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thanks for joining us. the news from london next. >> more fighting and more airstrikes, saudi arabia hits targets in yemen as it's military campaign enters a new phase. [ gunfire ] >> this is al jazeera, live from london. also coming up. >> when we were on the ship we had no food and no water, and i only had one fish. >> we hear the harrowing story of a survivor of the weekend medicine toremedicine tore ran mediterranean boat disaster.
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her mother interrogated, her father executed, and her childhood home burned to the ground. a woman seeking an apology for atrocities committed by british soldiers. >> hello there and a warm welcome to the program. the saudi-led coalition has led more strikes against yemen as the military campaign has moved into a new phase. there has been a call for an immediate halt to those attacks. strikes in aden and fierce battles taking place on the ground in aden between supporters of abd rabbuh mansur hadi and houthi fighters themselves. but there have been political developments. the houthies have called the u.n. brokered talks and they released three tomorrow yemeny
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top yemeni generals. those airstrikes have resumed why? >> reporter: well, it is only because saudi arabia has in that announcement said yesterday that the division storm campaign has ended but there is a new phase called renewal of hope. the reason for the two campaigns and is because of the details. there is action in yemen if necessary. before it was huge and comprehensive campaign to destroy the facilities of the mouthys. their military capabilities, they say basically most of that has been done. now they'll move, act against the houthis if they move somewhere, if they try to gain new territory if they begin attacks on hadi troops or on y
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meon yemeni civilians. and on the other hand the popular resistence in aden. they are fighting for president hadi and pushing the houthies out of aden. they said that they will continue the fight because for them the battle is not over. the houthies are still there. and it is continuing just like before. they are there we've seen them carrying arms and very defiant just as defiant as before.
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>> you mohammed, was there any element of surprise to these airstrikes. up. >> many people are thinking yesterday night after those announcements. they're thinking there is a deal behind the scenes that we didn't know of because there was like a secrecy so that it could have success. however, now we see that at least until now we have seen different reactions across the world. houthis are defiant. they will continue their fight. the airstrikes are continuing, and across the world there is is--we don't see alternative there. that's what should happen, otherwise this campaign will not finish. there must be peace talks to conclude this phase that has just been ended by saudi arabia.
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otherwise the fighting will continue in yemen just like before. >> mohammed vall, thank you. >> italy's prime minister has called for the european union to work together to stop migrant trafficking only 28 of the people on board a smugglership that capsized on sunday survived. al jazeera has spoken to one of them a 16-year-old from somalia, who is now recuperating in citizenly. we'll talk with paul brennan shortly, but first his exclusive report. >> reporter: it looks like a normal youth club with its table tennis and television blaring. but these televisions are a lucky few.
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in somalia he told me there is no happiness only al-shabab. what jamal experienced at the hands of libya's people traffickers was even worse. >> the problem we face in libya was mainly around the fact that we had our money taken and we were beaten up very badly. some individuals i know died of starvation. we were not given any food and we were constantly beaten. when the trafficking ring was uncovered, the boss man blamed a woman, who was beaten severely. she came back to us and was crying. >> he was herded on to the boat for a journey that would turn into disaster. the boat was so crowded that at one point he fell overboard and had to be dragged back in. >> when we were on the ship we had no food and no part, water
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and i only had one fish. we traveled with no food or water. >> and just when they thought they would be rescued disaster struck. >> i was with a friend, who was hungry so, i shared my fish with him. but after yelling for help, we overturned and he decide. i was underwater for five minutes thinking god god god and then i managed to swim to the surface. me and four other guys shouted for help, and we were rescued. >> hundreds of others were not so lucky. their boat capsized in the dark out at sea and rescuers were working almost blind. >> the sea is completely dark, and after just a few meters you can't see anything. the only thing we could see were the beams of light projected by the search lights. we had to rely on what we could hear. living out for the screams to rescue any survivors. >> jamal feels nothing but bitterness towards the traffickers who jamal believes
