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a powerful car bomb in ankara. hello, this is al jazeera live from doha. i am adrian finnegan. also at program. gunmen kill more than a dozen people in a be ivory coast resort town. al qaeda claims responsibility. rah components of german chancellor angela merkel's policy make themselves heard in elections. as they lose out in key states.
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>> reporter: coming up, i'll tell you about this exhibits of chinese contemporary art and why it's come to the middle east. ♪ ♪ we begin in turkey where a powerful car bomb has left at least 34 people dead and more than 100 injured. sunday's explosion happened near a busy buzz terminal in the heart of ankara near a park. a tub, parka has beened access to facebook and twitter after images of the blast were shared online. mohamed jamjoon reports. >> reporter: the second car bomb to hit the heart of turkey's capital in less than a month. the blast ripped through the square. a densely-populated transport hub when early evening crowds had gathered. and the aftermath was chaotic. >> translator: there was a woman sitting behind me, her seat just blew way. something hit me here and
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pierced through. there was a carey think it was a black car. five or six people died in the bus. the next of one was completely severed. something pierced me through here. and i have one in my arm. >> reporter: while there was no immediate claim of responsibility, government officials say they have completed their initial investigation and will announce monday whom they believe to be behind the attack. in february, 29 people, mainly military personnel, were killed in a suicide car bomb attack claimed by a group calling itself the kurdistan freedom falcons. as a result, the country has been on a heightened state of alert. >> translator: tight security measures were taken, instructions were given. but unfortunately, terrorist attacks cannot be prevented. 100 percent in any country. >> reporter: turkey is now facing multiple security threats as it is engaged in the war on two front. it is fighting isil in syria and iraq, and the p.k.k. in its
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southeast. now with the findings still to come, the country worries and waits as concerns about the overall security situation in turkey grows. also important to know, this attack comes just two days after the u.s. em bars i in ankara issued a warning asking its citizens to avoid certain areas of the city. mohamedal jamjoon, al jazeera, an car rah. >> turkey has seen a rise in attacks over the last year, just last month 29 people were killed in a car bombing aimed at a military convoy in an car uh-huh blamed on kurdish fighters n january a suspects suicide bomber killed at least 10 people in istanbul's square. the government blamed isil on the 23rd of december last year an explosion in istanbul's second biggest airport left one dead. it was claimed by the kurdistan freedom falcons, on october 10th, 2015, two bombs exploded outside ankara's main rare way station killing at
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least 102 people. no group has claimed responsibilities. the director. extra teaming i and you had st*ustudies, he saidturk is a fe threats. twin threats posed by the islamic state. and the p.k.k. component. the y.p.g. the last bombing that that is mentioned in your report in ankara a month ago, the government actually blamed the y.p.g. and then a somewhat obscure turkish group claimed responsibility. the one before that was -- the one in ankara was done by isis. we won't know until tomorrow, but what is clear is that turkey is facing a very serious threat. partly emanating from the war in
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nearby syria. al qaeda and is islamic ma again says it carried out an attack in the ivory coast. 14 people were killed as well as the six a say lands, it happened at a unesco heritage site popular with ivorians and foreigners, caroline malone reports. >> reporter: a witness to the attack on a popular beach resort in the ivory coast explains what he saw. >> translator: i heard shots coming from over there, then i saw the criminals. i was really surprise today see three people who were heavily armed. they had bullet round in their front pockets. >> reporter: people started running away from the area trying to reach a safer place. six armed men had started shooting people on the beach. according to the government, the attackers targeted people at three hotels. >> translator: some tried to
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swim away. they started shooting at them. i was about 60 meters away. i don't know how i manage today get out of there. >> reporter: the security forces intervened after 40 minutes. they vac waited the area and went after the assailants. but by then, a number of people had been killed. >> translator: i want to say that these courtly terrorist attacks will not be tolerate ed in the ivory coast. we have taken significant action. >> reporter: it took another two to three hours to bring the situation under control. it will take a lot longer for people at this normally peaceful weekend retreat to cover from this violence. caroline malone, al jazeera. a right wing anti-immigration party has made inroads in to three state parliament in germany's regional elects. the party is a new addition to germany's political scene and critical chancellor angela merkel's handling of the refugee crisis. al jazeera's dominic kane has more on the implications of sunday's vote.
