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>> hello, and welcome to the news hour. i'm martine dennis a live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the next 50 minutes. >> sinai is ours, and we'll die for it. >> defiant words from egypt's president as he responds to deadly attacks in the sinai peninsula. and sending in the troops, the african union is taking on the nigerian armed group boko haram.
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new hope for peace talks to resolve the conflict in eastern ukraine. thousands pack the streets in madrid in support of spain's anti-austerity parties. but first the egyptian president has vowed to drive out what he calls terrorists in sinai saying his army will die defending the territory seeking after a meeting with the military top brass, al sisi said that egypt is facing a huge wave of terrorism. he has established a armed force after two attacks killed 45 people. a group that claimed allegiance to isil claimed responsibility for those attacks. >> this confrontation is very difficult and very tough and
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very bad and will take us a long time. the egyptians are all now paying the price. the sons of the army, the sons of the police are all paying the price for the sake of this country. >> we'll never leave sinai. we'll never leave sinai to anyone else. sinai is ours, and we'll die for it. >> all right let's now talk to omar at the university of exeter exeter. he's joining us live in the u.k. how big a challenge is the security situation in the sinai peninsula for president sisi? >> i think it's a something challenge, but this problem is not new. this problem has been around since 2005. it was a local problem. mainly has to do with the the--giving logistical support to groups in gaza.
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humanitarian social and tribal elements in it were very salient. right now it's expanded to a different level. rather than a local sinai problem it became a regional and even on a national level there is an expansion. on the regional level there is an expansion and you're turning more and more from urban terrorism methods to an actual mid-level urgency with sophisticated capacity and guerrilla tactics. surface-to-air missiles. and anti-aircraft missiles and some support mainly because of what the army has been doing in the area. the relocation of more than 1200 families giving them orders to
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leave the house or it would be blown up in 48 hours and a long series of grievances that locals in the area has been explaining complaining. >> it has been pointed out in order to establish the joint force, that he's going to have to rely upon the cooperation in this of israel. >> yes, it's no if secret that the corporation with israel has been going on for a long time. the operations by some of the israeli commandos to assassinate some of the leaders but also the cases of drone attacks with some of those militants were killed in august 2013. so intelligence and military
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cooperation and coordination. i think he's saying this publicly for the first time because of the situation. he's saying he's going to escalate but that has already been going on. >> if you just stay with us. we heard that an egyptian court has ruled the armed wing of hamas as being a terrorist organization. well, hamas has responded now and says that the decision proves that egypt was never an honest mediator between palestinian and israeli issues. it's rejected accusations that it's involved in attacks in sinai. >> this is a political decision that has nothing to do with the
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judiciary or any legal procedure. this has given in a hasty manner and in a state of confusion chaos and agitation after the latest developments that took place in sinai, hamas condemned the attacks in sinai and call for the unification of the people in these attacks. >> talking to us from exeter it seems that a part of this security's response to what happened in sinai is to deem them a terrorist we brigade ban them and the major--one of the major mediators in the process. >> mainly because in egypt hamas are involved in what is
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happening in north sinai. it's not really--there is no serious evidence in that sense mainly because of the instability in sinai harms hamas in many ways including the increased coordination with the israeli government and the sisi regime but also sieging siege gaza and tightening the siege on gaza this is not in the benefit of hamas. they try to stay away from the north sinai. but the intelligence and security don't see it that way. because of their interest in that you may see some coordinated strikes possibly in gaza. >> and going back to sinai itself during the speech, his address to the nation, president sisi talked about having to face the strongest secret organization in the world and
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he talked about fighters coming from all over the world. clearly he's trying to attribute a certain amount of blame to foreigners coming from outside of the country. how credible is this claim on his part? >> i think to be very fair, this is more of a drama queen kind of claim. it's not the strongest or most secret organization in that sense. it's a local low to mid-level insurgentcy that uses guerrilla tactics and some forms of urban terrorism. the militant there is are somewhere between 200 to 2,000 at maximum. the heaviest weapons they mainly took from the egyptian army there, and so it's not--it's not is. it's not al nusra. it's not the houthies in yemen.
