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a plane carrying 54 people goes missing in indonesia's remote papua region. hi there, good to have you with us. also coming up, a suicide attack in pakistan kills a home minister of punjab province, and 10 other people. iraq's prime minister orders army commanders face trial for abandoning their positions in ramadi. positions in ramadi hen i.s.i.l. took over protecting our national heritage, we follow the trail of
pomps in one of senegal's fast national parks we are getting reports that an indonesian plane with 54 people on board has gone missing. search and rescue say the aircraft lost contact with indonesia's remote eastern papua region, after taking off from jaia pora. we have more from jakarta. >> there's no report of the plane whatsoever. it was on the way to a town, a small town, which is near to the pap awee new guinea border, from the remote eastern part of inton eeshian. it flew from jaia pore two minutes before losing contact in an mountainous area. officials in the region say the weather was very bad. there's no report of the plane
landing in any other small airport in that part of indonesia, and the search has been called off, because it's evening in papua. it's dark, and rescue workers are staying that they'll start again in the morning, trying to search for the plane. it's a 3-ghana plane. it's a twin engine plane, which is have you often used in these remote areas in indonesia. and the worst accident at the airport was only five years ago. people died when they approached to land at the small airport in papua in pakistan, the home minister of punjab, and 10 others have been killed in a suicide attempt. rescuers are on the scene trying to help people buried under the rubble. the bomber was seen shaking hands. 32 others fled. >> kamal hyder has more from
islamabad. >> the home minister of the punjab was killed in his native village. it is about 45 minutes drive from here. he was holding a meeting of locals at the political office not far from his residents at the time of the attack. it is said that up to two suicide bombers entered into baghdad and detonated the deadly explosives, which brought down the roof of that building. he was buried under the rubble, along with many others. rescue efforts were under way. trying to help the people trapped under the rubble. it is important to know that he was spear heading a string of provisions against deadly organizations in pakistan, including one last month where a meeter of lashkar-e-taiba was killed in an encounter with
police. he was in the custody and it is said that he was coming down hard on the lashkar group, allied to al qaeda, taking responsibility for the attack saying it was revenge for a killing. they confirmed that the home minister, indeed, is dead, but there's app question mark as to how the bombers were able to get inside the building with such ease. >> in china, 112 are confirmed dead in the explosions. 95 are missing. there's fears that toxic chemicals is leaking into the area. 70 times more than what it should have been holding residents in the area are worried about the short and
long-term effect. >> we definitely don't feel good. environmental pollution doesn't go away. it's dangerous for the next generation. thousands of volunteers are helping those affected by the blast. adrian brown reports. >> the volunteer machine is a well-oiled one. thousands of volunteers came to the city to help. here they are handing out clothes, waters, food, and the most important commodity of all, and that is gas masks. we saw some of them handed out a short time although. we are inside the exclusion zone, and the epicentre of wednesday night's multiple explosion is at 1.8km from here. this is as far as it's safe to go at the moment. here you can see some of the apartment blocks, were vacated. people were hurtedly evacuated from the apartment blocks thirst and late on wednesday.
more than 6,000 of people were moved. many have been housed in temporary sheltsers across the city. this morning, some of those people came to protest outside of a news briefing in a building given by government officials. they are demanding that a central government do more to help them. saying only the volunteers have been giving them assistance at all. they are saying that government leaders should come to the city to see for themselves the scale of the destruction. the devastation. now, the death toll, of course, is continuing to rise. we know that 95 people are missing. 85 of them are firearm and, of course, 58 people remain in hospital, seriously injured. it's shaping up to be one of the worst industrial accidents in chinese history in iraq, an i.s.i.l. suicide attack put 17 security personnel in anbar. it happened in a village north-east of fallujah.
two truck veiled with explosives targeted militia men. >> the iraqi prime minister ordered military commanders who abandoned their position in ramadi to face trial. in may the shia government battled i.s.i.l. in an offensive that lasted three days. i.s.i.l. pushed the forces out into the city. anyone of officer grade or above that left their post during the battle bust me court martialled. we have more haider al-abadi is ratify ing recommendations that has been made to him, and members in iraq's military that conducted an investigation into officers abandoning their post when i.s.i.l. took over the city of ramadi last year. the prime minister is agreeing with the assessment of the military officers saying any of
them, officer grade and above, that were in the army, abandoning their posts, must be court marshalled. it's not clear when they'll happen or if they have happened behind closed doors. this is following up on hours, and hours of investigations by members of the iraqi military. they came up with the recommendation, and it was previously recommended that the previous prime minister and members that abandoned their post should be court martial led and that may happen soon the advisor to the iraqi league in the u.k. he says no one should have expected the army to battle i.s.i.l. alone. >> we have had a parliamentary investigation committee that has been investigating the fall of the - the more dramatic fall of mosul, for the past several months. this committee was about to publish findings, and there was a lot of controversy about the findings in iraq.
