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freed by i.s.i.l. - hundreds of yazidis released by the armed group in northern iraq. hello, this is al jazeera, coming up on the programme at least five are killed in niger during protests against the "charlie hebdo" newspaper. one of the nominees from a cabinet position in the afghan government is on interpol's wanted list. [ singing ] and 6 million in manila - a
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record crowd fills the philippine capital on the last day of the pope's trip to asia. [ cheering and applause ] hello. i.s.i.l. released 250 captives from the minority yazidi community in northern iraq. transported to kurdish held territory - it's not why they were released. the yazidi captives many who are elderly, were taken to hospital for checkouts. thousands of yazidi are believed kill or kidnapped by i.s.i.l. after its advance across large parts of the north. mohammed adow is in erbil. >> reporter: most of the yazidi released by i.s.i.l. are said to be elderly or people with medical problems or infants. a commander for peshmerga forces
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were taken 8km away from kirkuk to the city of mosul, an i.s.i.l. strong hold. we are not far away from the response line before they were released. if i.s.i.s. wanted them to take them out of their territory, and bring them into the hunt for the peshmerga, taking them to a medical facility on the road where they are receiving medical treatment. a campaigner for the yazidi rights says that he believes these people were released because of their medical condition, and i.s.i.l. did not want to continue keeping them. there are thousands of yazidi young girls, who continue being in captivity in the hands of i.s.i.l. and who many say are used as sex slaves. we have met some of their
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parents. all they need is children to be returned to them. for the families of those released, it will be a huge release. >> police in greece have arrested four people they believe have links to a terrorist sell in belgium. belgium police say there's nothing to link the site with a plot foiled a few days ago. thursday several anti-terror raids were held. the shoot-out leaving two suspects dead. five were charged with participating in terrorist activity. >> belgium is deploying up to 300 armed soldiers. they'll act as a backup to police in potential terrorist targets. they are on high alert after two attacks in paris. one was against the satirical "charlie hebdo", there were more protests over the image
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featuring a cartoon depiction of prophet muhammad. in niger, churches were set on fire and five killed on the second die of rioting. pakistan and yemen have seen violent protests. >> reporter: crowds of men gathered outside the niger capital. they are angry about the depiction of prophet muhammad on the french edition of satirical "charlie hebdo". they attacked the church ripped pages from the bible and set fire to the building. they felt scared and dread more attacks. >> for the love of god. i'm a true christian, i know what religion is about. it's about stopping others doing their work. >> niger is a former french colony in other parts of the
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capital. >> they offended our prophet. this is why we muslims are trying to protest. the state is not letting us. that is why we are angry today. churches were attacked. churches target french-owned businesses and burnt cars near the main mosque. the french embassy warned the citizens to stay indoors. there are protests against "charlie hebdo" in other parts of the world. in pakistan protests broke out after friday prayer and continued on saturday. >> they are across the country. causing instalment of 15,000 trials. >> they pass on an international level. these people can't hurt the feelings. we don't meddle in other's rely jijons. they don't have the right. >> similar protests took place
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in yemen. the al qaeda branch. demonstrators had a warning for western media. >> translation: this is a message from the yemeni people. enough insults. >> reporter: there was a wave of protests in syria, a country crushed by four years of war. the french satirical newspaper has caused demonstrations in a number of countries. the angriest reaction is in france's former colonies. the afghan government is investigating after it transpired that their minister is on a most wanted list. back to 2003 he is charged with fraud and tax evasion. he denies the allegations.
