tv Weekend News Al Jazeera February 27, 2016 10:00am-11:01am EST
>> only on al jazeera america. >> this is al jazeera. ♪ >> hello there, and welcome to the news hour. we're live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes. the russian air force halts it's bombing campaign in syria and the temporary cease-fire seems to be holding. separate suicide attacks in afghanistan, more than 20 people are killed and many more wounded. a march in moscow.
>> in los angeles, home to a film industry where women are routinely paid less than their male counter parts. but how does that reflect life as a whole in the united states? >> a conditional peace fire in syria is largely being observed. some artillery and machine gunfire has been reported, but no major attacks. now the main syrian opposition said that 100 rebel factions have agreed to respect the truce. it does not include isil and the al nusra front, which is learned to al-qaeda. they're both designated terrorist groups by the united nations and were not part of the truce deal. al nusra is calling on its fight tours intensify attacks on government forces. the a suburb in the capital of
damascus is not included in the truce, and it will continue to be bombed. well, russia says that isil and al nusra will continue to be targeted. >> we take on the peace fire in totality. the control of the situation has won territory every day using unmanned drones, space and other types of intelligence to fight against banned groups who are recognized as terrorists will continue. >> the islamic state in iraq and the levant, isil, has attacked an area near the turkish border. it's fighters have bombed the northern syrian towel. the town is controlled by syrian kurdish fighters known as the ypg. a spokesman from the group said that the attack was repelled.
shortly we'll go to mohammed from beirut. all indications seem to show that this cease-fire is holding. >> there have been skirmishes in areas where we're told the cease-fire has been adhered to. opposition groups on the ground is holding. that's something that is extremely difficult to achieve you have the many diplomatic players putting the cease-fire together. at best they were hoping that there would be a large decrease in violence. a lull in violence. we have seen today that lull in
violence, according to know those who we've been speaking with, and the cease-fire to continue to take root in areas that are covered. the group al nusra front was operating and they said that al nusra front fighters only comprised a small number of fighters in that area, but that's just one area and it is not covered by the cease-fire. in the areas covered by the cease-fire there have been no airstrikes by syrian or russian planes. as we have mentioned there has been this lull in violence. that is something that is coming at a great relief for those who are trying to see that this cease-fire could try to take
affect. >> in those areas where the guns have gone silent, this is a chance to get aid into areas that so desperately need it. >> that's the next really big challenge. throughout the day we've heard from the agency behind the negotiations committee that's the main opposition body, they have complained, they have spoken to the u.n. they've said that we want to now start seeing aid being delivered in parts of the country that have been so deeply affected by the fighting. they want to see aid starting to be delivered right away. unhcr's office in damascus stated to al jazeera earlier in the day that they believe that aid could start to be delivered as early as tomorrow to some of these areas. the opposition once again maintaining that aid needs to start getting out as quickly as possible, that there can be no more time afforded to try goat
aid to these areas. people who are suffering in these areas need medical care, they need medicine. food, water, a lot more materials and aid needs to start coming in as quickly as possible. >> thank you very much, mohammed. let's now cross over to jamal, who has been giving exclusive access to a refugee camp inside syria near the turkish border. he's now back in turkey. tell us what you saw there. >> well, this, is a makeshift camp that was put up in literally just a few hours a few weeks ago when iran air force go into airstrikes against several towns in and around aleppo and tens of thousands of syrian civilians led to the area there, and have been camped out in what has been very cold continues to say the least. the stories we've been hearing
have been very, very troubling to say the least. now the reason the turkish government has kept them on the syrian side of the border is they don't want to be complicit in what they accuse them of ethnic cleansing by the russian government. now we went in and filmed around, and we'll be bringing a more detailed report, but this is our first optic from inside. this was empty land. within days tents were you had up to house thousands of people who move to the northern part of the country. everybody we have spoken to blame the russian air strikes. they have been targeting civilian population centers. these are the toilets. there isn't proper sanitation. nor is there electricity in
these tents. it has been a bitter winter. this winter is still not over. many are hoping that this will allow for aid to come in, and better for better shelter to be set up for them, but they're not hopeful that it will last. now when we were speaking to the ihh, delivering aid to these people, they said they were hopeful not only that this was operating in syria, but they're hopeful that this would be prolonged and these people would be able to go home. that's what they're hoping for. ultimately in game. what they really need to bear in mind if that does not happen, they need to put this things that are more sturdy than the flimsy tents that barely provide shelter for tens of thousands of women and children who are stuck there. >> thank you for the latest from inside syria.
