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>> israel security forces shoot dead a man as violence escalates in gaza. hello, this is al jazeera. also ahead, a cult in iran had a verdict against a man. anger in greece and turkey, thousands take to the streets to mourn those killed in saturday's bomb attack. two years, hunting wildlife has been banned.
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now some want that decision reversed. we begin in israel where a palestinian man has been shot dead in jerusalem's old city. he was shot in the head near the lion's gate in east jerusalem where tension has been growing. police say he tried to stab an officer. he's the 25th palestinian to be killed since the beginning of this month. we are on the line from west jerusalem. what's the latest? >> well, basically, you explained exactly what is the latest. this occurred a short while ago as a man attempting, according to police, to go through a checkpoint, a security position, just outside the lion's gate of the old city. it's unclear whether the man was armed in any way. however, according to police, he
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attacked, in their words, as a group of israeli officers, he was shot and killed. >> many thanks, indeed. israel's government has imposed emergency measures as violence continues across the region. the unrest escalated after israel restricted access to the mosque compound. there have been clashes across the occupied west bank and gaza. >> with each funeral, the rage increases. here the body of 27 years old ibrahim is being carried to its resting place. those accompanying him vowing his blood was not spill in vein. the fiercest confrontations were in nablos. despite the show of force, the demonstrators were undeterred. israel's retaliation was fierce.
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more than 50 people were hit by live ammunition according to medical sources. >> translator: nothing will top from protecting us. we call on the world to take notice of what is happening to us. we are dieing, young people, children, women, elderly, all in the name of alexa. the arabs should help us. it's not up to the palestinians to defend us alone. >> the anger spreading to areas on the west bank. there has been daily fighting over the past week. >> many of the youth who joined this protest and confrontations on a regular basis is not only about venting their frustration towards israel, but also about showing solidarity to palestinians living in other parts of the occupied west bank and in gaza. >> 22 years old, he often joins the protests. he's part of the post oslo
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generation. he says the accords are dispickble and should be scrapped. >> translator: our leadership is calling for calm. why? who does it benefit? the people of israel, not us. we live in a prison here. if you go out in the city, you get humiliated just because you want to go out of your city. sometimes you are turned a i round for no reason. it's a prison. >> like many of the youth, he's affected by videos of social media that lately have gone viral. often showing palestinian suspects shot dead by israeli forces. many people their lives could have been spared. it's these images that give youth this trend to continue fighting for their cause. >> a court in iran reached a
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verdict in the case of a jailed u.s. reporter. however, it's unclear what the verdict is or whether he's been sentenced. the washington post chief has been held for more than 400 days on accusations of spying. the paper's editor called the announcement vague and puzzling. >> increasingly clear that the final decision about how the case will be handled will be made by political authorities, not by judicial ones. we have already heard from the president that iran is willing to move his case toward conclusion if the united states will do something in return. so i really think that court process that's been going on for months and months and months in some ways is just the first act, that the final decision needs to be made by acran's highest authorities. >> more with background to the details of the case and campaign to free him.
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>> his name is flashed outside the headquarters of the washington post, reminding passersby that for more than 400 days one of their own newspaper reporters has been held in cap activity. his time in prison has been difficult. >> he's been isolated for much of the time. he spent a lot of the months in solitary confinement. >> he was arrested along with his journalist wife and two photo journalists in july 2014. all were eventually released except for him, he was charged wees pannage and try in secret inside of this revolutionary court. his family always maintained he's innocent. >> since he was a little boy, my son loved iran. his love for iran is so infectious, he's made a career of showing its beauty with
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others. >> he was born in california. he joined the washington post as its correspondent in 2012. the newspaper has worked for months for his release, even appealing to a united nations human rights panel for help at a black tie continuer in washington, the president of the united states spoke about him. >> he's been in prison for nothing more than writing about the hopes and fears of the iranian people. >> there was hope with world powers to limit iran's nuclear program, hoping that others would be freed. but the white house maintained the issues are separate. the agreement was signed without their release. his time has been troubling for the washington post foreign editor. he says the increasing trend of locking up journalists is alarming. >> we are used to the threat from armies and wars. what we have seen is just as troubling, the governments seem to be arresting and holding
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journalists for doing nothing more than acting as journalists. >> for attempting to tell the stories governments don't want to be told. >> five nato military personnel have been killed in a helicopter crash in kabul. two were british. five others were injured. britain's ministry of defense says the crash wars an accident. the syrian army says it's gaining new territory with the help of russian air strikes. these pictures show a russian attack. syrian troops say they have taken control of the area. russian defense ministry released footage showing the aftermath. it's destroyed 53 isil positions in the last 24 hours. russia's president putin met
