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as more french strikes are launched on isil targets, russia says its military will work with the french if asked, the wake of the paris attacks. vladimir putin also seeking retribution against those he says bombed a russian passenger jet over egypt. ♪ hello, i'm david foster. you are watching al jazeera. also in the next 30 minutes. yemen's president returns to his country from exile for a second time. we meet the firefighter who has undergone the world's most
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advanced face transplant. ♪ france has called for a grand coalition to take on the islamic state of iraq and the levant appears to be moving closer with russia. now offering increased cooperation with the french military. vladimir putin and francois hollande had a conversation and will meet later this month for talks. putin has been meeting with military chiefs in moscow. commanders say the air force has carried out about 2,300 attacks in syria in the last 38 days, and russia could develop a joint plan on syria with the french navy. let's go to rory challands in moscow. the russian president making these comments sitting alongside his military big guns, quite
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litterly. >> reporter: what he announced on tuesday at least the kremlin has spoken and said on tuesday, they had a phone conversation. now of course they talked about the two attacks that they both have been victim to over the last few weeks or at least their people have been victim to. and they pledge to work closer together militarily in syria. now the briefing that putin was given on all of the attacks that have been taking place in syria over the last few hours, he specifically instructed his naval commanders operating in the eastern mediterranean, he said the french fleet is coming, treat them as your allies. this is, i think an indication of how the sands are shifting and how russia and the west
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which had been so far apart in syria and over ukraine, and now after these attacks on the -- on the french capitol paris, and on this russian plane, now they are starting to be drawn closer together. >> we also gave -- or the military chiefs gave some detail on the tensity of though attacks in syria. what does that entail? >> reporter: well, we had quite a bit of information, about 140 new strikes. he was told that the number of sortees against isil and other groups had doubled since the announcement that the russian plane was blown up by a bomb is basically a direct retribution. vladimir putin's language was of retribution, punishment, et cetera.
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so we was shown that 140 sortees in the most recent hours that targets have been instruct from, new types of weaponry, not seen in this conflict so far. so long-range strategic bombers are now being useded, flying, we think, from russia itself on -- on distance basically huge sortees as cross several countries. we also understand that naval vessels have been using cruise missiles as well. there had been reports that a submarine has launched cruise missiles. that wasn't verified, but we are seeing the campaign certainly increasi increasing. >> thank you very much indeed. u.s. secretary of state john kerry said now is time for the
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world to come together and hit isil in syria and iraq. he is in paris paying respect for the victims of friday's attacks. he called for countries to hit isils at its core. he added that a ceasefire is possible but could be weeks away. french jets have launched another round of strikes in northern syria. and france has made a demand that its european union allies support its campaign against isil. it is invoking its demand under a treaty. >> reporter: as the immediate impact recedes, a strategy of vengeance and france hopes deterrence begins to take shape.
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u.s. secretary of state john kerry met with president hollande to discuss a grand coalition against isil or daesh. >> we have to step up our efforts to hit them at the core where they are planning these things, and also obviously to do more on borders and in terms of the movement of people. but the level of cooperation could not be higher. we have agreed even to exchange more information and i'm convinced that over the course of the next weeks daesh will feel even greater pressure. they are dealing it today. they felt it yesterday. they felt it in the past weeks. we have gained more territory. daesh has less territory. >> reporter: french war planes carried out a second night against targets in raqqa syria, hitting isil without mercy, but the french will know there is little common ground between the many players in this deadly drama, between the u.s., russia,
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the gulf states, iran and other regional neighbors. heavily stretched from north africa to the middle east and now at home, france called on its neighbors for help invoking the e.u.'s mutual assistance clause. >> translator: it's the first time it has been used. i feel that's an important point to make. now what is this going to mean in practice? well, either taking part in france's operations in syria or iraq, or by easing the load or providing support to france in other operations, so lightning our load elsewhere. what i have said to my colleagues is that france can't do everything. >> reporter: police have discovered a third car with belgian number plates believed to be been used in friday's attacks. almost 300 separate raids have been carried out from the french border in the north, to the
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south, seizing weapons and making arrests. meanwhile life in the french capitol is being revived. the ooifl tower dark over the weekend defiantly lit in the colors of the flag. the city motto proudly mranted on buildings. it refers to a ship at sea. she's in heavy waters, but unsinkable. and so is paris itself >> paris is the city of lights, the city of the brightest philosophers, the city of liberty of freedom, and paris is a multi-cultural city. where we are all grieving, but we are all uniting in front of the threat of daesh. >> reporter: and on social media, a hashtag calling for parisians to mark the end of official mourning by returning to the bars and restaurant on
