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>> egypt's president opens an international aid conference in cairo to rebuild gaza after a 7-week bombardment. also on the programme - the united states drops air supplies to the iraqi army as an i.s.i.l. offensive threatens supply lines to baghdad. hopes for free elections in hong kong are dashed as the leader of the territory says protesters have an almost zero chance of getting demands, and 150,000
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people in india moved to safety. cyclone hudhud makes land fall. israel's 50 day assault on gaza had a devastating impact. more than 2,000 people were killed, including 511 children. the financial cost is in the billions, for a population suffering for years under israel's land, sea and air blockade. the palestinians are seeking 4 billion to rebuild homes, schools and hospitals damaged by bombing. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is among those at the international aid conference in cairo. the palestinian president said the cycle of violence and a donor conference must end, using the opening remarks to call on the international community to push for a lasting solution between israel and the palestinians.
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>> translation: it's not tolerable any more to live through wars and ask for reconstruction every two years. every two years we have a conference like this for restriction. why. the international community has to live up to its responsibilities and not allow the palestinian people to be in the aggression and war. supporting the end to the territories, have a 2-state solution. >> we'll hear from our correspondent who is at the rafah crossing, but first to charles stratford. >> reporter: mohammed inspects the broken irrigation pipes on his land near the border. tank tracks are left in the sand. nothing remains of this year's tomato crop. >> i lost $500,000 in the war. i would have harvested around 600 tonnes, i only have about
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19. >> reporter: the war made a struggling economic situation worse. mohammed's story described how the tanks came up from the border aring destroying the crops, millions worth of produce that would have generated money for an economy that has suffered undies rail's bok aid. >> mohammed's tomatoes would have ended up at a factory like this. the owner tells me this is the fourth year in 20 he has to import. israeli tank sells left around 6 million. which used to produce tomato concentrate. >> this is the biggest factory of its kind in palestine. if you count the farmers and the traders, around 3,000 people have lost their jobs. >> israel's land, air and sea
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blockade means little goods are allowed into gaza. exports are virtually zero. despite the fiscal position being strengthened. the world bank says it was facing a financial gap by the end of 2014, without additional expenditure resulting from the war. >> translation: it seems they want to destroy our economy, israel hit 700 of our factories and businesses. the war brought the economy to its knees. it's estimated rebuilding gaza could host $6 billion. investors have been scared of the political situation or dealing with hamas, an organization described as terrorists. there's no sign israel is willing to lift its blockade. getting the materials in to begin rebuilding businesses like this, and giving gaza's economy
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a chance is as remote as ever we go to the rafah crossing. the palestinians are hoping to raise $4 billion from donor nations. is that optimistic? >> it's a huge sum of money underscoring the serious problems across the gaza strip. they have lost their homes, which means thousands of homes have been destroyed. the main power station has been destroyed. water pumping stations have been destroyed. business efforts have been destroyed. so the infrastructure needs here in gaza are huge. as we heard in charles's piece, and you said earlier, one of the biggest challenges is the blockade, is the blockade that egypt - israel but in place for the past several years. i'm here at the rafah border crossing to point out something
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significant. that egypt plays a part in that blockade. the crossing is nominally open. it's quiet. there's not a lot of people, onward around 300 people are allowed to cross, and goods are not flowing over. until it is sold, an interament is reached on opening the cross. it's not just here in egypt, but around the carbon, allowing in destruction material it will take a long time to cover. many challenges remain, as we have been pointing out world leaders, or the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas called on the world to donate money to gaza to rebuild the strip. >> thank you, from the rafah border crossing the u.s. air force dropped supplies to the iraqi army. government forces pushed back. crossing western iraq and some officials are appealing for
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american boots on the ground to stop them. the head of the western anbar province said i.s.i.l. has advanced a suburb of baghdad, 10km from the center of the city. let's go live to the city. imran khan is there in a moment. first, let me tell you this. there has been an attack on the nearby area of baghdad, or north-east of baghdad in dailia province. let's speak with zeina khodr on the line now. tell us more. >> well, i can mention an attack against the kurdish security forces. we understand the explosion happened and it was powerful, happening a short while ago. details are sketchy. we understand there are many kaz utilities, some told his 150 killed and injured. what they'd been telling us is
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that this suicide car bombing targeted the base of the forces. it's in the east of diwali province, and close to jalawla, a front line for four months between kurdish forces and i.s.i.l. now, there has been no claim of responsibility, but the kurds are at war with i.s.i.l., and it's not the first time kurdish forces have been targeted by suicide car bombings or bombers. this undoubtedly is a major blow. the kurdish forces recaptured territory from i.s.i.l. it is difficult for them to stop attacks involving suicide car bombers or suicide bombers. >> thanks, indeed. zeina khodr on the road to kirkuk let's go back to baghdad and imran khan. let's get this straight - i.s.i.l. forces, it's reported are on the outskirts of baghdad.