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>> reporter: these are supporters of the right wing populist party. it has become the focal point for opposition to angela merkel's refugee policies o sunday that opposition brought it electoral success a krong germany, but the high point was [ inaudible ] >> translator: the results are fantastic across the board. in all three federal states. here we have, of course, the top result. >> translator: outstanding. the result is for us to takes the voices of the voters seriously and talk directly in apartment. >> reporter: the problem for them is noter how successful they have been here and across germany on sunday, no other main party is prepared to work with them in coalition, so they will not enter government. which means the vote they have received is just a protest vote against the policies of the coalition government.
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for the ruling c.d.u., there was consolation in remaining the largest party. the state premier is from the c.d.u. on sunday night he hailed his party's showing in his own state. >> translator: we managed to win with a good marvin. we have roughly the same result in absolute votes as five years ago when we were in a different situation, a totally different party landscape. >> reporter: this election campaign has been dominated by the refugee crisis. with many suggesting the vote was a referendum on the policies of angela merkel. per popularity has slumped as the influx of refugees have grown. in recent weeks, though, per approval rating has recovered somewhat. but not in time to save her party leaders in areas where the c.d.u.'s main opponents were victorious. and they won seats at the expense of the established parties. one political scientist told me
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why he felt voters chose the r.f.d. >> they fear that they will be the losers of the refugee crisis. and i don't think that that is a real threat but the people fear it is a threat. and therefore they voted for this anti- -- these an are you refugee party. >> reporter: the questions for the federal government will be what to make of the voters' verdicts and where it leaves their policy on refugees. dominic kane, al jazeera. a professor of comparative politics at the university of missouri, st. louis, she says that while the results are a setback for merkel, notices as bad as it seems. >> i think that there is certainly not a very happy day for angela merkel, but by the same token, i would say that these were, one has to see the results in these three different states in different ways. the greens won their largest victory ever over 30%, and this is a party that very strongly
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supports angela merkel and what she has been doing on the refugee front. until ryne landfalls the spd and cdu both lost some votes but star substantial forces and will form a grants coalition that will support angela merkel at the national level because that's exactly the kind of government she has there. it's trickier because the a.f.d. has over 20 power%, they got double digits in those two ooh two states as well but it's not going to have anybody who wants to form a coalition with them. and they are a 1-issue party. hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in brazil to demands the residence resignation of president dim ma rousseff she is under impeachment proceedings. and deeply in trouble because of the falling economy. >> reporter: in their largest
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gathering yet, demonstrators say they want this to be the last time they come out to call for president dilma rousseff's impeachment. they are upset at the poor state of the economy. but most of all, they want an end to corruption and a clean up of the government. >> we want it to change for better lives for the brazilians. >> they are politician, they are burglars. they are stealing and we are here for justice. >> reporter: numerous corruption allegations have surfaced over the last two years involving high-level politicians and the state-run oil company petrobras. last week rousseff's mentor the former president was charged by sao paulo prosecutors for allegedly hiding his wealth. during his presidency, lula was seen as a people's champion bringing millions out of poverty. now many here want to see him in jail. even more people came out than originally expected. organizers put that down to
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brazilians growing tired, they say, of politicians and their lies and the judge that's pursuing the corruption investigation is being hailed here as a national hero. millions turned out across brazil's largest cities including rio de janae owe where the ora olympics will be held in august. others say they are using this as a gauge, the tide seems to be overwhelmingly against president rue self and it may be time for them to breakaway from her government. but people on the streets say the sentiment expressed here goes beyond political affiliations. >> our cause is brazil. our cause is the corruption. >> reporter: it's anger they say, towards a deeply entrenched system of corruption. they know it will take years to correct, but they are out on the streets to demands a move towards change. margo ortigas, al jazeera, sao paulo.
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a palestinian has won a $1 million global teaching prize for her work with children traumatized by violence. pope francis presented the prize via video link to her in nba dubai. cheers from her palestinian support, he she beat out nominees from others places. she grew up in bethlehem and now teaches at a high school in the occupied west bank. we'll get a weather update next here on al jazeera. then. >> if you travel by boat without a visa, you will not make australia home. >> unwelcome messages like these in afghan trying to deter people from their hopes of a better life abroad. and the discovery of oil and gas off the shores of senegal has the government there cutting the price of petrol. we'll tell you why some say that move is premature.
