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♪ >> welcome to the news hour. why the four fingered salute from the turkish president. and the man responsible for syria's chemical weapons tell al jazeera that the most dangerous could be made safe at sea. >> reporter: hello, in london with all the news in europe, including: rescuers run as malls
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of the latvia supermarket collapses. the president calls the deaths murder. >> and the effort that is parkinsparking the gas stationsf racism. >> we begin with some breaking news. out of kenya at this hour, an armed militia group is holding three police camps hostage in a village north of the country. while neighboring police divisions are being told to send reinforcements. we'll bring you more information on this as soon as we get it. now egypt has expelled it's turkish ambassador from cairo. it is called for by the former egyptian president mohamed morsi to be freed. it's the latest blow o on the
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diplomatic efforts between the two countries. >> reporter: the government of egypt has decided the following. first, the egyptian diplomatic representation in turkey. second, the egyptian ambassador be permanently transferred to the egyptian morning ministry has he has been called for consultation since august 15th. third, the british ambassador to cairo to the egyptian foreign ministry to tell him that he is no longer welcome. why egypt, regret the people of turkey, the sitting turkish government responsible for the deterioration of bilateral relations made steps taken by egypt necessary. >> we're live in istanbul, ani
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anita, turkey's position on opposing the coup has been consistent. what prompted the egyptian authorities to take this stand now? >> reporter: the statement is a long one, and they cite two reasons for taking this action. one of them is that turkey has been sponsoring meetings of organizations that seek to plant a state of instability in the country as well as instability among the people. the second one refers to the statements of president erdogan, now intriguingly enough, as you say yourself the prime minister has been consistent in critici criticizing the military coup that led to the ousting of president morsi. but have a listen to the prime minister's speech that day and see what you think. >> i applaud president morsi's
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stand for justice. i respect him. i have no respect for those who have put him on trial, his stand, his statements are the stand of someone who is champion of freedom. the stand of a democrat. that's why according to me he is worthy of respect. >> now anita, turkish position defined, but it seeps that there is no turkish desire to escalate this spat at this point? >> reporter: i think the subsequent statements we've heard from the turkish president and more particularly the turkish former prime minister is that turkey does not want to take this any further. turkey has been taken by surprise by egypt's action, they did not see it coming and didn't see anything that they've done to provoke it. but he stated that centuries'
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old brotherhood between the turkish and egyptian people and that the turkish government only hoped for the voice of the people to be expressed. and that would enable egypt again to describe a state of stability which would benefit everyone in the region. conciliatory statement versus come out of the foreign ministry today. >> let's see how pans out in the next few hours. al jazeera has been told details of how syria's chemical weapons may be disposed off. it's directive general of the prohibition of chemical weapons said the most dangerous are likely to be destroyed at sea in an u.s.-led operation but the destruction of others will be put out to private tender. >> reporter: the plan to destroy syria's chemical weapons has so
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been far been on schedules. the facility versus been rendered inoperable. the head of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons oopcw said the most dangerous substances, some 500 tons, are likely to be destroyed at sea. >> there are already facilities which are manufactured by the united states, and which can be transported easily and stored easily either on a ship or on land. so i think that the americans will do this. >> that would look like to be an american-led-- >> reporter: one that we expect that they will take the lead. >> reporter: for the remaining 800 tons of toxins the opcw has reached out to private compani companies. >> the second, the less toxic
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substances which are comparable to those chemicals that are available for industrial purposes and can be destroyed in commercial facilities. which asked commercial companies that might be interested in taking over the destruction of those. >> reporter: the cost will be between $47 million to $50 million. companies have less than one week to express their interest. the recent move is a push to meet the deadline to remove the entire chemical weapons arsenal from syria by the end of the year. >> now richard guthrie is a chemical weapons expert, he says, destroying the weapons will be a challenging task. >> well, we have to be very
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careful about being clear what is being discussed here. this is destroying these materials on a barge at sea. but doing the same process that would be done on land has nothing to do with dumping chemical weapons at sea which some reports have misunderstood the comments from the opcw. doing it on a barge is no more difficult than doing it on land. the difficulty is the location of these materials. if these materials had been outside of a war zone, the destruction job wouldn't be particularly hard. it would still an challenge. but in a war zone it is a definitely challenge. the key thing will be the technique that is used to destroy the chemicals and render them safe. this is a classical work where the technical meets political problems. there are technical challenges to this but political costs to anyone who is hosting these materials. norway, belgium, or albania would suffer a political,
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financial, and conceivably if there was an accident, an environmental cost if they were to destroy these weapons. it's a classic problem with politics where costs and benefits don't fall on the same people. any of one country that destroys them carries much of the cost. >> there are reports from iran that the nuclear deal may not be made. foreign ministers have flown to switzerland, u.s. secretary of state john kerry arrived after his russian, french, and chinese counterparts and germany's, britain's foreign secretary rushed to geneva not long after that. we understand that this have been late night saturday night meetings going on there. any indication where the diplomacy is headed?
