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>> heavy fighting between houthi rebels and tribesmen across yemen after the fifth night of saudi-led airstrikes. hello, you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also coming up on the program. >> we're working very hard. working hard. world powers try to reach a deal on iran's nuclear program. nigeria waits to see who will be the next president. >> the tribes welcome a new
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arrival. >> we begin with yemen and an airstrike has hit an encampment of internally displaced people. 15 people have been killed. the saudi-led coalition has been bombing rebels. backed by forces loyal to former president ali abdullah saleh. >> yemeni describes men and shia houthi rebels engage in fighting around the towns in yemen.
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the houthies are trying to move through this area to the oil-rich provinces, but this attack is by the saudi-led coalition targeting houthi military positions. airstrikes have hit houthi fighters. and dozens of outy fighters have been killed, and jets have bombed positions in the northern province of sada. they have deployed thousands of soldiers along the border they share with yemen, but saudi officials continue to say they have no plans to send troops, at least for now. s. >> there will be some concentration of force for the militias, but there is no major land operation.
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>> the saudi airstrikes seen to be weakening the houthi fighters. tribesmen continue to move in to cure areas they had lost. >> it came at a critical time and through expert military men. >> the arab league summit in egypt has been dominated by yemen's security situation. the airstrikes will continue until the houthies and the opposed president disband their militias. they also insist that abd rabbuh mansur hadi, who has fled the country, is yemen's legitimate leader. >> nicole johnston reports that there is concern that islamabad's role to increase
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sectarian tension inside pakistan. >> on sunday night 500 pakistanis arrived home from yemen. they were flown from the red sea port during an two hour break in the fighting. at night there was a lot of bombing. it broke our windows. they were saying, why is tack stan backing the saudis. >> pakistan has announced that it will support saudi arabia, but it has not explained how. >> the prime minister of pakistan told saudi arabia's leaders that it's security is crucial for pakistan. that's why we're sending a delegation to saudi arabia. >> pakistan and saudi arabia have long military ties. they carry out joint exercises and there are 800 pakistani troops stationed in saudi arabia protects the border with iran. this is a strong economic
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relationship as well. last year saudi gave pakistan $1.5 billion in aid. and pakistan's prime minister lived in exile in riyadh for almost eight years. >> entering the conflict in yemen is a difficult balancing act for pakistan. while it has solid relationships with saudi arabia, its a ties with iran. iran and pakistan share a long border and trade with each other. and the government in islamabad does not want to treat tension withs shared community. >> 20% of its population is shia shia. >> because the at of the shias in pakistan would be that pakistan is siding with the sunnies in yemen and in saudi arabia. >> some say that the sectarian violence could not get worse
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than it all right--already is. >> we have been descented with mercenaries creating sectarian problems in pakistan. it doesn't make a difference. we would live are it. >> pakistan has not sent fighter jets or extra troops to saudi arabia yet but behind scenes it is very concerned. >> hashem. we've seen this new wave of airstrikes in the north in sanaa. some say that it is under the control of ali abdullah asleh. to take down fighter jets in sa
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sanaa and saada this is one of the biggest concerns for the saudis. they would like to destroy them before they can make any decision about how to move forward in the mechanics face of this military enter glen with these airstrikes comes the risk of casualty, and we're seeing reports of that happening. >> that's the biggest problem. although there have been statements made by the military establishment, they think they'll do their best to prevent any casualtyies among civilians. the incident today where people were killed in a refugee camp people suffered in 2004-'05-'06. they had stranded in that area along the border of saudi arabia. this is an area where they
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managed to put some of their fighters. >> that's only going to make the saudi's job that much more difficult. >> very difficult because you have many scenarios, and different partners in yemen. hadi and his supporters would like to see the saudis involved in the intervention force for as long as it takes until his enemies and ali abdullah saleh are completely undermine the houthies. a major political partner in yemen. the saudis would like to juggle the situation in a way where they undermine the houthies, and now they would join the political process and think about the future of yemen. >> there is that call for that
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to happen, isn't there for those who are interested in stability and security, i think the phrase was to join the party and join peace talks. >> yes those are the voices of the arabic. many with a like would not like military intervention but diplomacy used. you have knows like al-qaeda who are waiting to expand in those areas where leadership has. destroyed in yemen. >> i thought it was complicated before, i'm not sure where we are now. we'll see. >> representatives have been holding the last. day of talks before tuesday's deadline.
