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desperate rescue efforts in nepal. the quake death toll is now more than two and a half thousand. the fear and panic continues. the region hit by aftershocks and aid agencies are worried about a humanitarian crisis. hello. you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up. yemen's foreign minister rejects peace talks and says 70% of the country is no longer under houthi control. what next for the migrants
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who make it across the mediterranean to italy? we have a special report. and playing for high stakes turning them at least into the new growth area for gaming. a day and a half after a huge earthquake struck nepal, survivors are still being pulled from the rubble. more than 2,500 are thought to have died and that number could rise as rescue workers move into more remote areas, and the fear and panic continues for many people. aftershocks have rattled understand only nepal but surrounding currents the largest with a 6.7 manage tud. foreign governments have started to send in supplies. this is aid from pakistan. india, china, israel japan and britain have all also pledged support. rescuers trying to reach survivors on mt. everest face a
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huge challenge. 17 climbers were killed in a avalanche triggered by the er quake. we have more. >> reporter: it's sunset and rescuers are working in the dark again. parts of kathmandu with without electricity, but even with just torches and bare hands, the first night brought some success. [ applause ] nepal is hoping the second night will be the same. for every life saved, many more have been lost. here they're burning bodies in a mass cremation. this is a deeply religious country. some of the temples where people would normally seek solace during tragedy are in ruins. there have been at least 12 aftershocks. it's causing panic, and there's hardly any news from remote villages nation wrooidwide.
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>> there's some information we're receiving and some district headquarters have been flattened. we're finding it difficult to get the detailed information from those areas. >> reporter: some more information is coming from mt. everest, nepal's famgs famous attraction. these are sherpa guides that made it through an avalanche triggered by the earthquake. some of their colleagues aren't coming back. >> translator: actually the tents flew everywhere. we don't know how many casualties there are. about 55 people were involved. >> reporter: because of everest and this rich history, nepal is a renowned tourist destination. many foreign nationals, the exact number still unknown, would have been in the busiest spots on saturday afternoon when the quake struck. the grief felt here will
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reverberate. >> let's take a closer look at sunday's 6.7 magnitude aftershock felt throughout the region. it was centers 60 kilometers east of the nepalese capital of kathmandu. more aftershocks were felt in mt. everest and also in bangladesh and india. andrew simmons has more now from kathmandu. >> reporter: every aspect of emergency services is pushed beyond the limit right now here in kathmandu's teaching hospital, which is described as an institution of medical excellence. doctors are working literally around the clock. hundreds of injured are here. in fact some of the patients are actually out here in the cold now. many have been in the car park earlier, and then the rain
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brought them here under the porch. there is a desperate situation going on here although doctors insist they will carry on coping. they have enough medical supplies and new supplies are arriving all the time. they say there's a shortage of fresh drinking water, which is a major problem developing all over the capital right now on top of the issues over no power. of course generators are working here but there's a shortage of fuel and this is presenting a threat to all the services. the airport more and more flights are coming in with aid, but there's only one runway there. it's a very desperate situation in terms of trying to coordinate everything. there are people -- thousands of people trying to get out of the capital as well cueing up for flights out when flights come in. they're limited as well. the situation now in kathmandu
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is one of utter grief and despair as the death toll rises throughout the valley well beyond 2,400. there is really a sense of disbelief that this could have happened. it's at such a time in this country's history when people thought that there was some safety around. but absolutely no security right now. people are still intent on staying outside as they are scared toot inside. of course any form of plastic sold out now. people are going to open spaces to try and get cover to stay in the open not near buildings. people have plastic hats. people are really really worried about further quakes. scientists are analyzing seismic data in an effort to understand why caused the
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strongest earthquake in nepal in more than 80 years. here's our science editor tariq baisley. >> this krewes is made of large tectonic plates with land masses including whole continents that constantly move and bump into each other. nepal straddled two plates the indian place and the asian plate. the plates are forced again and under each other at a rate of 5 centimeters each year. that may not sound like much but this tremendous force behind them. this line shows the strength of these forces and the likely magnitude of earthquakes they could produce. that force pushing the plate up at a rate of 1 centimeter a year. this results in the highest mountains, the himalayas. it also results in strong shallow, and very damaging earthquakes like this on saturday. in parts of nepal, the terrain makes this even worse. the kathmandu valley has a
