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>> the united nations sets a new sedate for talks on syria as a conditional cessation of hostilities comes into effect. hello this is al jazeera, live from doha. i'm adrian finighan. killed in the somali capital of mgdz. mogadishu. donald trump receives his
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strongest endorsement yet plus, the new man heading fifa, gianni infantino. >> a is hiation of hostilities in syria has come into effect. the united nations security council voted unanimously to back it and most of the warring sides have agreed to lay down arms or the two weeks. now the u.n. envoy on syria says that if the deal holds, talks to end the war will resume on march 7th. the main syrian opposition says that almost 100 rebel factions have agreed to respect the suspension of hogs tilts but that doesn't include one of the most powerful groups in the country, the al qaeda linked el nusra front or i.s.i.l. calling to intensify attacks on
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government forces. hours before the deal came into force the fighting hadn't stopped. the syrian observatory for human rights says at least 40 were killed in air viek strikes in te damascus territory. our diplomatic editor james bays reports. >> ambassadorsed were addressed by the u.n. special envoy for syria who said this was a crucial element. >> no doubt there will be no shortage of attempts to undermine this process. we are ready for it. we should not be impressed. we should not be overly concerned we should address it and realize that this is part of any ceasefire and certainly cessation of hostilities. >> reporter: in the hours before the cessation of hostilities came into effect there was an increase in
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violence including fresh bombardment by the air force of russia which along with the u.s. is supposed to be one of the main sponsors of this process. >> many of the towns being hit by syrian and russian bombers are place he like daria, a town not held by i.s.i.l. or the el nusra front. it is hard to seem serious and sincere about ceasing hostilities when you ramp up fighting right up to the minute the cessation of hostilities is to take effect. >> reporter: behind the scenes there was also disagreement between countries that are usually allies. the start of meeting was delayed after the u.s. changed the text of the draft resolution at the last moment, the new resolution had mention of the high negotiations committee.
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>> the hnc represents a broad representation of forces fighting against the tyranny of assad. they deserve our wholehearted support which regrettably was not reflected in this resolution. >> everyone knows there are bound to be changes in this, warring parties to resume those talks in geneva. a new date has been set the 7th of march. james bays, al jazeera at the united nations. >> let's take you live now to the region al jazeera's omar al saleh is in the turkish city of gaziantep. seven hours after this began what is the situation now? >> reporter: well we've had a few incidents reported inside syria, fewer hours about two
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hours after the truce started. we have some bombardment, utterly on tablisa, in the homs country and some incidents in darra, quickly stopped and didn't develop. even the u.n. envoy to syria reported it, said he wasn't too worried about it. the truce is largely holding for first time in many, many years people inside syria in the areas in damascus and surrounding damascus have had a few hours of calm. the military base, the air base in latakia where the russians use it for their strikes was very calm as well. we also have the u.n. envoy saying that if this really holds the u.n.'s aim is to deliver much needed aid to about 100,000 people in -- held in besieged
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areas in syria. so the situation is pretty calm adrian. >> omar, many thanks. initial results from iran's preliminary elections are held on friday to elect members of parliament and the assembly of experts the body which appoints the country's supreme leader, the election is a test for hassan rouhani, who secured the nuclear deal last year. al shabaab attack in mogadishu. armed fighters tried storm the building but were stopped at a checkpoint. mohammed ali hasan says corruption is at the root of the unrest in somalia. >> somalia has some problems.
