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backing isil several sunni tribes pledge support to the group in another setback for the government and army. ♪ i'm lauren taylor is this al jazeera live from london. more than 90 people are killed at an explosion at a petrol station in ghana. and jack warner vows to expose all he knows about corruption in fifa.
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♪ hello, iraq's go has suffer another significant setback. several sunni muslim tribes and their leaders have pledged allegiance to isil in anbar province. some sunni tribeal leaders have criticized the government. they celebrated their most significant victory last month when they captured ramadi. imran khan has more from baghdad. >> reporter: we have been expecting such a move for about two years now, because the sunnis have complained to the government constantly that they have been ignored and sidelined. they say they were promised jobs in the army security forces and development of anbar province but none of that has come.
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the shia-lead attacks on anbar province a lot of sunnis see that as being sectarian. now let's take a listen to what the tribal leader had to say and how he is going to mount this next attack on the iraqi security forces. >> translator: we announce our allegiance and support to the islamic state. we tell him that we will adhere to and follow his path and standing by him to fight the enemies of religion. >> reporter: some pretty damming words for the iraqi government. many people say they have had two years to be able to reach out to the sunnis and they
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simply haven't done it. hundreds of people from isil controlled towns are trying to get into turkey. turkey has let some people in from syria, but the official border crossing has been closed. and there has been renewed violence in aleppo. opposition fighters are targeting isil positions. and eighty people have been killed when military helicopters dropped barrel bombs, killing at least five people. ♪ in ghana an explosion caused by a fire has killed more than 90 people at a petrol station. many people were taking shelter in the petrol station from torrential rain and flooding.
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>> a lot of people have lost their lives, and i'm at a loss of words to express how i feel. many of them through the flood, and then many of them through the fire incident. i wanted to commend the security services for their diligence. many have not had any sleep. we are closely monitoring the situation, and also to express my condolences to the several who have lost relatives and the victims of the flood. we'll have to take some measures to be able to avoid this happening in the future. >> you can see the devastation behind me. i have counted around 15 vehicles at this petrol station involved in this fire but there were many more pedestrians standing around as well. and it's not just the petrol
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station, the neighboring buildings are also affected. there are homes and businesses there. some people were fortunate enough to be able to escape and others were not so fortunate. the reason this was so terrible is because there was torrential rain, and this whole area was flooded. and we understand that fuel was leaking from this area. a fire started somewhere nearby and the two met and the whole place went up in flames. so people are already asking questions about the way this country manages these heavy rains. this is an annual occurrence but because of the severity of the rains, it was very difficult for the emergency services to get here. people are k look at what is this country going to do to manage the annual flooding that happens, and how we're going to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future. in south korea a doctor
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infected with mers says he has come in to contact with 1.5 thousand people. he attended large-scale meetings. >> this doctor had been treating patient number 14, so is well aware of the stakes involved. when it seemed like he may have symptoms of mers this individual was told to remain in self quarantine until the symptoms were confirmed. they were confirmed earlier today from the 36 so far confirmed. but in the meantime. during this supposed self quan teen period this individual went to a meeting of his or her apartment building. they were considering pulling down the apartment building and
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rebuilding it. and we understand 1,565 people were at that meeting. mers can't be contracted just through air-born transmission but they are all being quarantined. and their families and close associates may have to be quarantined as well. and we understand the doctor went to a couple of symposium this last weekend. so there is a vast increase just through the actions of this one person. for years it seemed like a secret society with few people willing to seek out, but now jack warner has vowed to reveal all and every day that passes the crisis at football's world
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governing body is deepening. >> translator: is he just one of 14 people charged by the united states over alleged corruption in world football, but if jack warner is telling the truth it takes fifa into new categories. warner says he will hand over documents proving his allegations. >> these doctors, [ inaudible ] following matters, the link between fifa the funding, and me. the link between fifa [ inaudible ]
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>> reporter: south a africa has already opened an investigation over an alleged $10 million payment to warner now chuck blazer, told a new york court how he and other senior colleagues took bribes connected with south africa 2010 and also the 1998 event in france. at the hearing where blazer pleaded guilty the document says there were payments for one purpose or another: rico is an acronym for -- but the change won't happen overnight. and sepp blatter is still running the show in zurich at least until the end of this year. >> thank you so much that you
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are here. >> reporter: still swiss and american authorities are investigating the bids for the 2018 and 2022 we recalled cups. on thursday britain's sports minister become the latest to suggest that qatar 2022 might be under threat. >> if there is evidence that the bid process was corrupt, i think the case for rerunning it is very strong. >> qatar insists it has never acted improperly but with every day bringing new surprises, the fifa story is sure to be long in the telling. >> let's get the latest from andy gallagher. what has the reaction been to the latest revelations? >> reporter: well lauren this is a story that is being followed by north americans very close indeed. the headquarters is in the building next to me.
