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ray suarez. [ explosion ] a camp for displaced was hit on the fifth day of saudi-led air strikes in yemen. hello, welcome to al jazeera, i'm richelle carey, also coming up on the programme - iran's nuclear programme - in effectors continue to press for a deal ahead of tuesday's deadline. on a knife edge - vote counting suspended for the night in nigeria's presidential elections. targetting e-cigarettes. why the united states says the electronic puff is as bad as
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real tobacco. saudi arabia-led forces bombed houthi-led positions in yemen for a sixth consecutive night. 40 have been killed after a camp was hit. the houthis say the saudi arabia led coalition bombed the camp killing women and children. while the camp used to be home to hundreds of families it's occupied by houthi fighters. saudi arabia is investigating the report. elsewhere the strikes have hit several provinces including the stronghold of asada. saudi arabia says it's completed a blockade of yemen's ports. >> reporter: these are the victims of what appears to be the deadliest saudi arabia led air strikes so far. this was a camp in the north,
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for those fleeing the violence which gripped yemen for more than a decade. women and children are among the dead. witnesses say many killed were fighters, and saudi arabia is adamant the houthis were to blame. >> houthis moved to areas where there are civilians. we do our best to prevent civilian casualties we have no confirmation this was a refugee camp. >> reporter: saudi-led air strikes hit nine provinces, including sanaa. air strikes lit up the sky. a target a military base and weapons storage facilities belonging to the yemeni republican guard. the focus is not just on the stronghold, but protecting the port city of aden the main base
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for abd-rabbu mansour hadi's forces. while coalition forces control the skies, naval forces are moving to block the ports in a bid to stop fighters were rearming. tehran denies it backs the houthis, yemen is making accusations. >> translation: there are a number of iranian revolutionary guards operating before on the ground. they started operating in the open. there are many mercenary, some from lebanon, syria, all operating under the guidance of iran. >> reporter: the coalition said the military campaign will continue until houthi fighters and soldiers loyal to the opposed president ali abdullah saleh hand over weapons, joining talks to find a political solution a yemeni journalist says
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there could be fall out on the saudi arabia-led coalition from the strike on the camp. >> i think it will be damaging especially in the northern parts of yemen, where the attacks were as it shows in the report where there'll be numerous attacks and air strikes. >> other parts, in the south and central that are accepting, we might see not as much in terms of anger at the attacks. and perhaps they'll point to the houthis and blame them tore the attacks. the houthis showed they placed anti-aircraft weapons. in these populated areas, you have a lot of military and security bases which are attacked.
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and the attack was in a heavily populated area. those images were spread on social media. people filming from the windows and feeling the effects of the attacks. people are scared of the attacks and scared of houthis being present in areas that they live in. i am sure the saudis want to expand the coalition to show it's not just saudi arabia leading the attacks. having said that it clearly is dominated by saudi arabia. perhaps the egyptians will play a role in the future should there be ground forces. i want to raise the point when we talk about strikes, yemen is not fought from the sea or the air. the yemeni air - there's no flights, people can't get out of the country. and people - they want to escape they are trapped in the
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country. there's nothing much they can do. in the north, having invited the saudi forces to attack yemen, it's loi, even among houthi people. in the south many southerners are secessionists, and despite being a southerner someone supporting unity, they don't have much credibility in the south, and now the military is decimated, they don't have military to return to. what forces do they have on the ground. militia or tribal forces are week or unreliable the secretary of state john kerry told al jazeera that they are working hard to reach a deal with iran on a nuclear future. the last full day of talks have been hemmed. sources say iran is refusing to budge on key issues including the continuation. diplomatic editor james bay reports. >> talks are in the last most
