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>> welcome to the news hour live from doha. saudi t.v. says houthi rebelsn after more airstrikes. >> celebration in iran over a framework deal on iran says nuclear program. israel said the agreement threatens its existence. >> despair and grief kenya vows it will not be intimidated after
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a shabab attack kills 147 people at university. >> we go along for a ride in what's called the vehicle of the future. >> let's start the news hour in yemen where the saudi-led coalition is bombarding targets in aden including the airport. the saudis are air dropping arms to anti houthi fighters in the city. the airstrikes began just over a week ago march 26. on monday. the saudi's imposed a naval blockade on yemen's ports to prevent the houthis from arming. an attack on a camp killed at least 29 people, including more than a dozen children. on thursday, houthi fighters took over president hadi's palace in aden. now the houthis retreated from
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that palace after more saudi-led airstrikes. we have the latest. >> fighting raged all night in aden as saudi-led coalition jets formed houthi forces and their allies in and around the airport. committees loyal to president adou rabbo mansour hadi are engaged in street battles in aden. saudi t.v. says a number of airstrikes forced the rebels and forces loyal to topple would president ali abdullah saleh to leave their presidential palace a day after they captured it. >> this is only a gimmick. they cannot keep that. they were just on top of the mountains and i'm sure they will be on the run. aden is a peninsula and these people are blocked within the city limits. they are really hitting at civilians from the top of the
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hills where they are remaining there. >> despite the ninth day of the aerial campaign, the houthis and their allies are fighting back. the saudi's could be now using another tactic to fight the houthis, a local t.v. station said these pictures show boxes that weapons and ammunitions dropped by the saudi-led coalition jets to forces backing penalty hadi in the city. the fight for yemen could be a long one and the number of casualties continues to grow. the u.n. says it's concerned. >> i call on all parties involved to meet obligations under international law and do their utmost to protect the ordinary women children and men. reports from humanitarian partners in different parts of the country indicate that some 519 people have been killed and nearly 1700 injured. >> china has sent one of its naval ships to aid to know evacuate 225 chinese and foreign
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nationals. millions of yemenis remain stranded. >> turkey has offered to provide logistical support. the prime minister said the entire region needs to keep an eye on the region. >> we need to pay attention to the fact that the region needs protection. this is a very clear sense that we have and it's based on basic principles. >> good to have you with us, muhammed. quite clear from reports the images we're seeing, airstrikes alone are not stopping the houthis from their ability to march into aden, correct? >> from the latest development we're hearing that's a fact. the airstrikes have never been enough. if you look at the history of wars airstrikes have never been so decisive in finishing wars, particularly when you have a
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country like yemen mountainous and the houthis are easily blending with the population whenever they want, and so they have the support of almost the entire yemeni army, talking about all the supporters of ali abdullah saleh because he that been recruiting only during the last few decades recruiting his army only from the yazidis. we have two powers helping each other here. >> you're saying a ground operation becomes more urgent from the saudi-led coalition. >> and the them knee foreign minister has been reiterate that go exactly saying that the airstrikes will not -- however let's say here that see how the two sides are playing the saudis and allies thinking that they need time and putting troops on the ground now could be dang be russ for those troops so they are probably beth on more strikes more weakening of the defenses of the houthis and saleh's troops. they know they can't finish this war successfully without putting
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troops on the ground. >> we also have been can go the question what's the strategy by the saudi led campaign, but has is the houthi strategy? >> attrition and defiance. by defiance they think if they take aid that, they prove that the saudis are failing in this cam page, and that the people who have the upper hand actually are the people who are on the ground. as i said in those mountains among the population and so on. they are somehow telling the aliance and saudis that they are failing in this effort. also the houthis have a strategy attrition. we have seen them go to the borders trying to repeat the scenario of 2009 when they equally controlsed the border into and you had rain and took several villages. finally, forcing the saudis to try to find a deal or truce with them so defiance an aden,
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attrition on the border and attrition by prolonging this war and striking in many areas. they think that just because this is the only thing they have they can't actually defeat aircraft in the air but they can prolong it, drive it longer, also bet on the killing of more civilians and they think that that may create that clash by the yemenese and by the international community against the aliance and its efforts to defeat them. >> always good to get your thoughts and analysis. thank you so much. >> president obama says a deal with iran will make the world a safer place. we'll be getting reaction on the framework agreement from washington d.c., west jerusalem and the saudi city of jeddah in a few minutes. >> first returning home to tehran to this, celebrating crowds there. some opponents to the deal in iran say it favors the west and
