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mcdonald's to convince people it sells healthy foods. >> he'd been the leader of the pakistani taliban for four years, had a $5 million bounty on his head and was behind numerous attacks. he's dead. hakimullah mehsud has been killed in a suspected u.s. drone strike. we have this report from islamabad. >> it's a serious setback for the pakistani taliban. hakimullah mehsud had just finished meeting tribal leaders when the compound was struck by four missiles fired from a dran. the united states had been pursuing moousz. he was -- moousz for problem hakimullah mehsud for years. >> he was picture with a suicide bomber. the c.i.a. has his man. the pakistani government is in a difficult position.
>> he was a man of great strategic military and tactical skills. we don't want to romantizize what he did. he killed many. on another level, he will not be so pleased that he was killed by a drone strike. >> at the peace talks - these were meant to start friday. it's uncertain what impact the death will have on the group. they may retaliate by increasing the attacks. on the other hand others suggest it could motivate. >> he was one of those in the group who pushed for an aggressive violence campaign, actually to the shaking rein of some people in the pakistani taliban. we could see a lessoning of violence committed by the group as a consequence of his death. >> they are already starting the look to replace him including:
umar is said to be in controlful afghanistan in the southern border, but removed after an operation in the order. mullah was leader in the swat valley but moved. >> the drone strike may have taken out the number one taliban enemy, but has dealt a blow to the peace talks with the taliban. now let's hear from a professor of politics and international relations at the university in islamabad. what impact will the death of hakimullah mehsud have on the pakistani taliban? does his death matter, given the decentralized nature of the organization. they have lost leaders before.
>> i think that this will be - that will create some kind of - it will cause trouble with the leadership. we are hearing two names. one of the names was replaced by hakimullah mehsud. i think there'll be a number of factions which will start to struggle. we must not forget whether it is a success. at that time they were close to hakimullah mehsud. we have to see if they are close. the people - another person was killed. it's a big crisis as i'm looking at it. >> what do you make of the timing of this attack? all split kag parties in pakistan
supported the government's attempts to negotiate with the ttp. will some see this as a deliberate attempt, do you think, by the u.s. to scupper peace talks? >> i think all the political parties - what we call the plm and others, they have given different versions and have one conclusion, that it was an attempt to sabotage the peace process. i have a different understanding because if you see the c.i.a. or the americas - they were behind it. still it is not clear. the delegation was about to leave today to go and meet the group. if you can say that they have lost their process. it has at the moment been
stopped and suspended. in the future they are sensing big trouble, whom to talk. the power struggle has started, we have to talk with two to four people. if there's a successful - in the way that we have seen others manage gs, the process at the time will definitely suspend. it's a blow to the claim that we are in the process where we have engaged. that's the reason the political parties have been protesting. here we cannot forget another thing, the americas are in the afghan war since 2001. they are not leaving any target with a strike on the americas. we have to take into account the strategic communities on the c.i.a. site. on our terms they will go after
the targets. >> many thanks indeed. professor of politics at the university in islamabad. >> a man opened fire at los angeles airport, killing a federal security agent and wounding others. the gunman was shot and captured. the shooting caused panic at the packed airport and hundreds of flights were cancelled. brian rooney reports. >> the airport has been reopening, opening from a traffic jam. virtually nothing took off or landed at lax. 750 flights were affected. in the last couple of hours we've been able to learn a few more details about what happened here earlier today. >> cell phone video caught the moment when passengers at the lax airport ran for the doors to get away from the gunman. he was identified as paul ciancia of new jersey. he pulled an assault rifle out
of a bag and shot at the tsa screening station, seeming to target employees of the transportation administration. >> he's looking down, shooting multiple shots by the escalator - 10, plus shots shooting towards the escalator. >> airport officers followed paul ciancia to the end of the terminal, where he was shot and wounded. >> an individual came in to terminal three of the airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal. >> local authorities say it could have been worse. >> there was additional rounds that this gunman had. the police officers were able to neutralise the threat as they did. there were more than 100 rounds that could have killed everybody in the terminal today. >> the tsa officer, the first to
die in the line of duty was declared dead at ronald reagan u.c.l.a. hospital where several were taken. police scoured the area to be certain of no other dangers. 750 flights were affected, some never leaving lax, others not leaving other cities. >> passengers streamed out of the lax. pulling their luggage. >> we are trying to find a car place. when they let us go, we'll go. >> there has been reports that paul ciancia told his family that he was unhappy. investigators have not confirmed a motive for the shooting that puts the focus on the safety of airports and travel. >> later in the day the transportation security administration identified the dead officer as gerardo i. hernandez. he was 39 years old. >> germany and brazil submitted a draft resolution to the united
nations calling for an end to espionage. the document doesn't mention countri countries, but diplomats believe it was apriled at the u.s. >> pairates hijacking ships off the horn of africa earned over a billion in ransom between 2005 and last year. piracy costs the global economy $18 billion a year. pirates use the money to fund crime around the world, including human trafficking, arms trafficking and funding militias. >> two supporters of greece's farr right golden dawn have been killed. it happened in the athens suburb of neo iraklio, outside a gulf cooperation council party -- a golden dawn party office. a greek spokesman promised all involved will be punished.
