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protesters denouncing burundi's president are beaten back by police and tear gas. ♪ hello, i'm david foster you are watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up in this program. the u.n. says armed groups are targeting children in south sudan. iraqi troops are sent back to ramadi as isil tightens its grip on the city. 11 police officers are jailed for standing by as an afghan woman was lynched, plus --
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>> i'm rob reynolds in los angeles reporting on outlaw motorcycle gangs. ♪ demonstrators who are insisting that burundi's president drop his bid for a third term in office have been confronted by police on the streets of the capitol bujumbura. [ gunfire ] >> tear gas fired to disperse the crowds. some protesters reportedly beaten. at least eight people have been arrested. those on the streets say pierre nkurunziza's ambitions to stay on as president violate the constitution. last week a group of renegade generals tried to overthrow him,
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but failed. here is our correspondent in bujumbura. >> reporter: there were more police on the streets on tuesday. the plans of the protesters were come where i am right now, but the police and soldiers were not having that, so they put up a barricade and blocked the protesters. they were angry, and kept telling people go home but people refused. the police then fired tear gas at the protesters. some were arrested and the police forced them to pick up rocks on the road and remove the barricades. a spokesman for the government say these people are linked to the attempted coup. that means they are guilty and he has warned them if they continue with the protests the
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government will crack down heavily on them. protesters say they will stay on the streets until their demands are met. malcolm webb spoke to some of them. >> reporter: this man who doesn't want to be identified as been coordinated protests on the treats for more than two weeks. along with the demonstrators he says the president should not run for a third term because they say it is against the constitution. the president has said the protests must stop and many activists fear being arrested. >> translator: there are many protesters and some stay here all day, so we have to find them something to eat. and many have been injured. we try to take them for treatment. >> reporter: since the failed coup last week there have been mostly soldiers on the streets, and a few police. he went to talk to these men
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about the shootings. there is an argument between two factions. the men from the largest group say they will not shoot at protesters, but the smaller group will. >> translator: they are ordering us to get off of the streets so they can fire at the citizens. >> reporter: he reports this kind of information to more senior activists who coordinate protests across the city. he says there are more than a 100 protesters involved. a lot of the activists weren't out here on the streets but instead coordinating things from hiding places. a lot of those activists we now can't get ahold of them at all. we understand many are gone further into hiding or have fled this country. this activist is normally a lawyer. he was organizing demonstrations using three phones. we spoke in code because the thought his phones had been tapped.
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since the failed coup all of his phones have been switched off. we also filmed this man last week. he says he has not had time to do his normal job, but when he is not in the middle of protests. ♪ >> reporter: he is a dancer. he trained this troop last year. he also does acting and comedy too. he says he hopes to get back to it soon. i asked him if he was worried about things out on the street getting worse. >> translator: [ no translation ] >> reporter: he seems worried about the threat of more violence. everything here feels less secure. activists and protesters alike seem undeterred. ♪
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rebels in south sudan say they have captured a oil refinery in upper nile state. now rebels who are loyal to the former deputy president have been battling government troops in the area for months and they have taken control of key oil installations as a way of forcing the president to step down. so that's what the rebels say, but south sudan's information minister has told us here at al jazeera that there are no refineries in the area. michael also said he believes the rebels won't be successful in bringing the country to a stand still. >> to set the record right, we have no refinery in upper nile. the only refinery that we had was [ inaudible ] was interrupted before it could be
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opened. so their claim that they have captured the refinery is not correct. because we have -- they have no refinery over there. they believe that it is only [ inaudible ] a problem, and they are demanding the [ inaudible ] this is why they re rebel. the question is can they achieve it? to me i don't believe they are capable of doing anything. they are incompetent, and will not make it. they will have to accept what the government does. unicef says some armed groups in south sudan have been abducting, raping and killing children as young as seven. natasha ghoneim reports on the increased risks for the many young people there. >> reporter: villages burned people killed women and girls raped and thousands displaced. since south sudan's government began fighting with rebels 17 months ago, these scenes have been common.
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unicef says in the last two weeks, children have been the targets of armed groups in unity state. >> one of the victims a 17-year-old girl she said they took my belongings and threw me into the fire. she has baby twins who are less than a year. they tried to take them away from me. i said they would have to kill me first. >> reporter: they survived and now join the 1.9 million south sudanese who have been displaced because of fighting. half of them are children. unicef says in recent weeks dozens of children have been killed at least a dozen raped and others kidnapped and recruited as soldiers. >> we know the numbers are likely to be on the low side and there are many more children. this is a very dark sign of
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where things are going at the moment. >> reporter: the attacks coincide with the south sudanese military operation against rebels in unity state. since december 2013 the president has been battling rebellion by his former vice president. elections were supposed to be held next month, but in march, parliament extended the president's term for another three years. as the fighting continues civilians will be at even greater risk. south sudan already has a high rate of acute mall nourishment, the red cross says as more people leave their homes they will suffer from a back of food and medical treatment. natasha ghoneim, al jazeera. there has been a big jump in the number of new ebola cases reported in the last week. four times as many cases being reported as the week before.
