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tv   NEWSHOUR  Al Jazeera  February 19, 2018 2:00am-3:01am +03

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it really is the international perspective that sounds hard on the news outlets. simply. means journalism is about public service and making a difference in people's lives i'm amazed every day by the party on al-jazeera and the places that my colleagues get it inspires me to take a different approach to how i was putting news. this is al jazeera. hello i'm rob matheson this is the news hour live from doha and coming up in the next sixty minutes kurdish fighters in syria say they've struck
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a deal with government forces to repel the turkish offensive enough i mean. you can take back with you a message to the tyrants and. do not just israel's resolve israel's prime minister accuses iran of being the biggest threats to middle east security. funerals are held for two palestinians shot and killed by israeli forces near the gaza border. the bafta is red carpet turns black has movie stars sends a message on sexual harassment and violence against women. there's been another twist to the complex conflict in syria kurdish officials say they've reached a deal to allow city and troops to enter a cut a spokesman has told al-jazeera. they're calling on the syrian army to protect the
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city soldiers could enter the region in the next two days the move will mean syrian forces could directly confront turkey's troops in fifteen but have been carrying out an operation against kurdish fighters since last month's turkish troops along with the free syrian army captured three villages in the region on sunday syria's kurdish why p.g. has been one of the u.s. led coalition's most important allies in the fight against eisel in syria but turkey has been pressuring washington to stop backing the kurds and says there are terrorists linked to the p.k. k. the kurdistan workers party it's been fighting for more kurdish autonomy osama bin jovi has been following the story from istanbul. when it comes to fruition this deal would not be a surprise because kurdish fighters the people whose production units are ripe e.g. have been in negotiations with the bashar al assad government for a number of days now sources have been telling us that there are sticking points including the man in reconstruction of kurdish fighters into the city and
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government forces there giving up of heavy weapons by these kurdish fighters and giving up all of their military bases and manipulations go to one of those some of those points that they were agreeing to as were being asked by the syrian government the details of disagreement have not been made public or clear is yet but goodish tried to say that they've asked the syrian government to come in and help them to secure these areas against the turkish advances if an event syrian forces enter that border area between syria and turkey called free and where the fighting is continuing where turkey has launched operation on a ranch to try and clear it from the these kurdish fighters if it is to be seen that how will turkey respond because turkey has been stating that the whole purpose of this operation is to clear its border areas of fight as richard calls terrorists and when and if syrian forces take over control of these areas and allow turkey and
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promise to a key that they will secure these areas against any of what it calls terrorist activities what will be turkey's response then will it continue to carry out its offensive or will it agreed to the terms that will be offered by the syrian government. let's agreement highlights the increasingly complex situation in syria armed groups including kurdish fighters eisel and the turkish backed fighters a tangled in a web of disputes as well as alliances with the united states russia and iran the kurdish y p g holds the area here in yellow which includes areas around free in the green area shows land controlled by the fighters that turkey supports that advancing on a free and under the turkish operation called all of branch president bashar al assad's government controls the area to the south he has a complex relationship with a white b.g. and differs with it on syria's future asaad has said he wants to take back control of the whole country while the kurds want in the totemist region in northern syria will mark said rooms is an assistant professor of political science at northeastern
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university he's joining us now on skype from boston thank you very much indeed for your time i want to ask you about this conflict of interest apart from anything else that seems to have risen here the kurds want their own autonomous region in syria another asking the government to protect them from turkey what's the motivation behind this agreement and why now. well i mean. the kurds and the syrian government are not you know i don't know everything all of us leave the kurds want to make it in a while to me at least who where is the syrian government has said consistently third it wants to reclaim every inch of territory lost foam in the civil war that said there is strategic convergence and there really has been going back several years now the syrian government young the kurds fought against islamic state for example and more importantly right now they share
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a mutual interest in repelling the turkish offensive into africa and so that's really what this is all about the kurds of course have a long standing feud even war with the turks they want to defend their territory well in syria which is critical for kurdish independence and you know from the perspective of damascus they've been at loggerheads with the charts from the very beginning truckie of course has been one of the means fonts or of the opposition. and you know it's a real affront to syrian sovereignty to have kurdish tanks you know going into interview earlier in syria and so i guess the currents and in the interim ask us are not i die but they don't have convergence right now against turkey how do you think turkey is going to react to this. right that's a really good question it's hard to predict i mean i know that over the past few
