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>> a series of bomb attacks kills at least 40 people in the afghan capital, kabul. the taliban has claimed responsibility for a major blast at a police academy. hello there i'm barbara serra. you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up on the program. the united nations announces an investigation into chemical weapons attacks in syria. sanctions could follow if bashar al-assad'basharbasharal-assad'bd responsible. a summer camp in norway
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reopens four years after a gunman killed 69 young people there. hello there thank you for joining us. serious questions hang over the security questions in afghanistan's capital kabul after a series of bomb blasts, 48 people have been killed in the space of just 24 hours. the latest explosion hit north of kabul airport, an area close to afghanistan buildings and coalition bases. the attacker detonated his explosive vests among a group of recruits stationed outside. 20 were killed and 27 injured. hours later a powerful truck bomb injured more than wo 40 near a government complex and a military base in a residential area.
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afghanistan.'s president ashraf ghani has called the truck bombing one of the worst attacks in the country. jennifer glasse is live for us in kabul. first of all, jennifer, give us an update. the one near airport, what do we know? >> reporter: barbara we believe it is still ongoing about an hour ago near a government compound apparently in charge of antinarcotics. a lot of fighting going, a lot of gun fire heard. i just spoke to our senior producer who is nearby, saying that the fighting is still ongoing there, so that the third attack in 24 hours barbara here in kabul. as you said killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 250.
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>> and jennifer, obviously security is always high. are we tbeltin getting any offil comments why this is happening today, friday? >> i think it's a very big question. the bomb that happened last night a little over 24 hours ago was huge. it could be heard from miles around the city and injured more than 250 people just in that blast alone, blowing out business, security has been very tight in the afghan capital right now we are in a very, very delicate time barbara. last week we were hoping the taliban talks, but two weeks. they were scheduled, the taliban announced the military leader mullah omar was dead, there were discussions who should succeed
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mullah omar and whether talks should proceed at all. and attacks have had upticks. this is not an opportune time, hoping that the peace talks will proceed but security a major concern, as these attacks happen, in certain parts of the city, one happened in the north, east, and by the airport, really very large attacks perhaps aimed at showing that the fighters still have some power, maybe giving them some leverage before anybody comes to a negotiating table. >> jennifer glasse, from kabul, thank you. the u.n. security council has unanimously voted to set up a panel to investigate chemical weapons attacks in syria. in a rare display of unity, russia endorsed the move as did the rest of the 15 member council.
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the west has repeatedly blamed gas attacks ton government of president bashar al-assad. team of experts passed with identifying who is responsible and paves the way for possible sanctions. >> translator: syria has upheld its commitment in adherence to the chemical weapons convention as well as under resolution 2118 of 2014. syria fre very start and up to today -- from the very start and up to today has flexibly dealt with the issue, all of this, in face of the extremely challenging situation, even a provocative one. this is the position of enemies of certain rooj enemy parties. >> let's cross to gabriel elizondo. good to see you gabriel. the u.n. has confirmed that chemical weapons attacks did indeed take place in syria.
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how significant is it that they want to assign the blame to who is responsible? >> it is very significant. the world community knows what happened and now the u.n. wants to know who was behind it. that's significant. that was the first time that we get the indication of who was behind the attacks. very controversial, the u.s. and the west as you mentioned clearly point the finger at syrian president bashar al-assad al-assad, but his supporters iran and russia are skeptical of that. that organization based at the hague and it lows can hely close to the u.n, not have any mandate up until now to point blame on who was responsible. that's why the u.s. primarily
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spearheaded this resolution, working behind the queens russia anscenes withrussia and others. lest listen to what samantha power the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. had to say. >> today's resolution has been adopted with the council's unanimous support. this sends a clear and powerful message to all those involved in chemical weapons attacks in syria. the investigative mechanism will identify you. it bears well to urgencily find a political solution to the syrian crisis. >> so gabriel they seem intent to finding out or officially ofy soinofficiallysunning officially assigning the blame. do we know what the next step
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will be? >> sure, u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon will have 20 days on how the panel will be set up. after the investigators go to work they will have 90 days before they need to present their initial findings and their status report if you will. beyond that, once the blame is assigned the a group or a president or whoever it might be then potentially it could lay the groundwork for sanctions. however it's important to note that nowhere in this resolution does it automatically say, sanctions will be applied. in fact, after blame is laid on one particular entity, if you will, it will then be up to the u.n. security council to decide what they want to do and if they want to pursue sanctions they'll have to do that separately and reconvene the council to take that up down the road.
