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i'm stephanie sy. the news continues next live from doha. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello, welcome to the news hour, i'm jane doeston in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes. belgian's federal prosecutor confirm that two brothers were the brussels suicide bombers. a massive manhunt is underway for the third suspect. brussels stands silent to remember the 31 victims of tuesday's attacks. and the u.n. refugee agency pulls its staff out of the greek
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camps, saying they have turned into detention centers. belgian move their international friendly after the attacks. and some matches in france may be played behind closed doors. ♪ a massive manhunt is underway to catch a suspected isil bomber. belgian's federal prosecutor has confirmed the identities of two brothers who were involved in the attacks, but contradicted earlier reports that a third suspect has been arrested. that's live picture coming from brussels in the central part of the city. lots of chanting will be
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happening throughout the day, much like the scene in paris after the november attacks. people visibly shocked and upset stood together waving flags singing and some of the candles playing tribute to the victims of tuesday's bombings. nick kaine reports. >> reporter: these are the men police believe carried out tuesday east attacks. in the center of the image is a known criminal who carried out the suicide bombing at brussels airport. in a news conference on wednesday, lunchtime, prosecutors described what evidence they had gathered. >> translator: the third suspect is still on the run. he had a big bag which contained explosives. there was a taxi driver who told police that he had carried passengers who he thought had
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the explosives. >> reporter: belgium -- belgians are now marking three days of mourning. wednesday's front pages reflect the emotions of many people. some headlines speak of the horror of the bombings. others of the day that all had feared. some parts of the transport system have now reopened. at this metro station, passengers spoke of their concerns. >> it would be very important that everybody sticks together. that's -- we cannot -- there is no solution without sticking together. >> translator: it was indeed a very strange day with all that happened yesterday and i think everybody is feeling the same now, but, you know, we do what we can do, and we'll get there in the end. >> reporter: on a normal weekday this airport would handle more than 650 flights, but today
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there are none. security forces have sealed off the entire complex, and the traffic is severely delayed. part of a pattern across the city which has seen continued road closures and diversions. the people of brussels appear to be accepting this imposition stoically, but many are afraid that this high tension and threat to their city is becoming the norm. dominic kane, al jazeera, brussels. so we have been getting more details throughout the day of what happened. the fact that a man is still on the run. jacky rowland is live for us in brussels. what more do you know about the investigation unfolding jacky? >> reporter: well, as you indicated, there is one particular suspect that police are particularly anxious to apprehend. he was already being actively
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searched for even before the bomb attacks of tuesday. he was wanted in connection with the paris attacks of last november, and in particular, for his role in sheltering the fugitive abdeslam from the paris attacks who was apprehended on friday. now police believe that he was the bomb maker, not just for the brussel attacks of tuesday, but also it is suspected he may have been involved in making the explosive vests, and explosive belts used during the paris attacks last year. in raids on tuesday police found a nail bomb, chemicals, possible ingredients for future bombs. because of his particular believed expertise in bomb making, police regard him as a very dangerous individual who should be apprehended.
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>> and the security forces out on the streets in force, i believe. how has that affected the event happening behind you, and what have people been doing there? >> reporter: people have been coming here. there has been a steady flow of people coming throughout the day. there was a crowd of a few thousand noon local time for the minute of silence. it was a minute of silence not just marked here, but other places, notably outside of the metro station that was hit by the attack that had the heaviest toll in terms of deaths on tuesday. the mood has evolved. there are times when people are very solemn and quiet, just standing looking at the shrines, and looking at the messages written in colored chalk, lighting candles number you we have a mood of solidarity, unity, people are singing we're all together, we're all together. there is that big banner on the steps of the building behind me,
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saying we're all united against hatred, but at the moment there is more of a united feeling, defiant feeling, and also moments of quiet reflection in remembrance of the people killed on tuesday. >> thank you very much for that. france's prime minister has spoken at the european commission in brussels. he says europe must stand united. >> translator: in attacking brussels, the terrorists have attacked everything that europe is all about, about our values and what we represent. we are dealing with a terrorist organization with its strong points, resources, hiding in our society. a war has been waged against us, and we must be totally determined in fighting this scourge. an editorial writer for the
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wall street journal based in london joins me now. those words coming from the french prime minister. is that enough? >> well, it's a start, and it's notable that the prime minister is one of the toughest counter terror warriors in europe after charlie hebdo and again after the paris attack. he has emerged as a figure who is very serious both on the security aspect, in terms of greater surveillance and other steps that need to be taken to prevent these sorts of atrocities, but he is also on the cultural front in the sense of saying, yes, we need to do more to integrate european muslims, but that it's a 2-way street and that european muslims need to also have a responsibility to embrace the liberal values of their societies, and really integrate, because i think that the longer these sorts of events going on,
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the more likelihood you have of empowering populous demagogues like donald trump in the u.s. and marie le pen -- >> i was reading about the role in creating this type of perpetrator, including the iman. talk about that. >> reporter: one of the reasons, i compare personally as a muslim-born immigrant to the u.s., i compare my own experience with -- i men obviously this pandemic continent wide problem of these ghettoized communities that aren't learn the language, aren't integrated culturally, economically, et cetera, and one of the reasons the european welfare net is so tight that you can get by without going out into the job market, and learning the norms of society.
