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>> a second bomb attack in two days in the russian city of volgograd. at least 15 are dead. >> you're with al jazeera, live from doha. 7-time formula 1 champion michael schumacher is in critical condition after a skiing accident. >> the lebanese army gets a $3 billion boost from saudi arabia. we examine why. >> this addiction had a negative impact on my life. i think i need to quit.
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>> shooting out in myanmar, where two-thirds of young people are hooked on heroin. >> russian president vladimir putin called for more security following a second bomb attack in two days in volgograd. at least 15 have been killed by an explosion on a trolley bus after 17 people died in a suicide bomb attack at the train station on sunday. bernard smith has more. >> the twisted gutted remains of a trolley bus in volgograd. bodies and debris are strewn across the street. russia's anti-terrorism committee says the blast was likely caused by a bomb. it's the second attack in the city in two days. >> on sunday 17 people were killed by a female suicide bomber in volgograd's main railway station.
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investigators there say that security controls at the entrance to the station prevented more deaths. >> translation: the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber, who, when trying to pass through the metal detector gates saw a police officer, got nervous and detonated the bomb with grave consequences. >> coming a month before the start of the winter olympics in socchi, the consecutive attacks raised fear of a concentrated campaign of violence before the games. the sochi winter olympics is a prestige project for president vladimir putin. no one claimed either attack. earlier this year chechen leader called for maximum force to prevent the olympics from being held. the chechens want to sort of an islamic state out of russia much tens of thousands of police have been deployed to protect the olympics. organizers promised to make the
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games the safest olympics in history. >> well, let's speak to fred weir a journalist with the christian science monitor, joining us from moscow, via skype. little doubt that the people behind the bombers are the islamist fighters in the north caucasus region. explain why volgograd is being targeted. not only the attacks today and yesterday, but in october, on a bus. >> yes, this is the third attack in volgograd. it certainly demonstrated or demonstrates a concerted ability by this terrorist organization to hit repeatedly in a single place. it should be a well-protected city, as these things go. it's clear that volgograd has been chosen for some reason. whether or not it's because the main targets, which are
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obviously sochi and moscow are invulnerable due to the security precautions or whether - sorry. whether they are launching a diversion. this is the problem. nobody knows. >> i get the fear is this could be the start of a sustained campaign. as you say, leading up to the fact that the winter olympics are held in sochi in a few weeks time. that will be the foremost concern for vladimir putin. >> yes, and he has staked his pre prestige on this event. he went all out to host the games for russia, investing over $50 billion, making it the most expensive olympics held. by all accounts the russians did
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a good job in setting up sochi, and preparing the olympic objects and facilities with 40,000 special troops. probably he's right, that the sochi games themselves will be the safest olympics ever. the problem is russia is a sprawling country with cities and vulnerable points. this is what the terrorists are exploiting. >> the north caucasuses region, as you were saying earlier, comprises of several republics, where there's a lot of poverty, islamist rebels are recruiting new numbers to the cause. are there any moves afoot to address that particular concern, or is moscow policy one of crackdown? >> there have been all kinds of projects to develop economically
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the region to - to suppress the islamist inser ection, which is - it's a prairie fire thing. it's rugged mountainous region. it's a client-based societies. hard for russians to penetrate. they rule itted for two centuries, but to control it in depth and detail has never been easy for them. now, because they rely upon corrupt leaders and clan leaders to control of situation, it is not possible for them to bring the region into office. under the terms of the russian constitution, and become part of russian society - it's an alien place. you know that when you go there. the dangers is that it will slide out of control. >> a danger which they are
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trying to come to terms with now in volgograd. thank you very much indeed for your analysis. fred weir speaking to us from moscow. >> french doctors are expected to give an update on the condition of michael schumacher in a couple of hours. the german motor racing legend fell whilst skiing in the french alps. he had brain surgery. and is in an induced coma. >> he's one of the greatest formula 1 drivers of all time. michael schumacher is known to be an experienced and skilled skier. he was skiing with his 14-year-old son and others on sunday near the peak of solia close to a french ski resort when he fell and hit his head on a rock. he had been wearing a helmet. within 10 minutes the 44-year-old was airlifted to a hospital before being taken to the university hospital center
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of grenoble. >> translation: mr michael schumacher was admitted at 12:45. he suffered a brain trauma and was in a coma on arrival. he remains in critical condition. >> his wife and two children are at his bedside. supporters hope for his recovering. >> i'm like you. i heard the news. as i am from the region, i came to see him. as i can't see him, we'll see tomorrow. michael schumacher won the formula 1 championship. his treatment is overseen by a french neurosurgeon, a friend of the driver. >> michael schumacher has a passion for speed, says a journalist from london. >> he has lived with speed all
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his life, since he was about eight years old. he's a very experienced skier. he has a ranch in norway and spends a lot of time in the als skiing. he loves speed and danger. when he finished motor racing, going back to 2006, his first retirement he took up motorcycle racing and that prevented an early comeback to motor racing in 2009. he's a guy that can't help himself. he likes to go fast. michael has a lot of people who are not fond of him. i think you have to acknowledge him as the most successful formula 1 driver of all time. he was the first guy who broke
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through - a massive figure in sport, transsending because he broke every record there was to break. he was an amazing man. he transformed the notion of motor racing, because he built a team around him which was mowed into him and the way that he worked. he was successful. in many ways he was a humble man, son of a builder in kerpin in germany. a place outside col own, and yet he is an incredible figure in the history of formula 1. >> saudi arabia is giving lebanon $3 billion in military aid. the president called it the largest grant given to the armed forces. they've been struggling to deal with the violent spillover.