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difficult leg. >> is it going well. >> we are working very hard. working hard. >> the u.s. secretary of state john kerry spent most of the past two weeks in lausanne trying to hammer out a deal with his iranian opposite number. kerry and his counterparts are joined by the p5+1 countries. it was important, but showed there was no deal ready to be signed. the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov, who arrived less than 24 hours earlier decided to leave again. he may be back close to the deadline on tuesday. in a break from negotiations the chinese foreign minister went for a jog besides lake geneva. are the talks going as well as your run? >> very well. >> later he told reporters positions are narrowing, i'm
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cautiously optimistic we can reach a deal. >> in the high security of the hotel. the other foreign ministers, pa apart from mr lavrov are left to reach a deal with a matter of hours before the deadline. >> secretary kerry, and the u.k. foreign secretary philip hammond took a walk to discuss the remaining sticking points. >> in negotiations of complexity and high stakes it's not unnatural for brinksmanship to go on. each party is hoping that the other will bunch. i think the negotiators understand very clearly that they are running out of time and the process is no longer sustainable. >> talks are continuing on the main problem areas, the future of iran's nuclear research and development, and the lifting of international sanctions. but time ahead of that deadline is fast running out
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vote counting has stopped for the night in nigeria, in a closely contested presidential electionment earlier results showed the incumbent president goodluck jonathan is slightly behind muhammadu buhari. voting took place in 36 states. votes have been counted in 18 states. 10 states have gone to muhammadu buhari, eight voted for goodluck jonathan. even though muhammadu buhari leads overall, the number of votes alone - that does not settle the election. . >> well the results from 18 states in this presidential election are yet to be announced. including nigeria's popular state, legos, which has the highest number of voters. once there's a winner in terms of the national picture, one candidate getting the majority
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of the votes, there's another phase. the winner has to also get at least 25% of the votes in two-thirds of nigeria's 36 states. we know from the release of data that the main opposition presidential candidate is leading by some 2 million votes. with 18 other states to be announced, that could change. the electoral commission and the candidates are calling on nigerians to be patient and let the electoral commission do its job. >> it's been a week since the nigerian military detained two al jazeera journalists. ahmed idris and ali mustafa were detained and kept in their hotel. al jazeera is demanding their release. the u.s. state department in nigeria has been watching the lace. linda thomas greenfield is the assistant secretary of state for
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african affairs and hopes the two are released soon. >> we were very surprised by that and concernedville. as you know the u.s. is committed to freedom of the press, and a free media. they played an important role in reporting you on the election. your reporters are part of that process, it's the hope that the namingian government will release them soon the germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane into the french alps had been treated for suicidal tendencies in the past. andreas lubitz was in therapy up until the crash. motive is unclear, they are searching for clues, including the flight data recorder. they are building an access road and recover bodies and plane debris. 150 people on board were killed
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in the crash. dominik kane has the update. >> the news that prosecutors in dusseldorf confirmed that at one point in his career andreas lubitz suffered suicidal tendencies is confirmation of something that the media speculated about. we knew he suffered a bout of depression in 2009 for which he received treatment. at that point he experienced suicidal tendencies. that is important because germanwings, and lufthansa have stressed that mr andreas lubitz went through assessment physical and mental tests and passed them, and they considered him to be 100%able to take the controls of the plane. we know he took the controls, locked out the captain and plunged it into a dive into the alps coming at a time when
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francis hollande will meet german chancellor angela merkel in berlin to talk about this among others. francis hollande was the first world leader to talk about the disaster to confirm fatalities on the day of the accident on tuesday last week. we know there'll be a memorial in cologne, the city the base for germanwings. the chancellor angela merkel and the president will be in attendance to mark the memorial for the 149 innocent victims that andreas lubitz took to their deaths on the day he plunged that aircraft into seyne-les-alpes still to come... [ gunfire ] ..~ opposition fighters in syria celebrate the capture of the city of idlib. a setback for israel's former prime minister ehud olmert.