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it's nothing of that size. it's more of a dramatic propaganda mainly designed to make an impact internationally and nationally. >> thank you very much. >> all right, let's go to baghdad where at least ten people have died in a series of explosions in and around the iraqi capitol. the blast happened near a car repair shop in the central part of the city. three people were killed in that. five others died in an explosion. this one at a sheep market. two soldiers were also killed after their army patrol was targeted in a bomb attack, and that attack took place north of the capitol. well the iraqi army said it has killed more than 33 isil fighters in fallujah. the military has released this video of the fighting about 70 kilometers west of baghdad. now it says soldiers have
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repelled an isil offensive. meanwhile, seven civilians have been killed. some of the victims are women and children. now in other parts of iraq, kurdish forces known as the peshmerga say they've managed to push isil out of the northern city of kirkuk. they seized the city in june when the iraqi army abandoned its positions. since then kirkuk has come under repeated attack by isil fighters having to take control of the rich oil fields surrounding the city. >> in the heart of kirkuk, in broad daylight the islamic state in iraq and the levant made its presence felt. three armed men dressed in black detonated a car bomb outside of the hotel. before storming the empty building. the attack on friday destabilized the security
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situation in this northern city. it was part of a coordinated assault that involved isil fighters attacking kurdish peshmerga positions west and southwest of kirkuk. kurdish peshmerga soldiers told us that they ended the siege after a two-hour gun battle, but the armed men indicted to exploit their detonate their explosive belts. >> kurdish commanders say that isil's objective was to capture the city of kirkuk. it failed to do that, but it managed to send a message. the armed group wants to show it has not been defeated, especially after it suffered recent set backs on the battleground. can i cuke has long been a dangerous city. over the decades various people have laid claim to this oil-rich region. friday's attack was not the
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first time isil tried to take control. >> we know that isil wants can i cukekirkuk. they've been telling supporters that it's a matter of time before kirkuk will be theirs. >> it was an aggressive attack, the worst in months. >> isil attacked us from many directions. at the beginning they were able to surround us and we last our positions. >> they would manage to capture most areas including a small oil field but that was only possible with the airstrikes. the peshmerga are facing a well-armed enemy and it has still not ended. >> what is the government trying to do about it. well, the prime minister has
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been meeting with leaders saying it was about reconciling divisions among religious groups and creating united fronts against isil. our correspondent in baghdad. >> reporter: this national conference is taking place at a crucial time and on the ground and in the fight against isil it has been a crucial past few days as well. even with the airstrikes and the military gains that kurdish forces are making in the north and shia militias with iraqi forces are making in the rest of the country there are places where isil is creeping back in. in the west a senior leader was killed when a tanker filled with explosives ran his guesthouse this week. and heavy clashes over the past two days. two senior peshmerga commanders, including a general, have been killed in those clashes. around the country as well in the province still the
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repercussions of what is supposed to be a massacre by gunmen. that was part of the become drop at this conference that the prime minister addressed. he said iraqi security forces or anyone acting out of the law would not be considered, and he called for national unity. >> we need to be unified to put an end to isil. we can put an end to isil, we have to be determined to defeat isil and if we do this, we'll defeat our enemy sooner than we think. >> and that unity could be hard to come by. as sunni tribes debate whether they'll join in a government effort to fight against isil they're essentially being looked at what they being' offer.
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some today is just not if you have. there are fierce that this fight against isil is not a sight that the iraqi government can membership minute in the long run. >> in yemen, a drone strike in the east of the country. the drone targeted a vehicle in the al-qaeda-hold province. this is the second drone attack this week. al-qaeda on the arabian peninsula has been targeted. there have been protests against the houthi rebels. this is in the south of the country. they have taken over the capitol, and houthis have used live ammunition to break up
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protests in sanaa. situation seems to be crumbling a week after this president and his government resigned. many are being forced out of their homes into nigeria because of boko haram. and more on the bombings of a shia mosque. and more on australian football, crowned jabbles of asia for the first time. >> okay, news is coming in of peace talks between the ukraine government and pro russian separatists have broken down. this is just news coming in from minsk where these talks are taking place. fighting in ukraine's east has
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killed 15 ukrainian soldiers within the last day alone. charles stratford reports from eastern ukraine. >> many of these fighters have been from the town close by, which we're not naming for security reasons. some have known each other all their lives. >> a group of men who describe themselves as soldiers in the army of the donetsk people's republic. they have avowed to surround the city and they're just about to go out to the front line now. men, women and children are dying in this conflict on both sides. [ explosions ] >> reporter: these men explain why they refuse to lay down their weapons. >> the italian military is destroying our land and killing our families. we don't need their government. we just need to save their hones.
