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>> don't try this at home. >> "techknow" where technology meets humanity. monday, 5:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> hello welcome to the news hour, live from al jazeera's headquarters here in doha. a major win for isil in iraq, as the armed group secures a key route in anbar province. >> funerals held for the victims of avalanches in afghanistan. 200 are reported dead. >> more spy cable revelations how south africa is spying on russia over their joint satellite project.
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>> as the french president presses for action to combat climate change, we look at how rising sea levels are damaging malaysia's coastline. >> we begin in iraq, where there has been major developments in fighting in the western province of anbar. the islamic state of iraq and the levant has reportedly secured a bridge between the cities of baghdadi and another more than 20 iraqi soldiers killed. we speak to jane who will tell us more about the significance of isil securing this bridge. >> it's certainly a dramatic development, really not clear what the ultimate strategic significance is of it. essentially, this is a bridge cross the ewe freight tees.
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this is an indication that there is fierce fighting still. baghdadi has been under siege where rebels are trapped and not far from the air base where american forces and coalition partners are. that air base came under attack, just a few hours ago. isil sent a truck a military truck with suicide bombers to try to get to one of the gates and detonate. it didn't reach the gate but reached a couple kilometers before one of the main gates of the base where they were repelled by iraqi forces. there is a lot of fighting going on in anbar particularly around baghdadi and the air base which
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is a stronghold of u.s. forces along with the iraqi forces. >> a lot of developments, it seems out of iraq this afternoon, because there's a new human rights watch report, as you know suggesting that kurdish regional government is responsible for ethnic discrimination against arab communities. what it's saying is that kurdish forces of prevented arabs displaced by fight isil from returning to their homes in parts of two provinces. at the same time kurds have been allowed to return to those areas, and even to move into homes of arabs who left them. local kurds are saying dozens of arab's homes have been destroyed in areas identified as part of a possible kurdish autonomous territory extension. some pretty damning statements being made by that report by human rights watch. any reaction on the ground from the kurds or the iraqi
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government? >> no reaction from the iraqi government. the kurdish government, we're told officials are still absorbing the report, but they have actually said that any measures that they take there are for legitimate security reasons. now one of the things that human rights watch says in a very detailed report is that it has raised these concerns before, and since it raised concerns a few months ago some restrictions were eased but clearly not enough. the report documents for instance check points where arabs were turned back, including in one case a woman who had a give birth by the side of the road. part of this is of course a backdrop against it's not just the iraqi government and iraqi army and kurdish forces isil, this is a country where people are at war amongst themselves. it isn't as bad as the civil war was, but the wrist has deepened between arab and kurds and religious factions here,
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essentially because isil has come out of communities in largely sunni areas and as a consequence, the kurds and some other iraqis blame sunnis in general for isil. one of the key points that the human rights watch report makes is that despite the well documented atrocities of isil against all sorts of groups, that does not justify collective punishment of arabs. >> jane, thank you very much, jane reporting from baghdad. >> a christian leader in northeastern syria called for u.s. led airstrikes on isil fighters in villages where at least 220 people were abducted this week. they were taken captive as the group advanced. more from beirut. >> on tuesday activists reported syrian chriss were captured by the islamic state of iraq and the levant.
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at the time they put the number at 90. they put the number at 90, but now say 220 syrian christians are hostages. there whereabouts of not known there are conflicting reports some say that isil took them to their stronghold south of hasaka city. they are worried about their fate don't know if they're alive or dead. isil has still not made demands and it's not clear if isil will agree to exchange them in a prisoner swap. what we understand is that arab tribal leaders on the ground are trying to mediate some sort of deal to release these people. this is not the first time isil has captured people. they've captured hundreds if not thousands both in syria and in iraq, but this was the first
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time that they captured such a large number of christians at once. >> south african agents are spying on russia for details on their own joint satellite project. that's according to a top secret cable obtained by the al jazeera investigative unit. the plan is so secretive, even the spies aren't sure what's going on. >> high above south african government buildings, a satellite watches. it's a joint south african and russian project code named condor. while it monitors all of africa, it's creators are struggling to monitor it. few in government even know what project condor is or what they are paying for. opposition politician and shadow defense minister david man. >> er has spent five years trying to find out.
