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>> the u.n. special envoy to syria is in turkey pushing for a deal to stop fighting in the syrian city of aleppo. >> it's good to have you with us. also coming up in the negligent 30 minutes, we are in yemen southern city aden where people say shifting power to their city will only bring trouble. >> secret documents reveal the role of israel's national airline in spying. >> we are in nepal where a traditional artist is paying off in help to go protect the past.
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beginning with the news a isil fighters in iraq kidnapped 106 people from the powerful tribe one of iraq's largest, also oldest tribes. they were taken from a mostly sunni village. we have more from baghdad. >> there's no word on the state of the men and boys taken. the sheik tells us 127 of the tribesmen were originally kidnapped. this was three days ago the news just filtering out now because of the difficult communications there. it's a village east of tikrit where fighting has been going on. when they took the men they also took nine boys there between nine and 10 years of age and they continue to be held.
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the sheik tells us he believes its in retaliation for relatives fighting against isil. the tribe was also involved in another attack by isil 10 days ago in which isil set fire to more than 30 police officers and tribal fighters in the town of baghdadi in western anbar. it's in baghdadi where the iraqi army launch evacuation to remove civilians trapped by fight go there. that town is a few kilometers from the air base where u.s. marine soldiers and other western forces are stationed. it's the scene of some of the fiercest fighting. a corridor has now been opened to the town, they are taking people out and airlifting some to baghdad. >> the u.s. special envoy to as her i can't is trying to secure opposition support for a freeze in the fighting in aleppo. the syrian government is said to
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have agreed to suspend airstrikes and shelling on the city for six weeks. isil fighters are unlikely to observe ceasefire. he will nusra is also an obstacle. the u.n. has dismissed the deal as a conspiracy to allow the government to launching more assaults. >> fighters may well not comply. let's hear from beirut. >> isil does control territory in syria, as well as in iraq, particularly in the northeast. isil is not far from aleppo. opposition fighters say this war cannot end unless you deal with the syrian government and not just isil. the coalition is targeting isil from the air but doesn't have partners on the ground. it's a very complicated process.
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right now isil is engaged in fierce battle with the kurds in the northeastern province. it's not just a question of taking over villages, for isil, it is important because of its strategic location. it borders the territory it holds in neighboring iraq. fit loses the border crossing, it means it loses a main supply route between syria and iraq, so the fighting is on going. he has said that we need to find some sort of truce in aleppo to make sure that it doesn't fall in the hands of isil, but what he's actually asking is the government and the rebel to say work together against isil and both sides have rejected that. >> despite hopes however slim of some kind of temporary ceasefire in syria the fighting continues for the moment. rebel groups have made some progress, it's thought in the northwestern province of aleppo, as caroline malone
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reports. >> >> some of the casualties of syria's civil war laid out in the village, medics say these are the bodies of regime soldiers killed by rebels while fighting in aleppo province. >> the head of forensics started receiving the bodies of those killed from the regime forces in the north countryside since wednesday. there have been a lot of casualties on all sides here recently. many groups want to take control of the province and its important supply routes. forces fighting for syrian president, bashar al assad, iran and hezbollah took over the northern suburbs last week. rebels fought back and regained some of the ground they'd lost. there are different rebel groups. here members of the free syrian army blow up a tank using a u.s. supplied anti tank rocket. some rebels belong to al-nusra which is lind to al-qaeda. i'll as i will withdrew from some suburbs remain a threat in
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positions nearby. aleppo has become almost impossible to live. they don't have enough food, water, electricity or adequate medical care. there would be a better chance of getting humanitarian aid to them if u.n. plans for a ceasefire go ahead. for now, fighters from all sides continue to battle for aleppo. many of them are paying the ultimate price. caroline malone, al jazeera. >> houthi rebels ever taken control of a special forces army camp in anna, yemen after fighting government soldiers there. the houthi's have held the capitol for sometime and they want to arrest president adou rabbo mansour hadi and bring him to justice. he left the camp and is in the southern port of aden. he has withdrawn his resignation as president which he made while being held by the houthis last
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month. the move of the power to aden does not sit well with many, they are concerned it will bring with it instability. >> this is aden, yemen's de facto capitol since president adou rabbo mansour hadi arrived here. houthis put him under house arrest, but he managed to escape and now is trying to rule from aden. the reaction of people here may surprise many. >> they are shouting no, no, no, aden is only the capitol of the south. we don't want the north here, we want independence. >> it's not a secret of history of bitterness between the north and south. instead of overjoyed by the shift of power, people we talked to expressed apprehension and mistrust. >> there's zero trust between the north and south. the southerners were the first to demand unity.
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they have received nothing. hadi is a southerner and doesn't speak for the south. if he takes the time to address our problems, we will support him. >> there's an air of peace and calm in aden, despite high levels of poverty. people hope for a better future and a return to what they perceive to be a better path. the flag of the former people of democratic socialist republic of yemen, or southern yemen for short. sips the two yemen's united, people tell us the south was forgotten and exploited. despite the fact that most of the oil and other natural resources come from here, they feel this part of yemen has been let down.
