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votes are being counted in nevada. donald trump hopes for another big night in the republican race for the white house. obama delivers a plan to close guantanamo but people say they don't want detainees on american soil. welcome. you're watching al jazeera coming to you live from our headquarters here in doha. the u.s. investigates 14 new possible cases of zika that
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could have been spread sexually. you've heard of the u.n.'s blue helmets. we will report on the white helmet volunteers pulling people out of the rubble in syria's biggest city let's take you live to nevada, the state capital l.a. because what is going on there is we are expecting imminently, not immediately, to find out if mr trump has got the votes he was looking for there in the caucus. what happens here just to get you right up to speed on the process, we are not expecting something to be a parliamentary number. so we will get a drip drip drip effect as the percentages come through. there had been a feeling the people in the caucus in nevada were angry enough to go for mr trump, but smart money says
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that is pretty much a done deal. what is interesting about this is the marco rubio/ted cruz contest, because marco rubio has to knock out mr cruz or vice versa. as soon as we begin to get that result, we will bring it to you live here on al jazeera. staying in the states, republican squaring up for a fight against the u.s. president over his refreshed plans as of yesterday to finally close down guantanamo bay. it is an effort to deliver on a pledge he made more than seven years ago. he believes the existence of it undermines america's standing around the world. >> reporter: it was one of his first promises in office, and now u.s. president obama is hoping in his last year he can actually accomplish it. close the controversial detention center at guatemalaned bay cuba. >> are we going to let this
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linger on? another 15 to 30 years? >> reporter: for all that time dozens of men have been held in limbo. they went on a hunger strike and they were finally fed through a tube. they're going to try to end the location, sending a plan to congress. it is a bit vague, listing 13 sites where the detainees could be held. it would be cheaper and close a chapter in history. >> it is counterproductive to our fight against terrorists because they use it as trog in their efforts to recruit. >> reporter:-- propaganda in their efforts to recruit >> the negative influence that guantanamo had, the negative influence that these things have are going to live on long after they've been shut down. it's almost irrelevant in terms of the propaganda effect of it
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today is negligible. >> reporter: the president would have to get his plan through the congress controlled by the opposition. they are unlikely to go along >> we will review his plan, including bringing dangerous terrorists to u.s. communities. he should know that the bipartisan will of congress has been expressed against that proposal. >> reporter: this is an election year and it devices the parties >> not only are we not going to close guantanamo, but if we capture a terrorist alive they're not getting a court hearing in manhattan, we will find out what they know. >> reporter: the president might move them on his own. he is hoping the majority of detainees will be transferred to other countries. for those left, another try to change their location and the color of their jump suits, but not their detention going back to l.a. in nevada
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because we are report that mr trump has, indeed, won. we don't know what the percentage is as of yet. just as we came on air this half our, the arithmetic will come to us as i said in the next 10 or 15 minutes. the focus will be whether it is marco rubio or ted cruz coming in second. i expect donald trump will appear behind that podium any moment now. we do want to hear from him. we will talk to the former chairman. we don't know the percentages. if you have a crystal ball, just predict for us what you think the percentages will be. >> there are some entrance polls that have come in and these
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suggest that mr donald trump won the evangelical vote, so that is bad news for senator cruz. they also indicated that marco rubio got the late deciders. donald trump is going to be around the 40%, maybe higher. he is definitely going to come in first. the real question is the contest with within the contest, and that is whether marco rubio or ted cruz be the final for trump you say marco rubio got the late deciders. when they were deciding, what was the issue for them? >> the entrance polls didn't show that, but i would suspect that the momentum of the last week really carried marco rubio forward. coming in a surprising second in south carolina, cruz coming in a disappointing third in a state he could win, he has put his
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strategy squarely on the shoulders of the religious community and there he is coming up short we're hearing that mr marco rubio has come in second, but it is very tight. that in a way is a poison chalise because he need to put distance between them. >> i think coming in second, whether it is by one or a thousand or ten thousand votes is important for marco rubio. if you think back to south carolina, he only came in second by 1200 votes. the headlines were it was a great day for marco rubio, disappointing for cruz, but even if he wins by one vote it is a problem. it means cruz has come in third in the last three contests. if he comes in second by one vote, marco rubio will be positioned to start emerging as
