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yemen's houthis call for an immediate end to saudi-led air strikes as the coalition campaign enters a new phase. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up italy's prime minister calls for europe to be more human when attacking the migrant crisis we go inside a holding center in libya where migrants say they'll still risk their lives to get to europe 113,000 iraqis have nowhere to go after fleeing fighting
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and bail is set at $8 million for the british trader accused of wiping a billion off the dow jones in minutes. the saudi-led coalition has launched more strikes in yemen as its military campaign enters a new phase. houthi leaders have released a statement calling for an immediate halt to the attacks. the saudi ambassador to the u.s. has just said they will continue to use force to stop them from taking yemen. they struck houthi targets in taiz and aden. there is fierce fighting on the ground in aden. there have been political developments. houthis have called for u.n.-brokered talks as well as released three top generals including the president's brother. hundreds of supporters took their anger over the campaign to
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the streets in sanah. they vowed to keep fighting. air strikes are likely to continue as long as the houthis continue their own campaign. >>reporter: if they begin encroaching on more territory or expanding control in new areas, then there will be new strikes. so the new operation doesn't mean exactly a complete stop to fighting and to war. it means that now there will be less intensive fight operations or air strikes but there will be reaction and intervention any time it's necessary for the saudis and their allies. the houthis began immediately after the announcement to move their tanks to an area from which they were expelled just days ago including the area of the presidential palace in aden.
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so there was a strike there. there was a strike in taiz when they began to try to take a military base there. and also today not far from aden there was another strike during the day. fighting is raging between the houthis and loyalists of hadi. the houthis have been shelling positions of hadi's troops. so it's like you know yes, there is a new phase with a new name but operations basically are continuing across the country. in the last half hour the ambassador to the u.s. says the reaction to the houthis show they're not willing to engage in political dialogue. >> the houthis should be under no illusion that we will continue to use force in order to stop them from taking yemen over by aggressive actions. so that will not change. we hope that they will participate in the political process. there have been statements by
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houthi leaders about their acceptance of a political process and willingness to participate in the political process. but then hours later we see movement of their troops and we see them using their weaponry against the forces of the legitimate yemeni government. so this is not the position or behavior of a group that seeks to resolve its differences through dialogue and peace. the u.n. secretary-general says he's concerned about the resumption of fighting in yemen. >> i hope this phase will mean the end of all fighting in yemen. in fact this morning when i read that the report that fighting was resumed, i was very much concerned about that. i sincerely hope there will be an end to fighting as soon as
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possible. italy's prime minister has called for the european union to come together to stop migrant trafficking. in the past week hundreds of migrants have died after their boat sank on the journey from north africa to europe. the eu has already agreed to invest more money in its patrolling operations in the mediterranean. they also want the union to be more human in its handling of the crisis and more visible in sub saharan countries. >>reporter: 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 offices in niger and sudan. you do it by taking action in the countries and keeping ourselves even more human. >> he wants the eu to make it more difficult for migrants to reach europe but many more migrants from egypt and africa
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arrived today in italy. barnaby phillips was there. >>reporter: these are the latest arrivals in the great movement of people across the mediterranean. they set off from egypt and not libya. the navy rescued them from the sea and brought them here. families from syria wondering what will come next. the italian authorities do their best to save lives but they do not welcome these arrivals. so they've made it. hundreds of young men and many women and some very young children. they risked everything to come to europe and yet the government here in italy and governments right across europe are desperate to stop this kind of migration. aid organizations assess their health and try to find out whether all these children have traveled with their parents or are alone. >> there are many children arriving. many unaccompanied children as
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well. i even met an 11-year-old boy a couple of weeks ago. it was just unbelievable. >>reporter: then they're led away to a reception center. i caught a quick word with one boy from darfur in the sudan. >> i'm looking for a safe place to live because our country is so dangerous and there is -- there is a war. >>reporter: i met two young african who is made that journey across the mediterranean one year ago. one from senegal and one from gambia. they found support in a religious charity but their lives are in limbo and they are lonely. >> i want a better life. i miss my mom. i have only my mom now. nobody else.
