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>> the united states does lag behind other countries on this. >> now a revolution in workers' rights... >> my story is so many peoples' story. >> that could decide the election. >> it can be different. targetting i.s.i.l. commande commanders. we are also striking at the head of this thing by hunting down and killing i.s.i.l. leaders officials confirm recent u.s. strikes in syria killed 10 high ranging members of i.s.i.l., including some linked to the paris attack victory tour, iraq's prime minister visited the center of ramadi, a day after i.s.i.l. forces were driven out, but saw
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first hand the fight is not over sentence reduced. >> i respect the verdict of the supreme court judges and the verdict means omar will be the first former israeli prime minister to serve time in gaol and mass evacuations. in four counties in south america - the worst flooding in decades forces tens of thousands of people to leave their homes. scientists blame the storms on el nino good evening, i'm david shuster, and you're watching al jazeera america's international news hour. we begin with the latest in the fight against i.s.i.l. pentagon officials said today coalition air strikes like this have killed 10 senior i.s.i.l. leaders this month. one of the i.s.i.l. commanders in syria allegedly had direct
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contact with the suspects behind the november 13th attacks in paris. in iraq, the army is trying to consolidate and bolster its control over ramadi, a day after pulling out the i.s.i.l. fighters. he toured the city and thanked the iraqi soldiers. iraqi leaders are planning the next offensive against i.s.i.l. in addition to the celebrations a minister told reuters that retaking mosul was the next priority, but would require help from the kurds. i.s.i.l. had mosul for a year and an a half. jamie mcintyre is at the pentagon for the latest. >> the pentagon says effort to target and take out i.s.i.l. leaders is eroding i.s.i.l.'s effectiveness on the battlefield and sending a powerful psychological message - that there's no safe haven in iraq or syria. >> reporter: the u.s. says one of the i.s.i.l. leaders killed this month in syria was linked
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to the paris attacks last month that killed 130 people and for which i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility. the pentagon says this man, 27-year-old sharaf al-muradon killed in a drone strike in syria ciz eve had been in contact -- christmas eve had been in contact with this man. a man killed in a place raid in the suburb, and said to be the leader of the cell that carried out the attacks. three of the members were in some way connected to the paris attacks and were allegedly planning additional attacks. >> these are individuals specific working to strike the west. they want to strike in europe. they want to strike in our own homeland. it's important that people understand that as long as those external attack planners are operating the united states
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military will hunt and kill them the pentagon says in a 3-month period coalition air strikes based on u.s. intelligence targeted 10 separate i.s.i.l. operatives, killing two on december 7th, one on the 8th, two on the 9th, five on the 10th, 12th, 24th, 25th and 27th. >> we are striking at the head of the snake, like i said. we haven't severed the head of the snake yet. it still has fangs. we have to be clear about that. there's more fighting to do. the pentagon released the kill list, along with u.s. drone videos, showing iraqi forces raising their flag over a government compound as they declared ramadi liberated from i.s.i.l. the pentagon map told app different story, showing in green parts of ramadi that have been secured, indicating that about a quarter of the city needs to be cleared of remnants of i.s.i.l. fighters. >> the pentagon claims to have
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killed 10 top i.s.i.l. leaders. i.s.i.l. showed in the past it has plenty of people ready to step up and become new leaders. the pentagon conceded that i.s.i.l. has an effective campaign, boasting 20-30,000 fighters in iraq and syria jamie mcintyre reporting from the pentagon. iraq's prime minister had a stark reminder about the threat from i.s.i.l. has he was flying to ramadi, his helicopter came under fire. we have this story from erbil, iraq when prime minister haider al-abadi made his way to the west of ramadi, his helicopter came under fire. there were i.s.i.l. firefighters the area, that tried to attack the plane. they couldn't really. it was out of range and they couldn't do damage. it gives you an indication that this area much iraqi forces are
