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tensions rise on one of the world's heavily militarized borders, north and south korea exchange fire hello, welcome to al jazeera live from doha. also coming up, britain sends police to calais to protect the borediers while the rest of the europe grapples with the biggest refugee crisis since the world war ii wildfires racing across western u.s. states kill three firefighters
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and the... >> i'm in the borneo forest, a hideout for al-shabab fighters. i'll report on how the activities are affecting local communities. hello. we start w worrying developments in korea. south korea fired shells into north korea, a calculated response to a rocket attacks by pyongyang. let's go to harry fawcett, live in south korea's capital seoul. why in the first place did north korea fire the rocket? >> north korea has been verbally attacking south korea for some days now about the use of loud speakers broadcasting anti-north korean rhetoric across the border into north korean territory, threatening that it would carry out a strike against
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the loud speakers unless they were taken down, now it appears that's what they attempted to do before 4:00p.m.likal time on the korean peninsula, at least in south korea, and south korean military radars detected the strays from the north, pinpointed the source, and then south koreans losing dozens much 155 millimetre shells in response. what has come out in the last out is a further message using the military line on the western side of the border, which according to the south korean military, it gave the south koreans a 48 hour deadline from around about 8 g.m.t. that would expire on saturday at 8 g.m.t. >> for the propaganda broadcasts to stop and the loud speaker systems to be dismantles, they say if it does not happen, north
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korea says it will launch further military action. >> just on the propaganda units, i mean have they always been there. what kind of things do they say, and why now are they contsangs? >> -- contention. >> no, they have not always been th not been in use since 2004. that's why their relaunching, as it were, is something that the north koreans are upset about. in the message they called it critical or a total threat to north korea. in 2010, north korea launched two strikes, overtly a strike on an island in which four were killed. south korea stays it was responsible for the sinking, and the south koreans nearly restarted the propaganda forecasts but decided to stand down. this is the first time in 11 years that they'd been broadcasting the information critical of the leadership of
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north korea since then. the president of south korea has been informed about all this at a national security council meeting at which she presided, 40 minutes long. after that she told the south korean military to retain themselves on the highest state of alert and respond sternly to further provocations from north korea. >> we'll leave it there for now. thank you thailand has called on interpol to help it find the main suspect in the bangkok bombing. police believe he's a foreigner, but are not sure if he's in the country. they are looking for two men seen standing in front of him in security footage before the blast. 20 were killed in the attack. authorities say it's unlike willing an international terror group was responsible. meanwhile relatives claim the remains of loved ones from a
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forensic institute in the city, and scores of people are still treated in hospital. british police will be deployed to the french port of calais to help strengthen security as part of an agreement between britain and france. home secretary teresa may is visiting the port where thousands of refugees are living in makeshift camp. the jungle as it is known. the british government says there are economic refugees wanting to enter illegally. europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis since world war ii. and germany spect to receive a record 800,000 asylum seekers, more than the entire european union combined total in 2014, and when germany took in over 2,000 refugees. more than any other country. despite being smaller, sweden was next, giving home to 80,000
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people. britain has been less generous, taking in over 30,000 refugees, and that increased security at calais is an indication of how political the debate is about how to keep people out. here is a statistic that will surprise you. of all the people that arrived in greece. fewer than 10,000 people wanted to stay. julie macdonald is live in london. she joins me now. julie, quite a political debate in bryn an, david cameron saying they are economic migrants. the rest of the europe essentially saying they are rev gij. >> you have essential hi lit the nail on the head. it's become a toxic conversation in the u.k., the british prime minister was criticized four using the ward swarm describing the numbers trying to get from northern france to the u.k.
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it described what is happening, the way the story is told? britain, some newspapers follow the thread, the potential ever britain overrun by illegal immigrants. and the other side of the argument people saying that they don't take in enough and should take in more. that is the problem. how do you distinguish who is an economic migrant. what we see today is a deal, collaboration working with the french and british. they have been blaming each other, but now they'll work together. we saw the deal signed with the british foreign secretary teresa may, and the french interior ministry. they signed the deal. it has one concrete goal, to disrupt the people smuggling rings themselves. not so much about people kept out, but disrupting the rings.
