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that open your world. >> this... is what we do. >> celebrations in burundi. the army takes power after weeks of protests against the hello there, a warm welcome to al jazeera. live from our headquarters here in doha. also ahead - 45 people are killed in a fire at a shoe factory in manila. 26 others are still missing the train that crashed in philadelphia killing seven people was going twice as fast as it should have been movies, money and flash
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fashion on display at the cannes film festival gunfire and explosions are reported from burundi's capital after the army took control announcing that it deposed president pierre nkurunziza. word came in a broadcast after the general announced that the president violated the constitution by seeking the third term. the news of a coup was denied and he was in tanzania for a suppose conference, but was flying home urgently. he never arrived. the army ordered the closure of the airport and land borders. news of an overthrow was greeted by celebrations on the streets of the capital.
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malcolm webb reports from the capital. >> the protests against pierre's third term in power had been growing. police, seen as loyal to the ruling party used tear gas and bullets against the demonstrators. they struggled to contain them. wednesday afternoon, when he was out of the country, the senior army officer announced he was taking over. >> president pierre nkurunziza has been relieved of his duty. >> soldiers in military vehicles moved into the city center to take control of key locations. the army is seen as neutral. the soldiers have been on the streets, but have not moved into the violence. minutes after the announcement hundreds of protesters came in too. >> translation: now the president has to go, whether he
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wants to or not. he has to go. >> reporter: some police unit loyal to the president fired at the demonstrators. soldiers overpowered them. people said this man was a member of the militia dressed in police uniform. they said he tried to stop the advancing soldiers, but killed him. a short while later the army and crowds of protesters arrived in the city center. outside the building of r.p.a., the popular independent radio station closed on the second day of protests. protesters were celebrating and cheering. as soon as the military officer says he's in control of burundi and made an announcement that he was taking over, the police and ran away. soldiers came and left it open.
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the radio came back on air almost instantly. many supporters are gathered outside the buildings, and where they are broadcast. it's a celebration going on. protesters and activists were happy. they thought they couldn't do it by themselves: police helmets or anything else to hand - are trophies. the military rulers say they'll destroy the democracy. president pierre nkurunziza who was meeting other presidents in neighbouring tanzania want to come back. people still do not know if or when all of this will lead to free, fair or peaceful elections. east african leaders issued a statement condemning the coup in burundi. the tanzanian president called for constitutional order and an end to the violence. >> translation: we are of the view that t it does not stop the problems of
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burundi. we don't accept the coup. we condemn it in the strongest terms possible, and we call upon return to constitutional order. >> the numbers killed in a shoe factory fire in the philippines has gone up to 45. the blaze started when embers from welding came into contact with chemicals. up to 300 were inside at the time. 26 are missing. we have more from the scene of the fire in manila. >> we are right outside the factory. it is a fire that took more than seven hours to be put out. now local government says at least 60 were trapped in there. but the total number of workers is undetermined because the owner of the factory cannot give a total tally as to how many people were working there. it took more than 10 hours before recovery started. the remaining questions over
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security and safety of the building for rescuers here. what is clear now is that there is a strong smell already of rotten flesh. families have been coming forward. they have been waiting for news about their loved ones. local government at the moment unable to give news, except that everyone trapped in there perished in the fire. now this is the stair case that leads to the second floor. that is where most of the bodies are trapped and the concentration of the fire also. local government admits that this process of identifying the eye bodies, handing over the bodies will take time. the president demanded a thorough investigation start to determine what happened, and to make those who are responsible accountable. the iraqi government says the deputy leader of the i.s.i.s. has been killed in an air strike. the defence ministry says he died when u.s.-led coalition jets hit the mosque that he was in. the u.s. military says there's no evidence that he has been
