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azzam brigades scenes of destruction. 24 hours after a twin bombing attack outside iran's embassy in lebanon. >> i'm at the site of the twin bombings, we'll bring you information on what exactly happened. >> hello there. you are watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead: enabling nicolas maduro. venezuela's congress gives the president new sweeping powers.
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>> violence returns to tahir square. egyptian supporters clear out antigovernment demonstrators. >> typhoon haiyan in the philippines leaving families torn apart. we'll follow a desperate search for his rescue. >> we'll get to the stories in a moment. first, iraq where eight separate car bombs in the capital have killed more than two dozen people. now, most of the explosions targeted shia neighbourhoods in baghdad. we'll go to our correspondent imran khan for the latest. the latest of the bombings, we have heard in the past few minutes - tell us what is happening in the capital. >> that's right. the bombs are taking place within the last hour. eight of them, as you say - one caking place in karrada, bringing the death toll up to
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28, and 69 injured. this is a pattern we have seen in baghdad and across iraq - time and time again. it's typical of a pattern. a pattern affiliated to al qaeda. calling themselves an islamic state in iraq. we have seen a number of car bombs. the reason for that is these groups are affiliated to al qaeda. they want to keep the sectarian pot in iraq boiling. they want the tensions on the edge. when the attacks take place there's a definite pattern. you can see them taking place in homogeneous, shia and mixed neighbour hoods. these bombings took place on a day that is a holiday here in baghdad. it's been declared a government holiday due to rain in the country. the death toll could have been worse, most people being at home at the moment. we are hearing more. when we get that we'll give you more.
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it's interesting - we have not heard a reaction from the iraqi government as of yet. prime minister nouri al-maliki made a strong statement yesterday on the bombings in beirut. we've not heard an official reaction from the bombings in his backyard. >> we'll cross back as and when we hear more on that story. now, a group linked to al qaeda is claiming responsibility for two suicide attacks near the iranian embassy near beirut. an iranian diplomat was one of 23 killed. observers say the incident is a sign syria's civil war is spilling into lebanon. the attack happens in this neighbour hood which is where our correspondent is, looking at the scene, 24 hours after it happened. what story or sequence of events are you putting together there? >> as you can see behind me the
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lebanese army are deploying in the area. we are at the site of the twin suicide bombings. more details emerged. yesterday the lebanese army confirmed that this was the work of suicide bombers. this is why it's a dangerous development because this hasn't happened. yes, there have been car bombings in lebanon, targetting strongholds of the lebanese shia group hezbollah, the local ally of the iranian government. suicide bombers - it's hard to stop them actually blowing themselves up. what we understand - i'm not sure if we can show you, because the lebanese army tankers may block the way. we'll show you the main gate of the embassy compound. the first suicide bomber approached the gate, detonated his explosive. the second was in a vehicle. it seems his intention was to drive the vehicle inside the embassy compound.
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you can see a pick-up truck. that truck was there when the first explosion happened. the driver panicked. he fled the vehicle. but the second bomber was not able to drive his vehicle into the compound. this was minutes apart. the explosions were minutes apart. a lot of people rushed to the scene. that's why there was a high number of casualties, because this is really not a very busy neighbourhood. it is also a residential neighbourhood. you can see the building next to the embassy compound, which is where iranian diplomats, their families lived. this is the information we are gathering - lebanon again, on the edge. people worried about the possibility of more attacks koo recur, and really the very fact that this was a message to the iranian government and most believe it was a message to tell them to stop supporting the syrian regime. >> we are getting a lot of talk.
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this spillover part of syria's war. it's not the first time we've seen it happen. >> it's not the first time. a few days ago. the secretary-general hezbollah told supporters there is a security threat, and that threat is real, telling them to expect more attacks. hezbollah is participating in the battles alongside the syrian regime. it made itself a lot of enemies. it's a stand that it will not change. according to them it is a political and strategic decision. they feel that they are tarted as much as the syrian regime, their ally. yes, a spillover from the syria conflict, and - and it's not the first time. in fact, the syrian war is fought now on lebanon's soil. >> thank you for the update and the scene from southern beirut. >> we have reports of an attack at checkpoints near the syrian
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capital. more than a dozen soldiers have been killed in northern damascus. >> at least 10 egyptians have been killed in a car bomb attack in the sinai pens -- peninsula. we are joined from cairo. what happened? >> well, the information we got so far is that there was a bus driving on the road between r rafaq, carrying army recruits, on the way back to the base. a suicide bomber attacked that bus. a car rammed into that bus, and 10 recruits have been killed. 35 more have been wounded. now, this is not the first time
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an attack has occurred on the road. in the past the major happenings on the road is there were improvised explosive devices. this is the first time there has been a suicide attack on the road. >> it's long been known as a lawless area. these sorts of attacks have increased in recent months, haven't they? >> they have increased since the ousting of mohamed morsi, and, actually, i think the group that has in the past that claimed responsibility, only two days ago here in cairo, there was a shooting where a senior officer of the national security deals with that, has also been killed, basically, on a busy street in cairo and was a big lose for the
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national security. many of these attacks is because of the treatment of the security forces to women, to children and in general for the use of force. >> hoda thanks for update. we'll city in egypt where police and protesters fought in tahir square. one is thought to have been killed. the demonstrators were marking the anniversary of 45 killed in rallies two years ago. >> dominic kane is in cairo. >> night-time in cairo, hundreds of protesters return to tahir square. they threw rocks at the police near the headquarters of the arab league. security forces responded with tear gas. a standoff developed between protesters and police. then they moved in in force, using tear gas to clear the square completely.