>> translation: the murderers, whoever they are will be dealt fairly. >> more from our correspondent in athens. >> counterterrorism police scour the the street outside golden dawn's office, including a dozen bullet casings. two gunmen fired the rounds into the heads and chest of three golden dawn supporters sitting at the building's entrance. golden dawn says footage shows the gunman arriving on a motorcycle, firing at close range, emptying the magazine into their bodies. all of greece's political parties condemned the killings. golden dawn calls them a terrorist attack. >> translation: it was clearly an execution. the person who did this was a professional. the terrorism of the left shows its face again to stop the rise
of golden dawn and our numbers. >> more ominously the government suspects this may be an idea logically driven reprisal killing. >> friday's attack on the golden dawn office follows the killing of a left-wing musician in september. six golden dawn mps and a dozen party members have been indicted for running a criminal organization for allegedly ordering acts of violence against the opponents. >> after the indictment all golden dawn were stripped of security normally provided for parliament airians. police don't normally provide attention to regional party officers, golden dawn say police failed to take recent threats seriously. >> we'll get a weather update next. more to come, including thousands of followers mysteriously disappear if venezuela's twitter account. who is to blame? and take a look at the problems of running
hello again. the top stories on al jazeera. pakistan put its security forces on red alert after the death of the taliban's leader. hakimullah mehsud was killed by a drone strike on friday. he was one of pakistan's most wanted men. >> a man carrying an assault rifle opened fire at los angeles airport killing a federal agent
and wounding others. >> two supporters of greece's golden dawn have been killed outside the group's headquarters in athens. the party has been at the center of a government crackdown since december. >> the u.s. president and iraq's prime minister have been discussing how to stop the threat of al qaeda in iraq. nouri al-maliki is in washington to garner u.s. support to deal with violence in the country. barack obama says he wants an inclusive iraq and democratic elections should be held as soon as possible. >> iraq's prime minister nouri al-maliki came here to the white house, he said, with an urge request. he wanted the obama administration to speed up for promise additional equipment for the armed forces in iraq. at the end of the meeting barack obama said the u.s. was committed to helping iraq fight al qaeda, but did not give specifics. >> throughout the discussion, the main theme was that the united states wants to be a
strong and effective partner with iraq. >> we had a common vision about all issues discussed when it comes to diagnosing the return of terrorism to the middle east. we talked about ways of counting terrorism and had similar positions and ideas. >> the obama administration wanted concrete promises from iraq's prime minister that he'd change the way he's governing, making it more inclusive, leading to the election. they said it was the goal. they didn't outline what, if anything, they have agreed to. >> gunmen kidnapped two german citizens in the eastern bekaa valley. the national newsagency said the kidnappers are demanding a ransom for their release. it's not known where they are being held. >> a papular sat earical show has been pulled from the air. it was pulled minutes before
air. last week prosecutors began investigating yourself es following complaints he mocked the military. >> in yemen, the organization drafting the constitution said it will ban child marriages. we have this report from the capital - outlawing the practice will not be easy. >> when nor was 11, she was forced to marry a man who was 35. she suffered years of physical and psychological abuse. today he is a leading activist, fighting to ban child marriages. >> translation: i was an innocent child. i was poor. when they got me new clothes, i felt great happiness. everything changed. my husband was an alcoholic. when he first took off his clothes, you can imagine what happened to a child. >> nora fled her abusive husband many times, only to be turned
back by her parents. she suffered miscarriages and internal bleeding. traumaizized herself and her three children. >> translation: because of all i have gone through i feel scared when i think about my daughter. i don't want her to marry. my daughter has not forgot the beatings and abuse i suffered for years. >> after a long legal battle nora has been granted a divorce, and her terrible experience and determination to ban child marriages seems to have paid off. members of the organization drafting yemen's new constitution say the charter sets the minimum age for marriage at 18. some clerics and tribal leaders said it would block the motion as the company transitions early
next year. >> we don't have problems related to child marriage. most of the cases are fabricated so foreign institutions impose their agendas on yemen. a wedding in the capital. a relative of the bride pays tribute to her and her tribe. then praising the groom. we'dings in yemen are not always this way. >> this is a country where marrying off younger girls to older men is a common practice. we may not know the numbers. yemen is a conservative society. anyone that speaks out could be rejected by their family. here a storytellers praises yemen's past. it's the presence that will shape the future, a future where
under age marriage will be considered a crime. russia is to move 30 greenpeace activists to a gaol in st. petersburg. they were arrested over a protest against arctic oil drilling and have been held since september 18th in nemansk. the detainees include two journalists and they have been charged with high school gannism. >> the congolese army said it captured m23 rebels that fled when their stronghold was taken. malcolm webb has been travelling with the army as they took on the former soldiers who mutinied over may and conditions. >> government troops have been fighting with the remaining units of the m23 rebels, up in the hills several kill om tears in this distrection. the hills have steep sides and are covered in bush and vegetation. it's difficult terrain to fight
