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bangkok reopens a shrine that was the site of a deadly explosion. ♪ ♪ snow hello there, i am laura kyle in doha. also ahead. south korea prepares to raise the ferry that sunk in april killing more than 300 people. they left one war zone only to be caught up in another. we meet somalis trying to survive in yemen. and the u.s. sends in soldiers to help battle wild fires burning in several western states. ♪
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♪ the there is a shrine in thailand's capital bangkok where 22 people died in a bomb this is week has reopened. people have been visiting the shrine which is on one of bangkok's busiest intersections praying and laying flowers. policing looking for a suspect. links to the attack that also left more than 100 people injured. he's seen in this security footage leaving a backpack just minutes before the blast. wayne joins us live from bangkok at the scene of tha blast. a massive manhunt now under way, wayne, for the suspect in a yellow t-shirt. that's the latest we are -- what's the latest we are hearing on that? >> reporter: well, i have to say there have been very few details released on wednesday, much attention still focused, of course okay that footage is and exactly who that man, is exactly
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what his motives might have been but really not many details from the police or the government other than to say that he did not act alone. the police are saying that there are multiple people that never now looking for. than that an attack of this magnitude could not have been organized and planned, carried out by just one person. so they are now looking for more than just the man seen in that security camera footage. but like i say, exactly who he is, there are no further details that have been released as you say, the shrine now open for business, people have been coming here since this morning. paying their respects. leaving flowers, leaving messages of support for the victims of monday night's bombing. >> in the wake of that bombing, wayne, we are seeing a much greater security presence there in the capital? >> reporter: certainly around the that line over the past few hours we have seen an increase in security. there have been police here most
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of the day. certainly not in great numbers and early this morning there were also some soldiers around the shrine itself. but really not much of an increase as far as we can tell around the city. it seems to be business as usual. there have been and quieter periods certainly on tuesday night. as the 24 hour period since the bombing passed, there were very few people around some of those key area areas a lot of the shog malls around in intersection where the bomb took place were reporting very low numbers in terms of customers going there. the intersection here was very quiet. the shrine remained closed but right now it seems like things are get back to business. >> wayne hayes thanks for joining us from bangkok. people whose homes were damaged in china are did he demg more compensation. [ chancing ] >> the residents of one housing
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estate stage aid protest calling the government for buy back their properties. thousands of homes remember damaged in the blast which engulfed the port and raised fierce of toxic contamination, more than 100 people were killed. south korea is beginning work to raise the ferry that capsized in april last year killing more than 300 peel. most of them children. the recovery is expected to cost $70 million. it's a key demand of relatives who want to find nine missing bodies. harry fawcett live for us in seoul. harry it's been 16 months since ththe ferry sank, why are they only starting to recover the boat now. >> reporter: a very long time. especially for the families who maintain many of them this protest site here in central seoul. i spoke to the mother of 117-year-old boy who was recovered about a week after the ferry went down. she was saying she felt that she had been misinformed even misled so much in the weeks and months
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up until now that they will maintain this presence here to monitor and make sure that the ship is brought ashore. it's been a political discussion. there was a committee set up to example just whether it was feasible and indeed cost effective to bring the ship up from the depths. but there are still nine missing people and that's the overriding factor in all of this they want to get the remains back to shore so that the families can try to bring some end to this continuing story for them. and when you look at the plans put in place by this chinese company, they are incredibly difficult and inter got. they are going to have to do this survey over the next couple of months, then try to put nets across all of the openings of the ship. inflate parts of the ship to make it easier to get beams under neath it which will then be attached to a rig which will bring it along under the water, onto a dock and eventually get it onto shore. they say they will do it by june, it's an expensive
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procedure and given the nature of the current and difficult working conditions they will face a very difficult one as well. >> and there have also been delays to the start of an envelope investigation in to the incidents. what are families hope to go gain from that? >> reporter: well, they want to see a fuller account of exactly what went on. there have, of course, been criminal investigations and indeed prosecutions. the crew members, the captain were convicted, members of the executives of the shipping company convicted in a separate trial. what the families have been arguing for is a full independent review as to all of the circumstances around this. there was a law that was passed, a special investigate law that set up the perimeters for the investigation. but a lot of. ththe family feels toomany goven the investment tory panel.
