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people in yemen getting respite as the truce largely holds up for a second day the world news from al jazeera. also getting some breaking news of a suicide bomb attack near a football stadium in aden. we will bring you that together with the other news. a large fire has broken occupant in tokyo. a blow for brazil's president as a congressional committee votes in favor of impeaching her. u.s. health officials says the
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zika virus is scarier than first thought and the impact could be greater than predicted let's start with developments in yemen. four people first of all have been killed in a suicide bombing in the south of yemen. it occurred in a football stadium. eight people were wondered in that-- wounded in that attack. that's the most recent development, but there has been that fragile ceasefire in the second day between houthi fighters and saudi-led coalition in yemen. civilians have been bearing the brunt since last year. >> reporter: a rare quiet in yemen's capital. for more than a year bombs have fallen on the area. houthi rebels control the city making it the target of
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saudi-led coalition air strikes trying to push them out. a break in the fighting is allowing some here to hope the bombs the stop for good. >> reporter: i hope all sides will observe the ceasefire. i wish for common order to be restored without any violations from either side. it is the people who are paying the pryings for in war. >> reporter: the truth is holding across much but not all of yemen. this is the province east of sunaa. there were reports of shelling in the south-western city of taiz where houthi lebls have laid siege for about a year. >> translation: we won't negotiate-- rebels. we won't negotiate with rebels. >> reporter: the sporadic fighting hasn't stopped the sides from honoring the ceasefire. in a divisive and complex conflict many say that that in itself is significant. the houthi rebels hold eight of yemen's 22 provinces and spread
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out from the north to the edge of taiz in the south. this includes the capital. they're backed by forces loyal to the former president and have the support of iran. the houthis are fighting troops loyal to the president. he set up a temporary capital here in the southern port city and his military is present in most of eastern yemen. he has the backing of sunni tribes and since last year air strikes from a saudi-led coalition. then there is al-qaeda and the peninsula. they're anti houthi but are no way aligned with the government. also competing for control in the south we have the yemen affiliate of i.s.i.l. as well as concessionist groups. they're mostly secular and have been pushing to breakaway from the north. the u.n. says the number of people without reliable access to enough food has doubled since the conflict began to around 14 million people.
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that's well over half the population. most of them are women and children. the truce calls for inhindered access to aid across yemen. the ceasefire is to build confidence between the warring parties, ahead of talks in a week. the inability of any side to win this war militarily is likely forcing them to resolve it by diplomacy let's round all of this up in yemen. joining us by skype, an official. can you tell us anything more about events in aden today? >> this part of the ongoing power struggle between the president's government and al-qaeda, i.s.i.s. and terrorists, right now over 100 security officials, government officials, have been assassinated and killed by i.s.i.s. over the last four
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months. each side is trying to gain control. the government was recruiting more troops and soldiers and this was the result. it is a point where more soldiers to be recruited or regain control of territory in aden. this is part of ongoing crisis between government and i.s.i.s. and i don't expect it to calm down and this has been the case for the last nine months you're saying this is the work of i.s.i.l. that means it would fall outside of the ceasefire. how do you see the ceasefire holding up at this point? >> this does not have anything to do with the ceasefire. it is not involved in the ceasefire. they are not part of it, they will not be involved. it will not affect the ceasefire anyway i'm asking about the
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ceasefire itself. if we take away this incident away in aden today and talk about how things are holding up between the saudi-led coalition and the houthi rebels. >> we like to say that this is the yemeni version of a ceasefire, always fragile because of the lack of government facilities everywhere on the country. so the ceasefire is still ongoing. there has been breaches by both sides, but, again, the ceasefire is ongoing and both sides are insisting that this must continue, although there are violations happening, but these are very slight and if you compare the ceasefire, there's a 90% decrease in clashes do you think it's enough at this stage? i know it's early days, but is it looking like it will be enough to get us through to the next round of talks in kuwait? this will be important for those talks to work. >> anything is possible right
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now. it has been over a year and the sides have been trying to reach a one-day ceasefire for the last four months. to have a 90% decrease in the one day, and on the first day of the ceasefire is a major success. in my opinion, again, this is what i call the yemeni version of the ceasefire, it is always fragile. this, i think, by day two and three, these breaches will be much, much less because the differences will be decreased and by that day two or three, we're sure that these breaches will be later tonight good to get your thoughts. thank you to syria where that conflict now into its sixth year. it is holding parliamentary elections on wednesday. the votes have been held in areas controlled by bashar al-assad. thousands of candidates are competing. nearly all of them favor bashar al-assad's party. the international community and the opposition have criticized