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killed. rosalind jordan has this update from washington d.c. >> the u.s. military says it conducted coalition air strikes in northern iraq overnight tuesday into wednesday. but the military spokesperson tells al jazeera that what did not happen is fighter jets did not strike and hit a mosque in that community, and a spokesperson says it's not clear whether people on the ground were injured or killed, and it's not confirmed whether or not the number two leader of i.s.i.s., el-afri, was one of those killed in the attack. the ongoing attacks are meant to degrade i.s.i.l.'s ability to conduct operations against the military and civilians in their path. u.s. says they have been using intelligence and working with
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the iraqi military to make sure civilians in places of worship are not targeted through the air raids. it is raising questions about the u.s. military's operations in a part of the world where it had been at war for more than nine years the threat from i.s.i.l. and regional security are on the agenda as leaders from the gulf nation gather in the united states for a summit. white house correspondent patty culhane has this report. >> reporter: as they arrive for skinner on the south lawn of the white house, there was a noticeable absence. the kings of saudi arabia and bahrain decided to stay away at the last minute. despite that, the crown prince, president obama stressed the country's close alliance. >> we are pleased to have them both here. >> reporter: the president wanted to reassure gulf allies
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that a potential deal with iran over its nuclear program wouldn't put them at risk. as a top policy aid told me, when it comes to the issue of a defense treaty, that will not happen. >> a treaty is not something we are looking at. that takes a long time to negotiate and develop. it took decades to build up our n.a.t.o. alliance, and asian security alliances, what we can do is provide a clear assurance that if our g.c.c partners face a threat. we'll come to their defense. instead the u.s. offered to help the g.c.c. mission build a missile defense system. and additional military training and exercises. the white house is hoping that a white house dinner and a day at camp david will be enough to earn their support. >> saudi arabia has issued a statement accusing houthi rebels of violating a 5-day ceasefire, saying the houthis tried to
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infiltrate saudi territory in tiaz. violent confrontations are said to have taken place between supporters of the abd-rabbu mansour hadi and yemenis. there were going to be protests over senegalese soldiers being sent to yemen. but the protests were banded. >> reporter: hours before the protest organizers refused a -- received a call from authorities, the march banned, because it would demoralize senegalese troops getting ready for deployment to saudi arabia. for this person it's a clear attempt by the government to muzzle those that oppose the move. >> that is all an excuse. soldiers have enough experience
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not to be demoralized by a march. reality is the government nose the decision is unpopular. public opinion is divided. it was an executive decision by the end of state. there was no debate. the government sought support from religious leaders. the announcement was made weeks after the visit. they were there to raise funds for the 23 billion plan to turn the country into a middle income economy. critics believe arguing the deployment of troops is in exchange for the ambitious and political plan of the president. >> reporter: only a handful of countries support the intervention. senegal is the first to offer troops. the government is responding to requests for help. a confidential document shows saudi arabia pledging for hundreds of millions in funds for much-needed agriculture, transport and infrastructure
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projects the document obtained by al jazeera. we asked the foreign minister if there was deals on the table. despite repeated requests for an interview, he would not answer questions or comments. no date yet on when the deployment would take place. despite the ban, more protests are planned in days to come. still ahead here on al jazz era. five filled in a hotel attack in afghanistan. we'll bring you the details.
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hello, welcome back. here is a reminder of the top stories - gunfire and explosions reported from burundi's capital. the military says it deposed president pierre nkurunziza after weeks of protest. 72 people have been killed at a fire factory in manila, in the philippines. the saudi-led says houthi rebels in yemen violated a temporary ceasefire. a statement from the alliance said the houthis attacked saudi territory, a 5-day truce came in effect on tuesday. more on the top story, the crisis in burundi. we take a closer look at the man
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at the center of the controversy, the embattled president pierre nkurunziza. >> reporter: pierre nkurunziza inherited a struggling country when he took the presidency in 2005. burundi was emerging from civil rebels in the tutsi controlled army. a former rebel and son of father. he superintendent members from ethnic groups including women. he attracted foreign investment in agriculture and praised for policies encouraging economic recovering. in 2010 violence marked his campaign. all of his opponents boycotted the race and pierre nkurunziza took 91% of vote. since then opposition leaders accused the president of suppressing the media and limiting political expression.
