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true story of till. >> thailand reopens the shrine that was targeted by a deadly explosion. you're watching al jazeera. i'm fauziah ibrahim. coming up in the next half hour. the eu is facing an influx of migrants with 100,000 reaching europe last month. wildfires stretch resources thin
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their respects but to offer a prayer for the many people who were killed and injured at this very site. it is a very resilient society, thailand and it's like this part of the city is back to normal. showing the man entering the shrine grounds and leaving that bag. at the moment, the thai authorities are not saying anything more about him. we don't know whether he's a thai citizen or what his motives are. police are not closing off any avenues of investigation. they are open to any suggestions that this could be a link to domestic thai politics or some sort of international angle. they are also investigating the fact that this could have been a revenge attack carried out by wieger muslims, you may remember that just last month the thai authorities deported more than 100 wiegers back to beijing.
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>> let's bring in kim mcquay, a a representative of a think tank in the united states. kim thanks for being with us. lots of speculation at this stage as to who may be behind this bombing. the government has ruled out links to the insurgency in the south. this was a very public, very bold attack that was meant to send out a strong message. what do you think that message was? >> i think it could be a combination of things, in an effort to embarrass the government, to notwithstanding losing some power from 2014, could still be shane by an event of this kind. so those would be amongst the motivations that one could imagine. >> prior to this the military
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government had been under pressure to hold elections and to return the country to civilian rule. with this latest violence do you see this pressure from pro-democracy groups easing? >> i think that this will add to the pressure on the government to a certain degree. there will be a number of things that will be happening. people will be watching the government very carefully and with expectations to see how diligently the government can follow up on the investigation, whether an organization or individual can be brought to justice. and kind of moving in parallel with that, the broader governance issue, whether the government can get through this constitutional reform process and return the country to elected process as soon as possible. it's very difficult because of the pressure the government has brought to bear on broader critics, to gain what the public sentiment is in that regard. this will be an interesting
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litmus test i think for those interests of security and the broader governance emerge. >> kim, thailand has often seen political upheaval and violence. every time thailand has managed to bounce back. do you see it being different this time round? >> there's certainly concern in that regard. you're absolutely right. thailand has demonstrated historically remarkable resilience. from the issues of 2010 and beyond expectations, likewise the flight emergency in 2011. what was different in the prelude to the two, and again part of the rationale of the government, was that the economy seemed to be genuinely under stress and since then the government has gone to some lengths to say it is managing the economy, there are telltale signs of the economy that says the economy could not recover the way it could. initially the tourist economy
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which is so important to the country, and they have knock-on effect as far as investor confidence really can't be discounted. we're watching that with some concern. >> kim , thank you for your concern. kim mcquay from the asia foundation. greece is planning to use a ferry to carry migrants to the northern shore of thessaloniki. a record 107,500 migrants crossed the european borders last month and the u.n. says all of europe must do its share to shelter them. germany takes the most asylum seekers and there are about 700,000 asylum applications
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expected this year. the u.n. says 21,000 arrived in greece this week alone and the island of place he like kos is struggling. jonah hull reports. >> every day they come, sometimes in their hundreds, refugees and those seeking work crossing the placid waters of the aegean. the turkish town of badram in the distance. they wait for paperwork in order for them ostay or move on to other parts of europe. >> iraqis is here, irans is here, africans are here. >> but they have been waiting how much longer? >> how is this? 23 days. >> 23 days and nobody has helped you in that time? >> i want to go in germany.