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the election saying they will be biassed. aid workers are preparing to deliver more food packages to der azor. enough is being sent to feed 2500 people for a month. parts of the city have been under siege since 2014. around 200,000 people there face severe shortages of food and medicine. fire has broken out in a major commercial center in japan's capital. these pictures, the aerial shots we've got of the fire in the area of tokyo, according to local media, six buildings were set alight and continued for an hour. emergency services are dealing with the blaze and there have been no reports of injuries. a committee of brazil's lower house of congress has voted to recommended the impeachment of dilma rousseff. she faces charges of breaking budget laws to support her
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re-election in 2014. our correspondent has more. >> reporter: after hours of heated debate, the congressional commission's vote brings brazil's president one step closer to facing impeachment. the next instalment of this political drama only days away. the full lower house must vote on the admissibility of the impeachment charges as the government tries to block the move. >> what they're trying to do is persuade them to vote against impeachment or to be absent. to abstain. >> reporter: this amid claims that the government operatives are offering ministerial positions and even money to maintain the loyalty of members of the rapidly disintegrating government coalition. as behind the scenes negotiations on both sides of the dwip intensify, supporters and opponents of the president are moving into the capital to pressure politicians. >> reporter: the vote is expected any time between friday
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and sunday and security forces are concerned that they've already put up this huge 80-metre long barrier to try and separate protesters who are in favor and against the government. they're expecting 1 # 50,000 pro-government demonstrators here and another 150 anti-government democrat-- 150,000 anti-government demonstrators on this side. the vice president seen' here on the left is next in line should the president be forced to step aside. adding more drama to the crisis, a leaked audio recording of the vice president addressing the nation as though she were already impeached. >> translation: we need to unite all the parties and all the parties should be ready to collaborate to pull brazil out of this crisis. >> reporter: this the latest twist in a bitter political soap opera that has not only parcelised this country but also like the barrier in front of the congress building, deeply
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divided the brazilian people britain's prime minister has defended his families's financial arrangement in parliament. david cameron is under pressure about his late father's financial interests. >> reporter: the british prime minister has been on the back foot having to answer awkward questions about his own finances and revealed details of his personal wementsdz. the most embarrassing revelation that he earned up tens of thousands of dollars from his late father's offshore investment company. he defended his record and his family in parliament >> there have been some deeply hurtful and profoundly untrue allegations made against my father. i want to, if the house would let me, put the record stray. it was set up overseas because
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it was going to be trading in dollar securities. this should be a country that believes in aspiration and wealth creation. so we should defend the right of every citizen to make money lawfully. aspiration and wealth creation are now dirty words. they are the key engines of growth and prosperity in our country and we would always support those who want to own shares and make investments to support their families. >> reporter: the opposition labor party argues that the rich and powerful can write their own rules, enjoying wealth and avoiding tax that ordinary people have to pay >> it is absolutely a master class in at the time art of distraction. i'm sure mr speaker the prime minister would join me in welcoming the outstanding journalism that has gone into exposing the scandal of disruptive global tax avoidance
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revealed by the papers. what they have driven home is what many people of increasingly felt. there is one rule for the super witch and another for the rest. >> reporter: it's annie motive issue. david cameron, who was born into wealth and privilege, has imposed austerity and spending cuts but tells british people we're all in this together >> this man has done more to this nation than anybody else. he has lioneled his own pocket. i still refer to him as "dodgy dave". do what you like. >> reporter: one veteran left wing mp was ordered to leave parliament for aabusive language. >> david cameron will be hoping he has put a difficult week behind him. he announced a new law that makes it easier to prosecutor british companies that help in tax evasion and he set up a task force to look into the
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revelations around the panama papers. heap can't afford to lose any more credibility with the british public because in june he will be asking them to vote to remain in the european union in a referendum that will make or break his political career and define the future of this country in the news ahead on al jazeera, we will tell you about the high-tech balloons which could ensure sri lanka becomes the first country in the world to have complete 4g internet coverage. a year after a disaster hit the island of vanuatu via a cyclone, we look at their lives. their lives.
