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the taliban gets inside kabul's pole headquarters as a bomber targets the chief of police. ♪ ♪ this is al jazerra live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead, back home two americans are freed by north korea after the intervention of a toppin tela top intelligence . >> i want to say thank you all for supporting me and lifting me up and not forgetting me. at the same time, that also not forgetting the people of north korea. they have had enough. an unguarded comment made by
mexico's attorney general is fueling protesters' anger after the disappearance of dozens of students. warnings of a new cold war as germany prepares to park 25 years since the fall of the berlin wall. ♪ ♪ but first to afghanistan where there has been an explores inside the police headquarters in the capital kabul. the blast happened outside the office of the police chief. at least one person has been killed. jennifer glasse is joining us from kabul, where the taliban, jennifer has claimed responsibility for that attack. but the question is how they managed to get signed the headquarters. >> reporter: well, doreen, that's what police are investigating right now. just if the last few minutes we learned that the attacker was indeed a suicide attacker. the target was the police chief. he gave a press conference saying that the attacker was not
in a police uniform, he was in a suit and came in to the compound with documents saying that he had a problem that he needed solved by the police chief and that's how he got in the compound heavily fortified, surrounded by walls, lots of security to go in. they are looking at closed circuit tv footage right now. they can see the face of the man, they have the documents he turned in. they are trying to determine his identity and how exactly he got in to that building. coming in to the building requires being screened, patted down, 30,000 people come through that compound every day. it is home not just to the police headquarters, but also the kabul governor's office as well as a court and a prison. so it is a very, very busy compound. the police trying to figure out how the man got in. and got so close to the police chief, he was unhurt. one of his deputies was killed as well as seven other people injured, including one child. >> so i guess, jennifer, questions also must be asked now about whether this is some sort
of inside job. >> reporter: i am sure that will be one of the questions that is being asked. this is a very fortified compound, a huge breach in security because the police chief's office is not just in the compound, it's on the third floor. there are a number of lawyers of security, not just to get in to the compound but once you get up on that floor as well i think people will be looking as to how he got in, how he got explosives past all of that security and detonate those explosives at a very busy time. we have seen an up tick in attacks across afghanistan and kabul since the new president took office just over a month ago. he knows security is one of his biggest challenges here and this attack today a bold, bold move on behalf of the taliban a bold attack inside police head quarters itself. >> okay, jennifer, thank you, jennifer glasse reporting for us from kabul in afghanistan. two american citizens
released by north korea have arrived back in the united states, kenneth bat. ae and matthew todd miller were freed after someone from the intelligence exact is a flu for contact. miller was serbing a six-year jail term for espionage, victoria reports. >> reporter: back home on american soil. kenneth da even steps off a plate at a military base in washington state to be reunited with his family, he's joined soon after on the tar back by matthew todd miller. the two men had been held in prison camped in north korea miller was jailed for six years in april on espionage charges, buy a christian activist had been jailed two years ago. he had been trying to convert north koreans he had been serving a 15 year term. >> thank you for all of your support and prayer and love.
it's been encouraging for me and others in the same shoes. thank you. god bless you. >> reporter: news of the men's release have been welcomed earlier by president obama. >> reporter: director clapper is james clapper, the u.s.' director of national intelligence. he was the highest ranking american to visits pyongyang in more than a decade. it's not clear why clapper was brought in to negotiation or whether he had a second reason for meeting the with official in pyongyang. the north koreans prefer to deal with former presidents or high-profile citizens. there is some speculation that
by releasing the end that kim might being trying to soften thoughts on korean. and the u.n. security council could soon refer kim and other officials to the humans rights court for violations. neither bae or miller will be was prosecute today going there will you the government is warping other americans it's not a good idea to go there. robert kelsey professor of political sign and diplomacy in south korea and he says this time the north korean prisoner release is different. >> in the past the north koreans have milked these arrests of americans for a big high-profile visit frit a former president or high up official. this is actually pretty important for the north koreans for domestic legitimacy when the american leading stands next to an american president and tells people that north korea is a real country it's important the americans take it seriously and
stuff like that. obviously prem will not go. staff can't go. a lot of people thought hillary clinton might go. a month ago people said that. director clapper went it's odd, he's an intelligence official we can not sure what things, my like i said i think it will fuel speculation that was some deal going on in the background. there has been intense artillery bombardment of the separatist held city of don don. it's been described as the worst since a ceasefire deal was signed between the government and pro-russian separatist. joining is from donetsk to tell us what sparked this? >> reporter: good morning, doreen, the shelling started somewhat in the early evening last night and continued steadily throughout the night and intense fight about 23:00 in the morning local time and it
was very heavy for about two hours. but we have been hearing rumblings this morning as well. we don't know exactly where the fighting was coming from. but it seems it's concentrated around the airport to the north of the center of don everything where there has been a standoff between the pro-russian and ukrainian forces for months now. >> what can you tell us about the reports of these unmarked military vehicles being spotted in some of the rebel-held areas close to where you are? >> reporter: well, there has been sightings by numerous western journal assists of large columns of military hardware around the city of donetsk for about 10 days or so, so yesterday a.p. managed to film some of that. so we see a large escalation of the military presence, whether this is russian or rebel, it's not clear because these convoys are unmarked.