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the primary challenger to donald trump were there any big issues that people were deciding on or was it always personality led, because i'm intrigued by mr trump. his critics say he sucks the air out of every single debate, he plays to an agenda of fear, of a perceived threat being out there, but he seldom describes what he thinks the threat actually is. >> he appeals to the angry part of our party and i was elected three times chairman of the republican party. here in texas i would say about a third of our base voters are just frustrated and angry. that's the third that donald trump gets. he never usually gets over 40%. he has got between 30 and 40% of the party. if you also look at the polls you will find that 52% of republicans think they could never vote for donald trump even
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in a primary. if marco rubio or ted cruz could get one-on-one, polls show that both of them would beat donald trump one-by-one, but when they're splitting the vote, that that allow sz donald trump-- allows donald trump could come in. that is why it is power that marco rubio should get in so that he says if you don't get behind him donald trump will be voted in what are people angry about? >> they feel that the republicans took the house of representatives, they took the u.s. senate and they then capity lated-- capitulated to obama and this is pervasive throughout the party. it has spilled over into the overall environment to the extent that donald trump is just tapping into a very emotional feeling among our base and it is
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prop propelling him to the front of the field. the party is divide among multiple candidates so that is why donald trump is in first play place why do they say capitul tashgsed to the obama administration. we're seeing the fight over the justice appointment to the supreme nobody is doing that to obama, surely? >> the number one issue according to exit polls out of iowa was the national debt. what most voters are upset with are the congress lifted the debt ceiling and did so past the time of the november elections. that means they lost all leverage with the president. they agreed with the president on what the debt ceiling levels should go to and that is causing anger within the republican base when it comes to the u.s.
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presidential race, it is a cliche, but it's true, you campaign in poetry, you govern, you are president in prose. how well equipped is donald trump to handle such a complex international foreign policy brief if and when next january he is standing there taking the oath of office? >> i've been involved in politics for 44 years. i will tell you that there's a big difference between political skills and business skills. i also own four businesses. i think mr trump's challenge will be that you just can't emotionally appeal to your citizens and have that turn into action. you have to work with the members of the legislature. you have to work with house members and senate members. you may have a democrat-controlled senate next time. it is a very different skill set. it remains to be seen how he would do in that environment and
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it remains to be seen whether marco rubio or senator cruz can convince republican party voters that there is a difference between somebody who appeals to their base emotions and somebody who could actually do the job, work with our legislative leaders but also world leaders. you can't dictate to vladimir putin your terms. you have to be able to negotiate and get along with some of these other countries where you won't be able to get deals done thank you very much. you're looking at a live shot coming to us. the two top lines on what is happening with that kau us is it look like mr donald trump, or say as a ert donald trump has got that caucus, 40% issue. we don't know the breakdown of that. it looks like marco rubio has got the second place in that vote, but it is so far a very tight contest. the key thing is moving now
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between now and super tuesday is they put in space between them. we will bring it to you live here on al jazeera. staying in america, health officials in the u.s. investigating 14 new zika infections which may have been sexually transmitted. all of those are in men who visited areas where there is currently a zika outbreak. the virus is mostly spread by mosquitos. earlier i spoke to a doctor from a texas children's hospital and asked him how significant is this >> we said it was extremely rare, but it is still rare but we're seeing more and more cases. what is happening in these cases described by the center for disease control is these are all men who are in the early stages of their infection, when they first have gotten infected, within the first two weeks of their infection, they seemed to have the ability to transmit the
