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dna tests show the man thought to have orchestrated the paris attacks was killed in wednesday's police raid. confirmation came as the french parliament extended the state of emergency, giving the police extra powers. ♪ hello, i'm in london. you are watching al jazeera. also coming up. two israelis are killed in a stabbing attack in tel-aviv. ♪ [ sobbing ] and why children are being caught up in a war on illegal drugs in southeast asia.
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♪ france has confirmed the death of the man police believe planned and coordinated the paris attacks which killed 129 people. forensic examiners identified the remains of abdelhamid abaaoud from an apartment in northern paris which was raided on wednesday, triggering explosions in massive fire fight. and french politicians have voted to extend the state of emergency for another three months, giving sweeping powers to the police. the prime minister pressed for the extension saying it could prevent further attacks. earlier france's interior minister revealed abaaoud's involvement in several plots in france this year, and called on europe to act collectively to defend itself >> translator: among the six
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attacked that were foiled or prevented since spinning of 2015. abaaoud was implicated in four of them. paris was one of the most serious attacks perpetrated on european soil, and there is a need for collective consciousness. jonah hull has more now on abdelhamid abaaoud. >> reporter: this is the man that french security officials believe planned and organized last friday's attacks, belgian born, 27-year-old, abdelhamid abaaoud, seen here in video footage filmed perhaps in syria, date unknown. >> translator: i would like to send a message to those that stay sitting. standing up, spring. jump. rush for the victory. are you satisfied with this life that you have in this humiliating life whether it's in
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europe, africa, arabic countries, america, this humiliating life where you call yourself a muslim. do you still dare to call yourself a muslim? >> reporter: according to report he was among a number of european citizens fighting for isil in syria, now making their way back to plot attacks. they became aware of his presence because of a phone call he made. he then escaped in january before traveling back to syria. >> translator: look for pride and honor. you will only find it in your religion. you will only find it in your religion. in jihadism. >> reporter: the young man who railed against the lives of muslims in europe had himself enjoyed a life of privilege in the brussels suburb where police raids took place this week.
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his moroccan father owned a clothing business. he attended an exclusive school. one of the paris suicide attackers is still on the run. abaaoud is thought to have first travelled to syria in early 2014, wrote he embraced the propaganda. he also bragged online about the ease with which he was able to travel between europe and syria, and indeed that appears to be a major security lapse by the intelligence services. accounts suggest a man not just with personal passion for isil's ideology, but something else of great value to the group, friends in a brussel's suburb, restless dropouts searching for meaning. it seems he was able to offer them some. well the lower house of france's parliament has voted to
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extend the state of emergency for three months after last week's leadly attacks. it will now go to the senate on friday where it is likely to win approval. it expands police's powers, and allows authorities to stop the movement of people and vehicles at specific times and places. it includes measures that allow officers to enter and search homes without a warrant. mass gathering and protests can be banneded. controls can also be exercised over the media, but the government says it won't impose these provisions. the prime minister has been speaking about the scale of the security risk. >> translator: we have to act with the maximum degree of caution and we have to understand that there is also the risk of chemical or biological arms involved. we have to be very cautious
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about our frontiers by attacks from isil or al-qaeda, because their orders are interconnected, and their aim is to sew chaos. >> let's go live to paris. andrew we now have confirmation that the man suspected to have planned the paris attacks have been killed. tell us more about what we have learned. >> reporter: obviously this news has come as great relief to the security forces and services, and indeed many french people feel leaved to hear the master mind as he has been described by french authorities is dead. he was identified by fingerprints, we're told, although the french prosecutor isn't sure whether he blew himself up or not, like the female suicide bomber who was killed around the same time, it's thought. but any real celebration, if
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that's the right word, about his death has been tempered by what is turning into a -- more and more of a dispute about intelligence information because you heard that clip from the interior minister, but he also went on to say that no information coming from european countries was given to france ahead of the attack last friday, in which 129 people died. he said that actual fact was on november 16th, two days after the attack, that intelligence agency outside europe informed france that he was in greece. the date isn't mentioned there. but the key point to this is the french security were saying all along that he was actually in syria. so the french are very concerned
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about what appears to be a lack of cohesion, or lack of liaison between intelligence services within the european union itself, and other issues related to border controls, which weren't mentioned are on the table, the meeting of justice -- e.u. justice ministers within 24 hours. so a lot of concern about that. >> and still efforts being made to get a grip on the situation in france right now, with the state of emergency being extended, andrew, what more do we know about that? >> that's right. coming on the same day as this news only a few hours after we hear of his death, there was an overwhelming vote in the lower house of the national assembly, of 551-6 to vote through the three-month extension to the state of emergency. that has to be rubber stamped by
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the senate, but it is likely to sail through, and these are measures as you outlined earlier that are described by many as draconian, however, they seem to have absolute full support of politicians in france. house arrest. there's a series of measures related to house arrest, which don't involve the judges, will enable politicians, effectively to order the seizure of people, assets, three months in jail if a person doesn't respect house arrest, and curfews can be imposed by the police at bars, gatherings, can be blocked by police. and there will be military jurisdiction of crime. so there is -- many human rights causes are concerned about how far this is going, also about
