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>> u.s. secretary of state is in qatar discussing the ran nuclear deal. >> a syrian fighter jet crashes into a busy market, killing 20 people. >> over 100 dead and tens of thousands affected by flooding in india vietnam and myanmar. >> i have the sport including riding a different kind of wave,
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how this daredevil motorcyclist took his bike off the road. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in car qatar to defend the nuke deem with iran at a meeting of the g.c.c. foreign ministers have been discussing regional security at a meeting in doha. we're covering the story on both sides of the atlantic. we'll cross over to rosalyn jordan in washington d.c., but first with hashem who is at that meeting in doha. hashem what are we expecting or what are gulf nations expecting to hear from john kerry? >> qatar's prime minister outlined the concerns of the g.c.c. and their demands at the same time. he said that there needs to be a swift solution to the crise in
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syria, yemen he spoke about the regional security, and also about the need for the united states to provide its allies in the region with an elaborate briefing on exactly what happened during the iran's nuclear deal. here lice the problem. for the americans the deal is quite significant for both iran and for the region and this is the only way to allow for more peace and prosperity. g.c.c. leaders are concerned that iran could use that deal to further expand and play an aggressive role in the region. g.c.c. leaders have told the americans that they are concerned the iranians are using their problems ice in the region like the houthis hezbollah, militias and president bashar al assad. they are concerned these things could undermine interests of the gulf countries. >> that's what g.c.c. ministers
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are expecting to put forward to the u.s. secretary of state. let's bring in live pictures of the event itself or the venue itself where we are expecting the u.s. secretary of state to appear momentarily or shortly and address a gathering of journalists as well as having met those foreign ministers. rosalyn jordan is following the situation from washington d.c. we heard there from hashem what the g.c.c. wants. what do you understand the u.s. will be prepared to say in response? >> the u.s. is trying to persuade the members of the g.c.c. to understand that trying to establish a nuclear free zone as much as possible across the middle east is a very good thing, not just for the u.s.'s national security interests but the region's security interest, as well. what the u.s. is very much trying told with the iran deal among other things is avoid a
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nuclear arms race in the middle east. perhaps the u.s. will be offering more of conventional weapons sails in order to maintain their strategic military advantage in a way of reassuring them that the u.s. is not bonn donning them in terms of political and security alliances, but of course, the question is going to be just how persuasive the secretary of state john kerry will be during these discussions. certainly this is a part of an overall campaign, a global campaign by that the u.s. to get as many countries as possible to support this deal, and the thinking is that with as much international support as possible then you'll see more members of the u.s. congress will also get to sign off on the deal throw their support behind it, as well. >> thanks very much. let's continue the discussion and bring it here into the
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studio. i'm joined by a senior researcher at the al jazeera study center. good to have you with us. let's take a step back from the immediate issues, which our correspondents have been covering and look at the bigger picture. over the last decade, u.s. influence in the middle east has been going down, iranian influence increasing. is there likely anything that john kerry can say that's going to change that trend? >> i don't see that kerry is coming to the region with a lot of promises or if he can deliver any new promises. i think he is here to explain and he has to explain a lot president why did the united states go it alone. what does it expect next from iran and how does iran and how will iran behave in the near future. if the kerry or obama administration can he can tend all of this to the region, then i think you will have to see a lot of support behind the united states but the problem with the
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entire deal and with the united states as we see it at this point is this. the united states comes to iraq, occupies iraq and then outsources the iraqi security to iran. nobody does anything about it. 12 years later, we see that iran has entrenched itself into the region. >> not only rack, syria. >> exactly. it has a shadow government in lebanon, a shadow government right now in yemen and the syrian regime would not have lasted this long had it not been for iran more so than russia. for the united states to coming in 2015 and say iran is a good member of the international community and if iran is willing to go along and behave as a normal partner or a normal actor in the international community for that, kerry has to explain
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how can he explain that, how can he present iran as a productive and constructive member in the international community so the americans have a lot to do. the g.c.c. >> let me jump in there. coming from the g.c.c., from that perspective, is this meeting really then about regional players g.c.c. players trying to place themselves in the best possible position to fill that sort of vacuum which you've been describing that's been filled by iranian influence? >> i believe so. that's one point. also the other thing that's very telling for me is that i see -- the g.c.c. is telling the united states if you can not secure the security of the area, if you can not change your attitude toward the area, the russians are willing to play a more constructive role in the region. can you the united states afford the russians to replace
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you as soon as we would like to ask them or not? if the answer comes from the united states also it intends to pivot to asia at this stage the russians can replace you thens onus is on the americans because they can no longer blame the g.c.c. for inviting russia to replace the united states for security issues, especially that russia and iran have good relations. i would not say perfect but good relations so the americans have a lot to explain for their action and their behavior, and they really have to also tell the g.c.c. what is next, and who is going to be filling the vacuums that they are going to leave after they have planned their gradual leave or escape from the region. >> thanks so much.
