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♪ iraq's prime minister accuses the u.s. led coalition of not doing enough to stop the advance of i.s.i.l. fighters. ♪ you are watching al jazeera live from doha and also coming up south sudan expels a senior u.n. official from the country accusing him of exaggeration. myanmar escorting a boat crammed with hundreds of migrants to an undisclosed, safe location. we meet the kurdish campaigners trying to loosen the grip on power in turkey. ♪
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hello, iraq's prime minister describing the advance of i.s.i.l. fighters as a failure for the world community and he is accusing the u.s. led international coalition of not doing enough to stop them. foreign ministers from 24 countries are in paris and they are there to find tune their strategy against i.s.i.l. but the meeting is being marred by mutual suspicion and blame for what has been going wrong. crossing over to mohamed who is joining us from just outside the venue of that meeting in paris and at least he was speaking before that meeting started, the meeting took place, have we heard from other participants mohamed? >> not as of yet. we are expecting there will be a press conference probably in about one hour from now maybe a little bit less. hopefully at that point we will be hearing a bit more about what exactly was discussed and what possible solutions were put forward in this meeting today.
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as you mentioned, right now there is a real blame game that is going on when it comes to the iraqi government and their fighting i.s.i.l. and u.s. led coalition, today we heard from prime minister abd rabbuh mansur hadi and got to paris and said they are not sharing intelligence with air strikes against i.s.i.l. and says also iraqi troops that analysts say are in tatters they need more ground support and nothing will get done in the fight against i.s.i.l. and the group not get rid of unless there is support for the fight on the ground in iraq. meanwhile in the lead up to this meeting, we heard frustration being expressed not just from the u.s. but also more specifically from the foreign minister here in france who as of last week even said there is not going to be any military solution in iraq unless there is a political solution. what the french foreign minister and u.s. really wants to see is they want to see the shia led
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government in iraq embrace the sunni community more and resentment from the government doesn't grow the way it has been growing the last several months. >> what do we make of the focus at that meeting on going on behind you is iraq meanwhile there is syria as well where i.s.i.l. has been gaining ground in territory there? >> yeah it's a very good question. i mean it's quite shocking when you think about what is going on in syria right now as well the real focus of today seems to by rack and that syria is almost resented as an after thought and certainly in lead up to discussions that are happening behind me it was said that what is happening in iraq and what is happening in syria will be discussed, clearly what is first and foremost right now is iraq and in syria the situation is as bad as it has been and we have almira taken over by i.s.i.l. and it is going to be very telling when we finally do hear from the diplomates who attended this what exactly happened and
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how much syria was on the radar, what kind of solutions, what kind of possible solutions were put forth in these meeting rooms. >> yeah, and you know we do expect a press conference to take place in round an hour's time or less but for the time being we will let you go and thank you very much and reporting from paris. well, while that meeting is going on in paris we are getting reports that 17 iraqi soldiers and fighters in a popular mobilization force have been killed in shelling by i.s.i.l. that attac at the air base east of ramadi and took place early on tuesday. meanwhile the u.s. is saying reports of a sierran regime and helping i.s.i.l. to target rebel-held areas, over the last few months government troops have setback in idlib under government control and we report. >> reporter: commander belonging to al-nusra front
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tells them to stand ready for the next battle and fighting bashar assad is just a matter of time. these are fighters from the army of conquest. the coalition that includes al-nusra and sham and other opposition groups. and they are on the offensive. they recently captured most of idlib province and are now focused on the coastal city of latakia, the heart land of president assad's support. the army of conquest made gains in the last few months forcing government troops to withdrawal. fighting has intensified on several fronts. in idlib the rebels face hezbollah and assad forces backed by iran and here i.s.i.l. has captured villages and expanded its influence.
