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>> we will see you tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. stay with us. diplomats hope the black chapter of sieging may be over in syria where a pause in fighting is due to begin saturday. hello. also ahead, u.n. chiefs in south sudan try to revive a shaky peace deal. chinese shares take another nose dive on the eve of a summit. i'm in los angeles where forget big business, the hackers are now heading for hollywood. can the entertainment industry
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really keep them out? much of 21 tons of food have been lost in syria after an air drop failed to hit its target. it was supposed to reach people in the town surrounded by isil controlled territory. the chairman of the u.n. humanitarian task force explained what happened. >> there were two problems, pallets were drifting in with their parachutes so that some missed targets and other pallets, the parachutes did not open and the food were destroyed. >> speaking at the same media
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conference, they said they plan to get more aid to syrians who desperately need it if a pause in fighting happens saturday. >> more needs to be done more effectively and certainly we all hope the cessation of hostilities take hold effectively, they will have an impact on the acceleration of reaching the people in need in syria, not only in the besieged areas, but everywhere. james bays joins us live from the unit nations in new york. james, more information on what went wrong in that air drop, really highlighting the difficulties in delivering aid in syria. >> yes, this is something that humanitarian agencies don't want to do an air drop. they'd rather bring food, medical supplies, other supplies in by road. one of the reasons is that this air drop that failed, the items that were on there, 21 tons,
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that's only equivalent to a medium sides truck so shows how little you can deliver by air. there are various problems that were demonstrated by this air drop. it was done at a very high altitude. the crew practiced outside syria and it's not something the u.n. had done before. it appears they misjudged the weather and the parachutes that were supposed to guide down the pallets, some detached because of the gusts of wind. it shows the difficulty of delivering things by air. they will find out whether the cessation of has tilts will actually happened. >> he described it as a crucial day. i think it will be, because there are two elements back on
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february 11 of the international community and regional players decided on meeting in munich to restart the political process in syria. one was to get aid into the besieged areas and the other is that cessation of hostilities being decided by the u.s. and russia. that is supposed to start from midnight friday into saturday, damascus time, so coming pretty soon, and friday as they try to prepare for that and get the sides to sign up for that will be an important day, which will also have a meeting of the u.n. security council where they will vote on the idea of cessation of utilities. that is likely to take place two hours before the cessation is supposed to start. >> thank you very much for bringing us the latest there. syrian government forces reported to have taken a town from isil.
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accidental of people have been killed from russian airstrikes as they hit areas of damascus countryside. the main syrian opposition say russia has stepped up the attacks before the pause in fighting is supposed to begin. the russian defense ministry said it has reduced the intensity of strikes over the last two days. jamal, it is difficult to know what is happening on the ground, but what are you hearing about these russian airstrikes in the damascus countryside? >> it is not least because of the safety concerns there to operate freely for journalists, but we have seen video filled in the suburbs of damascus and other place. one of those videos had children in it who were essentially
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praying that these russian airstrikes would stop, one of them operating to god that this war would end soon. it's important to note that russian involvement in syria officially at least as far as the kremlin is concerned as part of this coalition against isil. in those areas in and around damascus, there has been no recorded evidence that ice i will was there. it's mainly the other armed opposition groups operating there. that is the closest that the armed opposition has been able to get to the seat of power in the syrian regime in the capital and this is just another example of how there is conflicts reports as to what these russian airstrikes are targeting. at least from the video we've seen, there have been homes destroyed and as i mentioned, a lot of distress expressed by the children in those videos. >> one wonders how much this cessation of hostilities, if it takes hold will impact the russian airstrikes, because of
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course russia says it's only targeting isil and targeting isil is allowed under the agreement. >> if you justify your airstrikes or your military campaigns or actions by saying they were targeting isil, then ultimately at least going by the book, you are not breaching the cessation of hostilities and that's creating a lot of skepticism amongst people inside syria particularly those opposed to bashar al asses regime and his allies. they've been saying since russian airstrikes began that these aren't intended to target isil in so much as they are targeting the opposition of bashar al assad. even the turkish government has gone furthers to strikes are an effort to cleanse part of syria from their inhabitants so when there is a resolution to the civil war, the demographics
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would be different, making it easier for bashar al assad's regime to control those sixian populations there and that is the main problem, aside from the fact it's about armed opposition groups that are fighting in some of the strategic areas linked to al-qaeda but alsoifieding alongside the opposition groups that are at least acknowledged for spoken to officially by western governments. that's just making like i say this land cessation of hostilities not very kind of promising from the perspective of those inside syria. >> jamal reporting there, thank you very much. >> deep european divisions over the refugee crisis are being discussed at a meeting in brussels where interior ministers have been warned to the e.u. unity is at stake. greek is accusing other states of causing a humanitarian crisis by imposing border restrictions
