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for us thanks for joining us. i'm randall pinkston. the news continues next live from london. keep up on >> at least 12 people are killed by a suicide-bomber in somalia. >> hello there i'm felicity barr. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up france calls on ambassador to speak to the allegations that the u.s. spied on three french presidents. the landmark victory for climate campaigners as the judge orders a whole country to lower
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it's greenhouse emissions. >> hello, at least 12 people have been killed in the somali capital of mogadishu. one car was reportedly carrying officials from the united ratio emirates although none of the diplomats were injured. >> witnesses say that there was a large explosion completely destroying a pick up truck caring somali security forces. the truck was part of a convoy carrying diplomats from the united arab emirates. a suicide-bomber had rammed his car into the convoy. members of the armed group al-shabab are claiming responsibility for the attack. >> the somali government is
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getting support from the 22,000 african union force, which is fighting al-shabab. it wants to square toe the government and is behind many similar attacks. on sunday four al-shabab fighters were killed as they tried to detonate a car bomb and shoot their way through a national intelligence training center. al-shabab has lost territory to government forces since an offensive began to push them out last year. caroline malone, al jazeera. >> french president françois hollande has phoned barack obama to discuss allegations the u.s. has spied on hollande and two of his predecessors. well here is the u.s. ambassador jane hartley arriving at the foreign ministry in paris to respond to those allegations. earlier during an emergency meeting hollande said that france would not tolerate acts that threatened its security. the white house said that barack obama reassureed hollande that
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u.s. was not spying on his phone calls and other communications. how angry is the french government neave? >> well, the french on the whole are outraged by these recent revelations as shown by how swiftly they called for that defense couple meeting council meeting. actions were put in force. first, you can see her arrive pretty much for an addressing down. also the defense council decided that the best thing to do would be to try and verify these allegations by sending their own senior intelligence team over to washington some time in the coming days. but of course, these revelations come at a very awkward time in relations between france and the
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united states. back in late 2013 early 2014 president hollande and obama sat down in washington, and president obama categorically promised that the u.s. would not be spying on france. all of this came at a time in which edward snowden, the former nsa whistle blower, former worker turned whistle blower revealed that the nsa had been involved in tapping the phones of german chancellor angela merkel. it refers to documents between 2006 and 2012, it does beg the question how much did barack obama know when he sat down with president hollande, the french most certainly have series questions to ask about this. >> how concerned are the french authorities about this breach of security?
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>> i think quietly they're very concerned. but it does, of course, mean that they have to evaluate their own security that they have already in place. there is an important timing to all of this as well. france has just today voted in brought into force rather, new sweeping surveillance law that was developed off the back of the attacks here in paris at the beginning of the year to really counter the threat of homegrown violence and the threat of french citizens returning from conflicts in the middle east. that's where france's surveillance focus has been directed. but clearly what they have potentially not focused on is the threat from countries who traditionally are regarded as allies. so really soul searching will probably be taking place over the coming days and weeks as the
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french authorities take to heart exactly how to move forward in all this. particularly when it comes to diplomatic relations in washington. >> neave. thank you very much. greece's prime minister tsipras is back in brussels. he needs to secure a debt deal by early next week to avoid a default. they want to improve their tax andtheir tax measures. lee is following those developments in brussels. he joins you now. tsapris has been meeting in brussels. it will be quite difficult testy talks one would imagine. >> yes, the deal needs to be made by the end of this week because us the deadline is monday next. they're up up against it at the moment. they were supposed right now to
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be the start of a you're zone finance meeting discussing the proposal in order to present them to the heads of state of the european council, which is supposed to meet tomorrow. that meeting has not started yet. only a few have turned up. the reason why they have not bothered coming yet is because the talks of greece have been going on all afternoon and they have not finished yet. there is a diversion now between what the greeks have proposed which they say was very difficult in terms of the domestic support for increased tax for pensioners and little businesses and these sorts of things which they said would raise the requisite amount of money. they put those forward. with you then today they were rolled out as being completely insufficient by the creditors and it was full of red lines and crossed paragraphs basically
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saying you have not gone far enough. the reforms are not structured enough. they want deeper cuts and higher tax rises. if they say fine, have it your way and cave in completely, then they run the risk of losing their support even inside the series of party in greece, that is not an exaggeration to say that results in fresh elections in greece. and some think in the party suspect this is exactly what the german government and creditors want. they don't want to deal with a government that is left-winged. they want to do business with a centrist government in greece. but at the moment there is no suggestion of any common ground or compromise, and most sides are playing hard ball with each other. >> laurence lee coming
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up-to-date with developments in brussels. thank you. army forces loyal to yemen's exiled president has seen fighting intense fight in aden. >> this marketplace is getting busy. yemenis are able to leave their homes. the town in southern yemen was under siege by houthi fighters and allies of deposeed president ali abdullah saleh. now they control the town. but the enemy is persistent and still powerful. houthi fighters and their allies are targeting many places. >> it's strange that they take care of the prayer times and that indicates that they're near. >> recruiting hundreds more volunteers who are preparing for a long battle. the houthis and their allyies are keen to gain the upper town.
