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watching i'm stephanie sy. the news continues. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ >> welcome to the news hour. here is what is coming up in the next 60 minutes. iraq's army launches a military operation to retake anbar province from isil. a month after attacking an university in northeast kenya, al-shabab gunmen return to the area to target police forces. malaysian police teams exhume more bodies from mass
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graves near the thai border. barack obama speaks out for "washington post" reporter but iran puts him on trial for spying. ♪ hello, iraq has launched a military operation to try to retake anbar province from isil. shia militias involved in the operation, which some fear could raise tensions. anbar is a large, mostly sunni province in iraq's west. isil took control of ramadi the province's capitol last week sending iraqi troops running. but ramadis lies just 150 kilometers from the capitol. >> reporter: security forces
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gather preparing to retake ramadi which tell to islamic state of iraq and the levant more than a week ago. it's likely to be a long operation. there are reports of isil fighters preparing to meet government security forces. they will lead the operation with backing from shia militia, many of which are supported by iran and air strikes from a coalition of countries lead by the united states. the iraqi army is also gearing up with other operations with isil in control of border crossings, it is feared that isil fighters could push into baghdad. to prevent that happening this man is securing the outskirts of the capitol. the down of duma is being fortified. >> translator: we're fighting a psychological war. isil have been effective media campaign against us. we have been accused of retreating. we are not. we are now backing up our troops here and preparing for the fall of ramadi. >> reporter: the forces here are
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mainly shia militia, since the prime minister brought them under the command of the iraqi government they flight under this flag. fortifying baghdad comes with unique challenges. this is a bridge the last safe place to cross from anbar into baghdad. it is likely we'll see more scenes like this. >> translator: as long as we sunnis are marginalized the fight will take a long time. there are sunni forcing willing to fight, and i would join that fight if the government accepts us. >> reporter: iraqi security forces have opened and closed this bridge at random concerned that isil fighters will enter baghdad disgazed as regular people. iraq has a huge challenge on its hands in securing anbar province and defeating isil.
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but it is also securing baghdad as well. if people say if baghdad falls then isil have won. but there are other significant challenges that includes finding homes for these people who are fleeing the violence and making sure that they get back home eventually. our senior political analyst joins me in the studio to talk more about this. let's talk about the recent back and forth between the u.s. and iraq the u.s. defense secretary accusing the iraqi army of not having the stomach for this fight. how much is this damaging the relationship between the two? and how is impacting things on the ground? >> when that kind of bickering starts you know things aren't going very well hazem. the blame game are a sign that things are not going well. it's good to remind our viewers
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around the world, that the prime minister and the president met in washington only several weeks ago, back in april, and they agreed that reconciliation between shia and sunnis is a priority and going after isil is the big thing for -- this is the main task. clearly the prime minister has failed on both fronts just as the united states has failed on both fronts. the bombardment is not working the iraqi military is not gaining grounds, because you remember the big thing was we're not going to defeat them now, but at least we'll contain them. they are not containing them. they just occupied the capitol of anbar. and that is an embarrassing set back for both the iraqis and the americans. >> so the united states pored billions of dollars into the iraqi military and in propping up this government as well. shouldn't we have seen more progress at this point? >> absolutely.
