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>> my future is in my hands right now... >> from oscar winning director alex gibney, a ground breaking look at the real issues facing american teens on, the edge of eighteen only on aljazeera america >> pakistan's army calls on the protesters and the government to solve an escalating crisis without the use of force. hello there. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up. anger in hong kong after beijing refuses to allow people to nominate their own candidate for chief executive. after almost three months of
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siege, amerli has been broken. counterproductive - that's what the u.s. calls an israeli plan to seize acres of land in the occupied west bank. in pakistan, there have been fresh clashes between anti-government protesters and the police in the capital islamabad. in the past few hours police have been having difficulty controlling the crowds because of rain. the protesters are putting pressure on the prime minister nawaz sharif to step down. they have been camping out for two weeks. the army warned both sides not to use force. >> kamal hyder is in islamabad for us. the protest started peacefully, but turned violent over the last few days. three killed. what is going on now?
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>> as you said, three people killed, hundreds wounded in the last few days, and today, for a third day running, protests are continuing. in fact, this morning the protesters tried to march towards prime minister house. the police again had to resort to use of the force. now, a lot of people have been saying the police are using rubber bullets, but there's now evidence to suggest that they are using short guns with pellets in them, and we have not seen any evidence with them, with rubber bullets, meaning a lot of those people are using pellets. they are still in hospital. the military wanted the political mess to be sorted out and sorted out soon. the message is clear. however the positioning on both sides was hard line, the government is trying to press charges against imran khan, and
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tahir ul-qadri, and under the anti-terrorism act, serious charms. on the other hand neither imran khan or tahir ul-qadri are willing to budge on the prime minister resigning. a hard-lij position. the military wants a quick resolution to the crisis. >> there's growing concerns that the military would intervene. they have been slept, but they are clearly concerned. >> obviously they are concerned because the country is at a standstill. several heads of state due to visit have had to call off the visit to pakistan. the diplomatic community, including the high commission, senior officials, also ambassadors. they feel marooned because they are cut off from the rest of the city. the red zone is a functioning heart of pakistan.
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as far as the administration is concerned, we are told that the protesters blocked access to the secret air yacht, the beaurocrat taking over the country. another senior official resigned because he refused to use force, and hundreds of other police officials at least who we know have stepped aside. a crisis of mismanagement by the government and a hard-line position by the protesters and the government. >> okay. thank you very much for bringing us the latest from the pakistani capital. >> pro-democracy activists in hong kong disrupted a parliamentary hearing after lawmakers ruled out open elections. protesters shouted shame and dishonesty, angry that beijing ruled out open nominations for the next leader. all candidates must be approved
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by a committee loyal to beijing. rob mcbride has the latest. >> this venue, the senior chinese official has been down here trying to explain beijing's position. demonstrators have turned up wanting to explain theirs. the pro-democracy groups have been here, protesting against what they claim is not real democracy and vowing to go ahead with their campaign. they have been matched by a larger protest by pro-beijing groups. these are people who say that beijing should not be ended, but remind the democrats to look at the flag that flies above hong kong. this is a chinese city that has more rights and freedoms, and nothing will come from angering
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beijing. this is a polarizing issue, there's more demonstration, and they'll be matched demonstration for demonstration by the pro-beijing group. under siege no mar, the iraqi army entered the sound of amerli. thousand of people were dropped, running out of the food and water. sue turton reports now. >> huge relief on the streets of amerli. for 80 days and nights they faced the threat of islamic state fighters taking their town, a threat leaving some of the shiite turkman to contemplate taking their lives. >> the groups are not used to
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fighting side by side, but the peshmerga, kurdistan, and sunnis banded together. >> translation: we came to join the fight upped muqtada al-sadr's orders, to clear iraq from i.s.i.s. with no difference between sunni, shi'a, kurdish or christian. we came to year is, most came from outside iraq. >> translation: this had become an 80-day siege aring they were surrounded by -- siege, they were surround surrounded by islamic state fighters. many had no food, babies had no water. >> reporter: the air campaign began in earnest the previous days, dropping food and water to the residents, and bombs from the is lines. >> there's pride amongst the peshmerga forces, that that they
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and the militia men broke the siege. they couldn't have done it without help from the air, the u.s., iraq and iranian helicopters. breaking the siege of amerli hadn't just saved thousands of lives, but lifted moral among the ranks charged with pushing back the islamic state forces. the challenge is not to see if they can keep up momentum, but if they can hold on to the ground. >> battles between is fighters and government forces are taking place across iraq. the is group controls the city. most of tikrit, fallujah and other smaller towns. government forces have taken over the damn near the city of mosul, and are in control of samara, ba cuba and some ardry. barr bill is a province that has
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seep a lot of fighting. it includes the ancient city of boba lon and is -- boba lon and is home to many people. we have a report from northern iraq on the islamic state. >> reporter: the scars of battle. the islamic state group used houses as defense lines before it was forced to retreat towards the city of mosul. this man came home to find this. the group's fighters moved into the village in mid august. they did not only use the house as a base. they ate what they found and used their koths. they didn't give up without a fight. this is an organization that u.s. officials say is beyond anything they have seen. those engaged in combat say they faced well-trained fighters.
