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>> hello, i'm lauren taylor. this is the news hour live from london. coming up, two brothers are named as the bruce he wills bombers and another suspect is on the run after his explosives failed. saving many lives at brussels airport. yemen's warring parties agreed to a cease-fire ahead of peace talks next month. ted cruz back in to his push for the presidency from former rival
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jeb bush. >> an international friendly. >> beginning in brussels where the police are searching for a suspect behind tuesday's bomb attack that killed 31 people and injured hundreds of others. security teams uncovering 15-kilogram of explosives along with nails and bomb-making equipment. one of the bombers was identified who blew themselves up at brussels airport. his brother detonated a suicide-bomb on a train at malebeek metro station. and the man on the left is a man wh is a bomb maker who blue
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himself up while the one on the right escaped. >> one of the brussels attackers was caught in turkey and deported. we informed the authorities. despite our warnings that this person, they could not establish any links to terrorism. >> jackijacky, the picture is emerging of who might have been behind the attacks. >> it is briefed that they were all linked to the people who carried out the paris attacks in november last year.
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they believe they were able to perpetrate two major aacks, paris in november and brussels in march. as you can see there is still quite a large and festive atmosphere here as people are demonstrating their unity. nevertheless, there has to be concern that one of the suspected bombers is still on the run. >> belgium police are urgently tracking the bomber who got away. here they are removing evidence from a home in the district at the capital. just one of a series of raids that have uncovered explosives, detonators and nails. the last known image of the three airport bombers, the man in the middle was ibrahim
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el bakroaoui, he was identified through dna. and the american on the left is known as navim laachraoui. the person on the right survived. >> the man in the light jacket and hat is on the run. his bag contained large explosive charge. shortly after the arrival of the bomb disposal unit, blew up. >> the suspect was arrested last week after four months on the run.
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laach raoui's dna was linked to the paris attacks. it might be that abdeslam was going to be one of the bombers, and he would have known about the attacks. details he did not reveal during many hours of police interrogation. there is increase of security in the center of brussels not just police but army are patrolling the streets. at some metrotations, the police have been checking bags before letting passengers enter. this is about building confidence and feelings of security. but as long as the suspects are still on the run the threat continues. >> plenty for the ministers to discuss when they meet on thursday. >> yes, in fact, that there is this suspect still on the loose i think it really does indicate
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the international dimension of the threat. after all, we know about the paris-brussels connection over recent months with these attacks. of course, there has to be fear in other european capitals as well about the danger of similar events repeating themselves there. so a meeting of justice and security ministers meeting in brussels, and they'll be looking at the kind of measures to put in place to make people safer, including the access passenger name records so they know exactly who is taking various flights. and also they'll be looking at the whole business of border controls, and the whole question again of the border-free travel zone of the schengen area, and if that is really viable at a time when there are many threats and how we've seen the previous attacks in many ways facilitated by the fact that the suspects could travel across borders all over europe, collecting weapons,
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organizing their attacks without ever having to be checked at border crossings. obviously something which has facilitated their actions and maybe reviewed now in the future. >> thank you very much. a mix up may have brought more devastation in tuesday's attacks. they ordered a minivan. that meant they could not fit all the luggage in the trunk of the vehicle and left the heaviest device behind. security services have now detonated it. well names are beginning to emerge of victims of tuesday's attacks. belgium's foreign minister said people from 40 different countries were effected. as paul brennan reports many families are still hoping to hear from relatives who remain unaccounted for. >> the dead and wounded from the brussels bombings come from all over the world. they range in age from infant
