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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. a very warm welcome from me david foster to this al jazeera newshour live from london. this is some of what we'll be looking at in detail in the next 60 minutes. at least 65 are killed in the pakistani city of lahore, in a park. most are children riot police in action as right wing protesters march to a memorial for victims of tuesday's bombing
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iraqi leader muqtada begins a sit in on the verge of the green zone and an easter rising that helped pave the way for the irish republic. >> in sport - avoiding being sent home, a host nation holding their nerve against australia to progress it the t20 world cup finals. starting the news in pakistan. in lahore, in the north-east of the country, a splinter group in the pakistan taliban says it carried out a bomb attack on a park popular with families. 65 were killed, most women and children. >> in pakistan the army was called out as police used tear gas against protesters. they were thereto protest the
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execution of a policeman. he killed a governor. first of all, we go to the bombing in lahore. >> reporter: an explosion at a children's park in the heart of lahore. this was the pakistan taliban attack, to claim lives in taliban. a food card vendor described the moment. >> i was speaking about it. i heard an explosion so big. i couldn't understand what was happening. >> it was the weekend. the park was full of families, as a result. most of the dead and injured were women and children. witnesses reported bodies strewn everywhere with emergency services stretched and casualties high. people used casualties and rickshaws. the hospitals on high alert.
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these attacks are not knew to the team of taliban. in the past the punjab province has been spared the worst of the violence, the taliban carrying out this attack in the ruling government's political backyard. with this attack in lahore, it seems a period of calm in the country may now be at an end so that was what happened in lahore. there was tension in the capital, islamabad, where armed police were on the streets because of a case that aroused strong feelings among an activist. a policeman assigned to guard the governor, but in 2003 he shot dead the man he was supposed to protect. he said he killed the governor because he had spoken out against pakistan adds blasphemy -- pakistan's blasphemy law. he was executed last month after
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a final appeal was rejected. more than 100,000 were at his funeral this month. our correspondent followed the developments and sent us this. >> after thousands of support of kadri marched on parliament, the pakistani military was called to restore order and secure government buildings, parliament, the foreign ministry, the pakistan television and the enclave. we are told that the city administration has been able to convince the large crowd not to go near parliament or cause damage to government property, and they have been told that the crowd will stay in front of parliament. however, they will not fight. a situation evolving here in islamabad is critical. because they said that they have asked supporters from across the country to come and join them let's bring in hassan, a
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former pakistan high commissioner to the u.k. first of all, we report this as a splinter group, if you like, of the taliban. does it have different aims to the pakistan in general? >> well, it is sort of a generic name. they have groups working toot. whenever there's an incident one claims responsibility, that is how they describe themselves differently. they are one and the same, they promote their own idea of islam. >> this group said it deliberately targeted christians, they were there celebrating easter, the most important day in the calendar. it's not an attack on government institutions. why a group that included women and children? >> well, i think there is an
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element of comprehension on the government. they should have taken prekauctions. april was - lahore is a place where you have seen trouble in the past as well. because there has been artists there, attacked by the extremist groups. they should have taken precautions about it. unfortunately it happened. and then the person was killed. >> linked directly or indistinctly because both of them was about religious intall rons. >> they belong to the same extremist thinking, to the school of thought we have in islam, and the groups together. what they are doing in islam, lahore. is the same ideology. they are thinking alike, and
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they have the same objective, in order to divert the attention of the armed forces from fighting. >> hence the statement from the group that carried out the attack in lahore saying we are inside the city, we will not stop what we are doing, we'll continue with suicide attacks. >> there is a statement. and they have taken responsibility for it. they are there. they have sleeper cells everywhere in the country. that is what the main problem is. they are faceless enemies, and we have to fight them, and all the history has to fight them. otherwise we cannot manage them. they surprise you. they are faceless killers, and they can come out anywhere from anywhere. >> there has been a lot of talk about negotiations in
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afghanistan with the taliban there, on-off negotiations between the government and representatives of that movement. is there any possibility that that sort of thing could happen within pakistan. they are either the appetite for a reconciliation, or the suicides too far apart. >> i must say that pakistan is saying it's best to bring about a reconciliation to taliban, and the one government. but some matters don't head in a proper direction. somehow something happens, last time it happened because muller was killed and someone else took over. >> within pakistan itself? >> because pakistan we are carrying out an operation, and it has a fallout as well. the borders are porous. they can cross each other. whether it's pressure on them in
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pakistan, or when there's possession for them. that's how things are. and they are closely linked to each other. there are groups within pakistan who cooperate with each other. >> with prime minister sharif, is there an appetite to come to come sort of arrangement. >> i don't think we can have talks because they are enemies of the stake, and we have to root them out. >> it doesn't seem possible. >> we have to. we don't surrender to them. they almost recaptured part of the country last time.
