initial reports which indicated that u.s. forces were threatened and the air strike was called on their behalf. >> doctors without borders condemns the pentagon. after air strike on a hospital in afghanistan. >> we would like to see others coming in as well. we think there has to be some spreading of the risk so to speak. >> the bahamas rolls the dice on a huge resort but the economic gamble isn't paying off. and open to the public. >> this move won't last long. we may as well enjoy it while we can. trust me, this will be shut down soon. >> for the first time in 12 years, iraq's government opens the green zone.
good evening i'm antonio mora this is al jazeera america. we begin tonight in syria where russia appears to be on the verge of again escalating its military presence this time to a whole new level. this time the kremlin hinted it may send volunteer ground troops to assist syrian government forces. it insists that it's bombing i.s.i.l. targets but they believe it is the forces opposing assad's government. >> meanwhile fight the opponents of assad of all different kinds. is doom to fail. why is it doomed to fail? because it will only inflame, i've used the phrase pour
gasoline on the civil war of syria. >> and nato has issued an ooh warning to russia after one of its war planes invaded turkey's air space this weekend. the kremlin called it a navigational error but nato calls 90t it no accident. rory challands has more. >> the grainy silent black and white blooms of light are, or so we're being told, bombs successfully hitting targets near homs, idlib and al shagur. what we haven't seen wret i yete violation of turkish air space. an incident moscow has put down to bad weather. >> what we have received from russia this morning is that this was a mistake, that they respect
turkey's borders and this will not happen again. turkey's restrictions apply to all planes, whether syria, russia or other. >> reporter: the implication was clear, russian planes could be shot down if they repeat the mistake. turkey is a member of the alliance and ambassadors for 28 countries were assembled for an extraordinary meeting on monday. allies strongly protest these violations of turkish sovereign air space, allies also note the extreme danger of such irresponsible behavior. they call on the russian federation to asses cease and dt and immediately explain these violations. they say russian planes should stop fighting civilians and focus on fighting i.s.i.l. the criticism of russia's
general role not just the violation of the turkish air space. while washington and its regional allies have been equipping, russia leadership sees the whole lot as terrorists. and moscow says it's prepared to protect its ally, bashar al-assad against all its enemies. the skies are increasingly crowded, the u.s., canada, qatar, united arab emirates and other countries have flown sorties. >> we spoke about the need in the near future for additional direct contact between militaries. our american colleagues promise to give quick answers to these offers. i think that soon we should receive this. >> without cooperation the risk of a serious confrontation only increases. but unless the u.s. led
coalition or russia compromises on its syrian objectivessists difficult to see how they can staobjectives it'sdifficult osey out of their way. rory challands, al jazeera. two day summit in tel aviv, both israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and russian president vladimir putin agreed to the conference last month. israel has at times attacked syrian targets and hezbollah. syrian rebel groups have announced they have a loins against the russian targets. >> not just to target i.s.i.l. but to weaken the opponents of
the syrian government. moderates and conservatives have come together and releasing a statement, they are calling upon each other to forge an alliance. we are hearing more from groups for them in their words to confront russia's aggression. a powerful forcen t ground el nusra front did not sign that document or that statement. it is not because nusra doesn't have good relations with these governments, in fact nusra is a main ally of a powerful rebel force in the north of the country. but they know nusra is really controversial. why? the u.s. has listed it as a terrorist organization and the real fear now people in the opposition what they have been telling me is both the syrian government and the russian government is going to use nusra's presence as an excuse to
