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the taliban strikes? southern afghanistan killing five people and at 13 policemen and seven soldiers. ♪ ♪ i am richelle carey, you are watching al jazerra live from doha. also on the program. the south sudanese government says its forces have retaken the capital of the oil-rich upper nile state. we'll have the latest on the mass grave found in malaysia. a reporter is headed to the scene deep in the jungle. one year after india's prime minister came to power, has he kept his campaign promises?
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♪ ♪ to some breaking news, though first. coming to us out of kenya al-shabab says it has killed 25 police officers in the east of the country. apparently these fighters ambushed them in a village north of the town garissa. let's speak now for mohamed adow who joins us new from ethiopia. mo what do you know? i know this is breaking as we speak. >> reporter: yeah, well, richelle garissa police are confirm that go they have lost 20 policemen. they were targeted in two different attacks. and policemen who were in a vehicle patrolling the area between the refugees camps and right at the border of somalia and kenya were targeted in an
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attack. plus there was an i.e.d. and then they opened fire. and in the seconds incidents they said the police officers who were killed were said to be reacting to the distress call from the officers who were targeted in the first attack. police are confirming up to 20 killed. and they say the policemen who were attacked some of them the survivors fled on foot and ended up in the refugees camp which is about 10 or so kilometers from where the attack took place. now the area where the police officers were said to be headed is a scene of annal that burr incursion last wreak where al-shabab officials are said to have been lecturing the members of the town for the need to cooperate with them and for the whole night something that had really ashamed the kenyan government because after the
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attack in garissa the incursion in to the villages of the border by al-shabab where they have been lecturing people and telling them to support them instead of the government, cass seen as an embarrassing situation to the government. which had not been seen to have tightened security at the border everybody after the attack in which nearly 150 people were killed. >> so, mo, let's talk more about that. how aggressive have the police been or have they not been in getting after al-shabab after the horrible thing that happened at the university when 148 people were killed? >> reporter: there has been a lot of blame on the kenyan police especially in terms of in efficient not only in terms of reacting to attack as well as following up on intelligence provided and stopping al-shabab attacks. it's believed that al-shabab has been sleeper cells in the north
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northeast region which is a vast area along the kenyan border where there is no roads no proper ways of deploying the police, they are almost nonexistent. the police have been accused usually of inefficiency and this will just add to the incidents. the least the police have been on the receiving end rather robustly trying to defends the region from al-shabab and al show bobba tacks. >> our mohammed adow reporting from ethiopia gathering information on the al-shabab attack on kenyan police officers approximately two dozen of them have been killed. we will continue to update this for you throughout the day. mohamed adow, thank you. taliban gunmen are attacking a police head quarter? southern afghanistan. 19 policemen and seven soldiers have already been killed in the siege. the district police chief has
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appealed for immediate help from the afghan government. our jennifer glasse joins us live now from kabul on what is happening there. jennifer. >> reporter: richelle, there is fighting actually in many places in afghanistan today. the interior ministry tells us that there is fighting in three did districts in helman province that take you said where the taliban forces got in and attacked at least -- captured at least three army checkpoints and surrounded the district headquarters. the interior ministry says reinforcements have been sent in. but the phones there appear to be down. usually basically around afghanistan they use cell phones the phones there appear to be down so would he don't have the latest on what's happening there in helman province. other mayors have been attacked also. but in just the laughed hour. in the last hour a suicide bomber attacked a court. he and two other a side bombers
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remember killed. two policemen were killed in at that tack. there is a siege in kandahar. two policeman on top of a roof, they have killed at least one woman in at that siege. it's been going on since last night. since late last night and in northern afghanistan there has been constant on and off fighting between the taliban fighters have have many of the villages and district headquarters surrounded and the provincial capital surrounded and that fighting has been going on for several weeks now the fighting in 11 provinces spring fighting seasons with a lot of attacks going on now the. >> all right general officer glasse live from kabul afghanistan, thank you jennifer. the u.s. in damage control mode in the wake of a blame game over the fall of the iraqi city of ramadi to isil. defense secretary ash carter on sunday said iraqi soldiers showed no will for fight.
