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this is al jazeera. welcome to the news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes. a standing ovation from north korean's rocket launch. world leaders are far from impressed. the search goes on for survivors as questions surface about safety standards in the wake of taiwan's quake and there is still anger on the streets despite haiti's outgoing president striking a deal with parliament >> you have not been involved in a consequential decision where you have been held accountable
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> presidential hopefuls turn on each other. >> reporter: i'm with the day's sport. 50 years on we ask how the super bowl got so big. america's most popular sporting event is just hours away a blast on north korea on world leaders after launching a long range rocket. condemnation coming from south korea, japan and russia, amongst others. they say the launch is a cover for testing new missile technology. tv made the announcement saying a rocket carrying a satellite has been put in orbit.
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ban ki-moon has called the actions deplorable and an emergency meeting of security council has been called in new york. the president has said the security council needs to respond quickly with what she calls strong punitive measures. they will begin talks with the u.s. on a new missile defense system. >> reporter: north korea had already brought its week long launch window forward by a day and it wasn't wasting any time. just two hours into that window the rocket carrying the bright star satellite lifted off. all over seen by the country's young leader. it relayed by its most famous news reader. >> translation: a complete success made in the lift off of the great work of the party on attaching importance to science and technology. it is an important step.
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>> reporter: a defense capability that worries the world powers. a rocket launching a satellite could also carry a nuclear war head, even if this one is from the ideal weapon. >> this system itself doesn't have military applications, but nevertheless some of the applications, some of the technologies, some of the systems and subsystems, they could use for the military programs. >> reporter: south korea's president convened her national security council calling the launch an unacceptable provocation. >> translation: recognising the nuclear launch, the security council should come up with strong sanctions >> reporter: they also announced they would start formal consultations of u.s. to employ the anti raen. >> reporter: they're resolutely
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deproceedsd to sment so close to its territory. the u.s. and south korea are trying to pressurize china to get tough on its ally. the pursuit of economic success and a viable nuclear weapon the twin guiding principles of his rule. so far he has approved he is immune to beijing's paements to convince him otherwise. this launch comes at the start of the lunar new year around days before the birth of current leaders late father. north korea space agency called it a gift to the nation adrian brown has been monitoring the reaction in beijing and sends this report >> reporter: china is the only friend or ally that north korea has. it provides a vital economic life line to the country. just a few days ago china dispatched a special envoy to appeal to the government there not to go ahead with this test. the fact that north korea has so
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openly defied china will, i think, be a cause of anger and embarrassment to the leadership here. on sunday the ministry of foreign affairs issued a terse statement here saying that they regretted the fact that north korea had decided to ignore the pervasive opposition of the international community by testing its ballistic missile technology. it urged calm and restraint saying the only way to bring about a lasting peace on the korean peninsula was on dialogue. the question now is whether china will sign up to toughening sanctions against north korea because in the past it said it doesn't believe sanctions are an end to themselves the third gulf nation is to send troops to syria. they're part of the u.s. led bombing campaign against i.s.i.l. in syria and iraq. syria has warned it will fight
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against a ground incursion in its territory. our guest joins us from dubai. as read, they're not saying they're about to do it but will do it if necessary. >> yes. i think the same. they're on the same lines as the saudis and others. it is a more declaration of intent. it comes in light of the recent developments in syria whereby we saw russia and its allies in iran and the militias make a strong push in the north and the south against opposition forces which led to the failure of the talks in geneva.
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this is now raising suspicion that the intervention in syria by the russians is not about fighting the i.s.i.l. it is about saving the regime and even more what chance do you think of this declaration of intent, as you put it, actually becoming a reality? >> this depends on how the russians and community react to the situation, what they're willing to do to stop this onslaught against them, and engage in peace talks. i think this is something of a great deal of concern to the arab states, and they're very concerned about the indifference by the west. so far they have not seen a real
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reaction to this big offensive in the north, in the south and various parts of the country and by the russians and their allies, and now they are sending warning signals that if they're not going to do anything about it, we will do something about it if they do, if we see gulf states going in on the ground, what impact do you think it will have on the situation. the situation is in such a mess anyway, what impact will be if they do go in? >> we saw from previous presidents lake in bahrain a few years ago and last year in yemen, that they are gulf states very concerned about the schemes in the region, the spread of influence and the indifference by the west, and when when the
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west do nothing about it, they didn't have the resort to go about and do something about it on their own. now they're sending out the same signals. the same thing here. the objective is fighting i.s.i.l. the russians have announced this, but they haven't done anything about fighting i.s.i.l. all they're doing is fighting the opposition. they have completely ignored i.s.i.l. there was not much infighting i.s.i.l. everybody is using i.s.i.l. as the pretext to intervene in iraq and syria, but no-one is doing about i.s.i.l. but achieving their own interests. the saudis are sending signals that we are willing to send in land forces to help speed up this so-called international operations to fight i.s.i.l.
