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egypt's president says his country's rel not be dented following deadly attacks in the sinai peninsula. ♪ ♪ hello and welcome to al jazerra live from our headquarters in doha. i am elizabeth. also ahead. fleeing violence lebanon's army fight gunmen in triply with battles concentrated near a popular market. the ebola virus spreads for a sixth west after co african coud the search is on for people who were in contact with the young
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patient. plus. a know go. south korean activists are heckled over a plan to send propaganda to the north. ♪ ♪ egypt's president has warned that egypt face a threat to its existence from who he called terrorists. no one has yet claimed responsibility for friday's attacks that killed 31 soldiers in the sinai peninsula. it was the deadliest attack on n the egyptian military any years. and now a report. >> reporter: laid to rest with full military honor. these soldiers were killed in northern sinai in one of the worst attacks against the egypt army. a car bombing was followed by gunfire on another post near the egyptian border with israel. president sisi has declared an
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emergency. he says the fight over what he calls terrorism won't be over soon. >> translator: i am addressing all egyptians to be vigilant a plot has been woven against us, all that is happening is expected and we have raised these issues before. we and all egyptians must address this challenge. many have fall edge and many are expected to fall. it is a huge war, egypt is facing a huge war. >> reporter: there have been a anybody after tacks in the sinai in recent months despite military operations against armed groups. the military used the term terrorists for carrying out these attacks as well as against the previous government of morsi. in the past some have claimed responsibility for ka for carryt similar attacks. now and when the government was overthrown. however no one was claim
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responsibility for friday's attacks. egypt has deployed more soldiers for the region and clauses i've peace deal with israel have been eased in recent years allowing for more egyptian military presence in the sinai peninsula. the rafah border crossing is also closed. with these measures, the egyptian army and the police say they will be able to tackle threats and preserve the security of the region. but those who vow to protect the state continue to face great risks. al jazerra. islam and the husband lamb worlmum las warmahead king collt is a complicated region. >> the sinai has always been a bit of a black hole. the local dynamics are very difficult to ascertain and because of the secular sayings, research has always been discouraged shall we say.
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but there is this mix up of local people of local tribal origins but now this is overlaid with apparently an islamist agenda, where organizations such as. [ inaudible ] have either claimed responsibilities for attacks on egyptian security personnel or been blamed for that. while security is, of course, of paramount interest for any national government, although for the el-sisi government at present, economic policies are very important. you cannot even start doing that if the security situation remains precarious and you have instability. at present, that is of course the case. certainly in the northern sinai and that is a potential danger not only for the tourist industry in the southern parts of the peninsula, but also for the new plan of the government to expand and extend the sue he is canal. to other news now. 10 iraqi soldiers have been
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killed in a suicide bombing at a military base north of baghdad. the attacker detonated the explosives as troops gathered at an army camp injuring dozens of people. meanwhile, kurdish forces have gained territory from isil fight nurse northern iraq and have retaken the town and surrounding villages. it is on a highway that seconds ice toil its strong hold mosul and to material in syria. charles stratford is monitoring developments for us in northern iraq in erbil. >> reporter: what seems to be quite a victory in peshmerga forces. we have spoken to a field commander in the area that says his forces have taken controlled of around five villages around the town. zumar as well as the town itself. special units are going through the area swing through looking for i.e.d.s. it's worth note that go al jazerra and our team were there a month ago and the pe peshmerga were certainly struggle struggl, struggle to go take control back of that town and were
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complaining of being under armed and the town itself has fallen under control of isil and per merlinpeshmerga had swapped sida number of occasion, but it's significant because it's a supply route from syria for isil forces and it's close to the sinjar mountains where we have zeina the love fighting between the peshmerga and isil trying to regain control there and protect the yazidi community in there. so as i say, a significant victory for the peshmerga but it remains to be seen too fast whether they can retain control of it. iraqi security forces say they have retaken most of a town from ice it's fighter says to be the biggest gain no months, control of the extr strategic tn could help stop the isil advance towards the capital baghdad. however in, syria the fight for a kurdish town of kobane continues, isil fighters targeted a border crossing again on saturday with one mortar
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landing on the turkish side. street battles continue east of the town in northern syria. well, turkey says three of its soldiers have been killed by kurdish fighters in the country's southeast. masked gunmen shot down the three dead. tensions between turkey and kurdish fighters from the p.k.k. have increased in yes sent weeks we are furious at the cautious policy on helping kurds to fight isil in neighboring syria. to yemen now where dozens of houthi rebels have been killed in an ambush south of the capital. they were attacked by tribes men on a mountain in the city. further south a separatist movement is growth as this report shows. >> reporter: the city south of the capital is at the center of a battlefield. there is fighting on multiple front. al qaeda fighters and describes men are confronting advance shia houthi rebels who took control
