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>> catch more "faultlines" episodes on demand or at >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour. i'm in doha with your top stories on al jazeera. houthi fighters attack yemen's presidential palace as the u.n. security council meets to discuss the crisis. nine policemen killed in iraq as isil attack the compound of an influential tribal leader. heading to the poles, voters in zambia choose a new president
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following the death of michael sata. plus millions of homeless people suffer across northern india, with temperatures dipping close to freezing point. ♪ hello, we begin in yemen. that's where at least presidential guards have been killed in renewed fighting between houthi rebels and government forces. it's happening near the presidential palace in the capitol. meanwhile talks between both sides have been canceled. and yemenny military sources have sold al jazeera that houthi fighters are ransacking the headquarters of the presidential guard south of sana'a. and are continuing to surround the residence of the prime minister as the presidential palace. it all began on monday. nine people have been killed -- were killed on monday
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so far and our correspondent is joining us from aiden, because now we're hearing that there are more casualties in sana'a and renewed fighting around the presidential palace. what is going on? >> reporter: yes, the latest is that the ceasefire is indeed broken. there are heavy clashes outside the presidential palace and heavy bombardment on the palace. in a separate location outside of the president's personal home there's also clashing and bombardment from houthi fighters who took vantage points surrounding the home. the situation in sana'a is developing very quickly, the minister of information said that the presidential palace as well as the house of the president has been under heavy bombardment since 3:00 p.m.
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she also said that this is an attempt to end the -- the regime of president hadi. so it's an attempt against the government against the president, and the prime minister we understand remains under siege. >> so what does this mean for the government's next steps? >> reporter: well the president had a meeting with some of his advisors including one from the houthi movement. he called on all political parties to understand the scale of the problem, and the ramifications to it. he says it dangers the future of the country. but the government is in a very weak position and so is president hadi and it seems to be an attacking taking place
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from previous incidents we witnessed, once the houthis agree on something, they go on to consolidate the military grip. and i think this is a replica of what is happening now in sana'a. it's clear the houthis have the upper hand. the first scenario for the president is that he bows to the houthi pressure and tries to changes the draft constitution. the other possible outcome could be perhaps that the president might even resign or a third rumor, that the houthis with the backing of the former president will try to form a new military council to rule this country. so it's all complicated all speculations but the government is very weak indeed. >> all right. thank you for the time being.
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reporting from aden in yemen. let's recap for you. much fighting is happening right now around the presidential palace in sana'a. and al jazeera understands the fighters ransacking the headquarters of the presidential guard south of the capitol. on monday what happened then was that houthi rebels took control of state television as well as its official news agency. so a fast-moving situation and development coming out of yemen. right now while all of this is happening, what is happening in new york at the u.n. security council, there is a meeting being held there to discuss the crisis in yemen. let's cross over to -- james bayes. how urgent is it for the security council to have this
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meeting? >> reporter: very urgent. they were very concerned about the situation 24 hours ago, when they called this meeting. it wasn't on the schedule and now they added the meeting, and as they meet -- and in the last few moments i have been talking to diplomats as they have been arriving for meeting that just got underway moments ago, they obviously are concerned as they hear the latest information coming from sana'a. they will be briefed by the u.n. special envoy for yemen. i think they do have a real problem here what to do next because there only are a certain number of tools in the armoury of the under and they have really tried most of the ones that they have available. they have tried mediation, the
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envoy has been speaking to all of the parties, trying to get a reconciliation going. that hasn't worked. so they tried sanctions and setting up targeted sanctions, former president on the list of those being sanctioned as were houthi leaders. that hasn't worked either. the last tool available to the u.n. security council is some sort of military intervention or mill military operation, but there is no appetite for that given the very dangerous situation in sana'a. the idea of putting u.n. peace keepers into the situation, it would take a long time to raise a force like that and i don't think any country is going to contribute troops to that sort of force. so i'm sure that you are going to hear at the end of this meeting, condemnation of the ongoing violence in yemen, but i
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don't think you are going to hear any new ideas from the security council. we will wait for the meeting to end. it's meeting that is happening in closed consultations. it's happening away from the cameras, but we're watching it very closely, and we'll be in touch with some of the dip -- diplomats in that meeting, and when we have an idea we'll bring it to you. >> james thank you very much for the time being. well fighters from the islamic state of iraq and the levant have ceased a come pound belonging to an influential tribal heard in iraq. the attack on his home began on sunday night in anbar province. nine policemen were killed and gunmen blew up buildings. he lead the sunni awakening when tribes fought with the u.s. military against al-qaeda.
