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had been dreaming about for so long. >> getting to the heart of the matter. proud to tell your stories. al jazeera america. this is al jazeera. hello. this is the newshour live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, the syria army launches a major offensive against rebels around alleppo as a fragile truce is threatened. protests in bangladesh after another blogger is murdered for posting secular views. also this hour, brazil moves
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a step closer tore i am paetsching its president. manny pacquiao getting ready for what he says will be his final bout hoping this can help him win a political election. thanks for joining us. the syrian army and its alleys have launched a major offensive against reynolds south of the countritry side. it's the biggest operation since the partial cease fire in late february. the fighting has threatened to dekral the agreement which has reduced overall violence in syria. the u.n. has called for talks is set to resume talks on monday. the battlefield in syria is a crowded one further complicated because of fractured
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opposition groups and foreign intervention. government forces and their alleys are attacking rebel groups in alleppo. the biggest since the cease-fire came into effect in late february. russian forces have taken palmieri from isil. but isil contains large parts of t the proof incident bordering iraq where hundreds are being hendhostage. at this mostly rebels and moderate groups in control of idlib. the government joining us is the professor international relations at the london school of economics. good to have you again on access: violence had fallen somewhat since this partial cease-fire was agreed at the end of february. yet here we are again just a few days before the resemption of
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talks in geneva. the syrian government launching a major offensive this time in alleppo province. it's called cessation of hostilities there have been violations on a daily basis. the guns have never fallen silence but what we have witnessed, you are absolutely correct. what we have witnessed in the last one week or so is really qualitative excalation of battles, particularly in alleppo, in homs, in the damascus suburbs. what has happened in alleppo is the most along-terming because the government claims that the opposition along with al-nusra front has certain one of the most strategic hills in alleppo and now what the government has been doing in the last two of days is to recapture these territories. there are also major fighting between the syrian army and the kurds in alleppo as well.
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there is a great deal of escalation. my take on it that as the geneva talks basically get closer, thoboth sides are trying to maximize their interests. both sides are trying to basically have the upper hand in the diplomatic talks in the next few days. >> the opposition had, of course, laid out some conditions if they were to go back to geneva. meeting riyadh today. is it your opinion that they will gob back to geneva on monday if this offensive goes ahead or will out?
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>>. they would like to know whether assad's is on the table because now, it seems to me, according to the syrian opposition, the americans have accepted the russian basically demands that assad should not be discussed during this particular fapz. they also also would like to have the so-called transitional government with executive authorities while the government and the russians are talking about a national unity government. so, the opposition is very anxious. they would like to have some clarification but at the end of the day, they are going to talk because the americans and the russians obviously they are very engaged in a very serious engagement and discussion about a diplomatic in. >> who is not going to be at these talks: the al-nusra front. isil hold considerable territory. the kurdish groups are not in
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geneva. can there be a lasting settlement if these groups and in particular the kurds are not included in the? >> you are asking two major questions. even though there is a limited sesathes of shotsilities in syria, neither isis or al-nusra are basically included in this cease-fire. so, the battle has -- goes on. i mean all over syria wherever isis is. the syrian government and the russians also say that as long azle nusra exists, they want to basically carry out their offensive operations but the point is, bither point about the kurds. the kurds were not included. both the americans and the russians would like the kurds to be included. the kurds controls about 15% of syrian territories. they have called their own areas autonomous federal region. so at the end of the day. if the piece talks basically
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take off, if the diplomatic talks basically begin the process, they have not started yet. you are talking about indirect talks and shuttling between the two delegations. the kurds have to join the talks. there is no other way. the americans and the russians will find a way to integrate the kurds but before we talk about the kurds, the direct talks between the syrian delegation and the opposition have not started yet. >> right. >> that's why, in fact, in fact, really, this is all preparation for the beginning of direct talks between the syrian government and the opposition. >> it seems there is still a long way to go. thank you very much for joining us. it's good to get your insight of the london school of economics joining us there from london. meanwhile, the syrian network for human rights says six rescue workers and medical staff have been killed in syria in march. but despite all odds and attacks, the civil defense force in rebel held areas are making a
