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. >> given that israel is legitimately defending itself against palestinian terrorists who continually commit war crimes. they fire thousands of rockets at our civilians while hiding behind palestinian citizens who they use as a human shield. it is the democracy of israel, a world leader in fighting terrorism, which is to be held to the dark in the hague while the war criminals of hamas are going to be the ones pressing the charges. i won't be surprised if isis and alqaida follow suit. hamas has announced it will file complains against israel as a result of this decision. we see something here truly
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tragic. the lofty goals of the icc are being turned upside down. the court was founded to prevent a repeat of history's worst crimes foremost among them the genocide of 6 million jews. now the palestinians are cynically manipulating the icc to deny the jewish state the right to defend itself against the very war crimes and the very terror that the court established to prevent. thank you. >> well, both in hebrew and then in english, benjamin netanyahu the israeli prime minister making clear his anger his confusion after the decision by the international criminal court to average allegations made
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launch an investigation into the allegations by the palestinians of war crimes. he said no state, no standing, no case, he said palestinian well, it cannot be applied to the--the question of state cannot be applied to the palestinians. israel upholds the highest standards of the law, he said, and even more preposterous is the idea that israel is defending itself, and it is being taken to the courts. it said thathe said that he would not be surprise if hezbollah and alqaida followed suit. saying in part because of the atrocities committed by the nazis against the jews in the second world war the lofty goals of the icc have been turned upside down.
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we talk to other contributors at this time. we will do so later on in this bulletin. in the meantime let's go to the other top story we've been covering on al jazeera. for the first time in 30 years belgium has deployed hundreds of troops to back up police in its cities. it is guarding several sites among them jewish schools and government buildings. security forces took 13 people in custody. 5 of them in charge of terrorist activities. this comes after two attacks in europe earlier this month. is the defense minister. >> there has been a heightened level of security that has been announced for a week, we'll evaluate after the first week. that's one thing. second thing is that it has to be about support of police.
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it's not in place of the police, but the idea of the deployment now will be the static of the defense will be done so that police work will be brought around by check work. >> belgium is on a heightened state of alert with authorities taking extremely unusual step of calling in the army. 300 troops will be deployed in the coming days. we're already seeing them here on the streets of brussels. they're also expected to be on the area with a large jewish population. thursday the authorities staged a major raid against a suspected extremist cell. there two suspects were killed, a third was arrested. that was one of at least a dozen raids that took place across the country. the authorities say that they have dismantled a potential extremist network destroyed its
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logistical capability. they say that those people were planning attacks on key targets key installations. belgium has had more of its population join fighters in iraq and syria than any other e.u. country. the fear here is that these people could bring back the fight to the streets of belgium. >> now one of the suspects involved in last week's paris attacks is reportedly been given a secret burial. said kouachi was the older of the two brothers pleased to have been involved in the attack of a charlie hebdo there. the group that claimed responsibility for attacks in paris while two new jersey nationals have been arrested in
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arrested--while two french nationals have been arrested in yemen. what more can you tell us? >> well, david according to the head of the yemeni intelligence service, he said that two french nationals were detained along with tens of foreigners as well as hundreds of yemenis. they're questioned for lynches of al-qaeda and the arabian peninsula. the foreigners who are held belong to 11 nationalities arabs, africans asians and europeans. now what we don't know is exactly when they were detained. we think it might have been after the attack on charlie hebdo. this is, however not confirmed. the authorities are trying to connect the dots david. >> michael: we'll leave it there. the audio with a little bit of a
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problem, but we'll leave it there. muslims around the world are asked to protest against some of the latest issue of the charlie hebdo magazine, which has a cartoon ofty lamb's prophet muhammad on--cartoon of islam's prophet muhammad on the cover. >> protesting against charlie hebdo for the latest issue. it announced the cartoon as an insult to islam's holy figure. they started after friday's prayer and continued into saturday. lawyers boycott the courts, causing the postponement of 1500 trials. >> we don't meddle in other people's religions in the same way they should not have the right to say anything about our
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religion. >> similar protests took place in yemen's capitol of sanaa. this is a message from the yemeni people. enough insults against our prophet muhammad. if you don't stop mocking our prophet, you'll regret it in the future. >> people of nigeria sudan jordan and jerusalem demonstrated to express their anger at charlie hebdo. but the angriest crowds were found in france's former colonies of west africa. in niger a number of people died in violent confrontation between protesters and state security. in neighboringing morotania's president showed up in the protest. he did not appear in france
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after the killing of charlie hebdo employees. seen in the cartoons something much more important than their lives, the message that some muslims seem to be sending is that there is no chance that they'll stand by idly while their most sacred icons are degraded by western media. >> demonstrations of a different sort in the chadian capitol. they're supporting the government's decision to deploy troops to cameroon. chadian soldiers will help the cameroon that was attack by boko haram earlier this month. chad field threatened by boko haram's presence in the region.