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they want to have a say in the future of syria and iraq and not leave it to the iranians and russians to determine this thank you very much for that. >> thank you turkey says it is ready to let in this thousands of syrian refugees trapped on its border if necessary. they're struck on the front near aleppo. ankara says it is providing food and shelter but for now it is not letting them cross the border. let's speak to our correspondent who joins us from the syrian border. what kind of numbers are we talking about? do you know how many are on the other side of the border? >> reporter: we just spoke to someone from turkey management agency. they're telling us they believe it's around 10,000 others.
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we've been trying to speaking to a few people, so 10,000. the picture that we've been seeing happening here at this border today, it remains closed to people. as you can see behind me, the trucks are going in. we saw some steel structures which could be used to build big tents. we also saw the u.n.h.c.r. and they are registering people because, of course, turkey concerned about security. they want to manage the amount of people trying to figure out who they are, but we were told that they can very well provide for them there in the buffer zone as well as they can here. they have experience in this. turkey hosts around 2.5 million refugees, so at the moment there was no need nor the borders to be open. we heard earlier from president erdogan that as many as 70,000
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could be expected over the coming days and weeks as this campaign continues and if necessary he said turkey will open their borders this shows no sign of stopping. it is only going to get worse. >> reporter: yes. this is the situation that we've been hearing from people inside fighting for very strategic life lines around aleppo and there are people inside the eastern side of the city, rebel controlled, around 300,000 is the estimate. the people we're seeing leaving a lot from the aleppo countryside, people extremely scared because of the intensity of this campaign backed up by russian fire power which has been changing the regime's luck, if you will, on the ground, making headway, giving them, of course, much more negotiating power when it comes to any political negotiation, but the side effects of that is humanitarian disaster. the stories you hear from across the way, it is a flow of people
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coming and it's not slowing down. this is extremely concerning. if it goes on we could see tens appeared tens of thousands more seeking safety thank you for that. earlier i spoke to the syrian civil defense which is an independent humanitarian organization that is funded by international donors including the u.k. and u.s. it is the only country wide organization of syrian nationals for training search and rescue. i spoke to one who is the head of that group in aleppo. he started by explaining what the situation was there. >> translation: at the moment the situation on the ground is very dire. we see the regime forces advancing. they are backed and supported by the russian bombardment on the
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northern countryside. the situation is dire. there is huge destruction, great losses, intense bombardment on the residential areas and others. this bombardment, of course, resulted in a large amount of casualties and fatalities, also forced people to leave we've been hearing about refugees leaving the area in the thousands. can you confirm that and tell me about the conditions they're having to tolerate >> translation: the numbers of refugees displaced exceeded 90,000 residents from these areas. however, most of those people fled for their life as a result of indiscriminate intense heavy bombardment coupled with ar till reshelling-- artillery shelling. this heavy intense bombardment
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resulted and forced people to leave. a large amount is head towards the crossing and others towards the western countryside. they believe to be heading to a more safe area. however, all the northern parts and all the surrounding and outskirts of aleppo are not safe. they are judge fleeing for their lives what is the situation with supplies, food supplies, medical supplies and so forth? >> translation: with respect to the food supplies, the regime has seized control of many villages and towns and managed to control aleppo in two halfs, one totally besieged area. as a result the prices of basic necessities and food items have
