more lives are lost in europe's refugee crisis. a baby is among five people who drowned trying to reach greece. >> let us go from here. open the borders for those living in squalid camp are told to accept that they can go no further. welcome. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters here in doha. also in the next 30 minutes. journalists and rights activists
it attacked. finding the next einstein the european refugee crisis has claimed more lives today. five people including a baby have drowned as their boat capsized whilst they were trying to make the dangerous crossing from turkey to greece. this latest tragedy and so many others will be on the mind of european union interior ministers for meeting in brussels. topping the agenda the plans to return refugees and migrants enmass from europe to turkey and the decision by some european countries to close their borders to refugees which has created the situation that you can see taking place here on real time on the border between greece and macedonia. there the conditions have been described as deplorable. live now to that border crossing and my colleague who is at
idomeni. >> reporter: well it is a very, very difficult condition. i've been saying that on a daily basis. i think now people are really on their last legs. some people say hello to you and explode in tears. they can't take it any more. we've heard mothers and fathers saying that they don't know what to do with their children any more. they they have inspected that this would happen to them. obviously, it is very difficult for them to come to terms with the idea that they were the unlucky ones that arrived here just as the borders the balkan route shut in their face. you probably see behind me there is emptiness. people have moved from here because the tents are sinking in the mud they're moving them to the railway tracks. in between the tracks there is gravel and that's where most people are setting up their tents. we've seen a good number of
people who are taking bus epz back to athens, even though they don't know what they will do next in athens. they say they have a little bit of money but certainly paying a hotel not knowing how long will make the situation extremely difficult. joining me is amena. she is a syrian occurred from aleppo and she has been for i think about 14 days. we spoke before that. you were trying to keep positive over the past few days. informed you are in a completely different mood. >> because it is an incredible situation i can't keep positive. it is negative situation. you can see that it's so incredible, it's so disgusting. the situation. i can't say how it is. it's so bad actually.
>> reporter: when i first met you, you told me that you wanted to make sure that your two younger sisters were okay. you all sleep, the whole family, in one tent. it is a small tent. with this rain how has that been. >> actually it wasn't okay. our tent it is all water. it's wet. last night it was the worst night in my life. i don't know how it - yeah. this day, i've not, maybe i can't forget. it is the worst days in my life. >> reporter: are you and your family going to play through the relocation program to try to get out of here? >> actually, i'm waiting for another meeting. i have a big hope and i hope, i have a big hope.
i need to just open this border, just so for this people who are here because this situation is so terrible. >> reporter: you mean you're waiting for other e.u. meeting on march 17, but that is about seven days away from now. will you be able to resist living here for another seven days? -- resist leaving here? >> i am waiting. i don't have any choice. i hope it will be okay. >> reporter: all the indications are that the border will be closed. many people are thinking about what to do next. you and your family don't know what to do next? >> actually we don't know, but i tell you, i have a big hope and i want to everyone to listen to my voice. we just need to open the border.
>> reporter: thank you very much. some people are trying to hang to any kind of hope ahead even though the likelihood of these borders to open are not there at all, but at this stage some people don't want to give up thanks very much. immigration reform was the main point of contention in a debate between the two democratic contenders in the race for the white house. bernie sanders was keen to capitalise on his shock primary vote win against his front runner hillary clinton in the state of michigan. >> reporter: the issue of immigration dominated the 8th debate between the democratic presidential candidates hillary clinton and bernie sanders. they argued they're the candidate that they're the best candidate to represent the futur future. >> i have been consistent and
committed to comprehensive ilgraks reform with a path to citizen ship. i think our best chance was in 207. i voted for that bill. bernie sanders voted against it one of the great tragedies, human tragedies of recent years is children came from honor overture as - h oshg nduras. i said welcome those children into that condition. hillary clinton said send them back. >> reporter: the tone of the debate at times tense as each candidate tried to score political points knowing in less than a week the state of florida will hold its presidential nominating contest and a large number of those voters will be latino. >> in 2006 senator sanders supported indefinite detention for people facing deportation and stood with the minute men vigilantes in their ridiculous absurd efforts to "hunt down"
immigrants to. i do not support them and that is an horrific and unfair statement to make >> reporter: there were questions of character in the debate that only hillary clinton can answer or chose not to answer like her decision to use a private email server as secretary of state. it is a choice she has apologised for but is still being investigated by the f.b.i. >> if you get indicted will you continue? >> that's not going to happen. i'm not going to answer that question >> reporter: there are the questions of improprietary that seemed to plague her over and over again. the trust costs her voters in michigan and could again in florida and a host of other states voting on tuesday. it is a challenge he will have to over come if ultimately named the democratic presidential nominee in a general election hundreds of bangladeshis have started a protest in the capital city in support of the
country's mangrove forests. they're denouning plans to build power plants in the area. the government says they are necessary to provide power to around one-third of the population. masked men have attacked foreign and local journalists in southern russia. they have been forced to leave the bus. the bus had been set on fire. live to moscow. it is such a difficult place these days. why were they trying to get in there? >> reporter: they have been in the area the whole area for several days. they have been in the bordering regions basically looking into the human rights situation in the north caucuses which has been problematic for many years. there were six journalists, i think there were two
