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myanmar's parliament votes to give aung san suu kyi a more powerful role in running the country. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead, searching for survivors. rescue workers dig through the rubble after a flyover collapses. caught on camera, the moment bombers targeted a bus carrying police officers in the turkish city. the world champion u.s. women's football team demand the same
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pay as their male counterparts. myanmar's parliament has voted on a bill to create a new post for aung san suu kyi. it's designed to give her a powerful role in running the country. her party, the ruling national league for democracy as proposed the bill to make her a state adviser. she is barred from becoming president because her children hold foreign passports. what does this mean, how much power would it give her. >> reporter: this was an easy win for her, a large majority in the upper house has just accepted this crucial bill which will give her far-reaching powers. as you know, she was barred from running for president. the constitution says a person
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with children of foreign nationalities can't be a president. she has explained it to be above the president. it looks like with this new bill she will be above the president. some compare it with a position of prime minister. officially it's called state counsellor and it means that she is's not only advising the government and not only advising parliament, but also advising the judiciary. she is above all these parties. when i was asking the parliament members here does it mean she has more power than the president, they really don't want to officially admit that, but it seems like she will have. the problem, of course, is that she already has four ministers' posts. she was sworn in on wednesday as the foreign minister, the education and energy minister, the head of the president's office, so how she will combine all these very crucial posts at this very crucial moment is still going to be a question, but people tell me she will
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probably resign from the minister posts and focus completely on this state counsellor position what powers will she have when it comes to addressing the issues of ethnic minorities in myanmar, some who, as you know, are demanding autonomy, and is she going to focus on that? >> reporter: she has said that the national reconciliation is high on the agenda, that it is a priority to bring peace to myanmar. she, obviously, has to start all over again, peace negotiations done by the previous government has basically failed, so she has to start all over again. so far we haven't seen any or heard any announcements in that direction. it's all been about increasing the power of aung san suu kyi in the first days of this new government. so we will have to see what the next steps are going to be in the next weeks from now thank you for that. at least 23 people are now known
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to have died following the collapse of a section of a fly over in calcuta. rescue workers and volunteers still working. they worked through the night. they're were searching for survivors under that rubble. dozens of people are thought to be still trapped and hopes of finding them alive are fading. >> reporter: this is one end of the flyover that snapped off. it has fallen onto not only construction vehicles but also a truck. we're told that the driver of the truck managed to escape unhurt. other people in vehicles have been the focus of the search. this is a very congested area. the flyover is surrounded by commercial and residential buildings. >> translation: it was a really difficult task to move these huge steel girders.
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we had to fit them into pieces. only then would we manage to clear them. >> reporter: the clean up operation is taking place with volunteers working alongside the army and official rescue workers. we're told that people are still missing. what is also disturbing is that crowds have gathered gep just metres away to watch all of this and further down under the bridge is business as usual with people setting up stalls, passing through and vehicles passed once again under the flyover police have released footage of the moment a bomb went off which killed 7 police men. no-one has yet claimed responsibility. our correspondent joining us. can you tell us what the latest
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is and whether now there has been a claim of responsibility. >> reporter: there hasn't been any claim of responsibility as yet. with regards to the video that you mentioned, i think this is the security camera. i'm not sure you will see it, but there is an area there with two cameras. the footage came from those two cameras, or one of them at least. i am standing at the location. the minibus came up from the road behind me and when it reached the corner where i am, just behind me it detonated. what is surprising to he is that this is a residential area. the explosion was so powerful it shattered the windows and surrounding region. one person we spoke to said he was at his house at the time of the attack and when the bomb happened he said it felt like it
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was an earthquake what do we know about the turkish prime minister's planned visit there? >> reporter: this was a preplanned visit. it is a predominantly kurdish area and since last year it witnessed military operations carried out by the turkish security forces on the p.k.k., the kurdistan workers party. the prime minister's plan was to visit the area and an area which was the worst hit in the security operations against the p.k.k. the plan is going according to their schedule, we don't know when the prime minister will land, but he plans to meet some of the locals and promised that they will rebuild the destroyed homes and restore lives. one final point with regards to the claim of responsibility, the
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government didn't come out and say who it thinks is behind the attack. however, the president speaking from washington dc indirectly pointed the finger at the kurdistan workers party, the p.k.k. thank you. in syria at least 31 people are killed and dozens injured in government air strikes in the eastern countryside of the capital damascus. the air strikes targeted the only hospital in the town of darvaser. a fragile ceasefire brokered by the international community is in place but there are reports of violations on all sides. brant has rejected the syrian's president proposal for a national unity government which will include members of the opposition. foreign secretary phillip hammond says only a transitional government without bashar al-assad can solve the country's political crisis.
