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♪ saudi backed forces say they recaptured the yemeni province from houthi fighters. ♪ hello, you are watching al jazeera, we are live from the headquarters in doha and also coming up, on the program, iraq's parliament begins debating a set of reforms proposed by prime minister abadi of reducing corruption. anger in japan as the country restarts its first nuclear plant since the fukushima disaster.
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an accidental toxic spill is a gold mine in the u.s. turns the colorado river yellow. ♪ first, saudi backed forces loyal to yemen's exiled government has retaken a key southern province from houthi rebels and say they pushed the rebels from the lost town in the province still under houthi control and the offensive is seen as important because it is where exiled president hadi is from and also believed the deputy speaker of parliament and former interior minister were wounded in this last round of fighting and our correspondent has reported extensively from the country and joins me live now at the news desk, what is the significance of the latest
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gain? >> this is quite important because forces loyal to the exile president hadi are in control of aiden and still need to control shewa and then if they do it will be a base where they can start a push to the capitol sanaa. >> okay, that is what is happening on the ground. what about a solution to this conflict? >> there are efforts to find a settlement in omar talking to representatives from the houthis and saleh about a solution based on the following things. houthis pull out from the area and hand over weapons and recognize they have a legitimate president, in exchange they would be allowed to join a national unity government and he doesn't seem to be real excited about a political settlement now because he says the fighters are
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making impressive gains over the last few days and there is an offensive taking place to sanaa and if they control sanaa they would declare the houthiings defeated and say we don't want them to have a political say in the future and remains to be seen if they can put up resistance in sanaa or not. if they lose you will see hadi and his people saying we decided they are scum of the war and we have a bigger say in the future. >> thank you very much for that analysis, thank you. well, the fighting in yemen has wounded thousands of people and doctors without borders say hospitals are struggling to cope and some injured arrived in jordan for treatment and we have more from the capitol amman. >> reporter: the first nationals arrived saturday night to receive treatment for injuries caused by the country conflict and admitted to three
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hospitals, the government of saudi arabia is paying their medical bill through the high relief committee. this is a fighter who was injured during an attack by republican guards in aiden who are allied with houthi rebels. >> translator: i was shot by a sniper from the republican guard with an m-16 rifle that the u.s. had given to yemen for the purpose of fighting terrorism, not for killing citizens. the bullet shattered my thigh and left me disabled for more than three months. >> reporter: most injuries are months old and health det deteriorated because of lack of services in yemen and 35 patients have been admitted to this private hospital and they are all men and their injuries range from critical to severe and some are in intensive care. health officials here say they expect more to arrive in the coming weeks. all of the patients in this hospital are men who have fought
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against houthi rebels in aiden and two civilians including a woman and a child have also arrived here for treatment. >> translator: i was in the resistance in aiden and defending my faith, my land and honor. the shia malitias came to destroy the country and we did not ask for this to happen. >> reporter: according to doctors without borders which has facilities in eight provinces in yemen the healthcare system is close to collapse. in a news conference it called on all sides to respect hospitals and allow people to get to them. >> a whole lot of the medical services have closed already because they couldn't function under bombing and shelling and those who remain are coping with extensive difficulty. the reason they collapse is because there are not enough medical staff and there is less now and there is no fuel. there is no medicines to be provided. >> reporter: as the fighters
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continue to receive medical help many of them believe the houthi rebels will be defeated but jordan is likely to receive more from yemen as the conflict drags on, al jazeera. they are debating the prime minister reform plans to help tackle rampant spending and wants to abolish the positions of three vice president and three deputy prime ministers and he also wants to cancel special privileges by officials and set up an anticorruption committee. and he wants to make state institutions more accountable by ensuring officials are appointed on marriage. well, mohamed joins us live now from baghdad, great to see you there and what are we expecting to hear from parliament later today? >> thanks. and do you know what is interesting iraqi parliament are
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not exactly known for their promptness and quite the difference and it's set by multiple delays and yet today on a day when the parliament is under so much pressure by thousands of iraqis demanding reforms parliament already in session and they are meeting and met on time and this meeting was called for this hour and they are in there and it's being broadcast on iraqi state television so it really goes to show how much politicians here are trying to proof to the iraqi people they are listening to demands. what are we expecting? the measures we expect by hadi will be discussed and voted on and not just those measures there were 16 additional measures that were proposed by parliament yesterday and all measures are to fight corruption and pair down parliament, other governmental institutions that people here are saying have become too fat with bureaucracy and cutting down body guards and
