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go behind the scenes at >> hello welcome to the al jazeera news hour live from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes: >> egypt says it's launched airstrikes against isil in libya. the tripoli based government said it's a violation of sovereignty. >> the crisis in ukraine both army and separatists say they won't pull back until a full
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ceasefire is implemented. >> we'll take you into the forest of russia's far east where two of the world's rarest predators face a threat of their own. >> >> egypt is caring out airstrikes in libya as part of a coordinated effort with the libyan air force. both say they are targeting fighters affiliated with the islamic state of iraq and the levant. egypt france and italy are calling for the u.n. and nato to take stronger action against isil. we have the latest on the strikes. >> egypt retaliates. the operation in libya visible from miles away. the military was going after
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targets affiliated with the islamic state of iraq and the levant but these strikes damaged several buildings in a residential area. there are reports of civilian casualties. the air campaign took place just hours after egypt's president warned it would respond to the sleigh of its citizens in libya. >> egypt will react in the right time. >> egyptian fighter jets took offer before dop. the internationally recognized libyan government said the operation was carried out in coordination with its air force but the rival national congress based in tripoli is denouncing the attacks. >> we strongly condemn the egyptian offensive. we deem it an offensive against the libyan southernty.
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we call on libyan to say unite and end this situation. >> as security unravels in libya, it's forced to attack the advance of isil on both sides of its border. >> egypt is coordinating, there's talk of an offensive in libya in order to cover the gaps that isil is filling. therefore, we're going to have a war with isil in north africa and in the levant. >> other nations are also concerned. isil made a direct threat to italy in its latest video. the country separated from libya by a narrow strip of the mediterranean has now evacuated its embassy there and calling
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for u.n. intervention. >> while the tripoli based parliament condemned the airstrikes, said this: >> if there were any terrorist groups on the egyptian side and we were ail to hit them, we wouldn't hesitate to fight them. groups that commit such crimes, borders aren't going to be an issue. >> in its latest video isil has made a direct threat against italy, prompting rome to evacuate its embassy in tripoli. and it is boat ride from libya and thousands of people flee violence across the mediterranean, try to reach europe through libya. sunday, 2,000 were rescued many end up on the tiny italian island of lampedusa.
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>> italy has called for a nato led military campaign to stop the advance of isil in the country, after they feel they were directly threatened by the fighters. in a video posted sunday on isil in which they showed the beheading of 21 catholic christians from egypt isil fighters said they were just south of rome, something that italy saw as a direct threat to them. the interior minister said that there was no time to waste and nato with the backing of italy should intervene militarily in the country. the fear that is isil will continue to advance all the way to the coast of libya where they could take control of the human trafficking business there by -- and then infiltrate isil fighters among the hundreds of thousands of migrants that reach the coast of italy every year. the interior minister said until now, the situation is under control, but there was an
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episode on sunday that showed the escalation there is growing as well, it's rising, as well. one of the boats carrying the migrants was sighted by a speed boat where men, armed with kalashnikovs told the coast guard to take the migrants, but leave the boat behind. en escalation of violence in the human trafficking business, as well that is pushing italy to call out for military intervention, led by nato as soon as possible. >> italy is calling for stronger action from nato against isil. egypt and france for their part are calling on the u.n. security council to come up with new measures against isil. let's go live to paris. france is pushing for the u.n. to convene and discuss this situation in libya. what exactly does france want somewhat are they pushing for? >> it's a joint push by the french president francois hollande and egypt's president
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al sisi who spoke together on the phone and spoke about the worry of extension of isil's activities in north africa. they both called for a meeting of the u.n. security council which would give a mandate to the international community to take more direct action in libya itself. now, let's not forget while france is keen to be seen as a major player on the international stage there's also a fear here in france and in the french government of the impact of isil's activities here in europe. there was of course, the attack on the magazine charlie hebdo and an attack on a synagog in paris linked to keep who had gone to the middle east to receive military training, not specifically isil, but there have been of course other incident's around europe involving people linked to that
