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i'm randall pinkston. the news continues next live from london. you can keep up on [ gunfire ] fierce fighting in ramadi as iraqi troops battle to retake a government compound from isil forces. ♪ hello, you are watching al jazeera live from london. kept at sea a boat full of migrants is stranded off of the coast of thailand with no country willing to take them in. and the president of burundi returns home after a failed coup. ♪
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theand singing the blues, b.b. king dies at age 89. ♪ hello, a key strategic target in iraq has been taken by fighters from the islamic state of iraq and the levant. isil have overrun regional government headquarters in ramadi, the capitol of anbar. army helicopters have been targeting fighters in the compound. government troops still maintain control of two districts in the city. isil renewed their offensive on ramadi in april. al jazeera's zana hoda has the latest. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: the symbol of government authority in ramadi is now under the control of the islamic state of iraq and the levant. ramadi has long been a city that has been fought over.
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it was also the iraqi government's main strong hold in anbar province. but isil fighters launched an all-out assault early friday taking over the ramadi come pound which houses most of the city's government buildings. they managed to ben trait using suicide bombers. government forces and local allies were not able to stop isil's advance. it is a strategic blow to the authorities who have been losing ground in other areas of the province. the assault on ramadi was part of a large-scale attack on government forces on multiple fronts in the prosince. late thursday isil used 22 suicide bombers to target the barracks of security forces in the town. it is clear that isil considers anbar strategic. after all it borders territory it controls in neighboring syria. it's controlled most of anbar province before this latest assault, now isil controls most of the capitol of the sunny
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heartland. people of ramadi were caught in the fighting and the fear is isil will punish those who cooperated with the authorities. council officials are blaming the central government in baghdad for isil's huge gains. sunni tribes allied with the government have been warning that isil would make gains many military reinforcements and weapons weren't sent to ramadi. but the government is suspicious of their loyalty. >> for months we have been complaining and telling the security ministries and prime minister there each part of the forces there working along with its own leadership. there's no coordination. there's no strengthening with the tribal members either by
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weapon or by even planning or training, but yet there's no solutions. >> reporter: after suffering military setbacks in other provinces, isil can now claim a victory just weeks after the government declared a military campaign to recapture anbar. middle east security analyst joins us in the studio now. how serious of a blow would it be for the government in baghdad if ramadi were to completely fall into isil hands? >> very serious. but right now the situation is very fluid. i saw the iraqi prime minister tweet that say he was meeting to reinforce the areas there. they have not yet lost the entire city and of course he will want to turn it around. it's almost a tail of two rivers. on the you fray trees, we have
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seen isil on the front foot and on the tigris they are being pushed back. >> how surprising is this? because they have always been in a position of strength in the western province of anbar, and if you look at what we seen they attacked a heavily fortified compound in ramadi what does this offensive reveal about their resources, their manpower their weaponry in anbar? >> i think it clearly shows the iraqi military are outgunned for this time. and they have been asking for weapons, and they haven't yet got them. because it's a huge risk because in the past militias have either switched side or been overrun, and you lose that
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weaponry. hadi was in the u.s. last month, and he asked for more u.s. support, and if ramadi goes completely to isil this will be a symbolic loss as well. >> the tribes don't trust the central government, and the central government doesn't trust the tribes enough to arm them against isil. is there any way of vetting certain tribal fighters in anbar? or does there need to be some sort of broader political process? >> well, trust is a 2-way street. he has been reaching out as a prime minister for all iraqis. and ramadi in 2006 is where the awakening movement really started and abandoned al-qaeda in favor of an alliance with the
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iraqia government. and i think it will take a risk on both sides in terms of what happens next as to whether they are able to counter isil. >> and if nothing changes in that relationship between those tribes and -- and leaders on the ground in the central government, this is likely to continue. it looks as though anbar is going to be far more difficult than tikrit? >> at this point, yes. but isil lost their second in command earlier this week. and there's lots of fighting going on around the refinery. so the narrative isn't isil on the back front in iraq and front foot in syria. >> james thank you very much for coming in and sharing your analysis with us. ♪ it's been described as human ping-pong, boat loads of
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migrants being forced back out to sea by asian countries who don't want them. the latest have taken place to the east of the bay of banegal. the navy has pushed boats away from thailand's coast. it has air dropped food parcels to the migrants. fishermen rescued about 800 migrants. >> reporter: this is not a rescue. the thai royal navy found this boat off of the coast. it is filled with around 380 men, women, and children from western myanmar and bangladesh. the people on board say the traffickers and the captain escaped and that they ran out of rice and water about ten days ago. they say 12 people died during the trip. >> translator: the people are
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starving and suffering from diarrhea. we don't have food or clean water. nothing to keep us alive. two more people over there are dying from starvation. yesterday one man jumped off the boat and drowned because he went crazy. at least ten have jumped ship. some of them made it to nearby fishing boats. >> translator: i don't have anything left. and they killed my mother and relatives. the people in the village said they were going to malaysia so i made the decision to follow them. >> reporter: a few fishing boats pulled up to provide water and a sack of rice. the navy was trying to trace a phone signal coming from a passenger. >> throwing food packs is better than nothing. but what should be done is thinking first and foremost about how lives should be saved.
