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warnlg of a warning of a major influx of refugees in greece as tens of thousands remain stranded at the border of macedonia. this is al jazeera live from doha. also ahead the race for the white house five u.s. states vote for their choice of presidential nominees. one of sudan's most influential political figures opposition leader has died. a break from war. children from aleppo venture outside as a partial ceasefire
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in syria holds. the >>'s migration commissioner is warning that greece could receive another 100,000 refugees by the end of the month. there are calls to declare a state of emergency in the border area where some 13,000 refugees are waiting to enter macedonia. there is still no direction on how to handle the crisis. germany angela merkel has criticized greece saying it should have been prepared to hold 50,000 deem under an agreement in october. our correspondent is in the border with this update. >> reporter: it is a state of emergency in this-- if a state of emergency is declared in this area, it will release funds to improve the conditions in this
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camp. the money will help to compensate the local communities here. for example, many of the tents are now here and the farmers are-- are on private land and the farmers are losing business. these peop these-- the border is more shut than open because of the chaos and also because of the very stringent interviews happening on the other side. at the moment the kafr is coordinated by doctor without borders. the organizations here cannot deal with it. this is the queue for the food. people stand here for two to four hours and at the end of it they get a sandwich and some fruit because they are not enough hot meals for everyone.
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now, on this side there's another queue. this is a queue for those who are going through the registration process again because the paper they got when they first landed on one of the greek islands is not valid any more. there are mistakes on it. it is a computer generated paper which has the computer generated stamp and signature while authorities will not accept any more of that. so people spend their days to get the new paper, even though it doesn't mean that they will be able to continue their journey despite the country's economic problems, many people have been doing what they can to help the refugees. a soup kitchen which once served the unemployed now helps the new arrivals. >> reporter: greeks came to the aid of refugees stranded in their country. helping people here have helped
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them forget their own problems. people show up with food, fruit and medicine. >> we could be in their position and if we were, we would need a helping hand to hold us and walk with us. >> translation: we come to help all the time. they're human beings. >> reporter: greece has been struggling even before the massive influx of refugees. dealing with an eight year old economic crisis they say there is little they can do to help the refugees. now civilians and charities are forced to step in. soup kitchens that once served unemployed and homeless greeks now cater for refugees too. this one is run frby a charity organization. it is this woman's first day here. >> if they see and they get to know that this is something that
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we must do to help people who are hungry, who are in the cold, i think that more people will come. >> reporter: despite the generosity of the people of greece, few of the refugees want to stay in this country. this family arrived in athens 1.5 months ago. >> translation: we have registered here but it is not our intention to live here. we want to go to germany. my brother has been there for two and a half months and we would like to join him. >> reporter: the journey to other european countries have been blocked. that is because there is no agreement on how to deal with one of the worst humanitarian crisises in decades. many people are worried about what will happen if people keep coming and the borders remain
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closed to the u.s. now and the race for the white house is heating up with some unexpected results in the presidential contest. donald trump's momentum has been dented slightly by ted cruz. hillary clinton has lost out in two states to rival bernie sanders. >> reporter: both parties were humbled and an alternative for donald trump emerged for the rirns >> let me say god bless kansas: god bless maine. >> reporter: texas senator ted cruz won two of the four states and has defeated donald trump in six states in the primary. after easily winning kansas and maine he said he has sold fightd himself as-- sol ild tied himself as the only one who can
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beat donald trump >> it would be a disaster for donald trump to be our nominee. we're going to stand behind the strongest conservative in the race and the only one who has demonstrated that we have beaten him seven times now. >> reporter: marco rubio was the big loser failing to win a state and finishing last in maine behind john kasich. as for donald trump he won louisiana, the state with the most delegates at stake and remains the republican front runner. he had a message for one of the losing candidates. >> marco rubio had a very bad night and personally i would call for him to drop out of the race. >> reporter: on the directly cattic side bernie sanders might have rejuvenated his campaign after upsetting hillary clinton in two of the three states that voted showing that while he trails clinton in the count needed to secure the nomination, he still has wide support. >> so we are doing what i wanted
