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♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ we are live from al jazeera's headquarters in doha, this is the news hour and i'm mrs. dennis, spying in syria, the u.s. launched surveillance flights to track them. syrian government sources continue their battle against rebels but their use of barrel bombs is having devastating consequences. also ahead into national fury as air strikes in libya carried out by libya and the u.a.e.,
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tensions flair in ukraine ahead of a key meeting between kiev and moscow. and where appeasing the gods is helping to heal risks of the report, we report from sri lanka. ♪ we start the news hour in syria over which u.s. planes are now flying, the aim to gather intelligence on the islamic state group. i.s. fighters are continuing to take ground there and control the city and raka and on monday they said they have taken over the entire providence. and syria said it will work with the international community to fight the so-called terrorist and says damascus must be asked permission first. let's go live to ruler our correspondent who is following developments from neighboring
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lebanon and the capitol beirut and ruler so can we assume given the instance there there is some kind of communication going on between the americans and syrians in order to allow for these surveillance flights? >> officially there is no direct communication happening. unofficially we have been seeing these statements from the syrians basically saying they are welcoming any effort to strike at the islamic state group, whether it's inside syria or iraq but if in syria they have a clear condition it has to be coordinated with damascus otherwise it will be perceived as an aggression. we do know in the past few months there has been some kind of operation on intelligence between syria and some of the western european countries in terms of more information and the sharing intelligence on some of these extremist groups. >> and, of course, this has come
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to a head pretty much because of that gastly execution of an american journalist inside syria and that has led to increased pressure on the white house to do something inside syria. >> reporter: well, that killing was a spark. but the reason is the logic is that you cannot really defeel the islamic state group in iraq without striking the positions and men inside syria. they have a continuing and porous borders and control over large borders in iraq stretching into syria so it's unrealistic to think they cannot detreat them without striking at them and the president were hoping the growing threat of the islamic state would push the united states to reconsider its options and shift its priorities from sfrieking at president assad and concentrating efforts to remove him from power and striking at his enemies.
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>> also, it's a gift, isn't it, for the regime of assad in damascus because he doesn't like u.s. and other opposition groups ranged against him. >> reporter: definitely and i.s. has grown stronger. politically and symbolically for the regime this growing strength of the i.s. and the realization by the united states and the west to its threat is a gift because it will give assad initial argument it's fighting terrorist groups legitimacy but we have to realize on the ground the islamic state is posing a very serious threat to the regime in damascus and on the ground they have been very effective in taking control at striking the regime and taking very basic strongholds like the airport. this is a military air base. it was supposed to be very definitive and they invisited a lot of man power and air strike to defend it and yet they
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failed. in damascus there is realization that the successes as a fact that the i.s. is now in iraq, their ability to hold on to and capture all these new weapons, tank, armored vehicles and money will give them a lot of power on the ground in syria to fight the regime and get new recruit. the observatory which monitors the ground in syria said yesterday to release it was very significant and said in july alone 6,300 new recruits joined the islamic state group and only in two provinces in aleppo and iraq and more than 1100 of these were foreigner whose crossed the border in syria and the rest were syrians and 800 were original fighters, the rest regular syrians who joined the group either lured by the successes the group had in iraq or by the successes in fighting president assad or the money it has. they are giving each of these
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fighters $400 every month salary and benefits and $50 for each child and $100 for each wife and the i.s. group created a lot of momentum and have more power on the ground in syria posing a very serious threat to the regime in damascus. >> and this was our correspondent in beirut. the government is dropping so-called barrel bombs on rebel-held areas and they are demanding the end otheir use and they are cheap and indiscriminate and it's stuffed with high explosives and shrapnel and we report on the kind of devastating effects that they can have in syria's biggest city. >> reporter: the helicopters circled slowly, beyond the range of any rebel guns. suddenly a black dot drops from its belly tumbling towards the city below.