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of the capital last month. and for the first time since then, government forces have bombed al qaeda and trikes men positions it. it follows a number of u.s. drone attacks against suspected al qaeda fighters in a number of areas. trikes men and al qaeda fighters say the yemeni government the u.s. and houthis are in alliance against them. and that sentiment is only increases tensions and could turn in to a wider sectarian conflict. there is also fighting in the western province on the red sea. houthi rebels there are confronting tribes men from the movement who oppose the houthi take over of this province but the shia are remaining in control making gains and consolidating their positions. in southern yemen there is no fighting but an increasing separatist movement setting up a camp two weeks ago and is promising to escalate its
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sitting protest until the south achieves independence. the political negotiations so far have failed to form a government of national unity to end the fighting. yemen is facing an existential threat with an increasing fears of wider sectarian conflict. in the south it could be a matter of time before it breaks away. al jazerra. the. lebanon's army is fighting gunmen to retake a hospital eric market in the northern town of triply. at least two soldiers and two civilians have been killed the jerry say popular center for tourists and is being considered as a world heritage site. triply has seen repeated fighting sincere i can't's war broke out in 2011. our correspon correspondent stee dekker is joining us live from beirut. what's the latest on the fighting? >> reporter: we have just heard an army patrol was torque ted in a sunni neighbor.
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this is a neighborhood that has seen a lot of fight within opposing sides, which kind of explains to you the spill over the syrian war, one of those neighborhoods, a pro revolution and the other one pro bashar al-assad it. had been relatively quiet over the last few months, this flare up really started to put this in to context, dawn a thursday when the army raided an apartment just north of triply in the area where they arrested a man that they say is believed to be a major recruiter for isil. that's the group the islamic state in iraq and the levant. that's a concern of course for the i'm of course we sat with a military commander yesterday, he received a statement from one of the sheiks in triply calling for a revolution for attacks on the army in response to that rate. armed men across triply it's the first time it's reach areas around the city. it's certainly a concern the message from the army to us is that they are prepared and ready to clamp down and also
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interestingly a country incredibly divide ahead long seconsectarian lines but all the politicians saying they stand behind the army. >> the army has its own cause they are having civilians to notify them of spus spur us men through triply. how will that be received? >> reporter: that's right, there is support for the army, but, of course, i think we need to put this in to context, this is a country when it comes to the sunni community, you also have the shia community, the army is seen by some critical of it, to be part and too close to hess bowl a hezbollah is a shia armed group that is involved in the fighting in syria now on behalf of bashar al-assad. this is why you have so many tensions here, the army has asked civilians to be on alert not only in triply because they are colonels that there are these sleeper cells in lebanon ready to care out attacks, perhaps in the future. it's always been a concern because of the spill over and
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because this country is so influenced from on the outside. an incidents also happened last august in a border town here, sunni border town, isil fighters went in to the town and they arrested, kidnapped soldiers and 20 still being held that's a very sensitive issue certainly for the families. they are angry at the government not doing enough to bring them back. you can see the tensions here, a country very divided and very much affected by what is happening across the board never syria. >> all right, thank you very much for that, stefanie, that's our correspondent stefanie dekker joining us from the lebanese capital, beirut. still to come as ukraine heads to the polls for parliamentary elections, voters wonder can bring stability to the country. and amnesty condemns what it calls another bloody stain on iran's human rights record.
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federal authorities have charged seven people with conspiring with al qaeda. >> since 9/11 the us has spent has spent billions of dollars on domestic counter-terrorism operations. >> i wanted to be in on the big game and to be paid top-dollar for it.
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that's it. >> many of these involved targeted informant led stings. >> to them, everyone in the muslim community is a potential informant or a potential terrorist. good to have you with us, these are the top stories on al jazerra. egypt's president has accused anti-government groups of plot to go overthrow the state. el-sisi warned egyptians to be vigilant after attacks in the sinai peninsula killed at least 30 soldiers on friday. the turkish army says masked gunmen have shot dead three kurdish fighters from the p.k.k. tensions between turkey and kurdish fighters from the p.k.k. have increased in recent weeks, tribes men in yemen have killed
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dozens of the houthi rebels who were advancing south of the cap at that. it happened after 10 suspected al qaeda fighters were killed by u.s. drone strikes in the area. now, the number of ebola cases in west africa has passed the 10,000 mark. world health organization says the virus is spreading uncontrollable. mali is the latest country to be effected. health officials there are trying to find people who may have been in contact with a two-year-old girl who died from the disease. and in response, they hav closis with mali. randall reports. >> reporter: mali's first confirmed case of ebola was brought lear to this dusty town. now the country has its first victim. >> translator: well, i can say it's a two-year-old girl who traveled accompanied by her grandmother it's possible they arrived at the time that the systems were not did he till bu.
