hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's monday, july 28th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. israelis and palestinians have gone back and forth over a truce in the gaza strip. but they haven't agreed to cease-fire. so israeli forces have resumed their military operation. the two sides suspended their attacks on saturday for 12 hours. israeli leaders decided to extend the truce by 24 hours. but fighters with the islamic resistant group hamas fired more rockets at israeli territory.
israeli forces started firing back. hamas leaders announced they were ready for a cease-fire, but israeli leaders rejected the offer. they said the militants had not stopped firing. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu told u.s. tv network that israel had implemented five cease-fires. he said hamas leaders had either rejected them or broken their promises. he said the israelis need to disarm gaza. >> we have to demilitarize it from the weapons that hamas has put in there. missiles, rockets, terror tunnels. >> netanyahu said israelis will face the same problem again in five or six months if hamas fighters are allowed to restock their arsenal. thousands of people in europe held rallies on saturday protesting israel's attacks on the gaza strip. about 3,000 people gathered in the french capital paris. some of them burned israeli flags. french police fired teargas
after some protesters threw stones at officers deployed to maintain security. local media reporting that about 50 people were arrested. meanwhile, london, tens of thousands of people marched on the israeli embassy. among the protesters were palestinians. >> i live in the eastern part of gaza. and i can tell you that people in gaza, all they are asking for is an end to the israeli siege. >> and in geneva, switzerland, hundreds of people also took to the streets. they held up photos of those killed by israel's attacks and signs bearing their names. officials of the organization for security and cooperation in europe say dutch and australian police have postponed plans to send officers to the site of the malaysia airlines crash in eastern ukraine. australian prime minister tony abbott said a joint team of 49
australian and dutch unarmed officers would reach the site as early as sunday. the officers would have worked with osce members to secure the area from intrusion by pro-russian militants and recover any human remains. they were also planning to collect wreckage needed to investigate the cause of the crash. those plans have been postponed for at least one day. the sound of gunfire has been reported near the site. >> unfortunately, the security situation on the spot and on the road to that site is unacceptable for us. we have taken the decision not to dispatch and deploy today. >> 298 passengers and crew members were killed in the downing of the jet an july 17th. 227 coffins have been transferred to the netherlands for identification. authorities believe some remains are still at the site. u.s. officials are pointing fingers at russian forces. they've released satellite photos they say are evidence the
russians have been firing rockets into ukraine. u.s. state department officials released images obtained by the office of the director of national intelligence. they say satellites took the pictures of the border area between july 20th and 26th. they say blast marks on the ground on the russian side show where rockets were launched and they say craters at military positions on the, cranian side show where the rockets landed. officials say another photo shows six artillery pieces in russian territory and where shells landed on the ukrainian side. u.s. officials say the russians continue to provide pro-russian separatists with heavy weapons even after the crash of the malaysian airliner. russian foreign minister sergey lavrov has denied that russian weapons are contributing to the conflict. but u.s. secretary of state john kerry says he does not believe him. lavrov and kerry spoke over the phone. kerry rejected lavrov's denials and urged him to stop the flow
of heavy weapons. lavrov made some accusations of his own. he said in a statement that kerry is hindering the work of the international monitors in ukraine. and he said russian leaders had invited observers from the osce to monitor the border area. bereaved families of the victims who were on board the malaysia airlines plane are visiting the crash site. among them were the parents of 25-year-old fatima dajinsky. she worked in the netherlands. she was believed to have been aboard the malaysian airliner on her way home to australia when the plane was shot down. >> we thought, how we survive this? we couldn't believe it. the first moment i thought, oh, she's alive. >> her parents viewed the plane's wreckage. they placed flowers and offered prayers for their daughter.
