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the candidate who is vowing to take on a major super power thanks for joining us. a syrian army and allies have launched a mash offensive against i.s.i.l. in aleppo countryside. this is the largest area in antecedent report since a partial ceasefire came into agreement in late february. the ongoing fighting has threatened to redetail the agreement which has reduced overall violence in syria. the u.n. has sponsored talks to stop the war resume in geneva on monday. the syrian network for human rights says six rescue workers and medical staff have been killed in march. despite all odds and attacks, the defense force in rebel held areas are making a difference. our correspondent reports from gaziantep. >> reporter: this man works for
the syria krefl defense ares, also known as the white helmets in aleppo. he is not just a driver. he is also a rescue worker. when there are no air raids, he helps clean up the city. >> translation: we're trying to help the people in more than one way. not only recovering people, but we also clean the streets, open the rains, contain the rubble from destroyed buildings >> reporter: around 3,000 people work for the white helmets across eight provinces. they are ordinary people from all walks of life. they are paying the heavy price. always on the frobt line, always the first to help and be targeted. -- front line, always the first to help. many times they become the targets. the syria civil defense say at least 109 of their staff have been killed since the group was
founded in 2013. in neighboring turkey we met with the group's regional office. honoring a long list of casualties, celebrating the none known heroes. against all the odds, he says they have rescued at least 50 thousand people relying on donations from government organizations and some western countries, second-hand vehicles and equipment. >> translation: we have 519 vehicles. not all of them are operational. half of them are second-hand, but we fix and use them especially in besieged areas like damascus and homs. our teams there put borders - they are all targeted. we don't know who is teaching those to bomb them. >> reporter: the group has relied on turkey to help with training and equipment.
around 1,000 syrian civil defense workers have received training in turkey and jordan. the white helmets also have four training centers inside syria. back at aleppo these men continue to work despite the threats or hardship. 40 of them were killed in 2015. there are no guarantees that this year will be better. the truce has brought relative peace and calm but it won't be too long before they are hit again meanwhile syria's main opposition group, the high negotiations committee, are in saudi arabia to discuss their concerns prior to the resumption of talks in geneva on monday. the hnc, which was formed in saudi arabia in december, is one of the three opposition delegations participating in the indirect talks with syrian officials in geneva. in bangladesh now a law student
who had expressed secular views on line has been killed in the capital. me was hacked with mass chet ees by four men at a traffic intersection and then shot. it is the latest of attacks against bloggers and activists. the possible impeachment of dilma rousseff has taken another step forward. the held of the congressional committee has recommended a vote on her future. he says the case against dilma rousseff is legally admissible. dilma rousseff has been under fire in recent months accused of recent corruption which she denies. >> reporter: for many in brazil wednesday's event brings dilma rousseff closer to the possibility of being impeached. the spokesperson of the special committee in congress that is carrying out investigation on this whole process has said that there is enough evidence that an impeachable crime has been
committed, but that it is up to the senate for a vote and to carry out the impeachment process. he is a member of the opposition and many are saying that this recommendation he has given could be tainted by his own opinion by the document. the document will be presented on monday, and if it passes the mandate, it moves to a full house vote. if that happens it is going towards the senate and that's when the impeachment process begins. that's when dilma rousseff could be suspended from her position. now, the situation is complicated because a judge from the supreme court is saying that the vice president should also be impeached for the same crime that dilma rousseff is. so that's how complicated the situation is in brazil. there's a recession, economic crisis and dilma rousseff has lost key political allies so many are saying that her chances of being impeached are increasing every day dutch voters have rejected
an e.u. ukraine trade pact with two-thirds saying they don't support the deal. at 32%, turn out was low but just enough to ensure the results are valid. >> reporter: this was a chance for the dutch people to speak their minds. would necessity approve the e.u. association agreement with ukraine. in the event, nearly two thirds voted no, but the turn out was low. those who did go to the polls explained their reasons. >> translation: it is a corrupt country and you don't need to want a contract like this with them. i mean, it doesn't help the citizens. it will only benefit the multinational, it's top five of the corrupt government. >> translation: you cannot abandon 40 million people. that's why i voted for this treaty. >> reporter: many sceptic dutch
politicians had campaigned against the agreement. for them the referendum result was a welcomed endorsement >> i'm happy to see that the arguments we used in the campaign against this treaty have convinced two out of three voters. more than 60%, 64%, of the people said no to this agreement. >> reporter: the government had campaigned in favor of a yes vote. the foreign minister led the campaign. at an amsterdam polling station he told me why. >> we have to support the ukraine. the people still do the square. i would say they're fighting for liberty, human rights and economic prosperity. i think it is in the interest of the dutch citizens. we need stability in europe. we are a trading nation, so it is a good thing for an upcoming market there >> reporter: the question will be what effect this reluctant has on e.u. relations with ukraine. then there is the effect on the e.u. institutions.
