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kurdish fighters continue to make gains in northern syria, as they capture a key town close to isil's main strong hold. ♪ hello, this is al jazeera live from doha. i'm adrian finighan. the death toll from pakistan's heat wave continues to rise. more than 600 people have die. european leaders say they are hopeful on a deal on a greek bailout within the week.
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and we meet migrants at the serbian hungarian border who are hoping that's that tracks like these will lead to a better future. kurdish fighters in syria have made major gains against islamic state of iraq and the levant. they have ceased a town around 50 kilometers north. it is the last major residential area in the north which is isil's biggest strong hold. the kurds have also driven out the fighters from a base north of the city backed by u.s. air strikes. the brigade 93 base is important because it links isil to other outposts. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: this kurdish fiekter says they have discovered a tunnel used by the
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islamic state of iraq and the levant on the syrian turkish border. it's not yet clear whether they used the tunnel to smuggle in people or materials. they have been making gains on the border and have taken back territory from isil. the latest discovery was after they took this border post in a nearby town. now hundreds of families have returned. turkish authorities reopened the border for the residents and surrounding areas, but despite kurdish forces pushing back isil there are concerns over their advances. they have accused the kurds of abusing and driving out sunni tribesmen. rights groups were sent in to assess the situation, but they were blocked. >> translator: they refused to allow members of the fact-finding committee to enter, claiming the snc has a political
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agenda, and the committee is biased. >> reporter: ypg fighters deny discrimination and abuse, they say the check points are for security. >> translator: we share the administration of the town with all, as this country is for all, ypg is for the arabs [ inaudible ] is for the kurds. >> reporter: the ypg have accused kurdish forces of ethnic cleaning inside the area. >> if the kurdish forces really make major gains, you'll probably find europe and the americans investing more resources, in particular president erdogan is saying the americans and the western powers are helping the kurds. this has become a major security concern inside turkey. >> reporter: kurdish fighters have advanced to the outskirts of aleppo province. the ypg have taken villages from
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isil control. as people return to the round abouts and streets where isil used to carry out public executions, there are legaling concerns of ethnic biases, but they go back home hoping the worst is over. u.n. investigators have accused both sides in the syrian conflict of targeting civilians. a u.n. commission of inquiry has always drawn up five confidential lists of suspected war criminals. investigators say the government has dropped barrel bombs on aleppo nearly every day this year. the military groups and rebel groups have seized cities depriving people of food and medicine. an isil fighter has been killed, the pen -- three other
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americans were killed in the 2010 attack in bengz. lebanon's minister has criticized soldiers over a beatening. >> reporter: these men were shown in a leaked video from leb none's prison. they were filmed being beaten kicked and hit, the minister of interior has made them a visit and promised to prosecute the perpetrators. >> translator: the results of the investigation and the rulings on them will be made public and nothing will be kept sacred regarding what was said about the sectarian issue, three muslims and three christians have been arrested for questioning. >> reporter: the case has brought to the forefront the
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issue of torture, and mistreatment of inmates. families accuse the military courts of delaying the trials of their sons because of sectarian reasons. some one of dire consequences are not expedited. >> translator: there are some who have interest in exploding the country, but we as the association of muslims seek to end the issue of inmates very quickly. the u.n. and rights groups in lebanon say torture is common in the country, this is the biggest prison and it is overcrowded, and some inmates charged with terrorism are jailed here. hundreds of security personnel were dispatched in april to stop riots. some say the release of these videos could be political to
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settle all scores or as part of a new tactic. these pictures have put the prison under the spotlight, but it's not certain if it will also mean the end of prisoner abuse. fighting in southern yemen has killed at least ten people and wounded 17 others. forces supporting president hadi fought with houthi rebels in one province. government forces were able to retake some areas from the rebels witnesses say. and activists in ta'izz say both sides are committing human rights abuses. they say 340 people have been killed since april, and 3,500 have been injured. the united nations will beef up security in parts of europe as a way to reassure nato allies who feel under threat from russia. ash carter says around 250 tanks, akmors vehicles and
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military assets will be spread across the area. the new equipment could be moved around the region for training and military exercises. just last week nato held joint exercises in poland. euro zone leaders say a debt deal with greece could be reached within days. they are discussing a proposal put forward think prime minister tsipras. they have to pay $1.8 billion by the end of the month or default on its debt. the proposal includes new taxes on the wealthy, and the end of early retirement. >> reporter: if greece ends up accepting that creditors proposals as they now stand, it will have to extract another $3 billion from an already heavily taxed economy this year and roughly $5.5 billion next year. that's over and above budget predictions, and that's because
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rather than growing as predicted, this year the economy is again shrinking. which means that tax revenues are smaller than they would have been because total economic turnover is smaller than it would have been and that presents particular difficulties to the government, because they were elected in january promising no more austerity measures, but they have been presented with increased taxation increased pension cuts. this means that tsipras will end um coming back to at thens with a difficult plan that it may not be able to sell to all parties, particularly the hard left who has said we will not vote for anything that involves more taxation or austerity. this means they have to apply to the conservatives and socialists
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who were in power up until january to get this plan passed but if that happens, if they are split down the middle in parliament can it remain in power, and can mr. tsipras remain in the prime minister's seat. it will be a tense time because there will be another battle here in greece to get measures passed. a heat wave in pakistan's sin province has killed more than 600 people. the temperature hasched 45 degrees celsius in one city. more now from gerald tan. >> reporter: southern pakistan is sweltering there is widespread heat stroke. hospitals are treating hundreds of patients for heat-related ailments. >> translator: her blood pressure shot up because of the intense heat. the stroke has affected her hand and leg.