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>> a massive peck larrty, it's been very difficult given that this is a top secret or defense secret intelligence project to really get any information. >> the spy cables show south african military intelligence has also kept state intelligence in the dark. in fact, so little is known, al jazeera can reveal the state security agency is spying on its military counterpart, relying on a spy in russia. agent africanist is said to have direct access to the russian government. this top secret cable records information he provided in 2012. according to him russia has 30 technicians working on the satellite and hope it will allow them to spy on all of africa, potentially right up to israel. the secrecy surrounding the satellite and confused accounting of almost $100 million has sparked conspiracy theories. >> it wasn't long before i came
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across the theory that a former secretary of defense was assassinated because of his involvement in this project. meeting people and talking to sources, it was suggested to me by one individual that this is the kind of thing that should i should perhaps not be looking into, and it was a warning. >> for years the status of this satellite program has been unclear. africa's defense minister recently said that it was ongoing and would now cost over $100 million. with revelations that south africa is spying on russia to get information about its own initiative it appears not even the government here fully understands what is going on with project condor. >> ukraine has begun withdrawing artillery from the front lines in the east, a large line seen moving on thursday.
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pro-russian separatists have been withdrawing for the past few days. >> we have much more to come, including backing penalty hadi, the u.n. security council describes him as the legitimate leader of yemen. >> the u.n. warns that unrest in myanmar could lead to instability and roll back of recent democratic gains. >> in sport afghanistan make history at the cricket world cup. we will have the details later this hour. first, funerals are being head in afghanistan after at least 190 people died in a series of have a larges in the northeast of the country. homes, schools and mosques were buried in the pangier region.
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what has the police chief told you? >> the death toll really has been steadily increasing for the last couple of days. the police chief said that two helicopters arrived in the area, but were unable to land, because the weather is just so bad. they are only able to circle above. they did manage to drop some blankets and some food to people blow but it just goes to show how remote and inaccessible it is trying to get help into the area. there is a heavy military presence about 1,000 troops are there, trying to get into the area trying to clear the one main road into the area. it's a really difficult situation for emergency crews and we're told that the worst-hit area in the province is parion, one of the more remote districts and the police chief has told that you say 60-70 people are still trapped
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in the snow there and they haven't been able to reach that area. >> why is it so difficult to get help in that province, nicole? >> >> well, as i was just saying, it's a very remote area, but the main problem is it's two large mountain ranges with a narrow value in between. in that valley, you've got a river and one main road, so there's only one chance, one road for emergency crews to try to get in there to the affected area but at the moment, that road is closed. they've only been able to clear 50 kilometers of it. the engineering core of the army's there with their bulldozers trying to get through it bit by bit but they're saying it could take up to 10 days to clear the area. >> nicole, thank you for that update nicole johnston, reporting from kabul. >> the u.n. special envoy to yemen is in aden, meeting with president hadi, just hours after
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the security council said it was backing him as yemen's leader. crossing over to aden to hamad. tell us more about the meeting and the significance of that statement that the united nations is backing hadi as the legitimate leader. >> yes they met -- they are meeting now as i speak that's the main meeting they probably have met briefly in the morning upon the arrival and understand it is a one day visit. he is going to return this evening. we understand this happened after the u.n. has fully come out clearly saying that hadi is the legitimate president. it took them a few days and that was seen here as not a normal thing to do, because the u.n. has always been behind the process, the transition in yemen, the roadmap for peace
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conciliation. it took them the better part of a week to come out and say hadi is still the legitimate president. they are following with practical steps. two men will discuss the main issue here at hand, which is how to move on with the talks particularly that mr. hadi asked for the talks to be moved to aden or to safer places for all the parties, according to him. the houthis have refused that. now, mr. bremer has to come out with a solution. the talks have to go on and the two men have to agree on a formula that could be accepted by the houthis in terms of the venue for these talks. >> so, you were mentions ties just a moment ago and we saw some pictures of support rally's held in support of hadi. what about the rest of the country? what's going on there? >> the same thing is going on in
