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>> thousands in yemen as a political deadlock continues. >> hello i'm nick clark in doha. bridging the political divide, iraq's prime minister host a summit aimed to bring rival factions together. thousands of people rally in spain calling for an end in austerity measures. plus. >> i'm reporting from new zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, where farmers are being hit hard by a slump in global milk prices.
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>> there there are rallies in sanaa. the houthies have used live ammunition to a break up demonstrations in the capitol. theycapitol. adding to the turmoil in yemen are soldier who is are blocking an intended highway. it's a crucial shipping lane. the threat was made after houthi fighters shot and killed an army commander and two of its guards. we have reports now to aiden in southern yemen. >> the political en pass in yemen continues after the southern movement. those representing the cities in the south announced their suspension in the political talks that the u.n. special
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envoys attempted to broker others parties followed suit. the main opposition party said that they were boycotting and other leftest parties which really left only the houthies andallies. now aside from the political en pass there have been demonstrations. they continue to take place on saturday with demonstrations taking place in the capitol of sanaa. also protests taking place in other places across the south. meanwhile, there is also instability from a security perspective with several attacks, clashes between the houthies around armies. and it shows how volatile the situation is, and until some sort of solution can be found people fear that the difficulty or the unstable nature will
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increase even though the special envoy had reasons to be optimistic. they're having difficulty finding with that opposition originates from. >> three people have been killed in the southern movement. a former yemeni ambassador and visor said that the southern movement are not considered as partners in the formation of the federal state. >> these forces of corruption and former old guards don't want at all to proceed towards a new state. as the family reports obviously it shows that it has proven to us that there is only violence, and violence pays back for them. so now the only way for us in the south is to take our way towards reforming our state and letting these people, who are trying now to force themselves
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by violence understand that they cannot understand their will in the south in most of the region of the north. >> at least ten people have been killed in a series of bombings in and around the iraqi capitol of baghdad. explosions targeted a market and shops and an army patrol. iraq's president haider al abadi is organizing a meeting with leaders to discuss islamic state in iraq and the levant. >> this national conference is taking place on the ground at a crucial time. even with the airstrikes and military gains that kurdish forces are making in the north there are places where isil is creeping back in. in the west a senior senior
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leader was killed. and in the north around kirkuk and heavy clashes with isil over the past few days, two senior peshmerga commanders, including a major general killed by a sniper said to have been killed in those clashes. around the country as well in the promise still the repercussions of what is alleged to be a massacre of unarmed gunmen by shia militias. that was part of the backdrop of this conference. he said, in fact, that iraqi security forces and anyone acting outside of the law would not be considered anything but outlaws. he said that killings and kidnappings were no better than terrorism, and he called for national unity. >> we need to be unified in order to put an end to isil. we could put an end to isil through our government reforms.
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we have to be determined to beat isil on the military security social front. if we do this, we'll defeat our enemies sooner than we think. >> that unity could be hard to come by. across the country sunni tribes debate whether they will go on board--and that sunnity could be hard to come by. across the country sunni tribes debate whether they'll join a government effort to fight isil. many say it's not enough. it's povertied fears across the country as well, this fight against isil that they're being beaten back, but it's not something that they believe the government can win without determination. >> 25 fighters have been killed along the border with syria. a spokesman for the group was killed.
