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government a message. >> organizing themselves. >> people say they're finally fed up. >> weeknights, on al jazeera america primetime. tunisia president visits the national museum and vows to fight terrorism. ♪ many of those killed in the attack were tourists the international community is united in its condemnation and i'm jane in doha and a victory of boko haram and soldiers from chad retake a town in northeastern nigeria. brazil's president responds to a wave of anti-government protests vowing to stamp out corruption
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plus a bear cub available toll eat or perhaps you want a tiger skin and we report on the wildlife trade. ♪ tunisia president has a war on terrorism and made comments after a deadly attack on one of the capitol popular tourist sites, this is a scene live right now, that is the entrance to the compound that is home to the national museum. as you can see a couple of armed guards are stationed outside and let's take a look at what happened there on wednesday. two gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed the museum killing 19 people and 17 of them tourists and hours later they stormed next door to tunisia parliament and killed both
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gunmen and unclear what the motivation was and people gathered to pay respects to people killed in attack and held banners and flags. we will go to jackie who is in the capitol of tunis and security forces outside the scene of the attack, is this what we have seen being rolled out in other parts of the country? >> certainly the focus very much on the moment at the scene at the attack of the capitol and we saw heavily armed troops on the streets. of course there will be military operations elsewhere in the country because we understand from the interior ministry that there may be other attackers or accomplices out there and certainly two gunmen were killed on wednesday at the scene of the attack however it's believed there could be as many as three others who are still out there. also it's very important for there to be a visible security presence to reassure foreigners
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here in tunisia and we have to remember the economy is heavily dependent on tourism and we are a few months away from the season and people's livelihoods who depend on tourism will be anxious about cancellations and doing all they can to reassure people it's safe here. >> any closer to finding out the motivation behind this attack because until now tunisia has been pretty exempt from the fighting and instability we have seen in other parts of the region. >> reporter: it has been. we are aware there has nevertheless been an ongoing campaign by the authorities and the security forces to contain any potential violence of the kind of they nature and you are right in pointing out that tunisia has been spared the
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widespread violence we have seen in neighboring libya and other countries in the region and in many ways tunisia was held up as the success story of the arab spring. and who could be behind the attack and although there has not been a great deal of violence here in tunisia the authorities do believe as many as 5,000 tunisia people may have traveled overseas to fight in libya or iraq or syria and it's understood as many as 500 of those people may, in fact, have come back and this is of course the nightmare scenario that governments in the west face the fear of young people traveling overseas to fight coming back radicalized with attacks on their home territory, that certainly must be one of the scenarios that the authorities are looking at as they try to understand more about the people who carried out the attack on wednesday. >> let's leave it there, thanks jackie. at least four people have been killed after heavy fighting with
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rebel groups in yemen and forced the closure of the international airport in aiden and forces loyal to tell president and those backing the current president had ishgsi were at a base close to the airport and hadi says he is the legitimate leader and trying to build a power base in aiden. a court in myanmar sentenced journalist two months in prison after finding guilty of defamation and the myanmar post were charged in february last year and the newspaper published remarks made by an unnamed politician about the level of education held by military representatives in parliament. and they may be out of prison but the legal case continues for to al jazeera journalists in egypt and is set in cairo and peter greste was deported last
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month and we report. >> reporter: they have been in this egyptian court countless times before and they are hoping this time things will end differently and their names cleared and since fahmy and mohamed retrial began in february the all to familiar frustrations have resurresur -- resurfaced and then the judge said peter greste had to be present, after a year behind bars greste was deported to native australia last month and as a citizen of canada he is hoping to be deported there and they were released on bail last month but must check in with the police everyday fighting criminal charges against them and accused of aiding the now banned muslim brotherhood. legal experts have called the case baseless. living under the cloud of charges mohamed recently said he