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300-meter deep layer of clay beneath it. this reflects and focuses seismic waves within the valley. the region is prone to soil liquidification. it's whether vibrations cause solid ground to turn into something like quicksand that swallows buildings and roads and results in even more damage. >> this is where earthquakes occur and how often they occur. that helps plan accordingly. so it's possible to construct buildings so that it minimizes the amount of damage. it's also possible for communities and people to become more resilient if they're aware of the possibility of these things happening. >> now there are aftershocks and at least 35 of magnitude areas can be expects in the area over the next few days and weeks. there's landslides too. some triggered by the quakes and
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others during the upcoming monsoon season. damage like this has been anticipated and warned off. because it's so poor without the money to rebuild houses and roads to make them more resilient, the country and people are suffering. >> joining me in the studio is a man close to kathmandu. he lost his 8-year-old niece in the earthquake and other family members are injured. i'm very sorry for your loss. as you were saying much of your family are in nepal. what are they telling you about how they're coping with the aftermath of this earthquake? >> first, it's a very difficult situation over there. the communication. we've been trying to contact them from yesterday, and it was very difficult and it was really a challenge for us to get through to them. finally in the evenings we got through to them and they're giving us all the stories, ror renned horrendous stories of what happened in the city. >> it's not far from the
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epicenter, about 80 kilometers away from kathmandu. >> it is. >> what do they tell you about the state of the town? >> the inner town is completely flattened which has historical buildings and old buildings. it's completely flattened. we live in the outskirts of the valley. there's not much damage there, but in the inner part is completely flattened. >> what do they tell you about access to food and water? do people there have enough to eat and drink? >> yes. now, there's a shortage of water. i was speaking to one of my friends this morning, and he was saying like there's a shortage of clean drinking water, but it's very very -- it's dusty and like muddy as well that's in the taps. >> there's a shortage of water and relief supplies with the kind of aid coming? >> the rescue team have seen a
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couple of footages that have the rescue where they have arrived there. there are certain areas in kathmandu's valley only 30 kilometers near the city there's certain areas of the valley the rescue team has not been able to reach. like a town in siku where 95% of the buildings have collapsed, and the rescue team has not been able to reach there. so it's a very sad situation. >> and buildings have collapsed presumably presumably people's homes are not standing. we know that thousands are spending another night out in the open because they're worried about being near buildings. we already had a very powerful aftershock. what due -- what are your family members telling us about shelter? >> when i was speaking to my brother this morning, and what he was saying is that it's a makeshift tents they have outside our house. so it's a big area where there's
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like open space and people are staying over there. >> so people are surviving in makeshift tents in open spaces butter but they're trying to get away from structures or buildings because they're worried about aftershocks? >> yeah. >> of course the problem is now the difficult weather conditions because heavy rain is expected. >> yes. there's heavy rain and we can't imagine how difficult it will be over there for the people that are outside. >>le with just one quick final point, because you have already many people living in the area in provrtoverty and need a great deal of help with rebuilding. they're trying to find survivors and rescue efforts are ongoing. you want to say a quick word about that. >> with the fund-raising like that we have launched this fund-raising program called
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nepal earthquake relief fund where you can provide the funds as well. plus we have got all networks one of my friends in the u.s. is coordinating this whole effort as well. he's organizes this nepal earthquake relief fund. >> thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and your family's experience with us. we appreciate you taking the time. >> thank you very much. thanks. yemen's government says there will be no dialogue with houthi rebels unless they withdraw all of their fighters. in london he said the majority of his can you understand is no longer under the control of the houthis. >> most of the people left more than 70% are not under houthi
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rule. there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinterprets for what's going on in yemen. this is an unfortunate war and is something that has been like forced it because it is houthi and there's no choice. give the yemeni people no choice and no options. just start and hopefully it will finish soon. it is not a war. we work with it and it's to save yemen and the future of yemen. saudi-led air strikes have targeted the palace in the capital of sanaa.
