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six explosions, a grenade attack and gunfire in indonesia's capital. at least seven are dead. >> hello, i'm nick clark, you are watching al jazeera. also coming up, iberia is declared ebola free. the world's first ever outbreak is over we look at how hard-won freedoms are shaky after tunisians ousted their president. and refugees wondering where they'll end up next, in calais
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intorn eastern ja's -- intond eeshia's capital has been hit by a series of coordinated attacks. several are dead. we'll go to step vaessen in jakarta for the latesters -- latest. what news do you have? >> the authorities have given the all clear. some sort of normalcy has been given to the city. except there's tanks parked here in one of the main roads in jakarta. near to the intersection where the attacks took place earlier this morning. at around 10: h-45, the police believe five attackers came into the area and they were carrying six bombs, five small bombs, and one medium-sized bombs have been
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found by police. one of the attackers ran into starbucks cafe and exploded there. at a very small police post. where a lot of bombs were detonated. police say there was a grenade thrown at the police as well. and that is also where a police officer was on the scene. there were two attackers that escaped. there were two attackers carrying gun, and they were shooting at bystanders, that's where civilians were shot. and several are now in the hospital. some workers are in serious condition in the hospital. the situation is very unclear. so far i.s.i.l. has placed
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responsibility and the situation now is a lot more calm than it was for - as you can see in our report. the blast tore through jakarta's downtown area. six suffered explosion, and gun fire, a multijip pronged attack close to the office and the popular sarinah shopping mall. >> for 10 minutes it was chaos. >> reporter: indonesian television released these pictures of a suspect carrying a gun. a bomb is known to have gone off near a starbucks, and a police post destroyed in the blast. indonesia's president joko widodo cut short a visit to oversee operations. >> we cannot be afraid. we cannot be defeated by the terror attacks. i urge people to stay calm.
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everything is under control. the attacks were concentrated around thamrin street, close to the u.n. offices and presidential palace. the traffic and people that clog the streets are gone, replaced with security. >> looking at the specific locations of the attacks, you can see when we zoom in, there's thamrin street, the proximity to the united nations offices is clear. it's filled with western offices and the jakarta theatre, were some agencies reported some attackers were hiding. step vaessen reported that the area is clear. what do we read in to the targetting of these attacks. well. this is the heart of the area
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and the business district. so it was known how ut impact on an attack may be, i.s.i.l. now claimed responsibility through the internet. and the police chief announced that he knows who's behind it, that they are already chasing the organization behind it, and said that according to him i.s.i.l. is having a competition about power here in south-east asia, according to him, and that is a reason this attack took place today in jakarta. >> step vaessen reporting from jakarta. >> an attack near a police station near south-eastern turkey clild five people -- killed five people. the area saw weeks of fighting between government forces and kurdish rebels. andrew simmonds has more from istanbul this was an attack on a police headquarters in cinar down. security forces were the target
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but civilian families took the brunt of the attack. a building housing families collapsed nearby. it was a devastating blast that took out the front of the police headquarters. there were desperate scenes of rescue workers trying to get children and families oust of the residence at the same time dealing with casualties at the scene of the police residences, and the headquarters. now, among the dead was a police officer. the rest were either from police families or the civilian families. three children reported among the dead. one of them a baby. it was the p.k.k., according to the government, the kurdistan workers party responsible for the attack. all the hallmarks are there, this is an area where they are active, the p.k.k. it's 30km from the city, and many of the towns are subject to strict curfews, sense the
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ceasefire, the 2-year ceasefire with the p.k.k. collapsed in july. the situation there is tense, and this, a vivid illustration of how much of a threat in security terms the turkish government faces in the aftermath of the attack here in the center of istanbul, by islamic state. >> french fighter jets pounded an i.s.i.l. communication centers in mosul as part of a string of u.s.-led air strikes, a curfew has been imposed in the iraqi city of tikrit after battles between security forces and i.s.i.l. fighters. tunisians are marking five years since the overthrow of the leader ben ali, the first leader to fall in what was knowns as the arab spring. he fled unable to calm fears about unemployment, poverty and
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corruption. we do no tunis and hashem ahelbarra, and he explains the challenges. >> reporter: this is the square, five years ago it was the focal point of the pro-democracy movement that spread throughout the country. now they have a new government. a parliament and political freedoms, but it's beset by division, instability and the rise of groups affiliated with al qaeda and the states. tunisians will convert here to pay tribute to those killed five years ago, fighting for political freedoms. and an end to autocracy a second aid convoy defarted for besieged -- departed for besieged syrian communities, aid is on its way to the northern provinces of idlib. the u.n. estimates 400,000 people are living under siege, cut off from food, medicine and
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age. the world health organization announced the end of the ebola outbreak in liberia, meaning the west african infection is over. many who incinerated the bodies are forced by communities to live together in squalor, succumbing to alcohol abuse. >> reporter: the martial crematorium, or what is left it: a place that this man returns to with reluctance. at the height of the ebola outbreak in liberia, as bodies piled up in the street. he and a group of other young men did what few young liberians did before. they set fire for the dead. for four months they burnt close to 2,000 bodies. >> i have to live with it. >> reporter: many liberians blame franklin and other ebola
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burners for cremating the dead. international experts stopped -- recommended cremation to stop the spread of ebola. liberians believe they'll come back to haunt the living. angry mobs demolished franklin's house x >> i'm out. they have moved. that is what the young men expected. they thought they would be rewarded, hailed as heros, and receiving apologies from the people. they are still waiting. and the punishment from the community is what is already a terrible time for them. the year was stopped.
