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>> isil still holds half of tikrit. turkey's coast guard has fired on a cargo ship carrying 300 syrian refugees. turkey shot at the ship as it passed through the strait and ignored warnings to stop. 330 refugees are being detained, including 85 children: >> syrian kurdish fighters are urging the u.s.-led coalition to launch new airstrikes on the islamic state in iraq and the levant. they want to target isil-held regions. they want to help kurdish
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fighters. >> they've been on the front line and on the war of the islamic state in iraq and the levant. these fighters say that they're defending their land against isil. they're also the anti-isil coalition on the ground. >> on the ground it occurred to us to fight isil. but it's limited to airstrikes. it made us stronger, no doubt but we're not receiving any weapons or ammunition. >> the u.s.-led coalition does acknowledge the advances and the air support that it provides, but it's careful to avoid identifying the fighters as the ypg. in its statement it calls them the anti-isil forces. there may an reason why many
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consider the ypg fighters to be the syrian branch of the kurdistan worker's party, the pkk, an organization on an european and u.s. terrorist list. >> you could say that it's local affiliate of the pkk on the ground. they are very closely inter linked, but of course you have to be careful because the pkk is still listed as a terrorist organization in the west. >> clearly the pyg's links to the pkk are a complicating factor. the pyg will not be among the opposition groups that the u.s. plans to arm and train in syria even though it has been organized and engageed in direct connection with isil. >> they had their own
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organization that ran their affairs towards creating an independent state. but all they want is autonomy in syria. >> at first it was reluctant in part because turkey also considers the pyz and the pkk terrorists. months later their corporation continues. it is an alliance born of necessity, not choice. al jazeera beirut. >> activists posted online claim to show the aftermath of two government attacks in syria. children were among the victims of an aerial bombing in damascus where rescuers comb through the rubble looking for survivals. the civil defense worker said that the suburb was targeted bay scud pipe missiles. governments have been urged
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to negotiate with isil to allow aid into parts of syria. the children's charity unicef estimate 14 million children are suffering due to the conflict. bernard smith reports. from the moment they're born most syrians are now reliant on foreign aid. here it means the difference between life and death. but now as isil has emerged to take command of some areas in syria security concerns make it difficult to get aid through. >> we say it's a shrinking humanitarian corridor, common phrase. it's just more difficult to get supplies from here to there and for sure going deep inside syria where we were able to get fairly easily able to go in, and now
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that road is treacherous. it's very, very dangerous. >> it's just not fighting that stops aid from getting there. many of the governments and larger charities that supply smaller aid groups will not allow help to be sent from isil controlled areas. they fear it will be diverted to isil fighters. and hand in hand is one group whose warehouse hints at the mammoth need of aid in this country. the group's founders thought they would be needed for four or five months. >> it was really just basic help when they said medical aid, they needed band aids. maybe formula sometimes. just really basic needs. >> it's gone from providing bandages and baby milk to what? >> providing complete hospitals now. >> now hand in hand is preparing for the next ten years.
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and an alarming prospect not least because of the costs involved. this year the u.n. is appealing for $2.9 billion to help 12 million syrians. that's more than half the population. the deliveries will cross borders here in turkey, iraq, and jordan into territory that has become some of the most difficult in the world for aid agencies to operate in. last year the u.n. only got half the money it asked for had. syrians. donor fatigue is a real concern. but without those donors and the aid groups they help, syria's next generation will have no chance. bernard smith al jazeera, on the turkey-syria border. >> the police say they have lease on the shooting of two officers in ferguson, missouri. it took place a week after the release of a just department report of the killing of an
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unarmed black teenager by the police. they say they can't be sure that an arrest is imminent. >> we have an active investigation. i said yesterday that that investigation is our number one priority on the police department. you know what, it's critical. really the number one priority on the police department right now is to make sure that we continue a tempo of service and protection and relationships in the ferguson area to make sure that we don't have a regression of everything that we have been able to accomplish since last fall. and i truly believe that. that's probably one of the more remarkable things that has happened in law enforcement in st. louis county, i would argue perhaps in the nation. i don't feel like we can afford
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ing to back. >> they have discovered where the ebola epidemic started. they traced it back to a two-year-old boy who died in a village of guinea. we have the report of life in the village after the worst outbreak on record. >> these people are not taking any chances. it's been reported that the beginningbrought the ebola virus. >> we have decided to during this tree so no bats will bring ebola. >> the government issued a press release that ebola was first detected from bats in this tree. and his son was the first to contract the disease and die in the current outbreak. other members of his family died.
