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♪ >> hello, i'm martine dennis. also to come on the program. a cease-fire on two fronts in syria appears to have ended as talks between warring factions collapse. 70 years since japan surrendered to end the second world war. plus... >> in argentina where thousands of homes like this one have been
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evacuated. after the river that is about two blocks away flooded this area. >> forces in yemen are making significant progress against houthi rebels in the south of the country. they're advancing on taiz, the third largest city, and they're in full control of other province. five of yemen's provinces in the south are now held by pro government forces. we have the latest on the advance. >> taking control. reaching for the main security in the city of taiz. >> they've been able to defeat houthi rebels in recent days.
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on saturday they announced they had managed to expel the houthis and their allies after similar victories earlier this week. these fighters, however, are not content. they say they'll continue the fighting until they're in full control. >> we're all working together and now focus our attention on liberating the government. >> 18 houthi rebels were killed in the battle in the city of taiz and 30 others were injured. almost every building appears to be damaged. momentum has been on the side of pro government forces since they managed to recapture the port city of aden. they have provided armored personnel carriers, and
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logistical support to the forces. with all this destruction and the extreme poverty faced by most people here it's still not clear who will help rebuild the homes and lives of yemenis when all of this is over. >> are a cease-fire on two front lines in syria. one in idlib province in the north. talks between rebel forces on the one hand and the syrian army and hezbollah on the other collapsed without reaching a deal providing safe passage in exchange for the evacuation of the mainly shia population. we're monitoring developments from across the border in beir
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beirut. >> in the negotiations they have said they will no longer abide by the cease-fire. a few days ago a cease-fire was reached on two front lines in syria. one in the north and one in the damascus country side. and the warring parties were involved in the negotiations that would have seen the rebel fighters get safe passage to leave the town of the damascus countryside in exchange civilians in the villages--these are two shia villages. they would be evacuated. from what we understand is that the government has another demand, and that was not just 9 fighters that they would have to leave, but the civilians as well for the opposition that means depopulating an area and changing the domography. the negotiations were really about a population that would be unprecedented. yet we've seen people being displaced from one area to
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another, and we've seen the different parties trying to carve out different zones. but this would be a deliberate agreement to swap populations to allow the shias who are in idlib. they've been holding out even though much of idlib province is now with the rebels. they would leave, and the sunni population lead to the rebel controlled north. now these negotiations, they're now over, and what we're secting over the next few days is even more battles in both these areas. >> lebanese authorities say the detained fugitives has been on the run since union 30, 2013. that's when there was a two-day battle with the lebanese army. the circumstances of his arrest are so far unclear.
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>> in britain and veterans of world war ii are commemorating a victory over japan. it includes a service and laying of wreaths in remembrance of those who fought and died in the war. more than 7,000 britains were killed in the conflict with japan. simon mcgregor wood in london sends us this report. >> the commemoration is taking place here. one of the most famous ceremonial locations. this service with plenty of pomp and circumstance and perhaps dozens and dozens of survivors, veterans of the fighting in the far east against the japanese. it's important to remember that the collective british memory of that conflict is a little more
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complex than the one against the germans in the clear sense of triumphantism. in the war in the far east it was more complicated. it was fought some would say to defend i am pee imperialism. it is the last generation in which significant numbers of veterans were able to attend and tell their own story about the difficult an. >> the italian navy said that 40
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migrants have died when the boat sank in the mediterranean. officials were able to rescue 500 people north of libya. the mediterranean has become the most dangerous border zone for migrants. the director of a foundation that helps migrants settle in disserves. he said the causes are not just for europe but that it's an issue that the international community needs to address. >> the point hits home when you spend time at sea. you see these people. you talk to these people. yoit's really a human tragedy that needs to be addressed. we would like to think, we think it's a global issue that
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requires global solution. people are crossing because they feel they simply have no option. what we say is that saving lives at sea is not the solution. people do not deserve to die at sea. as a start whether it's europe or whoever it is, whether it's civil society, we all need to come together and work together and asure short-, medium, and long-term help. no matter what, people cannot die out at sea. fully aware that saving lives at sea is not the solution, but it is the most immediate. >> migrants throwing stones and beating each other as they try to leave the island.