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jubilant that they have retaken, is not completely under their control yet. in parts of central ramadi, east, there are large pacts of fighters that have always been there, and there have been fighters that fled from the areas which have been taken by the iraqi forces. it's very much an ongoing fight. yes, it's a symbolic victory for the iraqi forces. there's a lot of work ahead to completely secure karri ramo. >> reporting from erbil, iraq. >> in syria, u.s. special forces say they obtained an i.s.i.l. document giving permission to i.s.i.l. fighters under sharia law to rape female hostage. the documents classifies women captives as property of the kidnappers, allowing them to be bought and sold. and in syria's civil war, government forces pushing towards a strategic town in the
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south announced they have recaptured a military base. the syrian army claims that it took the largest basin, a province controlled by syrian rebels. a watchdog group said the rebels continued a battle to stop the advance, and it is hoping to tackle the city to fortify a southern defense of damascus saudi arabia denounced the killing of a leader who died in an air strike on friday. the saudi arabia prime minister said it will not help the peace attack. turkish president recep tayyip erdogan is being welcomed to saudi arabia today. boats agreeing to work together, in an effort to end ongoing conflicts across the region. >> reporter: the aim of the council is to bring about a qualitative transformation between turkey and the kingdom.
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saudi arabia, to help create security, stability and prosperity, god willing, in the region saudi arabia and turkey are supporters of syria rebel groups. police in russia announced two people have been charged with planning an attack in brussels on new year's eve. they were allegedly targetting landmarks in the capital city, and arrested after a series of raids sunday and monday. the foiled plot involved a series of attacks similar to those carried out in november in paris. in england, a husband and wife interested in helping i.s.i.l. were connected on charges of trying to plan a large-scale london bombing. prosecutors say 25-year-old mohammed and 25-year-old kahn wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2005 attacks
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on the british transit system. they planned to target a shopping center or the underground with knives and other weapons. he used twitter to ask for advice on where to attack and had been stockpiling chemicals a blast north-west of pakistan killed 26 and wounded 60 either. al jazeera's victoria gatenby has the details. >> reporter: the attack was timed to cause maximum devastation. the government office issuing identity cards packed with people. there was chaos in the moments after the bomb exploded. police say it was a suicide attack. many killed, many injured. >> there was a blast in the office around 2 o'clock. around 100 are injured, and 20 martyred. i was offering my prayers in my house when the blast occurred. it was a huge blast.
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when i came running here, there were dead bodies. >> the attack happened in the city of modan in a tribal area bordering afghanistan. a group once linked to taliban claimed responsibility, but the pakistan taliban said it had nothing to do with the attack. attacks by its fighter declined, in part because of the increase in military operations and effort to shut down the armed group's source of founding. the explosion comes two days after the head of pakistan's army was in kabul for a meeting. they were trying to restart talks with the taliban. >> pakistan is trying to persuade them to engage in a political negotiations with the government, instead of fighting this insurgency in afghanistan. pakistan's focus today is that there should be a political settlement between the afghan
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government and the taliban. >> both governments have been adopting a new approach, it appears there are many fighters that are committed to continuing the chaos. chinese officials react to japan's apology over comfort women in world war ii. china's leadership says it will wait and see if it will make amends to women deployed into prostitution. it came after an 8 million payment to korean women. the women were forced into brothels as sex slaves. >> this issue has a bearing on the centers of china, seaa and other countries, as to whether japan can do it if words and actions are consistent from start to finish, we will wait and see and there has been calls for the japanese to deal with
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taiwanese women. the women enslaved during world war ii the israeli government is denying a report claiming that it is planning to build more settlements in the west bank. the watchdog group uncovered documents, and indicated plans to build 55,000 settlement units, and palestinian authorities said that it would end a hope of establishing a palestinian state. the report was based on old information that is no longer valid in jerusalem today the israeli supreme court upheld a bribery conviction of ehud olmert. the court agreed to reduce his prison sentence from 6 years to 18 months, which he'll begin to serve in february. we have this report the hearing was brief, the ruling was clear. >> ehud olmert is the first
