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hundreds arrested in turkey in raids. the prime minister says this is just the beginning. hello this is al jazeera live from doha i'm adrian finighan. coming up on the program, we're live in burundi, where geerting preliminary results from the controversial presidential election. the first drug to protect babies from malaria has been approved by european regulators.
we'll tell you more. and we'll take a look at the planet that scientists are calling earth's closest relative. ♪ but we begin in turkey and the government's crackdown on isil inside its borders and in neighboring syria. it has confirmed that it stuck isil targets in syria. overnight fighter jets carried out air strikes in syria, hitting three targets, among them a gathering of isil supporters. tension between turkey and syria has been building. on thursday turkish tanks fired across the border with syria. turkey has blamed isil for a suicide bombing on monday where 32 people were killed. earlier this month police took more than 250 suspects in to
custody in another crackdown of suspected members. the prime minister says that turkey is determined to fight isil and along with it the armed kurdish group the pkk, which turkey views as a terrorist organization. >> translator: it's out of the question for turkey to turn a blind eye to what is going on. we have met and put together an action plan, the operations are not ad hoc operations. its marks the beginning of a period and as of today we're be continuing operations which will be widening. >> let's get the latest from zana hoda. >> reporter: turkey reiterating that the operation yesterday -- you have to remember this is the first time turkey targets isil in syria. it's not a one-off incident that turkey is now at war with isil. yes, turkey calls isil a terrorist organization but it
hasn't been actively involved in the fight. the turkish authorities preparing the public that turkey is at war and vulnerable to attacks. yes, it can target isil inside syria, but what is clear is that isil can carry out attacks on turkish soil. the fact that the police operation detained more than 250 people overnight in 13 different provinces in turkey means that the group does have sympathizers here, does have sleeper cells, and we do know from the past that they have some sort of recruitment network. u.s. secretary of state john kerry has been outlining america's plans to persuade its middle east allies and other key players to work more closely in the fight against isil. >> i will be meeting with prime minister lavrov in doha and we hope to bo following up on thoughts we have shared and are working on about syria, and we
want to bring the saudis in we want to bring the turks in and ultimately probably we have to see what the iranians are prepared to do. but to deal with daesh, to kill off daesh, isil which we intend to do we have to change the dynamic of syria, and that's part of why we have been negotiating with turkey in these last weeks and now have some shift in what the turks are prepared to do and there is also a shift in some of the things that we're engaged in. my judgment is there are possibilities there, but i'm not going to promise them i can't tell you where they'll go and i'm not betting on them. >> analysis from james bayes in new york the implication there, james is this policy shift we have seen from turkey is a direct result of u.s. pressure. >> reporter: absolutely adrian
and i think what we're seeing here is some of the stories we have been covering converging because when john kerry was speaking, he was asked about the possible implications -- wider implications of that iranian nuclear deal and you have the iranians who are very close ally of president assad. you have the foreign minister who is currently in the united arab emirates, we will be going to qatar to doha and then you have the foreign minister of russia going to doha in about ten's day's time for a summit of the gulf countries. and the point secretary kerry was taking is they are trying to get all of the regional players together, and some of those players have changed their position because of the threat of isil. to talk about the situation in syria. after four and a half years,
really terrible situation in syria, with over 4 million refugees, 7.6 million displaced inside syria, and a death toll that is probably over 250,000, so i think the idea of the americans is to try to get all of the players who have been supporting different sides in the conflict around the table to talk. and it's also worth pointing out that the u.n. mediator who is also working on this process, he'll be coming in the next few days to the u.n. second quarter, and we're told that that meet also will be addressed by the secretary general ban ki-moon. >> james many thanks. u.s. president barack obama is expected to offer more support in the fight against al-shabab on his visit to kenya. he is in the air on his way to kenya, his first trip to his
father's homeland since becoming president. somali government troops have captured another al-shabab strong hold. it is around 250 kilometers east of the capitol. it is another blow to shabab fighters who were forced out of another town on wednesday. in burundi results from tuesday's controversial presidential election are coming in as we speak. pierre nkurunziza is widely expected to have won a third term in office. these are live pictures of the election commission in bujumbura, who has been announcing some of the provincial results. we're bring you the full results as soon as we get them. we're speak to our correspondent who is there a little later. meanwhile, there's evidence
that burundian refugees are being recruited to join a rebel group. al jazeera has spoken to several people in eastern rwanda who say that dozens of men have left that camp. catherine soi explains. >> reporter: this mother of five was a teacher in burundi's capitol. she says her husband left this camp two weeks ago after a series of meetings with people said to be enlisting men in to an unknown rebel group fighting the government in burundi. >> translator: he hinted to me that he was going to fight for the country, and go bring peace, but he wouldn't give me details, and when left he didn't even carry his phone or anything. >> reporter: we also talked to several young men who say they have been approached by the so-called recruiters and who
know of refugees who have left for alleged weapons training. this is an issue that is discussed discretely many are afraid to speak out, and those we managed to talk to are saying their lives are being threatened. officials have also heard the allegations. >> of course we have been concerned about such attempts and therefore, we have raised it with the government from the beginning of establishment of the camps, and we have been given the assurance that the government will take all measures to curve such attempts that would be -- that would be done. >> reporter: earlier this month, burundi's military paraded men and weapons it said were captured in fighting in the forrest along the border with rwanda. many people here are angry at burundi's president's run for a third term. they also accuse his party's
youth wing of killing and intimidating opponents back home but they say they won't join any rebellion. >> actually we cannot fight with those soldiers. we cannot fight with those [ inaudible ] because they are already [ inaudible ] and they are armed. they have all those arms but we still have one arm, our vote is there. [ inaudible ] that our president trust in right now. >> reporter: the has recruitment has gone down according to people we talked to. but people like this woman who still doesn't know where her husband is say they are worried. catherine soi, al jazeera. tunisia's parliament is set to vote on a new anti-terrorism law. the government is determined to crack down on dissidents.
