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/ >> hello and welcome to the news hour from doha. our to know stairs, running for their lives thea muslims attacked while operating at a mosque in northwest pakistan. >> chadian soldiers battle boko haram inside nigeria the armed group strikes in chad. >> i'm very proud of every single moment i spent in prison for the sake of freedom of expression. >> out on bail, al jazeera
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journalist mohamed fahmy and baher mohammed are now at home with their families. >> i'm in north carolina, the bodies of the three victims shot here on tuesday are laid to rest. we'll bring you reaction from the local community. >> a shia mosque has been attacked in pakistan for the second time in two weeks. at least 19 people have been killed in the taliban strike in the northwestern city of pashar. they said it was for revenge of the killing of a fighter. kamal, obviously a mosque on a friday would have been packed with worshipers. >> indeed. as it is a normal routine here in pakistan and across across the
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islamic world this mosque belonged to the shia community. police say the attacks have used a building under construction to get into the premises. before doing that, they centralized to make sure nobody would find out where they came from. there were earlier reports they came through the front date gate but the police from the province said these people were wearing black closed, two suicide bombers having jackets packed with explosives, rifles and grenades got into the mosque. there was considerable resistance inside the mosque, which prevented one attack as it was stopped from detonate ago device the second detonated his advice killed the 30 attacker, as well. there would have been heavier
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casualties had it not been from vigilante action from the worshipers inside, however the death toll quite high and over 60 wounded. >> the taliban saying this was in retaliation for the execution of one of its members. >> absolutely. that claim of responsibility came swiftly and they were warning that there will be an unrelenting wave of attacks against the pakistani security forces as they cross the country, as well, so this all happening just a day after the pakistani military spokesman accused some neighboring countries of helping taliban pakistan so indeed, tensions quite how and the taliban warning of more attacks. >> thank you very much indeed. >> let's go to west africa where boko haram launched an attack
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inside chad from neighboring nigeria. the fighters crossed lake chad which separates the two countries in canoes. they set houses on fire on the border town. several people were killed, and then they were pushed back by the army. chad niger nigeria cameroon, have all pledged to create an international cooperation to fight boko haram. let's go to our correspondent in the nigeria capitol. tell us more about this and how it is river of boko haram's activities. >> the details are still thin. what we do now on top of what you lard explained is according to this unnamed security official speaking to journalists, at least 30 boko haram fighters attacked this village in the very early hours of friday morning. there's a little discrepancy about the numbers of people
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killed. one report is talking about five people including a soldier the other report is talking about 10 people, and that's according to an eyewitness who managed to speak to news agencies. the border picture of what this means about the group's capability is what is being discussed, it's unclear what it means in the sense that there hasn't been a lot of talk about the fact that the armed forces operating in the region are rappeling the group, are defeating the group are overturning the group camps but obviously when you hear reports like this and see the kind of thing that's been going on in this village clearly that contradicts much of what the military authorities are saying. now, when you speak to critics of the authorities who are involved in operations against the group they say that this is just more evidence that even though billions of u.s. dollars are spent fighting the group thousands of soldiers have been deployed to the region for one reason or another. they are just not effective enough. when he speak to those obviously
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in charge of trying to route out this group they say this is a global war against terrorism. that's what they call it. they say it's not easy to defeat this group. it's an ongoing battle and they have a situation where they have days of success if you like against the group where they are able to rout the group, on that presented boko haram fighters and days like this, this attack we're reporting where it seems to the group is making advances. >> ok. at least 10 people injured in a miner blast in egypt security sources saying an improvised bomb targeted a police patrol in cairo. police are searching the area. >> in another development people in several egyptian cities have been protesting against the government after friday prayers. this was the scene in cairo where demonstrations were
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peaceful. nearby, there are reports that security forces used tear gas to disperse protests that got violent. >> al jazeera journalists baher mohammed and mohamed fahmy are at home with their families after spending 412 days in detention. their retrial on charges of colluding with the band muslim brotherhood is due to continue in 10 days. we have the latest. >> after 411 days, too much time in prison, it's like a dream come true. >> as al jazeera producer baher mohammed during the first moment of his new found freedom a day to celebrate with his wife and three children. >> i'm very proud of every single moment i spent in prison for the sake of freedom of expression. i'm really proud about it. as time goes back, i would choose the same experience, and
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i know the case is still there. i'll continue. i'll continue to fight for the free dom of expression, and i will not back off. >> baher and his colleague mohamed fahmy were granted bail by a judge on thursday. they were imprisoned in egypt for 411 days, and as part of the bail fahmy was asked by the judge to pay a security bond of around $33,000. >> i'm sure he's been vindicated by this and completely vindicated later on in this case completely. >> the judicial fight for baher mohammed and mohamed fahmy will continue until charges of dropped. baher and fahmy were convicted and that rhizopi overturned.
