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to see it yourselves. >> which side of the fence are you on? borderland, sunday at 9 eastern, only on al jazeera america. >> peshmerga forces cut off a supply root in a major offensive in iraq.
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u.s. and cuban officials clash over immigration as they get started on talks in havana. and the leader of pegida resign after being addressed as hitler. thank you for joining us. a day of violence and unrest in yemen could broker a key deal. as part of the agreement the houthies will withdraw their forces from areas around the residence of president hadi. he effectively have been held captive in his home since tuesday. the villa rebels have agreed to release one of hadi's top aids. in exchange they'll be given a greater say in the running of the country. this will involve amendments to the constitution as well as
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greater reputation in parliament and all state institutions. well there has been no visible change yet in the number of houthi soldiers. since taking over, houthies have tightened their grip taking over television stations. the leader warped on tuesday that all options remained open if a deal with the government is not upheld. well, al jazeera has obtained a leaked records of a telephone call subjecting that former president ali abdullah saleh is coordinating moves with the shia houthi rebel leader. the audio is dated late september when the shia group took control of sanaa. >> in an audio leaked to al jazeera we hear what appears
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to bed the ousted president ali abdullah saleh speaking with the houthi leader. in the phone call saleh tells him to speak with the secretary general at the time, a military leader loyal to saleh. urging him to shall operation so president hadi can't leave.
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>> former adviser to the yemeni prime minister said he's not surprised. saleh has been calling the shots from behind the scenes since he was pushed out of office in 2012. >> he has been undermining the whole process and from the start he had no intention of leaving power. not only for himself but the man controlling a lot of the other symptoms of power and corruption who have been looting the yemeni people of millions of dollars for over a year. >> they've held the capitol of sanaa since september and said they want a new government and to bring back fuel subsidies. they say they should do that in any way they can.
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>> if you are in a war, it's not the houthi that maybe they look for that. and another war you can expect anything. so this is something that happens--this is something that they should be ashamed. >> the question now is how will other yemenis react when they learn that saleh has been calling the shots after being pushed out of office three years ago. >> we go to a journal hoist lived in yemen for four years. thank you for joining us here on al jazeera. let's focus on this power sharing deal that was agreed to. what do you think will be different this time as opposed to a few months ago. >> that's the real question here. because really what happened in september has only postponed what has then come to a head over the last few days. even with this agreement now it does not necessarily get to the bottom of all of these issues. i don't think this is the
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solution or the end of confrontation in yemen. we may not see anything right now, but i think months down the line we're going to be back in a similar situation again when the houthies are not happy. i think it shows that violence gets you somewhere. so the houthies are going to be able to change the constitution and they'll have greater involvement. >> yet people will ask if this is a coup. why are they not taking over now if they could have. >> it means that they have responsibility and with that responsibility comes the fact that yemen is a precarious situation, both security and economically. if and when everything collapses, they'll have to answer for that. the houthies don't want that, plus they don't have the experience themselves either. >> there is a former player, assuming that he ever left, former president abdullah saleh. we have the recordings of these conversations dated and september between him and the
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houthi rebels. what do you make not so much of the recordings, but the fact that he was a figure from behind the scenes. >> even my own experience of being in sanaa when the houthi took over, there was no doubt that abdullah saleh was involved in some way. i say that because he would walk around the city and when you spoke with security or to businessmen in the area, they would recognize themselves and other people would recognize them as former republican guard which was the unit under ali abdullah saleh commanded by his own son ahmed asaleh. it was clear that he had taken off the university and was fighting with the houthis. >> the saudis are potentially involved iran, what do you think the international community could do? we have a meeting with the security council yesterday. a lot of unease and not
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willingness to put boots on the ground. what options are open. >> they don't have a lot of options right now. they have to continue to back him. they were largely responsible for the creation of a deal in the first place which has kicked the can down the road for a lot of underlying issues in yemen and which has been the reason why the houthies have done what they have done. then the agreement in september which has not worked either. the international community have not really had much success in this right now. >> now looking forward to this power sharing deal. if the issues are underlying, the problems in yemen are not addressed, we could be in this position again in a few months time. >> i think even more immediately after that, still mentioned in the deal today, the issue of a big stand off between the
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houthis and the tribes refusing to let the houthi take their territory. then you have the issues of houthies kicking off again when they're not happy and the biggest example of that being the southern issues, the southern movement calling for independence and their voices have really risen and they're watching what the houthis are doing. that's another big issue that has not been resolved. >> thank you for sharing your views with us. to libya now where the rival parliament in tripoli has suspended u.n. national peace talks. it won't take part in the talks because of what they call new violence in the government. key members of the rival parliament stayed away saying they would only participate if they were held in libya.
