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at we do. al jazeera america. isil releases a new audio recording threaten to go kill a jordanian citizen if iran doesn't release an iraqi woman on death row. ♪ ♪ you are watching al jazerra live from our headquarter in doha. also ahead the u.n. calls for maximum restraint after israel and the lebanese armed group hezbollah exchange fire killing two israeli soldiers and a u.n. peacekeeper. plus accuse accused of inaction, nigeria's army is accused of ignoring impending boko haram
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attack. and in china apple has cash registers ringing. ♪ ♪ >> the islamic state of iraq and the los angeles strand has released a new audio recording the message has not been verified but the group wants jordan to release an iraqi woman on death row. if she is not released, isil says, it will kill jordanian pilot who was captured last december when his plane went down in syria. jordan is also working with japan to secure the release of japanese journalist also being held by isil. in the jordanian capital there has been protests calling for the pilot's release. family members of the captured pilot including his parents demonstrated outside the king is' palace'spalace.
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the king later met with the parents. near the border with syria let's speak about the latest audio message which was leased late last night. tell us more about their demands, what they are asking for. >> reporter: well, they actually put a deadline, which is in a few hours sunset today for her to be leased by the jordanian authorities and to be taken to actually a border crossing here in turkey, that's the border crossing with the raqqa paragraph ins in syria. now, the equation here is you release her or we will kill the jordan i didn't know pilot who has been captured by isil in december. what's interesting here is that you don't have anymore japanese hostage in the equation. if you recall in the past statements the japanese hostage and their fate were very much
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part of this equation. first there was a demands for $200 million in exchange for the two japanese hostages and one of them was killed, the second one was then put in the equation against the female prisoner, and now it seems from at least what we heard from isil in the latest statement that he's not part that have equation anymore. >> it seems a great deal of pressure right now on the jordanian government, what what has their response been to the new demands by isil? >> reporter: the jordan vinnie government is saying well, you first release our pilot and then we'll are release the iraqi woman. the jordanian government is obviously under a lot of pressure from its own people to have this pilot leased. japan is also putting pressure on jordan to have its own hostage released. but jordan is in a very difficult situation at the moment because the pilot needs to be the priority for the king
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there as you said earlier there have been certainly a lot of sit in by the tribe of the pilot. public anger at the fact that this pilot has been did detained now if a more than a month and still no idea what will happen to him next. certainly seems according to what isil says, his life is under serious threat. so a very difficult situation. and this is really a problem where you have three parties and the three parties each one of them has its own priority. japan seek the release of the last hostage alive. jordan as we said the lease of the pilot. and isil seeking also to get some gain, dropping the idea of getting a ransom, now wanting the release of this iraqi woman. >> indeed some very. >> i indicated negotiations there. thank you very much. live for us in urfa. meanwhile, japan's prime minister shinzo abe is facing criticism over his government's response to the hostage crisis
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speaking in parliament he once again called for the release of the prisoner. >> translator: the acts of terror by isil have that have involved our innocent citizens are something that we cannot forgive. it's terrorism and we strongly condemn it. without giving in to terrorism our country will continue to cooperate with the international community. now syrian activists say a car bam has killed at least 10 people. most of the victims were children. the explores went off in the main square of the town which is near the jordanian border. in dual, a duma. a fire killed five feet. 20 other people were killed. maximum restraint after two israeli soldiers and a u.n. peacekeeper were killed in the exchange of fire between israel and hez h*ez bowling a. benjamin netanyahu ooh has warmed the lebanese group that
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they will pay the full prize for the deaths of the us really troops. any stole johnston reports. >> reporter: this is moments after an anti tank vehicle his an israeli vehicle. in the disputed region near the border with syria and lebanon. israel deployed soldiers in the area and fired rockets in to lebanon. the armed group hess hezbollah which is based in lebanon has claimed responsibility for the attack. it says it is in response an israeli attack last week against its fight nurse syria. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has warmed of a swift and powerful recal nation. >> translator: at this moment, the i.d. f is responding to events in the north. to everyone trying to challenge us at the northern boarder i advise them to consider what happened in gaza. hamas took its hardest hit since its formation and the we are prepared to act strongly on all
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front. >> reporter: last week's israel a tack against hezbollah happened near a syrian city where a high-ranking iran i military commander and six hezbollah fighters were killed. among them, son of a senior hezbollah founder who was killed in damascus in 2008. iran examine and hezbollah had vowed revenge. this area has been content contentious hezbollah has carried out attacks there before but none as bold as this. and we'll be hearing from nicole on the blue line between israel and lebanon in just a few minutes, but first let's go to the occupied golan heights we saw some very tense moments on wednesday, what is the situation like this morning?
