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yemen's former president saleh asks for safe passage out of his war-ridden country. >> live from london, also coming up almost 10,000 migrants rescued since friday. and hundreds feared dead. europe is urged tad more. colombian soldiers are killed by farc rebels. what more now from the cease-fire there. the e.u. accuse google of
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promoting it's own shopping service. interesting developments in the war in yemen. saudi arabia keeps up its defensive against houthi rebels, the former president ali abdullah saleh who is said to be on the houthi side, has asked for safe passage out of his country. he has been helping those who fight abd rabbuh mansur hadi. saleh's request has been rejected by the golf corporation council, that is the gcc. let's go to sawedlet's go to mohammed. an hour ago you broke this story al jazeera. whether he still is in yemen and
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lag for a safe way out. >> he's still in question men but he has sent his envoy. according to the reports he sent them to oman to bring this message to the gcc leaders basically offering to leave yemen safely along with his family in exchange for abandoning the houthies. this point abandoning the houthies we've received more details about it in the message. it seems that saleh has told the gcc leaders via its own envoy thats highway no ties of the houthies. he's not supporting the houthis. confidential this contradict what is he said earlier when he sent his son just before the beginning of the strikes send
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sent him with the same offer but now saleh has no conditions. when he sent his son he had conditions but he wanted his son to be the president--to run for the election. also he's going to abandon the houthis. now in his message to the gcc leaders he said that actually he has not been part of this. he has not been with the youths. we has no ties with them. he just wants to leave yemen safely. and apparently the gcc leaders have categorically rejected that offer. >> mohammed, thank you very much indeed. we'll bring in one of the major players in all of this. the u.n. specialist adviser on yemen. very good to have you with us on the news hour. let me ask you first about that breaking news that ali abdullah saleh says that he's not supporting the outies, and he wants out of the country. what will that do to the houthi
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offensive, do you think? >> well, look, this comes just before the new resolution in yemen. and the resolution includes expanding the scope of sanctions you know, here one of the people people including sanctions on the son of the former president and for the security council when it comes to people obstructing the political process, the reference has been to the houthis on one hand, and then to saleh and his supporters. yemen now is in a very serious situation. yemen is in a state of civil war. there is a lot of fighting going on in the south. there is a humanitarian situation isolated by all this
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fighting going on. there is shortage of food. shortage of water more than 120,000 displaced people in yemen. you know, what is the situation to where it is now is really the obstruction that impeded the political process and alert to the violence and the situation to become out of hand. >> let me put it to you in other terms. it may have been the way the whole thing has handled. there have been no suggestions that the inclusion deficit--your attempt to bring everybody in the suppose merely encouraged the houthis in view of what they could and couldn't do and brought about a conflict that could have been avoided. >> one thing that was distinct about the political transition
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in yemen was that it was an inclusive transition. it in 2011 yemenis made a deal to start the transition, a transition from ali abdullah saleheh rule to no, sir. that national dialogue agreed that they needed to all slew all the groups that have not been in the political process and this include the houthis and also-- >> i understand the history. what i want to ask you is why if you had such a good plan couldn't you make it work? >> okay. this is not my plan. this is a yemeni plan. yemenis decided to have a transition through negotiating process in 2011 and then they had the national dialogue that
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went on for 10 months. they agreed on the blue precipitate for new governance in yemen and then some of the political actors, including the houthis in particular, they started using violence to achieve political games. so it is the action of the houthis, and also the mistakes made by other yemeni actors that led to this state of affairs. our job was to facilitate to act as a mediator, facilitating talks, facilitating process this is what with we tried to do. but at the end of the day the responsibility rests squarely with the main political actors, and here in terms of the recent adventure the houthi escalation. >> there was nothing you could have done to prevent this? >> well look, our job as i
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said was to facilitate and support a political transition. but this was a yes hen any-led transition. yemenis who came together and made the hard choices the hard decisions of how to move forward. they made a number of deals and deals that were never implemented. you're hoping that they'll go back at the end of the day they'll have to go about to a negotiating process where they can agree to stop this fighting, and then put the transition back on track and it remain the task of what was agreed to under the legislative and mechanism and approve it under the new constitution elections under the new constitution, and so on. but in this contexts the violation of violence and armed groups and the expansion of houthis that led to this habits.
