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we are a nation built on the rule of law. and so we need to accept that this decision was grand jury's to make. >> protesters defy the u.s. participate's call for calm after a grand jury decided not to put on trial a police officer for shooting on unarmed black teenager. ♪ you are. watching al jazeera live interest our headquarters in doha. also coming up, the final results are in, tunisia's presidential election is going
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to a runoff late next month. i'm on the tram line that links occupied east jerusalem with the west of the city, and i'll be assessing the fear among palestinians and israelis alike. will the world's biggest sea wall mean disaster indonesian fishing communities? ♪ hello, two bomb blasts have killed at least 60 shoppers at a crowded market in northeastern nigeria. we are joined from the nigerian capitol to tell us what happened in the attacks. >> reporter: yes, well i spoke to a number of residents and they tell me the first explosion took place at a very crowded market, a central area in the
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city. and when people gathered the second explosion took place and i'm told by several sources that they believe this second explosion was carried out by a female suicide bomber. they are telling me there is no official death tell yet. i spoke to civilian task force commander who is telling me he believes at least 60 people were killed in that attack, one doctor tells me they have so far received 30 bodies. and of course it is the state capitol of the birthplace, strong hold of boko haram, and for months the group has been trying to push into the city, the headquarters of the army's seventh division. something the military has been trying to push back since august, essentially flooding the area with troops and blocking the city to stop the advance of boko haram. >> still the military coming
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under some sort of criticism, at least from one of the top muslim clerics in nigeria. >> reporter: yes, a very harsh statement came from the umbrella group under which all islamic organizations here come under. he's essentially the top muslim cleric, and we have heard him before criticize the way the government has handled boko haram. but never before have we heard him issue such a harsh statement. he said the way the military has been handling boko haram, has been very worrisome and down right embarrassing. he says soldiers flee when boko haram fighters arrive, and re-i merge after people have been killed. his nament statements will put
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increasing pressure on the government. several have been speaking out against the military and the government's handling of boko haram, at a time when both the government is pushing to extend the state of emergency, the senate is holding a meeting right now on that issue, and at a time when the military has been trying to reassert its position and improve its image. they are accusing the politicians of trying to demoralizing the troops and assuring the public that they are at the forefront of fighting boko haram. >> okay. thank you. ferguson wakes up to the results of a night of violence. fire crews are still dealing with the remains of at least 12 buildings that were set on fire during the violence. violence broke out after the decision not to charge a police officer for shooting a unarmed black teenager earlier this
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year. >> reporter: angry crowds set fire to buildings and cars. police say there is heavy automatic gunfire. officers respond by firing tear gas and smoke canisters. senior police officers told a late night news conference the violence was at a shocking level. >> a lot of gunfire. i'm disappointed in this evening. i didn't see a lot of peaceful protests out there tonight. and i'm disappointed about that. i'm not saying there weren't folks out there for the right reason, but unfortunately th this -- spun out of control. and what i have seen tonight is probably much worse than the worse night we had in august. >> reporter: this follows the grand jury's decision not to prosecute a police officer who shot michael brown, an unarmed
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black teenager. >> they returned a no true bill on each of the five indictments. the physical and scientific evidence examined combined with the witness statements, tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened. >> reporter: michael brown's parents also reacted to the decision and called for calm. in their statement they said: there were also protests in other u.s. cities against the grand jury's decision including new york and the capitol washington, d.c. president obama called on those who want to protest to be peaceful, and also had a message for the focal police in ferguson. >> our police officers put their lives on the line for us every
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single day. they have got a tough job to do, to maintain public safety, and hold accountable those who break the law. as they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury's decision as an excuse for violence. >> darren wilson, the police officer who shot michael brown has welcomed the grand jury's move. his statement said he followed his training and the law. but many in ferguson clearly don't agree, and have been making those feelings known on the streets. so a violent start to an evening that ended in relative calm, but the question moving forward is will the protests expected as this weak wears on against the decision of the grand jury, will they be as peaceful as the
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organizers insist, or will the scenes of violence dominant the message that this community is trying to send to the rest of the united states. well the mayor of st. louis says the violent protests were disappointing, and doesn't believe demonstrators have helped the cause. >> i want to first and foremost condemn the terrible violence that occurred in ferguson. it's unacceptable. it's wrong. the vast majority of people living in our region condemn it as well. and i think the unfortunate part f about it is it not only puts a black eye on our community, but really sets back the cause of social justice. tunisia's presidential election is going to a runoff late next month. no candidate reached the 50% threshold. the leaders of the main secular party topped the poles.
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6 points behind him is the interim president. security will be a major concern for whoever the new president is. armed groups have killed a number of soldiers in the past year. it is also thought there are around 3,000 tunisian's that are fighting in syria and iraq. human rights groups are concerned that freedom is being sacrificed. >> reporter: this man is afraid. he does not want to be identified. his brother was arrested scently on the border with libya for planning to fight in syria. his family says he is innocent, and accuse those holding him of torture. >> translator: they beat him to get what they wanted out of him. if they want you to say you were going to syria, that's what they will get you to say.
