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>> fighters capture a jordanian pilot after the warplane is brought down in syria. we spoke with yazidi families who whose loved one have been captured by isil. >> you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up. the police shooting of another black teenager sparked unrest in st. louis, missouri. missouri. a new round of talks in minsk
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bring peace to bean ukraine eastern ukraine. >> reporter: in namibia guard dogs protect herd from cheetahs and lyo laons. >> isil says it shot down a fighter jet near the northern stronghold of raqqa. >> reporter: this is the jordan pilot captured by isil fighters. his plane was brought down outside of the syrian city of raqqa. jordanian officials have confirmed one of their warplanes did go down. they called the pilot a symbol of heroism and sacrifice. >> if you take a look at jordan,
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his father flew aircraft as well. i think coming in to the coalition jordan fully understood that there was a chance that one of their pilots might have been brought down. >> reporter: jordan won't confirm the cause of the crash or identify the aircraft. there are reports that if is an f-16 fighter plane. isil fighters have brought down syrian and iraqi helicopters in the past, but this is the first coalition plane to come down in isil territory. they thought the group does possess anti-aircraft weapons which are portable and easy to hide. so targeting them in airstrike is a difficult task. one expert said that there are former iraqi officers in isil capable of using this technology. >> they operate this iraqi officers, they're experienced, and they handle such weapon nicely, and they need some skill
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to shoot down an airplane. but as jordan government source has said, it has held the isil responsible for the safety and life of the pilot. >> reporter: this latest incident will have major implications for the u.s.-led air campaign. they've carried out hundreds of airstrikes since their operation started in september. they'll need to quickly understand the capabilities of isil as it becomes a bigger threat in the skies above iraq and syria. the pilot's father has made a direct appeal to isil for mercy. his relatives must wait for news on the fate of this young pilot. al jazeera. >> kurdish forces in northern iraq are fighting to regain some of the ground lost to islamic state in iraq and the levant. they're trying to free the town of sinjar, which fell to isil in august. peshmerga fighters say they're pushing to reach sinjar center.
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peshmerga fighters opened a corridor to help thousands of the yazidi minority community to escape. but for some yazidi families the help came too late. they say isil fighters kidnapped three and a half thousand women and girls earlier this year, and they fever their loved one have been sold as sex layoffs. >> whenever this family comes together their discussion is dominated by their missing daughter. the seven-year-old was kidnapped by isil fighters four months ago. the pain of losing sarah is i am bearable for her family. >> our village was the first to be attacked by isil. we defended ourselves until we ran out of ammunition. they entered the village and starting killing people. we fled. my daughter was one of those taken.
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>> he fierce that his young daughter has been sexually abused by isil fighters. in another tent we met another family. his 30-year-old daughter was abducted by isil together with her four children. in all, in their extended family they've had nine members kidnapped by isil. >> we don't want anything else from the kurdish government, united nations or the international coalition. all we ask from them is to return our kidnapped relatives. >> reporter: the yazidis are considered heretic by isil. with their tents, their life in conflict has become a reality for the yazidi community. every family here is struggling to cope with the loss of relatives who are either in captivity or been killed by the isil fighters. manager of the displaced
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yazidis. he says they're traumatized. >> some of the women here were raped and tortured. these people watched as their loved one were killed or taken away. huge crimes were committed against them. >> reporter: tired of a life of persecution they say they have no desire to go home even if their towns have been taken from isil. al jazeera. >> 38 people have been killed in a suicide-bombing in southern baghdad. 13 iraqi soldiers are among the dead. a sued bomber detonated his explosives outside of the military base while soldiers were cueing up to receive their salaries. more than 50 people were injured in the attack. >> a man was been killed by israeli fire in gaza.