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the evidence presented by the prosecution was said to be flawed and a retoo trial was ordered. >> earlier this month another journalist meter greste was deported to australia after 400 days in detention. fahmy, an egyptian canadian was told by authorities that his only way to freedom is to renounce his egyptian citizenship, which he has done. the three al jazeera journalists, mommy mohamed and greste were arrested in december 2013. they were wrongly accused of promoting the banned muslim brotherhood. their trial's been widely condemned by the international community and human rights organizations. six other colleagues from al jazeera were sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison. al jazeera continues to call on egypt to have all of its
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journalists exonerated. >> still to come on the program: >> parliament punch out lawmakers shown the door in south africa. plus: >> the desperate need to save water anyway they can because of the severe drought in brazil's biggest city. >> i'm reporting from christ church new zealand preparing for an international sporting event less than four years after the city was struck by a major earthquake. >> forces are moving closer to a major government base housing hundreds of troops.
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isil firefighters tacked a town in anbar province, approaching it from two directions thursday. it's been besieged by isil for months. it is close to the air base where u.s. marines are training iraqis. most of the surrounding towns fell under isil control after the group advanced quickly across the syrian border last summer. other correspondent has more now from baghdad. >> the attack began around 12:00 p.m. an thursday in what iraqi security forces are telling us were a number of isil sleeper cells activated within the center of the town of baghdadi and took over buildings. they were reinforced by isil fighters coming from the west of the city and were able to take and control a number of government buildings. however, what we're hearing from the iraqi security forces is they were able to go in and be able to take control of the town itself. all the local sources say there
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are still a number of isil fighters within the center of the town. clashes are still on going. the americans are very aware of this. they have about 300 security training advisors within the base itself. they would much rather the iraqi forces take control and do the predominantly all of the fight to go get rid of isil, who are very close to the base itself, baghdadi is very close. what we've seen time and time again is taking over a town and village near a government base and using that as a staging post. there are conflicting reports as to whether isil fighters remain in the center of baghdadi itself, however is a tactic seen time and time again from isil fighters and is a really concern. president obama said isil was on their back foot. that might be the case in anbar province and that's not the case where isil still control huge parts of those provinces.
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there was a fierce battle that began in november to take back the town of beiji and the oil refinery. the iraqi security forces took the refinery, but not the entire of beiji center. there are still isil fighters within the center that have town itself. that means iraqi forces have come under severe pressure. let's take a look. >> after 103 days under siege by islamic state of iraq and the levant this iraqi special forces unit is finally free. >> in mid november, the town of beigeie was retaken just 15 kilometers from one of iraq's largest oil refineries. they were unable to hold the center of the town. isil took advantage and pinned this unit down. every day for 103 days, they fought but neither side advanced. it was a stalemate. then just two days ago, a
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breakthrough. reinforcements from the army were able to cut off an isil supply line. help was finally at hand. >> we have managed to cut the enemy supply line from the current central point of terrorism and advanced further toward the front. now the corridor is under our control. our future plan is to retake the area completely. >> both towns of important for the army to retake beiji. it won't be easy or happen soon. >> we have separated sania from beiji. these two locations critical. beiji has been under control entirely since 2006 but now we have made understood gains by making that separation and we are still pushing through. >> these holes in the road are caused by isil's i.e.d.'s that have killed many iraqi soldiers.
