>> hello again from doha, this is the news hour on al jazeera. an ongoing attack on afghanistan's election headquarters. the taliban has people trapped inside the building. also ukraine's crisis now the two countries are stepping out of timetable to avoid contact. the hunt for the missing malaysian airline, plus? >> reporter: in washington state the governor has asked for a
moment of silence to mark the one-week anniversary of the devastating landslide. >> taliban fighters are attacking the afghan election commission pound in kabul, this is the fourth attack in eight days and we're just a week out from a presidential election as well. they believe the airport may be targeted next. we have the details. >> reporter: under a week until presidential election the taliban attacks again. the target this time, the headquarters of the independent election commission in kabul, at least four fighters were disguised as women when they entered the election building. afghan special forces and police reinforcements took their
position. >> forces have come to my house. i had three guards, two outside and one inside. i don't know what is happening right now. the attack is wearing women's burkas. >> a witness told al jazeera the taliban fetterers armed wit figh assault rifles and grenade. this is the fourth attack in just over a week. the distances between the targets show how the taliban can seemingly strike where it likes in the capitol. on march 20th, gunmen shot nine civilians go ahead including two girls. on march 25th the office of the provincial election commission was attacked. two police officers and five taliban were killed in the gun battle. three days later fighters targeted a building used by an american aid group. the girl was killed by the suicide-bomber, security forces killed the four gunmen. saturday's attack on the
election commission hq is close toed highway to the east of the city. the taliban seems to be doing all it can to scare voters away from the polling stations in next week's presidential vote. >> as we get close to the afghan elections, which is a very political reason in afghanistan, we did believe and understand that there are enemies who would launch attacks like they have so far in the last few days. but they will not deter us from our commitment. >> in his final address to afghanistan's parliament on march 15th president karzai said u.s. soldiers must leave afghanistan at the end of the year. he said afghan forces are ready to protect the whole country on their own. he said that afghanistan does not need u.s. military trainers to leave after the vote.
security forces are struggling to cope. >> we'll learn more about the ongoing nature of the attack. >> reporter: what we're hearing from police at the scene, the fighting is still going on. the afghan police and special forces could manage to get into the building. and they're trying to fight them there. now another source, an afghan commissioner from the election compound that at least ten robert-propelled grenades hit the compound striking some offices and some warehouses where the material for the election was there. >> the closing down of the airport seems like a major move. >> we're hearing some international airplanes are supposed to land in kabul. they went back to their first
location. meanwhile, the afghan intelligence services in the past 48 hours they have arrested 30 attackers, and they're also have the--they have information about the specific election commission, and they shared it with other security forces, but other security forces failed to invite this attack. >> this is an update of the election in kabul. now it could be the first steps of the de-escalation of the crisis in ukraine. foreign minister lavrov and secretary of state john kerry have just spoken about a stand-down. this comes after an hour-long telephone conversation between president vladimir putin and
president barack obama. peter, who made that first phone call? what actually came ought of it as we know. >> well, it was unexpected and it was lengthy. it gave president putin the opportunity to really complain in the strongest terms about what he calls extremism. in the conversation with the president he called on the west to use whatever influence it could to reduce that tension in eastern ukraine. that was the narrative from the kremlin. as far as president obama was concerned he was able to place his grave concerns on the table about the build up, the continued build up, escalating build up of russian forces along the eastern ukraine border.
