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eper into the stories of the day. and at 9:00, get a global perspective on the news. weeknights, on al jazeera america . a leading commander in the nusra front is killed in a syrian attack on idlib. ♪ ♪ live from do huh also coming up in the next half hour, peace talks begins but not with each other. libya's feuding factions refuse to meet face-to-face. still searching for the truth, chinese families demand answers after mysterious disappearance after flight mh370. after the drug lords we look at how normal at this is
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returning after the arrest of notorious cartel leaders. but we start with breaking news. a car has plowed in to pedestrians in jerusalem injuring at least five people. the incident happened outside of an israeli border police station on the line separating west and east jerusalem. israeli police say the driver of the car was shot at the scene. we'll give you an update with more details as we get them. a senior al-nusra front commander has been killed in a syrian government air strike. the syrian state media says he was killed in a special army operation on idlib on thursday. here are the details. >> reporter: this is an al quada training camp 16 years ago. where some of al qaeda's top
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commanders today were being trained. this man was among them, a top command fore al qaeda's branch in syria called the nusra front. he was killed in ray syrian army attack in it lib on thursday. he fought in afghanistan with al qaeda in the late 1990s he traveled to iraq before the fall of baghdad in 2003, he was arrested by the iraqi intelligence services and handed over to the syrian authorities who later released him. he then returned to the baghdad and became a military commander of al cal killed a in iraq, he met every important top figure. that's where he joined the ranks of al-nusra in 2012. >> he's a senior military commander for al-nusra, this will be a bigelow. >> reporter: over the years al-nusra front took many extra teen i can positions from the
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syrian army. those gains were traveled later by isil. the in fighting has helped the syrian government take back control and target the leadership of all rebel groups fighting against it. a divided international community hasn't helped syrians seeking regime change. >> the regime has gotten stronger in the last several months. it seems to be -- it seems to have picked up speed since the united states began to bomb isis and plus rah as well. it has taken some of the pressure off. iran has stepped in in a big way, hezbollah has committed itself even more than it had before. it's quite clear that the regime with iranian backing. is confident. and this is just one more demonstration that it's going to assert itself. and the a allies, the united states, this command of the united states sad saudi arabia that turkey are in complete
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chaos. >> reporter: as the u.s. led coalition also continues to target the group and syria's conflict gets more complicated every day. al jazerra. meanwhile, a barrel bomb attack in syria has killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more. activists in the city of aleppo say government helicopters attacked a rebel-held area on friday. the u.n. special envoy to syria failed to get all sides to stop fighting in a hleb owe as our diplomatic editor james bays reports. >> reporter: for months, the u.n. has been calling for a freeze in aleppo. but it's clear the opposite has been happening. when special envoy stefan addressed the security council two weeks ago he said he had an agreement from president assad to stop aerial bombardment in the city for six weeks so there could be a trial ceasefire in one neighborhood. he gave the security council a clear time line but now at a think tank in london with his
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plans stalled he says violence has been increasing. >> that is the tragic, the collateral effect of. [ inaudible ]. so i think afraid. you are right. we have seen intensification around aleppo, for instance. >> reporter: he even seemed to hint that his choice of aleppo for the freeze may have been wrong. >> aleppo perhaps was not right. but for the reasons i said there is a moment when you have to also stimulate and push in a certain direction. and therefore perhaps making it right. >> reporter: so if the plan is failing, what else is there? the prime minister of turkey, a country whose border is less than 100-kilometers from aleppo, has been discussing the situation with the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon. if his plan is failing, what is the plan "b"? >> unfortunately he didn't have a plan "a" until now. forget plan "b." we had some proposals. but the u.n. security council
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and. [ inaudible ] didn't have a clear strategy regarding syrian crisis, didn't have a clear response and reaction to war crimes committed by the regime. the regime has used chemical weapons against civilians 67 here at u.n. headquarters there is increasing concern about the prospects for the plan. the french ambassador currently the president of the security council says he's skeptical about the chances of success. and, again, there is talk about a top down rather than his bottom up approach. one very senior u.n. official told me this time it needs to be different, though, all regional players, including iran, need to be up righted to the table. james bays, al jazerra, at the united nations. fighters from the is lambing i can state of iraq and the levant have started destroying one of eye raps' most important archeological sites. the ancient city lies on the
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tigres river and dates back more than 3,000 years the government says bulldozers were used on the antiquities during the assault. this latest destruction of iraq's tear ridge follows anize ill video last week showing artifacts being smashed in ky assumes by fighters. air strikes will end for three days in an attempt promote peace talks in tobruk. representatives from libya's rival government are meeting in morocco to end the political crisis as powerful militias fight for control of libya's oil friends. now here say report. >> reporter: they are walking to the meeting hall. but libya's feuding factions are not yet ready to sit together to talk about a way out of a conflict. this is the go between. united nations representative is meeting here with members of the tripoli-based government,
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recognized as legitimate by the country's constitutional court. >> translator: we came here because there is a crisis in libya. the others don't want to talk to us, they want chaos to continue. they continue to bomb our cities but we want this round of talks to succeed. >> reporter: the u.n. on voir moves to another room to talk with members of the internationally recognized government of tobruk. libya has two governments and two armies. they have been fighting each other for control. >> translator: the fact that we are here means we are building trust which hasn't been the case in the past. all the parties want to solve the problem implement a ceasefire, form a national unity government and appoint a new prime minister. >> reporter: rival factions in the past brushed aside calls for dialogue.