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israeli prime minister to serve time in gaol. the supreme court ordered the 17-year-old to serve 18 months in prison for bribery, starting in february. olmert was sentenced to six years in gaol by a lower court, after being convicted in 2016. the case develops around the holy land project. it was controversial and approved for instruction. >> that is why it reduced his sentence. speaking to the media after the ruling olmert will welcome the ruling. >> a large wait was lifted from my heart. the supreme court decided to acquit me of the main charge in the holy land affair. >> olmert is going to gaol for accepting a bribe of 15,000 for a real estate project approved
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whilst mayor of jerusalem. despite accepting the sentence, he maintained his innocence. no bribe was offered to me. >> i respect the verdict of the supreme court judges. >> olmert served as israel's minister served from 2006 to 2009. he was a popular leader, as the case worked through the legal system, there were increasing demands by the public that he served time in gaol. saying that the politicians were treated too leniently by the courts. this is not the end of the struggles, he faces a sentence of 8 months in prison over allegations of fraud and making illegal payments to an american businessman. while the supreme court has yet to rule on that case, the legacy as the first australian prime minister to be handed a prison
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sentence is cemented the young man from texas known as the affluenza teen may be extradited to the united states after being caught in mexico. >> 18-year-old ethan crouch and his mother were arrested in mexico after disappearing this month. he is accused of violating his 10 year probe eights sentence. two years ago he killed four pedestrians whilst driving drunk. the lead texan detective tells why this is important. >> we were the agency that had to work the initial accident scene, had a tremendously vested interest in making sure that ethan couch was brought to justice. felt like at the time that the court system did not adequately assess any punishment or adequate punishment, at least, so when he disappeared, obviously, people in this agency
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that had to work the crime scene and deal with the victim's families took it personally. >> the disappearance was port of an escape plan crafted in advance. his defense in the dui case claimed that he covered from affluenza meaning he was so wealthy and spoilt he scoont tell the difference between right and wrong. he and his mother will likely be sent to houston and turned over to the justice system two men have been indicted for the murder of boris nemtsov. gunned down near a braj 10 months ago, and was -- bridge 10 months ago and was one of vladimir putin's critics. a man named, a former officer of chechen's interior ministry was named, and he is still at large danger facing journalists
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while on assignment. the deadliest and oppressive places for reporters to work. and a snow storm in mexico, almost unheard of. this one is causing a lot of problems.
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2015 was a deadly year for journalists across the globe. according to a report for a committee to present journalist.
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59 werele killed. -- were killed. i.s.i.l. and al qaeda were responsible for 28. according to the report, syria was the deadliest country for journalist, with 13 deaths. france was the second deadliest with nine deaths, eight in the "charlie hebdo" attack. two journalists were killed in america when a local reporter and field engineer in virginia were shot to death by a disgruntled former goh worker -- co-worker in china, they are confronted with new laws about what can be said about domestic terrorism. and anti-propaganda. a beijing based correspondent for french news weakly was denied a visa renewal and expelled from the country, coming after an article was written about the government's treatment. for tonight's in context segment. we are joined by the asian
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coordinator to protect journalists. the list of journalists gaoled comes out every year. the trend is china, they still are gaoled the most. how come. >> china has a policy of oppressing media, that's what they intend to do. they are allowing no room for disdense or controversy. some of the controversy comes from bloggers who are writing about the economy slowing down, and the chinese government hates that. not just the economy, but a range of social disruptions that the government doesn't want to lose control of. they want to control the narrative of what it going on in china. and they don't want anyone to disrupt them. >> one of the ways of trying to control the nar tif was melissa chan, essentially kicked out from china. what was your experience when expelled in 2012?