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that was raided by fbi agents on the day the senior officials were arrested in zurich and i think the fact that americans are following this story piece by piece speaks more about the popularity and importance of the sport of football in this country. it is growing in popularity and people are paying close attention to what is happening here. it is an investigation into a sport that is becoming increasingly important in this country. >> how is it likely to impact on the long-term of football? >> reporter: football known as soccer in this country, is a sport that has always had problems gaining popularity. but the last world cup was watched by 30 million people here in the u.s.
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and if you look at the activity among the youth it has grown steadily. it is struggling -- it is never happens going to be as big as say american football or baseball but it is certainly is growing in popularity and people are paying very close attention to it. and some sports pundits even see is day where it could surpass the so-called big four. still ahead on al jazeera, we'll show you what is being found in these popular noodles. and anger in china as relatives missing on an capsized boat demand answers.
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♪ hello, again, a reminder the top stories on al jazeera. a number of sunni tribal leaders have pledged allegiance to isil in a new setback for the government and army. an explosion at a petrol station in ghana has killed about 90 people many who were seeking shelter from torrential rains. fifa's vice president jack warner says he will reveal all about the corruption in the organization. the houthis have met with fierce resistance as victoria gatenby explains.
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>> reporter: this was once a quiet residential city of ta'izz but it has now become a battleground. houthi rebels along with forces loyal to former president saleh, have been trying to push their way into this area but so far their advance has been repelled. >> translator: fierce fighting has taken place here but we'll fight them until we die or achieve victory. >> reporter: ta'izz was the first place of the uprising which ousted saleh in 2011 it is seen as a gateway to southern yemen, and both sides are fighting hard to control it. >> translator: we will defeat the houthis and prosaleh forces. >> reporter: there are many other unarmed people who are
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suffering, and the humanitarian situation is only worsening with a lack of fuel as well as essentials like food and water. meanwhile there have been more saudi-lead coalition air strikes on positions held by houthi rebels. government buildings occupied by the armed group were targeted. several are reported to have been killed. well former president saleh is being accused of double dealing with al-qaeda in the united states. a former al-qaeda operative says saleh supported and directed al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula despite the u.s. being one of his long-term supporters. >> reporter: this car bomb attack killed eight tourists.
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al-qaeda claimed responsibility. but this man say there's more to the story. [ speaking foreign ] >> reporter: he was a member of al-qaeda until his arrest by pakistani intelligence and the cia in 2004. returned to yemen and jailed until 2006, he was released and began his work as a paid informant for the yemeni government. he warned security agencies one week before the attack and provided details on the day itself. just over a year later, a daring assault on the u.s. embassy in sana'a left 19 dead. he says again he warned the
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security services. three weeks before, and a day before. >> reporter: his handler as an informant was sala's nephew. he says he did not just ignore the attacks. he went so far as to hand over money for the exmroeszives used against the u.s. embassy. the colonel then arranged for the explosives to be given to the military commander of al-qaeda.
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>> reporter: al jazeera has verified his background within al-qaeda and established that he was a bomb maker. that's how he gained detailed knowledge about the attacks. he lost his right thumb handling explosives. we have shown his testimony to two retired intelligence officers both experts of al-qaeda. >> this is a guy who in substantial measure is who he says he is. he knows these people. he has incites into how they operate. >> if you look back at the history of al-qaeda there have been very few people that have come out with what was going on. so even if this is a few years back is extraordinarily
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valuable. >> if i had to give him a ballpark grade, i would say 70/30. 70 being genuine. >> reporter: spain and the u.s. have investigated the attacks and closed their cases. the colonel could not be reached for comment. he says he is willing to testify in front of any international panel in order to bring justice. and you can watch the full documentary at 20 gmt on thursday in a special section on our website. you'll find extended interviews articles and lots more. ukraine's president has warned the military to prepare for the possibility of a full scale invasion by russia. wednesday saw the worst fighting since a ceasefire agreement in february. he told parliament ukraine is facing a call loss sal threat. it is the first time he has used
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the word invasion since the start of the separatists rebellion in the east of the country. >> translator: right now there are 14 russian tactical battalion groups on the territory of ukraine. the concentration of russian military is 1.5 times bigger than it was a year ago. the military must be ready for a renewal of an enemy offensive, as they are for a full-scale invasion along the whole boarder with russia. there is a nationwide crackdown in india, after allegations that these noodles contained high levels of led. several states are testing samples, and big retail chains have pulled it from stores.
