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♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ >> hello and welcome to the news hour. i'm in doha with the top stories on al jazeera. the saudi-lead coalition targets a houthi armed depot in yemen hours before a proposed ceasefire is due to start. running for safety again in kathmandu, dozens are killed as a big aftershock shakes nepal. no refuge indonesia says it
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will send back every boat carrying rohingya migrants. >> and a top u.s. diplomat visits russian for the first time since the falling out over ukraine and syria. ♪ hello the saudi-lead coalition has targeted a rebel-held weapons and munitions depot east of yemen's capitol. take a look at the latest pictures east of sana'a. this air strike took place on monday night a day before a saudi-proposed ceasefire is due to take effect. the new u.n. envoy has arrived to sana'a just a few hours before the ceasefire is set to begin. the foreign minister of iran has called for talks. >> translator: any ceasefire and any halt on the military operations is supported by iran to help the victims of this war,
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which are innocent children and women. this ceasefire must turn into a permanent ceasefire and talks to form an inclusive government should be immediately resumed. iranian warships will accompany a cargo ship bound for the port held by the houthis. the cargo ship is packed with aid workers and journalists. it's part of a humanitarian mission being carried out. crossing over to sodastream -- saudi arabia and speaking to hashem ahelbarra. it seems the air strikes have intensified just a couple of hours before the ceasefire is due to take effect. >> reporter: absolutely, and there are reports of air strikes targeting houthi positions in different parts of the country, particularly in the northern province of sana'a in ta'izz in the capitol, in aboll la and
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in aden. >> and what do we know about the munitions depot targeted east of the capitol? >> the saudi-lead coalition said this was an munition depot used by the fighters loyal to president saleh in their fight to further expand across the country. they have also stated in the past that one of the main -- the main goals of the air strikes is to undermine the military capabilities so to gather intelligences about that depot that was targeted yesterday. residents in the area say that dozens of people were killed because of the aftermath of the attack because it triggered massive explosions that targeted local community living in the eastern part of the capitol. >> and how much confidence as well as political will hashem from all sides is there for the
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ceasefire to stick, which is meant to start in a couple of hour's time. >> reporter: well, if you look at what has been happening over the last 48 hours, you see basically saudis targeting top military commanders, and also house of former president saleh. at the same time the houthis have been stating that they will continue their fight against what they describe as the saudi aggression against civilians, so you have this escalating rhetoric. the saudis have maintained that they will -- once they start the ceasefire, they would like to ensure that the houthis won't take advantage of the situation to move troops redeploy them for try to attack areas in ta'izz or aden. it is going to be an extremely delicate situation. i think the first few hours will be crucial. they will definitely give us an
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idea about whether this ceasefire is going to hold or not. >> hashem ahelbarra thank you. nepal has been shaken by a large aftershock 17 days after that devastating earthquake. the latest tremor killed at least 45 people. 17 people have also lost their lives in neighboring india. the epicenter of the shock was near a popular stop for climbers on the trek to mount everest. nepalese ran for safety from the tremors. and the shock was felt as far away as indonesia as well. foodage showed dirts and rock rolling down a village in northern nepal. >> reporter: a building that survived the earthquake from two
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weeks ago has come down in a spectacular way. as you can see people over here are trying to clear the mess around here. there are suspicions that a taxi and a motorbike might have been buried under the rubble and it's impossible to tell right now. >> so unfortunately, the road was open and -- and then season thought that they might be trapped. so that's why we are working over here. but now -- >> he was crossing the road here to get -- you see that [ inaudible ] some of the taxi. >> yeah. >> that's why we have all of the equipment that has been deployed. [ inaudible ] remove this material within one hour maximum. >> reporter: officials are still afraid of what might happen with the rest of the buildings. there are other bill bill -- buildings which look
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very dangerous with massive cracks, and those could go down if there are other aftershocks. >> and faiz jamil reports, the hospitals in the capitol were already over capacity before tuesday's tremor. >> reporter: these are just a few of the nearly 100 patients that have come here since tuesday's earthquake struck. many have minor injuries, but doctors say several have more serious wounds. like all hospitals in the capitol, they were already at at -- capacity because of the earthquake back in april. the people here are from the new arrivals but there are also flefous parents that have come out when the earthquake struck. many fled when the building started shaking. some were able to run out on their own, others were carried by family and nurses. there are several remote districts in nepal that were
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only getting aid by air drops because the roads were inaccessible due to landslides and earthquake damage. earlier i spoke with helen clark the administration for of the development program, i asked her about her initial thoughts on the new aftershocks. >> very very frightening for people after the massive quake of 25 april. my country had a major earthquake in 2011 and then the people suffered through hundreds of aftershocks. and the people of nepal are always traumatized each time a shock comes along like this one. so heart goes out to everybody who have lost loved ones and had homes destroyed. >> and the latest death toll that we have is at least 59 people have been killed more than a thousand injured so far.
