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60 are killed near baghdad. isil has claimed responsibility. hello, this is al jazeera live from doha. also on the program: it's not -- >> a cry for dignity from a refugee camp. thousands are stuck with nowhere to go. victories for cruz and sanders in the race for the white house, but trump and clinton are still out in front. >> one of the most political figures in sudan's modern
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history is laid to rest. an isil suicide bomber killed at least 60 in iraq. police say a truck packed with explosives was driven into a security checkpoint 90 kilometers south of baghdad. ninety were killed, many civilians. another explosion killed several people near rimadi where iraqi soldiers are trying to advance with the help that coalition fighter jets. let's take you go to the iraqi capital and jane in baghdad. what more do we know about the explosion? >> you can see from those images how devastating that impact was. that's because there's always a long line of cars there. it's the major checkpoint which
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is very closing to the ancient city of babylon that you have to drive to to get to pretty much any point south. many would have been there and at that major checkpoint staffed by iraqi soldiers and federal police, they would routinely be pulled over and made to wait while cars and other vehicles were checked for explosives. that's where the blast went off. that's where the suicide bomber detonate and that's why the devastation and casualties are so intense. >> how do we explain the recent spike in violence in iraq? i thought the iraqi government and coalition forces are winning the fight against isil or at least making significant gains. >> they are indisputably making gains because if you look at where the territory is that isil controlled when it first came in
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and what it controls now, that has shrunk considerably. it doesn't mean isil is not still a very formidable force there. one of the things they've done best is take suicide bombers into places like crowded markets, checkpoints and basically detonate huge amounts of explosives. one of the things we've seen is as they lose territory on the battlefield in the north and west of rack, they are concentrating more on these attacks, the attacks that get a lot of exposure, the ones that inflict maximum damage. >> jane, many thanks from baghdad. the e.u.'s migration commissioner is warning that greece could receive another 100,000 refugees by the end of this month. there is a state of emergency near the border crossing where thousands of refugees are waiting to enter macedonia. within the e.u. there is still no agreement on how to handle
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the crisis with that austria is asking to limit the number of refugees to 400,000 per year. angela merkel has criticized greece saying it should have been better prepared to host $50,000 people under an e.u. deem that was reached in october. we have a report now from the greece-macedonia border. >> it has become a symbol of europe's failure and disunity. the border remains more closed than open. the latest selection system to cross into macedonia dependency on the date of arrival in greece. those waiting here landed february 17. these, the following day. >> i've been here 16 days. i've no more money. i never thought it would be like this. my son went to germany and the whole trip took him 13 days.
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>> it is hardship and frustration where people roam around in search of answers. the camp spread from a transit one designed for 1500 people, that's where the big tents are to this ever sprawling multi-colored tent village. the makeshift camp stretches across both sides of the rail track. the long queue on the right is for food. a double fence separates both countries. the macedonia side empty exempt for security forces. the greek side is criminalled with more tents and anxious people. in the midst of all this, the 9-year-old and his parents pitched their tent. all five sleep in this space. >> it's not fair. it's not fair. >> perhaps there are no better words to express how most feel.
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>> explain it to me. >> the small evident needs of life, i don't have. even drinking water, i don't have. i don't have anything. we must live here. >> about one third of those stranded here are children below the age of five. many suffer from diarrhea and fever. aid workers fear that soon measles and scabies could spread this their living conditions don't improve. the people wait for guidelines about their future. political leaders are hoping that the cessation of hostilities in syria will stem the human waste.
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for those here, it's already too late. al jazeera, on the greek macedonia border. turkey's biggest newspaper published its first edition since taken over by the government. crowds said a free press cannot be silenced. journalists described what happened to the paper as a dark day for turkish media. more from istanbul. >> the scene outside of the newspaper headquarters a stark contrast to what it had been the past two days when there were trough tests yesterday and dispersal of the crowd by water cannon and tear gas, scenes that turned ugly and violent throughout the evening. today calm but a very stepped up security presence. you have riot police, undercover policemen, plain clothed
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policeman trying to ensure that no protestors access this area throughout the day today. it was much calmer than yesterday at this hour. another stark contrast to talk about between the newspaper as it was yesterday and before and as it is today. yesterday, the front page essentially said the constitution has been suspended. today, let me show you the newspaper that has been published after it went into trustee ship. today a very different newspaper. first off, the size, this is about 12 pages. typically on sunday this would be three times at large. a much softer toward the a.k.p. party, toward the president, toward the prime minister. here you see a picture of president erdogan smiling saying he will be cell writing international women's day with women in this country. this is not typically the type of picture you would see in this
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newspaper which until yesterday had been an opposition newspaper. you have a headline in which a construction project, the third bridge sponsored by a.k.p. is being praised, saying the people are waiting for its completion. a very marked difference between the tone editorally of this newspaper which has been an opposition newspaper which now is in trusteeship after it has been seized and goes to show you what a difference a day makes when it comes to this story in turkey. >> a rapid fighting force will contribute to the force being financed by the european union. soldiers will receive training and support from spanish and french security experts.
