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suarez. a saudi-led coalition pounds houthi led positions with an imposed ceasefire less than 24 hours away hello, i'm darren jordan with the world news from al jazeera. also ahead the international organization for migration calls on governments to find those stranded at sea. >> european ministers tried to end a stand off over greece's debt. plus... >> 150 million the pablo picasso
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masterpiece setting a new record at auction we begin with yemen where a ceasefire proposed by saudi arabia is due to start tuesday. tanks and armored vehicles has been moved to the southern border. a force has been sent to the area. reinforcements include advance weaponry capable of fighting in mountainous areas. additional forces were sent. a national was killed. the saudi city was targeted. houthis say they used rockets after the saudis hit areas in yemen. a pakistani national was killed in nas ra. saudi-led air strikes continued.
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an arm's depot was among the tarts hit and strikes in the capital sanaa and the city of aden and tiaz. we have the latest. >> all indications point to escalation, not de-escalation. the truce is only about 24 hours away from this time when we speak. there are doubt whether it will happen. on both sides efforts are increased to show if any truce happens, it will not be out of weakness, it will be because we are defeated, or because we want to have a truce. as i said there are doubts. the houthis managed to strike inside saudi arabia. overnight they've been selling the city, they killed one, wounded four, and renewed that shelling this morning, and they also struck at the province of jizan to the south-west on the border. killing a saudi citizen. and for saudi arabia this is a
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dangerous escalation and we have seen during the last few days that when there's a strike by the houthis, the saudis intensify their attacks, particularly towards the area or the province the stronghold of the houthis, destroying many government buildings there, and places they an see the army depots targetting houthi commanders there. >> more than 1400 people died in yemen since the air strikes in march. tens of thousands are suffering because of a shortage of food water and fuel. the u.n. is urging all sides to stick to a proposed ceasefire on tuesday, to give people the help they need. erica wood has more. >> much-needed supplies distributed to displaced families at a champ in central
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yemen. they abandoned their homes and left everything behind. we started to distribute aid to displaced families. when we managed to get to all the families we will complete and distribute more aid the handouts are oil and bags of wheat, tea and sugar. >> translation: before we asked we were engaged in fierce battles, we this had to take the families. the families are afraid of houthis. now we are suffering from a water shorting. >> further south in the port city people begged for help and lined up for a daily ration of drinking water. >> oh people of good faith, people of the world, we live under siege. no water no electricity, the sewerage is overing.
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bellies are overswan. we have nothing. we hope that our brothers in charge rush to aid the citizens in relief. >> the constant bombardment of sanaa left many homeless that man and his family live in a suvra -- sewer drain. >> it's under ground. it's safer to stay here than on the ground. >> yemen was one of the world's most impoverished faces. after six weeks of fighting people are more straight and will hope the proposed 5-day humanitarian ceasefire will hold long enough to get them the help they need. the international organization for migration called on south-east asian
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nations to find and rescue migrants stranded at sea. monday thousand were detained including dozens of children. 2,000 reached malaysia in the past two days after thailand announced a crackdown on smuggling routes. they were rescued from boats after being stranded at sea. >> reporter: i'm standing outside a shooting range. this is where the 1,000-odd migrants and bangladeshes are kept. we are not allowed beyond this point. we managed to speak to the police chief and he confirmed to us that 1,138 people are held here. the vast majority of them were bangladeshies, 672. there are rohingya migrants from myanmar, 186 and among them are
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women and children. over 100 women and 60 children in a poor state when they arrived on the shores. they suffered dehydration and hunger. we were told they had been given access to medical aid, food and water. now, the police say they are investigating currently the circumstances of how these people arrived, what they can tell us is that they believe the captain of the three boats the migrants were on and other traffickers had managed to escape on another vessel, and had left the migrants to their own devices to make it to shore. the police say they have handed obvious responsibility for the people to the immigration department, and they have not been able to confirm for us what they planned to do with them. >> matthew smith is a founder and executive director of fortify rites, a human rights
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organization based in bangkok. this is not a new development, but a problem plaguing the region. >> this has been happening for some time. right now there are severe abuses severe persecution and discriminatory policies in place against the rohingya population over 150,000 are languishing in internally displaced person camps. the myanmar policies of persecution towards the rohingya has not changed. for these reasons, abuses we are seeing large numbers take to the sea. in bangladesh, there has been avoidable depravations to humanitarian aid as a result of bangladesh government policy the european union appealed to the u.n. to help deal with its own problems. it's seeking a mandate. tens of thousands crossed from
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libya to europe. addressing the u.n. security council, the e.u.'s foreign policy chief admits that europe is slow to act. >> 2015 looks worse than the previous year. and considering in 2014, 3,300 migrants died trying to enter by sea. three out of four people perished crossing a border and died in the mediterranean sea. three out of four. this tells us that our first priority is to save lives, and prevent further loss of life at sea. we believe in the european union that this is a responsibility we all share, not some as europeans, but globally greece's government says it will face a cash crisis in two weeks if it can't agree a deal. eurozone members met in brussels.
