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i'm erika pitzi. the news continues next. have a good day. ♪ the united nations announces an investigation into chemical weapons attacks in syria. sanctions could follow if bashar al-assad regime is found responsible. i'm lauren taylor this is al jazeera live from london. the u.n. misdescribes the migrant crisis in greece as total chaos. thousands continue to arrive on the islands. yeses over security in the afghan capitol as two suicide bombs hit kabul in as many days. and a summer camp in norway reopening four years after a
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gunman killed 69 people there. ♪ hello, the u.n. security council has voted unanimously to set up a panel to investigate chemical weapons attacks in syria. russia endorsed the move as did the rest of the 15-member council. the west has -- repeatedly blamed the gas attacks on the government. >> translator: syria has upheld its commitment in adherence to the chemical weapons convince as well as the resolution in 2012 '13. syria from the very start has cooperated in all ways and positively, transparently, and flexibly dealt with this issue, all of this in the challenge of the extremely complex security situation.
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this is the result of the positions of enemies of certain regional and international parties. >> so gabriel how significant this is decision? and how quickly can they bring it into action? >> in one word very significant. everybody seems to agree or acknowledge that chemical weapons were used in syria, but everyone disagrees on who is to blame. the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, an organization that works closely with the united nations out of the hague, has already investigated and indicates that chemical weapons likely were used. however, that body, did not have the mandate to point blame on who was responsible. now with this u.n. security council resolution, now the u.n. will set up this body to finally point the finger of blame on who is responsible. now there's a very aggressive time line on when this will all take place, number 1 it will now
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go to u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon who will have 20 days to come up with a recommendation on how this panel should be set up. after that they will begin their work, and they are told they are expected to release their first initial findings within 90 days. so we're still several mo monk -- months away, but this is a step that especially the u.s. wants to see. let's listen to what the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. had to say. >> today's resolution has been adopted with the count kriels unanimous support. this ends a clear and powerful message to all of those involved in chemical weapons attacks in syria. they will identify you if you gas people. it bares repeating as well that we need to bring the same unity that we have shown today to urgently find a political
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solution to the syrian crisis. >> and what would the consequences be if they find assad responsible? >> sure. it's important to note before i answer that that the syrian ambassador spoke and continues to deny that the syrian government was in any way involved with this. also russia while supporting this resolution still views with skepticism that bashar al-assad was involved. to your question on consequences, sanctions. that is what everyone is looking at whoever is found be responsible could be the subject of sanctions. however, it's very important to note that in this resolution, sanctions are not immediately applied -- not at all actually. in fact no matter who is assigned the blame, the u.n. security council would need to reconvene at a later date to then take up an issue of punishment such as sanctions, and in the past, russia has
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vetoed any attempt to try to pin any blame on the syrian government. we'll wait to see if that still is the case, but we still have to find out what -- what this investigative panel even comes up with, who they align blame to, and that is still the key unanswered question. >> thank you very much indeed. fighting between rebel factions, isil and the assad government is continuing inside syria. leaving the country increasingly unstable. isil fighters are reported to have kidnapped 230 people after seizing a town in homs province. many captured were christians. pressure is building on president bashar al-assad. a leading military think tank says assad has lost control of more than 80% of the country. saturday marks one year on the start of air strikes lead by
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the u.s.-coalition in syria. it is supposed that some train knees have deserted their posts after coming under fire from isil. >> reporter: syrian fighters trained by the united states now refusing to fight. this video released on social media appears to show some of the fighters in captivity after an attack last week north of aleppo. five of the u.s.-backed recruits have been detained by the al-nusra forces. a sixth recruit has reportedly been killed. the white house is under scrutiny for the apparent failure of the operation. would you say at this point that the white house is disappointed in the mission? >> we have been pretty forthright, particularly the department of defense about the significant challenges that that operation has faced. but it has not significantly encumbered the other aspects of
