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♪ turkey strikes i.s.i.l. targets inside syria and launches massive raids across the country to hide i.s.i.l. members. hello, from al jazeera headquarters in doha i'm laura kyle and ahead we speak to burundi refugees who say men from their camp are being recruited by rebel fighters. one step closer to victory in the battle against poland and nigeria marks a medical milestone and the skyscraper now
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stands empty and we get rare access inside the tower of david. ♪ we begin in turkey where the government has confirmed it carried out air strikes on i.s.i.l. targets inside turkey and turkish police carried out raids across the country on areas of i.s.i.l. members and kurdish activists are believed to be operating and following developments for us from the turkish city on the border of syria and mohamed two significant developments we are seeing there in turkey these raids and air strikes and talk us through this escalation. >> yeah that is right, laura, we can't over state how significant these escalations and developments in the overnight hours and let's set the scene behind me and you see turkey's border with syria and
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it's two kilometers in that direction where i.s.i.l. fighters shot at soldiers shooting and killing two and one i.s.i.l. fighter was killed and in the last few minutes we saw a tank get closer to the side of syria and about eight hours ago three turkish f-16 fighter jets bombed i.s.i.l. target jets in syria and from the turkish government they are saying they did not enter syria but turkish air space and bombed three i.s.i.l. targets in syria from within turkish air space, that is one big development, the other big development are terror raids that happened in 13 different provinces against turkey and thousands of turkey forces in istanbul and the capitol, at least 250 suspects that are affiliated with different terror groups here in turkey and some affiliated with
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i.s.i.l., some affiliated with t the kurdish and pkk and did it to round up the suspects to lessen the threat of terror in turkey and one more document we know turkey agreed to allow u.s. planes to take off, to use the air space for their bombing campaign against i.s.i.l. this is a huge shift in tactics when it comes to turkey. in the past they resisted calls from u.s. and countries included in the coalition against i.s.i.l., to join the coalition and get involved in the fight against i.s.i.l. and this is happening and variables when there is so much tension because of the suicide attack that happened in turkey just on monday which 32 people were killed. since that time there has been mounding anger by the kurdish minority group and citizens saying turkey is not doing enough to protect them from i.s.i.l., this relationship between the kurds and turkish government has been fought for
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quite sometime and now tensions are building and we spoke to one yesterday and told us why he is so angry and fearful and why he doesn't know how his family will continue to survive safely in this area. here is our report. says he wishes for nothing more than a modest country life. the simple pleasures of being able to feed his animals without looking over his shoulder. >> translator: we used to be able to relax, to sleep well but since the start of the syrian war and especially the fighting in kobani we can't any more. >> reporter: worries over the safety of his wife and five children. >> translator: i.s.i.l. could cross this border just by walking and could do it very easily. >> reporter: he has seen it happen before and believes it will happen again. while this back drop certainly may not look tense it's in small
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villages like this one on turkey's long porous border with syria where residents are constantly feeling a threat to their security. the village is directly across from the syrian border town of kobani and last year he saw the battles between i.s.i.l. and ypg fighters from his own doorstep. >> translator: we saw this with our own eyes. we are still scared because the military doesn't catch i.s.i.l. they are not arresting them. >> reporter: it was just down the road in downtown where security levels had already been raised that a suicide bomber killed 32 people on monday. since then the tense relationship between turkey's government and its kurdish population has grown worse. many kurds accuse the government of not doing enough to combat the threat from i.s.i.l. and to protect them allegations that officials strongly deny. >> translator: to those who say
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our government is connected to and supporting i.s.i.l. this is totally untrue. our government is fighting especially against i.s.i.l. because we see i.s.i.l. as the biggest threat. now here is a growing ceasefire between turkey and the pkk, the outlawed kurdistan will be broken and pkk claimed responsibility for two curbingish police officers who they accused of collaborating with i.s.i.l. he has grown weary of it all and far closer to the violence in syria than he is the security meetings waiting for all the chaos and conflicts to end, wanting only a life of simplicity he says his family deserves deserves. now, laura we are expecting to hear more than turkey's leadership in the hours to come and meeting with the spy chief here as well as other members of
