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the frustrations grow. the anger boils over in nepal as the country tries to cope with the after effects of saturday's earthquake. ♪ good to have your company, you are watching al jazeera live from london. i'm david foster. also in the next 30 minutes, saudi arabia's king names his nephew as the new crown prince in a major cabinet reshuffle. and questions over the
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identity of over 300 women and girls in nigeria. and clearing the air, south korea, china and japan discuss how to beat their shared-pollution problems. ♪ as a reminder always we feared the number keeps on increasing. police in nepal saying more than 5,000 are confirmed dead at least 10,200 hurt in saturday's earthquake. there is some progress. help finally beginning to rife to some remote areas which have proved very difficult to reach. and some have been flown from rural areas for treatment in the capital. but people say they are not receiving any food or supplies. there have been scuffles in the
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nepalese capitol. our correspondent went to one tent city there that is now home to hundreds. >> reporter: open and exposed. it's the safest place for many thousands across the capitol and the rest of nepal. while the threat of more after shocks remain no one is taking any chances. ten generations of this family have lived in this family for decades. 24 have been living here since saturday's quake. with only the clothes they were wearing, and a few personal possessions, this is now their life. >> translator: i had to built this myself and borrow money doing it. we are surviving. no one has come to help us. no fresh water. no heat no toilets. this makes me angry. >> reporter: his wife is more direct. >> translator: no one from the government has come to see how we are coping in this pathetic condition. across the road people from diarrhea we are all helpless.
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>> reporter: preparing the daily meal is a delicate task. water is scarce not all areas of the capitol and its outlying districts are recorrected. saturday's quake damaged mayor utility infrastructure, which damaged gas supplies electricity and the mobile and land line telephone network, and it was tuesday when some of that was partially reconnected. those that survived are queueing for tent sheeting. the police are distributing to those who have rej fered as victims of the kwaik. every family will find a way to use it. >> the first thing is the tent. at least they must get the shelter, because of that the government is arranging [ inaudible ] it's already late. people are suffering. children are here old men are
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here and people are getting sick. because of that we are [ inaudible ] ourselves. >> reporter: while the public are grateful for anything the authorities can provide, there is growing disquiet that more needs to be done and done soon before it spills over into anger. >> we are responsible to choir them the required things and required help required to them so these are our responsibility and we are doing our best but in some places we could not done on time that's why the people are getting in some kind of angriness. >> reporter: while temporary areas like this remain the government will be under huge pressure from the public to make sure they distribute fairly what the international community has delivered. live to faiz jamil in kathmandu. we have heard some of the stories there, faiz and there are thousands of individual tails, but sometimes when you are in a place in -- in the way that you are, something stays with you, and i'm wondering what
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in particular in the last 24 hours or so has struck you? >> reporter: what has really struck me has been the -- really the tenacity of people just how much they endured. they are still outside days after the quake. they have received some tents, but as you saw, they are not getting what they need still to this day. but there are people trying to open stores trying to get on with their lives. it's hard to do when there's little phone connectivity and electricity electricity. but they are still trying to survive. tensions have boiled over. i did see -- you know there was clashes today. one was at one of these tent cities. they were demanding more relief and the police and armed police came and helped beat them back with batons.
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it became quite violent at one point. there was another clash at a temporary bus station. people protested there weren't enough buses. these are people trying to get out of town. later in the day, i visited one of the main bus stations in nepal to see what the situation was there. >> reporter: this is nepal's main bus station here in kathmandu, and thousands are trying to leave the city. since saturday's quake people have been too scared to leave, worried about after shocks hitting them on the highway. today we're seeing so many people leaving. i have one gentleman who is traveling about 900 kilometers back to his village. >> translator: i have been trying to get a ticket to leave since the earthquake but there haven't been any buses available. i want to leave because it is safer for me to go home. >> reporter: it's going to take two or three days to get home
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but people are willing to risk the journey, just to get away from the potential threat and danger here in kathmandu. >> and faiz i would imagine it's not just those people who want to make journeys it's getting help to those people in remote places that is proving particularly difficult as well. >> reporter: well that's true the government actually today, they began three days of official mourning but they admitted that they dropped the ball when the quake first struck, telling international donors that they didn't need certain aid. now they are saying they need more aid. they need specialists as well neurologists orthopedic surgeons anyone with trauma experience. the u.n. has asked for $450 million u.s. in international aid for nepal. of course the problem is as we have been talking about, getting the aid to those people.
