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chief suspect killed and master mind of the paris attacks did died in police raids on wednesday and france's state of emergency is extended, the prime minister warns chemical weapons could be used in future attacks. ♪ lauren taylor and this is al jazeera live from london and also coming up, four israelis and one palestinian killed in two separate attacks in tel aviv and occupied west bank. reporting from western ethiopia in one of the largest building projects in history,
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the renaissance dam. ♪ hello france confirmed the death of a man police believed planned and coordinated paris attacks that killed 129 people and found the remains of abdelhamid abaaoud on wednesday triggering explosions and a massive fire fights and french politicians extend the state of emergency for another three months giving sweeping powers to the police and prime minister pressed with the extension saying it would help prevent further attacks and andrew simmons reports from paris. >> reporter: in the aftermath of the assault by special forces on the building is a positive identification what french describe as the ring leader of attacks last friday. the french prosecutor says fingerprints from one of two
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bodies recovered from the rubble prove it's abdelhamid abaaoud, the other dead suspect was a woman believed to be his cousin. the prosecutor says it is not clear whether abdelhamid abaaoud blew himself up like the woman and belgium born is seen here film perhaps in syria where he spent time fighting for i.s.i.l., the date is unknown. >> i would light to send a message for those who are sitting, stand up, spring and jump. >> reporter: according to a "new york times" report abdelhamid abaaoud was a number of european citizens fighting for i.s.i.l. in syria plotting attacks and recruit fellow fighters and security agents are aware of his presence in athens because of a phone call he made and escaped a police raid in
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eastern belgium before traveling back to syria and what the french authorities are feeling is tempered by the failure of intelligence in the run up to last friday's attacks, interior minister says abdelhamid abaaoud was implicated in four out of six attempted attacks since spring 2015 all of them thwarted by french intelligence but how different it was last week. >> translator: new information coming from european country where he could have transited before arriving in france was giving to us suggesting he got into europe and continued to france and it was on november 16th after the paris attacks that an intelligence service from a non-european country signalled it had been aware of his presence in greece. >> reporter: this doesn't do much to reassure french people. >> translator: people are really scared and we have become suspicious of each other and scared of the slightest sound of
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an ambulance siren. >> translator: nowadays when someone sees someone with a long beard and shirt think it's a terrorist. >> reporter: suspected master mind of what happened to paris last week may be dead but so many people here are still in an emotion emotional vacuum of grief and insecurity, andrew simmons, al jazeera, paris. parliament is ready to extend state of emergency for three months and approved by the national assembly on thursday and will go to the senate on friday, and also likely to win approval. france's prime minister has been speaking about a scale of the security risk. >> translator: we have to act with a maximum degree of caution and understand there is also the risk of chemical or biological arms involved. we have to be very cautious about frontiers of attacks from i.s.i.l. and al-qaeda because they are interconnected and their aim is for chaos.
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>> reporter: we are in central paris and we are hearing more raids have been carried out in france and what more can you tell us about those? >> we got the information in the last hour-and-a-half that in an area called three hours east of paris there had been a raid and the raid ended and focused on an apartment block in that town and that there was an explosion that was heard when the police that were there on the scene first entered the building. the last bit of information that we heard was reporting on local media that indeed one suspect had been arrested and the suspect had recently converted to islam. it's not really much of a surprise we are hearing about more raids especially in light of the fact the lower house of parliament voted today to extend the state of emergency and tomorrow the senate here is expected to vote and widely expected to approve an extension of the state of emergency.