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we are hearing four afghan police me are dying after a suicide bomber blew himself up. jennifer glasse has more for us from kabul. let's talk about the minister. embarrassing this for the new afghan government. what more do we know? >> that's right. he is wanted in estonia for what it calls large-scale tax evasion. this red notice dates back to 2003. it was not widely reported and comes as a surprise to president as a surprise he says. he and 25 other ministers were nominated last week and took the government three months to get a list of nominees. it waited because it wanted the
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right people. it is critical to the new government. what will happen to him. he says that the taxes to be paid are not his, and are the man who bought the business after him, which the palace is investigating. they are hoping that the nominees will go to parliament this week. >> after the story of corruption of the previous afghan president, it was hoped that it turns a new page. obviously on the strength of this story, it hasn't happened has it. >> certainly it's a concern. it's something that the president promised he'll try to do. these trying to remake all of it. none of whom have held ministerial office before allegations of tax fraud coming
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as an embarrassment. but the palace afghanistan swiftly to clear it up. so they can get on with reforms. >> we mentioned the explosion. four afghan. what do we know about that. >> it happened outside the provincial capital in helmand province on the main highway. not only from the four afghan civil police men killed. it 11 others were injured highlighting the concern here. in the last few minutes the agency here at kabul say they foiled anaction against the interior ministry. it was the most deadly year last year they lost 15 soldiers and
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police men a day. it's a challenge. a big challenge for the afghan government. jennifer glasse reporting from kabul. >> the netherlands recalled the ambassador to indonesia to protect against the drug offenders. among six people who faced a firing squad. we have this report from jakarta. >> reporter: most of them have been on death row for at least 10 years including this dutch national filmed it 2004, shortly after being sentenced to dat for producing -- death for producing ecstasy. the president refused their request for pardon. the solicitor-general made his announcement. 130 prisoners are waiting execution, half convicted of drug-related crime. according to the national aquatics agency 50 indonesians
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die as a result of illegal drug use. >> translation: the impact of drugs on our society is unimaginable. it's not just ordinary indonesians, but also government officials. we consider this an extraordinary crime. for this crime we need a maximum punishment. >> reporter: human rights organizations condemned the decision. they accused a man of using a double standard arguing against the execution of indonesian capitals convicted abroad but supporting the same punishment at home. >> he does not show a commitment to uphold and be an example on upholding and respecting human rights law. >> it's the first execution since he took office. >> many will follow later this year despite pressure from foreign governments to spare
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their life. pope francis held a client open-air mass for roman catholics in the philippines, urging them to protect children. it was the final event for the 6-day visit. our correspondent was also in rizzal park. >> the rain did not let up nor did the enthusiasm of crowds out here in their millions so see and hear from pope francis. we arrived in the morning, and spoke to some who brought young children, elderly relatives. for many it was a chance to be here and witness in the flesh a huge papal mass. when he arrived. pope francis witnessed the signature mode of transport.
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he spoke on the feast honouring the infant jesus, and spoke about charles and the family adopting a traditionalist message, protecting them from insidious attacks, from all of the progressive languages. he adopted moments and there has been moments of controversy on the plane on the way over saying there were limits to free speech. schooling politicians about inequality and corruption. for millions coming out on the streets. this was a personal landmark one to remember for a lifetime. >> it is al jazeera. a lot more ahead when we come back. >> 20 years after the war in
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bosnia the scars run deep for many in sarajevo. we hear from the winner of the toughest off-road motor race. that's all ahead.
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hello again. a reminder of the headlines - i.s.i.l. fighters released about 250 yazidi kurds. many are elderly and taken to hospital in erbil. i.s.i.l. is believed to have killed thousands in the advance across northern iraq last year
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in indonesia five have been killed and churches set on fire on a second day of rioting over the satirical "charlie hebdo" cartoons of prophet muhammad. pope francis held an open-air mass in the philippines, and urged them to protect children from sin and give them hope for the future. the mass was the final event of the pope's 6-day tour of asia. the united states has freed a prisoner held as an enemy combatant for 13 years. ali flew home to qatar. he admitted one count. his lawyer only pleaded guilty to be able to return to his family. the government is meeting, to decide whether to send representatives to u.n. backed
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peace talks. factions including the government in tobruk agreed to attend the talks next week and are aimed at forming a unity government and putting an end to violence. government forces in north-east syria lumped an assault on kurdish-held territory. fighting broke out. kurdish forces controlled much of the regions since the army withdrew. 5 civilians were killed in the fighting. kurdish fighters seized vehicles and ammunition. syria's state newsagency says the army has evacuated more than 1,000 people. some of the evacuees were shot at by rebels trying to stop them. they had been taken to a refugee shelter in the nearby town al jazeera continues to
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demand the release of our three colleagues imprisoned in egypt for 386 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed were falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood, of charges they denied. an appeals court ordered a retrial. lawyers filed requests for them to bedeported from egypt. >> the president of chad called on other african countries to join in the fight against the nigerian armed group cameroon. men will join cameroonian soldiers they'll be joined. cameroon has faced cross-border attacks in boko haram. the united nations is planning an offensive against rebels in the east of the democratic republic of congo. the f.d.l.r. fighters were given
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until january 2nd to surrender. as moll come reports, some lay down their weapons, many are at large. the fighters from the rwandan f.d.l.r. have been on the run. now they surrendered, they are among the majority of fighters that came out. congo in the u.n. will attack those in the bush. we are allowed to meet one fighter. the group is i accused of atrocities and leaders say they committed genocide. this man came to congo as a refugee and joined later because he had little choice. >> we were eight children. the others were in the forest when the rwandan army attacked. >> i thought when will it stop.