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>> bashar al-assad talks about a unity government by which he means bringing one or two hand-picked regime friendly oppositionists into minor posts in the government. that is not sufficient. there has to be a change of direction in syria. there has to be the creation of a government that represents all the people, all the communities, all the faiths in syria. it has to be a government that is not or at least in the future will not be led by bashar al-assad people in the libyan capital have come out in force to show their support for the new unit dw government. they're calling on the u.n. backed government to help end years of political turmoil. members of the government travelled to tripoli from tunis on wednesday defying threats of violence. they have begun meetings there. thousands of protesters in brazil have rallied to show their support for dilma rousseff. they believe impeachment
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procedures against her unjust and amount to a coup. >> reporter: they will not let their president go down without a fight. tens of thousands of her most artent supporters took to the streets all over the country to try to embolden the president fighting for political survival and trying to stave off impeachment. >> translation: it is a very delicate situation, but there's nothing against the president to justify her impeachment. >> reporter: they see the impeachment as a coup orchestrated by the opposition to regain power without elections. >> translation: i'm here against the possible coup which will happen in this country if the president is impeached. it is absurd that a democratically elected president by the majority would be removed by this.
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>> reporter: many of these people are poor or working class, the ones that have benefited the most from the social and economic policies of her worker party for the past decade. today they're on the streets for a reason. thursday marked the anniversary of the 1964 military coup supported by congress that ousted leftist president from power and led the two decades of dictatorship. today dilma rousseff' supporters see parallels. the constitutional lawyer says the impeachment for dilma rousseff is going through the correct channels. is it a coup? >> translation: no. i do not consider this a coup because the constitution is working. it is a legitimate process >> reporter: in the impeachment is legal and constitutional, then why is it the president calling it a coup?
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>> translation: maybe calling it a coup is part of the identity crisis of her workers party. i have no doubt there is large scale corruption and out right of stealing of public funds going on. >> reporter: the opposition has protests planned in the coming days as well, but today it was her supporters helping a beleaguered president to hold on to a job that seams more tenuous by the day still to come on al jazeera, putting their past behind them, we're in nigeria to see how some of the children orphaned by violence are rebuilding their lives. japan's efforts to boost its economy could be back firing by another tax hike? her tax hike?