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put the passengers in mortal danger. the migrant boats captain and the ship's mate are now facing charges of reckless homicide. but jamal is already looking to the future. >> god willing i intend to bring my parents over here. i'm working hard on that. >> well, let's talk to paul brennan, who is live in catania on the southern italian island of sicily. we're going to hear from the summit of leaders who have met to figure this out. what can we expect? >> well, the they had met in brussels to come up with some kind of plan that will tack this will phenomenon that we've seen for the last three years. but i think it's going to be very difficult for them to find a way of bridging the gap between fine words and effective action. there have been several plans
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put forward several proposals a ten-point plan has come up by e.u. foreign ministers who met earlier this week. it clued things of fingerprinting migrants, trying to set um, some sort of refugee camps in north africa. also the perhaps achievable idea of increasing the number of patrols out there in the mediterranean to try to save more lives. but other ideas just for example, seeking to identify and put out of action migrants trafficker's boats before they can put to sea is a huge question mark if that's even legal. and a draft communique which has been leaked to the financial times paper in london appears to highlight that. it says that the foreign policy chief should put together policy. the need for concerted action
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was highlighted in the italian parliament by prime minister matteo renzi. >> when a person is ready to put his life at risk because he needs to get out from a situation where he could be beheaded, you cannot discourage the departures with a simple statement. you can do it by enforcing unhcr officers in niger and sudan. you do it by taking action in the countries and keeping ourselves even more human avoid avoiding demagoguery as the oppositions are doing. >> paul, the reality s of course the migrants, those very desperate people they keep getting on the boats. >> indeed, and the latest figures we had just today alone 1,106 arrivals in the last 24 hours here on italian soil, and we're hearing that more is expected overnight at the port down on the south coast of sicily. in total some 70,507 according
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to the italian interior ministry are now in reception centers and they just keep coming. this talk in brussels unless it addresses the root causes of poverty, oppression and conflict they're not going to stop the people putting their lives in the hands of those who hope to save themselves of even a worse existence from where they come from. >> paul brennan live in catania thank you. many of those migrants are beginning their journeys in libya. >> reporter: this is a school that has been turned into a holding center. there is about a thousand people here. it is overcrowded. people here come from ethiopia, eritrea, gambia, season balance senegal, and somalia. all of them have the same dream of reaching europe. i asked several of them if they had heard what happened to the
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hundreds of people who decide. some said yes. some said no, but all of them said that despite the threat and the danger, they will still take their chance if they can and try to make it to europe. for many of these people it is the only hope for a better life. one young guy i was speaking to said i cannot go back home. there is nothing for me. at least with that trip i do have some hope. otherwise, by staying here i have no hope whatsoever. now, their situation is very dire because they don't have anything any more. the trips to reach this point are extremely dangerous. they lost their passport. they don't have money any more. some people told me that they have not spoken to their family in months. it is a very dire situation. not only for them, but for the libyan authorities especially in this particular moment when the world attention is on this crisis. some of the people responsible
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for this holding center said what do we do with them? we let them go, and when they go others will come, and this situation will keep continuing unless there is an international mechanism whose in place. libyans do feel now that the finger is pointed at them, but they also say that this is really not in their hands to control this flow of migrants who are only try to get a better life. >> now the u.n. says that more than 110,000 people have fled fighting between iraqi government forces and the islamic state of iraq and levant in the iraqi state of ramadi. there is a warning that many of the displaced have nowhere to go. we have more from the capital of baghdad. >> the iraqi government said that it's forces are making gains by pushing out isil fighters from areas surrounding the government compound in anbar's provincial capital. ramadi services there also push
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isil from areas isil controlled in the last 72 hours and mainly in the eastern parts because a number of reasons including reinforcement sent from baghdad and also airstrikes wide international coalition as well as by the iraqi air force now on the other hand the humanitarian situation for the people there is getting worse. the number of people who fled ramadi and the surrounding areas has reached 113,000 people, according to the u.n. they live in tough conditions in areas in baghdad on the outskirts of baghdad. there has been a car bomb in baghdad, and also a roadside bomb in the area to the east of baghdad. there were a number of people killed and dozens injure: >> still ahead on the program why the london financial worker in this van is being charge ford multi billion dollar fraud in the u.s. >> in brazil where the pet flow
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pet rowpetrobras scandal has cost thousands of jobs and people are scrambling for work.