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it shows the virus will not go quietly. the worst-affected country, liberia, originally the worst effected was declared ebola free ten days ago. iraq security forces have been sent back to ramadi ahead of a planned offensive to retake it from the islamic state of iraq and the levant. the military and police forces will be helped by shia militia groups, a move that the u.s. backs. meanwhile isil fighters are working to secure their grip on the area targeting police stations east of ramadi and killing killing at least eight policemen. >> reporter: they are preparing for a war that could deepen the sue anynni shoeia divide in iraq. they plan to push into
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heartland. >> translator: we're announcing that the popular mobilization forces are getting ready to take back anbar. the people have asked about our help about a month ago, but politicians were reluctant. >> reporter: the council did request such assistance when ramadi city fell to isil on sunday, but the council is not representative of all sunni tribes. many don't want shia forces on their land and would have preferred arms to wage the battle alone. officials in baghdad are insisting that these fighters who are backed by iran are no longer militias and operate under the government. they are trying to calm sunni fears. even the u.s. has expressed concern about deploys them in a sunni province, but now it says it backs the government's decision. there are those who don't agree, they say the paramilitary troops are stronger than the state, but for the time being they are the only force capable of fighting
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isil. regular forces are still weak and they weren't able to hold ground in the face of isil's offensive in anbar. the u.s. is stepping up air strikes and has promised to help the iraqi government recapture lost ground but isil is still on the offensive. people in the contesting town are on the move. the armed group targeted security forces in the town east of ramadi. the fighting over recent days has already displaced thousands, makeshift camps are being set up in pockets of territory still under the control of the government and its local allies but not all sunni tribes support the government. >> translator: we are here to help our people who have been abandoned by officials. the government aren't doing anything. >> reporter: reaching out to the people of anbar is needed to win this war, but the government has done little. >> translator: what have our children done to deserve this?
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we haven't eaten for two days. >> reporter: the battle for anbar has still not begun in earnest. sunni leaders have long demanded that they secure their province, defeating isil is just the first challenge if shia forces fill the security vacuum it could mean another war. 28 soldiers have been successfully rescued from ramadi. these picture show the search and rescue operation. they were pulled out on monday. soldiers from the rapid reaction force. there has been heavy fighting in syria's northwestern province idlib. government forces have bombarded rebel positions in the city. in an attempt to reach a hospital where soldiers are said to be besieged. three civilians were reportedly
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killed. and another chemical attack in the east of the city. activists say that is the third time that has happened this week. still to come this half hour. yemen's government calls for the creation of a safe zone as it seeks to resume itself actives inside the country with the help of saudi arabia and its allies. teachers rallying against school reforms in france as the country's education system is ranked one of the least equal in the world. ♪
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♪ this al jazeera, and these
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are the global headlines. protesters who are demanding that burundi's president drop his bid for a third term in office have been confronted by police using tear gas on the streets of the capitol, bujumbura. the u.s. says armed groups have been abducting, raping and killing children as young as seven in south sudan. and iraq's security forces have been sent back to the city ramadi, ahead of a planned offensive to retake it from the islamic state of iraq and the levant. ♪ the latest on events in yemen, political factions have been meeting in saudi arabia to talk about how to end the conflict in yemen. according to the u.n. 1,820 people have been killed since it all began, and more than
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450,000, 545,000 i beg your pardon, have been displaced. the ceasefire did allow aid groups to get badly needed humanitarian supplies into the country, but the saudi-lead coalition has carried out the heaviest air strikes in the last few hours hitting weapons depots in the mountains around sana'a and shaking a number of residential areas. the three-day conference involving the yemeni government in exile has wrapped up in the saudi capitol. they are calling for a joint arab force to secure cities in yemen as well as more military support for anti-houthi fighters on the ground. from riyadh hashem ahelbarra reports. >> reporter: surrender or face war. it's the warning issued to the
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houthis by factions and tribal leaders gathering in riyadh. president hadi who is in exile called for arab joint troops in yemen to protect civilians. hadi's only chance to return to yemen is a defeat of the houthi fighters. >> translator: this will pave the way and lay a solid foundation for resolving all of the issues. the houthi militias and the forces loyal to ousted president saliva misread the concept of the truce. >> reporter: but the government has little control on the ground. it says talks with houthis can only happen if they pull out from areas besieged. >> houthis must understand that they will not be a solution without the houthi respecting the resolutions of the security council. they have to withdrawal.
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they have to understand that what they are doing is bringing dissensions and probably splittering of the country. >> reporter: this is mohammed leader of one of the most powerful party in yemen. his party played a significant role in the 2011 up rising that toppled former president saleh. but as key factions seem united against the houthis, they are far less united in their vision about yemen's future. the successionists in the south are determined to break away from the north. >> translator: people of the south are looking for a genuine partnership with the north. two states united.
