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those are places where they're recruiting this stuff is toxic he's a poison salesman we saw the number of attacks of mostly women and men across the country completely skyrocket guys in front of the courts holding a gun next thing i know there's blood flowing all over my legs out zero investigations islamophobia incorporated. the nature of news as it breaks this is one of the areas that protestants had blocked the road through thing finally higher than anything else they could find with details coverage of this extremely hot muggy assad regime which everyone striving for the good of the state from around the world this museum aims to be a way of pasta torrie of a region's history and its perfected war that has divided tribes here for generations.
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this is al-jazeera. you know iraq matheson this is the news our live from doha coming up in the next sixty minutes you can click spoke of a bomb iran crossed a red line benjamin netanyahu issues a strong warning to iran and syria as president bashar al assad. donald trump welcomes home american prisoners from north korea and sets the stage for his highly anticipated meeting with kim jong un. looking for a lifeline argentina goes to the i.m.f. for a loan hoping to avoid an economic crisis. and around fifty people are dead after a dam bursts in kenya now rescue workers are scrambling to find survivors.
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israel's issued a stark warning to iran and syria if they attempt to hit israel they'll pay the price this after israel said it destroyed nearly all of iran's military infrastructure in syria in a wave of strikes state it was in their tally ation two alleged iranian attacks on israeli positions in the occupied golan heights prime minister benjamin netanyahu is threatening further action. iran crossed a red line our response was appropriate the israeli army carried out a broad strike a very broad strike against iranian targets in syria i sent a clear message to the assad regime our action is aimed at the raining targets in syria but if the syrian army will act against us we will act against it and iran has denied that it was behind the attacks and there's been no official response from the iranian regime but a senior politicians told dizzier that israel is fabricating the nature of iran's
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involvement in syria are a force it has more on the attacks from the occupied golan heights. cockpit video from israeli warplanes is they carried out the largest and most prolonged air strike in syria since the start of its civil war israel says it hit dozens of iranian military targets as well as five syrian anti-aircraft installations israel says it was a response after iranian forces launched twenty rockets at israeli targets in the occupied golan heights we have made it very clear that we are here to defend ourselves those who started this round of violence were the ring ins who attacked israel we responded accordingly and we are now waiting to see how the iranians will respond israeli forces in the occupied golan heights were on alert for any further response at the same time local residents were told to go about their business as normal schools were open no restrictions placed on large gatherings israel says of the twenty rockets that were fired towards the occupied golan heights from syrian
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territory they all either fell in syrian territory or they were intercepted what followed was a massive and prolonged response from the israeli armed forces a real escalation in the kind of force that israel has so far been prepared to use within syria it's a message to deter any further such action and it's also making the most of an opportunity to do as much damage to rein in forces as possible israel's government has long warned of a growing threat from iranian bases and missiles inside syria it seems to have decided to act sooner rather than later and. we have of course hit all the infrastructure not all but almost all of the iranian infrastructure in syria they must remember the saying if it rains here it will pour over there and i hope that we finish this chapter and that everyone got the message. syrian state media said syrian air defenses it inserted most of the incoming rockets over the capital damascus but also confirmed that a radar station and
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a weapons storage site was struck. with iranian state television said syria had given a quote crushing response to. israeli attacks the strikes were carried out hours after israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu was in moscow saying he'd come away confident that russia would not prevent what he called israel's freedom of action a day later a different tone from the russian foreign minister. we see this is a very alarming development we believe that all issues must be resolved through dialogue during our multiple contacts with the leadership of both iran and israel including during yesterday's meeting between putin and netanyahu we underline the necessity of avoiding any actions that might be seen as mutually provocative. for now this latest flurry of cross border violence has subsided but all sides are aware that a new bar has been set for its intensity that it could all too easily rise again are a force at al-jazeera in the occupied golan heights trita parsi is founder and president
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of the iranian american council he's joining us live from washington d.c. thank you very much for your time and harry's report there we had the israeli army spokesman saying that they were not waiting to see how iran is going to respond what do you think is going to happen. well it's actually quite interesting because when we take a look at. the way this issue has unfolded we see that the israelis have been targeting syrian territory for quite some time occasionally there's been a response either by the syrians or as the israelis say this time around by the iranians and the question is why are the israelis doing this why is there this provocation already looking for an iranian response as a pretext to start a larger war is this an effort to establish a new. code of conduct in between iran and israel in syria where they have not been met before it's not entirely clear but all of this is happening in the background of the nuclear deal being struck killed by the trumpet ministration and we know that netanyahu for quite some time has been looking for the united states to strike