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construction equipment was once used at makeshift roadblocks. >> president barack obama said isil were on the back foot. that may be the case in some areas, but in beiji seemingly not. the fact that isil were able to pin down an iraqi special forces unit for 103 days has to be of concern to everyone fighting the group. >> a military analyst and former u.s. colonel joins us now on set. this sounds like a very dangerous situation. first of all tell us how many u.s. military personnel are likely to be there in that base. >> the reports are saying 320 marines. it's clearly that's the report coming out of washington. there are support packages for that marines. i expect there's more than 320 plus. 320 fighters, guys who fight and train. >> what have they been doing there?
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they've been training the iraqi forces. >> training iraqi forces, predominantly sunni. when we were together a couple months ago we talked about a package of money being delivered to buy weapons for those fores. i'm sure they're training them on how to use those weapons but training is their secondary mission. a marine's first mission is to fight and i assure you there's a marine general on that base right now thinking more about fighting than training now. >> what is the mandate within the mandate given from central command, are they allowed to go forward and attack, or do they have to take a completely defensive position? >> the mandate is to live. that's the mandate of a marine. the 320 marines there the first priority is to live to fight another day. they're thinking about fighting and what are they allowed to do from there? at the tactical level he's looking at the picture of what fight, that general on that base right now as we're talking what do i have in front of me.
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i'm sure he's talking to the local human intelligence. there's a sheik there we've been there was originally forward operating base webster 2003. the marines know that base. now it'sal assad bare base. it's a different story. we know the area. we know every mosque, every corner. >> we're not at all surprised by this are we? we know isil has been incrementally taking more and more territory in and around the base. >> sure. >> was there an option then perhaps to have avoided this, the possibility of this confrontation by pulling out completely? >> that's not a marine option, pulling out completely is surely not a marine option. he hazard three things he's got to do. he has to lead this. the general lead this fight against them, push the iraqi's out against them, or evacuate. he's going over those three plans at the tactical level. political level is a totally different story.
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do we want to enter the fight now, is this the point we want to enter the fight and see marines fighting directly with isil? is this where we want to fight and he's getting pull from that. at one point it will be a general's decision on the ground that tactical in order to live, he'll have that choice. >> always interesting to talk to you, thank you very much indeed. >> thank you. >> state of the union address by south africa's president was interrupted by chaotic scenes like this. opposition members of the economic freedom fighters party you can see them dressed in red. they had to be removed by force from parliament. the a.f.f. had challenged the president about the use of state funds to upgrade his country home. >> we can talk a little more about this now by talking to
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executive director of the council for directive of the south africa constitution. thank you for talking to us about this incident. it seems like an unseemly demonstration of african democracy at work. >> it's certainly a blight on our democracy. yesterday was the opening of parliament, as you mentioned. it's a joint sitting of the two houses of our natural parliament at which the president presents his state of the nation address, which is in intended to set the government's program for the year for their commitment and promises to the electorate. it descended into yea cross because members of the opposition freedom fighter's party sought to use the occasion to question the president about the misuse of public funds for
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the upgrading of his private residence. >> it sounds like you're very much disapproving that they chose this opportunity to make their political point, is that what you're complain because? >> yeah, i mean, i think there's certainly an acceptance that the president needs to come clean. there was a report by the public protector ombudsman last year which pointed to severe transgressions and recommended and made findings and suggested remedial action to be taken which included the fact that the president must pay back a portion of the benefit that he has accrued back to the public purse. the president has failed to respond to those findings in that report, and that levels of frustration not just amongst the e.f.f. but ordinary south africans is very high. i don't think this was the correct occasion on which to raise this issue. we know that a question session
