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syrian rebel groups join hands to recapture territory from government forces in the key battle grounds of aleppo province. you're watching al jazeera live from doha. russia imposes a series of economic sanctions against turkey after the shooting down of its fighter jet. after a year of turmoil, a vote
in nearly three decades. gentleman a new tax on mobile phone call as the first step for its fiscal independence. opposition fighters in syria say they have captured several towns and villages in aleppo's countryside. a video has been released showing teaming up with battle groups to take back this territory. the province of aleppo which borders on turkey has been a key battle ground for three years. >> reporter: syrian rebels on the offensive. marred by divisions and short of weapons, they are advancing on the city of aleppo. many armed factions have tabid a joint
command center-- a johned command center. they're attacking government military posts in southern aleppo. the al-nusra front are taking part. its fighters took a role in a push to capture a village. syrian ribs say government forces are backed by thousands of fighters from iran, iraq and hezbollah. the syrian army is to cut the highways, not to take over aleppo. aleppo as a city, i think, is still divided and they have to go to the eastern side. >> reporter: behind these mountains is another major front line, government troops have been shelling here which were recently captured by turk man fighters. these mountains over look the city of latakia. one of president bashar al-assad strong holds. his troops backed by russian planes are trying to secure the
area. as the fighting continues near the border with turkey, there are growing fierce of region a.m. conflict of the the russians and iran are straunch allies of president bashar al-assad. while the turks western and gulf nations insist the syrian president must go. they believe the russians use the fact against i.s.i.l. as cover to increase bashar al-assad's chances of staying in power and that i.s.i.l. can only be defeated if president assad steps aside despite in aleppo, the syrian army says it is making gains against fighters of islamic state in iraq and the levant. the a gym says it has captured key territory including parts of aleppo province with i.s.i.l. strong hold off raqqa. government forces have seized villages farm land and tunnels that had been built by i.s.i.l.
fighters. iranian media is reporting that a member of its elite guards has died. this man is said to have died while fighting near aleppo. 63 iranians have been killed in syria since the conflict began. russian jet helping the rebel groups have reportedly attack a town in northern syria close to the border with turkey. the air strikes targeted an area where several buses had been parked. witnesses says the vehicles were being used to get food and eight supplies to people. syria's arm as accused things for shipment for human tear an aid. vladimir putin has signed a decree imposing a series of economic sanctions against turkey. tensions between the two sides have escalated ever since turkey
shot down a russian war plane a few days ago. ankara says the fighter jet entered its airspace even though it was warned repeatedly. moscow says the pilots did not receive any warning. russia is turkey's biggest supplier of natural gas and second biggest trading partner. so far ankara has not threatened economic sanctions, but continues to maintain that what happened was moscow's fault. >> translation: the incident truly saddens us. we would never have wanted this to happen. however, it is not possible for us to treat such violations against guests because guests only go where they are invited. we're never on side of pain and suffering. all we seek is peace, security and prosperity the sanctions imposed by moscow restrict the hiring of
turkish staff by some russian companies starting next year. russia is temporarily banning imports of some goods produced in turkey and also some controls on flights into russia and banned charter flights. russian holiday companies have been ordered not to sell tours to turkey. moscow has suspended its visa free travel agreement with turkey. lincoln mitchell is an annual leveled and says the russian sanctions will hit both countries. sanctions are a tool that western powers have used against a number of countries not least russia, a great deal. we're now seeing russia taking a western tool and using it to their own advantage, which should not surprise anybody, but demonstrates the way in which russia is going to play this and how russia sees themselves relative to the west. one thing striking me about these sanctions is that while they hurt turkey, they won't bring a great happiness to the russian people. for russians, turkey is a big
tourist destination. they're going to have a hard time going there now. there's a lot of turkish produce and other foodstuffs that are imported to russia. this is a pretty hard hitting sanction in some respect, but it's one that hits turkey than but also russia a special summit on sunday on the ongoing refugee crisis is expected to be top on the agenda. more refugees in exchange for more than three billion dollars and free trade of turks into the e.u. >> reporter: spring turned to summer and autumn to winter and still they haven't stopped. through all weather on this miserable trip. the e.u. has all year been accused of doing too little to make the journey less dangerous. while european leaders with
symptomatic when this body of this little boy washld up, suddenly aplan is on the table. the german government is in the driving seat presenting this as an attempt at regaining control. i think it is not a fair humanitarian solution to induce people to risk their lives and the lives of their children in crossing the mediterranean, but we have to offer entry into the european union and improving the situation of refugees in turkey. >> reporter: this is the known as little istanbul. turkey is also demanding vi is free access to europe for its 75 million people. suddenly for turkey, the refugee crisis is an opportunity.
