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this >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to news hour i'm laura kyle in doha. still they arrive on greek island of lesbos despite deal to send refugees back to turkey. radio, television, telephones and the internet all ordered to shut down during congo's presidential election, 18 police officers shot dead on attack on a check point in egypt sinai
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peninsula. driver wins the australian grand prix and lorenzo walks from a crash in melbourne, i'll have all the details in sport. ♪ greece has begun the process to send refugees on the island of lesbos back to tshgky, a deal between the eu and turkey as it begins more refugees are arriving and zaina has this report from lesbos. >> reporter: this was supposed to have stopped but the boats keep coming in. europe's refugee crisis is far from over. the latest arrivals are refugees from syria and many from the war torn syria of aleppo and going
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across the aegean sea to reach the greek island and hoping a resent agreement with turkey would dischurj asylum seekers but people who manage to reach the shores are hopeful they want be turned back. >> translator: we are coming from a destroyed city and asking for asylum on human tarn grounds and not only the worn out situation but it's bad for us. >> reporter: people want to make their way to mainland europe in search of a better life and be reunited with family members who made the journey before them. >> translator: the situation is very bad in aleppo and we endured four years of bombardment and rocket attacks, i don't want to be sent back to turkey because my fathers and two sisters are in germany and i miss them. >> reporter: the closer of the balkin route means the people will be stuck here and it's not a transit country and there are
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in u rules in place. between the eu and turkey these new arrivals could be sent back to turkey. they will be given the chance to apply for asylum but there are no guarantees it will be accepted. human rights groups have criticized the deal that would also involve the eu resettling 70,000 refugees from turkey and fear the majority of those who do arrive in europe qualify as refugees and require protection. >> it is 10 or 11 kilometers from a greece to turkey so this port now they told me we are six hours inside water. we lost, okay, and smuggler go back to turkey so i don't think they will agree to go back to turkey. >> reporter: six-year-old and her brother are not aware of new rules and restriction, although know is they managed to escape war and are hopeful their lives
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will become better. >> translator: yes. >> reporter: she tells us she was scared crossing the sea and knows why her family had to do it, the situation in aleppo is very bad because of bombardment she says. the agreement to send back new arrivals in the islands entered in force on sunday, eu promised assistance to deal with asylum cases but that may not be the hard part, the people will not accept a move to take a step back. russian planes have bombed the syrian city of palmeria and up to 70 strikes on the ancient city and at least 18 i.s.i.l. fighters were killed. syria's state news agency says government forces are advancing west of the city captured by i.s.i.l. last may. there have been air strikes in the northern providence of raqqa and at least 43 people were
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killed, 5 children were among the victims, the area is an i.s.i.l. stronghold and not included in the limited truce which took effect three weeks ago. elections are going ahead despite an opposition boycott and say whole process has been tainted by fraud and we have more. >> reporter: this is the frontrunner in the presidential runoff and he got 48% of the votes in the first round last monday and he is expected to win a second term but the opposition is boycotting the vote. >> translator: we ask militants and democratics to stay calm and not to vote on march the 20th. >> reporter: the government has failed to address poverty, under development and challenges brought by droughts and accuses the government of repression and electoral fraud. the first round of elections held on february the 21st were
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characterized by irregularities and massive fraud on a scale we never have seen before. >> reporter: former house speaker and opposition leader came in first in the first round of votes but in prison for accusations of child trafficking which he denies but with health deteriorating he has been taken to paris for treatment. and copa wants the immediate release and the resolution of the constitutional court which endorsed last month's results and results to be declared null and void but supporters of the ruling party say it's a reaction not to getting enough votes. >> translator: boycotting is not just defiable and it's in a manner that shows we have a free and fair election and leaving after they realized they are going to lose. >> reporter: the opinion on the streets of the capitol is reportedly split on the controversial runoff but what everyone agrees on is the need
