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>> al jazeera's investigative unit has tonight's exclusive report. >> stories that have impact. that make a difference. that open your world. >> this... is what we do. >> america tonight. tuesday through friday 10:00 eastern. only on al jazeera america. calls for the man charged with killing nine people at a south carolina church to get death penalty. ♪ hello there, i'm felicity barr. coming up yemen's peace talks end without managing to bring the two sides together in the same room. greek banks are thrown a temporary lifeline after more than a billion dollars is withdrawn in one just day. and south african bosses sleep rough for the night, in
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solidarity with the homeless even as one of them prepares to layoff thousands. ♪ hello, the gunman arrested after the church shootings in the united states have now confessed according to south carolina police. dylann roof has been charged with nine counts of murder. the 21 year old is due to face a bail hearing within the next couple of hours, where he will appear via video link from a detention center. he said he wanted the shootings to start a race war in the united states. the governor is calling for him to get the death penalty. >> this is an absolute hate crime, and i have been talking with investigators and they said they looked pure evil in the eye yesterday. these are fine families that are struggling. this is a state that is hurt by the fact that nine people
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innocently were killed. we absolutely will want him to have the death penalty. this is the worse case that i have seen and the country has seen in a long time. we will fight this as hard as we can. >> prayer vigils have being held across the u.s. these scenes have been repeated at churches the length and breadth of the country, with more events as the religious community comes together. let's get the latest from andy gallagher who joins us live from charleston. we're learning more about the suspect and his possible motivation for this attack. >> reporter: yeah, we are. some interesting facts coming out in this case. apparently dylann roof telling investigators that he almost didn't go through with the alleged act in the church behind me. he spent a full hour sitting in on the prayer group that was taking place before those
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alleged actions took place, and he told investigators that the people inside this church were simply so nice to him, that he didn't go through with what he is alleged to have done. quite a revealing fact there. we know in the next couple of hours we'll make his first court appearance. he has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm. he was arrested after an intense 14-hour manhunt. extradited by plane last night back here to face charges, and of course you heard the governor saying we have been staring into the face of evil and this man will face the death penalty. so there is a determination that he will face justice for his crime. but here in charleston people don't want to concentrate on the actions of one young male. they want to come together as a community. people are streaming in to lay down flowers and cards, come
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together as a community, heal and remember the lives of the nine victims. >> and as with any shooting in the united states, it raises the question once again about u.s. gun laws. >> reporter: it does. it was something the president brought up yesterday. for the 14th time in his administration, and i have been covering this country for the last 15 years, and unfortunately i have been to many of those mass shootings, and there isn't really a chance that much will change here. you can't get the people for gun control and against it even in the same room. the president saying we are once again staring into the dark heart of america, let's at least have a conversation about this but that is probably not going to happen. >> thanks, andy. ♪ underbrokered talks in
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geneva have ended without the two sides ever sitting down together in the same room the two sides didn't reach an agreement and are due to leave over the weekend, but the u.n. envoy says a ceasefire is still possible and the door is open for further dialogue. >> we believe that if there is a further consultation, we can reach the possibility of a ceasefire and withdrawal -- accompanied by withdrawal, there is no disagreement on this basic element. we feel it requires further consultation, and we can achieve it pretty soon. i remain optimistic on this one. >> but there was no let up in the violence in yemen nvenl air strikes by saudi-lead coalition continue. the houthi strong hold of sa'dah was the most recent attack.
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the situation in the country is dire with supplies running low, and fears of an outbreak of dengue fever. we get the latest from hashem ahelbarra in geneva. hashem are we now back to square one do you think? >> reporter: we're really having a problem here in geneva which is basically the need to have the yemeni factions set their differences aside and start talks for the implementation of a ceasefire that could pave the way to political talks to a settlement. that is not happening, because both sides are entrenched. the houthis remain determined that the air strikes lead by the saudis have to stop before they can move forward. the government says the houthis are the ones to blame, and they have to pull out from the city and stop shelling civilians.