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each laying its claim as the legitimate authority in libya. >> so far i can tell you that there is a sense of if not optimism, at least a sense that it is possible to make ideal. and this is something very important because in the last month, this was not the case. >> reporter: for years violence in the country has claimed the lives of thousands of people and forced many others to flee for safety. it has also played in to the hands of groups claiming allegiance to the islamic state of iraq and the levant. raising concerns libya's civil war could destabilize the whole region. the international community has made it clear that it won't opt for a military option in libya and that it's up to the bitterly divided government in tobruk and tripoli to settle their differences and agree on a road map to end the civil war.
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al jazerra. a second deadline has passed in talks aimed at ending fighting in south sudan. the president and his rival the rebel leader and former vice president have been meeting in ethiopia since tuesday. the original deadline set for thursday was extended to finalize details on power sharing. russian dissident alexi has been released from prison after spending 15 days in custody. he was arrested for promoting a rally where opposition leader boris nemtsov was due to speak nemtsov was murdered last week on the eve of the frost. he accused the kremlin of ordering the killing. police in south korea say they are investigating possible links between a knife attack on the u.s. ambassador and his alleged assailants multiple visit to north korea. he needed 80 stitches after his face was slashed at a forum discussing korean unification on thursday. a korean nationalist said he was
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protesting against annual u.s. south korean military exercises which began earlier this week. student lead nurse myanmar are accusing government leaders of trying again to curb action i can freedom. now protests that were largely peaceful for two months have turned violent. this is a report. >> reporter: student protesters say this was a heavy handed crack down on a peaceful protest. police say they came under attack after they told demonstrators to disburse. >> translator: security men in plainclothes were doing this a girl in downtown. what are they trying to show? does this brutality belong in this day and age? >> reporter: demonstrators are angry at the government for pushing an education bill they feel would stifle academic freedom. they are calling for changes to the school system and the right to form unions. these demonstrations have gone on for months. authorities say it's the first time they have taken action despite the fact that activists
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did not get the proper permissions. student activists want to match to myanmar's largest city. >> translator: we are protesting because we want reform of the education system. which has been any getted for something like secretary years for the government. we have written letters to the parliament, we have had a lot of meetings and submitted a lot of demands, but they don't care much so we have had to have this march. >> reporter: they are call themselves the 88 deal yep raise, named after student protests in 1988 that sparked a movement. crack downs on activists and writers but a lot has changed in what was then known as burma. a government is in charge after 49 years of military rule. >> translator: the government is still watching us and no decision has come from them yet. i think they want to you cut us off and stop other students from joining us we think they are trying to separate us from outside communication.
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>> reporter: even after the arrest and skirmishes, campaigners say they will continue their protests until their demands are met. al jazerra. coming up in the next 15 minutes. >> reporter: this is just one of the examples of the many road bridges in this region that have been ripped out by the raging rivers. >> the damage done in northern argentina. we'll have more on that. plus. on patrol with the new police force in southern yemen. that's after the break.
