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ition of "inside story." watch us next time. in washington, i'm ray suarez. i'm antonio mora, thank you for joining us, have a good night. >> sclsz >> kidnapped, raped and sold as sex slaves. i.s.i.l.'s treatment of young girls. i'm nick clark, you're watching al jazeera. also coming up the united states moves to remove cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list. houthi rebels accuse the u.n. of supporting aggression as they are hit with an arms embargo hundreds of migrants feared to have drowned in the
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mediterranean, say the charity save the children iraq endured a day of carnage. 20 people have been killed in a series of car bombings in and around the capital baghdad. there were five explosions targetting the hospital where four were killed in a car park and a bakery. visiting the sick or attempting to buy bread are activities that can put your life at risk. in kirkuk forces have been fighting to save an oil terminal against an i.s.i.s. assault. iraq's prime minister has been in washington appealing for more help. prime minister haider al-abadi has been promised an extra $2 million in humanitary aid, there's no military support our guest explains why
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iraq's prime minister held off on asking for additional military support clearly we see prime minister haider al-abadi taking charge and in short order you had the i.s.i.l. attacks. there was a crisis bringing the two countries together in a way we haven't seen in iraq in many years. this is a crisis that affects iraq and the united states. the threat of i.s.i.l. going beyond the borders of iraq. there was a common interest threat, and as a result common reason to talk together and in a way that has worked out well for both countries so far. >> in northern iraq hundreds of girls and women were raped and beaten while held by the group. some described desperate escapes in the night. we have this report from a refugee camp. >> the camp can seem endless. the youngest hind ways to pass
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the time. there are children who no longer want to play. their innocence stolen in the most brutal way. 17-year-old charean doesn't want to be identified and we are not using her real name. in august last year i.s.i.l. fighters went to her home town forcing everyone to buses. shunted between schools, fighters came to choose the girls they wanted. her name was call. >> translation: i said to my mother i want to kill myself. i was given the prime ministers to go to the toilet. i wanted to do it then. my mother convinced me not to. >> reporter: separated from her mother she was taken and for four months was kept as a sex slave. >> translation: i was so afraid all the time. i didn't know when he would rape me again. i believed in myself, knew that
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i would escapement using a cell phone, shaheen made it happen. hidden by a burka, she made it happen. her story is common. i.s.i.l. is targetting yazidi. their people will never recover. >> this camp is vast. there are 15,000 people here. 2,500 families. all of them are yazidi from the sinjar area all unsure what they'll find if they are able to return home. >> for now, family is front of mind. these two women were among the hundreds of yazidis released by i.s.i.l. last week. between them they have nine children whose whereabouts are unknown. >> translation: they took my daughter. she is 10 years old. it's been nine months since i saw her. i feel like i'm dying every day. i wish to see her.
