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110 people are killed and 300 injured in a series of government air-raids on an opposition-held town in syria. inches this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. accused of responsibility for the fall of the mosul, a parliamentary panel calls for iraq's former prime minister to be indicted. a taliban-linked group says it carried out a suicide bombing that killed a pakistani politician and 16 overs. hundreds of thousands stage
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protests across brazil against the president, corruption and the economic crisis. and the baby brought ashore to safety. hundreds more migrants are rescued in the mediterranean. hello. syrian activists say at least 110 people have been killed by government air strikes targeting a rebel-held town. they say more than 300 others were wounded in the attack on a crowded market in douma just outside the capital damascus. syria's air force has confirmed it carried out the air strikes in douma. al jazeera has the latest. >> reporter: the opposition is calls it a massacre. dozens killed and wounded. douma is a rebel stronghold. it regularly comes under attack. the air-raids targeting a marketplace. what we understand is after the first strike people gathered at
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the site of the explosion, and they were trying to help evacuate the people when more raids were carried out. so really that explains the high casualty toll. like i mentioned, the air strikes in this region happens regularly, but this is being seen as a message from the syrian government. just yesterday opposition groups promised to, quote, ignite all front lines across the country. the reason why they decided to do that is because they broke off negotiations with the government on a possible deal. there were negotiations taking place that involved two front lines in syria. one in the damascus countryside and another in the north in the villages. there were negotiations, but what we understand from the opposition is they suspended their participation altogether because they're accusing the government of wanting to carry out a population swap. according to the opposition, the
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government wants to move the shia villagers who live in idlib to government-controlled territories, and they're demanding that the sunni residents leave with opposition fighters to the north of the country. the targets of two besieged towns in the opposition-controlled northern prof ins of idlib, a contrary ceasefire has collapsed. rebels have resumed an assault, and thousands there are mostly supporters of president bashir al assad and are sierra. it's difficult for the government to protect them. that's why it wants to transfer them to safer areas as part of a deal. but the opposition pulled out of the negotiations. the rebel group that was negotiating on behalf of the opposition said the government's main ally iran wants to
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partition the country. over recent days there were talks to give rebels who are trapped inside the town of zebadani in the damascus countryside safe passage iran also demanded they leave as a way to get sunni muslims out of of the countryside and areas along want lebanese border. >> they've been focusing on securing the most strategy valuable territory and that has been around the town and along the key transport routes west towards lebanon. we've seen all the way since the summer of 2013 to some extent that policy beginning to take shape. >> reporter: for the government and it's allies, the town is important. recapturing it would help to secure the international highway that links lebanon and syria and further consolidate their control of an enclave that includes the region on the board, damascus, homs and the
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coastal cities which are home to many of the country's allowhites loyal to the president. the government and its allies can no longer defend the entire country. their forces have been withdrawing to lines that they are able to defend. even president bashir al assad acknowledge aid lack of manpower, which means that they have to pick their battles in areas of strategic importance. syria has been partitioned with front lines separating people according to sect and loyalties. deal to transfer the communities the population swap was on the negotiating table shows there is with different borders and where forced migration may be become policy.
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an iraqi parliamentary investigation blamed some of the highest officials in power at the time for the fall of mosul city. the islamic state of iraq and levant in june of 2014. most prominently the country's former prime minister nouri al maliki is named in the report and may now face trial. separately the current prime minister has called for military commanders to be court-martialed for abandoning their posting during the fall of the city of ramadi. in the latest move to reform the top ranked politics, he has reduced his cabinet by a third firing ministers and merging ministries. we have more from baghdad. >> reporter: a parliamentary panel in iraq requested that nouri al maliki be formally prosecuted for the fall of the city of mosul this past year, not just al maliki but dozens of
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other officials. many the province where mosul city recommended they're to be charged with the fall of mosul. this is a significant development. this panel in parliament has been investigating this for months. they made their recommendations and passed it on to the speaker of parliament. the speaker of parliament passed on the recommendations to the prosecutor general here. it rests solely in the judiciary. what happens next is very much up to the judiciary here in iraq. nouri al maliki has not made any statements since thiz accusations were made. he's traveling in iran, but this is also significant because this is really the first time that iraq's parliament has lobbed these accusations twaurds nouri al maliki, suggests a deepening of resentment for the former prime minister here. it will be interesting to see how this develops, although this particular body in parliament doesn't have that much power as far as going forward.
