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47 people killed in an air strike. you're watching al jazeera live from doet. also coming up snowed in. a winter storm sweeps through the american coast. the political crisis in moldova with protesters calling for an election and an end of corruption. a look at the creepy appeal of horror films.
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we begin with syria where at least 47 people have been killed in air raids to a town believed to have been carried out by russian planes. a bus station in the obviously edge was hit. it-- village was hit. a report from our correspondent >> reporter: we are hearing that at least 47 civilians have been killed in a town after air raids purported to be russian bombers that have hit the area. this is in the east of the country. most of the province is held by i.s.i.l. and this province borders iraq. now, they have been on an offensive for the past week and they have been clashing with regime forces and the russian air force has been going to
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great lengths to tackle the i.s.i.l. fighters on the grounds. since friday up to 80 civilians have been killed. this report comes from the sohr, that's the syrian observatry of human rights. the whole situation with russian air power four months now they've been involved in this war directly. it is a contentious point of negotiations to try and get the talks in geneva held simply because the opposition group backed by saudi insists that russia needs to stop the air strikes on moderate opposition groups if the talks are to go ahead. one of the many complications facing the suggestion that the talks go ahead world powers are scheduled to discuss the syrian conflict
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on monday. john kerry is confident the talks will go ahead. he has been meeting the king of saudi arabia in riyadh. the u.s. and allies are creating a list that will join the negotiations >> one of the things we did today, which i think is really important, is we set up the clarity for how to proceed forward in the initial steps of the negotiations on syria, and we are confident that with good initiative in the next day or so those talks can get going and that the u.n. representative, special envoy, will be convening people in an appropriate manner for the proximity to talks. >> the work that we are doing is designed to bring peace and stability over the area and that involves pushing back iran's
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aggressive actions in the region speaking to our diplomatic editor from london. a great deal of effort being made to get the warring sides to talk, but a lot of confusion as to who is going to represent the syrian opposition but when exactly this is all going to start. what are you hearing? >> reporter: the talks are supposed to start on 25 january, 24 hours from now. i think it's pretty certain that that is not going to happen. what we understand is going to happen on monday in geneva is the envoy is going to address the press. the best we can confirm is that he will be sending out the invitations to the talks. then we think it will be a day or two before all the sides are actually in geneva around the table and talking and listen to what john kerry said, proximity
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talks are what they're talking about at this early stage. i don't think it is certain it will take place until all sides are there and those proximity talks have actually started. proximity talks mean the two sides in separate rooms with the special envoy shuffling between the two. the opposition haven't said yes at this stage to attending, but i think in the end there will be so up pressure on them. remember that russia is on board for these talks, the u.s. on board for these talks. they may not agree the composition of the opposition, but they agree they need to take place. i think in the end the opposition are going to be told if you don't turn up and the syrian government is going to turn up, it will make it look like you are the ones not in favor of peace. that means in the end the talks will take place sometime this week. it will be difficult and we won't know for certain until
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everyone is there once all the sides are there, still a lot of issues that need to be ironed out. i wander what the strength is of the sides now. who is in the strongest position? >> reporter: there are all sorts of military dimensions to this as well. obviously, the bashar al-assad regime have been helped by the last four months, even if you've seen events like andrew simons was reporting on, of syrians dying, the russian aerial bombardment has helped the assad regime. i think in the face of these proximity talks, without the sides sitting around the table, they believe two years they brought the talks together too quickly. they will deal with the issues of humanitarian access because they want to try and get more access to people who are besieged across syria.
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in fact, the humanitarian chief of the u.n. in syria, the man who led that convoy into madaya i'm told, will be in geneva from monday. i think that says to me there is likely to be a humanitarian dimension to the early part of the talks, trying to show some benefit to the two sides and to the population in syria if they continue these talks thank you very much for that. afghanistan's taliban says it will resume talks with the afghan government only if it is removed from a u.n. black list. the armed group was urged to return to the negotiating table last week. a senior member says he wants the u.n. to cancel a resolution fleezing its assets and travel for senior figures. cities are at a standstill after a major blizzard. travel has been disrupted. thousands of flights have been
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cancelled and people urged to stay home. a state of emergency has been declared in new york and in other states. >> reporter: from georgia the outdoor activity has been ekept to a minimum. motorists have been persuaded off the roads. many many of those who ventured out found the conditions more than they had bargained for. in kentucky, many were stranded on the road on a highway. >> we're proceeding going to be running into ditches trying to get you out of a ditch. >> reporter: washington dcs train service will shut down for only the third time in its history. further north the storm caused flooding on the coast >> there was significant water and ice floating up the streets
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that had already gone over the wall that the government says is good enough to protect them from any storm >> reporter: after the snow forecast for new york city was raised to 76 centimeters, officials there ordered a rare travel ban >> all vehicles that are plot emergency vehicles or authorised vehicles involved in direct urgent service to people need need to be off the streets. the ban will begin at 2.30 today. that will remain in effect until further notice >> reporter: about 150,000 households were without electricity in north and south carolina. the out ages were expected to worsen as ice builds up on power lines. in washington there it was a snow boarder's light on the streets. at a zoo one panda couldn't get enough of the snow.