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they are likely to increase. if you allow them to go on like that, the majority of people in pakistan are tolerant. they believe in the freedom of religion, and these people do not believe in freedom. they don't follow what they are to be. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> now to the netherlands. police say they have arrested a french national on suspicion of an attack. >> on tuesday there were protests, in brussels. not everyone complied as paul brennan discovered. he's in brussels.
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>> reporter: security was tight around a gathering place where so many came to pay reports on tuesday. while soldiers watched the mourners, elsewhere dozens of raids were carried out, arresting suspect. and a vacuum was created. which others were keen to fill. out of the railway station came a large crowd. they marched to the memorial square. marching to the steps. >> just a statement to say we love belgium. and just leave europe alone. >> the sounds of sorrow and grief since the tuesday bomb attack has given way to a small
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minority. >> police canons pushed the group back to a railway station where they dispersed. belgium prosecutors charged a man with terrorist murder and attempted murder. but will not firm his full fame is faycal cheflou. this refugee arrived last year, living in a park in central brussels. this man clearly remembers chev u coming to the park, agitating and using a megaphone to invite violence against infidels. >> he was stopped for two days by the police, and came back with microphones and was yelling and talking. and some people told me it was like gathering to make force.
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violence and stuff. everyone was like please stop it. people were mad. they understand what was being said. he was calling anybody, not muslim in fiddle. and that is very preserved they don't call them infidels. naz im has doubts whether he is the third bomber. the picture in the airport vision. >> it's not clear. he's a skinny guy. maybe it's been six months and he's eaten a lot of burgers.
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>> investigators have a long way to go before getting the full picture of who was involved the influential cleric muqtada entered the green zone. his supporters began a sit in at the gates to the system, frustrated that prime minister haider al-abadi has not carried out amendments. he promise to to carry out a reshuffle of the cabinet this week. this is what muqtada had to say. >> translation: we are here calling for reforms. we are at the walls of the green zone. i'm the representative of the people. i will enter the green zone, why
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you hold your ground here. we are peaceful demonstrators, and will remain as such. >> this is a small gesture, it carries ramifications and speaks volumes. >> this is one of the revered shia clerics. formerly leading a militia rising up against american forces. he's rally hundreds of thousands. the green zone is where diplomats live and work and is presented. he has said that his followers will storm the green zone. he appeared and said followers showed grate discipline and they
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were to stay put and he would go into the green zone. this is one of the few cases where followers have seen him up close. he went into the green zone. he was kissed and greeted by senior officials and sat on the side walk. that speaks volumes, he said he's a man of the people, speaking for all of iraq. this is a way to put pressure on the government, and intends to stay until reforms are made. the prime minister wants restorms, there's a lot of political resistance. he has a leading political rival sitting there, basically waiting for him to do something, and frantic political negotiations going on and expected to continue to go on until he gind
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a solution to this. >> jane arraf reporting from iraq. stay with us, we'll look at the man chipping away at clinton's lead. bernie sanders celebrating a triple victory. let's look at nigeria's difficulties with cancer, a country where many who are diagnosed just won't survive. and why rival football fans in turkey are uniting behind one cause. we'll have the details if you stay with us here on the al jazeera newshour. in syria i.s.i.l.'s 10 month rain over the city of palmyra is over. syrian government forces say they are in full control of the city. the recapturing of palmyra is symbolic and strategic victory for bashar al-assad. taking control of palmyra means
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government forces control the surrounding desert all the way to the iraq boarder in the south, and opens up access to the isil strong hold of deer azar, and the self-declared capital rehabilitationar. omar -- raqqa. omar has this update. he is across the boarder. >> reporter: people in palmyra told al jazeera that forces are in the city, 1km from the city center. whoever controls the city has a vantage point on the entire city, and probably means in military terms they'll be in control of the city itself. we have reports that isil is putting a tough fight in a number of areas, we know from different reports that the government forces are clearing a number of areas. forces in palmyra - it is a big area for the regime and russia. it connects to other strongholds
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to the north in the east of deir az zor. most of the isil strongholds supply routes will be cut it is more than 200 kilometres from damascus, which was home to 50,000 syrians before isil came along. the recapture is a victory because of almera's cultural value. >> a significant advance against isil in syria. according to state media, government forces have recaptured the ancient city of palmyra from isil after days of intense fighting. there has been no independent confirmation, the syrian observatory for human rights said that by sunday morning the bulk of i.s.i.l.'s forces in the city had retreated. >> following a series of large-scale operations, unit
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operating on the eastern countryside of homs, backed by the syrian forces fulfilled their missions. they gained control over mountains and ridges, and killed large numbers of terrorists. isil took over palmyra, a u.n.e.s.c.o. world heritage site and began a campaign of destroying a site and staging mass excuses. palmyra used to attract tens of thousands of tourists before the conflict began. the city is not known for the beautiful ruins, a prison complex is there. for decades, it was one of the feared detention centers, known for housing political prisoners. thousands were reportedly tortured there. after taking over the city, isil blew up the gaol, empty at the time, destroying a symbol of government control.
