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violence in the occupied west bank, israeli soldiers fire tear gas at palestinian protesters as a security clamp down begins. ♪ it's good to have your company. you are watching al jazeera live from london with me david foster. also coming up in this program, the russian jets pounding positions in syria, as reports emerge of iranian troops on the ground bolstering assad's forces. taking to the streets of south africa, protesters call
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for an end to corruption. i'm in southeast china, a manufacturing hub where they prepare for christmas all year round. but orders are down, and it's not just china's slowing economy that is to blame. ♪ one palestinian man has been shot dead in jerusalem. police say he tried to stab soldiers at one of the old city gates. since the start of october, 31 palestinians and 7 israelis have died in the latest violence. israel's brought in new restrictions to combat a wave of knife attacks. a number of israeli soldiers have been deployed across the country and reservists have been called up. the israeli prime minister benjamin netenyahu has threatened to revoke residency rights of palestinians, and to
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demolish the homes of those who carry out attacks. hundreds of palestinians have been hurling stones at israeli forces in bethlehem after the funeral of a palestinian who died on tuesday. mike hanna has more from east jerusalem. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: chaos in the streets of bethlehem. these clashes following the funeral of a 27 year old who was shot and killed by israeli forces while protesting in the same area 24 hours ago. in stark contrast the streets of west jerusalem are relatively quiet. the area is being patrolled by army troops. >> you can see it's almost empty here.
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so the -- little bit of [ inaudible ] especially the mothers or the kids going to the garden or to the school. >> reporter: and occupied east jerusalem is also calm. palestinians bracing themselves for punitive israeli action. >> the establishment will not achieve the goals of the israeli government. the only way to achieve the goals is the peaceful way of living, is to establish the two-state solution, the state of palestinian and state of israel alongside. >> reporter: three of the palestinians who were shot and killed come from this neighborhood in occupied east jerusalem. each of them carried an israeli issued id. and perhaps the most controversial security measure announced is the decision not to return their bodies to their
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families. in addition the government is considering burying them in a remote military area. three israelis were killed in the attackings they carried out, but the decision to withhold the bodies of those with israeli ids is a red line that no previous israeli government has crossed. in seeking to manage the conflict by flexing muscle, the netenyahu government may well be sewing the seeds of greater violence to come. mike hanna, al jazeera. as we go live now to bethlehem, the streets appear to be busy, but an awful lot of the confrontations that we saw earlier appear to have died out. security forces there and behind the barricades at the other end, we understand that there are a number of protesters, and as we go to andrew simmons, in west jerusalem, within the last ten, 15 minutes, reports of another
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incident incident in jerusalem itself. >> reporter: that's right. the police say a woman has been injured, not too seriously, but she was in the central bus station in west jerusalem when an alleged attacker capable at her with a knife. there are unconfirmed reports that that attacker has been shot, possibly killed, but we don't have any confirmation from the police on that just yet. of course this coming only hourses after the attack in occupied east jerusalem at damascus gate where a youth was shot dead after being challenged by soldiers and asked to show anything in his pockets. he is reported by the police no independent witnesses on this, that he actually then brought a knife out and there was nobody injured in this incident, apart
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from the fatal injuries caused to the youth. that's the situation now, and of course all of this coming only hours after there have been relative calm, tense, but relatively quiet, in -- throughout jerusalem, west jerusalem and occupied east jerusalem. and now these two attacks. >> and we reported the new restrictions that have been brought in. we'll get some reaction to those in a moment. but what about the effect of them. does it appear to have changed anything? >> reporter: right now, not -- nothing at all as we can see from these attacks, and the persistent demonstrations on the west bank, nothing has changed. however, there seems to be a very slow pace to the way the israeli government is introducing these measures. the troops -- some apparently
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have appeared in some cities escorting the police, but really the rest of the measures, including seals off areas in occupied east jerusalem that has not been completed yet. and that is done according to demands. so right now we're not seeing any major efforts being made on this list of measures that have been announced. the most controversial as mike hanna was saying, was the non-return of bodies of people deemed as terrorists. and also, beyond that, there is a established policy of demolishing the homes of fenners, and now the government is saying that there can be no development of those sites afterwards. so collective punishment here by human rights campaigners who say what the government is doing is wrong and won't help the situation at all.
