judge pooh brazen attack on a museum. a gunman. >> they told us run run duet out quickly. >> tensions between the u.s. and israel. benjamin netanyahu's victory in the israeli elections last night could further strain relations between the two allies. >> it is the u.s. israel relationship that has to transcend any kind of feelings between leaders of countries at any time.
>> now with russia life is easier. you feel free. >> and marking one year anniversary of crimea's annexation by russia plus. >> coming up i'll be taking a look why india's premier has become a global success. >> and built to last, the motor bike that has been winning hearts and minds for more than a century. good evening and thank you for joining us on al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> and i'm antonio mora. now a major man hunt is on in tunisia for the accomplices on a major museum. >> police also killed two gunmen. so far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> meanwhile tunisia's president has called for unity.
thousands hit the streets to denounce the attack. many held up banners no to terrorism. >> there has been concerns over security in tunisia because neighboring libya has become affected. >> nazanine moshiri has the story. >> they surround the bardo museum. one ever tunisia's most famous tourist destinations. there were hundreds of visitors inside when gunmen opened fire. some people managed to get out. running for their lives. authorities say the gunmen hunted people down spraying bullets. >> translator: we were visiting the museum and suddenly we heard big noises. at first we thought it was a
statute falling but bit by bit we realized it was gun shots. there were four of us. we also found a couple with children and we didn't know what to do. we hid on the top floor and after a while we heard the gun shots had stopped. we went down and there was a guide in the mosaics room we stayed there for an hour without moving until the police came, they told us you run you run get out quickly. they then took us to the military barracks. >> reporter: tunisia's parliament was in session at the time. it was evacuated. very quickly the police go in killing the two gunmen but there are reports up to three others helping the attackers are on the run. >> translator: we want to send our condolences to the fams terms ofthefamilies of the victims. we want the tunisians to know we
are at war with this barbarian and we will not be lenient. >> its military and police have come under attack but no one expected this. this wasn't just an attack on tunisia's tourism industry and struggling economy. tunisia was the success story of the arab spring. now it's facing a new reality. this tiny country has been given a taste of the violence and death that hit its neighbor, libya and other parts of the arab world. nazanine moshiri, al jazeera. >> the obama administration is expressing solidarity with tunisia. white house spokesman spokes joshts jernts josh ernst
are expressed. ernz ernest expressed. >> one of them is now dead. ahmed ruisi is now dead, wanted in tunisia for killing two politicians in 2013. before he left to fight with i.s.i.l. ruisi was leader of a u.s. designated terror group with ties to al qaeda. >> we'll have more in a few minutes but now a coalition of iraqi volunteers and shia militia are trying to overtake the northern city of tikrit. stalled because of heavy casualties caused by i.s.i.l. explosives.
sunni town of el alam where i.s.i.l. has been forced out. northern town of amerlie as stefanie dekker explains, it happened in september after u.s. and iraqi air strikes forced i.s.i.l. out of amerlie. >> how difficult the situation in iraq is. human rights watch says shia volunteers and iraqi security force hes were engaged after synthesize retook the shia turkmen town of amerlie. >> rd cleared the area of i.s.i.s, but what that has morphed into, a campaign of revenge attacks where they targeted sunni villages, gone
through each of these villages, looted them, burnt them, we've seen purposeful arson and demolition. >> militias which are called popular mobile forces, floivel a conflict that is sectarian. this is an area map of yengisa. human rights watch says these red dots are where there was arson attacks and yellow of building demolition. the group says civilians have been driven out and thousands and have documented many of their stories. people say they feared i.s.i.l. but then feared attacks from the militias, here to help them. their response. >> it is a very unfortunate report, it has so many inaccuracies lacks some pat
figures and i believe exaggerated, one sided. i don't deny there are some irregularities. even the council very carefully with his reports we will follow these very, very carefully and meticulously. >> evidence of people kidnapped and killed hoamed destroyed. one former u.s. officials and advisory to former american officials in iraq, accused the administration of giving cover to these forces all to fight i.s.i.l. but the reality is even if i.s.i.l. were to be pushed out of iraq, the country is divided along sectarian lines with both sides committing crimes. finding ways to put decades of old tensions behind them and creating a unified iraq is the
difficulty. stefanie dekker, al jazeera. >> we are joined by acting vice president for middle east and africa at institute of peace thank you for your time. would you venture a guess on who was behind this attack on the museum? >> it is very difficult to tie it to then in anyone in particular. independent extremists have linked themselves to the islamic state for support. it is premature for the type or where this particular attack was. >> we do know this there has been a hard line stance against tunisia, they have been debating a new antiterrorism law. when you put that into context was an attack like this expected even northwestable? >> i think -- even inevitable?