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has been scheduled in parliament for next month when an opportunity would arise for these questions to be put to the president once again so it was a violation of the pardon parliamentary rules. >> you think this might have been a case of theater. it might not have been an he will lent demonstration but presumably a lot of south africans feel upset by the misallocation of funds shall we say, state funds to the president's own private refurbishment of his house. are the people approving or disapproving of what was done? >> well, i think south africa woke up this morning feeling very very let down by all our elected representatives from the president to all members across the house. i think they did not respect the dignity of the institution of parliament yesterday that this
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was an important occasion, which needed to be respected and it was not done so. i think south africans, once we are anxious for answers about the matter, we are also feeling let down that our democracy is under threat in south africa at the moment, and that there were many serious violations of our constitution that took place yesterday, not least of which was the enry on to the floor of the chamber to remove members of the e.f.f. from the chamber. >> very good to talk up to. thank you very much for that. thank you very much. >> myanmar's military said 47 soldiers were killed in four days of fighting with ethnic chinese rebels. the violence which borders china started monday. the government says the soldiers were trying to stop the rebels from taking over the capitol of
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the region. china's foreign ministry called for calm and said refugees from myanmar are fleeing into china. our correspondent is in the chinese capitol with more. >> this is not the first time there's been fighting between the myanmar national democratic alliance army and also the myanmar armed forces. it happened six years ago on that occasion, some 30,000 refugees crossed over the border into china. they were mostly ethnic chinese and that is the case now. we're told that some 10,000 refugees have crossed over the border into china during friday. that is going to continue, i think over the weekend. pictures on line show thousands of refugees sheltering in blue tarp tents others in an exhibition center and also a sports stadium. china's ministry of foreign
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affairs will continue to provide humanitarian aid to those who need it, but it's appealed to the government of myanmar to try and find a peaceful solution. now the two sides in this conflict were due to sign a ceasefire a number of days ago. that clearly is not going to happen, and the worry is that the fighting will drag on as it has done in the past. >> brazil's biggest city, sao paulo is suffering a severe drought. even with months of rain, it wouldn't be enough to fill the reservoirs which are virtually empty. some people are taking drastic measures to save water. >> in this middle class home in sao paulo, another wearness of the need to save water has front formed everyone's live. maria and her family use a bowl to catch the water when they wash their hands. when full, it's used to flush the toilet.
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a bucket catches the water they used to waste while the shore warms up. when full, she takes it down stairs to be used for the dishwasher, or the washing machine. the soapy water is collected for a second lot of clothes and then used to wash the floors or pots and pans. nothing is wasted in an effort to economize on what has become the most scarce commodity of brazil's economic capitol. >> sao paulo is such a large city, i don't know what we'll do if there is water rationing. the government is considering cutting total water five days a week. >> in the poor neighborhoods the worst drought in southeastern brazil's history forces this woman to russia home to gather water before the tap runs dry. >> we gather water in buckets and bottles. sometimes it disappears for days. >> the washing machine is being
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used simply to store water. according to brazilian experts the on going deforestation is blamed for the country's changing rain patterns. while the cause may be environmental, the repercussions are both economic and political. many disgruntled residents accuse the state and national governments equally of not investing in sufficient water infrastructure ahead of what was a foreseeable crisis. the drought is now in its third year. this drought is impacting industry and it's now threatening to unleash an energy crisis given brazil's dependence on hydroelectric power. >> depending on the duration of the reaction, even the drought we will certainly go into recession, certainly. there's no reason why to think otherwise. >> afraid of what's to come, one
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of sao paulo's traditional restaurant device add plan b., top of the line disposable plates and cutlery. >> if there notice water, there is no other way to operate a restaurant. >> there will be a hold off of imposing strict water rations in the entire city. >> there are several conditions in sao paulo. rich is here with the weather. they're in year three of a drought. >> that's right martin, and when you look at the potential for rain across the region, then you have to say it still looks typical you expect this time of year there's potential for rain across southeastern brazil and sao paulo has seen some. whether it's enough is a different matter.
