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raek air force target sunni fighters around mosul but loses two border crossing to jordan and syria. meanwhile on a trip to egypt, john kerry said the u.s. is not responsible for what's happening in iraq. you're watching the jz news hour live from london. also coming up, israel fires back after an attack from inside syria kills a 13-year-old boy in the goland heights. ultra nationalists clash with police outside of a russian
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orthodox church in kiev. belgium is the latest team through to the finals in the world cup. russia hangs by a thread. sunni-led rebels have captured two major border crossings into syria and jordan. it adds to their gains in iraq's western anbar province. fighters have also captured a major highway to the border with jordan. this adds to the three other cities in anbar already in their control. it's on the syrian border, and it also bringing them a step closer to high deef ya which is home to a dam. if destroyed it could lead to major flooding. iraq's government has deployed
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troops to protect it. fighting continues for baiji rye finery. sunni rebels control mosul as well as tikrit and fallujah and tallafar has fallen to them also. in terms of the iraq government's response they have bombed isil hideouts around mosul. it was taken by sunni rebels two weeks ago. as the situation in iraq deteriorating, more and more young iraqis have flocked to recruitment centers to join the battle against isil. it's after a call for help from the most influential shia cleric who urged people to unite. officials say more than 2 million have volunteered their services in just the past week. >> translator: we respond the to the call to fight these rags that come from outside to destroy iraq. we're all united. iraq is united as sunnis, shia,
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kurds, christian and sabians. all as one. >> translator: we responded to the call. we have to cooperate to terminate it. >> we're live in baghdad. omar, isil-led fighters have captured two more border crossings as they seized them on the syrian border. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: we got report they managed to overtake the border crossing with syria and jordan. there are conflicting reports as to where they have their fighting took place or not. some reports indicated that the army withdrew without the fight. others said no, they did put up
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a fight but lost the battle. it's not clear what happened there. but both crossings are under the control of isil fighters. it follows another border crossing earlier in the day with syria. this gives isil fighters free movement in and out of syria to iraq. this could be the route for their supplies and fighters. this is a big blow for the iraqi government. >> iraq, as isil fighters continue to consolidate their gains in anbar, we hear of a double-bombing taking place in ramadi. >> reporter: yes, that's true. there was a funeral for an iraqi army officer who was killed two days ago there. today there was a funeral southeast of ramadi. a car bomb exploded at the side, and then a suicide bomber walked in and detonated the charge.
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10 people killed and 22 injured. we think the number of casualties will rise. >> omar in baghdad. well, 1,000 families have taken shelter in a refugee camp in the eastern city after fleeing fighting between iraqi forces and sunni fighters. many headed there from northeast of baghdad, which has seen fierce fighting in recent days. many more people have taken refuge in the refugee camp outside mosul which is one of the cities under isil control. >> reporter: as you can see behind me in the pick, there are thousands of iraqi families, over 450 which have been directed here by the united nations. very difficult conditions for the refugees who came from mosul, came from tikrit. i spoke to some that came from many other iraqi cities that are under the control of the armed sunni groups.
