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>> the british government said that the egypt plane crash could have been caused by a bomb. it has suspended flights from u.k. and sharm el sheikh. i'm lauren taylor live from london. romania's prime minister and government has stepped down in protests of a nightclub fire that killed 30 people. rescuers continue to look for survivors of a collapse of a factory in pakistan. justin trudeau is sworn in as canada's 23rd prime minister.
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hello the british government has suggested that the plane crash was caused by a bomb. it suspended all flights between u.k. and sharm el sheikh until further investigations can be completed. 224 passengers and crew died. neave barker reports. >> since saturday seven teams have been scouring the site where flight 9268 came down. and where 224 people were killed. it's a difficult task, with the wreckage strewn across the wide area of desert. russian investigators are using drones to try to identify anything that could answer questions about why the airbus 8321 crashed. there are constant reminders that this was a plane packed with tourists returning from their holiday.
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the flight is thought to have been broken up in midair. >> try to prove we did not bring it down or how it was brought down. we are the one who is brought it down. we will expose the way we brought it down the time we choose and the way we like. >> the egyptian government denied that, but the u.k. government said the aircraft may have been grout down by an explosive device. it's now sending a team of aviation expert to sharm el sheikh to help british tourists staying there. >> we can't categorically say why the russian jets crashed, but the plane may well have brought down as a result of an explosive device. that's why the prime minister called president el-sisi to express concern. >> at the crash site u.s. satellite incidentalry detected heat around the plane before the
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crash. there was no distress call from the pilot. in and around the russian city of st. petersburg from where so many were lost there is still a sense of shock and questions about how and why this could have happened. the youngest visit was just ten months old. >> we have this update. >> the british flights to sharm el sheikh is suspended. there are positions of more intelligence as to how and why the airline flight crashed in the sinai desert on saturday killing more than 200 people. many of them russian holiday makers traveling between sharm
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el sheikh and st. petersburg. the u.k. government is not saying how or why the plane crashed. they do believe an explosion was involved. they don't know, however, whether or not that was, indeed, a fuel explosion or whether some sort of device was involved. there is, of course, enough of a security risk for the british government to call for a special meeting. the most senior security meeting of its kind shared with david cameron that's been taking place in the cabinet office behind me. the decision here in london is that while there remains that high security risk it is absolutely vital to suspend flights in order to keep british citizens many of whom are holiday in sharm el sheikh safe. >> 18 people have been killed after a partially built factory collapsed in pakistan.
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rescue operations are under way. dozens of people are feared trap. more than 150 construction workers are believed to have been inside the factory when it collapsed. russia's foreign minister has met the special envoy in moscow. they're ready to host peace talks between the government and syrian opposition. but diplomats need to agree on a list of opposition groups that should be invited to those negotiations. as barnaby phillips explains. >> on state television in syria president assad's soldiers were celebrating. they have regained control of a vital route into the city of aleppo pushing back isil fighters that captured it last month. meanwhile in moscow more clarity on where russia president assa assad's most important ally would like the diplomacy to go from here.
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>> we need to agree on two lists. the first list of the terrorist organizations which will not be covered by a cease-fire which we hope will be agreed on at some point. and the second list the opposition groups that will negotiate with the auspices of the u.n. >> they want to hold a meeting next week. in london i met the leader of the syrian national coalition. which is backed by the west several arab countries and turkey. he said he knew nothing about a meeting in moscow and sounded doubtful of what it could achieve. >> in order to relaunch a political process which russia or with other sides, they have to end their occupation of syria, they have to stop killing innocent people in syria and commit to dialogue immediately. the only communication with the
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russians is fighting against them in syria in order to liberate our country. >> the vienna talks have brought together the most important outside powers involved in the syrian conflict. so is the syrian national coalition confident that it's foreign backers still support its demand that president assad should step down immediately? >> all of ou 6 our allies have the same position. >> you're sure about that? >> yes, they are all very clear. their position is very clear that assad has to step down and he has no role in the future here. >> back in syria more bloodshed. this was douma, attacked by president assad's forces local people said at least 12 people killed. dozens injured.
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yes, big diplomatic obstacles remain. barnaby phillips, al jazeera. >> declaring a state of emergency for 30 days ahead of a planned anti-government rally. it has been organized by the main opposition party. tensions have been high since a blast on the leaders' boat in september with the vice president among those arrested on suspicion of involvement. >> egyptian president el-sisi is in the united kingdom for talks with prime minister david cameron. a small but vocal demonstration has been taking place on downing street in central london. >> he's the former military strong man who would now like the world to see him very differently. as the democratically elected leader fightingegypt's presiden.