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♪ ♪ hello there. welcome back. let's reminds you of the top stories now. a car driver has been shot and injured by israeli police after his vehicle plowed in to pedestrians. at least injured outside an israeli police station on the border dividing east and west jerusalem. the rebel lead you go of al-nusra front has been killed in syria, he died in a government air strike in idlib on thursday. libya's u.n. recognized parliament in tobruk says its forces will end air strikes to help peace talks in morocco. they are meet to go try to prevent all-out civil war. a salvage operation is underway in northern argentina after the worst flooding in 50 years. weeks of rain has destroyed hundreds of homes across four provinces and caused thousands
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to seek refuge for safety. >> reporter: this is just one of the examples of the many road bridges in the region that have been ripped out by the rain is rivers, a product of the very, very heavy rainfall we have been having here across the whole north of argentina in the last few days, many houses, 700 houses in this particular town have been destroyed or very, very badly damaged. thousands of people evacuated taken to safer ground. in the meantime a big rescue salvage operation is underway. mattresses fridge, food, water being delivered to the people here. while they are involved in a massive cleanup operation trying to salvage what they can. huge amounts of rainfall in a very very short time. causing massive devastation across the north of argentina. as i say many of these bridges
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down electricity cut schools suspended, many roads or impassible. it's the governor of the province has called it the worst natural disaster the worst flooding in 50 years the weather has let i'mth bit for now to enable to rescue operation to get underway. but there is more rain forecast in the next few days, really it's a case of the skies and salvaging what can be salvaged for now. now, he was one of the most wanted men in mexico. a week ago the drug lord gomez was arrested by security forces. he headed the violent knights templar cartel which terrorized the southwestern state with a campaign of kidnapping and extortion, but his arrest has revived hopes that life might now return to normal. john hulman reports from one of the gang's former strong holds.
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>> reporter: lines of big business in the state southwest mexico. not just for producers but also the knights chem player cartel who spent years offering them and other businesses a simple choice, pay up or face death. but no more. >> translator: the ex-portion was systematic. you had to pay the cartel as if it was a tax. but now that is gone. >> reporter: last friday's capture of gomez the knights templar leader and mexico's most wanted man was the culmination of a year-long operation in which federal forces flooded the state. >> translator: today we find a state that is reactivate is its economy, taking back its public space and increasing tourism and a place for investment once again. >> reporter: tell that to jeweler ricardo. his brother ruben was stabbed to death on the sidewalk three days
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ago. >> translator: honestly the interior ministry is lying because crime hasn't gone down, every day we have assaults, robberies, the police aren't controlling the situation they just right around, that's all they do. >> reporter: federal forces and citizen vigilante groups has syrian weakened the cartel but left behind an army of young unemployed criminallal thats. people we have talks to say they are no longer being extorted but criminals still freely roam the streets, 400 people were killed between december and january this year. that's hardly a sign of a state fully under government control. legitimate jobs are needed to offer a way out for those learning to earn their way out of crime says this priest. >> translator: they condom nateed our society. there were people who the knights trained that are now infecting and waiting for a moment to rise up again of
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government has to invest in the economy so the young people who are now criminals have other opportunities. >> reporter: as the government celebrates the end of gomez's rule. the family of ruben mourns another lost life. it's clear for them hundreds of other families, true peace has yet to arrive. john hulman, al jazerra. >> a number of schools are being rebuilt in northern nigeria where the government is continuing the fight against boko haram. schools have come to be seen as a soft target for the fighters who abducted nearly 300 school girls from a college last year. their fate remains unclear a report. >> reporter: on a mission to secure schools a nigerian government delegation traveling has been cleared of boca huh ralph fighters but still trying to come to terms with the abduction of its school girls
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last year and this is how a project supported by international donors like britain, the united states, qatar and others. the idea is simple go to to areas freed of boko haram control and build new state schools. it's a new part of the strategy against a group with a name that basically means western education is sin. other places like this have new schools, students from places where boko haram still in control are being relocated so they can attends class too. more than 2,400 so far. >> laying new foundations to rebuild this school. the safe school project is just finding ways to strengthen the school surroundings for our children. particularly in in the states a national initiative was started. what do we mean by that? we are looking at software and hardware.