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as i said to you, very difficult conditions. some hoped at some stage to cross into kurdish areas, but technically they need cities with places to cross. iran's supreme leader has rejected possible intervention in iraq by the u.s. or other outside powers. the ayatollah accused washington of manipulating iraqi sectarian groups. on a trip to egypt the u.s. secretary of state john kerry said the u.s. is not responsible for what's happening in iraq, but it said it will offer help to an iraqi government that pursues unity. >> we will help iraqis to complete this transition if they choose it. if they want, they have an opportunity to choose leadership that could represent all of iraq, a unity government that brings people together and focus
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on isil. i am convinced that they will do so not just with our help but with the help of almost every country in the region as well as others in the world who will always stand up against the tyranny of this kind of terrorist activity. >> let's speak to rosalynn jordan in washington, d.c. unity seems to be very much the u.s. buzzword when it comes to iraq. we heard john kerry there very much echoing president obama's comments about the need for r k iraqis to overcome their sectarian differences and forge a power-sharing agreement. >> reporter: that's right. there's very little love lost in washington for the prime minister nouri al maliki. the obama administration has been critical of the way he's been leading his government, seemingly favoring the shia majority over the needs and desires of the sunni minority as well as ignoring the needs and
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desires of the kurdish minority in the northern part of iraq. so the u.s.'s view is that because al maliki has not been as encluinclusive working on government policies as they believe he should have been, they say that this is simply made it possible for isil fighters and for other sunni rebels to basically wreck havoc across northern and central iraq. now, they are very concerned about the potential for isil to spread its violence into other countries, and they also do consider the group a threat to u.s. security interests. they do believe that the only way to draw some of the tension out of this crisis is for the iraqi central government to bring more people to the table and to be honest about its intentions on making the government as inclusive as possible. they don't want to see this
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country breaking down into this sector being governed by this religious sector and so on. but they are very, very concerned that if something isn't done now, this could spiral out of control. >> significant that john kerry was making this speech in the egyptian capital of cairo, the highest level american visit to that country since president sisi came to office. what is the message coming from washington to egypt? >> reporter: well, basically egypt is the u.s.'s help key ally or one of the key allies in the middle east, but egypt needs to change course and needs to be more politically inclusive and stop repressing political opponents. it needs to stop mass trials and needs to stop cracking down on activists, on journalists, on bloggers, anyone trying to make use of the public space as is guaranteed by the egyptian constitution should be free to do so.
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the u.s. has not been happy with egypt's behavior. now, along with this visit, yes, secretary of state did announce that the u.s. is releasing a little less than half of the $1.5 billion annually set aside for military assistance to egypt. obviously, the egyptian military would like to get all of it, but the u.s. says it won't release all of the money until it has verifiable process in democratic activities inside the egyptian government. the first announcement of the $575 million released, clearly egypt has to do more to get the other half of that money in the obama administration's eyes. >> thanks from washington, d.c. kerry's visit is a day before a verdict is expected in the trial of three al jazeera journalists imprisoned in egypt. the three journalists have been behind bars for 176 days.
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they're accused of collaborating with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. ba barnaby phillips has the story. >> reporter: it's a message that resonated faur and wide. that journalism is not a crime. that in a free society, reporters need to be able to speak to all sides. the men in the cage have already paid a heavy price in defense of this right. they're respected journalists that have been behind bars for 176 days. egyptian authorities accuse them of spreading lies, of having links to what they call a terrorist organization. across the world, many disagree, and many have spoken out in defense of the al jazeera team. >> we all like to live in a world where we can go about our legitimate, lawful business without interference as anybody could, as a doctor, lawyer,
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anybody could and should be able to do. it's not about democracy. it's about the simple freedom. i'm not saying journalists above the law or special rulings for jurmists, but in this instance and instances like this, if they are simply doing their job legitimately, people shouldn't be obstructed in the course of doing that and put in prison. it's crazy. >> reporter: campaign events have taken place in 30 countries around the world. more than 69 million people have tweeted using the #freeajstaff. they have sent out 188,000 tweets and they have reached more than 74.4 million twitter accounts. the al jazeera campaign attracted enormous support from people all over the world, but the challenge for any social media campaign is to translate success in the virtual world into results in the real world. the total retweets and online
