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able to see change. >> gripping... inspiring... entertaining. "talk to al jazeera". sunday, 6:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> yemen's government in exile calls on the u.n. to send in ground forces against houthi rebels to protect civilians hello, welcome to al jazeera live from headquarters in doha. i'm jane dutton heavy fighting continues in north syria. both sides say they are making gains. britains goes to the polls in what is said to be one of the
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closest in decades. two tornado cause destruction in the u.s. state of oklahoma. yemen's ambassador to the united nations called for ground troops to be sent into the country, in a letter to the u.n. security council, he urged the international community to quickly intervene by sending land forces. especially aden and tiaz. he wants international human rights organizations so document barbaric violations by the houthi rebels against a defenseless population. some of the worst fighting in yemen has been in the southern port city of aden coming as human rights watch accuses houthi fighters of committing possible war crimes.
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two women were shot and killed and two aid workers were held. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in the saudi arabia capital to discuss the connight in yemen, he's meeting the yemeni president who fled to saudi arabia. kerry says he's deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation. kerry spoke during a visit to djibouti before he left for riyadh. >> the situation is getting more dire by the day. we are concern beside that. we urged all sides, anybody involved to comply with the humanitarian law, and to take every precaution to keep civilians out of the line of fire out of harm's way, as well as to provide the opportunity
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for humanitarian assistance to be delivered the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is now in the saudi arabia capital riyadh to discuss the conflict in yemen. let's go distraght to mohammed val with the latest. he's in the saudi capital. a call for a pause in the fighting, how likely is that to be received in riyadh. >> it is interesting that at the time john kerry is coming to call for the ceasefire. the government has sent that letter to the united nations security council asking for ground invasion in yemen to protect civilians and also to force the houthis to comply to the resolutions of the united nations security council. we have two trends that go against each other. kerry is holding the meetings he's had a series of those meetings with the crown prince and today with the yemeni
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foreign minister before meeting. after that he met with president abd-rabbu mansour hadi and the foreign minister. he is expected to met with king himself, and during all these meetings they are going to discuss the two ideas, an idea that calls for a ceasefire and an idea calling for ground forces in yemen to rescue the civilians there and to comply to resolutions. it has been a difficult discussion and it will continue to be tough. the choices are difficult. going on a lan invasion means more death of civilians, and shopping the air strikes is the image of goals of this campaign. particularly when we know that saudis have a lot of concerns after they have succeeded in
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striking the city and reaching civilian areas there, with the rockets. kerry is wrapping up his visits, and these meetings are a prepares for other meetings between g. cc and at camp david. there's more on the agenda other than syria, and concerns about iraq and the nuclear programme. >> thank you for that fighting has intensified on the mountainous region on the syrian lebanese border both sides claiming to have made chains. according to a television station the syrian army targeted rebel fighters but syrian rebels say they are advancing near the border and in capital damascus. the military defeats are a minor setback. >> we are, today, waging a war
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not to battle. and war is different in a battle. it is a number of many battles. when we talk about a fears war like the one happening in syria, across thousands of kilometres of borders and inside syria, we talk about not only dozens and hundreds, but thousands of battles. the pentagon says iraq is not gaining ground in a fight to retake beijing oil refinery. sources tell al jazeera that the battle is continuing. a pentagon spokesman declined to predict the outcome, saying it's impossible to know how to play out. most comes from selling oil on the black market iran says it released a cargo ship. iranian forces detained the
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"tigress." it carried no special cargo such as military equipment the israeli government clinched is deal to form a government hours before a midnight deadline. binyamin netanyahu signed an agreement with the far right jewish home party, and other parties. his majority is extremely slim. mike hanna is live in west jerusalem. what is the reaction been there so far, mike? >> well from the israeli opposition there has been condemnation from the government. the leader described this as an exceedingly narrow government and describes the coalition process as one of extortion. the other opposition leaders, we heard criticism from the palestinian side a resection of the go. and it was described as
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another right-wing government. in which the building of settlements is going to intensify, and looking at the fact that a major party is jewish home which is a settler based movement. that is a prediction that may come true. >> with a slim majority how hard will it be for him to operate? >> it will be virtually impossible according to operators. to understand one seat in 120 seat parliament and it requires one member of parliament from coalition parties to lead the coalition. the government faces disill use once again. certainly it is an unworkable coalition that binyamin netanyahu manages to get together. one must remember that an important member of his coalition, of the kalarnu party stated that he did not want to be in a coalition with a narrow
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majority and would stick to his coalition deal but partners within the coalition are unhappy, some speculating that this is temporary, within a matter of weeks, if not months there'll be an invitation to other parties to join the coalition to attempt to make a stronger government. however, that is something that we will see in the days weeks, months ahead, as long as the government remains in place. voting is underway in the u.k. general election. what could be the country's tightest political race in years. if neither of the two major parties win more than half of the 650 seats in parliament they may need to negotiate with smaller parties to form a majority. after the last election in 2010, it took five days for the conservatives and lible democrats to form a coalition.
