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with today's top stories. >> jed said we were safe with my brother, we were safe. >> the world trade center fell down. >> does anyone blame my brother for the attacks on 9/11. >> the politics of g.o.p. front runner trump goes after jed bush and his brother more danger, anger and questions about the future of peace. german's bid for turkey to keep more refugees iceberg evidence. a new photo linking the tight titanic, what the story reveals. the stage is set as hillary clinton makes her way to capitol
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hill. the democratic hopeful and former secretary of state will testify before lawmakers on the attack in ghazi. it's been called partisan at the cost of 5 million. on the rub dan side presidential hopefuls traded jabs at each others at the talk shows and blasted bush with connections to his brother. and the september 11th attacks. bush hit back saying trump is not serious enough to be president. paul beban has been watching the political drama. there was a lot of drama. >> there were half-a-dozen republicans in texas, wowing the religious conservatives, donald trump was not one of them. he focused going at it with jed bush. hillary clinton was not live on the talk show circuit. but managed to dominate much of the conversation.
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>> reporter: on thursday former secretary of state and democratics front-runner hillary clinton testifies before the house select committee on benghazi. almost a year and a half after the committee came into existence in 2014. as the calendar turns towards thursday main event republicans are playing defense against accusations that the investigation is nothing more than a split wag witch hunt. >> we have 50,000 now documents. less than 5% have anything to do with secretary hillary clinton. she's an important witness. but she is one wentness, by the time we throw we would have interviewed men. departments say the mission is not about digging up the truth but damaging hillary clinton. >> we had a plan presented to us, where we would have been interviewing all of the key people. he threw that away and went after hillary clinton.
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>> hillary clinton cited comments by house majority leader keith mccarthy that the republicans chipped away at her lead in the polls. >> it's clear whatever they thought they'd do they became a partisan arm of the republican national committee. with an overwhelming focus on trying to drive down my poll numbers. >> the benghazi inquiry led to revelations about the private email system, something the rival candidate says should be put to rest. sanders had no second thought about the comment and changed the subject. >> the american people want a discussion in the country of real issues. >> reporter: g.o.p. front runner donald trump defended his comments about
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george w, bush questioning jed bush's credibility and saying because he's tough. 9/11 wouldn't have happened on trump's watch. >> we were safe. >> well, the world trade center fell down. i believe if i were running things, i doubt the people would have been in the country. jed bush couldn't resist firing box. >> it calls into question credibility as a commander in chief and an architect of the next foreign policy. ben carson stumbled over a question, arriving a confusing question on how if independence had been declared there wouldn't have been a war. >> i don't believe that invading iraq was an existential threat to us. i don't think saddam hussein was an existential threat to us, i was talking about - i wasn't particularly interested in going
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into afghanistan the most talked about noncandidate is joe biden. largely home in delaware. unlike top contenders bernie sanders and hillary clinton, he will no go to iowa. he be at the white house out lining a discussion about climate change. no word on his plans. >> a lot of people waiting for that decision. >> turning to israel. two are dead after an attack at a bus shop. mapping in beersheba. a man stabbed to death an israeli soldiers, took his gun and used it to shoot others. officers wounded a second man thought to be an accomplice. al jazeera's andrew simmonds has more from east jerusalem.