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petitions into actual pressure of people in positions of power. after all, even the most famous of tweeters backing the most honorable of causes don't always come out on top straightaway. campaigners helped peter's family raise 58,000 signatures calling for his release, and they feel it made a difference. >> the egyptian authorities do respond to international pressure. we're aware of that, and the feedback we've heard from the families are that knowing that they have thousands of people behind them gives them the strength to go and have the conversations and know they're backed by thousands of people. >> reporter: now they wait for the court's decision. they and supporters all over the world feel this case has already gone on far too long. coming up this news hour, police exchange fire with a south korean soldier who killed five comrades. prayers are answered. they get their first entry on
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unes unesco's world heritage list. israeli tanks have been firing at syrian army positions across the border in retaliation for the death of an israeli teenager. the 15-year-old died in a blast in the israeli-occupied golan heights what the military says is a deliberate attack. it's the first attack since the start of civil war. two others were injured in the incident. the military doesn't know whether the explosion was caused by shelling or a reside bomb. hundreds of palestinians attended the funerals of two men killed by israeli groups during the crackdown on hamas. they kidnapped three israeli teenagers next week and say any deaths are the result of israeli
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troops defending themselves. >> translator: we're in the midst of an ongoing, focused effort to return our sons home. this effort includes a certain friction with the civilian population in judeah and sumaria. occasionally there are fatalities or wounded on the palestinian side as a result of our force's self-defense actions. >> reporter: israeli military forces confirmed to al jazeera there was an explosion inside the occupied golan heights on a vehicle near the demarcation line. inside the vehicle a 15-year-old boy was killed. he was joined with other civilians who are civilian contractors contracted to the israeli ministry of defense. they're working on a fence in that area, which is meant to try to buffer the fence along the border near to the demarcation
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line because there is so much trouble across that border. it's not unusual for ordinances and rockets to land inside the occupied golan heights, and that has been happening in the last two years since the war in syria has been raging. at the minute israeli military forces are saying it would appear to them it was a targeted killing and a tlib rate attack across the border. a shoot-out between south korean troops and a soldier suspected of killing five comrades near the border. the soldier was surrounded in a forest. hara arar arary fossett in seou more. >> reporter: it seems the south korean military is in no hurary to move in and take this man by force. it all unfolded around 2:23 local time when there was a shoot-out at a checkpoint near an elementary school in the village. the defense ministry is confirming that a platoon leader was shot in the arm and injured.
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local residents said there are about ten rounds fired in all, and that since then there has been this operation to corner him in this area. the defense ministry is trying to persuade him to surrender. this man was coming off a guard duty late on saturday night about 8:00 p.m., and it was then when he returned to the barracks that the shooting began. five fellow soldiers were killed, seven injured. after that an enormous man hunt, overnight manhunt unfolded. 3,000 to 4,000 south korean troops trying to pin him down and find him in this remote, difficult, mountainous area. we know he was under close observation by his superiors for some time having failed it seems to have adapted to military life. he was given a category a, which prevented him from serving in the this kind of front line post. that was downgraded in notify
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la -- november last year and that's why he was there and got access to guns and live am mission like he was. >> pope francis has spoken out against all forms of torture. he's asking his followers to help wipe it out. >> translator: dear brothers and sisters, june 26th is designated as united nations day for the victims of torture. i reiterate the firm condemnation of all forms of torture and call christians that do that as abolitionists. it's a very serious sin. ukrainian president petro pour cheng is marking the anniversary. paul brennan reports. >> reporter: the invasion of the soviet union began on june 22,
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1941, would claim nearly 5 million soviet and german lives in the first six months alone. in commemorating those losses is of special significance in the former soviet states. more than 1.3 million were ukrainian, a fact not forgeten by the modern leaders at sunday's wreath-laying ceremony in kiev. 73 years on, peace remains elusive. >> translator: unfortunately, these days the issue of war has begin become a reality in ukraine. the smell, the stench of war is in the air today. that's why the day before yesterday, during my visit to in the zone of the military operation i made a decision to give peace a chance. >> reporter: in moscow the russian leader laid his own wreath at the tomb of unknown soldier, but even here modern day events in eastern ukraine dominated the narrative. president putin's support for the poroshenko piece plain is
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critical to the success. the kremlin says substantive negotiations are needed. >> translator: the fact that president poroshenko has announced a truce is, of course, an important element of the settlement. it's one of the most important elements. it would be impossible to come to terms on anything without it. russia will certainly support the intentions, but in the end the most important thing is a political process. >> reporter: in ukraine separatists go around a fountain of people that attended a memorial rally in donetsk. the message has been overwhelmingly one of peace. there are inescapable parallels being drawn, like the current situation in eastern ukraine today. >> translator: brothers against brother. >> translator: it was kiev that opened this wound again, a wound which is still bleeding because our parents and grandparents still remember it.
