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al jazeera america. ♪ police in turkey fire plastic bullets at protesters after a state take over of the country's biggest newspaper. ♪ hello i'm marriam and live from london and also coming up, calls for state of emergency on the bord border between greece and macedonia and people are stranded and industrial hit a 25-year low in china. and 63 years after the death of stalin why some russians are
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increasingly thats nostalgic for the soviet years. ♪ hello turkish police have fired tear gas and plastic bullets at protesters outside the offices of the country's biggest enough. authorities have seized control of the amman publication on a crack down of a religious group whose leader the government is accused of treason and they are urging turkey to respect media freedom and carolyn malone reports. >> police in istanbul used tear gas and water cannon and plastic bullets for people demonstrating media freedom after they raided a popular newspaper replacing editors with state representatives. >> translator: where in the world have you seen this before, this didn't happen even when hitler was in power let alone turkey and the incidents going on in syria are not much better.
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>> reporter: hundreds of protesters tried to block the entrance to the zama newspaper offices on friday night. but riot police pushed through the crowds. and by early saturday morning they got into the building. they pushed out journalists covering the story and e vicked the editors. >> it has been heavy for the last three, four years and anyone who is speaking against the government forces 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. the daily turkish paper has a circulation of at least 650,000 copies more than any other newspaper. it is run by a u.s. based cleric who was once close to president
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erdogan but he is accused of trying to over throw the government and leading what the authorities describe as a terror organization. in the last few months businessmen close to him have been arrested and media groups linked to him have been taken over by pro-government managers. back on the streets people help up a copy of the last enough printed before the offices were raided. it reads the constitution is suspended. carolyn malone, al jazeera. well the refugee crisis on the border of greece and macedonia is now so bad that a state of emergency should be declared. that is according to one of greece's regional governors and 13,000 are trapped at the border crossing after it was closes to syrian refugees and want to travel to macedonia, hungry and australia and they are due to
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hold talks after emergency summit on monday as they try to find a solution to the crisis. >> the republic needs to open immediately the borders and the european union needs to implement severe actions against the countries that are closing borders today, whether they are members of the european union or candidate members. this is unacceptable what they are doing. >> reporter: we are on the greece-macedonia border and has been following the journey of those arriving at the makeshift camp. >> reporter: if a state of emergency in this area is indeed declared it would pave the way for funds to be released to improve the living conditions in this camp. these are the latest arrivals and the only place they found to set up their tent is in between the rail tracks, the money will also go to compensate the local communities here, for example many of the tents are now on
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private property and the farmers are losing business. now, these people have been camped here for the past few days and entered greece on the 18th of february so it's their turn to go through and should happen very soon but the border is more shut than open because of this and also because of very stringent interviews happening on the other side led by czech and australian interrogators and interpreter and it's coordinated by doctors without borders and expanded so quickly that the various aid organizations that are here cannot deal with it, this is a cue for the food, people stand here for two, three, four hours and at the end of it they get a sandwich and some fruit simply because there are not enough hot meals for everyone. now on this side there is another cue, this is a cue for those going through the registration process all over again because the paper they got
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when they first landed on one of the greek islands is not valid any more, there are mistakes on it, and the computer generated paper which has a computer generated stamp and signature and macedonia authorities will not accept any more of that so people spend their days standing in the cue to get the new paper even though it doesn't mean they will be able to continue their journey. ♪ the afghan taliban has said it will not participate in direct talks with the government until all its conditions have been met. the group is demanding the end of what it calls the occupation by foreign troops. the taliban is also asked for all of their prisoners to be released and tony is in kabul with the latest. >> reporter: this has come as a surprise to many people in kabul because there was a mood of growing optimism in the city that the face-to-face talks
