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an air strike in the african did i of kunduz hits a -- city of kunduz hits a hospital killing nine staff. and the u.s. may be to blame hello, i'm mart in dennis, you are with al jazeera live from doha. also to come on the programme - multiple bomb blasts rock abuja, the first attack on the capital for over a year separatists withdrawing tanks from some positions blues... >> i'm catherine wambua-soi and
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central kenya where this football field has been turned into a rehabilitation center because of an alcohol problem that has gotten out of hand at least nine people have been killed in an air strike on a hospital run by doctors without borders, happening in the northern afghan city of kunduz, where government forces backed by n.a.t.o. have been trying to retake the city from the taliban. n.a.t.o. says the u.s. may be responsible for the bombing. doctors without borders said it provided hospital coordinates to afghan and u.n. forces well in advance. victoria gatenby reports. >> reporter: this is what is left of the doctors without borders trauma center in kunduz. staff say the hospital was hit several times during a sustained bombing attack. the air strikes started at 2 o'clock in the morning, local
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time, when most of the hospitals' 100 patients, would have been asleep. u.s. forces conducted an air afghan government forces backed by u.s. air strikes and n.a.t.o. special forces have been fighting to regain control of the northern city from taliban fighters. the bombing of the hospital is a reminder of how imprecise air strikes can be. doctors without borders said in a statement: the loss of kunduz was one of the biggest military victories achieved by taliban fighters since the overthrow of the taliban government in 2001.
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on thursday the african army said it had retaken the strategic city. the taliban claimed that was not the taliban claimed that was not the case, they had withdrawn to other neighbouring provinces before a counterattack. aid workers fear many more civilians will be killed or injured. >> translation: i live in kunduz province, there are injured people in the streets. shops are burnt. i urge both sides to stop the fighting so wounded can be taken to hospital and everyone else can leave. the doctors without borders is the only specialist trauma center in north-eastern afghanistan. the damage caused by a bombing attack is a blow to people who rely on the free life-saving treatment that the hospital provides we can talk to our correspondent who is in kunduz province. this is increasingly looking
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like a terrible mistake by u.s. planes with tragic consequences for the people of kunduz. >> yes, very heavy, brutal fighting going on almost in every street of kunduz city. residents are the ones paying the price. civilians are caught in between. they are telling us heavy bombard , use of artillery and machine gun. they don't know where it is controlled by who. in one street it's controlled by taliban, in the next, afghan government. officials told us they'll launch a big occupation to retake kunduz city. it seems they still - there is still heavy fighting in kunduz city. >> it seems that the front lines are blurred and taliban fighter
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are merging with the civilian population, making it doubly difficult for afghan forces to register in their battle against the taliban. >> african officers in the field telling us that is the case, that the problem is taliban are hiding in a residential area, it is hard to get them, and saying that - afghan security officers are saying there's a lack of management and coordination between the forces in kandahar. people - in kunduz city. people of kunduz lost their faith on afghan security forces, telling us that they are not sure if afghan security forces can provide security for them. six days of heavy fighting. the big difficulty is a shortage of food, water, lack of electricity.
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and also many residents, many civilians are injured or dead. they are tuck in their homes, not able to move them to the hospital. it will be a big crisis for the people of kunduz. >> this is a city of normally 300,000 people. presumably then, those that can are leaving. >> yes, but those that they were - that they could afford to leave, have already left. only the poor people are left behind. remember renting a car to get out of kund does is expensive. many can't afford the police. now they are facing a big difficulty because they are telling us the bullet come from everywhere, and they are the ones paying the price. >> our correspondent thank you very much. >> three bombs exploded on the outskirts of abuja.