>> okay, al - bean a, thank you very much for joining from us donetsk with an update there. u.s. air spikes have hit a gathering. the u.s. spokesman says the strike hit a convoy of 10 vehicles thought to be carrying senior leaders of isil, but u.s. officials can't confirm if the isil lead arer was in the convoy, he made a rare public appearance in july when he gave a sermon in mosul. yemen's new government has just been sworn in it was created as part of ain' brokered peace deal. but the houthis and ruling general people's congress are rejecting the new administration. joining us on the line from the yemeni capital w. that rejection, how does that affect
the new government that's just been sworn in. >> reporter: the prison has just been meeting with the new government. and now a meeting with the prime minister and his cabinet and he will give a presser in about a half an hour from now. note the ministers that represented the party, the gpc, none of them have attended the air money i which is a sign by many who attend third degree that there might be a split in the party of the form president. having said that, the new government, there is chances that a new government would put an end for yemen's political divide are very slim. particularly as you said the two biggest political factions the houthis and the former president's party have rejected the new government. >> and taste, just a little under 24 hours ago, the
president himself was dismissed from his party. >> reporter: we have been talking to advisers of the president and he said for them this is a nonevents because he's always had a very symbolic position of that party. but it shows that there is a huge political problem. after he was targeted, a united nations sanctions is determined to show the international community that he remains a key player and that. [ inaudible ] they have to do business with him. very delicate situation. just to give you an idea of what happens in yemen, the president can only operate freely in the presidential palace where i stand. but if he gets out of the palace he will have to respond to the houthis who control most of the capital. it shows you that he's a man that's been sidelined, and isolated. i don't see personally how can this government move forward.
they have to deal with the houthis if they want to implement some of their agendas. the houthis said yesterday that they don't trust this government and they want a new government for them to give it their political backing. the latest development that we have been hearing from different sources it's unlikely the houthis will pull out from the capital after the official position about this new government. you are talking about further tension and further escalation. >> thank you. joining us from ye yemen. still to come dee 90 catalans push ahead with a symbolic referendum for independence. the kenyan government tries to diffuse a tribal war over cattle and grazing rights and is met with deadly results.