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iran militarily and one has to wonder if this is how he's hoping this would happen i want to talk to you about the nuclear deal in a moment but the evidence for these alleged iranian attacks is coming from israel we have not yet seen anything although than what is coming out of the israeli media and what the army is telling us but since one thousand nine hundred eighty nine iran's ideology has been very much opposed to israel its presence in the syria and its increasing presence there is clearly a provocation to israel how much responsibility should iran be taking for what is happening. well first of all the israeli iranian relationship is a very complex one and even after nine hundred seventy nine when iran how to revolution and a new regime that had a very anti israeli ideology and rhetoric israel and iran continue to work together behind the scenes because of common security interests the real shift in israeli
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iranian relations did not happen with the revolution what happened in one thousand nine hundred ninety one thousand nine hundred three when the geo political situation in the region dramatically changed by the defeat of iraq and the collapse of the soviet union which took away two common threats that they had been facing in the past you mentioned that iran's presence in syria is a provocation certainly from the israeli perspective it is alarming it is probably not something that they would view in any way shape or form positive but to say that the iranians are there only to provoke israel i think is inaccurate clearly the iranians have been involved in syria on the side of the saud regime for quite some time which seems to have something to do with what's going on in syria and very little to do with israel the proof of that obviously would be that in the event that the conflict in syria started to do deescalate significantly whether or not iran would then pull out its forces from syria how likely do you think that that is going to be. we're still quite far away from
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a time in which we can say that the conflict in syria is over but i would not be surprising that in that situation unless there is really profound regional diplomacy to be able to solve the many difficulties that exist in the region between iran and israel between iran and saudi arabia and these other geo political conflicts unless we have that type of diplomacy i would not be expecting any side to actually back down and that's where the danger here is this is having all of the ingredients there for a major regional conflict and what we're suffering from right now is significant diplomacy deficit. let me talk to you about what you two you mentioned before than the nuclear deal the u.s. pulling out of that nuclear deal with iran and fingers are being pointed towards that as being one of the triggers for this current situation turkey and russia are now saying that they think it was a bad move as well how much do you think that the u.s. pulling out of the deal has effectively actually put israel in
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a very precarious position well minutes and you know government wanted this to happen they've been lobbying very very hard first against a nuclear deal to be struck and then later on for it to be killed so i don't think these really is at least in the political establishment with netanyahu view that as a negative development people in the security establishment in israel have had quite a degree of uncomfort with trump pulling out because they recognize that this actually was a very valuable deal also for israel because it did significantly reduce the iranian nuclear capabilities and this was something that was quite beneficial for israel but the signal of pulling out right now and the swiftness in which the israeli government has reacted to escalate matters with syria certainly does give the impression that netanyahu is planning to take this to the next level meaning now when the nuclear deal is gone the way have been paid for
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a military confrontation against iran ok i want to ask you specifically about where do you think this is going from now on how is this going to escalate if it does. well the mere fact that the trumpet ministration are signaling very very clearly that they are putting the pieces in place for some form of confrontation with iran mindful of the fact that they are being egged on by two countries three countries in the region the u.a.e. saudi arabia and israel and mindful of the fact that we don't have any functioning diplomacy right now the europeans have clearly failed not only did they fail they embarrassed themselves because trump seemed to have taken pleasure in humiliating them and that gives us a very bad situation and again in the absence of some diplomacy likelihood of escalation is far greater than the likelihood of the escalation to deposit is founder and president of the iranian american council we appreciate your time as always thank you very much indeed the stage is now set for the much talked about
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meeting between donald trump and north korea's kim jong un the u.s. president took to twitter to break the news to the world singapore will play host to the trump kim summit on june the twelfth both men aim to make the meeting a very special moment for world peace well thomas announcement came just hours after he personally welcomed home three americans freed by north korea the move was seen as a goodwill gesture by pyongyang ahead of the summit well let's go live to john hendren he's in washington d.c. for us john john donald trump initially seemed to be quite keen to have this meeting in the dim illiterate zone between north and south korea and now it's moved to singapore why's that. that's right rob singapore has a long and storied history as a place where east meets west it was the sign of the first china taiwan meeting the white house is emphasize that it is secure border for both leaders it is the home of the shangri-la dialogue is for military leaders from around the world gather each year including the u.s.
