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a boat full of migrants stranded off the coast of thailand with no country willing to take them in. hundreds more make landfall into the indonesian province of aceh after being rescued by fishermen. you're living al jazeera live from doha. three generals reportedly arrested in connection with the attempted military coup in barunzi. u.s. president barack obama trying to reassure leaders of
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the gulf cooperation council about the proposed iran nuclear deal. southeast asia is facing a migrant crisis. hundreds have been rejected by governments in the region. veronica sent this update from bangkok bangkok. >> reporter: in a dramatic motion they dropped food parcels to help a boat from 300 or so migrants from bang lash desh and myanmar. it looked like humanitarian assistance in the sense the food was dropped off, but at the same time the royal thai navy denied them the ability to land on they're tear to her and pulled them out to international waters. this is a short-term solution. the thai authorities want to
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show they're serious about cracking down on human trafficking, because it wanting to improve its record. it's being categoried in the bottom-most tier when it comes to the report issued by the united states every year. what's happening is the actual people involved is they are stuck out at sea being pushed away not just by thailand but by malaysia and indonesia. a few people do manage to get past and land as we've heard in this province today in thailand. about 100 people were able to land, but they have no citizenship. they have stateless and put in detention camps, once again, unable to live safe and free. indonesian fishermen rescued around 800 migrants from a boat. at least 100 died on the boat. we're in indonesia's aceh province. >> reporter: they have been at
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sea for three months and are totally exhausted. many are also injured because a big riot happened at sea on the boat after they were rejected by the indonesian navy at first and then the malaysian navy. there was a riot about food. fighting broke out between the migrants and aasylum seekers on the boat three months together. they have injuries with knifes and also hammers were being used. both groups are telling me that more than 100 people have been killed during that fight. nobody can confirm these figures, but that's what they're telling me right now. they say that more people more boats are still in indonesian waters right now. the fishermen that rescued them are now being questioned by police because the indonesian navy says we're not going to accept any boats and the fishermen defied the orders.
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the indonesian authorities are helping these people to get well, to get treatment, and the international organizations, the unhr and imf have yet to arrive here at the scene in east aceh. >> many migrants say they're from myanmar, but the government there does not recognize them. florence lui has been speaking to myanmar's presidential spokesman. >> reporter: human right groups have long held it's the myanmar government's policy of persecution and discrimination against them that driving so many away. traditionally southeast asian countries have noninterference. that's why they shy away from the treatment, but that's slowly changing with malaysian officials saying that myanmar is the source of the problem and has to do more to address the issue within its borders. this is the myanmar minister of
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information had to say in supply. >> all the people claim they're coming from there, so this is why until we conduct the revision process we cannot assess all these people are coming from myanmar. is it actually a trafficking problem? >> reporter: the minister can't confirm whether or not myanmar officials will attend a region conference later this month to talk the problems of human trafficking in the migrant crisis. thousands are adrift at sea with little food and water while countries debate on whose job it is to save them. three generals who tried to launch a coup against barunzi a's president has been arrested. it happened after coup members admitted the take-over attempt failed. according to the presidential spokesman the coup leader is still on the run.
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other reporter will tell will tell us whether the government and the president have regained control of the capital. >> reporter: it seems in a large part they have. there are government loyalists and systems and police out on the streets. some of the activists have said the protests should resume but although the moment that's not possible because the soldiers and police aren't letting people move around. the only radio left on air now is the one controlled by the government, the state radio and the state television. all of the independent stations one owned by the ruling party and powers with opposition has been destroyed and taken off there in the violence of the last couple of days. people are waiting for the president to give an address. that's expected to happen anytime now. he's expected to address it on national television.
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>> is there a fear or sense perhaps that the protests might resume because they had started initially because of the president's plan to run for a third term in office? >> reporter: that's right. people were protesting again his bid for a third presidential term in june's elections. activists and protesters want to resume, but they're expecting that to be much more difficult now. they expect the climate to change and they expect much stricter treatment from the government. several activists and opposition politicians are now unreable. unreachable. many went into hiding or foreign embassies or trying to leave the country if they can fearing the worse. the government says it will bring back law and order and handle everyone in a just manner. some of the opposition activists aren'ting expecting that. they're expecting worse treatment so they're hiding or trying to leave the country. >> all right, malcolm.
