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>> at least 44 people are killed in syria as russia carries out airstrikes across idlib province. >> this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up, turkey's prime minister joins e.u. leaders to finalize a deal that will see them pay turkey to stop refugees from entering the e.u. pope francis dismisses safety fierce. >> clashes in paris as some ignore a ban on protests ahead
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of crucial climate talks. >> while they call this peru's wall of shame. >> russia is being blamed for an air strike that killed 44 people at a busy marketplace in syria. the market attack happened in idlib province. we have the latest. >> in yet another air strike in idlib province, dozens more syrians are dead. in makeshift hospitals, medics struggle to deal with the high number of casualties. these gruesome images have become part of life in the rebel
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held areas since the russian airstrikes began. opposition fighters accuse russia of carrying out this attack. the syrian government and russia have maintained their targets are what they call terrorists. activists say hundred was civilians including children have been killed in recent weeks of intense bombardment by russian jets and the syrian air force. the town is close to the turkish border. it was the last city the government lost to rebels when they took over in may. syrian officials say it was captured by al-nusra front and despite losing control of most of the country, president bashar al assad and his allies insist he is vital to the fight against groups like isil. the syrian opposition, along with their western and gulf allies do not agree. qatar's foreign minister and his italian counterpart have calls that have been repeated for assad to step down. >> today, the syrian people have
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a number of priorities. number one is bashar al assad must leave. the second is to uproot terrorism. we must take these matters into consideration while pondering on a diplomatic solution. >> the qatari government insists there is no future for bashar al assad in the future of syria and the italian government said there is the prospect of bashar al assad being part of a political transition but he is definitely not part of a future syria. >> while the political solution appears to be limited to discussions, on the ground, the assad government is finding it hard to regain control of areas it took. its air superiority held by russian airstrikes is no match for those who want to get rid of president bashar al assad. al jazeera, doha. >> al jazeera's adam sent us this update. >> the timing of the raid was the early hours of the morning when the marketplace was very busy. it was hit by two missiles in one raid, separated by 50 meters.
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it has left huge destruction and large number of people were killed and injured. it has been under opposition control since may and there is no presence of isil at all in this area as alleged by the russian ministry. russian raids intensified on the northern parts of syria on many fronts which are heavily populated residential areas, housing all those displaced from hama and aleppo. the people here medical staff of outraged by the russian strikes because they target civilian areas. their strikes did not target daish or other armed groups, but targets civilians. >> 113 bodies were found in a village 12 kilometers south of sinjar. a total of five mass graves have
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now been found. one of the graves was booby trapped with explosives. kurdish fighters recaptured the town from isil earlier this month. >> turkey's recovered the body of a russian pilot whose plane was shot down by the turkish military on the syrian border on tuesday. he was received at an airport and will be flown back to russia. ankara refused to apologize, saying russia violated its air space. on saturday, president putin ordered economic sanctions against turkey in response. >> in turkey, thousands attend the funeral of prominent pro kurdish lawyer, shot on saturday while making a news statement in the predominantly turkish city. there is an investigation to determine whether he was deliberately targeted or died in a crossfire during shooting between the assailants and police.
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>> turkey's prime minister has joint a summit. 700,000 people have journeyed from turkey across the aegean sea into greece. turkey is offered $2.2 billion to seam its border to greece to stop or stem the flow of refugees. the turkish government is pushing for a lifting of visa requirements. according to a draft agreement, that could happen by october next year. it wants a resumption of the frozen e.u. negotiations. the plan is so hold summits twice a year the 28 nation block. >> germany has been pushing for the deal with more than 950,000 refugees arriving in the country
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this year. german chancellor angela merkel said turkey had a right to request help from the e.u. to deal with the refugee crisis. >> one main part of this e.u. turkey action plan will be how we can replace illegal mike allegation with legal migration and improve the situation of refugees within turkey, hosting well over 2 million refugees it has received little international support. they have the right to expect the european union and member states for help with mastering this task. refugees will have better living conditions, such as the right to work and financial support for schooling. >> we are in brussels. is this a done deal? >> i think it's far from a done deal. as the prime minister arrived, he said that he was grateful to e.u. leaders for opening up a new process, talking about the idea of turkey, starting talks
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again to join the europe union in the future. at the same time, the european council president has made it clear that what will be offered in the short term, as we were just hearing is more likely to be syriza free travel, but in return, said the e.u. expects firstly an immediate and substantial reduction in the number of migrants arriving in the european union. also, he's, they will be pushing turkey to recommit to home rights and to media freedom in turkey itself. there's a lot that's been said by a pair of jailed journalists for the newspaper, urging brussels not to forget those values, despite its urgency in finding a solution to the refugee crisis, so i think clearly, we have different priorities.
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what will come out today may be an agreement to discuss further as we were hearing in those talks over the next few months and years. >> you mentioned there the issue of human rights. what's turkey saying about that? >> the prime minister has been making the right noises. he has been stressing that his country is implementing legal reforms, trying to make the country more democratic. i haven't heard him talk about another key demand, which was mentioned by the e.u. foreign affairs chief earlier, which is speeding up the peace process with the kurdish minority mainly in the southeast, but many here remain quite skeptical, not just human rights activists, but certain governments are not talking about it openly at the moment. they want to give him a fair hearing, but in the coming hours, it will be interesting to see how much and however they'll push him.
