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>> welcome to the news hour live from doha. protests in yemen as houthis form their own government with the ousted president. >> the leaders are france and germany meet in russia with a peace plan to end the conflict in ukraine. >> shouses in jordan show
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support for king abdullah's fight against isil. >> aviation investigators in taiwan say a transasia plate that crashed into a river in taipei experienced engine problems. we begin in yemen where houthi fighters have taken power in what is seen as a unilateral move the shia rebel fighters announced the formation of a new presidential council. it will be tasked with writing the countries new constitution. let's go live to aden. this is not going down well in many parts of the country. talk us through the protests. >> there were protests even before in a announcement was made in cities across where people have been taking to the streets in recent weeks since
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the houthi fighters took control of the capital and forced president hadi to resign. they've already said that they considered what took place by the houthis as a coup d'etat. it seems that coup has been formalized by this announcement of the houthis. they say not only will this new interim body that they're going to form, this national council which will take the place of the former parliament, that they will be appointing it and also they will be tasked with electing or choosing, rather a presidential committee. that committee will have five different individuals in it, but all of these things have to return to what is known as the revolutionary committee. that revolutionary committee is entirely made up of houthi leaders. it is in fact the highest body within the houthi movement. by all in tents and purposes,
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they are the once ruling the country calling the shots and on the ground the ones who control the presidential palace, airport and all the government buildings. >> all right, thank you for that. >> the united nations spokesman said the power vacuum in yemen is great concern. we have with us adam barron joining us live from london, visiting fellow at the european council on foreign relations. you know the country well. what do you make of today's events? >> there's a sense that we had a feeling this is happening this was going to happen. it's not a huge surprise, but at the same time, the idea of the houthis unilaterally seizing power is something that is still shocking even if it's not unexpected as paradoxical as
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that may sound or contradictory. it's cliche to -- >> we know that the u.n., the u.s. won't accept it, nor will saudi arabia. >> that's one key thing. you have tomorrow that the houthis one are there's the open question whether the u.s., u.n., saudi arabia, other gulf states will accept this, the e.u. as well. there is the question of the rest of yemen. the houthis control area north but the south of the country and center of the country and the sort of the middle, it's an open question and i think looking at the coming days, the real challenge of the houthis if they are going to make these moves to seize power is whether or not they'll be able to extend they're reach in areas at the moment where it's rather weak. you have tribesman in the center of the country and people in the
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south want to secede from the country. the question is whether they'll be able to turn their words into a reality. >> how worried are you about the potential for violence, considering the great sectarian divide. al-qaeda would be against the houthis and the fact that the country is awash with weapons. >> there's little question that there is a great potential for violence in the coming days. it's not necessarily a matter of as hematter ofsectarianism or al-qaeda. it's create advantage couple which has caused this huge multi-facetted power instruct irin areas of the country. one would hope wider heads prevail and there will be mediation following this
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unilateral statement but there is great fear that if the houthis continue to make such unilateral steps and if other political forces continue to refuse them, that this will lead to, you know, a set of conflagrations in many parts of the country. >> thank you for showing your extensive expertise on yemen with us. >> let's go to ukraine now. angela merkel and president hollande are peteing russian penalty putin in moscow. they are presenting a new peace plan. the meeting comes a day after merkel and hollande met the ukrainian president poroshenko in kiev. we are live in moscow. any word yet from the meeting? >> what we are hearing from the kremlin is that these three leaders, merkel, and hollande and putin are meeting with each other pretty much head-to-head. there are no advisors, no one
