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israel's cabinet meets to greet tough new measures after two palestinians are killed in a crackdown on protesters. hello there. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. nato calls on russia to keep out of turkey's air space with attacks on syrian opposition targets that continue. the charity called it a war crime. now the u.s. says afghan forces asked for the air strike on a clinic in kunduz. and 12 nations from both sides of the pacific reach a new
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trade deal covering ho -- 40% of the world's economy.40% of t world's economy. hello. israel's cabinet has been meeting to discuss continuing tension and violence over access to jerusalem's holy sites. a 13-year-old palestinian boy was shot dead during fighting with israeli security forces. as protests continue in the occupied west bank, four israelis have been killed in the past five days. mike hanna has more from west jerusalem. >> reporter: a 13-year-old boy shot in yet another clash between demonstrators and the israeli army in the occupied west bank. he died while receiving treatment in hospital. the army says it's investigating the circumstances of the death. in the village the funeral of an 18-year-old. he was shot dead by his israeli
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soldiers during clashes on sunday according to palestinian police. >> translator: he's not the first and won't be the last martyr. he died for the sake of the homeland, the people and the national unity. >> reporter: in addition to the deaths, the red crescent says well over 400 palestinians have been wounded by israeli forces in the last three days, and in gaza as well an angry reaction to what's happening in the occupied west bank. >> translator: we call on the palestine authority coordination with the israelis. they must free the hands of the palestinian resistance to allow them to defend the people. >> reporter: the israeli army has announced it captured five palestinians responsible for the shooting of two settlers last week. the killing of the couple sparked off a massive army operation in the west bank. this is what israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu had to say. >> translator: i want to praise the security forces who solved
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the horrible murder which took place and quickly caught the murderers who shout two israelis last thursday. we're deploying a hef hand against terrorism and against the inciters. >> reporter: some israelis continue to insist the prime minister is not doing enough. members of a right wing group gather outside damascus gate in east jerusalem shouting insults at passing palestinians and threatening to burn arab homes. three are arrested by police, and the rest are dispersed as a reminder that passions are running high on all sides. mike hanna, al jazeera, west jerusalem. nato called on russia to stop inviting turkish ace spice and toll it to stop attacks opposition groups in syria.
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the united states is warning raasch ya its actions risk provoking a serious escalation of the syrian crisis. we have more from moscow. >> this is the latest footage from air strikes in syria. the grainy blooms of lieft are we're being told bombs successfully hitting targets near homs, near idlib. surprisingly what we haven't seen footage of yet is the violation on saturday of turkish air spike by russian war planes, an incident moscow has put down to bad weather. turkey summoned the ambassador to protest. >> what we have received from russia this morning is this was a mistake. that they respect turkey's borders and this will not happy again. turkey's rules of engagement apply to all planes. turkey's armed forces are very
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clearly instructeded. >> diplomatic language but the implication was clear, russian planes could be so the down if they repeat the mistake. the language from nato was turkey is a member of the and was this is an excerpt from the written statement. allies condemn these incursions into and violations of nato air space. allies also known the extreme danger of irresponsible behavior. they call on the russian federation to southeast and desist and explain the violations. nato said russian planes should stop attacking syrian fighters and focus on fighting isil, a criticism of russia's general role in syria, not just the turkish air space incident. moscow doesn't make the same distinctions as the west. while washington and its regional allies have been equipping and training groups
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they say as more moderate alternatives to isil, russia's leadership just seeing the whole lot as terrorists. moscow says it's prepared to protect it's ally bashar al assad against all the enemies. the skies above syria are increasingly crowded. the u.s., turkey, saudi arabia, cat far, united arab emirates, jordan and bur rain have all felony sorties in recent months. they suggested cooperation with the united states on their bombing missions. >> translator: we spoke about the need in the near future for additional direct contacts between the militaries. our american colleagues promise to give quick answers to these offers. i think that soon we should receive this. >> reporter: without cooperation the risk of a serious confrontation only increases. unless the u.s.-led coalition or russia compromises on the syrian expectations, it's difficult to see how they stay out of each
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other's way. turkey has reported that a russian war plane violated its air space for a second time on sunday. he has again summoned the ambassador. rebel groups in syria called on region places to forge an alliance against russia and iran in the country. it consists of 41 troops including the free syrian army. we have the report from beirut >> translator: the russian military has target the countryside of homs since the first day. the syrian army says it's part of a military campaign to capture the region. they say air strikes weaken the defenses before a ground assault begins. isil is not present in this corner of syria. that's why the opposition believes russia's op active is to help the government change the balance of power on the ground.