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group, lots of arrests but something on many people's minds. that's why i think francois hollande is so keen to be taking tough action against that particular group right now. >> we're seeing closer ties between egypt and france right now, the french minister head to go cairo to sign a very important defense deal with egypt. >> absolutely, of course, the timing is coincidental to those airstrikes that egypt has been carrying out in the last few hours, but it's just a reminder. francois hollande said the contract to sell fighter jets to egypt is a reminder of the existing trust that all right exists between france and egypt. this is a ramping up of the french deal. this is big news for france's defense industry in terms of providing jobs, securing jobs,
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but it's also extremely important for egypt as it tries to move away from providing military aid. russia is increasing efforts for trade deals with cairo. >> thank you reporting live from paris. >> now to yemen where at least three people have been killed in the southern city of aden. separatist groups from the south are fight, security force there is. they reportedly took over a number of state buildings from the special forces. now the u.n. security council has expressed alarm at the unrest in yemen and it's passed a resolution calling on houthi rebels to hand back power. they took the capital in september and dissolved party this month. the members demanded the houthis
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withdraw from sanna but did not allow for the use of force, this is the first resolution on yemen since the takeover. it called for the houthi withdrawal as well as weapons seized from the government. it called for the release of the president and members of the parliament under arrest. the text warns of further steps if the resolution is ignored. >> extremely disappointing that's what several of the different political parties opposed to the coup, opposed to the hoot's power grab has told us when we asked their view with the u.n. security council resolution. they say it was weak, didn't have the word coup in it. it is something that is very disappointing as far as they're concerned. the main issue is that the resolution doesn't provide any sort of consequential action if
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the houthis don't adhere to it and don't relinquish power. they say it's nothing more than verbal condemnation of the power grab. add to this that many of the them have already expressed negative sentiment toward the u.n. attempt to try to get all sides to agree on some sort of power-sharing deal. they've already said they're losing trust quickly because the only thing that has been consistent throughout the u.n. sponsored talks is the fact that the houthis have just been getting more and more powerful from a territorial perspective and fire power. on the security front, there have been clashes between what is known as local popular forces that were set up by president hadi prior to him being forced to resign to defend the southern region it is from possible houthi advance and member of the security services who are loyal
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to the houthis. >> still ahead on the al jazeera news hour, struggling to live a normal live in india. >> afraid to farm the land, why a deadly legacy from senegal after three decades of conflict is lingering longer than it should. >> in sport a surprise at the cricket world cup. we've got all the action later in the news hour. >> first to ukraine where government troops and separatists both say they won't pull back until a full ceasefire in implemented. the next step in the peace plan is for heavy weaponry and troop to say be removed from the front
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line at midnight on monday. shelling and mortar fire have been heard in the key railway hub of debaltseve. the city of donetsk was under rebel shelling and five soldiers killed in the last 48 hours. >> we would like to stress our military open fire only in response. the enemy continues to conduct activities of aerial reconnaissance. six enemy trains were registered. >> we go live to donetsk. this has been an extremely difficult peace deal to implement. what is the situation right now? >> the situation is not looking good as we speak now. we are as you reported, the ukrainian military are not
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prepared to pull back their heavy weapons at this stage because of what they describe as ongoing shelling by the separatists. it seems that the area in contention still is this town of debaltseve this strategically important town for the separatists, because if they were to completely take it, it would give them a railway link directly to russia. today, two days after the ceasefire started is the day these heavy weapons were the beginning of them to be withdrawn, to a maximum of 140 kilometers from the front line depending on the caliber and range of these weapons. the military now ukraine military saying they are not going to do that. however, in the last hour or so, the separatists have said that they are prepared to possibly give a corridor, a safety corridor for ukrainian soldiers in debaltseve and let them to go free if they lay down their
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weapons, but certainly in the last days that we've been in that area, we were in debaltseve yesterday, we saw separatists there. we spoke to rebel commanders and they said that they had no intention whatsoever of laying down their weapons and at the time, as well, there was a lot of ukrainian military there that were moving into debaltseve. it's the only area really where there seems to be this concentrated continuation of fighting but certainly lines like this do not bode well for i think the implementation of a full ceasefire and obviously have ramifications potentially for setting off enough space giving enough space for a full political process to start and end what's been now more than 10 months of complicate here. >> thank you very much for the update charles stratford live in donetsk. >> the implementation of the ceasefire has not stopped the european union from imposing new
