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at least 14 people are killed by a bomb blast near a polio vaccination center in pakistan. hello and welcome. i'm here in doha. also coming up in this 30 minutes of world news, three russians are arrested in turkey during a series of raids following the istanbul bombing. plus >> reporter: we have to take them out in his final state of the union address the u.s. president calls on politicians to confront i.s.i.l. without insulting the muslim world. al jazeera gains exclusive
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access to members of a self-proclaimed death squad in el salvador. top story. bomb blast in pakistan has killed 14 people. it targeted security force that were on the way to guard a facility in quetta. they were preparing for a door to door vaccination program. our correspondent is on the line. any word as to responsibility here? >> reporter: no responsibility, claim of responsibility yet. however, this is not the first time that the anti polio campaign has been targeted. of course, this time it was a security forces personnel, dozens of polio workers have
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been targeted in the past. the attacker targeted the security police compliment that was there to guard the polio center because pakistan has launched an anti polio campaign and today is the third day of that campaign. apparently the center distributes the vaccines from where the polio workers go out and then dispense the polio vaccination to the people around the city, but this time the security forces were the target because they were the outer cordon of that polio process. a suicide bomber approached and then blew himself up with devastating consequences. we are told that the more seriously woupded have been-- wounded have been moved to the military hospital and, of course, everyone is waiting to see if there is anyone who is
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going to claim responsibility for this deadly attack but the reality here is surely pakistan needs this campaign. 2014 was such a bad year when it came to the number of polio cases. >> reporter: absolutely. the last year, which was 2014, is showing results because before in 2014 over 300 cases of polio were reported last year that dropped to 36. also before 2015 because of the situation in the tribal areas, about 292,000 children missed out on the vaccination. this particular vaccination program is to dispense that vaccination to under five-year-olds which is about almost 250,000 and that includes
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also about 50,000 afghan refugee children because they're always on the move. pakistan is optimistic that it will will be able to eradicate this disease by the summer of this year. however, there are challenges, and despite those challenges, the government has launched a national emergency action plan under which it wants to make sure that it is able to complete and be successful in the vaccination program to contain this deadly virus thank you very much. coordinated attacks in the eastern afghan city of jalalabad have killed seven security personnel. a suicide bomber blew himself up next next to a police vehicle near the pakistani consulate. two gunmen who later par indicated themselves into a government guest house were killed in a shoot out with the security force.
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in clash is now over, but what's the local government saying about it? >> reporter: they are saying that the operation involved three attackers, one suicide bomber when he detonated, after he detonated his charge two of his colleagues went on to the guest house. that guest house belongs to the local government. they were holed up there. they were fighting there. two attackers were killed as a result. the pakistani consulate is not far away from that guest house. so we are not sure what the target is. is it the local guest house or is it the pakistani consulate any claim of responsibility yet? >> reporter: no. there hasn't been a claim of responsibility yet, but jalalabad and the wider province has a number of armed groups,
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most notably of them is the islamic state in iraq and the levant and there is also the taliban. what is interesting is that government is fighting both groups and both groups are fighting the government and they are fighting themselves as well. so you can imagine the volatility of this situation there thanks very much. it has been reported that ten u.s. navy sailers taken into custody by iran could soon be released. tehran says two like these were seized for entering iranian waters. they say they strayed off course because of mechanical problems. a spokesman for iran's armed forces use less conciliatory language. >> translation: we witnessed that the force and their frigate
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showed unprofessional behaviours for 40 minutes in the area. it proves americas failure to keep peace in the area. it was restored in the area after our timely actions turkish police have detained three russian citizens suspected of having links to i.s.i.l. the latest arrests come in the wake of tuesday's suicide attack in istanbul. police have also carried out a series of early morning raids. officers detained 59 suspected i.s.i.l. fighters in the provinces of three areas. al jazeera's correspondent andrew simmons is live for us. one day after the attacks, what is the priority for the police and those over night raids? >> reporter: certainly, but first of all we've just been allowed now right to where the bomb went off. you wouldn't believe that this
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is the bomb site where all ten people were killed, but the only indicator of this location is the red flowers there. it was wide open here, wide open. normally this place would be packed to the gunnels in summer time. it is the biggest tourist attraction in turkey, but, of course, it wasn't, and, of course, the number of deaths were lower as a result. those mainly germans killed here, they were the group that evidently was targeted here and then a scene of absolute chaos and panic at a place where we have the egyptian obelisk which dates back to when it was moved here in 390 ad, gives you some idea of what sort of atmosphere there is here, a place steeped in ancient history. coming on to those arrests, yes, 59 arrests and another three on top of that of russian citizens