moving on to other news now in afghanistan a suicide-bomb attack in kabul has killed at least 12 people another suicide-bomber struck in eastern afghanistan. we have this update from the capital. >> targeting the defense ministry is obviously a bold move and that's exactly what the taliban tried to do here. briefly let's tell you what we know. according to police and government officials this was a suicide attack that took place right in front of the entrance of the defense ministry in kabul. this was a very vast compound fortified with layers of barriers and security forces. it is a relatively secure area. in front of the defense ministry you have a major road and the approach to the entrance where you have civilians lined up to get in, these are vulnerable locations. this is where the suicide attack took place. the taliban claiming responsibility for this attack. this suicide-bombing follows
another suicide-bombing earlier in the morning. where militants targeted and killed a very powerful and influential militia leader who played a key role against militants. all of this comes amid the government-continued push for peace talks with the taliban. the government continues to insist that the best way to establish peace and security is through peace talks. they say that peace talks will resume in the coming days. however, when you see these attacks militants going after big targets the glaring question are all taliban factions willing to stop fighting? willing to come to the negotiating table. >> al-shabab fight necessary somalia have claimed responsibility for the latest hotel attack. at least 14 people were killed in the second raid in mogadishu this week. caroline malone reports. >> the force of explosions can be seen more clearly the morning
after the attack. people gathered around blown out buildings around the hotel. the suicide-bomber in a car around the entrance friday night. armed men fought guards in an outer security barrier and a second car bomb exploded at a public park nearby. >> the casualties include civilians passing by on the streets and security forces at the check points where the car that exploded was stopped. >> al-shabab fighters carried out many attacks on fridays. it's a weekend when people are out and about with family and friends. >> i heard a huge explosion. the blast shattered the windows causing me to lose consciousness for a while. i saw blood coming from my back. it was horrible. >> hotel guests often include government leaders and business executives. it's not far from the presidential palace. there was a mortar attack on thursday.
al-shabab claims they were behind that attack, too. the group wants to overthrow the government. most go to the somali government. and billed a real somali force, military, place, even undercover people. >> after thursday's attack the police would leave no stone unturn in their search for suspects. yet, 24 hours later al-shabab was able to carry out another attack. caroline malone, al jazeera. >> plenty more still ahead on this al jazeera news hour. we'll nobody south carolina for the democrat primary.
and it's hillary who has the advantage with black voters. more evidence that uganda's presidential election was neither free nor fair. and the warning from the ousted fifa president as he gives his thoughts on replacement gianni infantino. all that coming up on sports. >> russians have been rallying in moscow on the first anniversary of boris netsov. even though an investigation into his death continues, obstacles remain. >> well, right now the
investigation has come up with names of those who assisted him. not those who organized or contracted this assassination. at least throughout the years the investigation has gone on there are god grounds to believe that the government has preven prevented the investigation from digging too deep. this is what journalists say, those who dare cover this investigation. this is what the nemetsov family lawyers says. there are obstacles coming from very high up in the government, which does not want the investigation to go too deep. there are secret forces in
russia who are ready to stop a man who dares to declare himself an opponent. in uganda 16% of eligible voters turne turn-- >> we have reports from tehran. >> the queue of voters stretched around the block. the turn out at this election has been high. and the list should sap the reformists. >> in my opinion these major laws need to be modified very
fast. >> this mosque serves as a polling station. no ordinary mosque, it was here that the revolutionary spread their message over monarchy over 35 years ago. watch what happens when a conservative candidate turns up to vote. >> get back to the back of the queue, they cry. in tehran reformists and moderatest are expected to hold sway. >> i would like to have a better economy, a better life, with friendships all over the world. >> this was the supreme leader ayatollah khamenei casting his vote. the reformist bloc could determine the much-needed economic reforms.
