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voting is about to end in myanmar's historic election as the country aims to make a crucial transformation from military rule to democracdemocr. hello. welcome to al jazeera. i'm jane dutton in doha. also on the program. national league for democracy a noise was heard in the last second of the cvr recording investigators reveal new details about the crash of the russian airliner in egypt. india's ruling party bjp loses a state election which was needed
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to push through key reforms nationally. scientists in panam a are trying to stop a mysterious disease. people in myanmar voting in the country's verse properly held election-- first. the leader aung san suu kyi arrived to pass her ballot. the military over ruled the decision and put her under house arrest for 15 years. she has been prevented from becoming president. aung san suu kyi led protest for reform and in 2011 the military government handed to a semi-civilian government, but the army still dominates politics after decades in power. seats are reserved for military appoint eaus and the parliament choose is the president.
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there have been rain storms sweeping the country. you can hear it behind you. quite a dramatic end to a dramatic day. talk us through it. >> reporter: absolutely. it just rolled in this rainstorm within the last hour of polling here. we only have about half an hour left. 10 hours of polling here today. this particular polling spot in yangon saw hundreds of people. we have been here pretty much throughout the day. organisers tell us it started very early, even before the polls opened. at 4am they started to line-up. this storm came through in the last half an hour. hopefully this won't disrupt too many people in this election. organisers say that 69% of the people who are registered to vote here showed up. so quite a good percentage. it's the case across the country's largest city, but the
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outlying areas where not too many observers could get to and not reach in such areas. over the next couple of days we're going to be having results coming through other than that, what happens next, scott? >> reporter: what happens next now is the half hour, all of these boxes will be sealed. the election commission is going to start on monday, start to have kind of every two hours update on how the process is going. they don't expect to have preliminary results until tuesday and then official results are going to come a couple of weeks later after that. then we can see what has been described to us as a very tense couple of months. the government decide the three different president candidates that will be selected. we have several steps on go.
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so far other than the rain we're hearing that the polling has gone pretty smoothly across the country thanks for that. experts investigating the crash of a russian plane in egypt are analysing a noise that was heard at the end of the cockpit voice recording. this has fuelled suspicions that an explosion caused the crash. >> reporter: it has been seven days since the jet fell out of the sky taking 224 people to their deaths. flowers were laid on saturday at the crash site in the desert. after a week of leaks and rumors and speculation, finally an official statement from the egyptian crash investigators. debris is scattered over a wide area. more than 13 kilometres in length, which is consistent with an in-flight break-up.
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some parts of the wreckage are missing and it is hoped to locate them in the incoming days. >> reporter: the lead investigator confirmed that the flight was 23 minutes and 14 seconds into its journey. it had reached an altitude of 30,888 feet and was still climbing. it was travelling at 281 knots. the auto pilot had been fwajd. everything seemed normal. then catastrophe on the cvr, the cock pick voice recorder. national league for democracy it will be carried out by specialized labs in order to identify the nature of this noise. >> reporter: a team of 47 investigators from five countries are working on the various aspects of the inquiry. an additional group of air bus advisers bring the total to 58
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people. there was no mention of whether the debris had been tested for trace residue of explosives and no indication of how long it will take to analyse the noise heard just before the plane broke up. so the travel ban and re ppat wl continue. the scene from various days have calmed down. thousands of stranded tourists have been told to wait in the resort and not come to the airport until a plane becomes available to them. not everyone is fleeing. hungary will not make egypt off limits. national league for democracy these decisions can have serious consequences. currently lip what i see is no-- currently what i see, no evidence has been provided that would make me to put a travel ban on egypt. until i'm not provided with any kind of such evidence, i will
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not make that kind of decision. you can be sure about that. >> reporter: but there is much we cannot be sure of. questions still to be answered about what happened to this plane, missing wreckage must be found, complex analysis conducted, and if it was a bomb, those responsible must be identified. paul brennan meanwhile russia is reportedly considering supplying air defense systems to egypt. moscow is in talks to supply anti 20500 buck systems to cairo. last year russia and egypt's president signed a 2 billion dollar arms deal. in burundi, the central african nation has been hit by unrest after the president decided to run for a third term. security forces have begun carrying out a major operation in the capital after government deadline for people to hand over illegal weapons passed. we spoke to a freelance
