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two passenger trains derail in central india killing at least 24 people. we'll be live from new delhi with the latest. you're watching al jazeera. live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the programme - pro-government forces in yemen say they have recaptured three provinces from the houthi rebels. what we do now will affect our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. in israel, america, everywhere. >> israel's prime minister
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appears to u.s. troops to blog the iran nuclear deal as president obama makes a case for it. plus... >> as japan prepares to mark 70 years since the hiroshima bombing, i'm harry fawcett, we hear from people engaged in a tough battle to be recognised as victims of the first nuclear attack. >> hello, 24 people have died in india after two trains derailed within minutes of each other while crossing a bridge. it happened near hada, 160km from bow paul. let's get from now live from new delhi. what is the latest from the scene? >> more rescue teams arrived in the past hour, but details are still slow to come from the scene itself. the initial res ky teams had to get to the area by special train
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as the roads to the sight were flooded out. now the states chief minister and the country's junior home minister have been updating the situation by social media, and they've been saying more rescue teams are on the way and all hospitals in the region are on standby. they are expecting more injured people to be pulled from the wreckage. >> is there any information at this point on what may have caused the accident? >> raily officials say the trains are maintained. a train went by 10 minutes before in the same spot, before the first derailment took place. what they are believing is that because it is the monsoon season in india, the two weeks of heavy rain in the region may have damaged or washed out part of the track. and they are saying because of the continuous rain, proper maintenance may not have been done in that area.
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local officials say a nearby dam burst which could have added to more water on the tracks, causing damage. the government says they'll be investigating, meantime they have started announcing compensation for the victim's family in this case. jam eel live in new delhi on the two train derailments in central india. >> now, gunmen have attacked a paramilitary convoy in indian administered cash year and 10km from the city, home to a military base. three have been injured. the attack is ongoing. that's all the information we have now. in yemen, pro-government forces seem to be making gains, anti-houthi fighters say they have taken control of aden and other provinces, a day after recapturing an air base. this could mark a significant turning point in the 4-month
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long war. it means pro-abd-rabbu mansour hadi forces can push to the north, the third-largest city that has been under houthi control. the houthis remain in control of the capital sanaa, and areas to the north. >> peter salisbury is a freelance journalist who lived in yemen. although pro-hardy forces made gains, they have a bigger fight ahead. >> what we have seen happen over the last few days is the houthi fighters who have been pushing up from the south from aden, taking several weeks, and gradually have been consolidating control over, would appear to have control of the air base, the largest military installation in yemen, which they have taken over the last few days and appear to be in a houthi retreat in face of the onslaught and in the face of the arrival of large amounts of military equipment from the
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united arab emirates. it seems like the plan is for the fighters to push up into dyes, the north-west of aden, and the area that it is in. but to say that this is going to be et end of the fighting is perhaps a little premature given that the base for the houthis, their power, is the north-west, the northern highlands, where loyalists of the former president who has been fighting alongside of them are based. we are seeing the anti-houthi forces doing well in the areas that houthis suffer the most resistance. if they want to take the capital. bigger fights will come into play. >> rebels killed 20 government soldiers in the city. this suburb is close to a
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military instillation. gerald tan has the details. >> going on the offensive. opposition fighters in syria target the positions of president bashar al-assad's forces on the outskirts of damascus. >> they attacked a building, showing a crew the identifies carts of soldiers, they say they have overpowered. the city has been a constant battle ground since the war in the spring of 2011. it's changed hands several times. but rebels are eager to control the territory because of its proximity to one of the government's biggest military command centers. it's adjacent to the airport. it shows an ability to hit into damascus, the core of damascus, and set the regime's basic
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power power. >> reporter: in response to the attack. barrel bombs from dropped on the city. the syrian army was facing pressure. around 300,000 strong, it's estimated to have halved in size because of deaths and affections. the president acknowledged the lack of manpower, insisting that he'll win the civil war that's killed 230,000 people. and driven millions more from their homes. turkey tightened security along the border with iraq, as it continues air strikes with kurdish fighters in the north. the turkish government believes the p.k.k. was behind an explosion in a border town killing two soldiers and a guard on tuesday. qatar defended turkey's rights to defend the borders, and is distancing itself in an arab
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leek statement expressions concern. >> the u.s. secretary of state arrived in malaysia for a meeting of south-east foreign relations, john kerry is attending the summit. the u.s. and china have been invited to attend, even though they are not members. the u.s. will push the issue of disputed islands in in the south china sea. >> the israeli prime minister urged american jews to oppose the nuclear deal with iran in an online message binyamin netanyahu said that the deal risked the catastrophic war in the middle east. kristen saloomey looks at the lobbying efforts as the u.s. congress considers the agreement. >> u.s. president obama and israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu are battling for the backing of american jews. binyamin netanyahu appealed to them directly in a web cast, arguing that the iran deal was dangerous. >> it makes it harder for iran to produce one or two nuclear
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weapons in the sort term. it does so at a terrible price, because the deal makes it easier to build dozens of nuclear weapons in a little over the decades. >> reporter: some jewish american groups are among vocal opponents. they've been targetting members of congress who had until immediate september to approve the deal with adds. here they called out charles schumer, yet to say how he'll vote. members of congress have been under pressure, leaving democratic lawmakers torn between vocal consistent units and loyalty to the president. some polls suggest the majority favour it.
