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syria appeals to the u.n. as the shells are continuing inside its territory welcome to al jazeera live from doha. also to come on the program, a sharp fall in chinese trade as fears grow over its slowing economy. new ministers for libya's liberty government.
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the revenant starring leonardo dicaprio wins big at the baftas turkey continues to shell kurdish fighters inside its territory, syria has appealed to the u.n. security council to intervene. the turkish prime minister has said his country will keep pounding kurdish positions. these pictures show turkish forces shelling the y.p.g. fighters close to azaz district in the north. ankara that is. they want the y.p.g. to withdraw from the areas that they've captured in this area. the y.p.g. who also have the support of the u.s. are refusing. they say they will push back any advance from i.s.i.l. france has joined the u.s. in urging turkey to stop the
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bombing. syrian forces continue their push for aleppo city backed by russian air strikes. this apparently shows the aftermath of an air strike on the districts of two areas. an entire building kal appearsd-- kal opposited here. president of russia says it has no plans to have the military presence in syria forever. he was speaking in a magazine interview and said that russia is pursuing a limited objective. when asked if the air strikes would continue until the bashar al-assad regained control. to our correspondent who is reporting live from southern turkey. starting with the turkish action against the y.p.g., turkey is
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saying it's going to continue, the y.p.g. saying they're not going to give up >> reporter: yes. a new front in the syria war. turkish officials making clear that they have no intention of stopping shelling y.p.g. targets. they're not just targeting them in recently captured areas, but in their enclave of afreen. this operation will continue because for turkey the y.p.g. has crossed the red lines, turkey's red lines, because according to turkish officials they crossed west and they are threatening a bordertown. the y.p.g. and its allies are making good on the premises that they will not withdraw from newly captured territories. in fact, they are advancing. they have captured a town which
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was controlled by the rebels on the main highway from the turkish border to aleppo city which means that the two rebel of strong holds in the northern corridor are now basically cut off from each other. they've cut the main road. the y.p.g. is adding pressure on the rebels inside there. they're at the doorsteps and planning to advance. the opposition feels squeezed between the various factions on the ground. the government is on the offensive, the y.p.g. is on the offensive, and turkey denying a report that was sent-- that they send turkish ground troops in syria. it is complicating a complicated war thank you very much. an aid convoy carrying medical supplies has been allowed into the syrian city of douma.
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this is an area east of damascus and has been a rebel stronghold since 2013. the syrian red crescent says the convoy has medicine and milk for children. many are cut off by the government or rebel forces libya's p.m.ed council has named a revised list of ministers for a unity government. the announcement was made in morocco where discussions were held. the group of 18 ministers will have to recognised by the parliament in tobruk. a political analyst and founder of the tripoli-based institute, he says it doesn't mean that this will bray peace to libya. >> the majority of the
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discussions that have gone on to form this government are not talking about the real question which is the durablity and functionality of this building going down the line and that will be the real test of the government, can it sustain and endure against the conflicts, but also in the last couple of days amongst the presidential council. there has been physical fights and blows amongst the members. i think we're in a very precarious situation. i don't think it is going to show. i'm pessimistic about this development. the question is the majority, wars it terror most of the center tea jik fighting on the ground will be [indistinct] the other factor is festering and frustrating the efforts.
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foreign issues, property trying to deliver the majority [indistinct] i don't believe that this these discussions haven't focused on anything more than just bringing people to the table to yemen where more air strikes by the saudi-led coalition left people dead. it happened north of the capital. the yemeni health ministry says five people were killed and at least ten were injured. the coalition is fighting to restore the government which was over thrown by shia thout rebels. chinese and exports plunged in january. imports fell 18.8% and imports
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were down 11.2% from last year. the latest data raises fears about how much china can continue to support global growth. china's economic growth slowed to a 25 year low of 6.9% in 2015. more from beijing. >> reporter: china's imports and exports have been falling now for more than 12 months providing an indicator of the confused state of the world's second largest economy. imports and exports are down but think made a trade surplus of more than $62,000. china is no longer buying things like iron ore and copper, these key commodities in the way that it once did. this week eyes will be on the currency. it has been under attack during the past few weeks. they are seeking to drive down
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the value of this currency. they want to force a devaluation. china's government is resisting that. it wants to control the direction of its currency and not have foreigners do it for them. a fuller picture on the state of china's economy will come next month when we get figures relating to sales, investment and industrial output president obama is hosting south-east asia leaders in a retreat. he has made close ties with countries in the asia-pacific region a cornerstone of his presidency and hoping that these efforts will bear fruit >> reporter: there are 6500 nautical miles of pacific ocean between south-east asia and the west coast of the u.s. for the president the asean region's dynam isan is vital to
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the pacific. he sees it is essential to security in the coming times. that is why he has invited the leaders to come to california and have a discussion. basically, to assure them of u.s. engagement and commitment to that region, but at the same time to remind those leaders that the relationship is mutually beneficial. particularly in light of china's recent muscle flecking on asean's doorstep. these talks are not meant to focus on china but they will discuss maritime security. china has taken to building island to strengther her claim in apparent defiance of international law. yet the asean countries do not have a unified stand with regard to their big neighbor. something that u.s. obama wants to help them address while meeting with them in california. the u.s. has been a stablingise
