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♪ >> armed group al-shabab attacks a convoy in mogadishu, at least 12 people are killed. muse ♪ hello, you are watching al jazeera live from doha. i'm jane dutton. isil destroys to shrines close to the city of palmyra. forces loyal to yemen's former president sees a saudi border crossing and fighting continues in yemen. and a dutch court orders a
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reduction in carbon emissions, but will other countries follow? ♪ at least 12 people have been killed in a suicide attack targeting a uae diplomatic convoy. the dead include four somali soldierings. caroline malone reports. >> reporter: witnesses say there was a large explosion, completely destroying a pickup truck, carrying somali security forces. it was part of a convoy carrying diplomats from the united arab emirates. members of the armed group al-shabab are claiming responsibility for the attack. >> the uae donated military hardware and pays some of the government's stuff in mogadishu, so al-shabab calls them a legitimate target.
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>> reporter: the government is also getting support from the 22,000 african union force which is fighting al-shabab. it wants to overthrow the government is behind many similar attacks. as they shoot their way into a training center. al-shabab has lost territory to government forces since the offensive began to push them out last year. isil fighters have blown up two islamic shrines in syria after bulldozen and wrecking ancient mom -- monuments in iraq. it is hered there could be more destruction to come. zana hoda reports. >> reporter: this is what many feared would happen when fighters from islamic state of iraq and the levant captured palmyra a few weeks ago.
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it's the first reported damage in the city in central syria. fighters blew up two shrines they consider non-islamic. they are not from the roman era. there are concerns about the fate of the world heritage site. >> it's entirely possible the organization will destroy all of the historical remnants of palmyra. they started with the shrines that have islamic resonances a shrine to a companion of the prophet muhammad. >> reporter: it was reported that isil fighters placed explosives around the ruins. >> i think those photos were part of the original set that were associated with the blowing
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up of the shrines, but i have not seen any real photos that show mines being laid around the actual ruins themselves. >> reporter: isil has destroyed history both in syria and neighboring iraq dozens of shrines many belonging to the sufi sect have been blown up. they used a bulldozer to destroy a city in iraq after smashing artifacts in the city's museum. they are not just destroying monuments, precious antiques are also being sold. >> translator: isil is just like the syrian regime. it is destroying history and syrian civilization. this is especially true in the east. isil fighters aren't the only ones targeting an inchenth sites in syria. it best known museum was hit by
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barrel bombing earlier this months. walls once covered with mosaic panels are now in rubble. it also housed an historic mosque which was also hit. so many treasures are now long gone. it is not clear what the international community can do to protect what remains. >> an expert says isil is trying to present itself as a brand of fear. >> i think it's a very important method that the islamic state uses to distinguish itself. so while other groups in syria are concerned with and mires in problems of survival control, petty issues in short, the islamic state are using the well crafted images of its tyranny.
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in that present itself as a group that has loftier aspirations for the region. it is building a brand for itself very successfully. it will magnetize people who -- who have a fetish for such destruction. it will bring together people who are sick of the factionalism, and fissures that exist within sunni groups in syria and iraq, and the administrative and idealogical comprehensiveness that the islamic state possesses, and in terms of those who don't support the barbarism, it will demoralize them and it is destroying symbols of pride and unity that have acted as sources of cohearings for the states.
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army forces loyal to the exiled president in yemen have seized areas. >> reporter: this marketplace is getting busy yemenese are able to leave their homes. now fighters who were defending the town control it after fighting back from the houthis. but the enemy is persistent and powerful, they are targeting many places. >> translator: it's strange that they take care of the prayer times and that indicates that they are near. >> reporter: they are recruiting hundreds more volunteers who are preparing for a long battle. the houthis and their allies are keen to regain the upper town the town is considered key to
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controlling, aiden and other southern towns. in the center of aden they shelled this area. the government says the fighting is going according to plan. >> translator: the saudi-lead coalition provide only aerial support. we thank them for the successes they have achieved. they are battling on the ground and coordinating the operations exactly as it is planned for them. >> reporter: the humanitarian situation is tough, its people are suffering from a lack of water and basic services. it could be a while before life returns to normal across yemen. france has summoned the united states ambassador after wikileaks says the agency spied on the last three presidents.
