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some way,. >> that's rita kilpatrick, make her way. that's it for tonight. we'll have more of "america tonight," tomorrow. >> corruption scandal. >> i felt like i was treated lie a prisoner even with the courteous treatment by the police. >> a wide investigation into corruption tied to brazil's state owned oil company. between hope and fear. >> translator: women are even stopping to bargain about the price. before the truce they used to be
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scared. >> some syrians see progress towards peace but others say the government might be on the verge of shattering the truce. air base argument. japan has suspended work to relocate a u.s. air base on okinawa as locals work to get it shut down completely. the u.s. navy moves an aircraft carrier and several other ships to the disputed south china sea. good evening, i'm antonio mora, this is al jazeera's international tuesday hour. we begin tonight in brazil with major developments in the construction investigation involving the state owned oil company petrobras that has threatened the government of
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president dill pl dilma roussef. one threatened the home of lula de silva, who left office in 2011. he insists he has done nothing wrong. these raids are more in the long running scandal of the petrobras corruption. lula supporters scuffled with police as they protested his detension. the form he president remains popular in brazil. many believe he will seek to return to office in 2018. marga ortigas reports. >> early on friday in a massive sweep that was broadcasted live
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on tv hundreds of armed police raided numerous properties across three brazilian states, brought if for question, luis silva, lula called it a sad day for brazilian democracy. >> all they had to do was tell me that they were coming but sadly they decided to act with presumptuous arrogance, in a show a spectacle of pyre technical 96s. pyrotechnics. >> i wanted to express my utter dissatisfaction with the tact that former president lula who repeatedly appeared on a voluntary basis is now subjected to an unnecessary coercive condition to present even more testimony. kick backs from companies in
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exchange for contracts with petrobras. the investigation has been underway for two years. yesterday eduardo cuna is the first to face charges. >> paralyzed the government, many brazillians are disappointed at the ruling workers party, who under lula had brought millions of people out of poverty. >> the anticorruption drive speaks to deeper problems gln it peeks to hegemony. you have basically a traditional middle class and an upper class that has political interests, that are contrary to the more popular oriented governments of the left. >> reporter: battle lines are being drawn ton streets and demonstrators are taking sides. the only certainty now is that difficult days lie ahead.
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marga ortigas, al jazeera, roindle. roidged. rio de janeiro. >> although she is not facing clarnlings, thfacingcharges, thg issues for dilma rousseff. >> it does clearly amplify the crisis in brazil, make it difficult for president already in difficult circumstances to deal with issues like zika but also the economy. last year was in recension almost 4% negative growth, 2016 further contraction. so the mood in brazil is sour right now and there has the potential to amplify that. some lawmakers in brazil's congress has started an effort to impeach rousseff for using
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central bank deposits to cover accidents. the argentine prosecutor dealing with the difficult december death of alberto nisman, who died a day before he was to testify about a cover up of the government of cristina kirchner. teresa vo has the story. >> prosecutor alberto nisman died over a year ago. he was found with a bullet wound in the head. while officials initially treated the case as suicide, some believe it could have been murder. >> if nisman had killed himself
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he would have had gunpowder on his hand, he didn't. we did several tests with the gun that was used and there was gunpowder, nisman had none on his hands. >> the day before he was supposed to go to congress to make statements, he was found dead. trading concession is in return for hiding cristina kirchner's role i in the bombing of a jewih center. a in the last year expimps expiz theorieconspiracy theories have abounded. he was a threat for the
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argentine and iranian government. >> former spy master with close links with the cia and israel intelligence. the only image of him is this picture. he has recently said in court that those behind the killing were close to former president kirchner. he even cugd that iran could be behind his death. but claudio lipsig says that steusso should be investigated as well. >> translator: this man was fired by the kirchner administration and was angry and blaming the government for nisman's death. >> reporter: analysts say the investigation into nisman's death has been marred by irregularities. >> everything is so distorted and evidence was destroyed. there was a coverup at the community center in 1994.