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and china but perhaps most importantly it is not the korean peninsula trump had toyed with the idea of meeting in the d.m.z. between north and south korea but the white house apparently felt that that would have been too much of a propaganda coup for kim jong un and that is not how they want to this to go what's been happening with the hostages that we've been hearing so much about over the last twenty four. well they were released in the middle of the night here u.s. time president trump was there for that release and in true trumpy in hyperbolic style the white house is calling it a victory for the world trump himself said that kim jong il really was excellent to these three men by releasing them it should be noted they were sentenced to hard labor that. they were imprisoned also by kim jong un so that struck a lot of americans in a bad way they have not forgotten the story of auto warm beer an american citizen who was returned in june in a coma from north korea and died at
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a few days later so that upset a number of people chuck schumer the senate minority leader a democrat said it is no great accomplishment of kim jong un to do this and when the president says that he weakens american foreign policy and puts american citizens at risk around the world nevertheless there's a lot of hope for this meeting there's a long history of disappointment after that hope in negotiations between the u.s. and north korea over the past twenty to thirty years or so but trump considers himself a deal maker his critics would call him a deal breaker after pulling out of a paris climate treaty the iran nuclear deal and the transpacific protocol but we will see on june twelfth whether he's a deal maker in north korea trump is at a rally or he's on his way right now to a rally in indiana and you can expect him to talk about this and to crow a bit about the release of those three prisoners john thanks very much indeed. plenty more ahead on the news hour including the world's oldest elected leader
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takes over in malaysia and promises to help a former opponent he once put in prison the man illegally kidnapped by british spies and sent to be tortured by libya's security services gets an apology and in sport another went and another record for tennis world number one. in kenya are searching for survivors after a dam collapsed killing at least forty nine people with many more still missing the dam in the rift valley which is about one hundred fifty kilometers north of the capital nairobi burst its banks on wednesday washing away almost an entire village do since reports it was fast and unforgiving the dam burst released a surge of water that took homes and lives with it there was no warning and it happened in darkness this is the scene palace of the woods there searching for
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a man one of dozens of people many of them are children the sprawl of daybreak is where families once lived whole hung's swept away. from the air you get some idea of the scale of this tragedy the dam is almost fully drained downstream the waves of floodwater gained momentum and later spread out inflicting much more devastation over a wider area. thank you for a long stretch from the dump down stream we are also looking for the families that they were missing hoping that christening. charles camano already knows he's lost a family member his sister fifty year old nancy moved this was her home going to do what we heard about the flooding came to look for my sister we looked everywhere we
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only found her body hours after the water receded. bernard mankato works at a village clinic he's trying in vain to clear things up. i lived here with my colleague there were many houses around us and this is where many people were swept away the dams main purpose was irrigation of a large flour farm investigators will want to know what type of fortifications had been used and other dams in the area are being checked this tragedy has really brought it home just how dangerous these continuing rains are making it for kenyans right across the country the rainfall is the heaviest for two decades and it proves beyond all reasonable doubt that the infrastructure of this country simply can't cope with. the kenyan red cross is describing the floods which started in march
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a national disaster it says that aside from all the lives lost the number of people now homeless has reached three hundred thousand andrew simmons al-jazeera there is a county in kenya after much delay malaysia's new prime minister has been sworn in ninety two year old mahathir mohamad is back in the job he once held for twenty two years on whedon's street he led the opposition to an unexpected victory in parliamentary elections he's now the oldest elected leader in the world when he reports will call an important. it was a long day for mahathir mohamad has he waited to be sworn in by the king of malaysia as prime minister for the second time the ceremony was expected the morning after the election but following apparent delays it happened a few minutes before ten in the evening so. mild a month afterwards he spoke of the achievement and what's to come and.
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to say. thanks for those supporters there was excitement with disbelief that malaysia was finally seeing a change in government after sixty one years in power by the ruling very son coalition. struggle for more than their teachers government and that is to be good for our mission in. gives you know it's a mystery give all of us i think. i think everyone will have on this ball great faith that. could be regarded as the puppet master of malaysian politics. in wednesday's election he defeated the party he used to lead it's now led by now the politician man had a hand picked to be prime minister and is now improved in
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a corruption scandal niger denies involvement. here is now in coalition with anwar ibrahim the deputy prime minister he sex in one nine hundred ninety eight and wire is serving a five year jail sentence for sodomy charges he says are politically motivated mcateer says he'll seek a royal pardon for and which may allow him to become prime minister within two years leading up to this farce and on election day when it became clear that this was going to be a close race there was concern about exactly how this would unfold depending on who would win. would there be protests or violence on the streets there's been no sign of that instead it only celebrations. the delays to the swearing in ceremony would have created a few nerves within the government in waiting and its supporters fearful of last minute tricks ruining their party but the transition was smooth which in itself is remarkable given the high stakes the characters involved and their intertwined
