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>> pa >> a deadly car bombing in sanaa, a day after the newly appointed prime minister in yemen turns down the top job. hello, this is al jazeera, live from doha. live on the programme... [ explosion ] ..the fight for kobane continues, as the u.s. sends mixed messages about creating a buffer zone in syria. the u.s. steps up screening for ebola in airports, after the first person to be diagnosed
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with ebola dice. -- dice. they are almost 140 years old. the cave paintings in indonesia could change what we know about ancient art. breaking news out of yemen. a suicide bombing kills 20 people in yemen's capital sanaa. the attack happened in the center of the city in tar here square. no one claimed responsibility, and we'll bring you more on the circumstances. we can speak to our correspondent in sanaa, who we are not naming for security reasons. what more do we know about the explosion? >> yes, we know an hour ago a huge explosion rocked the capital, including in the area, and later on the spokesman of the houthi rebel movement said
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that it was an explosion that targeted houthi fighters, and it had caused the death of dozens. he used the word dozens, and it seems that it has targeted the houthis at a time when they gathered, organising central sanaa in the square, in central sanaa. according to observers here, it bears the hallmarks of al qaeda, the sign of al qaeda, but nobody has claimed responsibility. it's a day the houthi leader has been planning to make a day of success for the houthis, because they have pushed the - first of all, by the prime minister to step down and turn down the offer, and this is a victory, and they have been celebrating that over the night with ngaire works and gunshots across the
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capital. they said it's not supposed to be a day to mark the victory, but it has turned to bloody revolt. >> thanks, that's our correspondent in sanaa who we are not naming for security reasons, these pictures of the celebrations that our correspondent was talking about in taria square. the attack coming a day after the man picked to be yemen's prime minister turned down the job. he was due to be appointed as part of a peace deal. houthi rebels rejected his nomination. >> reporter: to his supporters, he had all the skills. he is an independent sunni from the south - young, intelligent and energetic. he was seen as a western sewage, and the houthis refused to back the nomination as prime
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minister. he was surprised of the announcement. we received assurances that he would not be appointed. his name resurfaced. how dare foreign embassies medal in foreign affairs and choose for us. >> the decision to nominate mubarak was announced on tuesday, without the support of houthi rebels, the situation was untenable. he said in a statement: the houthis have considerable influence over yemen's politics after launching an offensive from their stronghold in the north. they surged south, taking a
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string of strategically important cities before overrunning the capital. a peace deal was signed. the houthi's rejection of the nomination as prime minister was swift. >> it's clear that the houthis trying to drug the prime minister's position until the time expired, the time of peace and punishment which only exists with about one month, meaning the houthi will lead by force, violence, and will take full control at least over the north. >> forming a stable government is one of the biggest challenges to yemen's transition to democracy. a peace deal may have been signed. can it be implemented. now to syria, where the battle for kobane continues as the islamic state of iraq and levant renewed their assault overnight. kurdish forces say that i.s.i.l.
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forces resumed their advance into kobane, for the south and eastern side of the city. they held on to the syrian town, bordering turkey with extra air support from coalition air forces. there has been statements from the u.s. over the proposal to create a buffer zone along the turkey-syria border. the secretary of state john kerry said it was worth looking at. the white house said the idea is not under consideration. turkey wants to protect the border with syria. the initial plan suggesting demilitarized zones would be created in idlib and aleppo. more from al jazeera's rosalind jordan. >> at least 11 bombing runs in and around kobane tuesday and wednesday. u.s. and allied fighter jets launching an 11th hour effort to take on the i.s.i.l. fighters. with residents seeking refuge in
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turkey, the turkish president recep tayyip erdogan wants the u.s. to do more, wanting a buffer zone inside syria, to send the refugees back. >> francis hollande endorsed the idea. and the u.s. secretary of state was open to the idea. >> if syrian citizens can return to syria and be protected in an area across the border, there's a lot that would commend that. at the same time you'd have to guarantee safety, guarantee there wouldn't be attacks by the government, other kinds of things would have to happen. it needs a thorough examination. we are all in favour of looking at this closely. >> kerry's comments appear to be out of step with the rest of the obama administration. the u.s. military and the white house pushed back, culling it a distraction -- calling it a
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distraction from their goal of eliminating i.s.i.l. >> we know of their interest. it's not on the table as a military option that we are considering. that said, it's a topic of continued discussion. kerry's spokesperson explained there isn't a difference of opinion amongst the policy makers. >> we are not considering the implementation, it doesn't mean we are not considering options including a range of ideas that have been proposed. >> secretary of state john kerry says the special envoy on i.s.i.l. will discuss the buffer zone idea with turkish officials this week, but officials say don't expect any decisions on this or other proposals to protect these or others. that's because they say this will be a long fight much so in the midst of this