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sanctions against people it faced for undermining ukraine's independence. the e.u. publish add new list which includes 19 individuals and nine organizations. the ukrainian separatists and russian citizens are featured on this new list, sanctions including asset freezes and travel bans. >> in denmark police arrested two people in connection with the copenhagen shootings on saturday. they've been holding a press conference. we'll bring you more on that as soon as we have it. the defense for one of the suspects said they deny the charges of having helped the gunman evade authorities and get rid of a weapon. the manhunt ended sunday when the 22-year-old suspect was killed by police. the prime minister of denmark and sweden are expected to join thousands of people at memorials in copenhagen monday evening. >> sri lanka's new. the is on his first official
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overseas trip to india. he met indian prime minister and signed a bilateral pact on nothing clear cooperation. both spoke with boosting trade and solving the long standing issue of repatriation of refugees living in india. india is sri lanka's largest trading partner but ties between the countries have often been frayed. this is hoped to move the country closer to india and away from china. china provided $4 billion to sri lanka. this raises eyebrows in new delhi, which is worried about influence over its neighbors. they hope to convince the country that its future lies with delhi and not beijing. we have more from the indian
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capitol. >> in many respects, a have it from the president to india is all about china. on the one hand, saying that india, you're still an important part of our foreign policy and relationships in the region and we'll work with you as well as who in in a and india is saying to sri lanka we would like to play a greater role and like you to come closer as opposed to moving toward china we've got more in common from culture and religion as well as the trade and economic regions to be closer to each other. both leaders from sri lanka and india have agreed on a number of things from the civil nuclear deal to talk more about the poke street fishing dispute. however, one thing that seems to have been held way back from the agenda is what to do with tens of thousands of refugees, sri lanka refugee that is currently live there. both sides have been looking at the future for these refugee
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many of whom want to go home, but say in my the uncertainty is resolved and until they know what they're going back to, this remains difficult for them. we haven't heard much from city center and the prime minister on this visit there are hope that is more will come of this issue thatle be more concrete plans going forward when the prime minister visits next month. >> more than 100,000 sri lankaens are forced to leave that you are country during the 25 year civil war most living in camps out of state. we have more. >> life isn't easy, but it's better than what it would be in sri lanka. he fled his country and came to the southern india state. the bakery he runs is modest, but for a survivor like him he says money isn't everything. >> here i have peace and a little freedom.
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i don't have basic rights like indian citizens do, but back home in sri lanka things are a lot worse. i don't want to go back to that. >> it's a different story for this man. he was a year old when he came here with his parents. he's educated but struggles with the lack of opportunity in india. sri lanka represents a new start. >> if the governments of both countries help me financially if they give me land and help me to build a house, i will go home to sri lanka. >> there are more than 100 open camps. they can stay here, but they don't enjoy the same rights as indian citizens. for most people, decide to go stay or go i go the easy part. the biggest challenge, many refugees living in camps like this face is getting the right documentation to lead a good life regardless are where they choose to call home.
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>> going back is often a complicated pros, especially for those whose children were born in india. >> essential documents and your preparedness is hampered. then if you're not prepared and you are not ready then you put off the trip. the earlier people go back, the earlier they end the agony of living as a refugee. >> the agony began with the war and for 30 years eroded trust between sri lanka communities. it also affected politics in india. >> very concerned on family still in the premise so to get political gain, so they want to show that we are supporting. >> for refugees trying to shape their lives the future is still
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far from clear. >> in northern india schools were closed due to heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. students were forced to take lesson's outdoors. their classrooms are too cold and there are no heaters inside the buildings and indoor pipes are frozen solid. this is the latest in a series of cold spells moving through in the last few weeks a challenge for a region used to temporate winters. >> let's get an update on the world weather with rob. i know you're going to talk about mainland u.s. and the snow there, but first hawaii. >> a bit of warm between the cold. more to come for india, as well. the end of the year, pine apple express, i thought we'd look at what happens when it starts. this is what happens. sometimes it spreads a lot of storms across its inception place, oahu and this is quite a big one, strong winds.