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children to elderly pensioners. adelma was at the airport with her belgium husband and twin daughters. they survived. >> she had twins. they were connecting through new york to meet my sister. in the end this attack stopped this destiny. once we got the information early this morning we didn't know much what was happening with her, her body. where did the brussels state take it? >> mason wells wases one block away from the boston bombing, and he was in paris during those attacks. this time he did not escape unscathed. >> it was a miracle he made it through as easily as he did with lower leg injuries and minor burns. >> 16 of the casualties are being treated at the university hospital. two of the victims there are
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children ages 5 and 3. ten people are still in the icu there. even if they pull through their lives have been irreversebly changed. >> we hope that we can have all the victims surviving their injuries, but they will suffer from disabilities. >> but several victims remain unaccounted for. among them new york siblings, british it consultant david dixon has not been seen or heard from since the attacks. and his friends and other relatives have been using social media to plead for information. while their fate remains uncertain the relatives have the faintest glimmer of hope that they might yet be found. but they're being braced to accept the worst. special-trained teams of medics and social workers have been brought in to help. >> with all the people here in the hospital, we have a team from our morgue, forensics, and the federal police, and they're
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collecting information both from the authorities themselves, and if possible also from family members here and to see if they can match certain data from other families and fatalities. >> the victims now face a painful process both physically and mentally. paul brennan, al jazeera, brussels. >> let's get more on this now, joining us live from pittsburgh via skype, former special agent with the u.s. state department. thank you very much for being with us. turkey has been saying in relation to the attack one of the bombers was deported, and then the authorities let him go. do you think there has been an intelligence failure here? >> well, one of the problems is not just intelligence but there may be a legal system failure. it's quite probably that there wasn't anything that the belgium
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officials could hold him on, he had not violated any of their laws. in the united states we have a law against support of a terrorist group which allows the fbi to arrest people if they attend training camps. but many european countries don't have the same sorts of laws. >> what about the way that belgium has been hit in this way? were you surprised at all? >> no, not at all give the history of plots tied to belgium, obviously we had the jewish museum shooting there. there has been a long--well, plus just the number of jihadists from belgium who have fought in iraq and syria and libya. so all these things together, you know, told us that this was one of the countries that were at risk. >> and it's interesting that it seems that the brothers had a criminal record, but they didn't, as you mentioned, perhaps didn't have any obvious links to terror. are there any clues sometimes that can make that connection for law enforcement?
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>> well, yes, not just law enforcement but also intelligence. it's important for those efforts to uncover these grassroots or homegrown cells. that's part of the problem that we're dealing with. these are not people just coming in from the outside. these are people were born in these countries, who have lived there, brought up there, know the area, have friends, support networks. that makes it difficult at known if they're on the run like we saw with mr. abd eslam. but difficult to investigate because of the relationships they have and the way people will protect them. >> we know the european union ministers are meeting, what measures do you think they might come up with that would be helpful to help this kind of thing in the future? >> i think eventually many of the european countries need to look at instituting laws similar to what we have in the united states with that material support of terrorism statute. you know, before that the fbi almost had to wait for an attack
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to happen or almost to happen before they had enough to charge a suspect. but with the materials support charges, they can arrest them at a much lower threshold. obviously the penalties are less, but it gives the authorities just the opportunity to pick up the suspect, question them, put them in jail for a while and get them off the street. >> scott stewart, thank yo thank you for your thoughts. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> coming up this news hour, why the u.n. is putting itself out of refugee camps in greece. >> and president macri, argentina is reassuming it's traditional leadership role. >> barack obama resets relations with argentina with a show of support for president macri. and in sport afghanistan's cricketers threaten a major upset at the world's twenty20.