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the area came under attack from snipers. th >> we certainly hope that the situation will return and be calm. but unfortunately what we have seen over the recent weeks is increased rocket launching into the sea, which shows that hamas are trying to replenish their long-range capabilities. we've seen a rocket earlier this week fired in to israel. so we've seen an increased action on behalf of hamas to try to carry out further attacks against israel. we're in a situation where we presidentfully don't want to engage hamas. >> foreign minister said that she's optimistic that peter greste could soon be released from prison in egypt. he was jailed with two others
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who were accused of helpingings the out lawed muslim brotherhood. >> i'm optimistic his appeal is lifted for the first of january. so it would be very exciting if there were some steps taken before he then. >> well, peter greste has written a christmas letter from the prison in cairo. he said that the press could be both good and bad, but without freedom it ca can't be anything but bad. he said that's why our case is so important an not just for egypt. in this first year in egypt i can't help but feel proud about all that has been achieved b so far. al jazeera continues to demand the release of those
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three journalist who is have been detained in egypt for 361 days. mohammed fahmy and peter greste were sentenced to seven years. bader mohammed was sentenced to an ex-try three years for a pent bullet in his possession from a demonstration. in st. louis another black teenager was shot and killed by police. it is the latest of a series of deaths of black men that has brought a series of protests. the previous months eric garner died in new york after he was put in a chokehold in his an arrests. a man was shot dead in a new york stair well in november, and in cleveland police tamir
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rice, who was carrying a replica gun. >> another deadly altercation between the police and the black teenager, 18-year-old antonio martin was shot dead just a few kilometers from ferguson, where unarmed teenager was shot dead by police in august. protesters were quick to gather at the scene. police say that martin approached the officer at a petrol station. >> he backed away from the east just for a few steps. turned and around. the officer started engaging him in conversation again, and then the individual produced a pistol with his arm straight out, pointing it at the officer from across the hood of the police car. at that point the police officer produced his service weapon and fired what we think at this point is three shots. >> reporter: surveillance video
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displays the event from a distance. the police officer had been issued a bed camera bu body camera, but was not using it. protesters say there is lack of accountability, young black men are killed at a rate 21 times that of young white men by police. the mayor of new york is attempted to curtail the protests in his city after the killing of two policemen by a gunman. but that did not stop protests wednesday night. he said that the reform should not be eclipsed by the actions of a deranged man. >> it is necessary to not let that action become the face of this whole series of events because it's still young black men that are taking a beating and getting shot and, in fact, cops are relatively safe. >> reporter: 9 swift reaction by sports in releasing surveillance footage and holding press
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conferences about the latest killing suggests they have developed public relations strategies after the blunders in august. but it is not clear if the official account will be believed by those with little trust left in the police. >> we're joined live now from washington, d.c. what is the reaction has there been to this latest shooting, both in the media and across the u.s.? >> well, i think people are just trying to absorb the information released by authorities. as i suggested there does seem to be attempt by authorities in berkeley to seize the narrative of this incident. just eight hours after the incident the police released a short snippet of surveillance footage, and then the mayor said he didn't want anyone to jump to conclusions, and they were inquiries under way it was pretty clear that as far as he was concerned the police officers in question here acted
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in self defense. on twitter and social media and amongst those who have been leading the protests it isn't necessarily being accepted. it's tough to see what is going on in the top left hand corner of the surveillance video. what is being called for full transparency, we understand that there were several cameras trained on that corner of the petrol station, they want to see more footage unedited by the police. there are questions, why wasn't that police officer not wearing his body camera, and the question that is equally important, was mr. martin given medical help as he lay on the corner of that petro station for two hours. he was shot fatally. we don't know when he died. but can he be saved? those are the questions where black men or black youth are being killed by police officers, if anything was done to help them prevent them from dying or whether the first impulse from
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police officers is at the scene and call for back up to prevent protesters. >> there have been demonstration abouts this particular incident, but the reality is those protests have been going on for some time anyway, haven't they. >> this is a coordinated campaign. it's been going on since august. it's often not reported because there have only been two nights of violence during these protests. one on the night that michael brown, the unarmed teenager killed in august, and the other when the grand jury failed to issue an indictment against the police officer who killed him. those are the two isolated incidents of violence in the area just a few miles away from this latest shooting took place. the rest of the none violence civil disobedience, the organizers have been very clear about that. we've had protests in shopping malls, not just in the u.s. by the way, but i noticed there was a big protest in london by protesters similarly leading the chapter that black lives matter
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against police brutality. but there is the systemic issue that people are talking about here. this is not about whether people play or may not know what happened but this is a system where a black male youth is 21 times more likely to be killed than a white male youth. >> a storm in the state of mississippi cause injuries. sony pictures has announced that youtube, google play and microsoft x-box video will all stream "the interview" on christmas eve. the movie is also being screened at a limited number of cinemas on christmas day.
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still to come in this half hour as curfew is imposed in northeast intrawe take a look at what is behind the violence. >> and syrian refugee playing piano on the world stage, and he only started learning last year. >> a special one hour look at global attacks on free press. monday 9:00 eastern.
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>> sunday night. >> 140 world leaders will take the podium. >> get the full story. >> there is real disunity in the security council. >> about issues that impact your world. >> infectious diseases are a major threat to health. >> "the week ahead". sunday 8:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> hello welcome to the top stories here at al jazeera.
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u.n. general secretary ban ki-moon has urged syria to treat the jordanian pilot capture humanely. kurdish fighters are trying to free the sinjar area taken by isil. in the u.n. another black youth was killed by police. the police say he was pointing a gun at an officer. in northeastern india gunmen killed 60 people on tuesday. witnesses say some people were dragged out of their homes and shot. the attacksers are to be from the bodoland. well, the bodos are the largest tribe in the planes of the india's assam state.
