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russia bebins pulling out the mill care from syria as talks on how to end the conflict make progress. >> shots are fires in the belgium capitol following a police raid remitted to last year's deadly attacks in paris. heavy fighting as government forces launch a campaign to recapture yemen's third largest city.
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a new president parliament votes and the first civilian leader after more than half a century of military rule. >> we begin the news hour, in syria, the u.n. special envoy has just fennishes meeting with the syrian opposition delegation in geneva, and the past few minutes stefan said russia's withdrawal would have a significant impact on talks with syrian factions. >> we have considered this a significant, i repeat a significant development. and now we hope, and we shall
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be expecting and hoping that this will be happening. that we will be seeing this decision bringing some positive influence on the actual progress of the talks. that are, in fact, taking place if not a coincidence what leads them, we should not consider it that that decision to play at the very beginning of the talks. and that the political impact that we hope they will be producing. >> well, also in the past hour, the u.s. secretary of state has said he will travel to moscow next to meet the russian president vladimir putin. it is a major development to end the war in syria. and it comes as russian war planes begin their withdrawal from the country. bombers have started arriving back on russian soil. the pilot is being cheered by ground crew and supporters. some aircraft will stay at the air base in syria, and continue bombing missions. russian helicopters bombed
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isil positions on tuesday. thousands of russian troops are also expected to remain. the decision to pull out comes as a syrian government delegation and the opposition meet in geneva to try to end the war. tuesday marks exactly five years sense the conflict began, so far a quarter of a million people have been killed and half the country's 23 million population have been displaced. for the these pilots it is
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mission accomplished. a day after announcing the pull out he assembled the staff and chiefs six months of air strikes have turned the tide of war dramatically in favor of syrian president. vladimir putin says he has achieved his objective. the surprise move coincides with resumed peace talks in geneva, where russia's pull out has been welcomed be i the opposition, and the u.s. government. >> the announcement by president putin we hold will have a positive impact on the negotiations aimed at a political solution of the syrian conflict, and a peaceful political transition in the country. the conflict has left entire towns in ruins and millions displaced. russian air strikes have allowed the government to regain vital lost ground, eses specially on the front lines. for the russian pull out, falls short of a complete withdrawal, the kremlin says
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it will continue some air strikes and keep air defense systems and several hundred personnel in syria, russian will also keep control of an air base in the mediterranean, and retain control of the syrian border. moscow is playing it cautious. hay say the decision to pull the military substitute is made jointly with the asaad, but many question the timing. it is a move they insist is created the conditions for peace, but in syria many have forgotten what looks like. we can see representatives there from the h.n. dr., they represent the opposition, let's listen in. >> to the access for this is because of the regime, is unsettling.
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especially division. which has been seized and the last four years and has not had even one piece of meat for one day. and we told them we should not have any exception from this humanitarian aid. because it was one of the -- in the list of the information. we have spoking about the detainees which is a number by 10,000 especially the children and women. especially the resolution we speak about the immediate release and untell now, they have not been. we have spoken about our view uh e. >> according to the international resolution, and we have given the documents which underline all the aims
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and for this negotiation, which can achieve the we also confirm our position tow to form the previous position, implied, the -- and that is the -- the door which -- into the transition political transition, and also we have agreed to continue this these achievements and deal with it properly.
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we had a within hour or so meeting with -- our delegation, the delegation was president. we were playly sensitive to the fact that was wants to commemorate the fifth anniversary of our revolution, of the revolution f the syrian people. to remember the victims. we and as a genuine community, we believe that the sadness, the sorrow, the harm is equal. on both sides. so this is the commemoration. it is a commemoration also
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with some joy, and pride and many many civil society groups are out here in geneva, commemorating and celebrating what they believe is the beginning of the freedom of the syrian people. we did mention in detail, main areas of concern on the humanitarian side. yes, there is a task force, that looks into that. 18 countries are represented in these task forces. but we had an opportunity to raise specific concerns about certain areas. one of them which is particularly victimized, given that after four years there's still is no aid at all that has gone into the western country side of damascus.
