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>> reporter: or around the coun
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that may have been involved in this. >> reporter: yes. that's right. early on friday morning they made their first arrest. as you mentioned, of three people in the suburbs of the capital jakarta who may or may not linked directly to the attacks that took place behind me on thursday morning. there are conflicting reports about whether they are connected. certainly they are terror suspects. that's what we are hearing. there may also be some more arrests coming to light later on friday. as you mentioned, they also believe they know who was the coordinator, the man who was the mastermind, if you like, behind these attacks. he is an indonesian by the name of bakrum naheem, a man who left syria to join the fight with i.s.i.l. a year ago. he may still be in syria and
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that is where they believe he coordinated these attacks from. no sign of any fear here. where the attack took place is well and truly opened. the notorious bad jakarta traffic is back to its worst and there is a very small peace rally going on. we're expecting that to swell in numbers over the next few hours. people coming to show their respects to the people who were killed here, killed and injured, but also an act of defiance, really, an act to say that the residents of jakarta would not be scared away by these attacks the police chief referring to the events of yesterday as being a game changer. so the ongoing act will be an ongoing thing. >> reporter: certainly. i think this style of attack, i guess it was a smaller scale version of what we saw in paris last year. this style of attack using mut pel weaponry, using small
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explosive devices, using a hand gun. it is something that we haven't really seen in the capital of jakarta before. it has happened in other parts of indonesia. certainly not targeting western interests but things like churches and we haven't seen any large scale terror violence in the capital for the past six years or so. there has been so much said about the number of indonesias and also people from neighboring countries like malaysia who may have gone off to iraq and syria to fight with i.s.i.l., and what will happen when some of these people will drift back to these countries like indonesia. it is a game changer, it will be difficult for the indonesian security forces to combat these small groups where there is one crackdown on one group, other groups disappear for the time being. a very difficult task. over the last few years we have
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seen the anti terrorist police in indonesia do a very good job at clearing up some of those terrorists unself says it has - enicef says there are bad starvation issues in syria. ban ki-moon has called it a war crime. more from the u.n. headquarters in new york. >> reporter: more aid is finally delivered to the starving people of madaya, a town blockaded by the syrian government. this is the second delivery of food and medicine this week, but before that the town was cut off for three months. at least 28 people died from starvation. in some of his strongest comments yet, after almost five years of war in syria, the u.n.
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secretary general ban ki-moon followed the assembly-- told the assembly this was a war crime. >> the town has been the victim of deliberate starvation. let me be clear that the use of food as a weapon of war is a war crime. all sides including the syrian government, which has the primary responsibility to protect syrians, are committing atrocious acts prohibited under international humanitarian law afterwards he told reporters that the besieged areas were 400,000 people in syria are cut off for food and assistance should be on the agenda due to start in two days in gen eve a >> i think in addition to and parallel to political negotiation is how to deliver the humanitarian system without
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any impediment should be discussed. this is a very important confidence-build measures. >> reporter: the u.n. security council are meeting to discuss the besieged areas in syria in an open session on friday and despite the fact that ban ki-moon has described these as war crimes, the council won't be taking any action on that. a referral to the international criminal court requires a vote by the security council and it's certain on an issue like this that russia and china would use their veto alsthab fighters have-- al-shabab fighters have rammed a vehicle in somalia. there are no reports after casualties-- of casualties. it happened close to the border with kenya.
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an officer on the phone. just explain to us what happened? >> thank you. we cannot confirm what time this happened. that would an area was attacked, we assume by al-shabab. the troops there. as we (audio indistinct) what is security like at these bases? >> the security is good at the bases. these are trained troops i think we've lost the line
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there with paul jaguna. you can track that story of course on the website at international nuclear inspectors could announce within hours that iran has implemented a landmark nuclear deal comprised by tehran. television said on thursday experts are finished removing the core of iran's only heavy water nuclear reactor. the modification to the reactor was as a deal. the u.s. stock markets are falling day and oil prices continue to fall. hong kong's bench mash stock index closed at its lowest level in nearly three and a half years today. our correspondent is in hong kong for us. the market lacks confidence.