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is a disaster for iran. zarif claims it's a win-win situation for both sides. >> i hope that at the end of this process, we will although that true dialogue and engagement with dignity, we can in fact resolve problems, open new horizons and move forward. >> three months of intense negotiations will now begin to turn this graham work deal into something more concrete. what will the main points be? we take a look at the arsenal in question. >> nuclear facilities would be kept open but under the strict production limits. only the facilities in tehran will be used to produce uranium. the enrichment site will be convert into a technology research center. to make a nuclear bomb, uranium
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would have to be enriched to 90%. iran agreed to three pointed 67% for at least 15 years. during that time, it would cut 98% of its stockpile of low enriched uranium from 10,000 kilograms to 300 kilograms. all this to end sanctions that have cost iran more than $100 billion in lost foreign investment and oil revenue since 2010 according to a comprehensive report. >> the lifting of sanctions is expected to bring in $1.5 billion in oil income a mount, but some conservatives in iran say too many concessions were made. the u.s. penalty however has hailed the talks. >> this framework would cut off every pathway that iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon. iran will face strict limitations on its program and ran has also agreed to the most
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robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history. >> but this framework still isn't binding. months of grueling negotiations lie ahead. all parties have until june 30 to reach a final agreement and all sanctions an iran remain in place until then. >> lets go live now to patty calhane in washington d.c. what is congress angling for? >> they want a power of the veto but ultimately on the conservative side, their goal is to kill any sort of deal with the p5 plus one in iran. they're in recent right now missing this fabulous rainy day in washington. they'll be gone for a couple of weeks. we've heard from republicans. on the first day back, they will introduce legislation that in
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effect gives congress a final say. they can say yes or no to the deal. it would also limit what the president would do. basically saying he could not lift any sanctions for 60 days. republicans we've seen have come out with scathing comments critical of the deal. democrats, though, many say let's wait and see we want to hear more. that's what matters to the white house. if the bill passes and it seems likely it will, the president will veto it. it comes down to a handful of democrats in the senate that they will stick with the president. one of the biggest concerns from members of both parties they don't believe ran can be trusted. here's what the president had to say... >> the international community agreed to relief from certain sanctions for iran. our own sanctions and international sanctions imposed by that the united nations security council. this relief will be phased at ran takes steps to adhere to the
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deal. if iran violates the deal, sanctions can be snapped back into place. >> the biggest argument he's making is to the american people challenging them to challenge members of congress. he says if they don't like this deal then they should have their own option, and he's saying if they don't they're really talking about another war in the middle east. >> all right thanks so much, patty. >> israeli is criticizing the deal too, benjamin netanyahu saying it is a threat to survival. >> the cabinet is united in strongly opposing the proposed deal. this deal would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world and threaten the very survival of the state of israel. the deal would not shut down a single nuclear facility in iran, would not destroy a single centrifuge in iran, and will not
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stop r. and d. on iran's advanced centrifuges. >> we all know netanyahu is not happy about even the prospect of a deal with iran. what's the strategy now for netanyahu that it seems a deal is coming together? >> i think what mr. netanyahu is going to try to do is encourage his allies in the united states, particularly those within the republican party to continue to pressure the white house and indeed try to scuffle the deal. mr. netanyahu will no doubt continue the rhetoric we've heard for quite some time. we have to bear in mind that mr. netanyahu has been criticizing any deal with iran, or at least warning the world as he sees it, the threat of iran oh for years now. he has made two speeches to the
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u.s. congress, most recently a month ago. he has spoken to the u.n. general assembly. all of those speeches were about this threat to iran. now here we are with the framework agreement and mr. netanyahu saying very much the same, that this deal not only threatens in his words the middle east or the world but it threatens the very existence as he put it of israel, so he most certainly is going to carry on with this rhetoric, most certainly is going to continue to criticize this deal, and its of course very clear that not only mr. netanyahu is unhappy with this deal, so, too is his security cabinet, as well. >> we'll leave it there for now. let's get more on this deal now. he's editor at large for the sawed gas set in jeddah. good to have you with us. of course saudi arabia also one of the gulf countries that will be impacted by any deal. how is this being received
