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likely run out of water. a british aid worker and father-of-two beheaded by the islamic state group. prime minister david cameron calls it an act of pure evil. hello, i'm darren jordan, with the world news from al jazeera. also ahead - thousands affected by the floods in pakistan. we'll have the latest. fighting in eastern ukraine, despite a week-long ceasefire. >> translation: if they work hard and study, then they grow up, get good jobs and look after us. >> and we get a slice of life in a densely populated slum on
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earth. the islamic state group has beheaded another hostage. this time 44-year-old aid worker david haines from the u.k. we'll have more on that killing in a moment. first, the u.s. secretary of state is in france, where president francis hollande is holding an international summit, coordinating more than 20 countries to fight the i.s. group. australia is sending fighter jets and 600 troops to the u.a.e. to help the international coalition. let's focus on the killing of the aid worker, and the islamic state released a video apparently showing one of their men beheading the 44-year-old father-of-two. his beheading following that of journalist steven sotloff, also taken in 2013. and another u.s. journalist james foley was kidnapped in
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2012. >> u.s. president obama condemned what he described as a barbaric murder, sake: let's talk to emma haywood, live from west minister in london. emma, david cameron called this an act of pure evil. what else has he been saying there? >> yes, the british prime minister condemning the murder of david haines in the strongest terms in a statement last night, and said: those words have been echoed by other political leaders in the u.k. other groups in the u.k., like the islamic society of brit yin, and barack obama, the u.s. president who called it a barbaric murder.
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later today david cameron will convene a meeting of his cobra committee, senior advisors and cabinet members, an emergency meeting to decide how to respond to the murder of david haines. we know that britain has been supporting the peshmerga forces in the north of iraq. it will be interesting to see whether there's any kind of shift in the response to islamic state. whether they'll become part of the coalition to strike islamic state fighters in iraq. >> all right. emma, thank you for that. emma haywood at westminster. now to john hendren in northern iraq and erbil. what reason did haines killers give for beheading him? >> the executioner in that video spoke directly to david cameron, addressing him by name and said "this british man is paying the price, cameron, for your promise
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to arm the peshmerga in their battle against the islamic state. it was a direct accusation or direct blaming, rather, of brits for cooperating in the coalition. the brits have promised to arm the peshmerga, and they say they are awaiting the arms in order to carry out what could be the biggest battle yet to come. that is for the city of mosul, a big city, just a couple of hours away from the syrian border. it's a sunni arab city, occupied by the islamic state. we spent time there, and this is what we found. [ gun fire ] >> reporter: from a strategic mountain above villagers held by the islamic state group, there is a push towards mosul. islamic state fighters no longer fire back, movement is punished by mortar strikes, like this in the village of tajja. in a 3-hour battle troops
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captured the mountain, and bombarded the villages below, left empty by christians and yazidi, who fled before the i.s. fighters arrived. >> translation: this is tar shella, sheikh amir, the i.s. armed i.s. inside the village there. they bombarded but no longer have the capability. peshmerga are now on the front line, feeling great. >> reporter: a city of 2 million, mosul is the iraqi capital of the islamic state. as mosul goes, commanders say so goes the war for iraq. >> this is the forward-most point for the peshmerga in iraq. in the near ground that is the town of bartela, a christian town held by the islamic state group, and beyond it is mosul itself. commanders are waiting on an order to push towards the fortified bastion in the islamic
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state of iraq. troops want the backing of kurdish and syrian forces. they want more arms and air strikes. >> translation: we need more weapons, support, outside help. we are poor people. tell them ... >> translation: the islamic state is a cancer. they'll take every country if you don't push them out. they'll take everything. it's better to destroy them as soon as possible. the peshmerga are nearly ready for what could bet the battle in the war against the islamic state. >> it's just a matter of time before we threw dash out of iraq. >> with mosul nearly in their sights, the islamic state fighters hours from the supply lines in syria, time is a commodity peshmerga have in short supply. >> do the peshmerga feel they'll
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eventually get enough international help to continue the fight against the islamic state group? >> the commanders i talked to were confident that they would be getting more of those weapons, and would receive the assistance they are looking for. in order to capture not just mosul and all the areas they are fighting for. >> this is largely a military of what they could see. what they are looking for is heavier arms. they would not have been able to capture the ground without the american air strikes, and they are relying on them as they move forward, but they want more than that, an international coalition behind them, a varied group of troops, diplomatic action to try to communicate to the sunni arabs in mosul, that they should be joining the side of iraqi forces. the confidence is there, but
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they are still waiting to receive the arms and the other help from the coalition. >> john hendren in erbil, northern iraq. thank you. liberia's president sacked 10 government officials for not returning to the country during the ebola crisis. in a statement they say they show insensitivity to the ongoing tragedy, and a disregard for authority. despite a ceasefire, fighting is ongoing in eastern ukraine, and the hopes that a political solution is unlikely as the war of words between ukraine and russia worsens. >> from don esque, we have this report. >> this is what the ceasefire sounds like on the outskirts of donetsk. >> pro-russian rebels wouldn't show their faces, but showed ordinance that they claim ukranian forces are using to fire on them and the city.