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there's no confidence around. >> reporter: that's right. this is an horrendous end to an horrendous first couple of weeks of new year trading. that is how it is being described by traders. we're seeing china and hong kong indexes fall. that has affected the rest of the world. the one consolation for hong kong is, perhaps, because it is so closely linked now with the mainland chinese index it has been unduly affected over sold, if you like, that there are fundamentally not that much wrong with the hong kong exchange and is it a value bargain. the same cannot be said of the mainland chinese market. the shanghai index has fallen 3.5% today. that's nearly 9% on the week. that's also 21% since last december. that is very much the definition of a bare market. there are some various voices that say it could sometime fall
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further to 2500. it is just below 3000. this is way below that which it was last summer. last week wre were talking about the various measures that the chinese authorities had brought in to try to stop the sell-off. those weren't working. we had this 7% trigger mechanism which suspended trade itting. that was suspended this week but the sell off has continued. people are scratching their hepdz wondering what will work. many people are saying that the government shouldn't intervene. this is the free market and work and it should slide to a level that's it's comfortable with it has been very difficult for the government to get that balancing act between imports and exports exactly right. even if they were to do that, that's a need term solution--
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medium term solution. >> reporter: everyone is waiting to see just what the stock prices and this fall will mean and the impact on the wider economy. the government, of course, was hoping that it would will being almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. you have these indexs that were soaring last summer, that this would form the pool of investment money that would keep the jugger dnaut moving further forward. people are wondering what the wider impact will be on the chinese committee. we have these all important gdp figures coming out next tuesday which are likely to confirment slow down once more in the chinese economy. these will be the figures for the last quarter of 2015. more uncertainty ahead. the government keeps talking about having a soft landing
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rather than a hard landing, or even a crash, but things are starting to feel bumpy thank you. it is the final day of campaigning in taiwan ahead of presidential and legislative elections on saturday. the big question with the ties with china. >> reporter: it is only 20 years since taiwan became a democracy. now the political landscape could be about to change again. if opinion polls are correct, ms wen is about to become the first woman president in an ethnic chinese society. politics in this country has been dominated for men for so long. what difference will it make if you become president? >> well, at least we get to prove that this is a place where we stress and then we achieve gender equality.
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>> reporter: she leads the opposition proceed independent democratic progressive party. trailing behind her isseric qu of the party that has dominated politics here and supports close ties with china. a symbol of that relationship is historic handshake between these two men. chances of the a dpp victory in both the parliamentary and presidential elections would be a setback for china, but ms wen insists sympathy wants to maintain a stable relationship. >> reporter: how would you deal with president xi jinping? >> well, it's a matter of communication, communication and communication. >> reporter: some analysts say she now appears to be moderating her anti beijing stance.
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>> maybe she has come to the realisation that in order to win you have to be more pragmatic and also be low-key in terms of particularly those sense tich issues. >> reporter: like independence >> like independence >> reporter: for many voters the real issue in this election is the spluttering economy, growth of 1% wages stag naturing >> translation: i think economy is a priority for the election. so i don't care who will be elected. >> translation: 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 much more still to come for you here on al jazeera, including. >> reporter: i'm lawrence lee in the sound between denmark and sweden which has turned into a
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new people smuggling route because countries have started to close their land borders to refugees. refugees.
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welcome back. the top stories here on al jazeera. the authorities say they're searching for an independentn man believed to be the coordinator of thursday's attacks in jakarta. it comes as police arrested three men suspected of being linked to the blast in the business district. seven people, including five attackers were killed. unicef says it has found that several children in madaya are
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severely pal mall nur issued. a statement-- mall nurishd. the u.n. secretary general criticized all sides for using starvation as a weapon of war. stock markets opened lower again today after hong kong shares closed at their lowest level in nearly three and a half years. u.s. republican presidential hopefuls have taken part in their sixth debate. the two front runners billionaire donald trump and senator ted cruz had clashes. >> reporter: the smaller the field the brighter the spotlight, the nastier the fight. there were sharp attacks on all.
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>> you're worried most of all about keeping your homes and your families safe and secure. you cannot give hillary clinton a third term of obama's leadership. >> the idea that somehow we're better off today than the day that obama was inaugurated is an alternatively universe. >> the next commander in chief is standing on this stage. i give you my word if i am elected president no service man or service woman will be forced to be on their knees in any nation that captures our fighting men and women will feel the full force of fewery of the u.s. >> reporter: in heated exchangess, one of the loudest was between ted cruz and donald trump when the businessmen suggested that krus couldn't be president because he was born in canada. what this did do was highlight significant policy differences
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between the candidates. like immigration and donald trump's plan to ban muslims entering the country >> all muslims? what signal does that send to the rest of the world that the u.s. is a series player >> if we do not know who you are and why your coming, you are not getting into the u.s. >> our country is a mess and we can't let people coming into our countries. we can't do it. >> reporter: athe attacks point to the biggest threat. with polls just over two weeks away, there is a need to make an impact. it is on to iowa the next debate, the first caucus and the decision of the voters turning our attention to guatemala with the new president jimmy morales being sworn into office, he had no government
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experience. he now leads a country battling high levels of poverty and violent criminal gangs. he won the election by a landslide in october amid public anger at a scandal forced the then president to resign. around 1880 migrants headed to the u.s. have crossed into mexico. they're worried improved diplomatic ties with cuba may put an end to the washington policy of giving permanent residency to cuban my grant. >> reporter: we're here at a migrant shelter. this is a part of 1780 cubans that took them to the mexican border. the charter service is over. they have to make their own way north through mexico.
