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>> welcome to the news hour. the egyptian officials say there are no survivors from the russian passenger jet that crashed in sinai. 17 children are among the victims. russia's president declares a day of mourning. palestinians finally able to bury their dead after they return the bodies of five teenagers to their families. and no doubt about the top sports story this saturday, the rugby world cup final.
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new zealand against australia kicks off in three hours' time. all the build up coming later this news hour. >> let's start with the russian plane carrying 224 people which crashed in egypt relatives have been gathering in the airport looking for news of that flight. president vladimir putin has expressed his deepest condolences and declared a day of morning. there are no survivors. the airbus belonging to metro jet airlines took off shortly before 6:00 a.m. local time. the aircraft carrying 224 people including seven credit members was headed to st. petersburg in russia. 23 minutes into the flight, though, the plane disappeared off radar screen. russian news agency says that
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the pilot reported technical problems and asked to change his root. the plane is believed to have crashed 35 kilometers in the coastal area of el arish in the sinai peninsula. >> we've not yet started an investigation. a specialized team will start one very soon. the airline was carrying 217 on board. the prime minister will go to the crash site. >> weller rory challeng challands are joining us. >> today will be a day of official mourning, flags raised as half staff.
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radio and tv stations have been called to cancel all entertainment programs. this has hit the russian nation very hard. this tragedy. athe area is a popular resort with russian holiday makers and bringing russians back from brief sun before the winter sets in. relatives have been turning up at the airport throughout the day hoping for reports of some survivors from this crash, but as you said not long ago the egyptian authorities now said that there were no survivors left on the aircraft. so the russian authorities have
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a day of mourning. vladimir putin has given his condolences, the prime minister has said that there will be- be--they will dispatch russia's transport minister to cairo to assist with the investigation. there is going to be--and there has been a criminal investigation launched into the airline just to work out if there were any inproprieties with this flight. >> what are the officials saying now? the black box has been found, rory? are they giving us any ideas of any clues coming out from that? and when will they have an answer on what is on that? >> that's an investigation that will take some time. at the moment there doesn't seem to be any indication that this was foul play. the egyptians are saying that the pilots had reported
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technical problems and had been trying to reach a nearby airport, the nearest airport. that would have been el arish in northern sinai. the plane did not manage to get there. but we have been speaking to some security experts here in russia who say it is feasible that this could have been foul play. there is obviously an insurgency going on in sinai that has been going on for a number of years now. and the terrain of sinai is fairly high altitude. even though this plane had reached cruising altitude, because the land underneath it was mountainous it could have been reason range of some shoulder launch weaponry. but of course the investigation into the crash is likely to state the exact cause of what happened. it's too early to speculate if this was anything other than an
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accident. >> it is, indeed, early. we'll come back and talk with you more as officials give us more information. rory challands from mosco moscow. there is an ongoing operation at the crash site. we're joined by the bureau chief, good to have you with us. what sort of terrain did the plane go down in? give us an idea of the land there? >> yes, actually the area, it's 75 to 100 kilometers, and this is a very difficult mountain area. and more importantly-- >> difficult in terms of flight? >> in regard to security
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reasons, and also geographical reasons. for the security reasons this is mostly important. because this is--we can say it's a military area. there is fighting between the islamic military probes and egyptian army and egyptian security forces. you cannot move safely in this area. >> is there any reason to believe. >> do they operate any weapons that could be a threat to aviation there? >> yes according to the government official in egypt,
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they didn't--according to bedouin witnesses in the area, they say they watched the aircraft burn in the air before the aircraft happened. that means that some the most recent use, to a military airport to the head of the egyptian army. and other police leaders. the victims of that charge now
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has already moved into this airport right now because it's the fifth area. >> thanks so much. they mentioned the point of geography, and let's bring in meteorologist robbie, who is here to tell us more about the weather. was the weather, could it have been seen as a contributing factor? what was it like when this crash happened? it's highly unlikely. you do have a course of mountain at two and a half thousand meters. that could generate showers. what you're looking at behind me is 24 hours of slightly picture. there is virtually nothing. the weather was, indeed, pretty much benign. as you might expect although we
