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>> getting the story, no matter what it takes. >> that's what the fourth estate is all about. that's why i'm risking my life. this is al jazeera america. here are todays top stories. more are killed in israel to knife attacks and shootings. extra security is doing little to slow the violence between israelis and palestinians. after weeks of discussion and debate, the iran nuclear deal goes into effect horrific crimes in india. now two children attacked including a toddler in separate
incidents. and the u.s. is sending more troops to fight boko haram. we'll take a deeper look at americ americ americas's -- america's military in africa. more violence in israel tonight. soldiers firing teargas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. the circumstances are becoming all too familiar. israeli authorities say the palestinians were involved in knife attacks although a lot of palestinians question what happened. still, 42 palestinians and 7 israelis have been killed. this has the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff arrives in israel.
>>reporter: a flaming tire goes straight through israeli army lines. the occupied west bank city of hebron was on lockdown after two alleged stabbing attempts. palestinian witness to the aftermath recorded this video of the first incident. israeli soldiers stand over a body. a settler looks on holding a drawn pistol. the military says a palestinian man tried to stab the settler but the settler shot him. one school girl said he had no knife and that he was taunting the pal. a female border police agent shot a woman dead after being attack. >> during the morning shift, a pal woman approached me at my post and asked about a certain
street. she suddenly took out a knife and tried to stab me in the neck area. i pushed her and while i push her, i prepeared my weapon and shot her until she was neutralize. clashes erupted throughout saturday on hebron. ambulance personnel said at least three youths were wounded by rubber bullets. in addition to teargas, israeli troops have also been authorized to use live ammunition. around the same time, protesters were confronting israeli security forces on the outskirts of ramallah. a day of funerals, one for a 19 year old palestinians killed the previous day during protests. by night fall saturday, israeli military and police had reported at least five stabbings. police continued to throw up
checkpoints across jerusalem. >> the conflict has the potential to escalate even further. >> in terms of where this is going, it's going to be very hard but even with all the israeli security measures in place to completely stop these attacks, i think the danger is that there will also be revenge attacks. we're already seeing that happening. and that in turn increases the violence. the tipping point could come though if organized palestinian groups get involved and start directing the attacks. at the moment these attacks are spontaneous, lone wolf attacks. if palestinians armed groups start sponsoring and getting involved, we'll see a much more greateder level of violence. >> the u.s. can't really do much
to stop the violence except to urge both sides to tone down the inflammatory rhetoric tomorrow nuclear agreement with iran goes into effect leading to the lifting of sanctions for iran in return for scaling down nuclear enrichment activities. but major challenges remain. >>reporter: it took years of complex negotiations between iran and p 5 plus 5+1 to put. >> it's a step towards the
possibility of peace. >> in iran it involves the moth balling of centrifuges. iran is keen that crippling economic sanctions are eased. >> this deal doesn't make peace more likely. by fuelling iran's aggressions with billions of dollars in sanctions relief, it makes war more likely. >> the next few weeks as iran implements an agreement that's deeply unpopular there may be the most difficult. inspections by the international atomic energy agency is key. >> it does not fully resolve the issues where we have a big difference. so we're going to have to continue to put pressure on them through the international
community. >> recent footage on iranian state television that shows underground tunnels packed with missiles has not helped ease concerns. this just after iran tested a new long range missile. there's a great deal at stake but that's especially true for president obama. his administration managed to broker a deal few would have ever thought possible and the next few weeks may shape ace foreign policy legacy more than anything else. an air strike has reportedly killed a top al quaeda commander in syria. he died in a northern syrian town. it's not sure whether he was killed by u.s. strikes against isil or russia. that area is home to many anti-assad rebel groups.
today russias prime minister offered to discuss military goals with syria with other nations including the u.s. >> they should be discussed with russia, the united states, and all other states who have a stake in seeing peace in this region abe strong government too. it does not matter who will be at the helm. we don't want isis to run syria. it should be a civilized government. we need to discuss this. >> russia began its air strikes more than two weeks ago. the u.s. and its coalition have been bombing isil for more than a year indias prime minister is feeling pressure to intervene in a rape crisis that is spreading fear in the capital. this half two children were attacked in the past few days. >>reporter: a police forensics team works on site. another grim crime scene but with a deference. a young child is said to have been raped here.
