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welcome to the news hour, i'm jane dutton in doha. belgium's federal prosecutor confirms that two brothers were the brussels suicide bombers, a third suspect is still on the run. brussels stands silent to remember the 31 victims of tuesday's attack. in other news, the u.n. refugee agency pulse out of the greek
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island, saying they've turned into detention centers. belgium canceled their international friendly with portugal after the terrorist attacks. top officials suggest matches at this year's european championship in france may be played behind closed doors. h a massive manhunt is underway to catch a suspected isil bomber seen on a security camera as brussels airport. belgian's federal prosecutor confirmed the identities of two brothers who were involved in the attacks, but contradicted earlier reports that a third suspect has been arrested. in central brussels, people have been gathering to pay tribute to the 31 victims of tuesday's bombings. there's live picture, we've seen them filing in and out throughout the day. what had begun after what the
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belgian prime minister described as a day of tragedy, dominic cain has this report. >> these are the men police believe carried out tuesday's attacks. in the center of the image is ibrahim el bakraoui. >> authorities found the explosives. nobody was wounded or injured. there was a taxi driver who told the police that he carried packages who we thought were explosives. >> belgium now marking three days of mourning, at mid-day, a minute's silence was observed. wednesday's front pages reflect the emotions of many people. some headlines speak of the horror of the bombings. others of the day that all had
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feared. some parts of the transport system have now reopened, with heavy security presence. at this metro station, passengers spoke of their concerns. >> it would be very important that everybody speaks together that there is no solution without speaking together. >> it was indeed a very strange day with all that happened yesterday, and i think everybody's feeling the same now, but, you know, we do what we can do and we'll get there in the end. >> on a normal wednesday, this airport would handle more than 60 any of the flights, but today there are none. the security forces have sealed off the entire complex and the traffic is severely delayed. >> part of a pattern across the city, which has seen continued road closures and diverses. the people of brussels appear to be accepting this imposition stoically, but many are afraid
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that this high tension and threat to their city is becoming the norm. dominic cain, al jazeera, brussels. >> let's talk to jacky rowland live in brussels. a lot of high level activity in the last hour or so, jacki, including the belgian prosecutor. what more do we know about the investigation and who they are looking for? >> well, the key information emerged from that news conference to the belgian prosecutor was in fact the suspect, we have not with conflict in the belgian media, we are getting word of a police investigation underway at the place that earlier reports suggested that he may have been captured. police are very anxious to apprehend this man since they believe that he is the bomb making expert within the cell,
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clearly a very dangerous individual, and someone who could potentially be involved in planning future attacks. >> thank you for that, jacky rowland. some of the most dramatic and terrifying pictures of the brussels attacks were shot by an eyewitness on the metro system. these images were taken between the metro stations in the immediate aftermath of the blast. passengers came out of the coach in the dark on to the tracks, not knowing what was ahead. i spoke to the person who filmed those images in the tunnel. very good to have you with us and quite extraordinary foot only. i was reading it to those picture yesterday describing the scenes as it was unfolding. talk us through what happened and what you saw. >> i was on my way to work in the morning on the metro, and i
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was in between the two stations when i felt a small blast of air, not very hatch, but similar to wind coming into the window, and heard some thudding in the book ground. my ears popped, and then the metro quickly came to a halt. the power went off, the engine went off, an announcement came over the speakers saying that there had been a disruption on the line and they were going to try to resolve it as quickly as possible. after a few minutes, someone came toward the back, either the driver or metro security, they opened the very back door on the metro, installed a ladder and started to evacuate us out of the metro itself, down on to the tracks, and walking back towards where we had come from. >> i was bog to comment on how everyone looks relatively calm in the pictures, everybody is walking slowly, the fact that you were able to take this foot acknowledge. what was going through your mind
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and that of the others? >> well, we were only a few hundred meters away from the explosion, but at the time, it didn't feel that way. it felt like something had been wrong, surely, but we didn't really know what, perhaps an accident or problem with our own metro. it wasn't clear that it was something so close and dangerous, so it took sometime for that to register as we were first exiting the metro, it was obvious there was some smoke in the tunnel, that something was going on. it took more time to realize how close we were were to the explosion itself. >> knowing now what went down there and at the airport, how has it left you feeling? >> feeling a little bit, at the time, feeling a little bit nervous, of course, a little bit shocked and now i think we're all focused on trying to move forward with our lives as best as we can, trying to pay attention to the announcements from the authorities here on what's going on and what are the
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safest things to be doing and hopefully looking forward to a time that's going to be safer and where things go a little bit more back to normal here in the city. >> all right, thank you very much for talking us through that incredible footage you got yesterday. thanks. well artists and cartoonists have been showing solidarity with the people of belgium in their own way. the french paper published this, showing a weeping french flag confronting his belgian friend. of course paris was attacked last year, belgian's most famous fictional character has been used countless times. the comic hero sheds tears in the colors of the belgian flag.
