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>> the victims of a suicide attack at a football match after isil attacks civilian and military targets. >> i'm david foster live from london. also coming up on this program, the battle for palmyra syrian government forces say they have now taken control of three parts of the city. and brussels continues to mourn its dead. belgium police charge three suspects with what they call terror offenses.
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japan's high speed train has been a long time coming. >> an attack in one of the country's biggest military bas bases. ten suicide-bombers stormed the air base in anbar province northwest of baghdad. eight attackers were reportedly killed and the other two reportedly blew themselves up. the arbors face is in anbar province, 120 kilometers away from ramadi. hundreds of u.s. trainers and advisers use the base to train iraqi troops, but there were no attacks in or near the u.s. side of that base our correspondent
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has more from the capital of baghdad. >> eight to ten fighters, it is said that some blue themselves up, and others were killed. some fighters some soldiers from iraqi forces were killed in these clashes before iraqi forces killed all of those people. but he didn't say exactly how many iraqi soldiers had been killed in this operation. they did not talk about whether those chapte fighters came into the area. it is known around 300 or 400
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trainees and advisers of american forces are based in this base, but at this moment the clashes have been inside the base, the people who have been killed inside the base are only iraqis, and these clashes did not reach the american offices or the american bases. the sources said that those isil fighters, they reached some important offices inside the base. one is the telecommunication office. before they were killed, all of them. >> with that attack on the base was the day after suicide-bomb targeted a football stadium south of baghdad. in that attack more than 40 died. isil says that it was to blame. bernard smith has that story. >> the end of a friday football game and it's time to present the trophies. [ explosion ] from among the crowd a suicide-bomber. the explosion killed dozens of
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people and injured more than a hundred. it happened 50 kilometers south of baghdad. isil has claimed responsibility for the attack identifying a 17-year-old local as the bomber. the iraqi government officials believe it could be isil's losses on the battlefield that may be provoking an increase in attacks like these. less than 24 hours after the bombing the u.n. secretary general arrived in baghdad, ban ki-moon said that isil is exploiting sectarian divisions. again, he called on iraq's government to encourage reconciliation between sunni and shia communities. in northern iraq the army said that it started clearing villages surrounding the isil-held city of mosul. it's a offensive to retake the city sometimes this year. mosul is already cut off on three sides by kurdish peshmerga forces. the u.s. defense department said
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that it's looking to increase the number of american troops in iraq to support the country's ground fight against isil. bernard smith, al jazeera. >> well, the thoughts now of experts in the middle east say that isil's change of tactics is not surprising. >> two important thing have changed over the last six or seven months. the first point is that isis is losing it's almost unlimited wealth. isis is facing a lot of financial and economic difficulties, and it is no longer can rely on taxation in extremely lucrative areas in iraq, and syria, and at the same time it can't rely on the oil revenues in the way that it did. and the factor is since may the
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islamic state has not been able to gain even an inch or basically to basically have serious achievement and at the same time it has lost about 40% of its ground in iraq and over 20% of its territories in syria. so ey isis has no choice but to change its tactics. to rely on its tactics of suicide-bombings it does not have to use a great deal of resources, but at the same time it can have a major impact. >> the words of syrian state media is that the government forces in syria have taken control now. three parts of the ancient city of palmyra within the city itself. and backed up by russian airstrikes. the troops are taking on isil fighters on a number of different fronts. they have taken full control of the district in the north of the town.
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state media here showing pictures of government forces showing a building formerly held by isil. isil still claiming to control parts of palmyra. we have this update from the turkey-syrian border. >> activists inside palmyra have told al jazeera that the government forces are now in control of the ancient city, and it is only one kilometer away from the city center. so whoever controls the city gives them a vantage point of the entire city and also probably means in military terms they are in control of the city themselves. we have reports that isil has put together a number of areas but we know from different reports that the government reports are securing a number of areas. the entire city is quite big for the regime and also for the russians because it connects to
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another stronghold to the north and to the east. there is a mostly isil stronghold. >> prosecutors in brussels announce the arrest of suspects who may be the third bomber from brussels airport. an investigating judge on saturday confirming that a man known as faycal c was to be held in suspension of participating in terrorist murders and participation in a terrorist group. brussels is an tense city, rallies were closed because of fears. >> in the middle is ibrahim
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el bak raoui. and khalid el bakraoui. the man on the right is faycalc or faycal cheffou. najim laachraoui was identified by dna. laachraoui is the suspected bomb maker. the suicide-bomber in brussels was khalid el bakraoui, who rented the safous, and also rented the hide out in brussels where salah abdeslam fled after
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the attack in paris. but this man is still being hunted. this may be the third airport bomber. a bomber whose photograph has been all over the belgium media, yet he was arrested here just outside of the federal prosecutors' offices. a place crawling with soldiers and police. 101 casualties are still being treated in hospital. four of those killed in tuesday's bomb attacks have yet to be identified. it's a difficult forensic task. >> you have to understand that a terrorist bomb contains small and large metal pieces, that these hit the victims at a high speed. out of respect for the relatives we won't release further details. >> brussels remains tense, and the interior minister and brussels' mayor urged the postponement of a rally planned for sunday. policing that would hamper the bombing inquiries.
