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palestinian is killed by israeli fire in southern gaza. ♪ from alyaz's headquarters in doha, i'm sami zeidan. also ahead, a black teenager has been shot and killed by police in the state of missouri. iraq's kurdish fighters regain more territory, but jordan confirms one of its pilots has been captured. plus shopping the i illegal
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trade. but can it work? ♪ let's begin in gaza where a palestinian man has been killed by israeli fire. israeli army says it came under attack by snipers, so it unleashed fire. >> reporter: what happened in this area according to the palestinian sources and eyewitnesss said that a palestinian sniper, sniped an israeli soldier on the fence between gaza and israel in the east side of southern gaza strip. the israeli troops targeted the area with tank shells and air
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strike which killed a palestinian fighter. he is a member of the military wing of hamas movement. hamas movement according to the spokesman of hamas, he hold israeli -- the stability of this escalation and the aftermath of this escalation, stai saying the israeli troops have burst the fence decide the palestinian area, and the palestinian fighters has fired under israeli troops after they passed the palestinian fence. it seems the situation is in the area until now according to palestinian sources after the escalation is calm now, but they are saying that there are troops and the israeli tanks are moving
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and patrolling on the fence. this escalation is considered the first after the end of the war four months ago. but until now, as i said, the situation is calm, and we're monitoring if the coming hours if there will be an escalation. a black teenager has been shot and killed be the state of missouri. police say the teenager pulled a gun. it's near ferguson, missouri, where a black teenager was killed in august. this time we have seen police act very quickly to try to release details, information, and even pictures and video. >> reporter: right this incident
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only happened about nine hours ago, and we have already has a police conference, and release of video. i can't say this video is definitive because it is filmed from quite a distance from where everything is happening. the top left-hand corner of your screens shows a police car driving into the petrol station, then we see the police officer talk to two youths who are there. one of whom is the 18-year-old who was killed. and this is what the police say happens next. >> the individual that is going to have the firearm, he backed away to the east just for a few steps, turned back around, the officer started engaging him in conversation again, and then the
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individual proposed a pistol with his arm straight out pointing at the officers from across the hood of the car. at that point the officer produced his service weapon and fired what we think at this point is three shots. >> and despite, of course, the police accounts, we don't know everything yet there is still autopsy results to come in, and of course the second person of interest. >> right. and the other question is, is there more video footage. there might be more photographs released in the coming hours. the question why is this particular angle being released, given that it's so difficult to tell what is happening. we understand the police officer did have a body camera issued to him, but he wasn't wearing it at the time. which goes to the question of do
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the police even necessarily wear body cameras when they are issued them. we're hoping for extra footage. it's not entirely clear what is happening in the top left-hand corner. he see him pointing at the officer, but whether he has a gun, it's very difficult to tell. there are also several eyewitness accounts that we need to hear from to figure out exactly what was going on. the other question being asked is was antonio martin given medical help quickly enough to save his life. >> thanks so much. well the shooting is just the latest in a string of high-profile cases, . >> reporter: there was another deadly altercation between the police and a black man.
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it brought more crowds, and more scuffling with police. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: here in a town neighboring ferguson called berkeley, an 18-year-old african american man is now dead. police say an officer shot the teenager at the petrol station in self-defense on tuesday night. police say the man pulled a handgun and pointed it as the officer got out of his vehicle and approached him and another man. police say they have recovered the gun. the shooting came as the new york city police department is mourning the loss of two of their own. and protesters continue to press for police reform across the country. last weekend a man ambushed and killed two new york city police officers as they sat in their police car. the man said the murders were an eye or an eye. retaliation of two unarmed young
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men. in both cases the officers were not indicted. since august, americans from coast-to-coast have protested against what they say is excessive use of force by police officers. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: who are quick to pull the trigger when it's a black man on the other side of the barrel. >> it's a time to step back and just focus on these families. >> reporter: in an attempt to bring calm to the streets of new york, the mayor pleaded with protesters to stay home as the city grieves the loss of two police officers, but didn't that didn't stop police officers from returning to the street last night. one man says their message should not be eclipsed by the actions of a deranged man. >> it is necessary not to let that action become the face of this whole series of events because it's still young black
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men that are taking a beating and getting shot and in fact cops are relatively safe. >> reporter: the recent shooting is a reminder that the concern of law enforcement's relationship with the commune ties they serve and the dangers of being a police officer are never ending. natasha ghoneim, al jazeera. now to northeastern india now where there have been revenge attacks between rival communities. our correspondent is in new delhi with more. >> reporter: authorities had always feared that yesterday's attacked would escalate into t tit-for-tat violence. and it seems that we are seeing that play out on the ground now. we're getting reports that members of the tribal community have targeted and killed some