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have had flooding in alexandria three or four days ago, that storm has gone through. the conditions, light wind, the skies were clear by day and by night. nothing unusually, the winds were quite high, but that's to be expected. for the recovery missions there it is colder on the plateau but only a few degrees. as for the forecast there are showers, not far away in western egypt, but the sinai will stay fine. >> we'll have more weather later in the show. you can get more information about that plane crash as you head over to our website at
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>> to other news now. >> 70 palestinians and nine israelis have been killed in violence this month. five of those palestinians killed by israeli soldiers in october have been buried now in hebron. the bodies were handed over to families on friday after president mahmood abbas met with international groups. nadim baba is in hebron. >> this is where the five palestinian teenage percent buried. it's hebron's cemetery which houses the graves of people who have been killed in conflict since the outbreak of thbreak in 2000. >> local eyewitnesses have
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disputed reports. eyewitnesses have told al jazeera one victim was posing no threat having passed through two check points and having raised her hands showing she didn't have a weapon when she was shot dead. those kinds of disputed narratives, something that is fueling a lot of popular anger in the occupied west bank. there are many teams who are waiting for the bodies of their loved ones to be returned. israel holding some two dozen palestinians killed in the violence. around half of those come from hebron, so it is clear there is still a lot of anger and resentment in this city, that's sounds likely to fuel further violence and further clashes in the days and weeks to come. >> on sunday 54 million people will head to the polls in
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turkey. it's the second general election in six months with the country deeply divided. >> how confident are they that they'll be able to pull it off. >> the interim prime minister, what has been a very momentous campaign. he feels that they are very confident in terms of regaining that majority they need to be the--to be the party that forms the next government. it's important to note that the party that came into power 13 years ago was also the only party that formed the government, the kurdish, and
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even the nationalists refuse to join forming some sort of coalition government. they would bring new promises, and they have spoken about increasing, for example, universality grounds, increasing financial aid to resider people as well as promises like there has been a break down in the kurds and they will take a new rood. the prosperity only comes with that's the kind of atmosphere
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that the turks will be going to vote on sunday. >> all right, thanks for that. >> well, coming up in the news hour, desperation and tragedy, bodies keep washing up on greek soil while european politicians keep saying more must be done. plus, myanmar's up coming general election expected to be the first properly contested after decades of military rule. after losing the opening two games of the world series, the new york mets prove that no place like home as they face kansas city, leading by three. >> russia has warned of a proxy war developing in syria. it follows an announcement in the u.s. sending special forces to help the syrian opposition fight isil. the deployment was announced
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while foreign ministers were in vienna for an international summit on the conflict. washington says that their role will be to train, advise and assist opposition forces. >> the president has been determined to make certain that we were going to increase our efforts against daesh because everybody's obvious perception more needs to be done. >> i believe that neither the u.s. nor russia want to go back to the circle of proxy war. >> well, joining us now from new york is a resider army major and military analyst, good to have you with us. can you really put boots on the ground and say you're not involved in a civil war there? >> yes, there is a line between combat and non-combat and clearly these soldiers will be
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on that side of combat along side either kurdish or syrian force there is. the thing i'm concerned mostly about is how to support them. the ratio to keep them safe is going to be very challenging for the united states regardless of the partners we have there. one of the most austere place notice world when it comes to supporting soldiers. this is a very dangerous mission for those u.s. special forces. >> kerry went out of his way to make the point clear when they're not getting in involved to take out the fight of any regime. is that a plan that can work or are you stuck deeper and deeper into fighting the symptom of isil without treating the cause? >> well, i think the united states would say the strategy has not changed. this is a change intact ticks. we're adding more resources on the ground. you could also call it mission creep on some level when we're adding more too it. i think we've got to be extremely careful of how we're