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>> in the beginning when my children started dying and my wife i doubted myself. i thought they were killed by tradition. later the white man said that it was ebola. when ebola entered my village, i was the first person to lose all my family. my one-year-old son died and my daughter and my wife too. the >> the ebola virus has killed 10,000 people. a vaccine is being tested, and it's modeled on the ring vaccination approach which was used to irradicate small pox in the 1970s. they look at the indetective case and find all those who have come in contact with that person but there are challenges. both quinea and sierra leone are still reporting new cases every week, and the number of deaths taking place outside of hospitals remain high. that suggests people who are wary of seeking help are hiding
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patients. >> talks have been delayed yet again. the delegation for the libya government based in tibruk did not show up. we're in the morocco capitol. >> talks in libya will take time in the moroccan capitol. this week delegations have recognized the government of tibruk have not arrived yet. they say they need more time to talk with their own leaders about the details of the political settlements. in the meantime, representatives of the national general international council have met and they told them that they are not happy with the recent appointment of general haftar as
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army chief in the country. they say that haftar is someone who should never have a say in their future of libya. the political settlement in libya is definitely going to be a long way to go because they trusted and to agree on forming a national unity government, forming a national unity army is going to take some time. now the concern of the international community is the following. if the political divide continues, groups affiliated with isil will take advantage of the situation and further expand different parts of the country. particularly in the east. this is why they're determined to have both the east and west set their differences aside and agree on a political settlement. >> the pope is predicting he'll only be head of the catholic church for four or five years.
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he made comments during a visit in mexico. he had a sensation he has been placed on earth for a short time. in an interview in mexican television he spoke out about violence and drugs in the country and felt that the devil was punishing it with anger. still 20 come on the al jazeera news hour. >> in the florida keys where a series of brutal attacks on brown pelicans have conservation conservationists worried. >> living up to the american dream. we'll speak with the north korean refugees who are forging new lives in the u.s. and the bowler back in action after serving a 4.5-year ban.
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nigeria's government in a bid of foreign contractors. hundreds of mercenaries from south africa are believed to be taking part in the battle against the armed group. people in guinea have burned down the tree where the ebola epidemic began. it was home to bats believed to have brought in the virus. swedish prosecution come to a stale payment to charges against julian assange. >> at the embassy in london a police prince is poised day and night to address the wikileaks wikileakses' founder if he steps foot outside. from his almost three-year
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confinement inside, julian assange is said to have welcomed a request to be able to interview him here. it's ladies and gentlemen that assangeit's alleged that assange committed rape. >> we see this as a victory for assange, that the prosecutor was wrong all the time, and we welcome her initiative. >> in 2012 assange lost a supreme court appeal to prevent his extradition to sweden, instead seeking asylum in in the ecuadorian embassy while on bail. now he wants to come to london because some of the crimes he is said to have committed will reach their statute of limitation. >> it is not clear when this
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meet willing take place but the chief prosecutors will hope to come here to london threw the ecuadorian embassy to interview julian assange and take a swab sample of his dna. if assange were to face trial in sweden, he then could be extradited to the united states where an investigation is ongoing into wikileakss leaks of military and diplomatic files. no charge have yet been filed in sweden while in britain his embassy confinement under constant police watch so far has cost the british taxpayer tens of millions of dollars. al jazeera london. >> union leaders and pro government groups in brazil are rallying in sao paulo to show support of the country's president. dozens of political figurers and
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former executives who run petrobras are under suspicion of money laundering. prosecutors have now said that they'll investigate three members of brazil's ruling coalition. well, adam rainy is following developments from sao paolo for us right now. tell us more about the background of this case. >> the petrobras scan doll has been swirling for years but only in recent months has it comes forward. this is also happening as the economy continues to be rocked by bad news. inflation around 7%. brazil's currency is at its
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lowest point and there is a lot of faith lost in the government and the president's term as president, it's her second term. the turn out is fairly small. just a few thousand people. they were hoping for tens of thousands of people. there were small protests around the country. in rio de janeiro there were maybe a thousand people on the street. now the protests are characterized by two elements. elements of people saying no to privatization of petrobras. they say the scandal is a distraction to convince people that it needs to be privatized, and that's something that these leftest protesters say they're totally against. but you also see these protest people saying that they must
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stay in power in president. tens of thousands of people are expected to rally calling for the impeachment of dilma rousseff. she's one of the most unpopular presidents at this time in her term in office. >> adam, with the latest from sao paolo. thank you. now it is often described as the world's most secretive state and one notoriously difficult for residents to leave. those who do manage to escape north korea usually make their way to the country's southern neighbor. but a handful of refugees will make a new life in the u.s. >> reporter: in their small appointment, they prepare breakfast. their children, 14 and 9 get up
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for school. the daily morning routine is never taken for granted because they're north koreans who fled during famine. >> one by one people die from starvation including neighbors. i had no choice. i wanted to live so i di effected. >> one day they both born after the kims escaped, will learn that their parents had another life and other children. but for now they've chosen to say little. >> i don't want to share our story with my children yet. our past isn't important to them. i want them to start a new life. i don't want our past to cast a shadow over their lives. >> 300 400 north koreans live in
