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civilians bear the brunt of some of the heaviest bombing for years as russia steps up its air campaign. hello, welcome to al jazeera live. also ahead funerals in bangladesh, two more opposition leaders are hanged for war crimes committed more than 40 years ago. we're at the slovenia border where refugees are facing a rough road ahead following the attacks in palace. people go to-- paris.
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people go to the polls in hong kong. russia stepped up its bombing campaign in syria, what activists are calling the heaviest air strikes in the area since the conflict begun. civilians are once again also being caught up in the fighting. >> reporter: people have aleppo say when the bomb fall from the sky it kills indiscriminately. for those who describe it is hard to breathe in the thick dust of the collapsed building. in another part of aleppo another one hits. the hits have intensified since russia i can't. >> translation: we heard the rockets. we were hit.
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a mother and a child. >> reporter: it is not clear whether these strikes in aleppo were carried out by russia or the syrian army but the russian president wants to step up the raid in syria. >> i want to thank you. it is not enough to cleanse syria of possible attacks. we face a lot of work and i hope the next phases will be conducted at the same high level. >> reporter: nearly 70 russian jets are carrying out more than 100 sortees every day in what moscow calls terrorist. the russia has been criticised for targeting groups. an international effort has been set up to find i.s.i.l. the mediterranean has been boosted. some air strikes have pushed
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back the group. syrian rebels have captured to villages near aleppo with the help of turkish air strike. activists say more than 400 civilians have been killed and thousands more displaced. >> these are bar baric air strikes by russia, iran and the regime. they are destroying everything, even electricity cables. these men are doing their best to repair everything after every hit >> reporter: it's not just homes. the doctors without borders say they have also come under attack. nearly half the population has either been made homeless or left the country. as the air attacks intensify so does the civilians' suffering joining us live in turkey
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not far from the syrian border. i'm wondering what the targets actually were. >> reporter: basically they are focused on i.s.i.l. strong holds in the eastern part of the country, particularly in the city of delzor. it is obvious that russia are trying to take on i.s.i.l.'s financial capacity and particularly oil infrastructure because the sentiment is that with the revenues of oil infrastructure, i.s.i.l. swells its coffers and expands. they have heavily pounded those areas using fighters jets and also cruise missiles filed from the caspian sea. they have also targeted other
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areas near aleppo. i have been talking to a senior syrian opposition military commander who has just returned from aleppo he said that basically the russians in aleppo are targeting moderate rebels and that despite the massive destruction there, they haven't managed to make any military gains and that the strategy of the russians in general is to pave the way for the syrian government to move forward and reverse some of the gains made by the opposition in letakia, aleppo, delazor and also the outskirts of the capital damascus carrying on as before, then. how targeted were these strikes, and i'm referring here now to the fact that so many civilians have been affected as is often the case. >> reporter: well, the syrian for human rights say the air
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strikes have killed hundreds of civilians and most of the victims were civilians, children, women and civilian living in different parts of the country. this is the same claim that we've been hearing from different sources. the opposition at the same time was saying that if you look at the impact of the air strikes of the russians, two months after the start of the intervention in syria, it was basically targeting residential areas and the fact that they're saying that they've been targeting i.s.i.l. is a smoke screen and their real motive is to help the government move forward particularly in places like aleppo. so the general feeling here among syrians is that this is a very disastrous situation and hundreds of minority are leaving their villages because of air
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strikes against their own villages. it is a critical situation. this is exactly why the turks have summoned the russian ambassador here two days ago that they need to stop otherwise the turks will have to react thanks. belgian security officials are due to meet to decide whether to extend a state of emergency. the streets of the capital brussels are in lock down over warnings p of an imminent attack. shops and transport systems are closed and people have been told to avoid large gatherings. there is the possibility of a paris style attack. one of the aattackers is still on the run. the paris attacks have raised higher controls. that means slovenia and those at
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the schengen areas are in the light. >> reporter: by now pretty much everyone has had the say on the significance of paris except the refugees. here they were some 700 lined up in the freezing rain on slovenia's border with austria. they all knew about paris and all despise i.s.i.l. and they their journeys were about to become harder. >> we are saying that we are from your people's. thank you for helping us. we are against the terrorists. we hate them. >> reporter: with european leaders now admitting their own borders leak like an old bucket, it is being claimed at least one of the paris attackers could have made this journey, hiding among everybody else on a false passport. that means that now even if so many of the people here patently
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pose no threat, absolutely nothing can be taken for granted any more. >> reporter: all it took was one syrian passport left on the ground in paris, one fingerprint from one of the attackers which apparently proved that he came through grows and had made this crossing and that has changed absolutely everything for every single one of these people because now the authorities aren't only trying to prove whether or not they're legitimate refugees, they're also trying to prove whether or not they're part of i.s.i.l. saturday marks day one of the new security regime. countries like slovenia will have to do a lot more joined up thinking with the european police agency urapol. yet security specialists think criminal gangs will still find their way around the borders if money in if >> some of them will find the loopholes in the fence or the smugglers who know how to transport into austria first or italy, but somehow the route
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will stop slightly and some of the migrants will go through the sea to italy or they should use the way of ukraine and russia >> reporter: having been fingerprinted already on the border cran croatia and slovenia, once they crossed into austria they disappear again into these massive tents. the army are in charge here and they said they have increased their numbers since paris happened. they will certainly need to. 10 thousand people passed through here on thursday alone. the walls of fortress europe are looking far too easy to breach a state of emergency after the main power lines from ukraine with blown up. it is the second such attack in as many days. the damage was caused by either shelling or explosives.