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pm and parliament in iraq and it shocked the country announced a few days ago for hadi to cut the vice presidents as well as the three deputy prime ministers and expecting it will be debated and also we are expecting they will be approved. after that then here comes the hard part the devil is in the details and implemented, is that when it will start and we don't know at this point and we are really trying to show they are working as hard and quickly as possible. >> i'm just going to jump in there because we are hearing here in the newsroom that parliament has indeed passed those reforms so as you were saying there are a certain number of things that come next in terms of implementing them but i just want to touch on the security situation because we had those two attacks last night in the early evening and the security situation really must be at the forefront of the minds
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of the protesters and do you think they will still come out in light of parliament and reforms? >> every indication points to they will continue to come out. every time a parliament has spoken in the last few days and said they are with the public and trying to seed to demands more protesters and activists have come out saying we are going to continue to protest, why is that, because a lot of iraqi people feel they are putting pressure on the government and it's about time their demands are listened to but as you said security very much a concern. last friday when we were out at the square in baghdad there were checkpoints in the city and so many security personnel out there and searching people. one of the concerns people have is perhaps suicide bombers, perhaps others might come, might infiltrate those places, might try to cause trouble, might try to cause violence so there is a real concern at a time of political upheaval and pressure on the government that groups
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here would try to benefit from that would try to do so and exploit those vulnerabilities. you know, security here really is in tatters at the moment and anbar going on and not well according to analysts and the fight against i.s.i.l. and bombings in other provinces last night, 54 people killed and that is the second bombing of that type since last july and 100 civilians killed in attack claimed by i.s.i.l. and security on the forefront of the concerns of the iraq question people right now even as they protest and call for reforms. >> thank you very much for that in baghdad so on the right-hand side of your picture there you can see live shots coming from parliament in baghdad and we are just hearing here that mr mr. hadi's 15, 16-point reform plan has been passed by parliament there and it's sitting in baghdad and more on this if and when we get it.
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next, the turkish military launched attacks on 17 targets of the kurdistan workers party in the southeast province since monday. there have been hundreds of air strikes against kurdish and neighboring iraq since last month. protesters in japan gathered outside a nuclear plant as it restarts for the first time since the fukushima disaster in 2011. and the reactor in southern japan is the first to begin operating under new safety rules and ruin to nuclear energy after the 2011 meltdown at the fukushima power plant triggered by an earthquake and the resulting tsunami and harry faucet has more for us from tokyo. >> reporter: 10:30 a.m. control time the rods were removed from the one station and it began and the first reactor for nearly two
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years was back online in japan and it will start producing electricity in about three days time. the prime minister this is a very important moment. he has been arguing throughout his term that it was necessary to get japan's nuclear back online for economic reasons and suddenly in the wake of fukushima that produced 30% of japan's electricity no longer existed and power costs went up and fossil fuels had to be imported and burned and so this represents the first step in that process. it won't be an easy process because the regulations for safety have been toughened and taking a long time reactor by reactor to be approved and even when approved we have seen legal cases successfully brought which prohibited restart and it represents the first of a difficult battle by the prime minister especially given the remaining very strong public opinion against these restarts. some 60% of people in japan according to most polls believe
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that it is wrong to restart these reactors in the light of what happened in fukushima at the sharp end of all of this are the protesters at the nuclear power plant where they say the kind of guarantees that the regulation authority provided saying they won't repeat fukushima and can't be believed and the evacuation procedures and responsibility for the procedures remains pretty vague and so the opposition remains that this does obviously present the first step in the plan to get nuclear power back online in this country. still to come on al jazeera the favorite successor to argentina's process gets one step closer to the country's top job. a small village in pakistan acts how hundreds of children became victims of a massive sex abuse ring. ♪
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the sound bites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making
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our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. top stories on al jazeera, and breaking news is that the iraqi parliament has unanimously voted in favor of the prime minister's reforms to tackle corruption and cut spending. and they want to abolish six positions and establish an anticorruption committee. saudi backed forces loyal to yemen's exiled government have retaken a key southern province from houthi rebels and pushed them from the last town in the province that was still under houthi control. despite protests in japan