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the top stories op al jazeera - at least 40 people have been killed in yemen after a strike on a displaced person's camp. it is unclear who carried out the strike. a saudi-led coalition has been tart houthis for -- targeting houthis positions for six nights. >> secretary of state john kerry told al jazeera that foreign ministers are working hard to reach a deal with iran. negotiators have been holding the last full day of talks out of tuesday's deadline. the talks followed more than a decade of tense negotiations
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about the nuclear programme. in 2003 the international atomic energy agency called on iran to iranian enrichment. talks with the u.k., france and jeremy led to the 2004 paris agreement under which iran suspended enrichment. the following jeer iran produced uranium hexafluoride. and they were rereferred to the security council. iran announced in 2006 that is enriched uranium at a plant. the u.n. security council began to impose sanctions. the u.s. political climate changed in 2009 when the incoming incoming obama administration announced talks with iran and p5+1 members. the talks ground to a halt until the political climate changed. the government presented new
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proposals in august 2013 weeks after the inauguration. in november agreement was reached. iran halted enrich the. talks began on a comprehensive agreement. >> joining us live from sydney is roger shanahan an associate professor of the australian national university. we appreciate your time. how do you characterise the pace and developments of the talks thus far? >> they've been drawn out over the space of 18 molths. we are talking about fundamental issues in relation to how iran sees sovereignty, differing views of iran's place in the region, from regional countries and a desire on the part of president obama to leave a legacy in the region it's a complex mix of motives. everyone is trying hard to get to a negotiated settlement.
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>> this is the talks before the talks. how is what is happening in yemen and iran's backing of the houthis affecting what is happening now in switzerland? >> well i don't think it's had much impact on negotiations themselves. they are separate. but i think in a broader sense you see saudi arabia put together this air coalition for operations inside yemen, sipping a message that it is a regional power. if there were any questions that it wasn't - that it is capable of corralling sunni arab states to take action in what it sees as its own backyard. >> what will the consequences be for the region if no deal is reached or in a deal is reached, what could the far-reaching consequences be? >> this is kind of the 64,000 question.
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>> sure. >> we have to realise that the talks, coming up with a framework, and the detail is yet to be nutted out over 3-4 months. devil is in the detail. they were finding the agreement difficult to get to. we can only imagine how difficult the nuts and bolts of a final agreement will be. i think on the one hand if there's no deal we'll see a polarization of countries. iran will find ways to get out of its tight actions which had has been under for a number of years, and will find ways to exert its influence, normally through proxy groups. if there is an agreement. i think you'll find iran wants to assert what it sees as its place in the region.
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in terms of iranian views of how it operates. i don't think there'll be much difference in terms of whether there is or isn't an agreement. if it's under financial constrains for other actions, it will be difficult to expert power that it wishes to. if it's a recipient we'll see a slow beating of the sanctions and the ability of iran to use economic power to expend its reach in terms of influence in the region. >> roger shanahan associate professor at the australian national university. thank you for your insight. we appreciate it. >> the syrian government send a commander to recapture idlib. a coalition took the city from the syrian army over the weekend. al jazeera came to he what will come of it. thousands of civilians are
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leaving. >> reporter: people are not waiting to find out what is coming next. until last week their city was thought to be one of the safer places in syria, because it was upped government control. -- under government control. the army lost idlib to the men. links to al qaeda. >> we fought for two days in a row and took control of districts and buildings. by the help of god we have taken control of the province now we were prepared to take over camps used by the regime to help people. >> the fighters are from different rebel groups combineing resources under one banner. >> the coalition is led by al nusra front, an al qaeda-affiliate. having taken a strategic city out of the government's hands, the rebels are turning to local
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politics. >> thankfully we have the city and the job is to protect the institution and civilian pretty. >> here a poster of a man they are trying to unseat. >> the president is being ripped off the local government building. bashar al-assad insists the war is not about land but winning hearts and minds and says many support him or he wouldn't have held on to power this long. >> we cannot win hearts or minds, we cannot sustain four years in that position as a government and me as president, while the rest of the world creating powers are against me and my people are against me. >> after four violent years many find it difficult to know who to believe. especially when videos like this are posted online. an opposition organization accuses syrian soldiers of
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carrying out revenge i facts in idlib. these are said to be the victims. of the people that suffered i.s.i.s. bashar al-assad says it's all a lie. when it bleeds it bleeds. they look for something that bleeds. >> reporter: they are defiant as usual. even though losing idlib to the rebels puts the side at a screening. it's the biggest blow to the forces in two years. activists say 10 have been killed in syria after an is car bomb exploded to the east. it happened in front of a restaurant in a popular market. rebels accused militia said loyal to the government behind the attack. five have been killed in the iraqi capital baghdad. two police officers are among the dead. near the entrance gait of the shia neighbourhood of hussainia.
