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>> iraq's kurdish leader calls on kurdish pkk fighters to leave the region. hello, live from doha, up ahead talks break down what could have been the biggest trade deal in history. sweltering through a heatwave with no power or running water. these iraqis say they've had enough. and australians debate why this sportsman is being booed at every match.
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>> the leader of iraq's kurdish region is calling on turkish kurdish fighters of the pkk to leave bases. they said that they must withdrawal to protect civilians. they have launched air raids genes pkk and iraq. they're urging pkk and turkey to resume peace talks. while there is no let up in the fighting in syria two groups which had been fighting on the same side against isil are now battling each other. >> this is thought to be an airstrike carried out by the u.s. it targeted positions of the al-qaeda-linked al nusra front in aleppo, but it came too late. those fighters had already attacked the base of division 30
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and abducted it's commander and several of his men. it was a message to the u.s. and syrians who cooperate with it. >> the 30 infantry division is a group trained by the u.s. train necessary turkey. they entered syria a few days ago. it is a national army that america is trying to create in syria to fight terrorism. it's fighting al nusra. >> little information has been made public about division 30 until it's men entered syria a few days ago. they had received training from turkey as part of the program to build a force to fight isil. it appears they didn't want to be filmed because working with the u.s. can create them enemy ies among the syrian opposition. >> we're ready to coordinate.
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we will fight isil for anyone supporting them. iran or hezbollah. >> but that is not what the u.s. trained and equipped program is about. it's about creating a force to fight isil, not the syrian government. the program has faced many difficulties since it was announced. after months of delay it was launched in may and the pentagon was planning to train more than 5,000 fighters in a year but so far it trained 54 in turkey. it was not the first time that al nusra targeted opposition groups received support from the u.s. it has a movement on the revolutionary front where it was forced to disband. al nusra's actions have been against the u.s. and this was a set back. they're enemies of isil but
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considers news are a a terrorist organization. while it is not the target against isil, it has hit the group to be under news are a's protection. it feels that it is a target and seems to be taking preemptive measures to protect itself. at the same time it has complicated the coalition's plans to fight isil in syria. al jazeera southern tour. >> i rallying against electricity cuts in iraq. people say they've faced cuts for years and can't stay at home with soaring summer temperatures any more. >> people in iraq say they've had enough of power outages amidst searing heat. thousands of protesters came up friday in the capital of baghdad. >> it's been 13 years with no water, no electricity no
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services low salaries. >> many accuse iraq's government of systemic failure to provide basic services. earlier this month a protester was killed in an administration when a demonstration turned violent. >> we're demonstrating against a failed government. a government that has failed the people. they keep giving false promises. we have no services. for years we're telling them that they're failures, they are thieves, they are corrupt. have they no shame. >> five years ago there were riots as thousands demanded better services. people say the situation has worsened in recent years. temperatures have crossed 50 degrees celsius and the government declared a four-day holiday. president al abadi held meetings with the minister of
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energy. people faced with electricity cuts came out in baghdad for relief. they're calling on the minister of power to resign. >> we're outside because of the heat and because there is no power. power comes for ten minutes and then it goes off. >> iraq's aging power plants cannot keep up with the surge in demand. the government said it has invested billions of dollars to increase capacity that was badly damaged during the u.s. invasion invasion. major gaps still remain. last week iran announced the construction of a $2.5 billion power plant but it will be two years to be operational. for now demonstrations like these continue, and the protesters say they won't go home unless the power cuts stop. al jazeera. >> thousands of palestinians have attended the funeral of a teenager shot dead by israeli
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forces. he was killed in a protest. he was demonstrating after a 18-month-old palestinian was burned to death in an arson attack. his parents and four-year-old brother were burned and are now in hospital. palestinians leaders say they hold the state of israel responsible. yemen's vice president has arrived in aden. he's the most senior official to invite the city since houthis drove them out. he's traveling with several cabinet members. talks on what to have been the biggest trade deal in history have now broken down. it's a disappointment for the ministers in 1 countries involved in the trans-pacific partnership. not everyone is upset. andrew thomas reports from maui in hawai'i. >> this was supposed to be the moment to announce the biggest
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trade deal in history. the summit in hawai'i lasted four days but over all negotiations have been going on for more than five years. the ministers claims of meaningful progress rang hollow. >> this was supposed to be the make or break summit for these talks. are you disappointed not able to. announce a decision in principle principle. >> there are issues that need to be resolved but i feel gratified by the progress that has been made. >> each country had its own priorities. >> so obviously mexico has a
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deep interest. soso excuse me putting myself to the front to push the interest in the country. >> with a deal as complex as tpp deadlock in one area prevented progress in others. production for specific industries were in play along general discussions in common regulations not just trade but production. that's where critics are concerned. big business would be given more power over consumers. the were posed lengthening of copyright... for medicines banning generic drugs exciting competing brand name longer. >> for us this is a victim. what we've seen several countries australia standing up
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saying we're not going to trade away health this week no matter how hard you lean on us. i'm very glad to see that outcome. >> the staff of the presidential campaign any principle deal needs to be ratified by the national conference and u.s. congress. without president obama pushing it, it could disappear. no deal was reached in hawai'i undoubtedly amid disappointment. the ministers say they will continue going on. >> there will be enormous pressure over the next few weeks for a del to be reached. >> inin the big picture it's not a surprise because of the missed deadlines over the past few years over these negotiations.