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which we're told those arrests were made and the russian kon sul in the region said in the city that they were being detained, but he did not go into any dame. no indication as to whether any of these arrests are directly connected to the bomb, but certainly they are i.s.i.l. suspects and the turkish government is insistent they're at pains to hunt the perpetrators down and get them and arrest them and bring them to justice we heard those comments late last night from the german chancellor angela merkel. you were talking about the german connection there. the resonance of this type of attack goes well beyond the borders of any one country. >> reporter: it certainly does. this is a change in tactics by i.s.i.l., but then it fits the pattern of global attacks that i.s.i.l. is engaged in and that
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is to attack at the heart of the economy of countries to attack in paris, for example, the way of life, the night life, youngsters. here there is a clear aim, it would seem, by i.s.i.l. to target turkey's economy. it is a lucrative business across turkey and, of course, this historic site, this major attraction, in a city where east meets west. this tragic occasion the numbers of deaths aren't in any way as big as the last attack that was blamed on i.s.i.l. by the turkish government back in july last year when more than a hundred were killed. that was a peace gathering in ankara. there is really a massive problem for the turkish turkish authorities. they have to try to deal with i.s.i.l. on so many fronts. for example, the perpetrator,
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the suicide bomber, who detonated just here was named only a few hours afterwards which we found extraordinary. a lot of people also. the reason why was that the suicide bomber had, in fact, identified himself here, had gone to a police station in istanbul after crossing the border from syria illegally and his fingerprint was given. they identified him by his fingerprint and, indeed, they actually said that he was - the authority said that he was a 28-year-old of saudi origin with syrian citizenship and a member of i.s.i.l. but where the trail leads, if there is a trail, is unclear. they have a problem on so many fronts which resonates not just here in turkey but worldwide thank you very much. turning our attention to the states where obama has attempted to paint an optimistic vision of the future during his final states of the union address.
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he also sought to defend his record on economy while urging politician to fight terrorism without insulting the muslims. >> u.s. president obama is hoping that will be a member of his political party. so he spent much of his speech detailing what he cease as accomplishments while making the case for democratic priorities. i higher minimum wage, gun control, immigration reform. he was also highly critical of public presidential candidates like donald trump who suggested a ban of muslims entering the u.s. >> when politicians insult muslims, whether abroad or our fellow citizens, when a mosque is vandalized or a kid is called names, that doesn't make us safer. that's not telling it like it
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is. it's just wrong. >> reporter: in the republican response they echoed a call for tolerance. >> we cannot to allow immigrants to come here illegally, and in this age of terrorism we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined. >> reporter: in was a night all about the next election. two sides laying out very different visions for the country. the president at the same time renewed his call for bipartisanship in washington, saying the lack of it was one of the few regrets of his presidency. >> i think it's late for this president to tell us about getting along. we get along fine. the compromise is something that is in his view all his way >> reporter: at the same time the president made it clear he might not give another speech, but he has another year and he plans to continue to make
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changes with or without congress's help still to come here on al jazeera for you, south korea demands tougher sanctions against the northern neighbor and fires off warning shots. plus polls apart. a proposed new media law exposes deep divisions over the future direction of polish society. society.
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doha. a bomb blast in the south we've of pakistan has killed at least 14 people close to a polio vaccination center. it targeted the security forces that were going to guard the facility. coordinated attacks in the eastern afghan city of jalalabad have killed seven security personnel. gunmen barricaded themselves in a government guest house near the pakistani consulate. turkish police have detained three russian citizens suspected of having links to i.s.i.l. the latest arrests come in the wake of an attack in istanbul, which killed ten foreigners. turkish police have carried out a series of early morning raids. a suicide bomber has killed at least ten people at a mosque in northern cameroon. known is claiming responsibility for the attack. the nigerian armed group boko
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haram stepped up attacks last year. the south korean military has fired shots after spotting a north korean drone along the border. earlier they urged china to urge sanctions against north korean in relation to its recent nuclear tests. the shots at the drone is a measure of how prickly how the tension is >> reporter: indeed. we have been speaking to a defense ministry here in seoul and they say it was around four hours ago, just over, 2.10 prime minister local time, when south korean forces detected what they're calling an unidentified aerial vehicle but understood to be a drone heading towards south korea over the demilitarized zone. it may have briefly crossed the official border.