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inside saudi arabia? it's a deal between two sovereign countries. if it results in a sense of security and stability, so be it. we are all for peace. we have had too many wars around us but at the same time, i think iran should make its intention very clear to the gulf states and have a dialogue with them that in no way this deal would effect or be detrimental to the safety and security of the gulf. >> do you think what we know from the details in this deal, has enough been put in place to allay any saudi security concerns? >> yes i had a very cursory look at the deal. it's fragile at the moment. i think it's if the security details, if the inspection
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details are very strong and put in place on paper it looks sound. it's up to the iranian government now to sound out to the people in the area this this is going to be for peace. i think if iran is going to go for nuclear purposes, it's within its rights, but at the same time, the noises coming out of tehran for the past few years were a built frightening to the people around, so i think it's now up to iran to explain to its neighbors that all that is going to happen now is for its own needs, energy needs. >> some commentators from the gulf and saudi arabia have said if iran ends up in a situation where it's allowed to enrich uranium, maybe other gulf states should be pushing for those
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rights too. do you think this kind of deal we will increase that pressure for saudi arabia or other gulf countries or arab countries to go down that route. >> well, i think nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is all right. i mean, that said, i don't think there's going to be like if you have it, we'll have it. each country has its own needs has got its own views and certain points. i think the saudi's would need energy, they would go for anything whether solar or nuclear, but it's not because iran has it or we do not want, the saudi said it openly do not want an arms race and do not want anything that will affect the security of the area. >> all right thanks so much. >> going home at last, being forced to work without pay. we'll have the details. >> blame it on the weatherman
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and prime minister. why india's farmers are having a tough time. june sport coming up later. ken in a says it will not be intimidated after a is that bob attack at university killing 147. gunman from the armed group attacked garissa university in the northeast. many students were wounded and the government has imposed a curfew in the region. malcolm webb joins is live from garissa. a day full of very painful tasks for relatives of some of those killed and wounded in that attack. tell us what they're going through. june that's right. it was here it all started at the entrance to the university. we've seen quite a few people
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coming in and out today, they are survivors people collecting possessions, putting them on some pickups or ambulances and other vehicles and taking them away. they're being taken to other parts of the country. we understand that most bodies are being taken to nairobi where familles are being told to come there to identify their loved ones and collect them. meanwhile, here the forensic investigation have been going on people waiting to see when they will learn more exactly what happened inside and answer some of of the questions that aren everyone's minds. one thing people are wondering about is why more wasn't done for their security before and if more will be done for their security now. that's something the government promises it will address. the president has said that 10,000 more police officers are going to be trained in the coming months. >> all right thanks so much, malcolm web there. we'll have more on this story coming up on our news hour,
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we'll speak to security experts in the kenyan capitol on how the attack was allowed to happen. >> china chargedding its former security chief with corruption. he is accused of bribery abuse of power and leaking state secrets. he's the highest ranking communist party official to be prosecuted in 35 years. our correspondent adrian brown reports. >> on state television, a keenly anticipated announcement. confirmation that a once feared and powerful politician will stand trial. he controlled the countries domestic security agency and had files on anyone that mattered. before his retirement, he'd been a member of the countries top decision making body, a position that in theory made him untouchable. analysts say his mistake was to try to undermine the president
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just before his election two and a half years ago. >> obviously it is a political power struggle, but the government is using criminal charges to get rid of him. >> when he does finally make an appearance it will be in a court in the nearby city, possibly in a few weeks time. it's a scene that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago since never before has such a high-rankling government official been treated this way. >> his public disgrace follows the down fall of another high profile poll significance serving a life sentence for corruption. the charges against him are much more serious as they include leaking state secrets. >> i think many want him to die. this all depends on a political need or fell cooperate with the government during the trial. >> it's still unclear whether his abrupt demise will mark the climax of the anti corruption
