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19 августа, 09:47

🇭🇹 Haitians resurrect honour for historic heroes | Al Jazeera English

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Most countries have statues to honour iconic figures of the past, but in Haiti, statues of former heroes often go unnoticed. However, for the younger generation, they are now becoming a reminder of their roots. Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports from Port-au-Prince. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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19 августа, 09:29

🇺🇸 Film Crazy Rich Asians takes Hollywood by storm | Al Jazeera English

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A Hollywood movie with an all-Asian cast is already a big box office hit. The film is being hailed as a long overdue showcase of a long-neglected part of American society. Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Hollywood. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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19 августа, 08:49

🇮🇳 Kerala floods: Over 300,000 displaced as rescue efforts struggle | Al Jazeera English

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Thousands of stranded people are waiting for rescue as relentless monsoon floods continue to batter the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 200 people have died in a little over a week. More than 300,000 people have also been displaced since August 8, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) officials said on Friday evening, adding that 2,600 villages have been flooded. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and more than 10,000km of roads damaged across the state. The state is "facing the worst floods in 100 years", chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Twitter, adding that at least 324 lives have been lost so far since the monsoon season started in June. Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Kerala. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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19 августа, 08:29

🇸🇩 Sudan: 22 children drown as boat taking them to school sinks | Al Jazeera English

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Funerals are being held for some of the 22 children who drowned when their boat sank in central Sudan on Wednesday. They were travelling to school when their boat capsized as a result of heavy rains and winds in Beheir district in the Nile River state. Some of the bodies are yet to be found, as victims' families blame the government for not doing more to improve the local transport network. Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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19 августа, 08:21

🇹🇷 Turks' woes over currency crisis: 'It is a kind of Cold War' | Al Jazeera English

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is striking a defiant tone a day after two major ratings agencies further downgraded the country's debt. He insists the growing economic crisis is part of a plot against his country. Erdogan made the comments at a meeting of his ruling AK Party. The Turkish lira has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year. Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego reports from Istanbul, where business owners expressed their woes over the currency crisis. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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19 августа, 08:18

🇶🇦 🇸🇦 Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of blocking access to Hajj | Al Jazeera English

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Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its nationals from performing this year's Hajj, a charge Saudi officials deny. Around 1,200 Qatari citizens are allowed to attend the pilgrimage under a quota system, but Qatari officials say it has become impossible to register for the annual religious event. Saudi Arabia, alongside the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, severed relations with Qatar in June 2017, and has placed the Gulf state under a land, sea, and air blockade. Qatari nationals are also banned from entering the states, but Riyadh claims to have made an exception for the Hajj. Al Jazeera's Laura Burdon-Manley reports from Doha. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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18 августа, 22:00