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jonah hull reports. >> reporter: it promises to be a long, tense summer in greece the protests are small now, they could grow bigger if the left-wing government is forced by lenders to compromise on austerity, in return for a much-needed bail out. the european central bank and i.m.f. are not progressing to unlock aid, but there is skepticism about a plan offered by athens. >> reporter: some important issues have been discussed in depth. more time is needed to bridge the gaps. we have joint interests with authorities, there's time and liquidity constraint. hopefully we reach to dreamt.
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grease must wait longer and try harder to get their hands on a solid slice of aid. there isn't much time. the probe expires at the end of june. in the meant, with a few other sources of revenue. salaries pensions and billions in loan re payments that fall due over the next few months. grease is under immense pressure. >> the red lines are such that it is common ground. >> what is the time line? >> the next few days. >> the government insists it will take to the red line no cuts, no plan b. that's the promise made. the problem is keeping that could cost the government. bankruptcy and an exit from the euro
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welcome back. the top stories on al jazeera. saudi arabia moved tanks and vehicles towards the southern border with yemen.
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the reinforcement killed two. the ceasefire is due to start later on tuesday. the international organization for migration called on nations to fight and rescue migrants believed to be stranded at sea and at risk of death. monday malaysians detained thousands of migrants. including dozens of children. the government says it will face a cash crisis. eurozone finance minister meeting in brussels. in iran the largest province is at risk of falling to fighters. the rest of anbar promise is under the armoured group's control. it was in control before pushing it out of the city. here is zeina khodr.
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>> reporter: the suffering is worsening in ramada. the capital finish is torn apart by war, it's one of tens of thousands of families forced from their homes because the fight between the islamic state of iraq and levant. the only shelter they have is on the side of this road. >> we don't have any place to go. my children are on the streets. what kind of a future do we have. it is a divided city. i.s.i.l. is on the offensive. the local forces say they may not be able to attend the government buildings in ramada more long. >> forces are out on the defensive. we have been asking for help. we don't have weapons, and want the u.s. coalition to step up air strikes. >> reporter: ramadi is contesteded. much of the province is under i.s.i.l.'s control. the armed group was strong, even
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before pushing the armed group out of cities and towns. the government wants to recapture the province before taking the fight to i.s.i.l. to the northern city. many say it will be a hard battle to win. >> the fight in ramadi will be harder. i.s.i.l. has the support of the people. for i.s.i.l. it is territory that it cannot use. to control mosul, they need to control anbar. some tribes are backing the government others are not. the tribes that play an important role in fighting al qaeda years ago, but say government leaders never recognised their help and left them without political power. >> there's reel fears that the city of ramadi may fall to i.s.i.l. officials downplayed the significance of the city in the fight against the armed group. others disagree.
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i.s.i.l. will not only control the capital of the sunni heartland, it will claim victory in a strategically important province sharing a border with i.s.i.l. controlled territory. for now the government doesn't seem to have a clear strategy, sending in the militia will do little and that is what iraq needs to defeat i.s.i.l. >> reporter: the u.s. says saudi arabia's king expressed regret for not attending a high-profile summit of gulf leaders hosted by the u.s. his son will attend instead. the white house dismissed speculation that the absence is a diplomatic snub. >> reporter: there has been no concern raised by our saudi partners either before the change in travel plans or after.
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related to the agenda at camp david. so i know there has been speculation that this change this plans was an attempt to send a message to the united states. if so that message was not received because the feedback we received from the saudis has been positive. >> this is pretty unusual. the white house never announces people will attend a summit or meeting unless they are confident to show up. they said the king agreed to that he would be at the summit and have one on one time. what changed? the king decided to stay in saudi arabia because of what happened during the humanitarian parliament house in yemen. behind the scene analysts are saying it's a snup. white house analyst was asked so many questions that snub is the word of the day.
