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>> germany frees ahmed mansour the al jazeera journalist freed two days agojournalist detained two days ago at egypt's request. the war in gaza says that both sides committed grave abuses, which could amount to war crimes. demonstrations in athens as the e.u. welcome greek concessions towards a debt deal.
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>> today we are here in a moment of unity without ill-will saying its time to move the flag from the capitol ranks. >> charleston church shooting aids decision to remove the confederate flag. >> hello, the al jazeera journalist detained in germany at the request of the egyptian government was released without guard. ahmed mansour was detained since being retained on saturday. >> it had been a deeply worrying 48 hours but ahmedmansour looked at an obvious delight of relief as he walked from prison a free man. news that the berlin prosecutor
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was throwing out the egyptian extradition. >> then there were chaotic scenes as he went through a crush of well wishers into a waiting car. later in a calmer atmosphere mr. mansour reflected on the events flats three days. >> i prepared myself to stay in the jail for one monday. i prepared everything, i conduct how i can call for people. i prepared myself for staying one month in the jail.
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>> mr. mansour's arrest on saturday was always going to be bigger than a simply judicial matter. he is a high-profile al jazeera presenter. in germany within hours of his detention more than 20,000 people had signed a possession for his release. with his joint egyptian-british citizen citizenship it meant that u.k. would also be involved. >> he said there were diplomatic and political concerns that could not be aswayed despite assurances that egypt had given. >> he was sentenced in an absentia to 15 years in prison.
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he was not actually in egypt at the time of the alleged crime and there have been concerns that the prosecution was politically motivated. the acting director general:
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>> indeed, ahmed mansour is freeing to home whenever he likes now. paul brennan al jazeera. >> investigators released a new report which said that israel and palestinian fighters may have committed war crimes. they mentioned an increase of firepower. more than 2200 palestinians died in the fighting, including civilians, 73 people died on the israeli side, six of them civilians. we have reports from u.n. headquarters. >> war crime charges following last summer's gaza war. that's the key question posed by the release for the inquiry into
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the war, a conflict that killed well over 2,000 people. the panel's findings criticized. there was strong condemnation of israel's indiscriminate bomb bombardment. >> the attacks on homes and females, which led to large numbers of families dying together when their homes were for the iftar meal. >> the knesset knesset:did it has passed more resolutions against israel than against syria, north korea, iran combined, in fact, it's passed
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more resolutions against israel than against all of the countries in the world combined. israel treats this report as flawed and biased and urges all fair-minded observers to do the same. >> in gaza those criticisms, too, from hamas. >> all the time they try to be balanced, and they try to makes couldn't of quality between the killers and the victims. this is something that has to be accepted. >> this latest report comes just two months after another internal u.n. report which said that israel was responsible for attacks on seven u.n. buildings. the timing of all of this is significant. earlier this year palestine became the members of international criminal court. chief prosecutor has already launched what's called a preliminary examination of process to decide if it will launch a former investigation. in the next few days they'll
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have more evidence to sift through as they're hand over a batch of documents from the hague. >> to brussels where it was expected to come crunch day for greece. it is believed that any break through agreement may come later this week. germany's chancellor merkel said that deal is short for greece. >> alexis tsipras had a lot to grin about. this was a man with a plan. but the smiles weren't to last. first his finances minister turned up 45 minutes late. and then greece's creditors said that they could not accept the country's proposal yet because they have not been given enough
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time to digest them. >> it's a welcomed step and we consider it a step in the positive direction. >> christine lagarde stayed behind the scenes, the boss at the imf one of those greece has to pay. it descended into something more heated. she kept out of sight this time although officials were key to play down her know-show. as evening fell the eurozone leaders arrived. they had to, the cameras were waiting. while they catch up over dinner they won't be able to toast any lasting deal. this is to show solidarity convincing the world that the eurozone is strong. this waiting speculators from pulling out of greece. now we wait.