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♪ ♪ hello again, the top stories here on al jazeera. a large car bomb has left at least 34 people dead. and more than 100 injured in turkey's capital. the blast at a busy transport hub in ankara is the second attack in the city in less than a month. al qaeda and the islamic maghreb says it carried out an attack on a beach in the ivory coast, 14 people and two soldiers were killed. the government says six gunmen were also killed. hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of brazil to demands the
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resignation of president dilma rousseff an estimated 450,000 people turned out in sao paulo and other demonstrations in rio and the capital brasilia. the u.s. second of state has hit out at the syrian government accusing it of trying to disrupt talks aimed at ending the conflict. john kerry was speaking in paris the day before the government and opposition are due to meet. our diplomatic editor james bays reports now from geneva where those talks are scheduled to take place later on monday. >> reporter: just hours before the syria talks were due to start in geneva, u.s. second of state john kerry was in paris meeting with some of his european counterparts. he told reporters the cessation of hostilities now in place for two weeks, has significantly reduced the violent but one side was not complying. >> the syrian people strongly support the cessation of hostilities because it has made their lives better. and to date the single biggest
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violator of that, by allegations, is the assad regime. >> reporter: he also hit out at the syrian deputy prime minter, who at a news conference in damascus had said there could be no negotiation about the role of president i assad. >> witness the comments made just yesterday by the foreign minister of syria, clearly trying to disrupt the process. clearly trying to sends a message of deterrence to others. >> reporter: his comments were clearly aimed as support for the main opposition block, the high negotiating committee whose members have been arriving for the talks. >> we want to see an end to this bloodshed in syria. we hope that we see a serious partner. >> reporter: what's different about these talks is that the u.n. special envoy stefan de mistura, says that estrada
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way going to get to the substantive issues, who is going to be in a new transitional government taking syria towards new elections. that, of course, takes us to the key issue of president assad and those around him. and on that it seems right now no one is prepared to compromise. james bays, al jazeera, geneva. some 12,000 refugees mostly from syria stuck on the greek border with macedonia after the european states closed the path for them to continue. could be heard as hundreds of refugees protested at the border crossing. the refugees demanded that macedonia open its borders so they can travel onto western europe. the greek government says that it plans to relocate them to better facilities within a week. we have more now from there.
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>> reporter: days of continuing rain add to this misery of the refugees. most of them of living in flimsy tents like this one surrounded by stagnant pools of water. and some are falling sick. medical workers at the camp say they have treated 70 children for respiratory problems as well as digestive disease. there was a confirm that a nine-year-old girl has been confirmed to have hepatitis-a, a very contagious disease and her now looking in to how to vaccinate the rest of the children population in the camp. now, this bottleneck that has marooned 13,000 refugees is a source of concern for the greek government. they have will be trying to encourage the refugees to go out of this camp and in to camps that are more hospitable and warmer, that they have set up for them in other places, but only 800 refugees have so far heeded that call. the rest of them are here
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waiting, with the hope that the macedonian border might reopen for them. so far we are not seeing any sign of that. more than 200,000 afghans have left their country in pursued of a better life but when they arrive in europe, many are painfully disappointed. faced with a coldwell come and the hardships of living in a foreign land, some are accepting cash incentives to return home. tony berkeley reports. >> reporter: they left with hope, but returned with dejection. here afghans who sought a new safer life abroad right back in kabul defeated. ismael spent five months getting to germany, but it was not what he expected. >> translator: they give me a document and read and read and said that i could be subject to deportation and there were no guarantees of a bright future for me. it said it could take years for me to be accepted in to society. >> reporter: ismael says he couldn't find work and couldn't get permission for his five and
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three children to join him. in the end he send a payment of $2,000 from the german government to leave. he told me that he paid $7,500 to the smugglers and he went to germany for the future of his family but now he had nothing left in afghanistan. that welcome mat which so many countries put out for refugees appears to have gone. >> to intercept any vessel -- 246789 a tv add produce ed by the australian government shown on afghan television. the message is clear. >> if you travel by boat without a visa, you will not make australia home. the rules apply to everyone, families, children, unaccompanied children, educated and skilled, there are no exceptions. >> reporter: even germany, the most welcoming of all is taking step to his slowly withdraw its unconditional welcome of the past. it has started a campaign here to persuade afghan to his
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reconsider making dangerous journeys and to quash some rumors. >> germany is prepared to take an unlimited number of people from all over the world and also from afghanistan. another rumor is that any asylum request is granted. which it is not. we try to make them understand that it won't be an easy ride there either. >> reporter: more than 200,000 afghans have made the desperate journey to europe. most to germany. but fewer than a thousand have taken the cash deal to return. >> it becomes even more important to open doors and the return for qualified afghans to return to support in the administration, private sector, academic or even private sectors they can help the economy which is very fragile. >> reporter: a walk in any hospital in afghanistan and see the wards filled with civilian war wounded and you can understand why so many want to leave. nearly everyone you and here say they will leave if they get the chance.