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the town is not of the support city of aden and is considered important in controlling other towns. in the center of aden houthi fighters and hose those loyal are killing and injuring many. they say that the fight something going to plan. >> the saudi-led coalition only provides caral support and we thank them for their efforts and successes they've achieved. the operations are still on going on the ground, but the armed forces are coordinating the operations exactly as planned for them. >> the humanitarian situation is tough. they're suffering from a lack of water and basic services. it will be a while before their lives are back to normal. >> islamic state in iraq and the levant has attacked syria's cultural heritage blowing up two
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islamic shrines in pal ma in palmyra. they have explodeed other ruins with mines. >> this is what many feared would happen when the islamic state in iraq and the levant captured palmyra a few weeks ago. it was not the first time isil has destroyed ancient monuments but it's the first reported damage in the city in central syria. fighters blew up two ancient shrines they consider unislamic. the shrines are not from the roman era unlike other 2,000-year-old buildings in palmyra. there are concerns about the fate of the unesco world heritage site. >> it is entirely possible that the organization will destroy all the historical remnants of palmyra. they started with the shrines
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that have islamic residents a shrine to a companion of mohammed. >> a few days ago syrian activists reported that isil fighters have placed explosives in palmyra's ruins. it was not clear if they were placed around the shrines or in the actual archeological site. >> i think those photos were part of the original set that were associated with the blowing up of the shrines. i have not yet seen any substantiated evidence, any real photos that show mines being laid around the ruins themselves. >> isil has destroyed history both in syria and neighboring iraq. dozens of shrines many belonging to the houthi is sect have been blown up. in march isil used a bulldozer to destroy a 3,000-year-old city after smashing artifacts in the city's museum.
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it is not just destroying monuments. >> it is destroying history and syria's civil syria's civilization. >> assist not the only fighters targeting sites in syria. museums hit by barrel bombs dropped by government helicopters earlier this month. walls once covered with mosaic panels are now rubble. an otto ottoman compound with a mosque that was also hit. many of the historical treasures are long gone. it is not clear what the international community can do to protect whatever remains. >> still to come, president obama signs a new directive allowing families of u.s. hostages to pay ransom without
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fear of prosecution. and japan tries to overturn a culture of discrimination to encourage more mothers into the workforce.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the sound bites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. >> hello welcome back and a reminder of the stop stories here. 12 people have been killed from a suicide-bomb in mogadishu. the target was a diplomatic envoy from the arab emirates
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union. >> greece's prime minister alexis tsipras is back with talks with international creditors. he aims to release extra loan to avoid defaulting on debts. president obama is clearing a way for families of u.s. hostages to pay ransom to their abductors without fear of prosecution. however a ban on the government were directly making payments to armed groups will remain in place. >> i'm reaffirming that the united states government will not make conceptions such as paying ransoms to terrorist groups holding american hostages. this can be significant public debate.
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it's a difficult issue. >> patty culhane joins us live from you from washington, d.c. >> some of the families of american hostages that were recently killed both by the islamic state in iraq and the levant with those public beheadings and one american was killed accidently by an u.s. zone strike in pakistan. those families have been incredibly vocal going out in public and saying that the government handled their case terribly. president barack obama has acknowledged that the u.s. government did not do enough, families felt ignored or worse bullied. many of them were told if they paid the ransom privately they would be criminally prosecuted. now that's why the president ordered this review. now the changes basically that he can families can pay ransom. u.s. government officials like the fbi can help them do it, but as you heard the president say the government won't pay. >> why is the u.s. president
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still being criticized? >> he tried to find the middle ground here. if they paid ransom that would make americans target for hostage takers. the hostage takers won't differentiate between the government money or private money, money is money. but they will realize that not all american families have means to pay ransom. it will be an open debate in change of policy, a policy that's been put in place for hundreds of years. >> patty culhane from washington, d.c. patty, thank you. the boston marathon bomber has come face to face with injured victims of the 2013 attack as he prepares to be formerly sentenced to death in an u.s. court. in may a federal jury con detectedjury convicted dzhokhar
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tsarnaev for sentenced. it is expected he will appeal. responding to a severe heatwave crisis, 138 people have died as many in decline as many elderly patients are rushed to hospital. >> they sleep on the streets to stay cool. many residents in karachi are find nothing reprepare reprieve from the heat. the power cuts mean they cannot use fans or air conditioners. >> no one has taken care of the situation. no one from the utility company has taken notice of the complaints. people are falling sick and being rushed to hospitals. >> hospitals are overwhelmed. the searing heat has stretched medical services to their limit and morgues are filled to capacity. the army and paramilitary
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rangers have set up emergency camps across the city to help treat water and to hand out water and dehydration salts. >> when we heard the name of the pakistan army we left everything and rushed her because we were sure that the treatment and care would be better than anywhere else. >> health workers are urging everyone particularly the elderly, to drink enough water but many muslims are observing the annual ramadan fast foregoing food and water from sun up to sundown. >> the federal water and power has given fantastic statements saying that karachi it is part of the federation and no part of the country is exempt. >> the frustration on the streets. one neighborhood angry at yet another power cut. al jazeera. >> the dutch government has been ordered to cut its greenhouse
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gas emissions by 25% in the next five years to help fight global warming. it comes after the government's environmental targets targets were labeled as inadequate and illegal. we have more on the ruling that could have international repercussions. >> it told the government to cut carbon emissions by 20%. up from the during current target of 17%. >> it's great news for supporters of the case. >> the landmark ruling says that the dutch government must protect its people from the effects of climate change and it's current plan simply don't go far enough. it said that the state must do
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for to avert the damage done by climate change. also in its duty of care to protect and improve the living environment. more over, the costs of the measures ordered by the court are not unacceptbly high. the case was brought by the agenda foundation. greener technologies like wind power and solar forms have taken off here. using law to force the government's hand is a breakthrough. >> we are the first in the world to do it. we're looked at everywhere all the countries who are doing the negotiations. this will really be helpful for everything. >> the case could set an important legal precedent in other european countries and the e.u. targeting cuts by 2030.