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>> reporter: then historical grief was overtaken by contemporary bitterness. groups of separatist militants averaged some obviously justine agers and signed up to go to war. the irony is scary. paul brennan, al jazeera, donetsk. a group of mass protesters have thrown rocks at a russian bank in kiev leading to clashes with the police. in response hundreds of radical activists marched outside the orthodox christ kran monastery also in the capital. it was organized by a coalition of ultra nationalist organizations who deny involvement in the attack of the russian bank. flooding triggered by torrential rain is causing widespread damage across eastern and southern china. local news agencies from the province say thousands of people have been displaced by the foods
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with houses swept away and hundreds of heck ters of crops damaged. the world heritage committee has discussed how to protect ancient sites at its 38th session in qatar. among the new additions to the list is the great canal in china, a vast waterway system running from beijing made in the 5th century b.c. also added is a 5,000 kilometer section of the silk rose from china to asia which linked civilization and trade. the province built in the 7th century as a ruling capital has been razed, and the queen stepwell on the banks of the river in india, which was built as a memorial to the king in 11th century a.d. myanmar got its first entry on the world heritage list with the inscription of a few ancient
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cities. florence lui has more now. >> reporter: it's a world away from where the decision-makers, but that doesn't stop the people for asking for devine intervention. they're from a town near one of the three ancient centers in myanmar, and regarding unesco heritage listing. >> translator: there are many relics in this old city. >> reporter: they're part the pew kingdom that existed 1,000 years starting from around the 1st century. its people started to trade with india around the 5th century, which led to the spread of buddhism throughout southeast asia. not much is known about the pew. we know they lived in big cities enclosed by high walls. they built a sophisticated system of irrigation and spoke a language now extinct but closely related to the myanmar language.
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archaeologists working at the biggest city believe they uncovered about 20% of it. the importance of the site is they're rare and unique examples of the urbanization of society from that era. experts want the areas protects. something a unesco world heritage status would offer. >> the history of the area is fragile. we are always committed to great pressure, and in a very quick time we can have a disaster because they can disappear very quickly. >> reporter: but there are staunch protectors, people who live in the town nearest to the site set up a heritage trust in the 1950s funded and staffed by volunteers, the trust also runs a museum and helps to ensure the artifacts remain in myanmar. sometimes by buying back items
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sold on the black market. >> translator: the cities of pew existed more than 2,000 years ago. it is the history of our forefathers. it may be give interest to some people. we want to preserve it. >> reporter: a world heritage listing helps to bring in fundses and technical know how for that conservation. more than that, it gives a sense of pride to the people and tells them their history is worth preserving. florence lui, al jazeera, myanmar. much more this news hour, including armed and ready to shoot. we report on the rise of carjacking in lawless libya. i'm tom ackerman at a laboratory where the biggest pharmaceutical companies detects counterfeit drugs that endanger consumers around the globe. in sport we tell you whose
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hopes went up in flames at the austrian grand prix. captured two major
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border crossings into syria and jordan adding to gains in western anbar province. the u.s. has denied causing the crisis in iraq, but on a trip to egypt, u.s. secretary of state john kerry said his government was willing to help build an inclusive iraqi government. and israeli tanks have fired into syria after an israeli teenager was killed in an attack in the golan heights. it's feared the offensive wi result in a partition in iraq between the three main
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population groups. the kurds already control a region in the north and have taken control of the disputed oil city of kirkuk. the shia-controlled national forces and could demand nor aton any more the largely shia south. they will look for what they are seeking in western iraq. they're backed by local sunni groups who feel oppressed by nouri al maliki's government. the prime minister of the region says he believes al maliki should go. speaking in an interview with nbc, he said that if mr. maliki stays in power, it will hinder the political process. >> of course, the situation in iraq now is a very complicated situation. and in my view he shouldn't stay as a prime minister. if iraq -- if they have