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for political stability, al jazeera. voting in the republic of congo. the government there has ordered a complete shut down of all communications of 48 hours. that includes television, radio, telephones and the internet. let's speak to harry, joins us live and harry the communication block out is extraordinary, why such extreme measures? >> the government is doing it for security reasons and say in previous elections some opposition leaders and activists have been sending out messages or tweets or using social media to disseminate results and government says sometimes when that happen people got too excited or angry and took to the streets and trying to limit that basically. on the whole it seems to be going fairly well but lines are getting longer and longer especially in opposition
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stronghold. >> it's skeptical this is a free and fair election, what is the mood there like? >> the mood is split. i think when you speak to the government supporters and the president does have some support here they want the legislation to go ahead and end in the first round and not go to a runoff and have expected the president to win. in terms of opposition the referendum a few months ago where the president wanted to vote to extend his term the opposition boycotted that election and this time we are seeing a different mix and seem to be coming out in huge numbers and seem determined to vote. leaders are saying this time don't boycott go to the poles and puts the election to go to a second round, if it goes to a second round opposition leaders say unlike last sunday we unite behind one combat and force and challenge the president. is president is on his way and expected to vote soon and telling people in congo that the election is free and fair. he is telling people that everything will be fine. the au the african union but eu
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did not send observers saying it won't be credible and results in few days and if the president wins the election it will reject the results. >> harry we will keep on events of the republic of congo and thanks for joining us. plenty more still ahead here on this news hour, dna tests being conducted in istanbul to find the bomber of saturday's attack and light out for planet earth and part of it goes dim to highlight climate change and india keep their title hopes of t20 as they come back at dawn, details coming up, with joe in sport. ♪ lawyers for the man accused of being the only surviving gunman from last november's par
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residence attacks say he will fight extradition to france. and he was shot in the leg when he was captured by police on friday, prosecutors planned to blow himself up but changed his mind. life with more on the very latest developments with jackie roland in paris and he is in custody, where does this investigation in the paris attacks go to from here? >> well, officials have announced really from president francois hollande down that the people involved in various capacities in supporting or helping financing, preparing the par 'tis attacks is probably a lot larger than originally believed, of course there was the key team of attackers which the authorities believed number ten people of whom only salah the suspect alive and people providing safe houses,
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financing, logistics, weapons and of course the people who helped him escape from brussels and paris back to brussels on the night after attacks and those who have been involved in housing and protecting him at a sense and so officials have stressed this investigation is far from over. they warned there will be more searches and raids and operations, more arrests to be expected both on french and belgium territory and in particular they stepped up border controls, as you know as part of the area normally you could travel from brussels to paris as though you were just traveling between two cities in the same country but passport controls were introduced. for example when i returned from paris from brussels late on saturday night police were on the platform checking ids and passports of people entering france a clear example how they are trying to control the possible movement of people between the two countries who
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could in some ways have been linked to those attacks >> jackie it's rare for someone like this to be caught and facing trial, what are the conditions of his detention? >> well he is being held in a maximum security prison in the northwest of belgium. he was taken there after he was released from hospital where he was treated for light wounds to his leg he sustained during arrest on friday. in that prison he is in an individual and special safety unit, it's a unit that is reserved for prisoners who either pose a serious risk of escape or special behavioral issues. the cells have to doors and a set of double doors and extra security measure and within the cell itself all the furniture and even the bed is bolted to the ground and the television screen is behind a thick player
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of plexiglass so that is the kind of accommodation that salah-abdeslam held in the future when france is successful from the extradition request and his lawyer has said they are opposing the request, nevertheless the french prime minister under lined he believes it's a matter of time before what he sees is the inevitable will happen normally he will have to return to france to answer for his alleged role in those attacks. >> jackie reporting from paris and thanks very much, jackie. investigators in turkey are conducting dna tests to identify the perpetrator of saturday's attack in istanbul, five people were killed and dozens injured in the suicide blast on the city's mean shopping street and emron has more. >> reporter: somber mood hangs over streets. this is istanbul's commercial