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15 people have died. these are the first attacks to happen so close to the capital city in over a year. our correspondent is at the scene of one of the blasts. >> as you can see right behind me, forensic experts are trying to work on what happened last night. they've been on it since last night when the attack happened. we were told it was a suicide bomber that detonated the device, and another deindustries went off a few hundred meters from where i'm standing, we are in the midst of bits of pieces of bones, tissue, bones, and properties destroyed by the blast here. officially we were told 15 people died in two blasts, or the three blasts on the outskirts of abuja. 13 years, and a few others here,
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few others in the area, where i have seen several bomb attacks in the past. the last one being in made in 2014, 18 months ago. where 90 people were killed in that attack. as we stand now, forensic experts, bomb disposal units, the army and several security agents are here, trying to sift through what happened. >> pro-russian rebels in eastern ukraine said they started to withdraw tanks from the line of contact with government troops, coming a day after peace talks in paris. it was the latest attempt of leaders from russia, france, germany and ukraine to end the conflict. the tank withdrawal is in line with an agreement reached in february. michael is a spokesman for the o.s.c.e., and the special monitoring mission in ukraine. he says it's going to take a lot of political will to end the
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conflict. >> we are well positioned to monitor the conflict. and we have drones looking down on the situation. we are now into week 4 of a relative calm that we have not seen. the worst we have seen in terms of ceasefire violations have been small arms fire. mostly at so-called training ranges. that, indeed, is good news, and in a conflict that lasted so many months. in the past two or three days, the chief monitor voiced his desire that all sides devote their full commitment to this process. why? with over 8,000 deaths, 18,000 injured, it's taken a toll on eastern ukraine the number of dead from a landslide in guatemala rose to 30. as many as 600 are missing. in the town, south-east of the
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capital guatemala city. david mercer has more. >> reporter: what has been said about the disaster management center here, they have talked about the municipal authorities, and how as far back as 2008 they told the municipal authorities that this neighbourhood in this town was in a high-risk town at the bottom of a steep regime. they have told the munize patty that they shouldn't allow people to -- municipality that they shouldn't allow people to build, and warned them that they are in a risk zone. now there are hundreds of thousands in the municipality who are living in similar areas. but right now, as i say, the focus is not on blaming anyone, but on trying to pull people, trying to pull survivors from the slide, and there's also a big effort made now to provide
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emergency relief, food and blankets russia says it's carried out 20 air strikes in syria within the last 24 hours. they targeted nine i.s.i.l. positions, including the main stronghold in raqqa province. this is a fourth day of moscow's air raids. president obama has called russia's actions a recipe for disaster the bodies of more than 100 iranian pilgrims killed in the hajj stampede have arrived home. president hassan rouhani and other politicians attended the repatriation ceremony at the airport in train. iran appears to have lost the largest number of pilgrims - 465 iranians have died. tehran has blamed saudi arabia's mismanagement for the disaster. saudis say 769 were killed in the stampede. others say that number is higher
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still to come at al jazeera - it's a melting pot of cultures, now there are fears of ethnic divisions in malaysia.
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you're with al jazeera, here sa reminder of the top stories, at least nine have been killed in an air strikes on a hospital run by an aid agencyie. n.a.t.o. says the u.s. may be responsible. doctors without borders said it provided the hospital
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coordinates to the coalition forces well in advance. three bombs exploded on the outskirts of the nigeria capital abuja. 15 have been killed. these are the first attacks to hit the city in over a year pro-russian rebels say they started withdrawing tanks from the line of contact with government troops, coming a day after peace talks took place in paris. the tank withdrawal is in line with the minsk agreement, reached in february four of f.i.f.a.'s biggest sponsors called on sepp blatter to immediately stepped down. saying they want him out now, because he's an obstacle to reform. blatter responded saying resigning now would not be in the best interests of f.i.f.a.
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the indictments and extraditions pushed sepp blatter into ending hi 17-year rein. since an announcement that he was being investigated, the for criminal mismanagement and misappropriation, the pressure for him to go has become intense. coca-co coca-cola, one of the biggest backers said in a statement that sepp blatter must resign because: coca-cola's demand was quickly followed by other. >> there's one more step, to threaten to withdraw sponsorship. we are talking about mega threats here. >> in zurich, blatter's lawyers issued a firm rejection of the call, saying that blatter's departure now would not be in the best interests of f.i.f.a. nor advance the process of reform, and he will not resign. last month u.s. attorney-general
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loretta lynch who filed the first criminal charges said she expected others to follow. >> i'm grateful for the significant cooperation and substantial evidence that we received from all quarters. basted upon that cooperation, we anticipate pursuing additional charges against individuals and entities. sepp blatter will leave following an orderly success, but the favourite to take his place, u.e.f.a. president michel plantini is suspected of receiving a payment of $2 million from blatter. platini defended the payment and said he'd stay in the race. the former head of the committee urged the retired president to be named as blatter's temporary successor now, south sudan's president announced the creation of 18 new
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states. the opposition leader riek machar accused him of violating the peace agreement signed in august. most of the key oil producing states understand opposition control have been redrawn. let's find out more by talking to our correspondent, on the line from juba. what does the creation of extra states in effect mean? >> at the moment, really, the question is what this means to the peace agreement. that is what everyone is concerned about. it's about agreement, the opposition under riek machar, trying to get political control of some states. now, two of the states, under presidential decree no longer exists. and the third still exists, but is much, much smaller. he has been quick to come out
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rejecting the changes. >> okay. we have to stop it there. the quality of the line is so poor, it's difficult to hear you. thank you very much indeed. we'll get back to you later on what could be an important development in south sudan now, one of columbia's notorious cocaine warlords has been killed in a military raid. the mann munt for victor navarro ended. he was on the u.s. treasury king pin list, had a $5 million bounty on his head and dominated the historically lawless region on the border more details emerge of the nine lives tragic by cut short by thursday's shooting at a college in the u.s. state of oregon. the victims ranged in age from 18-67. the oldest being a teacher. police say the six guns used by chris harper m.e.r.s. i, along
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with -- mercer, along with seven others found at his home were bought legally in australia the fatal shooting of a police employee by a teenager has been declared an act of terrorism. the boy, of iraqi-kurdish dissent", was shot dead by police. malcolm turnbull, prime minister, called for unity. >> it is a shocking crime. it was a cold-blooded murder. targetting the new south wales police service. it was doubly shocking because it was perpetrated by a 15-year-old boy. and it underlines the importance of families, communities, leaders being very aware of whether young people are becoming radicalized. it is also important that - to
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remember that the australian muslim community will be especially appalled and shocked by this now, voters in kyrgystan are heading to the polls on sunday to elect a new parliament. it's a test for the fledgeling democracy, five years after a resolution removed a gort. kyrgyzstan introduced representation to ensure a fairer distribs of power. 14 parties are vying for a share of the 120 seats in parliament of the the ruling social democratic party or stpk is predicted to do well. the applicants are solve-styled socialist. and members of a shaky coalition. corruption is the number one issue for voters, according to polls, followed by unemployment and rising energy pricing. robin reports.
