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two. >> issue citizens are charged over a west bangar sob attack which killed a mother, father and baby. pro tests over saudi arabia's execution of a shia dissidents, iran warns of repercussions. demonstrators demand answers at a fifth book publisher from hong kong goes missing. mourning the mexican mayor shot dead after just went to four hours in her new job.
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two jewish citizens have been killed in an arson attack that killed a toddler and his parents in the west bank. one was charged with murder while a 17-year-old charged as an accessory to murder. they are also charged with belonging to a terrorist organization. in july, masked men attacked the family home with a molotov cocktail, burning it to the ground. the mother, father and their 18-year-old son died. the only survivor was 4-year-old ahmed, badly burned and is still recovering. >> al jazeera's charles stratford is at the ruins of the families home in douma. >> i am in the bedroom where this attack happened last july. it's incredible to see so many personal belongings of the family that died in that attack still here, even the pram that
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was used to push ally around who died in that attack. in the corner is where his crib was when he was sleeping on that night. it was 2:00 in the morning when the window was smashed and molotov cocktails thrown inside. according to a statement that saad, the father who died of his injuries a few days later in hospital said that he grabbed ahmed and made a beeline for the door. his wife grabbed what she thought was ali, a bundle of blankets and both parents on fire, so we're told, tried to get out of the house. when they did get out of the house, according to this statement, there were two masked men standing there. ahmed, the young boy was pushed back into the house and the door was closed and two parents were basically left to die or burning on the floor outside of the
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house. now, there are great doubts here in this village as to whether or not justice will be served. when you look at the statistics, there are very few cases of indictments being made against israeli citizens on alleged attacks against palestinians. a very macabre or somber atmosphere in this village as these murder charges are made today. human rights groups say there's a culture of impunity in israel which allows attacks on palestinians. there was a surge of attacks in 2013, doubling in the past five years. a major study by an israel rights group over five years found 92 cases and without any charges. the latest army figures reveal 96% of military investigations into allegations of misconduct end without any action. a national securit
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>> evidences are suggested to the police when video cameras show evidences of all kinds of violence of settlers and the police does nothing and then the prosecution does nothing and so many settlers who were clearly involved in violence are free and not brought to justice, but in this case, the case of douma, it was quite clear from the beginning that this was maybe one step too far, and today, we can say better late than never and hopefully, we are dealing with the real murderer and the only one who are involved, because it is still questioned is it only two people involved in this terrible, terrible murder. already tense relations
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between regional rifles saudi arabia and iran have reached a new low. forty people have been arrested in tehran after demonstrators set fire to the saudi embassy. they were angry at saudi arabia's execution of shia veryingic nimr al nimr. we have more details. iranians are furious after a leading shia cleric was among 47 executed in saudi arabia on charges of plotting and carrying out terrorism attacks targeting security forces. iran's supreme leader is warning of divine revenge. >> this blood will trouble them without a doubt. i have no doubt about it. policy makers executed them. the saudi government's decision makers should not underestimate that this blood will trouble them. it will torment them. >> saudi arabia's foreign
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ministry said iran had revealed its true face represented in support for terrorism. >> nimr al nimr was sentenced to daddy for bearing arms. he didn't deny the political charges against him but said he never carried weapons or called for violence. riyadh is animate he got a fair trial based on facts which followed a judicial process. that view is supported b supporg the laws apply to both sunni and shia. saudi arabia vowed to stamp out terrorism after 15 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in the southwestern city in august. the leader of iran's ally, the lebanon based armed group hezbollah said the execution of nimr al nimr carries what he calls a message of blood. >> to the family of the scholar
