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>> cut off from kathmandu, and immediate help. we report from rural nepal where entire villages have been flattened by the earthquake. but rescues do continue. this teenage boy pulled from the rubble of a hotel in kathmandu just a few hours ago. ♪ very good to have you along, i'm david foster with al jazeera live from london. also in the next 30 minutes, at least 50 protesters have been hurt in clashes with police in burundi. ten men given life in prison
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in pakistan for their part in the shooting of this schoolgirl. in nepal there has been a moment of joy. rescue crews have managed to pull a 15-year-old boy from the collapsed ruins of the hilton hotel in the capitol cat man dew. he was brought out of the rubble to a cheering crowd. he is said to be now recovering in hospital. in the last hour we have heard that a woman has always been pulled alive from the rubble. but bad weather and blocked roads continue to hamper the help. the government has asked for
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more helicopters to send people out to the remote regions. the official death toll 5,500 plus, but with recue crews unable to get into those remote areas, that number is likely to rise considerably. reconstruction it's estimated could top $5 billion, u.s. that is 20% of the country's gdp. roadblocks difficult for rescuers to reach areas outside of kathmandu. and in a rural district about 30 kilometers from the capitol, villages have sustained massive amounts of damages. it is feared the death tell there may be as high as 5,000. andrew simmons sent us this update. >> reporter: this is a vast
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area, and i'm actually in a village at the start of a huge swathe of damage. no one realized how extensive the damage was here. we drove for something like 30 kilometers through village after village. devastated villages. in one small settlement there wasn't one home left standing. the original estimates of dead were put officially at around 1600 here but in actual fact many unofficial estimates put it at around 5,000, even 6,000. i have to say, i have not seen anything quite like it in a rural area. building that were really constructed from boulders and mud are just absolutely devastated. and if i show you over here now, in this village there is a search operation going on by the chinese. they are convinced they have
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around five to six bodies beneath this rubble. they feel pretty pessimistic they will find anybody live. but the issue here is the late nature of aid getting through. right now people are absolutely crying out for assistance. this is a remote area takes a long time to get here. there are landslides on the way. the weather has been very very wet, unseasonably so. it's a concoction of utter disaster following the original d&asker. the government now seems to be getting into gear. they are saying the communications crisis was the problem. power being down roads blocked. basically what they are saying is there was a late response. they admit that. apparently whoever was in control of the operation is no longer in control of the operation, we're hearing unofficially, and now we're
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seeing a situation whereby people need to arrive quickly. >> we return to the capitol now faiz jamil waiting for us there. faiz i know you're going to tell us about something you saw earlier on, which contrasts with the terrible damage and suffering we have seen but let's save that for a couple of minutes. give me an idea of how well it seems to be going or not in kathmandu and what the rescuers are saying particularly about those people they are still managing to get out alive. >> reporter: 72 hours is usually the most likely time to find anyone left alive. the fact that they found two people alive today has been a big moral boost for people here. we are getting so much bad news so even a little bit makes a big difference here. in that goes to the credit of the people here they are very
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resilient. nepal isn't a wealthy country. 20% of its gdp will be needed for reconstruction. 3.6 million people in this country were without clean water before the earthquake took place. this is a country that is difficult to live in for many even before a disaster like this takes place. but some people are trying to get things back to normal as soon as possible. and i went in and around the city kathmandu today, to find people trying to move on with their lives. this hindu wedding is taking place just five days after the earthquake struck. it was initially canceled because many of the guests here themselves were sleeping outside in tents. there's no open celebration here today, but the couple decided to go ahead with this scaled-down ceremony today. >> the reason was he came here just for wedding, and even though we canceled the wedding, it won't change anything.
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so let's -- just to get things going we decided to have the wedding. >> reporter: it has been anything but normal for those folks sleeping outside, these tents really only provide a token protection from the cold. >> translator: i would like to move on. but i can't. i'm confused. how will i manage any expenses? it's very perplexing. >> reporter: the terrain makes living here difficult even on normal days. but the fact that people can live through these conditions day after day, is a tribute to how much of survivors they are. >> faiz how difficult is it to cope with the weather conditions? >> reporter: well, david, myself i'm actually -- today i
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had to wear extra clothes just to stay warm. i'm only here for a few hours in the night. i'm not sleeping out here. but it just shows that it's very difficult. the elements keep changing. in the daytime it's warm. when the sun comes out, it's actually quite hot. at night it's cold. the rain comes, keeps you soaked. you are worried about after shocks, you don't want to go home if your home is not rubble by now. so it's a really difficult situation for people here. and they are not actually smiling, but they are thinking we are going to get through this when you talk to people. as you saw in the wedding, people said, jonyou know we have to move on. and even the people living in tents are somewhat hopeful for the future. >> thank you. faiz jamil there. united nations says there
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could be political chaos in burundi as flashes in the african country continue against the president. at least 15 demonstrators have been injured in the latest unrest as demonstrations enter their fifth day. they began when the president said he wanted a third term. that defies the official two-term limit. the unrest is being described as the biggest political crisis since the country's civil war ended ten years ago. a senior u.s. diplomat has warned the president against suppressing political opposition. >> i left the president with the thought that this country with its very complicated and difficult history, is like a boiling pot, and that if you try to put a lid on that pot, it doesn't stop boiling, it risks boiling over. and reiterated our strong view again, that there be space for
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opposition and for peaceful criticism going forward, and that all sides, both the government and the opposition should above all, refrain from violence and intimidation. >> reporter: there's still no sign that either the president or the protesters will back down. protests continued in various suburbs of the city. earlier this car was burned and destroyed by protesters. people say it belonged to a member of the ruling party's youth wing. they said he had a gun that's why they destroyed the car. the government denies the youth wing is a militia, and they aren't out on the streets. they have deny they are here. two prominent opposition candidates said they won't be taking part in the election if the president is still running, because they say that means the election will be meaning les.
