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several bomb blasts rock abujjah, the first attack on nigeria's capital in over a year. hello. this is doha. also on the program, a frantic search for the missing in a mud slide in guatemala. >> to pacify the population just will get them stuck in a
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quagmire and more proof -- pressure on sett blatter to step down. >> we begin with breaking news out of afghanistan. a hospital run by doctors without borders has come under attack in the northern city of kunduz. our reporter is about 130 kilometers away from kunduz. what can you tell us about the hospital in kunduz that's been hit? >>reporter: the hospital last night was bombed by nato forces. of began -- afghan officials are telling us at least 50 people were injured and the hospital was damaged. totally not working anymore.
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the location of this hospital was very interesting. it was in the center of the city. that was the closest for the civilian and for the taliban to bring their patients. it had about 50 staff members. we're hearing some staff members are dead but we don't have a confirmed number. >> and there is still much confusion over how much control the afghan really has in kunduz. >> last night, afghan security officials were telling us that they launched the operation last night, and it seems like they lost the operation but they failed to get the control of the city because people still living in kunduz city tell us that a majority of kunduz city is still under the control of taliban. and taliban are hiding in the
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residential areas. that's why the hospital was targeted, because we're hearing at the time when the hospital was bombed was around the hospital was very busy and there were some taliban activity around it too. >> all right. thank you. the number of the december from a massive -- dead in a massiven land slide in guatemala is rising. >> what's being said by the disaster management center here, they've actually talked about the municipal authorities and how as far as back as 2008 they had told the municipal authorities that this particular neighborhood in this town was in a very high risk zone. it's at the bottom of a steep aconvene. since 2008 they've been --
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ravine. they said they've gone to the neighbors and warned them they're living in a risk zone. now hundreds of thousands of people around the municipality of guatemala city living in similar ear area. . but right now the focus is not on blame but on trying to pull survivors from the slide. and there's also a big effort being made right now to provide emergency relief, food, brainlas and things that people who have lost their houses will need two bombs have exploded in the outskirts of the capital of nigeria. it's the first attack of its kind in a year. >> rescue workers from the national emergency management authority are on the scene on
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the outskirts of the capital. another location had a bus station hit. about two years ago, similar blasts hit the area. emergency agencies are still trying to ascertain how many people have been killed or injured. it looks like suspicion will fall to boko haram though there have not been any attacks by the group in the capital for at least two years and there have been many attacks in the northeast. there's a feeling that there could possibly -- that they could possibly strike the capital. they have been able to attack these two areas.
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barack obama has lashed out at russia's growing involvement in syria saying moscow's support of the assad regime is a repiece for disaster and that peace means syrian leader bashar al assad needs to step down. he also had words for iran. >> mr. putin had to go into syria out of weakness because his client, mr. assad, was crumbling and it was insufficient for him simply to send him arms and money. now he's got to put in his own planes and his own pilots. and the notion that he put forward a plan and that somehow the international community sees that as viable because there's a vacuum there, i didn't see after he made that speech in the united nations suddenly the 60-nation coalition that we have
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start lining up behind him. iran and assad make up mr. putin's coalition at the moment. the rest of the world makes up ours. the top line message that i want everybody to understand is we're going to continue to go after isil. we're going to continue to reach out to a moderate opposition. we reject russia's theory that everybody opposed to assad is a terrorist. we think that is self-defeating. it will get them into a quagmire and be used as a further recruitment tool for foreign fighters. meanwhile here's more on moscow's air campaign in the country. >>reporter: it says it's destroying isil control and command centers along with arms
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dumps. >> the russian air strikes are determined only after thorough reconnaissance. >>reporter: but on the ground the syrian opposition tells a different story saying russian air strikes have been targeting civilians and armed groups opposed to the president bashar al assad and aerial campaigns are preparations to launch a ground offensive to retake territory. >> the syrian government has been hitting the north for months but it did not stop the rebel advance. there is information of a possible land operation being prepared. >>reporter: looking at the map, the air strikes over the past three days have concentrated on front line areas that surround president assad's heartland. one target was only recently captured by opposition forces.