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history wayne hay al jazeera kuala lumpur argentina has begun a formal talks with the international monetary fund about getting financial support to stabilize its economy economy minister nicolas there's often a mess with i.m.f. chief christine lagarde and the group's headquarters in washington d.c. argentina is dealing with soaring inflation while its currency the peso is losing value last week argentina's central bank tried to stabilize the situation by increasing interest rates to forty percent the economic turmoil sparked protests on the streets of the capital want to save its protestors awarded a bailout from the i.m.f. could lead to another crisis many blame the i.m.f. a stereotype measures for the financial collapse in the early to thousands left millions from the middle class in poverty. to the workers for me they will not stop us nor the storm we work as they're not going to like congress to accept the interference of the international monetary fund the increase of tariffs or labor
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reform and we are going to fight until the end so that those infamous resolutions of the next week government to turn back the workers have a memory we know that policies like these lead us to hell and we will not allow it if. it's been writing about argentina's economy for fifteen years mes co director of the center for economic and policy research in washington d.c. he's joining us live from there good to have you with us does the argentinian government have any option other than to go to the i.m.f. . oh i'm sure they do they have a lot of options i mean they're not facing the kind of situation even that they were facing in that depression from one nine hundred ninety eight to two thousand and one which of course the i.m.f. is quite a bit at fault for in the argentines are very much worried about going back to the i.m.f. you know poverty rose during those few years from eighteen percent to forty two percent of the population and that was
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a country that was you know not long before they're one of the richest of the richest in south america given the level of opposition to this move by the argentinians why is the government so anxious to go to the i.m.f. well i think perhaps they think that this will restore credibility with the markets . that's kind of the way they look at these things and i think also it's way and this is typical in many cases of the i.m.f. where the government wants to take measures that are going to be deeply unpopular they're going to cut spending most likely could possibly push the economy into recession and they use the i.m.f. as cover to say the i.m.f. is making us do that we have to you know we have an agreement and so i think those would be the reasons why they would do that do they continue to protest as have
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a point is there a risk that any deal that they would enter into with the i.m.f. would be in any way different to what caused all the problems back in the early two thousand. well it's not the same situation of course so you know at that time you had a fixed overvalued exchange rate and the i.m.f. was trying to maintain that actually here you have a floating exchange rate and the government's been trying to stop it from falling and it has a different central bank policy and many things are different but there is that similarity that they're going to an institution and going to if they get this agreement they're looking for a standby arrangement they're going to cut so spending and probably social spending and people are going to be worse off certainly before anything would get better and it's not clear the things will get better from this kind of a program i mean they you know they need to increase their exports if they want to
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reduce their trade deficit current account deficit technically which is what their main problem is and you know all these programs and i.m.f. typically they reduce the deficit by cutting spending and pushing the economy towards recession because then people have less money to spend they import less and that's not the best way to do it of course for most people but it could be the way that some of the governments investors and people they care about look at it you mentioned before the president was him actually was looking to get some sort of credibility with the markets as a result of bringing in the i.m.f. but politically speaking how much of a risk is he taking. well i think it is risky i mean he you know his approval rating had cording to the latest polls has fallen from fifty percent
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late last year to thirty five percent now and as i said these kind of programs think you know things definitely get worse at least at first and sometimes indefinitely so he's definitely taking a risk really to good to get your opinion on this maestro thank you very much for your time. thank you people in nicaragua to massive protests late on wednesday to demand the resignation of president daniel ortega it's the latest demonstration since the killing of dozens of protesters last month security forces are accused of using unnecessary force in america this year newman is in the company managua. nicaragua from all walks of life from students to farmers to businessmen filled the streets of money and yet another unprecedented challenge to the supremacy of president daniel ortega and his unpopular wife the vice president i think a little bit of the military we were afraid for too long from too much injustice
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and her pressure but managua has awoken which means a whole country is now what. was it i'm a farmer and i'm here because the killing of all those people is an acceptable we've had enough of your technique he's an assassin. in the last three weeks forty two people have been killed and at least four hundred injured by riot police and pro-government gangs protesters are rejecting a truth and justice commission announced on sunday by the pro ortega national assembly there demanding that the killings and disappearances of students as well as a journalist be investigated by international rights organizations. ortega has been widely used of remaining in power for the last eleven years through fraudulent means he controls the electoral council the supreme court and much of the media now he's calling for peace and dialogue under the auspices of the
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catholic church but it was spoken to here says they just asked or did they just. back the president to set a date for convening to negotiate just him but he seems to be willing to discuss what. he says was a bonus but not was influential. catholic church is one of the advocates and we think one of the objectives of the dialogue should also be to review the political system to achieve an authentic democracy. this latest demonstration transpired peacefully with tens of thousands of nicaraguans blowing horns. in a deafening chorus to make their message heard. many here say nothing short of a take his resignation will do others insist early elections with a new electoral body and sad but the priority they agree is to bring the victims of nicaragua's worst political violence since the end of its civil war to justice.
