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tuesday night. go one on one with america's movers and shakers. gripping. inspiring. entertaining. talk to al jazeera. only on al jazeera america. >> a month after the earthquake it's back to school for children in nepal. hello, you're watching al jazeera, also on the show - arbitrary and unjustified. the e.u. hits out at russia after it issues a travel ban against 89 politicians. we hear the story of a woman that risked it all for a better life in europe. was it worth it?
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we report from burundi on the children caught up in protests against the president schools have reopened in nepal, a month after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people. more than 32,000 classrooms were destroyed, and most children will be taught outdoors sheltered under tarpaulins. schools affected the worse will remain closed. harry fawcett has more. >> reporter: this is a high school on the outskirts of kathmandu. it looks okay on the outside. the cracks are so bad the red sticker needs to be condemned. the teachers local n.g.o.s and u.n.i.c.e.f. have done is put these together bam boo huts. the principal never expected so
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many kids to be here but it is important that they be here. he gave is speech saying if another earthquake comes, it will be okay it will be fun, trying to reassure the children. >> this is the official first day at school. not every school will be in this state. all schools will get together and chart a way forward to make sure children have an educational future to look forward to and a chance to be together after a few weeks. in iraq fighters from the islamic state of iraq and levant launched a string of attacks. eight suicide car bombers attacked an army headquarters killing 20 soldiers. the attacks happened in the village east of fallujah. we'll go to the iraqi capital of baghdad. i.s.i.l. fighting to expand their territory? >> that is right. what they are doing is mounding
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more car bomb attacks. they have used them to devastating affects. it's a classic tactic that i.s.i.l. used. what is happening in this attack is a first waive of suicide bombers that hit missile batteries that are a key defense system. they used a second wave to get close to a military base it's where the 20 soldiers died. i spoke to military experts and asked a simple question. why can't you defend against a car bomb of this nature. the answer that comes back is the iraqis don't have the intelligence and recognisance needed to avoid the bombings and the weaponry is infective. what i.s.i.l. did is reinforced car bombs. . a lot of weapons are uneffective. i.s.i.l. is learning the weakness and and exploits them
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the united nations special envoy for syria condemned the death of 70 civilians, and they were killed by barrel bombs. the worst attack on a marketplace under i.s.i.l. control. in yemen, there has been fighting between houthi rebels and government forces. four civilians were killed by shelling there. on the border with saudi arabia a border guard has been killed and others wounded by shelling from houthi rebels. >> bodies of 17 people are arriving at port augusta in italy. they were found in an operation to save migrants. we go live to a port city. >> do relatives get to claim the
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bodies of their loved ones. what happens when they come ashore. that depends if they have noticed any kind of identification on them. it's really a challenge for anyone that deals with this who they are, and where they come from. so maybe relatives will find out. that is only if someone gives them that message. most of the bodies that arrive are unidentified and are buried here. they are given a sort of cross religious ceremony and all the honours. that you should be given during death. they are nonidentified. what is happening is the 17 bodies who were found dead two days ago in the rescue operations are about to be brought off the board.
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the coffins are already here and they'll be taken to the hospital. now we don't know how they died. there was no ship rec this time. so most likely they died suffocated because a lot of migrants travel below deck next to the engines, it's hot down there, and many don't make it because of those conditions. but on the boat there are about 432 migrants who did make it and for them arriving here is a huge victory, it's a huge step towards the final destination. we spoke to a young woman from eritrea that we had met in misrata. she is in italy. it's the first baby steps into this new life. at the moment she is pleased that she is safe. it's a moment she's been longing for.
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the chance for a new life away from the turmoil she was born into. her journey started across the sea, 4,000km away in eritrea, it took her nearly three years to reach the shores of europe. it's a world away from where we met in misrata's detention center. she is the girl in orange tension and silent. there were no smiles at the time. >> the prison was awful. we knew nothing. where we were for how long. i was thinking all the time what will i do where will i go how. i thought it was the end. the day you came to visit. we were happy, we were hoping you could get us out. next day they took us to tripoli, they put us in a building. we were not allowed out. when we got the money we paid the sea smuggler $2,000 and he paid the guys at the prison.
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and we left. first, we walked in the sea. the water was up to my chest. then we cotton a small boat and reached a big boat on the third day in italy, by coincidence or fate we meet again, by a sidewalk in front of a detention center for newly arrived migrants. with her, some other girls held in misrata, now travel companions. they met along the journey to the sahara desert. they gave each other courage, and are making the baby steps in europe together. she is 7- months-pregnant. but she says that some are held in tripoli. they don't have money to pay for the bribe to be freed or the smugglers to make the crossing. soon she will be on the move
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again. she wants to reach her cousin in denmark. >> i found europe like i dreamt of it my country is nice. if there is no war, i would have stayed there, there is no work. i don't know how i will travel. there are other people. i might travel with them. then i will study, first learn the language and work. any job, whatever will give me some money. i have nothing now. but i am happy. i am out of libya. here i can walk around even sleep in the street no one attacks you. here there is peace and safety. at the moment her most prized possession is a piece of paper filled with phone numbers, and hope that dreams of a new life could come true. >> what do we think of people arriving in places like italy.
