>> more evidence of the growing arsenal of improvised weapons syria's government is accused of using on its own people. hello there welcome to al jazeera, live from our headquarters live in doha. also coming up. a protest in hong kong as politician debate how the city's next leader should be elected. >> the only thing that counts is have we stopped the boats and the answer is a resounding yes.
>> australia's prime minister evades a bribery scandal over entrants. immigrants. we begin in syria where the government use so-called elephant markets killing at least 25 people. the rocket is an additional weapon are be bashar. bashar al-assad is already accused of using barrel bombs. >> under astack by the regime of bashar al-assad for the last four years.
this time assad's weapons were elephant rockets named for their distinct sound. scores of children are among the injured. secretary of state john kerry summed up what the international community thinks of such attacks. >> i think everybody's patience is wearing thin with respect to the extraordinary depravity, of the weaponry and mechanisms for delivery which assad has used against his own people. >> reporter: the question is what can be done to stop suffering from attacks like this. and from the continued use of chemical weapons despite a u.n. backed deal to get rid of the government stockpile two years ago.
members of the syrian medical society expected to give testimony on wednesday that shows assad's regime is using chlorine on civilians. the u.n. is considering another resolution to stop it. >> just because chlorine is a household product doesn't make it anything other than a chemical weapon when it is put in a bomb and dropped on sirchlts. civilians. >> he so urged assad to stop civilians. 230,000 deaths, half those are not involved in the fighting. such as the attack on duma. this time there were shouts of joy, as a girl was pulled from the rubble. while underneat underneath her brother
could still be heard calming for help. caroline malone, al jazeera. >> syrian kurdish forces control portion of the tal abyad area. in hong kong people are protesting over a debate over a controversial electoral reform plan. if it passes the city will be able to vote for its own leaders but only if china approves the candidates. security has been stepped up pickup officials think there could be a repeat of the huge protest seen last year. adrian brown has a report. >> it is hot humid and very loud in this corner of hong kong. behind me some of the rival groups in this debate.
these are the people that support china's efforts. china has agreed that hong kong can choose its next candidate as long as there are no more than two or three candidates and those candidates are vetted buy special committee. the prodemocracy camp says that amounts to fake democracy which is why they will be voting against it. the government needs two-thirds of legislators for that resolution to pass, and at the moment that seems unlikely. just how polarized hong kong remains. it's only been nine months since thousands of student demonstrators occupied the is center of hong kong itself.
>> south korea reported more cases, the total being 164. four are at the hospital, the ability to contain the disease that's killed 20 people in less than a month. al jazeera has been given exclusive access to bank notes allegedly hand he over by australian officials to indonesian boat people. refusing to confirm or deny whether this took place. andrew thomas reports. >> the money shots, al jazeera was given the exclusive access to the bank notes at the center of a major international dispute. given at sea by australian officials to make sure they
return their cargo to indonesia. >> translator: i told australian man we needed money so we could return to our wives and children. he said okay, we'll help you. as captain i got $6,000. the five crew got $5,000 each. >> the captain now being held by indonesian police, claimed his boat was sorted by two australian ships for two weeks each. provided once paid sent in the direction of indonesia. >> according to our law this is bribery. this is illegal. we will let the international community decide what the punishment will be. >> on australia tuesday the prime minister was still dodging questions. >> the only thing that really counts is have we stopped the boats and the answer is a resounding yes. >> the prime minister insisted
officials always acted legally. despite paying smugglers to take be migrants anywhere is not is not legal. did people smugglers ever get paid by australia while they were in government? not at sea his leader said but he stonewalled when he claimed payments made to smugglers on land. >> you know, it doesn't matter what the political party the matter is from, we simply don't comment. >> australia paying smugglers could have happened for years. australian poifns are opinions are mixed. >> if they don't have anything to hide they should be anting the question. >> it is a good thick. >> thing -- thing. >> crook? >> yes crook.
they proved themselves. >> most asylum seekers have stopped coming the this country. the secrecy by which this is achieved, the question of how long this last been going on. andrew thomas, al jazeera in stratfield southbound australia. >> vladimir putin says toart new intercontinental ballistic mixes will be put into service this year. he made the announcement just outside moscow. >> translator: even the most technically advanced be defense systems could be overcome. >> rory challands has the story just outside moscow.