target the opposition against the government of syrian president bashar al-assad. >> zeina khodr in beirut, thanks. joining us vie scie from skn dubai is mark kimmit. , turkey called russia's incursion into its air space irresponsible do you agree? >> i agree. whether that incursion was purposeful or accidental should have been avoided. >> could it have been accidental? turkey sort of jught juth down o syria in that part of the world. >> i'll give one being
accidental but the command and control communications is done in that area should indicate the second time this happens it wouldn't be accidental. >> a administration official said i.t. waitwas not accidenta. if it wasn't accidental what would be their purpose in doing this? >> look, i think we fully understand what putin is trying to do in that area. he's trying to restore his presence in the middle east, a presence loss when they were rejected 50 egyptians. they want to demonstrate they have hegemony over the area, not only the sea but the land masses as well. that is the situation that could lead to serious miscalculation and unintended consequences on both sides. >> secretary kerry said this was precisely the kind of thing they were worried about when they saw russia start to carry out
bombing raids inside syria. so what happened to coordination? they started having meetings last week between the russians and american officials. >> yeah, i'm not certain that those meetings between the department of defense and russians led to anything nor the did they lead to any coordination going on in baghdad right now. i would urge that those negotiations and discussions get to the point where if there are any mistakes of this type made there is no question whether these mistakes were purposeful or unintended. >> the russians do seem to be talking out of both sides of their mouth. you've got putin saying they're not going to send combat troops into syria, now a senior military official saying they may send volunteer troops whatever that might mean. would that be a serious escalation? >> i think it would be. it would be an escalation against the situation on the ground. clearly they did the same thing on donbas in each ukraine.
taking responsibility for the boots on the ground. >> is it a recognition that the civil war is not going anywhere that there's a stalemate there and that if someone doesn't put combat troops on the ground there, this is just simply going to go on indefinitely? >> well, i don't think that putting combat troops on the ground is going to change that calculus at all. what it's trying to do and what putin is trying to do is not necessarily back assad but he's trying to keep a unitary government inside of syria. the state department has painted themselves into a corner, by saying assad must go, they have left no flexibility in diplomatic negotiations. what that tells assad is he has got to fight to the last, in which transitional point in the
future of assad stepping down then what you've done is put assad's back against the wall. you have made the threats as this administration has done before but you're unwilling to live up to those threats. >> mark kimmit thanks. russia's plan to build an air base inside the country, the goal is to target ukraine. which would make belarus a target. first full scale base there since soviet times. ukraine and the russian back separatists agreed last week to pull more weapons from the front with the hopes of deescalating the conflict. a ceasefire is currently in place in the eastern territories where more than 8,000 people have decide since april of 2014.
russia still denies any direct involvement in the conflict. afghan forces today say they have made gains against the taliban in an effort to fully reclaim the city of kunduz. but new battles have broken out between the government and the rebels in northern afghanistan. heavy criticism for an attack that killed more than 20 people at a hospital. doctors without borders ripped the u.s. calling the attack a war crime. rosiland jordan reports from washington. >> the u.s. is having trouble explaining why and how it bombed a hospital in kunduz. on monday, the demander of u.s. forces in afghanistan said wasn't the case at all. >> afghan force he advised they
were taking fire from enemy forces. different from other reports. >> 22 people were killed, including hospital workers civilians and children. >> 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 is the u.s. military who dropped a bomb that hit a full functioning hospital. >> reporter: the hospital had been open in kunduz since august 2011 and officials are demanding an independent investigation. earlier on monday, the u.s. defense secretary offered this. >> we have been in touch with them to assure them that a full and transparent investigation will be held. >> u.s. pilots in afghanistan can only fire to protect troops on the ground.
