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>> entering a dangerous new era. the number of people displaced by war and persecution approaches 60 million. hello there i'm felicity bar. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up, tens of thousands take to the streets of london to protest against government austerity measures. mali's taureg rebels fight for a peace of the government. and artists in myanmar
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tackle the county's a authoritarian past. hello, the united nations warn that we're entering a dangerous new era. by the end of 2014, 60 million people were forced to leave their homes to escape war and persecution. now there are 19.5 million refugees worldwide. another 32.2 million people are displaced within their own country. $1.8million people are seeking asylum, and there has been a huge rise of the number of people forced from their homes. well syria's war is the world's largest driver of displacement with $7.6 million internally displaced people and more than $3.8 million refugees. many of those who have been forced to flee the fighting have been crossing the border into turkey. in the last week alone hundreds of people have fled tal abyad.
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>> the shade of a parked tree and the blanket. that's what ahmed has for shelter. the fighting in his hometown said they were forced out. they crossed the border into turkey seeking refugee but ahmed said he's finding it difficult to feed his children. >> we suffer so much it's impossible to find milk for my baby. there is no work for me. how am i to buy feed me and my kids? >> back in the town kurdish fighters say they're now in control from isil. buildings used by isil still have its signs on instrandses.
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this one reads islamic state membership office. even though the expulsion of the armed group was welcomed by many there are reports that some kurdish fighters are targeting arab residents in the area. two arabs were killed on friday and several homes have allegedly been looted. the situation is similar to that across syria. fighters from different groups together with the syrian army battle it out while homes continue to be destroyed and families displaced. left to seek refugee in a foreign land, not knowing when and if they will return. al jazeera. the crisis has reached a tipping point. >> world stability is falling apart and leaving a weak of
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displacement on an unprecedented scale and the spreading of global violence has threatened the very foundation of our international system. and what is more important the international community failed twice these large numbers of refugees. failed first because it was not able to prevent conflict or timely solved them, and failed a second time because it is not providing the resources necessary to assist them to guarantee their human dignity making them suffer a terrible second tragedy after the first tragedy of displacement. >> special >> angelina jolie said this is a crisis of global insecurity. >> our world has never been healthier and wealthier and more advanced but yet never before
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have so many people been stripped of human rights. we should call this what it is, this is not just a refugee crisis but a crisis of global security and governance that is manifesting itself in a world refugee crisis that is the worst ever recorded. this is a time we are living at a time of mass displacement. >> two people have been killed and six wounded when a car bomb exploded near a mosque in the yemeni capital of sanaa. the islamic state in iraq and the levant said that it was behind the attack. it said on several isil twitter accounts that it was targeting houthi fighters who use that mosque. the appeal for $716 billion to help yemenis avoid a humanitarian disaster. >> suffering in place of celebration. this is in yemen.
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we're supposed to feel joy says this man to relax with our families. but look at us. the holy month began with a string of suicide car bombs and dozens dead in sanaa. we're living in pure horror, this woman says, we are terrified. in geneva peace negotiations between yemen's government in exile and the mouthys houthis were supposed to yield a cease-fire. instead they resulted in scuffles. as the talks ended without an agreement to stop the fighting the situation is so dire that the u.n. launched an appeal for $1.6 billion to help civilians in yemen. >> on the evidence of our own eyes i'm deliberately raising the alarm about the looming humanitarian catastrophe facing
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yemen, 80% of the country's population are in need of some form of aid to meet their basic needs. >> severe water, food and medicine shortages are a few of many reasons why the country's health system is close to collapse. millions of families no longer have access to proper sanitation which means an recent outbreak of dengue fever could put more people at risk. unicef said that 15.2 million people are in need of basic healthcare. yemenis hoped to fast in and feast in peace. al jazeera. ♪ >> now tens of thousands of people are rallying in central london to protest against the
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newly elected u.k. government's austerity plan. they won an outright majority leading a coalition government last term. finance ministers finding extra cuts to departments and there are proposals to reduce spending by $19 billion. crowds have gathered outside of the bank ever of england. taureg rebels are expected to sign a peace deal in the coming hours. a a delay as last-minute issues are ironed out. it fails to give the autonomy rebels who spent decades fighting. we have reports from the border between mali and mauritania. >> they've repeatedly said their goal is an independent state. now they'll try to convince