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this really matches up with the rhetoric we have been hearing from so many french officials starting from president down to lower officials the past few days that there will be an intensification of security measures here, that these measures are necessary. the president francois hollande with lawmakers and citizens of the country that there is going to be a necessary sort of curbing of freedoms of liberties going on in the next three months to reestablish the freedoms after the state of emergency is declared over. >> and you have been talking to muslim people there the street, what have they been telling you about the feeling in the aftermath of these attacks? >> we spent several hours today going around to various neighborhoods in and around paris, these are neighborhoods with predominately muslim and north african citizens. and it was very interesting to see it from their perspective
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because while there was a lot of resentment towards the french government there is also a lot of fear, a lot of the people that we spoke with said to us that they were really worried that they were going to come under increased scrutiny. everybody that we spoke with today said that they did not agree with extremism, they condemned widely the attacks that happened in paris, they certainly agreed with any measures that would be taken to try to protect the citizens of france but they were worried that the muslim community and especially the north african muslim community which feels so disenfranchised that they would be really made a target and for the wrong reasons. particularly everybody that we spoke with today refused to go on camera with us. when we would ask if we could talk to them on camera you could really see the fear in their eyes because they are so worried that if they are to say anything perceived as critical of the french government at a time when everybody is calling for unity among french citizens that is something they might face
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reprisal for and something they are very worried about and worried they will be caught up in more raids but say really if the french government wants to do its job it needs to look at the under lying problems that are causing disenfranchisement and radicalism of youth that are unemployed here part of the muslim community, lauren. >> thank you very much indeed. police in belgium arrested nine people just outside brussels and some suspects from friday's attacks in paris had links to brussels and prime minister promised to step up security and pledged 400 million euros to fight against groups like i.s.i.l. >> translator: we want to act along four major lines. first to eradicate messages of hate and calls for violence, second to concentrate efforts and means on individuals who have been flagged potentially dangerous, third to strengthen security measures and finally
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act on an international level. >> reporter: the head of europe's police coordination organization says further i.s.i.l. attacks on the continent are likely and the chief says it's the biggest threat by europe in more than a decade. >> 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 recourse to exaggeration further attacks are likely and over all therefore this is why i think this represents the most serious terrorist threat faced by europe in over ten years. >> reporter: italy is hunting for five people after the f.b.i. tipped them off about potential attacks on high profile landmarks in response security has been boosted at st. peters cathedral and no specific details on plots and the warnings is week from the start of pope francis jubilee year which begins december the 8th.
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i.s.i.l. is boosting defenses in raqqa as it prepares for more air strikes and possible assault by rebel forces in response to paris attacks and activists say fighters are hiding in civilian neighborhoods and preventing anyone from fleeing and digging trenches and tires filled with fuel on the outskirts which they will set on fire if anyone tries to invade and fighters making the most of raqqa natural defenses on the river and the u.s. backed arab coalition is 50 kilometers north of raqqa after capturing the town and mohamed records. >> reporter: last week have had an effect far beyond the borders of france. french fighter jets launched the biggest raids in syria to date and their target is i.s.i.l. strongholds in raqqa and call the strikes revenge for friday's attacks and the u.s. and russia
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have also stepped up their campaigns. overnight russia bombs hit oil fields controlled by i.s.i.l. >> this is going to be another in my view strategic mistake, the west is dealing with another second war on terrorism which is not going to be any different from the fierce war on terrorism that failed miserably and replaced al-qaeda with da'esh. >> reporter: russia began its air strikes in syria and it has always said its main target is i.s.i.l. but most of the bombs hitter territory by the ally president bashar al-assad and barack obama says they cannot be eliminated in syria and that will be impossible so long as president assad remains in power. >> most of russian strikes at this point have not been directed at i.s.i.l. but with propping up the assad regime and
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will have to make a fundamental shift i believe in policy. >> reporter: despite international criticism assad's position appears to be strengthening. in his latest interview he down played i.s.i.l.'s strength in syria. >> translator: if you want to talk about the strength of i.s.i.l. the first thing you have to ask is how much of an incubator real incubator, natural incubator you have in a certain society. to this moment i can tell you i.s.i.l. doesn't have the natural incubator or social incubator within syria. >> reporter: negotiations to produce a ceasefire between government forces on rebels in the eastern border near the capitol damascus on thursday. and talks have been going on for a number of days and were mediated by russia. further evidence that assad has been strengthened by moscow. al jazeera. more still to come on al jazeera including. >> charles reporting from
