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♪ tackling the refugee crisis, the german chancellor offers turkey's support to help stem the tide of people. hello there. i am barbara sara from london. new security measures from israel as it tries to deal with more than two weeks of violence. an election with no opposition. he job descriptions vote in the first parliamentary poll since the military coup. thousands are displaced as a powerful typhoon sweeps into the philippines.
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german chancellor angela merkel is in turkey to push a plan that offers aid to turkey in exchange for stemming the flow of refugees into europe. she has been holding talks with the turkish prime minister and the president. the proposed eu package includes aid worth $34,000,000,000 plus possible other suiteners such azizier access to travel visas for turks. turkish officials meanwhile say nothing has been agreed yet. >> i have said this in the german parliament. german is ready to open chapter 17 regarding participation in european assembly. turkey is participating in discussions as a european candidate. we will strengthen operation with turkey on this. >> turkey and germany and europe
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as a whole will need to tackle the refugee part crisis. we have considered this and it is our agreement to work together to prevent matters getting even worse in syria to prevent further influx of refugees from that location. al jazeera's bernard smith joins us live now from istanbul. first of all, bernard, from what we know, what has chancellor merkel actually offered the turks? >> reporter: well, barbara, these are challenging times for angela merkel. she is under pressure at home in germany to try to do something to reduce the flow of migrants so she has been forced to come out here to istanbul to ask for turkey's help. yet, she has been one of the most vociferousto fortie planning to join the european
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union. she said she would give support to the offer of 3 and a ha$3 an billion dollars from the european union that turkey is being offered if it helped reduce the flow of migrants, and angela merkel also said she will look synpathetically. she will help to speed up eu's access talks and try to help turkey with the demand by next summer or certainly within the near future, turks are given visa-free access to countries. offers and promises promises coming from angela merkel but nothing particularly concrete, barbara. >> obviously, turkey has borne the brunt, hasn't it, of the refugee crisis, the refugees coming from sir i can't, more than two million, compare that to the 600,000 gone to europe this year. so, i guess some of that money would go to the refugee camps. abo but what else would be expected of the turks? presumably, are they going to try to stop people who want to leave turkey?
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? >> turkey and turks have generally been very welcoming of syrian migrants, refugees, but they didn't expect them to stay this long. turkey does not give work permits to syrians. the european union wants them to do that. the reason so many are leaving turkey is because they don't see a future for themselves here that is why they board those rubber dingies. it will allow them to work and stay. the problem for turkey is its economy is slowing. there is real domestic opposition to the idea of giving out hundreds of thousands of work permits to syrians when turks, themselves, are finding it harder to get work. secondly, the coastline, two and a half hours, more than two and a half thousand miles of aegean coast between turkey and the greek islands. it's praccally very -- practically difficult to keep that controlled. so, it will be hard for turkey to stop the
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numbers. the weather gets worse over autumn and winter but the next test will be spring and summer, barbara. >> it will be interesting to see what the turks agree with. we will monitor the story. bernard smith in istanbul. thank you. ♪ to israel now where the cabinet is imposing new security measures to deal with more than two weeks of violence. it's expand, the so-called stop and frisk powers of security forces and banning arab laborers for schools in four cities including the commercial capital tel aviv. israel is hoping the move will calm fears of the recently stabbing attacks. john kerry will meetisitioni prime minister been ming netanyahu in germany this week before going on to meet the palestinian leader mahmoud abas in jordan. >> since october 1st, '44 palestinians and seven israelis have been killed with five
