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a safe weekend. a migrant ship docked in italy, could be a start of a new trend by people-smugglers. hello i'm martine dennis. there could lose aid if palestine bids to join the international criminal court. and the hack of sony pictures. and ebola leading man against
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the virus. a cattle ship carrying around 450 migrants has been safely towed know to an italian port. this is the third migrant ship found off the coast of italy in the past two weeks. an areacaptain has told al jazeera they are fearful more will come. >> must have been an enormous relief and how exhausted they must have been. italian officials were
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sympathetic. >> we must create humanitarian corridors, free from dwreedy greedy human traffickers. >> recognition coast guard officials were forced to board the ship. it was abandoned without power left to the mercy of the sea. the second of in as much days. the other had been rescued close to the italian coast before it too became wrecked. told al jazeera he believed the crew had deliberately abandoned the ship. they are now digesting the assumption that this is the traffickers' new strategy. >> it is deliberate. they have no respect for human life. >> but you think thy they might do more like this?
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>> we expect there can be other -- there can be new cases. we worry this, we worry there will be new cases. >> herding refugees around in a boat that's designed for cattle might sound unbelievably cynic at but it is incredibly lucrative for traffickers not the lest of it affords them the opportunity to move people by the hundreds, simply when small boats and dinghies will not be able to move in the winter waters. there is a huge new challenge for the italian navy and the european border force. fortex. 2015 has begun the prediction of
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still greater numbers. lawrence lee, al jazeera southern italy. financial aid to palestine maybe affected if it joins the international criminal court. the palestinian ambassador to the u.n. has now formally handed in the documents for membership. kristin saloomey reports. >> it's official. the united united nations now has palestine's application for international criminal court but where it goes from here is unclear. >> this is a formal step for which we will be going through it to seek justice through a legal option. it is a peaceful option. it is a sistlessed civilized option. it is an option anyone who upholds the law should not be afraid of. >> if the united states has its
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way, the international criminal court will investigate the 2000 war in gaza, and land they say belongs to the palestinians. and what court will ultimately comply is open to debate. while most countries already recognize palestine as a state israel doesn't. >> the government of israel is very upset because of this unilateral step. israel says the that palestine is not an independent state yet so they don't have the right to go to icc right now. israel expects that icc will reject the application. >> leve les mans. >> u.s. led peace talks broke
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down earlier this year, but unilateral actions like this will hinder these negotiation. negotiations. the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon, says 60 days for jurisdiction to kick in and it could take months before the court decides whether or not to stay up a case. kristin saloomey, al jazeera the united nations. >> gideon levy tells us more why the israeli government is unhappy. >> this step might embarrass israel and put israel in a quite inconvenient situation. not only israel but israeli individuals. this can get to a place in which israeli senior officers and
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politicians might be they cautious mr. traveling abroad you --about traveling abroad. the israeli government knows very well and it will do everything possible to block it. >> indonesian search teams feel they have located two big objects from the airasia wrik wreckage. 162 passengers and crew were killed when the airbus crashed during severe storms last sunday. 30 bodies have been recovered so far. the united states has imposed more sanctions against
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north korea because of the sony hack last month. the cyberattack is believed to be in retaliation for "the interview," a satire of the plot of the assassination of kim jong-un. tom ackerman has more. >> these sanctions cut often 10 individuals of the north korean government and north korean arms dealer from any kind of financial access to the world banking sthutions. but itbanking institutions but it is a supplement to the multilateral and unilateral sanctions against north korea from the date the u.n. security council imposed them in reaction to north korea's nuclear activities. one thing that might be noted though is that there are people
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in the cyber community cyber-security community in the united states who are still not convinced that the north koreans were behind this. they behavioral accept the north korean government denial of the hack and they say that there is evidence to believe that the actual culprit was a disgruntled ex sony employee. however, the fbi says that it is confident that it is in deed, the source of this hacking was north korea. >> mass gunmen in have killed are rebels loyal to the libyan government. two of the attackers were also killed. security was worsened in the past months with several armed groups and rebel governments battling for control.
