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our website, al >> the sad saudi military say that the attack outy fighters are to blame. you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up. nigeria's new president steps forward pledging to heal old wounds saying this is not the time for confrontation. fighting continues as isil storms a palestinian refugee camp in syria's capital. and fighting back. a breakthrough that could change
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the way that obesity is treated. >> hello the saudi military has denied hitting a factory in yemen during it's offensive against houthi fighters in the country, an incident that is said to have killed 23 people. the saudi-led campaign is now in its seventh day. saudi military said that it was targeting missiles and ammunition dumps. >> from the ground prove that it was mortars from houthi that hit the factory. again, we know that the houthi
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militias are manipulating media outlets in order to instigate the yemeni people. however, we're fully aware that the me then any people are fully aware that this operation was meant only to restore what was hijacked by the houthies. again, it was targeted by the houthi militias and again the coalition forces cannot attack the refugee camp or the factory. >> al jazeera's correspondent joins us live from doha. looking at that press conference hashem, there are civilians who are dying this is
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a delicate operation. this is why the saudi spokesperson has said what is basically saying over the past two days that the houthis are to blame for the both attacks. he said that he had gathered intelligence from source on the ground that houthi attacked using rockets. some of those rockets fell on the factory killing people. this is going to be a huge problem in the near future given that many military targets are also located near residential areas like in sanaa saada aden. you'll find many air bases military headquarters, ammunition depots located sometimes near areas of
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residents and making the chance of casualties among civilians very high. >> that makes it very difficult for aid organizations to get help to those who desperately need it. the saudis did touch on that. >> the spokesperson did say that aid organizations are welcome to address the issue with minister of foreign affairs with saudi arabia, and then the saudi army will try and look into the applications and find ways to deliver aid to local civilians insisting that for the time being the top priority for the saudi-led coalition is security on the ground, and to continue targeting positions of houthi fighters and forces loyal to deposed president ali abdullah saleh, a country where 5 million people rely on direct hand outside from aid agencies. 50%
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of the population in yemen live below the poverty line, a situation that will be further exacerbated by the ongoing violence. >> what is the state of play as with regards the fighting? >> they have been battered the last seven days, and now they're pulling out and forces loyal to abd rabbuh mansur hadi, and the secessionists who would like to breakaway from the north. the saudi-led coalition now is trying to basically do the following. targeting air bases loyal to the deposeed president ali abdullah saleh h and tribesmen loyal to
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move though those areas, the goal being to pave the way for abd rabbuh mansur hadi to stage a comeback and then start negotiating a political settlement with all of the political factions including the houthis. >> hashem with the latest. thank you. >> nigeria's new president-elect said no assets will be spared in trying to defeat the armed group boko haram. celebrations have continued across the country as mahhamadu buhari was declareed the president. he has asked nigerians to remain
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respectful and peaceful during the transition to power. >> emotions were high. we must allow them--this is the time this is a moment that will. >> al jazeera's yvonne ngdege what is the significance of
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buhari's victory? >> well, what has happened in nigeria is historic. it's rare. it's unheard of. the opposition winning an election, unseating a sitting president and a ruling party. it's never happened in nigeria since we're seeing the democratic cratic transition of power hand over of power from one democratic ruler to another. through the ballot box in a peaceful way with virtually no incidents of violence. it also hugely significant for africa and a message many analysts are saying for african leaders what nigerian have proved if you want to change your government. if you're dissatisfied with your government's performance. if they have not kept their promises through the ballot box you can remove them. you can change them.
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it's incredible difficult to summarize how meaningful this historic political event is for millions of nigerian. >> major excitement, huge celebrations. once those have all died down what is going to be the major problems that the president has to tackle? >> well, that's right. after the hue fauria there euphoria the number one issue fating nigerianfacing nigerians is corruption tribalism nepotisms. and the second job will be security. boko haram gets the most amount of media attention but there is other insecurity, tribal insecurity and kidnapping in the east of the country bank
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robberies and other kinds of criminality in the southwest. house something a huge problem. it's a deficit of some 17 to 20 million houses that need to be built in nigeria. unemployment is at 25%. at least a million people are graduating from nigerian university. every year they have absolutely no jobs to go to. and then the power crisis. chronic shortages of electricity in nigeria. now on the campaign trail muhammadu buhari said that he was going to create jobs and build houses, provide free healthcare and education. the question everybody is asking how is he going to do this, and when is this change going to actually be delivered and made to feel real to people in terms of changes to their every day lives and every day problems. >> live in abuja, thank you.