another location, another child brutally abused. one of the children had been ganged raped. delhi's chief visited the hospital. >> there are some shortcomings in security. the new delhi government is doing everything in its pow tore prevent such situations. the police need to help women feel safe. we are also trying to help them. the prime minister should personally intervene in the matter too. >> womens groups forms to make the capital safer for women and children of all ages express their horror and disgust. >> what is happening in delhis i can't understand.
delhi. >> what kind of animals are these. >> and on the outskirts, a family mourns the death of their teenaged daughter. she allegedly committed suicide after being stalked by a group of men. >> we first went to the police station at night to lodge a complaint but they did not take any action. then we went to the police station once more but the police did not do anything. police say they're now investigating. families say they kept reporting what was happening to police but nothing was done. >> preliminary investigations indicate that the girl had complained of harassment based on which her case was registered under the indian penal code. a suicide note has been found. >> new anti-rape laws were
introduced in 2012 but since then the number of rape cases involving women has actually gone up. especially in the capital. the brutal sexual attacks against two young children have shocked the millions of people who live in this city. many are asking what other horrors need to happen before real action is taken to combat sexual violence against women and young girls. mexicos fugitive drug lord has escaped again. known as el chapo, he did not get away unscathed. >>reporter: he's gotten away again. the mexican navy had closed in on el chapo in the mountains of northern mexico. his birth place and regular hideout. after heavy helicopter fire, soldiers moved in. but it was too late. once again, the leader of the
powerful cartel had slipped through the net. although not unscathed. authorities say he was wounded in the head and leg while making his get away. the missed opportunity came days after audio was released from his escape from prison this july. voices of the men that came to take him through the hole underneath his bathroom and out of the prison walls. incredibly, the guards did not react to the noise until long after he vanished. it's the second time he's escaped from a mexican jail. he has deeply embarrassed the mexican government. just his latest escape from prison became a symbol of the corruption and incompetence that playings authorities here and at least recapturing the drug lord would in some way compensate for that loss of credibility. despite his list of crimes including murder, money
laundering, and organized crime, he has turned into something of an antihero to mexicans fred up with their underperforming government. the man himself is wounded, hunted, but still at large. and there is still much more ahead on al jazeera america tonight. american troops will soon deploy to help in the fight against boko haram. we'll take a deeper look at the u.s. militaries role in africa. plus, we'll talk to a doctor about the surprising findings in ebola research. the virus can survive longer than first believed even when they're believed cured. >> i think it's overpromised. the worst we can do is overpromise a service and not be able to deliver. >> later, the so-called female
al shabab in the east, boko haram in the west. just a few of many armed groups fuelling the quiet build up of the u.s. militaries african command. >> the biggest concern of africom right now is the spread of jihadist groups. >> launched in 2008, u.s. africa command has steadily grown its operational footprint. with cameroon now emerging as the latest deployment area for u.s. troops to assist in the fight against boko haram.