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>> reporter: when it comes to central asian democracy, this is as good as it gets. with 14 political parties contesting, it's been a vibrant campaign in kyrgyzstan. for such a plural society, the campaign has been short on messages of tolerance and diversity. harassment of minorities, like gays and lesbians. patriotic movements force their way into a private home, intimidating those inside. the same groups backing a law -- an antigay propaganda law enjoying cross party support. >> i meet a candidate that tells me there is no space for gay people. >> translation: homosexualitiy is a major problem. some claim that they had homosexuality throughout the history. there is not true. in earlier eras and under commune.
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>> we had no concept of homosexuality. >> this support group for sexual >> this support group for sexual minorities had its own offices attacked. but is willing to speak out. >> look at the platforms, none are talking about minorities, none are talking about nondiscrimination principles. >> ethnic minorities have been vulnerable or voiceless. the governing social democrats say they support diversity. >> there should be no discrimination against people. regardless of their religion, ethnicity or views. the law requires safety and suddenly my opinion. this is what the law says, we should treat people equally. >> ultimately concern for the struggling economy may be foremost on minds. the biggest issue is problems facing the country, corruption and unemployment. as many as a million citizens, a fifth of the population will be in search of work.
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all the political parties are promising they can fix the problems. >> whoever wins the vote will have to deliver on the promises. or risk marginalizing more than minorities. activists in malaysia warn political turmoil is threatening to ignite racial tensions between majority malays and ethnic minorities, as the prime minister battles corruption, pro and anti-government supporters are divided along racial lines. we have this report from the malaysian capital kuala lumpur. >> after five years together, sheryl and her partner married last month. their relationship has challenges. one is a mallet muslim, and cheryl a chinese christian. her parents were worried about
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the ethnic differences. the the couple were determined. >> i realized that we shared the same values and principles. so what is right, what is wrong, you know, and what is ethical, unethic call. that is more important than, you know, is he mallet, chinese. >> malaysia has been a melting pot of cultures. while about 60% of the population is muslim mala, there are large chinese communities, despite decades of multiculturalism, experts are worried about friction. >> it was built over the last 58 years, it has been fractured. >> it has been fractured. and my concern is the next generation. >> some analysts accuse government leaders of fuelling ethnic tensions to divert attention from their falling popularity.
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>> the prime minister denies embezzling 500 million from a state investment fund. >> as conditions with the economy deteriorates, we have politicians that speak to their own community, to get them to believe something about another group, and shore up support for the ethnic party. >> at a recent pro-government really supported by members of the ruling party witnesses reported racial slurs chanted. in another incident police used water canon to disperse protesters trying to enter a chinese business district, but the government denies racial tensions. while officials did not respond to our request for an interview, the deputy prime minister told local media that there was no racism in malaysia, but the recent protests have some people worried.
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>> sheryl and her partner say for their generation ethnic identity is less important. and they wish political leaders would catch up kenya's government has started a nationwide campaign against what it calls the country's drinking problem. dozens of people die every year from consuming illegal home-made concoctions. catherine wambua-soi has more on a unique initiative to tackle the problem. >> this is not an ordinary group therapy session. the men and women are getting free treatment and counselling to help with a drinking problem. a number of people suffered violent symptoms when illegal alcohol dens were shut in july. some fields have been turned into temporary rehabilitation camps. daniel was a policeman for 14
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year. he lost his job. his wife and children left two years ago. >> it is so hard for me to stop drinking alcohol because i have to drink, i have to drink for me to survive. to do anything, i had to drink. >> here they reflect, eat well and support each other. build their confidence. volunteer counsellors, medics and teachers run the camp set up by the federal government. there are about 1,000 recovering alcoholics, hundreds are registering to get help. most are not employed. the concern is what happens when they leave this place. >> so we are working to make sure they are strong enough. strong enough to prevent relapse. i know that you cannot prevent habit. and there are those that fall back. but we are looking forward and if we manage to save 100, that's
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a good number. after three months in rehab, we go back to the village center. where cheap alcohol is easy to get. roughly 40,000 have a problem. many died after drinking home made brews laced with poisonous ingredient. this man became blind after drinking bad alcohol. his son is an alcoholic. on this day his nephews came to visit. they were drunk. he says he tries to tell them to stop, but they will not listen. >> alcohol destroyed my life. i could not do anything, i couldn't even educate my children. it's sad to see people drinking so much, because they never help themselves. >> back at the camp, these people know too well how hard it would be to adjust to life when they return to the villages. at this will moment they just want to stay sober and positive
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