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the problem first is a lot of corruption is taking place, and the people from the international community trusted and using people like ngos or the neighboring countries which have the same like americans would like a general peace in somalia. but they cannot have this by using these international forces that doesn't want somalia to come out of this miserable thing but somali government, the force he would be able to invade and build a real somali force, like we did with the taliban extend our hand in a general and sincere way to welcome people who want peace, take them out of al shabaab. that is the only thing that can create peace in somalia. >> donald trump, has gotten an
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endorsement, chris christie is backing the billionaire front runner. christie dropped out of the race a few weeks ago. more from allen fisher in houston. >> chris christie for all his faults can read the lay of the land and he realizes that donald trump will likely secure the nomination to be the republican presidential candidate. also he really dislikes the other candidates. he regards john kasich and bernibencarson as almost irrele. looks good but has no real intellectual depth and ted cruz he sees him as an
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obstructionist. people putting themselves above getting things done for ordinary people. some people are suggesting he may be a vice presidentia vice l candidate. attack dog, the role played by the vice president, but he will need diversity on his ticket and having another angry white man doesn't really do that. chris christie may be looking at the role of attorney general. the reason chris christie is out of the race is that he doesn't have a huge number of supporters to begin with. this is a big endorsement of donald trump the most significant and powerful yet in the presidential election and shows his campaign team really now have their act together. >> the new president of fifa has promised to restore trust in
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football's governing organization. described his election as a new era for the beautiful game. lee wellings reports from zurich. >> reporter: chosen by fifa as the man to lead them into a new cleaner future, gianni i inni infantino. he won with a majority, 115 votes to salman's 88. in the first vote to go to a second round, for over 40 years, it was that tense. >> we will restore the image of fifa and everyone in the world will applaud us and will applaud
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all of you for what we will do in fifa for future. we have to be proud of fifa, everyone has to be proud of fifa around we have to be proud of what we will do together. >> for the man who was secretary general of uefa but he has a huge job to try to stabilize an organization that was rotten to the core under the years of sepp blatter. his promise of $5 million for the organization, raises the question of whether the organization can afford it. disappointment and some bemusement from bahraini sheik salman. who thought he had more than enough votes. some of his pledges didn't come through, if he had been elected questions over his human rights record which brought protesters to congress may have left
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another shadow over fifa it can barely afford. 207 national representatives came to zurich knowing it was crucial they got this right and pushed through the reforms the organization desperately needed. 89% of them agreed to do so. they hope it will be enough to satisfy the u.s. and swiss authorities who wanted fifa radically overhauled. after the glory, infantino will need to work tirelessly to convince the world his new fifa can be trusted. lee wellings, al jazeera, zurich. >> still to come, allegations of vote rigging in uganda, we'll take through. bogus we've, pretend foods of the future that taste like they should but don't contain the usually ingredients. we'll be right back.
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>> hello again the top stories here on al jazeera. a cessation of hostilities has come into effect in syria. the united nations security council voted unanimously to back the conditional ceasefire. about 14 people have been killed in an al shabaab attack on a somali capital. syl hotel after setting off a cam bomb at the entrance. fighters were stopped at a checkpoint. and chris christie has endorsed donald trump as a candidate for
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u.s. presidential election. the new jersey governor dropped out of the race a couple of weeks ago. people in besieged towns are struggle ethnic find relief, many have them have tried ofind food and relief, in azaz, rob mathison reports. >> food for thousands, prepared by exhausted volunteers. they buy what they can and rely on donations including money food and heating oil but they're struggling to compensate. >> we are preparing between 4,000 and 5,000 meals every day. for example yesterday alone we cooked 500 kilograms of food.
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>> azaz close to northern border with turkey. and syrian kurdish forces lie to the west. yet tens of thousands have sought safety here as pounding aleppo to the south. >> the russian air bombardment in the northern country side forced large numbers of residents to being race to the border area. they could not carry anything with them. >> after syrian air strikes bombarded his home, he his wife and two young daughters trekked dozens of kilometers to get here much of it over rough terrain. like others they have a loaf of bread and a small piece of cheese to last the entire day that is if bread is available.
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the soup kitchens try to provide more but prices for cooking gas food and heating oil go up all the time. water is scarce. >> translator: we are suffering sharp shortages of basic raw materials in azaz as a result of the siege laid to the city. we are forced to bring our necessities from turkey, the dollar exchange is going up. >> the stoves continue to burn if azaz but if the cessation of hostilities brokered by the u.s. and russia holds, the soup kitchen could close because it simply would not be needed anymore. rob mathison, al jazeera. >> any jer'niger's president isu didn't get the required 50%, got
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48% of the vote. mohammed val reports now from niger's capital. >> the people of niger patiently waited for these results for five long days. a big surprise, the sitting president got tray% of the vote and that's a precedent in the history of this country since the beginning of the democratic process in niger in 1993, no front runner ever reached this mark. >> translator: it was my objective to win this election in the first round but god has decided other wise. >> reporter: the other interesting development is the rise of the opponent, mohammed amadu. 77.7ers of the votes the opposition is already talking of uniting behind him as their candidate in the second round.
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>> translator: i can say that we are satisfied with the results. why because we have faced a candidate who has used all the means of the state against our opposition party which has had to rely on its opposition own s. >> a second flownd niger is roue opposition initially expressed anger and accused the government of having rigged the elections. but now everybody seems to be on board for a runoff. >> the u.n. has expressed concern at the use of force at arrests following presidential election in uganda. at least two people were reportedly killed during clashes in kampala and more than 200 members of the opposition have been detained including the opposition candidate, kizza besigye.