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tuesday night. jacky rowland live for us now in paris. and francois hollande on camera once again, talking to the french people. very emotional president at the moment. >> reporter: yes on the one hand he is very much in tune with the public mood of shock and mourning at what has happened, and yet also as well as the president, he is also adopting this very statesman like stance, and also getting down to some serious geopolitical diplomatic work in terms of actually trying to shift the -- the dynamic in the international response to isil and to the crisis in syria as we were hearing from rory challands in moscow. for sometime the french have been arguing that there is a disjointed response, and francois hollande has been very much trying in the last couple of days to start joining up the
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dots. we have heard from john kerry, that yes, the americans are more willing to try to get the -- the iranians and the russians into the dialogue, and in fact we have heard a willingness as well from the iranian president who spoke on the telephone with francois hollande during the day on tuesday. he said we need to fight with all our might. but francois hollande made it very clear that what happened on friday night here in paris would not change french values, culture or way of life. >> translator: they thought by targeting a cambodian restaurant, an american rock concert, and international stadium, they thought they would
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weaken the french passion to welcome the whole world. the pride that we have as a country in exchanging with all cultures. they have already lost. and today by standing up right, we want to mark our indestructible attachment to freedom. >> and we have the french eveningland football match later tonight. we have the investigation continuing. do you want to address that? is that more you have heard in what is going on in that direction? >> reporter: in terms of the investigation it is clearly going on an an national and international level. that belgium angle has been very important. and as we heard a third car has been found. for those of us that have been following the ins and outs of the investigation, these french
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brothers rented these belgium rental cars, three of them that were used in the attacks. one was found outside of the concert hall, another one was found abandoned in an eastern suburb of paris, and then -- now a third one has been found abandoned in the north of paris in another -- an area which is quite a large immigrant community. so slowly by slowly piecing together the pieces of the puzzle, but still no word on the third brother who they posted a wanted notice for him. he is probably the most wanted man in europe right now. there had been reports of some arrests in germany near the border with belgium, but don't have the details on that. but still very much the focus of the manning hunt on apprehending this brother who they believe was a key figure in organizing the attacks, and also tracing
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down others who may have provided support. >> jackie thank you very much indeed. john kerry says he is confident that the u.s. will be able to help turkey seal all of its border with syria. isil has been using the northern syrian border as a lucrative smuggling route. let's go to bernard smith live in us tam bull. what is going to be happening here? >> reporter: the turkey authorities are always a bit more reticent coming forward with information than the americans are. but there are more steps and acting together with the u.s. in dealing with isil. this is about 98 kilometers west of the euphrates, and the u.s. is going to work with the turks
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to strengthen this border. all along the turkish border it is a lot more secure than it used to be. turkey came under a lot of pressure because it was very poro porous. it is a lot tighter these days, but that bit is perhaps the weak link. it is already secured, we went down there some months ago, there are trenches being dug, concrete barriers being put in, for instancing, and military patrols as well. but it is still possible with the right smuggler to get through, i guess, so the turks and americans are working to do more. >> thank you, bernard smith there in istanbul. you are watching al jazeera. coming up in just a moment, the protesters who are voicing their anger after two dams burst in
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brazil. and the fight for justice as mexican police are accused of secretly dumping bodies in a mass grave. ♪
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help turkey to seal itself entire border with syria. yemen's exiled president has returned home from saudi arabia. he arrived in the southern port of aden. the second visit there since the saudi-lead coalition began an offense if in march. he is rallying forces that are loyal to me. medical forces say 45 fighters from both sides were killed during con frontations on monday. what is called the islamic movement of israel has been banned by the country's government after it was accused of inciting violence. israeli police searched more than a dozen offices around the country, and seized files and compute computers. the branch assists israeli arabs accuses isil of trying to take
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over the al-aqsa mosque compound. >> reporter: the decision was taken by the security cabinet about two weeks ago, but was only made public on month evening. the raids targeted 17 offices, all premises of ngo's related to the islamic movement. computers and documents were confiscated and funds were frozen. according to the israelis, the movement has been using insightful speech. one of its slogans says al aqsa is in danger. and from an israeli point of you that has caused a lot of unrest among the palestinians. many now say that israel wants to change the status quo around the al-aqsa mosque compound, something the israeli prime minister, benjamin netenyahu, as denied several times. the leader of the movement had
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been taken in for interrogation. he has been released. he -- he remains defiant and says he will continue to lead this movement. protestors have been voicing their anger about barack obama as he arrives for the apac summit in the philippines. the chinese president is also in the capitol manila. there were hears he might boycott the summit due to tension with neighbors countries. analysts believe the rivalry between the u.s. and china is likely to dominate the agenda. our correspondent reports from manila. >> reporter: manila's notoriously chaotic streets are being cleared for the a-pac summit. 20,000 of the capitol's homeless people have been temporarily
