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transition process but there is an opportunity that exists. first of all to calm things down in the field, to make it as much as possible possible for the this is al jazeera. hello. welcome to the al jazeera news hour live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, the race for the white house intensifies. the democratic and republican front runners try to extend their lead as more states choose their candidates. greek politicians consider a state of emergency, the build-up of refugees along the border with macedonia worsens with no end in sight.
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turkey's newspaper open re-opens under government control. we will meet the south korean teenagers being treated for a new condition. they're addicted to their smart phones we begin in the u.s. for the race for the white house is heating up. republicans and democrat $are voting in five more states to choose their nominee for the next presidential election. presidential hopeful donald trump, ted cruz, marco rubio and john kasich have been campaigning hard for the republican nomination. front runner donald trump is hoping to build on his momentum after his success on super tuesday. republicans are voting for their preferred candidates in maine, kansas, kentucky and loisiana the early results suggest ted cruz is doing well so far. he has won kansas and maine
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already. the rest are still being decided. democratic hopeful hillary clinton also trying to maintain her momentum. she wants to move further ahead of bernie sanders. the former secretary of state met clergy member $in michigan hoping to drum up support among the african-american community. democrats are voting in kansas and nebraska as well as primary in loisiana. bernie sanders has won the can sos caucus. we are still waiting for a result on the other states. the latest from our correspondent who is in washington dc. good evening so far for ted cruz. a good start for bernie sanders too. >> reporter: that's right. definitely the story line of the night so far here is ted cruz. he is doing very, very well in some regards better than expected. he has already won two of the four states that the republicans are voting in, and it's where he
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is winning he won big in kansas with 48% of the vote and then in maine, a north-east state that a lot of people thought donald trump was going to do very well in actually ted cruz won and also won that convincingly, that according to the republican party in maine. so this is really a battle on the republican party right now about who is the best alternative to donald trump. donald trump is doing very well, as we all know. he is going nowhere in the sense of leaving this campaign. he is the front runner, but the battle was really between marco rubio and ted cruz trying both of those candidates saying that they are the best noif to donald trump for the republican party moving forward. clearly the voters that have voted so far, at least tonight, have sided with ted cruz. he has had a very goodnight. on the other hand marco rubio has had a very bad night. moving to the democratic side,
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the results are slower to wom in, but as you mentioned, the democratic party in kansas announcing that bernie sanders has won kansas. so that will be a lift for the sanders' campaign who is coming off a disappointing super tuesday performance, so he is trying to get momentum back. all of these states are small states, so the delegates are not a lot of delegates at play here. it's more ted cruz chocking up victories. ted cruz has six total state victories right now and he is already talking about how he thinks republican parties should coalesce around him as the main alternative to trump thank you for that. moving to other news, to the greek macedonia border where the greek are considering declaring a state of emergency. an estimated 13,000 people are
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stop at the border. most are hoping to travel to germany. meanwhile e.u. representatives will meet turkish officials next week to find a solution. our correspondent has this report. >> reporter: it is a state of emergency in this area is, indeed, declared-- if it is declared, it will pave the way for funds to be released to improve the living conditions in this camp. these are the latest rivals. the only place they found to set up the tent is in between the rail tracks. the money will go to compensate the local communities here. for example, many of the tents are now on private property and the farmers are losing business. these people have been camped here for the past two days. they have entered greece on 18 february. so their turn to go through and be processed should be happening soon. the borders are closed because
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of the issues going on. this has expanded so quickly that the various aid organizations that are here cannot deal with it. this is the queue for the food. people stand here for two to four hours and at the end of it they get a sandwich and some fruit simply because there are not enough hot meals for everyone. on this side there's another queue. this is a cue for those who are going through the registration process all over again because the paper they got when they first landed on one of the greek islands is not volume ied any more than-- valid. it is a computer generated paper which has a computer generated stamp and signature where macedonian authorities will not accept that any more. people spend their days in this queue to get their new paper, even though it doesn't mean that they will be able to continue the journey