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partitioning this battlefield. it's possible that some of the russian fighters, attack fighters could be bombing some positions where the u.s. and these kurdish forces, whoever they are, fighting isil, are on the same location. we've got to improve communications. i'm sure-- >> i want to discuss--what i mean the u.s. has been targeting isil with airstrikes for a while. that has not snuffed out this group. why to you think or do you think that perhaps by adding ground troops to try to take on isil without curing, shall we say, the cause of the civil war, might expedite the end of this problem any quicker than airstrikes have been able to do already? >> no one would think that the airstrikes could do 'do it. it has more to do with politics and leverage in these talks in vienna as the powers talk about what to do with syria. the united states didn't really
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have a stake in the game until we had troops on the ground there. perhaps that is part of the reason. if we said we were going to be inside syria with troops on the ground, it gives us more leverage at that bargaining table for what we want syria to look like opposed to the assad regime. >> what about getting in a tangle with russia or even turkey especially with troops we don't know who they're embedded with, if they are with the kurds, the turks have been taking on the kurds in syria. >> right, we'll make the assumption that the united states will deconflict with turkey being a nato partner. they'll make sure that they're on the same radio frequency. the devil is in a lot of details of this. the wildcard is russia and how we keep russian forces well separated from any of those troops and any of those embedded organizations that are fighting isis. they'll probably focus more on geography. if the united states said we're
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in the northwestern part of the country, it means that they're really going to go after--you heard the secretary of state say that as well as part of the three rs and tell russia to stay away from those targets and let the u.s. and those forces handle forces in that area. >> thank you for your thoughts and analysis. mike lyons. >> after two boats carrying refugees sanked three days ago, there were several corporations on the beach including children. they were covered with blankets and taken to be buried. this is the worst since the cries began. it's impossible and unfair for greece to tackle the refugee crisis alone. austrian police are trying to cope with thousands of asylum seekers.
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austria has served as a thoroughfare for most refugees trying to get to germany, and it's chancellor when the country is planning t a barrier. >> when we're talking about issues like those of refugees the only response is that of a common european response to attack the roots of a problem in jordan, libya, turkey, and in syria. when we secure the borders we secure human rights. the right to those who qualify. the best place to do it is the external borders of the european union. >> let's go to more weather again. >> yes, it's hard a surprise, it's not just now, it will be in the future, we have the satellite picture as they started 24 hours ago. just watch how the air throws plumes of white across texas. this is the result.
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it's the same line that was crossed. where is it going next? well, where do you think? for a start its still raining in texas, but i think the thrust is drifting. while we have this flow up from mexico, there is still potential of tornadoes, it's going east through louisiana, mississippi, towards georgia and the appalachians. leaving behind probably a legacy of a few showers.
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the good news is what is happening in california. more rain and lots of it. >> well, fireworks are being blamed for starting a nightclub fire in romania. 27 people died in the packed club in bucharest. >> desperate to save lives. for many there is nothing that they can do. still, there are many very victims. many went to hospital by themselves, which is common in this situation. we finished monitoring here and now we'll go to the hospitals to see how they're managing and whether to move them to other hospitals. they were in this nightclub in the capital of bucharest when a fire broke out. dozens of people have died. 160 have been wounded. >> it was 11:00 in the evening, and the nightclub was packed with at least 300 people.
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they warned that the death coa toll may still climb. >> it was one of the worst fires in decades. many at the club were young adults and teenagers attending a free rock concert. >> three friends of mine are inside the hospital. i was lucky because i could not find someone to replace me at work, and i couldn't go. otherwise i would be here or somewhere else, maybe dead. >> it is believed a the cause of the fire the pyrotechnic show got out of the show. some people were trampled and the crowd rushed for the only exit in the club. the health ministries urge people to donate blood for the victims, and the president has sent his condolences. [ sirens ] he's considering declaring a national day of mourning. >> in the philippines a five at market has killed 15 people, including four children.
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the pre-dawn blaze hit the city market in the south of the market. apparently started when sparks from electric cables set fire to an umbrella storm. campaigning is in full swing for the general election on november 8th. the bowl will be the first properly contested election as myanmar emerges from military rule. >> this was supposed to be one of the bigger rallies by the ruling union solidarity and development party. all usdp. but just a few hundred people turned up.
