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and on the streets of brazil as a fm arformer president is questioned about one of the country's corruption scandals. hello i'm jane dutton in doha. also, on the program, as borders close, refugees remain stranded in greece and smugglers be cash in. china's national people's congress opens. focusing ton economy for the next five years. the democratic republic of
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congo's symphony orchestra. brazil's president dilma rousseff has voiced her dissatisfaction on the police raid of lulu da silva, former president. he was questioned about corruption scandal involving the national oil company, petrobras. marga ortigas reports. >> emotion are running high as the corruption scandal takes a sensational turn. hundreds of armed police raided numerous properties across three brazilian states. brought in for questioning, former pet luis ignacio lulu da silva, known as the champion of
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the poor.lula called it a sad day for brazilian democracy. >> all they had to do was tell me they were coming but sadly they decided to act with presumptuous arrogance and a show a spectacle of pyrotechnics. >> dilma rousseff called the acts stream. >> former president lula who repeatedly appeared on a voluntary basis, is now subjected to an unnecessary coercive condition to provide yet more testimony. >> reporter: over 50 high level politician he are suspected of receiving kickbacks and favors from large companies in exchange for contracts with petrobras. on thursday eduardo cunha is the first to face formal charges.
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also leading really against president rousseff. the anticorruption drive speaks to deeper division in brazilian society. >> it is a matter of hegemony. the basic thing is a class division. 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. >> battle lines are being drawn on the streets and demonstrators are taking sides. difficult days are all that are certain to lie ahead. marga orl ortigas, al jazeera,
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brazil. investigations into the petrobras scandal for some time anonymity but thinow but this ie it has affected the former president lula. everybody is subject to the rule of law. lula is not only the former president. he is also a symbol. elected in 2002 as the first representative ever from the working class and he's really a symbol of success for much of the work class and many of them see him as a target. this is a corruption scandal that's really affecting the top levels of business and government but certainly there could be the temptation to rally around him and that could affect in terms of people's willingness to go into the streets and protest and we have seen the political party the workers party come out. this is a particularity tricky
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situation and we have to see where it goes from here >> the u.n.'s refusing agency has put together a six point plan to deal with the refugee crisis. the u.n. hcr wants to set up, a plan for registering and resettling each agency. the u.n. wants 10% of syria' sys refugees to be resettleout of europe. alexis tsipras wants frontex to be established into a full blown coast guard. the camp has been expand he as new arrivals cause more crowding. growing number are turning ogangs in athens who are selling
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fake eu passports, in hope that the possession of one will hem them avoid the long dangerous journey to western be europe. >> victoria square. athens. for some, these "desperate journeys: a global crisis" people are a business opportunity. the cafes around the square are teeming with human smugglers. they are middlemen and negotiators. >> you can really see after five minutes i'm sure about these, somebody said, if you want, go to any country, i can help you. and i'm sure this is illegal. >> with the northern border effectively closed for most of the refugees, they say they have only two options, either pay smugglers or get stuck in
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grease. this is disaster time for criminal gangs. as long as war guarantees a steady supply. on my first meeting with a smuggler from south sudan, he took two pach passport photos f. costincosting 350 euros. before my photo was laminated he wanted his euros. >> i can put 100 or 200, you can come with me, otherwise, i'm sorry you cannot.
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>> my i.d? >> yes. >> reporter: the smuggler kept calling us the next day but we didn't respond. the smuggling business in athens is a vast industry with different layers. even greek police acknowledge they face an uphill struggle against smugglers. those who can't afford to buy fake european documents, into macedonia and beyond. thousands are on the move every day. it's the hope of being closer to a new life that many of the refugees say keeps them moving. their past has been destroyed and now for their future they continue to seek. mohammad adow, al jazeera, athens. party leaders have been meeting for biggest political
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event, national people's congress. adrian brown sent this report from beijing outside the gate hall of the people. >> reporter: top of the agenda this national people's congress is the economy. not surprising given all that's been happening here in china during the past few months. china's prime minister lee chong, draise addressthe group r nearly two hours, as well as giving an assessment of what happened in 2015. the premier's message was essentially this: complekly it has been a difficult year for -- economically it has been a difficult year for china but we have taken responsibility. it couldn't be ignored. also, being discussed at this
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national people's congress will be the economic blueprint for the next five years. some of the main points are these. the government wants to increase employment by 10 million jobs a year. it wants to create 50 million new jobs by 2020, and it also wants to accelerate the number of people leaving rural areas and moving into the cities. it says by 2020, it wants 60% of the population to be living if urban areas. huge challenges. challenges that the government seems confident it can meet. >> still to come on al jazeera, antigovernment demonstrations in baghdad, as tens of thousands of people demonstrate against what is called a corrupt system. and the communist party making a come back in the upcoming parliamentary elections. elections.