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>> they say they'll never give up the territory i can't against they've may by ukrainian military. >> no one is retreating. no one is moving from their positions. i will defend you are land. >> main paining a truss types bill they say they've given up each in what is their homeland. the truce talks are useless. they want to finish these conflicts and the war would end. >> close by artillery fires towards the ukrainian army a few kilometers away. fighters take us to a tool in up to thrown. they say they were hit. many people we talked to said
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that they support the separatists cause. >> my kids were worship in ukrainian, but i was born in russia. i want to tell that goat pore republican coif you want people to stay in businessments now. >> in the hospital we find 13-year-old arta. just one of the thousands of civilians killed on both sides of the conflict. >> reshrapnel hit my hand. i was shouting for my mother. >> they describe a homeland and political right. carlstadtcharles stratford
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al jazeera ukraine. >> let's go to the african union summit where countries have been meeting to talk about issues that confront the continent. the top of the agenda is the ongoing threat of the armed group boko haram in niger gentleman for the most par. the au has agreed to send an international force to combat the group. next, the african union has joined regional and international organizations in threatening south sudan's warring groups with sanction it is they do not get themselves together and resolve their conflict. and another concern how to deal with the democratic of rwanda. they're located in the democrat of congo. they'll have more on that particular issue. let's go to katherine who has been covering this summit. she joins us live now.
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katherine, as usual, the african union summit has been taken over by issues of security rather than concentrating on others matters. matters of development and gender balancing they all have to do with this for all these security matters? >> absolutely. the obvious damage was women's empower am, but that was completory overshadowed. there are series issues facing the country and heads of state the formation of this region force to fight boko haram con and i'm going to read to you some of these things. the heads of state and alternative sources for finding of a.u. they've been calling for a
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foundation that has been formed so the a.u. can fundraise from the private sector. there has been criticism that the a.u. is not able to respond to crisis as it should, but that's because as people i've talked to said, look, this is an organization that almost entirely depends on foreign funding. something else that was introduced martine is what they're calling agenda 2063 plan to transform the agriculture sector so africa can be able to feed itself. they always talked about ebola and race concerns and say that they are in solidarity with some of those countries that are effected, some of the poorest country countries.
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they were also raising concerns about the re resurgence of conflicts in some countries like mali and others that were mention there had. >> katherine, thank you very much, indeed for give us that weighty list that has been considered by the delegates. one of those problems, of course is that ongoing problem of boko haram, which is not just confined to that area. it's effecting other countries. this is something that the submit took into consideration. >> now chad, the neighboring country of nigeria is a country particularly struggling to cope with the influx of refugees who are running away from boko haram. the attacks in the northeast and parts of nigeria forced many
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people to cross the border, and it's reckoned that 12,000 people have now gone to chad in recent weeks. hour correspondent reports from the chadian capitol. >> on the shores the crisis formed by boko haram is laid bear beyond nigeria's borders. these are some of the victims of the group driven from their villages in the northeast. this camp in western chad is now their home. the camps here are quickly filling up as hundreds of refugees cross the border daily. >> we've seen a massive influx of refugee noose chad. more than 11,000 people are doing this. the majority of the refugees are civilians. >> they also include members of
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bro government boko haram. >> the military, they just go away. >> the needs of the refugees are immense. some aid agencies are providing food and shelter. others like the international red cross are happening people to track down missing relatives. >> my husband brought us here and then returned here. he had to go back and check on the family. the village was attacked again. i don't know if he's dead or alive. >> a crisis in the making with a potential to destabilize the region but for now the attention remained rivetted not
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on refugees but how to put a stop to boko haram's campaign of pillage and bloodshed. al jazeera chad. >> well, as we've been mentioning as well, another major security issues discussed as the au submit is that pertaining to the f dlr, a group that is plaguing parts of eastern drc. now they failed to meet a deadline to lay down their weapons. that was early january. and now the democrat democratic republic of congo say they're prepared to launch a campaign against the group. who are they, a rebel group formed in 2000. most of them are ethnic hutus who are apposed to the arrival of the tutsi government.