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since from 15% of all commercial flights have been cancelled. beginning sunday the airlines will have to start coping with a huge backlog of passengers people in south korea are also feeling the freeze. the government has issued a cold weather warning for seoul for the first time in five years. temperatures have fallen to minus 18 celsius in the capital. the u.n. and governments around the world are urging haiti leaders to solve a worsening political crisis. a run off election due to sunday has been delayed indefinitely. a report from the capital. >> reporter: it was the threat of widespread violence that led to haiti's planned election being called off. this is now a nation in limbo.
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polling stations have been set ablaze across the country with many fearing the country is heading towards a crisis that threatens to destabilize an already fragile nation. you think it will be a struggle? >> yes, but we will fight. we are fighters >> reporter: this man was running for president. he is now part of a group of former candidates known as the g8 who have been calling for sweeping change amid accusations of fraud and voting irregularities. he is happy it has been postponed. there are some serious challenges ahead he believes >> translation: i have a good feeling. we've made a big step in the right direction, but it is not the end. we have a long way to go because this fight is more complicated than people think. >> reporter: the leadership struggles aside, the people here are growing increasingly impatient with the voting process. this man told us he is rapidly
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losing hope for the country. he tells us most here live in n inhumane conditions. it is widely held belief. according to the constitution, the president has to be out of office by the beginning of february. the timeframe gives those in power little time to act decisively. >> translation: we have less than two weeks until february 7 and there is no way to have another election before then. so it will be up to the parliament and the political parties to agree on a transition of government. >> reporter: elections have never been an easy thing in haiti but for the past decade this country has enjoild relative stability. that has begun to unravel in the past few months. the important thing for the country is that it's next leader has legitimacy. there is more at stake here than
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a small handover of power. it is still recovering from a devastating earthquake, unemployment rampant, and the leaders can't run what the people see as free and fair elections. it is this nation's 50 million people who may ultimately pay the price stay with us on al jazeera. still ahead a plea to protect civilians caught up in the conflict in yemen as the u.n. says tens of thousands are suffering. plus demolition countdown. we meet these residents of hong kong whose homes are days away from being flattened.
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welcome back.
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our top stories. at least 47 people have been killed in suspected russian air strikes in syria. fighter jets hit a village in an eastern city. eastern u.s. sites including new york and washington dc are at a stand sometime after a major blizzard. at least 19 people have been killed. a state of emergency has been declared in new york and in several other states. the international community is calling on haiti's leads to solve a worsening political crisis. a run off to choose the next president is held indefinitely. in yemen the u.n. is seeking unlimited access to taiz.
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our correspondent has the latest. >> reporter: the u.n. says 200,000 civilians in taiz are living in what it calls a virtual state of siege. houthi rebels are blocking access to the city. they're stopping the injured from leaving to get medical treatment elsewhere. >> translation: i was hit by a shell and i've been in hospital for three months. i need medical attention abroad. i lost my legs and there is no treatment for me here in taiz >> reporter: the city's hospitals are struggling to cope with demand. 90% of hospitals have closed. the ones open are running short of supplies. they're warning that patients will end up with lifelong disabilities unless they receive the help they need. >> translation: many of our patients are in need of urgent medical care abroad.