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it had been one of the last government strong holds in idlip province. further east, the plains and the hama countryside have also been a battle ground. here, the government has struggled to maintain a grip on a renal that leads to the sea. and homs is a last rebel strong hold between damascus and the rest of the country. >> the kremlin said the reason for the ire strikes is to help -- air strikes is to give strength to the rebels. there are those who believe the west, including the united states, the quietly supporting russia's actions. >> washington doesn't want to end the war and the situation is
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somewhere complicated. in fact, the west is colluding with russia. what's happening now is trying to end our revolution. >> they believe the objective is to use military force for diplomatic gains rob president assad could negotiate the political settlement from a position of strength. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry has said russia's involvement in syria could antagonize other nations in the region. >> the president is considering all the options that are available right now and we have made it very, very clear to the russians, do not attack the legitimate opposition. they have said they understand that. what we are looking for is not a military victory. we're looking for the political resolution that we always looked for in the context of geneva.
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what we're trying to do is have a legitimate transition now in order to save syria and to have a unified secular whole syria going forward. but if the russians insist on fighting against them, there could be very serious consequences, the most serious of which would be that other nations supporting those people will have no choice but to double down and russia itself will become a target of those people. that's why i say what they've done if they're not there to actually fight daish is very dangerous for the long term. >> meanwhile, john kerry teen iranian foreign minister have met for if second time in a week even discussed the nuclear deal. they met on the sidelines of the general assembly to discuss a way forward. they were without advisors, left separately, and did not comment
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many more injured. the area has seen heavy fighting between the taliban and government forces all week. in nigeria two bombs went off and the number of casualties is not clear the number of dead in a mud slide in guatemala is not clear. authorities say 600 people are missing israel is building walls and forces along all its borders. the government says it's a safety measure but others believe it will further distance the nation from its neighbors. >>reporter: israel is often criticized for its separation wall between what it considers its land and the palestinian territories. in some cases, drawn borders whether they're not internationally recognized. now the nation is upgrading existing and building new barriers on its frontiers with
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regional neighbors. the prime minister says it's for security and the sake of israeli arrively hood. >> to the extent it's possible we'll encompass israel's borders with a security fence and barriers that allow us to control our borders. we will not allow intoxilyzer relate to be flooded with illegal migrants and terrorists. >>reporter: it took three years to build the fence. facing the refugee crisis, hungary and romania are looking to build similar fences using israel's southern border as an example. but now the country is focusing eastward breaking ground on a new border fence a month ahead of schedule. the border is jordan is israel's longest. this fortification is taking place in the south and is expected to extend. the government here says it will
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undermine jordon's sovereignty but it'd shows israel is more concerned of a growing security threat coming from the east. >> there were terror attacks and israel fears this thing will resume. >> many say a physical barrier alone won't prevent attacks and there still needs to be a focus on maintaining and improving regional relationships. >> temperature eventually those borders being set up under the context of security will turn into something else. >> and without that cooperation, some feel those walls and fences could be viewed more as israel sealing itself off from the region rather than protecting its borders. in australia the fatal shooting of a police employee by
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a teenager is being treated as an act of terrorism. the australian prime minister urged unity yesterday after 15-year-old gunned down a police officer outside of the police station. an investigation into the motives behind a mass shooting at a community college in oregon. alan fischer reports from oregon. >>reporter: the president says mass shootings are becoming routine but this was a day like no other in umpqua. flags fly at half staff. events canceled after the horror comes the reality, pain, and questions. sarah was in the room next door when the shooting happened. >> i feel numb. honestly, a mix of exhaustion and it's kind of like denial like did this actually just happen. >>reporter: the shooter has been named as chris harper mercer.