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what is my future now? i don't know yet my future now. >>reporter: we talk of this as an immigration crisis. but the people on the docks, tired and confused for sure are also relieved. they've escaped wars and crossed a sea without disaster. they'd rather be here than in the troubled lands they left behind. the eu is due to meet again on thursday to discuss the crisis. paul brennan has this update from sicily. >>reporter: the deaths in the mediterranean according to one u.n. official have been down to a monumental failure of compassion on the part of eu leaders. and there is huge pressure to come up with a solution. there was a ten-point plan put forward on monday by the foreign
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ministers which the leaders will now consider. we've seen a draft which has been leaked. they include, for example, at least doubling the current amount of resources which is being put into searching and rescuing the mediterranean trying to save lives tut but even doubling the current level of resources would not match the resources put into that operation last year. so i think there will be some criticism in that quarter. the other issue is whether or not the root causes will be addressed. parliament talked about conflict oppression poverty. those he said were the root causes causing people to flee their homes in various places in the world in the middle east and africa and try to make this perilous journey. and without addressing those root problems you're only looking at the symptoms. the legality is also
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questionable. for example, the idea that they can target trafficker's boats in the libyan ports while the eu foreign policy chief has been tasked with the following, to begin preparations for possible operations. you can see the language is a little bit woolly and the fear i think, in some quarters is that the fine principles and words may not be able to be translated into practical action which stems the flow of migrants coming from the mediterranean sea over my shoulder that way. >> so will any of this stop the migrants trying to reach europe? >>reporter: this is a school that has been turned into a holding center. there's about 1,000 people here. it's overcrowded. the people here come from ethiopia nigeria, gambia senegal, a group of egyptians,
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some somalis. they all have the dream of reaching europe. i asked if they had heard of the events the past week and some said yes and some said no but all said despite the threat and danger they will still take their chance if they can and try to make it to europe. for many of these people it's their 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 anymore. the trip to reach this point is extremely dangerous. they lost their passport don't have money anymore. some told me they have not spoken to their family in months. so it is a very dire situation. not only for them but for the libyan authorities.
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especially this particular moment when the world's attention is on this crisis. some of the people responsible of this holding center told me what do we do with them? okay. let them no ga. and when they go others will come and this situation will continue unless there is an international mechanism put in place. libyans do feel now that the finger is pointed at them but they also say that it is really not in their hands to control this flow of migrants who are only trying to get a better life. at least 17 people killed in bombings by syrian government planes in damascus. seven were in residential areas. dozens more were injured northeast of the capital, ten people have been killed in six attacks. activists have accused president assad's forces of being behind more than 1,700 strikes across syria in the past three weeks.
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the u.n. says more than 110,000 people have fled fighting between iraqi government forces and the islamic state of iraq in the city of ramadi. aid agencies are warning many of the displaced have nowhere to go. we have more from baghdad. >>reporter: the iraqi government says its forces is making gains by pushing out isil fighters from areas surrounding the government compound in anbar's provincial capital. forces there also pushed isil from areas they controlled in the past 72 hours and mainly in the eastern parts of the city and that's because of a number of reasons including reinforcements sent from baghdad and also air strikes by the 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.
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they live in tough conditions in areas in baghdad on the outskirts of baghdad. meanwhile, there's been a car bomb in baghdad and also a roadside bomb in an area to the east of baghdad. there were a number of people killed and dozens injured. the trial against al jazeera journalists in egypt has been adjourned. they are being retried for allegedly harming national security and aiding the banned muslim brotherhood. proceedings will resume april 28th. still to come this half hour protests against isil's killing of either adequate and appropriate yaps in libya turns violent. violent.
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fierce battles take place in the yemeni port city of aden the saudi-led coalition has launched more strikes. the ambassador to the united states says several houthi groups may enter aden within hours italy's prime minister has called for eu nations to work together to stop migrant trafficking. in the past week hundreds have died after their boat sank on the journey from north africa to europe and 110,000 people have fled fighting between iraqi government forces and isis in
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the city of ramadi police in ethiopia have used force to quell violence during protests of the killing of their fellow citizens in fighting. >>reporter: people's grief and anger turned into violence on the streets. people began gathering at dawn on wednesday. it's the second day of a three-day national mourning period for isil's victims. the video was posted online on sthaund appears to show the armed group shooting and beheading nearly 30 ethiopian christians in libya. two-thirds of ethiopians are christians. many others are muslims. >> i want to say to isis that they are not with us and we're not with them. they do not represent us and they're not real muslims. the law does not allow this. stop what you're doing.
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stop. stop. >>reporter: relatives say two of the victims were friends who traveled to libya together to get an illegal boat to europe to find work. to them isil and those who smuggle people across borders are the enemy. >> i don't want the international community to rest until these devils are destroyed. and until these human traffickers are rounded up one by one. >>reporter: a large number of ethiopians have left the country because they cannot find jobs at home. the government said they will bring back ethiopians who want to return from libya and cover their costs. reuters is reporting that nigerian forces have invaded the last known strong hold of the armed group boko haram. they launched an offensive
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against the group in february and have recaptured most of the territory it controlled. some of the school girls kidnapped more than a year ago it's believed are being held there. how accurate is this information? >>reporter: the information sounds reliable. it sounds accurate. president good luck jonathan has been saying boko haram is facing extinction over and over again for the last few months and we've seen a massive decrease in the number of attacks by the group. it's been very quite in respect to attacks and bomb blasts that we're so used to reporting. it's not possible to independently verify -- on
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whether this is true whether this area is now under the control of west african forces. >> what would the significance be of nigerian armed forces taking full control? >>reporter: it would be the legacy that president good luck jonathan wants to leave. he leaves may 28th. many feel his defeat came as a consequence of his handling of this six-year insurgency in which at least 613,000 people have been killed and so many more displaced.