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security apparatus to discuss the deteriorating situation and what is to be done and announcements of what turkey is planning in the days to come and should be happening in the days to come. >> bringing announcements to viewers when they happen and thanks for the update there. and burundi there has been more violence aimed at both government and opposition supporters results from tuesday's presidential election are due to be announced in the coming hours and the decision to run for a third term has been revenuely criticized and harry is in the capitol. >> look at that broken window a grenade was thrown in the house and she is nine years old and laying on the bed and that is blood over there and when it happened she managed to get up and ran in the hallway and the other bedroom is here and the family got up and started running. most were injured, about four of them and as they ran through the hallway you can see the blood on
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the floor. they were trying to get out with the chaos and explosions and as they ran the blood is all over the living room they ran through here, they went outside on to the street asked people to come and help. this is a house of a government supporter and both sides have been targeted opposition and government and are scared violence could escalate when officials are announced and people awake are on stand by and the biggest fear people have is could there be more violence and a lot of people expect and hope it doesn't happen but expect when it gets dark there could be more gunfire and explosions. >> reports that burundi refugees living in neighboring rwanda be being recruiting to join a rebel group and they say dozens of men have left the camp. catherine soy has this exclusive
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report. >> reporter: this mother of five was a teacher in the capitol and says her husband left this refugee camp in rwanda two weeks ago after a series of meetings with people enlisting men in a group to fight in burundi, talking to us she has her identity hidden because it's dangerous and says she just wants her husband back. >> translator: he hints to me he was going to fight for the country and bring peace but wouldn't give me details and when he left he didn't carry his phone or anything. >> reporter: we also talked to several young man who say they have been approached by the so called recruiters and know of refugees who left to unknown locations for alleged weapons training. this is an issue that is discussed and many people are afraid to speak out and those who manage to talk us to are saying their lives are being threatened. the united nations refugee agency unhcr officials also had
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allegations. >> of course we have been content about such attempts and therefore we raised the government from the beginning of the establish of the camps and we have been given the assurance that the government will take all measures to curb such attempts that would be done. >> reporter: earlier this month burundi military with men and weapons were captured in fighting in the forest along the border with rwanda. many people here are hungry. and burundi's president's run for a third term which they say is unconstitutional. they also accuse his party's youth wing of killing and intimidating opponents back home but say they won't join a rebellion. >> actually we cannot fight with soldiers, we cannot fight with those there because they are already armed and have all those
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arms but we still have one arm, our god is there. not the god that our president trusts in right now. >> reporter: according to refugees we talked to the mass recruitment in the days of the conflict in burundi has gone down but people like this woman who still doesn't know where her husband is say they are worried. >> that was catherine soy reporting there exclusively from the refugee camp in eastern rwanda. thailand has charged 72 people with human trafficking, 15 of them are thai officials including a soldier and four police officers. bangkok launched an investigation when they found bodies close to malaysia and believes to be of migrants and arrest warrants issued for 45 other people. three people have been killed in a shooting in a cinema in the u.s. state of louisiana police
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♪ hello again, reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera, turkey says it carried out air strikes on i.s.i.l. targets inside syria and police have carried out raids across the country arresting more than 200 suspected i.s.i.l. members and kurdish activists. there are reports that burundi refugees in rwanda being recruited to join a rebel group and a camp told al jazeera that dozens of men have left the camp to join rebels fighting the government in burundi. and tie land has charged 72 people with human trafficking and 15 are thai officials and bangkok launched an investigation in may after 26 bodies were found in graves close to the border with malaysia. now friday marks one year since the last case of polio was reported in nigeria and it's still in parts of pakistan and
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afghanistan but nigeria success raised hopes that health workers are winning the fight to eradicate the disease and we have more from the city in nigeria's plateau state. >> paralysis is the main symptom of polio and in the state they contracted the virus as children probably from drinking dirty water or swallowing human excrement while playing and they receive wheelchairs and he is a survivor himself distributes the wheelchairs for suffers and he is happy it has been a year since the last case of polio has been reported. >> we have to give lots of credit to the government for this effort at polio ratification. the national healthcare program agency are with the foundation.