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thank you for that update. over 300 child soldiers have been freed by groups in the central african republic it's part of a u.n.-backed peace deal designed to end two years of conflict. caroline malone reports. >> reporter: once fighters in the central african republic these children have been released from the militia. the anti-balaka and rivals signed a peace deal in the capital last week. among the selected child soldiers a girl that joined three years ago when she was only 13 years old. >> translator: i want to thank the people that brought us here. we don't want to stay in the army. it's too hard. >> reporter: they survived in remote areas where food is hard to get, and many now just want to return home. >> translator: i will give up
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seleka's child's soldier work so i can find somebody. go back to any neighborhood and live with commerce and buy and sell things. i don't need the army. >> reporter: unicef is part of the mission to help release the child fighters. >> in the process such as these children today, they will receive medical examinations. they will be in the hands of social workers, trained professionals with skills in working with children who have been through a traumatic experience. >> reporter: seleka and anti-balaka groups have been fighting each other in this area since march 2013. thousands of people have been killed and more than 1 million people have been displaced trying to escape the violence. that's a harsh reality for anyone to live in let alone a teenager. >> translator: nobody forced me to go into the army. it's because of the problems we had in our country. that's why we joined the army. i also wanted peace. i want peace for the central
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african republic. >> reporter: more than 6,000 other children are working as soldiers, sex slaves cooks or messengers for fighting group in the car. efforts are made to rethem ought, but for now the free for these children is a cause for celebration. caroline malone al jazeera. saudi-led forces are warning that a five-day humanitarian truce with houthi rebels in yemen may not last long. the ceasefire began on tuesday and due to end saturday evening. from the saudi capital of riyadh, we have a report. >> reporter: these are the streets of yemen's capital of sanaa. there's a ceasefire in place, and an opportunity for yemenese that have been confined to their homes for weeks to go out and buy food. >> translator: thank god for the truce. we hope all those stuck abroad can return and we hope they
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will extend the truce and people will move quickly to provide food and fuel among other things. >> reporter: the united nations special envoy to yemen has wrapped up his first visit to the country since he was appointed. he faces a delicate task of urging all sides to stop fighting. across the border her in the saudi capital riyadh yemen's government in exile has set up an agency to distribute aid across the country. it's a government that has almost no power on the ground. the minister of information says that political talks are yemen's only chance to avoid an all-out civil war. >> now that we are in a truce of a sort we hope that eventually we talk because our political discourse is what they're looking for. that means that the houthis have
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to surrender at least their heavy arms and allow the government to do its job and to refrain from taking action violent crime against humanity. >> reporter: yemen's government is led by the president and vice president. they will force out of power when the houthis took over the capital. the government is hoping to return as soon as fighting comes to an end, but for the time being they say the houthis and former president should face trial. >> translator: there have been systemic crimes against humanity. organized armed units intentionally targeted civilians in aden refugees fleeing their homes in boat. it is a crime. >> reporter: reconciliation of in yemen may be a long bay. weeks the fighting has created a divide. the main political factions will
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meet in riyadh in the coming days to form a new alliance against the houthis and forces loyal to the former president. they hope to build international support for the new alliance that is likely to run the country in the near future. al jazeera riyadh. still ahead on al jazeera, the potential u.s. presidential candidate who has backtracked over his comments on the iraq invasion. and one of germany's most inspiring architects is honored with the industry's greatest award. back in a moment.
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the top stories are on al jazeera. the thai navy is dropping food parcels to boats caring hundreds of migrants but have pushed them away from the coast. governments in the region have rejected the migrants and forced the boats back into international waters. fishermen in indonesia rescued about 800 migrants. those on board the boat say at least 100 people have died many reportedly died while fighting for food and water. in barunzi three generals have been arrested after coup members admitted the take-over attempt had failed. iran's nuclear program topped the agenda at the summit between gulf leaders and the u.s. president at camp david in maryland.