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stability again, political process should be started in in country by having him as a prime minister, i think, it will be more complicated. >> joining me from michigan is juan cole, a professor of history at the university of michigan and author of "engaging the muslim world." good to have you with us. prime minister al maliki is in a position where he's increasingly politically isolated and discredited. is it likely he'll go soon? >> well, it's not entirely clear that anyone can make him go. he does have the loyalty of a great many in the officer corps, and he has the largest single party in parliament in the recent elections. enormous pressure is being applied to him, even from the shiite leadership, which he technically acknowledges, and
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certainly from all of the other political actors. >> begin the -- you mentioned the call from the grand ayatoll ayatoll ayatollah. that was very significant, because this is a figure that stays out of politics. he called for more effective government in baghdad. you have the u.s. implying any kind of military assistance may be contingent on a political change in baghdad. a prime minister of the kurdish region said it's difficult to see meaningful political reform in power. surely whatever support he has right no ebbing away. >> it's true, but iraqi politics is also a mess. it's not entirely clear when parliament will meet to elect the prime minister, if there's an elected prime minister, it has to come from parliament. they're supposed to meet within 15 days of the certification of the election, but -- the
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ayatollah asked them to do that. it's rumored until a political settlement is reached about who the new prime minister will be to form the government, they won't actually meet. so for the moment i think al maliki is there until some sort of deal can be worked out among the power players. >> do you see a risk that the longer prime minister nouri al maliki clings onto power, the more difficult it will be to dislodge isil-led fighters from the territories that they're seizing, the more difficult it will be to prevent their advance towards the capital of baghdad? >> absolutely. m miriam, the prime minister, nouri al maliki, has failed to establish strong partnerships with sunni arabs in the north and west of the country, and those sunni arabs are joining with isis.
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it isn't that isis has conquered these places. it's that it made broad coalitions with tribal groups and disgruntled city townspeople. al maliki's job was to keep those people on his side, and he hasn't done it. the isis advances can't be reversed easily without that kind of political process. >> adversely if maliki disappeared tomorrow, could that create a power vacuum that isil could capitalize on? >> well, that is a danger, because as i said, al maliki has very cleverly established four operating bases and got the military commanders to report directly to him. he's at the top of the security apparatus. somebody newing am koing in will take a white to master the
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apparatus and get the loyalty of people in it. it's a steep learning curve for the successor. >> good to get your thoughts and analysis on this. the rise of militias in the absence of a centralized government led to lawlessness in libya. carjackings are a common occurrence in tripoli. from there, stephanie decker reports. >> reporter: there are some cars they want more than others. his parked pickup truck was a prime target. as he got back into the vehicle -- >> translator: suddenly a bmw with tinted windows and no number plate blocked me and there were three menz ssd. i tried to find the car from the inside, and they threadens to shoot me and i stopped. they too many the car away. i was helpless. >> this is a rare moment where
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it's caught on camera. watch the white car stopped in the middle of the road: there's nothing the driver can do. they're armed and will shoot. that is a concern when you're driving around the capital. there are certain areas to avoid because you know they happen more frequently there. at the end of the day it can happen anyway play at any time and there's 37 carjackings a day. controlling these crimes is no small task for the struggle police force. >> translator: the challenges are huge because we work without the basic security infrastructure. we have no support. the basic police duties are to fight crime, but we face massive challenges because we don't have the necessary tools to do our work. there is no central network or database. we can even get enough uniforms for our men. that leaves victims with little justice. >> translator: i submitted a
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police report that registered the case, and i have yet to hear from them. >> reporter: the police say the government needs to do more to help. they hold little power in a country overrun with heavily armed militias and gangs. most libyans demand the same, a strong police force and army that makes them feel safe. stephanie decker, al jazeera, tripoli. >> it's 68 days since boko haram abducted 200 nigerian schoolgirls sparking outrage worldwide. they try to keep schools open and now prepare for their final exam. they spoke to some of them about how they're coping. >> these are the schoolgirls who managed to avoid capture by boko haram fighters. their classmates are missing and the pain shows. somehow, they're preparing for their final exams where teachers believe talking about what happened helps.