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france's president says there will be harsh punishment for any soldiers found abusing children in the central african republic. >> translator: if some soldiers i don't know more for the moment behave badly, then there will be sanctions empowered in the trust we put on all of our armed forces. i'm proud of our army sorry be harsh on those who behave badly. now to yemen. the president wants to make sure that no houthi fighters are on its premise. the government says it now has proof that there are iranians on the ground helping the rebels. al jazeera's natasha ghoneim has
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the story. >> reporter: aden has become a vital battleground in the war in yemen. pro-government fighters say they are gaining strategic territory at the airport, but beyond that people say it's the houthis who seem to be gaining ground. they say the rebels are shelling their neighborhoods, and pushing people from their homes. the houthis have also stormed a hospital. medical staff fled leaving behind people in need of care. >> translator: they continue to shell places where they know women and children gather. most people have fled and only a few are left in aden. the houthis shelled our homes and robbed the people. >> reporter: but a houthi spokesman denies allegations of targeting civilians and torture. >> translator: our opponents have accused opkilling a demonstrator in sunny. we asked for the family to let
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us move him to the hospital, but they refused and buried him. >> reporter: aden's location is important because it offers easy access to the red sea. it became a base of operations for president hadi after he was forced to leave the capitol earlier this year. despite weeks of air strikes, the houthis still control large parts of yemen, and they are well armed. the government says iran and hezbollah are partnering with the rebels something the houthis deny. >> translator: let me tell you that the yemeni minister of defense has been kidnapped in an operation lead by an iranian. >> reporter: ak koergding to the u.n. more than 1,000 people have died since the war began in late march. about 12 million people desperately need food and water. numbers that will only grow as the fighting continues. natasha ghoneim, al jazeera. still to come on this
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program, a court in germany give its verdict on a claim for damages over air strikes in afghanistan six years ago. plus precisely one week until the u.k. general election we'll take a look at the country's changing political landscape. ♪
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>> fall of saigon, forty years later. >> we have no idea how many were killed. >> unanswered questions, a botched withdrawal lives lost. examining the impact that still resonates today. a special report continues tonight, 10:00 eastern. on al jazeera america. ♪ you are watching al jazeera. these are the top stories this hour. two people have been rescued from the rebel of buildings in nepal five days after the
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earthquake there that killed at least 5,000 people. the united nations is warning people in rural areas, and saying they are in desperate need in help. a senior u.s. diplomat has warned the burundi's president that he risks further protest if he continues to stifle demonstrations. yemen's presidential office has sought international embassies in the port city of aden to make sure no houthi fighters are own their premise. nigerian army has released pictures of a group of women and girls it says were rescued from a boko haram strong hold. the group was made up of 293 people who are freed from the forest. the nigerian army on thursday say they also have found a second group, the exact number of people in that group, hasn't
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been specified. pakistani court have sentenced ten men to life in prison for their part in the spooting of malala yousafzai. they boarded her school bus and shot her in the head because of her outspoken support for girl's education. shelast year became the youngest winner of the nobel peace prize. her is a our correspondent in pakistan. >> reporter: an anti terrorist court has sentenced ten people to 25 years in prison. the case was handed over to the anti-terrorist court by the military. the military says that it was able to arrest the key people involved in the attack back in september, which gave them vital information and lead to the arrest of all ten members. four members are said to be
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still at large, possibly hiding across the boarder in afghanistan where the taliban leader is also based. it must be remembered that the taliban in pakistan had taken responsibility for this particular attack. a german court has rejected a claim for damages by relatives of afghan civilians killed in air strikes in 2009. the attack by a u.s. aircraft was ordered by german forces on the ground. nato believed that taliban fighters were among crowds near the vehicles. dominic kane reports. >> reporter: for nearly six years this man has been in poor health and had psychological problems. his family was in the air attack in 2009. his two sons were killed. >> translator: the people who died were all civilians, up to
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100 people were martyred. we want the people who bombed us and the men who ordered the bombing to be put on trial. the law should be implemented on them and they should be put in prison. >> reporter: the attack on the tankers was filmed. people can be seen milling around the vehicles. they have come to take away some of the oil, but among them two are supposedly taliban fighters. for that reason the german ground commander ordered a u.s. air strike. the force of the blast killed dozens of people instantly. in the aftermath, the german public was shocked by the incident. questions were asked about whether german forces should be used for military offensive action overseas. the following year the german government offered the relatives a $5,000 payment each.
