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>> hours offer ending its air campaign the saudi-led coalition carries out more strikes against houthi rebels in yemen. you're watching al jazeera, live from doha coming up in the next half hour. >> hundreds of migrants are trying to reach europe despite the risk of dying at sea anger, frustration and violence in ethiopia, during protests against i.s.i.l.'s killing of ethiopia christians
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and why a farmer in india took his own life in a protest less than 24 hours after announcing the end of a military air campaign in yemen saudi arabia resumed targetting houthi controlled areas of the riyadh has said that it will use force to stop them taking over yemen. on the ground in aden the houthis are in battle with forces loyal to the president abd-rabbu mansour hadi. the houthis have released a statement calling for a halt to saudi-led attacks. the group says that is a precondition for the u.n.-brokered talks to resume and released three top germs. we have this report from jizan on the saudi-yemeni border. >> reporter: street battles in
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tiaz a day after the saudi-led coalition announced the end of the first phase of an air campaign in yemen. fighters are lawyer to president abd-rabbu mansour hadi. they are supported by soldiers from the 35th brigade. but they are unable to push the houthi rebels, and the soldiers loyal to former president ali abdullah saleh from the city. a similar scope is here further south in the city of aden. theser members of the popular -- these are members of the popular resistance committee tuesday night and the early hours of wednesday. in washington the saudi arabia ambassador to the united states said the situation in aden required continued military action. >> we are seeing movement by the houthis that is disturbing in the city of aden. where we see squirmishes and we see movement of houthi troops into aden from three different
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directions. >> reporter: clashes resumed in other areas. on wednesday, the saudi-led coalition targeted houthis and fighters in tiaz and other areas. the houthis seemed far from being broken. they marched in sanaa, which they still control. they chanted victory, denounced the saudi-led strikes and renewed allegiance to the houthi leader. soldiers loyal to the houthis and former president joined the march. >> we took to the street to condemn shelling of civilians, bombarding of residential areas. we say shame on you. why don't you face us on the
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ground. >> the houthis say they won the war. meanwhile, the human toll of the conflict is continuing to rise. >> houthis target any woman, child or man, they blindly targeted all of us. >> translation: we are no longer able to receive more cases, it's beyond our capability in the hospital. we are putting patients in the corridors and reception. we are short staffed and don't have enough beds or medicine. >> reporter: the international red creditors declared the situation catastrophic and called for better a.b.c. to aid. the saudi-led coalition launched an operation with the aim of restoring peace in yemen. so far there are no signs of a peaceful resolution to the
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conflict meanwhile, u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon is calling for an end to the violence. >> i hope this phase will lead to an end of all fighting in yemen. in fact this morning when i read that report that fighting was resumed, i was very much concerned about that. i hope that there will be an end of fighting as soon as possible. >> the e.u. is holding an emergency summit op thursday to discuss the migrant crisis in the mediterranean sea. more than 1,000 migrants arrived at three ports. 540 people from sub-saharan africa were bought to the port after being rescued from the boat. the israeli coast guard took 400 to lampedusa.
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italy wants hep from the iou to deal with -- e.u. to deal with the migrant matters. the scale was highlighted after a boat as capsized on sunday killing 800 migrants. people have been paying tribute to victims at a morgue where the bodies were taken. most began their mournjourney in libya. hoda abdel-hamid has been taking it to people willing to take the journey across the sea in the hope of a better future. >> reporter: they escaped war and poverty, travelling for weeks, sometimes months to reach europe. baba almost made it when his boat was intercepted. it was on the same day another
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carrying 400 migrants capsized. >> they got me and put me in container. and i come here. i don't know this place. somewhere in here. we don't understand where. >> reporter: mohammed was on the journey, escaping sierra leone, after his parents died of ebola last year. >> we are orphans without anybody. we don't have any help of anybody. >> now they are in a detention center on the outskirts of misrata. 1,000 are held here. the building used to be a school much the classrooms are cramped. they come from sub-saharan countries, some from as far as
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bangladesh. >> there's one toilet available for men and women. living conditions are difficult. authorities do acknowledge that but they say they are doing as best as they can to cope with the situation, and they fear na in the coming months things could get worse. with the onset of summer many more migrants reach the coast of libya, everyone heard about the shipwrecks that cost are the leaves of hundreds in the sea. it's a risk that they are prepared to take. >> translation: yes, it's dangerous, but there's no work in my country, that's why i'll take that risk. i have not spoken to my mother in months. she doesn't know if i'm alive or dead. i have to work, earn money and then i can see her again. >> it is this that made the men and women fly from home. despite the rigses escaping war
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torn libya by sea to europe is the only hope meanwhile, amnesty international is highlighting the plight of fleeing migrants by covering brighton beach in the u.k. with hundreds of body bags. and zipped themselves up in the bags for the protest, organised ahead of the e.u. summit. amnesty international says the governments need to take more action to stop others from drowning. >> anger turned to protest. thousands staged a generation to protest the killing in libya. hundreds were arrested when police used force to disperse the crowds. caroline malone has more. >> reporter: people's grief and anger turned to violence on the streets of addis ababa. people began to gather at down
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on wednesday, the second day of a 3-day period for i.s.i.l.'s victims. a video was posted online on sunday showing the shooting and beheading of 13 christians. 13 were christians other muslims. >> i want to say to i.s.i.s. militants that they are not with us they are not with them. they do not represent us they are not real muslims. stop what you are doing, stop, stop. relatives say two of the victims were friends travelling together to get a boat to europe. they wanted to find work. i.s.i.l. and those that smuggle people across borders are the enemy. >> i don't want the international community to arrest until the devils are destroyed. and until the human traffickers
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are rounded up. a large number of ethiopians left the country. on tuesday, they'll bring back ethiopians. if they come home they'll find many people angry with what happened to fellow citizens and hoping the government will respond still ahead on al jazeera, why the kurdish government urges foreign oil companies to stay despite the fight with i.s.i.l. and we met one of the chinese female actors detained by the government for a month.