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thousands turned up for his funeral. he was one of the most influential men in sudanese politics. >> it is a big loss for sudan and the islamic nation which has lost a man which devoted all his effort to serving our homeland. we are following his approach and his path. he has been a pioneering character. >> he helped orchestrate the coup that brought the leader to power in 1989. he formed his own political movement, the popular congress party. his opposition had been jailed several times. he was the only sudanese politician to support the international arrest warrant for omaral about bashir for war
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crimes. he motte rate his position, presenting himself in favor of democratic change. >> he was seen as a reformer and as a champion of -- he was supporter of liberalism, democracy, rights of women and has done quite a lot for women in sudan in that reward. he will be remembered more for abuses that happened during the time when he was in power. >> many of sudan's liberals hold him responsible for playing a part in the strict religious rules that govern sudan today. his political career began in the 1960's when he joined the muslim brotherhood. his brand of islam would see him foul in and out of favor. he held the post of sudan's attorney general and for a short time, its deputy prime minister.
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sudanese television described him as a well known islamic thinker in a career spanning 50 years, including some of the nation's most turbulent. still to come here on al jazeera, pension payments among the first benefits to be cut as oil revenues drop in nigeria. a cheap idea takes flight, a businessman making small aircraft a little more affordable.
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top stories on al jazeera, an isil suicide bomber killed at least 60 people in iraq. police said a truck packed with explosives was driven into a security checkpoint south of baghdad. the e.u.'s migration commissioner said greece could receive up to 100,000 refugees by the end of this month. thousands are currently stranded near the border crossing waiting to enter macedonia and continue their journey north. one of the most significant political figures in sudan's modern history has been buried in kartoum. the 84-year-old had suffered a heart attack. the syrian observatory for human rights said 135 were killed in the first week of the ceasefire in syria. another 552 people were killed in areas that are not covered by the agreement. the truce doesn't involve isillor al-nusra fighters. the observatory estimates that more than 200,000 people have
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been killed in syria's five year civil war. it's been more than a week sings the start of that partial ceasefire in syria. violence has dropped significantly and that's allowed children and families to spend much needed time outside. we have a report from turkey-syria border. >> the park in the city of aleppo has never been as busy in recent days. it's an atmosphere that these children have missed for a while, fun, calm and hope. they do what children do best, but they seem aware of their reality which surrounds them. >> the conditions are good, but sometimes the plane comes and hits. >> i came to play with the swing. it's better now. there are no planes, no water and no electricity. >> entire families enjoying a break from the fighting and the sound of explosions.
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>> we are having a good time. hope at last like this always. we always hope to get clean water back. >> the sky is quiet. there are no war planes or helicopters. the partial ceasefire reduced the violence not only in aleppo, but in many parts of syria. the u.s. russia and the u.n. say the truce is largely holding but remains fragile. activists say there have been over 181 violations including airstrikes, artillery, mortars since the ceasefire started a week ago. it's a rare opportunity that many people in syria would like it to last. >> the pause in fighting has given many a chance to take a breath and live a normal life, even if they know it could last for a short period of time. >> two italians hold hostage by
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isil in libya have now been freed and are home in rome. they were part of a group of four working for an italian construction company. isil kidnapped them last july near an industrial complex in the western city. afghanistan's president afghani had expected to hold direct negotiations with the armed group this week but the taliban refused to take part until all foreign troops leave the country. donald trumped hold on the nomination for president is a little looser after two victories for texas senator ted cruz in the latest primaries. for the democrats, bernie sanders also had a good night, although he lost to hillary clinton in louisiana. >> front runner for both parties were humbled and an alternative
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for donald trump emerged for the republicans. >> let me say, god bless kansas. and god bless maine! >> texas senator ted cruz won two of the four states and has now defeated trump in six states in the primary. after easily winning kansas and maine, cruz said he has solidified himself as the only republican capable of surpassing the new york businessman on his way to the nomination. >> it would be a disaster for donald trump to be our nominee, and we're going to stand behind the strongest conservative in the race and also the candidate who at this point demonstrated, assuming the kansas and maine results hold up that we have beaten donald trump seven times now. >> marco rubio was the big loser, fail to win a state and finishing last in maine behind john kasich. as for trump, he won louisiana, the state with the most
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delegates at stake and remains the republican front runner. he had a message for one of the losing candidates. >> marco rubio had a very, very bad night and personally, i call for him to drop out of the race. >> on the department 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 delegate count needed to secure the nomination, he still has wide support. >> we are doing what i wanted to do, excite people, energy people, bring them out. >> it was the republican race that was most shaken up, still saturday's results a warmup of sorts for marsh 15 when voters will cast ballots in delegate rich states of florida, rubio's home state and ohio where kasich is govern. >> marsh 15 is going to determine where this race is going. when marco rubio isn't able to deliver florida, he's out. if john kasich isn't able to
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deliver his home state of ohio, he's out. that would leave only trump and cruz. >> voters continue to surprise, sending a message that they're not yet ready for any candidate of either party to run away with the nomination just yet. al jazeera, washington. negotiations to form a coalition government are underway in slovakia after the ruling party failed to win a majority in saturday's election. a party made major gains in the poll. we have this report. >> it's clear that the current prime minister will be the first to try to put together a government, however in his first comments, he did say that he will not be experimenting. he said for any government to make sense, hard compromises will be needed. if he fails, the second try will go to the party that's gained sect most votes. in that scenario is a right wing
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government. one must not forget to slovakia in july is taking over the presidency and council of the european union and that might complicate things. some are even mentioning the possibility of neck know contractic government as well as the possibility of early elections. first radios, television talk shows hosted leaders of parties that went through the threshold to enter the parliament. these painted the picture of coalition partners building a government, possible government together only on the similarities of their party programs. we did not hear much about refugee crisis throughout the day as was the case in preelection campaigns. voters are choosing a new president, a record number of independent candidates are competing as president hands
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over power. 5 million people are eligible to vote in the stick ken country of benin. people in ben way state are the worst affected. >> it's been six months since he was paid his pension of around $150 a month. he's angry that after 30 years in the civil service, he and other pensioners are facing this situation. he has two wives and several grandchildren to look after.