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>> reporter: most of the victims have been the elderly, this is the muslim fasting month of ramadan, and many people have food and water during daylight hours, and the electricity collapsed because of increased demand. in this city used to severe power cuts, many are criticizing the government. >> i have no water or power in my home. i have been wandering here and there for an hour to find ice. i finally got very little ice. >> translator: the government is responsible for this whole crisis. the houses are deprived of pow. the late is unbearable. people especially held thorly are dying in the heat. >> reporter: the army and parra military stations have set up heat stroke stations while schools and public offices are
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closed due to the heat. al jazeera journalist has thanked people who campaigned on his behalf during his detention in germany. he was freed on monday after spending two days in custody. he was arrested at the airport, at the request of the egyptian government. >> translator: i iks tend all thanks to the german attorney general who refused to succumb to all political and diplomatic pressures. i also thing the honorable and honest german judges who prove the german judiciary is transparent and nowless. i vow to remain steadfast to the ethnics of free your journalism. more calls for removal of the confederate flag in the u.s.
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and we're in ghana, where doctors want to make sure that people aren't being sold miracle cures. ♪
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>> brittany menard's decision to take her own life last year. sparked a national debate. >> brittany didn't wan't to die the brain tumor was killing her, she simply took control over how that process would go. >> now see what her husband is doing to keep his promise to change "right to die" laws nationwide. america tonight only on al jazeera america. ♪ hello again the top stories on al jazeera. kurdish fighters have seized a town from isil. the town is around 50 kilometers north of isil's strong hold. a heat wave has killed more than 600 people in pakistan.
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and euro zone leaders say they are moving closer towards a debt deal with greece. they are discussing a budget proposal submitted by athens. the greek government needs to repay $1.7 billion by the end of the month. syria's government has expressed its shock at a hungarian proposal to build a 175-kilometer fence along the border to stop the flow of migrants. jonah hull has spoken to people at a serbian border town before they try to cross into hungary. >> reporter: they have been on the road for weeks, tired dehydrate dehydrated, they are afraid of arrest and police violence. >> give me water, please. >> hi morning. so guys we are doctors without borders, we provide -- >> reporter: the charity visits twice a week. the medic finds a woman who
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suffered a miscarriage. where do you guys all come from? >> afghanistan. >> reporter: everyone from afghanistan? >> we had problems in afghanistan all of these guys from taliban. where every we are having problems. >> reporter: the police asking for money? >> yes. >> reporter: and they beat you up? >> yes, strongly beat. in my whole body i feel pain. >> reporter: where are you going? >> i'm going to austria. >> i'm going to belgium. >> london. >> reporter: they seldom stay more than a night or two in these little encampments, incredibly courageous people resting their ache bones before continuing a long long journey, leaving behind countries like afghanistan, syria, yemen, iraq
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and not far ahead of them now, the hungarian border and the european union. so the people are often in quite bad shape when they reach this point in their journey, are they? >> yes, of course. they are coming here really exhausting, and really tired and like they really need help and medical care. >> reporter: this man is a prosecutor who fled afghanistan with his wife and two children. she needs medical attention. the children asks for sweets and chocolate. what do you tell them about the future? what do you tell them about the life that they can expect in europe? >> i would like to they have a good future because we leave the country for them because they should get an education. >> reporter: another frequent visitor here is a hungarian priest, his van filled with donations of bread, water, and
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basics like socks and shoes. >> i have seen many thousands of people here. but this is just a fraction of the people crossing the border and many of them are not coming right here just going directly because they have money, they have their ways they have the smuggler you know, system working. >> reporter: within hours most will have left on the road to what they hope is a better life the only certainty is that many more will follow. rwanda's foreign minister is calling the arrest of the country's spy chief an outrage after police in britain acted upon a european arrest war rent. he is accused of engaging in reprisal killings after rwanda's genocide. more now from barnaby phillips in london. >> reporter: the allegations against him date back to the
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years immediately after the rwanda genocide of 1994. he was already a senior commander at that stage. he is accused of having organized a series of retaller to massacres. he is also accused of a specific crime in 1987 when three spanish aid workers were murdered in northern rwanda it is alleged because they knew too much about the involvement in massacres of hutu villages and he is said to have been involved in the decision to kill those spanish aid workers. it's a charge that the rwanda government denies furiously. and it's [ inaudible ] in rwanda to give a different version of events of what happened. it also puts the british
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government here in london in an awkward position. it has close ties with the president, and whilst it may have misgivings about human rights abuses in rwanda it gives a lot of aid to that country, and has been impressed by social and economic progress since the chaos of the mid-'90s. so it will be an interesting hearing due to take place in a london court this coming thursday. at least 18 people have died of cholera in south sudan. 171 cases of the disease have been confirmed. it has been traced to the united nations bases in the capitol. tens of thousands sought shelter at the camps during 18 months of civil world. herbal health medicine in ghana is so popular, around 70% of people use it before they go to see a doctor. but they say the city needs
