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>> thanks for joining us. i'm randall pinkston in new york. >> thousands of people in turkey, killed in saturday's sas amourn those killed in saturday's attack with memorialize. hello there i'm laura kyle in doha. also ahead in the program, israel is accused of using excessive force against palestinians. a journalist from america is sentenced in iran. more turmoil for the west
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african nation. agony and anger cross turkey. protests for killing of 97 people on saturday. same calls echoed in ankara on saturday. i.s.i.l. fighters for saturday's attack, there is growing anger for president erdogan for intensifying the attack on kurdish groups. mohammed jamjoom reports from ankara. >> with emotions as raw as the day was said, protesters rails and cried in equal measure. mothers unable to accept their
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loved ones were done. the day after people here in ankara are still stunned. thousands gathered, leftists, unionists and prokurdish activists made up most of the crowd. this man lost one of his best friends in the bombings. at first he could barely express himself. >> translator: i just don't know what to say. i have no words. >> reporter: but then he like so many others began to question why this happened. >> translator: how can anyone carry out this kind of massacre? we advocate peace. who exactly fears peace? if anyone should fear anything it should be war, not peace. >> reporter: some are frustrated with the government. frustration that could be heard
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in chants accusing president recep tayyip erdogan of having made the country less safe especially for members of its kurdish population. many at this rally here are venting their anger. many more are overwhelmed with grief, still shocked at the attacks that happened and fearful that more could happen in the weeks to come. but dread, they say, won't stop their demands for peace. >> translator: i'm afraid but one thing we know, the more we fear the situation worsening in this country, today we have to fight. if we want to leave a better future for next generation. >> reporter: with parliamentary elections just around the corner, and a continuing conflict with the kurdish armed group pkk more say it's unity that's needed, especially if political divisions dwroa deep are every day. mohammed jamjoom, al jazeera,
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ankara, turkey. thousands of people marched in the french capital paris. demonstrated the leadership ever turkish president recep tayyip erdogan. ftc. queen elizabeth said she was shocked and saddened by the attack. unrest after israel restricted access to al-aqsa mosque. hoda abdel hamid reports from the wearchg. >> herwest bank. >> here the body of 27-year-old being carried to his resting place, those accompanying him vowing his blood was not spilled in vein and they will continue
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protecting the al-aqsa compound. the fiercest demonstrations was held in navlas, undeterred, israeli's retaliation was fierce, more than 50 people were hit by live ammunition according to medical sources. >> translator: nothing will stop us from protecting al-aqsa and the intifada. we call on the world to take notice what's happening to us. we are all dying in the name of al-aqsa, the arabs should help us. it is not up to the palestinians to defend al-aqsa alone. all should. >> to bethlehem and hebron in the south to here in ramallah where there has been daily fighting in the past week. many of the youth who join these protests and confrontation he on a regular basis, showing
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solidarity to palestinians living in other parts of the occupied west bank and in gaza. 22 years old, often jo ins the protest. he is part of the post oslo generation and says the accords are despicable and should be scrapped. >> our leadership is callings for calm. why? who does it benefit? the people of israel not us. i don't know what freedom means, we live in a prison here. if you try go out in the city you find a checkpoints, your car is searched. you get humiliated just because you want to go out of your city. sometimes you are turned around for no reason. it's a prison. >> reporter: like many of the youth he is affected by videos that have lately gone viral. many people that their lives could have been spared. it's these images that give
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yeurts like he and his brothers to continue fighting for cause. hoda abdel hamid, al jazeera in the occupied west bank. the syrian army says it is gaining new teary with the help of russian air strikes. the syrian army reports they have been able to take control of the area. russia's defense minute has released video of attacks in certain regions, as the air attacks intensify antiassad troops on the ground say they are struggling. zeina khodr reports. >> reporter: they are pushing into opposition territory. taken ground in the hama country side. this is the first major coordinated assault by the syrian army and russian affairs
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since russia intervened in the conflict. the threat is not from i.s.i.l. but opposition groups. >> rebels are losing because they are coming and you tack from the syrian regime i.s.i.l. the russian army as well as the kurds. the russian air strikes are weak.ing the kurds. just trying to hang on to territory especially in aleppo. >> reporter: and in aleppo the opposition has lost ground to i.s.i.l. whose fighters stormed into the northern country side and captured villages along with the military base. it was the most significant advance by the armed group in months. the opposition said i.s.i.l. launched the ra tac attack whily and its allies are within firing range of the road cutting it off with besieged rebel held areas in the city and now i.s.i.l. is close are than ever to what was
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once syria's commercial center. >> feel the war has abandoned them. russia is hitting their rebels and not i.s.i.l, the so-called friends of the opposition are providing little help. we need immediate help to stop i.s.i.l.'s advance and russian strikes. >> reporter: on the growngd, oppositioground,opposition groug back. the government with russian backing is just as determined. it wants to end the presence of the opposition. before the campaign, the rebels had the une upper hand and were threatening the government on a number of fronts, especially in the province of latakia they are facing pressure from many fronts and from many enemies. zeina khodr, al jazeera, beirut. >> well, the russian president met saudi arabia's defense
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minister on sunday to discuss the conflict in syria. vladimir putin met and reassured the saudis that russia is not planning to form an alliance with iran in syria. russia began its campaign on what he says are only i.s.i.l. targets. one aim in syria. >> we don't want to get involved in any religious conflicts in syria. we have only one goal, to support the legitimate government and create conditions for peaceful solution. that was our original position and we stand by it. >> to support the assad government, that's against aim of the u.s. president. >> what we have not been able to do so far and i'm the first one to acknowledge this is to change the dynamic inside of syria. and the goal here has been to find a way in which we can help
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moderate opposition on the ground, but we've never been under any illusion that militarily, we ourselves can solve the problem inside of syria. >> five foreign soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash in the afghan capital kabul. five others were injured when the british military aircraft went down. it is believed a technical glitch caused the accident. an iranian court has convicted jason rezaian. rezaian now has 20 days to appeal the conviction. washington post tehran bureau chief was arrested in july of last year and charged with speej. there iespionage. there is a political angle to iran's position. >> made by political authorities not by judicial ones.
