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>> this is another significant development... >> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live... . >> afghanistan's parliament targeted in a bomb and gun attack. we'll be live in kabul. hello there. i'm laura kyle in doha. the world nis from al jazeera -- news from al jazeera. also in this programme. a third day in german detention, and there's growing calls for his release. greece makes a last-minute offer in an international crisis ahead of an emergency meeting in brussels. >> another below to ghana's
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ailing economy there has been an explosion in afghanistan's parliament after a taliban fighter entered the building wearing a suicide best. politicians were inside in the capital kabul at the time. there are reports of ongoing gun fire. more from jennifer glasse in the afghan capital. an attack at the heart of the afghan government. what is happening now? >> well the gun fire is going on, the chief of police at kabul says taliban fighters are firing from a building across the street from parliament. police and afghan special forces are moving in. all senators are safe and have been evacuated. it's a huge explosion, the taliban gaming responsibility.
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we have seen cars pushing outside the building the ministry of health told us that 18 people have been brought to hospital so far. among them women and children. because not only was it a big day in parliament we expected the minister of defense nominee to be introduced so it was a full parliament session. the parliament is on a busy road in kabul. and so many civilians, as i said 18 according to the ministry of health, have been taken to hospitals. the taliban claiming responsibility for the attack. >> absolutely and on the same day we hear of a second district captured by the taliban in the north of the country in kunduz. >> that's right. it is the second district in two days that there has been fierce fighting in kuehned use. it's about 40km from the -- kunduz, it's about 40km from the
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capital. a front line basically the koount use river - we are told that thousands of fighters are involved in the fighting and the afghan reinforcements afghans sent in 7,000 reinforcements, afghan national army, police and local place to fight na. we understand the battles are fierce and understand that thousands of civilians cannot get out. we have seen tens of thousands of civilians displaced by fighting. kunduz was how the taliban launched their offensive at the end of april. the fighting has been fooes. we have seen villages take up arms i gains the taliban in some areas. >> struggling there with the taliban's summer offensive. for the moment thank you very much. we'll check in with you throughout the day. >> now, the state attorney in berlin is reviewing the detention papers of mansour. he is spending a third day in
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custody after being detained at berlin airport on saturday. more than 20,000 people have signed a petition demanding mansour's release. we have more from berlin. >> mansour was detained on seat as he was about to board a flight to qatar. despite being in custody, mansour issued a video message criticizing the police action. >> unfortunately the german authorities are handling this case in a suspicious matter. and that race raises a lot of questions about their involvement. involvement. >> reporter: mansour was sentenced to 15 years in prison in absentia in cairo last year on suspicion of terrorizing a
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lawyer. egypt asked interpol to issue a warrant, and they refused. >> it's ipp conceivable to have an insent man. he was doing his -- inconceivable to have an innocent man - all he did was his job, two programs on al jazeera. >> al jazeera said in a statement: this case is fast becoming an international diplomatic incident. mr mansour holds joint british, egyptian citizenship. so the u.k. consule in berlin is involved. and the german authorities have a headache of explaining why their police executed an arrest warrant which interpol rejected.
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>> an online petition has been signed. german politicians came out in support of mansour. the leader of the green party defeated: the international federation of journalists, arab organization of human rights and others have condemned mr mann mansour's arrest. protesters gathered to show solidarity. there'll be no further moves possible until the case goes to court on monday paul, there's a lot of questions in that report and surrounding this case. what is happening to mansour today? >> mansour spent the night of sunday night into this morning at a prison part of a complex of a building you can see over my shoulder we are outside the
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front of the court part of that complex. and around the back are the prison cells and the barbed wire and the control tours where he has been spending his last 12 - sorry, 12-24 hours. and what is happening this morning is as of a couple of minutes ago we expected the berlin state attorney-general has arrived at his desk to be greeted by a pile of papers related to the case which he'll digest with great speed, we speb, and convene -- expect and convene a hearing involving mr mansour's lawyers, and there a decision will be made as to what to do next. there was a hearing on sunday. it was a procedural hearing, just to look at the paperwork and check it was in order. today's hearing will be looking at a substantive - the content of the allegations. what is not clear is how much leeway the attorney-general has to throw the case out or push it forward. we don't know whether or not he
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has the power to simply rule this out for, say, political reasons, or whether, as long as the paperwork is in order, he is forced but bureaucratically to push it forward. those types of questions we expect to be answered in an hour, hour and a half. >> it is questionable. you have to ask whether it is a political case given it comes two weeks after the egyptian president visited berlin on a state visit. >> well the timing is coins departmental, perhaps, uncanny you might say. certainly suspicious is how mr mansour sees it. the reality is yes, the egyptian president was here a fortnight ago, and lo and behold the arrest has been executed a few days later. there's no extradition treaty
