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indonesia attacked. isil says it was behind a series of explosions that killed seven people in the capitol jakarta. ♪ hello, i'm barbara sarah, you are watching al jazeera, live from london. also coming up on the program. the former president of the woeld at -- world athletics governing body is tied with corruption. and at least six people are killed at a police station in turkey. as the world health organization declares the end of
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the ebola outbreak, we meet the men who's lived were destroyed by the epidemic. and reverent receives six oscar nominations. ♪ hello. thank you for joining us. isil says it was behind a series of coordinated attacks on the indonesian capitol. seven people were killed including five suspects. they struck at the heart of the city, where six explosions rocked a busy district. here is step vassen. >> reporter: the blast was a multi-pronged attack close to the heart of the business district. >> translator: for about ten
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minutes he did that mass killing. >> translator: indonesian television has released these pictures of a suspect carrying a gun. one bomb is known to have gone off near a starbucks cafe, and a police post was destroyed in one of the blasts. indonesia's president cut short a visit to oversee operations. >> translator: we cannot be afraid. we cannot be defeated by the terror attacks. and i urge people to stay calm, because everything is under control. >> reporter: the k -- attacks were concentrated around a busy thoroughfare in jakarta. the traffic and people, which normally clog these streets are gone, replaced with heavy security. now six people including an infant and two young children have been killed in a bomb blast in southeastern turkey.
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the attack halved near a police station. andrew simmons has more. >> reporter: it was an attack on turkish security forces, but here civilians who were asleep in their beds are rescued from what remains from their homes. one adult and two children were killed when this building next door to the police headquarters collapsed. rescue workers searched through the rubble looking for survivors. this woman overcome after being guided to safety. ylight showed how devastating the damage had been. this is what remains of the police complex targeted by a pickup truck full of explosives. one officer was killed. the wife of another policeman in a residential part of the building died along with her five-month-old baby. the authorities blame the pkk. the turkish government's two-year ceasefire with the
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group fell apart last july. now strict curfews are in place in selected districts of towns and cities across the southeast of turkey. >> translator: i strongly condemn the attack on a police station last night. five civilians were killed and a police officer was martyred in the attack. >> reporter: the prime minister says the commitment to what he calls counter terrorism remains steadfast. this latest devastation from the kurdish conflict in which 40,000 people have died in the past three decades shows what turkey is still up against, and it comes less than 48 hours after the isil attack right at the heart of the old city. in turkey right now, no one really feels easy. andrew simmons, al jazeera, in istanbul. let's go back to our top story now, the series of coordinated attacks in the indonesian capitol which has claimed seven lives.
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that's not the first time indonesia has come under attack. in 2002 the bombings on the resort island ofbally killed 202 people. am two years later a car bomb was set off outside of the australian embassy in jakarta, killing nine people. in 2005 bali was once again targeted. and the last major coming was in 2009 then two suicide attackers set off explosives at their hotels. seven people died. let's go to steph vasson. as far as we know, seven people are dead. what is the latest, step? >> reporter: well, more and more in the last couple of hours, a
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huge condemnation against the attacks are coming from all kinds of people in indonesia, mostly from the large muslim organizations, muslim leaders have gone on live television condemning the attacks, but also warning everyone in indonesia not to be afraid. there is a large also social media campaign going on with the same topic, we are not afraid, which is trending right now on twitter. a lot of indonesians are making it very clear how they are k looking at these attacks jfshgs that they were very much against it, that they are condemning the violence and extremism that goes with these attacks and basically making a fist and trying to also make clear that they are all standing together against this. it was quite a shock this morning when the news came in that there was this attack right in the heart of the city in the business district where all of the important offices are based. it's basically felt as an attack right in the heart of the
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country, which of course will have a huge impact on also the economy, which has already been suffering right now, also investment will be suffering from these kinds of attacks right here in the business district. >> and step, as far as we know isil is claiming responsibility for these, but what we have seen and what we were reading before is indonesia unfortunately is no stranger from these sorts of attacks, so which other groups or linking with isil would have issues with the indonesian government? >> reporter: well, what we have seen now, also the last couple of years, because we had this large -- last large attack in 2009, but we have seen more attacks basically aiming at the police, because police had managed to significantly weaken the movement which was behind all of those attacks in t the -- early 2000s. so there was a lot of anger
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against police, so the police themselves got very clear information that they were also being targeted, but also now, police chief has said that it was clearly coming from isil, and they named a specific person who is an indonesian who had been in jail for a couple of years -- for two and a half years also for carrying weapons, and he has been released two years ago, and now he is allegedly in iraq, and according to the police chief here, he is seen as the one leader behind the attacks that happened in jakarta this morning. >> step vasson with the latest from jakarta. step, thank you. the former head of world athletics standings accused of organizing and enabling conspiracy and corruption within the sports governing body the