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>> we'll leave it there for now. thank you very much. earlier our correspondent spoke to a student at the university who said that this is an uprising which has been organized by students. >> student councils in all of the universities of thes we bank, they are the ones who are organizing this uprising and these clashes all over west bank and also in gaza. here we -- we tell the whole world and our political leaders, that we are one unit. together we will do anything to protect our mosques, to protect our students, to protect [ inaudible ] and palestine. we don't care about the leaders outside the universities. we have our point of view, and we are the ones who are organizing these clashes and these uprisings, we don't care if the leaders want us to calm
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down, we are the ones who are taking the responsibility for all that is happening. ♪ the russian foreign minister says the united states has refused to sent a military delegation to his country to discuss coordination on syria, and he has condemned what he called western interference in syria's foreign policy. >> translator: attempts by the west and particularly by the u.s. to put a brake on this process to prevent a more stable international environment are leading to chaos, anarchy and rejection by many other countries. russia will try to make sure that security is observed throughout the world and in russia as well. >> lavrov made the comments with reports that iranian troops are arriving in syria to support a government offensive.
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the syrian army is already being backed by lebanese hezbollah fighters and the russian air campaign. zana hoda is following that story for us. >> reporter: iran is a key ally of the syrian government and provided much-needed support over the years, and they don't hide the fact that they play an advisory role in syria, that they have military advisors on the ground, but the official line has been, no, we do not have ground forces in syria, but we have been hearing reports from pro-iranian sources as well as pro-iranian media, saying that thousands of iranian troops have arrived in syria to take part in ground operations alongside the syria government as well as the lebanese ally, the shia armed group, hezbollah. these reports coincide with a visit of a top-ranking iranian official who is in damascus
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holding talks with syrian officials. he is talking about a positive outcome as a result of the ongoing coordination. but on the ground, yes, the -- the assault lead by the government as well as russian air strikes, have really pushed rebels back from a number of front lines, placing them on the defensive. but these reports about the presence of iranian troops, undoubtedly significant, because as of late and ever since russia joined the military effort in syria, more information has been coming out, saying that iranian troops are on the ground, and they are helping the syrian government, and many believe this is a message from iran, that we're still here, we are still a player, and we still have a say in syria, and we do not want to be left out of any political talks to find a settlement, because there is no doubt russia's intervention has
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put russia in the spotlight of efforts to try to find a political solution. the iraqi prime minister says a mission to retake the city of ramadi from isil fighters is imnext. thousands of sunni fighters have agreed to take part. but sectarian infighting has delayed the offensive. >> reporter: in a carefully choreographed message to isil, these sunni tribal fighters chant we are not afraid. they belong to tribes from the predominantly sunni anbar province in western iraq who are opposed to the armed group, and have just completed a training program with the iraqi military. their graduation was attended by sunni tribal leaders and army commanders. it was a deliberate show of unity as the government prepares for what it is describing as a major offensive in anbar to
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retake the capitol from isil. >> translator: our message to the sten tral government is that these are your sons and we want them to be integrated within the military establishment, and recognized officially. >> reporter: the recruits have been trained to be part of what is being called the national guard, a proposed armed force for each of iraq's provinces made up solely of local fighters. a bill seeking approval for the controversial plan has stalled in parliament with iraq's deep sectarian divisions largely to blame for the political dead lock. as a result, prime minister hasn't been able to launch a new offensive against isil in anbar, despite promising to do so for weeks. >> translator: there is no trust
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between the government forces including the so-called popular mobilization mighters and the sunny fighters, and that's why there is a delay. >> reporter: this isn't the first time the forces have tried to liberate ramadi from isil. it launched an offensive in july, but it was halted after sunni tribes complained shee -- shia militias were becoming too involved. the plan has been described by some analysts as a complete mess, still it appears the prime minister is determined to retake ramadi from the armed group, but until he breaks the political dead lock, and addresses sectarian concerns, he'll have hard time doing so. stay with us, we're off to
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top stories, israeli forces have shot dead a palestinian man after he stabbed a woman at jerusalem's main bus station. the violence has seen israel introduce new restrictions to combat the wave of palestinian knife attacks.