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there'll be a joint chrome, inhabited by french police officers in the u.k. border patrol. they'll share intelligence and work towards the goal. some would see that as progress. >> julie mcdonald, thank you a frenchman in tunisia has been shot dead sues suez. two men on a motorcycle fired shots at three police men, one died on the way to hospital. the others unharmed. in june, 38 people were killed in use when a gunman opened fire on a beach. >> an egyptian group aligned with the islamic state of iraq and levant claimed responsibility for a bomb blast. egypt's interior ministry says 27 people, most of them police men, were injured in the attack, on a state security building in cairo. we have more.
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>> reporter: the blast came in the middle of the night in a small sub esh of cairo. an explosion so powerful witnesses fear it was heard and felt beyond the small district where it was planted. >> we were waiting at the traffic lights. cars around from all directions. as the lights changed, the explosion happened from that direction. and the noise and things flying off the cars. we had people in the car, this is the car, as you can see. >> reporter: a group going by the name of sinai province, which aligned itself with i.s.i.l., the islamic state of iraq and levant, is reportedly claiming responsibility. most recently it said it was behind a car bomb attack in july. targetting the italian consulate in cairo, which killed a passerby. a week ago it said it had abducted and beheaded an engineer from croatia. sinai province is prominent among a number of groups.
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which claimed attack on security buildings and personnel. all cited anger at the increasing strong-armed tactics used by egypt's police and army, and the crackdown on dissent following the removal of former president mursi more than two years ago. egypt's resolution began with protests against police brutality. the latest bomb attack coming days after president abdul fatah al-sisi ratified a law further expanding police powers in the united states wildfires raging across western states have killed three firefighters. the trio were working to contain a fire threatening the town of twist in washington state. four others were injured as the vehicle was overcome by the flames. fast-moving blazes scorched more than 400,000 hectares, stretching from the states of montana, idaho, and oregon. they have prompted the
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evacuation of towns in washington state, all the way to southern california, winds and droughts combined to make the wildfire season disruptive. >> i have been watching the fire hopscotching the ridges, and working towards the house, that's why i came up here, to grab stuff, in case it came all the way over the top. >> the military has been mobilized to manage the fires. some soldiers have been flown in to reach areas by foot. others have been given special training. 29,000 firefighters have been involved in the operation around the region. we came out to help with the locals, keep them from catching fire, and trying to make sure we keep the fire under control as much as we can. >> more coming up on al jazeera,
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deployed to the french port of calga to strengthen security. it's -- calais to strengthen security. it's part of an agreement between britain and france. home secretary teresa may is visiting the mort where thousands of refugees live in makeshift camps. wildfires rage across western states, killing three firefighters, blazes scorched more than 400,000 hectares stretching from montreal, idaho and oregon in yemen, four people have been killed following a bomb attack on the governor's temporary headquarters in the southern city of aden, the first attack since pro-government forces took control of the city from houthi rebels last month. well al jazeera correspondent has reported from yemen extensi extensively. >> this underscores that although they have regained control of aden, it's not safe here. >> it is not safe.
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and the biggest problem is after the coalition managed to push forces loyal from the area, new factions try to have a bigger say. those that like to breakaway, saying enough is enough, and would like to have the south become an independent state. you had your loyalists, those that backed the president, and who would like the south to be part of a federal area. they hate the fascists. the third faction is the sunni's party, a powerful political party in yemen, and has a power base in the south. the problem is that the sunnis party is not liked by all the others. the mayor, the governor of aden, the subject of the assassination is part of the lap party, and is a message from his adversaries.