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campaign or whether even more powerful figures could be next. so far that campaign has ensnared more than 100,000 communist party officials, as well as senior generals in the people's liberation army. the penalty's warned he'll continue going after tigers and flies, referring to low and high ranking finishes and they don't get much higher than this. adrien brown, al jazeera beijing. >> a professor of history in chinese politics says these charges will be seen as a victory for the president. >> this is a major water shed in the penalty's effort to sensitize public administration and promote clean government, because nobody so senior since the end of the cultural revolution has been prosecuted with an economic crime. looking ahead the anti corruption campaign may pick up
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further speed and substance and we expect at least two or three more former members to be prosecuted. this is a big victory for the president. after this, his power and authority will reach his climax and he will be considered as the second most powerful leader after mao sestong. >> the u.s. state of california is entering it's fourth consecutive year of drought. some say it could run out of water in a year. the governor ordered residents and businesses to cut water use
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by 25%. legislation has also been fast tracked to provide $1 billion in relief funds. the current drought has cost the agricultural sector more than $2 billion and nearly 17,000 farmers have lost their jobs. let's get some more weather now with everton here. any relief to those suffering the drought in california? >> we will see rain to the north, but we need bucket loads of rain to ease this drought. this is awful. take a look at satellite picture. i'm afraid the real rain, the proper weather is on the other side of the country. we've got massive downpours across the plains towards the appalachians. the thunder just erupting, very active system this one. could see a tornado over the next 24-36 hours as the system moves through. california nothing there largely clear skies. up towards the pacific
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northwest, that could bring the rainfall we're talking about there, just northern parts of the state as we go through the next days. the remainder of friday, we go for the heavy rain, big thundery showers continuing, oklahoma into new england to the roads of canada. that will sweep through. looking pretty good as we go on into the easter weekend then, not too bad here. further north there's yet more snow in the forecast. the winter refuses to go away. central pass looking fine and dry. we've got snow coming across the canadian rockies. here comes a little area of rain sneaking into the pacific northwest. that will sink southwards and east. >> the indiana government reissued an order that makes it easier for big developers to acquire land. critics say the prime minister's
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policy hurts farmers and the frustration has been compounded by unfortunately rain which is damaging crops. >> this harvest season is full of discontempt. last month storms destroyed 70% of his wheat crop. he says what's left of his plot will be just enough to feed his family. >> our situation has gotten worse, but what can we do? we farmers don't have anyone to turn to and don't have faith in the government. we have to survive on our own. the best way we can. >> according to india's weather bureau, last momentum was the wettest march in 100 years.
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>> farmers are counting losses. this unfortunately weather is one more challenge in increasingly difficult times. >> he and his neighbors think they've lost nearly $100,000 worth of crops. they say the damage caused by unpredictable weather is harder to bear in light of what union groups describe as the prime minister's anti farmer policies. >> today in villages, everyone is criticizing the new government and if they try to take our land, it will lose our support. >> the prime minister is facing criticism for trying to change land laws, making it easier to acquire land like this for development. some observers say previous governments, like the united progressive aliance or u.p.a. coalition, which governed india
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for 10 years until may last year did little to better the lives of farmers. >> the neglect of rural india has been a concern not just with the modi government, it goes back. the small difference is that the you're peep governments at least paid lip service to those issues. this government seems to not be interested in that. the land ordinance is one very serious example of that. >> he doesn't just want the indian government to come to his rescue. he wants it to better appreciate what his land means to the economy, because ultimately, he says it's farmers like him who will feed a growing and prosperous india. al jazeera, new delhi. >> still ahead on the news hour. >> i'm tim friend in what's being described as the most desperate town in poland, where the best prospect for many is the road out of town.
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built for business. >> welcome back. there's been intense street fighting in aden. 12 houthi fighters have been kid in an attack on the airport.
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earlier, saudi-led airstrikes forced a who houthi retreat. >> celebration in iran over a framework deal on its nuclear program. opponents say it was a bargain for the west and disaster for iran. israel said it threatens its existence. >> despair and grief kenya vows it will not be intimidated after a shabab attack at university killed 147 people. the president vowed to crack down on terrorism in the country. >> the attack in garissa is the latest episode in kenya's struggle with shabab. thein 2013, fighters besieged the west gate mall and killed 67. last year 100 were left dead.