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several places in other areas. and we have seen this growing trend of support for hadi. we understand that hadi had from the very beginning supported across the country but they were particularly in sanna because of the presence of houthis there they cracked down on protestors. now after these people, hadi and the new steps that he has taken we see protestors, his supporters galvanized and being more vocal in sanna yesterday. the biggest rally for his supporters or his supporters since the houthi's took over the city last september so hadi is gaining momentum in terms of popularity and number of people now coming to say they need him to continue as president of the country. >> thank you reporting from aden in yemen. >> now the u.n. high commissioner for human rights has warned that recent developments in myanmar could
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lead to instability, saying fighting between government forces and ethnic rebels in the northeast threaten recent democratic gains. he also urged the government to stop jail journalists and peaceful protestors. >> the international community has seen the transition in myanmar as a story of promise and hope, but recent developments relating to the human rights of minorities, the freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest are calling into question the direction of that, even threatens to set the reform back. >> in bangkok speaking to a global justice fellow at harvard law school and expert on the civilian impact of armed conflict how were these comments made likely to go down with the authorities in myanmar? >> well, first of all the high commissioner isn't the first to
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raise warnings about these issues. my colleagues and myself in the human rights community have been raising these concerns for a long time. we hope that these comments will prompt a positive reaction from the government, but also from the international community to push the burmese government on these issues. >> what should the international community be doing at this point to push the authorities as you say? >> we think widespread impunity for human rights abuses by the military and other government authorities are a real problem opinion the military's doing a lot of things to entrench its impunity including threatening legal action against journalists and others who raise concern about human rights issues. we'd like the international community to convey to the burmese government that this is not acceptable and that there will be repercussions if they continue. >> what kind of repercussions would you expect the international community to take?
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>> we would like the international community foreign governments to tie engagement with the burmese government to the human rights issues. there are things the government wants in terms of political relationships and military relationships. we believe none should move forward until fundamental human rights concerns are addressed. >> the international community so far has been quite supportive of some of the moves and the step that is they say myanmar has taken on its path to democratic reform, so do you think that what you see right now, and also what's going on in the region with the fighting going on there how much is a setback for the country's political reform? >> three or four years ago there was a lot of hope in burma, but the trend in the last year and a half has been decidedly negative. i think the international community is start to go catch on to that, and i think that's
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part of the reason that we're seeing this statement from the high commissioner, so we really hope that pressure from the international community, including from the u.n. and from the high commissioner can help turn around some of this negative trend that we're seeing right now. >> ok, matthew, thank you, speaking to us from bank cock. >> the french president francois hollande has warned climate change could lead to wars and more disasters. he made those comments in the philippines. the trip is part of a campaign ahead of a global conference to be held in september.
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the paris talks are likely to see fears debates. we have more from manila. >> it's an historic visit by the french president the first time ever a head of state from france will be visiting the country two days jampacked schedule, he will meet with government leaders and leaders of industry and businessmen and also visiting one of the most damaged communities by tropical storm haiyan from nearly two years ago. that storm was the strongest on record to make landfall and greatly, it is put down to climate change. storms have always come across the philippines but not as strong as haiyan. it is expected storms will only get stronger if nothing is done to cut down on the carbon footprint of the global community. the visit is a collective responsibility not just for
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countries, but to work with the most vulnerable nations such as the philippines. the philippines is receiving the brunt of the climate change crisis. storms are going to be getting stronger, the country is struggling to cope with the effects of such typhoons and basically, the presidents of both nations france and philippines wanting to emphasize climate change is real and the global community has to go into action now to basically try to avert a more pressing or a worst disaster in the future. >> one country with high hopes for the climate change conference is malaysia. coastal erosion has taken a toll on the country's wildlife and communities. we have a report. >> miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches do surround malaysia, it's a peninsula with water on all sides. the rising water levels have really set a precedent of concern amongst government
