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fight against i.s.i.l., russia says it could use its air power of u.s. backed fighters in syria. ♪ good to have your company and watching al jazeera live from london with me david foster and coming up, in the program there are fears of flooding after mexico's pacific coast is hit by the strongest ever hurricane. the vice president of the maldives arrested and accused of a bomb on the president's boat last month, tanzania campaigns
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regarding his record in power. ♪ well, there are signs just signs perhaps of a diplomatic shift over the war this syria, russia's foreign minister says moscow is now ready to provide air support to the free syrian army and its battle against i.s.i.l. before this russia has referred to all group fighting president assad as terrorists. moscow says it has been in talks with the u.s. about launching a new political process between syria government and opposition. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry who is in saudi arabia with who will meet the foreign minister for talks on syria is also getting involved in this stage but whatever is being said diplomatically russia is still pursuing a very different military strategy from the u.s. and syria. jamal reports. >> reporter: syrian state t.v.
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continues propaganda message to try and convince people that russian air strikes are targeting what the syrian and russia governments call terrorists. but the pictures on the ground tell a different story. this is what the left of the town on the outskirts of idlib after russian ware planes bombed several resident areas late on friday. it's unclear how many people were killed. and opposition fighters belonging to the army of conquest announced the capture of several villages after defeating government troops and forcing them to retreat. the alliance of opposition fighters launched what it called the battle for hama this week after capturing idlib earlier this month. [gunfire] opposition fighters also say they have taken several towns and villages in the south of aleppo province. syria's armed opposition groups say they have been targeted by russian air strikes wrath than
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the so called islamic state group. on friday i.s.i.l. announced it was in control of the main road connecting aleppo to hama and how russia reacts to this will demeanor strapt its military priorities and despite russian air strikes entering the fourth week the i.s.i.l. fighters appear largely uneffected and those opposed to president's regime have suffered losses not only at the hands of the russians but in continuing battles with i.s.i.l., jamal, al jazeera. russia's foreign minister sergei fedorov made it comments on a russian t.v. interview saying moscow is ready to support the free syrian army but the united states unwillingness to cooperate is stopping that from happening. . >> translator: the americans refusal to coordinate their antiterrorist campaign with us is a big mistake. we are seriously prepared for such a coordination. and ready to give air support to the opposition including the so
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called free syrian army but we need to get in contact with the people who have the authority to represent certain armed groups. >> reporter: niand he is with e khatam house and russia said before this it was taking on all terror groups in syria so does it not see the free syrian army which tried to topple president assad any longer as a terror group? >> first of all we definitely see the transformation of russian approach those whom they are considering terrorism and whom they are not and previously they were considering all groups fighting assad as a terrorist grouping. right now they came to an understanding that in order to reach peaceful solution in syria they have to go to the military camp fighting them. definitely free syrian army is one of the choices. however, on the other hand one of the russian goals is also to
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weaken the opposition that is fighting his assad so we may not exclude the russians will continue their air strikes. >> if they try to weaken groups they will support the free syrian army and see how that translates in the weeks to come but when you say previously viewed perhaps the free syrian army as a turrer group and now it doesn't and a couple weeks ago it said it was a terror group and what has changed in those three weeks and why has it come to realize it needs to negotiate with the people, does it have pressure put on it perhaps by the u.s.? >> well, first of all, we can see how the russian position on syria is changing so they gradually change their stance to find a compromise in the dial up with the united states and syria. >> it is not gradual and has been very sudden this change. >> i wouldn't say sudden because signals about the readiness to deal with the free syrian army they were sent by the russian government for the last two
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months so the first time i heard about the readiness to deal with the fca was i guess in the early september and now it became more articulated and probably it's not only housing negotiations with the united states, with that took place yesterday but it is probably also the russian experience that they acquired to campaign in syria. they finally come to an understanding that without this dialog it's impossible. >> will there come a time even if they are operating off the same battle plan at the moment support the free syrian army and united states on one hand will say this is a group we want to take forward to replace the current president and russia says absolutely not, we are not going to support it and shifts allegiance once again. >> well, definitely do not have a crystal ball so the future is difficult to predict the future but i would say that currently there is a clear understanding among the russian leadership
