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>> heavy fighting in iraq's anbar province as isil launches more techs on government forces. >> also ahead the bodies of seven migrants who died trying to cross the mediterranean arrived at a port in sicily. >> the e.u. faces travel bans of european politicians. >> back to school for children in nepal.
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>> in iraq, eight isil suicide bombers attacked and army headquarters near fallujah. twenty soldiers were killed, another 13 died in a rocket attack on the air base east of ramadi. the city has seen some of the heaviest fighting in recent weeks. we have the latest from baghdad. >> with all of those attacks across anbar, we see isil using car bombs to devastating effect. the iraqi security forces have a problem. analysts say that the forces don't have the kind of row con sense and intelligence to be able to stop these suicide car bombs in advance. also, some of the weaponry they are using is ineffective against reinforced car bombs and this is something isil are now becoming very, very good at. they are splitting iraqi forces in half and able to attack
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military basis as well as military target. we are seeing the shelling of the air base where the majority of iraqi security forces are based and that's where they are reinforcing troops. that's not to say that the iraqi security forces haven't had some success. they've taken over towns and villages within anbar province, using those as staging posts after they clear them of isil fighters for this push into ramadi. they are also attacking the outskirts of ramadi from the north, south and east in order to cut off isil supply lines. it does look like we've seen an escalation in the violence in the last 24 hours. >> in syria sources close to the islamic state of iraq and the levant say the group has taken control of two northern aleppo areas. it is strategic situated on the road that leads to the opposition strongholds. meanwhile, 16 people are reported to have been killed in
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government shelling in idlib. local activists also say more than 25 civilians mostly women and children have been killed in an explosion at a hospital. barrels of fuel reportedly caught fire in the hospital in the city. the cause of the fire isn't yet known. it happened when families were waiting to have their children vaccinated. >> in yemen there's been more heavy fighting between houthi rebels and pro government forces in taiz. at least four civilians were killed there by shelling, and along the border with saudi arabia a saudi border guard has been killed and several others wounded in shelling by houthi rebels. to the italian island of sicily now, where the bodies of 17 people have arrived at port augusta, found during one of the large scale operations to save migrants in the mediterranean sea. more than 5,000 people have been rescued since friday. we have this report live from
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the port. what does this tell us about the journey and what they experienced? >> well, if you see just behind me the last of the 17 bodies are being taken away. they're going to go now to the hospital where they will undergo an autopsy and we are told that the doctors will also take some d.n.a. samples in case one day someone will come looking for these bodies. most of them don't have identifications on them, so it's very difficult for the authorities here to contact their families, but a third of these stories are and the risk, the very real risk is really the image of the hundreds more, thousands more, as you mentioned that will inspire more migrants to come, at least to try their chance across the mediterranean.
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we met a young woman from eritrea. it took her three years to make it here from the moment she left her hometown, three years during which she had to work and then move on again and then go through desserts and risked her life also in the territory in war zones and finally she arrived here. this is her story. >> it's a moment she's been longing for the chance for a new life away from the at her million she was born into. her journey started across the sea, 4,000 kilometers away in eritrea. it took her nearly three years to reach the shores of europe. it's a world away from where we first met in ms. rat at a's detention center in libya. it was a few weeks ago. she is the girl at the back in white and orange, tense and silent. there were no smiles at the
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time. >> the prison was awful. we knew nothing. where we were for how long, i was thinking all the time what will i do, where will i go, how? i thought it was the end. >> the day you came to visit, we were happy. we were hoping you could get us out, but next day they took is to tripoli. they put us in a building. we were not allowed out until we paid. when we got the money we paid the sea smuggler $2,000 and he paid the guys at the prison and we left. >> first we walked in the sea. the water was up to my chest. then we got on a small boat and then we reached the big boat. >> on her third day in italy by coincidence or perhaps fate, we meet again by a sidewalk in front of a reception center for newly arrived migrants. with her some of the other girls who were also held in ms. rat at a now travel
