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critical talks with iran over its nuclear program will go beyond tuesday's deadline. ♪ hello low, i'm martine dennis in doha. banks are on their final reserve as emergency bailout talks begin. the song of war in the fight for south sudan, an exclusive report. if they don't like it go back to where their parents came from you know? we don't need them here in this
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country acting like that. >> australian sport is plunged into a racism controversy after comments by an olympic swimming legend. ♪ talks between six world powers and iran over its nuclear program will go beyond tuesday's deadline. the e.u.'s foreign policy chief says negotiations will continue over the next few days to reach a possible break through. u.n. sanctions and an arms embargo are among the sticking points. iran wants international sanctions lifted which have crippled its economy. let's get the latest from vienna. our diplomatic editor james bayes is there. james there's still talking to be done isn't there? >> absolutely.
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they are still talking. they are still negotiating. but quite a few of the foreign ministers are about to leave here in vienna in fact the russian foreign minister, has already left vienna and we're expecting others to leave. that's because even though this was the deadline day, as we saw the deadline day one week ago, it has been extended. that announcement was made by the e.u. foreign policy chief, but she did not set a new date. >> we are continuing to negotiate for the next couple of days. it does not mean we are expanding our deadline. i told you one week ago, more or less, we are interpreting in a flexible way our deadline which means that we are taking the time, the days that we need to finalize the agreement, which is something that is still
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possible. >> james tell us more about what you know about these sticking points in particular the effort it seems by the iranians to get included in this deal something on their conventional weapons as well. >> reporter: absolutely. well, the understanding that we have about the sticking points the best information in the last hour or so has actually come from the russian foreign minister, when he spoke only to russian reporters. they were invited into the hotel where the talks were taking place, and only spoke to russian media outlets, but he told them that there were in his estimation about eight very difficult points that still had to be resolved and he said most of those points were to do with the implementation of a deal. now that fits with the persistent reports that there are problems with the sanctions, and the scope of the sanctions relief, because when the u.n.
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security council passed sanctions some years ago, and there were a number of different u.n. security council resolutions on this they parcelled up lots of sanctions that were related to -- to iran's conventional weaponry to ballistic missiles and arms in general, an arms embargo in general, and there's a debate whether those nonspecific -- even though they were included in nuclear parts of the sanctions, should be lifted. and there are a number of other sticking points they need to deal with. and now we're in a situation of dead lock and that's why some of the foreign ministers are going away and leaving the experts to try to get a little bit closer. the french foreign minister says he will be back here on wednesday night. so 24 hours of pause, and then i
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think it starts again with foreign ministers around the table. >> all right. james thank you very much. there have been harsh words against greece as european finance ministers meet in brussels. latvia's central bank governor says greece has voted itself out of the euro zone. tuesday's meetings have been billed as a last chance for greece to say in the single currency block. let's go live to our correspondent who is in brussels jacky rowland. and so they are setting up their stall, aren't they the europeans and placing firmly the onus of responsibility upon the greeks. >> reporter: yes but with this crisis there have always been talks of last chance last stitch, but this time we really do seem to have come to the end
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of the world. greece held the referendum with a resounding no to the question of austerity. and i think leaders from european countries feel that greece is coming to these talks feeling like their hand is very much strengthen that their negotiation position is stronger and they will feel emboldened to resist pressure. e.u. officials are saying if that is the way they are thinking, this is all going to end in tears. what we are hearing about is the question of urgency. it's increasingly important for greece to come forward with their own proposals. the reason they mention urgency is because time is running out towards the next big payment that the greeks are due to make to european institutions. they are due to repay
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$3.8 billion on july 20th a huge sum of money, so that is literally less than two weeks away so time is of the essence, although the latest we're hearing is an unnamed european official speaking to reuters saying that the greeks may be putting forward a proposal on wednesday. so it's question about whether this idea of urgency, this message about how urgent it is is really getting through to the greek side in these negotiations. >> there is a flurry of activity centered on brussels. at the moment we think the euro zone -- finance ministers are meeting. >> reporter: the euro zone finance ministers, meeting first. that began a few hours ago, and
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in a while a meeting of euro zone ministers. obviously the star guest will be the new greek finance minister. it's very anticipated to see him, since the last greek finance minister was viewed as someone who had quite a rough personality. personalities apart, there's now a new man in position so there might be a more conciliatory tone. once the finance ministers have met, it will be the heads of governments, prime ministers, chancellors from around the euro zone countries. but this official appears to have told reuters that the prime minister doesn't have a new set of proposal to put forth today,
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so what can they discuss until there are new greek proposals on the table. after all they have discussed this issue so many times over recent weeks. we're waiting for a proposal from the greeks something that the french president, and the german prime minister said we are waiting for the greeks to come to us with a proposal since they have rejected all of the proposals that the e.u. has put to them. >> sounds like a long day in brussels today. jacky thank you. the afghan government has said it sent a peace delegation to pakistan to talk to the taliban. but the taliban say they are not aware of such a meeting. meanwhile the taliban has
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conducted two attacks. nato says none of its soldiers were killed. jennifer glass has more. >> reporter: two attacks in kabul, the first one the taliban targeting a nato convoy in the east of the city a suicide car bomber heavily damaging one of the armored vehicles driving through town. a lot of windows were blown out, nato says none of its soldiers were killed. just a couple of hours later, still in the east of the city three attackers targeted an intelligence district station in the east of the city. one of them detonating a small vehicle at the check point, two others wearing suicide vests trying to get into that intelligence headquarters. one intelligence member was killed, the two attackers killed as well in a gun fight there.