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but the question is -- does iraq now require only a military solution or is there a political solution that has to go first and foremost. and everyone in baghdad and washington knows too well without bringing major part of the sunni population that want to come in on it and want to have a power share in baghdad, unless you do that first, the war against isis is going to be impossible. look at what happened in tikrit. they went into tikrit a sunni city. it showed that [ inaudible ] they go to mosul next. so for sunnis it's really the impossible war if the central government wins it's a major disaster, and if isil wins it's a major disaster. >> and you why have a very
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fragile coalition trying to fight this war. you have the iraq jii army the shia militias and there's a lot of concerns about how sectarian this is. >> clearly now we're going to have three types of militias in iraq. and the central government's military is basically eclipsing. we have the peshmerga in the north, the popular mobilization and its sisters in the southeast, and then isil and sunni militias. we have three militia groupings. this is what is looking more and more like the official iraq unless something else comes into the picture to make sure there is a national reconciliation. otherwise we're going to see that decentralization where the iraqi military will start losing grounds if the shia-lead popular
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mobilization takes more ground. in syria state news reporting that the military has carried out an attack. they targeted an isil base in the city. it is reported more than 140 isil fighters were killed in the air raid. activists say several people have been injured after syrian government planes dropped six barrel bombs on the yarmouk refugee camp. the camp is home to some 6,000 palestinian refugees. isil fighters attacked the camp last month. the syria government allegedly continues to use barrel bombs against civilian targets defying a u.n. resolution to stop their use. let's talk and syria then and in terms of the larger picture. does seem to be a sense -- and i know you touched on this in one of your pieces that the tide is turning against bashar al-assad. given what has happened today,
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should we still believe that? >> for sure and i think today the question is whether this bombing is tactical or strategic. my sense is it is going to look strategic. why? hazem? because the idea of scaring people off of isis they say the only alternative in syria or iraq is the central government or the government in baghdad. when you pose the question that way, you say eventually maybe bashar al-assad will win. but when isil occupied last year in syria and mosul and iraq last year today is occupying palmyra and ramadi then it's clear that the islamic state is not going anywhere, it is not being contained either in syria or iraq now it's a major threat to both syria and iraq and to the central government in both. >> yeah there was a lot of suspicion earlier on that the government forces in syria were
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essentially laying off of isil allowing them to grow to justify that and now it has gotten out of hand. >> exactly. it got out of hand in a major way, again, because of the sectarian nature the way the syrian government and the government in baghdad have used this to establish their power base. what we have now is a situation where the central government in damascus meaning the bashar regime, and well as his allies like hezbollah in lebanon are now in a mobilization mode where they are basically saying it is life and death, that we have to mobilize in a big way because isil is coming. now is isis coming really i am not sure? but i know syrians and iraqis are paying a heavy price for a war that if either side isil on the one hand or the
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sectarian-lead governments in both countries win, both countries lose. >> good to get your thoughts as always. >> thank you. now kenya's interior ministry says a policeman has been killed and four others injured by suspected al-shabab fighters. the group claimed to have claimed 25 kenyan police officers in the east. the police were ambushed by fighters. the spokesman for the kenyan interior ministry says ensuring the entire is secure from al-shabab is a huge challenge. >> what happened yesterday evening, there was some police officers on patrol in the area and they were ambushed by suspected al-shabab militia. there was extended and some were injured. but what happened was that -- by
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the time the whole thing was over two officers were dead and three were [ inaudible ]. but today one of the solders passed away. almost on a daily bases, there are attempts almost on a daily basis. so this is the sort of war one or two it's difficult to do a raid somewhere, so you can't have police officers in all corners of the country, but what is happening is the systemic effort to improve security in the area and there are quite a number of attempts that are prevented or thwarted. >> joining me now to talk more about this is an al jazeera online journalists. we heard the government's version of this but al-shabab has released its own statement. what have they said?
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>> just before i came on air, i spoke to an official spokesman of al-shabab, the group still claims they have killed more than 25 police officers in the attack. what they also said was there were two attacks, the first on a security patrol and then the second one was an ambush on the rescue team that came to the help of the first one. the group claims they also have video footage of the whole attack. they also claim their soldiers have haven't left the region or the village. >> and how significant is this attack? because this comes only about a month after previous attack on the university which highlighted the vulnerability of that whole area in northern kenya? >> what al-shabab likes to refer to as the [ inaudible ] wart of kenya. they don't consider it as part of kenya.