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roadblocks have been set up closing off the entrances to some palestinian neighborhoods in east jerusalem. the pact of taliban control in the afghan city of kunduz is still being felt. jennifer glass reports. >> reporter: this woman says she became a journalist to show other women there are opportunities in afghanistan. she loved her job in kunduz, until the taliban came and forced her to leave. she fled to kabul, leaving most of her family behind. after she left her father was killed in the fighting. >> translator: i couldn't go to his funeral. the road was unsafe and also i'm too recognizable. my mother was grieving. i was the only breadwinner for the family. because of all of this, i could not go and see my father for the last time. >> reporter: she had been threatened even before the taliban entered kunduz city. their righters raided the
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station and stole all of the equipment, records, and video files. a few photos are all that remains. now her fiance in kabul is worried. >> translator: now that she is here. when i go out with her, i feel we are in danger, and i don't let her go out alone. >> reporter: the taliban have pulled of kunduz city, but she says there are taliban fighters in surrounding districts, and she doesn't think it will ever be safe to go back. >> translator: i thought the taliban would behave well towards ordinary people, but was wrong. people who work with media, the government, social activists and especially women, the taliban will never treat them properly. >> reporter: the director of the tv station says he wants to return. but it won't be easy, the taliban stole about a hundred
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thousand dollars worth of equipment much from international donors. >> translator: the international community gave lots of aid in the past, but the situation has changed. >> reporter: more than a hundred journalists fled the city after the taliban advanced. the taliban have threatened employees of the two most popular television stations because of the reporting in kunduz. the afghan media at the international community used as a barometer of success in afghanistan is under threat. more refugees sought asylum in sweden in 2015 than at any other time in the country's history. 86,000 have applied to stay so far this year. jonah hull has more. >> reporter: we catch up with this woman and her father deep in the swedish countryside in cramped temporary accommodation. it is a long way from al
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jazeera's first encounter with the family in the september bustle of budapest train station. and it isn't the sweden she imagined. >> i'm sorry about the future here. i didn't think that life would be like that. >> reporter: she shows me what appears to be bullying threats from an immigration official. >> what is problem to go to house? it is not [ inaudible ]. >> no, we don't [ inaudible ]. >> every day new rules. new rules. >> so you do hate it. if you hate it, go somewhere else. >> he argue with this guy. he told me give me the [ inaudible ] and i can do everything for -- i will throw you out of sweden. >> reporter: he said give me your identity card and i will throw you out. >> yes. >> reporter: i put all of this to the immigration minister in
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stockholm. >> it is really a problem, because so many are coming right now, and it's really a challenge for the authorities to be able to set up proper housing for people, and to have proper control over what is happening with them. so this is -- we're not dealing with so good as we should do right now. >> reporter: you have got to travel a long way into the middle of nowhere to find these camps. people waiting months and months for a their asylum applications to be processed living in conditions that they didn't expect to find here in sweden. well, one day life for them in sweden will be much better, but even this country with its long history of welcoming refugees is finding it hard to cope. do you think that the compassion of sweden and of swedish people has limits? >> no.
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i think the opposite. because when i could see -- we started to -- to collecting here, for clothes and shoes, and soap, and it was streaming to us, so much. >> reporter: so people care? >> people care. they do. >> reporter: as we talk about the past, about syria, her father breaks down. >> he spent his life inside syria. he don't want to -- to -- to go out. >> reporter: a reminder that this is not the life they chose. jonah hull, al jazeera, sweden. there have been morallies in south africa, calling on the government to stamp out corruption. our correspondent there is tania page. >> reporter: workers in south africa's biggest trade union standing up to corruption.
