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at least 37 die in a taliban attack on an airport in afghanistan, civilian hostages are among those killed. hello, you're watching al jazeera live from doha. alleges in the next 30 minutes, hundreds of rebel fighters and their families are allowed to leave the syrian city of homs after a brutal two year siege. police in france identify the third attacker during the bataclan concert attacks.
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i'm in the jungle of eastern colombia where farc rebels are preparing for peace after 50 years of conflict. at least 37 have died in a taliban attack at kandahar airport in afghanistan. it is one of the most heavily fortified compounds in the country. nine attackers were killed during nearly 24 hours of fighting with the security forces. the defense ministry said one gunman is still holed up inside. >> this video released is said to show the gun battle between taliban fighters and afghan security forces at kandahar airport. as dawn broke, the damage was easy to see. it's a heavily fortified facility, but at least 10 armed men got into a school building without being challenged. they passed through several security checkpoints. once inside, the gunman seized
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families as hostages. >> gunmen entered the air field from where civilian families live and where there is a market. >> these are said to be the attackers armed with automatic weapons and dressed in what appears to be afghan army uniforms and equipment. despite having a newly elected leader and reports of in-fighting between factions, the taliban seems determined to show it can mount well planned attacks. this taliban video is said to show fighters equipped with fake i.d.'s and equipment allowing them to pass as foreign soldiers. they even have official looking vehicles with fake license plates, which, according to these taliban pictures, security forces don't appear to check. taliban fighters overran the northern city of kunduz in september. it was their biggest victory since being removed from power in 2001. the afghan army supported by u.s. airstrikes took several days to regain control.
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afghan president ashraf ghani is in afghanistan for talks with it is representatives from pakistan and the u.s. right now in kandahar, the possibility seems remote. >> the afghan government wants more help to renew a peace process with the taliban that broke down in july. >> the afghan president ashraf ghani arrived in pakistan to arousing welcome. 14 countries which are a part of the conference are participating in the fifth such conference which is being held in pakistan. the pakistani prime minister saying that peace was of vital importance to pakistan, the outgoing president saying that
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pakistan had a lot to gain from peace in afghanistan, especially the pipelines that are planned from turkmenistan, also they city lines that are going to come from other central asian states. this is happening at a time when talks between afghanistan and pakistan were at a standstill, so pakistan will be hoping to revive the peace talks by facilitating talks between the afghan taliban and the afghan government, but there were serious problems. no one expected that this particular conference would be ail to deal with that, but one thing is important, that the afghan government has expressed a desire to continue with that dialogue, because a military solution is not a viable solution and eventually, everybody has to come to the negotiating table. the difficult task for pakistan, however, will be to convince the of a goon taliban once again to come to the negotiating table in order to find lasting peace for
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their war-torn country. >> hundreds of rebel fighters and their families have started to leave the syrian city of homs as part of a ceasefire deal between with the government. >> this is the result of more than two years of sporadic and difficult negotiations, hundreds of people, including fighters and their families are leaving this district in the city of homs. it was the last rebel stronghold in a city long known by the opposition as the capital of the revolution. a ceasefire deal has come into effect. the united nations helped broker the agreement between the syrian government and the rebels. >> the first batch of people from the neighborhood of homs that left towards the northern countryside. other groups will follow. about 160 families left the neighborhood and about 300 fighters who are against the truce, as well as a number of wounded and amputees. it's part of the opposition in
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the neighborhood. >> the evacuation of fighters and their families is the first faces of the agreement. they will head to opposition controlled areas further north. the syrian government in turn will lift the siege of the district and end military operations there, but the warring siding seem to be interpreting other details differently. the government says the deal means it will return to state control, is cleared of weapons and fighters who choose to stay will have their legal status settled. little said all rebels will leave the district within two months. >> i'd like to reassure that not everyone in the neighborhood of homs have left, only the injured and their families. we are steadfast on the front lines. neither armed groups nor the bigger brigades have left. there is no mass departure. this is our neighborhood and we should defend it. >> opposition activists say the rebels had no other choice but