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>> nigeria owes more than $190 million in back payment. this group organized a protest outside the governor's office to demand their pensions. they say the state unfairly left them out of a government financial bailout. >> most pensioners across nigeria face the same problem, 18 out of 36 states can't make pension payments, saying the federal government bailouts given to meet budgets don't cover pensions. theyness they are doing all they can to try and find the money. >> the government said the bailout for the entire state was only $42 million. he's taken the problem to the
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president. >> he'll find ways of seeing what can be done to help the pensioners. it is quite a pitiful situation. >> people in ben way are under pressure to end their dependence on federal government and bailouts, instead told to focus on generating other income. many say with chronic power shortages, that may take too long. he said pensioners like him ought to be the government's first priority with whatever money is available. al jazeera, ben way state, nigeria. >> people in honduras look for justice for an environmental activist that was murdered. thousands attend the funeral. he campaigned against hydroelectric dam projects despite serving death threats. she was killed on thursday. >> sitting on a delta,
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bangladesh is chris crossed by 700 rivers. many waterways are polluted by toxic waste. we have a report where a water borne way of life is under threat. >> he has made a living building boats since he was 16. it used to be a lucrative profession, testifying $200 a vessel. these days, demand that sunk to two or three a month, compared to 12 or 13 when he started. >> you just can't use the rivers anymore. before, boats used to take rice and vegetables and other goods to the cities. now you can't do that so much. >> rivers have been drying up fast in bangladesh. the river systems have shrunk because of the lack of dredging. a bigger problem is encroachment by land grabbers and the large scale dumping of toxic waste. sometimes the twin threats are combined. here a patch of the river is
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reclaimed by filling it with garbage. >> waterways like these used to be the primary form of transportation for people in bangladesh. aside from high profile restoration sites meant to draw tourists, most of these routes are gone. >> this is a problem for much of the population who still depend on the waterways. they complain that waiting for the boat can take longer than the ride to their destination. >> it's very hard to get around these days. i've been waiting for hours. i could have managed to get a lot of things done by now but what can i do? there aren't many rides anymore. >> the government said it is trying to revive the waterways but constrained by lack of resources. >> we have a big budget set aside for the rivers, but you
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can't dredge the rivers with cash. you need dredgers, we don't have them. seven were bought for the shipping ministry in 1972 and our government hasn't purchased any since then. >> he takes on different jobs duke what he can to get by. the lack of action in the rivers is letting down not just people like him but also those who still rely on the services he provides. al jazeera, bangladesh. owning a light aircraft can often be an expensive business, but an entrepreneur in serbia has come up with a cheaper way to take off. we have this report. >> engineers use basic terse in serbia. >> production of an aircraft starts with a tin sheet. it takes us just one month to complete the plane and get it ready for its maiden flight. >> there are a number of new
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aircraft ready to be sent to swedish and german pilots to use them for training exercises. the company scraped together the finances to build the aircraft. they cost $60,000 each, a competitive price in the european market. >> foreign investors see serbia as unstable without bank guarantees. we have to sell our products below market price. it's barely enough to cover production costs. everything coming from here is viewed with suspicion. over time we proved we make good quality products. we focus on quality. >> the planes can fly at speeds of up to 200 kilometers for five hours at a time. they are powered by petrol, are cheap to maintain and don't need long runways to take off and land. for anyone who might be afraid to fly in one, it may be some comfort to know that there's an
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emergency parachute designed to bring the plane and its crew down safely. al jazeera. there's more video along with the latest news, analysis and comment at our website, aljazeera.com. in a race against time, scientists are working on a lab-based rhino alternative >> we want to preserve traditions and animals will it pass as real, will it satisfy the demand, will it help save the species? this ite

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