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this is al jazeera. ♪ ♪ hello i am marian, this is the news hour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes, a respite from the fight in syria. a cessation of hostilities holds in most place buzz the attacks on isil continue. iran's president hails a bright future for his country as early election results show strong backing for a candidate. thousands march in moscow in memory of an opposition politician shot dead near the kremlin.
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also. >> reporter: i am phil lavelle in los angeles, home to a film industry where women are still routinely paid less than their male counterparts, but how does that reflect life as a whole in the united states. and i am robin adams with the sport. lester city ex-fends their lead at the top of the english premier league. all coming up. >> i will be back. >> a warning from ousted fifa president sepp bladder who gives us his thoughts on replacement gianni ♪ ♪ >> it's almost 24 hours since the significants saying of hostilities came no force in syria. so far in most places there is quiet. the united states and russia has welcomed the pause in fighting. but there have been isolated reports of artillery and gun
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fight. aal-nusra and isil are not included. the u.n. regards them as terrorist groups so they weren't part of the deal. the russian airstrikes have stopped but the u.s. still strikes isil. and the syrian government is continue to go shell the damascus suburb of daraya, which was also excluded from the truce, elsewhere it's hoped that the fighting can be used to get aid in to besieged towns and city. managing to cross the board never syria, where he has been speaking to people displaced by the fighting. he sent this exclusive report. >> reporter: the this camp is home to 10s of thousands of syrians who have been recently displaced as a direct result of russian air strikes this. piece of land used to be empty. now thousands of tents are crammed together. separated by winding foot paths and narrow streets. they are lined by boys and girls who have had their childhood robbed from them by war. while others their age go to
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school elsewhere around the world, they are stuck here. traumatized by war and abandoned by the international community. this baby is two weeks old. his father and pregnant mother fled their home in aleppo a identify weeks ago when russian air strikes began targeting the town. >> translator: we left our home because of the russian airstrikes, they were nonstop and relentless, they didn't spare anybody. >> reporter: they slept in a ca are for a week before she went in to labor. it was own after the baby was born that they were given a at the present time. his father says russia is not just trying to defend the president bashar al-assad it's trying change the ethnic makeup of parts of syria. >> translator: no, no, no, it's not true. they were not targeting isil, they are targeting civilians and especially sunnis, they are going after sunnis. >> reporter: although the flow of refugees has been ongoing for several years now, what makes this camp different, is that the internally displaced here say that they have been forcibly and intentionally removed by russian
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air strikes and the syrian regime in a bid to ethnically cleanse large parts of northern syria. and it's not only the people here who have accused russia of ethnic cleansing. turkey's prime minister leveled the same accusation at moscow last week, as did senior members of the syrian opposition. he has lost his left leg 18 months ago when the syrian air force bombed his home. he sought refuge, but the russians bomb civilians there too, displacing him and all of his family for a second time. >> translator: the russians are bombing our town to his empty them of the indigenous people. >> reporter: this is why turkey says it's keeping these people inside syria. turkish aid agencies are delivering food and blankets but the government says it doesn't want to let people in. it doesn't want to be police cot to ethnic cleanses it claims. there isn't a town in syria that hasn't been affected by the civil war and there isn't a child here what doesn't seem
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haunted by all the dress and destruction, these children are too young to did i hav differene between sewn and i cured, but they are born unfortunately at a time when that difference could decide whether they live or die. al jazeera, northern syria. >> the people in those camps have fled a war that's drag odd for years. but as a halt to the fighting came in to effect, a r and welcomed calm fell across many parts of syria. omar al allah reports. >> reporter: these fighters are on patrol. but they are also at ease. the sky above a help on is usually buzzing with russian or syrian airplanes. the city hasn't had a calm morning in probably years. but fighters here are under no illusion. >> translator: the regime is not trustworthy. they have violated other deals before. but we are here ask will prevent the regime from advancing in our
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areas. >> reporter: in the areas under rebel control in aleppo, this is a cautious sense of calm and the desire to end the blood path. >> translator: we want the truce to last. and the bombardment and the killing of innocent civilians in residential areas to stop. >> translator: we want to live in peace and freedom. nothing else. but do understand, that we won't be slaves again. >> reporter: in the city of idlib, another unusual day of calm. the province is under rebel control. it's been a place of daily car negligent and destruction. syrians are get on the ground with their daily lives. but many are suspicious, their umbrella rebel group includes al-nusra front which has links to al qaeda, they are not part of the truce. >> translator: this truce won't last and it's benefiting russia and the regime. >> reporter: in the capital damascus, there is hope that this deal could bring about
