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critics say will destroy parts of a historic pakistani city. we begin in iraq where there have been two major attacks. one at a football steam and one at the air base where dozens of people have been killed. the air base is located in anbar province 120 kilometers from ramadi. hundreds of u.s. military advisers and trainers use the base to support iraqi troops. however, the u.s. military is saying that there were no attacks in or near its site of the base. last week they would retake anbar province. 67% of the have vince is now controlled by isil. the attack comes from an attack south of baghdad. 30 people were killed when a suicide-bomber clu blue himself
up. >> the explosion killed dozens of people. it happened south of baghdad. the losses on the battlefield may have provoked the increase attacks like these. the u.n. secretary general arrived, ban ki-moon said that isil is exploiting sectarian division. he called on iraq's government to nuclear reconciliation between sunni and shia communities. in northern iraq the army said
that they started clearing out the isil-held city of mosul in preparation of an offense to retake the city some time this year. mosul is surrounded on three sides by kurdish peshmurga forces. bernard smith, al jazeera. >> the ceo of who has been an assistance of five divisions in iraq. >> isis is the latest reincarnation of what was previously known as al-qaeda and iraq. and al qaeda in iraq signature attacks from sectarian-based attacks. primarily car bombs against innocent shia, marketplaces and assistant civilians. i was at an aqi leader, a
predecessor who wanted to ignite a shia-sunni war which it successfully did by bombing in the cities and selecting targets. isis wants to do the same thing. and unfortunately, the main beneficiary of such attacks with attacks against civilians and militia attacks against sunni civilians is militant and extremists and iran-backed militia groups. unfortunately, what we've seen out of this white house is all tactics and no strategy. absent of broader political framework all the military resources in the world and obviously the united states has the best intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance capabilities and the best special operations forces in the world. all those resources could have been expended in iraq during the
bush administration. but u.s. involvement is not going to achieve anything. >> the belgium prosecutors have charged some suspects. thousands of people have been coming to the heart of belgium's capital to la floral tributes. suicide-bombers detonated explosives at the international airport and a busy metrotation. jacky rowland responds from brussels. >> we've been getting details of more charges filed against suspects who were arrested on thursday and on friday. and thursday a suspect by the nam was arrested and he was charged with participation in terrorist activities. two other names, one arrested on thursday and one arrested on
friday. if i may, i would like to focus on that first suspect who has been named. because police are apparently pursuing the theory that he was the third man in that cctv image from the airport. you'll recall the cctv i think showing three men. two men who were involved in a bomber and died in the explosion. a third man in a light coat and hat is suspected to be on the run. he was charged with participating in terrorist activities. what we know about him is that he passed himself off as an independent journalist and in fact, that was kind of a cover. and that in fact, he was not really a bonified journalist at all. >> in egypt the army said it
killed 60 fighters affiliated with isil in the northern sinai. another 40 from injured in raids on raids in ammunition depos. the latest defensive involves the deadly attack by isil which killed 15 policemen in the sinai peninsula. syrian state media say government forces have taken the ancient city of pal maya from isil. it's been reported that the citadel area has been recaptured by the government, but the city itself is still contested. we have more from the turkish-syrian border with more. >> the area is only one kilometer away from the city center. so over controls the area gives them the vantage point. and in military terms they will
nobody control of the city itself. we have reports that isil sit putting a tough part of the number earlier p we know from different reports that they're clearing the numbers of areas. now the entire city of palmyra is quite big for the regime and the russians because it connects with other strongholds to the north and then to the east and there is an isil stronghold 37 so we'll cut the supply roots to them. >> a mass protest taking place in the yemeni capital of sanaa. it's a year to the day in campaigns against hooty rebels began in the country. the former yemeni president spoke to the crowd. >> on this day in 2015, the assault on the yemeni people started. killing innocent civilians, targeting our women and children, destroying civilian
household and closing down schools, universities and factories. >> at least 25 people have been killed in a suicide-bombing in the southern yemeni port city of aden. one car bomb went off at a military checkpoint. other two with explosions at a base used by the saudi-based coalition. isil has claimed responsibility. since the war began last year the united nations said 6500 people have been killed. u.n. agencies report that 21 million people around 82% of the population, needs some kind of humanitarian aid or protection. and more than 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes. senior of foreign policy fellow at the brookings institution said that the
cease-fire represents many uncertainties. >> we're finally talking about a cease-fire on april 10th, and we don't know whether this is going to hold. and the u.n. envoy will announce this. actually, he, they explained the logic behind april 10th. if you really and seriously interested in a cease-fire and truce, why don't you just take one or two days to stop it, and to stop the war and begin the cease-fire. but nevertheless, a major change has happened over the past year is that the campaign has been able to liberate the southern part of yemen in particular the aden area. but that's by itself has become a problem. in two ways. one way is that if this war continues, then we're going to end up with a de facto partition of yemen where we have a state in the south governed by the
hadi, and the state in the north governed by the houthies. another major problem with this is that the southern part has become chaos in terms of security on security terms, meaning that the area has beco become al-qaeda has become full control of it, and eye skis has become active in aden, where aden has become a haven for isis. >> still ahead, targeted by their own government, why ethiopia's largest ethnic group say they feel persecuted. plus tensions at a damascus gate. why the indians to the old city is now element--why the entrance to the old city is now almost empty.