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>> this was a brazen attack. the police said there were two attackers and then they challenged their act of event to one. claiming that he used a knife. one soldiers was killed and he was taken to hospital. an in the of civilians and four police officers were taken to hospital. eventual ly two men were shot dead by the security forces, and eventually the police said one of them was an eritrean, who it was thought was shot in a case of mistaken identity. the other man, they say, was an arab, a palestinian, and he was shot dead: the eritrean is critically ill in hospital. all was caught on security
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cameras, there was a man crawling on all fours. he was shot twice by a police officer, it's not clear that that was the eritrean. nevertheless, a lot of questions to be asked obviously about this attack and the way the police handled it. secretary of state john kerry is expected to meet with israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu and palestinian leader about the ongoing violence. coming up on week ahead, what does u.s. have to cane. that is in week ahead. today is another chapter in the historic iran nuclear deal. it's adoption day, 90 days since the landmark agreement was reached in vienna. u.s. officials will take steps to remove sanctions once sanctions are complied with. congress missed a deadline to throw up roadblocks, and despite threats republicans are yet to
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kill the agreement. >> today is a milestone to prevent nuclear weapons, and ensure the programme is peaceful going forward. andy gallagher looks at what makes the event possible. >> it took years of conflict between iran and world powers known as p5+1 to put together a deal based an verification and trust. the landmark nuclear agreement means iran has to sharply curtail its nuclear programme, a move that will reduce capability of developing nuclear weapons. in july, when the agreement was reached, u.s. secretary of state john kerry says it was a deal worth fighting for. >> it is a step away from the spectre of conflict and towards the possibility of peace. >> in iran, engineers must begin the biggest nuclear dismantlement in history, involving the moth balling and shipping of fuel out of the country.
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all of which authorities say will be done by the end of november. iran is key that sanctions are eased, but the deal has plenty of vocal critics. >> the deal doesn't make peace more likely, fuelling iran's aggression with billions in sanctions relief, it makes war more likely. >> the next few weeks iran implements an unpopular agreement. it may be difficult. intrusive inspections will be key. they are by the international atomic energy agency. critics warn of a potential for cheating and disagreements. >> it does not fully resolve the wide range of the issues. where we had a pig dins. we'll have to continue to put pressure on them through the international community. >> reporter: recent footage appears to show underground tunnels packed with missiles and launches have not helped to ease concerns. they were released day after a
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long-range missile was breached. it may have breached a u.n. security council resolution. >> for the powers involvement in the disagreement, there's a great deal at stake. that is true for president obama, his administration brokering a deal few thought possible. the next due weeks may shape his policy more than anything else. the pentagon confirmed a u.s. air strike killed a high-ranking al qaeda operative. a saudi national and leader of a group. the treasury department designated him a global terrorist. the united states alleges he provided funding and new recruits, the fifth leader of the group to be killed in the past four months. >> 40 i.s.i.l. fighters were killed when air strikes hit their convoy, the attack happened in the province of syria angela merkel was in istanbul today.
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she wants turkey's help handling the flood of refugees coming to euro europe. >> reporter: germany's chancellor angela merkel is in istanbul looking for help, asking the turkish government to stem the flow of refugees coming to europe. >> we have used the crisis we are experiencing to a disorderly or uncontrolled movement, to achieve closer cooperation between many units. -- issues. specifically, the e.u. wants turkey to increase coast guard patrols and give syrians work permits. in return, turkey is offered $3 billion and a revival of e.u. talks. both are difficult demands for turkey to full of. it is has 2,000 miles of coastline along the aegean and strong opposition to allowing syrians to work.
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there's no commitment from turkey. on either of the issues. >> unfortunately, turkey was left by the international community in terms of burden sharing. we are believed plas a better approach. the issue of sharing, going forward is important. >> they said that if turks are given visa free access, turkey will take back failed asylum seekers from europe. >> leaders agreed that only a resolution to the conflict in syria would resolve the crisis. turkey wants a safe zone in northern syria, it seems more unlikely with russia's involvement in syria's civil war slovenia said it will limit numbers of refugees crossing its border to 2500, and could not accept a request to take in 5,000 per day.
