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stepping up security, israeli police call in reinforcements to prevent more violence in occupied east jerusalem. ♪ i'm shiulie ghosh with all of the world news from al jazeera. also coming up protesting against proposed sanctions, yemenese rally in support of the former president. army chiefs of myanmar are accused of war crimes in their fight against separatists. plus accusing colombo of
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sabotage. those are harsh words from sri lanka. israeli police have deployed extra forces in occupied east jerusalem to prevent further violence. there have been daily scuffles between security forces and palestinians in the past few weeks. palestinians say israel is looking to change the rules around who can worship around the al-aqsa mosque. they are calling on palestinians to take to the streets after friday prayers. the increase in security comes after an israeli man died from an attack. a palestinian man had driven his mini van into a crowd at a train station on wednesday and was then shot dead by police. >> reporter: that huge israeli security presence right around the old city ahead of friday
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prayer, and during friday prayers has now filters away into palestinians neighborhoods. security forces of course bracing themselves for another evening of protests in occupied east jerusalem. the scene of mayor protests now for some time. however, in the backdrop of all of that, we are now hearing comments from senior israeli officials, including the prime minister benjamin netenyahu, appealing for calm. we have also heard from the chief rabbi here in jerusalem, also appealing for calm. but the fact of the matter is, although it's clear the israeli leadership is becoming very concerned about what is going on with the protest and violence, there is still a huge security presence, and that isn't helping calm things down. and we are expecting more protests. this issue which has been
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brewing here in the occupied east of jerusalem, is quickly becoming an international concern. we heard jordan raise concerns to the u.n. security council. we have the e.u.'s foreign minister here discussing the issue, and the white house has expressed concern. there is a lot of pressure for israeli to calm things down here, and the measures they have been using doesn't seem to be doing the trick, if you will, so one would imagine that's is why we're hearing these comments and appeals for calm by the israeli government. the ukrainian military is aledging that a convoy of tanks and other heavy weapons has crossed into ukraine from russian. they say they have entered lou
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hassen k. >> reporter: moscow's policy has been to insist that what happens in ukraine has nothing to do with russia. but there are many people on the ground who are observing a significant build up in russia weaponry, russian hardware over the last few weeks. the rebels have also insisted they are about to launch a new offensive and try to take back the cities. you also have nato seeing significant increase of russian troop activity on the border with ukraine, and you have the ukrainian army under the orders of petro poroshenko, moving to reinforce, key ukrainian cities in the east. none of this looks good for the minsk peace accord. you have vladimir putin and
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petro poroshenko paying lip service to that's fire that was agreed to in september, but there are many people who aren't saying what we're looking at is the rapid unraffling of that agreement. up -- supporters of the former president in yemen have been rallying for him. >> reporter: this is the biggest show of support for the previous president since the popular uprising forced him to leave office almost three years ago. these people came here to protest against u.s.-proposed sanctions against their deposed president. if the sanctions come into effect, heing won't be able to travel abroad and his assets will be frozen.
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>> translator: the u.s. sanctions are baseless. the u.s. ambassador is a diplomat. doesn't he know that sala is backed by millions of people. >> reporter: the cleric who lead the friday prayers told the crowd the u.s. is colluding with a sunni party to destroy yemen. for this crowd, he remains the only -- legitimate leader. >> translator: we made it clear we are opposed to the sanctions. >> reporter: these loyalests are wearing head bands but say we are ready to die for sala these tribesmen are chanting that sala
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must be reinstated, and the current president must go. many accuse sala of being responsible for the houthi takeover of the capitol in september. the deposed president is seen by his opponents as a major obstacle to yemen's transition to democracy, they are worried that during his time in power he will be able to exert his political influence for many years to come. two syria now. the u.s. military says it has carried out a series of air strikes. stephanie decker has more from beirut. >> reporter: the united states has made it very clear the group has been on it list. back in september the group was
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hit. this is the second time since then that they have been targeted. but what is different this time is also one of the groups one of their headquarters close to the turkish border was hit as well. they say none of the groups fighting against the assad regime now seems to be safe, and also questioning the intention of those air strikes, certainly when the narrative initially had been it was only against isil. civilians inside syria have been living under regime bombardment for almost four years now, and now there is a feeling they are also coming under bombardment from the coalition. this is a key city, the government is trying to take back. they control the west. the opposition controls theis. there have been barrel bombs there in the last 24 hours.