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a syrian jet crashed in it lib province and killed 20 people. we have this report. >> this girl is looking for her father. many other children were rescued, wounded and in shock. in the chaos after the destruction, their helpers didn't seem sure where to take them for help. people are used to being hit by barrel bombs but not by aircraft used to drop those bombs, crashing on a crowded market. >> it is a popular market packed with vendors who you can see are under the debris. the war plane pilot and rockets hit the market and damaged it completely. bodies are still under the
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rubble. most hospitals have been destroyed. activists say it's a glib let tactic by the government. when doctors without borders visited the area, they documented orchestrated terror by the government against the people of the area. rebels said they shot down the plane. >> when the pilot fired two missiles on civilians in the popular market, his aircraft account technical problems and fell where it carried out the air strike. >> it crashed in the center of the town, and left a trail of destruction. homes, shops and market stalls were all destroyed. >> i was with my nephew on the sidewalk and felt a huge explosion. i found myself under the debris. >> it is no longer a syrian
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government stronghold, like most of idlib controlled by opposition fighters. since may government attacks have intensified and hundred was civilians have been killed. al jazeera. >> hundreds of people gathered at candlelight vigils in jerusalem to mourn a teenaged girl stabbed to death at a gay pride parade. the 16-year-old died from her wounds on sunday. she was attacked by an orthodox jew last week. prime minister benjamin netanyahu called it a hate crime. we have this update from west jerusalem. >> the vigil took place in zion square where the attack took place. people gathered in tel-aviv and bet sheba to remember the 6-year-old girl. she was supporting her friends when she was stabbed in the back.
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they also said that they would donate her organs to save another life. her friends and family and supporters gathered. they lit candles, played her favorite songs, so really pressure coming out on the ground on the israeli government to do more to tackle these jewish extremists. the orthodox man who carried out this attack did it 10 years ago and only was released from prison three weeks before this happened, serious questions being asked about how he managed to break the security cordon around this gay pride parade. less than 24 hours later, we had the secular attack, arson attack on a palestinian home in the occupied west bank, so very strong language coming from the israeli government, calling these terrorists, acts of terrorism and saying they will bring them to justice. the israeli security cabinet said they will be passing what will be called administrative detention for israeli jewish suspects. it sounds very strong. it's in line with the language coming out from the israel government since these attacks happened. we spoke to a human rights lawyer.