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>> in 2012 things were different. there was never a sense from the chinese officials of why i was told to leave. in this case with the french journalist. she was told why she was asked to leave or told to leave. they were unhappy, and concerned about how far they could push the chinese authorities or chang high. i think it's very clear three years down the line that things were worse in china, in terms of reporting freedom. they were unhappy with the french journalist for an editorial on the frond ear land of chainee and the compar
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seconds with the china attacks. >> does that mean they are more aggressive. where there was a period of time. where they were wanting to get rid of them. off the front end. >> they came in with a clear agenda of what the role of the media in china should be. they are extending that now to foreign journalists as well. as i said before, i think they are struggling to gain control of the narrative of what it is that is happening in china. and they are not giving up on that. we have 49 journalists gaoled in china, the most ever. a quarter of those are - at least a quarter are bloggers, most likely more. and we just see a government just not ready to let things go. their policy has been clearly
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stated early on when they came into power that the role of media in china is to support the party, not to be a watchdog, as it used to be. and not to support the masses or representatives the people. the role of media in china under the xi jinping government is to support the government and nothing else, no deviation. >> i want to bring melissa back in. she maintained several contacts. is information getting out in other ways. given that there has been an explosion of bloggers in china and around the world is it difficult for the chinese government to track what the bloggers and journalists are doing, and as a result maybe that's why they are being more aggressive? >> i think it's complicated. yes and no. you are right, the fact that we are online, and the fact that chinese are online means information is spread quickly, what the government hoed is an
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ability to control that. and i would say that going back to 2008, because i think that was an important year, there was a lot of expectation because of the beijing olympics, that china would liberalize politically, and in terms of information. what we have seen with what happened in 2012, with my departure and the departure of the latest journalist, for foreign and domestic journalism, is the environment is harder to report, even as we become more plugged in globally in terms of action to the internet. like i said. chinese citizens abroad, and internally. i think what it has shown is the sophistication, and the increasing sophistication of the chinese government in terms of an ability to control the internet. keep in mind in 2008, a lot of websites are available. facebook, twitter, youtube. gmail, dropbox.
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the fact that each time there seems to be an avenue for the chinese government to control the information. they go after it, it seems to be effective. not just china that's been more aggressive. who is next on the list. syria - we are seeing a lot of people coming in. egypt, sorry. where you had a government that is just shut down everything, everything going on we see show trials, it was as if they didn't care. >> i don't think they cared about international opinion. they are trying to send a direct hard message and to their own domestic media. and syria, you mentioned is up on the list. >> quite high. eritrea allows no press freedom
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and iran, which has always been a problem for us. >> is this worse now. the numbers stay within a range. there are seldom large spikes. fewer gaoled journalists this year than the last three years. there's a range. always near the top of the gaoler of journalists. war zones are areas where it's killed. bob, thank you for coming on the programme. and melissa chan, who was expelled from china in 2012 - thank you to you as well. >> just ahead. celebrations in guinea, now that
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officials declared the west african country ebola free. we look at the lessons learnt and the ongoing battle to end the largest epidemic history and south america with the worst flooding in half a century. 100,000 people have seen their homes watched away.
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welcome back to al jazeera america, coming up in this half hour of international news, there has been an intriguing prediction from peru about donald trump's future in the u.s. presidential race. first a look at the stories making headlines across the united states in our american minute. in chicago, a white police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a black teenager was reigned. officer jason van dyk's rest and indictment of la can mcdonald led to police scrutiny and a decision not to indict a police officer that fatally shot tamir rice. protests and a review of the officer's action missouri under a state of emergency after heavily rain led to widespread flooding. 13 deaths are linked to the storms. thousands have been forced to leave their homes.
