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>> guilty of gendz. genocide. a court sentences former bosnian leader to be 40 years in prison. >> i'm maryam nemazee, you're watching al jazeera, fighting back, the ancient city of palmyra. belgian police are searching for a second suspect in the
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brussels bombing. and johan kreuf, the man who died of cancer. the former be bosnian serb leader rad van karojic, 8,000 80 bon8,000bosnian men and women we killed. murder% accuse and hostage taking. his war crimes be included
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holding croots i croats in be ag cns. conditions. >> the acts of persecution, were be appropriation or plan of property and the wanton destruction of private property including cultural and sacred sites. >> emma hayward is at the hague with the latest. >> inside the court it was a mixture of calm and they waited for about an hour and 40 minutes before a judge delivered his findings before giving that b be
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verdict. thousands of muslim men and boys were killed. he sat impassively as the verdict was read out. let's speak to rad van care rads are attorney. >> he has asked me to appeal the conviction and we'll be doing that. >> he hasn't really shown any remorse for what happened those years ago has he? >> he has felt remorse for the suffering of the victims and he doesn't feel illegally responsible for any of the crimes. >> it was report ed that he was expected to be acquitted here today. >> well i think he was hoping that that would hamut not completely surprised if it didn't. >> so now the appeals process begins.
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can you tell me how that will take place and the length of time it's likely to take? >> it's a three year process overall. the tree booun tribunal has est. the judges will summon us all ban and deliver the final judgment in the case. >> can i ask you what was it like being inside that courtroom today, being alongside the victims' families with mr. karojic? >> it was really sad. no one has won from today's judgment. >> thank you very much for joining us. sentenced to 40 years of prison, eight of which he has already served. some people who have traveled from bosnia say the sentence is still too short. >> u.n. special envoy to syria has wrapped up the latest round
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of indirect talks between the syrian government and opposition in syria. staffan de mistura says the next round will focus on the political process. >> first of all, the feeling we are able to overcome these two weeks without any walkouts any drama or any failure of legitimization, to understanding of principles, which then means next time we take the principle aside and we look now on political process. >> meanwhile, inside syria government forces have fought their way to the gates of palmyra in are their bid to retake the ancient city from i.s.i.l. it fell last year and its capture will be a significant victory for president assad's forces. mohammed jamjoom reports. >> reporter: the pictures broadcast on syrian state
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television are said to show a significant advance. syrian government troops fighting to retake historic palmyra from i.s.i.l. state media also showed war planes and represents flying overhead as soldiers approached on the ground. while there has been no independent confirmation, reports that fighting continued on thursday after moving to outskirts on wednesday. this included a unesco historic site. situated between damascus and deir ez zor, palmyra's location makes it strategic for government and allies. six months of aerial bombardment the government of bashar al-assad has recently made advances in rebel held
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territory. the current offensive coincides with talks in geneva, as the u.n. attempts to negotiate a political solution to the civil war. while a ceasefire has significantly reduced violence the cessation of hostilities agreement exclude el nusra front and i.s.i.l. now find itself under increasing attack on two fronts as both countries commit more troops to a fight each has vowed to win. mohammed jamjoom, al jazeera. an iraqi military says its troops have begun their long awaited offensive against i.s.i.l. in mosul, part of the attempt to retake the governate in nineveh.