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and in and around aleppo the syrian government and i.s.i.l. fighters are attacking rebels together. in areas like mara the u.s. government says it has heard reports of what appears to be joint strategy by i.s.i.l. and assad government. >> the regime is making air strike in support of i.s.i.l. advance on aleppo leading attacks on the syrian population. beyond that we have long seen they avoid i.s.i.l. lines in complete contradiction to claims publically to be fighting i.s.i.l. >> reporter: the syrian human rights says i.s.i.l. controls half of syria. battle hard earned and well equipped fighters from islamic state of iraq and levante storm an army base. i.s.i.l. has recently seized the ancient ruins of palmyra raising fears they might destroy the
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site. in april i.s.i.l. blew up artifacts of the ancient syrian capitol in iraq. as the rebels gain more ground government helicopters drop more barrel bombs killing dozens of civilians in aleppo and they search for survivors. despite widespread condemnation assad denies his army is using barrel bombs. four years since the start of the uprising more than 200,000 people have been killed and vast areas destroyed and there are no signs of an end to any of it. i'm with al jazeera. egyptian court delayed announcing a verdict in the trial of deposed president mohamed morsi for two weeks. the court has received an opinion from the grand mufti the highest religious authority in egypt. it had earlier sentenced mohamed morsi to death and convicted of
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coordinating with hezbollah and hamas in 2011 during the revolution that toppled mubark and one of several cases he is defending. south sudan government expelled a top u.n. official saying he expressed what he calls an extreme view in a television interview and toby was the humanitarian coordinator and deputy envoy. he was appointed in 2012 and was nearing the end of his term. the government says his statement to cnn that the country was on the verge of collapse was unacceptable. the u.n. has condemned his expulsion, in a statement the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon's says said he has been instrumental in addressing the increasing humanitarian needs of conflict needs in the country. secretary-general calls on the government of south sudan to reverse its decision immediately and cooperate fully with all u.n. entities present in south sudan. hundreds of migrants found drifting in a crowded boat off
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the coast of myanmar are escorted to an undisclosed location but not to bangladesh as earlier reported and commanders in myanmar will not be taking further action until the identities of 727 boat people are verified and found on a converted fishing boat four days ago crossing over to florence live from there and it seems that there is some sort of confusion over where these migrants are being taken, florence. >> reporter: absolutely. it was initially reported that they would be taken back escorted back to bangladesh waters but when we spoke to the myanmar presidential spokesman he told us that they would be taken to yet undisclosed location for their own safety and security before they were transported back to bangladesh and did not say if the undisclosed location would be at sea or allowed on land and now
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we are hearing that, in fact, the verification exercise has not been completed and that these people will not be taken to bangladesh yet so clearly there is very little clarity, a lot of confusion surrounding this issue and also a complete lack of transparency initially the government had said that they would be taken back to bangladesh implying that a verification exercise had already been completed when, in fact, the boat has been in myanmar territory for four days and unlikely that a verification exercise would have been completed during that time and now they are saying they are still conducting this exercise but no one has been able to access or has been able to gain access to these people apart from the government. reporters tried to get close to the boat over the weekend and they were turned back by navel boats and escorted back to land where they were questioned for several hours and some of them were made to delete their memory cards, pictures or video. as far as we know international aid agencies also have not been
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able to gain access to these people so we don't know what the conditions are. >> the government. >> medical conditions they are in. >> i'm sorry, can you repeat the question. >> why is this seemingly a sensitive issue for the government? >> right, well myanmar has been seen to be a big part of the refugee and migrant crisis in southeast asia. many of the people who have been getting on boats, the boats and who have arrived in places like malaysia and indonesia and still adrift at sea many of these people rohingya and ethnic minority which the government does not recognize and neighboring countries and international community have said it's myanmar's treatment of the rohingya and policies of discrimination and marginalzation and persecution against rohingya making
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desperate journeys to leave the country but says it's not part of the problem because it says these people are not from myanmar and not from the country and are all illegal immigrants from neighboring bangladesh and this whole and the whole way it has handled this issue is connistent with that and does not see itself as part of the refugee migrant crisis despite being a regional meeting four days ago in bangkok to tackle the crisis and were supposed to discuss the route part of the problem and myanmar is part of the problem but myanmar is not acknowledging that. >> florence thank you. more than 400 passengers are missing after their river cruiser sank in china. rescuers heard cries from help in the eastern star carrying 458 mostly elderly tourists on the yangtze river in hubei province and five confirmed dead and another 14 have been rescued so far, the captain and chief engineer who managed to get out
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are being questioned by police and rob mcbride has more from hong kong. >> reporter: this accident will raise concerns about marine safety on china's rivers. there was an earlier accident on the yangtze river in january when a tug that was under going trials capsized with the loss of 22 lives. but the yangtze river is the most powerful body of water running right heart of china is no stranger to accidents. what is unusual in this case is the expected death toll and that is due mostly because of a set of unfortunate circumstances. it was late at night when this boat sank, it took just two minutes for it to sink and we know that most of the passengers on board were retirees people aged from 50-80 who were below decks and most of whom are asleep and would have very little chance of getting out of the vessel. we expect quite a few people on the vessel would take their
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first ever vacations and that is a concern for the authorities that we are going to see a huge growth as people more people in china take vacations during the summer more people go on cruise ships like this and authorities will want to ensure that that cruising is done safely. >> still ahead on al jazeera, the new cancer treatment scientists are seeing once in a generation discovery and we will tell you why this new power plant in guinea could put an end to protests like these. ♪
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top stories on al jazeera iraq prime minister describing i.s.i.l. a failure for the community and accusing thest led coalition not doing enough to stop them and foreign ministers from 24 countries are in paris to talk about the strategy against i.s.i.l. 400 passengers missing after a river cruiser sank in china and five confirmed dead and another 14 have been rescued so far and eastern star was carrying 458 mostly elderly tourists on the yangtze river in hubei province. hundreds of migrants found drifting in their crowded boat off the coast of myanmar are being escorted to an undisclosed location chlts . the italian coast guard off the coast of libya and the main route for people crossing into europe and we have this update from an italian ship.
