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on al jazeera america 44 people arrested overnight in ferguson as protests over the killing of a black teenager spread across the united states. ♪ you are watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up, russia pushing to revive the syrian peace process. we'll have the latest on talks underway now sochi. the future of hong kong's protest movement is thrown into doubt. and why thousands of
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pakistanis are fleeing to afghanistan toing find some kind of security. ♪ hello, there has been another night of angry protests in ferguson, missouri, following a grand jury decision not to bring criminal charges against a white police officer for shooting a black teenager. anger has now spread from coast-to-coast. people coming on to the streets from new york to los angeles. daniel reports. >> reporter: for a while it seemed as if monday's mayhem would be rerepeated. a police car burned outside of city hall. reports of police using tear gas and pepper spray on protesters. missouri's governor's calls up more members of the national guard, and outside of the police
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department they helped confront a crowd that grew throughout the evening. there were several arrests but no injuries. as people slipped away. later at a news conference, senior officers gave details of what they said was a far-less challenging night for them. >> rocks, bottles, a socket extension, looks like broken tent poles that were hurled at the officers. so these are all things we are trying to protect the guardsmen and police officers from as they try to do their job. >> reporter: darren wilson the policeman whoing won't face charges gave his first tv interrue. he expressed no remorse and said he feared for his life during the altercation with michael
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brown. >> i used my door to try to push him back and he just stairs at me. and then all of a sudden punches start flying. >> he threw the first punch? >> yes, i tried to grab his forearm and when i felt it, i felt the massive power he had. >> reporter: during the day peaceful protesters stopped traffic to make their anger known about the failure to indict officer wilson. more protests are expected this week, both here and around the country. daniel lack, al jazeera. in syria, government air strikes have reportedly killed more than 95 people. the bombing targeted the main strong hold of the islamic state
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of iraq and the levant. victoria reports. >> reporter: this is what it looks like after the northern syrian city was hit by a series of air strikes. cars set alight and buildings destroyed. people must be wondering when this nightmare will end. at least ten regime air strikes targeted buildings in the city cente sen activists say many of the victims were women and children. the town is controlled by islamic state of iraq and the levant. syrian government air strikes have increased since u.s. forces started attacking isil positions in september. >> we see the striking to give
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the impression that he is somehow working in coordination with the international coalition, which is something that leaves the syrian people thinking that they are alone against a dictator, against a western coalition that doesn't seem to do anything to stop him, and isil itself which is another foreign entity that has come and devastated the syrian people. >> reporter: for the people living here the situation is getting increasingly desperate. according to the syrian observatory for human rights any regime launched more than 15 air strikes against the city in the past month. this is the reality of life in raca. there's a renewed diplomatic
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effort to resume the peace process and this time from russia. zana hoda explains. >> reporter: russia is trying to revive the police process. what does the initiative involve? the creation of a national unity government. a government with powers, and the government will be tasked with drafting a new constitution, holding parliament elections as well as a presidential vote in two year's time. but president assad is going to be able to contest the process. we know the role is really a sticking point, but it seems that russia is pushing with this initiative, because there is a need to fight isil and it knows that the international community, its priorities to fight isil. in iraq there has been a new
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attack by isil fighters. it has been the scene of intense fighting. and kurdish forces say they are facing an attack by isil fighters near kirkuk. they say they targeted positions south of the strategic oil city. u.s.-lead coalition forces backed the peshmerga with the air strikes. a fact finding committee has blamed the muslim brotherhood and others for a wave of violence last year. the committee was set up to investigate 11 incidents in which hundreds of people died. one of those was during a protest in august last year, when the report says 607 civilians and eight policemen were killed. the report says that pro-morsi
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supporters fired the first shot. it said the death toll could have been much lower if the response was more targeted. >> this report really in its recommendations not tremendously, unfortunately, called for accountability. it calls on training and raising awareness to police officers who were involved in shooting, but it never asked for, you know, bringing those who are responsible, even for -- what do they say they or what do they refer to as minimal casualties. they have called for any level of accountability. egypt's president has begun a two-day visit to france.