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palestinian deaths on saturday alone. mike hanna reports. >> reporter: a rig sunday meeting amist extraordinary crisis. the prime minister once again denies the accusation that his government is attempting to change the arrangements regarding access to what he calls the temple mount, the mosque compound. >> only israel, israel alone is the guarantor of the holy site on the temple mound. the reason the status quo has been violated is not because we changed it. the orders of prayer, the visiting rights have not changed for the last 15 years. >> reporter: palestinians are adamant israeli attempts to increase control over the mosque compound is the root cause of the current conflict. >> reporter: >> reporter: you want jewish control and trying to destroy it while muslim nations are slaving. that's why the people of
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jerusalem have. >> a military ceremony in tel aviv. the giuest of honor, the new chairman of the u.s. joint chiefs of staff, joseph dunford to discuss res umingsz of talks which israel suspended earlier this year in protest against the iran nuclear deal. it signals a warming in what has been a defendant fractious relationships relationship in recent times and it's evidence that the u.s. will continue to conduct business as usual with even the most right-wing of israeli governments. here in israel's biggest mass circulation newspaper, the headline, "ready to draw." this is a picture of a government minister who has recently taken his gun outs of the safe and is now wearing it all the time. the movement dominates government along with hardline religious nationalists. this is not a body likely to deviate from the most extreme
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response to mounting palestinian protests. mike hanna, al jazeera, west jerusalem. >> al jazeera's andrew simmons is in west jerusalem. good to see you. let's start with this cabinet meeting today. just give us a little bit more detail about what's come out of it and how significant it is. >> reporter: . >> reporter: it isn't hugely significant because the security cabinet is the body that makes the big decisions on security, and they have been made, and all of the measures are being rolled out as we speak. this meeting was quite long. there has been no statement after it that isn't unusual. all of the talking happened before the meeting, itself, when, as you saw in mike hanna's report, the prime minister outlined what he thought in terms of the palestinian take on temple mount, which is his description of the holy site
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which is also al axa mosque compound, saying that no way is the status quo going to be changed, but, of course, palestinianez don't trust that. they are adam ant that something is going on. and as far as the french suggestion of possible resolution in the u.n. security council to bring in international mediators to actually stand in between the two sides over this issue of al axa mosque compound, he said that that shouldn't take place. it would be an absolute mistake to do that. and, of course, so we've got to look here towards the international situation, whether the u.s. can really make any progress in the quagmire between these two sides, which is going on. the dispute that's going on about the very heart of the political disruption and a major cause, no doubt, of all of the unrest and possibly a major
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cause of attacks as well. but as far as any real hope of maven progress with the palestinians and israelis and, indeed, king hussein of jordan, people are very, very wary about whether any progress will be made in the talks where john kerr r, the u.s. secretary of state will be having later in the week. >> i guess it's been no secret things have been tense between netanyahu and obama over other things the nuclear deal with iran. the u.s. chief of staff is there. what's the signifcancer of that? >> that's right. the new u.s. chief of staff, general joseph dunford. this is supposed to be a coincidence but it's sending a bit of a signal out because they have resumed talks. the u.s. has resumed military talks about the defense aid. now, this could be a deal that's in the region of $4,000,000,000 u.s. dollars, a colossal deal
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for armed shipments and really making the military up to date. a reminder here at a very sensitive time that the u.s. is supplying all of the arms to israel. israel is quite dependent upon that. it would appear that this could be a sign of some softening of that tension relationship between the u.s. and israel in recent months because israel hadco refused to continue the defense aid talks after the iran deal on the nuclear deal which was made. it sends a signal out to palestinians and some are feeling what a time to do that. >> that's really the reaction so far on the hole, this is an indicator of israeli's stanchion and it's standing firm in its position. it's a very, very strong position with security. it appears it's not having any profound effect whatsoever.