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he warned he won't tolerate anything that endangers french security. in a statement the french defense counsel said: neave barker is live in paris for us. i gather than are a little angry about this. what is going to happen next? >> reporter: you are absolutely right. the french are very much outraged by this latest revelation in wikileaks, and that has been shown by the swift decision to hold the emergency council meeting first thing in the morning. the reason for that says the president is to quote draw useful conclusions about what has been published in the french media and on the wikileaks
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website as well. the u.s. ambassador has been summoned and a senior intelligence officer from france will travel to washington in the coming days to investigate things further. but i think one thing that will not be lost for the french officials is the timing of all of this. on wednesday, the french government put in to action a law that they recently voted in several weeks ago, a new sweeping surveillance law to tackle the threat of home grown violence specifically when it comes to french nationals returning to the country after fighting in the middle east. according to julian assange, the founder of wikileaks co-writing a piece in the daily newspaper here in france what this leak does show though is how
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limited this new surveillance law may be when it comes to dealing with espionage at the heist levels from apparently nations that are meant to be allies of france -- the state itself. >> let's leave it there, neave, thank you. a dutch court has issued a judge inspect a climate change case that could establish an important legal precedent. the court in the hague ordered the government to significantly raise its cuts to carbon emissions by the year 2020. simon mcgregor-wood reports. >> reporter: the's court verdict declares that dutch collimate targets illegal. it ordered 25% cuts on its 1919 emission levels up from the current target of 17%. it was great news for supporters
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of the case. >> it is obvious that at least the judges in the netherlands feel the liability law has a place to pay. >> reporter: it says the government must protect itself people from climate change. it said: the case was brought by the agenda foundation acting on behalf of 900 citizens. they want their government to limit global temperature rise to 2% above preindustrial levels. in this low-lying country, concerned about rising sea levels. >> we are the first in the world to do this. we are being looked at
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everywhere, all of the countries, people are doing here e.u. and the world are watching, so this will really be helpful with everything. >> reporter: the case could set a precedent with similar ones in other countries. the dutch government has not yet commented on the verdict, and it does have the right to appeal the decision. simon mcgregor-wood, al jazeera. coming up we find out what happens to the migrants who make it to the e.u. on foot. i'm in western kenya where scientists are focusing on communities like this one to help reduce malaria.
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♪ hello again, the top stories on al jazeera, at least 12 people have been killed in a suicide attack on the united arab emirates diplomatic convoy in the somali capitol. the dead include four somali soldiers. al-shabab has claimed responsibility. isil fighters in syria have destroyed two shrines near the city of palmyra. smoke has been seen rising from the hill top tomb of the companion of the prophet muhammad's cousin. wikileaks says the last
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three french presidents were spied on. opposition politicians are accusing the pakistani government of failing to respond to a severe heat wave crisis. more than 700 people have now died. doctors fear the total will continue to climb as many elderly patients are rushed to hospital. gerald tan has the latest. >> reporter: they sleep on the streets to stay cool. many residents are finding no reprieve from the heat. >> translator: our house are small, nobody has taken care of the situation. no one from the utility company is taking notice of the complaints. people are falling sick and being rushed to hospitals. >> reporter: hospitals are overwhelmed. the searing heat has stretched medical services to their limit, and morgues are filled to
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capacity. the army and paramilitary rangers have set up emergency camps across the city to help people. >> translator: when we heard the name of the pakistan army we left everything and rushed here because we would sure the treatment and care would be better than anywhere else. >> reporter: health workers are urging everyone particularly the elderly to drink enough water. but many muslims are observing the annual ramadan fast forgoing food and water from sun up to sundown. >> translator: the federal [ inaudible ] of power and water has given a fantastic statement saying that [ inaudible ] and the minister's responsibility is the whole of pakistan. no part of the country is exempt. >> reporter: and there's frustration on the streets people in one neighbor angry at yet another power cut. gerald tan, al jazeera.
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greece's prime minister is income in brussels for another round of talk with international creditors. he needs to secure a debt deal to avoid a default. greece needs its lenders to unfreeze $8.1 billion in bailout money so it can repay its debt. >> reporter: we're hearing the greek position is shifting from what it was on monday that's when the greeks proposed they make no cuts this year but begin gently making some cuts next year. creditors have demanded 1% of gdp, that 2 billion euros and they want it immediately. the greeks have moved closer to that position. they are now proposing they cut
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2 billion from pensions next year and roughly $720 million this year. >> the man and the woman on the street what are they saying about what is happening? >> reporter: we have seen a lot of people over the last few months as they talks have dragged on say, you know, we no longer care whether we stay in the euro or not. we want a solution and we want national dignity. the other thing that people on the street are very concerned about is that the troika is not infoulable. even the people who want a compromise, and maintain a european or reendation they are not convinced that the troika has the right formula. hungary's government says it will grant asylum to migrants but needs a grace period. earlier officials said they
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wouldn't accept any migrants and announced a plan to built a fence to people them out. june that hull talks to migrants about their journeys and their treatment on arrival. >> reporter: they could be tears of pain or relief or exhaustion for more days than many can count they have traveled crossing borders by any means, fleeing civil war in syria for the safety of the european union. this is the welcome they get. >> you are a refugee. i see, yes. yes. >> reporter: another group arrested this time from pakistan. the latest leg of a shattering two-month journey from islamabad. where do you want to go to? >> go to italia. >> reporter: why? >> working. >> reporter: in good weather, hundreds a day might cross over into the border town.
