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. >> anti-houthi forces launch a new campaign to secure the city of aden this is al jazeera, live from doha i'm adrian finegan, also on the programme, protests against turkey's attacks on the p.k.k. another nights another bid by desperate migrants to get to britain from a camp in france in at the deep end - rio puts some of its olympic venues
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to the test. we start with developing news. an egyptian court jurnds its verdicts-- adjourned its verdict in the retrial of three al jazeera journalists, it's scheduled to be dlveredz on august 29th -- delivered on august 29th. mohamed fadel fahmy, mohammed badr and peter greste were arrested on charges of supporting the banned muslim brotherhood. peter greste was deported to australia. mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr after 400 days in prison were bailed. we'll get the reaction to that adjournment later in the bulletin. >> to yemen, seven people have been killed dozens injured by bombs in aden rebels were driven out of the port city by anti-houthi forces two weeks
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ago. local fighters including supporters of the exiled president have been advancing on a down 60km away from aden. they are trying to secure areas away from the city. >> a saudi man has been killed in shelling. inside aden yemen's vice president has been surveying the war damage. the prime minister the highest ranking official to return to aden since the government was forced into exile in march. more than 4,000 people have been killed since the saudi-led coalition started to bomb houthi positions four months ago. >> what happened in aden is inconceivable crimes residents will never forget the scenes on behalf of the yemeni government visiting aden to document crimes the visit coming as the
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world food programme began to deliver aid in aden. 80% of yemen's 24 million need aids. our correspondent was in aden as supplies arrive said. >> this was one of the first airlifts to take place. forces loyal to abd-rabbu mansour hadi recaptured the airport from shia militia, houthis and allies. hundreds hundreds of tonnes of aid dlveredz. delivered. behind me to the right you'll see the passenger g terminal. when we arrived here a few months ago the sign read enter in peace and security two things that millions wish they had more than anything. because an impoverished country, beleaguered by war meaning some estimates put it over 80% of the population in need of control of humanitarian aid.
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look tower of the airport. the sheer destruction that has been inflicted in the battle for the strategic city. around we see the armed man, those fighters loyal to president ali abdullah saleh, they are not in uniform. many have not picked up a gun. there has been reinforcements, particularly special forces which we have seen that we understand belongs to the g.e. c coalition, supporting the government by request of president abd-rabbu mansour hadi, trying to establish a security in aden for the government to return with an outlook to hopefully, as far as they are concerned, spread their authority in aden and the rest of the country, they are in control of aden airport, the situation is fluid, it's turbulence, and that's why it has come to deliver, they are staying on the ground the
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plane, to unload the cargo before it takes off. there's still shelling and mortar attacks sporadically taking place. two soldiers have been killed in what has been described as a suicide bombing in eastern turkey. the attacker rammed a truck packed with explosives into the building. 24 have been injured. the p.k.k. is blamed for the attack. violence increased in the past week since the government began air strikes in turkey and iraq. >> kurds in both those countries have been protesting against the air strikes. police fired water canon and tear gas to break up a rally in a kurdish city. thousands gather said outside the h.d.p. party officers. politicians are calling for a resumption of peace talks with the p.k.k. kurdish protesters in northern iraq call for an end to the bombing campaign.
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some condemn the kurdish government and are asking the p.k.k. to withdraw from the country. the president wants the group to leave, to stop civilians being caught up in the fighting. more from zeina khodr, who is on the turkey-syrian border. >> attacks against security personnel - the army and police are continuing. there has been numerous n incidents over the past week a total of 22 turkish soldiers and police men killed. the latest incident, really, is you know signals an escalation because according to the governor of agri province in the east of the country, a suicide bomber parked an agricultural vehicle outside the army base detonating the explosives and killing two and wounding 24 others. the government blames the p.k.k. there has been no claims of
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responsibility. the attacks, turkey in its part keeping up the pressure ire on the p.k.k. both targeting spaces in northern iraq and on turkish soil particularly in the eastern provinces. the ongoing campaign against the p.k.k. causing tensions between the government and kurdish population. they have been taking to the streets, denouncing the air strikes, urging the turkish government to return to the peace process, saying violence will not solve this issue. the pro-kurdish party accusing turkey of focussing on the p.k.k. and not the islamic state of iraq and levant. turkey denies this saying they are targetting two terrorist organizations and we heard the turkish president say there can be no resumption of peace talks unless the attack stops. an upsearch in violence and attentions in turkey.