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even though the warm welcome of europe may be a thing of the past. tony berkeley, al jazeera, kabul. in senegal, it's the first day of a week-long campaign ahead of a constitutional ref remember dim. a 15-point reform plan aims to make the country more democratic. proposed changes include reducing the presidential term to two 5-year terms. more than 140 offshore oil wells have been dug in senegal since the 1950s. but with little to show for it. recent oil and gas discoveries, though, are raising hopes it will take years before new oil is extracted but the government is cutting the price of petrol already, nicholas hawk reports from dickau. >> reporter: this is a peanut farmer who prides himself on being thrift i. every week he drives to the outskirts of dakar searching for the cheapest petrol he can find. never fills the tank completely but buys just enough for what he
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needs. senegal's government says with global prices falling and its recent offshore oil and gas discoveries, it can afford to drop prices at the pump to 1.15 a liter. but it's still expensive for a country where almost half of the population lives on less than $2 a day. >> translator: sure it's cheaper, but mark my words, having oil leads to complications. we might be better off paying more at the pump rather than having people fight over our natural resources. >> reporter: u.s. and british companies have announced the biggest discovery of natural gas in west africa. a record 5 trillion cubic meters of it straddled between the coasts of senegal and mauritania. they have also found vast quantities of oil near guinea's border. the exploration hasn't been complete bud what to do with these untapped natural resource is his already a source of heated debate in parliament. the senegal ease government has
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yet to negotiate ownership with its neighboring countries and others say it needs tomorrow prove the economy first. the it. >> translator: the explorer fashion of "knights of cups natural resource is his not a cause for conflict but chances are it will exacerbate the existing conflict. we need to continue to diverse the economy in exports. >> reporter: senegal's biggest source of income is the export of fish and peanuts. output from an aging oil refinery has been poor because of bad management and corruption the government plans to invest in it and promises new jobs in the sector. reducing the price of petrol at the pump certainly makes the government look good but how much of it is down to the discovery of oil and gas is uncertain. so despite the prospect of more oil and gas, he wonders if it's worth it. he says 40 years of peanut farming huh taught him that sometimes having just enough it plenty. nicholas hawk, al jazeera,
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senegal. the world go champion has had his first win against an artificial intelligence program. he was playing against a google program called alpha go. after losing three consecutive games out of five. one of the game's greatest modern players that are says that he was surprised he had been defeated all the. a new exhibition featuring the works of contemporary chinese artist has open ed in dough half the show attempts to put the focus the creativity and crafts man ship of chinese art and keep politics out. al jazeera's jailed tan went along if a look. >> reporter: at first glance the piece resembles a famous paint from the ming dynasty. but turn the corner, and a new picture emerges. waste materials have been arranged to cast a shadow to the screen. the piece is called background story. by the chinese artist shoo ping.
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>> we first sourced this transparent glass then attached the chinese rice paper called swan to. eventually it creates the special effect that we see. i call it light painting. >> reporter: this exhibition in doha coincides with the qatar china year of culture an annual exchange program qatar introduced to deepen ties with other nations. held in the qatar museum's gal rim the show features 15 chinese artists, the largest of its kind in the middle east. the masterpieces range from sculpture to painting. film installation and even video games. i am playing the award-winning immersive video game called journey with one level i am able to move the player around and with the other i can change perspective of this magical beautiful universe created by the designer. the artwork forms part of the vast creative landscape of china
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today. >> we are pushing for elevating real game from just entertaining people to actually communicating a message that can be relevant, that is human to the player. i mean, we want to push the game as art. >> reporter: the show is curated by globally acclaimed artist known for his draw th dramatic s made from exploding gun powder he's alled h exhibition what abt the art. >> for the past 30 year old or so contemporary chinese art has a tracted attention around the world. but a lot of attention has been given to the sociopolitical context of the works or their skyrocketing prices. when chinese artist approach this way the core of the art is neglects which is individually creativity and pure craftsmanship. >> reporter: the dissidents artist is not here. the art speaks of eight generation of chinese exploring
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of topics of up bring, upheaval and experimenting with eastern and western styles have formed their unique brand of art and beauty. gerald tan, al jazeera, doha. there is plenty more video along with the latest news at our website al >> the us is now the world's largest oil and gas producer, in part because of what's happening here in north dakota, where advances in fracking have unlocked crude oil in the bakken shale formation in the western part of the state. north dakota is now producing more than a million barrels of oil a day. ten years ago there were fewer than 200 oil-producing wells in the bakken. now there are more than 8,000. >> they call it boomtown usa this is where all the money is. it's crazy the amount of money you can make here. >> this rapid pace of development and the flood of workers coming here, ha