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days turkey has been ramping up its military operations and now sets and in that sense it's hard to imagine turkey you know standing by especially because erdogan has really been emphasizing the importance the critical importance of taking out the wife which are described in turkey as really just an offshoot of the p.k. that said oh if you know that this european error or me were to go in there and basically rescue control from the y.p. g. then the main sort of turkish just became should the counterterrorism justification of being there would sort of subside but there are a lot of wild cards in terms of what's going to happen for example what is russia going to do it russia stood aside and essentially allow the turkish all pensive in after however were there to be some sort of direct confrontation between the
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turkish military in the syrian military one would expect russia to side with the sop so how exactly russia will relate to turkey remains very much a couple of key did in fluid but an important aspect of this do you think that this alliance is a genuine threat or do you think that this is a form of leverage to try to get turkey to back off and the possibility of actual military confrontation is to some degree limited unless they're pushed. i mean throughout the syrian conflict there are a band a lot of external power words fighting inside of syria but those fights have better proxy wars so there's been a lot of you know external support for the rebels external support for the syrian government but what you haven't really seen that much of you know are any of the greater powers going to wreck the added shell of so i want to expect that trend to
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continue but we shouldn't take it for granted it really is very dangerous when you have all of these strong external powers basically contesting what's increasingly seeming like a smaller and smaller political space so it's not it's not impossible for me to imagine syrian their army and in the turkish military escalating against each other and that's what we need to be very very cautious broome's from northeastern university really appreciate your time thank you very much indeed. israel's prime minister has again taken aim at iran accusing it of being the biggest threat to the middle east at a security conference in munich benjamin netanyahu held up a component from what he said was an iranian drone that had been shot down by his forces near syria iran responded by accusing israel of being the main aggressor in the region more now from david chaytor. these really prime minister benjamin
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netanyahu went straight into attack mode against iran as he took to the podium in munich issuing a direct threat to tehran usually when not only iran's regime to put a noose of terror around our necks. we will act without hesitation to defend ourselves. and we will act if necessary not just against iran's proxies that are attacking us but against iran itself he followed up with a dramatic flourish that caught all the delegates by surprise brandishing a piece of wreckage from an iranian drone shot down an israel airspace last week. and he had this message for iran's foreign minister mohammad javert. i bought it here so you can see it for yourself mr zarif do you recognize this you should be george you can take back with you
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a message to the tyrants of her own do not israel's resolve the man who netanyahu called an eloquent liar iran's foreign minister refused to rise to the israeli bait he preferred instead to outline a new plan to dampen down rising tensions in the region i prevent more conflict in the middle east. iran believes that our security in the persian gulf requires a french regional security architecture we believe in and how proposed creating what we call a strong region rather than a strong man in the region. at a question and answer session those are if expressed his frustration at israeli attempts to undermine the deal iran struck with world powers to stop its nuclear arms program and we achieved it in spite of him being implemented in spite of him
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and the world view to maintain that agreement in spite of his delusional attempts. the foreign minister of saudi arabia was equally uncompromising about its main power rival in the region we cannot afford to put up with the when the revolution penetrance what's the reason iran a sanction for terrorism is because it supports terrorism. adel al g. baer said the pressure on iran would continue until there was fundamental change the push against them will continue until iran change in its behavior david chaytor al-jazeera be unique. from the british think tank chatham house explains the tensions between iran and israel i think there is a dynamic now which is a very negative very dangerous they now make between all the powers in the region like now in specific incidents rhetoric which is quite extreme as we saw today
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can escalate it rather quickly into a clash whether it's by proxy or more directly bearing in mind that for the first time that and yell weese basically first name very clear on not only. of iran in the region or with any and that both sides participate in the civil war in syria not only did it on hezbollah but if it's getting any worse or with feels more thirty and to have a direct or directly attack iran this is this war for it's going to escalate rather quickly if they mean it if it's deterrence maybe both sides understand it is a matter of the terms but deterrence will be shifts where she screwed very quickly into action this is dangerous. funerals have been held for two palestinian teenagers shot and killed by israeli forces in gaza their deaths have added to the tension in the gaza israeli border following an explosion that injured four israeli
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soldiers on saturday israel blames hamas for the attack and has carried out ground in air strikes and eighteen hamas targets in southern gaza how the faucet reports. a funeral for two teenagers killed by israeli fire near the gaza border on saturday night. salim. who both seventeen. israel says it fired warning shots towards a group acting suspiciously near the border fence witnesses talked of tank fire being used no palestinian armed group has claimed the boys as members they were laid to rest side by side sometimes father says his son was one of dozens who tried to escape the strip in recent years to look for undocumented work inside israel. all the youngsters in daraa live in tough conditions not just my son that everyone suffers here and they get tired all the hardships. well the dust being marked here in rougher today as a result of just one israeli operation what israel itself is calling