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to accept the deal because the government's blockade caused a humanitarian crisis. it has been besieged by government forces for more than two years. food and medical supplies were only allowed in sporadically but no aid entered for over four months for the tens of thousands who live there. some describe the deal as a surrender forced by the blockade. the deal is similar to the one reached itch homs old city more than a year ago. 2,000 fighters holed up inside were granted safe passage to opposition areas north of homs. they agreed to the deal only after they were starved and outgunned. since then, few people have returned. the international community is now working to try to revive peace negotiations, start the political process and bring about a nationwide ceasefire. that won't be easy. lyle local ceasefires may silence the guns, they are doing little to bring about peace and reconciliation. russia's defense ministry
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said it fired missiles at syria from a submarine hitting weapon stores and oil assets in the isil stronghold raqqa. russian media reports that the submarine arrived tuesday. gulf leaders arrived in saudi for a regional summit. security issues and the conflict in syria and yemen are high on the agenda. also taking place is a meet between syria's opposition and government. the jordanian government is accused of causing months of delays for thousands of syrian refugees. satellite pictures are said to show a camp just inside jordan on northeastern border with syria. human rights watch said refugees are delayed by three months before they can leave the region and get into transit centers. a search is underway after a boat carrying refugees capsized near a greek island. five children were among 11 who
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drowned off the coast. at least 13 others are still missing. another boat carrying refugees sank off the turkish coast, drowning six children on tuesday. a third gunman who took part in the attacks at paris concert hall the bataclan is identified, a 23-year-old. many of the 130 people killed in the attacks in the french capital died at the bataclan venue. jacky rowland has the details out of paris. >> the french prime minister has concerns that investigators have been able to the body of the third man who took part in the attack at bataclan concert hall. at the time when anti terror police stormed the concert hall, two men blew themselves up and a third was killed by police. the prime minister has said that
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the man was originally from mistakesburg but had traveled to syria two years ago with a brother and two friends and then returned in order to take part in the attacks. french media report that the information came via a text message sent to the man's mother, who is still here in front. according to these reports, the message said simply your son has died as a "martyr" in paris. the mother contacted the police. she gave them a d.n.a. sample and according to the reports, it was via this d.n.a. sample that the police were able to identify the body parts of that third attacker at the bataclan. a germ woman accused of involvement in a neonazi cell that murdered 10 denied taking part in the killings. in her first testimony, she said she only found out about the murders after they happened. members of the cell killed eight turks, a greet citizen and
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german police woman between 2000 and 2007. there are fierce in south africa that coal workers could lose their jobs after one of the world's biggest mining company said it would slash its workforce by 85,000 jobs as part of a restructuring. it employs 72,000 people in its mines indianapolis south africa. >> mining companies have suffered a big drop in profits because of plunging commodity prices around the world. more than 23,000 jobs have already been lost in south africa's mining sector this year alone. plans by anglo americans to make 85,000 workers redundant worldwide does not go well for an industry already under strain. it employs 72,000 in south africa but won't tell them what's happening in my the new year. >> we don't want to be caught by
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surprise, the we want to see for the company to save jobs. the unemployment rate in south africa is ating is the 25%. >> some predict in the short term up to 3500 local mining jobs are at risk another iron ore, platinum and copper sectors. >> i expect the mine industry to be in a more critical condition and with that comes the pressure of how labor is going to respond, how policy makers are going to respond. if we thought 2015 mining industry was hard, i do think 2016 mining industry is going to be impossible. >> metal prices are showing no sign of recovery from their lowest level in six years, as angelo americans review its upprofittable operations, there are concerns that the local mining industry will only suffer further. >> still to come here on al jazeera for you.
