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it it scores of people die in bombings in damascus and homs on the day the u.s. reports progress on a potential syria cease-fire. hello. you are watchingays live from london. also coming up, after the cyclone's, fijians are told to stay inside. cars in normal earn india. ten are dead. water supplies are cut and roads are blocked.
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tight security 40 elections in ni 1y6789 er. 21 arrests after accusationsj e 21 arrests after accusations investors are alleged to have been ripped off by peer to peer lending services. syria has suffered two devastating sets of ex mroesz in the past 24 hours. in the first, the city of homs was hit by a double car bombing. at least 46 people were killed and more than 100 others injured. the car bombs targeted the zara area of the city home to many members of the assad's allowhite section section: 30 people were killed and injuring dozens. government forces captured 31 villages in the north from isil. the u.s. secretary of state john
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kerrrk is saying he has reached an agreement with russia on the terms of a cease-fire in syria. zeina has more and a warning that you may find some images disturbing. >> multipleplosions and just hours apart in two government controlled districts in syria. the mainly shia district, the other, mainly allowhite neighborhood in central syria. in those incidence civilians were killed and injured and in both neighborhoods, communities who are considered supporters of the government were targeted. both districts have seen similar attacks in the past. a clear challenge to the government and its ability to security territory under it's control. the multiple explosions coincide with what appears to be progress towards a truce.
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we have reached a professional agreement in principle on the terms of the cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days. it is not yet done, and i anticipate that our presidents, president obama and president putin may we will speak switch in the next days or so in order to try to complete this task. >> kerry was speaking in jordan which is also a member of the syria support group. it is the country given the tasks of putting together an internationally agreed list of who is a terrorist in syria and who wasn't. there was no motion of whether a consensus has been reached. u.s. secretary of state john kerry said a deal on cessation of hostilities is closer than ever. hours earlier, the syrian government and the opposition said they would be ready to accept a conditionable
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cease-fire. a truce to ream and regroup. the opposition wants russian airstrikes to stop and sieges to be lifted. they made their positions clear. it is the u.s. and russia who are the main players. one of those, fighters who are linked today al-qaeda. the u.n. designated a terrorist organization. it's fights along groups that participate in the opposition process. in any deal would give russian an excuse to target rebel positions. syrians trapped in battle grounds but it will not mean an end to the conflict. there are deep differences among the warring sides and their international and regional backers about what comes next. >> the answer to the syrian
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civil war let me make that clear i am convinced it can be found in a broadly supported dromatic solution with a transitional governing counsel alliances changed by balance of pour in its favor particularly following its offensive in northern syria. the opposition's hand in negotiations may have been weakened but the general thought is that the government cannot win this war militarily. a truce would silence the guns. peace still needs to be fought around the negotiating table. zeina hodr. live from gazinta on the turkib border. we see pro-regime areas coming under attack in homms and in the area of damascus.
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take us through these latest developments. earlier on in the show, there was the twin car bomb attack in homms, one of the deadliest bomb attacks to take place there for a long time, albeit that homms, it's simple has not seen piece since the civil war began. it is one of the cities that has witnessed the most devastation and destruction particularly at the hands of the assad regime, barrel bombs that have been dropped and we have seen those multiple bomb blasts in the capitol, damascus: the vie less is not limited to the front line. there is explosions death and destruction that occurs across all parts of syria. possibly, also, a reminder that without some sort of a political, consensus, without some sort of an agreement, this war cannot be won military airily as not only the politicians have been pointing out, but as journalists on the
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ground have been see that there are groups numerous in background that have been taking their action wherever they see a possibility. i suppose one thing the attacks today highlight, jamal, is even if there is a deal between the world powers, we know john kerry has been speaking with sergei lavrov. it may be difficult to control the fighters on the ground in syria that is the problem. the longer this war has gone on, the more and more different faxes have been set up. first, we had the free syrian army and al nusra front and isil come on board. there are the kurds and other faxes this is a proxy war that has regional wars behind it. getting them to grove a tall task. some are hopeful possibly the
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irony behind the increw he is in violence over the past 24 hours could bode well in the sense that all sides want to so they can sell that to their backers to say yes, we have agreed to lay down our weapons for now. however, we did it while we had our -- we had the upper hand. whether that's the case it could be detrimental to figure that out. >> thank you very much. right now, moving to the situation in turkey, authorities there have 22 suspects in connection with the suicide attack on arrangerar. atie based kurdistan freedomhawks claimed it was behind the bombing. the ypg has denied any responsibility.
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>> fujians have been told to stay inside for a second night after the strongest storm on record. at least six people are dead after 300 kilometer an hour winds and torrential rains. caroline malone reports a glimpse of the damage in fiji after the strongest cyclone on record there. a town on the main island escaped a direct hit but the storm left its mark cyclone winston brought rain. that's flattened homes, electricity cables. there are damage in other parts of the main island even though it's the part where. >> everyone remain in their homes while the government deems and officials carry out the important work of repairing and restoring our infrastructure.