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who killed nisman? we play never know. >> and that's something that upsets many people here that it will be another crime in argentina that will remain unresolved. teresa vo, al jazeera, buenos aires. >> a bombing in northern ireland has rekindled fears of more attacks, as the country comenl ratecommemorates the 100th anniversary of the revolt. later ireland will remember the 1916 easter rising when key buildings were seized in dublin, igniting a war with britain that won independence for ireland in 1921. a week after cessation of hostilities in syria, in the past week all sides of the conflict have reportedly broken
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the truce. as al jazeera's omar al saleh reports that's putting next week's u.n. backed peace talks in jeopardy. >> a moment of peace. for many people in syria these scenes are unusual. live scenes in this mark place in aleppo in northern syria. >> people are out and buying. women are even stopping to bargain about the price. before the truce they didn't. they used to be scared. >> reporter: but no one is under any illusion, the temporary pause in fighting could be easily shattered any minute. the opposition said it recorded over 150 violations by government forces on russian air force while the government accused the russians of 30 violations. >> the regime is using the truce as a gain in strength. >> reporter: some areas the war never stopped. government forces are trying to advance in different areas.
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in aleppo's northern and sowrnt countrsouthern country sides, ad latakia. neither group is included in the ceasefire, el nusra or i.s.i.l. plans to besiege the city of aleppo. russian air strikes and government forces were targeting rebel forces on the highway between latakia and idlib. not far from the rebel held town which is the government's target. on the humanitarian front the truce hasn't made any huge differential. the u.n. wants unrestricted access to half a million people in besieged areas. so far eight convoice have reace reached areas, as part of a plan agreed on before the truce started. the world health organization
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said it delivered a struck of medicine to the town of azaz north of aleppo. u.n. says it's too early to say what impact it has had on the delivery urgent aid. the syrian army and its allies are continuing with their military campaigns while rebel groups are accusing rebel forces of mobilizing groups. the truce is fragile and success is not guaranteed but so far it has led to a drop of violence and that is good news for many syrians. omar al saleh, al jazeera. two police officers have been killed in southern turkey, at least 35 others wounded after an attack near the syrian border. before reenforcements and other emergency services have arrived on the scene. turkey is blaming the kurdistan
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workers party. the he mostly kurdish city has been under curfew for more than three months. al jazeera averages jamal el shael takes us inside the lock down. >> reporter: this place should be buzzing with people, shoppers and tourists, bustling, coming through this main road here but it's not because of the ongoing clashes that continue between the turkish military and fighters loyal to the pkk. there is a constant sound of gun five taking place and one of the effects of these on going clashes is that shops and businesses have been forced to close which has had a devastating impact on the local economy. there are at least six neighborhoods which are still under constant curfew because of these slashes. the government says it is trying to chase out the pkk which it
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considers a terrorist organization. there are those locals who are angry with what is going on and blame the government for what's happening. authorities have been forced to put up dozens of families, in fact hundreds of people in hotels and other place ves been forceplaces havebeen forced to . trying to restore some sort of order, they say, trying to root out those militants. this conflict has been going on for several months now, ever since these protests between the government and the pkk collapsed just around a year ago. it appears there is no end in sight. however, the government and officials say that they will not rest until they defeat these militants. >> jamal el shael reporting. in istanbul, protesters clash with police, to stop them from raiding turkey's largest
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newspaper after an order placing it under state control. opened up a corruption probe into the president's inner circle. prosecutors have accused the paper of aiding a terrorist group run by its owner. calling it a witch hunt. >> unfortunately it has been a habit for the last three, four years that anyone who is speaking against government policies is facing either court cases or prison or such control by the government. and i think this is a dark period for our country, for our democracy. but i don't think that this dark period will continue. it cannot be sustained, and it cannot be continued. >> the state department called the court's order troubling. it's the latest on a string of
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attacks on attacks o be be be th journalism. iraqi security forces band a demonstration so close to where iraqi officials and diplomats live and work. but the are demonstration went on. sadr set a deadline, if that doesn't lap, sadr says it will knowledge withdraw be approval. tried to make it to greece by boat, today came a measure of justice. a turkish court sentenced four syrian men, each convicted of human trafficking but acquitof
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deliberately causing their passengers ass deaths. eight be countries in europe, suspended from the free travel zone. working with turkey and greece to improve their border security. they say the schengen zone should be fully reopened by the end of the year. the german policy is to accommodate and integrate those seeking asylum. but in some places public sentiment appears to have turned against the refugees. dominic cain reports from baute zensen bautsen. >> this should have been a place for asylum seekers, it is now a wreck. it is reported that some people could be heard cheering the
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burning and others deliberately hindered their efforts. those people have officially had charges risen against them. the mayor of baute besen. >> we are not going to let arsonists decide who is coming to bautsen, what number of people and under which circumstances. we are not going to give away to these arsonists. >> but in saxony such incidents do not happen in isolation. more than 20% of all the attacks on asylum seeker centers are in this state. yet there are fewer asylum seekers per capita in saxony than in any other place in germany. just one per 238 people. there are other examples of antirefugee sentiment in this state. perhaps half a kilometer travel is clausnitz.