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and burnt their homes as well on the site of the tribal. they have suffered also a number of casualties today during a protest against yesterday's attacks. it seems that some of them have been shot in police fire as they clashed with security forces. the police have blamed a breakaway faction of the national democratic front for tuesday's attacks, and they say they believe it was in retaliation to an ongoing security operation that was underway to flush out these rebels, and now it seems that the broru rebels attacked -- specifically argets the tribal communities, because they were worked that they were giving them information on where the hideouts were. i'm tania page reporting
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from namibia, where dogs are being trained to protect the heards from predators. plus we meet iraq's christians who are trying to keep the spirit of christmas alive. ♪
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♪ welcome back. let's recap the headlines here on al jazeera now. a palestinian has been shot by israeli forces in southern gaza. the israeli army says what it calls a routine patrol came under attack from snipers. the palestinians say the patrol
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crossed the fence into gaza. the army fired from the air and ground. a black teen has been shot and killed by police outside the city of st. louis, missouri, police say he pointed a gun an the officer. the shooting took place less than five kilometers away from ferguson, missouri, where a black teenager was killed in august. jordan has confirmed that one of its pilots has been captured by islamic state of iraq and the levant. 38 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in southern bagdad. 13 iraqi soldiers are among the dead. soldiers were queues up to receive their salaries. more than 50 were injured in the attack. united nations special envoy to libya says warring factions
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there have agreed to hold a new round of peace talks next year. meanwhile fighting among rival communities continues. >> reporter: running battles lib libya's second city of benghazi are intensifying between the two sides. sources say the war planes have bombed the city. and with heavy clashes reported in the center of the city. the u.n. special envoy has met members of libya's two rival groups in the last two days. >> translator: we will not allow the collapse of the state's institutions. we need the backs of the national community. >> reporter: diplomats suggest that libyan rival groups having a agreed in principle to attend
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the peace talks set for january 5th. part of the plan is to announce a ceasefire, form a government, and adopt a new constitution, and disarm powerful militias. libya has had two governments, and parliaments completing for control. in august former rebels controlled the capitol triply. it forced the new government to retreat to the east. but in november the country's supreme court invalidated the election of the parliament, citing violations of libya's provincial constitution. previous efforts to get peace talks have failed. it's not clear if other powerful militias are invited. some suggest without them the
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peace talks will fail. >> translator: without them i don't see the talks will succeed. if they are excluded it will complication the situation. >> reporter: the u.n. says 120,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. more than half of iraq's 300,000 christians have been forced from their homes since isil took over parts of their country in june. the refugees are doing their best to celebrate christmas despite not knowing what the new year will hold. >> reporter: for children here the joy of christmas comes in very small packages. these children are from ancient christian towns in the north of iraq, taken over by fighters from isil. the ornaments donated by a local charity. since the rampage began in june, more than half of iraq's 300,000
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christians have been forced from their homed. the leader worries they won't be going back. >> translator: we are not supporting or encouraging people to leave, but also i think the situation has -- has changed. when there is a decision, a personal decision, a family decision to leave, we have to respect and we -- we don't have any right to tell them no, stay. because there is -- there is -- there is a -- a danger for them, and they don't have a -- a secure future. >> reporter: in the christian district, the shops are full of candy canes and christmas str stree -- trees but there are few people with money. the children rely on charity for gifts and clothes, including shoes donated by kurdish
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peshmerga fighters. at this school in bagdad, there is almost no support from the government. the families are fed by the church, every egg is precious. people are doing their best here to make it feel like christmas. some of them have written their christmas wishes and put them on this tree. one man hopes for a better future for his children. another for peace across iraq. but the biggest wish for the new year is that they will be able to go back to their homes. a treaty regulating the multi-billion dollars global arms trade has gone into effect. it aims at keeping weapons out of the hands of war lords, and human rights abusers. 70 have not yet ratified it. the global trade in arms and al in addition is estimated to generated between 60 to
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$85 billion annually. it's estimated arrange half a million people are killed each year with firearms. pakistan is one of the countries who has not signed the treaty. >> reporter: not long ago, the [ inaudible ] were walking around with weapons. but after a military offensive, there is now restriction on movement of noble tribals with weapons. however, it is mainly meant for the local market. if you look around you will find the [ inaudible ] which was used by british soldiers during the first world war. it became a favorite of the tribals. after that when the russians
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invated afghanistan, we saw the ak 47 comes into the market for the first time. the deadly weapon reeked havoc, and the police forces had to change their old weapons to complete with the criminals. but over the years the influx of nato forces has always meant that now you can find weapons such as the m-16, and you can even find rocket launchers. importantly, pakistan's military is conducting a major depreciation. but we are here only because of the local hospitality of the tribes. the australian foreign minister says she is optimistic al jazeera journalist peter greste could soon be released from prison in egypt. >> i'm hopeful, i'm optimistic.