into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> hello, a top story here on al jazeera. one of the suspects in the brussels bombings is charged with terrorist activities. the police believe that the man may be the one caught on cctv footage from the airport. he's suspected to have fled. two suicide-bombers at anbar province. and this teenager blew himself up at a football stadium. it killed 30 people and many more were injured.
at least 12,000 refugees still remain at the greek macedonia border. they're living in a makeshift camp hoping that macedonia will soon let them in. some have relocated to camps created by the greek government throughout the country. we're at the camps following the latest developments. >> some refugees and migrants who have been stuck along the border with macedonia for weeks now have decided to move to government-run camps according to the unhcr. 150 people boarded buses on friday. the buss are here today as well. they're hoping that they can relocate more people. but there they're facing another problem. it's not just persuading people to leave here but the fact that there isn't enough space. these accommodation centers cannot house all these people. greek authorities are struggling to deal with this crisis. there are 50,000 migrants and refugees across the country.
but of course there are those who do not want to leave. they still have hopes that the border will open even though many of the people you talk to are relying on the fact that they may be stuck here. but they say they can pressure the mad down i can't authorities, pressure the e.u. and keep their plight in the international media so they will not be forgotten. right now they have to apply for asylum. they have to apply for the relocation program, and this will take months. and people are growing desperate. especially those who want to be reunited with their families. it is a logistical challenge. it's going to take a long time for these people to get appointments and to apply. but they're hoping that the greek government employs more staff members. >> the aroma people one of the ethiopia's largest ethnic groups say they're ignored or targeted by their own government. activists say at least 200 people were killed by security
forces. charles stratford has this report. >> six-year-old abby and her nine-year-old brother have not been attending classes. the government closed their school a month ago at the start of crackdowns on protests. >> this child's mother was shot in the neck and died a couple of weeks ago. >> the little girl cries and keeps asking where her mother is. we feel her pain. the older one knows that his mother was shot and died. and now he understands that she's gone. >> the aroma is ethiopia's largest ethnic group. it has a degree of self rule, but the the aroma opposition
say that it has been corrupted by the ruling party. >> they say that it aims to spread infrastructure into the surrounding aroma region. but the aroma people have had longstanding problems with the government for decades now. cultural, economic, and it's these issues that are not being addressed. >> a politician said that his community defense equal opportunity.
>> the protests come at a time when ethiopia has enjoyed stability. and the government is afraid of civil unrest. it is repeatedly accused the erteian government of stirring unrest. >> the government said it's listening. >> concessions are being made and will be made with the people not only to address islam, which is a smokescreen. >> for this family, their mother and daughter were victim of a government who has broken many
promises before. >> authorities in pakistan say they have arrested a former indian naval officer for suspected spying. they say that the spy agency was captured in its troubled province on friday islamabad summoned india's ambassador and it is denying any links to the officer. there are fears that the arrest could jeopardize. negotiations over an armed sta state. >> the construction of a new trainline in pakistan's second largest city is caused real concerns. >> this is lahor. it is pakistan's second largest
city. monuments date back hundreds of years. here you'll find recommend plants of architecture intermingling with the greek empire and british colonialism. if the new trainline is given the go ahead will anger many. >> the development charges is taking over 11 heritage sites including the gardens. some of these sites will be engagerred irreversebly. >> the government said that that project has problems. it will bring bumper-to-bumper traffic. >> there will be 96 stations and
it will carry 250,000 people on a daily basis to start with. and ultimately this would be facilitating 500,000 people on a daily basis. >> critics say that it won't solve the problem. >> this project feeds less than 2% of the population, and it is not integrated with anything. >> it is not the heritage but the human cost of this project that will effect tens of thousands of people. this woman and her family moved to pakistan. she had seen her neighbor's house demolished. she is being compensated because they were told to take the money or see their home demolished. >> the money they're offering us is not enough to buy a house.