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to do, excite people, energyise people, bring them out. >> reporter: it was the republican race that was shaken up. still saturday results a warm up for march 15 when voters will cast ballots in florida and ohio, >> march 15 will term where this race is going. if marco rubio isn't able to deliver florida, he is out. if john kasich can't do the same, he is out. that will leave donald trump and cruz >> reporter: in this unpredictable election of the voters continue to surprise, sending a surprise that they're not yet ready for any member to run away with the election just yet a senior writer for politico said donald trump may be an outsider but shouldn't be ruled out >> i don't think this was
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expected. donald trump had the endorsement of le page. the race is a little bit less certain than the democratic race. donald trump still looks like the front runner and there will be more states and territories voting up until march 15 and then florida has the primary and ohio has its primary. that's where you will see a test of the home state contests, marco rubio is from for day and john kasich is from ohio. they're the first winner take all. if those are denied the donald trump, it makes it more difficult for him to have a very clear and definite path to the nomination of the republican party. trump has brought out an extra class of voter or, perhaps, dormant voters. a lot of people are excited about him. so there are those in the
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republican establishment that say at least donald trump might give us the opportunity to clean up or sweep in the rust belt where jobs have been lost because of his talk about free trade in slovakia the ruling party has won the country's parliamentary election but it fails to win a majority. the smear party got almost 30% of the vote, but his party will need to form a coalition government. his campaign focused largely on a range of immigration issues, including the retch gee crisis facing europe - refugee crisis the funeral of one of sudan's prominent opposition leaders suffered a heart attack. he was once an ally of the president helping him to power in a coup in 1989. more on a man who called the u.s. the incarnation of the
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devil. >> reporter: at times he had been a thorn in the side of the sudanese government, but he was honoured as his death was discussed on state television. he was one of the most influential men in sudanese politics who help bring the current leader to power. and then saw his own political leanings land him in trouble. he was born in sudan and educated in europe. his political career began back in the 60s when he joined the muslim brotherhood which helped topple the president. in the subsequent years his brand of political islam would see him fall in and out of favor, living in exile in libya in the 70s before becoming sudan's attorney-general and for
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a short time the deputy prime minister. i helped orchestrate the coup that brought the president to power. 10 years on the relationship had soured. he formed his own political movement, the popular congress party. his opposition led him to being jailed several times. he was the only sudanese politician to support the international arrest warrant for bashir who has been accused of war crimes. he also welcomed bin laden to sudan in the 1990s. he was described as a well-known islamic thinker, with a political career spanning decades including some of the nation's most turbulent still ahead on al jazeera, hundreds protest in istanbul after the government takes control of turkey's biggest
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newspaper. plus around half of nigeria's states are facing bankruptcy and pension payments are among the first to be cut off. cut off.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. welcome back with the top stories on al jazeera. greece could receive another 100,000 refugees by the end of the month. around 30,000 refugees are currently stranded near the border crossing waiting to enter macedonia. u.s. presidential hopefuls
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donald trump and hillary clinton remain the front runners after the latest round of voting for their parties nominations, but both suffered minor defeats. the funeral of one of sudan's most prominent opposition leaders is taking place. the 84-year-old reportedly suffered a heart attack. turkey's biggest newspaper has reopened after being taken over by the government. the government took control of the paper in what journalists describe as a dark day for turkish media. >> reporter: police in istanbul used tear gas, water cannon and plifk bullet against people demonstrating for media freedom. >> translation: where have you seen this tyranny before. this didn't happen even when
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hitler was in power, let alone turkey. the incidents going on in syria are not much better. >> reporter: hundreds of protesters tried to block entrances on friday night. riot police pushed through the crowds. by early saturday morning they got into the building. they pushed out journalists covering the story and evicted the editors. >> unfortunately it has been a habit for the last three/four years that 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 replacement the management of the paper. 650,000 copies are produced more
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than any other news. it is run by an official who is described as head of a terrorist organization. >> he is a ve involved in terrorist activities also. he did many things to may coup against the government and he has a lot of organizations which are very well organized and they're involved in the management of many conspiracys against the government and also against the society also. >> reporter: businessmen close to him have been arrested and pro-government managers have taken over his corporations.
