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>> relief and anguish. >> they are overjoyed with the fact mary jane lives a filipino spared the death penalty in indonesia. seven other foreigners executed by firing squad lashing out. >> who were you angry at? >> united states for using inhumane, immoral thing survivors of the atomic bomb in hiroshima and another vent
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frustration sounding off. >> this is not a slow crisis it's been going on for a long time president obama calls out the whole country for not paying attention to the problems of the urban poor. unravelling genetic mysteries. >> it's hard. if we had answers we could go in with eyes wide open a massive genome sequencing project putting rare diseases under the microscope. . >> good evening, this is al jazeera america, i'm antonio mora. we begin tonight with death by firing squad. despite pleas from the international community indonesia executed eight people wednesday morning, 7 foreigners from australia, nigeria and brazil. officials say it took been 27 minutes for all the prisoners
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to die. one person was granted clemency at the last minute the only woman in the group, filipino mary jane arrested in 2010 after being caught with 3 kilograms of heroin in hear suite case. her execution was delayed because her testimony was given in the case of another, who gave herself up to the police in the philippines on tuesday. crowds cheered upon hearing the news that she would be spared - at least for now. meanwhile australia said it would recall its ambassador to indonesia over the incident. australia prime minister tony abbott spoke about the strained relations between the two countries. >> this is a very important relationship between australia and indonesia. it suffered. as a result of what's been done over the last few hours. >> al jazeera's correspondent has more from indonesia.
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>> reporter: it was a painful journey for those that had to say farewell to their relatives. nine families from all over the world gathered at the indonesian port to leave for a prison island, for the last time before the executions. not long after, ambulances arrive. a grim sign that despite the last minute attempts from foreign governments to save the lives of the national officials here that made up their mind. while the majority in the indonesia support the death penalty, many criticized the government for carrying out executions despite legal flaws. >> we have corrupt judges and prosecutors. it's not about execution. the government uses it to cover the bigger problems of indonesia, showing that they are
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weak. and they make it as a soap opera. >> after a last visit relatives of mary jane prayed for a miracle. she was arrested in 2010 with 2.6 kilograms of heroin in her suitcase. the case of the migrant worker was allowed to protest, she maintained her innocence saying she was framed by a drug syndicate. her two sons and parents had a tearful farewell when the woman surrounded it police that set up her daughter. >> translation: my daughter is innocent. she went to indonesia, spent three days and flew to indonesia. she didn't know about the drugs. >> reporter: prayers were heard. to australians, four nigerians and four brazilians faced a different fate.
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they were shot by a firing squad. the united nations urged indonesia to stop the executions saying their crimes do not warrant capital punishment. the executions went ahead despite allegations of legal flaws and political interference. the government says it will serve as a strong deterrent. the government say they'll use it to show strength in a sign of weakness. president joko widodo continued the executions. in january, six prisoners - a dutch and brazilian national - were executed. both countries recalled their ambassadors. indonesia is not worried about international repercussions. >> translation: what of the impact of the drugs they distribute. 4.9 million have to be rehabilitate because of drug abuse. we want to wipe out drugs.
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don't just look at those that sell drugs, fate of the victims must be considered. >> reporter: the government plans to excuse more than 60 drug traffickers this year wayne hay joins us from sydney. good to have you with us. the hard line taken by indonesia. big news in australia. in addition to the two men executed seven other australians face very long prison sentences. >> well, look, it's become a big story in australia, particularly as we drew closer to the dates of the executions particularly over the last few days. a very big story in the australian media and a big topic for the australian government as we drew close to that date and today australians woke up to the news that andrew chan and myuran sukamaran had been faced before
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the firing squad. there was disbelief and anger. we heard from the australian government and the prime minister tony abbott and foreign minister julie bishop in the hours after the execution, and they issued a strongly worded statement, but there was a fair bit of caution as well about the relationship the important relationship between the two countries, and that they shouldn't let the anger get in the way of that relationship at the moment. yes, it's been a big story. a lot of focus particularly recently has gone on the process, rather than the death penalty, which australia opposes, it's been the way the two were handled. the way the case was handled. the fact that they sat on death row for 10 years before execution, going against all sorts of international rules. >> indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world by population. it's a very important relationship that australia has with indonesia.