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13 others were wound the prosecutors in the trial of boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev wrapped up monday. it's not clear if he will testify, he faces life in prison or the death penalty. >> ehud olmert israel's former president is due to be sentenced after being found guilty of corruption in a retrial. imtiaz tyab has the details from west jerusalem. >> despite being acquitted in 2012 spared a 19,000 fine, and a suspended prison sentence this case was revived after ehud olmert's former aid and secretary presented evidence to the court as part of a plea deal for herself. this evidence was secretly
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recorded conversations between her and the former prime ministers when they were talking about this cash that he has now importantly received from that american businessman in the center of this case. this appears to have been enough to convince the courts to convict mr ehud olmert who said he will appeal the latest ruling but in the background of all of that is another major case that he is also fighting. just last year he was sentenced to six years in prison in a separate corruption case. he has been appealing this case with the supreme court, who will ultimately decide his fate. >> security guards at the u.s. national security agency headquarters shot two at fort mead in maryland. the men reportedly tried to ram through the gates with their car, on monday they were disguised as women, and local
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media reports they were driving a stolen vehicle. the federal bureau of investigation doesn't believe it's terrorism related. electronic cigarettes have been marketed as a less harmful alternative. the centers for disease control warns that e-cigarettes could be as bad as traditional ones and are targetting them in an anti-smoking campaign. >> reporter: for 30 years shaun robinson used to smoke up to a pack of cigarettes a day, until he discovered e-cigarettes. >> epiphany i was wow. i quit smoking. i don't think my mum believes i quit. i smoked that long. >> reporter: e-cigarettes have been touted as an anti-smoking tool. users say it allows them to control and decrease the aim of nicotine they are taking in. eventually kicking the habit. the u.s. centers for disease control for the first time, is
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including egrets arguing the alternative tobacco is just as deadly. many adults who think they'll get off cigarettes are actually continuing to smoke when perhaps, they would have quit if they hadn't taken up the e-cigarettes. >> the c.d.c. claims most smokers who use it as a cessation tool continue to smoke. the agency fears the fruity flavours in some egrets will attract children. they may not have started smoking otherwise. >> i'm not surprised. i'm sad. >> robinson disagrees with the argument. convinced that they can reduce nicotine dependence so much that he opened a business dedicated to helping customers quit invite clients to display their final packet. >> i'm in the business of quitting, i quit with
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e-cigarettes. i'm proof they do everybody good. >> despite u.s. government warnings and advertisements to the contrary. at least 17 people have been killed by floods in northern chile. heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks, wiping out roads and forcing thousands from their homes. emergency crews rushed to help stranded people. a state of emergency has been declared in peru due to landslides and floods. food and drinking water asked in some areas. eight were killed in mud lids in lima. in southern peru 19 were killed in a bus crash. it swerved off the highway, plunging 1,000 meters off a cliff. authorities say 37 were injured and taken to the hospital. in western mexico, the fire vol
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sano clone ag cal eema -- volcano clone as cal eema erupted. it's an active volcano, an amazing picture. a reminder that you can keep up to date. check out >> new york new york. eight point four million people call this city home. >> twenty-four degrees snowing hard in central park going down to twenty in midtown. snowfall one to two feet. so they're now saying we could have snow falling as rapidly as five inches an hour. >> this has been the coldest winter here in eighty-one years. and it coincides with a grim reality. more people in new york city are