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means to acquire that type of food. >> advocates of urban farming hope that their success will help inspire more cities to join the movement. kurdish fighters stop a major overnight attack by aisle -- isil in kobani for some of the heaviest fighting yet. welcome to al jazeera live from the headquarters in doha and also ahead, prosecutors in south korea push for the death penalty for the captain of a ferry disaster that killed hundreds of students and reelected and brazil's president have the biggest challenge now how to unite a divided country.
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>> rob mcbride in the west of china with wine makers making an splash on the world stage. ♪ kurdish fighters in cow -- kobani in heavy fighting to date and they will cross into kobani into turkey to join syrian kurdish fighters in the battle against isil that helped kurdish fighters gain ground and calling for reenforcement and we have this update near kobani on the turkey/syria border. >> reporter: sunday into monday saw heavy fighting been so far for kobani and most on the crossing and kurdish fighters in the town tell us isil fighters had a three-pronged assault in
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the area to prevent the passage through there that the kurds say they desperately need and reenforcements either including persmerga and reenforcements from the free syrian army and there were at least three air strike we are told by the kurds overnight and they made the difference and without them the kurds would be in a very different position and last night the air strikes were so late they were almost too late and need more strikes and need the heavier weapons and those reenforcements and had not had reenforcements since the fight with kobani began. the war in syria begans and rebel fighters launched an attack on the city and correspondent sidney is following this from beirut and
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lebanon and what more can you tell us about this attack? >> what we heard is that the nusra had a campaign on the north, south, east west and the city is controlled by the syrian government and a small government managed to infiltrate the city with help of one of the reports with infrom maintains inside and we heard from state television who confirmed this attack took place and say this is over and they are not inside and don't hold a street and the message very different from each side and what we know is the nusra took the hill six kilometers from the city and close to a major syrian army base and people will tell you if nusra took the base it would make it easier for them to take the city and to put it in context they said this attack is being over typed and strategic
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with military movement sense but it was a brave attack and people think it will be difficult for the group to take the city from the regime. >> and why is this so important, stef? >> well, it all has to do with military strategy and maneuvering and geography and this is north west and close to a government stronghold and vital supply route into idlib and the government took an area south and hama province opening up an international highway and has to do with geography and similar ly the groups don't hold a major city and that is isil and so if a group like nusra took a city this would be a city out of government control because we have rebels in aleppo and hold the west and each and
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it would be seen as a major victory but we have to put it in context and they have not managed to penetrate and no big fighting going on in the sense the city is under real threat and on humanitarian front we need to remember idlib has internally displaced syrians and if this is a new front and battle we would see another humanitarian crisis evolving through that. >> thank you very much for that update and that is the correspondent from beirut in neighboring lebanon. the government has major offensive against al-qaeda and airforced backed by houthi fighters by al-qaeda and allies south of the capitol and dozens reportedly killed on both sides and u.s. drones took part in the attack.
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getting reports of a suicide bombing on iraqi bombing check point and took place in a village north of where the town was recently retaken from isil by the iraqi army and let's go to our correspondent who is joining us from the capitol baghdad and yesterday we talked about what a big gain this was for the iraqi army and what more can you tell us about this attack? >> well, the attack took place about 90 minutes ago, it was a captured army special forces hum-v into a check point on a village on the suburbs here and killing at least 15 army soldiers and injuring 23 others and we are going to see incidents like this as the army sweeps into the neighboring areas and tries to clear the neighboring areas and not so much the town itself which is in control of security forces but
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the neighboring areas of isil fighters and there will be pockets of the fighters in the area and cutoff from the main fighting forces and will try to mount attacks of this nature and he was seen as a key strategic town to take and they swept this an operation that took about 72 hours taking village's and the main road and the town itself and it is seen as a key strategic town because of the closeness to the key religious sights for sheer muslims and the army insisting they are in control of the town itself but there are pockets of isil fighters in the area that still kneel to quel. >> joining us from the iraqi capitol baghdad. to south korea for a ship that
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sank and abandoning the sea ferry was in court and relatives of the victims gathered outside calling for maximum punishment and most were high school students traveling to a resort island for a school trip. harry faucet is live from the south korean capital seoul and so much public anger of this case and what has been happening in court? >> well, as you are just saying the prosecution has made its case now and at the end of that case arguing for the sentencing as follows, the captain that say he should be given the death penalty, three other senior crew members like the captain charged with homicide with willful negligence should be given life in jail and 11 crew members including the inexperienced third mate who was in charge of the bridge at the time of the
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fate ul term and led to the cab size the prosecution said they should have sentences of 15-30 years and the captain has apologized in the past to the families and said he didn't order a evacuation because he was worried if passengers went in the water they would be swept by currents and no ships to rescue them. during the case he said he did order an evacuation and prosecution accused him of lacking remorse and say he should be given the death penalty. sentencing taking on the 11th of november and it may not be carried out because there is a penalty on the books here no execution has happened in korea since 1997 and there is currently a moratorium of executing criminals here. >> handling of the rescue and
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what has been the fall out from this incident for authorities in south korea? >> reporter: well, it's been pretty extensive and it's on going. there is a continuing campaign by many of the families who lost children in this disaster to see a full, independent inquiry into this disaster and see a special law which would empower prosecutor to do all possible avenues in finding the truth in how this came to pass in the first place and the government reaction, the authorities reaction which followed among the criticism and the criticism is the coast guard seeing not according to many anyway have a grasp of getting enough people off that boat an ordering evacuation on their own no matter what the crew had done. the families were calling for maximum cases and all 15 people on trial here and there is likely to be some criticism
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because not maximum sentences recommended in the case and there is another trial going on of the senior executives of the company behind this ferry, the operator marine so it's not all about the crew members that we will find out their fate on the 11th of november next month. >> thank you, harry, that is our correspondent harry faucet from the south korean capitol seoul and we have much more to come and a victory for prowestern parties in ukraine and the president promising sweeping changes plus stolen, assaulted and sexually abuse and we report from nigeria on a woman taken by boko haram and families waiting for their return. ♪
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>> hundreds of days in detention. >> al jazeera rejects all the charges and demands immediate release. >> thousands calling for their freedom. >> it's a clear violation of their human rights.