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peace. >> translator: we are optimistic in the ceasefire and this is the first step towards a political solution that satisfies everyone. >> reporter: but the war is not over. and its scars remain fresh. syrian government forces have clashed with and bombed al qaeda's as nusra's front in areas not covered by the truce. while u.s. fighter jets have bombed isil targets near the border with turkey. but the overall level of violence has dropped significantly. the question now is, how long this truce will last. omar al saleh, al jazeera. let's now speak to richard white the director of the center for political military analysis at the washington, d.c. think tank the hudson institute. thank you very much for speaking to us. how important is it that after some very fraught negotiations and agreement was reached and the truce for now appears to be
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holding. >> well, it is holding better than many of us feared. but it is unfortunately early. it's only been a few hours. we knew that al-nusra and the isis forces would not participate. and the question is, if they keep fighting, is it going to be possible to compartmentalize the situation so that the syrians, the government, the russians and the americans and others can continue fighting some of the syrian insurgents, and not have that spill over in to continuing, larger fighting? that's what is still uncertainty point. >> there have already been some violations, but essentially this truce is seen as one that is continues to go hold for now. we have opposition groups that may not respect this deal, isil and al-nusra front have made their position pretty clear. do you think the russians will continue to limit their military
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action in the face of any perceived violations? >> well, the critical question, as seen in your previous package, was if if the russians will continue the large scale bomb says of cities which appear to be causing many civilian casualties. for now they have stopped that. and so if they continue to work with the syrian ground forces to fight those two groups, then i think that the largely the ceasefire will hold in the big cities where there is not a major presence of either of them. but if they resume airstrikes then they are going to get in to this confusion over who are the targets and how effective the bombing is and they could just escalate back to where we are. so i think that's one of the uncertainties we'll zero solved hopefully in the next few days in favor of a limited escalation. >> and right now it's somewhere
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between an informal stkpraous a full-blown ceasefire. what needs to happen during this time in order to perhaps build odd deal that is currently in place so that peace talks could potentially resume come march 7th without the constant air strikes and ground fighting that essentially jeopardized these talks the last time? >> right. if the current truce holds then it's fairly easy to transition to a larger ceasefire with, again, the problem with the fact that isil and al-nusra forces will not respect it. the question about who gets to participate in the -- any peace conference might be a bit easier since the forces that have stopped fighting with be logical candidates to participate. so really it's a question of to what extent you can have peace among many of the syrian
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parties, but some of them are not participating. and then what happens, do they -- do the other forces gang up against the isil and al-nusra forces? or do they start trying to manipulate them? there is the kurdish question as well. there are tensions between the u.s. and turkey and others about which kurdish factions are good kurds that are able to participate in the peace conference and so on. so there is still unresolved issues but so far it's turned out better than what i thought yesterday would happen. so hopefully let's be op advertise mick aoptimistic. >> thank you very much. good to get your analysis, richard white joining us from washington, d.c. iran's president hassan rouhani has won strong support in elections for the influence hal assembly of experts that chooses the country's supreme leader. most of the representatives electric today the capital iran has been allieded to the president. it's believed 33 million people voted in the election, and for
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simultaneous one for the country's parliament. early results in parliamentary elections also indicating reform i was candidates are doing well. the votes were seen as a major test for ru for rouhani who repd secure iran's nuclear deal last year. jo jonah hull has been monitoring all of this for us he's in teheran. it look says like we could see some very significant results for the assembly of experts. with rouhani doing very well. >> reporter: yes it, certainly does look that way, maryam. we are pretty late now in to the counting process, i think there will be a final result in hours at least if not on sunday morning. but already it's looking as if in the assembly of experts, one of the two election that his happened concurrently on friday along with the parliamentary vote as you say the moderate and reformers have done extremely well. if you look at the teheran district which has almost fully reported. it's perhaps the most influential district in the
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country rim the biggest as well of the 16 seats available on that 88 seat body in the teheran district, at the moment 15 out of those 16 have been won by reform i was and moderate candidates, remember that up until now that has been a body under overwhelming ultra conservative control. so an enormous erosion in to the influence of the ultra conservative clerics on that assembly of experts, it bodes very well for the reformists and moderate in terms of the vote as well where we also know that in the teheran different 30 seats available in parliament, 29 of the 30 seats have gone to reformists and moderate. now, to be clear, this does not mean that overall on a nationwide basis they win majorities in eitherrer body. ultra conservative control is still very strong country wide. but president rouhani a moderate and others like the ex-president were hoping a ground swell here