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is fortunate to be reunited with his family. >> i'm happy i'm going back to my family. >> reporter: their hope is thursday's court appearance won't bring more delays but will move their retrial forward and bring them closer to exoneration. natasha with al jazeera. brazil's president announced a series of new measures to track down on corruption announcement came on the same day that new polls show ruso's popularity is following and adam reports. >> reporter: responding to a wave of anti-government protests brazilian president yousif announced a series of anticorruption measures on wednesday, if passed the measures would bar those with a criminal record from running from office and slush funds for campaigns and allow of seizure of assets for those guilty of corruption. >> translator: we have to open our eyes wide and say the time of brazil to put an end to the
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process and crimes and practices that continue to corrode our insides, the time is now. >> reporter: the announcement comes on the same day that new polls showed yousif popularly falling to a new low and according to a poll 62% of respondents said the government was bad or terrible that is the worst rankings for a president since 1992 when president was impeached for corruption. also on wednesday there were fresh protests against yousif in several cities. >> translator: manipulator and she is manipulated by former president lula so the party cannot continue in power. >> reporter: popularly crashed among an oil corruption and linked dozens of poll takess and own workers party to bribes and
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kickbacks worth hundreds of millions of dollars and on sunday dozens of protestings were held across brazil which more than a million people marched against them and the pt and many called for her impeachment and meanwhile protests last week only attracted a few thousand people adam with al jazeera. in pakistan last-minute stay has been issued to a man sentenced to death at the age of 14. and thought to be 23 had been scheduled to be hanged on thursday for the killing of a 7-year-old and inquiry will look in his age at the time of conviction and said he was pressured for a confession and joined by constitutional lawyer who is live and good to have you on the show what do you make of this decision what is behind it? >> thanks for having me jane. jane pakistan is one of five countries i believe left in the
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world who still have death penalty for certain crimes and a trial that took place back in 2004 and obviously miss justice on the age of the convict here and every report on the trial record shows that at the time of the trial nobody cared to check what the age was, as a result it was never noticed in trial and also wasn't noticed at the time of the appeal before the high court, finally when it reached supreme court in 2007 somebody raised the objection that the boy was a minor at the time of his conjik shun and the conviction was death penalty and they rejected the stain and under pakistan law if you done take a particular objection at the trial stage you cannot really raise it in the objection stage. >> that seems extraordinary since he was just 14 and the fact there are many rehabilitation programs in
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particular the northern part of the country, why do you think he was meeting this sort of justice rather than going into these programs? >> well, first of all, the rehabilitation programs in pakistan are still in stages and a number of workers both in the legal fraternity and ngo sector working to develop them and get this boy within the paradigm of those structures. however, as i said earlier, since at the time of the trial all the way through to the supreme court nobody realized this boy was, in fact, 14 and this has finality and under the constitution of pakistan the only thing left to do for the constitution of article 45 gives the president time to pardon the sentence and this process was started in 2012 and rejected. however, yesterday we heard good news the president is going to consider it and put a stay on the death penalty for now to
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72-hour stay and gives everybody enough time to bring evidence on the record that this was, in fact, a boy of only 14 years old at the time of his conviction. >> the fact he said he was initially responsible then we find out he has been tortured and that is an issue that clearly needs to be dealt with. >> absolutely and within the pakistani laws this is not evidence on which the courts can convict a person. in fact, it was involuntary confession and the only evidence against him is confession and there is nothing else that corroborates confession it was involuntary confession because of torture and under these situations pakistani law cannot hold and that is what we are hoping for. >> good talking to you thank you very much. >> thank you very much. now to come in the program not changing their tune russia reenforces its control of crimea
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and people celebrate the anniversary of annexation and upping the word count the new technique that is improving kids' vocabulary long before they reach the classroom. ♪ of taking native american land. >> people have been very critical of your company, saying that it'll leave a permanent scar on the landscape. will it? >> an america tonight special report: "mining sacred lands". tomorrow, 10:00 eastern.
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>> the new al jazeera america primetime. get the real news you've been looking for. at 7:00, a thorough wrapup of the day's events. then at 8:00, john seigenthaler digs deeper into the stories of the day. and at 9:00, get a global perspective on the news. weeknights, on al jazeera america . ♪ hello again and you are watching al jazeera and reminder of the top stories tunisia president fighting terrorism in the country and he made comments after a deadly attack on one of the capitol's most popular tourist sights and nighttime vigils were held for the 19 people killed.