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it's the end of a journey. your report makes it clear in this laid which wants to move further afield. take us through the rest of the journey that awaits her? >> the rest of the journey is difficult. she doesn't have money or identification pipers to go to denmark. she has to go through several companies. that's what most of the migrants that arrive want to do because they do believe - it's a common belief among them that italy will not have the job opportunities. in other countries, they are large communities from the same country. it will be very complicated. salam told me she doesn't have money to buy a train ticket doesn't know with whom to travel and they don't speak the
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language or don't know where they are. they drement of the big forward foourp, a nob and safety. the details they don't know anything about. most have never travelled in a train. it will be extremely complicated and frustrated and the joy she has at the moment will be tempered as she realises that she is here and safe. but settling in europe will not be as easy as she thought. >> still ahead on the bulletin - two attacks in nigeria bring more death and destruction after the new president pledges to crack down on violence. plus... >> behind me is 83-year-old leo, carrying on a musical tradition of mississippi blues music. the question is after men like leo, where does the music go from here?
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welcome back let's recap the headlines. schools have reopened in nepal. a month after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 8,000. over 32,000 classrooms were destroyed. those children will be taught outdoors. why iraq - fighters from the islamic state of iraq and levant have launched a string of attacks east of fallujah. at least 20 soldiers were killed when eight suicide car bombers attacked their headquarters. bodies of 17 people are arriving
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at port augusta on the italian island of sicily found during massive operations that saved many migrants trying to cross the mediterranean sea a suicide bombing has blown off a mosque roof and follows a boko haram attack in maiduguri. ahmed idris reports that it's the first big challenge for president muhammadu buhari. >> reporter: as people gathered for afternoon procedures at the mosque a suicide bomber blew himself up. it's an area in the city of maiduguri. witnesses say the bomber posed and was pushing a wheelbarrow. >> we saw him.
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so far no one claimed responsibility for the bombing. and it wasn't the only violent attack in maiduguri. more civilians were killed in the western suburbs when rocket propelled grenades hit homes. it was believed that boko haram carried out these attacks. these are the first test in fighting a group that killed thousands, displacing more than a million people. in response, they promised swift action to punish those responsible
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burundi's president won't be attending a summit in tanzania focussing on the crisis in his country. east afghan leaders are meeting to find a solution to end weeks of violence and anti-government protests. >> many caught up for a third term bid in office are children. we have this report from the capital. >> he looks about 14, and should be in school. he is in the street in the capital, protesting. >> translation: schools are closed. >> reporter: opposition members in burundi have been protesting against the president pierre nkurunziza wanting a third term. some killed during the violence have been children. >> very bad. the children don't go to school. they don't eat enough any more.
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unfortunately they are on the streets during the demonstrations. we have about five children who have been killed. >>reporter: despite potential danger children are on to the streets. sometimes the children come onto the streets because they are curious or get excited about the protest. when the police open fire to disperse the protesters that's when the children get hurt. >> when the crisis starts many schools close. if this goes on children won't have right to a basic right. it's serious. children experiencing violence it's a real problem not only for now, but generations to come. this country suffers so much. we have to stop it. we have to stop it with children. here is a group of protesters
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and another child is on the streets. parents have been told to keep their children at home or out of the way. the european union hit back at moscow to ban politicians from travelling to russia. caroline malone explains. members of the european union called a travel ban arbitrary and harmful to negotiations over ukraine. the german foreign minister said russia should have warned the people that are affected. >> at the least those concerned should have been informed about matters against them. at a time when we are diffusing a persistent and dangerous conflict. it does in the contribute to that. among the europeans that travel the secretary-general. he is due to take over as foreign affairs advisor to
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german chancellor angela merkel. there are 18 polls on the list and nine britains nick clegg, and the head of the domestic security agency. and a former premier who heads a group in the parliament and the head of a swedish tax authority. >> we have asked for an explanation from the russian side and asked the russian ambassador to give us motivation. we understand that it's a response to the e.u.'s list but that is transparent and gives a reason why certain names are on the list. >> reporter: the russian foreign ministry confirmed the ban was imposed and is similar to bans after russians took control of crimea. since then 6,200 tide where pro-russian separatists are fighting for control.