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between taliban and afghan government would actually go ahead in pakistan. the preconditions that the taliban are now saying are nothing new and want the prisoners released and want the leaders taken off the u.n.-u.s. list and off the black list and american forces are being deployed around afghanistan and want it stopped and want u.s. aerial bombardments to stopped and want to be kept in touch of what is going on and say they have been kept out of the loop, this is basically a surprise to most people because the messages we were getting both from the afghan government and the taliban is there was a meeting of minds, there was a certain consensus that things had to be given and taken and that this was moving in the right direction, pakistan has played a big part in this, it has made promises i think to the main powers in the region and dealing with the u.s. and dealing with china and they need to actually show that they have that kind of power to make things happen. meanwhile the taliban i mean
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they could be just posturing and trying to get something from behind the scenes a little bit better deal maybe but this also could be a message for the foot soldiers something they want to hear because if they actually go into talks without getting what they said they always wanted perhaps they would lose face. we are some way away of coming to the end of this terrible terrible war with a lot of negotiations to be done in the meantime. a u.s. led coalition aircraft has made an emergency landing in a field west of irbill in iraq and officials say the landing was precautionary because of a technical failure and no one was hurt. eyewitnesses say the plane was flying very low and the propellers were not working at the time of the landing and kurdish was loading the site while the aircraft was loaded on a truck. china leaders warning of a tough battle to keep on target and the growth for the coming year has been cut between 6 1/2 and 7%. that is the lowest level in 25
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years. scott has more from beijing. >> reporter: he has been selling fruit at the morning market here in beijing since 2010. business is slow. >> translator: who is my boss? the communist party. where do the customers go? you have to ask the communist party. business was really bad in the past year. >> reporter: he is not alone and has been a turbulent year for many people in china, economic growth is at the lowest in slowest in 25 years and six kilometers away the most important event on the calendar is playing out, china the last major communist nation has changed considerably over 30 years but the national people's congress has remained. 3,000 delegates from across the nation attend. china's premier league opened the congress with a report on the last year and was mildly critical of the communist party. >> translator: there are still inadequacies in the work of the
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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's not just china's economy that is slowing, it's global. >> this is the great hall of the people and what will take place in here over the next ten days for the most part is political fear that is because the most important decisions of how china will be run and governed have already been made by top party officials. >> it is mainly a place where they put out the big messages including some new propaganda messages for public consumption and then the meeting is actually discussing just merely specifics of how to implement these things or maybe how to tweak it to make it better. >> highlights of the five year plan to be released during the congress and ten million jobs each year and annual economic growth at 6.5% or above but some economists think that just won't happen. >> i think there is something of a misnomer and it started with
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the government that somehow this higher level of growth can be maintained by our analysis the 6.5% they indicated they will be aiming for won't be achievable. >> reporter: not good news for people like him. >> translator: i will definitely go back to my hometown, maybe one or two years, beijing is too expensive and so hard to make money. >> reporter: that is not the direction the communist party wants people going, they want more people in cities working and spending heading to what the president xi jinping calls the china dream, scott with al jazeera beijing. now the race to be nominated as a candidate to run for president of the united states goes to the vote in five more states on saturday. donald trump ted cruz and marco rubio and john kasich are competing for the republican ticket in maine, kansas, kentucky and louisiana. and democrats hillary clinton and bernie sanders are looking to win support in nebraska, kansas and louisiana and gabrielle is following the developments for us in washington d.c. and a vote
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taking place across five states on saturday, the first poll is set to close at around and hour gabe and what can we expect. >> five states as you mentioned and the first polls will be closing in caucus state of kansas in about an hour from now and starting to get those results in and the five states voting and smalling states, not big states but nevertheless let's remember this is really about not only winning states but winning delegates, the delegates needed to capture the nomination for each of the party. now just to put some perspective on it there are 155 delegates at stake, today is saturday for the republicans and donald trump the front runner still needs over 900 delegates to secure the nomination so he is very far away on the democratic side there are 126 delegates at stake today and hillary clinton frontrunner on the democratic side still needs over 1300 de 0
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delegates to secure the nomination and won't decide it or nor it but it will be important for very end the m word no momentum and want to continue momentum and expand their leads while they try to gain momentum and republican side we will be watching two things closely number one are attacks of last week donald trump working and resonating with voters and at the debate a couple nights ago marco rubio and ted cruz relentlessly were attacking donald trump trying to bring him down in the polls and also mitt romney last week calling donald trump a fraud and we've heard words such as that imploring the republican establishment not to vote for him so we will be watching if that has resonated with voters. number two ben carson dropped out of the race just yesterday and he was polling well, below 10% and nevertheless with only four candidates on the republican side left in the race