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a large scale attack on hamas targets here in gaza it's the largest such attack that we've seen since the twenty fourteen war and israel did strike it says eighteen separate hamas linked targets from the air on saturday night. the israeli military says it targeted a tunnel being dug towards israel weapons making sites and military compounds one rocket was fired from gaza into israel striking a civilian house but injuring no one this latest round of violence the most serious in years began on saturday with the wounding of four israeli soldiers two seriously in an explosion near the border fence israel says that advice was planted during this protest a day before reportedly hidden behind a flag which the israeli troops went to investigate. israel's defense minister avigdor lieberman has vowed to eliminate the attackers adding israel views hamas as responsible for everything that happens in gaza hamas says it's israel it bears
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responsibility for the escalation. another fighting groups will not allow the israelis to impose new rules on the ground and we will keep practicing our rights to defend our people from israeli aggression two things have seen the situation grow more fragile in recent months the reaction to donald trump's declaration calling jerusalem israel's capital and the continued deterioration the humanitarian situation which israel's army chief has reportedly warned could lead to further conflict for now the worst of the violence appears over but the conditions that created it remain in place well aware that more could follow are a force that al-jazeera gaza plenty more ahead on the news including the infighting within zimbabwe's opposition as it mourns the death of morgan tsvangirai plus. a money guy creates a pseudo costa rica where one man's lifelong gardening project has turned him into a cultural icon and in sports we'll hear from the olympian who may yet a third gold medal to his collection for the games.
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in the u.s. the political fallout is continuing from the indictment of a group of russians accused of meddling in the twenty sixteen presidential election the issue has dominated sunday morning political talk shows and president donald trump has fired off a bottle of tweets to writing accusations his campaign has clued in for the russian government what was learned jordan is live for us in washington d.c. there have been mounting calls for donald trump to take some sort of action against russia as a result of these findings where does this leave him now. well certainly those calls for him to take action are perhaps taking on more significance because congress did pass a law calling on the president to do just that but the ministration has refused to issue a new round of sanctions in response to the alleged meddling in the two thousand
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and sixteen election certainly as you noted the president even though we haven't seen him has been quite vocal about the entire situation. the u.s. president donald trump hasn't been seen in public since friday the day thirteen russian citizens and three companies were indicted for allegedly interfering in the two thousand and sixteen presidential campaign and for allegedly trying to throw the election tromps way on sunday the president took to twitter to blame everyone from hillary clinton to the media for the suggestion that his campaign colluded with the russian government to win the election something he has always denied i never said russia did not meddle in the election i said it may be russia or china or another country or group or it may be a four hundred pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer the russian hoax was that the trump campaign colluded with russia it never did the
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independent senator bernie sanders allegedly was also being supported by the russian operation but he said on sunday the bigger problem is how trump is reacting what the real issue right now is how do we have a president of the united states not saying what everybody knows to be true russia or into feed into sixteen they're going to interfere in two thousand and eighteen and we have got to do everything we can to make sure that they do not on the by an american democracy meanwhile a senior democratic senator said the indictment should alarm americans it's not yet clear whether the russians succeeded in actually changing votes what's clear is that they spent millions and millions of dollars and had hundreds of people working in a troll farm in st petersburg to intentionally undermine one candidate hillary clinton and support another donald trump on saturday night trouble also criticized his national security adviser a chargeback master for not backing his view of the situation mcmaster had told
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delegates at the munich security conference that the indictment was proof of russian interference in u.s. political affairs general but master forgot to say the. the results of the twenty sixteen election were not impacted or changed by the russians and that the only collusion was between russia and crooked h. the d.n.c. and the dems remember the dirty dossier you rainy speeches emails and the put dust a company that tweet now has the d.c. chattering class wondering whether mcmasters job is in jeopardy given the president's predilection for driving out those who don't parrot his view of the world. and rob there is one other significant point about all of this and a bears repeating pretty much every time that we talk about this story on al-jazeera and that is this the indictment only looks at the people who allegedly were trying to foment political discord in the united states it is not looking at