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the fact of the matter is there's resentment that built towards nouri al maliki. they believe now with the judicia judiciary, this is something that could be a lente process if there are to be formal charges made. this could take months and years to happen. in pakistan the home minister of punjab province has been killed. simon mcgregor-wood reports. >> reporter: athe attack took place as khanzada hosted a local political meeting. police said it was probably caused by isuicide bomber. local volunteers worked with special rescue teams and brought in heavy machinery to help in the difficult task of removing debris including huge concrete slabs once part of the building's roof. >> translator: the explosion was very loud.
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after a while i knew the blast had targeted the home minister. when i got here. i saw his men working here rescuing bodies and injured. then the police arrived. >> reporter: dozens of injured were treated in the nearby hospitals where doctors struggled to cope with the shear numbers >> translator: the whole concrete roof collapsed on people and some flew in the air. i was sitting at a distance and the roof fell on me. i was not alone and many were underneath it. my son came. i don't know how he pulled me out from under the rubble. >> reporter: khanzada was a retired military man and political ally of prime minister sharif. he was leading a crackdown on groups responsible for a spate of sectarian attacks in punjab. he was on the hit list of one local group, al qaeda-affiliated and responsible for attacks
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against local shiites. its leader and two sons were killed in a recent police operation. the punjab government condemned sunday's attack and announced a three-day mourning period. anti-government protests are taking place across brazil. in rio copacabana beach is filled with thousands none straighting against president rousseff, corruption and the state of the economy. this is the third nationwide anti-government rally to be held this year. president rousseff is less than a year into her second term, and her popularity ratings are at historic lows. we're live now from rio. tell us about the people taking part in these protests. >> they really had a mix of people mainly from the middle class and also a lot of young people who had come out from the
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victimages and constituted the base of the electrion for president dilma rousseff. they're very disappointed with her. they accuse of not only about -- of her involvement in this corruption scandal and mainly the petrobas one even though until now there's no legal proof that she was directly involved in that. they accuse her because of the state of the economy and the shrinking unemployment is rying and inflation is quite high and this sort of brazilian miracle is all but over here. she is taking brunt of all that. >> is her position at risk? her popularity is very low, but is her job at risk? >> reporter: there's a large public discontent and in sao
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paulo as we speak and many other cities across the country. that is not enough in this country to bring down a president for that to happen you will have to prove any legal wrongdoing during her presidency. at the moment you don't center that in the petrobas scandal but that you are investigated in 2014. the audit court is going through that at the moment, those exp d expenditures going all around the world cup. if there's anything wrong with that, that's a basis to begin this process of impeachment. now, the big question here is, yes, people are voicing their opposition to her. about two-thirds of the country are opposed to her according to the latest polls. does everyone really want her to be impeached? that's a mixed bag of answers there. certainly the protesters were calling for dilma impeachment.
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on the other side you have hundreds of people walking on the streets that agree with the message but don't necessarily agree with the idea of impeachment. they say democracy is very young in this country. it's been doing so far pretty well and they're very much afraid of what would happen next. there's no one in the opposition that is atratractive enough for people to look at, and then there's also worries that among the protesters is a tiny group calling for the return of military rule and that has scared off a lot of people here. while everyone wants to see the president gone, that has to develop in the next few weeks. >> thanks very much. still to come on the program, on high alert and on patrol in senegal. going after the poachers in a world heritage park that's almost half the size of belgium. and cuban exiles look
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forward to a new future after restored relations with the united states.