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we will be watching very closely where his voters go because every vote is so important right now as we reach these middle and late stages of this nominating process. >> as you say it will be an important stepping stone today thank you very much gabrielle in washington d.c. 63 years after the death of stalin we will look at why some russians are nostalgic for the soviet years. ♪ and from rumba we will hear the democratic republic of congo's symphony orchestra. ♪
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♪ welcome back and let's take you through the top stories police have fired tear gas and plastic bullets to displace protesters gathered outside the biggest newspaper that is now placed under state control and state of emergency over the growing refugee crisis at borders and afghan taliban demanding an into what it calls occupation of foreign troops and threatening to boycott with the government unless conditions are met. the pope has led condemnation of killing of 16 people at an old people's home in yemen and four nuns were killed at the home of mother theresa. >> from a place of home and care this is the latest casualty in
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the war and gunman raided it and killed 16 people including four nuns and attackers surrounded the home in aiden and some asked to be let in to visit their mothers and then handcuffed their victims before shooting them at close range. >> translator: they forced the men and women outside with their hands tied and heard the sound of gunfire and when we came out we saw them all dead in the garden. >> reporter: and 80 lived at the home by a charity established by mother theresa and missionaries of charity come in attack in yemen in 1998 but members find it hard to believe that defenseless old people are the target 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 while the sisters were serving breakfast. >> reporter: in the wear aiden has changed hands between houthi rebels and pro-government forces and it is scratch chi sketchy
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and held by fighters and 6,000 have been killed and the children and the elderly are no exception, al jazeera. turkey and iran say they want to work more closely together to solve problems in the middle east. turkish prime minister met with iran's first vice president in tehran and relations between the two countries have been tense because they have been backing opposing sides in the war in syria. leader of the sudan opposition popular congress party has died. it is thought he had a heart attack after falling unconscious in his office, the party split from the ruling national congress party in 1999. and he is considered one of the most influential figures in modern sudan politics. refugee crisis is a major election issue in slovakia where the tough talking prime minister is protecting the christian
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country from muslim refugees and parliament election is taking place now and we report. >> reporter: battle made the dawning decision to travel from syria to slovakia. >> translator: i tried to find a job in turkey. i hoped that i could work in some hospital. i didn't expect that one day i will be a refugee in europe. the company where i applied for the job gave me a final negative answer and decided to meet a group of smugglers and gave the money and after that it was over, there was no way back. >> reporter: with other refugees she arrived illegally on the greek island lesbos. that wasn't the end of the journey. it was then on to macedonia, serbia and hungry and as she crossed in slovakia she was arrested and spent four months in detention and doesn't plan to stay in slovakia long. >> it's racist and police
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officers told me to go back where i came from and several times they told me i was a terrorist. >> reporter: one leading human rights advocate says her treatment has a lot to do with the parliamentary elections. >> everyone wants to gain the balls, the balls and win the elections so i will be really happy if after elections the hysteria in slovokia will calm down and people and politicians will actually turn the page. >> reporter: prime minister robert has made the migrant crisis a racial and a religious issue. in one resent speech he said he wanted to monitor every muslim in the country, his party's campaign slogan is will protect slovakia with goal of preventing a muslim community from forming which confused some people in the capitol because the city is already home to thousands of muslims. >> so many of us are married to slovak women and speak the language as i have told you so it was for us little bit shock.
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>> reporter: opinion polls suggest the ruling party is unlikely to get enough votes for a majority in parliament which means it may have to form a coalition. perhaps that is a sign of a tough rhetoric and hasn't gone down well with vowers. north korean cargo ship held in a port in the philippines, the first time since new u.n. sanctions against pyongyang have been enforced, it arrived in the bay northwest of the capitol manila on thursday and sanctions imposed after recent tests of bombs and ballistic missiles. four bodies have been found by search and rescue teams after a ferry capsized near bali, 71 people were rescued after the ship sank in the straight between bali and java on friday and video showed passengers jumping in the sea as the boat capsized, ferries are a popular form of transportation in the large nation which spans over 17,000 islands.