>> like the tunisians they have been clear and adamant about anti-terror and as a people but with neighboring libya the regional dynamics as you pointed out reat really lead to a belief that the attacks in syria are inevitable, in tunisia tunisians tend to be largest number of foreign fighters that are going towards conflicts like syria like iraq. what we hear over and over is a concern over what happens when the youth return and start to turn into domestic issues in tunisia as well. >> why is there such a disproportionate number of fighters from tunisia? >> it is an interesting question. i think when you look at one of the core issues that i.s.i.s. is using and the islamic state is using in targeting tunisians is about the issue on syria the former arab, you know the
concept of the arab spring which many people have seen as a success in teun tunisia. i think there is not much traction of the ground rules in tunisia, they find acceptance of the issues in syria. >> going back to the attack today there have been previous attacks in tunisia since the arab spring but mostly on security forces. does the target of this attack tell us anything? why would tourists be targeted? >> there is suspicion it may have been the parliament, there may have been a shift when they saw the tourist buses there was attempt to receive media attention to try elevate the element of tunisia the conflict on violent extremism. this is one of the largest
attacks since 2002. the previous attacks were security forces or more targeted on the legislature, there is a large dependence on tourism and one of the big issues is targeted opportunity to disenfranchise youth and target them for foreign fighting. >> are these kinds of attacks athreat to the tunisian fledgling democracy at all? >> it most definitely is a threat. pulling in elements of the islamic state and other extremist groups also on the odor side, where they could sacrifice democratic principles as a fight on terror so it is a threat of democracy from both the liberal and some of the most extremist perspectives that are beginning to emerge.
>> manal omar, thank you very much for your insights this evening. >> party of benjamin netanyahu won by a wide margin, giving him a mandate to carry out his programs. but as imtiaz tyab reports. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said prepares at jude jude ah judahism's most holiest places. >> i will do everything i can for the security and welfare of all israelis. >> netanyahu's decisive victory came as a surprise to many. not the least opposition leader isaac hertzog after leading
weeks in the opinion polls expressdefeat. >> i would like to make clear to the israeli people, the challenges are the same challenges, the problems are the same problems. nothing has changed. >> reporter: early results on the election night put on dead heat with prime minister benjamin netanyahu april likud party. but likud won 30 seats in parliament, 12 more than in the previous election. >> very happy that israel decided right and i hope netanyahu will create a good government and we'll be able to continue what we did in the past years. >> reporter: but not everyone is happy the prime minister looked poised to form a new government. >> translator: i'm disappointed with the election results, i was hoping it would be different it looks like years of more racism with a
wider gap between the rich and poor. >> reporter: netanyahu's dramatic victory doesn't marine the road ahead will be easy for him. he led an increasingly bitter campaign in which he rejected outright a palestinian state and what was described as a racist warning of a high turnout of israeli palestinian voters. netanyahu will have to find a way to heal his relationship with the western leaders including the united states. working towards the building of a unity government between likud and zionist union. but it's difficult to see how netanyahu can make a faction with anything that doesn't belong to the far right.
