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>> more strikes from turk cash forces. now they are targeting turkish pkk fighters in iraq. hello and welcome to al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead tennessee's parliament approves a law to tackle terrorist crimes. also a clear win under murky circumstances. three months after a devastating
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earthquake, nepal is trying to rebuild its country. some survivors are feeling left out in the cold. >> turkey has expanded its offensive and launched attacks on pkk kurdish fighters in iraq. that's on top of new strikes on isil. >> reporter: these are local media reports that are saying that f-16 fighter jets have taken off from an air base there. it's the same base that the f-16s took off last night took off to bomb isil targets. now, eyewitnesses are telling local media that these planes, possibly as many as 20, some are heading towards the border with
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syria, some towards northern iraq. if that proves to be true, then it would appear as though turkey would be launching more attacks on isil and possibly pkk targets in northern iraq. as you mentioned in your lead-in, turkey saying they will make no distinction, they will go after groups like isil as vigorously as they will go groups like the kurd workers partied. we are not surprised this is happening. this has been a game changer of a day when it comes to turkey. there's been a lot of escalation as far as their fight against isil. >> so off the back of what mohamed has been saying, we are hearing a confirmation from the prime minister's office that fighter jets have attacked those pkk militant camps across northern iraq during the
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overnight period. so confirmation coming from the turkish prime minister's office of those hits on pkk camps in northern iraq. turkey does have a long history of battling fighters from the pkk or kurdistand workers party. more than 40,000 people have died in the conflict. created in 1978, the pkk demanded an independent state for kurds in the region. the group began their violence in 19846789 in 1989 he was captured and sentenced to death. this was commuted to life in prison. after secret talks eventually declared a unilateral cease fire in 2013. we have the detector of the american information network. he says turkey should try to resolve its problems at home
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before intervening in other countries. >> last month there was an election in turkey. and the president wanted 400 deputies to be elected for his party. and then he would become the president with more authority more privileges. and he lost that. and since things have not gone well. even during the election things have gotten out of whack. he accused -- he wanted to get the nationalist vote and he said he didn't have a peace process going when there was a peace process going. kurds got 80 deputies elected to the parliament. and you could say that isis broke the camel's back.
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it was the last straw that broke the camel's back. one turkish soldier was killed. but with isis, it's the old saying, if you sleep with the dogs, you will wake up with the flees. turkey allowed foreign fighters to go into syria and these fighters are now have become a headache of turkey as well. there is a peace process going kurdish deputies are asking for greater political rights, the restrictions on the language to be lifted. if turkey wanted to become a model in the region, it needs to really practice democracy at home before venturing out and trying to straighten things out in places like syria. >> inside syria the fighting between isil and kurdish forces displaced more than a hundred thousand people. many have fled to a town on the turkey syria border where they have been struggling to survive.
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>> the family lives in this tent. they sleep on the ground, they have no electricity running water or sanitation. there are no hospitals or schools. >> translator: and where did we end up? we ended up as refugees. >> reporter: asked if she's received any help, she says only god is there. for these displaced people, refuge is in a wasteland. they make use of whatever they can find. >> translator: our life is terrible. they try to work, but there is no work, there is nothing. >> reporter: they are displaced in northeastern syria. forced out of their homes between isil, the kurdish government. the people protection units hold much of the syrian border with turkey. the syrian opposition accuses them of forcing out sunni
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tribes. it's making more people homeless. >> i couldn't take this anymore. i walked out i kept walking until i reached the border. >> reporter: the u.n. envoy hopes of a solution from the meetings have dimmed in the last five years of the war. he hasn't been able to find common ground between a fractured opposition and unrelenting government. the assad government has made it clear it's too early to talk about another u.n. peace conference. nearly 8 million syrians have been displaced. the tents are looking more like permanent homes. the parliament imposed a new
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bill that will impose the death penalty. it's part of the security crackdown. human rights groups say that the law undermines freedom of speech. >> reporter: the parliament passes a bill that gives security forces sweeping powers in their fight against armed groups. the law imposes the death penalty on many so-called terrorism crimes. it also allows investigators to use phone tapping. for the governing coalition this is a big moment. >> translator: the new law doesn't conflict with the constitution. we are committed to the liberties. but at the same time we want to make sure terrorism is not given a chance to prevail. this is why we said let's stand united against terrorism.
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>> reporter: human rights activists say the bill is a shame for a country that four years ago inspired a mass protest movement against repressive regimes in the arab world. members of parliament say they need a tough law to prevent attacks like the one that killed 38 tourists in the coastal city. >> what happened a couple weeks ago is only, was another dreadful thing that happened. and i think we have to vote this law. >> we have here a social low which is also respecting the democratic standout. so we are feeling relieved now. >> reporter: they have been grappling with violence for years. thousands joined isil and al qaeda in iraq and syria.