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kurdish peshmerga fight necessary iraq have may gains against the islamic state in iraq and the levant. they managed to cut off one of the armed groups major supply routes. we have more now from northern western iraq. >> this battle is for a supply line. we are south of mosul dam in northwestern iraq. and a few kilometers from a road that the islamic state of islamic state in iraq and the levant uses. on the ground kurdish peshmerga forces advance. up in the skies the u.s.-led coalition provide cover. this military operation has been planned for some time now. there was intense air activity. and at one point heavy and almost constant bombardment. without airstrikes it makes it very difficult for the ill equipped kurdish forces to make
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gains against an enemy who are well armed and well trained. >> the islamic state in iraq and the levant are fighting back and using heavy weapons. rockets have been landing near peshmerga positions. but the incoming power forced the peshmerga to retreat. the forces push on captureing towns and villages. they were accompanied by the president of northern iraq's kurdistan regional guilty government. he was overseeing an operation that kurdish say is strategic important. >> our operation began in the early hours of wednesday. we pushed them back. first of all they were too close to the kurdish-controlled north. second we want to cut their supply lines. >> this battleground is not far from mosul. isil's power bases in northern iraq. taking the fight there is more
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complicated. there are urban centers and kurds may be seen invading arab and turk man regions. right now cutting off isil from their supplies is the immediate objective for the coalition and the kurds. >> syria's government has once again been accused of dropping barrel bombs on rebel-held areas. activists say regime forces launched the air attacks on the northern province of homs. 12 people are reported to have been killed. well syria's government has launched airstrikes on a rebel-held city just outside of the capitol of damascus. 40 people were injured in the attack after two residential buildings partially collapsed. let's go to israel now where 13 people have been injured after a man boarded a bus and started stabbing people. police say the attacker is a palestinian from the occupied
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west bank who had entered tel aviv illegally. >> another stabbing attack in israel this time in tel aviv. the police say a palestinian man boarded a public bus and stabbed its driver first. he then moved on to stabbing passengers before fleeing. they say he was apprehended by short forces 400 meters away from the bus and shot in the leg. >> i saw the bus standing at the junction. people were running away from it. i went outside. i saw the terrorists running outside the policemen were chasing him. apparently they were security policemen. they chased him and shot him. i went back to help the injured. >> the man in custody is a 23-year-old palestinian man from the occupied west bank who authorities say entered israel illegally. palestinian sources identify him
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from the refugee camp. the government blames the palestinian forces and hamas. >> hamas by praising this morning's attack when demonstrated exactly what hamas is, a brutal and vicious terrorist organization. now president abbas the leaders of the palestinians cannot have it both ways. he can't link arms with world leaders in paris to condemn terrorism. when he links arms with hamas back at home. >> israelis are angry about this latest attack. it comes at a time when the public is divided ahead of an anticipated early election in march, something that puts prime minister benjamin netanyahu under more pressure to act. meanwhile, talks between the two sides are stalled and the return to negotiations seems a remote possibility.
