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snoof protests in istanbul after police raid the offices of turkey's biggest newspaper. you're watching al jazeera. also ahead. gunmen attack a retirement home run by nuns in yemen killing 16 people. the philippines empounds a north korean ship after new u.n. sanctions. we will hear the democratic
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republic of congo symphony orchestra police in istanbul have used tear gas and water can gone against protesters. hundreds of people gathered outside the offices of one of the best known newspapers after raided by police. they moved in after they ordered that the follow-up should be put under the direction of trustees. >> reporter: taking a stand against what people here see as a crackdown on media freedom. protesters tried to block entrance to the newspaper entrances on friday night. >> translation: we're here to defend democracy and freedom. we're here to defend our basic rights. >> reporter: riot police pushed through the crowd with water
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cannon and tear gas. by early saturday morning they had got into the building. they pushed journalists covering the incident out and evicted theed tors. -- the ed tors >> unfortunately it has been a habit for the last three/four years for anyone who is speaking against the government policies is facing either court cases or prison or such control by the government. >> reporter: the police were acting under a court order to replace the management of the newspaper. it has a circumstance la legislation of 650,000 copies shall more than any other newspaper. it is run by the u.s. based cleric. he was once close to the president erdogan but in the last few years he has been accused of trying to overthrow the government and leading what
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the authorities describe as a terror organization. in the last few months businessmen close to him have been arrested and companies taken over by proceed gf government management. >> translation: such incidents have become normal these days. things you thought never could happen, do happen. it is impossible to make sense of it and explain it by legal means. we condemn it: >> reporter: the last headline before the news was raided is "the constitution is suspended did is " the raid on the newspaper smashed immediate concern in washington and brussels. e.u. commissioner said he was extremely worried. a little earlier we spoke to robert peer son a former u.s. ambassador to turkey >> this move is not unexpected. this has the steps to this point have been taken no have in the past. i think that the president did this for two reasons. one is he said last week that he didn't respect the rulings of
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the constitutional court that released two journalists who had been imprisoned and he wants to take this opportunity as well to strike out against the former presented and close ally and now enemy and alleged terrorist, the people who follow him. that movement were his closest allies. a few years ago and remain so. until they uncovered extensive corruption in the party that mr erdogan has and tried to bring criminal indiments against some of his own ministers. that is what caused the break. now mr erdogan referred to almost anyone who opposes his rule as a terrorist. college professors, journalists, anyone who basically disagrees with him at least 16 people, including four nuns have been killed in southern yemen. no-one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on a retirement home established by
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mother teresa. >> reporter: from a place of safety and care this home for the elderly became the latest casualty in yemen's war. 16 people were killed, including four nuns. witnesses say the attackers surrounded the home in aden and attackers asked to visit their mothers. they handcuffed the victims who were shot at short range. >> translation: we heard the sound of gunfire and we saw them all dead in the garden. >> reporter: around 80 people lived at the home. missionaries had come under attack in yemen in 1 # 98. the members find it hard that defenseless old people can be the result of armed groups >> this news is really shocking. the details that i get is that it happened at 8.30 in the morning local time.
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what time the sisters were serving breakfast >> reporter: in yemen's war aden has changed hands between houthi rebels and pro-government forces. surrounding areas are held by qamishli fight yeshgs. more than 6,000 yemenis have been killed and the children and theed yefrly are no exception a chinese government has said a new economic growth target of between 6.5 and 7%. it is seen as another sign that growth may be slowing. our correspondent reports from beijing. >> reporter: this man has been selling fruit here since 2010. business is slow. who was my boss? the communist party. where did the customers go? you have to ask the communist party. business was really bad in the past year. he is not alone, it has been a turbulent year for many people
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in china. economic growth is at its slowest in 25 years. 6 kilometers away the most important event is being played out. china, the last major communist nation has changed considerably over the last 30 years. the people's congress has remained. 3,000 democrat gates from across the nation attend. china's premier opened the meeting and was critical of the communist party >> translation: there is still inadequacies in the work of the government. some reforms, policies and measures have not been fully implemented >> reporter: he went on to say more work needs to be done on government corruption and misconduct and that it is not just china's economy that is slowing. it is global >> reporter: this is the great haul. what is going to take lace over here is political theater. that's because the most important decisions of how china will be run and government have
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already been made by officials skra >> it is mainly a place where they put out big messages, including some new propaganda messages for public consumption and then the meeting is discussing merely specifics of how to implement these things or tweak it to make it better. >> reporter: highlights of the five-year plan to be released during the congress, 10 million more urban jobs each year and annual economics growth at 6.5% or above. some think that won't happen >> i think there's something of an misnomer. the 6.5% that they indicated they will be aiming for won't be achievable >> reporter: not good news for people like this man >> translation: i will go back to my home town in own or would years. it is so expensive and hard to make one. >> reporter: that's not the direction they want people to go. they want more people in cities
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working and spending. heading towards what the president xi jinping calls the china dream a prayer ceremony for a young monk who died after setting himself on fire. 16-year-old su comed to his injuries on thursday, three days after emalating himself against chinese rule in tibet. it is second such protest this year. the philippines has impounded and searched a north korean ship docked near manilla. it is the first u.n. sanctions were enforced. there has been no spons from pyongyang. -- response from pyongyang >> reporter: nothing controversial found on board in terms of cargo when it arrived in the philippines. it was carrying oil palm kernls.