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>> that's right. what we are hearing from defense forces is that i.s.i.l. forces are about 10km away from the center of the city of baghdad. what we are being told it they are not there in great number, they are there, and they are planning an attack on to baghdad. although that sounds like an alarming statistic. it means that the iraqis have known about this for a while, putting in defenses around the baghdad belt. they had recognisance going on and there are forces there. because of the proximity to anbar province, interlinked with each other, and the borderline is the infamous prison area. we do know that i.s.i.l. fighters are there in anbar province itself. i.s.i.l. fighters control huge swathes of territory, and they are mounting attacks. in the last two hours we heard the police chief of anbar was
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ambushed. for of his body guards and he himself were killed in the attack. it's a big blow, and shows you how much of anbar province they control. this is it outside ramadi. i.s.i.l. forces control parts of those towns. they are in control, and they have large parts of the country side. more people, particularly sunni law-makers are complaining and wondering about the usefulness of criminalition air strikes. they are saying that that we need ground troops in anbar province to be effective. this man has been vocal saying that ground troops are the only way of defeating nil. for example, he didn't say whether they should be international troops needed to deal with the i.s.i.l. threat.
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>> in syria, kurdish forces plan to go on the attack in a fight again against i.s.i.l. an intense battle has gone on for weeks, supported by u.s. air power. >> hong dong - cy leung said protesters have an almost zero chance of securing elections. leung said the police would use a minimum amount of force if they have to clear protest sites. hundreds of demonstrators are continuing a sit-in. what is being made of cy leung's comments, among the protesters? >> i want to add one more thing that cy leung said. he called it a mass movement that has spun out of the control. well, the three main groups came together initially to join statements, saying or calling on
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him to step down again. saying that he should stop hiding and come out and be addressing people properly. he, at the moment, is in southern china attending a trade and development fair. let me set the scene. i'm in mongkok. where we are seeing scuffles, volatile, if you may, protests. a few minutes ago, the group called the blue ribbon protesters tried to come in here, but police managed to keep them away, saving another confrontation or scuffle. it's different to what we are seeing, which is relaxed, peaceful and some would say more creative. ♪ ♪ can you hear us ♪ hear us crying ... >> reporter: sweet melody, these sisters have a harsh message for the leader.
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>> i want to express my anger for you guys. that's why we had the song. you can guess what it is. >> protesters are finding all kinds of ways to express themselves, and it's turning the site into an art gallery. one work that is a symbol for the movement is this metal and wood installation called umbrella man. its creator never imagined it would be the centre piece for the process. >> i saw a picture on the internet. a guy holding an umbrella to share with the police. and that inspired me to do this. the protests why not only illustrated how different it is, but it's changing how some around the world view the territory. hong kong has been known as a major financial hub. in recent weeks the city
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revealed a passionate conference. something that has given rise to an unexpected site. this arts critic grew up saying artists can use the city as a canvas. >> hong kong had pockets of graffiti, little public space. artists don't have the freedom to express themselves on a large scale, and with the protest you have a huge highway. the walkways between malls, roads. it seems there's noened to the creative talent pig or small. whatever the medium, all the artists are here for a reason. because the number of protests are dwindling. we want each umbrella to represent a person so we can occupy the areas. >> no one nose how long they can stay on the street. and some say the future of the
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movement is in doubt, but the protesters left a lasting impression that will forever change how many see the city. >> a weather update next on al jazeera. then authorities in mexico say some of the bodies found in mass grace are not those of the 43 missing opportunities. with over a quarter of bosnians unemployed, we report from sarajevo whether elections will bring change.
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the stop stories on al jazeera - u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon addressing the conference in cairo. these are live pictures from there there has been a powerful explosion targetting the base of kurdish security forces in the east of iraq. officials told al jazeera as many as 150 people have been killed or injured in deala province. hong kong's chive cy leung -- chief executive cy leung accused the protesters of spinning out of control, saying the demonstrators camp out on the streets of hong kong had almost 0 chance of getting free elections 3 million voters are going to the bombs. they are picking new leaders. government corruption and a
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sagging economy dominated the campaign. barnaby phillips reports from sarajevo. >> the river flows gently. it raged down the valley. the floods swept away homes, but it's the slow government response that destroyed whatever faith many bosnians had in the region. nadine is rebuilding his house with the help of a private charity, and is skeptical as to what good can come out of the elections. >> the government told us to try to rebuild our house and said they'd refundus. this never happened. this taught me that we can't trust politicians. instead of creating jobs, they are closing companies down. >> across bosnia's religious line, i meet a leading sush politician. here, too, many complain of
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corruption and unemployment. his solution is to break up the country. >> the sit zins, if they here the referendum. i am sure 90% would be in favour of leaving bosnia. it is not functioning nor sustainable. we don't want violent change, but we want the separation to happen. >> the siege ended 20 years ago. this city, and bosnia as a whole are divided. the date and peace accords ended the war, but froze the country's ethnic divisions by creating a political structure so cumbersome that it's almost impossible for bosnians to farm a national identity. a rally for one of the largest bosnian muslim parties, here they appeal for national unity. the speeches hark back for the law, and the politics of religious identity.