the latest of u.s. intelligence, the pentagon now saying that they believe the russians have up to 40,000 troops deployed along the border. what they're saying this is not just the usual springtime exercise. the troops aren't moving. they're virtually poised on this border, and they have very well established supply lines back into the center of russia. so there is great concern there by the u.s. president in that conversation with putin. and it's interesting to note that a few hours ago on saturday sergei lavrov went out of his way to basically reassure the west that russia had no intention of crossing into ukraine, crossing into ukraine borders. >> peter, stay there. this phone call was now contact between sergei lavrov and john
kerry. any idea where that's going? >> no details at the moment. we know that perhaps the foreign ministers should met again. remember they met at the hague. it looks like they're trying to sort out a date when they can sit around the table. president barack obama is keen to go ahead with diplomatic settlements. both presidents were talking past each other. barack obama is talking about the need of the russian forces to withdraw, vladimir putin is saying, look, what we can't have is rampaging extremists to use his words in the eastern part of the ukraine, something needs to be done to reign those in. we know he has used that in the past. most recently in crimea. barack obama is absolutel absoly
concerned to nail the russians to diplomatic discussions which is why kerry phoned lavrov first thing this morning and we may get some indication from the state department. but what was actually said in that phone call. >> just quickly. same question for both of you here, and it's a bit broad brush, and we want to get your thoughts. what's next? what's the next move for russia, if i can ask you? >> well, kerry has always said repeatedly sa said the only wayt of this en pass is politically. russia has to find common ground with ukraine. they've got broad russian approval from the ukrainians. but the interim government in ukraine is unacceptable to russia. and of course russia is maintaining they'll make no move
at all unless they come up and say cry cry maya is not part of ukraine an more. >> the the americans don't want to see what the russians will do mil militarily. this is why kerry has made this phone call. they see this whole dispute being set around the table as a further sanctions but they know it will impact the wider global economy. so they're reluctant to do that. it's really trying about to push forward and get some diplomatic solution that everyone can live with. no one will get exactly what they want. barack obama believes that diplomacy is the way ahead. he has ruled out military action in ukraine and would not want to escalate tension there any further. >> we thank you both.
staying with this story, political intrigue outside of the country and inside it, too, where opposition leader has decided not to contest the presidential election in may. >> some pool are saying he's running second string to another candidate, but he also had a lot of momentum and popularity during the up rising. >> he did and he was a frontrunner for the presidency.
shedding more light on the decision in the last hour or so saying what is needed is unity, and what they're trying to avoid is a run-off on may 25th. they would like to have the president-elected in a straight up and down election instead of going to a run off, and they hope that this political deal will do it vitali klitschko may run for mayor. and corruption is a huge problem here. it's a major complaint of the protesters. that's one of the reasons why they overthrew viktor yanukovych. and running yulia tymoshenko throwing her hat in the ring
today. >> let's listen to what yulia tymoshenko is saying today. >> if people will trust me with the presidency i will never let aggress sir take our land without a fight. my aim is to demand a secession of occupation of crimea. i do not accept analytical evidence that crimea is lost to ukraine and we must comes to terms with that, i will never accept that. crimea is ukraine and we will have it back. >> jennifer, i know yulia tymoshenko is a public figure and a symbol of what's going on in ukraine, you wonder how she could make a political comeback after everything she has been through. >> i think it will be a very, very long hard campaign for her. she does have a political history, and many believe she is part of the old guard. she represents what was wrong with politics here and many
people feel they want a change. while she does have some support she was polling third behind klitschko before the announc announcement that klitschko is not running. a lot of people would like to see her an elder states woman to help shepherd ukraine through the next few years but not sure if she's presidential material, and the people of ukraine will elect her as president. >> refugees in barundi have returned to nothing. >> i'm rob reynolds in los angeles with the worship of why so many mentally ill people wind up behind bars. >> and we'll find out how formula one drivers coped on a wet day of qualifying on the
>> the search operation had moved north after reviewing new radar and satellite data. the conclusion that malaysian airlines plane had traveled a shorter distance after vanishing from radar screens on march 8th. families of missing passengers were assured that they would continue the search in hopes of finding anyone alive. >> no matter how remote, hope against hope, we will continue to find survives.