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many greeks have been doing what they can to help the refugees. a soup kitchen which once served the unemployed has started welcoming the new arrivals. >> reporter: greeks come to the aid of refugees stranded in their country. images of families on the streets of cold nights have helped them forget their problems. they turn up in droves with bags of food, fruit and medicine. >> translation: we could be in their position and if we were we would need a helping hand to hold us and walk with us. >> translation: we come to help all the time. they're human beings. >> reporter: greece has been struggling even before the massive influx of refugees, dealing with an eight year old economic crisis there is little that they did do here to help
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the refugees. now civilians and charities have been forced to step in. soup kitchens that once served unemployment and homeless greeks now indicator tore-- cater for refugees too. it is this lady's first day here. >> if they see and they get to know that this is something that we must do to help people who are hungry, who are in the cold. i think that more people will come. >> reporter: despite the gen ross ultimately of the people of greece, few of the refugees want to stay in this country. this family arrived one and a half months ago. >> translation: we have registered here but it is not our intention to live here. we want to go to germany. my brother has been there for
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two and a half months and we would like to join him. >> reporter: the people's journey to other north european countries has been blocked. that's because there has been failure to agree on how to deal with one of the worst humanitarian crisises in decades. while happen to help, many greeks are worried about what will happen if people keep coming and the borders remain closed to slovakia where preliminary result from the elections show the prime minister is likely to return to office for a third term. he has won nearly 30% of the vote counted so far. his party might lose the party majority forcing him to form a coalition government. he spent his campaign making a range of anti immigration promises. he spoke often about the refugee crisis even suggesting every muslim in the country should be monitored. more on how refugees in slovakia
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are being affected by the political campaign. >> reporter: this woman made the daunting decision to travel from syria to slovakia. >> translation: i tried to find a job in turkey. i hoped that i could work in some hospital. i didn't expect that one day i would be a refugee in europe. the company where i applied for the job gave me a final negative answer. so i decided to meet the group of smugglers to whom i gave some money. after that it was over. there was no way back. >> reporter: with other refugees she arrived illegally on the island of lesbos. that wasn't the end of the journey. it was then on to macedonia, serbia and hungary. as she crossed into slovakia she was arrested. she has spent four months in detention and doesn't plan to stay here long. >> translation: their decision is racist and the police officers told me to go back to where i came from. several times they told me that
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i'm a terrorist. >> reporter: one leading rights advocate says her treatment has a lot to do with the parliamentary elections >> everyone want to get the votes and win the election. after elections the hysteria many calm down here a little bit and that people and politicians will actually turn the page. >> reporter: prime minister has made the migrant crisis a racial and a religious issue. in one recent speech he said he wanted to monitor every muslim in the country. his party's campaign slogan is "we will protect slovakia with the goal of preventing a muslim community from forming", which has confused some people in the capital because the city is already home to enthusiasms of musts limits >> so many of us are-- thousands of muslims. >> so many of us are areaed to
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slovak women. >> reporter: perhaps that's a sign that it hasn't gone down well with voters turkey's biggest newspaper has re-opened after being taken over by the government. authorities raided the office of the publication after using tear gas to clear protesters gathered outside. the government took control of the paper in what journalists describe as a dark day for the turkish media. the publication often ran stories critical of the ruling party. >> reporter: taking a stand against what people here see as a crackdown on media freedom. hundreds of protesters try to block the entrance to the newspaper offices on friday night. >> translation: we're here to defend democracy and freedoms. we're here to defend our basic rights. >> reporter: riot police pushed through the crowds with water cannon and tear gas.