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many are thought to be world in the 1994 rwanda genocide. they were given the opportunity to surrender or face military action. some surrendered but many more refused. malcolm webb, our correspondent is in the eastern part of the drc. >> the congolese army said that the fighting will start any day now. some wonder if the government has the political will to actually do this. they have been accused of hiring the fdlr to fight against their rebel groups. meanwhile the fdlr fetterers scattered in several different factions. some mix in with the civilian population and the civilians could get caught up in the fighting and bear the brunt of
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this assault. >> still to come on the al jazeera news hour. [ explosion ] >> after months of fighting, isil reportedly retreats from the syrian town of kobane, which is close to the turkish border. plus. >> in the valley of the mood in western argentina home to these guys. how did they get here? we're here to find out. >> and in sports find out why world number one serena williams still dominates women's tennis.
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these are refugees... >> migrent kids flooding into the u.s. >> we're gonna go and see josue who's just been deported... >> why are so many children fleeing? >> your children will be a part of my group or killed... >> fault lines al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> today they will be arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... emmy award winning investigative series... fault lines no refuge: children at the border only on al jazeera america >> we are ahearing talks that were convened in the russian capitol of minsk has now disbanded, and there are allegations being traded between the ukrainian envoys and separatist officials as to who
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is responsible for the break down of the talks. this is a story just coming in. we'll keep you right across the situation in minsk as we get more details. another of our main. stories is the egyptian president who has vowed to drive out what he calls terrorists in sinai saying that his army will die defending the territory. abdel fattah al sisi saying that attacks in sinai have killed dozens of people. the two-day africaen union submit has closed. leaders from 54 nations have been talking about how to tackle violence in nigeria. they also threaten sanctions against south sudan if warring parties fail to resolve their
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differences. isil says its retreating from the border down of kobane because of shelling. it is saying that it does not see it as a loss but as a precaution. they have been targeting isil for months. >> we've started retreating. this is not a loss. it is because of the loss of our brothers. this is a precaution. >> many from kobane are going to their homes finding little of
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their town and infrastructure. the battle to rebuild it will just be the beginning. >> it's only been a few days since the streets of kobane have went quiet. another months of combat has taken a huge toll on the town and those who have remained here throughout. >> i was terrified. i'll never forget the moments. they'll stay with me until i die. >> our fighters gave us food and water. there was no electricity. the children were very scared. >> it's been months since they have been able to walk around their hometown. they have stayed in kobane moving around as the fighting spread from one area to the next. this is the first time he sees his family home. >> before there were people, traffic, they all fred fled to
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turkey lebanon. it's sad. >> an estimated 800 fighters died here. this is the body of a turkish national being returned to his family. the military achievement has found a new found pride among kurds but everyone here says it's not over yet. >> the hospital has been destroyed. there is a basement of a baseball that has been turned into the field hospital. here you feel the battle is still going all around kobane. >> isil controls hundreds of surrounding villages. kurdish fighters are trying to push them back. the wounded keep on arriving. there is no water. doctors lack equipment and medical supplies. they've had to adopt under pressure. >> in a real hospital a doctor has their needs. here we had to forget about it all and work in a primitive way. we don't have the means to treat properly. a lot of people i knew, my nephew and uncle they died in
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my arms. i couldn't save them. >> thethe battle for kobane has brought kurdish fighters from different places. fighters from the free syrian army has joined in. >> some youth from kobane came to defend us here. i saw what happened in raqqa so i had to help here. some have died. others were cut to pieces. images that i'll never forget. very painful but they give you the motivation to keep fighting. >> kobane surrounded by isil has become a much needed military base for the kurds. >> it is here that they prepare for the battles ahead. al jazeera, cubes. >> all right so let's get back to the story then that was just coming in. reports coming in literally 15 minutes ago that those talks rather precarious talks taking place between the ukrainian
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government and the russian separatists taking place in minsk, these have broken down. we'll get more detail from moscow. rory what more can you tell us? >> michael: well it seems like a lot of bad feeling and squabbling going into this, and there has been no agreement in the talks themselves. the representatives of the different factions have all gone off in their separate course to their own separate destinations. they have called it a failure
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and blamed the russian separatists for nurture to call for a cease-fire and pulling back heavy weapons. these talks have been banned. they didn't happen on friday because leaders didn't show up. they said they would not speak with the representatives that were sent, saying that these men were too low level and what they want are the leaders from the donetsk people's republic and luhansk people's republic. and the republics said that they were not going to send their leaders until an agreement had been reached and shelling had stopped and they had pulled back from the borders of that region
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and effectively declared a cease-fire. it seems that both sides were demanding things that the other sides were unwilling to fulfill and we've reached the conclusion that everyone has gone their separate ways with no agreement. >> rory, this comes despite the seeming agreement between president putin angela merkel, and in fact president hollande, so the french, the germans and the russians are agreeing that a peace fire should be central and integral to these conversations that were taking place in minsk. they were agreed, but they can't enforce their agreement on the ground at the actual negotiating table, it would appear. >> this is a classic example of the devil is in the detail. the presidents of russia and germany saying that a cease-fire
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should be richard and poroshenko saying that a cease-fire should be reached as well. the minsk memorandum is the defining document that everybody refers back to but they have basically said that the minsk memorandum is a failure, and they no longer stand by it. they've taken a significant amount of territory since that cease-fire was signed in september. and basically they're now recognize the shift that's been the front lines that happened since september.