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we've already heard from president rouhani, that iran is willing to move the case to conclusion if the united states would do something in return. i think court process that's been going on for months and months and months is just the first act. that the final decision needs to be made by iran's highest authorities. >> looking back thousand on rezaian's case and the campaign to free him. >> headquarters of the washington post reminding passers by that for more than 400 days one of their own newspaper reporter jason rezaian has been held in captivity. his foreign editor says rezaian's time in prison has been difficult. >> jason's been isolated for much of the time he has been in custody. he has spent much of the time in solitary confinement. he has had very little contact with the outside world.
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>> reporter: rezaian was arrested in july of 2014, all were eventually released except for rezaian who whereas charged with espionage and tried in secret inside this tehran revolutionary court. his family has always maintained that rezaian was innocent. >> he has made a career of sharing iran's beauty with others. >> rezaian was born in california and holds dual iranian and united states citizenship. the newspaper has worked for months for his release, even appealing to a united human rights panel for help. , the president of the united states even spoke about rezaian's prisonment. >> jason has been imprisoned in tehran for nothing more than writing about the hopes and of
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the iranian people. >> the white house has maintained the issues are separate. the agreement was signed without their release. rezaian's time behind bars has been troubling for washington post foreign editor. he says the increasing trend of lock up journalists is alarming. >> we are used to the threat from armies or wars. what we've seen in the past few years is just as troubling. goaforts arrestingovernments ard holding journalists for the simple reason of being journalists. >> kimberly halkett, al jazeera, washington. >> we go to bolivia and see why the taps are still dry. superbug, delivering the spread of antibiotic resistant
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bacteria.
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>> they don't fear anything. >> they're consuming economically important species >> we're offering something on our menu that no-one else is offering. >> hello again the top stories this hour on al jazeera. thousands of people have gathered in the turkish capital ankara to remember the 97 victims of saturday's gathering of a peace rally. there was growing anger at president erdogan for intensifying action he against kurdish groups. four israelis are dead and
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67 wounded. iranian court has convicted u.s. reporter jason rezaian after holding him for over 400 days. arrested and charged with espionage. vote counting is underway in guinea's presidential election. estimated 6 million people cast their ballots. the election campaign was marred by violence clashes between progovernment and opposition supporters. incumbent is expected to gain a second term. the main opposition leader's support base is from guinea's largest ethnic group. formed a military alliance from a junjunta leader.
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be victoria gatenby has more. >> this is only guinea's second democratic election since independence almost 60 years ago, and voter turnout was high. mindful of the violence that marred the election campaign. >> let peace be assured in guinea. we are all brothers, same mother, same father in guinea. there is no racism in guinea. everyone should come out to vote, that's all i ask for of guineaguinean citizens. >> i hope that things do well because guinea needs peace, guinea needs unity.
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>> 72 european union observers were part of an international delegation which monitored the vote. >> there were some electoral materials that were missing, some things are being fixed. up until now, we are seeing an election which is living up to our expectations. >> reporter: one of the main opposition parties the usdg called the election a masquerade and said fraud was widespread. >> translator: this is a time to be vigilant to assure that the rights of guineans are respected and the best candidate wins. >> police officers and security guards were deployed as people headed tod polls and in the end voting took place peacefully but as election officials count the votes, people in guinea are bracing for the announcement of the results.