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of uniformed moderate and reform i was support for the toll pol is as of president rouhani and policies moving forward of reform, of economic change and so on. they would be hoping for a unified minority block at the very least on both of those bodies to be able to influence that change and it looks like at the very least, that's what they've got. the analysts say perhaps the best performance for them as a group since 2004. >> yeah, this could be quite remarkable, couldn't it? and as you say, joan, a it could give the moderate politicians more of a voice in both the parliament and the assembly of experts. and what could that mean for the future of the country? >> reporter: that's why they were billing this election as such a crucial moment in this country's history. it comes just months after the crucial deal sealed between iran and the world powers over the nuke lag issue. a stands off of more than a decade. it came -- it comes a month
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after international sanctions were lifted as a result of that deal. and president hassan rouhani when he was elected in 2013 made that -- those two things his first priority. he has now promised the next step. and the next step is to reform the economy. to get growth back in to the economy. jobs back in to the economy, much, much needed and to reintegrate iran in for the family of nations. and that is what he was looking to this election to provide support for. a sort of informal referendum if you like. in a way, if you look at the positive results for the moderates and reformists here it tends to indicate the direction in which this country may go in the years to come. >> jonah hull live for us from teheran, thank you very much. well, there is more to come on the al jazeera news hour. we'll take to you the irish capital where vote counting is underway in the general election there. plus. >> reporter: i an daniel in the north of argentina where the
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fight is on against the dengue-carrying mosquito. the same mosquito that carries the zika virus. and in sport, we are in bangladesh with bitter rivals india and pakistan have played each other in cricket's asia cup. ♪ ♪ ♪ at least 30 people have been killed in air strikes on the outskirts of the yemeni capital sanaa. yemeni security officials say saudi-led air strikes hit a popular market killing several civilians. it's estimated more than 6,000 people have been killed and more than 35,000 wounded in yemen since last march. the world's largest military exercise has started in saudi arabia. forces joining the host nation in the drill include qatar, the
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uae, bahrain and 16 other countries. it's focusing on combating armed groups reflecting security and political concerns in the region. a suicide bomb has killed at least 1 12 people in the afghan capital. police say another 13 were wounded by the blast at the defense ministry in kabul. the taliban has said they were behind the attack. there has also been another suicide bombing in the east where at least 13 were killed. we have this update from kabul. >> reporter: 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 is a very vast compound, that's fortified with layers of barriers and security forces. it's a relatively secure area. however, in front of the defense ministry you have a major road
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with a lot of traffic and obviously the approach to the entrance where you often have civilians lined up to get in, these are vulnerable locations and 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 mil militas targeted and killed a very powerful and influential militia leader who played a key role in the government's fight against militants. all of this comes amid the government's 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 the peace talks will resume in the coming days. however, when you see these attacks, militants going after big targets, the glare questions are all taliban factions willing to stop fighting, willing to come to the negotiating table? thousands of people have gathered in moscow on the first
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anniversary of the shooting of boris nemtsov. the former deputy prime minister was a vocal critic of president vladimir putin and demonstrators want his killer punished. al jazeera's rory challands has this report. >> reporter: there are countries where an act of protest and an act of mourning are sometimes one in the same. modern russia is such a place. and the murder of opposition leader boris nemtsov a year ago is still a source of grief and anger for many. >> translator: this atrocious crime, which happened a year ago, his murder, made boris nemtsov an icon of opposition. a political icon in our country. >> translator: now there is no real opposition in russia. all parliamentary opposition pears are artificial. you can buy a party membership. and the future of russia can only depend on the ordinary people who come out to rails like this one expressing their civil position. [ chanting ]
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>> reporter: russia without putin was one of the chance and russia will be free. reminder that the former deputy prime minister and tireless thorn in the kremlin's side was a beacon to those who don't like the road their country has tak taken. for the many thousands here boris nemtsov represent aid russia that might have been. of course that begs the question, can that dream survive with his death? well, judging by the numbers here, there are a good pa many peoplmanypeople trying to keep . five chechan men have been charged with the murder, a sixth is being hunted. investigators believe the hit squad met regularly in several moscow hotel to his plan in the weeks leading up to the killing. but the man many believe ultimately responsible, chechnya's leader has never been questioned. nemtsov's friend and colleague speaking before saturday's march, said this had serious
