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we are not fighting a war of civilizations because these assasins do not represent one francois hollande says france is at war and vows to destroy i.s.i.l. with the world news from al jazeera. also ahead a show of patriotic defiance. half of u.s. states say they won't accept syrian refugees after the paris attacks. plus seeking answers.
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mexicans is the government to explain why their relatives were found in mass graves. france is at war. that was the uncompromising message from francois hollande. he pledged to dramatically escalate their campaign against i.s.i.l. in syria. at home the state of emergency will be extended for another three months following the paris attacks. lee barker reports. >> reporter: in the grand can degrees room in the palace, members of both upper and lower houses stood to sing the passise anthem. a rare moment in french politics for extraordinary times. addressing law makers the pt called on the country to unite in one of france's darkest
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hours. >> translation: the terrorists believe that free societies will be affected, but they won't be at all. france has come through other tests. france is still here,a live and kicking and those who have tried to challenge france have always been history's losers. it will be the same again this time around. the french people are arident, valient. they don't give up. these killers represents no-one. we are at war against the terrorists who threaten the whole world, not only france. >> reporter: francois hollande also called for a chance to the constitution giving the government further power to prevent further attacks. paris is a changed city scarred by violence, but united in grief. a minute's silence to reflect on the worst attacks since the second world war. a symbol of the nation's values
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are the many faces of modern france. >> i am very touched and upset and i wanted to pay attribute to this people and, yes, i think it's important. we just want peace >> reporter: the french government is treating the attacks as an act of war, mobilising all security and intelligence agencies, despite all the extra efforts, the government is warning that future attacks could be imminent. it's difficult to make sense of what happened here in paris. while the country still remains at risk. overnight french police staged 168 raids in several major cities across the country. these images show the raid in the city talouse. more than a 100 people have been placed under house arrest. >> translation: last night across france the police with the help of the intelligence services carried out about 150 searches at the homes of individuals suspected of various
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offences. besides the items seized and the interrogations, the searches allows us to speed up investigations and to radicalise individuals. the raids came as france launched its heaviest air strikes on raqqa, i.s.i.l.'s main strong hold. the intelligence reports that this is where the paris attacks were planned. i.s.i.l. have since issued a new threat againsta france and other countries taking part in air strikes. as the country pauses to reflect on friday's attacks, the government now says it's taking unprecedented action to safeguard its citizens the french police believe belgian born abdel hamid abaaoud was the mastermind behind the attacks. the 27-year-old is thought to be in syria. he was sentenced to 20 years in jail for encouraging young
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belgians to join i.s.i.l. paul brennan has the latest >> reporter: the police swooped with overwhelming numbers and over powering strength. they were taking no chances. their focus was number 47 in the bruise els neighborhood of mollenbeek, the so-called attacker. wearing masks and with dog units in support it was a massive show of force. >> translation: i saw the police rushing in. they put the barriers in place. i was wondering what was going on. then they pushed everyone away. they asked us not to go outside. >> reporter: this is the face of the most wanted man in europe right now and police believe he is hiding in the molam beek
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district. officers said to open the women's and surrounder. specialist units to up positions on roof tops overlooking the premises. it was a false. news spread that the suspect had not been found. four hours after launching the raid, the police units began to withdrew leaving behind a sense of shock amongst the locals. >> translation: the word shock is too soft. i'm talking to you with a sense that we have one foot in reality and the other in a sense we are lost. in the next 48 hours when we may be start to understand what is happening here, then i think we will say wow, we are certainly in shock. we all are. >> reporter: another declined
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to give his name. >> translation: it's always like this here, the relations between police and the residents has always been very difficult. for the past 20 years it has been like that. it's not new. it's true that what is happening now is making things worse. we didn't need the attack in paris to know that we had these people here. we already knew that. >> reporter: even as the man hunt continued for salah abdeslam his brother, moham med who was arrested on saturday was released without charge by police in brussels and spoke and insisted he had nothing to do with the paris attacks. >> translation: regarding my brother, we did not know where he is at the moment. we do not know if despite the current tension he will dare to surrounder to the justice. he grew up here. he studied here. he is a normal person. >> reporter: this area is notorious ground for muslim youth and hundreds of i.s.i.l. fighters have been recruited in
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this brussels neighborhood. the dangers have been well publicised but the complaint is that too little has been done to tackle the problem. >> translation: they're able to recruit these young people here because of the fragile economic and social culture that people live here in. those who recruit them, they are not just here. it has to be an international thing. >> reporter: despite occasional raids and high profile policy statements from the government, the authorities have never got to grips with the radicalising elements within belgium. paris has changed all that. but will the police response drive a further wedge between the residents and the authorities or will it bring new cooperation. paul brennan al jazeera, brussels since the events in paris, the u.s. says it will increase intelligence cooperation with france. secretary of state john kerry is
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in the state capital for talks with francois hollande. he gave a speech after he arrived condemning i.s.i.l. >> they rape, torture and pillage and call it the will of god. they are, in fact, psychopathic monsters and there is nothing, nothing civilised about them. so this is not a case of one civilization pitted against another. this is a battle between civilization itself and barbarism, between civilization and medeval and modern fascism both at the same time the tower has been lit up in tribute for the victims. it's one of many monday ewe meant around the world doing so. the eiffel tower closed on friday and opened on monday. the commissioner for human rights says the world is facing
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a crisis. >> this is a dark time, a time of great turmoil in the international - in the world of international relations. paris bleeds, so too does beirut and aleppo and countless other cities the attacks in paris are already having an impact on the international refugee crisis. a growing number of states in the u.s. are now saying they're refused to accept any syrian refugees. allan fisher reports >> reporter: a moment in silence in texas for the victims of paris attacks. here and elsewhere there is growing concern about who is to blame. a syrian passport was found near one suicide bomber. for some that is enough. they are accepting they will receive no more refugees from syria, not here or now. >> i am requestings that the president and the federal government cease sending refugees from syria to north
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carolina. >> i will not roll the dies and take the risk on allowing a few refugees in simply to expose texans to that danger. >> reporter: it's not sure if they can block. once here people, even refugees have pre-domestic of movement >> the u.s. is one of the best resettlement program in the world. it has a strong vetting system. it received people on the basis of vulnerability, which means people who have been tortured. it's not the sort of person one should fear >. >> reporter: one danned date has essentially backed the government. >> the proposal to bring to america tens of thousands of syrian muslims, it's nothing short of lunacy.