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in response the iraqi prime minister's spokesman suggested carter was wrong about that information. >> reporter: an effort to patch things up, joe biden called prime minister to pledge support support. an a rookie official coming out saying the americans are showing month will. the general went onto say iran and its allies are the only ones who can confront isil. malaysian police believe at least two jungle camps where they found graves of trafficking victims were abandoned in the last two weeks. on monday, investigators removed body parts from the site of the northern ma litsch an malaysian state. more than 130 shallow graves were found. malaysia has called for international help to help solve the my granted crisis. for decades ethnic rohingya
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have been% cuted wayne hey reports from new zealand where some escaped years ago and founds better lives. >> reporter: these men and their families have come a long way and been through a lot. he and his brother escaped from myanmar 20 years ago. and after working in thailand and malaysia, were granted residency in new zealand were the people they left behind are never far from their thoughts. >> it's like they are living in the open space prison. because they have no rights to go out. they have no rights to study. >> reporter: if they had stayed in myanmar in their hometown this is where they would likely be. with four of their brothers and sisters in camps. since 2012, more than 100,000 people mainly rohingya muslims have been forced from their houses because of a tax led by buddhists and can't go back home. there has been tension for decades but the issue you is is at headlines again in recent
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weeks because of a new wave of refugees escaping in boats. and earlier this month researchers from the u.s. memorial holocaust museum went to myanmar and found what they termed early warning signs of genocide. >> we are talking about the 1948 convention u.n. convention on genocide. and what that talks about specifically is group targeted violence and targeting a population based upon their religious, ethnic, or national characteristics. >> reporter: others agree. and believe their appears to be enough evidence to take legal action against the government and individuals. >> there needs to be urgent political action and direct ramifications to myanmar in terms of to change, so i am not just talking about dealing with the people who are fleeing now. but in terms of a long-term strategy. >> reporter: there is no doubt in the minds of he and his friends and family who believe those still in myanmar are in a
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lot of dangers. this is a big test for the international community. not just for myanmar's neighbors in out east asia who have been reluctant to criticize each each other but also restless western nations who have rushed to engage with the government of myanmar of after it returned to marshall democracy five years ago the plight of the rohingya shows just how far it has to go. wayne hey, al jazerra aukland. china's president is vowing to fully investigate the cause of a fire which swept through a home for the elderly. at least 38 people were killed. at the privately run home. state nidia say the building with 200 beds was a temporary structure. critics say poor building and safety standards are offense a factor in similar disasters. adrian brown has more from beijing. >> reporter: local government reports on tuesday morning 38 people died in a fire at an old
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people's home. and that 44 were rescued. but this old people's home had 168 residents. so by the middle of tuesday morning, it was fair to assume that many of those residents had not made it. the fire broke out at five to 8:00 on monday evening sometime after the residents would have had their evening meal. it's a part of china where people tending to to bed early so it's possible some were asleep when the fire broke out and of course would have therefore had no means of escape. from the pictures i have seen on state television, where firemen have been trying to wade through the debris to tried try to find people that might still be alive. it is pretty clear that this was a ferocious blaze. now, china -- in china fires like this are not uncommon. it's a country that suffers from poor safety standards and also very lax enforcement. lots more coming up on al
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♪ ♪ welcome back. here are your top stories right now on al jazerra. the somali armed group al-shabab says it has killed 25 kenyan police officers in the east of the country. the fighters apparently ambushed them in a village north of the town garissa. some of the police died when
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their vehicles hit a land mine. taliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in afghanistan's southern helmand province, 19 policemen and seven soldiered killed in heavy fighting which is continuing right now. malaysian police believed at least two jungle camps where they found graves of trafficking victims were abandoned in the last two weeks. on monday investigators removed body parts from the site in the northern malaysia state close to the border with thailand. government troops in south sudan have again recaptured the provincial capital after rebels engaged in weeks of fighting. the unrest has forced thousands to seek safety in the oil rich upper nile state. it has changed hand several times since fighting began 17 months ago. now, the upper nile region is the rebel's prime target. it's the only region still pumping crude oil from the third largest reserve in subsaharan
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africa. the south sue sudan needs oil for 90% of its income. this could spell disaster for a government already battling surging inflation and a economic slump. >> reporter: south sudan's military campaign to retake it from the rebels in upper nile state was vital. whoever controls the state capital controls the only functioning oil fields. rebel leader a local militia overran it last thursday. the government says the rebel has outside help. >> khartoum is behind the regel. [bell] i don't knows. we fought for 21 years to liberate this country and i khartoum knows our ability. they are capable of protecting itself. >> reporter: after days of fighting government troops, also regained control of another
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county farther north. and very close to the oil fields. this is what is is left. until very recently it was a thriving community. many residents fled to neighboring city where the oil fields are. for now they'll stay here. there is nothing to go back to. the conflict has devastated many lives here, the economy is struggling. oil production is very low there is a critical shortage of for earn currency and commodity prizes have mourn doubled in the last few months. these straighters get their produce from neighboring countries. many others have simply given up and closed shop. a you begana you ugandan she says once her stock is gone she will go home. >> sometimes you get black market dollars but they are fake. we have losses. >> reporter: so they pass the
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cost to the consume he strive getting tougher for everyone and some economists are worried if what will happen if things don't change. >> it will mean a collapse of the state. if the economy of the country collapses there will be no. [ inaudible ] the economy of the country means production and consumption in that economy so as production stops, there is no more income for the country. then you expect the worse to happen. >> reporter: both the government and the opposition say they are committed to peace but actions on the ground are making it difficult for many here to believe them. cathery soi, al jazerra in south sudan. our florence looi has made it to one of the jungle camps where they have one report on the ground for a couple of days about a number of graves that have been found. she joins us live now on the phone from there. so florence,, what is happening where you are, what have you found?