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the united states. unlike other refugees, the kims chose not to live in south korea. most of the over 20,000 north koreans do, north koreans face discrimination there. >> south korean society treats north koreans a certain way. i didn't want my children feeling that. >> and so in the end a world away from north or south korea was california. kim now works as a masseuse in a small hop shop in l.a.'s korea town. you have to imagine a north korean arriving here. you need to find a job. you don't speak english. you don't have skills. the concept of insurance and how it works in the u.s. is something that you have to learn. some concepts stunned them. >> you have freedom of
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expression. no one will bother you, even if you bad mouth the president himself. >> they both fluent in english tell us the little that they do know. >> what do you know about north korea? >> nothing much since i have not been in the country but i know it's a terrible place to be. >> i know something. it has a very, very terrible leader. that's all i know. >> what their parents do say study hard, aim for college and their drive and energy they take after their parents, and their ambition will produce a different life and outcome. >> it's been nearly two years since floodwaters swept through the northeastern chinese village village, at the time the government was criticized for being unprepared and hiding the number of deaths. now harry
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fawcett goes through thatvillage. >> the river that runs through the village the destruction it left in the summer of 2013 is still visible. we arrived four days after the flash flood to a town full of grief and anger. [ yelling ] they're accusing authorities of covering up the true extent of the death toll. >> another person tries to tell us what he believes happened here. the police are keeping him were us from talking to him. >> the local government said that 30 were dead, and 58 missing. it never released another figure. lifetime resident said that was always a serious under estimate. >> for the whole of the town it's at least 170 or 180 dead. i know because i know this place very well.
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>> in 2013 we met li, who said that officials assured people who said that the river would flow past the town. now she lives in a new apartment far superior to her old home, but she has not changed her story. >> they didn't expect that the flood would be so big. nobody told us. if they had the damage wouldn't have been so bad. >> the nearby village suffered similar damage, but no one died here. the difference locals tell us a concerted effort by officials to get people out of danger. there are two things that we've heard throughout this second visit, firstly, that people believed that 200 died in this disaster. not the 88, which remains the official government figure. secondly they complain of the lack of warning, a community used to dealing dealing with flooding simply didn't know what was heading its way.
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sothey insist that they did warn residents. how many people died here? >> i know nothing about this. >> you don't know how many people have died in your own town? >> i'm just in charge of reconstruction. all the talk about the death toll injured statistics, report, i have no idea. >> after weeks of rain in the summer of 2013 which filled the local reservoir to beyond its safety limits, the area was hit with half a meter half of its annual rainfaller in less than a day. but for many this was a manmade official disaster. officials accused of doing too little that caused deaths. >> iceland has withdrawn its bid
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to join the european union saying that it's interests are best served outside of the union. the countryconcerns about the e.u.'s agriculture and fishery policies have led to problems in the negotiations. a series of attacks on pelicans in the u.s. state of florida has conservationists deeply concerned. the birds which are federally protected are having their pouches slashes, something that can lead to an oh slow and painful death. we go to the florida keys. >> oh, you poor baby. >> maya is a nurse in her native croatia, and these days she's putting those skills to good use. a makeshift refugee center has become a trial lifeline.
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>> i don't like to go outside. i don't like to go here. i'm happy with my animals. i'm happy here. they need me, you know. >> but in the last few months maya's refuge has been inundated with brown pelicans. a dozen birds have been found with sliced pouches. injuries that the veterinarian say are deliberate and malicious malicious. >> the horror is they don't want the birds just to die they want them to die a slow torturous death. >> perhaps fishermen angry at pelicans for stealing their catch are responsible but so far no one has been caught or charged. >> i would like them to turn themselves in so we can put an
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end to this. if anything, we're out there looking for. >> you pelicans in the keys are deeply respected but it's their sometimes frowned upon dependency get them in trouble. >> their relationship with people, they get a free meal and they show absolutely no fear. but that makes them an easy target. >> but for pelicans that are found and treated there is a good chance of survival once rereleased. as long as maya lives here the pelicans of the florida keys have a protector who it seems never will give up hope. >> i love you babies. there she goes. >> al jazeera, big pine key, florida. >> getting the chance to showcase some of the brightest talents at the cartagena festival in columbia. many deal with the continent's
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recent history while finding acclaim abroad finding an audience back home can be harder. >> the harrowing drama of a teenager forceed to john farc rebels and then hide her pregnancy. it is the subject of an international film festival. director says it's the festival's duty to remember the country's brutal history. >> it's our way to contribute to our peace process, through cinema. we can't have a long-lasting peace or build a different country if we don't know what has happened to us. if we don't remember, if we don't understand the horrible things that have happened, that we're all responsible for. >> 53 films are competing in different categories in the week-long festival in one of columbia's fascinating cities. latin america's history and it's
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struggle to find its identity has been a popular theme. often have a hard time finding an audience back home. >> it's difficult to imagine anything further apart from war and poverty in the center of cartagena. but the festival goers are lining up. the problem for these films is they often lack distribution in columbia and across latin america, something that starting this year the festival promises to change. >> the festival is becoming a focal point to market latin american films. 400 industry professionals are expected this year. >> we want to recognize ourselves as latin america as a gigantic market of people who speak the same language.
