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to your money real. belgium prosecutors say they stopped a major plot to kill police officers. ♪ hello, i'm jane dunton live in doha also ahead on the program, 12 people are arrested in france over last week's attacks, as john kerry pace tribute to the victims in paris. rwandan rebels are accused of using their families as human shields. and scientists say the beagle two probe lost a decade
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ago has been found on mars. ♪ a plot to kill police officers in belgium has been stopped. that's according to prosecutors who say a, quote, terror cell has now been dismanteled. two suspects were killed in a raid southeast of the capitol. cities across belgium are now on high alert, and some jewish schools have been closed. >> this operation was meant to dismantle a terrorist cell and also the network behind it. this investigation for the time being as shown that these people had intention to kill several policemen in the streets and at a police [ inaudible ]. neave barker sends us an update. >> reporter: speaking a short file ago was the belgium federal
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magistrate who said this was a very significant raid not only in the town where i am but also in the belgium capitol, brussels and at least one other town in the country as well. a total of a dozen raids and searches took place on thursday night. but here a gun battle ensued as police tried to search a bakery just up this street behind me. this is the scene this afternoon. the streets still closed off, the population here that are very nervous indeed. according to investigators after they searched this bakery they found bomb-making equipment, money, guns, and police uniforms as well. they suspect an attack was likely to be staged against police officers themselves potentially police stations. well in france 12 people
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have been arrested in a series of overnight raids. police say some of them may have provided logistical support for last week's attacks. jacky rowland reports. >> reporter: the u.s. secretary of state said he came to give a big hug to the french people. it was also clearly a damage exercise. washington recognizes that it made a mistake by only sending its ambassador to the march on sunday. >> i wanted to come here and share a hug with all of paris and all of france. i wanted to express to you personally the sheer horror and revulsion that all americans felt for the could -- could
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ardly act. >> reporter: john kerry visits the kosher supermarket where an attacker killed four people. jewish schools and other institutions across france are now under armed guard. and police arrested 12 people overnight in raids across the paris region. they are suspected of providing logistical support to the attackers. >> translator: most of them are known by police services. the paris prosecutor will speak on the ongoing investigation when appropriate. >> reporter: more funerals are taking place for the victims of those attacks. colleagues and friends have been saying good-bye to the cartoonist and editor in chief of charlie hebdo, schaub in a ceremony just outside of paris. five other victims of the shootings were laid to rest on thursday. more than 120,000 police and army troops are now on the streets across the country. people in paris feel
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particularly on edge. the railway station was briefly evacuated on friday after a bomb scare. the whole of france remains on terror alert. jacky rowland, al jazeera, paris. pakistani police used water bullets to disperse anti-charlie hebdo protesters. they held nationwide rallies against the depiction of the prophet muhammad by the french satirical magazine. kamala harris has the latest. >> reporter: there is anger across pakistan against the publications in charlie hebdo magazine. the people of pakistan are peeply conservative and do not take kindly to any insults heard at the profit of islam. the message including secular and islamic parties is this is
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an intolerable act. the lower how of parliament has already condemned the publication. over the next few day there is likely to be even more anger on the streets across pakistan on this particular act committed by a magazine that says that it is upholding free speech. however, in pakistan and across the islamic world there is an opinion that free speech should not insult other religions. >> translator: we muslims are deeply hurt by the act by the french magazine and we demand the french government take action against them and also seek forgiveness from the muslim world. >> translator: these people consider themselves the champions of peace but at the same time they are promoting terrorism, hurting the sentimentses of muslims. but now our voices can't be violenced and we'll take revenge. russia's media wash dog has
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warned against religious caricatures. such activities are banned under russian security laws. rory challands is live for us in moscow. talk us through this rory. >> reporter: it's not the first time that russia's media watchdog has made a warning like this. it sanctioned news week magazine in 2006 showing the danish cartoon saga. so what it has come out to do is just remind any media organizations working in russia that essentially, if they publish the charlie hebdo cartoons they may well find themselves falling afoul of russian law, which is particularly tight when it comes to perceived fanning of extremism, and that's where this would fall if any publication did so. russia, at the moment is trying
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to balance itself on a bit of a tight rope. russia is still a deeply conservative country and likes to think of itself along traditional lines, and so it doesn't want to do anything that would inflame the muslim community here in russia. it has many parts of russia with muslim majorities particularly down in the northern caucuses. those have been trouble spots in the past and could easily flair up again. so russia's position really on this is that yes it condemns any form of what it calls terrorism, but it is a traditional conservative country, and therefore it also has not the same tradition of -- of free speech that western countries have, and therefore, doesn't feel like the whole free speech
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mantra and free speech principle is such a guiding dictate. >> thank you, rory. the vatican has defended pope francis after he threw a pretend punch to make the point that there are limits to free speech. the pontiffs actions should not be interpreted as justification for violence the vatican says. he has called on leaders to reject corruption and end social justice. harry fawcett sent this report. >> reporter: this gives you an idea of the sort of security that is all around manila at the moment. up to 50,000 soldiers and policemen are on the streets. there have been two attempts on the life of the pope in previous painel -- pain -- papal visit.