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contradictory language coming out of the urks here is a look at -- u.s., here is a look at what a buffer zone is, and what it will do. it separates two war zones into a greater space where weaponry is forbidden. turkey wants to protect the border, a buffer zone creates a no-fly zone, requiring an agreement from syria, and that, of course, means having relations of some sort with bashar al-assad's regimes. preventing access means boots on the ground, which all countries in the u.s. coalition have so far refused to provide. let's speak to our correspondent, live on that turkey syria border. bernard smith - we'll talk about the buffer zone. as the fight for kobane continues not far from where you
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are. turkey allowing fighters to cross the border to syria, what is the latest. >> that is the major frustration of kurd. they want more weapons, and need fighters. overnight and into the morning there has been heavy fighting between the two sides carrying on. for the west, kurdish fighters in kobane to the west of the town managed to retake a small village. this is an area hit by u.s. air strikes yesterday. it seems those air strikes forced i.s.i.l. forces back to abandon those positions. some ground re taken there. in the east and the south is where the fighting is at its most intense. i.s.i.l. forces still trying to - forgive me, kurdish forces trying to push i.s.i.l. forces back behind the town boundaries, the defenses that they have set for the town. the fighting is very intense. the air strikes making a
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difference, but as the pentagon spokesman said yesterday, they don't believe that air strikes can save kobane, and the town may fall. >> with an eye on the buffer zone, turkey's inaction among kurd led to unrest. what do kurds want interest the turkish government and how does turkey view them and their fighters? >> this is the great problem. there's criticism from the u.s. there was an unnamed spokesman from the u.s. administration saying that turkey is using excuses not to do more, but that they are empowering and emboldening if it hurds the kurds in syria. the kurd want arms and fighters to come through. they are, in syria, are allied to the kurdish workers party,
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which is a terrorist organization in the united states and european countries, turkey doesn't want to aid them, giving weapons and allowing fighters through to a group it considers could turn the weapon to turkey. >> bernard smith live on the border between turkey and syria. australia carried out its first air strikes. the prime minister confirmed that he'd send troops and special forces to the united arab emirates. last week australia joined the us-led coalition to fight i.s.i.l. >> it kills everyone that doesn't share its narrow decisive and sectarian ideology, that is why it's important that australia do what we can in conjunction with our friends and allies to help the iraqi government and people to help themselves. and canada has become the latest western country to join the u.s.-led coalition.
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the canadian parliament voted to organise air strikes despite objection. canada will deploy six fighter jets, two surveillance planes and other equipment. it will include up to 600 military personnel, but no ground troops. >> members of palestine's military government will travel to palestine. they are to hold a meeting since hamas and sanaa agreed. live to our nts ty app on the crossing in gaza. what is the significance of this? >> that's right. i'm at the eros crossing. shortly we understand that the prime minister will be passing through here. there's a pretty sizeable security presence here as hamas welcomes the delegation.
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they are their partners in the consensus government. this is a significant meeting. this is the first time the two sides are meeting face to face since that government was formed around four months ago and they have a lot to discuss. they need to discuss salary negotiations for men civil servants. they have a lot of issues to be discussed. importantly, part of the reason why the delegation from the west bank, those representing fatah, were keep to come to the gaza strip, particularly at this time, is that they are looking towards sunday. sunday will see a conference held in cairo, a conference looking at the recon instruction of gaza, they want to show a unity as they go to the international community to get the $4 billion needed to reconstruct the gaza strip,
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after the 50-day war. >> tai i'm there from the eros crossing. >> a vigil has been held in texas for the first person to succumb to the ebola in the united states. liberian thomas eric duncan died in a dallas hospital on wednesday. now the u.s. announced additional measures to prevent the spread of ebola in the country. whitehouse correspondent reports. >> reporter: 3,742 have died from ebola in west africa. in the united states the focus is on one man, thomas eric duncan, the first to die from the disease in the united states. now the white house announced increased measures to stop the spread of the disease. potential patients from sierra leone, guinea and liberia, flying into five u.s. airports will be questioned, temperatures checked. anyone with an over or signs of the disease will be quarantined.
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thomas eric duncan didn't have symptoms until four days after arriving and turned from the hospital after his first visit, doctors thinking he had a treatable virus. the white house response... >> they have you not be worried. >> reporter: the doctor in charge sounded a cautious response. >> as long as ebola continues to spread in west africa, we can't make the risk zero here. >> the pentagon announced 100 more marines will arrive in senegal and sierra leone. >> the military is building an infrastructure that does not exist, in order to facilitate the transport of personnel and equipment and supplies. >> he wants other countries to help, flying supplies, medical teams and equipment. >> the secretary of state criticized the majority of the other countries for not doing
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enough. >> we need more nations. every nation has been ability to do something on the challenge. >> the ebola outbreak has been spreading for months. the fear is now spreading across the u.s. >> a nurse in australia is underobservation for suspected ebola infection, and had been working with the red cross in sierra leone. >> a spanish nurse, the first person to contract ebola outside of africa says she's feeling better. tereesa romero is being monitored in madrid. she helped to treat a spanish missionary repatriated for treatment. a weather update next, then the next nobel laureate for literature will be announced where in zimbabwe, the private connection of a previous winner is being given away.
