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Life after Sao Paolo’s major drug crackdown



Two months ago, the Sao Paolo city government ordered the removal of Cracolandia neighbourhood, Brazil’s largest community of drug users and home to nearly 2,000 mostly crack cocaine addicts. Critics say the government wanted to free up the area for development. Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from Sao Paulo on what has become of its former residents. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Brexit: A threat to Britain’s food security? – Counting the Cost



As round two of Brexit talks kicked off this week, how much will Britain have to cough up for 44 years of EU membership? And how will Brexit impact food security and farming in the UK? There's a lot of noise about what's likely to be a very big 'divorce' bill. But there's been relative silence about food security since the Brexit referendum. A new report published by the University of Sussex calls this lack of focus 'astonishing" – criticising that British consumers have not been informed about the implications of Brexit for agriculture and farming. It warns that, after decades of EU regulation, the British government is "sleepwalking" into a future of insecure, unsafe and increasingly expensive food supplies. Food is the largest single UK manufacturing sector, and one-third of its workforce comes from overseas. One third of Britain's food is imported from the European Union. David Coker, a lecturer in finance at Westminster University, talks about food security post-Brexit and explains why he thinks the UK and the US could strike a trade deal on food. "President Trump has gone on record saying that a deal with the UK could happen very quickly and also NAFTA renegotiations have just opened up in Washington. They're going to take the seats on August 16, and we feel there could be a case put forward by the Americans at that point for the UK to join NAFTA," says Coker. More from Counting the Cost on: YouTube – http://aje.io/countingthecostYT
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Talk to Al Jazeera – Saad al-Kaabi: ‘The blockade has made Qatar stronger’



Qatar is the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and produces up to 77 million tonnes of gas each year. In April 2017, the Gulf state announced it was boosting output in the world's largest gas field – the "North Dome" – off Qatar's northern coast, which it shares with Iran. Gas has helped transform the emirate into one of the richest countries in the world, propelling its rise into a major regional player and helping Qatar fund huge infrastructure projects and host major events such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup. So when four Arab states – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – severed diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar on June 5, cutting off land, sea and air links, there were concerns about the effect on Qatar's economy. How would the diplomatic rift between Qatar and some of its neighbours affect Qatar's economy, and Qatar's oil and gas industry in particular? Al Jazeera spoke to the president and CEO of state-run Qatar Petroleum, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, about the GCC crisis, Qatar's oil and gas industry, and the future of his company. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Palestinian leader freezes contact with Israel



Three Palestinians have been killed during protests against new Israeli security measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said late on Friday that all official contact would be suspended until the removal of metal detectors. Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan reports from occupied East Jerusalem. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Canada hosts North American Indigenous Games



Canada is hosting this year’s North American Indigenous Games.
Held every three years, the tournament bring together thousands of Aboriginal people from Canada, the US and Mexico to compete in events ranging from kayaking to basketball.
Al Jazeera’s Daniel Lak reports from the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Russia’s Bolshoi theatre uses artificial intelligence to restore history



Artificial intelligence is being used to trace the cultural history of Russia's Bolshoi theatre. Thousands of volunteers have helped to digitise historic posters, programmes and photographs from past productions going back further than the Bolshevik Revolution. The unique repertoire of material is being analysed by artificial intelligence and then published on the theatre's website for the world to view.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reports from Moscow. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Saad al-Kaabi: ‘The blockade has made Qatar stronger’ – Talk to Al Jazeera



Qatar is the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and produces up to 77 million tonnes of gas each year. In April 2017, the Gulf state announced it was boosting output in the world's largest gas field – the "North Dome" – off Qatar's northern coast, which it shares with Iran. Gas has helped transform the emirate into one of the richest countries in the world, propelling its rise into a major regional player and helping Qatar fund huge infrastructure projects and host major events such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup. So when four Arab states – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – severed diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar on June 5, cutting off land, sea and air links, there were concerns about the effect on Qatar's economy. How would the diplomatic rift between Qatar and some of its neighbours affect Qatar's economy, and Qatar's oil and gas industry in particular? Al Jazeera spoke to the president and CEO of state-run Qatar Petroleum, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, about the GCC crisis, Qatar's oil and gas industry, and the future of his company. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Afghanistan’s homes transformed into array of colour



The Afghan government has launched an ambitious urban regeneration project aimed at improving people's mental health.
This project transforms dull brown homes by colouring them with bright cheerful tones. Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reports from Kabul. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Senegal starts offering methadone to help drug users



Senegal has become the first African nation to offer the drug methadone to help users overcome their addiction.
This initiative is hoped to reduce the number of people sent to overcrowded prisons.
Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Poland approves bill giving parliament powers over judiciary