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force in the asia-pacific since world war ii. there are more u.s. troops in the region. not all the leaders who are coming to this submit agree that the u.s.-- summit agree that it is a balance. they hope all this will carry on for years. for obama it is the fulfilment of a promise, to be the first american pacific president an independent consultant on china explains why progress in the dispute over the south china sea will be difficult. >> there are two great forces, the u.s. on one side, china on the other. you have to feel sorry for the other countries who are torn between these forces, economically and in terms of
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stability and safety. this is not the year for much progress because it is a u.s. election year. in terms of trade policy, in terms of china policy and, indeed, in terms of pacific policy, asean policy, this will all change after november. you will have to listen the candidates to know there are different views on china, very different from what obama has done, different views on trade. very different from what obama has done. in a sense this is a marker trying to show that obama has made progress on his pivot towards asia, but in terms of substantive progress, very little can happen until the election and there's a new president in office. even the tpp, the great trade deal that obama help negotiate, that's not going to be voted on in the u.s. until after the election the former israeli prime minister is said to begin an 18 month prison sentence for
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bribery. he is the first president to go to prison. it relates to his position as mayor from 1992 to 2003. his sentencing is part of a plea bargain. earlier he released this message. >> translation: when i was prime minister i was granted the highest responsibility to protect the citizens of israel. topped i'm the one who is going to be locked behind bars. you can understand how it is painful and strange for me. it is important to say i reject the bribery accusations against me five palestinians have been killed after allegedly attacking israeli forces in the occupied west bank and east jerusalem. two 15 year old boys were shot west of jenine. two more boys were shot after a
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reported attack. earlier on sunday hundreds attended the funeral of a 17-year-old girl killed in the third incident. she was shot after stabbing and wounding a soldier at a check point north of bethlehem. a spike in violence in the region since mid accept has seen 178 palestinians and 27 israelis killed. to nigeria where the export of oil has been the main earner for decades. with oil pricing tanking, the government is turning its focus to agriculture. >> translation: this >> reporter: this man has been a farmer all his life. he comes out to r here to work where he grows tomatos, pepper and other vegetables. he is one of the lucky few to
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have this lease. even if it is for six months. the land here has been abundant for over a decade, but these days there is fierce competition for it as it is close to the dam which the government says is close to completion >> translation: if the dam is completed this will open up areas for cultivation. we are in this tiny place because everyone wants to be close to the water. >> reporter: he said they get no support from the government. the dam was started nearly two decades ago. most of the structures are in bad shape because delay of putting it to use. products like these lost their appeal as the country. >> reporter: it has not been completed. it has put on hold the
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expectations of families. most people here live below the poverty line. >> reporter: he wait for the project to reach his farm land. he doesn't have ability to lease near the dam. he is hoping for a miracle here. >> translation: for 16 years not a single drop of water came this way. i just want to see this project depleted in my life time. >> reporter: as oil prices slide, the government is turning to agriculture to diversify the economy. it says this project and many others like it will be completed, but the farmers saying they will only believe it when they see the project up and running we've got more to come here at al jazeera, including the pope sem greats a mass in a
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crime-ridden part of mexico city. lighting up people's lives. how india is switching to solar power.
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welcome back. let's have a look at the top stories here at al jazeera. as turkey continues to shell kurdish fighters inside syria, the syrian government has appealed to the u.n. security council to intervene. these are pictures showing the forces shelling syrian kurdish y.p.g. fighters near a zchlt a zchlt district in the north of
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the country - a zchlt a zchlt. ar azaz. libya's presidential council has named a revised list of 18 ministers for a new unit government-- ministers for a new unity government pope francis has visited a children's hospital in mexico. he stopped by the hospital to meet the young patients. earlier on sunday he held mass in front of millions of people in a notoriously violent and poor suburb of the capital. our correspondent was there. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of people came out to celebrate mass on sunday in this community on the edge of the city, many sleeping and camping out. they said they didn't care because they wanted to share his
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message of peace and love. he spoke of a mexico where people don't have to immigrate to other countries to get work, where they don't have to fear being destroyed by bad issues. on >> translation: i hope the pope through god's words can guide the government, especially in my home state, which is totally corrupt and violence. >> translation: whether we're neighbors, friends or relatives, it affects us all. we're expecting the pope to bring pope to all mexicans with his message. >> reporter: by celebrating it here, he is standing in solidarity if with them because he is showing he understands
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their problems they are going to. he will spread the message from the south of mexico to the north where he will end his trip here on wednesday and when he will say a prayer for migrants, so many of who have died trying to get to europe 28 year old was researching unions and published articles critical of the egyptian government when his went missing. >> reporter: mourners gathered in rome over the weekend to pay their respects to this young man. it is called a bar baric act, inhumane. they have promised those responsible will be caught and punished. the 28 year old disappeared in cairo on january 25. that day marked the anniversary of the 2011 egyptian revolution.