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last month he announced he would run for a third term in office. his critics took to the streets, saying it would violate a 2-term limit enshrined in the constitution. last week a constitutional court ruled in favour of the president, saying he could seek one more term because he was selected by parliament and the not popular vote in 2005. pierre nkurunziza felt vindicated much >> translation: good governance, respect for the law, respect for dialogue and consultation. it must serve as a locomotive. i take fact of the ruling of the court in its entirety. i am committed to respect it. if reelected, this will be my final term. as provided in the ruling of the constitutional court. the military's intent on making
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sure it does not happen. with pierre nkurunziza in tanzania for talks at ending the crisis at home soldiers said that the president has been sacked. pointing to a military coup, leaving pierre nkurunziza's political future uncertain. u.s. investigators say a train that crashed and killed more than seven people in philadelphia was travelling at twice the speed limit when it came off the tracks tuesday night. a system called positive train control could have prevented it from derailing. we have this report. >> reporter: twisted metal, snaking train carriages off the tracks, signs of a night of chaos and trauma. several killed, hundreds sent to hospital after an amtrak train from washington d.c. to new york city derailed minutes after pulling out of a station. it was the worst train crash in
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america in decades. national transport safety officials saw the train on video travelling at twice the speed limit and said the train was not equipment with the latest train technology. >> we have called for positive train control, it's on the most wanted list. congress mandated that it be installed by the end of this year. so we are very keen on positive train control. based on what we know now right now, we feel had such a system been installed in this section of track, the accident would not have occurred. >> the cause of the crash remains under investigation. like crashes before it it raised calls for urgent funding to improve crumbling infrastructure and safety. amtrak is america's largest train company partially subsidised by the government. it's controversial in congress. hours after the crash, a bill
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making its way through congress passed its first hurdle and could heavily slash amtrak funding if it becomes law. >> we have a problem in a sense that we are under-investing in infrastructure, and particularly in transportation. the money we are spending is not necessarily spent on the most cost effective projects. it's a dual problem of not enough money out there and not spent as effectively as it could be. >> reporter: former congressman patrick murphy was on the train and narrowly escaped death and now is not the time to talk politics. >> people talk politics. i'm blessed that i was able to go home and kiss my wife and kids. so... ..i'm blessed, man. >> reporter: while the train derailment was no doubt a tragedy, accidents like this are rare in the u.s. this route between new york city and washington d.c. sees thousands of trains back and
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forth every year, most reach their destination with no major incidents. that does not console those on the doomed train, but likely will spark outcries if the crash was one rare occurrence or a sign of larger problems on the train tracks news from iraq. reports a member of a shia militia set fire to a sunni endowment office. zeina khodr is on the phone from baghdad. tell us more. what is going on? >> there was overnight violence. according to police sources, shia militias who were accompanying pilgrims set fire to the sunni endowment office located on the outskirts of the district. it is a mainly sunni neighbourhood ...