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south korea issued brought casts warning it to be turned around and 22 shots were fired and it then went back. the japanese, south korean and u.s. nuclear envoys on the nuclear matter are all meeting as we speak here in seoul and there will be another meeting between south korean and chinese officials in beijing. china is saying they will work closely with south korea to tackle this north korea nuclear issue, but in her annual address to the nation, park geun-hye tackled the north korea issue very much head on at the beginning of that speech, but also cast a great deal of light on the role of china saying that really china had to step up and back up its words in terms of its opposition to north korean program by ensuring that touch
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sanctions, tougher than before, made their way through the u.n. council of which, of course, china is a permanent member. >> reporter: it's tradition for the president to start the year with the national address. this time there was added emergency. park geun-hye immediately on to the subject of the north korea's fourth nuclear test carried out last week >> translation: considering north korean regime's deceitful and reckless behaviour as seen in this year's nuclear test, it could be seen by provocation. it will be neutralized through strengthening joint defensive capacity. >> reporter: she said the u.n. security council needed to exact sanctions, enough to cause pyongyang real pain. she put a harsh spot line on china's role noting beijing's opposition to the tests. >> translation: i'm certain
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that china is very well aware if such a strong will isn't followed by necessary steps, we will not be able to stop nuclear tests and weep cannot guarantee true peace and stability of the korean area. >> reporter: a stronger line has been taken to the provocations. the loud speaker broad costs at the border will continue and media quoting defense sources says a strike on the nuclear facilities will be rehearsed in annual drills with the u.s. counterparts in march. in pyongyang the fourth nuclear remains a triumph. state media e oughting the scientists for all her talk of a different response this time for president park geun-hye park and her fellow leaders, that cams the key problem. north korea have vowed its
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course to follow nuclear weapons a u.n. commission of inquiry documenting war crimes in syria is reportedly gathering evidence from residents of madaya. reports say u.n. investigators are collecting testimony about how residents have been deprived of food in violation of international law. the who has urged the syrian government to allow mobile clinics and medical teams to assess the extents of malnutrition there. on monday trucks carrying aid reached the besieged town >> it was very, very heart breaking to see that definitely food, medicines, other humanitarian aid was very much needed inside. we have seen people who were waiting for us at the check points who still couldn't really believe when the first truck were entering that this aid is actually reaching them.
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people got really anxious. they were coming to us, asking, did you bring more food because we are really hungry the sister of the jailed saudi blogger has been sent to jail. amnesty said she is being held in a central prison where her brother is spending 10 years on charges of insulting islam. her husband is spending 15 years on speaking out against human rights. european commission has a meeting in brussels on wednesday to discuss a new law in poland which gives that cup's more control over the media. it will allow the governing party to influence what's in the news. >> reporter: for 24 years this charity tv show has been an staple of life.
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it may be a victim of the new law. politicians were saying they would any it would be better money spent on i catholic charity. the man who started the whole thing, a household name in poland, is having to defend his program against the claim that it's inconsistent with the country's values. >> translation: the values that are inside us are also in polls. they can be happy but from time to time bear a grudge. i love this country and i think that love for this country is being expressed with full heart. >> reporter: the new law means the treasury minister gets to decide who runs the state broadcaster. it follows that the thousands of protesters fear the government controlling the agenda is in some way like russia >> they are going to put us in jail of their own ideas. they don't give the people any freedom. >> reporter: all this is an echo
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of what happened in hungary and it's the only thing these countries have in common. poland's leaders see it as preserving traditional values in a time of threat. >> reporter: none of the changes the government is introducing here would have been possible had it not been for the refugee crisis and, in particular, the narcotic surge that follows germany's response to it. the government here will say that it makes changes to things like state television are a necessary attempt to bring some sovereignty to poland. they say it is in grave danger of losing the democracy. >> reporter: the government has come back fighting taking to the airways to queues germany of double standard. after its state need yea failed to-- media failed to report attacks >> translation: certain
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politicians are worried about speech in poland which is not under threat. >> reporter: here being bottom bombarded, . it's a deliberate. poland is refusing to be told what to do by berlin costs in the u.s. because of the diesel scandal. they are incomplete deficient and fall short of the legal requirement. emissions chest, 11 million cars
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to are to be tested worldwide al jazeera has claimed. the government is failing to act from the capital. our correspondent now reports. >> reporter: this is what justice has come to in el salvador. these men told us why they were killing alleged gang members. >> translation: we've seen the government try different solutions, but the fact is that the government is complicit with the gangs and we feel we have no other choice than to do what we have to do. >> translation: we are here to eradicate these groups. we are here because we want to be here, because we have a
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conviction. we believe in a better el salvador. >> reporter: they told us they receive intelligence from members of the armed forces, people they say who want to save el salvador. we told the defense minister of these claims. >> translation: i can assure you that there are no members of the armed forces who are involved with death squads. >> reporter: el salvador is so long accustomed to violence and seems to grow more violent every day. dozen of people are shot and killed in this country of only six million people. witnesses say this was the work of a death squad. they say the victims were taken on january 2 by hood men claiming to be police. at least one of the suggestion expected gang members was a minor. we just in a report of another murder here in the capital, this young man shot down in daylight. more than 30 people were killed the other day. more than 165 in the first week
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of 2016. this country is the murder capital of the world. another day, another body. the death toll mounts and people carry on. at the scene police as usual assumed the victim, this time a 15 yeared street vendor, was a member of the gang. -year-old >> reporter: politicians on the left and right deny there are death squads. one said last week there was no need to cry over dead criminals. a truce between gangs and authorities in 2012 and 13 briefly cut the number of murders almost in half. now increasingly people believe the only way to make the country safer is more killing. >> translation: it's very difficult for someone like that to do a nine to five job. they're not going to change their mentality. the only way is to eliminate them. >> reporter: a dark message from a committed killer in a country
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