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any person connected to the u.k. political campaign of donald trump while he was running for u.s. president and that is significant because that question was not even addressed in this particular indictment whether or not the special counsel robert muller actually finds any active collusion on the part of anyone in the election campaign of donald trump remains to be seen but it bears repeating that what the president is saying and what is in the indictment that was released on friday are basically had they basically have nothing to do with each other rose thanks very much indeed survivors of whitens to school shooting in the u.s. have announced a national march on washington to demand action on gun control seventeen students and staff members died when nicholas cruz opened fire in a high school in florida where than a ar fifteen style rifle student organizations of the march say they want to make
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the shooting a turning point in the national gun debate more funerals of the victims of being held on sunday. it's emerged the nicholas cruise was declared low risk of harming others by a florida social services agency eighteen months before the attack the florida department of children and families made the conclusion after questioning him when they were alerted to his violence social media posts the f.b.i. admitted on friday that it had failed to investigate a tip off that crews had access to guns and quote a desire to kill people iran's president hassan rouhani has ordered an investigation into a plane crash that killed sixty five people the us money airlines jet disappeared from radar fifteen minutes after leaving the capital tehran the flight was traveling to yes it was in the southwest emergency services are struggling to reach the crash site in the mountainous is for one province in the town of semitone
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relatives of those on board have been gathering of brussels airport to wait for news of their loved ones. so had i kept calling all morning but they wouldn't answer so i called my brother and he said dell get he the plane isn't behind schedule yet i told him it's writing he he said don't worry but he called light and said the plane had crashed. well the cause of the crash is in confirmed international sanctions have harmed for the rounds ability to maintain a modern fleet accidents have occurred frequently in recent years thirty nine people died in twenty fourteen when a simple high an air passenger plane crashed after takeoff from tehran seventy seven people were killed while in iran air plane crashed in bad weather in twenty eleven alice say iran's relied on smuggled or improvised parts to keep planes operational before sanctions were lifted iran having directly bought a western built aircraft in nearly forty years iran ordered more than two hundred planes after sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear activities
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the first delivery of an airbus a three twenty one arrives in tehran in january last year travel journalist simon calder explains the impact of sanctions on iran's aviation industry we do not know whether in any sense the sanctions have had any impact on the terrible loss today however there is a direct connection between the sanctions which from the us point of view would be going on since nine hundred seventy nine in the iranian revolution and much more recently of course other western countries have joined in because of the very specific rules on aircraft components and entire aircraft and so therefore you have fleets of aircraft in iran and as a man airlines flight it's the only airline in the world that still flies commercially the boeing seven two seven try jet this is an aircraft which hasn't even been made for over thirty four years and so you've got effectively
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a block on components of. new aircraft which is simply left iranian aviation pretty much as it was well let's say roundabout nine hundred eighty and that very sadly has had some effect on safety standards. sudan's president omar al bashir has ordered the release of more than eighty political prisoners who were detained last month their families celebrated outside one of the prisons where they've been held the group includes prominent opposition leaders they were arrested after anti-government protests over the rising cost of food turned violent citizens a commie has struggled in recent years and in january the government devalue the currency and cut subsidies which is led to the rise in prices. church services have been held in zimbabwe for morgan tsvangirai the former opposition leader who died earlier this week from council the party has a new leader but there are concerns that infighting could cause divisions just a few months before the elections out of has more from harare. zimbabwe's president
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to miss him and pays his respects to morgan sunken eyes family for years the main opposition leader was assaulted and arrested by police for demanding free and fair elections the ruling zanu p.f. party then led by robert mugabe charged him with treason and called him a puppet of the west the new president says it's time to end old rivalries it is believed. that. the timing and when is the election. in them are feeling all. parties in this scandal. here because they have to read the violence in the sky and leave in. the clear view of the elections this year. when the election is held many believe the opposition must appear united it is to have any chance of winning
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the m.d.c. tea party has any leader nelson chamisa he will be acting president. who are the senior party members. about his appointments because they will make a big announcement after. as. they speak a nation the up. could split if some key officials decide to walk away others hope that doesn't happen i must admit. i think our leadership. our leadership is to focus. not on superficial race. yet i died inside africa on wednesday some of his supporters say now his body is home reality is sinking in the man known as the face of zimbabwe's opposition live long enough to see robert mugabe's downfall but it seems i'm not a united opposition iran he is expected on monday to honor his life but
