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protests across yemen against the houthi coup. rebels fire above crowds to disperse them. this is al jazeera, live from doha also ahead. ukraine's conflict back on the agenda. this time at a security summit in munich. in donetsk people struggle for survival. also ahead: the battle for the second largest distract. meet the many training to take mosul back from i.s.i.l.
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and we'll tell you how this satellite could give scientists advanced warning of solar storms. we begin where the houthis are tightening their grape on the capital, taking control in a coup. there has been protests against the takeover in sanaa. meanwhile international condemnation is swift. the u.n. security council raised the possibility of sanctions saying it is ready to take steps if the houthis don't return to the negotiating table. gulf countries expressed their concern. foreign ministers held talks with secretary of state john kerry and called on the international community to take a stronger position in relation to yemen. >> we mentioned widespread protests. the governor of aid ep in
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yemen's south described the power grab as a plot against the constitution. let's go to aiden. it's been a day of opposition protests. the houthis have rested some of the people demonstrating. >> they've demonstrated that despite a coup actions against students demonstrating - we understand journalists were arrested since the coup announcement yesterday. obviously people were predicting that there was going to be violence. because of the fact that
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mathematically speaking houthis fighting against what people say is the will of the majority 60% of the population is not from the sect. there was always going to be opposition. and that is becoming more evident in sanaa and other towns and cities across the country. >> yemen already deeply divided country. what are the dangers in this coup for yemen. could the country split into two? >> it could split to two, three depending how quickly things move. there is a southern sensation. regardless of what takes place houthis are taking power. there used to be an independent, and what took place in recent
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history in that regard. in yemen now, for example, the governor here says he's not listening to orders coming from sanaa. several other cities have followed suite. and they are discussing amongst themselves forming an entity or an agreement between them whereby they govern their own affairs away from sanaa, which is a second entity and the capital under houthis control. it is fragmented. not only is that visible in terms of political rhetoric but on the ground. you have the houthi rebels and the gunmen have you a regular army divided between those listening, and those that said the houthis have tape control and do not acknowledge them. then you have local militia formed to protect southern cities from advancement from the shias.
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everywhere you looks at it economic security wise or socially. there is a lot of subdivisions. >> thank you. that report live from aiden. before we move to the rest of the day's news. let's remind you that houthis, and how the crisis in yemen unfolded. the houthis are a shia minority group, pard of a yazidi sect making up a third of the population they took part in the 2011 revolution, but they rejected gulf cooperation deal that included immunity for sala and a coalition government. in july protesters took to the streets. the houthis seized on the public discontent and the houthis took control of the parts of capital including the government buildings. in january they stormed the
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palace, placing a member under house arrest. a senior columnist for the saudi gazzel says iran is behind the coup and is playing politics to exert its power. >> we have to look who is behind the houthis. iran is behind the houthis, they are behind hezbollah and the shia militias in iraq and syria. that worries us because iran trying to get around us with agents for destruction. they are trying to frighten us into going down to the table of negotiation, and accepting their terms. that is not ever going happen. they don't understand that. they have kept trying if yemen
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is important, it's in the south. before that we have war. if you have war, a couple of years ago, with houthis on the borders. and we overcame and we overcame them. still, they have the power now. they have the army armaments and they are stronger than before. if they are going to rule yemen, there is an issue here we have to look over this let's move on to the rest of the news. 23 have been killed in two suicide bombings in iraq's capital, one targeted a restaurant in the east of the capital. 11 were killed dozens injured. 12 were killed in a separate attack in a commercial area in the center of the city.
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>> egyptian security forces killed 41 suspected fighters in one of the biggest military operations in northern sinai in several months. the military said air strikes called themselves the sinai province. which pledged allegiance for i.s.i.l. soldiers shot dead a number. fighters killed more than 30 security personnel and attacks in northern sinai. >> ukraine's president petro porashenko said that the new franco-german police proposal could work. petro porashenko made the comment at the munich security conference focussing on economic issues. german chancellor angela merkel is also there, and is playing a key role in pushing ahead with a peace plan to end the conflict. >> translation: russia needs to
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do its best in the iranian crisis. it cannot be solved by military means. it's importance more than ever to define substantial steps. after the talks yesterday in moscow, which the french president and i held i say it's uncertain whether they are crowned a success. from my view and the view of a french president, it's words our while to make the attempt. we owe it if not to the people affected in ukraine by the crisis. >> al jazeera's zeina khodr so live at the conference. petro porashenko says it could work is there broad agreement that this franco german peace proposal is the way forward to bring peace? >> i wouldn't say there is broad agreement. you probably will have people giving it a chance.
