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a bomb explodes in a baghdad market. dozens killed you are watching al jazeera live from doha. also coming up. g up. a warehouse belows up, many dead or missing. tension in myanmar. soldiers lock down the hours of a ruling party after two senior
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coalition members are removed from office. playing to pyongyang, the slovenian band set to become the first western rock group to perform in north korea. i.s.i.l. fighters in iraq claim responsibility for exploding a bomb in a crowded market. at least 55 were killed and asia saddiqui. a shi'a area of the iraqi capital. 200 others have been injured. the blast is one of the biggest to strike since haider al-abadi took office. i.s.i.l. attacks escalated in recent months as government forces moved to drive the group out of its stringhold in anbar. monday 58 mr skilled and 100 injured in two blasts, a market attack in july killed around 86
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people moan of those killed were women and children, gathering to mark the end of ramadan. according to the u.n. 15,000 civilians have been killed in iraq since the start of 2014, crossing to mohammed joining us from baghdad. tell you ares u what are we do make of the security situation of baghdad, where i.s.i.l. can strike so hard in the capital, killing at least 55 people. >> it's a good question underscoring how tenuous the security situation remains, not throughout the country but in the capital. one thing i would like to clarify for the viewers, there has been confusion on how the attack happened. we had been told it was a suicide bomber who drove into the crowd. in fact, we are told this was a parked truck. the bomb went off in the truck as clouds gathered at a vegetable markets, a crowded vegetable market in a densely popular neighbourhood, in a
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densely populated and shi'a dominated neighbourhood. this is according to the acts, people we have spoken to, who witnessed the devastation a horrific attack. it shows the fights of security forces. it hit other parts of the country, but more and more seems to target shia areas. there were two neighbourhoods targeted in which dozens were killed. you say a fight against i.s.i.l. doesn't seem to go well for the iraqi government. what will they do. >> doesn't same to go well. today, we are hearing from government officials, ministry of defense, that the second face
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of the anbar offensive launched. the phase in which the defense for stopped supply lines that i.s.i.l. used to get weapons into the country. most don't believe that the fight is going well, and that there's a lot of propaganda. one thing to note, also today, there has been disturbing news out of fallujah, another front in the battle of i.s.i.l. we are told by medics, that because of government air raids against i.s.i.l. rr targets, that 23 civilians were killed and most women and children. across the country, you see devastation at large, you see a fight that appears to be non-ending, citizens concerned about safety and security at a time when so many are coming out into the streets, demanding the
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government deal with corruption. >> thank you for the update from baghdad. >> two huge blasts rocked one of the busiest ports in the chinese city. look at the aerial pictures, showing the scale of the explosions, 44 killed, hundreds injured, and 36 reported missing. blasts so powerful they registered on the earthquake scale. adrian brown has more. >> reporter: the heart of one of china's most important economic hubs, torn apart by multiple blasts. fires burnt throughout the night. there were further explosions thursday afternoon. as the pool of toxic smoke billowed across the city. locals concerned not for the first time, about the air they are now breathing. >> translation: we are very worried, very worried about what chemicals are in the air, and
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what might be toxic. and could be harmful in the future. >> reporter: close to the epicentre of the explosions, the scale of the destruction is difficult for survivors to comprehend what happened, and why. >> translation: i thought it was a gas explosion. my bedroom wall was hit by a shock wave that threw me out of bed. >> reporter: others thought it was an earthquake or nuclear explosion. windows were shattered in homes 2km away. foreseeing the evacuation of hundreds of families. flying debris sliced through vehicles. temporary housing for migrant workers bore the brunt of the blast. this is a worker's dormitory, it's been shredded. the damage is it testament to force of the explosions. the people here lucky to get out alive. the number of dead continues to rise, many were firefighters.
