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del walters in new york. stay tuned, the news continues next dozens of people dead and two attacks in nigeria's north, a day after the president takes charge hello, welcome to al jazeera, live from our headquarters in doha also ahead... [ siren ] ..barrel bombs dropped by syrian gunmen. more than 70 people in aleppo province. schools getting ready to reopen a month after being hit
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by earthquakes, we are live in kathmandu. plus... >> i'm jennifer glasse in kandahar where a century's old tradition means tribal elders solve problems at the government charms. 16 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in north-eastern nigeria. it blew the roof off the mosque. it followed an attack on the suburbs overnight. we have this report. >> as people gathered for prayers, a suicide bomber blew himself up. it's an area in maiduguri. the bomber posed as a trader and was pushing a wheelbarrow.
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so far no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing. it was not the only attack. most civilians were killed in the western suburb when rocket propelled grenades hit moments. it was believed boko haram carried out these attacks. >> it's the first test in fighting a group that killed thousands. in response to the attacks they promised swift action to
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promise. to syria now, which witnessed one of the bloodiest days of fighting in recent weeks on saturday. >> they have strongly condemned the government for killing 70 palestinians and most killed by barrel bombs dropped on a mark. rebels reinforced gains, saying they are ready to push into the strongholds in the dark. i.s.i.l. is consolidating its position. at the same time it launched a counterattack on kurdish forces. we have a round-up of the day's event the seen in aleppo this morning is grim. activists say government helicopters have dropped barrel bombs in this district. this ambulance is rushing to help survivors. many are dead, including women and children.
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many groups fighting in syria, is in aleppo, but the province of idlib next door, syrian rebels overran the town and the field commander is promising more gains. >> we still have weapons that we never used before. we promised our brothers that they'll see the new weapons. the fighters and rebel groups including nusrah front, coalition of groups allied to al qaeda are reported to have plans to attack president bashar al-assad's stronghold on the coast. syrian forces have been on the retreat. the vehicles are said to be heading into the province of hama and beyond. it could be the next crucial battle for the rebels and the government. it's in the province of hama, and lies between the power base of president bashar al-assad in the mountains to the west, and the rebel-held province in idlib
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in the north. on the other side of the country the kurds say they have cleared bottle known as the people's movement and fighters from islamic state of iraq and levant. the kurds say they have cleared the village from i.s.i.l. activists posted a video of a church overrun by i.s.i.l. kurdish fighters backed by u.s.-led airstrikes drove them out. this woman said is she lost everything. >> i built the house with my sweat and blood. i don't have anyone. i'm barely surviving. they don't fear god. >> millions of syrians lost their homes and livelihoods during the war. as fighting continues, millions could face the same fate. meanwhile in iraq forces close i.s.i.l. say the fighters
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propelled a government attack east of ramadi. it was part of efforts by the iraqi army to regain control. i.s.i.s. took control this month. the video shows ammunition left behind by security forces as they retreated. moving to baiji, where the iraqi army and shia known as the popular mobilization forces are fighting against i.s.i.l. they are in a place home to the oil refinery. i.s.i.l. is uploading photos of weapons they say they seized from government troops during battles to the west. iraqi forces say they are making gains. >> al jazeera obtained video of what appears to show government forces and allied positions. soldiers recaptured the city from i.s.i.l. two months ago, and al jazeera understands that
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they have been stopping locals from returning to their homes. to nepal, and schools are opening just a month after it was hit by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. the quake killed 8,500 people, ruined homes and classrooms. let's go to harry fawcett, at a school in kathmandu, joining us live from there. how are people feeling about schools reopening. >> well mixed emotions. it's a time when children can get back a sense of normality. some of the parents that we encountered say they are a little uncomfortable to send their children away at a time there's insecurity and concern for safety. here at the high school there's a ceremony where the principle is welcoming back the students putting a ticker on their
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foreheads. a good luck symbol as they return to school. after the quake struck on april 25th. you see behind is the original school building. it is now condemned. despite the fact that the shell looks okay it has a big red sticker saying it is unsafe for occupation and has to be demolished. with the help of an n.g.o. teachers have been working hard over the last 10-12 days to put up the bamboo huts in the ground to give a sense of schooling for their own students and those coming from other parts of nepal when their villages have been raised to the ground by the earthquake. their children have been told that they are welcome at the school. i believe something like the
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8,000 schools need to be rebuilt. what is happening to get education back on track. >> all the schools should be operating from this day onwards. it doesn't mean the schools should be in the state this one is, ready to take kids in. some schools may be a case of teachers meeting and plotting the way forward. in all, some 20,000 schools were affected 8,500 have been damaged beyond repair. and so the kind of measures required for those. also coming up in the next few days is the end of school dams there's a lot of kids saying they've been too disturbed by what has happened to their country, to their families. >> i was talking to the principle. he is not sure what will happen with that whether past marks might be lowered or exams
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delayed, and that this school had to do what it could on its own with the help of the n.g.o.s to get up and running. the general blanket decree from the government is that schools are back up and running in individual circumstances around the country will see different pictures. >> thank you for that. >> that is harry faucet joining us from kathmandu on the day schools resume. egypt freed a human rights activist on hunger strike for nearly two years. mohammed sol tan who didn't eat solid food for over 400 days arrived home to the united states after washington secured his relief. we have this report. >> reporter: freed after nearly 200 years after protesting. this is an activist sentenced to 25 years in gaol.