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let me ask you what the undp is doing to reduce the risk of further and future disaster in nepal. >> well, i think you have put your finger on it. right now the relief operation is the key thing. getting people somehow established in temporary accomodation trying to get that relief through, but undp leads for the u.n. together with the world bank and other partners supporting the government with the post disaster needs assessment. and our hope is very much for nepalese government and development partners that huge priorities will be given to properly assessing the risk in nepal, managing that risk and building the infrastructure and in nepal fully reckonizing the risk. >> april helen you wrote in an article that the undp has engaged with nepal for many
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years on disaster risk reduction and response initiatives. in hindsight is there anything that the undp should have done differently after the major earthquake that struck in april? >> not on the aftermath, no we have done everything we can, as an early recovery organization supporting the coordination. but, yes, we, like united kingdom's department for international development and other partners have worked on these issues in nepal for quite a long time. but nepal is a least developed country, it has come out of a period of turmoil. it is going through a slow political transition. it has a building code which would protect people in the event of an earthquake but it hasn't had the capacity to enforce that code. a lot of circumstances have
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conspired to reduce the recovery. and i really hope that political parties, the people of nepal will unite around what is really important which is development in which disaster-risk protection plays a huge part. the international organization for migration has called on southeast governments to find and rescue hundreds of migrants believed to be stranded at sea. the navy has redirected a boat full of migrants towards the indonesian coast. around 2,000 people reached malaysia and indonesia in the past two days. steph fasten has the latest in just a moment. but first our correspondent reports on a malaysia maritime enforcement boat. >> reporter: we're on patrol off
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of the coast, and the job of -- of this agency is to monitor and protect the waters around malaysia so they patrol looking for illegal fishermen, people smuggling goods, as well as people smuggling humans. their job has become incredibly important after the arrival of more than a thousand migrants from myanmar and bangladesh this week. this is first admiral tan, in your experience you have been with the agency for ten years. you are seeing more and more people coming to malaysia via sea. are you concerned about this? >> yes, we are very concerned especially after the monsoon season when the sea is calmer they are coming. >> reporter: so we're getting reports from indonesia that the authorities over there have said that if they see anymore boats
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of rohingya muslims coming into their waters they will give them food and fuel and send them in malaysia's direction. what is your response to this? >> we also -- we have to consider actually if they come to our waters we try not to allow them to enter, but they will give them food and fuel and send them on their way. >> reporter: to the maritime agency here is on alert for more arrivals. they have asked for reinforcements of three more else haves, and they will be amping up their patrols in the waters around malaysia. the indonesian military has confirmed that no boats with rohingyas coming from myanmar are welcome here. they have pushed back one boat yesterday on monday out of indonesia waters and gave them directions to malaysia. what happened is the indonesia military saw the boat and they said there were around a
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thousand people, and they said there were even screams coming from the boat. there was a bad smell. it was a very bad situation, and they gave the people food water, medication fuel and pushed them back. two boats were accepted on indonesia land because these people managed to make it assure. and the new pollty the military is describing is different than in the past because since 2009, indonesia has been accepting boats with rohingyas in different parts of indonesia and a few thousand have arrived in indonesia, and they were all accepted and handed over to the unhr or the international organization for migration. so this is a different policy right now. the european union has appealed to the u.n. for help to deal with people smuggling. it is seeking an action to destroy the boats in libyan
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waters. more than 30,000 people have arrived in italy since the beginning of the year from ports in libya. some don't intend to stay in italy, but what happens to those who do. stephanie decker followed the journey of one teenager trying to build a life in a sicilian town. >> reporter: this boy was 17 years old when he arrived here ten months ago. his dreams have been put on hold. >> i go to school nearly three times i go to school. so after that the other days when you wake up in the morning, you just be sitting without doing anything. so all of that has been wasting time. it's waste time. because some people before they move from their country they have talent and knowledge. >> reporter: he has applied for ally sum, but italy is