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his tore tuned, burned, electrocuted body was found ten days later >> translation: we want to condemn what he said. we think that 40,000 students were killed by the regime. >> reporter: hundreds of protesters gathered in rome to demand answers. they carried signs that red truth and justice for him. speculation that he was killed by egypt security forces, it is an accusation the government continues to deny. >> translation: it is very frustrating to hear of accusations and rumors about the involvement of security agencies. the egyptian security agencies are known for integrity and transparency. >> reporter: they're hoping for a transparent investigation into
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his death. he had researching independent unions in egypt. >> before we used to say or joke that it was very dangerous for egyptians, very safe for foreigners, but this has switched big time. our foreigners are subjected to the same intimidation. a lot of time they're deportation or being imprisoned and now we see his disappearance. gentleman activists foreign media and his friends hope this case will bring international attention to the plight of the hundreds of people who are abducted and missing in egypt the australian government is under coming under pressure after a hospital in brisbane refused to discharge a migrant baby facing removal. the one year old girl is being treated for serious burns after being skolded with hot water in nauru. she may be sent back to the same
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detention center. demonstrators gathered in front of the hospital in support of the doctors, but the government says refusing asylum is necessary. clean energy is being prioritised in india. 40% of all the electricity is aimeded to come from renewable energy by 2030. our correspondent reports now. >> reporter: for less than 5 cents a night this teenager is providing light to a village that can go days without any power. she is using sunlight to power lanterns which she rents to her neighbours. her enterprise has helped her family financially. >> translation: earlier we couldn't afford chairs, but i've got them now from the money i've earned. i also have a tv and many other
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things. >> reporter: there is an energy revolution happening right across india. roof tops, solar panels like these are part of the strategy to bring cheap and clean energy to the masses. this man has been selling solar gadgets for the past five years. he has seen attitudes change >> translation: earlier a handful of people came to me. then they noticed how they could change their lives. hassle of the households here use solar. >> reporter: india is an a great place for solar energy. people are taking advantage of their solar needs but it is going commercial. this kilometer installs panels on commercial buildings and then supplies clean energy to its client under a long-term contract. >> they supply solar power to
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them at a rate that is cheaper than what they pay to the grid. so far the end consumers without having to pay upfront, necessity start generating income from the roof top space. >> reporter: as night falls many are lining up outside her door to pick up their lanterns. here just a few hours of light could mean finishing homework or passing an ka exam or getting grand dad to tell you a bedtime story the revenant has taken three of the four main awards at baftas in london. >> reporter: it goes to the revenant. >> reporter: that was hardly a supplies. yes, this was an incredibly tough year to call the winners. even the critics hard it hard.
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this stood one of the best chances. five awards, best film, and best director. it wasn't to be her night though. cate bl arranges nchett missed out on best actress. best actress went to bree larson. the room is not an easy watch, but her performance has been astounding critics. >> reporter: such as the flrm nature of the film industry, um see talent from all over the world. these are widely seen as an indication of what is going to happen at the oscars in hollywood in two weeks time. you will see the same faces
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there. >> reporter: this year the lack of diversity. this protest had been embraced by baftas which allowed demonstrators, themselves members of the industry, on to the red carpet to hand out fliers. baftas said it will decrease the diversity of its members. cate winslett. >> reporter: she walked off with best supporting actress. he has missed out from here and at the golden globes for beasts of nation. he has to some become one of the faces of this campaign with his impassioned pleas for films to be opened to anybody, any race, gender or class.
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>> and the nominations for best white actress go to. >> reporter: how long will that really take you can find out more about the winners and the losers on the al jazeera website. [ ♪ ] i'm richard gizbert, and you're at "the listening post." >> we are breaking with our usual form at to dig into a media story in syria. >> the date line that is mon op liesing the coverage is aleppo. half the city is in government forms. government forces are advancing.