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prosecutor whose death a year ago remains a mystery. debate. >> his words are treasonous. >> the presidential candidate unwelcome for more than just his fiery words. >> and good evening and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm jonathan betz in for antonio mora. we begin with the war on syria where rockets believed to be fired from a i.s.i.l. controlled area struck a school in turkey. one struck an employee and killed her and seriously injured a student. turkey responded by bombing i.s.i.l. targets across the syrian border. i.s.i.l. reportedly kidnapped
more than 400 civilians as a government attack on civilians in dars disor. dars disor. deir ez zor. james bays has more from new york. >> staffan de mistura, the u.n. envoy who is supposed to mediate talks between the syrian government and opposition in a week's time but it's touch and go whether they'll now go ahead according to the french foreign minister, laurent fabius. >> obviously we hope the negotiation will take place. but there are some questions that have to be dealt with. >> in the united nations headquarters in new york, all
still expressing a determination the talks must start on time. >> it's important the talk do go ahead this month. what we are going to hear from staffan is what progress he's may on this. >> are the talks on the 25th going to take place? >> i hope so, i hope so, they must after all the work that has been done. >> but the russian ambassador says his own government has problems with the policeman. president vladimir putin is meeting the emir of qatar. the list of the opposition delegation drawn newspaper saudi arabia should have more secular figures and representatives from the kurdish groups. they want reassurances the last time would not be repeted, the
syrian government was deliberately destructive and derailing those talks. they want to make sure that the u.n. has a plan b. days are what are known as proximity talks, the two sides will be kept in separate rooms with mr. de mistura shuttling between them. i'm told that mr. de mistura said anyone who takes part in any of the talks of either delegation, will not be allowed to be part of the government that is supposed to replace. james bays, al jazeera, the united nations. the u.n. says five people have stoorve starved to death lk in the syrian town of madaya. third convoy is on its way to
bring supplies to people suffering from years long blockade. a rocket attack kills at least one person in a turkish town. andrew simmons filed this report from turkey. >> reporter: only a few hours into a school day and then this three explosions, then a blast in the middle of a primary school's playground. a cleaner was caught in the shrapnel. she died. one of the students, a girl in her teens, was seriously injuried. the provincial government office says three rockets have been fired from within syria, the first two landing on a field, the third one deadly. right in the center of the
schoolyard, every window in the school building shat earth. shattered. military sources says turkish radar had tracked the missiles from i.s.i.l. locations, bombarding i.s.i.l. outposts for several hours afterwards. >> 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 insecure. andrew simmons, al jazeera,
killus in turkey. >> i.s.i.l. has launched several attacks on oil ports, fighting has slowed after three days of shelling but germany's defense minister says she's concerned the new rise of violence could launch a new wave of refugees. germany took in over a million migrants last year. burkina faso, 29 people were killed in friday night's assault on the splendid hotel in ouagadougo. an al qaeda affiliate is claiming responsibility for that. al jazeera america's mohammad adow has the story. >> the attack in the capital that killed at least 29 people. most of them foreigners. accompanied by the president of
benin, to assure his solidarity. the leaders were shown the charred entrance to the hotel, the ruined cafe across the street and the bombed out shells of cars and motorcycles in between. >> 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. >> the president is the second west earn leade african leader e attack. their visits to ouagadougo and, that 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 considerable political turmoil in the first two years, including a coup and a public
uprising. but what happened here was not something the country was prepared for. >> this 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 and on the list of countries that are under attack by terrorist jihadists. >> french and american victims are helping their counterparts in the investigation. the local police say there were gaps in how the security forces responded during the attack. >> translator: we weren't totally prepared for this event. our forces are not trained in combating terrorism and we also received information about the attack very late. under the circumstances though we tried our best. >> an al qaeda affiliate known