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the dense forest provides good cover here and most escape the local rangers who follow their tracks through the woods. the hungarian government plans to build a fence to sale this 175-kilometer stretch of the border, something the mayor describes as a new iron curtain, a necessary solution to stop the influx of what he says are mainly muslim asylum seekers. >> translator: we're talking about a totally different culture, about the muslim culture, a world that will collide with our christian civilization. >> reporter: -- >> translator: i'm not happy about the iron curtain, because i will see it from my farmhouse. i feel like i'm in jail but it is necessary, because what i'm worried about is that this
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migration will push hungary in to conflict terrorism, and tension. >> reporter: these people hardly resemble terrorists. this man lost his sister and two daughters in the chase, and tried to explain we believe they were captured a little earlier, and he'll be reunited with them soon. so they have made it into the european union, only just into the european union, this group of men, women, and children are also in the police van. they are all in the hands of the hungarian police and will be handed over shortly to the immigration authorities who will decide whether to grant them asylum or not. most will be housed in an open refugee camp able to come and go which means that most will resume their journey westwards soon to become another country's problem. policemen are areported to have been killed in a bomb attack in western china.
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broadcaster in the region says at least 18 people died in the attack by suspected muslim wigan men. the government isn't commenting. fighting in the southern pill fiend-- philippines have kills thousands. many women caught up in the fighting are afraid of being kidnapped by rival clans. >> reporter: her world is one torn apart by shame. in 2013, she was abducted along with other female members of her family. they were taken at gunpoint inside their house, and were held hostage by their captors for almost a week. the details of their capture too painful to share. >> translator: where do we go
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for our situation in the military? the police? we fear for our lives because we are kidnap victims. we are women in the middle of the war. this is part of our culture. >> reporter: it was a dispute between warring clans here. a century's old practice. this is an island in the southern-most part of the philippines long held back by war and poverty. family family squabbling can last for generations. women and children are at the heart of it. abduction of women is one of this war's biggest shame. women are either used as a bargaining chip forced into marriages, or used as payment for dowries. very few women come forward and file cases against their abductors here.
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their abduction is taboo and difficult to discuss openly. instead families choose violence as a means to solve disputes. blood money is often exchanged, and women are left to cope with the trauma on their own. >> i think we really need to make institutions to work in communities. one way, of course is of course, as we said educating them really informing them about their lives and how to avail themselves so they can promote and protect these rights. >> reporter: there are organizations helping to assist women caught in rmed a conflict. they are willing to provide counseling, women must not be seen as a commodity, but changes may not happen any time soon and until then women are bound to suffer silently.
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in part two of our series of social reports from the southern philippines, we look at the threat of armed groups as they recruit children to become fighters. that's this thursday on al jazeera. although it's easily preventable, malaria is still endemic in many parts of the world, particularly africa. mosquito nets have reduced infection rates in kenya, but now sign now they are looking for new ways to fight the disease. >> reporter: this area has one of the highest malaria rates. >> people are at the community
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level like 100% coverage but reduce that to 56%, which means that people are not using mosquito nets. >> reporter: this people of health workers has yet to install a solar powered mosquito trap. it is one of 4,200 that will have been installed in the last three years. it's the first globally. this has strands of nylon laced with human scent that will trap mosquitos before they get into the houses. >> we are seeing the mosquitos being resistant to intext sides so we're using this system to apply additional technology. >> reporter: this person is more excited about the new light in her house after a lifetime of
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using kerosine lamps. the solar lamp is a bonus to entice people to allow researchers to carry out their studies. >> translator: i'm still alive, but facing health problems like other old people. i don't have much energy anymore. and all of my ten children have died. >> reporter: not too far from where she lives, these fishermen have just returned from a night of fishing. that's the time when chances of contracting malaria is highest. the focus is shifting to outdoor control of malaria, many people get infected by being bitten by mosquitos when they are away from their homes. the mosquito is constantly mutating and is able to eventually resist new insecticide and medicine. so they have to be a step ahead.
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they say they are slowly winning the war, but there is still a long way to go. that is the end of this bulletin, so thanks for watching, but the news always continues and you can always find out what is going on by logging on to our website, the address at the bottom of your screen there, aljazeera.com. ♪ a final farewell a public view willing be held for the south carolina state senator and pastor killed in last week's shooting. sentencing underway in boston, where dozens of victims and their families are confronting dzhokher tsarnaev. and wikileaks accuses the u.s. of spying o