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palmyra is between damascus and daraa sore. the location making it important. russia withdrew forces from syria, the government of syrian president bashar al-assad had, of late, made advances in rebel held territory. >> recapturing palmyra opens up an advance of forces to the eastern desert, stretching to the iraqi boarder to the south, and i.s.i.l.'s boarder to the east ancient palmyra - it was feared it could be devastated because of what isil could do. it's not as bad as they might have feared. the pictures were shown on rush state tv. palmyra being a u.n.e.s.c.o. world heritage site. fighters did destroy many of the relics considered blasphemous,
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but not all anger growing among the thousands of refugees at a tiny boarder crossing where conditions are getting worse. most people sold their belongings, and spent their savings to get to the boarder of macedonia, only to be told they can go no further. hoda abdel-hamid had the story. >> they make their way to greece's boarder to macedonia. they had been told the migrant trail reopened. the refugees left their camps and walked for kilometres. we read it on social media. we celebrated last night. >> the people were not given the correct information. this is what they found - dozens preparing to break through greek police lines, and pushing
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forwards. >> this is the only hope we have left. they want to take us to military camps, and the e.u. relocation programme can take months, years. i'm confident we can get through. we are many people. >> a few dozen gathered. it didn't take long. we will not be marching. they said. >> not unless the red cross is with them, and there's a decision by the european union to let them in. >> the refugees and migrants know that crossing by force will not change anything. two weeks ago some managed to break through a barbed wire fence, only to be arrested by macedonian authorities, and sent back. they held peaceful protests in front of the cameras, in the hope that forces will be heard and suffering not forgotten. >> we'll endure the cold. we will not leave here, our families will stay until we can
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cross. >> reporter: this it where they say they'll wait while asylum requests are processed. >> what is going on is we are renouncing to our illuminous history and humanity. >> reporter: the main route through which hundreds of thousands used has been closed for weeks. there's no indication that that will change. more and more people are realising that europe's open-door policy has been shut now to the u.s. presidential race, and bernie sanders is closing the gap on hillary clinton in the battle for the democratic party nomination. he had big wins on saturday. here is how it's looking. it takes 2383 to win the nomination. sanders is 268 behind - more than 2000 are still up for grabs. bernie sanders won hawaii, washington and alaska on saturday. probably the best day of the
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campaign so far. clinton is still the favourite not the least because of the proportional system being she picks up delegates if and when she loses a state. rob reynolds reports. >> reporter: bernie sanders exulted after resounding victories in the alaska, hawaii and washington caucuses. >> our campaign is the campaign of energy, of momentum, which will lead to a large voter turnout in november, and victory. >> reporter: the largely white democratic electorates are the kind of voters bernie sanders did well among throughout his campaign. hillary clinton had a strong following in more diverse states, including ohio, florida, and north carolina. >> the only guy that is standing up for u the average person, or everybody, is bernie sanders. so i'm going with bernie sanders
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>> there's really only one candidate that will try to make a lot of change at once. >> reporter: but after the trio of wins, sanders lags behind clinton in the all-important delegate count. it takes 2333 delegates to win, clinton has 1,243 pledged delegates, sanders has 95 and will have to win 5% in all the contests to -- 55% in all the remaining contests to have a chance in july. >> we have the momentum. at the end of the day we'll end up with more pledged delegates an clinton. >> i know the stakes get higher by the day. >> reporter: because the stakes are awarded clinton will pick up
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delegates even in states she lose, and the nest are clinton-friendly -- next are client-friendly -- clinton-friendly areas. >> there is new york, pennsylvania, where clinton achieved a victory in 2008. in her nomination battle with president obama stay with us if you can, you are watching the newshour. this is coming up, keeping pace with the shifting sands of time. an old and influential museum tries to revamp its image. plus... >> i'm in qatar, where the supreme court is set to hear a petition to islam as bangladesh's state religion. >> we have the sport, a favourite. jeff francis is hitting form. he has the rest of the support in about 25 minutes time. nutes time.
