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who dresses in lumber jax style. these images coming to you live from paris where they still continue to heal. russia says it's military will work with the french if asked in the wake of the paris attacks. vladimir putin seeks what he calls retribution against those who bombed a russian passenger jet over egypt. ♪ hello, i'm david foster. you are watching al jazeera live from london. also in this program, back home again, yemen's president returns to his country from exile for a second time. we will meet the firefighter who has undergone the world's most advanced face transplant.
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♪ well in the aftermath of those attacks in paris, european politicians are talking the language of retaliation and retribution. france and russia leading calls for intensification in this the light against isil. president hollande and vladimir putin talked on the phone and will meet later this month for further talks. putin says russia could develop a joint plan on syria are the french navy. rory challands has been following developments from moscow. >> reporter: the kremlin has spoken and said that on tuesday, vladimir putin and francois hollande had a phone conversation. of course they talked about the two attacks that they have both
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been victim to over the last few weeks, or at least their people have been victim to. and they have pledged to work closer together militarily in syria. now the briefing that putin was given on all of the attacks that have been taking place in syria, over any last few hours, he specifically instructed his naval commanders, operating in the eastern mediterranean, he said the french fleet is coming, treat them as your allies. this, i think, is an indication of how the sands are shifting, really, and how russia and the west, which had been so far apart in syria and over ukraine, are now after these attacks on the french capitol and this russian plane, now they are starting to be drawn closer together in this campaign. u.s. secretary of state john
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kerry said now is the time for the world to come together and hit isil in syria and iraq. kerry is in paris paying his respects to the victims of friday's attacks. meeting the french president francois hollande kerry called for countries to hit isil at its core. he added a ceasefire is possible but could be weeks away. there has been another round of strikes in raqqa, and france has made an unprecedented demand that its european union allies support its campaign against isil. fellow states are under no obligation to actually offer assistance. from paris jonah hull reports. >> reporter: as the immediate impact recedes, a strategy of vengeance and france hopes deterrence begins to take shape.
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u.s. secretary of state john kerry met with french president francois hollande to describe a grand coalition against isil or daesh. >> we have to step up our efforts to hit them at the core where they are planning these things, and also obviously to do more on boarders in terms of the movement of people. but the level of cooperation could not be higher. we have agreed to exchange more information and i'm convinced that over the course of the next weeks, daesh will feel even greater pressure. they are feeling it today. they felt it yesterday. they felt it in the past weeks. we have gained more territory. daesh has less territory. >> reporter: french war planes carried out a second night of bombing, hitting isil without mercy as the president had promised, but the french will know there is little common ground between the many players in this deadly drama, between the u.s. and russia, the gulf
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states and iran and other regional neighborhoods. heavily stretched from north africa, middle east and also at home, the french president called on the e.u. members to help. >> it is the first time it has been used. what is this going to mean in practice? well, either taking part in france's operations in syria and iraq or by easing the load or providing support for france in other operations. so lightning our load elsewhere. what i have said to my colleagues is that france can't do everything. >> reporter: police have discovered a third car with belgian number plates believed to have been used in friday's attacks, and searches have continued at addresses across france. almost 300 separate raids
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carried out from the north to the south, seizing b bhe -- weapons and making arrests. meanwhile life in paris is being revived. the eiffel tower lit in the colors of the flag, the city motto proudly painted on buildings. it refers to a ship at sea in heavy waters but unsinkable. and so is paris itself. >> paris is the city of lights. is the city of the brightest philosophers, the city of liberty, of freedom, and paris is also a multi-cultural city where we are grieving, but we are all uniting in front of the threat of dash. >> reporter: and on social media, a hashtag calling for parisians to mark the end of three days of official mourning
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by returning to the bars and restaurants tuesday night. >> jacky rowland is outside one of the bistros in paris, but first of all the investigation, what can you tell us that is new? >> reporter: well, a lot of the narrative that we have been hearing about the investigation has focused on three brothers, three french brothers with strong connections to brussels, and they were involved in hiring the cars that were used in the attacks, or at least two of them potentially were, the third brother was questioned by police and released. they said he was not in any way implicated. but one of the three brothers is currently searched by the police. he third brother at the moment it's not sure what became of him, there has been some
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unconfirmed reports that he may have been among the bombers. but at the moment police are looking for this brother, and his other brother appeared on television urging him to give himself up to police. now police are seeking a second fugitive in connection with the attack. so the investigation continuing, and the emphasis being on trying to find people directly connected with the attacks and also those who may have been involved in providing logistical and financial support. >> jackie pretty early in many respects, 5 past 6:00 or thereabouts, but are you seeing some return to normality, that people are thinking, look, we do
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have to go back to the lives we had before? >> at this stage, it's only a little after 6:00 in the evening, paris time, half of them are full. and also we can competing with rain and high winds here, so it's not ideal conditions for people to be sitting on cafe terraces. but i would say the terrace here is about half full at the moment. it's a mixed crowd, young people and also some older people. so they do appear to be rallying to this idea of getting back to continuing their way of life, which is very much the message from francois hollande when he was speaking in front of unesco earlier in the day, seeking to stress that what has happened on friday night was not going to
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achieve the results of making the french inward looking, closed on themselves, but rather that french culture, values and way of life will continue. >> thank you, jacky. john kerry has said he is confident the u.s. will be able to help turkey seal all of its border with syria. isil has been using the border as a lucrative smuggling route. >> reporter: the turkish authorities are usually much more reticent to talk about military matters than the americans. but we understand the area of border that we're talking about is about 98 to 100 kilometers west of the -- you fray tease.
