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is this the bangkok bomber? police release cctv footage of the suspect at the scene minutes before the blast. ♪ hello there i'm laura kyle and you are watching al jazeera and amnesty accuses all sides in yemen's civil war of leaving a bloody trail offensive yanukovich death which may amount to war crimes. sri-lanka ruling party victory in parliamentary elections and still waiting for an official result plus. i'm tonya page reporting from south africa on how
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difficult it is for a disabled child to get an education. ♪ the worst ever attack on thailand that is how the country's prime minister described the blast at the shrine in the capitol bangkok that killed at least 20 people and cctv footage of a man that could be the bomber and pictures minutes before the explosion. and in a moment we will be crossing to wayne hay in bangkok where the situation remains tense but first this report from veronica. >> reporter: picking up the pieces, this is a shopping district in bangkok that has seen dramatic political conflict several times before but nothing like this. dozens of people were killed here on monday, among them victims from malaysia, china, hong kong and singapore.
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many more were injured. it was an attack apparently designed to kill as many people as possible at a high profile target, the shrine. the government acting urgently to restore a sense of security for the public and millions of tourists. >> translator: in our country there are individuals or groups of individuals who are seeking to destroy the country. the ongoing attempts of destruction might be politically motivated targeting tourism or whatever reason and the government will work to find them and bring justice on any networks involved as soon as possible. >> reporter: this security camera footage shows the moment the bomb went off, five kilograms of military grade explosives that sources have told al jazeera was deliberately detonated and within hours of the blast the military-run government was blaming its political enemies. now it is asking the country to
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unite and stay calm. >> we would like to once again assure the public that right now look at what happened after this, what happened and after in the thai government will do our best to make sure that everyone is well looked after. >> reporter: but within an hour of that speech this happened at the main pier for river transport, another high-profile tourist target. the grenade landed in the water and no one was injured. back at the shrine things are slowly getting back to normal. the roads have been reopened but this is as close as we can get to the shrine itself. security has been tightened as promised but we have seen if forensic teams arrive as they try to get to the bottom of how and why this ruthless attack happened. thai authorities won't say how soon they will be able to announce the results of their
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investigation. veronica for al jazeera, bangkok. let's speak to wayne now live for us in bangkok and the investigation appears to be centering in on this man in the yellow shirt who is caught on cctv footage and what do we know about that? >> yes, earlier in the day we did hear a brief statement from the prime minister who said he appeared to be a suspect and they would certainly investigate that footage although he did say it was quite poor quality it may be different. and the associated press is reporting that a police spokesman has told them the yellow shirt got is not just the suspect, he is the bomber. now that is causing police lieutenant in the city talking to the associated press so certainly taking it one step further saying that he is no longer a suspect, that they believe he is, in fact, the man who detonated that bomb on
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monday night. >> we will leave it there for now, thank you very much for updating us on the very latest we are hearing there from bangkok. now sri-lanka and ruling party is ahead in the polls as they wait for the results from the parliamentary election and the vote has the current president against the predecessor who was looking for a political come back after losing elections in january. more let's cross over to live in the capitol columbo and closer to a result but still nothing offici official. >> reporter: absolutely. so close but yet so far. we are hearing now that even more votes have been counted and so much closer but no final announcement of a result yet and we are hearing that the ruling party of prime minister of the ruling coalition rather has got something like 46% of the votes counted while the united people freedom alliance of the
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president something like 3% of votes behind with about 43%. now, there are various reports, it depends on who you speak to, you must realize given the counting process which is spread across the country at district level each of those counting votes or centers has their relevant party repetitive watching that and when it starts leaking out of the counting centers before we hear announcements and tabulated by each party warning to know how they performed there are all kinds of numbers that are being banded about. we are hearing essentially that the ruling party, the ruling front of the prime minister sort of surging ahead and hearing about 109 seats in 225 seat parliament but these are early report with no official confirmation yet. >> and what everyone was watching for the former president, whether he would slip