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>> thank you very much. >> pope francis has visited his first conference zone in africa object his final tour have the continent. he visited a refugee camp housing some 4,000 internally displaced people. nearly 1 million have been forced from their homes after more than two years of violence between christian militia and muslim rebels. the pope told the camps residents to work, pray and do everything for peace. then the pope called on the crowds to join him in a native song. >> because we are all brothers, i would like it very much if we all said together we are all brothers. >> and these are live pictures from the cathedral where the pope is holding mass. the pope has been determined to
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visit, despite fears for his personal safety. pope francis is offering a lesson in courage. he comes as a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope. >> in burkina faso, people are choosing their first president in three decades. turnout has been strong with more than 5 million registered to vote. election follows years of political turmoil after a failed coup delayed the vote in september. it comes a year after an uprising toppled the president. >> 14 candidates are running for president in the historic vote. there are two front runners with ties to the old regime. one served at prime minister under the former president, but
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left the government to form the m.p.p. party in protest of his plans to extend his rule. he is up against the leader of the u.p.c. party and former finance minister. the former ruling party is barred from fielding a presidential candidate but contesting parliamentary seats. we have more from the capital. >> this is a moment of hope and excitement for burkina faso, marking a return to democracy. it has not known a civilian leader for 15 years. many people are also voting for the first time. past elections have been marked by low voter turnout and apathy with people feeling that there was no need to vote in elections they considered already won.
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5.5 million people have registered to vote in 17,000 polling stations across the country. security has been tightened with 25,000 police officers and troops deployed across the country. there is electoral uncertainty, as no one knows who is going to win these elections. >> strikes in taiz leave civilians at greater risk with hospitals closed. >> a new mobile phone tax is not going down well with afghan sellersar customers.
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>> lead paint... plaster that is falling... rodent infestation. >> if it was your own children, you'd have the money to take care of it. >> who does the buck stop with?
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>> a reminder of the top stories here. russia blamed for an air strike that killed at least 44 people at a busy marketplace in northern syria. turkey's prime minister has joined e.u. leaders for a controversial summit in brussels. he'll be offered $3.2 billion to seal the country's border with greece to stop or slow the flow of refugees. >> live pictures of pope francis on the final leg of his tour of africa. earlier, he went to a refugee camp in the capitol housing 4,000 internally displaced people. >> in yemen, the saudi-led coalition has again hit the rebel capital sanna in some of the heaviest strike in weeks. a weapons dope poe was targeted.
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areas around the presidential palace were hit. huge explosions could be heard across the capital. >> further south, heavy fighting in taiz forced more than 30 hospitals and medical facilities to close. doctors warn they phase acute shortage of supplies. we have a report on the battle for the city and impact on civilians. some of the images are disturbing. >> the battle for taiz. witnesses tell al jazeera they have not experienced such heavy fighting before. the houthis and the elite republican guard loyal to deposed president al saleh have surrounded the city since march but pro-government fighters are trying to break that hold.
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lives lost but not just those engaged in fighting. this child tries to recount what happened to him just hours earlier. he and friends were gathered around a water delivery truck when they were hit by houthi shells. some of his friends died. many are critically wounded. hospitals are overwhelmed. more than 30 have been forced to shut down. one doctor says only six remain in operation. >> taiz hospitals are packed with the injured. we are facing an acute shortage of medical supplies and lack sufficient facilities. even as we speak, a massacre has been carried out by the militias on the western front. >> the humanitarian situation in taiz is getting worse by the day. many homes are without power, food and water are scarce and supplies can't get in. taiz has long been regarded as yemen's cultural capital, but as fighting escalates, there's a
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fear among residents that their children are growing up exposed only to a culture of weapons. gerald tan, al jazeera. >> a palestinian man has been shot dead by israeli forces after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack in east jerusalem. the man is accused of targeting an israeli policeman near the gate. in a second incident, a palestinian teenager stabbed and lightly injured a woman at a bus station. he has been arrested by israeli forces. 103 palestinians and 21 israelis have been killed in a wave of violence that began last month. >> people around the world are marching to demand action on the environment before a summit in paris monday. more than 10,000 pairs of shoes have been used to represent the absent demonstrators who have been forbidden from marching. police planned two rallies due to security concerns following recent attacks that left 130 dead. shoes donated by pope francis, fashion designer, and u.n.