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officials. they're hope that go during 2015, they can make their voices heard at gatherings such as the conference later in the year. its concern is that those who survive and live off the sea want to their from their government to make sure that in the future, the sea remains their friend and not their foe. seventy years ago the coastline used to be there. now it's here. this is the effect of rising sea levels. it's caused coastal erosion. the sea has been latterring malaysia shores for decades. for fishermen times are tough. sea levels rise, it weakens coast lines and sand add soil fall into the sea then more salt water enters the waterways. fresh water fish die. >> i've been fishing for over 20
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years, i used to be able to catch two-kilos of fish in two hours. i barely catch one kilo in four hours. >> erosion is a major threat to coastal villages that depend on a balanced eco system for living. rapid development along the water's edge is another factor, paralyzing economic activity. 30% of the country's coast is at risk, according to government figures. >> coastal erosion is at a critical level according to the authorities in the east of the country, along the shoreline. yet with two very unique monsons, areas such as where i am and further south are causing concern for those who have to deal with the problem. for some, the solution is balancing urban development being mindful of the
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environment. >> any development that is proposed must incorporate and ensure that the swamps still exist, so that you have both wetlands, as well as the sea. >> mangroves act as a nursery protecting fish within their roots. it's also a food source for wildlife above and below the water line. >> a shoreline management plan has been in place since 2010. replanting mangroves in vulnerable areas where they once thrived has become urgent. >> man groves reinforce the soil and sand, and strengthen it against the force of coastal water. collectively if we planted three hectares that's 350,000 plants in this area. thirty years ago the water never came this far. >> he feels the same way but wants to get his message across to those who can really make a difference when it comes to climate change, especially president hollande. >> world leaders have tomorrow,
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we are the poor. your decisions affect us democraty and i don't want my home livelihood and memory to say disappear into the sea forever. >> while malaysia holds two important positions, as a seat on the united nations security council and chairman of the southeastation nations economic block here in asia pacific including in indonesia cambodia, vietnam and the philippines they will as a block make their presence and their concerns known to the international community, certainly in france in december when they gather for that u.n. climate change conference. malaysia will hope that it can get its message across also at the u.n. security council and listen to the concerns of other nation that is have similar problems. >> from climate to more immediate weather with rob and that really long-lasting winter in the united states. >> what do you do if you're
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young and this long last be winter brings you snow? i'll show you what you do. in tennessee chattanooga park, this is what do you you just play on the sled for ours on end, even when it's dark. this is the good news. for most, it has been a terrible winter, that's the bright top that brought that snow to tennessee. there's still snow in delaware in north korea maybe in new york even washington d.c., but that's really on its way out. although this is the forecast by the end of thursday, it's freezing washington north. further west, there's been a bit of snow showing up in colorado, some in the sierra nevada, as well. this is significant. around 24 hours that snow just snows and snows and snows. it's loads for california, for new mexico, and it doesn't really go from northern california either. temperatures stay steady at
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59 degrees in san francisco and cold in the mountains. they're going into saturday, what does california want most of all? increased snow pack, because that is where the water comes from for what is now drought-ridden california. there it is, that's two days of snow. that's it from me. >> rob, thank you very much. >> still ahead on the al jazeera news hour, south korea's top court struck down an adultery law, decriminalizing extra marital affairs. >> nigeria's president promise to say create 2 million jobs, if he's reelected but how credible that is claim? >> coming up in sport an unhappy reunion with his former side monaco in the champions league. details coming up a little later.
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>> hello again with the al jazeera news hour. isil fighters have secured a bridge between the cities of baghdadi and hadita, a main route. more than 20 iraqi soldiers were killed. at least 190 people died in a series of avalanches in the northeast of the country in the pangiere region of afghanistan. >> other secret cables obtained
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by the al jazeera investigative unit revealed details about the hunt for al-qaeda. they show how agencies track individuals, monitor religious groups and warn one another of attacks. south africa's former minister of intelligence says many warn ins are just hype. >> throughout the spy cables, we see intelligence agencies hunting their great enemy al-qaeda. in south africa, spies monitor islamic groups and track an apolitical religious movement. this secret document includes available information does not implicate the group in radicalization or terrorism but reports that it has a perceived vulnerability to the influence of al-qaeda without providing evidence.
