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isil says it was behind attacks on yemen's government and the saudi-lead coalition, attacks which left 15 dead. ♪ good to have you with us. you are watching al jazeera, live from london with me david foster. the u.s. says it miss takenly hit a hospital in afghanistan. doctors without borders says it's a war crime. best bank protests against israeli security forces. the palestinian president says he does not wan the violence to
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get worst. and the former president of the u.n. general assembly is among six people charged with corruption by the united states. ♪ the islamic state of iraq and the levant has claimed responsibility for two attacks in the yemeni city of aden that have killed at least 15 people. a hotel used by the government and a villa occupied by coalition forces were hit. among them soldiers from the united arab 'em rate. hashem ahelbarra reports. >> reporter: these are the four suicide bombers isil says were behind the attacks. they drove cars packed with explosives into a hotel where government leaders have based their headquarters. this is the moment the hotel was hit. a compound used by soldiers from the united arab emirates was
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also targeted. >> translator: i heard huge explosions and rushed to the area, i was told two armored vehicles drove through check points and exploded inside the compound. >> reporter: earlier government and coalition forces lead by saudi arabia, blamed the houthi fighters and troops loyal to former president saleh for the attacks. isil has emerged as a force in yemen over the last year. in this video, posted on sunday, it's fighters are shown distributing pamphlets in aden, and fighting against the houthis in different parts of the country. isil also claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that targeted shia mosques like this one in the capital last month. isil is expanding in areas formerly under the control of
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al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula. it has recently suffered major setbacks, losing most of its top leaders in u.s. drone attacks. the attack in aden isn't the first time that coalition forces in yemen have been targeted. last month, dozens of coalition soldiers were killed in a missile attack. it was the highest number of coalition forces killed in a single attack since the start of their military campaign in yemen several months ago. many are now worried the attacks in aden will further inflame the continuing war in yemen. >> hashem try to characterize if you can, the sort of foothold that isil not appears to have in yemen. >> reporter: david they seem to have taken advantage of the war in yemen, the weakened government, the fighting between
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the saudi-lead coalition and the houthis, and started expanding, particularly in the southern part of the country, and now in aden, which is the second-largest city in yemen after the capitol, sana'a, they have been tapping into the growing discontent among the sunnis, telling them you have to join us for the fight against the houthis. these are people trying to spread a radical shia ideology, and part of that plays in their favor with more and more fighters joining them. this attack today targeting the saudi-lead coalition is a message by the isil that now they have to be taken seriously, and that they are going to reposition themselves as one of the most important, most organized armed groups in yemen. >> if their main target were to be the shia houthis and today they attacked the opposition,
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what does that say about any kind of long-term allegiance if they remain in yemen? >> we're likely to see more divisions, more violence in yemen. you have the government fighting against the houthis and forces loyal to the former president, but now the government is going to be pretty much concerned about isil. but they also have aqap based in aden. we might see aqap trying to defend its strong hold, but launching attacks against isil. so we're braced for more divisions, more fightings between different groups. i think the saudi-lead coalition now realizes that the fight against the houthis or imposing a political outcome is going to be easy, but the biggest problem they might face in the future is how to put an end to this fractious political reality and
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stem the rise of groups like aqap and isil. >> hashem thank you. ♪ the palestinian president says he does not want to see any kind of escalation in violence with israel. palestinians were protesting about raids and arrests carried out by israeli security forces. tensions have been on the rise following a series of attacks in recent days with deaths on both sides. overnight, israeli security forces demolished the homes of two palestinians. >> translator: when a group of settlers come and attack a village, what do you expect our response to be? leave us alone. we didn't start it. israel has to accept our hand that has reached out for a peaceful solution. we tell the israelis that we do not want military or security
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escalation. our structures to all has been that we do not want escalation. >> live now to hoda abdel hamid. it is just after 7:00 in the evening. have the tensions on the streets calmed down where you are? >> reporter: well, here in ramallah, things have calmed down, even though you do feel the tension on the streets, especially in those areas where earlier throughout the day there were clashes or scuffles between the israeli forces and the protesters, but in bethlehem, as we understand it, the standingup is still ongoing. that started earlier in the day during the funeral of a 13-year-old boy who was killed yesterday. his mother says he was killed on his way back from school when he
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received a live ammunition that went directly into his heart. so as we understand it, they are still at quite a significant standoff, going on there, about 200, 300 young men throwing stones at israeli soldiers, and they are relying with the usually tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. earlier there were clashes in hebron, but they have died out as well. >> what do you know about the political side of this with the pal tin january president saying he wasn't want things to get worse on the streets, but at the same time saying about a week about at the u.n. that we couldn't see any way of cooperating with israel in the future. >> reporter: it is a difficult situation at the moment. also because his popularity rating has really gone down here. more than two-thirds of the
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residences of the west bank would like to see him step down. he spent a few hours today meeting with the executive committee of the plo, coming out of that, he reiterated his call on the secretary general of the u.n., ban ki-moon to put palestinians under international recognition. he still prefers for some peaceful solution to come out of this, but it's going to be very difficult to have his way, because he does have a lot of problems within his own faction and also his sort of authority on the ground is dwindling all the time, and i think that's why, last week, at the u.n., he was basically putting out there to the international community his position, where are these
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oslo accords? where are they going? some thought it was an empty threat? others thought he was making a warning and some indication that he will take further steps in the days to come. >> thank you very much. the leading u.s. commander in afghanistan says the country's forces mistakenly struck a hospital in the northern city of kunduz on saturday, killing 22 people. he said it was a u.s. decision to attack the site contrary to his earlier suggestions that afghan forces called in the strike. doctors without borders, which runs the facility, strongly rejected the u.s. statementing it deliberately targeted the hospital and that these admissions amount to a war crime. >> the decision was a u.s. decision, made within the u.s. chain of command. a hospital was mistakenly struck.