as aqim or al qaeda in the islamic maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack. in a statement the group revealed the identities of the three gunmen. they are two malian national nas mohammad adow, al jazeera, ouagadougo, burkina faso. another suspect in the paris attacks is now in custody. morocco'morocco's interior minid he is in custody. belgian national of plo moroccan
>> more details have emerged about ten american sailors picked up in iranian waters last week. the u.s. military says they were held at gunpoint when they were first found, but no shots were fired. the military has said the boat's engines had a mechanical problem. the sailors were releaseafter 15 hours. iranian officials are promising to cooperate on future inspection efforts. two days after the nuclear deal went into effect, sanctions were lifted and five american prisoners were released. >> jason rezaian's wide smile said it all. free after 544 days in an
iranian prison. the washington post journalists, wife mother and brother together at the u.s. military's medical facility in germany. medical officials are evaluating his health, and former marine amir hekmati, held for four years, and christian pastor saeed abedini whose wife touted his reason twitter. after years of secret negotiations, rezaian told the washington post he was feeling good physically. his brother ali has been a tireless advocate for rezaian's release. >> he had one person in the room with him hypothesis about been held in solitary confinement. >> a fourth opted to stay in iran and a fifth, matthew
treithick, was released on saturday. >> he's looking to coming home and having serious hamburgers. >> the head of international atomic energy agency met with president hassan rouhani. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who has been sharply critical of the deal says his government will keep a close watch on iran's compliance. the u.s. too is keeping close watch. even as the obama administration this weekend lifted sanctions relating to the nuclear deal, it imposed new sanctions on companies and individuals involved with iran's ballistic missile program. on the presidential campaign trail republicans applauded the release of the americans but bleasd mr. obama for cutting a deal, that included dropping charges against some iranian americans for violating sanctions against iran. >> you look at this new iran deal which took forever to get
it done, you look at how bad it is and one sided it is. >> the families of those released say they're just happy to have their loved ones free. as ali rezaian put it, congress told the president to use everything add hits disposal to bring the americans home. lisa stark, al jazeera, washington. >> turning to in context segment, the sliding price of oil. the price of crude down to $28, still below that $30 a barrel mark. and with iran sanctions lifted, analysts think that price will continue to fall. iran's been stockpiling oil for years and expected to flood an already saturated record. shrinking revenue in iraq is causing tension in regional governments and the country's able to fight i.s.i.l. more on that from osama ben
javad in erbil. >> the regional government in northern iraq exports over half a million barrels of oil a day but its problems with the government in central baghdad are hurting the economy. it owes builts to oil firms and financial institutions and has stopped 600 public projects including schools hospitals and roads. in addition to helping 2 million displaced people, it also needs to find money for its fight against i.s.i.l. >> the biggest problem is the oil oil prices and that's wreaked havoc. both sides would be having trouble sort of paying the bills. >> reporter: the kurdish region's economy is almost exclusively dependent on the energy sector.
the krg estimate that it has nearly 3% of the world's oil and gas reserves. but many politicians see it as more of a challenge than an opportunity. infrastructure to export gas is still being built. the kurdish region's gas exporting segment is said to come in 2016. on top of the financial and regional issues, there is corruption. >> translator: yes, it's true that we have a problem of corruption. we don't have national institutions. many of the politician he are oil dealers and they own companies that transport and export oil. >> national government transports its oil to turkey. with the low price of oil in conflict nearby, iraq's kurdish region continues to struggle to
provide for its people. osama ben javad, al jazeera, erbil. >> joins upatricia sabga joins . >> iran says it's going to start pumping half a million barrels more than it's already pumping per day and it would be back to its presanction level of 3.4 million barrels per day. keep in mind people say that's rather ambitious but the point is vaughn back, it's pumping and it's pumping into a mark that is awash in cheap oil already. that's going to increase supply even more much to the chagrin of saudi arabia, bitter regional rival, saudi arabia has orchestrated the opec policy of continuing to keep the taps wide open as it's watched oil prices drop from $110 per barrel to its