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there has been a brief lull in hostileities up until now with october and november being the bloodiest month. now there are fears that this attack in tel aviv could start a new cycle of violence between the two sides. >> still lots more to come in this news hour including his popularity is low and the country is struggling. what will president maduro say in his state of the union speech. france announces it is getting more police, intelligence agents and weapons to stop terrorist attacks. and african cup of nations equatorial guinea push for qualification. we're live in bata with the latest. >> but first the first day of historic talks between the united states and cuba hassed
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with the u.s. delegation indicating that a key migration law will remain for now. it's the first meeting between the two countries since the u.s. president and cuban leader announced a thawing of diplomatic ties. the discussion was described as productive and constructive. there is still disagreement on those who want to come to the u.s. and apply for asylum. tell us what happened at those talks today? >> reporter: the talks here in saha vanna lasted several hours. they were about these migration issues that are so important especially to the cuban government here. what essentially is going on now. cubans have been migrating to the u.s. for decades now some legally, some using illegal means. they are doing this because they know that once they step foot on u.s. soil, number one, they can stay. number two, they will be granted
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asylum. cubans are the only people in the world who have this right in the united states. now, the cuban government has been saying for many years and were saying today in the talks as well, this is a law that needs to be revoked because they say all it does is promote illegal dangerous migration of cubans to the u.s. that puts people--people's lives in danger. but clearly after the attacks today the cubans were hoping to get some sort of concessions from the americans, but they clearly did not the u.s. saying that they will stay in place for now at least. the cuban government voiced displeasure but saying they will continue the talks tomorrow in good faith with the other u.s. delegation. >> so when they say in good faith what are we expecting in the talks tomorrow? >> on thursday the talks are going to be very very important. it's essentially when a high-ranking official from the u.s. state department will be engaging in the talks from their
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counterpart, and they're going to be not be talking about migration issues. they're going to be talking about diplomatic issues, and these sort of how they're going to make this new agreement or new arrangement with the united states and cuba actually work. we know barack obama and raul castro announced this jointly late last month. now is the moment here in havana when government officials from both sides are going to be rolling up their sleeves and hammer out the details. the first thing they're going to be talking about is how to establish a diplomatic presence in each country right now. the u.s. only has an intersection here, and it's the same for the cubans in washington, d.c. these are going to be key first issues that will be discussed. we'll have to see if there is going to be any problems because there is no agreement on the migration issue. we'll see if that then leads to some disagreements thursday as these talks resume as well. thursday a very critical day.
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the highest ranking u.s. delegation from the state department here in havana holding talks with the cuban government in more than 35 years. so a lot is at stake. >> and you'll be talking those talks for us here at al jazeera. thank you. >> now in the next half hour venezuelan president nicolás maduro is due to deliver his annual state of the union address. the speech was postponed last week as mature row was out of the country discussing the slumps in oil fries. 95 person of venezuela's hard currenty income comes from oil but prices have dropped in half since june, bringing it under $50 a barrel. venezuela only has $20 billion left in its reserves and owes
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$50 billion to china alone. shortages are being felt on the streets. some state grocery shops have introduced rationing. well latin america editor lucia newman joins us live from caracas. it paints a disastrous picture there the statistics about the situation in venezuela. obviously a very important speech from maduro. >> absolutely. the situation here is dire, as you just described to say the least. just so our viewers can understand it, venezuela has the highest inflation rate in the world, the second highest crime rate in the world. people now for months and months have been spending their time in long long queues to get basic things like oil sugar diapers for their children. people are getting upset about this. they want to know what the president is going to propose to do about it.
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he has his supporters here behind me in the plaza. thousands of people are waiting for the president to speak. in other parts of town people are waiting with empty pots and pans to bang on them when he begins his speech in a few minutes time. >> we'll be following that speech here on al jazeera. you just painted a picture of the way it's effecting order people. who do they blame for the troubles? >> the supporters here of president chavez, and now his successor, president maduro, put all the blame on the opposition, on the united states. they say this is an economic warfare being waged by those who are hoarding, and they say it's the entrepreneurs the private sector that is to blame.