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their people much less than that. it's clear its leaders have a tough task on their hands. >> we think this is the most we can get in the correct context and with the world's readiness to accept our demands. i think this is what is available to us for now. >> these are the leaders who announceed the republic of independent. nowhowever, mali's government failed to even discuss the central demand. whichthe rebels have demanded mali's government spend 40% of its budget in the north. the current agreement is similar to previous agreements signed in
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1992 and 2006. most we talked to in this meeting are dissatisfied. >> it's clear that we've been forced to sign this agreement. but i don't see a single point in it that serves our interest. it is not good for the people. it is not good for our leaders either. >> the year-long negotiations involving ten rounds of talks have been watched closely in this refugee camp in southern mauritania, however of its population only only few thousand turned up to hear the explanation of the agreement. many stayed away in protest. horse expressing their objection. >> this document does not respond to our demands. if they want a final solution they should separate us from mali. let us remain here in our drought-stricken area. >> they arrived here a quarter of a century ago. an entire generation has not seen their homeland of northern mali and they're not expecting
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to return any time soon. >> in india the number of people who died after drinking tainted alcohol has risen to 84. people are hospitalized after drinking tainted alcohol in mumbai. it is the worst i want of its kind in a decade. tainted alcohol is sometimes spiked with pesticide to give it more of a kick. more people are stuck in train stations and traffic jams because of flooded streets and more rain is expected next week. >> this is how people in mumbai are traveling through the city is it. it's an improvement through friday. that's when 500 millimeters of rain, 10% of the season's total fell on the city, bringing cars, trains, people to the halt, commutes that would take 30 to 40 minutes took four to six
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hours as everything moved slowly through the water. the day after things are not much better. >> yesterday it was raining so heavily that water entered into my home. and i was not able to go to work. today it's the same but i'm trying to go. >> limited public transport resumed on saturday after the water lessened on some streets and it was cleared from the train tracks. but officials are asking people to use trains for emergencies only and are advising them to stay indoors this weekend. the rain has let up, but much of the floodwater remains. making it another difficult day for people live hearing. >> there are no cars or taxis. how will we walk on roads submerged in water. >> this street was flooded after a boulder fell and prevented a flood gate were closing and a damaged new water pump station added to the flooding. the government has asked emergency teams and the navy to be on stand by in case an
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evacuation is need: forecasters expect more rain in mumbai for at least the next five days. >> still to come on the program returning home to the ruins left by isil. the first family makes the journey back to tikrit to start rebuilding their lives. >> under the communists orthodox christianity was suppressed. no longer. now a revived union of conservative church and conservative state is gathering strength. i'm rory challands in moscow. i'll be back to explain why some are not so happy about this.
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>> we've done it and that is why we are there. >> my life is in danger. >> anyone who talks about the islamic religion is killed. >> don't miss the exclusive al jazeera investigation. >> i can't allow you not to go into that because
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>> hello again welcome back. and a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera. the united nations. warn much a dangerous new era for refugee. 60million people were forced to leave everything behind to escape war and persecution. syria's war was the single largest displacement. mali's taureg will sign a new peace deal. protesters are rallying in london against the u.k.'s austerity plans. they're angry about the cuts and plans to reduce spending on social security benefits by an extra $19 billion. and al jazeera neve thompson
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johns us now. >> you join me on parliament square in the heart of u.k. capital in the shadow of big ben and the british seats of government. it just started raining. people have come who are from different walks of life, but they're united by this key thing. they're staunchly against the new conservative government that won the surprise majority last month's election and they're deeply concerned that because this government is now ruling alone rather than in a coalition that they now can have a mandate to introduce more extreme forms of legislation than would have
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been possible under the previous coalition. many of these people here are concerned about cuts to welfare they're worried that civil rights groups and the trade union also no longer be able to move in the same scale and capacity. they're deeply worried about about new surveillance law and how that will impact privacy as well. but more than anything they're here to gather against austerity austerity. the main drive is that the super research, the bangers financeers the global financial institution itself is really to blame for the deficit in the first place and it should be the very wealthy who bear the brunt of the country's debt problems. the stage has been erected over here. if you don't mind me moving out of the way. but there is something of a party atmosphere as the rape continues. i'm sure people will be back.