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but as your reporter noted there is now a narrow window available if this is going to occur during the obama legacy, and it's going to go through with his political will. probably three or four weeks off missing that window, so there is going to be enormous pressure still over the next few weeks. there are many issues at stake here which range from the price of medicines and increasedsedseds monopolyies of the pharmaceutical gains here. if you look at the u.s. strategic interests they're much more about foreign policies than they are about advancing purely commercial goals. >> the new leader of the afghan taliban is calling for unity in its first audio message.
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in the recording they promised to continue the taliban fight. he was elected the leader after they confirmed death of their leader on thursday. clinging to a chance of a new life. chaotic scenes in calais as migrants try to get into britain. plus students in taiwan reject the version of events in their text books.
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>> welcome back. let's recap our headlines now. the leader of iraq's kurdish region is calling on kurdish pkk fighters to leave their bases. fighters must withdraw to protect civilians. the number of people have been killed since turkey launched air raids against pkk in turkey and iraq. fighter jets thought to be from the u.s.-led alliance bomb al nusra front rebels in aleppo. the group earlier attacked the base of the u.s.-trained rebel group called division 30. al nusra accuses them of being agents of america. talks to secure ambitious free trade deal of the pacific region has broken down. 12 countries have been negotiating the trans-pacific partnership in hawai'i. debris which investigators believe is a missing part of the
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a part of the missing mh 370 flight. the discovery is a potential break through in a case that has baffled aviation experts for more than a year. british and french governments have agreed to help each other in tackling the migrants problem. they will bring more sniffer dogs where migrants are trying to come in to the u.k. barnaby phillips reports. >> they got through. migrants cling to the top of a lorrie as it goes to the english side of the channel. the disruptions in the channel are causing the roads to clog up. bad news for the british economy and anyone hoping to cross to france in the holiday season. so the british prime minister is
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under pressure. >> we're going to take action right across the board starting with helping the french on their side of the border we're going to put in more fencing, more resources more sniffer dog teams and more assistance in terms of resources. >> over in calais the situation is complicated by french ferry workers. they're on strike over job cuts. they've blocked roads to the ports. meanwhile more chaotic scenes as migrants in calais succeed getting around security men. they dash towards the terminal. it's these kinds of pictures that have alarmed people in britain. but the number of migrants trying to get in to britain are relatively small given how many are going elsewhere in europe. >> what we're seeing is a symptom of the facts. the vast majority of those
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refugees are actually hosted by some of the world's poorest countries. a small proportion are risking their lives crossing the mediterranean in search of safety in europe, and a tiny, tiny portion are trying to reach the u.k. >> europe's politicians are in a quandary desperate people deserve compassion. but the politicians aren't are answering to their electorates. it's shaping up to be a long tense summer. >> the widow of a murdered kgb agent is holding vladimir putin for his death. litvenenko died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with plonium. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is on his way to
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cairo for talks with egyptian leaders. the u.s. cut off military aid to protest against the overthrow of the democratically elected president mohamed morsi. >> new f-16s like these have just been delivered by the u.s. two years ago the obama administration suspended defense aid after the egyptian military led by then general fattah el-sisi kicked morsi out of office. it was surprising because of its long and close ties with egypt but officials were angered by what they considered a violation of political freedom. ever year since 1987 washington has given cairo $1.3 billion in military aid. that money pays for american-made fighter jets,
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helicopters, tanks ammunition and training. and every other year egyptian and u.s. force was hold a training exercise called bright star but that has not happened since the arab spring erupted in in 2011. when sisi now president attended the united nations yesterday we met with u.s. president barack obama, he said they had reason to work together. >> everything from the palestinian situation in gaza to libya to the issues of isil, iraq and syria. >> even so, it wasn't until the end of march that the white house decided to resume most of the aid for what it calls national security reasons. including egypt's efforts to deal with isil fighters, who have been attacking it's troops in the sinai peninsula. but the u.s. aid comes with conditions. washington decides what cairo can have. analysts say this is how u.s. will pressure cairo on political
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and human. >> right if the egyptian government does not take concrete steps in addressing these political issues no amount of weapons that the u.s. can give in its security relationship can have a fundamental impact on fixing cairo's security problems. >> secretary of state john kerry has already met twice with sisi in the last year. their meetings during the dialogue will be dominated by the security challenges. but there will be a public demonstration of how obama is recalibrating it's ties to a country that it considers an ally. >> the british government has apologized to chinese artist ai wei wei. the british have granted the six-month visa. wei wei was denied because of
