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tell us what you think at talk to us on twitter and facebook, and come back. >>. >> you voted for change. and now change has come. opposition candidate muhammadu buhari wins the tightly fought presidential election in nigeria you're watching al jazeera, live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up negotiations on iran's nuclear future continues. iran and russia says a deal can be reached.
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the armed siege in istanbul - a turkish prosecutor taken hostage and killed during a rescue attempt i'm in india. a new programme that could benefit hundreds of millions. details coming up the opposition leader and former military ruler is to become the next president of nigeria. he defeated incumbent goodluck jonathan in a closely fought contest. in a victory speech she asked nigerians to be peaceful and respectful. >> it was hard fought. emotions were high. they were allowed to get the better of us. this is the time not for confrontation. this is a moment to heed our
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future. [ clapping ] we do this fast by extending a hand of friendship and consolation across the board. we hope and pray our friends and other parties well power will be handed over. the electoral condition reports muhammadu buhari received 15.4 million, winning with 54% of 28 million valid ballots cast. goodluck jonathan received 12.8 million, a little under 45%. the margin is enough to prevent a challenge. ynonne ndedge has more from abuja. >> reporter: he's the president elect in africa's prominent
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country, when we spoke to muhammadu buhari hours after victory he appeared calm and relaxed. how does it feel to have won the election and how will you tackle nigeria's problem? >> i would like to answer the question after i formally have the certificate. >> you know you're the winner how does it feel inside after 12 fears. >> fulfilled. >> reporter: in abuja, lagos and across many districts muhammadu buhari supporters celebrated the first time an elected government failed to win the election, and the peaceful hand over of power to one democratically elected leader to another. >> we are very happy because muhammadu buhari won the election. we are happy. everyone vote for him.
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we are very happy. >> he has been part of the masses for a long time. he knows our problems, he is one of us. he knows. we don't have roads, we don't have light. we don't have jobs. there is insecurity in this country. i believe with his experience and with the team he's coming on to hold positions in this country, things will change and change has come. >> change yes conceding defeat outgoing president goodluck jonathan called for unity and stability. >> i promise is country free and fair elections. i have kept my word. i have is it expanded pleas for nigerians to participate in the democratic process that. >> reporter: for muhammadu buhari the hard work of
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government begins. the first act is to fight endemic corruption and he promised to deal with ipp security in light of the uneven distribution of energy. he'll be sworn in and nigerians will have to wait for muhammadu buhari to deliver what he promised. talks on iran's nuclear future are about to resume in switzerland after a self-extended deadline has almost expired. progress has been made. comments have been echoed by the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov who indicated there was agreement on key issues. our diplomatic editor james bays is in lausanne. even though they say there's key
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agreement. the deadline goes into today. what do we expect to see today? >> well they were up for a lot of the night. they were up negotiating. the foreign ministers themselves, until the early hours, and the talks are gettinged underway as we speak now, in the next few minutes. back around the table. the foreign ministers hammering out the details. i have to say some of the other delegations believe there's more work to do. that that may have been a little premature. they are continuing their efforts around the table here to come up with some sort of agreement. i can tell you the u.s. obviously keen agreement, because it wanted this deadline to come up with something to show to the u.s. congress to fight off sanctions that senators want to impose on iran. and to show the safety in this
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process. the late at night, while talks were underway. at one point there was a video conference, a secure conference from here in lausanne back to the situation room in the white house. among the participants was the president. the vice president and 20 of his senior staff. it shows you how determined the u.s. is to try to get a deal here in these iran talks. even if there is a deal announced op wednesday, a framework agreement. there is still that larger deadline looming, comprehensive and permanent deal by the end of june. >> yes, absolutely. i think that is - some of this is presentational. some of this is about the substance of what is in this agreement - if we call it an agreement. and what is left to the end of june to the deadline.
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the u.s. wanted all the broad framework of a deal all the main points all the main headings to have been dealt with. they basically wanted on executive summary. we agreed by now, and all the technical detail. i think the iranians are not keen on having everything written down in this stage. they want more time to negotiate, to go through to the deadline at the end of june. i think we'll have to look closely - do we have this framework agreement which is what the u.s. had been promising and has progressed or do we have something that is not quite that perhaps something that is an understanding or a statement of principles which i think some in congress and some in israel may describe as a bit of a watered down fudge. >> okay. thank you. our diplomatic editor james bays reporting from lausanne.