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we would never intentionally target a protected medical facility. i must allow the investigation to take its course, and i'm not at liberty to discuss specifics at this time because of that. prosecutors in the united states have announced there will be corruption charges against united nations officials including the head of the former u.n. general assembly. the officials are accused of being part of a bribe which are scheme. the former general assembly president and antigua diplomat are at the center of the charges. >> reporter: the official charges have now been handed down. this is a scandal that is going to shock and rock the united nations, because the job of president of the u.n. general assembly is one of the main jobs here in the u.n. system.
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a mainly ceremonial job for one year. they preside over the work of a body that represents all 193 countries that are members of the united nations. john ash had this role from september 2013 to september 2014. he introduced world leaders, including president obama, but the allegation is that while doing the job, he was also taking bribes, a total of more than a million dollars of bribes, and the u.n. now, i think will have to look at its systems and procedures. it emerges in the indictment that mr. ash was the only person who was the signatory on the official bank account of the president of the general assembly. some i think will be asking that checks and balances are put in the system so this sort of thing could never happen again. we understand that mr. ash
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currently is in custody. stay with us if you can, we have this coming up after a short break. nato says that russia's violation of turkish air space does not appear to be an accident. and the residency rumor encouraging more cubans to make the treacherous journey to the united states. ♪ the only way to get better is to challenge yourself, and that's what we're doing at xfinity.
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saudi-lead coalition solders. the palestinian president says he does not want to see an escalation in violence with israel. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan has admitted that the decision to bomb a hospital in the northern city of kunduz was a mistake. nato has rejected russia's explanation for entry into turkey's air space. russia says the incursions were a mistake. b rory challands reports from moscow. >> reporter: russian bombs fall on syria once more. 15 [ inaudible ] were flown on month, ten air strikes were carried out. on the ground, syrians have been filming and up loading footage they say shows the explosive
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work of russia's air force. and the diplomatic fireworks with continuing to. nay to's secretary general cl r clearly doubts the incursions as a mistake. >> i will not speculate on the motives. i will just restate that this is a serious violation of turkish air space. it should not happen again. the turkish president on a visit to brussels also hit out at russia's syrian campaign. >> translator: russia is still there. russia at the moment is carrying out operations in syria and trying to create an air base in syria, and at the same time they violate our air space. nato has taken a very tough line against this, and i am convinced it will continue to do so. any aggression against turkey is an aggression against nato.
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>> reporter: despite communication last week between russian and u.s. militaries, aimed at avoiding a mishap, washington still feels moscow is keeping it in the dark about its operations. nonsense says a press secretary, in many which she criticized the international media for an anti russian campaign. >> translator: they can always call us and check everything in order to allay their concerns and announce accurate and clear assessment in public. even after these conversations the americans side's request, you have any concerns, we may speak about them, but first you should check [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: despite both russia and the u.s.-lead coalition sin cysting their bombs campaigns are targeting isil, the
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prospects of anything more than the merest of cooperation looks slim. moscow says the coalition's campaign is illegal under international law, because it wasn't requested by the syrian government. the coalition says their russian planes are there to prop up a brutal dictator. despite warnings of a significant russian military build up in syria, russia is still ruling out boots on the ground mission. from the moment, it says it is content to fight the war from the skies. the president of the european council is warning that millions more refugees could head into europe from syria if president assad's government continues to receive military support from russia and iraq. he called for europe to regain control of its external borders. he was talking to the european parliament having had talks with the turkish president on monday. >> a potential victory of the
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assad regime is more likely today because of iran and russia's engagement in syria, will result in the next migratory wave. yesterday this was message was confirmed by president erdogan. another 3 million potential refugees may come from aleppo and its neighborhood. libya's coast guard has taken 143 people off of a boat heading to europe. they have been given medical treatment and provisions by the united nations refugee agency. the national organization of migration says more than 550,000 people have now arrived in europe, having traveled across the mediterranean this year, with almost 3,000 thought to have died trying to make the
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crossing. south korea, the philippines and indonesia have expressed interest in joining the newly agreed trans-pacific partnership, tpp. it's a deal which is one of the most significant trade deals ever agreed to and of courses about 40% of the world's economy. but the asian countries who have yet to sign say they are waiting for further details before they commit. >> reporter: new zealand is already the world's largest poeshthser of dairy products, but its market is set to expand even further. government officials say the newly agreed partnership will make its products accessible to 800 million customers and bring in nearly $2 billion u.s. dollars more every year by 2030. the government hoped to get a better deal, but fmers say they are happy to take what they can. >> anything that can improve our profitability, and smooth out the volatility of the returns