according to nick terse, the u.s. carried out military activities across africa last year including special operations, humanitarian support, training, advising, coordinating with african nations, and intelligence support. while the u.s. has steady escalated its military presence, efforts to tackle the root causes of security threats have been less robust. case in point, somolia. where the u.s. helped its african partners reclaim territory from al shabbab. a lack of follow up some blame on fall out over the attack in benghazi that killed u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans in 2012. >> part of this to be is that
the u.s. can't lose anybody else. some of the military efforts, there's not sufficient political, economic follow through to deal with really a host of problems including economics problems in a number of african countries. >> problems which if left to fester may well leave the u.s. military presence in africa to spread even further. joining us is dr. robin sanders a former u.s. ambassador to congo. both are in washington d.c. tonight. thank you both for being with us. ambassador, let me start with you. you spent a lot of time in africa. is the united states becoming increasingly concerned about that continent? >> i think we're increasingly becoming concerned about certain countries because of the threat of this islamic state and group
as like boko haram. that includes nigeria nigeria, chad, kenya. this is very concerning for us particularly because of the internal threat within the countries and also this new connection of course that particularly deals boko haram have with the islamic state. >> peter, is the u.s. being challenged trying to control all of these different fires that are burning? is. >> well, i think the u.s. has increasingly recognized africas strategic importance. not only because of the threats you mentioned which are very real and certainly which bear attention because they do touch upon u.s. interests and those of our partners, but also africas growing strategic performance as a dynamic force in the world, a
growing economy. it's going to be african countries. so the strategic importance and recognition of that i think is a watershed moment in u.s. foreign relations. >> should the focus then be of u.s. forces on combatting these groups like boko haram or should the focus be on helping these countries build their own militaries. >> i think it's not an either or. ultimately, african security is key to african development. and without development, you can't have security. the two go hand in hand. ultimately, african countries have to own both their development and security so it's in u.s. interests to build up their capacity to help them stand up on their own. now, in cases where they're severely challenged, where they may need an extra, that's what friends are for and where the
united states can help. but it should be african led and african owned. >> give us a sense of how much the presence of the united states in africa has changed over the past ten years. africom didn't exist a decade ago. >> two things are very important. first of all, we've had military cooperation with the continent for many years. it's not just because wharfing africom is here. what we see now is a shift, a shift that also focuses on the threat. not all african countries are facing this kind of threat. i said at the on set about this
threat being not a continent wide threat. when we talk about africa, we talk about them with a single paint brush that everything that's happening is happening everywhere else. he's absolutely right, it is a dynamic country. you've got a number of growing democra democracies, the ten fastest growing economies in the world. a population that's vibrant and that's doing a lot of things in enterprise development. of the 30 million apps produced over the last year or so, a lot of those have been produced in africa. so you do have a vibrant economy and a vibrant continent. but you also have these very serious threats where african nations like cameroon, like niger, like nigeria have asked us all to come in.
>> when you look at that request and the threat of boko haram in africa, i want to play a quick report for you guys and get your reaction. this explains why u.s. troops will likely be a very welcome sight to african forces there. >>reporter: the presence of the united states forces in the region will no doubt boost the fight against boko haram. they're deploying 300 personnel and equipment for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. the key components of the war against boko haram missing was intelligence and better coordination and they hope with the presence of the united states forces on the ground, regional forces will enjoy or share information and intelligence regarding the crisis. this is not the first time by the way america is sending its troops to fight boko haram in the region or helping them fight against boko haram. the united states along with
other countries outside in europe and other parts of the world have sent in support to nigeria in terms of troops and equipment to help locate where -- and of course deal with the issue of intelligence regarding the fight against boko haram. so people are waiting to see how this will come into play as the multinational joint task force awaits the mandate of operations to start in the region. >> so bring back the girls. they're still not home. when you look, peter, at what's happening there and the fight against boko haram, is the u.s. and its partners there winning that fight? >> well, i think let's be honest and frank with each other. the fight against boko haram is not going to be won in days, weeks, or even months. this is going to be a very long process. it's going to be one with its ebbs and flows. the reason for that is -- i think progress is being made and
the deployment of the 300 personnel ordered by president obama will help increase that. certainly as said in that report, intelligence gathering and sharing is vital to this operation and they're going to add a new dimension to it. cameroon has one of the best military -- single military units in the region. the so-called rapid reaction force, bir, which has enjoyed u.s. assistance and training and equipment since 2009. but they were trained for disorders along the coast so now they have to be retrained for desert warfare. but they're a very capable unit. so raising the level of professionalism above what it already is. and of course transforming the military. nigerias military although it's valiantly worked against boko haram in many instances, it's a
very small military compared to the size. it's going to take time to build up the military and also train it in doctrine for the new types of counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations. this is going to take time. >> right. but the argument also is that cameroon is asking for help along with nigeria, these are indications that the african union cannot do the job of fighting boko haram. do you degragree with that, ambassador? >> i think two things are very important. nigeria's military has been up to this point a conventional military. they're now facing asymmetrical
warfare. they are a professional military. they've had hiccups, no doubt about that. that being said, having additional assistance from the u.s. is extremely important. prior to the troops going into cameroon, there were advisors in nigeria. i think about 24. so we've already contributed on intelligence, on logistics, and really and certainly in terms of training or stepping up training in certain areas. we've already done that. we've already been doing that. the difference here with if cameroon question is cameroon has asked us for specific things and specific troops that are coming now from africom to do that.