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>> people are angry for mainly afghanistan, pakistan and iran. they have become frustrated that syrians are given priorities to board a ship because of the war in their country. still to come, fears of contamination. thpeople in the area of the deadly blast in china are told to get out of the area. working hard to protect manila's heritage site.
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nine street i had to get out of the car because they blocked the roads. i asked them what was going on. they said it's still dangerous inside, and you can't enter. >> just now the police officers said that everyone has to go over there as they fight the fire. >> the death toll has been rising each day and more than 20 killed so far are firefighters. but many more are missing and angry family members who have been shut out of a news conference demanded answers. >> we're all families of the victims. why do you treat us this way? >> it's already been three days, and three nights since the explosion. i don't have any information of my son. we are so anxious and worried so we came here to find reporters. my son was in the first squad to arrive at the blast site. >> there are still people being rescued, this 19-year-old
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firefighter was pulled out of the explosion area after two days. but as the days roll on and the fires continue to burn there will be fewer stories like that, instead more families will likely demand answers as to where their loved ones are, why they can't return to their homes, and what potentially hazardous material is polluting their local area. >> the turkish army said that three soldiers have been killed in fighting in southeastern turkey. the military said that the troops were attacked by fighters from the outlawed kurdistan workers party or the pkk. they launched an operation against the pkk and isil last month. saturday marks ten years since israel began it's withdraw from the gaza strip and parts of the west bank. under the initiative of the then prime minister ariel sharon, israel dismantled 71 settlements
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in gaza but israel controls all efforts of life in the territory. >> there is no shortage of work to do in these fields. every day dozens of palestinian farmers cultivate this land growing fruit and vegetables. up until ten years ago he never would have believed he would be able to grow his own crops here. back then that this was a large israeli settlement. for decades it was home to more than 8,500 israelis and large israeli military presence. it was also off limits to most palestinians. all that is left are a few disused buildings, and while he says he's happy settlers and soldiers left as part of the disengagement of the gaza strip, he's angry of how things are now. >> we live in a big prison. we cannot move outside of the gaza strip, which makes life hell for us. the occupation is the reason for all of our suffering as the
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israelis control everything. we palestinians deserve dignity. >> although israelis withdrew from the gaza strip, israel's government never managed to truly disengage without a political settlement with the palestinians it exerted it's control over gaza and it's people through it's on going economic siege and repeated rounds of military violence. the so-called disengagement of gaza sharply divided israeli society. when the deadline to leave expired on august 15, 2005, the remaining settlers were removed by force. originally from france, this woman lived in the area for 20 years for what she describes ideological reasons. she said many of the israeli settlers forced to leave still have not been able to rebuild their lives. >> i'm angry at my government, who didn't know how to cope with
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the hardships of the people, and still people are living here in temporary housing ten years after. [ explosion ] >> that anger is overshadowed by what followed the gaza disengagement. [ gunfire ] after israel pulled out hams won a landslide victory in the election and seized power shortly afterwards. since then hamas has fought three major wars with israel, which has killed 7,000 palestinians. the israeli governments continuing blockade has crippled gaza's economy making reconstruction almost impossible. while most palestinians say they're not sure how much more suffering they can endure they say they're still happy the settlers are gone. al jazeera, gaza. >> there are just two days left for south sudan's warring party to reach a deal or face further u.s. sanctions. but both sides appear as far
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apart as ever. holding a mass hunger strike in protest at the ongoing conflict. >> the fighting needs to stop. >> the leaders struggle with negotiations, the reality on the ground for the children of south sudan is one of homelessness, hunger and fear of being forced to fight. we're in bentui one of the areas most affected by the fighting, and where just a few young people are getting help. >> 14-year-old peter says he watched soldiers kill his uncle. when the family fled from their village his neighbors drowned as they tried to cross a river. now he and his family are
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struggle to go live inside this camp in bentui. he said that soldiers have already tried to recruit him. >> if i join the military, maybe i will kill someone or get killed myself. i will solve my problems with education. [ baby crying ] >> the children here are enduring the trauma of south sudan's civil war. it started nearly two years ago after the president fired his deputy, and the fighting began. there are teachers here trained to offer what little psychological support they can. >> most of them, it's like they lose hope. [singing] >> there are also some recreational activities designed to remind the children of better times to help them cope. they might be safe here, but