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they say it's unbalanced and not fully independent. there has been an argument over the budget. they have gotten half of what they were asking for to carry out the investigation. there are civic wings involved in the campaign and they feel like they have a political agenda, a lot of argument back and forth about the investigation, it is finally as of the last cup weeks beginning its work, but as you say it's taken i very long time to get to this point. there are doubts as to whether it will meet its full remit in the time limits available to it. >> a lot of people still wanting answers, harry, thanks very much for bringing us the latest there from seoul. in yell end saudi-led coalition jets have bombed a key port. didid he destroyed four cranes d warehouses it was directed as a houthi base not the civilian port. it's controlled by rebel forces and is the main entry port for aid surprise in north yemen
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yemen' conflict is making it one of the most dangerous places to be a child. nearly 400 have died in the war so far, uncief says that means eight children on average are killed or injured every day. and they are being used to fight. at least 377 children are being recruited since march. access to food difficult before the war is now even harder, around 1.8 million children are expected to suffer from malnutrition this year. the fighting in yemen is having an impact on refugees from other countries, especially somalis. they have already left one war and find themselves now stuck in another. caroline malone reports. >> reporter: a somali refugees in yemen. she is staying in this school in the southern port city of aden. along with many others displaced by the fighting. she escaped from civil war in somalia many years ago.
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and find herself once again caught up in another conflict. >> translator: i have been living in aden for 25 years. it's hard to leave it. now i have children and life and death are in dodd's hands, no one is spared death whether in somalia or here. >> reporter: some of the people living here are also displaced yemenis, he came here with his family when their home was damaged. and their house was destroyed. but they say they are worried about not having a place to stay. because the authorities want them to leave the school. >> translator: every day the authorities come to remind us about the deadline to leave on august 20th. where can i go as i have no house. my house was destroyed because of the war. we left because of the tragedy of the war and now we have the tragedy of housing. >> reporter: the situation is particularly bad for the 230,000 somali refugees in yemen. some of them are going back to
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somalia, even though there is widespread fighting there too. >> translator: i have gone to yemen to start a new life away from the war in somalia. but there i found another war and now i am back to somalia again. i have been a refugees all of my life. >> reporter: somalia already has 10s of thousands of displaced people. but many in yemen say they have no choice but to go there. and whether they are stuck in yemen or forced to go back to the country from which they fled, these somalis have nowhere safe to call home. caroline malone, al jazerra. isil fighters have beheaded a renowned archeologist in palmyra. they say his body was found hang in this main square of the historic site on tuesday. the 82 year old had been under isil detention for several months. the armed group captured palmyra in may. the german parliament has begun a special session to vote
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on the 86 million euro grok bay owgreekbailout. chance her angela merkel is fighting to keep members of her own party in line. some broke yanks and are fused to back the bailout. the ferry that serves as a refugees screening center has left for another port. pick up hundreds of people from islands along the way. they will be able to continue their journeys across europe. a record 107,500 people crossed european lorders last month, and the u.n. says all of europe must do its share to shelter them. germany takes most the asylum seekers and there are reports of around 750,000 asylum applications expected this year. the u.n. says 21,000 people arrived in greece in the past week alone. eye lands are struggling to cope with the -- islands are
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struggling to cope approximate the influx as jonah hull reports. >> reporter: if this is a promised land, then for many it's proving to be a false one. every day they come, sometimes in their hundreds, refugees and those seeking work. crossing the placid waters from turkey. that's the turkish town in the distance. and every day they wait for paperwork that allows them to stay or move onto other parts of europe. >> there are many people iraqis are here, irans are here, africans are here. there is a little procedure. this day is the third day. >> reporter: other people have been waiting much longer? >> much longer than i have for documents how much? >> 23. >> reporter: 23 days. and nobody has helped you in that time in. >> i want to be to germany. >> reporter: and why? what do you think you'll find in germany? >> because i think my future is
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there. >> we have some survival kits, some hygiene kits, women kits, baby kits. >> reporter: do you feel the local authorities are in control? >> basically they are tired. you can't control something that is 100 people. it's 1,000. >> reporter: in other words, no, not really? >> it's tough. it's tough, that's for sure, it's tough for em this. >> reporter: things have been worse in recent days the a government chartered ferry has provided temporary accommodation, sanitation and documentation to 2 1/2 thousand people. exclusively syrians on board having fled their country's civil war are given priority here. it has eased the crisis, but for many other nationalities who reports allowed on board like these people living rough on a beach in the center of town. very little has changed. a group of africans from cameroon, nigeria and congo say they are being discriminated against. >> we are hungry and we are
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tired, we have made a lot of complaints, we have lodged complaints. almost everybody here. most of them laugh at our complaints and that is horrible. >> reporter: i think that is specifically because irrelevant africans? >> they might say, but what i see they are giving others. [ inaudible ] and you yourself should know that it's because we are africans. >> reporter: on the greek shore they may be safe from the hardships they fled. but even here float on the ground a holiday lie low, they are far from secure. jonah hull, al jazerra, on the island of kos. coming up here on the program. we join african union force on his the frontline of their operation against rebels in southern somalia. >> reporter: there has been an al-shabob ambush here in this section of the road. it's renowned for attacks by al-shabab. and the international association of athletic federations has a new president. those details coming up.