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they're calling on president maduro to get much tougher on these opposition members some of whom are already in prison. of course, the middle class and mainstream economist put all the blame on the government for misspending, and allowing this to map. very polarized country and polarized on who to blame. what they do agree, something has to give. they cannot continue in this way in a recession that is deepening by the day. >> thank you. >> michael: let's go to france now the country has announceed sweeping changes to boost its counterterrorism effort. dozens of police and intelligence agents will be hired, and they'll be given more weapons. these are four men charged in an attack on a kosher supermarket in paris.
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nick spicer is in paris for us. >> soldiers on the street. the french prime minister calls it a war. he announced half a billion dollars worth of spending on more intelligence and police officers for the battle. >> over the next three years there will be 2,680 new jobs committed against terrorism and injustices in the state. this effort, ladies and gentlemen, is huge, but it's indispensable to guarantee the security and protection of the french people. other measures include a national registry of suspects. the prime minister said there are some 3,000 in france right now. he also promised easier wiretapping for the intelligence services, and deradicalization program targeting prisoners and young people. they say more needs to be done creating a dialogue between
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people and politicians not police. >> there have been little attacks because of this, but now we're obliged to think further not just reactive and just increasing of budgets. >> the first charge in the killings earlier this month were laid on wednesday against men suspected of providing weapons to this man. if this is a war it stretches beyond the borders of france. by the prime minister's own estimate the number of people on french soil lynched to syria and iraq you jumped by 130% last year. nick spicer, al jazeera, paris. >> the head of germany's anti- anti-islammization movement ped pedgida has resigned after appearing on the newspaper as
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hitler. they said anyone in politics who poses as hitler is either a total idiot for a nazi. tens of thousands of people were taking part in a pegida march and rally. lee barker is at that protest in leipzig. i guess the vice chancellor was not pulling any punches when he said you would have to be an idiot or may did i. nazi. >> the comment from the vice chancellor is very much the stance that the german government has taken with pegida throughout all of the marchs they've staged over the past four months. this is the anything question. it is widely circulated online and in the press here in germany showing apparently he is dressed
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like hitler. pegida said this is all part of a joke a bit of satire, but considering the movement over the last few weeks, it's been trying to shake off its image of being the platform for the ultra right. it's images like this that don't do pegida any good whatsoever. the rally pro-pegida or legida, people in leipzig who support the rally. when i asked people, they were divided. some felt that he brought ill repute and he gave the rest of germany a bad idea of what pegida was about. others felt that he catapulted
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it forward and brought it into the national considerations. >> in leipzig, thank you. still to come on al jazeera, ukraine's president auses russia of having 9,000 soldiers in the east of his country. a special session is being held at the u.n. to discuss the crisis. >> i'm jennifer glasse in kabul where they say freedom of expression is under threat. >> and in sport. the world number one rafael nadal is in a fight for the open. we have the latest coming out.
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primetime news. >> welcome to al jazeera america. >> stories that impact the world, affect the nation and touch your life. >> i'm back. i'm not going anywhere this time. >> only on al jazeera america. >> days of violence and unrest in yemen's capitol could be over after a key deal was brokered after president hadi and houthi rebels. houthi rebels will withdraw from the presidential palace.
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tripoli's congress won't take part because of new violence in tobruk. andandandand a major gain made against islamic state in iraq and the levant on its supply root. >> a nigerian flag was torched in this video where they said that killings were the tip of the iceberg and more would follow. the prosecutor of the international court said that she'll investigate these mass killings and prosecute responsible for war crimes. mean cameroon forces freed a german man kidnapped by boko
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haram. he was teaching in northeast nigeria when he was kidnapped in july. he was kept in isolation and said he wasn't sure if he would survive. afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. human rights watch say that the the 2014 was the worst year ever for vie republicans and threats against journalists in afghanistan where eight journalists were killed. we look at how freedom of speech is compromised by a stand threat of violence. >> on january 17th akil was the first afghan journalist to be murdered this year. odds are he won't be the last. being an journalist in afghanistan is increasingly a dangerous job. just ask this investigative reporter. he was assaulted last march after writing about corruption.
