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saudi arabia considers suspending air tribing strikes to allow humanitarian aid. i'm david foster. also coming up the desperation of the migrants intercepted and sent back to libya as they try to reach europe. we're in a remote corner of quake-hit nepal to find out how people are surviving without any help from outside. remembering colombia's literary legend. we're at the bogota book fair
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where the respects are being made where one of his best known and most valuable books has been nicked. they're allowing humanitarian aid to reach people in yemen that most need. the u.n. said scenes like this make it impossible to get in the relief. the pictures here of sanaa airport. the sawedly-led coalition is carrying out air strikes and runways and airfields across the country. they warn houthi rebels are the target of the attacks, not to exploit any break in the air campaign. the u.n. has reiterating how desperate it believes the situation is on the ground. >> partners report difficulty in providing medical services as a result of the current security situation and continued air strikes targeting the cities.
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food partners have reported they've had to suspend assistance in harata district and uiada because of a lack of fuel. casualties as the number of displaced continue to rise. local sources continue widespread violence. the humanitarian coordinator for yemen is strongly urging the coalition to stop targeting sanaa airport and to preserve this important lifeline some humanitarians reach all affected by the armed conflict currently ongoing in yemen. senegal was the laltest country to join the sawedlyudi-led coalition. we have march from the capital of dabbing car. >> the announcement was made by the foreign minister to a handful of mps at the national assembly on mound. we're talking about 2100 troops. senegal is an experienced peacekeeper under u.n. mandate.
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it has soldiers in mali and drc and other conflict zones, but where did it have 211 troops. we have armored vehicles and paratroopers and commandos. they're based around the 1,800-kilometer border with yemen and patrolling that border with the saudis. the syrian military's head of logistics survived a rebel attempt on his life in the capital of damascus. a suicide bomber targeting a military facility. the al qaeda-linked front says it was behind the attack. we have the report. >> reporter: residents of the district of damascus say they heard two explosions in an area controlled by the syrian military. major general mohammed eade was injured. he's the head of logistics.
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>> they were using awe suicide bomb other a bike. it were followed by other clashes, which could indicate noer group of rebels that tried to take the general. >> reporter: the attack has been claimed by the nozra front that changed tactics and joins other groups in the fight against president assad and his forces. last week the army of islam paraded on the outskirts of the capital waiting to secure damascus once the regime is toppled. in the north armed factions americaninged under the army of conquest to capture idlib. now they're focused on the stronghold of president assad. they say barrel bombs and attacks have increased in northern syria. around 200 regime soldiers are said to be sheltered in this hospital in a suburb after
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syrian rebels recaptured the city. this was the result of another government barrel bomb attack in aleppo. this rebel was a school building, which despite all the fighting in the city was still open. rescuers have dug through it, but they believe many of the dead and injured were children. >> translator: i urge king some mon on behalf of all syrians to turn the decisive storm towards syria. we cannot take this anymore. >> reporter: the political opposition leaders follow the campaign in yen mem led by saudi arabia. they want it to diminish and defeat assad's forces. two u.n. peacekeepers have been hurt in the israeli-occupied golan heights. mortar rounds fired from syria hit their base.
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it says it was stray fire also from the ongoing conflict in syria. some syrians have joaned the thousands of refugees trying to reach europe by the mediterranean sea. according to the italian coast guard in the last 48 hours, nearly 6,000 people have been taken to the italian port of port solow. we will hear from stephanie dekker there about the new arrivals but what of those turned back? we're in libya. we met some whose dreams were ended soon after they set off from north africa. >> reporter: by now they've been at sea for over 12 hours. it was a smooth sail. they thought they had made it if it weren't for the libyan coast guards. we caught up with the beat off the shores of western libya. the coast guards have carried out an overnight rescue operation, five rubber dinghies each with about 100 people on board. they come from nigeria, ghana,
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mali senegal and beyond. men and women, young and old. you want to go to europe? many of the migrants here are not happy to be returning to libya. to reach this point they have traveled for weeks, sometimes months. they had to work to earn enough money to pay for the journey and to be picked up on a day where there's good weather conditions is a huge disappointment. it's back on land in libya that it becomes clear how much of a disappointment it is. how hungry they are. and how vulnerable they feel. >> please help me. help me please. i'm on my way going. please. i'm almost there. please help me and let me be there. please. >> reporter: their stories are ones of people trying to escape the turmoil they were born into.