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for our industry is really to our advantage. >> reporter: what is being called the most ambitious free trade deal ever negotiated is being welcomed with cautious optimism. critics fear the public good may have been sacrificed for the corporate bottom line. officials say the exact deal will soon be made available to the public, but even before reading it, countries like the philippines, south korea, and indonesia have already expressed their interest in joining. it could, after all, become the world's largest trading block. china is notably absent from the deal. the growing regional power, and the world's second largest economy is creating its own trade block that runs separate to the u.s.-japan lead tpp, but japan's prime minister welcomes eventually chinese inclusion. >> translator: it would contribute largely the to our
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security and asia pacific's security. >> reporter: but many an cysts see this as a power play. containing battle for dominant over the region between china and the u.s.-alliance. >> it is going to change the economic structure, not only this part of the world and the whole world and what will happen now is the world will now be divided into an economic block. every country now in order to survive, must decide to join one of these economic blocks. >> reporter: it will still be a few years before these farmers feel any of the effects of the tpp, the deal has to be ratified by each country before it is put in place. but with 12 of the countries facing elections soon, the outcome would be delayed even
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further. brazil state owned oil company is cutting $11 billion from its spending for the coming year. it's reeling from a giant corruption scandal that has reached the pop of the politics. the president's popularity continues to take a battering. the billions stolen could have left 10 million brazilians out of poverty. virginia lopez reports. >> reporter: at the museum here, exhibits are enraging some and embarrassing some. the painings were all seized from executives under investigation for alleged corruption. >> i'm wondering where did the money come from to get this artwork? and where was this art placed if it was placed in private homes,
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well, where exactly, again, did they get the money? and who are the other people on the other side of the fence? >> reporter: like thousands of other brazilians, this person moved to where petrobras was building a oil refinery. thousands were employed. >> translator: i was able to get a loan for a car and even send some money to my old mother, but with petrobras scandal, i went from heaven to hell overnight. >> reporter: in the last five years this town's population quadrupled, business was booming. today thousands who flocked here have moved back, and shops have closed. the signs of the instant growth are nowhere to be seen. the boom town is now bust. signs for rent hang from empty buildings, shops don't bother to open. police say that the scandal
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revealed an intricate web of price fixing, bribes and kickbacks worth more than $2 billion, paid by businessmen to ensure heavier service contracts. analysts insists the scandal has also shown brazil has robust institutions to see it through the crisis. >> we are in a major process of investigating a large, a massive corruption, and i think it's going well. i mean the justice is playing their -- their role, you know, the society is very satisfied with that. the media is playing their role. so everything is going under the rule. >> reporter: this man disagrees. >> translator: i feel abandoned by my government and my country. i feel i'm no one. i feel i'm embarrassed to be brazilian. >> reporter: it is a feeling shared by many in the seventh
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largest government in the world. volkswagen's new chief executive has given the first hint that jobs may have to go after the diesel emissions scandal. he warned the changes would not be in his words, painless. now despite improvements in u.s. cuba relations, a growing number of cubans are still making the dangerous crossing to florida. some cubans believe a policy that gives them residency in the u.s. is coming to an end and traffickers are taking advantage of the rumor. >> reporter: this is a family gathering the garcias thought might never happen. juan carlos and his 16-year-old daughter holiday have been apart for months.
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but the journey this teenager went through to get here is staggering. this is the moment she and 11 others made landfall as they jumped from the vessel and clambered on to the beaches locals can be heard giving them a warm welcome. but for the last two days the crew had no food or water, and it was only chance that brought them ashore here. but she says she has no choice. >> translator: we had to get out fast, because we think it's going to get bad. anyone who comes here in the future are going to get turned back. >> reporter: at the u.s. coast guard headquarters in miami, persistent rumors to an end to the wet foot dry foot policy is a major concerns. >> smugglers told cubans if you are thinking about going you
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better go now. >> reporter: one of the biggest challenges the authorities face is trying to quell a rumor that is putting lives at risk. the coast guard tell us they are working with the local cuban community in the hopes that the message will get back to the island. meanwhile those trying to make it here continues to grow. the garcias are now reunited and can begin to plan their futures doth. as juan carlos told us, if approximate he had known about the droszing, he wouldn't have allowed his daughter to take such a massive risk, but doesn't want any other family members risking everything for a new life. world wildlife fund announced the discovery of 211 new species in the himalayans.
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in total 133 plants, 26 fish, 10 amphibians, a reptile, a bird, and a familiar -- mammal will discovered in five years. for more on all of that. ♪ general john am -- campbell is being questioned. corruption at the united nations. fraud charges against several officials. south carolina has new problems, dams may still break, and damage is estimated in the billions. ♪