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top stories for you once again. four people killed in a suicide bombing near a football stadium in the south of yemen. the second day of a tentative truce deal between the houthis and the saudi backed government. a committee of brazil's lower house of congress has voted to recommend the impeachment of president dilma rousseff. she faces charges of breaking budget laws to support her re-election in 2014. emergency services in japan battling a fire in the area of tokyo. these pictures, the aerial shots of the fire where according to local media, six buildings were set alight at about 1pm local times. no reports of injuries.
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now u.s. health officials say the spread and compact of the zika virus is far wider than initially thought. the u.s. center for disease control and prevention says it is now present in 30 states. more than double the 12 initially thought. it has outlined even more health problems which are linked to zeek. >> since we last discussed the zika virus we continue to be learning pretty much every day. most of what we're learning is not reassuring. we have learned that the virus is linked to a broader set of complications in pregnancy, not just the microcephaly, but also prematurity, i problems and some other conditions. we have learned that the mosquito vector, the particular mosquito, is present in a broader range of states in the continental u.s. instead of about 12 states where it is present, we believe about 30 states have the mosquito
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present more now on that story from washington dc. >> reporter: the obama administration brought two of the government's top doctors into the white house briefing room to send one message. the zika virus is scarier than they previously thought. the message was meant to try and get some political pressure on the u.s. congress controlled by the opposition party. they have refused the president's request for about two billion dollars specifically to look at zika. that would be to research the disease for laboratory work, to be able to try and cope with the vaccine and track and kill the mosquitos that carry the virus. they said they wouldn't appropriate the money. the obama administration took steps to took steps. now this briefing to send a message to congress. we have moved and you need to move to git us additional money that we've been asking for more than 400 people have been arrested at a demonstration in washington dc.
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protesters were detained during a sit in to highlight the negative influence of money in politics. it is part of a week of civil disobedien disobedience. the supreme court of vepz has declared legislation that would free dozens of jailed activists as unconstitutional. the law was passed by the opposition controlled congress despite protests of maduro. he seize it as an attempt to destabilize his rule. colombian forces have killed three members of the national liberation army. security forces raise r raided the rebel base in a remote area. several others were injured, including a 13-year-old girl. the national liberation army recently joined broader peace talks in havana, cuba, next to
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the rebel farc. after three years of negotiations, parties involved say they are close to signing a deal. in canada, crisis teams are being deployed after 11 members of an indigenous community attempted suicide. in the past seven months people have tried to kill themselves in the same area. a state of emergency has been declared. the story from our correspondent. >> reporter: for decades the isolated indigenous community here in toronto has been plagued by economic hardship. few in the government took notice. counsellors are being dispatched after a state of emergency was declared by the chief of the first nations community. >> they will meet with the local staff and the people and sort out exactly what the needs are and it seems like it's a social
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health. >> reporter: over the weekend 11 people attempted suicide. since september more than 100 people have tried to take their lives. in a community of just 2000. indigenous leaders say despite [indistinct] >> it is like a time bomb waiting to explode. we need people to help on the ground. >> reporter: the government has discriminated against tens of thousands living on reserves for decades. there has been unee equal funding for these children compared to elsewhere in the countr
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country. >> what's it going to take to end this cycle of crisis and death among young people >> the budget clues 8.4 billion dollars in funding for indigenous communities. it is these funds that will actually restore hope to communities. >> reporter: but first nations activist cindy blackstock says the money won't hurt those hurting now >> the vast majority of this money will not be paid until the next federal election in 2019. equality for every other canadaian is not an incremental idea. there's no excuse for giving first nation's children last >> reporter: that's why she can calling on the government to eradicate the history of racial discrimination. it is driving so many young to