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so we are a he in a situation where nobody wants to discuss the realities on the ground, and they're still harking back to the cease-fire agreement that is months out of date, and has failed comprehensively. >> it seems awfully gloomy. rory challands, thank you for helping us understand what is going on in minsk. thousands of supporters of the spanish far-defendant party podemos has been rallying in madrid. the party is hoping to repeat the success of the tsapras party that won in greece last weekend. they also want to end austerity measures imposed by international creditors. jacky rowland has more from madrid. >> yes we can the rallying call
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in madrid. parents and children, retired and students all come out in the winter sunshine. >> we're fighting. we can't go on like this. >> as you can see there are a lot of people here, and what these people want is change. the government we have at the moment is lying to us. >> officially this is a march of political change in spain. it's also a show of strength by podemos, a new party shaking up the established order. >> everyone knows what podemos is against corruption, big business and entitlement. but what is clear what concrete policies it would pursue. nevertheless podemos has
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captureed the public mood. he everyone is tired of the austerity that in their view is causing more hardship. >> we take our dreams serious. in greece they did more in six days than many governments do in a year. >> this was one the biggest rallies in madrid in recent times. if podemos is shift this turn out to votes at the election, there may be a change in the government. jacky rowland al jazeera, madrid. >> al jazeera is continuing to demand the release of our three journalists, who have now been in imprisoned in egypt for 399 days. mohamed fahmy, bader mohammed, and peter greste were wrongly accused of colluding with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. president sisi said he would
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like to see the case resolved. monday they will have been in prison for 400 days. for that peter greste has written a letter: >> still to come on the al jazeera news hour. in sport we find out if world's number one rory mcilroy has retained his lead.
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>> in argentina there is a key discoverry that they hope could help them understand how ancient mammals evolved into dinosaurs. we have reports from the western argentine province of san juan on the 213 million-year-old fine. >> this is the valley of the moon haunting, secretive anding i number tick. several dinosaur remains have been found here. this millions of years ago was the bed of a huge fresh-water
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lake. the cradle of life. it has revealed in fossil form some of its secrets, but it holds many more. now the same paleontologist who found the raptor found 12 previously unknown species. they're much smaller not more than five centimeters long but no less important than the important dinosaur finds. >> they are all unknown species they don't have names. we know that they're related. they're cousins with something in common. similar anatomy but they're not the same. >> the the researchers believe that the remains were brought to an 800 square meter site by predators, formering a kind of animal system tore.