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>> outside the jewish center, where families swim and take classes opinions were mixed. >> i don't think it's a good idea to give them all that money. i'm considering where some. terrorists came from. i'm not familiar by any means with the entire situation. >> reporter: there were plenty of supporters. >> it's definitely better than nothing >> give me something better. >> the left leading j street lobbying group is scaling up its own advertising campaign in favour of the deal. president obama has been meeting jewish american groups at the white house. >> the deal is a strong deal, an historic opportunity, diplomacy is better than war, and i think the deal brings iran under an international framework of
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monitoring nuclear capabilities. republicans almost universally opposed the situation, many democrats are watching the lobbying and polls before saying how they'll vote. >> coming up on al jazeera - afghans and iraqis helping american soldiers during the war are suing the u.s. government. we'll tell you why. plus, no flour for their daily bread. shortages in venezuela hit a raw nerve.
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hell jo again. the stop stories, 27 people died in india after two trains derailed within minutes of each other while crossing a bridge. the accident happened in pradesh state anti-houthi forces in yemen say they have taken control of three provinces. a day earlier they recaptured the largest air base. >> israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu urged american jews to oppose the deal with iran. they said it would pave the way for iran to develop nuclear arms. there's a new warning on the global migrant crisis. the international organization for migration says 2015 is on track to become a deadliest year for migrants crossing the sea from north africa.
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2,000 died since january. 400 more than the same period last year. approximately 188,000 migrants have been rescued and the numbers are likely to grow in the coming months. once they reach italy, many try to go to northern europe. up to 5,000 are camping in the northern french port town of calais, hoping to get across the english channel. despite police in calla, migrants are willing to risk their lives. on the other side of the channel, reactions about the arrival of the migrants are mixed. lawrence lee reports. >> that's calais, just over there. and the lorries that come under the sea or on the ferries are now being watched with a suspicious gaze of authorities, determined to keep people out who might be highlighting inside. >> egged on by a british media possessed of a rage by all
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migrants. the political class and popular opinion decided by and large the stow aways are up to go good. you hear it everywhere you go. thousands would come if they could, just for the free handouts, housing and whatever they can get, really. they say they want to work. i don't think, actually, that is the case. >> the country, the people, is not for migrants, it's for the british, why should they come over in the first place. >> it's not mattering that most is not true, that the lorries stacked up are stuck not because of migrants but a strike in the ferry port. those that try to explain to the public that almost all of those are likely to be legitimate refugees had their voices drowned out. >> the policy that david cameron was talking about of more army and fences is not going to work. the deterrence is based on the
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imuse that they are economic migrants. the reality is that they are fleeing for their lives, and the u.k. and the rest of europe needs to take responsibility for that. >> the prime minister spoke of a swarm of migrants coming by their thousands. the local council has a number for unaccompanied children it has to look after. standing at 639. not this year, but ever. >> i met a young man whose mother and father were murdered in front of him. he kept running. i spoke to a young man whose village was attacked. he left and doesn't know to this day if members of his family are alive. these are people with traumatic experiences and need our help. >> reporter: where are they all? our taxi driver says here, a road that locals will not drive down after dark. the only ones here are in slovakia. free to live and work in u.k.
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>> i couldn't blame the lady next door with eight kids, to the person crossing the border from africa, risking their life with their kids. at the ends of the day it's a mess. >> never mind all that. this, says the government is the land of milk and honey right for exploitation, and the majority agree, it's fortress mentality, even if much of what is said is a fairytale croatia commemorated 20 years since the end of its war of independence from the former yugoslavia. more than 3,000 soldiers took part in pa military parade. in august 1995. the croatian army recaptured territory taken four years earlier. >> in neighbouring serbia, there was a sombre commemoration, it was a day of mourning for the 700 serbian rebels who died in a military offensive. around 10,000 diet in the war --
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died in the war japan is preparing to mark 70 years since the southern city of hiroshima was destroyed in the first nuclear attack. the u.s. dropped the atomic bomb in the closing days of second world war. 140,000 people died in the attack, and in the months that followed. harry fawcett reports from hiroshima the miles above hiroshima offers rice, and other produce. it's been called a blessing from heaven. 70 years ago they were cursed with rain from a man made hell. >> translation: we were soaked with black. the roots were gliftening like i will. it rained so hard. >> when the u.s. air force dropped atomic bombs on hiroshima and nawasaki,
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radioactive debris was swept into the air, mixed with moisture and fell as rain. this village is outside the officially accepted black rain zone. he and dozens of others launched action to have their experiences and medical conditions recognised as stepping from the attack. >> with every effort i hope we can make the truce be recognise the. that is my wish. >> reporter: there's more than 180,000 designated survivors. of the hirst already and intoing asacky attacks living. this year the average age rose above 80. the blast happened 600m in the air, 160 meters south-east of the iconic dome. to prove a link between that moment and the present day illness, a link that could entitle you to aid. you have to prove as an adult or child or unborn baby, you were within 2km of that point, within two weeks of the blast, or that you were where exposed to large numbers of survivors, or that you were living within a government-designated radio
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fallout zone this professor studied long legal battles that resulted. >> the initial radiation lead to 2km, withinkm. -- within 2km. residual will spread to a wider area. depending on the age, and influence, it will be difference. >> this person was 4km from the center of the atomic blast in nagasaki. for the last 20 years he's battled ilhealth, including two bouts of cancer. they were recognised as a-bomb related, not so a new serious heart problem. >> i can't silently watch my friends from elementary school die one after the other, i have to carry their feelings inside me, fighting on in court. >> the land around the area has been cleansed of radioactive poison that fell. but for many that survived the horrors, it's a battle ground.