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and wild is another one, in the country side of hamas. we also raised it. we had specific demands on what the united nations, what the special envoy and his team were able to do to make some progress on the issue of detainees. because we have no results at all on that issue. and this as you know, is a major confidence building measure. it is an obligation for the regime to implement it, it is not up for negotiations. we are waiting to see a mechanism that will start addressing effectively the issue of detainees. it is not an issue that can be treated today, in a week, a month, or six months. given that we estimate that there are daily executions of the detainees. of some 50 every day in the
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different prisons of syria. the focus of the discussion shifted to the transitional period to the transitional process. we had a document that we handed in the to with a set of general principles which we believe should be guiding the transition process. the division, but the high negotiations committee has put forward we believe is a starting point. that we would like to take into more details in the following sessions we have. we do hope that the golf h government will be bringing as well some progress, and going into details about what it seems as the general
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principles that should be the future of syria, that should be the principles that found the new syria. as well as it's vision of what the transitional process should look like. we intend to go into detail. we intend to go fast. we would like to see this process make progress very quickly and we will do everything to help the special envoy take the process forward as quickly as possible from our side. >> thank you. >> the opposition team have realized three conditions. there is no other.
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because the the team that has been decided by the agency. for example we are talked about the cease fire, but there was no progress in the issue of the detainees. as you heard. the subject is very sensitive. and is going to continue to be of our interest. everywhere in the division table, at the media and in all the political issues. because the concern, the life of people not because of the detention, the syrian prisons, they are not a place for the detaining the citizen, it is a place to kill them. there's more than 55. cases and this issue will be very difficult, but for us it has a priority.
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this is why we address it and rise it in every -- in every time and we do what we can do in order to get near to this file. because first we want to -- we don't want to remain since the demonstration has only started for the resolution, and there is a resolution, espearly an article number 12, which speaks to the release of the detainees. especially the women and children. >> you have been listening to members of the h.n.c. representing the syrian opposition speaking in geneva, where of course, those have been taking place now in the second day, and the talks that have been -- i guess forward by the announcement that are
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planning to at least be withdrawalling much of the military from syria. so talk about that in more detail, we are joined by sergei, he is a russian foreign policy expert and an informal advisor, he joins us live now, thank you for joining us here on al jazeera. in that news conference, earlier we hear from stefan of course the u.n. envoy to syria, he said that the 4 of the russian withdrawal was i am quoting a significant development, he said it was a positive influence the fact that it was announced just as the talks were going on. based on your knowledge, of course, of the workings of the kremlin, the desires are do you think this is overly optimistic. perhaps other people are seeing it as? >> the main reason of russia
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was drawing troops, of course, that russia reaches it's own goals it helps syria to save room from being captured by charities from islamic state and now we have a syrian army, strong enough who can continue the fighting in the islamic state. and the problem is that pro -- prounited states, syrian revolution and troops that they don't want to fight against stronger jihaddist and the islamic state because these groups include also maybe moderate but also jihaddist. usually it doesn't take to go to the -- and then -- liberal
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opposition sitting and. >> the war in syria, is extremely complicated with a lot of different groups. it didn't start like this three years ago. the main aim was to disable and isil, the groups are still in existence many syria, is the plan that if the syrian government was to get into trouble again, because the syrian government was in trouble before russian intervened would it then step up it's involvement in syria once again? >> .
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>> the presence -- anti-asaad syrian groups, also for such negotiations. now everybody understands in syria, that the united states doing nothing, really to fight against jihaddist or islamic state. but russia really comes and solves the problems and now but also making money, of the situation. >> russia, play as key now you mentioned that this was a good time facebook the talks. wouldn't you think that vladimir putin likes to specifically come out of these talks right now? >> this is -- and then it
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will be political negotiation coming from the government, which will include all political groups. and the groups. and we get -- a new resolution. now this draft of the new constitution make enough. and the institutions it is united, my opinion, that we should lead to the constitution of syria. very privately do you think they have to keep them in power. not now but in a few months without the president asaad? >> it is very easily. and until terrorist by syrian
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army, bashar al asaad as president of chief of command, needed to -- very much. will be -- after this annual -- not so much, bashar al asaad is not now. but seeing the people, should desite who should be their president. no russian, not real, not -- but syrian people should decide. or let them do this, if the candidates and other candidates. >> sergei russian foreign policy expert, very food to get your views on the program. still to come, we will report from ohio the mid western swing state, that's picks the candidate who has ended up in the white house every time since 1964.
