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>> people in ramadi run as i.s.i.l. fights to completely control the capital of iraq's largest province. hello there, i'm shiulie ghosh in doha. also coming up on the program. ceasefire negotiations in yemen are preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid. off shore in ache, it won't take any more refugees. and a dark comedy about life in gaza makes it to the cannes film festival.
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♪ ♪ we begin in iraq why the islamic state of iraq and the levant are trying to push the iraqi army out of the capital of anbar province. i.s.i.l. is in charge of 90% of ramadi and if the city falls completely it would give the group a stronghold just 100 kilometers from baghdad. on friday attacks were carried out. people are continuing to flee ramadi. over 100,000 have been displaced in the last month alone. zeina khodr has the latest from iraq's capital baghdad. >> the iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi acknowledged this was a military defeat for the iraqi government but at the same time, he did promise a tough response and did promise to recapture this territory. he did receive a phone call from
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the u.s. vice president, joe biden. america is promising to send more weapons, but they believe that i.s.i.l. is still on the offensive and that the iraqi government will be able to recapture this terrain. but at the end of the day, this is the biggest question, what can the iraqi government do? they still haven't agreed on who will rule over the tensions in anbar, they want to wage this battle alone but politicians in baghdad they are reluctant to do that. this is going to cause sectarian tensions. in fact, sunni advisors are advising against this. what they want is weapons they want to wage this battle alone. politicians in baghdad are reluctant to do that, they believe that the sunni tribes are sympathetic with i.s.i.l. while we still don't know who is going to wage this battle,
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residents have been fleeing ramadi and there is fear that, there will be punishment. so a dire situation for the people inside and clearly no clear strategy by the iraqi government on how to recapture ramadi, in fact recapture the whole problems where i.s.i.l. really has the upper ground. >> moving deeper into anbar province. 25 people died when the group rigged the main gates of the post. i.s.i.l.'s been in control of most of anbar province since last year. dozens have been killed during fightingsfighting between progovernment fighters and groups in taiz.
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ta'izz. kate king reports. >> five day through the humanitarian ceasefire, it was the worst day of fighting since the saudi proposed truce came into effect on tuesday. fighting has also been reported in the southern city of aden, maharid province just east of the exap. say the houthis are violate being the truce. >> translator: the houthi breached the alleged truce. they have attacked us with heavy weapons and tanks. with god's help we will stand up to them until we have expelled them from all of yemen. >> reporter: the united nations is complaining the situation is halting the delivery of aid.
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one u.n. aircraft carrying 25 tons of aid has arrived in the capital sanaa. >> translator: this airplane is a pod of five airplanes that will arrive in the next five days. the main goal is to boost the strategic reserve to face the need of the displaced. >> reporter: the aim was to deliver aid to 2.5 million yemenis in need of food fuel and medicine before the truce ends on saturday. but the continuing violations of the ceasefire are putting that goal further out of reach. kate king, al jazeera. >> foimps said the attack began just before darkness on saturday
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saturday. crossing the white nile in boats. pierre nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office sparked protests in burundi. >> translator: we ask the world to be friends of burundi. because if they stop supporting us it will be like they are opening doors to trouble. that will strengthen people who want to seize power by force and that brings power that is not democratic and will refuse to acknowledge the voice of the people. it will bring war poverty and other atrocities we have seen in this country. >> the united say since the protests began there have been about 100,000 fleeing the
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country. haru mutasa reports. >> thousands have come to neighboring rwanda, afraid the violence will become worse and more will die. >> we don't want to fight or when you don't want to be involved in any part of the people that are in conflict you just have to flee. >> reporter: nearby, worried but relieved his wife, children and some members of his extended family escaped. >> translator: i did not feel safe in burundi. i criticized president nkurunziza at night men attacked and threw stones at us and they said they would attack us. >> reporter: she wasn't physically attacked but she was threatened. she remembers the genocide in
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burundi and rwanda. >> what can you do when people are trying to kill you you have to run away. people were killed before, it could happen again. >> reporter: the u.n. say thousands have fled. this camp has around 5,000 people 2,000 of them are children. some say they cross into rwanda late at night so they wouldn't be seen by people trying to hurt them. aid workers are worried more are still coming. >> translator: this is meant to be a transient camp. families stay for a few days now we move them to another area. so far we are coping but if more come it will get worse. >> those loyal to burundi president pierre nkurunziza want him to have a third term but others want him out. the conflict is far from he
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over. haru mutasa, on the burundi rwanda border. on friday, fir e-fishermen from ache province exurt others from the sea. step vaessen is in the center where they landed. >> reporter: they are here in a temporary shelter in east ache. initially, the indonesian navy and the malasian navy rejected them but now giving medical assistance, they have been able to call their families to tell them they're alive. they are very lucky they met the fishermen before they met the indonesian navy. the indonesian navy will give humanitarian assistance at sea but not accept them here. it is hard to imagine the ordeal these people went to, traveling by boat where they were facing fighting, they were facing hunger they were facing thirst