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white house seems to downplay the spat, saying the right people will be at the table the white house rejected claims that pakistan was sheltering former al qaeda leader osama bin laden and knew in advance about the rate to kill him. the pakistani intelligence service captured osama bin laden. saying that pakistan agreed to give them up to the u.s. for aid and a freer hand in afghanistan. liberians observed a day of thanksgiving to mark the country being ebola free. people gathered on the streets of the capital to celebrate the announce. of the 5,000 died during the crisis a country hardest hit by the outbreak. a severe shortage hit major cities in nigeria. many are forced to pay twice the
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price on the black market. we have more from the capital abuja. >> hundreds of people have been parked outside the station. in abuja waiting for fuel to be delivered. some have been abandoned. some spent the night. the shortage is caused by two reasons, one is all-important. bringing fuel into nigeria, people are holding on to the product. it is one of the richest oil producing companies, because it doesn't have refineries it depends on the oil to bring it in, paying them to do so. the importers are worried that with the change of government, when goodluck jonathan hands obvious to president-elect muhammadu buhari they may not be paid outstanding debts ode by the federal government. the second issue is about the
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transportation of fuel. transport workers paid by the government say that they've not been paid for a long time are owed a lot of money and will not deliver money for the petrol stations. there has been a lot of corruption in the oil sector. years ago they believed $7 billion was paid to oil importers for oil that was never brought into the country. they are worried that the president, when he is sworn in, will investigate all of this and there's a possibility they may not be paid for product they have brought in. the impacts of all of this is that consumers are having to buy petrol on the black market, from ventors that run around the street for twus the formal police there appears to be no end. goodluck jonathan's deadlock leads to the end of may. people are waiting to see what
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the president-elect will do to solve the problem tornado in texas and arkansas killed five, injuring 50 others. emergency crews continue to safe for eight people. two dozen tornado struck the region damming homs. four suspect are in custody for the fatal shooting of two police officers in mississippi. they were gunned down in hattiesburg. four have been charged. cuba announced an oil exploration deal with france, during the french president's trip to havana. he's the first leader to visit the caribbean country. he has met his cuban counterpart and called on the u.s. to lift its trade embargo. lucia newman reports untying the ideological knot. 12 years since the european
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union froze ties with communist cuba, in response to dissident. the french president is here to declare bygones be bygones. >> translation: this visit is taking place in a context in which, at last it's possible for cuba to have necessary conditions to interact with the rest of the world. france has been in favour of the lifting the embargo that hinders cuba. speaking at the university francis hollande made it clear that france wants to take a leadership role. it has made latin america a foreign policy priority. it's not just political. france and holland are key to possession themselves, lifting an embargo to cuba. american investment lawyer says
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it's about capturing american business. >> where are the americans going to go to now. cuba is going to open up. americas will be here. they are taking care of americas that's what you are saying. >> francis hollande was acopped by representatives. it handled sales. hopefully soon to the u.s. the french president did not allude publicly to the thorny issues of human right leading to the e.u. freeze. instead, he offers to make france a faithful allay of cuba this time without conditions u.n. human rights experts criticized paraguay's government over its treatment of a
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10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion. it's a grave violation to rite to health. the stepfather was arrested over the weekend. abortion in paraguay is illegal except where it endangers a mother's life in libya police fired tear gas at farmers who were blocking 500 drugs and blockading the road. protesters say they've been waiting five years for the road to be built and blamed unresolved corruption cases for the delay a masterpiece by pablo picasso was sold for a record $179.4 million. >> 150 million. sold. [ cheering and applause ] the winning bid for "women of algiers" was $150 million,
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the final price include a 12% commission. and smashed a record of $142 million. the pablo picasso was not the only big sale at the auction, a bronze statue by a swiss artist sold for $141 million. man pointing set a record for the most expensive sculpture sold at auction. >> in the wake of january's attack of cartoonists in france they say seeking free speech through image has never been more critical. >> reporter: this is one of the philippines leading cartoonists. his work in the country's main newspaper has a huge following. >> i think it's starting to chaining. the comic industry is growing in the philippines. slowly they are starting to come out. intelentual cartoonist --
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intellectual carr toppist, so it is no longer commentary. >> reporter: car topping for peace was founded in 2006. they are on a world tour to support political cartoonists, and says the trip comes at a critical time. in january 12th were killed in an attack at the magazine "charlie hebdo". the magazine was satirical, illustrating religion and politics. it planned the attack, it has not affected his work. >> we respect it. it's a strong light in my eyes. if i look in your light a blind. sometimes we have to think with a picture. we continue the other job with our pen, to continue the battle
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not against the beliefs, but the ignorance. ignorance is our bottle cartoons are not meant to polarize, they are meant to build bridges. unlike france the century's old tradition, the philippines is a country of readers that are largely conservative. images that have the power to inspire. so they tread carefully. there's many taboo topics. religions is a difficult issue. the hierarchy was sensitive. powerful families, big businesses are hard to tackle. >> the artist better holds creativity. how to do it without defending anyone, so people can get upset. >> it may look like a simple image. a yoi language and culture.
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filipino cartoonists say it's about finding balance between freedom and sensitivity. >> you can keep up to date with all the news on the website. there it is on the screen that's >> if you got to choose how long you would get to live for how long would you want to live for? >> immortality >> why? >> i wouldn't die or anything >> what's wrong with dying >> well, i want to be with my family. i don't want to miss out on any of the fun