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when we arrived here, we saw two u.s. television stations who had rended large buses piling some 80 cubans into those buses heading to the u.s. border. it seems to be crossing some line between journalist and activism. other cubans are travelling on their own. many are looking at take overnight buses and others are looking to pay for a flight. one woman sold her house in cuba. she is ironically benefitting from one of the changes of the castro government that allows them to sell houses and immigrate. people are relying on much more typical means, family members sending money. a 62-year-old has found the journey quite tough. >> translation: of course there were things i was afraid of about the journey. i was frightened because of my
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age that i might get high blood pressure, but i made it. thank god i'm here >> reporter: she is travelling at 6am on friday flying to mexico city with a short lay over and then on to the border where she is hoping to cross in over a bridge and claim political asylum border controls have been reinstated between sweden and denmark, but a new sea route has opened up for refugees and it could be the most dangerous so far. al jazeera understands danish activists have transported dozens of refugees to sweden. >> reporter: half past 9 in the morning and the migrant reception center in the city here is full of people. these men, women and children are all new rivals which means they've all come in the small period since sweden introduced border controls to try to stop them. one way or another they're still finding a way. >> there is possibility to get
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to sweden in some other way, some kind of illegal entry and that will still happen. >> reporter: by road and rail the obvious routes linking the countries to sweden, the authorities are checking people's credentials, but some have still found a way through in car boots or in trucks. denmark's sailing culture and liberal activism are playing to their advantage. these people are part of a group which has carried dozens to sweden because they already have families there and it is free of charge. they do not fit any profile of what you regard people smugglers as looking like >> when you think about smugglers, you think about people earning a lot of money from helpless people. that's what we're doing. we're helping people. we're giving them food, we're good sailors and we're not charging anything for what we do >> reporter: whether there are good sailors to help refugees
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cross this forbidding sea, far more dangerous attempts are happening. one less rigid boat has made this crossing. if you capsized here, you wouldn't last long in the waurt >> the water is super comedy. it would be rough weather and most people are not prepared for those kind of waters. >> reporter: this isn't the first time that the sound between denmark and sweden has been used as a people smuggling route. during the second world war when copenhagen was occupied by the nazis, fishermen would take jews across to the safety of sweden. now the reason why the routes grown-up here is that the countries have started to close their borders to refugees.
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>> reporter: many politicians don't see the activist sailors as heros as helping refugees but as criminals. if the border controls go on, then inflatable dinghies may end up being the choice of refugees. that would be the most desperate journey new york has attracted its fair share of huge creatures, but the latest giant visitor has one important difference. it really did exist, albeit a hundred million years ago. the titanosaur is the biggest than those already named. >> reporter: one of the biggest dinosaurs ever discovered. at 137 metres this dinosaur is
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so long it can't even fit all the way in the museum gallery. so the head sticks out the door. it is a first of its kind ever discovered. scientists don't have an official name for it yet. until then they're calling it the titanosaur. they're not sure if it is male or female, but necessity know when it roamed the earth it weighed 730 tons or the equivalent-- 70 tons or the equivalent of 10 african elephants. i only come up to the knee. it gives you pay sense of how big it is it was. specialists believe when it died it was only an ad, olescent not an adult. >> reporter: it was unearthed in a remote part of argentina in 2014 and it took a team 18 months to excavate the more than
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200 bones. unlike most huge dinosaur, remains were left. this dinosaur was 70% intact. >> you need a fairly complete skeleton to start to understand these animals as living organisms and this is what we can do now with this highly complete skeleton, we can for the first time to be anal to answer those questions. >> reporter: some of the remains were sent to labt in canada where a cast of the entire dinosaur was made. a team of workers at the american museum then put the dinosaur back together, an arduous task. the giant is now on display for young and old to gaze at and admire now opening a unique window into unanswered questions on how the biggest of the big
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