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save the lives first give them medical care proper treatment, and then you can take the next step. >> reporter: many on board said they wanted to go to malaysia. the thai navy says it spent the night fixing the boat engine and then let everyone go. there may be as many as 8,000 migrants in these seas but with every government in the region denying them permission to land they are just going nowhere slowly. well the united nations has warned it doesn't want to see migrants trapped on vessels at sea, a scenario they have compared to floating coffins. that comes as indonesian fishermen rescued nearly 700 migrants. >> reporter: these migrants accuse the indonesian and
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malaysian navy of sending them away. they attacked each other with knives and hammers in a fight over food and water. this person was on board and says 12 relatives were killed. >> translator: they said you are rohingya, we are bengalley, we are going to kill you. >> reporter: the indonesian navy toed them out of indonesian water and sent them to malaysia. the malaysian navy did the same thing. fishermen found a boat in distress and having denied navy policy they were questioned by police. >> reporter: they started killing each other after indonesia and malaysia refused to accept them.
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if the international community doesn't act soon more tragedies at sea are bound to happen. after fishermen brought them in the authorities had no choice but to give them medical aid. they were very week some with serious injuries. >> they tell us to -- more money. give them more money. we -- we says i have no money. we have poor. our family very very poor. we were almost there. we are almost in. we have no money. so they tell us -- they tell us go back to bangladesh. they tell us -- >> reporter: there was great relief when some of them manages to call their families to say they were alive. >> hello. >> reporter: this is the second boat that has made it to land in
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indonesia this weak but international organizations estimate thousands are still strangded as sea. they say the migrants are the victims of a game of political ping-pong between thailand indonesia, and malaysia a game that is costing people their lives. burundi's president is back in the capitol for the first time since a coup was launched against him on wednesday. his motor cade pass throughed. the general who lead the plot to oust him has been arrested. malcolm webb has been following developments from the capitol. >> reporter: the president is back here in the capitol bu judge bury, and it seems the attempted coup has failed.
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soldiers loyal to the president are in key locations on the streets. some people tried protesting, people who have been protesting against pierre nkurunziza's bid for a third presidential term in june's elections, but they faced gunfire and had to run away. many activists are fleeing the country of trying to hide in foreign embassies. they say they are fearing for their lives and are expecting a much more violent and ruthless response from the government now following the coup. the government says those connected with the coup will face justice and get fair trials. still to come for you, we meet somali migrants who escaped the war in yemen, but now find themselves with nowhere safe to go. and the man responsible for bringing nature and light into german architecture is officially recognized. ♪
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♪ welcome back. let's update you on the top stories. fierce fighting is going on in ramadi, a key strategic target and the capitol of iraq's largest province anbar. iraqi troops are battling to retake a government compounder earlier taken by fighters from the islamic state of iraq and the levant. a boat of migrants is stranded off of the coast of thailand after no country is willing to take them in. and burundi's president has
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thanked his security forces for helping stop a coup launched against him two days ago. all borders to the country are now open. he made the comments as he arrived back in the capitol. in other news the u.n. is calling on the saudi-lead coalition to help speed up the delivery of humanitarian aid to yemen. after more than month of air strikes saudi arabia has proposed a five-day ceasefire. but strict inspections of humanitarian goods is delaying the process. the aim was to deliver aid to 2.5 million yemenese in need of food fuel and medicine. the ceasefire is largely holding, but residents of ta'izz say dozens have been killed in clashes. hashem ahelbarra has more from the saudi capitol. >> reporter: international aid agencies are frustrated and concerned because they haven't been able to get to most of the areas inside yemen because of the security situation.