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lifeline typically packed with tourists and locals but after a suicide bombing earlier on saturday the crowds were thin and shop keepers held a vigil for victims. >> translator: came after the incident and left carnations to show our pain and wanted to show we are here and will not surrender to terrorism or grief. we are not afraid. we will not get used to this. this country will continue to be the country of peace and brotherhood. >> reporter: security camera footage captured the moment the blast went off around noon and witnesses say hundreds of people ran for cover when a loud explosion was heard. emergency crews in the area as victims were taken to hospital for treatment, it's still not known who is behind this attack but i.s.i.l. is being investigated. >> translator: terror once again showed it's ugly face targeting civilians and fight against terrorism will continue with full force in and out of the country. we should act together in our fight against terrorism without
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but. >> reporter: turkey rocked by bomb attack over the last few months and last week an ambulance in ankara killed 37 people, kurdish separatists linked to the armed group pkk had responsibility and they insist the country is safe and will have to convince the citizens and millions of foreigns who correct to the all important tourism industry. >> reporter: we are live in istanbul and testing dna are we hearing anything from this investigati investigation? >> well, we are hearing from private news agency called dha. they named actually the suspect as a turkish national who is the suicide bomber of yesterday's attack who had connections with i.s.i.l. who was also connected to several of the bombings that rocked turkey over the last few
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months. however, this is still coming from one news agency and it's privately owned. government did not come out yet and said anything. this is strange because from the previous attacks that happened istanbul and ankara and elsewhere the government was quick to come out and blame the kurdish stan workers party or pkk or any of its affiliated groups or i.s.i.l. this time around they sat down and trying still to figure out, piece together some of the evidence. i was at the site of the explosion. there was a little shop selling bags and shoes and saw some forensic police an hour ago trying to collect more evidence laura. >> hearing the government saying that turkey is safe but the frequency of these attacks is starting to cause many to question that. >> absolutely.
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at the site of the explosion i was trying to read the appearances of people if you will and people are worried when they are down there and writing down messages and flowers and one said that istanbul is a huge city with millions of people living in it with millions coming and visiting istanbul. after yesterday's attack that woman said that she now fears anybody could be a suspect to do anything. so this is the level of worry and fear. on the other side i met also with european tourists and told me they were nervous coming to istanbul and now there are even more nervous and life goes on and have to live with it but i can tell you the move and it's one of huge concern. >> reporter: thanks very much for joining us there from
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istanbul. emergency workers in southern russia have resumed the grim task of cleaning up the runway where a plane crashed on saturday. outside the terminal they lay flowerers for 62 people on route from dubai missed the runway during bad weather and the two black box recorders have been sent to moscow for analysis. let's get all the weather now with stef and the whether is a little odd in new zealand. >> that is right and we can blame australia for it. let's take a look at satellite picture and see why with a huge blanket of cloud and this is 36 hours ago and wound back the picture and while it was over us not only did it give very heavy rein but also the winds were very strong too, they were gusting up to 135 kilometers per hour, that system has then gradually worked it's way to the
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east and it's spiralling away working across the sea and over new zealand. for majority of new zealand we have a high pressure in charge and that is fine and settled but you can see the area of cloud over the southern half of the island and given rather unusual weather, in the west very heavy rain, over 350 millimeters of wet weather there, enough to cause a problem with the rivers, overflowing and some of the lakes as well and then on the other side of the country here that same system has caused the temperatures to really soar on saturday the maximum temperature was nearly 32 degrees despite area of cloud and what happened is area of wet weather working its way on to the west of new zealand then lost all its moisture as it crossed the mountains and on the other side of the mountains it's very dry the air and so it's really allowed that heat to build. so very hot but at the same time not too far away very wet laura.