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she told us that it's always been the case, they just really haven't implemented it. we're going to have to wait and goes to the knesset convening in a special session. special session. they will convene on tuesday to discuss this bigger issue of jewish extremism and how they're going to tackle it. >> plenty more still to come on al jazeera. >> taking a look at the next generation of train technology that will soon move millions of people cross london. >> a climate of change with just 18 months left in power the u.s. president unveils his plan to cut carbon emissions. plus, we hear from the head of world athletics as he reacts to the latest allegations of widespread coping in sport. >> the corruption trial for one
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of south africa's most controversial politicians has been adjourned until tuesday. supporters of the former youth leader of the ruling african national congress were outside court. he already has a hate speech conviction and faces charges of racketeering fraud corruption and money laundering. >> his corruption trial was adjourned earlier on monday after one of his co accused wasn't available for court due to illness. he may not return to court for another three weeks. follow that add under he spoke to supporters of his political party, indicating that he would want the knoll prosecuting authority here in africa to separate trial to allow his case to be heard here. he said he wants his day in court, he wants to clear his name. he says he's been persecuted,
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however the national prosecuting authority says the charges against him are valid and it is indeed considering whether or not to separate those charges. it's on that tuesday that all parties will return to court to determine the way forward and when in fact this trial will proceed. >> soldiers in northern nigeria rescued 178 people being held by boko haram. more than half of them were children. army commanders say they were found south of the largest city in borno state. a boko haram commander was captured in the raid, too. >> 101 children, 67 women and 10 men have been freed when the military launched an operation liberating about eight villages, destroyed boko haram camps in those areas. the nigerian military captured a very senior commander of boko haram. this is all coming at a time when the military is recording success over boko haram fighters.
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two weeks ago, the nigerian army announced it chased out boko haram in all territories and confining them to the forest in the northeast of nigeria. right now with the multi-national joint task force are also launching coordinated attacks on different fronts to try to corner boko haram in one particular location to launch a final onslaught. it sees boko haram not only a nigerian cameroonian and chadian threat, but regional threat. a major offensive is underway now to chase out boko haram and so far collaboration between these two groups is very, very much in the play as this is contrary to what was there before during the previous
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administration. >> in pakistan, the local government is demolishing slums on the outskirts of islamabad. hundreds of houses have been bull dosed. land price have skyrocketed in the capitol and there isn't enough cheap housing to go around. >> 20-acres of mud brick homes turned to rubble. it will take another week to level the area. people settled here for work and escape fighting in other parts of pakistan. they built houses on land they didn't own. now they're being turfed out. >> we lost everything, even our buffaloes. i came here 14 years ago. i can't return to my tribal area because there is fighting between the military and taliban. >> over the last knew years land prices in islamabad trimmed tripled. there is a strong demand for housing and real estate. this was government land sold
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off years ago. the slum is being demolished so it can be developed. >> the developers and commercial land grabbers, real estate and speculators have an in with the administrators and the poor don't. that's why when we talk about enforcing the law it comes down heavy on the side of the poor. >> it's a pathetic sight here. hundreds of people are wandering where their homes once attitude. they can't afford to rebuild. >> on the first day bulldozers moved in, it furnished violent. residents threw stones at police. they responded with tear gas and water cannon. since then, things have calmed down. government leaders say criminals live in the slums the land has to be handed over to its real owners. these people should go back to where they came from. >> we are 100% sure that this
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settlement, they were not directly involved in the development of the city. these are, you know, no entity for our city, you know? >> with nowhere to go she is on the street with her chickens, living on the margins of society, she has little power to resist. nicole johnston, al jazeera islamabad. >> unusually heavy monsoon rain has caused disasters right across south and southeast asia. more than 75 people have been kid in india with the worst damage in west bengal state. disaster zones have been declared in myanmar affecting 200,000 people. there are particular concerns in the western regions and in northern vietnam people are under throat from toxic mud that split out of coal mines after heavy rain. we have this report. >> floodwater as high as
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rooftops. this is in myanmar, one of the areas worst hit by recent floods. what used to be agricultural land has become a lake. the high water levels pushed dams to a breaking point and that's contributed to floods in parts of the region. >> there is too much rain here this year and the dam near here let out water. so it is flooded because of that. >> thousands of people have left their homes. many of them found shelter in a monastery. 300 homes are also known to have been destroyed in the state. there are fears more people are cut off from help. roads have submerged and bridges washed away. >> one of the greatest challenges is this is affecting a wide range of the country so it's accessed to do assessments and get supplies ins. the government has been working on preparedness because natural disasters are part of the life
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and the environment here. this time around, the government has reached out and is accepting support, encouraging support from all humanitarian actors, united nations and other partners. >> people affected in india particularly those hit by flash floods say they need more government support. >> it has been three days since our homes were submerged. we had no help from the government. we had no food to eat. >> heavy rain affected northern vietnam where there have been spills of toxic sludge from coal mines. an entire community was buried last week. >> my house is buried under that mud, soil and rock. i don't know if we can go back to live there. the flooding has been going on for a long time. >> people are trying to gather coal from the contaminated water, threatening their health and the environment.