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barack obama reassured gulf nations that a nuclear deal with iran is? their security interest. patty patty co-han reports. >> this is only the second time the president has rolled out camp david for world leaders in an attempt to send a message to the gcc that they matter to the united states. his goal is to convince them that a potential deal with iran over the nuclear program is a good thing and they don't need to worry. >> i have re-affirming or ironclad partnership with the gulf partners. the united states is prepared to work jointly with gcc member states to deter and confront an external threat too any gcc states. >> reporter: many countries have made it clear they're more worried by lifting sanctions, iran will have more money to support the groups it's believed to be helping in yemen and syria. one of the president's top aides admitted that is a possibility. >> we believe, again, what we would expect to see is a
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prioritization of iran's economic situation with respect to sanctions really. that doesn't mean that there won't be some revenue that is used for iran's security purposes. >> reporter: at the end of the meeting the mayor of qatar expressed optimism about the nuclear deal. >> translator: i'm here to see that the gcc welcomes this agreement, and we hope at the same time that this would be a key factor for stability in the region. >> reporter: the foreign minister of saudi arabia was less enthusiastic. >> it would be too early to prejudge whether or not what we accept or don't accept because we haven't seen the final details yet. they're still being negotiated. >> reporter: the foreign minister said the gcc countries were looking for a stronger defense treaty and better weapons, and the u.s. says it will speed up the process of selling weapons but they aren't specifying what it will be.
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they will help them build a missile defense shield. is it enough? >> i think they'll probably go away with continuing doubts about the nuclear agreement and continuing doubts about what he's willing to do to help them face iranian-backed militias on the ground in the arab world. >> thank you very much everybody. >> reporter: they promised to meet again next year to make sure these are not just words, but that the promises made in this serene setting have been kept in the places that are anything but. al jazeera camp david, maryland. pakistan's military says it killed 20 fighters in the northwest. they were targeted the in air strikes in the latest offensive. three bases have also reportedly been destroyed. the operation began last june after peace talks with the
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pakistani pakistani broken down. the two most populous countries will have signed $10 billion worth of trade and investment deals. on thursday the chinese president told them that the two countries should manage their political differences to strengthen economic ties. the army in nepal has spotted the wreckage of a missing u.s. marine helicopter. around 400 nepali soldiers were deployed in the search. the helicopter disappeared while delivering aid on tuesday. there are reports that three bodies have been recovered. brazil's health minister has confirmed the country is facing an epidemic of dengu fever. about 340,000 people have become six and 229 people have died. cheryl todd reports.
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>> another busy day at a health clinic in brazil. most of the people seeking treatment have the same symptoms. high fever nausea joint and muscle pain. they've contracted dangue a mosquito-born tropical disease. >> translator: the term to use the pa meters dengue case we're at 370.8. we can technically confirm an epidemic. >> the health ministry is blaming the spread partly on a severe drought that created breeding grounds for mosquitos whether water is sag nant. many say the government is not
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investing enough in the public health care system. >> translator: i came here last night, but it was really bad. there were so many people. i finally gave up waiting. >> reporter: from january to april 18th this year brazil registered nearly 746,000 cases of dengue. that's more than double last year's figure for the same period but significantly lower than that in 2013 when there were 1.4 million confirmed cases. the brazilian government believes the outbreak has reached its peak and the weather is becoming less favorable for the mosquitos. it's also working on a vaccine. until that happens, its strongest weapon against dengue is prevention. emergency teams in colombia have recovered for bodies from a mine where 15 workers have been trapped. the gold mine in the northwestern town was flooded, trapping the men.