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and mar at her, to his family and the muslims everywhere and slack centers and everyone asking for rights, my don dole lenses to all of them for the mar at her dom of this brave sc. >> this is part of the huffing and puffing, rhetoric. i think that in a few days things will calm down and eventually bolt saudi arabia and iran will have no choice but to forge ahead and find language to avoid sectarian warfare throughout the region. >> tehran and riyadh support opposing sides in conflict in yemen and syria. it is feared this may have a wider impact across the middle east. the u.s. led coalition said it has conducted 26 airstrikes against islamic state of iraq
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and the levant. isil fighters killed 50 iraqi soldiers in three separate attacks. 23 soldiers died near fallujah the day after isil claimed control of a bridge. this video shows bombers fighting army barracks near the crossing. six suicide bombers attacked an army base in tikrit. at least 13 soldiers died. it happened shortly after another attack that killed 18 people. al jazeera has more from baghdad. >> isil fighters succeeded in launching three major attacks in three different places in two provinces. the first had six isil fighters wearing suicide vests succeeding in infiltrating inside the military base north of tikrit. according to the government three were killed in crossing fire between iraqi forces and those people and the three of them reached inside the base and
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the blew up themselves. according to security forces, our security team force from the city, at least 13 people were killed and 10 from iraqi security forces. isil claimed responsibility for attack on egyptian soldiers in the sinai peninsula, saying it's killed 10 soldiers in rafah. sources in egypt say only one was killed. on friday, egyptian airstrikes hit a number of targets in the area. dozens of soldiers were killed last year in sinai. syria's opposition in trying to agree on who should take part in jump coming direct attacks with the assad government in two weeks time. they are meeting in riyadh. the opposition wants an inclusive depth syria which will keep state institutions intact. pot bashar al assad would be allowed to participate in negotiations, but would have to leave power after a six week negotiation period. preconditions must be met to stop government attacks to allow
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aid into opposition areas and facilitate the return of million was refugees. as the syrian civil war continues, the humanitarian situation worsens day by day. small towns close to the lebanese border are feeling the impact, slowly running out of vital food and mid 16 supplies. a recent prisoner swap was meant to end a evening there by pro-government forces. many are still waiting for the help they so desperately need. you may find some of the foot annual in her report disturbing. >> the people were promised help. it hasn't come. shops are empty or closed. on the streets, dejection and despair. >> we've only got water. how come there isn't food? in the end, we were eating starch. everything has gone. >> no one is allowed to leave. up to 40,000 people have no food. the situation is extremely bad to the extent that some people have eaten cats.
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>> in the middle of a winter chill, children are reduced to scrabbling for scraps or picking weeds from the roadside in a desperate attempt to fill tiny plates. bullets and bombs didn't kill these victims, they starved to death. humanitarian aid was part of a prisoner swap deal in december. dozens of sunni rebel fighters and their families were transported out of the town to lebanon headed to turkey. in exchange, hezbollah and shia fighters were given safe passage out of small towns in northern syria. northwest of damascus and close to the lebanese border has been the focus of intense fighting, but the rebels lost control of most of the town to the syrian army. many residents believe pro government forces are still blocking supplies. >> we've dealt with 150 cases of unconsciousness. people were unconscious because of malnutrition.
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they hadn't been getting enough food for a number of days. >> medical staff are struggling to help rising number of syrians suffering from malnutrition. what sound there is on the streets come mainly from children playing or people trying to salvage what they can from remnants of the battles. after months of deprivation, residents had hoped the prisoner swap deal would bring the help they needed. many are now wondering if it will ever arrive. >> the boy on canada's east coast has the highest and most vigorous tides, i'll be looking at a new project to generate clean electricity from the ebb and flow of the tidal waters behind me.
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>> follow the journey as six americans face the immigration debate up close and personal. >> it's heartbreaking. >> i'm the enemy. >> i'm really pissed off. >> all of these people shouldn't be dead. >> it's insane.