they're an advisory capacity. >> right now those troops will be in a surveillance and training role. there's also another player. that is china which obviously has a strong presence in africa. it's now expanding its military strategy in africa as well. last week the chinese president pledged $100 million in military aid to the african union stand by force over the next five years. they're also going to provide a helicopter squad to assist u.n. peace operations. and in may there were talks to build a chinese military base. is chinas involvement in africa good for africa? >> well, i think it's up to
africa to decide. certainly whenever there are more suitors, i think africa could potentially benefit. but i think we make a mistake, we do one of two things, one is reduce this to a zero sum competition. africa should not be a new cold war competition between competing powers. another mistake one could do is also to view all interventions outside assistance whether from the west or china needs to be examined in its own right. certainly african countries need a bit of help. they've tried valiantly but they need help so help is welcome as long as it's instructive and is what africa is seeking and that it doesn't change the balance in any untoward way or there aren't side deals. >> do you agree with that? you're well aware of the criticism and concern that if
china gets in especially with its foreign policy, that it will in effect be helping bad leaders do bad things. >> well, i think you have to separate a few things. certainly chinese assisting with training and other things logistics. you know, that's not going to be a bad thing. you have 54 countries, there's a lot of challenges to go around a. but i will agree with dr. sam that it's up to the africans to decide. countries in africa are not pieces on a chess board. they have a say in what is being done and asked and what they want also in this. so asking china to come in is not a zero sum game. however, you can separate that from the political issue because, yes, i think we need to stand up and talk about political issues on the continent in some countries and certainly we want to see a more responsible role and not providing those kinds of
assistance to governments not treating their people well. but i think you have to separate that to some extent to military cooperation. i do think, however, that it's important to keep in mind that there's a national security component to this that i think we have not talked about yet but earlier this year, boko haram not only did it pledge its allegiance to the islamic state, internally they're calling themselves the is west africa province basically the islamic state west africa province. so now with official designs that they have for boko haram for being part of i.s. what kind of national security threats does that bring to the region but also potentially to the homeland. don't forget the national security component to that for the homeland. >> a lot of threats there in
suffered serious injuries. the election will be held as planned. >>reporter: she was stabbed at a campaign event ahead of elections on sunday. one of her aides was also seriously wounded. three others were hurt as they tried to fight off the attackers. >> the perpetrator made a direct line for her and stabbed her in the abdomen with a 30 to 40 centimeter long knife. we don't know if she had one or two stab wounds. then the ambulance came and took her to the hospital. it was a horrible thing to see. i'm still shaken as i talk about it. real really greusome. >> she's not only a mayoral
candidate. one focus is the political motives of the suspect. >>reporter: he's an independent candidate but is backed by other parties. ange angela merkel has been criticized over the number of refugees allowed into the country. record numbers of refugees have led to anti-immigrant rallies organized by far right groups. its supporters want tighter controls over germanys borders and an end to mass migration. many others have welcomed them. in colon, people said they were united against racism. >> we are standing together as democrats to send a signal against this terrible act to show that we are standing together beyond party politics and that we're defending
democracy together. >>reporter: she's in stable condition in hospital but supporters say violence and hatred will not -- escaping war and persecution. voters in canada will choose a new leader on monday. stephen harper is seeking a fourth term as prime minister. he is also facing serious challengers. here's more on what it could mean for canada. >>reporter: canadians go to the polls on monday in national parliamentary elections. the tightest race for years. >> it's the only campaign campaign i think in canadian history where each party is either in first or third in national opinion polls. >>reporter: the main parties are conservative led by stephen harper who's been the prime minister almost ten years now running on a low tax family values and tough security ticket. and on a good day, you get to go
home feeling you lived up to the john. >> it's time for a change in this country. a real change. >>reporter: the liberal party headed by justin trudeau, whose looks and charisma are certainly attracting attention. >> this is canada. >>reporter: justin is the son of arguably canadas most famous prime minister, pierre elliot trudeau trudeau. he was considered the jfk of canada but some see the son as lacking the authority of the father. >> for many years, i've been fighting for the rights of -- >> there are a lot of people in canada who would rather have a nonconservative administration than anything else. that's the most important objective to the he's benefitting humely from that.