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>> given doses of a polio vaccine in abuja and taken years of door to door campaigning to give 111 million children in the region to give the immobilization drops to achieve this and by challenging religious attitudes. >> total rejection. they are anticipating this fear as that is an agenda either to deal with the population explosion from the muslim community, that is one. and, secondly, to make some of them compare, especially the women. >> reporter: the attitude appears to be changing but there is still a long way to go before nigeria can be declared polio free. scientists will have to analyze data until the end of september. if it's all clear nigeria will be taken off the list of polio
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countries leaving pakistan and afghanistan but there must be no cases of new polio for two years for nigeria to be declared polio free. >> we can't take our foot of the accelerator and ensure resources and commitment of health workers during multiple campaigns. >> reporter: she is hoping nigeria will become polio free in 2017 and stop making wheelchairs for survivors. he says being paralyzed is a warning to parents who don't understand the importance of vacuum -- vaccinating babies and it can be prevented. director of the global polioar ratification at the world health organization and joins us now from geneva and good to have you with us and this is a good day for you and the fight against polio, what are the conditions that allowed nigeria to be one year without
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the disease? >> first of all, that is a really fantastic news for the children of nigeria, children of africa and children all over the world, being the largest country in africa nigeria has been over the years a source of polio virus not only for its own children but african countries with repeated out break from nigeria that has gone to other parts of the world beyond africa and this is absolutely fantastic. but as your feature notes the job is not yet done. i think the credit in large part really goes to the government of nigeria for its focus and its commitment and then of course the traditional and community leaders in nigeria that helped misperceptions about the vaccine and have really taken on the task of community engagement to ensure polioar ratification and partners has been very important
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and the world health organization unicef and bill billgates foundation has been very effective and partnership and government that have come together for the success. >> has the world turned its attention to afghanistan and particularly pakistan what lessons with those countries learn from nigeria in also dealing with the disease? >> i think the progress that we are starting to see in pakistan this year is really largely as the government commitment has really escalated, they have also taken lessons from nigeria in establishing emergency operation centers, both at the capitol and pruvential and directing and over seeing the program and performance accountabilities and health workers and managers at the district level and detailed micro planning on the ground equality of front-line workers, all of these elements health
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cams and identifying volunteers in some of the insecure and conflict areas of pakistan, a lot of lessons learned from nigeria and other parts of the world are being applied in afghanistan and pakistan and good progress this year compared with last year. just coming back to nigeria i think it's very important as your feature also highlights that the risk is not completely gone from maintaining the financial resources is key for nigeria because we may have undetected transmissions to detect virus is key and of course maintaining immunity among children. >> thanks very much. now iraq is turning to the world bank and the imf to help it out of a budget crisis caused partially by the war against i.s.i.l. low oil prices and
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slow world economy is adding to the economic woes and jane reports from baghdad. >> reporter: it took a lot of effort to get this frozen yogurt change to baghdad, the first american fran cheese here part of an iraqi company that brought in the iranian brand ice pack all an indication that war weary iraqis are hungry for novelty, no matter what the source. the business man behind all this says he managed to open the shop without help from the iraqi government. >> we had to invite foreigners to train employees and did not get visas and products were delayed more than four months and the machine is also delayed so difficulties are not for security. >> reporter: the government says it wants private investment but it admits there are a lot of obstacles. there are lots of risks in opening a business anywhere and in most markets the possibility of explosions is not normally part of that risk, doing
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business in baghdad is not for the faint of heart. economist say iraq needs to expand the private sector to encounter high unemployment and rising poverty rates but its problem now is much bigger than that. >> the fight against i.s.i.l. is really costing the iraqi budget 23% budget of over all budget of 100 billion u.s. dollar. it is an economic and fiscal process and it's short of cash and not short of assets but we have to manage and we have to make our priorities. >> reporter: last month the iraqi dnr dropped to the lowest level in ten years after the central bank tried to impose taxes on imports and the currency recovered after the plan was dropped and for shop owners there are even more uncertainties and the clothing