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>> this is as close as we can get to the airport, which is a kilometre or so away behind me, beyond the checkpoint where small arms, artillery tank rounds are raining down on the stronghold that the ukranian forces maintain here for months. it's an important prize strategically that the dpr rebels want to take control of. >> in kiev, ukraine's prime minister admitted the ceasefire was flimsy indeed. >> let me put it bluntly. we are still in a state of war, and the key aggressor is russian consideration. and until we get the peace, it would be really difficult to have real changes. russia continues to deny its military involved, and sent a second humanitarian convoy on saturday. destination luhansk.
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residents need food and support. >> today we have received humanitarian aid from the russian federation. until now, we have unloaded cars with rice, sugar, canned fish and meet. it will be delivered to people with passports in luhansk. >> pro-russian rebels distributed the aid. it may win them trust. me have to reassure residents that they can keep the piece. these are the traffic police complete with the new insignia. the rebels want to show the public that order has returned. some, like the gunmen in this car, are still beyond the law. for others, though the war may not be over, it's time to get on with their lives. still to come - refugees
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twice removed. syrians in jordan, forced from the camps built to shelter them. >> and why vets in cuba are struggling to get enough medicine to take care of pets. outside of the city limits of atlanta. it's 99% african american we do get a quality education. you know we have teachers that really care about us as far as the african american stereotypes, all the music they listen too is rap, they only use ebonics, they don't know how to speak proper english, they've never read a book in their life, all they do is get high, smoke weed, no... i've never been exposed to anything like that... coming from a mom who as a single mother, had her first child at 16, who is the ceo of her own company, me being someone who is about to graduate, who is the recipient of a full scholarship, the stereotype is absolutely flawed. >> did it ever cross your mind that. being a single mother that, your children may end up
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like the statistics say they're gonna fail >> being a single mom... raising five kids, i've always said you guys, you be 100% the best that you can be >> i would like to run for the senate in 2032. then it leads to the great big goal in life, to run for the office of the president of the united states of america >> catch more stories from edge of eighteen on al jazeera america
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welcome back, the top stories on al jazeera. the islamic state group released a video that appears to show the beheading of a british aid worker. david haines, father-of-two was kidnapped in syria. david cameron plans to act down his killers for what he called
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an act of pure evil. >> the u.s. secretary of state john kerry touches down in france, he's in paris to discuss a larger global effort. 40 nations agreed to help bring down the militants. >> australia's prime minister led his country's weight to the coalition, and they condemned the heading. british aid worker. iran dismissed efforts. action against the group without u.n. approval is a violation of grgsal war. >> they say the scpus its allies formed a coalition and attack, in syria and iraq. regardless of the security council. this is a big disaster. if you wanted to attack, why create the united nations then. >> opposition fighters in syria captured several towns in the
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same area where the uprising began. the gains allowed some civilians to get to safe grounds. way appears to be a war of attrition, opposition fighters sustained a push to gain more territory. there's 6.5 million internally displaced, and 3 million others living in camps beyond the borders. 600,000 are in jordan, many in camps that have been built illegally. we have this report from jordan. >> reporter: when the jordanian authorities evacuated a number of illegal communities, some refugees built cement homes instead, without obtaining construction licences or permits. the government wants all refugees to live inside official camps. many say they can't. this person from homs has six children, two of home were born with brain paralysis.