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and you create these alienated pockets of people that are very easy to radicalize. and the imans some play a very counterproductive role in perpetuating that. so we need to have a new social contract in europe, and if we are going to have immigration and refugees, then we need to be serious about making sure that people integrate and learn the language, and learn -- and adopt the norms of what it means to live a european life. >> you as a journalist and some of your peers and the security forces new that something like this was going to happen. was there any clues it was going to be like this? and was it make it easier to have that information? >> reporter: i think a lot of folks have talked about the fact that the belgian security
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apparatus is a particularly weak link. the belgian security has this region, and national security that don't talk to each other, and so forth. but i mean, i think that it's problematic to my mind to just focus, for example, on certain neighborhoods in brussels and say this is a belgian problem. because it really isn't. if you look at the bomb news in france you have look at various neighborhoods in east london and britain and elsewhere, and then look at the middle east it's a which is on fire because of radical islamism. so to try to pinpoint -- yes, the security lapses were there, but there is also a bigger reckoning that needs to happen that there is an idealogical war that is going on. and it has a name and eye dee lolg -- adeology, and if we don't name it, we can't find it.
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>> good to have you talking to us. thanks for your time. now artists and cartoonists have been showing solidarity with the people of belgium in their own way. the french paper published this. it shows a weeping french flag comforting his belgian friend. paris of course was attacked last year. belgian's most famous fictional character has been used many times. and here is a piece again in the color of the belgian flag. and the plane hinting at the location of the first two bombs at the airport. and this is the statue, one of brussels most famous land mines. an image of defiance, and the statement of contempt towards
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those who use violence. there's lots more ahead on the al jazeera news hour, including a surprise endorsement from ted cruz as more republicans get behind the anyone but trump movement. and whatess lessons can europe learn from asia on how to deal with the refugee crisis. and in sport a threaten major upset at the world 2020. ♪ syrian talks are drawing to a close with no progress on the key issue of political transition. the government delegation says it has received some promotionals from u.n. special envoy staffan de mistura that they will take back to damascus for further consultation. james bayes has this update. >> reporter: the talks here in geneva were supposed to continue
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on tuesday with a meeting between the u.n. mediator, and the government side and also the opposition side. but now the government's chief negotiator says he has received mr. mistura's latest paper, putting forward his key principals on this process, and he says he wants to take those principals back to damascus. it was pretty clear when ambassador jafry spoke to us. >> translator: today we received the paper from special envoy mr. de mistura. this paper shall will be carefully studied and we'll respond at the beginning of the next round. we were the only delegation that submitted a working paper to mr. de mistura. >> reporter: so very little
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progress on the main issue of political transition, trying to create a new interim go for syria. remember, though, that as well as this, there has been a cessation of hostilities for more than three weeks now, and a new effort to get supplies into besieged areas, to get in humanitarian aid. the man leading that effort told me there had been some progress. >> live in the real world. i have been through this war now for five years, as have all of us. 2014, 2015 was just bad news every single day, so at least there is a glimmer of hope now. yes, we're making progress. we are getting to people who have not gotten assistance at all before. and we're hoping that political talks will lead to something. because in this there are no humanitarian solutions. >> reporter: the position of the main opposition block was that the government side has tried to stall and try to avoid the main
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issue of political transition, and that's why in the coming hours, the meeting between the russians, vladimir putin, and his foreign minister sergei lavrov, and the u.s. secretary of state john kerry who is starting a trip to moscow will be so important. the underup's refugee agency has withdrawn its staff from camps receiving refugees and migrants on lesvos and other greek islands. >> we have been working in greece for several years now, and since the beginning of this crisis, we have been on the island of lesvos, and the island of kios, and some of the other islands receiving most of the refugees and migrants. one of the activities was to transport people once they land to centers where they are being registered, and where they are provided with assistance, and
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give them the document that allows them to continue with their travel to the mainland of greece. now since sunday, under the new e.u.-turkey agreement, the policy has changed, and these centers are no longer reception centers, but closed centers, in fact detention centers. people are being -- are not allowed to leave these places and to move on to the mainland. therefore, we have decided not to provide transport to these centers. not to be involved in the detention of -- of refugees and migrants. our global position is that seeking asylum is not a crime; that people who are seeking asylum should not be detained unless there are very good reasons to do that, but in any cases that children should not under any circumstances be detained about 40% of those people arriving at the moment in greece are children.