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a reminder of the top stories here auto al jazeera. at least 110 people have been killed in syrian government air strikes on a crowded market in douma, a suburb of the capital damascus. an iraqi parliamentary investigation blames some of the highest officials in power for the fall of mosul last year. the former prime minister al
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maliki was one of the officials named. and the home minister of punjab province in pakistan has been killed in a suicide attack on his office. he was a key figure leading the campaign against the taliban in the region. the u.s. defense department is to look at two military installations within the country to act assist possible alternatives to guantanamo bay. the pentagon will be assessing sites in south carolina and kansas. moving prisoners to the u.s. would give them greater rights in the courts such as constitutional rights. life now to washington, d.c. and al jazeera's shehab. what are the chances that any of the gouantanamo prisoners might end up at one of those two sites? >> translator: we're trying to figure out if this is a p.r. stunt to suggest they haven't forgotten about the pledge to
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shut down guantanamo bay or whether the administration is serious about moving these detainees. that commitment has been called into question in recent months because there are about 52 of the 116 detainees who have been cleared for release. yet, this is an administration that on the one hand says it wants them released. on the other hand on friday for example the department of justice at the request of the pentagon is standing in the way of them being releasedment a court order to free these men. however, in the case of tarik on friday, the department of justice is contesting his release in court. this is a man who was cleared for release six years ago and has been on a hunger strike for eight years and is force-fed through his nose and he's 34 kilograms. the department of defense feels if he's released it would be seen as a victory of hundredor striking. they're standing in the way of his release. this is the non-joined up thinking that has civil libertarians and others
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perplexed. do you want them out or don't you? the other issue is if these detainees end up on the mainland and the aclu, the american civil liberties union says it's in president obama's purview of his ability to bypass congressional restrictions and get them on the mainland, then what? there are legal questions. what will be the stat stop sign of these people, and is it somebody exporting the guantanamo model to the mainland. some are tortured with due process. there are questions and we're not clear what this administration is doing with guantanamo bay and whether there's a huge rift and whether president obama will step in and show leadership. >> we will con for to monitor the story from washington, thank you. in egypt a military court sentenced 26 officers on charges attempting to overthrow the government. they were charged with spreading muslim brotherhood yads within
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the army. they've been sentenced between 10 to 25 years in prison. two senior muslim brotherhood leaders have been sentenced to 25 years in absentia. ten people including palestinian protesters and far right jewish activists have been arrested after clashes in an israeli city at a protest of a palestinian man on hunger strike while being detained in an israeli prison. elsewhere around 1,000 children marched through the streets in the gaza strip in solidarity with him. he lost consciousness on friday after a 60-day fast to protest against his detention without charge. he was arrested in november and accused of being in the islamic jihad they said carried out numerous attacks against civilians. the chinese premier visited the site of wednesday's explosion. he visited emergency person mel and people affected by the
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blast. he gave advice on the way to handle the explosions. highly toxic sodium cyanide was kept at a warehouse in the source of the explosions. in response tianjin's environmental protection bureau increased the monitoring at the site. >> one of the huge concerns with sodium cyanide is it reacts with fire, water and other assets to create hydrogen cyanide, which is cast as a chemical war fare agent. in many countries women cal warfare stocks and it's a key weapon. it's zyclonb used to exterminate thousands in the second world war. it's the basis of cyanide. it's a toxic powder that's rapidly falths if inhaled our
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ingested. the crash site of an indonesian plane has been found in the papau region. the trigana airplane lost contact with the air traffic controllers and carried 49 passengers including five children and five crew. the mountainous papau region is covered with dense jungle, and there was bad weather at the time of the plane went missing. villagers reported if it mounted. indonesia's transport minister said they found wreckage, but official confirmation is still needed. >> translator: according to the information the trigana aircraft that lost contact was found at camp 3 in the mountain region. it was provided by the local residents wlosd the flash crashed into the mountain. the detail of this is still under investigation. pro-government forces are battling houthi rebels for control of yemen's third largest
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city. the fighters loyal to the exiled president say at least 50 houthis have been killed southwest of the capital sanaa. the main security headquarters was retain by forces on saturday. at least 49 people are now known to have died when they became stuck in the hull of a boat carrying migrants across the mediterranean. hundreds of others rescued in two different operations arrived in the sicilian port of augusta. they were picked up cloes to the coast. more than 100,000 migrants have arrived on their shores since the start of the year and called for the international community to do more to help. >> translator: we have rescued 320 people, but once again, we're counting the victims. we can say we have rescued the survivors, and that's a good thing. but either the international community finds a way to solve the crisis or today's tragedy won't be the last.