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that is one of their arguments. they used to call for withdraw of troops but now they are calling for kenyan withdrawal from this northeastern region. just last week there were two attacks by al-shabab. in one incident they guided local residents into a mosque and lectured them for two hours. it shows how comfortable they are in this part of kenya. it's closer to the border so it's easier for al-shabab soldiers to cross the border into kenya. you are talking about a large part of kenya that has less than 100 kilometers of [ inaudible ]. so in terms of response it's quite difficult, so it a softer target for al-shabab compared to other parts of kenya. >> what ultimately then is alsho al-shabab trying to achieve in
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kenya? >> now they are playing the nationalist card in kenya, as opposed to the religious card. they are demanding this part of kenya being returned to somalia. they are also attracting disenfranchised youth saying look at how the government is treating you. >> good to get your analysis on in. thanks. now lots more ahead on the al jazeera news hour. questions about safety standards in china after a fire at a home for the elderly kills dozens of people. the loan star state goes underwater after a series of deadly flash floods. and in sport, taking a tumble, the loss of steph curry damage the playoff hopes of the golden state warriors? details coming up. ♪
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a malaysia police are continuing the grim task of exhumes the bodies of suspected trafficking victims from graves. 139 graves were discovered near the border of thailand. florence looi has this report. >> reporter: in a shallow unmarked grave, a forensic's team is carefully trying to extract what was found here. human remains wrapped in what was probably a white cloth. >> translator: we're still digging up the graves so we still can't tell you how many bodies there are, except for the ones we found today. >> reporter: the police suspect they are probably 40 graves in the area. they are likely to be migrants
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or refugees who were being trafficked into malaysia. about 200 meters from the burial site is a camp. it's inhabitants long gone. authorities believe this camp has been abandoned for at least two years. much of the structure is already in ruins, but it was probably big enough to hold about 200 people. all around the camp there were signs that people lived here. plates crockery thrown into a pit. and crudely built cages where the human cargo were kept. the camp is on a hill less than 500 meters from the thai border. it's one of 28 human trafficking camps found by the malaysian police over the weekend. less than a month earlier thai authorities made a similar discovery. this is where they hold
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prisoners while they demand ransom from their families. the majorry expected to be bangladeshi, and rohingya. malaysian police at first denied the existence of these camps but now they are investigating what happened. these camps may be abandoned, but there's no indication the human trafficking syndicates have been broken up. florence looi, al jazeera. andrea is with the simon scott center for the prevention of genocide. >> so now if there is a strong international response to rescue those at sea, to provide safe homes for those in need who are too fearful to go back where they would face persecution or violence in myanmar, and if the
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government of myanmar responded to international pressure and addressed the underlying problems of discrimination of violence against a minority group, this could be taurning point. but u.s. holocaust memorial museum in our reporting we indicated all of these symbols of repression together form early warning sides of genocide. but it doesn't have to be that way if there are strong assertive measures now from the government of myanmar and other regional actors to truly address the cause of the situation. for decades ethnic row hee ga have been persecuted. wayne haye reports now from new zealand. >> reporter: these men and their families have come a long way and before through a lot. he and his brother escaped from myanmar 20 years ago, and after working in thailand and malaysia were granted residency in new
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zealand, but the people they left behind are never far from their thoughts. >> it's like they are living in an open-space prison because they have no rights to go out. they have no rights to study. >> reporter: if they had stayed in myanmar in their hometown this is where they would likely be, with four of their brothers and sisters in camps. since 2012, more than 100,000 people have been forced from their houses because of a tax lead by buddhists and can't go back home. there's been tension for decades but the issue has hit the headline again in recent weeks because of a new wave of refugees escaping in boats. earlier this month, researchers went to myanmar and found what they termed early warning signs of genocide. >> we're talking about the 1948 u.n. convention on genocide. and what that talks about specifically is group-targeted
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violence and targeting a population based upon their religious, ethnic or national characteristics. >> reporter: others agree, and believe there appears to be enough evidence to take legal action against the government and individuals. >> there needs to be urgent political action and direct ramifications to myanmar in terms to change. so i'm not just talk about dealing with the people fleeing now, but in terms of a long-term strategy. >> reporter: there is no doubt in the minds of this man, his friends and family who believe those still in myanmar are in a lot of danger. this is a big test for the international community, not just for myanmar's neighbors in southeast asia who have traditionally been reluctant to criticize each other, but also for western nations who have rushed to engage with the government of myanmar off it returned to partial democracy five years ago, the plight of the rohingya shows how far it