and the afghan can only call in cover when they are 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, it's not clear that the afghans are capable of defending their country on their own. >> we train them to be a checkpoint, provide security by just sort being there and being in this area. but now that international troops have withdrawn from most of the country the afghan national 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 argue this is all the more reason the u.s. should leave afghanistan at the end of 2016. others may argue this is all the
after years of tough negotiations, the united states and 11 pacific nations reached a landmark trade agreement today. the biggest of its kind. the transpacific partnership, or tpp, would cut environmental barriers and set standards. but first it's got to clear the hurlehurledless ofhurdleless oh. >> what will the transpacific partnership between the u.s. and 11 other countries really mean to the american people? >> the deal will also allow american corporations to outsource even more jobs abroad. >> reporter: critics like former labor secretary robert
reisch, argue that it will shift labor standards. >> in other words it's a trojan horse in a race to the bottom. >> while the deal play cost low paying low cost jobs, tearing down trade barriers. >> they don't cost jobs they lose jobs. >> when you think about what a trade agreement can do it is opening up important new export opportunities. and those export jobs, on balance, generally pay much higher salaries, much higher wages, 18% or so. >> reporter: supporters and critics are also divided on the deal's environmental impact. but opponents argue provisions geared at safeguarding marine and other wildlife and tackling
practices like illegal logging could prove toothless. elana solomon heads up sierra club's environmental trade program. >> these rules will be really too weak to have a meaningful impact on the ground. >> suing governments and private trade courts over private tanking trade operation he are also drawing fire. >> there's a long history of free trade agreements being used to threaten and challenge climate policy in these private trade courts. >> reporter: this is far from a done-deem and with major hurdles to clear, except the arguments to get even more heated especially when the all to see. patricia sabga, al jazeera. >> joshua meltzer, joins us this
evening from las vegas. good to see you wa. thjoshua.the countries that ares of the tpp, broadly speaking this is a big deal, could it benefit all the parties? >> the tpp will certainly benefit all the parties. there are going to be gains across the board both in of new access opportunities in each other's countries and it's important to also remember that in this world of global supply chains, actually reducing imports and other barriers are going to also facilitate the ability of businesses to be more efficient, productive and competitive both domestically and in global markets. >> as a stopgap to china's growing influence in the region, do you see that happening? because china has substantial relationships and investments in many of the countries involved.
>> so i think it's certainly the case that the administration has been talking about the tpp as the economic leg of its so-called rebalancing or pivot to asia. it's an opportunity for the u.s. to demonstrate its ongoing and continuing economic leadership in that part of the world. with regards to china, tpp is certainly going to provide an important set of new norms, rules and standards about how countries should develop the tops of regulations that are needed that are going to be consistent with u.s. values. in some respects these are going to provide some challenges for china but i wouldn't see it necessarily as one that is competing with china. i think it's setting a new framework for which hopefully it can establish further economic immigratiointegration into the . >> you heard robert reisch and patricia's piece, is there any
validity to their argument? >> this is an argument that has been made about trade agreements for the past 20, 30 years and there's actually very little empirical evidence to support it. essentially globalization and international trade happen with or without these trade agreements. it's going to include a whole set of new regulations on issues certainly from labor rights to the environment. which is going to require a lot of these countries to improve their level of labor protection, improve their level of environmentalist protection. >> you heard patricia's peace say the rules aren't strong enough and that that might not happen. >> this is another development in the tpp where we're going to see a lot of these rules be subject to dispute settlement. there's going to be a variety of issues to thaik sure these are fully implemented.
>> outsource of jobs, most of the products come into the u.s. duty-free while many american products face tariffs in those other countries. the argument goes, u.s. exports could grow and so does u.s. export jobs that pay more than the average job in the united states. >> that's right. what needs to be realized is that the u.s. is a very open economy that's been liblessing its investments to trade barriers, for many decades. across the tpp countries from areas of high tech manufacturing to services. >> do you think this is going to be a done deal because months of debate could follow. it's an odd case in the united states of having the extremes touch because you have the left of the democratic party and the right of the republican party opposing them. >> yes, absolutely. we're going to see a hard fought debate in congress as the
administration pushes for this agreement to be ratified. >> for president obama, if it isn't ratified before he leaves office what will happen? joshua meltzer, good to have you with us. thanks. >> thank you. >> the south korean who is a student in new york is free but two others remain behind. emergency crews in the french riviera are still searching for are victims of the flooding.
