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>> belgian police launch a major operation in brussels in the hunt for suspects linked to friday's attacks in paris. >> also ahead on the show, in france, police raid 163 homes and seize weapons, including a rocket launcher, kalashnikovs and bulletproof vests. >> france launches airstrikes against isil in raqqa. >> pressure mounts on russia to
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tarts the armed group. >> major operations have been launched across france and belgium as part of an international investigation into friday's attacks in paris. in brussels, heavily armed police raided an address in the district which has had links to armed groups. 21 people have been arrested. weapons were found. >> we are mobilizing all means of investigation to expel the 19 radical imams in the mosques which promote hate or place
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under house arrest those who need to be. ladies and gentlemen, faced with the barbaric terrorism which has declared war on us, only one response is possible, and that is what the french people have adopted. the i am plaquable response of the republic of those who wish to destroy it, the terrorists will never destroy the republic, because it is the republic that will destroy them. >> let's go live to the french capital. what sort of picture is emerging? >> well, the french authorities are saying that five of the attackers have now been identified, and we have three names that we can share with you. the first we've known since saturday, a french national from the outskirts of paris.
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he is someone who was known to the french authorities and certainly crossed the radar of those monitoring suspected radicals in france. now, the new names that we have be a another french national, 28 years old born in paris and has been residing in the neighborhood which is one of the poor suburbs to the north of paris. he had crossed the radar of anti terror police and apparently has attempted to travel to yemen three years ago. the third name is more problematic, a name found on a syrian passport lying closing to the body of one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up outside the stadium friday night. the name is ahmed muhammed and greek authorities have confirmed that that passport was carried
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by someone who traveled to one of the greek islands on october 3, because obviously, the greeks are checking the i.d., documents of all refugees who arrive, so one carrying that passport passed himself off as a refugee to the french authorities and another piece of evidence that connects that man to the boat load of refugee that is came in is that the greeks also fingerprint the ref jeers and the fingerprint matches the fingerprint which the police took from the dead body, so whether the passport is real or fake, we don't know, but we can safely say that the person who was using that passport entered the european union hidden among refugees on a boat that landed on the greek island. >> we've got a rare meeting of parliament, is life start to go slowly get back to normal? >> there is a big effort in france to not allow the events
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of friday night to change the way in which french people live their lives and not allowing those attacks to force people to change their routine and habits, so while museums and public buildings opened again on monday, the beginning of the school day was marked in the morning by eminent silence, something that was respected all over france. that said, everything isn't back to normal, obviously by any extent of the ma'amation, the security presence in france is very much higher than usual, an additional 30,000 security personnel are out on the streets. as you mentioned, the french president francois hollande will be addressing the joint houses of parliament in a couple of hours time where he's likely to give us more of his vision for the way ahead in the days and weekend to come, both in terms of tackling the threat, because
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it's believed there is a threat of further violence, further attacks in france and elsewhere in europe, but also more broadly the way in which france seeks to move forward against the background of those attacks. >> we'll leave it there for now. thank you so much, jacky rowland. >> paul brennan has the latest on the raised carried out in the belgian capital. >> the authorities had the opportunity to arrest a man saturday when he was stopped by police at the belgian border. police did not have his name and he was not on any watch lists or arrest lists and only subsequently the police realized the importance of him in the overall scheme of things in relation to the paris attacks. they missed one opportunity and that put huge pressure on the authorities to detain him as quickly as possible.
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we've seen various police units, plain clothes units, khaki clad paramilitary type units. although they may, it seems that early indications now are that they may not have been able to arrest him here, they will be searching the addresses here, because the reason they came here is undoubtedly because the addresses have some kind of cushion s. significance or connection with the suspect that is they're hunting for. >> the french military launched a series of airstrikes against isil positions in syria. the sortes were flown sunday from air bases in jordan and the gulf, fighter jets targeted positions in raqqa. >> an activist from raqqa has spoken to al jazeera about the airstrikes. we are not identifying him for his own safety.
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>> the u.s. led coalition jet this morning carried out three airstrikes targeting isil posts on the outskirts of the city, but no civilian casualties were reported. the airstrikes caused a state of panic among civilians. the residents say the airstrikes might come as retaliation to the paris attacks. yesterday evening, the french jets carried out attacks on the city and suburbs, targeting isil posts. the explosions were big but did not leave casualties among civilians. the residents said that the airstrikes were not meant to target civilians but bomb isil positions in raqqa. >> a journalist gained unprecedented access to isil fighters last year. he said airstrikes won't be effective. >> what i want to say is i think that bombarding isil is the wrong strategy. these are guerilla fighters,
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terrorists. mosul is a city with 1.5 million in habitants, and in mosul, you have maybe 7,000i.s. fighters. how will you destroy or eliminate these fighters by bombarding mosul? you would have to bombard mosul completely and kill hundreds of thousands of people and the strategy to bombard terrorists was during the last 14 years, always a favor. when we started the war with bombardment on afghanistan, we had several hundred international terrorists, now more than several hundred thousand and i'm really shocked in a the western politicians was no other idea to defeat isil than to bombard cities. i was in raqqa, i am sure that it is wrong that there are no civilian casualties. of course, in every bombardment, you kill civilian people. the civilians fear these strikes
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and of course an i.s. target doesn't like if he is bombarded, but they know that for every civilian, every civilian child who is killed by an air strike, you will have 10 new terrorists, and therefore, this strategy is completely wrong. a national reconciliation in iraq and in syria would put all the forces together against isil and that's the only solution, that we have to bring the population together to unify them and if they are unified, they will not support isil anymore, because in reality, the syrians and the iraqis, they support them, but they don't like them. >> plenty more still to come here object al jazeera, including they manage to flee for their lives from isil, but refugees fear the threat of disease could overwhelm their
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camps in northern iraq.