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yesterday more than 6,000 refugees reached croatia, but they are stranded in the country. hungary sealed the border with croatia midnight on friday. many migrants are from syria and iraq. after the trial, this part of the journey has been relatively easy. >> we are two years, very easy making everything, train, food, help, everything give to people. >> the european union agreed to a plan to provide 120,000 refugees, it's a fraction of 700,000 people expected to reach european shaws from north africa and turkey. the italian navy rescued more than of 600 people in the past 24 hours. most were from sub-saharan countries. eight bodies have been found. the crossing from libya is a
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dangerous journey. 3100 died trying to do to this year. >> michigan is overing to take in more -- offering to take in more refugees. michigan accepted 75 syrians, but now state lawmakers are making a case to bring in more than 10,000 refugees that president obama pledged to locating over the next year. >> there's three investigations into the attack on an afghan hospital. 22 people were killed two weeks ago when a strike on a doctors without borders in kunduz. the u.s. said it was responding for a call for help from afghan forces. jennifer glasse has more. >> reporter: the attack came in the middle of the night on october 3rd, reducing the hospital to ruins, 130 staff and patients were inside the hospital when a u.s. gun ship launched an assault lasting more than an hour. >> the level of destruction is >> the level of destruction is
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terrible. all the main parts of the hospital have been attacked and destroyed. the part that we are in now caught fire. >> some patients burnt to death in their beds. staff and relatives had to hide in the basement in the fight and then work to treat the wounded. the u.s. military issued many conflicting statements about the air attack. it said afghan supporters called for air support. because there were fighters nearby, before admitting that u.s. forces were responsible and it was a mistake. doctors without borders say it informed all parties of its location several times. >> in the hours before the attack, the hospital was calm. the area was calm. there was no fighting in and around the hospital at that moment when the attack took place, we have no explanation for the terrible breach much
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-- international humanitarian law. u.s. president obama apologised for the incident saying the u.s. would by compensation and offereded to help rebuild the hospital. the charity does not accept government money. doctors without borders wants an independent investigation and the international fact-finding mission is involved. it needs the consent of afghanistan and the united states. u.s. officials say three investigations by n.a.t.o., the u.s. military and afghan will be sufficient. there's tension over the investigations. the gate of the hospital had to be retired when troops knocked -- repaired after n.a.t.o. troops knocked it down on thursday. >> we let them inspect the building to look at the damage they were responsible for. we reject the fact that they didn't inform us in advance and they knocked the gate down and came in. >> n.a.t.o. forces said they were unaware that doctors without borders were present and went to search for ordinances
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and do a structural check of the building. one remains intact, but empty. the hospital is closed. there's no plans to rebuild. doctors without borders says it needs to find outside how and why its hospital was attacked and that it won't happen again. still ahead - crucial elections in canada, a look at the candidates and the issues facing prime minister stephen harper as he seeks re-election. also tonight voting in egypt. why turn out is low, and what it means for abdul fatah al-sisi. and coming up after the newshour. al jazeera investigates the hostage business. western governments say they will not negotiates. will they secretly paying millions in ransom. we go inside the hidden world of
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hostage taking and ransoms.
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several countries around the world are holding major elections. voters are weighing critical culture and economic issues. in canada stephen harper has been promising a stronger economy as he tries to hold onto his job. a controversy he's trying to exploit is a hotly debated
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issue. john terrett has more from toronto. >> reporter: a gathering called looking past the niqab, some getting together on the meaning of the niqab, a piece of clothing. the meeting is a response to what many canadians consider an anti-muslim rhetoric. by conservatives campaigning in the election. >> we have the same worries, fears, and the same happiness. we are all the same. >> they are concerned about stephen harper's push to have muslim women hwo wear the niqab uncover their faces if they want to be sworn in. why would canadians contrary to our own values, embrace a practice at that time that is not transparent. that is not open, and frankly is rooted in culture that is anti-women. >> reporter: such rhetoric led to attacks on niqab wearing women. since harper made the comments