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so have decided not to be involved in the detention and the expulsion of people in need of protection. now to yemen, in southern yemen, a u.s. air strike on what was reported an al-qaeda camp has killed 40 people. >> reporter: pro-government fighters are tending reendorsements to the city of ta'izz. houthi forces have once again taken the western route into the city which passes through this neighborhood. it's just over a week now since government forces fought their way into the neighborhood. that broke the siege of yemen's third-largest city. but houthi rebels lingered on the outskirts and now have reappeared. this is seen as a setback for yemeni government forces. >> translator: we are take control of the rest of the
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mountain and god willing, we'll control the mountain soon to surround houthi rebels who are still in the north of ta'izz. god willing, we will free ties. >> reporter: pro-government forces control many parts of ta'izz. but no one can claim to control the whole city. some believe talk of liberation of ta'izz earlier this month was premature. >> it was k like the houthis have been defeated in these areas, but rather they withdrew to certain lines and now they are attacking again to reestablish the blockade. >> reporter: the government finds itself confronting al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula in the south. and the security vacuum is favoring the al-qaeda-affiliated fighters. >> when the fighting subsides, you would find them taking over these areas.
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this happens along the entire coastline. >> reporter: in this province, u.s. forces have been carrying out air strikes against the aqap. the latest strike, the government says, killed dozens of fighters. many of the injured were brought to the nearest hospital. with no central government in charge of the whole country, most of yemen's people are at mercy of multiple armed groups. a surprise announcement, the former florida governor, jeb bush has backed ted cruz for president. bush tweeted that cruz would be able to unite the party and urged republicans to overcome as he put it the divisiveness and vulgarity that donald trump has brought into politics. i'm joined live from washington, d.c. by our correspondent alan fisher. what do you make of this move,
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alan? what sort of impact is it likely to have on trump? >> reporter: well, it's not going to take a huge squeeze of votes into the ted cruz camp, simply because jeb bush didn't have a huge swathe of votes. but the reality is, this is a big name endorsement for ted cruz. it's a sign that the republican establishment really want to do whatever they can to stop donald trump, but perhaps they have left it too late. certainly we know that jeb bush and marco rubio were very close for a number of year. marco rubio saw jeb bush almost as his mentor. but during the campaign the two drifted apart, and we're told from the bush camp that they really didn't see marco rubio as presidential material, that's why he didn't endorse him before the florida primary, which was just over a week ago. we know as well that jeb bush does not like donald trump. he attacked him a great deal during the election campaign.