>> now to our in context segment. despite the relationship between president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> mike viqueria is live in washington. good evening. one day after the election there is already new friction between the two countries. >> reporter: yeah, it's interesting stephanie and good evening to you. it's not just the victory of benjamin netanyahu but the way he got there. the tactics methods things he
said, that are likely to cause more friction in u.s.-israeli relations. on the eve of the election benjamin netanyahu shifted his stance on a bedrock commitment. the goal, the free and independent palestine. wednesday secretary of state spokesman left open the possibility that the u.s. could soften its stance in the u.n. as a result. >> commitment to two state solution i think we all agree on that position. but we haven't changed our position with respect to the u.n. >> it was a short talk. >> a simple congratulatory call. those are typically pleasant, after the elections not more extensive than this. >> two more difficult years between leaders that have had an acrimonious relationship. president obama last not yet
called snent. his election day remarks to supporters casting israeli voters as a threat. the united states and this administration is deeply concerned by divisive rhetoric, seeks to minlz. cool in the wake of the election. >> netanyahu and obama will to some extent patch up any ruffled feathers that they have because they both understand the israel-u.s. relationship is too important. >> conservatives meanwhile lauded the man's victory. now it's a chance to take a shot at mr. obama. presidential hopeful bobby jindal, it's time for president to change course. a key question: allow will
netanyahu's position on iran affect the negotiations? >> people who were skeptical will still be skeptical and those who feel that it's important to talk and see if we can dom to a meeting of the -- come to a meeting of the minds will still feel that way. >> they say he will pay a price for his tactics. >> given the antagonism that benjamin netanyahu spoke in congress with absolute disdain absolute disrespect for the president for negotiating process for united states democracy, for all those things, i think it's very unlikely that he's going to get any additional support now for his opposition to negotiations with iran. >> and stephanie while the president has yet to call benjamin netanyahu the white house notes it's normally protocol to make that call after a government is formed. however that rule has been broken before. it's not being broken this time.
stephanie. >> and there's speculation about that as well, mike viqueria in washington thank you. despite the icy relationship between president obama and netanyahu, the financial relationship has remained constant. the united states has given $128 billion to israel since 1949. the most in any year was 1979, the year following the camp david accords. each year following the united states has given israel about $3 billion. i spoke to daniel kertzer about netanyahu's come back and decisive victory. >> i think it suggests a couple of things. number one at the end of the day, the right wing in israel decided to solidify support for netanyahu on the basis of his security credentials number 2 i think netanyahu scared israel by comments that were anti-arab
and comments that were anti-peace process. >> lambasteed him because of the rejection of a palestinian state an the scare mongers arabs going to vote in huge numbers. but are critics of nnts protesting too many? -- netanyahu proasing too much? >> winning the vote on the base us of these kinds of tactics suggests there's a deeper problem within the society. the election in fact solved nothing with respect to israeli issues. it didn't help the economy. it didn't help the social issues. and it certainly has not advanced the peace. >> the president has slighted as these analysts say the prime minister in the past. he has taken policy positions
that are anathema to netanyahu. now what will happen? >> the relationship between the two leaders is really poor and every day seems to bring an additional element of discord between them. if netanyahu decides that it's time to change things, i think he's going to have to be the one to start this process. the president has a lot of other things on his agenda. i think he's mostly given up on the prospect of netanyahu advancing the peace process. you might see a two year period of very rocky relations between our two countries. the agenda such as iran and the peace process. >> the u.s. poured its energies into the peace process two state solution, netanyahu now rejects that. secretary of state kerry i'd be none too happy to have worked so hard for nothing.
what is the point of the peace talks if the two state solution is off the table? >> very frustrating for john kerry but american leadership has seen all these efforts he essentially go down the drain. there was a hint that the united states would have to weigh options. one of those options is not to pursue the peace process as we have in the past but to look at for example a u.n. security council resolution to update what has been a basis for negotiations since 1967 but never changed. you may see some multilateral diplomacy in the year ahead but i don't think you'll see much israelis and palestinians, too much distrust between them. >> the rocky relationship between the u.s. and israel do you think it could get to where it was in 1992, where the u.s. actually pulled off its loan guarantees probably led to the
fall of ishak shamir's presidency? >> we are heading in that direction especially if the netanyahu coalition decides to accelerate activity. we have tended to turn a blind eye in the hope it wouldn't disrupt peace negotiations. if you don't have peace negotiations and there's no prospect for them to occur additional activity could accelerate punitive actions for united states and that of course is going to have domestic issues in washington because the congress will push back against any presidential determination that seems to be punishing israel for its policies. >> former request ambassador kurtzer said we will more likely
to see a nationalist government and more policies will continue. >> it has been a year, during the height of the ukrainian crisis annexed crimea. >> how crimeans feel with being part of russia today. >> and the blockupy movement, seeks to shut down the billion dollar headquarters of the european central bank.