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has to go. wayne haye al jazeera. a cast for the elder are reported to have been arrested after a fire swept through a home in china. our china correspondent records now from what remains of the privately run care home. >> reporter: this is all that remains at the happy and healthy garden care home where so many perished. almost all of the billing was destroyed, suggesting keep materials were used in its construction. this is one of the poorest areas in china. the evening meal had been eaten, but most of the residents had gone to bed. some were very frail. many made it to safety but by tuesday night rescue crews were
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involved in an operation to recover bodies that for the most part had been burned beyond recognition. it's only two years since 11 people died in a fire at another home for the elderly. the cause for the latest blaze is still not known. but china's president has order ordered an investigation. promising anyone found responsible will be punished. now the first hearing has ended in the trial of "washington post" journalist in iron. the first day of trial was held behind closed doors in the absence of his family. he is charged with spying collaborating with hostile governments and spreading propaganda. iran says the law must take its course. let's talk to the editor of iran wire and he has also started the campaign journalism is not a crime, and his memoir about
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being jailed by the iranian regime was the basis for the film "rose water". thank you for being with us. we know very little about what exactly it is he is being charged with here, and how is it any different fran what he has been doing as an ordinary journal list. >> from what we know one of the charges is economic espionage, and the reason for charging economic espionage is he was put into companies to help iran to circumvent charges against it. but jason is the victim of an internal fight between two factions of the iranian government. the conformist faction represented by the president,
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and the hard-line faction, which is represented by the superleader of iran and the revolutionary guards. the revolutionary guards arrested jason last year and they are the ones who control the judge in charge of his case which was incidentally in charge of my case as well. and they are trying to put pressure on president rouhani. >> it is hard to ignore the timing of this, isn't it coming with those sensitive nuclear negotiations between iran and the world powers scheduled to wrap up in -- in the next few weeks. is -- is this being used as possible bargaining chip then? >> it is being used by the hard liners as a bargaining chip in their own negotiations with the
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government of president rouhani. the hard liners are holding jason, and they are in charge of arresting him, imprisoning him, interrogating him, forcing him to confess against himself and his colleagues and they are also in charge of his trial. so they can do whatever they want to jason, if they deem that president rouhani and his foreign minister is not doing exactly what they want them to do, what the hard liners want them to do. >> and unfortunately as we mentioned earlier there, you went through a similar experience yourself when you were arrested by the authorities in iran when you were working as a journalist there? 2009. talk to us then about that experience and what you think perhaps -- how he may have been treated by the authorities in iran. >> the two cases are very
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similar. i was arrested by the same people who arrested jason. i had the same judge as -- as jason, and i think, obviously i do not know anything about his interrogation process, but i think that he is going through the same interrogation, which is full of psychological torture, intimidating him and his family coworsing his family to be silent about him, and unlike jason's family and the people around him, my colleagues at news week at channel 4 at different news media organization they were vocal about me from the beginning. unfortunately this did not happen in terms of jason. "washington post," and jason's family were coerced into silence. they did not start the campaign
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about him for four or five months. and i think what the iranian government is doing now with impunity is a direct result of that. and i think the lesson for other journalists and other media organizations is that they should be as vocal as possible against the unjust arrest and imprisonment of their colleagues as soon as they are arrested and do not listen to any word of the iranian government and do not trust any of the iranian firms. >> good to speak with you on this. thanks for your time. >> thanks. still to come on the program, an agreement is reached in nigeria to end fuel shortages, but just how long before things go back to normal? and in sport rafael nadal begins his quest for a fourth title. the latest from day three coming up. ♪