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with syrian's prime minister. he reassured them that moscow is not planning to form any alliance with iran in syria. iran along with russia, syrian government strongest allies. russia says it's bombing campaign is only targeting isil position. he reiterated his support for assad. >> we don't want to get involved in religious conflicts. we have one goal, to support the legitimate government. that was our initial position and we stand by it. >> russia's plan for solving the conflict is to support the assad government. that's against the apes of the e u.s. president. >> what we have not been able to do is to change the dynamic inside of syria and the goal here has been to find a way in
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which we can help moderate opposition on the ground but we have never been under any illusion that militarily we ourselves can solve the problem inside of syria. >> saturday's bomb blasts in turkey which killed nearly 100 people has left the country deeply divided three weeks before an election. the government blames kurdish rebels and isil fighters. some are angry at the president. >> with emotions as raw as the day was sad, the mourners raged and cried in equal measure. mothers and aunts unable to believe and unwilling to accept their loved ones were gone. about to bury the bodies of those activists who were attacked even as they called for
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peace. the day after, people here are still stunned. thousands gathered, leftists, unionists and pro kurdish activists made up the crowd. with carnations to commemorate. he 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. >> 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 fears peace? if anyone should fear anything, it should be war, not peace. >> some are frustrated with the government, frustration that could be herd in chants accusing the president of having made the country less safe especially for
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members of its kurdish population. many at the 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 demand for peace. >> i am afraid that 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 the next generation. >> with parliamentary elections just around the corner and continuing conflict with the kurdish armed group pkk, more and more say it's unity that's needed even as political divisions seem to grow deeper every day. >> still to come on the program, controversy in south korea, schools change the way they teach the country's past.
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plus votes are counted by torch light in guinea's presidential poll. we'll tell you why.
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>> we're here to fully get into the nuances of everything that's going on, not just in this country, but around the world. getting the news from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> ali velshi on target weeknights 10:30p et >> the top stories here, a palestinian man has been shot dead in jerusalem. police say he tried to stab one of their officers. an iranian court reached a verdict in the spying case against the washington post journalist jason.
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he's been held for more than 400 days. he now has 20 days to appeal. the details of the verdict have not been made public. thousands of people gather in turkey where a double bombing killed 97 people. the government says it was isil or kurdish rebels behind saturday's attack. history classes in sout south kn schools will be taught with a state offered books. critics are worried that the books will downplay japanese colonial rule. >> the current system which has been in place since 2010 has eight government approved textbooks which can be chosen individually by schools across the country. the problem for the conservative ruling party is that they feel
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the majority of those textbooks are produced by liberal, left-leaning academics, they want to issue a corrective. this new single textbook is called the correct history textbook. the problem is that history is a very subjective topic. the ruling party says that things like north korea's early history have been taught in a left leaning way. they want to make sure that the children of this country are taught the proper national history as they see it of south kree y the critics say it's no incident it's bean pushed from the presidential office. she's the daughter of the 1960s dictator. they say she wants to burnish his reputation. so what we have is a very divided, still political
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situation over this real hot button issue. there's been a majority of the newspaper editorials which have been against these moves saying the current system wants to be reformed. the opposition party is saying it won't rest on this and it's calling for a parliamentary probe to make sure there is a social consensus before any change condition made. >> let's go to a professor. he says south korea is reverting to its old ways. >> korea is going back to the old system. they have had a one time history book. for the past seven years they have triad new kind of system where different publishers that can use textbooks have been chosen to be used. we are going back to the past. the expression of anger will continue on because the voice from the opposite side is
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strong. they feel strong about government dictating one version of history and calling it the right history. it's an interesting, the name of this new textbook will be "the right history" textbook. this government is saying it will be one-sided. >> the head of the united nations refugee agency expected shelters for refugees. we spoke to asylum seekers. the european union agreed to relocate more than 60,000 refugees in greece and italy to other european nations. they urged unity in resolving the crisis. >> this is a european problem that requires a european solution. and it's necessary that the whole of european union assumes its responsibilities and it's necessary that this gigantic
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effort that they are making, it will have an impact on the economy, society, is matched by an effective european response. >> farmers in iraq say their industry is on the verge of collapse. they blame years of conflict, government neglect and the rise of isil for nearly destroying the agriculture sector in the country. we report from najaf province in iraq's south. >> he's abl all he's able to don the soil. this stretch of land should be planted with barley. he hasn't been able to grow crops because of the shortage of seeds, fertilizer and pesticides. if the situation doesn't improve, 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 to grow