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kenyans set up with shady business call on the government to end corruption. myanmar eropes its stock exchange but investors can't hit the floor just yet. stay with us and find out why.
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at least 37 died in a taliban attack an kandahar airport in afghanistan. the defense ministry said one gunman is still hold up inside the compound.
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hundreds of rebel fighters and their families have started to leave homs in syria as part of a ceasefire deal negotiated between the opposition and the government. french police identified the third gunman who took part in the attack on the bataclan hall in paris last month. he was a 23-year-old from strasburg. the united nations corruption is a global problem which costs trillions of dollars every year. wednesday is anti corruption day to highlight the issue. >> $1 trillion is paid in bribes globally every year according to u.n. statistics and as much as $2.6 trillion involves trappings around the world, that's the fire economy of france. corruption diverts funds from important essential services. >> this hospital saves thousands
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of lives. >> there's a link between countries with high corruption and high child mortality rates because money isn't spent on projects intended for. the u.n. said corruption gets in the way of providing people with clean water and sanitation. it increases the cost of building essential water infrastructure by as much as 40%, meaning many of the 1 billion people around the world who need clean water are not getting it. >> the kenyan president says corruption is a threat to national security. a third of government ministers have lost their jobs this year as part of a crack down on graft. catherine soy now from nairobi. >> these protestors demand answers from their government. they often wake up to report of new corruption scandals. lucy and her friends traveled from the outskirts of nairobi to join in the demonstration. >> we don't want corruption anymore. we want everyone to benefit. i don't have any money and i
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want changes. >> kenya's anti corruption commission has taken 350 people to court this year, six cabinet secretaries have also been forced to resign because of corruption allegations. >> many kenyans are angry about corruption especially in the public service. the president declared corruption a threat to national security, but these people want to see more action. >> in this forum, some think tanks discuss the latest scandal. last year, the government traced roughly $2 billion in capitol from european and american investors. this was to pay off loans and fund building projects. it's not clear on what projects $1.4 billion has been used. >> i think the president has made many statements that seem i am passed against corruption, however, in terms of action,
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that doesn't -- we haven't even action commensurate to the statements, which seems to demonstrate a lack of political will. >> earlier this year, the disappearance of close to $8 million from the national youth service outraged kenyans and prompted investigations. parliament has been probed for millions of allowances, loans and fraudulent payments. several county governments have been accused of miss appropriating public money. the government motion man acknowledges corruption exists in government but told us all is being done to deal with it. >> 70% is related to procurement. procurement is about private sector and government players. before, we've only been able to deal with the government side of that. if we can now allow for the private sector people to also take responsibility for what is obviously criminal, then we are heading in the right direction.
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>> these protestors have no faith in a government fight against graft. they say they are yet to see any jail terms for those accused of stealing their money. al jazeera, nairobi. a vote on whether the rwandan president can run for reelection will be held later this month. the constitution bars him from running in 2017. he became president in the year 2000 but has been the defact-leader for 20 years. the referendum will does whether he can stand for a third or fourth term. >> brazil's supreme court has suspended a committee deciding whether to impeach the president rousseff for alleged corruption. opposition politicians accuse rousseff of mismanaging the budget. the government in colombia is close to signing a peace deal with farc rebels aimed at ending more than 50 years of civil war.
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"has been given exclusive access to a rebel camp where fighters preparing to reenter mainstream society. >> farc fighters exercising at dawn their rifles in hand. those gathered in this camp are not here to practice how to fight. >> it's time to start a literacy campaign, mathematics, fills see, economy and bolivarian ideas. >> the commander leads the first morning class. its part of the strongest military faction of the group. he tells the rebels about the changing focus. >> recently, farc highest commander ordering the end of ominous and explosives, preparing for civil life.