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but it's difficult to see latin american films in latin america. >> cutting distribution films throughout europe, but struggles to do so in latin america. >> until people understand that the cinema is representing, and understanding better who we are it will be difficult to change that. we need to form a new public. >> at least here in cartagena filmmakers are keen to discover the stories that this continent has to tell. al jazeera, at the cartagena film festival. >> still to come on the program fighting to learn the cause of south africaen schools to better accommodate children with disabilities. >> and the 12-year-old who got the best of tennis legend roger federer.
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>> welcome back. under south africa's constitution everyone has a right to an education. but disabled children are often unable to go to school since their needs and teachers are poorly trained. some children are desperate to learn, but can't under the current system. >> she would like to become a fashion designer, but for that she knows she needs an education. she desperately wants to learn but because of her disability
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she can't walk long distances and she's been unable to get transport to high schools. >> it's very painful. maybe if i could walk, maybe i could do anything i wanted to. when i see kids go to school, i think maybe one day i can be like them and go to school. >> he has never been to school despite a letter his mother got in 2011 saying that he should be enrolled. but every school she approaches won't accept him. >> the constitution guarantees everyone their right for education. and it says that no one should be discriminateed against on the grounds of disability. they do get a disability allowance from the government, but it's not enough to cover the costs. they say there are not enough
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special schools and trained teachers. >> there is not enough trained teachers, so they end up not learning anything because they're not trained to teach the special children. >> that's something that she faces every day. she almost gave up on schools because she said teachers don't understand her needs. >> these main treatment schools are not able to learn properly because teachers don't communicate properly with me. >> the ministry of basic education say it is doing it's best to reach those who need it. >> you know, 20 years down--20 years into democracy we're still talking about this. we're doing everything possible to make sure that we deal with the challenge and we get every child into school. >> reporter: but it's a long
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process, and in the meantime, thousands of children are falling behind waiting for their right to get an education. al jazeera, south africa. >> let's catch up with the latest sport. >> thank you very much, felicity. we'll start with formula one just hours away from the first qualifying session of the new season of the grand prix in melbourne. rossberg was fastest on the circuit .03 of a second ahead of hamilton. their biggest challenge is expected to come from ferrari but the build up so far has been overshadowed by the saga of gilbert van der garden who sat
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out despite the court order that demands that he be allowed to race. and in cricket amir returns to cricket. the 22-year-old's ban officially depends september, but the icc have allowed him to play-doh mess tick matches in pakistan. >> every sportsman starts from zero when he enters the sport after a gap. so it is with me. i start with zero. after you play day by day, you do gain the rhythm, and your it returns to you after playing games. >> charges related to the
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designing signing of ne workers mar. they've reduced his contract in order to come under the tax bill. italian football federation has banned a former president and chief executive of the club for four months. parma has been docked one point their players have not been paid since july. they've been given an emergency fund by other clubs to help them complete their season. floyd mayweather and manny pacquiao has agreed to a drug testing before the biggest fight in history. mayweather has won world titles in five different divisions and
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pacquiao won in an unprecedented eight different categories. the anti-doping agency said that it's a strong statement to have these fighters have this anti-doping in place before the fight. the fight takes place in vegas. the event known as the race for the sun they would beat renown sprinters the race continues on sunday. serena williams was booed and jeered by the fans when she won the 2001 final. the williams family claim they were racially abused and were
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unhappy that serena had a walk over in the final after her sister venus pulled out of the semifinal. >> i just felt like it was time. there is nothing--there is not one thing that says i should come back. i should come back in 2015. i didn't even know if i would be playing this year. but it was more or less just timing. i just kind of felt it. i just felt like everything was a right time for me to just come back and try to do the best that i could here again. >> from 14-year boycotts to 12-year-old boys getting a chance to show their tennis ability on the big stage. this youngster handed a record by world number eight in a world exhibition game against roger federer. winning that point with a brilliant love. what a shot that was. >> superb. i wish i could have done it myself. that's it from this news hour.
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i'm back in a couple of minutes. bye bye.
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>> the egyptian president's plan to save his country's economy with billions of dollars from his gulf allies. hello, watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up, the fight against boko haram. confirmation that mercenaries are helping nigerian forces. the source of ebola. tracing back the deadly virus to the first person infected. police say they have new leads in the