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between germany and egypt. the other thing to consider is what this means for the other members of al jazeera staff who were convicted in absentia by the court in cairo last year. so there are big question marks about all of that. and i think the - the attorney-general in berlin will have to think very hard and from what we are hearing, because of the political sensitivities of this and because mr mansour's joint british-susan shaprio status, other governments are dragged in the u.k. government is offering assistance, and it may go to the foreign ministry because of the sensitivities of this. >> thank you for the update. we'll keep a close eye on events there this morning in berlin the greek prime minister alexis tsipras has made a last-minute offer to his international creditors. european leaders are headed to
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brussels for emergency talks if greece doesn't repay a $1.8 million by the end of the month, it could lead to an exit on the eurozone. thousands urged the government not to back down on the pressure. >> reporter: syriza is unpopular in some parts of europe. not here in athens. after years of austerity, these people believe they have a government on their side weighing in at more than 600,000 people, greece's public servants represent one in six greeks in work. our government is negotiating an honour. it wants europe united not divided under germany. we want to stay in europe as an equal member not a debt colony. some are from the private sector, to support the stand against austerity on the poor and middle class. >> we came to support the government's effort and tell
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europeans that numbers are not everything, there are people here and they are suffering. we don't want the same social class to lift the weight. >> century old laws have given tenure for life. the state shed 300 jobs. most were fixed term workers whose contract expired. all who took deals, deals not available in the private sector. this is the most powerful and well organised group in greece capable of swinging elections. it's also the most expensive. these people have had their salaries and benefits clipped already. they do not want to lose their tenure. with the economy as fragile as it is laying them off now would cause further recession. there's little sympathy in the engine room of the economy, the private sector which has taken the brunt.
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last thursday private sector workers took to the streets. this and pensions are the government's biggest expensives. red lines it vowed to defend. as the government heads in for a show down. the popularity vindicates it. two-thirds of greeks don't want the government to back down. 47% re-elected today. more than five months ago. the desire to remain without further austerity may be too incompatible positions. professor at the university of east london and co-author of a book on greek debt says the potential ramifications of a no deal with greece goes beyond europe. >> there is a political dimension that people do not talk about. alexis tsipras is going to brussels but comes backs from st. petersburg signing a deal with russians for a new gas pipe
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line which is jointly with turkey. i mean who wants to see greece outside the european union, and possibly outside of the european union, and then there'll be major disruption for n.a.t.o. and europe een security as a whole. in a zone in which you have greece receiving hundreds of refugees every until day. so that the destabilization in the areas is possible if greece steps out of the european monetary union, it will be the first step towards a bigger catastrophe for both n.a.t.o. and the european union. the geopolitical repercussions are there still to come on al jazeera - why russian investors are pouring money into the u.k. despite european sanctions. and a heatwave takes a deadly toll in pakistan.
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egypt's attorney-general asked germany and interpol to extradite the al jazeeran journalist. he was convicted in absentia on torture charges, which he denice. greek's prime minister alexis tsipras offers a deal. the government has been urged not to back down under pressure the european union expended sanctions against russia over military actions in crimea and ukraine. they'll continue until june next year, it has not stopped an inflow into russian investment. how effective are the sanctions. >> this is the list of people subject to sanctions in the u.k. some are russian government ministers accused of involvement in ukraine. some are linked to the separatist moves in crimea and the east of the country. the aim is to freeze the assets.
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how it will affect someone like the education mine's of the donetsk people's republic is hard to see. people like this corporate lawyer who had a look at the way sanctions have been enforced say the aim was to be a warning shot against the ukraine. >> i think the point - president obama said it several times - is to change the calculus to make the rational within russia consider the economic cost will be outweighed by whatever benefits can be seen by destabilizing ukraine, gaining crimea gaining two new provinces still, they are set to see record amounts in russian money, so it appears many extremely wealthy, well-connected russians see little risk of having assets frozen through the sanctions programme. the banking system is useful for russians who want to move the
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wealth through offshore tax haiches, many linked to the u.k. the biggest russian companies, gazprom, for instance, are listed on the london stock market without threat - the sort of thing that would hurt moscow. >> it was clear from the point when the government started to construct the sanctions programme that big russian money would not be affected. that seems to have been designed to protect british interests in russia against retaliation, and one aassumes in the interests of the financial services industry. the big question is whether the right people. the most important people have been targeted by the sanctions. >> the u.s. took a tougher line targetting people accused of involvement in the murder of the lawyer. his employer takes the view that the european line is ineffective. >> it's the herding cat problem.