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but nobody this egypt has ever been held accountable for this. [ gunfire ] the 2013 massacre of hundreds of unarmed protesters as they gathered in the capital of cairo. since then according to the human rights groups tens of thousands of opponents have been imprisoned, hundreds sentenced to death. this woman and her three siblings were among those detained. she spent several months in jail before being released. however her brother, who is only 17 years at the time remains behind bars. >> more than 40,000 remain behind bars. i'm able to talk about my brother today, but many are not. >> hundreds of protesters gathered outside of downing street on the eve of el-sisi's visit to london. she said that prime minister
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cameron should never have invited sisi. >> he has arrested my brother for over two and a half years and he is invited to the u.k. >> he has enjoyed visits to france and more recently to germany. european governments may say they don't approve of much of what he does at home, but they feel he provides what they call stability in a troubled region. >> we should not have any delusion abouts government priorities, which is are in order security domestically and internationally, and economically. >> but it is the view of those opposed to sisi say it is deeply flawed. this. >> this is always the argument that is used about having relations with dictators and aut auto auto contracts.
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the crushing of the egyptian revolution and through that the derailing of the whole arab spring was a massive increase in jihadiism, and increase in terrorism and increase in violence across the middle east. >> while sisi will receive the red carpet, there is a different type of welcoming party that will await him on the other side of the street. protesters opposed to sisi's visit will be gathering once again. their messages that a man viewed as a dictator is not welcomed. al jazeera, london. >> at least 41 people have died in a plane crash in south sudan. the cargo plane came down shortly after taking off from the main airport in juba. three people including a child are reported to have survive. the exact number is not clear with the plane appears to have
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been over loaded with passengers not on the manifest. >> opinions are divided on the u.k. government's new surveillance bill. plus the japanese postal service proving to be a very lucrative investment.
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>> the top stories here on al jazeera. the british government says it believes that the russian plane crash was caused by a bomb and suspended all flights from sharm el sheikh while the investigation is carried out. more than 41 people died in a plane crash in south sudan.
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the cargo plane came down shortly after take off in the main airport in the capital of juba. eight people have died in a factory in pakistan that collapsed. romanian prime minister and his government made announcements after protests. >> less than 24 hours after big street protests romanian's prime minister resigned saying his government will step down. >> i'm doing this because in all the years i've been in politics i resisted complex with political adversaries, but i have never fought against the people. this would be a big mistake, and everybody would suffer as a result. >> on wednesday night a large crowd estimated at about 30,000 people rallied in the capital of
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bucharest. there were other big rallie rallies in romania. some protesters carried signs that read corruption kills. >> people are not taking to the streets simply replace the government with another. it's important that the public interests should come first and not their person interests. >> i'm here because i want my country back. i want justice to be done. i want people to take responsibility for what they have done. i want the dead to rest in peace. >> they're angry about a fire at a nightclub last friday that killed more than 30 people. it started when a band playing inside the club set off fireworks. >> we have lost friends, comrades, we have pushed side those who are responsible. now this is the moment. it's enough. many say they're frustrated with
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corrupt authorities. manbefore his resignation, the prime minister was accused of corruption and put on trial for fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. accusations he denies. >> the problem of corruption is so endemic in this country that things have boiled over and finally, finally after years and years of putting up and having small protest against corruption romanian society has found a voice to demand to live in a country where rule of law is the most important thing. >> police have arrested the three owners of the nightclub on manslaughter charge, but this is not enough for supporters who want to see a fundamental change in our their country is run. jacky rowland, al jazeera, bucharest. >> let's hear more from, the
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director of the romanian center for european policies. thank you for being with us. >> you're welcome. >> explain what people want, what are they trying to achieve with further demonstrations? >> so many people expected it to be less less gathering in the streets. amazingly we had even more. than yesterday. that shows the level of frustration against the political class now we are going
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in a constructiontive mode. >> you say they're proposing various things. politically where do you see it going? >> well, we have a procedure to replace the government. the president an announced consultations with the political parties, and i'm skeptical that they'll find a solution, which will be acceptable by the people in the streets. in a way or another we're talking about the same parties changing faces. but keeping the system in place. my bet is that we'll go to early elections in the spring. >> when you say the same thing keeps cropping up how do you achieve different politics? >> well, this is the main state now. from this moment when we have this this lively debate between
