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>> egypt launched airstrikes against isil targets in libya. the government said it's a violation of libyan sovereignty. >> this is al jazeera live from doha. leaders in yemen express disappointment as a u.n. agreement calling phon houthi rebels to hand back power immediately. >> in ukraine government forces and separatists won't pull back
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until there's a full ceasefire agreement. >> egypt has carried out a second wave of airstrikes, targeting fighters affiliated with isil in response to a video showing the apparent killing of 21 egyptians. twenty have been killed, including three children. now egypt and france as well as italy be calling for the u.n. and nato to take stronger action against isil. more on that in just a moment, but first, we have the latest on the strikes. >> egypt retaliates. the operation in libya visible from miles away. the military says it was going after targets affiliated with isil but these strikes damaged several buildings in a residential area. civilians were killed, including
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children. the air campaign took place hours after egypts president warned it would respond to the killing of 21 egyptians in libya. >> egypt does not only defend itself the whole region. egypt will react in the right time. >> egyptian fighter jets took off before dawn. the internationally recognized libyan government said the operation was carried out in coordination with its air force but the rival national congress based in typically is denouncing the attacks. >> we strongly condemn the egyptian offensive on sit. we deem it an offensive against the libyan sovereignty. we are sending out condolences to the families of the victims and call for and end. to the situation.
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>> as security unravels in labor yes, it tackles the isil advances on both sides of its border. other nations also concerned. isil made a direct threat to italy in its latest video. the country separated from the country by a narrow strip of the mediterranean evacuated its embassy and is calling for u.n. intervention. >> in its latest video isil made a direct threat against italy, prompting rome to evacuate its embassy in tripoli. italy is just a few hours from libya. thousands fleeing violence across the mediterranean trying to flee the violence. we have more from rome. >> italy has called for a nato led military campaign in libya backed by italy to stop the
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advance of isil in the country after they feel they were directly threatened by the fighters. in a video posted sunday by isil in which they showed the beheading of 21 christians from egypt, isil fighters said they were just south of rome, something italy saw as a direct threat to them. the interior minister said there was no time to waste and that nato with the backing of italy should intervene militarily in the country. now the fear is that isil will continue to advance all the way to the coast of libya where they could take control of the human trafficking business there and infiltrate isil fighters among the hundreds of thousands of migrants that reach the coast of italy every year. the interior minister said until now, the situation is under control, but there was an episode sunday that showed the escalation there is growing, as well. it's raising, as well. one of the boats carrying the
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may go grants was cited by a speed boat where men with kalashnikovs told them to take the playing grants but leave the boat behind. it is pushing italy to call out for military intervention led by nato as soon as possible. >> while italy is calling for nato at a take action, egypt and france are calling on the u.n. security council to come one new measures against isil. for more on this, let's go live to paris. francois hollande wanted the u.n. council to convene to discuss the situation. what is paris pushing for? >> jointly pushing for greater international action against isil in libya along with egypt. earlier on monday, french president francois hollande had a telephone conversation with
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the egyptian president al sisi. in that conversation, two men stressed their worries about what they called the extension of isil activities in the region. they also called on the united nation security council, rather than nato, which was italy's focus, on the u.n. security council to convene and authorize further military action by the international community in libya specifically. >> meanwhile, we are seeing egypt and france grow closer together with a very important defense deal to be signed when the defense minister of france arrives in cairo. >> that's right. in the next few hours we expect to see this contract signed to supply a number of weapons but mainly the main money is going -- is coming from the sale
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of 24 fighter jets. now, these jets, it's the first time they've got a foreign contract. france has been trying secure a contract with india for 126 of these planes for several years without success. it is a major boost for france's defense industry, providion jobs for thousands. it's very good in terms of public relations and internal security for front francois hollande, because we've seen attacks from people who have gone to the middle east to fight with groups like isil, the attack on charlie hebdo magazine not long ago involved attackers who had been trained in yemen by a different group, but it all add to say security concerns, which francois hollande is determined to be seen to be addressing. i think this deal with egypt is good for him, also good of course for egypt which is trying to turn away from relying
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on the u.s., said to be looking to russia, as well with vladimir putin there last week. >> two people were arrested in connection can the copenhagen shootings. the lawyer for one suspect said he denies charges of helping the gunman evade authorities and get rid of a weapon. the manhunt ended sunday when the 22-year-old suspect was killed by police. thousands are expected to join memorials in copenhagen on monday evening. >> denmark's prime minister has just given a press conference saying that the country is united. >> we have now experienced the fear that terrorism seeks to spread but we have as a community also responded with determination and resolve. the danish democracy is strong.