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>> reporter: bolstered by the recent success over boko haram the military akon if i defense that schools like this will reopen soon. >> we have been taking the liberty of new equipment one of which is what you have seeing right behind me there. and we have not. [ inaudible ] boko haram. >> reporter: almost 11 months after 276 students were taken from this school, 219 of them are yet to come home. something this community hasn't forgotten. the kidnapping still hangs over the town. many people say the government's priority should be the return of their missing daughters. her daughter is still held by boko haram. her pain is evident today. >> translator: i really don't know what to say. i don't know what is happening to her. she was taken when she was
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recuperateing from a surgical operation. i just want her back safe. the idea of rebuilding the school is okay, but i just want my baby back. >> reporter: mohammad idris, al jazerra, northeast nigeria. yemeni president hadi has put local militias in charge of all government institutions in aden. the groups known as the popular committees are also responsible for security at his balance. we have been to meet some of their field commanders. >> reporter: these are the men in charge of law and order in southern yemen. the popular committee's militia has been patrolling the city for months. but now they have replaced all of the regular security personnel. >> translator: i think the popular committees have become a key factor of security and stability. theythat they were able to defeat
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terrorist more efficiently than entire governments -789z. >> reporter: they now guard the presidential compounds the airports and all public institutions. >> we welcome the committees among us because they are very useful, we had a lot of weaknesses and they helped us tremendously he is especially especially in matters of crimes. >> reporter: the purpose was to help fight against al qaeda in the province, they were said to have shown efficiency and made success. that's why the president relies on them now for his own protection and to keep security in the city of aden. >> translator: we saw the aggression that took place in sanaa and later in some northern provinces we can't let the same thing happen in aden. >> reporter: but regarding security in the north the popular committee's commanders appear divided. some are open to the idea of an anti houthi offensive.
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>> translator: we limit ourselves to the south. we welcome president hadi but we are not ready to go with him to the north to fight the houthis. >> reporter: some say it isn't their fight. >> translator: we will mobilize our forces for war once we have a legal military order as well as an agreement between all tribes and provinces. >> reporter: right now there is no plan to make a military move on the houthis in sanaa. and people here say they are concerned the presence of political players from the capital may turn the south in to a playground for instability. al qaeda still operates here and only the committees are here to protect the south. mohamed, al jazerra aden. now, sunday is the first anniversary of the world's biggest aviation mystery. what happened to malaysia airlines flight 370. and its 239 passengers and crew. well, many on board were chinese and their families are refuse to go accept what they have been told about the jets'
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disappearance. our china correspondence adrian brown reports. >> reporter: one year on they still demand answers. families of the missing try to march to the malaysia embassy. but they are blocked. the police regard them as troublemakers and keep them under surveillance. what you are doing is illegal he shouts. in many cases, parents lost the only child the law allows them to have. >> translator: we have been looking for help from the government. but the government hasn't done anything. our demands have not been answered. >> reporter: such displays of emotion are frowned upon by the authorities. which is why the families are as scorn of the of their government as they are malaysian airlines. 12 months ago surrounded by the media, he came to beijing hoping to find news of his brother. he wanted the truth then, he
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wants it now. >> translator: the government isn't working on seeking the truth. but instead is pressuring us to take compensation. this leaves our hearts cold. >> reporter: he was the older brother, devoted to his family. his home is adorned with happy memories. his son was 21 months old when mh370 vanished. he had been working as a construction worker in singapore with the money he saved he hoped to one day train to be a dentist to serve his community here. his family still believe he will pull fill that dream because in their words he's coming back. >> translator: yes, from the bottom of my heart i always feel like nothing ever happened to him. and one day he will come back. every time i talk about this with my son he always says daddy will come back.
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>> reporter: the lack of any credible information has led the family to entertain any number of theories about what happened to the plane. for now they think it was highjacked. some have taken their protest to the doorstep of malaysian airlines' head quart never kuala lumpur, they want the search to continue and are refusing the compensation offer. to do so they say would be to acknowledge their loved ones are never coming back. and one year on, that is still something that she can't quite believe. adrian brown, al jazerra in china. and you can see more on this investigation in to mh370 on "101 east." coming up right after this bulletin on al jazerra. now take a look at these pictures coming to us from italy. this is an amazing rescue of around 200 skiers in the italian doll might. they had to be within wered to safety after getting stranded because a huge teen teen was blown
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over in a cable and their cable car tab innings rendered inoperable. they were lowered to the cabins from helicopters everybody was rescued without any serious injuries. >> hi, i'm lisa fletcher andy are in the stream. ajunct professors fight for a living wage. how their working conditions could impact the quality of higher education.