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>> reporter: well, it has been quiet since wednesday afternoon. there has been no resumption in the fire. but the situation along the israeli-lebanese border remains tense. we understand as you can see behind me, there is a heavy security and army deployment here in the golan heights. but the army is not saying how many numbers of additional troops have been deployed. we also understand that the army has instructed the residents to return to their daily routine their normal routine and return to their daily lives and go about their business normally. and, according to reports, as well we understand the army is also resuming drilling activities along the israeli-lebanese boarder in search of possible tunnels build by hezbollah. and now this drilling and digging began on wednesday but was stopped due to the attack that took place and killed two soldiers when it targeted a
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convoy of the israeli army along the border. now, that said, the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has held the syrian government and the lebanese government responsible and accountable for attacks emanating from their territories territories. but the assumption here, the analysis we are hearing here is that neither side are interested in a full-scale escalation. there have been some messages that were relayed through the united nations peace keeping force along the israeli-lebanese border between the two sides israel and hizbollah and that it appears to be that they are not interested in further escalation and that hezbollah considered wednesday's attack as adequate retaliation to at tack that was blamed on israel and killed a number of hezbollah op tins. >> thank you. let's get the view from the lebanese side of the border and speak to nicole johnston who is in there. tell us more about where you are? and is it as calm on your side
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as it is on the israeli side? >> reporter: it is as calm, actually. we are only a couple of hundred meters from the israeli occupied farms, just behind me beyond the fence border there. you can see it in the distance. the information that we have received is that the attack took place very close to here, just below an israeli army post. now, today people are back in school. it's very quiet in the area here. but as was said, quiet but tense, we have had israeli drones in the skies above us. notchly there would be israeli army patrolling this border here but for the last few hours, we have haven't seen any at all, which is quite unusual we are hold. also the lebanese army investigators and investigators from the united nations have arrived in this area, they are
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at a post very close to here to investigate and look in to the death of a peacekeeper the spaniard who was killed. we were told in the last couple of hours by the lebanese army here that he was in hey watch tower when he was killed. now, the real question inside lebanon, though, is this the end of this latest round of hostilities? is the escalation for now over? does hezbollah feel it has retaliated and that its retaliation has been proportionate? on friday we'll hear from the leader of hezbollah and no doubt he will give some kind of indication about whether it's quiet and going to stay quiet on the boarders for now. >> nicole, thank you very much. nicole johnston there for us. investigators looking in to the fatal crash of air asia flight 8501 say the copilot was at the controls when it went down. indonesia's national transportation safety committee says the flight data
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recoveredder provided a clear picture of what happened. investigators also say the jet had been cruising at a stable altitude before it crashed in to the java sea last december. all 162 people on board were killed. still ahead on al jazerra an inning quist in to the sydney cafe siege reveals what happened to the victims as police moved in. plus. >> reporter: i am natasha ghoneim in south africa where many people visit traditional heelers, we'll tell you about new laws they hope will give them greater respect. >> aljazeera america presents a break through television event borderland... >> are you tellin' me it's ok to just open the border, and let em' all run in? >> the teams live through the hardships that forced mira, omar and claudette into the desert. >> running away is not the answer... >> is a chance at a better life worth leaving loved ones behind? >> did omar get a chance to tell
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♪ ♪ welcome back, a reminders of our top stories on al jazerra. the is islamic state of iraq and loslevant has leased a new audio recording. isil says if jordan does not release an iraqi woman on death row it will kill the pilot who was captured last december. meanwhile, in japan prime minister shinzo abe has called for the release of a japanese journalist also being held by isil in syria. his government is facing criticism over its response to the hostage crisis. and the u.n. has called for maximum restraint after two israeli soldiers and a u.n. peacekeeper were killed in an exchange of fire between israel and hizbollah. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu ooh that they will pay the full price of israeli troops. now, one of the hostages who
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died during a sync in a siege in a sydney cafe was killed by fragments from a police bullet. the second one was shot by the gunman according to an inquest set up to establish whether their deaths could have been avoided. andrew thomas reports from sydney. >> reporter: it was the dramatic end to a siege that had lasted more than 16 hours. in just a few minutes, three people a hostage taker and two of his hostages, were dead. on on thursday an inquest began in to how and why they died. >> i want to assure everyone that we will do all within our power to undertake a comprehensive investigation that is rigorous, independent, and searching. it will strive to establish what happened why it happened and whether it could have been prevented or responded to more effectively. >> reporter: the siege began midmorning on december 15th. a man pulled a gun on customers and staff at this cafe in sydney.