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journalist in bujumbura who we are not naming for security reasons. national league for democracy there is a lot of-- there is a lot of stress. most of the people living in the suburbs, suburbs known to have a lot of opponents. everybody is expecting the worst. there was already a first wave of refugees that went to rowanda, congo and also tanzania. people leaving the capital are leaving to the countryside. most of them have relatives in the countryside and that's where they go. they leave their homes behind. sometimes the husbands stay there just to watch over their possessions over their home, but most homes are empty. they are defending themselves. actually, this government, i can say it, has been terrorising the
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population for the last couple of months india's ruling part, the bjp has conceded defeat in state election. counting is underway in the bihar state election. the major political event in india this year, the vote was held over five phases in october and november. it is one of india's poorest and most pop allows states. using the selection means the prime minister and president will have to push through key reforms nationally. we talk to the author of a book on the indian prime minister. the man, the times it is called. he is not having a good time. what went wrong? >> reporter: can you hear me? >> reporter: yes. i can hear you now. i'm wondering what you think
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went wrong for the party? well, it is very important defeat for prime minister modi because the second major elector aldefeat in 2015. in february his party was disrupted. losing a state election is a hard blow. it is one of the largest states in north india which kind of establishes the trend in the rest of the states which are considered to be the major part of indian parliament. that is why it is very important what sort of impact will it have now on those who live there and his party? the people, obviously, have very clearly rejected jacketed
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the kind of policies which have been pursued by the government. there is a huge growing gap by the promises made and the actual delivery of the government. there has also been a massive rejection of the government by the people in politics which have been practiced by the bjp in the last few months. the last two months have seen a huge amount of growing intolerance within the country in protest of that various people have said this inclusive president of india, the governor of the reserve bank of independence i can't,a ward winning writers, scientists, they have returned stata wards to the government. so it's a huge space created. people have rejected the kind of politicss, trying to pit one religious community against another. it creates a bad issue for the bjp. this kind of politics have been rejected by the party
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a strong message indeed. thank you for talking to us thank you cackling up, russia and jordan remain tight-lipped about a deal of media coordination over syria. a school girl trying to get disadvantaged kids a better education. ucation.
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>> the only live national news show at 11:00 eastern. >> we start with breaking news. >> let's take a closer look. hello again. the top stories on al jazeera. voting is about to end in myanmar's first properly held
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election. opposition leaders aung san suu kyi has cast a ballot. she is prevented from standing as president, but her party is expected to win the polls. experts investigating the crash of a russian plane in egypt are analysing a noise that was heard at the end of a cockpit voice recording that supports suspicions that an explosion brought down the jet killing all 224 people on board. india's ruling party the bjp has conceded defeat in the state election. bihar is one of india's poorest and most popular states. losing this election means the government will struggle to push through key reforms nationally. now on the second anniversary of one of the most powerful storms to hit the philippines, leaders say they are having delays in housing survivors. the tie off and on killed - typhoon killed more than 6 thousand people.
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returning to the scene two years on. >> reporter: this was once these people's home. here she says she nurtured her four children for many years until the typhoon swept it away. many politicians have promised her a new home but she is still waiting. >> translation: where will we be? where will we end up now? will we ever have a home. there are always questions when it comes to government choice of beneficiaries. we always have to fight from local government down to community members of the >> reporter: at least 6,000 people were killed and millions more displaced. the president has earlier budgeted around 3$3.9 billion u.s. in funds for recovery efforts. at least 21,000 homes needed to be rebuilt, but two years on only around 500 houses are complete. thousands of people here remain on jobless. others say they feel grateful for the groups who stayed on to
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help them. the recovery of survivors is considered one of the biggest tests of the president. desperate for help, thousands of survivors wrote to him weeks ago. >> unfortunately, for whatever reason, the open letter addressed to me never got to me: i never saw it. not in any paper, nothing media that i've managed to see. >> reporter: election season has begun and some survivors say that their stories will be used to further political ambitions. nothing it hide the truth that two years on thousands of survivors are living in makeshift shelters with no electricity and running water. both national and local government agencies put the blame on each other. relief efforts have been made by politics from the very beginning. >> my husband has been doing the best and so has the parties.
