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myanmar's parliament votes to give aung san suu kyi a more powerful role in running the country. hello. i'm martine dennis with the world news on al jazeera. also coming up, rescue workers dig through the rubble after a flyover collapsed that killed 24 in india. court on camera, the moment bombers target a bus carrying police officers in the turkish city. tributes to one of the world's
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most acclaimed architects who has died at the age of 65 the upper house of myanmar's parliament has approved a new governing poet for aung san suu kyi. it is designed to give her a powerful role in the running of the country. she is barred by the constitution from becoming president because her children hold foreign passports. our correspondent has the latest from myanmar's capital. >> reporter: a large majority here in the upper house was accepted a very crucial bill which will give extended powers to aung san suu kyi. she was barred from running for president because of the constitution says that her children can't have foreign nationalities. she has created a powerful position for herself which seems to be in a similar level as the president and that was exactly
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why the military has is very much against it. the majority of the upper house has voted in favor. >> it is important because the whole country, the people, we - we may not i, but the whole country would like to see aung san suu kyi as the leader of the country. >> reporter: because it's a very new position, especially created for aung san suu kyi, nobody knows exactly how it will look like, but it seems sympathy will have not only an advisory role for the government but also for parliament which gives her a position sort of as the head of state, but nobody here for the n.l.d. has voted for the bill wants to say that her power is even higher than of that president indian police have detained five construction officials after a section of a flyover
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collapsed. 24 people were killed in thursday's incident. rescue workers and volunteers have been working through the night, searching for survivors and bodies trapped under the rubble. 19 people have been rescued so far. a 100 metre section that was still under construction collapsed and fell onto a busy road. >> reporter: this is one end of the flyover that snapped off. it fell onto a truck. the driver of the truck managed to escape unhurt, but further down people were trapped in vehicles, auto rickshaws, cars and that has been the focus of the search and rescue operation overnight. it was slow because 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. we had to physically cut them into pieces.
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only then could we manage to clear them. >> reporter: so the clean up operation is taking place as volunteers working alongside the army and official rescue workers. there is little hope of finding more survivors although people are still missing. crowds have gathered again metres away to watch all of this and further down under the bridge it is business as usual with people setting up stalls and vehicles parked again under the flyover in syria at least 31 people have been killed and dozens injured in government air strikes in the eastern countryside near the capital damascus. the air strikes targeted the only hospital in the down. a school and two civil defense buildings were also hit. a fragile ceasefire brokered by the international community is in place, but there are reports of violations on all sides
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turkish police have released footage the moment a blast that killed seven police officers and injured at least 27 others. the policemen were travelling in a bus when a nearby parked car full of explosives was detonated. so far no-one has claimed responsibility. our correspondent joins us live from diyab r, rbakra. what does this footage reveal about the incident? >> reporter: >> reporter: >> reporter: it showed somebody parked a car and that he walked off. the security officials here think they might have identified the suspect. that is according to turkish media reports. to my right there is a pillar with two security cameras. i'm suspecting they took the
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footage from those cameras. basically you have the minibus carrying the police and when it arrived at the corner here, it was detonated using a control. killed were all members of the police force. they were officers. it has wounded also more than 25 others, including civilians. the car was loaded with explosives. some estimates suggest that tens of kilograms of highly explosive material was put in that car. the surrounding area, i can see at least four buildings was shattered the glass. we spoke to a neighbor whose house was damaged. he felt like it was an earthquake. this was how powerful it was it is a mainly kurdish city. are links being made with the
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ongoing conflict with kurdish separatists groups? >> reporter: yes. there hasn't ban official blame yet, but everybody here seems to think that it is the kurdistan workers party, the p.k.k., behind the attacks, despite that the group didn't claim any responsibility, nor did any of the affiliated groups, but the president erdogan, who is in washington dc, he didn't blame the group directly, but he indirectly pointed the finger at the kurdistan workers party, the p.k.k. thank you very much. staying in turkey, two journalists' trials have recommenced. they are accused of espionage.
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necessity published a story alleging turkey's government was arming rebel groups in syria. turkey's government has denied the allegations people in the libyan capital tripoli have come out in force to show their support for the new unity government. they're calling on the u.n.-backed government of national accord to help end years of political turmoil. members of the new government have begun holding meetings in the heavily guarded naval base. they arrived in the capital on wednesday in spite of the policy till figures there > protesters are in force in support of dilma rousseff. our correspondent reports from the capital. >> reporter: they will not let their president go down without a fight. tens of thousands of her
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supporters took to the streets all over the country to try and embolden a president fighting for political survival and trying to stave off impeachment. >> translation: there is something to justify her impeachment. >> reporter: necessity see the -- they see the impeechlt as a coup. >> translation: i'm here to assay that it is a coup if it happens. it is absurd that she would be removed like this. >> reporter: many of these people are poor or working class. the ones that have benefited the most from the generous social and economic policies of dilma rousseff's workers party for the past decade. today they're on the streets for a reason.
