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>> more fighting and more airstrikes. saudi arabia hit more targets in yemen despite announcing that it's aerial campaign had finished. >> hello i'm julie mcdonald. this is al jazeera live from london. >> when we were on the ship we had no food and no water. i only had one fish. >> with hear the story of the weekend mediterranean boat disaster. [ gunfire ] >> gun battles rage in ramadi as
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government forces try to retake the city from isil. her mother was interrogated. her four father executed, and her childhood home burned to the ground. >> hello there, a warm welcome to the program. the saudi-led coalition has launched more airstrikes in yemen despite the air complain is over. >> two other high profile
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officers. well mohammed is monitoring developments from saudi arabia close to the border with yemen. mohammed airstrikes have resumed, why? >> yes they resumeed because saudi arabia in the statement yesterday night said that there is still a line there for the houthis. if they begin to encroach mortar tore, if they begin to expand their control in new areas then there will be new strikes. so in the operation the new one it doesn't mean exactly complete stop to fighting into war. it means that now there will be less intensified operations on airstrikes. but there will be reaction and there will be intervention aim time it is necessary for the saudis and their allies. and the caughties houthies began
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there was a strike, and when they began to try to take a military base, and today not far from aden there was another strike during the day. fighting is against the houthies and the houthies have been shelling positions of hadi's troops. so it's like, you know, yes there is a new phase. it has a new name. but operations are basically continuing across the country. >> was there any element of surprise? what was the reaction on the ground? >> yes the houthies seem to be very defiant and also they're not happy with what is happening today. they said that everybody should go to september when the deal was struck and everybody should
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go back to that deal and everybody should be according to their conditions, and also there have been calls by other sides including former president ali abdullah saleh. and they can see they have gained victory in this fighting. there are reports that they're celebrating there. across the world there are different reactions. the u.s. has welcomed the stopping of the decisive storm but said that there is a lot more that should be done. and everybody should return to the negotiation table. instead of what was expected yesterday night there was a deal that we don't know about that is behind the scenes. details of what we'll see today that is clear from the situation in fighting and from the
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different reactions across the world that there is no deal that has been achieved. no deal that has been agreed upon and the situation still needs a lot of diplomacy in order to reach a kind of resolution in the country. >> no happened vall live from the country. thank you. >> italy's prime minister has called for the european union to work together to stop migrant trafficking in the past week hundreds of migrants have died after their boats sank on the journey from north africa to europe. the e.u. has agreed to invest more money in its operations in the mediterranean but they want italy to have a more visible role in sub-saharan countries. >> when a person is ready to put his life at risk because he needs to get out from a situation where he could be beheaded you can do it by
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enforcing officers in niger and sudan. you can do it by taking action in the countries in keeping ourselves even more human avoid avoiding demagoguery as options are doing. >> only 28 of the people on board the smugglers ship on sunday survived. al jazeera has spoken to one of them as 16-year-old from somalia, who is now recuperating in sicily. paul brennan has this exclusive report. >> it looks like a normal youth club. these teenageers are a lucky few who have endured hardships that few in europe can imagine. the latest to arrive here are the luckiest of all to protect his identity we're calling him jamal, he was one of just 28 survivors from last weekend's deadly sinking in the
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mediterranean. he told me there is no happiness, only al-shabab. if what he experienced at the hands of libya's people traffickers was even worse. >> the problem we face in libya was mainly around the fact that we had our money taken and we were beaten up very badly. some individuals we know died of starvation. we weren't given any food and we were constantly beaten. one time the trafficking rings was uncovered and the boss man blamed it on a woman who he beat severely. she cam back to us. she was crying. >> jamal was herded on the trafficker's boat for a journey that would turn into disaster. he said that the boat was so crowded that at one point he fell overboard and had to be dragged back in. >> when we were on the ship we had no food and no water and i only had one fish. we traveled for a day with no water and no food and then we saw the fish from europe.
