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[ gunfire ] >> unholy alliances, the u.k. said there is evidence the kurds are siding with assad and russia. that's very disturbing. hello again from doha, this is the world news from al jazeera. also ahead. >> thank you very much, everybody. donald trump trumps bid to be the presidential candidate, he celebrates a big win in vegas. several gulf countries issue a travel ban for their nationals on traveling to lebanon.
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we're live in beirut with the details. almost nothing left, one of the areas worst hit by fiji cyclone, as a massive cleanup operation swings into action. let's start with syria where there is said to be evidence that kurdish forces coordinating with the assad government and the russian air force. the british foreign secretary phillip hammond made that assertion calling the evidence of such coordination very disturbing. we're going to take a look why it is so significant. syrian kurdish forces, the y.p.g. captured territory from isil. you see it marked in red there. they've done that with help from the united states. they've taken advantage of the syrian government offensive around aleppo to capture ground from u.s. backed rebels. then there's another u.s. ally, turkey, which has been shelling y.p.g. positions ins syria,
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fearing advances along the border. turkey views them as an extension of the p.k.k., a kurdish rebel group which has been at war with the turkish government on and offer since the number 80's. this leaves a question of whose side the kurdish fighters are on in what is increasingly a complex war. >> the syrian kurds of an important part of the equation and they have to be brought into any enduring solution in syria, but turkey has a problem with links between p.k.k. and syrian kurdish groups, p.k.k. being a terrorist group designated as such in turkey and indeed in the u.k. there are overlaying conflicts here and the turkish kurdish conflict is a major complicating factor. what we have seen in the last weeks is very disturbing evidence of coordination between syrian kurdish forces, the
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syrian regime and the russian air force, which are making you guess distinctly uneasy about the occurred's role in all of this. >> turkey's president insists turkish fighters can't be given the staple stat susas other fighters in syria. the turkish leaders are concerned about a grip on the ground in syria of the kurds. he is convinced the russia be a u.s. and e.u. are being irresponsible with hot tilts. >> the syrian kurds are on their own side. accord insley based on their own agenda, they oppress russia as it receipts to their agenda.
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the syrian kurds are taking opportunity of the border and the russia air cover for the syrian kurds to advance. on the other hand, the u.s. policy has granted tremendous legitimacy to their activity. in this reward, i don't think that the syrian kurds right now has chosen a side or the other, instead is trying to benefit from each side as much as possible. >> the russian president vladimir putin has spoken on the phone with the syrian president bashar al assad. rory challands is live for us to tell us about what happened on that phone call. >> i think the russians over the
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last few days have basically been trying to make sure that assad at least on that paper is committed to this u.s.-russian brokered ceasefire plan for syria, because remember that about a week ago, president bashar al assad went slightly off message and said that he was prepared to keep on fighting in syria to take back the whole of the country, the russians effectively had to tell him to shut up and reminded him that they'd invested significantly, militarily, politically, financially in his regime and it does seem like he said done that and at least committed verbally to upholding this ceasefire deal. that hasn't been the only conversation vladimir putin has had with a leader in the region. he has talked to rouhani,
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benjamin netanyahu and the saudi king. it seems like the russian president is on a bit of a diplomatic overdrive at the moment, maybe a message being sent to the region and also that the united states that russia is now a power broker and a force to be reckoned with in the middle east. >> thanks, rory. to the united states, republican hopeful donald trump said he's growing more confident of winning his party's presidential nomination after an easy victory in the nevada caucus. some commentators see the win as perhaps a seal of approval from the party's base. >> even donald trump seemed surprised by the scale of his victory. >> we love nevada. >> according to exit polls, trump won almost half the latino vote despite his comments in which he said mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists. >> we won the evangelicals, we won with young, we won with old. we won with highly educated, we
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won with poorly educated, i love the poorly educated. you know what i am really happy about because i've been saying it for a long time, 46% were the hispanics, 46%, number one with hispanics. >> early occasions are that florida senator marco rubio came second but it's not clear if he'll become the anti trump candidate, the person the party establishment will back. >> i would suspect that the momentum of the last week really carried senator rubio forward. coming in a surprising second in south korea, senator cruz coming in a disappointing third in the state which he thought he could win, heavy on evangelicals, senator cruz has put his strategy squarely on the soldiers of the religious community and there he is coming up short. >> ted cruz who came a close third said he is the only candidate who has what it takes to beat trump.