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engineers have restarted the first of 25 nuclear reactors under new safety rules and how stations were shut down four years ago following the earthquake and tsunami we caused the fukushima meltdown. accidental spill of toxic sludge is causing an emergency in the u.s. state of colorado, more than 11 million liters has been released into local streams from a disused gold mine. the director of the nonprofit organization which campaigns for pure water, clean air and healthy land says the long-term effects of the spill are unknown. >> as a community we are very saddened and worried about the future implications of the spill will be for communities up and down the river and san juan and colorado river and we are surpriseden unfortunately we is been living with pollution from abandon mines in the head waters for decades if not over a century and it's unfortunate
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that this happened but there is a silver lining is it raises the spector of the pollution issue we have been dealing with for a long time. we are still waiting on critical data for the epa with regards to what exactly the pollution is and we know the impacts are less worse than they could have been insofar they survived the initial plume. that is not necessarily an indicator for a medium and long-term health, no one can adequately answer that question right now and is causing angst among the communities because we don't know. >> reporter: greece have reached a deal of 86 billion euros of bailout funds and hopes that aid can be dispersed in time for athens to make a 3.5 billion euro payment to acb which is due next week.
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in argentina president fernandez is a successor in the election but the presidential race is very much wide open and voters remain divided on who could best tackle the country's economic problems. >> reporter: the presidential component in argentina is officially on. on sunday they voted in the country's primary elections and that turned into a preview of what called happen in october's race. the powerful governor of buenos aires was the only candidate for the ruling party. he won with almost 38% of the votes. >> translator: argentina doesn't want to go back. they don't want all the recipes of the past. they want to build on what has been achieved all these years. >> reporter: he lost his right arm in a 1989 boat racing accident got more votes but not enough to win on the first
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round. the opposition alliance led by the mayor of the city of buenos aires is the main challenger to the ruling party. he promises a change from what he calls are the government's populus policies that led to high inflation and recession. >> translator: i don't believe that presidents know it all. i don't believe in leaders. i want to be a leader of a team that will try to get the best out of every one. >> reporter: presidential elections are set for october and will confirm whether the powerful party will remain in power. he is considered a relatively moderate figure in the movement and that is why many of the followers don't like him but he has chosen a key ally of kirshner as running mate and a leftest camp in the campaign speeches promising more spending on education and public works.
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this is going to be the first election in 12 years that is not going to have the kirshner last name in the ballot for the presidency. and she is barred by the constitution from running a third time. even though her popularity remains in the high 30s analysts say it is far from the 54% approval rating she enjoyed in 2 2011. >> translator: her popularity dropped since she was reelected and not plummeted like brazil or michelle in chile but daniel is running his campaign without her image because he needs to broaden his support. >> reporter: primary elections were a test and with elections two months away both candidates will have to convince those on sunday did not vote for them. al jazeera, buenos aires. pakistan's high court has rejected a request for a judicial inquiry into a child
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sex abuse scandal and accused of molesting hundreds of children and selling videos of the alleged crimes. and police have now arrested 14 men and nicole johnston reports from punja province. >> reporter: he says he was raped by three men four years ago and using a different name to protect his identity. at the time he was 11 years old. afterwards he said he had to pay the men not to reveal what they had done to him. >> translator: they made a video out of it and started blackmailing me. and they told me to bring them more kids. my family is poor. i had nothing to pay them. so i left school and worked in the fields. i gave them everything i made. >> reporter: over the last month reports have come out that at least 284 children in this small village in punjab state was sexually abused and people in the community say 400 videos
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of the attacks were made and sold across pakistan and overseas. you wouldn't normally see such a large gathering of people from the village in the middle of the day but all of the neighbors are coming out and talking about the case and they are all demanding one thing and say they want justice and for whoever was behind this abuse to either be stoned to death or hanged. and he agrees. a week ago he started a protest march with victims' families and it was stopped by police firing tear gas. and he has been charged untear pakistan's antiterrorism law and says some of the child abusers are well-known. >> translator: they are influential people and work for the courts and are drug inspectors and because of the threats everyone was afraid of them and they harass people everyday. >> reporter: some people in the village say police were paid bribes not to investigate. the police deny it.