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we go to our editor of foreign affairs and he said all sides do want compromise. >> what is clear really you're right negotiations are not going probably very well. irans are tough cookies every single question regarding the centerfuge regarding sanctions. they were not able to reach an agreement. let us not forget that all sides make extremely high stakes for positive results. it is not a question of if, but
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a question of when. all sides want compromise which would benefit iran. >> some voting irregularity he ies in nigeria's election. give us a report on the situation. >> well, the latest is that the electoral commission has the first one was where goodluck jonathan had 57% of the vote there. now the opposition people are a bit shocked by this. they said they thought this area would do well.
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it would seem that the opposition is not happy. we have no idea how long it will take to continue with this process. but the process we're waiting for is started. results are being announced but it could be a couple of hours before we get a final announcement of who the winner is. >> what is the mood of the people there as they wait for the final result? >> people are patiently waiting quietly going about their business. typical market here in lagos women selling fruits, vegetables, fish. basically trying to make ends meet. the last few days have been difficult for them in terms of business. people have stayed at home, concerned about any violence during and after the election. they said they want it announced quickly. when it's announced we hope that most nigeriaens will accept the
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result and move on. they have lives to lead, children to feed. they don't want to violence. the likely of that is quite high in certain parts of the country. people are watching those areas very closely but here in lagos they're patiently waiting for the results to see who will be announced the final winner. >> going forward like these market traders behind you. what do they want from nigeria in the presidential election? >> they would like life to improve. nigeria is an oil country. life is really a struggle. if you stop listening to the
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politicians and talk to the people the people are those who really matter at the end of the day. they want to move on with their lives. the last thing they want is to see their neighbors being killed their family being killed, their children being killed. they don't want that. they want whatever is announce ed, they want people to get over their egos, and work for the good of the country. >> thank you very much, indeed. reporting from lagos. it's been a week since nigeriaen military detained two al jazeera journalists in the north. they have been held in maiduguri. al jazeera is demanding their release. coming up on the program. bombs, which can't be seen, are another danger in the fight in northern iraq. >> the hands aren't working, the speech is going.
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>> welcome back back to the top stories here in al jazeera. humanitarian workers say at least 15 people have been killed in the northern province of haaja. in the south of the country tribesmen have prevented outy fighters from capturing the
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southern oil-riched areas. the u.s. secretary of state has told al jazeera foreign minut ministers are working but it's very hard to reach a deal with iran before tuesday's deadline. two car bomb explosions have killed at least five people if the suburb. of the capital of baghdad. 13 others were wounded. protestprotesters in southern iraq say they don't want u.s. military helps against isil fight necessary tikrit. fighters in tikrit. leading an assault against a hospital in tikrit where they think that isil fetterers hiding.
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we have reports bombs and boobie traps make their job more difficult. >> government forces and militias are closing in from the southern and western sides of tikrit the hometown of saddam hussein. the military backed by shia militia are deployed to taking the city. they've said they're close to taking tikrit for weeks. >> we hope that it will be today today. >> the operation was launched on march 2nd. but progress has been slow. >> our advance is slow because of the ieds and boobie-trapped roads. there is some resistence, but it is mainly due to the booby trapped houses. >> the peak condition thatthey
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said they do not need help from the u.s. army, and now many are back incorporated in government security forces taking credit for pushing isil out of tikrit is important. >> it's not just tikrit that we're talking about we're talking about the future of iraq. and they do not want to see it dominated and controlled by the shias. >> the distrust is not just between the u.s. and militias. there are accusations that militias are carrying out human rights procedures. this is a house in a sunni area take over by fighters. it was al jazeera independently
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verify these images but human rights groups have reported these tactics in sunni areas controlled by shia forces. iraqi army continues to say the win in tikrit is not far away. but in a war fueled by sectarian hatred peace may not be a possibility. >> two revolutionary guards have been killed in iraq by u.s. drone strikes. the u.s. is denying the iranian reports saying that guards have been posted to the city of tikrit to advise in the war against isil. they have september one of their top military commanders to recapture the city of idlib. it is the second provincial capital to fall in rebel hands. the united nations says syrian refugees need urgent aid and