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skyrocketed. also there is sharp shortage in medical supplies. on the other hassle the line of supplies has been also cut off. as a result, the fuel and energy derivatives, medical supplies prices have also skyrocketed you have been heavily involved in rescue work, rescuing civilians caught up in the violence and offensive, a glimpse that we can see from the body cameras that you and your fellow workers wear. give us an idea of the things you have to do and what you're seeing >> translation: true. what is taking place in the northern side of aleppo is systematic, indiscriminate, intense, heavy bombardment using the russian jet fighters coupled
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with the regime artilley, also offensive launched by the militias backing the regime forces. this resulted in gross, huge destruction. as a result this was a great deal of rescue operation. the defense is doing all they can to help residents. the rescue and search operations are underway day and night. however, they cannot be compared to the amount and magnitude and severity of this. we are doing all what we can to help residents. we have no other options but the situation is dire and it is getting more worse. i should also note that aleppo now is going through the worst situation since the beginning of the revolution
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still to come on the news hour, political reform in algeria as parliament passes a new constitution limiting presidents to two terms. plus >> reporter: i'm in hungary, one of the countries that the government is testing the bonds of the european union the sports coming up with gulf results rescue workers say they found signs of life under the debris of a high-rise building which collapsed after taiwan's earthquake. more than 130 people are still feared trapped. 29 were killed in the city of tainan in the worst affected area. >> reporter: as they work further down into the ruins, conditions for the rescue teams are getting harder.
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hang in there they shout, we will soon get you out. people are trapped in very small spaces and we can't use big machinery down there. we mostly dig with our hands. >> reporter: around the edges of the site relatives of the missing have been rating anxiously for news. since the earthquake on saturday morning that caused this entire complex to crumble in seconds, trapping hundreds as they slept. one man is looking for his father and younger brother. he believes rescuers are looking in the wrong place. this lady is looking for her 3 month old baby who was being cared for by her sister. she still can't understand what happened. >> translation: it is the construction company's fault. other buildings didn't collapse like this one. >> reporter: many are saying the complex was poorly designed and poorly built.
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in the local language it's called a total building, like the dish it has no structure and when the ground shook it toppled over. now exposed in the ruins, these are tin cans that had been used in place of concrete on at least several floors. local media have been focusing on how the building was altered with the ground floor turned into commercial space that may have weakened it earlier. of equal concern is how the authorities in this quake-prone area didn't have alterations. >> translation: they're doing a full investigation and they have come here to collect evidence. >> reporter: as that investigation ramps up, so the search of the building continues with the likelihood of finding more bodies than survivors. rob mcbride on to haiti now where the
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outgoing president is due to leave office on sunday after a last minute deal with parliament for an interim leadership the move is aimed at calming weeks of opposition protests. he came to office back in 2011 after winning an election marred by allegations of fraud. his rule by decree since january last year when parliament was dissolved because of disputes over a new law. several people were killed in august. two months later haitins got to vote for a new president and the opposition slammed the results which mut martelli back in the lead. run off votes were cancelled indefinitely last month because of more protests and a boycott. we're going to the executive director of the institute of justice and democracy in haiti.