>> but in beijing relatives are still upset to the malaysian response to the tragic disappearance. many say it's too early to conclude that the plane crashed. >> this attitude is irresponsible because they don't have any direct evidence. >> reporter: it has been three weeks since plight 370 disappeared. as the search continues, there is hope that they'll eventually be able to recover anything at all. >> it's such a huge body of water that they're searching, an area with tough weather conditions as well which makes it all the more difficult. >> meteorologist: that's right. today has not been too bad but i'm afraid as we get to the next couple of days things could go down hill. that's not particularly good news. the search area marked in here. look at how the clouds are making their way from west to east. it's stretched out somewhat, but
the next area cloud and rain will cause problems as we go through sunday and into monday. not good news. the weather is going down hill. the weather also going down hill in the mozambique channel. we have cyclone helen is how intensified further and we're looking for heavy rain through madagascar as we go through the next 24 to 48 hours. we still have the problems with mudslides in that northwestern corner of the united states. it's been a really wet week here. lots of cloud and rain continuing across a similar area across much of washington state into the pacific northwest. this is the remainder of saturday, further heavy rain coming through here going into sunday. it still looks pretty disturbed. snow over the higher ground. hope as we come into monday we'll see slightly dryer weather
but there is no great improvement. >> thanks, not good conditions up there in that corner of the u.s. we might stay on that story while we're there. the death toll from that mudslide is expected to rise substantially. 17 bodies have been found but more than 90 people are still missing. we'll hear more, but first, more than 100 volunteers have joined the search. >> martin was a few feet from oblivion. he was driving through osa on his 76th birthday when he stopped just short of 24-foot wall of earth. >> we didn't know where it was coming. >> reporter: in his years as a teacher here he got to know many of the victims. they came to this working class town for work logging trees for
the breathtaking view of the mountains and the close-knit neighborhood. >> i said after i left just after a visit that i was going to die in darington. that's how much it impressed me to be part of this community. such a loving community. >> reporter: studies found the mountain above steel head drive was a high risk for a lethal landslide. many say it's too soon to say why that didn't change anything. >> there were studies suggesting there is a significant landslide risk here. is there anything that says something had to be done? >> you have to look back and say could we have prevented this so we know what we do in the future. that could come, but right now we need every available resource focused on the recovery.
>> is that something you'll look at? >> in any disaster you do that. >> reporter: there harass a risk of landslide, but despite warnings many say they had no idea how bad it could be. but this is a logging community, and they're accustomed to risk. >> we have lost a lot of people since i've been here. that's part of living here. you take care of each other. that's the plus. their attitude is by god if you can tell me what to do on my property, then i don't own it. >> reporter: with rescue crews entering day eight many are beginning to question letting locals live where they wanted despite known risks was a fatal mistake. al jazeera, darington, washington. >> now live in washington, a week now, and we think about those still lost and their families. huge toll. they muson the rescue team aswe.
>> reporter: that's right, they are physically exhausted. many of them have been here since last saturday. for a week now they've been searching, combing through the debris up to their waist in some places looking for any signs of life. they have not found any survivors since last weekend. they still hold out hope. they continue to look for survivors. yes, it's taken a toll on them, not just physically but emotionally. because they are physically and emotionally exhausted crews are being switched out, fresh crews are coming in. there are also grief counselors on hand to help these crew who is are emotionally exhausted and need to process their feelings. >> it says something about the levels of the community that
they can continue hoping, even though they know what the situation is like, still carrying on for all those families. >> yes, that's so true. the weather is not helping at all. it has been a raining steadily and forecastinger storms, including thunderstorms. it's been a challenging rescue operation, and they're still calling it a rescue operation. rescuers have been up to their waist in this debris. other times they have been up to their knees. they've seen in some spots they're estimated 30 to 40 feet deep. one described it as if you took some timber, if you took some mud, and you took debris and mixed it all up in a blender and put it out on the ground that's what they're dealing with now.
it's just this mixture, and it's really impossible to find people. helicopters, of course, have a tough time in stormy weather. they're not able to transport the victims, those who have perished, and move them to the medical examiner's office. we know officials admitted that even though the death toll stands at 17 they were able to spot one more victim in the debris. but they aren't able to move that body to the medical examiner's office. so right now the death toll still remains at 17. but 90 people are still missing or unaccounted for. i should also mention that the governor of washington state has asked for a moment of silence this morning at 10:37 a.m. pacific time marking the one year--i'm sorry--one-week anniversary of when this
devastating landslide struck. >> extraordinary. joining us from washington, thanks. well, staying in the united states its estimated that half a million mentally ill people are behind bars. looking at the issue of criminalization of mental health in the united states. >> reporter: he says his name is ethan. he wanders the streets of los angeles. barefoot, disheveled and bleeding. ethan said he doesn't take anti-psychotic medication. he's tortured by dark delusions. >> i'm mentally ill and i don't receive the treatment i need out here. that's really the point. >> reporter: ethan is one of tens of thousands of mentally ill homeless people in this city. he has been arrested more times than he can remember, and locked up here in the l.a. county jail. >> we've got prisons and county
jails that serve as de facto mental hospitals. >> reporter: author steve lopez has extendeedly researched mentl illness. >> l.a. county jail has 3,000 inmates with mental illness. we prosecute rather than do the medicines. we're more apt to punish than to provide the necessary treatment. >> reporter: it will the 1960s and 70s most mentally ill people were confined in state-run mental hospitals. advances in medication and concern over abuses in those hospitals led to many patients being released and the asylums were shut down. but federal and state funding for a network of planned community care centers never materialized leaving thousands of former patients homeless, untreated, and often in trouble. jails were never meant to be treatment centers.