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>> our american story is written every day. it's not always pretty... but it's real. and we show you like no-one else can. this is our american story. this is america tonight. ♪ ♪ hello again, the top stories here on al jazerra. prayers are being held at the religious shrine in thailand's capital bangkok where 22 people died if a bombing this week, police are looking for a suspect seen on security footage shortly before monday's attack. a multi million dollars operation has been begun in south korea to recover the sewol ferry that capsized in april of last year killing more than 300
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people, most children. its captain has been jailed for life. and in generally the saudi-led coalition fighters jets have bombed the key port. they say they are targeting houthi positions. rebels control the port. a key entry points for humanitarian aid. turkey's prim minister says he's failed for form a governing coalition after weeks of talks. that means the country is almost certain to hold new elections just months after the june polls. political instability comes during a turkish military cap cp page. her barred smith has more from istanbul. >> reporter: coalition talks have been going on since june 7th when the ruling part failed to win enough seats in parliament to govern alone, but those talks were unsuccessful now the prime minister has returned the government to president erdogan. the likelihood is now that the president erdogan will call new
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elections. they will probably be mid to end of november. now, until then, there has to be a caretaker government in evening. what they call in turkey an election government. and that will be made up of representatives of all of the parties in the government. so for the first time, the a.k.p. will have to share power. it's been trying to avoid having to do that but it looks like it has little option left. and it will have to share cabinet positions with people, members of parliament from the pro-kurdish h.d.p. in parliament for the first too. secular opposition the c.h.p. and possible also another right wing party. all of those parties will be offered cabinet positions, the prospect of them all sitting around the cabinet table for the next three months or so before elections in november sets the likelihood of a particularly fractious government in what is a particularly turbulent time in
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turkey. african union peace keep nurse somalia are planning a major offensive with the somali army against the armed group al-shabab. the aim is to cut off the group's out to kenya where it's carried out a string of deadly assaults. operations are conducted in the port city. mohamed adow joins hem and september this report. >> reporter: these are the men somalia wants to use in its effort to seize territory back from al-shabab fighters. they are the latest recruits for the somali national army. now being trained in the port city. capital of the regional state one of the last remaining strong holds of al that lob. >> translator: we cannot a lob al-shabab to continue using this region as a hide out. they have been flushed out of most other parts of somalia, we shall do the same here too. >> reporter: but until the army recruits finish their training, it's these fighters from -- who
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have the task of defending the territory. we sent out with them on the front line. it's a constantly changing combat zone, moving in small groupings al-shabab fighters are known to conduct surprise attacks almost anywhere. suddenly we are under attack. [ gunshots ] >> reporter: there has been annal show bob ambush here in this section of the road. it's renowned for attacks by al-shabab. who are not very far away from here. just a few kilometer as way. and the men we are with. the forces are returning fire. with our attackers pushed back, and everyone accounted for, we move forward to the official frontline. anywhere i don't understand here is rebel territory. these men cannot afford to relax they any their enemies could hit them at any moment.
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just a few hundred feet way is an african peacekeeper's base. >> translator: we have a close working relationship with the peacekeepers we exchange intelligence and information. they also support us by treating our sick and wounded. >> reporter: a short distance away from the frontlines is the village until recently it's been an important base and tax collection center for al-shabab. with their village turned in to a battlefield. most of the people here have fled. those who remain behind are terrified. this woman says her roadside cafeteria was burned down days a ago by al-shabab members who accused her of selling food to government soldiers. this is no conventional war and it seems each group is ready to use any trick to outdo its opponents. mo amended adow, al jazerra, in sound somalia. investigators look in to the disappearance of 43 mexican students say the government is preventing them from doing their
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job. they say important evidence could have been detroit by the authorities john hulman has more from mexico cities. >> reporter: one of the things that most angered mexicans about the ab duck of 43 students late last year was the collusion of local authorities. >> the town mirroredded their object ducks and then the local police force together with the gang carried that out. but there has always been suspicion that his this do have gone further up the chain of command. the army had a base nearby where this all took place. and a team of international experts who have come to investigate this say that they think they could tell them more but the mexican government has stopped them from speaking to soldiers. >> translator: we wanted to carry out the interview process with the army, but the mexican government said we couldn't question the soldiers or get their explanations in person. >> reporter: worse still, evidence has gone missing and may have been destroyed.