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better regulation. >> reporter: this person started learning about the healing power of herbs from her grandfather when she was a child. now she's in her 90s and is passing the knowledge on to her own granddaughters. they try to preserve and protect herbs are healing properties that are dying out. >> we know what we are doing. and we try helping people and they are doing well. people like to come to us. they come and they don't like to go to hospital. to see a doctor is problem for them so we advise them. >> reporter: the government is trying to work with traditional healers. many doctors recognize they contribute to a health care system that is under pressure but they say regulation is a problem. >> so people just get up going to the bush get herbs, and start curing people and the
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thing that even the dosage of the drugs that they use is something that i have a concern with. >> reporter: herbal medicine has also grown into an industry. consumers are bombarded ared a a -- withed a ver tiesments. you can find all kinds of herbs along the roadside. the government is warning people about the dangers of unregulated herbal medicine and advises people to look for registered healers like this woman. but she says some patients have few options especially when medical services are too far away and too costly. she is calling on the government to do more to integrate the two types of health care. more than 750 liters of oil have been recovered after a
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massive spill in the u.s. state of texas. the u.s. coast guard is trying to work out what caused the spill. it forced the closure of more than 180 meters of coastline. there's more controversy over the confederate flag in the u.s. following the killing of nine people by dylann roof. now south carolina's governor wants the flag removed from the grounds of the state capitol. del walters reports from charleston. >> it's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: surrounded by a bipartisan group of state and federal officials, south carolina governor nikki haley, joined the growing chorus of calls to remove the flag. >> for good or bad, the flag
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will always be a part of the soil of south carolina but this is a moment in which we could say that that flag while an integral part of our past does not event the future of our great state. >> reporter: the comments came hours after religious and political leaders in charleston called for action. >> the time has come to remove this symbol of hate and division from our state capitol. the time has come for the general assembly to do what it ought to have done a long time ago. >> reporter: south carolina's use of the confederate flag became an issue once again, after pictures emerged showing accused gunman dylann roof waving and posing with confederate banners. on sunday dozens of people gathered to call for the flag to be taken down and some spay painted the worlds black lives matter on a confederate
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memorial. a march to columbia was lead to call for the removal of the flag. the protest led to a compromise that moved the flag from its location, but the deal requires a two-thirds majority in both houses of the assembly to make changes. there are a growing number of lawmakers in favor of removing the flag. but some say removing the flag is only the start, and that there is more work to be done. >> it will not solve the racial divide in south carolina. we need a positive discourse on the problems that continue to playing our state. >> reporter: del walters, al jazeera, charleston south carolina. more than half a million teenagers in japan are thought to be addicted to the internet. now the government has begun its first digital detox program.
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but therapists say japan has been slow to recognize the harmful effects of being constantly online as rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: at a newly opened internet cafe in tokyo, the booths are largely empty during the day. the manager says it's the night when the place comes alive. and when the hours of gaming or surfing have taken their toll customers can exchange this capsule for a capsule in a hotel downstairs. that's if they can sleep. an inability to sleep is a symptom of addiction. his clinic is one of a handful in japan treating internet addicts. >> translator: in the worse cases kids drop out of school and are not able to catch up with school crick -- curriculum. and they won't be able to sleep.
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>> reporter: this offers the latest devices for a gadget-obsessed generation. views here vary on what counts as too much online time. >> translator: if you use it too much it's not good for you. >> translator: i'm online about ten hours a day, which is okay. trp >> translator: i don't think it's wrong because it's the way we live. >> reporter: as with any addiction, it seems part of the problem is failing to recognize that it is a problem. but for some of the most extreme cases the solution may be the tough love of complete digital detox. advertising their services online, of course, are centers to treat addiction with complete internet fasting, leaving your device at the door can be a wrench. at the height of his addiction,
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website editor would be online up to 15 hours a day. his battle with digital dependency lead him to write a book encouraging others to cherish off line time. >> translator: even at weekends when you are meant to be resting, if you are connected online, you are not really resting. people need to take time away from their digital gadgets and disconnect then you are nuture your imagination and encourage face-to-face communication. >> reporter: advice to a generation increasingly connected to the world, and disconnected from the person next to them. some great pictures to close with. take a look at this. a powerful solar storm is thought to be the reason for the rare sight. the southern lights similar to the aurora bore re-alice in the
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northern hemisphere. it happens when particles are electrically charged by solar storms. other parts of australia and new zealand expected to witness the light show over the coming days. fantastic. ♪ retiring the confederate flag in the south, politicians unite across party lines. down to the line with a debt deal for greece. and chemicals in paradise hawaiians say their land is being poisoned. ♪