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>> they have guns, and we ran after them. >> reporter: they're there for the release of the pupils, but she's not giving up. >> they have been been there once. they plead with them. this idea feels sympathy for this innocent guest and help them. >> reporter: all of the girls have been brought to the state capital for continued education and better security. the teachers say they're doing remarkably well managing to relax and concentrate on the stud i didn't say despite the fact they're away from home and thep don't know what's happened to their classroom friends. those with close friends missing get more distressed by the day.
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>> we're working together with them. we're asking them to help us, please. >> no one has a positive answer, more than two months after the friends went missing and the state government is trying to get schools back to normal. >> we this is where it is and we will provide security and continue on our schooling. >> reporter: there's nothing normal for girls right now, and only the safe return will make it possible. al jazeera, northeastern nigeria. the world health organization estimates that 10% of all drugs sold worldwide are fake, and according to a recent constituty as many as 100,000 people die each year from
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counterfeit medicine. in the second of our series, tom ackerman visits a lab where science is helping law enforcement take fake drugs off the streets. >> the human growth hormone that rick roberts must inject himself with every day keeps him alive, but one prescription refilled at a san francisco drugstore could have killed him. >> i asked the pharmacist there's stinging and there's an issue with the amount of the water in the packaging. he just looked at me and said, you should go home. you should check and see if you got some of the fake stuff. >> reporter: roberts is one of the victims of counterfeit drugs, more commonly sold over the internet but in some cases finding their way into reputable retail pharmacies. in this lab at the headquarters of pfizer, the biggest drug company, more than 1,000 suspect samples from north and south america are tested each year. they're seized by law enforcement agencies or bought by the companies own undercover
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agents. >> they were actually go out and pose as patients who are consumers and go out and actually make purchases from the individuals on the internet. >> those are a different colored blue. they're very close. >> reporter: to even an experienced eye, the bogus packaging can look identity identical to the general product. pfizer's scientists can usually spot the counterfeits, but then comes chemical analysis of the samples. >> we see in some dosage forms they don't put the active ingredient ever. sometimes they put it in at the wrong level or use the wrong active ingredient or omit. >> reporter: under a new law every drug sold in the u.s. includes a marker to trace the origin and track it through its supply chain. around the globe it's a case of buyer be very aware. >> you have to stay within the system that's safe because of the regulations that are in place, but if you go outside the system, then you're going outside of the safety net that's there for you. >> reporter: there's no
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reliability safety net in southeast asia and africa, where almost one-third of the anti-malaria drugs tested have been found fake or ineffective, so drug companies and u.s. agencies have been donating handheld devices that can perform chemical analysis in the field. more tools to prevent unsuspecting consumers from falling ill to the greed of the counterfeiters. tom ackerman, al jazeera, connecticut. on monday in a third-part series on drugs deception we'll be in bangladesh. still ahead this news hour, the anonymous film showing a different side to the war in syria in a genre they call emergency cinema. plus. i'm in amsterdam where they're creating a brand-new version of the famous canal house. this time they're not building it. they're printing it. and we'll have the latest
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from the world cup, of course, as belgium makes it through to the last 16.