but in this system of conservative, old thinking and the status quo remain deeply entrenched. this woman said that the united states could not be trusted. >> they keep insulting us. we came forward with honesty and negotiated and came to an agreement yet they keep threatening us. we're not afraid of threats. >> this election is a test of the policies of moderate president hassan rouhani. he settled the nuclear issue and had sanctions lifted, and he's likely to get a show of support for that. but no one is expecting a country wide landslide. >> people in the united states in south carolina are heading to the polls to pick a democratic presidential nominee, a place where hillary clinton is hoping to pick up a lot of support. the former secretary of state is hoping that she has won over
african-american voters. the key to winning the nomination is ultimately not about the popular vote. it's about getting the support of enough dwell dates at each party's convention in july. whoever wins the democratic nomination will need to secure the votes of 2,382 of the 4,763 delegates. the republican winner need 1,000 43. both the republican and democratic parties send delegates to their conventions. well, helping us make sense of all this is our correspondent kimberly halkett who is live for us in south carolina. hillary clinton is banking on the black vote there. how significant is it going to be for her? >> it's very significant, and here is why. hillary clinton, of course, ran for president also in 2008, lost to barack obama, and it was really this state that shaped that loss in many ways.
that's because the predominantly african-american voting force within the democratic party here i in the presidential nominating contest came out in doubledoubled numbers than we've seen in the past. hillary clinton is now relying on those very same voters who defeated her to now hand her a victory, not only in this state, but one she hopes will continue. are those voters going to come out? are they convinced that now she's the right candidate? >> god, we thank you for this wonderful gathering of women who are fearfully and wonderfully made. >> it's a place for prayer and politics meet. where these african-american women say assumptions of how they will vote in the state's democratic primary cannot be taken for granted. >> the black community no longer needs one person speaking for
them, or telling them how they should vote. i see it as a positive sign and the evolution of our community. [ music ] >> in most polls democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton leads in black support. votes she's counting on, but it's generational with mostly older african-americans backing clinton. >> it's time for a woman to hit the glass ceiling, okay? anybody is going to do that. secretary clinton can do that. >> but some younger black women appear skeptical concerned about statements that clinton said in 1996 calling at risk youth super predators. >> one young voter demanded an apology. that's why some are young african-americans are leaning towards bernie sanders who said
for decades he fought for civil rights justice and even was arrested. >> most people in the country are on the side of breaking the establishment way of doing things and resting the power back in the hands of the people to pick and choose. no, i'm not so much for the next in line type of thing. >> barack obama brought us change, and senator sanders wants to bring a political revolution. that's what political revolution is, change. >> hillary clinton has been asking african-american vote tours back her. >> many are watching the state very carefully to see not only how she'll do here but how she'll do in her campaign on tuesday.
that is why hillary clinton has been campaigning very heavily here in south carolina, speaking on issues important to black voters, clashes with police. but i have to tell you, you heard it from some of the folks we interviewed in that story, there are many who are also listening to the messages of bernie sanders. and many of those messages have resonated especially with young voters. issues of economic injustice. and hillary clinton has a challenge on her hands. many will be watching how the results come in and whether or not hillary clinton has the momentum she has been looking for. >> so much to watch. thank you. really, republicans donald trump has received a boost to his bid. former rival chris christie is backing the billionaire
frontrunner. he dropped out of the race a few weeks ago. the united nations is concerned by the use of force and arrest in uganda following presidential election there is. at least two people have been killed and more than 200 detained. the opposition is continuing to dispute the re-election of the president's fifth term in power. we have reports from kampala. she said she lost the party's primaries because they were rigged. she decided to run independently but she said she was cheated of victory again. she showed us pre-text ballots. >> the stuffing was for my
opponent and the president. we handed them over to the police. >> when ugandans voted on the 18th of february, incumbent president after 30 years in power was declared winner for another five-year term. the ruling party said its victory was fair and the opposition parties were beaten because they're weak. >> they will always justify their loss on someone else. >> in another part of the country this polling station officer said they saw the changing results.