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they're still suffering. there is not enough food, water and shelter to accommodate the thousand who is keep arriving at the gate. u.n. officials say that the camp's population has doubled since the beginning of the year to 124,000 people. this is a screening room at an unicef clinic. it's full of children. they're quiet. none of them are playing that's because they don't have any energy. unicef says an estimated 248,000 children in south sudan are suffering from severe malnutrition. this-year-olthis three-year-old is one of them. >> we'll be safe. we'll tolerate it even though there is no food for us to eat. >> as difficult as conditions at this camp may be for peter and others like him, there are at least within reach of assistance. humanitarian organizations are worried about the almost 1 million people they can't help
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right now. al jazeera. >> doctors in ghana have voted to continue their protest over pay and working conditions. they've been on strike for two weeks already and are refusing to see patients in public hospitals. the strike is putting pressure on the government, which is trying to cut the budget deficit in exchange for hem from the international monetary fund. residents have fled their homes as firefighters try to contain wildfires across the northwest of the united states. fires in drought-stricken southern california have burned almost a thousand acres of land. new talks have begun to close the u.s. prison guantanamo bay in cuba. the u.s. defense department said that it's evaluating new sites in the u.s. to house detainees. the pentagon is looking at prisons in kansas and south
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carolina. president obama pledged on his first day in office to shut down guantanamo bay. argentina province buenos aires rivers have started to recede, but thousands have been forced out of their homes. they say the government could have done more to prevent the floods from happening. we report from one of the affected areas, in the town of oliveira. >> going back home after days in a shelter, this family living in the province of buenos aires. they were forced to leave their house when the river flooded the area. >> i cried. that was the only thing i could do. thinking about what we went through. it's the second time in a year. if they don't do anything this would continue and continue and we would lose everything.
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>> she's one of thousands affected by the flooding in the province of buenos aires. people here tell me when she saw the water coming in their homes, they left the fridge and some of their belongings to save whatever they could. the problem is that local authorities have no plan in place. so people did not know what to do when the rive rises. intense rainfall has few places to flow, and people claim that's because of the construction boom in the province. >> they've authorized construction in gated communities in the wetlands cutting off natural drainage. that's why one of the reasons its getting worse. >> even though the water is receding it will take several days before people can move back. >> the government doesn't do enough to prevent this from happening. we see this over and over again. >> an expert seems to agree with
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him. >> the public works plan, and that plan was developed in the 90s. it is already 20 years old, and it has not been finished. so we do not have all of the plan applied. as a consequence of that several parts are not in good condition. >> people here will struggle for months to recover from the floods, which came in hours and lasted for days. as the weather becomes more severe they want the government to do what is necessary to prevent them from losing their homes again. al jazeera. aloe verolivera, argentina. >> marking 68 years of independence, prime minister
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narendra modi told the crowd of his accomplishments in his 15-month-old government. he won elections last year largely on the promise to revive india's lagging economy, but so far he has achieved little. activists in the philippines are calling on the government to save historic buildings that are under threat. in our preserving heritage series we have reports from manila. >> the famous monday new testament in the country. the shrine marks an area where hundreds of filipinos were killed during the spanish period. it is also where roman catholic popes gather to meet the congregation an the monument is one of the world's threatened heritage sites. and it's all because of this. a commercial building that many
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hearsay have disrespected what many consider to be an important part of the nation's identity. there are many heritage sites like this one. >> manila has a rich architectural legacy. unfortunately, a lot of it was lost in the war. even that--even that loss is tempered by the fact that there are clusters of buildings. >> dilapidated, many have been demolished to give way to commercial projects. the metropolitan theater was once a testament to the richness of manila's artistry. it was built in the 1920s. at the time when the country was slowly carving it's own cultural identity. now the metropolitan has been a symbol of manila's decay. it's restoration is to happen soon thanks to a breakthrough
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after decades of legal battles between government agencies. it has been abandoned for decades, and what can be seen now is the shell of what this theater used to be. there are so many people connected to the met from so many generations, the older generation artists, the younger generation artists and those who enjoy to watch the artists. >> those who work to protect sites like the met say it is more than just fighting for dilapidated buildings. >> the appreciation has lasting effect. it allows us to become a country, it creates an awareness of the filipino genius, and it is about genius that holds us together. >> manila was once called the pearl of the orient, but not any more. the middle classes have left for safer, better-run areas in the city. but restoration efforts like these promise to revive some of that lost glory.
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