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that's when i joined. what will you do. >> after years living as outlaws, people are not in good health. these medics treat the sick. most would be better off at home in rwanda. they want to go home but insist on a dialogue with rwanda to address the injustices of the conflict. >> in other counties the u.n. is handling conflict. in this region they are not. they decided to attack innocent people. it's an injustice. >> the rwandan government refuses to hold talks. the people in the camp were stuck in limbo. each tent is to hold two families they full. there's not enough space. they want to surrender. that is a problem. >> the f.d.l.r. is not cooperating. the older and weaker fighters
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have been sent here. stronger fighters are in the bush. the u.n. chief told us that the camp is full because the f.d.l.r. leaders are not allowing anyone to go home. >> the idea is is it to be followed by repatriation it is contingent on political conditions, that so far don't look like they'll be realised. >> these boys play football with a home-made ball. all the people among the f.d.l.r. are among the people. they are counterparts in the bush. here in the camp they were safer. they are waiting for the leaders. the politicians it was a conflict that shocked europe. more than 100,000 were killed during the war in bosnia. many survivors are still
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suffering from trauma and some claim they struggledle to get the care they need. >> the raw in bosnia still haunts the present. it distorts lives. this man was a soldier in the bosnian army. he remembers sarajevo under siege. >> translation: this was the largest concentration camp in the world. we couldn't escape. there was danger everywhere. there was doubt at the buildings here. bosnia witness said some of the worse horrors of the war. the conflict has left out mental scars. >> there had been several times when i couldn't control myself. my memories were worse. i ex-closed easily are not good for anyone especially my family. >> he is one of many
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ex-fighters. he is receiving psychiatric help. >> in the 20 years since the end of the war, more than 4,000 veterans have taken their own lives. ordinary bosnians are traumatised. this is what daily life in sarajevo looked like. civilians running the gauntlet of sniper fire. the war remembered for ethnic cleansing and mass graves. >> 20 years on and sarajevo is a place. a high proportion was suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. there's a generation of people who were children during the war who count fear and violence among earlier.
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around 1,750,000 are suffering from stress-induced disorders. he is seen lots of outbursts. physical and sexual violence in families. there's an epidemic violence. >> more than optimists. long after the last shots from fired, the after shocks of war were felt. women's rights campaigners in england are looking to overturn budget cuts they say are putting lives at risk. fewer women from poor backgrounds can receive legal support from an abuse ist partner. laurence lee reports. >> reporter: every year more than 100,000 women report
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domestic elements. christmas and new year sees a spike. this woman's case the violence began after giving birth to her children. government cuts meant she hasn't qualified for legal aid, and had to spend months hiding. >> i couldn't do anything i had to put up with his abuse. vailed threats came through. i had to put up with it. the police couldn't always do everything because i have not got this order in place. >> the point of legal aid is to afford the poor the same rights as the rich. the state is playing legal fees who wants a court order against the abuser. it's not that legal aid has been
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cut. it's more difficult for thousands of victims of domestic violence and escaped their abuse abuser had no choice but to return to them. >> it had there been social services involvement with the family. >> it made it difficult for human rights groups that they are no longer entitled to free legal support by a caring society. they not making a choice to do nothing leaving them in violence. we have gone a considerable way to ensure that those that should get legal aid receive it. >> legal aid costs are tiny as a proportion of what the government spends. the question in the end, that
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austerity britain can protect the poor and vulnerable now after two weeks and some 9,000km. the world's toughest off-road motor race the dakar rally finished in buenos aires. qatar's nasser al-attiyah won for the second time. max coma triumph in the bike. >> two months charming through the andes. a victory for nasser al-attiyah. he's crowd of the trophy. every day was tough. the second day, day nine was tough. it was difficult on the navigation side. >> you had altitude sickless. >> absolutely. we cross to bolivia, we had a problem. i tried to manage to be strong.
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i'm happy to finish and to get this guy victory is sweet for this man too. marc coma the spanish motorcyclist with a fifth win, it's the bikers who take some of the biggest risks, and solo without navigate juniors, it's ex-crucialating to stay focused and on track. see how we look. this is what the dakar is about, says this argentine rider. for those getting this far, there's a feeling of exhaustion. often overcome by elation, joy and relief of getting to the rally. not necessarily winning it just getting it. half of the competitors in the rally didn't make it to the end. every year is tougher than the last. whether it's reality or the way it feels, it is not clear
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there's more on the website, get the latest on all the stories we are covering. >> in 2009 peace came to sri lanka after 26 years of civil war. >> government troops had crushed the tamil tigers - a guerrilla force which had waged a brutal insurgency seeking self-rule for the tamils c a minority making up about 12 percent of sri lanka's population mainly living