>> most people who work in the jail system not only do they not understand mental illness, they don't know symptoms. they don't know behaviors. they have no clue as to de-escalate. nor was it designed that they should. >> reporter: advocates say what the mentally ill and homeless need more than anything is a place to live where they can get help and treatment. that, of course, would require taxpayer's money. but according to the national alliance on mental illness sin since 2009 funding for mental health by the state has actually been cut by more than $4 billion. rob reynolds, al jazeera, los angeles. >> and we'll have the final part of that series tomorrow. we'll have that report on how the police are lan handling risg numbers of incidents with
russian foreign minister lavrov said that moscow has no intention to send force noose ukraine, but he told secretary of state kerry that they would protect russians in ukraine. 17 bodies have been found, 90 people are still missing. final campaign rallies are being held in turkey just the day before local elections at a time when thtime. >> saturday is the last day of campaigning, and candidates are making the most of it. election hype and all parties are campaigning in force. slogans are everywhere, and so are the promises made by the candidates. but turkey is in political
turmoil and it is making people nervous. >> there is always tension before elections but recent allegations against the government has made the situation more tense. it has made each side more polarized. >> the feeling here is that this is more than just local politics. what makes these local elections significant is that they are being held while the government faces rising political tensions, power strong and allegations of mass corruption. to many people these polls are really more referendum on prime minister erdogan and his policies. widespread anti-government protests broke last summer. the police were accused of using excessive force. the government named western countries for supporting those demonstrators, and in december a
corruption scandal forced three ministers to resign, allegations of corruption were also made against the prime minister. erdogan denied them and blamed a smear campaign of bringing down his government. a political scientist who calls these local elections crucial. >> we used to take the council elections as a measure of popularity of the government. it was sort of the poll of polls where all of these issues from economic policy to foreign policy, corruption issues, building permits, all of those will be playing some role in the decision people will make. >> prime minister erdogan
remains defiant relying a perhas on the support he has had for the last 12 years. he's now calling on those supporters to back him once again. the country is deeply divided and popularized. many will be watching the resu results, but regardless of who wins the political struggle and polarization will continue. two months ago western nations promised to give $2.5 billion aid to syria, but only 1% that have money has been made. in kuwait, the conference in january. >> the size of the humanitarian need created is bigger than anyone could have imagined when the conflict started three years ago. u.n. figures show refugees are in neighboring countries and the real number is higher with
1 million syrians living in lebanon. inside syria an estimated 9 million people are in need of aid. in january kuwait hosted the conference to raise the money needed for the humanitarian response. >> it was a record for humanitarian emergency, $6.5 billion. there are, in fact, two separate appeals for those needing aid. inside syria they wanted $2.2 billion. the separate appeal is for the regional countries, $4.3 billion. so far the u.n. said it has got from that appeal $674 million. in total about 1% for syrians in desperate need is actually being deposited with the u.n.
it's only just two months since the conference and some countries give their money to aid agencies by passing the u.n. but still a cause of concern that only 7% of the money promised has been given. >> if we don't give food, they don't eat. if we don't give medicine they'll die from their illness. we cannot overstate the gravity of the necessity for a humanitarian assistance for the people in syria. >> there is real urgency to make sure that aid gets to the syrians who are struggling to survive. >> now students in northern nigeria are opting to stay at
home after a series of attacks on schools. blamed for killing 700 people at the start of the year we have more there. >> reporter: it's been a month since their 14-year-old son was killed. they fine comfort going through his home work, looking at his good marks. he wanted to be a doctor, but at school they killed him. >> i can't get over what his body looked like. he was shot five times in the stomach, arms and legs. it wakes me up at night and i can't sleep again. >> reporter: a classmate who survived the attack described how female students were spared. >> we were crying. some were crying, some were praying.
i don't want to go to school again. >> it's a feeling shared by many the group feels that education is sinful and it has been on a rampage against schools. it has killed 100 students in each month. the latest attack in the remote town killed 32 students. although some people say 50 died here. every single building in the school compound was burned down. this is where the worst part of the attacks took place. they locked up students in their sleeping quarters. those who tried to escape were shot or had their throats slit.