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sian human al jazeera. still ahead on al-jazeera we meet the nigerian school girls who are determined to finish their education despite the daily threat of violence from boko haram. we'll also look at why many iraqi kurds are feeling disillusioned with their political elites ahead of national elections on saturday. and in sports the right is making their move on the first big climb of this year as you know that . how do you might briefly see if it is snoop on this full cost we don't see snow we haven't done the last couple of weeks or for very cold winter in the u.s. so we've got the big contrast intentions are there for many tornadoes not even many big thunderstorms this line here through the appalachians doesn't produce much but
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this blog really trusts the central plains briefly showed up as cold enough on the ledge. seems across surprised to me less surprising maybe for the rockies where rain occasionally shows itself as snow that's true in the next couple of days but otherwise it's quite a quiet spring this should be deep into tornado season so far it's not been that bad at all we've had some big thunderstorms to the south there really we're talking about jamaica cuba the bahamas what have you and the clouds not dispersing there all still more thunderstorms to come i think would be more focused on florida and cuba than elsewhere and i've come across towards the yucatan and daily shafts seem likely in mexico less so than of late downs for guatemala nick you argue and specially into palomar and then of course through south america you get the seasonal rains which means drive through most of brazil and improving in argentina the showers have gone now has cooled down but the sun's out and the thunder is no longer clapping.
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children. becoming. a father from the stars and said. teenager from iran. reaching for the stars a witness documentary on al-jazeera. and monday put it well on i g z the u.s. and british companies have announced the biggest discovery of natural gas in west africa but what to do with these untapped natural resources is already a source of heated debate nothing much has changed they still spend most of their days looking forward to for the dr evil dead snake case one five years on the syrians still feel battered or even those who managed to escape their country have
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been truly any to escape the war. you're watching al-jazeera a reminder of our top stories this hour benjamin netanyahu has issued a stark warning to iran and syria if they attempt to hit israel they'll pay the price this comes after israel said it destroyed the nearly all of iran's military infrastructure in syria it was retaliation to alleged iranian attacks on israeli positions in the occupied golan heights. as president donald trump says he'll meet north korea's leader kim jong un in singapore on june the twelfth times made the
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announcement on social media after we welcomed home three americans freed by north korea as a goodwill gesture. argentina has begun formal talks with the international monetary fund about getting a loan to stabilize its economy despite reform efforts the country's find itself facing a falling currency i debt and soaring inflation. a u.s. military investigation into the deaths of four american soldiers in as found widespread problems across all levels of the operation were to blame the men died last october have to be by fighters linked to eisele defense correspondent particle hain has more it was last october and there were four u.s. troops and four local soldiers were killed in an ambush it's taking the pentagon all of this time to come up and release the findings of their report and it shows a whole host of issues everything from the unit not turning together before the mission to putting into approval and not giving the whole story about what they
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were actually going to be doing in the field they didn't have the right equipment the soldiers destroyed their radios when they thought they were going to be overrun so that meant they couldn't communicate with the base now the head of african command came here to the pentagon to say that they have learned their lesson there will be changes we are now far more prudent in our missions we've increased the firepower we've increased the iowa star capacity we've increased various response times and what this is done is is allowed these teams perhaps to not to do the tempo that they would like but it provides adequate and more resourceful force protection measures the pentagon went so far as to prepare a very detailed video showing exactly what went wrong one of the big issues is they couldn't get them help it took about an hour and a half for a drone to give surveillance above the sight of the embers it took more than five hours for a helicopter to evacuate them including the wounded those are all issues that the pentagon says are now currently being addressed boko haram has nine year battle
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destroyed the western style education system in northern nigeria has left hundreds of teachers and children either killed or kidnapped thousands of classrooms have also been blown up or set on fire as a result many parents and keeping their children at home but as ahmed interest reports from dutchy some students are determined to finish their exams no matter what. fatima came to was kidnapped three months ago by book white on fighters along with one hundred nine other schoolgirls are three sisters were nearly taken to now when they're all preparing to go back to school fighting was the last ecological counseling and is still too traumatized to talk in detail on camera but she is determined to take a final examinations are three sisters who are not only escaped being seized also returning to class. and ridden as you went back to school but.
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says. ideas are still has three more years of high school left. five doctors students remain missing and with more than one hundred other girls earlier taken from another school in chibok four years ago boko haram has fighters outpost western education have repeatedly targeted schools killing and abducting hundreds of students and teachers dozens of students were killed and burned while they slept in the town of bani id four years ago that attack in the obvious state remains one of the deadliest bible. stuck to secure their vote on violence has killed more than four thousand over the past nine years in northern nigeria the loss is particularly devastating in areas that are lagging behind in school are replacing the bed and motivating teachers the remaining remains difficult. in borno state alone more than five thousand classrooms are been destroyed by the fighters
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three thousand have been rebuilt with new largest schools being constructed in relatively secure towns and villages experts say there are signs of opportunity despite the violence and destruction receiving. two time more children than what they had before a crisis. because those displaced children for the first time in their life have a partnership to access to education and this overwhelming number one was interpreted as a sign of hope the market of sisters are returning to duck to school despite bookworms warning not to while some are sending their children to school other skeptical parents i keeping those out of work or at arm's reach not trust in the security forces to ensure their safety a victory of sorts for the ice and gunman fighting to keep children away from.
