fighting resumes in the afghan city of kz as the taliban manage to retake control of areas they had lost overnight. ♪ ♪ ♪ hello, this is al jazeera live from our head caught nurse doha. also coming up, the u.s. and russia agreed to hold talks after mass could you launches airstrikes in syria. the future of the oslo peace accord is up in the eras mahmoud abbas says palestinians are no longer bound by him. showcasing the rich history of india through its fabric, we
visit an exhibition in london. ♪ ♪ but first, to afghanistan where fighting is again underway in parts of kunduz city in the north between the taliban and the afghan army. the taliban have managed to retake some of the areas they lost overnight. government troops backed by nato forces and u.s. airstrikes were in control of parts of kunduz three days after the taliban took over the city. at least 50 people, mostly civilians were killed. and more than 300 others were injured. well, let's get the latest now and speak to al jazeera's correspondent joining us from about 130 clocksters from kunduz. the last few hours have been a bit confusing. at first the government was able to retake some of the areas the taliban had been in control of. now it seems the taliban has taken some of the areases back .
>> reporter: let me tell you the big problem. civilians got caught between the two sides, both sides are using artillery and machine guns. and i talked with a hospital they say they keep receiving dead and injured people and cannot identify them. they are facing shortages. because many doctors and staff left the area. it looks very big crisis there in the hospital. now, the fighting is going on again since this morning. toll ban claims that they have gained some part that they lost last night. taliban are saying that they have left the center of kunduz city last night because there was a heavy bombardment from nato and now they are trying to
get it back. afghan government officials still insist that they have control of the area that they hold this morning. civilians are telling us that it's one local civilian that i talked with was telling us it's like a dooms day bullets coming from everywhere. and hits civilian houses there. >> okay, owe heavy civilian carl at thises and what you are hearing right now. as far as the fighting, claims and counterclaim on his both side. what is the strategy of the afghan government forces right now? it was difficult for them to get in to kunduz until yesterday. do they have a plan in place? what sort of help are they getting from nato? >> reporter: afghan government, central government kabul putting pressure on the afghan security force to his regain all the areas that they lost in the past three days in kuhn dues but it's a big challenge to take did
back, now the taliban establish -- they said they have established their government that they have a pointed a governor and place chief. i talked with one taliban commander they say that they are ready to fight and not planning to leave the area. i would air big challenge and it's the civilian that suffer the most now. >> okay, thank you very much for that update. reporting there live from northern afghanistan. now rival campaigns has led to tension between the u.s. and russia. both sides have agreed to hold talks as soon as possible. on wednesday moscow launched airstrikes in syria, it's first such attack outside the borders of the old sole yet union since the etched the cold war. russia says it's only targeting isil positions but it's being accused of hitting syria fighters instead. >> we all want syria democratic, united, second you los angeles
are, syria which is a home for all ethnic and. [ inaudible ] groups whose rights are guaranteed, but we have some differences as to the details on how to get there. >> we agreed on the imperative of as soon as possible, perhaps even as soon as tomorrow. but as soon as possible. but having a military deconflicts conference, meetings, whatever can be done as soon as possible. >> saudi arabia says it's deeply concerned about the rush russians inside syria and has demanded that they stop it. they have around against any attempt to over through assad. the u.n. also questions moscow's intentions. >> reporter: russian fighters jets flying around the city of hommes, moscow said it was targeting isil fighters in and
around the central syrian city. president vladimir putin said that he was committed to helping his country's long-time ally defeat the group. >> translator: we will support the syrian army. only in its legitimate fight specifically against terrorist groups. secondly, the support will be from the air, without war participation in ground operations. and third, such support will be limited in time. as long as the syrian army is on offensive. >> reporter: the airstrikes started just one day after u.s. and russian military leaders agreed to hold so-called deconflicts talks. to make sure neither side fired on the other by mistake as they both go after isil. but instead of talks, what the u.s. gotta wednesday was a very mall notice one hour before the russian jets took off. the defense secretary was not pleased. >> fighting isil, without pursuing a parallel political transition. only risks escalating the civil war in syria.