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>> we have been sailing for about 16 hours and we are about 24 nautical libya where they leave from and along the road we have seen for example a ship of the british royal navy and helicopters in the sky and are part of the triton mission, that european mission that is now in charge of and search of rescue of these migrants who cross the mediterranean sea. this vessel and this crew is not officially part of it but what happens is that for example, we have just received a call from triton headquarters telling them that in the area where we are they spotted a ship boat full of my grants and we u-turned and are heading back from east to west towards that boat. we should be there very shortly but this is what happens here
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all the time. and back and forth along the coast and whoever is closer to one of these migrant boats has the duty to head there as quick as possible. >> police in france cleared a camp under a rail way bridge in paris and had been living in tents for over a year. police removed them over fears the settlement was getting too big and they have been relocated to a center for asylum seekers. nine people including five aid workers have been killed in afghanistan's northern bulk province, ngo compound attacked by gunmen monday night and a woman is among them and we have more from kabul. >> reporter: this attack in the north of afghanistan targeted a check known government organization called people in need. now, it works on rural projects reconstruction with villages building bridges and roads. the attack happened overnight, nine people were killed all of
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them afghans, two drivers, two guards and five aid workers including a social worker. there has been no claim of responsibility so far. it certainly is not the first time these kind of softer targets have been hit. in may, in kabul there was a hotel attacked of 14 people were killed including nine foreigners and also a guest house has been attacked. but there has been a great deal of instability in the north of the country. it seems that the taliban has opened up a new front for fighting in areas like the provinces. the government has had to send reenforcements from the afghan security forces up to the north to try and secure the area. but still there is isolated fighting going on in that instability and insecurity is indeed being felt in the north of afghanistan. national elections will be taking place in turkey on sunday and for the first time mainly
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kurdish opposition parties to loosen the party 13 year grip on power and we have more from istanbul. >> reporter: election campaign trail in istanbul she is trying to broaden support of the main party the hdp. one way is by having women makeup 50% of the party's candidates. another tactic is to reach out to poorer working class voters. >> translator: their main concern is to get a fair wage for their labor rather than just being exploited. those with kids are particularly concerned about being able to provide for their children. >> reporter: hdp leaders is taking a huge gamble with this election. his party must win at least 10% of the vote to get any representation in parliament. in previous elections candidates has independence and over all share of the vote was never more
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than 7% but if the hdp wants to advance a stalled kurdish peace process it needs more influence in parliament. >> with this decision to run as a party in this elections, the hdp forced many turkish voters to realize that the kurdish issue and their own lives are intimately connected. so now they will have to pay more attention to kurdish issue and decide how to cast their votes. >> reporter: for more than 30 years the turkish state fought armed kurdish separatists and 40,000 were killed so many ethnic turks skill regard kurdish political leaders with suspicion. now if the hdp gets more than 10% of the votes they will deprive the ruling party of its parliamentary majority and that could effect the ambitions of
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president erdiwan to change the constitution in favor of a more executive presidency. al jazeera, istanbul. the u.s. senate is pushing to restore the bulk collection of phone records of americans. the law that previously allowed for mass surveillance by the national security agency expired on monday. and how lawmakers working to enact a new law to renew the program with only minor changes and kimberly reports. >> reporter: for the first time in a long time people making telephone calls in the university exercised a constitutionally protected right their government has denied them, the right to privacy. that's because controversial provisions of the patriot act that allowed for the nsa's bulk collection of phone records of private citizens expired and majority of lawmakers in the u.s. senate want that to change. >> we know what happens when we get a trove of technology in our
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hands that we know gives us the ability to see whether it was tied to somebody whether we knew about them or didn't. >> reporter: so the senate is looking to pass new legislation already pushed through the house of representatives, known as the usa freedom act, it would bring back surveillance tools with only minor modifications. instead of the government collecting the time, length and phone number of calls, private phone companies would do the work. and if government wants access to that information, a court order would be required. >> anything that allows mass surveillance which the usa freedom act does albeit a limited form taking place now i think it's something that should be very concerning to all of us. >> reporter: the phone companies al jazeera reached out to were reluctant to comment on surveillance role cellular provider sprint said it would guard customers' privacy and only provide customer