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>> reporter: they say she might have caught in if the first place that it was found last year in new guinea. she was like contagious when she traveled by bus to mali's capital with her grandmother. dozens who came in to contact with her have been isolated. but officials say there could be hundreds more. there are fears that mali is illy equipped to contain the disease, fortunately staff from the world health organization were already in mali discussing how to prepare the country should a case occur. >> translator: i trust the world health organization and the mali government. i think they will find the necessary solutions for this disease here. >> translator: people must wash their hands with soap, so this is the first plan, now for the rest. we are waiting to know what we should avoid doing, on that points we do not have much information. >> reporter: while there is hope in this community, ebola is
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spreading rapidly with experts warning the rate of infections could reach 10,000 per week across west afte africa. and with such a high-risk of exposure in mali's first ebola case the country will have to work hard to contain it. randolph, al jazerra. the world health organization is also warning that ebola could extraordinary the ivory coast which is near three countries battling the virus, mali became the sixth west african country to be effected by ebola. liberia, sierra leone and guinea are the worst hit. nigeria and senegal also had cases of ebola but have been declared free of the disease. protesters in hong kong are set to vote on whether to end their sit-in which has gone on for a month. activists are planning what they called a referendum on sunday. hong kong's government has offered to work with shine a's s central government fo on the
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demands of free elections. elections. >> the north had threatened to attack seoul following a similar stunt earlier this month. harry has this report from south korea. >> reporter: on the road to what would turn out to be a long, sometimes violent day. ultra conservative activists determined to launch balloons bearing anti-north korean leave lets across the border. >> translator: we do not consider north korea a country nor a government. by our constitution it's an illegal group and a criminal organization. there can't be any talks or peace with such a communist group. >> reporter: two weeks ago a similar attempt led to a cross-border exchange of fire. when north korea tried to shoot down these balloons. it said another launch would be
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an act of war, requiring a military response. and so when the bus arrived at the launch site, angry local residents and left wing activists were waiting. for all the optimism they were expressing on the bus, this is the reality that these activists have been confronted with a group of protesters saying they are residents of this area, utterly apposed to these actions, no sign yet too fast whether the balloons that they are trying to launch will actually get off the ground. the south korean government which is seeking high-level talks with the north next week requested an end to such launches, but said it had no legal power to stop them. others took on that job. this the arrest of a protesters who had apparently country the balloons and scattered the leaflets before they could be used. >> translator: it's harvest time but we couldn't work, we are all here. if they send these leaflets
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north korea is threatening to fire back. it's happened before. tourists aren't coming here after seeing the news. we have a right to a livelihood. >> reporter: undaunted, the activists recovered what leaflets they could and decided to get away from their opponents. by switching locations. the but plan "b" hardly seemed a successful the protesters and the conflict followed them. and while this standoff continued, the news later came that another group had managed to launch from yet another location. the question now is whether the apparent recent progress in inter korean relations can be salvaged. harry, al jazerra, in south korea. iran has hangs a woman who killed a former intelligence official she says was trying to rape her. there has been international condemnation of the sentence. human rights groups say that she was acting in self-defense when the man tried to sexually
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assault her. they urged iran's judiciary to halt the execution accruing prosecutors of pressing her to confess. the u.s. has been critical of what it describes as deep flaws in her trial. the u.s. state department has condemned the execution, saying that there were serious concerns with the fairness of the trial and the circumstances surrounding this case, including reports of confessions made under severe duress. prosecutors at a military court in the democratic republic of congo are trying 12 people they accuse of being behind the death of a popular army colonel. ma due wamamadou was killed in y when a rocket was fired at his car. pool come webb has been at the trial and a warning some viewers may find images in his report disturbing. >> reporter: people here in the democratic republic of congo have been mating no, sir this
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military court case to begin. thiit's highly sensitive and closing watched. killing of this than january is at the served of it. seen here when we met him last year fighting rebels. he was credited of compete ailing rebel group called n23. so he became a national hero. military prosecutors say they are now bringingal culprits to book. the trials are expected to go on for weeks. >> translator: the court went to the scene of the crime. the court has listened to the witnesses. the court will show the video from the event. everything, even the families of those prosecuted have seen that video. >> reporter: the video taken by a journalist traveling in mamadou's convoy shows mamadou's car and his body just after he was shot with a rocket. the convoy was ambushed just outside the town. the attackers ran in to the bush. and the prosecutors say this
