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palestinians protest against israeli security clampdown as violence continues in the occupied west bank. ♪ hello there i'm julie mcdonald, this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. britain reaches out to china, giving the president all of the pomp and ceremony of a state visit. justin trudeau swept to power in canada, ending a decade of conservative rule.
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france's far-right leader goes on trial accused of inciting hatred over her comment about muslims praying in public. ♪ well the diplomatic campaign is gathering steam trying to bring annen to the violence in israel and the occupied west bank. but on tuesday the anger spilled over once again. protesters threw showns at israeli forces in bethlehem with similar scenes near hebron. also near hebron a palestinian man was shot and killed after stabbing an israeli soldier, and in another incident a palestinian fan was fatally shot after a car-ramming incident in bethlehem. the u.n. secretary general is now in the region appealing for calm. but first, straight to andrew simmons who is in bethlehem. andrew what is the latest?
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we have seen more violence despite these diplomatic overtures. >> reporter: yes, you have seen violence, certainly in hebron, with those attacks there. right across the occupied west bank and here a prolonged demonstration which involved at one stage 4 to 500. it has been pretty heavy here with masses of tear gas being fired into the crowds. and at one stage molotov cocktails being thrown. one being thrown directly at the media. you can see what happened here. the molotov cocktail was thrown through the air from this loan protester who managed to move around the security forces, and of course it landed right beside our tripod. we got out of the way, but the real issue was the amount of -- of baton rounds being
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fired by the army, and they were -- well, i lost count, a massive amount of baton rounds. they are basically plastic coated steel bullets, and a number of ambulances were in action taking people to hospital. the situation as i say just near the location in ramallah where ban ki-moon had been meeting the president of palestinian, mahmoud abbas. if he had gone a couple of kilometers off of his course with his motor -- motorcade he would have seen it himself. >> i'm wondering what these young palestinians have been
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telling you about their anger and frustration. >> reporter: well, we've traveled around the occupied west bank and also occupied east jerusalem. and from there i spoke to a number of those closely involved in the so-called attacks on people in both east jerusalem and the occupied west bank, this is our report. outwardly isaac seemed like a quiet sensible teenager. on a saturday morning most schoolboys of his age would be hanging out with friends, but this 16 year old is carrying a knife. he wants to kill someone. and this is his attempt. he ends up lying in a street of occupied east jerusalem shot dead by the security forces. you couldn't have guessed his intent when he left home, caught here on security cameras. he looked carefree.
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he may have looked calm, but what was going on inside his head? he came from caring parents and a comfortable home. his friends say he hasn't been brainwashed in anyway. yet, he set out to kill in cold blood. in the event, he didn't kill his victim. this man was taken away with non-life-threatening injuries. hi parents couldn't believe what had happened. his mother noticed a few days before that her son has been effected by what he has seen on tv. firstly an attack on a woman. [ screaming ] >> reporter: which could only be heard, but not seen. >> translator: he had tears in his eyes. he wouldn't either drink well. he was stressed. he would always stay watching tv. he was worried, and he asked me what situation are we in? this shouldn't happen he used to
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say. we should do something to stop the attacks. bahah was very different to isaac. he was one of two man in a shooting and stabbing attack on a bus in which one man was killed and five people injured. he was politically active, outspoken, a youth worker passiona passionate about education for the underprivileged. he left what he called ten commandments that includes arrangements for his funeral, and an instruction that no organization should claim he died in their cause. his best friend says palestinian leaders need to be shaken into change. >> translator: all young people, specifically the '90s generation, those who did not live through the second intifada are strongly pushing to get away from this no peace, no result situation, and replace it with direct confrontation. >> reporter: many are convinced that the motivation is given by
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social media for such attacks. it's the images not provocation by politicians that are the major influence. it seems the smartphone camera, and the internet are as effective as weapons in what is threatening to become an uprising. the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon is to meet the israeli prime minister benjamin netenyahu shortly before going to the palestinian territory earlier after talks with israeli president, he warned of the consequences of failing to resolve the crisis. >> violence only undermines legitimate palestinian aspirations for statehood and the longing of israelis for security and peace. the status quo is only making things worse. this conflict has gone on for far too long. we must for the future of our