current level of $28. that's a 75% drop. >> a huge drop. how long do we continue to keep the taps on as you say? >> saudi arabia can't keep this up. their break even is over $100 per barrel. they are cutting energy subsidies, welfare benefits and it's not just saudi arabia that's under pressure. other oil producers are under pressure as well. many of them don't enjoy the cushion either of large foreign exchange reserves. saudi arabia has 640 billion of foreign exchange reserves. others don't, they already spent their windfall, countries like venezuela. russia has foreign exchange reserves but nothing on par at saudi arabia has. what this smeens a lot of these countries -- means is, a lot of these countries, with generous welfare benefits, generous subsidies and a lot of these oil-producing nations can't
afford to do that. that is tantamount to breaking a social contract, when you break a social contract with people that can lead to political unrest and geopolitical instability. >> there are a lot of issues here, low gas prices allow low do we actually expect these prices to get? >> some analysts are calling oil to reach $20 a barrel and now we see oil settle below $30 a barrel it really sets the stage if you will for oil to keep dropping to $20 a barrel. the stage is definitely set for lower oil prices ahead because really what it takes in order to get oil prices up it's not just the logic of the market. the logic of the market should be telling opec to be turning off those taps, to not pump so much supply into the market. but that's not enforcing discipline. >> why is there so much then. >> where you have bitter rivals, iran and saudi arabia, they'd have to 53 to production cuts
together and it's not just within opec, jonathan, you also need nonopec producers like russia also to step up and agree to production cuts. >> no one willing to do that yet? >> countries involved in the war in syria that gives you an idea of how far they have to go to come to agreement on all of this. >> we also have the shale oil producers. what does this mean for them? >> shale oil producers are getting hit really, really hard. that's because their cost of production is so much higher than saudi arabia and other producers. already in 2015, we saw a lot of shale oil producers go bust, that's because a lot of these operations they borrowed money, they issued debt if you will to finance expansion of their operation and future exploration. but they did that when oil was trading much higher, then it's trading very low. there are some forecasts that
see as many as a third of oil producer going bankrupt before the end of the year. >> patricia sabga, appreciate it. troubling economic news out of china tonight. weakest annual growth there in 25 years and this news could have a big impacts around the world when china's economy slows so does industrial production across this planet. let's go live now to hong kong and al jazeera's rob mcbride for more on this. rob, the asian markets have been open for an hour. what's the reaction about the news about the gdp? >> it is actually these figures are pretty much in line with expectation so there's been very little excitement either here in hong kong or up the road in shanghai. trading is pretty flat. these markets have already come to terms with a new normal of a cooling china economy. the rate, the gbd rate for last year is 6.9%.
pretty much in line of what the government set as 7% if it hedged its bets if you like, this is respectably close to that. people are trying to work out what this is going to mean not only for world's economy but also for what the chinese government does now. it has a very interesting balancing act to do. some say this kind of growth rate is more sustainable, but the chinese government has really big plans reorganize its economy, the winding down of profitable state industries, all of those issues have to be absorbed into the sector. it's a question of how far the chinese economy can allow it to be cooled before it has to intervene and stimulus measures to get the economy back up there jonathan. >> rob explain to us what exactly is causing that big slow down there in cloin?
>> reporter: it is a gradual winding down. things like manufacturing, also construction, we've seen huge construction boom in the last couple of decades or so. we have seen the growing of ghost towns for example, highways that aren't being used. so it has come to a kind of fulfillment if you like that you cannot carry on building these things. but we are seeing within these figures some complexity. doesn't tell the full story. yes these old sectors, sector construction manufacturing are in decline but you are seeing the service sectors come up. for example things like health, education, insurance, all the other thaings mark out a mature economy. we are seeing the growth of those sectors. that is a promising side of the chinese economy. these things are mixed for world, obviously the world has to sit up and take notice. if you are an iron ore producer
in australia, these things are not good for you. if you are an ivy league college in united states selling a diploma, education, china is still the place to be. jonathan. >> rob mcbride, appreciate it. may not be able to stay unless you learn english. why the prime minister is willing to devote millions to help them learn the language. and after the death of an algeriaargentinan prosecutor.
