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in-depth reports and investigations, and the latest from the worlds of science tech, health and culture. no matter where you are in the country, start weekday mornings with al jazeera america. open your eyes to a world in motion. iran backs calls for a ceasefire in yemen which could help millions of desperate people. ♪ hello, i am in doha. also ahead time to talk. the top u.s. diplomat is visiting russia for the first time since falling out over ukraine and syria. no refuge, indonesia's navy intercepts migrants from myanmar and points them towards malaysia. and. from ferguson to baltimore and new york, what is the state of race relations in the united
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states? we hear from civil rights veteran jesse jackson. >> we must grow together. we have learned to survive apart, we must now learn to live together. ♪ ♪ held old. iran says it backs a truce in generally. this is significant because the saudis have asked for a ceasefire to begin this evening in yemen around 20 gmt. the eye iranian foreign minister called for the downing of arms and an immediate resumption of talks between pro government forces and houthi rebels. >> translator: any ceasefire and any halt of the military operation is his supporter by iran to help the victims of this war which are innocent children and women. this ceasefire must turn in to a permanent ceasefire and talks to form an inclusive government should immediately be resumed. >> meanwhile an iranian ship so
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the way way to generally packed with surprise and news people. more than 1400 people have died in yemen since the saudi-led air strikes began in march. thousands of others are suffering because of a shortage of food, water and fuel. the u.n. is urging all sides to stick to the proposed ceasefire to allow desperately-needed aid in. erica wood has more. ♪ >> reporter: much-needed surprise being distributed to displaced families a the a camp in central yemen. they have abandoned their homes and left behind everything they own to seek safety from the fighting. >> translator: we in the leaders committee started distributing aids to the families. when we get to all the families we will complete our campaign and distribute even more aid. >> reporter: the hand outs are oil and bags of wheat tea and
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sugar. >> before we approved here we were engaged in fierce battle with houthi fighters, they had we had to take our families and seek shelter in the tents. our families are afraid of hoot huge you is but now we are suffering from a lack of water and basic necessities. >> reporter: further south in port city of aden, people beg for help as they line up for their daily ration of drinking water. >> translator: owe people of good faith. of the world, we are living under siege surrounded by these houthis no water no he electricity the sewage is overflowing, our children's bellies are swole edge we have no medicine, we have nothing. >> translator: we hope that our brothers in charge of the relief rush to aid our citizens. what we lack is aid and relief. >> reporter: the constant bam board. of the capital sanaa has left many homeless. mohamed saleh and his family have been living in a sewer
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drain since their home white sox dough stride two weeks ago. >> translator: it's underground. the environment is bad. but it's safer to stay here than on the ground during the air strikes. >> reporter: yemen was already one of the world's most impoverished nationed but after six weeks of fighting people here are even more desperate. they'll be hoping the proposed five-day humanitarian ceasefire due to start later on tuesday will hold long enough to get them the help they so badly need. erica wood, al jazerra. >> there is no end to the -- sorry, just moving on then. the european union has appealed to theup for help dealing with people smuggling. >> reporter: it's seeking a mandate allowing military action to detroit smugglers' boats in libyan waters. 10s of thousands of people have crossed from libya to europe already this year. addressing the u.n. security council, the u.n.'s foreign
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policy chief admitted that europe has been slow to act. >> 2015 looks even worse than the previous year. and consider then in 2014, 3,300 migrants died trying to enter the european union by sea. which means three out of four people who perished were crossing the border in the word died in the mediterranean sea. three out of four. this tells us that our first priority is to save lives and prevent further loss of life at sea. and we believe in the european union that this is a responsibility that we all share, not only as europeans but also globally. kristen saloomey has more on that request by the e.u. to the united nations nations from new york. >> reporter: fled rico outlined the even u.'s plan to address the migrant crisis which includes allowing more legal
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pathways in to europe for migrants and dealing with the root causes the problem issues like poverty and conflict driving people way from the homelands. but the mainish that you she has before the u.n. security council is winning support for a military component to the even u.'s plan. this is stop, searching and destroying boats coming from will you be i can't. this could club working in libya's waters and off the coastline of libya something libya says it's not aboard with. now, the foreign policy chief made her case knowing that she had to have a comprehensive plan in order to win the support of the security council. russia said, for example destroying vessels in libya may be a step too far. there are many issues that need to be worked out but the consensus teams to be that something has to be done on the part of the international community to address the crisis
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and they are working on a resolution that they hope to circulate in the coming days. is. the international organization for migration has called on southeast aircraft an governments for find and rescue migrants who are believed to be stranded at sea and at risk of detective. >> meanwhile the indonesian navy has redirected a packed boat full of migrants to the malaysian coast after giving them food and water. on monday myanmar detained a boat with a thousand people including women and children. >> reporter: i am standing outside the shooting range and this is where the thousand odd migrants row rohingya migrants are being kept. we are not allowed further beyond this point but we managed to speak to the police chief and economy firmed for us that some 1,158 people are being held