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into the lead or even if he does at this stage it does seem unlikely he will be able to make a come back as prime minister. >> if the president's comments and the messages that he has been putting out so far in the form of a national address at the end of this at the form of the letter he sent to the president the new president has made it very clear he will not be backing the primier ship and he basically said he had his term and served two terms as executive president and he did talk about the fact that those two terms had fostered a lot of commonism and went as far to say it is the sort of flames of extremism by the former president that cost him his victory in january. so if we are to hear the reports
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that the president has said and the president very much the head of the party that he comes from there will be obstacles to this. having said that there is a vote or supporter base of party loyalists of roger that still believe that he is the only prime minister hopeful or candidate they would accept so it still remains to be seen with trading and negotiations going on what the final sort of result will be. >> absolutely. thank you. all parties in yemen's civil war have displayed an flagarant right for human lights according to amnesty international and accuse the saudi-led coalition and fighters on the ground leaving a trail of destruction and amnesty says close to march close to 4,000 killed in yemen and half of them civilians and both houthi rebels and groups
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routinely launched attacks in densely populated areas and saudi-led coalition strikes hit civilian areas where there is often no military target. and mohamed is a yemen researcher with amnesty international and says some of the killings committed in yemen since march could amount to war crimes. >> all sides of the conflict have no respect to law and the groups under ground are launching attack as houthi rebels attacking civilian areas and anti-houthi fighters are operating of civilian areas and north of aiden and these attacks could amount to war crimes because the problem with the air strikes is they don't seem to differentiate between civilian objects and military objects. it's not quite clear what words are objectives of targeting
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things like mosques, schools and markets. for example we visited one school where we found 60 families of internally displaced people were living and trying to escape the conflict in their village, the very school they were escaping was targeted by a saudi-led coalition air strike and no military objective as we can see near the school and not clear why it was targeted. >> political and security analyst in saudi arabia. >> of course we are all saddened about this amnesty report and i agree measurements need to be stepped up and we need to protect or they need to work on protecting more civilians and this is unacceptable. saudi arabia and the coalition they are not in the business of killing innocent people and i think the houthis are to blame and liable for all these
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children and women deaths. >> okay, you saw the saudi-led coalition is not in the business of killing innocent women and children and the amnesty question put to you and why is this coalition targeting with air strikes, mosques, schools, marketplaces where obviously there are civilians? >> well, this is no stranger. saudi arabia did not invent that or saudi arabia is not in the business of actually going on tour and bombing innocent people. saudi arabia today and the coalition the accuracy is much bigger and better than the american british-led coalition on iraq in 2003. >> clearly not accurate enough. >> there is no war that is accurate enough when you have the houthis actually hiding women and children and minor people and weapon in a mosque or in a school or starting putting all the 50 millimeters weapons on top of the roof of the mosque. >> there were no obvious military targets for any of these sites, were they mistakes
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to bomb and to target these sites? >> i think in every word there was a mistake but the mistake in this case is very minimal. the major thing is that you need to understand that the houthis they are very good in hiding their weapons, their military putting some weapons on the roof and starting shooting on the planes of the coalition. of course when you get attacked 141 civilians, i wouldn't say that is minimal. >> well, the saudi coalition did not kill 141 civilians. >> that is what amnesty says in its report. >> well, amnesty needs to spend more time on the ground. >> i think it was on the ground when these strikes were happening. >> and it's not enough, they cannot make this assessment from sitting in the united kingdom and amnesty should have made the same reports they are accusing the saudi-led coalition by being and killing those innocent women and children they need to look