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then the explosion. [bomb sound] for a small group of volunteers that sound means their workday has just begun. they call themselves the civil defense force or c.d.f., their self-appointed mission, to help victims of bashar al-assad barrel bombs and this is their commander. an increasing number of these cheap, indiscriminate i.e.d.s dropped by the regime in rebel-held parts of aleppo in resent months and two barrel bombs exploded in this residential neighborhood and the volunteers manage to pull some surviv survivors from the rebel. for this 12-year-old boy it's too late. all the team can do is offer him some dignity in death. it is battle to retake the straw
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-- city of aleppo and dropping hundreds of bombs in the last months and it has driven 10s of thousands of civilians to flee the area. a tactic many analysts say is deliberate. aleppo, once a city of 3 million has fewer than 300,000 residents left. the barrel bombs have killed over 2000 civilians in aleppo alone this year. in february the u.n. past a resolution condemning their use. the syrian airforce responded by doubling the number dropped. in the midst of this battle for aleppo what the team is trying to do is to save those caught in the cross fire. a simple idea. so difficult to do. >> even though we lost a great deal, friends, acquaintances, family, we are staying because our work is humanitarian. >> reporter: i'm with al
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jazeera. okay, let's go to iraq now where two invasions killed 11 people in the capitol baghdad. one of the bombs hit a busy intersection in eastern sheer muslim district. the other is in baghdad's southern part. on monday a series of car bomb ings killed dozens of people in baghdad and in two towns just south of the capitol. the deadliest of them was by a suicide bomber who blew themselves up on shia people leaving a mosque. kurdish forces are continuing to battle fighters from the islamic state group in western and northern iraq, i.s. fighters hold the city of mozel and surrounding towns anvils and rebel held areas including
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fullajia and the flight crews handed out aid supplies before flying refugees to a baghdad air base. u.n. said it needs to be evacuated to not have problems with forces. protection of areas they managed to seize from islamic state group fighters and these forces are defend agree nearby oil field that was retaken from the rebels. well, my rack cherokee christians who fled moezel and taken over by the islamic state group are in jordan and as we report from iman they are hoping for permanent resettlement in western countries. >> reporter: these helpless people are among the first refugees to arrive in jordan, all forcefully expelled from their homes in mozel and all received death threats from the islamic state group just because they are christian, 72 people are now living in this church in
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aman and most are too afraid to be filmed and he came here with his pregnant wife, their children and the elderly men and women in their family who were able to get out. what she wants is a basic human right. >> translator: we dream of security, stability and freedom to live like normal human beings, without intelligence and without constraints and want to live somewhere where people can relate to each other. >> reporter: every one has a horrific story to tell and they had to flee on foot when fighters from the islamic state group seized control of the city and say the group stole their homes, cars, shops and jewelry and george which is not his real name is afraid to show his face because he still has family members trying to leave iraq. >> translator: we want to live in any country that accepts us. we have been under threat in iraq since 2003 and no one is protecting our rights. we are considered infadels.