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overwhelmed partly due to the lack of an organized system to deal with the tens of thousands of applications. around 70 young people are housed here. and many were only supposed to stay here for a short time but there is nowhere else for them to go. so they end up waiting for this process to play out for an extremely long time. these young men complain about the conditions here. four to six to a room and they often don't get the pocket money they are promised. the money drips in sporadically. >> translator: the lack of money means i can only offer an insufficient service not to say even a cheap one. i can't buy clothes very often, and their weekly pocket money i can only deliver every few months. that's why some of the boys are unhappy. >> reporter: this long wait means they are getting
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incredibly frustrated. >> i came to italy to get good education, a good life because in fuji i would be a father and no one to take me out of my family, as it has done for my family you know. >> translator: all of our efforts and it is right, is to take care of the people who risked their lives at sea, but once they arrive at the port we forget about them. they get stuck in the system and they can't fulfill their hopes. this is the forgotten tragedy. [ singing ] >> reporter: there is beauty and hope against all odds, with patience and faith they say they will get the opportunities they have risked everything for. you are with the news hour and there is much more ahead,
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including gunfire in burundi, as the president's reelection plans enter a third week. plus days away from a cash crisis, the warning from athens. and in sport, barcelona try to seal their place in the champions league final, and they lead to bayern munich with a big lead. ♪ but first the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is on a visit to russia where he is meeting president vladimir putin in sochi. it's his first visit there since the start of the ukraine crisis. they are expected to discuss the unrest in ukraine as well as syria. crossing over to rory challands joining us live from sochi, and we're just keeping an eye on what is happening there because we expect them to come out and speak, rory a little later this hour. do we expect though any sort
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of shift in u.s. russian relations? >> reporter: well, if you listen to what the russians are saying they are interpreting this visit as a potential for maybe a softer u.s. stance to russia that if john kerry has come all this way across the oceans to to -- sochi that maybe he is bringing a different sort of more tolerant attitude to russia. in that, i think, is potentially wishful thinking. because the americans are treating this visit as a more -- a way of just keeping channels of communications open and talking to the boss the man who makes all of the foreign policy decisions in russia. because there are still massive amounts of difference between these two countries, particularly when it comes to things like syria, which they will be talking about, and when
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it comes to things like ukraine which they will be talking. the united states delegation has come hoping there might be some flexibility on the russian position in syria, that maybe it's backing for asued is not quite as water tight as it was. and then in ukraine, of course they have these huge differences over who is at fault, who is breaking the ceasefire, because the united states thinks it's russia separatists that are breaking the ceasefire, russia thinks it's the ukrainian army and its newest supporters that are doing that as well. it's only really iran where you can see that u.s. and russian cooperation can bare fruit at the moment. that's the one issue they will be talking about here particularly the nuclear deal. >> you were mentioning ukraine just a moment ago, rory because at the same time it seems russia's involvement in ukraine
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is being spotlighted by a report that has been put out by russia's opposition. what do we know about that? >> reporter: well, yes, exactly. this report was begun by boris who was the russian opposition leader who was shot dead in moscow in february. this report has been carried on after his death and the investigation is being continued by his colleagues and other investigators. they have just published it today, and what it looks at is the two areas of russian's involvement in ukraine. they allege there is significant russian military involvement, and they say how much has this cost russia financially. they are getting down to paratroopers who have been asked to quit so they can go and volunteer in ukraine with the
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pro-russian separatists and fight in that way, that they can distance themselves from any official connection to the russian army but are still part of the russian army and quipped by the russian military. apparently they were told if they went and fought in this way, if they were injured they would get compensation, and if they were killed the families would get compensation and it's the families of dead paratrooper paratroopers that came to them and said this is our case can you take it on for us. the numbers that this report is talking about are astounding. some $39 billion wiped out from russian salaries, some $14 billion wiped out from russian savings because of the sanctions that the ukrainian crisis has caused. and also $1 billion the russian government has spent on actually doing the fighting according to that report that this