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>> thwe can operate a better future for the country. >> the usdp is a world financed political party able to reach out to the rule of population it has offered incentives of free medical checkups. the ruling military backed party easily won in 2010, but those polls were widely criticized by the international community, and this "t" did not have to face the main party, which boycotted the election. it last took part in the general elections 25 years ago and won but was not allowed to take part. >> people want to see genuine
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change. the military won't be able to deliver that, so people will vote for the opposition. >> no matter who wins the military will remain a powerful force. the constitution guarantees it 25% in parliament, and effective veto power. the generals will have a say in how myanmar moves forward. florence looi, al jazeera. >> florence looi will report live as they are expected to hold an election rally sunday on aje. >> north korea is criticizing joint military exercises by south korea and the united states. more than 5,000 crew members took part in the drills earlier this week. the south korea is hosting talks
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with japanese and chinese leaders. china's premiere was welcomed by south korea's president. harry fawcett has more from. >> thank you. every week they gather outside of the embassy in seoul. supporters of the korean comfort women. they plan to meet with south korea's president for face-to-face talks. >> we've been shouting for japan to officially apologize and compensate. if abe has solutions he can come
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to is south korea. if not, he cannot. >> for all the symbolism of this first japanese-south korea summit, what is the progress on the issues that divide them. >> the south korean government will be the satisfied. >> from the u.s. side it has tens of thousands of troops stationed in south korea and japan and is desperate for its two allies to work closer together. south korea's president has marked her own choice this week,
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in new comfort woman statue was unveiled in seoul displaying a young chinese victim along side a south korean girl. it's a symbol that china and south korea have more in common on these issues than japan. these are important economic matters to discuss. but the real focus will be on the significantly short meeting between president park and prime minister abe on monday. whether that will lead to the kind of improvement in relations that washington so wants is another matter entirely. harry faucet, al jazeera, seoul. >> a wall built to separate blacks and white in detroit becomes a symbol of defiance
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against discrimination. and the longest winning streak in gymnastics extended. find out how long this man has been on top of the podium.
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>> welcome back. let's recap the headlines. relatives of those on board, they have gathered more than 200 passengers were christianing on the metrojet airbus. there were no survivors.
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>> applications in turkey are holding their final campaign rally back to our top story. the russian airline, the airbus a 321 was bound for st. petersberg in russia. they say the aircraft was flying at 9500 meters before dropping off radar. this shows the minute before radar contact was lost.
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>> it seems as if the flight crew identified that the aircraft was in distress. one of the things that you want to do is get the aircraft to the nearest field as quickly as you possibly can, and that needs to be done with the assistance of traffic controller. it looks as if in this case if the reports are crew, then the flight crew has identified a mechanical issue in the aircraft. the reports that we have tha so it's difficult to identify
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whether it was part of the aircraft or the engines. >> i referenced this graph, and i wonder if we can bring it back full screen and ask for your thoughts which shows--there we go. you can see the blue line that represents altitude and the red line represents speed, yes, that what we are showing right now. it shows basically the plane seems to--if you look at that blue line, that it was rising and rising. but it goes up suddenly towards the end before it goes down. i think there was a bit of fluctuation before it crashes when you some in to the end of that blue line. does that give you any added clues about what sort of problem it could cause that kind of fluctuation and altitude?
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>> the reason why you would have fluctuation in altitude are wind gusts but it's unlikely that the altitude would have changed that much. it's possible that the change that graph shows has got a few errors in it. but it's clear if you look at the were you line the aircraft, once it takes off, flies a fairly good climb rate. that's what you expect it to do after take off. it climbs 1500 feet permit. and the aircraft is very close to altitude. it's quite peculiar the aircraft
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reached 15,000 feet and then descended quite rapidly. you can see it descended quite quickly. it's difficult to pin down exactly what the cause of that would be. a couple of reports have indicated it may have been with the engine. if that's the case, it's quite rare the two engines to have at the same time. iremember, the data that you see on the blue line is for radar. and radar obviously picks up more than just its difficult
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from that graph alone to understand what the cause for the large rate of descent was. but it's unlikely that it would have been a single-engine. >> no doubt there is more to analyze when more day at a comes out. thank you for your analysis on that, anil. human rights watch are expressing concern that asking for leaders to step down are undermining democracy. now it's uncertain if leaders can deliver change or should be allowed to run again. there was an overwhelming yes vote for the in congo to allow the president to run for a third term although opposition parties are challenging this. burundi's president changed the constitution is th.
