>> she could prove what she was saying. >> [rapping] crack in the system. >> [rapping] this is los angeles. >> hello there, you're watching the news hour live from london. coming up anger in jordan over the death of a pilot the king vowed a relentless war against isil on their own territory. on the ground in eastern ukraine as the battle for a key town intensifyies. at least 25 dead after a plane flies out of control and plunged into a river in taiwan.
back home freed al jazeera journalist peter greste returns to australia with an appeal for his colleagues who are still in jail in egypt. >> a real worry for my colleagues for mohamed fahmy baher mohammed, for all the other guys who were imprisoned along side us. >> and i'll be here with all the day's sport including the ivory coast who are facing the democratic republic of congo for a spot in the finals of the africa cup of nations. >> hello we begin in jordan where the king has vowed to step up the assault on isil in which a jordanian pilot is burned to death. king abdullah promised a severe response after talks with security officials potentially paving the way for jordan's
increased participation in the u.s.-led coalition. moaz al-kassasbeh's father has been calling for re-rerevenge for his son. >> reporter: jordan promised an earth-shaking response for the murder of its pilot, and that came swiftly. they executed al-rishawi who had been on death row for taking part in an attack in amman that killed 60 people. another iraqi prisoner was also executed for murdering a jordanian truck driver in iraq. the government confirmed that
al-kassasbeh had been executeed january 3rd being burned alive. al jazeera will not show those pictures. the king addressed the jordanian people in a statement before heading back to amman. >> with sadness grief and anger we received the news about the martyr of our hero, moaz al-kassasbeh. the criminal deviant gang who is not relateed to our faith in any way. our hero died defending his faith and homeland, our nation. >> his father, too shaken to speak after finding out his son had been killed, came out with these statements after. >> i demand the revenge be greater than executing prisoners. i demand that isil be annihilated. this murderous organization made up of militants from all over the world they're acting in barbaric manners violating all
international laws, codes of ethics and prisoner codes conventions. i demand the government swiftly take revenge for the blood of moaz and the dignity of our country. >> reporter: there were riots in the pilot's home province, people say they feel isil is trying to stir up violence and unrest in the country. kassasbeh's family and tribal members say they're devastated at the news. but for some who were questioning jordan's role against isil now seem to have answers. >> i absolutely support jordan's role in the coalition against isil. before i didn't encourage it. now isil has become a problem. it's imperative for jordan to stay in the coalition in order to make sure that moaz's blood
was not shed in vain. >> reporter: they feel manipulated by isil. the group demanded the release of iraqi prisoners and jordan was willing to negotiate an exchange deal. but isil demanded rishawi's release after they had already killed kassasbeh. the government hopes that the they would support. >> reporter: talking about this severe response, what form might that take, and is there widespread support for it? >> the king said that they will hit them on their ground and in their territory and it will be relentless. however, what more can jordan do because jordan is striking at isil targets from the sky. does that mean that they'll send
ground troops or special operations. the government spokesperson said that there is no need to send ground troops or special operations. but this is the public line. definitely the government has more sport now than it had a month ago. maybe not an unanimous support but definitely the public opinion has shifted. when this crisis started and when moaz al-kassasbeh was captured the family did whatever it took to free kassasbeh. but now the focus has shifted to act against isil. we want revenge. they want to feel that the government is strong enough to defend them. they know this the rage speaking and the shock of what they have
seen and maybe in a few days that type of support will wane but for now there is support for the fight against isil. >> how is they effecting them. >> we know that the united emirates union pulled out after the capture of kassasbeh. they're hoping that this will have an impact on the jordanian public and arabs all over the world. they're outraged at the brutality and cruelty of this killing. that will give the government more support to ally themselves with the u.s. campaign against isil. it should be short term, but as we see in amman the government is trying to build on that support and mobilize in order to strike at isil further. that will bring countries like
jordan at the center. jordan is not far away on the boards of iraq. isil is present there is isil in syria which borders for jordan. there is a big risk, but they're defiant that they will go after isil despite this killing. >> thank you. >> fighting between ukrainian forces and pro-russian rebels in eastern ukraine has claimed more lives in the separatist held city of dontesk two were killed when shells hit near a hospital. more than 5,000 people have been killed in ukraine's nine-month nine-month-long conflict. there has been an escalation of fighting and indiscriminate of fighting have killed 224 civilians in the past three weeks. the rebels hold a big sway in
the regions including the cities of donetsk and luhansk. they have been fighting for the airport. rebels main offense has settled on the key railway junction between the cities of luhansk and donetsk. from debaltseve charles stratford reports. . >> ukrainian army fire rockets near the front line. they say they have surrounded debaltseve, a town under siege. they've been trying to drive civilians to safety. you can hear shelling and shooting. at night it's very intense he says. >> i have to go, says this man. it's bad.