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their lives destroyed. their times spent drinking alcohol and taking jobs. that's what they did to get through their task. >> i did it for my country. how i had, yes, it was awful. >> the men are forced to live together, sharing the same house not far from the crematorium. the house they hated so much. no one else will accept them still ahead on the programme, why guatemala's public health system is on the verge of collapse. and we look at the state of athletics in kenya. kenya.
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getting the news from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> ali velshi on target the top stories on al jazeera, a series of blasts hit the center of the indonesian capital jakarta, two civilians and five officials. three suicide bombers carried out the attack, two gunmen spotted carrying rifles, the islamic state of iraq and levant says it was behind the attacks. >> indonesia's president joko widodo cut a trip short to return to jakarta, urging for
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calm. indonesians have been aware of the dangers of terrorist, especially since 2008. in october of that year, bombings in the resort island of bali killed 202 people. more than half were foreign tourists. years later a car bomb was set off outside the australian embassy in jakarta, killing nine people. in 2005 bali was targeted by attackers, who killed 20 people in a series of bombings, and the last major bombing in jakarta was in mid 2009 when two suicide attackers set off explosives in a hotel. most of them were foreigners joining me in sydney australia is a research fellow at the lowie institute for international policy. sir, roger, what is your reaction to what happened in jakarta. >> well, certainly comes on the back of concerns expressed by
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the inner nations security over the past few weeks about the existence of a terror cell that was doing active planning for attacks. there were about nine members arrested in september, and there'd been a heightened security status up until the early parts of january. so we could probably assume that this cell that carried out the attack is linked in some way to a threat warning that the indonesian authorities were working on. so while it's been all of these are unexpected because you never tell the time for location, the authorities has been aware that there has been active planning going on. >> i guess there's two ways of looking at it. on one hand you could say it's a security lapse, because the coordinated blasts were able to be executed. the fatality count was low, two civilians, of course, but five of those dead, of the seven dead
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were the attackers themselves. >> exactly. and they've chosen the location for maximum impact in busy part of downtown jakarta, and given that, you think that if their aim was to kill as many people as possible, which is one of the modus operandi we have seen from islamic state inspired attacks, that the casualty title was low. that could lead you to one of two conclusions. one that the kind of pressure that the cells have been under over the past few weeks from the indonesian authorities and the rests disrupted the attack planning, so the attack has gone off with a lesser degree of planning than they would have hoped for. and the second issue is people who executed the attack may not have been the best crew, the best operators, might either
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have been arrested or scattered. so the casualty count might be as a result of poor planning and execution. >> given the attacks did happen, and given that there were people who want to the carry out the attacks, and i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility, what would you say it means for indonesia going forward? >> obviously it's a concern. there's a significant number of indonesian foreign fighters in iraq and syria, fighting for islamic state. there has been quite a few of those who have returned and i suppose for indonesia, will have to pay closer attention in the future to those kind of people that will come back with kind of the skill sets that we haven't seen in those groups in the past, going through years of medium intensity and sometimes high intensity conflicts. we see this operation that was carried out being only partially
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successful. i think the indonesian authorities would not assume that that is the case into the future. there'll be a raft of people that are capable of carrying out a professional attack and with the intent to do it. >> appreciate your expertise in this. thank you very much indeed. >> my pleasure up to 2,000 refugees and migrants in calais are waiting to be evicted. they don't know when it will happen. let's go to jacky rowland, who is in calais and has this report. >> there's the expectation that at some stage 1500 people will be asked. taken. we are not sure what the modality will be. from the tents in which they have been living up until now, the plasticky structure that you see behind me, that are surrounded with mud and huge
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puddles of rainwater, and moving into facilities that are being bliment. that crane behind them, it is lowering more containers into position. the idea is that the refugees should go and live inside there. some people have been regist registering to move in. others are reticent and cautious about the idea of leaving their tent behind because, as you may be able to see. this is - you know, it looks like a prison camp. there's metal fence around the perimeter, there are these lights, and security guards we have noticed two different private security companies operating here. in order to move in, the refugees need their fingerprints taken, possibly forcing them to registering to apply for an asylum in france. they are worried that the gates may prevent them going out,
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jumping on lorries, getting on to it train in the eurotunnel. most of the people that come go across the channel to the u.k. . >> activists with you stink forced their way into the environment ministery building in beirut and are refusing to lead. they have been leading demonstrations over piles of garbage, and they've been building up on the city streets. it happened last year where the government could not make a decision on br to create a landfill site. >> the first group of migrants stranded in costa rica, they are part of a pilot programme agreed to by several countries, allowing them to make their way to the united states. as adam raney reports from the guatemalan border, it's been a long and arduous trek. >> reporter: back on their way
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after being stuck for several weeks in costa rica, the first of nearly 8,000 migrants are headed north again. they are part of a highlight programme including a flight. they were part of a group closed. the first stop el salvador. the visas were processed in the same building where every month authorities registered thousands of el salvadorans deported frm the u.s. if a success, daily flights could follow, maybe two a day. >> translation: i'm sad, i wish all of us could have made it here, we are all cubans, and we want to move forward. i suspect they'll be en route like us, the thing it we all cannot move at the same time. >> on the road. an overnight bus trip to mexico. they paid 550 for the flight. bus ticket. visa and travel insurance. 5am. they make it to the first land border.