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>> we have strongly urged the government to release those journalists. >> journalism is not a crime. ♪ good to have you with us in doha and these are the top stories of al jazeera, kurdish fighters in kobani repelled overnight offensive by i.s.i.l. and some of the heaviest fighting the syrian town has seen to date. rebels launched coordination attack on a government-held city that managed to capture three army checkpoints this idlib and close to supply route that links aleppo to the capitol damascus and prosecutors demanding penalty for the captain of the ferry that capsized in april killing 300 people and people are outside the court calling for the maximum punishment.
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to this year it's waiting for the results of the parliamentary elections and around 60% of 5.2 million registered voters turned out to vote on sunday and correspondent is in the capitol for us and what is being said there? >> well, the headlines all about the high turn out in the elections, that is where everyone in cafes like this are talking about and we will talk to the arab network for democratic elections and let's talk about the high turn out that we have at the moment, basically what we are hearing is potentially 60% of people came out and voted and were you surprised by that? >> 60%, around 60% and may be rising in the next few numbers but you have to keep in mind this is a little bit lower than the last election, last election
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we had four million people and today we have only three million and keep in mind this is much higher than the standard that we have in democracy and people are eager to participate and eager to show interest in the transition going on. >> headlines about the high turn out but also we have headlines about the private polling company talking about the possibility that neither have won the election with 37%, of course we have to wait for official results. is this something new for tunisia to have a private polling company coming out with exit polls like this? >> the transition is new to tunisia so exit polling are new in tunisia and a new practice here. it's new for us but it's not new in established democracy and
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election is working against this practice but it is, we have to admit it, ruling and we will see what would be their judgment on this but we say this kind of practice is helpful for the democracy, to give an opinion even before the issuing of the results. they said they needed to wait for the end of the day but they have the results around 9:00 p.m. which very little influence on the election process itself. >> thank you so much for joining us here, of course, as he mentioned the important thing is that we wait for those official results and they are expected either today or in the coming days. >> thank you for that in the tunisia capitol and it was a close brazilian election in generations and president rousseff reelected for the second term and split in the
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biggest country almost evenly in two and pressure on to revive the economy and unite the country and we report. >> reporter: she is known not for charisma but fighting spirit and in the end it gave dilma rousseff to overcome opposition, enough to win a second term as leader of south america's largest nation. >> translator: i do not believe honestly from the bottom of my heart these elections divided the country into two halves, elections mobilize ideas and emotions that have at times been contradictory and driven by a shared feeling, the search for a better future for our country. >> lined with the left and she joined a gorilla group and tortured and in prison during dictator ship and shaped her character and referred to as brazil's iron lady and a tough
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person who rose as the energy minister and chief of staff, a period which brazil economy grew and poverty shrank as never before but inflation has sored and so has corruption scandals linked to her political party and her opponent sent the governor brazil third largest state ran on a ticket for change saying the policies would modernize brazil without cutting government social programs but ultimately rousseff was able to convince enough of her countrymen she is best suited to reignite the economy, a daunting task. >> but she has to give the middle class an opportunity to look to the future and see in her and in the p.t. the most prepared ones to a brighter future for the middle class.