>> reporter: school attendance has dropped 30% to 90% depending on how dangerous the area is. local governments have been locating the students throughout the state. they have closed 85 students officials here won't do that. >> it's a challenge to us. >> parents are sending their children back to school with the promises of better security but many aren't sure that the time is right. such is the voice of living for today and striving for a better tomorrow. >> tens of thousands of refugees are returning to barundi nine years after civil war.
they find that their land has been taken over by other families. and with elections there is fear that violence could return. >> he was born in rwanda. after genocide in 1994 the family moved to congo. but the conflict ended nine years ago. an estimated 300,000 people mainly civilians were killed. jean-claude worries that next year's elections could trigger a new cycle of violence. >> yes, i'm afraid the next year because everyone is afraid because they do know which is or which will be in. another concern for refugees returning to barundi is land. they set up the community near the border of tanzania.
many they have come back to find someone else is on their land. >> i've been told that i do not belong here. my family will cause trouble if i ask for my land. >> reporter: government officials are not dealin dealinh land scarcity, the united nations state that it is one of the poorest countries in the world. >> most struggle to make ends meet. families returning from the republic of congo have to compete for jobs and food. >> reporter: there isn't enough money in the state budget. 80% of the country relies on agriculture. >> people living in rural areas want to travel ahead. if the issue of land isn't addressed quickly. >> reporter: al jazeera, barundi.
>> we'll have more from africa after the break. and a man being uprooted from his home and business in kenya. >> it's not right. telling us to go back when there is no peace makes no sense. >> and celebrating a peace deal with muslims in the southern philippines, but will some people be forced from their homes as a result? sports news to come as well. we have details to come. consider this
>> we want to give you an update on the situation regarding ukraine. the diplomatic efforts that we're hearing john kerry abruptly changed course and will now stay in europe for more talks in ukraine. that's him in london with the russian foreign minister. i've seen reports that he'll be meeting lavrov again in paris on monday. clearly more diplomatic efforts, phone calls between the two presidents and now the two foreign meter ministers to meet. we turn to other news, kenya combating threats to its national security. the kenyan government cracking down on somali refugees.
they're alarmed to send refugees to two different designated camps. >> a somali refugee who run two shops that sell meat and fish. but now the government wants people like him sent back to designated refugee camps. it weighs heavily on his mind but he has no intention of leaving his business and the life he's built. >> it's not right. we left our country, telling us to go back when there is no peace makes no sense. if kenyans hate us that much, maybe take us somewhere else. >> reporter: he lives in the east district of nairobi. it's the heart of tens of thousands of somalis and an unknown number of somali refugees. without them his
business would grind to a halt. the government is justifying the crackdown because some of the again men involved in the attacks like the one by al-shabaab at westgate mall. many fear there will be more violence. >> so it is for their own group that they relinquish for the good of the country. >> they're encouraging people to inform on refugees, out of loyalty for kenya. >> reporter: the government is trying to fix the streets, but the crackdown of damaging relations. instead of unity for a common cause people told us that the government could should be encouraging extremism.
>> it can be threatened by criminals. >> the faithful overthrow onto the foot path. unless by force it seems no one is going anywhere. al jazeera, nairobi. >> time for sports. how are you? >> reporter: i'm all right. how are you? >> good. >> reporter: we saw if formula one hamilton has taken pole position finishing just ahead of defending champion the rain causing delays. marcus harrison having a few problems.
the champion leader was third. >> very, very tricky out there, particularly at the end it was almost impossible to see. i couldn't do my last lap. i just couldn't see a thing behind, i count see where the correspondenccorners were and w. in the last hour some unhappy united fans has staged a high flying process, just as the side was kicking off against aston villa. united did go a goal down but two goals from wayne rooney is providing help at the moment. 2-1 is the latest score with the second half just getting under
way arsenal play plays manchestr city. arsenarsene wenger. >> we have to accept that. the rest is opinions. people are, in this society we have thousands of opinions. some go for you, some against you. you have to live with that. >> i think arsenal has all the chances to win the title. maybe they didn't play well or they have the result that they needed, but i think that all the teams will drop in the season. >> the top three in spain are all in action this saturday. barcelona are on the way in espanyol.
