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♪ more than 20 people are reportedly killed after saudi-led air strikes hit a factory in southern yemen. ♪ hello you are watching al jazeera live from doha also ahead. >> today is the day and change has finally come. >> reporter: the next president addresses the nation after his unprecedented election win. iran nuclear talks extended
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after a self imposed deadline expires, plus palestine becomes a member of the international criminal court. ♪ hello, we begin with deepening crisis in yemen, it's a week since the start of a saudi-led air offensive targeting rebels and houthi backed by forces loyal and forced the president haidi from power and the country. the ten nation coalition is made up of gulf states as well as jordan egypt, morocco and pakistan and hits rebel positions and says it secured yemen air space and saudi arabia is deploying more vessels for a full maritime blockade and rebel forces are still trying to make gains especially in the south. fought against anti-houthi
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forces in laheige and deli and here in international airport but the u.n. says it is alarmed by the growing civilian toll. on tuesday it said 93 civilians had been killed so far including 62 children. that number has risen after an explosion at a factory in hadaida killed at least 23 workers and we report. >> reporter: a dairy factory became an inferno after an air strike on tuesday evening. about two dozen employees were killed according to medical sources. witnesses say there is an army camp nearby with forces helping the houthis. the houthis are blaming the saudi-led coalition for some of the deadliest attacks on civilians. on monday evening an air strike hit a refugee camp killing at least 29 people. >> air strikes. >> reporter: the u.n. condemned the attack calling it a violation of international law.
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intense ground fighting moved into the port city of aiden. the group says it has helped take over the city's international airport and the surrounding area. the people are one of a number of groups now fighting the houthis on the ground. each has its own agenda. the players include forces loyal to president haidi and various tribes. the saudi foreign minister says regaining control of yemen will not come easy but the region stability depends on it. >> translator: we are not war mongers but with the ground of war we are ready and national security is part of the arab national security. >> reporter: in the meantime those who can are getting out of yemen. about 350 indian citizens left aboard an indian navy ship overnight, for those who remain there are growing concerns of a humanitarian crisis and no sign of a ceasefire any time soon.
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natasha, al jazeera. joining me now is correspondent who has reported extensively in yemen and here we are a week now into this saudi-led campaign. what sort of effect is it having on the houthis and their control of the country? >> basically you can see houthis are losing ground particularly in the southern part of the country and seeing houthi fighters and forces loyal to assad abandoning some of the positions they controlled in the past and air bases in aiden today and forces loyal to hadi and movement captured the airport of aiden and few military positions. plus the air strikes targeted bases in sada and sanaa and are significant losses for both parties, the houthis.
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>> in terms of the various alliances that we are seeing here, you talked about forces loyal to ali abdullah saleh and al-qaeda in the arab peninsula that is active in the country, how does that play into this? >> definitely going to see a new political landscape in yemen by different parties with a bigger say in the future of the country. the south for example we have forces loyal to haidi but see people gaining more momentum and others who will definitely have influence. >> the ones in the south who want to separate. >> exactly and like to break away from the north and now seizing weapons and reorganizing themselves and recruiting. al-qaeda is watching what is happening, tapping into this among sunni tribesmen and also they would like to expand from
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areas that control the areas and expand in other areas. quite dramatic events underway in the country. >> it's very easy to kind of look at this as a sunni shia battle but it's a battle for strategic control for the saudis. >> this is why they are concerned about events on the ground when they saw the houthis further expanding they were concerned because the saudis official stance is the houthis are manipulated by the iran to stabilize the region. they are used by the iran for a war against saudi arabia and why the saudis launched this massive military operation backed by regional players. it was a message for iran and americans that saudi arabia is not going to tolerate further expansion of the houthi. it's also a huge concern for the international community because more instability, more violence and fighting means that you will see more security issues in that part of the world.
