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♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ welcome to the news hour i'm darren jordan from the news center in doha and the top stories, join boko haram and chad send troops into nigeria. what chance of a ceasefire in aleppo and residents of the syrian city voice decent of the u.n. plan. >> staffan de mistura wanted to free the fighting in the providence and now it's the city and now it's limited to the district we want to tell staffan de mistura to reject it
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and reject his initiative. >> reporter: students protest in myanmar against a new law that is stifling academic freedoms. >> reporter: with the sport as a new report uses cycling governing body of allowing the doping culture to flourish is all talk and little action. ♪ welcome to the program, it started as one country's fight against an armed group but now chad and niger have joined the battle against boko haram and 200 military vehicles seen crossing the border to nigeria joining the boko haram fighters in the northeast of the country and includes attacks from both the ground and air and it's the first major push into nigerian territory and we have more from the nigerian capitol abuja. >> the neighbors and fight
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against boko haram has taken a new urgency, operation of troops by chad and niger against the group is underway, objective is to push them in a corner ahead of the final onslaught this month, so far 30 towns and villages liberated from the fighters since chad and niger joined efforts from niger and cameroon troops to fight the group. the defeat in boko haram is crucial, five years of violence has cut the trade between them in africa's biggest economy and also the fear the group if left uncheck will expand area of control and be a bigger threat to the entire region. in niger troops it would crush boko haram in the last five years and say they are now in a position to do so. >> we are now adequately equipped. there is a real change in the game. we have taken delivery of the game changers and as promised by the force and letter by the head
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of the president himself, we have been taking delivery of new equipment and one is what you see right behind me there and this is for boko haram and before this it was a defensive operation but now we are on the offensive. >> reporter: military in february asked for six weeks to clear the northeast of boko haram to pay way for elections but the coordinated offensive against boko haram forced the group to resort to the old tactic of side bombing, over the weekend attacks in the city blamed on the group killed more than 50 and injured more than 100, just hours after the group's leader pledged allegiance to i.s.i.l. a move by the nigerian military for a desperate attempt to draw i.s.i.l. to the operations. on friday the african union endorsed the regional force of more than 8,000 troops for the group, this is expected to strengthen the multi national task force already taking on
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boko haram. >> we are joined live from the nigerian capitol abuja and what more about this offensive of niger and chad and how effective do you think it will be? >> well basically the offensive according to military forces is going on as planned and they are seen as a wide sort of a wider strategy by four countries in the region cameroon nigeria and chad to push them into a corner and finally they will launch final onslaught on the group and expect it do it before march of this year and operations will going on nigerian side and nigerian military pushed them to certain remote areas and taken in collaboration with troops from niger and cameroon and chad and now the simple problem now is pledge of allegiance leader and
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if i.s.i.l. takes the offer and joins this probably this could be messier than it is already in nigeria. >> reporter: and the nigerian government we understand has been appealing for more international help after boko haram made that pledge of allegiance to i.s.i.l., i mean what sort of help are they looking for? >> well initially nigerian government officials were looking for hardware in terms of equipment to deal with boko haram since last year fortunately they couldn't get much of it from one of their allies, the united states. there was actually complaints from the nigerian officials that the united states refused to sell arms to nigeria and needed hardware to defeat boko haram but the united states said that is not the case. but also we remember very well the united states always complaining about human rights abuse by the nigerian security forces in tackling boko haram. so basically what they are looking for probably is to have
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controls and not allow fighters from i.s.i.l. to come in nigeria as well as to cutoff arm supplies from nigeria neighbors coming into nigeria to fuel the boko haram crisis here. >> in abuja and thank you. residentss in the rebel held directs of aleppo says it collapsed as both sides agree to involve what is in the settlement and a meaningful peace process as this enters the fifth year. >> reporter: this is what the u.n. was hoping to stop but failed to free a conflict in syria's second largest city and barrel bombs killed hundreds of people over resent months and continue to fall in populated areas areas of aleppo city. >> translator: the barrel bomb populated the city and more than
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a million used to live in rebel areas and now there is 300,000. there was mass exodus because there was a time when dozens of people were dying everyday. >> reporter: the syrian government told u.n. special envoy staffan de mistura that it would temporarily stop this in aleppo, the obpposition rejected this. this is on the scope of the ceasefire and the government wanted it to be limited to the city, the opposition wanted it to extend across the aleppo countryside all the way to the turkish border there was no agreement. the u.n. then tried to save the initiative by suggesting a trial ceasefire in one of the battleground districts in the city. but the people of the district accuse the u.n. of caving in to the demands of the government.