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they would like to see the ceasefire extended for a longer period to be able to travel throughout yemen, and assess the needs of the population. the united nations envoy has described the situation -- the humanitarian situation in yemen as catastrophic and he has said he would like to see the parties respect the ceasefire. the saudis have accused the houthis of violating the southeast fire. the houthis are hitting back saying the saudi-lead coalition has also -- has violated the ceasefire. the international community is hoping to convince the saudis and the different yemeni factions to extend the ceasefire to pave the way for political talks but also to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the country. israeli security forces have fired tear gas at palestinian
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demonstrators marking a special day in the occupied west bank. and five have been wounded by rubber bullets. it marks the displacement of 700,000 palestinians following the creation of israel in 1948. the wreckage of a missing u.s. marine helicopter has been found in nepal. the helicopter disappeared while delivering aid on tuesday. after a second mayor earthquake hit the country. three bodies have been recovered from the scene. government workers in nepal are operating out of tents. 110 people died in this week's aftershock three weeks after 8,000 were killed in the first. faiz jamil is in kathmandu. >> reporter: these green army tents are home to some of nepal's government. after april's major earthquake the government was scrambling to
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respond. but after the major aftershock on may 12th many ministers and government workers are afraid to go inside their own-- buildings. >> translator: we have to face a lot of pressure from the people. we will fix the buildings as soon as possible. >> reporter: the total extent of the damage or whether or not it is even safe is still unclear. but with the monsoon rains fast approaching and the threat of more aftershocking still looming, many are still wondering where the government will operate in the near future. indians prime minister and the chinese president have signed $10 billion worth of investment deals. and 24 agreements ranging from diplomacy to trade. ♪ >> the two prime ministers
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attended a joint display of yoga and tai chi. china and india have a history over disputes of the border they share. many people are using the five-day halt in fighting in yemen to leave the country. before the conflict began, yemen hosted around 246,000 refugees, 95% were from somalia. but now many are traveling back home. >> reporter: there is no let up in the stream of somali refugees out of yemen. at a makeshift camp some of the refugees wait to be transported home. it's the first time this man has set foot in somalia since he fled the war in 1991. >> translator: there were air strikes in our area many people
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died. we feared for our safety and fled before ground troops came in and all roads got closed. >> reporter: 60 year old lived in the refugee camp in yemen. she breaks down when we ask about her trip back to somalia. >> translator: i have saddened by the fate of the refugees still trapped at the camp. they have little food and water. they have also no money to pay for the journey back to sew somalia. >> reporter: it's only those who don't have anywhere to go back to who will remain in this temporary camp. aid agencies say there are now plans to build a proper refugee
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camp. the crisis in yemen has always affected trade with somalia. every year livestock is brought in. the ships that used to transport livestock now are idle. >> translator: work has stopped all yemeni ports are closed. we have been here for the last one and a half months. we'll only start working again once the crisis is over. >> reporter: yemen is one of the poorest countries in the middle east but has great strategic importance for its neighbors. somalian's are realizing that the hard way. the three biggest airlines in the united states are continuing to push a case against gulf carriers saying they are getting unfair subsidies. they are all in washington accusing emirates and qatar
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airways of getting $40 billion in support from their government. they say it allows the airlines to push competitors out of the market. the gulf carriers deny the flame. frei otto is regarded as one of germany's most inspiring architects. he is known for creating light in buildings and educates hundreds of architects. now he has been awarded his field's greatest honor. >> reporter: it is a buy word for post-war german architecture. munich's olympic stadium, and particularly its tent-like roof of glass and steel was the inspiration of a small group of architects and engineers. notably, this man. frei otto. he was both architectural
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luminary and professor. this was is a long time friend and colleague of frei otto. >> translator: nature was the guiding principal in his life. nature as a consequence of mutation is constantly improving itself. >> reporter: the phrase form finding has been used to describe otto's architectural vision. one of his first international works was this at the expo 67 in montreal. praised for its blend of lightness and strength. >> translator: he did absolutely pioneering work with his lightweight membrane structures. this continued to influence the ooshg texture in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. >> reporter: this man studied
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under frei otto in the 1960s. he went on to spend decades in the middle east implementing what he learned. this animation from his company's website, demonstrates how the marriage of european architecture and islamic influence can combine in a middle eastern setting. >> what i have taken from him is to accept even for architecture a scientific medal of working. scientific in whatever you do you study it properly and put it in a fairly rash shall context, and see what comes out from it rather than inventing something and then taking it fit. >> reporter: it's more than 40 years since this stadium was designed and it is still in use today regularly. it is come to be seen as defining this city and the work of frei otto. in that work has now been honored with the award of his
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prize. dominic kane al jazeera, munich. blues legend b.b. king has died at age 89. kim vinnell looks back at his life and music. >> reporter: with his fluttering fingers and soulful voice b.b. king's sound is unmistakable. ♪ >> reporter: he began by playing on street corners near the plantation in the u.s. state of mississippi where he was born. ♪ >> reporter: and in a career spanning half a century rose to become the king of blues. ♪ >> reporter: his name synonymous with the genre itself. >> i like to do what i'm doing, and would do it for nothing if somebody would pay my bills, but they are paying for something i like to do anyway.
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>> reporter: king rewrote the book of blues. ♪ >> reporter: complex string bends inspiring thousands. for many his music became a soundtrack for the soul. >> that's his legacy. he has given us his life. he has given us the songs that we're cried on. the songs that we have suffered through. he has understood our problems our plight. >> reporter: the king always gave his trademark guitars the same name lucille. the name comes from one of his early shows where two men got into a fight and accidentally started a fire. bb later found out the scuffle was over a woman. that woman's name was lucille. b.b. king has 15 grammys to his name and was in both the blues and rack and roll halls of fame. >> i have never met a king before. [ laughter ] >> so i'm a bit nervous, but
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also grateful. ♪ >> reporter: b.b. king died in his sleep, age 89. >> for more on that story -- the u.s. military finds a marine helicopter lost in nepal while helping the nation deal with a devastating earthquake. the last amtrak car is pulled from the scene of the crash in philadelphia. today one of the victims is laid to rest. ♪ and saying good-bye to a blues legend. we remember b.b. king. ♪