The Polish senate has approved a bill giving politicians substantial influence over the Supreme Court.
Thousands protested the judicial reform that allows parliament to appoint Supreme Court judges.
The EU says the move undermines democracy and the rule of law.
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Qatar Emir: Any talks must respect sovereignty



Qatar's Emir has declared the Gulf state is open for talks but any solution to the Gulf crisis must respect sovereignty.
He gave his first national address on the crisis since Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Emirates cut ties more than a month ago.
He also said the rift has further fuelled Qatar's desire to keep diversifying its economy.
Al Jazeera’s Alexi O'Brien reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigns



Sean Spicer, the first White House press secretary to serve under the administration of US President Donald Trump, has stepped down after a few months in the role. Trump named Anthony Scaramucci as his new communications director.
Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from Washington, DC. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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WHO: 5,000 new cases of cholera per day in Yemen



There are 5,000 new cases of cholera each day in Yemen, the world’s largest outbreak of the disease.
With the rainy season already hitting the Arabian peninsula's poorest country, relief agencies warn the illness could spread even faster.
Al Jazeera’s Paul Chaderjian reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Campaigning begins for 2018 Zimbabwe elections



Zimbabwe's main political parties have started campaigning for the 2018 election. President Robert Mugabe and main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, held rallies after Mugabe’s return from his medical treatment abroad.
Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from Lupane, Zimbabwe. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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South American leaders offer to mediate Venezuela crisis



South American leaders offered to broker talks between Venezuela's government and the opposition at a meeting of the Mercosur trading bloc in Argentina,
They are urging Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, to suspend his plans to rewrite the constitution.
Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from Mendoza. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Australian art gallery holds sneaker exhibition



The Art Gallery of Western Australia is hosting an exhibition exploring the history and cultural significance of the sneaker.
Some 160 pairs of trainers are on display from a time period that ranges between 1825 and the present day. Robert Cook, the curator, explains how sneakers have their own stories to tell. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Inside Story – Is Israel changing the status quo around Al Aqsa?



World leaders are demanding Israel honour the status quo that governs the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem. They fear new security restrictions imposed by Israel could trigger unrest across the occupied territory.
The state of Jordan has been the custodian of all Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem since 1994. And Israel's recent security measures are creating tensions with Palestinians who see them as an extension of the occupation. On Friday, Muslim worshippers refused to perform prayers in the mosque as thousands of Palestinians rallied across the region. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has cut short a trip to China and is urging the US to intervene in the crisis.
So, is Israel abiding by the status quo? And what is Jordan's role as a custodian of these holy sites? Presenter: Sami Zeidan Guests: Mustafa Abu Sway – Professor and a scholar on the al-Aqsa mosque and a member of the Islamic Waqf Council. Ambassador Alan Baker – Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs in Jerusalem and a former legal adviser to Israel's Foreign Ministry. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Hezbollah launches major ground offensive on Syria-Lebanon border



Hezbollah and the Syrian army have launched a major ground offensive in the border area between Syria and Lebanon. Jaroud Arsal is a barren region along the Qalamoun mountain range where a number of armed groups with competing interests have had a presence for years.
Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports from Labweh, on the Lebanon-Syria border. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Rex Tillerson hopes Qatar blockade will be lifted



The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for an end to the siege of Qatar
He said Washington is satisfied with Qatar's aggressive efforts at fighting terrorism and hopes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt will lift their land blockade against the peninsula.
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Three Palestinians killed as protests rage over al-Aqsa



At least three Palestinians have been killed, according to local media, and hundreds more injured amid mass protests over new Israeli security measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. At least 140 Palestinians have been injured in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. The protests come a week after a deadly shoot-out at the occupied East Jerusalem compound, which triggered tensions. Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports from East Jerusalem. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Islam, ISIL and the Papacy – UpFront special