one analyst told me referendums like these could be used to prevent effective governance in the e.u. >> if this goes ahead like in and everyone is having referendum e.u. matters on a national basis, then you may - the whole decision-making in brussels may be completely blocked. >> reporter: the dutch government did not want in referendum and they certainly did not want this result. the problem is that in real numbers fewer than one in five dutch voters voted know in this referendum and the result is not binding. the question for ministers is can they ignore the voters' verdict and carry on with their ukraine policies to the tensions between armenia and azerbaijan. despite an agreement on a ceasefire in the disputed nagorno-karabakh region, there are occasions that fighting continues. azerbaijan army says armenian-backed forces violated
the truce 119 in the last 24 hours. this week the area saw the most intense fighting than in the last 20 years. >> reporter: the road into the last armenian controlled village in nagorno-karabakh is littered with the signs of war, military and civilian. this man who didn't want to be named said rockets and shells started raining down on saturday and on his home. when the fighting started the family that lived here managed to escape before their house was destroyed. this is where the children slept. families on both sides of the front lines have had for years to endure shoot outs. but it was never as bad as this. >> reporter: the technology of with regard has changed too. as a drone struck this van with
a rocket, his brother, the man said, had a miraclousise keep. he says his home has been hit twice now, back in the war in the 1990s and this past weekend. the guns pointed in the direction of azerbaijan. while we were there. they were silent. nagorno-karabakh forces are, we are told, under orders to hold fire. for some of those who live here, waiting for the ceasefire to hold is not an option. it simply doesn't feel safe for them any more coming up after the break on al jazeera, the fallout from the panama paper scandal continues. u.a.f.a. is raided.
welcome back. a recap of our top stories on al jazeera. the syrian army and its allies have launched a major offensive against rebels south of aleppo countryside. it's the biggest government operation in the area since a partial ceasefire came into effect in late february. in bangladesh a law student who expressed secular views on line has been killed.
he was hacked with mcchettis and shot to death. the e.u. treaty with ukraine has been voted against. 300 refugees and migrants have been rescued from a barge. the italian coast guard was alerted to a boat travelling from egypt in bad weather. those on board, including over 100 children, were from syria, palestine, egypt and other parts of africa. they were transferred to a rescue vessel and are on their way to italy. a major change to british immigration rules has now come into effect. workers from outside the e.u. who have been living in the country for less than 10 years will need to earn at least 35,000 pounds annual lip to be allowed to settle permanently. that is roughly 50,000 u.s.