>> even people who don't have their minds fully made up. >>reporter: and there's the mdp, one of their highest profile candidatess olivia chow. >> my plan is built to last and i have the experience to get the job done. >>reporter: but the cam tan has centered on harper. the second longest serving consecutive prime minister in canadian history. he's alienated many canadians. >> the kind of newspaper of record today endorsed the conservatives but in a bizarre twist, it said but it's time for harper to go. >>reporter: as things stand, the polls have canada on course for its fourth minority government in 11 years. but why should americans care about politics north of the
border? both conservative harper and liberal trudeau are in favor of the keystone pipeline and the trans-pacific partnership trade deal potentially putting them at odds with any future democratic administration in the white house and trudeau has said he will pull canadian planes from the u.s.-led coalition ah bombing isil targets in the middle east. there's been a typhoon that is slamming the philippines. the countries president took to the airways to personally issue a storm warning. the first time he's done that for two years. a massive and messy search continues for possible victims of a mud slide north of los angeles. thousands of cars and trucks were buried along highway 68 yesterday. so far it appears everyone made it out alive but searchers worry
about anyone on a motorcycle. a new product hits the market that could change the lives of thousands of women. >> we have not seen anything that will be as powerful as important since the 1960s when the pill was introduced stay so-called female viagra goes on sale today. that story next. sometimery cal smutery cal
it can live in the seamen of survivors nine months. and a scottish nurse who appeared to have recovered from ebola has relapsed. she's gravely ill and undergoing treatment in a london hospital. joining us from miami is dr drdr. dr. arlene marry. how surprising were these findings? >> some more surprising than others. some was information we already knew. where would you like to start? >> you tell me. i'm struck by the nurse in the u.k. who is now dealing with ebola again. that seemed to be a major surprise to a lot of doctors, yes? >> yes, that one is very surprising. because it is apparently a resurgence and not typical post ebola symptoms.
it's alarming at various levels. the way in which she manifested the disease this time is distinctly different than usually so it's harder to recognize what was going on. >> how did it manifest differently? what happened? >> she has an meningitis type of syndrome. >> so is now the concern that people who thought were cured of ebola may not actually be cured and we could see a resurgence of the virus. >> that's the big question from what's happened to her. and based on what we now know about her, there's a number of individuals in africa that have had similar types of presentation where the studies weren't done. so it's quite likely this has been happening and we were just not aware of it until now.
>> we're also hearing about this man who transmitted ebola to a woman via unprotected sex. this happened apparently 155 days after he was declared ebola free. how does this change everything we've known about this virus? >> we've known for a while that it can be in seamen for prolonged periods of time and prior reports suggested that it could be transmitted by sex. what's different now is that they've actually done a very careful genetic study of the ebola virus in this particular man and compared it to the exact ebola virus that infected and killed the woman he had unprotected sex with and it was absolutely unique and identical. and, therefore, we now -- it's no longer a well we think it might happen, now we know it happens. >> now we know and now it's confirmeded. so does this mean that we should be afraid of contracting ebola
from people thought to be declared ebola free? >> for the most part, someone who's a survivor -- survivors have a lot of things that they have to deal with including a lot of post ebola symptoms that can be very harsh on their lives. but generally speaking, the virus is not anywhere that is easily transmittable to most people. most people clear it entirely as far as we can tell although there are some unique sites in the body that are privileged sites and they're places where it can stay. like your gonads, joints, brain, spinal cord. now that second study that you mentioned earlier has demonstrated virus in some people, in fact, 25% of the people that they had studied nine months, nine to seven
months later still had evidence of ebola virus in their seamen. >> do we have a clear idea exactly of how long the virus can stay in a body and how long that person may be capable of transmitting the virus to other people? >> no, we don't. what we know is now that for sure it can last in the seamen for a minimum of nine months. >> minimum. but it could be longer; correct? >> yes. it might be. the study needs to go on. absolutely. it's just that this particular study was released after they had -- the longest person that they saw was one individual that had ten months post ebola. and that person was clear. but that doesn't mean that other people don't have it for longer because there were still individuals only nine months and still had evidence of ebola in their seamen. >> a horrible disease with a lot of troubling questions. okay. thank you for your time