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how do you assess the situation now as you look ahead to these potential elections in april? >> i'm optimistic. i'm not certain that there are going to be elections in april because that date needs to be set by a council which hasn't been named yet. i think haiti moved itself a step back from the brink by cancelling the elections in late january. i think if those are gone forward, haiti might have been saddled with an illegitimate president for five years. haiti now has a chance to step back and say how are we going to runs elections that are fair and are perceived to be fair by the majority of the voters what needs to happen here to placate those who are angered by the current situation? >> the big issue right now for negotiation is how far do you go back to correct the problems. as you mentioned, the elections in august were violent, so much
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so that about a quarter of the votes were not even counted. there was an extremely low turn out because of voter intimidation. the second round in october were deeply corrupt. one fish investigation worked at 76 sheets-- looked at 76 sheets and found irregularities in all. there are deep problems. i think most people taking to the streets think you need to go back and do the election from scratch. there are some people saying we just have to have the final run-off election based on these results, which i think would be problematic. it is more time and money to do it right, but most people in haiti saying it is better to do it right than to build on a foundation of sand some of these political reforms sound okay, reintroduction of two-term limit, the language being recognised as official and so on >> yes. people are taking to the streets
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and are frustrated and acting out in ways that are not always constructive, but the demands are basic democracy 101, having the structures that people can be confident in. it is important in a country like haiti because the government is going to make tough decisions to move the country forward and it is difficult to ask your public to make tough decisions if you were elected through violence and fraud thank you for that. algeria's parliament has passed a constitution. the changes will strengthen democracy but analysts have doubt on whether they will come to fruition. reforms will see the reintroduction of two-term limits on the presidency. that rule was lifted in 2008 to allow him to run for a third term. changes will also require the president to get the backing of
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parliament when appointing a new prime minister. electoral commission will be established and freedom of speech to the press is guaranteed. it is said that the constitution seeks to maintain the current status quo. joining me in the studio is a specialist on politics and a nonresident fellow at the german institute for international and security affairs. welcome to the affairs. what is your assessment of the current situation, then? >> changing the constitution is something that should be exceptional in our country. it's politics as usual since 1963 we have had something like eight constitutions and for the 16 past years we have had three constitution. the characteristic of the generation is to use constitutional changes in order to have the nations that are occurring within the regime, but
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never to promote more openness on democratic governance as far as the president himself is concerned, there are concerns about his health, aren't there >> yes is this tying in with what? >> that is the second characteristic of how it is using the constitutional changes. it's also to go beyond crisis and there have been two important crisis in the country. the first one, the succession to the president and the international committee about what is going to happen next. so this new revision is happening in a sort of clean the house before i leave from the position of president. the second motivation was a fear of an arab spring. in 2011 he announced that there will be new changes, reforms and so on. so the project was buried until
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six months ago and now it is on the agenda again is it likely to dilute the powerful elite? >> no. i don't think so. that is not a characteristic of how they use the constitution. it does not emanate from the popular demand. actually people don't care and the opposition is going to boycott the parliamentary decision. so rather than promoting new changes within the constitution, the feeling is that the leaders should at least implement what already exists, the basic that is not already respected by the people we will have to leave it there. thank you very much >> thank you to the second of our four-part series about the widening cracks in the european union. there are concerns about russian's increasing influence in countries such a hundred
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hungary. >> reporter: at the studios here, they're never quite sure whether the next broadcast may be their last. openly critical of the government, the station has lost most of its advertising and it had its frequency reduced >> i feel that they believe that first of all they can do what they want. they are so full of hatred. they hate their so-called enemies. they believe that everybody who does not think the same way as they do are the enemies. >> reporter: in parts of central and eastern europe among fully pledged members of the european union the politics of nationalism is taking route. here in hungary the prime minister is said to take his
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view from putin. >> he confessed that his models are put in erdogan from turkey and other successful leaders. the biggest danger of this model is getting attractive for others. why not to use it? >> reporter: poland does appear to be doing just that, restricting judicial and media freedoms, and with slovakia and the czech they all pushed back the refugees system. last summer the highways and railway stations were packed with refugees making their way to germany. now they're nowhere to be seen. they cleansed their route sealed
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with razor wire. the prime minister says he is defending europe's christian value against the mainly muslim refugees. the small muslim community has noticed a rise in hate crimes and death threats as a result. >> translation: the government communicated the immigration equals the arriving of islamic terrorism into the country. they even justified it with the paris attacks. if you repeat something often enough people will believe it >> reporter: i put those concerns to the government's chief spokesman >> it's not anti religious. integration of muslim people in western europe is unsuccessful. this is the case in most countries for the last couple of decades. you're talking about reality. >> reporter: what the government calls reality others might call islamaphobia and it is a growing problem across much of europe.
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jonah hull let's move to the weather. we've got a bit of a storm gathering. >> reporter: yes. that's right. two storms are coming towards the north east of the corner of u.s. in time for the new hampshire primaries. the first one around here is going to push its way up to the north-easter. this area of cloud swirling around. this is what is known as anal bettera clipper. they look like they're going to make their way together as we go on towards the next couple of days. by tuesday we could see significant snow fall in the north-eastern corner. the system will make the way across the lakes, and the lakes not as quite deepened ice as we would expect. as you can see people have parked their cars there. they're expecting to enjoy the festivities, but the ice not
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quite as frozen as they thought. here is developing north-easter. they get closer and closer as we go onto money, a significant snow fall to the lakes, right across the mountains. there is our north-easter pulling in the winds from this direction through new england and eastern parts of canada. by tuesday white-out conditions for many. we can see some significant snow fall across the good part of new england thank you very much. see you later. much more still to come on the news hour, including an alternative for the white house. why it is so hard to be a third party presidential candidate. plus >> reporter: i'm andy richardson at the african nation champion ship finding out if the women's football can keep pace with the men's game. s game.