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iaaf. that's according to the second part of an independent report commissioned by the world anti-doping agency. the head of the commission has backed under fire president sebastian ceo. >> as far as the ability of lord coe, to main as president, i think it's a great opportunity to seize leadership and move forward. there's an enormous amount of reputational recovery that needs to occur here, and i can't think of anyone better than lord coe to lead that. >> lee wellings have been seeping a close eye on the events in munich and joins us now. how bad was it for russia this
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time around? >> reporter: as always difficult to see how it could be much worse for russia. of course russian athletics suspended at the moment, and task force has been formed to try to find a way to readmit them to the sport, but will it be time for the olympics in rio? part two talks about the years of collusion, the level of collusion between senior people in russian athletics and above, and the governing body of world athletics themselves. the people who were support to protect the sport, colluding to make sure that positive doping tests for the russians did not come tonight, particularly before major championships. you can see the pattern here. we knew a lot of it already because of what happened in the first report. and you saw what happened to
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russian then. and vladimir putin's name was mentioned. it is a claim from the former president that he could turn to vladimir putin to essentially smooth things over. we don't know that he was telling the truth, but it shows how high up this could go. >> reporter: obviously this is incredibly damaging, and it must put even more pressure on the world governing body and its chief, sebastian coe. >> reporter: let me give you a little bit of incite behind the scenes. we're at this hotel, and sebastian coe turned up late. he sat in with the journalists, and then when the press conference finished, and obviously everyone had a lot of work to do, he rushed off. behind closed doors, he is still here in the hotel, as far as i'm aware. we need to put these questions to this man. he is not answering these
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questions straight. sebastian coe for all of his glitter as an athlete, was the vice president of world athletics when all of this happened. perhaps he should have known what was going on. is he really the man to take athletics forward? he is under a lot of pressure. >> tell us quickly, lee, actual medals have been effected. so it guess it underlines the perception to the public, and the level of truth. >> reporter: it does, barbara. this is why you can make a case that is somehow more serious even than the fifa corruption that we have seen. in that was bad enough. but this time we are talking about actual medals being
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effected. the public being completely deceived. people don't know what to believe, and they need to start believing soon. it's going to take a long way to get world athletics back on track. >> lee thank you. still to come on the program. driving ahead in the opinion polls, the woman hoping to be taiwan's first female president. and the british actor allan rickman who starred in the harry potter films has died of cancer at the age of 69. ♪
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welcome back, here is a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. people have been killed after isil launched a series of bomb blasts in the indonesian capitol, jakarta. police are hunting for others who were involved. at least six people including an infant and two young children have been killed in an attack near a police station in turkey. and the former head of world athletics has been linked with corruption. it claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people last year, but now the world health organization has formally declared the end of the ebola outbreak in one of the country's worst hit liberia. that means the epidemic is
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official over. many people, though, are still living in the shadows of the virus. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: the crematorium or what is left of it. it's a place franklin returns to with great reluctance. at the height of the ebola outbreak in liberia as bodies were piling up in the streets, franklin and a group of other young men did what few liberians had done before. they set fire to the dead. many liberians continue to blame franklin and other ebola burners as they are known for cremating the dead. international experts reck mentioned cremation to stop the spread of ebola. in this nation, linians believe the dead will come back to haunt
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the living if they are not well buried. angry mobs destroyed his house. that is not what the young men expected. they thought they would be rewarded. hailed as here rose, and receive apologies from the people who shunned them. they are still waiting. the ban initialment has destroyed their lives. their time is spent drinking alcohol and taking drugs, to get through their macabre task.
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the men are now forced to live together. the place they hated so much has become a home of sorts. nowhere else will accept them. a second united nations aid convoy has reached the besieged rebel-held town of madaya in syria. but even as supplies made their way to the area, news came of the death of a 3-month-old baby from starvation in a town nearby. four u.n. vehicles have entered madaya and are checking on people in the hospital. caroline malone reports. >> reporter: they have made it
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to lebanon from duma. they share the story of what life has become there, and how they escaped. >> reporter: we left duma by going down inside a well, and walked underground in a tunnel. our heart is telling us, we are going to get killed. when we got out, we felt freedom. duma is under siege by government forces and a frequently the target of air strikes. the little aid that does get in is controlled by those running the area who charge money for it. >> reporter: last year we got barely anything. and what managed to come in was taken by those controlling the area. they set up centers and gave us cards, and the ones running the centers would sell the aid for us for a price. if you have money come and get it. if you don't, die from hunger. no one has mercy on anyone.