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this would bring a yemeni-led process, a yemeni solution that include negotiations. >> lastarylast year, it was written in the plan that in 2011 moving forward it ends with this question. is this a peace plan that is simply delayed the inevitable toll? i wonder what your thoughts are on that statement and if you see any way out of this? >> well look, it was wrong to think that it was a beautiful transition running smoothly and then suddenly the houthis or others appeared and they spoiled it. there were inherent flaws. there were problems and roadblocks since the transition agreement was signed in 2011. i told the security council in a briefing after briefing i
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briefed the council every two months and every two months i told the council there has been obstruction by former elements of the elements of the previous regime. i told the town when houthis advanced on s naa i had plenty of opportunity to warn the international community on what to come. but at the end of the day this is yemeni process and the yemenis, as i said, prayed played politics, partisan politics and some of them also instead of using the language of violencedialogue they pursued the language of violence in order to pursue the sad state that has run into serious,
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serious trouble that has been derailed. >> thank you so much, the u.n. special adviser on yemen. thank you for taking the time to talk to us on al jazeera. >> thank you. >> saudi arabia said that it's offensive in yemen has eroded houthi capabilities. >> houthi tanks destroyed in saudi-led airstrikes. coalition officials say that the tanks are on their way to aden where fighting continues. these warplanes were spotted on the runway of a military base near the capital of sanaa. they were also hit. >> the houthis are mobilized. their convoys were soon targeted by coalition sources.
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>> for saudi arabia, the use of force was the only way to prevent the houthis from controlling yemen. >> i would not describe the war in yemen as a proxy war of iran, but a war of necessity. in order to prevent the take over of yemen by a radical croup that is allied with iran and hezbollah. iran the last time i checked had no border with yemen. there is no reason for iran to be involved with yemen. >> after three weeks of airstrikes houthi fighters backed by troops loyal to al ire abdullah saaleh hold ground. they would send ground troops to defeat the houthis but for the time bean being the saudis have no plans for a full ground
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invasion. here on the western entrance into aden vehicles speed away carrying people escaping the fighting. traveling in the opposite direction. ambulances head towards the fighting but can't get very far. >> there are injured people over there, but the houthis are targeting our vehicles. they shoot at us. we can't reach the injured. >> hospitals have also been badly hit. some like this one have no electricity. airstrikes continue to target houthi positions in sadaa. their strongholds and their capital of sanaa where some of the best trained army units loyal to hadi are based. they're wrapping up their campaign to force the houthis and their allies to disarm, pull
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out from the cities, and join political talks to solve yemen's crisis. the houthis say they will not hold talks in in the air strikes continue. the italian coast guard said that it has not found any more migrants from the boat that capsized on its way from libya to italy. the charity "save the children" say that survivors tell them that at least 400 people drowned. that is just a fraction of the element 10,000 people who have arrived in europe from north africa since friday of last week. >> it's not even peak season for migrants yet but the reception center is already heaving.
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400400 rescued refugees are crammed into a building meant for 250. ports along italy's southern coast boats are bringing in hundreds of rescued refugees. at the latest count more than 10,000 have been plucked from the water since last friday alone. but the risks are high. on monday more than 400 people are believed to have drowned before rescue could arrive. >> we met them yesterday. we spoke to them, a group of people there were 550 people approximately, and only 145 were rescued while the others are believed to unfortunately died in the mediterranean.
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>> the traffickers are becoming boulder and more ruthless. boats are no longer being abandon: they're too valuable to lose. >> they have witnessed warning shots fired by the smugglers who were attempting to take the boat originally carrying the migrants back to libya. this is a clear sign that the mugglers in libya are running out of boats. and therefore they are determined to do anything including shooting their guns in order to do that. >> it's estimated that already the shia that a 10-told increase have died from last year.
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>> they have the capacity to rescue in the mediterranean is inefficient, and that they need very soon, swiftly and urgently to do something about it that. there need to be alternatives to being able to come to europe. >> the police will not tell us where the families boarding the buses will be taken. but these many now trying to make the most dangerous sea crossing in the world and thousands more will follow in their footsteps. >> still to come on al jazeera why dark matter may not be so dark after all. the study that puts scientists in a spin. >> being a musician, there's no demand... >> world renowned artist lang lang >> the moment you're on stage, it's timeless >> american schools falling flat...
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>> these are the top stories. forces loyal to saleh have been fighting along the houthi rebels. hundreds of migrants have died trying to reach europe because not enough has been done to save them. almost 10,000 have been rescued by the italian coast guard since friday. den colombian soldiers have been killed by left-wing farc fighters. 17 hurt and four of them seriously hurt.