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his appeal against that sentence is listed for the first of jan, so it would be very exciting if there were steps taken before then. russia's prime minister says his country is at risk of falling into a deep recession if the government abandons its spending plans. western sanctions and falling oil prices have hit the energy-dependent economy hard. the director of sovereign risk in london, and he says russia's central bank is doing the best it can, but it is limited by its inability to control oil prices. >> it all comes back to the oil price. we know it has fallen. it seems to be steadying. the saudi arabias are quite
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relaxes about the fall, because their two main strategic competitors, russia and the u.s., they are quite happy to let these two guys to sweat it out. the only support for oil price now is demand. even at the lower levels, where it's likely to stabilize, that's a fundamental to where the russian economy is going. it's going to be weak next year. if there's a global recovery strengthening, then that will give an up rise. there will be a bank system crisis opening up another front. when the indian ocean sue momfy hit in 2004, it devastated the area.
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now the tourists are coming back. >> reporter: ten years since they first met, these are friends for life. karen is a retired policewoman from london, [ inaudible ] runs this bar and guest house in south thailand. the tenth anniversary is a chance to realize how far they have come. >> translator: we walked out and i saw so many dead people, horrible deaths everywhere. i was very traumatized one whole month after the tsunami, i could not close my eyes, because i only saw dead people. >> reporter: snapshots show the devastation. it was by far the worst-affected place in thailand. of the thousands that died here, nearly as many were tourists as
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thailanders. >> there were people in this area from every part of the world, so it needed to be an international effort. >> translator: what we were most afraid of back then was that if there were no more tourists here, what would we do? >> reporter: well, the tourists are back, and when you talk to people about the role of tourism in the recovery, it turns out it's not just about dollars and cents, but also about the links between people that inspired them to win a hard-fought recovery. right after the tsunami there was literally nothing but a few trees left standing. but ten new hotels have opened this year alone. tourism has provided the means by which foreign people and governments showed their support. >> translator: we have made so
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many good friends for life. the tsunami only happened once. we can fix our house and mind, and keep on living. >> here we are ten years later, people have traveled from all over the world to be here, to get together again, and it's just beautiful. >> reporter: undaunted and united, they rebuilt even better than before. >> happy ending to a horrible story. >> yeah. the nimbian government is now working to support wildlife. >> reporter: the day starts early on the farm. he has to put the goats out to look for food. the dogs scare away attackers like jackels and shee tas.
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>> translator: i'm very happy with my dogs, they do their job well. so far i haven't had any losses, but i used to have one or two goats killed a month. >> reporter: the dogs from the community are running the conservation park he lives in. they are from a special program that uses sheep dogs to guard livestock. the community bought a sheep dog for $100, but it died. so they came up with an aed to use local dogs. these dogs are used to the harsh conditions here. but farmers only pay $25 for them. it has been so successful, that other communities want to buy them too. >> because the farmers [ inaudible ] if they -- they are not losing the [ inaudible ] why should they kill the [ inaudible ] whatsoever.
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the overall goal of this dog is to minimize the conflict between the -- the farmers and the -- and the conservancy itself. >> reporter: both the predators and livestock are safe for now, thanks to one community's initiative. now to the teenage syrian refugee who will soon be performing in carnegie hall. dominic kane explains. ♪ >> reporter: to hear this boy playing, you would think he had been doing it for years. but this 16-year-old only started playing the pee un know six months ago. his teachers were so impressed with him in his first class, they awarded him a scholarship.
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>> translator: students learn in ten years. he learned in one year. the average student needs three months to master a music call peace, but he only needs one day. >> reporter: his skills have quickly brought him to national attention in turkey. thanks to an intervention this month, he and his family now have citizenship. allowing him to travel and toener is several international musical competitions. >> translator: i represent turkey. i'm quite happy because i live here now. but i'm sad at the same time, because syria does give me such chances. >> reporter: at home he still plays the accordian, a reminder of his earlier life in syria, but now his sites are different. soon he will play in the u.s. he says he love the music of
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russian composers because he feels like he belongs to them. his teachers believe he's good enough to be in their company. dominic kane, al jazeera. >> anyone in the path of the islamic state in iraq and the levant who displeases the group risks abuse and death. but a particular level of brutality is aimed at members of religious minorities. isil and the suffering of the yazidis. that's "inside story." >> hello, i'm ray suarez.