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so now at least the government has admitted that there were problems, and they are trying to rectify it to the best they can do. >> faiz jamil in kathmandu, thank you very much for that report. ♪ saudi arabia's king has appointed new heirs as part of a major shakeup. the new crown prince is king salmon's nephew mohamed bin nayef. king salmon's son is now second in line to the thrown as the new deputy crown prince. he is already serving as defense minister. and the saudi ambassador to the u.s. has been made foreign minister replacing another prince who has been steering the kingdom's diplomacy for almost
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40 years. here is hashem ahelbarra. >> reporter: this is saudi arabia's new crown prince. prince mohamed bin nayef replaces his uncle in a major reshuffle. bin nayef is also minister of interior and chairman of the council for political and security affairs, a body that makes decisions or threats facing the kingdom. the new crown prince has built strong ties with the u.s. when he was in -- charge of the fight against al-qaeda but this man is likely to play a crucial role in the future of the kingdom. the king's son has been appointed as new deputy crown prince. mohammed serves also has minister of defense and chief of the royal court. shakeups in saudi arabia are closely monitored by the world. the country is the world's
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biggest oil producer. >> previously there was questions about the succession about the issue of the first generation becoming very old. all of them being in the 70s and the 80s. now we have a second generation mostly fairly young in their 50s. very well experienced. >> reporter: saudi's new leaders face mounting challenges like the growing instability in neighboring yemen. the saudi government has recently launched air strikes against houthi rebels. it accuses iran of using the houthis to destabilize the region. and this is the man to seek international support saudi foreign policy. the ambassador has been appointed minister of foreign affairs, which was lead for four decades by this prince. >> in the past we were patient.
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we were -- today we lost our patience. things are happening too fast for our taste, and we believe that a strong government should take action timely and strongly and send the right messages to people that saudi arabia is going to deal with every threat. >> reporter: saudi arabia is an important player in the middle east. it provides significant support for the syrian opposition in iraq and lebanon, and saudi political sway spreads across the arab world. in 2001, they were behind an arab league initiative offering piece with israel in exchange for a pull out from the areas controlled in 1967. hash -- hashem ahelbarra al jazeera. in nigeria they are trying to identify nearly 300 women and
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girls rescued from the control of boko haram. it raised hopes that the group may include schoolgirls who were kidnaps from chibok last year. >> reporter: we have spoken directly to nigeria's mill stair spokesperson who says the identities of the women and girls is still being ascertain ascertained. he explained it's an incredibly remote and difficult area to get information from. you can only access many parts from the air, and the process of screening and profiling these individuals is still going on. now the issue of whether any of them are from the chibok school the school where more than 200 girls were kidnapped from last year remains open. the military says they are not ruling out that possibility, because these individuals have been kept here for a an incredible long period of time. so potentially some of them
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could be from the school. in general this rescue is a huge morale boost for the nigerian forces, and for many people they are hoping the fact that these individuals have been rescued could possibly lead to other individuals who have been kidnapped, being repatriated to their homes, and many are hoping that this is a signal that the last boko haram strong hold which is the forest is about to be taken back under the control of the nigerian military. the founder of the bring back our girls campaign says she is obviously delighted so many girls have been freed from boko haram, but their rescue raises more questions. >> something that this particular rescue drew up for us is when were these people taken? many when were the people rescued yesterday abducted? who are they? how -- were we ever informed or did our military not have an
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idea that these massive scale of nigerian women have been taken hostage? >> from nigeria to one of west africa's smallest countries. cries come from togo's opposition party as the president is reelected. and the astonishing stunt that put this daredevil not only into the hospital but into the record books. ♪
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protesting outside of nepal's parliament. it is said that more than 10,000 people have been hurt. saudi arabia's king announced a new heir to the thrown. he has named his nephew 55-year-old mohamed bin nayef as the new crown prince. the nigerian military has begun identifying almost 300 women and girls rescued from boko haram on tuesday. now yemen. the saudi-lead coalitions targeting houthi positions in the southern port city of aden. these pictures on social media, show smoke rising from positions that were hit now pictures have
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emerged of the damage caused in sana'a the airport there, after it was bombed by the saudi-lead coalition. the aim was to stop an authorized iranian plane from landing. iran said the jet was carrying aid, but the coalition said it wasn't approved. the damage means that aid flights can no longer land. this comes a blow to the people living in southern yemen, who are running out of supplies. the red cross has described the situation as catastrophic. a senior u.n. aid worker has been suspended on suspension of leaking a report about alleged abuse in central african republic. children as young as nine have been sexually exploited by french peace keepers.