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virus to their wives, partners. so what it means is that this is still a rare event, but it is still possible under certain circumstances stds can and historically have spread exponentially almost, but it is important here with the zika vines to highlight the fact that this is-- virus to highlight the fact that this is a curable condition, not talking about an std but something that can be spread by sexual contact >> this is a disease that is transmitted through the bite of mosquitos that is widespread throughout latin america and into the gulf coast of the u.s. this is overwhelmingly the major mode of transmission, getting bitten by a mosquito with the glibbing virus. what-- zika virus. what it means, if you have the virus and you are in the early stages of infection, there is a
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remote possibility you can transmit it sexually, but we need to stay focused on the mosquito if anyone has been to any of these potentially infectious areas, if you've got the symptoms, go to your gp or doctor and get it helped with >> yeah. the problem is it is spreading so rapidly across south america into the gulf coffees in a few weeks, everything is going to be a zika area in the western hemisphere in a short period of time and we're going to have to grapple with the implications of that what happens when the weather gets warmer? >> you hit the nail right on the head. what we're seeing is in houston where i am and on the gulf coast we're trapping mosquitos. the mosquitos are always there in small numbers throughout the year, but as we get into march and april and into may, we will start to see those mosquito numbers climb and then we're going to be looking for the possibility of transmission on
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the gulf coast. that's awhat has got a lot of people concerned here in the u.s. in those latin american companies, images people remember is governments going around with the spray guns killing off the mosquitos. is that something we're likely to see this is certain areas of the u.s.? >> i think we will have to look at that. remember during the 1950s we raid indicated mosquitos in latin america countries to control dengue and yellow fever. we have to revisit that. there is a possibility that in many states we will have to really resume that kind of old-fashioned technique still to come for you here on the al jazeera world news. >> i'm in l.a. where we are days away from the oscars, but it is who and what isn't nominated
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that a lot of people are talking about. find out why shortly. hortly.
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welcome back. the top stories from al jazeera. the u.s. tv networks are projecting donald trump as the winner of tuesday's republican caucus in nevada. early indications that that marco rubio came second cementing his position as the main challenger. obama has presented his plans to shut down the guantanamo bay
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detention center seven years after he pledged to do that. he is facing opposition from republicans. health officials in the u.s. are investigating whether 14 new zika virus cases have been sexually transmitted. all cases were men who have been to the outbreak area. it is generally thought to be spread by mosquito bites. to libya where a majority of mps belonging to the internationally recognised administration in tobruk has backed the government. it is an implementation to restore political stability to the fractured company. mps made the announcement just a short time ago. >> translation: we announce our insistence on the national principles and support to the council for the national unit government. we announce our approval on the formation submitted by the presidential council in the parliament hearing last saturday on 20 february 2016.
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we also announce our approval for the government's program which was also submitted in the same hearing. this means that the national unity government gained the majority of votes in the parliament needed to start working. this allows the cabinet to get ready to practice its work. according to the international procedures of the parliament the only thing needed now is the cabinet performing the oath libya's national army says it has pushed rebel fighters, including i.s.i.l., out of the eastern city of benghazi. at least 10 people have killed and many injured. forces are being assisted by french special forces. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry warning that it could be hard to hold syria together if there is no political solution to end the violence. the syrian council of human rights say over a quarter of a million people have been killed since the fight began five years
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ago. >> reporter: for many people this is the only emergency service they have. where is it, they shout. these with the white helmets. they're volunteer rescue workers. like everyone else in aleppo they spend a lot of their time looking up to borek out where the next bomb will fall. there isn't much of the city still standing >> translation: there were two families in this house. we pulled out four people. one woman died. >> reporter: the rocket passed through two buildings and exploded here. here, look, the syrian kids life continues. in spite of all the damage, they're still here. >> reporter: in aleppo most of the injuries are a result of
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syrian or russian bombings. this man says an aircraft dropped some bombs while he worked in an internet café. half his right leg was blown off. the medic says he is looking better. the russian government denies it is deliberately targeting civilians. they say rocket are only aimed at terrorists. >> translation: they're only civilians here. no-one else. show me one fighter. show me the militants they talk about. show me. everyone here is a civilian. >> reporter: russian, they ask? yes. the white helmets say they're committed to impartiality to help everyone. they have risked sniper fire. this time they're responding to another attack by the russian air force. before the war these volunteers were students engineers,