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>> in his closing remarks to the g20 summit in turkey, president obama says there was a moral obligation to help. >> when i hear folks say that well, maybe we should just admit the christians but not the muslims, when i hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who is fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, that's shameful. that's not american. >> reporter: p.m. re up until the end of september 1682 syrians had been admitted in the previous 12 months. the some states have order the departments to end all assistance to those who arrived in the u.s. looking for a way out of violence and hatred
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lots more still to come here on al jazeera. we will tell you why a small french town is the center of the government's attention after the paris attacks. >> pluck it out and not bleeding we take a look back at the extraordinary career of indian actor sigh jeffery. stay with us. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself, and that's what we're doing at xfinity. we are challenging ourselves to improve every aspect of your experience.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. welcome back. a recap. french president francois hollande wants to extend the state of emergency in france for
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three months. following the paris attacks. he also pledged to escalate the air campaign against i.s.i.l. in syria. more than 160 police raids have taken place across france and belgium in the search for suspects. at least 23 people have been arrested and planners have been identified. the eiffel tower has been lit up. it had been closed since friday but reopened on monday. france's government has stated that it aims to shut down radical mosques and expel their leaders. muslims living in this small french town say they've always been scrutinised but now they fear it will get worse >> reporter: a gathering meant to show unity, but a tiny town in southern france, even this small crowd had difficulty truly bridging their differences. >> translation: not all muslims
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are terrorists. only a small group are fundamentalists. they want power and flood the planet. they're like a trojan horse. some are trained and have contacts to get with weapons. >> reporter: at the ceremony, attendees were somber. they were worrying about worsening attitudes before them even before the horrific attacks in paris. now they're say they're scared as they are sad. >> translation: every time someone looks at me in the street, i feel they think we are at fault, but we have nothing to do with what happened in paris. we are hard broken for those who are living this tragedy. >> reporter: 2 ah-year-old malik who was born and grew up here, islamphobia set in last year once that it was discovered that several young men from here
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had gone to wage war in syria. >> translation: there are many young people here in my generation who joined up to fight terrorists. we don't understand why they did that and we don't want to be associated with them. we want people to know we are above all else french. >> reporter: people are still at pains to comprehend of how a community of less than 30,000 people could have become a possible breeding ground for radicalization. but the growing confusion doesn't diminish the rising anger. with the french government stated aim of both expelling radical imams and stoveing radical mosques, houses like this one, which had been under investigation even before the attacks, will almost certainly come under even more scrutiny. >> reporter: six men who died fighting in syria in 2014 had attended this mosque.
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now another four wore shippers tell us they've been instructed by police not to leave this area and to report to the local police station several times a day. that's why so many. faithful here continue to pray for guidance, even though mosque officials are at a loss on how exactly to proceed. >> translation: i am concerned about how to follow religion here. it's not important who wins elections, the right or the left. we are all french >> reporter: during these times of deepening polarisation, many of the muslims here wonder if that one commonality will continue to be enough to get them all through this there's also been a moment's silence at the united nations to honor the victims of violence. this update from its headquarters in new york. >> reporter: it was the first open meeting of the u.n. security council since the terrorist attacks in paris.
