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iran's leader hails his country's nuclear deal as a golden page in the country's history and a turning point for its economy. hello. also ahead on the show, china tells taiwan to it is hallucinating in relation to its claim for independence. prayers for peace. the largest muslim organization rallies to denounce the attacks in jakarta. along for a wild ride in
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argentina where these men are keeping a dangerous tradition alive the e.u. and u.s. sanctions has ended after tehran has complied with a nuclear deal. it is a turn for the economy. the agreement cost 100 billion dollars in frozen assets and gives opportunity for iran's battered economy. the president says to reach 8% annual growth iran needs between 30 to 50 billion dollars of the investment. economic reforms have been called for.
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>> reporter: in a nuclear deal no party has beaten another party. the iranian nation has won. nobody was beat in the nuclear deal, neither inside the country or with the countries negotiated with us. everyone is happy. this deal will bring us development and progress, interaction with the world and coordination in our actions jacky rowland reports. diplomacy takes time and there were delays right up to the end. when the announcement came, it was the agency that broke the news. >> relations between iran and the i.a.e.a. now enter a new
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phase. it is an important day for the international community. i kon grat legislation all those who helped make it a reality. >> reporter: so implementation day is here. the iranian foreign minister and the policy chief looked satisfied as they arrived to give their reactions. both sides can look forward to huge economic benefits from the lifting of sanctions >> as iran has fulfilled its commitments, today multi lateral and national economic and financial sanctions related to iran's nuclear program are-- lifted. >> reporter: a big personal achieve for secretary of state and he chose to make his statement separately from other parties >> today marks the moment that
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the iran nuclear agreement transitions from an ambitious set of promises on paper to measurable action in practising. today as a result of the actions taken since last july, the united states, our friends and allies in the middle east, in the entire world, are safer because the threat of the nuclear weapon has been reduce. >> reporter: international inspectors have confirmed that iran has drastically reduced its uranium enrichment capacity and most stocks have been shipped for storage overseas. crucially, the heavy water reactor has been put out of action. it is a huge diplomatic achievement. iran has come in from the cold. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: the work of verification is not over. international monitors will
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continue to check compliance and if they spot any violation the sanctions will snap back into place. so much is at stake that all sides will be working to ensure that this does not happen. jacky rowland not everyone is celebrating the deal. some u.s. republican politicians are criticizing it. >> reporter: there were a lot of critics who all along the way said this wouldn't happen, that the u.s., the world powers would not get to a final deal with iran. they said it when it was first announced, again when there was a temporary agreement and again after the agreement saying iran would not follow through. now that the deal is done, the obama administration is really continuing to try and sell the deal, trying to stress they believe this will keep iran from developing a nuclear weapon. so when it comes to sanctions relief, when it comes from the u.s. to iran it is fairly limited.
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the one big thing they've done to every other country and business, you can now do business with iran. you can buy their oil and natural gas. when it comes to american companies, the only thing that they can sell to iran airplanes parts and service. the world is going to be able to do business with iran as far as an impact to u.s. companies it is going to be pretty limited as iran preparess for the lifting of sanctions, they will release five people and in return seven iranians will be released. >> reporter: on saturday iranian state television announced the news this journalist's family wanted to hear, that after 18 months in prison the reporter
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convicted of spying was now free. his employer is celebrating and said: >> reporter: these three men as well as two other dual nationals were released in a deal that also sees seven iranians free. 14 other iranians have had charges dropped while iran is helping to find the refired f.b.i. man. iran has dismantled its nuclear weapons program and january kerr see said: >> while the two tracks of negotiations were directly related, and they were not,
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there is no question that the pace and the progress of the humanitarian talks accelerated in light of the relationships forged and the diplomatic channels unlocked over the course of the nuclear talks. analysts suggested that the personal relationship between secretary of state john kerry and iranian foreign minister mass made it possible to solve disputes between iran and the u.s. what happens when both men leave their posts? >> that relationship between them is one that predated the nuclear talks. it's one that may have enabled the nuclear talks to actually sort of move northward and overcome certain obstacles. it has to be institutionalised somehow. >> reporter: a moment of tw accomplishments
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13 people have been killed and 14 other injured in a suicide bombing. it happened in jalalabad inside the matrimonial home of an influential tribal leader. our correspondent joins us from the afghan capital kabul. tell us more about why he might have been the target of this attack. >> reporter: because he is a member of one of the most influential and biggest tribes in afghanistan. he is also fighting i.s.i.l. he has a tribal force, a militia if you will, fighting the islamic state in iraq and the levant in eastern afghanistan. him as well as other tribal leaders have called for national uprising against the islamic state fighters which are gaining ground in eastern afghanistan. it has a strong presence for i.s.i.l. and not far from
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pakistan. that could be one of the reasons why he is targeted. also another reason that his son is a member of the provincial council which is based in jalalabad. that could be another reason. as i said, he is a very influential tribal leader what clues are emerging about who was behind this attack? >> reporter: until now there hasn't been any claim of responsibility yet. the taliban through its spokesperson said they denied carrying out the attack. what happened is it is could be i.s.i.l. behind it. we don't know yet. this is my speculation. judging from previous attacks over the last week or so, i.s.i.l. has claimed another attack near the pakistani consulate and they are vowing to carry out attacks against anyone who fights them. remember the province has i.s.i.l. and the taliban. the two groups are fighting each other and they're separately
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fighting the afghan government. the afghan government is really involved in heavy fighting against i.s.i.l. i remember the president visited jalalabad last week and he promised that they will try and rule out i.s.i.l. from afghanistan thank you for that. saudi-led forces have carried out a wave of over night strikes. national security buildings, the national television compound and the military camp were hit. it has been under the control of houthi fighters since september 2014. elsewhere forces loyal to the yemeni government say they're gaining ground on the houthis. they've also made gains in mountain areas. in thies aid organizations doctors without borders has managed to deliver medical supplies. it is the first time in five
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months aid has been delivered to the heavily besieged city. plenty more still ahead on al jazeera including the u.s. democrat presidential candidates get ready for their latest debate and it's already coming under fire already before it starts. >> reporter: imagine turning on your faucet and being able to drink this fresh mountain spring water. that's exactly what people in this mexican town can do. coming up we will tell you about their fight to preserve their water supply. water supply.