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the top stories on al jazeera. myanmar's upper house has passed the bill to create a new post for aung san suu kyi that is designed to give her a powerful role in running the country. her party, the ruling national league for dpem object res is planning to make her state adviser. 23 people have died since a section of fly over have collapsed. many are still thought to be trapped. seven policemen have been killed in a car bomb explosion in turkey. they were travelling in a bus
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when a parked car full of explosives was detonated. south korean media is regard toing that north korea has fired another short-range missile into the sea after its east coast. it follows a joint warning from the u.s., south korea and japan that pyongyang will face tougher sanctions if it continues with its provocations. the question of nuclear security is being discussed at a summit in washington. a working din ware was held on thursday night at the white house for the heads of delegation for 50 countries attending that summit. more from our correspondent. >> reporter: this is the fourth and final nuclear security summit of president obama's career in the white house. the president is trying to figure out ways of having the work of the summit continue after he leaves office. however, one thing that obama has been trying to do throughout this summit is to try to get
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countries to work together on things such as improving the physical security of nuclear materials, whether it's at a hospital, at a clinic or at a power reactor facility. now, one area that is very much of concern to the world leaders who are gathered here in washington is the idea that someone with nefarious intentions could get his or her hands on radio active material and use it to build what's called a dirty bomb. apparently there was some concern that some of the suspects in the brussels attacks may have been trying to do surveillance on facilities in order to do just that. that is very much a topic of conversation one of iraq's most prominent shia leaders has told his followers to wind down their two-week protest. his supporters had sfwajing a sit in at the entrance to baghdad's heavily fortified green zone. they say the prime minister has
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met their demand for reform by announcing a new cabinet. >> reporter: your sit in before the gates of the green zone, with thanks and appreciation to you. with those words, he called on the protesters to stand down. after all these demonstrations, he took a positive step. he announced a new government cabinet today. this is what we have achieved as a result of your sitting in. justice has been achieved. this new government should be approved by the parliament in the next ten days. >> reporter: baghdad's heavily fortified green zone is where the elite live and work. barricades separate them from the thousands of demonstrators camped out here. they want the prime minister to tackle corruption. chief of their demands, replace the cabinet with ministers not affiliated to political parties. >> translation: these blocks
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have caused iraq and iraqis much trouble. we here are followers who is a symbol of reform. we will settle for nothing less than those reforms >> reporter: it's not that easy. by appointing ministers unaffiliated with parties, he loses support of his powerful blocks. if he doesn't, he will be seen as failing to deliver on promise. he can't afford either. he has tried to reframe the debate saying that the political deadlock has diverted attention and resources from a much bigger threat. >> translation: the state of emergency is affecting the war against i.s.i.l. troops in the provinces have to be reinforced by additional troops in baghdad in precaution against attacks and security breaches. we call on all our people and political forces to take this into consideration. >> reporter: this week the iraqi army launched a new offensive. that campaign alone has made
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thousands of people homeless. back in baghdad, the pressure is on him. i.s.i.l. have economic and flit wall rifts all challenges that the people won't let the prime minister ignore abelgian court has approved the exatradition of the paris attack suspect salah abdeslam to france. he faces a european arrest warrant issued by france. he was arrested in brussels earlier this month. 130 people were killed in the paris attacks in november. more than 100 new allegations of sexual abuse by u.n. peacekeepers have come to light in the car. the majority of the alleged victims are minors. our diplomatic editor james bays reports >> reporter: visiting the victims, the u.s. ambassador to the united nation samantha power was in the c aar for the
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inauguration for the in the president when allegations emerged. the u.n. is saying it is interviewing 108 civil i can't bes, those perused by those who were supposed to protect them >> we talked to the families about what had happened to their daughters who in many cases were raped by soldiers or who had relationships with soldiers when they were very, very young and who have now left and are carrying citying mass as the soldiers have gone back to their countries, the victims are left here ons troe sighsd-- as troe sighsd in their communities. >> they're shocked to the core at the latest allegations of abuse in the central african republic. his focus is on the victims and their families. we're talking about women, young children who have been
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traumatised in the worst imaginable ways. >> reporter: the allegations are against peacekeepers from african countries serving with the u.n. and some from before the u.n. mission started. some of the most serious claims are against one of the world's most sophisticated militaries, nato member france. it says it will investigate allegations made against members of its separate force which is not under u.n. command. james bays a school into nigeria has opened its doors to children orphaned as a result of boko haram group. >> reporter: a typical start to a normal school day for these children. after the most traumatic period in their young lives they're trying to get an education. the first step in putting the