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hello again. the top stories on al jazeera - a suicide bombing in yeppen's sanaa killed 20 people. it targeted houthi rebels, organising a rally in the center of the city. a spokesman for the turkish troops in kobane said there had been fierce clashes in the south and east. the town said that i.s.i.l. fighters didn't make gains in the syrian town due to extra air support from the u.s. lf led coalition. members of palestine's unity
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government to travel through israel to enter gaza, they are expected to hold the first cabinet meetings, and agreed to a consensus government in may. more on the breaking news from yemen, let's speak to hashem ahelbarra. security right now in sanaa is pretty tight. the houthis are good at locking the place down. how could an attack like this have occurred, who might be behind it? >> the only group with the capability to carry out such attack is al qaeda. we have to wait and see if al qaeda will claim responsibility for this. i remember when i covered the protests in tahrir square, it's where the 2011 pro-democracy movement started, taken over by the houthis, an or controlled by the houthis. we went through different checkpoints to go to the site.
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when i asked security why do you do this. they say same answer, we are concerned about al qaeda. was it a checkpoint. reporters say the bomb was decimated. >> it shows a problem in those areas. there are many areas, many willing to see the houthis defeated. the existential threat to their presence in yemen is al qaeda. >> after yesterday's rejection of the nominee for prime minister, where does the country go, how does the kayo end? >> -- chaos end. >> it's a delicate moment. the new prime minister criticized the americans for interfering in the affairs of the yemen. the situation if it continues will have more chaos, blood shed and instability. pakistani and indian troops continue to fire at each other
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in several border areas. 17 have been kill. it's not clear what started it all. the fighting is taking place along the working border between indian-administered kashmir. it's a 193km long border in pakistan on the indian side. nicole johnson reports. >> reporter: during the day it looks peaceful here. but at dusk the fighting starts. india and pakistan have been firing at each other since friday. beyond that watch tower is indian administered kashmir. i'm in pakistan, both countries fought three wars over kashmir since winning independence in britain, now pakistan says the intensity of the mortar firecoming from india is the heaviest for decades. >> the pakistani military says india fired almost 20,000 mortar
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rounds across the border. pakistan has fired 2,000 rounds to india. >> the government motivates us. each day passing, the violations and the rounds, and the posts and villages that they have engaged. i mean, that is increasing with each day passing. >> both sides blame each other for starting the escalation. the indian government says pakistan violated the ceasefire and is considering revoking it into returning fire. whoever is behind it, civilians are surgery the most. homes have been hit. the shelling gouged holes into brick walls. here we are shown a pit left behind from a mortar shell. three were killed, two children and a grandmother. >> translation: the indian started indiscriminately firing at us. motors were huge.
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everyone was terrified. children were crying. we didn't know where to go, and tried to find somewhere safe in the house. >> the mother of two dead children leaving hospital. she has another son. he is being treated for shrapnel wounds. >> translation: it was early morning. we woke up from prayers, and a mortar hit the house. when i looked at my children, i found my two sons covered in blood. when i ran towards my mother-in-law, i found her dead as well. >> in pakistan, 40,000 people have fled from their villages, staying with relatives until they thing it is safe to go back. as pakistani troops settle in, few expect it will be a quiet one. hundreds of people gathered to welcome home kenya's uhuru
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kenyatta after he appeared before the international criminal court in the hague. his lawyers asked the court to drop the crimes against humanity against him. prosecutors admit they do not have enough evidence. uhuru kenyatta is facing charges of instigating and funding violence that killed 1,000 kenyans at least after the 2010 elections. >> in indonesia rescue teems resumed their safe for 24 people missing after their boat capsized near bali. up to 19 died, eight have been rescued including the ship's captain. passengers were on their way to a wedding at a time. >> at a place where ancient cave paintings have been found, this stencil found a human hand, estimated to be about 25 years old. it indicates that early settlers create their own art. this is a professor of
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anthropology, and says the findings show the origin of art is more widespread than known before. >> it shows modern humans left africa and moved to the rest of the world, that they brought with them a need for artistic expression, an ability to create symbols and mark territories. in a sense, it's not a surprise, but in another way it brings home the fact that art is not unique to europe, it is widespread and colleagues of mine, working in africa have found what we could call a recipient of symbolic before. so the sues of ochre, beads, early engraving on what we call okayer crayons. all of these things begin earlier in southern africa. all of a sudden we see this now
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with a new discovery in indonesia, and it shows us that this is part of what it means to be human. >> the late writer doris lessing was the oldest person to accept a prize for literature at the age of 88. in zimbabwe, she donated 3,000 books from her personal collection to a public library. one librarian believes her donation will give a boost to the community. >> i have been into the librarianship for 10 years. for me, i'm delighted by other people's, all encompassing, from the toddler to the older citizens. anyone can come in and look for the information. it's a good culture, reflecting on the literacy, with the
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economic situation that has been prevailing for the last years. >> we've not been in a condition to increase the collection, that drove people from the library. a public institution like a university library, it doesn't receive a grant. refusing donations -- receiving donations goes a long way. we have been promised that doris lessing collection, and the library will actually bring publicity to the library, because many people would be interested in having access to those books. there is no way we can do this ourselves. it proves that the world is
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