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>> reporter: not really, not at all. let me bring you up to speed where we are at the moment. the foreign ministers p5+1 negotiating group, the five members of the permanent security group plus germany, they are back in talks amongst themselves a short while before that china and russia sat down with iran's foreign minister to see where they stood. we don't know about anything of the substance of what is going on because we're not being briefed where they are. it would be tempting to think with all these senior political figures in one place many who have come from quite a distance to be here at the last minute, as you pointed out, that they're working forwards a deal. we all know that is necessarily so because the british and foreign minister secretary say
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it they are here not because there is a deal. they're here because the talks are incredibly hard right now they're arguing over the words of a text, and they are not sure he said if we can achieve results tonight. which may be a problem sammy because the state department has additionally briefed that john kerry and william hague will be leaving geneva for talks in london on separate topics on sunday. >> thank you very much. at least 13 people have been killed, and 49 horse in injured in two explosions north of iraq's capitol. earlier closing a number of mosques and baghdad in protest. they also accuse the shia government of not taking measures to protect them energy pakistan thousands of people have blocked supply routes for troops in afghanistan. they are pressuring the
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government to end the u.s. drone strikes. the latest attack killed five civilians on friday. >> reporter: the message was clear. stop u.s. drone strikes in pakistan. thousands of people gathered near the northern city to protest against the u.s.' drone campaign by blocking the road used to truck n.a.t.o. troops supplies in and out of afghanistan. the rally was organized by the movement for justice party, which is led by the former cricketer, emron khan. >> god willing i have declared today that we all together are going to stop the n.a.t.o. forces supply lines. from today everyone, every, will try to stop the supply lines. 12,349 the protests come only after days after the
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drone strike area. officials were outraged by the attack. it was the first such strikes since the leader of the pakistani taliban was killed. khan pushed the government to close supply routes then, but they are against blocking the routes. since his election in may relations with the u.s. has improved considerably. last month he met with president obama at the white house, the u.s. sent aid to islamabad. >> i think it's more political gesturing rather than a solid attempt to block n.a.t.o. supplies. they want to discredit the
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government to make sure that they have a chance to win in the next election. >> reporter: whatever the case the u.s. drone program is deeply unpopular across pakistan. since it began in 2004 it's believed hundreds of civilians have been killed. blocking n.a.t.o. supply lines is no doubt of deep concern to prime minister m sharif. >> more to come on the eve of a referendum in switzerland. how much is too much for managing executives. and the action coming up in sports. la leaguega, all that coming up.
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>> now the president of latvia said that the collapse of a supermarket that killed more than 50 people should be treated as murder. we have more on this if. >> reporter: thank you. dramatic pictures have emerged of collapse of the supermarket. researchers are sill searching for those buried in the rubble. >> reporter: it's a shell of its former self, and that shell is dangerously unstable. [ crashing ] >> rescuers scrambling for safety. outside the mall crowds gather, waiting. some hoping for news of loved
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ones still missing. others still here because they can't think of being anywhere else. >> i'm helping people. my heart spoke that i need to do something. >> reporter: three days of official mourning have been declared. thousands of candles and flowers adorn the barrier around the site. locals bring biscuits, anything, to help make the waiting easier. >> we're helping the people whose relatives have died. for those who are still alive, we're giving moral support. >> reporter: dozens were killed when the roof of the supermarket caved in. the death of so many innocent people must be treated as homicide. >> we've been receiving messages of condolence and support from other heads of state, all the people of latvia. many have lived through similar tragedies in their own countries, and they understand what comes afterwards.