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western ethiopia on the blue nile at one of the largest building projects in africa's history. the grand ethiopian renaissance dam. prepare to suspend your disbelief at the imagined museum where all art has been destroyed. ♪ the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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♪ hello again and reminder of the top stories on al jazeera, france confirms that abdelhamid abaaoud is the man they believe planned last friday's attacks in paris was killed in a raid on wednesday. france's prime minister said it's not known if there are
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groups linked to par 'tis attackers who are still active. france's lower house approved state of emergency for three months and police to conduct raids without warrant and ban public gathers, arrested nine people in raids in brussels and some paris attacks suspects have links to belgium. u.s. house of representatives passed legislation to restrict syrian and iraq refugees coming into the united states, republicans say the bill is necessary to protect america citizens and stop members of i.s.i.l. entering the country. and kimberly is following developments in washington d.c. and is live now and kimberly how was the debate before the vote? >> it was very feisty lauren and this is hastily assembled legislation for getting this through channels on the floor and contentious in terms of the debate and what it seeks to do
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is further add screening to require the f.b.i. director to personally certify the background investigation of the ten,000 thousand plus syrian and iraqi refugees obama administration would like to see come in the next year but many are saying this is nothing more than a racist knee-jerk reaction to concerns about what happened in paris and while those concerns about that happening on u.s. soil are legitimate still the argument has been by many that, in fact, this is just overly burdensome type legislation and as a result this was a very combative debate. >> it's not the issue of refugees, it's the issue of letting i.s.i.s. terrorist get in the country to kill us mr. speaker. >> mr. speaker, this bill is nothing but a pr piece that could have been written by joseph gobels that says if you can make people afraid you can make them do anything. >> reporter: but could the
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source still become law? >> well, here is how it works in the united states just because it passes the chambers it has the house of representatives and it requires the signature of president obama to become law and president obama has said that he will not sign this piece of legislation. so there is no chance of this becoming law. what this does signal though is the discussion that is expected to continue. even though there were members of the obama administration that went to capital hill and briefed rems and democrats about why this would be burdensome and why this is not a good idea there were some members of the president's own party who were not convinced this wasn't in some way necessary and they were just concerned about the mechanism that was being proposed. for example there is a visa waiver program in the united states that last year allowed for 20 million people from 38 countries to visit and the feeling there does need to be further security measures put in place but there is some difference of opinion about how it's going to come about and expect more of this to come but
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in a different form. >> kimberly thank you very much indeed. one of africa's largest construction projects will soon be up and running and likely to be a valuable boost to ethiopia's impoverished population and generate 6,000 mega waters of electricity of four nuclear reactors and comes with fair share of concerns and charles has rare access to the dam and reports from the blue nile in western ethiopia. >> reporter: ethiopia legend says the blue nile flows from the biblical garden of eden. it is sustained millions of lives for thousands of years. ethiopia government says the grand renaissance stand will put an end to centuries of argument over sharing this life-giving resource. construction began in april
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2011, the ethiopian government is paying for the $4 billion project in partnership with an itali italian contractor and they were afraid it would restrict down stream flow and an agreement was signed by the three countries in match and followed each country conducting its own study and analysis by international experts. >> therefore we go to the contract and have already assured that this is an environmentally friendly project and an economically sound project and this will also benefit the countries equally as it will benefit ethiopia. >> reporter: the studies continue. there are numerous issues to be resolved including the exact size of the reservoir and the time it will take to fill. when the reservoir is filled it will stretch around 240 kilometers in that direction. well beyond the mountains you can see in the far distance, the area of water will be around 0
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2000 kilometers and the dam is 47% and when the reservoir is filled it will come up to around about where i'm standing and the government is giving money and land to 4,000 families who have to be moved from the area and he farmed here all his life but now works on the dam for 150 a month and expecting $4,000 from the government to help with the move. >> translator: i hope we will benefit because i'm going to buy cattle and goats and maybe a house. >> reporter: around 80% of ethiopia's 96 million people work in agriculture and that is something the government says must change. >> get out of poverty is our agenda. and this is in our culture to move to industry. >> reporter: the dam will generate 6,000 mega watts of power and plans to sell to spain and south africa. the government says the dam will regulate a constant flow
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downstream throughout the dry season and stop flooding during the months of rain. >> studies that should be conducted and have to be conducted and will guide us. >> reporter: a pledge to change the course of this river's history and to improve the lives of millions who live along its banks and beyond. charles stratford al jazeera, western ethiopia. four israelis and one palestinian killed during a day of violence if israel and the occupied territories, two palestinians in custody accused of shooting at cars in the west bank where two israelis and the palestinian died and in tel aviv two israelis stabbed to death and both men and one in his 20s and the other in his 50s and the 24-year-old passed the attacker has been taken in custody. >> translator: everybody started running, we ran up stairs and saw a man lying on
