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a massive manhunt is underway for a suspected bomber, one of three men seen wheeling a baggage trolley here through brussels airport you're watching al jazeera. our coverage told once again dominated by events in belgium. these are live pictures of vigils being held in the belgian capital, for the 34 victims of the attacks. in other news, the u.n. refugee agency pulls its staff from camps in agreeing saying they have turned into detention
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centers. big wins for clinton and trump in arizona in the latest u.s. election primary. bernie sanders is celebrating too belgium police have launched a series of raids and a massive manhunt to catch a suspecteded i.s.i.l. bomber on cctv at brussels airport. this is the scene in the belgium capital this morning where 34 people were killed that coordinated attacks. three days of national mourning have begun after what the belgium prime minister described as a day of tragedy. over to dominic kane. we've been seeing a certain amount of activity going thorough. what's happening?
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>> reporter: the sound connection is poor. i think you were asking about the situation here today. clearly as you say the first of three days of national mourning have now begun. belgium is asking themselves how such a thing could happen in their country. people of brussels are asking how such a thing could happen in their city. the transport infrastructure of the city is still very much affected by the lock down that has been put in place by the police. many stations are still closed. those that have reopened only have one entry access into the build with strong security measures in place. many roads are still closed. of course, from the point of view of the investigation into what happened, the authorities now have a massive operation undeay. >> reporter: main hunt in belgium. police launch raid to find the attackers who carried out tuesday's back to back bombings. in brufs and across the country-- brussels and across the country security is tight. the country's federal prosecutor
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has confirmed that this is the image of three suspect behind the blasts at the airport. two of them were apparently suicide bombers. the third on the far right remains at large. in the immediate aftermath of the attack, an haze of confusion and chaos. the twin explosions tore through the check-in area of the airport. people dashed to escape the danger inside. >> translation: people were dying one after the other. we tried to keep them alive. the worst was people with throat injuries >> i'm so scared. i feel like it's the end of the world. i heard an explosion and all of the ceiling is going down. then i just go under the sink and then the second explosion went and then everything is black. >> reporter: about 40 minutes
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later another rush hour blast ripped through a subway car in central brussels. passengers abandoned the carriage, escaping as quickly as they could. the metro station is close to the european parliament complex, the heart of e.u. leadership. emergency crews treated victims on the pavement as the army kept guard. triggered by concerns of further attacks, the public transport system was shut down. a city wide lock down ordered. belgium has raised its terror alert to its highest level. >> it is difficult to take a train, but you must have the courage to take it because if you don't have the normal life, you give the terrorists a chance to win, to win the game, and we can't do that. >> reporter: i.s.i.l. has admitted it carried out the
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attacks. security officials had warned of a possible follow-up strike to the paris killings four months ago. the bombings in brussels now confirm those fears dominic, we're hearing that identified that suspect that they're hunting for. also the other two men caught on that cctv footage, what do we know about them? >> reporter: local media are reporting that they're a pair of brothers as being in local media reports that the suicide bombers involved in yesterday's events. those two brothers were named by local media last week in reference to a different element of the attacks that have been happening in brussels in recent weeks, in recent months. clearly that is, obviously, a line that the intels service $here will be looking to explore as far as possible as quickly as
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possible to try to see if that suggestion is correct. where it may lead them, if there are accomplices, people who were friendly with, related to those broeshgs who might be able to-- brothers, who might be able to shed more light on the investigations how is that investigation going on? they're looking for that third suspect believed to be on the run. >> reporter: that's right. they are looking for that third suspect. the person who was seen on the cctv wearing the hat, the glasses, the blue shirt. i have some of the newspapers today. from the french saying war in brussels and it shows the image of the third suspect saying, the other two suicide bombers, and that clearly gives you a sense of the importance that is being placed on the search for this
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individual. then from the finish side, the day that everybody feared. that gives you a sense of mood here also, that there are many people now suggesting that this is becoming the norm, the feeling that there is in this city, perhaps, that terrorism has taken root, the fear of terrorism is taking root, and people's daily lives will have to be changed and police on the streets will be part of a daily routine. that is something that has been reported in new outlets and on social media that brussels has turned into a place where violent acts are becoming more routine thank you for that dominic. as belgium comes to terms with the events of the past 24 hours, many people are asking why the
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bombers chose to target brussels. jacky rowland reports >> reporter: it's the end of a traumatic day. people take a moment to honor those who died and to think of those who even now are fighting for their lives. there are so many questions. how could this happen and why did the attackers choose brussels. >> being a sit that is close to me that i love. i can't i'm not from europe, but i've been living here for quite a while. it came as a shock and it was hard. today has been emotionally exhausting >> it is really a place where you go every day to go to work. it's really a thing that you don't even think that something could happen there. >> reporter: to begin answering those questions, you have to go back to last november. police quickly established a brussels connection to the paris attacks and raided homes in the molembeek district. they were looking for members of
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a cell that planned and coordinated events in paris. that search culminated dramatically in the capture last week this the primary aspect salah abdeslam. it had taken police more than four months to find him. he had slipped through their fingers on several previous occasions. it was in the building behind me that belgium police finally arrested salah abdeslam on friday night. security official warned at the time that in these networks, when one cell is closed down, others are often activated and that seems to be exactly why this happened. in percentage terms, belgium has seen more of its citizens travelling to syria than any other country in europe. this and other deprived areas have approved fertile ground for i.s.i.l. recruiters. for young people without jobs, prospects or hope, the message
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is simple and seductive >> what i.s.i.l. is interested in here was in groups of small criminals, drugs dealers and so on. they are approached by hate preachers, as we call them, who turn their mind. this may happen in a very short time. >> reporter: the timing of these attacks just days after the arrest of salah abdeslam cannot be a coincidence, but the bombings appear to be more than just an act of revenge. after all brussels hosts the e.u. and n.a.t.o. headquarters. this seems to be an attack on the heart of europe around all that is meant to stand for just taking you back to those live pictures showing the scene there in central brussels. where people have been gathering, lighting flowers,
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lighting candles, holding vigils, an impromp tu memorials. a day after the three explosions ripped through the airport and metro station. in yemen at least 40 people have been killed in a u.s. air strike on al-qaeda training camp. the strike close to the west of the coastal city of al mukalla was led by a saudi-led coalition which has been conducting a campaign against the houthi rebels. it is a blow to al-qaeda and its ability to launch attacks. u.s. republican front runner donald trump has won arizona state primary. hillary clinton also has won the state but her rival bernie sanders took out utah and idea hoe. there were long queues.