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in november, shabab fighters highjacked a bus and shot dead 28 people. senior research beer at the institute for security studies in nairobi joins us now live. good to have you with us. how much has been learned, how much changes have there been since the 2013 west gate mall attack in the there was supposed to be a briefing was there not of the security approach. >> we haven't seen quite a lot of changes that has happened in the security approach in terms of the fight against terrorism. this is the kind of concern that we have. they are still asking many questions. when west gate happened, there has never been closure on the issues so that kenyans can have
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complete confidence that security has improved in the country. we haven't seen that. instead, we have seen statements and statementing being made by senior government officials including the president himself who has spoken on not less than four occasions not only condemning the incidence of terrorist attacks but assuring everything will be done to secure the country and ensure kenyans. this is not happening. al shabab is getting brave day by day and making statements not just to the kenyan government, but the people of kenya. this is an intimidating incident that we saw particularly the one that happened yesterday. it is very chilling, very horrifying. it is a terrifying incident that
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should not happen. we want to take this opportunity to console those who last their lives. we want to appeal to the government moving forward that the real incident here that needs to be dealt with in a more pragmatic, holistic way. >> where we seeing attacks like this galvanizing public opinion rallies public opinion behind the intervention force in somalia or are they prompting debate and questions amongst kenyans as to why they're involved in somalia? there hasn't been any meaningful public debate about kenya's involvement in somalia in terms of what is happening now but we see a sense in which this is driving some sense of nationalism in kenya and a sense of rallying behind
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government intervention. we see also, views coming from the opposition, particularly that is demanding air withdrawal from somalia. for us, in the security sector, we do not think that we drawing from somalia -- >> it is the solution. i'm afraid we are running out of time. we're going to have to leave it there, thank you so much. >> at least five have been killed in an explosion in northeastern nine outside a bus station. a representative from the drivers union said it was caused by an explosive left beside the bus. 15 others were injured. >> nigeria's newly elected penalty said boko haram is the countries biggest problem. many hope muhammedu buhari's background will help the government defeat the armed group.
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>> when president elect muhammedu buhari gave his victory acceptance speech, he reiterated one of his top election campaign pledges, eliminate boko haram and tackle insecurity. on the same day, chad's army said its forces had killed hundreds of boko haram fighters. it was a reminder to the incoming approximate the that the group may still be a problem. this man should know, he's a former soldier who was on the front line fighting boko haram in december last year. he says the military did not provide soldiers with weapons. the military say he disobeyed orders and failed to perform his military duties. >> first and foremost, you need to boost the morale of the soldiers, because i think those
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are the instruments, those are the weapons that the militaries are using. if you're human resources are -- >> there are other problems muhammedu buhari will have to tackle. >> hundreds of soldiers have been sacked, more than 50 face charges of mutiny when fighting boko haram and a dozen senior soldiers face corruption charges. >> many think muhammedu buhari's background as an army general will help. some worry he might not be the right man for the job. >> while he was in office 30 years ago, it was a repressive regime, and we're concerned that in dealing with the boko haram insurgency, the tendency to want to use the same iron-handedness that existed at that time to
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deem with this insurgency we believe will be counter productive. >> muhammedu buhari said he'll start by taking stock of all the efforts to fight insecurity and understand why some are not working before revealing his plan. nigerians in affected areas wait for greater safety. al jazeera, nigeria. >> al jazeera has taken legal action to release it's staff in nigeria. they've been held in a hotel in the northeastern city since last tuesday. >> indonesia announced hundred was foreign fisherman forced to work with little or no pay will be allowed to go home. an associated press investigation found the men were being held against their will on the side. some were kept in cages. we have this update.
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>> excitement here in the far east of indonesia. it seems that the indonesian government announced to all these people from cambodia thailand and laos that they can go home. the stories they have been telling are horrific. they are talking about abuse about very bad labor conditions. they've been working on these ships for many, many hours, for many, many days without hardly any rest, food and even worse, hardly any pay. there was no salary. they just got some handouts, so now they are really, really excited to go home. when they heard they were going to go home, immediately they went to the boat and this is what they took from the boat. this is what they've been living off for the last years, some have been here for 10 years, five years and wanting to go home. when they were sent to
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indonesia, they had no idea they were going to work here. they were applying for jobs in myanmar. they thought they were going to thailand. they contacted an agent and they were sent here for this fishery company here in indonesia. the government says after speaking to them, it was clear forced labor. this group is here from cambodia and they also are going home. from thailand, laos. it is estimated 4,000 of them are in this area of indonesia. in this particular part, this particular company, there's a few hundred. the government is going to take as many as they can to another port closer and then they will hand them over to the government of myanmar, cambodia and all the countries that they are coming from.