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>> translator: the closest isil base is 60 kilometers from here. we are people from the area not linked to isil or others. >> reporter: many of the rebels there still fight under the banner of a free syrian army. they announced a joint military operation to confront what they call the russian aggression on theal nusra front. they say al nusra's allegiance to al qaeda is being used to justify the attacks. >> translator: nusra is all over syria, not just homs. the group has good relations with other brigades and the people because it is fighting the regime. they are using nusra's presence as an excuse to kill civilians and fight the opposition. >> reporter: civilians have been killed in the recent strikes. the northern countryside of homs is the only rebel-controlled territory in the province, which is important to the government's control of western syria. while russian strikes target isil positions, the majority
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have hit anti-government rebels advancing towards the state-controlled province. syrian military sources are calling that corner of syria an al qaeda-controlled territory, and russian officials have made it clear that isil not is the only target in the aerial campaign. president vladimir putin himself said nusra is on the list. al nusra front is one of the most powerful opposition groups. u.s. considers it a terrorist organization and has targeted groups affiliated with it in syria. >> translator: honestly speaking i haven't heard about the plans to counter our work in syria on the part of the u.s. or anybody else. >> reporter: the u.s. may have protested against russia's strikes but some in the opposition can rerned that the two powers may have more in common than thought. syrian government forces have carried out attacks in the north.
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at least 20 were killed in the aleppo countryside. civilians could be seen fleeing the area following the strike that took place near a market. syrian activists say fighters from the islamic state of iraq and levant have destroyed nearly a 2,000-year-old structure in the ancient city of palmyra. they say the group blew up the arch of triumph. it's the unesco world heritage sooet and one of the top tourist atracks in the civil east before syria's civil wan. the charity doctors without borders calls for a full, trandz parent investigation into a u.s. air strike that hit a medical clinic in afghanistan on saturday killing 22 people. the charity has criticized the u.s. for its discrepancies in describing the incident and has accused of it of trying to pass responsibility to the afghan government. rosalynn jordan has more from washington, d.c. >> reporter: the u.s. is having
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trouble explaining how and why it bombed a charity hospital in kunduz, afghanistan on saturday. at first military leaders said u.s. troops during the doctors without borders trauma center were under attack from the taliban and called in a gun ship for help. on monday the commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan said that wasn't the case at all. >> the afghan forces advised taking fire from enemy position and asked for air support from u.s. forces. an air strike was called to eliminate the taliban threat and several civilians were struck. this is different from the initial reports. >> reporter: 22 people were killed including 12 hospital workers and three children. doctors without borders accused the u.s. of trying to escape responsibility. >> it goes from collateral damage to a tragic incident and now we hear pushing the responsibility to the afghan government. whereas, we now know that it's the u.s. military who dropped a
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bomb that hit a full-functioning hop. >> reporter: the hospital was open in kunduz since august 2011. officials are demanding an independent investigation. earlier on monday, the u.s. defense second offered this. >> we've been in touch with them to assure them that a full and trandz parent investigation will be held. >> reporter: u.s. pilots in afghanistan can only fire to protect troops on the ground and the afghans only call in cover when they're in danger of being overrun by the enemy. military officials in washington won't say why the afghans asked for air strikes. at any rate, analysts say it's not clear the afghan troops are capable of defending their country on their own. >> we train them largely to be a checkpoint for us. that is, to man checkpoints and stop cars and people and see what's going on and provide security by sort of being there and being in this area. now that international troops have withdrawn from most of the country, the afghan national
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security forces maybe don't have the skills and capabilities that they need to actually engage in combined arms, light infantry warfare. >> general campbell can expect many more questions about the hospital bombing when he testifies before congress on tuesday. some may argue this is all the more reason why the u.s. should leave afghanistan at the end of 2016. others might argue this is all the more reason why the u.s. should stay, because the afghans need all the help they can get keeping their country out of the hands of the taliban. rosalynn jordan, al jazeera, washington. there is much more to come after the break including iraq's heavily fortified green zone is opened to members of the public for the first time in 12 years. i'm jonah hall in serbia at one of many towns on a well-trodden route overrun with refugees as europe asks turkey for help.