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it's slightly above average you think that's good, but there's a drought there which means many things. the regional definition of drought is redefined. it means so many different things to different people. farmers have one interpretation, urban users another. some rain to come, whether it's enough that's a very different matter. now let's look at the weather across the middle east and the levant region. here it's looking nasty snow, this is the border between israel and syria. got another shot coming from southern lebanon quite extensive snow. this region is going to see more snowfall and rain over the coming days. we've been looking at beirut and lebanon. i think we've got about 40 millimeters of rain in the next seven days. at high level altitudes, that could be 47 center meters of snow. the next week or so remains
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unsettled right across the region. >> thank you very much indeed. still to come, india demands action from u.s. authorities after local police attack an indian citizen in alabama. plus: >> the sport of trail running is growing in popularity. we meet to woman from nepal dominating the race to become champion. champion.
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>> let's have a look at the top
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stories here on al jazeera. the taliban said it was behind a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in pakistan that killed 20 people. three bombers set off explosives during friday prayers president mosque in peshar to avenge the execution of one of its fighters in december. >> isil in iraq are threatening a major government base housing hundreds of u.s. troops. fighters attacked the besieged western town of al baghdadi in anbar province, close to the air base where u.s. marines are training iraqi troops. >> there have been protests against the government in several egyptian cities. in cairo demonstrations were peaceful but in nearby giza, tear gas was used to disperse violent protestors.
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>> there are reports that police officers in alabama attacked an indian grandfather and left him partially paralyzed. >> meeting two officers of the alabama police department, a dashboard camera records the conversation. >> what's going on, sir? >> you what? >> and what follows. the 57-year-old is tackled to the ground. the incident recorded by a different camera in a second car. police say they'd received a call about a suspicious person. the son said his father had gone for a walk. >> police told him to stop. he stopped and he was telling them no english indian, and he was telling them in english house number and pointing towards the house. >> he arrived in madison two weeks ago to help his son's family care for their
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17-month-old child. audio captures confusion among the officers. >> he don't speak a lick of english. >> when police try lifting him they find he can't stand up. >> stand up. >> stand up. >> his lawyers say he was severely injured and required surge to relieve pressure on his spinal cord. madison police officers have apologized and arrested an officer on an assault charge. >> i found officer parker's actions did not meet the high standards and expectations of the madison city police department. for that reason, i sincerely apologize to mr. patel. >> the indian government contacted the u.s. state department to express its concern. >> our understanding of the situation is that while there has been some progress in his medical situation it still is a matter of concern.
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>> the u.s. state department has sent its condolence to say patel's wife in india and to the rest of his family. patel is suing the city of madison and the two officers. >> all right now we're going to talk a little bit more about the situation in egypt today. as you've heard, there have been a couple of demonstration reported. the al jazeera arabic bureau chief joins to us explain what's going on. we're hearing reports of separate demonstrations at least today, one in giza, which might have turned a little ugly, from what we're hearing and one more peaceful in cairo itself. >> yes, there is actually demonstrations and protests. the most strong evident is in cairo and also in giza.
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there is some other demonstrations in egypt. the most significant is that this is, you know, should be more quiet. this is after it is the first friday after we can say the anniversary of -- >> this is a particularly tense time then. what are these protestors actually demanding? i can see we're looking at pictures where some people are holding placards with the image of the former president morsi. >> yes, there is some significant changing in this today. first, you know the clashes between the within the protestors and the security forces in different areas in upper egypt cairo and giza, and the most significant thing also is the bombing in the middle of cairo by some militant groups.