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al-jazeera all the east nigeria. rights groups are calling for justice for a young sudanese woman sentenced to death for killing her husband after he raped her no hussein's lawyers are appealing the decision the cases attracted widespread attention on social media with the campaign justice for nora she was forced into the marriage by her parents three years ago when she was just sixteen years old yes when her son is the global executive director of the activist group equality nine the group is backing a petition calling for justice for north. this is a travesty of justice from every angle that you can look at and it also shows all the various steps and bit sudanese laws and policy failed this young girl who had a very bright future ahead of her from the aspect of child mattered sudanese law allows girls right after puberty to be married off by their father has it allows for no matter to the rape exemption there's no marital rape recognized under the law and the the girl has to be obedient to
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a husband so there's not some aspects of the law that are called in to challenge by this case the case is a very very hard one under sudanese no but when you look at it from a human rights aspect in many many other countries of the world this would be looked at as a victim and would be provided services and care as opposed to being you know put in solitary confinement and given the death penalty so we are appealing to the president to the legislature to the ministry of justice on behalf of sudanese activists and international human rights groups that no neuron must be freed and this case must be really looked at and the hope that i have here is that we have had a previous case four years ago in sudan where a young ethiopian woman was gang raped and the know at that time provided that if you couldn't prove your rape you were going to be flogged and guilty of fornication and adultery and we got together with sudanese activists and that time bad law was changed and so the rape provisions were amended and that woman did get justice so
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i'm hopeful that justice will prevail in numerous cases and i'm hopeful that with international media attention with international human rights groups and sudanese activists all working together we can get there for. nearly a million security force personnel in iraq have voted for the first time since winning the war against eisold because the ballots two days ahead of the parliamentary election on saturday will be needed to patrol voting stations osama bin jet has more from baghdad. close to a million security personnel from iraq's federal police the army the counterterrorism is in the unit and all across the spectrum of what makes the forces who are defending iraq are casting their ballots in the special vote at just forty eight hours ahead of the general vote on saturday officers here have been telling us that there will be no pressure on these soldiers to choose who they would vote for and soldiers who we've been speaking to say many of them are voting for candidates who are involved in the fight against i see people who've actually
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taken part in this fight and many of them come from the popular mobilization units or shia militias who are not part of this security forces vote will be taking part in the ballot saturday the shia militias are also looking for a political say in iraq's politics and part of the they're hoping that in be part of the from to the government as well we've been talking to various security analysts who say that the expectation from this vote is that rather than what iraqis are seeing four years ago this time around the sectarian division seemed to be less less in the forefront of it there's talk of going to and people want the iraqi government people want their political leaders to focus on the development and improving services and go beyond the six hundred divisions and the corruption which has been plaguing discussed. iraq's kurds are feeling disillusioned with their political elite six months after the region's failed secession bid some fear
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this could undermine the hold on the two ruling parties have maintained in iraq's kurdistan region since again semi autonomous status almost three decades ago and run khan has more from the build. the political parties here in northern iraq all say they kurdish first iraqi second flags and posters display their patriotism proudly but for the first time in fifteen years the kurdish regions political parties are divided the two main political parties the kurdistan democratic party and the patchy arctic union of kurdistan haven't been able to find common ground and the smaller ones haven't chosen sides they all face internal divisions and disagree on how to deal with the federal government in baghdad the k d p says that any lack of unity will hurt kurdish interests only are we ready united we were stronger in baghdad but after of the. after what happened inside the.