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>> just as he thought they would be rescued disaster struck. >> after yell forgive help, i was underwater for five minutes thinking god god god and then i managed to swim to the surface. me and four other guys shoulded for help. >> hundreds of others weren't so lucky. the migrants had capsized in the dark out at sea and rescuers were working almost blind. >> the only thing we could see were beams of light. we had to rely on what we could hear listening out for the screams, rescuing any survivors. >> jamal feels nothing but bitterness towards the traffickers who jamal believes put the passengerrer in mortal danger. the ship's captain and mates are
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now facing charges. but jamal is already looking to the future. >> god willing i intend to bring my parents over here and i'm working hard on that. >> well, let's talk to paul brennan who is live on the southern island of sicily. hi there paul. it's a heartbreaking account when you listen to it, and yet so many desperate people are still willing to take this risk. >> yes, this is the biggest single sinking of the whole past few years. there have been numerous others involving hundreds and hundreds of victims. it just doesn't seem to be deterring the desperate migrants who are setting off not just from north africa but also from the tunisia and also from turkey as well. we had a shipwreck off the coast
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of rhodes the day before yesterday. the captain and the first mate of the boat that i was talking about in the report there their court case has begun against them. they're going to be back in court on friday where the italian authorities will be leading charges against them. the interrogation of those two men is continuing. based on the testimony of people like that 16-year-old somali boy that i spoke to there the few survivors giving first-hand attacks of the behavior of the captain, the first mates and indeed that's what the authorities will be used in how to pro seed against those against them. there have been no slowing down of the number of migrants arriving. we've had over a thousand rescued migrants finding landfall here on italian territory today. we have 446 brought in on a coast guard boat, which is half
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hour's drive south of here. we've got another 112 arrive on the island of lampedusa here. around 500 have been brought to the mainland of italy. more than 1,000 migrants are arriving here despite knowing the dangers before they set off. the desperation of these people is just extraordinary. >> and paul, of course, all eyes turn to brussels for that meeting of leaders. what kind of solution at this stage can they come up with? >> there has been a meeting of european foreign ministers earlier this week. and the ten-point plan there includes things such as strengthening the patrolling operations which have been scaled back.
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potentially doubling those operations. doubling the current level still won't bring it up to what it was last year because it's a third currently to what it was last year. matteo renzi was talking about refugee camps but it will be a tough ask there in bustles. >> thank you. >> well, we go to libyan coast. >> this facility has been turned into a holding center. it's overcrowded. the people come from ethiopia, eritrea, senegal some somalis and all of them have the same
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dream of reaching europe. now i asked several of them if they had heard what despite the threat and danger they will still take their chance if they can. and try to make it to europe. for many of these people it is the only hope for a better life. one guy guy i was speaking to said i cannot go back home. there is nothing for me. at least with that trip i do have some hope. now their situation is very dire because they don't have anything any more. the trips to reach this point are extremely danger. they left their passports. they don't have money any more. some people told me they have not spoken to their families in months. it is a very dire situation not only for them, but for the libyan authorities.
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especially this particular moment when the world attention is on this crisis. some of the people responsible of this holding center told me what do we do with them? we let them go. and then when they go, others will come, and this situation will keep on continuing unless there is an international mechanism put up in place. libyans do feel that the pointer finger is pointed at them. but they feel that it is not in their hands to control the migrants who are looking for a better life. >> the u.n. said that more than 110,000 people have fled fighting between iraqi government forces and the islamic state of iraq and levant in the city of ramadi. many of the displaced have nowhere to go. we have more now from the capital of baghdad. >> reporter: the iraqi government said that it's forces in making gains by pushing out isil fighters from areas
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surrounding the government compound in anbar's provincial capital. they've pushed isil from areas there, and mainly in the eastern parts of ramadi because a number of reasons including the enforcement sent from baghdad and also airstrikes by the international coalition as well as by the iraqi air force. now on the other hand the humanitarian situation there for people its getting worse. the number of people who fled ramadi and the surrounding areas have reached 113,000 people according to the u.n. they live in tough conditions in areas in baghdad on the outskirts of baghdad. meanwhile there has been a car bomb in baghdad and also a roadside bomb in areas to the east of baghdad. there were a number of people killed and dozens injured. >> world trade why the london
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worker in this van has been charged with a multi dollar fraud in the u.s. and the hong kong government fails to bring about vital reforms. we'll be back in a bit. am am
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>> welcome back. a reminder of those top stories here in al jazeera. battles are taking place on the ground in the yemenis border of. the saudi-led airstrikes have
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continued in yemen. italy's prime minister has called for the european union to work together to stop migrant trafficking. in the past week hundreds of migrants have died after their boats sank on the journey from north africa to europe. the u.n. said that more than 110,000 people have fled fighting between iraqi government forces and the islamic state in iraq and the levant. in the city of are a ramadi. now the trial against al jazeera journalists mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed has been adjourned in egypt. they're being retried for allegedly harming national security and aiding the banned muslim muslim brotherhood. they and al jazeera deny those accusations. proceedings will presume on april 20th. at least 17 people have been killed in bombings about syrian government planes in and around damascus.
