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>> the u.n.'s high commissioner for refugees says the world needs to share the burden of syria's crisis more fairly. hello i'm barbara serra, you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up in the program, i.s.i.l. is accused of firing a rocket from syria, hitting a school and killing one person. warning a weather system could leave millions hungry in south africa.
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a british parliamentary debate on a controversial u.s. politician. >> the new head of the u.n. refugee agency says the world should find a fairer formula for sharing the burden of the crisis in syria. felepo grandi says, mostly to neighboring countries in the middle east. al jazeera's jane arraf was with felepo grandi. >> as the fighting intensifies in syria there are more trying to get in.
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at least 17,000 now are massed at the border, many of them hungerrary and cold according to aid agencies. the new unhcr commissioner says that the u.n. is trying to help jordan address its security cerches so that more of those people can be allowed inside. these started off as tents. now pretty much everyone lives in a trailer. it's still hot in the summer and cold in the winter and there isn't always electricity but more than that, people don't want to live in camps. so more than half omillion refugees, syrian refugees in jordan are trying to survive on the outskirts of the cities. they're living in unheated apartments, crammed into houses. it's the same situation jordanians are in as well, and creating a lot of resentments. the commissioner says that he would like to see european countries changing the regulations, to legally allow in some of these asylum-seekers, whether toyotas reunify families
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or brinit's to reunify people,tf people he says, still a drop in the bucket. the main message here really is that after five years refugees are increasingly vulnerable and the countries hosting them are increasingly vulnerable as well. jane arraf, al jazeera, zatarie camp, jordan. >> i've been speaking to the new are u.n. high commissioner, filippo grandi. >> so irresponsibly by politicians, this is extremely serious and grave and has to be reversed. i think that first of all,
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finding solutions to the flow of refugees would be the best antidote to this situation, it's complex and requires complex political solutions, would send a message that disorder is over and that this flow can be managed in a manner that does justice to the people themselves, avoiding a lot of suffering, along the way but also, reassures the hosting countries that the flow can be to a certain extent managed in a way that is less threatening to the citizens of that country. but this is only one of the way that the situation has to be addressed. inevitably, resettlement movements, resettlement programs will be fairly limited. we would be lucky i think if we were able to resettle, say, 10%
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of the refugee population, the syrian refugee population. this is about 450,000 people. it is a lot of people but we should not forget that the host countries are hosting 4.5 million. this is almost five times the number of people that have arrived in europe this year. that's 80 think it is extremely important not to forget their plight. >> and of course, i mean their plight is huge and your challenges are huge and yet, what are the challenges you are facing is where you need money the most we're actually seeing a critical shortfall in humanitarian funding, so-called humanitarian fatigue. what can you do to try improve that or address that? >> again i think that the crisis in europe has opened a window of opportunity that we must seize. in the last few months of 2015, we have seen more resources being invested in the host countries in particular.
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through unhcr and our partners. >> filippo grandi speaking to me a little earlier. >> a i.s.i.l. bomb has hit a turkish school, killing a female cleaner there. the turkish government is blaming the islamic state of iraq and the levant. andrew simmons reports. >> only a few hours into a school day then this, three explosions and a blast in the middle of a primary school's playground. a clean are was caught in the slap flel, she died. one of the students, a ger in her teens, was injured. rockets landed first two in empty fields, the last one
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deadly. shrapnel sprayed all around, every window in the school building shattered. military sources said turkish radar had tracked rockets from i.s.i.l. position he. turkish artillery units on a border with syria were ordered to retaliate soon afterwards, bombarding i.s.i.l. outposts for several hours. >> i'm not in a position to give you information at the moment. >> reporter: the governor who didn't want to make any comment at the scene ordered other schools to be evacuated and issued a statement calling for people in the area to be calm. but many staff at the school feel angry or afraid. >> translator: if it was break-time it would have been so much worse because the children were inside the building they were safe. >> reporter: with syria and its war only a short distance from the border, the people here have every reason to feel insecurity. andrew simmons, al jazeera,
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killes in turkey. >> from the syrian rorv observay of human rights, it says areas just north of the city of deir ez zor, advance he come after the group killed 300 people in what it described as an appalling massacre in the city over the weekend. one week out from scheduled talks to try end the war in syria it's still unclear whether they will actually go ahead. the u.n. security council has received a closed door briefing on the situation. diplomatic editor james bays has more from the united nations in new york. >> staffan de mistura, the u.n. envoy who's supposed to mediate talks between syrian government and opposition in a week's time but it's touch and go whether they will go ahead, according to
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the french foreign minister laurent fabius. >> there are questions that have to be dealt with. >> in the u.n. in new york, ambassadors heard a briefing from mr. de mistura, from his office in paris. >> what we're going to hear from staffan is what progress has been made. >> the russian ambassador knows his own government has problems with the current plan. president vladimir putin was meeting the emir of qatar in moscow. the russian leader will have made it clear he believes the list for opposition delegation drawn up in saudi arabia should have more secular figures and