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a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. a 13-year-old palestinian boy has been shot dead during fighting with israeli security forces in the occupied west bank. nato called on russia to southeast violations of air space and explain itself following an incursion by a russian jet. rebel groups in syria call odd regional states to forge an alliance against russia and iran in the country. the largest free trade area in the world has been created after 12 countries signed the
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tra transpacific partnership. it will lower tariffs and set common standards for the economies involved. patty culhane explains. >> reporter: after countless meetings they emerged after delays. >> we have successfully concluded the trans-pacific partnership association. >> it will impact a huge population, 12 nations tied together in a free trade deal impacting much of what people buy or sell from cars to computers, from medicine to meat. just how industries will be impacted is still unknown. the impact details are secret. the texts will not be released for week, but critics of the tp, and there are plenty of those, say this is a horrible deal for average people. >> so i think no matter what happens, it's clear that this is agreement will put downward pressure on the wages of working
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americans. it will quite likely result in significant job losses as well. that's really a secondary concern. the primary effect is on wages. >> reporter: the obama administration is defending the deal arguing it will improve labor laws banning child labor, demanding a minimum wage, and allowing unions to form. they say it will increase nand for american products. >> and this enhances opportunity for american businesses and american workers. just to give you an example, american poultry in some of these countries is taxed at up to 40%. american soybeans are taxed at 35%. these are all tariffs that will be slashed if not eliminated. >> reporter: now the agreement goes to the respective parliaments. the u.s. congress can say yes or no to the agreement but can't make changes to. typical analysts of the president, unions and environmental groups promise to push hard against it in an election year, meaning the president is in for a very tough fight one he himself says he's not sure he can win. patty culhane, al jazeera
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washington. we have more from manila on what the deal means for economies in the asia-pacific region. >> the four countries involved in the tpp energieses, brunei, sing lower, malaysia and singapore are sat centric economies. being part of the tpp once ratified will bring significant financial and social reform to these countries. the communist party of vietnam that rules at the moment actually controls much of its export industry. they're going to have to look into privatizing more and more of that as part of the tpp. aside from that, other asian nations already seeing this as a good thing in expressing interest in joining an expanded version, the philippines and korea among them. all in all, it is being seen in in region as a way by which the united states is slightly forcing the hand of china to join up. basically it has to match the
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standards of this common trade area if it wants to play ball with the rest of the asia-pacific. there have been three car bombings in iraq killing at least 57 people. one was on the northern outskirts on baghdad and another one was north of the capital. this footage shows the aftermath of the third explosion that was the a a crowded mark place. isil claimed responsibility for the target and isis had willings impacts in the deep shia south. parts of baghdad's heavily fortified green zone has been re-opened to the public. it has been larchly off limits to iraqi since the u.s.-led invasion of iraq in 2003. the green zone is home to government buildings and several foreign embassies. al jazeera has more now from baghdad. >> reporter: it would have been unthinkable just a few days ago to see traffic moving freely down this road. since sunday parts of baghdad's
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heavily fortified green zone are open to the public. the decision was announced by the prime minister, and it's seen as part of attempts by his government to address growing public anger over security, corruption, and poor public services. measure 123 -- for 12 years it's been closed most iraqi citizens. after the 2003 u.s.-led invasion it was turned into the administrative head "s for coalition forces. today the 10-square kilometer compound is surrounded by concrete blast walls, barbed wire and heavily guarded checkpoints. it contains a number of foreign embassies, goth offices and the luxury homes of srp iraqi officials, which is why for many it symbolizes the disconnect between the leadership and it's people. this won't last long. it will add a lot of traffic to want main checkpoint with a lot
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more searches. trust me, this will be shut down soon. >> reporter: the easing of some restrictions inside the green zone is surprising to many here. over the years it's a frequent target for bombings and robecke and comes at a time when the overall security in baghdad and parts of iraq that replain under government control decline. in recent months militias are accused of abducting and i will canning sunni civilian men. they're accused by human rights groups of committing major abuses including possible war crimes. >> translator: there has been a growing number of kidnappings. it's a clear indication that the government isn't in control of these armed groups. there are countless checkpoints across iraq, and the people are wondering what the exact role of these checkpoints are. >> reporter: most iraqis are skep cal of the easing of the restrictions into the green zhou saying it's another example of
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the prime minister minister promising change yet offering very little, and that until he deals with issues like government krpgs, poor public services and serious allegations of human rights allegations, the opening of a few roads into the green zone won't calm their anger. al jazeera, baghdad. the bodies of almost 100 refugees have been discovered washed up on beaches in western libya. the libyan res crescent says 85 r found close to tripoli and 10 more at a coastal city 50 kilometers west. turkey's president has been meeting eu leaders in brussels with the refugee crisis high on the agenda. he's accused europe of double standards in its policy on the current exodus. jonah hall has the latest from southern serbia, one of the main
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transit points for refugees heading to western europe. >> interpreter: >> reporter: the serbian town is one of several on a well-trodden route in europe overrun by refugees, many of them syrians. to get here most will crossed the sea from turkey, which is why european union officials in brussels are keen to enlist the help of the turkish president. they want him to improve conditions for the up to 2 million refugees thought to be living in turkey to allow them to work to dissuede them from making this perilous exodus. what they got was turkey taking the moral high ground hinting that accelerated steps towards eu exsession might be the price for help. >> translator: for more than two years turkey has opened doors for people fleeing conflict from syria and iraq providing support and care at the highest levels. we see more recently eu countries coming face-to-face with asylum seekers from syria.