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they are set to discuss security issues and the crisis in libya and syria. france is the second stop on sisi's trip to europe. the egyptian government is saying that it will open the rafa crossing on the gaza strip for the first time in month. it will be open only to those entering gaza. the crossing has been killed since 30 soldiers were killed last month. journalists from around the world have united in support of al jazeera's staff jailed in egypt. they have called again for the reporters to be freed. peter greste, mohammed fahmy, and baher mohamed have now been held in pri someone no egypt for 333 days. the plea for their release and other journalists was made during the international press freedoms awards dinner. >> we know journalism is not a
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crime. our three colleagues from al jazeera in egypt are not criminals. our colleague who is still in the iranian jail is not a criminal. staff from both al jazeera, and the "washington post" are here for us. it looks like the end for hong kong's protest movement at least in its present form. hundreds of police have taken part in an attempt to clear the main protest site. >> reporter: a rude awakening for many declaring this was the day they had to move out or face arrest. even ruder a confrontation withing student leaders. >> i believe it will just cause more protests. >> reporter: a few minutes
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later, joshua was under arrest again. one of the first to be grabbed as police started clearing the barricades, pushing demonstrators back. >> the force of the police is wrong for us, and we have no weapons. >> reporter: the police tactic seems to be advance a few meters, secure the road and remove whatever obstacles are there, and arresting anybody who obstructs them. in doing so, they are moving the demonstrators back into a smaller and smaller area. the protest area has been the cite of many protests, and many here applaud the action. are you happy? >> yeah, very happy. >> reporter: there has been growing dissatisfaction after two months of occupying roads with no apparent success. is this the end of the movement?
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>> no, absolutely not. >> never will be the end. it is only the beginning. >> reporter: the occupation at oversights continue, but the yell he umbrella symbol looks increasingly battered. much more ahead on al jazeera including following the latest on the protests in the u.s. following the shooting of an unarmed teenager. plus this doctor has been just been honored for setting up a hospital to treat rape victims. we'll tell you what that is about coming up after the break. ♪
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♪ the top stories on al jazeera. in the syrian city, government air strikes have killed more than 95 people and injured 100 ores. it comes as the syrian foreign minister holds talks with his russian counterpart. police in hong kong have cleared protesters in a central area. demonstrators have blocked the ar area since late september. and more than 40 people have been arrested following protests in ferguson, missouri following the decision not to indict darren wilson, who shot and killed an unarmed teenager in the u.s. these protests have been going
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on coast-to-coast. people are representing their anger and demanding equality. these pictures are from oakland. and the scene in the nation's capitol is right there. the crowds came out. they grew to more than a thousand in downtown washington, d.c. now barack obama's election was taken as a sign that america has changed, but race relations are now more in the spotlight than every. patry culhane explains. >> reporter: for 34 years hannah hawkins has done there. feed the people of her community. she says it has only been getting harder. >> it's true. even the middle class don't have anything. and they are constantly, every month taking people, downsizing them, deleting them from the
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welfare road. >> reporter: it's not just these images. statistically across the country, the african american community continues to struggle even during president obama's time in office. the unemployment rate for african-americans has barely moved since the president took over at the height of the financial crisis. and increasing numbers 4 1% of whites, and 48% of blacks feel that race relations are bad. that's a dramatic increase from six years ago when the election of the first african american president seemed to indicate a change. >> frustrations that we have seen are not just about a particular incident. they have deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly.
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that's an impression that folks have and it's not just made up. >> reporter: he is promising a renewed push to help the african american community. tara greg believes it will get better even as she standings in line waiting for a food handout. >> i'm hoping because i see it. i see the future. >> reporter: like generations before her she hopes it will be different, if not for her, for her son. the united nations second quarter -- secretary general says he is concerned about ongoings violence in libya. dominic kane reports. >> reporter: this is the effect of the fighting in benghazi. the once busy streets are now battlegrounds. these are districts in the north
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of the city. for the past month the libya group has fought the general for control. his spokesmen insists he has the upper hand. >> translator: all of the people fighting now in benghazi are residents and the nationalist youth of benghazi. they were the first to fight the terrorists. the army is doing its best, and is controlling. >> reporter: but libya disputes this. in recent days its fighters have attacked bases around the international airport, a target of strategic importance to both sides, and across libya, it's a similar story. this week, forces have bombed tripoli's second airport. the airport is in the hands of forces that support the general national congress. a supreme court ruling has left the government of the gnc has the only legitimate one in libya. >> translator: the national salvation government has always
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adopted the policy of peace, acceptance and dialogue, yet now we are forced by what has happened to embrace the policy of war and armed confrontation. >> reporter: the united states has expressed its deep concerns. >> it's a new step in the wrong direction, a new step against the political dialogue, and once again the united nations would call all sides not to do anything to derail the political process. >> reporter: but the preferred political process seems a long way off. a doctor from the democratic republic of congo has been honored for his help to rape
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victims. the 59-year-old gynecologist is the founder of a hospital in an area that has seen the worst violence in the drc. >> i think really for me it's a political will to say that we know -- we understand this question. we recognize the suffering of >> malcolm young sent this report. >> reporter: when the women here heard that the doctor received the award, hundreds came out in the courtyard and were singing and dancing. he has given these women a new chance in life. and he and his colleagues have treated over 30,000 women here. even to this day they are still
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receiving a steady stream of new victims of sexual violence. we spoke to some survivors. she was going to collect crops from her farm when rebels gang raped her. she was injured so badly she couldn't walk. >> translator: after they were done with me, they raped my mother-in-law with sticks. she bled heavily until she died. >> reporter: she's three month's pregnant. one of her attackers is the father, but now she can walk again. we spoke to her here in the ground. it's founded and run by a gynecologist. through his work here he has become one of the world's leading experts on treating women injured by gang rape.