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arekurdish forces have taken back part of anbar province from islamic state of iraq and the levant. sunni dominated province, 100 i.s.i.l. fighters have reportedly been killed and a complex used by the group to make boomy trapped cars was captured. in northern iraq kurdish peshmerga fighters say they are investigating an attack on a an nigerian town. >> when 20 armed yaghts yazidis raided this town, the attackers acted alone. >> translator: we found out that three yazidi girls were
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abducted after three yazidi credits decided to storm the town and removed the girls. look at my children we've done nothing wrong. >> it's believed the attack on bu yanaya near ramida, was an attempt to recover the girls abducted by islamic state of iraq and the levant. the girls some as young as 10 had been raped and forced to the i.s.i.l. cause. but it was that attempt that prompted the u.s. to join the force against i.s.i.l. in september. and yazidi fighters have also
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since joined the battle, joined up with peshmerga force he in the u.s. together they will force i.s.i.l. fighters out of rabia. but this has exposed contraction in their campaign. >> we will make sure we know who the perpetrators are because we condemn what they did. >> arab towns say since i.s.i.l. was chased out they have been under siege and suspicion of the doamentdominatedoamentdominant forces. >> against the attack on the arab town of bu hania. to fight oforce like i.s.i.l. they can't fight alone. they need to act together.
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erica wood, al jazeera. >> we have a lot more to come. we go to court in eastern africa and see the taliban's justice in action. plus. >> cities putting a living wage in place ten years ago we look at the lessons learned and why other cities may follow suit. >> from stage to screen oscar nominated actor ethan hawk >> the theatre has always bee my first love...
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>> all right let's have a look at the top stories here with al jazeera. an italian navy commander has told us they're worried more migrant ships will be abandoned off its coast.
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a vessel carrying nearly 400 refugees from syria has been towed into port, the second large cargo ship set adrift this past week. the united states has suggested the palestinian authority may lose u.s. aid if it applies to international criminal court. the palestinian authority has handed in the documents for l membership. north korea denies any involvement in sony hack. the king abdalla of saudi arabia remains in hospital suffering from pneumonia. the monarch said to be 91 has been given help to breathe. arrests during the latest
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opposition charles stratford reports. >> it's been nearly four years since pro-democracy protests started in bahrain calling for greater political rights as part of the so-called arab spring. the shia opposition groups say their demands have not been are l provided. shake ali shamani to be released immediately while the european countries keep sienl silent and they were only interested in resolution. we keep the country safe for the
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past four years but still the bahraini people are demanding to have a prime minister to be elected not the prime minister to be appointed since 1971. >> reporter: there have been repeated talks between opposition and the government in the past four years to try to end the unrest. the last year the negotiations collapsed. boycotted parliamentary elections, allowing the military to open a base in ban ray. the area is already home of the u.s. fifth fleet. children have been among the the many arrested in the last five days. the potentially lengthy prison sentence could spark more violence across the country. charles stratford, al jazeera.
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>> a mass religious gathering is planned in the yemeni capital sanaa on saturday. it is more than just a religious event. >> these posters reflect the new reality in yemen. the streets of the capital has hunls ofhundreds of designs facing prophet mohamed's birthday, all put up by shia fighters all formed by the group's latest founder. >> the birth of the prove set the best to have happened in history. this is a duty for all muslims to honor him. >> killed dozens of people. the group is on alert. it has maximized security and is going ahead with plans to hold
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large celebrations. for first time ever the houthis feel free to are celebrate the birth of mohamed but for many here it is a test to the houthis increasing political influence and military power. since july, the shia fighters swept through nine provinces including the capital. they met little to no resistance. shiftingnessshifting loins now toppled president ali al bazada. in times of religious occasions the group wants its presence strongly felt. its fighters forced some students to attend. analysts suggest that the
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houthis want to send multiple messages. >> translator: it is normal for yemenis to celebrate religious celebrations, but the houthis are imposing their agenda by force and this could lead to sectarian objections. >> forcing almost half a million dollars from the state's covers is are inaccurate. >> lawyers from peter greste and mohamed fahmy have attempted to petition for deportation from the country. on thursday, an appeals court in cairo ordered a retrial that could begin within a month. al jazeera continues to demand their immediate release. nato has officially ended
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its mission to afghanistan and now the government there wants to prove that it can handle its own affairs. but for that to happen it must end a long standing conflict with the taliban which has developed its own parallel government. jennifer glasse reports now on the taliban's justice system. >> reporter: a taliban court called into session in kunar province eastern afghanistan. three men are accused of using their fighter status to steal livestock from a neighbor neighbor. >> it is proven these men are indeed criminals and thieves. >> reporter: the men must pay a fine? $2,000 each and replace the goats they stole. their faces are blacked out and haircut off. they are whipped with sticks. the punishment is carried out immediately.
