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>> no noise, no clutter, just real reporting. the new al jazeera america mobile app, available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now israel's prime ready for talks in jordan aimed at easing israeli palestinian tensions. hello this is al jazeera live from doha, i'm adrian finighan. also ahead, signs of progress in the fight against ebola. fifa in chaos as an investigate for accuses of it of a cover up. plus -- >> i'm jonah hull at a brand new euro star train. has it done anything to make
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friends of the french and the english? ♪ israeli's prime minister is in jordan for talks aimed at easing tension with palestinians. he'll meet u.s. secretary of state john kerry and jordan's king. the u.s. has criticized israel's decision to build 200 more settlements which are illegal under international law. president abbas is also in jordan but it is not clear if he will be involved in the talks. the relationship has been strained israeli's decision to close the al-aqsa mosque. and palestinians are blaming jewish settlers for an attack on
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a mosque. we're joined by our correspondents. how are we to read this. on the one hand you have the israeli prime minister travelling to jordan. on the other the announcement of further homes to be built in occupied east jerusalem. >> it's all very complicated, but also extremely significant as well. we only have to look at the timing and the context and we only have to consider the fact that, here we are, with the israeli prime minister, benjamin netenyahu, in jordan. it is very clear that the israelis are deeply concerned about what is going on, not only in occupied east jerusalem, but also in the occupied west bank and israel as well. it is a very tense situation. a situation which has resulted in the deaths of at least six israelis. we have also seen an increasing number of what has been
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described as revenge attacks. culminating on that attack on a mosque in the occupied west bank. we have been trying to reach out to sources within the prime minister's office, they have been very closed lipped about just what exactly the prime minister will be discussing, but of course it is very clear the issue -- or rather the situation that is unfolding on the streets of the palestinian territories and indeed israel is one of those key issue, and he no doubt wants to find a way to calm tennings. >> just remind us where jordan actually fits into all of this. >> well jordan and israel 20 years ago signed a bilateral security agreement, and this is only the second country in the arab world that has a security agreement with israel. the other one being egypt. and this relationship is
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generally a very productive and good one, but it's of course a very complicated and tense one. and in recent days or weeks, the situation at the al-aqsa mosque has really complicated things, of course resulting in jordan recalling its ambassador. the fact that the israeli prime minister has gone to jordan for these talks is very significant. it's making it very clear that the jordan king is there to help immedia immedia immediate -- immediate the situation. but it's very difficult to get any indication of what exactly they are talking about. >> all right. we're talking about the significance of this meeting. jordan in a very difficult position right now as he was saying. has jordan lost face over what is happening right now at the
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al-aqsa compound? is it embarrassed? >> i think it is embarrassed. it has had this peace treaty for 20 years. and israel is supposed to recognize jordan's special role in looking after christian and muslim shrines in jerusalem. and jordan has been feeling that israel is undermining and disrespecting this role. so it required u.s. mediation to fix the ties. jordan has been feeling embarrassed not only domestically because this peace treaty with israel is highly unpopular, half of the population comes from palestinian origin, but also jordan feels embarrassed internationally because it is known to be a u.s. ally and one of the main countries fighting alongside the u.s. and striking