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>> hello, welcome back. a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. two jewish citizens in israel have been chard in connection with an arson attack that killed a toddler and his parents. 40 people arrested after demonstrators set fire to the saudi embassy in tehran, angered by the execution of a prominent shia cleric in saudi arabia. >> more than 50 iraqi soldiers killed in three separate attacks by isil. 23 died near fallujah a day after isil claimed control of an
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important bridge. a gunfight resumed at an indian air force base near the pakistan border. it is bled one began man is still in the building. seven indian soldiers and six began men have died. india is investigating whether the gunmen are from pakistan. >> this attack on sunday caught everyone off guard. after saturday's attack, officials were patting each other on the back, said the military had done a great job killing these four gunmen and the operation was over. saturday afternoon, fresh firing was heard. there was confusion. some said this was part of a search operation after the attack, others saying that wasn't confirmed. hours later, they did say there was at least one gunman still inside the base which was being confronted by security forces. whether this gunman or gunmen
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were part of the same group that had the initial attack saturday, or part of a new group, that hasn't been confirmed yet. the blame is automatically right away going on to armed groups in pakistan who routinely say they will target india, especially military incidents lakes. yesterday on saturday, the countries home minister had a conciliatory tone saying he wanted to break relations with all of india's neighbors, including pakistan and that the country would defend itself. hardliners or are blaming the pakistani government for helping these groups routinely attack india which india has always said happened by pakistan denies. another book editor in hong kong has disappeared, the decision from the same company that publish political books banned in china. protestors out on the streets demanding to know the
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fate of publisher lee bow, the fifth person from the same company to go missing in recent months. last seen in hong kong, his disappearance is the most troubling. >> the most scary thing is, is that there's no news and no truth on what happened to those five publishers and even the central government and the hong kong government refuse to respond on the whereabouts of these people. >> the hong kong government said it is investigating. local media is reporting lee phoned his wife from across the border in mainland china on the night he disappeared after apparently being taken against his will. he told his wife he was insisting in a investigation and told her not to make a scene about his disappearance. she is quoted saying that lee left behind his paperwork that he would have needed to get
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across the border, leaving many to believe he was smuggled there by security officials. >> hong kong is a home to a flourishing business in political books about china's political ruling elite, banned in mainland china. it was agreed before the hand over from british colonial rule guarantees of a free media. the arrests were alarming. protestors took to the streets on sunday over what they see as an attack on academic freedom. campaigners believe it's all part of the same gradual process by the chinese government to grind down hong kong's autonomy. >> the chinese authorities certainly believe that stability of the party regime is more important, containment of subversive information is more important and certainly more and more chinese leaders tend to believe that hong kong is less and less important for china's modernization efforts. >> at the bookstore itself, no
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signs of life, on display, only the covers of books that for now are no longer on sale. messages of support, this one wishing the missing staff a safe return soon. rob mcbride, al jazeera, hong kong. a human chain has been formed to highlight the suffering in a besieged city in yemen. houthi fighters fighting saudi-led forces for control of taiz. citizens are appealing to the united nation to end the siege and allow vital supplies in. pro-government forces backed by saudi arabia ever set up their own blockade in sanna. earlier, the spokesman for the saudi-led coalition said he blames the united nation for failing to distribute aid in yell men properly. >> the humanitarian organization belonging to the united nations, they sign agreement with ink for humanitarian aid and they give the money and they send the shipments to the port and airports, but they did not getting on the ground to distribute it, so -- where is
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the united nations, why they do not condemn this action -- in mexico, three days of mourning have been declared after a city mayor was shot dead 24 hours after starting her new job. detectives are investigating the politician's murder in temixco, south of mexico city. we have this report. >> she was sworn in as mayor in temixco city on friday, shot and killed at her home on saturday. detectives suspect at least nine people were involved in her murder, two of them were killed at the scene. police officers and soldiers chased and detained four others. >> we demand a full complete investigation by the state government to its final consequences. there are four people arrested who will have to confess who was the mastermind who ordered this crime.