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take their own lives just over a year ago the pacific island of vanuatu was hit by a huge cyclone that killed 11 people. much of the country's infrastructure is still in ruins. andrew thomas went back there one year later. >> across here school classrooms look largely as they did more than a year ago, after the biggest cyclone in the country's history. immediately after the storm, when vanuatu briefly dominated the headlines worldwide, countries, international organizations and charities promised tens of millions of dollars in help, but on the island it is not clear where that went. >> i feel like necessity forgot us. i don't know will they do with the big money. they should have helped the schools and the hospitals. >> reporter: the island's one police car still hasn't been repaired. children are still learning in what was supposed to be very
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temporary tents. it is hot inside these tents after midday it is often too hot and the school day ends. they say those shortened hours are having a big impact on the children's education. >> reporter: a few classrooms were rebuilt here in the weeks immediately after the cyclone. that was between march and july when about $40 million was spent large by by charities and the australian government acting independently of vanuatu, but then momentum was lost. >> i feel disappointed and i'm frustrated about what they left out after the cyclone. >> reporter: it's half an hour by plane to the capital. that is where money has got bogged down. why? first, not all money promised was delivered. vanuatu's government says countries make commitments they haven't kept and other money, about 70 million dollars in grants and loans from the world bank is still being negotiated.
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political instability hasn't helped and there have been three different governments since the storm, that has slowed the spending of what has been received. australia won't let its gift of 26 million dollars or recovery be spent without rigourous accountability. the small government has struggled to put that in place. >> there were some capacity issues within the government. we - this was just too much. >> reporter: the result has been the recovery efforts led by the government have ground to a halt. >> reporter: have any schools or hospitals been rebuilt at all as yet? >> no. >> reporter: none? >> none. >> reporter: vanuatu's government says it is now putting in place the systems donor's need to see, but they're also calling on those who promised money to deliver it. teachers meanwhile say they just don't want another year in tents sri lanki may become the
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first country in the world to have completely 4g internet coverage. high altitude balloons is the key. >> reporter: showing off its balloons in sri lanka. a team from google displayed the technology for the project it calls balloon network. >> we're trying to write internet to two out of three people on the planet who don't have coverage. we're using high altitude balloons 60,000 feet above the ground that can send a signal down to the cell phone in your pocket >> reporter: it has more than 3 million mobile internet connections and 630,000 fixed line internet subscribers. that means about one fifth of its population is already connected. the google balloons will have a 40 kilometer radius range. 13 will be needed to cover the island. she lan ka was amongst the first
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countries in south asia to introduce mobile fines. the country has impressive internet bandwidth, but it would mean that the entire island, even remote places like this, will be covered. google says lower costs are the main advantage over current internet operations >> the balloons can be very inexpensive. the plastic in the balloons is the same plastic you get when you get a shopping bag at a store and a lot of the electronics in the balloon are similar to those in a cell phone. the cell phone industry has help bring the cost of the gps chips and the small circumstances down enormously. >> reporter: the head of the information and communications technology agency says the project will bring innovation. >> we're just after 10 years of war, we leapfrogged in many ways. we are going to be leaders and not followers in this area. >> reporter: the minister of
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telecommunications and digital infrastructure introduced the project to young people at the festival. the minister was asked about some concerns over allowing google, a u.s. tech giant, to run such in the area. >> if you one through it, it is a pure technology that connects people and that's about it. >> reporter: it has not been smooth sailing. in february the first test balloon came down with a bump. google denied it had crash episode. it said it was a controlled landing. then the display balloon was punk erred by scaffolding. that and high winds meant it couldn't be fully inflated. tests will take up to a year after which a project that the country hopes will be another technology first may really get off the ground members of the rock band led
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