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they want a comprehensive settlement that would involve the government stepping down and a ceasefire that would be enforced across syria. >> translator: at first staffan de mistura wanted to free the fighting in the aleppo province and now it's the city and now it's limited to the district we want to tell staffan de mistura reject him and reject his initiative. >> reporter: syria war entering the fifth year and in the absence of a meaningful political process the u.n. was hoping the aleppo initiative could be the start of one. but the u.n. can only do so much without the backing of the many regional and interfacial players which support the war inside. al jazeera, beirut. and u.s. led coalition air strikes in syria appeared in i.s.i.l. controlled oil refinery in the northeast of the town near the turkish border 30 people reported to be killed in the strike including refinery workers and i.s.i.l. fighters.
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the fight continues in iraq and government forces meeting strong resistance trying to retake the northern city of tikrit and moving the closer by liberating a town and this is crucial for advance to mosul, iraq's second city has been under i.s.i.l. control since june last year. and the influential iraqi says his malitia will help in offensive to recapture mosul from i.s.i.l. his forces fought against u.s. military after 2003 invasion of iraq but now fighters may work with american forces. and we have an expert on middle east history and requested the u.s. not be involved in the campaign. >> this is not unprecedented. the peace brigades as they now call them rather than the army have been involved in operations in the past last fall where u.s. gave close air support, but
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he suspended his malitia operations in mid february after the assassination of a sunni tribal leader in baghdad and apparently he is having some problems of discipline in these malitias. he is now announced that he wants to join the fight for mosul and called on the u.s. not to participate in the campaign. >> in add vanls of -- advance of the army are dragging people from their homes and say it will get worse and this is baghdad. >> reporter: getting by on her own after leaving ambar province and this will help cover her bare floors and it's not easy for a widow with four young daughters and with a growing number of iraqis displaced as the iraqi government takes on i.s.i.l. there is less and less
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aid. a bit more lucky than most after being helped bety military to leave the town of baghdadi she found work as a school janitor, the teachers there give her money to help pay the rent. more than $200 a month for this converted kitchen in a house but she said she had no choice but to leave home. >> translator: no one came to tell us to leave. we left because there was no water and no electricity. there were a lot of families who left. i was afraid for the children. >> reporter: her husband was a border guard and killed in attack on his post three years ago and father and parents stayed behind and has not been able to reach them since. after school she helps the girls with their lessons. her daughters are able to attend classes here the tens of thousands of other displaced children don't have access to schools.
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the iraqi military and kurdish forces are making gains against i.s.i.l. but there are more civilians displaced by the fighting. aid agencies thought it couldn't get much worse than it was last june when more than a million people were forced from their homes but it has. the united nations is making plans for helping residents of tikrit and mosul when the battle starts but it's running out of money. >> we are worried about getting assets in areas controlled by i.s.i.l. we know a number of communities are in serious trouble and have not 45d access to regular systems for a long time and therefore we have to assume their conditions are very serious. >> reporter: in tikrit fighting over the past week uprooted 30,000 people who remain behind when the rest fled. they are now 2.25 million iraqis across the country who can't go home. along the battle lines iraqi soldiers and shia malitia partners replacing i.s.i.l.