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>> the biggest threat from journalists from the north come from warlords and elders who cannot accept criticism. >> the emergence of a free media with dozens of tv and radio stations has been hailed as one of the success of post taliban afghanistan. but they say that freedom of speech is under threat here, and that there isn't enough government protection. it's particularly challenging for women especially in rural areas. conservative beliefs mean many families object to women working at all. tamana used to angel arrest new cast until her parents found out. >> i would still like to give 'do this job but only if my family gives me permission. if they don't i won't work. >> other women change their names for broadcast so they won't be recognized, and they're
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under constant pressure. >> i've been threatened by the opposition of the government. they warn me on the phone that i shouldn't work in the media and they threaten me if i continue that they will act on that threat. >> there were eighth deaths last year make the worst year for attacks against journalists. the attackers usually go un unpunished. that's what happened in walid's place. he was told that the man who attacked him was to powerful to convict. he was told he should quit. >> human rights watch has accused egypt for failing to take serious steps to improve conditions in overcrowded prisons. the group says dozens of people died in custody last year and alleges that many prisoners are held in overcrowded cells and
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don't receive proper treatment. they say the mass of rest mean that not enough prison cells are available leaving many in temporary facilities. al jazeera continues to demand the release of its three journalist who is have been in prison in egypt for 389 days. they were falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. there has been an order for retrial. there have been asks for them to be deported from egypt. ukraine's president said that russia has 9,000 troops in the east of this country. president poroshenko called for moscow to withdraw. >> i promise you we'll have clear stable situation in ukraine if russia will close the
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border and withdraw all foreign troops from my territory. because now the data of our intelligence confirm independence sources. we have 9,000 troops in the territory including tanks and heavy artillery and personal carrier. if this is not an aggression, what is an aggression? >> michael: well nato has also reiterated it's call for russia to withdraw from eastern ukraine saying it has seen an increase in tanks and military equipment used by russian troops there. heavy shelling has continued in and around the eastern ukrainian city. two civilians were killed during fighting between pro-russian separatist and ukrainian forces. violence comes as germany continues talks on the conflict.
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russia france and germany are currently meeting in berlin. and the united nations is currently holding a special meeting on the ukrainian crisis. we can see there we're live at the security council that is the ukrainian ambassador. he's just started speaking there. our editor james bays is standing by. what is this meeting about. >> wasatch front the normal blame gain between the ukrainian ukrainians. what has changed and why they've had this meeting, which is called last minute is because the situation has seriously deteriorated. the u.n. is now describing it as an extremely dangerous
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situation. in fact, the secretary general the head political affairs of the united nations jerry felt man said that the cease-fire that came into force in september is now a cease-fire only in name alone. >> following weeks of relative calm the council meets today amid the worst hostilities since the cease-fire and minsk protocols were agreed to on 5th of september. the progress, the exchange of hundreds of prisoners are quickly overshadowed by renewed fighting and deepening political stalemate. ukraine cannot afford the current violent status quo. the escalation of fighting threatens to unravel the minsk protocols. >> so who is to blame?