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rechtiorepresentation from kurdh groups. there is another program even those currently on the opposition list are not currently scheduled to attend geneva, they want assurances that the same thing that happened two years ago will not be repeated. if that happens again the u.s. and its allies have a plan b. it's thought this time around the form he would begin with days of what are known as proximity talks, in the u.n. headquarters in g7 the two sides will be kept in separate rooms with mr. de mistura shuttling between them. i'm told that mr. de mistura has said that anyone who takes part in the talks will not be part of the transitional government that the talks are supposed to create. so there are rules in place but
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for talks that for now look far from certain. james bays, al jazeera at the united nations. >> the u.n.'s world food program has warned that 14 million people are facing hunger in southern africa because of drought made worse by an el nino weather pattern. 2015 was already south africa's dryest year since records began and the wfp says the worst affected country are malawi, where 2.8 million or 16% of the population are expected to go hungry. in madagascar 1.9 million are at risk while in zimbabwe, 1.3 million are at risk. after years of tough conditions. >> the situation we've got in the region as a whole as i say
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mainly as a result of the drought affecting last year's april harvest. on the back of that we now have continued drought produced by the el nino weather phenomenon which basically means reduced rainfall for this season and that unfortunately coincides exactly with the planting season in this region. so we expect that the numbers could increase substantially later this year, and indeed into next year. >> a palestinian teenager has been shot by israeli forces after allegedly stabbing a pregnant israeli woman. police say the man entered the pecoa settlement in the occupied west bank south of jerusalem and stabbed a 30-year-old woman. she wasn't seriously wounded and her unborn baby was unharmed. air strikes by the saudi led coalition fighting in yemen have led 20 people dead. a police building in the rebel
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held capital sanaa was hit with reports that civilians were among the dead. the coalition has been carrying out almost daily strikes since march against iran backed houthi rebels who have seized control of large parts of yemen. meanwhile attacks by the rebels in yemen are beginning to look like a systematic campaign targeting the progovernment security services. by the province on sun an official loyal to abd rabbu mansour hadi was killed by a road side bomb and a suicide attack at the police chief's home killed eight people. and in a separate incident a judge was shot dead. al jazeera's imran khan reports. aden is the seat of yemen's internationally recognized government. but that hasn't brought control, in the city's jabal al hail neighborhood, this attack took
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place despite a strictly enforced curfew. leading to a desire situation in the city's infrastructure. >> they got the targeting security institutions will undermine security cause instability and shake the domestic front. the more violent the air strikes and killings get the tighter the domestic front will be. >> reporter: according to the united nations the fighting in the ground in yemen along with the air strikes have killed at least 6,000 people since july. around half are said to be civilians. a prominent physician was also killed in a saudi led strike on saturday. imran khan, al jazeera. >> still to come on al jazeera,
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burkina faso and mali agree to work together over security attacks, following al qaeda attacks killed over 20 peoples. argentina laid off state employees who they say are paid but don't actually work. work. >> let's take a closer look. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself, and that's what we're doing at xfinity. we are challenging ourselves to improve every aspect of your experience. and this includes our commitment to being on time.
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>> welcome back. here's a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. the u.n.'s high commissioner for refugees is urging the international community to find a fairer way of sharing the
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burden of the syrian crisis. a rocket fired from syria has hit a school over the border in turkey, killing a female cleaner and injuring three others. the turkish government says i.s.i.l. is responsible. the u.n. world food program warns that 14 million people are facing hunger in southern africa because of el nino. the british parliament is debating whether donald trump should be band from u.k. that means it must go before parliament even though only the home secretary of stat secretary ban an individual from the cub. nadim baba reports. >> reporter: love him or loath him, donald trump can't stay out of the headlines. people are saying he should stay
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out of the country because of comments like that. >> donald j. trump is calling for a complete and total shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's represents can figure out: what the hell is going on? >> now politicians have debated whether trump should be bard from the u.k. at a petition urging the government to to so got over half a million signatures. many took the position that donald trump was a buffoon but not a danger to the republic. >> i wonder how long the list would be? for starters we'd have to ban the current prime minister of hungary because he said i believe things equally offensive about muslims. >> reporter: but the woman who started the petition said donald trump is no different from others who have been band from u.k. because of hate speech. >> u.k. has banned 80-odd people for hate speech in the past.
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in trump's case they really should do it. there have been cases in the united states where his hate speech has led to actual violence. >> suzanne kelly's long campaigned against trump's attempt to develop luxury golf courses in scotland. she's had his honorary ambassador for scotland and his honorary degree taken away. >> we've places in london and other places that are so radicalized that the police are afraid for their own lives. we have to be very smart and very vigilant. >> that bold statement was swiftly dismissed by london's mayor boris johnson. who argued far from being banned, donald trump should be invited to see for hymnself. >> i as a member of parliament for bafford west would give an open invitation to donald trump,
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i'd tai take him to the synagogue, i'd take him to the church i'd take him to the mosque. i'd invite him for curry, we're the curry capital of britain. >> already hinted they're not enough to confirm him persona felon grapersonanon grata. are. >> burkina faso 29 people died in an al qaeda attack on friday. benin's president has visited the cafe and hotel where the terrorists struck. from ouagadougo, mohammad adow reports. >> the president of burkina faso sees firsthand the damage done in an attack in the capital that killed at least 29 people most of them foreigners.