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back in myanmar people say it's the worst flooding in decades. many regions have been declared national disaster zones. al jazeera. >> let's get weather with richard where heat, dust and humidity causing problems in the middle east. >> everybody has got their own problems haven't they? typical in myanmar and north vietnam, monsoon weather. here very distinct weather conditions a lot of heat and obviously humidity and in amman and jordan sunday, significant amounts of dust being lifted into the air and flights in international airports were delayed and rerouted, usual problem trying to get things back to normal in the following few hours. you can see on the temperature charts here, there's a circulation here, a high pressure circulation suggesting why there has been lifted dust across the region.
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aleppo temperatures well above average and baghdad not as hot as it has been, today 47 degrees. temperatures edging up again maybe not quite reaching the 50 mark so really quite unpleasant. come here to qatar at the moment the weather is not great, temperature in the 40s don't mind, but we have got the humidity. the humidity is about 47%. contrast that with riyadh, humidity about 7%. i'd rather be in riyadh with the much dryer heat. >> one of the most advanced railway lines ever built is taking shape under london. cross rail will connect the east of britons capitol with the west when it opens in three year's
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time. we are seeing what its passengers can expect. >> it's taken 10,000 workers more than six years but now the newest underground train tunnels are almost raid for their rails. cut at a department of 40 meters, the new tunnels we've 21 kilometers beneath the heart of the city. >> the biggest challenge has been constructing this massive project in an area of london that's already dense infrastructure. at the design stage, the alignments had to be decided in terms of both horizontal and vertical alignment to avoid interruption with existing foundations or tunnels. >> eight laser guided tunneling machines removed more than 7 million-tons of earth. the walls of the tunnels were then sealed, using 200,000 concrete segments.
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at the same time, engineers have been working on an all new digital communications network the first ever to control all aspects of the railway line. >> this computer network needs to be able to handle the data of more than 250 passenger information displays, more than 600 internet telephones and more than 1600 high-definition cameras, all simultaneously. >> routine maintenance is done a lot quicker. also safety aspects, moving away from traditional cameras that you see provides more coverage for passenger safety. it provides realtime information to the operators to make decisions quicker. >> the control network has also been isolated to help prevent it from being hacked.
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>> all systems are closed off. there's only a few operating terminals that have the ability to log on, things like u.s.b. ports were disabled, so have zero access to any of these areas. >> it will be another three years before the $23 billion line opens, and there's still plenty to do to make it ready from an expected 200 million passengers a year. al jazeera, beneath central london. >> the channel tunnel which links france with england is the focal point for undocumented migrants trying to get to the u.k. is scaping war in the middle east and south africa. detectors are being installed just outside calais. french police have blocked migrants trying to storm the terminal. they've stepped up attempts to stop people boarding trucking and trains. the makeshift camp in calais, known as the jungle is actually home to about 3,000 men women and children. this is what the migrants want to escape, the living conditions are dire, with a lack of food,
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shelter and basic services. charles stratford is there. >> behind the security fence is the railway track the tunnel is in that direction, and the trains as they move slowly through here, migrants at night try to hop this fence try to cut through it at various different locations in this area and try and literally grab hold of the train as it goes by in some instances. that's why we've seen so many deaths in recent months. we were here last night and there was quite a heavy police presence. there were a lot of migrants here that were eventually dispersed. as you can see behind me here, as well, the french authorities have put in extra light. we've just heard a helicopter go over and there are police scattered around this area. i spoke to an n.g.o. worker earlier and i asked her exactly what needs to be done, and really who is responsible for these migrants currently as they sit here on french soil.