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will the prime minister recall australia ambassador? >> yes, he's made that decision. that was the first thing they said. they said the ambassador will be recalled for consultations. that's the formal way they put it. some may see it as a symbolic move and it is to a certain extent. it's unprecedented. australia has not taken the measure before it had people executed in foreign countries for drug smuggling, drug charges 10 years ago, an australian man was executed. the government at the time did not recall the ambassador. this is an unprecedented move. going back to the cautious words that the australian prime minister used we are unlikely to see further significant steps taken by the government towards indonesia. >> the dutch and the brazilians recalled their ambassadors, the
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french threatened serious consequences. wayne hay in sydney good of you to join us. thank you the death toll from saturday's earthquake in nepal could top 10,000 people according to the country's prime minister. the number of victims stands at 46-00. >> there was a glimmer of hope. a survivor pulled from the rubble after being trapped for three days, the rescue came as shock and grief gave way to frustration and anger. al jazeera's correspond joins us from kathmandu. the death toll is growing. is the situation getting better? >> we are here in the square in kathmandu. the sense we are getting from people is one of rising frustration and anger.
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even though more relief workers are getting into the country, more aid and ply supply is coming in it's not getting back. a lot due to infrastructure and political issues in nepal, even before the earthquake. if you look in the square with so many beautiful temples reduced to ruins, behind me you see the tents. it's literally a tent city. it was quiet overnight. in the last hour hundreds of people men, women, children emerged, and really it's a rising sense of frustration because they are saying here in the middle of this city, they are not getting the aid they need. they are having to do much on their own. women are serving coffee to the children and other adults. we saw some. folks cleaning the sidewalks in the last hour trying to keep
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some kind of semblance of normalcy amongst the ruin they are concerned for all the people in the countryside, the relief efforts have not started there. we have heard aid workers who said they did aerial tours where 90% of villages have been destroyed completely along the himalayas. it's a dire situation. the humanitarian crisis could spiral out of control, and everyone here that we talked to said they are worried it will get worse before it gets better that is a tragedy. thank you very much and the scale of the destruction in nepal is hard to comprehend. today the foreign ministers estimated the cost of rebuilding might top $10 billion. the extent of the damage made it hard to get help into the country. >> kathmandu international airport, the only way in or out
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of nepal since saturday's quake. those that survive find their way there. many have been waiting for days. >> translation: we are from india, and the state of federal government is nowhere in sight to help us. we want to go home we are desperate to leave. we don't know whether we live or dive. >> reporter: others happy to survive. >> the only thing i want is the flight. i build that tent on the first night. it was really raining last night, so we have been able to stay dry. >> reporter: while they try to leave search and rescue arrive with the same dogs. this team is from spain. >> it's a strange situation. sometimes people - the possibility to drink, and it's possible to wait for 10 days
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but if you don't have drink three days only more or less. >> reporter: on the other side of the capital these are the lucky ones. they survived but have not eaten for days until now. charities are stepping into the breach. lines of people are fed. it is their only source of food. they have lost everything. scenes like this are common. many dig and join in the rescue operation, trying to find the remains of their home or people buried under rubble. back at the airport planes are arriving. it's working at full capacity. the authority is giving the military requirement yoi it run sort -- equipment to run sortees. only a certain number of planes
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because of the lack of space at the airport. with many roads into nepal damaged, the airport is vital. the first few days after a quake is important to get the rescue teams in and find survivors a landslide buried a village in a remote part of afghanistan. 52 are dead in the north-east of the country. the governor of the province says the village is only accessible from the air making rescue efforts difficult. it is the same region devastated by landslides. 300 were killed when a slide bhuried a village last may saudi arabia said it foiled a plot by i.s.i.l. against riyadh. the suspects include 88 saudis and a syrian, a yemeni