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a crowd gathered outside, shouting insults and verbally intimidated refugees trying oget off this bus. this video went viral and ministers announced what had happened. given the fact that relatively few refugees came to saxony, why is there such sentiment? i put that to a resident. >> people are getting anxious about people coming into the country so they feel themselves justified to some i kind of resistance. and that's why some of them even take refuge to violent attacks. >> reporter: back in bautsen, the market is underway. this is a prosperous and picturesque town that germans might call cozy. the local mayor says refugees are still welcome here but it
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seems a growing number of people do not agree. dominic cain, al jazeera in saxony. >> the united nations is facing pressure to deal with the increasing number of sex abuse allegation against peace keepers. what's being done to confront the problem. also new revelations about mexican prisoner el chapo's days of confinement.
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>> u.n. peace keepererses arerse delloyd to areas, accused of sexual abuse, the pressure is on the u.n. to confront the problem. daniel lak is reporting. >> a u.n. personnel accusations of sexual induce in the field. citizens from 21 countries were accused of sexual offenses in ten u.n. missions most in africa. no criminal prosecutions took place but some had their pay docked or were suspended and sent home. many cases are pending. many admit that the mission is badly damaged even with a single
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report. >> i'm a u.n. peace keeper of 20 years duration. i strongly believe as did the u.n. secretary-general and did anybody else that anyone serving under the u.n. flag should prey on the vulnerable is truly an abomination. >> reporter: last august secretary-general ban ki-moon took the unprecedented step of firing the head of the peace keeping force in africa. called for more transparency and accountability. activists say the latest report say the u.n. hasn't taken those recommendation is seriously and are calling on u.n. member states to take on investigations. >> the member states i think need to be reminded, they're in charge. peace keeping is their collective will. it's being undermined, its reputation is being destroyed.
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it's not being carried out effectively because of what the secretary-general himself has called a cancer on the system. >> reporter: among proposals, courts martials. the u.s.s. drafting a security council resolution calling for repatriation of troops where there's a pattern of abuse or evidence of noncooperation with investigations. this is an issue that continues to playing the united nations and undermine its peace keeping efforts. while the level of detail in the secretary-general's report may be encouraging it's clear the u.n. as a long way to go to restore its credibility not least among the world's most vulnerable people it's supposed to be protecting. daniel lak, al jazeera. at the united nations. >> the cdc and the w.h.o. are
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holding a conference, out of brazil found major birth defects in 30% of fetuses of pregnant women who had the virus. the world health organization is now linking the virus to another syndrome, the guillain-barre syndrome. the u.n, linking a plotting's like hi zika nefntio infection h defects. abnormally small brain and died. so far 100 americans have been diagnosed with zika, most have traveled oforeign countries, others got i.t. through sexual transmission from people who traveled there. work on a u.s. military base in japan has come to a
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screeching halt. controversy over the project and why the prime minister decided to suspend it. estimates and successes of china's economy.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america, i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of
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international news a growing language barrier in the philippines. but first, japan's prime minister is suspending work on a u.s. military base in okinawa. the location has been long point of confrontation. al jazeera's harry fawcett reports from okinawa. >> this on the face of it would appear to be a concession, in its lodge running battle with the prefectural government. it all centers around ou.s. marine base known as fatenma, in the middle of a residential area. the yap fleef japanese governmet the most dangerous, as a result of that, it's destined to be relocated to northeastern okinawa main island in a bay very close to a current u.s.