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it was gayle force at times actually caused damage. maybe it does not happen often in hawaii. the express is further north than it used to be, it's been hitting alaska. we have the snowstorm at northeast, it's back wash is winds very cold. warmth coming from the gulf and then in land, plus one and beyond that, the real cold, which is where boston is, minus 10. it's a big contrast in temperature. we have more than one type of weather, all wintery but more than one type. the dangerous type, between jackson and little rock, falling temperatures. the snow will be around for
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hours, it will go offshore but also touches boston. >> the far eastern leopard and tiger live in the forests of russia under constant threat from poachers. a new national park has been created to help protect them. we have a report from russia. >> it's early morning in the open pine forests in the far east of russia. the temperatures are minus 13 degrees celsius. you wouldn't think temperatures like this could sustain a forest but it does. we are shown the reason why. >> all these tracks are wild boar searching for food. >> this is the basis of the tiger food chain. >> in effort to protect the tiger, the korean pine is protected, a conservation ripple effect. the siberian tiger numbers have
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increased from near extinction levels to more than 500 today. there are still problems. over the course of 20 years he has assessed in the confiscation of tiger pelts worth $50,000 each. >> here one man was responsible for eight tiger skins. this one was a cub clubbed to death, just terrible. >> it's been a big problem for police and it's not just tiger skins. these are the paws of bears killed in russian forests all headed to markets in southeast asia particularly china. then in another part of province is the far eastern leopard hunted to near extinction, the world's rarest big cat there are now just 50 in the wild and that is an improvement. >> a park has been designated for them. the so-called land of the leopard. they share their range with
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about 10 tigers. that presents its own problems. every reported death has to be investigated. he is inspecting the remains of an adult leopard found a week ago. in this case, it seems the death was caused by a tiger. >> unfortunately these tragedies happen. it's not the first case. of course, it's a problem because the leopard is such a rare animal, but you can't influence wild nature. >> the park is a beacon of hope within clear view of the metropolis. people living in the city look out at the hills of this park every single day what's extraordinary to think is that what they're actually looking at is the habitat of two of the rarest predators in the world pretty much on their doorstep. >> you might wonder if the animals look back the other way. nick clark, al jazeera, russia. >> still ahead on the news hour,
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south korea's low birth rate and why the rapidly aging population could threaten its economy. >> russell westbrook is the main man in the all-star game. we have the action later this hour. .
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>> welcome back, you're watching the news hour on al jazeera. egypt carried out a second wave of airstrikes in libya. twenty people have reportedly
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been killed, including three children. both libya and egypt say they were targeting fighters affiliated approximate the islamic state of iraq and the levant. >> the u.n. security council has pass add resolution calling on houthis in yemen to give up power immediately. this comes as more violence is faring up in the city of aden between separatist groups and security forces. >> in ukraine government forces and separatist say they won't pull back until a full ceasefire is implemented. there is fire in debaltseve where rebels are offering a corridor to let ukraine soldiers out. the government said five troops have been killed in the last 48 hours. >> as we mentioned earlier egypt and france are sign ago multi-billion dollars deal for fighter jets. the french defense minister is traveling to cairo to sign the deal. let's take a closer look at the
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deal. it's worth more than $5.9 billion and comes at a time when egypt is facing growing threats from armed groups in libya and within the country. this will be the first overseas sale of fighter jets for france, egypt is buying 24 of them. france secured its first major military contract with egypt in about 20 years to sell four naval frigates. the visiting professor in the department of war studies in king's college london jins us. thank you robert for being with us. those say this deal has nothing to do with france and everything to do with the united states. what's your view? why is egypt buying fighter jets from france. >> yes egypt wants to demonstrate alternative arms supplies, in this case, france with russia and part of the visit by president putin.
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there's a clear message being sent to washington that egypt has alternatives, but looking at it from the washington side, it's not taken all that seriously. egypt has very restricted financial capacities, delivery time for those fighter jets is about three years. the consumption time, the time in which egyptian pilots and ground crews will learn to operate those aircraft is longer still. this is a message being sent to washington that washington i think doesn't take hugely seriously. penalty francois hollande said he believes it is important for egypt to be part of -- to be able to uphold its security and stability, basically to try and justify this deal. egypt we know has already a large air force larger than africa, in fact, do you think the fighter jets will boost
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egypt's possibility in fighting armed groups in sinai and as we see now in libya. >> they will have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with that the frigate, as well. these are pieces of equipment intended for a war with israel, which is highly improbable. they are really quite relevant and a distraction from the principal national security threats egypt is confronting which are domestic in the first instance and the second instance. base activity on its borders. missile bearing frigates have a very limited relationship to that. >> president al sisi made an interesting comment after the killing of 21 egyptians. he said that he held the international community responsible for the current situation in libya and yet
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we're now seeing him make a deal with one of the countries that was in the forefront of western involvement in libya. >> well, of course, you're well aware that the united nations is trying to negotiate a settlement between the various libyan parties concerned. the egyptian government, backed by the government of the united arab emirates and now to some extent the government of italy back in one side of the conflict and it's a little hypocritical on the part of egypt to be calling for this sort of support calling for an end to the conflict would seem to be the more appropriate thing, and has it been the end of the conflict negotiated between the critical parties that has been the objective up until this time of the u.n. and the united states most openly.