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guatemala, they don't have to give up the buses. >> the vip include high-level escorts. >> they are safe, if they paid coyotes or smugglers, they'd pay more, and walking. >> finally day broke. new sites scene. and a chance to take a short pit stop on a guatemalan highway. >> here we are, we have survived everything and are achieving our dream. >> reporter: once they get to mexico, the chartered tour stops, they'll have to make it on their own to the u.s. border. >> they explained where we need to go. we are not clear on how we'll do it. >> they'll have to come up with a plan soon. they have arrived at the border. >> this plan put in place by central american countries got them this far to the border. now potentially the most dangerous part of their journey begins, as they cross through mexico, many on their owns
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guatemala's new president is due to be sworn in later on thursday. jimmy morales, a former comedian with no governing experience, one of his first test is a public health system on the verge of collapse. david mercer has this report from guatemala city. >> reporter: inside guatemala's public hospitals, scenes of hardship and neglect. in this emergency room in guatemala city, patients with chronic kidney disease wait for treatment. this man's feet are swollen, signs his illness flared up. he could bearly afford the 9 hour trip, let alone drugs prescribed. >> sometimes i don't have enough money to buy the medications, without them my health is worst, and i have to spend more money to get better again.
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guatemala's public health care system is facing its worse crisis history. hospital staff may have equipment like surgical drugs and sutures on some days, on others patients do have to provide their own. all the while more people crowd the hospitals as population grows. >> obviously the problems providing quality care create a level of frustration, you can't give patients what they deserve. in spite of shortages, we try to serve patients as best we can, to even if it means taking money out of their pockets. a shortage of supplies is predicted to leave many of the habits unable to receive patients. >> there are few signs how the health ministry spent half
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a million received between january and 2015. >> the guatemalans continue to be the biggest violator of human health. they have not reacted. and they continue to die because of this lack of action. >> guatemala's current health minister was appointed after his predecessor resigned and missed a set of scandals. urging koch understandings from the ministry was a priority, so, too, is dealing with the military. >> here we call it scrimping the pots. do what you can to transfer the resources to where you are needed. supplies, payment of salaries, basic services, these are the first things we have to do. with public health around 2%, and further budget cuts going into 2016. millions of guatemalans will
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continue to suffer a scandal that is gripping world ath athletics is about to get worse. the second part of a report on doping and corruption within the sport will be released. >> kenyan athletes wonder if their country will be named. malcolm webb reports now. >> and this was my experience best. >> this woman's athletic success is clear she won gold and silver throughout 13 years of running. since 2012, more than 40 kenyan athletes failed, five from her club. >> most were the rumours going around. someone has been doping. they say okay, if someone is
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using, even me, go and do it. >> several of the athletes training at the track are international winners. we are at 2,000 meters above levels. people come from all over the world to train here, there's less oxygen in the air. when they compete, there's a massive advantage. the training routines are tough. most of the athletes run at 20km a way. successful athletes bring home prize money most can only dream of. this is where some of the big winners build new homes, in the suburbs of the nearby city. running is one of the only ways out of poverty. the pressure to win is immense. in town, we were told it was easy to find doctors to administer to them. regulation is one of the only restraining forces. the kenyan athletic bodies have been criticized for doing little. accused of corruption and covering up doping.
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three top officials were suspended last year. regional officials told us there was an anti-doping programme and a testing lab planned. he denied foul play. . >> as far as i know, for the cases i have of people failing doping, they've been punished as part of the law. with the kenyans, it's unfortunate that we are making claims which we might not really be in a position to substantiate. >> people are waiting to see if many will be banned. like russia's now, then, lucky people in the united states have won the world's biggest lottery jackpot. it is huge, the $1.5 billion prize will be split between the owners of three tickets from the states of california, tennessee, and florida. this is the southern california store where one of the tickets was sold. they beat staggering odds of one
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