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let's have a look at the top stories on the newshour. 65 were killed in a bomb explosion in the pakistani city of latore. police say a suicide attacker picked a public park. many of the dead are children the influential cleric moouk tarred area elsarreda entered the -- muqtada elsarreda entered the green zone and riots broken up by nationalist football fans. they were marching towards a vigil of the victims of tuesday's attacks. christians have celebrated easter sunday, the most important day of their religious calendar. pope francis leading the mass at the vatican. the easter period commemorates the last days of jesus christ
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and sunday is the day they celebrate the resurrection. pope francis talked about the recent conflicts and the plights of refugees in his address. >> translation: jesus by his resurrection triumphed over evil and sin. may he draw us closer are over the violence that sheds blood in different parts of the world. in turkey, chad, cameroon, ivory coast and iraq and other places. he invites us not to forget the men and women seeking a better future. a throng of refugees including children fleeing war, hunger, poverty and social injustice. easter sunday in jerusalem saw a drop in tourists and pilgrims, mainly it's thought due to security.
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the last six months sees a wave of stabbings and shootings. stephanie dekker reports from the church of the holly sepp you will kerr in jerusalem. >> the battery ot makes his -- patriot makes his way to give mass. it's the hole yesterday. despite that, there's not many. >> this year it's down 30-40%. it's not academic, but around there. mainly because people are concerned, afraid that the moment things happen. people are concerned. >> it concerns you when you walk through the city, there are so many guards. and i'm not used to handling every day life with so many weapons and army stuff. >> reporter: for those that came, a special moment. for many, this is a trip of a lifetime. to attend mass in a place jesus is believed buried and believed
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to be dead. but even the difference is palpable. >> mass is under way. what is striking is the amount of empty space. this area normally would be packed with tourists and will grimes. one man tells us it's a different atmosphere and is sad. another tells us things will be different next year. these are uncertain times, what makes them worse than the times before, no one knows when the latest wave of the violence will end. in the republic of ireland. easter holds significance. thousands turned up to remember those killed in the easter rising. it was unsuccessful but paved the way for the creation of the irish republic.
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here is phil lavelle. >> reporter: hundreds of years passed. but what happened a century ago poignantly remembered days ago, the only sound a piper, drum beat and words of remembrance from the acting prime minister. >> in honour of all those that died as crowds gathered, the rising happened on easter mont when 150 stormed the g.p. o, declaring independents. she surrendered after shelling by the british. that uprising galvanized the movement. five years later british troops were gone. part of the north stays in the u.k.
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friday, the precedent stood in a crowd of thousands to watch the flag risen. many watched respects paid to the 500 that lost their lives. among them faces that dedicated their lives to reunification. people like this man, who wants it back in the north. in the north many don't want to leave the u.k. sunday we were together in their mourning roy foster, professor of irish history at hartford college. this was a get. a glorious defeat. but why was it important. >> it's not as simple as irish nationalists rising it was
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separatists rising aglans constitutional members as well as the government. moving to the left calling and dying for a republic, killing people for a republic. previously on offer was a canadian style government. the suggestion is this was the precursure to ireland becoming a country in its own right. there are thought that this slowed up the idea. the british were already prepared to talk about it. >> a home rule had been passed. a dominion-type government. because of the war and resistance, it han solved. what it did was to switch or push nationalist opinion to the left. and make sure, unintentionally that ireland would be petitioned. as the demand was more radical.
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the 25% protest ants wanted nothing to do with it. what came out was a semi-indispent ireland, but a petitioned ireland. >> cast your mind back 50 years, to what we've been told about what happened. >> i was there i remembered. i was a 17-year-old schoolboy. i had gone up to watch the flypass at the military base an older man, the president of the ireland, spoke about getting back the north and then it seemed fantastical. three years later there was violence. >> why the change in tone over the ensuing 50 years.