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on migrants trying to move through europe. 100,000 people have arrived already this year on top of a million who arrived in 2015. other correspondent is on the greece-macedonia border where restrictions are felt the most keenly. what is the situation there? >> just behind me are more and more tents of people camped here. the border has been closed since 10:30 local time this morning, 830g.m.t. from what we understand, the mass zoneians have decided to close the border yet again simply because they say both their camps in southern macedonia and the one in the north bordering syria are at full capacity. they said actually that a train that has left the south of the country towards the north has had to come back to the south, simply because also, said really
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the government effect, serbia is not letting anybody in or at least there's a trickle of refugees going through that border. the security cabinet should be meeting and there are reports in the local media, not confirmed yet, we'll have to wait and see, but there are reports that also the certaining will be militarizing that border, so certainly it is if you get a feeling on the ground and i've been here now for several days, that things are slowly shutting down. it's not anymore just the afghans who are not allowed to go through, there's a lot of restrictions, new measures that the syrians and iraqi's have to go through and that has slowed the process, leaving thousands stranded here in greece. >> ok, thanks very much for bringing us that update there from the greece-macedonia border where thousands of refugees stranded. >> at least three people have
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been killed in a mortar attack in mogadishu. nine mortars were fired. al shabab claimed responsibility, saying it was aiming for the building. nine people, including three children were injured. five african heads of state arrived in burundi to try to end the political crisis. south africa's president zuma is leading the delegation to try to convince the president to accept 5,000 peacekeepers. general ban ki-moon has arrived in south sudan. his visit comes after 19 people were killed when they thought they were under the u.n.'s protection. we have this report. >> the smoke from 20,000 burning homes filled the sky for days.
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people already displaced from their homes to a camp were again made homeless. this time, they found little more than a dusty roadside between the u.n. base and their former homes. people moved here because they believed the u.n. would keep them safe. the attacks by government forces revealed how vulnerable they still are. >> the fences are all open. you have to close the fences. now look at this, the people's health deteriorated. people are on the ground, their health is fragile. look at what they eat and drink. look when they now sleep. >> over 200,000 live in the area. this is the third time people have been slaughtered while apparently under the protection of peacekeepers. >> we have a huge u.n. presence.
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we don't know what they are doing exactly. they fail a protect civilians. >> witnesses say it took the u.n. soldiers hours to engage with attackers to defend the people. >> after three massacres on u.n. bases, people are starting to ask is this commission supposed to protect civilians. shares in china dive again just before g20 ministers gather in shanghai.
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beyond nations said 21 tons of food medicines and supplies have been lost in syria. they were supposed to reach people who were surrounded by isil controlled territory. general ban ki-moon arrived in south sudan to try to make a shaky peace plan hold. iran will hold two important nationwide elections friday. voters are going to elect members of parliament and the assembly of experts. it's the first time both are held on the same day. the parliament has 290 seats, five reserved for religious
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minorities. it passes laws and approves the national budget. the current parliament is dominated by conservatives. only 8% of its members of women. more than 12,000 people are registered to be candidates in the primary and the parliamentary elections, but most reformers were disqualified beaucoups body known as the guardian council. we have this report. >> campaigning is now over and for iranians preparation to vote, the main issue is the ailing economy, and how much it could be transformed with a lifting of sanctions. the impact they've had could be seen by anyone landing in tehran. runways can resemble an aircraft museum. straight out of the nuclear deal came a multi-billion dollars order from iran of a double decker aircraft. main iranians want to see the collar of the money coming into
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the country. this moneyaire investment banker said the scope is massive. >> we have the largest market in the region, and it's totally diversified industry. well educated people, national resources and a verge market for consumer. markets are capped for around 10 years. >> oil is the bedrock of the economy, yet iran wants to reduce reliance an it. will there be no jobs and better wages are the questions of voters. with a banking system that needs reform and bailouts, people want to know when they'll see improvements, when they can afford to indulge again in iran's vast retail sector. international sanctions had a limited effect on the rich,
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while the poor became poorer. now conservatives and hardliners have always relied on support from lower income families. if their living conditions improve, then could that be changing? >> the answer is it could do, because moderate president rouhani is responsible for sanctions being lifted, but there's a question of timing. >> i think because of the lack of relations between iran and international committee, at the moment, there is lack of confidence and lack of doing each other and to get to know each other more, get familiar with the iranian business, we need more communication skills. >> it may not be enough to see a parliamentary defeat for hardliners and conservatives. al jazeera, tehran.