dollars. the government says it will protect jobs, but the measure has come under criticism. >> reporter: in a pub just over the road from downing street, a party that is also a protest. against new immigration rules that will make it much harder for many non-europeans to stay in this country. rules which they say are not only cruel but ilconceived. >> reporter: alison fraser has a first class degree from the prestigious royal academy of music. she has founded a therapeutic program to refugees. it is not easy to make a living playing the flute. under the new rules, alison, who is american, will soon have to leave the u.k. this is my home. i shouldn't be forced to leave my own home. the big problem of this see sa
legislation and changing the rules is that it's not valuing anything about income, which doesn't accurately represent a person's value within society. >> reporter: the british government says it's taking this measure because some businesses use the easy option of employing people from overseas rather than training up british workers. it says the reforms won't exclude skimmed migrants, but will help british people get jobs and skills. immigration has become a political embarrassment for britain's governing party. for years it has promised to sharply reduce the numbers of people come to this country, but last year, net migration to the u.k. stood at more than 320,000. that's almost a rrd high. the government-- record high. the government argues that this puts strain on schools, hospitals and housing.
>> reporter: the opponents of the new rule say it will hurt vital parts of the british economy. shannon, also american, is trying to drum up public support for people threatened with expulsion from britain >> we're here being charity workers, teachers, educators, or on the nhs doing other jobs shall carers, entrepreneurs, and even students who are coming in the future and wanted to settle here wouldn't be allowed to unless necessity make 35 k. >> reporter: the sta advertisics show that the rules will cost bring the ab money and will have only a modest impact on migration figures. there's no indication that the government is prepared to back down. soon some of these people will be packing their bags, convinced their departure will be britain's loss iceland has a new prime minister after the previous leader resigned over the panama papers scandal. the agriculture minister will be
sworn in on thursday. protests continued for a third day outside the parliament in the capital demanding the formation of a new government. iceland's opposition party also wants a snap election. the government says a vote will be held later this year. the fallout continues from the pan that papers. swiss police have raided the offices of uafa. necessity wanted details of a tv contract and was co-signed by f.i.f.a.'s president gianni infantino who at the moment was working for uafa. the body has denied any wrongdoing. gianni infantino put his name on a deal two years ago with two businessmen who have been accused of corruption. an explanation why it is focusing on a tv rights deal negotiated in 2006. >> reporter: this was one of two raids conducted on wednesday.
they say we're not targeting anyone specific. these are criminal proceedings that are directed at persons unknown. after the panama papers, gianni infantino was the secretary general of uafa. a contract was co-signed by him over tv rights. he was the director of legal services at the time. what is interesting about this contract is that ait was sold, the champions league for $111,000 in 2006. they immediately sold to another company for almost triple the price to $311. this is what the authorities are finding interesting about how these costs were inflated about the tv rights. immediately uafa has come out and said they will cooperate fully. so has gianni infantino saying, he is disappointed how the media has portrayed him and why there's doubt in his credibility
and his name, but he will cooperate fully. anything that they need he will be providing gianni infantino has released a statement. in it he says: to the u.s. and presidential hopefuls are looking towards the next primary contest in new york. the democratic and republican front runners are favorites to win but there is growing momentum to stop donald trump to gain the nomination. >> reporter: this was not supposed to happen. the most unlikely candidate donald trump, far away leading in the race for the republican presidential nomination. >> what a bunch of babies. are we babies? hello over there
>> reporter: his style rambling, often fabian blandfords. >> i don't give a bleep bleep. we will bleat the bleep bleep out of him >> i would build a great wall and nobody builds walls better than me >> reporter: every time he offended a person or group, it seemed to help not hurt him. that may no longer be the case as ted cruz beat him >> what we saw is republicans coming together and unite. >> we're go to make america great again >> reporter: he has to win big in the next contest, his home state, new york >> i love those come from behind victories. >> reporter: hillary clinton was talking about a bafkt ball game. she wouldn't celebrate that in her race for the democrat crating nomination >> it has been one wild election year. we're looking forward to an exciting and successful primary here. >> reporter: her opponent bernie