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i believe there is a lot that has been done but we can always do more. >> reporter: here in this mass grave is where hundreds of unidentified bodies were buried in haste by the government. families desperate for closure marking crosses for their loved one hoping that even if death they are given dignity. two years on this mass grave has deteriorated. parts of it removed to make way for new construction. for those still grieving, this is a grim resting place. for loved ones whose stories have already been forgotten seven more people have died from their injuries a week after an admit club fire in romania taking the death toll to 41. - nightclubs. days of protests triggered by the fire continuing in bucharest. people are demanding early elections and an end to corruption. many have blamed lax governments
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standards for the fire. syrian active visits say 37 christians have been held hostage, mostly of elderly people, more than 200 conducted from the town in syria's north-east. the human rights network say talks are continuing for release of another 124 people still in activity. on the syrian town of dumar, people have been killed. this video is said to show the aftermath of the strikes in which six children were killed. the u.s. defense secretary has used a keynote speech in california to criticise russia for helping syria's president. ash carter says moscow's aggression is dragging the war out. >> is syria, russia is throwing gasoline on an already dangerous fire. proceed longing a civil war that
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fuels the very extremism russia claims to oppose. at sea, in the air and space and in cyber space, russian actors have engaged in challenging activities. most disturbing, moscow's nuclear saber rattling raises questions about russia's leaderer's commitments to strategic stability. the respect for normals against the use of nuclear weapons and whether they respect the profound caution nuclear age leaders showed with respect to the brandishing of nuclear weapons russia and jordan are revealing little about a deal they reached last month to coordinate military operations in syria. it is believed jordan wants to protect the syrian armed groups it supports from russian air strikes. >> reporter: the russians and jordanians are not saying much about an agreement they reached to coordinate their military operations in syria.
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the u.s. and russia are conducting separate bombing campaigns in syria. jordan is already a member of the u.s.-led coalition, but fishs here-- officials say working here with the russians doesn't represent a shift in jordanian relationships. >> russia is taking a major military role in syria, so it is important and vital for us that we have a coordination mechanism between us and the russians because the safety of our borders and the southern part of syria is of special importance to jordan. >> reporter: in order to secure its front ear with syria, jordan has been supporting and training syrian rebels behind this border. jordan doesn't want russian air strikes to target these rebels, but these fighters say they don't trust russia even though it has offered to support opposition forces fighting i.s.i.l.
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>> we describe it as invasion. there are parts from the problem and natural far from the solution for us. how can you trust enemy hitting you and offering you the help. >> reporter: the understanding is believed to be of great political importance. russia and jordan appear to agree on the need to keep syrian state institutions intact in any final settlement jordan has ties with the rebels and defectors. russia would like to see reintegrated into the syrian army into the future. former deputy prime minister says iraq descended into chaos when the army was dismantled after the 2003 u.s. led invasion. he thinks russia will prevent a similar scenario in syria to protect its foot hold in the region. >> we would like to look for means to see that the peaceful opposition in syria is integrated into the syrian army and institutions. some of them have legitimate
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grievances and they must be listened to and their demands must be respected. if we are to arrive at a peaceful resolution. >> reporter: he appears to be interested in cooperating with russia. he discussed the agreement forker dan security with tribal leaders. this could be an indication that russia seems to be one of the most powerful players in syria right now israeli soldiers have shot dead a palestinian who drove a car into a group of israelis in the occupied west bank. thrive people were wounded in the attack south of nablis. israelis typically gather in the area to hitch rides. 77 palestinians and nine israelis have been killed in violence since the beginning of october. she has been called the afghan milana, 14 year old girl fighting for better education and children's rights in afghanistan. her work is being recognised. she is in the running for the
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children's international peace prize said to bea warded on monday. >> reporter: this girl is teaching the alphabet to children who might never have learned read. she says knowledge roofs obstacles and she would know. first her parents didn't want to send her to a makeshift school here in kabal. >> i talked with their families any chance i would get, sometimes by the water pump or behr ever i saw them-- wherever i saw them and talked to them. they liked me and let the children come to school. >> reporter: that is four years ago. she has been teaching these kids since she was 10. she also advocates on behalf of the government and education officials. they live in this camp. many can'ts go to government schools because they don't have official ids. others missed out because they had miss so much time collecting water for their families.
