hillary clinton faces off against republicans. it's a marathon 11 hour congressional hearing over benghazi. welcome to al jazeera, coming up, 70 hostage rescued from an i.s.i.s. prison. a u.s. serviceman killed in the raid. new talks to end violence - we tell you why more israelis are buying firearms.
>> plus... >> the men and women here risking lives during and after the world war ii, they have been given the highest number. the monument former u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has faced intense republican questioning in a marathon congressional hearing investigating actions over the attacks in benghazi. the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans were killed in a raid on the consulate in 2012. >> it is the second time hillary clinton appeared before a congressional committee to answer questions about what happened in 2012 in benghazi-libya, when four americans died. the head of the committee economists this line of questioning is different.
>> the questions linger. previous investigations were narrow in scope, and either incapable or unwilling to access the facts and evidence necessary. >> the former secretary of state is defend are her actions. >> i have lost more sleep than all of you put together. i have been wracking my brains about what more could have been done. >> this is the ninth investigation in more than 70 months. $4.5 million has been sent, turning up few new details. democrats charging the true motivation is to destroy clinton's presidential ambitions. >> the parliament is spending millions to derail hillary clinton's presidential campaign. >> the hearing went on for more than 10 hours, at one point clinton losing her point for ongoing questioning.
>> excuse me. >> at other times she seemed bewildered as top democrats bickered. >> i move that we put into the record the entire transcript of sydney blumenthal. that way the world can see it. >> those are her emails, that's why they were released. >> it was the witness under attack who appealed to viewing politicians. >> i would like us to get back to those times. the route we lost far more americans, not once, but twice in a year. there was no partisan effort. people rose above politics. app democratic congress worked with a republican administration. >> despite hearing from its star witness, the committee said its work is not complete, it will interview more witnesses in the month to come. and issuing a final report in
2016 john nicholls is a political writer at the nation in madison wisconsin, and he said clinton succeeded in avoiding major damage to her campaign. >> in the general sense that she has done very, very well. >> it divides somewhere along partisan lines, republicans feel they are getting in blows. what has been said about her appearances is that she is very calm, very professional, has a lot of facts a her fingertips and generally has gone through the questioning in a masterful way. pretty high marks. several cop republicans said, i think without thinking through what they are saying it the purpose was to get hillary clinton. the chief among those is the majority leader. he said in an interview with a
conservative network, and he was trying to impress his host. the end result is we ended up in a situation where there's huge skepticism about whether the hearings are serious. and i'm afraid some of the questioning has been so partisan and aggressive. >> in iraq a joint commission freed 70 hostages from i.s.i.l. custody, a u.s. soldiers was killed in the raid. as many as 30 americans took part in the operation in kirkuk. the prisoners, in imminent danger, were held by i.s.i.l. in the town. rosalind jordan has more from washington d.c. >> reporter: i.s.i.l. held the iraqi town since june 2014. early on thursday peshmerga forces raided a prison. the pentagon said the raid
turned deadly. >> one u.s. service member was wounded during the mission, acting in support of iraqi peshmerga supporters after they came under fire. he died after receiving medical care. >> the unnamed service members was the first to die in 2011, and the first to die in the u.s.-led fight against i.s.i.l. there are questions over whether the obama broke its promise not to deploy combat troops. >> u.s. forces are not in a combat role in iraq. this was a support mission. they were providing support to the iraqi - to the kurdistan regional government and u.s. forces are not in active combat in iraq. i can say that directly. >> for much of 2015, there has been speculation about whether iraqi forces are ready to retake
territory. thursday's raid could be teen as a test run for a larger operation. >> the u.s. secretary of state says he's cautiously encouraged that tensions between israelis and palestinians can ease. john kerry held several hours of talks with prime minister binyamin netanyahu in germany. despite opt mission, the situation on the streets is the same. on thursday, israeli police shot dead a palestinian who tried to stab people west of jerusalem. kerry will hold talks on saturday. >> if anything, what is happening now is an urgent call to all, with anyone responsibility, and there are many countries that bear responsibilities with respect to this region, to help - to try to resolve these age-hold
differences of a frozen conflict. >> as the violence conditions, israelis rush to arm themselves against possible palestinian attacks. leaders are encouraging civilians with gun licences to carry weapons for protection. andrew simmonds has more. >> yes say it's never been busier at this shooting range at the israeli settlement in the west bang. jewish -- west bank. jewish centers are cleared for firearm laneses. -- licences. more than 155,000 guns are privately owned. all services, and that's a colossal i am not of fire power on the streets. we literally can't believe how fast our predictions are proven
right. in the past few days there has been killings of innocent people. there's a shoot to kill policy, and there has been summary executions. the israeli government denies excessive force. amo among the recent cases, the killing of a bystander, shot by a security sphere. >> disputed acts of how a palestinian man was killed. many israeli civilians are setting out on an offensive of their own. this gun club sold out. sales of weapons are up 400%. >> what about yourself, do you carry a gun at the time. what do you carry.
