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a possible end to the conflict in libya, the u.n. announces both sides agreed to a unity government hello, i'm darren jordan in doha. russia denies cruise missiles fired at syria fell short and landed in iran stabbing attacks in jerusalem and tel aviv heighten tensions in israel and the occupied territories. >> plus, i'll tell you why the rare oil from the trees is big
business for poachers and how it affects indigenous communities that depend on the forest rival factions in libya agreed to form a unity government in a bid to form a cost which tore the country apart. the deal brings together libya's two rival parliament. the first is the general national congress, the g.m. c operates out of tripoli. it came to power when an alliance of former rebels took over the capital last year. the group drove out the internationally recognised government which operates from the eastern city of tobruk. it is recognised by the u.n. and are ab -- arab league.
our diplomatic editor james bays reports from u.n. >> there were smiles when after talks that lasted a year, the u.n. mediator announced plans for a unity government in libya. it was a difficult process. >> it was not an easy task. we have been listening to many people, inside and outside for dialogue. finally it would be six personalities. >> at its head, the prime minister sarage, an architect from a prominent family in tripoli. the challenges of facing a unity government is immense, it's almost four years since the death of libya's former ruler muammar gaddafi. the country has been wracked by internal violence since. the two main factions reluctantly agreed to the deal. there's been so much bloodshed and politically bad blood. many oppose it.
fighters an militia are unlikely to obey the new government. attention on this man, the renegade general. >> one of the first challenges for the new administration is to take on i.s.i.l., who have a major foothold in muammar gaddafi's home town cert. libya's borders are not secure, the country awash with weapons and is a major route from migrants to refugees all over africa, making their way to libya's coast. so many people have died at sea, making the journey from libya to europe. for months, the idea of a maritime operation to intercept the boats has been proposed. on friday, a resolution to authorise the operation comes before the u.n. security council for a vote a nonresident fellow at the atlantic council's center for
the middle east says the deal needs to pass a vote in the rival parliament in order for it to succeed. >> we have to remember that these are only proposals, it is not a government. and the government has to first be approved by the two sides, the two main sides in libya. at the moment it seems to be unlikely. there has been a lot of negative reaction on both sides. members of the house of representatives said that this is a government that would only lead to a partition of libya and a division of libya, and members of the general national congress. they said that this is not a deal that we are part of, it means nothing for us. if there is no deal by october 21st, constitutionally there'll be no legitimate government in libya, because the mandate of the internationally recognised house of representatives runs out on 20th of october. if that happens, there'll be no
legitimate government, no government in libya. it's a government. the international community's idea is to not leave a vacuum or create a vacuum. >> russia is denies reports that four of its cruise missiles fired at syria may have crashed in iran. it was launched in the caspian sea. they were intended for targets over 1600 kilometres away. >> moscow insists call hit the intended targets. >> the u.s. state department says it is concerned by the reports. >> if it's true that a couple of cruise missiles landed in iran, again, i'm not going to get into greater detail in the call. i think, you know, if something like that happened - again, i can't confirm it it point to the
fleet to have proper deconfliction areas in place. russia is continuing. the video showing the aftermath of strikes in hama province. thursday, russia said 27 targets have been hit in hama, homs and raqqa. since a campaign in syria, moscow said all targets hit belonged to i.s.i.l., it's feared that anti-bashar al-assad forces have been hit. >> the u.s. does not believe that is the case. john kerry told his russian counterpart that those hit have not been targeted. >> translation: i would like to repeat that the russian air force only bombs representatives of terrorist groups and organizations and those that support him. those that are not terrorists and have no contact with terrorist groups have nothing to be afraid of. the involvement in the war -
actions have said they are not helping. neave barker reports from brussels. >> reporter: it's more than a week since russia begin air strikes, n.a.t.o. is playing catch up. russia's rapid military deployment caught the alliance by surprise, called quite impressive. now it was time for defense chiefs to coordinate a robust response after n.a.t.o. members turkey said russian fighter jets violated its air space. >> i call on russia to play a constructive role in the fight against i.s.i.l. russian actions and support to the regime are not helpful. the recent violations of turkish air space are unacceptable. n.a.t.o. will continue to follow the developments closely, and we stand in strong solidarity with turkey. >> reporter: russia launched an
increasing number of aerial attacks on positions in syria, along with cruise missiles to russian warships stationed in the caspian sea. n.a.t.o. fears russia is not just interested in destroying i.s.i.l. and al qaeda, but all anti-bashar al-assad groups, including rebels backed by the u.s. n.a.t.o. responded to the challenge posed by russian air force by rushing through plans for a new rapid task force, deploying thousands of troops and machinery at short notice. there'll be bases protecting alliance members from spillover from the war in syria. >> i think russia is probably asserting its presence in a strategic and public way. we are here. we are going to be here, and there's going to be more of us here. >> reporter: syria's theatre of war is becoming crowded.