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>> reporter: it's not clear why i.s.i.l. is releasing prisoners. on the elderly or young are freed. those with nothing say those living here it's one thing they need - to be reunited with their loved ones houthi rebels in yemen accused the united nations of supporting aggression after it voted to impose an armed embargo. russia that wanted an arms embargo on all sides ab stained. our diplomat editor james bays has been following the developments from the u.n. in new york. >> reporter: the u.n. security council sending a tough message to the houthis - before them for a vote, a resolution calling on the group to withdraw from all the territory they have taken in recent month, including sanaa. the resolution passed but with one significant abstention by
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russia it wanted a ceasefire. instead there'll be humanitarian pauses organised by the u.n., but in conjunction with the government of president abd-rabbu mansour hadi which like most members, including the u.s. supported saudi arabia-led military provision. >> the houthis working in close cooperation with haider al-abadi intensified the military campaign bombed aden and extended the xnsive to the south. the actions caused violence and instability threatening the security and welfare of the people and security. >> the council decided to extend sanctions and an arms embargo, and cover the thret most important -- three most important leaders, including ali abdullah saleh, and his son abdullah. what if the houthis don't comply could it lead the saudi-led collision to a ground
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operation? >>. >> the entire population is the noncompliance the houthis, if they don't comply they face more of the same. >> humanitarian pauses should be organised by the u.n. secretary-general in conjunction with president abd-rabbu mansour hadi. ban ki-moon wants face to face talks, saying ultimately there's no solution to the crisis in yemen united states is to remove cuba from a list of state sponsored terrorism. a key tep towards mobilizing the country. it comes days after a meeting. >> we have this report the u.s. and cuba have been at loggerheads for half a century. heisting handshake between president obama and raul castro
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given suspense by the announcement that the u.s. will remove cuba from a list of state sponsored terror. >>. >> i think it was good. it was timely that it happened. raul and obama united for the sake of people in cuba. >> it's the most important step between normalization of relations between the two countries. they were serviced in 1959 after the cuban revolution and the caribbean island was added to the list 23 years later. the u.s. accusing havana of aiding armed rebels and harbouring fugitives. cuba welcomed the decision saying it should not be on the list. >> we are not terrorists we are the supporters of peace and tranquility and good things for all. >> translation: this implies development. it's great that it happened. >> reporter: it's not a done deal. obama must bet approve from
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congress. the republican presidential hopeful, marco rubio, who has cuban heritage condemned the move. >> the decision by the white house is terrible. not surprising. cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism, it's also the country that helped north korea evade weapons sanctions. they should have remained on the list of the state-sponsored terrorism. this white house is no longer serious about calling terrorist by its proper name. >> reporter: being black listed by the u.s. it an emotive thing. >> many things will be eliminated, like the blockade, which is what we need. the lifting of the embargo
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is years away. the latest move puts them a step closer to leaving the cold war behind at least 400 migrants are feared to have drowned after their boat capsized in the mediterranean on sunday according to save the children charity, which spoke to witnesses. the italian coast guard said it rescued 144 people. nine bodies have been recovered. it was not able to confirm further casualties. we spoke to our correspondent in rome. >> according to the stories, they depart from libya, there was more than 550 on the boat that capsized. so they were rescued. all the others are believed, of
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course to be dead. they also said that unfortunately in the group there were mainly young people and probably adolescence, like moipors was the weather grows, and spring turns to summer more are making the dangerous crossing. hundreds died in the crossing. a coast guard said it rescued more than 7,000 people in the past four days alonement many migrants are escaping conflicts in syria, eritrea. humanitarian organizations want bigger rescue operations and the e.u. is expected to unveil a new strategy. >> many that make it to europe live in crim conditions. calais is am to hundreds hoping to cross the english channel into the u.k. phil lavelle has this .
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>> reporter: from before dawn they are out looking hoping to find a lorry to sneak on to, bound for britain. first light brings the first attempt of the day. some get through, most fail, but they'll be back tomorrow. it's not much, it's home, at least for now. >> reporter: escanda will not show his face, but shows us the tent in a slum on the edge of calais. the dream - smuggle himself to the u.k. he tried five times this week. to achieve it he has to contend with the nightmare of this camp. there's no option. >> in my life, it's the first time i faced this problem, like africa and being in the jungle. it's not a normal human being.
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we cook here, everything. everything here is going our way. we don't have enough water to wash our bodies. i have washed my body after a week. >> reporter: this was the jungle as the migrants that used to camp here called it. it is deserted, called out by the authorities, directing all inhabitants to this patch of land, bringing them together in one place, though not under one roof. only the luckier ones have those. welcome to the what they now cal the new jungle. same people, same goal, same problems. this camp is flanked by a busy motorway, sitting underneath a chemical plant. for those that live here - if you describe it as that - there are no basic amenities - no toilets or running water. the nearest tap these people have access to is about a kilometre away. what they have is the knowledge that they'll be left relatively alone by the authorities. they've been told to come here specifically to stay. this is, to all intents and
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purposes, a state-sanctioned slum. >> down the road a day center provides food. they seek help. it was war at home that brought many to this place. makeshift mosques and deliveries of bread bring a sense of community to a group of people with the same aim - to cross the channel whatever it takes. >> we have a new stream of refugees, 20-30 new people every day. sometimes 20 go to england every day, sometimes less, times more. this winter there were a few that managed to make it into the u.k. >> for each ferry that leaves calais laden with cargo, it's impossible to say how many are on board.