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>> the turkish prosecutor taken hostage in a court of istanbul died after a shoot-out between police and two hostage takers. he was investigating the death of a teenager hit by a tear gas cannister during a protest in 2013. bernard smith reports. >> reporter: gun fire from a sixth floor for the main criminal court. police special forces stormed the room where a prosecutor was being held at gunpoint by two armed men from a banned marxist group. the prosecutor critically injured was rushed to hospital. >> translation: we as a state do not see this attack as only targetting the prosecutor. at the assault the attack was aimed at turkish justice, democracy and the citizens of
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turkey. >> the prosecutor had been investigating the death of a 14-year-old teenager hit by a tear gas cannes ter during the protests in 2013. parents and others say the investigation into his death was too slow. hostage takers wanted the prosecutor to reveal the names of police officers suspected of firing the tear gas. >> we learnt the action was in connection to the investigates. his death saddened all of us. >> reporter: central knew is how the armed gunmen -- now is how the armed gunmen got their weapons into the courthouse. everyone going into the court is searched except the lawyers. the parents called on the gunmen not to call the prosecutor. blood cannot be watched away with blood, they said
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the head of libya's legally installed government in tripoli rejected a decision from ministers it sock him. he was dismissed after being accused of misleading parliament over government finances. a spokesman for the general national congress says the central bank and other ministers had complained. the dismissal not expected to affect u.n. sponsored peace talks. >> security forces reached the center of tikrit in their push to regain control of the city from i.s.i.l. they have retaken the governor's headquarters and the main hospital. >> firing into i.s.i.l. held pockets of tikrit. iraqi security forces make a cautious advance on the city. progress is slow. soldiers face booby traps and
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suicide bomb attacks. at times this is a running street battle the tart and victory in this -- target and victory in this case is number of symbolic buildings. >> translation: yesterday our forces entered the tikrit hospital and government hospitals from the south. they are advancing towards the center. from the west they'll go into the neighbourhood today. >> reporter: fanning out into the suburbs, to a home they believe to be an i.s.i.l. hideout. inside i.s.i.l. devices. taking the i.s.i.l. flag security is jubilant. >> reporter: thank god we took them by surprise the iraqi forces with the help of the iraqi forces and the coalition air strike we have advanced in iraq. we have managed to liberate land with the blood of iraqis iraqis
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alone. >> reporter: the prime minister said fighters have been driven out of the city although three neighbourhoods remain under their chrome. -- under their control. the iranian backed fighters suspended operations after claims the u.s. planned air strikes on the city. while direct cooperation would be a step too far for washington and tehran. all know a victory in tikrit would boost hopes for mosul. u.s.-led air strikes can only do so much before ground troops are needed here is what is coming up on al jazeera. saudi-led air strikes hit houthi positions in yemen. the misty upham warns the country is close to collapsing. first the spy scandal that led to the removal of the peruvian
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>> al jazeera america, weekday mornings. catch up on what happened overnight with a full morning brief. get a first hand look with in-depth reports and investigations. start weekday mornings with al jazeera america. open your eyes to a world in motion. top stories on al jazeera, nigeria's minister muhammadu buhari defeated incumbent president goodluck jonathan. he received 54% of $58 million. goodluck jonathan scored a little under 45%. talks on iran's nuclear future begin in switzerland after a self-imposed deadline expired. the prime minister says good
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progress has been made. there'll be a chance for the drop field on wednesday. the turkish prosecutor is taken hostage in a court in istanbul died after a shoot out with the police. he was investigating the 2013 death of a teenager hit by a tear gas cannister during an anti-government protest. more on nigeria's presidential election. cross crossing to ali mustafa telling us what it's like on the streets. >> it's a brand new day, brand new morning. people are going about their business. people are not talking about the leadership that he will have. remember in the '80s he was a hero. will he implement old policies or not. he was a man who wanted order. he wanted nigerians to aspire to
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the level of living. everyone has to cue. if people didn't queue, they rush in and wished in shoved each other to get on to the bus. basically he said that will not all happen. you must queue the order in this country. they wonder when he comes into office. will he bring that same attitude to the office. is it about precision, perfect, trying to raise values in nigeria, and what will he do about tackling corruption. >> for nigeria, harr u, how distant is-- significant is that an opposition candidate won on election? >> it's huge it's a big deal. a lot of people whether supporting the opposition or the ruling party say it was a huge transition. they move forward.
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it means that the power of the vote massed in africa. it was a win for africa as well. at a time when some countries are having problems. this could be an example, and maybe leaders, if they lose will step down and things could go on as normal. nigerians are proud, it's a proud moment tore them and they hope to inspire the world. right now, it's getting back to normal. getting up and running. as you can see people are on their way to work going about their daily lives waiting to hear what was in store for them. >> that report from lagos, nigeria the united nations says 62 children have been killed in yemen in the past week. it's condemned the bombing of a refugee camp on monday. the u.n. is saying 29 people were killed and that number is
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expected to rise. >> we have not identified who is responsible for this attack. whoever is responsible - this is a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. this camp as well as the hospitals that have been hit - they are under protected status and should not be hit. whichever forces are hitting them are in violation of the law. there should be accountability for that, and ultimately all such attacks have to cease. >> the comments come as the military air strikes continue. >> reporter: air strikes target houthi positions in southern yemen. saudi army officers say the houthi forces loyal to the president ali abdullah saleh are advancing to try to capture the city of aden.