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>> reporter: it's a very powerful message from isil. he is one of the senior anbarry leaders, tribal leaders now in washington trying to lobby u.s. officials for more support for the tribe's fight against isil. late sunday night, isil gunmen attacked a compound the guest house, basically a sprawling compound on the edge of the provincial capitol. he is the head of one of the largest tribes in that western province. after killing nine policemen, they moved into the compound laid explosives and blew up the buildings. this also marks an incursion by isil further into ramadi the capitol.
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in the huge province that goes all the way up to the syrian border even government officials admit they have lost 70% of it. and that's what this delegation in the u.s. is trying to address. they say unless they get direct arms from the united states and other allies they don't stand a chance. he has been saying while iran is arming the shia militias that have helped beat back isil in other areas, no one is helping the tribes. the u.s. says it will train tribal members and they to recreate the group it had that fought successfully against al-qaeda. but this time around it's a much tougher prospect. japan's prime minister says saving the lives of two japanese hostages held by isil is his priority. in an on line video, isil is
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demanding $200 million for the release of the two men. japan has declined to say whether it will be paying that ransom ransom. >> translator: it is an unacceptable act to threaten us in exchange for human lives and i feel angry about it. i strongly urge them to immediately release the hostages without harming them. syrian regime forces have killed 11 people in an air strike in the northwestern region. activists posted this video of the bombing. an entire family reportedly killed. the barrel bomb attack also injured 15 people. in the northeast at least 60 people have been killed in government shelling here a city which is considered an isil
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strong hold. israel has deployed one of its iron dome anti-missile batteries. civil area in the area has also been shut down. tensions are high after six hezbollah fighters were killed in syria by an israeli air strike on sunday. the hezbollah leader recently threatened israel with long-range rock set attacks. a peace keeper was seized in the capitol of bangui two hours after gunmen were taken hostage. soldiers in the democratic republic of congo have been deployed across the capitol to block anti-government demonstrators from entering the city center. thousands have been protesting
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against a bill they fear will dely elections due next year and will allow the president to extend his rule. well almost four months after taking office the afghan president has introduced his cabinet ministers to the parliament. nearly half of them though might not be confirmed. jennifer glasse has more from kabul. >> reporter: it took more than three months to get to this point. the president has presented his potential cabinet ministers to the afghan parliament that will confirm or reject them. he promised they will be accountable to the president, the parliament and the people. >> reporter: every minister should have a specific action plan. we will not tolerate corruption. if a minister comes under suspy shin we would have to resign and be investigated. >> reporter: but three ministers dropped out even before being introduced. one of them is on interpol's
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wanted list. there are other problems with the cabinet nominees too. 11 allegedly have duel citizenship. some of had their educational credentials questioned and one is alleged to be younger than 35. >> translator: there's a big possibility that those who aren't eligible for ministries don't have the expertise or they are dual citizens. for those reasons the parliament will reject them. >> reporter: the president didn't mention any of these problems in his speech but he did ask for more time. >> translator: we want seven months of time so we can remove corruption and bring a culture of accountability to every organization. >> reporter: but afghans are growing imparent the long election and the months it has taken to announce nominees have
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stalled the economy. afghans are still waiting to see what the new government will look like and what it can do for them. jennifer glasse al jazeera, kabul. still to come on the al jazeera news hour we'll tell you why china's economy is still ahead of the rest of the world, despite taking a hit. plus anger in argentina after the death of a prosecutor who accused the president of being involved in cover up. and the final group of the african cup of nations kicks off in less than an hour. we'll have a preview coming up later in the program. ♪ but first in [ inaudible ] a regional security meeting is being held on how to tackle the armed group boko haram. representatives from west african nation and britain spain and others are meeting in the capitol to come up with a