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the three-month extension, because the question is this, with france being now much more proactive in the war in syria against isil, whether or not it is stuck in this war, the situation gets to be the case where there aren't any firm results, and there is a state of emergency in the country, more concerns about what they call fer -- terror attacks, then is there a possibility that this could drag on, and the very freedoms that france says we're attacked by the awful events of last friday, could actually be hinders -- freedoms would be hindered by legislation and changes to the constitution that could limit one's freedom and the civil liberties of people in france. added to that the polarization in communities, the danger of minority communities being
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victimized, the danger of violence. there is a real concern here. there has never been such a fear about the divide between those of the muslim faith and those of the christian faith. >> a range of dilemmas in the country right now. thank you very much. meanwhile police in bem belgium have arrested nine people in nine more raids just outside of brussels. some of the suspects from friday's attacks in paris had links to belgium. the country's prime minister has promised to step up security, and has pledged 400 million euros to help in the fight against groups like isil. >> translator: we want to act along four major lines. first, to eradicate messages of hate and calls violence. second, to concentrate efforts on individuals who have been fla r flagged as potentially
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dangerous. third strengthen the security measures, and finally to act on international level. further isil attacks on the continent are likely. he says it is the biggest threat faced by europe in more than a decade. >> we're dealing with a very serious, well resourced determined international terrorist organization that is now active on the streets of europe. reasonable to assume, therefore, without any resource to exaggeration, that further attacks are likely, and overall, therefore, this is why i think this represents the most serious terrorist threat faced by europe in over ten years. >> new york's mayor says his city won't be intimidated of a new isil video, showing time scare. he says the police force is working tirelessly to keep people safe. >> i want to encourage all
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new yorkers, to continue to go about their business normally. it is important to note that there is no credible and specific threat against new york city. nypd has been working, very, very closely with the fbi and our other federal partners. in other developments, a polish passenger yet headed to egypt was forced to stop its flight when a passenger joked. speaking about the incident, the prime minister said it was caused by a drunken pole making a joke, that's a direct quote. two israelis and one palestinian have been killed in further violence in the occupied west bank. two palestinian shooters who are now in custody are said to have
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shot at cars. in another attack in tel-aviv, at least israelis were killed when they were stabbed. the victimings were both men one in his 20s, the other in his 50s. the palestinian attacker has been taken into custody. 16 israelis and 88 palestinians have been killed in such incidents since the beginning of last month. >> translator: everybody started running. we saw a man lying on the ground bleeding. it was a place where people pray. someone got inside and stabbed him. the second one was stabbed in his throated. that's the one that was wounded and died. more to come for you in this half hour, as many u.s. states close their doors to syrian refugees, we'll hear from muslims on how that makes them
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public gatherings. now in other stories we're tracking. isil is boosting its defenses in raqqa as it prepares for more air strikes and a possible assault by rebel forces in prones to the paris attacks. activists say fighters are hiding in civilian neighborhoods and preventing anyone from fleeing. they are always underto be digging tunnels and trenches around the city and have placed tires filled with fuel on the out skirts. fighters are also making the most of the natural defenses, canals off of the you fray deez river. mohammed has more. >> reporter: the attacks in paris last week have had an
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effect far beyond the borders of france. french fighter jets launched their biggest raid in syria to date. their target, isil strong holds in raqqa. the u.s. and russia have also stepped up their campaigns. overnight, russian bombs hit oil fields controlled by isil. >> this is going to be another in many my view strategic mistake that the west is dealing with another -- a second war on terrorism, which is not going to be any different from the first war on terrorism that failed miserably, and replaced al-qaeda with daesh. >> reporter: russia began its air strikes in syria at the end of september. it has always said its main target is isil, but most of its bombs have hitterer to held by other groups opposed to its ally, president bashar al-assad. u.s. president barack obama says isil cannot be eliminated until there is a political settlement
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in syria, and that he says will be impossible as long as president assad remains in power. >> most of the russian strikes have been directed at propping up the assad regime. so they will have to make a fundamental shift, i believe, in policy. >> reporter: but despite international criticism, assad's position appears to be strengthening. in his latest interview, he down played isil's strength in syria. >> translator: if you want to talk about the strength of isil, the first thing cow have to ask is how much of an incubator, real incubator you have in a certain society? to this moment, i can tell you, isil doesn't have the natural incubator or social incubator within syria. >> reporter: negotiations to produce a ceasefire between government forces and rebels in the eastern area near the capitol damascus failed on thursday. the talks had been going on for a b in of days and were mediated
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by russia. further evidence that assad has been strengthened by moscow. meanwhile, u.s. democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton has laid out her plan to defeat isil. >> our goal should be to achieve the kind of penetration we accomplished with al-qaeda in the past. this would help us identify and eliminate isis's command and control, and its economic lifelines. a more effective coalition air campaign is necessary, but not sufficient. and we should be honest about the fact that to be successful, air strikes will have to be combined with ground forces actually taking back more territory from isis. slovenia has announced it will turn back economic mie
