed but not whether they will be filed against sepp blatter. >> i'm not able to give you information about mr. blatter's travel plans. >> in may four fifa officials were charged with racket eager money laundering and corruption charges. german chancellor angela merkel, proand antirefugee groups are taking their issues to the streets. >> 30% of historic monument has gone missing and further i'll tell where you it's gone. gone.
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>> the japanese government is keeping a watchful eye on mount osso. ash and has escaped but the area around the mountain has been evicted. takeshi onaga was elected last november to prevent the construction of a new base on okinawa. japan's government halted construction after no compromise was reached after the september 10th dea deadline, the u.s.
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government announced its intention to restart the construction. hotel provides food and shelter and the refugees pi pith in to help prepare food and clean rooms. the hotel keeps 12 he others open for paying guests. government in germany says it is preparing for over 1 million refugees over the next year. growing online, antirefugee rhetoric. carl penhall reports fro fromhamburg. >> this ihamburg. government's decision to take in hundreds of thousands of refugees. but authorities ban they'd
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protest, instead, crowds turned out to welcome refugees to hamburg and rally against neonazis. thousands of police are on duty almost blockading hamburg's central station just in case the protesters decide to ignore the ban. distanced himself from the neonazi movement. he describes himself now as a german patriot. >> translator: germany always finalize it tough to take the middle path. we always go to extremes. that was true of the nazi party and east german communism and we are seeing it again with refugee policy he says. wants to force the rest of europe to follow it. that's the kind of behavior that fueled hitler's third reich he
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says. he says the newly rieske newly n should go back home. if there was a war in the balkans for example and everything goes back to normal then they should go back home. but the problem is refugees come and never leave, he says. the essence of devrees' views however not the radical tone steam resonate for many in one working class neighborhood. this neighborhood is home to many immigrant families. at this corner cafe i met joakim gomez. germany doesn't have the capacity to take in so many people, it is simply too many. sooner or later, the system will break down and we'll get sick of
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it, he says. she is expecting her second child. these days they have to focus on immigrant kids who don't speak german. that's not fair of the german kids, it's a waste of their time. married to a chilean political refugee. she is worried the influctuates of refugees will force down wages. people are offering to work for less than the minimum wage. things will get worse, there will always be people willing to work for cheaper she says. voted for german chancellor angela merkel. and christian union party. they direct me to a soup kitchen just across the road. this independent charity, adds a week's groceries for around $5 to the poor. this 70-year-old german who
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prefers not to tell me her name, says she's only pennies to live on once she pays for rent and utilities. they've built new homes for asylum seekers but there are so many germans looking for an affordable home and just can't find one. if it goes on that way for 18 months or two careers, i can imagine it will explode. these are the homes close by she's referring to. occupied by asylum seekers from syria and a albania. this german lady was also at the soup kitchen. our politicians should be shot. they should oblige other countries to take a fixed amount of refugees whether they like it or not, she says. but for now, her words seem to go unheeded. more refugees arrive by the day at hamburg's central station and
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many other germans seem ready to welcome them. carl penhall, al jazeera, germany. negotiating for two islands in greece. issued a statement today confirming he has identified two private islands and are and has reached out to their owners. u.n. refugee agency reached out to him. a couple rides right into a rare tornado in france. next the dramatic moments caught on camera. also this: >> i'm jessica baldwin in london where a new exhibit has just opened, exploring global pop art. art.
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>> business man bill browder.
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>> a couple in france somehow managed to survive after nearly driving directly into a tornado. the storm touched down on the country's western coast where tornadoes are rare. this video was shot by the couple as the tornado closed in on their car. local authorities reported uprooted trees and roofs being blown off buildings. so far though there have been no reports of injuries. one of the wonders of the world the more than 2,000 year old great wall of china is slowly disintegrating. 30% of the man made wonder no longer exists because of weather
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and tourists chipping away. sahil raman has the story. >> naturally occurring stone available in this part of northern china yet not all the stone used here comes from the quarry. some came from the great wall of china. her ancestors took the great wall's stone to build their homes, in some cases more than 100 years ago. >> we are happy to give back any part of the wall if asked. you have to remember, we were so poor back then, modern cheap bricks were not available like they are now. >> reporter: she is like hundreds of others in the area whose homes are made from the old and the new. ancient china sits alongside its modern descendant. the wall is over 2300 years old and runs over 21,000 kilometers.
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while nature eroded parts, others have been worn away by 70,000 visitors each day. many visitors say protecting the wall is important. >> translator: the great wall suspect just china's it whrongs tbelongsto the whole human races to be protected. >> it is a symbol of china and we have to look after it. >> some visitors today provide a photo opportunity for local chinese. the deterioration of the wall and in part its disappearance is worrying those fighting to protect it. >> translator: it's closely connected to the origin of our culture. the disappearing of the wall is in line with lack of respect in protecting our tradition and culture. >> reporter: the authorities have not been ignoring situation of the wall. the government's restoration and protection plan began in 1957 and it continues to this day
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because the greatest enemy of the wall isn't just man. it's the elements. they're doing their damage as well. because parts of the wall are not just made in attorney they e made in wood and brick. they're vulnerable to the weather. are why communities would have used the wall as source of cheap building materials, the fight is made every day not against man but a fight against the elements. sahil raman, al jazeera. now to our global view segment with a look at how news outlets across the world are reacting to various events. the guardians offers this opinion piece, titled mama merkel has consigned the ugly german to history. the writer says, there was a time clamoring trains to leave germany now they board trains going in.
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suggesting a country not in denial of its past but conscious of it and determined not to repeat it. u.k. labor party's election of jeremy corbin. take cover calls corbin's foreign policy startling. dislikes nato and can see no reason to send british troops ofight abroad. the daly shows british prime minister david cameron calling corbin a real danger who poses a threat then celebrating corbin's election because most feel corbin will make the labour party lose. a new exhibition at london's tate modern showcases how
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artists have used pop art to make political statements. jessica baldwin takes us on a tour. >> the faceless figure in an american hat, japanese society in 1966. the japanese artist used highway billboard paint to create his pop art. the world goes pop, looks how artists around the world have interpreted pop art. the 1960s culture movement made famous busy andy warhol and his colorful advertisements of celebrities. two tate curators traveled around the world unearthing pop art, some not even known in our culture. >> left out of history that you can't even find if you google and to us that was the most exciting thing. >> the show is divided by themes instead of geography. the artists reflected their own
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troubling times. military juntas, many of the works are intense overt social commentary, unlike the dead pang humor of the textbook american pop artists. the red coat for 11 gave everyone the same skin. a charged image when racism was rampant. the italian artist nicola l was arrested in europe for a political act. there is not a campbell soup can or american comic strip anywhere. the world goes pop is all about learning about global artists, women artists, artists who have been unrepresented in the history of pop art. 50 years on the art is fun playful ironic like all pop art but these works show art at its best. questioning often uncomfortable
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uncomfortablely what has hand. >> that's it for our broadcast, i'll see you again in an hour. hour. >> if you got to choose how long you would get to live for, how long would you want to live for? >> immortality >> why? >> i wouldn't die or anything >> what's wrong with dying >> well, i want to be with my family. i don't want to miss out on any of the fun >> my kids are probably