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a spinal free while is planned for cheese day when he will be buried at his rural home. al-jazeera had gambia has marked one year since the democratic election of president adama bato that brought to an end to twenty two years of authoritarian rule by you since then the country has been making gains in the international stage on sunday president by the announced a temporary halt to using the death penalty. a member of the european central bank's top policymaking council has been detained as part of a bribery and money laundering investigation and lots fear in muslims of it is also ahead of the country's central bank his home and his office have been searched his prime minister chaired an emergency cabinet meeting on monday but says the operations of the central bank will not be affected. still ahead and al jazeera canada has a reputation as a haven for refugees but north koreans seeking asylum have received a cold welcome. an emotional homecoming somali refugees once held captive in libya
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arrived back in addition. and in sports a new world championship leader emerges from the snow in sweden. hello has recently been quite a bit of flooding on the eastern side of the u.s. largely from melted snow an additional rain to the rivers of come over the banks you still got a visible system here but it's more or less irrelevant this line is a bit more relevant going back to a low somewhere around montana sort of area at least don't know about the real winter is now kept so chicago plus five denver plus sixty so this slice isn't really wintry tall but the cold has produced snow already in the northwest corridors heading south it's heading south with the lower lowering temperatures so
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with snow for all the desert states and down towards our result and beyond your function in denver subzero by the time we get to tuesday's focus to be minus twelve there's a huge swing twenty degrees celsius at least on the stair then lines up through the dakotas and beyond this north of illinois chicago sixty in the rain a big philadelphia and we're in the style so no full of snow to fall out of the sky that will be a real late winter dump of snow and then significant rain on the south side dr chua to weather yes the trade winds are blowing but the significant showers are confined to nicaragua and honduras. was always telling you how famous he was going to make that's how he presented hello my name and body without consciousness it is northwest representatives kind
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of. teacher pretty cool. actually georgia members that were on the special meeting about the nail and he said you know. i knew immediately this is a cover in a piece on the mainland city al-jazeera investigation footholds war of silence this time the nature news as it breaks the u.s. cut the funding has cemented the feeling here that the u.s. is now part of the problem and has picked the israeli side with detailed coverage when our german government insists negotiations are ongoing to secure the release of the girls and hundreds of others. from around the world three decades on chileans are still thinking about abuses but this time those committed by the church.
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you're watching all to see a reminder of our top stories this hour kurdish officials say they've reached a deal to allow syrian troops to enter our freend to help protect the city the move means syrian forces could confront turkey's troops who've been carrying out an operation against kurdish fighters since last month. israel's prime minister has taken aim at iran at a key international security conference accusing it of being the biggest threat to the middle east and even netanyahu held up a component from what he said was an a rainy and drone that had been shot down by his forces near syria. donald trump's gone on the attack over the indictment of a group of russians accused of meddling in the u.s. twenty sixteen presidential election again derided accusations his campaign colluded with the russian government on twitter and even criticized his national
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security adviser. that is celebrations in kosovo as capital to mark ten years of independence from serbia security forces of march through pristina as part of a weekend of festivities kosovo achieved autonomy in two thousand and eight after years of conflict itself is recognized by more than one hundred countries including the u.s. and most of the e.u. but it's yet to be recognized by salvia russia and china because of those also confronting increasing lawlessness and dominated region a political leader was killed last month in the town of mithra feature disease as andrew symonds has spoken to journalists and politicians who say they face constant intimidation. it's a daily ritual lighting candles and paying respect to a politician murdered a month ago in this lawless city all over event of a leader of a minority cause of a party spoke albanian and have been trying to foster better relations with the
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government in pristina he was shot dead and no one seems to know who did it organized crime is rampant here and there are suspicions there could have been a political motivation in the darkness he pulled out in the movie you can see in people how unsafe they fail and they are if you talk about it but what concerns me the most is that many of all of his friends and my friends have left mature pizza and more considering at. this journalist whose office still bears the evidence of intimidation nearly three years ago also believes things are getting worse that they are. i've been a victim of theft and burglary i've been attacked but those are things that happen to people he every day in savannah beaches made up people species have definitely increased it's because he was so well respected. on the south side of me tributes the majority culture of our albanian population has been celebrating ten years of independence it's in contrast to the north where the serbian flag flies kosovo's
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government ministers accuse their serbian counterparts in belgrade of meddling in the affairs of this city making its dysfunctional. this bridge taking us from the southern side has been renovated it feels new but ten years after independence was announced there's still division here this is a gesture of defiance before we even get into the north building work comes to an end here because of disputes with the kosovar serb local authorities that have caused months of delays because of his prime minister knowledge is there are big difficulties but he says the crime problem is being tackled we are in process of integrating north of role of law very suspect the special effects of the community and we integrate the community in this is my approach but that approach is met with cynicism there's no mention here of independence or integration andrew