>> skirnear some polling stations in the capital they fired tear gas to disperse angry crowds. such taming of results was not reported. >> i never heard that. meanwhile opposition leaders say that he won. police say he has not been under arrest and it wants cause violent protests. the party came to power after a civil war.
the party was seen as a survivor. but things have changed. >> what is happening, it i feel so sad. i look to my brothers fighting for justice, fighting for a better uganda. fighting for the uganda way the leaders we want. and here their sister being treated the way i've been treated in these elections. i'm not happy. i'm not happy. >> malcolm web. al jazeera. kampala, uganda. >> plenty more still ahead on the news hour. zimbabwe's president hosts a laugh relinquish birthday after one of the country's worst-ever drought. history repeating. venezuela hiked petrol prices for the first time in decades. in sport we'll have the latest
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>> fighting in syria has mostly stopped after the conditional truce. russia said it halted attract that have grayed to the--have agreed to the cease-fire. russians are rallying in moscow on the first anniversary. the former deputy prime minister a critic of president vladimir putin. the united nations said that the truss in syria will allow more aid to be delivered to civilians in besieged areas. it expects supplies to reach 17 places by syrian government forces and some rebel groups.
now 480,000 syrians are trapped but the opposition said that there is a serious shortfall of aid in the region. >> earlier i spoke to carston an season, he said that there have been positive developments despite concerns outlined by the main opposition group in a letter to the u.n. the general probable of getting access and getting aid to people in need is something which has been a problem for a long time in many
most areas on the conflict. so of course it is a concern, and we all have been advocating for a long time that we need better access to the people in need we welcome the steps in the right direction. but we have to be continuously mindful that that this happened. >> there is a cessation of hostilities that appears to be hold be at least for now.
we have a high level of skepticism because we've seen so far less development, positive development, and of course, we need to hold and believe in a positive development even though they are maybe not at the level we would like to see. so we will take those steps and we'll push for bigger steps, and we will appeal again to those who are in position to insurance this, that they do so and keep action behind the words so we can be able to help provide more assistance to the people of syria in need. >> the country is in the grip of one of its worth drought.
despite that, the world's hea world's oldest head of state hosted a birthday. >> she will add vegetables to dinner. the only meal the family will eat. >> we're hungry. we haven't been able to grow anything in the fields. the rains haven't come. we have nothing. we'll die of hunger. >> the province is one of the areas in zimbabwe affected by drought. a quarter of the people don't have enough to eat. president mugabe has declared a state of di seaster. aid agencies are handing out aid, but families say help has not arrived yet. despite the hardship faced by many families. president mugabe's 92nd birthday
celebration is being held in this area. >> the average for many people is $0.50. they can't afford the very basics of life. to throw a celebration for a 92-year-old whose clearly no longer in full control of the state is just--it's just bizar bizarre. it sends completely the wrong signal to the international community. >> they explain why the celebrations are important. this is drought, and they're celebrating the lives of their leader. >> she said she's not attending.
zimbabweans are angry. because he's 92 now, and he said he's going to run for the next vote. who will run against him? >> well, he'll be 99 after he finishes this term after 2018. the challenge in the political system in africa is you vote for the police party. and then they vote the president. there are many who believe that he is the legitimate party you're most likely to see people
voting for--young people, too by the way, voting in election where is he did win, and all those who attended or participated in those elections did declare him as a rightful winner of the election. >> it would be worth it to see if they choose mugabe's successor, and that starts a lot of infighting in the party. >> yes, and his wife has placed herself quite strategically as the next leader of zimbabwe. we'll have to wait and see. it will be a very interesting five-year term. >> we'll be seeing more birthday parties for them. thank you very much, sir.
>> it looks like the ruling coalition government will not be getting enough votes to secure a second term. the center right may now be forced to seek new alliances to stay in office. we have reports from dublin. >> as the arduous task of counting began, they already face the prospects of a bruising final result. early polls show a drop in support. the labour party may be forced to seek support from other parties. as the day progressed more signs of electorate switching sides as support for smaller party and independent candidates steadily grew.
