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iran super leader cast his ballot in the country's first election since international sanctions were lifted welcome to al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead, obama says saturday's proposed cessation of hostilities could be a key step in ending the war in syria. u.s. and china present a draft resolution to the security council for stronger sanctions on north korea. saving the beautiful game.
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the man who wanted to become the president of football's disgraced world body goes up for election iran's supreme leader has cast his vote in the country's first election since the lifting of international sanctions. two polls, one for parliament and the assembly of experts that will choose the country's next supreme leader. the parliament is dominated by conservatives. that could change because of the president's success in achieving that nuclear deal. a large number of hopefuls have been banned from running. about 12,000 people wanted to stand for the 290-seat parliament. only 5,000 candidates have been cleared. andrew simmons joins us now.
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how is it shaping up so far? >> reporter: right now obviously it is hard to gauge nationwide from this extremely busy polling station in central tehran, but it does look encouraging. what we're hearing from politicians all over the country is it is a very brisk turn out. we've witnessed here. it is a chaotic situation, not leaflet of all because of the amount of media here but also a trail going down at least a thousand metres down the street, being here several hours before the opening of polling. through here there's a queue to cast the ballots for two elections. the assembly of experts which will elect the premium leader of iran and the parliamentary elections where you have a
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thousand candidates in the city alone for 30 seats. an extremely difficult decision for people to make with so many candidates. the first thing that happened in polling was that the supreme leader was to cast his vote from his own personal ballot box and also for that of his staff in his residence. this is what he had to say. >> translation: anyone who likes iran, the islamic public, national glory and dignity should take part in the selection from the economy to foreign relations there's a lot at stake here in this election, isn't there? >> reporter: absolutely. the economy, in particular, because that has been a central issue. the iranian economy is worth around $420 billion, and not
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only that, when he came into power as president about two and a half years ago, there was 46% inflation. that has come down to 16% under his presidency. the nuclear deal, the lifting of sanctions, has been key to his popularity, but all the president's men are on one side and the supreme leader is on the other. there is a distinct different approach because the supreme leader is continually talking about iran's islamic independence and continually warning of international influence on the economy and the people and even more hard line aspects of the conservative membership are warning that there has already been infiltration of places like america and britain in influencing reformists. they have taken not too unkindly from that ago indication, but it
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gives the sort of idea of temperature the u.s. president has urged the syrian government in russia to do their part to end syria's civil war. the proposed conditional ceasefire is due to start saturday. obama has accused russia of increasing air strikes and worsening the humanitarian situation. he says the fight against i.s.i.l. will continue. >> the only way to deal with i.s.i.l. in a way that defeats them in a lasting way is to end the chaos and the civil war that has engulfed syria. that's how i.s.i.l. was able to thrive in the first place. the cessation of hostilities that are scheduled to take effect at midnight tomorrow is a potential step in bringing about an end to the chaos our correspondent has more from the state department in washington dc >> reporter: perhaps what is
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most noteworthy about the president's rival this afternoon is it comes a little more than 24 hours before the so-called cessation of hostilities is supposed to take effect inside syria. that's at 5 p.m. eastern time at mid damascus time on saturday. the idea is to basically have all sides of the syrian civil war stop firing at each other so that they can try to get more humanitarian aid into communities that have been cut off because of the fierce fighting and to, perhaps, within a week's time try to reestablish the process of having the two sides in the civil war try to restart an effort at eventual peace talks through the geneva process. this is contingent on the fact that the cessation of hostilities is not expected to lead to an immediate silencing
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of the rifles, as it were. one thing that obama noted during his remarks on thursday evening was that there probably will still be violence in the meantime as the word spreads that people need to hold their fire and try to get into some sort of negotiation. the president also did send a message to the turkish government which has been trying to in essence expand the number of targets that can still be fired on inside syria during this cessation. they want to fire on syrian kurdish fighters because they consider them a threat to turkey's national security. however, the obama administration has insisted that these kurdish fighters are part of the organized opposition going after i.s.i.l. and that all parties who are signing on to the cessation of hostilities, and that includes tur keep, needs to abide by the agreement not to fire on the syrian kurds the u.n. says it hopes a pause in the fighting will allow crucial aid supplies in and lead
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to a political solution for those displaced inside syria are weary of ends to stop the war >> reporter: in northern western syria not far from the border with turkey a new wave of refugees reach antecedent report. they have eskaupd aleppo province. the idea of a truce or ceasefire for them here is meaningless >> translation: this truce is an open game. the world is conspiring against us. this is a deal between the russians and the americans >> translation: what is this talk of a truce. since when have ceasefires worked? these people went back and got hit, who is going to be responsible. we are going to stay here. we are not going back. >> reporter: the complexitys of the war is over shadowing the possible pause in fighting. the main rebel groups have
