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yemen political crisis deep enand boycotting talks while protests continue on the streets. ♪ hello i'm nick in doha and more to come on the program, bridging the political divide and iraq prime minister hosts a summit at bringing riverel factions together. a rally about to get underway for the party and the missions replicate what is happening in greece. a crisis in the making where in western chad now home to hundreds of refugees who fled
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boko haram. ♪ so then first to yemen where efforts to resolve the political crisis appear to be crumbling, the so called southern movements that wants to break from the north suspended participation in talks to form a government and calling it absurd dialog and a waste of time and we will go live in aid en in southern yemen and why this waste of time apparent waste of time? >> reporter: when this began on thursday evening there was an apparent breakthrough and the breakthrough is parties sitting around the table said they would set up a council and coalition of people that would have talks of running the country through an interim period and that is of course after hadi was forced to resign after the houthis took
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control of the capitol and say it is a waste of time because after they agreed on the principle of setting up a presidential council another demand is any of the malitia or the non-government factions who have weapons, who have taken over large parts of the country and capitol indeed as well as the airport relinquish that power and return those positions, those sensitive areas to the government and to the army, the houthis refused and so far they say there is no points talking to people who have taken control of the country by force and you do not want to relinquish and want to give it to give some sort of legitimacy to the position as what and this is how they have essentially described it nick. >> didn't sound as if there was likelihood of a breakthrough or any kind of agreement? >> not really i mean aside from this aside from them pulling out there have been several
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protests yesterday and saturday in yemen and students took to the streets in the capitol in sanaa protesting against the houthis power grab essentially and they were forcibly dispersed and their protests one of them one of the prominent leaders kidnapped by houthis and some injuries and governors as well as others in the south and there is a standoff politically speaking on the grounds in terms of the protests and rallies and militarily there have been several attacks across the country and that is what is making the job of them very difficult and they are failing around the table and seems he is failing to find some sort of concerted, long-term space where there is no violence and no protests, nick. >> that is a picture of aiden in yemen and thanks and adding to
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the turmoil they are threatening to block a highway leading to the strait and the crucial shipping lane in the red sea and made after houthi fighters shot and killed an army commander and two of his guards. iraq's prime minister al-abadi has a summit with religious and political factions in baghdad and abadi is fighting the islamic state and lavonte and we are live in baghdad and lots of dis disalusionment in the country. >> this is the biggest since the government was formed last year and in it the political leaders, the president and prime minister called for the same thing they have been calling for since this new government came to life which is basically national unity. now, this is crucial now of
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course, it's not just an empty phrase because the country is basically tearing itself apart and not least in the way of allegations that iraqi forces and shia malitias involved in a massacre and he said it was an urgent matter and had to address it. >> translator: we need to be unified in order to put an end to i.s.i.l. and could put an end through government reforms, we have to be determined to defeat i.s.i.l. on the military secure and social fronts if we do this we will defeat our enemies sooner than we think. >> reporter: jane how does this all fit into the bigger picture? >> reporter: well, the bigger picture is really that it isn't just air strikes that are going to defeat i.s.i.l. which is the point of all of this it's really getting iraqis to fight back themselves and to do that they have to be unified and stop fighting each other, the back drop to this of course is what
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appears to be a massacre of dozens unarmed men by what survivors are saying were members of shia malitia presence in the providence and made a very pointed statement without alluded specifically to the alleged massacre saying those who were killing and kidnapping had no part in iraq security forces and criminals and no less dangerous than terrorists and the u.n. envoy welcomed the investigation to the massacre and says what they are facing is more important than i.s.i.l. and it's about the disintegration of its own people. >> jane report and thanks very much u.s. said malik was killed near mosul on january 24 and goes on to say he was chemical weapons engineer under the
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former iraq president hussein and joined them in 2005. the town of kobane returning to the homes and town and infrastructure is damaged and they pushed i.s.i.l. out but the battle to rebuilt is only beginning. >> reporter: a few days since the streets of kobane quiet, four months of combat have taken a huge toll on the town and those who remain here throughout. >> translator: i was terrified. i'll never forget those moments and they will stay with me until i die. we live near the front lines. our fighters gave us food and water. there was no electricity. the children were very scared. >> reporter: it's been months since she and her children have been able to walk around their hometown. and she stays in kobane moving
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around as the fighting spreads from one area to the next. this is the first time he sees his family home. >> translator: they destroy people's lives before there were people traffic, they all fled to turkey lebanon and iraq all gone it's sad. >> reporter: it's a war that caused the islamic state of iraq and lavonte and 8500 fighters died here and this is a body of a turkish national being returned to his family military achievement has a new found pride among kurds but everyone here says it's not over yet. the hospital has been destroyed so they turned the basement of a building into a field hospital and it's here you really feel the battle is still ongoing all around kobane and i.s.i.l. controls surrounding villages and kurdish fighters trying to push them back the wounded keep on arriving there is no water.