and with it, the very extremism and instability that moscow claims to be concerned about and aspire to fighting. so this approach, that approach, is tantamount as i said then, to pouring gasoline on the fire. >> reporter: but carter said he wasn't surprised. given the russian's recent buildup of helicopters, fighter yet and troops. the owe bomb ahead administration as long suspended russia of doing so to help bashar al-assad win a long-running civil war. at the united nations the secretary of state warned russia not to use isil as an excuse to keep assad in power. >> assad has rarely close chosen himself to fight isil as the terrorists made inroads throughout large swaths of syria and iraq, ranking, enslaving, and murdering civilians along the way, the syrian regime
didn't try to stop them. instead it focused all of its military power on moderate opposition groups who were fighting for a voice in syria. >> reporter: it's not clear what it will do if future russian airstrikes go not after isil fighters but instead after the fighters opposed to bashar al-assad. rosalind jordan, al jazeera. let's take a closer look now at the russian targets inside syria. moscow says it carried out strikes against eight isil targets, most isil strong holds are in eastern syria. but it appears that raqqa, isil's de facto capital was not hit, bombs were dropped in hommes, and other areas, and the raid focused on areas not held by isil. a syrian opposition leader says the strikes have killed at least 36 civilians. >> translator: we urged before that the russians are intervening in syria not to fight isil, they are interim
vine to go prolong the life of bashar al-assad and support the continuous killing on a daily basis of the syrian civilians. joshua landis director of the center for middle east studies at the university of oklahoma in the u.s., he says the russian airstrikes are design today prop up the assad regime. >> prudent speech at the u.n. was all in national is off at this and he accused the united states of propagating a revolutionary ideology of democracy in places like iraq, libya, yemen and syria, and destroying the states. which he says was the reason for the propagation of radical extremists and isis and al qaeda and other militias that were selling terrorism as he called it anded only proper response is to support the national recognized government of syria which is the assad government. so he intends to have president
is sad recon curr all of syria. the united nations has raised the pal tip general flag for the first time but that symbolic moment as been overshadowed by palestinian president mahmoud abbas' declaration he's no longer bound by the oslo accord signed in 199 flee it was hoped taillight help facilitate a peaceful resolution to their longstanding conflict. >> it's the first time that the state of israel and the palestinian liberation organization through its chairman i can'ter is or fat formally recognition he niced one another. that would require significant compromise and leaders knew that still lay ahead. control of the major pal stun cities was transformed to the
newly created palestinian authority. >> reporter: raised for the first time at the united nations. the flag of the state of palestine. following a decision bite u.n. general assembly observer states, there are two, palestine and the holy sea, are now allowed to fly their national flags. the ceremony was attended by palestinian president mahmoud abbas, and the u.n. secretary general. >> i sincerely hope that a successful peace process will soon yield. a day you when we unfurl the palestinian flag in its proper place among the family of nations as a sovereign member state of the united nations. >> reporter: however, the political process to lead to that day is deadlocked. in his speech to the general assembly, president abbas put all the blame on the israelis. he said he needed to raise the
alarm about recent violence in jerusalem which he said was caused by israeli incursions around the al-aqsa mosque and told the chamber as israel had not been abiding by the o oslo accord signed 22 years ago, he would now not do so either. >> translator: they leave us no choice but to insist we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements while israel continuously violates them. we therefore declare that we cannot continue to be bound by these agreements and that israel must assume all of its responsibilities as an occupying power. >> reporter: so is this the bombshell that president abbas said he would drop or just an empty promise, there are now more questions than answers. how will it change the way his palestinian authority work on the ground in the west bank? and what will be the reaction from the palestinians there and in gaza? al jazeera spoke to an official from hamas. >> i think it is just words. it is just a speech.
all the time you are kicking about the occupation palestinian state, two-step solution, peace process, coexistence, peaceful negotiation. the conclusion reached is all these things are lies, collusion. >> reporter: the israeli palestinian conflict will remain in the u.n. spotlight. the israeli mim prime minister speaks to the general assembly on thursday. the israeli prime minister has responded to president abbas' u.n. speech. benjamin netanyahu's office said it was di deceitful and encouras incitement and lawlessness in the middle east. he also said: still ahead on al jazeera, china and japan compete for a high-speed rail link in
indonesian we'll tell you who won the race. plus. >> reporter: i am adrian brown reporting from china's far west. where they are preparing to mark a sensitive anniversary that not everyone will be celebrating. i just had a horrible nightmare. my company's entire network went down, and i was home in bed, unaware. but that would never happen. comcast business monitors my company's network 24 hours a day
>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. is. welcome back. our top story on his al jazeera fighting you remembered way in kunduz city between the afghan army and the taliban. the taliban have retaken some of the areas they lost overnight to government troops who are backed by nato forces.