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accompanied by the president of benin, who visited to show his solidarity. the leaders were shown the entrance to the hotel, the ruined cafe across the street and the burned shells of cars and motorcycles in between. >> translator: all that the terrorists want is to sow terror in people's hearts. they also want to scare away those willing to invest in our country. our responsibility is to ensure the people are safe and continue to have confidence in burkina faso. >> president boni is the second west african leader to visit since the attack. malian counterpart was the first. west african countries need to work together to sustain the threats from armed groups. the attack here marks a new chapter for burkina faso. the country has gone through
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considerable political turmoil in the past two years including a coup and public uprising. but what happened here is not something the country was prepared for. >> it is clear but none of us was expecting this thing of this magnitude to happen. so you can imagine, the level of the shock that is embedded in the population and citizens. to see now that burkina faso is also, on the list of a country that are under attack by terrorist jihadist. >> french and american teams are helping the burkina faso counterparts in the investigations. the local police say there were gaps in how the security forces responded during that time. >> translator: we weren't totally prepared for this event. our force he aren't trained in combating terrorism and we also received information about the
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attack very late. under the circumstances though we tried our best. >> reporter: an al qaeda affiliate known as aqim or al qaeda in the islamic maghreb, claimed responsibility for the attacks. two malian nationals and an algerian, all in their early 20s. attack on the hotel that they called a den for spice. mohammad adow, al jazeera, ouagadougo, burkina faso. the u.s. ambassador to israel says israeli vigilantism in the west bank is going unchecked. says there is a lack of thorough investigation and seems israel has a different standard of law for jews and palestinians. comments as unacceptable and wrong. >> too much attacks on palestinians, lack of vigorous investigation and response by
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israeli authorities, too much vigilantism goes unchecked. rigid standards for law one for israelis and one for palestinians. >> five soldiers have been killed in a training exercise in the french alps. a group of 50 skiing when the avalanche struck. argentina's president has promised justice will be done in the case of the death of former state prosecutor alberto nisman. mauricio macri visited his two young daughters, former argentinian president cristina kirchner conspired the cover up iran's alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of a jewish center. a vigil is taking place in
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buenos aires to mark the first anniversary of his death. our correspondent daniel schweimler is there. >> one year from the time the body of prosecutor alber alberto nisman's body was found in his apartment. first of all, was he killed or did he commit suicide? still don't have the official report into that inquestions published. if he was killed, there are those who implicate members of the intelligence service, and the then president cristina kirchner and her then foreign minister mr. timmerman who were somehow involved in the coverup of iranian involvement in a bombing of a jewish center in 1994, that they were somehow implicatein that killing. but we have had no clear
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answers, no official pronouncements on that. many here are hoping that with a new government in office that president mauricio macri i can put influence imi emphasis behid that investigation, he met on the eve of the anniversary with alberto nisman's daughters, gathering here to make sure that the memory of alberto nisman has not been forgotten and to find answers to those many questions. staying in argentina thousands of government employees have lost their jobs. the new government says many are supporters of former president cristina kirchner. here is teresa vo. >> a protest by people who say they have lost their jobs. manuela says she has been working at the plata municipality for six years and her contract has not been renewed. >> translator: the government is playing off state employees and they are accusing us of
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being activists ar and getting d but not coming to work. >> macri says former president cristina kirchner has lost the country financially in the red. that's why authorities announced three will work into the contracts of thousands of federal employees, who do not hold a job but just collect a salary. >> we want to work, over 5500 people are having their contracts reviewed, many have already been fired and say they will continue to protest until they get their jobs bang. all around argentina there are thousands in a similar situation. at the nestor kirsh fler are ki,
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there are thousands of contracts that have not been renewed. >> we signed a contract with the previous administration until december 2016. i worked here for 12 hours every day. >> reporter: macri faces strong opposition that mostly comes by the supporters of former president cristina kirchner. the government claims that for years the previous government handed over public jobs in exchange of political support, or as a way of generating the jobs that the private sector did not. >> translator: we're reviewing all contracts because we found very strange things. for example, in the last three years, we've seen an increase of 50% of state employees. if anyone's being paid and is not working it is disrespectful to the workers. it is public money. >> reporter: protests like this one will probably continue in argentina.
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as the new government tries to bring about the promised change that got mauricio macri elected and that those that oppose him have vowed to fight back, teresa vo, al jazeera. >> more on the website, different stories about the environment. one message. >> this year is blowing our minds. >> storms generated by a powerful weather system. >> these urchins are in trouble right now, why is that? >> our oceans getting warmer and more toxic. land frozen for years now melting. what is happening around the planet and what can science do about it?