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>> how do you read this? >> well, it would seem that they're manufactured, and they really don't have a say and actually puts the views across in the votes. there is a strange nationalism going on in rwanda in that
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they've done very after this stage. but bringing the democratic principles where they are coming to an end, they might find a successor to come after him. >> are they losing their ability to stand up to dictators. this year as i mentioned in several countries, the congo and so on, leaders seem to be getting away with it so far. >> it is heavily skewed. their position really is just so little they are not in position
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to deal with the challenge if the president wants to have his way. the democratic party was kicked out in either case all the unpays in parliament, they have all voted that they could go for a third term. in the same way that in they have voted leaders can remain. it's really difficult for opposition to do anything against it. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> sierra leone may be declared
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ebola free. for those who survived the battle is not over yet. >> she contracted the disease while she cared for her mother. her mother died, and kamara said she's grateful to be alive. but her health is bad. getting through day-to-day activities is a challenge. >> m >> along with the pain she has blurred vision in her left eye. kamar takes treatment but she had to stop her work. she worries about her children. >> that's a big problem. my kids. >> sierra leone has 4,000 survivors. there have been some cases of survivors going partially or completely blind after being cured from the virus.
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the doctor has treated 5,000 survivors so far. there are indications that the virus can remain in the body for months but more research is needed. >> we need to do more research on the complications that are arising. >> so excuse me. >> medicinethey offer free consultation, medical treatment and they say that the stigma that ebola survivors face can be very traumatic. many are even shunned by their own families. >> the situation is really, really there. some have lost their source of livelihood. some have a lot of psycho-social problems that need proper attention, otherwise, it just compounds their problem. >> as for kamara, she hopes that
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treatment will improve her eyesight. but the hardest part is not having her mother around any more. the loss of a loved one is one of the challenges that survivors have to deal with. al jazeera, free town, sierra leone. >> well, u.s. justice department has started to release about 6,000 prisoners. it's all part of a plan to reduce overcrowding in u.s. prisons. the majority of those released are drug offenders. most will go to halfway houses and home detention. detroit in the u.s. state of michigan has experienced racial tension for decades now. whites fled to the suburbs after race riots in the '60s. john hedron found one little relic that has become a symbol of defiance. >> this is detroit's wall of shame, half a mile of solid segregation. when teresa moon moved here 56 years ago, blacks lived on one
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side, whites on the other, and that was the way it was intended to be. >> the purpose of the wall was to separate the white community from the black community. i feel like how dare you. i don't like it, but it's a part of my history. >> as detroit expanded in 1941, a developer wanted to build homes for whites. the authorities backed the developer's loan but insisted on the wall reasoning that separating the races would increase the development. detroit's wall of separation has been allowed to stand. >> this maybe served to people who want to see this, likened it to racism, this served as a memory of how things used to be and how things perhaps have gotten better. >> it's only six feet high, but it was not designed as a physical barrier. it was designed to send a message to those on the black side of the wall. that message is keep out.
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since 1961 glory i can' 1961 glor1961 gloria johnson has lived with that wall. >> it did not work. the wall is still here. the people they tried to oppress and keep out, they're on the other side of the wall, they're all over the city. so you just can't--it just goes to show you that you can't build walls around people and you can't box people in. >> one of the remarkable features of the detroit landscape stands tucked away behind a park, partly painted. the rest, a whitewash remnant of racism. >> well, still ahead on al jazeera, the fashion designer's hope does not die out for nigeria. find out why the demands for these african threads are so high. >> and i'm lee wellings ahead of the rugby world cup final. will the mighty all blacks be
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stopped by their great rivals australia?