very bad. >> attempts at negotiating troops of safe passage have failed. >> go, go, go. >> the shelling is intense. very few people on the street run for cover. what sounds like artillery or mortars fires towards targets we cannot see. >> there have been repeated efforts at trying to get some of the wounded out of debaltseve. we fired and a humanitarian aids group going in to the city.
they tell us it's too dangerous to film. >> we're trying to deliver aid to people who are still here at our own risk. we do not organize a temporary truce to come here safely. >> approximately 25,000 people used to live in debaltseve. after weeks of heavy fighter it's not known how many people are living here now. only the very brave remain. i walk to deliver aid to people every day, says this woman as another shell comes close by. debaltseve is strategic for both sides. it's a railway hub and believed that after 8,000 ukrainian government troops have been deployed to try and defend the town. they're suspicious of what they say about separatist spies.
this personnel carrier blocks our path as we leave town. the soldiers question us before letting us drive on. this road is the only way in to debaltseve from the ukrainian side. while fighting intensifies it is the only route out for many civilians who remain inside. charles stratford al jazeera, debaltseve eastern ukraine. >> well, u.s. president barack obama nominee for defense secretary has claimed his support for ukrainian forces. >> i'm very much in clined in direction because i think we need to support the ukrainians in defending themselves. the nature of those arms i can't say right now because i would
confer with our military leaders and ukrainian leaders but i incline towards providing them with arms, including to get through what i'm sure your question is lethal arms. >> we go to roslind jordan who was in that hearing in washington, d.c. was there any way for the u.s. inching towards any change of policy in arming the ukrainian forces? >> it does appear if the obama administration is actively considering whether to provide lethal weapons to the ukrainian army. up until now there has been steadfast resistence to doing so and steadfast resistence in confirming that they're even thinking about doing this because the obama administration has long felt that imposing economic sanctions would go farther towards resolving this crisis between ukraine and russia than simply adding weapons to an already tense situation and what some have
described as a low-level war in eastern ukraine. that said it was something that was apparently well received by many of the senators on the armed services committee because there has been a growing concern in the u.s. congress about the rise of the political influence of vladimir putin the president of russia. >> roslind jordan with the update. thanks ros. still to come on the program. greece's prime minister taking his charm offensive to brussels and frankfurt. and casualties of war we talk with veterans who have been deported to mexico after serving with the u.s. army. and thousands of patriots fans brave the freezing weather to to catch a glimpse of the super bowl champions.
>> but first 25 people are dead and 17 are missing after a plane crash in taiwan. the aircraft went down shortly after take off and plunged into a river in taipei. >> in taiwan cars often have on board camera in case there is an accident but no one imagined recording one like this, a passenger plane cartwheeling out of the sky. it clips a taxi before plowing into the wall. the driver survived. but many on the flight didn't. it crashed into the river in suburban taipei. rescuers quickly realized the scale of the operation that confronted them. >> as you can see at the scene the head of the plane is in the water. right now we're asking the military to set up a makeshift bridge to get near the fuselage
to carry out operations. >> the survivors included this young child but later it became clear that this would also be an operation to recover bodies, many of the missing had been trapped in submerged front of the plane. >> most of the dead are tourists from mainland china regarding taiwan as a breakaway province. now both governments are uniteed in mourning. >> the turbo crop just seven months ago the same type of aircraft operated by the same airline crashed killing 48 people. at a news conference, management offered another apology. we also want to know what caused the new plane to crash. i cannot make any speculation. >> the atr 72 is made bay french-italian company and
there are more than 750 of them in operation around the world. it's been a difficult 12 months for asian aviation. the retrieval of both flight recorders from this latest crash means that inquiry could begin soon. >> wednesday' crash is the latest in a string of deadly plane disasters. in decease an air asian plane crashed into the java sea killing all on board. last july a crash while trying to land, ten passengers survived but 48 people died. just a week earlier malaysian airlines flight was shot down over the ukraine killing all those on board. that came four months after the mysterious flight 370. it's believed to have come down in the southern indian association killing all 239 people on board.