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families are waiting near the mine to see if any survivors are found. they accused the local electricity company of cutting power inside the mine. thousands of students in chile have been protesting against the government's education policies. they want education to be tree for everyone. in the capital of santiago police used water cannons and tear gas against the students. daniel schwimer reports >> reporter: the battle wasresumed for those calling for fundamental changes to the education system. santiago has seen similar clashes. >> translator: we demand that education is taken from the municipalities and come directly from the national government so that funding is done in a direct way. this means we ensure the funding at the start of the year to guarantee that public, free and quality education is also a reality. >> reporter: several dmron straighters were arrested and
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many injured after the police opened fire with tear gas and water cannons. student groups have been saying for years that the majority of people received poor quality education while the wealthy elites and their dhirn go to expensive, private schools. president michelle bachelet admitted earlier this week that education is one of the major issues they have not tackled adequately. she ordered a cabinet reshuffle. these protesters say they've waited long enough for reform to the education system. they want to see action now. al jazeera, buenos aires. jep jeb bush the brother of the former president george w. bush came out against the invasion of iraq in 2003. the former republican governor of florida says if he knew then what he knows now, he wouldn't have supported the invasion. he said the exact opposite just
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days earlier. bush is widely expected to announce a bid to run for the presidency next year. we have the report from miami. >> reporter: when the liberty city charter school opened its doors in 1996 it was the first of its kind in florida. the independent school co-founded by jeb bush served one of miami's poorest communities, and it's principal, katrina wilson-davis has fond memories of her time there. >> i was standing right there, the first kid off the bus was named katrina. >> reporter: the school closed in 2008 after financial problems, but those that worked here say jeb bush's contribution was invaluable. >> he believed we should have all high standards for all of america's children. the poor the wealthy, the young, the black, the white, the pink the yellow. equity in educational should be afforded to everyone. >> he served two terms as florida's governor and education
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of a key policy. uts now his ambition to run as a presidential candidate at that make headlines, and some for the wrong recents. in recent interviews the governor appears to struggle or ignore questions about iraq and whether he would have invaded given what's known now. >> of course given the power of looking back and having that of course anybody would have made different decisions. there's no denying that. >> reporter: long-time political editor sergio says bush's family legacy may be one of the problems the former governor could face. >> i think his name and stance on immigration and education standard, all those kind of are against the principles of the modern-day republican. so he runs against that. he's a principle guy himself. he's not going to change positions. >> reporter: jeb bush's recent comments reignited a debate about iraq. for a presidential candidate who
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claims to be his own man, it may be just the start of a difficult road ahead. name recognition can be a powerful thing in u.s. politics but in jeb bush's case it may also be a hindrance. it's worth remembers it's not the voting public to convince but his own party, and that may be the biggest political battle of his career. andy gallagher, al jazeera, miami, florida. free oto is regarded as one of the germ's most inspiring architects. he specializes in buildings light and open. he died two months ago but as dominick cain reports he's being honored with the pritzger prize. >> it's a word for postwar germany architecture designed to show the world they had abandoned totalism. munich's olympic stadium was the inspiration of a small group of architects and engineers,
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notably this man otto. he was both architectural luminary and professor. a long-time friend and clean of otto explained the vision that drove his friend on. >> translator: nature was the guiding principle in his life. nature as a consequence of mutation is constantly improving itself, so thein the end constructions emerge that new no improvement anymore. >> the phrase formfitting has been used to describe on the toe's architectural mission. one of the his first major international works was this. the west germany pav lon at the expo '67 in montreal. praised for its blend of lightness and strength. >> translator: otto did pioneering work with his lightweight membrane structures and influenced the architecture in the '60s and '70s and '80s
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where you turn the construction deliberately to the surface instead of hiding it. >> reporter: this man studied under otto in the 1960s and spent decades in the middle east implementing what he learned. this animation from his company's website demonstrates how the marriage of european architecture and islamic influence can combine in a middle eastern setting. >> what i have taken from him is to september even for architecture a scientific method of working, scientific in so far whatever you do is you study properly and put it in a fairly rational context and see what comes out from it rather than inventing something and then make it fit. >> reporter: it's more than 40 years since the stadium was designed, and it's still in use together regularly for all sorts of events.
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it's come to be seen as defining this city but also the work of otto. that work has been honored with the award of the pritzger prize. dominick cain al jazeera, munich. >> you can keep up to date with all the latest news on our website, next. [ ♪♪ ] you've been convicted of a crime. and you've done your time. when you fill out job applications, there it is. the box that asks - have you crime. tell the truth, and the odds are pretty good, you won't get the job. ex-inmates say it would help them restart their lives and stay out of gaol if companies