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the mississippi breach its banks spilling to roadways and is expected to reach its highest point in 22 years. the world health organisation says the ebola outbreak is over in the west african nation of guinea, the home of patient zero, an infant who became the first case in the region. our correspondent reports another baby is lost in the case - is left in the case. >> reporter: a 2-month baby girl, the last reported ebola case has recovered and left the country saturday. the declaration that guinea is ebola free is a huge step where the deadly disease emerged two years ago. the declaration is a major milestone in a fight to end the major epidemic history. >> we have to be clear that although today is an important milestone, it is only a milestone, it is not the end of the ebola response in west
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africa. while we stopped the original change of transmission, we are seeing small flares, one or two or three cases occurring. we have 10 event like this, where the virus is reintroduced from the survivor population. >> ebola began in 2013, quickly moving from eastern guinea to neighbouring seer leone. there are cases in mali, syria and senegal. 28,000 people were infected, and more than 11,300 died. the majority of the cases were in guinea and neighbouring sierra leone. >> never has been epidemic disease caused more damage. if the government succeeded in beating the disease, we can only thank god. now that it's done, it will give us hope. >> no new cases have been reported anywhere in the world, in the last 21 days.
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ebola disease transmission is considered ended when a country goes through two incubation periods, 21 days without any new cases emerge. >> translation: all guineans are happy for the news much when you think of the last two years, it was a difficult period. >> sierra leone was declared ebola free last november we are joined by a n fixous disease -- infectious disease physician. what are the lessons learnt from the african-ebola fight. >> the biggest lesson is this is what happens when you have an emerging disease spreading without control. we were three months behind the eight ball, and saw it explode to an unprecedented level. and we saw what it could do to
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the countries with pore public health infrastructure. >> were you not surprised by how long it took them to take control? >> because we started late. it was aspect that that is what would happen when a virus is allowed to spend. after the proper resources were brought to bear, in a part of the world that didn't experience this before, it took a while. >> didn't it take fears in the united states for people to freak out and think okay, we need to get the united states government, the centers for disease control to send assistance to africa to help. >> a lot of times with these outbreaks, some of these countries are poor. >> they rely on expertise. that is what it took to get people to take it.
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hopefully how we'll see capacity building. so we'll be better prepared for when the ebola virus reappears. >> what are the parts of africa or parts of the world that worries you? >> for ebola, because of the sheer number of survivors they have will be at risk free ebola. we see, we learn a lot about ebola, and the fact that people have recurrences, or transmit it through breast milk and have odd symptoms that may be contagious, their west africa will be at risk. other countries had outbreaks, and they are adept at managing them. i worry about this occurring gain even though guinea is ebola free, you are convinced they don't have the infrastructure to deal with it if it happens again. >> there's a long way to go for
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the countries to be prepared to handle the outbreaks. liberia was declared free of ebola and had retransmission established. because a country is declared free, it's an important achievement. it doesn't mean they can stop being vigilant. there's a high number of survivors, and may be occurrences of the disease flaring back up again. who knows if it spills back into the population from batts or primates or whatever the source was. speaking of vigilance. does this mean that here in the united states. they no longer need to be asked. have you transferred for anyone else. do they have any symptoms. it is a concern for countries, and there are three affected countries. the c.b.c. has relaxed screening
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so if a traveller comes from sierra leone. they are not screened from the united states. sierra leone has a major introduction. hospitals in general, not just because of ebola, but because of chicken virus and others - travel history should be a part of every intake physical whether or not we experience an ebola outbreak or not. there's many other disease that is could be brought into the united states during dalger, from the pittsburgh medical center, thank you for being with us. voters head to the polls in the central african republic to elect the new leader. 30 candidates are vying for the presidential position. the car has been faced with conflict after muslim rebels seized power from a christian majority in 2013. the shift in power giving rise
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to christian militias. the united states is promising increased security at the polling sight on wednesday. in burkina faso, a new president was sworn in. cab ora, a former prime minister, and thousands of his supporters were in the inauguration. they promised reform and modernization saying they would promote social justice and democracy. >> it is together that we wanted an obtained change, and make it a common good for the peace, stability and prosperity of the nation. >> the predecessor was overflown in october 2014 some residents of great britain are angry at the government's response to the
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floods. 500 properties were flooded. hundreds were deployed. those living in the area say the rescue response has been poor. politicians are using this. leading to areas. >> reporter: up to a month's worth of rain nel in the north of -- fell in the north of england. the u.k. is committed to spending more than $3 billion over the next six years. >> in south america, officials say that part of the world is facing the worst flooding in half a century. nearly 160,000 people have been forced to flee their homes. paraguay has been hit hard. our correspondent has that
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story. >> we are told that the situation is stable. areas like this are now placed in safe areas. every once in a while they see someone going back to their homes to recover some of their belongings. all of this area is empty. there are dozens of area where they've been given food and water of the most are afraid of what will come next. we are told by experts that the effect of the phenomenon can continue. e >> reporter: this woman hopes to go home soon. she's been living in the tent for days, since her house was dried by the floods. the rain is complicating her situation. >> i have nothing left. my children have no choose, no clothes. i'm not sure how long i will live like this. we are told it will be weeks before the water goes down. if it rains, it will get worse.