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simmons al-jazeera and it's of course of the bug areas foreign ministers condemned an annual march by far right supporters to honor a pro nazi world war two general brown is gone ahead despite calls from the government the u.s. embassy and jewish organizations to scrap it the foreign ministry says anything glorifying the nazi way of thinking is absolutely unacceptable five women have been killed when a gunman opened fire at a church in the russian republic of dagestan five other people were injured in the town of critically are police say a twenty two year old man was behind the attack and he was shot dead by security services dagestan is a muslim majority region. now despite his reputation as a haven for refugees canada has been deporting north korean asylum seekers nearly two thousand have been sent away says twenty thirteen that's because the government
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says they lied on their application forms daniel luck reports from toronto. putting a brave face on pending deportation these north koreans came here through south korea which canada considers a safe country but on their refugee applications they said they'd fled to china. eleven years ago kim came here with his wife daughter and son now they have two more children canadian citizens deportation would be catastrophic. on the move. and all that along and that notice means death to me i came all the way here for a better life and my family is well adjusted to life in canada and we think we're going to be separated it breaks my heart there was a town on the other day in the. home of my whole life i live there so i don't have any friends in south korea and all my friends are here. joe family could be broken up to canada carries out its deportation order to children or canadian born the
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eldest came with his parents in two thousand and ten the joes admit they lied on their application but say they did it to escape a horrible situation. that i feel so desperate. it's our fault all the time what they haven't done anything wrong they have to go through this separation because of us. the north korean refugees say south korea is definitely not safe for them north korea's spies can track them down they say yet canada has been deporting people like them since two thousand and thirteen those who remain have only begun to fight back. or fallen by the. they our family in the in those korea they will be executed or they we're sent to the labor camp the korean community in toronto is rallied
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behind the refugees their lawyer has met canadian officials in what she says is their last chance to stay here an appeal on compassionate grounds to the minister of immigration there's been no response yet internationally we are recognised as a humanitarian and compassionate country accepting refugees from syria and all over the world and why my question is should and the hundred fifty be many people. back an answer to that question is anxiously awaited by refugees who fled one of the most repressive violent regimes in the world than your lack. of thirty five refugees are heading for the u.s. after living in a story in run prison camp on the pacific island nation of now do its part of a resettlement deal reached between australia's government and the obama administration and then a mostly afghan pakistani but rights groups are asking whether somali and iranian
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refugees are being excluded refugees trying to reach a straightly a illegally by boat are held a no go until their cases are decided eleven somali refugees who were held captive in libya have returned home many of them were tortured and some have been sold as slaves such a low place hardly on has more. levin is relieved to be back home in somalia three years ago he tried to migrate to europe he never made it instead he was kidnapped by smugglers in libya and sold as a slave. like an animal i was sold four times in open markets in libya the last time i was sold for ten thousand dollars i was tortured every day vivan story isn't unique annecy international released a report recently describing how somali refugees were being tortured in libyan detention camps it said they were held against their will by armed groups in exchange for money hundreds were reportedly sold for as little as four hundred
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dollars of far cry from the journey these migrants had hoped for. for two years i was in a libyan prison i spent fifteen thousand dollars and i still wasn't able to reach europe now i'm just happy to be back in country and see my family human rights groups say the european union strategy to stop refugees from traveling across the mediterranean has led to more people being stranded in libya the somali government has been successful in returning small groups of refugees home by how much the government of somalia is committed to bring back its people who are in prisons around the globe we've been able to repatriate some somalis who were in libyan prison a month ago we released migrants from india and ethiopia prisons and brought them back to the country we will continue to do so but it's not going to be easy it took more than two years of negotiations to release libya and many more just like him are waiting to be given the opportunity to get back home. with a young al-jazeera. indian investigators carried out more raids on sunday over
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a one point eight billion dollars bank fraud that sent shock waves through the financial system to employees of the punjab national bank or in custody after being accused of helping a billionaire diamond jeweler and his business partner access millions of dollars in unsecured loans homes and offices of jewellery it off modi and his business partner were searched on saturday both have fled the country the opposition says the government was warned about the scam. now many people consider gardening more a chore than an art form but in costa rica one man's dedication has earned him global recognition for more than fifty years evangelist a blanco a sculptor trees in his home city the gardens and are considered amongst the finest examples of topiary in the world and he gallico went to tell to see them. at the foot of the church of st raphael in costa rica's central mountain range