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turkey is open to all kinds of cooperation in terms of a common policy across europe. >> reporter: at the refugee processing center, they gave papers to 4,000 people a day putting them straight onto buses to croatia where they become someone else's problem. how long have you been in this queue? >> three days. >> three days your family? >> yes, in the street. >> reporter: do you think that many more people are waiting to make this journey, the same journey that you are making? >> of course. everyone wants to escape the war there. >> reporter: some countries like serbia here, macedonia, greece have improved reception facilities so much they can push people very quickly up the line. others like hungary are in open revolt, rejecting an eu compulsory resettlement plan that's wholly inadequate to cope with these numbers anyway. it may not be pleasant, but it's a system and it's whooshing.
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the capacity of germany, where many people want to go, is not infinite. seeking turkey's help is a desperate measure as this crisis tests to the limit the very unity upon which the european union was founded. jonah hall, al jazeera, serbia. flash floods on the french riviera killed at least 19 people. the frefrn government declared a natural disaster in the southeastern region. up to 5,000 homes were still without electricity on monday with as many as 70,000 suffering blackouts on sunday. the french president francois hollande pledged relief payments to help cover damage in three months. mexican re rescue teams have arrived to help look for victims in guatemala. torrential rain triggered the bad weather on thursday. hundreds are still missing. and in the u.s. 11 people have died in south and north carolina because of severe flooding. officials are following a wave
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of floodwater as it moves across the state to the coast. there are likely to be more evacuations and road closures. the united states supreme court opens a new term on monday. among the most contentious cases is evenwell versus abbott. the plaintiffs say the case will lead to an examination of the one person one vote principle, but others say a racist political agenda at play. we have the report. >> reporter: just who does texas state senator sylvia garcia represent? clearly the senior citizens gathered for the texas hispanic council health fair. spanish may be the primary language here, but the pride at how far the community has come in the united states is evident. >> the first full-time hispanic ever elected in harris county. >> reporter: some 70% of garcia's constituents are hispanic, part of an emerging
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political bloc that the republican party agonizes over. minorities tend to stroet for democrats. now the supreme court agrees to hear a case to die lute that minority vote as it was emerging as a powerful force. >> you see a shift of power away from places where you have lots of immigrants and children back to rural areas. >> reporter: the plaintiff's argument is this. in the u.s. each political district has roughly the same population. in some latino political districts like senator garcia's, a large percentage of that population is not eligible to vote. they're too young or aren't citizens. that's not the case in majority white areas. so the plaintiffs argue this contradicts to the principle of one person, one vote. a vote in a latino district is more powerful because there are fewer voters. the plaintiffs, the texas republican party and the million dollar right wing legal group
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sponsoring the case declined to be interviewed. senator garcia says she knows what's going on. >> this is another assault by the folks scared of the latino vote and changing demographics. rather than continue to be fair following the rules, they want to change the rules. >> reporter: if the plaintiffs win the case, districts like garcias have to be redrawn to include 200,000 more eligible voters. those would be drawn from surrounding white areas. the latino voice would be diminished as her district expands. >> if you change the geography, it doesn't change the need. in fact, it will multiply it and stretch our resources and stretch our time. you kind of wonder what's next. will we go back to the old days and you're only able to vote if you own property? then they change another rule that only white men that own property? this is like going -- reversing the clock further back and back. how far will they go?
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