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fighting continues in syria as friday's truce deadline passes without an agreement on how to implement it. hello. welcome. you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also in the next 30 minutes fiji braces for cyclone winston with winds of over 300 km/h. david cameron says he has got a deal to give the u.k. special status in the e.u. paving the
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way for an in or out referendum plus >> reporter: the republican race moves into the america's south. what are the challenges in a state that is more diverse and looks much more like the rest of america we begin this hour in syria where the u.n. brokered peace process is in danger of collapse. the deadline for the cessation of hostilities passed on friday and battles still continue on the ground. i.s.i.l. fighters supply lines to mosul has been cut off. planes continue to strike i.s.i.l. targets particularly in aleppo. turkey is keeping up its shelling of kurdish areas in the
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north. russia has drafted a u.n. security council resolution calling for an end of cross-border shelling more from the u.n. in new york >> reporter: fighting was supposed to ease across much of syria by friday. instead, it intensified. in the north syria kurdish fighters made gains. russian air strikes in support of the syrian regime hit hospitals as well as rebel targets. at the united nations a stark warning from france, russia's actions were making things worse. >> this millitaryise kalation is the direct result of the brutal offensive in the north of syria led by the syrian regime and its allies and here russia must understand that its unconditional support to bashar al-assad is a dead-end and a
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dead-end that will be extremely dangerous. >> reporter: french president francois hollande says turkey's actions put it at risk of war with russia. peace negotiations were postponed and the u.n. syria envoy staffan de mistura said no dates were set for resumption of talks. meanwhile russia called an urgent u.n. security council meeting and drafted a resolution calling on syria's neighbors and others to respect its territory and stop interfering in syrian affairs. >> there are elements of resolution, repeated everywhere, so i cannot imagine how they could refuse that >> reporter: there is little chance it will come to a vote according to britain and france and the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. said existing resolutions on syria were good enough >> this is a distraction. from the core fact which is that
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224 needs to be implemented. we have a resolution on the books. it is the right resolution. we've committed ourselves to it and we need russia to do the same >> reporter: it is too early to say that national diplomacy has failed but it is on the reasons particularly as fighting gets worse in syria. getting the talks started again in geneva will end the situation what is, but more escalation and more fighting on the ground will push a peaceful political solution further away than it has been for some time turkey is blaming russia for the stalled talks and in an interview with al jazeera, turkey's prime minister queuess russia from ethnic cleansing in syria >> the purpose of russian air attacks, they want to make an ethnic cleansing. they want to send all forces groups, all sunnis, kurds to
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too. all those who are against the regime, so, in fact, based on humanitarian grounds we are receiving refugees a kurdish group based in turkey says it carried out the attack in ankara. the tkk says it was in reaction to earlier rehabilitations. y.p.g. were earlier accused of the attack. so far as this claim is concerned, what is your reading of that? >> reporter: yes. like you mentioned, the t a.k. claiming responsibility. this group says that it broke away from the p.k.k. a while back and that it actually broke away because the p.k.k. is just too soft, but if you talk to the turkish government or security analysts in turkey they will tell you this is another front for the p.k.k. this group has claimed responsibility for attacks in
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the past. they usually target civilian targets, not just the military. the p.k.k. focuses on targeting the military. at the end of the day turkey believes the p.k.k., the t a.k. or the y.p.g. inside syria is won and the same-- one and the same. the claim of responsibility promising even more attacks and saying that this is in retaliation for what they call the massacres in the south-east of turkey has been a battleground. there have been fierce clashes. turkish groups accusing forces of killing syrians. turkey is angry at the western allies for not seeing the link between the p.k.k. and the y.p.g. they want the west to sever relations with the y.p.g. yesterday there was a long
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conversation between erdogan and obama, obama saying i understand turkey's concerns and he also said that the y.p.g. should not take advantage on the ground and take more territory, but at the end of the day the u.s. still refusing to call the y.p.g. a terrorist organization and the u.s. still refusing to severe links with the y.p.g. thank you. fiji is being hit by the strongest cyclone ever recorded on the island. it is packing winds of 290 kilometers an hour with gusts over 320 kilometers an hour, the equivalent of a category 5 storm system. a state of emergency has been called and airports are closed. people are under curfew until further notice. this is a significant storm system. >> reporter: absolutely incredible. the power of this system is really quite something. the question is why have we got
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such a massive storm. i think part is to do with the el nino. it is weakening, but it is still there. this system is a doughnut shape which is more than 1.5 degrees than average. it is sitting right over fiji at the moment. the gusts are 335. it is currently a category 5 sto storm. it is just sitting around the island. it is like a pinball machine, really. it is just interacting with the island. it is moving away, but it is a slow process. it's moving at around 20 km/h. it doesn't really go anywhere at all in 24 hours. vasts amounts of rain. we have wave heights about 13 metres at the moment. that will cause problems with
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the infrastructure. it's likely that those gusts are going to cause all sorts of problems. there could be issues with water supply if that becomes contaminated. for the next 24 hours there will be a hammering the u.k. prime minister says reforms mean he will campaign to keep the u.k. inside the e.u. ahead of a referendum on straying or leaving. >> reporter: after weeks, days and hours of negotiations, david cameron wasted no time in hailing this deal a victory. >> i've negotiated a deal to give the u.k. special status inside the european union. >> reporter: cameron had arrived at the summit saying he was battling for britain, a fight he says he won >> i believe it is enough to recommend that the u.k. remain in the european union having the best of both worlds. he will be in the parts of