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egypt is seeking it could be argued to prosecute some of its interests in its own domestic challengers in libya as much as it is trying to deal with the conflict of libya itself. >> thank you for your thoughts and joining us from there in italy. >> iraq irsecurity forces have managed to retake most of the down from he will baghdadi from isil forces, pushing them into the outskirts of the town. isil attacked a nearby u.s. base on friday. >> suspected al shabab fighters ambushed and african union forces convoy in southwestern sow mail i can't leaving 10 people dead. according to local reports a number of ethiopian troops were killed. witnesses say that the remaining
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soldiers went into nearby villages and launched revenge attacks on civilians. joining us now to discuss the situation in somalia is the u.n. special representative for somalia, nicholas kay. it's good to have you with us. operations by al shabab have driven the group out of cities and ports but regions in the north in the south, in the center of somalia are still firmly under their control. can we talk about a real success for the african union mission there when al shabab is still capable of launching attacks as seen recently? >> absolutely. the progress is good, and it's in the right direction but al shabab are still posing a threat it's true, and they still have significant pockets of presence in the country. we really need to give credit to what i think the somali national army itself and african union forces under am dan have
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achieved in the last year, remarkable success. >> what do you see as being a real problem right now? why is al shabab still posing a threat today? >> when we look around the world, we can see that defeating a terrorist organization militarily is difficult. the military presence is important and a key part of the success in somalia but needs a comprehensive approach, as well, the state building effort that's going on in somalia is that effort. it has strong institutions emerging, a parliament, a government and importantly interim regional administrations around the country, as well. >> you talked about the state building efforts there. somalia has received over $50 billion in aid over the last 25 years yet it seems that, you know there are still a lot of things lacking. the infrastructure is still not visible, where models of aid achieve development witness less
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money engaging with the local populations for instance. why has it not worked for somalia? what's not working. >> i think the last 24 years has been a time of great humanitarian need during a conflict civil war a dreadful civil war that's taken place and fragmentation, failure of the state, keeping people alive keeping them fed has been the main efforts and a lot of that money has been spent on humanitarian efforts. still, the humanitarian crisis, it's severe, the u.n. provides life-saving food support to at least 700,000 people every day in somalia. there's more than a million in acute crisis. with the political pros being made now is the time when reconstruction and development can take place that more visible development that you talk about. >> do you get a sense nicholas, kay, that international donors
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are getting perhaps tired of the somalia burden and focusing on other areas other groups like isil today? >> it's absolutely a very competitive marketplace if you like. there are so many crises happening, so many demand on donors particularly for humanitarian support. in my travels and i've been recently in new york, washington, i don't find any reduction in interest in somalia. people recognize that we are on the brink of really achieve ago significant success in somalia help ago country recover from 24 years of conflict put itself back together again. many of the countries you mentioned on the international agenda are countries where the problems are of countries falling apart. somalia has many challenges, for those of the challenge of a country coming together again. >> do you think they are ready for elections in 2016? >> and its an ambitious time table set by themselves. we are doing everything we can to help them achieve that time
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table. >> thank you for speaking to us, nicholas kay. thanks for your time. >> thank you. >> the peace process ensenegal stalled, the government and rebels accusing each other of plantedding land mines. as we report from the southern region neither side wants to remove them. >> too afraid to step on to his own land, charles was farming these fields when he stepped on a land mine and lost his leg. ten years after it happened, he's still in shock. >> i feel inferior, i'm less of a man. i can't support my family. i'm useless to others, and we're hungry. >> he no longer tends to these fields. nor does anyone else, because there might be mines. they're the result of a conflict from the military and rebels in the south. neither side will admit to using land mines so no one knows how