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there is a great deal of debris on our roads and communities. power lines have gone down all over the country and glass, it and hazardous materials that are serious threats. >> the sigh close passed by other islands. it has been difficult to contact people living there. some death did and injuries have been confirmed. relief workers are finding it difficult to get around because of trees strewn across the records. >> i have offered australia's support and we have in place preposition supplies that are available i have offered the adf to send a p 3 orion so that we can carry out aerial surveillance, particularly in the outer-lying islands and do a needs assessment there are about
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1200 australians and others affected. getting home will be difficult because airports have been closed. many low lying islands are flooded. more mood slides are feared t rescuers are trying to supply drinking water. the government has declared a 30-day state of emergency because many islands are remote, it may be more time before the full extent of the damage of the natural disaster is known. caroline malone, al jazeera. ten people are dead and more than 150 are injured after violence flared. thousands of troops have been deployed to a couple of protests by the jack community who were unhappy about india's cast quota system. a report from hariana. >> these protesters are trying to cause as much disruption as possible, on a road, they say
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it's the only way to get their message heard. >> our first and only demand is to give us compensation. >> they are traditionally anning a cultural committee and make up nearly 30% of the population. protesters have burned down buildings, looted shops and torched vehicles despite thousands of peoptroops on patr soldiers have been given shoot on sight orders. the protesters' plan it to bring the chaos as close to the capitol as possible. thousands of trains have been cancelled. hariana is a gateway into northern india. all trains that pass through delhi have to travel through the state. delhi is facing a water source. 60% of the capitol's water
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source cams from ariana. >> shoshan has been protesting. he said he has had to become a farmer because the jack community isn't included in the reservation system. >> if i had reservation status, i wouldn't be standing in front of you. i would have had a proper post in a government job. i didn't get a low level police job. how can our family and kids become successful. this system defeats us. >> since the 1990s, several attempts to grant the community reservation status which would have given them access to government jobs and protests in agricultural institution. this time, they are determined to get it. all people from our community from children to the elderly are prepared to die for this. no one can take our demands and rights. >> it's the government leaders in a tight spot. they have been promised
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reservation status many times especially during election campaigns which brought the prime minister to power al jazeera. still to come for you on al jazeera. >> i am alan fisher. the political circus moves on with donald trump firmly established as the frontrunner in the republican presidential race. >> preventing a catastrophe in ira iraq, urgent repairs are needed to stop what's called the world's most dangerous damn from
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welcome back. let's take you through the top stories this hour. at least 46 people have died in a double car bombing in syria's city of homs. syrian state television says bombs have killed 30 others in a southern suburb of the capitol, damascus. authorities in fiji are trying to restore power after it was hit by winston which killed at least six people. 10 people have died. water supplies have been cut after protestors from the jack cast demand special status. the race for the white house is hutting up. on the democrat side, hillary clinton is breathing a sigh of relief after narrow will lee beating bernie sanders in nevada. trump proved not even a row with the pope can damp en his hopes.
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winning 32% of the both while marco rubio and ted cruz were locked in a tight battle for second place. after coming a distant fourth, jeb bush dropped out ending his dream of becoming the third president bush after his father and brother. alan fisher reports from south carolina. >> for donald trump, back to back wins, first new hampshire, now south carolina. >> there is nothing easy about running for president. i can tell you. it's tough. it's nasty. it's mean. it's vicious. it's beautiful. when you win, it's beautiful. >> if this was a good night for the bill yon air businessman, it was an awful night for jeb bush. he campaigned with his mom, with his brother, and used the family name. he was the choice of many in the party establishment. it wasn't enough. emotionally, he stepped out of the race. >> the people of iowa and new hampshire and south carolina have spoken and i really respect their decision. so tonight, i am suspecting my
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campaign. yeah. yeah. >> south carolina has been a defendant significant stop in presidential primaries. the republican party remains old, white and male, it is a diverse state. the trufmp campaign moves on believing if they can win here, there is no where in the united states where they can't win. texas senator bloofz the next few contests giveelieves the ne few contests give him a chance of a few more wins. marco rubio's appearance suggests he will be anti-trust candidate. >> this has been a long road. there were many people on this campaign when it started. good people. many of whom in any other year would have been a defendant frontrunner. but now, tracktically speaking, it's down to 3. i know our campaign gives us the best chance not just to come
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together, not just to unify our party but to unify our country and to grow this movement. >> republicans would have one eye on hillary clinton. the lead she enjoyed weeks' almost wiped out. in her victory speech, she took a swipe at the vermont senator, too. we aren't a single-issue country. we need -- we need more than a plan for the big banks. the middle class needs a raise, and we need more jobs. >> let's put this thing away and let's make america great again. thank you very much. >> many thought donald trump's candidacy was a joke, that it would soon disappear. he is now the republican frontrunner and he can't stop smiling. alan fisher, al jazeera, columbia south carolina. >> the people of nijer are
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voting in presidential and parliament elections. mohammed asou is hoping to a second 5 year term. clamping down on political defense. the president has been in offense since 2011. he said he deserved another term because he met his promises on growth and infrastructure while improving security he faces 14 rivals including these three: the main opposition leader who is prime minister from 2007 to 2009. nested mate coup in 1996. another form of prime minister. until prison over allegations of child trafficking. let's go to mohammed adow. how is the vote going so far?
