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as the deadline approaches, international talks on iran's nuclear program look likely to be extended still further. ♪ ♪ hello there, i am felicity barr you are watching al jazerra live from london where we will be live from those talks in vienna and we'll also have the latest on a suicide bombing that killed 49 people in afghanistan. also coming up, tru tunisias street their first directly elected president four years after the resolution that launched the arab spring. the last of the wreck eufpblgt plane shoot down in
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ukraine is headed to examination. luis hamilton celebrates after clinching the title with victory in abu dhabi. ♪ ♪ hello, we begin in vienna where ideal on iran's nuclear program has still not been struck. world powers have just over a day left to reach ideal before their self-imposed deadline expires. in the past hour the u.s. secretary of state john kerry has finished meeting his iranin counterpart. discussions are underway on extending the talks rather than trying to reach an agreement. let's take you live now to vienna and speak to june jonah. how easy would it be to extend that deadline? >> reporter: well, felicity, diplomatic activity is carrying on here in vienna.
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the foreign ministers of f5 plus 1 are almost all here, only the chinese minister is still to come on monday. and,, the iranian foreign minister has been here all along. he and john kerry held on monday -- or sunday afternoon rather the first face-to-face talks that they have had of this negotiating session without anybody else in the room. previously they have always been accompanied by that catherine ashton, the lead negotiators and others. so despite suggestions that they mamies the deadline, that there may be no deal. there clearly is still plenty to talk about. and i have been talking to a former state department official here, with access to both sides, he told me this, that failure is simply not an option for anybody here at the talks. that an extension is fraught, he said, with political risk on both sides. he believes that both sides are holding their ace cards firmly to their chest until the 11th hour. and that they will be -- there
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will be ideal. >> jonah hull live for us there from those talks in vienna, thanks, jonah. well, there has been opposition to the talks in teheran where students stages a rail near iran atomic energy organization. the students carried banners and placards urging iran's negotiators not to give up the country's nuclear rights. some chant the economic reform not political vendor. they also called for the removal of all international sanctions against iran. and opposing the process for different reasons, the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says no deal is better than a bad deal on iran's nuclear program. >> translator: there is no reason for it to retain thousands of centrifuges which would allow it to enrich our raiuraniumfor a nuclear bomb noy
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need to develop nuclear weapons threatening the whole worlds. it would be preferable to have no deal instead of a bad deal that endangers israel and all of humanity. ♪ ♪ a suicide bomber has killed at least 49 people at a volleyball match in afghanistan. more than 70 are also thought to have been wounded in the attack. in a remote part of a province. people gathered to watch the tournament final when a bomber walked in and detonated a an explosive vest. no, sir has yet claim respond. afghanistan has suffered a spring of suicide bombers that is army plans to pull out. >> reporter: we spoke to a tribal elder in a hospital around 45 minute drive from where this attack hand showing just how isolated an area it is. he describes how the suicide
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bomber walked in to this volleyball tournament before detonating an explosive device. he describes many children amongst the tragedies. two helicopters have been authorized to fly south to that area to pick some of the casualties up and bring them back for treatment here. we hear some of them are being treated in a military hospital. we are also hearing requests and seeing requests on social media for blood donations and additional security forces being sent to the area to try to help with some of those casualties. now, it comes at a particularly sensitive time. it comes on a day when parliament here has unanimously voted in favor of a security pact with both the u.s. and nato in terms of trying to give additional training for the afghan forces. and, of course, this attack shows you just exactly what kind of challenge they face. the polls have closed in tunisia's first lex since the revolution three years ago. two candidates have emerged as
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frontrunners in the field of 22. but it could be tuesday before the results are known. now more from the capital. >> reporter: most of the people at the polling station are old enough to remember when freedom of speech were not tolerated. that is why for some this is the first time they have ever voted in a presidential election. how are you feeling right now? >> very excited. very excited. and highly optimistic about the future. >> reporter: this is a man who has a good chance of winning. he has spent years in politics but managed to distance himself from the countries authoritarian past. >> translator: me, i believe in the tunisian people. >> reporter: last month his part i won a majority in parliament. there are fears if it also takes the presidency, there will be a
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concentration of power in the hands of one man. >> we need new blood. we need stronger. we need to not have someone and people who drag you behind. >> reporter: the current president also has a chance at victory. some people think he has the backing of the second biggest party in the country. it doesn't have a candidate running for president. and this man may end up surprising everyone. a business tycoon who appeals to some young people looking for a solution for their economic problems. campaigners say at the part of tunisia's problems is inequality. >> i believe the problem of creating job opportunities, decent working opportunities for young people, for women that are the most affected by the lack of job opportunities, this needs to be addressed and equalities between the region, coast regises and entire area regions
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of tunisia need to be addressed. >> reporter: there is so much at stake in this election. many people here are proud of what this tiny country has achieved. but they also understand the transition to democracy isn't over yet. tunisians unite today fight for freedom, dignity, and jobs. almost four years on, there are more people out of work. and tunisia is politically divided. but people have something that they didn't have before. hope for the future of their children. al jazerra, tunis. and bahrain is heading for a run-off election after no political party emerged victorious from this weekend's pom. people voted on friday since the first time since the government cracked town on protest says three years ago. a run off will take place next weekend. the large he felt shia muslim party boycotted the elections.