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coordinated approach to fight boko haram. they are discussing the possibility of setting up a multinational task force. but the bigger issue has been the lack of coordination between nigeria and its neighbors. neighboring chad deployed troops to help cameroon in its efforts to fight the group. >> reporter: well the presence of 19 countries including international organizations like the united nations, and others shows the urgency of the situation on the ground. but the general feeling across the region is that much time has been wasted with these conferences going on and on and no particular force is on the ground to tacking boko haram. people think people are losing time. there has been little coordination between countries affected by boko haram fighters countries like cameroon nigeria, chad and niger, there
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has been some formal military alliance between nigeria, chad and niger. bufrl there seems to be little coordination among all of them. on the side of nigeria and cameroon there has been some form of coordination, unfortunately individual countries are tackling the problem the way think best. what came up at this meeting in particular, is that there is little coordination between these member countries fighting boko haram in that region as explained by the nigeria ambassador. >> the [ inaudible ] military contingents from chad and [ inaudible ] in a [ inaudible ] in the lcdc [ inaudible ] coordination before the decision to withdraw. >> reporter: people will want to see more action quickly on the ground to stop the problem
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developing in both nigeria and cameroon. african countries have been fighting against home-grown armed groups for sometime now. in somalia, al-shabab has been active there, and violence has spilled over into kenya. and 23 was an armed group active in eastern are democratic republic of congo since 2012 but its fighters laid down arms just over a year later. before the creation of sudan, the government fought a movement. and after they became independent, mostly spla became part of that country's regular army. then there's boko haram which has been active in northern nigeria since 2009 but its fighters have also launched attacks in neighboring cameroon. we are joined by the professor
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of african renaissance. thanks for being with us. so you were listening to our reporter reporting from niger, and the meeting takes place, saying that really there hasn't been enough coordination to fight boko haram specifically. why is that, do you think? >> well i think first of all, boko haram started fighting in northeastern nigeria, and when it started, it looked as if it was really within nigeria only. so that nigeria was giving the impression it could deal with the situation, but slowly boko haram already showed quite clearly when it abducted 200
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schoolgirls, and they are supposed to have disappeared, but it's quite clear they may have been taken across the border either to cameroon or to chad and even to niger. so i think that there was slowness on the part of the leadership in nigeria, and that lead to nigeria not calling the neighbors, knowing that this was happening within borders. so boko haram at the moment has evolved into a cross-border armed group that is operating within those areas -- >> so is the way to fight boko haram -- is the way to then combat boko haram as well as other armed groups in africa solely through military means, or do governments really have to look at the source and the root of what is behind the up serge
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and the longevity in the lives of these armed groups? >> well this group -- one has to first of all ask who is really arming them? who is providing the material they are using? they look well armed, well-fed well trained with sophisticated weapons in nigeria. they have even set up military barracks, and from that point of view that is a question that needs to be looked at. but you are right, that this cannot be done by just one country. this is a cross-border phenomenon at the moment and those countries need to get together. but we have seen this similar phenomenon in uganda south sudan, and drc. there were armed groups that were calling itself a christian
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movement but they were capturing children having child slavery, and so on and so forth. so boko haram seems to be of a similar character, and we have another one in kenya and somalia, the al-shabab and so on. so these require really regional options, the way in which west african state [ inaudible ] put forces together led by nigeria when there was a crisis in sierra leone, which was supported by the then line line -- liberian president. and the meeting right now is pointing to the right direction. >> very very briefly, because we're running out of time. but are the government asking themselves why these armed
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groups are sprouting up and going cross country? yes or no? >> um i think that governments are slow in acknowledging problems of regionalism, tribalism, issues of inequality in development and so on yeah. >> right. okay. thank you very much for speaking us to from johannesberg. voters in zambia are choosing their next president after the death of michael sata last year. they have 11 candidates to choose from. but the election is expected to be a close race. >> reporter: this man makes sure he is at the polling station early. he wants to be near the front of the line. zambians are choosing a new president, someone to replace michael sata who was sick and died in office last year. gideon says the health is important. >> translator: we can't have anymore presidents dying in power. we need to vote in a healthy