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>> reporter: right, we are in here with a forensic team. this is an area where police say about 37 suspected graves have been found and there is a forensic team conducting a excavation exercise, they have put on protective clothing and. [ inaudible ] there are some human remains or bones that we saw. and this is about 15 -- maybe 150 meters from a nearby camp. authorities say they believe the camp has been abandoned for several years it's a pretty big camp. some parts of it used to be a two-story structured and remnants of barbed wire fencing around it. nails on trees. presumably to keep human cargo in. we knew it was for people. we saw in some pits the people that lived in those camps had flown plates, basins, crock are you in to the pits.
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and even along the road to the camp we could see that this was a trail use booed i used by people. there were cloths we saw along the way and saw someone's wallet. police say out of the. [ inaudible ] there is a number that they believe that they have found and they don't expect to find anymore in this area. >> all right florence looi reporting on the discovery of so many remains of migrants. we'll continue to follow that story for you. an american journalist with the washington post is due to go on trial in iran on tuesday. the charges against jason include spying and suppressing prop began at that, u.s. officials have called for his release but iran says the law must run its course. patty culhane reports. >> reporter: for 10 months american journalist jason has been held in an iranian prison, charged with spying. clap rating with hostile governments and disseminating propaganda. he will face those charges
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tuesday, behind closed doors not even his family can attend the trial. his brother ali believes that is telling. >> now they are going to have a trial. and they want to keep it as closed as possible. so there is less information for people to say why have you held this person. he's totally innocent. >> reporter: he was raised in the u.s. but made a documentary about return to this country his father left. >> get to be iran was the hardest part. not the actual journey so much, but the hoops i had to jump through to get permission to visit. >> reporter: he received dual sutton ship and took a job working for the washington post. the editor here at the washington post said he tried to get a vehicles to go in to iran but didn't hear anything bench the newspaper strategy has been to try to link two things, the imprisonment. their journalist and the negotiation with his iran over its nuclear program. basically making the case unless our journalist is freed you can't trust iran to follow through on any sort of deal. so far the obama administration
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says they are treating them as separate issues. though they have called for his release. >> jason has been in prison in teheran for nothing more than writing about the hopes and the fears of iranian people. carrying their stories to the readers of the washington post in an effort to bridge or common human 2eu6789 the iran year foreign minister says he has helped him be able to see his family but insists that's all he can do. >> this is a judicial matter when the judiciary is involved. they believe the charges against him are very serious but he will go through the judicial process which with full access to his lawyers and he will go through a trial. >> reporter: his bosses at the paper say that their hope is the judge will throw out the case tuesday but they are more apprehensive now that they know the evidence will stay secret in a court hearing held behind closed doors. patty cull cull wayne, al jazerra washington. major advancements in the southern city. they taken control a key
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military base located in the sent of the city and also reportedly taken control of all houthi rebel positions. it is the first major setback for the houthis since this conflict began. mean mile renewed shelling in the southern yemeni city of taiz. forces loyal to former president saleh have targeted several districts. the charity oxfam says two-thirds of yemen's population can't get clean drinking water and are at risk of life threatening diseases, another 3 million have been affected since the car started that's 16 million in total. >> people are resort to go any means they have available. some people we know have been digging wells in their courtyards, and trying to find whatever water they can on their own property. others have been accepting help from aid agencies where they can get it in which isn't everywhere. and some people result to buying without friday water trucks. the problem with that, though,
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is with reduced fuel surprise and reduced available water the price has gone up and up and up and now most people can't afford to do that. water-born disease has been present in yemen for quite sometime. but i don't think we have gotten to the point until now where we are really at risk of a really horrific outbreak. that could afternoon the population on a really large scale. we have been in the country now for more than 30 years and we have worked with local communities to pump and treat and make available water surprise. but we have never seen anything like this. an agreement has been reached in nigeria aimed at ending fuel shortages motorists formed long cues at pell rotations many turn to black marketers selling cans of fruit fuel at high prices, businesses, banks, and airlines have had to scale back their operations the government has agreed to payback logs of money days before the