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implications for russia. >> translator: of course vladimir putin should be worried because it's impossible to control the krech an leader's regime. it endangers not only the opposition, not only the russian special services but the national security of the whole country. >> reporter: the big crowds on saturday actually highlight a nasty dilemma for the oppositi opposition, their purely political rallies never draw these numbers, only a loss can get this many people. we heard mentioned there of the suspicion surrounded the chechan president. on saturday he said he was willing to step down, but it's not clear what his intentions are. so what more do we know about chechnya's leader and his relationship with russia's president. he's the son of former chechan president who was assassinated in may 2004. the 39-year-old has been vocal
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about being a proud supporter of russia and its president vladimir putin. the pair meet regularly and is said to have a great deal in common. so much so, that he has described putin as his confidante with more than 1.6 million follow, he he uses instagram to engage in hostile rhetoric towards russian opposition and putin critics, who he calls enemies of the people. so let's get more on this now, joining me live in the studio is sir andrew wood who is the former british ambassador to russia. thank you very much for coming in to speak to us. is president ca lear off an asset to to vladimir putin or is he becoming more of a problem? >> he can be very useful in a dee nighable sort of way. people have a habit of disappearing at his sometimes to the advantage of president putin. as in the case of boris nemtsov
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who i know you have just been talking about. he's a real problem because he is i think irreplaceable. at least in a voluntary way, he could get blown up like his father i suppose in theory. but he is very definitely putin's man who has kept chechnya under some sort of control. so it's a very odd relationship. >> it's a very odd relationship and some would say that he's an ali who has been very useful to putin. within chechnya in terms of quashing the insurgency and which you look at the assassination of boris nemtsov sauce spongeses have fallen on him would that suggest that this is someone who has been -- who is off the kremlin leash or or
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was this carried out with kremlin consents. >> no one ever signs a piece of paper saying this is me. so it's all speculative. >> it's something they would have been aware off i suppose. >> well, someone must have been aware of it. the assassination of nemtsov because it was so close to the kremlin that is a very close area. policed area, there must have been somebody who know what was in prospect and it's certainly been covered up. so you can draw what conclusions you like from that. it may be that president putin had nothing do with it or k adyrov but we'll never know for sure, it's reasonable to link those dots together. >> you knew boris nemtsov. >> yes, i respected him very much. >> you respected him very much. did he think that something like this could happen was there a fear or concern for him? >> i don't think he was a man given for fear because he saw
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that it was in a sense, useless. it was unprecedented that someone quite so prom independent in his time should get killed in this way. it's been more people slightly lower down the pecking order, difficult journalists, for example, people like that. rather than someone who was quite so prominent. >> does that show a certain all disat this on the part of whoever might have been behind this, as you say, the location, it happened very close to the kremlin? he is very high profile, clearly it's attracted a great deal of attention, both inside russia and internationally as well. are things changing in russia, would you say, in the last few years with in terms of how they deal with the opposition? >> yes. the degree of direct suppression is very considerable. the degree of threat in a sense
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is very considerable think the killing of nemtsov was presumably meant to send a message to the opposition as a whole. i wouldn't say it's become a habit to kill really top-level people. as i said before, it tends to be awkward journalists or awkward people who may be just be being too much a nuisance of themselves. >> thank you very much. it was really interesting to get your thoughts on this story. appreciate is sir andrew wood former ambassador to russia. >> my pleasure. vote counting is continueing in ireland's election. it's clear that the government has failed to win a second term. the prime minister's fina geal and labor party may have to look for support from other party to
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his stay in government. it could look to the republican party, they occupy similar political territory but have been bitter rivals for years and also ruled out a deal with each other before the election. any alliance has also been rejected but the left wing republicans led by jerry adams could double their support in this election and been the third large of the party in parliament of as such, sinn f e.u. n could shoulder the balances of four. it campaigned with an anti austerity voice. resonating with residents that the economic turn around has not trickled down to those the most -- that need it the most. neave barkers joins us now. the government is losing support how are things developing there?