back at the settlement shooting range, there's an increase in the number qualifying to carry a gun. >> 400% up. because the situation, people are afraid. families. it takes just a day for the settlers to be tested, and received a firearm permit south african police are facing a growing criticism over their response since apartheid. officers fired tear gas, demonstrating against higher university fees. we have this report from johannesburg. >> reporter: student protests continue for an eighth day and a stalemate as university stick to
a fee increase. >> while students at 11 campus us in south africa protested, this university stayed after demonstrations, shutting the cam pass to striking students. protesters were determined to bring classes to a standstill. >> there has been an awakening of sorts, an increased amount of activism, particularly on campuses this year, and it has increasingly been informed by, you know, an ideological position that is really positive, talking about the identity of young south africa. >> protesters marched through the city, demanding the attention of the leadership. >> students gathered at the headquarters of the ruling african national congress. it's also the way the party leadership came out to blame the university for the higher speed.
a unilateral decision was made with no thought to the plight of students. >> plus it's the government that funds the financial student aid scheme to the tune of $4 billion, and the government, along with donations and fees that support the running of universities. while students dispersed a small group pushed on. they say the demonstration failed. >> it turned into a rally. they've been here for the past two weeks. this whole thing was made a mockery of. >> president zouma will speak with university students on friday as protests continue still to come here on al jazeera, too scared to go home. it fails to reassure women
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you're watching al jazeera. a reminder now of the top stories this hour, and former u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton faced tough questions from republican lawmakers over the 2012 attack on a consulate in libya. four americans, including the ambassador to libya, were killed. a joint mission in iraq between
u.s. special forces has freed 70 hostages, one u.s. soldiers was killed. it's the first american combat death in iraq in four years. >> the u.s. secretary of state says he's cautiously optimistic of stemming the violence in israel and the palestinian territories. john kerry met israel's prime minister and he will hold further talks in the middle east on saturday. >> the leaders of the u.s. and pakistan met for talks in washington d.c. they are calling for the resumption of afghan peace talks. the taliban is threatening to take more territory. the u.s. wants pakistan to take a more active role in ending the conflict across its border. patty culhane reports. >> reporter: with the world press watching the leaders of the u.s. and pakistan promised their relationship will get better.
>> we are looking forward to using this assist an opportunity to continue the relationship the government wasn't told when osama bin laden was found by pakistan, and they've been accused of supporting the taliban in afghanistan. members of congress pushed the president to use his leverage to push the prime minister to do more. >> he has leverage, he has to use it not publicly but privately. that is the key
>> i read the book that detailed america has provided: that figure is diminishing every year. the white house was floating the idea of the sale of eight f-16 fighter jets, in part because they want pakistan to agree to limit their nuclear weapons programme. when a story leaked that they were talking about it analysts say the negotiations fell apart. >> it was about three weeks ago. there would have been an understanding, a mention that both sides agreed to move forward. there'll be discussion about this, pressure on pam stan. as far as i can tell from the pakistany side. there won't be much give. it will be a conversation that will not go anywhere at the end
of the day. >> continued conversationing about strengthening the relationship, with few signs that it is working. >> the u.n. human rights chief condemned the czech republic's treatment of refugees. they said the government detained people for up to three months, claiming detainees were strip searched for money. the czech president rejected the criticism. >> the swedish prime minister expressed sorrow after an attack at a school. a man with a sword killed a teacher and student before being shot by police. a police spokesman refused to comment on such reports. students thought it was a joke when a man dressed in black turned up at the school. two girls had a photograph taken standing next to him. they say he didn't speak.
when approached by a teacher, he stabbed him, and went looking for more victims. >> we were sitting in a cafe, that's when a guy came in that was wearing a mask. i panicked and ran away. the police came and he started to stab others in the classrooms, banging on the classrooms and stabbing people. >> reporter: police say the students locked themselves in their classrooms. >> he was searching systematically in the building. we can follow the blood trail. >> when it opened he attacked them with a weapon. >> this happened in two classrooms, and one died. >> the condition of those in hospital is serious. >> there was chaos and confusion at the school, in the south-west town. 400 pupils and teachers were told to stay inside for several hours. the attacker was a 21-year-old
man from the town. they know his identity and not his motive. they believe he was acting alone. >> this is a country unused to senseless violence. attacks on schools are so rare the last similar incident was in 1961. the prime minister called it a black day for sweden nearly 4 million people in south sudan need humanitarian aid to avoid starvation. the warning is issued by a food security group backed by the united nations. ongoing violence is making the situation worse. >> south sudan's war displaced more than 2 million people. many are afraid to leave the safety of the united nations camp. they are not assured by a peace deal signed in august, that was supposed to bring an end to the two years of conflict. we have this report from juba. >> in some ways, it's a town
like others. people do their shopping, residents complain when rubbish overflows. there are churches and children play in the streets. it's not on ordinary town. it's protection of an ordinary site. and 30,000 live here, guarded by u.n. peacekeepers. a peace deal was signed in august. the opposition politician comes back forming a transitional government. with the war over, people are urged to go back to their homes. these protection. sites tell a story that politics doesn't. that is that in places where the fighting stops, there are people in south sudan that do not feel safe in their own country. these are women that say they were raped when they went outside the barbed wire fence. simple tasks like collecting firewood or the market fill them with fear.