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our strategy. >> reporter: the syrian fighters known as division 30 accuse the pentagon of misrepresenting its mission. the u.s.-backed group says it signed up to battle isil, not al-nusra, and is opposed on u.s. air strikes carried out on al-qaeda fighters in recent days. >> we acknowledge that there is challenges but the idea that we were caught totally flat footed by the idea that we were sending people into a very dynamic and rapidly changing war zone is not accurate. >> reporter: still the united states spent money and months training the fighters supplying them with sophisticated night-vision equipment, but success the pentagon argues is not contingent on one battle, even if the first foray is a failure. kimberly halkett, al jazeera,
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washington. ♪ united nations says greece must take control of what it has described as total chaos on several eislands. 50,000 people rived in july alone. the u.n.'s refugee agency says the situation is totally shameful and has urged other e.u. nations to share the burden. the u.n. is also pressing for urgent action in calais. thousands have been attempting to cross into britain from france through the tunnel. an estimated 3,000 have set up camp close to the border. the minister says risks are being taken every day. >> we believe that security measures alone, though are understandable to a certain degree are unlikely to be effective by themselves, and they will likely push people to take even greater risks, and
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greater risks that could result in more of the tragic deaths that we have been seeing. there have been arrests in italy over wednesday beets disaster which is feared to have killed more than 200 people. claudio has the latest from sicily. >> reporter: on friday italian police said they arrested five crew members of a fishing vessel believed to be carrying more than 600 migrants that capsized on wednesday. rescuers managed to save more than 300 from drowning, and pulled at least 25 bodies from the sea. but the crew members who are also believed to be the smugglers, according to the migrants locked more than 200 inside the hull. if that's true. in that would have presented them from escaping after the boat capsized. now the men, the five crew members or smugglers who are from libya and algeria will face
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charges of human trafficking and multiple manslaughter. because of good weather conditions there is a chance that someone could be aloef after 48 hours since the accident even though it is quite unlikely and they say they are realistic about the chances of fining somebody alive at this point. the more than 300 migrants taken here are being distributed through reception centers. while the relatives and friends of -- that were traveling with those who drowned with still receiving psychological assistance. afghanistan's capitol has been hit by a second major suicide blast this 24 hours. the attacker is said to have blown himself up near the kabul police academy. there are no exact figures of casualties as of yet. there was a powerful truck bomb that killed at least 15 people and injured more than 240
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others. >> reporter: the explosion was so big it could be heard all around the afghan capitol. windows shattered and buildings collapsed. >> translator: most of the people were injured with flying glass. there was glass everywhere. everything was full of dust and smoke, they put me in a car and brought me here. it was a very bad explosion. >> reporter: he said the blast in the middle of the night different differentiate between rich and poor. the target may have been a military compound, the dead and injured were mainly civilians. hospitals were inundated. >> i have never seen something like that. it was no stopping of people coming and coming and coming. we were afraid at a certain point we could not manage anymore. >> reporter: the united nations recently said civilian casualties are at a record high with nearly 5,000 afghans killed
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or injured in the first six months of this year. for afghan security forces the losses are even higher, with more than 11,000 dead and injured in the first half of 2015. there's been renewed violence across oovg at a delicate political time. taliban tease -- peace talks were derailed last week after the announce of the death of the taliban leader. the afghan president has called it once of the worst attacks ever against civilians. still to come on al jazeera, trouble ahead for taiwan as it prepares to face its strongest typhoon in three years. saving germany's bees. we'll have more on the green mission to keep the insect population buzzing.