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companions they met along the journey through the sahara desert. they gave each other courage then and are now making their baby steps in europe together. mizrat is seven months pregnant. her final destination is holland. she said some are still held in tripoli. they don't have money to pay for the bribe to be freed or for the smugglers to make the sea crossing. soon, she will be on the move again. she wants to reach her cousin, who is already in denmark. >> i found europe just like i dreamed of it, my country is nice. if there was no war, i would have stayed there but there is no work. there are other people, i might travel with them. i will study first learn the language, and then work. any job whatever will give me some money. i have nothing now but i am
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happy. i am out of libya. >> here i can walk around, even sleep in the street. no one attacks you. here, there is peace and safety. >> at the moment, her most prized possession some piece of paper filled with phone numbers along with hope that her dream of a new life could finally come true. >> her story and her hopes are common to the thousands of migrants who have arrived here. now, yes the situation is vulnerable, they are still illegal and they still want to continue moving to their final destination. it will be very difficult. most of them do not have money they don't have identification papers so that will make it very difficult for them to cross the various european borders at a time when there's so much anxiety in europe about them
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traveling around and also all the supreme court concerns that the europeans have lately. certainly there is hope, but the road really to reach their goal is still very much complicated and once they discover has living in europe means some of their hopes might be dashed. >> thank you for that. >> russia imposed a travel ban on officials from the european union in response to e.u. sanctions against russia and some of the travel bans due to the situation in ukraine. stephanie decker reports. >> members of the european union have called a new russian travel ban against 89 europeans arbitrary and harmful to negotiations over ukraine. the german foreign minister said russia should have warned the affected people. >> at the very least those concerns should have been informed about the reservations against them, or at least those
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lists should be made public. at a time we are trying to diffuse a dangerous conflict, this does not contribute towards that. >> among the europeaned banned from travel to russia are the secretary general of the european council in brussels, due to take over as foreign affairs advisor to germans angela merkel. there are 18 poles on the list and nine brittons, including former deputy prime minister and head of domestic security agency mi5 and the head of the swedish tax authority. >> we have asked for explanation from the russian side and asked the russian ambassador to give the motivation. we understand that it is some kind of response to the e.u.'s list but that one is transparent and above all gives the reason why certain names are on the list. >> the russian foreign minister
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confirmed the travel ban was imposed after similar bans. 6,200 people have died in eastern ukraine where pressure separatists and government forces are fighting for control. >> school children have begun to return to class in some parts of nepal. it is a month anes an earthquake killed more than 8,000 people. thousands of buildings were destroyed. as harry toss sell reports futures are working hard to make lessons as normal as possible. >> it's a big morning for the children. after 40 days, it's time to take out uniforms, pack school bags, remember how to tie a tie. >> i want to play board games and hide and seek with my friends. i want to hang out and find out what happened to their houses. >> finishing touches item from their mother along with reminders not to panic if there
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is another earthquake. >> i know they'll be safe at school but i'm still worried. my mind is not at ease today. >> the family's house was one of many to crumble here on the outskirts of kathmandu. the school staff reassure students that their building has been declared safe, but the teachers were taking no chances. earthquake drills practice, even a welcome chance for a lot of with friends. across nepal schools were marking an important day. here the principal welcomed his students far more than he was expecting and offered reassurance they were safe in the open. if the ground shook it would be just like dancing. >> their minds are full of fear, but while they're at school, it became activities like this and other focus is to help them overcome their fear and trauma. >> class were held inside bamboo
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huts put together in less than two weeks by the staff and two non-governmental organizations. all this is happening pretty much in the shadow of the original school building, damaged in the quake. the cracks are visible but are worst inside. the red sticker means it's condemned. the principal wants the government to act as quickly as possible to bring it down to prevent further threat to the children who will now be coming to this temporary school. >> ate 500 schools have been damaged beyond repair. many aren't in a position to put on lessons and games but all are asked to do something today to show that the earthquake only interrupted and didn't destroy the education that their children deserve. al jazeera nepal. >> there's much more to come here on al jazeera. chernobyl's legacy, scientists say securing the damaged nuclear reactor is still uncertain nearly 30 years after the nuclear disaster. >> on australia's gold coast
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with a group of people from a run down mining community in the northeast of england they've come to the other side of the world, because they some of the issues facing them are shared by australia's aborigines.