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>> thanks very much indeed. now u.s. republican president donald trump had a tough time reaching a campaign rally in arizona with angry locals blocking roads to the event and antiprotesters tried to shut down a major highway in fountain hills and created a major traffic jam but trump was eventually able to make the event and donald trump who leaves the candidates used the ral di to drive home his anti-immigration message. the u.s.th now has expected to arrive in cuba in the next few hours, the moment he lands on cuban soil will be a huge symbolic moment of reconciliation between the countries and nations frozen since the cuban revolution half a century ago as patty reports. >> reporter: for more than 50 years this is the image many americans had of cuba, castro
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and the leader and face and passionate voice of revolution and had over throw of a dictator backed by the u.s. and now they have a fresh face. >> change is hard in our lives and the lives of nation and change is even harder when we carry the heavy weight of history on our shoulders. >> reporter: marked by suspicion and animosity and took the world to the brink of a war. direct u.s. interest in the island goes back to the 19th century when americans intervened in cuba's war from independence from spain and cubans ruled the land but the leaders only govern with the backing of the u.s. there was economic growth but there was also poverty and simmering resentment. in 1959 castro and followers fought their way in the capitol and castro was now the country leader and cuba became a one party saved.
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>> rarely has seen anything like it. >> reporter: soon traveled to the united states to be publically shunned by izenhower and went golfing to avoid this. >> we will go to washington but not do it every other president of the banana republican and cow tow to washington and get on our knees and beg for money. >> reporter: he began an embargain go and soon after he responded nationalizing the businesses and tried to over throw castro in covert ways and sent in exiled cubans with the bay of pigs invasion and failed miserably and he was being tried to killed in botched plots and cuba was the center of the cold war and u.s. realized the soviet union had missiles capable of
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carrying nuclear weapons on the island. >> to regard any nuclear missile in the western hemisphere as an attack by the soviet union on the united states requiring a full retaliatory response. >> reporter: this was the most dangerous time of the cold war and arguably one of the most dangerous moments in human history. >> reporter: the soviets eventually removed the missiles but u.s. and cuba were now firm enemies. the countries remained in a stalemate until. his brother raul took over and the handshake with president barack obama signalled things could change. and they did. now with his visit president obama is hoping to solidified his new approach but can only do so much and embargo only lifted by u.s. congress which has shown no indication it's going to do that. patty with al jazeera, washington. dilma rousseff filed a
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complaint with the senator of allegations he made against her and he knew about an em -- embezzlement scheme and accused her of funding the presidential campaign with the money. meanwhile the government plans to appeal a supreme court ruling preventing former president de-silva from taking a cabinet post. people living in small towns in rural brazil have been watching i unfold like those here a town of 20,000. al jazeera's gabrielle alexander reports. >> reporter: the noise of protest replaced by the sound of horses galloping on cobblestone streets and here it's just another day on horse back getting from one place to another. and when 18-year-old lopez looks at the politicians in his
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country he sees little hope. >> translator: politicians are only will to steal from the people. for those of us who are poor we are trying to figure out how to pay for a bag of rice. >> reporter: here people are quiet, humble, working class and they are watching from afar as their country's government faces the worst crisis in a generation and they are losing faith. >> translator: we have one politician and they are corrupt and another that is corrupt too everywhere you look politicians from all sides are corrupt in this country. >> reporter: in rio hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets calling for impeachment of president dilma rousseff who they hold responsible for economic decline and alleged close ties to corrupt officials. pro-government supporters responded with huge protests of their own saying it's a coup and
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they won't stand for it. the deepening crisis threatens to bring down the government and it has the potential to get worse very soon. here in the capitol of brazil political situation could become more volitile and open the first phase of impeachment hearings against the president and they are watching developments was not today. no matter the differences on this day the one thing that brings everyone together is local neighborhood football championship but even those far away from the traditional seats of power realize this crisis is one of the worst the country has faced for many years. gabrielle with al jazeera, brazilia. thousands of buildings around the world turn off their lights for earth hour to