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person. that's why i'm here. i want someone who can finish what he starts. >> reporter: this election is also about more pressing issues. >> people want to have a better zambia because we have been struggling with youth unemployment, you can see a graduate and you find that graduate staying for maybe five years or six years without employment. >> reporter: the ruling party is expected to win. its presidential candidate says it will win by a landslide. but infighting in the ruling party overleadership positions could make this a tight race. some say the ruling party has lost focus, something the opposition leader has used to his advantage. >> they appear to have come up with a message that seems to be appealing to a lot of people especially the elite. talking so much about the
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economy and things like that. so this appears to be an attraction. and that's why they have gained a lot of momentum. >> reporter: the late president's term was supposed to end next year. whoever wins will be under pressure to improve the lives of the poor but he will only be in power until next year. most people here say they want this week to go by quickly without any problems. they definitely don't want a disputed election. a court in bahrain is due to announce a verdict in the trial of a human rights activist. he is charged with insulting the government on twitter, and faces up to six years in prison if found guilty. he has already spent two years in prison for taking part in protests. egypt has opened up the crossing with gaza for three days. it's gaza's only border crossing
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which is not controlled by israel. and egypt's president has said that human rights violations are bound to happen because egypt is facing exceptional circumstances. the president says rights violations are still unacceptable. he was speaking at a police academy on a national holiday honoring the police. al jazeera continues to demand the release of its three journalists who have been imprisoned in egypt for 388 days. they were falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood, charges they deny. an appeals court in cairo has ordered a retrial >> still to come on the al jazeera news hour why the plummeting price of oil is forcing some countries to readjust their national budget. and the top tennis player in the world begins his quest for a fifth australian open title. we'll have sport later in the program. ♪
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♪ the top stories on the al jazeera news hour. at least two yemeni presidential
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guards have been killed in fighting between houthis and government forces. the presidential palace has also been raided. and another presidential residence south of the capitol has also come under attack. isil fighters have seized a come pound belonging to an influential tribal leader in iraq. the attack on his home began on sunday night in ramadi in anbar province nine policemen were killed as gunmen blew up buildings. representatives from 19 countries are meeting trying to come up with a coordinated approach to fight boko haram. let's get more on our top story, yemen and what is going on there. you are joining us from sana'a and you were out on the streets
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a short while ago. tell me what you saw. >> it is huge fighting happening at the moment near the president's house. there was bitter gunfire near the presidential palace and inside of it between the guards and the houthi rebels. i think they have taken over the palace with confirmation coming from inside. there is huge [ inaudible ] fighting happening around the president's house. there was a huge massive [ inaudible ] capitol with guns and heavy, heavy weapons and heavy arms. i think -- and it's important to mention that the takeover of the national palace is important because that's almost the last military unit that was completely loyal to the president. >> so just for clarity, with control of the presidential palace then effectively mean control of the capitol?
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>> it's very hard to say like that. because if -- if speaking of the presidential palace and the capitol [ inaudible ] government in the past [ inaudible ] presidential palace and that's it. concerning -- military wise you can say yes, but this is necessary [ inaudible ] have to keep in mind the south, and even in this complete takeover of sana'a with the houthis [ inaudible ] necessarily [ inaudible ] yemen, and it will create so much more chaos. and so far there is a lot of tension in the south. however, there seems to be no doubt there is intention by the houthis to go up to the very end with their forces and try -- >> and when you say the very end, what exactly do you mean by that? what do the next couple of hours look like in your opinion?