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♪ress in the new democracy, ♪ hello again, you are with al jazerra. the top stories at least one person has been killed in a suicide bombing inside afghanistan's police head quart never the capital kabul. the explores happened outside the office of the police chief. north korea has released the last two american citizens in its custody. ken he had bae and matthew todd miller have touched down at a military base in tacoma washington and freed after negotiations by the u.s. director of national intelligence. yemen's new government has just been sworn in. it's been created as part of a u.n. brokered peace deal after shia houthi rebels captured the capital in september. but the houthis and the ruling general people's congress are rejecting the new
administration. the commander of nato troops in afghanistan has told al jazerra that al qaeda is still hiding in the country. nato's mission in to thousand one was to irradicate the group. and 13 years later, its troops are pulling out and afghan soldiers aren't sure if their air force is strong enough to support them on the battlefield. sue has more from kabul. >> reporter: on board an afghan army patrol, six-kilometers from the pakistan border, an area still hotly contested by the taliban. the local people here don't believe in borders, it's where afghanistan and pakistan merge in to one an easy place for al qauda to still operate. and as nato forces pull out of this conflict, it's top commander in afghanistan tells al jazerra that the group they came to wipeout is still here. >> yeah, i think there continues to be an al quada presence here. i do think that there has been a
continued fight against that over the last 13 years, a lot of damage on some of the senior leadership and some fighters, there continues to be some al qaeda presence in afghanistan. >> reporter: was the commission to irradicate al qaeda from afghanistan an impossible mission? >> i am not going to speak impossible this was 13 years ago. the mission overtime has evolved. we have continued to take a hard look at no only al qaeda but other insurgent groups that facilitate them. now he, if you are sitting in the united states, sitting in england today, you don't worry about al qaeda. >> reporter: but these afghan soldiers are worried. their bays comes under repeated attack and only held this ground until now thanks to nato air support. >> translator: our only, only need is for air support from planes. whenever we go on an operation we need to be in contact with the air. when we face the enemy, we need air strikes, because of the
mountains it's impossible to do the job without. >> reporter: the air force isn't just needed in the fight but also to evacuate the wounded. general campbell says the afghan air force is growing in strength. >> we continue to train their pay are pilots, we continue to train their nurses, their medics to be able to perform those cares, i think they continue to get better and better. >> reporter: but the new afghan president doesn't agree. he just recently voiced his own concerns that if afghan troops were injured on the battlefield, his own air forces would not be able to evacuate them. >> translator: i cannot look at an injured policeman orin tell generals officer or soldier in the eye to tell him that i cannot evacuate him. as he could die from his injuries. our heros in the national armed force need a strong air force. >> reporter: after 13 years of conflict nato is now leading afghanistan -- leaving ahead began stan with the battle far from over. the most the afghan forces can hope to do is contain the
taliban and the al qaeda identifies fighterfighters stil. general campbell says they are you have to the task. ray comment by mexico's attorney general has fueled ainge air wrong protesters after the apparent killing of 43 missing students. the country's top prosecutor ended a news conference by telling reporters that enough, i am tired. in the southwestern state of guerrero protesters sit fires to vehicles and attacked several government buildings and they have been chancing enough, i am tired with corruption. ma robs owe has decided not to host the africa cup of nations they asked the event to be postponed because of fears over the ebola outbreak. they rejected a concession to agree to hosting the tournament. it's set to take place between january 17th and february 8th.
kenya's government has deployed military personnel to the north where tribal violence killed 23 police officers last week. the army is trying to retrieve its stolen weapons which has just spurred more violence in that region. al jazerra's katherine has more from northern kenya. >> reporter: tribal elders from the community hands over a firearm to local activists in northern kenya. it's one of the weapons stolen from 23 security officers. who are attacked last week. the elders were given the gun by men who were too afraid to hand it over to the government. the young men are believed to have killed the officers who are in this truck a few kilometers from a town for which a rival tribe have fought for control. >> maybe after this giving the government their gun, we now calm down and ask them who are these boys who did this problem. >> reporter: the killing of the police officers was a peak of
tensions between the two tribes but they have fought to decades over cattle and grazing lands. now oil and other natural gases have been discovered. and the battle over areas with these resources has become a politicized so 50 indicated and violent. he says his son was decapitated by a man from the rival tribe. in what he believes white sox a revenge attack. it's been a month and his son's headless body remains atta mortuary. >> translator: i cannot bury him without a head. it's a taboo. >> reporter: roughly 2,000 police and so are soldiers have been deployed to disarm the tribes who are holding thousands of illegal firearms. we have spoken to som some of te people who live in the area and that i cues the security forces of burning down their homes. this is one of the homesteads that was destroyed allegedly by security officers. hundreds of people have pled but they could not see any civilian
movement on the road because we are told people have gone factor in the interior and to the bushes and the hills of this vast region. at one town certainty this man has just come from his height out to find his shop still smoldering. it's one of several that were detroit here. >> translator: they say they are looking for guns, but we are very far from where the attack happened. and we have no guns. >> reporter: the police spokesman said any formal complaint will be investigated. but they are worried. they say they want peace, but many are concerned that if the government does not deal with the root cause of conflict and those fueling it, things may get worse. al jazerra, northern kenya. supporters and friends of two kidnapped tunisian journalists have held a rally to demand their release. they were working in the eastern