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any future agreement must acknowledge that yemen is in fact two separate states. >> reporter: coalition war planes bombed houthi positions in the capitol sana'a. there are heavy clashes in the cities of ta'izz and aden. millions of yemenese fear the protracted violence only will aggravate the country's humanitarian situation. the international community seems unwilling to get militarily involved in yemen. it's main goal for now is to bring together all of the feuding factions to negotiate a deal and give diplomacy a chance. hashem ahelbarra al jazeera, riyadh. car bomb near afghanistan's ministry of justice has killed at least five people. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: suicide bomber in the car park exploded just as ministry officials were finishing work.
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11 afghan police officers have been jailed for failing to stop a mob beating a young women to death. four men had already been sentenced to death for murdering the woman. jennifer glasse reports. >> reporter: the judge said police failed to help the woman as a mob beat her in brood daylight in kabul. in that and their failure to carry out police duties meant 11 were sentenced to a year each in jail. nine other policemen were set free. >> translator: after investigating the documents, the judish decision announced is in keeping with the constitution and police law. the officers know their rights and have been given time for defense. >> reporter: this was the second round of verdicts. in the first four men got the death penalty, and eight others 16 years each in prison. 18 others were freed for lack of evidence. all defendants can appeal.
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the court case is unique in afghanistan for its openness. it is the first time police have been publicly prosecuted there were also some irregularities. not all accused had defense lawyers. instead they were given chance to speak for themselves. some of the most prominent murders easily identifiable from cell phone footage haven't been caught. those in court say they were disappointed with the trial and the verdicts. >> it was a political game. though whole thing was designed how to calm people's mind to say a person was killed and the court is going to give death penalty, and that would be the perfect answer politically for them. >> reporter: the murder shocked afghanistan and many hoped it would spark a change in the justice system. critics say the penalties have
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been too light. there is a shrine where her body was burned and this street has been named in her memory. but there is no certainly that her murder will change afghan's opinion of the justice system or violence against women. in clum bee say they at least 62 people were killed in a landslide in the northwest of the country. they are still trying to find anybody who may be live. teams are also looking for those officially listed as missing. most people were asleep when the landslide took away homes and bridges. u.s. biker gang members are reported to be heading to waco texas after sunday's shootout between two rival gangs left nine people dead. waco police have asked motorcyclists to stay off of the roads, and the police have snipers on roof tops in case of revenge attacks. 170 gang members have been charged with engaging in
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organized crime. biker gangs have a long history in u.s. popular culture. here is rob reynolds. >> reporter: motorcycle gangs have been part of american popular culture since marlon brando road with the wild ones in 1953. but the romantic image is at odds with the reality of outlaw biker gangs. >> they are criminal enterprises. they are interested in dealing drugs, guns and sex. they are very very high-level in the methamphetamine manufacture and the methamphetamine trade. they do a lot of sex trafficking, a lot of prostitutions, and they are high-level gun runners. >> reporter: the mayhem in waco was one of the deadliest gang clashes in years. they are known for a culture of extreme violence but that reputation is exaggerated by media, tv and the movies says gang expert.
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>> violence is a part of their lives, but it is not used on an every day level. what i would say is the threat of violence is much more potent in their day-to-day existence. they intimidate and that is how they control. >> reporter: the u.s. justice department says there are more than 300 outlaw biker gangs in the country, some numbers thousands of members. many motorcycle gangs got their start here in california but have spread across the country and world. one of the best known clubs, the hell's angels has chapters in 26 countries. don davis is a former club member and now writes about the biker world. >> reporter: it's really a manifestation of the american frontier. it's america and has the wide open spaces and you can get on your bike and escape. >> reporter: at the heart of biker gang's appeal is the intense come raw
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intense -- camaraderie they provide. >> it's a romantic way to be a man, to fight duels, and not take any crap off of anybody, and to know that you have got people who will back you no matter what. >> reporter: davis say miss new members are combat veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. according to the fy some gangs allegedly recruit members of the u.s. military to get weapons expertise and combat training. rob reynolds al jazeera, los angeles. teachers in france are on strike over plans to give schools more autonomy. critics say it will increase the difference between rich and poor. >> reporter: education reform raises its head every five years or so here. namely to restore a kind of
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perceived golden age of the republican school system and secondly to arrest the decline of the french schools when compared to international standards. this time it's the french president and his young 37 year old education minister but what they have done with these proposals, perhaps uniquely is to unite everybody against them. >> we have a problem with foreign languages. the english are even worse, but we're not good. >> we don't know exactly if it works. we haven't been consulted. we don't have an idea of how it will work. it's all very messy. >> we are reason of this decision is that 1,200 [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: the center right education minister described the proposals and noxious empty
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headed and scandalous. the madam retorted her opponents were pseudo intellectuals. traditionalists are critical of the phaseing out of latin. and it's also got international political implications as well. there was a briefing presentation if you would like by the german embassy just last month, saying the downgrading of the german language in schools would add important business implications affecting companies such as airbus, bosh basf. the reality is both sides agree
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on the problem, and that is to try to remove elites which dominate industries such as the media, and politics. what they disagree on is how best to achieve that. >> reporting your global source there for all of the news all of the time, leaving in droves residents getting as far away from ramadi as they can. and one of the world's largest oil companies talks climate change. plus police are still on alert after a biker gang shootout down in texas. ♪