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>> thanks for watching. here are the top stories. in iraq, isil launch said a string of attacks in anbar. an army headquarters in fallujah was attacked and 13 iraqi soldiers killed by an isil rocket attack on an air base east of ramadi.
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>> the bodies of 17 people arrived at port augusta on the italian island of sicily. they were found during rescue operations object friday that saved more than 4,000 migrants trying to cross the mediterranean sea. >> the european union condemned a travel ban on 89 european politicians as arbitrary and unjustified. the move is said to be in response to e.u. sanctions imposed on russia and similar travel bans. >> the u.s. secretary of state john kerry has broken his leg in a cycling accident and calling off the rest of his european trip. he was riding in france a day after he held nuclear talks with iran's foreign minister in geneva. he'll travel back to boston for further treatment. a state department spokesman said he should make a full recovery and is in good spirits. >> u.s. police killed more than two people a day this year, according to a report by the washington post. the paper found that at least
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385 people have been shot and killed by police this year. in baltimore last months, riots broke out following the death's. >> it's dozens of terrorists events that these have helped prevent. >> we now know that both bush and obama administration officials were not telling the truth. inquiry after inquiry failed to find a single instance where bulk data collection made a difference to a counter terrorism investigation. not only that, the u.s. court of
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appeals approved that it was illegal. >>. >> a group led by the senate majority leader supports a temporary extension in its current form. that seems highly unlikely. there are two other possibilities. the usa freedom act has been hailed by the obama administration as a way to end the government dragnet of private information. the f.b.i. would need a court order to access records held by telecom companies. scrutiny would be enhanced. >> the law puts in place transparency mechanisms that are not perfect but are a step forward from a dismal status quo. >> the u.s.a. freedom act passed in the house but failed in the senate by just three votes. apparently this is the only other option that can be voted on before midnight, which leaves a third possibility nothing new is passed and section 215 expires along with other
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provisions beyond phone record collection. the obama administration has been warning of dire consequences if that happens. >> controversial tools that we use to combat terrorism and crime are scheduled to shut down on sunday. >> and yet the torn general that inspector general appears to contradict that statement. a study of the use of section 215 between 2007 and 2009 found the agent said interviewed do not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to section 215 orders. the investigation also revealed that the f.b.i. wasn't just collecting u.s. tax, medical education, travel and library records, but suggested that the instant messages, texts and email information of americans was also monitored. all of this will still be collected under the u.s.a. freedom act. that's why calls have grown for 215 simply to expire. >> the time is really now for congress to put an end to this provision of law that has been
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used illegally and used to violate the rights of every single american. broader form. >> when edward snowden revealed the scale of the u.s. surveillance on its own citizens, as well as on the world, he was branded a traitor by some politicians, but his actions have successfully brought the u.s. to the brink of reform. al jazeera, washington. >> in the accident, people have been trapped in cars and houses as floodwaters swept through the streets. houses were pulled from their foundations and water flowed over cars at rivers burst their banks. 21 people have died and 4,000 buildings have been destroyed in storms. the human rights activist freed by egyptian authorities an saturday has arrived back in the united states. the egyptian american was arrested in 2013 and was sentenced to life in prison. the police came looking for his father a muslim brotherhood
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member but arrested him instead. he has refused solid food for over a year. >> lawyers for egypt's outlawed freedom and justice party is pressuring cairo to get rid of the death penalty. he is making submissions to the african commission on human rights and be said egypt needs to improve its right record. >> the submissions are not just about the death penalty. the wide acts of repression by the egyptian government, the detention of 40,000 people, the torture systemic in the prison system this is what the complaint be is about obviously we've been presenting this argument for over a year to the egyptian government through the african commission. the egyptian government has been responding engaging with the process, sending reply. >> the burundi president hasn't
