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check check >> a car bomb rips through a police headquarters in egypt. the prime minister brands it a terrorist attack. >> you're watching al jazeera america, live from doha. also ahead: the u.n. considers sending thousands more peacekeepers to south sudan to prevent civilians becoming violent. >> easing tensions along the line of control. india and pakistan hold talks over kashmir. and a 50 million makeover.
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jesus's statue undergoing a facelift after 600 years. >> we begin in egypt where a car bomb attack on police headquarters in mansoura as a terrorist incident. 1400 were killed. these are live pictures. the muslim brotherhood condemned the act, calling it an attack on the unity of the egyptian people. peter greste reports. >> the blast struck the police headquarters in mansoura. a group of senior police officers was inside. the police chief was inside.
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it's not known if he was the target. the car bomb ripped through the 5-storey building collapsing part of it, burying officers within the rubble. it caught buildings in the densely packed neighbourhood. >> local hospitals called for blood donors to cope with the rush of casualties. authorities set up checkpoints trying to find those responsibility. >> the prime minister described the attack as a terror. >> incident, and vowed that the perpetrators will not escape justice. a government spokesman said the muslim brotherhood showed its ugly face as a terrorist organization, shedding blood. other groups are carried out attacks in the past. one said it considered egyptian troops to be infidels, because
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they answer to the second-leaning military backed government. >> thousands more peacekeepers could be on their way to south sudan as fighting grips the united nations. the security council is expected to vote later on tuesday. >> to address the tire situation the secretary-general requested the security council to authorise 5,000 peacekeepers. the united states is one of many council members, in fact, all, that fully supports this proposal. we are eager to work with the sebbing ret air yacht and other member states to ensure that the mission has the assets and resources that it needs to fulfil it's mandate. >> the correspondent haru mutasa has the latest centre juba. >> sending in more troops will go a long way. the u.n. needs all the help to
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protect civilians. thousands of civilians are hiding in u.n. bases across the country. there are diplomatic efforts to get the tribes to talk. we are hearing that both sides say they are willing to talk, but there are conditions. the former vice president has said that he wants the talks to take place in ethiopia, because it's a neutral venue. this is the morning headlines, the president saying he's not sure about the people in his government, not sure about who he can trust. here is a quote. he basically said, "some people are sitting here in government with us in this house. they are deeply involved in the coup. we are not arresting them. we don't know who they are. it remains to be seen whether the mistrust or issues or delays
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that many hope will happen, because if the two sides agree to meet and talk, the bias could end. >> around 3,000 foreigners are interested in the city of bor in jonglei state because of the fighting. some escaped and returned to juba. >> they are rotten. >> terrified and traumatised kenyan women telling their ambassador saying they can't believe they survived the violence in bor. they say they were airlifted by a u.n. helicopter. >> it was a miracle. the guys came to pick up the u.s. citizens, when they discovered the u.s. citizens had been evacuated they gave a chance to 15 women. 10 kenyans, and five you
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gannedans. >> they shared horror stories of shootings and bodies dumped in the river, and widespread looting that left many of them with nothing. >> i have my passport that is it. nothing else. since monday i've been like this. i don't care. i'm going home. >> those in the relatively calm capital want out. kenyan officials say there's 30,000 kenyans in south sudan. two have decide, and 10,000 kenyans applied for emergency travel documents. >> this is the third batch of kenyans to be airlifted out. kenyan military officials say the priority is to get women is children out. >> kenyan troops are delivering aid, including camp food, milk and water. complaints are that the rescue
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efforts are slow. >> those who are financialliable have been getting on commercial flights. the scene in juba airport is one of exodus. survive jars say there are many kenyans that are missing, some have fled to the bush. experience left an imprint on the younger ones. >> fighting is not good. it's killing people. >> as the planes fill up desperation sets in. some refuse to spend one more day here. others are grateful, and the world needs to remember those left behind. >> the central african republics prime minister backed french troops despite protests against the militia. they are accused of being bias against fighters who have the president who has come to power. the prime minister says all
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armed groups need to be disarmed. >> the solution thought out, consist of french forces locating the armed forces and militias. all these groups must be disarmed and neutralized. >> the punk group pussy riot is calling to a boycott of the winter olympics at protest of the russian human rights record. two members have been freed and reunited in moscow. they were gaoled for sipping a protest song against vladimir putin's rule in a moss ka cathedral. >> european countries could revisit their opinion about the olympics. i'm calling for a boycott, for honesty, not to sell yourself for oil or gas that russia can provide. >> eight people have been sentenced up to a year in prison for making a spoof video about