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>> so that's linked. the unrest in sinai peninsula which seems to be bothering the egyptian military so much is linked then to these protests taking place on the streets of cairo and other cities. >> yes the most dangerous we can see even for today is that bombing in ancient area in the middle of cairo which is already injured nine to 10 people. eight of them is soldiers, police soldiers and there is police officer who is in very difficult condition injured in this bombing. it's a critical situation also, and it refers to and indicates to uprising in the administration and protesting
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after the anniversary of the revolution. you know the anniversary of the revolution--men that groups and political parties called for demonstration in this period, but this is after the period, so it's a very significant to see this huge and strong potest. >> thank you very much, indeed for talking to us here at al jazeera english. >> saw the rain released two women detained for breaking the ban on female drivers. they've been detained since december. saudi arabia is the only country in the world which doesn't allow women to drive. >> another ceasefire deal on eastern ukraine may have been reached but on the ground, the fighting is continuing between the government on the one hand
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and pro-russian rebels on the other. ukraine is saying eight soldiers have died within the past 24 hours alone and there is skepticism about the ceasefire. >> we drove to the front line. hours ago the ukrainian military fired grad rockets at this road. the separatist fighters said we should switch off our mobile phones and drive fast. there are a few fighters here at this former ukrainian military base. the primary role is to try to monitor ukrainian army movements. >> we're in a separatist position south of donetsk. fighters tell us ukraine forces are over there. we can't go in front of this building because there are dangerous snipers. >> the fighters here are unis your what the minsk agreement will mean for them.
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>> we will stay unless we get an order to retreat. we are holding this defensive position to help defend the town. >> the separatist leaders said the agreement could have far-reaching implications. >> we can't deny ukraine this chance because the whole country will change as a result. the attitude and people will change. in fact, the people of ukraine we are still with them. we totally consider them our people. this chance is given to ukraine to change its constitution, which is specifically mentioned in these agreement documents to change its attitude. >> the minsk agreement fails to define the status of the people's republics. some of the people in donetsk are in favor of independence. >> donetsk should be independent. unity won't work. to return to ukraine means to be governed by an inadequate government. >> how can we return to ukraine after everything they have done to us? >> thousands of people have been
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killed in in indiscriminate shelling. at least one person was killed. >> the patients are under the beds. one bed was destroyed by some rap necessarily. it was terrifying. >> so many have died since the last ceasefire collapsed in september and there is great uncertainty whether this latest truce will be implemented and hold. al jazeera eastern ukraine. >> the greek prime minister alexis sipes has said a deal can be reached. >> this bridge agreement will lead us to a new social contract
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with our european partners within six months, a contract for growth, social cohesion and for getting greece out of the crisis. >> saudi arabia has become the latest country to close its embassy in yemen after several western powers did the same. this follows last week's coup by shia houthi rebels in the capitol shana. let's get the latest from our correspondent who is monitoring events from taiz, to the south of southern jamal. the situation must be deteriorating significantly for a neighboring country like saudi arabia to pull out. >> it certainly is, and you had rain being one of the powerhouses in the gulf are trying to pressure the houthis to reverse they are coup.