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by early saturday morning, they had got into the building. they pushed journalists covering the incident out and evicted the editors. >> unfortunately, it has been a habit for the last three or four years that anyone who is speaking against the policies is facing either court cases or prison or such control by the government. >> reporter: the police were acting under a court order to replace the mlgt of the newspaper-- management of the newspaper. it has a circulation of 650,000 copies more than any other newspaper. it is run by the u.s. based cleric. he was once close to the president erdogan but in the last few years he has been accused of trying to overthrow the government and are leading what the turkish authorities describe as a terrorist
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organization. in the last few months businessmen close to him have been arrested and media groups linked by him have been taken over by pro-government managers. >> translation: such incidents have become normal these days. things you thought could never happen, happen. it is impossible to explain it by legal means. we condemn it >> reporter: the last headline before the newspaper was raided reads "the constitution is suspended" a professor from the north-eastern university in massachusetts says the government is worried about the cleric's influence. >> he is the leader of the movement, the largest islamic movement that was born out of turkey. it is one of the most internationally influential islamic movements across the world. his supporters are moderate
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muslims who are organising mostly education. they opened schools, highly competitive science schools across the world, including the united states. it is a well-organized movement which started as a civil society initiative, and it has become increasingly more controversial within turkey because its followers have started accepting positions in different departments of the states like police and the courts we look at the terrible living conditions of children living in yemen forced from their homes by fighting. one of the most influential and divisive politicians sdiz aged 84. another decisive die in the english premier league. jo will have the latest in sports. ten iraqi soldiers have been
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killed by an i.s.i.l. suicide bomb attack. the group targeted an army barracks near ramadi. iraqi security forces and sunni tribal forces have been trying to retake the area which has been under i.s.i.l. control for more than a year. 135 people were killed during the first week of the fragile ceasefire in syria. the truce doesn't include i.s.i.l. or al-nusra fighters. 552 people were killed in areas not covered by the agreement more than 250,000 people have been killed during the five year civil war. to syria where gunmen have shot dead police officers. security is being try tried to than security. meanwhile children have been displaced. >> reporter: children shouldn't feel out of place in a
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schoolyard, but there is something wrong with this picture. this school isn't a school any more. it houses seven families. they are among the roughly 2.5 yemenis forced from their homes in the ongoing fighting. a former encloses room turned into a makeshift kitchen. the set-up is crude and that's the least of the worries here >> translation: we managed to get mattresses, but we have to figure out how to feed our kids. we still need food, kids, basic supplies to take care of our children >> reporter: war has worsened the humanitarian situation in yemen which is already grappling with widespread poverty. today the u.n. says more than 80% of the population is into need of food, medicine and basic necessities. >> translation: my monthly medical bills are over $120. and there are some here just like me. they have similar preexisting medical conditions, some have heart issues, diabetes, blood pressure and we don't know where
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to go. until now, no-one offered us help. no-one reached out to us to address our situation. >> reporter: this sits on the border between tiaz and aden. on friday a home was attacked and 15 people were killed. the vice president has called it a heinous crime. >> translation: it is clear they want to target what we stand for. for us it is a fight for the sake of all of yemen. we will either be a state of institutions or a failed state of chaos. >> reporter: it's now nearly a year since the saudi- led coalition launched a military campaign against houthi rebels and forces loyal to the former president. more than 6,000 people have been killed. u.n. efforts to secure peace talks are deadlocked human rights groups are
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calling for the release of a palestinian circus performer arrested by israel. 23-year-old was arrested in december. he is being held in administrative detention. israeli accuses him of belonging to a terror organization. afghan's taliban says it won't take part in direct talks with the government to end fighting in the country until certain conditions are met. the group says foreign troops need to leave afghanistan first. it wants all its prisoners released. negotiations were meant to start in islamabad this week. >> reporter: this has come as a surprise to many people in kabul because there was a mood of growing optimism in the city that these face-to-face talks between the taliban and the afghan government would actually go ahead in pakistan. the preconditions that will taliban are now saying are nothing new. they want the prisoners release,
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their leaders taken off the u.n. blast list and the withdrawal of forces and also that they want u.s. aerial bombardments to stop and they want to be kept in touch with what is being going on. they say they have been kept out of the loop. this is basically a surprise to most people because the messages we were getting both from the afghan government and from the taliban was that there was a meeting of minds. there was a certain consensus that things had to be given and taken and that this was moving in the right direction. pakistan has played a big part in this. it has made promises, i think, to the main powers in the region. they're dealing with the u.s. and china and they need to actually show that they have that kind of power to make things happen. meanwhile, the taliban, they could be just posturing, they could be trying to get something from behind the scenes a little bit better, a deal, but something that they want to hear, because if they go into
