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see you tomorrow. >> ukraine's president-elect vows to punish pro-russian separatists that shot down a helicopter, killing 14 troops. >> hello, i'm here with the world news from al jazeera. ahead, japan's prime minister puts himself on a collision course with china in a push for a greater role in regional security. a revenge attack on a mosque after dozens of christians were killed. we are in thailand where tourist attractions suffered a
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blow because of a fight over who runs the country. ukraine's president-elect is vowing to punish the men responsible for killing a ukrainian general and 13 other soldiers. the helicopter was shot down near slovyansk on thursday. separatist fighters say they suicide machine guns, but the government says their weapons were more advanced air defense missiles. we go live to donetsk. it's been five days after a victory, and petero poroshenko, the elected prime minister, is facing his first major test. >> reporter: yes. these are brave words from the president-elect, petero poroshenko, who said that he will continue with the military
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offensive against the separatist viters in donetsk, and the people's republic. it's clear now, that the fighters reinforced with weapons and ammunition and they have their hands on sophisticated weapons. >> as fighting intensified on the eastern front. a show of force in donetsk. a column of heavily armed fighters deployed to the biggest city to shore up defenses. >> the biggest blow came in the city of slovyansk, 160km from the russian border, where a shoulder-launched surface to air missile brought down a military helicopter. among the 14 soldiers killed - a senior army general, a high-ranking casualty in the uprising. in donetsk office workers were
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forced out of a building by a large force of fighters, including scores of chechen volunteers. >> we were told there were marr aweders, we came to clear out the building. within minutes they started to strengthen the defenses and bulldozed barricades to create a free fire zone. they were well equipped with armour-piercing rockets and a gun capable of taking down a helicopter gunship. if the ukrainian army pressed home an attack, this would be a target. >> the russian foreign minister in moscow demanded the government halt the offensive. the military momentum is building. it will be hard to stop. >> the al jazeera team were welcomed inside the building and knich a tour by the fighters. it was a stark contrast to earlier in the day. we attempted to film a convoy of
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eight heavily laden military vehicles heading into the city from the direction of the russian border. we were surrounded by fighters in combat fatigues. they took away the camera. >> the ukrainian government says that these separatist weapons were advanced. could it be linked to reports that chechen volunteers were involved in the movement? >> reporter: yes, i was with the chechen volunteers when they took over the regional administration headquarters yesterday. the president kaderov, the leader of the chechen republic denies that he ordered the men to come in, saying they were volunteers, and they have the right to enter this area if they want to, of course, i had experience of chechen fighters.
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i was in the first chechen war. they were skilled as the russians learnt, and they fought the russians back then, in the arts of urban war vary. it's a development, it's been picked up. much concern was found about the actual assault. >> there was evidence that trained person who came across to stir things up, engage in fighting. we hoped the russians would engage proactively and efforts till now, try to de-escalate, take advantage of the election, build a road forward where ukraine becomes a bridge between the west and the east. >> reporter: so, i think it's very, very clear now with so much weaponry, so many people,
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so much ammunition inside donetsk in this city, it will be a tough fight to get those proseparatist fighters out of the building. i think the only way forward that could yield results is negotiations. because this will be different to that heavy fight we saw up the road at the airport, at the beginning of this week. you cannot use heavy weapons when there's people here. it's a problem for the army here. >> david chater reporting from donetsk. a major asian security conference is setting up to be a confrontation between china and japan. both in a maritime dispute, claiming ownership of a group of islands in the east clipa see. adrian brown has more. >> the chinese's governments push for sovereign di over islands in the south china see
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put it on a collision course with vietnam. it's squaring off against another neighbour, japan, over the ownership of i would say in the east china sea, administered by japan, but claimed by china. beijing reinforced its claim, declaring an air defense identification zone over air space. since then military jets have been harassing one another, sometimes metres apart. japan is growing more assertive as well, emboldened by support from president obama. last month he said he would oppose any moves to undermine japan's control of the islands. two weeks ago prime minister shinzo abe appeared to raise the stakes, hoping for a change in the passivist constitution, allowing them to defend an ally
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under attack, like the united states. china fears the change could mark the first step towards on era of jap yeses federalism -- japanese federalism. both fought a war. china came off worse. the prospects of a clon flict is re -- conflict is remote, a dangerous pattern is feared to emerge. >> a senior fellow at a school of studies in sipping pore says the marr -- singapore says the maritime dispute includes many kupt yes. >> -- countries. >> things have hotted up with vietnam and china squaring up over an oil rig and japan and china front and center. it's a linked maritime east asian wide concern, hinging on china and what is its strategic
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defense. japan had declining defense budgets and there has been a moderate increase under the counter administration. mr abe is giving a key note speech and china will be playing an influence game saying "you can't trust the japanese, they were here before, they are putting us under pressure, and to make clear that china has its own territorial claims in the south china sea, and it would take a dim view and those countries got closer to china. >> hamdeen sabahi accepted defeat. claiming there had been serious violations, forgery and restrictions on campaigning. the campaign team of abdul fatah al-sisi is claiming a big win, saying he took 93% of the vote after early elections.