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at more regions in the world. >> we are not here and this interview and we are talking about saudi and we are talking about yemen. would you welcome united nations international commission of inquiry if you admit they are simply mistakes in the thought of war. >> saudi arabia and the coalition they are welcoming the united nation and are part of the stone and work on approval and with the international community. there is no doubt that saudi arabia would work with the united nation and work with amnesty to define the houthis are responsible for killing those innocent people and it's not saudi arabia and coalition party and this is one that is like saudi arabia and coalition party by the amnesty. plenty more still ahead here on al jazeera including rooftops of ramadi iraqis try to take back the city from i.s.i.l. but it's a slow and tough battle. plus. i'm harry faucet reporting
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on t on the of the south korean tactics and when it comes to crowd control few can say no one does it better but when does crowd control become suppression. ♪
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♪ hello and the top stories on al jazeera, thai police have released cctv i'm a images that say killed 20 people in bangkok on monday and footage shows him leaving a bag at the popular
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shrine minutes before the explosion. ahead in early results from monday's parliamentary elections and no party secured an outright majority. and amnesty international condemning all sides fighting in yemen and saying they have a wanted disregard to humans and warns actions could amount to war crimes. the iraqi government says it entered the second phase of a campaign to retake anbar province from i.s.i.l. fighters and mohamed reports from baghdad and analysts are skeptical on how well the battle is going. >> reporter: on the front lines they battle i.s.i.l. one shot at a time. [gunfire] despite the government's promises to recapture hamadi quickly the battle so far has been slow and defense ministry
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insists things are going well and moved on to phase two of its strategy there part of the larger anbar offensive some analysts are skeptical. >> translator: i believe i.s.i.l. and ramadi is strong and joint iraqi forces are still weak and have not been able to put an end to that organization in the 70 days since the start of the anb -- anbar offensive. >> reporter: they say they are fighting as effectively as possible but scenes like this in which a shoulder mounted rocket propelled launcher is held correctly by mobilization forces helping the government under score questions how well trained these men are. still, no matter how competent they are at warfare the intensity of this struggle would leave most fighters warn out. these days an ox government faces a convergence of crisis, one on the battlefield, the
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other in the court of public opinion. as tens of thousands of fed up iraqis continue demonstrating against corruption and demanding a return of basic services including electricity and air conditioning. while they are not passing measures many say it's not enough and they vow to keep coming out into the streets no matter how hot it gets and no matter how long it takes. [chanting] many say it is actions and not words that ultimately count. >> translator: it seems like the reform list and decrees and ratification of these proposals by the government is like ink on paper and they are waiting for implementation of reforms and if no action is taken the protests will develop. >> reporter: now prime minister abadi is not just promising to cut corruption he insists he
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will also improve security. by court marshalling officers who abandon their posts in ramadi when i.s.i.l. stormed the city in april but it's not clear yet what effect that may have on these weary fighters and a weary public. mohamed, al jazeera, baghdad. the united nations security council has given unanimous support for a plan to get peace talks started on syria, all 15 members approved a statement to pave the way for special envoy staffan de mistura to progress with his plan to find a political solution to the conflict. inside syria the military launched more air strikes on rebel-held area near the capitol damascus and on sunday 100 were killed in a bombing at a marketplace and one of the worst incidents since the war began more than four years ago. the arab league is holding an extraordinary meeting in cairo to discuss the crisis in the
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libya city of cert with the government based in tabrook and says arab strikes can prevent the full take over of cert which it largely controlled since may. eastern ukraine nine people died after soldiers and separatists exchanged fire on monday, the latest talks aimed at withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line have broken down. and we have more. >> reporter: the remains of a family home in a ukrainian controlled village south of donetsk. it took just 20 minutes to reduce this street to rubble. the ukraine military said two people were killed as russian backed rebels shelled the village. >> translator: a man 30 years old and woman of 22 were killed, 6 others wounded, the most serious injuries were sustained by a mother with a child.