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it was a regularly scheduled meeting updating the council on the humanitarian situation in syria. however, there was a moment of silence. one minute to remember the victims of terrorism around the world, but the focus clearly on france. it was an solemn moment. the day of the attacks in paris, the security counsel issued a statement calling them bar baric and cowardly. on monday francois hollande urged the security council to do more and in a speech to parliament he called on the council to take up a resolution on fighting terrorism, but here at the u.n. it takes time and no such resolution appears imminent. however, the united kingdom which holds a rotating presidency of the security council this month, says there should be no doubt on where they stand. >> >> we stand ready to help
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france in whatever way france wants, using our presidency of the security council to take action in a way that helps france and helps others who are victims of these attacks. >> reporter: the french president wants to rally international support in the fight against i.s.i.l. and he clearly views the security council as a key player in that effort a fight against i.s.i.l. dominated the agenda at the g20 summit. a call to russia to do more in the fight against i.s.i.l. leaders from pretty an, germany and the united states say moscow should step up its air strikes against the armed group. two palestinians have been killed during an israeli army raid in the occupied west bank. israeli military says the troops came under attack. they were demolishing a man they accused of killing an israeli in june. in the behalf six being 86 plebs and 6 israelis have been killed.
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police in mexico are being accused of secretly dumping bodies in a mass grave. a human rights agency is looking at whether officers buried corpses instead of investigating how they died. john holeman reports >> reporter: another mass grave is unearthed in mexico. this time not drug lords but authorities have admitted burying more than a hundred bodies in this pit. they neglected to tell this woman her son had been dumped there. for the first time she has seen video of him being pulled out. >> translation: >> reporter: for months authorities had assured his family his body was in a morgua
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waiting tests to find out who kidnapped and kill him. only after the family pressured them that they finally admitted the truth. now more families are wondering if their loved ones could also be in this pit. there are more than 80 disappeared people. authorities haven't solved a single case. >> translation: there's an attitude of corruption. the only thing is it provokess is the crimes against these people continues. >> reporter: it is legal for mexican authorities to use mass graves to make space in their morgues, but only after the families of the dead are informed when possible and
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deaths are first investigated. that didn't happen here coring to state attorney documents that al jazeera had access to. they showed that several bodies were dumped in the pit without investigation or identification. more than a hundred bodies are still in this mass grave and it's a potent symbol of how authorities all over the country seek to bury cases rather than to investigate them. under pressure, state attorneys's office first admitted this was an illicit grave appeared changed their story. we got this repeated line. >> translation: we're not talking about an illicit grave, just a one. if there are irregularities, we will take the investigation to wherever it needs to go. >> reporter: words that ring hollow for oliver's family. at least they've now been able to give him a descent burial. many other relatives of disappeared people are left craving even that con solation
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a yorke hospital has declared a face transplant a success. a firearm you suffered burns to his face when he tried to rescue a woman from a burning house. >> reporter: when patrick set-off for the hospital in august, he put on his prosthetic ears and toning a step into the great unknown-- took a step. he was seriously burned in 2001 while working as a volunteer firefighter, leaving him disfigured across his face and upper bodies. 14 years and more than 70 operations later it was time for the big one. his doctors have proclaimed it the most comprehensive face transplant in history. his medical team at new york have been probleminging tore more than a we are-- practicing for more than a year.
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they waited for the right donor to come along. a 26-year-old who died in a psych listening accident in july. 150 medical staff worked for 26 hours on this complex delicate surgery. they flipped the skin at the back of the donors head peeling each side forward and cutting key pieces of broken and then draped it over his face. it was a medical first, a difficult operation, one they couldn't be sure he would survive. >> the most complex portions included the transplant of the eyelids, the ability to ensure that we transplant the eyelids in their entirety so they he can blink, normally the inclusion of the entire scalp, but this changes his life. >> reporter: it is a major change that one that can be a mixed blessing. the first one to under go a facial transplant said she struggled looking into the
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mirror and saw someone else look back. a big challenge will be to make sure that his body doesn't reject his face and to take medicine every day. there will also be more operations about, but after three months in hospital, the doctor us say he is making a remarkable progress and planning a reunion with his family. >> >> reporter: he says the doctors haven't given him a new face. he now has a new life heavy rains have caused chaos in the city of chenai. at least 60 people have died in rain-related incidents this week. streets and homes have flooded and drains are overflowing. residents say they're not getting enough help from the government. the veteran indian actor sigh jeffrey has died at 86, he
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starred in ghandi, the chess players and the man that would be king. he worked on more than 1000 bollywood productions. >> he pluck it out and not bleeding. >> reporter: his global star status rose when in 1975 he was given a humble chair with his name on it. he was starring alongside michael caine and shaun connery at the time of the man who would be king. they got their own personal chairs on set. jeffrey got a stool. caine was furious and demanded he be given a chair as well. he was born in punjab in india in 1929, a son of a doctor. he was a stage act when when
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hollywood beckoned. he starred in chest players, also starring rushlight attenborough. he made a price. that led to other roles in indian hits. he went on to become a director and never forgot jeffrey, casting him as politicians in the 1982 oscar winning ghandi. he became a huge hit in the u.k. with roles in drama, including jewel in the crown and far pavilions. jeffrey won severala wards as well, including a bafta for playing as pakistani be that as it may, in 19 the ah my provell landrette. he was married twice, although
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he admitted having extramarital affairs. professionally, he is regarded as having opened up the world stage to indian actors more news of course on our website. there it is on your screen, the address aljazeera.com ♪ >> a city in mourning. avenging the fallen. and, i.s.i.l.'s other war. a cultural genocide. a "america tonight" special is

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