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many people will be hoping this information is accurate so that long journey home might begin for many who fled the fighting. south african police have arrested 11 men suspected of carrying out attacks on migrant workers. they were arrested after a raid on an i don't hand nasseburgjohannesburg -- the prison's population. that's in the face of attempts from congress to halt plans to close the u.s. military facility. let's go live to the u.s. state department in washington d.c. so how quickly might this happen? >>reporter: well it all comes down to when the secretary of
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defense, ash carter actually sends congress some paperwork indicating that the people who have been cleared for release from guantanamo should in fact be transferred. there's a 30-day notification requirement. so far, that has not happened and if the stated goal in the article from the "washington post" is to be achieved the secretary of defense would have to send us those names sometime in the next ten days or so. it's not clear whether or not that's actually going to happen. now, i did speak to one administration official who said that the 57 people who have already been cleared for release, many of them yemeni citizens could have been transferred sometime in 2014, but the previous defense secretary, chuck hagel did not move on it. he said when asked that he was trying to be very cautious about not releasing anyone who might actually pose a security threat to the united states or to its
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allies. now of course there's attention being focused on ash carter and whether he is going to try to comply with the wish of the commander in chief, president barack obama, to close guantanamo as quickly as possible. >> how much push back do you think there will be? >> well let's be frank. there is some tension inside the obama administration on whether those who are being held at guantanamo. there are some facing military commissions, a type of trial. they're not going to be released but it's been a very controversial move to suggest that those who are not going to be facing any criminal charges should be resettled either in their home countries or in a third country. congress is very much opposed to releasing anymore detain knees
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and certainly is opposed to bringing them here to the continental united states. this will generate more controversy about a military prison which is in and of itself extremely controversial. >> thank you very much indeed. more than 1,000 inmates have been moved in el salvador as part of an effort to stop gang activity behind bars. it's meant to put an end to gang structures. 16 people a day were murdered in el salvador last month a man they've arrested was planning an attack on one or more churches in france. the 24-year-old is also accused of killing a young woman shortly before his arrest on sunday. police have been told he was also planning to travel to syria. bit of breaking news for you here. we want to get you to the ever glades national park in florida
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on this earth day where the president is talking about climate change and its impact. let's listen in. >> the park service generates $10 for the economy. that's a good investment. [applause]. >> i don't run a private equity fund but i know that's a good investment. in 2014 almost 300 million visitors to our national parks spent almost $16 billion and supported 277,000 jobs. so protecting our parks is a smart thing to do for our economy. that's why i've set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. [applause]. >> here in the ever glades we've -- with the support of some outstanding members of congress i proposed another
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$240 million this year. we want to restore the natural water flow of the everglades which we know is one of the best defenses against climate change and rising sea levels. i'm calling on congress -- [applause]. >> i'm calling on congress to fully fund the land and water conservation fund which supports this work across the country. [applause] [crowd cheering]. >> i'm also announcing $25 million in public and private money for restoration projects at our national parks as part of our broader effort we've launched to encourage every american to find your park. chances are there's one closer than you think. just last weekend michelle and i took the girls for a hike in a national park just 20 minutesout side of washington d.c. as we were walking a trail along the everglades there was a group of
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school kids couldn't be more excited mostly about the alligators not seeing me. but also learning about the science of the planet that they live on. i want every child to have that opportunity. so starting this fall we're going to give every fourth grader in america an every kid in a park pass that's a pass good for free admission for all our public lands for you, your families for an entire year. [applause]. >> because no matter who you are, no matter where you live our parks, our monuments, lands, waters these are your birth rights as americans. today i'm introducing the douglas house in miami so that future generations will know how this amazing woman
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helped conserve the everglades for all of us. we're also working with farmers and ranchers and forest land owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. i'm going to keep doing everything i can to prepare and protect america from the worst effects of climate change including fighting for clean air and clean water because in places like this folks don't have time we don't have time you do not have time to deny the effects of climate change. folks are already busy dealing with it. and nowhere is it going to have a bigger impact than here in south florida. no place else. it has to be paying closer attention to this and acknowledging this and understanding if we take action now we can do something about it. this is not some impossible problem that we cannot solve. we can solve it if we have some political will and we can solve it in a way that creates jobs.
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we can solve it in a way that doesn't disrupt our economy but enhances our economy. and it's a bipartisan issue. on the way in i was talking to some folks about the fact that teddy roosevelt is a republican. the impacts of climate change and that we need to do something about it. this is not something that historically should be a part