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fierce fighting in ike's largest province with isil taking control of government headquarters in the provincial capitol ramadi. ♪ hello this is al jazeera live from doha i'm adrian finighan. a boat full of migrants is stranded off of the coast of thailand with no country willing to take them in. burundi's president pierre nkurunziza is back in the capitol after a failed coup attempt against him. and --
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♪ >> the king of the blues an award-winning musician, bb king has died. ♪ we begin in iraq where army helicopters are targeting isil fighters who seized a compound in ramadi. isil fighters also burnt the police station in the compound. government troops still have control of two districts in the city. activists say isil fighters are searching the town for anyone who helped the army fight against them. let's go live to the iraqi capitol. what is the latest you are hearing on this fighting? >> reporter: it was a fierce assault, islamic state of iraq and the levant managed to
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penetrate the ramadi compound. they raised their flag inside the compound. this is what people in the city have told us. ramadi has long been contested but this morning isil used heavy weapons as well as suicide bombers to penetrate this compound. this is really a military blow to the government and like you mentioned people trapped in the fighting desperate, some of them worry and fear that they will be punished if isil find out that some worked with the security forces. local officials in anbar have been blaming the government for the latest advances. they say the government didn't send military reinforcements or provide weapons. but isil needs some sort of victory after suffering defeats in tikrit just a few weeks ago. but clearly the push into ramadi
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was not isolated. isil targeted two other towns, and the barracks of government security forces and killed more than 50 of them and used 22 suicide bombers. >> we'll hear one of those critical voices that you spoke about in just a moment zana but what now for the iraqi government? >> reporter: the government is in a very difficult position. its regular forces are just too weak to take on this fight. they have some support from local sunny tribes but not all sunni tribes are on board. the sunnis say we can wage this war on our own, but give us the weapons, but the iraqi government is suspicious that they will sell the arms to isil or fight with isil. no battle can be won militarily
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until the two sides mend fences. it will be very difficult to defeat isil. and for isil holding on to anbar is important. they control much of the province. they control all the way up to the border with syria, and territory across the border in syria. so for isil it is strategic. the government hasn't been able to do much it's only choice is to send in iranian backed militias but that will inflame sectarian tensions, even the people of the city told us that they do not want the shia militias to enter their city. >> zana hoda many thanks. we spoke to a spokesman from anbar. >> we months we have been
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complaining and telling the security ministries there each part of the security forces there working along with its own leadership. there's no coordination. there is no [ inaudible ] with the tribal members either by weapons or even planning or training, but yet there is no solution. we all need a solution. with much a danger reaches the center, we will witness some quick support from the -- the golden division or the anti-terrorism forces but they can only stop advancing for a while, and then they will leave the local fighters with their own shortage of -- of ammunitions and weapons and also
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good leadership. >> the rest of the day's news. governments in southeast asia are rejecting boats full of asylum saekers. more than 1600 have landed in malaysia and indonesia since sunday. some though haven't been as fortunate and are being forced back into international waters. we have three correspondent covering this story for us. first let's hear from veronica in bang kong. >> reporter: this is not a rescue. the thai royal navy found this boat filled with around 380 men, women, and children from western myanmar and bangladesh. the people on board say the traffickers and the captain escaped and that they ran out of rice and water about ten days
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ago. they say 12 people died during the trip. >> translator: people are dying from diarrhea. we don't have food or clean water, nothing to keep us alive. two more people over there are dieing from starvation. yesterday man one man jumped off of the boat and drowned because he went crazy. one died while some others made it to nearby fishing boats. >> translator: i don't have anything left and the [ inaudible ] killed my mother and my relatives. the people in my village say they were going to malaysia so i decided to go with them. >> reporter: a thai fisherman apparently reported the boat to the navy. the navy was trying to trace a phone signal coming from a passenger. it's better than nothing, but it is absolutely not enough. really what should be done is thinking first and foremost
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about how lives can be saved. don't think about what you are going to do with them. save their lives first give them medical care proper treatment and then take the next step. >> reporter: many said they wanted to go to malaysia. the thai navy said itting spent the night fixing the boat engine and then let everyone go. there may be as many as 8,000 migrants in these seas but with every government in the region denying them permission to land they are just going nowhere slowly. >> let's hear now from indonesia, steph vassen is there. >> reporter: these people have been at sea for three months and they are totally exhausted, and many are very very ill. you can see many are also injured because a big riot had happened at sea on the boat after they were rejected by the indonesian navy and then by the
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malaysian navy. fighting broke out between the bangladeshi migrants and the row heen gansz. both groups are telling me more than 100 people have been killed during the fight. that's what they are telling me right now. and they also say more boats are still in indonesian waters right now. the fishermen who finally managed to rescue them are being questioned by police because the indonesian navy said we're not going to accept any of these boats, and the fishermen defied the orders. so the indonesian authorities are helping these people to get well, get treatment, and the international organizations have yet to arrive here at the scene. >> many of the rohingya migrants
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say they from myanmar but the government there doesn't recognize them. florence looi has been talking to the group's spokesmen. >> reporter: acttraditionally southeast asian countries have adopted a policy of non-interference, and that's why they shy away from discussing the treatment of the rohingya. but that is slowly changing with the officials saying that myanmar is the source of the problem. this is what myanmar's presidential spokesman and minister of information had to say in rely. >> these are the people who claim they are coming from myanmar. so this is why -- until we make the -- we contact the registration process, we cannot say all of these people are coming from myanmar. it is actually another refugee problem, it is actually a
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humanitarian problem. >> reporter: the minister says myanmar does not know if they will attend a regional conference to discuss the problem. in the meantime thousands are believed to be left at sea with little food and water. now to another migrant crisis in europe a baby is among nearly 300 migrants to arrive in italy. the german navy rescued them at sea. almost 3,600 people have been rescued from the mediterranean over the last 48 hours. burundi's president pierre nkurunziza is back in the country after a military coup against him have failed. three generals who are behind the takeover attempt have been arrested. protesters took to the streets again on friday but the army disbursed them.