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thursday marked the anniversary of 1964 military coup supported by congress that ousted leftist president from power and led to two decades of dictatorship. today her supporters see parallels and believe democracy is at risk. a constitutional lawyer says the impeachment against her is going through all the correct legal channels so is it a coup? >> translation: no. no. i do not consider this a coup because the institutions are working. this is a legitimate legal process in the constitution. >> reporter: if the impeachment process is legal and constitution, then why the president calling it a coup? >> 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 outright stealing of public funds going on. >> reporter: the opposition has
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protests planned in the coming days as well, but today it was her supporters helping their beleaguered president to hold on to her job that seens more tenuous by the day more than 100 new allegations of sexual abuse by u.n. peacekeepers have come to light in central african republic. most of the alleged victims are minors. here is our diplomatic editor, james bays >> reporter: visiting the victims, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, samantha power, was in the car for the inauguration for the country's new president with fresh allegations of abuse. the u.n. says it is interviewing 108 potential victims civilians abused by those who are supposed to protect them. >> we talked to the families of what had happened to their
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daughters who were raped by minister soldiers or who had relationships with soldiers when they were very, very young and who are now left carrying terrible stigmas as the soldiers have gone back to their countries with no accountability, the victims are left here ostracized in their communities and devastated by their experience. >> reporter: at u.n. headquarters in new york this was the reaction from the world organization's leadership >> the secretary general is shocked to the core at the latest allegations of abuse in the central african republic. his focus is on the victims and the families. we're talking about women, young children who have been traumatised in the worst imaginable way >> reporter: the allegations are against peacekeepers from african countries serving with the u.n. and some from before the u.n. mission started. but some of the most serious claims are against one of the world's most sophisticated militaries, a nato member france.
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it says it will investigate allegations made against members of its separate sangaris force which is not under u.n. command lots more to come here at al jazeera, including putting the past behind them. we're in nigeria to see how some of the children or foned by violence are rebuilding their lives. plus, the world champion u.s. women's football team demands the same pay as the men. as the men.
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hello again. let's look at the stop stories. myanmar's upper house has approved the creation of a new post of state adviser for aung san suu kyi designed to give her a powerful role in running the country. at least 24 people have died following the collapse of a section of flyover in kalkuta. no further survivors are expected to be found as an area around the collapse has been fully surveyed. turkish police have released footage showing the moment a car bomb exploded in the south eastern city. seven policemen were killed. south korea media is reporting that north korea has fired another short range missile into the sea of its east coast. it follows a joint warning from the u.s., south korea and japan that pyongyang will face tougher sanctions in it continues with what they call its provocations. the question of nuclear security
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being discussed at a summit hosted by president obama in washington, a working dinner was held on thursday night at the white house for the heads of delegation in 50 countries attending the summit. a state department correspondent has more. >> reporter: this is the fourth and final nuclear security summit of 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 countries to work together on things such as improving the physical security of nuclear materials whether it is at a hospital, at a clinical or at a power reactor facility. now, one area that is very much of concern to the world leaders who have gathered here in washington is the idea that someone with nefarious
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intentions to 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 and so that is very much a topic of conversation one of iraq's prominent shia leaders has told his followers to wind down their two mf week protests. they had been staging a sit in baghdad's green zone. >> reporter: your sit in for the gates at the green zone with thanks to you. >> reporter: with those words he calmed on the protesters to stand down. >> translation: after all these demonstrations, he took a positive step. he announced the new government
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cabinet today and 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 heavily fortified green zone is where the elite live and work. par dadz separate them from the thousands of demonstrators camped out here. they want prime minister to tackle corruption. chief of their demands replaced the cabinet with ministers not affiliated to political parties. >> reporter: these blocks have caused iraq and iraqi's much trouble. we here are follower $of his emthens who is a symbol of reform. we will settle for nothing less than those reforms >> reporter: it's not that easy. by appointing new ministers unaffiliated with political parties, he risks losing the support of these powerful blocks. if he doesn't, he will be seen as failing to deliver on promises. he can't afford either. he has tried to reframe the debate saying that the political
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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. as a precaution against attacks and security breaches. we call on all our people and our political forces to take this into consideration. >> reporter: this week the iraqi army launched a new offensive to try and retake the northern province from i.s.i.l. that campaign alone has made thousands of people homeless. back in baghdad the pressure is on. i.s.i.l. are flagging economy and political risks, all challenges to iraq's stability that the people won't let the prime minister ignore an israeli soldier accused of killing an injured palestinian man will stay in detention until the outcome of a court hearing on friday. he was shot in the head and