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but for some of them this was not enough. they took their fight for compensation to court in germany. on thursday that court rejected their appeal. >> translator: the plaintiffs have now lost in both instances, but the senate has expresley permitted appeal meaning the plaintiffs have the possibility of filing an appeal at the federal court against the higher regional court's decision. >> reporter: the victims' lawyer has explained that his clients will appeal this court ruling in the hope of persuading the german government to accept the liability they say it is. dominic kane al jazeera, berlin. ♪ those three words pretty much say it. in to the unknown. it used to be certainly through the majority of my life in british politics there was
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pretty much the conservatives on one hand labor party on the other, and the liberals a little bit in between. now add to that mix a whole host of other parties, each one of which is hoping to have an enormous influence after the election in the u.k. which takes place one week today. the country's future is at stake. it is a very complicated situation, and lawrence lee tries to unravel it just a little bit. >> reporter: this election looks likely to shatter the two-party system of government that has existed in britain since the end of the second word war. the labor party took office in 1945, their crowning achievement the construction of the national health service. but then the conservative party held party until 1964.
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the rest of the 1960s, then belonged to the labor party. and in 1970, the conservatives took over again, and most of that decade was shared between the two parties, and at one point the conservatives only had a minority government. but in 1979, margaret thatcher came to power. she altered the course of british politics and the conservatives held office all the way through until 1997 which saw the birth of new labor, and tony blair becoming prime minister. labor then were in government all the way through until 2010 but that's when things started to get difficult for the conservative party, because they have to go into a coalition with the liberal democrats. but now five years on from them there has been an explosion of new parties all vying for authority. on the left the green party, the scotchish and welsh nationalists and on the right
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the u.k. independence party. this is truly unchartered territory in british politics. we are off to the italian city in milan in just a moment students protesting about an exhibition in fact. demonstrators say the money spent on it should go to economic growth and jobs instead of what they say is just a rather expensive vanity project. the organizers say it could make as much as $11 billion in revenue for the country, and bring in a lot of foreign visitors. claudia is live in milan. there will be those people who say the protesters will always find something to protest about. but you either believe in this sort of commerce or you think it is bad to attract this sort of business when the money could be spent better elsewhere. >> reporter: you think the export couldn't be a target for
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anti-capitalist or anti-globalization movement and this was only the first of a number of days of protests promised by the no expo movement. because the theme of the expo that takes place around the world every five years, and this time milan is feeding the planet and finding new ways to find sustainable nutrition for the poorer world, so the principle is very noble, but the protesters are saying essentially that this big event that will take place over 1 million square feet -- meters is really not feeding the planet, but it's feeding big corporations, and the fact that there are big food corporations such as coca-cola, or mcdonalds as sponsors say they this proves their point.
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this morning was only a test run for a much bigger protest that we expect to see tomorrow. of course tomorrow is the official opening day for expo but it's also may day. and may day there are protests all over the world for anti-cappalists, and there was a risky decision of opening this expo on that day. and it gave the opportunity to gather to milan and take expo as a target. we know there are tens of thousands of people that will gather here in milan tomorrow much bigger protests but we also fear there will be clashes with the police. and last week italian police raided a number of apartments that were from members of anti-antagonists from all over the world, and they ceased
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molotov cocktails which make some believe this could turn into urban warfare tomorrow. >> thank you very much indeed. vietnam has been celebrating 40 years since its victory over the united states. the fall of saigon in 1975 marked the final end of the u.s.'s decades long involvement in vietnam. three diplomats have walked out of a meeting on human rights. when north korean diplomats insisted on reading out a statement, the spectators started chanting storm north korea. they then snoerm stormed out.
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vladimir putin said north korean leader kim ki-jong will not be attending celebrations in moscow marking the end of the second word war. he earlier said kim had accepted an invitation to the victory day. it would have been his first foreign trip since three years ago. here is harry fawcett. >> reporter: well despite the resounding silence on this this visit had seemed to be very much on. russia said so the south korean intelligence service said they found it highly likely that kim ki-jong would travel to moscow. and now it seems to be off. from north korea's perspective a snub to china, which has been under harsh criticism of north korea. and from russia's perspective, it would have been a signal to
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the united states that if you threaten us we can cozy up to north korea. perhaps there has been a recalculation about snubbing china in this way. also potentially there is some internal event in north korea that requires kim ki-jong's presence. also potentially something more prosaic prosaic. there would have been lots of other world leaders and media in the mix, so perhaps they thought it would have been too risky to make this first international visit in that fluid situation, certainly much less controlled than it would have been in authority korea. and one academic said that the kremlin would have been found it difficult to deal with north
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korea. it does seem the kremlin has found it too difficult to negotiate on this occasion. >> harry fawcett reporting there. and good news to report in nepal. two people are pulled out alive, one including a teenage boy. go to police in baltimore turn over their findings to the prosecutor, as civil rights leaders meet with baltimore's mayor after a night of protests across the country. a miracle amid disaster a teenager is rescued after being buried live for five days after the earthquake in nepal. and ten men jailed for decades for shooting malala