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>> reporter: the president is back here in the capitol bujumbura, and it seems decisive that the attempted coup has failed. soldiers in key locations on the streets. people have tried protesting, again, people have been protesting in recent weeks against his bid for a third presidential term in june's election, but they were quickly met by gunfire from police. so they had to run away. activists say they will resume on monday but many of the activists themselves are now running into hiding fleeing the country or trying to hide in foreign embassies, they say they are fearing for their lives and expects a much more violent and ruthless response from the government now following the coup. the government says those arrested will face justice and get fair trials. still to come here on al jazeera, nepal's government is working out of tents, as it tries to provide leadership and reassurance.
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and bringing nature and light into post-war germany, a pioneer of architecture is posthumously honored. ♪
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hello again, the top stories on al jazeera, iraqi helicopters are targeting isil fight ores who have seized headquarters in anbar. isil fighters also burnt down a police station in the same compound. the rohingya community has
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asked southeast asian governments to help asylum seekers stranded in boats. the governments have forced the boats back into international water. burundi's president is back in the capitol, following a military coup there against him that failed. three generals who are believed to have been behind the takeover attempt have been arrested. the united nations is warning that critical supplies aren't reaching civilians in yemen and that hospitals could soon run out of fuel for generators. that's despite the five-day ceasefire which began on tuesday. more now from hashem ahelbarra. >> reporter: international aid agencies are frustrated and concerned because they haven't been able to get to most areas inside yemen because of the safety considerations. they would like to see the
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ceasefire extended for a longer period to travel to the many areas and assess the needs of the population. the united nations has described the humanitarian situation in yemen as catastrophic, and he said he would like to see the fighters respect the ceasefire. the saudis say the houthis have violated the ceasefire. and the houthis are hitting back saying the saudi-lead coalition has always violated the ceasefire. the international community is hoping to convince the saudis and the different yemeni factions to extend the ceasefire to pave the way for political talks and also address the worsening humanitarian situation in the country. syria's opposition has raised concerns about talks being held in geneva. the political leadership told
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the u.n. envoy that his attempts to include iran and other allies of bashar al-assad in the discussions will not help attain peace. meanwhile many people in rebel-controlled areas continue to suffer because of the war. >> reporter: for many syrian children this is the only way to find something to eat. some parents help them rubbish through the garbage. this woman says she struggles every day to feed her children. >> translator: what can we do? we don't have fuel neither electricity, even food. we don't have it. >> reporter: but that's not what you see on syrian state tv where it looks like everything is under control, in this segment happy children are seen preparing for exams, there is no mention of the war that killed more than 200,000 people and
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continues to add to the 12 million people who desperately need humanitarian assistance. activists say -- in 2013, rebels agreed to a truce in exchange of food. but soldiers control everything. the assad government has allowed the red cross to distribute some food but not enough to feed everyone. >> translator: we pray to god every single minute to send us any food to feed our children. anything, even bread. >> reporter: in geneva the u.n. envoy is trying to bring all sides to the table. but the armed groups that control many parts of syria are not attending. and the syrian opposition in exile is not happy over the inclusion of iran. activists raised the flags of
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the revolution during a visit by state media. this child was asked what happened to his school? he told the presenter about how his school was destroyed by the shells fired by assad forces. many here don't expect things to change, and as all warring sides insist on being right, the fighting goes on and more neighborhoods continue to be turned into rubble. israeli security forces have fired tear gas at protesters in the occupied west bank. five palestinians have reportedly been wounded. they are celebrating the catastrophe when palestinians mark their displacement. some 700,000 people fled or were driven from their homes. many of the displaced and descendants still live in camps in the occupied west bank gaza and neighboring countries. protesters in southern peru
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has fought with police for another day. they are against the construction of a billion dollars copper mine which they say will contaminate their water and land. nine people have been detained by police. emergency teams in columbia say they are have recovered four bodies from an unlicensed mine that was flooded. 15 miners were trapped in the mine. our correspondent has the report. >> reporter: after almost two days of frantic searching, the first bodies are recovered, but several other minors are still trapped deep inside this gold mine. the mine was flooded on wednesday morning when a power outage shut off the pumps that kept the water out. this was one of the last ones to escape. his brother didn't make it. >> translator: in an instant i heard an explosion and then it