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that it's necessary to find a common language. >> final question on this at the moment is that does it mean that it now sees assad absolutely as someone who cannot continue as president whereas perhaps in the past it thought it could prop him up? >> yes there is an understanding that there is a forced assad syria that exists among the russian leads. so the russians, they do not conceal that. they believe sooner or later assad should go, the main problem is there is a difference in their understanding when he should go as compared to the american approach. >> thank you very much indeed. ♪ on the agenda for the u.s. secretary of state in his middle east diplomatic tour is continuing tension over east jerusalem mosque compound. he was talking after meeting the
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palestinian president abbas in jordan and john kerry said israel an agreed to maintain the tradition of muslims being able to pray at the mosque. >> today i hope we can begin to turn the page on this very difficult period. we have to join together in calling for immediate and end to violence. we must stress the importance of after voiding provocative actions and rhetoric and we must work cooperatively. it's the only way to go forward. >> reporter: israeli forces have shot at a palestinian teenager who they say tried to stab a soldier. the shooting was at the jalamay check point in the occupied west bank. the 16-year-old can be seen running through traffic towards the crossing. israeli forces say he was carrying a knife. 56 palestinians and 8 israelis killed this month in series of
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attacks in israel and occupied territorie territories, human rights activists in israel condemning the beating and wrongful arrest of a palestinian man by israeli soldiers which has been caught on security camera. spent five days under arrest before his alibi was checked out and stephanie decker went to meet him at the cleaning products factory from where he was arrested in the occupied west bank. >> he is at work, outside in the street there is a standoff between young palestinians and israeli army so he stops in the doorway. what follows is not often caught on camera. >> translator: he came to me without any questions. he hit me and i fell. and five soldiers came and beat me without any questions. i was telling them i didn't throe rocks, i was at work and it's as if i was nt spike speaking and they were hitting me and dragging me outside.
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>> reporter: a settlement up the road and confrontations were taking place around the area and he was working in this store room as the cc-tv shows when the israeli soldier stormed in and started beating him. he was then handcuffed, blind folded and arrested. the next day he was taken to hospital to treat his wounds. and it took three days until he was questioned and still has bruising now more than two weeks later. israeli human rights group who released the video of attack alleged the police initially refused to check his alibi and took six days for him to be released without charge. >> affair of impunity that we are seeing here. the soldiers probably expect that consequences for violence, such violence against palestinians will be remote if even that. and as one can imagine one of the other instances that
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suddenly take place all the time against palestinians but are not caught on video. >> reporter: israeli army says it is investigating the incident and its initial findings are the soldiers' actions are unacceptable. >> translator: hatred tensions between us and the jews and a person feels he is not a human being, this is not human treatment, if it was human then they wouldn't do that to a person. >> reporter: palestinians say these kinds of incidents and worse happen all the time. and that it's only rarely when this kind of hard evidence surfaces that the world wakes up as to how they are treated. stephanie decker, al jazeera in the occupied west bank. hurricane patricia which has caused flooding in some parts of mexico has weakened to what they call a tropical depression, and patricia has however forced more than 50,000 people out of their homes. no casualties so far reported. the damage less than feared
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because the hurricane came through vastly unpopulated areas and it's the strongest hurricane ever to hit the western hemisphere and lucille is from mexico city a long ways from where all of this has been happening but you are in touch with the people down there and what are they telling you about what patricia has done? >> hello, david, actually we were expecting to see some of the fallout from patricia here in mexico city but as you can see it's sunny. the storm came or the hurricane came in as a raging bull but very, very quickly thanks perhaps ironically to the fact it was carrying winds of more than 250 kilometers an hour it very quickly slammed into the mountains of mexico's pacific coast and took a lot of the wind out of that storm thankfully. so was it catastrophic, no, but was it dangerous and is it still dangerous, yes, to begin with of course there was initial
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flooding of streets, trees were ripped out, light posts, a lot of farmers in the region particularly in the state of halisco lost their corn crops and authorities are still warning people not to lay down, to lower their guard, they say that rivers can still break their banks and there can still be a lot of flash flooding and mudslides particularly in the rural areas and have been no reports of fatalities yet but again a lot of these people live in very isolated areas, uncommunicated with the rest of the cities and with authorities, so the final tally is still has to be made. in the meantime of course this storm has hit and the flooding has been so strong there even a train was derailed, david. >> i was going to ask you a second question but you answered every single point i was going to put to you, we will talk to you later on, thank you very much indeed.