international journalists and another lot of russian journalists accompanied by two human rights activity visits and the driver of this-- activists and the drivers of this bus. they were pulled over by about 15 masked men. they were forced out. some were beaten. it doesn't seem like the injuries are life threatening. i think the no, rweigian was the worst hurt. it is something that goes on there fairly frequently and, indeed, the organization that were accompanying these journalists the committee to prevent torture, we travelled with the end of 2014 when we were in the area and they were coming under a huge amount of pressure even then. it's not something that they are a stranger to. it proves again how dangerous being a journalist and being a human rights activist can be in
parts of russia can still be what's it like there? >> reporter: there has been numerous responses from many people. the kremlin has spoken. the spokesperson said the attack was outrageous and hooliganism. it is a soft word considering that there were numerous people who were actually injured in this attack. there are various organizations that look after journalist $'rights, who have spoken out about this. the norweigians have spoken out about it. the committee to protect journalists have pinned this event on the culture of intimidation that they say has been created by the head of the region, the comments he has been
making throughout the beginning of this year. the administration itself says it is nothing to do with that and essentially tried to deflect any criticism of the leadership, saying that there have been no attacks on journalists there in repeat days and that this has nothing to do with anything that he said ukraine's president has offered russia a prisoner swap to release a military pilot. she is facing 23 years in prison on accusations of killing two russian journalists in eastern ukraine two years ago. the helicopter pilot has agreed to start drinking water after being on a hunger strike. the verdict is expected on 21 march. more to come here, including
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welcome back. the top stories we're following here on al jazeera. another tragedy at sea with five refugees including a baby drowning off the turkish coast. they had hoped to make it to greece but their speed boat capsized. hundreds of people have launched a protest in the bangladeshi capital against plans to build
power plants in a protected area. masked men have attacked journalis journalists. returning now to the refugee crisis in europe, many who tried that dangerous journey have ended up returning home after losing everything including loved ones. one family we met in kabul who say they're finding life too hard to go on. >> reporter: these are the tears of a mother's whose dream of a better life became a nightmare. her and her husband sold everything they had for a new life of them and their two children. he posted a smiling photo on facebook saying goodbye afghanistan. that dream was shattered in the cold waters of the sea crossing from turkey to greece in a smuggler's boat. >> translation: we were 21 people. halfway the engine broke. they gave us numbers for a
rescue boat. we called and told them in english we need help. they told us they would come but known came and a wave of water flipped the boat. they were plunged into the sea with the son 9 and his 8 year old sister. the waves were huge and no-one answered their calls. eventually the children succumbed, their lungs filled with water their desperate parents helpless to do anything. >> reporter: they kept saying please god help us as they were begging to be saved. they were children. they didn't know anything. after they were gone i made a decision. we wanted to go to europe because of our kids but now they were gone what did we have to live for and rescue seemed helpless.
it would have been easier to take our vests off and drown as well. before they did a turkish fishing boat rescued them. she was pregnant. she miss carried in the ordeal. >> translation: i don't know what to do now. i cannot think. >> reporter: even though the afghan people are now also aware of the risks the dangers they in this case here on daily basis in the war is a far worse situation and that's why still more and more are making the escape to europe. these are the coffins of ten young men who made during the journey. five were close friends from a small village. they left because they had no other choice. >> translation: there's no security here. we cannot go onto the streets with safety. there is to work. we go and study and then can find job and then sit at home and there is no future here. we have no choice except to run
away. sdwroo these two will run away again they say. too many memories here of their children. whatever life they find, the tragedy of that day will always be a shadow that hangs over them. north korea says it will liquidate south korean assets on its territory and cancel all economic deals. the announcement was made after seoul imposed sanctions over pyongyang's missile test. >> reporter: this is a further deterioration in the relationship as though it could get any worse. the north koreans have announced that all economic agreements between north and south will be invalid and south korean assets in the north will be liquidated. this affects especially the industrial zone. this is a collaborative project whereby more than 100 companies have assets in north korea employing some 50,000 workers there. this has been closed since last
month. with this announcement the north koreans are saying that the assets there will be seized and liquidated, representing several hundred million dollars worth of investment by south korean companies. also affected is the mountain resort. this is, again, another project just across the border in nshg, a mountain resort set up mainly for south korean tourists to visit the north. this has been closed since 208, but it was occasionally used for reunions of members, families separated by the korean war and as long as it still existed it there was the hope it could be reopened in the future. that hope now seems to have gone. this announcement effectively brings to an end all economic cooperation between the two koreas aung san suu kyi will not be the next president of myanmar. one of her close aids is instead the favorite for the top job. she can't take the position