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the music no doubt will be going on for a few more hours 347 insistent that they make sure that challenge against the government--i apologize about that but they continue and. >> that was neavi barker and apologies for that rather rude hand signal there. two sides were engaged in a month long battle and even though fighters were forced out much of the city has been left damaged and deserted. >> for displaced iraqi families there are few occasions to celebrate. this trip home was one of them. 200 families who found refugee in samarra boarded these buses
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for tikrit. >> my children didn't sleep yesterday out of joy when they heard we're going back. we don't want anything from the government except stability and peace of mind. >> tikrit is less than 50 kilometers from samarra but it's a journey that families have not been able to make for almost a year. iraqi forces and shia fighters recaptured the city from isil fighters in april. but there's been so much destruction that some people don't have homes to return to. for the rest, there is not much except a roof over their heads. there are no shops no bakeries. this family is the only one on their block to return so far. they admit its difficult. >> we couldn't stay on the move forever. we spent an entire year not knowing with to go. the people of is a samarra
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embraced us but we need everyone to return to the neighborhood. >> there is a lot of need for reconstruction, and no one is offering to pay for it. >> it's not just rebuilding that is needed. 3million iraqis have been forced from their homes over the past year because of fighting. most of them won't return until they're reassured that isil will come back again. it's not an easy promise to make. the front line has visited time after time with isil retreating and then returning. these iraqi forces make a point of rehoisting a flag on a ridge captured from isil last week. with so much equipment seized from isil iraqi security forces started designing their own armored vehicles. they have rigged up a remote control rifle without putting a fight center danger. the u.s. has cautiously increased its presence sending in more advisers to serve
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recruits in anbar. these are the sons of tribes they're not new to fighting, but it's a different battle. >> we fought in the old army and then we fought al-qaeda in in 2006-07-08. we were victorious and we smashed them completely because we had the initiative, the weapons and support. nowadays isil is usinging armed vehicles and filling them with explosives. how am i going to fight them. >> without the converse that they can defeat isil, fewer iraqis will take the chance of going home. >> in afghanistan, 18 people have been killed and 16 wound when their vehicles struck a roadside bomb. the blast happened in helmand district. thethree people have been
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killed since tropical storm bill hit. >> a man drove his van into a crowd in austria. the police have sealed off the crowded street in the city where it happened. the police say they don't suspect that terrorism was involved in the attack. russia is a secular state by virtue of its constitution. but the orthodox church is wielding increasing power over the country's spiritual. cultural and even political life. the church's conservative values appear to be a natural partner as vladimir putin stands against western liberalism and politics. >> in the year 988 vladimir baptized his people in the lands
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of ruse became christian. since then, through mongolian invasions and eighth yes, ma'am the orthodox church has sometimes thrived and sometimes survived today it's thriving. the affection is mutual. they call the putin era a miracle from god. >> they need each other because patriarch and church brings an additional authority, additional validity yes? and patriarchs and church need state because the participating political life. >> under this patronage the church has influence is strengthening, flexing hard and soft power using a recent law
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criminalizing an opera production. the theater's director was fired. this suggest seraphima animation is a collaboration between the ministry of culture and russian orthodox fund that tells the wartime story of a young girl's spiritual conversion. then there is this vladimir himself, a vast and controversial 24-meter statue taking shape in a workshop. a powerful church sponsored symbol of the unity of orthodox christianity and the state. prince vladimir combines two sides. on one side he is a saint and on the other hand he is a prince, collector of lands. he unified two lives, a spiritual life and a governmental military life. >> so a statue to a collector of lands who happened to be
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christened on crimea's rocky shores built during the leadership of the man who collected crimea and returned it to russian rule. this easter putin thanks the orthodox church for boosts patriotism, a sign he's returning russia to an age old model where kremlin and church work together to shore up state power. >> it is impossible to divide russia and orthodox christianity christianity. i don't know which was first but it is a religious tradition. >> many centuries ago russia was defined as a country built on three principles, orthodoxy and echos of that statement remain and seem to be getting louder.
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>> a british parachuter has been saved by a quick thinking teammate who managed to catch him when his chute failed to open. spectateorsers filmed one man saving the other. both men are safe. the art scene is making a comeback in in myanmar. one man is creating art and recognizes the contribution of hundreds of political prisoners. >> gloves, plaster powder and a video camera all in a day's work for the artist. today he's with an old friend. one of the leaders of the student up rising in myanmar in 1988. he spent more than 17 years in prison for his political activities.
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without sacrificing we cannot achieve anything, i think. so we should recognize and as a whole community. >> there is no bitterness when he recounts thinks detention. just acceptance and humor. >> sometimes the prison authorities become friends sometimes become foe. >> this process is part of an artwork by, he himself was once a political prisoner. >> i wanted to create a kind of work that is part of the history. it's like that. and then also other things that is important to increase art.
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>> to date he has made nearly 500 models. he started in 2013 not long after the country started moving away from a military government to a semi civilian one even then, he said, somewhat are not sure if they should participate in his project. a few years ago no galley would have openly displayed these portraits. they're symbols of resistence to the military government. but it has caused some to wonder if the government is back sliding on promised reforms. in february police violently dispersed a student demonstration, 12 were arrested and now face trial. lin it's as if the government is supporting his project by
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constantly putting people away. just joking, of course, but there is a worry that he might be right. >> and you can find much more on most of our headlines stories on our website. that's what it's looking like at the moment. and the address to click on to is ♪ i'm in africa, where multinational project is


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