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flags with their own. but winning the military battle is just the first step in helping the growing number of iraqis displaced from their homes, jane with al jazeera, baghdad. students in myanmar's biggest city say police are preventing them joining protests against a new education law and students say the legislation restricts academic freedoms and we report about the response of semi sif yanukovich government is a test of the democratic principles. >> reporter: this is attracting more on lookers than demonstrators and the sit in protest for amendments for the recently passed education law and fearful of being arrested without a permit they disburse after ten minutes. >> translator: education is not just related to students. it concerns the younger generation. 50 million people in the new generations to come are subject
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to the education system. so it needs to be better and more democratic. this is why we support the protest. >> reporter: for the past few days activists trying to evade police holding protests at different places and announcing the locations just a day before the protest and sometimes turning up hours later to give security the slip. the main protest is in the town three hours drive and 150 students have been camped out there since february and unhappy with the new education law and doesn't allow them to form unions and little decision making for universities. they want to bring their protest here, the former capitol and main commercial hub but are unable to do so because of the heavy security presence. police, however, have not been able to stop other protests in support of the students from popping up in the city. there are signs the government is losing patients and activists
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say they use village and use offensive forces and used by the former military regime. the government says it is listening to the students' demands. it op pointed a committee to have consultations on the matter. >> translator: the reform process i'm hearing is being held because of the students' strike. it's the result of talk between students advocates and lawmakers. >> reporter: how the government handles the protests will be closely watched and transitions from military rule to semi civilian several years agoen will hold elections layer in the year and have rights for peaceful assembly as right of a democratic society. a lot more still to come on the news hour a murder confession in moscow as police
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discuss the kremlin plus. >> reporter: china government tries to revive the market and i'm harry faucet from the town here with buildings, it has roads, it just doesn't have people. and greek government officials head to crisis talks with the eu futbol and this and sports with joe a little bit later. ♪ a series of attacks targeting houthi fighters in yemen killed 15 people and 7 killed in the city in the central province and two houthis were killed when their car was hit as they patrolled the city. further killings as well. saudi arabia says it will host talks with the crisis in yemen and saturday they fled to aiden after escaping house arrest in the capitol in sanaa and after
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that he attended a meeting with senior officials and we report. >> reporter: this is the yemen defense minister arriving in the port city of aiden after escaping from a hostile capitol under the dark of night. his rivals, the houthis on his trail and he was gone and ambushing security guards who were following behind him and injuring two. what happens next for major general macmood, the president haidi is unclear and aiden is now the center of operations for president haidi who was also forced to flee the capitol sanaa last month after houthis put him under house arrest. the capitol is now under control of the houthis. they are attempting to run the country in place of the elected government. and many yemen people are
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outraged, on saturday thousands of people protested in the city of ib south of the capitol and shouted slogans blasting the armed is shia group. in the absence of a central government yemen has become a dangerous place and concerns the country is slipping towards anarchy, the houthis held a meeting to discuss the sde fence minister di part from sanaa and yet to have a speech and they offered to mediate but president haidi will not negotiate until houthis leave the capitol and the group shows no sign of doing and with each day the impass continues, life is getting more difficult for yemen people. i'm with al jazeera. the situation in yemen is likely to be high on the agenda as arab leaders meet in cairo ahead of the arab summit taking
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place at the end of march and we will talk to a man from the gulf news and let's talk first about yemen if we can. we have seen the houthis consolidate their power in the capitol sanaa, we have seen president haidi move support base to the southern port base of aiden so would the arab league effectively accept two yemen, a divided yemen? >> i highly doubt that consensus through the arab capitol is the national security requirements of yemen, territory integrity of country keeps at all cost. we will see prolonged negotiations between president haidi and houthi leadership to find out whether or not some kind of negotiations can be started once again but both sides are holding on to very strong positions and they are not willing to concede. the league of arab states is probably going to encourage the