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>> reporter: the counsel here has been going on for more than 12 hours and expected to go on for a few hours before we get an idea of the results in the general election. as you said the health of the economy has been high on the mind of the electorate which they took to the polling stations on friday. the outgoing coalition made up of fine gael and the ireland labor party sea they are responsible for turning around ireland's economic fortunes. only six years after the country went cap in hand to the international lenders to secure a multi billion dollars bailout. but the government's rivals, parties like sinn f e.u. n say that the economic discovery is not filtering down to all sectors of irish society. the coalition government already faced the prospects of a bruising final result. early polls showed a drop in
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support despite huge improvement in the county's economy. the fine gael party and it's a labor party ally may now be forced to seek support from other parties to stay in government. as the day progressed, more signs of an electorate switching sides, as support from rival parties and independent candidates steadily grew. left wing republican sinn. f e.u. n have campaigned with a strong royce. >> reporter: anger the at public spending cuts, icing social inequality and mistrust of established politicians have all played role in the loss of support for ireland's ruling coalition. >> the government may be a bit come play sent. they thought they would be rewarded for a recover that i still hasn't roached most households. >> reporter: irish election follows a similar pattern other european countries.
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spain, portugal and greece, have that also been through periods of austerity, but of course ireland's story is very different. austerity is officially meant to be over and the country now 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 deliberately punish the outgoing government in the polls. the current coalition wants to hold to to power, it will have to build new alliances but that's no easy task. ireland afternoons main political parties were forged in the fire and blood of the eye rare civil war nearly 100 years ago there are fierce differences that date back generations, but given the growth of the political left in ireland, it may be time for the country's main opposing centrist parties fine gael to do the unthinkable and join forces. >> the very strong likelihood is that the two civil war parties
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fine fail and fine gael are likely to taye sought bottom. i think that's probably a healthy development. have dictionary divides the parties and the policies are similar. >> reporter: soon the creation i've new leadership but for now the political future hangs in the balance. it's a very special year for ireland, not only because of this all-important election, but it's also 100 years since the 1960 rising against polightish loan yell rule. never before has ireland need show it's in control of its economy and political future but as the last votes are counter what we are seeing is a country increasingly at odds with itself. >> neave barker live for us in dublin, thank you. there is more to come on the news hour. south carolina is the latest state to names a preferred
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candidate foot u.s. democratic party. we'll take you live to columbia. thousands of prostitutes evicted from jakarta's oldest red light district. we are going tell you why. and we'll also bring you all the latest sport. serving up a classic final at the dubai championships. all the action coming up a bit late we are robin.
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south carolina where people are choosing their preferred candidate for the democratic party presidential campaign. lil' are you clinton is tip today win the state by a comfortable margin as her rival bernie sanders takes an early flight to texas address of the day when several states decide who they want to support. the day known as super tuesday. kimberly halkett is in the capital of south carolina, columbia and joins us now. how important is this south carolina nominating contest for hillary clinton? >> reporter: it's very important. it's very significant. and here is why, the polls are set to close in about 2 1/2 hours, we know that there is already light majority turn out, that is bad news for bernie sanders, good news for hillary clinton. this has always been viewed as her fire wall where she hoped to stop the momentum of her main rival bernie sanders and, what here is while a large population of african american voters within the democratic party have that been very supportive of hillary clinton.
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what she hopes is that she will not only have a victory here, but this could allow her to also have victories on super tuesday when there will be 12 states in the united states that will be holding nominating contests. many of them with similar demographics, many southern states and she hope this is will position her as the presumptive front runner, something that as we saw her campaigning today she already start today do pivoting her attacks towards the main front runner in the republican party donald trump. and what many have referred to as hateful rhetoric. >> we have to work with arab and kurdish fighters to take back territory on the ground. we have to continue to help improve the iraqi army so that they can continue to try to take back territory inside iraq. we have to go after foreign fighters. we have to go after foreign money. we have to contest them online. and we have to have partnership to his do that. and who do we mostly need to make partnerships with?