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you're watching al jazeera. our top stories. north korea has launched a long range rocket into space. south korea has condemned the action and says it will begin talks with the u.s. on a new missile defense system. the u.n. security council will hold an emergency meeting later on sunday. the united arab emirites says it will send troops to fight i.s.i.l. at least 29 people have died in saturday's earthquake in southern taiwan. more than 130 people are still feared trapped in the rubble. there are signs of life under
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the debris of a high rise building which collapsed. some more on our top story. it's not the north korea's space ambitions that have concerned countries, but the technology could also be used to deliver a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: here it is north korea's rocket. similar it not identical to the one that thought put a satellite into space on sunday. it has never been tested as a ballistic missile but experts say it could be adopted to carry an 800 kg pay load up to 10,000 kilometers. that puts asia, europe and the u.s. within range. it is not considered a good ballistic missile. it can only be fixed-- launched from fixed sites and it takes hours to prepare the volatile fuel for launch. it is hardly a responsive weapon. north korea would also need to develop a nuclear war head small
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enough and light enough to fit into the rocket. so far there's no evidence of this. even if north korea could get a bomb into the upper atmosphere above a target, it has another challenge. it would need to bring it back down in a controlled way to stop it burning up as it reaches speeds of up to 250,000 companies an hour. again, there's no evidence it has the capacity to do this. experts say a successful launch of the jet could have north korea develop this, the ballistic missile, but only in a limited way. the rockets are different and work in very different ways. all of which means the u.n. ha 3 is probably what the north koreas say it is, a space launch vehicle which in its current form has little potential as a ballistic miss - missile.
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>> if one believes what the north korean media said, that they launched a satellite, which is an observation satellite, if the launch was successful and the satellite reached orbit successfully, it means that north korea has now mastered the technology for putting objects in earth's orbit, but it also means that they have reliable rocket engines which would also potentially be used for ballistic missiles and this nuclear test in january, again it remains to be confirmed whether, indeed, it was a turbo nuclear device or an hirosmima device. from the north korean point of view, they look at south korea which about 10 years ago was caught with an undeclared nuclear program. from their point of view the
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world doesn't really look very benign. we have a grouping of mu truly recrim nations. they probably have enough for six or seven nuclear weapons. they have uranium enrichment capability which showed to an american nuclear scientist about two years ago. but that is limited. so 100 bombs are grossly exaggerated yemen where there have been gains. more reinforcements are to be sent. >> reporter: special forces will retake coastal areas in this province and advance towards the port city which is a shia houthi
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rebels stronghold. it is also home to yemen's biggest oil refinery and its sea port is crucial for all exports. the houthis and their ally, former president, still have troops stationed in the area. losing the city and its sea port is likely to undermine their chances of getting supplies of weapons from abroad. >> translation: we are making gains. the grip is being tightened on the area and they will make sure the houthis won't receive weapons any more from iranians. >> reporter: there is fighting in the coastal areas continues, and pro-government troops are on the move. they're now in control of an area a few kilometers from the capital. this is where the future of the city may be decided. special forces loyal to the
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president have led siege on a military base on the city's outskirt. the push by government loyalists is a significant development since the houthis took over in 2014. backed by a saudi-led coalition these fighters say they are determined to continue the fight until their rivals surrender and face defeat. the air strikes have intensified hoping to force the houthis into retreat. the she' rebels and the president remains defiant. they say they're determined to fight to defend the areas they control in israel a sudanese migrant who was shot after security forces who stands an israeli soldier has died.