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>> why is this that the french government has the responsibility of stopping people that don't even want to be here? it doesn't make any sense. really it doesn't make any sense. it should be the job of each country to in a sense to stop people but the idea is that we don't want to stop people. we want to see who wants to come and who has legitimate rights to come and, you know, deal with that in a humane way and not make people wait months and months before their asylum request and looked after. it's such a waste of human potential. you think about people who have to live in conditions like that for six, eight months, they cannot work. you know, they can take a few french class but that's about all. they don't develop their skills. >> certainly the focus of attention be for politicians in the u.k. and france at the moment seems to be more on security. meanwhile, the people in camps like this one, they have nowhere
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to go, and the conditions they live in are are getting worse by the day. charles stratford, al jazeera calais. >> still to come, calls for justice in mexico after a prominent journalist is found dead. >> meet the samaritans who hack for the greater good, doing for their communities what their governments cannot. >> how this friendly football match turns fiery with that details coming up in sport. this is a great place to work. not because they have yoga meetings and a juice bar. because they're getting comcast business internet. comcast business offers convenient installation appointments that work around your schedule.
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>> welcome back. let's recap the headlines. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in qatar to defend the nuclear deal with iran at a meeting with the g.c.c. we're looking at live pictures of the venue. we're expecting john kerry and his counterpart to speak. the foreign ministers of the g.c.c. have been discussing regional security in doha. >> 20 people killed after a syrian fighter jet crashed into a busy market in idlib province, coming down in the northwest. around 50 people were wounded. >> vigils in israel for the teenage girl stabbed to death at the gay pride parade. the israeli government approved the detention without charge of what benjamin netanyahu called jewish extremists. >> in iraq, they say it's so hot
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it could melt the nails in the doors. the government declared a four day holiday because of the soxing weather. electric cuts have prompted protests in several cities. imran kahn reports. >> the initial protest was sparked by a lack of electricity, but now they've become anti-government. protestors say corruption is the reason iraq is in such turmoil. >> if people have their say they can change anything. we're fed up with a parliament and government that has not met the demands of the people. >> people are out today to put an end to this craziness that's been for 14 years. they've had enough. the people who we have elected are doing nothing to change our lives. >> the protests have been spontaneous, now becoming more otherwise with opposition parties encouraging more people to cull out come out on the streets.
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patience is growing thin. >> there's nothing the government can do in the short term. everything the protestors are complaining about require systemic changes. this government has huge issues with corruption, antiquated practices and there's no money in the budget due to falling oil prices and the security situation that is deteriorating. iraq is a young democracy but patience is running out with those in power. >> it is likely that the protests will continue. what's worrying for the government is that even in places with support is strong, anger and frustration is beginning to appear and that's likely to spur some sort of short term solution. government leaders have met to discuss the protests but no plan has been announced to diffuse the anger that's being shown. imran kahn, al jazeera. >> refugees in jordan hit by a sand storm. hundreds in the camp needed treatment for breathing problems
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and dehydration. the sand storm also caused disruption in the capital forcing flights to be diversed to other airports. >> u.s. president barack obama is unveiling a new strategy to tackle climate change. he faces opposition from congress. we explain. >> the american west is burning. twenty wildfires have scorched large swaths of california consuming houses and forcing hundreds to flee. in alaska, forest fires devoured 2 million hectares. parts of canada are engulfed in huge fires, as well. it has led to emergency conserve water orders in several states. u.s. president barack obama is unveiling a new sweeping energy
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policy that would sharply cut greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. >> we share this message with your friends and family. >> he spoke about the need to take action in a memo to the american people posted on facebook. >> climbed change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore. that's why on monday, my administration will release the final version of america's clean power plant the biggest most important step eve ever taken to combat climate change. >> key points of the plan include requiring existing power plants to cut emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by the year 2030, forcing electrical utilities to invest in wind and solar power. it gives the 50 individual states a target of drawing 28% of their energy from renewables by the 2020s. power plants supply about 40% of u.s. greenhouse gases.