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chile's president michelle bachelet asked all her ministers to resign and will appoint a new cabinet in the coming days her popularity rating plummeted. she has been under pressure for months and many see the reshuffle as long overdue. >> a few hours ago i requested the resignation of all the ministers. i will take 72 hours to decide who will stay and who will go. they have been notify and will have to present themselves. why didn't i do this earlier. ? we have been deal with difficult situations, like the rain and flooding, and the volcano foreign ministers met burundi's opposition to try to strike a peace deal. demobdors have been protesting against a decision to run for third term in the elections. more than a dozen people have been killed and scores wounded since protests began two weeks
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ago. >> the central african republic said it will take legal action against french soldiers suspected of child abuse. they were deployed in 2013 to help african union peacekeepers to restore violence. several children allege 14 soldiers in bangui securely abused some of them in exchange for food. >> legal options will be taken. as you understand, they are serious acts. the french government said as much in their statement. i must reiterate we must not lump everyone too. it was not the sangaris or france, but individual soldiers. >> still ahead - saudi arabia lends senegal a helping hand to redevelop infrastructure but it comes at a price. >> columbia's teachers keep up the pressure on the government to honour pre-election promises.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the sound
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bites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". coming up next. only on al jazeera america. hello again. the top stories on al jazeera. the ambassador calling on the international community to send in ground troops to yemen. rescue wakers say their boat was shelled by houthi fighters. there has been fighting in kalamoon on the syrian-lebanese border. the syrian army targeted and killed dozens of rebel fighters. voting is under way in the
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general election. what could be the tightest race in years, if neither of the parties win more than half of 660 seats in parliament they may need to negotiate with former parties to form a majority on monday senegal announced more than 2,000 troop would join the saudi arabia troops in yemen. they announced a visit. to the saudi commitment to fund a billion dollar commit. project. we have more from dhaka. >> reporter: a century old, now abandoned railway station in the heart of senegal. from here, passengers boarded trains taking them over the sahara desert. it was a heart land and the nation's pride. 10 years ago it was closed.
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some employees come out of habit, others out of nostalgia. unexpected news is bringing hope. >> reporter: the saudis are going to help rebuild the station. i am sure they'll do it. they are our brothers. >> the saudi arabia-based bank helped to refund the statement. the announcement was made after the president met in april to raise funds for a $20 billion plan. however, there was a surprise that came from the trip. senegal support for the saudi arabia intervention in yemen. the announcement was made to the national assembly. commandos, paratroopers and members of an armoured position to be deployed. only a handle of countries are providing support. senegal is the first country to
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commit ground troops to the defense of saudi arabia. one of the arts the government gives to the public is the deployment of troops is to protect the holy sites. islam plays an important role in senegal. so does politics. the opposition accuses the ruling matter to send troops in exchange for funds to fulfil a political ampigs. >> this is a justification of financial, that leans it can be used as mercenaries. no one is used for troops, nor the islamic banks. the question now is who will deliver on the promise first, and what price are they willing to pay to ensure the development of the country. this is not about politics it's old relationships, and reviving them in times of need.
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in thailand more than 50 police officers have been reassigned to different posts whilst they are being investigated over links to human trafficking. more than 30 bodies of rohingya muslims have been found in southern thailand. violence forced hundreds of thousands to leave. some cross to malaysia the u.n. refugee agency say 40,000 rohingya are registered there. others head to thailand where they often fall prey to thailand or countries promising a future to australia. >> reporter: it's a stretch of land at the tail end of thailand as it meets malaysia. it's rugged raw and beautiful. but the jungles hide something sinister. camps run by human trafficker holding rohingya, who were looking for a better life.
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last month a grave was found holding hundreds. this man is from the rohingya heartland, and spent 4.5 months in camps and saw two dozen die. they have been living in a mosque >> translation: there were people killed by beatings i saw them die. i saw them wash and bury the bodies, and i performed burials. >> reporter: the camps are home to hundreds of people asking for more money to pay the traffickers. everyone has to pay. if you don't if you can't, you are subject to beatings depravation of food and water. >> on sunday thai authorities launched an operation in eight areas, putting more than 100 police and soldiers in the jungle with one purpose, to find the camps. >> this patrol this is an area they came across in the morning.
