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google plus, you can see us on twitter @ajconsiderthis. . >> israeli bombings continue in gaza as talks in cairo are on the verge of collapse. hello, welcome to al jazeera here from doha. coming up, a new round of u.s. strikes as president obama warns of fighting. the islamic state fight may be a long campaign. presidential elections in turkey. why china could become a
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superpower. welcome to the programme. palestinian negotiators say they'll abandon efforts to reach a truce unless the israel domes the party. fighting has started again with israel renewing their bombardment of gaza, 7 palestinians were killed on friday. palestinian fighters are firing rockets into israel. since the assault began a month ago, 64 israeli soldiers and three civilians, including a thai national has been killed. >> gaza says air strikes and artillery attacks killed 1,914 palestinians. the united nations says 73% of those killed are civilians. to that, add 10,000 palestinians who are injured, and more than 220,000 people living in the u.n. shelters.
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andrew simmonds has this report from gaza. [ explosion ] >> reporter: on the ground in gaza city, air strikes like this may not be as frequent. each is as devastating as earlier in the conflict. as long as the rockets are fired from gaza, they'll continue to strike from the air, land and sea. and the ground forces remain massed on the border. among the deaths on saturday bodies removed from the rubble of a mosque. and more casualties from a series of other strikes. while the violence may be of a lower intensity. it leaves the civilians in a state of fear. here at the shifa hospital, the main medical center in the gaza strip, there has been a level of respite during the 3-day ceasefire. now there's concern nation.
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no one is sure -- consternation. no one is sure what will happen next. >> we expect a number of casualties at any moment. >> this doctor is dealing with one. many tragedies. these children are from many families. these babies and their cousins lost their mothers, and their fathers are injured. aunts will have to bring up the brothers. >> it's hard to do this. i have to leave my own home and children because my two nephews need me. >> this place does not change much from day to day. >> hardship and bereavement, little in the way of hope. >> let's join andrew. there has been shelling on sunday. what do we know about this? >> that's right. so shelling and also air strikes
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early sunday morning, and a darkness. we have a report of a death in gentleman ballia, an -- jabalia, artillery fires on the borders, and more air strikes at the rafah crossing. we are having a continuation of bombardment. saturday saw a steady increase in activity from the israeli forces. israel is saying that rockets continue to be fired from gaza into israeli territory. so far they say there has been a handful of rockets early sunday morning. at least two. they came 25 rockets were fired on saturday. interesting to see, though, that hamas is not making any claims to any of these rocket attacks. we are not seeing the long-range rockets which go as far as tel aviv city used since the
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ceasefire failed to be extended. to we are getting a different type of violence certainly from the palestinian factions, and nevertheless we have four reported injuries amongst israelis, and it has to be said a different type of violence from the israelis in terms of lower intensity. nevertheless, just as lethal where the air strikes come in. we follow the developments through the day. as the report said and illustrated, stresses and strains on the medical infrastructure, and pressure really on the politicians as well on sunday. we have the palestinians in cairo hoping for a breakthrough in discussion, and we have a cabinet meeting in israel, where perhaps the israelis will give a clearer understanding of where they stand. >> this is described by the palestinian delegations in cairo as the most crucial 24 hours.
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palestinian netters made it -- negotiators made it clear if israel doesn't return to cairo on sunday they'll see the process as having reached an end and will pull out according to one spokesman in the dell yaede. the israelis spist as long as rockets are fired they'll take -- insist as long as rockets are fired they'll take no part in the talks. they insist talks are without precondition, but add that a deal on gaza have to include a lifting of the blockade and the resumes of seaport and trade and release of prisoners.