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was water everywhere. i was the last one out. it was every man for himself. >> reporter: rescuers tried to pump the water out, but more water kept flowing in. so workers tried to build a dike to stop the flow. relatives say they knew their loved ones were taking risks but had no other options. >> translator: i was always afraid, but this is our livelihood. there is no other work here. and i also lived off of his work. >> reporter: 120 miners died in columbia last year in similar accidents. this mine was operating without the required paperwork. the process to license the mine was started in 2013 but none of the workers had a formal contract and the company couldn't legally dig deep shafts. authorities had never inspected the mine. >> translator: the national mining agency will investigate the mining and work safety
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conditions, but now we must focus on rescuing the victims. >> reporter: rescue efforts will continue through the night and it may take several days to find all of the workers, but among the family members and colleagues here there is little hope at this point to find any of them alive. the first of two oil rigs planning to drill in the arctic has rived in the u.s. city of seattle. they are being parked there before they are brought to the arctic in a few months. protester kayaks tried to block the rig. the u.s. government gave conditional approval of the drilling earlier this week. the wreckage of a missing marine helicopter has been found in nepal. the helicopter disappeared after delivering aid on tuesday after
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a second major earthquake hit the country. meanwhile the government of nepal is working out of tents in the capitol. a building that held several ministries was damaged by the latest earthquake and the huge one three weeks ago as faiz jamil reports. >> reporter: these green army tents are now home to some of nepal's government. after the major aftershock on may 12th many ministers and government workers are afraid to go inside their own buildings. >> translator: we have to face a lot of pressure from the people. the nepally people have to feel that the government still exists. we're fix the buildings as soon as possible. >> reporter: the total extent of the damage is still unclear as damage assessment teams are busy assessing people's homes and other buildings, but with the monsoon rains fast approaching
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and the threat of after shocks many are still wondering where the government will operate in the near future. [ inaudible ] is regarded as one of germany's most inspired architects. now two months after his death, he has been awarded his field's greatest honor. dominic kane reports. >> reporter: it is a buy word for post-war german architecture designed to show the world that the county has entirely abandoned total tearism, it was the inspiration of a small group of architects and everythings. notably this man. he was both architectural luminary and professor. this was a long time friend and colleague of him. he explained the vision that drove his friend on.
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>> translator: nature was the guiding principal in his life. nature is a consequence of mutation is consistently improving itself. so in the end constructions emerge that need no improvement anymore. >> reporter: the phrase form fining has been used. one of his first major international works was this. the west germany pavilion. >> translator: he did absolutely pioneering work with his lightweight structures. it continued to influence the architecture in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, where you turn the construction to the surface instead of hiding it. >> reporter: this man studies under frey in the 1960s. he went on to spending decades
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in the middle east implementing what he learned. this animation demonstrates how the marriage of european architecture and islamic influence can combine in a middle east earn setting. >> what i have taken from him is to accept even for architectural, a scientific method of working. scientific in whatever you do you study it properly and put it in a fairly rational context, and see what comes out from it rather than inventing something and making it fit. >> reporter: it was more than 40 years since this stadium was designed and it is still in use today regularly. it is come to be seen as designing the city but also the work of freye otto. the american blues legend bb
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king has died in his home at the age of 89. he became an icon of the genre as kim vinnell reports. ♪ >> reporter: with his fluttering fingers, and res innocent soulful voice, bb king's sound is unmistakable. ♪ >> reporter: he began playing on street corners in mississippi where he was born and in a career spanning half a century, rose to become the king of blues. ♪ >> reporter: his name synonymous with the genre itself. >> i like to do what i'm doing, and will do it for nothing if somebody would pay my bills, but they are paying for something i like to do anyway. >> reporter: king rewrote the book of blues.
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♪ >> reporter: complex string bends inspiring thousands. for many his music became a soundtrack for the soul. >> bb king that's his legacy he has given us his life. he has given us the songs that we cried on the songs that we suffered through. he has understood our problems our plights. >> reporter: the king always gai his trademark gibson guitars the same name lucille. the name comes from one of his earlier shows where two men got in a fight and accidentally started a fire. bb ran in to save his guitar and later found out the scuffle was over a woman, named lucille. he was in both the blues and rock and roll halls of fame. even so he remained humble. >> i have never met a king before. [ laughter ] >> so i'm a bit nervous, but
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also grateful. ♪ so give me one ♪ >> reporter: bb king died in his sleep at age 89. ♪ [ applause ] there's more real news from al jazeera along with analysis and plenty of video on our website at ♪ the wreckage of a marine helicopter found in nepal, and military officials fear all nine people on board are dead. the ntsb reveals an amtrak train sped up moments before it crashed. the first funeral today for one of the victims. [ gunfire ] and iraqi soldiers battle isil fighters for ramadi now the group hooz taken control of a government compound. ♪