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rouge amish only on al jazeera america kurdish fighters stop a major overnight attack. while isil and kobane and some of the heaviest fighting yet. ♪ ♪ welcome to al jazerra live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead. shia houthi fighters make more gains in yemen and they are getting help from government air strikes. back in power, reelected as brazil's president. her biggest challenge now, how to unite a divided country. plus. >> reporter: i am rob mcbride in the west of china with the
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winemakers making a splash on the world stage. ♪ ♪ think kurdish fight in kobane has repelled an overnight offensive by isil in some of the heaviest fighting the syrian town has seen to dade. it comes as kurdish forces from eye rash are expected to crash from to do ban i. despite u.s. air strikes which some helped kurdish fighters gain ground they are calling for reinforcements, our correspondent bernard smith is there near the border of turkey and syria, what's the latest on the fighting. well, elizabeth as you say it looks like last night saw some of the most intense fighting. there has been much of it focused on that border crossing. it's important, we think, because the suggestion is that isil want to control that border
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because they want to stop any potential reinforcements coming through, whether that would be iraqi peshmerga reinforcements or reinforcements from fighters allied to the free syrian arm i nevertheless, kurdish fighters were able to repel that attack. they came at them apparently from three different angles armed the town to try to take that border. but it was the air strikes that in the end made the difference and it was the air strikes that helped the -- that has kept that border area in the control of the kurdish fighters. an indication really of how totally realigned they are on the air strikes. in fact, they were worried that the air strikes came in quite late and they were worried that they weren't going come in in enough time. they did. and for the most this morning that area still remains in kurdish control. >> bernard, talk that kurdish fighters may be crossing in to iraq from turkey to join in the fight, turkey was reluctant to let fighters or goods in through its borders. why is it allowing it now?
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and even if it does, will the peshmerga actually send fighters in? >> reporter: well, these are all -- it's very much up in the air at the gnome. no clear callings at all when and if the iraqi peshmerge will arrive. the kurds inside kobane saying the turks having given permission for them to come through are now making it a bit harder, they are asking for a lot of background information on the iraqi peshmerge, they were to make sure none of them belong to the kurdistan workers party. a lot of things going on there it seems delaying the potential arrival of the peshmerga. turkey originally agreed to allow them through after the u.s. dropped weapons on kobane to reinforce the kurds and then turkey sort of gave in to some pressure from the u.s. and said we'll allow the peshmerga through, but we won't arm the kurds in kobane so many a bit of a compromise from turkey, but as i say no, indication yet of when
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they are going to arrive. but as you mentioned before, the kurds say we need reinforcements now. they haven't had any reinforce. >> and the pressure is really being piled on by isil fighters. >> bernard, thank you very much for the update. that's our correspondent bernard something joining us live from the turkey-syria border. syrian rebels have launched a coordinate ahead tack on a government held city and managed to capture three army checkpoints. the city fell to the government after they have fighting in 2012. it's close to an important supply group that hlinka hleb owe to the capital damascus. to yemen now where the government has launched a major offensive against al qaeda. the yemen's air force backed by shia houthi fighters attacked strong hold of al qaeda and sunni tribal allies in the area south of the capital. dozens were reportedly killed on both sides and we have heard reports that u.s. drones took
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part in the attack. our correspondent is following the don't for us from southern yemen, he's in the port city there. omar, government air strikes, u.s. drone strikes, actually strengthening the houthi's militarily here, aren't they? >> reporter: yes, they are. and that's why tribal leaders say the three are in alliance on the one hand the government the houthis and the u.s. are in alliance targeting the trikes men, that area is known to be al qaeda strong hold. however, there is interrelation between the al qaeda and the tribes men, but the wider picture is that the tribal leaders see it as an offensive aimed at them. that's why other tribes have joined the fight with the people to fight off the houthi advance. now, what i have an update for
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you in terms of casualties, local sources there say at least 30 houthi fighters have been killed. in the fighting on sunday. now, with the houthis did, they bombarded the area, an area that's a rural area on the outskirts. they imagine today take it, however, tribes men you nighted their forces and pushed the houthis out of it. we understand also because of the government bombardment, as well as the war plains hitting the area there are a number of casualties among the civilian population there. >> omar, why are we see the fighting in this part of yemen? and the fact that there is psalm power vacuum in the capital is w that all playing in to the ongoing instability in yemen i.