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>> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. a reminder of the top stories ear on al jazeera. the u.n. security council is to set up on inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in syria. two bombings in less than two days. this the last few hours a suicide attack has hit police barracks in the afghan capitol of kabul. and five people have been held by italian authorities over the deaths of migrants in the mediterranean sea. more than 200 people are thought to have drowned off of the coast of libya this week. as temperatures sore across
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iraq, thousands gathered in baghdad's square on friday night. the unrest has been growing across iraq in the past week. security has been stepped up to control the crowds who are angry over a wide range of issues. our correspondent is in baghdad. how big are those protests? and what was the mood? >> reporter: well, lauren, we're told that these protests happened in at least seven iraqi cities, including baghdad. there were as many as tens of thousands of people that went out on the streets in these various cities. we were just a short while at the protest being held here in baghdad. the reason these protests are being held in the evenings is because of the scorching heat. it is just so hot outside. there's no way the crowd could have been out there earlier in the day. when we were out there, we saw a
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lot of youth activists, as many as a couple of thousand. they had iraqi flags. they were stressing that this is was a apolitical protest, and they were coming out en masse to protest rampant corruption in this government. we heard chants calling for a return to lek -- electricity. one of the big issues there are so many power cuts at a time when people need air conditioning more than ever before. you also hear people decrying about the corruption here. and many activists said they just don't feel like they have any future. one man i spoke with said he is a recent college graduate. he can't get married. he can't get a job even though
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he has a degree. >> and how worried is the government that these protests might continue? >> they are quite worried. in fact over the last few days we have heard many politicians here saying they are on the side of the protesters but this isn't something engendering a lot of support from these activists. it doesn't seem to be working, at least not on the street from what we have seen. we heard from the prime minister here. last week he gave a speech in which he warned iraqi politicians saying there was a revolutionary sentiment that seemed to be flowering, and something really needed to be done to end this corruption. so this is something that has really gone to the top of the political food chain here in iraq.
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it's very worrying at a time when iraq's government has been predominantly concerned with fighting isil. now they are faced with this mounting rage from the iraqi population at a time when it seems like the protests could grow bigger. although the protest we went to wasn't as big as earlier expected, it was a large enough crowd that the pops had enforced extra security, and they were concerned that this kind of thing might turn violent. it didn't. it was peaceful, but you can clearly see that the government is worried. >> thank you very much indeed. five people have killed in clashes in eastern turkey. three people died in a four-hour gun fight here any border with iraq and syria. elsewhere fighters killed two soldiers in other provinces.
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bernard smith reports from one of the towns in the middle of the fighting. >> reporter: evening is usually the busiest time of the day here. the streets would fill with shoppers, the cafes come alive with gossip. but this kurdish town is in the middle of a new outbreak of fighting between turkish security forces and the pkk. the mayor from the prokurdish people's democratic party fears a return to the early 1990s, when the turkish military launched a major crackdown on pkk havens. >> translator: it is like a ghost town. now the shops have started closing early. people are anxious about what is happening. they dare not go out. there isn't a soul around at night. >> reporter: on some nights the
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security forces battle the pkk affiliated youth groups. turkish security forces are burning pkk positions. it's part of what the turkish government says a brood offensive against all threats to its security, that includes isil and the pkk. dotted across these mountains you can see areas where smoke is rising. that's where there's been fighting between the turkish military and the pkk. a spokesman for turkish president says that these renewed assaults are in self-defense. he says despite promises made in the peace process, the pkk has failed to disarm. the major told us that knock on almost any door here and you will find someone connected to the pkk a group listed as a terrorist organization in the
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u.s., europe, and turkey. >> translator: it better not to fight. they want to find a solution with a pen not by using guns, but if you keep killing i also have to show my fists. >> reporter: attacks blamed on the pkk have killed at least 16 members of the turkish security forces. the increase in violence is raising fears of a return to a conflict that claimed 40,000 lives over 30 years. bernard smith, al jazeera, southeastern turkey. two people have died and one person is missing as bad weather hits taiwan. it is expected to make landfall in the early hours of saturday. flights have been canceled and schools have been closed as
