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>> saudi arabia said that it's jets armed an arms depo in yemen, but denies hitting a factory where 20 people died. >> hello there you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up on the program isil comes to the syrian capitol easing large areas of the yarmouk refugee camp in damascus. nigeria's new president promises to heal old wounds after the country's first change of leader. >> it is time for our
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negotiating partners to seize the moment. >> iran's prime minister said that the they're close to a deal. and the lifting of is a cash cow cow. >> at least 23 people are said to have been killed in the attack. the saudi-led campaign is in its seventh days in its strikes targeting missiles, munitions and ammunition dumps for the rebels. >> reporter: this is what the saudi army said are ammunition dip depots in areas controlled
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by the houthis. they say the houthis have acquired a huge number of weapons over the past few months. they worry these weapons play be may be used in revenge attacks against saudi arabia. all the targets are devoid. the dairy factor where dozens were killed. on monday evening an airstrike hit a refugee camp killing many people. the united nations condemned the attack calling it the violation of international law. the houthi blame the saudi led coalition for targeting civilians. accusations dismissed by the coalition. >> the houthies were the one who is attacked the dairy factor. the sources confirmed that they used rockets in the attacks and people were killed. houthi use propaganda to gain the support of the yemenis but
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the yemenis know that we free them from the militias that have attacked the country. >> reporter: forces loyal to deposeed absent ali abdullah saleh and houthies pulling out of areas. intense ground fighting has moved to the port city of aer aden. a secessionist group said it has helped take over the southern cities international airport and the surrounding area. the secessionists are just one of a number of groups now fighting the houthies on the ground. each has its own agenda. the players include forces loyal to president abd rabbuh mansur hadi and various tribes. the foreign minister said gaining control of yemen won't come easily but the region's stability depends on it. the saudis are building international support for their military intervention.
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foreigners trapped in yemen are desperate to leave. about 350 indian citizens left to djibouti last night. for all those who remain there are growing concerns about humanitarian crisis and no sign of a cease-fire any time soon: >> let's go to syria now where activists say fighters from the islamic state in iraq and the levant have stormed the palestinian refugee camp in damascus. becoming the focus of heavy fighting in 2012 when rifle armed opposition groups moved in yarmouk. a siege there saw many camp residents pushed to starvation and violence has prevented aid groups from doing their work. the united nations relief agency said that it's extremely concerned about the safety and protection of israel as well as
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palestinian civilians in yarmouk. >> credible information indicate that a variety of armed groups are engaged in fierce fighting where yarmouk 18000 civilians where a large number of children reside placing them at risk of death, injury and displacement. we'll continue to monitor the situation closely. under the strongest restorms, respect for and compliance with obligations to ensure the protection of civilians in yarmouk. the relief agency demands return to conditions that will enable its staff to support and assist yarmouk civilians. >> stephanie dekker has more now from beirut. >> we're being told that the fight something ongoing between i was and a group a palestinian group believed to be affiliated
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with groups. they seem to be remaining neutral. it started as a turf war--not a turf war but a tit for at that time between the two groups. accusing isil of killing one of its leaders. they then since kidnapped isil fighters and this is when isil stormed the camp. yarmouk used to be home to 160,000 palestinian refugees and syrians, now the desperate scenes we've seen over the years now aid trickles in. these people have no food, water or electricity, and they're entirely competent on dependent on that aid. if you look at it gentlemen graphically the yarmouk camp is very close to the damascus, certainly the regime will not be happy with isil taking hold so close to the capital.
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that is the the home is not at the ways, a fluid situation especially one that is concerning for civilians, who have always said that they're caught between groups infighting and the siege of syrian regime. >> nigeria's new president said its time for the country to heal its wounds. in he's victory speech muhammadu buhari vows to build a better country. now the pressure is for buhari to put his words into action. >> nigerian who is were around in the early 1980s remember the days when things were not this orderly. people would push and shove to get on to buses. they say that he brought order when he took over in a military coup in 1983. he demanded compliance. even forcing nigerians to clean up their cities regularly. now that he is back some hope that he'll bring that discipline to his new administration and tackle the many challenges in
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nigeria. >> we're the grass roods. >> nigeria is one of the world's largest oil producers but many don't have access to electricity electricity. >> we need electricity back, and let us manage our own economy. >> when buhari addressed the nation he called for all nigerians to unite and work together. >> this is a moment that we must begin to heal the wounds as we work towards a better future. [applause] >> we do this first by extending a hand of friendship and reconciliation. >> those who worked with buhari
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when he was still in uniform said he was tough and less corrupt than others in the political elite. >> all political leaders were taken into detention. they there were investigations, and those they didn't find anything with or against were let free. you know, something was held up in the public square that looked as a nation we cannot fall below this standard. >> but critics say that he violated human rights, imposeed tough austerity measures and favored those in the north where he's from. buhari claims he was not a perfect politician and he has reformed. >> nigerians will be watching him very closely ready to held him accountable if he fails on his promises. he promises to serve and governor not governor over
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nigerians. >> well, the national press club based in washington has urgeed nigeria's government to release two al jazeera journalist who is have been detained for a week in northern nigerian. they were embedded with the military before they were arrested for without quote clearance. they have been held in their hotel since tuesday. iranian talks held in switzerland has gone past its deadline. secretary of state john kerry said he will stay in talks until thursday. but the white house is putting pressure on iran saying now it's time to show that it is committed to reaching a deal. we go to the swiss city of lausanne.