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highlight environment issues and issue of climate change and gerald tan reports. >> reporter: going dark to shine a light on climate change. more than 7,000 cities taking turns to switch off their lights for an hour at 8:30 p.m. local time. landmarks across russia's capitol moscow by the candles of those that gathered for the initiative. >> translator: the goal of this event is to remind us of the limits of natural riches and resources and how human life is. >> reporter: paris shows its love for the environment without the usual romantic glow of the eiffel tower. the world's tallest building in dubai sits in the blackness of night. from sidney to taipei helps coming together to raise awareness about the environment. >> translator: i'm mostly here
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to support environmental protection because climate change has been very severe recently and the resent cold weather and abnormality let me realize the important of environmental protection for our planet. >> reporter: this is the tenth year of the conservation movement and the minutes of action worldwide keeping momentum going to address an issue that is affecting us all, gerald tan, al jazeera. still to come on the news hour african leader trying to set an example by reducing term limits and sinagal votes on changes to its constitution. hong kong film that is striking a nerve in beijing. on home treasure as they close h on the first premier league title and details coming up, in sport. ♪
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here are the headlines greece began the process to send refugees on the island of lesbos back to turkey of a deal between the eu and turkey but even as the operation begins to remove some people more refugees are arriving. nigir elections going on despite opposition boycott and the process has already been tainted by fraud and president is excepted to win a second term. and lawyers for the man accused of being the only surviving gunman from last november's
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paris attacks say he will fight extradition to france and the police say saleh plans to blow himself up but changed his mind. now 18 policemen have been killed in attack on egypt sinai peninsula and interior ministry says a check point in the city was hit by mortar rounds and i.s.i.l. says fighters were behind the biggest attack on egyptian security forces so far this year and security in sinai has been deteriorating and three days ago ten members of the egyptian army were killed in another attack. last october i.s.i.l. said it was responsible for bringing down a russian area liner over sinai killing all 224 people on board. security forces have been on heightened alert since july when there were more than 15 attacks on security sites. we are joined now by abraham a
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senior foreign policy tell low at brookings and great lake to have you with us and thanks for coming into the studio and i.s.i.l. has claimed responsibility for the t attack and affiliate working in the sinai and can you tell us about that. >> there are a number of i.s.i.s. groups that are operating in sinai and number of other countries as well. the interesting thing to know about this is that originally the group was affiliated with al-qaeda and then later on that became more now over i.s.i.s. group that has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks against egyptian government and egyptian army in the past. >> are they different from i.s.i.l.'s motives globally? >> the motives are not different however the conditions are in sinai have changed and they
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become different and that by itself actually motivated i.s.i.s. to be more lethal and efficient in conducting these attacks and became actually more dangerous than ever before. and the reason is actually is that egyptian government approach to dealing with security issues in sinai have relied mostly in the past or actually i should say on security approach which is more of a kconfrontation with the different radical groups operating in sinai while ignoring other essential factors that should consider in this campaign such as engaging with local communities there, approaching sinai on a more of a development approach rather than just secular security approach and even more importantly actually it alienated one of the key players on the other side of the egyptian borders which is
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hamas and closed the crossing for a very long time while disengaging hamas from helping and cooperating with the government. >> what potentially could hamas do to help the situation? >> hamas has actually approved because hamas has similar security challenges in gaza but approved to be effective in dealing with i.s.i.s. or other groups. let's keep in mind that i.s.i.s. launched a number of sets in the past against hamas and gaza for the past 2-3 years and have not seen anything happening in gaza so hamas knows the area, knows the borders there, knows the region and they have developed good security system and security policy there that has not been engaged in dealing with government despite actually hamas number of times announcing that they are willing to work