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we've left an armed campaign since 1947 and reached an agreement in 2003. but it did not hold, and the violence returned as did their demand for independence. there have been clashes in the bangladeshy capitol. the vie license happened outside of the court where the opposition party chief was appearing on corruption charges. accused of an illegal front to buy land fo from 2001-2006. an u.n. peacekeeping mission said that a fourth member of its staff has contracted ebola. the death toll from the outbreak in the hardest hit african country have risen to 7.5000
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people. more than five thousand of those are in sierra leone where bubble gatherings have been banned to try to control the transmission of the virus. the namibia government conservation policies have led to increase in wildlife. but farmers say that means more predators and more attacks on their livestock. tonya page reports about a solution: guard dogs. >> the dogs don't look like they could ward off predators, but their bark scares off predators like jackels and cheetahs. >> i'm very happy with my dogs. they do their jobs well. now i never have any losses.
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i used to have one or two a month. >> they're part of a training program that used anatolian sheep dogs to protect livestock. they spent $100 to buy the antolian sheep dog, but it died and too expensive to replace. now they use local dogs. it's been so successful that communities where predators are killing live stock want to buy them, too. >> if they are not--the overall goal of this dog is to manage the conflict between the farmers and the conservancy itself. >> reporter: so both the predators and live stock are
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safe now thanks to one community's determination and initiative. al jazeera. >> officials from ukraine and russia and international immediat mediators have started a new round of peace talks in minsk. there are fears this latest attempt at peace may fail yet again. we have reports from moscow. >> they failed to agree on lasting cease-fire when they met in minsk three months ago, and many were hoping that this christmas eve gathering would bring peace to the region. in eastern ukraine nearly 5,000 people have died since march in fighting between ukrainian government forces and russian-backed rebels. on tuesday further shelling was reported around dontesk. >> russia is not fulfilling the
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minsk protocol. we do not have access to the territory. russian terrorists are there and it's necessary to take them out and give people the possibility of living normal lives. >> reporter: finding an agreement to end this violence has been made more difficult by events in ukraine on tuesday when they opened the door to membership to nato. it was a vote that angered the kremlin and only deepened the worst problems. >> the west would be quick to interpret that, and that was obviously involve new round of sanctions, new hiccups of the cold war, which we don't need. >> the talks broke out without
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reaching a normal agreement. they'll resume on friday. it will be three months since the envoys last met in minsk. since then more than 1,000 civilians and troops have been killed as the deal they agreed to then unraveled in days. now we'll see if they can reach a more lasting agreement this time. >> fighting has broken out in bethlehem after a ceremony being attended. the fight broke out after a marching band escorted church leaders. well, isil's advance across iraq has displaced 150,000 people from the country's christian community. facing poverty and lack of security they're trying to celebrate christmas as best they can. we have reports from baghdad. >> reporter: her childrefor
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children here the joy of christmas comes in very small packages. these children are from small christian towns in iraq taken over by isil fighters. the isil rampage began in june, more than iraq's 300,000 christians have been forced from their homes. the leader of the world catholics worries they won't be going back. >> we're not supporting or encouraging people to leave, also i think the situation has changed. there is a decision, a personal decision to leave. we have to respect, and we don't have any right to tell them no, stay. there is a danger for them, and they don't have a secure future. >> the christian direct of the
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capitol erbil the shops are full of candy canes and christmas trees, but there are few people with money. hundreds of families live in this unfinished mall. there is a christmas tree and there will even b be a manger, but the children rely on charity for gifts and clothes. at this school in baghdad, like in most places, there is almost no support from the government. the families here are fed by the church. every egg is precious. people are doing their best here to make it feel like christmas. some have written their christmas wishes and butt them on this tree. one man hopes for a pure future for his children. another for peace across iraq. but the biggest wish for the new year is that they'll be able to go back to their homes. al jazeera baghdad. >> a teenage refugee from syria
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will soon be performing in a music competition at new york's carnegie hall. the amazing part is that he never played the piano until last year. [ piano music ] >> reporter: to hear him play rachamaninoff you would think that he had been playing for years. he came in and his teachers were so impressed with him in his first class that they awarded him a scholarship. >> the average student needs three months to master a musical piece, but he only needs one day. >> reporter: his skills have quickly brought him to national attention in turkey. thanks to an personal intervention from president erdogan, they now have turkish
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citizenship, allowing him to travel and enter into international competitions. >> 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. [music] >> reporter: at home he still plays the accordion. a reminder of his earlier life in syria. but now his sights are set on a different world. soon he will play at the carnegie hall in the u.s. he said that he loves the music of rachmaninoff and other russian come posers because he feels that he belong ohs to them. his teachers believe he's good enough to be in their company. >> south koreaen prosecutors have applied--a crew member was
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taken off a plane because she was served nuts in a bag and not in a bowl. we have other news for you at >> adults can buy recreational marijuana legally in colorado today, and reformers hope it's the beginning of a wave that will sweep across america. but in places like louisiana in the southern united states, legalization is off the agenda. the state has the country's highest incarceration rate.


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