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past behind them and changing their lives. more than 80% of them who are organed in violence from the boko haram group or sometimes in the chaos and disruption it generated. this is exactly what the group doesn't want them to have. this girl came to the skooefrl a month ago traumatised. her progress in the school has been slow. >> translation: all i want to be is a teacher so i can help others. >> reporter: her father was killed by boko haram. the mother later died at a displaced person's camp. the people who took her in were also killed in a suicide bomb attack. >> you see them, some bow down their heads, some shedding tears. when you ask them if they remember their mother or father. >> reporter: at least she can now afford to dream. for those who have been here
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longer, confidence has returned. >> translation: i want to be a doctor, to help those in need. >> reporter: this young boy watched his father killed and wants to help others one day. the or foned off spring from boko haram and children of ordinary people. they say they want to speed up the healing process and integrate them so at the end of their studies here, they can all blend in perfectly. they put the children up with families who agree to host them while the school provides some support. >> we are bringing in an opening, not necessarily do the societal norms. what is it in society, how to be in other groups >> reporter: for now most of the children have moved on, learning
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how to be kids again. most importantly, trying to shape their future in part 2 of other series on the plight of orphans around the world, we report from cambodia. there is a campaign there to reunite children who managed to find their parents. japan's prime minister abe says he will go ahead with another tax hike on goes and services next year. it is part of efforts to reduce public debt. as rob mcbride reports, experts are saying the move could do more harm than good. >> reporter: running his basement noodle shop, sometimes working 20 hours a day, he feels every personal point of every tax hike. the increase in the rate of tax charged on consumer goods and services two years ago from 5 to
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8% reduced his margins. >> translation: after the first tax hike we didn't raise our prices. we absorbed the different because we didn't want to burden our customers >> reporter: if the tax is increased get to 10% next year, he will have no choice but to pass it on in higher prices, even though his business will suffer. upscale his problems to the size of the world's third biggest economy and you have japan's dlem. >> reporter: raising the amount of tax everyone pays for goods and services is meant to tackle japan's ballooning public debt, but if the rise has the effect of slowing the economy and reducing the amount of revenue the government receives overall, then it defeats the purpose. even prime minister abe has admitted that publicly. many analysts believe his last tax rise helped push japan back into recession last year. all of this cast doubt on his so-called abe-nomics strategy of
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revitalizing the economy. with wages rising half a per cent a year, many believe the economy can't bear another tax rise. abe's government will be looking for reasons to postpone it. >> they cannot say they're going to postpone because of weakness of domestic economy. that's why they have to do the economy or postpone the hike. it is a very tricky thing for the government. >> reporter: tricky too for this man as he tries to set his noodle prices to keep his business going. >> translation: i wish abe would do something for the ordinary people instead of helping big businesses all the at the time so we can feel some benefit >> reporter: it seems the stimulus measures intended to have a trickle down effect for the whole economy have yet to reach this basement business hundreds of women have protested against the u.s.
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republican presidential hopeful donald trump over remarks he made on abortion. they gathered outside trump tower in new york. trump said that if abortion became ill legal, women who underwent the procedure should face punishment. his campaign organisers quickly back tracked on that comment. five members of the united states women's football team are accusing their governing body of wage discrimination. the world champions say they're paid four times less than mayor that'll counterparts despite producing nearly 20 million dollars in revenue for u.s. soccer in 2015. the players involved in the t m team, their complaint is enforcing laws against workplace discrimination. a former goal keeper says there is no excuse not to pay women players the same as men.
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>> reporter: the women generated 20 million dollars more than the men this past fiscal year. so i feel the women have a very good case. the women's team has had fantastic success especially with the last women's world cup last year. the final was the highest rated soccer event ever in the u.s., men or women, including on the 99 world cup final that i played in, which was the highest at that point. with this last world cup they sur fastd that in ratings. faction sports soccer did incredibly well with that revenue generating contract that they got to be able to show those games and in the past u.s. soccer has always used revenue generation as a reason as to why the women weren't paid as much as the men. i honestly feel that now that excuse no longer exists, so it's going to be very, very difficult going forward for the u.s.
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soccer federation to continue to pay 40% as much as they pay the men in some cases going forward because i don't really feel like they have too many other excuses at this point much more news on our website at ite at >> in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. we did a whole lot of things at a were right, buthat were rightd some folks. >> it's been more than a year since america admitted to torturing people. we're trying to interview one of them. omar