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yoweri museveni achieved 70% of the vote but opposition disputes that. >> reporter: wanted to become member of parliament for her rule constituency but said she lost the party's primaries because they were rigged. so she decided to run independently. says she was cheated of victory again. she shows us these ballots, found stuffed in ballot boxes for presidential and parliamentary elections. >> the stuffing was not for me alone, it was for my opponent and for the president. and we got out those ballots which were stuffed and i handed them over as exhibit to the police. >> reporter: when ugandans voted on the 18th of february, election officials were sharply critical. yoweri museveni was declared the
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victor for another five year term. >> regarding the critiquing, there was no such a thing that ever happened and they always justify their loss on someone else and most especially the nrm. >> reporter: in another part of the country this polling station officer said he saw senior polling officials changing results. >> reporter: security agencies say their role is neutral. they fire tear gas to disperse
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angry crowds. such change of results was not reported. >> i never saw that, i never had that or i have not received that complaint. i thought there were enough checks and balance to ensure nothing is done. >> meanwhile, opposition leader kizza besigye supporters says he won. 30 years ago, the ruling nrm came to power after fighting a civil war that began after a rigged election. the party was seen as a savior. joy says things have changed. >> what is happening in our district if it has happened elsewhere then they have lost track. and i feel so sad. that i lost my brother fighting for justice. fighting for a better uganda. fighting for uganda way i would vote freely for those that we
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want and i'm here their sister, being treated the way i've been treated in these elections. i'm not happy. i'm not happy with the situation. >> malcolm webb, al jazeera, uganda. governing coalition has failed to win enough votes to secure reelection. may forced to seek support from other parties to stay in government. celebration are mark president mugabe who turned 92 this week. supporters of the oldest head of state. haru mutasa reports. >> reporter: it is the only
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that she has left. she will add these vegetables when she makes dinner, the only meal her family will eat this day. >> the drought has been severe. the rains haven't come, we have nothing, we will die of hunger. >> reporter: this province is one of the areas in dismam way moszimbabwethat is in the most f help. many families say help hasn't happened yet. >> average income in rural areas in zimbabwe with 7.5 million people is 50 cents a day. they cannot afford the very basics of life and to throw a
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celebration for a 92-year-old who's clearly no longer in full control of the state, is just -- is just bizarre. it's -- it sends completely the wrong signal to the international community. >> mugabe's supporters say why the celebrations are important. >> we are celebrating the life of the person who has brought so much good to his people and these problems are not unique to zimbabwe, drought is not unique to the world of southern africa. it is drought as we speak. they are not celebrating the lives of their hero. >> since she only lives a few minutes from where the celebrations are taking place she says she is not attending. she has more immediate concerns like making sure the children have something to eat. haru mutasa, al jazeera,
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zimbabwe. >> a group of harvard educated chileans is proposing a influence way of using plant based foods. their able is make meat a thing of the past. lucia newman reports on what some say could be the food of the future. >> some say we are what we eat but what if what we eat changed radically. using state-of-the-art technology a chilean food startup is replicating foods that are copying the taste and texture. >> what is this made out of? >> not milk. you are going to see chia,
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linseed. >> carinne pichada, a harvard educated computer scientist is responsible for a computer named giuseppe, that reconstructs the molecular component of food. >> trained to learn patterns happening in the molecular components that create the special perception of flavor texture on every different product. >> vegetable version is of milk products are no the influence but giuseppe's products are not matched. they argue fewer resources than livestock which according to united nations is a major contributor to greenhouse gases. >> if we wanted to figure out
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the most nutritious way to deliver food to the 7.1 billion people on the planet ki, the the answer is not animals. >> the not milk which will sell for half the price of almond or other alternative milks, tastes like a sweeter creamier dairy milk but with fewer calories. the cheese i think you can work on the cheese a little more. >> the not-company's products which will soon include not hot dogs should be on the spl market shelves next month, what they believe is the food of the future. >> climate change will determine our lives from here to 30 years from now. >> perhaps but in the short term
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the determining factor will likely be the taste of consumers. lucia newman, al jazeera, santiago. >> well if you like that, plenty more video along with the latest news analysis and comment on our website, take a look at >> welcome to "america tonight." i'm sheila macvicar. joie chen is on assignment. it is the faces of refugees fleeing violence in syria or the butchering of the islamic state group in iraq that has captured much of the world's attention this year. but there are others fleeing poverty or lesser known wars who


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