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at least 65 people have been injured in bangkok after the engine of a water taxi exploded. it happened while the boat was taking around 70 passengers through canals on the eastern outskirts of the city. several people jumped into the water after the explosion as the taxi approached the nearby pier. brazil president rouseff was with questioned about the oil case and supporters gathered outside his home and police raided the home on friday and questioned him for four hours over the petrol scandal. a 6 third anniversary of joseph stalin's death has been marked in moscow. members of the communist party joined with stalin loyalists to mark the passing of the former soviet leader and takes place each year at the red square and led the soviet union from the
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20s to his death in 1953. some russians say a worsening economy has left them feeling nostalgic for the soviet days and the communist party is starting to worry the kremlin as we report from moscow. >> reporter: it's often one of the first things newcomers notice in moscow hammers sickles, stars everywhere communism is a part of russia's history and the collective psychology too and polls say half of russians think they were better off under the soviet system and at a moscow exhibition of stalin era art the curator told me the pride that people feel for the past. >> translator: interest in joseph stalin is increasing and it's understandable, we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of world war ii and should not forget who was at the helm of the country and under whose leadership the victory was
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achieved. >> by definition nostalgia is longing for the past and the days of the soviet union are gone but the communist party never went away as a political force and actually in the 21st century consistently come second in parliamentary elections. now putin's kremlin has always thought that was a manageable situation but with elections approaching again there are signs the kremlin is worried about the possible communist resurging. united russia headed by prime minister is putin's parliamentary party, at its 2016 convention they singled out the communist as its main electoral threat and putin surprised many recently with a rare attack on lennon and said the reven revolutionary planted a bomb under russia the way he stitched the soviet union together and ultimately russia's parliament is a tightly managed body with almost no room for genuine
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opposition but nickolay mladenov still thinks the poor economic situation can hurt united russia. >> the plan is not to make any changes, not to take any risk, to keep very old fashion party system including communists who are pretty loyal to the kremlin but not to let them to get too many rules which will make them more autonomous. >> reporter: he told me the kremlin has learned lessons from 2011 parliamentary election when obvious vote rigging kick started mass months of protest and said putin would rather lose seats than go through that again so the questions are can the communists really den united russia's grip on parliament and if they do what will the consequences be, we will have to wait till september elections to find out but power elites are
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worried about rory challenge moscow. music is the lifeline for many in the democratic republic of congo and now a group of self-taught young musicians are taking center stage as catherine soy reports. early evening at the capitol where the symphony orchestra is rehearsing. most of its musicians have no steady income, during the day that do whatever they must for their daily hustle. we find them rehearsing the composition a story of tribulations and how they overcome them and he created the orchestra back in 1992 then only had three instruments in his father's church. ♪ things have changed and years
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ago and now we see more congolese but there is still much to do. ♪ in downtown local music dominates the night scene. people come out to listen and dance to songs by some of the continent's greatest artists. they have a rich music culture and we are listening to most popular kind of music in the country, getting people here to appreciate classical music has been difficult. ♪ the band tries out a classic tune. and tell us it's not something that would grow too much. >> translator: our music is so popular because it is our language. these young people today just want to play and listen to foreign music.
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♪ back at the church the children's turn to rehearse and they get to hit the notes that are passionate and practice everyday. he plays his violin and keeps him grounded, he is in secondary school and plans to join the main orchestra group and one day he also plans to compose and conduct his own music. >> translator: i want to go abroad. >> reporter: the young musician and his dad have to go home before it's too dark. they live in a more dangerous part of the neighborhood. his older siblings are also in the orchestra and help where they can. they say the music is a perfect example of breaking barriers and overcoming the odds. catherine soy, al jazeera.
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now scientists discovered what they think may be a new species on hawaii by submarine and living four kilometers under the surface and more on our website, al jazeera.com. smithsonian's national museum of african american history and culture on the mall in washington, d.c. >> i think that what the world will see is that the african american story is not a footnote, but probably the lens to really understand america, to this day. >> from a cancer treatment center in rwanda to an affordable housing project in

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