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>> it is political and has nothing to do with terrorist activities. it has got absolutely nothing to do with any affiliation to any other group. >> the state security agency identified individuals it says are linked to al-qaeda and spent time in south africa. included is the so-called white widow, samantha, wanted by interpol the former wife of one of the seven london bombers. barry gilder is a former coordinator and spy chief. he said the west pressured africa to hunt for al-qaeda, but the threat was low. >> at the time i was in government, our assessment was we didn't see al-qaeda as a particular threat in south africa although we kept a watch. >> the cables reveal how spy agency says pool knowledge on al-qaeda create ago common narrative. what emerge are remarkable, unverifiable claims. a russian cable warns of a lab in east issue algeria to develop
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biological weapons. however, the gnomonic playing escaped, leading to the death of 40 militants. the base was abandoned. israel's spy agency mossad sends numerous warnings. they race the specter of impending attacks like those at u.s. embassies in 1998. this cable makes reference to a number of attacks between 2007 and 2012 none of which took place. south africa's former minister of intelligence accuses some countries of playing politics with their spy agencies. >> i believe we are in a haul of mirrors in relation to these kind of things and this is where one needs a very cool head and a well balanced view. >> the spy cables suggest governments don't just communicate genuine security threats, but also further their own foreign policies by exploiting every country's fear
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of attack. >> at least three people have been injured in an attack near the presidential palace in somalia. al shabab fighters say they were targeting the highly secure compounds in mogadishu. no government officials were wounded. >> the congress lease army said it's retaken areas under rebel control. soldiers have raided and captured territory held by the democratic forces for the liberation of rwanda or the fdlr. the government has been under pressure to crack down on the rebels. >> this part of the word is full of wanted men. here are some of them. rwanda says this rebel group took part in the 1994 genocide, and massacred many ethnic
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stutis. that's correct are launch the from the democratic republic of congo. the enjoy to the region seems to agree. >> i was told the fdlr are comfortable in drc. this is unacceptable. >> when it's soldiers raided rebel camps they found not much, just a small cache of weapons. this reaction seems to suggest that the drc army didn't try hard. rwanda and the drc are uneasy
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neighbors. each accuse each other of militias that rape and kill. aid agencies say this is the deadliest conflict since world war ii. far more people have died after the rwanda genocide than during the genocide itself, six times more. >> let's talk about this operation, cross over to leads and bring in andrew wallace. from what you're hearing have the congolese army made gains against the rebels in this operation? >> not really. this operation has been flagged up for years so it's really fdlr has had a year to both dig in and to boost both its arms and its numbers. they knew the operation was going to start and indeed in the past, they've been working alongside the drc army, which is
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now tasked to go in and get them. there's been a lot of dealings between them. that it was found empty with just a few arrives is no big terrorize and fdlr has began back to its bases where it's going to take an awful lot of effort to get rid of them, really. >> how do you see this operation playing out? how long will it go on for? >> well, i mean the african union have got it right in the region when he was saying without help, you've got this enormous u.n. force in the region, which is now sitting doing nothing they withdrew their support a couple of weeks back after the dcc appointed two generals with alleged human rights abuses on their c.v.'s, so it is sitting with all its
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operational and lodge asking supplies and support it could give, so it's doing nothing really. you've got the d.c.c. army going after the fdlr and pretty well associated. >> how can it be without the support of the u.n. force? >> i'm sorry can you say that again? >> how successful can this operation be without the support of the u.n. force as you were just pointing out? >> well, i mean a rwandan diplomat told me really, we've seen nothing good. it's likely you will see nothing good for months or possibly even years, because i don't think the d.r.c. either has the political will or indeed, the military will to go after fdlr, which it has helped to arm in the past. the bad news is of course, it's not just rwanda upset about
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this, and it's destabilizing the region, it's very bad news for the local people, who the fdlr has been involved in some appalling massacres, mass rapes extortion during the past decade so really, they are the real losers after this. >> andrew, thank you very much for speaking to us from leeds. >> not at all. >> nigeria's president good luck jonathan said he'll create $2 million if reelected but with the country having one of the highest unemployment rates in the word, it will be no easy task. we have a report. >> they were clamoring for seats to take a test for jobs at nigeria's immigration service in march last year. moments later, there was a stampede and 16 people were killed. over 700,000 had shown up at venues like this to apply for