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russian ambassador said it's all kiev's fault for violating the minsk protocol. but many are putting the blame on power. the u.s. ambassador said that president putin keeps speaking about his putin peace plan, but she said, in fact, instead of putin peace plan it should read russian occupation plan. >> strong words james bays, thank you. we're joined in studio with the senior fellow with the russia and eurasia program. we heard from james bays the usual blame game that has been going on, but there has been a lull in fighting over christmas. >> there has been a lull over the holiday period that we've
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had these minsk agreements. >> it seems to have been instigated by the russian side as far as we can tell. the reasons for this are not immediately clear other than that moscow seems to want to put pressure on kiev to discredit ukraine further and westernize and try to demonstrate that this country is fundamentally unstable and a broader solution needs to be found in the difficultyies that involve russia. >> do you ea momentum from either side, or do you think this will end up a stale conflict where the numbers are quite small and it could drag on and on. >> this could drag on for some time. this is a broader conflict over the future of ukraine and whether ukraine can stand on its own two feet, and be allowed to
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develop as an independent country. russia wishes to keep this from happening. that's the evidence we have over the last 12 months. ukraine has the possibility in it's are reformist government as we've seen in over the last 25 years, and maybe it's an signal to the western community that you're going to have your work cut out in ukraine if you're going to stabilize this country. >> you mentioned the economic trouble that ukraine is in. what is the time frame, do you think that this would have to end, or they would need more money. >> they'll need more money over the coming months. ukraine has asked for a long-term arrangement rather than a stand by arrangement that we have at the moment. but the interesting question is going to be what is going to happen in the west's longer-term
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treatment of russia as sanctions remain in place? these are coming up for review in the summer, and they're clearly causing a lot of pain to russia. >> now politicians in the united kingdom have reacted angrily to news of a report in britain's role in the iraq war has been delayed. the head of the inquiry told prime minister david cameron that people named in the were require more time to respond. simon mcgregor wood has the details for us. >> the report into the u.k.'s role of the invasion of iraq was commissioned in 2009 and this is not the first time its findings have been delayed. at the heart of the matter, evidence of how their labor prime minister tony blair persuaded the government and
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whether weapons of mass destruction were found. the latest delay has brought outwage and with only three months to go before the general election. >> the public perception will be people in very powerful positions now or back then are using the process that was set up to protect themselves by pushing it into the long grass. >> soto many members they feel they were misled by the politicians of the day and they hoped to get some of the answers to some of their questions before the next british election on may 7th. this latest delay has some of them scenting a cover up.
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>> it's independent and of today's politicians but that has not stopped them from trying to score points. >> let me agree with the leader of the politician that we want to see this brought, but if there were any of those who set up the inquiry years ago it was established six years ago after our combat operation had ended and frankly my views on the iraq war are well-known, and i want this inquiry published. >> it claims that key witnesses are still responding to parts of the report that criticize them. several months are needed. it's felt that the americans are nervous about what might come out. six years after the inquiry started, and four years after it heard it's last evidence, the
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full story of the iraq war remains untold. >> sri lanka's army chief has received a full pardon from its president three years after coming out of jail. he's also been given back his military rank of four-star general. he was imprisoned in 2010 on corruption charge less than a year after leading the victory in the 25-year war against the tamil tigers. it was widely seen as political revenge after they stood against them in the 2010 election. >> well, robin will be along with sport next on al jazeera. he'll have all the latest from the australian open and the africa-cup of nations. >> i'm lee wellings i'm with the club who has taken the
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historic steps to tell its fans, pay what you can. come enjoy football. >> some students receive tablets and education on high tech while others don't even have libraries.
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>> they're calling it the big switch on a number of south africa state schools now have paper less classrooms. it's an expensive project with ambitions of going nationwide. how do other schools feel about the move when they can't even afford a library? we have reports from
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johannesburg. >> it's a big day for these students. for now on tablets will replace their books. >> you'll see different types of wi-fi that you'll go into. the teacher guides them through lessons, and if she's ever out sick another teacher can be streamed into the classroom. students are excited about the investment in the future. >> education is key to success. when using a tablet it's easier than writing and you get to do more work, and stuff like that. it's more important and it's going to help a lot of people to get jobs. >> that's important to the country where most school graduates are un unemployed. >> everybody will know that you come here, and this is the
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school of the future. >> but the future is expensive. it will cost $1.5 billion for tablets and internet connectivity. while this school is being propelled into the digital age most schools in south africa don't have libraries. some don't have flushing toilets, and many are under resourced and under staffed. a group called equal education led protests led the adoption of equal standards in schools. it's called the digital plans but it has lots of questions. >> is this an approach that can be roll out across the country and will it deliver on its promise of delivering a better education overall. >> that will all depend on whether the students can improve the pass examine exam rates and go on to find jobs.