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brazil's president has measures to crack down on corruption on sunday hundreds of thousands of brazilian's took part in rallies demanding impeachment. a man sentenced to death at 14 and now thought to be 23 had been scheduled to be hanged on thursday for the killing of a 7-year-old. international coalition fighting boko haram has driven the armed group out of the town in northeast nigeria, the mask which borders was retaken from the group over the weekend and 228 boko haram fighters were reportedly killed during the operation. let's bring in evan live for us in abuja and the significance of these gains? >> well jane if this information is accurate that we are getting from the nigeria military it could mean beginning
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of the end to boko haram insurgency. over the last four weeks nigeria military taken back quite a number of towns in the northeast which were under the control of boko haram, towns which was the seen of massacres which hundreds of people were killed and now this other town over the last three days, the military also had been tweeting about their victories, two days ago a spokesperson said they are free and borno soon to be free by military #never again and referring to the states mostly effected by boko haram insurgency but there has been young information about this insurgency before and military announced on 2-3 occasions the capture and killing of the boko haram leader for him to appear on youtube days later and nobody
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quite holding their breath and nobody saying it's all over but as i say the reports we are getting to be believed then the military is winning the war against the group. >> to make sure you win the up coming elections you do it this way way. >> so again i didn't quite hear that. >> what impact is that likely to have on the elections? >> well the impact is likely to be positive and you might recall that the elections were supposed to take place in mid february for 3-6 weeks because security and military chiefs needed more time to quell the boko haram insurgency, there is a feeling with all these gains it will now be safer for people in the northeast to take part in election, those who are registered to vote. but it is still a humanitarian
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challenge for the authorities, bear in mind at least a million people have been displaced from the region because of this six years of chaos and fighting and that is going to be a major problem for the government to deal with once the fighting is over which they believe it will be. but so far it seems that because of the improving security situation there is no sign of another election delay coming and it's due to take place the presidential place on march 28 followed by a race for governorship on april 11 and so far all indications are it's safe enough now to conduct these long-awaited polls. >> thank you for that evan. tons of people in crimea have gathered to celebrate a year since the region was annexed by russia and people living there voted overwhelmingly to be russian citizens in referendum in the seizure and condemned by the u.s. and criticized by eu
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many crimea people say they have few regrets and we have mr. mr. challenge's reports. >> reporter: crimea celebrations may be staged and managed but they are genuinely felt by the majority of russians and this is the home of the black sea fleet and crimea's administrative center the mood is jubilant. >> translator: very glad and doubted in beginning and we have a transitional year about joining russia. >> translator: i lived here 25 years and during the ukrainian period we didn't see anything good. now with russia life is easier. we feel free. i can realize my plan. russia is a big state with big future and powerful potential that can stand up for its people. >> reporter: organized celebrations in moscow too and
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of course a few words from the man who boasted in a resent documentary that he handled the take over of crimea personally. >> translator: we will go forward. we will strengthen our statehood, strengthen our country and we will overcome all difficulties which we so easily created for ourselves, all of the time recently and of course we will overcome the problems and difficulties that they throw at us from outside, these are useless attempts against russia. thank you for your support, long live russia. >> reporter: the kremlin says crimea is russian now and will be forever more case closed effectively but crimea is likely to be a geo political sore for years to come.