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new president is sworn in. the prime minister has been celebrating his first year in office. he listed his government's achievements such as curbing inflation and economic reforms but some voters that helped him to his land side victory say they have been disappointed what from what they have seen so far from new delhi more. >> reporter: a year ago a new indian government came to power promise i go to clean up the politics as well as neighborhoods. >> but not much has changed in this community in the heart of new delhi. despite her optimism at the ballot box she says life is just as hard as it was 12 months ago. >> translator: i don't know why i voted. what is the use. we are so poor. we have nothing. no one helps us. we are sick and we have no one to turn to. >> reporter: well before his first day in office, prime minister modi said tackling
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india's sanitation crisis would be his government's top priority. looking around this neighborhood it's easy to see why voters here are just as disenchanted with this government as they were with the last. but it's not just people in need of the basics who continue to struggle despite the bgp's promise of change. he was excited when last year the government announced plans to turn india in to a global manufacturing hub. that should have increased orders for him who runs a garment export business, but he says business has been anything but brisk. >> translator: there is a huge fight for everybody small margins. the system hasn't really been upgraded. we do get to hear that big changes will be made. but as of now we don't see any progress. >> reporter: that's a common complaint against the party that won its biggest electoral
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mandate in may last year. and observers warn in india euphoria dissipates quickly. >> first year and the second year people start getting unease unrest, unease starts happening. and after two years i think if the government is unable to deliver something then people start educating and then it's very difficult for the government to turn the tide. >> reporter: and dissatisfaction is growing in communities like this one. while the government says it will take more than a year to make the big changes india desperately needs people living here say even the small ones are hard to see. al jazerra new delhi. the indian government is cracking down on nongovernmental organizations who receive foreign funding. greenpeace india is going to court to challenge the indian government's decision to block its bank accounts. the government says greenpeace has broken the rules along with many others.
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india's interior minnesota industry has canceled raging stations of 9,000 foreign funded ngos for failing for file annual returns the u.s.-based foundation was pout a security watch list just last month. an extreme heat wave has killed more than 500 people across india. most died in the southern states. weather forecasters say the heat wave could could continue for two weeks at least. the u.s. state of texas the governor has charged a state of disaster in 24 counties. four people have been killed and 12 people are still missing after wild storms brought flash flooding. the governor compared it to a tsunami which he says wiped out some homes completely off the map. 10s of thousands of homes have been left without power. and a powerful tornado has ripped through a border city in northern mexico killing at least
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13 people. and injuring hundreds more. homes and cars have been destroyed in a town that lies right on the board we are texas adam raney reports. >> reporter: the damage left in a tornado's wake. the storm struck just after 6:00 in the morning it was labeled a category four storm with winds in excess of 300-kilometers per hour. experts here at mexico's national immediate logical service tell us tornadoes are extremely rare in mexico so officials went onto tell us there is not even a system of alarms in place and people weren't prepared for what hit them. in addition to the dead, more than 180 were injured in the storm. at least 350 homes were damaged. the governor has visited the scene, assessing the damage. it's being called a national disaster. as the search of the debris goes on the authorities say the death toll could rise. adam raney, al jazerra, mexico
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city. and to keep up with all of the stories we have been following here on al jazerra you can go to our website and much more news throughout the day. thanks for your time. >> i'm ali velshi. "on target" tonight, gross is on the verge of bankruptcy. it desperately needs bailout cash. who will blink first in this dangerous game? the clock is ticking on a greek financial drama that has the official to become a tragedy for greece and the rest of europe. it is a tragedy that could have ugly implications for the entire global financial system if