real madrid sits third in the table. forcing the recent efforts, and it was off the pitch due to boots. >> it doesn't need to improve a lot because his continue is good in this moment. >> cricket's world twenty20 has been delayed. they have seen the lights go out and the players go off. earlier new zealand continue to push for the semifinals with the wind over the netherlands. the first man to reach international runs. the dutch are out.
so india becoming the first team to reach the semifinal. after two defights the home side are all but out of the events. they hit the winning run after the final. even before they face australia in their last group. >> i feel what we did was we came in with nothing really in mind. we knew tha the conditions quite well. we had the right kind of expose. we knew the kind of problems we would face. and we had to become that. >> the six wicket win, and the consecutive sixes.
>> we looked a at the status and thought we could afford to lose one. we'll check that out, but i imagine it makes it reason ply difficult from there. >> the spot after the 2-1 win. the three-time stanley cup champions had third-period goals. two goals coming 47 seconds apart to make it 2-0. this was the 47th win of the season. cabrera said he would end his career with the tigers after a record deal.
the contract worst $292 million, the largest contract in baseball history. cabrera became the first baseball player to win the triple crown leading the american lead and average home runs and runs batted in. >> i want to be a tiger for many years to come. i need to get better and win games and win championships. >> the horse named ruler of the world has a chance to live up to his name later this saturday. he's expected to win the richest race on the planet. also won last year's. derby.
>> he's matured, he's grown, and he's in very good form. we're hoping for a good run, and it's a big question, you don't know until you get there. >> thwinning the semifinals. double walk over at this stage of the major tour event featuring the top two players of the world. it will be the first meeting of the season. and there is more now. check out www.aljazeera.com/sport. there are details of how to get in touch with our team using twitter and facebook. >> thank you. filipinos celebrating a deal
between the opposition front and the government. some indigenous tribes fear that the deal will result in the loss of their ancestral home. >> reporter: here in the remote village in the southern philippines, they are in the mood to celebrate. >> now, ladies and gentlemen,-- >> the philippines signed the deal with the most powerful rebel group. by ending the muslim rebe rebel, the peace finally comes. for generations they have been misplaced. caught up in a conflict they have little to do with. >> reporter: there are 200 families in this village. basic services remain
nonexistence. there is no electricity, no running water, no medical clinic and no property school. they're hoping that the signing of this peace agreement means that life for them will get better. like for many other indigenous tribes in the region, they live like this, poor and marginalize. they claim 300 hecters of ancestral lands. most are filipinos who feel mistreated by the government. but they are accidental. she said that muslims took away her ancestral home many years ago and now they want her home, too. >> they disrespect the cultures
that we have. so, too, our farms and properties. we don't have anywhere else to go but here. that's why our needs have to be met. >> reporter: but the chairman of the liberation front assures everyone that the new autonomous region will be inclusive. >> it may be likened to a gatekeeper for the duration of the transition where after such the keys to the gate will be willingly handed over to the democratic will of the people. >> reporter: many hearsay the agreement looks good on paper but they're worried about the difficulty of implementing it. >> we are concerned to ensure that our rights as indigenous people are protected this deal should be implemented before the president steps down in 2016. >> you for now, they fully support the government, and they also worry and wonder if their
own grievances will finally be addressed. al jazeera, southern philippines. >> before we go i want to you meet someone named brian. he's going to be behind the curtain in a second. he lives in the mars yard in the u.k. he is a prototype mars rover that is prepared to be launched in four years time. scientists say that the yard replicates the trench rouse terrain. the project is costing $1.5 million which is not enough money for me to read the last line of the script, which is a terrible play on words on the life of brian. i read it once already today, i'm not going to read it again. we're back in a moment with the top stories of the day. live to kabul and washington, d.c. we'll have the latest news. i'll see you in just a few
>> good morning and welcome. we have a look at today's stories. search teams in oso, washington, will pause today for a moment of silence one week after that deadly mudslide. the death toll is 17 but rescuers say they supposed more body that simply aren't accessible yet. teams are working around the clock in hazardous continues to find people. gunmen stormed election building headquarters. it comes one week before the national election.