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palestinian and two others. the u.s. embassy was closed for a week in march for security reasons. >> the u.s. is keeping an eye on the situation in the strait of harmoose. iranian forces boarded a cargo ship after patrol boats fired warning shoots across the bow. authorities don't believe americans were on board. a destroyer and reconnaissance plane is monitoring the situation. >> it's a key concern of the united states to ensure that sea lanes in the region are open and safe. you'll recall the u.s. deployed a carrier and other vessels into the arabian sea and the region. we operate in the region as a core mission of the u.s. navy to ensure freedom of navigation
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iranian state television says the ship was seized based on a court order for unspecified violations. it's in the marshall islands, and has commitments to defends the interest of the nation the saudi-led took aim at new targets in yemen. the home of a houthi leader outside sanaa was pounded. it is unclear if he was there at the time. an airport and two runways were destroyed and aircraft. the airfield was targeted to prevent an iranian plane from landing. the bombing of the airport will make getting supplies into yemen difficult. >> reporter: life was a struggle for this man and his family. then the war began, he hasn't
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worked for a month. he doesn't know how he'll pay the rent. the important part is whether his family gets enough to eat and drink >> translation: the suffering is two fold. we can't make bread, and stand in line for food. >> reporter: a catastrophe is looming. the country imports 90% of food most arriving by sea. ships and planes have to be cleared by the saudi-led coalition, delaying ships and keeping people waiting. >> in the southern city of tiaz the battle conditions block by block. people say they are terrified. >> we are peaceful family of civilians living peacefully. we are hit by artillery shells.
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>> taiz is where the uprising began in 2011, which forced president salah to give up power. now young people from the city's popular resistance movement are fighting with houthi rebels and forces loyal to ali abdullah saleh. in aden there were reports that a part of the city was bombed by houthi forces. neighbourhoods turned into battlefields. in the capital of sanaa saudi arabia coalition air strikes destroyed armed depots and military vehicles. the ministry of interior and the home of a top houthi official were targeted. as the fighting continues, many yemenis are seeing the conditions around them crumble nigeria's army says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from boko haram, but the
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kidnapped chibok schoolgirls were not among them. the rescue took place in the forest in the north-east of the country which is a boko haram stronghold. 150 fighters were killed over the weekend with soldiers from niger. 46 of its soldiers and 30 civilians died in that battle a day after the riots, some semblance of peace returns to baltimore. next - a live report on the road ahead. later, president obama, and japanese prime minister shinzo abe stumbling over the hurdles over the pacific trade treaty. treaty.
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in 40 minutes a city wide curfew will go in effect in baltimore. thousands of national guards and police officers are patrolling the neighbourhoods. earlier hundreds took to the
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street. there were some scuffles but no major violence. 20 officers were injured, and more than 250 people were arrested in the worst riots the state has seen in decades. paul beban joins us from baltimore. how are things looking on the streets as the curfew is about to start? >> 40 minutes away from curfew since 10 o'clock, and since 9 o'clock we have heard announcement after announcement from the choppers overhead to community leaders telling people it's time to go home time to clear out. we saw people holding up signs saying "go home", there was a surge a while ago, but there are still thousands in the side streets. it's the focal point here tonight in west baltimore. so much violence a lot - a
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large crowd, no confrontations. it's getting tense and the choppers are circling closer and closer. if there's an effort to clear the square that's the big concern, what will happen then. >> how are police and national guard going to enforce the curfew? > well the word is it will be at officer's discretion. that is the separative word. i don't know what they'll do here. with a crowd this large, if saw people trying to clear people that's like a powder keg. i think they are hopeful the crowd will leave and disperse after that it's anyone's guess of what we'll see. >> i hate to put you in a position of predicting this, what sense have you gotten. do you think most people will
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disperse. >> i think that's the sentiment. a lot of people are doing what we do and that is waiting and seeing what will happen. a number of people - huge numbers are forming a buffer line keeping a dmz between the crowd and the police themselves trying to keep people away. trying to avoid a direct confrontation between a hot head or two and the police who have just been standing back. the chopper circling warning people to stay off the roof and we are reminding people in 35-40 minutes the curfew will be in effect. it's a waiting game to see what will happen let's hope it stays peaceful. paul beban in baltimore an emotional president obama chastised the nation for ignoring the problems of urban poor. it came during a press conference with shinzo abe.