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this comes as peace talks continue in cuba. we spoke with alexander in bogota and asked him what he thought this might might mean on the negotiations of peace. >> i don't think this will much effect especially after many announcements over the past weeks and months. the colombian president just spoke in the military base after meeting there with the minister of defense high-level officials and the attorney general. and he did announce the first consequence of this attack, which will be resuming air raids against farc. >> a small sigh gyrocopter has
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landed on the west lawn of white house in washington, d.c. they have been examining the aircraft as you can see. european union has accused google of skewing it's searches in favor of its own shopping service, and it's formerly charged the search service under antitrust rules. >> in brussels, european union competition commissioner announced something called a statement of objections against google. initially against its price comparison service google shopping for damaging competition. google controls 90% of up a europe-basedall europe-based web
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searches. >> if you use that kind of market power to promote something artificially, to favor it in your algorithm by not giving it the same treatment as other services, well, then you have using your dominant position to restrict competition. >> today's move comes after five years of complaints by digital companies who feel they have suffered directly from google's practices. >> very soon after we launched we were struck with an algorithm google search penalty that totally excluded us from the search realm. as a business that's effectively disappearing us from the internet. >> some are seeing this as a crucial test to the new digital economy, and of how big u.s. tech companies are dominateing
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the internet. the e.u. can fine google as much as 10% of its global earnings, that's over $6 billion. and other parts of its business including its android system is now under former e.u. investigation now. google has ten weeks to respond and on wednesday issued a statement saying while google may be the most used search engine people can now find and access information in numerous and different ways. allegations of harm for consumers and competitors have proved wide of the mark. as it went former charges abroad google will have the right of appeal and the whole process to take years to resome of revolve. but the stakes are high in what who be a crucial test case in a
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digital economy. al jazeera london. >> the islamic state in iraq and the levant have captured three villages 13 iraqi soldiers were killed in battles with the group. we have reports from baghdad on a tough task facing the iraqi army. >> on the outskirts the iraqi army said it is making gains. clearing mortar tore and preparing to advance further. more reinforcements have been sent. and soldiers are ready to fight. but isil is holding tight. the town center is in their grip. behind these lines is the real battle front. jets from the u.s.-led co-alation have beencoalition
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has been performing airstrikes. >> we advance four kilometers from north to south. now we're preparing to storm the city center. >> but more than 75% of anbar province is under isil control. it's fighters are entrench: roads are littered with bombs and houses are booby trapped with explosives. isil is sweeping through more areas in the northeast of the provincial capital. most of ramadi is now under isil control. the head of the provincial council said that the iraqi army needs help. >> the battle is very big. the arrival of the reinforcement is not enough. there is huge pressure from isil in anbar and they want the victory to show public opinion that we're here. we will stop them.
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>> the iraqi government ants to build on the momentum of the clearing in creek. but it is different. the battle there has started. they say that the iraqi soldiers need more training. the u.s. is ownerred about the mobilization force which the iraqi government relied on in the okay and it's accused of carrying out summary excuses lynchings and widespread looting lootings, something that the u.s. said shouldn't be replicated in anbar and mosul to prevent further sectarian tensions. the plans to retake anbar and mosul may be delayed. the government said that it's forces need more weapons and
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drones and fighter jets, a request not likely to be granted. >> dark matter that may not be as dark after all. we can only see a tiny fraction of what is there. physicists say that dark matter makes up 85% of the universe, and without it they would fall apart because of the way they spin. while dark matter can't be seen its effects can be seen because it interacts with gravity. until now it was thought that dark matter only interacted with gravity. but a team--watch what happened when these four galaxies collided some 1.3 billion late years away. they noticed that some of the dark matter slowed down,
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suggesting it was doing something, perhaps interacting with something other than gravity. now the lead author of the report. >> it seems to be the most common stuff in the universe, more common than anything on the available. because it's so common we don't know what it is, because it's visible, and we're days rately trying to figure out what it's made of. he know thatwe know that it interacts with gravity. the big question is does it interact with the universe in any other way? the reason you figure out how things operate and what things are made out of, and if you want to do that with a lump of rock, you can do that by picking up a couple of lumps of rock, throw them at each other and see where the bits fly.
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but with dark matter we've thrown a couple of lumps of dark matter at each other, and we watched what happened when they collide. what we found is that dark matter does not behave in the way we thought it would if it's just using gravity. >> and the truth is now there for you. . >> fired over facebook. creating a sleepry slope. a lack at how this enforcement tool called civil forfeiture works. and an online platform embraceed by millions to tell