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so, really continuing pressure here in kabul. this is the second set of attacks in just a week. a week ago another nato convoy was targeted on the airport road. in that raised a lot of anger among afghans who were angry with soldiers driving on the road but the second target today the afghan intelligence services, as the taliban keep up pressure on the afghan government. now to egypt where the military has launched new air strikes in north sinai according to local sources. the military is targeting sinai province fighters who are linked to isil. these are pictures said to show the attack. in yemen there has been more fighting between houthi rebels and the popular resistance forces in the city of aden.
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19 houthi fighters and five local resistance fighters have been killed. there has been a push to rekpture an area that had fallen to the houthis earlier. still to come we visit cuba's crumbling coastline, and pressure grows for more to be done on climate change. family values and helping the poor pope francis spreads the message during his south american tour. ♪
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these are the stop stories here at al jazeera. talks with iran over its nuclear program will go beyond the deadline. negotiations will continue over the next few days to reach possible break through. the interim nuclear deal has been extend until friday. the taliban has struck twice in the afghan capitol. a suicide bomber targeted a nato convoy and an intelligence compound was attacked. the afghan government says it sent a peace delegation for talks with the taliban. finance ministers are meeting now to prepare the ground for an emergency leaders sum it later in the day. jonah hull is in athens and sent
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this report. >> reporter: as the greek prime minister prepares for what could be a last ditch meeting for his fellow european leaders on tuesday, the need for a new financial rescue package has never been more urgent because the banking system is on the brink of collapse. after the european central bank declined greece's request for more emergency funding. more and more financial analysts are putting the choonss of greece exiting the euro zone at 50% or higher. >> translator: i'm definitely worried. it won't easily be resolved. in the end i don't think it will happen. >> translator: greece must be in europe. the reason is financial, because we have an umbrella that protect protects us from becoming the
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third world. >> translator: europe must remember that greece offered a lot during the second world war. they should be a little more lenient with us now. >> reporter: greeks tend to be pretty mistrustful of their particularly partisan press, but these days the headlines are more united in reflecting the gravity of the moment talking about takes the no and united yes to brussels. and time is running out for a solution for catastrophe, and angela merkel and francois hollande sitting a top of the summit, this way, pointing off of the edge of the cliff. it was almost four years since south sudan was created, and they remain in the grip of
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civil war. al jazeera has been inside rebel-held territories. before we show you that exclusive report from catherine soi, let's look at how we got to where we are now. south sudan gained independence from sudan in july 2011 following a peace deal. but a new war broke out pretty quickly. in 2013 after a power struggle between the president and his deputy. since then 10,000 people have been killed and more than 1.6 million people have been forced out of their homes. last month, while peace talks were underway rebels captured the capitol of a state, and it's an important oil center. the town has now been retaken by the army but much of the state remains in rebel hands for now. catherine soi gained rare access to rebel forces.
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let's see her exclusive report. >> reporter: these are south sudan's rebel fighters. the sudan's people liberation army in opposition. they have just come from the trenches in the east. it has taken them four days through the swampy junk toll get here. we saw young boys among them. the united nations children's organization unicef say there are around 10,000 child soldiers on both sides of the conflict. but some of the children we saw had been separated from their families. >> that doesn't mean that they are soldiers. they are just coming with the soldiers together to join with their parents. but all in all, we do not accept that, and we abide with all of the convention of geneva on the child soldiers. >> reporter: the fighters are tired, but upbeat. they sing songs of battle and
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victory. thigh have been fighting forces of the government for about 18 months now, and say their mission is to change the leadership. this commander tells his troops that special forces fighting further north are making gains. the rebels have joined forces with local militia there, which was allied to the government until recently. >> translator: we are not fighting for control of oil of south sudan. we are fighting the bad rule of the leader. he wants to rule the country with an iron fist. >> reporter: they are eager to display some of their weapons. they showed us some of their heavy weapons like this d-30 and lots of ammunition. sudan has often been accused of providing weapons to the rebels
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but they deny this and so do the rebels. who say that most of their supplies come from the sudan government. >> translator: we just use what we capture from government troops. it's the other side getting support from uganda and militias from sudan. >> reporter: this will be a long tough journey on foot but they say they are fighting for a cause they believe in. catherine soi, al jazeera. south sudan's foreign minister has been speaking to us here at al jazeera, and tells us that even though the rebels have taken over some towns, the government remains in control. >> we have got -- we have got ten states in the republic of south sudan. seven states are in complete quiet. the government controls all of the major towns and major areas.