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just 4,500 jobs. paul has three children and last his wife that day. the government promised to give him and others like him a job as compensation. >> i feel like it's an accident that occurred. it's not an intentional act so i believe that nobody invites people to kill. i believe it's an accident. if federal government has said they would help the families. >> the government is now advertising more jobs. moses has decided to apply. i survived the stampede. >> i have to survive so i look for a place and stayed there and after the stampede, after everything calmed down i
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moved out with some of the friends i went there with. >> the stampede showed unemployment is a serious problem. around 1.6 million students graduate every year, but there are not nearly enough jobs for them. when the government advertises vacancies, literally million was people apply. >> the government said safety has been improved. >> crowd control is put in place now. we cannot repeat that mistake and therefore only dully selected dully invited at this point in time will be allowed to attend. >> moses is hope that go will be the case. >> i almost lost hope in nigeria, i almost lost hope, but i was able to pick up and say ok, i don't have to lose hope
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like that. >> the impact of new government jobs being offered is expected to be minimal. nearly 25% of people here are without jobs. al jazeera nigeria. >> south korea's constitutional court struck down an adultery law that criminalized extra marital affairs for the last 60 years. the 1953 statute was aimed at protecting traditional family values, but the court ruled it's unconstitutional. under the law, violators can serve up to two years in prison, but few people have served time recently. adultery is legal in most u.s. states and european countries but can still lead to serious punishment in other countries. in india men convicted can be sentenced to up to five years in prison. around half the women behind bars in afghanistan are jailed for so-called moral crimes, including adultery, even after being raped. adultery is also illegal in many
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african countries including sudan, where it can lead to the death sentence. francis is the chairperson of the working group on discrimination against women in law and in practice at the united nations. she says that adultery laws are mainly used against women. >> firstly it's a question of women's right to equality, dignity and privacy and it's mainly women even when the laws prohibit adultery by men or women, they are differently applicable, so in many countries where it is applicable to both men and women allow men to have many wives, four wives at least and temporary wives. the sentences for adultery have been mainly against women and in some countries of the world there are still court sentences condemning those found guilty of
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adultery to execution flogging or execution by stoning. we have frequently had to intervene in such court judgments, often successfully to prevent the stoning of a woman for committing adultery or for being allegedly committing adultery, after the trials are not very fair trials. adultery may be offense or regarded in some cultures or religions or customs but that does not mean that the state should choose police power to punish women for adultery. that is the first thing. even when these kind of measures taken by religious or customary law groups or other communities the state has a due diligence obligation to protect women against these kind of punishments. >> in bolivia, the vice president has visited pando
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province where there's been severe flooding. 800 families have had homes destroyed. she has promised that resident will be relocated. food and supplies have been flown into the affected area. >> in mexico, the volcano is supplying ash into the sky. the eruption east of mexico city forced through its to be canceled. the volcano is experiencing low intensity explosions following a series of tell mothers. it's the second tallest volcano in mexico. >> protests have continued in venezuela over the death of a teenager killed by police. demonstrators rallied out the vatican embassy demanding action from pope francis. >> thousands took to the streets to protest the recent arrest of
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opposition figures and venezuela's economic woes. this video widely circulated on social media shows the moment just after a 14-year-old wearing a high school uniform and backpack was caught in the confrontation and shot in the head by a policeman. >> i saw the boy there with his brain spilled out. >> this is the voice of one eyewitness who did not want to be seen on camera. >> i told the police to call the ambulance after shooting him. >> this sign said he was born and died in revolution, a reference to the 15 years that the revolution has been in place. it adds, he never lived in a democracy. >> president maduro condemned the killing and the police officer who shot him is behind bars.
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>> if any member of the security forces commit as crime especially those in charge of maintaining the public order let me tell you i'll be the first to have them arrested. >> in venezuela armed repression is against the law and the constitution exlet sitly puts limits on the use of force. >> the tragedy of his untimely death has been made worse by what some say is the police's brutal repression of dissent. >> what could he be doing? what could he be holding in his hand? his school books? it's not right. i have marks on my arm from the police who didn't want me to hold a child. it's not right. why? because after they shot him they wanted to take him away. why, i insisted and insisted, because they didn't want to leave the evidence. >> the repercussion of his death of not clear but as tensions continue to rise, it could be the spark that sets off another wave of protests in the very
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city that was at the heart of last year's deadly clashes. >> still ahead on the al jazeera news hour. >> i'm at a cuban run hospital in qatar. doctors 12,000 kilometers from home are de facto ambassadors cuba's main export. >> a first-ever world cup victory.