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this year. according to the national council, the number of religious based violent attacks nearly doubled in 2014. and there's more this year. i met up near her home. she lived in toronto and was willing to show her face privately to the judge before swearing her oath. wearing a niqab has never been an issue until now. >> the canadian community is polite. still i have noticed that the they look a little strangely towards me. >> the prime minister calls the wearing of the niqab during the citizenship ceremony un-canadian. what do you say to that? >> i have been wearing it for a long time. i didn't always wear it. i feel liberated and it's not necessary for me to show my to commmunicate. last month the canadian court ruled wearing the niqab or
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is a violation. >> >> that policy is not law, the minister talth to create a policy. >> reporter: sara is not comfortable in her adopted country and arrived from glasgow as a baby, and has never been more afraid to hear a hijab in public. >> they are focussing on the niqab, tomorrow it might be the hijab. it may be something else. i jokingly said one day maybe we'll have to come in our birthdays suit. >> the bump in the polls harper got following the comments has now dissipated. but it is suggested that canadians called him out on it. >> i think the prime minister, despite efforts to make it an issue against muslims or
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niqabis has failed to do so. canadians are not racist people. they know better, they have a greater expectation of their government. >> if harper wins the election, he's talking about banning niqabs for government employees, a move prolonging the issue, for people like her that hopes he losses the election and she can carry on her life like before in switzerland, a record breaking win is predicted for the swiss people party. they are expected to win 1 is seats, gaining control of a third of 200 seats in parliament. the group is focussed on concerns over the flow of migrants into europe. calls suggest it's a major variety. the left wing social democrats and smaller parties are expected to lose support. >> after delays, egypt is holding its first round of elections for its now parliament. the new body is expected to back abdul fatah al-sisi. more than 5,000 candidates are competing for seats. most of them support the president. >> abdul fatah al-sisi promised
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a stronger economy and more stability, we have more. >> reporter: this is the second time egyptians are voting for a parliament since the 2011 protests removing mubarak. unlike the first elections, turn out was slow on sunday. >> the last time a parliamentary poll took place, this was the scene. people quueing for hours. that was the first free and fair election in egypt's history. the victims from the freedom and justice party. as a result of the 2013 coup, the brotherhood's leaders were killed, gaoled or exiled. and the movement outlawed. it's not only the brotherhood that is absent. other parties, including the april 6th youth movement and others boycotted the vote in protest of the continued oppression under the president abdul fatah al-sisi. it's a view echoed by many.
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>> translation: no, i won't vote. young people once were passionate. we voted in the parliament and presidential election after mubarak's resignation. the passion died when mohamed mursi was removed. ew young voted in abdul fatah al-sisi's election. they resented doing it. >> reporter: president abdul fatah al-sisi and supporters justified the crackdown 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 is in decline. >> we egyptians have not had improvement in people's livelihoods. since 2013 we are faced with economic crisis and have high unemployment. there are numerous candidates vying for a seat in parliament, there's little between them.
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in terms of political diversity. sunday's ballot didn't include any opponents of abdul fatah al-sisi or leaders. abdul fatah al-sisi hoped it would appease those that criticize him for a lack of freedom. if the turn out is low. many may question the future parliament's viability in g warda many in the rural areas are used to living with little. community leaders are urging the poor to make voices heard, saying without engagement. nothing will change. >> reporter: outside her home, this woman prepares for work. her grandchildren help to make ice treats to sell, bringing in a few dollars a day. the 57-year-old doesn't know how she'll protect her family from a spring bubbling up under her
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spring bubbling up under her house. >> the children get sick because of the humidity and the cold. i hope before i die the government will help make a better house for the chin. -- children. >> reporter: two blocks away this person walks the streets selling coconuts. most days he makes $5, barely enough to support his two children. >> there's no work opportunities for poor people. without an education you can't find a descent job. it's hard. the government has forgotten us. >> throughout towns and villages, stories like these are common. with voters about to choose the next president, many say rural areas with 40% of the population need more attention.