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comes from turkey but the district routes are closed from fighting. >> translator: they face difficulties on their own, sometimes goods are lost. >> reporter: before the war the iraqi government solved its cash flow problems by printing money. saddam hussein's project banned in 2003 included one of the biggest mosques in the middle east. today not far away is another huge project, iraqi and foreign investors are building this giant mall and hotel and hospital complex in baghdad. in spite of the difficulties a lot of people have made a lot of money in iraq and enough that the rewards out weigh the risks. jane with al jazeera, baghdad. the first drug to make babies immune to malaria has been given the go away and most victims are children under five. the vaccine could help prevent millions of new cases of malaria
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which killed around 584,000 people in 2013 most of them in sub is a hard -- saraha and given by the world health organization. they are questioning the government investigation of what happened to 43 missing college students and says basic steps in the investigation were missed and vital evidence has still not been followed up. the government says the students were killed by a drug gang and their bodies were burned and many people including the students' parents dispute the account. now some saw it as a haven for criminals and others a social experiment but a half built skyscraper that became home thousands is now empty and given rare access to the building in caracas. >> 45 stories high in the skyline the tower of david was
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meant to be a shining example of an era of prosperity instead construction stopped midway. abandon for a decade the fate of the half-built skyscraper took on an even stranger twist when squatters took over in 2007 and the engineer behind the construction of the mighty tower, the shifting meaning of what he once considered is still hard to grasp. >> translator: it was meant to stand as a symbol of economic success and instead it became an emblem of what the state failed to give to its citizens and what they took for themselves. >> reporter: it's now been a year since the tower's residents walked up and down these steps and since the government cleared half of them out of what many here called a vertical slum. >> translator: the story of 1295 families 4585 people changed after we gave them dignified housing. it was an incredible operation.
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we relocated them in eight months. >> reporter: for local film maker and the former press officer a lot was lost with the move. >> translator: people had organized and the tower often worked better than the world outside, this could have been the perfect example of a truly socialist community that arose spontaneously and all that is lost now. >> reporter: life after the tower has meant a new home with better condition and often though more than two hours away from the city center. to some this meant losing a booming business and a central location. nicholas madura says the tower is to be the center of urban right that would host cultural and social and sporting events but question the project arguing the infrastructure is not fit for these uses. the final fate of the tower has
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still to be decided and now it's a film set for a horror story, lopez, al jazeera, caracus. telescope discovered a planet being described as earth's closest cousin and so closely resembling those on earth that scientists said it could support or even harbor life and gerald tan has more. >> reporter: it's all done and slightly bigger and warmer but so very similar to what we call home. meet 452 b or what nasa is calling earth 2.0. this is an artist rendition of the newly-discovered planet, the closest match to earth known to date and one which circles the star much like our sun. 452 b is 60% larger than earth, our planet diameter 2472 kilometers and it's estimated this new rocky world is more
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than 20,000 kilometers in diameter and takes 365 days for earth to orbit the sun, what we calculate as a year. one year on this new planet is just 20 days longer. the planet was detected by nasa's powerful telescope launched into space six years ago in search of worlds beyond our solar system and identified potential so called exo planets but none as exciting as this one. >> we have been unbelievably surprised by the number of planets we have found out there, not just that but the number of stars that actually host planets that are in the zone where water can be in a liquid state which we think is one of the fundamentals for life. so this planet is in the perfect goldie-locks zone. >> reporter: so is this a
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distant cousin? the keyword is distant 1400 light years away using the fastest space craft today it would take referencely 25 million years to reach, gerald tan, al jazeera. extraordinary stuff and reminder you can always keep up to date with the news on our website, al jazeera. when asked why he wanted to be the first to summit george everest, george mallery famously said because it's there. in the same spirit n.a.s.a. reached pluto, spending $650 million, to send a spacecraft billions of miles to get there. is it reason enough in an age of skyrocketed death and increasing space ex