dozens of civilians were killed in russian air strike on his wednesday, the u.s. is questioning moscow's intenses saudi arabia goes it's deeply concerned about the raids. they have agreed to hold talks as soon as possible. palestinian president mahmoud abbas has used his speech at the u.n. general assembly to declare he's no longer bound by the oslo accords, accusing israel of violating the peace agreement. two turkish shoulders were shot dead to their way to work by suspected kurdish fighters it happened in the southeastern province. dozens of security officers and hundreds of fighters have been killed since the ceasefire deal collapse ed in july. there has been another explosion in a town in southern china. a day after a series of parcel bomb blasts there. the latest explosion was in an
apartment block. no injuries are being reported. on wednesday seven people were killed and dozens injured in 17 explosions at government offices think a hospital and prison. police have ruled out terrorism and have identified a 33-year-old local man as a pictures. as a suspect. they say he wanted to take revenge on society. meanwhile chinese people are celebrating national day more than 50,000 watched the national flag being raised. the ceremony commemorates the founding of the communist people's republic of china 66 years ago. and is a start of a 7-day holiday known as the golden week. now, another key date is being commemorated in the far west of china, people are marking the 60th anniversary since becoming an autonomous region, a top party leader gave a speech. but as adrian brown reports, not
everyone is celebrating. >> reporter: a troubling anniversary. posters trumpeting the communist party's chief little, but outside the city, little sign of celebration. people we net in this village were all ethnic muslim. some old enough to remember when the people's liberation army marched in. >> when a first saw the sale soldiers i was so young, i was so scared i cried. >> reporter: but she says her life is far better now. >> we have enough to eat and enough clothes, life was really hard before. >> reporter: talking to foreign journalists carries risks and so none wanted to give their names. this man complains of discrimination by hon chinese.
>> my boss was hon but he stored tiring after the attacks. >> reporter: the government up sifts that they are treated equally. but rules ban men under 60 from growing long beards and women from wearing veil that his cover the face. a policy the government defend defended. >> wearing face veils and gowns is not a traditional of week a people are other muslims it's the costume of extremism. >> reporter: 60 years on, week a's have little to celebrate say their excited leaders. >> it represents occupation, colonization, repression, they will be forced to participate in festivities that celebrate china's national day. they have no choice. >> reporter: a difficult place for journalists to operate, we were detained several times. and warned not to talk to anyone.
the police roadblocks reflect the official nervousness. it follows a series of attacks in the region including one a week ago. the government blames groups that want an independent homeland. china's government appears to be a twin strategy for this region, continue the campaign against those groups it blames for much of the recent violence while at the same time, promoting this area as the bridge head for a new silk road. revival the fabled trade routes linking china with central asia and europe. this region is very strategic. the size of western europe, but with the population of just 11 million. and bordering eight countries. the government denies repressing the culture. 60 years ago they made up 90% of the population here. today it is less than half that. some worry that the silk road project will lead to even more
chinese settlings and still altering the balance further adrian brown, al jazeera. members of the g7 group of industrial nations are placed more than $3 billion to. >> referee: gees the u.n. says money alone isn't enough to stop the desperate flow of people. many believe more needs to be done to keep people from leaving their homes the currents refugees influx in to our is up the biggest in 70 years. asking for more international they have after 42 people were killed in a sectarian violence, he has asked the u.n. to strengthen support. rival muslim and christian fighters are involved in reprisal attacks in and around the capital. >> translator: i ask the united nations security council to strengthen the mandate of the ma let ca in order to better fight
against those enemies of peace and give hope back to the dispressed people at the central africa republic. it is also for them that i ask the united nations security council to examine the easing of the regime of sanctions towards our country, particularly concerning the training and equipment of our security forces as part of the bilateral cooperation with our allies. it looks like the world's third biggest economy is heading towards another recession. the latest survey from the bank of japan says confidence among big japanese manufacturers has worsen the in the last three months, despite a stimulus package champion by abe. >> reporter: this mall family-owned company has been making light bulbs here for 77 years. they are switched on by companies in japan and exported around the world. the japanese company has managed to keep its doors open despite the market's shift towards more modern l.e.d.s and being left