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>> welcome back. a reminder of those top stories here on al jazeera. battles are taking place on the ground in the yemen potter of aden between supporters was abd rabbuh mansur hadi and houthi fighters. the saudi-led coalition has launched more strikes in yemen. on tuesday they announced their daily strikes were stopping but said they would attack houthi troop movement if they thought they were a threat.
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italy's prime minister has called for european union to work together to stop migrant trafficking. in the past week humans of migrants have died after their boat sank on their journey from north africa to europe. 110,000 people have fled fighting between the iraqi government forces and islamic state in iraq and the levant in the city of ramadi. the trial of al jazeera journalists mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed has been adjourned. in egypt they're being retried for allegedly harming national security and aiding the banned muslim brotherhood. they and al jazeera deny those allegation allegations. seedings will presume allegations. proceedings will resume. in damascus many were killed and dozens more were injured. northeast of the capital at
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least 10 people have been killed in six attacks. opposition activists have accused president assad's forces of 1700 strikes across syria in the past three weeks alone. police in france say that a man they arrested was planning imminent attacks on one or more churches. the 24-year-old is accused of killing a young woman shortly before he was arrested on sunday. the man was also planning to travel to syria. the computer science student had lived in france for several years and had been flagged by security officials in the last year. the french prime minister said that the country needs to unite against terror threats. >> terrorists target france to divide us. our answer must be to protect our nationals our citizens, of course but we also have to gather to unite and show a great determination facing this terrorist threat. >> london are accused of being
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involved in a fraud that literal literally wiped a billion of the share market. he has been placed on bail for $8 million and his passport was taken away. jonah hull explains. >> making his first court appearance in court in london, he was told he would face a full extradition hearing in august. he was released on bail of $8 million. the 36-year-old financial trader is charged in the united states with commodityies fraud and market manipulation that significantly contributed to the multi billion dollar wall street crash on a single day in may 2010. according to u.s. regulators and the department of chance, he operated a one-man trading company from this anonymous west london house option his parents' home not far from heathrow
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airport. here it's alleged he used computer algorithms to ma nape late share price on a massive scale. he was active as april 6th but analysts say this was not an isolateed incident. >> i would suggest that most high frequentry traders operate on a scale far larger than one individual in the west of london london. we know regulators have been looking at the ways it's alleged they manipulate markets but the problem is that they trade in factions minuscule fractions thousands of a thousands of a thousands of a second automated trades and then pulled back. it's almost incomprehensible. >> he would make fake trades. sometimes many thousands of them in a single day. this would calm the market in thinking that there were multiple big buys at the same
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time driving share prices downwards. those share orderers would be canceled and then he would buy up shares at lower prices then the market would improve. it's known as spoofing, and it resulted, according to the u.s. charges, in enormous profits $40 million between 2010 and 2014. there little to show for any of that on this unassuming suburban road. he said that he'll contest the employ for his extradition to the united states. jonah hull, al jazeera, london. >> the e.u. has charged rush's biggest energy provider with abuseing its position in the market. if those charges stick the energy giant could risk fines as high as 10% of the company's overall sales. in 2013 that figure was
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$93 billion euro. gazprom claims that e.u.'s claims are unfounded. >> they say that the e.u. has unfairly back dated these charge and charges regulations to old gas projects. gazprom said that it's unfounded and that it obeys the law and hopes that it can be resolved at an inter governmental level. it has ten weeks to respond to the charges and it can appeal to the courts. but if it's unsuccessful its looking at huge fines running into billions and billions of dollars. now, european union, of course, is taking a big gamble in doing this because as it well knows russia's main export is fossil fuels. if they can go after the companies responsible for those exports then in effect you're