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retaking be mosul which fell to i.s.i.l. forces in 2014. belgian forces may be hunting not one but two suspects. belgian ministers offered their resignation over suspected failures. paul brennan be reports. >> reporter: how many attackers? cctv showed three, two known dead and one on the run. but be belgian officials believe there may be two still at large. and as the manhunt widens, serious questions are being asked about the belgian police forces. in january 2010, bakraoui was
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involved and in september 2010 he was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison but october of 2014 he was released on parole and subsequently absconded. the first be affiliation with i.s.i.l. was in 2015, a month later he agreed to be luntarily deported back to the nrldz. are netherlands. netherlands. >> what seems to appear from the investigation from what has happened, is that we have underestimated the role or the be intentions of a number of individuals. that's one thing. and the other thing is: we have probably underestimated the scope of the cell that was
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involved in the paris attacks in the first place. and then, subsequently, in the brussels attacks. >> reporter: more survivors are starting to speak. many suffered severe burns. phany was afanny was at the airn her world was turned upside down. >> i found myself on the floor and it was ash everywhere and it was all gray. i found myself covered with brown stuff, tank o stank of fl. i got up as soon as i could. >> in another branch of this investigation, outside the palace of justice, salah abdeslam did not appear in person but notified the court that he won't oppose extradition to paris. >> translator: because i think
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this is the most important part of the file and i think his extradition he has to give them their not in belgium. >> perhaps in more memorial ceremonies at a service outside the belgian parliament the country's king and queen presented their respects and a wreath of flowers. public memorial outside the brussels stock exchange. one minute of sient e-silenc sie palace de la borse, grief and shock, to anger, at the apparent failings of the police and the intelligence services. belgium's interior minister and justice minister have both offered to resign their positions. both resignations were refused by the prime minister. but the chorus of criticism is not going away. >> paul is joining us now.
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belgium has said it's lowering its threat level. what does that mean? >> reporter: in political terms it means a change in definition. level 4 highest level, says very serious, imminent threat of attack. level 3 what it's been reduced to is serious and probable risk of attack. you can see there's a reduction there. however don't forget: i last thursday before the bombs went off we were at a level 3 here. the probability of attack as portrayed to the goverent doesn't always bear relation to the reality involved. >> the meeting has just wrapped up, anything emerged from that? >> reporter: emerging that strong words should lead to action.
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there have been summits in the past, in the wake of paris attacks, previous attacks. but the ministers who met here in brussels today said that previously those words have not been met with enough action. a lack of political will, lack of coordination and the bottom line, a lack of trust between eu countries who have been in the past unwilling to share their secret intelligence among each other. they don't want to spread all of that data around too freely. because of concerns about the security of some countries within the eu, being less secure with their data than others. one thing that did come out, though, was that they want to press forward with pnr, passenger name registration, people moving around the european union, keeping close look at people flying back to european union, being a threat. the bottom line was that the
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perpetrators of this -- the ministers pointed out were eu citizens. it is not a case of pretending it's exclusive to outside the european union. there has to be education as well about contradicting radicalization within the eu, too. >> very interesting, thank you paul brennan all the latest in brussels. still ahead for you on al jazeera. video be which apparently shows an israel shooting an incapacitated palestinian.
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>> welcome back. let's take you through the top stories. a former bosnian serb leader, radovan karadzic, says he will pleads guilty, karadzic has been given a 40 year jail sentence. taking control of two i.s.i.l. positions in the ancient city of palmyra. month long cessation of hostilities have saved around 3,000 lives. belgian police may not be hunting one but actually two fugitives in connection with tuesday'tuesday's attacks on tho in brussels. israeli soldiers said they shot and killed two palestine yants who tried tianwho tried t.
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according to knowledge video, v. >> other soldiers stand around, then suddenly, one soldier takes aim and appears to shoot the injured palestinian in the head. video recorded by the palestinian rights group, hebron is a microcosm of the intense conflibt. conflict. palestinians complain of constant harassment from the settlers. many incidents in the last six months of unrest have taken place in hebron. around 40 palestinians have been shot dead after allegedly
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stabbing israelis. videos of this one will only strengthen the belief of palestinians that israeli soldiers shoot to kill. no questions asked. breebreach of army values. a military investigation is underway. stefanie dekker, al jazeera, west jerusalem. the charity group oxfam, continuing crisis says in yemen, there is risk of famine. houthi rebel positions near the capital sanaa. also pushed out reckless loyal to saleh saleh.
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ali abdel saleh. many protest to working hours, pay and rules that would make it easier to hire and fire staff. lower unemployment which is currently above 10%. u.s. president barack obama has offered to declassify more documents on the u.s. involvement with is argentina's former military junta. he laid flowers at the memorial of the victims. led to deaths of 30,000 people. top u.s. officials initially backed the right wing junta. the first president to pay homage to the victims. >> today in response to a request from president macri and to continue helping the families of the victims try ofind the truth and justice they deserve,
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i can verify that we will declassify records, because we have a responsibility to confront the past with honesty and transparency. >> the u.s. justice department has charged hackers over cyber attacks, between 2011 and 2013, disabling bank websites and causing multimillion dollar losses. >> today we have unsealed an indictment against seven alleged experienced hackers employed by computer security companies working on behalf of the iranian government including the islamic revolutionary guard corps. a grand jury in manhattan found that they conducted a series ever cyber attacks against civilian targets in the united states financial services industry that in total or in all, in sum, cost the victims tens of millions of dollars.