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>> it's to do with maturity and the realization that there were other oirds and futures. it's to do with the memory that others fought in the world. and to do with the fact that modern ireland had gone through economic boon and bust. the harm in the north is okay. calmed down. but it's not a happy story. i had mire the cautious and the self critical way in which the commemorations are happening. >> when you look at the pictures and you see martin mcguinness there and you thing about what it may have spawned. it leads you to think about the petitioning of ireland. is there a fast majority of
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people. what proportion reason ireland believe a unit ireland will happen. >> it's distant it's pieration. what has happened. the devaluation till working in the north is the administration of the fact that the island has been straited more deeply than before 1969. an unintended matter of the campaign was to entrench the boarder more deeply than before. >> thank you. thank you for joining us on the newshour. >> world health organization is there's a rise in deaths in nigeria. 80% of those dig safed lose their lives. partly to blame, it's thought,
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is the inadequate diagnosis sis. let's hear from -- yvonne ned eggy two years ago this woman was diagnosed. she's in pain and can't walk properly, she blames poor medical facilities. >> in the first hospital there was no qualified doctor. the second hospital, no drugs and constant power outages. the next hospital did not have the right equipment. the world health organisation said increte treatment led to people dying. >> there were 56 deaths, now 98. >> in a country of 107 people, there were 7 state-run hospitals and clinics specialising in treating patients. the government plans to run that
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numb number. early detection is important, and investment. >> when you present. there's nothing anyone can do. what we resolve to do is use the money well. invest well. >> send on meetings and conferences, and put money where people benefit. that could be why numbers are low. 80,000 will die. the world health organisation is epping the government ri dues that figure. >> we have seen what the government is doing. they have a national control for them. showing the commitment on the side of the government. >> back in the home, she says investment in the facilities and improvement needs to come faster. nigerians spend 200 million on cancer treatments overseas.
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she cannot afford to travel and fears she could die if she can't get the treatment ot home. >> north korea's state military has been showing pictures over the biggest ever artillery exercise. kim jong un was overseeing a drill. tensions have been rising on the korean peninsula since the north carried out at test and launched a rocket earlier this year. myanmar's army chief said he will cooperate with the aung san suy kyi government which takes office next week. senior general promised to keep the country on the path to democracy. more than 10,000 troops took part in the ceremony to commemorate the army's
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resistance against the japanese occupation in 1945. there is a new opposition party in japan, ahead of parliamentary elections this summer. the new party is a merger of smaller opposition groups looking to put pressure on the current conservative ruling party. rob mcbride has the story. >> reporter: this merger is seen by many in the fragmented opposition as being the best chance of derailing the ruling conservative coalition government of prime minister shinzo abe, ahead of upper house elections this summer. shinzo abe has a lot of forward momentum, in spite of scandals involving cabinet members and faltering economic strategies. he has majorities in both houses of the japanese parliament. if he can extend that, he has an unprecedented opportunity to change the country's passivist cotitution giving the military an assertive role. the opposition promised to
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prevent that. the merger sees a sad demise of the main opposition democratic party of japan, they spectacularly swept to power in 2009. but equally spectacularly were dumped by the electorate a few years later. they were never able to recover. the new merged party will be known as the democratic party has no guarantee that they'll fire up this electorate. many, despite the checkered history of the shinzo abe, believe there's no alternative to him. >> a court in bangladesh is expected to hear a petition filed 28 years ago, challenging islam's status as the state religion, there has been an increase in attacks against atheists and religious minorities, leading to concerns about their safety. we have this report. >> today, like most days, they exude tranquility. last october the scene was
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different in the house of worship. bombs ripped through a profession during celebrations to mark the holy month, killing two, injuring more. >> it's not just shy its that come here, a lot of sunnis come. to have an attack is the security of everyone, not just our security. >> a month later, members in bangladesh were arrested for the attacks. >> the assault on the house of worship was not an isolated one. since last year there has been attacks on atheist, hindus. raising concerns that bangladesh is less tolerance of religious diversity. >> this is something they were hoping to prevent when filing a petition in 1988, chipping islam's status. that was shortly after an unpopular ruler made up the fate
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to gain legitimacy. in the aftermath of recent violence, people believe the revival of the petition is timely. >> it is always better to correct a mistake or wrong, even if it is after many years, than to never correct it at all. the announcement of the hearing, said to take place on monday sparked controversy. sunni muslim groups said they will resist changes, and on friday, after midday prayers, they took to the streets to void the opposition. those who are against the petition say changing the status of islam could lead to the deterioration of social values. a police patrol keeps a look out. as tensions rise over the outcome over a hearing. minority worshippers say they are worried about their future we are off to afghanistan, but not in the way you might think. the country's cricketers - well,
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they held their nerve and catches against the windies. we'll tell you about that if you stay with us.