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>> with just 18 months left in the white house, obama may see a climate crackdown as a key part of his legacy, but the plan is sure to set off a political firestorm of its own. >> the opposition republican party, which controls congress is staunchly opposed, calling it a job killer and an abuse of presidential powers. conservative groups in the energy industry plan to challenge the regulations in court. many of the 17 republicans running for president in 2016 question the scientific consensus that global warming is largely man made. the plan risks losing votes for the likely democratic nominee, hillary clinton, in keep states like ohio, with large coal mining industries. rob reynolds, al jazeera, los angeles. >> the whistle blowing website wikileaks released documents it
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little proofs the u.s. was spying on japan. the leak says washington and some of japan's major politician and major firms were under surveillance. the claims were called deeply regrettable. >> wikileaks sake the surveillance went back eight years, corporations, the govern of the bank of japan a conversation took place inside the office of the prime minister a cabinet briefing. among the topics apparently of interest japan's nuclear policy climate change policy, positions on complex trade talks with other partners, including the united states. on monday, the chief cabinet secretary of japan said that if these claims were true, they were deeply regrettable and he says he's made a strong request to the u.s. director of national intelligence james clapper to clarify.
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this relationship was so marked by the horrors of war 70 years ago, but has developed into one of the strongest alliances on both sides in the decades that have succeeded that. this will be of great embarrassment to the united states. it is unlikely to derail this relationship at a time when the prime minister of japan seems so keen to upgrade the alliance and give a more military contribution to that alliance from japan's side. however, this is a bump in the road and one which will be of embarrassment in washington. >> mexico is one of the most dangerous count rips in the world for journalists. thirty have fled the southeastern state of veracruz fearing for their lives. a reporter was found dead in mexico city on friday. >> even in death photo journalist reuben takes his camera with him.
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his camera with him, as he did where he was threatened and harassed around in mexico city where he fled to. >> it's hard to do journalism or live in veracruz. anyone who criticizes the government is attacked. i had to leave because of violence. all journalists have experienced that. while i lived here, he is the 13 journalists killed in the state. he was killed along with four our people on friday. fellow journalists gathered in mexico's main avenue to mourn and denounce his death. >> protestors, many of them journalists, are showing their anger over what happened with their colleague. there's a real sense of fear. mexico city is meant to be a safe haven for journalists under threat in other parts of the country and that's been shaken by what happened. >> they know that what happened
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to reuben espinosa could happen to any of them. mexico is the most dangerous country in latin america for journalists. >> it made me very afraid. killing him for me was a message. they say even if you run away, we will find you and we'll do the same thing we did to reuben. >> the governor's administration may be particularly repressive but all over the country, its local authorities rather than organized crime that are the biggest danger to journalists, according to a prominent human rights group. >> threats come especially from the government, this is something we have documented over the last five years, is well spread over the whole country, not only in the northern region, so pretty much in every single state, you'll find a case of a killed journalist or kidnapped journalist. >> very few of those crimes have been solved. now there's another on the desk of the very authorities that many mexican journalists have come to fear and mistrust.