>> reporter: security forces acting on invel against that armed men were planning to launch a string of attacks north of the capitol, launched a string operation early today. they say they killed one gunman and arrested 17 suspects. the operation is still underway to hunt down some of those who managed to flee the area. this comes against the backdrop of hielthenned security across the country, and backdrop of debate of a parliament to approve a new anti-terrorism bill. this new bill will authorize the authorities to arrest -- to detain people for 15 days without access to lawyers, and also imposes death penalty on a wide number of crimes. human rights activists say how come the country that inspired the arab spring suddenly takes a step back that will undermine
>> catch a special presentation of the emmy-nominated "fault lines" episodes. watch these and other episodes online now at aljazeera.com/faultlines. ♪ hello again, the top stories here on al jazeera. turkey's prime minister says his country will continue operations against isil after air strikes against the group in syria. police have carried out raids
across the country arresting nearly 300 suspected isil members and kurdish activists. results from burundi's presidential election are being announced right now. president pierre nkurunziza looks set to have won a third term. his victory being overshadowed by violence and an opposition boycott. and tunisia's government is set to vote on an anti terrorism law. the first drug designed to protect babies from malaria, has been approved by european regulators. it could be in widespread use by the start of next year. the vaccine could help to prevent millions of new cases. malaria killed around 533,000
people. most in sub sa sarah africa. >> reporter: i'm in the children's ward of the general hospital where malaria is one of the most common causes for children being admitted. we're into the peak season of malaria, and so far this month there have been 64 cases that have come through this ward. with me is the head of clinical care. doctor, for young children what is your concern as far as malaria goes? >> we are concerned about the high mortality. and if malaria is one of our top causes or reasons for admission then it's an important disease area that we can look at. >> reporter: so with that in
mind, how significant or important to you is the development of a vaccine that could be used as part of the fight against malaria? >> i think like any other vaccine, it will be very much welcome, considering all of the measures we have put in place, to make sure we [ inaudible ] how much malaria cases we get. i think a vaccine that is well-tested and approved will be welcome into the system. >> reporter: okay. thank you very much. so there's still some way to go. the world health organization is due to meet later this year and of course it is welcome news as you have just heard, and researcher also say this will open up the way for development of other malaria vaccines. friday marks a year since the last case of polio was reported in nigeria. it raises hope that health workers are winning the fight to
eradicate the disease world wide. iraq is turning to the world bank and the imf to help it out of an economic crisis. jane arraf reports. >> reporter: it took a lot of effort to get this frozen yogurt chain to baghdad. it's one of the first american franchises here. part of an iraqi company that has always brought in the iranian ice cream brand, ice pack. all an indication that war-weary iraqis are hungry for novelty. the businessman he managed to open the shop without help from the government. >> translator: the products were delayed more than four months and the machines also delayed. so the difficulties are not from
security. >> reporter: the government admits there are a lot of obstacles. there are lots of risks in opening a business anywhere but in most markets the possibility of explosions isn't part of that risk. doing business in baghdad is not for the faint of heart. economists say they need to increase the sector but it's problem now is much bigger than that. >> the fight against isis is really costing the budget over 23% of overall budget of 100 billion usd. it is an economic crisis a fiscal crisis the country is short of cash. it's not short of assets but we have to manage and we have to make our priorities. >> reporter: last month the
iraqi deenar dropped to its lowest level in ten years. the currency recovered after the plan was dropped. for shop owners there are even more uncertainties. this clothing comes from turkey but the most direct routes are closed from fighting. >> translator: the transportation companies face problems on the road. sometimes the products are lost. >> reporter: saddam hussein's building projects abandoned in 2003 included one of the biggest mosques in the middle east. today there is another huge project, iraqi and foreign investors are building this giant mall hotel and hospital complex in baghdad. a lot of people have made a lot of money in iraq enough that the rewards outweigh the risks. jane arraf, al jazeera, baghdad. two people have been killed in a shooting at a cinema in the
u.s. state of louisiana. the loan gunman opened fire inside the crowded theater. nine people were injured. he then turned the gun on himself. the 59 year old gunman is being described as a drifter. police say he planned to escape but shot himself as they closed in. the autopsy of a black woman found dead in a texas jail has revealed there is no evidence that she was killed by someone else. she was arrested by traffic police three days before being found dead in her cell. a palestinian bedouin village would be flattened within days. israel says the makeshift houses are illegal. they are home to around 300 people, but one of israel's top courts says the village should be demolished.