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the local youth culture. six are foreigners. they've been charged with defaming the reputation of the country. the video is charged with a message that it's fictional and not intended to offend anyone. >> benyamin netanyahu has said any u.s. spying on israel is unacceptable. he was responding to news reports that britain and the united states moved on former president and other officials. it emerged by documents leaked by edward snowden, u.s. whistleblower. >> translation: concerning matters published in the past few days i asked for examination in the matter. in the close ties between israel and the united states there are things that must not be done. that is not acceptable for us. >> a palestine prisoner that went on a hunger strike has been freed in israel. he was originally sentenced for
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26 years for what israel called terrorist offenses. as we reports, he's seen as a scene of resistance. >> a significant moment here in jerusalem, the longest hunger striking prisoner seen as a hero. he's been released from a prison in northern israel. his 9-month hunger strike forced the israeli government to shorten his prison sentence from 17 years to eight months in exchange for ending his strike. >> israel tried to humiliate people. i had only two options. hunger strike or gaining my freedom, because i wouldn't have let the occupation defeat my people. >> he was sentenced to 26 years in prison in 2002 for what israel described as terrorist activities. which was released in the 2011
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prisoner exchange deal. it was not long before he was rearrested for a violation of his parole term. he was sentenced to another 17 years. it's the remainder of his prison term. that's when he started the hunger strike. >> israel had anger and defeat, celebrating the release for the palestinians that if under occupation they are a free people. israel can't take happiness away. >> he's seen as the man that led the hunger strike movement. prisoners demanded early release or better conditions. >> palestinians saw there was a symbol of res illians and perseverance, willing to die in the press. israel fears others will follow his footsteps and concedes the demands of hunger striking
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prisoners. the issue of hunger strike is a challenge for israel and comes under international criticism. >> sometimes leaving us with no options but to compromise. >> they've been forced from their homes by war. now they live under other conditions. that is coming up in a moment. stay with us.
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>> hello again. the top stories on al jazeera. egypt's prime minister described the car bomb attack on the police headquarters in mansoura as a terrorist incident. 14 people were killed and more than 120 others injured. the u.s. ambassador to the united nations says there is unanimous support in the security council to send more peacekeepers to south sudan. tens of thousands are taking refuge in u.n. bases. >> more than 300 people have decide from barrel bomb attacks. that's according to the syrian observatory. the u.s. condemned the attack, blamed on the syrian government. you may find some of the images disturbing. >> children running for their
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lives, a sign that something terrible has just happened. inside men try desperately to free students, pinned under the call -- collapsed roof of a school. it's not clear whether the children survived, but one did. these are the latest pictures from aleppo, a city that already had large parts of it flattened after 2.5 years of conflict the the aerial bombardment of recent days shattered much of what was left and killed hundreds of people. many in the city are defiant. >> we had a number of massacres. if bashar al-assad thinks we'll
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be defeated, we'll tell him we won't. >> to limit air strikes these rebels are firing on one of the airports. >> for over a weak the government dropped barrels filled with explosives. they are powerful and destroyed wide areas. syrian forces don't appear to be targetting anything different. >> they used to strike us with canons and tanks. if one wants to show how powerful he is, he has to join the battle on the ground. >> analysts say the government is focussing on aleppo because of strategic importance. it used to be a commercial hub. the ferocity of strikes is a run-up for talks planned in switzerland. the government appears to be gaining as much ground as it can, to give it as strong a
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bargaining position as possible for when the negotiations begin. the battle to survive the military onslaught is more desperate by the day. >> throughout the course of the year we have reported on the place of the syrian refugees, many living in makeshift shelters find it difficult to earn a decent living. imran khan is joining us from a camp, a place that you have been to before, covering the story of the syrian refugees. how are they coping now? >> well, i tell you what they are doing, you can see conditions are far from ideal. today is sunny. we are in the middle of winter. conditions are getting tougher. what they are doing is building drainage systems and trying to make this count more like home.