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>> and why, what do you think you'll find in germany? >> because i think reply future is there. >> we have here some survival kits,ciesome hygiene kits, mom kits baby kits. >> you think the local authorities are tired? tired -- in control? >> they're tired. it's tough for them. >> things have been worse in recent days a government chartered passenger ferry has moored in kos town, providing sanitation and documentation to 200,000 people. there are exclusively syrians on board. certainly the ferries present has eased the cries you i crisi. but for many living on the beach in the center of town, very
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little has changed. a group of africans from cameroon nigeria and congo said they are being discriminated against. >> that is horrible. >> you think that is specifically because you are africans? >> that might say but what i see, they are giving the attention and you yourself should know it is because we are africans. >> on the greek shore, they may be safe but even here floating on a holiday lilo they are far from secure. jonah hull, al jazeera, island of kos. >> focusing on increasing security and humanitarian aid in the french port city of calais. , thousands of migrants have
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tried to get to england through the channel tunnel. wildlifwildfires in westerns of america have forced thousands to leave. tom ackerman has the story. >> across the west firefighters are reaching the limit of their resources to put out hundreds of fires in eastern oregon. crews numbering 25,000 men and women are adding support from mobilized national guard troops. >> coming down in pure flames, it's like a flame thrower, coming through this. >> lived here 33 years. so it's hard to see this. >> reporter: at the peak of the apple harvest there, one of the world's largest fruit processing plants was virtually
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destroyed. fanned flames continued to pose elevated risk. fourth year of drought in california is aggravating danger. firefighters can no longer depend on moisture from undergrowth of trees to prevent the spread of the blaze. more than 20,000 square kilometers of tundra and forest land have been scorched this year in alaska, making this season the worst on record for the state. snow covers less of alaska than normal so the fire risk will remain high through september. but relief may be coming from the pacific ocean. a winter forecast for one of the strongest el ninos in recorded history would mean much warmer sea temperatures and that would raise the chances of more rainfall. tom ackerman, al jazeera.
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>> we're here to fully get into the nuances of everything that's going on, not just in this country, but around the world. getting the news from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> ali velshi on target >> welcome back. the top stories here on al jazeera, in a shrine in bangkok that was the scene of april explosion on monday, is set to reopen. linking to the blast which killed 22 people they have
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released cctv footage of this man just prior to the attack. greece is taking the cost of people to be ferried to the greek island of thes al niek t . >> the political instability comes amidst a turkish rebel campaign. yo han tamir says the failure to form a government reflects the
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division within turkey. >> the polarization within turkey is within a concerning level. the ruling party has been accused by many segments of the party and wider. now we've got this results after the june 7th elections but the parties are so far apart from them, they simply couldn't find a common ground. but one more point: it seems like the president erdogan, even though he did not run in this last election, from the beginning, it seemed like the president erdogan was not happy with the results of the elections and he wanted the earlier elections, and now we are almost there >> the syrian regime continues its air strikes on the southern city of duma. volunteers from the civil
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defense unit could be seen driving in the city streets on tuesday. they were urging the people to leave as the bombing continue. sunday killed more than 120 people. in yemen, saudi led fighter jets have bombed the key port of houdida. a spokesman for the saudi led coalition says the strikes were directed at a houthi base and not the port. main entry point for aid supplies in northern yemen. now the fighting in yemen is having an impact on other countries as well. there are 230,000 unregistered somali registered, u.n. registered somali refugees and like many, most of them have lost their homes and have nowhere to go.
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carlin malone reports. >> staying in the school in the darsa district in the southern port city of aden along with many others displaced by the fighting. she escaped from civil war in somalia many years ago and finds herself caught up in another conflict. >> i have been living in aden for 25 years. it's hard to leave it. now i have children and life and death are in god's hands. no one is scared to death whether in somalia or here. >> reporter: some of the people here are also displaced yemenis. ab deabdel came here when his fy was displaced. they are worried not having a place to stay because the authorities want them to leave the school. >> e >> every day, the authorities come to tell us to leave.
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we left because of the tragedy of the war and now we have the tragedy of housing. >> reporter: the situation is particularly bad for the 230,000 somali refugees in yemen. some of them are going back to somalia even though there's widespread fighting there too. >> translator: i had gone to yemen to start a new life away from the war in splal yah. there i found another war and now i'm back to somalia again. i've been a refugee all my life. >> somalia already has tens tenf thousands of displaced people. whether they're stuck in yemen or forced to go back to the country from which they fled, these somalis have incorporate to go. carolyn malone, al jazeera.