israel offered to relocate the villagers, but european diplomats, and human rights campaigners say the villagers should stay. >> reporter: life here a small village in the occupied west bank is normally quiet. most of the palestinian bedouins who call this place home earn a living tending livestock or farming. for the third time in nearly 30 years, the residents are under imminent threat. in may a high court judge ruled against their injunction seeking to halt the planned destruction of the village. this woman has lived here for most of her life. she has raised six children here, it is also where five of her grandchildren were born. >> translator: we won't leave our land.
the israelis say they will give us somewhere else to live. but what alternative? who will trade his homeland. this is our soul and blood. it's ours and will be for generations. >> reporter: it's between an illegal israeli settlement and an archaeological site. palestinians say the reason israel wants to destroy their homes is so they can -- connect the two areas, but the israeli government insists it is because they built the homes without permits. this man says israel has been trying to evict palestinians from this area for years. >> translator: i have been expelled three times in my lifetime. first in 1948 when the came to old [ inaudible ]. then in 86 they expelled us. then again in 2001, they demolished the whole village
here. >> reporter: the planned demolition has drawn criticism from human rights campaigners and european diplomats. and they are calling on israel to end the practice. israel's high court will review the case on august 3rd, but residents believe their homes will be destroyed and that they will be displaced regardless of what the court decides, saying that they will rebuild here no matter what. police in nepal have arrested nearly 200 protesters against the new draft constitution turned violent. security forces stopped protesters from burning cars and damaging property. the general strike was called by the communist party. thailand has charged 72
people with human trafficking, 15 are officials, including an soldier. bodies were found and believed to be those of migrants. around a quarter of germany's energy now comes from non-fossil fuel sources. but now there is a new problem. >> reporter: it's an image of energy creation the german government wants to see much more of. for the past three years renewable energy generation has increased, meeting a growing demand across the country, but if the demand is high so too is the cost of the consumer. although germany energy bills are among the largest in the e.u. they say demand is strong. >> the larger share of
investment comes from private people. that's very interesting to see on the one hand. on the other hand some also complain because of cost from high electricity prices. >> reporter: wind farms like these are a fundamental part of angela merkel plan. the power generated here contribute 10s of thousands of megawatts to the grid every year but most will be consumed in southern germany. but getting ever-more energy there is problematic. this is the area of central germany. famed for its beautiful landscape. this person has run a kayaking and canoeing center here for many years, he said the clean air and picture perfect landscape are the main reasons people want to come here. but they want to install power
lines across this area with some pylons perhaps 60 meters high many people in the community are deeply worried. >> translator: we are actually afraid. it is cutting through the valley which is very popular with canoeist. they will not come here anymore, and this will harm tourism. that's why we are afraid of losing our livelihood, that our houses will be worthless and our business will be destroyed. >> reporter: but the man in charge of the federal agency responsible says he wants to find solutions. >> translator: we are making some progress in the big power grid project that will transport electricity from the north to the south. i think we'll get there. we want to involve people and discuss the topic as early as possible. we're looking for the problems and trying to solve them.
>> reporter: but some people here are not so sure. they wonder whether these solutions might actually cost the earth. dominic kane al jazeera. nasa's telescope has discovered a planet that is being described as earth's closest cousin. scientists say it could support or even harbor life and gerald tan reports. >> reporter: it's older, only slightly bigger and warmer but so very similar to what we call home. what nasa is calling earth 2.0. this is an artist's rendition of the newly discovered planet the closest match to earth known to date, and one which circles a star much like our sun. it's about 60% larger than earth. our planet's diameter.
it's estimated this new rocky world is more than 20,000 kilometers in diameter. it takes 365 days for earth to orbit our sun, what we calculate as a year. one year on this new planet is just 20 days longer. the planet was detected by nasa's powerful telescope launched into space six years ago. it has already identified thousands of potential, so-called exoplanets, but not as exciting as this one. >> we have been unbelieve i will surprised by this number of planets we have found out there, and the number of stars that host planets that are in the habitable zone where water can be in a liquid state which we think is one of the fundamentals for life. so this planet is in the goldie
locks zone. >> reporter: so it is fair to call it a dust important cousin in the key word is distant, it is 1,400 light years away. that would take roughly 25 million years to reach. police identify the victims in a shooting in a louisiana movie theater. now they are asking for the public's help in figuring out the gunman's motive. not everyone was happy to see donald trump in texas. and a major step up in the fight against isil.
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