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in fact of all of the tweets that donald trump sent out about the other candidates in the first few months of his campaign, he attacks jeb bush four times more than all of the other candidates put together. so maybe this is a bit of settling scores as well. but ted cruz says this shows he has widespread support across the republican party. in that perhaps isn't quite true, but it is a significant endorsement nonetheless. >> and the race goes on for the democrats. what are we looking forward to now? >> reporter: well, really, hillary clinton has all but put this nomination away. she won't put pressure on bernie sanders to step away from the race, because as long as he is winning states he has the right to stay there. and she is aware that it was well into april 8th years ago before she stepped out of the race. so she knows she has got the
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platform sewn up, what bernie sanders is doing is staying in to make sure that his message is heard, that some of the things he is talking about, some of the ideas he is discussing will be incorporated by the democrats when they go to the convention as part of the party platform. donald trump did well on tuesday. he won arizona the biggest state up for grabs, but ted cruz kept his interest in the race by winning enough states to make sure he really is the main opposition to donald trump. and the question remains for him at the moment is why is john kasich staying in the race? he staying in the race because he thinks he can do damage in milwaukee in wisconsin in a week's time. but the real battle is still between cruz and donald trump, the front runner. >> alan fisher thing you. argentine president welcomed barack obama in a visit to the
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country that has been seen as a sign of u.s. support for free market reforms. exporters are hoping for access to the giant u.s. marketplace, but other argentines retain bitter members of the past. from buenos aires our correspondent reports. >> reporter: argentina is one of the world's leading lemon exporters, but shipping them to the united states has been impossible for more than 15 years. that's why jose is looking forward to barack obama's visit. because there is a chance it may help his industry export to the united states once again. >> translator: we're hoping for an announcement on lemon exports. it has been a closed market for us. but we're hearing that imports could be opened again. >> reporter: there are dozens of companies like this one around the country that are hoping to benefit from a better relationship with the united states. many here see obama's visit as a sign of support to argentina's new president. and as a way of helping this
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country turn the page to the financial isolation it has seen during the last 12 years. argentina has been an outcast of the international financial community since the economic crisis in 2001 when argentina defaulted on its sovereign debt. then during the center-left government, argentina was closer to china and venezuela than the united states. trade and currency restrictions scared many potential investors away. the recently elected is government is focusing on opening argentina for business once again. >> translator: we are not looking for one economic partner but many economic partners who want to work with the world. the u.s. is a world power, and of course it will play a key role. >> reporter: argentina has historically been considered anti-american. the last time a u.s. president visited was in 2005 when george
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bush attended the summit of the americas. thousands protested his presence then. now many are opposing obama's visit, because it coincides with the 409 anniversary of the coup which many say brought a brutal dictatorship to power. >> translator: many here don't support the u.s. because it supported the dictatorship that killed thousands of political opponents. >> reporter: obama's visit opens a new chapter when argentina and the united states, and many here are hoping to see the benefits soon. al jazeera, buenos aires. and just to let you know the two leaders are expected to speak to reporters soon, and we will be there live. in the republic of congo, the government has extended a communications blackout that was imposed during sunday's presidential election. preliminary results suggest that the incumbent, one of africa's
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longest-serving leaders, has been elected once again. final results are expected on wednesday. haru mutasa sent this update from the capitol. >> reporter: opposition supporters are not happy with the result. they say they can't believe how it's possible that the president is leading in the polls, and they -- gathering out here where they plan to have a big meeting. this is all of them. they say they didn't participate in the election, because they wanted to make their mark. they say they want change. some are waiting up on the road, despite the fact that the police may come and disperse them. the general tone is that they are angry. and opposition leaders say they want change. >> translator: it is difficult for me. and peoples of congo ease. the president is such a killer, very, very killer. >> reporter: you really get the feeling that people are in limbo, especially in the capitol. many shops haven't opened and
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businesses remain closed because people are waiting to see what happens next. the african union has urged all parties to accept the results, but the united states says there were irregularities in the vote, and they fear these polls will not be credible. police have been deployed, and soldier are there across the road. they have been there for a couple of days now. and you get a feeling that people are tense. opposition say they are waiting for a go ahead from their leaders. this is a very important election for many across africa, who are watching this process unfold. it's yet another example of another leader trying to extend his term in power. how they deal with it, and how people who aren't happy with the results deal with this could determine which way this country goes. still ahead, stamping out
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child marriage in nepal. plus the philippines sends a satellite into space, and it's more than just a star-gazing expedition. cuba shares its passion for baseball at the end of an historic visit. those details coming up with jo in sport. ♪
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the scene happening right now. thousands of people have been gathering throughout the day to pay tribute to those 31 victims. they have been standing there, looking quietly, lighting candles, putting down cards, sometimes chanting that they won't be beaten by this. three days of national mourning have begun, after what the belgian prime minister has described as a day of tragedy. some of the most dramatic and terrifying pictures of the brussels attacks were filmed by an eyewitness on the metro system. passenge passengers clammered out of the carriages. the man that filmed these images spoke to me a little while ago.