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expressed deep miss trust of the plan while other field commanders doubt that it will work. >> reporter: the fact that al-nusra is not included in this fwleement allows russia and the bashar al-assad forces to target the opposition under the pretense that they were attacking areas controlled by al-nusra front. >> reporter: life inside syria goes on. people are indifferent. five years before heavy bombardment and air raids have hard enned them. >> reporter: russia is a war criminal, so is bashar al-assad. who do we rely on, the international community? we don't trust the international community. aleppo is being destroyed and innocent civilians are being killed or the russian air raids continue. >> reporter: more than 2 million people are living in turkey taking refuge from the war. there's little hope the
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cessation of hostilities will bring peace. mainly there is a great deal of pes simply. >> reporter: the they are objecting to russia being in the issue. they say russian is direct conflict. the plan is not binding if it's own p own security is threatened the u.s. and china are joining forces against north korea. they've agreed on a draft resolution that would expand u.n. sanctions, the toughest in two decades. it comes after pyongyang's weapons test and rocket launch early last month. the measures include restrictions on access to international ports and banks and a ban on all weapon sales to the country. >> reporter: the idea of mandatory inspections of all cargo going in and out of north korea, the idea of banning all sales including small arms to
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north korea and banning aviation fuel of the rocket that was launched earlier this month containing a satellite, north korea called it a satellite launch. the u.s., south korea and others called it a ballistic missile test t was filled by liquid rocket fuel. that is something that could impede north korea's progress in that arena. the problem has been enforcing such sanctions. in 2013 when it carried out a previous nuclear test again at that stage there was what was call an unprecedented round of sanctions. nonetheless north korea has gone ahead with another round of nuclear test and rocket launch seemingly unimpeded. the question will be whether china will enforce whatever was agreed to the degree that was required. in the past it was questionable. this time china has signed up to this resolution. at the moment it seems to be impeding some north korean
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exports according to some reports on the ground in northern china. again, china does not want to see north korea collapse, so there is a calculation it has to make on just how tough it can get in the long-term the u.n. secretary general has urged south sudan's leaders to establish a transitional government and quickly. ban ki-moon said to put peace above politics. he announced 21 million dollars in aid to help protect displaced people living in camps >> translation: the people of this land support decades of civil war. yet over the last two years the night mayor has returned-- nightmare has returned. massive human rights violations, children becoming soldiers and corruption. over two million people have been forced from their homes. some 200,000 people are being
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protected in our camps still ahead on the show, debate night or fright night. u.s. republican rivals take part in a heated exchange ahead of super tuesday. a judge upholds annie victims order for a refugee camp in the french town of calais. calais.
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welcome back. the headlines. iran supreme leader has cast his
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vote in the country's first election since the lifting of international sanctions. people will be voting for the parliament. the syrian government has been urged to do their part to ends syria's civil war. a china and u.s. have agreed to a sanction after pyongyang's rocket test and launch last month. measures are the toughest in two decades republican u.s. presidential hopefuls are taking part in heated exchanges in the last televised debate before a crucial series of elections. 12 states and a territory will hold primaries and caucus votes next week in what's known as super tuesday. >> reporter: this was a key
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debate. marco rubio went on the attack from the first moment. donald trump the target and in a border state immigration the first top >> you're the only person on the stage that has been fined for hiring people to work on your projects illegally >> i'm the openly one who has hired people. you haven't hired anybody >> reporter: he was tunaed by ted cruz who said he couldn't win a presidential election >> we can't risk another four of these failed obama policies by nominating someone who loses to hillary clinton in november. marco rubio went after donald trump from the first moment of the debate. he has to try to stop his momentum if he has a chance of winning the nomination. he attacked his record, lack of details on positions he holds. donald trump still is the favorite. there was a discussion on the
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economy on the battle against i.s.i.l. and the middle east. this was a debate where few will remember details on policy but will remember the anger. after the debate donald trump said he wasn't surprised to be the target of so many attacks >> i think that he had no choice but to be aggressive. because they're way down. marco rubio is losing by 22 points in the city of florida. >> reporter: everyone has been waiting for the meltdown the moment his campaign falls apart, but it hasn't happened and no-one has worked out how to beat him four people are dead and up to 30 wounded in a shooting in the city of the u.s. a gunman opened fire at a lawnmower factory. he was shot dead by police at the scene. he has been identified as
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cedricford. iraqi is leading a large rally in baghdad where thousands have turned out to hear him speak. he is calling for a peaceful protest against government corruption and demanding a cabinet reshuffle. he is also angry over the deteriorating security situation due to the armed group i.s.i.l. security has been beefed up in the city. judges approve the demolition of part of a refugee camp in france nicknamed the jungle. it is home to many hoping to reach britain just across the english channel. >> reporter: a refugee from iraq has been in the jungle camp for nearly a month. helping out at this food tent means he keeps warm and stays busy. authorities have been given the green light to clear people out of this area.
