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>> a string of bomb blasts in gaza. the target, islamists and jihad. you are watching al-jazeera live. coming up, america is back on the offensive. we'll have the latest on its push to sell the iranian nuclear deal. scuffles in south carolina and a whitewhite supremist rally.
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plus a controversial election is hoping to bring prosperity and peace. let's go to gaza where six cars have been blown up. the cars are believed to belong to senior officials from the ruling hamas group and islamic jihad. we have more from gaza. >> reporter: some of them link it with the radical groups in gaza which supports the islamic state especially after the complicated relation between these groups and hamas and security and hamas movement in gaza. but there is no clear official
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statement by these groups or by the interior ministry. this gives more than one sign, especially the first the aftermath and cause of the damage is more stronger. and these solutions the aftermath and cause of the damage is bigger and stronger. the second, it's targeted hamas activist and jihad, at the same time it's the first time because the previous explosions used to target hamas fighters or hamas security and members. they said this is a challenge for hamas security in gaza and even for the groups and palestinian factions, how to deal with these developments and what is the coming days will be in the situation in gaza. diplomatic efforts to calm
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regional fears to calm the nuclear fear. saudi arabia and jordan are on his list. on friday iran's supreme leader made his first comments. he said it will not change tehran's relation with the u.s. or middle east. meanwhile, the business of doing business with iran is already starting. germany is sending a trade delegation to tehran on sunday and spain has a similar trip planned as well. now, we have a professor of world studies at the university of tehran. he says the opening up of markets in tehran is worrying some countries. >> the problem saudis and israelis have is about iran's economic benefits, some of the sanctions that would be lifted or suspended.
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they don't mind seeing the nuclear program limited. what they mind is iran doing better economically. i think it's a correct statement that iron iran is able to access its own money in international banks, iran's economy will be in better shape. so that part of the statement is accurate. >> the counting the cost program looks at what opportunities could exist in iran as western sanctions are lifted. >> reporter: there is a flip side to years of economic isolation. that happens when you finally emerge from it. when its population of 80 million people waiting for foreign input businesses are keen to engage with iran. this is no sudden thing. the tentative steps have been taken in the past year as these nuclear negotiations have been happening. it means already iran is
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finalizing oil and gas deals with the world's biggest crude producers estimated worth $100 billion. tehran needs 400 new aircraft worth $20 billion. germany expects to sell more cars, more chemicals more renewable energies to iran. exports to soar to 10 billion euros. apple is looking for a distribution partner in tehran. the market is estimated to be $16 billion from 4 billion now. they are likely to spend about $176 billion this year. there is an annual disposable income of $287 billion. with those sorts of numbers the key to tehran's door looks like it might be a long one.
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>> in egypt gun men have killed seven soldiers. the state media says fighting broke out after the assault. fighters used rocket propelled grenades against soldiers. both military bases were attacked earlier in july. there's been fighting in yemen against saudi based rebels and houthi rebels. earlier they regained control on the southern port city. several ministers loyal to the exiled president have been meeting for the first time since houthis were pushed out of the city. they are trying to find ways to take control. >> there was a rally in support
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of the confederate flag. the banner was removed last week. >> reporter: this is free speech in america a protest by the white supremist group they marched on to the steps of the state capital building surrounded by police. they came to object to the removal of the confederate battle flag from the state grounds. aa flag waved by the man who shot nine people dead last month. some stood silently. others shouted abuse at the crowd. there were fights, there were squirmishes. there were arguments. and there were arrests.
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the ku klux klan, this is about heritage. they were shouting at the people who turned out in force to oppose them. for many this was about more than removing a flag. >> the they are bringing our people out. >> what do you want to see happen? >> a white revolution. it's the only solution. >> to those who gathered, it was their own message at the wrong time. >> miseducated and they are desperate. all of these hate groups, it's the same oppression that's hurling them down. >> what i'm seeing now is pathetic. it's pathetic. we should all get along. >> the kkk was once a large site. it's numbers have dropped.
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many places have stopped selling and displaying it. the police escorted them from the grounds. their angry voices drowned out. still to come on al-jazeera, small businesses in venezuela blame the government for tough times. fewer fathers are reading to their children.