judge welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international news, the green zone. in baghdad, open to the public for the first time since the u.s. led invasion in 2003. but first a look at th stories making headlines across the u.s. in our american minute. at least nine weather related dets are nodeaths are now reporh carolina. torrential rains caused passive flooding across the state, some areas have seen more than 200 feet of rainfall. president obama has signed a federal disaster declaration. survivors of the cargo ship
alfaro, the ship that went missing in hurricane joaquin likely sank. it headed for puerto rico, vanished late last week. 28 americans on board. hospitalized passengers after a southbound amtrak train, officials say none of the injuries appear to be life threatening. the accident happened in northfield vermont. the train was traveling to washington, d.c. tensions are running high between israel and the palestinians. clashes spread across the occupied west bank. and israel has banned palestinians who don't live work or go to school in the old city of jerusalem from intergs them. entering. mike hanna has the latest from west jerusalem. >> a 13-year-old boy shot in yet
another clash. died while receiving treatment in hospital. the army says it's investigating the circumstances of the death. in the village of barlow the funeral of an 18-year-old, shot dead by israeli soldiers, during clashes on sunday according to palestinian police. >> translator: he's not the first and he won't be the last martyr. he died for sake of the home land, the people and the national unity. there in addition to the deaths, red crescent said more than 400 palestinians have been wounded by israeli forces in the past three days. israeli forces announced it captured five palestinians responsible for the shooting of five israelis last week. this is what israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu had to say.
>> translator: i am not surprised the security forces that solved the horrible murder near nablis, we are applying a heavy hand against terrorists. >> right wing group gather outside damascus gate in east jerusalem. shouting insults and threatening oburn arab homes. three are arrested by police the rest dispersed but a requirement that passion he are running high on all sides. mike hanna, al jazeera, west jerusalem. i.s.i.l. is continuing its senseless destruction of antiquities. it was built as an entrance to the roman era city and stood for more than 1800 years.
i.s.i.l. seized control of palmyra in may. at least 56 are dead after bomb attacks in iraq. the attacks took place almost simultaneously leading authorities to suspect accordance. at least 120 people were injured. despite the continued violence iraq's prime minister has opened the area of baghdad called the green zone to the public. the four square mile area, home to government buildings and foreign embassies have been closed since the u.s. led invasion in 2003. al jazeera's imtiaz tyab with more. >> it would have been unthinkable to see traffic moving freely down this road, but since sunday the green zone was open to the public, the decision was announced by iraqi
president haider al-abadi. for 12 years the green zone or international zone as it is officially known has been closed to most iraqi citizens. after the 2003 u.s. led invasion it was turned into the administrative headquarters for coalition forces. today, the ten square kilometer compound is still surrounded by concrete blast walls, barbed wire and heavily manned checkpoints. for many it symbolizes the disconnect between iraq's leadership and its people. >> translator: this move won't last long. we may as well enjoy it while we can but it will add a lot of traffic to the main checkpoint because there will be a lot 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 has been a frequent target for bombings and rockets. it also comes at a time whether the overall security across baghdad and the parts of iraq that remain under government control continue the decline. in recent months shia militias which are backed by iran have been accused of abducting and killing sunni men. these groups are accused of committing major abuses including possible war crimes. >> translator: there have been a number of growing kidnappings, it is 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 skeptical of the ease egg everif restrictions inside the green zone. until he deals with issues like government corruption, poor
public services and very serious allegations of human rights violations, the opening of a few roads into the green zone won't calm their anger. imtiaz tyab, al jazeera, baghdad. flooding hit the french riviera. french president francois hollande has declared a disaster. looting has been reporting with minute people arrested. recovery workers conne workers e task of digging out bodies following the mudslide in guatemala. another 300 people are missing. now there are questions about why residents were allowed to build homes at the base of a dangerous hillside. government officials say they have been warning of the risks to the neighborhood since last year. a new york university student is finally home after being held for six months in