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when mr president jalal talabani became sick there were normal main. powerful pair of that you can talk to or you can get the decisions from the second reason of course it was already what happened between baghdad and. p.k. leaders deny they've broken into factions and hope kurds can unite after saturday's election if not they say they'll form other alliances in the. it's unfortunate that we are divided but they pay you cait easy knighted and we're hoping after the elections all of the kurds will unite if we dined with will form alliances with others to make sure the kurdish voice is heard. concern about the division is all over social media here in the kurdish region but it's not just the electorate are worried even political experts wonder what happens next we can see actually two
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dilutions one of them there in france maybe after the election will be very difficult to have all the royces of the political party in general but through a mass and christians together or maybe this election actually bringing all the political parties together to have a new government in baghdad the division in kurdish politics is all the more surprising because last september the kurdish region voted almost unanimously for independence from iraq since then disagreements have become more public and more vocal causing many to fear that the kurdish voice will be weakened in the corridors of power of the federal government in baghdad iraq car al-jazeera and bill. still ahead on al-jazeera in sport after fifteen years in the english premier league wayne rooney is making a new start on a new continent. the
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british government's apologized to a former libyan dissident and his wife for the role it spies played in their rendition to libya in two thousand and four. hodge and his wife abducted with the help of british agents and handed over to law get off his henchmen to be tortured lauren sleep reports. if revenge is a dish best served cold then the fourteen years it took abdelhakim bell and his wife fatima blood shot to get their apology will have been worth it so we come now to the statement by the attorney general in the british parliament
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a place which so often hears lectures about how other countries should have paid the rule of law the government finally admitted what had always said that it's had illegally kidnapped him and handed him over to the gadhafi government in libya to be tortured and on behalf of her majesty's government i apologize on reservedly we are profoundly sorry for the ordeal which you both suffered and our role in it. in two thousand and four the british prime minister tony blair was eager to win over gadaffi as part of the american war on terror. and his wife were taken from thailand by officials from the british intelligence service and i six i was suspicions they were linked to al qaeda through the libyan islamic fighting group which was rebelling against gadhafi but ten years on and the same british government was helping bring gadaffi down and in the rubble of tripoli the files emerged detailing the relationship between m i six the american cia and libyan
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intelligence. it took a full six years for the u.k. authorities to accept his arguments he had asked for nothing except an apology. for whom and we did funny today the british government has acknowledged and apologized for the suffering of my wife and myself years ago i thank them for this brave step the british government has learned a lesson from this and i hope other governments around the world will learn it as well. and outside the u.k. parliament fastener held up the letter from the british prime minister offering the total apology for what they've done. the u.k. lost its way when i got mixed up in the rendition of an innocent pregnant woman and to get off a dissident but today i think it stood on the right side of history by recognizing its mistakes and by apologizing. and so where does this leave the reputation of m i six it's worth bearing in mind that spies to walk their political masters tell them
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to and in the years all to the september the eleventh attacks in new york the americans were doing rendition a loss and presume of the british told that they should too but times change and so do political considerations and this is the people made can come back to hold them . the torture cells was held in a go on the political architects of u.k. foreign policy then including former prime minister tony blair can now rest as easy as the m i six agents and the line is drawn into the scandal but had it not been for the persistence of human rights lawyers this day would never have come lawrence lee al-jazeera london. it's time for the sport here's andy. thank you very much for tennis world number one rafael nadal has broken it yet another record at this time for successive set wins on a single surface and i'll be eating diego schwartzman six three six four at the madrid open to take his clay court winning streak to fifty straight sets that broke
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a record set by john mcenroe back in the mid one nine hundred eighty s. . when putting him into the quarter finals as he aims to win this title for a sixth time. something very difficult to make that happen but i really don't think much about. all this kind of things probably that when he's my career will be the time to think about it now dolly think is a one in a difficult magic and a very difficult. elsewhere canadian teenager dennis sharp of all of knocked out his compound should miss ryan it she was the first ever tall meeting between canada's two best male players this win over the former world number three putting a shot of all of into the quarterfinals where he will be playing carl edmond in the last states the briton following up his win of another joke of it with a victory in straight sets it of a belgium study go fire at men's world ranking set to rise inside the top twenty for the first time in his career. and serbian qualifier dusun live it clinched the
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biggest win is for the world number six when martin del potro said it's. in the women's draw world number one samantha how it starts of a third straight madrid open cycle are over she's been knocked out in the quarter finals the romanian was beaten by six feet carolina place given a player she has a pretty impressive record against howard had won six of their seven previous meetings but this time out how it made twenty six unforced errors and she lost in straight sets six four six three maria sharapova also out of the tournament she was beaten in three sets by kiki persons. the thirty one year old is. yet so when a title this year for person is this was another big win after beating caroline wozniak in the previous round her face alan garcia in the sights. manchester united have secured second place in the english premier league they did so by getting
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a point away out west ham in what ended up being a pretty fiery goalless draw it so united star paul pogba having a bit of an altercation with west ham's mark noble the scene mates having support them off each other but they did hug it out in the end after the final whistle manchester united or chelsea in the f.a. cup final on may the nineteenth former united and current everton striker wayne rooney looks to be on his way out of the league the thirty two year old has agreed a deal in principle that will see him joining d.c. and i see it in north america's m.l.s. . now the troy lions coach matt patricia has been forced of publicly defend himself after a historical accusation of sexual assault resurfaced the franchise have come out in support of the new coach but admitted that failed to uncover the nine hundred ninety six allegation when researching his background there were claims made about me that never happened while i'm thankful on one level that the process worked in