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>> absolutely by the end of the day their experience in politics or [ inaudible ] so they will transfer the state to another military. it will be one of the worst possible scenarios in the world, i guess, for the region unless there is clear action locally and internationally, which seems to not be happening at the moment. to my knowledge [ inaudible ] just landed less than an hour ago in the capitol, however, that is not going to change much in what has already happened so far, being the houthis are very clear about [ inaudible ] political gains, they will have [ inaudible ] fully into their hands. >> okay. thank you very much for speaking to us from sana'a. we have with us here in the studio hashem who has covered yemen extensively. you heard that update on the
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ground in sana'a and the attacks seem to be taking place when negotiations were meant to be taking place, as well as a ceasefire was meant to be in effect. >> just to give you an idea about the serious situation in yemen, the website of the houthis posted what they said was a phone conversation between the president and his chief of staff who has been abducted by the houthis, where they say the president has been lashing out at the houthis, saying i am the president, i am the one who will call the final shots, and then they are saying that this man has been trying to plot with different key players in the south to destabilize the country. now the attack that is taking place now near the residence of the president is obviously an attempt to get more concessions in terms of how to move forward
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and give more representation to the houthis in this transition but it's very delicate. >> will the government bow down to pressure? he does seem to be in somewhat of a weak position. >> in that phone conversation he said i am confident i have the backing of the international community, and at certain points he was shouting to his chief of staff who are these bunch of guys to teach me a lesson in history? he is seen by the international community as the legitimate leader of the country. but in sana'a he has absolutely no power base. sana'a is an area which is now almost totally under control of the houthis, and i think the next hours we're expecting the leader of the houthis to address his own supporters in two hours
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and a half from now, that will give you an indication about which way the country will go. >> what is at stake here? i would like us to talk about the country as a whole and not just what is happening in su-- sun that. >> well tribal leaders have always been instrumental in the political leaders in yemen. yesterday they issued a warning saying any attack targeting our president will force us to attack and seize all of the gas and oil installations, and therefore, put an end, and halt the production of oil and gas. this is going to further create more of an economic crisis in the country. it is going to have a knock-on effect on the sunni tribesmen.
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you are talking about provinces like aden and the eastern part of the country who are very loyal to the president. if the escalation continues overnight, i think tomorrow we might see more political realignment amongst these tribesmen, to the point where they might send fighters to the capitol to protect the president. i have been to that place many many times, and i can tell you his residence is only protected by less than a hundred of fighters who are from his hometown. >> okay. hashem thank you very much. well at least five people have been killed and dozens injured during artillery fire in
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ukraine's east. for the second day in a row, early-morning shelling hit homes in donetsk as the battle over the airport there continues. ukraine's army and pro-russian separatists are saying they are in control of the site. paul brennan met people in kiev to find out how they are coping. >> reporter: from central kiev's high-end retailers to this street market in the suburbs is less than 10 kill meters but it may has well be 10,000. a woman samples milk to test for freshness. as inflation erodes their already meager income every last bit of cash is precious. >> translator: definitely yes, everything has become more expensive. utilities, food everything. >> reporter: 10-month inflation to the end of december was
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24.9%. ukraine's gdp dropped by 7% in 2014, and the currency is worth 15 to the u.s. dollar just half of what it was a year ago. before being ousted a year ago the president enjoyed extrordanaire opulence. his former estate here outside of kiev epitomizes the successes of the former regime. but it needs cultural and systemic reform. yanukovych's staff try to destroy incriminating documents here in the river. this person helped retrieve the paperwork and 12 months on he works for the anti-corruption watchdog. >> the problem is it's too slow.