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andrew, thank you. the syrian army has advanced in its offensive to retake parts of aleppo with the backing of hezbollah and iranian fighters. state t.v. is reporting a friday offensive around the northern city has been success. it's one of several attempts to try to push rebels out of the area. meanwhile, the u.k. based syrian observatory for human rights says four civilians were killed. the russian prime minister says the attacks are targeting the islamic state of iraq in the levant. absolutely not true. it is up to the syrian people to decide who will be the head of syria. by the way, it come bieningz many nationalities and religions. it is complications indicated. this is the choice the people should make themselves. we operate on the premise that a assad is the legitimate president. >> the pentagon said it killed the leader of an al-qaeda
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affiliate in airstrikes in syria. the head of the group has been reported that previously, by the u.k.-based syrian observatory for human rights. they also reported the saudi national was killed in the u.s. strikes on friday. the pentagon says he was killed near the northern syrian town of dana. he helped channel money to al-qaeda and arranged routes for new recruits to travel from pakistan to syria through turkey. more to come here on al jazeera, including the biggest nuclear dismantlement in history. the nuclear agreement between iran and world powers comes in to effect. and the changing times in canada as the country's indigenous population is told to embrace a national election. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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>> the german chancellor angela merkel is in turkey to push a plan offering aid to the country for stemming the flow of refugees. israel's cabinet in a move that it hopes will calm public fears after recent stabbing attacks. since october 1st, '44 palestinians and seven israelis have been killed in escalating violence. syrian state t.v. claims the country's army has advanced in its offensive to retake parts of aleppo with the backing of hezbollah and iranian fighters. voting has begun in egypt's lock
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awaited. the first overthrow since 2013. authorities expect the result to be known by december as jamal now explains. this is the second time egyptians are voting for a parliament since the 2011 protests that removed hosni moubarak. turnout was extremely low. the last time a parliamentary poll took place, this was the scene. people queueing for hours to cast ballots. that was the first free and fair election in egypt's history. the victors, the freedom justice party. now, the brotherhood's leaders are either killed, jailed, or exiled and the movement outlawed. it's not only the brotherhood that's absent from these elections. several other parties including the april 6th youth movement and
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others have boycotted the vote in protest at what they say is the continued oppression under president asi. it's a view echoed by many. no. i won't vote. young people once were passionats about voting. we voted in the parliamentary elections and the presidential election after mubarak's resignation but the passion died down after mohamed morsi was removed from his presidency. few young people voted in sisi's presidential election and even they resented doing it. president sisi and his supporters have justified the crackdown on political opponents by saying the country needed to sacrifice freedoms for the sake of economic development and stability. more than two years since the coup, egypt's economy remains in decline. >> wi-egyptians have not felt any improvement in people's
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livelihood did. since 2013, we are faced with economic crisis and we have high unemployment. although there are numerous candidates vying for seats in parliament, there is also between them in terms of political diversity. subdz'sva ballot papers didn't include any. sisi hoped the parliament would appease those who continued to criticize him for the lack of freedom in egypt, but if the turnout remains low, many may question the future parliament's credibility. ays. >> iran's attorney minister has rejected u.s. allegations that its recently missile test violated a u.n. security council resolution. mohammed jezerit said it only mejz missiles designs to carry nuclear warheads. he said none have been designed for nuclear capabilities. iran announced it tested a new
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missile without specifying the exact range. the nuclear agreement between iran and world powers comes in to effect on sundays. tehran will begin what's being called the biggest nuclear dismantlement in history. iran's compliance with the deal would see crimming economic sanctions lifted. as andy gallacher reports, there are significant challenges ahead. it took years of complex and fit full negotiations between iran and p 5 plus one to put together a deal the obama administration says will be based upon verification not trust. the landmark nuclear agreement will mean that iran has to sharply curtail its nuclear program, a move experts say will significantly impact. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry said it was a deal worth fighting for. >> it is a step away from the specter of conflict and towards the possibility of peace.
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>> in ran, engineers must navigate what's thought to be the biggest nuclear dismantlement. the next few weeks, iran i am presentlies an agreement that is unpopular there may be the most difficult. the atomic energy agency will be key to the critics warn of the potential for cheating and disagreements. >> it does not fully resolve the wide range of issues where we've got a big difference, and so we are going to have to continue to
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put pressure on them through the international community. >> recent footage on iranian state television that appears to show underground tunnels packed with missiles and launches haven't helped ease concerns because days after iran tested a new long-range missile, the u.s.a. may have breached a u.n. security council resolution. >> for all of the powers involved in this agreement, there is a great deal at attack. he peshly troop for president obama. it managed to broker a deal few would have ever thought pulse. the next few weeks may shape his foreign legacy more than anything else. andy gallacher, washington. >> guinea's president has won a second term avoiding a run-off with his main opponent. the electoral commission says he received 58% of last sunday's vote. his main opponent, the former prime minister came second but withdrew his candidacy on wednesday claiming that the vote was rigged. paul reports.