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it would be the first attack of its kind involving a foreigner since the violence began in october. in iraq 15 people have been reported killed while trying to escape east of ramadi. roadside bombs and houses were rigged. the army has been carrying out long stalled operation to clear the area of fight dwrers. imran khan reports now. >> reporter: it is an act, perhaps more symbolic than strategic. for the iraqi army it's important. after nearly a month of fighting, it says it has entered the last neighborhood in ramadi and cleared it of i.s.i.l. fighters. >> translation: it is now completely liberated. now we are removing bombs from the streets and houses and moving civilians. >> reporter: moving them is a big job. they've been trapped in this neighborhood since the military offensive began. the relief at being able to
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leave is clear. >> translation: i.s.i.l. treated us badly. they held us for three days and ordered us to leave our house and then rigged it with explosives. >> translation: our life was dire. we had no food, no medicines and we were under siege from all sides. we had to make do with the little food we had. >> reporter: they are now being taken to camps to the west of ramadi. iraqi army still has to secure the area. its soldiers are going from house to house to clear booby trap buildings and set up defensive positions. there are still pockets of i.s.i.l. fighters further east of ramadi. we have seen i.s.i.l. fighters mount attacks on positions the iraqi army said they had secured in recent days. they look likely to continue because i.s.i.l. still control parts of the countryside. that still makes them a threat. imran khan
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u.s. republican presidential hopefuls have held their latest debate. the florida senator marco rubio whose popularity has been growing was given the hardest time of all at the event hosted by abc. >> reporter: bizarre opening with hopefuls wandering onto the stage. marco rubio was the third place in i've is a threat to others who tried to drag him down. >> that's what washing done dc does. the drive by shot at the beginning with incomplete and incomplete information and then the memorized speech. when your president or governor, the 30 second speech where you
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talk about how great america is at the end of it doesn't solve one problem for one person >> reporter: from the winner, concern at news of the launch. >> we're seeing the launch from a nuclear north korea. is the direct result of the failures of the first clinton administration. the clinton administration led the world in relaxing sanctions against north korea. billions of dollars flowed into north korea in exchange for not building nuclear weapons. >> reporter: an attack from jeb bush. >> quiet. >> reporter: this brought boos from the audience >> that's all of his donors out there. >> reporter: the candidates were asked if water boarding would come back, a practice president obama banned as torture >> i would not bring it back in
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a widespread use. >> it was used sparingly. congress has changed the laws and i think where we stand can the appropriate place >> i would bring it back and a lot worse than water boarding. >> reporter: the story going into this debate was about marco rubio's momentum, how he had done well in iowa and how he could do well in new hampshire, but chris christie and others attacked him. maybe not too much, but enough. the candidates spend their final hours chasing votes, chasing support and chasing the dream of success more than a third of adults in the u.s. say they're neither republican or democrats. they want a third political party. a correspondent went to new jersey in search of alternatives
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and sent us this report. >> reporter: anyone born in the u.s. has the right to run for president. it's in the bill of rights. this health food res restauranteur is one of 91500 candidates for 2016. >> it's the american dream. can you become president? >> that's the challenge. that's another region. for the people, they want a regular citizen governing our country. we have to change the system. if a hardworking american can't become president, it eliminates 99% of the country. >> reporter: study after study has shown that the social mobility promised in the american dream long ago disappeared and election after election has shown that only a few can viably run for the country's highest office >> we need a new way forward that's not bought and paid for by predatory banks, by fossil
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fuel giants and war profiters >> reporter: she was in 2012 and hopes to be 2016. she was on the pal on the for 85% of voters. she hopes it to be 95 to 100. >> the president of united states. >> reporter: even if a third party navigates 50 sets of rules to get on each state's ballot, more over the green and other parties are alleging in court that the presidential debate commission is rigged to ensure only two parties are heard. third parties hope that social media which has proved so effective in bringing things to the mainstream, will make a difference. >> we knew the berlin wall was going to come down and it did. we know things weren't going to happen. things do eventually change. >> reporter: for the greens the forthcoming election is notable
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because bernie sanders's platform is similar to theirs. they say the democratic establishment will ensure he is not the nominee. even if he is, he would be one man against a powerful party machinery opposed to his goals >> it's like helping a friend break up with an abusive relationship. how long will you keep making excuses for a political party that is pushing you over the cliff. >> reporter: the u.s. mainstream media has been discussing an alternative to the republicans and democrats, but it is michael bloomberg, the billionaire tycoon. they say a true break through is possible. >> that is perfecto it looks pretty good. coming up, the days sport. will it be the panthers or the broncos who will be smiling after the super bowl 50.
