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>> joining the fight against boko haram chad and niger send troops into nigeria. >> welcome to the al jazeera news center in doha. no chance for peace residents of the besieged city of aleppo reject the temporary ceasefire plan in syria. >> oil refineries under pressure in greece as the government champs down on tax dodgers and tax-free fool. >> students say a new law in
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myanmar is stifling academic freedom. >> it started at one country's fight against an armed group but niger and chad joined nigerias battle against boko haram. 200 military vehicles have been seen crossing the boarder into nigeria joining the offensive against boko haram fighters in the northeastern part of the country. chad and niger's campaign include attacks from ground and air. it's niger's first major push into nigerian territory. we have more from the capitol. >> for nigeria's neighbors the fight against boko haram has taken a new urgency. operations by chad and niger is underway against the group. they are on thattive to push the fighters into a corner ahead of the expected final onslaught this month. so far, more than 30 towns and villages have been liberated
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from the fighters since chad and niger joined efforts by nigerian troops to fight the group. >> defeating boko haram is crucial. it has cut off much of trade between them. there is also the fear that the group if left unchecked will expand its area of control and become a bigger threat to the entire region. >> if nigerian troops want, say they are now in a position to crush the group. >> there is a real changing beginning. we are taking liberty of the game changers and led by the president himself. we have been taking the liberty of new equipment, one of which you see behind me there. it was a defensive operation but now we are on the offensive.
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>> the military had in february asked for six weeks to clear the northeast of boko haram to pave way for election, but the coordinated offensive against boko haram has forced the group to resort to the old tactic of suicide bombing. over the weekend attacks in the city were blamed on the group killed more than 50 and injured more than 100. just hours after the groups leader pledged allegiance to isil, a move depicted as a desperate attempt to draw isil into its operations. object friday, the african union created a force of more than 8,000 troops to combat the group. this is expected to strengthen the effort of the multi-national task force already taking on boko haram. >> the director of viewpoint africa london thinks the joint offensive will help push out boko haram. >>ings tell you very well that this is a technique or a strategy to actually strangle hold boko haram and with chadian
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forces coming from the top niger and nigerian troops coming from the bottom pushing up, we already know that the african union has already pledged 7,000 troops around the river. i think if boko haram doesn't have ability to fly then i'm afraid they're going to strangle hold them and push them to their limit to assure boko haram doesn't recover in time for the support that they've already expressed and asked for from isil. with isil support it would be very difficult to dislodge boko haram. >> rebel held aleppo postponed plans for a temporary ceasefire. the initiative seems to collapse as both sides failed to agree on exactly what would be involved in a settlement. >> this is what the united nations was hoping to stop. it has failed to freeze the
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conflict. barrel bombs have killed hundreds of people over the recent months, and they continue to fall in populated areas of rebel-controlled aleppo city. >> the barrel bomb, more than a million people used to live in the rebel areas. now there are 3,000. there was a mass exodus. there was a time where dozens of people were dying every day. >> the syrian government told the envoy that it would temporarily stop air and or tilly bombardment on the city if the rebel suspended more terror attacks on the western city of aleppo. the opposition ejected that deal. >> it has been a difficult pros. from the start the warring sides disagreed on the scope of the ceasefire. the government want it limited to the city, the opposition wanted it to extend across the aleppo countryside to the turkish border. there was no agreement.
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the u.n. then tried to save the initiative by suggesting a trial ceasefire in one of the battleground districts in the city. >> the people of the district accused of u.n. of caving in to the demands of the government. they want a comprehensive settlement that would golf the government stepping down and the ceasefire that would be enforced across sir. >> they wanted to freeze the fighting in aleppo province, then just the city and now limited to the district. we reject the initiative. >> syria's war is entering is fifth year and in the absence of a meaningful political pros, the u.n. hold the initiative could be the start of one but the u.n. can only do so much. without the backing of the many regional and international players which support the warring sides. al jazeera beirut.
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>> u.s. led kurdish airstrikes in syria have hit an isil controlled oil refinery near the turkish border. thirty people are reported to have been killed in the strike, including refinery workers and isil fighters. >> government forces are still meeting strong resistance as they try to retake the northern city of tikrit. they've managed to get close by liberating the town of hodor. the advance of the iraqi army is forcing a growing number of people from their homes. it's a situation that aid agencies in iraq say is only going to get worse. we report from baghdad. >> a man has been trying to get by on her own since she had to leave her home.