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a recap the headlines. iran's president has welcomed the lifting of sanctions by the e.u. and u.s. it comes after the u.n.'s watchdog confirmed that iran complied with the deal reached in july. a journalist and four other americans have been released. iranians have been released as well. a suicide bomber killed 13 people and injured 14 others in the city of jalalabad. it happened inside the home of an influential tribal elder who had recently spoken out publicly against i.s.i.l. the taliban said it is not behind the attack. china has stressed its commitment to protect its territorial integrity after
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taiwan's pro-independent party won the landslide victory. tsai ing-wen is set to become the first female president is set to uphold taiwan's sovereignty. >> reporter: history was made in taiwan on saturday night. the first female president was elected. tsai ing-wen was narrowly defeated four years ago. on this night she took victorious. >> translation: i will redo the wrong of the previous government so we form a firm foundation. we tell the international community that the spirit of democracy is part of the lives of taiwan people >> reporter: on the other side a completely different scene. the nationalist party conceded defeat and the leader resigned
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as party chairman >> translation: sorry everyone. i let you down. we have been defeated. the k.m.t. lost the election. we didn't do well and failed our supporters' expectations. >> reporter: some party supporters are not sure what comes next. >> translation: this is a blow for our country. i feel we are slipping into an unknown situation. we don't know what will happen in the future >> reporter: ushering a new chapter the opposition becomes the ruling party. something the younger generations are eager for >> translation: the future of taiwan will be better. young people will now have a better future and the next generation will be much better. >> reporter: in her victory speech she thanked her opponents, voters and the u.s.
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while saying she wants to work closely with china warned them against provocative acts. >> translation: we will make sure that there will be mechanisms to continue communicating with china. i will follow taiwan's best interests to make sure the cross-strait relationship will carry on as it has before. >> reporter: within hours of winning the new president walking the delicate balance that will be the core of her job over the next four years. pushing forward with her position on independence while maintaining good relations with taiwan's huge neighbor across the state, a neighbor that still views the island as its own territory thousands of members of indonesia's largest muslim organization have rallied to denounce thursday's attacks in jakarta. eight people died in multiple bomb and gun attacks in the city center including four of the assailants. >> reporter: a very strong and
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important message here from this group. it is not only only the largest muslim organization in indonesia but one of the largest in the world. a few thousand exporters are here now to make a stand against terrorism and against i.s.i.l. it is not only here, they're also campaigning nationwide in their schools. they have tens of thousands of schools related to the group and they want to campaign against radicalization here. they have been silent at other times, but this silent majority is now speaking out i.s.i.l. has launched a major assault against government-held areas in eastern syria. there are conflicting reports about the number of casualties. at least 135 people were killed in the latest attacks.
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russian fighters jets carried out air strikes to support syrian government forces. syrian refugees in the german city of cologne have been protesting against a spike in sexual assaults on women. they gathered to show unity against sexism and racism after 200 complaints were made to police on new year's eve. police have identified 19 suspects, all of them foreigners. >> translation: i think it is good that they show a sign against it, maybe it helps against generalisation from german people, that people think all syrians assault women. >> translation: i think it is wrong, like we are refugees are not allowed into the public pool. this is not okay. you have to look at the individual an australian couple has been kidnapped in burkina faso. it is not clear yet whether tlir abduction is linked to a hotel.