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>> reporter: investigators sift through the rubble. this is a search and rescue mission, but hope is dwindling that anyone will be found alive. many were trapped when the roof caved in further. >> it's hard to talk, actually very painful. maybe this is one of the most difficult moments in latvia's history. >> reporter: police have launched an investigation into exactly what happened, but that will take time. these latvians are turning to prayer trying to make sense of what happened here. >> the u.k. government's top lawyer said corruption is rife in ethnic minority communities here. attorney general dominick green has pointed the finger at the pakistani community saying politicians need to wake up to growing problems of corruption in public life and in other ethnic minorities also have the
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problem. he said it's his duty to warn against any potential against corruption that might undermine civil society. well, chairman of the friends of pakistan group spock t spoke to. >> it was a rude awakening to see such a senior man bring message of corruption to the pakistani community. there was no explanation in the first few lines. i had to go through the website to find out what's going on. it made me feel as if they had blanketly painted the whole british-pakistani community, and then i found out it was electoral fraud. the commission, i believe, is
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still researching this area. there are investigations going on in previous elections that are taking place. i don't believe they have sufficient data yet. for dominick to make such a profound statement. what worries me is that that's what he believes. if he spoke off the cuff, which he shouldn't, a man of his caliber and status, if he really believes this, then how is the british pakistani respond to politics. less and less people are voting, and we want more young people to get out there and speak their opinion through the ballot box. >> thanks, julie. a gathering of representatives from around afghanistan finished their final day of debating security agreement with the u.s. it could see american troops after the mandate expires next year. as jane ferguson reports the
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discussion ben you'll parties have been tense. >> reporter: scandal and argument continue to surround afghanistan's decision makers. a gathering of representatives in the capitol is expected to decide on sunday if it will approve a security agreement with the u.s. president hamid karzai is sticking with his position. he won't sign the agreement until after presidential elections next year. >> karzai does not have the right to say these words. saying this is a big mistake he's making. whatever he wants from them. and whatever card he wants from them has been accepted but he still wants to delay the agreement. this is not for the benefit of afghanistan. this is to the detriment of afghanistan. >> reporter: people are also worried about their future if the agreement is not signed. >> if pakistanis, iranis are our
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enemies, and if the americans are our enemies, too, how can we make a living. >> some believe karzai is worried about his legacy. he doesn't want to be remembered as a president who is intimidated by foreigners. they, however, point out the country should come first. >> even if karzai, he should do the historic thing for his country. he should sign it. we're ready to sacrifice. he, too, should sacrifice himself. he should think about the interests of our vicinity. >> there have been protests in some areas against the agreement. university students in gentlemad september a clear message to their president. >> we do not want the presence of american forces off their
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allies in our holy land. we want the invaders to withdraw from our country. we recognize whoever signs this agreement citizen a national traitor. >> the coming days will surely bring more news and diplomatic argument and debate to these people they must wait to hear what decisions are being made on their behalf. decisions that could change the future of their country. jane ferguson, al jazeera, kabul, afghanistan. >> vote something taking place idespite a wide-spread boy caught. the rule. ing union for the public party is expected to retain power but already opposition groups are calling it a fraudulent vote. pirates attack off the coast of somalia have fallen to their lowest level in seven years. until october there had been
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only ten attacks. that is compared to 70 in the previous year. the threat of hijackings are very real. >> reporter: on patrol in the world's most dangerous waters. this is the tiny somalia state. while international navies protect the gulf, one of the worlds most important shipping lanes, these men are protecting their territorial waters. it has driven piracy to a seven-year low, however it may not be for long and pirates could be fully back in business soon. this is the man leading the war against piratcy. >> the abilities to carry out
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th.very little has been done. we've not been assisted, and with our limited capacity there is very little we can do. >> reporter: there is a chance some pirates prove great destruction. many join the lucrative trade. today hundreds of pirates have been held at the main prison in the port city. many more remain either in prison or on trial in other countries. this man has been in custody for three years. he will spend the rest of his 24 year jail time here. >> there are thousands of well-known pirates who are still free. they include the finance years and those who take shapes and take ransom. they should be here, too if they are serious about fighting
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piracy. >> for many, it's brought heartbreak and bad memories. this 70-year-old woman's son was killed by naval forces as he tried to hijack a ship. she is still in shock. everyone has a right, the fren o killed him must pay. >> it's a story that is typical. many stories here who have gone to piracy and killed in the act, to them they are a name they invoke with lots of pride. >> the japanese government has described chinese's effort to create an air zone very
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dangerous. china's defense ministry said its setting up the zone to guard against potential air threats. the families of an u.s. veteran was pulled from a plane in north korea. his family has not heard from him since. a man being charged with murder and fraud. indicted in the tribal course in the northwestern district. a woman accused him of killing her son and accused him of fraud saying he was not authorized to operate because he wasn't a surgeon. he was arrested after u.s. troops killed bin-laden in ma may 2011. more to come, we take a look at the security situation in honduras as it holds it's first election since it's coup four years ago.