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difference. omar al salle near the turkey/syria border. >> reporter: i amad works for the civil defense known as the white helmet in al alleppo. he is also a rescue worker. when there are no air raids, he helps clean up the city. >> we are trying to go help the people in more than one way, not only uncoveringly people from under the rubble but we clean the streets, the debris, open the roads that contain the rebel in destroyed buildings. >> around 3,000 volunteers work for the white helmets in the rebel-held areas across eight syrian provinces. they are from all walks of life. they are paying a heavy price. always on the front lines, always the first to help. >> many times, they become the targets. the syria civil defense say at
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least 109 of their staff have been killed since the group was founded in 2013. in nabeighboring turkey, we met with the group's. celebrating the unknown heroes against all of the odds, they rescued at least 50,000 people relying on the nations from non-governmental organize and second-hand vehicles and equipment. >> we have 519 vehicles. not all are operational. half are second-hand but we fix and use them, especially in besieged areas. our teams there put water tanks on pickup trucks to use saz fire engines or a motor bike as an ambulance. all of our mart we don't know who is teaching who the systematic way of targeting and bombing of ambulance and civil
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crews. >> the group has relied odd turkey for help with training and equipment. around 1,000 syrian civil defense workers have received train income circumstance and jordan. the white helmets also have four training center inside syria. back in alleppo, that's men continue to work despite the threats or hardships. 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. omar alsada. thousands of people in the iraqi city of fallujah are facing famine. human rights watch say they haven't been able to get aid supplies into the city since the government recaptured nearby ramram a di from isil. until bangladesh, hundreds
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of students have been protesting against the killing of a liberal blogger in the capitol, daka. the law student had expressed secular views on line was hacked with matchettis and was shot. roads have been blocked demanding those responsible be arrested. this is the latest in a series of killings of secular bloggers and act rifts. okay. we just said, a bangladeshi law student has been killed in daka. chaud rehas more. >> we know he was intercepted in auld daka by a motorcycle. a couple of them, i guess, in a noik and they hit him with ma h matchetti and what we know from the details now that they got down and hshot him to make sure
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he was dead and stores all around shut their doors because they were scared what was going on. the police are yet to confirm the full daily on the incident. he is 7th blogger to be killed in the last three years. the most famous was an american blogger who is case hasn't been resolved yet. there are some behind the suspicion. >> case hasn't been resolved. there is criticism beyond the government to not really crack down on these people behind these killing. no one for sure knows what's going on. but he just wrote on his facebook that he is concerned for the safety and law and order in bangladesh. and this morning, around 8:30 local time, he was attacked and killed. so, you know, it is quite a grave concern. government keeps promising they will resolve all of this but there seems to be a lack of inerb a. there is no proactive movement
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from the government to resolve this case. >> lots more ahead on this al jazeera news hour including the nuggeter lands say no. the dutch public rejects an eu treaty with ukraine forcing the government to reconsider ratification. meet the philippines presidential candidate who is vowing to take on a major super power. and in sport, champions league quarterfinals, 10 time champion. details coming up with annie. >> the italian coast guard was alerted to a boat traveling to egypt. those positive board were have been transferred from patrol boats to a rescue bess he will
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and are on their way to italy. egyptian police and prosecutors have arrived in rome to discuss the brutal killing of an italian student in cairo two months ago. the battered body was found on the side of the road. italy has been critical of the egyptian investigation which blamed criminals for the murder. let's go live to sonja following the case for us in rome. the egyptian team has arrived. what are we expecting to happen? >> reporter: what wir expecting to happen at the police academy in rome is questioning. what the processing cushion has done is that they have amaced a dosier of 2,000 pages. in it, it includes witness testimonies from some 200 people. well, this, in fact, has been a case which has been very high lee e motive here and the pressure on the italian
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government is really quite significant now t after months of saying as little as possible about the intricacies of the case except to show synpathfor the family, now the it al january government seems to be taking a decidedly harder line against the egyptian authorities. for example, yesterday, the prime minister said. >> apologies. we seem to have lost our connection there in romfe, sonja was telling us about the egyptian team which has just arrived in rome, italy, to continue the investigation in to the deaths of italian student julia rajini in cairo two months ago. other news: in brazil, the push to have congress i am paetsch dilma renousseff. a special i am paetschments says