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he said the african-american community's anger is understandable but using violence to express it is not. >> if we really want to solve the problem, we could, it requires everywhere to say this is important, this is significant. and that we don't just pay attentions to the communities when a cvs burns. and we don't just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped. that's how i feel baltimore is a tale of two cities. more than half of the people of working age, in freddie gray's neighbourhood are out of work. many buildings are boarded up. a short distance away life for others is like a shining city on a hill. >> reporter: on one side of town they protest, calling for justice against police brutality. on the other side of town this is the other baltimore, the
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predominantly white seaside enclave where water front condos go for half a million, and lofts for $2 million. >> they have a right to protest, i disagree with the way they do it. i mean a lynch mob mentality that they have downtown. >> reporter: baltimore is 60% black, 30% white and there's a stark divide here traced to economics. but the real issue is jobs, and here in can'ton, the unemployment -- cannes tonne, the unemployment rate is less than 6%. less than a 10 minute drive from campton, in the black part of baltimore the situation is different. here nearly two out of 10 african-americans are without a job. >> reporter: this is one of the predominantly black neighbourhoods in economic decline for years, boarding up
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businesses a sign of how bad things are. local civil rights activist tells me it stems from decades of lack of opportunity keeping people boxed in poor neighbourhoods with little hope to get out. >> you have a combination of white flight, causing destabilization over the city. >> reporter: then there's red emmas, a book shore and coffee shop bridging the divide. here people mix freely. >> this is a space that is unique in that sense that it provides meeting place for a lot of different movings going on in the city. >> reporter: for now racial tensions are hot and a city boiling over with anger survivors of the atomic bomb attack in hiroshima and intoingo
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sacky -- nagosaki are speaking out. aking out.
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welcome back to al jazeera america, i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international news 159 countries call for a ban on nuclear weapons. first, japan's prime minister spent much of the day at the white house. shinzo abe and president obama have a lot to cover from joint defense initiatives to territorial disputes with china. as patty culhane reports today's talks were dominated by economics. >> reporter: prime minister shinzo abe is getting the kind of attention reserved for few world leaders. a private tour of the lincoln
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monument. official welcoming. hand shakes in the oval office and for the first time a japanese officer addressing the congress. there's a reason beyond the normal relationship. money. particularly the trans-pacific partnership partnership. >> i'm clear that t.p.p. is good for american officials and workers. >> reporter: top white house officials believe the key to getting the agreement with all nationals is they have to settle disagreements first agriculture, cars. they are downplaying speculation that they come to an agreement on that. the prime minister gave the vaguest of updates. >> translation: on the bilateral outstanding issues we welcome the fact that significant process was made.
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we'll continue to cooperate to lead the t.p.p. talks through the last phase. >> reporter: some analysts say the delays are toey. >> president obama came out of the tokyo meetings last year saying we had a break through, we think we see the way to a deal and here we are a year later. a couple of months ago it was going to get done when shinzo abe came to town, now maybe not. >> reporter: this is a top priority for the u.s. president, that is clear. 70 years ago the u.s. and japan was at war, and the u.s. four months away from ending the war when it dropped atomic bombs on two cities. 159 countries are calling for a ban on nuclear weapons. they made their plea at the u.n. at the u.n. review conference of the nonproliferation treaty. in the streets outside several
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antinuclear protesters were arrested. austria was leading the initiative with no support from the nations or veto holding members. dozens of survivors of the bombs are in new york and are backing the ban on nuclear weapons, one of them shared his story with roxana saberi putting it in context. >> reporter: from above the atomic bomb named little boy looked like this. below in the industrial city of hiro seema this 13-year-old saw a bluish-white flash, and the walls around her crumbled. >> then i had the sensation of floating in the air. friends. classmates who were with me in the same room. burnt to death alive.