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>> they placed a few snipers in different houses and did all the way the roads could with tnt. >> reporter: the islamic state may have been pushed back from the mosul dam and surrounding areas. it is far from come pleated. kurdish forces did not win the battle alone. dozens of u.s. air strikes helped the offensive. undoubtedly air power dams, it may have been an -- damages. it may have been an option, but it's not always the case. islamic state group controls cities, center with mass population. using air strikes there would cause untold damage. >> iraqis and members of the army are fighting alongside the group known as dash. >> unfortunately, most of the
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villagers are sunni and supported dash. the people were disappointed in government as a revenge action, i think they supported these people, dash. >> the air campaign slowed progress in iraq. is, armed with u.s. equipment also controls territory in syria, where the obama administration lacks allies. the war needs to be fought on the ground, on both sides of the border. it's a challenge since the governments in iraq and sunni are not seen. >> still ahead. al-shabab hits back as forces and troops attack bases. >> i'm andy gallagher in new york. the humanitarian crisis in syria
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reaches new heights, we'll ask if authorities are doing enough here to help asylum seekers. - pash
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hello. the top stories here on al jazeera. in pakistan there has been fresh clashes between anti-government protesters and the police in the capital islamabad. in the past few hours police have been having difficultying controlling the crowds. the protesters want the prime minister to resign. the chinese government ruled against nominations for the chief executive. all candidates must be approved by a committee loyal to beijing. iraqi security forces entered the besieged town of amerli. it had been surrounded by islamic state group fighters for three months. the united states is urging israel to reverse its decision to seize 400 hectares of land in the occupied west bank,
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including five palestinian areas near bethlehem. it's been called the largest land grab in 30 years, coming days after the gaza ceasefire was agreed on. it must be approved by a judicial review. israel has been grid sized for the -- criticised for the seizures, one person saying it was a shock. >> translation: we were surprised in the early hours when the administration gave warnings and put signs in the areas. declaring appropriation of thousands of areas for expansion of settlements. >> we have this update from rosalind jordan in washington d.c. >> this is longstanding criticism of israeli efforts to establish settlements in the occupied west bank. the u.s. considers them unlawful
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and does not recognise the territories. if you think about the status of u.s.-israeli relations, this is crux of the matter why relations are not as strong and warm as they might have been during the administration of george bush. hillary clinton was openly critical about the binyamin netanyahu's efforts to annex territory because in her view and in president obama's view, this would not make it a 2-state solution, a viable option. the israelis said that they'll do what they want, but you can expect there'll be more discussion between the two capitals about the latest move, and i don't think you'll see the u.s. backing away from its demand of a reversal of this decision soon. >> syrian rebel groups says the reason that it's holding 45
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fijian peacekeepers captured is they were doing the work of the regime. this is in the golan heights. dozens of pass keepers from the philippines were -- peacekeepers were rescued on saturday after being trapped. >> the 7-week war in gaza pushed up the unemployment rate to 50%, and estimated 10,000 people are out of work after israeli attacks on 450 factories and businesses in gaza. >> aside from human losses, gaza is coming to terms with another business. this factory produced chicken noodles. >> they say factories are owned by people known by the israelis,
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and had permission to come and go. israel has been targetting gaza's economy. >> reporter: this factory used to be gaza's biggest. it's smallering after repeated attacks by tanks. the company made biscuits, ice-cream, juice and sweets. in the better times it employed more than 450 people. now it's had to sack more than 400 workers, only 30 keeping jobs on one production line. the ashes spread over the floor amount to 8 million going up in smoke. raw materials stockpiled because it's hard to import any goods into the gaza strip. the owner and his stock manager say the small economy is decimated. there's no faith in a political solution. >> we have relation with
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israeli, and security - we have to get many permits every month for our materials to return to gaza. this is not known what they did. >> 40 years to build the factory, two hours and five days, it's finished. >> mohammed says his total losses could about 30 million. he's faced with ruined and along with the workers, they face little hopeless respect. >> of the 3 million refugees, few made it to the united states. many that have face uncertainty about getting asylum there. andy gallagher reports from new