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>> the undeniable reality that the first four states has shown is that the only campaign that has beaten donald trump and the only campaign that can beat donald trump is this campaign. >> there's no doubt trump is on a winning streak. >> we love you. >> first new hampshire, then south carolina, now nevada. the next stop is super tuesday, an increasingly people in america are asking whether donald trump is unstoppable. al jazeera. on friday, iran will hold elections for its parliament and the assembly of experts. more than 12,000 candidates registered to run for the parliamentary election, but more than half were disqualified mainly because they're seen as reformists. among the remaining candidates -- are women. as for the assembly of experts, 161 approved clerics are
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competing for 88 seats. more now from andrew simmons in tehran. >> iran's old guard is rallying round. they've formed an alliance of conservatives and hardliners. these clerics all prayer leaders in the capital are being briefed to tell people it's their duty to turn out vote and give support. the enemy wants to i will fill trait. america wants to get in again through the back door. it wants to i will fill trail our centers of power and decision making. >> posted outside the mosque, an array of candidates in what will be the most hotly contested elections in a decade. conservatives and hardliners place an emphasis on mosques for their social networking, while the rise of moderates are increasing with the tech savvy.
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facebook is banneddology with twitter, people manage effectively. one in four iranians use the tell gram app which has so far escaped any blocks. one of two english teachers said she wants an end to visa restriction. >> it really matters to me and i do care about it, because as human beings, we all have a right to travel around the world. >> it would be wrong to say there's outright dissent here, but the people do want change. >> one of the most important achievements of rouhani is fulfilling his promise to get sanctions lifted. it has made people happy after eight difficult years. >> the popularity of moderate president rouhani seen here at a medal award ceremony for his negotiations in the nuclear deal is rising, but hardliners have control of key islamic incidents
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substitutions. more than half wanting to stand in parliamentary elections, it barred nearly 80% of those who wanted to be candidates in the assembly of experts, the body which will eventually choose the next supreme leader. for now, absolute power still lies with the supreme leader, even if the conservatives and hardliners do lose control of parliament. andrew simmons, al jazeera, tehran. rescuers have found the wreckage of a missing passenger plane that crashed in nepal, killing all 23 people onboard. the aircraft was on an 18 minute flight when it lost contact after takeoff on wednesday morning. it was found completely destroyed in a jungle.
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authorities in fiji struggling to reach some areas after a devastating cyclone. the death toll is 42. some villages have hardly any buildings left. al jazeera had the first television crew to reachment outlying area. >> it's not much, but it is a start. soldiers from fiji's capital have arrived and are starting to clear debris. there is an enormous job ahead. in some nearby villages, virtually every house has been destroyed. many aren't waiting for the soldiers and have begun their own temporary repairs. there is a common plea. >> i need help from the government to rebuild my house, so i can start my life again with my family. >> the island was one of fiji's
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prettiest. in 2014, al jazeera filmed here allege the colonial maybe street. then this, filmed from one of the strongest buildings in town, it gives some idea of the wind and pounding waves. it looks different now. every building has holes, some without roofs. churches are badly damaged. it's the smaller villages that look the worst, shattered after a storm that hit at lunch time on saturday and didn't pass until 7:00 in the evening. >> it's true all around in this village. >> in the remnants of another village, are more stories of terror. >> about 40 people were
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sheltering in the community hall behind me, when its roof was ripped off, they ran to the only other building still standing, the church, but look what happened to it, all but one of those inside ran out just before the collapse. the 72-year-old lady who couldn't was buried on sunday 5. overall, three people were killed. >> for the living, establishing the basics are the priority, many without homes are sleeping in schools, schools won't be schools again here for about weeks or months. children's worlds have been turned upside down. hundreds of students were evacuated out to fiji's main island early on wednesday. no one seems to have any idea of when they, nor normal life will return. al jazeera. israeli biased rights group
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release a report citing abuse and torture by the israelis against palestinians.
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top stories for you here on al jazeera, the british foreign secretary said kurdish fighters are working in coordination with the syrian government and russia. the u.s. backed syrian kurdish y.p.g. ever gained ground in several areas at the expense of isil. donald trump trump won the
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caucus vote in nevada cementing his lead in the nomination. senator marco rubio came in second, ted cruz a close third. ires preparing for parliamentary elections on friday where voters will be electing the highest clerical council. it will be the first time elections are held on the same day for these two key institutions. back to syria, the syrian observatory for home rights said more than a quarter million people have been killed since the war began five years ago. with some of the worst fighting now going on around aleppo, we have a report about the volunteers, the ones saving lives there. bernard smith has their story. >> many syrians have this as their only emergency service. where is it, they shout. these are the white helmets, volunteer rescue workers. like everybody else in aleppo,
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they spend a lot of their time looking up to work out where the next bomb will fall. there isn't much of the city still standing. >> there were two families in this house. we pulled out four people. one woman died. >> the rocket passed through two buildings and exploded here. and here, look, the syrian kids, life continues. in spite of all the damage, they're still here. >> most injuries are the result of syrian or russian bombings. this man said an aircraft dropped bombs while he worked in in a internet cafe. half of his right leg was blown off. the russian government deny accusations that is deliberately targeting civilians, saying its rockets are only aimed at what it calls terrorists. >> there are only civilians
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here, no one else. show me one fighter. show me the militant they talk about. show me. everyone here is a civilian. >> in russia, they ask yes, it's russians. the white helmet said they are committed to impartiality, helping everyone. they say they risk sniper fire to retrieve the bodies are government soldiers. this time, they are responding to another attack by the russian air force. before the war, these volunteers were students, engineers, 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, al jazeera. >> and that fulfill that, syria under russia fist will be wednesday here on al jazeera.
