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♪ ♪ a respite from the fighting in syria as cessation of hostilities hold but attacks on isil continues. ♪ this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up: iran's president hales a bright future for his country as early election countries show strong backing for reformist candidates thousands march for an opposition candidate shot dead near the kremlin. >> in los angeles, home to a film industry where women are
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still routinely paid less than their male counterparts. how does that reflect life as a whole in the united states? it's 24 hours since the cessation of hostilities came into play. so far in most parts, it's quiet. the united states and russia have welcomed the pause. almost 100 rebel factions have agreed to respect the truce. >> does not include the al-qaeda-linked nusra front or isil. the u.n. regards them as terror groups. they weren't part of the deal. the russian military says it has stopped airstrikes but the u.s. is continuing to target isil with reports. >> the government is continuing to shell daria.
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it's hoped the lull can be used to get aid into besieged towns. >> ross crossing the border into syria, our reporter sent this exclusive report. >> reporter: the camp is homes to tens of thousands of syrians recently replaced. this piece of land not farm from the border with turkey used to be empty. now, thousands of tents are cramped 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 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 a few weeks ago when russian airstrikes began targeting the town. >> we left our homes because of the russian airstrikes. they were non-stop and relengthless. they didn't spare anyone.
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>> they slept in a car for a week before the baby's mother went to labor. they were given a tent. his father says russia is not just trying to defend the government of bashar al-assad. it's also trying to change the ethnic make-up of parts of syria. >> no. no. no. it's not true. they are not targeting isil. they are targeting civilians an especially sunni. they are going after sunnis. >> although the flow of refugees has been ongoing for several years now, what that i can may camp different is that the displaced here say they have beenforcebly and intentionally removed by russian airstrikes a and the syrian regime in a bid to ethnically cleanse large parts of the region. >> turkey's prime minister leveled the same accusation at moscow last week as did senior members of the opposition. this man lost his left leg when the syrian air force bombed his
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home. the russians bombed civilians where he went, too, displacing him and his family for a second time. >> the russian are empltying towns from indigenous people. >> turkish aid agencies are delivering food and blankets. the government says it doesn't want to let people in. it doesn't want to be complicit to ethnic cleansing, it clai claims there isn't a city in syria that hasn't been affected by the civil war and there isn't a child here who doesn't seem haunted by the death and destruction. these children are too young to differentiate between different sects. they have been born at a time when the difference could decide whether they live or die. jamal, al jazeera, northern syria. the people in those camps have fled a war that's dragged on for years. as a halt to the fighting came into effect, a rare and welcome
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calm fell across many parts of syria. a report. >> reporter: these fighters are on patrol, but they are also at peace. the sky above al alleppo is southerly buzzing with planes. the city hasn't had this calm, but fighters are under no illusion. >> the regime is not trustworthy. they have violated other deals or before. we are here and we will present the regime from advancing in our areas. >> reporter: in the areas under rebel control, there is a cautious sense of calm and a desire to end the bloodbath. >> we want the truce to last and the bombardment and the killing of innocent civilians in residential areas to stop. >> 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
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idlib, another unusual day of calm. the province is under rebel control. it's been a place of daily carnage and destruction. syrians are getting on with their daily lives. but many fighters are sus experience. their um bel al includes al-nusra front. they are not part of the troops. >> the truce won't last. it's benefitting russia and the regi regime. >> reporter: in the capital, damascus, there is hope this deal could bring about peace. >> we are optimistic in the cease-fire, and it's a first step toward a political solution that satisfies everyone. >> reporter: the work is not over. its scars remain fresh. syrian government forces have clashed with and bombed al-qaeda's nusra front in areas not covered by the truce. while u.s. fighter jets have
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bombed isil targets near the border with turkey. the overall level of violence has dropped significantly. the question now is: how long this truce will last. al jazeera. now, iran's president has won strong support in elections for the influential assembly of experts. the body that chooses the country's supreme leader. most of the representatives elected for the capital have been allied to the president. it's believed 33 million people voted in thely and for a simultaneous one, for the country's parliament. early results there also indicate reformist candidates are doing well. the votes were seen as a major test for ahani who helped security the historic nuclear deal last year. jo jonah hull is in tehran and sent this update.