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province from isil. shia militia involved in the operation, which some fear could raise sectarian tensions. kenya's interior minister says two police officers have been killed by al-shabab fighters. and malaysia police are continuing the grim task of exhuming the bodies of dozens of suspected trafficking victims from shallow graves in the jungle. 139 graves were discovered in the northern malaysian state that borders thailand. an agreement has been reached in nigeria on fuel shortages. but it may take longer to fix. our correspondent reports. it's revision time for this man and his friends. the crucial end of session
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examinations are here. with no electricity at home or in their classes, they are forced to revise their notes in an unusual environment, under street lamps or a major highway. >> i'm here in order to read my lecture notes because there is no electricity in our area. we are facing the practical activities but there is no electricity. >> reporter: a chronic power shortage across the country is pushing students like him to take desperate measures. a wrong turn by a truck could be disastrous here. the students remain here to read despite the risks, but the crisis in the energy sector they will not sure how long it will be before these
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poorly-streets are plunged into darkness. >> it affects the quality of education they are getting, and it also affect the output coming from the students. it has impacted on teaching in such a way it has affected research most of what the teachers are teaching the students are coming from the research conducted by the teachers themselves. >> reporter: after ga's biggest oil producer currently imports most of his petroleum. the government said electricity production hit an all time low. it blames sabotage of oil and gas pipelines as well as oil workers strike. with chronic shortage of petrol and diesel most places including hospitals are finding it difficult to deliver
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services. in a few days a new government will be sworn in, and will have to deal with many problems. yet still, many nigerians are hopeful of change. the chairman of the association of licensed communications operators in nigeria. he says the crisis needs to be resolved right away or the economy will collapse. >> we do not know what agreement has been reached by the government with the suppliers, but we are told there is some understanding to return to loading and off loading of fuel. how long that will be we do not know at this stage, but we have been assured that they have had some agreement. we do not know if the so-called debt has been paid we don't
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know that yet. so we don't know if the problem is now fully resolved. but we're hoping we will come to the end of it soon. a number of services run on [ inaudible ] so the implication of is not just on telecom services it is on sub sectors dependent on telecoms. one is worried that this will affect our gdp and can actually have significant impact on our overall economy. if the issues are no resolved in record time. so the risk is quite high for the economic commission at this time. >> while nigerians have had to go without fuel some of the country's petrol is being sold to togo. our correspondent reports from the capitol. >> reporter: these containers are filled with fuel from
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nigeria. boats arrive nearly every day. the smugglers throw the containers overboard and the tide brings them in. this is a beach on togo's border. we have to film in secret because the people here don't want outsiders to see this. traders come from all over togo to buy fuel here. in the capitol they sell it along the roadside. bike riders are the main customers. it's the way most people get around in togo. on a good day this seller says he can take home $40. he doesn't want us to show his face. >> translator: i know it's illegal, but if it weren't for this maybe i would be on the streets or an armed robber. my life would be good for nothing. at least now i'm focusing on my own business. >> reporter: his customer tells us it's not just because of the
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price that he buys from the roadside. >> translator: at the fuelling stations they cheat you. i prefer to buy from the roadside because i can see the amount of fuel i'm getting for my money. >> reporter: this is how many people buy fuel. it cheaper than going to the filling stations. from time to time police come and seize their goods, but it doesn't deter them. in some parts of the country it is hard to find a fuel station. >> translator: from the boarder to [ inaudible ], there are no fuel stations. if a car runs out of fuel the driver must push his car to the fuel station. go to some districts and villages in the interior of the country and you won't see a fuel station at all. >> reporter: he says the government needs to build more fuel stations or regulate the sellers so they operate safely and can pay tax.
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that's an idea the serls do not like. they say in the absence of other legitimate work they would rather stay underground and make money this way. in burundi an anti government protester has been killed by police in the capitol. government leaders have said they won't bow to international criticism of the participate's controversial bid for a third term. protesters are being met by riot police with guns as jara maatta sa reports. >> reporter: protesters in burundi say there is little they can do so they keep going. and then -- [ gunfire ] >> reporter: in a matter of seconds they are disbursed. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: but they haven't gone far, they are waiting for the police to move on.