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isil targets in iraq and syria, almost fighting a battle on behalf of the u.s., yet it hasn't seen the u.s. do something serious about stopping israel from continuing its violations in al-aqsa compound, and east jerusalem. so now it looks as though the jordan -- the king has said to kerry please do something about this to stop this, because you have leverage over israel and we are not going to have a normal relationship with israel until these violations stop and until israel returns to respecting jordan's special role in looking after east jerusalem >> all right. many thanks. israel has announced it is to build 200 more settlements in occupied east jerusalem. the u.s. has criticized that decision. we -- a former ambassador says
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he doesn't consider this illegal. >> this is an negotiating arrangement between israeliians and palestinians. they agreed to negotiate this issue between them. there's no basic prohibition on building settlements. the issue has to be negotiated, and whilst both the jewish people and the muslim people have got well-based claims with respect to the areas of the west bank, historic claims, and legal claims, both sides have agreed to negotiate. nobody has ever established that this is palestinian territory. you know, you say that israel is building on occupied land, land that doesn't belong to it. well that's not true. this is an issue historical issue that has no be negotiated according to very strict
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international law and israeli law, nobody is allowed to take any private land from anybody. so any accusation that israel is throwing people out of their private land simply has no basis what over. it is not true. israeli settlements are only built on land which isn't privately owned. it's government owned, and it's land that has no claimant, and so in the -- the assumption that israel is throwing out palestinians from their homes is simply false and it's being put out as a sort pr stupth, but it's sich simply not true. a new audio recording has been posted on the islamic state of iraq and the levant official website. there's no mention of the strike in the recording, but there are mentions of events that have
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happened since then. the message also calls for attacks on the leaders of saudi arabia, and on yemen's houthi community. let's go live now to bagdad. imran khan joins us via skype. >> reporter: this is certainly -- the timing is one that is going to be very, very crucial. rumors have beener swirling -- that he was either killed or wounded in air strikes somewhere between mu -- mosul, and the border crossing isil forces are denying this. but the audiotape references events that have taken place in the last 48 hours, and the joining of the egyptian jihadi group to isil which gives you an idea of when this audiotape was made. and also encourages his
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followers to rise up. this is an audio recording, not a video recording. he is not adverse to appearing in video. many people wonder why this is simply an audiotape and not a video recording. has he been injured? many of the isil recruiters and social media sites are playing this that this is a failure of the u.s. to be able to get their leader. and that's what he says, he says with the coalition campaign is failing and isil will prevail. >> imran many things. imran khan live there in bagdad. republicans are demanding that the obama administration clearly explain its strategy for fighting isil. the president has sent u.s. defense secretary chuck hague -- makel and the joint chiefs
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of staff to congress for hearing. hagel hold the committee that the u.s.-lead air war will intensify. >> isil will not be defeated through military force alone. our comprehensive strategy is focused on supporting inclusive governance, sustaining a brood-based regional and global coalition, and strengthening local forces on the ground. it also includes undercutting isil's flow of resources, countering isil's messaging, constricting the flow of foreign fighters, providing hue pl plan -- humanitarian assistance and our global diplomatic effort. iraq has sacked many senior commanders. it's the most dramatic decision
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since taking office in september. the government has been investigating military failings that allowed islamic state of iraq and the levant to seize large parts of iraqi territory. many soldiers abandoned their spot and left munitions. who explosions have happened in tripoli. the state news agency quoting the ministry of help said 16 people were injured as a train was pulling out of cairo's station. egypt's president has issued a decree allowing the release of foreigners accused of crimes on egyptian soil. it has raised hopes that peter greste could be returned to australia.