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information to the government in response to a valid legal demand appropriate for the information being sought. the white house argues each day the u.s. is without the phone surveillance tool it's at risk. it disagrees with opponents who say renewing phone service they late violates constitution and the legal right to privacy. >> believes the senate should act as quickly as possible to pass the u sa freedom act so he can sign it into law and we can do two important things. the first is begin to implement the reforms over a six-month period that are complainted in the usa freedom act to better protect civil liberties and ensure our national security professionals have the tools they need. >> reporter: legislation remains controversial and many say unlawful. still it's expected the new surveillance law could pass this week. kimberly with al jazeera, washington. in a land mark ruling in
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tibet a court ordered three major tobacco companies to pay $3 billion to smokers, the largest award of its kind in the history of canada. smokers filed lawsuits in 1998 and accuse the companies of failing to warn them of the health risks associated to cigarettes and the firms have argued that canadians had high awareness since the 1950s and more than a million people were represented at that ruling. south korea says two people have died of middle east respiratory syndrome also known as mers and the country's first fatalities from the disease and emergency meeting is discussing how to stop it from spreading and 25 cases so far and no vaccine or cure for that virus. guinea has personally opened a new hydroelectric power plant expected to improve the country's struggling electricity supply and al jazeera went to visit the plant a few days ago
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and stephanie decker explains why the government is announcing this at this particular point. >> reporter: government tour of the newly-built hydroelectric dam. built by the chinese it is designed to bring much-needed electricity to people here. >> the first thing you need to project would be officially put into use today so today it is a great day. >> reporter: that is a message guinea government is keen to get out to the people that the president is fulfilling promises. >> translator: to show the people of guinea that the president wants electricity to reach the population as soon as possible they sped up this project, we are supposed to finish next year and now it's almost finished in 2015. >> one, two, three. >> reporter: the room filled with excitement as a turbine is switched on. it all looks great but 24 hour power has been an issue here for
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years years. >> translator: give us electricity and i don't think there is going to be any more protests i have electricity since this morning. if it continues it will be good for us. no more protests no more killings, may god help us. >> reporter: he is referring to protests against power cuts that have turned violent in the past these are pictures from last year where para military police accused of using too much force. people are fed up. and not much has changed, many still struggle with random supply and here they watch t.v. in a cafe because they cannot power their television at home. he says he often has to work through the night because that's when the electricity comes on and as we are speaking to him as on cue there is light. fuel for the generator is expensive he says. so why does pr push to open the dam so publically? well, it is an election year and president konda is expected to run again and it's rich in minerals but majority of its
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people are poor. this is a common sight, you can't charge your phone at home if you don't have power or an expensive generator. >> translator: if you don't vote for the president, if there is no electricity, as he promises also food and employment. up until now we have not seen any change. >> reporter: presidential elections are in october. and if this hydro dam makes a real difference that could help ensure president konda a second term in office stephanie decker al jazeera. an american woman has been mauled to death by a lion at a wildlife park in south africa. she was in a car taking photos through an open window when the lion jumped in. visitors are warned to keep their windows closed. lion park is just north of johannesburg and popular tourist destinations to see the animals roam freely. you can read much more about that story as well as all the
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day's other top stories going to our website al, there it is on your screen al, one of our top stories we are covering on tuesday is hundreds of people missing in china after a ship sunk there. >> the head of the t.s.a. is no longer in charge after an internal investigation found serious gaps in security screenings. >> the senate looks to give back the n.s.a. spying authority but setting up a new battle with the white house. >> iraq says the u.s. must do more. the blame from both sides on how to fight