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>> reporter: economic and political reform is underway driven by young dynamic people brought in from the business world. one of them is this entrepreneur and former microsoft executive. among his tasks, to balance the spending cuts demanded by the imf, with the need to recruit and retain good people. >> if we're expecting the civil servants to know foreign language work with the lords, be able to draw them work with contemporary technology communicate with contemporary technology yada yada yada and that person is going to earn 50 bucks per month? that's not going to fly. >> reporter: back at the market discussion of the economy has provoked a heated rauch. we're in a war shouted this woman. thousands are being killed? and you worry about the economy in the economy is fine. it's not fine says katrina, not
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fine at all. paul brennan, al jazeera, kiev. the international monetary fund has slashed its predictions for global economic growth. the imf says the world's gdp will grow by just 3.5% this year and in 2016 by 3.6%. the euro zone is facing low investment as well as poor demand for exports. japan hasn't performed as well as hoped. and the yen also ginn -- continuing to lose its value. russia already under resure from sanctions, looking particularly bleak. and then there's china, that's where the economy has slumped to its lowest weakest, in 24 years and expected to get even worse. >> reporter: economists say no
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number matter in the world right now, more than china's gdp. gdp, of course is the best way of measuring a country's economy. now new data has come out showing that china's economy grew by 7.4% in 2014. that is not what the government hoped for. they had been hoping for economic growth of perhaps around 7.5%. and this represents really the slowest economic growth in china, in almost a quarter of a century. why? well a housing bubble affecting four and fifth-tier cities, and awls a lingering belief that banks are underestimating the extent of bad loans on their books. these are loans that the government encountered the banks to make to stimulate the economy. >> if we have a disruptive
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slowdown, and that's what would happen if we ran into our debt capacity limits that could be quite bad for china and the world. i don't think that's going to happen. so far it looks like we're going to have a stable adjustment. >> reporter: while china's gdp is slowing, it is still the envy of the world. retail sales in december were up by almost 12% from a year earlier. industrial output for the same period was also up by almost 7.9%. both were better than the government had forecast but the danger remains china's property bubble. that's one of the reasons why the international monetary fund is now forecasting economic growth for china of 6.8% in 2015. economists warn that anything below 6% could spell danger for china, job losses and what the government here fears most
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instability. it is a reminder that what happens here has the potential to affect lives around the world. we're going to speak about that with ann, a global financial analyst. thajs for being with us. let's take a look at china for a moment and after these figures have been put out there by the international monetary fund did you expect any movement in china's policies? some sort of stimulus going forward? >> i'm not at all sure because china is whetted to this liberal model that the imf has been promoting around the world. and if i could step back a little bit and take a global perspective. what we're seeing is that globally the countries are being caught up in the vortex of deflation, of falling commodity prices and prices elsewhere, and the impact this is having on the
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global economy, and in particular, the impact on increasing the value of debt. because as prices and incomes fall debt and the value of debt rises in real terms, and it's this imbalance in the global economy that the imf has in fact encouraged. it has encouraged the liberallization of finance, it has encouraged loan growth, and now a third of all of the gdp in china is made up of property which is financed is unproductive if you like investments, and they lead to rising asset prices which have to be financed by debt while at the same time incomes are falling to service that debt. in that might not be as much of a problem in china as it is the rest of the world. let's think in the euro zone the asset prices have been
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rising, if you like property stocks and shares anything -- works of art, currencies these have all been rising in value, but real incomes have been falling, and see we have this gap that arises from the economic model that the imf promotes and the economic theory that the imf upholds, which is why it keeps getting its forecasts wrong, just as before 2007, the imf was cheering on globalization and liberal liberallization of finance. right now they are having to adjust their forecast because they can't see what is at the heart of the global financial system which is the vortex of deflation, the rise in debt and the inability of those with debt to service those debts because of falling incomes. >> okay. ann thank you very much for joining us from london.