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i've been struck by the generosity of people here, before i came on air. a young boy came up and offered me a cup of tea. it's incredible to see the way people are coping with the incredible circumstances, difficult circumstances that they are living in. i spent monday in the camp taking a look at some things that the residents were trying to do. >> this is not so much a camp site, but a small town made of canvas and rope. like all towns it needs an economy and infrastructure. the winters are harsh here. rain is a big problem and flooding, if not controlled, would wash away the camp. >> one aid agency called the rise foundation is working with a french government organization and the norwegian refugee council. they are protecting against flooding. instead of bringing contractors,
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they employed camp residents to do the job. for the men it provided dignity, a day's pay for a hard day's work. >> i have an elderly mother and 11 siblings. i'm the sole provider. i'm proud i can provide an income for my family. it's hard work. all the stones need to be placed along drainage difference. it's low cost but effective. providing protection and income. >> the people have nothing to do during the day. we try to involve them in all the projects we have. we employ the residents of the refugee camp. it helps the community engagement and gives them a far greater purpose. the guys and families involved
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take a sense of pride in what they are doing from what they are achieving. as the children imitate the workers, people in the camp develop a sense of community, building a life in tragic circumstances. that is important when you consider about 13,500 people live her, many with little to do. >> while they are building the camp, there's a lot of work to go around. this is a short-term solution. what we saw in the camp is when the work dries up, there's a sense of frustration, and that can lead to anger which leads to violence, and managing that, especially when you deal with refugee communities is going to be difficult but crucial. >> it's not just here. syria's war meant that there are camps like this across the region. the longer the conflict goes on, the more anger there will be. >> so you can see that the camps
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in northern iraq are incredibly well run. there are resources. you can see that they are building the camps. it's not the case for a lot of refugees. they are effectively living in slums in other parts of lebanon. they are trying to make do with living in very tough conditions. also in the camp in jordan and egypt, there are simply millions of refugees. so there is a funding crisis for the unhcr. they need for money. it looks like the camp is well run, it's a difficult situation. >> thank you. that's imran khan reporting from northern iraq. pakistanian and military commanders are holding high-level talks. they want to strengthen the
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cease fire. our correspondent reports from the engine city. >> it's quiet and peaceful. life can be hard. the children may not know it. things can change quickly. something that these people know for ourselves. cross-boarder shooting and landmines, including these men, travelled here for treatment. this man lost his right leg to a landmine a few years ago. his brother lost his left leg in an incident. news of a high level meeting that might stop ceasefire violations. >> translation: we are poor people. we are handicapped and belong to
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india. we live on the border. if we don't stay on the border, what was done. >> and the pain caused by fighting. in 1998 he had to leave the village, next to the line of control. then in 2004 a year after the last ceasefire he had to move again because of shelling which killed several peep. only god knows if anything will come out of the meeting. what would i know. they are yet to resolve anything. this bus service between india and pakistani bash ear is one of a few collections. based on past experiences most are not putting faith in the high-level taurks. there's hope that goodwill will flow between the two sides. it is hoped that things will
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challenge. everyone is happy. >> whatever the outcome, they were still among the lucky ones. the ones who don't are left behind. >> what can we do. what can anyone do. who looks after us? >> snow has fallen on kashmir and with it the hardship. unlike the snow, there's hope. whenever peace descends on kashmir, it the be here to stay. >> a former brigadier in the pakistani army hopes the talks bring an end to the suffering of people on both sides of the border. >> essentially for the last, i think, eight months or so there
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has been high tension along the line of control. with numerous instances occurring again and again. both accused each other and the truth can only be told of independent source. it's been asking for the u.n., to look at this and solve the problem. that hasn't happened. perhaps this is the only hope. it happened last time they met. for the last six years the military has taken the position it should have, which is acceptance of the political soup rem si. i think that will continue to work. it will be assisted by iraqi to help him get along where he wants to. both sides are looking at this whole initiative as something that might work.
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>> in brazil rain triggered fumbling and landslides. more than 40,000 people have been forced from their mountain homes, and volunteers are providing food for hundreds of people seeking shelter. argentina's president has been found not guilty of bribing politicians. senators were offered millions to pass controversial labour reforms 13 years ago. >> a pioneering scientist has been given a royal pardon 50 years after he committed suicide. alan turing's code-breaking skills helped win the world war ii. he was persecuted for being homosexual which was illegal in post-war britain. >> as christians celebrate the birth of jesus, people that live
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in that place are struggling. business owners in beth le ham say they are discouraging visitors. one that is do arrive are seeing the result of a $50 million makeover. >> bethlehem missed the spot where jesus was born. many have been arriving from around the world. it has not been repaired for 500 years. unesco, the european authority and others put together money for renovations. transtraps we hope the restoration of the church will help bring tourists to the city and it helps the people to stay foot and end the occupation of the homeland. >> many christians believe mary
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and joseph walked to bethlehem. just as ancient is the sale of souvenirs. business hasn't been good recently. >> 2 million tourists come ever ayear, but rarely stay for long. >> let me go back to jerusalem and we have hotel. and travel and go back. >> bethlehem lies withinside of jerusalem. it can take as long as a couple of hours to get through the checkpoints. it's under palestine administrative rule, on landoccupied by israel. unemployment is the highest in the west bank. a quarter of the population. >> it will be best if the tourists stay overnight. they don't stay. there's hope that the repairs and yun es coe decision to make this a world heritage site to
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