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our crops. our cattle on the verge of death. we find ourselves having to sell one cow to feed the others. >> after months of protests, the prime minister announced sweeping reforms and billions of dollars to invest in industries including agriculture. farmers have welcomed the announcement, they are still waiting for the support. >> nearly a third of iraq's population works in the agriculture or related sectors, providing jobs to more than 11 million iraqis. few here believe the prime minister's promises of reform will save the industry. that's because there are other major issues affecting iraq's agricultural sector. isil's takeover of provinces is causing a major shortage of food. the united nations organization
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is warning iraq faces food security concerns including shortages and sharp price increases. government officials say they have made efforts to reverse output by modernizing irrigation channels. but these farmers say it's not enough. >> we aren't getting the water we need. you can see the low water level. it isn't enough. still the government wants us to produce. they prudentes us hard to grow as many crops as we can and disregard these facts. >> with so many problems facing the sector, it's not surprising that farmers are thinking of giving it up. a trend that could put even more pressure on an already struggling industry. >> vote counting is under way in guinea's presidential election. the first democratic elected
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president is tipped to win a second term. >> reporter: this is only guinea's second democratic election. voter turnout was high. as people waited to cast their ballots, they were mindful of the violence that marred the election campaign. >> translator: let us shake hands. we are all brothers. same brother and same father. there is no racism. everybody should know this and everybody should come out to vote. that's all that i ask. >> reporter: it's estimated out of the 7 million people eligible to vote, 6 million people cast a ballot. among them, the president, who is widely expected to win a second term. >> i came to perform my civic duty. i hope that things do well because guinea needs peace, guinea needs unity. >> 72 european observers were
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part of a delegation that monitored the vote. >> there were some materials missing. overall, up until this moment, we are seeing an election that's living up to expectations. >> but one party called it a mass camasquerade. >> this is the time to be vigilant, be sure that the vote is respected, there is security and the been candidate wins. >> nearly 20,000 police officers and security guards were deployed as people headed to the polls. in the end, voting took place peacefully. as election officials count the votes, people are braced for more possible violence once the result is announced. >> hundreds of people have marched to protest after president alexander won a fifth
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term in office. he swept the victory with 83% of the vote after the opposition boycotted sunday's poll. he's ruled the former soviet republic for the past 21 years. experts concluded that a white police officer that shot dead a black 12-year-old boy carrying a toy gun acted within reason. the grand jury is set to determine whether charges should be laid. >> it was a video that shocked the u.s. and the world. a 12-year-old playing with a toy gun. it was missing the orange cap. it was enough to scare someone. the man seen here called the police. he said the gun was probably fake. >> it's probably fake. >> but that wasn't passed on to the officer who fired the fatal shots within seconds of arriving on the scene or his partner. he had no idea the victim was
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just 12 years old. >> shots fired. male down. black male, maybe 20. >> anger broadcas brought proten to the streets. it's another case of excessive violence. >> i want to thank everybody for supporting my little brother. i don't know why they did that. he was only 12. he wanted to play basketball in the nba. >> local prosecutors commissioned expert reports. they have just been released. former denver prosecutor wrote there can be no doubt that the death was tragic and when one considers his age heart breaking. for all the reasons discussed, i conclude that he posed a threat of serious physical harm or death was objectively reasonable as was his response. a former fbi agent concluded not only was the officer required to
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make a split second decision, but also his response was a reasonable one. he had no information to suggest the weapon was anything but a real handgun. the reports are part of a white wash. a grand jury will decide if the police officers involved are to be charged. >> botswana banned big game hunting two years ago to promote conservation. but they are coming into contact with villages who want the ban lifted and tourism profits that it brings. >> reporter: the sleepy village in northern botswana, it used to earn $300,000 a year. local land was leased. but it was banned two years ago. >> we have seen more lions and elephants come into the village. we don't know whether it's
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because hunting, kept busy, or animals that were short at that time. >> he lost all but one of her goats. >> there are no jobs in the village. we rely on livestock for income. i applied to the government for my lost animals. >> fewer resources mean the village can't continue patrol to keep dangerous animals and poachers out. and its installation of modern sanitation has come to a halt. >> the problem is we stopped hunting before we met the photographic activities in place. that's where the problem is.
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so we my greated to zero. >> the village is surrounded by wildlife, including elephant, buffalo and hippos. people say hunting kept wild animals away. they want the ban on hunting lifted. the government is adamant that the no hunting law is the best way to promote conservation. the minister says in a population of thousands, 40 elephants have been poached. >> more communities will benefit from tourism t goes for the entire year and it employs more people. now part of tourism is wildlife. if we can increase the numbers, the offshoot would be more tourists. >> botswana believes it will only benefit as neighboring countries return to hunting and wildlife seek refuge across its borders. >> much more real news like that
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