tonight, dr. marty. >> my pleasure. thank you. >> we have another health news to get to. the so-called female viagra pill went on sale today. it comes with controversy and risk. >>reporter: now it's on sale by the brand name addy. some women including national consumer league sally greenburg say it's about time. >> this is a mile stone. a break through. we have not seen anything that will be as powerful as important since the 1960s when the pill was introduced. it enhances a womans sex drive by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain. it's specifically for the 10% of premen pausal women who suffer
hyperactive sexual desire which is a persistence absence of sexual thoughts or interest in sex. it takes four beaks before any noticeable change and eight weeks to feel the full effect. it also comes with serious potential side effects like low blood pressure, nausea, and fainting when combined with alcohol. >> i think it's been overpromised and the worst thing we can do is overpromise a service and not deliver. >> dr. peter weiss runs a patient for women in beaverly hills. >> when you look at desire, there was zero improvement in placebo or this medication. however, when they take a look at the enhancement of the pleasure of the experience, i think that's a nice way to put it, there was an improvement but there was an improvement with a placebo as well. more with the pill but still
some with the placebo. but as far as desire, zero. >> the fda rejected the pill twice in 2010 and 2013 because it did not show a significant change in womens libido. on average, women on the drug reported one more sexually satisfying event a month than women taking a sugar pill. but the ceo of sprout pharmaceuticals promotes it as a way for women to take control of their own sexuality a new study suggests patients with cancer should not add antiox adapts to their diet. they're thought to protect normal healthy cells from damage but the study shows they also turbo charge the process by which cancer cells grow and spread. cancer patients are urged to be
careful with supplements that promote disease fighting properties general motors recalling pickup trucks and suvs after discovering another problem with ignition switches. gm reached a (90)000-0000 settlement last month over faulty ignition switches linked to 124 deaths. still ahead, a chicago soccer team whose players share a common life experience, almost all of them are refugees.
a high school soccer team in chicago is made up of a unique group of athletes. they come from different countries all over the world. it helps them form a bond on and off the field. >>reporter: for this team soccer is more than an aftercool activity. it's the language that binds them. they are all either immigrants or refugees from across the
globe. >> you speak one common language. >> oh, definitely soccer. >> it's a foul over here, sir. >> he's coached at sullivan for five years. >> that's good. yes. >> as a refugee himself from albania, he says he understands how to connect with his players. >> some of them come from war torn countries and that's how it was when i was 14 years old. i think it works both ways. them with me and me with them. >>reporter: it's a common experience for a number of players emerging from the ravages of their country. >> different country, different people. they were like me too, a
refugee, immigrant. i was happy that i found them. >> remember, you're the most important person. >> he left iraq three years ago with his parents and seven siblings. >> i used to play every day, like, even when it was not safe. i used to play in the, parking lot, street, everywhere. >> the team is made up of players from iraq, sue dan, mean mar. this year has been impressive taking them to the regional championships. >> the circumstances are beyond where i thought it was going to go. i'm surprised. i'm petty happy and surprised. we're the smallest team in the tournament. this is my church, my mosque, my everything. >> he says this year with a 5-1-1 record they've beaten some of the best teams around. the search for a better life
brought them together and the challenge of a better live is what drives them to win. good for them. a record was broken today in space. astronaut scott kelly broke the american record for the most time spent in space. he's been orbiting earth for over 383 days on various missions. by the time he leaves the space station, he'll have been up there for 500 plus days. they are part of an experiment on the long term effects of space value and a dangerous extreme sport in the world takes jumping into action a whole new level. >> oh, no thank you. 16 pilots from 12 nations leapted 5,000 feet above sea level in china.
they will compete in tomorrows final. that's it for us tonight. have a good night. >> more palestinians are shot dead after attacks by forces after new security enforced by israel. hello, i'm darren jordan live in doha. thousands flee their homes as a strong typhoon hits the philippines. and an election with no opposition. and refugees coming through eastern europe are trying to find a different route to safety after a new border closure in