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fighting is continuing between houthi rebels and forces loyal to the ousted president. we have the latest. >> reporter: this is in the center of yemen. it's an oil-rich province east of the capital of sanaa which the houthis took over last year. both sides want to control of marib. >> translator: this is the entrance of the city. the houthi presence is not true. this will always send them away. >> reporter: fighting has been raging here for days. control of this province would help the houthis access the main stronghold in sanaa in the north close to the saudi border. outside the government stronghold in aden fiercesome battling between president loyalists and houthi fighters alongside military units loyal to the new president. rebel forces are trying to
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capture this and create districts. coalition warships also come to an area near the port for the first time. meanwhile, five air strikes hit military sites at an area near the presidential palace in sanaa at dawn on sunday. about 30 houthi fighters were killed when their truck was attacked. a month after the strikes on yemen, it seems the battle is an endless one. still to come for you on al jazeera, two protesters shot dead as police break up demonstrations opposing a third term for the president. and tensions remain high in baltimore as a wake is held for a man who died in police custody.
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welcome back. you're watching al jazeera. let's update you on the top stories. people are still being pulled from the damaged buildings after nepal's earthquake. more than 2,500 have thought to have died. that number is likely to rise though as rescue workers move into more remote areas. there have been a series of strong aftershocks, the largest is a 6.7 magnitude causing fear and panic for many. it was centered 60 kilometers to the east of the nepalese capital of kathmandu and felt as far away as india and bangladesh. they're trying to reach
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survivors on mt. everest where it's the busy climbing season. at least 17 climbers were killed in an avalanche triggered by the wake. the u.n. chief ban ki-moon is urging europe not to resort to military actions to prevent further migrant ship wrecks off the coast. the flow has continued since last sunday when a migrant ship capsized killing at least 800 people. for those that managed to make it to shore, there's a new challenge. having to start a new life with nothing. barnaby phillips reports from the resort city. >> reporter: the tentative first steps in europe after painful days at sea. hundreds of african migrants disembark from the italian navy ship. all is efficient on the dockside. men and women divided, first aid for those that need it and clothing for the cold. first impressions are deceptive. within days most of these new arrivals will be effectively left to fend for themselves.
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the reception centers are full. the government and aid organizations overwhelmed by shear numbers. the migrants who come to sicily rely on support networks from friends and family from people who might come from their hometown or village. those that don't have the contacts find themselves in a very vulnerable situation very quickly. like 18-year-old karama from guinea. he came back boat two weeks ago. he has no friends or money or phone and no idea as to what he'll do next. he's sleeping in the mosque. he asked for his face to be hidden. >> translator: my dream is to stay in this country, study, learn the italian language go to school, speak with the italians and have the right documents, send money home to my parents. >> reporter: the imam says some nights ten migrants turn up and some nights it's 200 in each
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shelter. >> translator: the problem is enormous. italy has already done its part but it's not capable of solving the whole problem on its own. this is something that needs to be solved on a european level if not a world level. this is everyone's problem. >> reporter: as long as there's poverty, war and oppression on europe's doorstep these wary boat loads will keep on coming. barnaby phillips al jazeera, sicily. syrian government air strikes have killed dozens of people across the province across ilbid. after days of battling it out, they entered the town for the first time since the 4-year-old war began. also in idlib province the assad government bombed the town. a wake is underway in the u.s. city of baltimore for a black man that died in police custody after suffering a spinal injury. more than 1,000 people marched
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through the city on saturday demanding action over freddie gray's death. gray will be buried on monday. we're in baltimore with more on this. the majority of the protesters were largely peaceful but there was some trouble. what is the mood the atmosphere like there now? >> reporter: i think we really have to put this into context. i think if you look at the competitors, perhaps, you get the idea that baltimore was a flame and there was mass rioting around the city. that wasn't the case. we were there. there was a brief moment towards the end of completely peaceful day where a few, a handful of young people got on top of a car, smashed it up. those are the images relayed around the world. tlchs a shop window damaged and a few other windows, but that was it. the rest of the demonstrations were non-violent. civil disobedience in some places and marching and rallying and it's difficult to reconcile
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what we hear today in the discussion that we're hearing on television and in the newspapers about what happened yesterday and what we actually saw. there was no rioting. what is interesting, though is even today here outside the funeral home and that wake is underway and viewing is underway behind me for freddie gray who, again, was in police custody and somehow sustained three broken neck vertebrae, a smashed voice boyce and box and 80% of his spine was severed. he's in the viewing in the fine ral home behind me. various neighbors have come out in responsibility. karen is with me. she's a neighbor that came out to show i guess, sympathy and support for freddie gray and his family. why did you come out today? >> we came because we're concerned. we want to show that we care. we want the family to know that neighbors across the city care what happened. we're paying attention.