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many there are. until 2012, a group called handicap international was work to go clear them, but since the peace negotiations stalled they lost funding and no one is clearing mines anymore. >> international donors have turned their back on this problem and stopped funding demining saying if there's no peace deal, demining can't take place. >> almost 1,000 people mostly farmers have died or been injured because of these mines. >> the fighting between the rebels and military may have stopped, but this means nothing to us. there is no real peace until we can safely access and work on our lands. >> the government said 1,000 square kilometers of the region is mined much of it is agricultural land. people here grow vegetables, peanuts and rice. it's precious, fertile land in a
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country that has little of it and struggles to feed it's own people. >> last year, the president announced plan to say grow enough rice toned imports by 2017. >> the area is crucial for to us meet our goal to be self sufficient in rice, because we have the potential to double our production. >> that's given people hope. he now sees in this mine field rice paddies waiting to be sown. al jazeera southern senegal. >> there's been explosions in bangladesh's capitol during anti-government protests. at least five have been injured. the protest was called by the opposition in a dispute over last year's elections. many activists have been arrested and many more are in hiding. we report from dhaka. >> meet the man with more than
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100 criminal cases filed against him. he is a senior organizer with the opposition bangladesh nationalist party p.m.p. his job is to get activists to protest elections. with the charges piling up, he and many others like him have gone into hiding. >> almost none of our work leaders can engage in activism anymore. this oppression is the only way the government is holding power. >> it's become hard for him and others to coordinate their campaign. he and other b.m.p. activists no longer take regular calls because they're afraid their phones may be tapped. instead, they rely on internet communication services like vibr and what's app. >> he was a constant presence at this court showing up to answer charges or to request extensions
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of bail. now that he's in hiding, he no longer comes here, but there's still plenty of other b.m.p. activists who are being brought here almost every day. >> added least 10,000 have been arrested since protests began in january. the government denies allegations of harassment, insisting instead that the b.m.p. is engaging in violent activities. >> the opposition are just playing politics when they say we are harassing them. the b.m.p. men are confessing and admit that go the leaders are also involved. >> a lawyer for the opposition says even his colleagues are targets now. >> many b.m.p. lawyers get threatening phone calls. we're told not to take certain cases, so even we lawyers don't feel safe anymore. >> always on the move, it's time for him to leave for another
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safe house. it's all he can do to stay out of jail and keep fighting for the right to oppose the government. >> south korea is facing a demographic crisis, it's population aging and the birth rate dropped to the lowest record on level last year. this prompted the government to offer some parents a special bonus for having a third child. >> the county looks like much of rural south korea steep valleys, small farms by passed by what this country is famous for. aging is talking this nation. this community of elderly farmers has made close bonds because they need to. so many of their children have moved away, life long friend ships have become ever more important.
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>> all my daughters in laws are working. it's better to live separately and when i die i guess my sons will come and take me with them. >> the youngsters cook lunch every day. here the youngsters are women in their 60s. the men eat in a separate room and share comradeship but also a september that their village is in terminal decline. >> my kids have nice houses in the city. why would they want to come here and live in a shabby house not rural area. living in the countryside is tough. once my generation ends, it's the end. >> even in the more urban areas a quarter of the population is about 65. this is the fastest aging place in south korea. the local government provide's social care for those living alone, but it budget's cast. >> it's a national problem. the age issue is catching up in the cities, as well as in the
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rural areas. >> in a sign of this county's demographic slide the baby bonus is increased to $900 this year for a third child with educational assistance on top. the officials admit it's more a symbolic gesture than a realistic cure. some say it might help with nappies and formula but there's recognition of the toll of raising children in a competitive expensive society. >> it's physically and economically difficult and that's why there's such a low birth rate. >> south korea's birth rate is among the world's lowest. by 2030, the population is expected to shrink. the county might seem like a relic of the past, but might offer a window on its future. al jazeera, south korea. >> still ahead on the news hour, just 24 hours after a ski jump
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record is set we'll tell you how it was broken again.