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here. that the vast majority of them are bangladesh is around 672. there are rohingya migrants from myanmar, 486 of them. and among them are women and children over 100 well, and over 60 children. they were in a very poor state when they arrived on the shores. they were suffering from dehydration, as well as hunger. and we have been told that they have been given access to medical aid as well as food and water. now, the police say they are investigating currently the circumstances of how these people arrived. what they can tell us is that they believe the captain of the three boats that the migrants were on as well as the other traffickers, had managed to escape on another vessel and had left the migrants to their own devices to make it to shore. the police say that they have anded over responsibility for these people to the immigration department and they have not
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been able to confirm for us what they plan to do with them. a u.s. second of state john kerry is due to meet russian president duh va vladimir putin in so sochi it's his first visit i there since the start of the ukraine crisis. let's go live to rory challands live in sochi. the russians haven't confirmed if carey will meet with putina. what are you expect to go happen today? >> reporter: well, from talking to the americans who are here and what they have planned for the day it seems like they believe john kerry will immediate with putin today. they gave me the rough outline for what they pictures to happen when john kerry is arrived which he expects today do in 20 minutes of time or so. first of all he's going to the second world war memorial here in sochi and lay a wreath with
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his counterpart sergei lavrov. then kerr ask kerry and lavrov will disappear in to a two-hour meeting involving lunch as well. after that a meeting if it happens will take place with putin. some time later on this evening we'll get a press conference we don't know at the moment whether it's a joints press conference or a solo one with john kerry. let's suppose that kerry and putin do have time to sit down together, they are likely to be discussing three very different geopolitical situations with three very different levels of cooperation between russia and the united states. >> let's talk a little bit more about those issues, then, what are they? >> reporter: well, first of all on the agenda according to the americans anyway, we have iran. the u.s. really wants to get nailed down the nuclear deal with iran.
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russia and the united states have been cooperating, perhaps the one bright spot at the moment in u.s.-russian cooperation on that issue. of course, the americans though are quite worried about the sale of russian missile defense system to his iran. after that, then we go onto syria, the united states believes that the ground is shifting in syria and that the rebels are winning more and more ground and that assad is looking weaker and weaker. of course russia has been backing assad for a good number of years the united states wants russia to change its orientation and persuade assad to come to the negotiating table. then last of all, we have ukraine. and this is perhaps where things are looking most intractable at the moment. we have both sides pledging accordance to the minsk agreements reached in february. but still a lot of ground between them and not much sign that they will actually come together. >> all right rory challands live for us in the russian city of sochi. now, members of the u.n.
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human rights council have once again criticized the united states for the guantanmo bay detention facility and the continued use of the death penalty. another topic of concern police violence and racial discrimination targeting african americans. referent jesse jackson is an american civil rights activist and president of the rainbow push coalition, he's here in qatar for the doha forum which brings together opinion leaders on issues of democracy and development. reverends jackson, thank you very much for being here on al jazerra. i want to ask you. >> indeed. >> first of all the united states is often accused of lecturing other countries when it comes to human rights yet its own record in that area leaves room for improvement if i can put it that way. how would you compare america's current record on human rights, civil rights with the rest of the world right now? >> well, the civil rights movement of the '60s is under attack. it's under attack, it's been did
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diminished the african americans have the highest infant mortality rate. shortest life he can pension texanses highest up employment. and the most in jail. attacks upon young black men unarmed by police has exacerbated the situation. >> now, of course the issue you of race relations in the united states is one that's really come to the fore over the past year with what's happened in the cities of baltimore, new york, and ferguson. involving white police officers and unarmed young black men. but i want to ask you about some of the criticism that's been made of you in this regard, you have been accused of unnecessarily stoking the fires in this and rushing to judgment in some of these cases. you called the death of michael brown in ferguson, missouri a kind of state execution. you called the baltimore police force an occupying force. what do you say to those who say
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that you are simply stoking fires unnecessarily. what's your response to that? >> in baltimore you have 3,000 policemen, 80% live outside of the baltimore so they are outside occupying forces they are not neighbors. there is tension within that department along racial lines. black unemployment is around 35%. and poverty above 25%. so there are patterns of poverty and attacks on blacks by police. treyvon martin in florida. whether it is, the choking in new york. it's very pervasive and. [ inaudible ] under the law.