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the danish nation is strong, and we will not accept any attempt to threaten or intimidate our liberties and our rights. >> in ukraine government troops and separatists both say they won't pull back until a full ceasefire is implemented. rebels are offering a corridor to led ukrainian soldiers out and the next step in the peace plan is for heavy weaponry and troops to be removed from the front line at midnight on monday. shelling and mortar fire have been heard in the key railway hub of debaltseve. the government said the city of donetsk was also under separatist shelling and five troops have been killed in the last 48 hours. charles stratford has more from donetsk. >> the ukrainian military are not prepared at this stage to withdraw heavy weapons from the front line. the withdrawal by both sides of
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heavy weapons was supposed to start today and end 14 days from now, heavy weapons taken back from the front lines to 140 kilometers depending on their calibers and range. this ceasefire is largely holding, but the heavily contested town of debaltseve is still a serious problem. we are hear that go there is still shelling around that town. of course the separatists say that debaltseve, the status of debaltseve was never discussed in the minsk agreement so they see the fight in that area as being legitimate. we now hear from the separatist that is they have said to the ukrainian military that they are prepared to open up a corridor for ukrainian soldier to say leave the town of debaltseve if they lay down their weapons. these statements do not bode well for the full implementation of the ceasefire and ever serious ramifications for bringing about a political
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process in the long run and ending more than 10 months of conflict in the reasonable june while the implementation of a ceasefire has not stopped the european union from imposing sanctions against people they say are undermining crane's independence the e.u. published the new list, including 19 individuals and nine organizations. the sanctions include asset freezes and travel bans. >> ahead on al jazeera ref fees who fled sri lanka's civil war attempting a live a normal life in india. >> a look at the history of carnival.
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>> welcome back, our top stories on august, egypt has carried out a second wave of airstrikes on libya as part of a coordinated effort with the libyan air force, 23 people have been killed including three children. the government in libya say they were targeting fighters affiliated with islamic state of iraq and the levant. >> the u.n. security council passed a resolution for houthis to give up power immediately. fighting continues in add dan between separatist groups and government security forces.
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>> in ukraine shelling and mortar fire has been heard in debaltseve, where rebels are offering a corridor to let ukraine soldiers out. the government said five troops have been killed in the last 48 hours. >> at least three people have been killed in yemen's southern city of aden. separatist groups are fight special unit security forces. they reportedly took over a number of state buildings from the special forces. as we mentioned the security council of the united nations has pass add resolution calling on hooti rebels to hand back power. they took the capitol in december and dissolved the parliament earlier this month. the council demand the houthis withdraw. this was the first resolution on yemen since the takeover of the houthis, calling for the
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withdrawal as well as the return of weapons seized from the government. it demands the release of president hadi, the prime minister and members of the cabinet under house arrest. no sanctions will be applied but the text warns of further set if it is ignored. disappointment was expressed at the resolution. we have the latest. >> extremely disappointing that's what several of the different political parties opposed to the coup, opposed to the houthi power group told us when we asked their view of the resolution. they say it was weak, the fact that it doesn't even have the words coup in it is something that is very disappointing, as far as they are concerned. their main issue is that the u.n. resolution doesn't provide any source of consequential action if the houthis don't adhere to it, if they don't relinquish power. therefore, they say and its nothing more than just verbal
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condemnation of the power grab. add to this that many of them have already expressed a negative sentiment toward the attempt to try to get an agreement on power sharing deal. they've already said that they're losion trust quickly because the only thing that has been consistent throughout the u.n. sponsored talks have been the fact that the houthis have been getting more and more powerful from a territorial perspective and fire power point of view. on the security front in aden there are clashes between what are known as local popular forces that were set up by president adou rabbo mansour hadi set up before any possible houthi advance and members of the supreme court services loyal to the houthis. aden so far has been the safest of the main cities, but that could change if the situation here deteriorates further.