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the u.s. military said that the weapons expert has died. andrew mall lick was killed near mosul on january 24th. he was a chemicals weapons engineer under the rule of former president saddam hussein. japan's government said it is proving extremely difficult to secure the release of a japanese hostage held by isil. there have been meetings with prime minister shinzo abe and. the jordanian pilot has also been held captive. egypt has accused leadership in gaza of allowing fight tours
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launch attacks in the sinai peninsula. african union leaders are meeting for their final day in their summit. we have the latest now. >> reporter: the hits of state are expected to issue declarations of major issues that have been the subject of this summit. they're considering a project by the african union for original against bow could had a boko haram. other issues are sudan's care and leaders have moved peace talkstalks to move forward on
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peace talks. the ebola epidemic some of the poorest countries on the continent are also on the agenda. the push to find alternative sources, this organization depends on foreign findings and the good will of member states many of whom are unwilling or unable to find resources. this makes it difficult to respond to situations as soon as they arise. >> we'll speak to the founder and publisher of the africa briefing magazine. welcome to the program. from ebola to boko haram these are precisely the kind of events problems and conflicts that the africa union was designed to tackle. how successful has the africa union been? >> well, it has not been so
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successful so far in view of the many constraints that the a.u. faces. number one the like your reporter said, the a.u. is funded by donaries, and it receives money from member states based on their good will. so the political will to do things is there, but the wherewithal that's what makes a.u. as a body. >> that's all very well wanting to be independent but if you don't have the money to be independent it's hard to be independent. how can that be addressed? >> well again on the part of the member state on the heads of state should translate into the
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willingness to provide adequate funding. but you see most african governments receive support from e.u. from ifm world bank. they have to rely on external sources to fund it's budgets. it makes it very difficult to try to channel those funds. but again the heads of state need to have the willingness to properly adequate the a.u. for everybody to fulfill-- >> well funding is one thing. cooperation and working together something else. do you think that that needs more work? >> well, it appears that the
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corporation is there. they set up an insurance body to pay money to these stricken areas. this is some of the progress that we're making but that. >> certainly seemly endless line of challenges. we appreciate your perspective. thank you very much, indeed. so still to come we take the
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story on boko haram where nigerians continue to arrive in chad. >> we're not at the sundance film festival, but we'll be highlighting the work of three independent fill makers from here whose stories have made it to the silver screen.
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>> sunday night. >> 140 world leaders will take the podium. >> get the full story. >> there is real disunity in the security council. >> about issues that impact your world. >> infectious diseases are a major threat to health. >> "the week ahead". sunday 8:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera. there have been investigations of houthi rebels across yemen.
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they want the government to be reinstated. iraq's prime minister haider al abadi has been calling for a summit. africaafrican union members have met where boko haram has dominated the talks. >> chadian army said it killed 120 fighters during a confrontation. chad is struggling to cope with the influx of refugees escaping boko haram in neighboring nigeria. attacks early this month forced many residents to cross the border. it's believed more than 12,000
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people have traveled to chad in recent weeks. >> on the shores the crisis formed by boko haram is laid bear along nigeria's borders. these are some of the victims of the group driven from their villages in the northeast. they group say chad is now their home. they come here quickly as refugees cross the border daily. >> we have received a massive influx into chad from the third of january. more than 11,000 people are out during this period. the majority of refugees are civilians. >> the refugees are also include members of pro government militia.
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>> they kill our people. and the military do not fight boko haram: >> aid agencies are providing food and shelter. others like the international red cross are helping people track down missing relatives. >> my husband brought us here and then returned home. his brother was killed by boko haram, and he had to check on the family. their village was attacked again. i don't know if he's dead or alive. >> aid workers warn that refugee refugees are a crisis in the making. for now how to put a stop to boko haram campaign of pillage and bloodshed.
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al jazeera chad. >> al jazeera continues to demand the release of its three journalist who is have now been imprisoned in egypt for 399 days. mohamed fahmy, bader mohammed, and peter greste were wrongly accused of colluding with the outlaw muslim brother hood. president al sisi said he would like to see the case resolved. the new greek government said it will not continue with stricter austerity measures. finance minister held talks with the head of the euro group on friday the head of the group said that the greek people have gone through a lot. however, a lot of progress has
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been made putting greece back on track, and it is important to the to lose this practicing. >> thousands of supporters are rallying in the capitol of madrid. the movement is hoping to repeat the success which won the elections in greece last weekend. the posh party wants to end austerity measures imposeed by austerity measures. jacky rowland were madrid. >> reporter: this is one of the biggest demonstrations in madrid in six years. we keep hearing people chanting out the familiar center "yes we can" a slogan that worked for president barack obama in the united states. they must also look to greece for inspiration. just a week ago a similar party won the election there is. they hope that they can
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translate this huge translate of the demonstration into votes in an election later this year. certainly it's rising high in the opinion polls at the moment, but it's still quite a long time before people will be going to the ballot boxes and. >> in tunisia men part of a group of convicted drug smugglers could face execution next week. andrew thomas has this report now in sydney. >> in a sydney warehouse actors ors are rehearsing a very personal play. a story of prisoners on death row. life so bleak they fantasize about imagineary lives. the play parallels two australians.