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to deal with the lap party to have a big say in the city of aden. >> it's not a case of the air strikes, and we have more further north, the saudi-led coalition, it's not the air strikes coming in, pushing the houthis away. you have to come in behind and make sure there's agreement between the three groups. where do you start. are discussions under way. have they ever been under way? >> there has been talks in the past. because of the huge differences between the three main factions in the southern part of the country. saudi arabia, and the u.a.e. have been playing an instrumental role in the fight against hardy, and the houthis. there is concern about the presence because of affiliation with the muslim brotherhood. they'd like a new political reality where the sunni party is sidelined. it's a complex political landscape in the country, prone
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to more subdivision and conflict in the future. each party will consolidate gains on the ground. the biggest problem for the time being, with the ongoing fighting between the different factions, al qaeda, the most aggressive offshoot of al qaeda has taken advantage of that, seasonally dividing and trying to expand. we have seen them in the past. now they are moving east to where they managed to set up a new platform of their own. >> increasingly complicated situation. thank you for that insight now, for one tribe in kenya it's been their home for sent ireies, forest on the border with somali is a hideout for fighters from shinzo abe. the armed group claiming to be at war with kinnia. we have this -- kenya. we have a report from the national reserve on how fighting is uprooting tribal communities.
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>> reporter: nestled between the indian ocean and the border with somali. this is bonny forest. it's a hideout for al-shabab fighters. the presence had devastating consequences for a poor community, the bonny tribesman. >> translation: the forest is our mother. for generations we depended on it for food and medicines, there's a reason we share a name with the forest. we can't live without it. >> at the bonny village, there's no road, running water and shocks. -- shops, with no link to health care, and other resource s the ranks have dwindled, and the tribe is on the verge of extinction. it's the ongoing insecurity causing alarm for the community. for centuries, they have preserved their way of life. living on wild fruit, berries, there is honey and game meat.
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all that is now threatened by the presence of al-shabab militias in the forest. and the kenya's defence forces fighting them. this man does not remember the last time he went to the forest. he's forced to set up beehives in the village. >> translation: i'd say for my security, not to go to the forest. i gear being taken or slaughtered by al-shabab. the military beat up everyone. they find the forest. they are hosting a number of people displaced from neighbouring settlements affected by the fighting. this is one of them. >> there was fierce fighting between al-shabab and the army, in the middle of our village. there was a heavy exchange of gun fire. some of the houses were burnt down. >> to bring the government attention to the numerous problems, representatives of the community brought their case to
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the county government. the elected leader sent a passionate plea on their behalf. we need security and title deeds for our land. the first ever land titles held by anyone from the community, he says. in burundi president pierre nkurunziza has been sworn in. the inauguration ceremony follows a landslide victory in a disputed election marred by violence and an opposition boycott russia has the worst record for spills and leaks among oil producing nations, and most of the spills happen in areas where there are few people to take notice. but recently a big leak hit a residential area. rory challands has been there to find out how the clean-up operation is coming along.
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>> reporter: as any detective will tell you, the work is far from glamorous. there's no detective in the true sense, this is an environmental activist for greenpeace. she's on the hunt for evidence and found it. the cover up investigated has not been thorough. >> the company brings the amount of fresh sand and soil and covers the entire oil field under the layer of fresh soil. >> on june 23rd, an unknown amount of oil burst into the river, and a slick spread out. they announced they spilt 450 kilos of oil. we can see all of it, on the bank of the small part of the river. we see 450 kilos cannot pollute such a great - such a big area.
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>> as the oil spread across the landscape. they posted pictures of black water gushing from their taps, and animals posted in crude. a month and a half later they are tallying up the damage. >> we lost everything that was here. potatos, carrots, onions, we were promised that they would replace the soil, what about the food. we don't know how bad the bill is, compared to other spills, the data is not published. not the amount of oil that leaked nor the plans polluted. the only data we have is a number of pipeline ruptures. 12,000 in 2013, an average of 32 every day. >> russia's environmental watchdog moved to investigate the leak, and several executives at the local subsidiary have lost their dogs.