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you look at downtown baltimore you see buildings going up because of investment. pension fund investment, banking fund investment. the opposite is happening on the african-american side of the city. >> i want to ask you about the obama presidency. as you know, he's the first african american president elected in 2008, there was so much hope and optimism back then about what he would bring to race relations in the united states. here we are almost near the end of his presidency, how would you assess the job that he has done, particularly given the fact we also have a black attorney general and we are seeing more of the kind of things that you are talked about targeting of young black men police brutality, and so on. is there more that he could have done as president? >> the backlash has been against
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the president himself calling him names calling his wife names, pejorative names congressmen calling him a liar and. [ inaudible ] million dollars for being mean and hateful. the fact is, on president obama, when he came in to office we lost 800,000 jobs that month. every month he's been in office there has been a net gain of jobs. astonishingly his affordable healthcare act has saved lives by the millions and yet there is great resistence against that across the south. you got states resisting billions of dollars of healthcare money for sick people. so he's done an amazing job against a head wind and would do even more if he didn't face such stiff resistence. >> i want to ask you just finally, because you mentioned in the beginning there that civil rights in the united u.s. was under attack. you, sir have -- you marched with dr. martin luther king all those years ago for civil rights
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back in the 1960s. isn't that a failure on your part that more should have been done by leaders like your self to address these problems? >> much has been done by dr. king and linden johnson has been under attack by those that never stopped trying take it back. we never got to the issue of poverty. there are too many poor people in america too much violence and too much racial targeting. millions of blacks lost their home because the banks targeted lending and the banks got penalized for it but the penalty did not correspond to the number of homes they took driving people to the middle class in to poverty. we have had to put up a tremendous defense to stop the attack on the voting rights act access to housing and education. we are a work in progress. american democracy is not complete it's a work in progress. now all the rights that we have gained are under tremendous
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attack. >> good to speak with you referents jesse jackson talking to us there live in doha. thank you very much for your time sir. ♪ you are watching al jazerra. recap now of the headlines iran has called for the downing of arms in yemen an immediate resumption of talks between pro-government forces and houthi rebels. it's significant because the saudis have asked for a ceasefire to begin this evening around 20 gmt. the indonesian government says it's redirect aid boat packed with migrants towards the malaysian coast after providing it with food and water. around 2,000 bangladeshi and row row thing after jeff recipientses have landed in the last 48 hours hours. john kerry is due to meet vladimir putin? the russian resort city of
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sochi. it's his first visit there since the start of the you rain crisis crisis. now to something dull and boring that's the description of the budget being announced by australia's government. trying to cut a big deficit despite a weak aussie dollar. all that is threaten to go recognize australia's reputation for having an enviable he don my cain has more from sydney. >> reporter: in these times of economic uncertainty the australian government is looking to get its house in order to do that it wants to boost dome any spends to go stimulate an economy that's been focused on exports. >> this government has to bala justing revenues. and restoring the budget to surplus. >> reporter: one of the features of the budget is a new childcare package that the government believes will encourage parents to go back to work. including a trial program to
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subsidize nanis for couples liar shauna and cory who jug the shift work and caring for children is welcomed news. >> finding childcare is impossible. we have to rely on my mom that took me a long time to go back to work evening though i want the to i didn't have the option. >> reporter: also benefits to small businesses in the form of small tax cuts, boozer ice cream has been running for four years its owners say tax cuts aren't what they need to grow. they want more support in the form the grant and advice this, bucket is unlikely to end criticism that respectively governments have been too focused on big business. >> i think that's affected mall businesses. we have been left behind pretty much for a focus on other areas. i don't think it's this government previous governments have made that mistake as well before. >> reporter: australia's economy is coming off a boom led by exporting commodities like iron on. o'reoff. r.e.
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ore. but they have no nothing to show but a deficit. thethe add to this messy situation is the government is unpopular. they have to think try to fix an economy that some say will dip in to recession next year. and not make it more fragile. i want to tell but some breaking news just coming to us now, we are getting reports from the reuters news agency that another strong earthquake has shaken nepal this tuesday. sending people in the capital kathmandu rushing out to the streets. this comes, of course, after the devastating quake that killed more than 8,000 people just a couple of weeks ago. u.s. geological survey saying it's a 7.1, we are now going live now to andrew zipped your honor who is in nepal. andrew, i understand that you felt this quake yourself. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: i can't tell you a great deal, but i have just physically got out of a very tall hotel building. i was on the third floor the
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whole building was moving, it felt like i was suspended, it's the most bizarre all of experience i think i have had in a while. i have been in earthquakes before aftershocks but nothing like this. i have actually for some reason i found myself underneath a table, the one which i was working off writing a script. now, i am outside now, we are trying to find out what happened in the capital in terms of all of the buildings unlike this one, that were in danger of collapsing with weak aftershocks, but i don't know what sort of magnitude would have affected the capital. it was as you say, we are hearing 7.1 magnitude in the area of the u. the mountainous region near everest. apparently the epicenter was 58-kilometers from n after mc
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help. u. we have not established what level of damage here there is a subdued atmosphere. a very large crowd. there is a big bed in front of me which is used it's still swinging from the quake that's basically made this very strong building feel like jelly. and everybody is -- everybody is in a state of shock. in fact, including myself, i have to say. i have no idea of the of level of casualties but i would be very surprised if there wasn't a lot of casualties. i am hearing now this quake was
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felt in india. that's about all i can tell you right now. >> all right andrew we'll let you get more on that for us, andrew simmonds live for us in kathmandu on the reports of another quake in nepal. now, greece's government says it will face a cash crisis within two weeks if it can't agree to a deal with international lenders. euro zone finance ministers have been meeting in brussels to discuss the greek debt crisis, jonah hull reports. >> reporter: it promises to be a long, tense sumner greece. the protests are small now but they could grow bigger. if the new government is forced to compromise on austerity in return for bail-out funds in talks with other the european countries, the they are progressing for unlock millions in case aid for greece, there is skepticism still about a new economic plan offered by athens.