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al jazerra continues to demand the release of its three journalist who his have now been detained today 330 days in egypt. they were jailed over false allegations that they helped the outlawed muslim brotherhood. they are appealing against their convictions and jail sentences mohamed and peter were sentence today seven years, bahar got an extra three because he had a spent bullet in his possession which he picked up at a protest. kurdish forces are drawing up plans to break a siege by the islamic state of iraq and the levant in northern iraq. hundreds of minority i can't sides remain stranded on the sinjar mountain after fleeing their homes in august when isil attacked the area. at the time many were executed for supporting an ancient faith. united nations called it attempted genocide. the president of iraq's semi autonomous region said his forces are trying to retake the mountain, having already taken back over two-thirds of sinjar.
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staying in iraq. residents in anbar province have buried civilians who were killed in an air strike on saturday. the strike came as iraqi soldiers launch aid major operation to retake a section of the city of ramadi which isil has been trying to control for months. iraq's prime minister says more air support is needed to defeat the group. imran kahn has the latest. >> reporter: the after maths of u.s.-led air strikes targeting isil fighters in the central city of heat. buildings are destroyed and at least eight civilians have been killed, including women and children. three months of air strikes have pushed back isil in some areas but it is advances elsewhere. they have been pushing hard in to nearby ramadi where done are dozens of members of a sunni muslim tribe have been killed in the past two days, it's controlled most of anbar province since june. >> iraq's prime minister has called for more air support. by further east, kurdish peshmerga forces are critical of the strategy behind the air
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strikes. >> the air strikes don't come here. >> reporter: the bat there would is fierce and kurdish commanders say they are not getting the support that they need. they even accuse the u.s. of having a certain tolerance towards isil's advance. >> translator: this area was near the board we are iran and, it might be the preference of the coalition forces and the americans to create a problem for iran. this might be the reason why the coalition and the americans did not attack isil here. >> reporter: but the u.s. wants to expand its influence in the battle against isil. it now says it's planning to spend millions of dollars arming sunni tribe with his ak47s, rocket-propelled grenades. and in a letter to congress it says it will do it with, by and through iraq's government. but shea the iraq president is hesitant. >> the government in baghdad? doubt about the weapons to be given to tribes. it fears i they might reach the hands of isil fighters as said by a lot of politicians from the national coalition.
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the u.s. and the coalition are constantly reassessing their options. but the u.s. has long maintained that the only way to beat ice it's fighters in anbar province in particular, is by arming the sunni trikes. however, the sunni tribes have been here before n2006, 2007, 2008 they were armed by the u.s. to fight al qaeda in iraq, which they did do and they did defeat. however, they were then abandoned by the americans who simply stopped the funding to them and the last government isolated them. which some say led to the rise of isil. it will take some convincing that that won't happen to them again. imran kahn, al jazerra, baghdad. all right, still to come on the program. >> i don't know it's like eye nightmare. you wish to wake up, but you don't. >> syrian refugees exiled in lebanon struggle to see a future for their beloved homelands. ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ a remine of the top stories here on al jazerra. world leaders are meeting in vienna as a deadline nears. they have until monday to agree to a final deal. but that may be extended. u.s. secretary of state john kerry has finished meeting his iranian counterpart. a suicide bomber has killed at least 49 people at a volleyball match in afghanistan. more than 70 are also thought to have been wounded in at tack. no one has yet claimed responsibility. and the polls have closed in tunisia's first election since the revolutions three years ago.
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two candidates have emerged as frontrunners from the field of 22. but it could be tuesday before the results are known. well, syria's conflict has dragged on for three years now, leaving a legacy of displacement and loss. millions of refugees have fled to neighboring lebanon where they are struggling to survive while dreaming i've homeland they may never see or experience against. zeina has their story from bay beirut. >> reporter: she is a business graduate and a balance a a dancer, she works in this cafe trying to make a living. that's because a war in her native syria has made her a refugees. the 26-year-old is just one of over a million syrians who now live in lebanon and just like the others, the conflict changed her life. >> when somebody take everything from you and leave you with nothing you have to start all over again, it's hard.