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with the government on dealing with the security issues but the egyptian government has actually rejected this. recently i should say past week we have seen more of a level government between hamas leadership and egyptian government taking place in cairo which is a sign of probably a different approach that the government is now considering. >> the government should be worried. yes, attacks are largely focused on sinai and it's a sparsely populated area but what threat does this group there pose more broadly? >> this is a very serious concern, security concern because sinai has historically filled more marginalized and frustrated the community of sinai for not being involved, for at being part of the government's policies towards development and engagement with the capitol and lift instead of
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actually approaching more on a development concerns an engagement, the government responded with strictly security approach that actually contributed to creating a more conducive environment to extremism and type of attacks so the government actually conducted a self defeating policy instead of dealing with radical groups it corrected to the security approach to creating a more conducive environment that actually encouraged this. and one strong evidence from this actually that sinai replaced this group from al-qaeda to a more lethal group which is i.s.i.s. so more of an involvement of radicalism in sinai in terms of the version that they are taking from al-qaeda to i.s.i.s. or from the types of attacks that they have conducted as we are seeing and becoming more frequent and more lethal these days. >> bad to get your expertise on this thanks very much for coming
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in and joining us. thank you. villages in the palestinian county duma accused israeli fighters of arson and a fire broke out for main witnesses in another arson case in the occupied west bank and 18-month-old baby boy was killed with his parents when his home was burned down by settlers, no casualties reported from the latest incident. people in sinagal are voting to scale back presidential powers and campaigning for a yes vote but critics say his support is half hearted at best and let's get the latest from nicholas hawk in the capitol dhaka, nicholas . >> we are at a polling station and since 8:00 this morning we see people coming in, coming to vote. today by the end of the day we will find out whether the presidential term will be reduced from 7-5 years.
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we followed the president on the campaign trail in the suburbs of this country. a campaign like no other led by the president calling on people to vote yes to a series of constitutional changes. yes to the president and yes to more power for the national assembly local government in opposition. >> translator: these changes are going to give more power to democracy, more power to the people, thanks to the leadership. >> reporter: a yes vote in the referendum will reduce the president's term in office from seven to five years, never has an african head of state introduced such measures. >> translator: we need to modernize our institutions and democracy to reflect the needs of our people and can only be done with their support. >> reporter: this referendum feels and sounds like a
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presidential campaign but beyond the "yes" or "no" vote it's a test of his polarity and the test people have in his policies. back in 2012 he won the presidency because he opposed the incumbent president trying to extend his stay in power. and he promised to leave office after five years making him popular among younger voters. but some of them have turned against him. they as well as the political opposition are calling for a no vote saying that the reforms are too little, too late. >> translator: he has disappointed us and has not pushed for all the reforms he promised during election and gave him opportunity to made radical changes to benefit the people and want more than what he is offering. >> reporter: more than 3,000 extra police officers have been deployed to ensure this referendum runs smoothly. the yes campaigns say they are
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confident a victory. for them this election is history in the making, not just for sinigal but for the african continent. although nick it appears on the surface of the referendum there is democracy being alive and well it seems it's a case of the president not completely fulfilling his promises. >> that's right laura and in 2012 he made a pledge running for the presidential campaign he would reduce his term in office to five years. remember at that time the incumbent president was running on his third term and one reason why he got elected was because he was opposing that. people here feel that he doesn't need to do this referendum and has all the powers needed to make those changes. remember sinigal is an old democracy and people don't like it when people tweak around with the constitution and that is one of the reasons people are
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opposing the referendum and says he has all the powers needed to make these changes. the elections here will go on until 18 local time and we will find out this evening whether people would have voted "yes" or "no" to this historic vote. >> we will and we will certainly bring viewers the results of the referendum there in sinagal thanks very much nick. south africa's ruling party is meeting today in centuria and future of jacobson is not on agenda but allegations of scandal involving south africa's leader and opponents calling on him to go and we are live from pretoria and the future of zuma may not be on agenda on the amc meeting but what is the scandal that is tainting him? >> well, so far much of the scandal has developed over the last few days, his relationship