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>> reporter: it is clear that talks stretched from late tuesday into the early hours of wednesday morning have made progress on a number of key issues, but it is not clear that there has been enough progress for a full framework of agreement. leading the talks the iranian foreign minister spoke of his optimism. >> we've been working since 7:30 in the morning and it's been a very long day for all delegations. we have accomplished quite a bit, but people need to get some rest and start over. i hope that we can finalize the work on wednesday and hopefully start the process of drafting tomorrow. >> the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov was also upbeat as he headed out of the hotel in the early morning hours. he and the french foreign ministers are no longer participating in the negotiations. on wednesday morning there was a greater degree of portion from
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the u.k. foreign minister warning there is morning work to do. >> there is morning work to do, some detail and technical but there is more work to do. we're on it now and we'll continue at it. >> agreement has continued on wednesday and secretary of state john kerry met one-on-one with his iranian counterpart with the sense that talks are entering their final crucial hours. it seems on balance the sides are going to fall short on the kind of agreement they really wanted to achieve here. the you iranian deputy minister said that there are key differences on things like sanctions and iran's right to research and development of key nuclear technologies.
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>> james bays caught up with the iranian foreign minister as he took one of his regular walks and the lake in lausanne. >> how are things going? >> we're trying. we're doing our best to be able to move forward and resolve this issue, and i hope we can all make progress. >> do you think we can do it tonight? >> well, i have no idea. it depends on the seven countries that need to move forward. i, for one have been ready and have told my delegation to move forward tonight or tomorrow when it's appropriate. >> how long are you prepared to stay here? >> well, as long as it's useful. indenes and determined based on the amount of accomplishment that we have. >> well, still to come on the program, iraq's forces claim victory against isil in tikrit, but pockets of resistence do remain. and find out why song birds are flying to their deaths in
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canada's cities.
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>> now a reminder of the top stories here in al jazeera. the saudi military denied hitting a factory, at least 23 people are killed when the dairy factory in the country's northwest was targeted. activists say isil fighters have seized large parts of the yarmouk refugee camp in damascus.
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it's the group's first major attack in the center of the capital. and nigeria's presidential winner said he'll spare nothing to defeat boko haram in his address when ace announced he was the winner. >> although isil fighters have been driven out of the central city, at least three neighborhoods remain under their control. some sewers may find some of the images in the report disturbing. >> reporter: as iraqi soldiers hoist their country's flag in the city of tikrit, the government is hailing this as a massive victory in the fight against the so-called islamic state group. within hours of forces recapturing the city. prime minister hyder al abadi promised to restore normalcy as
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soon as possible. >> when it is secured we'll work to return displaced families, god willing iraq will be liberated from isil and their crimes. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: the city had been under isil control for several months now. it is seen hugely strategic because it provides a gateway to mosul where it's pleased that the main leaders and operation leaders are based. but the fight against isil is not so straight forward. as with much of iraq's conflict sectarianism is rife. tikrit is a sunni city, yet the iraqi army used shia militia known as population mobile forces to enter it, who made their intentions very clear raising their flags on their vehicles and even on government institutions. >> they're now itself tikrit, and it will be liberated entire
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entirely on a. >> dead bodies said to be isil fighters line the roads a sign of how bloody the battle was. capturing tikrit is a major boost for iraq's army, which seemly folded in isil advances a year ago. but for many this will not solve everything. isil had found support past oppression felt by sunni residents there. many of whom had felt they were unfairly targeted by a shia-led government and army that wanted to wipe them out. and there have already been reports that sunni homes have been destroyed almost immediately after the army recaptured this city. recapturing a city is one thing. but winning back the trust of iraq's sunnies may prove to be more difficult. >> let's go to turkey where the largest city is on high alert after the second shooting in as many days. this time the police headquarters in istanbul were targeted. bernard smith has the details.