south korean military officials say north korea launched a short-range ballistic missboil the sea of japan on saturday. north korean state-run media reports the country's leader kim jong-un directed a firing drill at the launch site. south korean military officials say they fired a scud missile from a location in south hwanghei province on the western coast. >> the country's state-run tv reported that kim jong-un also checked on the deployment of u.s. forces in south korea and the north's rocket launch plan. the korean workers party newspaper "rodon shinmun" married a foetso of kim examining a map showing a missile's flight path and its range. another photo suggests he's
looking up at a launched missile. the reports appear to be related to the launch on saturday. the launch came the day before the 61st anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the korean war. analysts say the missile launch was intended as a warning to the united states and south korea as well as a way to boost national pride. the japanese government has launched a protest with the north over the missile launch. the government filed the protest through the north's embassy in beijing. prime minister shinzo abe now visiting mexico said the missile launch is a violation of u.n. security council resolutions. >> translator: we should make north korea realize that it will not be able to achieve economic revitalization and nuclear and missile development at the same time. >> abe instructed government officials to gather information about the launch with their counterparts from the united
states and south korea. he told them to ensure that aircraft and vessels in the area are safe and to provide the public with accurate information as soon as possible. chinese officials are planning to hold another round of military exercises in the east china sea. the drills will be held this week and will continue for five days. officials with china's maritime safety administration say the exercises will include live shell firing. they'll start on tuesday off the coast of xinjiang province. all shipping in the area will be banned. they have also announced that commercial flights will be barred from entering areas near the east china sea at the end of the month. it includes shanghai and nanjing. officials say it's because of military and other reasons. china and russia held joint naval drills in the east china sea in may. chinese maritime patrol boats have repeatedly entered japanese
waters off the senkaku islands in the south china sea. the islands are controlled by japan but are claimed by china and taiwan. the united states has temporarily evacuated its embassy in libya's capital tripoli as fighting between rival local militias escalates. u.s. state department spokesperson marie harf issued a statement saying embassy staff members were moved to neighboring tunisia under military escort. the number of casualties has increased in fighting that began two weeks ago between rival militant groups trying to take control of the international airport in the capital. a group of islamist militants attacked the u.s. consulate in the eastern libyan city of benghazi in september 2012 killing ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. republicans blamed the obama administration for allegedly ignoring intelligence that could have prevented the attack. investigators in china say
employees at a food processing company knowingly sold tons of expired meat. they say shanghai husi food received returned food products, repackaged them with falsified production dates and resold them. the u.s. parent company is recalling all products made by the subsidiary. investigators for the shanghai municipal office looked into allegations that appeared in the media. they said the company relabeled products it originally produced in may 2013. employees fixed new labels with the production date of this january. the original expiration date was this february. officials confirmed the company sold more than 20 tons of falsely relabeled products. shanghai authorities have detained a number of people in connection with the scandal. the u.s.-based osi group owns the chinese company. it posted a statement on its website saying that it will carry out a thorough internal investigation of past and present managers to identify the
cause of the wrongdoing. a number of companies in hong kong and japan have dropped the supplier. a young photographer in northeast japan has spent the past three years recording his hometown's recovery from an earthquake and tsunami. now he's displaying his pictures in tokyo. he wants to show how his community is bouncing back and make sure it stays in people's thoughts. nhk world's marika oida has his story. >> reporter: abandoned graves, the remains over shipyard. girls enjoying a moment with fireworks. taken last year, the -- since the disaster. this image is called "to smile is wonderful." the photographer is hiro hiroto chiba, a high school
student who lives in ishinomaki city. he's 18 now. >> translator: i picked the photos that i think show what the real situation is in ishinomaki today. >> reporter: chiba began taking photos when he was a young boy. encouraged by his grandfather. his home survived the quake and so did his family. but the disaster had a deep impact and from the very next day, he started cycling around taking photos of the destruction. he shot nearly 20,000 images at a time. but he erased all of them. >> translator: i think it was right around here. >> reporter: a few weeks after the disaster, chiba was about to take a picture of a mother and child crying in front of the ruins of their house.