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>> reporter: iraq christians are the oldest in the world and now the people say it's hard to accept that mosel no longer has a christian presence. jordan agreed to host up to 1,000 iraqi christians arriving gradually at shelters across the country set up by the catholic church but jordan is only men to be a transit point for these iraqis whose plan is to request asylum in countries. ngo affiliated with the catholic church is providing food, healthcare and lodging at churches and monday -- monisorraries but can only do so for a year. >> we can do something to interfe interfere, you know, at least to be able for a sentiment in the future. >> reporter: then there are the internally displaced in iraq, the u.n. refugee agency has been air lifting aid from jordan and
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its neighbors to refugees who fled to the kurdish region. the fighting in iraq is leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, desperate and shattered. and i'm with al jazeera, aman. >> reporter: more to come on the al jazeera news hour including a leading doctor in liberia loses his fight with ebola la and we have the latest of the out break in west africa. plus in sport we will have all the buzz from new york as a bee interrupts the u.s. open. i did not write that. ♪ now, the united states and nato allies are condemning air strikes carried out by the united people in egypt and libya, the two countries urged to stop interfering in libyan affairs. after anti-government malitias were targeted in secret air strikes. malitia leaders in libya
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protested against the strikes. >> translator: based on the intelligence we have the egyptian and ua governments are involved in the attack and we stress we have good relations with the good people of egypt and the uae but the libyan rebels want to make it clear we will always defend the sovereignty of our homeland against this aggression. in afghanistan one of the two candidates hoping to succeed president karzai is threatening to pull out of an order to the defeated election. a spokesman said the president is a joke and no intention of throwing out fraudulent votes and rival claims to have won the election designed to mark afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power. and jennifer glasse has more now from kabul. >> reporter: this is another wrinkle in the already complicated process to decide who will be afghanistan's next president, whether it will be
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ghani or abdullah and there has been widespread fraught and john kerry has been there and agreed to an adult of all 8 million votes but after the election commission on monday only threw out a fraction of the votes and they say it's foul and calling the validation process a joke. they made a few technical demands that they would like to cement and if they are not met by wednesday morning they say they are going to pull out of the process altogether and that any result will have no relevance to them. it is a critical time here. for more than a month hundreds of international observers and representatives of the parties are on the outskirts of kabul looking at every single ballot in the vote cast as afghanistan waits to see who will be the next president. this whole process, the slow,
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drawn-out process has paralyzed the afghan economy and afghans would like to see this process finished very soon. they would like president karzai, the outgoing president would like to see his successor inaugurated on september second but this complication, the objecti objections by the team that makes that date very unlikely. israeli air strikes destroyed one of the tallest apartment buildings gaza, at least 20 people were injured including four medics and a journalist. 13-story building which houses at least 70 families was hit around five times. another residential building was struck in gaza which also has its local and international media offices and that is where our correspondence is from in the heart of the city, jane, and i suppose we should be thankful there wasn't any loss of life. >> reporter: no loss of life in both of the cases you point out
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mostly because people were given a warning and given a lot of warning, several warnings for each of the buildings, several dubbed bombs and knock on the doors as the israeli calls it on the top of the building to tell people for get out. we relocated to the original building that was first hit last night. it's called a tower here, it's very well-known and the top 11 floors you can still see in tack are residential floors and apartments. if you see the bottom two wider floors at the bottom of the building, those were for commercial properties. there was a pharmacy, a coffee shop, there were also offices there. there were some offices for the political wing of hamas in there. but the entire building destroyed. it was close to midnight last night local time on monday night in gaza when residents not just for this building but the entire area we are told to get out and they fled, 20 people were injured however because as the air strikes started to hit the building some people had rushed
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in including medical workers and journalists and those air strikes continued. we understand this building was hit five times last night and it's still intact but of course it will eventually have to come down. >> chances are jane because you said there was a hamas office in the -- on the ground floor level of this building chances are this is all part of an attempt to degrade if not wipe out hamas infrastructure. >> reporter: well people here seem rather surprised as to why these buildings are being hit. this is the third tall building since saturday night that has been hit in gaza. we are starting to see something of a pattern. that is the only thing anybody can point to in this building. yes, those hamas offices in the other building that was hit last night, the other 13-story building that had a lot of commercial space inside it as well, and offices had a radio station for a faction which is also a political faction as well as armed faction and those are
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the only leagues people can hear from here. basically they can make for these buildings being hit, some people saying that they believe this really is as well it's a financial implication and will hit people hard and believe the israelis here are trying to really hit people financially and punishment by bringing the entire building down and let's not forget these buildings are completely emptied once they have been attacked so if there were any fighters or anybody launching rockets in the buildings they would have escaped themselves and people say it cause some kind of an economic punishment. >> live in gaza city. al jazeera is continuing to demand the release of its three journalists who are jailed in egypt mohamed and peter greste have been in jail 241 days. they were wrongly accused of helping the out lawed muslim brotherhood, in june mohamed and peter given 7 year sentence and
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bahar got an extra three years because he had a spent bullet on him which he picked up at a protest. now the death of a top librarian doctor from the e bowl la virus struck a blow to contain the out break in west africa, 1400 people have died so far and almost twice that number are infected, mainly they are in guinea, sierra leone and liberia and could take months to bring the virus under control and we report. >> reporter: dr. abraham was the deputy chief medical officer at liberia's largest hospital and now he is a victim of the virus he was hoping to stop. he was one of three africans given an experimental and unproven drug called zmapp but it was unable to save him. did he take the zmapp? >> he finished the full course.