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international observers questioned the democratic credentials of the vote. >> supporters of the former military chief abdul fatah al-sisi has been out celebrating. the interim government is reporting a turn out of 46%. the european union mission believes the figure could be lower, adding that elections were free of fraud. media coverage was unfair, and there were restrictions on who was allowed to run. >> an associate professor at the university believes that the estimates of low turn out will not affect abdul fatah al-sisi so much. >> abdul fatah al-sisi would have love the to come in with millions voting for him, and a turn out showing domestically and internationally that the people are goodnight him and what he did in ousting the
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democratically elect president. clearly that has not happened. he comes into the presidency scratched up, a little egg on his face. does that mean he doesn't have credibility, that he doesn't have power? i don't think so. the power of the egyptian president derives from the fact of the milt rip back k, and -- military back k, and that's where it comes from. this is what the president realises - the military is and has been the first among equals. >> the egyptian government banned al jazeera from reporting in the country. al jazeera demands the release of its journalists contained there. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed have been held in prison for 153 address. their trial is due to resume on sunday. they are accused of conspiring with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. al jazeera rejects the charges against its staff a fourth journalist abdullah al-shami has been held in a
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cairo prison without charm for more than nine months. abdullah al-shami's lawyer filed a third grievance with the attorney-general demanding his release, and is requesting a medical report to document his poor health. nijia's president goodluck jonathan is preparing to attend a meeting of west african leaders, after announcing a war against boko haram. tuareg separatists are on the agenda of a grouch of 15 -- group of 15 west african countries. young men armed with machetes attacked a mosque. 11 were dead. a quarter of the population fled because of availables involving christian and muslim groups. we have this report. >> an act of revenge on the streets of bangui, young men
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tear apart a mosque in the central african republic. the previous day another part of the city. a christian church is attacked. armed men threw grenades and fired on the crowd. 11 killed, one is a priest. >> translation: we've had enough. the central african people have been massacred by the coalition, those that continued to be massacred by ris. >> it has not stopped the violence between muslims and christians. >> we shed enough tears. it needs to stop. >> the seleka is an alliance of rebel groups. christian militia, anti-balaka or anti-machete rose up against them. the fighting split the country
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along religious and ethnic lines. aid agencies struggled to deliver supplies to a million people driven from their homes. to many, trying to live their lives, one side is as bad as the other. >> before we had the seleka he had to take away our fuel and other things. we don't know who the real authority is. you promise an escort and security. people are massacred and no one opens their mouth. >> the attack on the mosque was partially motivated by frustration and fury. christians and muslims have known little else. >> still it come on al jazeera - rebellions in the north and south. yemen's dangerous security situation. >> and a jobless generation. the desperate situation of port call's unemployed -- portugal's
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unemployed youth. >> racial profiling >> sometimes they ask questions... sometimes they just handcuff people... >> deporting dreams... destroying lives... >> this state is literally redefining what it means to be a criminal alien fault lines al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> they're locking the doors... >> ground breaking... >> we have to get out of here... >> truth seeking... award winning investigative documentary series fault lines the deported only on al jazeera america >> these protestors have decided that today they will be arrested >> these people have chased a president from power, they've torn down a state... >> what's clear is that people don't just need protection, they need assistance.