>> this woman was raped when she went outside the poc, and doesn't see why the run makes it safer to go back home. >> if it's the same people in power, atrocities were admitted by the government. >> it may be safe inside the wire. it's been hard from the day we arrive. we can't leave the poc and we depend on the po for everything. food is provided. for the people of the poc, neither warp nor peace holds much promise. opposition parties are in zimbabwe, criticizing china's decision to award robert mugabe
the peace price. his critics accuse him of using systematic violence and torture to remain in power. zimbabwe has close investment and close aid ties with china. >> thousands of greeks staged a demonstration between ongoing austerity measures. the government increased the retirement age. $95 billion was the cost of the third bailout. conditions are still being negotiated air france workers are being protesting in paris. they are demanding transparency over plans that could affect up to 1,000 workers. we have this report from paris. >> reporter: air france's managers could draw little comfort from the booed -- from
the board. a large deployment of police were had to make sure there were no raped of violent scenes where the shirts were ripped off the back of managers. a boisterous restriction was staged for the crowd u six air france workers have been charged for their part in the incident. the unions accuse the bosses of being responsible for the airline's losses, and are demanding the french government, the major shareholder to step in to help. >> we don't agree to be blackmailed into giving up work conditions. what was asked was to work 41 hours, paid 35 hours, which
is not acceptable. >> on the other side of police lines, air france management, who needs to find $2 billion in savings if they are to survive in the premier league of aviation. air france pilots fly 22% -- 20% fewer hours than some of their competitors on long haul roots and r coming under pressure from budget airlines like easy jet. the management told unions they were pressing ahead with restructuring goals and set a deadline of january to conclude negotiations with the workforce. there are turbulent times ahead. an army lieutenant in peru has been arrested for colluding with drug traffickers. accused of receiving bribes and allowing planes with cocaine to leave the country. it's the first time a military officer was convicted. 200 tonnes of drugs were smuggled out of peru, and soldiers accused of turning a blind eye to the trade people on the pacific coast
of the mexico are bracing for the arrival of hurricane patricia, expected to make landfall on friday. the powerful storm is packing winds up to 250km, as it bears down in the southern port. the storm has been upgraded to a category 5 and is threatening flash flooding along the coast. a state of emergency has been declared in some areas. >> they were the unsung heros of world war ii, who saved some of the greatest art from the nazis. the group known as the monument's men risked their lives to recover more than 5 million artefacts. 70 years on, they are receiving high honours. >> reporter: they were an unlikely bunch, museum directors, artists, historians, scholars, not soldiers. it was their job to find and
save some of the world's greatest works of arts. german leader adolf hitler was keen to take as many directors as possible. when they were tweeted it was up to the monuments men to track them down. this man was one, he left for the u.s.a. in 1938. drafted into the army he helped to return what was looted. >> we did not take it. i did not see that it was sent. in my case we had a number of paintings that belonged to the museum. >> reporter: this man and the rest of his unit have been awarded america's highest honour. >> knowing where we are fro shows our children what they can be. no task is more precious than
that. no award is greater than this. so for the monuments men, united states has struck a congressional gold medal. >> reporter: this was not just a u.s. award, it affected 14 nations. they went to where bullets were flying and recovered 5 million pieces of art. among the treasures. rembrandts, de-vincie and bartely. the then say they were significant. >> works of art define who we are as a people. i heard from people around the world americans don't tend to think of this quite as much. people around the world. the treasures belong to them. one of the six survivors says his heart breaks as he sees the destruction of important artefacts. >> they do a remarkable job.
i wish they could do it where i.s.i.s. is destroying monuments. >> reporter: the congressional medal as been won by sports star, soldiers and documents. but not soldiers like these. >> you can get the latest news and analysis on the website at aljazeera.com. >> we now have an actual humanitarian crisis on the border. >> there's a direct correlation between those dangerous places and where the unaccompanied youth came from. >> a political fire storm. tens of thousands of children from central america showed up on the border trying to enter the united states alone. >> you can't send your children up here and let them stay.