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the canadian killer caught on camera as he storms parliament with a rifle. welcome to al jazerra live from our headquarters here in dougdoha. coming up in the next third minutes, ebola reaches new york for the first time. america's most crowded city is well prepared says the mayor. a grim milestone for press freedom, three al jazerra journalists have now been jailed in egypt for 300 days. more cracks appear in the european union as the u.k. is
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told to pay billions more in to the pot while germany gets a rebate. and a mystery 70 million years in the making. a dinosaur like you have never seen before. ♪ ♪ hello, welcome to the program. canadian police say the gunman who killed a soldier before opening fire in parliament acted along. new cctv video has been shown showing how he carried out his attack, from o ottawa john has more. >> reporter: this video shows the arm the gunman charging in to the house of parliament as people runaway. it shows the chuter from multiple angles highjack a car and storming the building after killing corporal nathan cirillo. following a moment of sigh vince
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prime spinster steven harper rallied hits parliament. >> we will not be scared, we will be prudent and not panic. as to the business of government. here we are in our seats, in our chamber in the heart of our democracy and our work goes on. >> reporter: yet with military bases closed and soldiers told wear civilian gear when they leave, security in canada has already changed and is likely to change more. the lightly-guarded parliament where the gunman entered with a rifle and fired dozens of shots before being killed by the ceremonial sergeant of arms is now surrounded by security. >> the kind of tire orism we have now has morphed it self in to different one you don't knee the sophistication of al qaeda intercepting or highjack a plain or drain or sophisticated bomb.
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usual house how old items like a knife or a gun, a rifle, a hunting rifle or a car that's what makes it very difficult to sort of counter. >> reporter: after locking down the capital and searching for multiple gunmen authorities say the shooter act ahead loan. >> there were concerns at the initial stage of the emergency response that there may have been more than one individual involved our partners at the ottawa police serve and the rcmp believe that the gunman acted alone. >> reporter: authorities confirm the gunman, is a man with a significant criminal record and because of that he was prohibited from owning a gun, how he obtained the rifle he used in the shooting is a central focus of the investigation. as canada looks inward, authorities say its citizens and visitors can pictures a future of heavier security at this. a doctor in new york has
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tested positive for the ebola virus, it's the first time it's been detected in the city. he recently returned from west africa. went through an enhanced screening process with he landed at jfk airport. new york's mayor says the city has all the systems it needs to contain the spread of the virus. >> the patient is now in isolation. the health department has a team of disease detectives who have been at work tracing all the patient's contact and we are prepared to quarantine contacts as necessary. >> and for the first time there has been a case in mallee, making it the sixth west african country to report the infection, a two-year-old girl in mali who traveled from neighboring guinea was confirmed to have the illness the worst affected country's remain see bar sierra,
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liberia and guinea. the world health organizations declared senegal and nigeria free of the disease, mali says it's a government has moved quickly to prevent more cases. >> translator: we have already put in to force the emergency response to ebola. we were ready from before the case was diagnosed. this morning we had a rehearsal at a hospital. experts arrived from abroad to evaluate our plan of action. we have always tang the threat of bola seriously. and that is why we have been making sure that we can respond quickly. we are now ready to face ebola. it's been 300 days since three al jazerra journalists were arrested in egypt. mohamed, peter, and bahar remain tpa*ps falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherly. they were arrested in cairo on december 29th last year. after a long trial they were sentenced in june, greste and fahmy to seven years in jail,
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bahar 10 years, the case has received condemnation from around the world. early this week authorities in cairo announced a review of the case which will be held january 1st 2015. al jazerra met poster greste's parents to find out how they are coping as their son remains behind bars. >> reporter: the last time peter greste was in sydney was in september last year, when he was reporting on the australian election. now his parents have traveled from their home in brisbane, part of their continuing effort to keep their son's polite high profile. >> over the course of this year, you have become campaigners, haven't you, how has it been? >> tough. really tough. you know, it's a constant thing all the time. >> we really haven't had another life this year. it has been campaign from morning until night, from friday through next friday.