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what happened a year ago as an illegal land grab given legitimacy by a quick and dirty referendum and refuse to recognize crimea as russian and seems destined to join the ranks of other disputed regions in the world like kashmir but crimea leaders say it won't share the same fate as those economically stunted territories. >> translator: crimea is not an autonomous region. crimea is an integral part of the russian state. we are the same russia as moscow and other parts and regions. we are part of big, great country. >> reporter: but for the crimea issue being resolved someone will have to change their tune. ♪ either russia has to hand it back or ukraine and the west must swallow objections and recognize it as russian and neither of these seem particularly likely now rory in
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crimea. russian president vladimir putin signed a treaty to bring the city under full russian control and broke way from georgia in 2008 after russia and georgia fought a five-day war and now it will be easier for them to become russian citizens. the white house has criticized benjamin netanyahu for using language during election campaign and a spokesman for barack obama says israel prime minister used rhetoric and we have more details from washington d.c. >> reporter: further proof some comments leading to israeli election have strained relationship with president barack obama and his administration. netanyahu comments that arabs were voting in mass and press secretary told reporters it sought to marginalize arab
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israeli citizens and the prime minister comments that he no longer believes in a to-state solution with them and the state spokesperson was blunt in her response as well. >> based on comments the united states is in a position going forward where we will be evaluating our approach with regard to how best to achieve a two-state solution. obviously i'm not going to prejudge at this point what that means. >> reporter: many people see that as a kind of a threat to the prime minister hinting the u.s. could go to security council of the" or not block the criminal court obviously they didn't go in details about what exactly they could do but leaving open the possibility they could change course as well. the u.s. first lady calling for a global effort for education for girls and michelle obama is in japan for the girls learn initiative and the program is meant to reduce number of girls dropping out of schools and rolled out in ghanna and
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uganda. a new program in the united states is waiting to give kids from low-income families a chance to get out of poverty through education, the focus is a children's command of words as tom ackerman explains. >> reporter: it's graduation day for these children aged between 1-3, accompanied by proud parents the first too take part in a learning program that relies on their mothers and fathers to boost a crucial element in their future. it's the size and variety of the children's spoken vocabulary extensive research has shown the more parents talk to their kids the faster the children's vocabularies grow. and the higher their iq test scores. but on average the poorer the family the sparser the child's word count so the city of providence, rhode island is trying to even the odds for these low-income families. >> poverty is not destiny and what we are looking for is language environments and those
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environments we can nurture with better feedback of what is going on because of the importance of the first three years of life. >> feedback provided by the miniature voice recorders worn by each toddler and every week or two they record a whole day of conversation between parents and child and through innovative computer ago rhythms analyze the quality of their talks, the goal to prod parents to maximize their exchange of words. >> it's like nourishing the baby's brain with the internal computer that is developing and responding. >> reporter: the mother of two-year-old angelo says she has seen early results. >> i knew the program would help and it would and he is talking and saying more words together and doing a lot better than his age i think. >> reporter: she talks to her immigrant parents in spanish. >> translator: it motivates us to give more time to all our kids so they are also learning. >> reporter: it will take years to determine the lasting
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long-term benefits of this program, meanwhile more kids are joining it here in providence and in other u.s. cities. in the struggle to escape poverty this is just one tool. but the success can prove by counting words, words really do count. tom ackerman al jazeera, providence rhode island. tiger skins are being traded despite a band to protect the species and investigation saying they are being sold at a gambling resort popular with chinese tourists and nick clark has the story. >> reporter: welcome to the so called special economic zone with a casino, a hotel, it has shops, it also has restaurants with live animals on the menu this bear cub was apparently available to eat. under cover investigators filmed what was said to be rhino horn
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for sale rhinos are an endangered species and so are tigers but you can choose from a selection of skins, skinned watched over by yes, stuffed tigers also available for sale. outside captive tigers are kept in cramped cages. the tiger farm here has plans to breed between 500-1,000. now, captive bread tigers are legal if licensed. it is the export of their products that is illegal. either way the head keeper here says that licenses or permissions are often ignored.
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this investigators said was frozen tiger meet available to eat. and assembled in a vat, a pieced together skull and skeleton of a cat most certainly a tiger and here is a photograph from a brochure and tiger bone wine can sell for $300 a bottle and he tells the investigator it's very easy, this business it's a road to wealth. the resort is in louse but it's in beijing time and the signs are in mandarin. >> and this special economic zone is set up by the government and is under legislation so both the governments of lou and china have responsibility to fulfill requirements and end the trade. >> reporter: now the investigation agency is calling on the government of china and louse to investigate connections between the trade here and wildlife criminals operating in the region but the question is
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