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>> reporter: what went wrong? >> he is in a coma. >> reporter: why is that? >> he had other problem other than just ebola. >> reporter: here teams of thousands of people are held in quarantine relying on food aid. >> translator: and need protection for people who are here but we are really getting collaboration from the commun y community. >> reporter: in nieb -- neighboring guinea where they were detected in march people are afraid to travel and borders are closed and fear is affecting business especially the export of palm oil. >> translator: today there is no work, business people are not coming toe buy any palm oil because everybody afraid of
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ebola virus. >> reporter: airlines stopped flying to countries to stop the spread of ebola but restrictions are making it difficult to treat the virus. >> understandable decision of some airlines to not continue to fly into towns or monrobia with an enormous impact on our ability to bring in staff and to bring in goods. so on the one hand, yes, we understand it. but then on the other hand it's making the job a whole lot harder. >> reporter: the u.n. says the ebola out break is still spreading and to stop it all of those affected need to work together better. but with growing fear of the virus and affected communities becoming increasingly isolated that will be a continuing challenge. i'm with al jazeera. let's have a look at the
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with weather now, serious drought conditions in central africa, richard. >> that's right, yes, it was an interesting area to look at central africa, such contrast and much the rain comes from the big tropical storm systems, and the systems that comes from the easterly ways and you have large rainfall totals and this is from sudan and 60 millimeters in 24 hours and in the west is heavy rain down toward ghanna and that sort of area. once you get a little further north you start to run into problems. and if we take this here for instance the army there in the south gets quite a decent rainfall total during the course of the year. you see in the summer months 60 millimeters, up to 140, up to 160 millimeters so you can say as a farmer that is fairly reliable rain. you only have to get further north and there is a massive drop off in the rainfall total and this is a problem in the whole of the region and these
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shorts are north where it affected something like 60-70% of livestock and when 80% of the population of the country depend on agriculture and obviously it's a very serious issue and it's that same picture in the forecast, this forecast for tuesday gives an indication the far south, yes, potential for some heavy showers but central and northern areas it looks as though it's going to remain very, very dry. so it looks as though the rains have all but failed for this season. still a chance you may see something coming back. heavy rain further to the west and in mali sees rain and flooding developing here over the next few days, marteen. >> richard thank you very much, one of the most revered priest in latin american may be a santiago and the church blocked this for years because of the concerns that the late bishop had marxist ideas but we report
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from el salvador the rules have recently changed. >> reporter: it was in this small cap pell, a sunday mass like any other. hundreds have come again to hear this man but as he stood at this altar and celebrated mass he was right winged down by a death squad, before his death in 1980 he used the pulpit to speak about killings of the poor and gave a voice to thousands of salvadorians. in the recording of his last sermon he pleaded to the military and he said i beg you an order you in the name of god stop the repression. the bishop, a close aid of him, had no doubt what that would me mean. >> translator: i thought in that moment he signed a death sentence. >> reporter: his murder was one
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of the sparks which ignited the civil war between the government and the gurillas and 75,000 people died this 12 years and for decades they hoped he would be made a saint. now catholic pope francis has finally lifted a ban in the vatican on doing so. >> translator: there were divisions in our country and also within the church's hierarchy and that completely blocked the process. >> reporter: people come here everyday to pay their respects. many in el salvador consider him a saint but on the right wing of politics remember him as a figure. they question the views of a man revered by so many. >> translator: his sermons distorted reality and offended a part of our society. he is not a martyr, he is part of our history. >> reporter: the bishop says the country must follow his