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>> this is one of the thousands of argentinians forced out of their homes because of flooding. it's happening in concordia, in the province. the river is not far away from here. that is why authorities built the wall over a decade ago, to prevent the flooding of the area. the problem is this time the rain and water coming from paraguay and brazil was so intense that it flooded other parts of the city. authorities are monitoring the barricades built over the city, trying to prevent the situation getting worse. they are getting organized in case the water goes up. >> the current situation could continue until march. we need to be ready. that doesn't mean everything will be under water until then. we hope not. the weather is changing. we are seeing a lot of rain
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everywhere. the >> reporter: the city is trying to cope with thousands of evacuees. many here have lost it all. they are facing heat, humidity. bugs and disease. the local government is trying to distribute food, water and mattresses. it's not an easy task. there are thousands within need. >> this is not something that happens all the time. we are receiving hep from around the county, trying to help those that need it the most. we have to learn from this. >> reporter: for now, they are trying to get by through the next few days. they know it could be months before they make it back home. >> and a similar situation to this is happening in paraguay, and brazil. fierce flooding all around the region, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes. environmental organizations such
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as green piece say climate change is not the only one to blame. they say since 2007. around 2 million hectares of forest has been cut down. the barriers are moving, and that is, in part, responsible about what is happening all around south america coming up, still searching, how one boy holds on to the hope his father and dozens of others missing in mexico will be found alive. >> and what is taking social media by storm across iran and with rio - we look at the billion dollar price tag and whether the country will be ready for the summer games.
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now our global news segment. arab times in kuwait compares i.s.i.l. and hezbollah, saying they were two sides of a terrorism knife, saying they for the ideology on others through violence. hezbollah was treated as legitimate, which cemented its seat at the table. and i.s.i.l. must be stamped out. else it must be possible to
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defeat. the jordan "the times" argues that if an i.s.i.l. is not about religion but politics. more see themselves as religious. half of i.s.i.l. supporters cite religion as a reason for support. the only way to beet i.s.i.l. is to recognise itself ideology iraq's capture of ramadi is a victory says the "telegraph." not only are they having success, but the iraqi military is proving that it is capable. they are the blueprint that should be repeated throughout the war in the mexican state, a chief prosecutor claims criminals infiltrated a group, fringing up three years ago to challenge a local drug cartel. local media was told half the leaders were honest, and the other half from drug traffickers or criminals. the vigilant yes group arose
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after the knights templar killed, kidnapped and exported money from residents. >> it's been more than a year since 43 students went missing from iguala mexico. we met with some of the families to see how they are coping. >> this school was unbearable for 8-year-old angel. everyone now his father was one of 43 university students who disappeared in guerra state last year. at school people chipped away at his hope that his father would return, by telling him that he was dead. >> my friends, my teachers made jokes about me. i didn't want to go to school. >> angel changed school. the young male students went missing when they tried to hijack buses as part of a fundraising trip. it is illegal, but common among
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students that need transportation, usually for protest. in september. the mexican government announced a drug group kidnapped them, burnt their remains. >> allegations that police and drug gangs colluded to cover up persist. >> we have been looking for them. we are desperate knowing that he is not with the family. >> the government's faith in the government is shattered. more than a year after. the hope this they'll come home remains. >> we know that the students are alive. we have received anonymous tips that they have been seen and are forced to work. adan's family wanted him to have a better life, his father