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two candidates face off in the second round. guatemala elections, but many voters question whether either will be able to bring the change desperately needed in communities like this. teachers at the local public school say they don't receive support from the central government. they had to turn away 300 children due to lack of space. >> whenever a new administration takes power. they make many promises and say the children are the future. they fail to carry through with the promises, especially in rural areas. some community leaders believe voting can make a difference and are meeting with residents to talk politics and politicians. >> our vote counts. in rural areas it's important to vote so we can get someone into office who is concerned about the well being. we have the greatest needs. yit many governments abandoned us. government programs could
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provide some relief for millions of guatemalans, if the next president makes people like argentina, a priority still ahead on al jazeera america - trying to end the violence in the middle east. the challenges before secretary of state john kerry as he prepares to meet with irs raily and palestinian officials. and convention chaos, fans dressed as zombies running for their lives. now the hunt is on for a shooter coming up tonight - killing the messenger. the deadly cost of news. murder is the leading cost of death around the world. reporters from mexican and russian war zones tell their stories, tonight at
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welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz. it is sunday night and time to look at global issues in the week ahead segment. there are fears that in the coming days there'll be more blood shet between israelis and palestinians. 53 people have been killed. 45 palestinians and eight
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israelis, secretary of state john kerry will meet with israeli prime minister in germany. later they as al jazeera reports, it's unclear what the secretary of state can do to end the violence. mayhem caught on camera. moments after a gunman opened fire at a bus station in beersheba, he was killed, as was an israeli soldier. several others were wounded. the attack came as the u.s. secretary of state john kerry prepares to meet with israeli officials in an effort to restore calm. >> later this week i'll meet with binyamin netanyahu because he will be in germany, i'm coming through a dead moment. we'll meet there. >> reporter: kerrry will discuss
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the violence with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. some believe the u.s., israel's staunchest rally is not an honest broker. >> if you want a solution. you have to engage to bring israel to humanitarian law. >> to do business as usual once again can be dangerous and counterproductive. >> israeli officials disagree, given the war in syria and growing influence in iran. they say the u.s. has a vested interest. obviously the state department and the white house would like to see the area more stable. and i think together israel and the u.s. can stablilize the area. the answer is yes, i think the u.s. has a lot to put into this situation. in order to lower the flames and
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calm things down. >> violence escalated since september. palestinians feared the israeli government wants to grant greater rights to visit and pray at the al-aqsa mosque compound. it's a holy site. while the issue of rights and restrictions may be an immediate cause of a round of violence, it's just as much a symbolic trigger, that is fuelling fears and stoking a distrust between palestinians and israelis that has been going on for so many generations, it's almost genetic. >> sunday binyamin netanyahu reiterated he was not looking to change the long-standing political arrangement. >> the voices of change, the
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hoodlums were entering the mosque trying to put explosives in and attack jewish visitors and christian visitors let's bring in from boston a former advisor with the palestinian negotiations affairs and is with the project on middle east democracy. and joining us from the pro-israeli advocacy group, the former deputy spokesman much israel's ministry of foreign affairs. thank you for joining us. secretary kerry making a trip to the region later this week. how do you think he'll be greeted when he arrives. do you think a lot of palestinians and israelis appreciate u.s. involvement here? >> i don't think they'll appreciate it much. they have bigger problems and are skeptical about the role of the envoy. i don't think there'll be a
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special interest, besides maybe expecting him, from the leadership. that they would have ideas or thoughts about he he can help am ill yorate the situation. i'm skeptical that they are interested. >> why the skepticism. why the expectations low. >> because of the history, he tried to bring the palestinians and israelis together along the peace process. he didn't get much transactions. he tried, that's good. the problem is for the israeli side. he can't be blamed. who is to blame is not really relevant except faith in his capacity to move it ford is low. >> do you think expectations are low? >> at this point we need to do everything we can to de-escalate the situation.
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if secretary kerrry's visit assists, it's welcome. we know the united states is the only actor in the field. middle east, and the secretary will be able to convince mahmoud abbas to stop the excitement and bring down the blame. do you feel that's a problem, that the united states may be an actor, more should get involved. >> if the united states wishes to get involved in bringing down the flames. the public would welcome the european union, the united nations and everyone else willing to come and monitor and assist. i do hope that this will not be a repetition of past visits, but engage in a new way on an issue
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that is important, that has been swept under the rug, which is happening on the public social media, the papers, where the raid red of jews is the slogan of the day. today started with israelis rescuing syrian and iraqi refugees on the mediterranean sea, after the beat sank. it ended at the bus station, killing innocent israelis. >> the violence without question has to stop. >> would you agree with the assessment of what is sparking the outrage among palestinians? >> i disagree. even if there's a story of incitement. it was always there, and the rhetoric is there. >> is there a problem with incitement ape monning the
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palestinian leaders? >> i don't think so if it's there all the time it changes. the actions and provocation, it's the instigators, that's where the violence started. the premise is flawed. >> that is a major concern. israel bears responsibility for what the palestinians allege. a lot is because of the crackdown of many palestinians. >> the palestinian that carries a knife and attacks a 72-year-old is not thinking it's about negotiations or the status of the border between israel and palestine. the ideology, and this the ideology, when you hear this at the mosque or school. this is what brings about the butchering. the status quo has not changed. >> this is more about the mosque.