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conviction but it was administrative and not a criminal case. there is growing anger after a student activist killed himself earlier this week. >> these students are outside taiwan's education ministry. they say they don't want the government's recent changes to their curriculum which includes revision so secondary text books that support china's revision of history. the around 700 people mainly students stormed the compound on friday. other protesters have joined them. more people flocked here in the evening, and many people stayed. >> there have been protests over the issue for weeks. people gathered on thursday after they learned of a death of
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student leader in an apparent suicide. he was one of 24 students facing charges for breaking into the education minister's office last week. >> he has already given his life. such a dangerous situation. what kind of country will change its history at any time. is taiwan really a democratic country? >> the students are from a generation who expect more transparency. there has been a series of protests made by the ruling party. including a trade pact with china. opposition parties have called for the government to retract the curriculum changes but for many this is more than politics. >> i personally don't like the democratic progressive party. i hate to be labeled because i support this demonstration. >> the education minister came out to meet the demonstrators on friday. protesters want all charges against them dropped and they've called for him to resign. caroline malone, al jazeera.
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>> japanese police have arrested the head of a collapsed bitcoin company after nearly $400 million of virtual currency disappeared. he's suspected of having access accessed the exchange computer system and falsified data on his outstanding balance. the system froze withdraws because of what the firm said was a bug in the software. a star player in the australian football league has missed a match scheduled for friday as a row over racism in the game continues. an indigenous australian who has been played by booing all season. critics say the jeers are because he's not liked. others say he's being punished for being local on indigenous issues. >> anticipation and excitement as sydney fans stream in for the match. but there is disappointment knowing that one of the team's
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players won't be taking part. >> i think booing and jeering is part of the game, but it seems pretty obvious people are having a go at what he is saying and what he has done. >> an indigenous australian and star footballer. he's on leave. stressed out by controversy that started two years ago when a teenage opposition fan called him an ape. he said that was racist. ever since the boos have been getting louder every time he steps on the field. the constant booing has driven him to take an indefinite break from the game but ignited a debate on race issues here in australia. supporters say he was being targeted because he took a stand and the usual taunts are hiding racist attitudes. his jersey sold out fast. this weekend players from other sports plan to show their support in various ways. but there are some who think that's being sensitive.
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>> he has to stop looking like a sack and stop making it about him and stop playing the victim. >> and others think that jeering is part of sport. >> i think he has blown it out of proportion. it happens in every sport. >> whether the controversy is about sports or something more, many say racism is an issue in australia. in 2008 the government apologized to some of its worst abuses of indigenous people. for the prime minister who delivered that apology has admitted achievement since have been meager. as for fans, they say that they just want to see him back on the pitch. al jazeera sydney. >> 600 soldiers and extra police officers have been deployed to protect bus drivers inial salvador. it follows a four-day strike after nine people were shot and nearly all of them drivers.
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hundreds were threatened by violence mostly in the capital of san salvador. there will be testing of waters in the rio rio de janeiro's waters. they are warning that the beaches are unsafe for swimming. >> preparations for the games are plagued by other problems. delays strikes and construction candles to name a few. some people say that they're starting to benefit. kimberly halkett explains. >> a new bus rapid transit or brt was constructed for some of the most congested parts of the city.
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>> i used to take four buses to arrive at my job. now i only use one and i have time to make the trip and i think it's very great. >> the city's high speed was built with the anticipated olympic crowds in 2016. but the comfortable coaches are just part of the $16 billion urban investment plan that rio is installing for the games. new homes and shops are replacing an unsightly waterfront highway. attracting residents to an once run-down city center. >> if you want the olympics, come to rio. we've got lots of poverty transportation is a mess. sewage is a mess. >> that's why 80% of the buildings will be permanent. the temporary stadium will be broken apart and used for public schools. the aquatic center will be a
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pool for the poorest residents. this villa next to the olympic park has been demolished to make access roads for builders. residents were compensated at market value but the relocations remain controversial. and at times violent. about 50 families are refusing to go. >> i raised my daughter here and i have lots of friends. it's a wonderful paradise inside rio de janeiro. there is no violence, no drug dealers. this kind of happiness is not something that can be bought. >> others see it differently. welcome the new systems for water, electricity, sewage and roads that have been promised. >> at first all the construction was alarming, and i had my concerns but i can see that the improvement. >> and as brazil's economy continues to slow and the
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