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back in court, norway's mass murderer claims he is being held in conditions that breech his human rights. a country with big plans for it's cricketing future. the shoot out happened during a raid in november. which left 130 dead and hundreds injuries. police have blocked off roads in the southern suburb, where events are still unfolding. and has this update on the situation. >> shots were fired this afternoon is there there were two people hiding in h the
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building. the security perimeter was set up and then the security forces arrived. operations are still on going. >> the situation is calm, there is a police presence and the local residents have been staying indoors. there's a pressure nearby and this building is totally secure. we are in contact with them and everything is fine. >> defenses interior minister says that french police units are also taking part in the belgium raid. >> the operation consists of french they appears on the scene after shots were fired and were obviously very careful going into the situation. i won't make any other comments apart to say it has gone well. >> live in paster, interesting there to hear the french interior minister now stressing how they are coordinated in the all of this. going back, what more
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information do we have if any on the raid and what took place and the details behind it? >> well, it would appear that police forces have information about this particular building in the forest district. so not far south from the brussells the main railway station there. the trains coming from paris, amsterdam, and also london, would pass through, now as police moved into surround the building shots were actually fired automatic weapons where are fired on to the police. apparently there were two separate shooting incidents, some two police officers were injured in the first. one in the second. and now as we have learned from the belgium prosecutor, a fourth officer was killed during -- sorry, was injured during gunfire whichen sued one more forces came to the scene. so we are starting to get a picture of rather a confused situation.
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and eyewitnesses say they saw the two suspects and fleeing across the roof tops and as you just mentioned in your introduction, there are now reports that one of the suspects has in fact been killed. in h the pursuit. >> jackie just remind us, of course, the links between the attacks in paris that we saw november 13th, brussells? >> from the outset etch the planning phase, it was very clear that this was an operation that was planned in both buts sells and in paris, and also potentially in other countries as well. some of the attackers were belgium, some of them who is still on the run, was a french national, but based in brussells. crucially the three vehicles that were used on the night, by the attackers were car rentals, they were cars that had been rented from an agency and driven to paris
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and ordered to carry out the attacks. and also, police were subsequently able to establish that saleh called friends in brussells who during the night, of the attacks friday the 13th drove through the night, in order to pick him up and take him back despite all the police checks were able to drive him back to brussells. so clearly in terms of the lanes of the attacks and the execution, there was a very big connection. but there have been criticisms about how closely coordinated the belgium and police -- the belgium and french police and intelligence operations have been. whether there was sufficient intelligence gathering ahead of the attacks and also questioning about failings in the intelligence loopholes to which other suspects potentially were able to escape in h the aftermath of the attacks. >> jackie roland with the latest from paris, thank you. >> killing dozens of
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civilians at least 41 people were kill misdemeanor the air strikes in the city. the area is controlled by houthis rebels. 40 people were injured including an eight-year-old child who is in h critical condition. witnesses say there are no military targets nearby. continues in yemen's third biggest city, despite the troops breaking a siege by houthis rebels around the city. it is a set back for the houthis who have held for nearly a year. troops loyal to the president on the offensive. they have recently retaken strategic hill tops and now they are hoping to break through houthis lines in the north. this is the third largest city. the culture would pave away to advance towards the capital. they push, fought with risks.
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the houthis rebels and their ally former president still hold ground. rejecting calls for a political compromise. pro government allies shelling a base. we are hoping for coming days. the fighters are clearing the area. fighting has turned into street battles, the roads are blocked, some are bobby trapped to hold the armies advance the running back we can't move forward is explosives planted be i the houthis. >> fighting is on the army's only priority. further south, the situation in the sea port city remains delicate this is the aftermath of clashes of arms groups the government says
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the campaign is aimed at driving fighters affiliated with isil out of the city helicopters with saudi led forces are taking part in h the offensive. the concerns that adan could fall into the hands of fighters of alcid in the arabian peninsula, and isil with security isn't stepped up across the city. these are newly recited policemen tasked with securing the city. building a monoearn army and police force won't be an easy task, in a country still ravaged by armed conflicts and political divides. >> the parliament has elected a new president, but is already being called a proxy president. it is expected that the real power behind the throne will be his ruling nld party leader. wayne hay explains.
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>> this was a major milestone in the political transition. members of parliament voted decisively for the man they want to lead the country into a new era. >> we announced that tin chao wins the majority of votes and is selected to be the president. >> it was no surprise, given he is from the national league for democracy party, that won november's election, and dominates both houses of parliament. but the 69-year-old expected to be a figure head only. the party leader has made it clear she will be the one calling the shots. she is barred by the constitution from becoming president, pause she has family members who aren tokers. negotiations to set aside that section of the constitution fails. >> it is believed the nld may not wait long to make another attempt at relation relations e military have reportedly
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soured. the armed forces will remain very powerful, retaining control of three security ministries and veto power over constitutional change. their nomination who will now become vice president is former general. who is known to be a hardliner. under military rule, he oversaw a violent crack down led by baud test monks. his nomination is being seen as a sign that the military will not let the nld have it's own way completely. for now, though, the ruling party will celebrate the victory in parliament. in fact, lit have one of it's own as president. al jazeera bangkok. still to come on al jazeera. >> drumming to a new beat. crowds flock to one of the biggest festivals but is technology stealing the line light. and coming up we will tell you what happened when three
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children sneak into barcelona's training ground.