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this is more about the seconds palestinians face and what it's like living day to day. >> the violence is nothing to do with the process of the palestinians, it has everything to do with being educate. the status quo means jews cane pray. the decision was made by israel, to take out the components. even though even though we strive to maintain the status quo, we see the violence where palestinians use the same sites to hoard stones and launch against israeli police. this is disrespectful by the muslims. >> let's get a response. you understand the complains and
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concerns. wow do you respond to topics like this. >> it's hard to convince someone that doesn't understand the relationship between cause and effect. if there's a change, they are reacting to the occupation, to what is happening on the ground. if there's a problem with education, that does not explain the change in the level of violence. this is about the lose of hope. when you have loan attacks, it's frustration at their own leaders. the lone attacks is because they lost face that the palestinian leadership can bet results, and
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we are sad that that happened. saying the problem is with the palestinians is a nonsensical argument. both sides have a lot of blame for each other. we want to get some big concerns. there's talks that we are on the cusp of an intifada. >> i don't think that. it has been said to be against the use of violence, it will resort to diplomatic means and other nonviolent ways to put the pressure on israel. i don't see how that will turn and for an uprising you need a
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modicum of organizations that i do not see. in my opinion it is a manifestation by average citizens under occupation. and after seeing the results of the elections, and the fact that the majority of israelis lected the government. have said that it's against the 2-state solution, there's no hope. politically we need to go pressure. and unfortunately they resorted to violence. they are individual acts, and are not organized. >> there's no evidence to show it's an organized attack encouraged by the top leaders. >> final talks, i want to talk about the concern between the u.s. and israel. obviously secretary kerry's visit. do you worry about the strain and relations strained as we see more and more violence. israel and the u.s., absolutely
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not. it's fine, taking it for granted. the same tiger, it may end up on its back. they are trying to instigate violence. it would be wise for palestinian leadership to take care of this issue and not treat it. >> explain what you want to hear. >> i want him to take his car or chopper and get to jerusalem, and sit and resume negotiations, prime minister binyamin netanyahu said a dozen times, let's resume negotiating. i wish mahmoud abbas would take back to the table for the sake of israelis and others. >> maybe with secretary of state john kerry coming to the region maybe they'll o open the door.
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>> we'll leave it there. thank you for your time. >> thank you for your time, we appreciate it still ahead - they are digging out the challenges for crews, from the mudslides in california. college protests. some students vote on whether too save a college.
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>> the next big quake.
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police are looking at surveillance video in the search of a gunman at zombie come. it send thousands much people dressed like zombies running. a 20-year-old football player was killed. four others were hurt. the shooter vanished into the crowd after opening fire. the university of mississippi will vote on whether to remove the state flag from campus.
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and the mississippi flal has a confederate symbol. hundreds rally. a dozen flags showed up and a showing match ensued, they were expect to vote on toose. three universities do not fly the flag. in other news typhoon koppu is weakening. heavy winds and rain will continue for days. it flooded roads and bridges. al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> reporter: government resources are stretched now the typhoon is affecting 10 provinces, they are trying to send rescue teams in so many places. so many roads are impassable because of debris that is falling at the moment.