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>> a man and woman armed with what police describe as long-range weapons approach istanbul's police firing, killing the woman and wounding the man. he managed to escape and was caught not long after. the woman was carrying a bomb. this comes just after 4 hours after a hostage situation at the city's main courthouse where a prosecutor was taken hostage by a left wing group. they held him at gunpoint. the prosecutor was killed and two gun pen were killed after police stormed the room where the process duty prosecutor was being held hostage. they say that this city is on high alert after both of these incidents. >> thousands of pensioners have marched towards the greek parliament to demand their payments be raised back to pre-austerity levels. they're calling on the government to keep its promise
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to protect pensions. it's one of the first demonstrations which has put pressure on growth's government since it came to power in january. celebrating april 1st as a red-letter day the day that restrictions on the amount of dairy it can supply will be abolished. it will turn into a major miracle supplier for markets from arab to africa. >> reporter: for all of iron's ambition it is is the humble cow that looks to be a more reliable partner to economic prosper pit. in this farm the lifting of quotas is like the lifting of shackles on the amount of milk they can produce. all over rural ireland they have seen their sons and daughters
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forced to move abroad for work during the down turn. no longer. >> just goes on all over the country, every parish in the country. and there will be extra money coming into every parish in the country. >> there is no doubt of the potential hear in this country. the milk flows like water. >> going back to all the problems the irish economy has had the last few years the collapse of the banks all the austerity, the attempt toss rebuild and the idea that agriculture could be one of the foundations of a more sustainable business model. the lifting of the quotas will be helpful. >> markets beg for things like
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infant powder and cheese. >> when we bring investors from the middle east to visit our facilities. we don't bring them to our factories. the first place we bring them is down to the farms so they can see the generations of farming expertise that we have for these farms. that's the most impressive things that the international investors see the value we have on our farms. >> in dublin they're beyond excited. they insist their plans will be environmentally sustainable and won't drive farmers elsewhere out of business, and they will encourage food supply in africa. >> north africa in particular, countries that have to import a lot of their dairy products because they don't have the water to produce the dairy volumes that we have the capacity to produce. this business community
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opportunity is an exciting one and we'll take advantage of that in a way that is sustainable. >> ireland is a supporter of globalization. ireland is green wet and full of cubs. only a fool would think that there is not a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. >> we are joined by the european milk board. we can sea from that report that many people are happy about the lifting of the milk quotas in the e.u. your organization, a federation of dairy farmers around countries in europe is not happy about the lifting of the quotas. explain to us why. >> it's not so much the evolution of the milk quotas that we're worried about, but the fact that there are no market instruments to prevent deep milk price crisis in
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future. we've had already deep crisis also because of the expanding of the quota despite lack of market demand, and we've seen very low prices in 2009. price went down 30% to 50%. irish farmers who were the first to complain to the european music board that prices were too low. >> for those who don't remember because quotas were implemented just 30 years ago. in the e.u. you used to have milk legs and mountains of butter because more dairy products were being produced than demand. you mentioned ireland but germany say this will give more freedom for commercial decision making and ultimately more responsibility. isn't that the way that farmers should go now? >> well, if you just look at the futures, and how the milk is sold today then you see that we
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already have lost today only 11% the prices of butter and powder. we don't get a cost-covering price now. that's the reason that a lot of milk producers have quit, and there are not a lot of young people coming in. only 6% of the milk farmers of the farmers of europe are younger than 35 years of age. and in the netherlands it's not even 3% of the farmers who are younger than 40 years. you see there is no perspective. there is not a good income. we cannot cover the costs. that is really our biggest problem. if the dairy industry wants more milk, they can be very sure about it, but they should pay the price a and they don't do that. right now not at all. >> we'll have to see what develops in the next weeks and months. for the moment, from the europe european milk board. thankthank you for sharing your
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views with us. >> thank you. >> scientists say that the world's migrating song bird population is dieing off at an alarming rate. one reason is the shining grass towers of our modern cities. we have reports from toronto canada, on the efforts of one group of activists trying it make a difference. >> very public, not pleasant at all, but a powerful way to show how so many song birds are dying dying. volunteers for "flap" layout a grizzly display of bodies collected at the foot of sky scrapers. just a tiny fraction of those that collide with windows every year. >> everywhere they turn they're faced with some kind of threat. sadly in the urban environment everywhere they turn they can encounter a window. our goal is to try to educate and impress upon the public here is this problem and guess what, there are things you can do to resolve the problem.
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>> a new canadian documentary say that many popular species have declined by 60% 70% even 80% in the past decades. buildings and grass are a major cause, and scientists warn that the cost of so much loss will be far more than silent skies from birdsong. >> it's important for the environment. birds do tremendous work for us. they eat insects that you can't even imagine the numbers. yeah, to lose them we'll lose a little bit of ourselves. >> birds see in glass trees reflected back at them. the founder of "flap" say he was inspired by something that happened when he first started picking up dead animals 19 years ago. >> i had had a morning where i picked up so many birds that morning. one escaped in my car and
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started flying around my vehicle. he flew and perched himself on my rear view mirror, started to sing and dropped dead in my lap. that was the turning to point for me that i could not walk away from this issue. >> toronto's skyline is soaring and not all of these new glass walls will be bird friendly. still there is one unregulated cause of song bird fatalities that is tin times worse than windows:cats. house pets and feral kill 270 million birds each year in canada. campaigners and scientists say unless something is done to concern that toll, the steep decline in some of nature's best-loved creatures will only continue. >> staying with the animal kingdom, the fear of grasshoppers. if you have it, i suggest you look away now. residents in parts of brazil are battling a grasshopper invasion, possibly millions of the insects
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