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we're outraged. we're praying with them today. >> reporter: what do you make of the emerging media narrative we see, though of a city under siege with angry black people? it's interesting, isn't it? >> so i think that's very convenient to have the media report that. i was on the march, my entire family marched down pennsylvania avenue to downtown yesterday. everyone is frustrated. this is -- there have been decades, decades of black men who have suffered in this way. in our city we're upset. people are frustrated but the march yesterday for hours and hours was completely peaceful. we're here today to just show some solidarity with the family and show that there are people in the communities in this city that are working together to make things better. so we're part of an effort here on york road of communities working together multi-racial to improve quality of life here. >> reporter: thank you very
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much. we will keep on reporting from baltimore. the funeral as you said is tomorrow. we'll try to get more of a sense of what's going on in the city. we have to be really careful about a lot of lazy narratives emerges in the media and on twitter and elsewhere. we'll be here. >> thank you for putting all of that into perspective for us. now, two people have been killed in berundi after police opened fire on demonstrators. hundreds have been protesting against the president's current decision to seek a third term in office in defiance of the two-term limit. malcolm webb has the latest from the capital. >> reporter: the protests started at sunrise this morning. police were deployed and protesters started cheering and chanting and police fired tear gas. we were in one of those sush bushes for a couple of hours. as the protesters disbursed, each time they came back in larger and larger numbers.
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they were throwing tires and rubbish. the police kept the upper hand to use tear gas in places. there's reports they were firing at people. of course, at least two people have been shot and several people have been injured with gunshot wounds as well. i spoke to the president's spokesman a short while ago, and he says that the protesters and the activists are responsible for this violence and not the presidency. he says this should be peacefully resolved in a presidential election and if people aren't happy with the result, it can be challenged through the courts. that's not something that activists or protesters won't accept. they don't believe that an election including peerierre will be free and is against the constitutional limit. the international market for video games is booming, and the fastest-growing market is the middle east. we have more. >> reporter: prince fa had ail
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sad grew up with video games but didn't always identify with the evil on the screen. many depicted as middle eastern so he started nam, or new arab media, to make games that people especially girls, in his home country of saudi arabia could better relate to. >> it comes down to creating new protagonists. i group up with strong women in my life. the rhetoric and narrative of saudi women, they're women i don't recognize. they're not sawed -- saudi women are not weak and passive. >> reporter: moesch them are veiled as they will be in his next release, saudi girls revolution which has been previewed at the games for change festival. the festival here in new york is all about harnessing the power of sid yo games for social good. the gaming is also big business and game makers are beginning to realize the biggest potential
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for growth is in the developing world. game revenues from the middle east total $1.5 billion and are expected to double by 2017. the cultural sensitivity is key. >> to the western consumer or western player this game feels revolutionary. it's something new and interesting and it's something you've never seen before. >> reporter: dutch-egyptian i see meal has an niche cave calleded >> a large part comes from the mobile market and many have skipped the computer age to the smartphone age. those markets are potentially enormous. >> reporter: the efforts attracted the attention of festival attendees. >> you can tell they're not from the west and from what we're used to. >> it's really exciting. these games are so culturally
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rooted and they're fun to play. >> reporter: ultimately these games must be entertaining and easy to identify with to succeed in the middle east. kristen salumi al jazeera, new york. more on everything we're covering on our website, constant preps they'll have to take the responsibility op them. >> they'll have to pay for it. >> correct. >> how public police officers working private security is a taxpayer. what is and what isn't in the


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