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she's from ghana and three months pregnant. she was hoping to give birth in italy. >> i'm very stressed out and frustrated. i'm angry and frustrated right now because i don't know where to starpt start and i don't know what to do. i have nothing right now. i have nothing. i have nothing. >> reporter: she's from nigeria. her father was killed by boko haram. she promised to send money back to her mother when she set off. >> i don't want them to deport me. i don't want them to deport me. >> reporter: so many people die in the sea. >> we don't care. we don't care! >> reporter: some of thesemy my migrants first arrived in libya to find a job. like patrick, its lawlessness made them decide to go further north. he paid extra for a life jacket. >> now from here we're going to
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face that. >> are you worried about if? >> trust me. >> you look very nervous. >> i saw some people go from here. >> reporter: it won't be easy. for now they're in a detention center somewhere in libya hoping to be released soon once again. al jazeera, misrata. they approached the port in silence. silhouettes in the dark sky. the boat has just stopped, and it's quite a powerful moment as the migrants stand silently as the boat has just come to shore. many of them of course with incredibly difficult stories to tell. they have risked a lot to get here. many won't know where they're going from here but certainly this is one of the first times that they would have felt safe in a long time. almost 900 people were on board
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after being rescued on saturday they finally docked in sicily in the early hours of monday morning. >> they never stopped. so we talk about the emergency because there is not really a sudden emergency, but we know it is a chronic condition. it's happening again and again. >> it took hours for the migrants to disembark. the emergency cases first, but a thorough one by one medical screening process of so many meant it was slow going. their exhausted-looking faces a hint at what they've been through. we were not allowed to talk to any of them. italy's minister of the interior will decide where to go next. they will try to continue their journey to other countries. the future remains uncertain, but for now they arrived to a new day after a voyage where they risked their lives. it's a journey thousands more will attempt and not all will make it here alive.
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>> a lot of that filmed over a period of hours and this daylight. we're in italy, and stephanie has the latest. >> reporter: the italian coast guard tells us there's a few ongoing rescue operations in the mediterranean. thousands have have been could youed the last couple of days. the smugglers take advantage of this good weather. it's set to last and it takes around 24 hours for once the migrants are rescued at sea to come to show. the italian minister of interior has the difficult task to allocate where they go once they come to shore. they get rigorous medical checks and identifiers and get moved on. of course it's concerning. we've seen people come to shore in difficult conditions they've been through harrowing times. medically some of them injured and taken away straight to hospital. we also spoke -- managed to speak to one man on that boat in
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posalo. he said there were six palestinians from the refugee camp in syria besieged by the syrian government for years and there's been fighting and infighting by groups and also isil inside. incredibly difficult to see how people make a very very long journey, dangerous and expensive journey and finally arriving here. when they arrive they're happy but it's an uncertainly future as to how their lives now will unfold. the sudden european spokes woman for the united nations said that half of those making the journey across the mediterranean are now refugees. >> reporter: >> 50% are at least refugees. people comes from syria, from somali they would in any case have received a refugee status once in europe.
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so they're proposing 12 actions. some of them are focusing on the fact that these refugees should be provided with attractive legal ways to arrive in europe. europe should open for some quota ands provide these people with different kinds of possibilities, from family unification. we have families that were broken. then we have the possibility to increase their resettlement. we know that some countries in europe have done a lot like germany, for example. some others might do more. some countries will start to increase their settlement quotas like italy, for example, for the first time. we think more is needed because, first of all, we want to bring these people out, to pull these people out of the hands of the smugglers. this is coming up after the break.
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police in texas investigate the background of two men shot dead after opening fire outside a far right conference. israel's prime minister visits a black israeli soldier whose beating by police brought angry protests because of alleged racism.