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military base, but there have been a long running protest 50 residents of okinawa saying it is an environmentally dangerous thing to do, to reclaim the land in that bay. also they say they simply bear too much of the burden of the u.s. military presence within japan and they want to see at least many of the residents and the government certainly of okinawa wants to see that base taken outside of the prefecture, outside of japan. there has been a challenge to revoke the permissions given by the japanese government. now shinzo abe is saying he will submit to a court mediated process, they will try to come to some sort of peaceful settlement. but he says there's no alternative in the long run other than this plan. so that's still being a hard line in the long term from the jps government, the real
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japanese government, still the way it was before this decision. >> harry fawcett, reporting. the u.s. has agreed to move about 10,000 marines mostly to guam and hawaii. slow of force in the south china sea, after the u.s. accused china of militarizing the area. the group includes the carrier, as well as a destroyer, a pair of cruisers and the seventh fleet's flagship the u.s.s. blue ridge. sail in what the u.s. considers international waterways. the number one issue is the struggling economy, china hopes to be able to achieve its economic goals despite more expected problems this year. the 3,000 delegates from all over the country will meet for 12 days. china's facing a multitude in
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problems in addition to the economy but that has not stopped president xi jinping from trying to expand his personality about adrian brown reports. >> president xi jinping made the rounds of state media recently. adoring journalists could barely contain their excitement. but as they gathered around him he issued his own blunt news alert. their job, the president reminded them was first and foremost to serve the party. >> his purpose there was to say that the media have to fall in line with the strool part centry which means him, no dissent is allowed. >> on the line can, the adulation is even more alarming. this song, dedicated to the president, says, if you want to plearmarry, marry someone like e
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xi. the state influences agency has turned to rap to release party slogans. the lyrics don't exactly roll off the tongue, the singer infuses it is everyone's dream to build a moderately socialist society comprehensively. the leader considers himself the moss effective leader since chairman mao. >> he's putting out a maoist style leadership where everyone last to line up with him. >> reporter: in the days leading up to the national people's congress president xi ordered the party's 88 million members to study chairman mao 1949 guidelines on party discipline. earlier this year, the president sought a pledge of loyalty from
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his top generals after announcing sweeping reforms in the people's liberation army. they are aimed at wiping out corruption and making the military a more effective fighting force. few world leaders face the economic and social challenges now confronting xi jinping. but his campaigns against corruption and dissent suggests that what matters most to him now is party allegiance. if some party members are resentful of the president's style they won't be showing it at this conference. they know if they want to unite with president xi they need to show it in style and substance. >> the author of the coming collapse.china joining us from china. high gordon, this u.s. navy strike group heading to the south china sea where there's been this big chinese military
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buildup and the u.s. is sending a message but could it escalate tensions? >> well it certainly could escalate tensions because this is symbolism rich, this is not only john c. stennis. the chinese may not take kindly to this. a month or two from now when there's a single destroyer in the south china sea, i 30 we could see some sort of retaliation. this is absolutely necessary for u.s. to do because china is trying to grab the south china sea. >> for what kind of retaliation? >> what they could do for instance take a coaftion boat ad boat, maybe some fishing vessels. this is a crisis, a slow burning crisis but a crisis nonetheless. >> this comes when the u.s.
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needs china to put pressure on north korea which ordered its nuclear arsenal on alert. nuclear show down, north korea takes on the world. how dangerous is this whole region getting? >> you have turmoil, kim jong-un fighting with the military, he has executed at least two star officers in the past three months, possibly three of them. and fighting with xi jinping and others in the regime. right now is a dangerous time because both governments in a state of disunity. united states is looking at china as you pointed out but the chinese haven't helped at a much since 2003 when the six parties began, we need to look at south korea and japan if we are going to fashion a solution. >> let's look at xi jinping as the chinese national people answer conference has gotten
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under way. what does his crack down on dissent suggest? >> well, the wing thing a lot of china watchers are look at in these two sessions, is really whether xi jinping last been able to submit his position. and people are going to be watching whether there's any sign of dissent among the delegates and there's some signs of disunity at the top. especially because of the economy and this is looking a little bit interesting. >> on the other hand much last been said about how xi is the most powerful chinese leader since mao but with the economy weakening and the proposal at the congress to lower military spending more than usual, he at all threatened? >> not at this particular moment but i think the threats are going to be fast and furious in the not too disajt future. you got tdistant future.