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>> back to the top story this hour. an egyptian court adjourned its verdicts in the retrial of three al jazeera journalists, now scheduled to be delivered on australian 29th. peter greste mohamed fadel fahmy, and mohammed badr convicted in june. peter greste is with me now, live from sydney. once again, an adjournment. this is it exasperating. words fail me. how are you feeling? >> well exasperated is a good adjective. look it's as frustrating as hell to be in this position. the lives of no one involved in this can move on until we get the verdict. everything hinges on that day. for me it defines how my life works, what my career is. particularly for mohammed badr
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and mohamed fadel fahmy, on that day after the verdict, they walk away as free men or go back into prison that makes it impossible for anyone to look beyond that point. it defines everything to be in a position where you say good buy to your wife and kids as mohammed badr did earlier today, not knowing if you would go back and see them at the end of the day or whether you would go back into prison that makes it a tough way to live. to have another adjournment, i think, is difficult. >> what sort of effect is this having on your mum and dad, peter? >> i was talking to them on skype as we watched it and for them too, the whole family i guess, it's tough, as i said everyone is built up to this moment. it's been a long fight, and it's been a fight engaging everyone everyone's energy it's sucked out all of the time that anyone in the family has had over the past 18 months. and so we all thought it would
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be over today. we all thought that we would know what the situation was, and at least be able to plan and move on with ourle lives -- with our lives. it has not happened. >> i've been watching twriter since the -- twitter since the adjournment was announced. the one good thing is you mohammed badr and mohamed fadel fahmy have so much support around the world. >> the support is extraordinary. twitter has gone crazy with the "free aj" hashtag. i'm amazed by the level of support, the engagement and how people seem too care about what happens in our case. somehow, for some reason people are engaged in it and joined up in the fight to support us. and to see that support still
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today is absolutely overwhelming and it is hugely encouraging to see that. >> is there anything else that those of us who feel this exasperation. who are with you all the way can do. we feel so helpless. >> i think one. things that is apparent about this case is the fact that we have had so much extraordinary publish involvement and earn gaugement. even a few tweets or facebook messages makes a difference. what it does is it sends a clear message to the authorities that this has not been forgotten, that people around the world are aware and engaged and still care deeply about what has happened to us. i think under those circumstances, it makes egypt realise that this is a case that people really do care about john kerry, of course was
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in cairo today. do you think that he would have been able to apply any pressure on the egyptian government. is the egyptian government really listening? >> well look let's first make one thing clear. the egyptian courts insist that they are politically neutral. i also know that - you might recall when we were convicted the first time around john kerry visited two days earlier and announced a significant arms package for egypt. we understand that he was - it had been made clear that that verdict - that the verdict would go our way, when he made the announcement and we were convicted, i think it was a huge embarrassment. clearly the americans have deep strategic interests in the middle east. the sort of substance of the engagement between egypt and the united states is not going to be
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affected by our case but i think it matters, because it sets the tone. our case is being watched i think as a kind of example of the way egypt is handling human rights issues and handling the rule of law. if the case goes against us. i think it will make it difficult for the public relations between egypt and a lot of western countries insisting that they are fighting for human rights. that fight goes on. that's my colleague peter greste live in sydney. with me in the studio now is al jazeera's managing director charles trendall. this is exasperating. >> very frustrating, a long running saga has been going on and on if you go back to the original verdict. it was quashed by a court of appeals saying the evidence was contradictory and flawed.
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this was earlier on this year. so we just are waiting for the justice to be done. at the moment it is delayed and justice delayed is not justice done. >> al jazeera english, this channel, is part of a wider network of a huge organization. what pressure can that organization bring to bear can it, on the egyptian government. >> we found that the courts the judicial system has been almost kaz quay esque in some of its charges and strange decisions and the delays that you see, adjournment add infinite um i believe this is the tenth one. we can make calls, we can make campaigns, but at the end of the day the decision lies in cairo, in the court in cairo. >> what more can people watching this now do to help the case of
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you are journalist. they must feel the same frustration. >> there has been a tremendous campaign and we thank everybody, world leaders, international media, general public and staff. and we thank everyone, and the campaign will go on until we get justice for our people. charles tremble. let's bring in nicholas from amnesty international, live from london. you must have been watching events of the past 30 minutes or so, with the same dismay that we have. >> absolutely. this is an excruciating way for mohamed fadel fahmy and peter and mohammed badr. i can't understand how egypt can justify holding the journalists when there's not a single scrap of evidence against them.