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>> these people have decided that today they will be arrested. >> i know that i'm being surveilled. >> people are not getting the care that they need. >> this is a crime against humanity. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> what do we want? >> justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> explosions going on... we're not quite sure - >> is that an i.e.d.?
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the top stories.a reminder of the u.n. special envy says russian sha's withdrawal from the country will have a significant impact on u.n. backed talks. four belgium police officers have been shot during a raid in brussells connected to november's paris attacks. they say the suspect has been quote neutralized. and heavy fighting has been reported in the third largest city. where government forces tried to clear a rout to the houthis held capitol. and now let's go to the u.s. elections because tuesday is the most significant day in the u.s. primary race for both parties since super tuesday which was earlier this month. when the republican race, they need 1,237 delegates. as things stand now, the front runner donald trump has
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460. ted cruz in h second place, has 370, marco rubio has 163. john kasich has 63 delegates. meanwhile the winning candidate needs -- hillary clinton is way in the lead. joins us now with west palm beach, with a winner of the republican ballot takes all 99 of the state's president votes making it a key state to win. the state and there's been a lot of question marks can he, can't he win, and then surely he will be out, how will you be looking for him? is. >> if you look at the polls it won't be a very good day, we were in miami, earlier, today just for a couple of
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days that are voting there. miami would be considered the strong heed, and the people were speaking to the votes were almost equally split between donald trump and marco rubio. i must say that was very unscientific test. but if that is the case, it sug jests that marco rubio is in trouble. his campaign is suggesting that the polls are wrong, that they are involved in a get out the vote campaign. that they are making sure that people get to thele positive campaigns to cast their vote, and they are still very much in this. but the reality is if marco rubio doesn't win here. then his presidential bid is over. not because he hasn't got the delegates here, but if you can't win your home state you won't do well elsewhere, and also support will disappear. ever now remember rubio tries to establish himself really as the anti-trump candidate, the one that would take down donald trump, and went on the attack, but that hasn't
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worked out tesh bly well. so donald trump is looking at scooping the all of the delegates here in florida. he is also looking at doing that in ohio. they have a more difficult task there, because he is up against john kasich who is a very popular governor who is within the last couple of days within the margin of error, but it shows the strength of the campaign, that he is leading a very popular sitting governor in ohio. now, trump believes that that is probably ground for him, in the last couple of days spent a great deal of time in ohio, so he is always suggesting that florida has won and it is in the bag, and ohio is the one that should be chasing. it will be an interesting few hours as the campaign tries to get their people out to vote, try to make sure that their campaign is zillion making all the right noises, but in a few hours we will find out if the calls in florida and ohio were accurate, and if donald trump is all but guaranteed winning
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both those states and if that's the cautious all but securing the presidential nomination. allen fisher joining us live there from florida, thank you. three refugees from afghanistan drowned trying to get thomás done yeah. hundreds of others that made it across were detained for the night, and then returned to agrees. some have come back complaining that they were beaten. >> hundreds of refugees coming back from the border. throughout the night, macedonia police kept dropping out of the border, men, women, and children. shivering, wet, and disoriented. after traveling all day and spending the night out inform the cold, they were left to walk again back to the catch. on the greek side. >> we found the military at
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the border. they didn't allow us to cross. they turned us back. we spent the night in the cold. >> too tired to walk, some take a rest on the bus. they made it back to the camp and stayed the night out in the open. >> they arrived back to the camp, and walked back, they were incredibly difficult condition. and say the children and other agencies were just trying to help as much as possible with the blankets, the dry clothes the dry boots the food. >> after weeks waiting in appalling conditions at the border that were getting worse by the day, they seem to think they have nothing left to lose. >> the border closed aid workers have been warning that the refugees will simply find other ways of getting to northern europe. on monday, their predictionses came to pass with activists distributing leaflets encouragerring the refugees to take matters into their own hands. >> hundreds walked into macedonia in defiance of the attempt to seal the border. there were dramatickic sense
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of crowds of men, women, and children. waiting to cross the border. but the act of defiance and approximately 1.5-kilometers inside macedonia. one of the country's services arrested some. and forced others to return to greece. some of the refugees returning from macedonia complains of beatings and harassment at the hands of the police there. throughout monday morning the injured kept piling up at the medical clinic. >> where was the civilized world we ran to seeking help? these unjust people. where is humanity. we are human beings not animals. >> with legal path ways blocked for them, they are now feared the refugees will be forced to fall back on the services of traffickers. and smugglers. it is a situation that may get worse with 4,000 people reported to have arrived in greece over the weekend. despite the northern border.
