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at least two palestinians are dead and two israelis critically injured following more violence in jerusalem and the occupied west bank. ♪ you are watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up, kurdish fighters in syria join forces with a mix of other rebel groups a coalition they say will form the nucleus of a new army. another funeral for victims of a bombing in the turkey. and cotro versy in south
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korea, as schools change the way they teach history. ♪ israeli forces have shot dead at least two palestinians in another day of violence in occupied east jerusalem and the occupied west bank. a palestinian woman was shot after she reportedly attacked israeli forces with a knife. she has been taken to hospital and is in critical condition. this comes a few hours after a palestinian teenager was shot and killed in the old city. israeli forces say he tried to stab one of their officers. then two palestinians were shot in a settlement outside of jerusalem. that's the scene in gaza, there was a rally that was held there in solidarity with palestinians.
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while the israeli cabinet has opened its session just a while ago, and benjamin netenyahu has been briefing parliament. >> translator: we are fighting on all of the fronts. we have added forces and border police in jerusalem and all over the country. we are taking on responsibility ourselves, destroying terrorists houses, and fighting those against us, we are fighting against the stones and molotov cocktails. >> crossing over to mike hanna. benjamin netenyahu was just talking about support from the opposition parties. does he have that support and tell us about the controversial legislation that he is putting forward. >> reporter: well benjamin
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netenyahu asked for opposition support, specifically for that legislation approved by his cabinet this past weekend. it calls for mandatory minimum prison sentences for those who take part in stone throwing or throwing other objects, and the parent ts of minors who take part in such activities can be fined. when there first rooted six weeks ago, there was a lot of controversy around it. however, given the current atmosphere, and the current political situation, and the climate of conflict on the ground, it would appear the opposition parties will probably support this legislation or at least large numbers of their members are likely to support the legislation. importantly, though, benjamin netenyahu in his speech singled
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out joint list members of parliament, these are arab palestinian israeli members, accusing some of them of incitement, a very serious charge, and that will also be consequences no doubt. >> and give us an update on what is going on on the ground, because we understand clashes do continue and there has been another slab -- stabbing at a settlement. >> well ongoing protests, destations begin broken up by the israeli army. and then there has been these sporadic stabbings ranging from the old city in jer lem to a settlement outside of jerusalem. in most cases the attackers are
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being shot and willed or wounded seriously. there are questions that have been asked in recent days and will continue to ask in the days to come, dareen. >> mike thank you for that update. the turkish prime minister says the government is closed to identifying the two suicide bombers it says carried out a bomb attack in turkey. isis is expected to behind the attack. >> reporter: when the bodies arrived any crowds have been chanting martyrs do not die, and erdogan murder. there is a widespread belief here that the government, the
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state has somehow implicit in what happened in the bombing, either through an intelligence failure that allowed the attacks to take place or because of the stirring of national sentiment in the country in the last few months. the government supporters would say that the bombings were the responsibility or blamed somehow on some unnamed foreign power who want to destabilize turkey. whatever, so far the identities of the bombers remain unknown, although intelligence sources have have been quoted as saying they belief they might have been members of's sill. syrian kurdish forces are officially aligning with other rebel groups. >> reporter: syria's kurs have been the most effective fighting force of isil on the ground. much of the northeast areas long
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the border with turkey are now under their control. they have been fighting alongside some arab group and an assyrian christian group. in that alliance has now been formalized. >> the fighters and air strikes in syria, so now the situation is changing very quickly, so these forces made up this kind of -- we can say unification on the ground. >> reporter: the new group says its role will be to fight isil and push for a new democratic syria. the announce was made days after the u.s. said it was abandoning plans to train some of the rebel forces and instead provide weapons to commanders who have already been vetted. the u.s. has already worked with
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brigades who are part of the democratic forces of syria. russia is targeting opposition groups as part of its military brigade. now russia says it is ready to cooperate with the u.s.-lead coalition. >> reporter: the democratic forces of syria is not a new force, it is an existing one supported by the u.s.-coalition, but now has a kurdish and arab face. syria is at the top of the agenda at a meeting of european
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union foreign ministers in luxembourg, the e.u.'s foreign chief says she is concerned by russia's growing military role in the conflict. >> it is for sure a game changer. it has some very worrying elements. we will discuss them. in particular when it comes to the violation of the air space of turkey, and i have always said and i believe this is going to be also the out come today, intervention against daesh have to be clearly against daesh and other terrorist groups as defined by the u.n. we have a common grown, i believe. the e.u., u.s., russia, all of us, which is the security council resolutions that were already passed and the u.n. framework, and has to be coordinated, otherwise it is will be extremely dangerous from a political point of view and a military point of view.