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we were trying to make our way to bel-air earlier. but floodwaters are receded, we had to turn back. communities are cut off from the world. since typhoon koppu made landfall. the president spoke and warned of the impending damage of the typhoon. it's hard to quantify. even the death toll, they can't say how many died since sunday morning. night brings a lot of danger and we can only find out what the aftermath and the damage will be monday morning in central luzon it's been a rough time. two years ago a typhoon struck the southern island killing many, and causing $2 billion of damages. nearly 2,000 were killed with a billion in damage. in jooug 2008, a strong storm cut app bath across the philippines, including the path
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of manila, 938 were killed. the damage adding up to $300 million. >> china is the biggest market for cellphones and companies are focussing attention on attracting a share of that market. >> sarah clarke has more. >> reporter: it's one of the largest technology shows in the world. companies are showcasing innovations, in a market hungry for technology. >> we attract huge number of trade buyers all over the world. over 95,000 trade visitors, from over 150 countries and regions. >> china is a leader in technology consumption, not just production. and the popularity of smartphones is creating an industry in app-related products.
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>> this monitors how much food someone consumes. >> in a market flooded with smartphones, competition has never been so intense. once dominated by apple two tech countries hold the lead in china, accounting for one-third of all smartphone sales. >> the local guys have a room to innovate. to differentiate themselves. so china is like a totally different world. >> as the world's largest smartphone market. every company has a strategy. given the number of people here and demand for phones, success in the region, they secure you a spot in the top 10. with that in mind they are tailoring phone design to meet with the consumers. >> they have multiple colours, about eight colours that you can choose. >> china accounts for a third of the worlds 1.3 billion smartphones.
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the number of mobile phone users has fallen for the first time. that combined with the economy has analysts warning of a downward trend. >> in terms of the economy, it proposes uncertainty. china's tech companies are seeking to expand behind the domestic market. >> there's a lot of growing market in indonesia, india, philippines. we are partnering with them to make sure we can ship more intel-based phones. >> despite a softening business in china, an average of 100 million phones sold in every quarter. emerging economies may be offering potential growth, but the world the most populous nation is the tech company's target market. still ahead, family re union
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decades in the making and separated by politics. the emotions of one man hoping to connect with family in the north. and why so many want their hands on this ghostly image of an iceberg.
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>> tensions between pyongyang and seoul threaten family reunions to take place this week. since 1985 thousands of families had been emotionally reunited with their loved ones. tuesday 107 families will be reeted. -- reunited. 89-year-old man looking forward to seeing his relatives. >> reporter: at the age of 89 this man has taken up a hobby. from his childhood in what is now north korea. he says it helps to stave off loneliness. when the car began, he was living in a factory and travelled south during a major
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retreat, and never saw them again. eight years ago he signed up for the family reunion process. the chance came, but news has brought a mixture of happiness and disappointment. >> translation: there were seven of us - brothers and sisters. my youngest sister is the only one still alive. i'm told others passed away. it's disappointing. all those i remember clearly have died. i barely remember my sister's face. it will probably be a bit awkward. >> he is one of 66,000 on a waiting list in south korea. more than half of them are like him, in their 80s, or older. each time a rare event comes around the red cross holds a lottery of names. 63,000 people died waiting for a reunion. the last event held in february. as ever, the rawness of emotions serve as a reminder of how strongly felt the spearations are. this upcoming round is a result
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of an agreement in august between north and south korea ending a serious bout of cross-border tension in recent years. with the event approaching a comparative handful of people that suffered for decades, the pain of separation will get a chance for a few moments of reunion. it's a reflection of a sharp divide that many more will have to rely on the unpredictable nature of north-south relations and a lottery for a chance of their own in the future finally tonight, a grainy black and white photo of an iceberg is expected to be sold for thousands at an auction this week. according to reports the iceberg pictured there is the same one that sank the titanic in 1912. it was taken from a ship hours after the titanic sang in the ocean. it include a note saying red paint was visible on the
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iceberg. scraped off the titanic during the collision. >> that does it for this hour. i'll jonathan betz. stay here, al jazeera investigates the hostage starts now. >> the united states government will not pay a ransoms. >> the hostage business - a growing trade that fuels conflict around the world.


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