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al jazeera, mexico city. >> let's take you now back to the qatari capital doha where the u.s. secretary of state has just entered the room where he's about to give a press briefing, along with his qatari counterpart, the foreign minister of qatar. of course, the u.s. foreign secretary is touring countries in the region trying to sell the message to leaders of this region that the recent deal between the u.s. and iran on the nuclear issue will only make the region safer. they are about to begin speaking. let's listen in to what they have to say. >> discussion today with the ministers of g.c.c., it was a strategic dialogue between the council and the united states, and we have addressed too many
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issues which interest our countries and we heard from john kerry about the details the agreement with iran and five plus one and we congratulate mr. john about the effort, the big effort which he made last year to reach this result, this choice was the most appropriate among other choices which will sort out the iranian nuclear weapons and this is due to the big effort, which united states made and the alliances. we are quite confident about what they made which would make
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this region statement and weapon discussed in our meeting the results of camp david and the work of the joint committees which are six and we spoke about all the areas which should share with our sons in military and security areas. we spoke also about the situations in the region, especially syria iran and iraq, and we had a very common view about these issues and we would not like to make you wait a bit
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longer and we give you now his highness, john kerry so he can explain what has taken place during the discussion with all other parties. >> thank you very, very much khalid. led me start by thanking the emir. i want to thank also the foreign minister for welcoming me to qatar and for hosting the meetings that we had today. i want to thank the other foreign ministers all the foreign ministers of the gulf cooperation council for joining me here today in doha for what was a very comprehensive and also very constructive meeting followed by working lunch. in every conversation that i had today, it was crystal clear that the united states and the g.c.c.
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nations agree that the partnership that we share is indispensable to the security and stability of this region, and for that reason, we are releasing a joint u.s. g.c.c. statement outlining many of the points that we discussed and agreed on today. ministers agreed, and i think you heard a moment ago that once fully implemented it contributes to the long term security including preventing iran from acquiring a military nuclear capability, but frankly most of the time that we spent this afternoon was spent articulating and working on the full measure of the relationship between the united states and the g.c.c. going forward. no one should doubt for a moment
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that the united states is only focused on the implementation of the jcpoa the nuclear agreement, and i think that president obama made it very clear at the camp david summit where he discussed steps that the g.c.c. and the united states would take together, as we implement the vienna agreement. today, my counterparts and i discussed the steps that we will take and how we intend to build an even stronger, more enduring and more strategic partnership with particular focus on our crop are a active counter terrorism, counter insurgency and cooperation on countering the destabilizing activities taking operation in the region. we discussed, for example our
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work on an integrated ballistic missile defense capability and expediting certain arms transfers. we also discussed enhancing our cooperation on combating violent extremism in the region, on sign you are security, maritime security and even more. we focused on a range of very specific regional challenges, including the fight against daish, al-qaeda, other violent extremists. the united states, particularly condemns the recent attacks in saudi arabia, kuwait and bahrain and stand united in our efforts to defer and defeat the people who are responsible for these heinous crimes. the g.c.c. states also play a very key role in iraq. we discussed iraq today where together we continue to assist the government of iraq in degrading and defeating daish
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as well as supporting a multi-sectarian government that takes an inclusive approach to this fight. one of the comments made in our joint communique refers to the need for the full measure of reforms to be implemented. i also might comment to people that we're very proud that over the course of the last several weeks or month or so, 100,000 sunni have returned to their homes in tikrit, something that only a few months ago seemed unimaginable. our cooperation is a major reason that we've been able to see significant progress in halting daishs momentum and in some places, reversing it. we recognize that no amount of military force will terminate daish's horrific violence if it is not also matched by a broader political and economic effort
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that addresses the underlying conditions that have allowed this group to gain traction. that includes addressing the dire humanitarian situation. today, i'm pleased to announce that the united states will contribute an additional $62 million in assistance to those iraqis who are displaced and in need. with this new funding the united states has now provided more than $475 million in humanitarian assistance to the region in the last year and a half. we also discussed the crise in syria, the policy of the united states in syria is very clear. i think many of you know i will be shortly having a meeting. the policies have the united states is clear. we believe that assad and regime longing a lost legitimacy, in