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an iran court has convicted a u.s. report in an espionage case, but it's unclear whether he has been sentenced. they have always disputed the allegation that he was a spy. >> it's increasingly clear that the final decision about how jason's case will be handled were made by profital authorities not judicial ones. we have heard from president rouhani and others that iran is willing to move jason's case towards conclusion if the united states will do something in return. so the court process that has been going on for months and months is just the first act that the final decision needs to be made by the highest courts of iran. >> kimberly halkett has more. >> reporter: his name is flashed
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outside of the headquarters of the "washington post," reminding passers by that for more than 400 days one of their own has been held in captivity. his editor says his time in prison has been difficult. >> jason has been isolated for much of the time he has been in custody. he spent a lot of these months in solitary confinement. >> reporter: he was arrested along with his wife and two photo journalists in july 2014. all were released except for jason who was charged with espionage and tried in secret. his family has always maintained he is innocent. >> since he was a little boy, my son loved iran. his love for iran is so infection that he has made a career of sharing its beauty with others. >> reporter: he holds duel citizenships. he joined these "washington
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post" as its tehran correspondent in 2012. the newspaper has worked for months for its release. the president of the united states even spoke about his imprisonment. >> jason has been in prison in tehran for something more than writing about the hopes and fears of the iranian people. the white house has maintained the issues are separate, the agreement was signed without their release. his time behind bars has been troubled for the "washington post" foreign editor, he says the increasing trend of locking up journalists is alarming. >> we're used to the threat from armies and wars. what we have seen in the last couple of years, the governments seem to be arresting and holding journalists for the crime of doing nothing more than acting
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as journalists. >> and paying a substantial price. kimberly hal cut, al jazeera, washington. still to come on al jazeera, votes are counted by torch light in guinea as the presidential poll, only the second since independence 16 years ago. ♪ the only way to get better is to challenge yourself, and that's what we're doing at xfinity. we are challenging ourselves to
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♪ the top stories on al jazeera at least two palestinians are dead, and two israelis critically injured. the most recent incident
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happened in a settlement outside of jerusalem. more funerals have been held for the victims of saturday's bomb attack that killed 97 people. turkey's prime minister says it is close to identifying the two suicide bombers who carried out the attack. the government says isil is the prime suspect. kurdish forces are united with other groups to fight isil in syria. it comes as russia continues air strikes in support of the syrian government. the sons of former egyptian president mubarak are to be released from prison. they will be freed after they have completed a three-year sentence for embezzling state funds. their father was also convicted in the same case. we are joined by associate professor of law at texas a&m
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university. the court says it is taking into account the time they have already served. what do you think of that? >> i think a three-year sentence for em -- embezzling over $16 million is very, very minimum. and when you compare it with the youth who lead the revolution in 2011, who some are serving life, then you see there is a clear bias in favor of the former mubarak cronies and against the youth who lead the revolutions. >> from the people that you speak to in egypt, how will the egyptian public see this news? >> the perception is that those who were responsible for major economic crimes and human rights
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violations over 30 years, arest -- are essentially being slapped on the hand, and those lead the march to over the government are being heavily penalized. so i think the egyptians see it as a counter revolution. >> i know you did see the news earlier this week when it came to tunisia. when you look at egypt a couple of years after the revolution that took place there, any lessons that egypt can learn from tunisia. >> well, i think the egyptians should have also been at the same place. what it shows is that egypt's revolution is yet to come. hopefully it will be a
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non-violent revolution, but the egypt's people's quest to remove dictatorship and have a democratic state has yet to be realized. i hope that the egyptians see tunisians as a life and a possibility of their neighbor. but egypt has not accomplished what it set out to accomplish. >> thank you for your time on al jazeera. australia is negotiating with the philippines to resettle refugees. australia intercepts any refugee boats arriving on their shores,
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and sends them to camps. >> reporter: the philippines has a long history of accepting refugees from other asian countries and even as far as europe. it provides sanctuary to hundreds of refugees who fled from vietnam during the civil war in the 1970s. they built a vietnam village. but the recent plan to vettel asylum seekers who attempt to reach australia been boat is not the same. australia has reportedly offered over $100 million to take the refugees. >> in this recent issue of migration of refugees, we can consider, but at the same time you have to take into account our own resources and capabilities. >> refugees who have tried to
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reach australia's shores have been sent to hundreds of prisons in papa new guinea, and the tiny nation of nauru. cambodian has agreed to take the refugees who tried to reach australia by boat, but the $55 million arrangement has been criticized by many. the government says the policy is mainly to prevent deaths at sea. >> i want to reiterate that the resolve of the prime minister and myself, the whole of nfc, the whole of the cabinet end of the government is to make sure that we don't allow deaths at sea to reeminence, that we absolutely are determined to stair down the threat from people smugglers. >> reporter: but the high commissioner says it has a