>> reporter: turkey has been trying to join the european union since before the berlin wall came down in 1989. for all that time germany has blocked it on the grounds that turkey's human rights record isn't good enough and suddenly the talk of repressions and abuse is vanishing on the wind because they're paid to keep the refugees out. given how many european politicians describe the refugees as economic migrants, that sounds to some to be a highly hypocrite cal position for the european union to take. the european union is ready to give up human rights. it's own values. why the european union actually exists and it is doing this on the back of the most vulnerable people, the refugees. >> reporter: more than three billion dollars will be found and given to turkey for more camps and presumably more barbed wire. perhaps it will constitute a
life for the refugees, perhaps not, but clearly it says europe's new fences haven't worked, so they're pushing them even further towards syria and iraq. lawrence lee in berlin the european union is being asked for financial and technical help to deal with the influx of people. the prime minister has also appealed to the opposition for support. >> translation: the greatest miffed of population since world war ii has caused an unprecedented refugee crisis that changes the balance throughout europe. this refugee flow passes through our country. this requires a high sense of responsibility and seriousness, not only by the government but also by the opposition voters in burkina faso are heading to the election. it comes after a year of turmoil
during the longstanding president was ousted. a western african nation have gold reserves, most people make money from cot i don't know living. it remains on its neighbors to get its exports to market. has only two kilometer of paved roads. they hope the election will bring about some change. from the capital now. >> reporter: a last minute hunt for the political campaigns in burkina faso draw to a close. with three-quarters of the country's population of 17 million under the age of 30 years, the youth will pull the size of the elections. music and mega phones are the weapons of choice for the candidates who are pushing for a high turn out.
kabore is a front runner. zephirin diabre is the next candidate. he is tied to the former rejam, disappointment. >> translation: it needs to suggest that we don't need change. we have served with honesty and in the interest of our people we have nothing to be ashamed of. >> reporter: burkina faso is one of the poorest economy. burkina faso is for the elections to bring to an end the crisis in the country. >> reporter: representatives of the former ruling party are not
allowed to stand for the presidency. officials for the democratic party have been lobbying elders for support. they will have the right to choose the posts of prime minister and speaker. >> translation: we are not happy at all. it is very unfair because we would have one if we had been permitted to run for the president. we have to take over parliament. >> reporter: the election is hopeful that they have this kind of uncertainty about the result of the elections. this is a sign that we have moving to a more democratic area. >> reporter: this will be the mark the first power in the history of history of burkina faso whose name means the country of people still to come, security is
the forces joined with rebels to take the territory from syrian government forces. vladimir putin is imposing a series of economic sanctions against turkey. moscow is voters in burkina faso will be heading to the polls in a short while. this will be the first free election in the country in almost 30 years. the ballot was delayed after a failed coup in september. months earlier, an uprising of the ousting of the longstanding president. there have been protests around the world ahead of the summit in paris. the philippines is one of the countries with more to lose than many others when it comes to global warming.
in tokyo protesters led by a pol polarbear mascot. this was the scene in the australian city of brisbane. the protest was one of a number of demonstrations planneded across australia this weekend. protestors are demanding more action from their government. it was already on high alert the paris attacks. france is stepping up security even further as it goes in hosting the citement change summit. french authorities are leaving nothing to chance. >> reporter: the army and police have paris covered. they were ordered onto the streets after the attack of november 13. now they have an added
responsibility, ensuring the co p21 climate summit passes off smoothly despite the national wide state of emergency. >> translation: with this heightened terrorist threat, the success of co p21 is linked to securing it to the maximum level. i am repeating this forcefully in front of you. everything is being put into place to secure the conference itself and its surroundings to the maximum level. >> reporter: the scale of the operation is unprecedented. 8,000 police will be guarding france's air, sea and land borders. 2800 police will be on duty at the summit venue itself. in total 120,000 police and troops will be deployed across the whole of france. security becomes tighter the closer you goat to the conference center. some 20,000 delegates are expected to cross the security pram terre as well as-- perimeter as well as thousands
more journalists. the french determined that despite the attacks the summit should go ahead as planned. despite the fact that more than 150 leaders are going to attend, it is a vote. the public are warned to use public transport and leaf their cars is home >> translation: do not drive on november 29 and 306789 it is absolutely-- 30. it is absolutely essential. >> reporter: the scale of the paris attacks and the international ration they have provoked have almost eclipsed the summit. the french government is hoping that this move of international solidarity will strengthen the resolves of all parties to reach a climate deal the national security agency in the united states is no longer allowed to run its mass
phone surveillance program on its citizens. it was given 180 days to wind up in june when congress signed the freedom act. the program was exposed by former n.s.a. contractored war snowden. the code director of the liberty and national security program, she is well coming the act. i think it is a good first step as we advocates like to assay. the telephone mandated program was the first snowden regulation and shocked the country because it related to the domestic collection of information about americans. so at the very heart of the privacy protections of the constitution. so the modifications to this particular program are very, very significant and it is the very first roll back of surveillance authorities that
we've seen since 911 because everything else has been expansion, but i think it is important not to overstate the importance of this because the section 215 program, which was shut down, is only one way in which the government collects met adata and even telephone met adata. there is a series of over lapping authorities that are used to collect information, most of which we know nothing about the suspect behind a shooting at a family planning clinic in the u.s. state of colorado is due to appear in court on monday. he is being held without bail after friday's attack in the city of colorado springs. a police officer and two other people were killed during a five-hour stand off. the motive behind the incident is still not known. iraqi officials have found the grave obtaining the bodies of at least 113 bodies of ethnic yazidi people.