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egypt's teachers could be expelled for protesting, taking part in campus politics or found possessing weapons. the country's president al sisi signed it into effect. al jazeera journalists imprisoned in egypt for over a year has asked canada's prime minister stephen harper to talks to egyptian officials. mohamed fahmy, bader mohammed, and peter greste were accused of broadcasting false news and hoping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. the court has ordered a retrial. 385 days since they were put hyped bars. still ahead here on al jazeera caught up in the syrian conflict, the u.n. said
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thousands of palestinian refugees trapped inside yarmouk camp are desperate. anger after a boat capsizes on the yangtze river killing 22 people.
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>> it's a chilling and draconian sentence... it simply cannot stand. >> its disgraceful... the only crime they really committed is journalism... >> they are truth seekers... >> all they really wanna do is find out what's happening, so they can tell people...
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>> governments around the world all united to condemn this... >> as you can see, it's still a very much volatile situation... >> the government is prepared to carry out mass array... >> if you want free press in the new democracy let the journalists live. >> today on the stream >> is one of the largest manufacturers of airplanes valuing corporate interest over safety? a look at a groundbreaking al jazeera investigation on the boing 787 >> the stream, on al jazeera america >> time to go through the global headlines. belgium deploying military on the streets to guard schools and
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government buildings against protests in the country. there are protests against the charlie hebdo magazine that has a cartoon of the prophet muhammad on the cover. and the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said that the international criminal court's decision to investigate possible war crimes in palestinian territories is on surrender and preposterous. let's go to west jerusalem. he said it was absurd and give a number of reasons why he believed that to be the case. go through them for us. >> well, i don't think what he said today is very different from thinks initial statements when he first reacted to the decision by the icc on friday to launch the initial probe into possible crimes, war crimes
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being committed in the palestinian territories. we understand that netanyahu has said that palestine is not a state. that is why this investigation and this probe is absurd. he said that israeli civilians have withstood hundreds, even thousands of rockets being fired from palestinian territoryies in gaza at their neighborhoods and at their areas and cities, and should not be probed. netanyahu has also said that his army is one of the most moral armies of the world and that's why he thinks its absurd that now this army, the country and the actions of israeli citizens are being probed. now we also know that the netanyahu has the u.s. support on this, the u.s. administration has condemned this icc probe even though it's a preliminary probe that could eventually lead to one of a more full
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investigation if the findings of the initial to be merit an investigation. this could go on for a long time but i think what we can see is the israeli government is taking this probe very seriously. we also feel that for a while netanyahu is going to be criticizeing this probe talking about it, maybe even to death to garner support from the international community because he has repeatedly said that he feels that israel is targeted, and he, in fact, also said that this decision to open this probe stems from anti-israel political consideration. so we expect him to keep talking about this in this tone to get more support from the international community like the support he got from the u.s. where the u.s. government said that it's a tragic irony that the icc has opened this investigation. >> have they refuseed to
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cooperate? >> well, the thing is we were expecting to hear some decisions from the prime minister. yesterday we heard the initial reaction from israel. maybe there are a number of options or decisions or ways that israel could respond from this probe. that's what we expected to hear from netanyahu but we didn't. now this is very complicated. this is obviously a legal issue. israel is not a member of the icc. what could happen, the possible outcome of such a probe and investigation could lead to charges against individual in israel soldiers, civilians officials, even, who could be tried at that court. but not against the government because israel is not a member of this party. but netanyahu has promised that he will defend his soldiers and the army and will not allow them
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to be dragged to the icc. >> thank you. the united nations said it is increasingly worried about palestinian refugees. they're trapped inside yarmouk camp in syria and the relief agencies have not been able to hand out aid for six weeks because of the fighting. erica wood with more on the living conditions there. >> reporter: there is no way for them to get in or out. the palestinian refugees who once sought shelter here because of troubles back home are now once again desperate to escape. for more than a year there has been little to no electricity and fuels prices is a luxury that they cannot afford. >> the generators operate but not regularly. my electric generator operates only every other day because of the circumstances.
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>> every time efforts are made to reinstate power it is cut off again. >> the services department has offered supplies from other cities but the syrian regime has cut these lines. >> locals rely on rechargeable batteries. but it's not a dependable source and it's expensive. >> we need $1.30 every single day to recharge the battery. and every single day we need $1 for the laptop and mobile phone but we don't have jobs. the situation is very bad. >> the u.n. said there are around 18,000 palestinian refugees living in the yarmouk camp in an area just over two square kilometers. 400 food parcels are needed each day to immediate the minimum requirements of those inside, but for months they have not been able to meet those needs. the u.n. has consistently called on all parties to give this access to the camp.