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>> some believe the shifting of power to aden will only bring trouble. >> the houthis are now threatening to invade the south because we have the capitol. we don't need the capitol here. we want peace and calm. they should stay there and we here. >> aden was regarded as a southern back water. that may be about to end. many fear what the new status will bring. al jazeera aden. >> israel's been using its national airline el al to help it with spying, according to documents leaked to al jazeera's investigative unit. the papers show mossad agents had unrestricted access to south african airport. we have a report.
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el al, it's not just an airline it's israel. >> el al, it's not just an airline, it's israel's front for its intelligence agencies and the spy cables confirm it after years of allegations. in 2009, south african t.v. show cart blanche broadcast claims of a former airline guard at johannesburg airport. he said he was working for israel's internal spy agency. >> we pull the wool over everyone's eyes, the airport authorities do not know what we are doing. >> months later an israeli airline official was deported. little detail was released, but a secret intelligence document confirms his story. >> they did carry fire arms and had according to them diplomatic protection. they even had all access
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unrestricted at the airport. this gave them the advantage to gather information with reward to say arrivals and departures to and from south africa. >> another classified report says el al has the privilege of not being searched at the restricted areas. >> el al officials are allowed to travel freely with their weapons amongst the el al passengers. one of the members of el al has been identified as a courier for the mossad. >> the broadcast triggered a meeting. security representatives withdrew permission for the israelis to carry weapons. despite argument, they took away the diplomatic immunity. a separate document receipts counter intelligence information the south africans have gathered. it says the el al manager at johannesburg international airport is very involved in the gathering of intelligence and handled the issue of a pipe bomb at an israeli company in 2001. el al refused numerous attempts
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by al jazeera to seek comment. the cart blanche broadcast also got other intelligence agencies worried. canadian spies contacted south africa and asked for details on how shin belt was using el al not just as an airline but as a front. >> you can read the original spy cables and related articles and analysis at our exclusive website, that is aljazeera.com/spycareless. we have it you to tell us what you think on twitter as well, with the hash tag spy careless. >> still ahead hundreds of people die from swine flu since the start of the year. >> humanitarian organizations run out of money to help palestinians rebuild gaza.
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>> it suggested israel is using el al for spying. and to have unrestricted access to african airport. there's been a terrible avalanche in northeastern afghanistan, killing at least 90 in pan cheer province, north of kabul. at least 100 homes have been buried during two days of heavy snow. hires nicole johnston. >> dozens of people have been killed by avalanches in tanner. >> province and emergency teams are having a difficult time trying to get there. there are two large mountain ranges with a valley in the middle and one road in and out. so far they've only cleared 50 kilometers. the provincial governor said they managed to get thee hundred people together to try and help the emergency teams but they don't have the right equipment. they are using shoves.
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in some cases their bare hands to try and get people out but many of the houses that have had these heavy dumps of snow on them are up in the higher mountain ranges. even here inequable, there's been very heavy snow, up to a meter in other parts of the country, up to two meters. in kabul the city is running on generators. there's been heavy flooding here flooding in the east of the country, and flooding around jalalabad, which has cut off that rod from kabul. also the main road from southern afghanistan to the north that road has been cut again because of heavy snow. it's taken a while for the winter weather to really kick in here in afghanistan. up until now it had been a mild winter, but that's obviously changed in the last couple of days. >> the number of swine flu cases in india's going up rapidly.
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governments have begun running t.v. and radio campaigns to try to make people more aware. >> we have a report from the outbreak that has already killed 800 people this year. >> health authorities in india have been monitoring outbreaks of swine flu. this is a headlight issue that continued to build since january. the worst affected states, government officials banning mass gatherings, that's gatherings of groups larger than four people. >> our health lines are working 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and some remain open throughout the night. >> they insist they are well equipped to treat the sick, but their confidence is little comfort to the victims's relatives. >> the doctor refused to admit her. if they had admitted her on that day, perhaps she would still be alive today. they said she had pneumonia. people have died because government hospitals are ill
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equipped. >> there are growing concerns the virus and the fear it is causing could affect the economy. some companies are taking precautions in the western state where some of the highest death and infection rates have been recorded. >> we've given masks to all our employees to prevent swine flu cases. we have a company chemist next door. if anyone has symptoms, we take them there. we in form all our employees how to be alert how to keep their homes clean and routinely wash their hands with soap. >> some argue the best way to control swine flu is to study it. >> health scientists monitoring the outbreak say india may be a better place to criminal it if and when the virus is not. they argue finding out how the h1n1 virus has mutated may be the key to avoiding a public health crisis in one of the
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world's most populace countries. al jazeera, new delhi. >> france is telling russian's foreign minister that it will face more sanctions if they continue attacking mariupol. >> we told them continued attacks would changes things drastically. >> the area around donetsk has remained relatively peaceful. the withdrawal of heavy weapons set out in the minsk agreement is still a sticking point. let's hear from paul brennan who's there. >> we come to an area west of the city center which has been used by the separatist force to say launch attacks. the daybreak of the repeated attacks is all around. this box would have held shells
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for a 122-millimeter, a field begun, or a self propelled howitzer. i can see a box for a 152-millimeter of shells. as you can see this whole area now is deserted, and the scrapes already, they haven't been filled in, but there is no evidence that they have been used in recent days at all. it does give strength to the idea that both sides do appear to be drawing back. the donetsk people's republic military commanders have staged photo opportunities showing journalists they say of withdrawal of the guns from the front line. there is an important sticking point. the d.p.r. are not saying where those guns are being withdrawn to. according to the minsk deal, the international monitors need that information in order to verify that the guns really are being withdrawn outside of this buffer dozen that was created by minsk.