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welcome back. let's take a quick recap of the top stories on al jazeera. saudi arabia has resumed air strikes against houthi rebels in yemen, less than 24 hours after announcing an end to an aerial campaign. riyadh warned the houthis that it would use force to stop them taking over the country. >> more than 1,000 migrants offered at three italian courts after being picked up in the mediterranean sea. the e.u. is holding an emergency summit to discuss the growing migrant crisis. 100 have been arrested in a rally. tens of thousands marched in abu ab add as. the rally turned violent when demonstrators directed their anger at security forces to iraq now, where the misty upham says more than -- where
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the u.n. says more than 150,000 fled their homes. the u.s. has seen intense fighting. troops are trying to regain control of areas around the city in anbar province, aid agencies say displaced people are in need of shelter and are facing worsening conditions. >> despite the rich oil fields in northern iraq the kurdish regional government is struggling economically. the war against i.s.i.l. and other concerns are among the reasons for the financial problems. the government is renewing efforts to convince oil firms to stay and help develop the regions. kim vinnell reports. >> reporter: with the governor in town exhibitors at the oil and gas put their best feet forward. it's a chance to network. and take stock of what has been a rocky few months. there's the fight against i.s.i.l. plummeting oil prices and an
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ongoing budget dispute between erbil and baghdad. kurdish authorities want to make clear that northern iraq and its oil fields are open for business. >> the cape abilitiy for exporting oil is happening it's not so smooth. erbil promise to receive 550,000 barrels a day, to receive a share from baghdad, a billion a month. the kurdistan government is falling short on the oil promises. the kurdistan regional government is not yet meting quotas because of technical problems and pipeline capacity problems on the iraqi side. critics suggest the region wants to keep some to met local demand. compounding matters, money from
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baghdad is coming in fits and starts. it's having a follow-on effect for the fighters on the front line. >> because of the economic crisis because of the issue of oil. we are in april. we received the money for february. there's 2-3 months we haven't received money. oil companies have waited for their money. they owe the biggest investor more than $230 million in export payments. analysts say investors will not hang around forever. >> the government has to pay them and when they get the returns, they sell the oil and will be part of it. if things are going the same way, and the regional government cannot provide it for the international companies, they will not be able to proceed. >> kurdish authorities, they say, will have to face the music and prove to investors it's safe
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to keep digging in northern iraq. >> syrian activists released video appearing to show the aftermath of government sir strikes in the country -- air strikes in the countryside. these pictures are believed to show a man rescuing a child from the rubble. $170,000 invoices have remained besieged the trial of mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr has been adjourned until april 28th. they are retried for harming national security and aiding the banned muslim brotherhood. they and al jazeera deny the accusations. turkey recalled its ambassador to austria over a diplomatic row over genocide remarks. the move colling after they recognised the killing of thousands of armenians in turkey
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as genocide. turkey claims it will damage their relationship with austria. >> translation: we want to establish normal relations with turkey. he haven't set conditions for the turks. we haven't said we have to recognise the armenian genocide. our position is fair and instruct difficult. the turkish side set different conditions nigeria's military said it invaded boko haram's last-known stronghold the raid taking place in north-east bono state. troops backed by a force launched an offensive against the armed group, and recaptured much of the territory it controlled. >> an indian farmer driven to desperation hung himself from a tree in new delhi, it occurred drog a protest over -- during a
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protest over prime minister narendra modi's farm reform and amid allegations that he has not done enough to help during the unseasonal remains. >> reporter: this is the body of a farmer hanging himself at a political rally meant to highlight farmer's right. >> translation: a man commits suicide when he find all the enemies are closed no one heard his misery, he had to take the step. there was a loss of life in front of hundreds of people. the rally was organised on the common man party. it accused the police of not doing enough to prevent his death. >> reporter: police were acting like mute spectators we urged them to take action. they did not pay any heed. the workers had to do what we are not supposed to, scaling the tree and took the man down. >> they have become the latest
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casualty. the latest suicide of impoverished farmers. >> in the state, 601 farmers have tape their lives. many of the deaths have been in the cotton belt. following damage caused by rains. opposition politicians blamed the immigrant government. they say the government's shift from subsidy to investment is pushing the farmers to the brink. >> reporter: what has happened is narendra modi and the formers feel that his government is not pro-farmers, narendra modi's government is anti-farmers. >> there is no link between government policies and the suicide. they say people have taken their lives already destruction to their crops caused by severe weather. many accused formers of point scoring, and whether it's losing
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their crops or the prospect of losing losing their land. for some it's a matter of life and death. >> a woman's rights campaigner spoke about her experience in a chinese gaol. she's one of five female activists that china released on bail. the arrests prompted accusations that china is suppressing freedom of expression. >> 25-year-old li calls her an ordinary citizen fighting for equal rights and studying law. a month ago she was detained by chinese authorities, they were planning a campaign pushing for simple things like u.n.i.c.e.f. bathrooms and protection against sexual harassment. >> we are planning to go on buses.