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>> some carried their own eye walls in their hands. no one shouted for help. they were asking for water. >> most of her family was out of town safe. her sister and nephew were killed crossing a bridge. >> my mother said she identified her daughter only by the special unique hair pin she was wearing. you couldn't tell who was who. whether it was a man or a woman. >> three days later the u.s. dropped another nuclear bomb on japan. this on naga sacky. the u.s. energy department estimates more than 100,000 people died significantly in the two blasts. >> i have received this afternoon a message from the japanese government. >> within a week the world --
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japan surrendered. the war was over. this boy, patient 50 had his skin burnt off his back. he had to lie face down for a year and nine months. >> i was struggling on the border between life and death, often screaming - kill me kill me. it was a hard time. >> reporter: laying on his chest for so long, it collapsed. i asked if he's still in pain? >> it doesn't pain me. i still feel pressure on my heart. >> in the sex decades since the bombings japanese families -- seven decades since the bombings japanese families bore the brunt from the attacks >> the more i learnt the more angry i became. i could see injustice. >> reporter: who were you angry
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at? >> the united states for using ann humane immoral thing. >> you are in the u.s. now, do you still feel resentment to the united states. >> of course i do. >> does the u.s. own japan, and people like you an apology? >> it does. at least morally. what about the argument that using the nuclear weapons on japan helped to end the war sooner, and maybe saved hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides? >> well that's an american myth. very faulty theory. the war had ended by that time. >> reporter: historians debate those points to this day. this woman has spent the years
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determined that nuclear weapons never be used again. >> my little nephew well their image looks in my brain the image. it drives me compels me. >> every five years, she joined others, and supporters in new york demanding that countries do more faster. >> thousands march from the u.n. delivering a petition with 8 million signatures calling for a ban on nuclear weapons. it comes five years before the review of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. it is meant to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, more nations have nuclear weapons than before. concerns growing that countries that don't have them could get them too. we talked about this element.
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it makes progress. >> what needs to be done? >> they have to take the issue seriously, and come to realise that they hold in their hands the fate of humanity. >> these survivors say they'll tell their stories until they no longer can. >> i am now 86 years old and gathered my last strength to come on the trip. i believe it will be the last in the united states. i come with hope to change things. >> that's the vow i made to my loved ones. we do the best we can. we do the best we can nominations for the noble peace prize, two nominations
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opposed to the peaceful use of nuclear energy saying there's a disaster like the one at the fukushima power plant in 2011. my next guest is involved in the fight for nuclear proliferation and the grandson of harry truman. you were the first to go to hiroshima three years ago. >> correct. >> how did you end up there? >> my sop, when he was 10 brought home the story about a little girl and a thousand paper grapes. -- grains. she died of radiation induced luke schema. she folded more than -- leukaemia. she folded more than 1,000 paper cranes to cure herself. i mentioned reading that to japanese journalists and
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received a call in 2005 from her older brother, a survivor of hierro shooema, and wet met in -- and we met at the new york trade center where he and his son were donating one of the last papers cranes to the world strayed center memorial as a gesture of healing. at the end, he took a tiny paper plane and said "that's the last one she folded before she died would you come to hiro seema and intoingo sage for the ceremony" that's how we ended up going. >> must have been a powerful moment. >> it was. >> what did you hear? >> i heard heart-breaking stories. two survivors, two told me their stories. he talked about his sister. she was powerful in her story.