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austria's chancellor says there should be an eu-wide quota to accommodate people reaching europe's southern shores.
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nearly 86,800 have been rescued. rescuers in nepal find more and more bodies as they reach areas cut off by last month's earthquake. in one village 100 people were buried by an avalanche. the u.n. called on the saudi-led coalition to stop bombing yemen's arment. saudi arabia is considered a suspension of air strikes to allow in aid. rescuers in nepal say they finding more and more bodies saying they were cut off by the earthquake. al jazeera went to one remote victimage in northern nepal that was badly hit. the road was blocked by a landslide. resources couldn't get through to the residents badly in need. andrew simmons sends us this from the village of tabii. >> reporter: ruined villages on every mountainside.
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no one is here to help so they're getting on with it by thementz. this isn't rebuilding. it's about clearing up the best they can attempting to recycle the timber and rubble to build temporary shelter. more than a week after the quake, there are no tents, not even any basic plastic sheeting. further down the mountainside a proud family man works away. everyone is helping. he struggles to hold back back tears. >> translator: our lives are gone. how can we rebuild? where can we get help? who will help? >> reporter: this is what's been stopping anyone reaching villages beyond his home. landslides caused by the quake and aftershocks. the road ahead has been blocked for more than a week.
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this is one of the first to get through. the road ahead is tress russ. no aid convoys here. you can see how much aid is needed though with one glance at the village of tatai. out of 90 homes only 4 are left standing. the army patrols pass through with their task for assessments searching for missing people including foreigners. small amounts of food are left for them but helicopters pass by on other missions. this is an all too familiar scene. too many villages decimated. the people show remarkable resilience but will it be enough to face what lies ahead? unless there's rapid assistance raj who has a wife and baby doesn't think he'll be able to cope. >> translator: we have nothing. however much we dig around these stones, we have no food. how will we survive?
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>> reporter: and that's what it comes down to survival and not just hardship. the rain and cold of the monsoon season could be only a month away. andrew simmons, al jazeera, nepal. israel's prime minister has had a meeting with the ethiopian jewish soldier who was attacked by police. pictures of that attack bring with them violent protests in tel aviv. benjamin netanyahu has quickly rejected the idea of racism saying such actions would not be tail tolerated. >> reporter: a signature moem as the israeli prime minister meets the soldier who was beaten by police. we cannot accept this netanyahu says. the police are dealing with this, and we need to change things. afterwards the soldier expressed his gratitude. >> translator: we spoke about everything and he knew about the issues and new bha he was
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talking about. first of all it's a boost to have him talk with me and meet with me. it was a good meeting. >> reporter: the beating sparked off a series of anti-racism demonstrations by ethiopian israelis drawn from spain, portugal the middle east and africa. a significant number of these ethiopian israelis were actually born in the country, and they insist that they've lived as marginalized citizens since birth. few taking part in the demonstrations were willing to be interviewed during further victimization, but one former member of parliament outlined the reason for the protests. >> we are here to say enough is enough because we see more and more attacking by the police. not all the police but the individual police act like criminals. because of the color and difference of culture, they're
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attacking some of the young especially. >> reporter: another demonstrator identified only by the name david explains why he was there. >> translator: it's tough. i don't know what's going to happen. i myself am a police officer, and i took my uniform off to demonstrate. that says something. it's very difficult. >> reporter: the demonstration that had begun so peacefully degenerated into violence. more than 50 police officers were injured as well as a large number of demonstrators. yet, it is significant that despite what appeared to be explosive violence there were no serious injuries. >> that's due to the fact that the israeli police are using nonlethal weapons and only water cannons to disperse the crowd. we make sure nobody gets hurt and stun grenades that are effective and make noise and scare them off. it causes no damage whatsoever. >> reporter: the center of tel
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aviv is being cleaned up but little will wash away the stain and shock of violence between jews jews. >> israeli's foreign minister said he couldn't sit in the government after prime minister netanyahu struck a series of deals with ultra orthodox partners. he said he's going to join the opposition. a road cross in berundi says three protesters have the killed in the capital. police say a grenade was thon at them with a number of officers. this is the decision to seek a third term in office. at least seven people were killed and 600 were arrested last week. here's malcolm webb. >> reporter: activists on saturday said protesters should take two days of rest to recover