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>> u.n. envoy say that all parties have agreed to a cessation of hostilities starting next month. they say the next round of peace talks will take place in kuwait on the 18th of april. >> after active consultation, i am pleased to announce today that the parties to the conflict have agreed to a nationwide cessation of hostilities beginning at midnight on the 10th of april. in advance of the up coming ground peace talks, which do take place on the 18th in kuwait. i am very grateful to his highness, prince of kuwait, for offering to host this new round of talks. the talks aim to reach a
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comprehensive agreement, which will end the conflict and the assumption of dialogue in cord dance to security council. >> an yemen analyst, thank you for joining us. do you think this will last any more than the previous ones? >> well, this is the problem the envoy has announced today that the 11-day period or 8-day period before the talks begin when hostilities will end. we've heard them announce this before, and we haven't heard what changed from the beginning of this from the end of last year and from a year ago in terms of the attitude of the different parties, the conflict. and in fact,, when cessation of hostilities of this kind have been announced in the past, violence has gotten worse and not decreased in a the run up of
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the cease-fire. it's difficult to see what has change so significantly that people will behave differently this time around. >> there has been son suggestion that things have been calmer on the board with saudi arabia and have calmed down a bit. talk to us about the significance of that. >> sure, over the past two weeks there have been direct talks and the government of saudi arabia. it's important to remember that saudi arabia is incredibly important to the anty houthi and anti-saleh war effort in yemen. the fighters who have fighting against them and they're running this huge aerial campaign. what it would appear to have happened is some kind of deal has been reached where they don't launch attacks on the border, and they reduce the number of attacks in houthi-held areas by their the houthies have
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agreed not to launch attacks over the border. again, it's very difficult to see what will make this stick given that we've seen a number of really. quite significant airstrikes in houthi-held areas in the past few weeks. >> do you think the efforts to broker a solution for civil war might having an effect on trying to broker some kind of solution for yemen given some of the players involved are similar? >> that's a good question, and there has been talk that russia has been involved quite heavily in making things happen behind the scenes and in setting up a parallel set of negotiations which don't directly involve the u.n. how true that is, it is difficult to say. but the context of yemen is somewhat different to saud
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saudi--syria. in that the role is not as pronounced in yemen as it is in syria, and the saudis are front and center in terms of leading the war effort. there are some differences, but at this moment in time the problem is that for saudi arabia to back out and leave the war, it leaves a big win. that win means taking sanaa. taking the capital either through negotiated process or by force. at this time it seems that neither the houthies or those from the saleh camp are willing to give up sanaa, which means it has to be taken by force. >> thank you for your analysis of the situation. thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> government forces have fought their way to the outskirts of palmyra. the military has cleared the hills outside of the city of isil fighters. the army is trying to recapture
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palmyra, which includes a unesco world heritage site. it was sieged by isil in may. european unions foreign policy chief has been called in to help move forward the flagging talks on ending the conflicts in syria. the sessions have wrapped up with no deal. james bays has more. >> ththey met opposition delegation. they have met with opposition many times in the past. what is new they met with the representative of the syrian government, the chief negotiator bashir al-jaffrey. she told me that in this was not a change in policy. >> if there was a need to pass the message that the message that all the europeans today
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feel strongly about, which is this situation has to stop. i have the responsibility to bring this message not to representatives of one or another side, but to the parties that are involved in the u.n.-led process. >> i can tell you that the intervention has caused some surprise among diplomats here. people have told me that they had no warning of this, and one said that there was only supposed to be one mediator in this process. >> struggling to address the status of 50,000 migrants and refugee who is are exempt from the deal in turkey to deport new arivals. they're knew trapped in greece after they closed their doors.
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and their conditions are worsening. >> there are more questions than answers. refugees and high grants are becoming desperate as days turn into weeks, weeks into months. all aid workers and u.n. officials can do now is ask them to be patient. the port near athens has become one of the largest of the makeshift camps in greece. of the thousands here, many of them syrians. >> either you're married or divorced, we don't know our fate. just give us some hope. tell us we'll have to live like this for a day or a year. but give us a time frame so we can count the days before our turn comes. >> conditions are poor. there is a lack of hygiene. it's cold and people are sleeping in tents outside. borders to countries to the north of the greece are closed so they can't take the migrant trail north. they're among the refugees and migrants now stranded in greece,
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and the government is struggling to deal with this new reality. >> the greek government is trying very, very hard to set up new camps that are ready to house these people. this is what it happening. >> frustration is going. in aleppo the fighting has been fierce. they fear to show your faces because they're afraid they'll have to go back home despite the war. >> our situation here, what do they want me to do. we don't have any solution. i come from the border to here, and right now it's a blur. how can me, you know? >> people here survive credit help from roll tears and aid organizations. many are running out of hop hope{^l" ^}.