in. it's too dangerous for us to go closer. the army has been consolidating the ground it took. the tank is perched on a hilltop, overlooking the territory that the government took from the rebels a few days ago. >> down the hill is a group of rebels who surrendered. they say they were made to join. >> translation: we were obliged to fight for them. no one went voluntarily. when they came, they had all the power. we had no choice. >> here, and a nearby town taken from the rebels a year ago, things are returning to normal. the women are selling fruit. this is a normal way to get around in congo. it she is people feel safe to move on the roads. everyone is hoping the situation will remain stable. >> niger ordered the closure of migrant camps in agadez. the government made a decision after 92 children - mostly women
and children - died of thirst trying to cost the sahara desert. traffickers that help people to travel through niger on the way to algeria or libya will be punished. >> a referendum to decide the future on the abeyei region has done little to clarify the region. sudan and south sudan have claims on the territory. 99.4% of people from the ngok dinka voted in favour of joining the south. a rival group boycotted the vote and the result is not recognise said by either government. peter greste reports on the difficulties of running abeyei. >> number four, you have the recognition, with... >> this is what counts as abeyei's new state government. a local committee meeting under a tree. these are the people who organised the unofficial
referendum amongst the ngok dinka. they voted 99.4% to reject sudan and join south sudan. >> we want them to have the satisfaction consistent with what we aspire to, and consistent with the capabilities we have here in this area. >> those capabilities are limited. this is what used to be the regional government headquarters. the brand new offices were opened in 2011, just one month before fighting erupted and destroyed it all. the argument between sudan, and south sudan - the administration crumbled. because abeyei was disputed neither juva nor khartoum took responsibility to maintain the infrastructure and keep the government functioning. the community was trying to end the idea of statelessness and make somebody responsible for
developing this region. is even though electricity is a dream, before withdrawing sudanese troops pulled down the cables. they looted and destroyed the town's oldest school. >> this man used to teach at the primary school. >> it was also newly built when sudanese troops advanced on a town. they took everything. the leskss, the windows, even the roof. he lives over the border but will be back the moment the school is restored. >> now it's changing. we should cope and become like other countries. they developed through education. we need to give this to our children. >> the more optimistic people argued they can create the town and state that they want. it's another way of saying they are starting with nothing.
>> police in costa rica arrested six drug dealers linked to the columbian rebel group farc. 27 high calibre weapons, a silencer and 492 kilos of cocaine were found in their possession. the detained are five columbian nagsals and a nickar ag uan system. twitter has been accused of attacking an act as part of a right-wing plot. madurai said 6,000 of his followers disappeared from the feed. he said it's part of a campaign to destablilize the government ahead of elections. >> we are discovering a massive attack from the twitter company and the international right wing from patriots at different parts of the world. they have attacked my account, taking away thousands of
followers. >> what are you trying to do. i'm making a call to multiple. let's multiply by 20,000, 30,000, 40,000. >> you are probably familiar with the mcdonald's happy meal which cavly includes a -- cavlally includes a toy. it will be swapped for books. it has caused anger among some groups. >> for some parents a book instead of a toy inside a mcdonald's happy meal sounds like a good idea. >> instead of wasting time on toys that you don't use. i think books will be more useful. >> it's a good idea. instead of telling the kids it's about toys, it encourages literature. >> for two weeks the golden arches is replacing happy meal toys for four different books.
>> mcdonald's launched a similar promotion in england. >> critics and consumer watchdog groups have been after mcdonald's not only for the nutritional content but marketing for kids. >> mcdonald's is continuing to market junk food to kids, trying to associate their brand with helpfulness, which clearly is anything but. >> mcdonald's declined an oncamera interview and refused to respond to criticism, pointing us to a recent press release, announcing plans to distribute 20 million books during the promotion. last month the fast food giant made another announcement. an agreement for the alliance of a healthy generation, that it would not advertise soda with happy meals, pushing juice and milk. >> this mother is not happy about books in happy meals, saying parents need to take
control over their kids' eating habits. >> mothers, fathers need to be aware that things are not change gs, it is what it is, and you have to educate yourself and know this is not the kind of food we should - that should go into our children's bodies. >> mcdonald's slashed media spending on promoting happy meals. in 2011 they spent $95 million, compared to $54.4 million in 2012, and $23.7 in the first half of 2013. >> mcdonald's can stop undermining parental authority by stopping marketing for kids. >> a move that is unlikely from a company this builds its image on characters and fast eaten food. >> new york is the latest city to get a visit o from the world's largest pink diamond. the rare stone, valued at
$60 million was displayed at sother by's. it was discovered in africa in 1999. this is the first time it's been available to buy. the 59.6 car at daz ler will be auctioned in geneva. >> hello, i'm libby casey. a familiar theme played out in washington this week as bad news circled the white house, and the critics took their shots, fair and unfair at president obama and his administration. but by any viewing this was not a good week for the president. second terms always have their rougtc