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i.s.i.l. strikes an iraqi air base as the victims of an early attack at a football match are burden eat. -- buried. also ahead, as brussels continues to mourn its dead, belgian police charge three suspects with terror offences. wins in washington and alaska give a new lease of life to bernie sanders in the presidential race. >> i would like to save people and even trees, even nature. i love it the refugees who arrived in australia by boat are now
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serving as volunteer firefighters welcome to the program. i.s.i.l. have attacked an iraq' base killing ten soldiers. the base is home to hundreds of trainers. it comes a day after an i.s.i.l. suicide bombing at a football stadium south of baghdad that killed more than 40 people. in northern iraq turkey has launched air strikes on i.s.i.l. positions. this follows the killing of a turkish soldier in an i.s.i.l. attack targeting kurdish forces. >> translation: after liaising with the staff, the involvement of turkish air forces as part of our engagement. as long as the elements posing a threat for turkey on that line remain there, the military
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presence in that area will continue and we will continue to maintain our presence that will responsibility to possible threats against our borders even further south our correspondent has march on the air base attack. >> reporter: around 8 to ten mighters succeeded in getting into the base. some of them blew up themselves and some of them were killed. clashes should happen. sml fighters some were killed but it was not said how many have been killed in this operation. the source did not talk about whether those fighters reached to the facilities or to the offices under the control of american forces, but another source from the area said those fighters i.s.i.l. fighters got
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into the facilities or to the offices under the control of it is known that around 300 or 400 trainees and advisers are based in this basements until this moment, the cashes inside the base, people who have been inside the base are due to these clashes. it did not wish to the american officers or the american bases. the sources says those i.s.i.l. fighters reached to the telecommunications office before they were killed. all of them staying in iraq, funerals have been held for the victims of friday's suicide bomb blast. more than 40 people were killed. i.s.i.l. claims responsibility for the attack. people have been fleeing i.s.i.l. held mosul after the
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iraqi army began an offensive to retake the city. thousands of iraqi soldiers have been deployed outside mosul and they're ready to advance. middle east analyst says it is forced to use new tactics >> two important things have changed over the last six or seven months. the first point is that i.s.i.s. is losing its almost unlimited wealth. it is facing financial and economic difficulties and it is no longer can rely on tax aatio a and the oil revenues on the way that it good. the other factor is since may islamic state have not been able to gain even an inch or there hasn't been able to basically
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have a serious achievement and at the same time it has lost about 40% of its ground in iraq and over 20% of its territories in syria. i.s.i.s. has no choice but to change its tactics. for example, by relying on methods and tactics like suicide bombing, it doesn't have to use a great deal of resources but at the same time it can have a major impact the syrian army is now in control of a third of the ancient city of palmyra. the government forces have retaken the norpth and western parts of the city. it was seized in may last year. the group is on the retreat. the syrian army has pushed into the city supported by russian air strikes. >> reporter: activists inside here have told al jazeera that
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the government forces are in control of the sitadel. it is one area from the city center so whoever electoral krols that gives them a vantage point. we know from different people that the government forces are in the area. it is an important part because it connects a strong hold to the north and east. there is an i.s.i.l. stronghold to cover the routes for them the egyptian army says it has killed 60 i.s.i.l. fighters in northern sinai. a military spokesman said 40 others were injured that destroyed 32 weapons depots.
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last week a mortar attack killed 15 police officers in the same area. belgium prosecutors say the man who may be the third bomber at brussels airport has been arrested. the suspect and two others have been charged. meanwhile a big rally planned for sunday has been postponed due to security concerns. >> reporter: in the middle here is brahim el-bakraoui. on the left is najim laachraoui. it is the man on the right fisil c, they blew themselves up on tuesday but the third man's device failed to explode. the belgian media is naming fisel craze. >> reporter: the location of his arrest seems extraordinary. it may be the third airport bomber, a bomber whose photos has been on media.
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there are new names, new connections emerging every day. it is now clear that the paris and brussels attacks were the work of one network, not separate cells. the brussels airport bombers najim laachraoui was connected by dna evidence to an address used by the paris bombers. salah abdeslam and others here. najim laachraoui is a suspected bomb maker and his d.n.a. was found on belts in paris and stade de france. the suicide bomber at brussels metro was khalid el-bakraoui who had rented the safe house which the paris attackers used before their attacks. also rented the hide out in suburban brafs where salah abdeslam fled after paris. several accomplices are still being hunted, including this man.
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101 casualties are treated in hospital. four of them killed in tuesday's bomb attacks. it is a difficult and forensic task. >> translation: you have to understand that a terrorist bomb contains small and large pieces and that these hit the victims at a high speed. out of respect for the relatives, we won't release further details. >> reporter: brussels remains tense and the interior minister and brussels mayor urged the postponement of a big memorial for brussels on sunday. policing that gathering would hamper the bombings inquiries. >> translation: for these inquiries we need police capacity all over the country, and it's our main priority to let the police in the best services possible do these inquiries. >> reporter: the organisers agreed. the rally is off. but the grieving goes on.