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>> some important issues have now been discussed in-depth. but more time is needed to bridge the remaining gaps. we have joint interest with the greek authorities to get that agreement as quickly as possible possible. there are some time constraints. there are liquidity constraints but hopefully we'll reach that agreement before time runs out or before money runs out. >> reporter: so greece must wait a little longer, try a little harder to get its hands on a much-needed $8 billion slice of aid. but there isn't much time. the existing bail-out program expires at the end of june and in the meantime with few other sources of revenue available the government in athens must pay public sector salaries and mentions and also billions in loan repayments that fall due over the course of the next few months. greece is under immense pressure to reach a deal. >> the red line are there, red lines are such that there is common ground.
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>> reporter: what's the time frame now? >> the next few days i think. the government insist it will stick to its red line on labor reforms and pensions, no more cuts and no plan-bench. that's the promise made to the electorate in february. the problem is keeping that promise could cost the government and greece the ultimate price. bankruptcy is a and an exit from the euro. jonah hull, al jazerra brussels. the u.s. says saudi arabia's king has expressed regret for not being able to attends a high-profile summit of gulf leaders being hosted by the u.s. his son the crown prince will be a attention instead. the king of bahrain has also declined obama's invitation to the meeting on the camp david. the white house has dismissed the suggestion that the king's not coming is a diplomatic snub. >> there is no concern raised by our saudi partners either before the change in travel plans or
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after. related to the agenda at camp david. so i know that there have been some speculation that this change in travel plans is an attempt to sends a message to the united states. if so, that message was not received. because all of the feedback that we have received from the saudis has been positive. >> reporter: this is pretty unusual the white house never announces people will will attends a summit or meeting with the president unless they are fairly confident they will show up. the white house is saying that the king of saudi arabia had agreed and that's why they announced on friday not only would he be with the summit but have one on one time with the president this coming wednesday. so what changed? well saudi officials say the king has decided to stay in saudi arabia that will happen during the humanitarian pause in yemen. but behind the scenes analysts are saying this is a snub. the white house press second joked that he was asked so many questions about it that snub is
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really the word of the day at the white house. the white house has tried to down play what seems to be a pretty serious diplomatic spat saying the right people will be at the table when they announce any sort of new initiatives on defense securities. the government of power game isparaguayis being condemned for denying an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim. they say the decision a grave decision to the girls life. she is five months pregnant and her stepfather accused of rape. abortion it illegal where many of roman catholic except when the pregnancy endangers the mother's life. doctor in southern mexico have stopped giving some sack nation to his infants after two babies died. they had been immunize today at that bush lows us, wrote virus and hepatitis b. another 29 babies taken to hospital. as adam raney reports the rush is onto find out what went
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wrong. >> reporter: public health officials here in mexico city say they are continuing to vaccinate children in the capital and across the country. meanwhile vaccinations were suspended in the community in the southern state where 31 young children were taken ill after being vaccinate odd friday with hepatitis b. wrote virus and tuberculosis two of the young infants less than a month old died after receiving that action are vaccination another 21 hospitalized still in serious condition. now, this could have a big impact in mexico if the government is unable to find out just what went wrong that batch of sacks nations because there is an up coming week of vaccinations in which the government encourages parents to vaccinates their children in may. they might find public faith lacking and find a reduction in the number of penal getting their children sacks nateed. the white house has rejected new claims that pakistan was shell aring former al qaeda
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leader osama bin laden and that it new in advance about the raid to kill him. american journalist seymour see her the said they were captured him and used him as leverage against al qaeda. reminder lots more on our website. i'm ali velshi. on target tonight, good sense or censorship, the provocative ads that . that. >> good sense if the greek economy collapses. greasegreece is on the brink of financial ruin. after decades of terribly mismanaged funds, i'll take you to athens, for people who living in a country who today narrowly