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>> for these inquiries we need a lot of police capacity all over the country, and it's our main priority to let the police in the best circumstances possible do these inquiries. >> the organizers agreed. the rally is off. but the grieving goes on. paul brennan, al jazeera, brussels. >> the former president of yemen ali abdullah saleh has called for an end to the conflict. he's in the country during a mass protest in the capital sanaa. he was there, and he asked for talks directly with the saudi government. blaming them for the suffering of yemen's people. it's been a year since the saudi-led coalition began airstrikes against houthi rebels in yemen. >> from this place we extend a happened of peace to direct charge to the saudi regime. we offer return to the security
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council. >> elsewhere in the country 25 people died in three suicide-bombings, fight necessary yemen linked to isil have claimed responsibility there for their work in the attacks which happened in the port city of aden. one car bomb went off near a military checkpoint. two others hit check points on a road lead to go a base used by the saudi-led coalition, which is still fighting houthi rebels. the irish president has laid a wreath to mark 100 years since the easter rising in their country. it was an unsuccessful, but it led to the republic of ireland. we have this report. [ music ] >> it has been 100 years now, but the significance of the easter rising resonate here's in ireland to this day. this, the garden of remembrance
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in the heart of dublin. they're honoring those who fought and died for irish freedom. >> ireland's easter rising happened on easter monday in april 1961. 150 men stormed the post office. they replaced the british flag with the irish and declared independence and they surrendered five days later after heavy shelling by the british. defeated and executed, but that up rising galvanized the independence movement. and five years later the republic ireland was born. saturday they would lay a wreath as ireland's flag flew half mast in the wind. this among a number of choreographed events taking place on easter weekend.
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many are expected to take to the streets for a large number of this country. >> we'll be reporting how months of unrest and violence has changed the face of this iconic and historical site in occupied east jerusalem. and a change of fortune for bitcoin. the once rebel currency now attracting attention from mainstream banks. stay here if you can right here on al jazeera. gangs in the street alone. >> we're pushing the envelope with out science every day, we can save species. >> i'm walking you guys! >> all i wanted to see was her walk. it was amazing. >> these were emotions that i had been dreaming about for so long.
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>> let me run through the global headlines at this hour. isil fighters have killed 18 iraqi soldiers by attacking one of the country's biggest military bases. ten suicide-bombers stormed the air base in the northwest of baghdad. prosecutors in brussels say they've arrested a suspect who may be the third bomber in brussels' airport. three are charged with suspension in terror offenses after tuesday's bombing. >> former yemen president ali abdullah saleh has called for an end to the conflict in the country there has been a wave of violence in israel and occupied east jerusalem. more security measures have been introduced at the historic landmark damascus gate, which has been a focus for some of the unrest. stephanie decker is there to see how that is effecting ordinary lives.
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>> damascus gate, an integral part of life in occupied east jerusalem and known to be the busiest entrance into the old city. not age more. the street market sellers have gone. there is now an eerie silence here. >> these days the israeli forces are suspicious of anything. if your hands are in your pockets their hands are on the trigger ready to shoot. it's really difficult. >> damascus gate has become a shot spot in the last few months for stabbings and shootings. israel has beefed up security here. they now stand behind barriers, they didn't before. there are security cameras and trees have been cut to create a clear view. we can no longer film freely as we used to. we can only stand in certainly locations. >> these steps used to be full. people sitting around enjoying their day. now there are snipers in
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position on either sides of the damascus gate palestinians say this amounts to collective punishment. they're scared that any wrong move could get you shot. walking inside the old city, this and other streets that have seen multiple attacks against security has been increased. mohammed has owned this shop for 40 years. he said the situation has never been this bad. even during the two previous. >> this is the worst time in all my life in jerusalem. it is very hard. you have no future for us. no future for the children. everything--nobody--look for jerusalem, and look after jerusalem, it is every day becomes worse than the day before. >> israeli officials say that the security situation is difficult to control considering the nation of the attacks of palestinians acting alone. police have told us that unites have been deployed to the area to maintain the safety of
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residents and tourists. palestinians attack in hopelessness, and some dispute that some attacks have taken place. what is clear is life has been sucked out of this once bustling historic place and replaced by tension and uncertain glit egyptian army said it has killed 60 isil fighters in northern sinai. military spokesmen say that 40 others were hurt during raids which destroyed 32 weapons depots. they launched a mortar attack that killed 50 police on the sinai peninsula. now greece is saying that it will continue to move refugees away from the border with ms. down i can't--with macedonia. that leaves more than 10,000 still there.