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the case is legally admissible. the president has been under fire accused of corruption which she denies. >> reporter: for many in brazil, wednesday'sents pust dilm dilma rousseff possibcloser to impeached. at a time group in congress carrying out investigation on this whole process have said that there is enough evidence that an impeachable crime has been committed but that it's up to the senate for a vote and to carry out with the impeachment proetsz. a member of the opposition, many are saying this could be tainted by his own opinion about the government. amount document will be presented on the coming monday. if it passes, it moves to a full house vote. it that happens, it's going toward the senate. that's when dilma rousseff could
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be suspended from her position. the situation is complicated because a judge from the supreme court is saying that the vice president would also be impeached from the from the some crimes that dilma rousseff is. that's how complicated. an economic crisis. dilma rousseff. so many are siesing her chances of being increasimpeached are i creasing every day. >> a packet with two-thirds saying they don't support the deal. it was widely seen in the netherlands as a public opinion. it was treated by a position began by your 0 skeptic activists. dominic cane reports from the hill. >> this was a chance for the dutch people to speak their minds: would they approve the eu association agreement with ukraine. in the event, nearly two-thirds voted no. but the turn out was low.
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those who did go to the polls explained their reasons. >> it is a corrupt country and you don't need to want a contract like this with them. it doesn't help the citizens. it will only benefit the multi-national. its top final of the corrupt government. you cannot abandoned 40 million people. >> many your e skeptics had campaigned against the agreement. it was a welcome endorsement. >> i am mary to see the arguments we used against this treaty have convinced two out of three voters. more than 60%, 64% of the people said no to this agreement. >> the government had campaigned in favor of a yes, vote. the foreign minister led campaign. at an amsterdam polling station, he told me why. >> we have to support crain, the
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ukrainian people. they stood on the square, i would say fighting for liberty, human rights, economic prosparaty and in the interest of our citizens. >> we need stability. we are a tradetion nation. it's very good when there is annumcoming margaret there? >> the question will be what effect this result has on eu relations with ukraine. then there is the effect on the eu institution. one lan lift told me this would be used for goverance in the eu. >> if this goes ahead like this and everyone is having a referendum on a national basis, then you may -- the whole decision making in brussels may be completely blocked. the dutch government did not want this referendum. they certainly did not want this result. the problem is that in real numbers, dutch voters voted no
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in this referendum. the result is not binding. >> the question for ministers is: can they ignore at a time vote and carry on with policies. in the hague. >> for more on this, let's speak to peter from open bureau, the policy think tank. he joins us live from brussels. thank you so much for being with us. the eu commission president had said in the run-up to this vote that the stakes were high. how significant is this dutch resxwreks? how big a boost for skeptics across europe? >> well, it's the third time in the last year that people vote no against something eu-related. first in grease then in denmark. now, the reasons for them are largely townsend found in brussels at the policy level. this is wide support in europe for the rights to travel cheaply
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across the continent. there is a lot of hostility against one of the previous speakners your program called it decision making in brussels. people don't think decisions should be made in brussels. they think brussels is fight to facilitate trade. but it shouldn't go much farther than that. >> there are wider issues behind this referendum. in three months, british citizens will decide in their ref you are endum whether they want to leave the eu all together. do you think this dutch vote will have an impact on, you know, british voters and what happens there, and how do you think the pro-europeans should react to cam at about, what seems like a rising popular sentiment across europe? >> nijer feraj has been campa n
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campaigning for a no vote. they can point out there is a lot of discontent about the direction of the eu at the moment so that there are potentially a lot of alleys in order to scale back the european union to what it is supposed be which is nothing much more than a platform to open up trade and shouldn't be the center of decision making or something. >> so do you think a british respite is more likely? >> i would not overestimate the effect of this. one of the reasons why it's hard to have the eu involving into a real country is that politics are still national. so these things have an effect but only a limited effect, i would say. >> peter, thank you so much for speaking to us, from open europe joining us there from brussels.