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many deliberately disappear once they get to the other side. the short crossing represents a life, a dream realised, a nightmare left behind. they have nothing to loose trying still to come china's economy records its slowest pace since 2015. not forgotten, a candle lit vigil to mark a year since 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by boko haram. haram. >> and his plan to bring music back... >> music makes people happier... >> every sunday night. >> i lived that character. >> go one on one with america's movers and shakers. >> we will be able to see change. >> gripping. inspiring. entertaining. talk to al jazeera.
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jazeera. at least 20 people have been killed in car bombings during a day of violence in and around baghdad at iraq's prime minister haider al-abadi visited the white house appealing for more help in the fight against i.s.i.l. the united states is removing cuba from a list of those it said are state sponsors of terrorism. a key step towards normalizing relations between the two countries. 400 migrants are feared to have drowned after their boat overturned in the mediterranean on sunday. italian coast guard says it can confirm nine deaths. >> china has released new figure showing the economy is slowing down. the national bureau of statistics said the economy has progressed. more from adrian brown. 7% sounds good.
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>> anywhere else in the world it would be cause for celebration, but it's a sign here in china that it is slowing. china's government set a g.d.p. of 7% for 2015. on tuesday the international monetary fund adjusted its forecast to exploit 8%. that's another lan what the chinese government is aiming for. the chinese government warned it would be difficult times ahead this year. we are in a period of transition here in china as the economy moves away from an export-led model to a consumer one. that's to sigh the chinese government wants it. the worry, say economists is what happens if china's economic
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growth shuts below 5 pore 4%. growing joblessness. i have been speaking to some of the 7 million university graduates who can join the jobs market and worry about the prospects. >> reporter: the job recruit. fair in beijing. many scanning vacanties are students. they don't have the qualifications employers are looking for. >> my major is in communications and fellow classmates have jobs fitting the qualifications. most will have jobs in other industries. for my major, there's not enough jobs in the market. >> liu is looking for a job paying around $1200. paying around $1200. the job recruiter says it's an an unrealistic inspection.
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the student you interviewed will probably get half what they expect. the student you interviewed will get half of what he expects. experts say many graduates look skills like critical thinking, foreign languages and basic communications that businesses are looking for. >> the government is worried about the impact that a slow economy has on employment. namely the prospect of instability. which is why the premier announced a plan to create 10 million urban jobs before the end of year. end of year. one solution is to encourage students to learn a trade. this vocational college has more than 10,000 students trained in a range of cells. >> mechanical jobs have a good prospect. that's why my parents want me to come here, thinking i'll have a better opportunity to find a job. >> china's government wants to increase the numbers of students in vocational education by
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10 million over five years, by convincing young people that they have a better chance of securing a job if they do nick it really is a very confusing picture. on the one hand we have slowing economic growth but on the other we have a stock market which is really performing somersaults. it is surging. but the reasons for that are not particularly reassuring. chinese investors have limited options where to make the investment - it's the property market or the stock market and the problem with the property market is that there is a chronic oversupply of new homes now. so they are pouring their money into the stock market and many of those investors are novices, not understanding that this is an unpredictable market where the stock market can rise and crash as quickly. >> sounds like a volatile mix. thank you adrian brown in
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beijing. >> to nigeria, where a candle lit vigil is held in the capital to mark a year since 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by boko haram. a roll call of the missing girls was read out in the gathering in abuja. the schoolgirls were abducted in the north-east. ynonne ndedge reports from abuja >> reporter: peter's sister is one of 200 girls missing a year after being taken. the mass abduction caused global protests against the failure of the government of president goodluck jonathan to find the girls and deal with the group. >> i've been so sad