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grans at its border with croatia. but croatia's interior minister says the country will refuse to readmit them. the slovenian army started building a barbed wire fence on the border with croatia to try to control the flow of refugees. serbia and macedonia are limiting the number of refugees crossing the border, they are only letting those from syria, iraq, and afghanistan enter. the white house says president obama will veto demands for greater screening of syrian refugees. rob reynolds reports. >> reporter: at this islamic school and mosque in austin, texas, children play without a care, but many adults in the muslim community were jolted when the texas governor said syrian refugees fleeing civil war were not welcome in this
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state. abbott told president barack obama not to send any syrians to texas for fear that they might include operatives loyal to the islamic state. the school principal who was born in syria, says the governor is misinformed. >> reporter: these are families that are running away from isil. literally isis has destroyed half of syria, so they are really victims. >> reporter: there are a handful of recent syrian refugees in austin, but all of those we contacted declined to be interviewed, afraid that relatives back home right suffer repercussions. but the head of the refugee help agency in austin said all refugees are screened by several government agencies before they are allowed to settle in the u.s. >> we know, and we are given assurances that any refugee that comes into our community has
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been fully vetted by the federal government through the department of homeland security, and all of the appropriate security checks. >> reporter: so far, the u.s. has taken in only about 2,000 syrian refugees. but the obama administration plans to admit 10,000 more over the next 12 months. now more than half of the governors of the 50 u.s. states say their doors are closed to syrians. the fact is, however, that no governors whether here in texas or elsewhere, have any legal right to prevent syrian refugees from settling within their borders. once the federal government has given a refugees permission to enter the united states, they can live wherever they want. muslim leaders here are reluctant to criticize the governor. they say they understand how rattled americans are by the attacks in paris and elsewhere, claimed by the islamic state.
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but they please for american's sympathy too. >> this is all a test, test for everybody. test for humanity, test for empathy, test us as a human, how sincere and loving are we going to be. >> reporter: so far america isn't getting a very good grade on that test. >> not really. but there are a lot of good folks here in town. >> reporter: white house officials spoke with 34 governors in an attempt to reassure them that refugees, including syrians, undergo the most rigorous screening of any travelers to the u.s. pictures have emerged from wednesday's double suicide bombing in nigeria. at least 12 were killed. two women blew themselves up in a marketplace where mobile phones were being sold. the red cross says at least 60 others were injured. this came a day after the a bombing where 32 died.
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>> translator: i was standing close to my table. the next thing i heard was a scary sound, and then blood from my head. >> translator: i saw when the two ladies came to the market. i asked one if she came to buy a phone. she used her hand to indicate to me to stop following her. that saved my life, because a few blocks later, she detonated her ied. >> translator: i came to buy a phone, but the only thing i can remember was the dead bodies around me. world leaders have called for more international cooperation to fight terrorism on the last day of their meeting in the philippines. it's a break from a-pac tradition. not everyone in manila has been happy about the city hosting the event. scuffles broke out between police and protesters.
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protesters want a-pac to be disbanded, saying it only benefits big corporations. the united nations estimates the drug trafficking business in southeast asia is worth $33 billion a year. several nations including myanmar and thailand are joining forces to tackle the problem. wayne haye reports from thailand where the victims caught up in this war are children. >> reporter: in a dawn raid on a remote vailage in thailand the world of a small girl was turned upside down. one of the targets of the raid near the border with myanmar was her stepfather who was wanted in connection with drug trafficking and killing a policeman. he wasn't there, but the mother was caught with a small bag of methamphetamine pills, enough to be charged as a dealer.
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at the police station in town, she was able to contemplate what will probably amount to years in jail and years away from her daughter. >> translator: since there is no one taking care of her now, she'll need to get a job and take care of herself. >> reporter: that's exactly what this girl has had to do for the past three years since her parents were jailed for dealing. when not working the fields the 15-year-old is looking after her brother and sister. she has become the main caregiver while their mother serves another three years. their father killed himself in custody. >> translator: living with my parents was a happy time. now my happiness has ended. >> reporter: despite increasing regional cooperation, lives continue to be destroyed. in a pristine part of the world that is a key transit point for drugs. the path of myanmar just across
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the border is controlled by a rebel army, which is believed to be one of if not the larger producer and trafficker of drugs in southeast asia. the people living in poor villages along the border, the drug barons have a ready supply of workers wanting to make money by trafficking and dealing. >> translator: after each arrest we investigate further. we have people working in all areas. last year we dismantled some big networks. [ sobbing ] >> reporter: but in this case, another child is left behind, as another parent is taken away, another casualty of an illicit growing border trade. jane haye jazz, thailand. police here in the u.k. have arrested three people over the murder of a policewoman more
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than 30 years ago. she was shot dead in 1984 while policing a demonstration against the then libyan leader gadhafi outside of the embassy. police say investigations in libya have lead to fresh evidence. more on everything right here, this man, the man accused of organizing those attacks in paris is now dead, but officials in france are still looking for others who might have been involved. on high alert, belgium conducting even more raids and increasing its security a. and debating refugees, the house getting ready to vote on stricter rules for refugees coming into the u.s. ♪