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>> reporter: it's making it worse because every party sees there is no government in yemen. or at least there is a government that is very weak. i was passing through the presidential palace before came here and i spot the a number of houthi fighters protecting the palace that. gives you an indication who is real any charge. the government is very weak. the president appeared after weeks of absence, calling on the houthis to withdraw. however, he doesn't have the means to force the houthis out. i think it's only making the problems for this country even worse with al qaeda insurgency that's been going on for a few years now and the houthi advance in aden where i am and the growing separatist movement demands to go break way from yemen. >> thank you very much, omar, joining us from aden in southern yemen. now, it was the closist brazilian election in generations the president has
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been reelected for a second term, the votes split latin america's biggest country kreu almost even in two. now the pressure is to unite her divided country. from the capital. lucia newman reports. >> reporter: she is known not for her ca respite marks but if for her fighting spirit and in the concerned end it give her the edge she needed to overcome fierce opposition. enough to just win a second term as leader of south america's largest nation. >> translator: i do not believe honestly from the bottom of my heart that these elections have divided the country in to two halfs the elects mobilized ideas and-y motions that have at times been contradictory but driven by a shared feeling to s for a better future for our country. she has always been aligned with the left. in her youth she joined an urban gorilla group and has tortured and imprisoned during a military
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dictatorship. it shaped her character. she's often referred to as brazil's iron lady. a tough techno contract that rose to prominence as her predecessor's energy minister and chief of staff. a period in which br brazil's economy knew grew and poverty shank as never before. but during her to remember the economy has shriveled. and corruptions scandaled linked to her political party. her opponent, the former governor of brazil's third largest state pan ann on a ticket for change claiming his market friendly policies would mod werize brazil without cutting socialist programs. but she was able to commit enough of her countrymen that she is suited to reignite the economy, a daunting traffic. >> but she has to give the middle class an opportunity to look to the future to seer nba
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her and the p. it. the most prepared ones to make a brighter future for the middle class. >> reporter: it was by far the most aggressive and did he sigh electoral campaign in recent history. and although she won, she knows that her countrymen have become more inning come rent of corruption and more demanding of their politicians. before brazilians were happy to get new dentures, now they want broadband. the president of the world's second largest emerging economy will be under more pressure to deliver. the u.s. ambassador for the united nations is in guinea as part i've tour of three west african countries hit hardest by the ebola ou outbreak samantha powell met religious leaders. she is calling for more international support to combat the virus.
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>> we have to overcome the fear and stigma associated with ebola. i would say that we need prayers and medicine, solidarity and money. meanwhile, the government of mali says it's doing what it can to try to contain the ebola virus. the country's first victim, a two-year-old girl died on friday. as dominick cane reports there are fears mali may not be prepared to deal with a possible outbreak. >> reporter: preparing to bury mali's first bola victim. the grave these men are digging is for a two-year-old girl who came here from guinea. she had traveled on a bus with her grandmother while already showing frank symptoms of the disease. until now, mali had not been directly touched by the ebola outbreak in west africa. >> translator: the announcement of the first case of ebola here hasn't been easy for the people where the health workers panic.
