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>> sharks like affection. >> "techknow". where technology meets humanity. monday, 6:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> the nigerian military rescues nearly 300 women and girls from boko haram. welcome to al jazeera from doha. also ahead - the saudi king names a new heir and replaces a foreign ministers in a major government shake-up. frustration in nepal as survivors of saturday's earthquake wait for aid and relief australia recalls its ambassador from indonesia after two of its citizens are executed
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by firing squad nigeria's army says it rescued nearly 300 women and girls from boko haram. they were found in the forest, which is the armed group's last-known stronghold. ynonne ndedge is live in abuja. . >> tell us more about the good news. >> initially we got a text message from nigerian military personnel, a colonel in the north-east saying that 293 women and girls had been rescued from the forest and military operations were continuing, and specified of those rescued, they did not include the chibok schoolgirls, the more than 200
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schoolgirls, kidnapped in april. 219 of them are still missing. an hour or so later in an interview on al jazeera, a military spokesperson said they couldn't be categoric about that. there was a screening and profiling process ongoing, and the military were not ruling out the penalty that along the 293 rescued, there could potentially be schoolgirls from chibok among them. there was a process going on to identify them. the military spokesperson who appeared on al jazeera said there was a possibility that some of those rescued could be the wives and children of boko haram fighters living in the forest. we are waiting for further information and details. the ministry are promising to release photographs of the individuals so that the families cap start to identify them. >> i was going to ask you if you have any idea what will happen
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to them. they'll have their photographs taken and i assume get them home as quickly as possible. >> it's an incredibly difficult situation, as you can appreciate. what we talk about is women and children in the bush for periods unknown, a duration of time unknown. it could be months weeks, and years. remember the insurgency and battle against boko haram that is going on. that's why the military are being cautious and careful about releasing the information about the identity of the individuals, and they are going through the process of screening and profiling to identify how the women and children got into the forest whether they are relatives or family members, how to begin the process of repatriating them. this could take some time thank you for that.
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ellen degeneres ynonne ndedge scuffles have broken out between police and protesters in nepal, frustrated bit the government response. thousands are sheltered. 200 blocked traffic and chanted anti-government slogans. 5,000 are confirmed dead. more than 10,000 injured. we have this update from kathmandu. >> reporter: people have every right to be frustrated. they have received a few tents. many are sleeping in the open. that's all they have received. little food and water. water, shelter and medicines are in short supply. the u.n. said 1.4 million
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don't have enough food. they are in the capital, they don't have enough to eat. it is boiling over. they don't have enough to eat. it is boiling over. now, today we start three days of mourning here in kathmandu. and also the government admitted that they did drop the ball when the initial - after the quake first happened. now they are appealing to help not just for those buried underneath, but survivors who need specialists from overseas - neurologist, orthopaedic surgeons, anyone with trauma experience to come and help those that have survived. those people are getting little relief. >> now, as we have heard, nepal's government has been criticized for the slow response to the crisis. andrew simmonds travelled to the himalayan foothills to see what is done it help those in the remote areas. >> reporter: it's an operation that only stops for refuelling and briefings. while the military may have been mobilized quickly, it's not enough to bring the relief the country desperately needs. beyond the sprawl of the capital is where the extra effort is
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needed most. >> from this altitude you can see just how inaccessible the terrain is to the special forces rescuers. ltcol has a colossal job on his hands. perched on mountainsides, homes that have collapsed. the army says there would be no way of reaching anyone trapped inside unless teams are winched down from helicopters in hundreds of thousands of locations. here a landside on a village, disappearing in a mound of earth. the number of dead is unknown. this is one of further disasters in the wake of the quake and its aftershocks. the ltcol is defending his operation against criticism. he insists while many died, few are recognising or counting how many have been saved. >> one mi-17 helicopter of the
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nepalese army, if i'm correct, flew 68 missions on the day in a 24 hour cycle. pulled out over 370 people. >> landing at the town, it's not long before the commander saw his ground forces in action, bringing cas ubilityualties that should be treating less than 300 people. right now the figures are at just under 800. doctors admit the situation is at breaking point. this woman has a back injury, and travelled 100km for treatment. there's no beds, mats or trolleys. the hospital is overwhelmed. it's remarkable the doctors and nurses keep going, they have been working since saturday. >> we have to help them. we are left undamaged. we escaped and came to the hospital.
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>> reporter: the treatment starts on the streets outside. casualties keep coming in, people are injured when unstable buildings collapse, often because of after shocks. others have been travelling long distances for treatment. at first sight, you would be forgiven for thinking the earthquake had only just happened in yemen, 12 houthis were killed in fighting with government forces in the southern port city of aden including the local commander, as the fighting continues the humanitarian situation is more desperate. residents in southern yemen face a shortage of drinking water, food medicine and medical staff. the number of sick people is growing. iran says it was unable to deliver a plane load of aid because the saudi-led coalition bombed the airport in sanaa.