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>> kuwait's issued a travel ban, advising nationals not to stay. just the latest country in the middle east to issue this ban. lebanon is one of the main battle fields in this long running proxy war between iran and saudi arabia. you've had saudi arabia urge citizens to leave and also advise citizens that were considering coming here to not come to lebanon. since then, you've had the u. and kuwait issue similar travel
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warnings urging their citizens to not come to lebanon. since then the sawed embassy was swarmed. you had the breaking of ties between saudi arabia and iran and downgrading between iran and members of the g.c.c. including e.a.e. and bahrain. also you've had saudi arabia announce it was going to stop delivery of military aid to lebanon. saudi arabia pledged to deliver $4 billion in a deal in which the lebanese army could purchase weapons from the french government. saudi arabia is upset that the foreign minister here in lebanon
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did not condemn what happened to its embassy in tehran, did not bolster saudi arabia's position. they are jump set as they have been for a while because hezbollah has so much power here in lebanon, so you've seen this deterioration only get worse in the last days. the lebanese say once again, they feel like a pawn between the iranians, between the saudis, they are worried about the future of the country. they do believe that the armed forces here, the once i spoke with continue to give this aid and they're concerned where this leaves their country as such a crucial time in the region when tensions are ratcheting up. >> thank you for that.
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>> being bound hand and foot a a chair, being subjected to shouting, swearing, threats and indignities, incarceration in a foul smelling cell usually in solitary confinement. people had been beaten and abused by the soldiers. director general of the palestinian independent commission for human rights joins us. we thank you for your time. >> physical violence against palestinians and prisoners is practice that is condoned and
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sanctioned by the israel high court, and that is legitimize by the committee and therefore, it's a state policy and there is no type of remedy for any palestinian who is subject and torture. sanctioned you said by the israeli court and legitimize by the knesset. what do you have to back that up? explain to me why you said that exactly. >> the dial high court has a doctrine called the ticking bomb, which means that if any palestinian voices threat to lives of israelis, the israeli security forces can use torture against him or her. >> the israelis are using
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this -- using torture and violence against palestinian prisoners under this policy. the israeli knesset also passed on some try at her i can't and regulations that allows israelis to use violence and physical pressure against palestinian prisoners in certain circumstances that are usually decided upon the discretion of security forces themselves, so they decide that this person poses an imminent threat and therefore, they can use physical violence against him. >> so if this is the case and you are saying it is sanctioned by israeli authorities, then who can or should step in? does this have to be annal community effort? >> of course in the absence of any internal accountability by the israel justice system to paying victims, we have to seek
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for international justice. the israeli justice system supports torture and elect mazes it against palestinians. there has been no compensation for any palestinian concerning being subjected to torture and therefore, palestinian human rights organizations seek for international accountability. actually, we can say that torture amounts to be war crime, because it's used on a system take manner on a larger scale, according to palestinians report, 95% of palestinians who are detained by israelis are subject to level of torture condoned by the state. therefore it's a war crime used against a particular group of people, which are palestinians -- >> i'm going to have to interrupt you there. i'm sorry for that, but thank you so much for your time, do appreciate it.
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the bolivian penalty lost his bid to change the constitution and seek a fourth term in office. more than 51% of voters rejected that. >> the official results have confirmed what bolivians have believed since the wrench dull on sunday, that the no vote would win. that is what the results in the first official result said. now they've got that by over 51% of the vote. now comes whether the president would accept the vote. he said he would. there has been delay, some people criticizing the commission over the way the votes were counted. 250,000 votes coming from bolivians living abroad. >> the government has got to accept that it lost. >> now we will see new political
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leaders emerging and that's good for the country. >> i believe the country's now divided. the difference was very small. i hope the government accepts what's happened. >> it seems with the no vote accepted that the bolivians will now be hoping for some kind of stability in their politics, president morale release will be president until the next election in 2019. this result means that he won't be able to stand in elections in that year and stay in power until 2025. there's no doubt it's a serious blow to his remaining years in the presidency. it's the first time he's lost a major election since he came to power in 2006. he's now going to have to rethink his policies and how he wants to establish what he says still needs to be done in his remaining years in office, but it's a huge boost to the opposition and they will certainly now try to organize around this no vote, planning for those elections in 2019.
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