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mohammad al al jazeera, northern greece. >> norwegian mas. murderer has appeared in courted to challenge the terms of his jail sentence. he killed 77 people in two attacks nearly five years ace. he claims his human rights are being vie rated. rate violated. >> there was no sign of remorse or rehabilitation as extreme right winger made his way into court. a nazi salute from the mass murderer. they have trustedmore way since world war ii, has changed the terms of his detention. arguing that his solitary confinement in jail is in violation of the european convention on human rights. many think this is a case that has been raised so it turns the public eye and comes with an explanation.
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it is simply a case about his incarceration for the rest of his life, and that in my opinion is most important to establish. >> what happened on victoria island nearly five years ago, still haunts norway. on july the 22nd, he set off a car bomb in the capital before traveling to a square are a youth camp was being held. he was dressed as a policeman and told teenagers he had come to protect them. instead, he opened fire at point blank range. some survivors hit under bodies to try to hide from him. in h all, he killed 77 people, and wounded hundreds more. afterwards he claimed he was trying to protect norway from multiculturism, he was charged under the anti-terror laws at the end of his trial, he is sentenced to a maximum 21 years that can be held
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indefinitely if deemed unfit to be released. brief sick held a part from other prisoners and has complained about his treatment in jail. >> i think it is perfect, because he killed 77 people, and wounded several hundred people. are grieving and having a tough time. >> the state will argue that the prison conditions are lawful. emma hayward, al jazeera. >> the festival is one of the biggest opportunities for independent young artists and this year has special guests in h the shape of barack obama and michelle obama. it is tougher than ever for artist to make a living from music, rob reynolds reports from austin.
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making a living playing music has never been easy. but in h today's climate it is more complicated than ever. >> rapper greg anthony, goes by youngman says he worked all the angles. >> you have to be out here every day looking for different gigs, you have to have your, your merchandise. everything. now days the club they ain't paying how they used to pay. >> the adds against young or any of thability as playing here becoming rich and famous are enormous. >> a majority of these people have to be musicians. they have to be artist that's something that's down in h their soul. s opposed to being a pop star. >> that's true for leslie. >> my artistic ambition has nothing to do with money, or
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fame, i think that the average income of the every day musician is extremely unfair. we do work very hard, all these bands that are playing at this show, they are all my friends and they all -- they struggle. >> many musicians rely on day jobs and eke out some cash selling and merchandise. >> the cities promoter call austin the live music capitol of the world, and live performances bring in about $1.5 billion every year. but the musicians who actually live and play here in austin, survive on quite meager earnings. >> we just did a survey here, the average musician in austin makes less than $25,000 a year. >> the music industry is in flux. the old record companies are investing in technology companies that threaten to put them out of business. there are music streaming services like spot fighter and sound cloud, giants like youtube and apple are juggling revenues from
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advertising or subscriptions. a lot of money is flying around, and a lot of it is out of the reach of many musicians. old school punk rocker of dead kennedys is a harsh critic of the takeover. >> there's a lot of myths that the tech industry that artist can connect directly with their fans and people -- there is less gate keepers but these are all myths that are created by tech people in order to sell advertising. google makes more people off dead kennedys than we do, and they didn't put any blood, sweat, and tears in it. >> veterans alike, walk a similar path. >> i think the most important thing is just playing shows. and playing as much as you can, because you become a better musician. >> and so the bands play on. rob remembered nos al jazeera, austin, texas. >> still to come on al jazeera. we meet the people behind the
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bear story, the first film to win an academy award. and coming up in p h sport a big shot at raul will have all the details in just a few moments.