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this disease is new for everyone in the world you not just the people here. >> reporter: the world health organization has warned that the little girl may have had high-risk contact with many people on her bus journey. her grandmother is currently being kept in isolation. one of 43 people who have been identified and are being held for observation. >> translator: people weren't calm because of the gravity of the illness, but because we took precautions, particularly in terms of toilet hygiene, we have been able to keep all the children at home. none have gone to school. there was a little fear and worry everywhere. but although the person has died, thank god we know what precautions we have to take to isolate and make sure people. >> reporter: news of the first ebola case in mali prompted neighboring moore train i can't to close its border. the u.n. has airlifted in a ton of medical supplies to help the authorities to try to deal with the problem. dominick cane, al jazerra. much her for come here on al
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good to have you with us. these are the top story on his al jazerra. kurdish fighters in kobane have
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repelled an overnight siege from isil. in some of the left fest heavieg they have seen to date. yemen's air force backed by shia houthi fighters attacked strong holds of al qauda and its sunni tribal allies south of the capital. brazil's president has narrowly won a second term in office. she won around 51% of the vote. her challenger got just less than 49%. to ukraine now where pro western parties look set to dominate parliament after a big election win. the vote is another notch away from russia. president poroshenko party party is set to form an ali. barnaby phillips reports from kiev. >> reporter: in the square where former president januar yanukovh
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began. all is quietal. but the signs are the political landscape has been reformed and the winning party is promising swing changes. >> translator: i ask you for vote pro ukrainian and pro european majority. i thank you that you heard me and i thank you that you support this call. >> reporter: earlier the president traveled to the east to show his support for the army and his commitment to restoring ukraine's unity. but in rebel-controlled areas, millions of people did not vote. and it's not clear how a new government will convince or force the separatist to his back down. and although ukrainians give a clear majority to reformist parties, they split their votes amongst the parties and so a delicate period of coalition building is likely to follow. the parties that will form the new government are saying that this election marks a decisive break with the old corrupt ways of ukrainian politics. but a new co defense governmentt
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will till struggle to overcome powerful vested interests and to revive the economy and bring peace to the east. the winners of this election have the daunting task of insuring these sacrifices were not in vain. barnaby phillips, al jazerra, kiev. nigerian girls who escaped the boko haram group have given details of their torture and rape during captivity. their accounts have been published in a new report by a human rights group saying more than 500 women and girls have been abducted by boko haram since 2009. the group is calling for boko haram to top all a tacked against civilians and immediately release all those in custody. but also criticized the government for not doing enough to prevent the abductions or punish those responsible. earlier this month the nigerian government announce it had had
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made ideal with boko haram to secure the release of more than 200 school girls abducted in april but many are skeptical about the deal which was set to include a ceasefire, many parents are still waiting to hear any news about their children. >> reporter: rebecca sam suggest afraid to leave her daughters alone. they are supposed to be -- there are supposed to be four them, but the oldest sarah was ab doublessed in april. if she could send her a miss edge, this is what she would say to her missing child. >> translator: be strong, sarah. god will help you escape if you are still alive. but if you are dead, then there is nothing that i can do for you, my child except pray that you are at peace. >> reporter: sarah and more than 200 other school girls in northeast nigeria were not the first to be kidnapped. hundreds of women and girls are still disappearing in nigeria. this some of those that have managed to escape have disturbing stories to tell.
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>> reporter: dealing with the physical and psychological abuse isn't easy. >> when they hear a sound, just all sound, a sounds of a gun or a sounds of something being hit, they get freeze. and that you can feel. if somebody can get freeze by hearing a sound of something, it shows the level of the that traumatic situation they pass through. >> reporter: the government isn't doing enough to protect people said rights tkpwraoufplgts the officials say it's not true. >> it's an attempt of rescue, the numerous agencies, arm forces have accord. and you can see that many of the
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commanders have been taking in some of fleeing, some are giving up and so forth and so on swear advancing the government of nigeria will not forget their citizens in need. >> reporter: for rebecca that's not good enough. she's left the northeast and moved to the capital. and feels it's safer here. but her family is not complete. >> reporter: 13-year-old lydia misses her big sister and, like hundreds of families across nigeria they are waiting for her to come home. now two, decades have passed since jordan signed a peace treat we isreal. the pact is still unpopular among many in jordan. but both governments seem determined to protect their extra teen i castrategic partne. >> reporter: for many worships at the mosque in occupied east jerusalem. this is the israeli police
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violating islam's third holiest site. confrontations between palestinians and security forces here are becoming common. while nonmuslims are able to enter the compound, jews are not allowed to pray within its walls which is why recent visits by far right israeli groups have led to violence and that has triggered complaints from the jordanian government which overseas holy sites across jerusalem. but some worshipers say it needs to do more. >> they can end all of this. they can prevent israel from crossing the limb and it's bring back things to the way they were. >> reporter: the jourdain year government has harshly chris size the is really the clashes at the mosque. while more wanted to do more, most would also agree that the situation here would be far west if jordan and israel didn't have several agreements. the peace treaty signed by the two countries in 1994 includes water and land agreements, and
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also provides broad couldn't and tourism and trade as well as comprehensive border agreements. >> you can say with confidence it's a cold peace. the arrangement between government, between two systems, but among the people, it's deadened. why is that? because it's an endless occupation. why is that? because israeli atrocities in jerusalem. >> reporter: still israeli political analyst says it's unlikely the two countries will end their peace agreement any time soon. >> i think it's a durable peace. it's institutionalized we are both very well trained in conflict management. in controlling the conflict. >> reporter: but until scenes like these end, palestinians say they will continue to press jordan do more to stop what they see as israeli provocations at the mosque.