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doctors lack equipment and medical supplies. they have had to adapt under pressure. >> translator: in a real hospital a doctor has what he needs. here we had to forget about it all and work in a primitive way and don't have means to treat properly and find out if vital organs were touched and people i knew nephew and uncle died in my arms and i couldn't save them. >> reporter: the battle for kobane has kurdish fighters from different places and tighters from the free syrian army have also joined in and escaped raqqa the syrian stronghold of i.s.i.l. >> translator: some people from kobane came and i saw what happened in raqqa and many of us died from suicide attacks and others cut to pieces images i'll never forget very painful but give you the motivation to keep fighting. >> reporter: kobane surrounding by i.s.i.l. has become a much
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needed military base for the kurds and it's from here they prepare for the battles ahead i'm with al jazeera, kobane. >> continues to demand the release of three journalists now in prison in egypt for 399 days greste and mohamed and fahmy were wrongly accused of going with the muslim brotherhood and al-sisi said he would like to see it revolved. and peter greste has written a letter saying in our case freedom is a continual fight on january first the court overturned our convictions an ordered a retrial, we still have no idea when that might begin or how long it might take and we remain strong and determined to do what it takes to clear our names and win our freedom, 400 days feels far too long to correct an injustice. supporters of the spanish far left party are gathering for a rally in the capitol madrid and
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hoping to repeat the success of the party which won the elections in greece last weekend, the spanish movement also wants to end austerity measures imposed by international creditors and let's speak to jackie live from madrid and jackie what kind of turn out are you expecting there? >> reporter: it's always difficult to predict these things but obviously the weather is on the side of the organizers bright blue skies above madrid this saturday and fair to say there probably will be tens of thousands of people who come here in the center of the city. certainly the party has captured this move of indignation of spanish people to feel the political parties, the banks and big business really have been continuing to have a very comfortable existence in spain and ordinary people are increasingly having to tighten their belts so it's likely within the next hour or so we could see very big crowds here.
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>> and this is a very new party and what do we actually know about it? >> . >> reporter: we don't know much about it at all and we know what it's against, corruption and big business and against the people in power for a very long time and establishment and all of messages are with the ordinary people with the economic difficulties facing spain and what is left here are exactly what the party stands for and what the policies would be on a whole range of issues if it were to win elections here and i think at the moment it's a dream, it's an idea rather than a real political party so it's difficult to see whether the kind of high figures it's achieving in opinion polls 28% in the last opinion poll is that could eventually translate into votes and seek parliament in general elections at the end of the year.
