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>> strengthening ties and soother fierce, u.s. secretary of state john kerry promises more weapons to the gulf state. >> hello i'm barbara sierra, you're watching al jazeera live from london. a syrian fighter jet crashes into a market. 27 people have been killed. rising flood waters force thousands of people from their homes more than 100 have died. and we'll be deep beneath the streets of london to see how the world's most advanced railway
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system is taking shape. >> john kerry is representing the obama administration at the meeting of morning ministers. concerns over iran's recent nuclear deal has dominated the attacks. they are confident that the region is now safer because of the deal. >> a delicate mission for the u.s. secretary of state. john kerry is trying to convince long-standing allies that the russian nuclear deal will bring peace and prosperity.
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>> the five other european countries have technology and knowledge in the nuclear field. the countries of the council welcomed it on this basis and on what john kerry demonstrated about iran's development of nuclear weapons and the inspections to stop the development of nuclear weapons. >> today my counterparts and i have discussed the steps that we will take. and how we intend to build an even stronger, more enduring and more strategic partnership with particular focus on our cooperative counterterrorism, counter insurgency, and also on our countering of destabilizing
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issues taking lace in the region. >> they need more than just reassurances. they accuse iran of backing their shia proxies and interfering in the region. accusations dismissed by iran which recently called for more cooperation with its neighbors. russia could be the country to bridge differences between iran and it's arab neighbors. foreign minister said minister sergei lavrov said that they could put an end to the long running war in syria and increased fighting in yemen. >> the policy of the united states with respect to syria is clear. we believe that the assad regime long ago lost legitimacy in
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parts because of the regime's brutality against the syrian people themselves. and that has been a magnate for foreign fighters. drawing them to syria fueling the rise of daesh and other violent extremist groups. and since there is no military solution to syria's challenges there has to be a political solution. >> the u.s. said that iran's nuclear deal is a good one but leaders feel the opposite. their biggest concern is iran building strong ties with the west and repositioning itself as the most powerful country in the ring. saudis have warned they will do whatever it takes to match iran's military capabilities. >> we cross live to washington, d.c. and speak with roslind jordan. so ros we're hearing the u.s. cooperation would include intelligence sharing special forces among others things.
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how important is it for the u.s. to reassure the gcc nations and keep them on side? >> it's incredible ply important, barbara. that's because the gcc countries and the u.s. have had a long-standing relationship dealing not only with counterterrorism but also dealing with economic issues and certainly because of the ongoing political schism as it were between the gcc countries, there is real concern about maintaining the balance of power and in terms of maintaining the influence in the region. these over sures make good in order to maintain the peace. it's worth noting that the u.s. is trying to paint the nuclear deal with iran as a way to address other critical issues in the region whether it's ongoing fight against isil or dealing
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with other issues of extremism and so this is very important for the obama administration to make these overtures to the gcc nations to get them to stay on board with the plan and find new ways of deepening their cooperation. >> as you mentioned there are lots of other issues, and there are a lot of players involved in a variety of ways. and in doha there is a trilateral meeting. what is the u.s. hope og to get out of that? >> a push on the diplomatic front to try to end the civil war in syria. russia does have considerable political influence with the government of bashar al-assad. given that the civil war is in its fifth year and you have more than 200,000 syrians killed in
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the fighting it's become an untenable situation for the international community. and certainly the u.s. is trying to take advantage again of this nuclear deal with iran to try to see if there are other areas where influence can be brought to bear. and it's not just moscow that has influence. it's tehran that has influence in damascus. the obama administration are trying to play what many here in washington are calling the long game trying to find ways to leverage this deal that is a very critical situation, which is the ongoing syrian civil war. >> roslind, thank you. >> syrian fighter jet has crashed into a market leaving 27 people dead.
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>> this girl is looking for her father. many of the children that were rescued abouter are wounded and in shock. their helpers did not seem sure where to take them for help. >> it is a market packed with vendors. >> more than a does people were reportedly killed and many more wounded. >> when it carried out the airstrike the warplane went down. bodies of people are still under the rubble. >> at a make-shift hospital nearby the youred were treated. most hospitals in idlib have been destroyed they say it is a tactic by the government.
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>> the town was under attack by the air force at the time of the crash. some witnesses think that the jet may have developed a fault. >> when the pilot fired two missiles on the civilians his plane crashed in the center of the town and left a trail of destruction, homes shops and markets stalls were all destroyed. >> i found myself under the debris. >> no longer a syrian government stronghold much like the northwestern province of idlib now controlled by opposition fighters. that's why since may hundreds of attacks have intensified and hundreds of civilians have been killed.