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general ban ki-moon are part of the installation. >> riot police fired smoke canisters at activists wearing masks. more than 100 were arrested. >> in australia, more than 40,000 people gathered in sydney, calling on the government to invest more in renewable energy. marches took place in brisbane and a year nations across the country. >> the message was echoed in south korea in seoul. emissions were expected to be 81% higher in the country. it is demanded dependency on fossil fuels be reduced to start using renewable energy. >> in london, thousands of
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campaigners marched through the city calling for agreement on a deal to tackle climate change. leaders from 195 countries are expected to discuss plans to cut carbon emissions. >> al jazeera's environment editor joins us from the summit in paris. lots of pressure on people to kind of pull it off. do you think they are going to make any progress this time around? >> well, let's hope so. we've been here so many times before, and it hasn't worked out. right now there is a lot of expectations that things could work out. it is very guarded. copenhagen 2009 is on everybody's minds and that specter just hovers over everybody. the world leaders are arriving tomorrow to try to get the whole event some impetus and let's see what happens after that. today is mainly about civil society. i'd like to introduce to you somebody very interesting, a man who knows the negotiating
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process well. he is a former chief negotiate herb with the philippines. he is wearing walking boots, because he has just completed a long pilgrimage. >> i arrived in paris after walking 1,500 kilometers from rome. >> why did you do that? what was that about. >> the people's pilgrimage, this journey, walking with friends from the philippines and other vulnerable countries was a journey where we wanted to carry the message of climate justice, that climate change is an urgent issue, that the world leaders must recognize and realize, and that they must take steps to avert this crisis. >> you know only too well how hard it is to convince people from your negotiating days. you famously broke down at the conference as typhoon haiyan struck your country. what is your hope?
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>> i always look at this process with optimism and i see this for the opportunity for the whole world to come together. this is an important moment for the whole world. i think paris must not be -- we must not let paris slip away just like that. >> that's easy to say, isn't it? are your hopes realistic? >> well, i have expectations for this conference. i have enough experience to know what makes one from another different. i see a lot of indications that this would be down the wire as we have experienced in many conferences before. >> despite that expectation and anticipates in the air, you feel there is a really, really tough battle ahead. >> oh, definitely.
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definitely. there's little indication from the last rounds of negotiations that we are walking into paris with something very definitive in our hands. ten days of negotiations would never be enough, but we've been walking for a long time and operating for a miracle to happen here. as a person of faith, i'd like that miracle to happen. >> very briefly, it's up to individual countries to step up, the u.s., india. >> it's crucial that these countries, all countries that have been drawing the battle lines, all battle lines must realize that there's a lot at stake and it's the whole world that is watching. >> thanks very much. now back to you in the studio. >> thank you very much indeed. afghanistan imposed a controversial 10% sample on mobile phone top ups.
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adding a revenue stream for the strapped government. the move hasn't gone down well. we have this report from kabul. >> many consumers don't mind the tax but would like to know where the money is going. >> we hope that how they collect and system should be shown to people that these moneys are going to the treasury in a proper way without corruption. >> the government has no idea how much money is paid for the tax.
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are they really giving the 10% to the government? >> the tax continues to be collected. cell phones of a fixture of afghan life and despite the cost, people continue to use them. >> the government is addressing concerns about where the tax money is going, saying this new tax is a first step to afghanistan becoming fiscally independent. >> afghanistan's new president and chief executive told international donors at a conference that they would work to make sure the government raised more revenue. >> this tax is one of those commitments that we have given to our international allies that we will stand up on our own feet, and we should utilize our
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own resources in order to deal with our budget and expenditures. >> many sellers are not optimistic that will work. the government said it is working to build an accountable revenue system. officials hope this mobile phone tax is a first step to financial independence. >> jennifer glasse, al jazeera, kabul. >> a wall in the middle of peru's capital lima divided neighbors for decades. some say it was built to prevent crime. others say it was to separate the poor from the rich. >> many call it the wall of shame. on one side, a rich neighborhood, on the other be a among the poorest areas of lima. the gap between the rich and poor is among the highest in latin america. nowhere is that more clear than
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here. he has been watching the wall be built over the last 30 years. >> the wall was built so the poor people couldn't cross to the other side. >> the need for safety and security have justified the wall's existence for some, tens of thousands have taken over public and private properties. he and his family are living on land that still belongs to the rich side. >> on the other side, they have sewage, electricity and water. we can't have those services, because we don't have property titles. >> some say it is wrong. >> there are walls everywhere in the city. it's not discriminatory when we divide next door nation, however on the other side, it is considered discriminatory
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because it divides us from other people. >> residents have been a victim of some form of crime. many across the capital have built security barriers around their properties. >> we are about one kilometer downhill from the so-called wall of shame. even here in this poor neighborhood, people are living in gated communities, because of the insecurity. >> millions of people in peru still live in poor conditions and crime is high as a result of a lack of urban planning says the architect. >> it is one of the most insecure cities because of crime. the elite and poor enclose them telephones with walls to defend themselves. >> the government says it's taking action by increasing police presence in some areas and better training for its officers. >> back at home, he understands how some see the wall as discriminatory, but it's not important for him. for him, it's safety for his
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family, so much so that his wife has to stay home to protect what little they own rather than going to work to earn a living. al jazeera, lima, peru. >> you can catch up anytime on our website at the day, all of that is controlled fully by the community. >> in 2001, the internet entrepreneur created the open content encyclopedia and decided it should be free. the reference site is now the world's largest. >> we have a policy, "neutral point of view," that wikipedia itself shouldn't take a stand on any controversial issue.


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