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plus not every man's best friend. what romania is doing to attack its problem of street dogs. and winning the maiden title in his own yard. details in about 20 minutes. tiny: a story about living small premiers tomorrow 9 eastern.
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>> welcome back. let's recap the headlines here in al jazeera. turkey's prime minister has created controversial by holding a four-fingered salute and condemned egypt's crackdown on protesters. the head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog has told al jazeera syria's most dangerous weapons are likely to be destroyed at sea. the destruction of syria's chemical arsenal will be put out to private tender. six of the world's most powerful countries have flown to
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geneva for talks with iran. it's hoped that the end of negotiations could end with a breakthrough. well, i'm anyoned vi joined, a former chemical weapons expert. there will be an awful lot of waste. up to 15 times the amount of weighs material. what happens to that? >> well, the waste at the end of the destruction has to be disposed off according to national regulation by national i mean the country where at the end this waste will be finally stored. >> okay, but going beyond the jargon and whatever national waste regulations are, what happens? who ends up with 15 times the amount of chemical weapon waste?
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>> well, that's unknown at this point. we know it will be destroyed on board. that's what was said yesterday. that was told by the director general of the operation of chemical weapons. that's what he said yesterday. that will start relatively soon because these agents, these chemicals have to be moved out of syria by the end of this year. but the final end product, of course, is far from being, that still remains to be seen. >> let's talk in general terms. what are your options when you're dealing with this amount of waste? >> well, the thing most likely it will be filled in drums and barrels. because i assume that even the agent now currently as we speak will probably undergo some repacking, that means those agents that have been declared
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by syria, will now have to go undergo repacking because they need to be shipped according to maritime goods revelations. i assume the end product will be put in similar barrels in the size of 200-liters each, and then mostly they'll go to some sort of storage place that has the relevant permits in place. >> is there absolutely no risk, no danger from all of these barrels that i assume will be buried at some point? >> that's regular industrial waste which pretty much every country has on its territory. the end product is not going to be that dangerous. the dangerous operations are actually taking place beforehand, as i said, before repacking, transport in country to the port, and then all the handling and the destruction on
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board. that's more the dangerous part of it. the final disposal of the pretty much non-toxic waste is not going to be a dangerous operation. >> thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> now is a pay off of $80 million for an executive ever justifiable? folks in switzerland are being asked to decide that. let's go to julie in europe to find out more. >> reporter: that's right. on sunday, a ref republican will be held which could cap executive salaries at 12 times that of the lowest paid workers. now that comes after national uproar at the size of one businessman's golden handshake. >> reporter: there where banks and businesses survive there are big salaries too. on the weekend the socialist party so-called 1:12 campaign
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will be put to a refer recomme . at issue should bosses be paid more in a month than their worst paid workers make in a year. >> some people are not earning very much money. and then there are not earning enough. >> reporter: here in one of the world's most attractive places to do business, anger really took hold earlier this year when one senior executive was paid an astounding $18 million u.s. dollars. the national backlash forced the company concerned to cancel the payout, but damage was done with the switzerland public trust.
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>> the other problem a certain number of international corporation was leave switzerland because they would not be able to comply with that law. they would no longer be able to bring in skilled senior executives from the upper echelon of the workforce. >> reporter: effecting pensions and public spending, the overall economic impact they say would hurt the worst off most. >> it would be bad if it is accepted, but it is a good thing that we discuss it. at least it allows people to express their concerns, and it allows the top, the elite, if you want, the business community to understand why the people are really concerned, and to make sure that you don't break this kind of relationship. that we have here in switzer lapped, which is so important. >> reporter: beyond sunday's referendum there are votes to come on a minimum wage and a tax rise on wealthy foreigners, this
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comes in a country that prizes its reputation as being one of the most business friendly. al jazeera. >> thousands of moldovians have about protesting against plans to join the european union. and support has dropped in the recent years. a devastating manmade if a minute caused by joseph stalin's attempt to collect. they may be man's best friend but in romania stray dogs are a serious problem. 61,000 strays live on the streets of bucharest and attack are common. but a word of warning, you may find pictures in this report discerning.