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this is a city besieged by the government, one of the tactics now is the government is keen to try to cut any supply route off from the rebels there to retake it, and it's extremely concerning for the people. 6 million people internally displaced inside syria, millions still outside, and no political solution seems to be on the table at the moment. there are talks behind the scenes, but people will tell you that seems a very far way off. protesters in egypt have held demonstrations across the country calling for better services. the anti-government protesters took to the streets voicing their support for former president mohammed morsi. and al jazeera continues to demand the immediate release of its journalists. peter greste, mohammed fahmy,
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and baher mohamed are falsely accused of helping the out lawed muslim brotherhood. they are appealing against their prison sentences. a new report accuses high-ranking officers in myanmar's army of war crimes against an ethnic minority. they looked at the offense tween rebels between 2005 and 2008. this comes a week before the country host's summit that u.s. president barack obama is attending. >> reporter: now top commanders face allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. the evidence is detailed from a report from the human right's group at harvard law school. it investigated how a large-scale army offensive against armed ethnic fighters fighting for autonomy was carried out. many civilians were killed, 10s of thousands were displaced.
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the government clals the report is one-sided, and distinguishing civilian and military targets is difficult. the president's office accused the resistance of violating human rights. though the report say observers might not necessarily prompt american government pressure at next week's summit. >> they are not going to push too much on this visit, but they are going to remain their positions from that burma must be on track of the reform, and then they are also saying that they are concerned about the backsliding in those reform process. >> reporter: a concern the american president has directly expressed to his counterpart. also out on friday, a report on how the myanmar government is dealing with another minority. thousands have been turning up on the shores, victims of human trafficking. the rights report aledges the
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government is not just ignoring the trafficking but is actively involved. >> myanmar authorities are cooperating with syndicates in human trafficking. so this -- it has been happening for a very long time. it hasn't received the attention it should have. >> reporter: human rights activists say when the two leaders meet next week, the accusations highlighted in the reports are unlikely to be discussed in front of the cameras, but they hope will be an increased pressure. we year nearing the 25th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall, but another wall continues to divide people for the last four decades. plus -- i'll jennifer glasse, work is underway to complete this power station that was started 40 years ago. ♪
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♪ welcome back. let's have a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. israeli police have deployed reinforcements to occupied east jerusalem to present more violence. tensions have been high as palestinians accuse the israeli government of wanting to change the rules about who can worship at al-aqsa mosque. the ukrainian military say tanks and heavy weapons have crossed into ukraine from
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russia. and a new report accuses high-ranking officers in myanmar's army of war crimes. they committed executions and torture civilians in the state. the united nations human rights office has accused sri lanka of trying to sabotage its war crimes inquiry. it says the government has refused to cooperate. the u.n. is looking into whether the government and rebels committed war crimes during the civil war. we spoke a submissioner for the human rights, and he says it's in sri lanka's best interests to cooperate with the probe. >> we know for a fact a number of people have been deterred
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from submitting answers to the inquiry. we have highly experienced human rights staff who, you know, look out for exactly that sort of thing. i think it's particularly unfortunate that the government is refusing to cooperate with the inquiry. one would think it is in their interest to make sure we have all of the evidence on the crimes that have been committed. and there have been some. but we're pretty confident this report will be pretty good. we are getting information one way or another. the government again accuses us of not being transpairirentrans. well, you don't reveal the dates
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there is an investigation. u.s. president barack obama has sent a letter to iran's ayatollah urging him to support nuclear talks. they stress that cooperation would be reached on details. details were published in the wall street journal. we're joined by professor teheran university. >> i think the iranians would like to see a deal, but the iranians also have their red lines that basically are linked to iran's sovereignty. the iranians recognize that the united states globally is in a much weaker position than before. the united states through its
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conflict with russia, the chinese, and also the general decline in the economy in europe and the united states makes it more difficult for the united states to sustain its power that it used to have before. so it needs a deal with iran, and especially with the crisis in the region and the rise of isil and other extremist groups, the iranians understand the americans need a deal, but they say the litmus test comes at the nuclear regul nuclear negotiations. if they about on that front then i think the iranians will think the americans are serious. a local council in japan has voted to reopen a nuclear power plant. it was shout down in 2011. the prime minister wants to