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>> it do statit could take days, months, years. an many who have made commitments have not followed through. >> greece is struggling with its own economic crisis, and for the time being these men, women and children are stranded in what used to be a busy ferry passenger terminal going nowhere. al jazeera, athens. >> the u.n. refugee agency has pulled its staff from camps on lesbos and other greek islands because of the turkey deal. now international aid groups have followed suit saying they won't be complicit in violating refugees rights. >> since sunday under the new e.u. turkey agreement, the policy has changed, and this is
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no longer reception centers but closed centers. therefore we have decided not to provide to the centers, not to be involved in the detention of refugees and migrants. our procedures is that people seeking asylum is not a crime. they should not be detained. for those who are arriving in greece are children. we have decided not to be involved in the detention and in the expulsion of people in need of protection. this is a principle that we need to up hold. we are an organization that defends the rights of refugees. >> the israeli military has hack cut access to the gaza west bank. the closure will continue until midnight saturday. palestinians are banned from entering israel from the west bank but authorities will be made for humanitarian and
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medical cases. israel palestinian attacks are more likely during jewish holidays. president barack obama is in buenos aires where he has met his argentinian counterpart president macri. the visit is expected to increase and strengthen trade between the two nations. we have this update from buenos aires. >> many here are saying that the meeting of barack obama to argentina is historical because it's the first one that happened since 2005, when president george bush visited this country during the summit of the america's. massive protests at the time a time when latin america had shifted towards the left and hue co-chave--hugo chavez wases fighting against what he called empire reallyisem imperialism.
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argentina is now open for business as many have said in th, both condemned the attacks in bruce he will. barack obama said that the united states is going to fight the islamic state wherever it is. >> the british judge decided a london-based trader who is accused of contributing to th the 2010 wall street crass will be extradited. he traded on the mercantile exchange from his parent's home in london. he used a computer program to spoof markets and let $10 trillion being wiped from dow jones in 2010. he's facing 22 charges of fraud and market manipulation. still to come this hour. two young british men convicted
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over an isil-inspired plot to kill police and soldiers. senegal waiting for the next presidential election. and why it won't make a difference for the man currently holding office. and the u.s. president enj enjoying baseball. we'll tell you more about this historic visit. isit.
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>> there's no way i am willing to give up my family for a drug ever again. >> getting to the heart of the matter. proud to tell your stories. al jazeera america. >> the top stories here on al jazeera. a huge manhunt is underway for a suspect believed to have been involved in tuesday's attacks on brussels. the police believe one of these men had a third bomb, but it failed to explode, and he plead the airport. yemen's president said houthi rebels have agreed to an u.n. resolution calling for an end to the fighting. the cessation of hostilities is expected to start midnight april 10th ahead of peace talks. syrian government forces have reportedly fought their way to the outskirts to recapture it from isil fighters. that is the e.u.'s foreign
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policy chief has been brought in to progress talks in ending the conflict in syria. two young british men have been convicted of what the police called an isil-inspired plot to carry out drive-by murders on the streets of london. police and soldiers were the intended targets for the conspiracy. >> four young men in the daughter. the 22-year-old who admitted charges of conspiracy to murder and preparing acts of terrorism. a 21-year-old found guilty of the same charges. a 25-year-old who was given the task of finding a gun. and the 26-year-old who supplied the gun, he and hamlet admitted firearm offenses but cleared of all other charges. they all grew up in the same part of west landon. landon--london. the courts heard how hasan had pledged allegiance to isil in
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2014. using google earth he carried out reconnaissance of this police station in west london and the nearby army barracks. they were planning an attack and a quick get away. the police show this video showing them questioning hasan about his online reconnaissance. >> the reason why you're looking at that? >> no comment. >> so a smaller plot to the brussels and paris attacks, but there are some similarities. >> we've seen inspired by daesh or isil, there are parallel there is. we've seen use of a firearm. we've seen the use of a moped or vehicle to commit that attack. we've seen the targeting of members of the public, there are some parallels, but of course we're talking about a completely different scale. >> the gang communicated with encrypted technology. this is najib in a coverted
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police photograph taken in london's regents park. the u.k. has an advantage, it's hard to smuggle guns into this country. but are the police better or just luckier? >> we have a highly trained group of specialists at short notice. mainly in london and the metropolitan areas. this could have been aimed at another group, another city across the u.k. that would have made things much more difficult for police. >> the british police are pleased this he foiled this plot, but they're worried by yet more signs how quickly disaffected young men can embrace extreme ideology and plan to kill and spread fear on the streets of their own city. barnaby phillips, al jazeera, the central criminal court in london. >> the former presidential hopeful jeb bush has supported
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ted cruz. he said on social media: cruz is in second place behind donald trump but it is possible for him to win the republican ticket. hillary clinton and donald trump won their respective primaries in arizona and tuesday after maintaining significant advantages over their rivals in their bids in presidential nominations. meanwhile, bernie sanders and ted cruz continues to advance. bernie'bernie sanders focused on utah and idaho and ted cruz won all of utah. we go to assistant professor of
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politician and international relations. he joins us now from miami. this idea from ted cruz, what is the reaction to that? >> well, there is a mixed reaction in this country. we're a polarized country with supporters behind mr. cruz, mr. trump, the democrats. of course there are people who support who have a lot of fear after these attacks who are going to support this proposal of patrolling muslim neighborhoods in this country. but this parolees is counter intuitive for people in the current intelligence community who feel that we should be building bridges with the communities not antagonizing them. perhaps rather than increasing trolls, reaching out, talking to local leaders in terms of mitigating radicalization and recruits and supporters for groups like isis.