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>> translator: the police are shooting at us. they are arresting people. they are just shooting and shooting. >> reporter: they sing no to president pierre nkurunziza running for a third term. >> translator: i don't want pierre nkurunziza at all. we say no to him! >> reporter: the police seem to know what the protesters are planning. as soon as the riot police arrived people ran away. they are now slowly coming back on to the streets. they say they want to march into the city center but the police are stopping them. it has been a month of back and forth. it seems the protests are spreading beyond the capitol. president nkurunziza says he won't give up plans to run for a third term which is against the constitution. haru mutasa al jazeera. the european union has pledged an additional
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$76 million in aide to address the crisis in central africa republic. the interim president warned at a meeting in brussels on tuesday that more help is needed. jacky roland reports. >> reporter: the extra money pledged by the european union is a recognition that the crisis in the central african republic is far from over. the money will be spent on humanitarian aid and promoting stability and security. >> translator: we're not a shamed to ask for assistance because we don't have the means. we have begun to give hope to the people and we need to take that through to the end with the support of the international community. >> reporter: the central afghan republic remains volatile. french and african troops oversea a fragile peace after two years of fighting. nearly half a million people are homeless within their own
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country. christians forced out by muslims, and muslims forced out by christians. the muslim minority in particular is paying the price of the violence. another half million people have fled over the boarder to chad cameroon, and the democratic republic of congo. here they are living in refugee camps. entirely dependent on international aid. this is the lean season in central africa and food stocks are dangerously low. mothers and their children are most at risk at starvation. it is still several months until the next harvest. when there's a lack of food and other basic supplies people tend to move to where they believe they can get access to the things they need. this kind of competition over scarce resources may lead to further conflict.
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some of the armed groups have begun releasing children they recruited to fight with them. but the risk of renewed fighting is never far away the central african republic has few natural resources, so it's not high on the international agenda. without coordinated action now, this conflict may rumble on claiming more innocent lives. jackie rowland, al jazeera. a major air defense exercise is underway in southern russia. 12,000 soldiers and 250 aircraft are testing their combat readiness, russia has repeatedly held drills since the annexation of the crimea region in ukraine. that coincides with fighter jet exercises in sweden norway and finland. they are testing military
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coordination in the region near russian territory. lawyers for green peace india have gone to court to challenge the government's decision to block its bank accounts. the judge has postponed his ruling until wednesday. the government says green peace india violated foreign funding rules and is acting against the country's interest. >> reporter: coal helps ingia meet more than 50% of the country's need and the government wants to mine more of it. but the activist is concerned about environmental and human rights relations. the government barred her from traveling to london to speak against plans by a british based company. they wanted to open a coal mine in the central indian state. >> we were trying to amplify voices of indian citizens against foreign corporate registered in a foreign company.
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how do you say what we were doing was anti-national. >> reporter: the government claims green peace india has broken the rules in an attempt to clamp down on work that it says is against its economic interest. they froze green peace's bank accounts. >> those who have been doing bonafied work based on their own independent mandates based on following all of the rules in terms of foreign contributions there are no questions about them. there are some 22,000 ngo's. there was about $2 billion of funds. and a vast almost a total majority of them don't even file their annual reports. >> reporter: the executive director of green peace india says the organization will stick to its mandate. >> we are environmental watch dogs. so we believe the issues we are
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working on will continue. india needs energy to speed up economic growth the government sees a lots of potential in coal. it is set to more than double consumption over the next 20 years. this observers say, will raise more questions about environmental protection and human rights violations. they fear this latest tussle is a worrying sign of things to come. this man says these are the hallmarks of paranoid governments. >> there may be a technical breach. every organization will have some breach or the other, but to be so totally disproportionate in your response that is essentially to send a message. you are using a hammer to kill a fly. >> reporter: some of these
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organizations on the receiving end of this message say this is not only a matter of government policy but also their survival. an extreme heat wave has killed more than 500 people across india. most died in the south. the heat wave could continue for another two weeks. and in the u.s. four people have been killed in flash floods in the southern state of texas. a state of disaster has been declared in 24 counties. tens of thousands of homes have been left without power. heidi zhou castro is at the affected areas. >> reporter: the city of san marcus was in an overnight curfew for fear that thor water behind me may once again rise. because of the rains last night, there were fears of a repeat disaster. but thankfully that flash flood warning for this part of the river has since expired,
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although the danger still exists further south. the search for 12 missing people from two families has shifted from rescue now to recovery. emergency workers making that declaration overnight. the group of two families reportedly were staying in a vacation home. witnesses say early sunday morning they saw flood waters sweep the home off of its foundation and smash it into a bridge downstream where it split into pieces. rescue workers did find one man swept 12 miles downstream from that group. he is the only one to be found alive. rescue workers expect today they will find bodies. elsewhere in texas, the emergency continues in more than 30 counties. in austin there were overnight recoveries rescues in roof tops
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and in houston people woke this morning to news that they should stay home stay away from schools and work in order to avoid the danger of floods on the roads. in mexico 13 people were killed after a powerful tornado ripped through a border city. dozens of homes and cars have been destroyed on the boarder with the u.s. state of texas. still ahead in sport after sacking their coach, who will be the next person to sit on the real madrid hot seat? raul will be here with all of the details next.