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muslim nations. [cheering and applause] >> it does not help us to form a coalition with them when a leading candidate for president spent half his time insulting them. [cheering and applause] >> we are now just days way from 12 states holding nominating contests. how critical is so-called super tuesday? not just for democrats but also the republicans? >> reporter: well, it's critical on the democratic site because if hillary clinton has a victory in south carolina and then as the sweep she is hoping for on super tuesday, it really would solidify her position, one that she's been fighting a long time for. on the republican side, we already know that donald trump is leading in eight of those 12 states. so for the sort of more establishment candidates like ted cruz, marco rubio, it really comes down political survival on super tuesday, we know that ted cruz is leading in his home
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state of texas, if he doesn't win there it's very difficult for him to remain viable. the same goes for marco rubio, who is fighting for political survival in a number of states. the two of those candidates are trailing expect that we will see that there will be a winnowing of the field or a narrowing of the field seeing some candidates likely dropping out after super tuesday, that's how critical it is. >> thanks very much, kimberly halkett, live for us in south carolina. while latin american countries struggle with the outbreak of the zika virus, a more common disease spread by the same mosquito has exploded like never before. more than 2,000 cases of dengue have been reported in northeastern argentina. authorities say it may become the worst outbreak in history. daniel reports. >> reporter: dengue thrives in places like this. overgrown tropical vegetation and stagnant water. ing in even the smallest
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receptacle. it rained morning usual in seven the eggs laid then are hatching now. causing the largest dengue outbreak here in recent history. >> translator: it's ho* i believe, very painful. the whole head hurts, the bones even your fingernails. your back, your hips, you don't know how to deal with the pain and the fever. >> reporter: norma has recovered now and is treating fresh dengue suffers. like this who has been laid up here for five days. the meanwhile the fight is onto reduce the habitat where the mosquito thrives. >> translator: in this house, we have treated where we found the larva, while we are getting rid of anything that collects water. >> reporter: one of about 3,000 varieties of mosquito, 300 of which are found in argentina. most are nearly irritating. but this one is a vector, a carrier, the female extracting human blood to feed its
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offspring. >> translator: with mosquitoes the best method is to attack the lahr vee. the a butts are already flying all over the place. is this the worst base it thrives around humans. >> reporter: the mosquito doesn't respect borders and repellant it is always effecti effective. it's a campaign of education and to eliminate the mosquitoes breeding grounds the same mosquitoes that carries dengue, yellow fever and zika. it's a battle they can't ford lose. operators few gate one house at a time, collecting waste and imposing heavy fines on those who don't comply. >> translator: when we started the campaign, people were a little suspicious. but now they are taking it in. participating, asking questions, because they are worried. >> reporter: close to the border with brazil, it's also been hit by seek a but they are hoping
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that by tackling the culprit, by destroying the habitat in which it thrives, they can control the many debilitating viruses that this tiny creature imposes on its human victims. daniel, al jazeera, northern argentina. jakarta's oldest red light district is about to be demolished part of a government plan to switch off all red lights in indonesia. thousands of prostitutes have been evicted and some say they now can't afford put food on the table. step vaessen reports. >> reporter: sole mate river has been a popular destination for sailors and traitors as long as -- traders as long as people can remember. but not anymore. sex workers, bar owners and those who sold food to hundreds of customers every night are now all out of work. she has lived in this shanty town for nearly 50 years, where she raised her children and grandchildren. making money doing laundry.