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>> for the past three years, farc has been holding peace talks in havana with the colombian government while the conflict on the ground continued. the rebels say they have declared an unilateral ceasefire while the government suspended airstrikes. >> government jets still fly overhead. ending this class and sending them to their trenches. >> farc rebels have been at war with the glom bean government for 51 years but mass desertions reduced their numbers. one of the farc negotiators in havana was sent back to lecture them on the agreement. >> we are entering a transitional phase, which the government calls post conflict and we call national normalization. >> today he discussions the
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joint deal to find the 25,000 people who disappeared in the war. >> many fighters also need basic education. they might soon have to try to find regular jobs. >> we are convinced that this time there is a real possibility to reach a political solution. that's why we're developing education plans, plans to have nothing to do with weapons that have nothing to do with war and military activity. >> these classes my hardly be enough to prepare all the rebels for what will come, but appear to show that the farc get serious about helping its lifelong fighter to say leave the jungle and their weapons behind. al jazeera in the jungles of eastern colombia. >> more aid is being delivered to flood victims in india, the
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city suffered its worst flooding in more than a century. 300 people were killed. bad construction and poor planning made the damage even worse. that is all left of the business he worked hard to build. it was flooded last week. >> i own two sheds. there's no sign of one. the other is completely damaged. none of these cars have insurance, because i repair only damaged cars. i've lost $30,000. i even lost my tool kit. my life has gone back 10 years and i have to rebuild from scratch. >> regions across india are prone to heavy rainfall and in some cases, floods. experts say devastation of the kind seen is the result of a number of factors and a seasonal
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problems maybe areas face are compounded by widespread policy problems. >> researchers at the word resources institute say more indians are exposed to flood prone rivers than in any other part of the world. the united nations offers the disaster risk reduction says between 2005 and 2014, nearly 2,400 people were killed by floods in india every year. preparing for such situations is a challenge because of india's complexing. >> grove and diverse development needs. the indian government says less sons have been learned from previous disasters. >> to the mumbai floods, 2005, a lot of work has been manned to set up very localized early warning systems with, you know,
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automatic weather stations in the city itself that has been some work on clearing the channels. reclaiming some of the he crouchment that happened. there are more weather stations than ever before. cities are taking steps in that direction. >> for indians who continued to be affected by flooding, progress isn't keeping up with changing weather patterns, and there are growing calls for improved government policies and plans to better focus on prevention, rather than disaster management. al jazeera, new delhi. >> china announced a series of emergency response measures as thick smog continues to blanket beijing. more than 2,000 factories have stopped working and millions of private vehicles have been banned from the roads. smog is affects the neighboring city as well as provinces.
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myanmar launched a new stock market, only six listed on the exchain. it isn't open for business because the traders aren't ready. we have this report. >> a little fanfare, a lot of excitement, and the stock exchange is officially launched. it's another step forward as myanmar liberalizes its economy after decades of military rule ending in 2011. the exchange isn't operational yet. firms aren't ready, nor are the six companies selected to list on the exchange. some observers say local businesses, many family owned may find it difficult to adopt to the stringent regulations imposed on public listed entities. >> a lot of enterprises are excited by the idea and that's a
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great atmosphere to have. the thing is, they might not stay so excited once they find out what changes in governance, in scrutiny, in culture this requires. >> theian gone stock exchange isn't myanmar's first step into capital markets. for decades, a military dictatorship and international sanctions stifled myanmar's economy. there has been growth in recent years, but investment opportunities haven't quite kept up. investors still mostly buy either gold or property. lately, internet connectivity and mobile technology allowed on
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line trading of commodities and foreign currencies. the launch of theian i don't know stock exchange will be a welcome addition. volkswagen said problems with emission is less than originally believed. an investigation found only slight discrepancies in about 36,000 cars. the firm has been real from the fallout of cheating on u.s. emissions tests for diesel vehicles. the german chancellor angela merkel has been named time magazine's person of the year, recognized for how she's handled the economic crisis and the greek and european refugee crisis. merkel is the first individual woman to receive the person of the year award since the magazine changed the title from man of the year in 1999.
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