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special forces ended the siege at the splendid hotel in ouagadougoument they rescued 156 people, including many foreigners. 23 people were killed along with four of the suspected attackers. the armed group claimed responsibility. the democratic presidential candidates in the u.s. are holding their fourth debate on sunday just before king day. the event is taking place in south carolina which has a troubled history of race relations. yet there isn't a single black candidate on the stage for the debate. our correspondent reports. >> a hundred years later. >> reporter: he is one of the lesser known presidential candidates currently campaigning in south carolina. still businessman willy wilson has been getting on the ballot
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in 16 states. he will be absent on sunday. >> we don't have candidates-- we are going to have three white candidates sitting on the state when 56% of this state are voters, south american. not to be up there is a shame. >> reporter: martin o'malley was almost excluded, but he struggled to meet debate criteria, capturing 5% approval in national polls. here in south carolina the absence of any candidate of color in debate on a weekend dedicated to a civil rights leader is especially painful. that is because the debate is taking place just blocks from here, where last june nine african american churchgoers
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were murdered while attending a prayer service. the white man responsible for the shooting is awaiting trial. two months earlier, kilometers away, a white police officer shot walter scott in the back as he ran to escape arrest. a police officer faces murder charges but he is not in jail. the irony to hold a debate so close to the locations of both shootings seems lost on democratic candidates. >> there is no way that we can support a democratic party right now who doesn't think it is worthwhile enough to have the only black candidate on the stage talking about a black lives matter issue. >> reporter: both front runners and hillary clinton have met with the black lives matter movement to convince them they will fight for racial justice, but neither politician nor their party has to date welcomed a minority candidate to any debate says willy wilson >> we should have all kinds of
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people out there protesting. >> these are supposed to be the people that are representing the down trodden, but, unfortunately, like dr king said, sometimes the big yeft barrier for the movement is the white process. >> reporter: the struggling king that he stood for has yet to be won people in the mexican town are proud of their fresh mountain spring water, but now they're fighting to keep their pristine life line from contamination. >> reporter: is the people here about this mountain spring and they will tell you it represents life, health and happiness. the spring water that flows down from a mountain and into their faucets has been a source of pride in this town for
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generations. but when bulldozer rumbled in and began digging nearby about four months ago, the town of several thousand mobilized. they blocked the bulldozers with this encampment and brought construction to a halt >> we want our water. >> reporter: they say information about who was digging and what they were building leaked out slowly. think complained but initially they say local government officials were not much help. >> corruption is the big problem always. we can't do things easily if we are fighting something we can't see. >> reporter: the town eventually learned that a company was planning to build storage containers for molasses. with a previous spill in mind, they were worried their fresh spring water was at risk of being contaminated. a city official says a company called arn purchased this
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property in 2013 and began digging last year. during a transition from one mayor to another. the company didn't have the proper permits. the city says it's now brokered an agreement that should appease everyone. >> translation: we wanted everyone involved to participate in looking for a solution. in three months we convinced the company to move to another place to build far away from the community. >> reporter: the company would not respond to our request for a comment, but we did see workers moving equipment from the construction site. the protesters say they don't trust of the government deal to relocate the project. they are not leaving just yet. their real battle is still ahead. they want the mountain spring and land around it to be designated a protected area. so it will be off limits to developers the as core nominated--
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oscar nominated move the martian was about growing food in space. u.s. astronauts have done it. scott kelly shared this plant blooming. it is more difficult to grow than lettuce which makes it good practice for the astronauts who are hoping to grow tomatos in 2018. a tradition is thriving, a rodeo which showcases horse riders. >> reporter: this is happening in north argentina. this is this man's first time as a rider. he is 18 years old and works as a mason. he says that if he can stay on a horse for eight seconds, he will have a chance of winning the
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prize. >> translation: i started when i was very young and we do it not only because of tradition but because we can win prizes. >> reporter: these take place all over argentina. it is a tradition of the cattle herders that roamed the country 200 years ago. in fact, most of those who participate in these events have second jobs in the country's farming industry. people compare this event to a world cup because they say that every rider in the country dreams about being here. the horses are also chosen carefully. we've been told that they have to have a special spirit and probably they will never be tamed. horses are crucial in events like this one. animal rights group worry about the treatment of the horses, but this man says they are wrong. >> translation: a horse is ridden for eight seconds in an event like this one.
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they're used for an average of two minutes a month. they have to be strong and beautiful to be used in event like this one. >> reporter: they have gone from being a traditional event to a local sport. this man wants it to be recognised as one of argentina's national sports. >> translation: we are pushing for a law that makes this an official sport. it is becoming more and more professional. riders now train, go to the gym and prepare all year for the big events. >> reporter: a dangerous sport that injures dozens of riders every year, but this man says he is not afraid. he is 28 years old and has been doing this over for a decade >> translation: i've seen my family cry for many many times. this is what i love and it helps me to have my house and my family. >> reporter: passion for horses, respect for the tradition and the extra financial incentive, a
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powerful mix that make these events an essential event of argentina's countryside if you want to get more on all those stories we've been telling you about, head over to our website, aljazeera.com >> it will wake you up before you'll feel it. it's just like a pressure or a force that's coming through your bedroom. >> kind of a weird jolt, or-- a feeling that something's getting ready to happen. the-- the dogs can kinda get funny right before a big one. >> the primary is the one that's, you initially feel. you don't know it's coming. >> all of a sudden, you hear this bang-- kind of a loud pop,

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