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$1 billion has been spent on volunteers and equipment. so it's a pretty damming indictment if you believe what it has to say. >> okay. rory challands thank you. to burundi where police have fired at protesters in the capitol. demonstrations against president pierre nkurunziza bid to run for a third term have been going on since last month. the u.n. says at least 20 people have been killed since the protests began. >> translator: here we want good leadership, because the people are suffering as you can see here today. we do not want his third term. his hird -- third term is what we do not want. police are killing civilians. malcolm webb has more from the capitol. >> reporter: there has been heavy protesting today. one of the heaviest day so far. the activists say today and tomorrow they are pushing for an
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extra surge of protesters. they really want to get their message across because tomorrow heads of states presidents from all around the region are going to meet in neighboring tanzania and they are going to meet with the president from burundi here and protesters are hoping that they will try to pressure him away from running for a third term. now a small group of protesters are heading past and singing. groups like this all over the city today. clashing with police in some places. in other suburbs there's no police visible at all. the police have moved away. behind me this is the office of the ruling party in this neighborhood, which crowds of protesters destroyed earlier. the ruling party have offices like this in every suburb of the city and throughout the countryside. people living here who don't like the ruling party and are protesting against the president
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running for a third term, smashed a hole in the front of the building and looted though contents as well. fighters in mali have killed nine soldiers just days before a peace deal was to be signed. 14 others were wounded in the attack. rebels remaniactive in the north despite the presence of french and united nations troops. two tribes have fought each other in sudan killing dozens of people. the tribes have a history of disputes over land and cattle in the east state. a local mp says 60 people were killed while a leader says 40 from their tribe died. chad's president says the war against boko haram has not been totally won because the armist of chad and nigeria are working separately. they added that the lack of synergy has allowed the boko haram leader to remain elusive.
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>> reporter: well the president of chad came to nigeria to congratulate president goodluck jonathan for conducting a free and peacing election at the end of march. and it was during this meeting that discussions were held about how the fight against boko haram was going on. the president made comments saying that it was regrettable, that there hadn't been greater coordination and synergy between the soldiers in the fight against the group, and if there had been there could be better results. but the picture given by nigerian bosses is quite different. they say there has been good coordination between the countries, and it's evidenced in the fact that the group has been severely diminished; that there have been very few attacks in the northeast over the last few
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months, that in the last few weeks we have seen the rescue of hundreds of women and girls in the region in the forest specifically where it is believed that that is boko haram's last-remaining strongest strong hold in the country. and there is a sense -- there is a feeling that boko haram is soon to be over so it's not very clear the basis on which he is talking. he didn't give specific examples about specific military operations where there was a lack of coordination and a lack of a united front. still ahead on the al jazeera news hour the french president's meeting with the former cuban leader in havana. plus we'll tell you about a world tour to support political cartoonists. and in sport, find out if the golden state warriors are still in playoff contention. back in a moment. ♪
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targeted a rebel-held weapons and munition's depot east of yemen's capitol. the u.n. envoy to yemen has arrived in sana'a hours before a ceasefire is due to start. nepal has been shaken by a large aftershock. at least 45 people have been killed and more than a thousand others have been injured. nepal was devastated by a major earthquake two weeks ago which killed more than 8,000 people. indonesia navy commanders are warning any boats carrying rohingya migrants will be sent back. now a u.k.-based audio forensics firm has confirmed leaked recording from the egyptian president sisi is genuine. they are heard being dismissive of egypt's gulf backers.
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victoria gatenby reports. >> reporter: abdel fattah al-sisi head a military coup in july 2013 which removed president morsi. sisi was elected president later, and has relyed on donations from gulf countries to keep egypt's economy afloat. the recordings have now been authenticated by a forensic expert. sisi is heard making sarcastic remarks about gulf countries, suggesting they have more money than they need and that egypt should have a share. he is also heard making plans for money to be transferred directly into the accounts of the military not the government. >> translator: tell them we need ten to get deposited into the army's account. so what did i say?