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stands a testament to one man's vision over the decades the gardens of said i would been sculpted into birds and beasts by evangelist blanco a man known locally as don lister all senor scissorhands. he began work here in one nine hundred sixty four and never stopped. but one of the parks like my family is like my children my wife and my mistress i love it and i care for it i come here at five in the morning just to wiring it i do this little love and it cation. is the gardens matures so has its reputation there are now more than one hundred figures here each beginning life as saplings planted by a gardener determined to create something unique many great works of art of being created by individuals but few require the maintenance or dedication that all of this does eventually through spent the best part of his entire adult life on this one project but it hasn't gone unnoticed these gardens are now a symbol for the city they're tracked thousands of tourists every year and in two
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thousand and four they named the entire place after him. the city of socio was grown along with its gardens every day the park is full of visitors from around the world it's like a country house in england with that type of thing and i was thinking when i went round it's really good for children because it's got elephants and soldiers and bulls and carts and stuff and they can kind of identify and stuff you have that sense of you are in a bit less in the end all be less of. many time ago it's still the same is really nice i love it. in recognition of his work eventually still was given a national culture award and continues to inspire those around him as we go on about a lot of us he's an icon for the people he's inspired the youth to follow his passion to decorate and shape trees he has a lot of patience and passion for doing this he retired a few years ago but he's continued to give us new shapes in our park. at the age of
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seventy nine evangelist isn't quite ready to hang up his sheers he's looking for someone with the same dedication to take over and ensure his legacy lasts and he gallacher al-jazeera pseudo costa rica. still ahead on al-jazeera the sun not such a cracker of a new year for summer china's trying to clear the air. and in sports roger federer is bitter how is the final of the water down. here. these explosions were not an act of war. these nuclear bombs were experiments by the soviet union. to the kazakh people who lived in the vicinity the motives might be a little different rewind silent. at this time
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a mountain singer. with bureaus spanning six continents across the globe. to. al-jazeera has correspondents live in green the stories they tell. us about it. al-jazeera fluent in world news.
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al-jazeera. where every. three billboards outside adding missouri has been named best film at this year's bafta awards in london its star frances mcdormand won best actress while sam rockwell picked up best supporting actor for the film gary oldman has won best actor for his portrayal of winston churchill in darkest hour and allison janney has won supporting actress for her voice and i told new stars at the ceremony wore black as they walked to the red carpet in support of the me too and time's up campaigns highlighting sexual violence and hottest month against women the next
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step is to keep the conversation going to keep the conversation firing and words into actions you know we really need to. see i think that their slogan is the right time. i don't speak for all women because every woman has a voice it's just that some cannot use a voice is so while cycle is opportunity i'm going to stand in solidarity with any and every single woman who has had been life by some form of discrimination and that's why we turn up the volume on campaigns like time and we continue. why it's important to speak up and speak out. and it's time for the sport here's andy. who knew it when you.
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last saw her she has stayed on course for an olympic trouble the austrian won his second gold of the winter games in the giant slalom and made it look all too easy someone who knows how small mysel her share began these games with a point to prove he could finish them up with three gold medals the austrian has continued to work his magic this time in the giant slalom the six time world champion winning his second gold medal in pyong chang her share is now cause for hat trick medals with those days lance still to come as a mark in morning beauty can be tomorrow will be less is more and therefore i will take it easy tomorrow i will get some treatment and i will go to the gym and then prepare for the slalom as quickly as possible in order to then hopefully to get
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decent results in slalom finally you. can always in the brighton came gold in the freestyle slope style event brightens brilliant first run that was too good for the rest of the field american negro put to silver with canada's alex song claiming the bronze super super happy has been a big dream for me and i go for a long time so i can't believe. host south korea just missed out on another gold medal japan's knock wood yetta upset the home crowd by the nine elite sang quad third straight limpid gold in the women's five hundred meters speed skating final alexander corps has given ukraine its first gold medal at the p.r. lympics twenty nine year old edge zonk younger in the men's aerials finals and it was almost deserve you for frenchmen mocked africa twenty nine year old had to
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settle for silver in the fifteen kilometer men's biathlon at the sochi games after losing out in a photo finish fast forward four years and focus was involved in another photo finish but this time his lunge was enough to secure gold with germany's. finishing second this is the fourth career gold medal making him the most successful french olympian of all time sana al-jazeera know why and germany both have knowing that gold medals at the top of the medals table just three goals on offer on monday in speedskating bob slight ski jumping roger federer has just won his ninety seventh career title last only four goings in a straight sets win over their goal to make the world's tallest in rotterdam better has also returned to number one in the world rankings in a thirty six he's the oldest class today sorry the twenty ton grand slam champion