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negotiations to occur someplace in the region but the toss up at this point nobody knows what will happen. >> iraq will be high on the agenda, we have seen the influential person say his forces will join the fight against i.s.i.l. so we have the prospect then of the forces fighting alongside the u.s.-led coalition, that was unthinkable back in 2003 and it underpins the growing iran influence. >> i.s.i.s. was unthinkable a few years ago and iranian involvement in iraq although predicted no one really anticipated that it will take on this proportion. however the league of arab states face dilemma when it comes to iraq the dilemma is quite tangible actually because although everyone wants the territory of iraq now the focus
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has concentrated if you would like on dash itself on i.s.i.l. and what to do about i.s.i.l., how do you defeat i.s.i.l. if it is not by putting boots on the ground presumably the league is going to take up the proposition that has been put on by egypt to create an arab army essentially boots on the ground arab boots on the ground to go after i.s.i.l. now whether or not this will occur is something that is extremely difficult to think about at this point because league of arab states has done peace keeping operations in the past but it never really has put an army on the ground. we will have to wait and see. >> a final thought on libya, we seen the u.n.-backed peace talks moving in the right direction and are we about to see libya pull back from the brink and is any peace deal likely to stick? >> that is the hope of course. libya has been suffering a great
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deal and the league feels the responsibility towards it in the post myanmar gaddafi period they failed to talk about the guidance. instead what we have seen we have seen warfare and seen opposition forces, mushroom and i.s.i.l. camping out in various cities throughout libya, the situation is very tangible and the league feels responsibility towards it. hopefully the new leadership that is coming about under general hofner will go ahead and consolidate itself but again we are in for the long haul throughout this country from libya to yemen and iraq and elsewhere. >> thank you for talking to al jazeera. now the heroin trade is the biggest drug problem facing the united states and a problem rooted in mexico and farmers planting more poppy fields than
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ever before to field the increasing demand in a three-part series we followed the trafficking room from mexico into the united states and begins his journey in the fields of guererro state. >> reporter: the mountains, the longest land from the heroin corridor from mexico to the united states begins in a fold to the mountains we meet a woman who leads us to the family plot a rare glimpse of what people here call their garden. her husband tends the crop collarful poptys and thousands of them the key source for heroin. the demand north of the border is why farms like this exist and there are more and more of them. mexico sees five times as much poppy paste in 2014 compared to the year before. southern geurrero state is a
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leading producer of poppy sap and it's collected and processed into high-grade heroin and it's delicate, time-consuming work but it's better pay than avacado and arriving at the beautiful fields of flowers it's easy to forget the poptys are the root of an increasingly lucrative and violent industry. the farmers who asked us to hide identities face threats from drug traffickers and also authorities. the farmers we met say men show up three times a year to buy poppy sap and have to agree to
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whatever price is set. asking for more would be suicide. poppy formers can earn hundreds of dollars a day in the high season community leaders say they would prefer to grow fruits and vegetables but flood need good roads to go to market. no support they say, but there is punishment. in resent years mexico's government has stepped up fumigation and poppies were lost and neighboring legal fields are damaged too but the flowers continue to flushourish and with american users demanding more of the deadly drug the difficult journey out of these mountains
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is well worth it for the traffickers. mexico mountains. a check on the weather with richard now and richard heavy snow caused problems in the balkins. >> that is right, darren, through the mediterranean region and there are signs in the area but it's nasty in the course of the spring and this part of the world it has been a bad winter and spring with rain and flooding across the region. and also heavy snowfall. this is from romania and the snow will be welcome, having said that in bulgaria the snow resulted in fatalities in the ski areas and this is from the observatory at 31 centimeters and the snow is coming down and top the snow since then and temperatures remaining sub 0. across the region it's been
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pretty nasty. we have a shot here from kosovo and weather extends to the west and this is out of corsoco where the winds have been strong and snapping pine trees in half and looking at the forecast this doesn't look particularly threatening and the forecast and rain around and a high altitude will fall as snow and this is where it's snowing at the moment slightly and should be on the way out so there is at least good news. across across europe as a whole and pushing to the uk and a deep low for northern scotland and eventually to bad weather conditions and heavy rain and some snow. here i think for many areas where the conditions are not looking too bad and you see moscow temperatures are plus six and 12 in kiev and ukraine and fine weather conditions to the peninsula and plenty of sunshine