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>> reporter: bucharest does not let sleeping dogs lie. every day the dog catchers are out netting strays. this woman rescued her dog just in time. another tries to set them free. it's only a little one, she says. many residents disapprove and even argue with the catchers, but the city is determined to step up the efforts. they have doubled it's catching capacity in two months and aims at 250,000 dogs a day. >> the program has been affected. dog attacks are down in two months and last month we had the fewest attacks in seven years. the definition of success would be to remove the stray dog population by 80%. >> it's all in reaction to the outcry that followed the fatal morning of a four-year-old in a pray ground allegedly at the jaws of stray dogs. stray attacks have caused five deaths over the past three
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years, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. the people in bucharest are being bitten by stray dogs and those are the just the incidents that medical authorities know about. the dogs end up here at the city pound where anyone may adopt them. this come claimed a stray she has been caring for since 2005. city officials say they're only catching as many as they can rehome. but by the end of the year they'll be able to put these animals to death two weeks after they're caught if they haven't been adopted. animal rights groups say that had a abouts tried and it failed. >> our solution are the programs to have a very good proper sterile indication program and also the adoption program. this is the only program to reduce the number of the stray. killing is not the solution.
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the stray on the streets will breed again. then we'll have more and more dogs on the streets 2347 they want the government to take action to keep children safe so the death penalty is replacing a sterilization and release policy. over time public opinion could judge it oh both immoral and ineffective. >> that is it. you're up-to-date with news from europe. let's take you back to doha. >> all right, now april manufacturer boeing is warning airlines about the problems of engine icing problems. it is warning to keep it's 747 planes away from any storm areas. this only applies to the 747 eighth edition, and the dreamliner built with engines made by general electric.
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gentleman pap airlines has already pulled two from its international routes and boeing anouned the sale of its 1,000ed streamliner. last year debris flew out of an engine during a taxiing test. joining me live from irvin, california, is captain ross amer a pilot and ceo of arrow consulting. thank you for joining us. how widely use are these types of planes? how december runtive? how disruptive does this warning turn out to be to travel? >> this campuses a very small number of airplanes, 787s in particular with ge engines, and the new 7478 with very small
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numbers in service right now. so the destruction is minimal. >> all right, now from a travelers perspective, you're hit by nonstop reports of a battery fire, a taxiing problem, and now you know, thunder storm and icing issues. what can you do as a traveler? is there some rule of thumb, for example, stay away from new planes if you want to be safe? >> not really. all these problems would eventually be solved. this issue with icing is something that the engine manufacturers and air fair manufacturers until didn'tly did not know that there was this particular type of icing problem in high altitude near the tropical convergent zones. i would imagine with some tweaking of the programming,
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electronics on these engines the problem will be solved because the detection and the icing on the ge engines on the 787 and 7478 is fully automatic. >> we're seeing an explosion in some parts of the world in the airline industry, aren't we. all these pressures and from the pilot perspective, is the industry any better to deal with these kinds of issues? >> reporter: yes, the technology is obviously getting better. but on the other hand the reliance too much on the technology is the by-product, which is not very good. >> thanks so much for your thoughts on that. well still ahead, promoting fairness, sparking allegations of racism in thailand. and continuing dominance in
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formula one. news of qualifying for the brazilian grand prix coming up. >> and now a techknow minute...
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♪ >> welcome back. thousands of people are demonstrating in venezuela. they're objecting to special powers given to their leader this week. he cited fighting corruption.
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thai skin care company has apologized for an effort of whitening cream. critics say racism in the scholarship for those with fairest skin. >> reporter: like many young thai women, she does not like the way she looks. >> i think i'm dark. >> reporter: the 23-year-old wants her skin to be whiter. >> i like people with fair skin, and i think almost all thai girls prefer scare kin. people with fair skin have more advantages. >> reporter: thailand's skin industry is worth more than half a billion dollars a year and one of its biggest products is whiten products. making whitening creams and locations, one of the thailand's biggest companies, it helped a
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contest calling for female wearing school uniform holding a whitening product. >> the face of the thai beauty industry has pale skin. women are told they need to be whiter to be pretty but the bias goes deeper than skin color. >> if you look at the social structure with the different social classes, women of lower strata seem to be of darker sk skin. >> the assumption the fairer you are, the higher your class. they think that is rooted in a narrow history of education. focused on the monarchy. >> you never learn about the history of commoners. that respect for common people is non-existent in this country. that's why when it comes back to this respect for a different
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ethnicity. different people of different color, we treat it. >> so in cases like this contest, accusations of racial insensitivities are not understood by all thais. >> when i saw the ad i didn't think anything of it because they're selling to the thai audience. >> some feel companies and ad firms need to learn a lesson. their messages are received well beyond their target market and could take on a completely different color. al jazeera, bangkok. >> let's talk about the sports news. >> we're going start with the latest news out of spain, which champions of barcelona completed a relatively routine 4-0 win over grenada. they played without many key players, including messi.