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>> sri lanka's new president is on his first official overseas trip to india. he met with india's prime minister and they signed a bilateral pact on nuclear cooperation. both spoke about boosting trade and resolving the long standing dispute of repatriation of refugees living in india. sri lanka's fled their country during the civil war. most are living in camps in india. >> life isn't easy, but it's better than what it would be in sri lanka. he threat from his country more than 20 years ago and came to the southern indian state. the bakery he runs is modest, but for a survivor like him he says money isn't everything. >> here i have peace and a
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little freedom. i don't have basic rights like indian citizens do, but back home in sri lanka, things are a lot worse. i don't want to go back to that. >> it's a different story for this man. he was a year old when he came here with his parents. he's educated, but struggles with the lack of opportunity in india. sri lanka represents a new start. >> if the governments of both countries help me financially, if they give me land and help me to build a house, i will go home to sri lanka. >> there are more than 100 open camps. they can stay here, but they don't enjoy the same rights as indian citizens. for most people, deciding to stay or go i go the easy part. the biggest challenge, many refugees living in camps like this face is getting the right documentation to lead a good life, regardless of where they choose to call home.
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>> going back is often a complicated process, especially for those whose children were born in india. >> essential documents, and your preparedness is hampered. then, if you're not prepared and you are not ready, then you put off the trip. the earlier people go back, the earlier they end the agony of living as a refugee. >> the agony began with the war, and for 30 years, eroded trust between sri lanka communities. it also affected politics in india. >> very concerned on family still in the premise, so to get political gain, so they want to show that we are supporting. >> for refugees trying to shape their lives, the future is still far from clear.
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>> the peace pros ended a three decade long process in senegal has stalled. the rebels accuse each other of planting land mines. neither side wants to remove it. >> too afraid to step on to his own land, charles was farming these fields when he stepped on a land mine and lost his leg. ten years after it happened, he's still in shock. >> i feel inferior, i'm less of a man. i can't support my family. i'm useless to others, and we're hungry. >> he no longer tends to these fields. nor does anyone else, because there might be more mines. they're the result of a conflict between the military and rebels in the south. neither side will admit to using land mines, so no one knows how many there are. until 2012, a group called
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handicap international was working to clear them, but since the peace negotiations stalled they lost funding and no one is clearing mines anymore. >> international donors have turned their back on this problem and stopped funding demining, saying if there's no peace deal, demining can't take place. >> almost 1,000 people mostly farmers have either died or been injured because of these mines. >> the fighting between the rebels and military may have stopped, but this means nothing to us. there is no real peace until we can safely access and work on our lands. >> the senegalese government said 1,000 square kilometers of the region is mined, much of it is agricultural land. people here grow vegetables, peanuts and rice. it's precious, fertile land in a country that has so little of it
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and struggles to feed its own people. >> last year, the president announced plans to grow enough rice to end imports by 2017. >> the area is crucial for to us meet our goal to be self sufficient in rice, because we have the potential to double our production. >> that's given people hope. he now sees in this mine field rice paddies, waiting to be sown. al jazeera, southern senegal. >> japan has clawed its way out of ediscretion but the pace of great has met expectations. there is still concern about attempt to say revive the third largest economy in the word after two decades of stagnant growth. >> the snow just keeps coming for people in parts of the northeast of the united states. piles of snow blanketed many parts of massachusetts maine
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and new hampshire. freezing temperatures and strong winds caused road closures and major flight cancellations. especially hard hit is boston, which got its fourth major snowstorm in three weeks. >> in the forests of russia, under constant threat from poachers a new national park has been created to protect the tigers. we report from russia. >> it's early morning in the open pine forests in the far east of russia. the temperatures are minus 13 degrees celsius. cold like this could sustain a forest, but it does. it does. we are shown the reason why. >> all these tracks are wild boar searching for food.