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they haven't been able to travel. we also have no medicine entering the city. >> reporter: cities under siege and restrictions on food and medical supplies, the u.s. government is calling on all sides of the conflict to resume peace talks. it says attacks on the red sea port should stop immediately to allow aid in >> a lot of people need diesel, the basic necessities to live, but on top of that children haven't been able to go back to school and they're being recruited into militias to join the war. >> reporter: this bakery is using wood instead of fuel to make its bread. >> translation: there is a severe shortage of diesel and it is very expensive on the black market. the city is under siege, so to spare additional costs we've
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returned to using wood. >> reporter: after ten months of fighting the people want the war to end. until it does, their situation will continue to deteriorate to moldova where the opposition is expecting tens of thousands of people to join a protest. they're demanding elections after the appointment of a prime minister who they say is taking his orders from business tycoons. our correspondent joins us. tell us what the turn out is like and what has prompted this demonstration this week? >> reporter: this demonstration is due to start right now which is the latest in a series of protests that we've seen in the capital over the past week, which really culminated on wednesday night when thousands of people attempted to storm the parliament. they managed to get inside very
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angry at the appointment of a new government. the government which they say is extremely corrupt. it also dates back to the death of up to a billion-- theflt of a billion dollars from the country's banking system. the government had last year collapsed in october and one of the senior political figures was jailed for his involvement in that scandal, in that theft. the opposition say that others are involved. most significantly, the country's most powerful businessman, a man who is believed by the opposition to be behind the appointment of this new government, if you like the grey cardinal. so frustrations have boiled over here which for the past some considerable time, more than a few years now, has been wrenched
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by different cases, major political paralysis here. there were four prime ministers in the past 12 months. there is no legal base to hold elections, but if you looked at the scene it seems very clear that they have lost the support of a lot of their people and elections will turn things dramatically away from the current system, the current political system it doesn't look like there's going to be' resolution. without a compromise what will be the outcome thf? >> reporter: within moldova, a competing political elite, it's a business system. on the other side there are
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other very powerful figures who control the opposition. that is the inside situation from the people here. it means unfortunately more misery for them economically speaking. without stability, without a decent government they're going to be unable to get themselves out of this hole. internationally speaking, let's not forget that it is in an area of overlapping interests between the russians on the one side and europe on the other. this is almost a custody battle. if elections are held, it do be a very-- it could be a new government that would be formed. they say that moldova people believe that the government that we have here is corrupt and must go we will keep an eye on that,
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but thank you for the moment. china and iran have announced plans to strengthen economic ties worth up to 600 billion dollars in the text 10 years. president xi jinping was the first to travel to iran after the sanctions were lifted. >> translation: we are delighted to see this trip taking place at the very appropriate historical time in the post-sanctions era. we decided to increase mutual trade up to 600 billion dollars. to ensure stability and peace in the middle east, we are helping countries who suffer from terrorism, like iraq, syria and yemen. we also offer intellectual intelligence to fight terrorism a 17-year-old gunman has been charged following canada's
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worst school shooting in a decade. he is accused of shooting two brothers. he then opened fire in a high school. a teacher and an assistant were killed. the gunman was arrested outside the school and later charged with four counts of first degree murder. 13 people have been killed after a ship capsized off the coast of nicaragua. according to the officials most of those who drowned were costa rican women. it was carrying tourists from latin america and other countries when it sank. the hong kong government is going ahead with the demolition of the city's last urban walled village despite protests from the villagers. some are refusing to leave demanding that the site be protected. >> reporter: it is not often you see a low-rise structure in the heart of hong kong.
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this village is home to around 100 people, some who have been here all their life. >> translation: my father built this house all by himself. so no house is now 50 to 60 years old. he was born here and is one of 15 households who still call it home. his days are numbered because of government plans to demolish this site at the end of the month. >> translation: if the government was about the people t wouldn't force us to give up our homes before we have been resettled. >> reporter: the village was built by indigenous people in the 16th century with the walls act as defense against local pirates. the plans to convert this site into private housing. >> hong kong is undergoing a huge building era.
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the new development will provide two tall apartment buildings for the market, to make good use of the land. >> reporter: while it's the history of this village that these residents are so proud of, they're also concerned about where to go from here. the government has offered some compensation but it's not enough to secure a home elsewhere. >> for some small amount of money you cannot do anything. even if you rent, it is very expensive. >> reporter: as well as residents, there are small businesses, including this man's. he has been running this store for 40 years. >> translation: the compensation is not enough being offered. i can't start a new business or run any business any more. >> reporter: the government
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spokesman was not available for comment, but the government's message is clear, that if they don't leave by the end of the month, they face criminal charges and hefty crimes the sundance film festival is often associated with the off beak, quirky side of cinema. there is a tashger and scarier side-- darker. >> reporter: midnight is when the horror begins at sundance, horror movies that is. >> we want to be here first. >> reporter: these people lined up late at night to see the film the greasy strangler. >> it is a mixture of sweetness, tenderness and some sort of quiet deoperatived weirdness. >> reporter: another film maker is back with a feature called 31 about some carnival workers
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kidnapped on halloween night >> it is a 12-hour fight to the death in homicidal maniacs. >> reporter: horror appears across the world. this is under the shadow. a young woman going mad. she is convinced there is an evil spirit or jin in her apartment. >> every culture across the world have their version of horror myths. people are fascinated by stories that terrify them. >> reporter: horror movies are as old as films themselves. many monsters have become stars of the genre. besides frightening generations of movie goers, the horror genre
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is a real money maker. >> horrors are a guaranteed profit. >> reporter: the blair witch project which premiered here, went on to become the highest grossing independent film of all time. >> i am so scared >> reporter: even for many serious cinema fans, there's nothing quite like the guilty pleasure of sitting in a darkened theater and getting scared out of your wits. they often refer to undercurrents in society. >> everything from mass shootings to police bu tattle. these are the-- brutality. these are the things that feed the imimagination of film makers. >> reporter: so midnight after midnight, the sundance horror features creep on with film makers hoping their audiences will reward their work with the
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best reaction of all, a blood curdling scream a reminder that you can keep up-to-date with all our stories on aljazeera.com >> when i became aware of my surroundings, there was no electricity. it was quiet then. >> the land was wide. no dust. nothing but green grass, tall green grass, so pretty. it used to start freezing, begiin

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