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apologies, we have lost that line there with zeina khodr. as we were reporting, shia militias set fire to a sunni endowment office on the outskirts of northern baghdad. apparently the office burnt along side with other 30 houses adjacent to it. resulting in property damages and some 15 people were injured, according to reports that sectarian tensions in iraq are on the rise. more on this story as we get it. the pakistan taliban said it carried out an attack on a bus in karachi. gunmen on motorcycles killed 43. the victims belonged to a branch of shia muslim five have been killed and an american have been killed on an attack on a guest house in kabul. african security forces and
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attackers were in a scanned off. 60 others were rescued. jennifer glass reports on the afghan capital. afghan police sealed off the area after four armed men got inside. afghans and foreigners were staying in the guest house. dozens more were there to watch a private concert. >> translation: i was inside the guest house building. i went to the yard with my friends went the shooting happened. we went back to the room and hid under the bed. >> afghan special forces went room to room looking for the fighters and getting guests to safety. this is an upmarket part of kabul, home to a compound and inside the ring of steal security zone. >> our investigative teams are working to find out about the attacks. it did not start with an explosion at the main gate or
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killing of guards. it started inside the hotel. >> reporter: the police chief said the investigation will focus on how the men got into the building with weapons, and how to protect an attack like this again india's prime minister arrived in the chinese president's home town on the first leg of a 3-nation visit. narendra modi is on the first leg of his issue. they have a number of issues the vatican has officially recognised the state of palestine in a treaty. it's the first legal document between the catholic church and the palestinian state, signalling the beginning of diplomatic recognition, and comes three days before the palestinian authority is due to visit pope francis at the vatican health experts say super
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strains of diseases are making current antibiotics useless. the world health organisation says 10 million people could die in the next 35 years. health experts are trying to convince drug companies to invest in more effective medications. >> reporter: a typhoid clinic in zimbabwe, these pictures were filmed during a 2012 outbreak affecting 1500. typhoid, spread in contaminated water or food can be treated with antibiotics. a superstrain is spreading around the world, and as more infections are drug resistant. it's worrying health experts. the world health organisation warned that we are heading towards what we call a post antibiotic era meaning much of modern medicine could become impossible. they have raised the prospect of infections that used to
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kill millions in europe becoming a danger once again. >> now a u.k.-based initiative wants drug companies to invest $2 billion in researching medicines. the money would come from governments worldwide, costing up to $37 billion over 10 years. a hefty sum, but the man heading the project insists that ignoring the problem would be more offensive. >> we estimated if we don't do these things it will cause world g.d.p. to be $100 trillion smaller than otherwise would be the case in 35 years time. so as a person that thought of risk versus reward for much of my adult life, $37 billion is nothing. the idea would remove the commercial incentive for drugs firstly to sell as many
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antibiotics as possible. >> that is important. the more the drugs are used the more the bacteria is resistant. over resistance by duration is not the only problem. most antibiotics consumed are for factory farm animals, to produce meat faster. the british government says the world needs to work on the demand side of the problem, as well as supply. >> reporter: we need to first and fore most prevent people getting infected in the first place, and secondly to ensure that we make the best use of the antibiotics that we have, that we preserve the antibiotics. according to the w.h.o. three-quarters of countries have no plan to deal with growing antibiotic resistance. if the new initiative can convince them it's a problem, many lives can be saved movies and money are mixing in the south of france at the
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cannes film festival. it has begun. movie makers will hope to attract millions in money. charlie is there telling us what to expect. flash bulbs, film stars and magic. this is what cannes does best. this year's jury led by the cowan brothers, they lined up. excitement reached fever pitch. the stars walking up the red carpet will sit to different films, what usually opens the film festival. it will be a gritty french drama, where normally it's a hollywood blockbuster. 'standing tall' is the story of a troubled boy. as the first female film-maker to open the festival they were quick to deny it's tokenism. >> it happens that i'm a woman, i'm honoured by the selection of the film, and not the fact that i was given a fist that is normally given to a man, not a
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woman. >> this is an international festival, the olympics of the film world. >> it's our mission and duty to put new names on the map of world cinema. for the rest, we have that balance between the inmate's stories, and film and things which are more involved in terms of political content or social content. we have that too. >> this festival is about celebrating the big screen. there is an increasing crossover between cinema and the internet. it is threatening releases. >> migration of talent is on film producers and distributors minds. netflix moved to digital, the way people are consuming content, it means they have more power. the distributors are worried about that. over the next two weeks, the city of 75,000 swells to
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200,000, and feels that all eyes are on what is happening here. it is what plays inside at cinemas tell us the most about what is happening here today. >> do remember, you can go to the website for all the latest news. >> i'm ali velshi. "on target" tonight, dangerously close. a speeding amtrak train packed with passengers crashes just yards from cars used to carry oil. how close did it become to being far far worse? long before this show i had planned tonight to expose the dangers that soaring oil by rail traffic poses to america's cities. we planned to profile one of