north korea. earlier, chu wan moon was sent back to south korea. al jazeera am harry fawcett has more from seoul. >> reporter: just ten days ago, north korean officials placed chew in front of cameras to make a public notification about his guilt. >> i'm not sure of my future but because i broke the law by illegally entering i will accept any judgment as given, but as a young college student who wanted to satisfy his curiosity, i hope to be treated generously. >> at one point during his captivity he was quoted into saying, he wanted to quote some big event. five days before a huge military parade is held in pyongyang,
there has been speculation that north korea might also mark the moment by firing a long range rock. although there is no evidence of preparations. such and act would jeopardize an agreement between north and south which ended a heightened round of negotiations in august. two other south korean nationals were sentenced to life of hard labor. given same sentence last year. south korea continues to insist on the release of all three men, it has though welcomed the decision to hand over chu chu wn moon. harry fawcett, al jazeera, seoul. a big gamble in the bahamas. high end resort backed by the chinese has stalled and isn't
chemical plant killed 173 people. three people were killed after a tornado tore through china's southern province on saturday. the storm knocked out power lines leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without electricity. >> tonight's incontext segment concerns china's economy and its global expansion. china's biggest investment so far has been in subsaharan africa where it has amassed holdings of $97 billion in the mast decade. other numbers made mite surprise you. in south america, china has invested $116 billion. and in the u.s., china's investment total $93 billion. in some ways, the smaller the country the bigger china's foot print. melissa chan reports.
>> they mark the bahamas as sunshine and sea and tourism is the biggest thing we have here. >> reporter: a small single economy island nation caught up in one big gamble to bring in more visitors. >> i thought it was a good idea personally when it first started out because foreign investment is something that i agree with. >> reporter: bank rolled by the chinese the ambitious project has become the biggest issue facing the country. baja bein particular, marketed e biggest thing in the bahama economy. but baja mar sit unfinished. bunfinished.about awould have ot
december, december 2014, and it would have been responsible for 10% of the kin's gdp. it's that big. this is the story of what can happen when a small country like the bahamas does business with one of the most powerful countries in the world, china. >> not only are they partners in that development, they hold a mortgage for that property. the chinese bank which is owned by the chinese government. >> brando mccartney is an opposition politician. >> this project was the brain child initially of perry christy
who was the prime minister. this was a project that the present administration depended on for employment. so a disappointment would be an understatement in my view. >> reporter: the bahama leadership feels the pressure. baja mar would put thousands of people to work. >> the completion of the project and the owner of the resort will go a long way in aiding and assisting the rebounding of the economy right from the doldrums we've been facing since 2008 or so. >> now workers like justin lockhart spend their days waiting. >> for the average busboy, housekeeper, houseman, waitress, you know they're not going to get this opportunity again. so obviously it has to happen. >> reporter: that, is how many
bahamans feel. shopkeepers with their souvenirs have waited and waited for tourists to materialize. >> we need them to open, that's a big building, we need them to open, to help us with all our expenses you know? we just hope when they open more business come along, you know? >> its delay has stirred growing resentment against the chinese and concern beyond that project. this is colonial hilton a landmark in downtown nassau. recently purchased buy state owned company the same one that owns baja mar. to some bahamans it feels like china is buying up the country. >> we have nothing against the chinese investors coming in, but we would like to see some others coming in as well.
we think there has to be spreading of the risk so to speak. >> kind of started here with this stadium, it was a gift for the chinese and the whole thing was built for free. but is there ever such a thing as a free lunch or did this $30 million gift of a national stadium open the door for chinese investors and preferential treatment by the government? the battle over baja mar its assets the government has taken sides, al jazeera requested an interview with perry christy and we never were received so we decided to just approach him. >> mr. prime minister, is chinese investment good for the bahamas economy?
>> there is no problem with me talking with you but i just have another engagement. >> we contacted his office later. they never got back to us. but the minister of tourism did comment. >> we have investors from great britain. you have investors from the united states of america. we have veforts fro investors fr parts of the europe. no one is buying out our country, that's not true. >> reporter: it's the groundbreaking ceremony for the colonial hilton's expansion. danielle leo greets bahaman officials. from a free stadium to baja mar the largest yeefers real estates construction project. china construction america turned down our request for an interviewer. we thought we should try one more time.