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>> indeed, new york police commissioner bill brattan was critical of cruz sayin saying sayinsaying this. will there be foreign policy on this? or is it all noise still. >> part of it is the noise and candidates having having to position themselves and posture in the middle of a presidential campaign race where these candidates need to come up with an ainterestingtive sound bite and quick and simple solution to a very complicated problem. in terms of foreign policy, of course, it does have a connection. it's not necessarily part of mr. cruz or mr. trump's rhetoric, in terms of thinking about how we have more of these attacks on european american soil, how to move forward in terms of resolving crisis in regions like the middle east and countries like syria and iraq that are grounds for radicalization for young men and women who join groups like isis over there.
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>> and in terms of the mechanics, how much difference two jeb bush's endorsement make to ted cruz's campaign? >> well, jeb bush's endorsement, it would--it might not make a tremendous impact given that he did not fare so well in the primaries. what you're going is to see, though, it's not unexpected. you're going to see what we see traditional republicans or republicans in the traditional camp moving behind candidates like mr. cruz and mr. kasich in order to try to neutralize mr. trump, who is perceived as an unconventional republican, and someone who does not necessarily belong in the party or should be the nominee for the presidential election. >> and some people in some anti-trump have been hoping for a brokered convention. is this something that might still could happen in terms of the numbers? >> well, based on the numbers at
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this point, things are pointing--i mean, in the past if mr. trump was a traditional republican, he would all but lock up the nomination. but at this point given his positioning, as you said, given the attitudes and perceptions of traditional republicans have towards him, it may be difficult to unify the party around him and i don't want to make any predictions, but i wouldn't rule out the possibility of a brokered convention. >> thank you very much, indeed. thank you for talking to us. thank you. >> my pleasure. >> 7 million people in northeastern nigeria do not have enough to eat, and a third of them need urgent food aid, according to the united nations. people uprooted by boko haram attacks are headed to camps as the foot runs out and they can no longer stay with friends and families. boko haram has stepped up its violent campaign to create an independent islamic state after
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suffering a series of military defeats. senegal is ready to reduce the length of its presidential term from seven to five years in a referendum of constitutional change. 62% voted to amendment the constitution. as we have reports from the capital, it seems like a presidential victory. >> 67-year-old never thought he would se live to see this day. he has lived in an one party state and a series of leaders clinging to power. he would say yes to constitutional reforms. tech years for president is too much. five years is better. if he doesn't do his job properly, we'll vote him out of power. >> they would campaign on the referendum, backing the reform.
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and said not only is the next president's term now limited to five years, it also gives more power to the national assembly, local government and even the opposition. but in spite of an active campaign, turnout in supplied's referendum was low, less than 40% of the electorate came out to vote. >> it left 15 points in this referendum. people are confused. they didn't know which was which and what they would voting yes or no for. >> some feel that this election was a waste of time and money saying that the president has all the power needed to change his own term in office. they said it will not solve the seven-year mandate, a fact critics are mad about. while many are trying to extend their time in power, this president is an exception. the fact that this is an historic vote is not even making the headlines. for many in senegalese, this referendum is about the president, not just democracy.