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at the scene police found six guns, plenty of ammunition, and a hate-filled note. the local sheriff refuses to use the killer's name. >> i continue to believe that the media and community members who continue to publicize his name will only glorify his horrific actions. >>reporter: the attack has brought calls from the government down to look at gun laws. >> this will not change until the politics changes and the behavior of elected officials changes. and so the main thing i'm going to do is i'm going to talk about this. on a regular basis. >>reporter: the new academic year in the united states got und underway in august. since then, umpqua is the latest
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of 24 shootings this year. alan fischer, al jazeera, roseburg, oregon colombian police say they've killed one of the country's most powerful drug lords. he had been followed by the colombian military for months. he was also on the u.s. treasure's kingpin list and had a $5 million bounty on his head. >>reporter: this is the biggest blow to drug trafficking in colombia since 2012 when the leader of the biggest leader of the biggest rebel group in the country, the farc was killed. he was killed in an operation that went underway on friday in the northeastern region of the country. this is a notoriously lawless
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region near the border with venezuela where the coca crops are planted. the military was after him for months and he miraculously escaped another operation against him back in august when he was also injured. he was known for his obsession for gold, weapon, and young, underaged women which he would brand on their arms and legs. this is definitely a major victory for the colombian government and the military and also it sends a message to any event farc leader who might be thinking to continue operations in drug trafficking when an eventual peace deal is reached. four of fifa's biggest sponsors have called on sett
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blatter to immediately quit, coca-cola, visa, budweiser, all want him to go. >>reporter: since the swiss attorney general's announcement that blatter was being investigated for criminal mismanagement and misappropriation the pressure for him to go has been intense. coca-cola said in a statement that blatter must resign immediately because, quote, every day that passes, the image and reputation of fifa continues to tarnish. coca-cola's demand was quickly followed by similar statements from mcdonalds, viasa, and anheisur-busch. >> we're really talking act
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megathreats here. >>reporter: but in zurich, blatter's lawyer said his dep depar -- departure now would not be helpful. last month the u.s. attorney general who filed the first criminal charges against fifa officials said she expected others to follow. >> i am grateful that a significant cooperation and substantial evidence that we've received from all borders. based upon that cooperation and evidence we do anticipate pursuing charges against individuals and entities. >>reporter: blatter has said he will leave following an orderly succession but the favorite to take his place, the uefa president is expected of receiving a disloyal president of $2 million from blatter. he defended the payment and says he'll stay in the race. the former head of fifa's
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independent governorance committee has -- brazil's president has resufficientlied her cabinet -- reshuffled her cabinet and cut minister salaries by 10%. this in nepal, 45 people have died during weeks of protests against the new constitution. more than two-thirds of the deaths happened in the southern plains. the area has been under enforced shutdowns for almost 50 dies and as the death toll rises, restrictions have increased.
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>>reporter: police shoot a protester in southern nepal. he died on the day the new constitution was signed. on september the 20th. 45 people including ten policemen have been killed since protests against the constitution began in august. villagers are still grieving the loss of two of their own. a 14-year-old was returning from classes when rights activists say he was shot by police. two days later, his grandfather was on his bicycle a few kilometers away buying vegetables. security forces shot him too. he lost both his father and his son. >> what do i tell the state. they killed innocent people. both my son and father were not
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protesters. everyone knew what kind of person my father was. >> four more villagers have been injured by police gun fire. this is an agricultural village with just over 800 houses. people say they have a deep fear of the state but will continue with their protests until their demands are met. for 50 days across the southern plains, locals have been protesting. they have close family ties across the border in if india and say they feel ail alienated by the government of nepal. >> the constitution is for the nation, the country, the people. if the rights and opportunities of the people are, necessary
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elements, are not inside the constitution, that could be another thing. but everything is there. >> to add to nepal's problem is an unessential blockade of essential goods from the border with india. a statement was issued to caution government leaders and attention to the southern plains. the problems remain unresolved. portugal's prime minister looks set for victory in sunday's general election making him the first euro zone leader to be returned to office after steering his country through a painful financial bailout.
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it would also mark a break with other nations such as spain and greece which has seen austerity governments punished by the voters high level talks at the u.n. have failed to come up with a peace plan for libya. the two rival governments have not agreed to a peace plan that was drawn up by the u.s. and other member states. >> with deadline after deadline come and gone, the united nations had hoped this would finally be the moment for representatives of libya's two rival governments to come together as one. the u.s. secretary of state came to push the case. >> but each party has to live up to the responsibility of this critical moment. that means reaching agreement on the names of new leaders not tomorrow, not next week, but now. even while libyan delegates are here in new york, this could happen. and we hope that the process can be completed within a very small number of days. >> john kerry said the time to
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negotiate was over but members of the tripoli based general national congress tell al jazeera they're unhappy with the deal. >> we welcome their help but at the end of the day it's up to us in libya to decide if if deal is final. >>reporter: they want sharia law included in the deal. >> the parliament is ready to sign it. >> political instability and armed conflict are taking a toll on the people of libya with nearly half the population now in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. the country is also a center of human trafficking and a safe haven for isil.
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