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the widow of former south korean president is making a rare visit to north korea. she is on a humanitarian mission. there's speculation that she could meet north korean leader kim jong un, who approved her trip. while in power, her late husbands pushed for closer ties with pyongyang and won the nobel peace prize for trying to reconcile with north korea during years of war in iraq and afghanistan, american troops relied heavily on local interpreters, many who promised special visas to live in the united states are waiting and sued the u.s. government. cal cut reports from -- kimberley halkett reports. >> reporter: former navy disper and his interpretser have not
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seen each other since gardner's unit left afghanistan. it was a difficult good bip. >> he put his life on the line for the unit. everyone came back except him. >> reporter: john's identity was concealed for his safety. he receives death threats from the taliban because of his work with the u.s. special forces. as a link wist he was assigned to dangerous missions. he lives understand house arrest with his elderly parents, fearing for his listen. >> if they find me, or take me, they'll take my parents. >> we knew about that. there was a lot of risk. there is risk working with the u.s. forces. when i started, i never - i never thought that one day the u.s. forces leave afghanistan and leave us behind in 2008 the u.s. congress created the special immigrant visa programme to help iraqis in
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life-threatening situations come to the united states. in 2009, the program was expanded to include those that assisted the u.s. in afghanistan. >> but the special immigrant visa programme mired in delay. the u.s. congress passed legislation requiring the state department to process the application within nine months. it has not complied u. >> this afghan interpreter was captured, tortured and killed. he had been waiting four years for the u.s. state department to process the visa. re recognise that it's challenging. >> applications are often left-eyedling for years. >> there are numerous individuals waiting upwards of five years for their special immigrants visas to get interpreted. >> gardener applied in 2011. he's waiting for an answer. >> we have a moral duty to bring
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him back to the united states because of the work he did for us. >> the state department has 4,000 visas to issue afghans like john, and requested an additional 5,000 more, but that will take an act. u.s. congress, set to go on its summer recess. venezuelans are struggling with shortages of basic doods like toilet paper, sugar and milk. it's blamed on rigid state price controls. now a flour shortage is depriving people of another basic necessity. >> reporter: empty ovens, idol mixes, bakers have gone without flour for close to a month. >> they promised flour for monday, tuesday, wednesday, and if never arrives. we don't know when it will for close to three years, venezuela lived with shortages of the most basic foodstuffs.
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something about going home breadless is hitting a nerve. >> i feel a failure as venezuelans to be living in a rich country, but where one can't find bread. >> none of the bakeries in this small neighbourhood had a steady supply of flour. for economists, a decade halted production in this country, and a lack of liquidity is weighing in on inventory. venezuela trade in the black markets, others do without, others substitute. bakers lend each other flour. we had to change the mentality to adapt to the war-like economy. there's a sense of solidarity among bake irs. those that covered and those that don't. i owe 50 sacks of flour. but every crisis has this opportunity, and indigenous
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bread made out of a root. >> the shortage of imported flour benefited our flours, to a point where this covered demands, we are hit by shortages of plastic for packaging and tickers for labels. joop because manyak is gluten free, the people ended negotiations to be supplied religious leaders in senegal are on a mission to clean up the environment. police threatened people with gaol time for littering. local imams hope that preaching will help to get the message across. >> reporter: it was not always like this - the litter, the junk and plastic bags accumulated over time. this person never understood how people got so easily accustomed to this pollution, how his
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neighbours, people that go to mosque, fast, pray five times a day throw their garbage here, polluting what was once a nature reserve. >> islam is clear, polluting is a sin. >> members of parliament voted a law banning plastic bags altogether. carrying one is illegal. throwing one on the streets can lead to a 6-month gaol sentence and a $3,000 fine. despite the harsh penalties, the law is ignored. >> if we get rid of the bags, what will i use for my customers, we need a viable alternative. all habits remain. dumping them into the ocean. it will take thousands of years. someone needs to pick them up.
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>> there's so much pollution,likal pollution say they can't clean up and enforce the law. offering approaching that emphasis the importance of protecting the environment in islam. >> known as the green imam, sar is making fighting pollution his jihad, whether in mosques or outside to young and olds. he cites the koran, taking care of the environment. >> god handed out to humanity the responsibility of conservation of nature and other creatures on the earth. as muslims it's our duty to protect the environment. >> faking responsibility for the waste we create. it may sound trivial, but it's a global issue, a call for action, and a small change in habits.
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