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>> i was on my way to work on the metro, and i felt a small blast of air. not very harsh, but something similar to maybe some wind coming into the window, and heard some thudding in the background. my ears popped. and then the metro quickly came to a halt. the power went off, the engine went off, and an announcement came over the speakers saying there had been a disruption on the line and they were going to try to resolve it as quickly as possible. after a few minutes somebody came to the back, opened the very back door on the metro, installed a ladder and started to evacuate us out of the metro it's a, down on the tracks. we were only a few hundred meters away from the explosion, but at the time it didn't feel that way. it felt like something had gone wrong, but we didn't know what. it wasn't clear that it was
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something so close and so dangerous. and so it took some time for that to register as we were first exiting the metro, it was obvious there was smoke in the tunnel, that something was going on. but it took even more time to realize how close we really were to the explosion itself. >> reporter: what has been called a rapid response mechanism has been agreed in efforts to avoid another humanitarian crisis for refugees in area. delegates are meet in bali to act more swiftly. hundreds of refugees died while trying to reach thailand and malaysia. step vaessen reports. >> reporter: the refugee crisis has not only hit europe. more than 8,000 rohingya and bangladeshis were stranded at sea last year, when smugglers abandoned them because of a
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crackdown in thailand. u.n. estimated 370 have died on the perilous journey. although nobody knows the real figure. >> translator: indonesia and australia have taken the initiative to set up a system if a crisis occurred. >> reporter: it was a crisis the region doesn't want to see repeated. countries refusing to people floating at sea. indonesia wants to involve australia who has been criticized for not accepting more refugees. the australian government has made it clear more migrants or asylum seekers arriving by boat won't be accepted. they sent almost 700 back to indonesia in recent years. the international organization for migration urges countries worldwide not to follow australia's sxafrp l.
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>> we have more people forced to move than every before. but we have anti-migrant sentiment, and a lack of leadership, and more and more people find themselves in vulnerable situations. >> reporter: delegates from 54 nations at the meeting in bali agreed not only to speed up their humanitarian response but increase their efforts to combat human trafficking and people smuggling. lebanon's economic prospects are causing pessimism. the rating agency standard & poor has downgraded its bond rating. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: banking is big business in beirut. for decades the sector has positioned itself as a hub for
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international finance. they recently praised the industry for what it calls durable and flexibility, despite its history, but that seems to be changing. standard & poors global credit rating agency has revised its long and short-term outlook for the lebanese banking industry from stable to negative. >> we have an absence of a president, and where the constitutional institutions like the parliament is not functioning, it is also due to security risks that are the consequence of the war in syria. >> reporter: regional analysts say it's also tied to measures against lebanon. last month saudi arabia cut billions in aid. gulf countries also warned their citizens to leave the country, and the gcc declared hezbollah a
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terrorist organization. it's lebanon's most powerful political, social, and armed group, which is allied with iran that has now rattled the financial sector. >> [ inaudible ] in this country do represent between 7 and $8 billion a year. we don't feel the saudi position is a hostile to the lebanese people, but it is also one of the consequence that lebanon had to -- to -- to absorb because of the syrian war. >> reporter: as part of efforts to diffuse tensions, lebanon's prime minister says it has wronged arab countries, and has promised to make amends. they are increasingly frustrated with the rising influence of
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hezbollah. although there are concerns that ties could worsen even further, many here in lebanon are hoping its history will help steer it through whatever happens next. al jazeera, beirut. now child marriage is a major issue in nepal with almost half of the country's girls married before the age of 18. the government wants to put an end to the tradition, but this could be a tough task. >> reporter: this girl is 17 and a mother of two. her husband is 18. when they were just 13 and 14, their parents came together and arranged their marriage. in this village it's normal for children to be married early. >> translator: i knew i was getting married, but i didn't know what it meant. she remembers. her husband says, i didn't know
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i was getting married. my parents got me married. now four years later he is still angry at his father. his father says he arranged the marriage in line with traditional ideas. >> translator: it is our culture, our society expects us to get our children married early. >> reporter: both had to quit school after marriage. he is now supporting his young family by working as a ticket collector on the rural bus service. >> what is at the bottom of it is traditional belief, culture practices, and existing gender inequality. so, you know, that definitely needs to be tackled. and it does take time, you know, for anywhere, in order for changes to take place. >> reporter: nepal has one of the worst rates of child marriages in the world. 41% of girls are married before the 18th birthday, even though
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under nepali law, the legal minimum age for marriage is 18. four out of five girls in this district get married before the age of 18. social pressures are so high that even activists who want to lodge complaints against these marriages face the pressures themselves. we found 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 a marriage for their underage granddaughter. she insists she is 18 and there are no documents to prove her age. >> translator: i married because i fell in love. my mother is a bad woman, she says. the human rights activists who sponsored the court case have to tread carefully.