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going after the russian state itself. >> rory challands reporting there. no in brazil a can exactly that is affected thousands of workers who have been laid off by companies tied to the oil giant because petrobras payments are being frozen as investigation continues into a corruption scandal of the company. checkties are accused of taking bribes for construction contracts and then funneling money to politicians in the ruling party. >> this man wants to work, but he has been told every vacancy now has 500 people chasing it. they were building the new chemical plant for the state oil company petrobras about a hours drive from rio de janeiro. but with payments of petrobras frozen as investigators consider bribery scandals, thousands have
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been sacked. >> i have a child. bills to pay i try to survive. i work when work is available. even in the construction area it's been hard. >> vice president of the construction workers union. he has a pile of papers from people who are looking for unemployment benefit from the government. his day is spent with workers giving advice. >> at the end of last year there were 15,000 or 16,000 workers now there are about 4500 workers. >> petrobras is one of with brazil's biggest companies. it had taken bribes when awarding construction contracts many taking bribes are linked with the government. it is called operation car wash. >> always take enterprises should change their rules in order to follow aish higher standard of, also the private
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sector has to be much more transparent especially in its relation world trade center government. >> it's estimated 35,000 construction jobs have been lost in the first two months of this year and there are no signs that things are going to get better. >> every man here had a job until a few weeks ago. now they're all un unemployed because of the petro petrobras scandal scandal. they all wait here because they feel they have a better chance than if they hand in their details and walk away. >> i've been here since 7:00 a.m. and nothing so far. we're trying to get our jobs back. >> the petrobras scandal will
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hit the economy here. >> britain's failure to investigate the role of its army in a 1948 massacre in malaysia has been challenged in a landmark supreme court case. relatives of 24 victims of the killings want the british government to be held accountable. lawyers have told the court that britain has a responsibility under convention of human rights, a commission of independent inquiry. charlie angela has more now from london. >> at 78, her memory is not what it used to be, but one memory is crystal clear. as an 11-year-old, british soldiers forced her into a truck as she was driven away she heard thoughts and her father was executed, and watched as her childhood home was burned to the ground. she has come to the u.k. to demand an apology from the
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british government. >> i definitely have a responsibility not only to my father but also to the others who died horribly. none of them had been given food before they were killed. their bodies were left in the hot sun for seven days. it was horrible. they are lying down in the road like planks. their bodies were all bloated. >> in 1948 britain was battleing communist fighters. the unarmed men were shot trying to escape. at the time the killings were portrayed as a military victory but in 1970 six of the soldiers involved confessed to murdering the villagers in cold blood. two investigations followed but both were blocked by the british government. their argument was if they were liable for the deaths that lability fell away in 1967, a weak argument said the lawyer
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representing the survivors. >> after all this was a british-protected state and britain's role there was to protect its nationals and the people who were killed who were british subjects. >> in a statement the ministry of defense said that this was a deeply regrettable incident. it would not be appropriate to comment further while legal proceedings are ongoing. but the seven survivors have already waited more than 60 years for an apology. other relatives of the victims have since died. lim is determined to see justice in her lifetime. >> judges here could take months to make a decision. but if they do order the government to further investigate what happened, it could open the flood gate to other historical incidents where british forces shot civilians.
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>> well, you can find much more on our website the address for that is i'll be back in just a couple of seconds with those headlines. >> less than a day after promising an end to the air campaign saudi attract hit mouth houthi rebels in yemen. >> more arrive in italy and accused of breaking the rules europe said that a russian energy giant illegally crushed the competition in what moscow is calling charges that are totally unfair.