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she got water piped in and got them into schools. none of it might not have happened without her father. he detied his neighbors and relatives to send her to school - defied. >> translation: i was nifty educate-- noted indicated and my other children weren't. she was the only one interested to study. i gave her the financial support that i could afford. >> reporter: that wasn't much. so she had to work selling street food. she also got support from a charity that teaches circus skills, something else she shares with the children. she was born here in one of the poorest neighbour hoods. her house no indoor plumbing, no running water. she hopes that every day every child in afghanistan has education. she has been nominated nor an international peace prize that could get her a grant and over $100,000 to fund her projects. she says winning would go a long
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way to help her school be a model for the rest of the country. >> translation: i didn't know about thissa ward. i've been helping the kids for four years. i'm very happy to be nominated. my words are more valuable now. i want to share my message with everyone. the nomination has brought her some attention. if she wins, her voice may be heard by a wider audience. two years ago, another girl championing education won the prize, pakistan's girl in spain tens of thousands of people have joined the march to demand action over domestic violence. 41 women have been killed so far this year by their partners or ex-partners koorpgd to government figures and more than 800 since 20003. the technology giant apple has won a lawsuit against bag searchers for employees. apple's retail shop workers sue the company for searching their belongings. they wanted to be paid for the time the security checks were
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carried out. apple says the searches are to ensure that workers don't steel merchandise such as phones and ipads. in brazil signs of life is being searched for after after mining sludge buried a village. two people confirmed dead and 28 are missing after waste reservoirs at a mine burst. the tidal wave of sludge continued for 60 km. the mining giant bhp bill tonne is offering support to survivors. rah frogs are disappearing at an unprecedented rate around the world. scientists say it's due to fungus. a laboratory is trying to ensure their long-term survival. >> reporter: inside this laboratories, an hour outside panam a city, scientists are working over time. for this investigator, the motivation is clear, a chance to
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save frogs from extinction. with a deadly fungal disease threatening to end the frogs, research is vital. >> it appears to be spreading eastwards. we have to rescue individual frogs before the fungus gets to them and then use those frogs to establish healthy populations. >> reporter: this new state-of-the-art lab is helping the researchers to get them back into the wild. >> reporter: about a third of the world's frogs are in danger. scientists say that programs like this are essentially to their survival. building a lab in central america brought new challenges without stores to buy food for the frogs, researchers have to raise the insects themselves. maintaining precise temperatures
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and humidity is essential giving them the nutrients they need to thrive. >> translation: female frogs need to have lots of fat in their diet because when they're in mating they hardly eat. we need to make sure they're well fed for the mating embrace which can last for a few days to a month. >> reporter: the home has three species. more than 300 individuals are sprayed according to species and gender. this population has mating. >> studies tell us that with 40 individuals, 20 males and 20 females, we guarantee that the genetic variability won't be affected in 25 to 50 years time. this will be important in the future when these animals repopulate areas where frogs have disappeared. >> reporter: searching for clues that will help fight the killer
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fungus, while bringing threatened species back from the brink. part of a global effort to save frogs before it's too late. david mercer that's it for now, but checkout our website, aljazeera.com. >> it's still months before college football season kicks off, but the team at northwestern university is in the middle of a 40 hour work week. >> they are traveling more than even 10 years ago, they're being asked to sacrifice more they're asked to treat their sport as a year-round endeavor. so the demands on them are so intense that it has put them in a situation where it's like a fight or die situation.

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