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forces loyal to president abd-rabbu mansour hadi play a role in the military intervention. they are the ones that provide intelligence on houthi fighters. seen here trying to check up the checkpoint on the outskirts of aden. moments later the checkpoint is hit. armed vehicles tanks, missile launchers are also struck. >> there is a houthi presence in and around the city of aden we have intensified attacks north of aden. the fighters feel the heat. wherever they go we'll target them. the houthis are desperate to get into the cities to take over. >> reporter: saudi arabia said the military campaign will take time accusing iran of helping the houthis to destabilize the region. >> iran and hezbollah train houthis, if they are present in yemen, they'll meet the same
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fate. let me stress we will not allow anyone to provide assistance to the houthis, through the air or sea. >> they are rallying international support behind the military campaign. attacks will stop only if the houthis pull out from the cities they control and recognise abd-rabbu mansour hadi as a legitimate leader. >> we are not warmongers. when they beat the drums of war, we are ready. >> reporter: for the time being air strikes continue across yemen, showing no slins of slowing down -- no signs of slowing down. there's no indication that bashar al-assad is in yemen in the near future. >> the u.s. has listed a ban on military aid to egypt for national security reasons. president obama has released some of the military assistance withheld from egypt after the ousting of president mohamed
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mursi in 2013. in addition the white house is asking congress to approve $1.3 billion in military aid. egypt says it needs the help to deal with conflict in the sinai peninsula the u.s. suspended delivery of certain military equipment to egypt in 2013, off the military's decision to overthrow the president at the time mohamed mursi, even though the u.s. government says it's not considering what happened nearly two years ago a coup it's showing disapproval for the way the political change happened and by doing so is showing pressure as it were on the new government in cairo. what the u.s. is doing is saying on national security grounds the egyptian military can get its hands on 12 f-16 fighter jets
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25 har poon missiles and 25 kits to improve the tank arsenal. the u.s. is cutting off the open-ended spending spigot as it were where the egyptian military can buy additional equipment by the u.s. military contractors. the u.s. will have more say over what sorts of equipment they can by equipment that will help the us full court their own aims. >> what began in a transportation trike grew into a nation-wide protest. workers staged a 24 hour workout. unions demand taxes, higher pensions and measures to fight inflation. peru's prime minister has been moved by a congress vote after a spying scandal, accused
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of overseeing the monitoring of several opponents. it's a blow to the president who will have to form another government. >> reporter: a victory to the opposition. 72 congress men voted to remove the prime minister from office. voting against with two abstention. he must appoint a new cabinet. the 7th in four years. a photo of no confidence after alleges. dpied on 160,000 peruvians. businessmen and journalists. the spy agency the intelligence services was allowed to gather domestic intelligence. they fired the executive director of the agency and other officials in march. it was not enough to placate the opposition.
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>> it is a censure against the government. telling us peruvians that they were subject to suspicion. they must all be vetted with the government. it's like going back to all times. and we the opposition cannot accept that. >> the president must change his cabinet. he can appoint ministers. the allies believe they have been made a scapegoat. >> this is an attack on governance. they want to waken the government and friends and opposition that want to turn the last year in office into a transition government. >> elections are 15 months away. they lost supporters in congress including former members of the party, to oust the prime minister. >> political opponents say the prime minister will be able to
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build businesses. if that doesn't happen they are ready to vote against the president's condition further deepening the presidential crisis. they call the timing unfortunate. dealing with national disasters and mud lids. >> we can't afford to start changing right now. we have to face weather conditions and the challenges imposed by climate change. >> reporter: however, the storm in congress is unlikely to be debated. another no confidence vote. we'll see the present in congress and voting for elections. critics say the ability to govern will be almost impossible india announced a pension programme to help poor and low income earners.
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the social security initiative could cover hundreds of millions of people. many can't afford. >> reporter: this person started working to support her family but never gave thought on how to support herself in retirement. >> i didn't have any savings. i didn't know what a pension was until i started working here. >> reporter: her case is unusual. she was able to invest in a private pension fund with the help of her employer. but for hundreds of millions of others in low-paying job sectors, it is often not possible. many rely on children and families to support them. the government announced its objection to announce pensions for the workers. it's not the first. previous governments tried to create programs. >> the cost of running it successfully could affect the
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national budget. >> others argue the large costs come with a long-term benefit. >> it will keep the people participating in the scheme above board when they are old. and what it will do simultaneously that their children will not need to support their parents. the children will be able to work 100% of their income in supporting themselves and their own children. nonprofit groups started private pension funds for low income earners. while welcoming the programme, some warn the government not to take a one size fits all approach when it comes to workers. >> all of them have income income patterns are different. say a farmer earns money twice a year. domestic help gets good money. she's working for you tomorrow and for someone else. >> gory's adult children contributed to her private
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pension and plan to start her own. for those, the social security programme is meant to cover, their lack of awareness is a big challenge for the government to overcome. more news on the website one of the top stories - the results of the nigerian presidential elections, away from the american dream. half a million children, u.s. citizens are legally caught between two countries and fighting to survive in lawless areas of mexico. >> it is a dangerous, dangerous area. just driving around this area makes a little nervous because kidnap something right here. it also has the highest murder rates in the entire country. >> a generation of american kids lost in america.