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this week in new york. >> reporter: families eating and children being children, young men talking.
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they call their work emergency cinema. >> emergency cinema is just like emergency medicine. you have to intervene quickly to save the image of your society. we wanted to show people with dignity. we wanted to show people without reducing them to be victims. >> reporter: the contrast of ordinary people lives in extraordinary circumstances provides moments of insight on syria that are hard to find in news coverage, like the siblings playing in a tent that has become their home. or the unseen cameraman trying to cross a war-ravaged street guarded by snipers. a selection of films was part of this year's human rights watch festival in new york.
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a chance to bring the realities of daily life in syria to an american audience far removed from the conflict. >> we know making it more narrow makes it easesier. >> he hope it raising awareness in syria. >> does america perhaps have a certain apathy towards syria? >> i would say that's probably true, but i feel like the unique stories and the images and the music and the story telling that he's using can break through that. >> reporter: members remain anonymous inside syria to be able to work in a society with heavy censorship, but they insist their work is not political. the award-winning short of "gone and dogs" reveals the agony of a rebel fighter who believes he killed an innocent man. >> we just need that people saw, wow, it's a good feeling. >> reporter: when it comes to conveying the human cost of syria's war, it may well be enough.
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al jazeera, new york. now, we go to sports starting with the world cup. thank you very much. yesterday the world cup firsts where belgium took on russia in group h. there's some excitement in previous matches in brazil. this is no way a classic. he needed smelling salts after a clash of heads earlier. the first half was done, and belgian had the best chance of the half. it's the second half now. belgium almost took the lead with a free kick, but there's two minutes left of normal time. he scored the goal that sent them into the last 16. russia's hopes hanging by the
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preverbal thread. lee willings joins us now like from rio. in this tournament of dark horses, belgium is the darkest of the lot. i think the pressure is told to them in their first game against algeria. it was hard to see them keep trying towards the end and getting that night goal and seeing them into the last 16. >> reporter: there are two ways of looking at what belgium achieved in the tournament. on one hand they had such a depth of talent. their goals have been from substitutes, so the options to watch the coach are there in abundan abundance, and they have the six points. there's six teams that qualify for the last 16. they're in great shape. on the other hand, how far can they go with the 1-11. belgium are not tried and tested in major tours.
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they're on one continent, but i think it's tough for them. the players are setting out the winning goal, and they have a chance. >> the next game is coming up. that's in a few minutes time, it's algeria against south korea. you and i were talking about what a great day it was for africa in the world cup yesterday. when it comes to chatter about africa and their nations at the world cup, i think algeria gets slightly ignored, even though they're the highest-ranked african team in fifa's rankings. >> yes, i was saying before the first game. a ranking of 22. the problem algeria has is scoring goals in world cups, which makes it sound like they have nothing to offer. they're very well organized and not many score against them. they took the lead against belgium and played quite well, and this is opportunity now. if they manage to win a game against korea into the last game, they're in good position to qualify from this group.