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police quickly surrounded the coffee shop. part of the city center went in to lockdown. >> rarely have such horrifying events unfolded so publically. overlaying the intense personal suffering on display with fear some themes which called up wider and more far-reaching threats that understandably terrified many, even among those who only saw it from a far. >> reporter: even as the first flowers were being laid, police were beginning their investigation. 40 officers have been working on it ever since the coroner will question thenar the police who were on the scene and hostages who survived, but even on its opening day the coroner was able to say how the gunmen and two of his hostages died. tory johnson was killed by the gunman made to kneel then shot in the head. as police stormed the cafe, they fired 22 shots. hit 13 times and died instantly.
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the but a hostage was also struck and hit. >> miss dawson was struck by significant fragments of bullet or bug he had which ricocheted from hard surfaces in to her body, i will not detail the damage done to ms. dawson other than to say one fragment struck a major blood vessel, she lost consciousness quickly and died shortly afterwards. >> reporter: today the cafe with the siege took place is boarded up. the flowers that covered the square in front of it, have been cleared away. but the memories are still here. the events here will be looked at in meticulous detail. every fragment of every bullet will be accounted for. but the inquest will also be broader the kidnapper was a convicted criminal facing serious charges. why was he free on bail? were the police actions appropriate. what was the role of the media and social media during the siege. and how should the events here be categorized was it terrorism? andrew thomas, al jazerra
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sydney. in the philippines the bodies of 42 of the 44 policemen killed in clashes with rebels in the south have arrived in manila. they were received by top government and security officials at the air base. the officers will be given state honors on friday in a ceremony led by the president. they died during a botched raid to capture key members of an armed group on sunday. it's now been four weeks since egypt's highest appeals court ordered a retrial for three al jazerra journalists. they have now been in prison for 397 days. but the court still hasn't delivered a fully-written judgment or set a date for a new trial. al jazerra continues to demands the release of peter greste, mohamed fahmy and bahar mohamed who were falsely accused of working with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. egyptian president abdel fattah sisi said he would like to see the case resolved. bob is the former australian ambassador to he equipment he explains why the case has
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dragged on for this long. >> the egyptian judiciary is going to struggle to work out where it goes from here. the court of appeal rejected the initial prosecution case, so quickly and so comprehensively that there is probably some work to be done within the judicial system firstly to write-up that outcome in ways which don't cause further embarrassment to the judiciary. and secondly, to decide what approach to take from here. and i think they'll probably look at coming up with a fresh set of charges of somewhat less gravity than those under which greste and his colleagues were initially charged. the egyptian approach will be to continue to claim they respect the independence of the judiciary and they will be i think reluctance to make what would effectively be a political decision to override that judiciary.
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and until president sisi decides that there is actually a political advantage to be gained by such an intervention, i think the line of least political cost will remain that of using the judicial process through to its conclusion. nigeria's military has repeatedly ignored warnings of impending boko haram attacks in northeastern nigeria, according to amnesty international. thousands of people have fled a town since the armed group reportedly killed hundreds of people earlier this month. amnesty says the military failed to respond to requests to sends reinforcement to baga. in greece, there has been initial negative reaction to the new government's proposed changes to the country austerity poll i didn't. shares in greece's four big banks suffered their largest ever fall amid fierce to access to emergency funding will dry up. john reports. >> reporter: they have camped on the street outside the finance
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ministry in protest for a year. but on wednesday were in shock. greeters new finance minister made it his first task to rehire some 600 cleaning ladies, his department dismissed 18 months ago and replaced with cheaper workers. >> translator: it doesn't perhaps do anything for greece that some cleaning ladies are going back to work, but it's very important to change the climate. we hope that people will win back their properties, their lives and the livelihoods they lost. >> reporter: the government is clearly keen to so it's delivers from day one. even as the cabinet met for the first time, it will stop privatization to pay down the debt including the state power company and port authority. a five-year fee for hospital conduct take is his got so a hiring free in the nothingal health system. crowd control barriers that have been sunk before parliament were removed wednesday morning it's