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victoria gatenby, al jazeera. >> is a zimbabwe's government wants new loan to help infrastructure and stave off economic collapse. but the imf has ruled out more loans due to the country's failure to pay old debts. on if verge of collapse. conflict, government neglect and the rise of i.s.i.l. for nearly destroying the agriculture sector that used to provide jobs for more than 11 million iraqis. imtiaz tyab reports from southern iraq. >> reporter: all he's able to do in his fields is to loosen his soil so the ground doesn't harden. he hasn't been able to grow any crops this season because of a severe shortage of government subsidized seeds fertilizer and
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pesticides and he says if the situation doesn't improve soon he may have no choice but to give up farming. >> we need so much help. i don't even know where to start. we don't have fertilizers, we don't have enough water this year to grow our crops. our cattle are on the verge of death. we now find ourselves having to settle one cow in order to feed the others. we just can't handle all the expenses on our own. >> after months of anticonstruction protests, prime minister haider al-abadi announced reforms and billions to invest in industries such as agriculture. while farmers have welcomed the announcement they are still waiting for support. nearly a third of iraq's population works in agriculture and related sectors, providing jobs to millions. few here believe that prime minister haider al-abadi's promises of reform will save the industry. that's because there are other major issues affecting iraq's
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agricultural sector. i.s.i.l.'s takeover of the northern portion of the country is providing danger over food shortage. long term food security concerns including shortages and sharp price increases. government officials insist they are made efforts to reverse output by modernizing irrigation channels but these farmers say it is not enough. >> translator: we just aren't getting the water we need to grow our crops properly. you can see the low water level in the tributary, it is not enough. they disregard these basic facts. >> reporter: so many problems facing iraq's vital agricultural sector, it is no surprise farmers are thinking of giving it up, a trend had a could put an even more pr pressure on a
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struggling industry. imtiaz tyab, al jazeera, southern iraq. >> the head of the united nations refugee agency has inspected shelters for those arriving on the greek island of lesbos. relocate 60,000 to other european countries. again called for a united policy for the refugee crisis. the u.s. state of california is set to introduce strict new rules on the use of antibiotics. there are growing concerns that the overuse of such drugs are increasing the overproduction of superbugs as tarek bazley explains. >> keep animals healthy and make them grow fast. so much so about 70% of
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antibiotics sold in the united states are now used on animals. but the overuse of the drugs on animals is a problem that can result in so-called superbugs, strains of drug resistant bacteria that can threaten humans. >> the use of antibiotics as a growth promoter is something we discourage countries to take steps to exit gradually. because at the end of the day, the antibiotic residual in the meat, in the seafood that you are buying will also you know give you, over time, the problem. >> type of bacteria like e. coli. we all have e. coli in our gut but some strains can cause diarrhea and death. traditionally, you would treat that with penicillin, one of the first antibiotics discovered. it causes the membranes of the
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back tear 82 to rupture acknowledge case over. but many c don't take their full course of antibiotics. the drugs don't work and the drug resistant strain of bacteria can fast become dominant. the new law in california aims to help prevent the rise of these superbugs. antibiotics will only be allowed to give ten to animals, agricule department will morcht the use e and use of the drug. about 23,000 die as a result the problem is a dploabl one and gle impact of superbugs will be felt most in developing countries. >> if we don't turn the tide in this in 2050 there will be 10
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million deaths , more than what we have dying of cancer every year. that will be in the predominantly developing world. india, china will all suffer. >> reporter: those rules in california are a necessary first step, if they are to be an effective deterrent to this growing spread,. >> ahead of the u.n. summit in paris in december, people fear their voices won't be heard. many still don't have access to running water, despite a famous victory 15 years ago. >> sophia rodriguez wants clean running water, so she doesn't have to climb to this tank every
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morning or pay $6 she can't afford to fill it with three weeks supply of water. speaking her native language through a translator she tells me she wakes every mortgage unsure whether her limited supply of water will cover her family's needs. carlos heads the neighborhood water committee, unable to raise the funds to repair this broken system. >> the water will never reach us. how many years before they produce a proper system, we'll have one by 2016 if they start work now but there aren't any funds. >> reporter: after the people of cocha bamba won what was called the water war. thousands rebelled when the water system was bought by a foreign company and water prices
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skyrocketed. who owns it who protects it who distributes it is perhaps an ideal venue for an international conference. lessons the rest of the world are increasingly having to face. 15 years after the water war maybe half the population still doesn't have access to running water. and relies on these trucks for expensive water delivery. >> yes, we want control of the water which belongs to everyone and should be managed by everyone. but the quality is poor so is the management and access. some neighborhoods have little or no access. >> wells are running dry while the authorities fight an often futile battle to clean up polluted lakes and rivers. >> the water war was an historic achievement which many have studybut unfortunately real progress from 2000 to the present day has been limited.
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>> it was said that the cocha bamwa water war was a success, but until everyone has access to the clean water that many of us take for granted, daniel schweimler, cocha bamba bolivia. recent years we have seen people willing to kill anyone who writes or draws something that offends their dinest beliefs. one of the worst examples, riots in 2006, that were triggered by a danish newspaper's publishing cartoons of the prophet muhammad.

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