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>> we're waiting for the reports to come and then we'll take a complete picture of the whole issue, and accordingly, action will be taken. no laxity will be there, and appropriate action will be taken accordingly. >> reporter: in a first of its kind the indian government has taken action against a private company, nestle india. sample tests are being carried out across the country of the product. while this is going on. nestle insee theia has launched a massive social media complain. it is putting out information on social media platforms like twitter and facebook telling consumers what is in their
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products and why they are unsafe to consume. the maggie brand is a huge part of its sales and marketing in india. however, this will contribute to a wider debate in india, which we can expect to go on for sometime yet. this is hugely significant as well given that you are talking about many millions of consumers that this potentially effects, a huge number of people across india have grown up on maggie noodles. it is the product that nestle inteeia has marketed for years as a safe nutritious alternative when it comes to food products in the country. ten bodies have been recovered from the capsized boat in china. an indreeian brown reports. >> reporter: they are still
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calling it a rescue operation, but it's the dead and not the living they are finding now. the weather is making that task much more dangerous. they are drilling holes into the upturned hull. they eventually got inside but found no one alive. officials expect to begin the delicate task of lifting the vessel from the water, an indication they feel there are no more survivors. on a day when the confirmed death toll continue to arise, more bodies arrived at the mortuary. this ma'am is waiting for his grandfather who is one of the missing. >> translator: i should have spent more time with him after i came home from overseas. we let him travel alone with friends. we didn't expect this. >> reporter: they are trapped in the cold administration of loss.
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other families gather around the front desk offering their phone numbers, asking to be called if there's any news. at a meeting with a government official they are told that the priority now is to save lives, not identify bodies. please be patient he tells them. but they weren't patient on wednesday as they tried to break through a police core done after being denied access to the site. many families continue to direct their angry against the authorities. they complain of a lack of information, a lack of sympathy and question why so many survivors were members of the crew. sensing the mood might become more hostile, police have been issued megaphones. june 4th is a sensitive day in
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china, student protests were put down violently 6 years ago. adrian brown, al jazeera. a park in central hong kong has been turned into a sea of candles, and tens of thousands gathered to mark the remember of the crackdown. they paid tribute to the hundreds who had died during the crackdown. our technology editor explains it could change the way we explore our universe. >> reporter: the movement of a joy stick signals success. it is linked to another joy stick on board the international space station. both mean feel the force of the
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other pushing and pulling with only the tiniest of delay. >> we control the joy stick here on the ground. he felt him on the hand. we had video overlay to it. and we showed it is possible to literally touch things. >> reporter: they say it will take the technology much more user friendly. with my arm in this exoskeleton, i'm immediately able to manipulate the movement of this robotic arm just a few meters away. in that robot arm could be in space or even on another planet. >> astronauts have plenty of tasks to execute, and part of it is controlling robots and it takes months and even years of training before they become an
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expert. so by having a more intuitive interface, you can reduce the amount of time to be able to execute different types of activities. >> reporter: researchers say the technology could also allow astronauts to perform precise work on the surface below. they could use a robotic rover without having to endure the harsh atmosphere and without the 12-minute delay. >> often in space you have only one chance to perform an operation, because of time line restrictions orbital dynamics and other constraints. sos and troe naughts need to be well trained so that when we take that action they do it correctly. >> reporter: for now the team are celebrating the success of their trial, and each step they say takes us a little closer to
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realizing the potential of machines to give a helping hand. tarek basely al jazeera. fun. plenty more for you on our website, the address for that is and you can watch us by clicking on the watch now icon. ♪ rick perry is making it official. he is running for president again. plus new details in the killing of a man who pulled a knife on police. and several sunni tribal leaders announce they are backing isil hours after a top u.s. official