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it's clear there's no evidence linking them belonging to a terrorist group, and they should be tried for forecasting them in the first place. amnesty international, we are saying there's no evidence against these men. the highest point of law, the court of cessation. how much longer do they have to wait. egypt is not holding them they are free on bail until such time as this verdict is announced. as you say, it keeps on being pushed back for the most spurious of reasons, it seems. >> right. what i'm saying. they are not detained but they are unable to leave. mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr are stuck in a country. peter is watching it unfold from abroad. their lives are on hold while the case continues. the case is just the tip of the ice burg. we have 20 other journalists in
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egyptian prisons, one a photo journalist has been detained for two years without charge or trial. why is egypt's international partners inviting abdul fatah al-sisi to visit them. >> of course as peter was saying the impact on his life and not just mohammed badr and mohamed fadel fahmy still in egypt, but on peter's life and the journalists, our colleagues who are tried and convicted in absentia - i mean for them i mean it's just as exasperating and it's having a big impact on the way they lead their lives. >> absolutely. i mean this case has been a hammer blow to free expression in egypt. and had devastating personal consequences for the journalists. i mean this case dragged on for months now without any
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resolution in site. the authorities delaying its resolution. the three journalists spent over 400 days in detention. mohammed badr missed the birth of his child. mohamed fadel fahmy lost partially the use of one of his amps because he was not given proper medical care in detention. these men will live in the shadow of this case and those tried in absentia long after it's resolved. >> thank you for being with us appreciate your thoughts more than 200 migrants in the french port calla spent another night -- calais spent another night trying to cross into england. the migrants broke several security fences near the eurotunnel entrance. thousands tried to get into the tunnel this week the church of england is criticizing prime minister david cameron for what it calls his lack of compassion over the
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migrant crisis. simon mcgregor-wood reports from folks second in the u.k. where demonstrators -- folks tonne clashed. >> reporter: it came from folkstown united a resident group campaigning for the migrants trying to reach the u.k. saying the channel tunnel authorities have to do more to save migrant lives, in particular the lives of those trying to get through the tunnel by clinging to cars and trucks. nine have died since june. >> there are a lot of people that felt the way i do which is that migration is a force for good and we need to treat fellow human being with respect. there needs to be an initiative that sets up properly managed refugee camps, where people can be fully fed and properly processed rather than left to live like animals in the jungle.
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>> reporter: a few yards away protesters with a different view. the english defense league and britain first are opposed to immigration of any kind. noisy, and with the usual symbols of english nationalism. but with an argument resonating with some. >> we have enough here at the moment. our country is on its knees, we need to concentrate on our people, our veterans homeless. allowing more people into the country will deteriorate the system more. >> it's a few hundred yards from the entrance to the tunnel. in what many see as the front line in a struggle with the immigration issue. colourful and noisy as these might be. they are extremes left and right of the political spectrum showing you how polarizing this issue has begun. >> in this corner of england,
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migration and creating strain. in kent more than 600 unaccompanied children are seeking asylum. 400 migrants made it across since june. relative to london this is not a rich place. when there's trouble in calais the aftershocks are felt here. tunnel disruptions led to traffic chaos, and it's bad for business. the british prime minister has been forced to act. he speaks of problems lasting all summer. the crisis reached the u.k.'s shores and the politicians are feeling its effects rescuers are searching for 20 people thought to be trapped in a landslide in india's north-west. the side of a hill collapse said after torrential rain earlier in the week. 500 people have been stranded after a landslide blocked a highway in the state. the heavy rain forced rocks and
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stones on to the highway. nearby temples attract hundreds of thousands to the region every year the same heavy monsoon rains hit myanmar. 27 people have been killed and 150,000 people affected. the government has declared a national disaster. al jazeera's caroline malone reports. >> many parts of myanmar have been submurgeed in heavy rain and floods and landslides followed. people are doing what they can to escape the worst-hit areas, mainly to the rest and the north of the country. but but one of the 14 provinces are affected by flash floods making it hard for rescuers to reach or support everyone. government shelters supplied temporary homes. tens of thousands are being displaced. 500,000 acres of farmland crops and livestock has been collected.