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else really in the room, maybe an interpreter but they, it is just these three people talking face-to-face. now, they have a plan, or at least hollande and merkel has a plan by the way putin has a plan, as well. we heard that from john kerry. he that said putin had sent this plan to the two european leaders a few days ago. they have been looking at it. they came up with a counter proposal and it's that they have brought here to moscow to discuss with vladimir putin. we know little bit because the details haven't been fully articulated publicly, but we know there are going to be certain areas of discussion, certain very contentious areas of discussion. one of these is about the level of independence that the separatists in eastern ukraine might have. then there is also the issue of the border between ukraine and
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russia. kiev has long said this border is being used to transport weaponry and men from russia into the conflict zone, and the last issue is ceasefire lines where do you draw the boundary between the separatist areas and the rest of ukraine. what was decided in minsk in september is now out of date. the lines have changed significantly. these are all very difficult issues and angela merkel has certainly not been that hopeful publicly that this is going to bear fruit immediately. it may take more discussions. >> thank you for that, rory. >> now speaking in kiev, the ukraine prime minister prime minister yatsenyuk asked for full military help from the west. >> it is absolutely clear that we need parties in europe, but peace in europe depends on peace in ukraine. i am convince that had no one in
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europe wants to see russian tanks on the border with the european union. >> a temporary truce in fighting has ended in the strategic town of debaltseve. the ceasefire began thursday night, was meant to allow for a humanitarian corridor to free civilians trapped in the city. the ukraine military and pro-russian rebels ever fought for the town in fierce battles in recent weeks. charles stratford is in donetsk where he's been witnessing a deterdeterrer ating situation. >> the majority of the dead are not separatist fighters, they're civilians, in cent people who had no role in the conflict. >> there is a lack of space bodies on top of each other. five hub bodies since the beginning of the year. 70% of civilians women chirp
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people who lived alone. >> as the german and french leaders flew to moscow for another attempt at secure ago truce, few people braved the streets of donetsk. the sound of nearby shelling echoed throughout the city. >> british separatists control check points close to the airport. the intensity of the shelling and repeated failures of prefers calls for a ceasefire shows just how difficult it is to maintain any truce. the fighters we spoke to at this checkpoint had little faith in this latest peace effort. >> we have already seen peace talks and i don't trust them anymore. when we offer peace talks the ukrainian army uses the chance to enforce their positions. >> in town, hundreds of people, mainly the old and in firm queue for food handouts.
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>> no social benefits, pensions, benefits for in have have a lids are not paid anymore. everything is being done to eliminate ordinary people. we are not considered human. we are being eliminated. >> it seems the shelling has become more indiscriminate recently. at least five were killed when a shell landed close to this hospital. just as in territory controlled by the ukrainian army, it is the civilians suffering most. charles stratford, al jazeera donetsk. >> the german defense minister says no military solution will be on deal for crane. the focus should be on finding a diplomatic solution instead. >> we support ukraine politically and economically to a high degree and that will crib to be the case for a long time. in these very serious critical situations, i consider sending weapons to be the wrong
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approach. the conflict between russia and ukraine musting solved as a negotiating table. the minsk agreement is there for that the way is open. >> let's talk more about the political solution with dimitri in moscow, a political analyst at the voice of russia. good to have you on the program. talk us through the russian proposal and what it is that putin's hoping to get out of his meeting with merkel and hollande. >> well, of course, no one knows the exact text of the proposal which it had made, but i think primarily, russia would like to freeze the fighting in the area of the conflict, that gee joe political question can be resolved later. what needs to be done now is stop the shelling, especially the shelling of the big cities donetsk and luhansk and also probably the ukrainian government should start financial security in that area,
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because all banking was stopped by president poroshenko. people don't get pensions and public signaturor wages and basically russia has to sustain the region with humanitarian aid and by receiving most of the refugees who leave the area. >> you say that the shelling must stop and the fighting must stop but what's russia going to do to put a stop to the fighting? >> well, the rebels proclaim openly that their aim is to move the ukrainian position to a safe distance from donetsk so that they wouldn't be able to bombard donetsk anymore. i think if there are firm guarantees from mr. poroshenko and the from the west that, you know even if ukrainians hold this position, they will not use them to bombard donetsk.