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the new governor of odessa's region is a man that fought a war against russia. sack as villa is a man that approval fought a war against russia. >> reporter: president petro porashenko called his governor of odessa a friend of ukraine. he has been advising for months and been a vocal supporters of a move to the west and is an impeccable foe to vladimir putin. he may be part of petro porashenko's drive to root out local corruption. >> we must work together under the new ukranian president to build a new ukraine. without a new ukraine there'll be no future for our region or
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town. >> sack as veily steered his country towards closer ties with europe. in 2008 they fought a war over the control of the breakaway region of south ossetia. saturday saw it assumed that the citizenship facing charges in georgia. the russians are stirring up tensions. these are the exercises on the borders. it is feared there may be another round of fighting. sporadic clashes continue. the minsk agreement was meant to end the fighting and hasn't been implemented. ukrainians accused russians of putting troops into rebel held areas. the appointment will do nothing
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to improve the atmosphere china has reacted angrily to u.s. criticism of construction on reclaimed land in the south china sea, and is dominating a meeting in singapore. the u.s. defense secretary says they are opposed to demilitarization of the disputed area. china says it was to improve conditions for personnel on the islands in. china's air defense zone in the south china sea will depend on whether security in the air or at sea is to be threatened and to what extent. the situation has been peaceful and stable. there's no reason for people to play up this issue. >> police shot one person and detained two others near the shaping readily hotel. it happened when a barricade was
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crashed. >> afghanistan's government - in many communities people looked at tribal elders to provide services. assist slow or unable to deliver. it is reported on the role that elders play in the community. >> reporter: this is a powerful man in kandahar. the reputation built on a combination of strength and brutality. first as a mujahideen fighter. when he returned to kandahar he was host to a ritual. >> they meet regularly to talk about the events of the day and head off problems in their community and tribes. he is treated with reverence. hospitality is rooted here. food and drink served daily and a sign of a lean status. on this day a number of tribes
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are represented. they outline what they have done for their villages securing funds to build schools, mosques and canals and mediate disputes. >> the tribal meetings have been here for many years. this is the custom and culture. the government can solve problems solved by tribal elders like a murder between cousins, both sides felt the state justice system was moving too slowly and agreed to have the elders arbitrate. the killer looks on. the murderers family turned over 460 depraip fines and three houses for the children. both called it a fair deal. >> the dreamt is in writing, approved by both families and the provincial police. it says in part with a conscious mind, without force, i'll agree to the solution. i will have no disputes about the issue.
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>> that is the point. a long-term solution to promote peace in the community. >> the government will be here five years. the elders forever. me and my brother will never create problems these are the people of this area no one can break the agreement. >> reporter: when the afghan government matures and modern ices the role might be reduced. with a government reopened and working to establish widespread rule of law, the elders are important figures in providing peace and justice. now, muslim woman says an attendant on a u.s. airline refused to give her an unopened can of soft drink because it could be used as a weapon. a boycott was called for after it was described online. the attendant said they were not
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authorised to hand an unopened can of soft drink to a passenger, yet handed an unopened can of beer to another passenger hundreds of people attended the funeral of american blue's legend bb king in mississippi. he died in las vegas at the aim of 89 and requested his body be returned to his home of mississippi, where he gained fame as a singer. the southern state is known for its style of blues much with many musicians gone it's hoped that it will be get alive. gabriel elizonda reports from mississippi. >> on his front porch, strumming his guitar, leo is in his element.
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he plays a history, he plays in his local church for friends and family. a master of his craft that few heard, a dying breed of american blue's music, a genre played by men in their 80s or 90s, there's a rush to preserve the music before it's too late. he was discovered assigned to a local record contract, his first album two days before his 83rd birthday. . >> it's about to die out. we are putting it back alive now. >> leo tells me he'll play until his final day. he is going strong. he represents an old generation of mississippi blues musicians.
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they won't be around forever. the question is where does this music go after me like leo are gone. that will be left to people like leo's sun, leo welsh junior, who learnt to play by watching and listening to his father, he's part of a younger generation that is optimistic about the future. >> people, older folk, black, white, brown, it's early blue. >> this is a self-described blues aficionado said it will not be easy to replicate. >> not very many people play the blues the way leo plays it now. leo plays the way it was played on the farm, before it was taken north and urbanized. >> leo is full of energy and wants us to hear a last song, the lyrics titled a long journey. and he hopes his title will be
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one to a journey to no end, even after he has no longer around. more blues on our website if you head to, you can see that story and the others we are following here. that's updated around the clock for you. with spectacular landscapes- new zealand is a pristine paradise- ranked the freest country on earth. but this


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