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carpenters, but here normal lives are no longer possible. today what's normal is crawling through rubble hoping to find survivors of another bombing. bernard smith you can see the full film syria under russia's fist on people and power at 2230 g.m. t here on al jazeera. more than 100,000 refugees and migrant have arrived in europe so far this year. that's more than eight times the number seen during the same period in 2015 and it's putting huge pressure on those countries that lie along the refugee route to europe. our correspondent reports from the greece-macedonia border. >> reporter: it took most of the day to move the after gangs and end the standoff at the border. many didn't understand why they had been singled out when their country has been ravindran acknowledged by war for--
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ravageked by war for decades. >> we run out of money. we sold our house and car and everything and we are standing here. i do my best. >> reporter: after gangs make about 30% of all arrivals in greece and the u.n. says they do meet international criteria for refugee status. for the after gangs the problem is not just crossing into macedonia, they have to go through several borders before making it to europe. if they go through this one they will face the same problem at the next border. this group was pushed back to greece. they're considered economic migrants. hundreds of after gangs are also stranded at macedonia's northern border with serbia. it comes after australia tree',
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sloesh, croatia and macedonia imposed new restrictions to reduce the number of people flowing through their territories. when the border opened, syrians and iraqis discovered that they will have to go through tougher controls and there's panic among them. >> translation: i'm from aleppo. i only have this id card. my area is surrounded by i.s.i.l. and there has been no government present for three years. i'm afraid they will not let me in >> reporter: many don't have the paperwork needed and will have to stay in greece for now. for some the disappointment is too hard to contain an african university has been temporarily closed after black protesters were beaten by white spectators. video has emerged. it was part of a protest against the outsourcing of cleaning
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jobs. some attacked several protesters. there are only a few days to go before the oscars, but this year it is not the nomination, but some stars are boycotting the ceremony because it doesn't represent minorities. >> reporter: it was for hale bery in 2004, the on-african american actress. the door not even ajar. they're all white. there are no other races here. oscars so white that's the claim it is the hashtag everyone here is talking about. >> we will continue fighting until we see more representative films coming out of hollywood >> reporter: it is over shadowing the film industry's biggest night. looking at some nominations, a
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black boxer. straight out of comp. tonne, a group from a black producer and director, it is the white screen writers up for an awards. only 28% of big rolls went to nonwhite actors. if you think that doesn't sound very many, it was worse behind the scenes. in terms of directors only 12% of directors from other ethnic groups got that job. are we talking about oscars so white here or the industry in general being too white. >> reporter: then runs a theater group down town with these actors. he is an industry veteran and says he knows what the root cause of what this is >> race is a factor in this country. it permeates this country. look around. >> reporter: is the kad he racist? >> i think they think there's a
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problem because of will smith and spike lee saying there's a problem >> reporter: member steven has been making films for decades. he is white and older, like 494% of the other members at last count. here is his take >> they don't hire; they honor people. you do good work, bingeo you get nominated. if you don't do good work, you don't get nominated. they don't hire or make those movies. to take it out on the membership i thought was wrong >> reporter: the academy says it will double the number of ethnic and female members by 2020. the promise by the boss, we will lead and not wait for the industry to catch up. the question is how long will that really take a female gorilla and her baby doing well at a announcer: in the u.k. by a rare delivery by krf c-section. it was born a week and a half
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after the mother showed signs of a potential life-threatening illness. it was a doctor who delivered the baby, not a vet. it was the first time he had used the procedure to deliver a guerilla. go to aljazeera.com for more. [ ♪ ] thanks for joining us on "america tonight". i'm joie chen. for all the efforts to sundays and help, one of the most confounding diagnosis is autism. research found more boys live with autism and they are five times more likely than girls to be diagnosed. but the focus on boys may make it give for girls living with autism to get the help they need. "america

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