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responsibility to do more. >> is it fair for member states to transpose its responsibility to another member state? that's an important question which must be answered, you know, in full consultation with all states. >> reporter: rights groups says australia can afford to look after its asylum speakers. also more than just the potential international backlash, the government also worry that resettling asylum seekers here may entice them to consider malaysia a drop-off country as well. gazprom has resumed shipment after receiving anned a advanced
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payment in ukraine. ukraine's state energy company will have to pay a total of $500 million. rory challands has more from moscow. >> reporter: after weeks of try-lateral negotiations concluded in september, ukraine now has a gas supply once more from russia. it's paying about $230 per 1,000 cue bib meters of gas. now that's actually a particularly bad deal. it's slightly less than it was paying at the beginning of 2015 before the taps were shut off in july of 2015. it's also a bit of a discount on what russia charges most of its other long-term european customers. so you could say this hasn't worked out too badly for ukraine. but ukraine still does not have really the money to pay for this. so pretty much all of the cash that is going into russia's
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state coffers, gazprom is a state controlled company, pretty much all of that money is coming from international institutions in the form of bailouts to kiev. the political implications are obviously russia is fairly notorious for using gas as a means to pressurize and control its -- its customers, its neighbors in europe and other parts of the world. now what is going on in eastern ukraine at the moment, there does seem to be a notable camping down of the conflict there. it seems has if the two sides kiev and the pro-russian separatists are starting to talk to each other, finding more room for agreement. there are people who said that as russia increased its commitment in syria, its would start decreasing the conflict in eastern ukraine.
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so you can look at the gas deal possibly as a feature of that geopolitical landscape. russia's counter terrorism force saying it has arrested a group of people it says were e preparing an attack on moscow. no details have been released. the former head of china's biggest energy group has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on corruption charges. he served as chairman of the state-owned china nation at petroleum corporation between 2011 and 2013. votes are being counted in guinea, the first democratically elected president is tipped to win a second term. victoria gatenby reports. >> reporter: this only guinea's
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second election since independence. but as people waited to cast their ballots they were mindful of the violence that marred the election campaign. >> translator: let peace be assured in guinea. and that guineians shake hands. we're all brothers. there is no racism. everybody should know this and everyone should come out to vote. that's all that i ask of guin guinei guineians. it's estimated that 6 million people cast their ballot. among them the president who is widely expected to win a circumstanced term. >> translator: i came to perform my civic duty. guinea needs peace. guinea needs unity. >> reporter: 72 european union observers were part of an international delegation which monitored the vote. >> translator: there were certain electoral materials missing, some late poll openings, but things that will be able to be fixed.
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so overall we seal we're seeing an election which is living up to our expectations. rrm but one of the main opposition parties called the election a mass ka raid, and said fraud was widespread. >> translator: this is a time to be vigilant to ensure the votes of the people of guinea are respected, that there is security, and the best candidate wins. >> reporter: nearly 20,000 police officers and security guards were deployed as people headed to the polls, and in the end voting took place peacefully, but as election officials count the votes, people in guinea are braced for more possible violence once the result is announced. victoria gatenby, al jazeera. activists in brazil have placed coffins on rio's beach to highlight rising l crime in the city. more than 4,000 has been killed this year, many gun related. rio is preparing to host next year's summer olympic games.
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south korea is writing its own history textbook for secondary school children. critics say it is trying to portray the president's father, in a better light. harry fawcett reports from seoul. >> reporter: the monday afternoon history class in a seoul secondary school. today's lesson is on the growing economic influence of foreign powers in the 19th centuries. on the desk are one of eight authorized textbooks that schools can choose from. but the government has announced it will be bringing in its own single text to be called the correct history book. >> translator: it's an inevitable decision on the guard of the government to correct facts and put annen to bias. >> reporter: critics say it's the result of direct pressure of
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the president, determined to improve the reputation of her father and second what conservatives see as left-leaning teaching of north korea's history. more than 50,000 people have signed the petition against the move. the protests lead by teachers and academics. >> translator: it will mean the context of the textbook can be changed to meet the state's taste. the contents can be changed and distorted. all right the enslavement of comfort women by japanese soldiers features strongly on the school syllabus. so as well as a single textbook, the government is introducing a new set of teaching materials specifically about the comfort women issue, designed to promote an accurate understanding of japanese military sexual slavery, and the correct awareness of history.
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conservatives fear that this will cause problems in the classroom, but debate will go on however. just a reminder, you can always keep up to date with the news on our website, aljazeera.com. >> an american journalist jason rezaian is convicted in ran. his newspaper plans arched appeal to get him out of jail after more than a year. >> turkey is close to identifying one of two saturday bombers suspected of killing nearly 100 people during a peace rally. republicans scramble to find the right candidate to replace john boehner as house speaker. one name keeps cropping up.

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