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we saw it clearly from the question that as a german chancellor was asked and those questions was about why they were reluctant to provide military aid to the government. she repeated more than once that basically she provided military aid to the ukranian government it would push the president vladimir putin to think that he was losing eastern ukraine. providing military aid is a thought that is floating around in washington. the kind that they are talking about is antitank missiles. something the german chancellor so far stood firm against. just now, the russian foreign minister started making his statement a few minutes ago. so we'll have to hear from him
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what was the position of vladimir putin after the talks he held yesterday in moscow with angela merkel and francis hollande. >> thank you. that report live from munich. fighting in eastern ukraine left more than 5,000 dead. charles stratford reports that stillions are bearing the brunt of the violence. you may find some of the pictures disturbing. >> donetsk morgue can barely cope. the majority of the dead here are not separatist fighters, they are civilians. innocent people with no role in the conflict. >> there is a lack of space. bodies lay on top of each other. we received 2,800 deaths since last year. 500 bodies since the beginning of the year. 70% are civilians, women,
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children. >> as the german and french leaders flew and secured a truce, few braved the streets. the sound of nearby shooting echoed through the city. we are at a separatist controlled point close to the shelling. calls for a ceasefire shows how difficult it is to maintain a truce. >> the fighters we spoke to at the checkpoint had little interest in the latest peace effort. >> we have seen peace talks. i don't trust them. when we offer peace, the ukrainian army uses the change to enforce their positions. >> in towns hundreds of people mainly the old and infirmed cued for food handouts. this is a daily screen in the capital of the self-proclaimed donetsk people's republic.
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>> all social benefits pensions benefits for invalids are not being paid. everything is done to eliminate ordinary people. we have been eliminated. >> it seems the shelling has become more indiscriminate. local authorities say five were killed when a shell landed close to the hospital. just as in territory controlled by the ukranian army civilians suffer the most. >> here on al jazeera, we'll tell you how a closely fought election in india is testing the popularity of the country's prime minister. >> and why the supreme court struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicides.
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hello, the top stories on al jazeera. houthi rebels fired in the air above protesters in yemen, in sanaa. demonstrators cross the country. they dissolve governments, and took control in a coup germany's german chancellor angela merkel says she's unsure if peace talks to end the conflict in eastern ukraine will succeed. she is attending a summit in europe. it is focussing on troops between pro-russian separatists. >> 23 people have been killed in two suicide attacks in the iraqi capital. one detonated explosives in eastern baghdad.
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12 died in the center of the city in a separate bombing the white house says it can't confirm if a female american hostage has been killed in a jordanian air strike. in a statement the islamic state of iraq and levant says that the 26-year-old aide worker was buried under rubble after a raid in raqqa. she was captured in 2013 and aleppo while working with doctors without borders. >> we do not at the present have any evidence of corroborating the claims. but obviously we'll keep reviews the information at hand. >> in iraq hundreds of sunni muslims from mosul are preparing an assault to take back their city. the town is strategic because of its proximity to mosul dam, the source of water and power, as zeina khodr arms there's concern over who controls the area once i.s.i.l. has been
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forced out. >> reporter: they hide their faces because their families live under the rule of islamic state of iraq and levant. these are a few kilometres outside the city that they want to recapture. they call themselves the sons of mosul. some have never been in battle. christians yazidi kurds, arab sunnis. they have come to fight for the city's history and against evil. >> all the communities - already the people inside are waiting for us to liberate them. we are going to fight together. >> this general served. he was involved in 2003. many iraqis like him found themselves without a place in the new iraq. commanders and fighters here are bitter about the way they were
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treatedar the fall of saddam. the grievances were by i.s.i.l. but armed groups represent them. they are leading a fight against i.s.i.l. on behalf of the iraqi deposit. >> the fight to push out i.s.i.l. from the city of mosul may be a while away. >> it's not just a question of being ready militarily the battle for the largest city requires a political solution. >> iraq's shia are not among the communities. there's little reconciliation. sunnis want the authority to speed up plans. it involves establishing an armed force in each province made of of people in the area. commanders want the national guard to be created. they won't treat everyone badly like the army treated us. we were terrorists or suspects.