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>> reporter: did you ever envision that peter and his colleagues would be in prison for 300 days? >> no. no. absolutely not. i -- it's been 300 days too long. >> reporter: there have been some pretty dark moments along the way, i can imagine. what were the darkest? >> well, clearly the darkest was the day of the sentence. it still remains in my memory as just an awful, all of nightmare. >> one of the other darkest days was seeing him the first time whites. >> in the cage. >> in the cage. >> i mean that evening pains me today when i think of that ima image. >> reporter: you are spent two months in egypt immediately after the verdict. how was peter doing when you saw him? >> he was very strong, remaining strong really. and doing everything that he could to keep himself physically
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and mentally, spiritually altogether. >> reporter: and now? >> well, he's still strong. but having to stair as it were in to the abyss of not knowing what is to come, there were moments when i thought he was showing some cracks. >> reporter: your feelings going forward? >> i am optimistic. and i have faced in the egypt highest judicial level in achievinachieving a fair and jut decision. >> optimistic, but also a little bit tense about what might happen. >> reporter: thank you very much. joining me now is international lawyer to discuss this in more depth. welcome to the program. what does a review of the case actually mean in reality? >> well, obviously i can only speak from what should happen as
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a matter of general international law norms. i don't know about the egyptian legal system. but generally what should happen is that if a review takes place there ought to be consideration of all of the evidence, which led to a conviction. and then the appellate court or the review body has to consider whether the conviction is is unsound. if it's unsound they'll return it. that's what should ordinarily happen in most jurisdictions. >> from what you have seen over the past 300 days and we have had you comment on the ground this case in particular, how do you see the egyptian process in terms of the way the cases are reviewed and appealed against? >> let's not forget on the 23 *frb23rd of june john can i visited the egypt capital and he used strong words describing the sentence as a flying in the face of law. the outcome is puzzling to many people because the evidence the
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court relied upon to convict these three is very, very weak. what the review body can do, i assume, is go through and decide that the judge made a mistake. we have to assume that's will happen. >> we can't speculate we have to assume what might happen. this is one particular form of legal recourse. what is other legal courses are available to our three journalists post this review, regardless of what the outcomes are? >> yes. there is the united nations human rights commission which sits in geneva on an annual basis it reviews violations of human rights. there the case of these three could be taken up by their home states, their national states. there could be further pressure applied at the united nations. they could conceivably be sanctions applied one just a minute because that's unlikely because the american authorities didn't withhold aid from egyptians in the aftermath of
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this verdict. pressure seems to be the only option. >> we have seen vocal pressuring the british mime minister, our media colleagues around the world have generally joined hands with us in this process of trying to get our men released. presidents, prime ministers across the board have commented on what egypt has done. yet when the president el se ale took the post of president one says he has powers to overturn that. he quashed quashed that ability. can he if he wants to? >> it's a rather puzzling thing because what he's profess to be a part of is a democracy in the situation where there was a military that over took and threw out an elected government fox, good or bad. and to maintain that position, some might say that facade he
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those let it run to the end. in every democracy, the president has the power to grant clemency and pardon, he's positioning himself so as to maintain the aura of being a democratic process in egypt. >> we will be leaving it for now but we'll continue following the events. thank you for joining us on al jazerra. >> we'll be mark being our colleagues 300 days in jail with 300 seconds of silence during our news hour at 180 1800 gmt on friday, which is today. there is an argument brewing over the latest european union budgets. now, the budget is funded by member governments and how much they'll pay. and it's all down to how well their economies are performing. as a result, the united kingdom course told it must pay an extra $2.7 billion. the dutch have also been ordered
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to pay an extra $1 billion by december. however france will receive a $1.2 billion rebate because its economy is struggling s germany is also due a rebate despite being considered the economic powerhouse of europe. jonah hull joins me knew from brussels, there is already disquiet in the u.k. on its relationship with europe and with recent election results and pending general election in 20 fine. it's not rocket science to appreciate how in news will go down in the u.k. >> reporter: no, clearly it's bad news for david cameron. he comes here looking and need to go sound tough towards the european union to try to apiece opinion back home within his party and supporters of his conservative party who more and more like the sound of the rhetoric the anti even u. red risk rising u.k. independence party.
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david cameron had been hoping to lob foyer reduction in the 2015 even u. budget, instead he's been slapped with this almost $3 billion top off payment and clearly that will be an uncomfortable message for him to take home. but i don't think broadly speaking, there will be too many people here too concerned about britain's problems. the economy will be the subject of discussions. and particularly the euro zone economy where there are worrying signs brewing. market wobbles last week, serious rolls in the market after crease announced it's a a hope to exit its bail out early. the markets will not be happy about imf predictions i've 40% chance of euro zone returning to recession. two of its key members france and italy will not be making their deficit reduction targets for 2015.