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investigators have found various safety breaches in terms of fire safety equipment, electrical equipment and for that reason they decided not to allow it to leave port. now it has been impounded and the crew, the 21 north korean crew members who apparently were cooperate ich in this entire process are now being deported back to their home country. it is a very tough response by the philippines to what seems like a relatively minor infraction by the operators of this ship. what we know about it, is that it is registered in sierra leone, it is owned by a company in hong kong, but it is operated by ocean maritime management. that's a north korean entity headquartered in pyongyang. it operates some 31 ships which are now very much under scrutiny as a result of these most recent sanctions being agreed at the u.n. it was that entity which is operating this ship which in 2013 was found in panama with
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various items, including two fighter jets found under a cargo of sugar. nothing like that found on this one. it seems to be an example of how toughly these sanctions with be interpretered if the countries involved wants to do so. the philippines is a staunch u.s. ally, almost to implement these to the letter, even beyond, perhaps, but the question is whether other countries around the world will do the same, mostly china with which north korea does by far the most of its trade ban ki-moon is hoping to bring one of the longest collects to the end. he is in western sahara where a decade fight has been continuing. >> reporter: these refugees have been hoping for an end to western sahara's conflict for 40 years. it is africa's longest dispute. thousands have been living in camps like these sprawling a
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vast desert area along algeria's border with morocco and many of them hope there would be an end to the conflict soon. this front has been fighting for an independent state in western sahara and it wants a united nations monitored vote to determine the future of the territory. a demand dismissed by morocco. the king visited the area recently and ruled out any compromise on the disputed territory. he has launched major development programs in the region and says morocco sovereignty over western sahara cannot be challenged. but the moroccan government says it's ready to offer the people autonomy. the conflict began in 1975 when spain pulled out of the area.
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morocco and an armed rebellion followed. fighting continued until 1991, the year the u.n. managed to broker ceasefire and establish a mission in the western saharan city. the ceasefire was the united nations only success. the two rivals have held many talks in the past but failed to overcome their differences. now the united nations secretary general pan key moon is hoping to-- ban ki-moon is hoping to find a lasting peace here still to come here on al jazeera, 180,000 people in south sudan are at risk of drinking contaminated water. we will tell you what's causing it. the ghost-like creature that could be a new species from deep
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in the ocean. the ocean.
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welcome back. the top stories. turkish police have used tear gas and water cannon against protesters outside a newspaper office in istanbul. it was raided after a court order that it should be put under the management of trustees. gunmen have stormed a retirement home in yemen killing 16 people including four nuns.
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the philippines has impounded a north korean shop docked near manilla. as the first time the sanctions were enforced after the recent nuclear and missile tests. the greek prime minister has called for the creation of a coast guard. the refugee crisis will be discussed at a summit next week. some 12,000 refugees are trapped at the border between greece and macedonia. here is a live shot of some of them waiting at that border fence. camps are filled to capacity and conditions are deteriorating. as the refugees grow more desperate, a number are turning to gangs in athens who are selling fake passports. >> reporter: victoria square, athens. a place popular with refugees and migrants stuck in greece. every day they come here to get
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information about the border and alternative routes to get out of greece. but for some these desperate people are a business opportunity. the caf├ęs around the square is teaming with human smugglers. they're middle men and negotiators. >> really you can see after five minutes, i'm sure about this, somebody said, if you want, go to any country, i can help you. i'm sure this is illegal. >> reporter: with the border effectively closed for most of the refugees, they say they have only two options, to either pay smugglers or get stuck in greece. this disaster is booming business time for criminal gangs. they will keep making money as long as war has the steady supply of those desperate and uprooted. >> reporter: i met a man, a
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smuggler, who took two passports photos from me. he wanted 300 euros for this. it is at this point we decided to stall the process. he wanted the money for fake id. >> 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. greek police acknowledge they face an uphill struggle against
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the smugglers. those who can't afford to buy fake european documents are forced to walk unofficial crossings into macedonia and beyond. here they are travelling north. thousands are on the move every day. it is 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 many of those seeking refuge in europe have been separated from their families. al jazeera has met one man who has fled the fighting in syria. he has returned to his native gaza but is hoping to be reunited with his wife and children who are now in germany. >> translation: i was born in 1951 in gaza. after the war in 1967 i fled to
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syria and started a new life, got married and had children. we lived a normal happy life. things were going well, but the war in syria broke out and it was under destruction. we knew we weren't safe any more. the situation in the camp became unbearable and we decided to escape. we were denied access to lebanon because of our palestinian passports. we managed to fly to egypt from damascus. then through the tunnels we arrived in gaza. my wife originally a syrian and my two sons and family with were with me. gaza was our last refuge. we know the situation in gaza is not good either, the war, destruction, but this didn't stop us from coming here. after all, we're part of this land and this people. at the beginning we received welfare money, $200 per person and $125 as a housing allowance. these were only temporary solutions. we stopped receiving the payments two years ago.