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al jazerra, in occupied east jerusalem. now, a gulf never mexico has been forced to step down after 43 students went missing in his state. he's already been replaced but frustration is growing with no word on the fate of the students one month after they disappeared. as adam rainy reports, it's not just local politicians taking the heats. >> reporter: these are the faces of mexico's 43 missing studentses. students. i few dozen more names to add to the more than 8,000 that has gone missing since the pred took office less than two years ago. in the past year, mexico's been hailed abroad for pursuing major reforms under a vie barack obama telegenic new president. as the case of the missing students highlights mexico's ongoing drug violence, corruption and impunity the shine interest wearing off of the president's administration. at protests many marchers say they live in a narco state.
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that is a place ruled by drug cartels. many while, family members of the missing and their advocates say the president has largely ignored them. he often tours nats disaster zones with camera crews in t.o. w but he has yet to visit the crime scene or the parents. >> it's questionable and unacceptable that he has not met the 43 families. so knows all families in civil society blame the federal and state government for being absent in how they have act today many years. >> reporter: it's not that the president has disappeared from the media, in fact he appears on television every day at events like this one where he is opening up a cancer ward. but stunt speak about the students if he does they are brief remarks and has yet to take a question from the press. he often proclaims his leadership. >> translator: the federal government will keep working with a firm determination to find the students. clarify what happened and apply the full force of the law against those responsible for these acts.
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>> reporter: alejandro was an intelligent official under former president felipe calderon who launched mexico's drug war in 2006. >> reporter: would you say that this shows that the new security policy has failed? >> yes. yes. because he dint really have a security policy. he inherited a security policy. he has continued with that security policy. albeit with better communication skills. albeit with some improved coordination. but it's the same policy. >> reporter: an unchanged mexico. one still where large parts of the country are controlled by criminals. and not authorities. one where people pay the highest price for its government's failures. adam rainy, al jazerra, mexico city. thousands of pay test nurse haiti have been rallying demanding the chance to vote. elections there are already three years overdue. police fired tear gas and water cannon to break up a crowned
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march to this police station and the capital port-au-prince. the president said elections would take place on sunday. but they were postponed due to an ongoing stalemate over an electoral law. now, china isn't usually regarded at one of the world's great wine producer nations but a remote region in the west has been surprising the world's connoisseurs with the quality of its vintage, rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: this year's crop of merlot grapes are being harv testified. a bumpy year for a wine industry that is booming. given it's climate, altitude, soil and irrigation it is quickly gaining recognition for its wines. boutique wineries like this one have been within ago words, thanks for the winemakers. trained in france a country with centuries of experience, she has brought some of that expertise
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back home. >> western people quite surprised that china can make drinkable wine. >> reporter: china has, of course, been making wine for years. just not very good wine. the problem for the wine is production. not enough of it is being produced so very little reaches foreign markets. it means that people's perception of chinese wine is based on the mass produced stuff from other parts of the country which is mostly, as they say in the trade, just a little bit e ehh. she is out to change that. at a competition in beijing, wine experts gather to sample its offerings, a region some say could become china's napa valley. >> from the very beginning the strategy is more boutique winery. most or many of these wineries have their own vineyard. so they grow their own grapes and this help as lot to improve
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or put a lot of focus on the quality instead of quantity. >> reporter: back at silver heights a new. [ inaudible ] is ready for the expansion. they are conscience of maintaining quality with nba a country of a rapidly growing appreciation of good wine. >> we need to make good wine to influence or local consume he should not only bad wine. >> reporter: throughout this remote province government initiatives and collaborations with foreign winemakers are expanding production. >> the growth that i have seen driving around and the amount of vineyards that are going to be planted they are talking really big vineyards, one vineyard is the size of a region. >> reporter: growing domestic demand, though, will mean all that extra production will be eagerly consumed here. helping insure it remains china's closely guarded fine wine secret. rob mcbride, al jazerra, in
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