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>> thank you. a major change to british immigration rules have come into effect. workers from outside the eu is who have been living there will need to earn 35,000 pounds to settle permanently. the government said it will protect british jobs. the new measure has faced criticism. barnaby phillips reports. >> reporter: in a public ju pu a party that is a protest against new immigration rules that will make it much harder for many non-peoples to stay in this country. rules which they say are not only cruel but ill--conceived. ♪ >> allison frazier has a first class degree from the prestigious royal academy of music. she has found it a therapeutic program for refugee children. a valuable member of society. but it's not easy to make a living playing the flute.
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under the new rules, allison who is american already soon have to leave the uk. >> this is my home. i shouldn't be forced to leave my home, especially when i work so hard for it. the biggest problem with this visa legislation and changing the new rules is that it's not valuing anything but income, which doesn't accurately represent a person's value within society anyway. >> the british government says its taking this measure because some businesseses sues the seize option from employing people from overseas rather than training up brit i migrants.
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>> shannon, also american, is trying to drum up public support for people threatened with expulsion from britain. >> we are here being charity workers or teachers or educators, or we are on the nhs doing other jobs, entrepreneurs and even students coming in the future and wanted today settle here wouldn't be allowed to unless they made 35k. >> reporter: official statistics show it will cost britain money and will have only al modest impact on my graiks figures. there is no indication that the government is prepared to back down. students, some of these people, will be packing their bags
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convinced their department comfort tour will be britain's loss. >> time for the weather on the news hour. rob is here with news of more signs of spring in japan and south korea. >> absolutely. plenty water and sunshine. the results, they love them. don't they. char blossoms. just a bit of enjoyment of turkey blossom. similar pictures. however, i said sun slight and rain. they tend to come in extremes this eventually leads -- well, the front is this here which translates roughly speaking as the plum rains, the rains that give you the fruit. the last batch has done through. the sun is out. it's a couple of days of the warming sunshine having dropped 61 millimeters and a little bit similar story, 144 recorded in a day or two here that's what
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comes through in these pulses. then you get these two days of sunshine. it's not especially warm. 19 in tokoyo with a breeze. about 17 in seoul. we have two days' worth. it's a frontal system although hanging arnoff of the coast of japan, it goes in toward china. anywhere near hong kong is at rick as it is over year. >> still ahead on the al jazeera newshour, nigerians sleep in their cars as vim isil's stretch long into the night. a ban on baliwood, a request from a group of film producers. find out which golfing master hits this hole in one. stay with us.
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four men. he job description police and prosecutors have arrived in rome to discuss the brutal killing of a student in cairo two months ago. in early february. >> other news, saudi arabia's king is in egypt to sign trade agreements and discuss security. the first visit to egypt by the saudi king. he is expected to sign deals to fund infrastructure projects in egypt. saudi arabia has been a defendant strong financial backer since egypt's revolution. joining us now to further talk about this visit is ahmed i il ibrahim. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> a significant visit, it seems but it's not just about signing deals and trade. is it? >> no. this visit is to go to egypt, it
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is is the inter depend education, background, training relationship. these two countries need each other they have a bit of different region on some of the issues. >> different veingsz you say. the saudis are expected to sign a $20 billion, i understand for the petroleum needs. what does the king want from egypt? >> really don't think per se they are doing this package to expect something from egypt. they need each other at the same level. >> when you say need.