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talks without getting what they said they always wanted, perhaps they would lose face. we're some way away of coming to the end of this terrible war with a lot the negotiations to be done in the meantime the leader of sudan's biggest opposition party has died. the report suggests he suffered a heart attack after falling unconscious in miss office. his party-- in his office. his party split from the national party in 1999. >> reporter: at times heap had been a thorn in the side of the sudanese government, but he was honored as his death was sduchd on state television. -- discussed on state television. he was one of the most influential men in sudanese politics who helped bring the current leader to power. then he saw his own political leanings land him in trouble. he was born in sudan and
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educated in europe. his political career began back in the 60s when he joined the muslim brotherdhood which helped to topple the president. his brand of political islam would see him fall in and out of favor, living in ex-kyle is libya in the 70s before become sudan's attorney-general and for a short time its deputy prime minister. in 1989 he helped orchestrate the coup that brought bashir to power and then went to shape political policy. 10 years on the relationship had soured. he formed his own political movement. the popular congress party. his opposition led him to being jailed several times. he was the only sudanese politician to support the international arrest warrant for bashir who has been accused of war crimes. he also welcomed bin laden to
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sudan in the 1990s. sudanese television described him as a well-known their. he had a career expanding decades including the nation's most turbulent thousands of cubans stranded in south america have finally entered the u.s. many are expected to go to miami, but as our correspondent explains, from there the administration says it can't cope. >> reporter: at the church world service in miami newly arrived cuban families are given all the help they need to resettle in the u.s. for this family it has been a long journey. like many recent arrivals they made their way through south and central america and faced a series of setbacks: he tells us
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he was robbed several times by corrupt officials, a story not uncommon among those seeking a better life. it is a fate of thousands of other cubans who have started making their way out of central america that is concerning city officials in eye miami. the mayor says resources are stressed and may not be able able to cope with an influx >> it is bad to see people living on a parking locality or in front of a story, and we cannot just help them. >> reporter: over the past few months the number of cubans arriving by sea that is increased dramatically. it is that combination of so calmed rafters and-- so-called rafters and often arriving by land have many concerned. >> reporter: people are keen to point out that in years past miami has dealt with greater numbers and they see them
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settling in other states. >> reporter: this man says most new arifles will settle quickly and have somewhere to go >> there has been an over reaction for the cubans this time around because of the idea they will be homeless. but the majority have families and are not going to be homeless, they will be with families here or elsewhere. >> reporter: this family are part of the biggest influx of migrants here for more than two decades, but they still have one last journey ahead. they will soon leave south florida to start a new life in michigan still ahead on the al jazeera news hour, we will examine whether a change of government in myanmar could provide more opportunity for free speech. we will find out whether the former vnz government is still popular. the details coming up with the
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sport with jo. thousands have been forced to flee their homes. unique exhibition in thailand is causing a bit of a
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transition process but there is an opportunity that exists. first of all to calm things down in the field, to make it as much as possible possible for the
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it's good to have you with us on the al jazeera news hour. these are our top stories. results are coming in from the u.s. in relation to the battle for the republican and democratic nomination. ted cruz has done better than expected winning in both kansas and maine. donald trump has won in louisiana. for the democrats, hillary clinton has picked up louisiana while bernie sanders has won in kansas and nebraska. in other news nearly 13,000 refugees are camping along the greek border with macedonia. atdz ens is considering a state of emergency to deal with the influx of refugees. -- athens. police in istanbul have set up barricades outside the offices of one of turkey's best-known newspapers. it was raided by police on
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friday night and re-opened under state control the race for the white house. a senior writer for politico. good to have you with us on al jazeera. the results coming in as we mentioned. starting with the democrats, sanders has won kansas, nebraska. these are predominantly white states. do you think, though that he he still has a chance in the democratic race? >> i think he has a chance, but you have to remember that generally speaking the democrats' base are not just white voters. it is a three-legged stool that includes african-americans and hispanic voters. bernie sanders does a bad job of attracting them. when we get to florida's primary, march 15, all of the polling and anecdotal evidence suggests that he will gex