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the people, new political parties maybe will appear, and they will be able to look at the parliament, which is seen, rig rightly sown, it is seen very corrupt by the people. >> critics warn that the new legislation makes it easier to spy on law abiding citizens. >> it's one of the most controversial proposals. a plan to keep the public safe in the digital age but it has raised serious concerns about
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where protecting the public ends and spying begins. >> the task of law enforcement in the security and intelligence agencies has become more demanding in the digital age. it is right that those charged with protecting us should have the powers they need to do so, but it is the role of government and parliament to ensure there are limits to those powers. >> the bill includes measures to keep all web phone and social media usage for 12 months. the ability to intercept the communications in bulk, pictures and text and messages. police are expected to see what website people have visited, but not individual web pages. under the new bill a special
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judge will assure tech companies and european courts that they are operating within the law. two years ago nsa whistle blower exposed the techniques used by governments to watch internet use. the home secretary said that the bill will stop so-called terrorists and criminals from communicating beyond the reach of british intelligence or the police. but critics say that the bill sets a dangerous precedence. >> this is about recording what everyone does on the internet. if i said that the police were going to require everyone to note down every book they read, which neighbo newspapers they were reading but not where they read, you would think that is a police state. >> the government has gone through failed attempts to push through similar powers but even with the latest concessions it
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could still struggle to convince lawmakers that public safety won't come at the expense of personal privacy. >> the closest you can get to real warfare without the actual shooting. nato forces 30 countries. >> nato's exercise juncture is based on a fictitious scenario. one nation invades a smaller any. the resulting crisis with global implications for maritime navigations energy and cyber crime. sound familiar? that's because it is. >> can you assess for me size of
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the threat that russia pose to the alliance, alliance members and going way beyond ukraine. >> we don't see any imminent threat any gene major ally. we see more assertive russia in which russia has been willing to use force in ukraine, a and which has invested heavily in defense over long periods. therefore nato has to respond. than that's what we're doing when we increase the forces and doing exercises like this. >> it's nato's biggest show of collective force in over a decade, and as these maneuvers take place on the northern spanish plains, russia is expanding its presence in the middle east, in the skies above syria, on the ground and with its warships and submarines in the eastern mediterranean and black sea. this is nato's answer. >> ing in to syria, as well as
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isis in syria, that has generated a specific spike in refugees coming out of there. that's a significant threat as well. our alliance built on collected defense has a serious threat from the east, russia. the serious threat from the south, which is a combination of refugee problem that is going to be around for a long time, and islamic extremism. >> 36,000 troops, 140 aircraft from 30 countries. and with a maritime component of 60 ships. nato insists this imaginary battlefield is african. it's more likely a thinly veil vision of some kind of war involving russia. >> justin trudeau has been sworn in as canada's prime minister. he becomes canada's second youngest prime minister. his liberal party won 184 out of
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parliaments 338 seats in last month's election. >> canada's government has been sworn in now, and just behind me the new prime minister justin trudeau is working the crowd. something he showed himself incredibly adept at during the campaign that brought him to power. we met his cabinet. it's half female, it's young, diverse. so far the questions he has been facing in his first conference. it is now a strong team that is in power. there trudeau, a bit of a rock
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star. his honeymoon period has begun, and the question is how long will it last? we'll be watching. >> mexico's supreme court is opening the door to make marijuana league in the country. the measure was approved in a 4-1 vote on the five-justice panel. at this point it covers the plaintiffs in one case, people wanting to form a cannabis club. retired post master on an island wa has reopened a post office that was closed 25 years ago. >> i'm the director of the missing post office. i'm 81 years old. former post office was lent to artists, who came up with the idea of the missing post office.
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she saw many objects washing up on shores drawing inspiration. she wanted to create a post office where people's thoughts an emotions are sent in letters. like those drifting on the beach. people sent letters to the missing post office even if there was no one to hear it. there were 400 letters. i wanted to keep it going. during the festival i became deeply attached to this post office. and to this day i volunteer to do everything on my own displaying letters and receiving visitors. the age of electronic messages but when the post office reopened so many people wrote and sent their thoughts. i feel like i'm bringing back the charm of letter writing just like in the good ol' days. the letters come every day. on average there are 20 letters
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sometimes 50. now there are over 5,901. many kids write about a happy future. the majority are addressed to the deceased, husband, wives, and parents. the ones written to children or grandchildren are the most heartbreaking. i worked for 45 years as director of the post office. my job was completely different back then. our job was to protect the confidentty of all letters and their destinations. now high job is to receive letters and to share them. i hesitated in the beginning becausbegin but they just needed someone to read them. there was a lady who came looking for a letter that she had sent her late husband. i want to stay healthy and keep this place going as long as
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