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welcome back. let's have the sport. >> reporter: the panthers are getting ready to take on the denver broncos in the super bowl. a global tv audience of 190 million fans. it is well established as the biggest day in american sports. now in its 50th year, the n.f.l. season finale didn't always have such a high profile. >> reporter: american football is more than a sport here. it's a celebration for families,
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friends, entire cities. it's also a chance for fans to test their own skills without the pressure of a big game. the atmosphere is friendly, even between rival supporters whose teams are doing battle. super bowl sunday >> it's going to be great. good stuff. >> i feel the same way. i just can't scream that loud >> reporter: who is going to win? >> broncos. >> panthers. >> reporter: this will be the 50th year. it began tentatively. for expected it would grow-- few expected it to grow to dominate american sport. this man has been to every super bowl so far. he has seen change >> the first one was sedate. it is the growth of the population. for americans it's our biggest
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sporting event. >> reporter: there is certainly a lot of money involved. advertisers pay $5 million dollars for 30 second commercials during the game. all that revenue shared among broadcasters, players and the football league makes for huge profit. the league says it reinvests to improve the sport >> to sum up our approach, i would say this. get better. that's our goal. in everything we do and every day we work, we will work to get better in every way. that's what our teams do and that's what the league will do. >> reporter: hours, even days before the game begins, the party is underway here in down town san francisco, a city that has had mixed feelings about hosting this big sports event. some say the public costs of hosting the game, security, maintenance, overcrowding outweigh the benefits in a city that has one of the most visible
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homeless populations in the country. >> how do we best day taxpayer dollars? we have a homeless crisis. we should be using taxpayer dollars to solve issues not paying for a party for the rich. >> reporter: it may be crowded, expensive and glifzy, but the fans love it. it is the climax of their season and they seem ready to soak it up all again the english premier league still has a very unexpected look about it. let's look at the table. leicester are five points clear at the top after the three one win on saturday. right now arsenal are taking on bournemouth, half into the match. >> we are getting back a bit on
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track. although i like to have a little bit more victories instead of the unbeaten draws. i think the team is step-by-step more stable. >> reporter: the winner of the african nations will be decided in a few hours time. congo play mali in the time. the tournam ent has been by men, but now it is women. >> reporter: the african nation's championship have given rwanda the highest ever profile. the women's team is struggling for attention. they played their first official game just two years ago. the role women are expected to play here is changing though. after the genocide in 1994 which left around one million rwandans
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dead, the population was 70% female. women began to make their voices heard. this woman has spent the last 20 years campaigning for equality in football >> women have got ideas. because they had not been given a chance to speak out their ideas and their ideas are always hidden under the table. they have found that having a woman in a position is a great idea. >> reporter: women's rights are now enshrined in the country's constitution. 60% of those in parliament are women. the biggest proportion anywhere in the world. but it is taking time for that high political profile to be reflected in sports. the experiences of the national team's coach provide an insight into how much has had to change. >> i started when i had like a 12 years i played with the men,
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but after finishing playing it was bad for me because whenever i was at home, my parents started to beat me. >> reporter: many club teams make funds available for their young players' education has been one factor to help parents accept their children's choices. >> translation: it has been very good for me. i'm at university and the reason i'm there is not because my parents paid for me, but because of football, the team i play for has paid for all my education >> reporter: this season the national league expanded from 12 to 16 teams and more schools than ever are giving boys and girls a sporting chance. >> these young girls, you go to help the parents at home and do
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cooking, but that mentality has stopped. girls do sports now. >> reporter: to host a tourntam ent for women looks like a target the biggest crowd in golf history has watched the third round of the phoenix open. more than 200,000 spectators were at the stadium on saturday. the fans say five time major winner hit a six under par, 65 to move within five shots of leader danny lee. of course, that's all your sport for now, but we will have more on the build up of the super bowl 50 which kicks off later we look forward to that. thanks a lot. that is it for this news hour. i will be back in another few minutes with a full bulletin of
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