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the mattresses will help cover her bare floors. it's not easy for a widow with four young daughters. with a growing number of iraqis displaced as the iraqi government takes on isil, there's less and less aid. she has been luckier than most, finding work at a school john tore. the teachers give her money to help pay the rent. more than $200 a month for this conversed kitchen in a house. she says she had no choice but to leave home. >> 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. >> her husband was a border guard. he was killed in an attack on his post three years ago. her father and her husband's
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parents stayed behind. she hasn't been able to reach them since. after school, she helps the girls with their lessons. her daughters are able to attend classes here, but tens of thousands of other displaced children don't have access to schools. >> the iraqi military and kurdish forces are making gains against isil, but as they do, there are actually more civilians displaced by the fighting. aid agencies thought it couldn't get worse than last june when a million people were forced from their homes but it has. >> the united nationses making plans for helping residents of tikrit and mosul but it's running out of money. >> we are very worried about getting help to the people in areas controlled by isil. we know that a number of communities are in serious truly. they haven't had access to regular systems for a long time and therefore, we have to assume that their conditions are very serious. >> in tikrit alone fighting over the past week has uproot
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almost 30,000 people who remained behind when the rest fled. there are now 2.25 million iraqis across the country who can't go home. along the battle lines iraqi soldiers and their see ya militia partners are replacing isil flags with their own. winning the military battle is just a first step in helping the growing number of iraqis displaced from their homes. al jazeera baghdad. >> saudi arabia says it will most g.c.c. talks on ending the crisis in yemen. it comes as a series of attacks targeting houthi fighters in the country have killed at least 15 people. seven were killed in the city, two more killed as their cars were targeted patrolling the city after an offensive launched by local tribesman.
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>> a man from chechnya is accused of billing boris nemtsov. he has confessed to the murder. investigators suspect five people were involved in the drove by shooting 10 days ago in moscow. the greek government is clamping down on tax dodgers to help pay its debts. boosting tax receipts and cutting public spending were key demands in response for financial support. seven reform proposals from greece will be discussed as they meet for the first time since agreeing to extend the greek bailouts. >> an anonymous whistle blower left custom documents showing that some of the companies in the pet troll haulage business could not account for fuel.
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the fuel was lost along with the tax which should have been paid on it. papers had been drown up for a case for tax fraud. >> these documents were hidden in draws for years this is one way of taking care of business when faced with indictments stuffing things in drawers until the statute of limitations passes. >> taxes are normally paid if the refinery unless it is for export or aviation. >> fuel taxes brought the government $7 billion last year, more than 12% of its tax revenue. tax evasion on fuel is estimated to cost the government as much as $1.5 billion more. that's actual to almost the entire health budget. >> the new government is rushing through a law to stop it. >> there's no system to measure what flows in and out of storage tanks. in fact, we don't even know how many tanks there are.
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once we put the whole system under surveillance, we'll know nothing is getting past us. >> they say they need more time. time now though is in short supply and pressure for change growing. >> tax evasion is connected to corruption. it is corruption that led this country to bankruptcy and national humiliation. the money that isn't flowing into state coffers is strength other centers of influence. >> the government reckons it can get $3 billion a year from the tax dodgers and has to if it is to deliver promises to help the poor and middle class. >> coming up in the next 15 minutes, pretty gardens in mexico, where poppies become the main ingredient for heroin addicts. >> in kenya imagine your sick, need to get to the hospital, but
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>> there's more to financial news than the ups and downs of the dow. for instance, could striking workers in greece delay your retirement? i'm here to make the connections to your money real. >> "real money with ali velshi". tonight at 10:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> hello again, the headlines that had and namer joined the battle in nigeria against boko haram fighters. vehicles are seen crossing into the area. boko haram pledged allegiance to isil. >> protests against u.n. plans for a temporary ceasefire in
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aleppo. they accused the u.n. of siding with the government. >> students in myanmar say police are preventing them from joins protests against a new education law. the students say the legislation restricts academic freedom. the response of the semi civilian government is a test of its democratic principles. >> it's a small gathering on the outskirts in solidarity with the sit in protests with students calling for amends to the recently passed education law. fearful, they disperse after 10 minutes. >> education is not just related to students. it concerns the younger generation. 50 million people in the new generations to come are subject to the education system. it needs to be better and more democratic. this is why we support the protest. >> for the past two days,
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protests have been held in different places to avoid police announcing the locations just a day before protests and sometimes turning up hours later to give security the slip. >> the main protest is in the town three hours drive from yanggan. students are unhappy with a new education law which doesn't allow them to form unions and leaves little scope for decision-making to universities. they want to bring the protest to the former capitol and main commercial hub but are unable to do so because of the heavy security presence. police however haven't been able to stop other protests in support of the students from popping up in the city. there are signs the government is losing patience. activists say police use vigilante to say break up a protest last week and arrest protestors.
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use of civilian force is allowed under law and often used by the former military regime. the government said it's listening to the student demands, appointing a committee to have consultations on the matter. >> the reform pros i'm hearing is being held because of the student strike. it's a result of talks between students advocates and lawmakers. >> how the government handles the protest will be closely watched. it transitions from military rule to a semi civilian 14 years ago and will holt elections later this year. there are calls for it to allow its citizens the right to assemble as part of a democratic society. >> farmers in mexico are plant be more poppy fields than ever before because of growing demand for heroin in the united states. we have followed the trafficking route across the border. he begins his journey in the
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poppy fields of guerrera state. >>le journey from mexico to the united states begins. in the mountains a woman leads us to her family plot, a rare glimpse of what people here call their gardens. her husband tends the crop, colorful poppies 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 guerrero state is a leading producer of raw poppy sap. once collected its processed into high grade her-run. it's delicate, time consuming
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work but the pay i don't have is higher than for off cad dough. >> it's easy to forget that these poppies are at the root of an increasingly lucrative and violent industry. >> the farmers who asked us to hide their identities face threats from drug traffickers but also from authorities. >> the farmers we met say men show up three times a year to buy the poppy crop and they have to agree to whatever price is set. asking for more would be suicide.