>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz in for antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international news how germany is trying to slow the number of refugees from north africa. but first a look at the stories making headlines across the u.s. in our american minute. state of emergency over flint's water supply. national guard went to that city to help hand out bottled water. april 2014 whether the city began drawing their water supply from the flint river. since then, dangerous bacteria has turned up in the river. 12 missing marines off the
coast of hawaii, they found life rafts but little else. training mission crashed off the north shore of oahu. it is still possible to find crew alive rescue workers say. in honor of martin luther king, jr. day, the fbi director laid a wreath at the national memorial. despite the organization's history of blackmailing the raciaindividual. physical. >> china, pakistan and afghanistan and united states met in kabul. no one from the taliban attended that meeting. donald trump might be the front runner for republican
presidential nomination but his popularity does not extend across the pond. the british parliament is debating whether to ban mr. trump from entering the u.k. al jazeera's dana lewis explain why. >> hi jonathan, people here especially members of parliament said they should not vote on banning donald trump because he thrives on scandal, the best thing should be to ignore him but mps were forced to have this discussion because of the size of the outcry from the public. seemed united in condemning his rhetoric and one by one they thrashed him. >> i've heard of a number of cases where people have been excluded for incitement and hatred but i've never heard of
one of stupidity. i'm not sure we should begin now. >> not to be treated because he is privileged and rich. >> a man extremely high profile, involved in the show business industry for years and years, the man who is interviewing for most important job in the world. his words are not comical, his words are not funny. his words are poisonous. >> the petition to ban was signed by over 570,000 people, the largest ever to be presented to parliament. there are no go-zones where people fear muslim areas. >> i'd be delighted to have him show us where the no-go areas are for police, i'd be leap to find one. why more people in america are killed by shotguns every day than are killed in this country in a year.
>> the petition got its start in scotland. petition author suzanne kelly told us trump's treatment of the environment and bullying of his neighbors incurred her anger. >> either if i win or lose, points have been made, important discussions have been had and people are thinking of the implications of this man's world. there's a huge difference between free speech and hate speech. >> jonathan, anticipating the brich government will not most likely proceed with a ban of mr. trump, the greatest way to handle him would be the brich tradition of ridicule. there was certainly plenty of that today. back to you. >> thank you. david cameron has pledged more than $28 million for english class he.
targets women, because some controlling muslim men may be keeping their wives, sisters or daughters from joining society. >> we want to build a more integrated, cohesiv cohesive so. where they have been encouraged not to go out, not to learn the language. that needs to change in our country. >> he also says that immigrants who do not learn the language within two years may not be allowed to stay in the country. having to fend for themselves in refugee camps in europe. in northern france, children are stopped from crossing the into the u.k. even if they have relatives this. al jazeera's lawrence lee explains why. >> the unaccompanied children here you would think be most deserving of convention.
the families here should have a right to come for their protection but the u.k. government continues to insist despite that, that they should seek asylum in france or elsewhere. that has meant an activist trying the help the children have had no choice but to take a handful of cases to this anonymous building in central london who will decides what's right. >> the government has to act, it is completely unacceptable for desperate children to try oreach their relatives, facing train tracks or trucks. >> one of the cases involves the teenage brother of ahmed, ahmed himself had almost died after traveling for ten hours in a refrigerated legislatory, his younger brother followed him to calais sand now there alone. >> i feel like my hands are tied
because i can't do anything. the conditions are so dangerous and anything can happen to misbrother. this is all can i do to help him come here. >> the flow of refugees through europe is often described as the biggest since world war ii. aside from the european response that seems to be where it ends. helping with kinder transport, saving thousands of children from nazi germany. however this country feels no moral or legal obligation to take care of the children who are victims of war and no more than an hour away by train in calais. a service was held for a young afghan boy who tried to cross in a legislatory a couple of weeks ago. he suffocated. religious campaigners laid flowers in his memory. this is risk they run if they want to reach family in britain.