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>> translator: we heard about the allegations i sent an officer to the village and announced on the loudspeaker if there are any cases of abuse they should tell us but no one came forward. >> reporter: and he shows us injuries he says he received when the police beat him for publically protesting against the abuse. >> translator: because of dignity and honor some people are not coming forward. they are worried they will loose the respect of society. >> reporter: he says after what has happened he has nothing more to lose. nicole johnston, al jazeera, pakistan. a mexican activist who helped families search for missing relatives has been killed. and his body was found near his home in the state of guerrero and thought he was murdered and led the search for 43 students who disappeared last year and john holman reports.
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>> reporter: they prayed the way they prayed for others and mourned him the way they mourned others. the man who helped many people find their murdered relatives and spoke up for their rights was himself finally silenced. >> translator: justice, he was a fighter. he was a man who wanted to defend the people. he wanted peace. he was a good man. he didn't even know how to use weapons. he was not a killer. >> reporter: he helped organize the search for 43 missing students abducted by local authorities with organized crime in this part last year. the incident caused an international outcry but he was also part of a group called the other disappeared and searched reported missing by families and presumed dead. >> translator: look, this is a bone. here is another one. a bigger one. this is another bone. this is a place of kidnappings. this is normal.
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coming to your house at 6:00 a.m., open the door and taking you in front of your family. >> reporter: the murder is one of 15 over the weekend here and others by gang and drug violence and speaking to al jazeera last year he was dismissive of the police who many believe are linked to some of the disappearances. >> translator: officials say why don't people give us information, to say that is an embarrassment because i know they lost the trust of the people instead of winning the trust, they lose it. >> reporter: on the other side of the country in vera cruz citizens march for an end to violence and a well-known photographer were recently tortured and killed and now at least 13 journalists reporting from this state have been murdered. the people are saying it was you, it was you, it was you, they are referring to the state governor of vera cruz and that is really the sense here to vera
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cruz there is a real distrust of authorities and the people here think that at best to simply neglect those who challenge them and at worst actively intimidate or try to get rid of them. more than 2000 people are missing across the whole country and now there is one less person looking for them and looking out for their families. john holman, al jazeera, vera cruz. ara-tria doesn't have a war or not suffering for famine but thousands of people also find refuge in neighboring ethiopia and we report from northern ethiopia. >> reporter: there is no let up in the steady stream of fleeing from the country. this heavily disputed border is the route for them.
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we found the family at one of 20 crossings ethiopia has with aratria and had to walk three days to get here. >> translator: life is unbearable and i never wanted to leave my counter, i'm a simple shepherd who has no interest in politics but government officials kept harassing me. >> reporter: 300 refugees arrive in ethiopia everyday. they are taken to clinics before they go to refugee camps and most flees are young people who want to avoid this or exercise for both men and women who finish school and military service is supposed to last just 18 months many of them are forced to suffer decades. he is 20 years old and trying to get out of here since he was 14. >> translator: they have no age
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limit, as long as you can carry a gun you belong in the military. even my father who is partially blind is in the army. i don't want to lead that kind of life. >> reporter: young children have also been leaving here, thousands as young as six and seven are accompanied, this is their section of the refugee camp in the region. he is chairman of the refugee community. >> translator: children are as affected by government policies as the rest of the society. they are forced to flee when their parents are arrested for refusing to join the army. >> reporter: some of the refugees say they want to go to europe. >> other refugees who have been returned or deported after having reached as far as even egypt in a way to cross over into europe. >> reporter: wanted by the number of people who are living, the government recently asked the u.n. security council to
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bring human traffickers and are forcing people to leave and people here disagree, northern ethiopia. reminder you can keep up to date with our top stories on the website, al holes. recent developments have given some hope of keeping guns away from people everyone agrees should never get their hands on a gun. armed.