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and 21 degrees in madrid and western mediterranean signs the spring is in the air. around kenya slums using a car is not always easy and sometimes it's impossible so some people in nairobi have come up with a way of getting medical assistance to people in need and we have the story. >> reporter: a different kind of ambulance driver someone is sick and needs help. it's not easy getting his wheel barrow there, these narrow pathways in kenya slum are rough. but the ambulance team enjoys the bumps even the occasional tight squeeze and eventually they arrive. >> the only thing which is helping us is that we have the facility from different israel we are from and we can still use
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that to reach here. >> reporter: concerned friends and relatives seem relieved help is here. and she will say she has chest pains and cannot walk to the clinic. just in case it's serious the siren is switched on-and-off they go. she arrives safely and is headed over to the nurse. >> translator: we used to carry people with our own hands, a car couldn't reach some places it was hard. we could call each other about four or five of us we then carried patients to the clinic. >> reporter: the wheel barrows were first introduced to help pregnant women who were dying at home during child birth and some patients do not want to be carried in a wheel barrow and say it's embarrassing and cannot be done but others are too sick to move. but in places like in the wheel barrow is sometimes the only option so once again the team and a wheel barrow head out,
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another person needs an ambulance, harry with al jazeera, nairobi. time for a short break and a project that hopes to take renewable energy to new heights plus greece is losing $1.5 million from fuel tax to pay the entire health budget and in sport the cricket fights world cup survival and joe will have more on that after the break. stay with us. ♪
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welcome back a quick reminder of headlines, 200 military
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vehicles from niger and chad going across the border are calling on witnesses against offensive against boko haram fighters in the northeast. residents from rebel held aleppo go against the u.n. ban of ceasefire in the city and it failed as both sides failed to agree on what would be involved and comes as the war on syria enters the fifth year. protesters in southern myanmar are speaking out against the new education law and those attending rallies downtown say the law restricts academic freedoms rather by preventing students forming unions. let's go back to our top story and offensive in nigeria against boko haram and joined by african specialist johnson of viewpoint africa in london what do you make of the latest ground offensive by niger and chad, is it likely to have a real impact on the ground do you think? >> it will darren i can tell you very well this is a technique or strategy to actually strangle hold boko
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haram with forces coming from the top and niger and of course we have nigerian troops coming and pushing up and already know the african union has pledged 7,000 odd troops we based on the chad river. so i think if boko haram doesn't have ability to fly, then i'm afraid they are going to strangle hold them and push them to their limit to be sure that boko haram doesn't recover in time for the support they have already expressed and asked from i.s.i.l. because with i.s.i.l. support it would be difficult. >> chad and niger crossed the border into sovereign nigerian territory, i mean everybody can't be happy with that. >> well, no but we know very well that the past the soldiers have not from the chad have been reluctant and to come in nigerian territory and vice versa with niger and with the
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greater cooperation that is happening now on the ground you can see it's very easy for these troops to be able to make the transition and move of speed into each other's territory which would also help with actually identifying where boko haram is and actually trying to keep them at bay and strangle hold and keep boko haram to the limited ability to be able to attack and positions in nigeria and neighboring countries. >> you mentioned about boko haram's pledge of allegiance to i.s.i.l. what is the thinking behind this, is this about gaining credibility? >> no, i think boko haram is feeling excessive pressure from nigeria and chad and attacking positions most recently and boko haram relike -- release they
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need training and asked for is support and for this alliance to take place but that would take time to materialize which is why the international community with the countries i've mentioned of niger, cameroon and chad and nigeria itself attacking them right now to make sure they don't recover. >> are we likely finally to see this unspeakable horrors were have seen in iraq with be headings and that sort of thing happen in nigeria? >> there is no doubt, boko haram is pledging its support for i.s.i.l. in the new franchise and we see boko haram being tougher and aggressive and seen vigils coming out on boko haram during like similar be headings as we seen with i.s.i.l. videos and yes we expect that strategy to be enforced and pushed forward which is why koom ran and chad including nigeria saying we have to take them out