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killed. he was lying on the ground having been wounded after allegedly attacking an israeli. a school in nigeria has opened its doors to children orphaned by years of conflict involving the boko haram armed group. the school hopes to bring together schools from different background. they will be studying alongside children whose parents were members of the boko haram. a report from our correspondent in the first of you a two-part series looking at the plight of orphans around the world >> reporter: a typical start for a normal school day for these children. after the traumatic period of their young lives they try to get an education. the first step in pussing the past behind them in changing their lives. more than 80% of them were orphaned in violence involving the group or sometimes in the chaos and disruption it generated. this is exactly what the group
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doesn't want them to have. this girl came to the school over a month august 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 laid died at a displaced person's camp and the people who took the child in were also killed in a suicide bomb attack. >> you see this bow down their heads, some shedding tears. when you ask them they tell you that they remember father and mother. >> reporter: at least she can now afford to dream. for those who have been here longer, confidence has returned. >> translation: i want to be a doctor, to help those in need. >> reporter: he wants one day to be helping others. the orphaned off spring of some
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senior boko haram fighters study here alongside orphans whose parents were members of the security forces or ordinary people killed in the violence. this school taf say they want to speed up the healing and integration. they put their kids up with families who agree to host them while the school provides some support. >> it is bring him in an orphanage, he will not necessarily know the societal norms. what is it in that society, how do you peer intowards other groups. >> reporter: for now most of the children have moved on, learning to be kids again. but most importantly trying to shape their future on saturday we will be
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reporting from cambodia where a campaign is underway to reunite children with their parents hundreds of women have protested against the u.s. republican presidential hopeful donald trump about remarks me made over abortion. donald trump had said if abortion became ill legal, people who under went the procedure should face punishment. members of the u.s. football team queues their governing body of wage discrimination. they say they're being paid a fraction of what their male counterparts receive even though they bring in more revenue and perform better. >> reporter: american striker alex morgan breaking another u.s. record by scoring just 12 seconds into in olympic $kwachg match last month. the u.s. women's team is growing
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fans to the stands and beyond. their victory in last year's world cup final was the most telecast watched in the year every. topping any men's match. they complain their male counterparts were made more money even though the females generated more revenue. they earned two million dollars for winning the cup compared to the men of 9 million. >> it's coming off a world cup win and the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large. >> reporter: acting on behalf of the full team, five players say in a complaint with the quality community employment commission that it breaches laws. >> they use pay equity and income to be the reason why. that excuse no longer exists.
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>> reporter: it comes amid fears the women's professional union may go on strike threatening its appearance in the rio olympics this you august. the u.s. soccer federation has sued the women's union to enforce what the governing body argues is a collective bargaining agreement that runs until next year. u.s. soccer says it hasn't seen the complaint adding it was disappointed in the women's action. tim howard, the mens's national team goalie say they support the women's fight >> any time there's a labor dispute, athletes should fight for their rights, men or women. gender aside they should fight for what they believe and it is fair compensation. i have no problem with that. none of the men player have a problem with that >> reporter: in expert says the women have a good case >> i think that the u.s. soccer federation will have a difficult time saying that's a justifiable disparity >> reporter: the equal
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employment opportunity commission will investigate the complaint but it is under no deadline to reach a decision. this case has worsened the already series friction between american football administrative straight dwrors and their most celebrated players. -- administrator archeologists in egypt have been scanning behind tutanham u neshgs as tomb. >> translation: the scan will measure the thickness of the northern wall of his chamber. we will do another vertical scan that will tell us whether another chamber exists behind it tributes have been paid to one of the world's most acclaimed architects, known as queen of curve, for her innovative designs.
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she died of a heart attack at 65. >> reporter: buildings designed by this woman can be seen around the world, from moscow to miami, hong kong. at home she is known for the aquatic centre built for the 2012 london olympics. her futureistic designs, characterised by curving forms described as having multiple perspective point and fragmented geography as seen here. born in the iraqi capital baghdad she studied maths at beirut university before embarking on a career at the architectural association in london. by 1979 she established her own practice become a revolutionary
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force in an industry heavily dominated by men. in 2004 she became the first woman to win an architecture prize and earlier this year she collected the gold medal from the royal institute of british architects. >> it's fantastic that i'm acknowledged for work which was really not mainstream, was very deliberately trying to question all the things that we took for granted and to weave away to a new urban life in the city which was to do with connectivity and maleability and accessibility. >> reporter: it was said her often angular design ee vocced the chaos of modern life. her own life came to an end in the early hours of thursday morning. her company said she had contracted bronchitis early in
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the week and suffered a fatal heart attack while being treated in hospital in miami. she was 65 find out more about her and, indeed, the rest of the day's news on the al jazeera website, you can see the front page there. "on target" tonight. i'm at the mow jahi air and space museum. replacement to the ship, the vss, version spaceship unity is all new and it's addressed a lot of the safety issues that were concerns when that last spaceship went down. i'll show you that and more over the next half hour. the business of space. a new age is dawning for space exploration.