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>> the second black box of the germanwings plane confirms the crash was deliberate. the investigation agency understands the co pilot repeatedly sell rated the plane as it went down. he used the automatic pilot to steer it into the alps. he researched suicide methods just days before he crashed the plane. >> the humanitarian situation in east he were ukraine is worsening. the organization for security and cooperation in europe says many villages are without water and power and clinics in donetsk lack supplies. more than 5,000 people have been killed sings the conflict started a year ago. >> in poe land, the populations in some cities are shrinking at away alarming rate.
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dwindling birth rates and lack of jobs are having a devastating impact. tim friend reports from one of those places, the southern polish town. >> it's an emotional scene that's played out daily at the bus station. another young worker is leaving town, one of thousands who have said goodbye. the town has shrunk by 50,000 people over the last 20 years. in tears, the 23-year-old samantha is on her way to london and a job in a hotel. >> sad to leave your friends? >> yes, i leave my friends. terrible for me. >> it's very hard. >> i may cry, maybe. >> quite tough. >> yes. >> some of samantha's friends say they plan to follow her soon. >> as she sets off for london, she's among thousands of young
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polish people who are flooding out of the country, and the politicians don't seem to be able to do anything to stop the flow. >> as a result, the birth rate is plummeting, the children's playgrounds are often empty. a short distance away is another reason the area is dying. there used to be six coal mines here, now jus one is left to compete against cheaper, far eastern competition. locals scavenge for scraps of coal and the old miner settlements are in disrepair. church congregations like the town are aging. more are dying here than being born, so who will care for the elderly? this family is typical, the daughter lives in germany with her husband. they are only back for a short visit. >> it's becoming a town of
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pensioners and closed mines. if the young keep leaving, there will be an abyss. >> the european union just announced a massive aid package for the region of more than $100 million. the hope is to attract more high tech industry, but if that fails, it could lose another 60,000 people in the coming decades. >> the situation is very difficult. all we can do is slow down the negative trends, but we cannot stop them. >> in the meantime, there will be more goodbyes at the bus station, and more polls contributing to other country's economies, but not their own. tim friend, al jazeera, poland. >> for only the second time this century, the christian remembrance of good friday in celebration of the jewish passover are on the same day. while christians remember the crucifix of jeez, jews will sit down for the first are sadr of
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passover. christian pilgrims gathered at the church of the holy sepulcher for good friday. the church is opened for worshipers. christians believe it stands on the site of the crucifix, resurrection and burial of jesus. >> in sport celebrating another achievement, coming up shortly.
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>> welcome back, france's house of parliament passed a law banning fashion models who are too thin. agents and the fashion houses that hire skinny models could be jailed for six months and fined. the levels at which a model is deemed to be too thin is yet to be set. it will be based on body mass index, based on weight and height. a similar measure in 2008 failed to get approved. >> plastic garbage is thrown away every day. one company has found a creative way to recycle turning waste into fashion accessories. >> this is how most people buy drinking water in ghana. these are cheap and convenient, but often litter the streets.
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a company collects about 200 tons a month and processes them. workers clean them, dry them and then they get creative. they produce bags and other accessories, which they sell to customers all over the world. it's a social enterprise trying to raise awareness about the effect upon the environment. >> shopping bags made from them, if people used them going to the market or to the stares every time thrilled reduce the amount of disposable thin plastic bags which they are using all the time. here you buy a bottle of water in a store and they'll put a plastic bag around it. we're trying to change that. >> they are using the plastic from discarded billboards to make colorful products. what they're able to collect is
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a fraction of the waste. >> the plastic waste ends up in dumping grounds. it's carried out to sea and ends up washed back to shore. >> beaches that would otherwise be tourist tractions are being spoiled. it can take up to 1,000 years for this plastic to degrade. campaigners say unless attitudes change fast, the damage done now will affect the country for many generation. al jazeera ghana. >> let's catch up with all the sports news. >> tennis to start the lineup for the w.t.s. in miami final confirmed, no surprise that it features world number one snatching up the last available spot. she was supposed to have played at indians wells in the california desert last month but williams suffered injury. this time around, the defending champion has a win.