leader killed in a u.s. drone strike in southern somalia last week garar is thought to have been one of the leaders of the attack on the westgate hopping mall in kenya in 2013 that killed 67 people. >> indonesia will end the search for the bodies of 57 people killed in the asia airasia flight. the black boxes have been recovered but officials have made nothing public. >> french is a tirrist dudonner, he says i feel like charlie
kulibali. >> russian president vladimir putin signed treaty today with the president of georgia's break away region, the agreement formally rg,. >> russia's policies visa vee vees vis-a-vis georgia, in the region including through the use of force occupation annexation. >> rufers gained control of south osetia and opkazia last year. >> outside the kremlin rory challands reports that while
russia celebrates the west is not happy. >> reporter: crimea's celebrations may well be stage managed but they are genuinely felt by the region's majority of ethnic russians. in simferopol, the mood the jubilant. >> we are very glad. we doubted a little bit in the beginning but now our future is with russia. despite our difficulties this transitional year, we have patriotic sentiments about joining russia. >> i've lived here for 25 years and during the ukrainian period we didn't see anything good. now with russia life is easier. you feel free. i can realize my plans. russia is a big state with big future and powerful potential that can stand up for its people. >> there were big organized celebrations in moscow too and of course a few words from the
man who boasted in a recent documentary that he handled the takeover of crimea personally. >> translator: we will go forward, we will strengthen our statehood, which we created for ourselves all of the time recently. and of course we will overcome the problems and difficulties that they throw at us from outside. these are useless attempts against russia. thank you for your support. long live russia. >> reporter: the kremlin says crimea is russia now. western governments view what happened a year ago is an
illegal land grab, given only a veneer of legitimacy. they refuse to recognize crimea as russian and refuses to join the ranks of other disputed areas, like kashmir. but they say they won't face the same state as other economically stunted areas. >> crimea is an integral part of the russian state. we are the same russia as moscow. we part of a big brave country. >> but for crimean issue to be resolved someone will have to change their tune. either russia has to hand it back or ukraine and the west must swallow their objection he and recognize as russian. neither of these seems particularly likely now.
rory challands, al jazeera simferopol crimea. >> the organization for security and cooperation in europe is monitoring ceasefire earlier i spoke to osce secretary-general. to see if the ceasefire is holding. >> the contact line that is 400 kilometers long is generally holding with two exceptions, the donetsk area and the mariupol area where there is still active operations i would say. we have to stop those operations to have the full ceasefire in action. >> i know that one of the things you need to monitor is whether both sides have pulled bake their heavy weaponry. have they? >> well, even there we would like to verify the withdrawal of heavy weapons we wanted to have
full information of the weapons and the holdings and then full information on the withdrawals the timing and the locations. we got very patchy information and in fact very limited access but still we monitor the fact movement of heavy weapons away from the line of contact. so we saw that there was a degree of observance of that commitment to withdraw, to withdraw the heavy weapons. but we don't have the kind of access that we feel necessary to be able to verify for compliance. >> who was denying your monitors access? is that the rebels? >> it is mainly the rebels. but sometimes also the ukrainian side we have difficulties of access. but certainly certainly much more systematically on the separatist side.
>> how are the monitors on the ground doing? you have i understand 350 of them monitors have been harassed shot at even held hostage. do they continue to face those types of security threats and who do you hold responsible for that? >> yes unfortunately the environment we operate is a challenging one and security is a key priority. concerns for security are becoming a liberal of a problem in terms of freedom of movement. we would like to have more freedom of movement but we keep hitting obstacles here and there. especially as we try to reach the border which is a key area where we would like to be able to monitor more systematically movements. as to the actors who stop us it's often local military commanders. and of course, you have a multiplicity of actors, also, on
the military side, and authorities rather difficult to identify sort of a single, a certainly person who is responsible who is in charge. >> the u.s. believes that russia is one of the actors backing the rebels directly, russia as part of the osce. do you feel you have the support you need from them to do your job? >> i feel we could get more support but certainly through the engagement in the political process and especially after the so-called minsk 2 agreements, we have seen that the presence of russia and the engagement of russia has resulted in a deescalation of the situation on the ground. but there are areas where we need more engagement, and for the time being we're not getting enough of it. >> are you hopeful at this point there will be a resolution to the conflict in eastern ukraine?