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people waited for two hours to cast their votes and at least one polling place ran out of ballots. there was a frenzy of voting. >> this is a contest between fundamentally different views of our country, our values and our future. what we saw happen today in brussels, the horrible terrorist attack reminds us of how the stakes are. we live in a complex and dangerous world and we need a commander in chief who could provide leadership that is strong, smart and above all steady in taking on these threats the u.n. refugee agency has pulled its staff from camps on lesbos and other greek islands. it says the refugee camps there have become detention centers
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and it is no longer prepared to work there. >> reporter: for weary refugees arriving in greece these have been a welcome sight, whether they meet the boats or people travelling on foot, staff from the u.n. agency have been guiding people to the camps which have become known as hot spots. not any more. >> under the new provisions, these so-called hot spots have now become detention facilities. so accordingly and in line with u.n.h.c.r.'s policy on opposing mandatory detention, we have suspended some of our activities at all of the closed centers on the island >> reporter: they say the deal between e.u. and turkey which is meant to stop the throw of refugees through europe, is being emtourly implemented and without proper safeguards-- prematurely can implemented. it means people are confined to the camps until their claims
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have been assessed. the agency says people are being held against their will on several greek islands. no longer will it transport people to those camps. it will continue some services, including counselling for refugees traumatised by their journey. >> the u.n.h.c.r. has a mandate to protect refugees, but not to detain them. it's not going to be involved in processing, facilitating mass deportations. it is there to protect them and see that they get proper information and they will continue to do those things. >> reporter: greece has begun sending thousands of refugees back to turkey, but more still come. only now when they land the blue tabs won't be there to greet them do stay with us. there's plenty more still ahead this half hour here on al jazeera. in the republic of congo, the telephone network has been shut
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since sunday for elections and it is still down. a hopeful discovery for kenya as the country struggles through severe drought. drought.
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welcome back. here's a quick reminder of our top stories. belgium police have launched a series of raids as part of a massive manhunt to capture i.s.i.l. member seen here on cctv at brussels airport. 34 people were killed in coordinated attacks that hit both the airport and a metro
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station in the center of the city. two brothers have been named by local media as amongst the suicide bombers. the u.n. refugee agency has pulled its staff from lesbos and other greek islands against the detention of refugees. donald trump and hillary clinton have swept to victory in the u.s. primary elections in arizona on tuesday. results from utah and idaho gave bernie sanders a landslide victory the events in belgium have been watched with concern around the world. although no credible threat is imminent in the u.s., security has been stepped up at airports and public places. alan fisher sent this report from washington dc >> reporter: across the country, at train stations and airports,
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obvious increases in security, more officers, dogsnd checks. the national guard was called to help out. there's no credible threat to the u.s. but no-one is taking chances >> we are going to redouble our presence here, et cetera. >> what the terrorists want is for us to change our ways. the terrorists want to undermine our democracy, our have a values, want to see us in panic and we refuse to be afraid, we refuse to change who we are >> reporter: the threat of i.s.i.l. attacks will become a growing issue in the u.s. presidential campaign. texas senator ted cruz said in a statement law enforcement should increase patrols in muslim areas in u sichlt we don't need another lecture from obama. we need a commander in chief who does everything necessary to defeat the enemy and we need to immediately halt the president's
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il-advised plan to bring in tens of thousands of syrian muslim refugees. >> reporter: the u.s. authorities of have offered belgium help and assistance. the ambassador to the u.s. said security around the airport had been tightened in repeat days >> additional people had come. you could see. notwithstanding, these attacks occurred this morning. >> reporter: this was described an attack on belgium and europe but the impact felt worldwide. in the u.s. plastic bags will fly at half staff until the weekend as a mark of respect for those who died the former mayor of toronto has died at the age of 46. he had been battling an aggressive form of cancer.