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it may seem barren now but 213 million years ago this place was teeming with life. and it's beneath the rocks and the earth beneath my feet that experts are hoping to find the answers so evolution the secrets to life itself. dr. martin and his team hope to find the relationship between different animals and plants and their environment at a time before dinosaurs and before what is africa and america separated. >> finding new species is what motivates us. it's our holy grail to uncover whole new site. but this is just a tip. the hard work starts now. >> it's slow, laborious work. these rocks do not give up their 213 million-year-old secrets easily. but it promises to reveal information about one tiny but
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vital link in the evolutionary chain, how ancient mammals evolved in dinosaurs. al jazeera argentina. >> it's time for sport news. here is jo. >> the team known as the socceroos beat south korea 2-1 in extra time in the final of the asian cup. we have reports from sydney. >> a see of green and gold, the organizers of the asian cup could not have scripted this any better. a chance for avenge against the only team to have beat them in this tournament, south korea. >> i hope south korea wins. >> have you enjoyed the asian cups so far? >> yes, i have. >> you think football is here to stay in australia. it's taken hold? >> it has indeed. it's one of the games that most people play in terms of kids,
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like my kids play it, i play. i coach it, and i love it. >> reporter: well, this was arguebly the most important match in australia's history and the significance of the occasion seemed to weigh heavily on the shoulders of the socceroos and the koreans dominated the opening stages. after battling the first half, south korea with a real sucker-punch. cue lift off stadium australia. the second half, the aussies try to hold on to their lead, which they did until the 91st minute when there was an equalizer to force ex-try time and send the south korean fans into a mild case of delirium. the australia men went back on the attack, and and writing
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their names in australian sporting history. australia winning 2-1. >> it's a great achievement but we need to push on and make sure this is not the end of the journey. in many respects it's just the beginning. >> in the end a perfect end for australia, both on and off the pitch. half a million fans going through the turnstiles, and al jazeera sydney. >> the semi timists at the african cup of nations the democratic republic of congo. they've pulled out an incredible come back from behind before going on a scoring spree.
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they would secure a 4-2 victory seasoning them into the final four for the first time in 17 years. well the later matches see equatorial guinea taking on tunisia. the other two matches will be played on sunday. >> we know this country is euphoric. we heard this when they qualified. it will be a hell of a job. that's life. you know the circumstances. you know the game. >> the action against manchester city 1-1 with chelsea opening the scoring late in the first half. three minutes later equalizing from manchester city. if chelsea win they'll go eight points clear at the top of the table. in the other matches robin van persie both scored as third
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place manchester united beat leicester 3-1. a shot late in the first half saw real madrid go late in the break with the 1-1 lead. they would have two late goals. the final score there 4-1 to real madrid. in saturday's other matches eibar and atletico madrid, 3-1. serena williams has won her sixth. she beat maria sharapova in
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straight sets. sharapova has never beaten the american in 11 years. serena struggled with a coughing fit before recovering and break again taking the set 6-3 sharapova showed the distance but williams would come back each game and wrap up the championship. in golf, rory mcilroy with five in his first eight holes and in the final day beating winning by four. that's all our sport for now martine. >> thank you very much. miami is not known as one of the
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world's filmmaking capitols, but it's reputation may be about to change. >> they're making more than just popcorn in miami these days. filmmakers are editing writing and planning the next festival to showcase their work. films like "papa machete." a story about an farmer and expert in fencing the documentary was produced by local filmmakers who say the city is gaining new found reputation. >> for the first time you're seeing independent miami stories that are authentic to our neighborhoods being told, and being respected on a world stage. that's very exciting. >> and in miami it's a big neighborhood that reflects a diverse population. >> you want to pull that out there? the writer, whose originally from barbados, said making films here is an opportunity to undo
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stereotypes of the region. >> there is so much more there than what we see in movies and television shows. it's so much richer, so much deeper so much more nuanced. so this is everything to me. >> i feel great about this, i really do. >> in all three made-in-miami movies selected to play at sundance, a small but nonetheless important step for filmmakers. miami is not about to take over new york or los angeles as a film-making capitol but it has come a long way. more importantly the stories being told on the silver screen reflect what is an unique and diverse community. and that is significant. >> for those who have helped fund and encourage miami's filmmakers this year's sundance is being seen as a turning point. >> we have local filmmakeers telling local stories to the
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local community but their they are stories that resonate worldwide. >> it's likely these films will go on to reach a global audience helping to put both the filmmakers and miami on the map. al jazeera florida. >> news is coming in from egypt of there being a mortar attack targets egyptian security forces. this is northern sinai. now the egyptian armies are apparently firing back at the location so it seems very much as if this is an operation that is current. it's all happening very close to the town of the capitol of sinai. this comes just shortly after president sisi made an announcement to national television saying it would defeat terrorists. stay with us.
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