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>> welcome back. the top stories here on al-jazeera, six cars have been blown up in northern gaza. two people have been injured. the u.s. secretary of defense is going to israel on sunday as part.carter will visit saudi arabia and jordan on its middle east tour. and there have been demonstrations on the grounds of south carolina state house. members of the ku klux klan were protesting against the removal of the confederate flag. saudi arabia has arrested 431 people suspected of having links to isil, the interior ministry says security forces conducted several raids seizing
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weapons and cash. the suspects are accused of plotting attacks. attacks. the saudi government is actively pursuing isil activity within its borders. >> i know the islamic state is trying to promulgate its views in saudi arabia. it wants to take over especially the two holy mosques. it has constantly put out propaganda against the saudi royal family and the regime. the ministry of interior has been diligent in trying to find its supporters and to hunt them down and arrest them. this is not the first set of arrests. i suspect it will not be the last. banks in greece are set to reopen on monday.
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they were shut down. people can take out 420 euro as week as withdrawal limits are relaxed. chinese state media says 20 foreigners have been deported for watching videos that promote terrorism. two of the arrested say they were watching a documentary. three more opposition candidates have withdrawn from the presidential election. they say the vote on tuesday will not be free or fair. but the president is still determined to run despite violent protests. we report now from burundi.
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>> reporter: the economy suffered with the president violated the constitution and chose to run for a third term. however, he's optimistic the slump in business will end once the presidential election set for tuesday is over. >> translator: that is why i'm going to work. maybe the tension will end. >> reporter: the campaign period is winding down. only a few opposition parties seem happy. some believe this party is sympathetic to the ruling party and that's why they are allowed to campaign. their leader says that's not true. why is your party participating in the election on tuesday? >> we have to be here. we are not in a safe condition because of the lack of trust between the population,
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different groups. >> reporter: despite calls by the community, some african leaders and opposition parties delay the election, the commission says it will go ahead. other people aren't happy with this. some opposition parties are boycotting the election. they said they cannot participate in the process. in the rural countryside his supporters say the state of the economy is not the main concern. >> what's important for me is the peace. it's one of the best personality personality. >> reporter: in the urban areas life is harder. people want peace burks they need jobs, too. if he win as third term, some aren't sure if that will be good or bad for the ailing economy.
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the first local elections in north korea since jim kyung ung came to power are under way. only candidates selected by the government can run. >> reporter: if you are a democratic people's republic it's important to have democracy. this year it's the four year cycle at which local elections are held. this is the first time they have been held under the leadership of kim jung ung. they only allow for one name on each ballot. voters go into the ballot booths and approve or disapprove of the name on the paper. disapproving of the name is not very good sense in a place like north korea. so people are rubber stamped into the offices for which they have been selected. however, it is an important national event. it's a chance for the leadership to come out with some new
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propaganda promoting the fact that this is happening and the various people that have been selected for the posts. there is dancing outside the polling booths and a chance for people to express once again what is very important in north korea which is the respect and love for leaders past and present. for that leadership as well, it is a chance to keep tabs on north korean citizens. you have to be in the place that you are registered in order to vote. a very high turnout is expected. the last time the elections took place, 99.97% of those who voted, who were supposed to vote did vote. if they aren't there to vote, that can be looked into further. important on a number of levels for the leadership. one person has been killed and another injured during fighting in eastern ukraine. the streets are patrolled with armored vehicles. earlier in the day the rebels
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said they were ready to withdraw smaller caliber weapons from the front line. protesters in georgia urged the government to end diplomatic talks with russia. they gathered outside government headquarters. the georgian government said moscow was seizing territory. russian forces were pushing the border further into russian territory by nearly a kilometer. former state governor perez has been banned from the job for ten years. earlier this month two other high profile figures were disqualified for a year. they were expected to run in december's legislative election. opinion polls suggest the opposition could win the vote. venezuela is facing one of the worst economic crisis in its history. some struggling business owners are pointing the blame at tight
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government controls. >> reporter: the end of the book as we know it is something some experts long predicted could happen in this digital age. in this small book shop, few fear technology could end that which they love most. in venezuela inflationary economy, the culture is at risk from disappearing. >> the government has been incredibly obtuse in economic matters. no economy can benefit from staunch controls. >> reporter: facing the issues it does, including a shortage of pay tore print books the success is all that more surprising. >> investing in venezuela is risky mainly because of the negative or hostile attitude by the government. that's the main reason why private production has declined