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>> reporter: it's on the out skirts of damascus, people there are receiving aid this weeks after months without food and other necessities because government forces and their allies have blocked off that area too. brother and sister have been smuggled out of madaya and into lebanon, but their father was taken from the car by syrian authorities. >> translator: we would go for three days without food, and then we would get grass to just boil and eat it. >> translator: we would actually go around to the school in madaya, but it wasn't really a school. we are wouldn't write or read. no one able to write or read. no one comprehending anything. >> reporter: as many as 120,000
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people are in these areas. those who have escaped from syria know just how bad it can get when people don't get supplies of food and medicine. >> translator: we have kids sill under siege. people hold their homes just to eat. >> reporter: few syrians are able to travel to this side of the border in lebanon. the ones that have, have escaped from desperate situations, but there are still more thoon 400,000 syrians living under siege by all sides in this the war. tunisians are working five years since long-time leader fled the country having been overthrown. he was the first ruler to fall in what came to be known as the arab spring. he found himself unable to calm
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national fury. our correspondent reports now from tunis. >> reporter: five years ago, this square in tunis would have been packed with people, the street was the focal point of the 2010 mass protests that started the arab spring. since then, every january 1, '34 -- 14th, thousands converge here to commemorate the anniversary of the revolution. but it's youth are dissolutioned. >> translator: people my age with disenchanted with politics. we really don't care. >> reporter: tunisia is now lead by a coalition. but many leftist parties accuse the governing coalition of failing to implement genuine
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political reforms. in every corner of the streets, unemployed youth, disgruntled retirees and angry activists say that their dreams of a better tunisia were hijacked. >> this is where five years ago thousands of activists took to the streets, calling for political reform. their movement soon galvanized the country, and protests spread, forcing the resignation of the president and his government. but this man insists this should be a day of joy. his hope is to see his grandchildren grow up in a prosperous and stable tunisia. >> translator: i was young when tunisia took independence. it was a time of building a country from scratch. i look at people on the street and they seem far less ambitious than they were 60 years ago.
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>> reporter: security is t.tigh police have been deployed in large numbers to secure the main streets. there are concerns over possible attacks by isil or other armed groups affiliated with al-qaeda. dozens of people, mostly british tourists were killed last year, when a gunman attacked a pop beach resort near sousse. hashem ahelbarra, al jazeera, tunis. up to 2,000 refugees and migrants close to the french port of calais are waiting to see whether they will be evicted from their tents. aid workers say the french authorities are preparing to dismantle a third of the camp known as the jungle. thousands of people have headed to the camp, which is close to the tunnel linking france and the u.k. on saturday taiwan will go to the polls to elect a new legislature and president. adrian brown looks at how this
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election could have an historic impact on the young nation. >> reporter: it's only 20 years since taiwan become a democracy. now the political landscape could be about to change again. if opinion polls are correct, then this woman is about to become the first woman president in an ethnic chinese society. politics in this country has been dominated by men for so long. what difference will it make if you become president? >> well, at least we get to prove that this is a police where we stress and -- and then we achieve gender equality. >> reporter: she leads the opposition pro-independence democratic progressive party. trailing behind her is eric chew of the nationalist party that has dominated politics here and supports closer relations with china. a symbol of that, the historic
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handshake last september. china still regards taiwan as a breakaway province that will one day be reunited with the motherland. chances of that happening any time soon remain remote especially if she becomes president. a victory in both the parliamentary and presidential elections would be a setback for china. but she insists she wants to maintain a stable relationship. >> reporter: how would you deal with the president? >> it's a matter of communication, come communication, and communication. >> reporter: some analysts say she now appears to be moderating her anti-beijing stance. >> maybe she has come to the realization that in order to win, you have to be more pragmatic, and also be low-key in terms of particularly those sensitive issues. >> reporter: like independence.
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>> like independence. >> reporter: but for many voters any real irk -- issue is the economy. >> translator: i think economy is a priority for the election. so i don't care who will be elected. >> translator: i hope the new president can promote the economy. >> reporter: this could still be a close election with one opinion poll suggesting up to 25% of voters remain undecided. adrian brown, al jazeera, taiwan. the british actor alan rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. he was best known for playing in all eight harry potter films, the villain in die hard, and showed his more sensitive side in truly, madly, deeply. he was nominated for four [ inaudible ] winning for his role in robin hood prince of thieves in 1992.
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leonardo dee crap rio's film revenant has six oscar nominations. mad max gets an impressive ten nominations. while eddie redmayne is dominated again for best actor. cate blanchett and jennifer lawrence are nominated for best actresses. here is the list of films. >> the big short, bridge of spies, brooklyn, mad max furry road, the martian, the revenant, room, and spotlight.
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>> the big short is my favorite. you can find much more on that and everything else we have been covering on our website, ♪ [ sirens blaring ] a deadly attack in indonesia's capital leaving several people dead. isil claiming responsibility. flint's water crisis getting even worse, a recent spike in legionnaires' disease now being found in that troubled city. and we have a winner, people in three states picking those winning numbers in the record-setting powerball drawing. ♪