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he gained notoriety after alleged allegedly using crack could cocaine. child marriage is a major issue in nepal with almost half the country's girls married before the age of 18. the government wants to put an end to the practice by 2030, but this could be a tough task. >> reporter: in girl is 17 and is a mother of two. her husband is 18. when they were just 13 and 14 their parents came together and arranged their marriage. this village here sees it normal for children to be married early >> translation: i knew i was getting married, but i didn't know what it meant. her husband says, i didn't know i was getting married. my parents got me married. >> reporter: four years later he is still angry at his father.
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his father says he arranged the marriage in line with traditional ideas. >> translation: it is our culture, our society expects us to get our children married early. >> reporter: they both had to quit school. he is working as a ticket collector at the rural bus service. >> what is at the bottom of it is a traditional belief, practices and existing gender inequality. that needs to be tackled. that does take time. for anywhere, but that change can take place >> reporter: it has one of the worst rates of child marriage in the wofrld. 41% of girls are married before their 18th birthday, even though the legal minimum age for marriage is 18. statistics suggest that four out
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of every five girls get married before the age of 18. parents and children understand that its illegal, but pressures are so high that even activists who want to lodge complaints face the pressures themselves. a 14 year old who married a 25 year old. their marriage has given rise to the only court case brought this year in this district. her mother has taken her own parents to court after they arranged the marriage for their underage grand-daughter. she insists she is 18 and there are no documents to prove her age. >> translation: i'm married because i fell in love. my mother is a bad woman, she says. the human rights activists have to tread carefully. >> translation: even the police are hesitant to take action against people, especially those who are politically effected. the rich get away with impunity.
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it is only the poor and powerless that get caught. they hope to end child marriage by 2030. back in the villages many girls are still getting married early, all in the name of honor and culture early results from congo's presidential elections suggest the incumbent has won well over half the vote. a telephone network and the internet of been shut down during the election. people were even banned from driving. a report from our correspondent >> reporter: people hero angerly wait for the official results from last week's presidential election. meanwhile results posted outside individual polling stations give people an idea of what the final outcome could be. the government has ordered a shut down of all telecoms to prevent people from posting
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results. people haven't been able to access the internet or make calls since sunday. >> translation: the regime is very dangerous. there is so frustrating. who cuts off communication? we think there is something to hide >> reporter: the electoral commission says the state doesn't want people announcing results before the interior ministry does >> it is necessary for security reasons. no-one is allowed to announce results other than the relevant authorities. >> reporter: this is not the first time an african government has shut down telecom communications. it happened last month in began a. >> reporter: they're focusing on key areas where interests in the election is high. a high percentage of people have registered to vote than anywhere else. the opposition accuses the government of cutting communications so it can manipulate the vote counting process and the final results.
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opposition candidates have been keeping their own independent tallies of results, bringing together the numbers posted at each polling station, despite the blocked phone services and internet. >> i'm leading, so it means that i am in the way to win the election. so you can't come and tell us that is the man who is winning the election. it's impossible. >> reporter: the official results may be announced on wednesday. most say that is if they show the president is won they would not accept it some fear there could be violence three years ago underground water reserves were discovered in one of kenya's hottest and driest regions. reservoirs are believed to have enough water to supply the whole country for the next 70 years.
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according to u.n. esco, around 17 million kenyans lack access to clean water. as catherine s-- soy reports. >> reporter: here people will not have to walk long distances looking for water, but the rain is fleeting and can mislead. it only rained for two days this time. it is known as one of the driest and poorest regions of the country. it has natural resources like oil and huge underground water reservoirs. this is one of the four aquifers discovered almost three years ago. it is not far from the administrative, the local government wants to use the water for irrigation and has
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sank bore holes. >> translation: these have changed my family's life. we have water and farming. i can take care of my family. >> reporter: that's about it. moving further away from the town, you come to see people who are struggling. the largest aquifer was discovered at the border of south sudan. it is too salty, however, to drink. there was so excitement when this was discovered. some people moved closer to the water source. when we visited in 2013 they told us that their water problems were finally over. now not many people will talk about this. they're just frustrated. when we last spoke to this lady and her friends at a nearby village. there was hope.
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they tell us they still spend most of their dies looking for water from dry river beds like this one. >> translation: i just want the government to do something. when it doesn't rain, this completely dries up. even if there's water it is dirty. dogs drink it, then we drink it. that's why our children are falling sick. >> reporter: local officials say the underground water could be pur tied, but the process would be too expensive. >> we need to get the water that is running and the rainwater. at least there is an alternative assurance for a couple of months for the people and for the livestock. >> reporter: these women say they want more action and less rhetoric. they've been doing this for decades. but they're cautiously holding
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on to hope that one day soon it will be easier to access clean safer water for their families of course, you can always keep up-to-date with all the very latest news coming out of belgium and the rest of the day's stories on our website, aljazeera.com >> in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. we did a whole lot of things at a were right, buthat were rightd some folks. >> it's been more than a year since america admitted to torturing people. we're trying to interview one of them. omar