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there was five of us, i didn't think it was a big deal. they said how do you know it was a big deal. they were arrested for disturbing social order. it somed they were nervous about it. i didn't expect to be arrested. her detention caught international attention. with many see it as a lack of human rights. she was kept in a detention center. cut off from families and friends who feared they may never see her again. everyone was nice to me. i was educated and the thought was i would send for them. they lined me. in the interrogation rule it was a different story. they threatened me with my girlfriend's safety. once one put smoke in my. it was a serious insult. another time they had a bright light on my face.
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my eyes were so sensitive i almost cried. i didn't want to cry in front of them or show my weakness if i cried, they'd laugh at me. i held back my tears. >> li is out on bill pending further investigation. >> there's not been much attention given to li's case. but there were conditions that she not leave home or speak to journalists. li believes keeping quiet would be a disservice not only to her cause, but her country. it's hard to say what is next. you always get acknowledgment for doing the right things. if what i did encouraged people. i'm pleased to do so. i'm not special. i don't have seriousness or background. i grew up in the countryside.
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>> by taking li into custody, the authorities may have done what they didn't want - turned an ordinary citizen into an unintentional hero the united states is accusing russia of boosting its military presence along the border and ukraine. the u.s. state department accuses moscow of deploying air defense units across the border. russia is suspected of trading rebel, in breach of a ceasefire announced in february an independent investigation in mexico reveals 16 civilians were killed by police. it's the latest allegation of abuse by mexico security forces. if concerned, this is the third mass killing attributed to the police in less than a year. adam raney has more. >> officials say they are looking into the accusations
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that federal place opened fire on two groups of unarmed men on february. the official story is the people that were killed they let die in a shoot-out. that is something that the vigilantes we have been speaking to reject. they say they were there on that day, that they were unarmed, and that the police opened fire and were aiming to kill them, and heard them say kill them. this is something we cannot independently verify. one of the vigilantes said he had run, he was without shoes and in hiding when he saw police open fire on two associates. now, since then we have had a massive level of distrust. there was a protest earlier on wednesday of people supporting the police. you have widespread skepticism about the story, and we spoke to witnessness, and she said the sound of the gunfire was so
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strong, it was clearly heavy artillery, artillery they have never seen self-defence or vigilantes carry. >> hundreds are protesting in baltimore over the death of a black man whilst in police custody. six police officers have been suspended over the death of 27-year-old freddy gray from a spinal injury u.s. president obama turned up the heat on the climate change debate saying it can no longer bedenied and spent earth day at the florida ever glades an area vulnerable to rising ocean levels. andy gallagher reports. >> this may be the first time president obama set foot in the everglades national park. the environmental agenda is nothing new. the president views climate change as an eminent threat. environmentalists say florida is dealing with the consequences of rising sea levels, and the delegate everglades is a symbol
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of bigger issues. >> the world's top climate scientists warn that changing climate affects the air that we are breathing. the surgeon general and i met with doctors, nurses and parents, who see patient and kids grappling with health impacts. the pentagon says that the climate change poses an increasing set of risks to our national security. >> but in florida, climate change is a contentious issues. the president says policies do nothing more than stop job broeted. >> for environmentalists south florida is on the edge of climate change. the president's visit raises tough political questions. the governor's administration is accused of banning turns like climate change which they deny. they'll welcome funding. >> the president pledged to
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condition restoration project. many campaigners say saving the everglades shouldn't be a political issue. >> whether or not you believe that humans are responsible for the sea level rising, we need to do something about it, because people live here. visitors pump around 15 billion. the president says it's about more than money. >> the young people who are here the next generation are way ahead of us in understanding how important it is. let's make sure we don't disappoint them. and we stand up and do what is right. >> the white house says the visit here shows a determination to push or change. for a congress controlled by republicans, that may not be easy. >> chile issued a red alert after a dormant volcano erupted. it's near the southern town and authorities have ordered the
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