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they lived in a tent before a jordanian man built a cement structure, protecting the children from extreme weather that they cannot withstand. >> they can't deal with the cold weather. since we move into the home, it's better. eight live in the home. it's better than nothing. the walls are made from cement blocks. in the village, home to the syrian refugee camp in the world, more than 13,000 syrians are living in comment homes. some pay rent to landowners, others don't pay anything. authorities say there's little they can do to stop the refugees building the illegal structures. the land belongs to the jordanian tribes, to home the refugees are related, and they are at times more powerful than the governments. in is one of the influential
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tribes in the area, and all the refugees hail from the same tribe in homs. >> translation: the syrians here have jordanian relatives, they sought protection with extended families in jordan, we don't see the building of illegal homes as a permanent resettlement, but a brother building a brother. a jordanian widower is building a home for this family, because syrian refugees are not allowed to work here. there's a lot of sympathy. >> my living standards will change after i move into my new home. there's a big difference to living in a tent and having a roof over my head, but i'll still be poor. >> reporter: it is understood the resources and problems placed on the refugees. they don't want them to stay here, they have to return to their country eventually, but they are helping them in the
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meantime. the pakistani military has been using helicopters and boats to rescue people marooned by floodwaters. 280 people have been killed. army engineers have been blowing up dykes to divert swollen rivers. the cities they are trying to protect includes jang. >> reporter: this is a village or the outskirts of jang city. for the last several days, as you can see, almost 30 families from 30 homes are now seeking refuge on dry land. they've been able to bring out some essential supplies with them. most of what is lying at their home is washed away. the biggest challenge will be how the people sustain themselves through this crisis. even though some of the farmers have been able to bring out the love -- livestock and bring in
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some wheat, most of the food stocks are gone. the women and children are sitting on the tarpaulins waiting for someone to help them. they cannot go back to the villages, because there is water standing there. and the foundations of the houses is now very weak and so these people are not able to return soon. the most important thing will be that after the flood swept through the region, there has to be rehabilitation, and to resettle the people back into their villages. >> well, now to the latest part of the global series called "my home", and a glimpse of what life is like in one of asia's large slums. this story from mumbai. in is one of the most densely populated places on earth. in a dark damp corner of the neighbourhood. the this family are working hard to better their lives.
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>> this one room home doesn't have running water or a reliable supply of electricity. it's filled with grit. determination and a stream of homework. >> my husband and i are working hard to make my daughter's life is better than ours. i want them to have good lives. >> while this study session is supervised. the husband is trying to make ends meet. working as a tailor, he earned around $170 a month. if my daughters do well, it's good for us. if they work hard and study, they grow up. get good jobs and look after us. >> the daughters are the biggest investment. this 13-year-old is well aware of the price her parents are paying so she can see a world
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beyond this. >> they are not eating. because of them, i want to do the best. i want to give the best for them. >> reporter: people do", raise families and live the daily lives in exceptionally close quarters here. it's a sense of closeness. the flimsy buildings and a lack of sanitation that the indian government says makes it unfit for humans to live in. when they are not raising daughters, she is trying to make the unlivable bearable as a community worker. people are known to spot an opportunity in the most unlikely of places. >> like millions of others who call the financial capital home. it's believed if they can make it here, she can make it
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anywhere. an air and see search is under way in the philippines to find survivors from a ferry that sank. two people are known to have died, 100 haven't rescued near lay ta island. an american man has gone on trial in north korea. matthew miller was arrested in april for violating his tourist status. it's not known what he was charged with. he was known to have torn up his visa at pyongyang's airport is and demanded asylum. last month he appealed to the u.s. embassy for help. about 200 jews remain in yemen, but they are facing a choice to stay or leave. we have this story from the yemeni capital. >> this man teaches his relatives. they are members of yemen's last
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jews. they say they lived in yemen for more than 2,000 years, but the numbers have dwindled over the last decade to a few doze ebb. this is the patriarch, the chief rabbi in the northern region of sadder. but in 2006, they were evicted by the shia houthis. his wife says they lost their land and businesses. >> translation: we were very happy in sadder, but now we have lost everything. i'm scared to go back there. the children, go to government schools, they don't feel comfortable revealing their jewishness. the rabbi is confident, yemen is a place for them to live.