we had recently the escape of the former prime minister who travelled to iran on an u.n. official visit. now, all these things, in my view, are linked. in terms of mr haider al-abadi. why he's looking at the fall of ramadi and not the fall of mossuals. it's affected in every ruling state to court martial anyone that has not followed the rules. we need to follow the rules equally and more effectively as we go along. we don't think the government is doing that. we know now that the iraqi army is not effectively trained or equipment. i don't think anyone is expecting the army to withstand the big assaults as we have heard them from the i am not s i.s. the more leading role is by the militias supporting the army, they are taking a backseat role.
in order to effectively carry out the battle against i.s.i.s., we need to strengthen the army and investigate as to why they have withdrawn from those places. taking a few generals, i don't think it's going to achieve much. >> government forces are battling houthi rebels for control of the city. fighters loyal to haider al-abadi say 50 houthis have been killed in fighting in tiaz south-wests of the capital. the main security headquarters was retaken by pro-government forces on saturday. pro-government forces are in full control of a province, which has substantial oil reserves, and they hold five of the yemen's six provinces in the south. >> children are among dozens of migrants bordering rafts in turkey hoping to reach the greek island of cos. if they manage to reach there, greek authorities will struggle to cope with the large numbers
of migrants. it's unclear who started it. but there was no holding back. with anger, frustration and suspicion boiled over under the intensity of the summer sun. many had come hoping to get the papers to allow them to leave cos for the mainlands. the police station was closed, and disappointment and desperation turned to chants of freedom. [ chants ] some here say others are getting preferential treatment. >> no papers. what happened? please. please can you help. >> reporter: the situation on cos is becoming increasingly urgent. a loaf of bread is precious. some people have found shelter and even a shower. but the facilities are being criticized.
>> in camp there is no electricity. no water, and no food. there is in camp, women and girls and boys. they are not giving us food. >> hundreds of migrants are moved on. the boat left for athens on friday. a passenger ferry where syrians will be given priority started to operate. it will act as a floating reception center. every day there are more arrivals, many crossing the short distance from turkey. greece was not prepared for this, and athens called for help from the outside world. it is, though, still waiting still to come on the programme - struggling to avoid disease. we look at effort to find clean drinking water in south sudan. plus... >> i was a student, and a friend
>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the sound bites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. welcome back. a reminder of the top stories on al jazee al jazeera. an indonesian passenger plane with 54 on board has gone miss, losing contact over the papua region.
the aircraft took off from jai pora iraq's prime minister haider al-abadi ordered military commanders to face trial for abandoning positions in ramadi this year. i.s.i.l. fighters took over the city in may after months of fighting in pakistan, the home minister was killed in a suicide attack. a bomber blew himself up. 32 others have been injured in the blast south sudan's government says it will push on with peace talks to end a 20 month civil war. negotiators hope the president will meet with rebel leader in the capital. rival camps are facing international pressure to strike the deal before a monday deadline, or risk sanctions. >> south sudan's president and rebel leader are veterans of a decade long civil war, leading to saddan splitting from sudan. the counter conflict erupted
after the deputy was fired. rebel factions captured a regional group of tunes. president tried to crush the rebellion. a special project leader on the great horn desk at the institute for justice and reconciliation, and says attempts in ethiopia are not processing. >> unfortunately the rhetoric that we see, the language we hear coming at us at the moment is not one that i consider very positive, or indicative of either side willing to lay down arms and move forward. i don't see that commitment and language of rickon silliation, a -- reconciliation, language of
peace coming out from the talks or leaders. yes, indeed, i'm not that that is necessarily something considered seriously on either side of the parties. while i'd like to think that obama, and his involvement in the process would have added pressure, i doubt very much whether it would change in south sudan. there is a sense that - i don't know, there's a stalemate between the parties which i don't think will be solved by sanctions. >> while the talks continue, 40 people have died in a cholera outbreak in south sudan. we have this report from the capital, where the government is struggling to provide clean drinking water. this is called the donkey in south sudan.