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>> it's fashion week in nigeria. some use the event to try to get promotion of purchase of nigerian text tiles. we have more on the ancient dyeing technique that can only be carried out by hand. >> preparing for fashion week. using the end do colored dye in
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these garments. the dyeing technique is done by hand. it has been practiced for hundreds of years. she's hoping to make it more popular by using it in her new collection. >> i think more an more african designers are looking to their roots and creating their own stories. i'm really concerned about massive importation of chinese, turkish and english because these fab bricks, this is seen as african now. >> she has been receiving positive publicity. michelle obama has worn the indigo fabric to dinners at the white house. one piece of fabric can cost up to $200.
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thethe fabric is rolled up in a small ball and then dried in the sun. it can take more than ten days. the dyeing technique is difficult and takes a long time to complete which means dyers cannot produce enough to satisfy local demand let aown international demand there might be. >> fashion week organizers say that the use of the fabric by designers shows government action is needed to insure the art form does not die out. and a call for international fashion investors to invest in designers using it. >> it's about our culture, it's about craftmanship, something that has been passed down from generation to generation. it's about job creation and community and impact. >> she said that if these steps
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are taken nigerians will depend less on imported cheaper fabrics and depend on homemade clothing instead. >> rugby fans. >> two hours time australia and new zealand will walk out on the pitch for this year's rugby cup final lee wellings reports from london. >> in size, viewers excitement. this rugby world cup claims to be the most successful yet. and the tournament will have the final it deserves. australia against new zealand, the world's top two ranked teams, great rivals playing each other for the world cup final for the first type time. what is scary about these all
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blacks me just might be the best team yet. she showed that they could win beautifully and they showed that they could win ugly, too. >> australia were given a fright two weeks ago when they beat scotland by a single point but otherwise impressed. beating the host england. >> we know it's going to be extremely physical, and we want to be able to win, i believe we
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have prepared accordingly. >> it's the progress of 29 teams host japan's incredible victory over south africa. and the tournament is being watched by 2.4 million paying spectators as well as several billion on television. the cream has risen to the top. new zealand the favorites to become the first team to win the world cup three times. but to do it they need to cope with the physical and mental pressure of beating their closest enemy in rugby's biggest game. lee wellings, al jazeera, lond london. >> now they have been called a club in crisis, and chelsea has another test on their hands facing liverpool. they were knocked out of the
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league, they were heading into the lead after four minutes. they look to be heading in halftime before they level for the reds in injury time. they just after the second half and remains 1-1. meanwhile, cameroon has sacked their coach two weeks before the qualification campaign for the 2018 world cup in russia. the 57-year-old paying the price for a poor performance at the world cup last year in brazil where they lost all three of their group games and also knocked out any first round in the africa cup of nations earlier this year in equatorial guinea. >> the
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>> after two difficult losses on the road the n mets wasted no time in showing that they were up for the occasion. the royals here strike back two singles in the top of the second putting them ahead. before curtis granderson came in again. the two-run homer and the mets fans were laughing. from there they were in cruise control. a four-run bonus in the sixth inning sending new york on their way to a 9-3 win. the mets on the board as they leave for their first world series since 1996.
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>> this is what you dream of as a kid. the fans going nuts. it's one of the memories that will stick for me for the rest of my life. >> the mets now with a chance with the best of seven series with game four in new york on saturday. elise holman, al jazeera. maria sharapova wa, will--now iconic racehorse will compete in his final race at the breed of club classic on saturday. american pharaoh made history earlier this year by becoming
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the first horse since 1978 to win what is known as the triple crown of u.s. racing. american pharaoh has been credited with reviving the popularity of the sport in the u.s. and another sell out crowd is expected in lexington, kentucky. japan's ichimu ra claimed a sixth all around title in championships. no other man or woman has ever won more than three. uchimura has won every olympic and all around title since he took silver since 2008. that's a streak unmatched in gymnastics history. that's all your sports for now. we'll have more later. >> stay with us here on al jazeera. we're at the end of the news hour but we're back with another
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bulletin of news in just a couple of minutes.
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>> egyptian officials say there are no survivors from the russian passenger jets that crashed in the sinai. 17 children are among the victims. russia's president declaring a day of mourning. >> you're watching al jazeera. we're live from headquarters in doha. also coming up, palestinians bury their dead after israel returns the body of five teenagers to their families. and campaigning heats up in turkey before the second gener


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