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and now they are facing a very very dangerous journey where they were facing fighting they were facing hunger they were fating thirst and now they are facing a very uncertain future here in indonesia. aat least 6,000 are in boats around indonesia malaysia and thailand. veronica pedrosa joins us. >> one particular boat that has been the focus of media attention and national attention is one the royal thai navy found. you remember the pictures of
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thai helicopters dropping food pacts to the 380 people on board. as food was delivered the people spoke of the immense deprivation that they had suffered. they had run out of food and water ten days previously. they spoke about how one person maddened by grief had thrown themselves overboard and that two other people were dying of starvation. we have now heard that on board there are three particular men whose families are in refugee camps in bangladesh and they've taken it upon themselves to write to the thai government and plead for the thai government to rescue them and save lives. this is a situation though, that is spread right across this crisis. indeed one official from the international organization of migration has said, if something isn't done, urgently, we will have boats full of dead people.
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o. >> welcome back, i'm shiulie ghosh. a reminder of the top stories. iraq has sent extra soldiers to the city of ramadi as they try to push out islamic state of iraq and the levant. the exalt of the capital of the country's
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largest province anbar. the united states has urged thailand to consider housing homeless refugees from myanmar. forced back out into international waters with barely any food or water. boston marathon bomber dzhokhartsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 attack which killed three people. a jury in the state of massachusetts made the decision after more than 14 hours of deliberation over three days. its only other option was life in prison without the possibility of release. mexico will pay more than $3 million in compensation to relatives of people shot by government soldiers
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investigation shows that the government shot the people after they surrendered. >> reporter: the town of trotloya soldiers shot dead 22 people in a shootout with gang members the army said and authorities praised their victory over organized crime. >> translator: the army acted bravely in trotlaya. managed to rescue three kidnapped people. one soldier was injured but the army defended itself legitimately and killed the criminals. >> reporter: gradually it became evident that the army wasn't telling the truth. something more than just a haphazard shootout took place here. subsequent investigations found that the army lined up and then
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executed 12 to 15 people here, after they'd laid down their weapons and surrendered. now the government said it will pay compensation of over $3 million to be shared by the survivors and victims' families, it's the biggest pay jut by the armed forces since they were deployed to combat mexico's violent cartels. since then, complaints of human rights abuses and torture has mounded against them. >> translator: they decided that the army and navy should do the job of the police. but they haven't changed the soldiers' education, they must teach them to respect the citizen, to hear and understand that people have rights. >> reporter: more than 2,000 have asked to be part of the government's national victims rights register. many other cases go unnoticed
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says francisco marrat who lives across the road from the warehouse where the trotlaya killings took place. >> translator: you only see big cases like trotlaya or iguala. they don't appear in the press because they don't have the same power. >> translator: he was the only person who would talk to us in trotlaya others said speaking out meant government retribution. in this violent area many people still don't know who they can trust. john holman, al jazeera, trotlaya. >> rescuers in colombia have found six bodies from an unlicensed gold mine. it's been six days since the accident. water flooded the underground shaft alexander takes a look as
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why people are risking their lives at these unlicensed mines. >> workers have been working day and night with their families to find their colleagues. many different mines not just this one day in and day out and it hurts so much and god knows next day it can be me. >> reporter: for these men small scale mining is a way of living. most of these men first entered these shafts as children and through the years tried their luck in the work environment with virtually no safety procedures. in colombia operating on the fringes of the law or far outside of it workers are always taking major risks but they say incidents like these are just the way things are. more than 80% of the gold produced in the curch comes from
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small formal informal operations. >> translator: it is a hard and dangerous work but what other things do we do here? >> reporter: the colombian government has started a campaign to try to formalize informal mines and improve safety many are skeptical the government is working in good faith. >> translator: every so often the government comes they take our machines and treat us like criminals. if they want us to change they need to put us in the conditions to do so. >> reporter: the rush for gold the colombia stretches back
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centuries and continues today. as it was back then it's still a drob of few winners and many risking their lives just to get by. >> reporter: controversial mining project will go by, despite many protests. people say the mine will contaminate their crops and exhaust water supplies. three of the biggest u.s. airlines are helping to fight back they say global open skies agreement and subsidies have given three gulf airlines an unfair advantage. kimberly halkett reports. landing hundreds of times a day many carrying the very lawmakers and government employees the big three u.s.