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the saudis busy with other counterparts in new york with the u.s. security council with a proposed resolution to force essentially the houthi to say give up the power they took forcibly demanding that the militia withdraw from government buildings they've taken control of and to get rid of the or to release the president who has been under house arrest. obviously, this is going to create a lot of antagonism toward them by those militia who are in control of sanna and therefore the saudis have seen-wisest for them to withdraw. they are not the first to do it, the u.s., u.k., france, italy all have closed their embassies. that is a sign of how bad the security situation is there and because there while the houthis may control part, the southerners are looking for cessation all
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while protests are taking place anti coop demonstrations here, aden and other places, so very unstable indeed, martin. >> live i don't mean yemen, al jazeera. >> we've got more coming up, including ramping up cyber security in the united states. it could mean trouble for those tracking the hackers. plus: >> i can't say there's a prejudice against qatar, there is as bias. >> the man in charge families the country has been unfairly targeted. cater cat are
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>> it's time for the sport. >> we begin with football and egyptian premier league will continue following the death of 20 fans in a riot. the government suspended the league in wake of a violence outside a stadium which claimed the lives of 20 supporters. future matches will be held behind closed doors for the time being, according to the egyptian prime minister. >> the man in charge of organizing the 2022 world cusp said qatar has been the victim of clear bias from the media. he has told al jazeera the country was unfairly focused on during a corruption investigation. there was a clearing of wrongdoing for a report put together for fifa, the governing
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body by american lawyer gathers. >> all the reporting that came out in terms of michael garcia, the description was that the focus was on us, was on the 2022 bidding in qatar, it was on qatar and that was inaccurate. the simple fact was the investigation was on all bidding nations, 2018, along with 2022. the other fact is we were very open and accepted an investigators coming from the nation that, you know, is or coming from a country that was a competitor to us in 2022. we never raised an issue because we are confident about this mission and we embraced the hole investigative process because for us it was an end to allegations unfounded
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allegations that came out. nevertheless. somehow, the focus still seems to be on us and i think that if nothing else shows a bias. >> the world match of the cricket cup is soon to be underway incite church. the black caps believe they have what it takes this time around and started the warm up to this campaign beating south africa in their last match. >> i think the style of play which crunched down over time is something we're comfortable with. we have had different personnel come in and out but the game plan's remained the same. it's a good, strong -- well, it's a good sign for a team that they're able to replicate the same game plan even with different people. >> in the recent past is specially new zealand we've
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found more ways of losing games man winning games. i'm pretty sure because we had a couple of bad practice measures, we are not too concern. >> it's four years since a major earthquake struck christchurch and the impact is still felt there. there is a return to normality but in many parts of the city, that isn't the case. >> much of central christchurch is still abandoned following the 2011 earthquake. it doesn't look like a city preparing to host a major sporting event. the park's redeveloped cricket oval is about to host the opening game of the world cup. >> it's just a fantastic opportunity for christchurch to prove itself to be the host city that we've always been.
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>> at the same time, the lives of so many people who live here are still in limbo. in some suburbs in surrounding towns, communities have disappeared. in this area, there used to be almost 600 families. now there are just three. this family turned down government obvious to move out of the damaged area. he's now working to help others get the money they are owed from insurance companies so they can rebuild. >> this is one of the reasons why we're start to go lodge claims approximate the escd in terms we believe that insurance companies, some of the insurance companies have breached people's human rights. >> it's similar for many commercial buildings and facilities. >> the 2011 earthquake occurred less than seven hunts before this stadium was scheduled to host games in the rugby world cup. of course those games had to be moved to other cities and this facility has been left largely untouched ever since. it also would have hosted world
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cup cricket games it's under insurance dispute and therefore its fate unknown. it is hoping cricket will provide distraction. chris harris played 150 internationals for new zealand and is developing young players. he is proudly christchurch born and bread and believes the world cup is exactly what the city needs. >> there is a lot of families and people having issues here, so it's wonderful to think you can have these events and help cheer the community. >> they hope when the games are shown around the world they'll send a message that despite the challenges the city is open for business. al jazeera christchurch. >> once the action begins, arguably all eyes will be on melbourne saturday when two of the biggest rivals go head-to-head. australia place england in front of 90,000, australia go into this one having won 13-15, 1 day