in the dark by the japanese government. >> translator: is there any support for us? there isn't. there is no financial aid either. you have to do it all. and fend for yourself. >> reporter: he also says the prime minister's economic stimulus package called abe gnomics hasn't worked and businesses like his are feeling the pain. after a bruising couple of weeks in domestic politics, prime minister abe is trying to switch the focus on the economy. important growth figures aren't due out for another six weeks, but already the signs aren't too positive. there is speculation that flat growth figures could prompt the government to pass a i supplementary budget later in the year in the hope of boosting economy. >> given the recent unexpected growth strength, there is a chance that prime minister abe would think about budget rising. >> reporter: last year's sales tax rise hit the japanese
economy. after years of did he flanges, the sudden 3% rise kept shoppers away. setbacks for the chinese economy are also a factor. while china is cause something economic headaches for japan on the one hand, chinese tourists are keeping some sectors of the economy alive on the other. there has already been more than 3 million chinese tourist this is year, each spending more than two and a half thousand dollars. some department stores have set up tax free shops to indicator specifically for chinese tastes. as well as luxury hand bags and jewelry, chinese visitors seek out high-quality household a lineses or take home high-tech toilet seats. while the shopping districts are doing well, in a northern suburb of tokyo, within company is hoping the japanese economy picks up more broadly before the lights go out. rachel, al jazeera, tokyo.
japan has also lost a major contract to build a high speed rail link in i understand near arc a chinese company will build the new fast track between jakarta. step fasten reports. >> reporter: the train journey between jakarta now takes around three hours and 15 minutes, that will be cut to around one hour when the new high-speed line is pictured texpected to open in ts time. >> translator: for businesses this will be a lot more efficient and also for tourism because the rides are still limited. tourists will have the option to take the high-speed train. >> reporter: the awarding of the contract to a major chinese company is seems an embarrassing loss for japan which expected today win. china was chosen because of the chiefer costs indonesia said. business people known for textiles and cheap clothes hope
the new express train link will attack more visitors. >> maybe people from cities all over indonesia will come to see the high-speed train because it's something new. they have never seen before. this could be it will be profiting a lot. >> reporter: but the president obama prestigious project has already raised questions about what is more important a super-fast train or connections in other parts of the country that until now are even lacking roads. the indonesian government insists no state money will be used for the project. but many are questioning the government's decision. >> translator: for people in indonesia this train is not a priority. more importantly, we need the train to other places connections between island, all kind of public infrastructure which is more productive is a lot more needed. >> reporter: indonesia says is
needs $45 billion to build infrastructure nationwide and revive an economy at its lowest point for six years. step vaessen, al jazeera,. now from clothes made from indian royalty to modern fairies, an exhibition is showcasing text times through the ages. >> reporter: a portable pal the used in the 18th century for pleasure trips around the country. a watch of a blanket from a third century. well preserved tha shreds of fac with patterns that feel contemporary. the show contains 200 different ideas. the majority from alberts over collection, luxurious clothes to sultans designed to show off their wealth. intricately designed and painstakingly made wall
coverings. the wing cases of jewel beatles, actual parts of bugs embellish a skirt. the show isn't just about beautiful textiles, part of the exhibition is devote today to explaining how fabric became a symbol of protest, national identity, and even inspired begagandhi. thousands of indian weavers, dyers, spinners out of work. a resistence movement gruen couraging people to buy indian products. >> this message of self reliance was important, it inspired gandhi to ask for self rule. and he saw how fabrics could become the symbol of national identity so he called on the nation to spin, weave, and wear their own cloth. >> reporter: the curator's leather skirt and she upon shirt of by a contemporary indian design, represented in the show.
modern and increasingly global demand for indian design all part of the dynamic nature of the fabric of india. jessica baldwin, al jazeera, q. very dutiful. more news on our website or.com. plenty of analysis and features aljazeera.com. >> wildlife poaching is big business... worth more than 17 billion dollars a year and growing. the slaughter is being fueled by demand from asia... ...where rhino horn is a status symbol and believed to even cure cancer.