lawrence lee, al jazeera, london. >> police have made their first arrest in connection to the mass sexual assaults on new year's eve in cologne. man charged with stealing a cell phone if a woman. more than 400 who reported being sexually assaulted around cologne's square on new year's eve. the german government, chancellor angela merkel's party agreed to reclassify morocco algeria and tunisia as safe countries. last year more than a million migrants registered for asylum in germany under the open door policy championed by merkel. today marks one year from the murder of alberto nisman.
al jazeera's daniel schweimler reports from buenos aires. >> these people are asking how alberto nisman died. if he was killed who killed him? why were those who were supposed to be guarding him disappear? why does it take so long to come to conclusions? >> they are trying cover the sun with their hands but their hands are covered with blood. >> covering up alleged iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a jewish community center in buenos aires in which 85 people died. there are those who say because
this case is so important and so complicated it needs to be done properly. others say it highlights the inefficiencies in aguer tien ars institutions. >> it was the death of all argentinaguertiens. are argentines. >> had he no case against president kirchner and killed himself some say. >> his daughters should be the first to benefit from this
investigation. but in second place should be the country, because we all need to know what happened to the investigator who denounced the president of the nation. >> reporter: many here hope the change of government will bring fresh impetus to the investigation. an investigation that from the beginning has divided argentina along political lines. one year on, those divisions are as strong as ever. daniel schweimler, al jazeera, buenos aires. >> robert valencia joins us from washington, d.c. robert, good to see you. >> thank you, for inviting me to your show. >> yes, of course. this is such a big mystery but there's been a new government in argentina, a new president. do you think that can really bring some real change here? >> well, that is whole expectation. i mean, there has been a complete stagnation of this, of this case for 11 months. as a matter of fact, the
covering up officials who were accused by interpol whether this had he had any connection. now not only we're dealing with one case but two cases. hopefully we'll get to the bottom of this for nisman and the 1994 attack in amia. but it is going to be a long process. >> robert are you optimistic that we'll actually ever get to the bottom of these cases considering how much is unknown and how much is vowde vowed in mystery? >> since the government is leading the investigation i'm optimistic no doubt. >> do you have an opinion whether this was a suicide or a murder? >> there has been discussion among journalists and experts and it is hard to decipher whether this was a homicide or a suicide. it all leads to speculation.
they weren't able to tell whether the gunpowder that was not on his hand, it all leads to a lot of conspiracy theories. whether his buddy was really falling on the floor, whether he was -- he actually put a gun in his head or whether there was some assailant in his apartment. another fact is that his building is not an old building. this is one of the state-of-the-art buildings in buenos aires, no one could have forced the door knob that easily. there is a lot of speculation. i tend to believe that this was some government -- you know something related to the government, someone on the government level participated in -- whether to instigate any kind of suicide thoughts on
nisman or whether there was actually a hit man at work. but there's definitely a lot of coincidence, it all leads like it could be a lot of suspicion regarding the participation of the argentina government. >> a lot of question marks and a lot of unflowns here. hopefully you'll get some answers from the new government in argentina. thank you for joining us tonight. 14 million people are facing hunger in southern africa. the hardest hit is malawi. 16% of that country's population is expected to go hungry and a situation only expected to get worse. the planting season will soon end and no relief in the forecast. the new oxfam report says that by the end of this year the country's wealthiest 1% will own more than 99% combined. 62 individuals held as much
wealth as the bottom half's poorest, 3.6 billion people. the wealth of that rich, the richest 62 people has risen by 44% since 2010. it is now up to $1.76 trillion. and in that same time period, the wealth of the poor's half of the population, fell by 41%. completing the long journey to america, how cuban immigrants stranded in central america for months are finding their way across mexico's border. and match fixing reports as the australian open gets underway. and tomorrow night, the true discovery japanese citizens abducted as part of a spy program.