it's the neighbourhood borehole and a primary source of water. in a country where 45% of the population doesn't have access to clean drinking waters. >> the family of 12 can't afford to buy purified drinking water or tablets to treat water from the borehole. >> if we can afford to get water from a tanker, we will, otherwise we need to get water from the boreholes. >> tankers pump water from the river, and drive to neighbourhoods where people bring their jugs and pay to fill up. >> the government can't afford to treat water with chlorine or ensure private delivery companies are providing clean supplies. rising fuel and production means the tankers provide less waters,
and are not making deliveries to remote areas. they say that they now see water tankers once a week in their neighbourhood. the lack of access to clean water is causing cholera outbreaks. during the recent outbreaks in juba 1400 were affected. 41 dies. >> this woman says her nephew was on the verge of dying. when a neighbour told her about the clinic. by that time, she was also sick. sometimes the whole family has to drink treated water. >> the problem is the government nose how much we suffer, we are living in a bad situation. >> reporter: aid groups say ending the civil war and building essential services must go hand in hand with better education. >> i have lack of clean water, latrines and hygiene, it's an endless thing, it has to improve to get rid of cholera. >> for now the poor families will have to rely on the neighbourhood donkey, and risk
getting ill. . >> sangans head to the -- sri lankans head to the polls to vote in parliamentary elections. 15 million are eligible to take part. let's look at what is at stake. in an unexpected result, pak sar, who ruled for nine years lost out to a rival in the presidential elections. the new president called for parliamentary elections after reforms were blocked by lawmakers loyal to his rival. radja pak sill ran for a seat in parliaments. if hits party secures a majority, he could become prime minister. they are trying to rally support. the rivalry, has created a split in the sri lankan freedom party, that could handle the national party an edge in the collection. the timing of the elections could be apparent. a u.n. human rights report is
due for release after the vote. >> reporter: this district in sri lanka's north-west made headlines throughout parliamentary election campaigns. there's good reason y the former president, ma hind re is campaign toing get into politics from this area. the question many are asking is given the expectations, how many people, how many potential voters are actually going to turn up at the ballot box and observe what perhaps could determine the results for the former president. now, they are suggesting that if the enthusiastic turn out, like january, where the president was rejected by voters, it could spell the end of a political career. if there's an element of voter fatigue, and many stay away, that could give him a needed
government. we can't access the polls here, they have been guarded by police. >> in pakistan, a recent case of child sex abuse turned attention to the flights plights of the street children. we have this report as dusk falls on lahore, a park near the train station fills up. men and young boys hang around. every evening is the same. then the men who offer massages arrive with their bottles of oil. you can hear this all over the park. street children give massages, it's a way to make money, and
some are sexually abused, after good evening sold for sex to customers by with customers by so-called facilitators. >> translation: they are of different ages, starting from 7, 8, nine years. their looking for them. they abuse them. sometimes they are paid, sometimes they are cheated. that is what is happening here. this is what the area is famous for. this park has a bad name. >> some are children that run away from home. gangs befriend them - boys and girls. they give them gifts and then abuse them. later they are sold for sex through their teenage years. a lot of this takes place here in the streets around the train station. that is it what happened to ali, we are not using his real name. we are protecting his identity. he's 21 years old and has lived on and off the streets since he was 7. >> a student and a friend betrayed me. he abused me . after my parent found out, they disowned me. i didn't want to become a prostitute.
but now i'm in, i'm stuck. i want to leave. i can't, because there's no other options. >> ali says in pakistan many boys and girls roam the streets without their parents, and end up in trouble. >> translation: the kids can be protected if parents supervise them. if we give them no care and they run freely, they'll be abused like me. they'll end up in this business. >> reporter: there's some organizations trying to protect street children by re-uniting with their families or taking them into care. the government-run child protection bureau in punjab looks after 1,000 children. they've been removed from the streets or rescued for homes, where they've been abused. >> no one is looking after them.
the government took a big step 10 years ago. the children - we took them from the street, and they came here. they have school. they have facilities. they have psychological facilities, medical facilities. we are trying to give them social normal life. >> reporter: this is the only province in pakistan with this type of refuge, with the scale of the problem so great, staff realise that for every child they help, many more are on streets and on their own. a park in senegal started out as a hunting reserve in the colonial era in 1926. since then attitudes to hunting have trained and the illegal trade in widelife is worth billions, leading to large-scale poaching. in the final part of a series on preserving global heritage, we join rangers trying to protect threatened species.
>> this park is under half the size of belgium. this morning rangers receive a tip use. on the ground tracks and signs of wild mann malls. these are the latest pictures from a camera used to track animal movements. here the west african lion, virtually extinct, worth hundreds of thousands on the black market. take a look at the last picture. barely visible. one of the poachers standing in front of a camera. local tribes were forced out of the area 40 years ago to protect animals from being hunted. rangers say some tribesman are known to work with traffickers. >> reporter: we are not surprised, locals have the best
knowledge of the park, it's so lucrative, they want to hunt here. >> we approach the spot where the pictures were taken. poachers are probably armed. rangers worry about a gunfight as well as being attacked by dangerous animals near. suddenly, she spots them. they launch an ambush. as expected, local villagers. on them weapons and food rations. he says he was hunting bush meat, but the park rangers don't believe him. most of what they hunt are smuggled out of the country to asia. poachers are after big cats like this. this is a rare pantser. rangers found this panther when he was a baby after poachers killed his mother and siblings.
>> despite the efforts put in place to prevent poaching, there's a number of animals that are on the verge of extinction. and so the united nations says this world heritage site is in danger. rare antelopes, elephants, lions, primates - none are spared. rangers say poachers kill indiscriminately, even using automatic machines. >> it's disgusting and we feel responsible. we are supposed to protect sites. it's a difficult ask. >> worth an estimated $19 billion, the global trade in wild animals is booming. despite local efforts like this, it continues to grow now, hundreds of volunteers have hit the streets of rio de janeiro, armed with paint brushes. they have been sprucing up the homes in the center.
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