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>> translator: ten in the army's account. >> translator: when i win the election, we will invest this money in the state. we will also need another ten from the united arab emirates and another ten from kuwait. [ laughter ] >> translator: why are you laughing? >> translator: they will faint. >> translator: their money is like rice. throughout sisi's president, gulf countries have given egypt billions in aid. saudi arabia was the first offering $5 billion. that was followed by a $3 billion aid package from the uae and $4 billion from kuwait. the recordings have a negative impact on the relations.
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>> from what i could see there was some embarrassment. and he is not really an insider. >> reporter: the fact that the audio recordings were leaked at all may ultimately be more revealing than the conversations they continue suggesting deep divisions within the highest level of sisi's government. victoria gatenby al jazeera. crossing over to a senior associate at carnegie's relief program. do you think there will be any reaction from the u.s. government? >> i doubt it. i don't think this is the type of thing that the u.s. government would -- would have much of a reaction to at least the leaks we have seen so far haven't really concerned the united states directly. >> so what impact will this have
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on sisi and his government? >> i think it primarily will have an effect with his relationship with the gulf states. we have seen that already. the power dynamic between the egyptian president and the gulf states has been shifting in particular with the change of leadership in saudi arabia. we have seen a saudi leadership come into power that seems a bit more skeptical about sisi. they are not going to drop him all together but they are putting him through his paces a bit. and we have seen the egyptian leadership recently be at pains to show its appreciation for what the gulf states have done for egypt publicly. >> could it be nothing more than just an embarrassing incident as some people say? >> at this point it's an embarrassing incident. i believe that attorneys for the muslim brotherhood leadership that are in prison are perhaps
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going to try to use this in lawsuits in -- in europe and the u.k. i really don't know what -- what chance they have of success there. but, you know, what it will do it will be part of a picture that they try to build to discredit sisi inside of egypt. i don't expect any immediate repercussions inside of egypt. it's more the type of thing that if sisi fails in other ways to disappoint egyptians, for example, regarding reviving the economy, regarding restoring security, then these leaks, i think, can be used to maybe just increase people's dissatisfaction with him. >> okay. michelle dunn thank you very much for speaking to us from washington. >> you're welcome. thanks for inviting me. well the syrian government is again being accused of dropping barrel bombs on neighborhoods in aleppo. at least 15 people were killed
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in a huge explosion at a bus station in the besieged city of holmes at least three people were killed in separate explosions blamed on isil fighters. the french president is wrapping up his tour in haiti. on monday he become the first western european leader to visit cuba since 1986. the french leader called on the u.s. to lift its trade embargo on cuba. lucia newman has more from havana. >> reporter: untying the idealogical knot 12 years after the european union froze cultural and political ties with cuba, the french president is here to declare bygones be bygones. >> translator: this visit is taking place in a context in which at least it's possible for
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cuba to have all of the necessary conditions to interact with the rest of the world. as you know france has always been in favor of lifting the u.s. embargo that hinders cuba. >> reporter: speaking at the university of havana he made it clear that france wants to take a leadership role in a renewed dialogue. hollande has made latin america and the caribbean one of his foreign policy priorities. but it's not just political, both france and holland are keen to position themselves economically ahead of when the united states lifts its embargo against cuba which would make trade and tourism flourish. american investment lawyer says it's all about capturing american business. >> where are the americans going to go to now? i know the forbidden paradise dice cuba is going to open up and i want a dutch hotel there
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taking care of americans. >> reporter: hollande is accompanied by executives including the ceo that handles the sale of cuban rum. the french president has not alluded publicly to the thornny issues of human rights instead he offers to make france a quote, faithful ally of cuba this time apparently without any conditions. ♪ >> lucia newman al jazeera, havana. in the wake of the attack against cartoonists, cartoonists are now tour the globe. they say seeking peace through images has never been more crucial. the group is now in manila. >> reporter: this is one of the philippine's leading
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cartoonists. his work in one of the main newspapers has a huge following. >> translator: i think it started to change. the comic industry is growing in this the philippines, and slowly the country gems are starting to come out. interracial cartoonists, so it is no longer just comedy for entertainment. >> reporter: this cartoonist founded cartooning for peace in 2006. the group is on a world tour to support political cartoonists. he says the trip comes at a critical time. in january, 12 people were killed in an attack at the satirical magazine charlie hebdo in paris. the magazine illustrated all religions and politics in the name of humor. >> we respect the belief a very strong like in my eyes.