In this UpFront special on religion, prominent Pakistani Islamic scholar Tahir ul Qadri weighs in on why ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, also known as ISIS) is an "enemy" of Islam and discusses Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law. Also on the show, we debate whether Pope Francis is as unorthodox as is claimed by some, and whether his attempt to reform the Catholic Church is popular or not. Headliner – Islamic scholar: ISIL 'enemies of Islam' The ISIL group claims its ideology is rooted in Islam, but for some Islamic scholars, that is far from the case. Tahir ul Qadri, a widely respected Islamic scholar in Pakistan, called ISIL "the enemies of Islam". "They have nothing to do with Islam…They are distorting Islam. They are exploiting the name of Islam," says ul Qadri, who once wrote a 600-page religious decree condemning "terrorism". "They are enemies of humankind, enemies of Islam." The discussion also went on to include a debate over Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law and how it is applied. In this week's Headliner, prominent Islamic scholar Tahir ul Qadri attacks ISIL's un-Islamic ideology, and discusses Pakistan's blasphemy law. Arena – Is Pope Francis a real reformer? Since his papacy began in 2013, Pope Francis has established himself as a people's pope. He is popular around the world, and has a reputation as a reformer, able to reinvigorate the Catholic Church for the modern age. But how successful have his reforms been? And are his stances on contentious issues, such as divorce and homosexuality, too progressive for some of the followers of the Church he leads? For Austen Ivereigh, author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, criticisms of Pope Francis for being too liberal are misplaced. "[T]he shift that Pope Francis has introduced, and I agree it is a significant shift, is not an adaptation to modernity," says Ivereigh. "It is the recovery of a deeper tradition within the church, which, sadly, some people, who have a particular idea of what the church and the pope should be, simply don't recognise." "When Francis was elected, I celebrated that election," says Matthew Schmitz, Literary Editor of religious magazine First Things. "The reason I've come to change my mind is that I've seen that Francis is building his programme of supposed reform at the expense not only of the Church, but also at the expense of its most vulnerable members." In this week's Arena, Catholic writers and analysts Austen Ivereigh and Matthew Schmitz debate Pope Francis' reforms to the Catholic Church.

Tahir ul Qadri: ‘No rule of law’ in Pakistan – UpFront



Pakistan's democratically elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has found himself embroiled in corruption charges that could eventually see him removed by the country's highest court. For Pakistani politician and Islamic scholar Tahir ul Qadri, Pakistan – under Sharif – has been ruled by a "dictatorship of the elite" that he says is "based on corruption". "The constitution of Pakistan says this is a democratic republic of Pakistan … but practically, this is a political dictatorship," says ul Qadri, chairman of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek party. "There is no rule of law here. There is no implementation of constitution. There is no implementation of human rights." In this Web Extra, Tahir ul Qadri is challenged on why he believes Pakistan is less of a democracy and more of a dictatorship.

Is Pope Francis a real reformer? – UpFront



Since his papacy began in 2013, Pope Francis has established himself as a people's pope. He is popular around the world and has a reputation as a reformer, able to reinvigorate the Catholic Church for the modern age. But how successful have his reforms been? And are his stances on contentious issues, such as divorce and homosexuality, too progressive for some of the followers of the Church he leads? For Austen Ivereigh, author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, criticisms of Pope Francis for being too liberal, are misplaced. "[T]he shift that Pope Francis has introduced, and I agree it is a significant shift, is not an adaptation to modernity," says Ivereigh. "It is the recovery of a deeper tradition within the church, which, sadly, some people, who have a particular idea of what the church and the pope should be, simply don't recognise." "When Francis was elected, I celebrated that election," says Matthew Schmitz, Literary Editor of religious magazine First Things. "The reason I've come to change my mind is that I've seen that Francis is building his programme of supposed reform at the expense not only of the Church but also at the expense of its most vulnerable members." In this week's Arena, Catholic writers and analysts Austen Ivereigh and Matthew Schmitz debate Pope Francis' reforms to the Catholic Church.

Scores injured in Morocco protests



At least 72 security personnel and 12 protesters hurt during unrest in the northern port city of Al Hoceima. Demonstrations have continued since last year when a fish seller was killed in the city in the Rif region. The ethnic Berber region has complained about corruption and marginalisation for years. Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Re-zoning plan threatens a historic New York park



New York's Greenacre Park is a tiny oasis in one of the world's biggest concrete jungles. It now finds itself overshadowed by the city's skyscrapers, fighting to get some sunlight. If approved, a re-zoning plan near the park would allow building of skyscrapers that would cast giant shadows over the park, making it another sunless dark spot in the city. Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo reports from New York. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Protests rage over al-Aqsa



Israeli police have fired live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at Palestinians following Friday prayers, as protests erupted against the new security measures at al-Aqsa Mosque compound. These measures include the barring of Muslim men under the age of 50 from the holy site and the installation of metal detectors, which the Palestinians consider as an illegal imposition of Israeli sovereignty. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Venezuelan opposition strike ends in protests



Millions have heeded a call by Venezuela’s opposition called for a nationwide strike amid unrest over economic uncertainty.
But protests soon followed, with some violence reported.
Al Jazeera’s John Holman reports from Cucuta, Colombia. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Syrian refugee women rebuild their lives in Turkey



Syrian women who have resettled in Turkey are learning new skills to enter the workforce.
A women’s centre in the city of Kilis is doing its best to help them.
Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom reports from Kilis, Turkey. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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