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the national press club has urged nigerian government to release two al jazeera journalist who is have been detained for a week in northern nigeria. they were embedded with the ministry before they were arrested for allegedly reporting to boko haram without quote clearance. they've been kept in a hotel in maiduguri since tuesday. fighters from the islamic state in iraq and the levant have stormed a palestinian refugee camp in damascus. the focus of heavy fighting in in 2012 when rival armed opposition groups moved in there. the government siege saw many pushed to starvation and violence has prevented aid groups from doing their work. well al jazeera's stephanie dekker is live for us in beirut. tell us more about what is happening in this refugee camp. >> reporter: well, we know that
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the fight something ongoing particularly between isil in one group inside the camp and this is a palestinian group believed to be affiliated with hamas. there are other groups in this camp like al-qaeda-affiliate al-qaeda-affiliateddal newsed al nusra front. they blame isil for killing one of its leaders and then kidnapped a number of isil fighters. this is when isil stormed the camp. when i say camp, it's misleading. it is a town that used to be home to 160,000 palestinian refugees and now 18,000 people, why is this so significant? it has been absolutely dire there. people tell you it's probably one of the worst places to be in this conflict. under siege for over two years. they don't have food, water electricity. they're entirely dependent on aid. aid has been trickleing in
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sporadiccally. if isil does come in to the camp that aid won't reach the people, and geographically this town is on the outskirts of damascus, a concern for the regime if isil takes a hold there. people will tell you at the moment that it's a fluid situation. the fighters have had a stronghold further south of the camp. fighters continuing but one of our proceed duesers spoke to the activists inside the camp saying that people are terrified. they can't even leave their homes to go to the food kitchens where they depend on food. really a terrible situation for them. >> stephanie dekker in beirut. thank you. the iraqi prime minister hyder al abadi say that the isil has been driven out. even though isil has been driven out of the center city, the iraqi interior minister has been
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speaking from tikrit. >> today most of tikrit is liberated. only a small portion remains to be cleared. god willing we'll eliminate the remaining pockets in the remaining hours. the enemy has been totally defeated and lost all of its ability and morale and the battle will end, god willing. >> in turkey there has been a shooting attack outside of the police headquarters in istanbul. it follows the death of the prosecutor on tuesday during hostage crisis instead inside of a courtroom. we're live from istanbul. what do you know about the latest attack on police headquarters? >> reporter: well, felicity, we're told that a man and a woman armed with what police describe as long range weapons approached the police headquarters in istanbul and started shooting, and the police in the headquarters return fired killing the woman and wounding the man.
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the man escaped. he was caught later not long later by the police, and the woman killed, as i said, and the police say that she was carrying a bomb. no indication who these people are, no claim of responsibility, but this city is on high alert after just 24 hours ago. >> bernard smith live there from istanbul with the latest on that attack. we'll continue to follow. thanks for the moment, though. still to come on the program crossing the water to gentleman gentlemandjibouti. conflict on the board but what awaits them on the other side?
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ey issues that is to be worked through. some of them are quite details and technical.