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they leave people to rot in jail. >> reporter: this is a lawyer representing amean's brother and many others. some of her clients have spent two years in jail awaiting trial. they are among thousands of people arrested under a 2003 anti-terrorism law. campaigners say it is unjust legislation that should have changed after the revolution. >> translator: one girl was arrested under this anti-terrorism law and stripped in front of her brothers and they were stripped in front of her to force them to confess. >> reporter: in august police shot dead two young women as they drove home from a wedding late at night. the minister of interior says it was a mistake and that those responsible won't face prosecution. the minister of interior has turned down our request to talk to them about the alleged human rights violations. but in the past it said the
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security threat is real and constant. last month, five soldiers were killed when their military bus came under fire near nigeria. security forces are focusing their efforts here in the mountains in that border region. >> translator: these brutal [ inaudible ] targeting civilians, which will be difficult for them. they are in phase one trying to gather support and undermine us by targeting the security forces to make the public doubt our abilities. >> reporter: there is no doubt that groups connected to al-qaeda are threatening to destabilize tunisia. thu berevolution was supposed to end in -- impunity. still to come on al jazeera, pope francis delivers a speech
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♪ the top stories on al jazeera, two bomb blasts have killed up to 60 shoppers at a crowded market in northeastern nigeria. witnesses say at least one was a suicide bombing. the attack happened in the capitol of borno state. at least a dozen buildings have been set on fire in ferguson, missouri, after a
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grand jury decision not to indict a police officer for shooting an unarmed black teenager. tunisia's presidential election will go to a runoff. residents across jerusalem remain on high alert a week after five israelis were killed in a synagogue by palestinians. jerusalem is in many ways gripped by anger and fear, a climate visible on the city's trams, which link occupied east jerusalem with the west. andrew simmons reports. >> reporter: in the ancient city of jerusalem, this is no ordinary tram line, it runs on a route of violent division between jews and arabs. stop by stop, this tram follows
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a modern time line of violence and tragedy. this tram line links occupied east jerusalem with the west of the city, and in doing so, it has become a focal point for anger. but here, right now, there's a sense of frustration, of fear. that isn't surprising, most places you look there is a gun in site. fewer people are getting on board now. the concrete ballard is to prevent attackers from crashing cars into crowds. two people were killed here fort night ago. and two weeks ago a woman and a baby were killed. >> translator: there is fear when you get on the train, but we have to reach a solution. we all live here, them and us. the train is ours and theres. >> the arabs have to understand that this is our place also. we are not the [ inaudible ] we are at home. and they will never throw us.
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>> translator: since the start of the incidents, there are fewer riders on the tram. we don't know what will happen on the way. anyone can harass us, and we are very nervous. >> translator: the feeling is not good. it's very scary. you have to be careful of everybody. >> reporter: predictably at night the risks are higher. a 16-year-old palestinian was snatched by a jewish gang outside of his home and later burned to death. the killing followed the murder of three israelis, and so the cycle of violence. here a short distance away there's the aftermath of confrontation. rarely a night goes by without some trouble. when will it stop? could it get worse before it gets better? >> translator: god willing we hope the situation will go back
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to the way it was before. once there is peace, they will feel safe and we will too. >> translator: we are neighbors who have to live together. that's how it is. >> reporter: but is that wishful thinking? the tram heads back west with no solid hope of one day symbolizing the peaceful exist importance of jews and aranswer. iran's supreme leader says western leaders cannot and will not bring iran to its knees. iran's leader says if the talks fail, iran will have to stand alone. >> translator: we approve of the efforts the honorable administration and officials of the country are making. this is an important task and experience and most probably a valuable course of action. if we achieve results so much
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the better. if we do not, this should mean the country must stand on its own feet in order to solve problems. a former british ambassador to iran believes that world leaders can still come to an agreement. >> i don't believe talks will collapse. there is a chance of a partial deal, but i believe also there is a good chance of comprehensive action, in other words a full agreement. meanwhile the negotiators and the political leadership should follow the advise of keep calm and carry on. there are lessons for what has happened on both sides, iran has to agree to reduce its enrichment capabilities, but there are also strong lessons for the u.s., namely that on the question on sanctions relief,
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the united states must be able to offer firmer language and clearer commitments than they have hitherto. the chief danger, now, i believe is in the relationship between the united states administration and its congress, and there has to be a united effort by europe, by china, by russia, by middle east countries, to explain to congress in the united states that there is no better course of action for stability in the middle east than to conclude this agreement with compromise on all sides. pope francis has flown to france to launch a stinging attack on the european parliament. he urged euro mp's to make economic and social changes, and says that the e.u. must give a home to more migrants before the mediterranean sea becomes a vast
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cemetery. >> reporter: this is only the second time that a pope has addressed the european parliament. there has been tension between the two in the past, but the pope was warmly welcomed on tuesday morning, and said he was bringing a message of hope, but it was also a message full of criticism of how the european union is going. and i think the pope feels the european union is moving in the wrong direction. he said that he felt that there was too much loneliness. people were disconnected from the european union and there was mistrust. he felt the elderly was being abandoned. and there was athrow-away culture. he also made as he has done in the past, very clear references for the need for europe to do