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and each party is not willing to make concessions and this is the biggest problem. any united nations has not been able to reconcile those differences. >> what happens now, then hashem? because the u.n. envoy was saying -- he was optimistic that there could be a ceasefire before further talks. >> well there's a growing sentiments among the international community that there needs to be a cease higher in any time soon. millions of yemenese pinned high hopes against the potential of a ceasefire here in geneva. in that is not happening. this is really bad news for yemenese. so think the international community now is going to jump in, and the russians the americans, the european the iranians, and the saudis are now the ones who can pull the strings and try to find an -- an immediate truce to be implemented during the month of
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ramadan. >> hashem thanks very much. now the european central bank has agreed to increase its emergency support for greece's banking sector after fears of a greek exit from the euro lead to a run on the banks. the new funding is believed to be worth up to $1.3 billion and is expected to tie the bank over only until monday. the equivalent to about 2.2% of total household and corporate deposits have been withdrawn, and it's almost twice the amount of money currently at the sentence of the impasse, the $1.8 billion repayment that greece is due to make by the end of this month. paul brennan has the latest. >> reporter: the run on greek banks has accelerated to a stampede in resent days. the total outflow since last
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weekend is more than $3.3 billion. if withdrawals continue faster than the emergency liquidity assistance, it could force athens to impose capital controls as cyprus did in 2013. >> translator: capital control is very possible. there are huge outflows from greek banks. it's a very possible this thing will happen. if it happens the next step is chaos and catastrophe. >> translator: it will be a tough for a period of time. that's for sure. we are entering into a new era that is unchartered territory for me. >> reporter: the athens government must make a payment by the end of the month or become the first euro zone member to go beak. but athens is refusing to impose the tax hikes and pension cuts which its creditors are
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demanding, because it says that would make its problems worse. the greek prime minister is on day two of his visit to russia. the meeting has seen greece and russia sign a gas pipeline deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars a deal to athens. mr. tsipras will have a bilateral meeting with vladimir putin to discuss further financial assistance. >> translator: we would also like to use our position as a springboard in order to benefit from it. we'll make every effort in order to achieve good results based on the cooperation that we have been energying with other countries. russia is one of the most important partners for us. >> reporter: closer ties between athens and moscow will be closely watched by greece's european partners and the greek crisis is top of the agenda at the ongoing meeting. >> we hope for the best, but we
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now must be prepared for the wooirs -- worst, and we have taken measures to increase our economic security to deal with risks like this from abroad and clearly now we must complete that plan. >> reporter: but all eyes are now on monday's emergency summit of e.u. leaders. right now it's brinkmanship rather than compromise, which is dominating proceedings. let's take you live to the greek capitol. john, tell us first of all about the ecb's decision to hand out this lifeline to the greek banks. >> reporter: well this is a decision that is now widely reported, although not officially confirmed the european central bank however, we expect it will be to provide eat $2.2 billion worth of financial assistance to the greek banking system.
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so that reflects the rate the accelerated rate at which greeks are withdrawing their money from banks. and most of those withdrawals, i note immediate before the euro group failure on thursday night. friday as seen the same accelerated rate of withdrawals continue, and there's no reason why we shouldn't be seeing the same sense of insecurity among depositors next week. it therefore seems apparent that markets, depositors the confidence of the public that is observing this crisis may supersede the ability of institutions and governments to control the speed with which the greek situation unravels. >> and if that does happen if the greek public continues to panic, continues to withdrawal money at a rate that the ecb is not prepared to give money to the greek banks, what will happen then? >> then you will have an
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effective collapse of the greek banking system. the bank of greece could ultimately provide some sort of decision to impose capital controls, a that financial experts think will stem the amount of money flowing out of the system but it can't stop it. what you have to provide is a sense of trust and security. but the political situation hasn't provided that up until now, and i think that's what depositors here are chiefly looking for, a sense that there will be a compromise with the europeans, and greece will not run the risk of leaving the euro all together. if greeks lose faith in the ongoing process, then the pressure on banks will only increase and that will bring the whole greek economy closer to the brink of collapse. that's what the ecb is trying to prevent. it's trying to keep the negotiation process alive
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effectively, and the sense of hope alive. >> john thank you. and still to come on the program, israel eases restrictions allowing tens of thousands of muslims to pray at one of islam's holiest sites. and as politicians prepare to sign a peace deal these fighters get ready for war. will the guns ever silent in mali? just because i'm away from my desk doesn't mean i'm not working. comcast business understands that. their wifi isn't just fast near the router. it's fast in the break room. fast in the conference room. fast in tom's office. fast in other tom's office. fast in the foyer [pronounced foy-yer] or is it foyer [pronounced foy-yay]?