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>> translator: i am 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 also have to go through this. >> reporter: it's a dark, hidden world where general raise of poor indonesians made a living for decades, to them these forced evictions mean the end of an era, now they are forced to make the that you are lives, lives of joy and sadness. only 200 of the 1300 evicted families have been given a low-cost apartment. most sects workers return to their villages as soon as police moved in. but some residents refused to go. >> translator: our country has failed to clear proper jobs they have failed to provide proper education, these sects washing workser are indonesian citizens who simply need money to survive. the government should treat them more humanly. >> reporter: jakarta's you werer says the h he i can have his are
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need today number in to a park. >> if you want sale your body in in a thole or home that's your business if you want to be a referred. >> reporter: many are skeptical about the government trying 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 lil' always be here. the sex workers do this because they see no other options since they are poor. >> reporter: those who remain only have a few days to decide if they leave voluntarily or face the prospect of bulldozers moving in on february 29th. step vaessen, al jazeera, north jakarta. nearly 13,000 people have protested in the sth korean capital against a wave of new governme policies. demonstrators in seoul led by one of the country's largest trade unions are demanding the president step down.
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they are angry about labor reforms and the closure of an industrial complex that was jointly operated with north korea. tension amongst refugees is rising as more become stuck at the greek-macedonian border. united nations refugee agency unhcr say tensions are mounting. refugees are continuing to join more than 5,000 who have been blocked from passing since the border was close today some nationalities on thursday. mean while, the italian coast guard has rescued 11 pakistani refugees off the island of cos. they were attempting to make the dangerous crossing in small dinghies. the italian coast guard is part of the e.u. search and rescue mission off the greek coast. now, celebrations have been held to mark the birthday of zimbabwe's president who turned 92 earlier this week. despite zimbabwe being in the grip of one of its worst ever
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droughts, supporters of the world's oldest head of state have defended his lavish birthday plans. the cost of which isest nateed to be around $1.1 million. still ahead for you on the news hour. skiing star lindsey von's season is in jeopardy after crashing out of a world cup race, that's coming up in sport in just a moment.
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♪ ♪ welcome back. time now our sport with robin. maryam, thank you very much. the start of cricket and it's
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always, always a huge occasion when india play pakistan. saturday was absolutely no different. as the two bitter rivals clashed in the asia cup it. 20 in dang los angeles dish after winning the toss and deciding to feel, the indian's made good use of the helpful bowling conditions pakistan all out for 83 in 17.3 overs but that was the only the beginning of the drama. as we report now. >> reporter: in the first three overs in the india's innings it looked like lay nail biting finish might be on the card one that pitted each strength of each team against each other india's batting against pakistan's bowling in the end the depth of the batting told and india reached their target easily, leaving indian fans elated and pakistani fans deject. however, there is a silver lining for pakistani fans, there was a blistering performance
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from a 23 year old who is just returning from a five-year ban which included three months in prison and pakistani cricket officials will be hoping this was a sign of big things to come from the youngster. the very latest on football now. cristiano ronaldo could be in trouble with his real teammates following their defeat at atletico madrid early on saturday the three-time player of the world said they would win if his teammates were on his level. sergio ramon has tried to diffuse the situation claiming ronaldo didn't mean to cause offense but they lost. it was the first deet for zinedine zidane as he took over as head coach. just the one goal at the bernabeau. guzman grabbing the winnow in the 53rd minute. this is how the table looks at the moment. confirmation that atletico stay
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second but slightly closing the gap on the leaders barca they are in action against savilla sunday. thetheir title hopes all but ovr at this stage. lester city have kept hold of their lead in the english premier league but they were made to work for it on saturday. loenard lewis striking in the 89th minute to give them a 1-0 win over norwich, putting them five points clear of tottenham and arsenal who will be in action on saturday. the defending champions chelsea are up to 11th. they fought back to beat southampton 2-1 with going coming from cesc fabregas and branislav ivanovic. elsewhere on saturday. bottom of the table aston villa beaten 2-1 by stoke. west ham surge today fifth after a 1-0 defeat of sunderland, west brom beat crystal palace to go 13th in the table. still all the talk centering about leicester city who continue to lead the way. >> it was difficult because norwich played just to maintain a clean sheet.
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in the second half they wanted to win and there was a moment 20 minutes to go it was an open match. we can't score, they can't score, we can't score, they can't score, it was amazing. >> as football's governing body fifa begins a any era, it's ousted former president sepp bladder says it's actually a relief to no longer be in charge. >> i'li'll be back. >> it's not sure if he meant that as a warning to other the delegates that want today change the troubled organization. but blatter watched the whole thing from his home and praised his conduct ces successor and c. >> it was a great day for me also to follow the elect, the new president of five, a because this means also that it's the end of my presidency in fifa. i was not so much surprised finally of the result.