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another kick from fabreer gast and then a goal from sánchez and pedro completed their scoring. they now have a six-point lead over athletic co-madrid. >> the lead up to the game, ancellotti has criticized the spanish football authorities. he said they're putting an unnecessary strain on players. the team playing in guinea and south africa. >> if he see a player a bit tired i would arrest him. christiano may not agree with
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this. but i don't see him tired at the moment. i see him fresh. >> six goals at gunnison park as everton and liverpool play at a 3-3 draw. they have the visitors going scoring just after five minutes. louis suarez restored the lead. and at 89th minute header brought the final score 3-3. >> i was happy in moments and disappointed. you come away, to play like you did for parts of the game, the
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character, the mentality to come from behind tells us everything. >> liverpool are second and could be replaced by chelsea who are currently taking on west ham in their late kick off, they're leading 2-0. more problems with fulham at home against swansea. and sutherland lost t sunderlan. the latest score is 0-0, but before the game they took part in lighthearted preparation. the goalkeeper recreated a viral video made by their rivals two years ago. the team travels along the autobahn. it's campaigners may not be as
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impressed as the players were with their efforts. the season finale in brazil despite heavy rain in sao paulo. he continues his season long domination. looking for their 13th win of the season which could tie sue mashoemacshoemaker's season. new zealand broke english hearts, trailing 18-14, with 20 seconds left but a converted try from a johnson gave them victory. the other semi australia hamme hammered fiji 64-0. they'll have a chance to regain the trophy. they lost to the kiwis back in 2008.
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australia's cricket is firmly in control. smashing centuries on day three. warner with 124, his fourth test 100 president and australia declaring the fall. and 537 runs away from victory. >> we'll take the third kicket tomorrow morning and hopefully take the rest after that. they're balling fast at the moment. england on the back foot. they did a lot to be scared off, and obviously there is a weakness there at the moment, and we're probably on top of it at the moment. >> now to the nba. more news for chicago, derrick rose limped out through friday's game against the portland trailblazers. the mvp came up limp on his
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right knee after missing all last season with a left-knee injury. he'll have an mri in los angeles after traveling with the team. anmatthews sealing their eighth win in a row. manny pacquiao dedicating his win to the title to the victims of typhoon haiyan. both apartments weighing in, and pacquiao looking to win after the loss of his last fight. that was seven months ago. jason daily, the $8 million cup of golf. the australian shot a $500.66. it took him one shot clear of thomas bjorn.
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one head of the u.s. team of matt kutcher and kevin streilman. meanwhile charles will take the master champion is 15 under par, and looking to win his maiden title at what is his home national championship. more on the website, check it out on www.aljazeera.co www.aljazeera.com/sport. that's it. >> thanks. now call them educational campaigners or thrill seekers, two british teachers are thought to take the record for the longest journey in a relinquish shaw. they've been traveling the world raising money for educational projects. >> reporter: take two teachers, three wheels, and a goal to help
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61 million children, and you have one record-breaking adventure. >> my name is rich. >> and i'm nick. >> meet nick and rich and tommy tempos will known as a tuk tuk. >> we started talking about going on a long expedition in one of these vehicles, in a tuk tuk. then we became teachers. we became interested in education and development and the role education plays in development. >> reporter: so their mission went worldwide where education is lacking. using social media they've tried to raise awareness of how people can help and donate directly to educational charities. their journey began in britain last august. after driving through europe they drove the entire length of
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the african continent, asia and then the americas. they're in peru having crossed 37 countries and clocking in 37.5000 kilometers. in doing so they have believed to have broken the record in the longest trip in a tuk tuk, although it has not come without some share of mechanical problems. >> we kept on having to get it fixed every one or two days. we got to the stage where it just kept on breaking. >> reporter: that meant they've had to walk for some of the distance, but they say it was all worth it in the name of education. their motto, every child matters everywhere. gerald tan, al jazeera al jazeera. >> all right, that brings us to the end of the news hour. stay with us here on al jazeera because we've got another full version of news coming up straight ahead. don't go too far.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. here are the stories we're covering for you. it's progress being made in geneva? we'll have a live update on the negotiation and iran. angry pakistanis protest drone attacks in their country. and still no word in north korea about the status of an elderly american. >> secretary of state john kerry arrived in geneva just this morning for nia

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