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>> fault lines al jazeera america's award winning, investigative series... on al jazeera america the fight against i.s.i.l. grows. a powerful shia militia tells al jazeera it's ready to attack them in the iraqi strong holds. hello and welcome to al jazeera live from doha. also on the program the head of a u.n. inquiry into a 2014 gaza war quit after being accused for bias. >> it's right for me to be free then it's right for them all to be free. >> in his first interview after being freed from an egyptian
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jail, peter greste calls for the release of his al jazeera colleagues. music prodigy in the u.s. hello. more on all those stories but first, breaking news out of cairo. blast which exploded in a busy square. two bombs were discovered by police that's according to the reuters news s.a.t. agency. key iraqi province of dyalla. the group held a victory rally
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on monday and they are ready to move into i.s.i.l. strong holds. jane arraf joins me from baghdad. what was the significance of this celebration? >> well, that really was part of it that that wasn't the iraqi government. it shows how powerful these shia groups have become. they don't want to be called be publishmilitias. the badr organization is one of the biggest perhaps the biggest group, it could be argued as more 77 than the iraqi
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government forces, and pretty well have pushed i.s.i.l. back from one of their strong holds. but there has been a cost to that investigation into massacres but really it was all about celebration. it was about the badr organization in a former i.s.i.l. strong hold, saying this was the beginning of the fight. >> by the will of god as we liberate ala and by the will of god we will defeat these vicious gangs in the will of iraq and the will of the iraqi people. >> we talked to hadr al amri, i asked him if that included
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iranian soldiers. this is an iranian backed group. he said that iranian or american advisors that were fine. he said it's those boots on the ground that they objected to. going into the sunni areas to take back the rest of the country, adam. >> what about in mosul or even annanbar? >> that is really tricky. we have to remember, this is a fight for survival of the country. the iraqi interior ministry points out to us, they were worried about the even survival of baghdad. but that ahas changed the dwament here.
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dynamics here. for i.s.i.l. to be defeated. these militias that have played such a big role they hope nothing more than that they can take care of themselves. but working for tribes that are absolutely desperate for him. hasm. >> jane arraf thanks for that. a u.n. commissiona u.n. envoy look into the accused of bias for the work he did for the palestineian
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liberation organization, in 2012. >> advising the people on the rome status to the international criminal court. it was a smallen small consultancy. nothing that has been done since the commission began its work has suggested anything to the contrary. so this was something in the past. and it's out there and now they're suggesting that i'm in some way beholden to the palestinian liberation organization. that's not the case. i'm an independent commissioner. the commission has conducted its work with great integrity with great independence and great
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impartiality. imtiaz has there been any reaction to its decision? >> that's right hasim. we have received reaction from the prime minister's office prime minister netanyahu said he was biased against israel and because he has stepped down the entire inquiry needs to be scrapped in its entirety, and mr. netanyahu went on to criticism as to the council and said in 2004 this council passed more resolutions against israel, than iran, syria and north korea
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combined. mr. netanyahu being quite scathing against the human rights council. saying it's not enough that mr. shaveis has stepped down he wants the entire council scrapped. being released after 400 days in an egyptian jail, peter greste says with free done comes incredible angst. he calls on the government to free mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed. >> i can't tell you how relieved i ax at being free. i really didn't expect that we were settling in for a period of months and to be out now today, with just a few moments'
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notice really, is just extraordinary. but i also feel incredible angst about my colleagues, leaving them behind. i know there's mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed and the seven other people that were convicted alongside us in an ten is an ash ten in absentia. if it's right for me to be free then it's right for all of them to be free. for those to be convicted in absentia to be free of those convictions, it wasn't -- i woke up thinking much about the campaign ahead of us really feeling we were going to have to have an extended stretch in
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prison and the prison warden said come and pack your stuff? i said what, going to another prison or -- he said no no no, the embassy is coming in about an hour, go and pack your stuff. a feeling of real stress having to say good-bye to my colleagues colleagues who have really become family, you don't spend 400 days in prison without getting to know them very well, indeed. i have begun to think of baher mohamed and mohamed fahmy as family. fahmy is a very strong willed
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character. and if anyone has suffered out of this it is ba he baher. he has a wife and three children one of whom was born while he was in prison. for him to be so devoted being where he is, this is a very huge mistake and only being able to see them on very occasional family visits and knowing now that he is going to have to spend an indeterminant period behind bars. we need to keep the focus on him because we don't know what's going to happen from here on. in prison on a daily basis the key is to stay fit physically, mentally and spiritually. so i made a very conscious
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effort to deal with all three of those things. to try to keep fit running in a very limited space keep up an exercise program keep mentally fit with study and spiritually fit too with meditation. through all of that, it was a way of kind of forcing a kind of discipline on myself and dealing with each day that came. and hopefully touch wood, i came out of it not too damaged. >> like peter greste, al jazeera calling for the immediate release of its two staff still in prison. the campaign to free our journalists will not end until all three have been released. peter greste was released after 400 days in detention but baher mohamed and mohamed fahmy remain behind bars. all three have to be exonerated and the convictions against our other journalists tried in absentia also has to be lifted.
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canada's foreign minister john baird says mohamed fahmy is imminent. no official word from the egyptian government. plenty for still ahead on al jazeera including lebanese fishermen found them entangled in syria's war. that someone could take my property away from me >> hard sell an america tonight investigation only on al jazeera america
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>> the death toll could be much higher than anyone known. >> posing as a buyer... >> ...people ready then... >> mr. president >> who should answer for those people >> hello again. the top stories on al jazeera.