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moved. philippine officials say it is to ease traffic and ensure the safety of nearly 7,000 diplomats. this woman has worked hard not to be sidelined. she runs a women-lead business selling sustainable fair-trade products. small companies like hers make up 98% of businesses in asia. ing only a third of them are owned by women. she says excluding women means a-pac economies are losing out on billions of dollars in potential growth. >> 89 billion is that untapped because of the lack of women participation. but we want the leaders to say yes we're going to include this in our agenda. >> reporter: but analysts say it's not what is on the agenda
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that needs watching. expected to set the tone is the underlying rivalry between the u.s. and china for dominance over the region. the u.s. and china lead separate trade initiatives for the asia pacific region. a-pac's 21-member economies agree to work together despite political differences. the largest point of contention has been taken off of the agenda. china's controversial construction of artificial islands. the island building is strongly opposed by many of china's neighbors, most vocally by the philippines. $5.3 trillion u.s. dollars in trade sails through these waters every year. >> the romans used to say money has no odor, when you are talking about gaining wealth for your citizens, sometimes you can
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leave the political differences aside and focus on that. >> reporter: it will be difficult to hide strained relations, especially as they are already being reflected on the streets of manila. at least 70 people have been killed in severe flooding in india. about 10,000 people have been forced out of their homes. relief of almost $76 million has been pledged. demonstrators have gathered outside of the headquarters of a mining company in rio. they say they want justice after two dam bursts,.
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experts say the damage could last for years. the government has already hit the company with more than $66 million in preliminary fines. police in mexico have admitted to taking bodies from a mortuary and burying them in mass graves. authorities aren't investigating the causes of death and getting rid of the bodies without the consent of the families. our correspondent has been there to find out more. >> reporter: another mass grave is unearthed in mexico, but this time not drug lords but authorities have admitted to burying more than 100 bodies in this pit. they neglected to tell this woman her son had been dumped there. she is seeing video of him being pulled out for the first time.
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>> reporter: for months authorities have assured oliver's family his body was in a morgue awaiting tests to find out who kidnapped and killed him. only after the family pressured them did they admit the truth. now more families are wondering if their loved ones could also be in this pit. there are more than 80 disappeared people here. >> translator: there is an attitude of complicity, impunity and corruption, and the only thing it provokes is that the
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crimes against the people continue. >> reporter: it is legal for mexican authorities to use mass graves to make space in their morgues, but only after the families of the dead are informed when possible, the deaths are first investigated. that didn't happen here, according to state attorney documents al jazeera had access to. they show that several bodies were dumped in the pit without investigation or identification. more than 100 bodies are still in this mass grave, and it's a potent symbol of how authorities all over the country seek to hide these cases. we asked them why, and got only this line. >> translator: we're not talking about an illicit grave, just a common one. if there are irregularities
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we'll take the investigation to where it needs to go. >> reporter: words that ring hollow for oliver's family. the world's most complicated face transplant has been declared a success. 150 doctors and medical staff at a hospital in new york were involved in the life-changing operation, as alexi o'brien reports. >> reporter: when patrick set off for the hospital in august, took a courageous step into the unknown. >> they have done a lot for me. >> reporter: he was seriously burned in 2001 while working as a volunteer firefighter, leaving him disfigured across his face and upper body. 14 years and more than 70 operations later, it was time for the big one, his doctors have proclaimed it's the most
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comprehensive face transplant in medical history. they waited for just the right donor to come along with his fair skin and hair. a 26 year old who died in a cycling accident in july. 150 medical staff worked for 26 hours on this complex, delicate surgery. they slit the skin at the back of the donor's head, and cutting key pieces of bone, and then draped it pricely over his face. >> the most complex portions includes the transplant of the eyelids, the ability to ensure that transing plant the eyelids in their entirety so that patrick can blink properly.
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>> reporter: it's a major change one that can be a mixed blessing. the first person to undergo a partial transplant said she struggled with looking into a mirror and seeing someone else's face look back. for patrick the biggest challenge will be to make sure his body doesn't reject the transplant. there will also be more operations, but after three months the doctor say he is making remarkable progress and planning a reunion with his family. he says the doctors haven't just given him a new face. he now has a new life. the tributes continue to poor in for the actor siad
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jeffery. there you see him in gan -- gandhi. he had a brain hemorrhage in london and passed away at the age of 86, greatly mourned. for more on all of the world's headlines. ♪ russian president vladimir putin vowing to find and punish those responsible after his government now confirms it was a bomb that brought down a russian passenger jet over egypt. a manhunt in france, looking for two suspects connected to friday's attacks. and concerns over refugees. the top republican in the house now joining 26 governors saying no to syrian migrants in the u.s. ♪