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shares in china have fallen 6%. >> we have more from beijing. >> the stock market in china seeing its worst slump in a month. jam within just nine days, the most important dates on china's political cool will take place. obviously fiscal policies on the agenda there. also g-20 finance officials
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meeting in shanghai. fiscal policies will most likely be brought up at that meeting. why this is a very big and important topic for the government, there are individual investors and savings put into the market. 80% of the market is made up of individual investors, representing 80 million people. obviously it's a very big social issue here in china. >> in the philippines, celebrations are underway to mash the 30th anniversary of people power revolution which ended the rule of fernand marcos. his son hopes to be elected vice president. rob mcbride reports from manila. >> they turned out in the thousands to commemorate a day that defines the recent history of the philippines. the day its people discovered the might of passive resistance, and what was called that year people power. >> today is important, because it marks the day filipinos
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became united. >> i'm going to walk like my parents did. it's quite emotional, actually, being here today. >> it was only main highway that protestors defied the regime of ferdinand marcos 30 years ago. they were joined by priests and nuns and when soldiers gave their support, it was all over. >> they left the clear field open and people marched in and marched over. >> journalist alan robles was with the crowd who swarmed over the fences of the palace to find the marcos gone. >> we ended a very violent, brutal dictator who was bleeding the country dry. >> alabama marcos now running fr
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vice president. what concerns many older political amount visits is how the marcos campaign is winning support among the young. many people attending were born well after ferdinand marcos was overthrown. they never lived through the martial law i imposed. >> the anti marcos movement has also gained support mainly from leftist groups. they worry his son would resort to his father said author tearian ways. >> if he becomes president, there's no stopping him once he wings the vice-presidency, the
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tone is likely to get angrier as that prospect nears. authorities in peru are still assess be damage after a series of oil spills contaminate an area in the amazon. aging pipelines are to blame. a water control emergency has been declared in the area. we have this report from lima. >> it's crude, dark and heavy, polluting land and rivers in the amazon rain forest. 3,000-barrels spilled from old pipelines, causing an ecological disaster. the tribes livingual the rivers are desperate. >> neither municipal authorities or health authorities have told us not to eat the fish. the stench gives us headaches. what can we do? >> more than 8,000 people in this region in northeastern peru have been affected. they rely on the river for
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water. >> it's affecting everything, our crops, the animals, the people, the fish. we grow our rice in the ravine. the children bathe there. the animals drink that water. >> these children say they were given tips to help clean up, despite the health risks. the oil company denies using children. teams of villagers working 12 hour shifts to remove the oil bucket by bucket, but experts say the damage is done. >> it's a fairly large spill that affect the bio diverse amazon region. the water for the people has been polluted. what measures will they take into it doesn't happen again? >> the pipelines are more than 40 years old. it's not the first time they've ruptured. >> indigenous gaps say there's been more than 20 oil spills in the last four years that have
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affected their community. the minister of environment said the company is responsible for at least the last three and will face a fine of nearly $17 million. >> environmental regulator can't say what the extent of the damage is this time. it has been ordered to replace parts of the pipeline and improve its maintenance. >> the strong corrosion caused failures in some parts. we ordered repairs and we will oversee that the company complies by fixing the problem. it will take sometime. >> heavy rain is complicating efforts to contain the damage. experts say nearly 1,000 kilometers of pipeline are vulnerable and that risk of causing another spill. hacking experts said hollywood hasn't a clue against protecting itself against cyber crime. it's been more than a year before sony was hit and
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attention is increasingly toward the studios. jewel there's edward snowden and oliver stone, making a film about edward snowden. he is to keep the film away from prying eyes. ralph is a hacker turned hacker detector, one of a new breed called digital boiled guards, helping hollywood make sense of a world where it is more than film fans watching very closely. >> they still have the idea of this film is in the can as if it were a physical thing and it's not. from the moment of your capturing this film, it's a file that gets duplicate and multiplies throughout that process. that didn't happen with a physical piece of film. >> hacking is big business. 2014, cyber criminals breached the systems and stole tera bites
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are data and it cost sony millions of dollars. five out of every six large businesses here in the united states have fallen victim to some form of cyber attack. that figure was up 40% in one year. this is a problem getting worse, not better. of course, hollywood is a major target for these hackers. in previous years, the studios could control who saw what and when they saw it. everything was on film, much more linear. now you have so many involved in that production protest and they're all accessing networks and files using phones and tab lets and in some cases, laptops. you can see how keeping those prying eyes out, those hackers is almost impossible. >> phillip lieberman is one of l.a.'s top cyber crime experts. he's a man who knows the weak spots. >> you have talent which might go to the store and buy an iphone and might set the password to their dog's name and then do an interview holding
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their dog, talking about their dog's name and then somebody can pretty much figure out how to get things off their system. >> for this digital bodyguard, it is all about damage limitation. >> there is no such thing as 100% security. there never will be. it's a matter of identifying a potential threat early enough so it doesn't have a huge impact. >> the hackers are in hollywood, met forrically at least. there may be no happy ending in sight here. al jazeera, los angeles. >> british singer adele won a record breaking four categories if the british music industry's most prestigious award ceremony known as the brits. ♪ >> she closed the show by performing this hit single when we were young.
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cold play one of the best british group award. deadly storms tear up property and take off power up and down the east coast. >> bernie sanders takes his campaign west days before the south carolina primary. studios beef up digital security as a new wave of hackers look to cash in on the movie business.