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if i have a look in your light, again, i am blind. sometimes we have to think maybe with a picture. we can't make blind the reasons. and we continue the other job with our pen to continue the battle not against the beliefs, but against the ignorance. ignorance is our battle. >> reporter: cartoons are not meant to polarize he says. they are meant to build bridges. but unlike france the philippines is still a country of leaders that are largely conservative. images they say have the viral power to inspire and offend so they tread carefully. religion is a difficult issue. the hierarchy of the roman catholic church here is seen to be deeply sensitive. powerful families and big businesses are also hard to
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tackle. >> translator: the artist can [ inaudible ] his createtivety. how do you tackle this issue without offending anyone? so people can question the issue sfwhert >> reporter: it may look like a simple image, but a drawing transcends culture. it's all about finding the delicate balance between freedom and responsibility. greece has repaid a loan of more than $800 million to the international monetary fund but the threat of bankruptcy remains. the greek prime minister says the cash crisis is critical after failing to find a break through in brussels. from there jonah hull reports. >> reporter: the protests are small now, but they could grow big fer the new government is forced by international lenders to compromise on austerity in turn for much-needed bailout
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funds. in brussels talks with the other euro zone countries, are progressing to unlock billions in aid for greece. but there is evidence scepticism skill about a new economic plan offered by athens. >> some important issues have been discussed in depth, but more time is needed to bridge the remaining gaps. we have a joint interest with the greek authorities to get that agreement as quickly as possible. there are some time constraints, and liquidity constraints, but hopefully we reach that agreement before time or 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 aide. but the existing bailout program expires at the end of june and in the meantime with few other sources of revenue available,
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the government must pay billions in loan repayments that fall due over the course of the next few months. greece is under immense pressure to reach a deal here. >> red lines by necessity are flexibility, but our read lines and their red lines are such that there is common ground. >> reporter: what is the time from? >> the next few days i think. >> reporter: the government insists there will be no more cuts and no plan b. that was the promise made in february. the problem is keeping that promise could cost bankruptcy and exit from the euro. now let's take a look at a very pricey painting, so expensive that it smashed by far the world record at an art auction. and however is going to be looking at the masterpiece is keeping their name secret.
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john terrett will tell us how much was paid in new york. >> welcome to this evening. looking forward to the past auction. >> reporter: christy's auction house, the much talked about picasso painting part of a unique sale. >> 22 million, 24 million. >> reporter: the bidding is fast and furious. >> most of the young collectors who have become billionaires are not collectors in the traditional sense. >> at 110 115. >> these collectors tend to be more impulse shopping. >> reporter: what is that by the way? is that a woman? >> it probably could be a woman, could be a bird. >> reporter: there's nothing quite like teasing an art dealer. it's okay he has heard it all before. he remembers a different time.
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>> most of my collectors were lawyers and doctors, professional people who made a good living. we didn't have hedge funds in 1980. >> reporter: today's buyers are not collectors in the traditional sense but young billionaires from silicon valley russia china, and the middle east seeking a good return on their investments. >> whether they pay 1 million 5 million or 10 million, this is not a major part of their investment. >> reporter: it wasn't the only big sale of christies, sutherby's has spring auctions too. key paintings are expected to sell for record amount too. like this painting estimated at 40 to $60 million. >> isn't it a blue square on a yellow background. he just be thinking who is this
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philistine. >> reporter: he says just because top buyers are seeking a good investment doesn't mean they don't appreciate the art. >> i think you can do both. i think a lot of art today has tremendous asset potential. >> reporter: but buyer be ware especially if you are seeking to prep up your portfolio. >> we saw what happened in 2007, 2008. if there's a meltdown, these works of art will go down considerably. >> reporter: no sign of that yet though. >> $160 million. >> reporter: john terrett, al jazeera, new york. well the picasso wasn't the only record-breaking sale a bronze statute also set a new record for the world's most expensive sculpture sold at
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auction. sports news is doing up right after the break. stay with us.
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♪ well the weather pattern known as el nino is underway in the tropical pacific for the first time in five years. it's known to bring droughts flooding and high temperatures. australia is predicting that this year's el nino will be extreme. here is richard.