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>> how do you overcome the incredible distrust on all side to say get some sort of diplomatic proposal, some peace deal signed off? >> this will be of course i think the mistrust, the distrust is the main problem because even angela merkel seen as russia's biggest friend was the mortar behind sanctions against russia during the last six months. it was for me, a very sign of trust from putin when he was basically hating to see her in moscow her with mr. hollande and they are looking for ways out of this crisis. i think the main impetus push in russia and european leaders to solving this problem is threat of the further expansion of the conflict. if the united states starts sending lethal aid to the ukrainian government, this is dangerous for russia and europe. you can imagine what happens is
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ukraine becomes a second afghanistan. >> we'll leave it there the sound is not great. thank you very much for your time. >> much more to come on this news hour, including boko haram launches attacks outside nigeria as the african union puts together a force to deal with boko haram. >> thousands of jordanians rallied in the capitol amman to show support for the family of muath al-kaseasbeh and the government. isil burned jordanian air force pilot muath al-kaseasbeh to death earlier this week. demonstrators support king abbull la's military campaign
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against the armed group. we report. >> the islamic state of iraq and the levant's murder of jordanian pilot muath al-kaseasbeh has produced outrage and calls for revenge. it has also shifted public opinion. those who were against jordan joining the u.s. led coalition against isil are now for it. everyone here chanted in support of king abdullah. >> islamic state of iraq and the levant face us at our borders. you don't remember islam. >> for the thousands of people at this rally in the capitol amman, muath al-kaseasbeh's murder revealed that jordan has always been islamic state of iraq and the levant's target. >> jordan is the next target after syria. if they occupy all of syria jordan is next. we have to strike this criminal group in their heightout. >> jordan has long been a stable
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country and its people fear being dragged into conflict. >> i swear we are not afraid. we are proud and stand behind the king and offer our men and women to tight terrorism. >> the queen surprised the crowds when she showed up at the rally. people have come from all over the country to honor the young pilot. >> this by all means is a rally in support of the government and its decision to step up the role in the fight against isil. the manager of muath al-kaseasbeh's murder has profoundly shocked jordanians and turned previously sympathetic citizens against isil. >> on thursday, the army announced its fighter jets hit islamic state of iraq and the levant hideouts and shows fighter jets taking off from northern military bases. the army said these attacks are just the beginning. these images show royal air force officers writing threats against isil on their missiles.
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some say the government should be careful of taking advantage of this unique moment of solidarity. >> we should not conduct our foreign policy by emotional feelings, we should calculate it. i think jordan has paid the price for all the ills in the middle east. >> it is unclear how isil will respond to the bombardment. there is speculation security agencies will have to crack down on size as i will recruits and stop possible attacks. en that say that's something they will support. al jazeera amman. >> let's cross to mark from the capitol. talk us through the conversation that the u.s. is having with jordan right now about working together in attacking isil. >> well, i think all of us
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understand that the king was just in washington d.c. and in these discussions this administration made it very clear that jordan remains a very key ally and increased the amount of aid and assistance that the u.s. would be providing jordan in this fight against isil as we have with many members of the coalition. >> at the same time, i know that, you know, there's amounts of pressure on the u.s. to do more. obama is pushing for the use of military force. talk us through that and how important that is. >> the authorization for use of military force is an gyp date from 2001 and 2002. this presidents believes that he has legal authority to conduct operations against isil, but in the state of the union address said that he was going to seek a new authorization specifically against isil.
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it's becoming quite a political tug and fro between the parties. >> hod this differ from iraq and ago for example? >> the 2001 and 2002 use of military force were truly authorizations on a global scale. not only would some people like to see that exact same model used for the 2015 authorization but others would want to see it more limited. they believe three things. number one the u.s. people need to ever a vote through the people's house number two unlike 2001 and 2002, this ought to ever a sunset clause when it exspears and number three, this should limit the amount and types of military operations that are conducted.