libyan region when they were first taken in september. and a group belonging to the renegade general was holding them, but released them four days later. but the reporters were then immediately recaptured by another unknown group and they remain missing until this day. an official unofficial rather ref remember done on independence is taking place in catalonia, that's in northeastern spain, but the central government and spain's highest court both say that the vote is illegal. crossing over to claudio joining us from the catalans capital of barcelona. so tell us, claudio, first of all, how exactly will this vote work. >> reporter: well, the vote has just started now about 10 minutes ago at 9:00 local. now, because this vote is not recognized by the spanish government of course there are no electoral roles or official polling stations, what the volunteers did about fave 5,000 of them, as they started they set up makeshift polling stations everywhere around the
region, especially in schools across the region despite the fact madrid said that that is going to be illegal. so everybody, every resident of catalonia over the age of 16 can just turn up and they will be given a printed out makeshift paper ballot paper like this one and, on it there is going to be two questions, one is, do you want catalonia to become a state? and if so, do you want this state to be independent? now, the outcome of this vote as you said, is unofficial and therefore is not going to have any effect on catalonia's status, but people around here are taking this very, very seriously. now let me show you a couple of headlines here on the newspaper. one from 11 of the biggest newspapers here. says this is a test run for what is coming next which they think is an official referendum on independence. but interesting enough, the abc,
which is a right wing newspaper closer to the government of madrid is showing a picture of the 25th anniversary of the berlin wall. as if to say, you know, united we are stronger. >> that's the question, loud i can't, i wanted to ask you how we expect the government in madrid to respond to this vote? >> reporter: the government is being quite vocal against the vote. the government stopped with the help of the constitutional court what was meant to be today an official re referendum on independent. then the government of cat loan i can't tried to transform it in to an official public consultation once again the government stopped it. they have caused over and -- called over and over against this vote legal and unconstitutional and tried to prohibit catalonia to use schools to carry on this vote but seems like there is a gentleman nerving civil disowed bead against going on around here and madrid looks like it's
going to just sit, watch and wait. >> speaking of watching as you talk to us, claudia we were looking at live pictures there from one of those polling stations take is place in barcelona so people there are voting in that unofficial ref referendum. claudio, thank you very much. celebrations are being held in germany to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the perlin wall. balloons are mark a 15-kilometer stretch where the wall once divided communist east germany and the west. it's fall in 1989. a former leader my game gore ba shove will attend but warns the world is on the brink of a new we would card. >> against the dialogue between major powers is of enormous concern right now. the world is on the brink of a new cold war. some people are even saying that it's already begun.
>> the day of remembrance also includes commemorations from the first world war, but india's contribution has been neglected you roughly 100 million fought a report from new delhi. >> reporter: it's one of india's most famous landmarks it was built by the british to commemorate their colony's contribution for the first world war. today that history has been largely forgotten. the this family is an exception, they don't know all the did tails but are proud of their grandfather's role in the war. >> this is the earning of his sum inning who has his bullets and and you can honor it. he fought in the war of africa. >> reporter: their grandfather told stories of hardship and is
value or among the indian soldiers. >> oh, my god it's too much, they were there for five years. and very hostile condition. >> reporter: more than 130,000 indian troops were killed or orn wounded in action during world he world war i, yet most artifacts like these come from private collections. public memorials commemorating the freedom or military deaths since independence like this one are common, but memorials commemorating the first world war are few. those trying to preserve india's history in the conflict say the country's contribution likely changed the course of the wore. in london the british library's collection include photographs and letters from indian soldiers fighting in the trenches of europe, revealing the indian army's crucial role. >> at the start of the war the british army was suffering the and the frontline was crumbling so these troops were shipped in and were vital for maintaining
the western front. >> reporter: in india, trying to maintain the country's history and the war has been an uphill battle. >> the feeling was it's a distant war not our war. i haven't seen the collection. >> reporter: the granted father was among the troops that sent troops and money to the war he said doing so was part of the indian warrior that i think even with the country's colonial status at the time. >> they were our boys fighting for and our buys who made the name -- put the name of india on the world map by their gal an tri. 18 victoria crosses he won. >> reporter: india bears the names of the forgotten dead of the concern is the few surviving memories of the war and those that fight wall fade as the years go by. al jazerra continues to demand the immediate release of its journalist who his have now been detained inky i didn't want for 316 days, peter greste, mohammed fahmy and bahar mohamed are family a cased of helping
the outlawed muslim brother hood they are appealing their sentence. >> as the world's most elderly nation - japan is dancing with a demographic disaster. people are living longer and birthrates are falling fast. no other country has a greater percentage of old people. the government has responded by
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