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gone to summit focusing on the crisis in his country. they are trying to find a solution to end weeks of silent anti-government protests. the demonstrations were triggered after he said he would seek a third term in office. we have more from the capitol. >> the president didn't attend the summit he said because he is preparing for elections. last time he went to such a summit there was an attempted coup. perhaps he doesn't feel comfortable leaving the country. how successful would the summit be if he is not at the table? we heard leaders are going to ask him to postpone elections by at least a couple of months. if that is the case, people are waiting to see what the response will be. lots of people watching the summit carefully waiting for the outcome. protestors are trying to come on the streets. it's difficult with a heavy police presence on the ground
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and soldiers on the streets, as well. >> an explosion at chernobyl power plant 29 years ago set off a chain of events leading to what was described as the world's worst nuclear disaster. we have this report from chernobyl. >> looming above a town where no one lives anymore a new arch like structure dominates the skyline. it's meant to offer fresh hope in the long wake of nuclear tragedy left by its next door neighbor reactor number four. although the structure is heralded as a feat of engineering, it's missed self deadlines and still isn't finished. >> you have to walk a good distance back to take it in. this is the biggest movable structure on earth. eventually it will be maneuvered on rails to totally encase reactor number four. the question is when that will
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happen. >> completion, though, isn't the only issue. a massive funding shortfall has also hindered progress. a project manager said it's hardly surprising the budget has been class sol with it being such a complex and hazardous challenge. >> we have got a huge amount of waste we have removed from this site. it is of course very dangerous. >> the danger doesn't end there because there's no guarantee the concrete built by the soviets to box in the lethal contents will keep doing its job. science itself assigned to monitor safety are worried. >> the longer this exists, the higher the chance it will collapse. its lifetime was only meant to be 25 years. that's already passed. the engineers can't guarantee its stability anymore. >> it's likely that anyone doubting the urgent of this
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situation would change their view with a walk around the nearby town. this used to be a school in one ofen that areas evacuated. like the rest of the town, it's abandoned. 50,000 people had lived here. now it's the center of a nuclear exclusion doan. it all happened in a few minutes, one explosion then three decades as one of the world's most con dominated places. there isn't an end in sight. with no one sure how many lives were taken by chernobyl, more than 4,000 documented cases of terminal illnesses with thousands more suspected. it's a town frozen in time, where an amusement park was about to open. no one got to use it. 29 years on, it's spring, and taking over everywhere, trees and bug that is look like the only living things.
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there's stillness and silence. andrew simmons, al jazeera inside the chernobyl exclusion zone. >> at first glance, people in a former mining town in the northeast of england might not have much in common with aboriginal australians but a british academic said they do. to prove it, he's brought the two together. >> one community lost its land, independence and identity when the colonialists arrived 200 years ago. another lost much of its i saidty and independence when government actions took away that industry's community and purpose. isn't comparison between the two too much of a stretch. >> i think rights crazy actually. matthew johnson is a british
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academic who brought the people together to meet and see how they compare. >> if we are to understand aboriginal in australia, we have to understand the u.k., which may give the australian people pause to think differently. they have potential allies who happen to be white. >> some of those in the north of england said they have suffered on the base of their identity. they stair a stigma as recipients of handouts. >> the worst part is not wanting to be unemployed, wanting to earn your income instead of going out and begging for it every fort night. >> what he learns from australians and what they learn
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from him will feed into the academic report. >> i know it's a completely different situation, but there is still impoverishment in the north of england, and how do those people cope with it? >> the british participants have taken part in demonstrations calling for indigenous rights and have been taken to sites of cultural significance. in june, the aboriginal people of australia will travel to england. >> on the face of it, they have very little in common, parallels can be found when it comes to solutions. one community's experience can inspire the others. >> the cost is made by public grants but it's not a free holiday. exchange work sounds cheaper than most academic conferences but this is real life research comparing those on the sharp end
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