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the women in this ward are recovering from surgery. many have suffered severe or permanent injuries. and the people here say it gets much worse when the conflicts are heated. but thousands of women here are in need. over decades of conflict, rape of civilians has become widespread. this doctor learned how to treat survivors. >> translator: we have received many victims of sexual violence. we have now started receiving children under the age of 10. enough is enough. the government needs to provide security. and the international community needs to provide help to end this once and for all. >> reporter: the european union has awarded the doctor the prize. these women learn to make hand crafts for money.
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they -- and those rejected by their husbands can stay. singing hymns can lift the mood. and at least here they get the help they need and a chance to rebuild their lives. malcolm webb, al jazeera, democratic republic of congo. and germany's chancellor has accused russia of violating international law. she told the german parliament that patience would be needed to stop the conflict. >> translator: nothing justifies the annexation of crimea by russia. nothing justifies the direct or indirect participation of russia in the fighting. russia is calling into question europe's peaceful order and is
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trampling on international law. thousands of pakistanis have fled to afghanistan's coast province trying to escape the defensive. families areallying in makeshift camps in areas scattered withing land mines and ied's. charles stratford reports. >> reporter: these people have little else to protect their family against the cold close to the border. >> translator: we are trying to protect ourselves. aid arrived today, but we were told it is not our turn yet. we will have to wait. >> reporter: he is one of tens of thousands of refugees who have fled fighting between the pakistani military and the pakistan taliban. they had little choice but to cross the border into
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neighboring afghanistan. there is a risk of attacks by the afghan taliban here. and as winter comes basic protection is also a serious concern. >> translator: some people don't even have tents. we get 200 kilos of wood, but it's not enough for even ten days. this winter lasts at least three months. >> reporter: this is one of the schools in the camp. these young boys are being warned about another hidden danger in the surrounding countryside, land mines. when the snows come, finding and removing the explosive devices will be even more difficult. >> translator: there are many anti-tank and anti-personnel mines in the area. >> reporter: these are the fighters the pakistani military is targeting. after months of failed peace efforts, the military launched an offensive in june.
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hundreds of thousands of people were forced to evacuate the area. the recent suicide attack which tilled more than 60 people, highlights security concerns. >> there have been a number of other bomb explosions going on in the area. it seems very clear that we have been able to continue the operations, but there is a very strong link with the communities with everybody in the area, and we're trying to reach as many people as possible. >> reporter: the snows are expected here in the next few weeks. these people represent just a fraction of those who need help in afghanistan. the u.n. says almost 7.5 million people in this country are in need. now more than 200,000 people have fled across the border since the military campaign began. it's the latest refugee crisis in a country that has experienced nearly four decades
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of almost continuous conflict. well generations of people in the arab world and beyond have been moved by the lebanese singer, and said she die in her home in beirut. natasha ghoneim looks back on the singer's lengthy career. ♪ >> reporter: fans nicknamed her the singing bird. ♪ >> reporter: when singing a ballot, her voice seemed to reach into the soul. ♪ >> reporter: she leads her first song in 1940. she continued to move and entertain generation after generation in the arab world and beyond for the next 70 years. she was a prolific artist,
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producing an estimated 3,000 songs, and acting in about 90 films. she is often uttered in the same breath as beloved and influential singers. she was the first arab singer to perform in the u.s., paris, and the sydney opera house. in her 80s she remained a glamorous presence on age, though she was sometimes mocked for her outfits and relationships with younger men. but it also gave her fans another reason to love and admire her. before we go, let's tell you about a rather difficult journey that has been making the rounds on social media.
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this plane was frozen to the ground in russia. the temperature was minus 52 cell see us. the passengers have been asked to give the plane a push. you can read more about that on our website, >> this is inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez. it was jolting watching the president talk to the nation