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the fundamentals are not good. high unemployment across the board and very, very slow growth including the economic powerhouse of the euro zone, germany. >> for the moment we'll leave it there, jonah, very busy day for you coming out the brussels and we'll join you friday as things come up. thanks. still ahead, zambia is to mark 50 years of independence from great britain. why its leader won't be at the celebrations. and violence in tunisia before sunday's elections we look at fears and if freedom of speech is being interfered with. do stay with us. federal authorities have charged seven people with conspiring with al qaeda. >> since 9/11 the us has spent has spent billions of dollars on domestic counter-terrorism operations. >> i wanted to be in on the big game and to be paid top-dollar for it. that's it. >> many of these involved
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welcome back. you are watching al jazerra. these are our top stories. pictures from canada show the 32-year-old gunman and forcing bystanders to run for cover think canadian police say the gunman who killed a soldier and opened fire in parliament act ahead loan and wanted to travel to fight in syria. he was later shot dead. a doctor in new york has tested positive for the ebola virus, it's the first time it's been detected in the city. his fiancé and two friends have been quarantined. he had recently returned from west africa. it's been 300 days since three al jazerra journalists were arrested in egypt. mohamed fahmy, peter greste and bahar mohamed remain falsely accused. al jazerra continues to call for their immediate release.
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sazambia is celebrating 50 years of independence. but its president won't be attending the party. the president flew out of the country to an undisclosed location. the 77-year-old, who has been in power since 2011, is thought to be seriously ill. in a rare public appearance in center told parliament that he was not dead. well, tonya page is in the capital. cautious celebrations there i think in order, tania. but some people still really questioning where the president is. >> reporter: oh, they are absolutely. these celebrations starting off with say ceremony happening right now behind me there. not a lot of information regarding the president's health and that's led to of uncertainty. there is no clear successor. it had been thought that he favored his justinster but fired
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him a short while ago. potentially his son is also in politics whose uncle is the current finance minister. but the current acting president is actually the defense members, so a lot of uncertainty who might replace him if it were to become necessary, of course not very happy about the level of transparently around the president's health. >> indeed. and so one has to wonder what zambia has achieved in after a century. >> reporter: well, a lot. i was talking to the first president, he says. [ inaudible ] the last 50 years and. [ inaudible ] also proud of the supporting role that zambia plays in supporting other independent movements across southern africa for which it is widely admired and reported. the economy has been growing strongly, averaging just over 6% off the back of a huge. [ inaudible ] but inequality and
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poverty. but there are still a lot of challe phones this country particularly over the next 50 years. >> indeed we'll leave you to continue viewing the celebrations there. for the moment, tania, thank you. the pentagon says isil's offensive to take the syrian town of kobane has stalled because of u.s. air strikes. u.s. planes have carried out four strikes on isil targets in the town near the turkish boarder over the course of wednesday and thursday. now, these exclusive pictures obtained by al jazerra show the extent of the devastation from within the town. despite the u.s.-led bombing campaign the kurds say they urgently need reinforcements and heavy weapons bernard smith reports now from the turkish-syrian border. >> reporter: the grave diggers are busy. this new cemetery near turkey's border with syria, is for fighters from kobane killed defending their town. it's filling up. today there will be three more
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burials. the coffins are draped in the kurdish flag. hundreds of refugeeses from kobane have come to mourn. meadow, like most here, wants to show solidarity. but the first time she came, it was to bury her husband. >> translator: he was martyred he wouldn't leave kobane unless it was as a martyr. i hope the blood of these martyrs won't be wasted and that kobane will be freed then i can go home and take my husband with me. >> reporter: there were no relatives ahead today's funeral the chaos of conflict makes it hard to keep track of who is where. some family members may not even know that their son or husband has been buried today. the graves are shallow. when the fighting is over the kurds want to move the bodies and bury them at home. the funerals are a reminder that as well as more heavier weapons the kurds need reinforcements
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but there is no indication yesterday of when the iraqi peshmerga might arrive. there was heavy fighting on kobane's eastern front on thursday but neither side apparently making much headway. bernard smith, al jazerra, on the turkey-syria border. police in tunisia have conducted a series of counter terrorism measures ahead of elections on thursday. three people were cured. al qaedaer sleeper cells have been plan ago tacks to stop the vote going ahead. ahead of the election the leader of the powerful party has claimed that tunisia is setting an example in thousand defeat groups like isil. he said:
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to south asia now where sunday's elections have raised concerns about political interference in tunisia's media. there is freedom of speech but journalist fear this resurrection may be at risk. now more from tunisia. >> reporter: this is how most tunisians get their news, mosaic has a million lynnsers a day. one of its presenters used to work in state television. he says political interference got him sacked. >> political parties, presidents who own media. we have corrupt people which have cases in justice, which are still followed by justice for things they have done even before when benali left who runs the media so you cannot have
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these media leading the democratic transition. >> reporter: and there is a powerful media figure running for president. he owns various outlets and a football club. some see him as the silvio enter lou scone i of to true near i t. many people say a flourishing media isn't enough. there needs to be no political interference. and also clear ethical guidelines. this is the organization appoint today watch over the broadcasting industry. it was set up last year after a lot of political disagreement. it's been tough on outlets that break rules taking away some of their licenses. >> translator: the way we see it is that politics is is politics and media is media and we need for separate the link between them. because in tunisia's hod earn history media was corrupted by
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mixing it with the political sphere and that naturally leads to propaganda. >> reporter: this new documentary 7 1/2 tries to capture the atmosphere of the last four years. it could never have been made before the revolution. its director says tunisians should not forget how far they have come. >> we need politicians also to not to make us go back to where we came from, so with these elections i hope that, you know, we will go on and continue on the path of democracy and liberty of speech. >> reporter: tunisia's media used only echo the state line now it's free to question politicians. but it is still learn to go adapt to this new more independent environment. al jazerra, too near tunisia.
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to southeast asia. 91-year-old was convicted of war crimes last year. he was jailed for 90 years for masterminding mass killings of pro independent activists during the war in pakistan in 1971 and he has died. in mexico a state governor has resigned amid public outrage off the disappearance of 43 students, protesters have accused him of tolerating corruption and lesion to drug gangs. more from mexico city. >> reporter: the decision by ga guerrero state governor tore stem down comes after weeks of mounting pressure against him. he will step aside and the congress and they will appoint a temporary governor. this shows his position was just no longer politically sustainable because people in the state accused the whole government of being corrupt and they need a breath of new air there, their lead tore perhaps turn things around. now, it's unclear if that will change much of the daily reality
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if people living in the state who say that their leaders are basically colluding with members of criminal organizations. the mayor of the city where the students went missing in fact has been accused of ordering the attacks on the students that led to that's disappearance the president of mexico says daily he is checking up on case and that he's committed to finding those responsible and to finding these students, but on the ground in guerrero, parents are impatient and angry as are people advocating for their cause and they want the government to do more and to find the people responsible for this disappearance and to find them now. scientists have finally reconstructed the skeleton after dinosaur that lived 17 million years ago, victoria reports. >> reporter: when scientists unearthed the bones of two large dinosaur arms nearly 50 years ago they thought they had discovered a powerful creature with killer claws similar to a t-rex. now scientists from south korea have found the rest of the dinosaur's body and it looks nothing like they had imagined.
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it measured 11 meters long and weighed six tons it had an elongated head with a duck-like beak and a large humped sail on its back. >> it means terrible hand, and it means lacking peculiar. so it means terrible hands that look peculiar. we really are pleased that we have been able to confirm its identity. >> reporter: the breakthrough came when scientists discovered two almost complete skeletons in mongolia. the dinosaur's skull was recovered more recently from a private collector in germany. scientists assumed because of the clause it was a meat eater but the contents of its stomach suggest it lived off plants and fish. >> translator: it has a large lower jaw and a strong tongue. it could create a great suction power to suck up fish from shallow waters or pick up dead fish near the lake. >> reporter: it roamed the earth
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70 million years ago and researchers say it's one of the strangest dinosaurs ever discovered. victoria, al jazerra. and you can follow more on that story and all of the other stories we are covering here on al jazerra by logging on to our website it's that's pogueinging around the depths of the russian sea, intercepting jets that may be straying or purposely entering air space, what are the russians up to? it is inside story. ♪