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with a prominent family here in south africa, the goupta family who immigrated to the country 20 years ago and questions about the president's relationship with his family and the extent to which the family has input in the african national congress, the running of the ruling party as well as the country and the influence they have on government. we've had a prominent deputy finance minister said he was summoned by the family for a meeting asking if he wants the top job in his ministry, that of finance minister and indications were that would be in return rather for beneficial treatment for the family. now president zuma relationship with the gouptas has been under question and going to 2013 when the goupta family landed a private plane at a military air base not far from here. will were questions around how they were able to do that and if
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they used president zuma's name to do something that wasn't necessarily allowed at what is known as a key point. and today we've also had further revelations in south africa that a former government spokesperson was also approached by the goupta family and, in fact, called to their home where he was told he needs to use their newspaper that they were launching at time of the new age as a platform for government advertising. despite all the criticism and the scrutiny around president the national executive meeting committee meeting takes place on the venue behind us and despite all the criticism we are understanding that the talk around recording the president and also taking action may not happen and are discussing the issue of state capture, the influence of business on the south african government more in a broader sense rather than dealing with president zuma and
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the relationship with the gouptas specifically. >> reporting from pretoria and thanks very much. voting under way in the final phase of elections of a government in exile and people casting ballots in the indian city where the government is based, more than 80,000 people across the world are expected to vote. the daily llama fled in 1989 following a failed rebellion against chinese rule. protests have taken place in hong kong of disappearance of a popular chinese columnist and protesters marched to the local office of china central government demanding to know the whereabouts and missing after warning colleagues of danger of republishing an open letter calling on xi jinping to step down. the controversial film predicting a grim future for hong kong and chinese rule nominated for best picture in up coming awards and movie selling
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out in early screenings despite apparent moves there and mainland china to limit its release and from hong kong robert bride reports. >> the film is called ten years. it is actually a feature length package of five short films by different directors that predicts what life will be like in hong kong in 2025. it is a bleak picture of a city firmly in the grip of chinese communist party control. that's in spite of the so called one country two systems form of government that is supposed to guaranty hong kong a high level of autonomy. >> and two system is not work. i believe freedom of speech. >> reporter: production started before the umbrella movement street occupations of 2014 demanding greater political freedom. those real life events became
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woven in parts of film helping to connect with the hong kong audience. >> during the movement as hong kong people we can never imagine so i think the tone and the mood become a little pessimistic. >> reporter: and events since then seem to concur that pessimism and chinese new year which many believe was fueled by discontented youth. and the case of the hong kong book sellers who produced works critical of china's leaders detained and paraded on mainland television. the early screenings of the film have sold out in hong kong. made on a budget of less than $100,000 it has taken nearly a million at the box office but some cinemas are afraid of showing it. >> even with that smashing record suddenly the cinema will tell the film makers no we are
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not going to show the film. >> reporter: there is now speculation the up coming hong kong film awards won't with shown in mainland china because of the movie's nomination for best picture, combine that with the apparent reluctance with cinemas to show it and film makers can be excused to think the totalitarian prediction is starting to come true. rob mcbride, al jazeera, hong kong. take you live now to rome, there we can see pictures of hope francis in his pope mobile making a procession through st. peters square. are is palm sunday and this procession is marking the start of holy week ceremony. there is the pope in rome. still ahead here all the sport including formula one making a dramatic start for the new season in australia and joe will have all those details coming
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up. ♪
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let's get you all the sport now and here is jo. >> formula one driver is lucky to be alive after a terrifying crash and it was after the australian grand prix and we report. >> reporter: formula one promised it would be back and less predictable than before but after a new qualifying format put the same old faces on front of the grid you would be forgiven for thinking that