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>> reporter: the reformists and moderates have done well in the elections, one of two held con currently, the other, of course, being for parliament. it bodes extremely well for them, for their overall erosion of ultra conservative power over the institutions of state. and they will likely have done well, too, in the parliamentary election. we expect to hear more about that on sunday. what is the is i guess of any cans of this major advance for them in the assembly of experts? this is the body made up of 88 senior clerics that gets to appoint the next supreme leader of the islamic republic. given that the existing supreme leader is said to be in ill-health, it is likely that within their 8-year term, they may get to appoint the next 123r50e78 supreme leader. a greater number of moderates on that assembly means a greater chance of a moderate supreme
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leader in the future, perhaps even president rhouani, himself, who has been each elected to a seat on the assembly of experts 30 people have been killed in airstrikes on the outskirts of the yemeni capital. security officials say a popular market was among the places hit by saudi-led airstrikes which killed several civilians. it's estimated more than 6,000 people have been killed and more than 35,000 wounded in the war since last march. meanwhile, the world's largest military exercise started in saudi arabia. forces joining the host nation in the north drill include qatar, bahrain with 16 other countries, focused on combatting armed groups in the region. a suicide bomber killed at least 12 people in the afghan capital. police say another 13 were wounded by the blast at the defense ministry in kabul.
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the taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. there has been another suicide bombing in the east where at least 13 were killed. al jazeera has this update from the capitol. >> targeting the defense ministry is obviously a bold move. that's exactly what thetab the* talibantable tried to do is. >> this was a suicide attack that took place in front of the defense ministry in kabul, a vast compound 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 read with a lot of traffic and obviously, the approach to the entrances 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 militants
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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 glaring question: are all taliban faxes willing to stop fighting, willing to come to the negotiating table? >> more to come for you on the program. we will bring you all of the latest from ireland where there has been uncertainty. >> reporter: i am daniel schweimler where there is a fight going on against a mosquitos that carries the zika virus.
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let's take you through the top stories. the u.s. and russia have welding the setsation of hostilities in syria now into its second day and appears to be holding. the u.n. says major fighting has ceased, but there have been isolated reports of artillery and gunfire. early results show reformists have won 29 out of the 30 seats in parliament elections in tehran. at least 25 people have been killed in two suicide attacks in the afghan capital and in the
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east of the country. now, thousands of people marched in moscow on the first anniversary of the shooting of boris nesmozof. he was a vocal critic of putin and demonstrators wants his killer punished. rory challands reports. >> reporter: there are countries where an act of protest and an act of morning are sometimes the same. the murder of opinion jury leader nemtsov a year ago is still a source of grief and anger for many. >> this atrocious crime which happened a year ago is murder. it made boris nemtsov an eicon n our country. now there is no real opposition in russia. all parliament opposition parties are artificial. you can buy a party membership. the future of russia can only
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depend upon the ordinary people who come out to rallies like this one expressing their position. >> reporter: russia without putin was one of the chants and also, russia will be free, reminders that the former deputy prime minister was a tireless thorn in the kremlin's sign are a beacon to those who don't like the road their country is taking. for the mistaken thousands who have come here today, nemtsov presented a russia that might have been. >> begs the question: can that dream survive with his death? judging by the numbers here, there are a good many people trying to keep it alive. 5 chechen men have been charged with the murder. a 6th is being hunted. investigators believe the hit skwood met regularly in several hotels to plan in the weeks leading up to the killing. the man many believe responsible has never been questioned.