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the national union of metal workers of south africa was barred from taking part in the first march last month, the union's leader says it was sabotaged. >> this is [ inaudible ] agenda, and it [ inaudible ] in the past two decades [ inaudible ] mass unemployment, mass inequality, and we're using this march to say to the government they must wake up. >> reporter: government corruption is estimated to cost south africa billions a year. some analysts believe some opposition forces could be using the anti-corruption movement to test such port for the possible creation of a new political party. >> the most important thing is that many of the forces joining these marches are critical both of the government, the public sector, and increasingly also the private sector, and you can see there is a kind of desire to find an alternative.
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>> reporter: for many it was a $5 billion arms deal in the 1990s that set the stage of corruption. one of the men imprisoned was the president's former advisor. charges against him were dropped shortly before he became president. recently it emerged a company linked to the anc accepted around $5 million in what were described as improper payments from a japanese company. pressure from the street is being felt by the anc. since this movement started [ inaudible ] a raft of promises. they include [ inaudible ] public service workers, rotating police services around the country, and strengthening its own anti-corruption body. it accepts that corruption is
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hurting its image and these people. but few people feel they are capable of beating corruption within its own ranks. las vegas as been the latest stop in the race for the white house. they hosted the democratic debate for party hopefuls. hillary clinton was the standing-out performer. >> reporter: the backdrop, the sheer opulence of the wynn hotel in las vegas. here in this city, the playground for the rich and famous, the democratic hopefuls for president pledge they would tax the people who party here in order to help those who work here. front runner hillary clinton is trying to put a growing scandal behind her. she used a private email server during her time as secretary of state. she called the entire investigation political, and got some unlikely support. >> the american people are sick
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and tired of hearing about your damn emails. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the sharpist disagreement came on the issue of a no-fly zone in syria. >> what i believe and why i have advocated the no-fly zone be put on the table, is because i'm trying to figure out what leverage we have to get russia to the table. diplomacy is not about getting to the perfect solution. it's about how you balance the risks. >> a no-fly zone in syria, i think is a very dangerous situation, could lead to real problems. >> you have to enforce no-fly zones, and i believest officially with the russian air force, it could lead to an escalation because of an accident that we would deeply regret. >> reporter: few differences emerged in this debate. most of the time they were talking about how they were different than from the republican candidates.
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arguing this election would be about the growing divide between the rich and the poor. an artist now who's images are everywhere, but who's name is less well-known, that might be about to change as the work of the dutch graphic artist, m.c. escher goes on display in london, jessica baldwin took a look. >> reporter: the graphic artist said he wanted to show this building from above, since that's where the action took place, the top of the tower where god gave different languages to people and scattered them across the earth. in relativity, normal rules of gravity don't apply. a staircase switches back on itself. it was the inspiration for the video game, echo chrome. the name m.c. escher may not be familiar to all, but its images are where every. despite popular appeal, escher's
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work has largely been ignored by muse museums. >> escher is so famous with ordinary not arty people that it can't be good. it's a cliche way of thinking. >> reporter: he worked at home in his studio in netherlands. islamic tiles at the 11th century palace in spain were a huge inspiration. he took the images and moved on to patterns of identical shapes that seamlessly interlock and then can be repeated endlessly. escher couldn't be bothered with fame and fortune, he often turned down opportunities to work with celebrities or branch out into film. visitors are encouraged to make their own selfies just as escher did more then 80 years ago.
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fans have more than a hundred prints to examine. what has been more difficult is escher's work finding its rightful place on museum walls. more at these images just moments ago. another attack in jerusalem, a person has been stabbed. as police shoot the man they believe to be responsible. the democratic candidates coming out swinging in their first debate. we'll see if what they said was true. i'll in las vegas, taking a closer look at how the housing crisis continues to impact its aging population. ♪