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>> translator: we are especially worried about missing evidence in the case. we have informed the mexican attorney general's office of a now lost video police intervention that caused the disappearance of the students. >> reporter: this is only going to fuel suspicions that the mexican government isn't really interested in getting to the bottom of this case. and may actively be trying to hide things. in the wider context, it's emblematic of a country in which the vast majority of crimes go unsolved and i believe punitive holds sway. the first time in almost a decade, u.s. soldiers have been dideployed to help fight wild fires. the blazes in 10 western states have detroit hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of more than a thousand people. tommableer man reports. >> reporter: across the west, firefighters are nearing the limit of their resources to hut out hundreds of fires like these
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other eastern oregon. 25,000 are now reinforced with that,al guard troops n central washington evacuations forced hundreds from their homes. >> it's coming down in pure flame so it's like a flamethrower coming through this. >> i have lived here 33 years. so it's hard to see this. >> reporter: at the peak of the apple hash efforts one of the worlds' largest fruit process plants was destroyed. high winds in california pose an elevated risk. while california is a customed to summer wild fires. the fourth year of drought there is aggravating the danger. the firefighters can no longer depends on moisture from under brush and trees that would ordinarily control the spread of the blazes. even alaska with almost 200 current fires raging, has not been spared. more than 20,000 square kilometers of tundra and forest land have been scorch the this
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year, making this season the third worst on record for the state. like other parts of the west, snow covers less of alaska than normal so the fire risk will remain high through september. but relief may be coming from the pacific ocean. a winter forecast for one of the strongest el ninos in recorded history would mean much warmer sea temperatures. and that would raise the chances of more rainfall. tom ackerman, al jazerra. sebastian co has been elected the press of the international athletic fet raise, the britain beat air bay from ukraine in the bat you felt governing body's congress in beijing and takes over from senegal who has run the iaaf for the last 16 years. let's go straight to beijing where we can join adrian brown. we have been hearing from the new president, what has he been saying? >> reporter: well, he's just been holding a news conference. he's clearly very weary, but
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clearly very relieved. he said that he was honored and flattered to have been elected. now, he takes over one of the most high-profile position in sport. but he takes over at the helm of a sport this is really going through very troubled times at the moment to give this some context, laura, there have been rampant and renewed allegations concerning doping in the sport. recent media allegations suggest that go up to 5,000 athletes have returned suspicious results between 2001 and 2012. and this is all happening as sebastian coe was completing the final stages of this election campaign. he has traveled more than 700,000-kilometers, that's a lot of money, a lot of air miles, but today he said that as i say, he felt flattered and honored but he said that under his presidency, there would be zero toll reasons towards drug
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cheats. let's hear what he had to say moments ago. >> track and field is the anybody one sport and i am absolutely delighted to be the president of the number one sport. and i will do everything within my human capabilities to make sure that our sport maintains the values, maintains the strong legacies, and the very, very firm foundations that the president has left me with. >> he's taking over as he said there from the president who has been there for 16 years, that's an incredibly long time. >> reporter: yes, it the. it reminds of all bit of fifa, doesn't it? and sebastian coe has been a vice president since 2007 and of course it's during that period that some of these -- that some of new allegations relate to. now, sebastian corps is promising as i say a robust response but also knows that he will need more money, more resources to clean up the sport.
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>> okay, we'll leave it there. adrian brown thank you very much for joining us the very latest that we have heard from sebastian koas he elected the any president of the iaaf in beijing. now mexican police have destroyed more than 140-tons of illegal drugs. they were set on fire in tijuana. and eight other cities. the marijuana, methamphetamines and cocaine were altogether worth around $120 million. the government says more than 2,000-tons of drugs have been seized in the last 3 1/2 years. russian president vladimir putin is living up to action man reputation. the latest stunt is being taken to a submarine to the bottom of the black sea to view a recently discovered ship wreck. the widely publicized event was all part of the putin's visit to crimea which moscow annexed from
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