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he said he passed the document to french authorities because he didn't believe the u.n. was doing enough to stop the abuse. now to togo where the main opposition party is rejecting election results that has returned the president to power for a third term. >> reporter: in the controversy surrounds how long should a president remain in power. he was going for a third term in office, and this is something that is being debated across africa. in this area there are only two countries without presidential term limits and that is gambia and togo. so he was entitled to run for a third term. but that is the reason there has been so much focus on this election. and on wednesday night, the head of the commission announced that the president was in the lead according to the preliminary
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results, and he had 58%, versus 34% for the main opposition leader. we have just come from the opposition party headquarters and there's a lot of emotion. a lot of passion there. he spoke himself and he called for his supporters to mobilize in great numbers, excuse me to ineffect protest, because he talked about this being a takeover and a crime against national sovereignty. so these are very very strong words. and even on wednesday night we saw the president of ghana came to toga, and the president of ivory coast, they both came here to try to see how they could find a way forward. and what came out of this press conference was according to the opposition, the president asked that all of the results be checked thoroughly before any announcement was made. so there was great anger when the results were announced
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somewhat by surprise as far as they were concerned. >> now the united nations refugee agencies [ inaudible ] the dire conditions in migrant detention censers -- centers in libya. about 1700 people have died in the waters so far this year. many unidentified leaving behind families who have no idea of the fate of those who left. catherine soi met one such family. >> reporter: this woman last heard from her son two and a half weeks ago, he was just about to start his journey from sudan to the desert to libya and to europe. she is worried sick and just wants him home. >> translator: if he is live i just want him to get in touch.
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if someone has seen him, please tell him to come back to us. >> reporter: his elder brother and girlfriend helped him raise the $4,500 fee. >> i cried a bit. but he -- he can't listen to me. he can't listen to me. >> reporter: just like him, this man is desperate to leave. his family does not know he has been planning the journey for a year now, and has so far saved a thousand dollars. >> translator: there are job opportunities in england. some of my neighbors are there, and they send money home. i want to do the same. >> reporter: posing as new clients we called the smuggling broker here in the capitol. [ speaking foreign ]
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>> reporter: he just told us that we'll be taken to the border with sudan by a mini van that comes on specific days at midnight to pick up migrants. he'll then connect us with brokers who will help us get to europe. $4,000 is all it will take. but it's not that simple. people spend months living rough on the road. many have died trying to cross the sea. perhaps one of the reasons why a captain isn't often part of the package. >> translator: once your boat is built those traveling will choose one among you to be trained on how to save. we'll then give him the compass and explain how to get there. >> reporter: here the mother continues to pray for our child's safety. the most painful part is not knowing where he is or whether he is in trouble. family of a woman from the philippines who was granted a
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last-minute stay of execution in indonesia says it is a miracle. she was one of nine due to be excused on wednesday. eighty were killed by firing squad despite international pleas. steph reports near where the executions took place. >> reporter: nine families from all over the world gathered at this indonesian port to leave for a prison island for the last time before the executions. not long after, ambulances arrived with empty coffins. a grim sign that despite all of the last-minute attempts from foreign governments to save the lives of their nationals, officials here had made up their mind. while a majority in indonesia supports the death penalty, many have criticized the government for insisting on care rig out executions despite legal flaws. >> we have corrupt judges we have corrupt prosecutors, and