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richard explains how it works. >> strictly speaking it's just a warming of the surface waters of the western pacific ocean. but it has a far greater effect than that. because weather systems tend to get displayed and alsoered. the same goes for cooler waters off of the coast of south america. areas such as ecuador and peru become significantly wetter on the northeastern side of the continent it becomes drier. southern states in the united states could become significantly wetter. this research emerged in australia. drought is also expected across parts of southeast asia. and the same goes for africa and south asia taken dea for instance, the monsoon is often less reliable and the whole region becomes significantly warmer.
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there is always some impacts of el nino no matter where you are on the globe. this is just the start, it's likely the next 12 months it will be in full spring and then will begin to fade away. >> and now your sport. thank you very much. bayern munich hosts barcelona in a few hours. barca won 3-1 in the first match. they haven't let in a goal in seven. but the last time they faced bayern munich was two years ago and they lost 4-0. >> translator: you should not be too confident going into a game like this. you have to respect the opponent calm your players down, control their emotions. i will tell them how they can hurt us what they weapons will
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be and how we can count on them. bayern munich has not won a game losing four. they will still be without key players. >> we have to be patient, so i think we can solve this problem thinking about you have to -- to go forward and -- and -- and make everything interesting. obviously we to attack more than we did it in barcelona. manchester city has said that yaya tour -- tour ray has called on tougher punishment for racism. match observers will report any issuesover discrimination in all of the qualifiers leading up to 2018 world cup in russia.
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he was allegedly racially abused two years ago in a match in moscow. >> education is going to be very, very important. and with all of those combined -- this combined fifa have been doing all these years, i think you have to take really sanction, you know what i mean? something have to be done strongly. you know what i mean. like show them they have to stop. one of the most successful quarterbacks in nfl history, tom brady says he will appeal his four-game ban for cheating. he has been punished for his alleged involvement in using underinflated balls in a playoff game. richard parr has more. >> reporter: following months of investigation, the nfl has now punished the new england patriots for allegedly using underinflated balls.
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the super bowl champions have been fine $1 million and stripped two draft picks. while their star quarterback, tom brady has been banned for four games without pay. brady has denied the accusations >> i believe in fair play and respect the league and everything they are doing to try to create a very competitive playing field for all of the nfl teams. >> reporter: the investigation concluded that the patriot staff had likely tampered with the balls to help brady handle them and throw more accurately. he will appeal his punishment. >> tom brady is according to the report more likely than not to have had at least some knowledge the balls were deflated. but there's no suggestion he knew they would be deflated below the legal limit. so i think that's the line he will take and that the
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punishment way overstates the crime. brady's contract is worth $20 million. and he doesn't have much sympathy from this quarterback. >> you have to follow the rules, so if someone is breaking rules, i understand you are going to get punished for it. >> reporter: this is the late nest a long list of scandals the nfl has had to deal with. >> the punishment is worst than some of the really serious stand ls they have had. i think they need an independent procedure for taking care of these problems both the ones on the field, but more importantly the ones off the field that have really hurt the nfl. >> reporter: richard parr al jazeera. the golden state warriors have tied the western conference playoff series with the memphis
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grizzlies at 2-2. the warriors guard steph curry lead them to victory. the 27 year old, back in mvp norming, top scorer with 23 points. 101-84 with game 5 in california on monday. >> we had to compete and be physical and play hard every possession, and when you put forth that effort and you see the results, it -- it's a good feeling. especially on the road in a must-win situation for us. so i think we were all very proud of the way we played from start to finish. it's a similar situation in the east. the hawks have leveled their playoff series with the washington wizards at 2-2. teague scoring 26 points as the hawks won 106-101. >> that is the best we have played all series.
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30 assists. the way we play defense. the way we stepped up. the way we helped each other. the way we moved the basketball and set screens. we were more physical more aggressive, and against a team like this who thrives off of being aggressive it was good we stepped up and matched that today. there's more sport on our website, check out our top story there, the quarterback, and one of the nfl's biggest stars tom brady says he will appeal his four-game ban for cheating. the address again, and that's all of your sport for me. we'll have more for you later on. >> thank you very much. all of the news as well on our website, thanks for watching the news hour. we hand you over to barbara
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sarah from london in just a moment. stay with al jazeera. ♪
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