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for many democrats, this is the opportunity to prevent boots on the ground, for many republicans, they want to see a full-throated effort to support the fight against isil. >> the u.a.e. pulling out of the coalition force attack against isil. what position has that left the u.s. in? >> there's 60 countries that are currently participating in one manager or another in the coalition. the u.a.e. is a valued partner very important partner of hours but at the same time, each of those nations have to decide when they want to come in the coalition, how they want to contribute to the coalition and when it's in their best interests to leave the coalition. the coalition is still strong, still active, will regreet the fact that the u.a.e. will not be participating in the near term but the coalition will have significant capability to degrade and defeat isil in the long run. >> good to have you talking to
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us, thank you. >> the european union has pledged 1 billion euro to say fight isil in syria and iraq. german chancellor angela merkel met in berlin. >> they are prepared to provide all forms of assistance, military intelligence and security we'll also require training for security to gain control of areas where isil has been forced out. these areas are under the control of security forces, name lip the police and that's why we're seeking rance in terms of training. >> we have more from erbil in northern iraq. >> iraq yet again asking for more help from the international
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community. in the words of the prime minister, we are facing a well-trained enemy an enemy which is developing quality weapons. at the end of the day yes isil has not been able to take more territory. we've seen the kurds here in the north manage to recapture a number of villages, the iraqi forces backed by shia militia's captured but isil still controls the main urban centers mosul, tikrit, cities in anbar. this is not going to be an easy fight, but this war cannot be won militarily. there needs to be unity in iraq, reconciliation. we're seeing new facts created on the ground and communities still distrust each other. in the south when shia militias capture at your atory the shia population they don't return. in the north villagion ended up depopulated, so iraq's prime minister needs to find a way to
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bring iraq's communities politicians together and make this a fight for iraq. for the time being it seems each community is fighting for their own territory. >> tunisia has a new prime minister officially taking office friday during a formal swearing in ceremony in the capitol tunis. it comes a day after the first post revolutionary government was confirmed. >> protestors gathered in two suburbs in the egyptian capitol. this was a scene in southern cairo. demonstrators there are rallying against the government. protests have been taking place east of cairo. >> al jazeera journalists have now spent 405 days behind bars in egypt. they along with our colleagues peter greste were accused of reporting false news and supporting the outlawed muslim brotherhood, charges they and al jazeera deny.
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peter has arrived back home in australia after being released early they are week. mohamed fahmy and baher mohammed are still in prison. al jazeera demands their immediate release. >> still ahead renewed concerns over west africa's ebola outbreak as new cases rise unexpectedly. >> a snapshot of iraqi history is trying to break stereotypes at a film festival in germany. >> the streets of dubai can be a painful place. the latest from the dubai tour in sport.
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concern. >> thousands of jordanians rallied to show solidarity with the family of muath al-kaseasbeh. the air force pilot was burned to death by isil after taken hostage in december. demonstrators support the government's military campaign against the armed group. >> the leaders of france and germany are in russia to push a new peace plan for ukraine. this comes a day after angela merkel and president hollande met the ukraine president poroshenko in kiev. the armed group boko haram based in northern nigeria expanded attacks into bordering countries, including niger and cameroon. nigeria's neighbors in the african union are putting a plan together to fight the group. >> for days, chadian soldiers
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have been strengthening positions after taking the town from boko haram. chad's troops are help to go maintain peace in the area. soldiers say it took days of intense battle to say push out the fighters. >> we were firing intensely. that is why they dropped their weapons and ran away. >> we liberated them. if you listen to the residents who have been suffering under boko haram's rule, you would realize that we have liberated all of them. >> the nigeria military has not been able to stop boko haram. the violence has reached nigeria neighbors, towns and villages around lake chad border all four countries. witnesses from the town in niger reported the first attack by boko haram making miker the second territory to come under attack in days. boko haram attacked the nigeria army killing more than a dozen soldiers.
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the next day they attacked cameroon troops, killing at least three soldiers and civilians. this has drown in nigeria's neighbors. they are discussing strategy, putting together a new multi-national joint task force. >> we're going to work on the structure of the operation elaborate a plan that will ensure logistical support and things we want to achieve. this will be submitted to the u.n. security council. >> the united nations security council condemned the spike in violence and welcome would the new force. a statement says the council remains concerned that boko haram is undermining peace and stat of the western central african region.