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tuesday had marked the second anniversary of the mohamed marr mud deaths. hundreds gathered to mark the death. >> translation: the temporary government is not able to do anything. the army is fighting terrorists. do we look like terrorists? we are only asking for our rights as young egyptians. we cannot live, find a job or anything to make us love this country. >> while the revolutionaries gathered close to the square. in the square itself, supporters of the defence minister abdul fatah al-sisi were also present. they believed their course was valid. >> translation: i support the 25 january revolution and the 30 june too. i'm here to support the army and
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the security of my country. without them we do not have a state. i'm here to call for the goals of revolution to be achieved because poor people are struggling to live here. many feared the second anniversary of the mohammed marr mud killings would bring bloodshed. during the daylight hours revolutionaries stormed square forcing crowds to flee, compelling police to use tear gas to try to bring order back. the one group not present was the muslim brotherhood. it instructed supporters and the anti-coup alliance to avoid the area and gather peacefully instead at the presidential palace. the authorities hoped the second anniversary of the mohamed mahmoud killings would pass peacefully. scenes like this showed there
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were hundreds determined to take their protests to the streets of the capital. >> i'll take you back to the top story. we are getting some of the first pictures there of the aftermath of a series of bombings in central baghdad. we are hearing of eight separate attacks. most of them were car bombs, and at least 28 people killed. these were a variety of different neighbourhoods, some of them commercial districts, some shia areas, some of them sunni. saul of them targeted busy areas, specifically marketplaces. we heard from our correspondent imran khan that the government issued today a public holiday due to rain, therefore the casualties was lower than it might have been. we are getting a death toll of 28 killed in a series of bombings coordinated in the
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capital baghdad. >> a court in thailand ruled that the government's plans to amend the constitution are illegal. but it stopped short of dissolving the ruling. thaksin shinawatra wants to empower the senate to its original reform. the snu constitution was drown up, responsible for deposing the counter thaksin in 2006. >> indonesia's army says it planned to stop military cooperation and intelligence with australia. tony abbott says he'll go everything he can do repair relations. >> some are calling it a power grab, others an important step to save the country. venezuela's president is able to rule by presidential decree. make laws without approval.
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congress voted to give him the powers. many hope this will give him democracy. >> t president's daughter was a powerful leader in latin america. the enabling act was passed by parliament, allowing new laws to be passed without consulting congress. he promised to wage a war on corruption. business owners are bent on destroying venezuela's ailing economy. in bolivar square supporters were jooub lant. >> it's a war between the weak and the poor. they forced us to bend down. now president nicolas maduro conditions to libber aid us. >> translation: very proud of nicolas maduro. he's the man. he has left us, because nicolas maduro is his son. we are doing everything that we have been expecting.
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>> president nicolas maduro has gaoled 100 shopkeepers for charging too much. now he can force them to reduce prices. opposition leader says it latest move is a power grab and they fear they'd use the act to silence critics. >> at the end democracy loses because it loses spaces for open discussion. democracy loses spaces for citizen participation. >> this is president nicolas maduro's boldest move since coming to power, and it's popular amongst the poor. a 50-year-old former bus driver faces challenging times ahead. with sweeping new powers, nicolas maduro will have to deal with an economy in free fall. inflation is falling. there's a chronic shortage of foods on the shelf and unstoppable black market in u.s. dollars. venezuela will get to decide
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whether the latest bold move is right for the country or not. >> still to come on the program:. >> i'm in the pit of a polish coal mine. we take a look at the future of coal while the climate change talks in warsaw appear to make little progress.
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hello again. this is al jazeera america, these are the top stories. eight separate car bombs in the
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ira iraqi capital kigd 25 people. >> special powers for nicolas maduro, an enabling law nableing him to bypass congress for a year. >> a group linked to al qaeda claims responsibility for a bombing attack in beirut, which killed 23 people. >> u.s. says it will not apologise to afghanistan for mistakes made during the 12 year invasion of the country. they are agreeing on a major security agreement, including immunity and the presence of troops after the 2014 withdrawal. many afghans oppose the deal. >> for many people in kandahar life has been extremely hard over the past 12 years. they are squeezed between a major foreign military base and a strong taliban presence.