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europe that work with us, influencing the decisions that affect us in the driving seat of the world's biggest market and with the ability to take action to keep our people safe. we will be out of the parts of europe that don't work for us. out of the open borders, out of the bail-outs. >> reporter: support for the deal had to be unanimous, but reaching that point was tough. breakfast became lunch and then dinner while the talks rumbled on. his critics back home said he was asking for too little. many said he wanted too much. in the end he secured an opt-out to the e.u. principle of every closer union or more integration. new restrictions on accessing the u.k. welfare system and also safeguards against regulations being imposed on britain's financial sector. >> translation: i don't want there to be different rules for
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the london financial markets than for other european markets. when you've had a banking and financial crisis like we had in 2008, you can't take any risks >> reporter: at the heart of this summit, the role of the britain, one of the biggest economies in the e.u., with cameron to hold a referendum. >> the final decision is in the hands of the british people. let me finish by saying i love britain and i love brussels >> reporter: this was a big political gamble for david cameron. at times it felt like it might end without agreement. he now goes back to the u.k. knowing that he has to convince the british people that he has got a good deal. david cameron will meet his cabinet on saturday, some of whom are already preparing to campaign against staying in the e.u. after that he is expected to confirm that the referendum will take place in june. the hard work, it seems, is only
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just beginning plenty more still to come for you here from al jazeera, including these stories. uganda's polling has said to be rigged. a look at a legacy of a book and author who changed modern literature.
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welcome back. a recap of our top al jazeera stories. the deadline for acisation of hostilities in syria passed on friday as fighting continued on the ground.
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russian planes continued to strike syrian targets particularly in aleppo as forces supporting the government pushed towards the country's largest city. fiji has been hit by the strongest cyclone recorded on the island. it is packing winds of 290 km/h with gusts of over 320 km/h. the government has declared a state of emergency. the main airports are closed. earlier in the week it caused extensive damage to tonga. the british prime minister david cameron has negotiated a deal with his counterparts within the e.u. and is expected to discuss the issues with his cabinet colleagues later today. european leads in brussels has been discussing ways to ease the refugee crisis. talks were held. greece had threatened to block a deal for britain unless other e.u. states promised to keep their borders open.
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non-. e.u. members macedonia and serbia have closed their frontiers. austria will only allow 80 refugees per day, despite protests from other e.u. members. several hundred refugees are stranded on the border between greece and mass don't a. our correspondent has more now. >> reporter:-- macedonia. >> reporter: the main issue is the domino effect of imposing a quota on the numbers of refugees allowed into a country like austria. that will have a domino effect. you will have more people waiting in slovenia and croatia, serbia and macedonia all the way back to this country. greece has already a problem with the so-called economic migrants. those are people from north after, from iran, from pakistan, who came here who are not allowed to cross the border at the moment because they're not considered as refugees. so they try to sneak in either by their own or using smugglers.
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we spoke to many many people over the past few days and they say even if they make it across, if they get caught by police they will be sent all the way back to greece and that is a huge concern for this country because once they're back here, either these people try to leave again or they're stranded in greece. it has its own economic problems. at the moment it can not handle this issue growing on its territory. many people would say our borders are very unique in the sense that we have these hundreds of islands that people come across from turkey and land randomly on these islands. so maybe if you want to impose real controls, that should start on the beaches of turkey uganda's electoral commission is said to announce the results from the vote on thursday. the president is on course to
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extend his 30 year rule with a 63% lead in vote so far. >> reporter: violence in the wake of a disputed election. this man was shot as security forces cleared protesters from some neighborhoods of uganda's capital. opposition leader besigye and some of his officials planned to announce provisional results. they say the electoral commission results are rigged they say. when police arrived supporters became angry. the police said such an opposition announcement is against electoral laws. besigye and two party officials were bundled into a police van and taken away. that's what prompted protests. meanwhile, at the electoral kwhigs tally center, it is
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official that museveni is in the lead. >> you cannot make announcement because that is illegal, illegal. >> reporter: here in the capital opposition supporters don't have confidence in the official results. it took tear gas and gunfire to clear the streets. some were restrained. there are the remains of the burning road blocks and there's still groups of young people hanging around on some of the street corners. what happens with the respected vote counts will dictate what happens next. the disputes were not just in the capital. in a town here supporters were disbursed by police after they alleged balance ot interference.
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it appears that many may not accept the official result. malcolm webb sit-ins are being planned by egyptian doctors over police brutality. the egyptian president is urging introduction of new laws to kerb police abuse following reported attacks on doctors and the shooting of a taxi driver. >> reporter: it's more scenes like this the president is hoping to avoid. the funeral of a 24-year-old taxi driver shot and killed by a police officer during an argument. >> i want the government to bring me justice. the president himself. why would in policeman shoot my son. what was he guilty of?