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>> meanwhile a syrian official has said that the government of bashar al-assad could an partner if it committed itself to a diplomatic future. they have long denied links with the country's government, but the two sides could have a more collaborative road ahead. >> the syrian government is taking credit for pushing out isil from the northeastern city. but they didn't win this fight alone. the syrian kurdish fighting force, the ypg joined the battle with the help of u.s.-led coalition airstrikes. for years the ypg and the government controlled separate zones. it was part of an understanding to prevent the city in freedom fighters becoming yet another battleground. cooperation was logical understand the circumstances. but that only fueled accusations from turkey and opposition groups. now, an official from the ypg
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the pyd told us that the threat of terrorism means that it would partner with any group including the syrian government if it is admitted to a democratic sirdemocrat democratic syria. >> the kurds may be a minority in syria but they've become powerful players in the conflict. territorial gains allow them to enjoy political autonomy in the kurdish heartland in the northeast. the kurds have a long history of struggle with the syrian government. many of them were not given citizenship and their culture and language were suppressed. in 2004 they rose up against the state, but their protests were
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violently equaled when the syrian up rising began in 2011, they didn't fully join efforts to overthrow the government. >> instead they managed to expand into areas where the recream retreat: government forces were withdrawn from mainly kurdish populated areas leaving the kurds to fill the vacuum. >> it was important because they didn't want to fight on several fronts. if the kurds were to capture those areas then it would lead to tensions between turkey and the kurds. >> the kurds haven't just created their own autonomous region in syria. they're now in a position to change the balance of power on the ground. the main syrian kurdish force is now publicly floating the idea of partnering with the government. al jazeera, surgeon turkey. >> usually heavy monsoon rains are causing disasters across
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southeast asia. more than 75 people have been killed in india where the worst damage is in the stays of west bengal. while disaster zones have been declared in myanmar affecting 200,000 people there are particularly concerns of myanmar's western region. heavy rain in northern vietnam has spilled toxic mud into people's homes. >> floodwater as high as rooftops. the province in myanmar one of the area's worst hits by recent floods. what used to be agriculture land is now a lake. the damn was pushed to breaking points and contributed to floods in regions. >> there is too much rain here this year and the dam here let out water. it's flooded because of that. >> thousands of people have left their homes. many of them found shelter in a
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monastery. 300 homes are also known to have been destroyed. there are fears that more people are cut off from help. roads are submerged and bridges have been washed away. up. >> one of the greatest challenges is that this is effecting a wide range of the country. it's access to attempts and to get supplies in. the government has been working on preparedness because natural disasters are are part of the life and environment here. this time around the government has reached out and is accepting support, encouraging support from all humanitarian actors, the united nations and other partners. >> people affected in india particularly those hit by flash floods say that they need more government support. >> it has been three days since our homes were submerged. we we have no help from the government. we have no food to eat.
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>> heavy rain has also affected northern vietnam where there have been spills of toxic sludge from coal mines. an entire community was buried last week. >> my house is buried under mud soil and rock. i don't know if we can go back to live there. the flooding has been going on for a long time. >> people are trying to gather coal from the contaminateed water threatening their health and the variability. the--environment. back myanmar many say it's the worth flooding in decades. many regions have been called disaster zones. >> coming up on the program including calais crackdown. the u.k. announce new measures to discourage migrants from entering the country illegally via the english channel. and one year on, the impact of last year's devastating
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>> time now for a reminder of our top story. the u.s. secretary of state has promised more weapons more bell against sharing for gulf states. john kerry is meeting foreign ministers in doha. a crash in a busy market in idlib province leaving 27 dead. and rains are causing huge damage across southeast asia. if. the head of the taliban
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political office has resigned. the leader was appointed outside of afghanistan and by people outside of the country this is a great historical mistake. he added that it was needed that the leader of the islamic group had to be appointed in presence of mujahideen and strongholds within the country. the latest sign of deep divisions over the replacement of omar as jennifer glass explains from kabul. >> age has spoken with taliban commanders around the country. they say that the replacement for mullah omar, monsour has sent out letters asking for support. while some taliban commanders have accepted mansour others do
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not. one splinter action of the taliban said that not only do they not accept mansour as the new taliban leader, but they'll actively fight anyone who sports him if a political situation is not come to quickly. it comes at a critical time. peace talks with the taliban and afghan government were to be held on friday when news of omar's death emerged. they were put on hold. the afghan government said that it is committed to peace talks and hopes they will go forward. but there is concern about who comes to the peace deal now and a splintered taliban would make it difficult for the afghan government to have any kind of comprehensive peace talks. so a very complicated situation. splits on the ground here whether they should support the new taliban leader in the wake
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of the news of omar's death and the peace talks now thrown into uncertain glit a series of measures to prevent migrants from entering the of country of france. >> the tunnel is in that direction, and the trains, as they move slowly through here, migrants at night try to hop this fence to cut through it at various different locations. they're trying to grab hold of the train as it goes by. that's why we've seen so many deaths in recent months. now we were here last night and there was quite a heavy police presence. there were migrants who were dispersed. as you can see behind me as well the french shorts have put in extra lighting. we've just heard a helicopter go
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over. there are police scattered in this area. i spoke to an ngo worker earlier, and asked what needs to be done, and who is responsible for these migrants as they sit on french soil? why is it that the french government is responsible for stopping people who don't want to be here. it should be the job of each country in a tense to stop people but the idea is that we don't want to stop people. we want to see who wants to come and who has legitimate rights to come. and you know, deal with that in a humane way and not make people wait months and months before they assign their asylum requests are looked after. it's a waste of human potential. people sit for six eight months. they cannot work. they can take a few french
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glasses but that's about all. they don't learn skills. >> certainly the focus of attention for politicians in the u.k. and france at the moment seem to be more on security. meanwhile, the people in camps like this one, they have nowhere to go. and the conditions they live in are getting worse by the day. >> soldiers in northern nigeria have rescued 178 people being held by boko haram. they were found south of maidugari, the largest city in borno state. a boko haram commander was captured in the army raid. we have more from abuja. >> 101 children, 67 women and 10 men have been freed when they launched an operation liberating eight villages destroying boko haram camps in those areas. the nigerian military said it has captured a very certain commander of boko haram. now this is all coming at a time when the military is recording success over boko haram fighters.