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kerry says israel will continue the tradition that allows the muslims to pray in the compound in east jerusalem and hurricane patricia the strongest storm to hit the western hemisphere brings flooding to the coast of mexico but avoids damaging major cities. into the final day of campaigning before tanzania election and the current president is being campaigning alongside the ruling party candidate. constitution doesn't allow him to run for a third term so what has he achieved in the last ten years? more from catherine soy. >> reporter: the president at a political rally in jerusalem with a man he hopes will replace him. the president is winding up his time in office with an impressive economic track record. in the last ten years the country's gdp has grown by an
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annual 7% with more investments the discovery of off shore gas and oil deposits and a lack of conflict. . >> it's peaceful so people can freely go and work for whom they want. >> reporter: his government has also been credited for a construction boom, he recently launched what is expected to be east and central africa's largest port. on completion this bridge in jerusalem will continue the city to the last developed eastern site. the president supporters say they have seen more roads and bridges like that one being built, growing economy, improved healthcare system and better international relations in the last decade but the critics will argue the cost of living is still very high and corruption is at its worst. they say fighting has been one of the greatest challenges and a
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c conspicuous failure. >> nip it in the bud and that is where one would point out there has been some witnesses, but the level which has now reached, it may be difficult for just one person, but similarly a big change has to start from the leadership. >> reporter: mohamed and his friends catch up on the latest politics in a game of domino's in the outskirts of the city and they are yet to see benefits of the growing economy they heard so much about. >> translator: how can our politicians change for the better but ours, it doesn't help and we should all benefit equally. ♪ and so those who want to take over from here pledge to improve people's lives and deal decis e decisively with corruption.
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♪ listening to them hope their promises are not just empty words to win elections, catherine, al jazeera, jerusalem. in the rupic of congo to a referendum on changes to constitution which would allow the president to seek reelection on the capitol harry has more. >> reporter: government officials in congo say the referendum on sunday is a good thing. they say this new constitution they are trying to push ahead, push forward will help the poor and residents human rights for example and a clause that does away with the death penalty but atmosphere in some parts of the capitol is tense, what you see on some of the major streets, you see heavy police presence and police vehicles stationed on major roads, you have water canons driving around throughout the city and potential hot spots. across the roads there are people milling around, waiting to see what happens to this and
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you see those shops there, they were looted during days of protests, some people to the violence of the chaos and installed some things. opposition are saying that it's really difficult for them to come on to the streets because some admit they are scared, they are saying they are worried about being shot at by police and saying it's hard because the internet has been blocked, they can't mobilize people on social media, they can't send what the message is and tell people where to meet and the government denies this and saying they have nothing to do with communications in the city and the opposition is just being dramatic, that said the government does have a lot of people who do support the president and support the new constitution, the people who want to vote yes to it have been on the streets for a few days and also marching and protesting with big signs we want to vote the constitution in. opposition is concerned there could be violence and saying the president tried to hang on to power but the government says the referendum will go ahead on sunday and encourage as many
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people as possible to come out and vote. >> emergency management agency says one person has been killed and ten more injured in a suicide blast in the northeast of the country. women suicide bombers, four, blew themselves up from entering maiduguri and stopped at the outskirts of the city. 15 died in an explosion at a mosque in maiduguri according to a self-defense fighter who helped remove the bodies and 27 more killed during friday afternoon prayers in the city of yola and boca is being claimed for those attacks. shia muslims in pakistan demanding government leaders to tighten security after the latest suicide bombing there, friday night's explosion on a shia procession killed at least 22 worshippers. 8 children were reports to be among the dead and jacob and hundreds of minority shia in
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pakistan killed in sectarian attacks in the last decade. shia muslims targeted in bangladesh as well with a group and i.s.i.l. was behind the attacks and bombs and 25,000 people who gathered for the traditional procession and facing the capitol daka say a teenage boy was killed and more than 100 other people were hurt. vice president of maldives over alled plot to as nate the government and he is being questioned after an explosion on president's boat last month. he wasn't injured but his wife, aid and a body guard were. he is the editor of the newspaper of maldives and have not disclosed what evidence they have if any against the vice president. >> so the vice president landed in mali at the international airport in mali at midday today.