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actually each hour i can't see a future base even hope now is like a very fresh us thing. >> reporter: the cafe where she works is frequented by syrian refugees. at least here supporters and opponents of the government are able to sit together. he doesn't support either side, he is an artist from aleppo, who doesn't like to discuss what divides syrians. for him, the focus should be on rebuilding a society which has been the real victim of the conflict. >> it's destroyed because you can say 40%, they leave, they left syria. 20% died, 40 percent stayed. so the sunni society is destroyed now. there is no like community anymore between the people.
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♪ ♪ >> reporter: he uses his music to try to bring syrians together. hess message is simple. silencing the guns would mean nothing if people want live together. but syria is a country where wounds run too deep for healing. >> i am not sure syrians, you know, see a solution as, you know, there are multiple ideologies and multiple factions of the sunni population that see a solution, but what is for sure they all want just for this war to stop think. >> reporter: for now, even that is just hope. >> i don't know it's like a nightmare. you wish to wake up, but you don't. because every time we think that we can go back something worse comes. >> reporter: it is a hard reality for these syrians. they know that their lives and
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their country will never be the same again. seen, a al jazerra, beirut. at least 600 people have been rescued off the coast of italy in the last few days. italian coast guards trace satellite distress calls to track down boats approaching the country's tear tour yell waters from libya. this year alone more than 150,000 migrants have arrived in italy by sea. often in dangerous vessels. the last large pieces of wreckage from the malaysia airlines jet shot down over ukraine four months ago has now been recovered. most being sent by rail to the netherlands, although some bigger piece have his been loaded on to trucks. fighting in eastern ukraine delayed the recovery operation by dutch experts. most of the 298 victims were from the netherlands. keeping law and order in eastern ukraine has been a major challenge. while military police are trying to keep things under control, rebel fighters have been meeting out their own formal discipline, but it's also off out the
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justice system as hairy fawcett explains. >> reporter: heading out the donetsk with the military police. they are on their way they say to check up on a group of rebel feeders hold up in an air field east of the city. the concern that they have been going it alone. they will be given a choice either submit to military discipline or lose their weapons. inside, though, a helmet camera shows a different story. it's all smiles as the guests are shown around. there is talk of trying to get a ban begunked planes up and running in the rebel cause. for the heaved the unit a successful confirmation of the authority of the dpr's defense ministry. >> we want to make sure people in the area is okay. everything is fine. went to make sure they don't have any complaints. because sometimes it could be complaint on the mill tire i guys, you know, instead of doing something wrong. so far we see everything quiet, everything is fine. >> reporter: as well as dispensing military justice, this unit also deals with some civilian policing issues. and some of the civilians we have spoken to have talked of people disappearing, of fears of speaking out. and ream problems they say with
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the way that the whole justice system works. rubin says his unit's job is to restore confidence by dealing with military discipline and handing civilian offenders over to the prosecutors. outside donetsk, the property cuters' office we come across the end of a protest led by the wife of the dpr energy minister, recently arrested and accused corruption. she says he simply vanished. >> translator: he was arrested as a witness, but he was put in handcuffs, i haven't been able to meet him and i have not been able to contact him. >> reporter: last month in territory controlled by the self-declared luhansk people's republic an alleged rapist was sentence today death. not by a judge or jury but by a mass show of hands them weekend images merged of public flogging. although al jazerra couldn't independently confirm exactly where and when this took place. >> i want to use the word things happen, okay?
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that's why we are here. we get special, dedicated people who are definitely looking and checking everything what's going on. >> reporter: rubin commands 120 men. in a unit that bears his name. they have sworn allegiance to their new republic, they have been trained, he says, by unspecified friends, to bring a sense of structure and discipline. across eastern ukraine, justice like satisfy oat is meated out at the discretion of the newly powerful. harry fawcett al jazerra, donetsk. press putin says mesh tours isolate russia will hurt other countries too. he says we understand the fay tal at this of an iron curtain to us, we will not go counsel this path and no one will build a wall around us. it's far from certain sanctions and the depreciation yanks of the national currency will cause negative affects or catastrophic consequences only for us. and on falling oil prices which are affecting one of its main
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exports, he says if the price of energy is lowered on purpose, this also hits those who introduce those limits. the israel i cabinet has approved a contentious bill that defines the country as the nation's states of dues. the bill still needs to be past in parliament to become law, here is an update from jerusalem. >> reporter: the approval of this bill by the israeli cabinet now takes it down to parliament, and that's where it will be debated by lawmakers. but this bill, of course, is very controversial, critics of it say that it will effectively change the nature of the current legal system of israel. the attorney general has attacked the bill going as far as saying that it threatens israel's democracy. but, of course, you also have those on the other side that say it's important to enshrine the jewish nature of the israeli state.