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♪ your sport now. >> thank you very much. real madrid are set to name a new coach after firing the italian who was dismissed after just two seasons in charge. he guided real to a tenth european cup last season and a second place finish in the league this season but failing to win the league title were reasons enough for the club to end his reign, and the smart money seems to be on this man succeeding him. he currently coaches napoli and was manager of the real madrid beating. we won the champions league with liverpool. an official announcement will be made next week. earlier i spoke to spanish football expect ben heyward, he said the appointment wouldn't be universally popular with fans or players. >> i don't they are happy.
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carlo brought the trophy to them. it was like a holy grail, wasn't it for real madrid. the fans were happy with him, and the press liked him. the players liked him. renaldo came out in favor of him. so as far as the players are concerned, you know, they didn't want a change. i don't think the fans wanted a change. yes, obviously they wanted to win trophies but carlo is the only coach in real madrid's history to deliver four titles in one calendar year. obviously they are missing out this season to barcelona, but they have had a difficult season it's not his fault, and it's, you know believed, you know, in most courts that this isn't an upgrade. >> now being a real madrid fan,
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nadal knows all about the significance of [ inaudible ]. the french pope of course nadal, straight set winners. ferare beating in straight sets. staying with the men's draw chile advances as well the u.s. champion defeating his opponent in straight sets. djokovic is on court right now. he is two sets up. to the women's draw now. the current wimbleton champion survived a scare, but she eventually prevailed.
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former world number 1 joins her in the second round. 6-3, 6-6. of course still looking for her maiden grand slam title. staying with the women's draw the russian also advanced. she won the title back in 2009, beating her belgian opponent. in the nba playoffs where the houston rockets have kept their western conference finals series with the golden state warriors series alive. sarah coats reports. >> reporter: at home in houston, it was the rocket's last chance to avoid elimination in the playoffs. the home side also desperate to shut down mvp steph curry.
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>> he is going to want to talk it over. >> reporter: houston intentions were clear right from the start as they carved out a 23-point lead going into the second quarter. things were about to get much worse for the warriors though. >> oh curry goes down hard! landed on his back hit his head as he tried to block. >> reporter: steph curry causing the arena to go silent. getting airborne as he tried to block a lay-up attempt. >> wow. unable to brace the fall. >> reporter: the game-changing player who before this was averaging around 30 points in the playoffs out of the game for now. >> i want to say once i hit the ground kind of hear voices from trainers and people are telling me just to take my time and not rush it. not rush yourself getting up and want to make sure that i pass all of the tests that they
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need me to do so i can get back on the floor. >> reporter: james harden was top scoring with 45 points. not even steph curry's return could stop them as the rockets took a 128-115-point lead. >> we were up in the first quarter pretty big, but we had to sustain four quarters of really good defense. >> reporter: they will be chasing a repeat performance on wednesday in california. the eastern conference and the cleveland cavaliers need just one more win against the atlanta hawks to send them through to the nba finals. lebron james believes they can sweep the series. >> we just haven't been whole and, you know, since the first round obviously, and then our all-star point guard goes down you know so it has been a very
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tough task for myself and the guys in the lineup but they have done a great job of accepting the challenge, and for me i have just tried to lead those guys the best way i know how every single night. the anaheim ducks are just one away from the stanley cup finals. it looked like the ducks had thrown this game away after they had blown a 2-goal lead. two goals in the final two minutes from the blackhawks sending the game into overtime. but just 45 seconds into the extra period anaheim came back again, and scoring the winner. that means anaheim are now 3-2 up in the best of 7 series. that's it more sport later. >> thanks very much. stay with us here on al jazeera, another full bulletin of news is straight away from our studio in london. all of the top stories there in
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