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as the consultations go on, so do the attacks. >> the escalation and violence is happening as regional leaders are meeting in cameroon to finalize plans for a coordinated military response against boko haram. military chiefs are attending the summit. leaders agreed to send troops to fight the armed group. fighter jets from chad, cameroon and nigeria are already targeting boko haram. let's get more on the coup in yemen. let's go live to washington d.c. >> >> the u.s. government is not pleased with the way that the political situation in yemen is working out. they have been steadfastly
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calling for a political resolution that includes the houthis at the table not anyone acting unilaterally. this is the sedate democratic's deputy spokesperson. >> we are closely monitoring developments. we ever clear that any political solution must be based on the broad consensus of all yemeni stake holders adhere to the national dialogue outcomes. the unilateral declaration i should today by the houthis does not meet the standard of a consensus r. senses based solution to yemen's political crisis. there is as process under which you change the government through the constitution. that obviously was not followed today. >> this of course raises the big question, how are the u.s. and yemen cooperating today on yemen counter terrorism initiatives something the president of the houthi had strongly welcomed
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amounted supported. that cooperation is still underway and perhaps just as important, the u.s. considers president hadi still the rifle leader of yemen. >> thank you. >> investigators in taiwan are beginning to understand why a plane crashed into a river on wednesday. they say one engine appears to have failed before the second was manually shut down. search teams are still recovering bodies from the wreckage. we have a report from taipei. >> for a third day they searched the waters of the river for the missing from the flight. more bodies were brought to shore. among those found too young boys, 11 and 12, still strapped into their seats. the cause of the crash started to emerge. investigators announced what the black boxes revealed, engine two appeared to malfunction automatically tilting its propellor blades so they no
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longer gave thrust, but engine one was manually shut down after discussion by the pilots. >> essentially you're saying the pilots made a decision to shut down the one engine that was still providing thrust to the air craft, is that correct? >> the pilots, actually they did discuss reduce the power on number one but right now, we can only say from the data, data indicate the engine cut off but we do not know why or who did it. >> what is clear is by the time the plane made its last plunge in the river clipping a taxi and a bridge, one spinning uselessly, the other not at all. of all the stories of survival from this crash surely this is one of the most remarkable. >> it goes without saying how lucky the driver and his
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passenger were. large parts of this vehicle looked pretty much untouched but at the front this diagonal slice taken out by the wing tip. two lives saved by a mere fraction of a second. >> another amazing escape is a passenger. in the moments after the crash he freed fellow passengers from their seats. he'd been sitting in the rear out of habit. it makes it easier to get away with more hand luggage. he said he knew there was a problem as the plane took off. >> it felt unbalanced in the cabin. i guessed there might be something wrong with the engines. the plane seemed to turn around. i started telling the other passengers to protect themselves. >> the survivors were the minority. most on bored of now mourned including the flight crew which is now at the height of the investigation. they were hailed as heroes for missing apartment buildings.
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>> the national police chief in the philippines stepped down after a botched anti terror raid last month left 44 police commanders dead. president aquino said the operation should have been canceled because of poor planning. the raid targeted were you ever asia's most wanted terror suspects. >> china is opposed to countries allowing the dalai lama to visit. beijing considered the bailey llama a separatist pushing for tibet's independence. >> i want to offer a special welcome to a good friend, his holiness the dalai lama, who is a powerful example to what it means to practice compassion, inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human
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beings. i've been pleased to welcome him to the white house on many occasions and we are grateful he is here today. >> the united nations expressed concern about the increase of new ebola cases in west africa. infection rates had been dropping raising hope that the worst was over. we have the latest. >> in a village in southeastern guinea health education teams from the united nations spread the message about ebola. this in itself is progress, many communities who were once suspicious of aid workers are starting to pay attention to their efforts. >> ebola is still here. as long as the world health organization doesn't announce the outbreak is over, we will stay vigilant. >> in in the past week, the number of new cases went up for the first time this year in all three of west africa's worst-hit countries, liberia, sierra leone and guinea. the raise ended what had been an
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encouraging downward trend. >> good progress is being made, but the outbreak still presents a grave threat, and we really hope that there will be no complacency among anybody involved in the response. >> the w.h.o. said unsafe burial practices contributed to the recent flare up. there are concerns that the battle against the deceased will be sidetracked by a lack of money. >> at the end of february, we will start running out of cash already, which means two or three weeks from now. we can be sure there will still be ebola in two or three weeks. we cannot be sure that we will have the money we need to make sure we stop that ebola. >> there are some positive signs. the largest clinical trial with a candidate ebola treatment has
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encouraging results and liberia started the first vaccine trials. it's in early stages. the w.h.o. warns that more needs to be done before the rainy season begins in april, which will make it difficult for health teams to reach affected areas. al jazeera. >> canada's supreme court court overturned a ban against doctor assessed suicide. the law was said to impinge on canadian rights, expanding euthanasia to adults with intolerable suffering. canada joins a handful of european countries and a few u.s. states where it is legal. >> more than 1.5 million people are serving time behind bars in the united states and statistics show three quarters of them will be repeat offenders once they get out of prison. a new classroom initiative is trying to reverse the trend.