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the police arrested him from the tarmac and held a press conference right afterwards and they did not despite repeated inquiries tell us why the vice president is a suspect in the boat blast. so we do not know, the police have not told us what evidence they have found linking the vice president to the boat blast yet. after days of negotiations nearly 200 countries have agreed on a draft plan to tackle climate change but there is still disagreement on where the money to implement the plan will come from. friday was the last talks in the german city bon before a larger summit next month and we report. >> reporter: they are here to talk about climate change but there is another word that is causing a hawk in germany, compromise. the meeting was supposed to smooth the way before next month's summit in paris, negotiat negotiators in bon were asked to
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draft a workable plan but france sees problems ahead. >> the point is that the negotiators didn't make compromise here. they just stretched it different options and now they are clear option, poll rised -- polarized and a bridge and compromising others. >> reporter: the rift between rich and poor nations is evidence, rich nations want to stop the earth's temperature from rising by what scientists consider dangerous, two degrees celsius and poorer countries say that is too much. the rise should be restricted to 1 1/2 degrees. but that goal requires even tougher cuts to carbon emissions and will cost a lot more money. leaders in the maldives have been a lot more vocal and warn their low-lying islands in the indian oceans could disappear and president once held a
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cabinet meeting under water to illustrate the point. >> we are actually trying to send our message, let the world know what is happening and what will happen to the maldives if climate change is not checked. >> reporter: 2015 is so far the warmest year for the planet on record. we are yet to find out if it is also the year something concrete is finally done about it. al jazeera. bulgari and romaine will shut the doors to migrants and they insisted the balkin states will not be buff tear zones after they had talks on saturday, this possible move to close borders comes as thousands of refugees continue their journeys across the continent.
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and scuffles between police and opposition politicians in cosovo parliament and suspended after opposition let off tear gas canisters inside the chamber and want the government to backtrack over deals with serbia. almost one in five of the world's ships is greek registered but there are fears the country's ship owners may take their business elsewhere, that is because greece cash strapped government and threatening to raise tax rates on the industry and john has more from the greek port. >> reporter: greeks own the largest merchant fleet in the world, 15% of global shipping capacity. much of that fleet is managed and chartered from the port here generating an estimated 7% of the greek economy but shipping normally pays little tax here because most of the greek fleet sails under foreign flags of convenience, two years ago ship owners were forced to pay an
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additional greek tax and last year they agreed to double this for a period of four years. the latest bailout means the shipping industry is being asked to pay more again but that could be a miscalculated risk. is there a danger? there is always a danger. today, yesterday, tomorrow if the structure within which we operate is affected in such a way that we are put to a disadvantage and it's very important to look at it this way, what we are discussing is not losing an advantage, it's being placed at a disadvantage compared to our european counterparts first of all and global competitors, then naturally any self-respecting business has to make its move. >> reporter: the latest change is an additional 8% solidarity tax paid on the $9 billion in foreign currency that ship owners currently bring into the economy each year. all these measures are supposed to raise $700 million over six
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years over and above tax revenue from shipping but some of them are voluntary and all are supposed to be ittemporary and what worries them is it may be permanent. global trade has fallen during the economy crisis as international competition has risen but taxes remain constant. sensing an opportunity to buy singapore and cyprus are whoaing them of promises of tax havens and offices and they hope to keep ship owners here attracting shipping related business like finance, insurance, ship building and repair. >> translator: until now the data shows that some companies have chosen to open supplementary offices abroad and have not observed any mass flight and it's not contained in national boundaries but plan to reenforce the industry in perez. >> reporter: ship owners had hospitals and scholarships and lately the new national library and say these voluntary
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contributions help greece much more than taxes that could ruin the shipping industry. taxes they say that ultimately will make little difference to government debt. john with al jazeera, at the port of paris. get more at al, al shorts and $100 bucks of the tahoe. >> this past january, licensed shops in colorado began selling recreational marijuana to anyone 21 years of age or older. >> whoo that smells nice >> prices range from $14 to $25 a gram. >> what's the differencewe


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