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the case was dismissed at the same time i was never given the opportunity to defend myself. or to allow to push back with the truth to clear my name we now have the completed lineup for the n.b.a. conference finals the boston celtics will face lebron james as cleveland cavaliers in the east the celtics beating the philadelphia seventy six ers as they stay on course to win basketball's biggest prize for the first time in a decade john guys are oscar reports played with two of its biggest players out through injury that boston's playoff run could have easily ended by now the team rebuilt since losing to the cavaliers in the cultures finals last season with just four of the original players left woolford among them he made fifteen points against the philadelphia seventy six it was just terry hershey who's taken over from the injured kyrie irving was just as impressive he's in the first half positive at the celtics in front i am what the team of lacked in experience they've
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made up for in new n.b.a. debutant jason tatum school twenty five points the win cleage surprise against the cavs and le bron's in this year's conference final was the bronze on a just a ridiculous run of play. and you know we know that it'll be quite a challenge but the most important thing that our team can do tomorrow is go outside and get away from it for a day and take a day off and take a deep breath some six fans will be holding their breath when game one between boston and cleveland gets underway on sunday jonica al-jazeera. britain's simon yeah it says taken the overall lead at the jarrett italia as teammate esteban chavez one stage six the riders taking on mount etna for their first serious climb of this year's race it's attacked his title rivals in the last couple of kilometers and as established a sixteen second lead over defending champion tom doing the an all time tour de
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france winner chris froome is down in eight more than a minute. behind the scenes. now the national hockey league is in the midst of the playoffs and some things might just be kicking themselves for failing to draft this star player from russia vladimir putin lacing up his skates in front of a packed crowd in sochi it's an exhibition game he led his hockey lead choose scored with a storming performance scoring five goals using an apparently unique ability to make defenders move out of his wind in the wrong direction. ok that is why sports looking for not more lights are ok as donald trump and king jong un prepare for their historic summit next month south korea's president monday and is marking his first year in office having improved diplomatic relations with north korea he's now enjoying record approval ratings talking about reports from seoul. monday and came to power following months of angry public protests his predecessor
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pocket in hey was impeached and ultimately imprisoned over a corruption scandal moon campaigned on a liberal platform promising change after a year in the job with an approval rating of more than eighty percent moon is the most popular president since public polling began when the country transition to democracy in the one nine hundred eighty s. polls show many south koreans even those who consider themselves conservatives like moon personally we're going to do that to the two groups pulling a moon's approval rating or that people who are satisfied by his unconventional openness and the people who believe moon is doing a great job to you with enter korean relations. someone to long to an exhibition celebrating the highlights of moon's first year. long as i really like his way of openly communicating with the public in many ways especially compared to how disconnected other presidents were i have great expectations and i hope to see real
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cooperation and reconciliation with north korea. if you would have predicted these scenes a year ago moon shifted from parkes hardline policy towards pyongyang to one of engagement even as the president of south korea's ally the united states was threatening to totally destroy north korea moon's vision for a peaceful lympics was realized when north korea sent a delegation to the winter games in pyongyang chung and the two koreas marked under a unified flag at the opening ceremony and since donald trump unexpectedly accepted an invitation for a summit with north korean leader kim jong un meetings not missile launches have become the new reality on the korean peninsula moon has found himself in the diplomatic driver's seat. while moon has been in the spotlight for his engagement with north korea some south koreans would prefer to see the president focus on domestic issues during the campaign he promised to tackle challenges such as the
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youth unemployment rate which recently hit a two year high of eleven point six percent you're part of that in an issue that is perceived by the public as the most significant is the economy if these issues are not improved the president's approval rating can sink at any single moment before last year's election most south korean said the economy and jobs not into korean relations should be the next president's top priority something analysts say moon may want to keep in mind as he begins his second year in office kathy novak al jazeera soul that's it for me robot this and for this news hour i'm going to be back in a moment with more of the day's news but. this
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is a boon for blind people right now and technology there is so much going to help people it's phenomenal thanks for calling i read this is there and what are you looking for today we get to set that client with their day to day tasks and give them more and up and then send to suppose our consulate oh yes that sure is a tomato exploration process with a laser and we have that psychology available to us tag know. the sam's in archaeology graduate from iraq he's also a part time going to billings pergamon museum which includes a reconstruction of the famous ishtar gate in bubble most of the people he's showing around came to germany as refugees this is just one of several billion
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museums taking part in the project called a meeting point and as well as bringing people together one of its aims is to emphasize the contribution of migrants right up to the present day to western culture. that he had been because i've been here for some time i can help them with lots of things but news is forward to me the great thing is it's not just about museums about forming a new life it is a part of life is culture al-jazeera is an investigative unit reveals tactics used by anti muslim organizations to instigate a fear of islam all greater universe here are the offices of the places where they're recruiting this stuff is toxic he's a poison salesman we saw the number of attacks against women and men across the country completely skyrocket guys in front of the courts holding a gun makes the monitors blood flowing all over my legs al-jazeera investigations islamophobia incorporated.

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