russia and u.s. alliance fighter jets now shares the same airspace, but backs different sides of the conflict. incursions into the air space are accidental. n.a.t.o. fears moscow is testing the alliances defenses. a political solution to the crisis is needed more than ever israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu says strong steps will be taken against those inciting violence in the country, tensions are high across israel and the occupied palestinian territories. mike hanna reports. >> in each case police were quickly on the scene. they are unable to predict when or where the next of the random attacks will take place. the first in this latest series of attacks was in or around the city. in the past few days they occurred in separate israeli towns, on the outskirts of tel
aviv. dealing with the uncoordinated and random attacks poses a challenge we are talking about loan wolf attacks. about randam, unplanned and hard to expect attacks. these incidents are complicated and a lot of skill and capability is needed to deal with it. prime minister binyamin netanyahu kept a high public profile, visiting israelis injured in the attacks. at the end of a day of conflict, he held a news conference with security chiefs in a bid to reassure the israeli public. >> we are in the midst of a wave of terror. we will win and defeat the terror. we are facing attacks by knife, fire bombs and live ammunition. these are unorganized. but they are the result of incitement by hamas and others in the region, and the islamic movement in israel.
they spread lies. they spread lies about our policy in the temple mount. these are lies. we do not want to change the status quo in the temple mount. the palestinian president had this reaction to the latest stabbing. >> we don't attack anyone, we want them to stop attacking us. we want them to stop entering al-aqsa. we support those protecting the mosque. those that suffer a great deal to protect al-aqsa. we tell the israeli government to stay away from our holy places, the islamic and christian places. we want peace, and our hands will remain extended for peace regardless of what is happening to us. >> demonstrations in occupied east jerusalem are happening. lifting of sanctions is doing little to ease tensions. there is widespread palestinian perception that israel is intent on taking greater control of the al-aqsa compound.
>> there's a lot of anger in our community about what israel is doing, and it is for muslims, it's a mosque. it should be respected as a mosque. >> and contributing to what is a general mood of anger and frustration, demonstrators on the israeli right, many gathering outside the prime minister's home to demand he takes stronger action. and some threatening to start taking action themselves. we'll have more on that situation after the break. and we'll tell you about and creative ways in which people are trying to help the refugees. >> american people, e.p.a. and counterparts around the world have been defrauded by volkswagen. >> volkswagen's u.s. boss feels the heat from american politicians over the cheating scandal. more on that. stay with us.
welcome back. a recap of the top stories on al jazeera. rival factions in libya agreed to form a national unity government. they've been rival governments since 2014. u.n. sponsored talks have been ongoing for months. russia denying reports that four missiles fired at syria crashed in iran. they were launched on russian warships in the caspian sea on wednesday. >> and binyamin netanyahu said strong steps have been taken against those inciting hate red.
palestinians are angry at what they say is israel's intention to change the status go at the al-aqsa compound. >> despite appeal for calm, tensions are rising across the west bank. we have this report from ramallah, on what is driving the unrest among palestinians. >> tensions boiling over. they vent their anger at occupying forces. young palestinians, many in their teens, throw rocks, sometimes petrol bombs. israel's retaliation goes from tear gas to bullets. the crowd has israeli infiltrators, such as four masked men, amongst students protesting on wednesday. one of them was carrying a flag of hamas. all of a sudden they drew fistals and opened fire -- fistals and opened fire with the backing of israeli soldiers. one of the protesters was
wounded. it's a risk this young man was willing to take. he will not tell us his name but said he was an engineering student. >> translation: both struggles on the economy is important. these days it's more important to take part in the clashes, even if it leads to a third intifada. >> clashes erupt on a daily basis. this is trading anxiety among many, who wonder how long will the tensions last, and if they could evolve into something bigger. >> this person works in a shop a few blocks from the checkpoint and took part in the second intifada, and spends most of his days watching from affair. >> i don't want any more. it's useless.