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hello again, a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera, the man charged with the
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charleston church shootings in the u.s. is expected to face charges appearing via video link. authorities say he has conferenced to the killing of nine church members. u.n.'s yemen envoy says he is still optimistic a ceasefire can be reached. and the e.u. has agreed to increase bank funds for greece. tunisia says it will close its console late in libya, following the kidnapping of ten staff. they are now all back home. the release comes after a court granted the extradition of the libya dawn militia. at least 80,000 muslim
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worshippers have streamed through jerusalem's old city to pray at one of israel's holiest sites. it eased restrictions in what it says was a sign of goodwill. our correspondent reports from occupied east jerusalem. >> reporter: this man from gaza hasn't been to jerusalem in 25 years, this year israel issued him a travel permit. he left his house to get to the crossing at dawn so he could reach jerusalem in time for friday prayers. praying there is a privilege for muslims on the first friday of ramadan. israel is issuing permits to gazans older than 60. >> translator: i'm so happy that i'm finally going back after a long period. israeli easing restrictions is good, but we need more easing
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for all gazans not just the elderly. >> reporter: palestinians from the occupied west bank will also be allowed to pray on fridays without a permit except for men under 40, who still have to apply to get one. women face no age restrictions. tens of thousands of palestinian palestinians have already apply applied for permits. >> translator: we should be able to move without a permit. we're entitled to the right to movement every day, without being blocked by anyone. >> reporter: israel says it's a goodwill gesture towards palestinians during ramadan. israel's easing of movement restriction comes at a time of heightened tensions with palestinians and the absence of peace talks. while happy to be able to travel to jerusalem, most palestinians don't believe their right to
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worship should be restricted in the first place. the freedom of movement is a right guaranteed by international law, but a right continuously restricted by israel. >> for them occasionally allow more or less people at other times, the whole system is unacceptable, and must be abolished via international law. >> reporter: while these measures temporarily ease restrictions israeli continuing occupation remains a permanent issue, which isn't being resolved. rival armed groups in northern mali are expected to sign an agreement on saturday tend to several years of fighting. violence broke out in northern mali after a coup in 2012 where large areas were eased by al-qaeda linked fighters. france intervened to drive the
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al-qaeda linked fighters out, but the rebels continued their fight. in may there was an agreement signed with the government. but until now the main toreg rebel alliance refuse to come to an agreement. >> reporter: the campfire in the wilderness and lamb meat for roasting. quiet moments like this are rare and brief among the life of the rebels. as the politicians prepare to sign peace, these fighters get ready for war. >> translator: whoever talks of ending the conflict only talks nonsense. this war cannot be ended with the stroke of a pen. >> reporter: the rebels are in control of the major town as
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well as large areas of northern mali. cently they made new territorial gains, pushing the army further south. let our political leaders sign whatever agreement they want to sign, give concessions they want to give but these fighters tell me this is not the end of the war, and not the end of the struggle. the rebels announced an independent state in northern mali in 2012, but under the present agreement they only get a type of decentralized local administration. perhaps the biggest sticking point is the disarming of the fighters which is strongly rejected here. >> translator: as long as there's no separation there will be no disarmament. it's not mali that gave us the weapons. we paid for them with our own blood. >> translator: we handed over
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our weapons before and two years later they began to kill our people. we're not returning to that situation. >> reporter: those statements provoke cynicism regarding the prospects of a real and final peace in northern mali with conflict still taking place, some even go as far as to predict a new and major war across the floert. three men have been arrested in india after toxic alcohol killed as many as 41 people in mumbai and left another 24 in hospital. the sale of illegal liquor is common in india with deaths regularly reported. 58 people are in quarantine in thailand after they recorded its first case of middle east