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>> reporter: it was by far the most aggressive and decisive electoral campaign in resent history and although the president rousseff won she knows countrymen are tolerant of corruption and more demanding of politicians, as one analyst put it before brazil people were happy for dentures and now they want broadband. the president of the second largest economy will be even more pressure to deliver. i'm with al jazeera, brasilia. to ukraine where prowestern parties are set to dominate and the vote is a way from russia and poroshenko party will have coalition with the allies. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. went to guinea on a tour of west african counties hit hardest by ebola outbreak and met ril us --
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religious leaders and calling for international support to combat the virus. >> we have got to overcome the fear and the stigma that are associated with ebola. i would say that we need prayers and medicine, solidarity and money. >> reporter: nigerian girls escaped the boko haram group have details of torture and rape and published in a new report by the human rights group and says at least a 500 women and girls from nigeria have been kidnapped since 2009 and calling for boko haram to stop attack against civilians and immediately release those in custody and criticizes the government for not doing enough to stop abductions or punish those responsible and a nigerian government said they made a deal with boko haram to release 200
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school girls abducted in april and many are skeptical about the deal which includes a ceasefire and as we report many parents still waiting to hear any news about their children. >> reporter: rebecca samuel is afraid to leave her daughters alone and supposed to be four of them but the older sarah was abducted by boca in april and if she could send a message this is what she would say to her missing child. >> translator: be strong sarah, good will help you escape if you are still alive but if you are dead then there is nothing i can do for you my child except pray that you are at peace. >> reporter: sarah and other girls from northeast nigeria were not the first to be kidnapped by boko haram and hundreds are still disappearing in nigeria and some who managed escaped have disturbing stories to tell.
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dealing with the fiscal and psychological abuse isn't easy. >> when they hear a sound, just a sound of a gun or a sound of thing being hated, they get freeze. so and that you can feel and if somebody can get freeze by hearing the sound of something, this is the level of the traumatic situation that is true. >> reporter: the nigerian government is not doing enough to protect people and nigeria officials deny this. >> attempt at rescue, that is the numerous services that are recorded by the armed forces have recorded and you can see that many of the incidents commanders have been taking in
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and some are fleeing and some are giving up and we are advancing, the government of nigeria will not forget the need. >> reporter: for rebecca that is not good enough so she left the northeast and moves to the capitol of abuja and feels it's safer here but her family is not complet complete. >> she likes to do that. >> reporter: ten-year-old misses her big sister and hundreds of families across nigeria waiting for her to come home, abuja. we can'ted to demand immediate release of three journalists detained in egypt for 303 days, greste and fahmy and mohamed are falsely accused of helping the out lawed muslim brotherhood. hundreds are in the capitol
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boo boodapest and want to charge people for what they use and if it goes ahead it will be the first tax in the world and eric has the story. >> reporter: drawn on to the streets, angry at the government's plans to charge them for accessing the internet, the proposal law could see millions of users paying a tax of about 60 cents per gigabyte capped at three a month. >> translator: it's a human right to have internet, this tax is the most stupid thing other countries like astonia give it free to everyone and in hungry you have to pay tax on a gigabyte and it will turn into an income for the state. >> reporter: in front of the economy ministry in central boodapest they think it's a broader move by the government.
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>> translator: the government could not completely stop the freedom of expression with the media law in 2010. this is why they tried to tax internet this time and make the internet more expensive when people live under the poverty line and find it difficult to pay the tax even if it's two euros. >> reporter: levies and penalties introduced by the government with charges on phone calls and text messages and levies on advertising and this is one of the most nation and measures intended to help it restore its finances but one leading telecom company says it could cost the sector and people of hungry more than $400 million a year. >> translator: this is a good occasion for a lot of people to come here to show they are unhappy with the government's tax and economic policies, this was only the icing on the cake but it's interesting this topic
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brought so many people together. >> reporter: protest organizers gave the government 48 hours to withdraw the tax law and threatened more protests on tuesday if this doesn't happen, i'm with al jazeera. now china is not usually regarded as one of the greatest wine producing regions but the west has been surprising people with the quality of its vintage and rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: this year's crop of merlo grapes is being harv t harvested and reknown for quality grapes given all that trued and irritation they are quickly gaining recognition for the wine and boutique wineries have been winning the war thanks to wine makers like emma and trained in france with centuries
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of experience she has brought some of that expertise back home. >> they can make a drinkable wine. >> reporter: china has been making wine for years, not just very good wine. the upon for the wine is production, not enough of it is being produced and so very little reaches foreign markets and means perception of chinese wine is on mass produced stuff from other parts of the country which is mostly as they say in the trade just a little bit, yuk. and he is out to change that. at a competition in beijing wine experts gather to sample offers and a region some say could be china's napa valley. >> beginning the strategy is from the winery and most or many of the wineries have their own vineyard so they grow their own grapes and this has a lot to
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improve or put a lot of focus on the quality inside of quantity. >> reporter: a new cellar is ready for expansion but they are conscious of maintaining quality in a country with a rapidly developing appreciation of good wine. >> we need to make good wine for our local customers. >> reporter: throughout this remote province government initiatives and collaborations with foreign wine makers are expanding production. >> and i have seen driving around and amount of vineyards that will be planted and talking big vineyards and one vineyard is the size of a region. >> reporter: growing domestic demand though will mean all that extra production will be consumed here helping ensure this remains china's secret, i'm
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in western china. reminder you can always catch that story and the rest of today's news including much more on incumbent rousseff reelected as the next president on our website on al ♪ it's a key economic issue that could cost the g.o.p. seats in the upcoming midterms. each in traditionally red states. it's the minimum wage. i'll show you how big a role it's playing. getting a mortgage with 3% down, that's what fanny and freddy say they'll do - haven't we been down this road before if you like apples, berries, and others, you can't have them without honey bees pollinating