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south welcome back. the top stories on al jazeera. ukraine's president elect vowed to puppish those -- punish those responsible for shooting down a military helicopter. an army general was among the 14 killed on tuesday. japan's prime minister calls on his country to take a greater role in regional security. shinzo abe is due to make a speech. japan and other countries are in
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a territorial dispute with china. >> ezip shan pd -- egyptian candidate hamdeen sabahi has admitted defeat. he has accepted the choice of the people but said there was voil eyeingses. -- violations. international aid to syria without the approval of the government. 9.3 million syrians need assistance, among them many north of the homs. there are strict media restrictions, but an al jazeera team gained access. >> reporter: abu lives with his wife and six children in a one-room house. they use plastic sheets to cover the holes caused by shelling. he has no prospects of work and they rely on charities and relief organizations. >> translation: as you can see,
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there's shelling every day with all kinds of weapons like artillery and rockets. the shelling and bombardment destroyed more than 90% of the houses and forced the people to leave the village. >> the government regained control after rebels retreated. it is one of the many villages devastated by fighting and bombardment. this was a stadium. this is what is left of the central mosque. the roads tell the story of why people had to leave. more than 70,000 families are believed to have left homs and surrounding areas. this man is one of few that stayed because there was nowhere else to go. >> we are suffering. we have nothing to do. we eat one day and then no food for 10 days. >> more than 6 million syrians are displaced and many need humanitarian assistance. bashar al-assad, poised to
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remain in power after the current elections, insists he's winning the war. many in this village and elsewhere wonder how anyone can win when there has been so much destruction. shia rebels in the north of yemen launched an attack on the army. the hutus demand more religious and political rites. it's not the only front. it launched a major offensive in the south against al qaeda. we have this report on the dangerous security situation. >> reporter: more government soldiers joined the fight against al qaeda in this province. they are trying to clear strat gik areas ever pushing the fighters out of a town where al qaeda have been strong. >> in this village jets attacked an al qaeda hideout. security forces are on alert.
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the general is in charge of hunting down al qaeda fighters across the country. >> translation: terrorism is the biggest problem. we expect revenge attacks. with the ministry of defense we have implemented measure. >> reporter: here in iran, a province north of the capital. the army is shelling shi'a rebel positions. this is the leader. the government accuses iran of giving the hutus substantial military and financial aid to destabilize yemen and neighbouring saudi arabia. >> it's terrorism - those that kilterify people and destroy property. they are illegal acts. yemen is determined to defeat them. >> reporter: the hutus say the fight is to end years of
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discrimination and injustice. nighting on two sfronts may -- fighting on two fronts may be too much. the government wants to negotiate a ceasefire so it can focus on its fight against al qaeda. >> the yemeni army faces a delicate balancing act in its push for stability. with al qaeda it opted for military confront dags. with the -- confrontation. with the hutus it wants to give them a chance and denounce violence and hand over their weapons. >> firefighters in japan scramble to put out a blaze on an oil tanker. divers have been searching for the captain of the vessel after he was reported missing. the fire could have been sparked by a crew member using a grinder to remove rust on the ship. >> the thai army's deputy
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spokesman said measures against protesters will be tightened up. veronica pedrosa visited to find out how military rule is affecting tourism, which accounts for 10% of the economy. >> reporter: ready to fight. this man is oiled, massaged, loose-muscled and ready to fight in front of the tourists in phuket. thai boxing is a draw for millions of tourists that arriving in thailand. months of instability has taken a toll. >> if there are more tourists, i earn more. with fewer tourists, it affects my wage. crouse are a sign for the i'lled. 80 -- island. 80% of public revenues. it's down 60%. >> tourism is as much a political issue.