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gunmen have shot dead two police officers in yemen's southern sydney of aden. the government is now based in the city but is struggling to restore security. civilians trying to escape the violence are forced to endure tough living conditions. >> reporter: children's laughter shouldn't feel out of place in a schoolyard, but this isn't a school any more. it houses seven families. they're among the roughly 2.5 million yemenis forced from their homes in the ongoing fighting. a former classroom is made into a makeshift kitchen. that is the least of the worries >> translation: we managed to get mattresses, but we still need to figure out how to feed our kids. we still need food and basic
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supplies to feed our children. >> reporter: the war has worsened the humanitarian situation in yemen which is grappling with widespread poverty. more than 80% of the population is in need of food, medicine and basic necessities. >> reporter: my monthly medical bills are over $120 and there are some like me. they have similar preexisting medical conditions. some have heart issues, diabetes, heart pressure. no-one offered us help or reach out to us to address our situation. >> reporter: this sits on the border. security in these population center is tenuous. on friday gunmen attacked a home in aden for the elderly and killed at least 15 people. it has been called a heinous crime. >> translation: it is clear they want to target what we
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stand for. for us it is a fight for the sake of all of yemen. we will either be state of institution $or a failed state of chaos. >> reporter: it is now nearly a year since a saudi-led coalition launched a military campaign against houthi rebels and forces loyal to the president. more than 6,000 people have been killed. u.n. efforts to secure peace talks are deadlocked two italian hostages have been freed from i.s.i.l. fighters in libya and are now home in rome. they were part of a group of four working for an italian construction company. they were kidnapped last july near an industrial complex. ten iraqi soldiers have been killed by an i.s.i.l. suicide bomb attack. the group targeted army barracks near ramadi. they've been trying to retake the area which of p has been
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under i.s.i.l. control for more than a year. 135 people were killed during the first week of the ceasefire. another 552 people were killed in areas not covered by the agreement. a truce doesn't include i.s.i.l. or al-nusra fighters. it is estimated that more than 200,000 people have been killed during the five-year civil war. it has been more than a week since the start of that ceasefire. violence has dropped significantly and this has allowed children and families to spend some time outside. a report from the turkey syria border. >> reporter: this park has never been as busy in recent days. it is an atmosphere that these children have missed for a while. fun, calm and hope. they do what children do best. they seem aware of their reality which surrounds them. >> translation: the conditions are good, but some time the
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plane comes and hits. >> translation: i came to play with the swing. it is better now. there are no planes, no water and no electricity. >> reporter: entire families have ventured out, enjoying a brain away from the fighting and this town of explosions. >> translation: we are having a good time. i hope it lasts like this always. we also hope to get clean water back. >> reporter: the sky above is quiet. there are no war planes or helicopters. the partial ceasefire has been here. the truce is largely holding, but it remains fragile. activists say there have been over 180 violations, including air strikes, artilley, mortars and fighters since it started over a week ago. many are enjoying the good weather and relative peace. it is a rare opportunity that many people would like it to
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last. >> reporter: the pause in fighting has given many syrians a chance to take a breath and live a normal life, even if they know it could last for a short period of time voters in the west african country are heading to the polls to elect a new president. a run off will be held if none of the candidates win a clear majority. staying in africa, nigeria elderly are facing the effects of low government oil revenues. half of the country's say they face bankruptcy and won't be able to make pension payments. >> reporter: it has been six months since shoo he was paid his pension of around $150 a month. he is angry that after 33 years in the civil service he and
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other pensioners are facing this situation. he has two wives and 18 children and several grandchildren to look after. >> it is affecting me very seriously. somebody with a family. if i'm not getting my payment, i will be a beggar. >> reporter: there are 190 millions dollars in back payments. this group organized a protest outside the government's office to demand their pension. they say the state unfairly left them out of a financial bail out >> it was not the government for taking my right. why are we who are already on the grave not paid. >> reporter: most pensioners across nigeria are facing the
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same problem. 18 out of 36 states say they can't make pension payments. they insist they're doing all they can to try and find the money. the governor says the bail out for the entire state was only 142 million dollars. he has taken the problem to the president. >> he will find ways of saying what can be do to help the pensioners. it is quite a pitful situation. >> reporter: people are under pressure to end their depends on federal government oil-related payments. they're told to generate other income. it may take too long some think. he says pensioners like him ought to be the government's first priority with whatever
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money is available gunmen have shot dead at least 11 people at a billiard haul in honduras. lat ib american leaders are in venezuela on the third anniversary of the former president. he ruled for nearly 15 years. they say he improved the lives of millions but implementing dozens of social programs. his the he remains a divisive figure in venezuela. his socialist reforms relied on oil revenues and the plunge in prices have def stayed the budget. inflation could reach 720% this year. -- devastated the budget. >> reporter: the island of toas
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looks peaceful and even sleepy from afar. a lack of all basic services means it is anything about that. in many ways it is a microcosm of all of the country's problems. for four days they have waited here demanding that tanker trucks make what supposed to be regular visits to anywhere homes to deliver water. >> translation: they stopped water supply. there are some trucks but it may not be enough for everyone. >> reporter: a retired teacher says the situation is nothing short of calamitous. a lack of water atop a declining health system and makes basic life a matter of survival. the list of problem that they have is endlets. they have no electricity, no running water, and this plant is
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no long available after criminals vandalized it. a few kilometers away another group has had enough. blocking a road to protests what they view as a total decline in their quality of life. >> translation: before we had water, we had boats that worked. this so-called progress is only taking us backwards. >> reporter: analysts have warned that the come appears in services are those on toas could increase the threat of social unrest. as the country's crisis continues to deepen. yet people have learned to live with less. with only enough water for five days, he is down to a bucket to shower and just a cup to brush his teeth and wash his face. >> translation: in the end, all we can do is pray to god for a slewing because all the state institutions are controlled by the executives >> reporter: a view many in the country share because for at
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