>> good evening i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america. russia's bombing campaign in syria has restarted as world leaders plot out a platt for the middle eastern country's future. >> also. >> there's nothing conservative about donald trump. >> on air and online. >> fixing a gas leak in l.a. spewing toxic fumes for months. how the damage to the surrounding area could last for decades. historic meeting between
leaders of two religions. pope francis and the leader of the russian orthodox church. russian air viekrussian aire resumed in syria. speaking today in an interview with the agents trance press, syrian president bashar al-assad spoke. >> translator: we have fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis. however if we negotiate, it does not mean that we stop fight are terrorism. the two tracks are inevitable in syria first through negotiations and second through fighting terrorism. and the two tracks are separate from each other. >> and tonight there are many unanswered questions about the new deal that is supposed to put a stop to the fighting in syria.
al jazeera's jamie mcintire reports. >> antonio, if you cut through all the diplo speak, the potential for a ceasefire in syria comes down to how the russians define a single word, terrorist. russia continues to pound targets in syria even hours after the diplomatic meeting was announced. air cover for forces loyal to yrntosyrian president bashar al-assad. air strikes will continue but some groups will no longer be targeted. >> to that end we have also established a task force under the auspices of the u.n. and co-chaired by russia and the united states. over the coming week this group
will work to develop the modalities for a long term comprehensive and durable cessation of violence. of hostilities. >> reporter: both sides have already agreed that i.s.i.l. and the el nusra front are legitimate targets, both having been designated as terrorist groups by the u.n. no effect on the war. >> there is no operations to cease. those will continue because those are not groups that are party to the ceasefire. >> the u.s. says russia rarely strikes i.s.i.l. targets and instead has been primarily focused on groups opposed to the assad regime. russia insists it's battling bag
terrorism, a lot rides on who is labeled a terrorist. >> if this can be qualified as aggression, then yeah, probably. >> are pentagon continues to queues russia of bombing recklessly and lying about it. the pentagon says the temporary cessation of hostilities agreement, largely because it provides for the immediate flow of humanitarian aid and it could lead to a more permanent ceasefire in the future. but moscow sees this as a good win, it gives, flow of humanitarian aid and leefsd bashar al-assad even more firmly in power.
antonio. >> the discussions have had no effect on syria, at least not yet. zeina khodr explains. >> rebel fighters understand the need to hold ground on this front line. if they are defeated the syrian government and its allies will be one step further. after losing much territory in this northern province the opposition is trying to freefnt second largest city from being besieged. >> they are killing us but we will complaint and liberty every inch of property they captured, we are here. >> within a week the bombardment is supposed to talk.received with skepticism on the ground. >> i don't think the international community
represented by the u.s. and russian is serious about a ceasefire for now. they are poafnting the peace talks to giver the regime more time to cover ground. >> in the country side of homs further south towards damascus the aerial bombardment, supply license into their strongholds and the u.n. is warning that the 120,000 people inside risk hunger and disease. members of the opposition inside and outside of syria have told us they have little faith in the syrian government and its backer russian. weekend of the opposition and tors the armed groups to surrender. but a pause in the fighting and the delivery of much needed aid of hundreds of thousands, cannot
come fast enough for the people. the battle has left 50,000 people homeless adding to the millions who have beneficiary complied over the years. >> they are not sparing anyone, not the chin not the woman not the rest of syria the government and eighths lies are confident they are close to a victory but in this deeply divided vic triz claims ever virk tri will have little for anyone except a wider defeated. >> are fresh in their debate, bernie sanders and hillary clinton were at the same venues. crisscrossing south carolina, the race is getting ugly. paul beban reports.