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>> thanks indeed and jackie reporting from madrid. stay with us on al jazeera, still coming up on the program 75 years ago the first of social check was issued in the united states. but now the financial lifeline for many faces an uncertain future and we will tell you why. ♪
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triggered large protests in the port city of aiden. iraq's prime minister al-abadi has a summit in baghdad and the meeting's main goal is to unite them against i.s.i.l. supporters of the spanish far left party are gathering for a rally in the capitol madrid and the spanish movement wants to end austerity measures imposed by international creditors. african union are meeting for the final day of summit in ethiopia and the string of problems with ebola and conflicts across the continent dominated the talks and we have the latest. >> reporter: the heads of states are expected to issue decorations on major issues that have been the subject of the summit they are considering a proposal by the african union, peace and security council for boko haram and council called for 7500 strong regional forces
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troops from nigeria and cameroon and chad and also very high on the agenda is a conflict in south sudan and the pace of peace talks that started in january last year both sudan's president and rebel leader have been holding direct talks to move forward, the peace talks, still a lot of contention on past sharing but a lot of pressure as well on the two the eu have threatened sanctions, ebola ravaging the poorest countries in content has been on the agenda and something elsworth noting is push for eu for funding and the organization almost entirely depends on foreign funding and good will of member states and some are unwilling or unable to commit resources and makes it very difficult for it to do its work and respond to situations as soon as they arrive.
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major battle between chad and boko haram in northern cameroon a the army said it killed 120 during the confrontation and soldiers and military vehicles sent into cameroon from chad to help deal with the growing threat from the armed group and chad is struggling to cope with influx from nigeria and the attack in the northeast earlier this month forced thousands of people to leave their homes and cross the border and we report now from chad's capitol. >> reporter: on the shores of lake chad the crisis spawned by boko haram is laid there beyond nigeria's borders. these are some of the victims of the group driven from their villages in the northeast, this camp in western chad is now their home. the camps here are quickly filling up as hundreds of refugees cross the border daily. >> translator: we have seen a
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massive influx of nigerian refugees into chad from third of january and 11,000 people arrived during the period and majority of them are civilians. >> reporter: the refugees also include members of pro-government malitia, and he is one of them. >> translator: they kill our people and they are people who are here and attack them. and the military nigeria military have just run away. >> reporter: the needs of the refugees remens. some aid agencies providing food and shelter. others like the international red cross are helping people to track down missing relatives. >> translator: my husband brought us here and then returned home his brother was killed by boko haram and he had
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to check on the family. the village was attacked again, i don't know if he is dead or alive. >> reporter: aid workers warn nigeria refugees are a crisis in the making with a potential to destabilize the region and for now international attention is riveted not on refugees but how to put a stop to boko haram of pillage and blood shed mohamed with al jazeera, chad. we have developing news out of iraq where two bomb ings near the cab toll baghdad killed at least nine people according to the associated press and one blast happened near a sheet market and another explosion reported near a car repair shop and more on that as we get it here at al jazeera. the ukrainian government is holeful peace talks for separatist leaders will happen and they were supposed to start on minsk on friday and more
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civilians being killed in the cross fire and charles stratford reports from donetsk. >> reporter: the wreckage of a car, the dead have been covered, the aftermath of more killing in the eastern ukraine. >> translator: i can barely walk i'm going to faint says this woman. >> reporter: witnesses say the attack happened as people cued to receive food handouts at a culture culture center at a city of donetsk and a second hit a trolley bus nearby. >> translator: people jumped out and i got closer and people started to run to me said the man. >> reporter: he ducks as yet another explosion rings out. there has been a dramatic escalation in the violence in this region in resent weeks, the attacks come just over a week
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since at least 13 people were killed when what was believes to be a martyr hit another trolley bus in donetsk. the separatists seem to have grown in confidence since they have claimed to have taken control of donetsk airport on january the 20th. the fighters who refer to themselves as soldiers in the army of the donetsk people's republic have promised to widen their offensive. they have said they are not interested in truce talks. the u.n. says that more than 5,000 people have been killed in this conflict so far. and attempts to restart truce negotiations in the capitol minsk on friday failed with the ukrainian government and separatists blaming each other for escalation in fighting and no one claiming responsibility for the attacks in donetsk today but one thing is for sure they highlight just how very difficult it is to try and restart these peace talks. charles stratford, al jazeera,
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donetsk, eastern ukraine. the government in the philippines and rebels from the islam eccliberation front promising to keep working on a roadmap to peace and both sides met in malaysia for a round of negotiation and signed agreement that will see fighters from the separatist group disarm and peace talks thrown in after 44 policemen were killed in fighting with the rebels in the southern philippines on sunday. legal options running out for two australian citizens on death row in indonesia and among convicted drug small lers and could face a firing squad in weeks and the execution fueled a growing public campaign for clemency and andrew thomas reports from sidney. >> reporter: a sidney warehouse actors rehearsing a very personal play. >> i'm sorry, i'm sorry. >> reporter: dreaming is a story of prisoners on death row in bali with a life so bleak they talk about imaginary lives
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and parallels the reef life story of to use trail yanls and ten years ago they were arrested in bali for heroin smuggling and given death sentences, appeals have been exhausted and indonesia executed six other foreigners last week and they could be next. for the dreaming actors who visited real life counterparts have become friends time is running out. >> we are doing what we can for these guys and helping them out is what we do i'm an actor and that is all i can do so i'm just trying to do the best because i care about my friends, you know. >> reporter: their play aims to raise money and awareness even at this late stage. this play was first performed back in 2008 and back then there was still hope for the character's real life counterparts and that hope is all but extinguished and had what it had not had before.