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>> the state governor suggests drug cartels or organized crime gangs are to blame. in her debut speech, she pledged to end corruption and promised to tackle crime head-on. >> we firmly believe that there were interests who felt threatened by her opening speech yesterday. we don't have information about death threats. we don't want to discard any line of investigation. >> violent crime in the region is widespread. ten kilometers from where the mayor was murdered is the most violent city in mexico based on the number of cases of murder, rape, kidnap, armed robbery and extortion. the mayor took office on the same day that a massive operation was launched by hundreds of state and federal agents to provide security. politics is becoming increasingly dangerous in mexico. four politician, including two mayoral candidates were killed before elections last year. her murder just 24 hours into
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her new role is being seen as a new blow for politicians trying to tackle violent crime in mexico. al jazeera, mexico city. >> j represent canned donald trump is blaming president obama and hillary clinton for creating isil. >> they created isis, hillary clinton created isis with obama, created with obama. when hillary clinton runs and she should be in jail, by the way for what she did. she should be. catalan has announced it
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won't support another term for the leader, forcing reelections and weakening an independent movement that wants to split from spain. the decision comes two weeks after general elections in which no party won outright. new elections in catalonia will increase instability across spain. land taken during apartheid is being given back to original owners. one group say they haven't benefited. we have more from cape town p.m. >> he has been living in the
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settlement for more than 20 years. five years ago, the local government demolished some of the homes, saying they were built illegally, but the community living here is determine to stay. >> they want to remove us again because they think we are living on prime land, as you can see the view. if you're going to move us, you're going to move us to our graveyard because we're going to fight and fight to the death. you moved my parents, now you want to move us, also. >> city officials say houses are on an area that was designated to stay empty as a fire break. this community says this is their land. >> this is what's known as a colored community, an apartheid term given to people of mixed race. people are reclaiming their heritage saying they want recognition as the first people of south africa. >> a group of elders perform an ancient sacred ceremony in what they say is ancestral land. activists say segregation laws robbed people of their identify and heritage. >> both black and white settled on our ancestral lands, so the beneficiaries of that, the stolen land and that land today,
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aboriginal people don't own not 1% of the ancestral land in south africa. >> apartheid laws reserved more than 85% of the land for the minority white population. the government is carrying out redistribution process and also identifying heritage sites historical landmarks and land originally occupied by them. they say it is taking longer than expected. >> in our terms to address the land question, we are seeing that there should be equity and justice in the manner in which the land is allocated but that will be done in a responsible manner when compensation will be paid to those who owned the land. >> officials are expecting almost 400,000 land claims and may pay out as much as 11 billion dollars in compensation, but for this community, the only acceptable outcome will be completely restoration of rights they claim to ancestral lands throughout the country.
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al jazeera, cape town. as solar and wind energy become alternatives to fossil fuels, attention is turning toward harnessing the ocean tides. in eastern canada, turbines are being put under the water straight in the tidal flow. we have this report from the bay in nova scotia. >> can the planet's biggest tides be used to generate power? that's what they're exploring here on the shore of the bay's narrowest points. 14 billion metric tons of water, more than the combined flow of all the world's rivers moves through this passage each day. >> tidal energy is essentially taking a wind turbine and putting it underwater in a high flow environment.
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>> in partnership with government and the local power company, a european firm is building a 15-meter wide turbine with plans to submerge it and get it spinning later this year. an earlier attempt failed in 2009 when a smaller unit broke down hours after it was put in the water. this time is different, says the company. >> we've learned that we have to have local, very local details characteristics in terms of currents. this is where we have learned from this past experience and this is why we are back in the bay. >> it's low tide and i'm standing quite literally on the bottom of the ocean. every day, twice a day, the waters surge in here and turn this mud flat into a bay that can be 12 or more meters deep. north america's first tidal project is just across the bay. the annapolis generating station has been producing small amounts of power since 1984. the undersea turbines are on a much larger scale.
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not everyone wants them to go ahead. fisherman say the explaining blades will damage migrating fish that use the tidal flow to get in and out of the bay. >> it's only clean energy if you ignore the fundamental premise that these things kill fish, turbines kill fish. it's not a vacuum out there. there are fish living there, traversing the area. >> even though scientists whose research laid out the potential of the project say there's a long way to go before the sea bottom is covered with dozens of turbines powering nova scotia and its neighboring states and provinces. >> there are a lot of challenges. the marine environment is very difficult to work in. the initial cost, the electricity that generate it will be high and we also have this question of what impact it will have on the environment. >> balancing that impact against the costs of energy from fossil fuel will be crucial. can tides so high they make
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rivers run backward help ease climate change or should they be left alone to ebb and flow as they have always done? daniel lack, al jazeera in nova scotia. you can always find out much nowhere about many of the stories we're covering on our serve site at >> this week on talk to al jazeera, director and producer spike lee. >> oh snap! >> we gonna make sure these fools put down these guns. >> lee's new film "chi-raq" tacklesgang warfare in chicago - and the idea that a "sex strike" could help quell it. while it's a satire based in one inner city, gun violence is an epidemic. >> how long will be... will we... will we bow down before the


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