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>> all right, thanks very much. now, talks on iran's nuclear future are continuing in switzerland after tuesday's self imposed deadline expired and say they are making progress but some key issues still need to be resolved and simon wood reports now. >> reporter: it's clear that talks here which stretched from late tuesday and well into the early hours of wednesday morning have made progress on a number of key issues. but it's not clear there has been enough progress for a full framework agreement. leaving the talks the iran foreign minister spoke of his optimism. >> we have been working since 7:30 in the morning and it has been a very long day for all delegations. we have accomplished quite a bit but people needed to get some rest and start over early in the morning. i hope that we can finalize the work on wednesday and hopefully
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start the process of drafting tomorrow. >> reporter: the russian foreign minister sergei fedorov was also upbeat as he headed out of the hotel in the early hours. he and both the chinese and french foreign ministers are no longer directly participating in negotiations. on wednesday morning there was a greater degree of caution from the british foreign minister and a warning that there is still difficult work to do. >> i think we have a broad framework of understanding but there are key issues that have to be worked through, some of them are quite detailed and technical. so there is still quite a lot of work to do but we are on it now and we will keep going at it. >> reporter: negotiations to conclude some kind of framework agreement have continued on wednesday and secretary of state john kerry met one on one with iran counterpart with sense of talks entering the final crucial hours. on balance the sides are going to fall short on the kind of
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agreement they wanted to achieve here. the iran foreign minister speaking to them and working to a press statement by the end of wednesday but he also said there are key differences on things like sanctions and on iran's right to research and development of key nuclear technologies. simon mc-greger wood al jazeera. the next president of nigeria says he will be a leader for all the people the foreign military ruler who became opposition ruler pledged the transition of power will be peaceful. in his victory speech after a closely fought election he thanked outgoing president goodluck jonathan for conceding defeat and not challenging results. some celebrating the win held to signify muhammadu buhari's promise to sweep out corruption from nigeria. ahead for the 72-year-old president elect are two big challenges how to handle boko haram and effects of a slump in oil prices on africa's biggest
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economy and muhammadu buhari spoke just a short time ago. >> a long nice has past and the daylight of a new democratic governance has broken across the land. and therefore this is a victory for me for one man and even one party. it is a victory for nigeria and for all nigerians. >> reporter: we will have more on that nigeria's president elect with a live report later in this show. stay with us for that. it's been more than a week since the nigerian military detained two al jazeera journalists in the north and they were embedded with the military before they were detained last tuesday and they have been kept in their hotel since then. al jazeera is demanding their immediate release. now the head of libya's legally installed government in tripoli rejected the decision by his own
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ministers to sack him. prime minister hasi dismissed after being accused of misleading parliament about government finances and victoria reports. >> reporter: omar has been in charge of libya's legally installed government in tripoli since august last year. members of parliament have voted to sack him and he is refusing to stand down. >> translator: a prime minister cannot be dismissed without being held accountable for any wrongdoing. besides, we were not called for an investigation and the government is not to be questioned before it receives its budget. >> reporter: he lost the support of his colleagues following allegations he misled parliament about government finances. >> translator: there was a request submitted by 70 members of the general national congress calling on omar to submit his resignation, there was also request submitted by ten ministers and deputy ministers
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from the government threatening to submit the resignations if the request to remove him is not met. >> reporter: it means more political turmoil in a country the u.n. envoy has described is close to chaos. tripoli based government is one of the country's two rival administration, the other is the u.n. recognized government based in the eastern city of tabrook and supported by groups engaged in daily fighting. violence and rivalries have deeply split people in libya, the country has fallen into chaos since the 2011 nato backed up rising that deposed leader moammar gadhafi and since forced out of power they are going against state authority and chaos has been made worse by groups that claim allegiance with i.s.i.l. for the crisis delegates from the rival governments have been
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meeting at u.n. brokered peace talks in morocco but so far little sign of reconciliation. and now with political in fighting in tripoli based government libya seems more chaotic and unstable than ever victoria with al jazeera. still ahead here on al jazeera when we come back how keeper milk in other parts of the country are driving greek dairy farmers out of business. scientists are opening doors for a cure for a heavy weight problem. ♪