>> washington in particular says that russia has violated a 1987 treaty on intermediate rage missiles by test firing a particular type of cruise missile. moscow says washington is stepping over boundaries by planning to locate intercontinental missiles on the border. sit more tough talk than substance? well there are some suspicions or suggestions that maybe these intercontinental ballistic missiles that he announced today are not actually new missiles but replacement of older systems, like the one can see behind me, that ominous sausage shaped thing is a topol
intercontinental ballistic system one of the older systems. bus russia is under a vast expensive upgrade the whole of its military by 2020 it wants to replace 70% of all its hardware, that's going to cost a lot of money and it's worth remembering what happened to the ussr, it was bankrupted and ruined by an arms race which it couldn't win against a much-richer west. >> still to come here on al jazeera, the sahara sand dunes of niger is a favorite of tour tourists but a potential debt poasht death pocial death potential death
in-depth reports and investigations. start weekday mornings with al jazeera america. open your eyes to a world in motion. >> hello there welcome back. these are the top stories here on al jazeera. syrian governmental forces are accused ever using so-called elephant rockets in duma just north of damascus. rockets is the recent addition of improvised weapons. gathering over a electoral reform plan. if it passes, the city will be able to vote for its own candidates in hong kong but only if china vets the candidates. bank notes in indonesia allegedly handed over by
australian officials to people smugglers at sea. let's go back to the conflict in syria. while the government comes up with a new type of improvised weapons having is tangible consequences on the ground as juliana rufus reports. >> reporter: it was a television controller's nightmare. a cyber attack of epic proportions. 12 channels taken off air. how did a french tv station end up being brought down by hackers? the answer may lie on the war torn streets of syria. as syria's uprising started so did another conflict. a cyber-war. activist rami jara was one of its first casualties. >> in my arrest i spent three days where i was tortured but on
the second day i was taken in for interrogation. the questions were firm they wanted my -- were if i recall first of all they wanted my facebook account. >> greetings to our friends around the world. we are now . the global resistance to tyranny. >> anonymous hackers faced somewhere syriansyrian internet. the syrian agency turned the tables on the hackers. president assad found a an ally. we made contact with the hacker,
told us the hearing's space was extremely well equipped. >> they offered me the software intelligence of the equipment they had so i said okay i'll think about it. he said we can monitor 8,000 address, we have the technology. >> cyber security analysts discovered that pro-jimregime is be analysts lost access to crucial supply routes. we may never know exactly who struck tv sang but it's clear attacks on commercial and government accounts take place around the world. but syria's situation is likely blueprint, with warfare taking place widely from be the bament
front. >> you can watch on wednesday 2230 gmt right here on al jazeera. a decision by an egyptian court to uphold the death sentence of deposed president mohamed morsi has been met with widespread condemnation. the united states and the united kingdom have come out against sentencing. >> the united states has long been concerned about the proceedings. conducted in a way that is damaging to what all egyptians have deserved. >> demeral served prime minister seven times served as turkey's 9th president between 1993 and
2000. he died in the capital ankara, he was 91. european union ministers have wrapped up talks in be lux luxembourg. the disagreement came as italian police evicted dozens of migrants from their shelter under a railroad bridge in france. 1800 migrants have died in the mediterranean while trying to get to europe this year. another round of talks is scheduled in brussels later this month. while the diplomatic talks are focused on boat journeys, migration experts say risky migration he across the sahara also need to be stopped. be osama ben javais reports.
>> reporter: from the staging point a perilous journey begins for many migrants from west africa. this is close to the border between nigeria and libya moving forward means risking his life. >> the road we have to admit is risky, it is not tarmacked. it is the sahara. our truck is 4 by 4 but it would take more than four people. if you are not seated in a good position you risk falling, if you fall you risk being killed. >> used to be a tourist destination now it's notorious for human smuggling and crime. people are charged $500 to dross sahara. hundreds die every year making the dangerous route. their stories of thirst hunger and accidents are rarely heard. the bodies of 92 migrants have
been found in the sahara dessert, desert believed to have died of thirts. people from senegal gambia, guinea ivory coast ghana ma'ami niger and cameroon. many don't make it. >> the migrants die on the way but the traffickers don't care and in libya there are a loot of problems. there's everyone for himself. >> translator: somehow it appears in either libya or nigeria. fragments of cuts in their bodies, treatment they received in the host country. >> niger's government says it can't regulate people coming in
from wearch west african nations osama ben javnessais, al jazeera. >> won't spoke to the exiled government of abd rabbu mansour hadi abd rabbu mansour hashem ahelbarra reports from yemen. >> they are in geneva for crucial talks aimed at stopping violence in yemen. the united nations has called on all parties to agree on a two week humanitarian truce. >> the fighting on the ground is an issue but the big issue is the saudi led air strikes. we want the u.n. and international community to put
the pressure ton saudis to stop the air strikes. >> the be forces loyal to sally ale have recently taken new areas ton border with saudi arabia. >> translator: yemen has been destroyed by all sorts of weapons. children and the elderly have been killed. this is why we want the war to stop and the blockade to be lifted. people are starving. there is no medicine, no fuel, and no food. >> the orn going fighting is raising concerns about more instability. the be u.s. is monitoring the talks in geneva.it geneva. it is concerned that be al qaeda will take advantage of the political divisions across the country. the u.n. has been working for weeks to bring yemen's warring factions to start political talks. for now the chances the
government and the houthis meet face to face are unlikely. though they are largely subdivided over the future of yemen. the united nations has been trying for years to reconcile differences between yemen's key players. that didn't work. its hope now is to start a new process based on a ceasefire as the first step followed by a houthi pullout from the main cities then negotiate a power sharing deal but that might take years. hashem ahelbarra, al jazeera geneva. >> the devastating earthquake that hit nepal in april was so big it actually moved mountains. mountain everest the world's highest peak was moved south by three meters and another mountain moved north by two meters.
in the main square in kathmandu, sabina shrestha reports. >> back to business. that is what nepal's government is saying as the country opens up its heritage sites damaged by april's earthquake. more than 1700 monuments were damaged by the quake 33 of them were here at dabar square. >> we have to open the site and welcome tourists who want to share our sites to them. >> since the earthquake tourism has come to a standstill. large section of this palace have been deemed unsafe and have been cordoned off. but the government says tourists should estremist heritage site not only to learn about the monument but to learn about disasters. tourists have to pay around $7 to see these ruins.
approximately $1 million will be needed to rebuild the hair tarnlg sites in nepal. >> should people be excited? we have to put on the helmets somewhere. >> but conservationists along with unesco says, opening these sites might be premature. unesco issued a statement telling visitors to be extra-careful. director general of department of archaeology is under pressure from the department of archaeology. >> it is our duty, $1 million
more than $1 million and total gdp is dependent on tourism. how will we survive. >> overall tourism has dramatically decreased. the government hopes that opening these heritage sites would be a symbolic gesture to bring tourists back to nepal. sabina shrestha, al jazeera kathmandu. donnell trump is the latest -- donald trump is the latest candidate seeking the republican nomination as president of the united states. the 68-year-old businessman and reality tv star says stopping illegal be immigration from mexico would be his highest
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