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her next opponent. this is her dispatching of the german athlete. the new word rankings are released on monday. >> serena is really an aggressive player. she return good, serve good, but, you know, if i play with her and i try to do my best and enjoy the final. >> the men will continue a push for the place in the miami final. world number one djokovic sealed his last place against the
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spaniard who was celebrating his 33rd birthday. recovering to win 7-5 he won the second, as well. his bid to become the winner of three in a row is still very much on track. >> hopefully the conditions will be slower and i can get returns back in play and get into the rallies and just play the way i played. it definitely is going to be a close one. >> passage to the semifinals came at the expense the american too strong for his japanese opponent. >> in golf, the women's world number one scripted another chapter in the sports history book. she is only 17 and currently the world number one has scored one under par in the opening round of the first major of the season
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in california. she's equaling the lgpa tour record of under par rounds. however her main focus is catching up with the lady who leads the event by one shot. >> today, i was so busy trying to make up or down or trying to make a two putt or birdies. i really wasn't hitting my driver well and here the rough can get pretty thick. when you're in that position, a record was the last thing i was thinking about. two really good birdies i made and i got back to under par. >> a record in the men's american scott grouping the headlines. he leads the field by one shot. the big one the masters taking
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place next week. rio de janeiro mayor moved quickly to calm fierce a layoff of construction workers could cause delays to the olympic games. 1,000 more expected to lose their jobs. the construction firm claims it is due to cash flow problems. the city's mayor promised that the work will be completed on time. >> the houston rockets have found themselves in the lead, beating the dallas mavericks to move into the number two playoff spot. houston now half game ahead of memphis while the golden state warriors continue to lead the way in the west. >> the st. louis blues are
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headed to the nfl playoffs, managing to snap a three-game losing streak over the calgary flames. the whip gives the blues and their fans plenty to cheer about. for sal gar require it's the sixth straight definite. the boston bruins eventually winning 3-2, to. >> the tampa bay lightning team have come up with a way of ensuring home ice advantage announcing that first round tickets will only be sold to florida residents. only credit cards registered to
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florida will be able to buy tickets. more on >> the automotive industry is on the cusp of a breakthrough, a car driven by a computer has successfully made a coast-to-coast trip across the u.s. we have a report. you won't be seeing driverless cars just yet. >> the idea of a self driving car isn't new. the technology that seems so futuristic in the 1980's television show" knight right" is closer to reality. this ordinary looking audi just completed the first coast-to-coast road trip in the united states by an automated vehicle, a driver with the ability to override the system always at the wheel. 99% of the driving of the done by computer. >> the human element in the driving equation is the weakest
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ling. 90% of accidents are caused by human error. >> the auto supplier that equipped the vehicle may be celebrating, but many car enthusiasts are not quite ready to give up control of the wheel. >> you don't like the idea of the car -- >> no! >> why? >> i trust just myself with my life. >> the enjoyment of a car is really driving it. >> only five states have laws on the books dealing with driverless cars. sceptics say insurance and liability issues also have to be worked out. >> they still have many, many things that they cannot do, can't drive in heavy rain and snow. they have trouble if i hold my hand up and try to give directions if i'm a traffic cop stop this kind of thing. they can't do it. >> the days of self driving cars may be close but they're not quite here yet. you won't find models ready for rush hour here at the new york international auto show, but we
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are seeing lots of driver assistance features, like this with pedestrian detection cameras to alert drivers when pedestrians get too close. >> from vehicles that warn drivers when they veer out of their lane. >> we've included the radar sensors here. >> to those that park themselves self driving technologies are making it into the mainstream. >> our approach by doing a stepped introduction of these technologies to get people comfortable is going to allow is us to move that final water shed moment for a fully autonomous car. >> the auto industry is heading that direction just don't count within clever conversation with your car just yet. >> surely he doesn't plan to ram us. >> stay with us here on al jazeera. we've got another full bulletin of news coming up in just a couple of minutes. of course there is always our website if you want to stay up to date with all the developments.
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