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we are many stems from a, finding out who this investigative panel assigns blame to and who will be on the panel if that happens. >> gabriel thank you. assad government continuing inside syria leaving the country increasingly stable with no clear winner on either side. after seizing a town from government forces, in the strategic homs province, many of those captured were crifnlts. christians. pressure is building on president bashar al-assad. 62nd has lost control over 84% of the country. saturday marks one year since the start of a u.s. led coalition air strikes against i.s.i.l. in iraq. strikes began in syria a month later.
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critics say they haven't done enough to stop i.s.i.l. fighting in the region. even after the program suffered a major set back. it's emerged that some trainees have deserted their posts after coming under fire from i.s.i.l. al jazeera's kimberly halkett explains. >> syrian fighters trained by the u.s. now refusing to fight. this video released on social media appears to show it will of the trained recruit, have been detaid by el nusra and a sixth has been killed. >> the white house is disappointed, the president is disappointed with the mission so far. >> we have been pretty forthright the department of defense about the significant challenges that that mission has takingsed. but it has not significantly
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encumbered the other aspects of our strategy. >> reporter: the syrian fighters known as division 30 accused the pentagon of misrepresenting its mission. the u.s. backed group said it fest signed up to fight i.s.i.l. not el nusra. the pentagon denies it distolerated its battle plan. >> we acknowledge that there's challenges. but the idea that we were caught totally flatfooted by the idea that we were sending people into a very dynamic rapidly changing war zone is not accurate. >> still, the united states spent money and months training fighters, supplying them with sophisticated night-vision equipment but success the pent go insists is not elemental.
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kimberly halkett, al jazeera, washington. the united nations says greece must take control of what it has described as total chaos on several islands where thousands of migrants have arrived in recent months. 50,000 people arrived in greece in july alone, many to the islands of lesbos, kos and kyos. the situation is entirely shameful says the u.n. many have been trying to escape the conflict in syria. >> they are not economic migrants, they are refugees. most have not spent a lot of time in turkey. turkey is hosting 1.8 million migrants. this is a european challenge, i think the european countries need to help definitely greece like the european commission is
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doing but greece is also part of europe, if it was a civilian merge the it were a natural disaster, people would be properly accommodated and that's what we need to do. but greece indeed in this time of austerity needs support. >> and the u.n. is also pressing for urgent action in calais. thousands have tried to cross from britain to france through channel tunnel. thousands have set up camp close to the port of calais. wednesday's boat disaster is feared to have killed more than 200 people. claudio levango has the story. >> believed to be capturing over 600 migrants, now rescuers managed to save more than 300 migrants from drowning and pulled at least 25 appointeds
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from the sea, smugglers locked more than 200 migrants inside the boat's hold. if that was true, that would have prevented the boat from capsizing aftecapcapsizing afted to one side to be rescued. facing human trafficking charges and multiple manslaughter. meantime, the search for survivors continues. there's a chance some may still be alive and realistic changes of finding someone alive at this point. more than 300 migrants that were taken here, have been distributed to reception centers in northern italy. while the relatives and friends that were traveling with those who drown are still receiving
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psychological assistance. >> still to come, mien mary residents seek shelter as swollen rivers rise. and saving bees, keeping the insect population buzzing.
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>> now a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. a series of bomb blasts have hit
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afghanistan's capital, the taliban has claimed responsibility for an explosion at the police academy. the u.n. security council is to set up an inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in syria a move that could pave the way for sanctions against the assad regime. and five people have been held by italian authorities over the deaths of migrants in the mediterranean sea. over 200 people trying to make the crossing are to have drown in the crossing from libya this week. as temperatures soar across iraq public discontent is also close to boiling point, the unrest has been growing across iraq in the past week. many have penchanting and waiving flax on the streets of niseerea south ever baghdad. security has been set up to control the crowds who are angry
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on a wide level of industries, angry over a variety of issues. mohammed jamjun is in iraq. >> what makes this protest so remarkable is not only people coming out in the scorchingly no political party flags that are out here today. now we have another group coming by. it is a jubilant atmosphere, there are a lot of youth activists here that are saying they have come out to tell the government that corruption must be stopped. everybody we've spoken with has said that the government needs to be sent a message that people here need to feel they have a future. that they need to feel that the government is working to give them the most basic human services, clean water, power,
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they want electricity so they can have air conditioning in this record heat wave. a lot of people out here telling us they don't want it to become political, they are just asking for their basic human rights. >> five people have been killed in clashes in eastern turkey. four people died in a gun fight between police and fighters niche the border near iraq and syria. center of renewed fighting between is pkk and turkish security forces. >> even is usually the busiest time of the day in shernak, as the scorching summer sun sets, the streets fill with shopper. a middle of a new outbreak
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between turkish government forces and the kurdistan people's republic pkk. fears a return to the early 1990s, where the major crack down on pkk havens here and in iraq. >> shernak is like a ghost town. people would be out until midnight drinking tea, but the shops have now started closing early. they are anxious where what is happening. they dare not go out. >> pkk affiliated youth groups are young men and women who want to go to the mountains as pkk fighters. turkish security forces are burning pkk positions in turkey and iraq as part of what the turkish government says is a broad threat to its security.