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example. he believes the church must promote peace now justice as then to counter a wave of killings that has turned el salvador into one of the most violent countries in the world. >> translator: he would be attentive to the people suffering today. he would say what is needed to come up with solutions. >> reporter: if made a saint he will be a much-needed role model for the next generation. i'm with al jazeera el salvador. with the news hour from al jazeera, still to come. >> they cannot stop us using the phone, the most important revelation on the debate. >> reporter: scott land independent supporters in the final t.v. debate. effecting parliament, the dangerous jump of being a politician in somalia. and in sport once again the beautiful game turns ugly as
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♪ hello again, you are with al jazeera news hour, reminder of our top stories. u.s. surveillance aircraft are flying over syria to spy on islamic state fighters, president obama gave the go ahead after war planes recently attacked i.s. fighters in iraq. the presidential candidate is threatening to pull out of an election, and he says the
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ordered process is a joke. the united states and some of its nato allies have condemned air strikes for the united arab in egypt and libya and being urged to stop interfering in libyan affairs after anti-government malitias were targeted. and let's talk a little bit more about the on going situation in libya and we can speak to the founder and director of the institute which provides analysis on libyan issues and joins us from beirut and thank you for talking to us. first of all, what do you make of the intervention then surrounding the united arab and using their planes and their weapons and the fact that egypt allowed its air bases to be used for this exercise? >> well, this is a proxy war in syria and the definition of direct involvement and in that
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respect it's the first time since 2011 since a member of international community has played a prominent role in libya conflict especially a time where peace building has been needed. so in that respect it's a new chapter we are opening up and also opens up a new precedent and sets a new precedent for the people who were bombed by the uae and egypt and proxy as well and the backers and also ask and demand for the same because aerial bombardment of that nature, if it's sustained can be hugely damaging to their side. >> tell us, who were the uae intervening in favor of? >> well, the colonel and the rent grade general in the east of the country declared operation dignity and a war on terror in mid may of this year. and since then has found backing from people in egypt due to him being with terrorist
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organizations and having a very wide mandate as he sees it to destroy the muslim brotherhood. the muslim brotherhood has backing from brigades who also feel that they have in his midst in the past struggle and a grab for power and so in that respect the u ae are backing the new operation. >> and egypt obviously is exceedingly nervous about any chaos along its border because it has already seen thousands of thousands of egyptians who worked this libya now flocking back home, adding to his problems of unemployment. >> well, that is definitely true. i think further than that though, he doesn't like the fact that perhaps libya brotherhood is the last man standing in the arab spring and a challenge to try to get rid of them but to do so in a way that ua and egypt denying this find it
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embarrassing to be implicated into their lines and embarrassing to do so so it's quite a strange scenario. >> okay, thank you very much indeed for talking to us live from beirut. thank you. now the president of ukraine and russia holding talks. the summit comes as portoshenko set this for october and rory tell us about the form this meeting is going to take. >> reporter: well, i think what is worthwhile keeping in mind is these are not peace talks. what this essentially is accustoms union meeting. the customs union involves russia and bela-rush and kasic, star and it has porshenko, the
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president of ukraine and the eu is sending a delegation heading it up. this is one of the reasons why there are numerous people who are not expecting these talks to produce any significant breakthrough when it comes to what is going on in the ground in eastern ukraine. so merkel the german chancer was in kiev earlier this week and she said the expectations should be reasonably low, about these talks. and the e.u. has said that it does have some expectation but those expectations are more that these talks kind of build a political consensus for moving on and trying to achieve a long-term solution from the situation in ukraine but, again, suggesting that it's unlikely that will happen right here, right now. >> reporter: terribly fraught relationship between kiev and moscow has gotten a little bit