>> well, that's what we are working on. and we hope of course that we will -- we have made a number of steps i think in the right direction but the road is very long and very difficult. we see also this conflict has left a very deep mark and there will be a period of reconciliation in eastern ukraine. we have to work on those issues. for the time being we have a clear road map on the things that need to be done. verify fully withdrawal of weapons, having a more stable ceasefire, having the release of prisoners and then all the civilian functions that need to be developed from elections to reconstruction, rehabilitation of the conflict area. >> and ambassador zanier says the recovery process will take a long time.
>> russia has been accused of preparing military operations against sweden, an annual security study found a third of russian diplomats acted as spice spice. conflict has increased in the area. >> 1995 thousands of men and boys were murdered in the bosnian town of very very very, very celeb knits. celebsrebrenica. >> we have sent a
message. the victims of srebrenica have not been forgotten. the seven men were within our reach but there are several other suspects within the region so i believe the story is not yet over. >> this is where the prosecutors say the crime took place. just outside srebrenica. the prosecutors believe that more than a thousand muz linl lim bozmuslimbosnians were murdered here. when it was overrun by by bosnians
almost 20 years after srebrenica many seshes think serbs think the court in the hague is biased. should eventually be tried in a serbian court. barb e-biphillips, al jazeera. >> japanese police are investigating death threats against ambassador caroline kennedy. these are live pictures from japan. she has been the u.s. representative to that country since november of 2013. local media reports say an english speaking man made threatening phone calls last month. the state department says the u.s. is working with japan to
keep her safe. death thread against a consul general on okinawa. home to 20,000 u.s. troops. those threats did not stop the first lady to make her first trip to japan. part of her campaign to support education for young girls. she's expected to meet with japan's first lady as well as the prime minister and the emperor. she'll also visit cambodia. >> rescue across the islands including vanuatu. >> next, the efforts to help the cycloneing overcome island.
>> the first military aircraft arrived on the island of stana tana, four days after the storm. >> i could bring a range of capabilities with our unit, but if it's not needed on the ground it's a waste of effort. >> the team of engineers fanned out to check roads to check buildings line hospital he and schools. the people with homes destroyed aren't expecting any help. down a track into a storm shredded forest, we came across tom already rebuilding. on sunday his son started building him a new home. >> we can't wait, we have to build after we receive help, after we build this one we'll be moving on to another place. that is how we think we will survive. >> reporter: the ferocity of
the storm is clear from the flattened houses and from the metal roofs of others, high in an otherwise stripped-bare tree. one house that survived was a tree house to begin with. the collapsed houses gave some indication of how fierce the stomp was. but look what else it brought down. this tree used to tower over this town. now still huge but on its side. tourism is vanuatu's most important industry. this active volcano is tana's biggest draw. one travel book describes this resort as its top pick. bungalows, in a lush garden, a honeymoon suite that was so romantic. before the storm it was. >> we employ more than 50 staff and we are very worried that they might not have a job. because of the damage that this
monster has done to us. >> by late afternoon despite damage to the airport building, tana's runway was getting busy. the help is welcome. ships are on their way too. after shelter clean water and food are priorities. both are running out fast. andrew thomas, al jazeera tana, vanuatu. >> hundreds of people were arrested in frankfurt today after a protest against european central bank turned violent. four police cars were set on fire and dozens of people were injured in the scuffles. the violence broke out as thousands of demonstrators marched in the german financial capital to protest the ecb's new billion dollar headquarters. many blame the bank for the financial trouble, in order to get bailout loans. >> harley davidson has its road king motorcycle but another has the king of the road.