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part, because of his regime's continued brutality against the syrian people themselves and that has been a magnet for foreign fighters, drawing them to syria fueling the rise of daish and other violent extremist groups. since there is no military solution to syria's challenges, there has to obviously be a political solution. we continue to support the moderate syrian opposition, along with our g.c.c. partners and other global coalition partners and we will remain relentless in our mission to eliminate the safe haven that daish has found within syria. we also discussed yemen and we agreed that the best way forward is a return to the political transition process set forth in the gcc initiative and national dialogue conference outcomes. we expressed our support for the
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efforts of the united nations and u.n. special envoy for yemen, the united states will stand by our g.c.c. partners in condemning the destabilizing activities the military activities of the houthis which have a very damaging impact on the peace and security of yemen and the abilities of anybody to provide basic services to the yemeni people. we will continue to urge all the parties in yemen to allow for humanitarian organizations to quickly and safely reach all of the yemenese throughout the country. finally, we discussed the situation in libya where we continue to work active live with the international community to support the u.n.-led political process and we call on the libyan decision makers, all of them to join in supporting a political agreement that will lead to the formation of a
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government of national accord. obviously, you can tell from this list of items most of which we mentioned in our communique, that there is no shortage of urgent and complex challenges that are facing the united states, qatar, and the gulf states today but frankly so too, there is no shortage of opportunity. there's an opportunity for us to work together, to plan together and to achieve together the goals that we share for the region and the world. that was the purpose of the meeting at camp david. that was the purpose of today's follow-up meeting. we have working groups that will start meeting as of tomorrow. in riyadh, elsewhere over the course of the next three weeks those working groups will be piecing together a more detailed
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agenda an agenda for not just cooperation, but for action by which we will raise the capacity of all of us in the region to be able to push back against destabilizing activities by anybody, and also to help build the long term peace security and stability that this region hopes for so fervently. we will remain in very close contact in the days and months ahead. i'm very grateful for the leadership as chairman of the g.c.c. and appreciate his efforts together with the united states on a number of issues where we have collaborated and worked in many, many ways. today, we made progress on what we laid out at camp david but clearly, there's more work to do and we are all of us committed to that task. thank you. >> today's first question will
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come from wall street journal. >> let me apologize ahead of time. normally after a day like this, we would have taken a lot more questions, and i apologize for our inability to do that, but i have already pushed back very significantly on my meeting with mr. lavrov as well as another meeting with another foreign minister and a departure to go to east asia for the summit, so i apologize ahead of time and i thank you for your indulgence. >> go ahead with your question. >> i have a question for both secretary kerry and the minister. secretary kerry can you talk about how you're hoping to build on the ran deem to deal with issues in the region, particularly syria there's hope that there could be a new push to resolve syria and in your discussions with the g.c.c.
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states are you talking more about now trying to use iran as kind of an integral part, kind of bringing them into the solution or is it a message more of confronting them. forthem.for the minister, do the g.c.c. states believe they should be allowed to develop the same nuclear technologies that iran is going to develop as part of this deal? thank you. >> well, let me -- let me make sure that everybody understands the journey we have traveled in arriving at this nuclear agreement. the agreement is not based on any expectation or understanding
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about what iran will or won't choose to do. this agreement to some people's criticism did not focus on issues that we knew might take five years, 10 years to try to resolve. we focused exclusively on iran's nuclear program and the potential of iran having a nuclear weapon. therefore, what was resolved in vienna was a nuclear deal, without any understanding or expectation of what would flow from iran with respect to the region except for iran's own statements through president rouhani and foreign minister zarif that they hope that it is possible that it might open the door to other relationships or
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to solving some problems in the region. we don't know that. we have no bet placed on that. our goal is to fully implement this agreement and to hope that iran's behavior will be ameal rated. >> we hope that support for houthi other involvements in the region, support for terror history cliff which we have opposed and we continue to oppose and we will oppose going forwarded in the future. now everybody can hope that perhaps there will be a turning of the page, but we're preparing for the possibility that that make that not happen, and so, we will continue, always, to pursue diplomacy when diplomacy presents itself, but we will also work with our friends and
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allies in the region to make certain that we are doing the most possible to prevent any kind of external or illegal and inappropriate engagement within a country from destabilizing our friends and allies in the region. today, we talked very specifically about the ways in which countries can build their own capacity to push back against that kind of activity.
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>> ens also the fight for the countries with all the technology and the knowledge in the nuclear field. and it will count on all these spaces with what john kerry has demonstrated with the development of