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this is an image of defiance from the people of belgium and statement of contempt towards those who use violence. we are joined on set by a political cartoonist, very good to have you on set, because you've been doing the same, showing or depicting what's been happening through your cartoons. i want to bring one up now on the screen, and talk us through it, this one after tuesday's attacks. >> basically, the cartoon, you know, shows that what happened after they caught saleh abdeslam that mostly they always talked about the sleeping cells, that the sleeping cells. i'm depicting that now the sleeping cells will be awakened, because after the capture, the first thing that was released was that the police were saying that we're going to get
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information on all the other sleeping cells. this is basically my depiction of the sleeping cells awakened. >> and you drew up one as well after the attacks in istanbul, very different style. >> yeah. >> what went through your mind when you drew this one? >> at the moment of the attacks, always cartoons after catastrophes like this, you try to capture the moment, of course the sadness, the shock and you don't want to point fingers or you don't want to, you know, you just wants to a simple message of condolences, you know, so become i work on social media, so i always try to make it as simple and possible and for it to be shared for other people to use, as well. >> do you allow your anger or grief to come through or do you try and remove your self away from it? >> i think that's part of it. that's how the best work comes out, is because you're involved in this, this is part of the
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feelings and sadness, the anger about what's going on, and yeah, you do let that get involved, but at the same time, you let your mind get involved, as well, and try as much as you can not to paint fingers and not to accuse certain people or talk about hatred, which is very important. >> yeah. absolutely. i mean that's right at the moment, isn't it? >> let's talk through the last one that we have of yours. i thought that was quite interesting. it's being a muslim and being torn by both sides, you are either one of them or one of the infidels. >> yeah. >> talk me through that message. >> i did this cartoon five minutes basically after i saw the news on al jazeera and i was sitting at home and i was very frustrated and angered about what happened and a million questions going through my mind and with the situation in europe, with the immigration and
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with already the people are angry and everything that's happening and isis and the media help makes it a scare, of course everybody's going to think, you know, so at the end, we are, i mean in the region, we are the biggest victims of terrorism, you know, but in the west, they accuse everybody, just for the main fact that you are a muslim to belong to terrorism, or to have the same ideals as them. i was trying to say that we as muslims, we are being pointed at from both sides. we are attacked from both sides, we are attacked from the civilized world and we are attacked from of course the terrorists, so at the end, i'm just trying to say that you have to understand the difference between the religion and what's going on right now. >> and how hard it is. >> is there a cartoon or cartoonist that best depicts other than yours what happened in brussels? >> there's a lot of cartoonists
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and mostly as i said, they normally, you know, it's the same theme, you know, it's always like a tear drop or the main character that have country or whatever you're going to remember, the pop culture of that country, whether it's in america, probably liberty or in france, the eiffel tower and you try to work with these items to make it relatable to everyone. and not to talk about hate red or instigate that in any way. you want to show your grief and may be ask questions about where this came from. this is what i try to do with my cartoons. ask this happened, butty, why did this happen, where did this all come from. >> very if anything e. interesting hearing your thought process and looking at your cartoons. thank you very much. >> thank you for having me. >> ahead on the al jazeera news hour, including the surprise endorsement for ted cruz from a
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former candidate as more republicans get behind the anyone but trump movement. we look at attempt to put behind child marriages in the next 15 years in nepal. cuba shares its passion for baseball at the end of a historic visit. those details coming up with jo in sport. the united nations has been holding attacks with the syrian government to deliver aid to people under siege. for more, let's cross to our diplomatic editor james bays live from geneva. i believe there's been some development as far as that is concerned. what is it, james? >> there's been some important developments here at the syrian talks in the last few hours and they are the talks rather unsatisfactorily seem to be ending early. we heard from the syrian ambassador to the united nations