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our houses and shops were destroyed in the war with israel in 2014. unemployment is very high in gaza. it is not easy to ask people for work. there are about 400 families from libya, syria and yemen in gaza a we all need help. we started to think about hitting the road again, this time towards europe. we had no other choice but to try the dangerous sea journey. it is horrible a lot of people died trying. i know an entire family who disappeared. my wife and five of my kids got to greece from turkey by boats. they drove to germany in a car carrying 30 people. i was afraid. i thought the container with lots of refugees sufficient indicated in as australia tree a some of my family is in germany and some went to the netherlands. i want to join my wife and kids. we live in a house that doesn't get any sunlight. we're not after a life of luxury or anything, we just want to be treated decently. we want a place where we can be
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treated with dignity brazil's president has criticized a raid on her predecessor. he was detained and questioned by a multi billion dollar deal in relation to petrobas. >> i'm not upset with the journalists, but with the behaviour of certain media outlets. i'm upset with the premature judgment. today the headlines are what condemns people. they intimidate judicial powers and public prosecutors, police and politicians. i've told my friends the only way forward is not to be afraid in the u.s. more than a dozen protesters interrupted republican candidate donald trump's rally in new orleans. they chanted black lives matter and held up banners saying your hate is killing people. donald trump is there to rally
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those in the state for the primary on saturday. the number of candidates have narrowed again. bernie sanders announced he was suspending his campaign on friday. his decision to stop campaigning comes after a disappointing super tuesday finish the city of flint has gun replacing pipes in an effort to provide residents with clean water. a human rights group has warned that dangerous levels of heavy metals from oil production have leaked into south sudan's drinking water. the organization says 180,000 people are at risk. a report from pariang county in the north of the country >> reporter: the people of this village take groundwater straight from the source. they use it for drinking,
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washing and cooking. within sight of this small community is this oil facility. it hasn't functioned for more than two years since the oil company evacuated at the start of the conflict. now broken pipes lie rusting in pools of filthy water and spilled oil covers the ground. the hospital in the nearby town, the staff see health issues which they believe could be caused by exposure to oil pollution. no comprehensive tests have been done on the water, but this doctor says he wouldn't drink it. >> i see for me it has got high level, if you put it in a container, it ee evaporates and it leaves white. you can see with the eye. >> reporter: the rebels came through here right at the start
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of the conflict and destroyed everything that they could. that meant that the people working for the oil company had to run away. they were not able to shut down the production properly. since the collect began much of the oil facility here has fallen into disrepair. pipes drip toxic ou oil into the ground not far from communities. they fear it is contaminating the groundwater and making them sick. >> translation: the water we drink is right by an oil well. it contains the oil that comes from the wells that have been drilled around here, but we trust god and drink it. i think it causes diseases. if you smell the water that we drink, it's not suitable for humans. >> reporter: al jazeera contacted the government and oil company several times but is still waiting for a response. mean what time, despite the suspicions about the local water, the people have no alternative back-up to drink it. -- but to drink it music is a lifeline for many in the democratic republic of
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congo. now a group of self-taught young musicians is taking center stage. >> reporter: it is early evening in one of the poorer neighborhood of the cap tag where this symphony orchestra is rehearsing. most of the musicians have no steady income. they do whatever they must during the day. we find them rehearsing the old composition, a story of transcribe legislations and how they're overcoming them. for this man, he created this orchestra in 1992. then he had only three instruments in his father's church. >> translation: things have
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changed. now we are seeing more people, but there is still much to do. >> reporter: in down town here local music dominates the night scene. people come out to listen and dance to songs by some of the continent's greatest artists. this has a rich music culture. we're listening to the most popular music in the country. getting people here to appreciate classical music has been difficult. the bands trys out a classical tu tune. they tell us it's not something that would go down well. >> translation: our music is so popular because it is our language. the young people today just want to play an and listen to
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foreign music. >> reporter: back here it is the time for the children to rehearse. they're not perfect notes, but they're passionate and practice every day. this boy says playing his violin keeps him crowded. he plans to join the main orchestra group. one day he plans to compose and conduct his own music. >> translation: i love music. when i saw the others playing it i wanted to learn. >> reporter: the young musician and his dad have to go home before it's too dark. they leave in a more danger-- live in a dangerous part. his siblings also play in the orchestra. they say the music is a great example of breaking barriers and over coming the odds
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scientists say they have found what could be a new species of octopus. it was discovered on the pacific island floor near the islands of hawaii. it has no pig meant cells giving it this light color. this reporter molly crabapple. >> what i think my art brought to my journalism is that i didn't come to journalism with the sort of bias towards faux objectivity... i deeply believe in having an extreme bias towards reality. >> in her youth, she traveled europe and the near east, and worked as a nude model and danced burlesque. >> so much of women, so much of what our virtue is supposed to cot


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