>> arching after spending cuts have all played a role in a loss of support for ireland's ruling coalition. the irish election follows this pattern to other european countries, spain, portugal, and greece. who have also been through periods of austerity. of course, ireland's story is very different. austerity is officially meant to be over as the country has the fastest growing economy in the european union. but as the votes are counted, the results come in, it continues to look more and more like people have gone out to punish the outgoing government in the polls. the outgoing government who wants to hold on to power will have to build new alliances. but that's no easy task. ireland's civil party was created more than a hundred years and there could be serious implications for the country's near future. >> there are talks when the parliament resumes on the
10th of march nobody will be elected prime minister. that's scary for people to think about, perhaps it will take a little bit of soul searching, but in the end maybe the unthinkable will have to happen and traditional enemy also have to come together. >> will it give ireland the stability it needs to keep it's financial recovery going? >> the prime minister of haiti has been announced. a well-known economist and former governor for central bank. the presidential run off elections were canceled following violent demonstrations and allegations of voter fraud.
french farmers showing what they think about politics. they booed president françois hollande. they're furious over falling food prices and policies that they say will drive them into bankruptcy. >> in venezuela looting and riots, and many are hoping that history will not be repeated. >> this young man, this is the most piercing memory that he keeps from february 27, 1989. on that day thousands of venezuelans took to the streets to protest a hike in the price of at the troll.
riots and looting engulfed a country not used to street riots by surprise. those days were so memorable that a few days later they would for decades fuel anti-market sentiment in the whole region. >> i work, and then i got to the office and i cried. i cried for the people i'd seen die. for their abuse of power. for the break in the country we haven't recovered yet. >> 27 years later the country is again faced with crisis. faced with crippling economic controls the government took the very same measures that led to those events. in 1989 riots rocking what had been the longest standing democracy in south america. for many who witnessed the riots and looting firsthand, the roads to recovery has been long and
painful. although they say the conditions are similar, they doubt a similar social upheaval will happen again. >> everything is expensive, and in this crisis we're leaving with nothing. >> the thought that venezuela could be hit by street violence like the one chronicled haunts him. >> i done want to take these photographs again. the picture of venezuela is one i would like to take is one we move forward and we live along side one another. >> but tensions are rising. president nicolás maduro raised the price of petrol last week, the first time in over 20 years. yet the venezuelans are asking how much more needs to be done to fix the country's economy.
after the shadow of februar february 271,989 still looms large over caracas. >> still ahead here on al jazeera, we're in indonesia where a government's plan is leaving hundreds without a home and many out of a job. and lindsey vonn's season looks in jeopardy after this crash. we have more coming up with jo in sport.
>> the days are about to revive in jakarta. thousands of privates have been victorie evicted to stop all possible red lights in indonesia. many have not had anything to eat. >> many are now out of work. many have lived in the shanty town for 50 years. this is where she raised her children and grandchildren making money doing laundry. >> i'm crying all the time. i can't even eat. i want to eat, but i don't have the money to buy food now. i feel sad that my grandchildren will have to go through this. >> this is a dark hidden world where people made a living for
generations. this forced eviction forces the end of an era. >> only 200 of the 1300 evicted families have been given a low-cost apartment. most sex workers return to their villages as soon as police moved in, but some residents refused to go. >> our country has failed to provide proper jobs. they have failed to provide education. these sex workers are indonesian citizens who simply need money to survive. >> the government said that this area is needed to be turned into a park. >> if you need to sell your body in a hotel or at home. that's your own business if you want to be arrested by police. >> many are skeptical of the government's efforts to close all red-light districts.