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the re referendum results show the trust they have in their president giving the resolve for further reforms. they believe that it is an extraordinary vote one that will impact for generations. >> an elite police unit in south africa is reported to have launched an corruption investigation into president zuma's son and the powerful gupta family. president zuma himself has been accused of being influenced by the guptas in his political appointments, a fact that he denies. there have been some complaints by the made opposition party the democratic alliance. >> still ahead, there may be water under grouped but not enough to drink. why kenya is struggling to make water reservoirs safe. >> drama at the fifa interactive
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world cup. robin will have details in sport. >> and lift off. we'll tell you how the payload of this rocket will help the people in philippines escape extreme weather events.
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>> three years ago underground water reserves was discovered in one of kenya's hottest and dryest regions. it is believed they have enough water to supply kenya for 70 years. the discovery brought hope to a region still recovering from
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severe drought. about 17 million kenyans do not have access to safe drinking water. catherine soi reports, the reservoir is not really what they were expecting. >> for the first time in a year it has rained in northern kenya. for a while people will not have to walk long distances looking for water. but the rain here is fleeting and can mislead. it only rained for two days this time. this is one of the dryest and poorest regions of the country, but it is also rich in natural resources like oil and huge underground water reservoirs. this is one of four water aquifers discovered tree years ago. the government wants to use the water for irrigation. >> this has changed my family's life. we now have water. we have farming. i can take care of my family.
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>> but that's about it. if you move further away from the town you come face to face with the struggles of those who live in the most remote areas. the largest aquifer with $140 billion cubic feet of water. tests done on the under ground water found that it was too salty to drink. >> there was so much excitement when this aquifer was discovered. some people even moved closer to the water source. then they told us the water problems were finally over. now people won't talk about it. they're just frustrated. >> when we last spoke to sara and her friends at a nearby village more than two years ago, they were so full of hope. but nothing much has changed for them. they spend most of their days looking for water from dry river beds like this one. >> i just want the government to do something.
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when it doesn't rain, this waterbed completely dries up, and underneath there is water, it is dirty. dogs drink it, then we drink it. that's why our children are falling sick. >> local officials say that the underground water could be purified but the process would be too expensive. >> we wait to look for the solution and what to do with that one. ours first is to capture the water. and the rainwater. so at least thal the alternative for a couple of months for the people and for the live stock. >> these women say they want more action and less rhetoric. they've been doing this for decades. but they're cautiously holding on to hope that one day soon it will be easier to access clean safer water for their families. catherine soi, al jazeera,
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northern kenya. >> now let's cross over to doha with robin and sport. >> thank you very much. worlbangladesh boosting their chances of reaching the semifinals. this did seem like bangladesh were head to go victory, and they had just two of the last two balls. three wickets in a row, and the run up on the final delivery so the men in light blue escaped with victory here. also on wednesday surviving the scare of afghanistan to boost their chances of making the semifinals. elise holman reports. >> afghanistan didn't have a national cricket team before 2001, but competing at this stage of the world twenty20 for the first time they have nothing to lose.
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england had pulled off an incredible run chase to defeat south africa in their previous game, but their batsmen were found lacking this time around. they lost six wickets to just 57 runs by the 10th over. and at 85-7 cricket fans were preparing for an unlikely afghan win. but a late partnership boosted england's title as they set a victory title of 143. afghanistan were on the back foot early in their run chase looting a wicket in just the first over. england finding more success in their batsmen as the wickets kept tumbling. they held firm for the win that kept them in contention for the semifinals while afghanistan have shown that they can more than compete at the highest levels. elise holman, al jazeera.
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>> belgium football officials have decided to move their teams match from brussels to portugal. they shared their sympathies with the people of belgium. >> it's with sad news that we watch the attacks in brussels. but the right people are working to insure that there are matches in the european championship. also with the match against belgium the federation and the authorities responsible are discussing this matter. >> it is suggested that some matches at this year's european championships could be played behind closed doors. they made the comments, the tournament began in france in the 10th of june and they've
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ruled out delaying or postponing the competition. well, fans can look forward to watching their play in football at home for the first time since 2014. and the ebola epidemic ever two new cases of ebola were confirmed. the fifa president was attending the game earlier in south suda sudan's fifa headquarters and they celebrated his birthday. >> there are many challenges in visiting south sudan, but there is a great passion, a great love for the game. and i think we can make sure that football is growing in juba and south sudan, and this is the reason why the fifa president is here today.