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it's just a bigger issue, actually. not about execution itself but then the government now i feel that use it as politics to cover the bigger problems of indonesia. >> reporter: after their last visit relatives of mary jane prayed for a miracle. she was arrested in 2010 with heroin in her suitcase. she has always maintained her innocence, saying she was framed by a drug syndicate. her two sons and parents return from a tearful farewell when they heard the news that the woman who allegedly was involved in recruiting mary jane has surrendered to police. >> translator: my daughter is innocent. she has always been innocent. all she diz was go to malaysia spent three days there and flew to indonesia. she didn't know about the drugs. >> reporter: and their prayers were heard. to australians four nigerians
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and brazilian face a very different fate. they were shot by a firing squad for drug-related convictions. the united nations urged indonesia to stop the executions saying their crimes do not warrant capital punishment. the executions went ahead. the government says they will serve as a strong deterrent in its war against drug but observers say they use the executions to show strength at a time of weakness. the president resumed executions after previous governments maintained an unofficial moratoriums. indonesia says it is not worried about any international repercussions. south korea, china and japan are holding their first-ever shared talks on img proving air
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quality. the pollution from china regularly goes east affecting the other two countries. but in seoul there is a growing awareness that some of the problem is close to home as harry fawcett discovered. >> reporter: seoul often has to endure periods of peak pollution, but the 21st of february was the worst day in five years, 50 times the world health organization reck mentioned safe level. when it is that bad the main source of the problem is clear, dust blown in from china and mongolia, dust that passes directly into the bloodstream can trigger heart problems and strokes. since 2012, the average daily air quality has been getting steadily worse, double the world health organization's safe level. and seoul's metropolitan government accepts as much as 70% of the problem is home grown. >> translator: when you look at what is generated in seoul, it's mainly floating dust disturbed
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by human activity or vehicle emissions. >> reporter: the city has a plan to convert more buss from diesel to natural gas, to restrict certain areas of seoul to electric or hybrid cars only but there's a problem, coal fired power stations are on the increase. this one went from four to six furnaces, soon it will be eight. 13 knew plants are to be built in the next six years. this is part of a deliberate decision by the government to expand its coal-fired energy production, at a time when seoul's air quality has been getting worse. green peace took its message to the walls of the plant saying south korea should be reducing not expanding its reliance on coal. >> translator: the entire world is moving towards that trend. and korea is going the other way. even while the number of premature deaths linked to pollution is rising. >> reporter: south korea is pledging to reduce carbon
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emissions by 30% by 2020. burning more coal would seem to work against that goal. >> translator: another of the ministries main objectives is to smooth the supply of electricity. we are trying to minimize the use of coal power stations and demand they reduce pollutants even if it is more expensive, so there is a conflict of interest. >> reporter: for all of the efforts to tackle the problem, seoul-its may have to get used to living with dirty air for sometime to come. australian daredevil pulled off a death-defying stunt and claimed a place in the history books. ♪ >> reporter: if that doesn't make your tummy feel funny, i don't know what does. the first to land a triple back flip in midair for the 29 year old. it was in a sposhgs park in the u.s. the bike weighed 90 kilos, went
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97 kilometers an hour and they were surprisingly pleased, as i bet he was. okay. go to for more on that and all of the headlines. calm after the chaos. baltimore tries to go back to normal after the first night of a mandatory curfew but will it hold? trapped for 82 hours. a man is pulled from the rubble after an earthquake in nepal, the day the death toll continues to rise. and the prime minister of japan addresses congress talking about trade and his countries friendship with the united states. ♪