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they believe hours before that it was occupied by traffickers and some of those rohingya that they brought along with them. they are destroying the material here. that way the traffickers cannes come back and use the supplies. they'll continue in the area of separation. it is two kilometres from the border and they'll continue into the jungle and the search operation to find more camp. >> the national police announced two local officials were arrested and some police reassigned. wednesday they launched a command center for the anti-trafficking operations. >> we have a clear direction on the country's national action plan to counter human trafficsing. the situation in thailand is considered a crisis. >> but it might be a bit late for this round of the crisis. as they continue their jungle patrols, some feel they'll find more evidence of the traffickers. not the rohingya nor the
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traffickers themselves. with the border close, it's easy for them to slip across and out of reach. vivian turner is the asia pacific spokes woman for the u.n. refugee agency and says the traffickers are more ruthless. . >> when we started monitoring the movements most passengers paid to be smuggled from the bay of bengal to places like thailand and malaysia in the recent months we see different tactics. smugglers are more desperate, abducting children off the streets. they are making false promises to people to lure them on to the boats saying "we'll find you jobs in malaysia", and are offering incentives to some to get on the boat. when people board the boat if they change their mind, they are forced to stay on the boat.
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it is clear that this is a problem going beyond one country, it's encouraging to see the that authorities are cracked down and have been conducting raids in the camp. this is a massive problem culling for the regions to come together and discuss a best way forward. it's a pleasure to look at the incident. the victims need to detect it developing news out of egypt is an attack on a border post. two police men were killed after exchanging gun fire and gunmen. the state of emergency was extended. afghanistan looks set to have a record year for heroin production. they supply 90% of the world's heroin. the government is making gains
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against growers and traffickers. we have this exclusive report. >> reporter: in a secret area in the capital of kaboom four men accused of trafficking heroin is about to answer. this is a justice court a court trying to stop judges or prosecutors being brought off. a. it's not doing enough in the fight against drugs. the afghan government allowed al jazeera's "101 east" programme in. this is a prosecutor here. >> we never take bribes. we know afghanistan is under threat from drugs. >> officials argue the court is
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convincing many to give up the illegal trade. last year they harvested a record 224 of openian poppy. it year looks like a bumper harvest. this is the only photo of the kingpin, sentenced to 20 years in gaol. he managed to escape. . >> after his conviction in court. people working for the kingpin campaigned to the justice system and paid off people in the system to the extent of the $14 million to $16 million. to this day he has never been found. we talk about clean judges and courts. what happened there? >> all those involved in the - in exploiting processes are under investigation. the afghanistan acting minister
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says that it is an isolated case x >> we can assure the international community that the mistake that has taken place will not be repeated. >> reporter: they stress in the last eight years thousands of smugglers have been put behind bars. out in the field few are deterred by gale time. these farmers are harvesting drugs in the military base because they paid local officials off. >> for more on the story, you can watch steve's full programme on "101 east" on the afghanistan billion drug war airing on al jazeera tens of thousands of teachers are demanding better
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working conditions and their promise - they promise more disruptions. this report from the capital bogota. >> reporter: since the teacher strikes started in columbia, they were walking to the public school hoping that one of them will be in class. >> the girls are in different courses. some teachers are working. they never inform us on time. tea came yesterday afternoon, for a working class family. having kids is difficult. they have to stop working. despite the hardship she understands and supports the teachers. . >> translation: i support the strike demands are there. it's impossible. >> reporter: for 15 days teachers across the country have protested what they describe as
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unfair working conditions. low pay, inferior health care and valuations. some travelled days to get here. >> we are just asking for continues to be levelled to those of other public employees, and are fighting to preserve and improve public education. >> reporter: teachers in columbia make between $500 to $900 a month. the purchasing power fell by 28% in the last decade. the government park is offering an increase in salaries for four years and promises to evaluate the system. on wednesday, a preliminary agreement was announced. with growing public support, it may not be enough. the former vice president of education says the government is paying for its past mistakes. during the last presidential election they promised big changes to guarantee the public
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teachers an important voting block, and then delivered. >> what they are doing is saying you know that, this was your promise, give back to me because i supported you, and i gave you more than 3,000 votes, 300,000 votes, and thaw you you have to give back what you promised. >> with a preliminary agreement in place, students could be back in class. teachers insist unless the government satisfies their demands. the government could go back to the street. global carbon dioxide has reached a high level, the gas most responsible for global warming. u.s. scientists say the rise is a long-term trend.
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it is 100 times faster than natural rises in the past a series of tornadoes tore through the united states oklahoma was hardest hi. >> terrifying yet awe inspiring, a tornado ripping through oklahoma. more than two dozen twisters touched down wednesday, cutting a path from texas to nebraska. they flipped cars, tore down trees and power linings. it brought heavy downpours. in the business district streets were inundated as the water filled parking lots and forced shops to close for the day. >> the shock saddened.
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you get cleaned up and back to business. more than 10,000 homes lost electricity. people have been advised to stay off the road until debris is cleared and the severe weather passes. a tornado watch remains in effect for oklahoma and other places in the midwest. per cent per cent couples could marry. over a decade later it's legal in 36 states, and the district of columbia, and public opinion changed swiftly. but the political and legal shoving matches over redefines marriage are far from offer. whatever way the supreme court decides, there are big complications ahead. that's tonight's "inside story".