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>> now let's go to sport from robin. >> thank you very much. congo's footballers are in celebration mode. they're registering their first win at africa cup of nations in 41 years gabon needed a win to insure a spot, but the congo with a 1-0 win now putting them within touching distance of a place in the knockout run. competition has equatorial guinea slipping down to third. plenty of chances for both sides but they could in the find the back of the net. occurburkina faso's chances
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althoughering. >> it's the first win at the for them at african cup of nations. only once previously has he failed to get them out of their group and into the knock out round. he has been strangely quiet at this tournament. he has not happy with the training facilities or the hotel they were given. he was monosyllabic in his first press conference. he didn't even bother turning up for the press conference before this game. but now you see the team on on the brinks, we may hear a few more words from the french coach gentleman. >> and equatorial guinea's chances of making it to the next round.
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>> not too much is expected. just as a joint has given a few weeks to prepare so was the team. they did not have a successful qualifying campaign as everybody else did. their coach from argentina brought in to look after the team with just a couple of weeks' notice. he fully admits he has not had time to get the team intactcal or physical shape he would like. the fact that they're in position where they go in their final group game still with a chance of reaching the quarterfinals will keep people happy for new. >> how have people been respond responding to the competition and equatorial guinea did not have a lot of time to organize it. >> i think it was a big risk bringing to equatorial guinea
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under short not. by and large it has passed off well. if equatorial guinea were to find themselves in a runner up spot, it would be held in a tiny area where ground capacity is 500. >> thank you much for that. they introduced the bold scheme for lead match and lee wellings was there for us. >> the football club sitting at the top of the scottish premiere league does not mean that the highlands club would expect a large crowd for a midway match
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in the subzero temperature. crowds across scott lapped's highest division has been worryingly low. to invite fans to pay whatever they can. >> the normal price tonight is 25 pounds. but tonight they paid £10 which is 40% of the price. >> brilliant i never get to it on the weekend because i'm working, but it's a great way to attract more fans. >> i think its fantastic. it's good. >> especially in the month of january, to pay what you can is pure and simply to get folks in the door, hopefully capture them and make sure they come back on a regular basis. >> fans have been benefiting from this deal. >> i think it's a great idea. at the end of the day january is a long month financially for
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supporters. we have six games. some clubs have seven games. it's a big ask to ask our fans to support them at home and away. >> if three of the best ported clubs after suffering relegations. some creative marketing is required. >> inviting fans to pay whatever they wish is a concept unusual for football as it was in music when radio had the english ban in 2007 with their rainbows album. that outsold their previous record so, it worked for them, but there is no guarantee that there will be a pot of gold. >> the attendance was over 3,000. despite the freezing conditions. iverness won the match to move on but even success on the pitch is not guaranteed to keep fans coming. it's a small step forward but in this part of scotland they won't
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give up trying to make football affordable to their fans. >> former world number one nadal, there might an scare. nadal has the third seat. the champion suffered stomach cramps but prevailed. he goes on to the third round. >> at first i started feeling very bad. a terrible feeling. i suffered too much.
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>> things were a little more straightforward. they did lose the first set against more than 48. the italian winning 6-3 before frederick came back to win the next sets. the swiss is attempting to clinch a title in melbourne. >> thank you. there has been a large eruption of a volcano in western mexico. time lapse video captured this footage showing a large plume of ash and gas rising from the volcano which is known locally as the fire volcano one of the most active and most destructive volcanos in the country. residue has reached some nearby communities but no evacuations have been reported. much more on the website and we'll have more news for new a few minutes. we hope you'll join us then.
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