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they say they won't use force. he says he has had enough of being po moved on. he wants to apply for asylum in france. >> translation: i can't keep changing my home. i will register for asylum on friday. i would like to bring my wife and four children from iraq. >> reporter: many others here see the plan eddie victims is a hurdle to clear. they're determined to reach britain where they've got friends or family >> i'm waiting here four months. i want to go but now pab i can't. i don't know where i go. i don't know. >> translation: there are places for refugees in france and germany. people have strong reasons for going to england. they have family there. they don't want to stay here. >> reporter: the government
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insists it has got a better solution to offer the my grant. >> translation: i can confirm with the help of organizations as we have been doing previously on an area about four hectares, we will be able to offer a descent shelter for migrants of calais. we will be able to get them out of the hands of traffickers. >> reporter: behind the trees over there is the southern part of what they call the jungle camp. the authorities would like living over there to move into a new accommodation center. it is made up of heated containers. they say it is safer and cleaner. for many people, even though it is a small move to make psychologically it is a grape leap. aid organizations say there are far more people here than could stay there. >> translation: france it selling the migrants they can live in a container or temporary shelter. it is going to prompt people to set up small improvised camps
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all over. there will not be enough space for them. >> reporter: charities say the french government should do much more to help the many children and teenagers here in particular. quickly they clear this part of the jungle, a lasting solution still seems out of reach > an officer from save the children are worried that children will be moved to centers without support >> we made representations to the courts to delay at least for a while until they can get proper assistance in place. there are better places for them, but there's not enough of them. there's no community infrastructure, there's none of the shops and schools and the things that particularly for children have been important in fostering some sense of community in the really difficult situation in the camp. the conditions in calais are appalling and nobody is saying that children should be staying
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in those and children do recognise it better to have a warm bed. there are not enough beds for children and adults, there is not enough specialized centers for unaccompanied children, they are put in with adults rather than in a place of their own. they're being taken away from what they know in a stressful and scary situation. there's no fish numbers, but a recent research suggests that 300 unaccompanied children are in the camp that are set to be destroyed, between 11 and 16, really vulnerable kids legal proceedings are against four south africa police officers accused of the tore tune and disappear appearance of a campaigner 30 years ago. the victims' family are still
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looking for answers >> reporter: it has been more than three decades since an officer, courier, disappeared, for the then banned liberation party the african national congress. in 1983 she was lured into a trap by police and arrested. she was brought to this suburb where she was detained and tortured. according to police testimony given during south africa's truth and reconciliation process, she was taken to the headquarters of the counter insurgency unit. she was never seen again. after the end of apartheid officers admitted she did abduct her. her family spent years petitioning the courts and those officers will be going on trial. >> to know how she died and yet
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i don't get the information. i feel very sad and i don't think i will get the justice. i miss her. >> reporter: she says she wants the truth to come out but most importantly she wants to put her daughter to rest. >> let them come out with the truth. as long as there is somebody hiding something, hide some >> reporter: experts involved say political interference prevented the trial from taking further. the truth in reconciliation process was designed to acknowledge human rights abuses and move on. many people want more answers. the national prosecuting authority is considering more than 300 cases involving people
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believed to have been killed during the struggle against apartheid. >> there are many people who don't have answers about what happened to their loved once. i don't think you can talk about the issues with all the unresolved cases. >> reporter: there is a statue erected in her honor. it serves as a reminder that her daughter's final resting place remains a mystery f.i.f.a. delegates are in swit land to-- switzerland to elect a new president. it comes after allegations of corruption, the arrest of leading officials and the banning of its current president accept platter.
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-- sepp blatter. >> reporter: who they will select to create a new improved f.i.f.a. are you confident you have votes you need? >> i think so >> reporter: this is the man who has been the head of the asian football confederation and powerful contacts and influence. his role in the crackdown on protesting athletes reported in 2011 makes his candidacy controversial. his main opponent is this man. now he has enough pledges of support to look like a serious threat. platini's hopes were ended after a two million dollar pachlt after blatter was exposed. they lost their appeal.
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african bus men lack the level of backing they need. as does royal principles ali who lost last election's to blatter. he had his idea for transparent voting booths reject. blatter ruled the organization for 17 years and remains a distracting side show, banned for alleged corruption, completely discredited yet still claiming he didn't actually resign and has rights. popularity in africa was always important to blatter's hold on power. this time support for the candidate may be a decisive factor and they held further internal talks in zurich. african president, the interim f.i.f.a. leader pledged his associations for the shake a month ago, but it is a secret ballot. >> reporter: it is important to remember that f.i.f.a. is also
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voting on a reform process on its big day as it tries to convince the world it can be a cleaner place. the probing of u.s. and swiss authorities continue. the first few months of the new president's reign are not going to be easy. lee wellings a young boy from afghanistan had a very special guest from football massi. he made headlines earlier this month when he was pictured wearing a home-made argentina shirt made from a plastic bag. pictures of him wearing the shirt went viral and were eventually seen by the player himself. he is now the proud owner completely with the signature of the playerer. one of the world's most famous steam trains is back on its rails after a decade long restoration.
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