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>> the lawyer jirga, which is a traditional way of decision making will take place in kabul to debate the future. >> shopkeepers in the city want them gone. >> translation: thanks to god we are muslim in the americans - everyone knows who they are. no islamic country wants to give a place for infidels - especially afghans and pashtuns. >> people here tell us the war has brought nothing but loss. and that the representatives travelling to the jirga should reject agreement with western armies, some have little faith. >> translation: these elders have not consulted ordinary people or talk with them about the issues. ordinariliry people are not aware of it. >> most of the kandaharies want
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foreign forces out of the afghanistan. they have seen some of the most brutal fighting of the past 12 years, and much less reconstruction and development. in other parts of the country opinion on the bilateral agreement are more diverse. >> in kondos some are mindful that a lack of foreign troops could lead afghan forces more vulnerable than ever. >> if foreigners leave the country, we'll be least behind. if they stay in the country, they'll help us. they are good for the security of afghanistan. >> head north and residents remind us of the international politics at work. >> this agreement is not in the benefit of afghanistan. america wants afghanistan to be equality. we are their colony. they want military bases to have
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authority in the region. >> across the country opinions on the security agreements range from support to suspicion and fear. as elders gather, they'll shape the lives of the millions they represent. >> there are concerns for the safety of the vorts in mozambique as they cast ballots in local elections. they are voting for mayors and assembly members in 53 municipality. we have more from mozambique's second city. >> this is an opposition strong hold. people support mdm. they are boycotting the election because they feel the electoral rolls favour the ruling party. we'll only have the option of
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voting for mdm. they are not concerned about the voting process. people come out in huge numbers. their concern is the counting. people are concerned about vote rigging. they want to take back the area, this province because it's strategic militarily. it's where the fighters have been attacking convoys and soldiers. if they win this area, they can use it as a base, which is strategic. the second-largest city in mozambique. people are saying that they are aware, they are concerned about vote rigging. they say once the vote ends. they plan to stay at the polling station, sleep overnight to make sure there is no tampering. they say, for some reasons that some warn they'll take to the streets and there could be trouble. >> rescue workers are searching
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for survivors thought to be trapped under the rubble of a cops -- collapsed shopping center. investigators are trying to find out why instruction continued after a government ban last month. >> a major international relief operation is under way in the philippines to deal with the immense devastation caused by typhoon haiyan. more than 4,000 are dead and 1500 missing. relatives and rescuers continue the ascertain for those unacted for. harry fawcett has the latest from tacloban. >> they've been in tacloban for a week. this man and his family are looking for a 3-year-old nephew. his parents died, not before he was strapped into a life jacket. it is believed he may have been rescued. efforts to find out have been thwarted in the confusion.
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>> red cross. the social welfare office and the army. the police - tried going around, but they just keep on passing us around, "go to this place, it might be there." when we go there it's a different thing. >> this is where the missing and dead were reported to the tacloban government. it is also where government employees are registering their attendance to work. they are trying to discover what happened to her mother's residence. >> i haven't been yet. i don't know where to search first. >> the staff admit there's no central system in place to match the missing with the families seeking them. >> right now we don't have. maybe some other day. >> the tacloban city deposit told us anybody looking for a missing relative will be better served trying the department of social welfare, the development
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and national agency. the office sent us to a distribution point where there's a comprehensive list of missing and the dead that can be cross referreded. >> we find no list exists. another priority continues to be recovery and disposal of bodies. sex, height, age are noted before they are taken away. families have to grieve for loved ones that have disappeared. >> this man has had a lead. someone rang to say they had the boy, only to demand money. a blind alley, but carl has not given up. >> when you stumble you don't cry. you pick yourself up and keep on running. with these memories in my mind right now, i really do hope that we can find him. >> so the poster campaign goes on. one family in the midst of a
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national calamity hoping to find the answers they need. >> coal is the most polluting of fossil fuels and provides 40% of electricity needs of the world. poland depends on it. it's been hosting the climate change talks. we went down a coal mine in the country's south. >> for 234 years cole has been cut from the mine. the hard physical work and dangerous conditions are a way of life for miners. 1600 work down this mind. nationwide the industry employs more than 100,000. >> only personally coal is my life. i came here to mine coal. i have worked all my life as a
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miner. i have raised and educated my kids here. it is everything to me. >> the burning of coal generates 90% of electricity. the government hopes to change it, but it will take time. >> 500 metres below the surface you get a sense of scale. there's 415 million tonnes of goal in this mine. poland's are likely to power the country for many hundreds of years to come. >> poland produces 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions. the government has played its part in reducing the admission, by meeting its targets under the kyoto protocol. >> we have more than 200% of
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gdp. an eminent result. >> reductions were the result of restructuring and reforms, following the collapse of the communist system. activists of critical of poland's veto. of proposals by the e.u. to reduce carbon emissions from 2020 onwards. >> they can move from coal to renewables. it will take time. you need to have a vision. you need to protect citizens and workers. you need new jobs. it can be done and you can meet energy needs. >> poland is researching new and cleaner ways of using coal. they are looking at getting gas from coal without taking it out on the ground. technology is in its infancy and could take decades to develop. as long as coal remains at the
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heart of energy needs, efforts of these men will be needed to bring it to the surface. >> a reminder you can keep up to date with all the latest news 24 hours a day op your website. there it is, money." >> this is "real money." you are the most important part of the show.


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