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the army saw it as weak. >> we are joined via skype, a middle east analyst: $3 million from saudi arabia so the army can by more weapons. why have they given a donation? >> saudi arabia is sending a message that it is not giving up on lebanon. it wants to make sure whatever happens next in the country, the moderate voice, those that stand with the states, the institutions of the country, have a fighting chance. there's a struggle with iran as well, but, more importantly, i think there is a realisation that if lebanon is not going to break up, if there's not going to be another civil war, that it's critical to support its remaining institution, which is
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the lebanese armed force, and it needs a lot of help. support for the lebanese armed forces, is it a dig at hezbollah, which is funded by the sawed rival iran. the army is considered as being comparatively weaker compared to hezbollah. >> hezbollah's argument has been that the reason why it is not giving up its weapons to the army was because the army was weak and could not defend the country. riyadh made a tactical condition, a sophisticated mood saying to the hezbollah mind-set, that your argument is being met face-on, that we have to make sure the legitimate institution of the armed forces will provide the means to defend the country against all fours.
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obviously it's targeted for hezbollah. it's a political condition. there are strings attached to this aid. we'll have to wait and see how it's developed, and the most important decision, of course, is whether or not those that worked hard to secure the deal will see it through after his mandate is completed next way. >> it will be interesting to see what the effect will be. >> mohamad chatah, a critic of hezbollah. his funeral was yesterday. what is the mood. many are concerned about the fragile stability in lebanon, given the civil war going on next door. the mood is very morose. people are afraid the country will plunge back into a civil war. this is a reality. when moderate forces and
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march 14 march 14th coalition members are assassinated time and again. it remains to be seen whether this donation, this incredibly generous donation will be translated on the ground to support, backing with lebanese armed forces. the onus is on the armed forces to it know whether it can welcome and strengthen the sole legitimate institution of the country. >> thank you for our thoughts. >> now, egypt's security forces arrested al jazeera's team in cairo. they were picked up from home and hotel.
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correspond peter greste, seen here reporting from cairo, and producers mohammed and bakhar and cameraman, mohammed farsi are being held in custody. peter greste has won awards. all are experienced journalists working for multiple media organizations. al jazeera demanded its staff should be released immediately. >> coming up here on the program, a pair of boots is all that remains of a 12-year-old boy abducted from ooug anda to become a child's soldier. his father's story coming up. >> and brazilian police clear up the favelahs.
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>> welcome back. the headlines - 15 people have been killed in a second bomb attack in two days in the russian city of volgograd. investigators are searching for clues in what remains of a trolley bus, coming after 17 died in a bomb attack at the city's train station on sunday. 7-time formula 1 champion michael schumacher is in critical condition after suffering a series head injury whilst skiing. the 41-year-old was with his son when he fell and struck his head. >> saudi arabia is giving lebanon $3 billion in military aid. the president called it the largest grant given to the
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country's armed forces. >> chinese police say they shot dead eight people. violence is common in the region, where the people say they are repressed by the government. six out of 10 young people in myanmar are hooked an heroin. poppy production is widespread in the golden triangle. >> we go there to see the extent of the problem. >> the mountains of the state, beautiful, imposing and dangerous. this is where poppies are grown, and the heroin produced here casts a chateau on the state. in this sebbing clueded shed. three university students are
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looking for a daily hay. $35 worth. enough for two hits each. they don't want to be identified. they say they have been doing this for years. >> translation: this addiction had a negative impact on my life. >> the rate of heroin abuse is high enough for aid groups to minimise. >> we have found five used syringeses. statistics on drug abuse is difficult to come by. some say they collect up to 40,000 used needles every day, just in three towns. >> in this mostly christian state is a church that fights drug addiction. a spokesman says 55% of young people here abuse heroin.