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respiratory syndrome in bang kong. health officials are monitoring relatives who were traveling with him. human rights watch wants the e.u. to tackle the causes of the mediterranean migration crisis by addressing the systemic human rights violations it says are forcing people to leave their countries. more than 100,000 have crossed the mediterranean to europe since the beginning of the year 60% came from these four countries. recently arrived migrants say they are fleeing indiscriminate violence, and human rights abuses. many migrants are using italy as a transit point to reach other european destinations. james bayes spoke to italy's foreign minister about the crisis. >> reporter: now you mention migration, the european union is also trying to deal with the problem of all of these people coming towards the e.u. by sea
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across the mediterranean. does the migration plan that the e.u. has now have to wait for the political agreement in libya? >> well in -- in some parts of this plan europe is working since long time and europe has to multiply its efforts. what is linked to a more general international framework, is the defense initiative that the european union will probably decide next monday against traffickers and smugglers, to identify these criminals, and to try to neutralize their boats. >> reporter: but you had hoped that you would have this u.n.
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resolution before you meet on monday, and you decided to go down that security council root yet you don't have the agreement of the libyan government, and some permanent members, russia for example, has certainly some questions about your plan. >> we're not talking about slavists, and smugglers, and human traffickers to hide a military intervention in libya. there is no ideal all from libya, from other european countries, to find the way for a military intervention in libya. >> reporter: but russia thinks it was fooled in 2011. >> yes, i know that that's why i'm trying to reassure the perm members of the security council and russia and china specifically, of the fact that our goal is to fight these criminals, and this should be a
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common goal. police in london are investigating whether a body found on top of a body is that of a stow away who fell from a plane. shortly before it was discovered another man was found in the under carriage of a plane that landed from johannesberg. he was unconscious and said to be in critical condition. any bosses of some of south africa's biggest companies have spent the night sleeping on the streets. the charity event was designed to raise awareness of homelessness. >> reporter: the chief executive of south africa's largest telecommunications provider along with other business leaders are spending the night out in the cold. >> for me the most important thing is the symbolism of it. obviously one night and a few hundred thousand bucks won't change the world for people but the symbolism is the right
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symbolism, and all of these guys who are here hopefully they will be able to put more than just money and time. >> reporter: dispute that the company is planning to make 4,000 workers redundant. this man is one of them. he tells us about the hardships of life in the township of ivory park. >> if you don't have enough to buy cooking oil, the electricity is off, and the [ inaudible ] is poor, now it's too risky to [ inaudible ], if you check also the water and sanitation, all over it's stinking. >> reporter: this is the first time the event is taking place in africa with more than 240 ceo's taking part. they have each donated at least $10,000 to charity. the leader of the union doesn't agree with the sleepout and says more needs to be done to create
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employment and improve social it's a [ inaudible ] to the poor. one minister a couple of years back went to [ inaudible ] and demonstrated that he would sleep there. poor people are facing these challenges on a daily basis. >> reporter: uncertainty is part of many people's daily life. the founder of wikileaks has now spent three years living in the embassy. and the bar has been raised once again in the world of aviation. these pilots in the u.k. have become the first to fly in formation through a building just a meter off of the ground.
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the pair have been flying together for 17 years, so i guess it's no surprise they pulled off this stunt without a hitch. you can find more on our stories on our website, the address is the charleston south carolina shooting suspect due in court for his first hearing in just over an hour. >> i'm telling you divine intervention. i'm telling you god had me where i needed to be. the woman who spotted the church shooting suspect is being hailed a hero. and alarming new details about the rise of isil in the state depart