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>> translation: all they care about is to rob us. as long as there is kay owes, no-one will be punished. there is no justice. enough is enough >> reporter: the president now wants new laws to kerb police brutality. he says any police officer who assaults a citizen should be held accountable for their actions. the sisi government has brought in laws effectively banning demonstrations, but only a week ago medics filled their streets outside their hospitals. >> when thousands of people come into the street to protest against police brutality this is unsettling for the regime because the initial moment of the january 25 revolution was essentially against police brutality because of the death of one at the hands of the police. what you're seeing is a return to mass demonstrations against
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police brutality. >> reporter: the doctors' protest will continue on saturday, but they won't be in the streets. instead, they have agreed to hold sit-ins in silence an egyptian court has sentenced a four year old boy for life in prison for murder. he didn't attend court. his defense lawyer said his name was added to a list by mistake and his birth certificate was never passed on to a judge. he was 115 of sentences. thousands of yemens have protested in the capital to support houthi rebels fighting the government. they say they will fight to retake from the president and the saudi-led coalition. more than 6,000 people, at least half of them civilians have been killed in almost a year of
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conflict. china's chief security regulator has been forced to step down after a month of unsfablt. he was removed from his post after a series of policy mistakes. last year he oversaw a free fall on the money exchanges and saw billions of dollars wiped off the price of shares. the massive drop was after a panicked paracel off. a big day for donald trump and the other republicans hoping to become the next american president. south carolina was the next area to see the presidentials. >> reporter: this race mass moved south and different weather with different state brings different challenges. south carolina is different from the first two contests. the population here is greater
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than iowa and new hampshire combined. the diverse is different than the two others. the challenge is tap into that diversity so that their voters don't just look like republican voters from iowa and new hampshire. >> in south carolina although it is a much more diverse state, it remains a largely white party. it is not deepened its region to sit zins of collar-- vit zens of-- citizens of color. >> reporter: minority voters tends to favor the democratic party. one candidate told me he thinks that is about to change. >> the party has tried to convince blacks that they're the only option, but i think more
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and more people are actually starting to open their eyes and say so where has that gotten us. we have more poverty and more crime and incarceration, broken families, everything is much worse. maybe if it's not working, you should look at something else. >> reporter: this woman will vote for the first time in the election in november. she says she doesn't want to see parties pan dering to racial groups. she wants them address real issues faced by real people >> issues to me is what matters because you can say you're democrat but you can say something that will not line-up with what we believe in, or republican, and i don't believe with views. >> reporter: it has been said the road to the white house was through south carolina, win here and you can win anywhere. it could be a whole victory for any republican the italian writer and
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philosopher has died at the age of 84. he was largely unknown outside of academia until his unconventional novel the name of the rose. his fascination of language prompted a few more novels. harper lee spread the to kill a mocking board. she was thrown from the public eye until its sequel. she was 89 when she died in her sleep on friday. >> reporter: the words of harper lee painted pictures of life in america's deep south. it was a world she called home. >> we didn't have much money. nobody had any money. we didn't have many toys to play with. nothing was done for us. so the result was that we lived in our imagination most of the time. >> reporter: her childhood was
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reflected in hurry winning 1960 best paraceler to kill a mocking bird. she crafted a hero who rose to defend a black man. she was brought to life by a film adaptation. >> now, gentlemen, in this country our courts are the great levellers and our courts all may now created equally. i am no idealist to believe in the court system. that is no ideal to meechlt that is a living working reality. >> reporter: set in the depression year, it in part fuelled the civil rights movement of 1960s and thereof.
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>>-- thereafter. >> this is before the black panthers. this book coming out in 1960 was a time when civil rights were becoming very visible, were controversial and fortunately the book was not skolding. it was not blaming. it was an engaging compassion ate look at america through a young girl. >> reporter: in 2007 she received the presidential medal of freedom from george w bush. >> it cannot be over estimated how popular this book is. it sold some 40 million copies. it won the pullizer prize. it was the subject of a be loved movie. many people tell me it's their favorite book. >> reporter: it was her sole publication for 55 years until she released go set a watchman last year. it told the story of the fate of
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atticus finch, but to something less than critical acclaim >> she was trying to write a tribute to her father whom she loved very much. her first attempt completed in 1950s was full of anger. the second attempt was more understanding when it was told through the eyes of a girl who admired her father a great deal >> reporter: her enduring classic will live on, a story teller who has his honour a look into some of the dark-- shon into history the fastest efr century, 54 balls to reach a milestone. innings against australia including 146, 4s and four 6s. the old record was 56 balls which was jointly held from players from pakistan. what happens when light from the setting sun hits a water fall at
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a particular angle? it looks like it is on fire in the united states. the fire fall visual phenomenon happens every february at the elcapitan cliffs. it depends on the cloud cover and volume of water. the tourist enjoying a treat. the headlines are next. thanks for joining us on "america tonight." i'm joie chen. this is the season that many californians were counting on to make a difference. we have reported on the golden state's seemingly unending

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