>> i just ask what you have to say to those who criticize china construction and blame china construction for delays in baja mar? >> we're here to do work with the bahamas, this work is evidence of what we're doing here. so baja mar will be financed soon. >> take this into consideration, that the country obviously cannot handle another single investment the size of baja mar. it is a monstrosity of a structure. we cannot handle it. it's too large for a country of our size to deal with. >> bahamans have weathered some tough economic years and with baja mar's future uncertain many wonder if the future is as bright as their government pledges. melissa chan, al jazeera, bam
pla. >> ai weiwei, said he found listening entices. , saying he was being bugged and that it looks like a professional job. overwhelmed by smoke. malaysia is forced to close schools because of the heavy haze generated by indonesian forest fires. an and angry air france workers chase reporters out of a meeting about job cuts.
>> across indonesia it's getting harder to breathe. today in spla sumatra, the teacs could only see a few feet in front of them. schools are staying open for two hours a day until the haze clears and the problem has spread to neighboring malaysia, where officials are almost completely shut down schools for the next two days. the obnoxious air is created by forest fires, question whether plantations are burning down trees to clear the way for new crops. mexican officials are monitoring two volcanoes, the kolima volum volcano erupted twe
this morning and popokatapetl volcano. local authorities say emergency plans are in place if needed. hundreds of catholic church leaders are gatherin gathering e vatican. how to strengthen the traditional family. addressing issues of homosexuality and divorce. today at the start of the three week long meeting pope francis called for humility. >> the walk together with a spirit of collegiality and bravely speak with candid pass passs or thal deal. the good of the church the supreme law the salvation of
souls. >> translator: if you came to rome with the idea you're going to leave with a spectacular change in the doctrine of the church you will be disappointed. >> also said the senate is not a parliament where people debate ideas, it is a sacred time to ask god for guidance. now to our global view segment with a look at how news outlets across the world are reacting to various events. the economist writes under the headline the consequence of the accidental bombing of an aid hospital, that american led forces in the region are the least careless of human life. it argues that the accident will be subject to thorough investigations unlike taliban attacks on civilians or russian strikes in syria. >> the jerusalem post writes about the increasingly violent attacks in jerusalem and the west bank. it writes benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas must work on it before it spins out of control.
they are destined to live with one another. and must respect other's humanity. s russia's involvement in syria, neither the u.s. nor europe has shown a will to do anything about it and the only thing left to be seen is whether putin will stop with syria. angola is coming under criticism. the government says 13 students were planning a coup. barnaby phillips has our report. >> reporter: 15 young men more than 100 days in prison and no charges against them. they include caiforts such a ine been protesting for years over a
lack of political freedom in angola. they gathered to discuss a book about peaceful protests against repressive regimes. angola is led by president eduardo del santos. he says the men in prison were planning a coup and the attorney general told state media he's preparing a case against them. >> translator: they were carrying out acts which could have been preparation for the overthrow of the legitimately elected government. >> families of the detainees have tried to stage demonstrations. some of these have been broken up by the police. in angola in theory the constitution guarantees democratic freedoms. in practice, it takes courage to protest. >> freedom of expression, intloiassembly, association, alt
is curtailed in angola. what these young men were trying to do is exercise those freedoms. that has been curtailed. really calling on the authorities in angola to release them or bring them through a competent court to try them. >> angola is a country of great contrasts. one of africa's leading oil producers where a few enjoy fabulous wealth but most live in squalor. the fall in oil prices has hurt the economy and made the government less tolerant of dissenting voices. but on social media families and friends of the detainees are speaking out. increasingly anxious they feel they have no choice. barnaby phillips, al jazeera. >> violent protests broke out in paris. air france management and unions
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