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matches against england over the past four years. australia's captain said past successes won't count for much when it's time to whack out on to the pitch. >> i'd love to say it would count for something but i don't think it does. i think england have made really positive changes to the way they play and their structure and making it look dangerous. i don't think they rely heavily on one or two players, which is a pretty good model. unfortunately, we all start on zero tomorrow. >> obviously the last few have been very unsuccessful from our point of view, and this time, there's a real difference in the belief that is we've got. i think there is a real genuine belief that we can, you know, surprise to few teams. we feel confident enough that we can beat anyone if we have our day. >> sunday seize pakistan playing defending chance india. the leadout for pakistan has been less than ideal with eight
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players including the captain fined for breaching a curfew. the team's management claimed they were late returning from dinner. a repeat offense could see them kicked out of the tournament. >> running up and down mountains essential isn't for the faint hearted, but trail running is gathering fans across the globe. they. a is a popular destination for those at the pinnacle of the sport. the country has some of the best trail runners around. >> every weekend locals wake up for a race along the trails up one of the mountains that encircle the valley. >> 15 and a half kilometers of beautiful forest trails to run today. >> among the best runners last year at 23, she discovered trail running. since then, she's been breaking records all over the world. >> in the village, we had to carry water uphill from our house on the hill, we had to go
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all the way down to fetch water. i used to have to carry 25-kilos of rice up and down a mountain and get back home in time to do my homework. >> she grew up in poverty in eastern nepal as a youngster she joined nepal fighters. trail running nepal which otherwises running here discovered her and raised sponsors for her runs in hong kong and europe. >> runners here say that her story could be replicated. other girls ran in katmandu and showed promise. they need further training. >> trail running is not a national sport here. most women might run and even win as an event like the marathon but don't get a chance to continue. >> this year, then, i think the international athletics federation will recognize trail running as an official sport and then the nepal government
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and their supporting departments might be able to introduce trail races into their national program of running so if that happens, then a lot of problems will be solved. >> for those like mira, without others raising money for her there is little chance that she can continue running. al jazeera katmandu. >> looks like too much hard work for me. thank you. thank you very much. >> now, president obama is expected in california for a summit on cyber security. he'll meet industry experts and talk about how to combat the various threats. taking on the hackers though is a rather complicated business. we have a report from baltimore. people trying to catch them could be prosecuted themselves. >> at the johns hopkins computer signs department, paul martin is showing his professor the progress he's made in his research project. he's been hacking into devices
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used in hospitals around the world, but then making them safe from other hackers. >> these medical devices everywhere and connected to networks right now and patients right now. nobody has really done that much work on looking at the security of these devices in trying to prevent especially the legacy devices from being attacked. >> it's not just medical devices vulnerable to attack. from cars to home power supplies and beyond, networks all too often have might be malsafeguards. under anti hacking legislation announced last month it's researchers like martin who could be prosecuted for attempting to explore network vulnerabilities. >> finding bugs is exhaustive. >> his professor thinks he would be safe under the proposed legislation, but he's not sure and he knows many other so called white hat hackers could be liable for prosecution for
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attempting to find weaknesses before those with bad intentions. >> i don't think that's going to solve the problem. they are propose to go share information, collect information from private companies and share it with the n.s.a. about all of us and there are privacy problems with that. that's kind of scary. they're already collecting live information, now there is going to be more. the problem we have is a lot of very bad software in everything that we use from elevator to say toasters. >> we're trying to make it better. >> we're all trying to make it better. >> there's a sense they're going the easiest route as possible for what is lax in the first place. >> you have to get every company in america to put out secure software. create ago new department in washington d.c. is much easier. >> since proposals were announced, cyber security experts have raised the alarm arguing they would allow prosecutors to go after the wrong people, even consumers who
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share their passwords for site that is stream movies, but dangerous hackers would be untroubled. such is the need to be seen to be doing something about hacking. it's unclear whether the administration is listening to their concerns. >> before we close this news hour any excuse, really, to take a look at what's going on in rio. of course, it's the eve of carnival the annual event which is the biggest street party in the world isn't it? >> there you see people limbering up. this is the eve of carnival. of course, it's the samba competition that grabs most people's imagination. i have no idea whether these people will be taking part in the samba competition but nonetheless, that is the scene as the city limbers up for this year's extravaganza. >> do stay with us. i'll be back with another full
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>> running for their lives shia muslims attacked while operating at a mosque in northwestern pakistan. >> hello again this is the world news on al jazeera. also to come: >> the u.n. acknowledges for the first time that any resolution to the fighting in syria must involve president bashar al assad. >> boko haram baling inside nigeria, the armed group attacked chad. >> i'm very proud of every single moment i spent i