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i don't think ail year gentleman will see themselves as representing the african continent at all really. they'll feel they can progress. >> the parlor of the game of the day is the united states against portugal. portugal has obviously had the awful start against germany in their opening game. how big a blow will it be to the world cup if portugal and that player of theirs -- i forget his name -- bow out after the first hurdle? >> well, i think people want to see that player. renaldo. people want to see him play. you want the big stars in the world cup, and it hasn't started well for them. will it he be fit for the match? the intention is he will without being 100%. >> enjoy it, and we'll catch it
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up with you later. >> that match kicks off in a few minutes time and that's followed by the united states clash with bort gal portugal. we update you on the matches in the later bulletins, but right now we go to andy in chicago in a fan park ahead of that match-up. 16.9 million viewers i was reading. the u.s. going again. that was their biggest ever rating for a men's soccer match. is that a sign that football and soccer is breaking into the american mainstream? >> reporter: you know, i think in america we see that when you talk to soccer fans, and it's a huge day today. it's like christmas morning for all the fans about to get here in grant park in chicago. you see the gigantic tv screen right there. they watch the match at 5:00. they had 7,000 people watch the
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u.s./ghana game on monday in the park. they expect 10,000 here for the game. clearly the interest is growing. often times soccer fades for american kids when they get older, 15, 16 and maybe they go into other sports unlike other countries. the people say you cannot deny more people are watching and coming to the park here, and it's going to be rocking later on today watching this match. >> one thing american sports fan have in common, is they like winners. if the united states don't advance too far in the world cup, will anyone still be watching? >> you know, i think they will be. at least die-hards always say they will be. what's happening here, for example, today, the folks who aren't quite as diehard, the casual observers get into it. will it translate to more getting into it eventually? we don't know. these people are so stoked for today's match. in fact, we talked to one seller
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of merchandise, soccer merchandise in chicago and said they did triple the amount of business in the last week than normally. they attribute that to the big u.s./ghana match on montana and attracts a huge event in chicago. they have a big history of big, public viewing parties for sports events. that continues that transition. the u.s. has another big viewing party in the park on thursday morning when they play again. >> we're going to catch up with you later on throughout the day. looking forward to speaking to you then. for now, thanks very much. rozberg has won the austrian grand prix. it extend says his league to 29 points. hamilton started the race from ninth, but he quickly moved up the field going past masscy here. he took the lead on the 28th. hamilton was literally on fire to try and catch the german, but
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rosberg held on to record his third win of the season. it was a 6, 1, 2 finish of the year. >> i had a very, very fast car again. it was fantastic to win today and great to get a 1-2 in austria. it's great tom back here. austria for sure deserves a race, and the fans have been amazing and the atmosphere has been spectacular this weekend. thank you very much for that. it's been awesome. >> you guys have done a fantastic job to get another 1, 2 here is incredible. this is fantastic and the fans have been insane this weekend. thank you all for the sport. day two of the second test against england. it restored the host of 365 in their first and began their innings slowly. whoever wins this match will take the two-match series after game one this morning. that's it. back to you in london. >> thanks. now, the reasonable global
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recession affected the livelihoods of bricklayers and carpenters across the globe, but could they face a new threat from 3d prinltsted houses? we explain. >> reporter: one day this is how houses will be built. at least that's what the people behind this unique project in amsterdam open. over the next three days they create life-size versions of models. they will combine to make a traditional dutch canal house with a difference. a three nen shunnal printer is making it out of papers derived from vegetable oils. >> we can print elements with the printer. they can print up to 2 x 2 and 3 1/2 which means you can't print the entire house. if you connect the elements, each room finished is tested on the ground floor to make sure it's stable and safe. only when that is the case, we can start setting them up.
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until the house is done. >> this is the 3d printer where the 3d house is made piece by piece. can you tell us what you're doing? >> yeah. today we're testing new materials based on the old materials and include some fibers, which increases the strernt of the material, and also it helps with the printing itself by giving the material better cooling profrpts as well as printing. >> 3d printing has been used for firearms and human organs, bus would anyone want to use this sludge to make their home. you'd be surprised. in the netherlands and yufrp it's printed properties but on the global skarl there's interest from disaster areas refugee houses. this is still clearly a work in progress and this is what it will look like when it's
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finished, but these visitors from australia are already sold on the concept of printing locally to cut transport cost and waste. >> very high klaas to build in really remout locations and this is in the future and because it's organically done, there's people sympathetic to landscape and original paper and things. >> reporter: the team says human creativity will not disappear from the process and it could be the friendly way to put a roof over head. don't forget to watch al jazeera online. the address for that is there you find all the latest comments, analysis and video on demand on all the top stories. so, yeah, do check it out. al that's it for this news hour for me, but i will be back in a few moments time with a full bulletin of news for you, so do stay with us.
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