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what are foreason precisely? political? >> it's political. it's to challenge regional issues that we have to see eye to eye on the arab pan arab issues like yemen, syria, the regional national threat to the whole area which as we all know is a neighboring country. the challenges all of these issues that actually one of these things on the agenda is also to soften the tension between egypt and turkey along with that. >> you mentioned yemen. saudi arabia is trying to build a so-called army, if will you, of countries going to work together to fight terrorism. more involvement as it comes to
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yemen? >> yemen is involved in egypt. they sent a couple of bat anions and a couple of ships. so yemen is -- sorry. he script is pretty much involved to a certain level on yemen. yemen, as you know these days, it's basically on cruise control. it's hopefully going to be within the couple coming weeks. syria in that matter potentially has been going down and it seems like international communities are going to have a resolution here the timing of the visit is really important because even if they do have a different issue in certain regional issues, they are going to sit down at the table, and they are going to talk about it because egypt and saudi arabia, they are the heavy weight of this arab nation. remember, eight years we lived in a vacuum that president obama left the region with. now, we are reporting for the new presidency. they need each other, this couple, 12 months more than anything. >> you talked about the
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differences. i want to talk about one of the differences we have seen emerge in recent days. he skwlipt indicated it's? >> willing to give the president of the organization -- the islamic corporation to turkey which is what saudi arabia wants how is he going to do this? >> i mean this is one of the issues that these two sovereign countries look at differently. if they get around the table and they talk about and for any reason that egypt is not convinced with the solution or awed saudi arabia would like too take make their case, be it. but if they leave with this difference on the table, i don't think this is going to affect the relation. it's very solid. they need each other as inseparable. he script and saudi arabia, always going to be sticking together. saudi arabia has been helping e just and when president cici came to power. >> you mentioned more see and
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sisi. a lot of people outside of saudi arabia, outside of this region always wand he were why is it a state like saudi arabia would back a military government that overthrew a muslim brotherhood government. >> saudi arabia knows this region very well. saudi arabia always looks what is the national effect of saudi arabia. if saudi arabia found out that the military government in egypt and actually now with president sisi is not any more military, et cetera a continuation of those who stabilized egypt before. i think this is the best formula. we saw in the past year that sisi took control of egypt. how much egypt has been stable, how much egypt has been forthcoming in the international community. it needs time. whatever damage has been done, sisi needs the time. >> okay. >> a stable power. one of the packages saudi arabia is going to help sisi with is -- >> we will leave it there.
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i wish we had more time to talk about the issues. there are a lot of them. thank you for speaking to us joining us from riyadh. thank you for your time? >> thank you. >> to the tensions between armenia and azerbaijan. there are accusations fighting continues. azerbaijan says armenian backed troops violated the truce 189 times. robin for tear walker on the aftermath of four days of fighting. >> reporter: the road 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 the house was
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destroyed. this is where the children slept. families on both sides of the front lines, armenian and azerbaijani have had for years to endure shootouts. it was never as bad as this. >> the technology of war has changed too. drones struck this van with a rocket. its driver says his brother had a miraculous escape. over there is where the bomb hit. over here is where the car ended up. >> manvel is another survivor but the 8-year-old doesn't consider himself lucky. he says his home has been hit twice now, back in the war in the 1990s and this past weekend. the guns point in the direction of azerbaijan. while we were there, they were silent. forces are, we are told, under orders to hold fire. to some who live here, waiting
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for the cease-fire to hold is not an option it doesn't feel safe for them anymore. robin forestier walker. vet nan's parlor parl has elected a new prime minister, the only candidate for the position after the previous prime minister stepped down. he won 90% of the vote. on saturday, vietnam's former police minister as president. in the philippines, a presidential candidate is vowing to take on beijing over the disputed islands in the south china sea. rodriguez teter has seen him compared to donald trump. >> reporter: rolrigo du puerte had never been known to play nice. the 71-year-old mayor who loves his big bikes is not otherous for using death squads to take out criminals in his city.