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he is one of three al jazeera staff who have been imprisoned for 320 days. peter greste, mo, and baher mohamed were convicted of falsifying reports and damaging egypt's reputations. charges they have always denied. the man who investigated qatar and russia's winning world cup bids is accusing fifa of a coverup. his full report was summarized by fifa's ethics committee chief who cleared both bids of corruption, but garcia says the summary misses out major parts of the findings. in a statement garcia said:
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>> the secretary general of the qatar committee joins us on the line. what is your reaction to today's fifa report? >> i'm sorry, the line is very bad over here. so i apologize. can you repeat that question, please. >> what is your reaction to today's knee fa's report exonerating qatar of any wrongdoing. >> well we have always [ inaudible ] and integrity of our bid. and we basically -- you know, any -- any neutral investigation into [ inaudible ] balanced investigation into the matter will exonerate us, and we have been very confident about it. the result today is just a confirmation of what we have always believed. we have been transparent in terms of dealing with the investigation and the overall process that looks into the 2018 and 2022 bidding process, and
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our focus has [ inaudible ] in terms of preparing, hosting and delivering an amazing world cup that leaves a positive sustainable impact. >> with this question hanging over the bid for the 2022 world cup, how are your preparations right now going? i mean -- have you actually begun to prepare for 2022? >> oh, absolutely. we prepared from the day we ak wally received the honor hoefsing the world cup. we're about to [ inaudible ] infrastructure work, the infrastructure work is undergoing by our partners, in terms of infrastructure expressways, the railway, or accommodations. so we have been moving along, as well as developing our human
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capital. there are a number of initiatives we have been developing in terms of ensure [ inaudible ] not just? terms of infrastructure, but also in human [ inaudible ] and human capability. >> one question that wasn't cleared up in this report is whether the 2022 world cup will occur as usual in june, or whether it will be moved to the winter. >> well, i mean that matter, as you know is being discussed. there is a select committee that has been developed under the chairmanship of the president, and there have been a number of meetings occurs, and we have always today whatever the football community decided [ inaudible ] con if ied dmenth our cooling technology, but whatever the football community decides, we're more than happy to host it at any point in time. and i believe there are disdiscussions ongoing in this matter. >> all right. many thanks for being with us. we'll get a weather update next here on al jazeera.
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and out of this world. pictures from a comet, but how long will the battery last. we're in south korea where students are preparing to take the biggest exam of their lives.
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>> it's a chilling and draconian sentence... it simply cannot stand. >> its disgraceful... the only crime they really committed is journalism... >> they are truth seekers... >> all they really wanna do is find out what's happening, so they can tell people... >> governments around the world all united to condemn this...
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>> as you can see, it's still a very much volatile situation... >> the government is prepared to carry out mass array... >> if you want free press in the new democracy, let the journalists live. ♪ hello again any top stories here on al jazeera. israel east prime minister has arrived in jordan to meet jordan's king and the u.s. secretary of state. talks are aimed at easing tension between israel and jordan as well as palestinians over restrictions imposed on the
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al-aqsa mosque come pound. a new audio recording has been posted on the islamic state case official within. the 17-message comes after alleged american attempts to kill the leader. football's governing body has cleared russia and qatar of corruption in their world cup bids. but the investigator says that fifa is covering up his full report. the president of liberia says the fight against ebola is far from over. as dominic kane reports. >> reporter: around half of all of the deaths from the ebola outbreak have happened in liberia. for the past three months it has been in a state of emergency. but now it's president says that is no longer needed. her country has seen a big drop in the number of new cases. the news comes on the date of the aid agency, doctors without
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borders. announces plans for clinical trials in three ebola treatment centers. one will concentrate on a therapy based on blood drawn from survivors while the other two will focus on drug treatments. >> there is no other way to diminish the mortality in the context of where we are. the only way we have to diminish mortality in the centers where we work is to find new therapies. the only option we have is look at drugs that have been given. >> one drug works by preventing the virus from spreading from one cell to the other. it has been tested on myseice, none of the animals died. this was taken from a small sample and there is no guarantee
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it will work as well in people. the need for the an effective treatment has been demonstrated by the news of more ebola deaths in mali. one of the latest was of an elder i will man two travelled from guinea. >> the 70-year-old man died from a disease that was not diagnosed as ebola, so he was monitored for everything except ebola, not the funeral -- were not done in a safe manner, so there is potentially many people who were in contact with the dead body. >> the safe disposal of the bodies of victims is one of the elements that the world health organization says is only prominent performance. the first spacecraft to ever land on a comet has sent back its first pictures. >> reporter: first images of the