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it's a tall-order situation. there's a lot of ground to be covered in a short space of time. not much word on saturday from the israelis. it was the sheb at. we are into under. there is a cabinet meeting on sunday. the military campaign continues on either side and as far as the palestinians in gaza are concerned, throughout the conflict, a state of confusion and downright desperation. >> we'll follow event with you and join our correspondents on the ground as the day proingzs -- progresses. andrew simmonds in gaza. the other top story - president obama warns the fight against islamic state may be long. u.s. fighter jets and drones car eyed out a new air strike target islamic state fighters. president obama insists there's no military solution, and
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baghdad is responsible for bushing back the is advance. tom angerman has more. >> president obama's pledge was to bring troops out of iraq and keep them out. now he's the fourth president to order military access, this time to save the yazidi from threat of genocide and protect personnel from the is group. whether he had understatement the is fighters, president barack obama said... >> there's no doubt their advance and movement over the last several months has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates and, i think, the expectations of policy makers in and outside of iraq. >> reporter: his administration has been accused of ignoring several warns about the islamic
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state group since it appeared in syria. >> then we watched it go from city to city across iraq without it being hit from the air with drones, despite the request i know is being made. >> an initial request for direction access came in late may. before the islamic state fighters captured mosul. since then president obama hit back responding to military aid. obama blamed his government for inflaming sunni opposition, and blaming the army. >> i don't blame the president. i think we feed a different government and baghdad to make it a realistic potential. >> to escalate the response, the u.s. would have to abide by what obama administration set out as his rules. >> that means taking strikes when we face a threat, and only where there's no certainty, or
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near certainty of no civilian casualties. for our actions should meet a simple test. we must not create more enemies than we take off the battlefield. >> so far they have met the standard. the obama administration has not laid out a timetable for action. in congress and in public opinion, president obama will face resistance if he decides to deepen american military involved in iraq. for more on what is happening on the ground in iraq u.s. military jets launched a number of air strikes on targets in the north of the country. president obama says they succeeded in destroying the groups arms and equipment, which could be used to launch an attack on erbil. the islamic state fighters are said to be 30 minutes drive from the city. the u.s. dropped aid for tens of thousands of yazidi trapped on a
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desert mountain top in sinjar. kurdish security forces managed to open a road and have rescued more than 5,000 people. islamic state fighters are far from defeated. they maintain their hold on the country's largest dam and the city of mosul. can curtish fighters stop their advance. we take a closer look. >> reporter: the fathers of these peshmerga forces fought from the mountains for decades to get rid of saddam hussein. former fighters and volunteers are reinforcing the kurdish peshmerga to hold on to the gains they have made. it has not been enough. u.s. air strikes launched after the overwhelmed peshmerga withdraw are meant to stop the advance of the islamic state. and help the kurdish forces stand up against a better known
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enemy, known by some as i.s.i.s. >> they have acquired huge amounts of modern weapons, munitions, tags. armoured humvees, long-range artillery pieces. you name it. there was no comparison between the fire power of i.s.i.s., and the peshmerga forces. yes, there has been some alreadieses by the pesh -- reverses by the peshmergas. some withdrawal of certain parts. pesh this is not a tactical war. >> reporter: this conflict is a spillover from the war in syria, one that no army has fought here. the combination of islamic state fighters with suicide bombers and american weapons made them difficult to stop. >> we need that this -- this to
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bide times and go on the offensive. >> one is to obvious take the mosul damn, now fallen to the islamic state fighters. at risk are oil feeds, protected by iraqi security forces, and then the peshmerga. now within territory held by the radical group. mosul, a center for power for the islamic state, is 60km from here. the city of erbil is the kurdish capital and a major economic hub, and a main target of the group. the united states leaves the air strikes will help to defend the city. propping up the kurdish security will be an another matter. >> millions of turks are expected to cast their votes for the first time. votes were decided by parliament. voting is under way across the
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country. this is the scene in istanbul. let's join our correspondent, live in the cop tall ankara -- capital ankara. the polls station opened jamal, a short time ago. how do you assess the turn out. is the result really a foregone conclusion? >> it is early hours, but there is a steady consistent flow of voters coming through. it is a much more faster and simple process than previous elections, in that there's one ballot paper and one choice for a voter to make. the process should be over a lot quicker than previous elections. in terms of foregone conclusions. well, most exit polls indicated that the prime minister recep tayyip erdogan is the favourite. it hasn't been an easy ride, when taking in corporation his
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main contender, ekmeleddin ihsanoglu. who don't see eye to aon a lot of things. they are trying to ensure that the party that governed turkey for over a decade doesn't continue on a trail of election wins. the likelihood is that recep tayyip erdogan will be victorious in a first round and there'll be no need for a second round. >> one of the things that the incumbent prime minister said is he wants to make the presidential position stronger than now. he wants to consolidate power, but change the title. >> well, that's what his critics are saying, pointing to the
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vladimir putin, med ef, and it was a question i put to the minister of culture who revuted this saying any change in the presidential powers would go through referendums when it comes to constitution, and they are the will of the public. turkey has several institutions that are meant to cancel each other out. from the parliament to the judiciary. whether that translates into action is a different matter, but as far as the party is concerned and recep tayyip erdogan. they believe they are pushing democratisation away from the years of popular votes like this behind me now. >> we'll leave it there and
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follow events until the polls close on sunday. >> a lot more to come here on al jazeera. including a great escape. we hear from the 9-year-old who survived the jaws of an alligator.