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jersey. >> reporter: safe, secure and thousands of kilometres away from the syrian war. life seems bright. >> they arrived in the u.s. a year ago, hoping to claim asylum. months after the tourist visas expir expired, they are facing delays and uncertainty. >> i find nobody helps us, syria, and i think we are coming to like the future - i don't know what is coming. >> do you have any hope at all? >> i don't have any hope, no. i have nothing. >> reporter: this family has little in syria either. their home down has been almost destroyed. they'll never returned. here they are in a bureaucratic
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limbo, complicated by security matters. >> we don't have work permit, insurance. my son is, until now, he didn't go to school. all this, i feel, worried. >> this is the largest asylum office in the north-east of the united states. despite the fact that the u.s. has given more financial aid to syria and has the largest resettlement programme, 121 serious have been offered a home, something that critics say is woefully inadequate. the scale of the humanitarian crisis is putting pressure on the camps. immigration lawyers say many of his clients need help now. >> most of the applicants have
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part of their family in other areas. it's a life or death situation. the most this application is delayed, they may lose their family. the u.s. state department spects to receive more cases in the following months and are committed to helping the people of syria. for now, all the family can do is wait. like many, their fates are unclear. u.n. secretary-general says he's personally raised the issue of three detained al jazeera journalists. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed have spent 247 address in an egyptian prison. all three received long sentences. after a trial many see as politically motivated, convictions are being appealed. ban ki-moon emphasised the importance of freedom of speech and the security of journalism.
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world health organisation needs help to contain the ebola virus. a person from guinea tested positive in dhaka. there's concern of a backlash among the country's ghanaian population. >> reporter: for 40 years that man has sold fruit and vegetables in this market. he's never been so worried. his regular customers are not coming to shop. >> translation: they won't say it to my face, but they are scared of ebola. we are givenians, most of what -- guineans, and most of what we sell we bring in guinea. >> senegal sealed off the border, hoping to the prevent the virus entering the company. on friday the health minister
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announced ebola. the victim is a 20-year-old guinean. doctors at the hospital are treating him in isolation. 20 others, and family members and health workers are under medical supervision. others may be infected. and they are trying to chase people that come into contact. givenan trade release are under -- ginan traders are under close scrutiny. the outbreak affects the way they are seen. >> there is risk shopping. when i get home, everything i by i wash carefully. >> traders are finding it diff to source fruit. they have run out of avocados and pineapples. this is the least of his worries. his immediate concern is to win back the trust of his customers.
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that may not happen, because this outbreak is under control. al-shabab says it attacked a national intelligence facility in mogadishu. it began with a suicide car bombing at the gates of a building, followed by a gun battle. 7 members of the armed group were killed. three soldiers and two civilians also died. south of mogadishu, african union troops say they won sa victory against al-shabab fighters. they recaptured the town, one of the last remaining strongholds in the region. more than two months after the afghanistan presidential election, people don't know who the next leader will be. allegations of fraud prompted a review. the crisis is costing $5 billion
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in lost revenue. there's a long wait for cooking gas at this provider in kabul. short supplies means the price has doubled. >> the private sector raised their prices and the garment sales is cheeper. everyone comes to buy it here. a lot of people come. >> prices are up in kabul's main market, not that it matters much. no one is buying. it's because of the election deadlock. people are worried because of the dispute between the candidates. they won't spend a sent. >> afghanistan has been in a political crisis since presidential elections were held this year. neither won a majority, and each accused the other of fraud and vote rigging. the uncertainty is weighing on the people. there has been widespread lay offs as businesses cut back and
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the government subsidised by aid says it could run out of money. >> the stalemate can't go on. security is deteriorating and the economy has never been this vast. >> reporter: this man is making less than a quarter of the money that he used to. politicians just don't care. neither of the two candidates serve the people. if they wanted to serve the people, they would have compromised. for now, the afghan currency is holding steady. the president expects to be named soon, and afghans believe once there's political stability, business will get better. >> for those of you in the u.s., that's it from us here at dough hoe. for everyone else, we'll be back shortly with more news after the break.
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