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>> time to recap the headlines now. a police operation in the belgian capital ended with no arrests. please were searching for a suspect in the paris attacks, at least two of the culprits lived in brussels. >> french police arrested 23 people in overnight raised across front. weapons, computers and phones were seized. >> the french military launched airstrikes against isil pros ins
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syria. fighter jets targeted positions in the group's self declared capital of raqqa. >> efforts to defeat isil are topping the agenda at g-20 summit, speaking about the impact the war in syria is having on turkey. >> we've been observing that's been happening in syria from day one, the suffering, turkey has allowed 2.5 million refugees into its territory. we have not distinguished or discriminate when we did that, considering it our humanitarian duty. this is not something one country can cope with on its own. >> the g-20 summit has been taking place, the closing session has begun there. what are leaders coming up with? >> we've just had two statements
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issued, the communique about the global economy. that is what this summit has been about, although overshadowed by events in paris. we've had this statement on terrorism that has been reds. a couple of things they have said in that statement flagged up earlier in the day, but a commitment it seems to tackle the financing of terrorism, to exchange information to freeze assets, that's one major problem. the turks have often complained they've not had enough intelligence sharing, a commitment to increase intelligence sharing between governments about who is crossing borders where and names and identities of individuals of interest. there's also been a commitment to manage borders. turkey has two significant borders in the g20's own border
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with syria on one side and its border with the european union on the other side of the country. that border already fairly tightly secured these days by syria. it was once fairly porous. refugees still allowed through on a humanitarian basis, but turkey's border on the aegean sea, it's very dangerous for people to cross, with we may see a strengthening there. also in the schengen zone area, easy to go from greece to france without having any further identity checks. we may see a strengthening of border security in the schengen zone, as well. >> so strengthening of border controls, what about a more coordinated plan for targeting isil, anything on that front? >> i mean there doesn't seem to be coming out of it any major shift in policy toward the syrian crisis.
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we have seen pressure brought to bare on the russian leader, vladimir putin. the british prime minister, david cameron, angela merkel and yesterday barack obama have all essentially asked the same thing of putin, to direct russian fire power against isil forces. russia started bombing in syria in september, but mainly targeting those forces aligned against president bashar al assad as russia along with other major supporters of assad. the western powers are saying by combining resource the against isil, we might be more effective and an acknowledgment from vladimir putin, although we are still waiting for his formal press conference that yes, we need to work more together only issue. >> all right. bernard smith there. >> major battle is underway to try to recapture the third largest city in yemen. airstrikes and ground forces
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from the saudi-led coalition are attacking taiz. >> government reinforcements in the city of taiz, a major battle is underway to repel a houthi advance. tribesmen are also joining the fight to recapture taiz, yemen's third largest city. >> we are ready for the fight. we are waiting for orders to launch the final assault. the new military commander has been ordered to prevent the houthis taking over tads. recapturing the city is crucial for government forces. it's on the main road, which links the south to the capital, sanna. >> taiz remains a divided city. the area said under government control, but the houthis backed by the former president al saleh still hold ground.
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if taiz falls under government control, the government in exile may move there. the prime minister spent sometime in the southern city of aden but was forced to relocate in saudi arabia was a he was targeted in an isil attack. al jazeera. >> two palestinians have been killed during a raid by israeli forces in the occupied west bank. israeli troops say they came under attack at the refugee camp as they demolished a home of a map accused of killing an israeli man five months ago. twenty palestinians were wounded in the raid, 86 palestinians and 12 israelis have been killed in a six week long series of killings and unrest. >> heavy rape in northern iraq caused flooding in camps for people displaced by violence. aid agencies say unless funding is made available immediately, those in the camps are vulnerable to diseases. we have this report. >> winter has arrived at the camp in the kurdistan region of
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northern iraq. a few days of rain have turned makeshift streets into muddy paths. she is desperate. she's lived here 18 months after escaping isil fighters who seized her home. she and her family are freezing in this camp. >> sometimes, we sleep in the kitchen. other times in the bathroom. we have no place to go, because of the rain and the storms. the other day our tent collapsed on the kids. when it rains, the power goes off. >> this camp is typical of many others across northern iraq, which are struggling to cope with the winter weather. the u.n. refugee agency has a cash crisis and cut back on the services it provides. winter is making the crisis worse. main is scores and falling prices means that the regional government is struggling to provide basic needs. >> the biggest challenge for this camp and others isn't the cold, it's the rain.