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paul brennan tributes continues to be paid to the victims of tuesday's attacks. in central brussels at the area here people lit candles and laid flowers. flags of different nations were draped on the old stock exchange building. an end to the country's civil war where people gathered marked one year since the air strikes began. me asked for talks with the government blaming many for the suffering. >> reporter: from this place we extend an and that of peace. the peace of the brave for direct talks with the saudi regime meanwhile in taiz yemen's third largest city, demonstrator is gathered. the houthis had besieged taiz
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for over a year. pro-government forces pushed them out earlier this month. yemen analyst peter salisbury says talks are unlikely no end hostilities. >> the envoy has announced that there is a 11 day period or 8-day period before talks begin when hostilities will end. we heard this announced before. we haven't heard what has achanged from the beginning of this year to last year. almost a year ago in terms of the attitude of the different parties to the conflict. over the past few weeks what we've been told is there have been direct talks between the houthis and the government of saudi arabia. it is important to remember here that saudi arabia are important to the anti houthi and anti salah war effort in jem. they're funding it, they're equipping fighters. they have a huge aerial
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campaign. what happened aed to have happened is some kind of deal has been reached where they don't launch attacks on the border and they many readduce the number of attacks in houthi held areas by their air force and the houthis at the same time have agreed not to launch attacks over the border. aat this moment in time the problem is that for saudi arabia to really back out and leave the war, it really needs a big win and most people agree that that big win means taking the capital, either through negotiated process or by force. at this moment in time it seems neither the houthis nor their allikelies are willing to give it up and that leaves only one other option which is to take it by force time for eye short break here. when we come back, a new law designed to protect women from abuse is under attack in pakistan. plus japan's newest bullet train makes its debut.
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welcome back. a quick reminder of the top stories here. 18 iraqi soldiers have been killed at an air base in anbar province. at least 10 i.s.i.l. suicide bombers attacked the base which is home to hundreds of military trainers. the man who may be the third bomber at the airport has been arrested. a suspect and two others have been charged with terror offences. former yemeni president has called for an end to the civil war and is speaking in the
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capital which is controlled by the houthi rebels. they have been fighting a coalition that's all idea with forces u.s. democratic presidential hopeful bernie sanders dedefeated hillary clinton in the washington and alaska state caucuses. he is competing against her in hawaii. he is hoping to close in on his rival's lead. it takes 2383 delegates to win the democratic nom neckaches. despite bernie sanders wins in washington and alaska she still has a huge lead. sanders is hoping his campaign will pick up momentum with his victories as he only has 956. these wins will keep him in the race >> >> they're significant enough to allow him to claim some momentum
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going forward and to keep his campaign going. these were not just wins in washington state and alaska. these were enormous wins he won over 70% of the vote in alaska, winning large in washington state as well. it allows the bernie sanders campaign to continue to raise money, something they've done really well and it allows him to essentially say you should be liberal democrats out there. you should give pause to others in the party who are still lining up behind hillary clinton. it lets this race continue. hillary clinton is still has a sizeable advantage here. the reason for that is she not only has the pledged delegate lead, she has the super delegate lead and these are the party elders, elected officials on the democratic side who are lornlgly with hillary clinton. if bernie sanders is actually going to make in a contest and find a way to compete for the
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nomination ultimately, what he will dough is start changing some minds among the sort of elder states men of the democratic party, the elected officials who make up these super delegates. that's a tougher road at least 12,000 refugees remain at the greece-macedonia border living in a makeshift camp. some have moved to shelters provided by the greek government, but many are refusing to leave the camp. they're worried that moving away from the borders will cost them their chance to reach northern europe. >> translation: at first i thought the other camps would be better, but i realized it might be the same just tents. all we do is change locationss. it is better here because it is closer to the border. >> translation: there's no way we will go to the camps. we didn't come to camps to escape from hunger. we're escaping a war. we didn't come to stay or have fun or eat and drink like animals. we came here looking for a new life and hope our correspondent reports.
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>> reporter: some people who have been lived here for months have boarded buses. 45 450 left on friday. more are leaving informed. the fact that there isn't enough space, these accommodation centers cannot house all these people. there are 50,000 migrants and refugees across the country. of course, there are those who do not want to leave. they still have hope that the border will open even though many people you talk to are now resigned to the fact that they may be stuck here, but necessity believe that by stake here, they can pressure the e.u., keep their plight in the international media so they will not be forgotten.