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now before they become stronger and before they get i.s.i.l. money and get i.s.i.l. support before they get all the training and better equipment to fight them so i think this is the correct strategy right now. >> johnson, thank you. russia named a man accused of killing figure boris nemtsov and we have the man from chechnya confesses to a murder according to preliminary investigation and officials suspect five people involved in the shooting just over a week ago and alleged was the direct perpetrator. greece has had to come up with a broad range of ways to increase income in the wake of economic process and cuts to public spending where demands laid out in return for final help and athens has a discussion for monday meeting of finance ministers and john reports. >> two years ago an anonymous whistleblower left customs documents on the doorstep and
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show some of the companies in the petrol business could not account for the delivery of thousands of tons of fuel the fuel was effectively lost along with the tax that should have been paid on it papers drown up for a case of tax fraud which never happened. >> translator: these customs documents hidden in drawers for years and didn't co come to trial and this is a way of facing with indictments and stuffing them in drawers until tax is paid. >> reporter: unless it's paid for shipping or aviation but tax-free fuel can be diverted back to the streets of greece. it brought the government $7 billion last year 12% of the tax revenue and tax evasion on fuel can cost $1.5 million more and equal to the entire health budget. government going through a law
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to stop it. >> translator: there is no system to measure what flows in and out of the storage tanks. in fact, we don't know how many tanks there are. we don't have the tracking devices. once we put the whole system under surveillance we will know nothing is getting past us. >> reporter: oil refining companies ordered to fit gauges but they say they need more time time though is in sort supply and pressure for change is growing. >> translator: tax evasion is connected to corruption, it is corruption that led this country to bankruptcy and national humiliation, the money that is not flowing in state coffers is strengthening other influence. >> reporter: it can pull back $3 billion a year from tax dodgers and has to if it's to deliver on promises to help the poor and lift tacks -- taxes on the middle class, john in athens. protesters marched through tokyo demanding they end the use
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of nuclear power and march 11 is the fourth anniversary of the power plant meltdown and reactors shut down after the incident. the families of two australians facing execution in indonesia visited them on death row. >> looking forward to when we get out of here. >> reporter: the first time the families have seen the men since they were transferred to an island prison where they are due to be shot and sentenced to death in 2006 for attempting to smuggling heroin and the president rejected repeated appeals for clemency but australia government continues to call on indonesia to spare their lives. >> we are continuing to work with the indonesia government to try to get them to appreciate that it's in their best interests and it's in accordance with their best values not to kill these two australians and
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doing good work in the prison system to turn prisoners against a life of drug crime so we are continuing to do what we can. >> reporter: egypt military say three soldiers killed by a roadside bomb and happened near a check point in northeastern sinai peninsula and a spokesman said another soldier was seriously injured and sanaa hit by suicide bombings and attacks and many charges police and military. march for life rally held in columbia to support peace talks between the government and farc rebels and follows an agreement to remove land mines and other explosives from conflict zone and deal accepted by both sides as an important step of enning the 50-year conflict. thousands of people in the u.s. walked across the edmund pettus bridge in selma, alabama and commemorating the events of bloody sunday 50 years ago when police beat peaceful protesters
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demanding voting rights for african/americans and rob reynolds reports. ♪ the day began with prayer and song, giving thanks for freedoms won, remembering the cost in lives, blood and broken bones. thousands marched across the span that made selma a synonym oppression and the right to vote was clubbed down by police. a while away from the speeches he enjoyed a quiet family gathering and remembers the day in 1965. >> when they charged us with the horses and tear gas and they was beating us with sticks and cow prowls and sticking us with cow prowls and my teacher they hit her in the head and i had to grab her and escort her across
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the bridge. >> reporter: people traveled across the country to be in selma this day. >> i don't have to have the hostility or level of oppression and i feel as an african/american woman i have to be mindful of the struggles. ♪ but amid the chorus of celebration calls for change. many people in this crowd say they are frustrated by police shooting of unarmed african/americans, mass incarceration of black men and the persistence of economic inequality along racial lines. >> we have this black life matters or even black lives matter reminder there is a system that is working against us and is minimizing and ostracizing a group of people and basically murdering them. >> this is an event going around the country like mcdonald's on