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a small by symbolic gesture a state living within its means has nothing to fear from its people. they said those talks will start from scratch. >> translator: we are turning a page from the logic of a self perpetuating crisis. an enormous toxic mistake was made in 2010, a bankruptcy problem was seen as a cash flow problem. greece received the biggest loan in human history to pay off debts old and new. he didn't take a be con mist to realize this couldn't end well, jim any italy and slovakia got more money than they should have. he says the state will not become reckless, this government has promised to maintain balanced budgets. but can it last? greece's former representative at the international monetary fund which is one of greece's creditors says the country still needs to borrow $23 billion this year. >> they have chosen a path of
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confrontation which could lead to an accident that would take the form of a default on a payment on the external debt and the next step would be social unrest capital flight, and eventually. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: keen to stress that it will not confront creditors in a wild west scenario, but until the two sides agree they disagree. al jazerra athens. u.s. press barack obama has attended a farewell ceremony for secretary of defense chuck hagel at argue navel base, hagel resigned in november reportedly fromunder pressure the president. obama praised him saying he was key in creating partnerships in the middle east. the tech giant apple appears to be more popular shann ever setting a new record for
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corporate profits. they made $18 billion last quarter, more than any other publically traded company in history. it seems china is helping drive the trend. kristen saloomey reports from new york. >> reporter: the launch of apple's iphone six last october was met with unbridled enthusiasm. the device's larger screen was a did hedeparture from past iphones but if sales are any measure a welcomed one. how many apple products do you have in your home? >> quite a few, two ipads five iphones that's seven. >> reporter: why do you love apple? >> it's so streamlined examine and simple. >> if my 65-year-old father as well as 11-year-old brother and sister it's a good product. >> reporter: apple ceo tim cook describes the demands for the new iphone as staggering, 35,000 sold per hour during the last quarter of 2014, nearly 75 million altogether. driving corporate profits to a
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whopping $18 billion. apple products remain incredibly popular in the united states. with every new product launched customers lineup outside the flagship store here in new york. but its it's growth in china that's behind the record-setting profits. last year apple went from sixth place to the number one seller of smart phones in china. sales grew 70% and now almost on par with europe. >> apple was helped by the fact that they sealed a collaboration with china mobile. the biggest mobile service provider in china. and they just started working together so actually we expect apple to do everybody better going forward. >> reporter: overseas markets are seen as crucial to apple's continued growth as the u.s. market become saturated and more and more people access the internet via smart phones. >> china is critical because
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it's the biggest growing market, biggest number of potential consumers for apple. this is the first quarter that apple was the number one smart phone vendor in china. that's a huge feat. given the competition over there. >> reporter: apple's latest success comes as another technology giant ibm announced it is cutting 118,000 jobs worldwide. kristen saloomey, al jazerra new york. now to south africa where traditional healers are fighting for greater recognition. and a new law may soon give them that. the government has also promised to protect patients from fraud. natasha ghoneim reports. >> reporter: this traditional healer is throwing bones or using a bag of sea shells and animal bones to make a diagnosis. on this morning the patient is 49-year-old jacqueline, she has been coming here for treatment for 12 years. she combines herbal medicines from the healer with the drugs
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her doctor prescribes for a chronic illness. >> translator: they are both important. there is no competition. >> reporter: her healer, agrees. that traditional and western medicine compliment one another. she says she's aware of her limitations and refers patients to western doctors when necessary, but respect from others in the healthcare industry is lacking. >> translator: one of the key things we are fighting for is recognition. >> reporter: a new law lobbied for by traditional healers may bring the recognition they seek. the government will require healers to register. they must undergo training for a minimum of five years. measures will be taken to rid the industry of sharla tans and prevent people from getting overcharged. >> i am hopeing to see healers working in the nation with conventional medicine, respecting one another and then each one doing his part
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correctly. >> reporter: most traditional healers work in rooms like this, in the future some say they would like to be able to practice some nba hospitals and clinics it's one of the reasons they feel the law doesn't go far enough. with the traditional healers organization she says she will not encourage her 72,000 members to register until the government offers incentives. she wants the government to provide training and funding for research and development. and wants insurance companies to accept claims from traditional healers. >> you cannot say to people register and just be there as a police. but instead you should be saying if you don't register, this is what i am going to do to go. if you register, this is what i am going to give you for doing that. >> reporter: despite the criticisms and the slow pace of implementation, the law may still be evidence of a growing appreciation that both doctors and healers are united in their mission to not only keep the sick from harm, but to heal.
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