joining me now in the studio is a senior lecturer in aviation studies. thank you for coming in to the studio. speculation at the moment but your thought about what might have caused this latest crash? >> it's difficult to say. the videos are quite dramatic. you know, the take off stage of early flight is always very dangerous part of flight. it sounded as if the pilot sent a distress message about a mall function left engine on the aircraft. this seems to be a technical cause as opposed to a weather-related incident. >> how strict are the safety procedures that governor aaron govern asian air air. >> it's fairly standard
rudimentary around the world. in each country is responsible for carrying out out making sure that licenses are correct. >> within europe, almost a blacklist of certain aircraft operations not allowed within european air space. yes. that's a routine thing. >> how difficult is it now for airlines in that part of the world, give the public perception obviously when we just list the catalog of disasters that have happened. has public perception changed even though safety measures have
not changed. >> this is really difficult to kind of understand really, unless you're the actual airline in that part of the world. it's difficult to see if it's had an impact on revenue figures. but southeast asia, it's a difficult part of the world essentially to fly aircraft. it's this fairly high terrain and a mountainous region. the area of southeast asia between the tropical of cancer and the equator and there is unpredictable weather in that part of the world. the perception of passengers wanting to fly with southeast asian carriers is going to be fairly low. the key thing here we don't know the number of passengers that are continuing to book with these airlines, but the worrying thing--particularly for transasia, they've now had two major aircraft incidents in the
last several months. naturally the population of taiwan will be thinking if this is a carrier they want to continue to fly with. time will tell. >> thank you for your analyst. thank you. six people have died when a commuter train crashed into a car in new york. the car was stopped at a level crossing when it was hit. five passengers and the driver of the car were killed. now within the last hour in new york the suspect of sulk road has been found guilty of all charges against him. the jury took less than a day to convict him on counts of drug traffickicking, money laundering and commuter hacking. peter greste has arrived
back home in australia after spending 400 days in an egyptian prison. he was wrongly convicted along with our colleagues mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed reporting false news and supporting the banned muslim brotherhood. they have now been in prison for 403 days, and al jazeera continues to call for their immediate release. >> i can't tell you how ecstatic i am to be here. this is a moment that i've rehearsed in my mind at least 400 times over the past well, 400 days. and it feels absolutely awesome to be here with my family, with you guys. but of course this is all tempered i'm going to say this a million times. this is tempered by a real worry for my colleagues, for mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed, for all of the other guys who were imprisoned along side us, the three students and businessman
and all those convicted in abstentia. if it is right for me to be free then it's right for all of us. this has generated enormous amounts of good will all across australia, all around the world i think egypt now has the opportunity to show that justice doesn't depend on your nationality. if it's right for me to be free, it's right for everyone else who was imprisoned in our case to be free. it's right for all those convicted to be free of those convictions. >> well, baher mohammed's wife said that the deportation that allows peter greste to be released excludes her husband because he is egyptian. she said he'll remain hyped bars because of his nationality. >> i don't know why he is still in prison, i really don't know. his colleagues have been released. they were declareed innocent, given deportation. but the new law was only made to set foreigners free, but for him
being an egyptian, is this the price he has to pay? is he still in jail for being an egyptian? >> an egyptian court has sentenced 230 people to life in prison. among them was the prominent ahmad doumas who took part in clashes against security forces. two people killed and nine abducted in a libyan attack on an oil field. it took place in the south community of sirte. no one has taken responsibility for the attack. deadline set by houthi rebels to form a presidential council has expired without a deal. houthi fighters warned they would take over the government
if an agreement was not reached. there are last-minute talks with political parties. greece's new leaders have been in brussels and frank further meeting ministers from the european union. alexis tsa sirpas wants to renegotiate the bail out. we have this assessment of the day's events. >> reporter: greece's new left-wing leadership is on a dual-wrong trip he is here in brussels while the finance minister is in frankfurt.