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in venezuela severely. that is contributing to create scarcity problem. >> reporter: they generally have the financial muscle that smaller companies lack. hosting lectures is part of the strategy that the group has conceived of to survive. there, they say is a business model based on resistance. >> translator: an economic crisis affects all of the supply chain. even in the cultural sector. our only means of survival, but one that has traditionally gone hand in hand with culture has been to reclaim spaces people abandoned. >> reporter: but not all business owners have been as savvy. the crippling effects can be seen here in the multitude of shops that have closed. and in these whose shelves lay bare. the country loses institutional
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cultures that could help to rebuild it. a former fifa vice president made his first court appearance since being extradited to the united states. jeffrey web pleaded not guilty to corruption charges. he was released on $10 million bail. he was one of seven executives arrested in switzerland as part of a major investigation. he is still receiving support. >> reporter: here on the island nation, and other island nations in the caribbean they know jeffrey web better than anybody. his power and influence was unmatched for several reasons. number one, he is from the nearby cayman islands but beyond that he was the president
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of conacaf the regional governing body. now, web's power here was unmatched. he had visited this island several times most recently in 2013 where he was checking in on construction work that was being done near the futbol stadium here. he was showered with praise by local officials. but his influence went all the way to the top fifa itself. he was an up and coming power player in the organization. he was part of the powerful executive committee since 2012 and also served on several subcommittees as well, perhaps iron backly he was on fifa's trans-parenty and compliance committee, because it's web himself that's being accused by the u.s. justice department in taking part in massive corruption and fraud. the key allegation against web
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from the justice department is that he received a bribery money along with others totaling more than $40 million according to the accusation, for the broadcast rights to the copa america tournament here. the futbol world is watching this case and the entire corruption case against fifa closely. but no more so than in this region. the caribbean where they consider jeffrey web almost a native son. in a palnepal's earthquakeleft many buildings damaged. >> reporter: walking around, it's difficult to miss the wooden beams propping up houses. these buildings have been condemned. the government says it's up to property owners to demolish them. but so far not many have been.
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businessmen says he hired people to demolish this rented building because the landlord hasn't. it's putting people in danger. >> translator: it's already been a month and a half. but the building has not been demolished yet. my goods worth $150,000 have been stuck under the wreckage. the monsoon is here, and the government is nowhere to be seen. >> reporter: the government declares it a crisis for a year to speed up the demolishing of 73 dangerous houses. some people say that the larger apartment complexes should be the priority. this building complex is sound according to government surveyors. but locals say that a survey has not been done. they have not been allowed to go inside. but neighbors tell us that part of the ground has subsided and the towers didn't comply.
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there is a committee of local people who are angry about the situation here. >> translator: this is 15 stories tall, that is 12. that 11. and that 13. they did not take any planning permits. we have appealed to the government but the government penalized them and let the building go ahead. >> reporter: many people say they are afraid of living here. they want the buildings demolished or made small tore meet the government's requirement. >> translator: we have given them warnings to demolish the buildings. if not we'll do it and charge the owners. they have to bring the buildings within the structure codes. >> reporter: the government doesn't have the technical know-how to demolish buildings more than three stories tall.
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more than two months on, people here don't want to wait. do you read to your children? well, a british charity says children aren't getting enough bedtime reading and it's blaming young fathers. dads would rather swipe the screen of a tablet computer than turn the pages of a children's book. >> reporter: it's story time for these children. a regular ritual for their father, the award winning author alex preston. it's a time to prepare young minds for sleep. a time when the imagination awakens. >> it's a nice thing at the end of the day to sit down and read a story. we ask questions about it and talk about things and we always
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a word we don't know, we look it up. it's part of a wonderful routine. >> reporter: for alex and his children, the book of bedtime is a vital part of the day. while the number of mothers reading to children remains high fewer young dads are willing to get involved. some children are picking up bad habits from their technology. sorry. hello. new research suggests that 80% of fathers under the age of 24 don't like reading to their children. but when dads do stories well, it can have an impact on their child's development. >> it makes a big difference to the health and well being to their confidence as readers. what's important about dad either reading, they can see that reading is something men do. we are not saying technology, we are saying something more important, mix it up.
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use lots of different things together. >> reporter: here in oxford, a city famed for authors i meet phil earl, a story teller whose experiences have launched his career. >> i was luck y i was surrounded by stories. maybe not always books but there was oral and story telling tradition. if a book sparked my imagination, my dad would sit me on his knee. >> reporter: in a world of distracting technologies and busy schedule, the book of bedtime may seem like a throw-back to a bygone era. but with children regularly read to by parents the traditional bedtime story may be more crucial than ever. >> it was dangerous and
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powerful. don't forget, you can get the latest news on our website including our top story and the recent bombings in gaza targeting officials. in india, a woman's fate can take a cruel twist when her husband dies. >> they would beat me, both my daughter in law and my son would beat me. my brother in law tried to rape me but i fought back. i got him beaten up. >> ostracized


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