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following opposition from senior democrat senator robert menendez. >> while i have many specific concerns about this agreement my overarching concern is it requires no dismantling of iran'iran's newark structureirad only dismantles it for ten years. >> kristin saloomey is live in new york. >> menendez is the senior democrat on the foreign relations committee. menendez says he's concerned the deal does not do anything to dismantle iran's nuclear capabilities. he says contrary to what the president has been saying it's not an all or nothing deal. he called on congress to reject the deal but not in its
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entirety. he encouraged the president to go back to the negotiating table and get a better agreement. a group of nonproliferation arms control experts people like hans blix, former head of the iaea, they say this is a good deal, they support it and this is tougher than other deals that the u.s. has signed. congress has until mid september. even with menendez's lack of support they have enough to pass without his support. in south sudan, president salva kiir says he needs more time to read the peace
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agreement. u.n. security council says the conflict has to stop. >> given the outrageourageous fe of the parties to reach an agreement yesterday, now must mean a readiness of the security council to take action, to mobilize our collective resources and increase pressure accordingly on those frustrating peace. and we must advance meaningful efforts to hold perpetrators of atrocities accountable. >> mexican authorities have burned marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine were worth around $120 million dollars. investigators looking into the disappearance of 43 mexican students say the government is stopping them from doing their job.
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they say important evidence could have been destroyed by the thoarts. john holman has more from mexico city. >> one of the things that angered citizens was the conclusion of local authorities. the town ordered their abduction and the local police force together with the gang carried that out. there has always been suspicions that this could have gone further up the chain of command. the army had a base near where this took place and a team of international experts who have come to investigate this think they can tell them more but the mesms can governmenthes mexicant stopped them from working with the process. >> the army said we couldn't ask the soldiers or get the information from them privately.
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>> we are especially worried about missing evidence in the caits. we've informed the mexican attorney general's office of a now lost video of a police intervention which caused the disappearance of the students. >> this is only going to fuel suspicion that the mexican government may actively be trying to hide things. in the wider context it is emblematic of the vast majority of crimes go unsolved. yarmouk refugee case, potentially fatal disease. aid workers made the discovery after gaining access for the first time in two months. 16,000 civilians are trapped by fighting and government shelling around the camp. 750 million people around the world do not have access to
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clean and safe drinking water. researchers in the u.s. are trying to change that with an innovative book. gay reegabrielle elizondo repor. >> technologically advanced printer paper. imagine being coffee filters being a page of a book. here is how it works, each paper can be torn out of the book. it can be slimmed into a filter box. >> at the end of the day, the technology behind it. >> it was invented over several years by terry denkovich, an
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employee of carnegie mellon. >> we tested the water in south africa, ghana and bangladesh. the filters have also been tested in haiti and kenya. 99.9% of the water was free of bad elements. >> this is a water filter sold at many camping stores and it is often used by backpackers. but just one of these cost $38. that's far too expensive for most people to be able to afford. but even vannic filter
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specifically made for poor communities in need often cost the same. the book can be produced for less than $5. each filter in the book costs 10 cents and can filter 100 liters of water, enough for one person for 30 days. teaming with others to get the step off the ground. one step to get people clean water. gabrielle elizondo, new york. parents are having trouble convincing schools to enroll students with learning difficulties. tanya page has the story.
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>> it's difficult for this woman's son to concentrate. he was expelled two years ago because of his learning disability. >> teacher does not want to teach him because he's not like other children. >> reporter: the only school that would accept him is a special one for disabled children but he can only start next year, once he's able. now he's too old, he was forced out of school eight years ago. >> my mistress never gave me like was given to other kids. and they's neglected me. always bullied me. i never felt comfortable, i never felt like i was a child to them. >> human rights wash is he half
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a million in south africa. too much focus on special schools when what's needed is what's happening here. this is a regular school that includes disabled children like angel. she has cerebral palsy, participating in class as best she can. but her presence is also teaching her classmates an diversity. tanya page, al jazeera, johannesburg. >> intafnt coe isebastian coe iw president of football. 58-year-old coe says he wants to
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