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>> thank you. well indonesia says the airasia plane that crashed into the java sea climbed at a faster than normal speed before it went down. rescue teams are still analyzing the team's blacks boxes as well as a cockpit voice recorder. millions are shivering in cold weather across northern india, more than a hundred people have died so far. shelters have been set up for the home less as our correspondent reports. >> reporter: under this bridge in new delhi, the homeless huddle around fires. others hide under blankets trying to stay worm. suddenly a car pulls up to donate supplies and there's chaos. [ shouting ] >> reporter: on the tough streets of india's capitol, men,
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women, and children have to fight to survive. no one knows exactly how many homeless people there are in new delhi. the government estimates around 17,000, while some social workers say there are more than a hundred thousand. what is certain is every winter the city struggles to provide them with shelter. this woman missed out on the donation. all she has are a few plastic sheets and flannel blankets. like thousands of people their family left their village in search of work. now they are all sleeping on the city streets. >> translator: i get scared. i can't sleep at all. drunk people can come by and attack us. >> reporter: the city's government says it is concerned about the plight of the homeless. it set up a 24-hour control room to manage shelters and organize
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rescues, but it admits more needs to be done. >> there are just 19 shelters for women, and that is cause of concern. we are seriously thinking about it to increase the number of shelters or redesignate some shelters. >> reporter: government centers can accommodate around 17,000 people. they are given blankets food and access to medical care. but this social worker says some still choose to sleep outside. he walks the streets every night to convince people to go to shelters but it's not always easy. >> translator: every day they receive 10 to 15 blankets in donations which they sell. they earn 200 to 40 rue -- 400 rupees and then they use it to
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buy drugs. >> reporter: with temperatures falling to just 3 degrees celsius overnight, he says the homeless face danger. still to come on the al jazeera news hour japan showed why they are the team to beat at the asian cup. all of your sports coming up next. ♪
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♪ time for all of the sports news. >> thank you so much. the final group at the africa cup of nations kicks up a later
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today. the ivory coast face guinea in group g. they are still considered one of the favorites even though they will be missing their chelsea striker, yaya toure takes over as captain, but admits his team isn't as strong as it was three years ago. >> translator: it's a great team with a good qualification track record. i think for us too, we have had a difficult qualifying season but we came here with a lot of enthusiasm. the team is very young, but wants to learn, have a taste for this competition and go much further. later, this side has an impressive campaign since the qualifier. the team though had had a shambles of a showing at the world cup in brazil. infighting left the side with red cards and ultimately no
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points. >> translator: i really believe there is another spirit. there is a different mentality. since two or three months there has been a solidarity in the changing room and that's how good work begins because that present, in this team there are no leaks. you cannot give a guarantee about what will happen in the future but at pre -- present, there are no leaks. >> reporter: andy richardson has more. >> reporter: in terms of turning points in a game of football there can be few that are more clearly definned than what we saw in this match between south africa and algeria. south africa had a penalty, and algeria finally woke up and began to resemble the team that looked so impressive last year.
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ghana and senegal was the earlier game. ghana beating 2-1, senegal looking pretty good. as for the host town itself the tiny tiny venue has never staged games of this caliber before. the pitch had been flown in from spain just a couple of weeks ago, and it did hold up pretty well. reigning champions japan beat jordan to go through to the quarter finals of the asian cup. they still needed a point to progress. this player gave them the lead with his third goal in three games. this player added the second. 2-0 the final score, they will now face the uae in the knockout round on friday. [ inaudible ] beat
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palestine. they missed a penalty in the 60th minute. and a late goal sent the 2007 champions through as group d runners up. novak djokovic has moved to the second round of the australian open in melbourne. he managed to overcome the 116th-ranked player in straight sets. djokovic is going for a fifth australian open title. >> it hasn't been an ideal couple of weeks in terms of health and preparation, but i fighted my way through, and now it's behind me and i'm only looking forward -- i think i did well in terms of responding to the -- to the slow start today,
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and feeling a little bit rusty on the court, so hopefully the next one will be even better. defending australian opening champion has breezed into the second round. the swiss sweeping aside her turkish opponent in straight sets in less than 90 minutes to advance. ander is serena williams's world number 1 made it look easy demolishing her opponent in straight sets. >> it's never supereasy to be the one that everyone wants to beat so i always have to be a little bit above, but, yeah i felt okay. i definitely think i can improve a tremendous amount. so hopefully i'll do better. caroline stood up to a tough
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test. she beat her american opponent and will now face the two-time australian open champion. and there's much more sport on our website. for all of the latest check out that's it for me for now. >> thank you very much. let's recap for you the latest developments we with hearing from yemen. two presidential guards have been killed in fresh fighting. al jazeera understands the fighters are also ransacking the headquarters of the presidential guard south of the capitol. on monday houthi rubbles took control of state television and its official news agency. that's it for the news hour on al jazeera, but we're back in just a moment and we'll have much more news coming your way, as well as all of the latest developments coming out of
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