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>> commanders say the national guard is important in sunni areas where the mainly shi'a army may not be trusted. >> defeating i.s.i.l. in the strategic and symbolic city of mosul may be the beginning of the end for the armed group. military progress could be the start of another conflict in iraq in india people have been voting in the capital territory of delhi and local elections. 13 million are eligible to vote in what is seen as a first toast of narendra modi's popularity. it's a close contest between the ruling b.j.p. and the common man party. more from new delhi. >> reporter: this is one of hundreds of polling satisfactions around delhi seeing a brisk turn out since early morning. it is essentially a 2-horse race between the b.j.p. and the
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common man. in the last election the party had a surprise victory and came to power in a minority government. however, they stepped down after 49 days in power, unable to pass anticorruption legislation costing them a lot of support. they are popular among the working and lower middle classes. >> the b.j.p. is led by a former police officer, and a reputation of being incorruptible. the b.j.p. won the election last year and several state elections since. while delhi's 13 million voters may seem inconsequential, a win is the jewel in the crown and a validation of the prime minister and his economic policies. a lose cool weaken the support and could be a strong opposition for the government in the
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capital al jazeera journalists baher mohamed and mohamed fadel fahmy spent 406 days behind bars in egypt. they and peter greste were accused of reporting false news and supporting the muslim brotherhood. charges they and al jazeera deny peter is home in australia after being released. baher mohamed and mohamed fadel fahmy are still in prison. al jazeera demands their immediate release. a member of kenya's parliament has been shot dead. he and his driver and two body guards were killed in nairobi. masked gunmen approached his vehicle, opening fire. he entered parliament two years ago nigeria's election committee will announce whether it will delay the vote. there has been safety concerns where boko haram carried out
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attacks. let's go live to the other end of the country. we go the niger delta. what are the chances of this section being postponed? >> well i can tell you people here and all over the country. later in the afternoon they are asking whether the electoral commission would confirm the convictions or go ahead with it. this part of the country said words like if it is they won't accept a delay. members of the ruling party say the opposite. the government needs time to secure areas in the north and noost of the country. they secure the areas, so maybe she is people had a chance to vote. ordinarily people are divided about whether to postpone elections or not.
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some say it could get a voter card. some say everyone else - the distribution of the voter cards, millions not able to obtain the cards. if the polls are not on the phone. most people say do you know what why not have the elections. they have been troublesome there. their concern is if there is a delay, there could be violence not just in the south, but elsewhere. those in social media don't want a delay, they plan to delay the announcement. they would only make an announcement to postpone the election on saturday 5:00 pm local time. >> reporting live from the niger
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delta in nigeria. >> 60 rotting bodies in mexico have been found in a crematorium. police are searching for the owner. the crematorium has been closed for nearly a year canada's supreme court overturned a ban on doctor assisted suicides. it will only apply to competent adults suffering on incurrable disease, as john terrett reports. >> for lee carter the ruling brings closure. her mother suffering from a.l.s. they travelled to a clinic in switzerland, where she ended her life. >> today her journey is complete with the supreme court of canada granting canadians the right she was denied. this is a case about people with serious illnesses can find peace and comfort knowing they have a
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choice. >> reporter: on friday canada's supreme court gave people the choice striking down a ban on assisted suicides. they are to craft a new law. failing that the ban will stand. canadian parliament mem mek steven fletcher who became a qued pledgic after a car accident praised the news. >> this is a momentous day, an historic day, a day we as australians can celebrate. >> reporter: others oppose the ruling including dying with dignity bills. one doctor telling al jazeera, that it's her job to save lives, not take them. >> they want to redefine the profession and institutionalize killing patients calling it health care. >> reporter: canada's decision comes on the back of highly charged debates. four states, vermont, montreal
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washington and oregon allowing some form of doctor-assisted suicide. >> i will die upstairs in my bedroom i share with my husband, with my mother and husband by my side. >> reporter: last year britney maynard was the face of the right to die. this past november maynard suffering seizures and stroke-like symptoms died weeks after telling the world she'd take her home life. >> it all my dreams come true i would describe this but i most likely won't scientists in the united states prepare to launch a satellite they hope will give them advanced warping of solar storms.
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electromagnetic radiation can cause damage. dominik kane reports. >> a combination of gas from the surface of the sun. while it may look spectacular, it can cause damage here on earth. the electromagnetic raid yicks emitted by a storm disrupts mobile communications computer systems and power grids. scientists wanted to develop an advanced warning system. now they thing they have. a satellite called the deep space observatory will be launched on sunday and sent 1.6 million kilometres. >> environmental intelligence - if we can get the 15 or 16 minutes warning time. that let's us provide environmental intelligence to the decision makers like satellite operators or electric
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grid operators, using moments to limit the damage. >> reporter: one of the better-known examples is the collapse of the hydro power network in canada. this solar storm left 6 million in the dark for hours. >> these events are huge in scope. any such burst affects the hemisphere that happens to be facing the sun at the moment that it hits. across all natural borders, across everything. they are big event in the global collaboration from the potential effects. >> large solar storms rarely upset the whole planet. scientists hope deploy and discover will mean they'll be forewarned and forearmed. >> and finally, a painting by the artist paul gohhingan sold
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for nearly 100 million the highest price paid for a single piece of art. it's understood that it was brought by a group of state museums. the portrait of two tahitian women called "when will you marry." >> hello i'm ray suarez. after a quiet spell eastern ukraine is at war again. and talking about arming the ukrainian army. while the west weighs its options, a high stakes diplomatic mission happens in kiev. >> if i recall, there mustfirst of all, there must be an immediate commitment to a ceasefire, which is not just a piece of paper, or words but