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poppy farmers can earn hundreds of dollars a day in the high season. community leaders would prefer to grow fruits and vegetables but need good roads to get them to market. no support they say but there is punishment. in recent years, meek co's government has stepped up fumigation. a whole harvest of poppies are lost. sometimes neighboring legal fields are damaged too but the flowers continue to flourish and mexican cartels are now the main source of the heroin found in the united states. with american users dough handing more of the deadly drug, the difficult journey out of these mountains is well worth it for the traffickers. al jazeera in mexico.
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>> a march for life rally has been held in colombia to support peace talks between the government and farc rebels. it follows an agreement to remove land mines and other explosives from battlegrounds. >> china's prime minister is looking at ways to stabilize the property market after a major slump in prices. that's led to the emergence of ghost cities as we report from a northeast city. >> there's not much construction going on at the construction site. it's just you a seasonal pause while the ground is frozen, but they admit they've decided not to put any amounts up for sale yet. >> a few years ago some developers ran away with in vestors money. our boss is a local man. he wants to finish everything to try to reassure buyers. >> this is how it's going to look homes for local workers
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when the local government moves here. for now there's little more life on the streets than there is on the model. the government was already covering $1.6 billion in bad debt as developments failed. if the present is the future, then there can't be much prospect of getting that money back. >> so it's sunday afternoon in the main park. i've got the place entirely to myself. across china local governments have been betting on grand projects just like this one across china ghost towns just like this one have been emerging as a result. >> since al jazeera was last here the national government has been trying to tackle the over supply and falling property prices. two interest cuts later selling property here hasn't gotten any easier. in the bustling old town, there's little appetite for a move to the empty skyscrapers up the road. >> the new town is not as
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convenient as busy as here in the old town. >> i want to live in the old town. it's more convenient here. it's in the city, the new town is too far away. it's here that you find a successful megaproject, one of china's biggest developers spending billions of dollars on a mall an apartment complex, 900 sold already. the management would never have invested here if they really believed the government was going to relocate. if the government stays put the new town is resigned to its fate. it was approved by the pro vin alcohol governor, now his task is to stop its collapse being repeated across china's vital but shaky property sector. >> bangladesh, progress has been made in building primary schools, but it's lagging behind when it comes to science and technology. for some kids, a tech school is a welcome addition in the
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capitol. we are taking a look. >> he says most of his friends probably think he's a little weird. while they spend lunch break playing, he graph states towards playing around with wires and circuits. >> they just talk about soccer and this and that. i'm like the block sheep in the herd, you know? >> that's why he feels at home at the tech school. it's just a room with monitors and gadgets but it's a place to unleash the tech geek inside them. compared to the tech school's bustle, public schools are playing catch up. >> before this year, in the past years, we had to go to the class without any electronic device. just we were the first devices
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the first technology. we had a use our brain, nothing else. >> still things are improving. these days, she has a soft spot for teaching musical presentations. until 10 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 of the tech school say that just with having computers isn't enough, and that more needs to be done. he and his friends aren't just learning to use computers. they're using their knowledge to build things. >> they are learning technology at a very early age. the technology is not really happening over here, so we want to let these kids to not just be consumers. >> a device uses sonar to detect
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obstacles ahead. it's a tool they hope could help the blind. the school has a long way to go, but that's not stopping these children from thinking big. al jazeera. >> getting around the slums by car is often impossible. to get to a hospital, there is an idea for a makeshift ambulance. >> moses is a different kind of ambulance driver, someone is sick and needs help. it's not easy getting his wheel bar row there. these narrow passage ways are rough. the ambulance team endured the bumps. even the occasional tight squeeze and eventually arrive. >> the only thing which is helping us is that we know how to reach the facility from where
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we are from, so we can even say like you can these these for doors to reach here. >> concerned friends and relatives seemed relieved help is here. the woman has chest pains and can't 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. we carried patients to the clinic. >> the wheel bar rows were first introduced to help pregnant women. many were dying at home during child birth. >> they say it's embarrassing and shouldn't be done and others who are too sick to move. >> in places like this, it is
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sometimes the only option. once again, the team and a wheelbarrow head out. another person needs an ambulance. al jazeera nairobi. >> if you want more, you can get it by looking at our website [ ♪♪ ] hello, i'm richard gizbert, and you are at "the listening post". here are some. media stories - the election in israel, the coverage of the story, the newspaper that is binyamin netanyahu's biggest backer and we crunch the numbers for the speech to congress. meet the locals who have the knowledge.