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hundreds have taken up arms against security forces. a campaign against a group affiliated with al qaeda is still under way in this mountainous region. the army and police remain largely outnumbered and outgunned compared to anyonerring countries. this is quite a significant moment for the government with a new antiterrorism bill, they will be able to tackle the rise of violence. but they also say they need financial support from the international community to be able to defeat armed groups. to yemen where 16 houthi rebels have been killed. they were locked in battles with units from the popular resistance committee. there are reports that the body of a military leader loyal to the former president has been
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found. fighting is ongoing. medical sources say people have been killed. 12 tons of military aid has arrived. it's the third delivery since wednesday. burundi's president won a third term in an election the u.s. is calling deeply flawed. the vote was boycotted by opposition parties and the runup had been marked by violent protests. we report from the capital. >> reporter: it was an election where the outcome was known before people noted. burundi's president has won a third term. his critics say that's a violation of the constitution. despite a boycott officials say there was a massive turnout. >> the turnout at the national level is 73.44%.
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this is really the key formation maybe which is needed to be known by the international community which is following the process in burundi. >> the african union say they don't recognize the result. now people wait and see what happens next. they don't want violence, they want peacement but for that to happen, everyone has to accept the result. just hours before the presidential results were announced four people were injured after grenades were thrown into a house. >> my family was in the house. somebody threw a grenade. the youngest is my sister, 9 years old. >> the president called for parliament to meet on monday. he's determined to stay in power for another five years even if he's isolated by his peers on the continent and those who
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didn't want him in charge. more to come up, including a rough road to recovery for people trying to get healthcare in nepal. and why kenya's infrastructure could lead east africa to economic prosperity.
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>> you are watching al jazeera. turkey's prime minister's office, has confirmed fighter
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jets have attacked camps with pkk kurdish fighters in northern iraq. that's in addition to the strikes against isil in syria. the fighters laid down their weapons. parliament approved a new antiterrorism bill that imposes the death penalty. it's part of the security clamp-down following attacks that targeted tourists. the united states described burundi's election as flawed. he had 70% of the vote. three months after april's earthquake in nepal tens of thousands are living in desperate conditions. the government promisedded to relocate them. that hasn't happened yet. these problems continue, sabina?
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>> reporter: yes. the problems are quite massive. the government makes it sound like they are under control but wherever we have been, it seems like people are not getting the relief that they need. the government said that the relief period ended a month ago but people are still quite desperate. aid agencies are going through these areas supplying humanitarian aid. the government says that now it's just reconstruction period. we went through the village where people from around have come over. and they are really having a difficult time. and they have been told that they have to move out of this place as well. so they don't have a home anymore. in the village outside, more than 200 people have camped out in a school ground. they are from a village all of them have lost their homes.
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landslides have destroyed most areas around the village and the river has been eroding whatever remains of their land. she thought she escaped the worst of it until she got here. >> translator: my sister give birth here in the tent. we didn't have the money or transport to take her to the hospital. five days on, she went mad. she refused to wear clothes scream and hit me. she didn't remember how many children she had. now that she's on medication, she's better. every time she would take the baby, she would almost strangle her r we were scared she would kill the baby. >> reporter: a local volunteer took her to the hospital and is now under psychiatric treatment. there's been no psychological assessment of survivors after the earthquake. now her sister and son have diarrhea. many people have been suffering from stomach-related problems.
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>> it's been raining like this every day. some of the tents are barely waterproof. the drains are poor and there is only one functional toilet for the more than 200 people living here. more than 2,000 people from the surrounding district are living in conditions similar to this. around 50,000 households have been told they would have to be relocated. the government said the process would start by july 15. but so far those who have moved have mostly moved on their own. people here are getting desperate as more villages come to seek refuge. >> there is nowhere to go back. yesterday two more families came here. we have been told that we have to go to our village to get the $150 to buy tent sets. how can we go there?
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>> reporter: the government says they have to return to access help. >> you are entitled to get the help. you left your house and you are asking for money. we look into its own problem its own population. >> these people here say they are afraid for their future. but they don't have much time to talk. if these drains remain clogged for much longer, their tends will be flooded. they have run out of money. they have heard the government is clearing out some of the camps. now they wonder if their luck of finding a temporary home might also run out. right now the government is saying that these people have to move back to their villages.
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that was supposed to be the relocation. and the government is now saying that reconstruction phase has started last month. the government managed to raise almost $4 billion. they got governments to pledge $4 billion and said they would form a reconstruction authority which would expedite programs and, therefore help in this reconstruction. but so far this reconstruction authority has not been formed. the money is not here. so people have been left to fend for themselves in most cases and especially in the remote areas where choppers can't land, even humanitarian aid is quite low to reach. >> thank you very much. as well as reconstruction, nepal is also facing problems with medical care, particularly for those in rural areas. we have this report.