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their world, their lives, friends, city schools, everything vanished in a split second. >> it's difficult to imagine what that must have been like and the dropping of the bombs ordered by your grandfather was debated since. where do you stand on that. many on both sides, the japanese and the americans said that if there had been an invasion of japan, there would have been millions of casualties? >> i stand in the middle. i have friend that i love and respect, who who lost everything. the place i'm in is between the middle. you support the ban for the
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nuclear weapons. do you think it's realistic? >> sometimes it's hard to be hopeful about that. but people the people that work with them the activists, spent 20, 30, 40 years trying for a ban on nuclear weapons. they work hard. it's a matter of small steps, it seems. there is hope there is countries though don't have weapons on their soil. >> are others looking and talking and wanting nuclear weapons. >> sure the more countries that want them the more out there, the greater chance. >> do you think the world is paying attention? >> i hope so. i hope so. it seems more and more. certainly in new york and with the marches.
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it seems people were paying attention. i don't know how much the media was in this country paying attention. you have media from a lot of other countries watching the rally and speeches. i hope they are paying attention. if you sit and listen to survivors you can't help but wonder why we fire these things up. >> thank you for coming and sharing your story with us. a major forest fire around the chen on ill nuclear disaster site is raising concerns about radiation. it got within 12km of the power plant. ukranian officials say they contained the blaze and are investigating arson. they are ramping up security. it could send cesium into the air. so far there has been no change in radiation levels. 40 years after the vietnam
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war, a look at the polarizing conflict and u.s.-vietnamese relations. violence in burundi turning violent again, with police shooting down people in the crowd.
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[ gunfire ] tensions are escalating in burundi where anti-government protesters are building barricades. police shot at protesters killing six people. people started to demonstrate over the weekend after the country's president announced he'd run for a third term. the u.n. is asking for security forces to show restraint and sent an envoy for talks with the president and political rivals. this year marks 40 years since the end of vietnam war. the country was declared
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reunified. since then vietnam experienced changes from rapid economic growth to exchanges over freedom of expressions. scott heidler is there looking at the attitudes to changes. >> reporter: this woman was 17 when she joined the war against the united states. with the former comrade in arms, they sing a marshing song. it's the story of how they love flowers, but the enemy, the americans, forced them to love the gun. >> without the songs, it would have been difficult. they raised our spirits, making our tough life better. >> 40 years ago with the north vietnamese hours away from taking saigon americans and south vietnamese that support them fled any way they could. >> they were vietnamese with red blood, yellow skin like me. why did they not protect the
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country. when we unified i could see the side. most were doing it for the family. >> it was this moment a tank, rolling through the gait at independence palace marking the beginning of an era, it became the symbol. here is that gate in front of the reunification palace. in the four decades since it crashed down the country has been ruled by the communist party. its economy booming, and those born after the war is thriving. elbracing western -- embracing western culture they enjoyed life in unthinkable ways. many realise they can't expect a better life by the government. >> my future depends on me. if i choose a good way, it may be right. >> some feel that's haa cost. >> global capitalism - politics
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and rhetoric has not changed. very sensitive about any institution and individual who could be seen as challenging the government's control. >> vietnam's leaders mark their history, the younger generations embark on a new era. this while living in a political system led by the ideas of the father of vietnam's communist party party. >> jonathan london is a rof sore is the the city -- professor at the city university of hong kong and the author of politics and joins us via skype from hoechy min city which is what saigon is called these days. vietnam has come a long way since the fall of saigon and the decades that followed. >> absolutely. no other country in the world
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experienced the 20th century that we talked about. 20 decades of war. a long post-war declarations. and it's only since the '80s that the economic wees picked up. >> it had a rough decade after the end of the war with the communists coming in. this century economic growth has been tremendous. the economist described vietnam adds leadership assadently capitalist communists. it's the totality tarry regime claiming it's marxist lennonist. >> i would characterise it as that. the marxist lennonist is a party that insists on historic and future indispensability. this is the challenge. there are voices in vietnam from
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not only outside, but within the party to recognise that the party in practice has developed a more pluralistic political culture. there is vibrant debate within the party. there's the guardians of single party rule that imbrich and intimidate and things of this nature. but this is a country that is experiencing major changes in its political culture within the past few years. it is not china. it's an authoritarian state, but has an open political culture than china, for example. the u.s. established relations and an irony is the communist country is one of the most pro-american countries in south-east asia. >> certainly, vietnam is the largest trading partner in south-east asia and the two countries are facing a coincidence of interest.