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>> welcome back. with some 50 million visitor as year, new york's times square is one of the world's most popular tourist attractions. a stunning turnaround for an area once so seedy even new yorkers avoided it. success comes at a price. >> it's known as the crossroads of the word, and it's not hard
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to understand why. on a busy day almost half a million people passed through times square. >> it's iconic. i love it here. i'm going to make everyone jealous back home. >> i want to experience what new york is all about what better place than to see where the city never sleeps? >> all of this foot traffic is great for retailers who spent top larr to have billboards and stores in the area, but not so much for those who live and work here. one in four are dissatisfied with the overdrawedding and the presence of costumed characters. >> a lot of people don't know how to walk. don't know that walking is a mode of transportation for all of us here in new york, so i find myself walking on the street whenever possible. >> some streets have been closed to traffic but the move, designed to make more room for pedestrians only seems to have attracted more of them. >> oh, yeah, definitely, ever
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since they finished construction and making it more pedestrian-friendly, it's more crowded and more costume characters. >> the city now wants to regulate people who dress as cartoon characters and pose for pictures with tourists after some were caught harassing the public. times square is still more family friendly. it was known for porn shops massage parlors produce substitutes and drug dealers. it took a concerted effort by officials to clean the area and fill new skyscrapers with tenants. the challenge now is to hold on to them with some major tenants moving out. >> we have some real challenges that grow out of our success which that is so many more people here, that it gets very crowded. like any popular tourist destination, we have to stay fresh and keep taking care of
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the customer. >> it looks like the tourists are here as to stay. as long as they don't block the sidewalk it's hoped the businesses will remain, too. al jazeera, new york. >> time for sport now here's joe. >> thank you. >> the first surprise at this year's cricket world cup they've beaten by four wickets and complete ago big run chase. >> the small city in new zealand hosted two time champions west indies and ireland. bravo has run out for a duck. star player chris gayle could only mansion 46 in the 4b match. he was called out by kevin o'brien. the west indies did recover.
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simmons would get a century. falling eight runs short. ireland reaching the target with more than four over to say spare to win by four wickets. >> i don't see why a people has to be an associate and full member. it's not like an annual sport. >> it's tough we've not been playing the brand of cricket that allows us to win matches. >> it's the fifth successful chase of over 300 runs in word cup history and three of them
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have been by ireland. >> it's the fourth time ireland have beat an test playing nation in the world cup. they made their first appearance in the tournament in 2007. their first major scout there was knocking out pakistan on st. patrick's day. in the same tournament, they beat bangladesh by seven runs. four years later they completed the highest ever run choice in world cup history by scoring 329 for seven. now they scored over 300 again to best the west indies in new england. >> lebron james moved past michael jordan on the all-star scoring list. the forth was playing for the eastern conference against the west on sunday, scoring his 263rd career point. he is 17 behind kobe bryant on the list.
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westbrook scored 41 to lead the western conference to 163-158 win. >> you never want to take no game especially an all-star game to show your talents. i'm blessed to be able to play the game that i love and definitely happy we got the win. >> don't net no better, man playing the garden in front of these fans. to represent my team and remember this league at the highest level, it means everything. >> well, some other sporting star filled the seats at madison square gardens for that game, among them, floyd mayweather, jr. >> it's just rumors, but
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hopefully we can make that happen. >> winning the event in las vegas in rugby the top four of the 15 coronations at the end of may will qualify for the olympics. >> winning the pebble beach pro am a closing round of five under par 67 on sunday to finish three ahead. it was a second emotional victory at the event for the american. >> the ski jumping world record has been broken for a second day in a row. less than 24 hours after he became the first person to jump 250 meters the bar was set even further.
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his jump of 251.5 meters stunned his home crowd. it wasn't enough to win the event. a poor second jump saw him finish second. >> it's difficult to imagine however a 250-meter ski jump is. let's compare it to more familiar objects the equivalent of jumping the length of 2.5 football pictures, or if you prefer imagine flying over the top of four bowing 787 dream liners and landing safely at the other end. perhaps, though, this is the most impressive 250 meters is the equivalent of 23 london buses lined up end to end. that is really quite difficult to imagine as you had never get that many on the street at any one time. for more, go to
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that's all the sport for now. >> thank you very much indeed. in the eastern democratic republic of congo the sound of gun shots with single crowds this weekend. hundreds gathered for a concert promoting the festival was canceled but on sunday, peace reigned as local artists and musicians took to the stage. >> i think music can play a big role to bring peace and unity. in africa, everybody listen to say music and willis to music very loud. you don't have the neighbor knocking on your door. not only do we listen to it loud the message is very important, too. >> for that, we end this news hour. stay with us, plenty more world news coming up shortly.
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>> egypt launched airstrikes against isil targets in libya. the government said it's a violation of libyan sovereignty. >> this is al jazeera live from doha. leaders in yemen express disappointment as a u.n. agreement calling phon houthi rebels to hand back power immediately. >> in ukraine government forces and separatists won't pull