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more on migration. he went to lampedusa, that was one of his first visits. he mentioned it again today. he said he hoped the mediterranean sea would never become a vast cemetery, and felt that europe could do more to welcome those seeking a better future in europe. >> translator: communities and individuals are subjected to barbaric acts of violence, they are driven away from their homes, they are sold as slaves, killed, beheaded, crucified or burned alive. >> reporter: above all i think he felt the european union has somehow become divorced from its spiritual roots. he also finished off his address by saying the european union needs to put human beings first. i think many people feel, the
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pope clearly that the economic necessities have been put above those of the human, and i think that was the pope's final message in a speech which received a very warm and standing ovation. a former prime minister of portugal has been charged with corruption and tax fraud and ordered to stay in detention. his lawyer says the charges are unfair and unjustified and he will appeal. he is the first elected premiere of portugal to be arrested. he resigned three years ago after portugal asked for an international bailout and government cutbacks were imposed. voters in indian administers kashmir are heading to the polls to elect a new state government. but there is anger over the timing of the election, it happening after floods
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devastates large parts of the area. faiz jamil reports. >> reporter: this is what many parts of the region looked like in september. now, the devastation is even more real. like many flood-affected residents this man will not be voting, partly because he is focused on rebuilding his life, and because he sees no point in taking part of a process to elect officials he says don't care about him or his neighbors. >> translator: look at our condition. we came back after 16 days and saw our house has fallen. this isn't the time for an election. they should have helped rebuild houses and then we would have thought about voting. >> reporter: in once of the worst affected neighborhoods, candidates themselves have a hard time explaining why there is an election. >> they are not in the frame of mind to have elections. they can't think right.
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it's not human. >> reporter: amid the rubble left, most people here have hardly had time to consider other issues leading up to this election. even some politicians agree that scheduling the polls for now was a bad idea. but most opposition parties are supporting it, hoping the timing will help them win votes. >> reporter: the prime minister campaigned here last week, hoping the fallout from the floods will help his party make inroads. >> translator: when you were submerged in water, i came here to share your grievances without any delay. >> reporter: but delays, particularly in promised compensation are a major complaint. many of kashmir's artisans famous for their scarves and shalls lost tens of thousands of dollars worth of goods.
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>> translator: we have [ inaudible ] our shop. the government didn't help us at all. >> reporter: many here don't believe much will change for them after the election, which they say is another reason not to vote. putting their lives back together is something they will have to do themselves. faiz jamil, al jazeera. in hong kong, more than 3,000 police officers a are clearing the prodemocracy protest sites. >> reporter: a tense standoff here in hong kong as police and court appointed bailiffs complete the operation to remove the barricade from this argyle street which is one of the central occupied areas in this part of the district. police moved in early this morning. they read out the court injunction, the authorities said the barricade would be removed, anybody getting in the way would be arrested.
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they would basically be in contempt of court. some people have left voluntarily. it is understand many will relocate from here and go to other occupation sites over on hong kong eye land. there are several hundred police officers trying to ensure this goes off peacefully and are backed up by several more police officers. the world's largest sea wall is planned in indonesia to try to preing event the capitol from disappearing under rising sea levels. >> reporter: the indonesian capitol is slowly sinking at a rate of 7 sent meters every year. by 2030 according to experts half of the city will be below
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sea level. >> i don't know of any other place in the world where this happens. especially not in such a densely populated area as you have here. so we can really speak about an emergency situation. we have -- we have tried to make the politicians and government institutions aware of this -- yeah, emergency condition that is threatening the capitol and its population. >> reporter: the government has teamed up with dutch experts who specialize in land reclamation. the proposal is for a temporary dike that can protect the city for years. eventually a giant sea wall will be built. it's an ambitious project currently priced at $40 billion and includes a [ inaudible ] lagoon for the storage of
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drinking water. millions of people are facing a danger that many are not aware of. a huge part of the city will be severely flooded if something isn't done quickly. floods and flooding are an annual occurrence here, but that's from rain water and not salt water. officials hope the fresh waters will run off more easily with a new wall and a huge pumping system in place. fishing communities say they are already suffering as a result of construction activities. they are catching further fish and have to travel out to sea further at great expense. >> translator: we reject the reclamation and sea wall in the bay. who does it benefit? and who will be the victims? it's clear people living on the coast and fishing communities
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will suffer. >> reporter: the government says it wants to relocate fishing communities to enable them to increase their catches, but so far there are no plans to restrict or ban the extraction of ground water, the main cause of the city's sinking. ♪ the president sees new and looming threats in syria, iraq, and afghanistan. so the old secretary of defense had to go. it's "inside story." ♪ ♪