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-- jobs. the problem is russia's ageing oil infrastructure. modernizing it is costly. every year millions of tops of -- ever tonnes f crude is spilt, largely unpunished. fines, if they are given, are small. >> translation: the scale of this incident was blown out of all proportions by environmental organisations, which as we know pursue claims unrelated to ecology, because they make business out of it. they play on human emotion, all companies have to deal with it because they are considered to be rich they say the clean-up goes on, but the diggers removing floating booms were the only effort we can see, and the story of the oil spill and written over the landscape in black ink two polish min say they found a train full of nazi gold,
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but say nell only hand it over if -- they'll only hand it over if guaranteed a 10% finders fee. there have been rumours of a train carriage crammed with treasure since go the world arts festival is taking place in scotland. the countries converges on the scottish capital with 3,000 shoes converging. edinburgh is engulfed with performances, using every nook and cranny of the city and every stunt to showcase the talent. there's no rules or artistic limits. the festival is open to anyone with a story to tell, making it a unique environment. >> good morning, reservations, thanks for holding. >> this man is making it big as a comedian
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on tv, but he keeps coming back. >> damn, how are you? >> it attracts everyone, huge-name comics and brand new people waiting to be discovered. >> reporter: he started out playing to empty seats, but now sells hundreds of tickets a night. >> i was discovered here. i won the bbc new comedian award in '96, met tv and radio producers. and importantly, edinburgh is where i get good at what i do. you have to push yourself. >> here in edinburgh the competition is brutal. over 3,000 shows trying to attract the same audience, it's about how many flyers they can get out, or how many posters they can stick up around the city. amy is making her stand up debut at the festival in a tiny venue with a lukewarm crowd. >> my dad's catchphrase if you have not lived until you find
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yourself alone in a field of horses that is on fire. [ laughs ] >> which is inappropriate. >> reporter: she has to be in edinburgh to get noticed, but will come away out of pocket. >> i will lose a few grand but have a good edinburgh. crazy. everyone makes money, apart in the artist. >> reporter: money is not the maybe objective, artists are here to hone a craft and hopefully find an agent. >> people that perform here will end up touring internationally, on television or in films made by a hollywood producer. >> reporter: the next big thing could be found in a laundrette, church or even on a bus. just some of the spaces transforming into stages. with costs, artists know performing here may break the bank, but not their spirit joop now to gaza, where they are literally shouting from the rooftops about a new football
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pitch. we have the tall story. >> reporter: in the middle of gaza city skyline, a splash of green. this is the middle east's first roof-top football pitch. the unlikely sporting venue opened in june, and has become a popular destination. this is the captain of the league, and they say having an astroturf improved the game. >> translation: i feel so happy when i come to training. making such a place in the center of gaza made it easy for us. we give more as players, as a result. >> reporter: this rooftop football pitch is the only one of its kind in the middle east. across the gaza strip, there's very few open spaces for palestinians to play sport in. one year after israel's 50 day bombardment ended in a ceasefire, much of the remains were in ruins.
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israel maintains tight border restrictions hampered reconstruction and the removal of rubble. so far, not a single home has been rebuilt. and public spaces have not been cleared, including football stadiums and other sporting centers, which is why many play sport in the streets or anywhere else. they kick around a football in a lane in front of their home, dodging rubbish and rubble as they try to store. -- to score goals. this boy played since he was four, and wishes he had a better place to play with his friends. >> our neighbours shout at us, they say we make too much noise when we play football. we don't have the money to do anything else. >> reporter: the idea to build a rooftop football pitch came from palestinian football officials who found funding from the government of qatar. for now, those part of the local
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leagues are those that are allowed to play here. there are plans to create more public pace spaces for sport. something most agree is needed a reminder, you can keep up to date with the news on the website, u. u.n. describes the continues in yemen as a perfect storm for famine. >> violent protests in st. louis one year after the death of michael brown. the tensions in the area after yet another police involved shooting. >> three firefighters killed battling flames at wildfires spread through the west. more evacuated. >> new controversy over the iran nuclear deal, word of a secret agreement behind