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>> the bear story, a chillian animated short film brought home the country's first oscar this year's academy awards. inspired by a history of war and separation, the film is also meant to offer a message of hope. new mapp has been meeting the
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team who is being hailed at heros in their neighborhood. >> sur rounded by school children, film director is received as a hero in the chili neighborhood where he was raised. it is the same lower middle class neighborhood that you recognize in this academy award winning animated film the bear story. >> 10.5 minutes it takes the viewer on a roller coaster of emotion, from jihaddist to heartbreak, to intense nostalgia. >> the idea was to portray a character separated from his families it was inspired greatly by the exile of my grandfather. who was arrested during the dictatorship and then exiled in england. but it was important this not be literal, for the film to be universal so people from anywhere could relate to it. >> the team of families and forced separation does strike a chord anywhere.
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but eses specially in countries that have or still are living in war or oppression. their story is also a david verses goliath tail, a small chillian film company defeating animation giants like pixar and disney, to win chili's first oscar for a locally made film. right here in the neighborhood, the message is quite clear. and translates more or less into yes we can. a message to these young people to follow their dreams. >> the bear story took almost four years to make. >> having a small budget means you have to finance it as you go. often stopping to do ore things to pay for your project. new even quentin tear tin know executive producer is reportedly egg tore make a feature film inspired by the bear story. >> it shows this interest in
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investing in latin america cinema and the type of stories we propose. >> a story that few dreamed could win an oscar, and which now could inspire others who thought it was impossible to compete with hollywood. >> al jazeera, santiago. >> let's get the latest sports news now. >> barbara, thank you very much. we begin with cricket, and there has been a huge shock. the honest and favorites for just seth nine as they lost their opening game. new zealand then ripped into the indian batting. slowly taking three for 18 as the host for all out of 79, and having the victory by 47 runs. now the correct world are in india, the game is also gaining a foothold in rwanda. correct is growing quickly
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and it is hoped the bidding of a new standard stadium will further hasten the development. andy richardson reports from the capitol. >> correct has a foothold in rwanda, is one of sports least likely stories. it's origins are in2009ed in the again side, and an estimated 1 million ruin danes were killed in just 100 days. many were forced into exile, including uganda and kendra, and as they began to return home, a few brought correct with them. and formed the association oen this grown, in the uncan's capitol. >> charles was one of those early pioneers. >> and the field to go to
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fetch it, finds remains, or of effects of the genocide. it was an inspiration to bring the area back to life think the game of correct. >> more than 7,000 ruin ruin danes of all backgrounds are now united. but that growth and popularity has been matched by development in facilities. >> we got through for the cup, and -- we are an even balance, the even leveling so we have been struggling on that ground. >> an english charity the committed to open hing rwanda cricketers like eric take the next step. hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to fund the building of a new international standard ground, on this site on the outskirts.
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>> we don't have a great place for a national program, and it comes improved funding and it professionalized the sport. >> the target is the cricketers to be playing at their new home early next year. andy richardson, al jazeera, rwanda. >>en. >> holding a 3-nil lead after the impressive win. it would mean they go through to the quarter finals for the very first time. >> well, i think the most important thing is to know that we are not already qualified for the united states. we are concentrated against the big teams that know how to play this kind of game. so that's the most target.
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>> the other tie sees 2014 finalist hosts the first leg was goal but since that draw in the netherlands three weeks ago, another goal has been in red hot form. winning four in a row. >> barcelona and champion league action on wednesday, they have a 2-nil lead from their first leg. ahead of that game, the score had some rather young unexpected visitors. three children speaked into their training ground. >> the plays got one better after giving the punt. they got to have a kick about. the security escorted everybody them away from the pitch. now italy's national football coach has announced he will stand down after thisser yeah's european champions. he took charge of the team after the first round exit of the 2013 world cup. since then he has led them to
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first place, but on tuesday the former coach said he missed the day-to-day live of club football, and he has been widely linked to a move with premier champions chelsea. maria sarapova has been suspended as a goodwill ambassador. she failed a drug test, at the awe vailian open in january. she had worked for the u.n. development program for nine years but in a statement, said they would be suspending her role pending the investigation the result of an investigation by the international tennis federation. the russian five time grand slam champion face as four year ban if found guilty. now top nfl official has admitted that there is a link between american football, and the brain disease c.t.e. it is the first time the league has made such a connection between the two. the league's vice president of health and safety was discussing concussion, with the u.s. politician on tuesday. the brain disease is linked to repeated head trauma, with
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symptoms like memory loss, depression, and glen sha. one searcher found c.t.e. in h the brains of 90 former players including hall of famers. the nfl settled a lawsuit. >> do you think there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders? >> certainly the number of retires nfl players are diagnosed with c.t.e., so the answer to that question is certainly yes. >> can you find much more on the website, the address for that is
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