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>> reporter: yet the separatists are blaming ukraine forces for the shelling. this part of the country has born the brunt of several attacks in resent days and continues to be sporadic fighting despite a ceasefire that has been more or less in place since february. as the attacks increase moscow is publically accusing ukraine military of planning a renewed offensive against pro-russian separatists. >> translator: we worry about the latest developments. it was like that last august when ukraine soldiers received the call to attack and when it failed they agreed to start the talks and it was like that past january when there was another situation using force and that also failed and ukraine side agreed to more talks. we believe one should not be experimenting and trying one's luck and should fulfill of what was agreed in minsk. >> more than 6800 people have been killed since the conflict
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began and driven 1 1/2 million civilians from their home. and repeated efforts to stop the fighting several units refused to obey political commanders and the gulf of miss trust grows even wider, al jazeera. funerals have been held in pakistan for 19 people killed in a suicide attack on sunday. the minister of the province was among those killed. he was leading a crack down on armed groups in pakistan's largest province, a group with links to al-qaeda said it ordered the attack in response to last month's killing of the leader. search crews in indonesia found the black box and recovered all bodies from the plane that crashed on sunday and carrying 54 people including five crew when it went down just ten minutes before landing in the remote settlement. bodies had to be transported by helicopter because of the remoteness of the site and bad weather has hampered recovery
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effort. the head of china's safety watchdog is under investigation following last week's explosions in tianjin that killed 114 people. residents of the city gathered on tuesday to remember the victims of the blast. firefighters and police were among the mourners who held a moment of silence for the victims. at least 70 other people mostly firefighters are missing six days after the disaster and on wednesday originated a warehouse used to store highly toxic sodium cyanide. south korea launched what it is calling the k police wave inspired by the global spread of its popular culture k pot and trying to export police and techniques the same way it has entertainment but as harry faucet reports it has not come without controversy. >> reporter: protesters on this part of south korea's dna and scenes like this rally against the government's handling of
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last year's ferry disaster are a regular feature downtown seoul. as police tactics and response. with barriers and racks are used to keep people to designated areas and it's a far cry from how things worked 20 years ago now the use of tear gas has been banned and offensive measures replaced by defensive ones and the word is no casualties. >> translator: in the past there was direct physical confrontation with the police resulting in casualties and thanks to the installation of walls this has been prevented. >> reporter: it's a transformation the police say that reflects huge advances elsewhere, for instance in battling cyber crime and improving dna investigation and worthy of promotion overseas and what is called the k police wave part of the national brand. south korea's police are at pains to point out this is just one element of the k police wave
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and tech fleeks nears they export to other countries and nonetheless this kind of crowd control is probably the most controversial of that entire program. . >> translator: protests end up becoming for those inside the walls. citizens outside the police walls feel separated and think those people inside are different from them, the nature of prozest the openness but the walls hinder communication with society. >> reporter: the police university columbia officers are trained in cyber crime techniques, the police emphasize the program which has seen exchanges with 69 other countries is about sharing all kinds of expertise but they also admit for some of their partners particularly middle eastern ones the greatest interest is in equipment and tactics for maintaining public order. >> translator: chemical emissions used in the past in middle east and the concept of human rights is rising in the middle east, as such they recognize their techniques are
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not appropriate and seeking for humane ones to stop people from getting hurt. >> reporter: measures provokes both praise for professionalism and nonviolence and criticism of the unbending way in which decent is managed and sometimes stifled. the k police wave is likely to export that mixed reputation as it breaks on foreign shores. harry faucet, al jazeera, seoul. 200 u.s. soldiers sent to help firefighters battle wildfires in seven western states. the fires have burned more than 400,000 hectors of land, in the state of idaho one woman died trying to leave her home and at least 50 houses have been destroyed. it's estimated that half a million disabled children have been shut out of south africa's education system according to human rights watch. many parents say they have trouble convincing schools to enroll their children because of discrimination. tonya page reports from
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johannesburg. >> reporter: it's really difficult to get her son to concentrate but she doesn't want him to fall too far behind. he was expelled from school two years ago because of his learning disability. >> the teacher is not going to teach him because he is not like other children. >> reporter: the only school that would accept him is a special one for disabled children but he can only start next year once the government grant to pay for transport comes through and being helped by a group and while her son has a chance at getting an education it's too late for some because now he is too old. he was forced out of school eight years ago. >> think never give me love like he was giving to other kids and always neglected me. always bullied me and i never felt comfortable and never felt
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like i am a child to them. >> reporter: human rights watch says half a million disabled children in south africa are being excluded from school. the government says it has achieved the u.n. development goal of providing primary education to all south africa children but says it's putting too much focus on schools when what is needed is what is happening here. this is a regular school that includes disabled children like angel, she has cerebral palsy and participating as best she can and presence is teaching her classmates about tolerance and diversity, tonya page, al jazeera, johannesburg. people in the italy city have cancelled their annual fire work show to honor 49 migrants who died at sea. instead of the usual display for their patrons saint agatha they
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released balloons in the sky, one for each victim and migrants' bodies taken to the port city on monday and will be buried in a cemetery there and they were trying to cross the mediterranean and sophisticatuf -- mediterranean and here is our website al >> a second explosion hits thailand's capital as police try to find this man, the man accused in monday's bombing that killed 20 people. >> shelling in eastern ukraine threatens the ceasefire. >> colorado reopens rivers contaminated by a toxic mine spill. now the focus shifts