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military flew in aid, helping some that needed snls. myanmar's president went to visit some of the evacuees in the north-west. people expect some rain. this time it's been heavy, and expect it to continue. the sheer number is overwhelming. aid groups warn that there are people in parts of the country who they have not reached yet activists begin a 40 day march from america's deep south to washington d.c. to highlight racial inequality. the journey for justice began in selma alabama, the seen of a violent crackdown 50 years ago. organizers are hoping to attract thousands along the way. the march will continue from selma, through georgia, south and north carolina and virginia ending in a rally in washington
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d.c. on 16 sent. andy gallagher reports on why the starting point is significant. >> in of the history of civil rights. few it was 50 years ago this month, hundreds of black marchers marching from selma alabama to washington d.c. forcing lyndon johnson back then it sign the 1965 voting rights law. another selma march is set to ctake shape. >> reporter: in the history of civil rights, few places are iconic as this bridge. here, a few hundred foot soldiers, led by dr martin luther king junior marched with voting rights and were met by clubs in tear gas. that day became known as bloody sunday. it led to the african-americans having the power to cast ball odds. >> your vote matters, as we visit to selma, and understand how the people fought hard. >> today selma remains as a living testament to the monumental achievements. many feel the battles are far from over. >> it's painful to realise that racism is alive, and so many people spend time trying to keep people of colour from
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voting and strategies that they are doing to make it happen. it is disheartening. >> reporter: this senator was a student when he marched with dr king in 1965. the latest march to washington, he says, will raise awareness of a wide range of issues. >> not only voting rights, but equal jobs, in equal education, in all - all across the field. that is why this march is so necessary. 50 years afterwards. >> the organizers behind the journey for justice are bringing civil rights into sharp focus, making sure the sacrifices and achievements here were not for nothing. 50 years ago the protesters helped to bring about a widely considered piece of legislation in u.s. history. now legislation seen as targetting minorities and votes are emerging as a new battle ground.
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>> we have a modern day slavery that wants to treat us in many ways the same way. that's not what i thought would be happening. not in 2014/'15, '16 or '17. >> reporter: the civil rights era is one of the most important chapters in u.s. history. the next generation there'll be battles to win jason johnson is a political science professor from atlanta and says the march to washington will highlight important issues to everyone in africa. >> the 50 year anniversary of the civil rights act of 1955 is on august 6th. the ideas that they'll start marching, they'll bring attention back to the issues presented by that civil rights act. voting rights vehicle protection. housing rights. the kinds of concerns that america had specifically african-american had 50 years ago resonating today, except on
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social media and 24 hour tverings. they'll top in northern southern carolina having sessions and workshops on how to improve voter education, improving access to health care. access to simple rights of where people can go to school and buy housing. i think they are concerns that all americans have. it's been evident from what i have seen in the crowd, that you have people of all races and religions. freedom and equal access to everything america has available is something all americans should be concerned with even if they have suffered the worse. >> the "sydney morning herald" is reporting that a plane seat washed up on reunion island back in may. beach comber said he barely gave the blue seat a second glance until part of a wing washed up this week. that debris arrived in france
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for testing. investigators believe it's likely to be from malaysia airlines flight mh370 with over a year to go test event for the summer and para olympic games are held in rio, disabled athletes were first off the blocks. from rio, daniel schweimler reports. >> reporter: and they're off. disabled athletes leaping into the atlantic ocean, rio de janeiro's copacabana beach. the first leg of the triathlon and the first test event ahead of next year's games. the organizers are under pressure to get it right. >> of course we have to do some adjustments in our operation. this is what test event stands for - for test. we are learning a lot, and these will be a force applied for the olympics and the olympic games. >> the paratriathlon for five categories of disabilitied
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athletes using prosthetics and wheelchairs is one of the most complex. you could say the countdown to the summer olympic games has begun. this the paratriathlon event at the copacabana beach. a rehearsal for all concerned, but has a competitive edge as places are at stake for next year's games. >> there has been criticism that the water used for the outdoor swimming rowing and yachting is polluting, something inspectors and the committee will look at. importantly, what do the athletes think? >> it was fantastic, it was smooth fast warm. all these things. i can't wait to come book next year. >> reporter: he won gold of course he's happy. the local people those that could be dragged from the sunbathing on the copacabana beach, showed enthusiasm. and a taste of next year's
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olympic games, and they'll have to get used to being the focus of world attention. more real news from al jazeera along with analysis and comment and plenty of the video at >> i'm russell beard in northern kenya where local hero martin wheeler is taking elephant conservation to new heights. >> i'm jasmeen qureshshi in monterey bay california where researchers have discovered that sea otters may play a key role


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