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>> al jazeera has been given rare access to one of the disputed islands in the south china sea. taiping, also known as itu aba is in the middle of the splealty archipelago.adrian brown was poong the journalists vied t among the journalists invited to take a look. >> reporter: taiwan's government had waited more than 50 years for this moment. to finally allow foreign journalists to see for themselves how taiwan is protecting and enforcing its sovereignty. taiping is very small. it's just half a kilometer long and is dominated by the runway. to buttress its case taiwan is
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spefng more thaspending more thn upgrading the runway and also the port. >> this is the natural formed island sustainable and good for the living of the people, according to the international practice, international law, so the island gois th enjoys the rf an island. it is not a rock. >> reporter: the tour was trying to prove that life here has become sustainable. the population is now almost 2 200. coast guard personnel mostly as well as a few scientists and medical staff. the doctor will spend eight weeks here. >> lonely sometimes. but that's okay. i think two months is a great period. not too long, not too short. >> reporter: taiwan's
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government grants it rights for surrounding waters, 370 kilometers, that's important because these waters may contain rich reserves of owl and gas. china claims almost all of south china sea, it also claims taiwan. in these disputed wawshts the twwaters the twochinese appear e side. taiwan's isolated status means that it can't be represented at the united nations or other international bodies that have been trying to resolve the south china sea dispute. this trip was about trying to ensure you taiwan's voice is also heard. adrian brown, al jazeera, on taiping island. >> indonesia'indonesia's orangie
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facing extinction. >> these are the creatures playing the price. -- paying the price. >> trying to connect to creatures such as the orangutan. >> reintroducing a reintroduced orangutan into the wild. he's taking matters into his own hands. central sumatra the government to ensure the forests are not bulldozed. >> we have got a lease of everything north of here. this is front line to have the
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front line here. >> 34,000 hectares from a former logging station into a reserve for endangered animals. after training them to fend for themselves in the wild this is where they release orangutans who have been kept orphaned or illegally as pets. >> all 178 orangutans have gone back into the forest and inhabiting this forest at the moment. we hope to get a base of 200 to 500. ultimately we hope the population expands so there's 2,000 orangutans living if sustainable population he forever. >> reporter: now free to roam through the jungle, this population has already started breeding independently. >> i think living wild is one thing but reproducing and producing offspring that
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fulfills the goal for conservation. >> on the other side of sumatra, they believe they have made a startling new discovery: a new species of orangutan. they believe a new species exist, called the tapanuli orangutan. >> this population is genetically different, a different environment. it will move in a different direction to the other population. so sooner or later, evolution will dictate it will be a new species. >> we start from the -- >> cox work with indonesian forest rangers, to keen poachers out of the forest. but in a country where countless acres have already been destroyed and palm oil is a lucrative money-earner, is a
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never ending battle. steve chow, al jazeera, sumatra, indonesia. >> you can see more of that report on 101 east. thursday right here on al jazeera. now one of football's greatest ever players has died at the age of 68. johan creuf became an iconic player for the netherlands. and barcelona. looking back on his career. >> he stood tall, the amsterdam club he joined, from 1971 to 1973, he led the club to three
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expive consecutive titles. it was here where the turn was born, his signature move. first displayed, instantly mimicked, croif would lead the tournament but total football had been born. the lively style of playing synonymous with the netherlands, that involves players interchanging roles. after the 1974 world cup, he moved to bars lone for bars lo. his health sufortd. he was a heavy smoke are before undergoing heart surgery in 1991
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and he revealed last year that he was suffering from lung cancer. his family said he passed away peacefully at his home in barcelona. johan cruypf was 68. >> welcome to 101 east. i'm steve chao. in thailand, getting up close to jungle animals is one of the most popular attractions on the whether it's riding an elephant, patting a tiger, feeding a monkey, you can do it all in thailand. >> but in thsh