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>> translator: even the police are hesitant to about against people. the rich get away with impunity. >> reporter: nepal aims to end child marriage by the year 2030. but back in the villages many girls are still getting married early, all in the name of honor and culture. al jazeera, southeast nepal. in a first for the philippines a satellite has been blasted into space to keep an eye on potentially devastating typhoons. >> and lift off. >> reporter: the latest blast off from cape canaveral in florida. the cargo ship is carrying 3.5 tons of food and new scientific experiencements to the
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international space station. this 17 million craft is designed to take real time images of weather patterns and climatic change in a region that is often in the eye of the storm. the president has allocated $6 billion to the national disaster and risk reduction mappingment council which aims to deal with environmental issues. experts say developing space technology will benefit the future of the philippines. >> we can reap the benefits of technology by believing in our capability for technological self reliance, and we can apply this to disaster intervening and mitigation efforts. in the long term, it is going to be very cost effective. >> reporter: news of the launch made the headlines. it is only the third satellite the philippines has launched into space. besides monitoring weather patterns, it is also designed to map agricultural productivity.
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it will determine what land and water resources are available or in design. these filipinos welcome the space project. >> i think it's pretty awesome. because a lot has to be done. >> i haven't heard anything about it. but it would be a very welcome thing for the philippines. >> i think it's a very good move by the philippines to launch a satellite to be able to benefit all of us. >> reporter: it's hoped this technology will be able to warn everyone of impending storms that in the past have had a devastating effect on the philippines and its neighbors. it's expected to orbit the earth for the next 20 months and take as many as 3,600 images. the philippines is no strapger to natural disaster and climate change. each year storms and typhoons potentially effect the lives of millions of people. this satellite may have arrived just in time to monitor the weather patterns arrange the
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philippines, because the typhoon season is just a few months away. for the first time sciencists in the u.s. have captured images of the shock wave of an exploding star. nasa's space telescope was tracking the red supergiant which is around 1.2 billion light years away. an initial shock wave is seen as the core of star collapses. the car then becomes a supernova, and becomes a thousand million times brighter than the sun. still to come . . . [ cheers and applause ] >> real drama at the fifa interactive world cup. jo will have the details in sport. ♪
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♪ now to the struggle to find drinking water in kenya. underground reservoirs were thought to be the answer when they were discovered three years ago. the reservoirs are thought to have enough water to supply the whole country for the next 70 years. the united nations says 17 million kenyans can't get clean water. the discovery brought hope to a region still recovering from severe drought. as catherine soi reports many are frustrated by the slow progress of getting water to them. >> reporter: for the first time in a year, it has rained in
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northern kenya. for a while 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, but it is also rich with natural resources like oil and huge underground water reservoirs. this is one of three discovered three years ago. the local government wants to use the water for irrigation. >> translator: this has changed my family's life. we now have water. we are farming. i can take care of my family. >> reporter: but that's about it. if you move father away from the town, you come face-to-face with the struggles of those who live in the most remote areas. the largest aquifer was
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discovered here on the boarder with south sudan. tests done, however, found it's too salty to drink. there was so much excitement when this aquifer was discovered. some even moved closer to the water source. when we visited in 2014 they told us their water problems were finally over. now people are just frustrated. when we last spoke to sarah and her friends at a nearby village, they were so full of hope, but nothing much has changed for them. they tell us they still spend most of their days looking for water from dry riverbeds like this one. >> translator: i just want the government to do something. when it doesn't rain this water bed completely dries up. and even if there's water, it's 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
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purified, but the process would be too expensive. >> we are looking for a solution on what to do with that water. ours first is to capture the service water that is running, and the rain water, so at least there's an alternative assurance for a couple of months for -- for the people and for the livestock. >> reporter: these women say they want more action and less rhetoric. they have been doing this for decades, but they are cautiously holding on to hope that one day soon it will be easier to access clean, safer water for their families. catherine soi, al jazeera, northern kenya. it's time for the sports news. >> jane, thank you very much. belgian football officials have decided to move their match to portugal.