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two weeks ago they announced they have chased out boko haram and confined them to the sambisa forest right now the multi national task force from nigeria, cameroon, chad, are launching coordinated attacks on different fronts to try to corner boko haram into one particular location to launch an slot. it sees boko haram not only as a nigerian cameroonian chadian threat but also a regional threat. as we speak a major offensive is underway to chase out boko haram. so far collaboration between these two groups is very very much in the play as this is contrary to what was there before. during the previous
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administration. >> it's one year since a powerful earthquake struck a remote corner of china. the quake killed more than 600 people and made thousands homeless. many of them are still waiting for a new place to live. >> one year later home for this family is still a tent. like many of her neighbors in the village she gets food hand out and money from the government. but life is still tough. >> there used to be more than hundred families living in houses here, but now they're all gone. we can't forward to build a house and the government won't help us. we were afraid we wouldn't be able to fix it in any case. >> the fear of further tremors in this earthquake-prone zone is a constant fact of life. we first met her in the aftermath of an earthquake that killed hundreds last year.
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she lost her mother. the memories of that day are still vivid. >> i was outside when the trees were swaying and people were being thrown around. we moved quickly up the hill. when i looked back all the houses were gone. i was in shock and could not move for ten minutes. >> only one road was open for relief teams and supplies coming in and for the injured and the dead coming out at the time the local government pledged they would rebuild. sites have been cleared of rubble but replacements are still lacking. >> my biggest concern is that we can build our house soon for my family to be happy and soon. >> they won't tell us what the plan is, not a word.
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>> how is it possible to get back to normal? we've suffered a disaster. >> the southwest corner of china is used to earthquakes. and last year's pales in comparison to a much bigger earthquake of 2008, which killed 70,000 people and resulted in an international relief effort. not on the same scale this woman's loss, it seems is more easily forgotten. except for those who went through it, they find themselves remembering the family they lost. >> one of the most advanced rare way lines is taking shape underneath london. we have more on what millions of passengers can expect when cross rail opens. >> it has taken more than six years but now the underground train tunnels are ready for
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their rails. cut at a depth of 40 meters the new tunnels weave their way 21 kilometers beneath the heart of the city. >> the biggest challenge has been constructing this type of project in an area of london that is already dense infrastructure. the alignments had to be designed in terms of horizontal and vertical alignment to avoid interruption of any existing foundations or existing tunnels. eight laser-guided tunneling machines removed more than 7 million tons of earth. the walls of the tunnels were then sealed using 200,000 concrete segments. at the same time they worked on a the first every communication network to control all aspects of the railway line. this needs to be able to handle
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the data of 250 passenger information displace more than 600 internet telephones and 1600 high definition cameras all simultaneously. >> the maintenance has been a lot quicker. and the ability to fix problems is a lot quicker. prides more coverage. enter images to the operators and realtime information. the operators make decisions quicker. >> the control network has also been isolated to help pre-sent it from being hacked. >> all systems are closed up. there are only a few operator terminals that have the ability to log on. they have all been disabled and there is zero access to these areas. in it will be another three years before the line opens, and there is still plenty to do to make it ready for an expected 200 passengers a year.
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al jazeera beneath central london. >> you can find out more about that and all the other stories we've been covering on our website. the address >> fire crews are working around the clock. but the weather is not helping put a stop to the flames. secretary of state john kerry travels to qatar trying to sell the iran nuclear deal, but gulf allies are skeptical. and rio prepares for the summer olympics one year away while many wonder if the city will be ready in time.