>> prostitution has always been a part of our culture. you can destroy their places but you can't make them disappear. they'll always be here. the sex workers do this because they see no other options since they are poor. >> those who remain only have a few days to decide if they'll leave voluntarily or face the prospect of bulldozers moving in february 29th. al jazeera, north jakarta. >> now your sport and here is jo. >> as football's governing body fifa begins a new era under gianni infantino, sepp blatter says it will be a relief not to be in charge. it's not clear if he meant that as a warning, but he did watch the whole election from his home in switzerland and praised his successor and compatriot. >> it was naturally a great day
for me also to fall the election. the new president of fifa, this will be the ends of my presidency in fifa. i was not so much surprised at the result. i know gianni. he is a man coming from the football organization, and he's a young man. he's powerful. he has a lot of energy. i'm sure that he'll do the right job, and it was important for fifa to have a change. the majority of the 207 national nations have clearly indicated where they want to go. then i can only say, gianni, good luck and do it. >> infantino has promised to bring trust in football's governing fifa. >> the shock to become fifa
president is sinking in. of course, it's all about the hard work that starts immediately, and the key area is fifa's finances at the start of his job. he made promises to the 209 members of the so-called fifa family. he said he would deliver money to the international confederation. >> the u.s. and swiss authorities continue to look closely at what they will do. and infantino will need to work
with them. before all of this, though, on monday he has invited a few people for a game of football, a kick around a reminder that ultimately all of this fifa business is about a game of football. >> as you can see here, no goals yet. it's halftime. second place is on the lineman atletico currently one point ahead of real. eight behind leaders barcelona. lestteleicester are holding norwich 160-0. southampton has gone 1-0 up after the break. and now the rivalry between egypt's two biggest teams is incredibly intense. but the new coach is relishing the new coach.
alex mcleish has taken the hot seat vacated after the manager was fired two weeks ago. he promised to do everything in his power to lead the team to success. >> my ambition is to come in and help. technically the egyptians have great technique and maybe the mentality and the understanding of the tactical state of the game is something that can help the team go even further and have the success that everybody who i wants. >> two teams facing each other in the cup game in bangladesh.
political tensions between the two countries sidelined a bilateral series due to take place in december of last year. this is their first meeting since then. lindsey vonn's season may nobody jeopardy. she was taken to hospital, she leaves the down hall super g and standings has the fastest time before clipping a gate and crashing out. earlier strong winds caused organizers to shorten the course and delay the race by three hours. that's all the sport for now. more later. >> thank you very much. now the fight for equality in the bright lights of hollywood.
patricia arquette gave a rousing acceptance speech when she won last year. the fight for equal pay and opportunities has been stepped up. from beverly hills we have more. >> and the oscar goes to patricia arquette. >> that was expected but maybe hollywood was not prepared for the next bit. >> to every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, it is our time to have wage equality once and for all. >> everyone here knows patricia arquette. hollywood women are all too familiar with her message. they're used to being paid less than men, and art is imitating life here. >> we have to make a radical shift. >> patricia has spent the last year producing this documentary highlighting how pay that pay gap extends beyond film to women across the united states.
long side that she has launched a petition and hit 40,000 signatures in its first few hours alone. >> because of equality there is 33 million women and children in the united states who are living in poverty even though the mom is working full time. so if we made sure that they pay their full dollars, we could really address a lot of child hunger in the taws. >> in terms of hollywood, robert downey jr. is the highest paid actor. he took home $80 million in one year compare that to the highest paid actress, jennifer lawrence, she made $52 million. part of it is the amount of opportunity available to women versus men in this town. let's take the top 100 films in 2014. in that year how many have female characters. >> 28ers. >> ever that% how many had the lead. >> 21%. >> we're talking 18% of producers being women.
11% if we're talking writers. and directors, only 2% of directors here are female. >> you see more men than you do women. >> mandy moved to l.a. to pursue her acting dream. she has been in commercials. she has been in movies. she knows that sexism exists but it's not always to blame. >> hollywood is tough. it's not fair. i know so many male actors, directors, writers, they don't get that opportunity as well, and it's not sexism. >> hollywood prepares for its big night. for a place that deals in stories it's having to face some uncomfortable truths as well. al jazeera, los angeles. >> well, do stay with us here on al jazeera. that's all for me and the team in doha, but lauren taylor has another full bulletin of news for you coming right ahead from london.
>> the u.n. said fighting has largely halted in syria, but the battle against isil goes on. >> i'm lauren taylor. this is al jazeera come to you from london. people are killed and many more wounded after suicide-bombings in afghanistan. thousands march in moscow in memory of opposition politician gunned down near the kremlin. plus. >> i'm in los angeles, home to a film industry where women are still routinely paid l