>> i had the opportunity to print to him our government unwavering determination that it cannot possibly be business as usual in greece. >> what are they selling to european leaders? they're trying to convince these institutions greece's international lenders to help restructure the debt burden, an enormous burden on the economy that weighs heavily for which greece must borrow heavily in order to service. they want to convert existing sovereign debt with fixed maturity rate with growth debt that would be repaid only once greece reached solid growth. the country wants the best of both worlds, to ditch the bailout program and austerity up to which greece has been able to
barrow and convince it's international lenders to go on lending. it is a tough sell. >> i'm very optimistic that these discusses that we're in a good way of what we don't have already in agreement but we are in good direction. >> well, the prime minister is speaking in brussels knows he has not got an agreement, and an agreement may be hard to come by. no one is willing to give greece any assurances perhaps until game had a has its say. the euro zone's big paymaster. on thursday the meeting between prime minister and his german counter part. if it cannot convince it's international lend tours go on lending, then bankruptcy beacons. >> still to come on the program
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with the most interesting people of our time... talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> on al jazeera the king of jordan is about to step up the action to isil. it has retaliated by executing two iraqi prisoners linked to al-qaeda. five people have been killed in rocket fire in ukraine's eastern city of donetsk. the u.n. has criticized both sides for indiscriminate attacks. an airplane crash in taiwan
where many are feared trapped. the biggest offensive against boko haram p jets from nigeria and chad have been bombing several towns and villages. it's military said it has killed 200 fighters. nine chadian soldiers have died in that offensive. they're bushed back with the armed group near the border of cameroon. well, africa union officials have meeting in cameroon to finalize sending 7.5000 multi national soldiers to fight bock. they have the latest from the nigerian capitol of abuja.
>> fighting boko haram in parts of northeast nigeria. they say this is part of a multi national strategy to fight the group in the region. they say much is being made of the fact that there are ground forces here but they say this is not the story there is no limit to the number of foreign force who is can fight the group. and the fact that these oh forces are prevalent is more evidence that they're winning the war against terrorism and against boko haram in the country. now in a separate development there are concerns about what impact it might have in the election. they say that the election will hold it will go ahead despite their concerns about security they've been promised additional security by the nigerian police force. but some political parties have weighed in on the row saying it's not secure, the elections should be postponed.
but they say they will still go ahead with the election, and they don't feel that the inability to hold the poll in certain areas affected by fighting ever impinge on election day. >> nigeria's ambassador to the united states, and he joins us live from washington, d.c. ambassador. thank you for being with us on the program. the nigerian nigerian army is the biggest in africa, currently chadian troops are fighting on nigerian soil, and we know that they'll send 7500 soldiers into nigeria. why cannot nigeria fight boko haram on its own.
>> it needs international force to destroy it. that's why with support and the a.u. to set off an international task force. this is the correct approach. >> well, it's interesting, isn't t because the u.s. have turned down nigeria's request to buy weapons and attack helicopter, partly because it accuses the nigerian military of corruption and human rights abuses. it's partly because the nigerian army seems corrupt and incompetent that the u.s. is not willing to sell more weapons. >> those allegations are excessively exaggerateed.
overall i have found that our defense forces are very efficient, and they're very efficient and effective and they're offered by the highest world standards. we had problems with the united states on issues on agreement of boko haram. >> recently, they said that nigeria's handling of the fight was, quote troubling. he said the lack ofship and lack of commitment to developing the military and equipping troops. we spoke with former soldiers who were sacked because they said they wouldn't fight because they had not been equipmented properly. it does suggest there are huge failings in the nigerian
military. >> it is not huge--there have been exaggeration. >> can i ask you about the upcoming election. some say that the election should not go ahead. what is your few. >> it did not say that the election should not go ahead. it did not say that. instead, it is within the purview of the election to move the elections around within the law so that what you're seeing.