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turkey has been working to strength its once porous border. but it is still possible to come and go if you are intent on getting across. the border area we're talking about is already being secured with a mixture of concrete blast walls, trenches, for instancing, and patrolling. it's not a particularly difficult terrain to get through. it's fairly and hilly in parts. so the work will be to strengthen already existing measures to make it much harder for people to come and go freely across that part of the border. ♪ in other news, yemen's exiled president has returned home there saudi arabia, he arrived in the southern port
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city of aden, his second visit since the coalition began an offensive in march. he is rallying forces that remain loyal to him as well as overseeing a campaign to retake the third largest city in the country, ta'izz. 45 fighters from both sides were killed in fighting on month. what is called the islamic movement of israel is being accused of inciting violence by the israeli government. here is hoda abdel hamid. >> reporter: the decision was taken by the security cabinet about two weeks ago but was only made public on monday. the raids targeted 17 offices, all premises of ngo's related to
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the islamic movement in several towns across israel. now according to the israelis, the group -- the movement has been using insightful speech. one of its slogans says al aqsa is in danger. and from an israeli point of view, that has caused a lot of unrest among the palestinians, many now say that israel wants to change the status quo around the al-aqsa mosque compound, something the israeli prime minister, benjamin netenyahu, has denied several times. now the leader of the movement had been taken in for interrogation. he has been released. he -- he remains defiant and says that he will continue to lead this movement. coming up here on al jazeera, the protesters voicing their anger after two dams burst
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♪ and the top stories for you. the russian president orders his navy to establish contact with the french as we looks to step up the fight against isil. in the wake of the paris attacks, france has invoked a never before used e.u. clause that demands that other member states help support its fight against isil. and yemen's president has
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returned to his country from exile for a second time to rally support. more out of france where after last week's attack in paris government officials say muslim religious leaders preaching radical views will be expelled and their mosques will be shut down. in that is creating some concerns for muslims living in one small franchise. town who say they have always been under scrutiny and it will now get worse. >> reporter: a mournful gathering meant to showcase unity, but here, a tiny town in southern france, even this small crowd had difficulty truly bridging their differences. >> translator: no all muslims are terrorists. only a small group are fundamentalists, but have a problem with migrants. they are like a trojan horse.
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some are trained and have contacts to get weapons. >> reporter: at the ceremony, at tendees were somber. many muslims in the crowd has been worried about worsening attitudes before them. now they say they are as scared as they are sad. >> translator: every time someone looks at me in the street i feel think they we are at fault. but we have nothing to do with what happened in paris. we are heart broken for those living this tragedy. >> reporter: this 25 year old who was born and grew up here, tells me islamaphobia really began setting in last year, once it was discovered that several young muslim men hadn't just been radicalized, they had also gone to wage war in syria. >> translator: there are many young people from my generation who joined up to fight with terrorists from here. we don't understand why, and we
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don't want to be associated with them. we want people to know we are above all else, french. >> reporter: towns folk are still at pains how to come preinging -- comprehend how this town could have been a breeding ground for radicalization. with though french government stated aim of both expelling radical imans and dissolving radical mosques, places like this will almost certainly come under even more scrutiny. six men who died fighting in syria in 2014 had attended this mosque. now another four worshippers tell us they have been instructed by police not to leave the town and to report to the police station several times a day, it's why so many of the
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faithful continue to pray for guidance, even though mosque officials are at a loss on how to proceed. >> translator: i am concerned about how to follow our religion here. it's not important who wins elections, we are all french. >> reporter: but during these times of deepening polarization, many muslims here wonder if that one commonality will be enough to get them all through this. protesters have voiced their anger against barack obama as he arrived at the a-pac summit in the philippines. they held rallies against the president's involvement in their country. the chinese president also attended the summit. analysts xnt the rivalry between the u.s. and china to dominate
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the talks. our correspondent reports from manila. >> reporter: manila's notoriously chaotic streets are being cleared for the a-pac summit. 20,000 of the capitol's homeless people have been temporarily moved. philippine officials say it's to ease traffic and ensure the safety of more than 7,000 delegates. but many filipinos feel the city's shutdown is hypocritical, the cover up of the widening wealth gap and the failure to live up to the theme of inclusion. this woman has worked hard not to be sidelined. she runs a women-lead business selling sustainable fair trade products. small companies like hers make up 98% of businesses in asia, only a third of them are owned by women. she says excluding women means a-pac economies are losing out on billions of dollars in potential growth. >> 89 billion that is untapped because of the lack of women