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every corner. >> reporter: run down buildings testify to an economic decline and jobs scarce unemployment twice the national rate 42% of people here live below the federal poverty line still he has faith in progress. >> i think we will come back . >> reporter: you are hopeful. >> hopeful it will come back. >> reporter: unlike the march across the edmund pettus bridge the long walk to racial justice may never come to an end, rob reynolds, al jazeera selma, alabama. pioneering solar powered plane took off in what is hopes to be an epic flight around the world and it sored in the sky in abu-dhabi and the wings are as wide as a 747 jet and weighs the same as a family car and two swiss pilots will fly 35,000 kilometers over the next five months and taking clean,
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renewable energy to new heights. seeing is believing and we will meet some kids in bangladesh with big ideas for new gadget and in sport mesi in record-breaking form and we will have more. stay with us. ♪
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to ghost cities and harry reports in the northeastern port city. >> reporter: there is not much construction going on at the construction site. the state agent says it's just a seasonal pause while the ground is frozen but she admits they decided not to put any apartments up for sale yet. >> translator: a few years ago some developers ran away with investor's money and people are nervous and our boss is a local man and wants to finish everything before selling to try to reassure buyers. >> reporter: this is how it's going to look homes for government workers perhaps when the local government moves here but for now there is little more life on the streets than there is on the model, as if three years ago the government was having to cover $1.6 billion in bad debt as developments failed. if the presents is the future not much prospect of getting that money back. so it's sunday afternoon in the main park and what do you know
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i've got the place entirely to myself. across china local governments have been vetting on grand projects just like this across china, ghost towns like this emerging as a result. since al jazeera was last here in the summer the national government has been trying to tackle the problem of over supply and falling prices and two cuts later selling property here has not gotten any easier. the bustling old town little appetite to move to the empty skyscrapers up the road. >> translator: the new town is not as convenient and busy as the old town. >> translator: i want to live in the old town it's more convenient here and in the city the new town is too far away. >> reporter: , in fact it's here that you find a successful mega project one of china's biggest donors is spending a billion on a hole office and apartment complex, 900 apartments sold already.
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the management say they never would have invested here if they believe the government was really going to relocate. if the government stays put then the new town looks consigned to its fate the creation was approved by china's leaker when he was governor here and the task is to stop this being repeated across the shaky property sector china. time for the sport and here is jo. >> thank you very much cycling is once again in the spotlight and newly-released report alleges a culture of doping still exists under the gaze of the sports governing body and u ci who oversees cycling is under fire by investigators and the sighingly independent reform commission and follows more than two decades of alleged doping and cycling and the famous is lance armstrong strip of 7 tour de france titles after confessing to drug use. among the accusation in 227 page report is the uci turned a blind
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eye to armstrong's doping because he was so important to the sport's image and the report also says the governing bodies focus on their public image has taken priority in stamping out doping and an unnamed sighingly professional one of 174 people interviewed for the report told the commission that 90% of the current is doping. richard is the former boss of the australian antidoping association and joins us now and richard for those involved in the fight against doping is the allegation that ist's in cycling a surprise? >> no doping was here for decades and athletes always finding new ways to be involved in doping and that is why it's so important that antidoping organization in sport are always finding new ways of detecting the newest forms of doping. >> why would uci want to commission a report they know
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would be so damning to themselves? >> cycling is a sport of the past decades that really had significant issues with doping in sport. so it is an amazing thing that the current leadership of uci have decided to implement such a review and the recommendations set out need to be applied fully across this board. >> if doping is as bad as this report suggests, what action would you recommend can be taken to improve the situation? >> well, i think one of the problems historically to the fight against doping in cycling and it's a common problem you see in many sports internationally is the sport is too close to some elite athletes and what you saw between uci and lance armstrong and important that antidoping be independent from the overall management of sport so the tough decisions where they need to be made can be made. >> as you mentioned there it's not gist cycling that has a