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whatever the case, it's still a long way from becoming law. as we have been saying, it will be debated by lawmakers in the coming days. but many critics of the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu are saying that he's using this law effectively to score political points, particularly those with -- or rather the members of his own cabinet. bear in mind this is a coalition government. it's a government which is formed mainly of far right groups and mr. netanyahu's larger party. and as a result, we are perhaps seeing mr. netanyahu trying to do what he can to insure that that coalition stays together as we enter what most observers believe is an election period. many believe that we can see an election within the next six to 12 months. mr. ne netanyahu is no doubt key aware of that. and, again, some are suggesting
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that his support for this bill and indeed his pushing this bill is directly related to his political futures. an israel i border patrol soldier has been charged with manslaughter over the death i've teenage palestinian protester in may they say he deliberately switched his rubber bullets with live rounds and shot him in the chest. security cameras show the boy pose today threat standing sick five meters away from the tops. the palestinian health ministry says they shot at a palestinian in gaza on sunday. israel has not comment odd the matter. the ministry says the 32-year-old was shoddies o shote refugees camp. within of his relatives says that he was hunting for birds to sale at market. it's the first death since the 50-day conflict ended in august there. relatives of the kenyan bus passengerrers killed by
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al-shabab fight ores saturday have been identifying their bodies. families of the 20 a victims received counsel will go at the morgue. the relatives were all shot dead at close ranges by al-shabab fighter after their bus was ambushed. they were singled out from the other 32 passengers for not being muslim. >> my sister was inside and saw my brotherly was killed she saw how he was shot in the face and the bullet exited the back of his head. lewis hamilton celebrating the second win of his career, he did it with a victory at the ab a dhabi grand prix. sarah cotes reports. >> reporter: starting final race of the season from the front of the group, niko needed to win to put pressure championship leader lewis hamilton of but it all went wrong for the german from the start. his mercedes teammate outpacing him immediately. flying ahead before the first corner. things they want within from bad
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to worse for him as a string of mechanical problems saw his title chances fade. >> losing engine power. >> copy, we can see it. >> reporter: while hamilton othersed calm and control at the front, rosburg's frustrations were all too evidence. >> what the hell does that mean? what do i need to do on pace? >> just drive flat out that's all you can do. >> reporter: the german finished in 14th while hamilton raced home two 1/2 seconds in front of philippe a mass owe who was second and his teammate in third. with a victory, a record 16th of the season for mercedes. the rivalry between the team's two drivers hasn't always been friendly, but rosburg was gracious in his defeat. >> i am at a loss for words really. one thing i want to say is big huge thank you to all the fans coming out all this way.
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>> reporter: hamilton's win coming with royal approval in abu dhabi, but rosburg and the rest will be asked to steal his crown next season. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: sarah cotes, al jazerra. it is a long way to the remote southern oceans where penguins live so scientists have come up with a novel way to track them as jessica baldwin explains. >> reporter: monitoring the life cycle of penguins in the southern ocean all from the warmth of his oxford office. robert simpson is the brains behind passenger within watch. a research project that takes thousands of images from automatic cameras, puts them on the internet and then uses citizen scientists to identify penguins. >> very defense. >> reporter: the data provides insight in to the penguins' breeding behavior to see if they are reacting to climate change. it's crowd sourcing in the name of scientific research. and more than 20,000 people have visited the site. to click on penguins, eggs, or even the odd penguin photo bomb.
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>> in the first four hours of penguin witch being live we looked through as many images as the research team had ever done in years of doing this work. just because the sheer scale of people that went on and looked through these images. >> reporter: penguins are sensitive to their environment, so how many babies they have or how they are clustering provides scientists with important clues of how they are coping. the volunteers clicking away at penguin watch are may going a difference. they are helping with the conservation of penguins so the animals can live outside the into. the project is an easy sale, because just about everybody loves penguins. >> they are charismatic, they are comical, and they walk around, they always busy, but they are also penguins with attitude. especially the adele is, i have worked with them and they have rushed out to attack me even though they are only knee high and flap away with their wings at me. >> reporter: these pain wings are more interested in stroke than striking.
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but whatever their attitude they need to be conserved. and penguin watch is giving people a chance to help do just that. jessica baldwin, al jazerra, oxford, england. much more news on our website the usual address for you is >> gang rape, among the most shocking of violent crime is stirring a global outrage. throughout asia, it is believed to be far more common than most people think. >> rape is a major problem in all countries across this region. >> women's experiences of violence are well documented, but the