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two years ago two were arrested in bally. for heroin smuggling they have been given death sentences. indonesia executed six others last week. forfor those who visited their real life counterparts, they've become friends. time is running out. >> that's what we do. i'm an actor. that's all i can do. i do my best. >> the play aims to raise money and awareness even at this late stage. this play was first performed back in 2008. back then there was still hope for the character's real life counter parts. that hope is now all about extinguished. this play has an urgency it has not had before. >> in australia there is a frenzy of campaigning well-known australians about their voices. >> we stand for mercy. >> families have gone on tv. >> they're good kids.
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everybody makes mistakes. they did something stupid. they don't deserve to die. they don't. >> campaigners say that they have rehabilitateed in prison. sukamara has become an artist who has taught others prisoners. australia's prime minister too has called for clemency. but similar calls from the dutch were ignored two weeks ago. president wadodo seems res absolutely. >> indonesia should be strong about this. president wadodo has to take strong measures because of the execution. if a certain product would be brought to indonesia, indonesia has to be strong this. [♪ singing ♪] >> on thursday there was a vigil
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and concert in sydney, a call "have mercy." but it's unlikely that australians can save two of their own. al jazeera sydney. >> we're getting reports that ten people have died in a fire in a plastics factory. firefighters have been working to put the blaze out. witnesses fear the death toll could rise. there have been 250 people who work at the plant. the government in the philippines and rebels from the islamic lib race front promise to keep working on a road back to peace. they signed an agreement that will see fighters from the separatist group disarmed. this comes after 44 policemen were killed in fighting with the rebels on sunday. new zealand is the world's largest dairy exporter, but they're having a difficult year. not only are they struggling with hot dry weather the lower
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prices for milk are making it harder to earn a living. from the north island, we have this report. >> this is the heart of the new zealand dairy industry where the hills are usually lush and green. but in the province, like most of the country, it has been another long hot summer, and the moisture in the soil is disappearing. forecasters say there is not much rain on the way. and dairy farmers are preparing extra feed for their cows. but ironically the dry may produce a positive. >> when there have been dry conditions our production has dropped a lot. the market has increased the price. >> that's exactly what the new zealand dairy industry wants to hear. it's the largest exporter around the world. in china the price has crashed. most dairy farmers supply to
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fontera. it would reduce the payout to farmers by 50%. there is a feeling by farmers in new zealand that they can absorb one bad year, but not two in a row. now people are looking to the future to predict exactly where the global dairy market is headed. they believe the reduction in price is more of a correction than anything else. they believe the slump won't have too big of an impact on new zealand solid economy that relies on experts. >> we see developing countries like china and other places are continueing. more medium term and long term we see continued growth. >> all the farmers can do is try to adjust to their hefty pay cut. >> this would be a learning
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curve as we head over to our expenses and our business model we might have to make changes to the future. >> the good news is that banks have revised their production forecast down. a drop drop in supply should mean an increase in price. >> miami may not be recorded as one of the film-making capitols, but it's reputation may be about to change with three movies made in the city selected for this year's sundance film festivals. we take miami stories to a global audience. >> they're making more than just popcorn in miami these days across the city they're planning the next festival to showcase their work. the documentary was produced by a local filmmaker who say the
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city is gaining a new-found reputation. >> for the first time you're seeing independent miami stories that are authentic to our neighborhoods being told, and being respected on a world stage. that's reexciting. >> and in miami it's a big neighborhood that rep athletics a diverse population. >> do you want to pull that out there. the writer, whose originally from barbados, said making films here is an opportunity to undo you stereotypes of the region. >> there is so much more there than what we see in movies and television shows. it's so much richer, so much deeper. so much more nuanced. this is everything to me. >> i feel great about this. i really do. in all three made-in-miami movies have been selected to play at sundance.
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miami isn't about to take over from new york or los angeles as a film-making capitol but it has certainly come a long way. perhaps more importantly the stories being told on the silver screen reflect what is an unique and diverse community and that's significant. >> beautiful things about independent filmmakeing-- >> and for those who have helped fund miami's filmmakeing, this is seen as a turning point. >> we have local filmmakers telling local stories to the local community but they're stories that resonate worldwide. >> from sundance it's likely these films will go on to reach a global audience helping to put the filmmakers and miami on the map. >> freezing weather in north america has allowed an intrepid ice climate climber the first person to scale the face of
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niagara false. he managed to climb his way nearly 50 meters up as water rushed beneath the frozen surface. all the news at is the address. >> we're driving to a crime scene in a suburb outside of columbia, south carolina... we've come because more women are killed by men here than any other state in the country... around 10:30 in the morning, a family of four, including two children