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>> with smiles from ear toker, the incumbent celebrated. the electoral commission said he beat his southern challengers by a large margin. >> i am happy with the results because i am a guineaan. because my president wins today, i am happy. >> not everyone is happy with the way that things have turned out. runner up had threatened to b boycott the election. he then changed his mind and told his supporters to vote. now, citing a long list of irregularities, he says he cannot accept the results. >> i completely agreement agree with the decision not to recognize the results of this election. however, i have decided not to take this matter to the constitutional court. >> the constitutional court has to approve the results. candidates have several days to file their complaints there are 7 candidates raising issues.
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i think those issues have to be considered through the legal structures of the country before, you know, a winner is finally proclaimed on the basis of getting it jelao is calling for supporters to take to the streets and show thedisapproval the process he says acting people to protest could drag guinea into instability, chaos and vie lenses. >> i think the first realties show beginians were involv involved -- begin ians were involved, i hope they will come together and access the democratic process. >> the west african country, one of the poorest in the world, has a history of post-election violence. three people were killed in preelection violence in the run-up to the vote. >> the most important result is the participation vote which i
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think it shows they had wanted to succeed. >> the education ministry delayed the start of the academic year to ensure students' safety. many are now worried that possible street protests in the coming days could lead to a long period of unrest. paul chadurgion, al jazeera. >> the northeastern philippines, 3 dead and 16,000 villagers displaced. the army and police have been rescuing villagers in the hardest head areas. nine entire regions have been left without power and 25 roads and bridges have been blocked by landslides and flood. this update from the northeast philippines. government resources are stretched now the typhoon is affecting at least 10 provinces across central and northern lezon, trying to send rescue teams in so many places.
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so many roads have been impassable because of the debris and trees falling at the moment. we were trying to make our way to the proven incident earlier. but flood waters have started to recede. we had to turn back. there are communities that are now still cut off from the rest of the world since almost 24 hours now the president spoke the other night and warned about the i am personaleding damage of this typhoon but it's very hard to quantify at the moment. even the death toll, they cannot exactly say how many have died since early sunday morning. night brings a lot of danger. we can only found out what the aftermath and damage will be, i guess, monday morning here in central lezon. >> canada's indigenous peoples have long shunned national elections. many regard them as foreign votes taking place on their territory. but as damage yell lak reports, they are being urged to vote on
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monday to make a difference in their own lives. >> election signs are not typically found on first nations. as average, no communities are known here the term explains why. indigenous people see themselves as a national equal partners co-existing in north america. in past elections, few voted or took part at all. >> because i am not a canadian and nobody has proven be to me if you are not a canadian you can vote. if somebody comes from the united states, can they come in and vote? >> but this time, first nations people are being told to vote by their own elected leaders because of the feeling in their community that the stephen harper government has done little to address their challenges. unemployment, crime, lack of clean water. >> i decided to vote and i actually voted in an advance poll the other day thinking that i need to be an example to our people to let them know that i believe that exercising this
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option to vote is in our best interest at this time. >> two years ago, the i dle no more move galvanized indigenous groups with protests. there was a long hunger strike in the shadow of canada's parliament. the anger behind them fires efforts to get aboriginal people to exercise a democratic right they only got in 1960, a century after voting began incapped. >> 50 years ago, they gave us the vote. we viewed that as a tactical error in the war of attrition. now, we can use the vote as a weapon against them. it's a powerful form of recystance . >> recysistance. >> it could mean a change in government. whether it means a change for the community in general, it's far from guarantee did. >> perhaps sensing an
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opportunity, canada's two main opposition parties say they will work with aboriginal people on all outstanding issues. those promises come late in a long campaign that was largely about many other things. >> you can't trust them. that's what i have been telling people. don't just accept the politician who comes to your door and says, i am promising you better relationships. what is that? it's got to be real life commitments you can hold them to. >> whether or not it's in this election, aboriginal people, the youngest, fastest growing segment ofcapped's population may yet have their voices heeded after centuries of waiting. daniel lak,as in northern ontario. >> pope francis has canonized four new saints in rome. among them were luis and zelia, the first married couple to be canonized together. during the 19th century, they helped the sick and dying,
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