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the rebels are only in some few counties, not more than three or four counties, out of those three states. so the country is completely under the government control. the system is running. the structures and everything are running in south sudan today. so i can tell you, yes, the government is in control, controlling the insurgency. that's what is going on. it's true that in those areas where rebels have violated the [ inaudible ] they have always attacked towns where civilians are also located. that's how the civilians get caught in the cross fire because of the rebels attack in those places. there's been an [ inaudible ] on the outskirts of the nigerian city in the northwestern state. at least 20 people are thought to have been killed. now the u.s. defense secretary, ash carter is due to face a senate committee on
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tuesday to defend the coalition campaign and it $2.9 billion price tag. he says the air strikes are working with the help of kurdish fighters on the ground. the peshmerga caught off isil on monday. they say they killed at least 40 isil fighters. the u.n. security council is due to vote on a resolution condemning the killing of 8,000 muslim men and boys 20 years ago. it was drafted by the u.k. and describes the deaths as genocide. the british prime minister has met with bosnia's president in london, ahead of the anniversary. the meeting comes just days after bosnian serb leader called the genocide a lie. but david cameron says what happened there, should never be forgotten.
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>> it is so important that we are here today. it's so important that we are commemorating those terrible events of 20 years ago. so important because this was the biggest act of genocide and as right we call it genocide on the continent of europe since the holocaust. it's important that we are here and we're remembering, because this is a story that is not yet over. still today there are bodies being identified bodies being buried, work being done that is absolutely vital in remembering this horrific event. a minute of silence has been held across britain, ten years on from the july 7th terrorist attacks in london. people gathered at the tube stations which were attacked to remember those who died. 52 people were killed as well as the four bombers on three tube trains and one bus.
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the prime minister and the mayor of london laid wreaths at the memorial. pope francis has celebrated an open-air mass in ecuador, the first of his week long south american visit. more than 600,000 people braved stifling heat to take part. the pope called for stronger family values and solidarity with the poor. here is lucia newman. >> reporter: the heat here was often unbearable, but hundreds of thousands of pilgrims were undeterred as they gathered for pope francis's open air mass. the pope dedicated his first major address to the family which the catholic church considers the pillar of society, but which in pope francis's view is suffering from the ills of modern times. >> translator: the family is the greatest social wealth that no other institution can replace.
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it needs to be helped and strengthened. >> reporter: the pope has maken a lower liberal stance on divorce and homosexuality. pope francis said he hoped the bishop's meeting scheduled for october would provide concrete solutions to the many challenges facing families in our times. we would like the pope to bless our family and our country that needs more faith, says this man. back in the capitol, thousands are gathering hoping to capture a glimpse of the hope as he head headed towards the presidential palace, where he will probably address climate change and the need for man to reconcile himself with mother earth. ♪ >> reporter: less than a month ago, pope francis issued a bitter critique of capitalism
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that warned that environmental degradation and climate change was in danger of destroying our planet. it's a subject he likely discussed in a closed door meeting with ecuador's president, who has come under fire for wanting to open up protected areas of the amazon rain forest to oil exploration. thousands of people have been gathering in spain to witness the annual running of the bulls in pam plea that. nearly a dozen runners were injured on the first day. three people were hospitalized in serious condition after being gored. it takes about three minutes for the bulls to make their way through the streets of this northern city. the australian tennis star nick kilios has described one of his country's legended as a
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blatant race igs. the former olympic swimmer suggested that people like kilois should go back to the country they came from. >> reporter: this couldn't be just any other [ inaudible ]. australia's nick kilios walked off of this wimbledon court and into a controversy. he had a series of verbal exchanges with the umpire and was eventually warned for using bad language. he reacted, briefly a appearing not to try and return his opponent's serve. >> you stopped for that game. >> denying what? >> you deny that you stopped playing that game. >> i kept playing. >> sir? >> i kept playing. >> you kept playing but for that moment you weren't looking like you were returning. >> and that's coming from you.
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that's your opinion. >> reporter: back home in australia, four-time olympic champion, don frazier was asked about this performance, and she had this to say. >> they should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this great country of ours. if they don't like it go back to where their fathers or their parents came from. we don't need them here in this country if they about like that. >> reporter: his brother was quick to come to his defense. >> i was born here. i feel i'm more australian -- or i'm just as much australian as anybody else is here. so, you know, it's just disgusting that someone of that caliber, and has that sort of exposure came out like that. >> reporter: he has used his facebook page to respond,
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calling her an australian legend, and a blatant racist. frazier has since apologized for her comments. sarah coates al jazeera. i'll have the headlines in just a little while, but if you can't wait that long there's always the website, awaiting approval on the south carolina senate at this hour on taking down the confederate flag but will the state house follow suit. >> we're trying to finalize the agreement which is something that is sfil -- still possible. and an emergency meeting over greece.