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a spokesman said the plane ignored a warning to turn back the damage. it is unusable for all aid flights saudi arabia's king salman announced a shake up. and a non-royal will be minister are foreign minister. we are reported from our correspondent who reported from the gulf. how important is this reshuffle, when it comes to the foreign minister. what does it mean? >> this is not a member of the royal family. the ministry of foreign affairs and defense is an important position usually taken by the
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royal family. post 9/11 it was a delicate time and they came under massive criticism for the 19 saudis that took part in the bombings. it was a time for saudi arabia to reshape the narrative about commitment reforms and the middle east. he played a significant role. in 2011 they were said to have foiled a plot by iranians attempting to assassinate him, criticizing iran. i think his appointment is a message to the americans and iranians that we are going to see significant change in style and substance, and the saudis will be aggressive in determining that strategic interest in the region. >> thank you now, the king named his
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nephew as the new crowned bridges. we have more on that. prince mohammed bin nayef is the new heir apparent in saudi arabia. at 55 it makes him the most powerful man of his generation of the world's largest oil exporter. he's been the interior minister since 2012, a position he will keep. >> his highness prince mohammed bip nayef was selected as the crown prisons, deputy prime minister interior minister and head of the deputy affairs council. >> reporter: he studied in the united states and has close relations with saudi arabia's ally. cables show him as being hawkish on iran. he's over seen access in yemen edge involving multi-saudi-led
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air strikes to stop the yans of houthi-led rebels. al qaeda fighters tried to assassinate him six years ago. he's been tough on internal security. there has been arrests of suspected al qaeda, and more recently i.s.i.l. members. he encouraged government aid to syria and discouraged private donations to rebel groups. during his time as interior minister he's been tough on dissent at home. activists are detained and prison the nayef is the grandson of king abdul al-saud to be appointed second. and as crown prince he's one of the most powerful men of his generation still to come - restoring order on the streets in the u.s. city of baltimore in the face of thousands of troops protesters dispersed.
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no easy ride for russian bikers on a roadtrip across eastern europe.
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thanks for joining us on al jazeera. here is a reminder of the top stories. nigeria's army says it rescued nearly 300 women and girls from boko haram. they were found in a forest which is the awn's group's last
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known stronghold. >> king salman has changed the line-up of his cabinet scuffles have broken up between police and protesters frustrated by the government's slow response. many are sleeping in the open and are in need of help australia has recalled its ambassador from indonesia after two citizens were executed for drug offenses. the execution by firing squad of seven foreigners and one indonesian went ahead despite an international campaign. we report from near where the executions took place x >> 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 with empty coffins.
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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 a majority in indonesia support the death penalty, many criticized the government for insisting on carrying out executions despite legal flaws. >> we have corrupt judges and corrupt prosecutors. it's the biggest issue, not about execution itself. i feel they, the government, uses politics to cover the bigger problems of indonesia, >> 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 from the philippines has led to protest, she maintained her innocence saying she was framed by a drug syndicate. her two sons and parents had returned from a tearful farewell
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when they heard the news that the woman involved in recruiting mary jane surrendered to police. >> translation: my daughter is innocent. she went to malaysia, spent three days and flew to indonesia. she didn't know about the drugs. >> reporter: their prayers were heard. two australians, four nigerians and a brazilian faced a different fate. they were shot by a firing squad for drug-related convictions. the united nations have 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. a deterrent in the war against drugs. observers say they'll use the execution to show strength in a time of weakness.
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president joko widodo continued the executions after previous governments had an unofficial moratorium. in january, six prisoners - a dutch and brazilian national - were executed. both countries recalled their ambassadors in response. indonesia says it is not worried about international repercussions. . >> police in the u.s. city of baltimore say a curfew to prevent unrest is working. it was ordered after riots over the death of a black man. freddie gray's net was broken whilst he was in police custody. gabriel elizonda has more. >> reporter: police used pepper balls and smoke cannisters to break up a couple of hundred people who broke the curfew. despite brief scenes like this, the majority heeded police warnings to stay home, and rioting seen on monday was not repeated. the streets of baltimore are calm. earlier in the day, the sound of gospel in the streets.
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. >> there's multi-systematic failure, education system failing, police failing, health system failing. in baltimore opportunity and hope don't often knock on the doors of african americans. making up 60% of the population. jobs are scarce, black unemployment double that of whites. and the riots doing nothing to help the economic situation. this is a poor neighbourhood, one that needs economic development. businesses are closed and locked, and on the other side of the street, riot police are in force, and the national guard militarized the streets. residents say while the police presence may keep the peace, it's not the help they need. they need jobs, opportunity and hope. it's a familiar call heard before after recent killings of black men by michael brown in ferguson, missouri, to the shooting of 12-year-old tamir rice in cleveland and other cases.