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long range missile test. it also conducted its fourth nuclear test last month. pope francis shook hand with patriarch karil, the head of the russian orthodox church natasha guinane has more. >> the two leaders focused on the despair in the world. they talked about the need to have a common goal and work towards a solution, that would combat what they called the extermination of christians in the middle east and north africa. they cited iraq and syria specifically and said the international community needed to do its part to bring an end to the violence and the terrorism. they also believed that the
international community needs to give wide scale humanitarian aired to refugees. both leaders mentioned that they have sympathy for other faiths that have also been impacted by the violence in the region and they promoted this notion of interfaith dialogue. now this entire meeting has been framed as a way to yooufnt the o sides. , it's likely vladimir putin signed off on this meeting, the meeting comes at a time when russia is isolated from the west, due to it's military actions in ukraine and syria. an attempt by russia to uplift its position in the west. clinical trials for zika
virus are at least 18 months away. caroline malone reports. >> this is china's first zika patient. he was in venezuela when he began to get a fever and feel dizzy. >> translator: the symptoms made me believe that i had contracted dengue fever because zika virus was only found recently. >> reporter: infection with the virus is usually not life threatening with adults but it is a concern for pregnant women because it is a strong link to babies born with deformities. health officials are pushing to distribute test kits. >> there is great optimism that we could develop this vaccine in less time than originally
foreseen. we believe in a year we could have the vaccine in its developed form. >> but the world health organization says it is likely 18 months before the vaccine could go to widespread trials. brain deformities in babies, the virus has been detected all over the americas in venezuela for example at least 70 people have been hospitalized. there were also cases in the u.s. and people who have traveled south, one case from sexual contact. one case in china, two pregnant women have returned from latin america to australia with zika. doctors are closely monitoring them but they have not yet seen any evidence of deformities in babies. >> translator: he told me that it shouldn't be dangerous at this stage that if i was closer to giving birth it would be. >> reporter: zika was first
identified in uganda in 1947. people are worried about what would happen if this latest outbreak spread from cape verde to the rest of africa. >> this is a very large portion of the conforme world. it is about india and tropical area. >> public health emergency, since then the authorities have stepped up their response to what's a virus of international concern. caifer lyocaroline malone, al j. >> florida officials are asking for help from hundreds of hunters, the race to kill burmese pythons, next. and a lifetime ban for use
can apply for reinstatement in a year. california desert mojave trails which stretch from barstow to near the arizona border, castle mountains, and the sand to snow national monument near palm springs. that almost doubles the am of at of public land president obama has protectduring his term. hundreds of hunters are combing the everglades to kill as many burmese pythons as they can. ash-har quraishi went to the everglaits. everglades. >> iwith no natural predators, t
is up to snake hunters. >> the biggest capture, first prize. >> reporter: it's a competition sponsored by the florida fish and wildlife conservation commission, the goal is to remove the invasive snakes from public lands in south florida. leo is one of hundreds of hunters taking part. >> you have another one here. >> i think he's a local from here. >> turns out it's bill booth. he's in the lead right now and leo is trying to stay competitive. >> give us a break bill! what's going on man! >> not much. >> everything good? >> real good. >> what's your count? >> 28. >> this is the second time the python challenge has been held. last time, the hunt netted 68
snakes. the snake began invading part of south florida. the result of accidental or intentional release by pet owners. estimates vary drastically from 30,000 to 300,000. the constrictor snake can grow to 26 feet and with no known predators can be a threat to local animals. >> to think the numbers of these things might decline, they won't disappear but they may become another member of our fauna and be part of the ecoseam, and hopefully that will happen before they drive any of our animals extinct. >> everglades tour guide killed a ten foot python.
one measuring 18 feet three inches and measuring 600 pound. >> you see that? that's a good hole right there. nice 12, 14 foot, fit in there perfect. my whole foot i ask stick in. >> lee oh sancheleo sanchez hasg for the last ten years. he came face to face with a snake none to happy being caught. he continues addicted to the adrenalin of the chase. >> i'm dying to come across a female sitting on the clutch of eggs. that will be an awesome fight. the meanest python i can get. >> ash-har quraishi, al jazeera, everglades national park, florida. >> i'm antonio mora. for the latest news you can head
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