suddenly, he heard a man nearby shouting angrily. >> translator: he said, what are you going to do with those photos? and when i asked myself the same questi question, i didn't have any answer. >> reporter: but later, he decided to start taking photos again after talking with one of the volunteers who came to help clear up after the disaster. >> translator: he experienced the earthquake that hit kobe in 1995. he told me it's important to keep a record to show to the world. that made me think it would be okay to pick up my camera again. >> reporter: since the turning point, chiba has worked to
document the slow recovery of his hometown. as a way to commemorate all that was lost. oyster shells piled up on the key. evidence that the local fishing industry is back in action. this photo he calls "mountain of memory." >> translator: this pile of rubble was once people's homes. people's belongings. i don't want anyone to forget that. >> reporter: 36 of chiba's photos are on display in the exhibition. >> translator: i think the message here is, we mustn't forget. >> translator: as time passes, fewer people are thinking about
those living in the disaster area. that's why we have to keep sending out our message. >> reporter: as life returns, chiba plans to keep his focus on his hometown. mariko ueda, nhk world, tokyo. north korean leaders have begun investigating the fate of abducted japanese nationals. and now japanese government officials are considering ways to financially support the abductees ahead of their possible return. the government says at least 17 japanese nationals were abducted by the north in the 1970s and 1980s. five of them returned to japan in 2002. japanese and north korean diplomats also agreed in may to discuss what happened to other missing japanese nationals. that prompted officials in japan to consider expanding financial support for the abductees that would allow them to receive funds for more than ten years
after they return. officials also discussed setting up a new system to continue providing funds beyond next march to the former abductees who returned in 2002. officials are distributing iodine tablets to people living near a nuclear plant in western japan. the facility is offline but preparations are under way to resume operations. kyushu electric power company operates the sendai plant. following the fukushima daiichi accident, they imposed stricter safety standards. all nuclear plants in the country are currently offline as they await screening. the sendai plant may be the first to restart. officials are distributing the tablets as a precautionary measure. they plan to provide them to everyone aged 3 and older within a five-kilometer radius of the plant. there are nearly 5,000 residents in the area. iodine helps prevebt the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive
substances which can increase cancer risks. pharmacists explain how iodine can be useful in the case of a nuclear accident. >> translator: it's good to have it in advance, but i hope there won't be an accident which forces me to take it. >> officials are planning to meet with other residents later this year and provide them with iodine tablets. a japanese chef has developed a menu that's easier for cancer patients to swallow. his food creations are helping those who have lost their sense of taste from the side effects of drugs and radiation therapy. and he's giving some living inside hospitals their strength back. nhk world's momoko hika
explains. >> reporter: people at this cancer hospital are served a range of food created especially for them. tomato sherbert, ice cream. they call these meals care food. >> translator: i love it. it's twice as tasty as ordinary okra. >> translator: it has a fresh tomato taste. i asked for a second bowl right away. >> reporter: a professional chef ken yamaguchi is behind the project. his idea is to help patients enjoy eating again by enhancing flavors, textures and presentation of the food. yamaguchi has been running a restaurant for more than 30 years. he uses his know-how to create
recipes for care food. whenever he gets an idea, he makes a sample. >> translator: i always try to come up with something patients would like to eat. i get my ideas from french cuisine. >> reporter: he came up with medical expert to improve care food. yamaguchi has created more than 100 recipes. they've published some online and in a book. ai is a patient who has come to appreciate those recipes. she had her second surgery for breast cancer five years ago. the drugs she had to take destroyed her pleasure in food. >> translator: i tried to eat, but i didn't have any appetite while i was on the drugs. not being able to eat was really
hard. >> reporter: three years ago, she got cancer again. this time in her lungs. then she discovered care food. she's still under treatment but also needs to look after her 99-year-old mother. she said the care food is very helpful, not only for herself but also her mother. >> reporter: she says the pleasure she gets from eating is helping her recovery. >> translator: being able to eat helps keep me motivated to live. i think other patients, too. it's the biggest kind of encouragement for patients. >> reporter: yamaguchi is devising new care food recipes. >> it smells easy to eat.
