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that make a difference. that open your world. >> this is what we do. >> america tonight. tuesday through friday. 10:00 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> saudi war planes bomb shia houthi targets in yemen for a second night. the houthi response is absolute defines. -- defiance hello from al jazeera's headquarters. i'm jane dutton. also ahead - hunting for a motive. police until germany search the home of the co-pilot who deliberately crashed a german wings plane 10 million children don't get to experience this in nigeria as the presidential
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election looms. we look at the issue of education, plus... >> i'm rob mcbride at a korean formula 1 circuit - trying to figure out a solution out formula 1 first to yemen where saudi-led air strikes targeted positions, the latest striking anti-air defense system. the leader of the houthi rebels accused saudi arabia and allies of invading his country. gerald tan has the latest. >> reporter: these pilots are part of group against the rebels and their latest in yemen. for a second night the alliance hit military positions in sanaa, taiz and sanaa. saudi officials say there's no plan to send troops. at least for now. >> we should be ready for all
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the circumstances. our forces are ready for the different threat. the air threat, or ground threat. for the time being there is no such operation, but if need we will be ready to face this kind of threat. >> so far the strikes crippled the air force, and the houthi response defines. >> what do they expect us to do - surrender. announce our defeat to act like cowards. what do they expect from us. collapse overnight, to walk away? absolutely not. >> houthi fighters are not the only ones hit. a dozen civilians were killed in the strikes on thursday. during the day picture of supporters in the streets of sanaa were shown, which houthis
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held since last year. >> they are not the only ones on the street. yemen has been unstable. the houthis, with the support of iran have been expanding the territory outside. in january they forced the government out of the capital. >> last week this - bombings at two shia mosques in summer. the houthis responded attacking aiden in the south. the president is in saudi arabia recognised by the coalition and world powers as the legitimate leader. it has been endorsed by arab league nations, proposing a unified force to face regional threats. a saudi led intervention is seen as a message. for yemeni's caught in the conflict hopes are dwindling
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the arab league is among those supporting the saudi led air strikes. egypt publicly stated its support and participation. the military action was announced in a joint statement. bahrain, kuwait and qatar. jordan egypt and more okayo have been involved in the strikes. saddan says air and ground forces take part. turkey says it may provide logistical support. pakistan is sending military officials to saudi arabia to discuss what if any support islamabad can provide. nicole johnson is in the capital. >> saudi arabia requested that the pakistani government help it against its war in the fight against yemen. pakistan released a statement saying anything that threatened the integrity from saudi arabia
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will evoke a response from pakistan. friday they are sending a delegation from the army and the government to saudi arabia to discuss what assistance if any, the pakistan could provide to saudi arabia. the two countries have a good and strong relationship, there are strong economic ties. saudi arabia is often the first country to help pakistan when it has economic problems energy crisis or a natural disaster. there are 800 troops deployed across various parts of saudi arabia. on the other hand pakistan enjoys a good relationship with iran, and they'll be concerned about becoming too deeply involved in regional conflict that looks like a proxy war inside yemen between saudi arabia and iran. the other big reason is because 20% of pakistan populations are
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shia. in pakistan there are sectarian problems tensions violence. the pakistani government would not make that situation swores and escalate becoming too deeply involved against saudi arabia, against fighters backed by iran a visiting fellow from the european council of foreign relations joins me from london. what do you think the outcome of this is likely to be? >> it's unclear at this point. i think the saudi's coalition aim is to bomb the houthis into making a negotiated settlement. bombing someone into negotiating is risky. >> i was going to ask you. >> i mean what we have seen from the houthis is defiance and it's not understandable considering they feel under threat from all sides. at this point with them digging
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in their heels there's a potential for an extended proxy war. >> we are waiting on what sort of response iran is capable of. and speaking to iranians they say they support the houthis and the yemenis, what do you think they are capable of going or likely to do? >> it's still an open question. iran right now has a number of fronts in the region while iraq is a key front for iran yemen is not strategic importance. the key is how much iran is willing to invest in yemen, that is unclear at this point. >> it's interesting that the world is open to working with rain when it comes to iraq and fighting i.s.i.l. but clearly this is a statement to iran to stop what they see as extending
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its policy. >> i think part of it too is yemen is not seen as traditionally part of iran's sphere of influence. it has been growing in recent years. that has raised the alarm of saudi arabia and the other gulf states. what you see in saudi arabia is they are not willing to tolerate what they view what they view as iranian satellite state on the southern border. >> at the same time we have nuclear talks in lausanne do you think if there was an agreement at the nuclear talks, it could bring stability to the region it could draw all sides back from the brink? >> there's definitely a potential there. i think there has to be an awareness from all sides at this point that an extended conflict in yemen is in no one's interest. a war drawing in the various powers has the potential to
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spillover and destabilize the peninsula, it's a worse case scenario that many of us couldn't gath some imagine sa few years ago. >> it's interesting that the region is able to pull together forces for yemen, but incredible reluctance for syria throughout the war there. >> it is very odd. many yemenis have made the comment that it's odd that the same nations reluctant to intervene in syria are reluctant to intervene against i.s.i.l. in iraq. pulled together the coalition fast. and part of it does demonstrate the extent that saudi arabia and the gulf states view the houthis as a potential threat. obviously due to the fact that they are right in the neighbourhood. >> good to talk to you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> syria's president said he's open to dialogue with the united states.