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they are after the pine cones. this is the base of the tiger food chain. the numbers have increased from near extinction levels. there are still problems. over 20 years this man assisted in the con if i say occasion of more than 100 tiger pelts worth $50,000 each. >> here one man was responsible for eight tiger skins. this one was a cub clubbed to death, just terrible. >> it's been a big problem for police, and it's not just tiger skins. these are the paws of bears killed in russian forests, all headed to markets in southeast asia, particularly china.
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then, in another part of the province is the far eastern leopard, hunted to near extinction, the world's rarest big cat, there are now just 50 in the wild and that is an improvement. a park has been designated for them. the so-called land of the leopard. they share their range with about 10 tigers. that presents its own problems. every reported death has to be investigated. he is inspecting the remains of an adult leopard found a week ago. in this case, it seems the death was caused by a tiger. >> unfortunately, these tragedies do happen. it's not the first case. of course, it's a problem, because the leopard is such a rare animal, but you can't influence wild nature. >> the park is a beacon of hope within clear view of the metropolis. people living in the city look out at the hills of this park every single day, what's extraordinary to think is that what they're actually looking at is the habitat of two of the rarest predators in the world pretty much on their doorstep.
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you might wonder if the animals look back the other way. nick clark, al jazeera, russia. >> dancers and party goers ever taken to the streets of rio de janeiro for the first day of the carnival parade. the party is seen as a dress rehearsal for next year's olympics. we have a report. >> it's a view that took portuguese explorer's breath away from the moment they set eyes on rio de janeiro. although a lot has changed since this tropical sea side city was founded. copacabana looked like this today it is a cosmo pal to know beach with luxury hotels and millions of visitors, especially this year. coinciding with carnival, it has begun celebrating the birthday
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of the marvelous city. >> our 450th year, a chance to revisit our culture and most genuine traditions. >> although the first carnival dates back to the 1700's, by the earlier 20th century lavish indoor parties were the rage. a far cry from today's enormous outdoor parade that is bring up to 2 million people on to the streets. >> the 450th anniversary is the theme of carnival this year, a time when people don't go to work just party and forget their troubles. after four and a half centuries this city, like so many has not only grown in size, but also in problems. >> rio is plagued by drug gangs high murder raised, overcrowding
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and inadequate public services, all this as it prepares to host the olympic games next year. officials believe the games will help transform the city. >> the landmark is a city that became global icon after the games. rio wants to do the same. >> construction is underway everywhere you look, to build a new metro and rapid bus system. to the renewal of the run down port area, the improvements are causing major traffic congestion and other inconveniences, a sacrifice many welcome. >> everything that helps to lift our image is to be applauded. we had a bad image for many years, but it is improving. >> with authorities expecting nearly a million visitors in just the next four days, rio has earned its reputation as a city for megaevents. as it celebrates its birthday,
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the challenge is to overcome complex obstacles towards development, without losing its unique flavor. al jazeera, rio de janeiro. >> there's more news on our website, this week on "talk to al jazeera" - actress and comedian rain prior. >> i was born - you know, i think what they did was that they raised a child to have confidence in who she was. i didn't have to be a part of a group, you know, i didn't have to be black, i didn't have to be white. i had to be rain. >> she is the daughter of icon richard


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