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resources are dwindling fast. this is likely to be addressed at the aid conference being held in kuwait on tuesday. >> in 2014 the united nations appealed for $7.7 billion in aid to help civilians in syria. but only 63% of the money pledged was donated. in a new report, some of the worst offenders include australia, japan, south korea and russia. this year even more people need help, and an estimated 80 million people required a told of $18.7 billion. that would provide each person with only the absolute minimum for the equivalent of one $1 u.s. a day. most of the 4 million syrian refugees are in turkey, lebanon
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jordan egypt, and iraq. they say that countries that signed the convention to support refugees like poland, spain and the united kingdom need to offer more openings and the charity said that gulf countries like saudi arabia qatar and the u.a.e. could help more refugees seeking asylum and relaxing restrictions. >> due to be sentenced after jerusalem district court found him guilty of corruption in a retrial. we have details from west jerusalem. >> despite initially being acquitted in this case in 2012, being spared a $19,000 fine and the suspended prison sentence, this case was reviveed after
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ehud olmert aid presented new evidence as a plea deal for herself. this was secretly recorded conversations between her and former prime ministers when they were talking about this cash that he has apparently received from american businessmen in the center of this case. this appears to have been enough to convince the courts that convict mr. olmert, who said he would appeal this latest ruling, but in the back grouped of all background of all that is another major case he is also fighting. he was sentenced to six years to prison in a separate corruption case. he has been appealing this case with the supreme court, who will ultimately decide his fate. >> two men have been arrested in bangladesh after a second internet blogger was hacked to death. he was attacked with live knives
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and meat cleavers. he was known to write against religious fundamentalisms. the death provoked an international outcry and calls for justice from secular activists. terminally ill patients are pressuring the u.s. government to speed up the way drugs are approved. they say people are dying while approving drugs can take years. >> jay smith was at the height of his career as ceo of a music technology company when he was diagnosed with als. it's a form of motor neuron disease like that suffered by british physicist stephen hawking. there is no cure, and smith's disease is progressing. >> in this year we started with minor fatigue and slurred words.
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a year later we're in a wheelchair. the hands aren't working the smith is going. >> the food and drug administration is the body of government that approve drugs used in the u.s. they want to speed up drugs that could help save jay's life and others. they want the process reformed so those who have access to developmental drugs before they're approved. >> we're telling the food and drug administration today that the status quo is not good enough. they need to do everything in their power to speed the surge for a cure. >> the fda approval process can take more than a decade. the average als patient lives an average of three years from diagnosis. fighting the government for a right to try experimental medications. the right to try
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movement is pushing legislation to alter the way medications are tested in the united states. ten states have granted terminally ill patients access to developmental medicines without approval. 25 others are considering similar laws already in place in other countries. >> in europe drugs tend to get approved earlier and in this country they could be approved earlier for serious life-threatening illnesses because it could save so many lives. it's doing. >> the u.s. government allowed ebola patients to receive experimental medicines. the smiths say they simply want the same opportunity. >> that's really the first thing. if i have to wait, i won't be around. >> they say they're already in
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the fight of their lives and they don't want to fight the government too. >> a group of grandmothers in the philippines are proving to be bright sparks. we have reports now where they have trained engineers providing solar-powered energy. >> deep in in the northern mountains in the philippines is tribeal country. they've hunted in this area for years now solar energy. this mother cannot read or write, but they call her the bright light. >> she has just come back from india with three other women. they were part of a group of similar women from around the
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world who invited by a special college to learn how to harness solar energy and build their own lamps and battery panels. >> we doesn't understand each other, we had to do everything through sign language. >> after eight months away they would come back to their community to share what they learned. >> it's villages like this that the lighting project aims to help. the think something that empowering women will eventually empower a community. >> they have always been known for their fire-making abilities now newly trained engineer said she's happy she can make fire of a different kind. >> when there is light there will certainly be joy around us. >> they still call this any arrival fire. they're not sure how much it will change them exactly but
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they know it will transform the future of their tribe. al jazeera northern philippines. >> there is plenty more on everything we've been covering, of course. you can find on our website is the address. plenty of comment and analysis there, too. . >> new information that the co-pilot that crashed the plane into the alps was being treated for suicidal tendencies, and iran talks continue.