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government officials say hundreds were treated in hospital, mostly cuts, caused by flying class and concrete. >> translation: my first reaction was to run. i got blood over my body. >> reporter: authorities say the blasts were caused by chemicals stored in a warehouse. choice to where thousands lived. an investigation into how that was possible has begun well rks two of myanmar's senior politicians have been removed from office. soldiers surrounded the ruling party's headquarters and stopped mps leaving. there has been tension among military leaders over selection of candidates ahead of the general election. veronica pedrosa has more from bangkok. >> it looks as though the reason
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why this is happening is friday is the deadline for submission of candidates for elections in november. the military offered a number of candidates that the former leader, who happened to be speaker of parliament, rejected. the list was not to the militaries liking. it appears that the tension building up over the last building up over the last few months came to a head, and that's why trucks surrounded the stp headquarters at around 10 o'clock wednesday night, local time. the speaker of parliament and the chairman and the secretary general, have been held in what is defacto house arrest. it should be noted that the president of myanmar closely aligned with the military, has
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also reshuffled the cabinet, and the minister and deputy ministers of both border affairs ministry and defense have been let go. 10 others have been allowed to resign. what you are seeing is a dramatic shift towards the military leverage, within what is nominally civilian government. don't forget, 25% of the parliament is allocated to the military. there many positions that are appointed by the military, and unaccountable to the civilian government. this should be seen in the context of the november election, insofar as the u.s. this is, saying that this will be a litmus test to see whether the remnants of the military dictatorship that ran myanmar for decades is willing to let go of power south korea's government is
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monitoring reports that the north korean vice premier has been executed. a newsagency based in seoul said he was killed by firing squad in may. several high profile political figures have been killed this year. south korea says he was last seen in public in december. >> the u.n. secretary general, forced the head of u.n. mission in the central afric republic to resign, following allegations that peacekeepers have been involved in the killing and sexual abuse of children. including the rain of a 12-year-old girl. gabriel elizonda reports from the u.n. headquarters in new york. >> reporter: anguished, ashamed anger, u.n.s secretary-general ban ki-moon's response after allegations that u.n. peacekeeper raped a girl and were behind killings. >> i believe what we have seen
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in the central african republic, in the period before u.n. peacekeepers were deployed and since speaks of the need to take action now. enough is enough. >> reporter: allegations of wrongdoing started last year, when french troops were accused of the sexual misconduct before the peacekeeping operation began. it prompted ban ki-moon to create a panel to look into it. the peacekeeping mission was set up, and has been in operation for a year and a half, made up of 10,000 troops and police from more than 45 countries. the spokesperson for ban ki-moon announced wednesday that there has been 57 allegations of misconduct by u.n. peacekeeping troops in the central african republic, including 11 cases of possible sexual abuse. a far higher number than what has previously been made public. u.n. peacekeeping operations started three years after the u.n. was founded in 1945.
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to date there have been 63 missions around the goal. peacekeeping missions won the nobel peace prize in 1998. there's been notable failures? in the democratic republic of congo in 2004, there are allegations of sexual exploitation and rape. in the 1990s, there was reports of u.n. peacekeepers in bosnia and kosovo participation in alleged trafficking and prostitution. the peacekeeping problems have gone beyond sexual transgressions. nepalese troops were accused of causing cholera, killing 7,000, infecting over a million. ban ki-moon was sorry they could not stop the genocide when 800,000 were killed. in srebrenica, dutch peacekeepers forced muslim families out of the compound, they were rounded up by the
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serbs and massacred in what international courts described as a genocide. with the latest scandal. top diplomats stepping in to show accountability and change . >> the president of guinea basal dismissed the government, making an announcement in an address. there have been months of infighting. over the subdivision of power. donors threatened to withhold the billion dollar in aid. leaders failed to maintain. the area has undergone attempted coups. the president and prime minister have had a difficult relationship. >> the main problem is between the ruling party
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where there are many clans inside fighting. their fighting one another. and the other is what needs to be reviewed. the constitution. we have a parliament which gives force to the prime minister, in this frame. they wanted to have a final review in management of your country. it is really a burning concern because they come in from the roundtable of brussel, where the donors have to give more than a billion. so in this con, for sure, they were awake for a lot of the time. this will be difficult or a tough tim for the guinean people, the economy of the country also. >> still to come on the programme - the u.s. under pressure to free a guantanamo
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prisoner cleared for release six years ago, and the people smugglers order migrants to pay route from northern france to the u.k. details coming up. complz complz
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the top stories on al jazeera - i.s.i.l. is claiming responsibility for exploding a bomb in sadr city. over 200 were injured.
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44 people have been killed in a huge explosion in the busiest port. hundreds were injured. 36 firearm reported missing in myanmar, two of the senior politicians have been removed from office, soldiers surrounded the ruling party's headquarters and prevented m.p.s from leaving. >> u.s. aircrafts are carrying out operations from turkey's air base. al jazeera learnt that two people have been kidnapped by p.k.k. fighters in turkey. it happened this morning. one of the people was thought to be a turkish soldiers. more details on the story as we get them meanwhile iran's foreign minister met bashar al-assad in
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damascus. zav mohammad javad zarif did not go into detail on what was discussed. clarissa jean-phillipe reports. -- zeina khodr reports. >> reporter: the rebel stronghold of duma was one of several opposition-held areas targeted by air strikes. many were killed and injured. the military regularly attacked the region in retaliation for assault on the government seat of power. casualties were caused as rockets landed. rebels fire mortar into the capital, the countryside. the barrage was intense and lasted for two hours. many say the attack was the message for the syrian government and the ally, whose main foreign minister was expected in damascus later. he has been in beirut as part of the efforts to promote peace. zarif called for talks with gulf
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arab leaders, worried about iran's growing influence in the region. >> translation: we want to extend the hand of cooperation to all in the region. we are ready to cooperate and top exchange ideas for joint action to combat extremism, terrorism and sectarianism. >> there are a few details about the iran peace proposal. iran's media reported that it would involve a ceasefire. the forming of a national government, amending the constitution and holding elections understand international supervision. the main problem for the opposition is bashar al-assad. >> the pending issue today is the fate of the president bashar al-assad. this iranian initiative is faced with what we call saudi condition, and number one saudi condition is that no deal is to
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be - no place for assad in any possible solution inside syria. saudi arabia made it clear after the foreign minister met the russian counterpart in moscow. there's a push for the diplomatic solution between the syrian conflict. it is led by the backers in iran. the international community agrees on the need to find an agreement but forming the pieces -- basis of negotiation is proving to be difficult. some opposition leaders believe iran and others are pushing for a deal because syria is facing economic pressures. bashar al-assad backers are not showing signs of compromise, at least until they secure what they consider to be their strategic goals. pro-government forces in yemen are gaining ground from houthi rebels and are 125km from sanaa. troops loyal to the exiled
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president abd-rabbu mansour hadi have taken six taken districts in the city of ibb. most of the south is held by pro-government forces and are backed by saudi arabia strikes. haider al-abadi is on a visit to the united arab emirates for talks. they have been a key military backer, attempting to roll back the houthi advance former u.s. president jimmy carter has said cancer spread to other parts of his body. he is rearranging his schedule to undergo further treatment. since leaving the white house he travelled the world to champion human rights. the u.s. environmental protection agency says water quality from a colorado river returned before 11 million litres of toxic.