we did it in 2011, and we are determined in 2015. >> how many election cards still have not been distributed though? >> how many what? >> how many election cards have not been distributed so people can go and vote. >> i don't know how much has been distributed. i want to assure you the election commission is free to act and direct which ever way it
feels fit. >> ambassador joining us from washington, d.c. appreciate your time. thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you very much. more now on the developing score the conviction of the suspected mastermind of the underground website silk road. tell us more about what happened in this case. >> well, i can tell you that the jury took any time at all to find him guilty on all charges seven of people ranging from drug trafficking to conspiracy to money laundrying and kingpin charges that is usually reserved for heads of mafia. very serious charge. the prosecution in their case
laid out how they spent two years investigating the silk road where illegal drugs were bought and sold. in that time they were trying to link a man known only as dread pirate roberts the administrator of the sight site to a real person, and they detailed to the jury of how they did that. they found his name through basic google search and spent two years infiltrating the workers of the silk road, getting to know the operation how it was happening and built a case bit by bit. they had to pour through thousands of pages of documents to show what he was doing and how it paralleled the life of albrecht. it was a trial and conviction that took place almost entirely
online. it was watched by privacy advocates. the defense argued that the government had the wrong guide. russ albrecht started silk road but he had handed off the reins only to be the fall guy for the real dread pirate roberts. that information online can be easily manipulated but at the end of the day the jury came back on the side of government prosecutors, guilty on all counts. the mother of ross albrecht said that after the proceedings she was very disappointed. she felt that her son did not get a fair trial that it was an uneven playing field but they would appeal this case, and they do plan to appeal, he is looking at a minimum of 30 years behind bars. he could spend the rest of his life in jail.
and he is just 30 years old. >> really interesting court case kristen saloomey in new york. thank you. now veteran soldiers in mexico have another fight on their hands. they were deported but now they're being allowed tothey are fighting to return to the country they fought for. >> hector barajas still takes pride when he puts on the uniform. he feels like an american even if the u.s. government does not see it that way. >> he puts on his dress blues when he medes advocates supporting his fight even if that means wearing his uniform on the streets of mexico, a place he considers to be a foreign land even though he was born here. he sent six years in the army jumping out of airports. he was deported for shooting at someone
someone. >> the only way i would go home is being in a box and then they would thank me for my service. if you're going to honor veterans is honor them by letting them be with their families and honor them by medical care. i miss my daughter. >> apart from missing their families they're missing out on veterans' benefits too. jerry lopez does odd jobs to pay the bills. he attributes his criminal behavior to post traumatic stress after serving on a ship that dropped bombs on iraq in the 1990s. >> i was there when the bombs got loaded. and when the bombs didn't come back you knew they blew up somewhere. you knew they were casualties. i served my country and then they deport me.
it was a slap in the face. >> u.s. officials refused to sit down for an interview but released this statement: here on the board fence of tijuana there are murals and names of service men deported. it does not include just names of those sit sent back to mexico but to the dominican republic jamaica and italy. alex admits he made mistakes. >> a lot of veterans get in trouble when they come back. the only thing that makes us different is when we get in trouble we get deported. the upside down flag is a call for help. it's a symbol of distress. when an unite of platoon they fly their flack upside down, it means they need help. that's what we need, we need help. >> a call for help that the u.s. government seems unwilling to answer. al jazeera on the u.s.-mexico border.