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worse, hasn't it because of the claim they picked up, actually picked up a group of ten russian soldiers in its territory, at first the russians were not terribly keen to acknowledge that but now they admitted it and said, sorry, it was a mistake and crossed into ukrainian territory by mistake and clearly no gps among the russian army members. >> yeah, i mean, this is quite embarrassing for moscow. moscow has said, as you say, it was an accident and kiev authorities, ukraine authorities are saying we picked them up 30 kilometers inside the ukrainian border and has to be a fairly serious or enduring era to make it that far in the country by mistake but it's just one of the things that adds to the kind of violent dinamism on the ground and a danger of over shadow doing what is going on here in the building behind me, putting
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pressure on these talks. i think clearly both russia and ukraine are trying to do is shape the battlefield in their favor and that puts pressure on the opposing side for the negotiations that might be taking place today in minsk. so time really is not on kiev's side. it wants to wrap things up as quickly as possible, prosecute its campaign in the east of the country, clear out the rebels. it had some success in doing that but the longer it takes the more that plays into russia's advantage because winter is coming and the gas supply is switched off, russia did that a couple of months ago. the longer this goes on, the more the balance of power swings in favor of moscow and its
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negotiating position becomes better. >> okay, rory thanks very much, and rory with the diplomatic side of this on going conflict. and now we go to a report from niev barker who is the correspondent in eastern ukraine and he reports on the latest on the fighting from donesk. >> reporter: a helicopter flies low over eastern ukraine and croops and hardware criss-cross the region bringing supplies and reenforcements to the front line and we joined the ukrainian army south to forward positions, a wedge of recaptured land in between the separatist-held cities of lugansk and here is where the control of the east is being fought. advance position regularly funds off attack, tarmac scarred by missile strikes. evidence of fierce fighting all around us at this ukrainian
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position. separatist fighters are based only a few kilometers down the road here and three days ago a group of separatist fighters stumbled into this ukrainian position late at night, a fierce gun battle ensued. you can see on the ground just here the bloodstains of one of the people from inside the vehicle who was dragged off for medical attention and all three men inside that car managed to survive. ukraini ukrainian captured town after town in the last few months but on ward advance they say is thwarted by moscow. >> russia gives them everything they need. so. >> reporter: how is that changing the fight for you? >> it will take a little bit more time for us. >> reporter: a supply truck brinking sniper equipment and maps lightens the soldiers' mood
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and with bunkers and trenches there are few comforts. can you tell me what is it you are fighting for? why are you fighting. >> why am i fighting? >> reporter: yes. >> i fight for i want to protect my family and my father and mother and brother and uncle and grandmother and grandfather. they don't see what i see. >> reporter: kiev accuses moscow of opening up a new battle front south of here and sending in troops disguised as separatists, russia denies involvement but as the european union pushes for immediate ceasefire here the crisis deepens and i'm with al jazeera the donsk region ukraine. less than a month scott land will decide whether or not to sit for the united kingdom, a historic referendum. proindependence leader and leader of the scottish parliament is head to head with darling head of the no campaign.
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the second and final televised debate ahead of the independence vote on september the 18 and a key issue is whether scott land can keep the pound sterling as its currency and the economic viability of scott land's oil supplies. >> the north sea has been in a boom to the country for 40 years. but what you can't get away from is once it is gone it's gone and slowly but surely every battle we take to the north seas is one barrel less where i don't want to see is my country so dependent on something so vol e volitile and we lost more than the schools in scott land. >> and a few seconds ago he admitted we could use the phone and didn't need permission. shortly different from what they said a few months ago when he says if you walk out of the u.k. you walk out of the pound.