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children, turn back from this dangerous abyss, safeguard the two-state solution, and lead people back into the road towards peace. ♪ china's president has begun his four-day state visit to the united kingdom. on day one it was pomp and circumstance before trade and investment, but the u.k. trade ministry says at least $31 billion of deals are yet to be announced. charlie angela reports from central london. >> reporter: britain has rolled out the red carpet for president xi, treating him to a procession with the queen through central london, and a royal gun salute. at the start of his four-day visit, he was given the rare honor of addressing both houses
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of parliament. >> translator: parliamentarians are the cream of a society. i bid you well as we chinese often say to skill higher, to see further. i hope you will continue to promote the u.k.'s relations with china, strengthen our friendship, and support our cooperation, and i hope you will build a bridge of understanding and cooperation to create an even brighter and more promising future for our bilateral ties. >> reporter: and largely ceremonial day. ministers expect the president to endorse more than $45 billion of trade and investment deals as they look for cash for projects from high-speed rail links to nuclear prower stations. >> there will been b some investments. in quite a wide range of sectors. and it's a chance for him and the ministers to engabling with us at lots of different levels. >> reporter: but not everyone
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wants a closer relationship with china. protesting were human rights groups anxious that the u.k. is putting money before morals. >> since he assumed the presidency there has been an alarming deterioration. earlier this year, several hundred people were arrested. 20 remain in custody. many do not get access to lawyers. scores of others have been arrested over the last three years since xi assumed the presidency, and then ongoing concerns about free expression. >> reporter: rounding off tuesday's event will be a state banquet. prince charles a long time friend and supporter of the dalai lama, won't be attending. but both sides are hoping this visit will be the beginning of a new golden era in their
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relationship. >> we can speak to charlie angela live now. what is in this best-friend relationship for both sides? >> reporter: for britain it's cash. they are hoping to make china their second biggest trading partner within the next ten years with some $45 billion of deals and trade and investment being signed off just over the next four days. the last time there was a chinese state visit here in the u.k. was when tau was president, and they signed $2.5 billion worth of deals. so china is really turning on the taps into britain. as for china, they are looking for a closer ally in english-speaking europe, and it looks like britain could be that partner. they want to get greater access to trans-atlantic deals in the future, and they all thes like the way that britain has deal with them on cyber crime and
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human rights abuses, approaching them behind closed doors rather than making big public announcements like the u.s. has done in the past. so obviously a special relationship developing as the president announced in parliament behind me, about half an hour ago. he talked about the increasing interdependence between china and the u.k., and how he hopes this visit will lift those, quote, friendly ties to a new level. >> charlie thank you. there's plenty more to come on al jazeera, including -- separated for more than 60 years, what happened when families from north and south korea were reunited. i'm wayne haye reporting from the philippines where the former typhoon continues to dump huge amounts of rain on the island of luzon. ♪ the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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♪ welcome back. a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera. there have been further outbreaks of violence in the occupied west bank. china's president has been given a ceremony welcome, hosted by queen elizabeth during his four-day state visit to the u.k. canada's liberal party has swept to power in general elections ending nine years of conservative rule. justin trudeau has followed his father in being prime minister.
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here is daniel lak. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: it's a new era in canadian politics. the centrist liberal party lead by justin trudeau has won a majority. he began the campaign in third place in the opinion polls, but as the days and weeks went by, his support climbed steadily. >> canadians across this great country sent a clear message tonight. it's time for a change in this country my friends, a real change. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the result was a sharp rebuke for conservative party prime minister stephen harper who first came to power in 2006. a towering figure on the right-wing of canadian politics. he has cut government, taxes, and emphasized national security. he has also been increasingly controversial during his final term in office. he'll resign in the coming days.