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in the steal atmosphere, a party that tries to appeal to all citizens be that boss ni a, serbs or crow akes is a breath of fresh air. >> the holder of the basic human rites has been lost. neck lected by the system. we want to talk by everyone, no matter where they live. in which entity, no matter the name, the religious belief, we want to talk to them. no one has been talking to them for the past 18 years. those are the views for the young and educated. elsewhere, during suspicion of the war and self-interest of the political class holding the country back. >> a bosnian political analyst joins us live from sarajevo. you were listening to what barnaby was saying, are the elections going to change
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anything? >> well, as a matter of fact, we need to say at the beginning bosnia is a complex country which means that the changes can hardly be revolutionary. this is a country where we need to work on incremental slow changes that could produce the desired effect. in this sense, the minor changes in the political setup of the country, what you have witnessed by one of the people you interviewed are possible or could produce a change, and could stop the regression changed for 10 years. >> it's designed to ensure ethnic power sharing. to what extent is separatism a major challenge in bosnia? >> well, the fact that the bosnian conflict was frozen and the political system was
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designed based on what existed at the time. there's always a permanent come between the ruling elite for what they didn't manage to achieve by war in peacetime. what happened in bosnia is the war aims were in a way transferred into a democratic arena. most have so far proven to be a lip service. none materialized regardless of who actually advocated what. over time, and especially faced with very severe economic deterioration of the situation in bosnia, i would say the people are sobering up. it's harder to sell the ideas, obviously they are not ability - they are not able to materialize. there's a difference when you look at these elections compared to the previous one. people are no longer broken to believe the promises of a
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referendum, this solution, unification, but they look at what matters. what actually is our life here in bosnia. i believe that this is the reason why the campaign was different this year. there's not much in the ethnic stripes, so to say. >> thank you. a bosnian political analyst live in sarajevo i want to show you the donor conference for gaza. it is under way in cairo. at the moment the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is speaking. we'll keep across what he is saying, anything news worthy we'll let you know here on gaz in the next few minutes. on the indian eastern coast, the cyclone is making landfall near the port city. two people are confirmed dead. thousands of people have been evacuated from the parts of
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andrea pradesh and odessa. al jazeera's correspondent is monitoring from the capital, new delhi. >> the south-eastern states of otisa and pradesh is battered by nature. heavy rains and winds of up to 195 k/hr are top lipping powerlines -- toppling powerlines and uprooting trees. >> translation: we are facing a lot of problems from last night as we are not getting food items, no one is coming out of the houses. >> the country's disaster response force says it prepared for the worst with cyclone hudhud deploying around 1800 staff, equipment with boats and debris clearing machinery. more than 150,000 residents have been evacuated, and are seeking temporary shelter in relief camps. people are scared for the homes
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and farms they have left behind. >> around 10 to 15 buses have been stopped and few were blown backwards because of the wind force. >> around 12 million peel were affected by the cyclone phailin last year. casualties were low. authorities say they are better prepared this year, and not taking any chances. the authorities in mexico said that some of the bodies found in mass graves on saturday are not those of 43 missing students. they were taken away by police, and the kidnappings sparked protests. dominic kane reports. the children are missing and they are angry. >> the students were taken by police, alleged to be linked to a criminal gang more than two weeks ago. bundled into vans and taken away. since then there has been no
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sign of them. on saturday, a mass grave was found outside the city of iguala. 28 bodies were recovered there. four more graves were found. in a news conference the state governor had this message for the families. >> translation: i can confirm that some of the corpses, according to legal and forensic evidence do not correspond to those of the students. >> reporter: the case of the missing students led to demonstrations across mexico. protesters incensed at the thought that some police could have colluded to allow the students to be then. there has been calls for the president to resign. so far. he has given no sign of that. it is clear, we must strengthen the government institutions. this is necessary in those areas
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where due to different factors, the local authority is overwhelmed. gang-related violence is endemic. tens of thousands have been killed in the last seven years. despite presidential promises during that time, nothing seems to change in the u.s. state of missouri, thousands of people have been protesting against recent police shootings, demonstrators calling for justice, for the unarmed black teenager michael brown. al jazeera's correspondent is in st louis. >> reporter: it's called the weekend of resistance, in and around st louis, and it may seem like another outpouring of rage of a police force accused of brutality. it's a highly organised campaign, looking for justice in the country has a whole.
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>> thank you for coming out. >> yes, there are the demonstrations, but there are seminars examining race, class, gender, the economy and the law. labour unions representing millions analysing what is at the roots of the killing. a domestic workers or nicer from california said the killing of michael brown in nearby ferguson in august cata lived national alliances and -- kata lived strategies building on the own. >> part of what we so is moment, but this started with rode "kinky before. it's an advance on decades of organising and movement building trying to center the role of policing in black communities. >> the killing in michael brown unleashed new energy, not just among communities, but in a national movement setting its sights on the roots of
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