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recovering addicts signed up for a program. they tried to kick the habit, but hasn't succeeded yet. >> in my home you town near the chinese border i could buy the drug anywhere, any time. >> people in the state has been fighting for more autonomy. some have been lapse on drug enforcement. but others say the issue of drug abuse is more complicated. the problem is relating to political instability. the government is not controlling it. >> as a result, christian pastors say kachin between the ages of 18 and 25 are dying from drug abuse.
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these three friends say they don't want to end up a statistic. even though they are powerless to quit the drug. >> an improvised explosive device has killed four police officers. they were escorting humanitarian workers when their vehicle drove over the device. kenyan authorities have been targeted. it's not clear who was behind the attack. >> the united nations has confirmed that armed groups are 50km away from the key city of bor in south sudan. 25,000 armed youths are reportedly ready to attack jonglei. 45 presidents who are in a power struggle m. they have denied they were following the orders. bangui moonis calling on the government of sudan to address the u.n. peacekeepers. he was speaking after two
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soldiers. 14 peacekeepers have been killed in dar fewer in the past six months, many blamed on rebel tribes who took up arms a decade ago. >> doctors without borders says 100,000 are sheltering at a makeshift camp in the democratic republic of congo. the number of rev beans in bangui has doubled. there has been a surge in fighting despite the presence of u.n. and national troops. christian and other groups have been targetting each other. >> for three weeks now, these people have not received any assistance for health and water. there are no toilets. water is not sufficient and there's no distribution for food or shelter. there's much to do. we have to improve hygiene before it became catastrophic.
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it's an emergency, and we must do something quickly. >> 20,000 ugandan children have been abducted during the long civil war. years after the lra was chased out of uganda many families are trying to come to terms with the fact ta their children may never return. >> this pair of boots is all that remains of this man's son. his father, christopher, will never forget the day his son was abducted in 1997, when he was 12 years old. the rebels were notorious for abducting rebels. >> if you are coming back, i will be very grateful.
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now i don't think - yes. >> christopher's wife was so upset the the loss of their only child that she killed herself. now he lives alone with only his chickens for company. he's waiting for god to take him away. he's one of thousands whose children went missing during the civil war. >> christopher says things got easier when he joined a counselling group for people with missing relatives organised by the red cross. here several groups have come together to hold a memorial ceremony. for most of the children abducted by the lra, there's no record, no comprehensive list of name or numbers. many people are poor, few have family photos or other kinds of
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memor abillia. the red cross says 12,000 went missing and never came back. few of those 12,000 are going to come home. people have gathered here today to try to come to terms with that and begin the process of moving forward. >> they take turns to say the names of those that never came home. the memories are painful. >> not knowing what happened with a person that is in your family normal - a son or daughter, is something for those that don't live it, it's difficult to understand. now they have somebody that understands them and went through the same and together they can find a way forward. >> most of these people never buried or saw the bodies of their loved ones, something important in the culture here. they didn't have closure until
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now. while the counselling or the ceremony will not bring anyone back, it can start to ease the grief. >> civil defense workers in el salvador are on alert after a volcano shot cloud and ash into the air. 5,000 have faced being moved. two have been treated for respiratory matters. the last eruption was in 1896. >> the pacific pacification drive began five years ago. any success comes at a cost. we have this report from rio de janeiro. heavily armed civilians totalling to regain control of
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communities in rio. it's called pacification. a government drive launched in 2008 to secure the neighbourhoods. many are close to tour attractions, and the world cup and olympics are coming. the hard part is keeping the peace. >> the state was absent in the communities for years. we arrived and we had app obligation for the residents to trust us. >> the resident-friendly police are having success. murder rates are dropping quickly. the tactics of the classification police are increasingly being questioned as more cases emerged of unarmed people being killed and abducted. in some places police have limited access. this is a community that has yet to be pacified by the police and
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is under the control of a criminal gang. every day people line up to buy drugs, cocaine, meth and marijuana are sold on the corner, guarded by armed men who block off the streets. traffickers say the police only show up to arrest people, but never stay for long. >> there are more police here now, making it tougher for us to work. >> by the time the world cup final was held in rio the officials hope to have more communities. >> these are the most violent areas. there's no question that the program has been selected and is oriented towards certain projects for the stay, which is to turn rooeg into an international center. >> some informant community
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worry that the captain and the force believe once the sporting events are over. he is not going anywhere. al jazeera keeps you up to date with all the day's development through the website. >> hey, i'm wajahat. ali. you're on the stream. you hear about local police durng into little brother. -- turning into little brother.


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