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rugged world of comet 67p beamed to earth from its surface. it shows a rugged, rocky outcrops. >> okay, so we are there, and talking to us, first things he told us was that the [ inaudible ] have been fired, rewound, and the landing gear has been moved itself, so we are sitting on the surface. >> reporter: later was revealed the harpoons had failed to deploy. >> this could trigger the harpoon's command, but you first want to say what -- so to say -- you don't want to fire them at the wrong moment. >> reporter: the release of the lander came after a ten-year, 6 billion kilometer pursuit of the comet. it's landing was a technical and mathematical depete described as
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ridiculously difficult. the arrival of the surface of the comet was a huge relief, but now they are not sure if it is attached to the rocks as it should be. they are also not sure if it can do the sampling that they hoped it would. there are still hopes it would be able to examine the rocks of the comet. >> we have to land now while we're still quite far from the sun because we done want the cocomet to be too active. next year you'll see parts flowing away at much higher rates. >> reporter: they may try to trigger the harpoons manually, it's hope it can then start doing scientific tests. scientists are hoping these readings will give us clues into
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the origin and evolution of both the solar system and life on earth. hundreds of thousands of south korean high school students have taken a crucial college entrance exam. and as harry fawcett reports the results determine the university they will go to. and could even effect their job and marriage prospects. >> reporter: school now doesn't if i recally start until 9:00. many opt for an extra hour's sleep, but many opt for an extra hour in school instead. >> translator: since i can exercise more, i feel my stress levels have gone down. >> reporter: if the change was designed to take the heat off of south korea's notoriously pressurized pipe -- pupils
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nobody told these students. >> translator: we were worried the new start time might make the students slack, and those who were typically late would be even more late. but it has been positive. >> reporter: in a count think beset by what is often called education fever any reform was bound to cause controversy and has attracted opposition from teachers, parents, and students alike. this student coming to meet her mother at work is in her final year when the fever becomes a pressure cooker. >> translator: we wake up at 6:30 am and are in school before 8:00. at 1:00 we have lunch and finish by 5:00. straight after we go to private school and study until 10:00 p.m. they are supposed to close by 10:00 by law, but somehow they manage to stay open until 2:00 a.m. >> reporter: this mother opposes the late start, and arguing that anyway the real learning happens outside of school hours.
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>> translator: kids sleep in classrooms and school has become a place for them to hang out with their friends. there's not much participation in the classroom. >> reporter: south korean households devote an average to 12% of their household income to education, helping to produce some of the best achieving students in the developed world and also the least happy. >> translator: the late school start is no way to reduce the study burden. you position in society is based on your education level, so the real issue is fierce competition, and the college entrance exam system. >> reporter: back at the high school 90% of final-year students still start the day at 8:00, desperate for any advantage ahead of what can be an all or nothing life-defining test. now to the english channel, where the underwater rail
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service, the euro star is celebrating 20 years since it first ran through the tunnel. jonah hull jumped aboard. >> reporter: it has been 20 years since the first time you were able to do this, step on to a euro star train in london, and a short reasonably comfortable few hours later, step off the train and into the heart of paris. it's a journey that has brought two nations closer together, building great bonds of friendship -- hang on. i'm not sure that is true. certainly the euro star has ref lugsized the ease and speed of travel, but i'm pretty sure they still feel as they always have about each other. >> i think what it changed that now paris, i think -- london has become seventh bigger french
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city or something like that. >> some of the deep-seeded differences between the two cultures may take something more than just a tunnel to bridge it. >> reporter: oh, well, still it is 20 years old, so back in london, euro star threw a party. ♪ >> 11 years of euro star, i have seen london becoming a bit more french in some ways, and the french paris becoming more british, but never anyone will admit it. >> reporter: travel journalists enthused about the new train soon to be traveling to even more destinations. and of course we would always say that we have the better economy. we have the better government. we have the better culture, but
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ultimately, the french quite like coming here, and we love going to france. >> reporter: oh, i don't mind if i do. >> welcome to paris, our last stop. >> reporter: june that hull, al jazeera, on board the euro star. real news whenever you want it, 24/7 at the website, fletcher, and you are in the stream. drowning in debt, predatory lenders are on the prowl for u.s. military members and veterans. what is being done to put an end to their schemes? plus, why do developers for the hit video game call of duty consult with the pentagon? and later, gaming for good, how veterans are turning away from medicine and turning toward their computer screens to help with pain.