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activists say seven of those killed were in residential areas in the suburb of douma. dozens more were injured. no. at least ten people have been killed in six attacks there. opposition activists have accused assad's forces of more than 1700 strikes across syria in the past three weeks. a man has been arrested in france who they say was planning an imminent attacks on one or more churches. the interior minister said that the 24-year-old was also accused of killing a woman on sunday. the police say that the man was also planning to travel to syria. the political science stunt had lived in france for many years. an arsenal of weapons was found in his home. the french prime minister said that the country is to unite against terror threats. >> terrorists target france to
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divide us. we must protect our nationals our citizens, and we must gather to unite to show a great determination facing this terrorist threat. now a london trader accused of fraud has been granted bail. it was set at $8 million and his passport was taken away. the trader is accused of making millions of dollars for himself in the years before his arrest. jonah hull sprains. >> making his first court appearance in london, he was told he would face a full extradition hearing in august. he was released on bail of $8 million. the 36-year-old financial trader is charged in the united states with commodities fraud and market manipulation that significantly contributed they say, to a multi billion wall street crash in a single day in
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may 2010. according to u.s. regulators and the department of justice he operated an one-man trading company from this anonymous west london house opposite his parents' home not far from heathrow airport. here's it's alleged he used computer algorithms on a massive scale. analysts say that this was not an isolated incident. >> i would suggest that most high-frequency traders operate on a scale far larger than one individual in the west of london. we know regulators have been looking at the ways it's alleged they have manipulate markets. but the problem is that they trade in fractions minuscule fractions, thousands of a thousands of a thousand of a second automatic trades, and their orders are put in and pulled back in tiny fractions of a second so it's almost
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encomprehensible. >> he made fake trades. sometimes many thousands of them in a single day. this effectively calmed the market saying that there were multiple at the same time driving shares down. and then they would buy up shares at low prices and then the market would improve. it's known as spoofing, and it's resulted in enormous profits $40 million between 2010 and and 2014. there is little to show for any of that on this unassuming suburban london road. he said that he'll contest the request for his extradition to the united states. jonah hull. al jazeera london. >> the e.u. has charged russia's biggest energy provider for abusing it's place in the
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marketplace. if the charges stick the energy giant could risk fines as high as 10% of the company's over all sales. the gazprom said that e.u. claims are unfounded. >> russian's foreign minister sergei lavrov said that the european union has unfairly back dated these charges and it helps to resolve in an inter governmental level. it has ten weeks to respond to the charges. it can, of course, appeal to the courts. if unsuccessful its running into huge fines. the european union is taking a big gamble in doing this.
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as. well knows russia's main export is fossil fuels and if go after the companies that are responsible for those exports then in effect you're going after the russian state itself. >> that was roy challands reporting there. now corruption charges, hundreds rallied against what they say is a witch-hunt aimed at the former leadership. the economic development minister during his brother's presidency. he's accused of financial irregularities in a poverty alleveiation program run by his brother's presidency. protesters in hong kong say that beijing-backed proposals will not allow for free
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elections. >> it has deeply divided people of hong kong. it shut down parts of the city including here in the financial district. now today those protesters returned for another round of demonstrations. security was forced to step in, and central to the government's plan is ruling out free election in 2017 instead allowing for china or the national people's congress to vet those candidates. the executives say that this is a milestone for hong kong. >> this resolution is a huge step in promoteing the democratic development of hong kong. >> but pro-democracy lawmakers vowed to veto the plan and walked out in protest. the two-thirds majority, if it's to get past, today it does not
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have the numbers. they started a campaign where they'll visit various districts across the city to try to get the people on board before the vote in july. >> britain's failure to investigate the role of its army in a 1948 massacre in malaysia is being challenged in a supreme court case. relatives of 24 victims of the killings want the british government to be held accountable. they told the court that britain has the responsibility under the convention of human rights to commission an independent inquiry. johnny angela has more now from london. >> reporter: at 78, her memory isn't what it used to be, but one memory is crystal clear. as an 11-year-old in the village british forces forced her into a truck as she was driven away she heard shots as her father was executed and watched as her childhood home was burned to the ground. she has come to the u.k. to
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demand an apologize from the british government. >> i definitely have a responsibility not only to my father but also to the others who died horribly. not of them had been given food before they were killed. their bodies were left in the hot sun for seven days. it was horrible. they were lying down in a road like blanks. their bodies were all bloated. >> in 1948 britain was battling communist fighters during the so-called ma layan emergency. the official british line is that the unarmed men were shot trying to escape. at the time the killings with the trade is a military victory. but in 1970 six of the soldiers involved confessed to murdering the villagers in cold blood. two investigations followed but both were blocked by the british government. their lawyers argued that if the u.k. was liable for these deaths that liability fell away with independence in 1957, a weak
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argument said the lawyer representing the survivors. >> britain had a legal responsibility for the people that were killed. this was a british-protected state, and britain's role there was to protect its nationals and the people who were killed were british subjects. >> in statement the ministry of defense said that this was a deeply regrettable incident. it would not be appropriate to comment further whilst legal proceedings are on going. some have waited 60 years for the apology. others have since died. this woman is determined to see justice in her lifetime. judges here could take months to make a decision. but if they do order the government to further investigate what happened, it could open the floodgates to other historical incidents both british security forces have shot civilians.
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forcing the question to what extent should the military be subject to human rights laws? al jazeera london. >> and you can find out much more on our website. the address for that is we'll be back. >> less than a day after promising an end to the air campaign saudi airstrikes, houthi rebels and yemen. new calls for an end in the fighting. the migrant debate, new steps to stop the flow across the mediterranean as even more arrive in italy. and accused of breaking the rules, a russian energy giant crushes the opposition