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i know gianni. i think now he is a man, coming from the football organization, and the -- he is a young man. he is powerful. he has a lot of energy and i am sure that he will do the right job. and it was important for fifa to have a change. if the majority of the 207 national associations have so clearly indicated where they want to go, then i can only say good luck and do it. promise to go restore confidence in the football tkpwaoufrpber body. >> reporter: the shock of gianni making a late run being able to beak sheik al mon to become pred is sinking it. now it's all about the hard work and it starts immediately and the key area is fifa's finances at the start of his job because he made promises to the 209 members of the so-called fifa family, he said he will deliver
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money to the national federations and, of course, the figure of $550 million was released by fifa as to how much they are behind where they want to be. he needs to make sure that this new five that pushes through reforms can attract sponsors again can be seen to be clean. the broadcasters will always pour money in to football and fifa but there are other areas where he needs to sort out the finances. of course there is a reputation thing as well. the public, well, many of them have responded well to gianni inning fantino taking over. rather than some of the other candidates. but also the u.s. and answers authorities look closely at what they are doing. and he and his team need to work with them. but on monday he's invited people for a game of football. a kick around, a reminder that all of this fifa business is about a game of football. lee welling there at fifa head quarters in zurich. let's have the latest.
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scotland have recorded his first six nations victory since 2014. >> the scots seeing off italy 56-20 in rome. and england have wrapped up a written against defending champions ireland 21-10. it's three wins from three now for england coach eddie jones. tennis now, world number four won, despites the exit of novak djokovic there was no lack of quality in the matchup between the current french open champion and the former australian open final i was. taking the open set 6-4. but it was the second set and especially the tiebreak that everyone almost most remember. winning the tiebreak 14-13. after nearly 30 minutes. all right, that's your sport. back to maryam in london. >> robin, thank you. now as hollywood prepares for the oscars campaigners are highlighting just how
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male-dominated the film city still it. patricia arquette says there is a lot more work to be done if women are truly to be equal in the united states. she spoke to our correspondent phil lavelle in beverly hills. >> and the oscar goes to pa fish a or connection. >> reporter: well, that was expected. but maybe hollywood wasn't prepared for the next bit. >> to every woman who gave birth to every tax payer and citizensn of this maybe, it's our time to have wage equality once and for all. and -- >> reporter: everyone here knows patricia arquette, hood wood' women are all too familiar with hermes edge they are used to being paid less that men and art is imitating life here. >> we have to make a really radical shift. >> reporter: patricia has spent the last year produce this is documentary, highlighting how that pay gap he can at the end i don't understand film to women across the united states. alongside that, she has launched
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a change.org petition and it hit 40,000 signatures in its first few hours alone. >> because of pay inequality there are 33 million women and children in the united states living in poverty even though the mom is working full time. so if we made sure that women are paid their full dollar, we could really address a lot of child hung never the united states. >> reporter: in terms of hollywood, robert down i, jr. is the highest paid actor, he took home $80 million in one year. their to the highest paid actress, jennifer laurence, she made $52 million. part of this is about the amount of opportunity available for women versus men in this town. for example, let's take the top 100 films of 2014. in that year, how many had female characters? >> 28%. >> and of that 28%, how many had a for mail lead or co lead? >> 21. >> that's in front camera behind even fewer, we are talking 18% of producers being well, and 11% if we are talking writers and, when it comes to directors, only
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2% of directors here are female. >> you see more men than you do women. >> reporter: mandy moved to l.a. to pursue her actor dream. she has been in commercials, she's been in movies, and she knows sexism exists but says it not always to blame. >> hollywood is just tough. like it's not fair. i know so many male actors, writers, directors, that don't get those opportunities as well. and it's not because of te sexi. >> reporter: diversity in general is the talk of this town at the moment as hollywood prepares for its big night, for a place that deals in stories it's having to face some uncomfortable truths as well. phil lavelle, al jazeera, los angeles. you can see more of phil lavelle's interview with actress patricia arquette on our website the address for that is aljazeera.com. all the latest comment, analysis, and video on demand there as well. that's it for the news hour but i will be back in a few moments time with a full bulletin for you. see you in a bit.
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