the sites are providing more grim evidence that i.s.i.l. massacred thousands of yazidi when it took over sinjar leafed year. people are faced with court action unless they stop their protests which they're angry it is textbook published by the government which they say distorting the facts. >> reporter: teachers taking to the streets on the issue dominating korean politics. these men and women are laying themselves open to prosecution. their strict employment terms require political neutrality. this is one of four summoned for police questioning. >> translation: it's not possible to oppose the textbook without criticising the government. the current regime is proceeding with this plan for its own
benefit to hold on to power forever. >> reporter: south korea's main opposition party is displaying the current history books which the government says are left leaning, too soft on ideology for starting the korean war. so what do they really say? it talks of low level issues on both sides on the run up to war, but states north korea's arm started an act of aggression. a book describes the birth of north coeur eau a's ideology which brought in stability but in the long-term weakened response to the outside world. what is common to meself books is the way they describe the 1961 power by general as well as he happens to be the father of
the he is characterised the drive to reform history teaching as a fight for the soul of the nation. >> translation: it would be difficult for students who learn from the current textbooks to have a sense of pride about south korea. instead they ask why haven't we done better and end up with self tormenting self critical views. >> reporter: the president's critics say she is following the lead of her father by stifling political opposition. she has called for a ban on masks saying they could even allow infiltration by islamic state militants. >> translation: today in south korea even the government has to resolve issues within legal parameters. it is different from the past. lack of dialogue between the government and its critics is worrying. >> reporter: the government wants to instill a sense of pride in their nation's past,
but it shows the deep divisions of its present afghanistan cash strap government has just levied a 10% tax on cell phone top ups. the move hasn't gone down well with some. it has exposed weaknesses in the government's financial structure. there is no way to know where the money is going. >> reporter: like thousands of afghans this man makes his living selling mobile phone top-up cards. he says a new tax is hurting his business. >> translation: before when someone was charged 500 it was without tax. now at the charge 550 of that is tax. they take a card and because of that we sell less. >> reporter: many consumers say they don't mind the tax but they would like to know where it is going. we hope that government should provide people information regarding how they
collect and the system should be shown to people that this money is going to the treasury of government in a proper way and there's no chances of corruption >> reporter: the tax was passed by presidential decree. the parliament says that was unconstitutional and voted against it asking the government to repeal it. >> translation: the main reason we recounted the tax is that the government has no yd mache it is being paid for the tax. are they really giving 10% to the government >> reporter: the tax continues to be clicked. cell phones are a fixture of afghan life and despite the extra cost people continue to use them. >> reporter: the government says it is addressing concerns of parliament about where the tax money is going. it says this new tax is a first step to afghanistan becoming independent. about 70% of the national budget is paid for with international aid. afghanistan's new president and chief executive told international donors at a
conference last year that they would work to make sure that the government raised more revenue. this top up is one of those commitments that we have given to international allies, that we will stand up on our own feet and we should utilise our own resources in order to deal with our budget expenditures. >> reporter: many sellers like this man are not optimistic that will work. of the government says it is working to builted an accountable revenue city and that this step is the first step to financial independence the final resting place of one of the most ledgedry queens of ancient egypt may be close to discovery. apparently passage'ss in a
hidden crypt. one theory has been that she was laid to rest which is about 400 kilometres north of laksa. the new find has got the experts excited. my cross-examination of these scans highlighted the apparent presence of closed doorways. on the west wall potentially leading to a tutankrmin labelled x in the bottom left here. that on the north to a corridor continuation of the two. the proposal i put forward was that the burial of tutankarmen was a tomb within tomb the one month old baby girl's release is beall hailed as a symbol of progress in the fight against the two year epidemic against ebola. she is thought to be the first
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