apore them. i may be wounded or killed. we don't film the first or better. protests are essential. >> for those on the front line, agitation is essential. organizers say it's not time for a full-scale uprising. they have more energy than the older one, they are tired or disillusioned. we have to believe what was taken by force can only be returneded by force, i don't support a third intifada, if we don't have a plan or goal, we'll get nothing out of it. it will benefit the enemy. >> many of the protesters were formed after the oslo accords. the president warned he could withdraw from the agreement. young palestinians feel that
it's long gone. guinea is to hold elections in two day's time. a hospital worker said one person has been killed. >> they are supposed to take their differences to the polls on sunday. instead, members of opposing political parties in guinea have taken their differences to the streets. pictures of the head of the main opposition party rally on thursday. things turned violence. people set shops and vehicles on fire, and they forced each other. there was a man next to us who had glass in his pocket. he wanted to stab my friend. when i stopped him, he stopped by hand and ran away. >> there's seven candidates
running to unseat the president. he got into office in 2010 and promised change for guinea, a country that suffered for years under a dictatorship. >> the view of many people here is na conde has not done enough. >> we are tired of the government. we don't have work or money, only ebola. >> some opposition leaders say they want to delay. there are irregularities with voter cards and those on the electoral register. despite the concerns and violence between voters, the election commission and president say it will happen on sunday 10 people have been isolated in a hospital after meeting a patient with ebola-like
symptoms. they went to a clinic showing signs consistent with the virus. >> nigeria was declared free of the virus a year ago. >> protestors were left with tear gas on thursday. tasters, hospital staff and workers say they have not received their pay and are calling for the president to step down. >> president obama apologised for a u.s. air strike in a hospital run by the aid group doctors without borders. 22 people, 12 medical staff were killed and wounded in the attack images of hundreds of thousands of refugees making their way into europe over the last few months inspired many to help. president obama took a step of asking the crowd funding web start kickstarter to pitch in and raise money. patty culhane reports from
washington d.c. >> reporter: the massive scale of the crisis, the faces of desperation, and then this. the culmination of so much misery spurring people to act. >> we have some nail files, nail clippers. >> reporter: kit normally serves coffee and asks customers to donate hygiene kits to send to syria. >> number one is to help people feel physically normal. establishes the dignity first, and giving them the essentials is the least we can do and something that everybody can get excited about. >> the president obama administration is trying to tap into that and went to the crowd funding site kickstarter, asking them to start a fund for the u.n. refugee agency. with five days left to donate, more than a million has been
raised. >> we have been reading headlines and watching stories like everyone else and feel a sense of initial helpless nls. of what do you -- helplessness, of what do you do. to is have clear invitation to help felt right. >> reporter: kickstarter is not charge, mastercard, visa and american express refuse to wave the fees, so they'll profit from the fundraising. we asked them, and american express and another responded. they match funding from employees, but do not expect to change their policies. >> we believe that success begets success. we were heartened by the actions for our private sector partners. they have led the way. i want be surprised it more get involved in the action.
>> a chance to send a message of solidarity that some are choosing to take. job the state of south carolina in the u.s. agreed to pay 6.5 million to the family of an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer. walter scott was shot in the back in april last year as he fled a traffic stop. it was caught on a bystander's camera, reigniting an outcry over the treatment of minorities. >> world football chief sepp blatter has been suspended. f.i.f.a.'s ethics committee waned the interim -- banned the interim president for 90 days while it suspends corruption. also suspended are secretary-general jerome falcke and vice president michel platini prosecutors raided volkswagen's headquarters in germany looking for evidence of a cheating scandal. the u.s. operations chief has
apologised during a congressional hearing, mardy fish reports. >> reporter: the anger of committee members was clear. >> the american people, e.p.a. and counterparts around the world have been defrauded by volkswagen. >> vw will inevitably pay a steep price for the dirty little secret. >> i hope they get beyond the series of terrible decisions and do something to restore public trust. >> do you swear you are about to give and into the step ahead. in the opening statement. michael apologised for what his company has done. we have broken the trust of customersers leadership and employees. we had volkswagen taking full responsibility. >> the representative committee was looking for more than score. >> vw is trying to get the united states of america to believe it's a couple of rogue
engineers. i categorically reject that. either your entire organization is incompetent when it is coming up with intellectual property. and i don't believe that. or they are complicit at the highest levels. >> reporter: volkswagen admitted installing a cheat device in vehicles from 2009 to 2015, allowing a vehicle to recognise if it was driven on the road or in a test laboratory and turn the emissions controls on or off. on the road volkswagen would not have met standards, and so 11 million cars, half a million in the u.s. had the cheat. in jeremy investigators seized documents and computers, trying to find out who knew what, and when. >> what we tried to achieve in the range of the investigation was to take hold of the evidence to shed light on first the method and reason for
manipulation, and the people behind this, responsible for the actions, which may constitute statutory offenses. >> volkswagen is working on a fix for the problem, but could be two years or more before it comms up with a solution. it faces punishing fines and the prospect of claims by consumers that feel they've been lied to. >> finally a popular tree is becoming endangered in malaysia. when harvested in vast amounts it can fetch thousands on the black market. last year, more than 120,000 of illegally poached wood was seized. >> two-thirds of asia is covered by forest. home to more than 1500 species of animals, and as many plants. indigenous tribes lived off the land for generations. tribesman, such as this man, know the forest well and how to
harvest without causing permanent damage. these trees are plentiful. it is infected with a naturally occurring fungus. a dark res in is produced and when processed becomes a popular perfume. it takes a trained nose and eye to locate the trees. others don't care about the trees, just the profit. >> we feel sat when we go into the forest and see poachers cutting our trees. people from far away lands come and take the trees, we have few left. >> up to 80 members of the community harvest the resins that come from the trees. that's not the case for poachers that enter and fell the trees, whether they have resin in them or not. a kilo of poached argo wood
could be worth $30,000. food production is supposed to be regulated. locally made, it is difficult to produce and expensive to buy. >> 1,000, 2,000 sometimes. >> it's very expensive. >> yes. >> the malaysian government needs to crack down on foreigners poaching the wood in malaysia's protected areas. and needs to come up with a scheme so only genuine malaysian collectors can collect the goal. >> the malaysian government didn't respond to the request for comment. melbourne production and licensed, and it is hoped that farms like this will deter poachers from the forest. they are not just nurturing saplings, but local people that depend on the land to survive. local people that live hundreds of kilometres to the north is depend of course, as his tribe has, on the forest to survive.
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