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it wants to know where the guns are now that's both ukraine and separatist guns, which routes are going to be used in order to remove guns from the danger zone and timely, it needs to know the final destination of those guns. without that information they cannot verify that a withdrawal that actually taken place despite the photo opportunities. the e.s.c.e. needs that information. but at least the guns of falling silent. you can listen, there is no sound of artillery here in donetsk for the first time in many, many months and that in itself is some room for a degree of optimism. >> after israel's offensive on gaza it's not surprise that go many parts of the strip are still in ruins many palestinians say they have received nothing except for broken promises. >> today in gaza, the ruins of
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homes are children's playgrounds. factory floors are filled with destroyed machinery. the only power plant storage tanks are a crumpled heap and the damage, the destruction, the devastation has obliterated entire neighborhoods. gaza's never been well off, but today is perhaps worse off than ever. the fear is that could lead to another war. >> why hasn't your family been able to rebuild? >> all building materials are expensive, and according to our builders, we can't get. >> part of the problem is poverty. he is a government teacher and only received 60% of his salary after israel cut off revenues to the palestinian authority. >> omar has no job. the family has blueprints, but can't rebuild without more help. >> the process is slow.
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a week ago, i went to the ministry. they said the funds from the u.n. haven't arrived yet. >> that's another problem. the u.n. agency that helps palestinians is broke. countries have promised donations, but not delivered them. >> we can only describe as unacceptable and scandalous that it has run out of money to help. >> the donors haven't paid up because the political conflict between hamas and the palestinian authority. >> there is a lot of bad blood still between those factions. we still have two different strands of civil administration in gaza. that of course needs to be resolved. >> until it is, there aren't even plan to say rehabilitate devastated neighborhoods. nick schiffron, al jazeera gaza. >> more than 200 boko haram
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fighters have been killed. a regional force is helping nigeria to fight the armed group. the nigeria military released pictures. this is in the northeastern part of the country. >> in ghana some people are planning a protest about power cuts they say are crippling businesses and drastically affecting their lives. anybody without a generator can be in the dark 12 hours or more every other day. >> these workers pack 20 tons of fruit per day for export. it's a 24 hour, temperature-controlled operation at the blue skies factory on the outskirt of ghana's capital. they are using generators more and more because electric industry from the grid is
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erratic. >> electricity or power about 5% of the total -- it puts strain on -- >> businesses and homes are experiencing power cuts for days at a time. there's just not enough supply to meet demand. even though the countries power plant have the capacity to generate more electricity than is needed. >> the planned capacity is there, but its ability to call on demand, that is the problem. that is why we need to improve on our culture have maintenance as a country have periodic energy plan existing. >> the president has set up a power ministry to deal with the crisis. the man in charge said in the past governments have failed to tackle problems in the power
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sector. >> we should collectively have not given this issue the seriousness it deserves. but the president has promised that this episode will never be repeated in our nation's history. we are going through it. it is painful. >> preparing for another evening without power they wonder whether to trust the minister's assurances that serious action is being taken. what they know for sure is the longer the crisis continues the more it's costing the nation. al jazeera ghana. >> many traditional buildings are being pulled down and in their place putting up something ugly. people are start to go recapture history by renovating in classical style. >> this is one of the few places in knee.
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a where people can learn traditional carving. they are start to go make a handsome living out of it. >> my parents worked at carpenters, but i trained to be a wood carver, because it's good work and i can earn enough to raise a family. >> the students of the school have built many of these magnificent buildings around this old city. the school is private. many people called him mad when he first started. >> 17 years ago that's how it looked. >> he found it impossible spue explain renovation, so he built his house as a showcase. >> anyone who has an old house when he or she comes, we look at
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this house. >> the city restoration started a few decades ago. >> in the early 1970 said, the government gave a wedding present to the king and queen by restoring this 16th century building. until the late 1980's, the germans continued to renovate many of the temples here. now that all the temples have been restored, subsidies are offered to locals to rebuild their houses. >> even with those subsidies many houses have been built have brick facades. for old timers, they couldn't be happier. >> so far, more than 100 houses have been restored. he is aiming for 1,000 in his
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lifetime. concrete and glass have taken over most of the valley and reversing that trend will needle the help of more people. >> for more, go to aljazeera.com. that's aljazeera.com. >> kids, until they go to school learning. >> creativity and education expert sir ken robinson says we have to reengineer our way we tech our students. ken robinson said we have to recognise their talents.

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