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the city can start taking drinking water from the river again lawyers for a man held in guantanamo bay accused the obama administration of endangering his life. he was cleared for release in 2009. he has been on hunger strike for more than eight years, the condition described as life threatening. we have this report the u.s. military held this man at guantanamo since early 2002. in 2009, the obama decided that he no lodger posed a security -- longer posed a security risk and should be released. it's 2015, he is still at guantanamo. his lawyer filed a petition to force the government to release him. they are fighting his case in court in order to win the authority to continue to held him. despite having cleared him for
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release, and despite the oft repeated statement. what makes the case significant, he's not eden voluntarily in more than eight years, and the weight dropped to less than 34 kilos, lawyers call it a life-threatening situation. and the case comes at a time when officials at guantanamo and the pentagon struggled to deal with detainees to protest the situation. officials will not say how many men will refuse to eat or are being force-fed. they don't want to highlight detainee's political actions. the lawyers said they tried to stay focused on the client's situation. >> they force-feed a man to prolong his detention, despite the fact he has been clear of police. >> the case is before a federal judge. they stress that they carry out
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the president's goal greek authorities say they are working around the clock to improve conditions for migrants. 1,000 migrants were lost in a football presentation without food or drinking water. they have been given temporary travel papers. migrants in northern france are using people smugglers to get to the u.k. they can't get there legally. the large number of migrants say problems in france and england. they spoke to some of them. >> here, not in calais, but down the coast in doesn't kirk. the cars with the british number blats who, for a fee offer the way out of this. the people don't feel guilty,
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saying the west owes them for problems in the homeland. now they have to get these people and let them live here, here in europe, better. and because we have no choices. doctors of the world are here handing out blankets and tents, despairing at the system forcing the vulnerable to pay people, who are known to harm them. last time i met a young afghan man, he unravelled the bandage, and there was a gas on the forearm and he was pulled off a track by the albanian peace smuggler, he's shocking. it had to stop. >> the camp has been around for years. no sign of the police, and the conditions are desperate. everyone said they wanted to get to the u.k. legally, but had no choice but to break the law. they were from the middle east. clawing at the one meal a day
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local volunteers can offer. it's hardly surprising they want to get out of here. immigration is not a new thing. we let the situation deteriorate and some are profiting from it. >> reporter: back at the other camp the smugglers were on their way again, the refugees demanded they stop filming the car. for all the violence hanging in the air, they decided paying was a better option than risking the powerline. people smuggling, has become the latest factoring for the british media. you have to ask what choices the refugees have. the reason they backed up 40km from calais is this offers them a better chance of getting on a laurie. there was nothing new in what was happening. in the u.k. it became the heavy vehicle to rip the communities at once, and avoid discussion whether uk is a silent policy
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slovenia's best-known rock band has been invited to perform in north korea. they'll be the first rock group to play in the country. the band has courted controversy. >> reporter: they have rocked london, and toured the united states six times in packed out stadiums. next they'll perform in north korea. a communist country known for the marches, mass gymnastics and resistance to western pop culture, citizens have no internet connection, rock bands and no idea what to expect. we love to play for people who have no idea who we are, reaction of the audience is
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better. more honest as they are not overloaded with information. >> the band has courted controversy. with videos and live performers using images and costumes invoking totalitarian im. when it comes to the north korean regime, everything is relative. >> they have app totalitarian system. there's nothing more totalitarian than dictatorship. >> reporter: crowds will be treated to a mix of songs, including the musical "sound of music." of. >> we'll perform three of their songs, and do classics "life is life" is included. >> reporter: considering this is a popular soj, the nation may be in for a bit of a surprise as the performers who have
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passports and phones confiscated, a promise to behave just a reminder, you can keep up to date with all the latest news on the website. here it is on your screen all the day's top stories. you'll find them at >> thousands evacuate after explosions in china, potentially toxic fumes force rescuers to stop searching for survivors. >> that port disaster may spell trouble for china's currency. >> jimmy carter reveals he has add advanced cancer discovered after a recent surgery. >> the chief of the e.p.a. fears long term e