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the thursday they will a digested that plan. it's the last time officials will meet here before the end of the month. before greece has to make it's toughest choice. before the eurozone potentially changes it's biggest shock the like of which it has never felt before. al jazeera at the europe council in brussels. >> and as leaders met in bless else this was the sceneouts of parliament in the greek parliament athens where pro european protesters came out in the thousands to call on their government to keep in in the arrestin the arrest eurozone. >> they havethese people come mainly from the private sector. they want to see a productive
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competitive economy. they don't want to see more taxes or austerity in public spending. today that's what they have heard the government may have capitulated to after five months of talks. during that time the prospects have darkened from growth to renewed recession. this time it's not been triggered by austerity but political uncertainty that has led to a collapse in investment and consumer demand. >> south carolina's governor has called for the controversial confederate flag to be removed from the capitol grounds. there have been calls for its removal since nine people were gunned down in a charleston church on thursday. >> 150 years since the end unfortunate civil war the time has come. there will be some in our state who will see this as a sad moment. i respect that. but know this, for good or for bad, whether it's on the state house grounds or in a me sue
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yes, ma'am, the flag will always be part of the soil of south carolina, but this is a moment in which we can say that that flag while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state. the murderer now locked up in charleston said that he hoped that his actions would start a race war. we have an opportunity to show that not only was he wrong but just the office is happening. my hope is by removing a symbol that divides us we can move forward as a state in harmony and we can honor the nine blessed souls who are now in heaven. >> patty culhane has more were washington, d.c. >> it's been hugely controversial. there have been calls for years eric decades even that the flag should be brought down. it used to fly above the dome. so what is different now is that dylann roof linked the confederate flag--he's the alleged shooter he linked the
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confederate flag to the murders of those nine people in a church these were parts a state center and a grandmother. it shocked the consciousness of that state. many had to admit that it was a symbol of anger and hatred. the governor has made this call and she's saying that they need to take this up immediately. and saying if they don't take it up they'll call special sessions and make them debate it. she has to get it passed by the legislature. not clear if the flag will be gone. >> still to come in this next half hour a heatwave kills more than 400 people in the south. >> i'm in one of the most dangerous countries in the world.
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we're going out on patrol with a police force that is constantly losing the battle against crime.
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>> a reminder of the top stories. al jazeera journalist ahmad mansour was released germany's prison after being detain on jinx request.
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and release into last year's war in gaza in which it says that bole israel and palestinian armed groups may have committed war crimes. an intense heatwave has topped 400. most of the casualties were in can rashy but temperatures have soared above 45 degrees cell phone sauce in the last few days. >> it was a sudden loss for this family whose. >> when he didn't come down for noon prayer, we went to find out why, and we found him dead. >> the hit wave is hitting other areas. many are fasting for ramadan meaning that they don't eat or drinks during the day. it's the hottest summer in years
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and many are brought to the hospital. >> patients with heat stroke brought the high school with high grade fever dehydration and fits. since the weather was bad and the temperatures high we expected more patients today and patients kept pouring in. >> at least 150 bodies were brought to this morgue. also those who died were working outside in the heat over from impoverished neighborhoods. people suffering from the spike in temperatures are also facing frequent power outages. there have been protests against consistent blackouts, and then have criticized the government of not keeping its election promises of bridging power
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outages. some cloud cover has lowered temperatures but many are advised to avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun in the coming days. >> to syria now where ten people have been killed by what activists call barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to bashar al-assad. syria's government has repeatedly denied using the the bombs. hundreds of syrian refugees have fled to escape fighting. 23,000 people escaped to turkey during the battle.