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>> comments by world number one djokovic and top tennis officials has brought sexism into brough sharp focus. we look at the remarks it has had on terrorist. >> when it comes to the next generation of female tennis players, the hurricanes put in relentless hours of practice, but stated from a former tennis official reverberates throughout the sport. >> he was very surprised that a high ranking tennis executive would make these players. >> as a former player, they do not think that there is a problem with sexism in tennis,
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but the time something deeply troubling. >> it has been a bad year for tennis. we've already had to have difficult discussions about match fixes and performance-enhancing drugs, and now discrimination. so i think this is good example why this is important. >> comments made like the ones in the last few days could be seen to set the sport back decades. the world's number one player serena williams calls the remarks offensive. world number one djokovic has apologized suggesting that men should earn more than women saying that his comments were taken out of context, but every time players or officials make disparaging remarks about female athletes questions about sexism
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in sport remain. andy gallagher, al jazeera, miami, florida. >> on tuesday u.s. president barack obama and cuban president raul castro shareds a baseball game. obama had been visiting the island nation this week to try to end more than 50 years of hostility between the two countries. both leaders getting in under the mexican wave. but they held nothing back from the cuban national team. this is the first time thathe team played cuba in 17 years. james loney's two-run homers helping the rays to a 3-0 lead. >> this is great. it feels like a very big game back home. you know, when we had the opportunity to be in the playoffs a few times, and this
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feels like that kind of an event. >> this game meant a lot because of the brotherhood that will be from now on, and it will help open the door to the possibility that cuban baseball players can play in major league baseball. >> new york has been hosting a major sporting event over the last few days in the fifa interactive world cup it has come to a dramatic end. >> they'll try to run it through! >> two million players around the world. qualifying for the largest tournament in the world. but only an elite group of 52 made it to the final in new york. >> i was so happy. and right now i'm the happiest man on earth.
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>> lovely in the sports cast. let's give you back to lauren in london. >> thank you. now the philippines is the nation that is most exposed to tropical cyclones. sometimes they can be absolutely devastating. more than 6,000 people were killed in the typhoon of 2015. >> lift off. >> the latest blast off from cape canaveral in florida. the orbital cargo ship carrying 3.5 tons of food and new scientific experiments to the international space station including a 50-kilogram satellite built by filipino scientists. the craft is expected to take pictures of weather children. the president has allocated $6 billion to the national
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disaster and risk reduction international council which aims to deal with environmental issues. developing space technology will benefit the philippines. >> we can reap the benefits of technology, and we can apply this to the disaster prevention. in the long term it's going to be very cost effective. >> news of the launch made the headlines. it is only the third satellite the philippines have launched into space. besides monitoring weather patterns it is designed to map agriculture productivity and it will determine what land and water resources are available or in decline. these filipinos welcome the space project. >> i think that's pretty awesome. there is a lot that has to be done in terms of disaster prevention. >> i haven't heard anything about it, but that would be a very welcomed thing. >> i think it's a very good move
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by the philippines to launch a satellite and benefit all of us. >> it's hoped that this technology will be able to warn everyone of impending storms that have in the past have had a devastating affect on the philippines and it's neighbors. it is expected to orbit the earth for the next 20 minutes as take as many 3,600 images using four high-resolution cameras. the philippines are no stranger to disasters of climate change. the satellite will be just in time to monitor weather patterns around the philippines because the typhoon season i just a few months away. >> you can catch up with our news any time. go to our website, that's it for me, lauren taylor.
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>> the frustration of a synthetic voice for those who computers? >> it sounds like a robot. >> researchers creating sounds that capture individual pers personality giving a face. >> what about your speech. >> my tongue. >> for those in need, new voice technologies that over the sweet sounds of success. >> it is funky. >> yeah. like you.