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you may remember how some block airports to make a political point. some tourists are not concerned and even though a curfew and marshall law have been imposed in the whole country, there has been no peace and order problems here. nevertheless, 40 governments warned citizens about travelling to thailand. >> they want to advise people to exercise what is happening in bangkok. at the same time they should say travelling to phuket is not a problem. >> the i'd illic features are a world away. they are the same nation. what is happening in the corridors of power and army camps have serious consequences for everyone. the military is probably hoping
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their coup is a game changer in the bitterly fought political contest. both sides indicate this is a fight to the end. the global financial crisis had a devastating impact on many people in europe. one of the groups most affected was young people. in portugal about 35% of youth are struggling to find work there. and with fears that youth unemployment leads to joblessness later on in life. there's talk of a lot of jerp ace -- generation. barnaby phillips reports. >> reporter: two months after leaving scal, sara -- school, sara's day is predictable - looking in the pap paper for jobs. many offer contract work. today she has gone to an interview. she's been to 20 in recent
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weeks. she tries not to get her hopes up. >> translation: i send cvs, people don't reply, if they do, they tell me i have no experience. after so many nos, i start to lose motivation and stay at home. it's difficult to get a job. >> the problem for young people who suffered unemployment in a country like portugal is that there may be long-term consequences. economists believe that their future career prospects, their earnings and their happiness can be affected by a spell of youth unemployment. and so even as economies start to grow in southern europe, the consequences of this crisis could be felt for decades to come. claudia is an experienced set designer for the theatre and slightly older than sara. she likes to keep busy, but the work has dried up. she hasn't had a regular job for
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two years. in these conditions, she says, it's not possible to start a family. >> translation: i have many friends in a worse situation than me, because i don't have children. i have friends with two children, school to pay for, health care, and so on. they have to ask our parents for help. that generation is keeping us going. >> for sara, the hostile offered her a job. it pays a few hundred a month, not much to live on, but young europeans are dispralt for a -- desperate for a start, as it becomes more difficult to break out of a cycle of unemployment. >> new york's international film festival opens and one film was written and acted by young people who grew up in foster care. christian saloomey reports on how they turned their experiences into an inspirational film.
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>> movie reel: we are here to... >> this is how many children entered the foster care system in the united states. forcibly taken from an abusive home. >> movie reel: is your name henry... >> for others it may be due to a parents death or in the case of this girl, a parent's drug addiction. >> when they came she was "get some of your stuff." i didn't know where am i going, what to take. mum is not going, just me and my brother. >> reporter: in all cases it's a drama, here played out in a movie called no how by actors who lived through it. >> we'll do screenings. >> the film is a product of the possibility project run by paul griffin. he has taught theatre to underprivileged kids. after staging a play based on the experiences of foster children he saw an opportunity. >> the impact on audiences was
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overwhelming. they felt they were learning something they had never seen. it was a surprise for us, we didn't see it coming. >> you are very intelligent. all you have to do is pass the test. >> the different story lines illustrate hard facts. 50% of american children in foster care finish high school. the film took three years to realise, and a commitment from young people struggling to get their own lives under control. they are showing it at film festivals and agencies in charge of children and foster care. >> reporter: for many in the cast, working on the project was the first time they talked about his experiences. >> none of us think we'll be the next densel or hali berry. >> the ultimate goal is to
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improve foster care and provide a happy ending for children in the statement of claim. a reminder you can keep up to date with all the news on the website, including the top story out of ukraine, where the president elected promises to punish those behind the shooting down of a helicopter. schools want the federal money that comes with school lunches. they just do not want the man dates. house republicans want to free districts from the rules. now, the first lady has jumped into the political fray to defend school lunch standards. it's the "inside story." ♪ hello. i am ray suarez.
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