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can i ask you your name? >> monica. >> why is it so special to be here today? >> this is special because the pope is -- it is first time here so this is a very special moment for us as catholic people. >> reporter: and you are here with pretty much a front-row seat for the first big mass of his trip. how did you manage to get here? >> we were just living near here so we take the chance to see the pope. >> reporter: and everyone here is pretty excited, huh? >> yes. >> reporter: that is the feeling among many many of the catholics here. 80% of the 100 million inhabitants are catholic. pope francis is here and the theme of this visit is mercy and compassion. on saturday he'll be traveling to the area that was so badly
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hit by the typhoon of 2013. thousands displayed and crops destroyed, we're in malawi to witness the trail of destruction. i'm in port-au-prince haiti, where five years of the devastating earthquake hundreds of public schools like this one have yet to be completely rebuilt. we investigate why. ♪
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♪ again the headlines on al jazeera, police in belgium say
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they have detained 13 people in anti-terrorism raids. police uniforms were among the items found in an apartment where two people were shot dead. 12 people have been arrested in france in a series of overnight raids. police say that some of them may have provided logistical support for last week's attacks. u.s. secretary of state john kerry has visited the sites of the attacks, including the jewish jewish jewish grocery store. the vatican defended the pope after he made a pretend punch. the government in democratic republic of congo and the u.n. say they are about to launch on offensive against a rebel group.
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malcolm webb reports. >> reporter: we had to drive through eastern congo's hills for two days to meet with the fdr rebels. most people here have more contact with armed groups than with their government. the fighters have been hiding in this area since 1994. some of the groups ethnic houthi members are accused of genocide back home and accused of mass rapes and killings here. the group's spokesman shows us around. he says they have laid down arms and don't want to fight. and he says they want a dialogue with the government. >> translator: they tell us we're criminal. let them point out the criminals among us and we will sideline them. what about the rwandan army's massacre of our people. the solution is truth and reconciliation.
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>> reporter: there were no fighters or guns on show here. instead we're taken to a meeting with their wives and children. they say they will be among the victims of any attack. the rebels were given a january 2nd deadline to surrender. few have done so. but the united nations says many fighters are hidden in the bush preparing for battle and are using their families as human shields. government soldiers tell us there are fdr fighters hidden in these hills. theater rain is extremely tough, the slopes are very steep and covered in bush. even with the support of the u.n. artillery and helicopter gun ships it will be difficult for the government to completely defeat the fdlr. meanwhile the government says dialogue is out of the question. >> the fdlr is a bunch of thugs
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who committed genocide who have kept civilians, their families hostage. so that should be very clear. that nobody should even think that there is any kind of political claim that this group can have. >> reporter: back in congo, government soldiers deploy with fresh supplies. everyone here is waiting to see if and when the fighting will begin, and if it can bring an end to a regional conflict that has dragged on for more than 20 years. andrew wallace is the author of sigh lant accomplice the unhold story of the role of france in the rwanda genocide. thank you for joining us. it seems extraordinary it has taken so long to get an
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offensive underway. >> yes, there has been a lot of politics going on and that's the problem, really fdlr has been a problem since 2000 and they destabilized not just the border area but they are a huge problem for rwanda and of course for the civilians on the ground in the east -- eastern-most area. >> i mean there are associated with horrific atrocities aren't they? >> absolutely. numerous u.n. reports, human rights reports have named the torture, the war crimes the kidnapping, the use of child soldiers, mass rape the list is endless really. and their two leaders are currently on trial in germany for over 65 war crimes and the military leader is himself wanted by the icc for war crimes as well. >> talk us through what has been
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the problem? i mean regionally i know there has been some sort of reluctance to get involved. why is that? >> well i think the -- there's two main problems. one is the congo's army in a number of reports has been shown to been actually assisting the fdlr, both in rearming them and in the minerals these very lucrative mineral trade. that's been a big problem, and the other problem is the two main troop donors to this international brigade both have very strained relationships with rwanda. and that's clearly holding up the process as well. though it should be said both have been in recent days said they now pledge to carry out their role and get their troops involved. so it remains to be seen if that
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will happen. >> what are you expecting from the offense is it going to be a particularly brutal and bloody battle? >> well it -- it will be because unfortunately this last year when the u.n. gave the fdlr a chance to surrender, they just used it to get 2 or 3,000 more troops on the ground they have been rearmed and they tend to use villages, and villagers as a safety shield and that makes any offensive very difficult without a lot of civilian casualties and get more displacement of refugees. >> good to talk to you. guinea's health minister says all schools that were closed because of the ebola outbreak will reopen on monday. schools in sierra leone will
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remain closed where the outbreak is hitting the hardest there waiting for the number of cases to keep falling before the schools can open again. in more containia, police have used tear gas to disperse protesters. demonstrators were angry after two anti-slavery activists were sentenced to prison. slavery was formally abolished in the country in 2007. severe flooding has killed dozens of people in africa. malawi has been the hardist hit. katherine soy reports from mall law -- malawi's commercial capitol. >> reporter: it was thursday when flood waters swept through this area carrying huge rocks.