sanders has beaten her in seven of the last eight contests. >> it is so great to be in new york >> reporter: next up, new york. that will be a pivotal moment. both candidates have a connection to the state. clinton was its senator but bernie sanders was born and raised there >> if he were to win new york by ten or 15 points, he would get a lot of delegates out of there, but there's not a lot of indication from previous results that he will be able to win states like that the way that he won wisconsin >> reporter: most political analysts believe that hillary clinton will be the democratic nominee. they're split on whether trump will get the donald trump nomination. >> i think the chance of him becoming president are higher than zero but not much >> reporter: that's why the party is pouring money into the race to stop him. the results in new york will determine if they can
eat vietnam that's apartment l parliament has elected a new prime minister. he was the only candidate for the position. he won 90% of the vote. in his first speech he promised to improve the economy and crackdown on corruption. on saturday the parliament saw former police man as president - swore in. in the philippines a presidential candidate is vowing to take beijing over disputed islands in the south china sea. he is compared on par with donald trump. >> reporter: this man has never been known to play nice. the 71-year-old mayor who loves his big bikes is notorious for using death squads to take out
criminals in his city. >> reporter: now as a top contender for president of the philippines, he is vowing to take on one of the world's super powers. china. >> what will they do? listen to this very carefully. i will send to china alone. i will bring the flag of the philippines and i walk to the airport and plant the filipino flag. you want to blow me to bits? do it. i will be happy to go with a bang. >> reporter: china and the philippines have been at heavy odds over who owns this string of islands in the south china sea. >> it is our island. it has always been our island >> reporter: if elected president he says he will first try to negotiate with the asian rival. if talks breakdown, he vows to reclaim the islands himself. >> i will not sacrifice the
lives of the soldiers. i would rather go there and they can waste me if they want. >> he is the most outrageous and colorful and interesting character in the upcome presidential elections. >> reporter: political watchers worn that such talk will only escalate tensions were china >> we like to compare him to trump of the u.s. because he likes to shock with his statements, he can be very ireeverent and reckless. >> reporter: perhaps, but for a man who has never run for a seat he has amassed a huge following. what do you think of him? >> he is a good fighter, a good mayor. he performs well, he acts well. he does the action, do the
talking. >> reporter: filipinos may love his get-tough approach, but if elected, it would likely guarantee stormy waters ahead on the international front informant frustration is growing as a petrol shortage in the oil rich country drags on in nigeria. people have been forced to sleep in their cars. some say they have lost their jobs because they have had to queue instead of going to work. the government blames sabotage of pipelines bollywood films are causing a row in pakistanment a group of film producers and distributors have filed a motion in the high court. they want to ban the films from india which they say hurt local
productions. >> reporter: in recent years going to the cinema has become more popular across pakistan. four years ago there were only 12 screens in lahore. now there are 32 years. one reinis pakistan is allowing bollywood films from india to be screened. this is a director. he says the popularity of bollywood means better quality films and an enhanced movie watching experience. >> translation: there is a need for these films if you want to save the industry. if these films don't come here, it will be a niche industry >> reporter: a group of film distributors want to change all of that. it has asked the city's high court to ban indian films. >> translation: the government says the pakistani cinema is growing, but it is only growing in middle-class area and they don't want our films.
>> reporter: sdrabtors say foreign films are a threat to local productions. in pakistan the studios and cinema houses are owned by the companies who use the ticket money to fund new films. it is cinemas like these, some of the older, that will suffer. they will close down because they don't have enough money to make the films that the people here want to watch. once again, in pakistan, as with so much, it is a question of the traditional versus the modern >> reporter: traditionally it has specialized in making themes that resonate with the poor. to compete with bollywood, budgets of films have got bigger and tickets more expensive. >> translation: it is better for family here. cinemas are far away and expensive >> reporter: across town in one more after fluent areas it's
another story. >> translation: indian films are necessary because they are entertaining, they are stories, technology, sound effects. pakistani films don't have that. >> reporter: it is clear the pakistani film industry is changing. people are divide on whether that's a good thing. a sign of trouble. >> today, we are facing the potential loss or massive degradation of all of our reefs. >> down here, climate change is taking its toll.