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the can come down very heavily. for the children, this is a real challenge. if disease takes ahold in this camp, it can spread quickly. >> the general manager of the camp doesn't have enough funding or infrastructure. >> we are much concerned from rain storms. we are doing our best to overcome such harsh conditions by providing waterproof covers for these tents, but frankly speaking, these tents can't survive strong rain storms. >> it's been eight months since the head of the u.n. agency warned the crisis was a tipping point and more money needed. that money still hasn't arrived, so these people continue to phase misery every day under the an vas. >> five more people have been killed in burundi in the latest violence there. protestors against the controversial reelection of the president for a third term say they have been targeted by
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police. governments and opposition have been trading accusations about who is responsible for the deaths. catherine soy reports from the capital. >> there are reports of a grenade attack in one of the neighborhoods here i. police were attacked in two incidents. police have mounted a massive security operation to -- saying that want to get legal arms in the possession of people in some areas here in bujumbura. from his rideout in burundis capital, bujumbura, this man tell us police arrested and tortured him. he says his hands and feet were bound by ropes for at least
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three days he was detained. police accused him of participating in the political process that started april against the president's presidential bid. they also want him to admit that he belongs to a rebel group. >> the police seem to have their intelligence. they have their target. they seem to know where the weak points are, but i don't have guns. >> many people are worried about the systematic searches going on months now. >> people are now being regularly killed and their bodies in streets and trenches. it's unclear who is carrying all the kill ins. >> saturday night, gunmen shot and killed a young man on the street. her husband was among nine murdered by unknown assailants. >> now, i don't know who have
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killed my husband. >> some of the bodies found have their hands and legs bound together. burundi's home rights commission says it's hard to report retall laatory killings. none claimed responsibility, but both the government and opposition accused each other. >> there is a number of people who live in some neighborhoods of the capitol city, mostly, but of course in some other areas, as well, who own guns, and who actually continue to use them either against the police or against their neighbors. >> in response to all this, police are carrying out a major security crackdown. many people have been arrested in neighborhoods rewarded as opposition strongholds. >> i don't know a place where live only people in opposition. in this country, place where live only one ethnic group in this country. i mean, that -- people if my who
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are targeted are people arms. >> she says her husband was not a political man and she just wants to know who killed him and why. >> the only independent media outlet was summoned to the court, he was questioned about an attempted coup in may. they wanted to know what he knows about that coup, his involvement in that coup, as well. 29 people are in custody in relation to that attempted coupe. police said they would call him again if they have other questions.
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journalists, human rights campaigners and others have left want country and those here concerned about the security situation want things to get better. they want things to move forward so they can go about their business. >> aung san suu kyi has returned to parliament following her party's landslide election win. she's bound by the constitution from becoming president, so will choose a proxy instead. the ruling party backed by the military will remain in power until the end of january. we have this report. >> this parliament session is attended by members of parliament who were elected not in the most recent poll, but in the 2010 general election. many would have lost their seat in the most recent elections, but they're still able to debate issues like the budget and pals laws, because their terms only expire in january, 2016.
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it won't be until two months after that a new government will be reformed. the military chief said there won't be a repeat of 1990. many leaders were imprisoned. aung san suu kyi, who led her party to victory in 1990, as well as in the 2015 general election, has said she wants to meet the president, the military chief and speaker of parliament to discuss the transition of power. she's already met the speaker on sunday and will meet him again thursday, but no date has yet been set for a meeting with the president and military chief. it is these discussion that is will be crucial to the transition of power in the months ahead. >> japan has fallen back into recession, the government shows the economy shrank for a second straight quarter, slowing overseas demand. notably in china is thought to
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be behind the decline. >> a new way of seeing one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world is literally taking off. we have a report from india's taj majal. >> preparing to rise just as the sun does, it's an early start for the first ever tag balloon festival. while the balloons are readied, their pilots look forward oh to an exciting trip. >> i'm going to live with this the rest of my life. >> once up in the air and through the pollution and haze, we can see what he means. the view is worth it. this event combines one of the wonders of the world with hot air ballooning and hopefully attracting even more tourists. >> the view from here is what you would expect, fantastic, which beg as question, does the home of one of the wonders of the world really need a tourism boost? >> being this high up is nothing
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new for the pilot. he said this vantage point gives a unique perspective. >> it displays the whole heart of so you will in india with one glimpse without doing any damage to it. if we were putting a million people through that incredible building on an annual base, you've just got to look after it so well. >> it's definitely a different sight, even for those who have seen it before. locals get a thrill from watching the balloons. >> we don't get to see something like this. the whole village is excited and came out. >> those who couldn't make the flight or not brave enough still get a chance to have a short flight. since most tourists come only for a day or two take his the tag, officials want to give them reasons to stay longer and make
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this a more regular way of seeing the attraction. al jazeera, india. >> if you want to keep up to date with stories we've been following, head over to >> intense manhunt, french security forces conduct hundreds of raised as france's foreign minister warns more attacks are possible. >> the belgian connection, a show of force by police in brussels hunting down suspects in the paris attacks. >> stopping isil at the source. world leaders meet in turkey debating how to stop the violence and end the war in


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