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several people and livestock were swept away 40 houses were destroyed. this person's home stood here. he salvaged nothing. his 11-year-old nephew was sleeping. he drowned. >> it come down like boom. when we came to check. we found that there is nothing. everything was gone. >> reporter: people are searching for those who are still missing. these men are looking for the bodies of a young boy and another man who we understand were living in that house. they think the bodies are buried under the mud. after several hours they found nothing, but say they won't stop looking. a short distance away hundreds who have escaped have taken refuge in this school. this woman told us that she is just happy that she got her four
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children out safely. >> translator: we have never experienced this before. i managed to take some of my children's clothes, but nothing else. >> reporter: it gets worse as you go further south. thousands are trapped in villages that are hard to access. it's a disaster that malawi's president says the country cannot deal with alone. katherine soy, al jazeera. to syrian and just over 1600 people have died in kobani since isil attacked the town last year. it follows intense fighting between kurdish fighters and isil on friday. there are reports that isil fighters have killed 15 people in syria in the last 24 hours. according to activists. the accusations against the men range from fighting isil to spying and weapons possession.
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well the u.s. is to send 400 troops to train moderate syrian opposition fighters this spring. the pentagon has confirmed that planned deployment. the u.s. hasn't identified where it will draw its forces from but the training is expected to happen outside of syria. turkey qatar, and saudi arabia have offered to host the training. two italian raid workers have arrived in rome. they touched down in rome and were greeted by itly's foreign minister. they were released on wednesday. the woman disappeared in late july from aleppo. rome will not say if a ransom was paid. saudi arabia's postponed this week's blog -- flogging of a blogger. he was to be given 50 lashings each week. but after the first, the prison
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doctor recommended the second beating be postponed until next week. one of al jazeera's journalist imprisoned in egypt for more than a year has called on the canadian government to secure his release. mohammed fahmy along with peter greste and baher mohamed were wrongly accused of broadcasting false news and help the outlawed muslim brotherhood. an appeals court has ordered a retrial. lawyers for peter and mohammed have filed requests for them to be deported from egypt. the u.s. state of oklahoma has executed its first death row inmate since placing a temporary ban on execution. that inmate was injected with a mixture of drugs and didn't suffer before dying prison leaders say. last year a botchedlettel
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injection caused the controversy that stopped injections. the 2010 earthquake in haiti kills hundreds of teachers and destroyed dozens of schools collapsing the haitian education system. five years later access too and the quality of education remains a challenge. gabriel reports from port-au-prince. >> reporter: children hungry to learn in school pen in hand and attentive looks during their first day. but teachers have called for a strike saying working conditions and supplies are inadequate affecting the kwhaul
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quality of learning. some teachers say they haven't been paid in months. >> translator: despite the bad working conditions and that we don't have proper school supplies to work the salary is the biggest problem, because if we can't get paid, we can't take care of our problem. >> reporter: a half rebuilt school in downtown port-au-prince. a sign of how the public education system was decimated after the quake. five years later this one nowhere near ready. >> translator: there's not one single public school that was damaged in the earthquake that has been rebuilt and functioning now. there are some in construction and others construction hasn't even started yet. >> reporter: look around port-au-prince and signs like this are everywhere. the government has put up 1.4 million children in private schools. the good news is the government
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has been able to get some children back in school but with so much of the emphasize being on private education, it has come at the debt are meant of the public school system. meaning the poorest of the children still have very few options. like this child. he doesn't go to school and can't afford a private one. when we asked him what he wants to be when he grows up he answers, a teacher. at the public school the children may be too innocent to know the challenges their country has in trying to educate them with the gaps between those who learn, and those who don't, growing by the day. google says it is stopping sales of its glass eyewear,
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reports say it's to create a new version of the device. they let users take photos and get directions. the mission was to search for signs of life on mars but when contact was lost with the beagle 2 space probe, it was dubbed a heroic failure. now 11 years later it has been spotted on the red planet. keith explains and says astronomers now know more about what happened. >> it was expected that it had a high level of risk but we have now discovered just how close it came to being a very successful mission. it got to the surface, and yet it didn't quite manage to contact earth, but everything else seems to have worked. unfortunately the part that hasn't unferled is the part that covers the radio antenna, so we
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won't be able to interrogate it. maybe we might be able to see more about what the condition of the lander is. and maybe when we eventually send people to mars we might be able to pick it up and have a look at it. >> you can always go to our website, for anyone who thinks american workers feed more education, the president has an idea, let's send more people to college, but it is going to be expensive, will federal and state governments shelling out for better students get paid back, it is inside story.