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. to you from moscow. what happened? >> reporter: two of the four lines were severed on friday. the remaining two last night, about 2120 gmt. essentially now crimea is completely isolated from the electricity supply it you should getting. it is on a back up system. the main city is having to ration its electricity severely by using back up systems to rotate power supply around different residential areas. it says that all of the main kind of essential services in the city are pretty much operating okay, hospitals are running on back up diesel generators, but there is a certain - well, there's a message that has gone out to the
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population of the area to stock up on water, to recharge batteries, but to use devices or appliances in their homes only where necessary. it is a very, very difficult situation if you happen to be living here at the moment. the state of emergency is going to at least as long as it takes to get the power supply properly back up and running again any idea who was behind it? >> reporter: well, the russia media is reporting that it might well have brenn crimean activists or russian - sorry, ukraineian right wing nationalists. we don't know this. nothing has been proven. it exposes the extreme vulnerability that the country has at the moment to these sorts of things. the water supply is limited since it was annexed to ukraine
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in 2014. we, obviously, now have a big problem with power supply. just access to the peninsula itself is difficult because the only land bridge that exists is to ukraine and that's basically shut off. russia is trying to solve all of these issues. it wants to build a bridge from main land russia, it wants to get power supply from main land russia by the end of the year and also sort out water, but these things are a little way down the line and it exposes how vulnerable the country is in the interim a land slide in myanmar has killed 89 people. it happened near a jade mine. emergency services are still looking for survivors. it's not yet clear what caused the collapse. two bangladesh opposition leaders have been buried after executed for war crimes committed in 1971. one of the secretary general of
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a large relative john group and the other in the nationalist party. they were convicted in 2013 by a special tribunal. the president rejected a last minute appeal. phil robertson is the deep director of the asian division of human rights. he said the defendants didn't receive a fair trial. >> well, human rights watch supports the idea of holding people accountable for these kind of crimes. the problem is how you do it and whether you according with the fair trial standards or not. in this instance we don't think this was the case. there hasn't been an effective equality between the defense and prosecution witnesses and people that both of these men wanted to bring to defend themselves in court were not admitted in a very arbitrary fashion coming up the fight against i.s.i.l. in northern iraq leaves orphaned children with an uncertain children.
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you're watching al jazeera. a quick reminder of the top stories. russia has stepped up its bombing campaign in syria. they targeted the northern city of aleppo and several other towns. a state of mernl in crimea after
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power lines were grown up. the damage was caused by either shelling or explosives. two bangladeshi opposition leaders have been buried after they were executed for war crimes committed in 1971. they were convicted in 2013 by a special tribunal. the president rejected a last minute appeal for clemency. hundreds of kurdish children in northern iraq have been orphaned by the fight against i.s.i.l. their cases are only just being discovered. aid agencies say the final number of orphans could be in the thousands. imran khan reports. >> reporter: this three-year-old and one year old, their father was killed by i.s.i.l. fighters last year when the armed group took hold of sinjar mountain. their mother saw the fighters kill her husband and with that one gunshot her whole life changed.
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>> translation: after they killed my husband, i.s.i.l. took and loaded the women and children in pick up trucks and put us in abandoned children's. i.s.i.l. then came from time to time and selected the most beautiful girls and took them away. we remained in that buildings for two weeks. my kids were crying and this were so afraid. there was fighting an bombings all around us and air strikes hit the i.s.i.l. fighters and we escaped. everybody was desperate to look after themselves. >> reporter: in iraq the definition of an or fan is anyone who has-- any child who lost one or two parents. there are no numbers. aid agencies say the families are struggling to cope with the extra mouths to feed. it's only the tight-knit spirit that keeps these families together. the orphans don't get given the help that they need.