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the game had originally been canceled because of concern over security in public places in the city and across europe. the portuguese trained on wednesday and shared their sympathies with the people of belgium. >> translator: it's with sadness that we watched the attacks that happened in brussels. but the right people are working to ensure there are security in the europe kran championship. also with concerns with the match against belgium, the federations and authorities responsible are discussing the matter. a top official in uefa has suggested that some matches could be played behind closed doors. the tournament begins in france on the 10th of june and uefa has already ruled out delaying or postponing the competition. guinea's fans can look forward to watching their side play international at home for the first time since the 2014
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ebola outbreak. they turned down a request to move friday's africa cup of nation's qualifier after two new cases of ebola were confirmed. south sudan lost their qualifier 2-1 in juba. fifa president was attending that game. earlier he opened south sudan's new fa headquarters, and celebrated his birthday in the capitol on one of his first official trips since taking on the position. >> there are many challenges obviously in south sudan, but there is a great passion and love for the game, and i think that all together, we can make sure that football is growing in juba, in south sudan, and this is the reason why the fifa president is here today. afghanistan's cricketers have given a big scare to one of
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the world's best teams. elise holman reports. [ cheers ] >> reporter: afghanistan didn't have a national cricket team before 2001, but competing at this stage of the world 2020 for the first time, they had nothing to lose. england has pulled off an incredible run to defeat south africa in their previous game, but their batsmen were found lacking this time around in deli. they lost 6 wickets to just 57 runs by the 10th over. [ cheers ] >> reporter: and at 85-7, cricket fans were preparing for an unlikely afghan win, but a late partnership boosted england's target to 143. afghanistan were on the back foot early, losing a wicket in just the first over. enginelan
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england's bowlers finding more success than their batsmen. afghanistan has shown that they can more than compete at the highest level. elise holman, al jazeera. india are playing bangladesh in their match. bangladesh who are still winless at this tournament won the toss. india recovered from a difficult start. bangladesh are just about to start their reply. if you ever needed a good example of how sport can bring people together, then look no further than havana. both the u.s. president, and his cuban counterpart shared their two nation's love of baseball at an historic game in the cuban capitol. obama has been visiting the island this week, to try to end more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries.
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both leaders got in on the mexican wave. on the diamond, the tampa bay rays held nothing back against the cuban national team. the rays were 3-0 up. and cuba's rudy reyes did grab a solo00 in the 9th. but tampa went on to win the game 4-1. >> it has been great. you know, this is something that feels like -- like a very big game back home, you know, had the opportunity to be in the playoffs a few times, and this feels like that kind of event. >> translator: this game meant a lot because of the brotherhood that will be from now on, and help open the door to the possibility that cuban baseball players can play in major league baseball. >> reporter: new york as been hosting another major sporting event. the fifa interactive world cup
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came to a dramatic win on tuesday. >> he has got a man in the middle! tries to run it through! [ cheers ] >> score! he gets the goal! >> reporter: a 17 year old from denmark came from behind to score in the last second and win a $20,000 first prize. more than 2 million players from around the world tried to qualify for the largest video gaming tournament in the world -- ♪ we're taking you live now to buenos aires, argentina. that is the president of argentina speaking. let's listen. >> translator: once again, this is a fine opportunity to reflect with you on the fact that fanaticism, brings aggression and intolerance, which leads
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nowhere. so once again argentina condemns this type of terrorism attack. -- is embarking on a new -- >> translator: we feel that our countries share a mrit interest to values, income, and respect for human rights, individual freedoms, democracy, justice, and peace, and i feel that with you i also share a view on the 21st century --
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>> translator: on the 21st century, which poses opportunities and challenges. this is the era of knowledge, development of science and technology and i believe that we are attempting to do the best we can for our people in this regard. and i would also like to stress your leadership, which has been inspiring to most leaders of the world. you emerged proposing great changes, and you proved that it was possible that with courage, you could meet these challenges, and you achieved in your country and in the rest of the world quite a bit, and this is -- this is something that we are experiencing here in our country. so thank you very much for being an inspiration to us. and i just wanted to review a few of the many things we have agreed upon in these weeks of
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work and that have come to have been realized on this trip, and the first focus that i have agreed upon with this leader, which is to move forward the two pillars of our work, our education and jobs, and so the first agreement we signed is to boost exchange between teachers and students, science and technology is another area. we would like to strengthen, and job creations, which we have discussed this morning. we have discussed the importance of increasing trade between our two countries. argentina has a lot to offer. we have a very low level of trade between the two countries, so we have spoken possibly to work to strengthen investment of u.eir countries in argentina,