because her children's have foreign passports. the - this was another port step in myanmar's transition to democracy. members of parliament gathered to hand nominations for the next president. >> translation: i'm happy because the hope for our country starts here, hope for myanmar citizens starts from today too. that's why i'm excited. >> reporter: there was no sign of the woman who has campaigned for in moment for decades. aung san suu kyi led her national league for democracy party to a big win in november's election. under the military-drafted constitution she is barred from becoming president. negotiations to change the rules failed amid signs the political transition is not going smoothly. the next president will come from the n.l.d. because it dominates both houses of parliament. the favorite is the lower
house's nominee a low profile 69 year old who is a trusted loyal ally of the party leader. it hasn't given up hope of aung san suu kyi becoming president. it is believed there will be another push for constitutional amendment within the next year, but relations with the military will need to improve significantly. whoever is elected by members of parliament next week will have to be somebody who is happy to stand aside and allow aung san suu kyi to take over. >> i think she will be president after the amendment of the constitution. we have to try to amend this constitution with full force. >> reporter: the military will also nominate a presidential candidate and the two unsuccessful nominees after the vote will become vice presidents 30 palestinians have been
arrested by israeli forces during overnight house raids. it follows several attacks in israel and the occupied palestinian territories this week. the police shot dead two palestinian drivers after the men allegedly opened fire on a bus and in the occupied west bank a palestinian was shot dead after trying to stab an israeli soldier. the former president has been charged over money that was used to fund his party. he was accused of receiving payments in favours for exchange with contracts. he denies all charges. illegal construction is being blamed for the collapse in the nigeria city of lagos. at least 30 people died after the five-story building crumbled. 30 people were rescued. the property's owner $built more
floors than approved. nnpc are on strike opposing restructuring plans. refine reworkers and tanker drivers blocked roads stopping vehicles from wering on wednesday. unions say they had to go on strike because managers hadn't been honest about the changes. the president wants to reform nigeria's i will sector which has been hit hard by the splum in global oil prices. the search is on across africa to find and nurture the brightest minds on the continent. a lack of cash they say shouldn't stop students from achieving their potential. >> reporter: this man sees the world in numbers. he believes everything from the universe to the decisions fishermen take out in the ocean have an equation. he is the son of a peanut farmer and an einstein fellow, one of the brightest mathematicians on the african continent
>> what inspired me about einstein was his ability to reflection on everything, to try to have another way at looking at everything, trying not to say, there say universal truth in a sense. >> reporter: this is the institute of mathematical scientists. top academics teach african students who cannot afford to go to mit or harvard but are just as bright. he grew up in a remote village with barely enough to eat and no electricity at home. he spent his childhood hungry staring at the sky. he studies cosmology. >> believe you me, we're going to see greater things and we're going to have greatness come from here, just wait and see.
>> reporter: the african academics behind in school have started the next einstein forum. organisers of this forum seek to address what it says is research discrimination. they say there's african research with findings but the work is undervalued and over looked just because it comes from the continent. >> reporter: 17 an stin fellow-- einstein fellowss are sharing their innovations with policy makeser, business leaders and academics. >> it is something the world of aids has total ly over looked. one trillion dollars has been spent over the last two decades in aid to africa. almost none on it on generating expertise in africa to design an implement its own solutions. we've seenment consequence,
solutions from outside. >> reporter: for this man being an einstein fellow is the opportunity of being something bigger. he hopes his skills can unlock some of the deeper mysteries of this world and its untapped resources there can be few places in the world where it is more difficult to play a game of football than in greenland. arctic weather and vast distances mean that just getting to a game or a training session can be quite the challenge in itself, but the national association still has ambitions to gain full f.i.f.a. membership and the financial support that comes with it. >> reporter: conditions for football here in greenland are not the greatest. the stadium is one reason that the country is being refused membership of the world governing body f.i.f.a.
the man hoping to see that change is this man who fought as a child soldier before being given asylum in denmark at age 14. three decades on he is in a dug out as the coach of greenland's national team. >> when i saw the pitch the first time i thought people are playing football in this pitch? how is that possible. nobody will come here. of course they will come to experience greenland but not to play football. i wouldn't recommend anybody. >> reporter: a quick pitch inspection reveals why playing football in greenland in the winter isn't possible, even in the summer it is full of these sharp little stones which means players have to wear thick tights in order not to cut their legs which is just one of the reasons why many greenlanders choose to take their passion for
football inside. greenland is going from strength to strength with their teams taking the ongoing arctic winter games by storm. it is crucial for player development given the problems faced by 911 a side league. -- 11 a side league. this man works in nu, k's harbour preparing boats which is one of the only means of getting to matches. >> translation: in other countries you can take the train, bus or drive yourself. we can't do that here. very often clubs can't come to the greenland championships because it is too expensive or the weather is so bad you can't sail. >> reporter: greenland is likely to be needed independence from denmark making politics gee graph and opponents that they
can't beat the canadian prime minister hopes to improve relations with the u.s. during a state visit to his country's powerful southern neighbor. ties with the neighbor suffered previously. "on target" tonight. hitting the brakes. red light cameras set up to make intersections safer, also make a cities. it is a combination of quick yellow lights and fast money that make it hard to stop in more ways than one. i'm talking flit about two subjects that don't usually end up in the same conversation. one is the number of people killed or injured in traffic accidents in american cities and the other is the large budget shortfall faced by many of those cities.