volkswagen. ignores a key element of the country's environmental laws. back in philosophy, south korea's government fined vw after conducting its own tests. closer to their final goal, the u.s. border. adam rainey has the story of one woman's frightening journey as she gets closer to being reunited with her family. >> reporter: ready to move on. three days in mexico and daisy iguara is off again. they have a flight to catch, hoping to make it into northern mexico and cross into the united states. before flying to ecuador in october to begin her journey she had never left home. since then she's crossed six countries. one more to go. the 43-year-old mother has come so far but still has more than
1700 kilometers to go, before she reaches the u.s. border. her husband is in florida. where a whole new life to start is daunting. >> translator: it's a radical change for me. i don't know what i'll have to face once i get there. it's another country. i'm excited but i know it's a very drastic change. >> reporter: reforms in cuba actually helped daisy leave home. like others she sold her house which was illegal in 2011. with thousands of dollars in hand she could afford the trip. they thought flying to the u.s. border would make their trip safer but whether they landed in the mexican border city of reynosa, famous for cartel killings and kidnapping, it was unclear. taxi refused to take them the 15 minutes to u.s. border without
an escort. police finally showed up. violence crime is rare at home. these cubans were shaken. >> translator: we were afraid, really afraid. we thereto we had to spend a night in that place, cut off from everything else. it's dangerous. i was afraid, all of us were afraid. >> reporter: approaching the border it starts to hit them. they're almost there. daisy's taken her final steps now on her way to the u.s. it's a journey that's taken more than two and a half months and full of hazards and dangers she couldn't have imagined where she left cuba. a few hours, she's expected to be free on the other side. steps full of emotion, she's made it this far. this challenge influence life is set to begin. adam rainey, al jazeera along the u.s. mexico border. now to our global view segment with a look at how news outlets across the world are reacting to various events.
the times of india says tsai ing-wen must be pragmatic. taiwan can't stand up to china either financially or diplomatically. victory in taiwan is more than just a rejection of the previous president. it's also rejection it says of china. adding china must be careful given the u.s. rip with taiwan. a move against taiwan could add up to a costly reaction in asia and around the world. the sydney herald says it blindly followed its allies, prime minister malcolm turin tul meets with president obama later.
the australian open began today but opening day was overshadowed buy match-fixing scandal. authorities say, al jazeera elise holman has more. >> showpiece events on the multimillion dollar international tennis circuit. but while the stars pongt rich rewards, on the bottom, there's little reward to be found. ignoring indications that some players have been accepting payments to fix matches. >> the tennis authority unit and the tennis authorities, absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason or isn't being thoroughly investigated. >> reporter: the tennis integrity unit was set up in
2008 to investigate corruption within the sport. it's alleged that over the past decade, 16 top 50 players have been repeatedly flagged over suspicions they may have thrown matches. it is claimed betting syndicates in russia and italy made hundreds of thousands of dollars betting on the games in question. tall players including grand slam winners were allowed to continue competing. >> in its investigation the tennis integrity unit has to find evidence as opposed to information, suspicion or hearsay. and this is key here that it requires evidence. >> reporter: some of the top players were quick to defend their sporlt as well. >> you know as an athlete i do everything i can to be not only great, but, you know, historic. and, you know, if that's going on i don't know about it. >> you know i think that the tennis is one of the sports that they are trying to, they are
being quite serious about that. >> the show goes on but it's the authorities, not just players, who find themselves under a tougher spotlight. elise holman, al jazeera. >> two prominent members of the black film community say they will not attend academy awards, for the second straight year, all the nomination he went to nonblack individuals. >> begging for acknowledgment dmshes power and we are a dignified people and we are powerful and let's not forget it. so let's let the academy do that, with all grace and love. and let's do us differently.
>> director spike lee joined smith in saying he will not attend the ceremony. just minutes ago the academy put out the statement saying, i am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. the academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. millions of music fans around the world are mourning the death of eagles co-founder glen fre. frey. the 67-year-old died of complications including rheumatoid arthritis and pneumonia. the eagles got back together in 1994 and have been touring together ever since. that does it for this international news hour on al jazeera america. in our next hour a warning about a dangerous illness that has