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bashar al-assad made the comment in a television interview with a u.s. broadcaster c.b.s. there must be no pressuring of syria's sovereignty. >> as principle, in syria we could say every dialogue is positive and we'll be open with dialogue to anyone including the other, based op mutual respect. >> the united nations doubled the estimate of syrians in besieged areas. the new number is close to 440,000 people a 3-day locked down aimed at stopping the thread of ebola has come into force in sierra leone. the president ordered everyone to stay indoors from friday morning to sunday night. volunteers will go door to door to educate people about ebola. sierra leone has been battling the virus that killed more than 10,000 in west africa. >> more to come on the
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syria's president is open to dialogue with the united states to tie to end the conflict in his country. he made the comments in a television interview, but said no pressure should be put on syria's sovereignty. a 3-day lock down aimed at stopping the spread of ebola came into force. the president ordered everyone to stay indoors from friday morning until sunday night. investigators searched the family home and flat of the co-pilot german wings flight who is believed to have crashed deliberately into the french alps. they are trying to find clues as to what the motive could have been. according to the voice recorder andreias lubitz took control before the crash.
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dominik cane is in the area. i can't imagine what the atmosphere must be like. >> it is one of shock and disbelief that one of their own may be responsible for the death of 149 and himself in the traumatic disaster. coming to this place today, we went past buildings where the flags are flying at half mast as indeed they were at the town that lost children and teachers. there's a sense of disbelief. if you look at the expressions in the german media, there are questions asked in this site about why did a pilot fly 149 people to their death. in one of germany's biggest newspapers, they are referring to mr lubitz as a mass murderer someone responsible for the mass deaths of many people. that is something that people are finding hard to comprehend. german chancellor spoke of her
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inability to comprehend how such a thing could happen and the people are looking into the life of andreas lubitz. he had a flat in dusseldorf, and the police have been to both sites. trying to find a pattern of what made him do this. he has suffered bouts of depression, that's been reported. he has received treatment. he was considered to be 100% fit to fly the plane. he only had 630 flying hours experience relative to the 6,000 hours of his colleague, who he kept from getting back into the cockpit. >> do you get the sense that it will lead to changes in the
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airline industry? >> certainly some airlines posed a 2 aircrew in the cockpit at all times policy as a commence of this disaster. we need to see the outcome of the investigation and the verdict before we see airlines enforce policies in that way. if it can be avoided. if something can be done the airlines will do it. it's something the germans would look to happen. the governments involved in this disaster we remember seeing angela merkel and mariano rajoy brey and francis hollande looking at the crash site. it will make people realise how serious the situation is.
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there's a sense of disbelief that one of their own was responsible for a tragic disaster. campaigning is winding down ahead of nigeria's presidential election. leading candidates are casting votes. muhammadu bahari is challenging jonathan goodluck. he called out nigerians to come out on mass and wrote to remove the government from office. access to quality information will be among the key issues. let's take a look. the country has the highest number of children out of school, more than 10 million. violence is a reason many can't go to school. it's thought a third of all schools have been destroyed by the fighting.
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15,000 students are able to attend classes. the majority of children mainly in the north, less than two-thirds complete primary school and fewer finishing secondary school. nigeria addresses less in education than other countries. >> people demand that there be free schooling across the country. the government has been trying to improve the education system. >> reporter: teachers say this 10-year-old is the brightest in his class. these children attend a government school. the government is largely accredited for improving the education system.