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>> it's long overdue. mohammed languished in prison for nothing more than protesting the removal of the previous regime peacefully. not a shred of evidence was presented in proceedings that he attended showing he did more than that yet he was sentenced to life in prison. >> reporter: sol tan took part in protests and was injured when security forces cracked down in the square. he was arrested and accused of funding a terrorist organization spreading rumours. for over a year there was no trial. he went on a hunger strike. images of him wheeled in on a stretcher drew attention to his case. >> we have been allowed communication ever since mohammed was sentenced. we were instructed to take a
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wheelchair with us. my understands is that he has not been consuming solids. he has a long road ahead of him in terms of recovery. >> protests to highlight the plight of inmates were met with force last year. egyptian activists say since the 2013 military takeover is when 41,000 have been gaoled. plane have been convicted in mass trials. rights groups say they are in violation of basic rights. the family started a campaign human rights organizations and the government backed a call for release. they announced egyptian citizenship paving the way for a decree that gives the president the power. >> it was something that we could not ignore. that said what caused the release was the u.s. government
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plying pressure on the melissa chan rage home. >> thousands whose families say they paid the price for speaking out remained in gaol. his conviction cost his nationally. >> still ahead in this bulletin... >> schools are closed due to violence. we are in burundi. children are caught up in protests against the president. >> we report from senegal on why report from f.i.f.a.'s president sepp blatter reaches fever pitch in africa.
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good to have you with us. i'm elizabeth puranam from doha. these are the top stories - 15 dead after a suicide bombing in a mosque in maiduguri in north-eastern nigeria. it comes after a boko haram attack on the city suburbs, and a day after the inauguration of new prime minister kevin durant. -- prime minister muhammadu buhari. the envoy to syria condemned the government for using barrel bombs. most were killed in a market at the time of alback which was controlled by i.s.i.l. forces. egypt has released a human rights activists. mohammad who didn't eat solid foot arrived home to the united states after washington secured
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his release. more than 4,200 migrants have been brought to an italy port. 17 dead migrants were found. emma haywood reports in the middle of sea it was a scramble. among them in this boat very young. few can imagine how the mother might have felt being reunited with her little boy. others exhausted from their journey were able to rest on deck. and an unprecedented unless of people are trying to make the perilous strip from north africa to europe to escape war, poverty and persecution. many are gambling on better
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economic prospects in europe. they are risking everything in the process. vessels, enlarged tritan naval applications have been working nonstop. among them a navy flagship arriving in the port. hundreds on board. some under 18, and travelling alone. >> italy is bearing the ground of arrivals but not all. >> in recent days dozens arrived on the greek island from nearby turkey this group careful to destroy their boat before walking ashore. europe's navies keep rescuing the migrants politicians make plans to disperse them. many countries don't want them. there has been no slow down in the flow trying to reach the shores. russia has released a list
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of european politicians and military leaders it is banning from entering the country. the list handed to a european delegation include critics of russia. among them former deputy prime minister nick clegg. it is seen as retaliation for sanctions imposed on russia for its role in the conflict a heatwave in india kills 2,000 people. the southern states of andre pradesh have been hardest hit. temperatures are putting pressure on communities recovering. >> the worsening drought could have consequences. the resident coordinator warned that the drought could lead to food shortages and could be worse than 2016. it's 16% less.