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so far those calls have been ignored. in january of last year these pictures show the level of starvation and level of nutrition in yarmouk. since then little has improved, and food and medical supplies still can't be delivered. in december the u.n. appealed for aided to help palestinian refugees caught up in the syrian crisis. they are just some of the millions who have suffered from a war that is now almost four years old. erica woods. al jazeera. >> as many as 300 asylum seekers have been rescued off the waters off the coast of italy. they'll be taken to the island of lampedusa. most are from middle east and north africa. inthe channel tunnel has
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been closed because of a lorry fire. the tunnel connects the two countries and takes people on to belgium. the fire happened in the french end of the tunnel, and no injuries were reported. pope francis has been to visit those who survived last year's typhoon haiyan in the philippines. but bad weather forced him to cut off his trip to tacleban. >> drenched by unseasonable rain a devout crow crowd welcomed the pope as he held mass for tens of thousands of people. this was a visit of significance on a personal, religious, and political level. pope francis' visit here, an area where people have suffered through intense and frequent storms is is an attempt to push
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negotiators to an agreement in climate change talks later this year. >> there he is, pope francis delivering a message of compassion to the typhoon victim it's here in the philippines and delivering a message to the world about the devastating affects of effects of climate change. >> a reason why life continues to be difficult in seaside communities here. these women survived typhoon haiyan in 2013, and formed an association to try to help themselves. >> they look forward to the visit as a break from all this, and hopefully the pope will put some sense into how people understand poverty and the effects of climate change on poverty, and how it really promotes poverty the likes of
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people like these women. >> reporter: here with the help of a priest they try to overcome their fear of the sea since the typhoon hit. and remember their relatives and friend who were killed. pope francis managed to briefly meet on typhoon haiyan survivors and visit a mass grave but the pontiff apologized for having to cut short his visit. another typhoon was moving in. al jazeera the philippines. >> in china they tried to recover bodies from a tugboat that capsized in the yangtze river. 22 people are confirmed to have died. we have more from beijing. >> reporter: as soon as they heard the news that the tugboat had sunk, many of the crew's relatives came to where it happened to wait for news. but their despair soon turned to anger when they felt not enough was being done. they were frustrated by what they thought was a slow recovery
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effort. >> what are you doing here! my family is inside there! >> some wanted to bring their loved one's bodies back home immediately. angered at being kept away they took it out on the police. [ yelling ] >> we're here to bring you back. come back home to us. >> state news reported that as many as 30 vessels were involved in the search and recovery earths but swift currents hampered the rescue. it wasn't until saturday, two days after the boat sank, that rescue teams were able to pull the boats to shallow waters to conduct a thorough search inside. out of the 25 people on board only three were rescued. one of them was a man who was working as an interpreter for a foreign national on board the boat. he was pulled to safety 14 hours after the boat capsized when rescue teams managed to cut through the hull. >> we knocked on the bull. we knocked once and he responded once so we could tell there was
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somebody under the boat. >> the survivorrers said that the boat started to lift and waters rushed in. he survived by clinking to a pump. but the majority were not so lucky. the local government is blaming the ship owners for failing to report its route or its plans. >> bad weather in the java sea has put on hold to bring up up the cockpit of the airasia plane. 162 people died in the crash last month. chinese doctors say they've been able to pull off a world-first surgery by using stem cells to help a paralyzed
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patient. they have been experiments on big animals for more than ten years. but now they say the surgery will get a lot of scrutiny. >> while all operations are delicate there is an added level of pressure when the surgery is a world first. on the table is a patient known only as mr. wang. paralyzed in a car accident two months ago it's hoped this experimental procedure will one day allow them to walk again. neurosurgeons are placing these tubes called stents into mr. wang's spine. but it's what comes next that is pushing the boundaries of medicine. >> from the first surgery scar formed and took up the damaged part of the spine. we cut it off entirely and replaced it with stents to allow the stem cells to grow. >> it's hopeed that these stem cells will regenerate and in a way heal the spine. they've been testing it on
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animals for the past ten years with some success. >> spinal nerves are a bunch of nerves like what we see in a cable. so we've decided orderly fibers like a bridge to which nerves can climb over. stem cells can produce tissue and rejuvenate capacity. >> this surgery has yet to be scrutinized by the international medical community. clinics in the part of asia where it is legal are eagle for promote their procedures, which watchdogs say are often expensive and probably ineffective. surgeons in china are hoping to replicate the success seen in poland last year. a man's cells from his nose was transplanted into his spine. the surgery was different because of the types of cells use and the way they were
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implanted. for mr. wang recovery will be slow. many are watching closely hoping for the cure. >> for more on the news go to grammy. >> hi i'm lisa fletcher and you're in the stream. 787 dreamliner, fears from the airlines's own workers, caught on camera. my digital producer and co-hose,