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forced to sell land. when she sees a helicopter. she says the police took my father. >> maybe some day he'll be free and come home. >> for now, all the family can do is fray for his return -- pray for his return, and continue their effort to expose the truth. staying in mexico, large snow storms. snow reached up to 12 inches. a state of emergency declared in 63 towns. emergency shelters had to be opened to help the elderly and homeless. an act of kindness in iran has become contagious. it's known as the kindness well. and is a way to get warm clothing to the needy. ali is an art curator, and joins
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us to talk about the walls in the off the raider segment. what did you think? i would like to say happy new year in advance. there are different narratives. the most probable is coming from an interview in the newspaper that somebody who prefer to stay anonymous. and, you know, how it's for the people who need them to be taken, and actually it was kind of like contemporary. but the difference of robin hood, it's not to steal from the region due to the poor, but put it if you don't need it, take it from there if you need it. >> how did the project grow so fast. was it social media in iran.
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how did it spread? >> actually, it was spread out of mostly and more by social media. more by instagram, and people used to pose photos from the wars, from the first one. and there used to be a hashtag. people getting curious to know what it can be, and they were going in search about it. and it got viral. it's so amazing that the project didn't start from tehran. everything is modernize said in train, starting from tehran and supported. this is a fantastic project. it's very amazing. >> it is amazing. that it started and spread. >> what is the situation of homelessness like across iran? >> like any society, in my point of view, i find homelessness and
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poverty part of the human society. in iran, there's a class of homeless people who are struggling with poverty and there is this society i think a lot of americans might be surprised when they see images of iranians helping other fellow citizens and human being in this way. it's hard to put in words. do you get the sense that this is getting a lot of attention from around the world. do you have a lot of requests like ours to talk about this? >> well what is really important to have it is the context of iranian culture. we have a very, very long and deep culture of helping each other. both in the ancient iranian traditional history, and in our
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islamic site. there are, like these campaigns, and the events, every year something like it would happen. there are few other projects. this was innovative and new. it was so nice, it got viral and spread well. >> it has, it's given a great opportunity for a lot of people in iran to help their fellow citizens, a creative way to help the homeless. ali, thank you for joining us. it's early in the morning. we appreciate you getting up and talking to us. >> i want to finish the conversation with a phrase from saudi. it makes more clarification to the thing that we are speaking about it is that all human beings are a member of the one
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frame. when a limb is in pain the other limbs cannot remain. if not for others misery, human being is no name for thee. thank you very much. >> ali, thank you. happy new year. appreciate it. to learn about the kindness wall movement and reaction, go to the websi websi website al jazeera america.com. a peruvian prediction - that donald trump will not become the republican party nominee. >> translation: we have vladimir putin, who is so radical. tough with his decisions and donald trump, who is not so favourable with his racial comments and negativism. the u.s. will band strongly so he is not the official candidate. >> they predict that the united states in cuba will reach new
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agreements, and argentina's economy will grow again, and that peace will come to columbia it is a rare site, a giant squid swim nothing a bay north wests of tokyo. researchers estimate the santa clause squid is 12 feet long and can be as long as 60 feet. they are normally found swimming in the deep see, not floating in a japanese bay. look at that thing. locals say it's the first sighting of a giant squid this season. crews ushered it back into open water. what sa task that made. look at that, 12 feet. that is it for this international news hour. what a show, right. giant squid. in the next hour, spoilt rotten. agents catch on with the affluenza team and his mother on the run in mexico. back with more in 2 minutes.
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