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and mourn the lives of those protesters killed last week. monday's demonstrations were the greatest so far. there were more demonstrations in suburbs of the city that haven't seen demonstrations before and also in three provinces outside the capital. there's no sign of things calming down anytime soon. in the rural areas the u.n. says over 35,000 people have fled to neighboring rwanda and the democratic republic of congo and a lot of people are threatened for opposing the third term or they've been threatened because of the ethnicity. a lot of people are concerned that if the peaceful political resolution isn't found soon it will descend into the violence seen during the 13-year civil war that ended in 2005. in knee jeer ya some of the we can rescued from boko haram talk about what happened to them. 275 captives were taken from the camp. three-quarters of them were
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under 18. some of them said they saw signs of discontent within the armed group. >> translator: they were always complaining that their leader i can't recall his name now, but that their let the record has deceived them in fighting and killing in the name of religion. now the unfaithful were killing them. they don't give them guns and nothing good was happening to them. as such they were not happy with their leaders. we hear them complain every day. >> translator: many of them. >> many of them do? >> yes. some of them do have them. the u.s. authorities say they're investigating any possible links between gunmen shot dead by police in texas and groups such as isil. police killed two on sunday when the men opened fire outside of a conference exhibiting cartoons of the prophet mohammed. jay gray is in the dallas suburb
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of garland, texas where it all happened. >> reporter: a lot of speculation, david, as we talk about this. you see the fbi evidence team still working at the scene. here is the car the suspects were in when they drove up to the event center here and a lot of evidence markers on the ground here. i've counted numbers up into the 70s at this point. they did it since an hour or so after the shooting and they continue to do that through the evening in what police describe as a long and tense and very meticulous investigation that is just in the beginning stages here. we know that both of men involved here had some interaction with federal agents. one federal agent was convicted and had planned to travel to africa to join a terrorist group there. the other on the terror watch list and so obviously, that's a key to this investigation and it points to perhaps a tie with
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what was going on here at the draw of mohammed event, which, of course, was an event and a showing of art using the pro fet's image, and there was also a contest here for cartoonists, a $10,000 prize for first place for the cartoon they depicted as the best using the image, david. gabriel garcia marquez's best known book habben stolen from a fair in bogota. the copy of "100 years of solitude" is worth $60,000. there's a reason for it as we explain. >> the guest country apt this year's international book fair in bogota is an imaginary one. the enchanted place invented by
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gabriel garcia marquez that died a year ago. >> reporter: it's a nation a territory that resembles much of colombia the care bien and latin america. it resembles our wildest dreams. >> reporter: the exhibition immersing visitors in the literary landscape made famous by 100 years of solitude. it aims to reconnect colombians to the books. for latin-americans it's like looking deep into a magical mirror that reflects its passions conflicts and tra domestics, but here in colombia outside of major cities few have read them and that's because despite major public investments to increase readership still more than half of the population here doesn't read books. most cities and towns in colombia don't have a bookstore. books are expensive and are considered a luxury item. the government response has been to build public libraries in many poor regions and provide
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free access to books, computers and technology. 104 new libraries have been built in the last four years. like this one deep into a territory hit by the country's internal conflict. >> translator: his anxiety and desire to know the world can be achieved through books, even if you doan have money to travel anywhere. >> reporter: with the help of volunteers they started a mobile version of the library where books are brought into isolated rural areas often under rebel control. >> translator: i remember we once had to walk five hours to reach a village, similar to the one i came from. we expected 15 or 20 people. when we got there, wow, 60 people all waiting for books. >> for the work she's been rewarded with national prizes and over $20,000 to expand the reading programs mostly aimed
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at the next generation of readers. it's an uphill battle in a country still working to improve its education system. in this small town they're fighting it one page at a time.