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now, he is vowing to take on one of the world's super powers: china. >> what will they do but listen very carefully because i will do it. i will bring the flag. philippines and go to their airport and the plant the filipino flag. >> do it. >> i would be happy to go. >> china and the philippines have been at heavy odds over who owns this string of islands in the south china sea. >> if elected president, he says he will first try to negotiate with the asian rival. if talks break down, he vows to reclaim the islands, himself.
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>> i will not sacrifice the lives of the soldiers in the armed of the philippines. i would rather go there and they can waste me if they want. he is the most outrageous and the most coreful and most interesting character in this p upcoming election. >> mrij watchers say it will escalate tensions with china? >> we like to come payment her with trump in the u.s. because he likes to shock with his statements. he can be very irrefer end and very reckless. >> reckless but for a mayor who has never run for a nationa seat, he has amassed a huge following. his tough pledge of getting rid of crime and corruption and making the philippines a strong nation resonates. >> what do you think of him? >> he is a good fighter, a good city mayor. he performs well. he acts well he do the action,
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do the talking. filipinos may love his get-tough approach but if elected, it will likely guarantee stormy waters ahead on the international front. steve caio. the philippines. >> more on the story on 101 east, guns, goons, and the presidency on thursday right here on al jazeera. in the united states now presidential hopefuls are looking toward the next primary contest in new york. the democratic and republican frontrunners are favored to win. there is growing momentum to stop donald trump from securing republican nomination. patty:hane reports. >> reporter: this was not supposed to happen. the most unlikely candidate, donald trump, far away leading in the rates for the republican presidential nomination. >> what a bunch of babies. are we babies? are we babies?
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hello over there. >> reporter: his style, rambling, offense offensive? >> we will beat the (bleep) out of them. >> his policies provocative to say the least. >> i would build a great wall and nobody builds walls greater than me. >> every time he offended a person or group, it seemed to help, not hurt him. >> may no longer be the case as trump lost bad that's correct senator ted cruz. >> we saw republicans come together and unite. >> going to make america great again. thank you. >> trump could win the nomination but he has to win big in the next contest, his home state, new york. as for the democrats, but i love those come from behind convicted occurs. >> the frontrunner hillae clinton was talking about a basketball game. she wouldn't celebrate that in her race for the democratic no, ma'amnatal? >> it's been one wild election year. we are looking forward to an exciting, successful primary
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here. >> her opponent, senator bernie sanders, has beaten her in 7 of the last eight contests. >> oh, my gosh, it is so great to be in new york. >> next up, new york. >> will be a pivotal moment. both candidates have a connection to the state. clinton was its senator but sanders was born and raised there? >> if sanders were to gwinn new york by 10 or 15 points, he would net a lot of delegates out of that state, or california but there is not a lot of indication sanders is going to be able to win states like that the way he won in wisconsin. >> most believe clinton will be the democratic nominee. they are split on whether trump about ump about get the.
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>> the mosquitos that carries the zika virus is more widespread in the united states than previous thought. >> frustration is growing as a petrol shortage drags on. residents in lagos have resorted to sleeping in their cars. the government blaimz the s sabotage for the shortage. a report from the nigerian capitol. >> reporter: millions of consumers across cities in nigeria have been waiting in hours and in some cases days to get petrol. the reason for this current shortage are complications. even though nigeria is one of the world's largest oil
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producing countries and largest exporter from i am from africa, it doesn't have working refineries. has to export crude oil and reimportant it as refined pet l petrol, refind fuel for exception. a complex system of paying importers to bring in that fuel. there has been a defendant falling out. you could say a dispute, an ongoing dispute that lingers for years the second issue is the fact that those important are paid in u.s. dollars. recently the central bank of nigeria had some restrictions on access to foreign policy. this means the government can't even pay those importers. >> still ahead on al jazeera in sport, a hong kong female snooker player makes history. that's coming up with annie. >> stay with us. we are back after the break.