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problem, other athletes with doping and give us an example where the antidoping movement is not up to scratch. >> i think it would be fair to say the fight against doping in sport is facing challenging right across the board and not just in cycling but in almost every other sport and there are labs around the world that are simply unable to detect every form of performance-enhancing drugs and tests being conducteded on athletes which is simply being conducted at the wrong time to even have a chance of detecting any performance-enhancing drugs and impacts on all sports and there is rum -- room for improvement across the board. >> one thing that shocks he is that doping is happening in amateur cycling as well and talking middle-aged business man using epo to win weekend races and is there anything that can be done about this? >> this is a significant problem that the doping that you see at the elite levels of sport is trickling down indeed and
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flooding down to the lower levels of the sport and not just in cycling but in sports like rugby and international sports and governments need to step in to make sure they have strong laws on the trafficking and disburse of performance and image-enhancing drugs and education for kids in schools to know not to go down this path. >> that is richard, the former boss of the australian antidoping association, thanks for speaking to us on al jazeera. the head of european futbol michelle will meet greece sports minister on monday to discuss the ongoing crisis in greek futbol last week suspended for a third time because of crowd violence at a match between two of the most famous in the country and match got under way on saturday and sunday and played behind closed doors and they will be closed until greece
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has a chance to review the situation. mesi set a spanish league record after scoring a 32nd hat trick for barcelona in la-league and 6-1 home win and all three scored in the face of just 13 minutes and swarez got 2 and then scored for barsa. move ones them one point of madrid at the top of the table and athletico is 7 points back after 1-1 draw with valencia on sunday. united will host later on monday for a place at the semi finals of the cup and liverpool forced to reply by second tier black on sunday after a goalless draw and then he was taken to hospital after landing awkwardly on his head but says he is fine. england's cricket is taking on
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bangladesh knowing defeat will see them knocked out of the tournament and go to the quarter finals in victory and a total of 275 for 7 from their 50 overs. this is the latest from england currently 173 for 6 after 38 overs and a very tough task indeed. golf's one mcilrory is disappointed in the events in florida and johnson clinched the cadillac camp championship on sunday and mcilroy in ninth place and the northern irishman tossed one of his clubs in a pond and luckily the owner of the course donald trump had it finished out and returned to him on sunday. >> yeah i just the game is not quite there, i have a week off to try and work on it a little
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bit, i'm pretty disappointed about the play overall and felt it was a little better today for the most part for the finish. but, yeah just not quite 100%. >> reporter: that is all the sport for now darren. >> jo thank you very much indeed, over the past 20 years bangladesh has made major progress in meeting some of the u.n. millennium goals but science and technology it lags behind and the tech school in capitol daka is a small and growing initiative trying to change all that and we report. >> reporter: says most of his friends probably think he is a little weird. while they attempt to spend lunch breaks playing cricket or futbol he wants to play with wires and circuits. >> my classmates are saying and just talk about soccer and this and that and i'm like the black sheep in the herd you know.
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>> reporter: that's why he feels at home at this tech school. it's just a room with some monitors and a mess of gadgets but for these youngsters it's a place to unleash the tech geek inside them. compared to the tech schools bustle bangladesh public schools are playing catch up. >> in the past years we had to go to the class without any electronic devices, just we were the fifth devices and we were the fifth developing and we had to use our brain, nothing else. >> reporter: still things are improving. ♪ these days she has a soft spot for teaching using musical presentations. up until about ten years ago there were hardly any computers to be found in public schools in bangladesh. today that's no longer the case. but the teachers at the tech school say just having computers
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is not enough and more needs to be done. so he and his friends here are not just learning to use computers, they are using their knowledge to build things. >> technology at a very early age and the technology is not really happening over here so we want to lead the kids to be developers instead of just consumers. >> reporter: the show piece uses sonar to detects on calls ahead, a tool one day they hope could help the blind, like the school itself the prototype has a long way to go. but that's not stopping these children from thinking big. i'm with al jazeera. jane is up next, with more news at the top of the hour and keep up to date with the news on our website, there is it new and improved, al, that is al ♪
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