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>> for the 42nd time in 148 years, canadians have chosen a national parliament. while tonight is not the result we hoped for, the people are never wrong. >> reporter: once the official opposition, the leftist new democratic party was the biggest loser, dropping seats and down to third place. canadian voters, it seems wanted change, and they wanted the liberals to lead them there. >> it reminds us how volatile the canadian public has become. what is striking is when the campaign began, we had three parties all hovering around 30%. the conservatives didn't budge. the lib reallies went up, and the ndp drops 12, 13%. that was the difference. whether people wanted to keep the harper government or not, you really had strategic voting on a massive scale. >> reporter: so he has exceeded expectations and will now govern with a strong stable majority in
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ottawa. but the same challenges faced by stephen harper remain. low oil prices, a weakening economy, and an uncertain international scene. the syrian observatory for human rights says at least 300 people, a third of them civilians have been killed by russian air strikes in syria in the last three weeks. at least 45 people have been killed in strikes on the rebel held region of latakia province. the coastal province is a regime strong hold, and has been a key target of the russian air campaign. caroline malone explains. >> reporter: air strikes like these have killed a b in of civilians in syria. the government's jets have killed many people since fighting began more than four years ago, but these are part of a recent campaign by the russian military. moscow's defense ministry says they hit workshops and an am mission depot, used by what it calls militants.
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rebels are fighting government forces in the region and further north on the road towards aleppo. opposition groups say they destroyed an armored personnel carrier. while the syrian arab news agency says the government retook a number of villages just outside of aleppo, backed by air cover from russia jets. the violence has forced 35,000 people from the region in the last few days. >> translator: at night there were air strikes. in the morning there were rockets and barrel bombs. they are using all kinds of heavy weapons against us. >> reporter: they wouldn't have had much of a chance if they stayed. this is what is left of the area. activists say most of the victims of the air strikes bombardment are civilians. aleppo is only 50 kilometers from the border with turkey. it's been the focus of a three way fight between syrian rebels,
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regime forces and isil fighters for months. [ explosion ] >> reporter: now that russia is involved in a fight from the air, there may be a change in the power on the ground. there is already an impact on people living here as more of them are forced to run away from home. caroline malone, al jazeera. syrians make up a large proportion of the refugees making their way across central europe why slovenian's government has accused croatia of failing to control the flow of refugees across the border. the government in slovenia wants to changes its defense laws to allow thor army to help guard the border. more than 8,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the country since monday. hundreds of refugees have broken through a police check point on the croatian serbian
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border. the area was cordoned off with about a hundred people held at the check point. a building housing asylum seekers in western sweden has burned down in a suspected arson attack. it is the fourth such attack in just one week. 14 people were moved from the building during the night. police are treating the fire as aggravated arson. french national front leader marine le pen has appeared in court accused of inciting racial hatred. neave barker has been following the case. >> reporter: the charges of inciting racial hatred date back to 2010 when marine le pen was vying for leadership of her party. the comments were not caught on come are, but according to eyewitnesses, she compared prayers being held out on the streets in three french cities by members of those city's muslim communities as being like a nazi occupation.