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they cannot stop us using the pound, the most important revelation. [cheers and applause] now asylum seekers in a detention center on a remote island are suing the australian government for failing to provide them with advocate healthcare and lawyers acting on their behalf say 334 people including 148 children are being held on christmas island. the australian government regularly comes under fire from human rights groups on the way it deals with asylum seekers arriving by boat and they are suffering physical and mental health problems which are not being properly addressed. >> we can't through compensation give people back the years they lost in detention and we certainly can't give children back their childhoods which are being robbed from them. what we do hope is that compensation will provide
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something with which people can rebuild their lives once and if they are given back their freedom. >> reporter: bodies of another 24 migrants have recovered from a boat that overturned off sicily making the journey from north africa to europe on the weekend and the italian navy said it rescued almost 4,000 migrants in just 48 hours, a record number of people have been crossing the mediterranean and 100,000 arrived in italy by boat so far this year. now somalia and african union forces are saying they seized control of a strategic town from al-shabab fighters and troops entered the town in the southwest region and this is the latest military victory against the rebels who fled ahead of the latest advance. well the al-shabab group will continue to assassinate as a
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strategy for the government and we report and lawmakers say they will not be intimated. >> reporter: in ruins, this is the building that houses somalia's parliament, heavily with military and battle between government forces and al-shabab fighters and members of parliament too are the target of al-shabab's guns and he is an m.p. and survived. >> it's a desperate attempt to, you know, assassinations by terrorists group and we have to know that and we must also from our end have some type of a national policy in combatting this type of terrorism. >> reporter: chairman of defense committee he is charged with the responsibility of developing somalia defense policy and challenged in many ways he is forced from forces are doing what they can.
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>> some of them died while they were defending us and we will never forget that. and this is why we must make sure that we, our armed forces become really fully equipped. >> reporter: members of parliament is a new strategy by al-shabab and the group sentenced each and every one of the 275 m.p.s to death and despite that it's seen as a key symbol of the country's slow recovery from lawlessness. it has been a dangerous sea for somali lawmakers and five of them were killed, among them famous singer and top politician. the vehicle she was in was sprayed with bullets. she had just returned after years in exile in the united states. and she returned to somalia after living in california for nearly 30 years but she grew up in mogadushu and it takes us to the hospital where she was born on the day somalia got
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independence 54 years ago. >> a childhood in the beautiful city and my dream really and one of the main reasons i returned to somalia to make sure the young generation enjoy the childhood i did. >> reporter: and it's the vision that keeps everyone moving forward, the dream of a peaceful somalia but for now remains elusive, i'm with al jazeera, in somalia. here to come at al jazeera rebuilding this temple is helping to heal the wounds of sri lanka's violent past. and in sport history is made in the women's nba playoffs and sona will be here with all the details. ♪ vé
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time for the sports. >> thank you very much, tennis and world number one looks like he rediscovered at the u.s. open. richard has more. the married man began this campaign beating u.s. open people schwartz man 6-1-6-2-6-4. en i feel recharged and ready to
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go. 2012 champion andy murray had to overcome cramps in the second round and the scotts beat them in four sets. >> it came extremely early on on the stage where sometimes nerves can bring on, i certainly wasn't nervous in the third set after winning a tough second set, so, yeah, it was tough. >> reporter: champion won in straight sets. maria returned to the u.s. open after last year's event draw to a shoulder injury. she won the last ten games against fellow russian maria, 6-4-6-0 under the light >> i certainly learned a lot and knowing what to expect and
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know the waiting game a little bit better than when i was a junior or young teenager but now i really enjoy it and i think you feel the goose bumps when you go out with a night match. >> reporter: french open final lists is seeded second in the woman's draw. she came from a step down to beat danielle rose collins and a bee interrupted the match between venus williams, williams was the queen bee by winning the match in three sets. richard with al jazeera. and they put down an early marker in the english league and they beat last year's runner up 3-1 and the former player was in the stands for this one. he may not have liked the work and two goals from stephan and another one gave city the convincing victory as two wins