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time to hand over to andy for sport. >> thank you so much. host nation india had just about booked their spot in the finals of the world 2020 championship. a brilliant performance proving the difference against australia. >> reporter: cricket fans in india said their prayers before
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the sudden death encounter in mahaly. it didn't appear to pay off as australia smashed 50 off the first 22 delivers -- deliveries. india's bowlers began to peg the scoring back. there was little anyone could do with this switch hit from glen maxwell, australia setting a target of 161. the retiring shane watson kept up the aussie pressure with the ball as well. but the yans of colley -- entrance of vir add colley would be the turning point, hitting a brilliant 822, including 32 off his last 11 balls. the winning runs came from max domi, india taking a 6-wicket victory. >> i thought we were in a good position at one point. needing around 2 a ball. i thought 160 was about par on
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the wicket. i took a seriously unbelievable innings under pressure by virat kohli to get his team over the line. >> he's backing well. he's fantastic. at the same time he can run high. >> the next opponents will be the west indies that fell victim to afghanistan. the windies qualified for the last four, and were looking to keep the unbeaten record intact. they limited the afghans to 123-7, to their 20 overs. on paper, at least. it seemed like an easy target for the windies big hitters to chase down. afghanistan's bowlers kept them under pressure, and it came down to the final over. the windies needed 10 runs from the last four balls, and a
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diving catch scuppered their hopes. >> anything op our mind was -- on our minds was to win. that's why we play cricket. you know, we wanted to come out of this group. i think looking at the history of the tournament no team has done it undefeated. >> afghanistan celebrating a 6-run win, the first victory over a major test-playing nation. the tournament is open let's have a look at the semifinal line-up. the last four - first last-four game in delhi, seeing india taking on new zealand. no unbeaten team has ghon on to win the title. new zealand have to reverse history, and thursday, the windies are taking on host india in mumbai. >> 2-time defending european
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football champion has been held to a 0-0 draw. players coming together to remember the life of johan. the match took place in buickar et. there were chances remaining. in their defense against the czech public. and turkish football fans put on a display of unity. groups from five clubs marching together in istanbul, gathering to condemn violence and urge solidarity. the istanbul dhabi was called off last sunday due to security concerns. now, a pitch invasion by fans delayed in africa cup of nations qualifier for 30 minutes. it he gan when guinea scored the
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only goal of the game. the 1-0 win keeps them first. ghana were hold to a draw by mozambique. >> belgium cyclist is in a serious condition after being hit by a motorbike, the incident occurring away from the tv cameras during a one-day classic. it was won by peter seguin, a slovakian. the injured rider is in intensive care in hospital one of englands historic sporting contests has been won by cambridge, winging the first boat race -- winning the first boat race in four years, cambridge finishing 5 seconds ahead of oxford. that is sport new york's metropolitan museum of art, almost 150 years ago, in an effort to stay more current, is trying to be more modern. >> 50 years back to back, placed
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in sand with shells and pebbles. it's one of many pieces of works. in the new building dedicated to the modern and contemporary. the opening exhibit titled unfinished, looks at 500 years of work, bringing together wilder aspects with classical objects seen through the same lense. it has art connoisseurs trying to get a peak. it's a radical step to shake off a stuffy image. they could save, shunning contemporary works. >> we didn't start collecting modern art seriously until after the world war ii. we built up the collection in the late 20 z century. there's an opportunity for us to do more. >> doing so in a mast moving
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world, where change is measured in centuries, not retreats, would take time. it's where one of the deep dives is watched in the art world. >> in many ways, it is reinventing itself. the big challenge is doing so in a city where there are options for art lovers. >> you don't have to look for the whitney museums, focussing on art. moving into a new modern building. >> and new york's museum of modern art. known as moma, and the gugenheim, are two famous united nations. >> there is titanic competitions. >> ben davis says the met found itself trying to stay relevant. >> contemporary audiences are more interested in relevant than class, and the met is the
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