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they built new schools. recruiting teachers. training our teachers. >> when he kale on board they were training teachers. >> reporter: education is free and compulsory. textbooks and uniforms are provided by the government at no cost. the concept is simply. children wear the same uniform. doesn't matter if you are from a rich or poor family. facilities in several governments across nigeria, and here in river state are not good. activists accuse politicians of having double standards. >> children are being educated abroad with our money, with our resources because they are in political power. that is unfair. yet the children of other people, ordinary people the
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voters are not able to attend those schools. >> precious attends a private school. tuition is roughly $1,000 a term. the 16-year-old says the government-run school cannot give her the opportunity she needs to get a head start. >> you go to the government schools. they don't have the fascinate jers we have here. library, physics and biology lap. poorer schools are catching up. the facilities at the government school are better than most. the challenge for the politicians is making sure every child has access to the best two. >> a thai court ruled a family of suspected uyghur muslims must remain in detention until the nationalities are proven. the 17 are caught up in what is described as a diplomatic tug of war between china and turkey. the family says they are from
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turkey and want to return. beijing claims they are from the north-west region. >> reporter: the fate of those here are in limbo. they are in detention because they illegalliered thailand - that is sound. that is something that the attorney will appeal. >> this case is tied to politics. these 17 uyghurs are from turkey. you have family members in the home town. the passports are issued by the turkish interior ministry not the minister here. >> politics in between turkey and china. 17 uyghurs contend they are from turkey. chinese officials say they are not from turkey. they are not alone. there are more than 300 uyghurs in detention for illegally entering thailand. all are caught in a diplomatic
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tug of war. >> a rally has been held in el salvador's capital. the solid ardy against violence. >> dressed in white, the people called for piece and justice. thursday was declared a public holiday. el salvador is one of the most joint nations with a high crime rate. >> thousands have been protesting in mexico to mark six months since the disappearance of 43 students. parents staged a rally. they don't accept the findings saying the children were killed by a drugs gang. >> thousands of people are marching here in mexico city six months after the students went missing. the students marching are not just calling for justice, but the suspension of elections in
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guerrero on june 7th. if anything they'll produce a continued corrupt local place, a political class packed with people with ties to organised crime. they say the city is a narco state. it's very unlikely that the federal election will support the proposal. that would be a tacit emission that democracy doesn't truly exist in mexico. that is something that the president is unlikely to want his government to admit. we've been speaking to people. here is what they had to say. >> i don't think elections now will do any good. we are trapped. we also don't want to overthrow institutions in a coup. >> democracy is sick here. we have to revive it. we can't let it die. >> six months on more than 100
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are arrested in this case. more than 50 - people marching and millions across mexico don't mooef that the attorney-general's hospital conducted an exhausted and transparent investigation. that's why they march and call for justice to the students. to sudan, and people have been finished with sanctions. the united states eased some restrictions, and as explained, that decision is having an impact. >> there's nothing extraordinary about the shelves. in sudan, it's a sign of change. customers can purchase products including microsoft systems, americans can send equipment to sudan. >> we hope that sudan moves forward. and that lifting the ban will be
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mfifor us. >> reporter: the u.s. had a trade embargo against sudan since 1957. last month they lifted some of those sanctions. saying the ultimate result was freedom of expansion. >> we hope they look over the sanctions, that have an impact on the lives of people. >> sanctions will not be lifted easily. >> the president is wanted by the international criminal court. he is accused of genocide crimes against humanity and war crimes in darfur. in april, they are running for re-election. most of the major groups are planning to boycott. for most sudanese, life continues to be difficult. when south sudan gains independence. it took most of the oil revenue with it. there are reports of shortages of bread, flour and fuel. the military continues its fight
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with the rebels. anti-government protests turned violent. as president bashar al-assad runs for another term his biggest challenge may not be winning but improving the lives of sudanese citizens. in south korea debate is intensifying over the cost of the winter olympics. the 2018 games carries a price tag of more than $12 billion. after previous sporting investments, some are asking if it's worth it. >> it is a world class circuit supposed to put south korea on the racing map much after four grand prixes the racing world largely forgot it was here. unable to generate support or revenue, the operators have been looking for other events.
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still the operators insist the circuit should not be viewed in dollars and cents. >> a facility like this should be seen as a social investment instead of a business earning revenue. the government is subsidizing sports. motor sports are not as popular, and the government does not feel it is obliged to sponsor us. >> at the root of the problem is planning. it's located in the remote south of a country with limited interest in motor sports. critics say a lack of for site seems to be a failing. >> when it comes to planning you have to look at how to make the venues or the towns as a trevor preferred or favourite destination as opposed to a single venue. i'm not sure if it's done a good job of planning that a way.
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south korea's city has enough people. such was the scale of the 2014 games that it is still tackling the problem of finding new uses for the facilities. and it is deeply in debt. they have high hopes that the main stadium will find a new loose, but commits it could take years and nose the country is watching as south korea prepares for its next sporting feat. >> construction is advanced for the 2018 winter olympics. so is the debate over its cost and future use of the site. at least that debate is happening now, rather than after the event. >> the biggest lesson from those past event is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in the planning stage. the operators say the olympics, like formula 1, will encourage the growth of interest to fill the facilities.
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