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out of two for city. >> i sit in the press conference before the game but for me these games of 6 points especially when you play at home, it's very important not to drop bombs against important teams and i think this is an important team and a team that will be fighting for the title during the year. >> i think in all fairness i thought up until they scored we were already in better shape and look for a threat gone forward and good possession of the ball and defend it and we were very good but switched off just before half time and finished it very well. >> reporter: defending spanish league champions athletico madrid are nil-nil and madrid were not entirely convinced in either and they did not beat newly-promoted by two goals to nil and he opened the score and the starting line up included
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new arrives and cruz and renaldo who added a late second. a day after the death of the cameroon striker hit by a stone thrown by fans during a nigeria league match it showed an ugly side in south mesh where violence erupted and they clashed with the police at the international stadium. support supporters throw objects at police and ripped up a booth and they were to blame for the violence. and this prospect responded to the controversy during the belgium teammate and claims rossberg says he collided into him on purpose and the german has been speaking on his own blog. >> i mean all i can say is that the -- my view of the events are
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very different but it's better i don't know the details of the opinion and i hope you respect that. i prefer to just keep it internal and we had a very good discussion, an important discussion after the race as when such things occur we must sit down and review them and what is what we did and everybody gave his opinion and we need to move forward. >> finished fifth in spar but the reigning world champion has become the first f-1 driver to test out the new track for the russian team. red bull driver was pleased with the socchi circuit and it will take place on october the 12. >> i think it's a great experience obviously looking forward to see how much russian people come to watch, see how the reception will be. i think
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everything is set and brand new and looks fantastic and ready to go and now we need to bring the cars and the spectators. tiger woods' difficulty has a split from his coach shaun foley and the pair spent four years together but tiger has not won a title in the period and he is sidelined with a back injury said in a statement he is thankful but this was the right time to end their professional relationship. the women's nba playoff seen the first ever slam dunk and brittney's slam dunk was 2 of 21 points and the phoenix mercury one 91-68 against the los angeles sparks and booked a place in the western conference finals. and there is more on our website and check out al you can take a look at our meet the team page for profiles of
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our sports desk and also details there on how to get in touch using twitter and facebook. and that's it for me, marteen. thank you very much. now, a hindu temple in southern sri lanka has a new approach at reconciliation and the temple was destroyed during riots 30 years ago and as fernandez reports rebuilding the temple is helping to heal the wounds of sri lanka's violent past. >> reporter: appeasing the gods this hindu temple reopened recently. an ancient pilgrim site in the dominated south the shrine was repeatedly attacked during ethnic tensions. >> translator: because of problems in the country, this has been destroyed a number of times. the west was in 1983. >> reporter: for some sri
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lanka's violent past is linked to its and shen roots and historic chronicles say an indian prince vigil arrived in the island where he married a local island princess. >> she fell in love with him and she will support him too, you know, capture the kingdom. >> reporter: but after establishing himself king, they ban issued queenie and the children and he was cursed by descendents and he was involved in the renovation of the temple and said the hatred and anger of ancient times is the reason for sri lanka's history and now an unusual attempt at reconciliation. >> translator: anger between them and the curse hanging over the country causing problems and
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to break it we cannot bring them back so we have brought their schedules together and performed the necessary religious slides and video in the country changed of course for the better. >> reporter: they dismissed the tale and he says the unrest will fade away by the end of this year. it is written in the stars. this has all the elements to rival the best of greek tragedys and the rather of the gods, the curse of a woman scorned and blood shed but believers here hope uniting them will bring an end to the country's many troubles, i'm with al jazeera, southern sri lanka. >> you can keep up to date with all the day's developing story on the al jazeera website, al there right now you can get the latest on the crisis in syria, iraq in turmoil, of course another major story and al ♪
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