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now the president says americans have to pay attention. >> all that requirements everyone to say this is important, this is significant. and that we don't just pay attentions to the communities when a cvs burns. >> in baltimore community leaders like reverend christopher brown focus on solutions that can only come from within the community. >> we need to open up schools, after school activities, resources in the community to empower the people. >> reporter: on the streets they are taking no chance and bordering up windows. around the corner they continue to sing in a city where everyone knows what is broken and now they are looking to fix it burr undery's president -- burundi's president says he will not back down. for three days protesters have
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taken to the street demanding that he not run again. malcolm webb has more. >> reporter: covering the burundi protests comes with risks. this man sells the video he films to tv stations and international press agencies. on monday the government closed the country's most popular radio and turned off transmitters of independent stations outside the capital. journalists are worried about their freedom to do their work. >> this is a sign that the government is turning its back on the free press. throughout the country there is only media created by the ruling party. >> the radio station is crucial at a time like this. people in the city are depending on them to know where the police and protestors are clashing. the government depends on it to know what the politicians and activists are doing.
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it's the main form of mass communication in burundi. it's normal to see people glued to radio sets when the news was on. radio african republican was widely loved. sunday, when the government officials first came to its headquarters to close it, a crowd gathered in the street to object. government officials left. the next day, security agents closed it. the government says the live broadcasts from protests was threatening public safety. this independent radio is on air, but only in the capital. management here are worried that it may be next. the newsroom has it's been a hive of activity since protests started on sunday. journalists say they have been threatened by armed members of the ruling party's youth ring. >> some people from the ruling party have taken to silencing anyone that can provide voice to say no. the people of independent media.
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>> journalists and audiences are used to a greater level of press freedom and are unlikely to let it go easily. like many. they are defiant. >> if the police beat me, i do not care. i'll stay on the ground to cover what is happening, for the world to see. it inspires me to do the job. >> political tension shows no sign of easing. the situation in the central african republic is the largest forgotten crisis of our time, that's the warning from the u.n. agency that says 900,000 people have been driven from their homes by fighting since december 2013. and 2.7 million people are in
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need of humanitarian aid. nearly 40,000 people fleeing war and poverty made it across the mediterranean into italy. they come from asia the middle east and africa. many are from ethiopia. where relatives raise thousands to by people smugglers. katherine soy spoke to a family that hadn't heard from their son in weeks. >> reporter: this family last spoke to their son 2.5 weeks ago. he was about to start his journey. they are worried sick and want him home. >> translation: if he is alive i just want him to get in touch. if someone sees him, tell him to come back to us. >> reporter: his elder brother and girlfriend helped him raise the $4,500 smuggler fee. his plan is to go to germany where he has a friend.
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no one at home could stop him. >> i cried a bit. he can't listen to me. >> reporter: just like him another man is desperate to leave. he does not want us to reveal his identity. his family does not know that he's been planning the journey for a year and saved $1,000. >> there are better job opportunities in england. some of my neighbours are there. they send money home. i want to do the same. >> reporter: posing as new clients we call the smuggling broker in the capital. he told us that we'll be taken to the border with sudan by a mini van that comes on specific
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days, at midnight to pick up migrants. he'll connect us with brokers who will help us get to europe. $4,000 is all it will take. it's not that simple. people spend months living rough on the road. many have died trying to cross the sea. perhaps a reason why a captain is not often part of the package. >> translation: once the boat is built, those travelling will choose one among you and trained on how to sail. they then explain how to get there. >> reporter: here at the family home, his mum prays for his safety. the painful part is not knowing where he is or whether he's in trouble. the leader of an ultra nationalist national bikie gang described poland's refusal to allow its members into the country as a cheap farce. they game they have been
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victimized rory challands explains. >> reporter: war saw warned bikers that they would not be allowed in calling their ride a provocation. they were turned away. >> reporter: the reasons for the refusal are unknown. they refused entry to poland to all participants and the head of the group, myself was put on a sanction list my visa annulled and i was banned from entering the area. >> tuesday, the night wolves leader slammed the decision as petty and farcical. the trip was an acts of commemoration for the u.s.s. rs war time heroism. >> we'll continue 2000 the trip.
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i will not reveal the details. i do not want to create problems for the guys. the russian phobia will come to no good. it's gone to far on the eve of victoria day we should hide overseas and our intentions and go secretly to the graves of our ancess stores. >> reporter: he suggests more will attempt the journey. germany says it won't let the group in. the night wolves are pro-russian and patriotic. vladimir putin rode with them several times. their involvement in the takeover of crimea earned them a place on the u.s. sanctions list, and they are at the forefront of a movement called anti-maidan, staging a rally in february in moscow, aimed at preventing a pro-western ukraine style uprising in russia. the group insists it's just a bunch of bikers defending russia.
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