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china is showing expansionist attitudes by claiming the south-east asian maritime area and the united states of course and vietnam share not only economic interests but a pure stable east asia in which no one country dominates by the virtue of its size. it's ironic given the united states history. >> not only that the fact that china has a similar communist capitalist hybrid system. you'd think relations would be less tense. they are not. what are the biggest commence for vietnam going forward. >> the biggest challenge that vietnam faces is institutional reform. the countries has enormous economic potential. it is growing, it should be growing faster and achieving economic upgrade thatting is not occurring at the pace that it
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could. it made progress across social and economic fields. it's good. for this country, for it to emerge as a new power in the region it will need to tackle institutional reforms, and more transparent accountable government. the issue of corruption is there. most importantly they need to recognise the strength of open political transparent debate and discussion. i believe the aspirations and hopes of all vietnamese are with a socially democratic society in which people have a true voice. afterall if they don't have that what, is liberation all about. >> professor, good to have you on criticism by the u.s. over weapon sales in the middle east that's coming up, and an aggressionive approach to unlocking the mysteries of rare
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in our global view segment we look at how news papers react to event. here - criticizing efforts to find a peaceful solution to the syrian crisis. the daily star calls the approach suggesting that iran be part of future negotiations reckless with devastating consequences for millions. >> israel's herats - the war in the middle east. it writes peace in the middle east is the number one enemy of weapons manufacturers, and the situation where iran threatens arab nations serves the economic doctors of the united states. >> on a lighter note britain's telegraph takes up the question,
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can we call bridge a sport. following a decision to give the english bridge union a review of its status. it writes contract bridge is a welcome alternative to politics stopping short of war. as a sport - we shall see the british government is testing the d.n.a. of 100,000 people with rare disorders, hoping it can provide insight into what causes diseases we know little about. jessica baldwin spoke to a couple that volunteered. >> reporter: georgia is a special child. she she smiles just about all the time. she's four and just started walking she doesn't speak. she has problems with eyes and brains. no one knows why. georgia was born with a rare
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genetic disorder. they have no idea what caused it or how it will affect the rest of her life. or if her parents were to have another child, if that child would be fine or would have problems that are worse. >> it's hard for us. we wanted more children we want georgia to have a brother or sister but can't take the risk knowing that child could be very disabled. and would that be the right thing to do for them for the family. it's hard. if we had answers we'd be able to go in with eyes wide open and make an informed decision. at the moment we are in the dark. >> reporter: with no answers georgia's parents volunteered for the genome sequencing project in britain. >> we find out a lot about natural human variation but in particular for the participants we'll find out the cause of the rare diseases in the majority. for patients with cancer we may learn about what drives the
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cancer and its behaviour scientists will complete the database by 2017. but some early information is being shared with researchers and pharmaceutical companies, to help develop treatments tore cures. >> what makes the project unique is the size of it. scientists are going to analyse the genetic make-up of 100,000 people creating the vast database. because it's the health service it will be added to over time as the health of those patients is monitored. >> for georgia and the other 5,000 in britain with rare problems the genome problem provides help for treatment, or the knowledge for what the future holds a florida congressman is trying to prevent the obama administration to make it easier to travel to cuba. a provision to a spending bill was added blocking u.s. airlines
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and crews lines starting a service to the islands. it's the first effort for congress to normalize relations. that's it for this edition. thank you for watching. i'm antonio mora "america tonight" is next. see you in an hour. on "america tonight" - charmed city on the edge. a day after tensions can the clean-up help to rebuild the city, or did the death of freddie gray open a fissure between two balt morse, one that can't be heeled. next - baltimore unrest - state of emergency. thank you for joining us, i'm jo