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♪ hello again and top stories on al jazeera medical sources in yemen say at least 23 people have been killed after an air strike hit a dairy factory. a week-long saudi-led air offensive targeting rebels who ousted the president from the capitol sanaa. talks on nuclear future resumed in switzerland after tuesday deadline expires and are making progress but some key issues still need to be resolved. >> today history has been made and change has finally come. >> reporter: in a speech to the nation after his unprecedented election winning nigeria muhammadu buhari says he will be a leader for all the people when he becomes president. the palestinian authority is officially a member of the international criminal court. it is part of a move by palestinians to put more international pressure on israel. but as we report from the
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netherlands the process in the hague won't be quick or easy. >> reporter: the palestinian authority foreign minister emerged from a formal welcoming ceremony at the international criminal court on the hague on wednesday. palestinians were a step closer to justice but it will not be quick. >> we seek justice because it's the future of peace and stability and can be established. >> do you accept this may take a long time to bring action against israel here to international court? >> well we are not going to alter the work and the mechanisms established by sisi what we want to do is incorporate with sisi to provide whatever information is available in our hands in order to facilitate and with the commission done by icc. >> reporter: in a preliminary examination of facts on the ground prosecutors looking at two potential areas of concern. first israel's settlement
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building on occupied palestinian land considered illegal under international law and second the actions of israel's army in the gaza war last year. it will be for chief prosecutor to decide whether a formal investigation should be launched and much later whether charges should be filed. such is the heavy political weight of the israeli palestinian conflict that the court will want to be absolutely certain of itself before proceeding. >> i think it's very premature to speculate on the outcome of the legal analysis of the prosecutor. what i think is important at this stage is to allow the prosecutor this possibility of analyzing all the relevant information and relevant arguments that the crime and gravity of the crimes the alleged perpetrators. >> reporter: one problem for palestinians is the question of palestinian war crimes just last week amnesty international
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published a report into allegations of war crimes committed by hamas and groups and the chief prosecutor here said she will investigate both sides without fear or favor. so by joining the icc the palestinian authority is taking action that could impact on israel and the peace process but it could also expose palestinians to charges at the international criminal court. i'm with al jazeera, the hague. activists in syria say fighters from islamic state of iraq and levante have stormed palestinian refugee camp in damascus and became the focus of heavy fighting in 2012 when rival armed opposition groups moved in. the government seized their last year saw widespread starvation and violence and often prevented aid groups from doing their work. i.s.i.l. is now in control of western and announced a curfew. at least 45 people killed in an i.s.i.l. attack on a village in
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the central syrian province of hanna and village's including women and children were beheaded, burnt and shot and six soldiers reportedly died in the fighting. several people are missing but it's unclear whether they escaped or kidnapped by i.s.i.l. syrian government jets targeted the northwestern city of idlib that rebels took over on saturday activists say it hit a hospital where bodies of government soldiers kept. coalition of groups including al-qaeda al-nusra front seized the city. iraqi prime minister arrived saying the city is liberated from i.s.i.l. control. [gunfire] fighters have been driven out of the central city at least three outer neighborhoods remain under their control. iraqi interior minister has been
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speaking from tikrit. >> translator: today most of tikrit is liberated. only a small portion remains to be clear. god willing we will eliminate the remaining pockets in the few coming hours. the enemy has been totally defeated and has lost all of its ability and moral and the battle will end god willing. >> reporter: changes to milk quote from across the european union are expected to mean cheaper prices in the shops. but dairy farmers in greece say they are threatened with being driven out of business and john has their story. >> reporter: the dairy cooperative is booming. recently it invested $7 million in this state of the art plant and sells all the milk that 600 dairy farmers can produce and pays them a few cents above the market rate per liter and even that the president says it may not cover their costs. >> translator: production cost
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in greece is higher because of the cost of cattle feed. in northern europe you have green fields for more of the year and graze freely. here the animals are penned in and depend on the cattle feed the farmer gives them. >> reporter: feeding milk producing cows is expensive and require a high calorie diet rich in grains and he rents fields to grow some feed himself but now will lose $20,000 a year in eu subsidies. >> translator: before the crisis we got 53 cents for a liter of milk now the going rate is more than 33 cents, thank goodness for cooperative and sells cattle feed on credit. if it were not for them we would shut down. >> reporter: greek dairy farmers are small scale and satisfy just half of domestic demand and their market share is shrinking because many can't afford to stay in the business. now, liberalization threatens to wipe them out.