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>> yes. we have been to many voting stations throughout today at the beginning of the day. we saw quite a lot of people coming to those stations and none of them have been really complaining both started a bit late, one hour later on schedule. later in the day, we went to some centers in the center of the city and we have seen some problems. we have seen people unable vote. we have seen some people unable vote because centers were closed. sometimes people, the over seeing this, they told us we want to have lunch or something and sometimes they don't understand why the vote is offered. there is quite a number of complaints: i have a guest here with me representing the opposition. adam marca ibrahim. you represent the coalition. >> i have to excuse myself my
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english. yeah. all of the complaints is the moment we have some election committees that haven't started. after 6:00 p.m. now. we have some. the election stats. >> what's meaning of this? how do you explain? >> the meaning of the organization. the committee of elections. as well as possible. >> do you think it is by mistake intentional? >> intentional. the right to make good relationship we have to prepare it up to now. >> do you expect this election? is it rigged now? >> no.
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because of this problem. yes some information coming. >> thank you very much because we don't have much time for this. the opinionzition is crying foul. they c consider this election has been rigged. the results will come any time from now will be for the election. >> thank you very much mohammed vall bringing us all of the latest where people are voting in presidential and parliamentary elections. now, it's been described as the greatest disaster waiting to happen in iraq: the mosul dam has had hundreds of millions of repairs to stop it bursting. it needs more though. as imran khan reports. >> if this dam ever fails, engineers feel millions will be affected and northern iraq flooded.
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a 55 meter wall of water isn't dam was built in the 1980s, some engineers say it has unstable foundations. the u. the u.s. corp of army engineers say there is a risk of failure higher than previously thought despite efforts to strengthen it. since the 1980s, iraqi and foreign companies have been pouring concrete into the dam walls to reinforce them but this is not a permanentfication. repair work was interrupted when the area was certain over in 2014. >> i can't say the dam is 100% secured now. afterwards, we have given a number of esc cap ators. we need spare parts for the machines we are using for the ongoing maintenance process. >> a huge task has been delayed
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over who controls the dam and the iraqi government's budgetary crisis. maintenance process is still ongoing and full swing and around the clock to help strengthening those foundations. iraqis concerned because iraqi security forces are preparing for an offensive to recapture molies southeast of mosul to begin operations. >> there is a real fire isil will attack the dam money is a very real issue, going to cost $300 million that money is likely budgetary crisis even that is in doubt. imran khan, al jazeera, bagdal. >> voting is underway in bolivia where citizens are deciding to
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allow the president to run for a fourth term narrow in recent weeks opposition shorters a disputed presidential election the election was won bying the official results. police in china are investigating what could be the country's biggest ever financial scandal. 21 people were arrested on suspension of defrauding almost a million people am our china correspondent adrian brown reports. lender's downfall was trumpeted on state immediate why. the same broadcaster that aired commercials just days earlier. reporting how the firm had taken more than simple billion dollars from investors.
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>> march done ming was one. he told me signed up last november, putting in more than $450,000. in their glossy brochures, the finance company had promised annual returns of almost 15%, money supposed to be for online borrowers. >> every day, when you turn on t.v. primetime news there was always this amendment i don't know why all of these official news outlets supported them. we can't say how real or how unreal now. less than two layers after the firm began trading, it suddenly shut down last december. >> this scandal has highlighted an unregulated alternative to the traditional banking system, a system in which there may be as many as 2 and a half thousand so-called person to person lending flplatforms with invests
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often failing to recognize the financial risk. >> ma insists he was misled. >> the government needs to give investors a clear reply. we consulted some lawyers and they say they invest -- the investor should take responsibilities. >> made us panic. for some action panic has turned to protest, social unrest is what the government fears most, especially when it involves 900,000 disgrudged investors who thought they were buying into something the government endorsed. t the firm's beijing offices crimea closed. the authorities are urgingly investors to register claims raising hopes there could be compensation. following the protest, police arrested 21 of the firm's employees with the owner, ding ming making an on-air
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confession. more afters are possible as investigators say they now want to know if corrupt government officials were also involved. >> more on everything we are covering right here, aljazeera.com. [ ♪ ] hello i'm richard gizbert and you are at "the listening post". here are some stories we are tracking.

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