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that is attraction of the taliban justice system. it is immediate local and cheap, unlike the government's legal system. government refused to comment on the taliban justice system. >> there is corruption in many other problems in the government courts and instead of solving the case they create more problems. that's why people come to the taliban court. >> reporter: the convicted men are put on donkeys and taken to the village center to be publicly shamed. the taliban say they pay for this and other activities by collecting taxes from people. >> we don't have a specific income like at the government level like pakistan or any other government. to get financial support. we don't have a specific source except donations from other people. >> reporter: they say their fight isn't just against foreigners it's against anyone who oppose them, like.
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>> we will try ostop anyone. >> god is great they chant, long live the islamic regime. they say they will travel around the world to help their muslim brothers wherever they're needed. jennifer glasse, al jazeera kabul. >> the outbreak of ebola may be over by the end of the year. so far more than 8,000 have died. the u.n. missed its september goal to be accomplished but remains optimistic. >> it's going to go on for not just weeks but some months before but i believe we will do it in 2015. i believe we will end ebola in 2015 and we are going to do it by working very closely not just with the governments of the countries but the communities. >> hundreds of people are facing eviction from a church in the
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searchsouth african city of johannesberg. >> here they've made a home. some have tried to keep things as tidy as they can. that's not easy. up to its peak up to 4,000 people lived here. bishop paul verane opened the area the in 2008. attacks of 80% of the people in the church are refugees. >> your accommodation in this building is not ideal for several reasons. first of all sleeping on steps sleeping in foyers for most of the people, no privacy struggle with utilities. >> it may not be perfect but
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it's all they have. now the bishop is leaving. moving to the suburb of soweto. they have run up an electricity bill of $100,000. some have moved to soweto but there's not roox for everyone. >> as the day comes -- room for everyone. >> as the day comes. i feel myself sitting in the sun. >> for church for community for government local and provincial to work together in order to find a solution. because the people understand the responsibility of government. the church stepped in at the time, when people were stranded. >> reporter: around 350 homeless remain. they say they'll go when the bishop does and this was never meant to be a permanent home.
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>> this is not a destination but it is a bridge into a more permanent, dignified acceptable peace of south african society. >> reporter: now many people are left wondering where their bridge into the community will be. nicole johnston, al jazeera. police in southern australia have declared a bush fire emergency and now they have time to forcibly room people from their homes. at least five home near adelaide are destroyed and others under alert. after hundreds of fires broke out. the united states has the world's biggest economy but many workers say their minimum wage isn't enough to live on. fast food workers for instance have been on strike recently and employees in other industries have also worked out. but it's a different story in the state of new mexico. the city of santa fe enacted a
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minimum wage law years ago and andy gallagher is there to see how workers are being treated now. >> lunch times at cafe castro are always business, but there's an advantage. a decade ago santa fe put into effect salaries linked to food and accommodation. what officials like to say a living wage. owner julia castro. >> i'm proud to live in santa fe and the way it runs and treats people. >> when santa fe set its minimum wage at around $3 above the rest of the state mayor says it's part of a proud legacy but not
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the solution to all problems. >> this is not silver bullet, not going to help us regrow our middle class. we have to do more for the people in our community and around the country. >> some in the area are worry about the city setting its own minimum wage. al sold his restaurant in part because of santa fe's minimum wage laws. >> telling us what to do, who to pay and what to pay, in order to sustain the free society that we have. >> santa fe refers to itself as the at the different. there are over 100 cities with similar laws aimed at reducing poverty. a decade after santa fe established its minimum wage rules, the economy here didn't suffer overall. santa fe's problems weren't
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solved either. property rates particularly among hispanics remain high and many more can afford. andy gallagher al jazeera santa fe. >> remember there is more on the website, al jazeera.