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>> i feel so sad, so depressed. i'm sorry for them, and the think the government failed them. and that i failed them. i see so many things. we have not done enough. >> hundreds of schoolgirls marched through abuja marking the anniversary. >> the girls brought the march to the ministry of education to demand fresh government action to find the missing girls. each of them is holding a placard with the names of missing girls, a number and a hashtag never to be forgotten. some are as young as 7 and 8 years old. >> the minister of education was not available to meet them. it's been nine months since the previous government said it knew where the girls were. they were last seen in the boko haram video. >> the country will not give up until we find the citizens, no one will be resting. >> reporter: it's hoped with the
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new government of president-elect muhammadu buhari coming in on may 29th, the girls may be found. >> i feel it will make a bit of difference. not expecting much. >> the new government is not making promises. hundreds marched in new york calling for an end to violence against unarmed black members. several family and friends of people who died at the hands of police called for greater ore site. more did a walk from washington to demonstrate against police brutality eight u.s. teachers in the state of georgia received lelthy prison sentences for cheating found guilty of falsifying test results. andy gallagher reports from atlanta. >> reporter: it's one of the biggest exam cheating scandals in u.s. history.
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these protesters called for leniency for the 10 found guilty. jug gerry baxter was in no room to bargain. many refused to accept a deal and he made his feelings now. >> i want the community to have the apology, and the children particular short changed and cheated to have the apology. >> the judge sentenced each educator giving three senior figure seven years in gaol probation and fines. investigators say that large-scale cheating has been going on for years and teachers and staff did it to avoid losing jobs receive bonuses and enhance their careers, a case leave parents dumbfounded. >> the victims are the children.
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they are being miseducated or misguided. and we are the leaders, these are the educators. they have let the chin down. >> for many of us the case raised issues about standardized exams. activists say the exams set unrealistic goals in public schools, and claim the sentences are too harsh. >> how has the parent been served how has the children been served? by sending educators to prison. i submit not one iota. it's time for the community to become enraged. >> reporter: activists plan to carry on campaign of course and it's expected to launch appeals in the coming days. >> throughout the long trial the judge made it clear it wasn't a victimless crime. thousands were let down by
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teachers. is it it may take the school system years to recover. >> the private space transport company spacex launched the supply ship which is carrying understood and equipment to the international space station. the astronauts may be clad to here it's carrying the first expresso maker. the booster rocket attempted to land on a platform off the florida coast, but the landing with was too hard. >> this would be tremendous, if they brought it down the way they intended bringing it down so they could refill it with fuel. it would be a game changer. ellan musk said the rocket came down well. landed up right, like balancing a pencil on the end of the finger but came in too hard laterally and tipped over doing
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away with a chance of reusing it. >> the way they think of it, positioning themselves n.a.s.a. would be outsourcing delivery runs to spacex. they have over a dozen missions coming up. they'll do this every time because if drops the cost of a fright from $60 million down to single dim its, six or 7 million, making the resupply is closer economic cousin to the flight of a boeing 747 than it does to the programme. it's the affordability to use a rocket again and again. making it cost effective kind of private space flight. that's what the industry is all about. legendary soul singer percy slej died at the age of 74.
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♪ when a man loves a woman ♪ he died at his home in louisiana, after a battle with liver cancer. best known for the song "when a man loves a woman" he was inducted in the rock'n'roll hall of name in 1975. he struck a chord with music fans around the world. hour. on "america tonight", juveniles, justice and the journey to a dead end. >> it didn't mean i was going to die in prison. >> this is an issue about how much we want to undo, wrongs that we did in the 1990s. "america tonight"s christopher putzel on mandatory minimums in prison. does a kid' life matter >>