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16-year-old boy was among those responsible. they say he's from a rebel group called the adf and that the rebels attacked with the help of army collaborators. the courtroom is right in the middle of the town and the hearings attract crowds of onlookers, mamadou was popular and people here want to know the outcome. but a lot of people w we have spoken to are step kickal they fear this trial won't reveal what really happened. mamadou's driver remarkably survived the attack. he was a key witness in the case. >> in his opening testimony on october 1st he said he expected very army officers were behind it. he was found dead the following day. his lawyer's demands for an autopsy have been refused. >> translator: i am very worried. after requesting for my client's autopsy, i have received many threats and been remanded by the government who says i don't have the authority to request an autopsy. because they say my client was sick and died of natural causes. >> reporter: no public vent in congo, evening a military court
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is complete without loud music. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: this singer compares mamadou to jesus for helping many people and then being killed. he sings all congo's heros end up dead. many elites here benefit from the lawlessness. so many people here believe mamadou was seen as a threat, an army officer who was too effective and too popular to survive. malcolm webb, al jazerra, in the democrat i believe republic of congo. security has been stepped up in ukraine ahead of sunday's voting. these will be the first parliamentary elections since president january coac yanukovyd out of the office earlier this year barnaby phillips has more from kiev. >> reporter: many of the people here in the capital kiev who were involved in the overthrow of president yanukovych in february have been frustrated by the slow pace of reform since then. and they see these elections as an opportunity to have a
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stronger government, a stronger parliament, which would support president poroshenko on a more reformist, more pro e.u., should i a say more pro western course. but ukraine is a country of diverse opinions, and the old regime, the old party of president poroshenko, the party of the regions is no more but his supporters are still there and they will pick up votes in the east of the country. it's difficult circumstances under which to hold an he lexer because ukraine is at war. the ceasefire in the east is very shaky. 27 seats in that part of the country will be left vacant for the time being. hanging over the country, of course, is the deteriorating state of the economy pitch it's not just the cost of the war, it's the lost of industrial output from the east. it's the shaky banks, it's inflation, sliding currency and then, of course, ukraine's recipientreliance on gas for hes we enter another winter here in ukraine. 10s of thousands of people
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in bangladesh have rallied after the funeral of a high-profile political leader. they were showing support for the former leader of the party. [ inaudible ] 91-year-old died from a heart attack on thursday in a prison hospital. he was jailed last year over war crimes during bangladesh's 1971 war of independence. staying in bang los angeles deck, the country used to be one of the world's largest exporters of tea. production is now nearly nonexistent. that's because workers are protesting against their low pay and poor working conditions. >> reporter: the tea gardens, once the pride of bangladesh, but for these workers, they are a symbol of shame. like most tea state workers, from an ethnic minority, they were brought from all over india to the north east of bangladesh by the british and weren't treated much better than slaves.
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no rights to property, long hours, poor living conditions. some things still haven't changed. living in a mud hut that she shares with her family of four and a cow. >> we work the whole week and in return we get $5, that's it. how can run a family on $5. you can't even buy water for $5 a week, forget foods. >> reporter: we can barely afford drink water. >> reporter: there are 118,000 workers in over 150 tea gardens in bangladesh. because of their low pay, they are dependents on their employer for almost everything. for their house, food, or healthcare. >> translator: some of my colleagues have died while waiting for the doctor to his come. it takes the doctors so long to get here and our nearest hospital, if you see it, you think it's a joke. if you've got fever they only give you. [ inaudible ] it is for diarrhea but that's all they give you. it doesn't matter what wrong with you they just throw inning at you. >> reporter: she and her colleagues at the tea garden say they have had enough.
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they are on strike. demanding better pay and better living conditions. >> translator: the owners are putting a lot of pressure on us to call off our protest. we are being pressured by the secretive forces and. [ inaudible ] and by the local government. >> reporter: the general manager of the tea garden only agreed to meet us if we provided our questions in advance. he read out his answers. >> translator: we need to ask why this tack is taking place. the openers don't want the tea garden to show down or do the workers. ordinary workers, node that i say ordinary worker don't want the tea garden to be shutdown it's a handful of people and. [ inaudible ] local leaders to find out what this agent is. >> reporter: tea a large part of life here, many dink several cups a day. but very few people in the country are aware of the industry's labor problems. unlike the well-documented problems of the gart workers the
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tea workers aren't benefiting from a lot of media attention. they are worried that they can't win this fight on their own. al jazerra, bangladesh. just a reminder that you can always keep up-to-date with all of the news on our website at with spectacular landscapes- new zealand is a pristine paradise- ranked the freest country on earth. but this south pacific nation has the second highest imprisonment rate in the western world.