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according to the human rights group involved in bringing the case against marine le pen, the muslim communities were holding the prayers outside on the streets because of a lack of mosque space and viable prayer rooms. she has responded very angrily indeed. when she arrived here at the court earlier this is what she had to say to a large number of international media ready to meet her. >> translator: those who brought me in front of the court are to blame for a violation of freedom of expression in this country, and for preventing a representative of millions of french people from standing up for the values of the individual. i have not committed any crime, and that is what i will tell the court. >> reporter: well, it has been a long road for the four different organizations that have brought charges against marine le pen. they are made up of anti-racist groups and human rights
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organizations. they originally tried to bring charges against her in 2011, but they were dropped by this court. it was after she lost political immunity as a member of the european parliament that these charges were able to be dropped. according to her lawyer, the organizations responsible for bringing these charges don't have any legal right to do so, but if indeed she is found guilty, she could end up facing a year in prison or a fine of $50,000. her supporters say this is a political smear campaign, deliberately designed to undermine her and her support base ahead of regional elections in december, but marine le pen has her sites set on the presidential election in two year's time. a verdict is expected later in the month. in afghanistan the taliban says it has captured 13 police officers including a commander, and its forces are advancing
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towards a military base on the outskirts of the country's northwest. jennifer glasse has more from kabul. >> reporter: the fighting had been going on since saturday in the district on the western edge of the province, but it intensified on monday. the taliban killed 20 afghan local and national police in the district and then attacked the police headquarters. the police chief and 13 of his officers fled. the taliban captured them. they also captured the police headquarters as well as the district headquarters in the district, and say they will launch an offensive on the military base on the outskirts of the direct. the vice president of afghanistan has been sent up there. he says he is talking to security officials of their getting together a plan to try to drive out the taliban from this province. the latest offensive by the
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taliban in the northeast, taking over the district headquarters and the police and -- and launching offensive on the military base. japan's health ministry says a former worker of the fukushima nuclear plant has been diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer. he is believed to be the first worker to get a cancer-related illness linked to the drisaster. the election to decide the direct president of fifa will go ahead as planned on february 26th. the decision was made in zurich on tuesday. blatter and the uefa president, michel michelle prat tiny are serving
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90-day bans. a tropical storm has called major damage in the philippines. wayne haye visited one of the evacuation centers. >> reporter: in the cool mountains of northern luzon in the middle of a storm, a warm bowl of soup is a perfect meal. like tens of thousands of other people affected these children have come to an evacuation center set up in a school. it is providing food and shelter from those who have been forced from their homes. >> right now we don't have electricity and we lack water. because there were many electric posts that were destroyed. >> reporter: while the winds associated with this storm dropped quickly as it moved across land, the torrential rain is lingering. so far this storm seems to have caused relatively minimal destruction, but there remains a major concern in the hills.
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the water may continue to flow down the mountains for sometime, meaning for those living on or below them, the danger of landslides remains. the government a suven -- often criticized for its preparation and response to natural disasters. but this time warning systems seem to have worked and the response has been more coordinated. this was the government's man in charge of the poor reaction to high -- typhoon haiyan. he admits the government needed to improve. >> translator: there have been big changes since haiyan. we have a project that empowers and enables local governments so they can act swiftly and early enough. this has helped to significantly reduce death tolls and injuries. >> reporter: but many want more. christina is in an evacuation center with her family. she wants to know what the
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government will do to help in the weeks and months ahead. >> translator: we would just like the government to help us, give us enough money to start building our homes. everything was swept away. >> reporter: now all they can do is wait for the rain to stop, and hope they can rebuild as soon as possible. wayne haye, al jazeera, the pill fiends. families from north and south korea have met for a rare reunion after more than 60 years apart. harry fawcett explains. >> reporter: in a hotel just north of the border that split north korea from south and their people, deepest emotions rush fort. the prevailing one is love. this woman was three month's pregnant when her husband disappeared during the korean war. we met mother and son preparing for their journey south of the
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border. >> translator: back then we were only just married. we hadn't even called each other darling, not even once. >> reporter: they joined nearly 400 others on the journey north. more than 66,000 south koreas are on the list of applicants, 63,000 have died waiting. the system exists for all of this to happen more regularly. it all depends on the political climate. >> 66,000 remain among about 30,000 are inside waiting to meet each other. so we have certainly tried our best. >> reporter: soon the buses were making their way up the coast. it's hard to imagine the emotional impact of these meetings, coming after decades of waiting. and they are so fleeting, just six such meetings, lasting two hours each and then it will be all over. and given the divided nature of these two countries, there is a
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high likelihood this will be the last chance these people will ever have. whole lives distilled into brief conversations, no second chances to get these moments right before they too become memories. harry fawcett al jazeera, south korea. check out our website, now leading canada's newth, liberal government.