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two lebanese prison guards have been arrested accused of torturing inmates. the jail in beirut was built to hold 1500 inmates but now holds more than twice that number. while you may find some pictures in the report disturbing. >> these pictures of inmates being beaten in lebanon's prison a has shocked many and made this crowd angry. in the city of tripoli families of the supporters movement is a are protesting. they say that torture is common. some rights groups say that what was revealed in the prison shows the level of abuse that goes on in prisons. >> there's a prisoner who lost his sight because of torture. there is an inmate who was
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forced to rape his fellow inmate. the majority of lebanese people don't know these things. >> lebanon's government said that a full investigation is underway. the minister of interior announced six policemen were involved in the attacks. two of them have been arrested. the prison is the biggest in the country, and it is overcrowd: it is where some inmates charged with terrorism are jailed. there have been rioting and it is believed that they show videos that show what happened during that time. some of these have been released to score points. it has been the highlight of those facing terrorism charge and those with links to al-qaeda. many say that trials are delayed because of sectarian reasons. >> russia is preparing to extend its embargo on western food
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imports. certain trade transactions will also be targeted. the e.u. will continue its sanctions because of russia's. involvement in ukraine and crimea. >> some russian government ministers are accused of involvement in ukraine. some are linked to the separatist movements. the aim is to freeze assets they might have in london. how this would effect the education minister of the donetsk people's republic is hard to see. people like this call look at how sanctions have been enforced here. they say their aim is shots against ukraine. >> i think the point president obama said it several times is to change the calculous.
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to make the rationale within russia consider the economic cost will be outweighed by whatever benefits could be seen by either destabilizing ukraine. gaining crimea. gaining to new provinces. >> still this year is set to see record amounts invested in london. it appears many extremely wealthy well-connected returns see little risk of seeing their own assets frozen through the sanctions program. london's banking system is useful for russians who want to use their wealth off off-shore task havens. meanwhile, bigger companies continue to be listed on the london stock market without apparent threat. it was clear from the points when the government here started constructing its sanctions program that really big russian money was not going to be effected. that seems partly to have been
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designed to protect british interests in russia against retaliation but also one assumes in the interests of the financial services industry here as well. the really big question is whether the right people, the most important people have actually been targeted by these sanctions. the u.s. has taken a tougher line of those involved in the murder of the lawyer. >> you start out with what i call the herding cat problem. you have too many voices. then you add the corruption problem. the corruption problem being that there are certain people in europe both in the european parliament and in different european governments that are on the payroll of russia. >> nutrient months france and germany have suggested more sanctions might worsen the collapse as the u.k. as a
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supposed hawk and the easy way that russian money washes through london, the sanctions program does not look particularly threatening. >> they've liveed in exile for decades after being forced to leave their indian ocean homes to make way for an american air base. then are forced the british government to let them go back. >> their legal battles have already lasted 20 years. but they refuse to lose hope. the campaigners say they're confident of overturning a decision seven years ago that they did not have the right to return home. >> there is no legal barrier to allow to the return. >> at monday's supreme court hearing in london lawyers for
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the islanders projected the idea thatidea. in 2002 people were taken to 1500 kilometers away. some still live there in poverty, but the largest community now lives here in southern engine also home to the office ofoffice of the islands. feels that the community feels let down by britain. >> i believe its high time that this country do the moral thing.
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and that is to return the island back to the citizens, back to their contract. >> the chagos islands said that they could make a living if they returned either working at the air base or in tourism. >> the president is such a well- well-known vase and would not have heard the case in terms of media coverage. but there have been many twists and turns in their legal fight to go back home. stand could an long time before they get a definitive answer. al jazeera london. >> with 16,000 homicide last year, venezuela is one of the world's most dangerous countries. and the police themselves are becoming victims of crime. we have reports of why they're being targeted. >> more than 100 police officers who in venezuela have become the recent target of crime in 2015
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alone. >> i always pray to my god to protect them. my son would tell me to relax that he knee how to take care of himself. >> the relatives say that he was ambushed by thug who is stole his weapon. his death leaves a grieving family and a fear among his fellow officers that they might be next. on night patrol, that fear is of course. >> when we're off duty the risk is higher because people recognize us and they know we carry guns. >> the killing of police officers has been on the rise since 2012, thanks in part to the force that has been seen as abusive and of corrupt. for the police chief, a recent
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government ban on weapons has also contributed ironically to the rise in crime. >> because isil don't have access to weapons they kill officers. but in addition to this, it's become a status. >> attacks of police points to on going violent confrontation with no end in sight. al jazeera venezuela. >> apple has reversed a decision not to pay royalties to artist during a free trial period for its new music streaming service. [♪ singing ♪] >> the turn came after pop star taylor swift took the tech giant
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