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there's a report of an explosion in the egyptian capital. it happened near a busy square in the center of the city. after two bombs were discovered by police. that's according to the reuters news agency. iraqi government and shia militia are declaring victory group now ready to move into i.s.i.l. strongholds including mosul. the head of a u.n. inquire yu looking into wrongdoing has resigned. william shaveas. the war in syria has had a devastating effect on the fishing industry in lebanon. crossing over into syrian waters
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where the catch was much better. but that stopped when the conflict began. >> it's a cold morning on the sea in northern lebanon. but these fishermen have more serious things to worry about. the size of their catch is down by 70%. they have always relied on syrian waters catching big fich. they say the waters are less polluted and not overfished. >> when we used to go into syria there were way more fish and we could make a living. the syrian navy has now stopped us. >> they used to catch around $500 worth of fish a day. now they get around $100. we are about 300 meters close to
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the border. back on shore the lebanese village of arida is a few hundred meters from syria. the border is this area, sometimes armed groups from lebanon fire towards syria and the syrian army fires back, hitting houses and a mosque. some have caught syrian fishermen placing explosives into the sea trying to blow up their ships. >> they worry that people will smug weapons or terrorists. >> two years ago this fisherman's nephew was out at sea when he was shot by the syrian army and killed. >> translator: once i see us getting close they fire towards
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us. it happened yesterday. i went under the bridge into the river and asked the officer why they did this. he said it's routine and started laughing. >> reporter: it's no joke, at the local fish market, not much to offer. instead of selling one ton of fish a day they sell about 100 kilos. he wants the old days back when syrian and lebron knees fishermen work together. it's now lonely and not very profitable. near the syrian-lebanese border. trying to capture the town of debaltseve. two days ago talks of the new
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ceasefire collapsed they belarusan capital of minsk. >> we will have to mobilize people who are able to carry weapons. it will become urgent and become a generalized mobilization. charles stratford has more. >> sincerely bellicose language. blaming ukraine for a failure in that new initiative on saturday to try and restart peace talks saying that the two men that they had sent to minsk in belarus on their behalf had the authority to speak on their behalf. earlier today wants to try and get what he says will be 100,000
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volunteer fighters in the donetsk and luhansk region, as soon as possible, be that effort to begin in the next ten days. reference to ukraine's drive a fourth way to try and bring an additional 50,000 ukrainian soldiers to their front line. now all this talk comes at a time of increasing violence in the region. there are daily attacks both incoming and outgoing shelling from here, across the front line and the civilian population spending frankly most of the time hunkering down in their basements. we heard shelling in the past few minutes increasing violence in this region.
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oil giant bp says it will curb spending because of falling oil prices. trying the reduce its spending by 10% or $22 billion this year. bp is suffering more than other oil companies now as it continues to pay for the 2010 deep oil horizon accident in the gulf of mexico. nicholas maduro continues diplomasdiplomats are for the restriction of the he daily protest. madmaduro described it as
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punishment. punishment. speculation has furthered. >> alberto nisman's death is still being investigated. who killed him if it was not suicide? patricia bulrich spoke to nisman the day before his death. >> it's difficult to say he was murdered, i heard a very alive person thinking about the next day, the day. >> reporter: mr. nisman had accused the president of argentina of conspiracy to cover
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up the involvement of the bombing killing 85 people, the day before he was due to present his findings to congress. he was found death ded in his bath, a pistol shot to his head. that up is known. the rest remains murky this a country increasingly polarized. with those believing in the scenario on one side and those who don't on the other. radically reforming the service making it more transport transparent more accountable. >> if you think of the situation, the political environment, the political climate, nobody thinks of the suicide. >> reporter: presidential
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elections are due in october. she with it knoll be running but is visiting china a long away from the crisis at home. following president xi jinping's visit to buenos aires last year. describing what he feels about these stories in a government newspaper. what happened in buenos aires in 1994 and 20 years later the prosecutor investigating that situation, was found death in hisdead in hisbath and investigation of that
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situation will never be known. serbia and croatia against itself. croatia accuses serbia as ethnic cleansing as a form of genocide, serbia accuses croatia of expelling from their country. in 2008, court ruled serbia as a successor to yugoslavia. >> president barack obama's policy of opening up a relationship with cuba, cuba's president raul castro says he will not consider reestablishing ties until president obama
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withdraws from guantanamo. the u.k. house of commons is considering whether babies can be born with genetic material from three people. the proposal still has to be approved by the house of lords before it becomes law. five paintings from the painter claude monet are going under the auction hammer. the winners of an international music competition for young people performed at new york'snew york's carnegie hall on monday. the most remarkable honor came from a young syrian musician.
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kristin saloomey has the story. >> 18 months since his first piano lesson. to be one of 50 children chosen to perform here. his family fled syria's civil war. >> there's been a lot of kids like me, maybe dying or because of cold, or because of bombs, i don't know. and i am not very happy for that. i'm sad for that. be i hope this will end soon. >> reporter: he knows he's lucky, not just to have so much talent. first playing accordion in the sakassian language. but first citizenship and the ability to work and travel. in this case, new york where
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judges spotted his talent. >> musicians they play and perform their music and they don't touch our heart. >> perhaps, this expresses himself more than syrian ex-pats. >> under those horrific circumstances to aspire to and just to find -- find hope. >> he knows he needs more than just luck. >> coming here and perform in this whole -- it's a very big honor to me, you know? i am happy. and i'm so proud. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: he says he has a lot of hard work ahead to achieve his goal of being a professional musician.
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but already he's come so far. kristin saloomey, al jazeera new york. >> and lots more on our website of course, the deadly civil war in syria must be told. couldstopped. could it be time to come to political solutions, i'm talking to an official at the time united nations who tried to help. >> i feel like we have let the people of syria down. over three million have fled as refugees pches it is .