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follow @ajam on twitter. and like aljazeera america on facebook for more stories, more access, more conversations. so you don't just stay on top of the news, go deeper and get more perspectives on every issue. al jazeera america. >> imran khan has the story. >> 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 here one of the reasons for the expansion is
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pakistan allowing baliwood films to be screened. the director of paf cinema says the popularity of baliwood means better films. >> there is a need for these films if you want to save the pakistani industry. a groo has ask the high court to ban indian films. >> the government says the pakistani cinema is growing but only in middle class areas. they don't watch cinema. they watch foreign films. because of baliwood, we could make new films. that's why we want them banned. >> in pakistan, the studios and cinema houses are often owned by the same company that used the money from tickets to fund new films. >> if pakistan continues its trend toward becoming a middle class activity, cinema did like
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these, some of lahar's oldest 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's a question of the traditional versus the modern. >> traditionally the pakistani film industry has specialized with local films and themes that resonate with the poor but to compete by, films have gotten bigger. >> the films are better for families. those cinemas are too far away. >> across town in one of the more affluent stories, it's a different story. >> indian films are necessary because they are entertaining. they are stories, technology, sound effects of. pakistani films don't have that. >> it's clear the pakistani film industry is changing but producers and cinema-goers alike
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are divided on whether that's a good thing. imhran khan. >> for the sport, here is andy. >> german club made quite an impact in their first ever champions league. they beat real madrid two-nil, scoring two goals in seven minutes during the first half. >> gives them a big chance of causing an upset next week in the second leg. coach zadan thinks his team can turn it around. >> reporter: okay. for the second part, no. i think we should talk about the first half of the match because in the second half, we played a bit better. the only thing we need to do now is stay relaxed. it isn't going to make me crazy but losing is always painful. we know we have the chance to change that. manchester city drawing 2-2 and
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with 208 goals, he will be considered slight favorites heading into the second leg. we must take a break. >> the focus shifts to the quarterfinals at the europa league. the fixtures on thursday: jergen returns to his old stomping ground. >> i prepare my team. that's why i am here on a place. i had a wonderful time. that's how it is. it is better to be here. i don't know. north korea than something. i feel pretty good.
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it's a big game yeah. my team is involved. that's cool. >> one brazilian footballer had an interesting night o19-year-od gab reella opened the scoring for palmerus against argentinean side becauraz ear yeah. at this stage of the game, et cetera looking pretty happy. >> kicking out for an opponent. he checked a red card for his efforts. the match we want on to finish 3-3. now the sirius business of golf's first major of the year gets underway. john spieth will be defending his master's title at the augusta national. here is 3-time national campaign showing the younger generation how it's done, the par 3 tournament. a light warm-up what will be the
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8th masters one off the record 9 players on the day, a hole in one coming up. the 9 time major area won a masters way back in 1978. there he goes. just over an hour's time, the action proper will get started. three players stand out as favorite speis. he teess often. tickdation creates the reigning amateur situation, jason day in the form of his life, won back to back tournaments and the final major of last season. world number 3, rory mcilroy in the day's final group. no european has won master's since 1999. manny pacquiao is hoping his fight against timothy bradley can enhance his political as
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well as boxing reputation. senate elections no world title. 12 world champions. insisting this is his last fit. >> the boy that's speakinging in front of me now i experienced this in the streets with no food, sometimes i am hungry. i drink water to survive. transformed my line into this level of light. that's why i am citing. naufrning to god for everything he gave to me. >> the edmonson oilers wednesday saw one of hockey's playing their team. one won 4 stanley cups vancouver
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canucks. no women have ever qualified for the world snooker championships byrne one is attempting to change that. the first asian the first non-british female world champion, a 25-year-old lost her opening encounter but has a chance of reaching the main event. the biggest in the game. it was a tough game. >> we will follow her progress. that is all of the sport for now. plenty e more for me throughout the day. thank you so much. that's it for this newshour on al jazeera. stay with me. i will be back with more world news in just a few minutes.
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