>> translator: i want to make them feel positive about life, and i can do that with food. i am thrilled when they tell me their meal was good. >> reporter: just the response that keeps him working hard in the kitchen. yamaguchi will keep making meals to help give patients the encouragement they need on their path to recovery. momoko higa, nhk world. it is time now for a check of the weather with meteorologist robert speta. good morning. people in northeastern areas of the united states are dealing with severe weather conditions. what's the latest? >>catherine, we are seeing numerous severe thunderstorm warning and watches in effect at this time.
already reports of damage due to the storm systems which right now are rolling across the ohio river valley. areas like knoxville, tennessee, lexington, kentucky, taking the brunt of this storm system through sunday evening and extending out through monday morning. it's going to continue to track off toward the east. what's causing this is an unseasonable cooldown. you have this cold air coming in all the way from northern canada. it's wrapping around this system storm clashing well with our summertime heat down here into the southeast. that's really flaring up these thunderstorms. you still could be seeing the threat of tornadoes through the next 12 to 24 hours. even large hail. already baseball-sized hail has been reported out of this. not just the ohio river valley but if you have travel plans, coming in across much of new york city, into boston, down towards washington, d.c., especially through monday morning, likely you'll be seeing some delays or cancellations at the airports. if you are driving, morning rush hour, maybe a slow go out here. as i mentioned, it's that
unseasonable cool air coming in all the way from canada. that's also dropping down our temperatures. chicago, 21 only for your high on monday. buffalo and toronto into the teens. it's going to feel fall-like out there for you. temperatures slowly rebounding later an this week, but still remaining well below average. and then that storm system is going to move off. but still, the attached cold front into atlanta down towards florida, still looking at the threat of some severe storms. this will be a multiday event. we want to continue to watch this. we have the big dip in the trough in the jet stream toward the northeast. back toward the west, a ridge. that's making things rather hot over towards california off into the northwest. some areas could be pushing into the mid-30s. this is the heat we'll be talking about here. also hot temperatures across much of japan and unstable weather this past weekend. take a look at this. this is reported highs on sunday. some areas up to 38, nearing 39 degrees in the konto plane. this combined with cold air wrapping around. believe it or not, wrapping
around what's left of matmo in hokkai hokkaido. that cold air coming in into the upper atmosphere. then you have daytime heating. it combines, makes for some severe weather. 116 kilometer-per-our winds in toshigi prefecture. we even have video coming out of the damage left behind one of these storms systems. let's roll that of that severe thunderstorm. right here you have a barn that blew down. and, well, caused significant damage. about four homes saw their roof torn off. 20 trees were down and electric poles toppled. the debris on the roads and the road almost impassable now. luckily there was no reports of injuries out of this storm system. so that's the good news with it. also good news as we look ahead on monday, that severe weather looks like it's going to be over with. the kronts pushing off toward the east. a dry high pressure coming in from the west. what that means, you'll not be seeing such as high relative
humity. so the weather will be a little calmer here an monday into tuesday. less threat of some severe weather. toward the south, i want to mention a tropical depression out here as well. will this become a typhoon? maybe but really the big threat right now with this, it's enhancing that monsoon. looking at heavy rain showers across much of the philippines. that's something we really want to watch through the coming days here. i'll talk a little bit more on this later on, but the big topic across europe is the heat. take a look at stockholm. monday, 31 for your high. here's the extended outlook.
of a shanghai-based all-girl pop group. ♪ snh-48 is a sister unit of japan's hugely popular akb-48. it includes young women from across china, along with two japanese members. fans who bought the group's cd were invited to cast ballots online. >> the winner received more than 19,000 votes. >> translator: it was an event that any fan could attend. i'll always remember it. >> snh-48 started holding concerts in january last year. and that's all for this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in