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the government does have the right to appeal but it has just lost a crucial case in which it's own policy decisions on climate change have been judged to be in breach of the law. >> demonstrations against electricity fighters are fighting in armenia for a third day. the central avenue in the capital remains locked as the crowd stage as sit in. they're angry about the plans to raise electricity tariff. it is owned by a russian company. hungary has suspended european union saying it cannot accept any more refugees. hungary is often a transit route as migrants make their way west. >> there could be tears of game or relief or exhaustion. for more days than many can count they traveled crossing borders by any means freeing
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civil war in syria for the safety of the european union. this is the welcome they get. >> a shattering two-month journey from islamabad where do you want to go to? >> i want to go to italy germany. >> why? >> they're working. >> in good weather hundreds a day might cross over into the pretty hungarian town. the dense forest provides good cover here and most escape the local rangers who follow their tracks through the woods. the hungarian government plans to build a four-meter high fence to seal this stretch of border. something the mayor describes as a new iron curtain, a necessary
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solution to stop the influx of what he says are mainly muslim asylum seekers. >> we're talking about a total different culture. we're talking about the muslim culture, the world that will collide with our european-christian civilization. >> the rangers are few in number but have police powers and weapons. about. >> what i'm worried about is that in migration will push hungary into conflict. >> these people hardly resemble terrorist. they try to explain that they'll be captureed and they'll be
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reunited soon. >> they made it into the european union this group of men from syria, women and children are also in the police van. they're all in the hands of the hungarian police. they'll be handed over shortly to the immigration authorities who will decide whether to grant asylum or not. most of these people will be housed in an open refugee camp able to come and go, which means that most will resume their journey westward soon to become another country's problem. jonah hull al jazeera, hungary. >> japanese women have traditionally been discouraged from returning to work once they have left to have children. but the times and economic realities are changing. we have reports from tokyo about the rise of what is called women are mix. >> running the nail salon from their living room, she's lucky enough to find a work life solution. she can earn a living while raising her son.
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her customers many of them working numbers as well can bring along their children. >> i wanted to work, and i also wanted to raise my children, so running my salon from my home was the best way. >> other working mothers are looking for their own solutions. on a sunday afternoon women who left work to have children attend a catch-up course trying to return to the same positions in the companies they left. >> japan has the worst income disparity between men and women of any of the developed countries and women who leave to have children are the worst off. >> faced with an aging population bringing more women into the workforce is seen as an obvious way of reviving the economy. in doing so the government is trying to overturn their culture of discrimination. >> it is wonderful that no one is going to ask you why are you
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working. it used to be a japanese tradition that women would be at home taking care of kids. that has changed. the situation, not catching up. that's the problem. >> the policy called womenonics sounds good in theory, but the lack of child care and combined with lower wages received by women compared to men means it doesn't make financial sense for a woman to return to work. >> hiroki is a pioneer in the field of child care. his non-profit organization now has 13 daycare centers and he has become an adviser to the government as it looks for ways to provide more. >> he is the first prime minister actually to do something about working conditions for women. many have spoken about it before, but he's actually taking
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practical action. >> working mothers are waiting to see if that action will finally translate into a real change in their position in today's japan. rob mcbride al jazeera, tokyo. >> more news on our website. the address >> changing the tone over hostages. president obama announces a new policy for the families taken captive overseas. the body of a church pastor arrived at the south carolina state capitol where the public is lined up to give an emotional goodbye one week after he was shot dead. and documents from wikileaks accuse the nsa of spying on french leaders. the outrage in paris and explanations from washington.