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the german chancellor expects the international monetary fund to be part of a new rescue package for greece. they backed the deal on in parliament on friday. athens has to make further spending cuts. the park in senegal started out as a hunting reserve in the colonial era in 1926. since then attitudes towards hunting have changed. the illegal trade in wildlife is worth billions and led to large-scale poaching. in the final part of our series on preserving global heritage. we join rangers trying to protect threatened species. >> reporter: this is an exceptional operation inside an important world heritage site. it's home to rare animals and plants. the park is just under half the size of belgium, so finding poachers is difficult. this morning rangers receive a tip-off.
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on the grounds some clues. fresh bicycle tracks and signs of wild animals. these are the latest pictures from a nearby camera used to track animal movements. here the west african lion virtually extinct worth hundreds of thousands on the last market. looshg at the last picture. barely visible, one of the poachers stands in front of the camera. local tribes were forced out of the area 40 years ago to protect animals from being hunted, but rangers say some tribesmen are known to work with traffickers. >> translator: we're not surprised. locals have the best knowledge of the park. it's so lucrative it's tempting to want to hunt her. >> reporter: we slowly approach the spot where the pictures were taken. the poachers are probably armed. rangers worry about a gunfight as well as being attacked by dangerous animals nearby.
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suddenly he spots them. they launch an ambush. as expected, local villagers. on them weapons and food rations. it says he was hunting bush meat, but the park rangers don't believe him. most of what they kill is smuggled out of the country to asia. poachers are after big cats like this. this is a rare panther. they found him when he was a baby after poachers killed his mother and all his siblings. despite all the efforts put in place there are a number of animals on the verge of extinction. they say this world heritage site is in danger.
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rare aantelopes, elephants, primates, none are spared. rangers say poachers kill indiscriminate naturely, using automatic machine guns. >> translator: it's disgusting, and we feel responsible. we're supposed to protect the site, but it's a difficult task. >> worth an estimated $19 billion a year, the global trade in wild animals is booming. despite local efforts like this, it continues to grow. dozens of people are forced to leave homes after japan's mountain began to eresult. authorities raise the alert level to four out of a five-point scale as a precaution. after increased volcanic activity near the site in the southern city. cuban exiles who have been separated from families are hoping a warming of ties between havana and the u.s. help them reconnect with loved ones.
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people started to leave cuba after the communist revolution in 1959. more than 100,000 went to the u.s., and others went elsewhere while this musician left cuba for mexico eight yerz and shared his story with al jazeera. >> translator: my name is juan sore kwan notice. i'm icuban musician and have lived in mexico for 13 years. this is a job to work here. we had an audition in cuba. they liked our work and brought us over here. a cuban never leaves his country. you leave your family, your roots, your way of life, but in the other hand you're excited because you're going to fulfill a dream that will probably be the biggest dream of your life, which is to do well. i have mixed feelings.
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cubans have free education and the health care is free. a taste for sports. i got my education thanks to this system. like many other professionals, not only artists, but also scientists, sf that in any other country would cost thousands of dollars or more. here it costs nothing. . >> cubans have made incredible sacrifices and have shown bravery and courage and the food shortages and the lack of resources and even bathing. if you needed soap and didn't have it, people had to invent how to get things. i think it's the people from cuba that take the credit for putting up with so much during the embargo. >> translator: no one thought cuba and the united states would re-establish relations. i think this is wonderful and something that all cubans, both on the island and the ones that suffered the consequences of the embargo the most and the ones outside of the cuba are also delighted. i'm very happy because my whole
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family is there, and many things are going to get better for the people who are the heroes of cuba. >> you can find more on many of our stories on our website. click on aljazeera.com. aljazeera.com. >> i'm ali velshi. "on target" in philadelphia, tonight, black votes matter. why so many african american men are missing in the polls. plus history in havana, how so many americans could profit from opening of diplomacy. the watts riots in los angeles started when a white highway patrol officer stopped a black motorist suspected of drunk driving. on lookers rushed in.

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