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so there is still quite a lot of work to do. but we're on it now, and we'll keep going at it. >> negotiations to lone included some kind of family work agreement have continued on wednesday and secretary of state john kerry met one-on-one with iranian counterpart with the sense that talks are entering the final crucial hours. it seems that on balance the sides are going short on the kind of agreement they want to achieve here. the union iranian deputy minister are working on a press statement for wednesday. but he said there were sanctions and iran's right to research and development of nuclear technologies. simon mcgregor wood al jazeera, lausanne. >> i want to return to our top story this hour, that is the fighting in yemen. that fighting has triggered a wave to people who escape the
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violence. aid agencies say they're bracing for thousands more to come. >> at the djibouti town, boats of syrians just arrive. they're all fleeing the conflict in their country. they have been at sea in their old ricketing boats for five hours navigating the waters between yemen and djibouti. >> we never wanted to leave. we're forced to leave by the houthies who came to our town and laid siege to it. they controlled everything. we couldn't even go fishing. most businesses are closed, and we could not find anywhere to buy food. >> they were offered food and medical help before taking them to a temporary camp. there they joined dozens of
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their countrymen who arrived in the past few days. they will soon be taken to a more permanent refugee camp. >> we are prepared to host up to 5,000 refugees. for months we've been preparing for the arrival of yemeni refugees. there has been a clear division of work between aid agencies and we're ready. >> it's not just yemeni refugee who is are arriving in the port. hundreds of migrants who are in search of a better life are now fleeing back. the international organization for migration set up camps and offered them transportation back to their country. >> the migrants come back very week and dehydrated, especially when they take the boat back to djibouti. those who don't land at the port it is a desert and they could get lost. we offer medical and
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psychological help as soon as they arrive. >> groups of migrants arrive from ethiopia. they are oblivious to the dangers that lie ahead. al jazeera djibouti. >> heavy winds september trees sent trees crashing down. there have been wide delays in transportation. in greece they are offering protection pensions. the governor of the usa state of arkansas has asked it's general assembly to rewrite a
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religious freedom bill. similar laws in other states have caused protests. critics say the measures can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians by allowing business owners to refuse to serve them on religious grounds. the backlash has been so intense that the governor is now seek to go slightly amend indiana's bill. arkansas has been set to sign a similar bill. walmart, who has its headquarters in the state objected. and in georgia protesters are picking up as they get a similar bill passed in the state legislature. robert ray has more. [ crowds protesting ] >> reporter: marching outside of the state capital capitol while lawmakers discussioned it's bill inside. it would block the state from infringing on a person's
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religious beliefs unless there is a compelling state interest. public and state center josh mccoon wrote the bill and was called a bigot by some critics. >> is there bigotry in this? >> absolutely not. >> for those who say that the drafter, you are a guy got. bigot. what do you say to that? >> this is about restraining state and local government from mistreating people of faith. >> jeff graham runs a gay rights lobbying group. >> you feel there is hate inside this bill? >> i feel that this bill could be used as a vehicle to discriminate against people. i'm not going to call into request the integrity or the intent of the bill's authors. >> both sigh are well aware of the backlash being felt after indiana passed its version of a religious freedom bill.
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>> we need to be the other book end that says no to what happened in indiana. we need to be the end of that story. >> senator mccoon has until midnight this thursday to get a vote on the georgia house floor. if he fails, he told us that he will try again next year. robert ray al jazeera, atlanta. >> fighters in qatar feel they have made a breakthrough towards finding a cure for obesity. it all has something to do with something called brown fat. >> reporter: this is painstakingly delicate work. these scientists have been cultivating, dividing, and sequencing fat cells for years. but now they say they've made a breakthrough which could change the way obesity is treated. >> the dream is to--without changing the lifestyle of kids or adults, just to give them a
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pill that will enhance the brown fat and naturally they are protected against obesity. >> reporter: having more of the so-called brown fat actually makes you skinny. and with obesity at epidemic proportions, everyone wants to find a way to transform the white bad fat sells that we all have into the brown kind which burn energy all the time. this is called an incubator. this is where--this is where the cells culture. >> these researchers have got both kinds of fat cells. >> the good wouldn't one is this one. >> and have proven contrary to what the medical world thought one can change into the other. >> we have white fat sells and brown fat cells. figuring out how to transform one into the other is one thing. but taking that information and turning it into a possible treatment into obesity is quite
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another. but that's exactly what this doctor has in his sights. he's already figured out how to turn stem cells into brown fat cells. the next step is to inject those into obese rats and eventually eventually watch them lose weight at and hopefully do that for humans, too. >> through culture in the lab we would inject these cells into the subject. >> diabetes sufferer and doctor isn't convinced. >> if you are obese and diabetic he's saying that 70% of the people will develop those. >> research will always have its place, but a chance to give a helping hand in a pill shouldn't be ruled out.
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