royal endfield has taken over harley david son. in india to see why the bike is so popular. >> this indian made motor bike has global ambitions ask any enthusiast about royal enfield. the brand has had a long road. >> it's the longest running motorcycle company in the world but writing that in the modern context. so that's the fine balance that you have to play with. >> to attract nor buyers, royal enfield, four fold to more than 300,000 bikes last year. royal enfield even outsold
harley davidson globally. >> its unfair to compare royal enfield and harley davidson. most say there's no comparison. >> bobby says over the years everyone from milkmen to army officers kept the bike going. he considers himself part of an old guard, and says the company never compromises for core values. >> they were always maintained, always kept alive by individuals who never work for royal purely for love of the bike. >> that's what keeps jonathan gibson on the road. this bike is the same model his grandfather rode more than 100 years ago.
gibson is riding his 45-year-old enfield from sydney to london. >> look like every single one of those 20,000 kilometers. i think that's a huge testament to the passion behind the enfield. >> the enfield is keeping the passion and the numbers going in the same direction and as the indian government tries to grow the manufacturing sector many say a bike built locally and hant-painted by artisans is a statement on what india has to offer. liddy dutt. al jazeera tamil nadu. >> coming up on al jazeera america, england is taking a step to preserve part of the pacific ocean. >> and the sunsets sun sets off a
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suburb are unearthing a mass itch tomb complex dating back to as early as 25 ad. not exposed until recently. some of the tombs contain preserved mural and artifacts including pottery and furniture. archaeologists hope to complete the unearthing by june. >> in the wake of yesterday's elections in israel, the quote hostile policies of president obama. >> weighing in often netanyahu's victory, the garden, netanyahu deployed the politician of fear, it worked like magic. >> across the jordan river the focus was on syria in an
editorial from the jordan times acting to end the war in syria it no longer matters who ask right or wrong. the paper calls on arab states to take determined measures to prevent syria from disintegrating. >> british prime minister david cameron is expected to cordon off the world's largest marine sanctuary, tiny pitcairn islands. >> richness of life that is among the most diverse on earth. now the pacific waters belonging to the united kingdom around the pitcairn island, fragile ecosystems threatened by pollution, climate change and chiefly illegal figures.
for protection to be effective enforcement is key. so scientists and engineers at the u.c. space hub in oxford oxfordshire, identified to track commercial and industrial vessels at sea. that means they can monitor vast areas of ocean including the new pitcairn reserve they can watch vessels passing through. it shows the telltale activity back and forth of a fishing vessel, in this case a legal one. it is the first time that protected ocean has been monitored with such advance technology. >> with respect to monitoring a marine reserve we can monitor from space that allow us to see vessels that are not transmitting their tracking information within a marine reserve and we can immediately begin an investigation into what
those vessels are doing within the reserve. >> the pitcairnrn marine reserve. >> less than 1% is fully protected. scientists sais say we should aim for 30%. the ocean is the primary source of protein for many of the world's population, therefore a healthy ocean is instrin sick to intrinsic to residents not just of pitcairn islands. >> the new status of these waters means their natural heritage will be preserved forever. jonah hull, al jazeera london. >> coming up, water problems of a different kind in california.
we'll talk to a nasa scientist who says california has only a year of water left. and groundwater contamination in order to get more oil. >> 50 years ago an astronaut called alexi leonov, created history, he made a spacewalk after letting out oxygen he made it back in. >> what i remember is unusual silence, i heard my heartbeating. i heart myself breathing which hadn't happened before. and at that moment someone calls me and said alexi how are you? we the members of the polit bureau are gathered here and can see you turm bling there. we ask you to be cautious.
we are waiting for you come back. >> he did. leonov has opened cosmonaut alley. >> a severe solar storm sparked an amazing display last night the northern light the aurora borealis. the storm could have caused problems for power grids and gps systems but bearnl apparently no damage was done. >> police in sweden are reporting a shooting incident involving a number of people. it happened in the city of goatboug according to, soccer match, eight people were reportedly injured and police say the incident appears to be gang related. that's it for this edition of al al jazeera america's international
hours. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm antonio mora. i'll see you again in an hour. >> on "america tonight": >> king's bay is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with and even touch groups of endangered florida man manatees. >> ma'am, you're not supposed to be in there. >> set off a passionate debate. >> where do you draw the line? >> i think people should not touch the animals or attempt to. >> in his spare tim