>> the trans-atlantic trade and investment partnership or t at this point is a deal being negotiated by u.s. and europe, and it could boost the u.s. economy by $80 billion each year and europe's economy by $100 billion. most of the negotiations so far have been conducted behind closed doors. critics say that t tip is a threat to democracy and gives business unprecedented powers in free trade. it would allow industries to sue governments who they see effect their profits. lawrence lee reports. >> reporter: the rolling hills of the west of england one of
many places where energy companies would like to frack for gas. people like louise fear the trade deal called ttip would render opposition to fracking completely powerless. >> if, for example a local community decided they didn't want to have fracking within their location, and they turned down an application the companies could see if they felt their profits were going to be damaged. >> this week the campaign headed to brussels, the home of the european commission people who say the deal is being imposed on europe. cooperate giants wielding huge power over workers rights. >> from cigarettes companies health companies mining and drilling companies pharmaceuticals, food agriculture, everything is
affected by ttip. it's that important. >> 20,000 lobbyists spend millions a year persuading politicians of their case. this description of the european project says something else completely but it's primary function is to defend the interests of global interest. supporters of ttip deny that it will eroads workers' rights, and they say trade must be supported supported. >> it's not just you motored imported people will see things cheaper because tax have been
removed. >> one member of the green party did oppose to the deal. >> well, it absolutely is secret. i went to the meeting this morning, and i was treated as a spy. i have to sign a special declaration so i won't tell anybody what i read while i was there. what is negotiated apparently on our behalf is completely secret. even things that i'm allowed to see i still can't share with you. >> if protesters got their way and ttip was scrapped it could cost business in europe $100 billion. but if they're right then a deal which claims to be good for consumers is actually a disguise for a corporate takeover of democratic government. lawrence lee al jazeera bruce else. >> an inquiry in london has been shown the picture of alexander
guinea and the africa cup of nations. the winner of thursday semifinals between host equatorial g use guinea and ghana. do they have a chance of taking the title? >> you've got to believe that they do. in fact, the belief in the team is so strong that they can actually go on to win their first africa cup of nations a trophy that eluded them 23 years, two finals, you have to believe this group of players that come from different parts of the world. they have the africa footballer of the year, by the way the man who got them going against the
drc tonight. they were clinical against the democratic republic of congo. those goals finishing off what was an absolutely flattering score for them, 3-1. another 24 hours before they'll know. >> michael: the next semifinal will be tomorrow as host equatorial guinea face ghana. what will we expect to see there? >> at the start of the africa cup of nations. they will play their aim game from across the world and coach
becker and cultivating their culture of belief that these guys can sweep aside the championship. but it's not going to be an easy seed. ghana has been to the final stage five straight times and only made it to the final back in 2010. whether or not they can do one better this year remains to be seen. >> just another question, tell us about the tournament. >> it stems from a the quarter final game where there was attacking of the ref and of course what is going to happen now is that they've been slapped with a $50,000 fine and they've asked for an apology by tomorrow midnight. if they don't do that they'll be
kicked out of the 2017 africa cup of nations. >> robin reporting live from bata. one of liverpool's chance of winning silverware is going all the way to the fa cup. liverpool came back to beat bolton 2-1, and progressed to the fifth round. the move from chelsea who has struggled to hold down a regular spot on the side. >> what i like is playing football and i couldn't do this often at chelsea on the pitch during games. and then wolfsburg was interested yes and people have convinced me, the coach, the ceo, and it soon became clear that i would like to do this. >> michael clark will return to australian cricketers.
clarke is ahead of schedule in his recovery from ham spring surgery and dismissed rumors of riffs during clarke's rehabilitation. mark cavendish has won the opening stage of dubai. there were early leaders breaking away from the peloton. the 29-year-old then managed to cross the line in a photo finish. the four-day race concludes on sunday. and then the new england patriots have been celebrating their super bowl victory. thousands of fans line the streets of downtown boston to grab a glimpse of the champions. it comes a day late because of bad weather conditions. they beat the seattle seahawks 28-24 on sunday.
this is quarterback tom brady's four championship title. we have much more sport on our weekends. for the latest check out www.aljazeera.com/sport. plus we have blogs and video clips from around the world. that's all your sport for now. it's back to felicity in london. >> thank you so much, indeed, for that. that website address www.aljazeera.com is. the rein jordan to the death of the murdered pilot moaz al kassasbeh. the king of jordan vowed to step up the ejective against isil. and retaliateed by executeing two iraqi prisoners who had links to al-qaeda. that's the end of this particular news hour but do stay with us and we'll have more of the day's news in a couple of minutes. thanks for watching. bye bye.
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