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>> hello again i'm jane dutton. a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. brazilian president dilma rousseff has presented her displeasure for lu involving a former president in the current
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issues regarding petrobras. china's biggest political event the national political congress is meeting in beijing. focusing on the five year economic plan. many residents are taking advantage of the latest ceasefire in syria to start anti-government demghtse demonss again. peaceful rally asking for bashar al-assad to step down. called on all sides to honor the ceasefire which secludes i.s.i.l. and el nusra fighters. it's been a week, since the ceasefire has begun and it has been broken dozens of time but
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the u.n. says test hopeful. >> live scenes normal in the marketplace in the city of aleppo in the northern syria. >> people are out and buying, women are even bargaining about the price. before the produce they didn't, they used to be scared. >> reporter: but no one is under any illusion. temporary ceasefire could be shattered any minute. 150 violations by government force he on russian air force. while the russians accused the rebels as more than 30 exchanges. >> the campaign it suffered in daily. >> reporter: in some areas the war never stopped. government forces are trying to advance in different areas. in aleppo's northern and southern country side, latakia's
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country side as well as the province of idlib, the government is fighting el nusra front and i.s.i.l. neither is included in the ceasefire. opposition fighters fear the government's plan is to besiege the city of aleppo. russian forces were stackin wern the main road. on the humanitarian front the truce hasn't made any huge difference. the u.n. wants unrestricted access to half a million people in besieged areas. so far aid convoice have reached the users of moabamie. the world health organization says it dlifortd th delivered af
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medicines. too early to assess the impact the ceasefire has had. allies are continualing with their military campaigns while rebel groups are accusing government forces of mobilizing troops, the truce is fragile and success is not guaranteed but so far it has lead to a drom of voyagedrop inviolence. rally led by the prominent shia cleric muqtada al-sadr. javier reports from baghdad. >> it was a challenge and a warning. iraqi forces had banned this a few meters from the green zone where iraqi diplomats live and
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work. these are follow of muqtadaers a al-sadr. sadr said by video, he was giving government one last chance. >> translator: in a final attempt i call on all political parties especially in parliament, to begin dialogue with its people and their representatives to remove this nightmare and the corrupt government. >> reporter: sadr has set a time limit to implement political reforms, he says that has not happened. if it doesn't, his followers won't just be demonstrating at the gates. >> translator: if they don't agree with our demands we will
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follow mr. muktada's words. >> beware the angry and poor. the sign says. >> this is like the revolution of the poor and hungry like those revolutions that swept europe. >> some say they are the victims of a corrupt system where you have to pay to get a job. the iraqi prime minister has promised to remove corruption. parties are peteing to see if they can come to a decision on a way forward, to restructure the government or implement these reforms. with so much at stake here and political parties standing to lose power if they do that, it is not clear that there will be
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change. >> sadr april people say they will do what he wants them to do but won't be patient for long. javier, bagz. police fired tear gas at the supporters of the zamanan newspaper. influential president of president tayep erdogan. a crack down on press freedom in turkey. >> anyone who is speaking against the government forces is facing either imprisonment, it
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can not be sustained and it cannot be continued. >> the u.n. chief ban ki-moon is in the disputed territory of western sahara, to end the conflict. hashem ahelbarra reports. >> these refugees have been hoping for a frern solution to n problems, many of them hope there will be an end to the conflict soon. polisario wants a united nations monitored vote to determine the future of the territory, a demand dismissby morocco.
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mohammed vi have ited the area, launched major development pranls in the region and says morocco's sovereignty over western sahara cannot be challenged. the plook kahn government says it's ready to offer autonomy. fightinfighting continued until, the year the united nations managed to broker a ceasefire and establish a mission in the western city of hyun. the ceasefire was the united nations only success. failed to overcome their
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differences. now united nations secretary-general ban ki-moon is hoping to achieve what that is fest eluded his pre predecessor. find a final end to the fighting. >> a link to the be zika virus. researchers used human growth cells.and injected them with the virus. billionaire businessman donald trump says he will campaign, nasty republican debate on friday and an ugly spat with former presidential candidate mitt romney. at a rally in new orleans.
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>> worsening economy has many russian he feeling nostalgic with former communist party resurgence is starting to worry the government. rory challands, rorkt. reporting. >> recent polls suggest half all russians still think they were actually better off under the soviet system, the curator told me the pridme the pride they fe.
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>> we should not forget who was in the helm of the country and whose victory was achieved. >> the communalist party never went away as a public utility force and actually in the 21st century they consistently comes second in parliamentary elections. who thinks kremlin thought that was a manageable situation? but with elections coming again, there are signs this the kremlin is worried about a possible communist resurgence. twr at its 2016 convention medvedev cited, and putin had an attack on lenin. the way had he stitched the
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soifnsoviet union together. poor economic situation can help united russian. >> the plan is not to make any changes. not to take any rick. to keep very old fashioned party system including communists who are pretty loyal to the kremlin but not to let them to get too many roots which will make them more autonomous. >> he told me the kremlin learned some lfns lessons. can the communists really dent russia's grip on parliament and if they do what will the consequences be?
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we'll have to wait until the summer's elections but something the russianser worried about. rory challands. al jazeera, moscow. a group of young musicians are taking center stage. catherine soy reports from cin n kinshassa. is. >> reporter: most of the musicians have no regular income. we find them rehearsing the conductor's own creation. he had only space in his
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father's church. >> translator: things have changed. this is not what we want years ago, now we are seeing more congolese but there is still much to do. >> reporter: in count kinshasa, night life dominates. people come out to listen and dance to songs bisome of the continent's greatest artists. rich music culture, the most popular kind of music in the country, getting people here to appreciate tropical music has been difficult. the band tries out a classical tune. they tell us it is not something they would go to watch. >> the music is so popular
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because it is our language. these young people today just want to play and listen to foreign music. >> reporter: back at the chart it is the children's time to rehearse and to keep those profits low that are passionate and practice every day. playing his violin keeps him grounded. he is in secondary school and plans to join the main orchestra group. one day he plans to compose and conduct his own music. >> translator: when i see the others playing it,. >> reporter: the young musician and his dad has to go before it's too dark. they live in a more dangerous part of the neighborhood. his elder siblings are also in the orchestra.
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classic example of break barriers and overcoming the odds. catherine soy, al jazeera, kinshasa. >> that marks the end of this bulletin. we recommend you check out our website, aljazeera.com is where you find it. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> thanks for joining us on "america tonight." i'm joie chen. what we want for our most fragile elderly or others who need nursing home care is a safe and healthy environment but too often we've seen that ends up not being the case where care homes end up being anything bupt. no but.

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