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including i.s.i.l. and pkk. you can see smoke rising, that's where there's been fighting between turkish military and about the pkk. a spokesman for recep tayyip erdogan say the renewed fights are in defense, despite attempts in the peace process, the pkk has failed to disarm. the mayor of shernak says if you knock on any door in the area you will find somebody connected to the pkk. haji has one son in jail and another in the mountains. >> translator: it's better not to fight. some in the pkk say it's better to make politics. they want to find a solution with the guns not with paper. but i also have to show my fists. >> attacks have killed at least 16 members of the turkish
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security forces. here a road side bomb killed three soldiers. the increase in violence is raising concern of the conflict that claimed 40,000 lives over the year. bernard smith, al jazeera, turkey. >> met by the french president francois hollande. she along with a translate were on their way to work in the capital sanaa when they were taken by gunmen. >> france is starting a new air and sea search from missing debris, from mh370. more planes will be deployed to the search area around the french ien island reunion.
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the plane went missing last march. myanmar's president is urging people in low lying areas to seek shelter as swollen rivers continue to rise. heavy monsoon rains have washed away crops, and at least 74 people have died as a result of the floods. al jazeera's florence looi reports from one of the most worst affected areas. >> this is what he was greeted with after he returned home. buried under the debris is what used to be his house in a village in western rakine state. >> i was poor but now i have nothing left. even my house is no more. >> some 40 other homes in this village have also been damaged. >> translator: at first the water kept coming slowly.
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slowly. then all of a sudden, it was very high. >> reporter: but there are no fatalities here because monks from a nearby monastery sent boats to ferry people to safety. floods are common during monsoon season but authorities say the one this season are the worst they've experienced. people think it will take them months before they are able to clear the debris left behind by the floods. the army has been deployed to help in some areas but their equipment is basic. the floods have affected more than a million acres of farmland, much of that paddy fields. there are concerns there may be a shortage of rice, the staple food in myanmar. she and her husband are farmers, their small warehouse was submerged and they are trying to salvage stock from the last harvest. >> translator: we don't have enough food. my fields have been destroyed
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and now i'm in debt. >> reporter: local groups, international ngos and the government have been distributing relief packed, food and more critically, clean drinking water. but in the village aid hasn't yet arrived. access by road was only reopened the day of. the people here say they need hem and they need it soon. florence looi, al jazeera, myanmar. let's bring you a developing story from mali now. several people have been taken hostage in a hotel. the russian embassy has confirmed that members of their embassy have been held captive. a mali army spokesman confirmed the fighting in the hold. more on it as we get it in al
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jazeera. an eu ban on pesticides which is linked to honey bee deaths is expired at the end of the year. dominic cain traveled oa farm in the german city of dusseldorf. >> eric works on his farm in western germany. the summer months are an important time for him. soon he will have to sow rape seed in these fields. if he could, eric would prefer to use powerful pesticides containing what he calls neonicotinoids, but in recent years, a ban on certain types of the chemical. mean eric must do without them. >> translator: this is the
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best option, you only put the pesticide where you really need it. we sow the seeds in the end of august or beginning of september and sprouts are from the beginning protected against pests. >> german farmers talk about using the chemicals in the perfect way to protect the plant and deal with the pests, but some scientific studies suggest the effect it has on the bees is devastating. >> translator: the bees forget where they come from or where they have to go. they're social insects who have to ensure that they are able to return to their population, to the hive to be accurate. they unlearn that in certain circumstances. in some doses, we see change in behavior and if it's too much they die.
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>> the chemical firm rejects the theory that the lowering of bee populations is because of the chemical. are bee populations reduction could be caused by a multitude of findings, one of which is the veroa mite. >> these kind of effects were never found under real ink conditions to affect whole bee colonies in the field. >> some scientists suggest the honey bee's pollinating effect is worth more than 12 billion eurozone. which means, the decline in bee population could have a devastating effect. dominic cain, al jazeera,ing
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dusseldorf. >> devastating indeed. all these stories can be found on our address,, you can see it on our screens right now. our top story, those attacks in kabul on friday, at least 40 dead. >> as the world's most elderly nation - japan is dancing with a demographic disaster. people are living longer and birthrates are falling fast. no other country has a greater percentage of old people. the government has responded by raising taxes and the retirement age, it's even pushing for a