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and many say they will not be moving. >> there is no way we'll go to the other camps. we didn't come to camps to escape from hunger. we're escaping a war. we didn't come to stay or have fun or to eat and drink like animals. we came here looking for a new life and a new hope. >> some refugees and migrants who have been stuck along the border with macedonia for weeks now have decided to move to government-run camps according to the unhcr. 450 people boarded buses on friday, and the buss are here today as well. they're hoping that they can relocation more people. but they're facing another problem. it's not just persuading people to leave here. but the fact that there isn't enough space. these accommodation centers cannot house all these people. authorities are struggling to deal with this crisis. there are now 50,000 migrant refugees across the country. but of course, there are those who do not want to leave. they still have hope that the
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border will open even though many people are now resigned to the fact that they may be stuck here. but they believe by staying here they can pressure the macedonian authorities, pressure the e.u. and keep their plight in the international media so they're not forgotten. right now they have to apply for asylum. they have to apply for the relocation program, and this is going to take months. and people are growing despera desperate. especially those who want to be reunited with their families. it is a logistical challenge. they told us that it will take a long time for these people to get appointments and to apply. but they're hoping that the greek government employ more staff members to speed up the process. >> japan's newest bullet train began working this weekend
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connecting hokkaido. >> the new bullet train connects honshu to hokkaido. the tickets sold out in 45 minutes. >> i'm getting more excited as i see the train. the hokkaido line was planned in 1972 a decade after japan's first bullet train connected tokyo with osaka. now it will take travelers four hours, saving them under an hour. the new line stretches 150 kilometers. the northern island of hokkaido is home for ski resorts,
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gentlemenio thermal springs and--geothermal springs and national parks. >> this will help increase tourism and boosting the economy there. >> the hokkaido line also runs through an undersea tunnel. it is the deepest operational main line tunnel in the world. japanese officials say that they hope to extend the line to the northern city of sopporro b by 2030. >> myanmar's first-ever stock exchange is now open. [ bell ringing ] >> solely one? was listed, and it's share price did go up 19% in just an hour. it's hoped that the opening of the exchange will boost economic development in myanmar. bangladesh's government has decided not now to ban facebook an it had restricted access
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because of what it called security concerns. but small business owners say that the ban cost them dearly. we have more on that story. >> this man runs an internet company. his website is an online marketplace that does most of its business on facebook. but a recent government ban from the social networking site has cost him money. >> there are some fixed costs that you can't avoid unless you shut the whole business down. while facebook was down we had no sales. but we had to keep paying our employees and other costs. >> it is worth an estimated $800 million a month in bangladesh and the ban hit many small businesses very hard. the government defends blocking the site saying misinformation spread through social media about recent war crimes trials
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and led to widespread violence. after the arrests of an online writer whose face was one of the most popular in the country, even though to control the country's gateway internet are worried. >> it's government tried to fill der out the good content from the bad content, and ended up blocking everything. >> insiders told us on condition of anonymity that the government is putting in serious effort to control online traffic. the country' country telecom will filter out website and now is creating a third attempt. >> there are economic implications of state interference. >> yes, people's businesses can
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get hurt when sites like facebook are shut down. but when actions like this, people have to obey the government's decision. >> facebook has rejected several requests from the government to allow access to user data and thousands of bangladeshis have signed a petition urging people not to comply. it looks like a struggle that will continue which means that business owners may have a challenging future ahead. al jazeera. >> bitcoin once the internet currency of drug dealers and hackers is experiencing a surge from main banks. >> this is home to the only bitcoin cash machine around, but it doesn't dispense anything as old fashioned as paper money. >> so we go ahead and we start. and first steps to go ahead and scan your i.d. >> this terminal is part of a
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growing network of bitcoin machines that dug carrilo is a rapid growing system. >> bitcoin is a teenager. that's a good analogy for it. the services such as infrastructure to help the next wave of start ups continues to be improved. >> the virtual currency is only seven years old but it is beginning to pique the interest of big corporations and investors. some see it as a way to buying stocks and others purchasing items online. >> matteo said he has not booked a hotel or flight with anything but bitcoin in the last two years. he said it's the relative security that has appeal. >> if you have your own bitcoin wallet, nobody is able to take that money away from you.
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i think that gives people a really good understanding of how safely they can store their money. their valuables. >> it seems that bitcoin has been written off as failed as many times as it has been hailed as the future. but there are issues, as the number of users increase transactions can become u unpredictable. anthere is what some call a toxic community. >> the bitcoin is a long way from replacing traditional banking and there is a steep learning curve. >> it's a risky thing, and particularly if you're counting on it coming into widespread use, it's a difficult thing for consumers to use. >> 2016 is shaping up to be a
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turbulent year in the global markets and it's that uncertainty that may see bitcoin emerge as an entirey new way of thinking about money. al jazeera, miami, florida. >> bits and bites on our website. www.aljazeera.com. feel privileged to the swedish-raised celebrity cook was born if ethiopia but group in scannedan ava. he and his sister were adopted after their mother died from

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