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northern european countries expected to increase milk production flooding europe with cheaper milk and could price greek farmers out of competitive market that is now being fostered but could stand a chance in a cooperative kind of market. farmers cooperatives make no profit. they maximize returns to their members. their markets are local and loyal and might pay more for fresher, higher quality milk than competitors can ship in. that price difference could help bridge their producers widening gap. while the dairy cooperative cannot compete in europe it may manage to hold its own against the coming storm, i'm john with al jazeera, eastern greece. to one of our top stories nigeria new leader muhammadu buhari has just been speaking to supporters on the first day after his election victory and yvonne is live in abuja for us. >> reporter: that is right,
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president elect muhammadu buhari has just arrived at the campaign headquarters just behind me thousands of people are on the streets to greet him. there is excitement in the air. people are estatic about election all over the country and not just the capitol of abuja and celebrations every where because for the first time in nigeria's history the sitting government has been removed through the ballot box in a peaceful way. when he made his victory speech he first of all thanked president goodluck jonathan who is still president who still has to serve out the end of his term until the end of may and said the president goodluck jonathan had nothing to fear from his election and that he was a patriotic nigerian a true nigerian and that the rule of law would be established in nigeria that he would set about trying to tackle some of the major issues that have been in the country. as i say there are thousands of
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people here. he has just gone inside the building to talk to some of the people that work on his campaign and we are expecting to hear more from him as the day unfolds. >> so what are some of the big issues there with muhammadu buhari at play what are some problems he will have to deal with? with? >> well there are major challenges facing this country. i was on the campaign trail with muhammadu buhari when he was campaigning across the country and so many promises were made to nigeria and we know already because of the campaign season that we have seen and all the issues that came up during the election the biggest issue that is facing nigeria which they want him to deal with is corruption. there is a feeling that corruption in nigeria is indemic and has to be dealt with and during the tenure of goodluck
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jonathan there were scandals and billions were lost deliberately by the government through corrupt bills and accusation and there were so many investigations into this. so nigerians do feel that corruption is a part of everyday life and it's something that the new president has to deal with. the second issue has been insecurity in the northeast. for six years boko haram as we know and as we have covered over these years has been causing mayhem chaos and anarchy throughout the region. we know at least 13,000 people have been killed over the last six years and close to a million people have been displaced and nigerians feel the issue that the president really needs to focus on after corruption is the massive insecurity in the country and he promised to do that. >> live in the capital of abuja and thanks for that. in vietnam a rare worker strike over a communist government
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policy is nearing the end of its first week. thousands of workers walked out six days ago at a foreign owned footwear factory in the city. it employees 80,000 workers who make shoes for nike and adidas and say a new insurance law will make them worse off if they leave their jobs. what began as a transport strike in argentina is a nationwide protest. workers launched a walk out on tuesday bringing much of the capitol to a halt. demanding lower taxes, higher pensions and measures to fight inflation. obesity is a worldwide problem and scientists in qatar say they have a breakthrough of finding a cure. it all has to do with something called brown fat. as kim explains. >> reporter: this is painstakingly delicate work. these scientists have been cultivating, dividing and sequencing fat cells for years.
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but now they say they have made a breakthrough which could change the way obesity is treated. >> the aim is to about changing the lifestyle of kids or adults so just to give them a pill that is enhanced the brown fat and naturally they are protected against obesity. >> reporter: having more of the so called brown fat makes you skinny and with obesity at epidemic proportions everyone wants to find a way to transform the white bad fat cells we have into the brown kind which burn energy all the time. this is called an incubator. this is where the cells are cultured. >> reporter: researchers have both kinds of fat cells. >> the good one is this one. >> reporter: and have proven contrary to what the medical world thought one can change into the other.
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so we have white fat cells and we have brown fat cells. figuring out how to transform one into the other is one thing. but taking that information and turning it into a possible treatment for obesity is quite another. that is exactly what the doctor has in his sights and has already figured out how to turn stem cells into brown fat cells. if next step is to inject those into obese rats and hopefully watch them lose weight. eventually he says there will be hope for humans too. >> we collect the stem cells from this overweight subject in the lab, then we inject these cells into the same subject. >> reporter: the doctors are not convinced. >> assured if you are obese and diabetic if you diet and
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exercise at least 70% of the people do not live like this. >> reporter: traditional approach researchers say will always have its place but the chance to give a helping hand in a pill shouldn't be ruled out. kim with al jazeera, doha. much more on our website al ♪ here is the new religious freedom laws target lbgt community and now arkansas faces backlash from the state's largest employer. mixed messages diplomates working on agreement for limiting iran nuclear program are split if there is progress and a police officer allegedly harassing a uber driver is all caught on tape how things got to heated. ♪