>> this project will cut a wound through the heart of a city. the feeling across the country is that the government has to prioritize before embarking on such ambitious and unsustainable projects. al jazeera. >> passengers lined up in tokyo to secure a place on board the new bullet train experience. the train connects japan t's island to tokyo. it is the deepest operational main line tunnel in the world. as global markets in 2016 face an uncertain future there is a renewed interest behind bitcoin. the virtual currency has been involved with drug deals, but the numbers are up, and big banks are investing. >> the win ward cafe in miami is
holding a unique place in the state of florida. it is home to the only bitcoin cash machine around, but it doesn't dispense anything as old fashioned as paper money. >> we go ahead and start. >> the terminal is part of a growing network of bit coin machines that is now rapidly involving. >> i think bitcoin is becoming a teenager. that would be a good analogy for it. the industry is maturing and the services needed in terms of infrastructure to help the next wave of start ups and continues to be improved. >> the virtual currency is only 7 years old but it is beginning to pique the interest of investors. it is long from the days when bitcoin was associated with drug deals and hackers.
bitcoin.com's director of content, he told us that it's the relative security that has it's global appeal. >> if you have your own bitcoin wall, no one is able to take that money away from you, and that gives people a really good understanding of how they can store their money, their valuables. >> over the years it seems that bitcoin has been written off as a failed project almost as many times as it has been hailed the future. but there are some issues as the number of users increase, it can be unpredictable. more serious is the falling out amongst the community that controls the currency lead to go what some are calling a toxic community. just as they focus over issues like increasing the network capacity and moving away from traditional banking, and for many users there is a steep
learning curve. >> it is still very risky and it is a risky thing. particularly if you're counting on it coming from widespread use it is a difficult thing for consumers. it is uncertainty that may see bitcoin reemerge as an entirely new way of thinking about money. >> microsoft has apologized and redrew an artificial robot from twitter after it was taught to write racist tweets. in one tweet it wrote, hitler did nothing wrong and another it wrote holocaust is a lie. and it said donald trump is the only hope we've got.
over the last six months there has been a wave of violence in israel and the occupied palestinian territory th our correspondent stephanie dekker has more on how this is affecting life in the city. >> damascus gate, the busiest entrance into the old city, not any more. the street market sellers have gone. there is now an eerie silence now. >> these days the israeli forces are suspicious of everything. if your hands are inside your pockets, their hands are on the trigger ready to shoot. >> damascus gate has become a hot spot during the last six months of attempted stabbings and shootings. it made israeli government beef up security here. they now stand behind bariers. they didn't before. there are more security cameras and their trees have been cut to
create a clear view. we can no longer film freely as we used to. we can only stand in certain locations. >> these steps used to be filled with people sitting around enjoying their day, but now that is no longer allowed. there is security and sniper position on either side of the damascus gate. >> palestinians say this amount is collective punishment. many seek to tell us that they're scared that any wrong move could get you shot. walking inside the old city this is a scene that has seen multiple attacks, and security has been increased. this man has owned this shop for 40 years and he said that this situation has never been this bad. >> this is the most worst time in all my life in jerusalem. there is no future for the children. every day it becomes worse than
the day before. >> israeli officials say that the security situation is difficult to control israeli police tells us that various units have been deployed to the area to maintain safety for the residents and tourists. many palestinians dispute some attacks even took place. what is clear is that life has been sucked out of this once bustling historic place and replaced by tension and uncertainty. stephanie dekker, al jazeera, occupied east jerusalem. >> ireland is commemorating 100 years since the easter rising rebel i don't kno rebellion. they are remembering the 100 irish volunteers who lost their lives. 150 men stormed the capital office and unfurled the irish flag.