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>> at first glance, it looks like any college english class. >> we're going to read just that quote. what is the quote again? >> the man standing guard and the barbed wire outside the windows are a constant reminder, this lesson is taking place inside the correctional facility. most of the students are inmates. 34-year-old matthew wilson is near the end of a sentence for armed robbery. he joined the class for one reason. >> change. i knew i had to change. education is a part of that. education opens up doors. >> studentses from the outside also participate in the class. they say they're learning from the inmates, as well as their instructor. >> understanding how much they really care about their education, how much time they put into it. >> the prison to college pipeline is sponsored here in new york. what makes it unique i guess it
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guarantees inmate as spot here or at any city university after their release. the idea is to provide an education that continues not only beyond prison, but beyond the classroom. >> robert tate is pursuing a major in english after searching 10 years for robbery. he says the program is a lifeline. >> my thing was when i came home find a job find steady housing, find steady income, and you know get back to family and start to build my life over again, so i was starting at 30 years old as a 17-year-old. >> the prom provides assistance with all of those things and more. >> the population coming back to the community after serving time it's vital to the community, and a new community may be from the one that you left behind. it builds a new life after
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prison. >> the new program is yet to see its first graduate, but participants appreciate the second chance to expand their minds and opportunities. al jazeera, new york. >> survivors of one of australia's deadliest bush fires have been awarded $235 million in compensation in the countries biggest class action lawsuit. forty people died in an estimated 500 homes were destroyed in the blaze in the southern state of victoria six years ago. the lawsuit against an energy firm claims a break in an electrical conductor on a power pole sparked the fire. >> heavy snow and strong winds ever caused havoc on roads in many parts of the balkans. travel throughout croatia is grounded to a halt following massive snowfalls. schools ever had to close in bosnia's west and will remain through next week. thousands of homes have been
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left without electricity. in spain heavy snows also causing headaches in the north of the country hundreds of drivers were trapped and had to spend the night in their cars. the bad weather disrupted rail service in the region, in the small town, dozens of pilgrims trying to reach the city were put up in shelters. >> still ahead. >> wales will play england in rugby's opening day. research is underway to tackle concussion from big hits.
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>> dozens of vintage cars have gone on auction in paris the extremely rare classics found hidden away in a barn in the french countryside last year. the sale has drown collectors and restorers from around the world. we have a report from paris. >> auctioneers compared it to the study of king tut's too many. the cars were found on a farm in western france. now they're being sold for millions of dollars. the collectors are really looking for these kind of cars in this kind of state. people who are passionate about cars often a museum, people who are ready to take on a big restoration job. >> ferraris and ms. rates this
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spieder is one of 37 ever made, sold for $16 million. not bad considered it was found under a pile of rotting magazines. >> also uncovered this 1948 auto once owned by king farouk. >> this is where they were discovered rusted and weather beaten ivy growing through wind screens. the collection was amassed in the 1950's and 1960's by a industrialist whose foreigns failed. when specialists were called in to take a look, the car experts described the treasure trove as sleeping beauties, now destined
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for a new life. al jazeera paris. >> let's get to sports news now. >> thank you very much. morocco will not participate in the next two africa cup of nations and will have to pay a ten million-dollar fine for refusing to host the competition due to fears over ebola spread. the decision has been made after a meeting on friday. meanwhile, equatorial guinea has been find $100,000 for the crowd violence that marred the host countries loss to ghana in the semifinals. six people were injured when fans through bottles and other objects at the players. riot police fired tear gas at the angry supporters. the national team's captain apologized for the violence. >> we are very proud with the tournament we have played. we have reached the semifinal
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something historic for us. i would also like to congratulate ghana and apologize to for the incidents which happened today. we know this should not happen in the world of football. again, i apologize. >> our correspondent robin adams joins us. robin, in this day of punishment morocco were fined $10 million for not hosting the 2015 edition. do you think that's a bit harsh? >> absolutely. i mean, it comes on a day of just extraordinary and contrasting sanctions. for all intents and purposes, misconduct in african football, i don't know they've gone around it the right way. they've been given their $10 million fine, 1 million is for not staging the event the