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north korea was hit by famine in the 1990, seeing up to a million believed to have died from the university of foreign studies no seoul, saying monitoring north korea's imports from china suggests food stocks are under pressure. >> what is interesting is a few weeks ago is imports from china, of grains going down indicated their good harvest. now we are hearing a different case this time. it's only the lack of sustainability of the food production system in north korea 29 people died in the united states. 25 of the victims from texas. 11 are missing. the u.s. service issued flood
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warnings. president obama signed a flood declaration to free up funds. jonathan martin has more. >> reporter: we are seeing rain coming down and the sky is darkening, the big question is what will happen in the next couple of hours. there's 3-5 inches of rain forecast for the area. it's south-west of houston, called rosenberg. a lot of people are on edge to see what is happening. there's a significant amount of water. a lot want to know what will happen. in this area police have been going door to door telling people to get out. it's understand a mandatory evacuation. i can tell you that really this is a concern for people in the area because the amount of rain determines what happens here. the river is above. if it comes too close, it could
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cause a problem. a lot are waiting to see what will happen. >> thousands across venezuela have taken part in a large anti-government protest. opposition leader feliciano lopez called for a day of marches, and is one of two members of the opposition gaoled on charges of inciting violence. lopes encouraged protesters to demand his release. in east africa a meeting to discuss political crisis seeking a third term in office leading to a coup and weeks of protest. the united nations says it is worried about the growing number of children participating in protests against the government. this report from the capital. >> reporter: he looks about 14, and should be in school. he's in the street in the
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capital, protesting. the schools are closed opposition members have been protesting for weeks against the president wanting a third term. some of those killed during the violence have been children. >> it's very bad. the children don't go to school. they don't eat enough any more. they don't - unfortunately in this demonstration we have about five children who have been killed. despite the potential danger children are still on the streets. sometimes children come onto the streets because they are curious or get excited by the protest. when the police opened fire to disperse the protesters that's when the children get hurt. >> reporter: when the protest
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started a month ago many schools closed. if the political crisis drags on. they won't have access to a basic right. >> it's serious for children experiencing violence. it's a problem for generations to come. we have to stop it and stop it with children. >> here is an angry group of protesters, and a child is on the free on his own. parents have been told to keep children at home and out of arm's way. >> allegations of corruption tarnished the reputation of the government. so many communities - people are looking to tribal elders to provide services that the government is slow or unable to deliver. this report. this is a powerful man in
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kandahar. his reputation built on strength and brutality. then battling the taliban. he became host to a nightly ritual. hospitality is deeply rooted here. food and drink served daily, and a sign of status. so is his small private zoo. on this day a number of tribes are represented. they outline what they have done securing funds to about schools, mosques and canals. they often mediate disputes. >> the tribal meetings have been here for years. this is the custom and tilture. the government kept resolve the
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culture. >> like a murder between cousins, both sides thought the state justice system was moving too slowly, and agreed to have the other elders arbitrate. the killer looks on as they explain a solution. the murderers family turned over 460 grapevines and houses for the children. both called it a fair deal. >> the agreement is in writing and approved by both families and the police. it says in part with a conscious mind without force i agree to the solution i will have no future disputes or fights about the issue. that whole point, say the elders is a long-term solution to promote piece in the community. >> the government will be here five years. the elders forever. me and my brother will never create problems. these are the people of the area. no one can create the agreement. >> when the afghan government
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matures and modernizes. the role of the elders might be reduce said. with the government preoccupied. they are important figures in providing peace and justice. the newly re-elected f.i.f.a. president sepp blatter says he doesn't fear repeat. he has nothing to do with the corruption allegations. at a press conference in zurich they said it was his job to restore the reputation of football. he faced probing questions. if someone is making investigations. they have the right to do so. if they do it in the correct manner. and if they do it as it is usually the international right to have it done. i have no concerns about that and i have no concerns. >> many of the companies voting
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for blatter were from africa there were reports on why the f.i.f.a. president is so popular across the continent. >> it's not the pitch, but the beach where champions were made. in this dry country, finding a grassy pitch is impossible. skills are picked up from experience rather than inforal training yet the african continent is a breeding ground for talent. playing in the big european leagues is not just a dream, but an ambition. >> most never played on a football pitch. it has not stopped us playing in a club and earning a living. >> on the outskirts is senegal's multi million training ground. there's an astroturf so that players can play on a proper pitch. it's so special that no one, including us is allowed in.
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>> in a statement the senegalese say f.i.f.a. promised several other pitches. the announcement made days before the match-contested f.i.f.a. elections. senegal sided with the incumbent president. >> decades of funding has not changed the way fool is played. the re-election is seen as a victory for african football. >> newspaper editor yams described the elections as a failed attempt to overthrow a friend. >> africa has 54 votes. why, f.i.f.a. gave us a world cup. programs to help the youngsters. >> reporter: it could mean more funds to the crowing nations. how much will -- growing nations. how much will benefit them is not clear. here skills not many sets them
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