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xi jinping grabbed authority from the prior economic czar. all of these enemies and adversaries are going to come out for him and it's going to be difficult for him to navigate forward. >> how difficult is this congress, just pomp and circumstance, pr for chinese people? >> it is for chinese people but also a signaling of government policies and a signal not only to the chinese people but also to foreign observers. for instance you mentioned the percentage growth rate for budget of the chinese military. that is fascinating because this is first time since 2010 where it will not be in double digits. and that's a sign of a number of things but probably it's the sign most of annal economy that is falling apart. >> and tomorrow is might be the most important day because they announced the new five year plan, i can't believe we are
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talking about communist five year plans in this day and age and that will also forecast the economic growth for next year. what do you think we'll hear and what will the tell us. >> it is the premier's annual growth report for 2016, a number under 6.5 would be optimistic which means they would accept a lower growth rate which would be the result of structural reform. 6.5 and above is i believe just adhering to xi jinping's guidance. people right now in the international community are concerned about their reform, and that's why moody's down graded their outlook from stable to negative. >> they could be the envy of most of the world. they're not true. >> we'll see what happens in the economy. gordon chang, always good for
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your outlook in this. >> thank you. >> the daughter of joaquin guzman said he slipped into the united states twice last year. now el chapo wants to be extradited to the united states. al jazeera's natasha guinane spoke with his lawyer. >> it's been almost two months since joaquin el chapo guzman was recaptured. his lawyer says those months have been horrible. he's facing a number of charges and extradition has been sought. initially his lawyer and he were fighting extradition. now they're fighting for it. is. >> translator: he's emaciated. i fear a fatal end .
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i'm sorry the mexican government can't guarantee his encare. >> the 61-year-old is in the same plaques security prison he escaped from through a tunnel underneath hill cell last summer. he believes he will be treated better in an american prison. he's prepared to cut a deal, his hope is a reduced sentence for providing information. his attorney would also like to see guarantees of protection for his wife and four-year-old twin daughters. guz 91 is in the process of looking for an attorney in the united states. encampments tell us the extradition process could take up to a year. >> natasha guinane. donald trump has been likened to adolph hitler. what would trum united states is
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going to do if trump becomes the next president. >> for instance he says he is going to build a wall and go into a trade war with mexico. he's not understanding, but by tradintrading we both win. but either he's not understanding that mexico buys from the united states every year, millions of u.s. dollars. this means, millions of jobs for u.s. citizens. where is he going to replace that market and sell those products? it's very stupid what he is saying. he says he's going to tax automobiles manufactured in mexico coming into the united states. i mean that was consumer of a car will say when the car price increases 20%? >> you can see the full interview with vicente fox at front. the president of disma zimbe
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has nationalized the whole diamond industry. zimbabwe's once robust economy has been debilitated due to political uncertainly. a renown cuban blaring, why her country still faces tough times ahead. and a rare sighting off the coast of madagascar, why one scientist is calling this a whale jackpot.
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new video has been released of rarey scenes omura's whales. new england aquarium spotted record numbers of the elusive creatures off the coast of mad madagascar. they are about the size of a bus. they were only recognized in about 2003. little known about these whales. flit we go off the radar, where regional diaelects ar diaelects.
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rob mcbride reports. >> it is only spoken by a few. the leader of this indigenous community is one of them. when she wants to hold a conversation using it she has to seek out a neighbor like jocelyn. in her 50s she is one of the youngest speakers left. her son can't speak it. and at the school which he and others from his community attend, tribal languages are not taught. >> i am sad we're losing this connection to our ancestors and i would prefer if the young people would want to learn about it. >> reporter: to give a sense of someho how it's so integratee
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wider population, their language started to die. >> translator: there are different starts of the language spoken and as more people have married outside the group it last become less pure. >> i.saroisarog agta, is one ofe owner dialogues disappearing. institutes like this one are vital in captures them. words that are in danger of vanishing. >> we're concerned if the language completely goes away, there is some record of it, not only for ling wisconsins but for people whose ancestors spoke that language. at some point it becomes important for them too as part
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of their cultural heritage. >> with increasing pace of development that task is becoming more important than ever. rob mcbride al jazeera, philippines. now to our global view segment with a look at how news outlets across the world are reacting to various events. >> germany's deutsche werle criticized pope francis for talking about an arab t vacation in europe. the very different connotation. the pope's overall message was not negative, but that the message was eclipsed by the words themselves. the paper mentions that the pope has been criticized before for things said off the cuff and suggests he could spend more time considering his words so his message is not lost in unintended controversy. largest intellectual and moral divisions are within the parties, not between them.