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participation, but what we want is for the leaders to finally say, yes, we're going to include this in our agenda to decrease -- to lessen the gender gap and to give women more access to financing. >> reporter: but analysts say it's not what is on the agenda that needs watching. expected to set the tone is the underlying rivalry between the u.s. and china for dominance over the region. the u.s. and china lead separate trade initiatives for the asia pacific region, each excluding the other. but a-pac's 21-member economies agree to work together despite the political differences. the largest point of contention has been taken off of the agenda, china's controversial construction of artificial islands in the south china sea. it's strongly opposed by many of
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china's neighbors most vocally by the philippines. >> the romans used to say money has no odor. when you are talking about gaining wealth, making wealth for your citizens, sometimes you can leave the political differences aside and focus on that. >> reporter: as in previous years, a-pac leaders are expected to smile and put up a united front at the close of the summit, but it will be difficult to hide strained relations, especially as they are already being reflected on streets. at least 70 people have died in severe flooding in india. about 10,000 people have been forced out of their homes. the city streets as you can see, water logged. a relief fund of almost $76 million has been promised for the worst-effected areas. demonstrators have gathered
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outside of the headquarters of a mining company in rio after two dams burst at an iron ore mine owned by the company. it unleashed a wave of mud contaminating a local river. the government has already hit the multinational with more than $66 million in fines. police in mexico have admitted to taking bodies from a mortuary and then burying them in mass graves. a human rights agency says authorities aren't investigating the causes of death and they are getting rid of the bodies without the consent of the families. john holman has been to the state to find out more. >> reporter: another mass grave is unearthed in mexico, but this time not drug lords but authorities in a central state have admitted burying more than
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100 bodies in this pit. they nel -- neglected to tell this woman that her son had been dumped there. for the first time she is seeing video of him being pulled out. for months authorities had assured oliver's family his body was in a morgue awaiting tests to find out who kidnapped and killed him. only after the family pressured them did they finally admit the truth. now more families are wondering
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if their loved ones could also be in this pit. there are more than 80 disappeared people here. human rights about viss told us authorities haven't solved a single case. >> translator: there is an attitude of complicity, immrunty, and corruption, and the only thing it provokes is that the crimes against the people continue. >> 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 deaths are first investigated. that didn't happen here, according to state attorney documents al jazeera had access to. they show that several bodies were dumped in the pit without investigation or identification. more than 100 bodies are still in this mass grave, and it's a potent symbol of how authorities seek to bury cases rather than
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investigate them. the state attorney's office first admitted this was an illicit grave and then changed their story. >> translator: we're not talking about an illicit grave just a common one, and if there are irregularities we'll take the investigation to where it needs to go. >> reporter: words that ring hollow for oliver's family. many other relatives are left craving even the consolation of burial. the world's most extensive face transplant has been declared a big success. it took 150 doctors, and medical staff at a hospital in new york to tackle the life-changing operation. let's get this story now from alexi o'brien. >> reporter: when patrick set off for the hospital in august, he put on his ears and took
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a -- core ageous step into the unknown. he was seriously burned in 2001, leaving him disfigured. 14 years and more than 70 operations later, it was time for the big one, but his doctors have proclaimed it's the most comprehensive face transplant in history. the medical team have been practicing for more than a year. they waited for just the right donor to come along with his fair skin and hair. a 26-year-old who died in a cycling accident in july. 150 medical staff worked for 26 hours on this complex delicate surgery. they flipped the skin at the back of the donor's head, and cutting key pieces of bone, then draped it precisely over his
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face. it was a miracle first, a difficult operation, one they couldn't be sure he would survive. >> the most complex portions included the transplant of the eye lids, the ability to ensure that we transplant the eyelids in their entirety to patrick can blink. the inclusion of the entire scalp, changes the entire trajectory of his life here. >> reporter: the first person to undergo a partial face transplant said she struggled with looking into a mirror and seeing someone else's face look back. for patrick one of the biggest challenges will be to make sure his body doesn't reject his new phases. there will be more operations, but after three months in hospital his doctors say he is making remarkable progress. and planning a reunion with his family.
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he says the doctors haven't just given him a new face, he now has a new life. get all of the headlines and a great deal more at to mind and punish thoseg responsible, after it is confirmed that it is a bomb that took down a passenger jet over the skies in egypt. more than 100,000 police and soldiers. and concerns over refugees the top republican in the house, now joining 26 governors saying no to syrian migrants in the u.s.


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