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the ground bleeding. it was a place where people pray in the middle of the noon prayers someone got inside and stabbed him and the second one didn't make it inside and was stabbed in his throat, that is the one who was wounded and died and that sit, one of them was caught up stairs. >> reporter: we are live in west jerusalem and an uptick in the violence there. >> yes, absolutely there had been a few days of calm but certainly both incidents today are quite significant, one happening in tel aviv usually most of these stabbing attacks happen so far in occupied east jerusalem or in the occupied west bank so certainly there and it's something that happens quite rare and type of attacker there was not the usual teenager or university student as we have seen the age difference is quite significant and attacker in tel
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aviv is apparently a 36-year-old man who just a month ago had received his permit to enter and work in israel. he comes from the area near hebron according to the statement issued by the police. prime minister benjamin netanyahu is also very swift to react. he did say that those who did not recognize that it is the same quote terrorism that is happening here in israel to one that is happening in paris those who do not see that were simply hypocrites and says israel was coming under attack quote by the same islamic extremist than those who attacked paris and he did warn that israel will continue with its policies of for example house demolition of any alleged stabber or any alleged quote terrorist as the israelis put it. >> and is there any evidence emerging that these attacks might at all be coordinated? >> that is very difficult at
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this point to say that because i mean so far the pattern of attacks for the past nearly two months now have been quite random and there was no indication even according to reports that were issued by israel's internal security they call these attacks quite random and unpredictable and that really is the difficulty for the israeli security forces to predict such attacks and to tackle them. >> okay, thank you very much indeed live from west jerusalem. imagine a future with no museums, that is the central concept of a new exhibit opening at the tate art city of liverpool asking to look at modern art in a completely different way and jessica baldwin went to a preview of the show which encourages the audience to preview the art by committing it to memory.
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>> reporter: modern dancers interpreting modern art in live pool and inspired by a picture in the show and the raw canvas explore the idea of space. the show of 60 works is called a magnificent imagined museum and picture a time in the future where all art has been destroyed, the only pictures left are in the viewers' minds. we asked two of the dance students to pick two of their favorites and commit it to memory and she chose one by bridgett riley. >> it's memorable in the way it sways so much and makes me think of a windy day. >> reporter: and she opted for a photograph by the german artist german sander. >> escaping on a fence and escaping out the doorway stuck with me, yeah. >> reporter: the post war works come from across europe, many
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from the tate own collection and other from the center in paris and mmk in frankfort. it's a show with lots of different post war modern art. you have the big blockbusters like andy war hall's soup cans and conceptual art like this one where the viewer comes in, looks at the video, there is a mirrored room but the viewer is not there, it's delayed and makes you complaint the whole idea of time. that is one point of the show. asking people to think about some lofty ideas like time and space, what is art and what it is about art that matters to them. >> in this fictional scenario you can imagine us trying to articulate why would we mix art were it to go away. >> reporter: look at some works included it's heart to fathom how certain pieces really deserve to be in a museum let alone in a managed imagined
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space in a visitor's mind, jessica baldwin, al jazeera, liverpool england. double suicide bombing in nigeria and 12 people were killed in the city. two women blew themselves up in a marketplace where mobile phones were being sold and red cross said 60 others were injured and it's a day after attack in the city where 32 people died. >> translator: i was just standing close to my table, the next thing i heard was a scary sound then blood from my head. when i looked around i saw people running for their lives. >> translator: i saw when they came to the market and i asked if she came to buy a phone and she did not answer me and i followed her and she indicated with her hand to stop following her and 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 is the dead bodies around me and then being sent to
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hospital. >> reporter: police here in uk arrested a libya man over the murder of a policewoman outside the libya embassy 31 years ago and died when shots were fired from the embassy while she was policing a demonstration against the then libyan leader moammar gadhafi and police investigations in libya led to fresh evidence and described the arrest as a turning point in the inquiry. slovania will turn back migrants with croatia and refuse to readmit them, last week the army started building a barbed wire fence on border of croatia to try to control the flow of refugees and serbia and macedonia are limiting refugees cross the border and syria and iraq and afghanistan enter. now to a sparkling discovery in botswana the largest diamond in the country and second largest in the world in the last century, it measures more than a
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thousand carats and about the size of a cricket ball and found at the diamonds mine which is about 500 kilometers north of the capitol. and plenty more for you any time on our website and the address for that is al jazeera.com. >> june 2010, fighting erupts between the uzbek and kyrgyz communities of southern kyrgyzstan. the violence spreads from osh to nearby towns. >> they came and started looting houses, killing people.

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