🇵🇦 🕋 Troubled passage: The Road to Hajj - Panama | Featured Documentary

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As one of the world's iconic landmarks, the Panama Canal has been the facilitator for many long journeys. For Ray Henry it constitutes the departure point for what he considers the most important journey of his life. Ray who works on the canal was been chosen by the growing Muslim community in Panama as their candidate to undertake the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Visibly proud, he demonstrates that every last detail has been prepared for his trip. "Well, as you can see my bags are out. I am ready," he says. "They told me normal towels but normal towels won't work. And I am not that big a person anymore. I'm a shrimp of what I used to be." Ray has been trying to improve his basic skills in Arabic, studying alone on his computer after his teacher left for the Middle East last year, aware that not speaking Arabic may be an issue when he arrives in Saudi Arabia. Growing up in Colon, Panama's second most important city Ray converted to Islam about four years ago after seeing beyond what he says were initially negative images of Islam conveyed to him. Growing community "The idea of Islam did appeal to me at some point, but it was tainted by overtures of racism from the current that I received, and a lot of negative media input," he says. "But I did get started reading pamphlets on the life of the Prophet and seeing how much of an extraordinary person he was… I was in a large meeting ... with a Muslim person and I started asking Muslims about their religion. And I came to understand the true meaning of Islam." Although a relatively recent convert to Islam, Ray is a member of what is a growing Muslim community in Panama, a community that has long roots that historically were ignored according to Abdulkhaber Muhammed, the director of the centre of Islamic Studies in Panama. "Historically Panama has never, wanted to acknowledge the history of the Muslims in this area," he says. "Because Panama was a Spanish colony, and if we go back to that period of the inquisition, Muslims were being killed and forced to change their names. Islam in Latin America was taboo. "Historically, however, the first Muslims that arrived here in Panama, came here from Africa. In 1552 a Spanish slave boat came to Panama because, Panama was the crossroads of South America." Abdulkhader says there are Muslims living across Panama but those in Colon are mainly of Arabic origin. The first mosque built in Central America, was inaugurated in 1982 funded in part by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. There are now 10 mosques throughout Panama's nine provinces. Ray says the sight of Mecca in photographs does not necessarily "excite" him but that he has definitely become more emotional as he has got older. Ahead of his anticipated journey, he has the full support of his family despite initial concerns from his wife, Maria. "When he converted to Islam, I felt little bit uncomfortable, because I wondered how could he decide to become religious overnight. And even more religious than me," Maria says. "I did not understand his behavior, which made me worried. But I noticed great change in his conduct. I wondered, can this really be true? "But, it's good. The change has been incredible, and it has completely changed him. I see that because of his sincerity, God will give him all the guidance that he wants in order for him to enter paradise on judgement day." Visa issues Ray has been getting advice on his pilgrimage from Abdulkhader, whom he met shortly after his conversion, who teaches him the importance of reading Arabic and what to expect during the Hajj. But as Ray prepares, Jamel Saker from the Islamic Association of Panama, who picked him to be their candidate for the pilgrimage is up against it in his attempts to secure the all important visa for travel to Saudi Arabia. The chosen Panamanian candidate has to have their visa secured via Caracas in Venezuela rather than in the US or Mexico. But it appears Ray is in the same predicament as 30 other pilgrims, in a race against time to make the journey. Ray's visa does not come through in time and his disappointment is palpable. "I'll keep my intention to make Hajj next year, God willing. This means I have to work little harder. Prepare myself. But like I said, I understand it is Allah's will, and I don't question that," he says. While Muslims in Mecca perform the Hajj, Ray undertakes his own prayers and sacrifice for Eid al-Adha in Colon, a holiday that lasts for just one day in Panama rather than the traditional three. He gets his hair cut for $3.50, in honour of the ritual he would have undertaken during the Hajj - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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18 августа, 21:00

🇵🇰 Is Imran Khan up to the job? | Inside Story

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Imran Khan had campaigned for what he called a 'new Pakistan', promising to end corruption and fix the struggling economy. But the cricketer-turned politician has numerous challenges ahead. Chief among them, bringing stability to cities and towns that have seen their share of violence over the years. Khan was officially sworn-in during a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday. This marks a new beginning for Pakistani politics. For years, it was dominated by two mainstream political parties - sometimes interrupted by military rule. Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party or PTI, won most seats in last month's national elections, but will have to form a coalition to govern. So, can Imran Khan deliver on his promises? Presenter: Hoda Abdel Hamid Guests: Taimar Jharga - Member of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party. Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Former Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Shiraz Paracha - Director of the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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18 августа, 19:42

🇪🇸 The 'unknown migrants' buried in southern Spain | Al Jazeera English

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The UN migration agency says that more than 63,000 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2018. Forty-two percent of them have arrived in Spain, but many others who undertake the treacherous journey do not survive. And as crossings to the Spanish coast have surged this year, migrant drownings have tripled, as well. Spanish authorities have spent months trying to identify remains and repatriate them whenever possible. Al Jazeera's Karl Penhaul reports from Tarifa in southern Spain - where burying the unknown has become all too common. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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18 августа, 19:35

🇺🇳 Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80 | Al Jazeera English

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The former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died. He served as the seventh UN secretary-general, from 1997 to 2006 and was the first to rise to the top of the United Nations from within the ranks of organization's staff. He received the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the United Nations. Al Jazeera's Diplomatic Editor James Bays looks at his life and legacy. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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18 августа, 18:24