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>> during more than 50 years of isolation, cuba has had one
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major tool that diplomacy, its doctors. more than 50,000 health care workers have been sent to 65 countries. as we report, warming relations with the u.s. could threaten cuba's international medical contributions. >> my name is dr. maria. >> introducing herself is the easy part. >> you can speak with me in english? >> communicating is harder. the doctor doesn't speak arabic, but works in qatar. >> i am here in the name of the cuba. i am representing my country. >> one of 450 cubans to be exact, practicing medicine at the cuban hospital an hour outside of qatar's capitol city, doha. it seemed logical qatar needs doctors, cuba needs money. doctors are cuba's greatest exports. >> cuba sends medical personnel
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and supply to say international hot spots. >> the small nation of 11 million has sent its doctors to the caribbean latin america asia and africa, not just to earn a much-needed income, but to establish diplomatic ties. they sent more to help africa with ebola than any other country. just last year, the united states and cuba reached and agreement to restore diplomatic ties after decades of division. that could allow for freer travel and attract cuban doctors to the u.s. with income that is can't be matched at home. >> do you think more medical professionals will be swayed to go now to the united states and work? >> if they needed to get some money, you can go? because now we are free to go to
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anywhere. >> qatar needs the doctor and the four others who just landed here from havana. >> it is a huge challenge different language, different country, different culture different laws. >> the hospital's assistant executive director said acclimating is the most difficult part. >> by the time the doctor and nurses came and get familiar with the culture and custom, then they have to go back again and a new one arrives. >> he's trying to push a three year contract term to five, yet another example of how cuba's doctors are its greatest commodity. >> it's time for all the sports news. >> afghanistan have won their first ever march at the cricket world cup beating scotland in a thrilling game. >> neither scotland nor
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afghanistan has won the world cup before, so that was a change. afghanistan's decision to field paid off early. scotland were in trouble on 135 for seven josh davy was one of four wickets. the wicket partnership helped scotland post 210 their highest ever world cup total. it didn't look like afghanistan were going to be able to reach the target. steadied the run chase with seven fours and five sixes. 192 for nine, 19 runs off the target with one wicket remaining. scotland had the chance to wrap up the victory but he missed the bickell with the attempted
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direct hit. he struck the winning runs with a four to give afghanistan the victory with just three balls remaining. >> we shouted like a one shout and a big shout, and then the coach come, calmed down, said just one match and still we have a world cup, two match to win to get to the world stage. >> afghanistan next take on cohosts australia. al jazeera. >> these were the scenes in jalalabad after that match. afghanistan is the first team to win a world cup match after batting second and losing five wicket to say 12 runs. their victory keeps alive their hopes of reaching the quarter finals. >> in the other match, sri lanka beat bangladesh, hitting an unbeaten century mashing his 400 national with 105 of 76 balls. sri lanka setting a total of 332
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for one in their 50 overs. >> bangladesh in response, two wickets and ripping through the batting order taking three to 35. bangladesh go all out for two in 40, sri lanka winning by 92 runs. >> my best performance confidence was high, especially bowlers come back really, really getting form a little bit every single game. i think this is very important win for us going forward. >> players accused of losing their nerve after they are 3-1 home defeat, his former side monica in the champions league. going into the second leg after goals, they got one back for arsenal. the victory was sealed after he
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got the third. >> we the chances and we are not at the level defensively. the first goal is deflected but on the second and the third goal, we have a lot to come back at 2-1. we have not a right to give a goal away the way we did it, because that makes our task extremely difficult in the second leg. >> winning their first champions league knockout match they beat athletico mad writ 1-0. finalists last year, sent off for a second bookable offense.
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>> faller-the club's computers were seized by bailiffs on wednesday. >> it seems to me that they don't want to understand that what happens to parma can happen again. it's not only a parma problem. there are several other clubs in the same critical situation. >> knocked out of the dubai championships, 6-1 6-3 in the quarter finals. 61 minutes is all it took to wrap up his match on wednesday. the victory makes it an 11 match win this season.
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>> into the last eight in dubai is roger federer. the win is on course for a seventh title. >> meanwhile in acapulco, through to the quarter fines of the mexican open. beat his opponent 6-1 6-3. the world number five will play in the last -- >> there's more sport on our website. for all the latest, check out aljazeera.com/sport. we've got blogs and videos from our correspondents around the world. that's all the sport for now. >> thank you very much for that update. that's it for the news hour. right here on al jazeera, but we're back in just a moment with another full bulletin of news and all the day's top stories. do stay with us.
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