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at least one ngo has said that 712 orphans have been separately registered by them but they say that's a tiny fraction of the number of orphans out there. u.n. icef said finding and ridge officering orphans is difficulty. >> the challenge is the continuing violence across the country that have denied the u.n. and other humanitarian actors access to large portions of, for example, areas. >> reporter: for the kurdish regional government dealing with the needs of orphans isdifficult because it doesn't have the experience >> translation: we also lack the expertise who can help us. we don't have the expertise to go through helping children with orphans. >> reporter: the care isn't available because agencies say they don't have what they need. leaving an entire generation of
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orphans like these two children to deal with the trauma themselves people in hong kong are voting in an election for the first time since protests last year. the local council poll is seen as a test of current support for the movement. more than a hundred thousand people took part in 79 days of process last year. the umbrella called for the right to choose for a leader without interference from china. activists from the movement are standing as candidates for the first time. sarah clerk is in hong kong. the turn out was expected to be much higher than the last district elections in 2011. was that the case? >> reporter: certainly as of about 20 minutes ago the latest figures indicate about 21% of the three million eligible voters in hong kong have now gone to the polls and cast that you are vote.
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having said that, there's still another seven hours until the boths close. there's still a lot of time for people to go and vote. what is interesting this year is there are record number of candidates. there r90 candidates competing for 431 seats across 18 districts. since the occupied protests last year, there are a large number of political parties. they consist of young candidates. one fellow is 23. he was involved in the protest last year in the umbrella movement. he decided to stand for election this year. it indicates there are still large number of people who were dissolutiond with the state's pipeless what about hong kong legislative council considering they will be heading to the polls next year. >> reporter: exactly. this is a local district council
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election, so it's a small, nothing compared to the big elections, but the importance of this shouldn't be under estimated because it's the first general election since the political division of last year's umbrella movement. for the legislators and the hong kong government they will be scrutinising and watching what happens in these elections and the results. while the parties currently that hold the majority, there is a record number of independent candidates. this has been considered a litmus test of where people stand on hong kong's political future thanks for that. south-east asian countries have signed a new trade deal that they are calling historic. the ten countries that make up the association of south-east asian nations are on the final day of the summit. the 10 nations have signed the declaration at the start of
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this, the last day of the summit there. what does this mean for the region? >> reporter: it means good things for the region when it comes to trade and opening borders for goods and services to flow more freely, but that good news isn't going to start until this goes into effect at the end of the year. it's going to take some time and essentially will be something that they can build upon. what it is, is it is something that has been in the works for about eight years and it sort of resembles what is in existence in the european union where there's free flow of goods and services between borders, but what it does not have here, there won't be a central bank, nor a central unified currency. all the nations will remain independent, obviously, and that's part of the reason why this is going to be a long process because you have ten
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nations with international governance, individual ways they deal with their economy. they have set up in vietnam and in myanmar. a lot of things to work through, the fruition of this idea eight years in the making and this is the first step down the path a hot topic is the south china sea and the disputes over that. we know the chinese have been talking out about this. what have they said? >> reporter: yeah. absolutely. it has been a hot topic here in the region. when we were in the philippines and transitioning here. the rhetoric has changed a little bit. we heard here that the group wants a formal agenda brought up in these breakaway sum its. leaders met with china today. out of that meeting we heard china really kind of had the strongest rhetoric about it specifically at this summit and
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they said directly addressing something that president obama called for and that is for the stop of militarization, reclamation and construction in the south china sea, what china was doing now. they're saying they're not going to stop. part of the reason why is they feel they need a military presence in those islands around that territory they see as theirs to protect them thank you for that. suicide bombings have killed at least eight people in northern cameroon. several attackers, including teenage girls, blew themselves up on the town. boko haram is suspected of carrying out of the attack. cameroon is part of a coalition battling the armed group in australia there have been fighting between anti muslim and anti racist protesters. six people were arrested after
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arguments turned violent. a group called reclaim australia marched against muslim integration. another group started their own rally in response. operations are underway on a remote glacier in new zealand to retrieve bodies from a helicopter crash. on saturday the recover effort could take several days because the choppier is wedged in a crevice on the glacier. five died when the site seeing tour went down in bad weather. argentina and china have struck a deem to build a wind farm. once completed the wind farm located near the city of gusta is expected to generate around 200 mega watts of electricity. until now argentina has relied little on renewable energy resources. the projects will be financed by
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chinese banks. t the kick-off couldn't start today as scuffles broke off outside the stadium before the as a flair had landed on the pitch. after an hour long deliberation it was formally called off sparking a mass pitch invasion. high security measures are in place at club footballs across europe for a week on from paris. a game in belgian had to be called off. >> reporter: the french national an them sounding out across all english premier league games. a reminder of the imimpact the paris attacks have had on
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football. eight days earlier three blasts took place outside the stade de france where the french national team were taking on germany. never before has the sport been on such high alert. a match between germany and the netherlands in hanaver was cancelled. on saturday there were calls to cancel all fixtures after the security alert was raised to its highest level. all proceeded, bar one, the game 75 kilometres away. in madrid at least a thousand police were present for the biggest game on the continent on saturday, el classico between madrid and barcelona. >> we're not afraid. it is a safe city >> reporter: there is little doubt the attacks in paris have prompted security arrangements
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