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other $9 million for damages. sponsors would have lost out on you not hosting. incredibly harsh but comes on the back of morocco failing to stage the 2015 tournament over ebola fears but then going on to host the world cup in december. i think they would have taken that into consideration saying this is why the sanction is harsh. >> what about their neighbors tunisia, what's happening with their sanction? can you talk us through that? >> you might remember that tunisia had caf unethical coming from the game against equatorial guinea in which they were hand add controversial penalty when they knocked tunisia out. caf gave them a deadline of say you apologize or you provide
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irrefutable evidence of this bias the so-called bias and where we lack in ethics. that wasn't forthcoming. tunisia had all the time said we are absolutely not apologizing. they've now since suspended the president of the federation and given him another ultimatum. you apologize by 31 march or you'll be kicked out of the 2007 africa cup of nations. >> robin adams, thank you very much for that. >> on friday, the rugby union six nations gets underway with a big game between championship contender wales and england but unwailings research has been taking place into the effects of concussions on players which is causing increasing concern. we have a report. >> the bigger the sportsmen the bigger the tackles and the impact. >> it's a simple equation. with the increasing size of
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those who play rugby concussion and long term effects are something they need to take into account. >> in wales the professor and his team analyzed 280 current and retired players in laboratory conditions and investigating the early onset of dementia. >> concussion an injury to the body or the head. most don't involve consciousness, they are very, very subtle, so these are alternative techniques, if you like that allow us to have a look into the brain. >> long term damage from concussion in current and former players is a shoutout creeping across sport. last year, thousands of football players in america were awarded
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compensation for injury. >> in rugby contact comes thick and fast. the problem is being investigated to provide protection going forward. their players have been wearing an ear piece developed in america named x patch monitoring the size and angle of blow to say the head. >> we decided to come one a strategy to find out as much as we can about concussion and this is just one part of it. >> the information will be continually scrutinized but this is just the start of action that could take years to provide useful numbers. >> this is world cup year in the rugby union but first the six nations starts with a really big game. no one will take a step back in this one there will be mighty
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conditions, in all probability a few injuries. >> the professor is not looking to tackle rugby authorities, he is looking to help them. >> mark cavendish lost the lead in the dubai cup. a number of riders that might head into it with a degree of pain following a crash as opposed to one that came out of the tunnel and despite winning the stage took a toll after putting everything into the final assent, he collapsed to the floor after crossing the line. that's all the sport. i'll have more later on. >> thanks for that. >> the 65th annual berlin film
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festival is underway, and one filmmaker is out to challenge stereotypes about his home country, iraq. >> this is what millions think of when it comes to iraq, sadaam hussein and war but this is what he wants the world to see the other side of iraq, a history lesson through iraqi eyes a country that once felt fairly liberal compared to neighbors at least. a snapshot of another time. >> it's a really surprise to see that my aunt and my uncles, you know that they lift in the 1950s a life which compares to everything in the west, but with their on roots they listened to arab music, they had their writers, their poets it gives an idea of what could ever happened if the country would
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not gone into war and dictatorship. >> i was born -- >> iraqi odyssey tells the country's story through his family members scattered from london to l.a. to new york to new zealand. it shows iraq's fonder days and how the course of its destiny changed. >> iraq became in the front line of the cold war between the soviets and the west. that ended up in the dictatorship and all that war. >> this is not a religious film, in fact the opposite, secularity runs through it. times may have changed but he feels iraq's better days can return generation y. tasked with that. >> there are so many young people now for them, the dictatorship, there is no experience of that, they only know the perils of the war. they use the social media they
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know what's going on in the world and they saw of course the arab spring, you know. the thing i feel now that people are not afraid anymore. >> it is an optimistic outlook for a man who has seen and captured it all. al jazeera at the berlin film festival. >> one of the biggest snow festivals in the u.s. has given participants an opportunity to dream. the statues at the winter carnival in michigan were inspired by dreams of vacations. the winner of one of the four categories created a snow sculpture of london. there are pictures on our website. we've and got whole lot more. if you can say with us, the next bulletin is coming from london.
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>> yemen's shia rebels complete their power grab dissolving parliament and forming their own government. hello, there you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up on the program the french and german leaders sit down with president putin to discuss the peace proposal they crafted in ukraine. thousands rally against isil in amman, the group said a jordanian air strike has killed a female u.s. hostage.