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winning that final in less than an hour. i can't believe it i got my ninety seven title back to world number one after all these years. stuff in one of those weeks i will never forget in my life so very very special. patrick events of a has won the cats are going to move back into the world's top ten which are coming from a set down to beat me to rethink in three sets and extend her winning streets of thirteen matches. ram dread of followed up their three one champions league win over paris sanjay man with a chaotic victory in the spanish league essential scoring twice in a five three win over real betis despite this result royal still fourth in the table seventeen points behind leaders boss elena thirty side rochdale more than held their own against tottenham in the english f.a. cup at rochdale scoring a late late a call eyes are against the premier league team to grab a two two draw steve davis with the injury time goal the fifth round saw i will now
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be decided in a replay at wembley. on the annual showcase for the world's best basketball plyers has got political the build up to the n.b.a. all-star game has become an unlikely focal point for debate on gun control the all star weekend is meant to look and sound a bit like this saturday's slam dunk contest is part of an event that brings together the top players from the world's best professionally but some leading names including kevin durant's and lebron james have used this global platform to talk about their desire for tighter gun control that follows the shooting at a school in florida last wednesday that resulted in seventeen deaths. we have a kid who. was illegal. legally not able to go to to get a beer at a bar book or go buy. a car fourteen or bahari are big things like that how it doesn't it doesn't make sense. it doesn't mean i
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initially agree with anything everything that's said at any given moment but the fact that these players. are not just basketball players they're multi-dimensional they care about their communities and they care about what's happening in their country almost american sport is also seen top and f.l. players making on failed political protests for the last couple of years n.b.a. writer jonathan so that's i think most fans now accept sports occasional collision with politics i think that there is a small part of the fan base that definitely had sympathy to the protests but this whole stick to sports movement you know it looks to be shrinking by the day because the protests were getting louder and they are more supported by these athletes in these sports. some fans also understand that you know these two worlds of politics and sports are essentially colliding right so i mean you had the president of
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united states used profane language to refer to these n.f.l. coach testers and he also publicly with jewelled white house in fights in the chappie in golden state warriors even after they had said they didn't want to go so even when these athletes don't want to be involved in the political landscape you know they just kind of and up being involved terry novell mass to the snow of sweden to take the overall late in the world rally championship the balance of becoming only the third known nordic driver to win this race you know phil is now ten points clear a five time defending world champion sebastian he finished down in tenth. ok that is high sports is looking phenomenal lyta. and china's celebrations for lunar new year have been neutered in several cities because a ban on fireworks has been expanded beijing's one of them as it tries to curb pollution but the band's affecting a tradition that's lasted a thousand years shiela ballasts reports. an assembly line of fireworks and
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legal young province each read role of gunpowder is distant to mark the start of a new year in the chinese calendar leo young is the fireworks capital of the world it all started some fourteen hundred years ago during the ten dynasty. but thracians to employers with a decision by the chinese government to ban fireworks because of pollution. fireworks are a cherished tradition during the chinese new year but they push hundreds of cities above the recommended equality levels this was small in beijing a year ago it's scenes like this that have pushed the government to ban fireworks and four hundred forty four cities that's now being expanded to include beijing tianjin and provincial capitals who farai and changsha violators will face fines of up to fifteen thousand dollars. and you. this shouldn't be
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a ban on fireworks because first of all pollution isn't caused by fireworks sitting off fireworks has been a tradition for more than one thousand years so i don't quite understand why these a ban china's firework industry employs three million people and has sales of more than fourteen billion dollars the new regulations of her profits and lower demand has shrunk the industry. leo young's firecrackers and fireworks management pure season two years the number of fly work companies have hung around five hundred high. powered if you look around the market you can only see a few shops remain open we don't see many customers anymore. that's because many have swaps to legal options and cities like beijing is substituting gunpowder with electricity. electronic by crackers can substitute the regular firecrackers because they a bright and colorful chinese say small file works for the noice it's believed to
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scare away bad spirits and bring in more successful new yeah manufacturers and retailers a looking for an early start shallop ballasts out to zero. lots more in all the stories on the website al-jazeera dot com but that's it for me rob matheson for this news are going to be back in a moment with more of the day's news all three. r's
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