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you're watching al jazeera. these are the top stories - fighting has begun between israel and gaza. u.s. fighter jets and drones carried out attacks targetting the islamic state. the u.s. president obama warned the fight against the rebel group may be a long one. >> voting is underway in turkey's presidential election. until now it was decided by the parliament of there are three candidates. the front runner is recep tayyip erdogan, the current prime minister. clinical trials of vaccines for the ebola may may by.
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>> this is suspected to be what caused the disease to go from the anball world to the -- animal world to the human one. it takes a single transmission from animal to human, caused by handling fresh carcasses of animals, for example, to create an epidemic. >> this is the food of the ancestors, they have been consuming it for as long as anyone can remember. authorities are discouraging their consumption, but it can be found available on almost every street corner. >> the chairman of nigeria's national association of hunters - he is livid. >> it is a lie. >> if you don't want bush meat, don't eat it. they cannot say we should not
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ate it. they cannot tell the public in the to be eating it. >> for now, though, it's only the brave and ar department of con -- ardent of consumers who demand for it. for them, banning the tradition is out of the continue. >> i will continue to eat bush meat. i like it. i've been enjoying it. i wish to continue doing so. >> poor knowledge and supervision, poor health care and border movement continued to the proceed of ebola and west africa. the refusal by some to believe that bush meat is safe, . now, there has been large rallies in libya for and against the new parliament. people gathered in martyrs square to support the decision to relocate parliament to the
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eastern city of benghazi. they want an end to the violence which has been increasing in the capital. in the same square a rival demonstration was held by people who want parliament back. >> an shannar course re -- egyptian court resolved the freed freedom muslim brotherhood party. the brotherhood was declared a terrorist group late last year. al jazeera is demanding the release of its three journalists imprisoned in egypt for 225 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed were falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. in june mohamed fadel fahmy and peter greste were given 17 year sentences. baher mohamed got an extra three because he had a spent bullet picked up at a protest. dutch forensic experts identified 65 victims of the
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malaysia airlines plane which was shot down in eastern ukraine. the last team member has returned to the netherlands, flight mm-hmm 17 exploded killing 298 on board. a wildfire in the u.s. state of oregon is threatening more than 700 houses, most have been evacuated after fire destroyed other buildings overnight. more than 4,000 firefighters have been sent to battle the blaze across hundreds of kilometres of forest. >> it was condemned by communist leaders. china's elite are taking up golf in record numbers. >> it could already boast about the world's biggest golf resort. there are hundreds more courses to come if current growth forecasts are accurate. china likes its golf. >> there are more young people
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playing and it's more popular since becoming an olympic sport. >> weekends are busy on the course. week days there are more people playing. growing at 10% a year, it's estimated china is a country of 1 million golfers. given the population, it's a huge potential for growth, especially when it's so easy. making it look easier, and without cheating are ever younger players. with parents able to afford summer coaching camps like this one. >> we'll see around 1,000 perennials, and i have watched from 10 different countries. once condemned as an elitists sport by the communist leaders, golf club's membership is highly prized. a 10-year-old ban on construction to protect the environment has been largely
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ignored and the industry has boomed. development has been patchy with a number of failed projects as evidence. parts of china have seen an oversupply. resort developers believe in a long-te long-term vision of china as a super power. the opportunities are limitless. 1.4 billion - all it would take is 3% of the population, 40 million-plus golfers. the world's biggest, biggest golfing country. >> with so many players, courses like this one are probably hosting future chinese champions. now, how is this for a great escape. a 9-year-old boy recounted how he pried open the jaws of an alligator which attacked him in florida. james barney described the
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moment the 2.5 meter or more, 100 kiloalligator grabbed him as he was swimming. james has 30 claw and teeth marks and an amazing story. >> it really amazed me what happened. at first i thought someone was playing with me. i didn't know what happened. i reached down to grab it, and i felt its jaw, i felt its teeth and i didn't know what to do i immediately reacted and hit it a couple of times. finally i had enough strength left to pry its jaw open a little. >> we wish him a speedy economy. the american university withdrawing a job offer to a professor that spoke out against israel. that story coming up. stay with us here on al jazeera.
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