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>> reporter: i want our congreg ace to live with the muslim community, go to the same school, have a social life. i hate to see yemen divided. >> reporter: the jews were moved to a government compound. some left for israel. this man wants to stay. he spends time with his relatives, farming in the background. a hobby reminding him of the day when there were flourishing farmers in northern yemen. a few families that chose to stay here are concerned about their safety. they face a unique situation, al qaeda in the south, and a send off in the south, and the houthis in the north. a delicate situation that may force yemens to leave a country they have called home for hundreds of years. the palestinian authority is
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coming under pressure from hamas under israeli war crimes. the pa has not approved an international criminal court probe, and stands accused of holding it up. more than 2,000 palestinians, and dozens israelis were killed during fighting with gaza. hamas is calling on the pa to explain themselves. children of gaza are returning to school. the summer holiday was marred by violence. many must overcome the challenges of overcrowded classrooms, and the trauma of war. here is charles stratford. there are 1,300 girls returning to the u.n. run girls school in gaza city. on the first day of school since the war ended. i have been talking to the headmaster. for the first three weeks or so of this new year, because of the war, they'll do a psychological assessment of the girls.
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there's a feeling that a lot were traumatized, one as killed and a number injured. for the first three weeks or so, there's a lot of activities involving art, sport and entertainment in a bid to figure out how deeply affected the girls are. so the students came to their classes. what they are doing here is playing games, getting to know each other on the first day of school to relax their minds before classes start properly. as you can see. there's massive overcrowding. 49 students here. bear in mind 2 u.n. schools are closed -- 26 u.n. schools are closed, but are still used as shelters. this school in particular is expecting a lot more students in the coming days. >> the u.n. says that 76 u.n. schools across gaza were damaged during the war. it's worth remembering that the situation here was difficult for
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gazan students before the war. the u.n. says that it has plans on building 100 new u.n. schools to accommodate the students here. that was made difficult by the siege. by getting materials, building materials across the border. now, the war made things more difficult in trying to get a good education, for literally hundreds of thousands of students across the gaza strip. >> 60 years after ernst hemingway won the noble prize for literature, his grandsons travelled to cuba. it's on display in hemingway's former home in havana. he lived there for 20 years, and where he wrote "the old man in the sea", and "for whom the bell tolls", it's now a museum. also, vets can't get enough treatment to help pets. >> reporter: first thing on monday morning in the state-run
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veterinary clinic in the center of havana, it's bustling. cuba trains enough vets to help animals across the country and sends some abroad. the problems lie elsewhere. >> translation: you can go and ask the pet owners, they'll tell you it's a shame. they get a great service, we are professionals, but it can't get better because of the shortage of resources. >> there are many reasons for the shortages, mostly of medicines. >> cubans love their pets as much as everybody else. the animals enjoy the benefits and suffer the same problems as the rest of society. overly centralized and in control, and a serious shortage of resources. cubans blame corruption, bureaucracy for a 50-year long trade embargo, which they call a
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blockade. there are problems the government has to solve. maybe the vets could be self-employed, and they'd have the opportunity to better practice their profession. that would be great. >> the cuban authorities have been cautiously opening up a tightly state-run economy. many vets operate privately, unregulated, without a government licence. that means the animals have no protection. pushing for a law to put that right. not having an animal rights law means we don't have the tools with which to hurt. it's difficult to help an animal when the abuse is not specified by law. >> when there's no law or protection, people move to protect the animals. this sa neighbourhood scheme to label stray dogs, inform the authorities that they are being cared for by the residents, and not be rounded up. these are not labelled and face
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