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they can apply for the relocation program and this is going to take months. people are growing desperate, especially those who want to be reunited with the family. it is a logistic a.m. challenge. the u.n.h.c.r. to get change. the greek government will employ more staff members to spreed up the process a syrian refugee has given birth in a tent. a medical team rushed to assist the 25-year-old before ambulance came to take the mother and new born girl to a hospital. the baby was the third child and the first to be born on european soil. australia has a tough policy to deter refugees who arrive by boat, but some of them are make aing valuable contribution to the country. andrew thomas reports on the refugees who have turned firefighters. >> reporter: every summer parts of australia go up in flames. in hot windy conditions wild
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bushfires are common. containing them and stopping them from destroying homes or lives generally falls to volunteer fire fighters. not many are from iran, but this lady and her husband are. refugees who came to australia by boat. >> the hoses are very heavy. when water is on it is heavier. for me, maybe men not, but for me very heavy. but i like it. i like to save people even trees, even nature. i love it. >> reporter: a few years ago the local fire brigade faced a problem, a dwindling number of recruits. >> reporter: there weren't enough volunteers to run even a training exercise like this one, let alone to have enough people on call for when a real fire broke out. the fire service was becoming unviable. >> we had about 12 members in the brigade and that's really not enough for what we want to
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do in communities. so we had to do something to change that around. >> reporter: so the fire service made an active effort to recruit from ethnic minorities, particularly resettled refugees. nowadays australia's government deports any refugees who come by boat, but between 2010 and 2013 tens of thousands were allowed to stay. a high number settled to the south and east of melbourne, the very area facing a shortage of firefighting volume fierce. today of the 52 volunteers based at noble park, half are from immigrant backgrounds. >> they helped us and allowed us to be in australia, so i should do something. i want to do something. it's a pay back. >> reporter: the firefighters are more representative of the immigrant communities they're serving too. >> particularly in a situation where you've got a fire, it is a
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bad time for people and english not being a first language, quite often we have members responding who can speak other languages and omp comfort and support to people in their times of need. >> reporter: the focus of australian politics recently has been on how to on keep refugees out. sometimes over looked is their contribution once they're in. andrew thomas turkey's president has criticized foreign diplomats for attending the trial of two prominent journalists charged with espionage. the journalists from a newspaper are accused of trying to topple the government. the e.u.'s enlargement chief has described the case as a test of freedoms and rule of law in turkey. hope francis has led catholics into easter celebrations with a vigil at the vatican.
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in the wake of the brussels attacks, pope has urged people not to lose hope. >> translation: may the lord free us from this trap, from being christians without hope. we see and we will continue to see problems both within and without. they will always be there, but tonight it is important to share shed the light of the risen lorpd upon our problems. let's not allow darkness and fear to control us the republic of ireland is marking 9100th anniversary of easter rising. musts musts the president laid a wreath at the gar deny of remembrance. the ceremony was attended by relatives of 78 people who died during the events of 1916.
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it helped pave the way for the creation of the republic of ireland myanmar's military has been marking armed forces day in the capital. it is the first time the parade has been held since aung san suu kyi's party took power. htin kyaw will take office on 1 april a new bill has been passed in the pakistani province of punjab which makes domestic abuse illegal. the regional government is setting up a 24-hour hot line and will set up shelters for women. >> reporter: welcome to this leading beauty salon that caters to more privileged classes but offers help to some of its victims. if you look around you can see that most of the trainees are
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victims of domestic violence. many still have the scars from acid attacks. this lady came up with the idea of the salon which is training 700 students who come from all over the country. >> any crime which takes place has to be taken into account and the perpetrators must be punished and the justice should be given to the victims >> reporter: last month a bill was passed ewe unanimous howly-- ewe unanimously on violence against women illegal. some leaders object to parts of the new law. >> translation: islam is a religion but we are some of this bill. >> reporter: some are worried the new law could trigger a backlash in the male dominated
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society. >> reporter: women across the country have held a resolution as a major victory. it has also sparked a heated debate with the religious side. the most powerful religious parties say they were not consulted on the bill and have serious questions. >> translation: the women protection bill is against lamb. it furthers the western agenda and should be withdrawn immediately. >> reporter: punjab's minister remains defiant and says it is law and will be implemented in letter and in spirit. >> we have to protect women. this bill will not be withdrawn. however, we can improve it, we can delete anything if there is something wrong. >> reporter: the constitution
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says that any legislation which goes against lamb cannot become law. no-one knows if the government will back down or hold its grounds on this contentious legislation, but one thing it can't afford at the moment is continued opposition and the threat of street protests finally, japan's newest bullet train has gun operating. it connects the main island with the northern island through an under sea tunnel. >> reporter: japan has long been known for its love affair with trains. th is its latest effort, a five billion dollar project with a new bullet train that connects the main island with the northern island. tickets for the journey sold out in just 25 minutes. >> translation: i'm getting more excited as i'm seeing the
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train. i just couldn't sleep. i woke up at 1am and was tossing and turning >> reporter: it was planned in 1972. that's nearly a decade after the first bullet train connected tokyo with osaka. it will take travellers four hours which saves them an hour. it stretches 150 kilometers. the designation has many place to visit. >> translation: it is finally completed. it is a moment we hope will help with the increasing tourism and boosting the local economies there. >> reporter: the line also runs through a 54 kilometer undersea tunnel. at 240 metres below sea level, it is the deepest operational main line tunnel in the world.
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japanese officials say they hope to extend the line to the northern city by 2030 all the news, of coursing, on our website at aljazeera.com t aljazeera.com >> good evening and thanks for journeying us on "america tonight." i'm joie chen. as we've seen, the fingerprint of i.s.i.l. has ben easy to identify.

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