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>> reporter: he considers himself lucky. he injured his leg in the earthquake. he only returned to his village two weeks ago. his leg became infected. >> i was having problems with my leg. i had to go to the district headquarters for treatment. they said there were foreign doctors there and it was closer. >> reporter: but getting there wasn't easy. his family it to carry him for hours until they got a vehicle to bring him the rest of the way. with the district hospital still damaged, these tents provide basic and surgical medical care for people near and far. >> we had one woman that walked for two days. >> reporter: they are still seeing some earthquake related cases. but the number of patients that come from distant areas depends
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on the weather. >> when it rains heavily less people are coming. on sunny days like this, there is quite a huge peak in patients coming. a few days ago we had almost 160 patients coming into the hospital in one day. >> reporter: that's because beyond the district headquarters proper medical care is hard to come by. these roads are difficult to navigate. and now mudslides are making it more difficult. roads aren't well maintained. and the mud only adds to the travel time it takes getting to and from hundreds of remote villages. hours later we came to this village. the damage from april's quake still visible. this local medical post still stands. but a close look inside shows
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why it's not usable. forcing patients and the only doctor here to use donated tents. but medical care is still limited. >> translator: it's not safe in the hospital. so we are just using the tents. we refer most cases to the district headquarters. we have been getting more medicine sent to us. >> reporter: the goal is to rebuild 60 of the 80 health posts. many of the rural districts are in a similar state. and like here, healthcare is just one of many things that need rebuilding. the u.s. president barack obama hosted a dinner for his kenkenyan relatives. he's in kenya for his first presidential visit.
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elko host a conference for entrepreneurs before traveling on to ethiopia. while during this two nation tour mr. obama will try to improve trade relations with the continent. since 2009 the u.s. has been trailing behind china as africa's biggest trading partner partner. >> reporter: kenya's old rail line dating back to british colonial war now there is a new track being built that should lead an entire region of africa into better fortune. it's the biggest investment in infrastructure since independence from britain in 1963. it's being built by the chinese. the old railway is so slow, 90% of goods go by road. high speed electric trains will cut the costs by half. >> one way of making sure as a
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continent we improve trades within africa is to remove barriers. >> reporter: for it to work, the main gateway kenya's port, needs transformation. and that's happening as well. this vast indian ocean port had big potential but not the investment. now that's all changing. it isn't just good news for kenya, but also land-locked economies such as uganda, burundi, sudan, they are all set to benefit. right now more than a million containers a year pass through this terminal. it was expanded by chinese contractor two years ago in a deal worth $67 million. but once this land that's been reclaimed from the ocean is turned into a second terminal by japanese contractors another
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1.5 million containers can be handled. along side it, a chains company will reclaim more land from the sea to build a rail terminal. it will help manufacturing industry. this is an american chewing gum factory. it's expanding with a new factory. production is being increased with a focus on exports. >> i think these investments are going to make a big difference, making kenya competitive compared to other markets. that is something i look forward to one day. >> so long term, there is huge optimism for the region. economic growth depends on political stability and security. >> regulators in europe have given the green light for a malaria vaccine. analysts says it's an important step in eradicate can the
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disease that kills hundreds of thousands of children each year. >> reporter: 20-month-old is suffering from malaria. we are concerned about the mortality. if malaria is one of our top causes or reason to admission it's important that we can look at it. >> most families are not aware of the medical developments in the fight against malaria that might one day benefit them. the health officials welcome the news that the european medicines agency has given approval to a vaccine developed by glaxosmithkline. >> we are happy that this is the beginning.
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we know this person, so there is more work to be done in terms of the development of the malaria vaccine. this is the beginning. it's a first good step. >> reporter: the vaccine was tested in 11 different countries. most of the half a million children who die each year from malaria are in africa. this is peak season for malaria. so far this month they have seen 64 cases. the world health organization still needs to review the data on the sack seen before making its policy recommendations later this year. there are still many questions to be answered. >> this vaccine is welcomed. it's starting to show effect for the first time. a lot of questions, how much does it cost. >> reporter: her condition is improving. current methods are not effective enough.
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that's why researchers say this vaccine is an important development. >> plenty more stories on our website including the latest going on in turkey and targeting pkk targets. www.aljazeera.com. >> i'm david schuster in for ali velshi. "on target" knit naturing debt. it's bad enough when a stranger steal your energy, what happens when parents use your identity to rack up bills, one apology at a time. this week we've been shining a bright light on something called the dark web. it is a cyber world where illegal transactions range from

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