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limit japan's reliance on expensive fossil fuel imports. three transgender malaysians have won an appeal against the muslim law that bans men from wearing women's clothes. it say the law was degrading, oppressive, and inhumane. we spoke to the advocacy minister. she says it's an historic ruling. >> a landmark case in malaysia itself. no one has ever challenged the law, and therefore i see the ruling itself, it's a h his forric call moment. we were very well prepared and
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bringing -- we had support from ngo's from human rights watch even had statements from doctors and so on. so this time it's different because, again, it's an appeal court, and [ inaudible ] over there. the international criminal court has approved the temporary release of a serb nationalist leader. they have allowed him to receive cancer treatment in serbia. he has been in detention for more than a decade. his release is on the condition that he won't contact victims or witnesses. 25 years since the fall of the berlin wall, one capitol still remains divided. the wall was put in place to prevent fighting between two
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groups. >> reporter: how long would it take you to go from your office to your house if this check point were open? >> three minutes. >> reporter: this is a turkish [ inaudible ] she lives in the north, but occasionally crosses the buffer zone to peer through the windows of her childhood home. >> he told her, lady, please take your children and go away because somebody, not from our area came here and asked us toing point to turkish houses and families. >> reporter: she feels that the buffer zone was an answer to the violence and political passions of another era. the clocks here stopped in 1974
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when the turkish invasion of north cyprus cemented the region. they managed to get few panicked stricken citizens out. they are making their third attempt in a decade to reunite the island. and the discovery of offshore hydrocarbon deposits have helped fuel the discussions. but now negotiations are stalled. the u.n. special assistant was in the area this year. >> reporter: the turkish sipriate heard and [ inaudible ] both agree that hydrocarbons will be a part of the shared future of of a united sigh pus
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and federal level competence. >> reporter: but many are growing impatient. >> translator: those who lived through the war are often against reunification. but when you get to a certain age, you have to think rationally about what is best for the future of the country, and it is best for both communities and the whole country for us to live together. >> reporter: the wall is a false security, dividing people no longer afraid of each other. protesters in mexico have blockaded the office of the country's chief legal officer, demanding answers over the disappearance of 43 students who vanished more than five weeks ago. the former mayor and his wife have been arrested in this connection with the case. u.s. attorney's office says a website selling illegal drugs
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have been shut down. the fbi arrested the alleged operator, in san francisco on wednesday. a long awaited upgrade of afghanistan's biggest hydro electric plant may finally be getting underway. the work stalled in 2008. now the afghans are taking control as jennifer glasse reports. >> reporter: afghanistan's biggest hydro electric plant could soon be generating even more electricity. they have kept the power plant running for the past 36 years. he knows every piece of equipment in this plant designed and built by american engineers in the 1970s. he is looking forward to the upgrade. >> now analogs gone.
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now we'll replace by digital. >> reporter: the equipment is so old there is are no spare parts. the system requires constant monitoring. >> for us where is the problem? which line is charred. which point is spent. >> reporter: an electrical shortened [ inaudible ] 25 kilometers south trips an alarm here. the power lines travel through areas where government forces and the taliban are fighting. this whole valley here is controlled by the taliban, but they are not likely to try to interrupt the progress here, because they want the power too. the taliban takes about half of the power the plant generates. >> they are taking this -- this power, and taking the [ inaudible ] from the people. >> reporter: the plant could generate an additional 18 kilowatts of power. 4,000 nato soldiers moved the
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components through taliban-held areas in 2008 in a convoy four kilometers long. since then the enormous parts sit rusting. with a project now managed through the afghan government, installation is expected soon. local leaders say the upgrade could improve the security situation in the area. >> translator: [ inaudible ] this turbine would be bad for al-qaeda terrorists, but it would be good for the government and the usa. >> reporter: this turbine shaft was stored improperly and may need to be replaced. but this man is convinced the upgrade will happen, and he will be learning to maintain modern equipment. now the south korean capitol has been transformed into a
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collide scope of color. the festival features fish, icons and cartoon characters. >> reporter: it's now the sixth year that this event has been staged, becoming more elaborate with more lantern exhibits every year. it's a way for seoul to promote itself. the organizers are expecting some 2.5 million to 3 million visitors, and this being the practice of selfie photo taking is very much in evidence. the theme is world cultural heritage from new york's statue of liberty to the process of making kimchi dish of korea.
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>> translator: watching this latin festival, people will learn the importance of korean culture and also that korea has such time honored records and intangible heritage. >> reporter: this is all a celebration of the district of seoul, this open public space that runs for some 11 kilometers through the downtown area of the city, which is about to mark it's 10th anniversary. this is a highly controversial project. this used to be -- a stream that had become a sewer. over ten years ago the city took the radical decision to restore it to this public open space that the people of seoul could enjoy. it was cointreau -- cointreau ver shall and very expensive.
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