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nemtsov's friend and colleague speaking before saturday's march said this has serious implications for russia. of course putin should be worried because it is impossible to control the regime. it endangers not only the opposition, not only the russian special services but the national security of the whole country. there are purely political rallies rarely draw these numbers. errory chal lansdz, al jazeera, mosque colands, al jazeera, mosque co. >> conceding he won't be able to form a majority government, the party was already in a ruling coalition with labor. it will have to seek support from other parties to stay in government. al jazeera's niev barker reports
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from dublin. >> reporter: the task of counting began and the coalition government faced the prospets of a bruising final results. peerlz show a drop in support despite huge improvements in the country's economy. the party and the labor party ally may now be forced to seek support from other parties to stay in government. as the day progressed more scenes of an electorate switching sides as support for rival parties and independent candidates steadily grew, left wing republicans have campaigned with a strong anti-austerity voice. a message that went down well in central dublin but the party topped the poll. >> spending cuts, rising social inequality and mistrust of established politicians have played a role in the loss of support for island's rule -- ireland's ruling coalition. >> the government may be a bit complacent.
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they thought they would be rewarded for a recovery that still has not reached most households. >> the irish election follows a similar pattern to other european countries, spain, portugal and grease that have been through periods of austerity. of course, ireland's story is very different. austerity is officially meant to be over and the country has the fastest growing economy in the european union. 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 on to hopower, it would have to build new alliances. it's no easy task. the main political parties were forged in the blood and fire of the civil war nearly 100 years ago. there are fierce differences that date back generations. given the growth of the political left in ireland, it may be time for the country's main opposing secentrist party
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do the unthinkable and join forces. >> very strong likelihood is the two civil war parties are likely to form the next government. you would have to say on the balance of probability, the figures would indicate that. i think that's probably a healthy development. very little divides those two parties. the policies are very similar. >> soon, the difficult work of collision building begins and with it, the creation of a new leadership. for now, ireland's political future hangs in the balance. niev barpinger, al jazeera, dublin nearly 13,000 people have protested in the south korea ian capitol against a wave of new government policies. demonstrators in seoul led by one of the largest trade unions are depending the president step done. they are angry about labor forms and the closure of an industrial complex that was jointly operated with north korea.
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tension amongst regu ease is rising as more become stuck at the border. the united nations refugee agency says humanmanitarian challenges are mounting at the edomine camp refugees join more than 5,000 who have been blocked from crossing since the border was blocked on thursday. >> now, while latin american countries struggle with the outbreak of the zika virus a more common disease spread by the same mosquitos has exploded like never before. more than 2,000 cases of denghy have been reported in northeast everyone argentina. authorities say it may become the worst outbreak in history. al jazeera daniel schweimler reports. >> reporter: did thrives in places like this, overgrown tropical vegetation, selected in the smallest receptacles. it rains more thanub in the
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december. the eggs laid then are hatching now, causing the largest outbreak here in resent history. >> it's horrible, 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. >> norma has recovered now and is treating fresh dinghy sufferers like slovena laid up here for five days. the fight is on to reduce the habitat where the mosquito thrives. >> we treated where we found the larvae while we are getting rid of anything that collects water. >> one of about 3,000 varieties of mosquitos, 300 of which are found in argentina. most are merely irritating, but this one is the corrector a carrier, the female extracting human blood to feed its offspring. >> with mosquitos, the best
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method is to attack the larvae. the adults are already flying all over the place. the egyti is the worst. it thrives afternoon humans. it doesn't respect borders and rep repelant isn't always effective. >> authorities and residents, in a campaign of education and a campaign to eliminate the mosquitos's breeding grounds. the same mosquitos that carries deng why, yellow feefrl and zika.ver and zika. it's a battle they can't afford to lose. collecting waste, imposing heavy fines on those who don't comply. >> when we started campaign, people were a little suspicious but now, they are taking it in, participating, asking questions, because they are worried. >> close to the border with brazil, it has been hit by zika. they are hoping by tackling the