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airlines are calling on to intervene in what they say has become a global airline trade war. >> this is not protectionism. this is about enforcing trade policy. this is about what our nation stands for in the united states. which is fair competition. free of distortion. particularly subsidized distortion. >> reporter: delta american and united airlines say the u.s. airline industry is under attack a three pronged attack led from airlines from the arabian gulf, emirates etiat and qatar airlines are all government owned and receive multibillion dollar subsidies they say to expand. daily departures up 32%.
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u.s. airlines say this rapid expansion has flooded the market, and edged out u.s. competitors. but ceo of qatar air this week fired back saying the u.s. airlines have only themselves to blame. when it comes to customer service the u.s. airlines consistently rate well below the gulf carriers. >> we are serving the wider people of this great country united states. we are providing people seamless travel experience. we are providing them high standers of in-flight product. we are giving them a travel experience that they wouldn't get from anybody else. >> still the u.s. airlines are pushing their government to freeze the other airlines right to fly to the u.s. until the fair competition practices can be addressed. >> what's happened is the economic center of the world has shifted and right now fastest
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growing middle classes are in southern asia and south africa and guess where the gulf carriers are? right in the middle of that. >> reporter: in what has become an increasingly fierce battle for the battle in the sky. kimberly halkett, al jazeera washington. >> the european bank of reconstruction will help georgia with hundreds of millions of dollars to help it become a player in the energy sector. from the region of ajara close to the border with turkey, robin forrester walker sends this report. >> reporter: now people in this little village has subsidence to contended with. floor to ceiling crack splits the building down the middle.
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>> translator: our land is creeping. landslides are not rare here, but after the blasting this problem has become much worse. >> reporter: nearby, the hydroelectric dam is under construction. it is one of dozens of new hydro-power projects in georgia. the government believes less than 20% of the country's hydropotential power has been realized. georgia could be an energy exporter. hydro-power is ripe for georgia and major foreign investment from the likes of the european banks and the reconstruction and government. the ebrd as it's better known has promised that all of these issues relate to high environmental consciousness. i went to see where a meadow was
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beginning to subside. pointing to where constructors are blasting a tunnel immediately below. >> in the area which is prone towards the landslides and it will cause serious consequences and maybe tragedies because this is a densely populated area. >> reporter: environmentalists greening alternative wants evrv to think twice in investing in hydro-power in georgia. georgia's largest hydro-power backer defends its loans worth more than $350 million. >> we are acutely aware that these projects are sensitive and we will undertake details engineering and scientific studies in order reduce their impact. >> development in a slide prone area carries risks but the
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government says development is needed. unless there are benefits, residents will continue to wonder whether the risks are worth taking. robin forrester walker, al jazeera. a black comedy about life on the gaza strip is being shown at the cannes film effectively. the film is called "degrade." the territories have established no film industry of their own and often rely on foreign funding. charlie anca reports from cannes. angela reports. >> trapped inside because a lion is on the loose and hamas forces have the salon surrounded. >> small thing between -- >> it is a black comedy said the
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identically twins who made the film. >> for us, gaza is like something beautiful. an we have the idea of the salon because the idea of the salon to go there to become beautiful to cut your hair, to talk about many things, but within this place we perform gaza. >> darm humor is a theme of films from gaza. this is a particularly good example. >> reporter: its director, elia sulaiman says where there
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is humor there is very often a last resort. >> i get my legal tease when i see a good palestinian film, because it is basically another territory being libert liberated. >> cannes is known for launching careers. and while the business hollywood films command lots of attention there is fascination from the films from middle east. >> lebanon palestine, middle east you have such good film makers, men and women. >> reporter: two films in the lineup despite the challenges
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of palestinian movie makers, palestinian movie making is live and well, charlie angela, al jazeera cannes. >> don't forget you can keep up with all the latest news at >> this week on "talk to al jazeera" nasa administrator charles bolden. >> getting to space is very difficult. getting to mars is very, very, very difficult. >> he's been aboard the space shuttle four times. his missions included helping deploy the hubble space telescope and flying the first joint us/russia mission. >> i think we've always gotten along with everyone "off the planet" better than we have "on it" for one simple reason, we're mission focused.