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the paper argues thought new divide is between the rich and the poor and working class. the winners and the losers of the new world economy of globalization and technology not the left and the right. the paper believes donald trump's rise is because of our political structures, have not kept up with the change. and canada's globe and mail published this cartoon showing a car that looks like donald trump speeding down the road with nobody behind the wheel. in the back seat a panicked gop holding up a sign that simply says, "help." i recently conducted a public interview with international known blaring yolani cervaantes. i asked her whether president obama's visit would be important no matter what he says? >> in a government like the
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cuban government that has based its narrative on confrontation on the presence of a very strong neighbor to the north, visit would be destructive of the narrative of belligerence and confrontation. the visit is emotionally charged, because he is a young president in comparison to the cuban government's asian stock erase. government's asian to be erase. government's gerentocracy . >> after president obama leaves that would be an illusion. obama has a unique opportunity to speak loud and clear in front of those microphones. i hopes he uses it to send a plefnlg to the cuban people. of the lack of political freedom
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and our inability to connect with the world through internet. >> in the meantime she's concerned the cuban government is continuing its repressive ways. >> yes, the rates of arbitrary detention brutality are up but on the other hand there are more people who are daring to become activists. >> she is hoping that the embargo will be lifted but carefully. >> translator: i'm very critical of the embargo because after all these years it last done nothing to stop the government harnl harming the cun people. it is very important that we give preference to commercial activities for the private people before we give it to the public sector. >> she's disappointed the pope didn't take a stronger stance
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when he visited cuba. >> sadly the pope who visited cuba was thought that pope. >> i asked if she's hopeful for the future. >> tough times are coming but long term we're hopeful. why tough times? because the government refuses to give up any of its power. the government is showing increasing amounts of weakness, increasing number of people are leaving the island. i'm worried there will be an increase in repression but in the long run i'm hopefully cuba will think. >> who of those exiles, marco rubio and ted cruz. >> we hav are very proud that te cubans have had such a success. successful politicians in other countries. >> yoani sanchez.
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for tobacco fans havana's annual cigar festival is. add lucia newman reports. >> the smell of tobacco is overpowering. cigar aficionados compete who can produce the longest ash. men and women attending the annual cigar festival. >> i have to say more and more young people in china start to smoke cigars. the trend. >> the place is turned into a classroom for aficionados to learn to roll a cigar. >> people are coming from all
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over the world to learn how to do it. among them, george from new york, who said he smoked his first cuban cigar. >> my grandfather was a physician, game me a box of romeo and juliet at 17 and i was looked. >> until now he couldn't come here illegally to smok legally . now with the diplomatic ties restored, they are here to take place in the festival. >> i'm glad obama last opened up the gates. >> this year's special because it celebrates the 50th anniversary of fest cuba's premier cigar brand, the coeba. the lancero, fidel castro's
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favorite cigar. as gifts until 1982 when the coeba was finally put on the market for everyone to buy except the americans. now they can buy and bring home up to $100 worth, not much when you consider many here will be leaving with tens of thousands of cuban cigars, maybe just maybe enough to last them until next year answer cigar fest. luce georgia newman, al jazeera acknowledge loof,havana. the real number of pandas believed to be alive in 2008, more than 1800 pandas are
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believed to be liv alive now. i'll be back in two minutes with more news.
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>> good evening, i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america. >> you can do it. you can breathe. i know it's hard. >> fallout from thursday's debate and the impact it could have on tomorrow's contests. skipping a national conference for conservatives. the reason donald trump gave for not appearing even though his fellow candidates did. >> i'm hoping, praying,