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culprit, by destroying the has been at that time in which it thrives, they can control the many debilitating viruses for this tiny creature imposes on its human victims. daniel schweimler, al jazeera. argentina. >> in the u.s. state of south carolina, people are coming out to vote for their preferred candidate for the democratic party presidential campaign. hillary clinton is tipped to win the state by a comfortable margin. al jazeera kimberly halkett is in the south carolina capitol, columbia and sent this update. >> reporter: hillary clinton is looking for a solid victory here in south carolina. she is ahead in the polls by some polls, her main rival, bernie sanders, 25 points behind going in to this presidential nominating contest. the feeling is this is what the clinton campaign has been waiting for. they see this as the firewall, the large number of african-american voters casting ballots in this nominating contest and there are similar
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demographics in many of the states that will be voting on super tuesday. hi hillary clinton hoping there will be a strong showing that will allow her to be the presumpttive nominee something as we saw as she campaigned on saturday, she started to pivot toward the generally and attacks against her main rival that she sees in the republican party and that is donald trump. >> 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 goo after foreign money. we have to contest them online and we have to have partnerships to do that. and who do we mostly need to make mississippi with? muslim nations. it does not help us to form a coalition with them when a
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leading candidate for president spends half his time insulting them. >> super tuesday is when 12 states will be holding their presidential nominating contests on tuesday. it is critical for political survival for bernie sanders on the republican side. he will need to show that he can remain viable as a candidate if hillary clinton is successful in the large number of states that she is hoping to score vict odors. on the republican side, we know already donald trump is leading, going in to those contests in eight of those 12 states. for his main establishment opponents, marco rubio as well as ted cruz, they are looking to survive. ted cruz leading in his home state of texas. if he loses there, it's very difficult for him to remain viable. the same goes for mark 0 ruin yeah. if he does not have a victory in at least a number of key states, it will be hard for him to stay in this race virtually cementing if donald trump does well, his position as the republican presidential nominee.
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>> now, as hollywood prepares for the oscars campaigners are highlighting just how male dominated the film industry is. hollywood act trets patricia arkansaset says there is a lot more work on to be done. she spoke to our correspondent, phil lavelle in beverly hills. >> the oscar goes to patricia arkansaset. >>ett. >>. >> to every woman to gave birth to every taxpayer and citizens of this nation, it's our time to have wage equality once and for all. >> everyone here knows patricia arkett. hollywood's women are all too familiar with her message. they are used to being paid less than men and art is imitating life here. >> we have to make a really radical shift. >> patricia has spent the last year dproducing this doc u.
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ary. >> alongside that, she has launched a changed up position. it hit 40,000 signatures in the first few hours alone. >> because of pay inequality, there are 33 million women and children in the united states that are living in poverty even though the mom is working full-time. so, if we made sure women were paid their full dollar, we could really address a lot of child hunger in the united states. >> in terms of hollywood, $80 million compared to jennifer lawrence who 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 have? >> 28 percent. >> how many had a female lead or co-lead. >> 21. >> in front of the camera. behind the camera even fewer than. 18% of producers being women,
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11%, we are talking writers and when it comes to directors, only two% of directors here are female. >> you see more men than women. >> mandy moved to l.a. to pursue her acting dream. she has been in commercial did, movies and she knows sectionism existsxism exis exists. >> 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. it's not because of sectionim. >> hollywood prepares for a big night, for a place that deals in stories, it's having to face some uncomfortable truths as well. phil lavelle, los angeles. you can see more of phil lavelle lone star interview with actress patricia arkett talking about the problem of unequal pay in the united states ant in the
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film industry as well, a key issue ahead of the ausc-arizona. of course, you can get all of the latest on our top story that's, that truce in syria brokered by the united states and russia still holding as we head into the second day. more on that in a second. this is techknow. a show about innovations that can change lives. the science of fighting a wild-fire. we're going to explore the intersection of hardware and humanity and we're doing it in a unique way. this is a show about science, by scientists. tonight, techknow investigates the ivory trail they've tried to seize it, burn it, but nothing has stopped the terrible

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