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australians bearing voices. >> we stand for mercy. >> reporter: families on television to plea. >> they are good kids and everybody makes mistakes and did something stupid and don't deserve to die. >> reporter: they have rehabilitated in prison. one is an artist and taught other prisoners. >> if prison is to reform yourself i think both the boys have done that. >> reporter: australia prime minister too has called for clemency but calls from british and dutch governments ignored and australia government has not said republicly and relations will be severely damaged if executions go ahead and the president seems resolute. >> translator: indonesia should be strong about this the president has to ask the public to understand if australia takes strong measures against malitia because of executions and if a product wanted to be excluded then we should face the consequences and that is difficult and suffering from
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international drug gangs in indonesia. ♪ on thursday there was a vigil and concert in sidney the call have mercy but it seems unlikely australians can save two of their own. andrew thomas al jazeera, sidney. there are concerns the u.s. president could offense china when he appears at an event in washington attended by the dali-lama and hosted the white house three times and china says it's a threat over tibet and the white house has tried to calm it down at a so called prayer breakfast. 75 years since benefits in the united states with a lifeline for americas but with workers contributing in decline the future is now under threat from washington d.c. here is
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kimberly. >> reporter: after working for most of their adult lives donna and her husband henry are now retired, despite some savings they rely mostly on a monthly government check known as social security to pay their living expenses. donna says without her husband's health and government assistance. >> i would be homeless. i would have to give up my home. >> reporter: she is not alone. it's estimated without social security benefits most female retirees in the u.s. would be poor. that is why social security was created back in 1935. at the height of the great depression with so many jobless the u.s. congress created social security to lift millions of poor elderly americans out of poverty and president roosevelt signed it into law. >> today a hope of many years standing is in large part fulfilled. >> reporter: the first check for $22.54 or about $389 today was issued to ida may fuller on
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january 31 1940 and never made and had no children and social security was her only support until she died at age 100. the average check is $1100 a month enough to cover basic expenses and the lifeline many counted on has an uncertain future. when it was createed there were roughly 53,000 beneficiary collecting $1200 in payments and contrast that to today where there are now more than 59 million americans cashing social security checks over $860 billion each year. unless the u.s. congress changes the program funds for disability payments will run out next year. by 2033 retirement checks will dwindle and they are talking about raising it for the cutoff.
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>> if you make a certain amount of money you don't pay tacks on the income. >> reporter: social security benefits are heavily biased toward lower paid workers who will collect substantially more than they contribute. that has led to the lack of political will in the u.s. congress to make changes to ensure social security remains solvent for future generations. >> i don't feel op messic for it being around for my children or possibly my grandchildren. >> reporter: retirement years would congressional actions may be less certain and secure kimberly in washington. freezing weather in north america has given an ice climber an unique trial and here is will gad and took an hour to be the first man to scale the frozen face of niagra falls between the border of canada and the united states and the sub 0 horseshoe
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falls is solid and he picked up an icy path 50 meters high impress sif and -- impressive and go to our website, new website and opinion and good analysis to al