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you have too many different voices and you add on the corruption problem. and the corruption problem being that there are certain people in the government on the payroll of russia. >> in recent months france and germany suggest more sanctions mite worsen with russia leading the u.k. as a hawk. given the way money rushes through the city the sanctions programme does not look threatening. >> more than 120 people died in an intense heatwave in the sind province most in karachi where temperatures soared up to 45 degrees celsius. most of the deaths were from heat stroke. we have more from the capital islamabad. >> although high temperature
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here is nothing unusual, before the monsoon hits this region the heatwave that is sweeping through the province has broken a 10-year record. that led to many deaths due to his stroke. putting a strain on the resources of the hospitals and the morgues that are receiving dozens of bodies on a daily basis. according to the pakistani meteorological department. the monsoon was likely to enter in the next few days and will reduce the problems of karachi. they are exacerbated by the fact that the city is suffering power outages, it's a cause for a heat stroke and the cases reported from the southern port city. >> syrian act sifts say i.s.i.l. fighters planted land mines and
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explosions in palm aira. it's not clear whether the group plans to use the bombs to destroy the site or stop forces from advancing. in lebanon, an investigation into a crime against the nation and humanity has begun. two prison guards have been arrested accused of torturing inmates at a notorious prison. a warning, some of the pictures in victoria gatenby's report could be disturbing. >> reporter: this video provides a rare glimpse inside the prison on the outskirts of beirut. it shows prisoners with hands behind their back beaten with a plastic rod. in another, a man is beaten and kicked. the man asks what he is accused of. he plies transporting
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terrorists. actions have been described as a crime against humanity two have been arrested. >> translation: we'll continue the investigations until the end. the crime cannot go unpunished. judicial investigations have started. >> reporter: this is lebanon's largest prison. it's overcrowded and inmates said they were routinely tortured much in april there was a riot in block b the the video appeared to have been filmed during that time. he condemned the attacks. >> translation: we will follow the matter to the end. i will never accept inhumane acts or torture of anyone for any purpose. >> reporter: it holds prominent fighters inmates accused of suicide bombings, and palestinians accused of taking part in the 2007 battles against
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the army many examples of abuse have been document. >> what we have seen sa one of several things happening. we have recorded several cases, but are reluctant to reveal them to the government. these have left people concerned about what is happening in lebanon's gaols. thousands of people in charleston south carolina joined hands across the main bridge in the city in solidarity with the enmanual church where nine black people were killed by a 21-year-old white man dylann roof. the crowd observed nine minutes of silence, one for each of the victims. sunday, the historic church held its first service since the massacre. as the u.s. reflects on the attack, the question asked over and over is why. del walters had a rare chance to
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explore possible answers with a former white supremist, a man who sees his open past when looking at the accused killer. >> reporter: is this the new face of white supremacy in america. 21-year-old dylann roof a murder suspect whose hate-filled a picture of a white supremicist bent on revenge, murder. arnold was like him. >> i was very angry. i had myself convinced there was a conspiracy against the white race perpetrated by jewish people that had been going on for thousands of rears. -- years. >> reporter:ee says the country is getting it wrong trying to describe dylann roof as a terrorist, mentally ill. >> it's racism a race crime and mental illness. people talk about it when they are mutually exclusive. they are like this. >> reporter: at the time of his
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arrest. dylann roof is saying you are raping our women. >> that according to a man that spoke them. >> any time we blame on other entities we cast responsibility for ourselves, and we were cultivating fear. >> there may be a shooting going on. >> when a gunman opened fire in a temple in 2012. he had to do something to stop the violence. he had to speak out. >> if i didn't change my ways prison was like luly to take me from my daughter. >> he drove across country to console those. >> i came here to bear witness to the offering that is going on. i feel great sense of responsibility. having once been part of the hate movement. >> what happened when he got
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there reduced him to tears. he found himself embraced by the same people he once hated. >> person after person came up to me primarily black people and said "hey it's all right, brother", they gave me hugs and held me. it was really powerful costa rica has a massive rubbish problem on its hands. activists are demanding people stop using plastic for at least a month. it dumps an average of 110 tonnes of plastic bottles into waterways every day, clogging rivers and drainage systems. a quarter of the waste produced in the country. >> reporter: ghana is the world's second largest producer. production fell this year. farmers are struggling and the economy will lose out on much-needed revenue. this report from western ghana.
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>> this person has 50 acres of cocoa farm. on the site he took us to he's only been able to get half the amount of cocoa that he got this time last year saying a lack of pesticides is a factor. >> when you go to the markets to buy, you don't get them. to what government supplies it's inadequate. the yield is going down. the farmers - we are not - that is what we use in every time to take care of the family our social responsibilities. >> a shortfall is not only bad for the farmers, but the economy as a whole. cocoa is a third large earner. protections of around 1 million
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stones have been readvised down. >> what is happening to a lawyer yield will effect government to the value of 360 million. it can build roots and increase the return for the cocoa farmer and bring social you know amenities or social interventions for the people. >> ghana's economy is in difficulty. the government sought a bail out of close to a billion dollars from the international monetary fund. cocoa is a mainstay of the economy. it was around before gold and a recent oil discovery. the country is the second largest producer cocoa dries naturally, using the sun. it makes it premium quality. it's used in luxury chocolate sold over the world. >> that matters to him less and less.
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the government should do more to support formers, because if needles continue to decline, people will be discouraged from venteduring into cocoa altogether. you can keep up to date with the news on the website. there it is at