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nothing much would change in 2016. but the opening race in melbourne proved to be anything but brand. champion lewis hamilton slipped from poll down to 6th before the first corner and sebastian to bleed and the position disaster struck for veteran driver alonzo. a parting move left his car a mangled wreck. the fact that the spaniard could walk a way with no obvious injury the steps of safety are a step in the right direction and the track cleared and race restarted and ferrari's hopes of dominating the podium went up in smoke when the car had to be put out with an extinguisher. and when team mates and race leaders came in for a tire change rosburg snatched the lead
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from mercedes and never looked back and hamilton coming this third. >> unbelievable job giving us this incredible car, the car has been unreal, to beat the ferrari is great so we have to love this and i'm super excited. >> it was a great race, i love the fact we have to come from far behind and it was very tricky out there. impossible to follow around here for all of us so but i'm really happy to get the great results for the team. >> reporter: this season's opening race putting new changes in safety and racing firmly in the spotlight, al jazeera. reigning motor champion lorenzo will start in qatar for opening position and fastest time out ending 900th of a second and finished third to
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complete an all spanish front row. >> personally i'm very glad to start in the championship in this way making poll position and we are in front and so glad to be there. they want opposition in history and it's easy to say it's difficult to get after so many years in the highest competition. >> reporter: djokovic is on course for a fifthth indian title after beating nadal in the semis and close between the top ranked player and nadel who is number five but this continues the resent domination of nadel on hard court although it took djokovic six match points 7-6-6-2 and he will be in the final later. australia's jason day continues to lead golf's arnold palmer
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with the final round in florida and looking for 8th pga victory and bounced back from a start with birdie on the 8th to hold on a two shot lead after a rain soaked third round. and he sunk a huge eagle putt on the sixth for troy merit and kevin and after his performance led the team to victory of of bitter rivals and they had an unbeaten half century in cutter to secure the sixth wicket win on saturday and qualifying group two alive with games against australia and bangladesh still to come. >> i think it's the hunger to perform that willingness to take up the challenge, every
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opportunity different people look at the same thing in different ways, the famous example of half glass of water if it's half full and half empty and how you see it and the biggest thing is he takes everything as a challenge and wants to contribute in each and every game and that is what it's about. >> reporter: india fans celebrated the team's victory of pakistan across the country and the prime minister modi also tweeted his congratulations to the team and the next match is against bangladesh in three day's time and pakistan will face new zealand on tuesday. right now south africa are taking on afghanistan, a win in the game is all the more important for south africa after they lost their opening game to england on friday, south africa won it and chose tibet and 179 for 4 after 18 overs.
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on home straight according to the manager and extended their lead at the top of the english premier league to eight points with a win over crystal palace and got the only goal of the match and looking to win the first epl title but says his team must stay focused and not get carried away with seven games left to go. >> a lot of people says lester play with the hard, with the right spirit to try to do something unbelievable and that is others and we have to be focused. we have to be focused in our job and sometime ago i said we are at the last turn and now we are the final, i'm sorry, yes, and now i want to see my horses, how they ran. >> reporter: here is how the table looks, lester's lead to
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five points on sunday when they face bornmus. england's rugby coach thinks they will get better after the grand slam and ran out 31-21 in france and paris to round off a clean sweep in the competition and the first time to do it in 13 years and england clinched the first nation's title a week earlier. golden state warriors may be on a 50 game home win streak and the losing run in san antonio continued with 33 straight regular season lost in at&t with 87-79 win and miami and past the 20,000 point mark in his career and may sound like a lot but the 41st player to do so and scored 24 of miami of 122-101 win over
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cleveland and send the cavaliers to the 11th consecutive loss miami. one day left at the world indoor athletic championship and u.s. is the run away leader at the top of the metal table with 15 including 8 goals and eaton got one and the champion came in 3 to make it three straight titles of the indoors and ethiopia to defend his crown at the rio games. american teammate pierre beat the skippers of the netherlands in the women's 60 meter finals. that is all the sport for now and more a little bit later. >> thanks very much and see you later. and do stay with us here on al jazeera. i'll be right back with another full half hour bulletin of news for you. good-bye for now.
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