🇮🇶 Abandoned tobacco factory to turn into an arts center in Iraq | Al Jazeera English

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For 13 years, a tobacco factory in Sulayminyah, Iraq, lay abandoned. There was talk of re-opening it. Then talk of demolishing it. But now, there are plans to transform the 26-hectare compound into a place where people can enjoy the arts. Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim reports from Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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18 августа, 18:24

🇹🇷 Are Turkey's financial tremors spreading across the globe? | Counting the Cost (Full)

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The collapse of the Turkish lira was a big worry for investors around the globe this week. The currency crisis came to a head after a feud with the world's biggest economy, the United States, when President Donald Trump announced the doubling of steel and aluminum tariffs. On Wednesday, Turkey said it is putting retaliatory tariffs on imports of certain US products. Economists say Turkey's central bank needs to raise interest rates significantly to strengthen its currency. But that's something Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doesn't want to do. In the meantime, Qatar, a strong ally of Turkey, has pledged $15bn in direct investment in the country. "For now, we don't know the details for this investment package, but it's a sign for both Turkish domestic markets and international markets that Qatar has confidence in the Turkish markets," reports Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu, from Turkey's largest city of Istanbul. "Of course, Qatar has more investments in Turkey, worth at least $20bn of investments ranging from media, entertainment, infrastructure and financial services projects." Emerging market currencies, from India through Argentina to Indonesia, hit major lows in the wake of the crisis. While Turkey's economy is relatively small, accounting for one percent of global gross domestic product, the recent selloff in its currency sent asset prices lower outside its borders. After the end of the 2008 global financial crisis, record-low interest rates in the developed world meant it was cheaper for developing nations to borrow in dollars or euro. About $40 trillion was added to the debts of emerging markets since then, according to the Institute of International Finance. Erdogan has spoken about a reorientation east..but in the end, 2/3 of Turkey's trade, investment and financing is from the West. So whatever Erdogan may say about this reorientation...ultimately what happens in Turkey will be determined by his ability to encourage international banks and investors to keep their money in Turkey. Timothy Ash, senior strategist, BlueBay Asset management However, because central banks like the US Federal Reserve aren't keeping rates low any more, it's now costing developing countries a lot more to repay their debts. According to Timothy Ash, a senior strategist with BlueBay Asset management, Turkey still faces big challenges ahead. "The economy is still overheating, there's big pressure from inflation, policy credibility is still pretty low, and they still have their issues with the US that really needs resolving." This seems to be part of a worldwide trend with emerging markets. "We came into the year with the expectation of federal policy tightening. We saw some policy errors in Argentina and Turkey, and a combination of individual country stories that have been quite challenging, plus fed tightening, and obviously a difficult geopolitical backdrop, and with Trump on trade - that's made people somewhat nervous around emerging markets," explains Ash. "Big foreign exchange moves puts the spotlight on countries with large external debts - there's been a lot of pressure on Turkey, but they've survived so far. Countries are riding through it so far, but it depends on if we see a further deterioration on US-China trade relations, whereby global growth will begin to suffer. "Erdogan has spoken about a trade reorientation east, given the challenges of the US relationship. The Qatari support is useful but in the end, two-thirds of Turkey's trade, investment and financing is from the West. So, whatever Erdogan may say about this reorientation, it's really important to normalise the relationship with the West because ultimately what happens in Turkey will be determined by his ability to encourage international banks and investors to keep their money in Turkey." South Africa's rand takes a beating Although apartheid ended almost 25 years ago, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world. That has made matters like land rights a burning issue. South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is staking his reputation on trying to revive the economy in advance of next year's national elections. But a recent plan to overhaul how land is owned in the country has alarmed some investors. John Ashbourne, an analyst at Capital Economics, looks at how land reform is hitting Africa's most developed economy. Also on this episode of Counting the Cost: Argentina interest rates: Argentina, which already has the highest interest rates in the world, has decided to raise them even higher. On Monday, it raised interest rates by five percent to a record 45 percent. The central bank is trying to combat a currency selloff. Concerns over a local corruption scandal and this week's turmoil in - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/