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people batten down the hatches. >> reporter: this is a city under red alert in the remaining hours before the typhoon makes landfall. this market is busy with people stocking up before it hits. they are saying that the prices for vegetables, particularly green ones have risen considerably, and that they are not satisfied with the level of preparations. >> translator: everyone is now watching the government's work. they should do their best this time. >> translator: people are rushing to buy food. but prices have gone up. i don't want to buy too much. >> reporter: for casters are saying this could be the strongest storm to make landfall in three years. it is going to be packing winds of as strong as 220 kilometers an hour, according to the weather experts, and the risk on the eastern coast where it is
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expected to make landfall is landslides and flash floods, and nobody knows if and where that will happen. france is starting a new air and sea search for more debris from the missing malaysian airlines flight mh370. more planes helicopters and patrol boats will be deployed to the area. it comes after the discovery of a plane wing flap that washed ashore last week. the plane was its way to beijing when it went missing last march. 77 people dead in just a few hours at the hands of one man. now four years on, more than a thousand young people have gathered in a symbol of solidarity in the place where so many lives were lost. jonah hull reports. >> reporter: this girl survived the attack on the island four
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summers ago. >> i was convinced they was going to die. so i just sat by the water and was waiting for him to come back to shoot me again or just die because of blood loss. ♪ >> reporter: now she and a respond number of labor party youth are back as the camp reopens. it's an overcast day not unlike the friday when the gunman strolled through in police uniform firing automatic weapons to. his killing spree killed 69 young lives. earlier there was a bomb that went off outside of a government building, killing eight people. >> it was very good to come back and feel -- the feeling they had before hasn't changed. it's just normal summer camp for me. >> you still want to be in the
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future perhaps a politician with the labor party in this country, why? >> it's because of all of our values, what we do, what we believe in. so it's important to have something to fight for. >> reporter: so four years on, the camp has come alive again. the young political aspirants enjoying something of the sunshine, to debate the issues of the day, and perhaps even to have the occasional romantic tryst in the forest over there, just as it used to be. but many insist norway is not a country looking back. this man speaks to me from the editorial offices of vg newspaper in oslo. >> some terror attacks change the world or a country like 9/11. but this terror attack has been absolutely meaningless.
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it hasn't really changed anything in norway. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: they are once again celebrating norway's multi-cultural heritage, perhaps the ultimate rebuttal is this, the new youth leader here, a young norwegian born in syria. jonah hull, al jazeera. let's get more from afghanistan now. the capitol has been hit by a second major suicide blast in 24 hours. the attacker is said to have blown himself up near a police academy. >> reporter: lauren, we understand that the suicide attacker was dressed in a police uniform, trying to get into the police academy, and he blew himself up when he could not get into the academy himself. killing ten members of staff, and students, and wounding
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eighth? as you said the second suicide attack in just 24 hours. the first one in the eastern part of the city killed at least 15 and injured 240. that was a massive attack bomb. this was a single suicide bomber, killing 10 and wounding eight. this comes at a very delicate police call time. there were supposed to be peace talks between the taliban and the afghan government they were derailed last week when it was announced that the taliban leader was dead. now taliban commanders are divided over succession of the leadership there, and also whether peace talks should resume. the president condemned the
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earlier attack saying that the idea is that -- that the fighters are trying to show that they still have power, they can still get into kabul, but it's a very, very delicate political time here in afghanistan as the afghan government saying it is really a time of opportunity here, but unclear could the peace talks be with the taliban not sticking with one voice, the taliban now very divided. >> and has there been any notable increase in security? has there been a change in the way they operate in the center of town? >> no security is tight here. there are a lot of patrols, but people were talking about the suicide bombing overnight last night was huge. it was a very, very large bomb that drought down buildings blew windows out for blocks and could be heard for miles arrange the city, but it is a very, very -- obviously large city and
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the security forces can't keep track of everything. >> jennifer glasse thank you very much indeed. more details of all of the stories we're covering on our website. and you can always watch us live by clicking on the watch-now icon. ♪ it's a just a day after the first republican debate, and everyone is talking but none other than donald trump. plus president obama's job of selling the iran deal just got a little bit harder with the loss of a key supporter in the senate. and a year after michael brown's death we are asking the question that matters, how much progress has been made in ferguson, missouri? ♪