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in new york, who's the syrian government's chief negotiator here who had a meeting with staffan de mistura that he received a paper from staffan de mistura and wants to take that back to damascus. he told the journalists here he'd see us at the next round of talks. these talks were supposed to go on for another round thursday, full discussions on thursday and it seems that the syrian ambassador is truncating these talks. he's come under a great deal of pressure here in all his meetings doesn't seem to have focused on what we were told is the main issue, political transition and creating even interim government, however, on one other side issue that is dealt with by the humanitarian task force, trying to get to besieged areas, we've been told by the united nations having a meeting with all the key international stakeholders that there has been progress. they say that the syrian government still not letting them get into the key areas.
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they also say that medical kits are being stripped from the convoys that have been allowed into other areas. despite all that, despite this very little progress on political transition, the man in charge of the human effort, said to me the fact that they are making some progress is important. >> i live in the real world. i've been through this war now for five years, as have all of us. 2014, 2015 was just bad news every single day, so at least there is a glimmer of hope now. yes, we're making progress, we're getting to people who have not gotten assistance at all before and then we hope and pray that political talks will lead to something, because there is only political st. louises. in this, there are no human solution little. >> so a glimmer of hope on the humanitarian side, no progress, though on the release of detainees, which is another important component which it and the government's under pressure to release women and children detainees, nothing has happened
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before this round of talks. we're going to hear in the coming hours from the main opposition block, the high negotiations committee and i'm expecting to hear frustration from them the fact that the government really hasn't talked about the main issue and seems during this round just to have deployed delaying tactics. >> we're going to let you go, james and stay with the refugees, hundreds of syrian refugees are still arriving in greece every day. the u.n.'s refugee agencies has pulled its staff from camps, saying they have become detention centers and it's no longer to work there. >> for new refugees arriving in greece, the flag of the united nations has been a welcome sight, meeting boats and traveling on foot. they have been guiding people to the camps, which have become known as hot spots. not anymore.
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>> under the new provision, these so-called hot spots have now become detention facilities, so accordingly and in line with uacr's policy on opposing mandatory detention. we have suspended all all of the centers on the island. >> the deal between the u.a. and turkey meant to stop the flow of refugees through europe they say is being prematurely implemented without proper safeguards. new arriving are meant to apply for asylum, but means people are confined to the camps until their claims are assessed. the refugee agencies said people are being held against their will on several greek islands. >> we threat war, human rights abuses and here they're having to stay in a closed environment, including children and people with specific needs, elderly, pregnant women. they need to not feel punished. >> no longer will it transport people to the camps.
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it will include services, including counseling for people traumatized by their journey. >> it doesn't have a mandate to detain them. it's not going to be involved in processing, facilitating mass deport is as. it's there to protect them and to see that they get proper information. >> when they land, the blue tab d rds of the u.n. won't be there to greet them.
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>> over a large area is widespread flooding. it happens every year. this is a little early, possibly just a variation in the natural climate. the satellite picture since then doesn't show it at all. that doesn't mean the rains won't return. they are gathering in this southern part of china, hong kong and to the west down over the border into northern vietnam. you've got the coming together of the moist winds from the south and that northeast monsoon, the two come together and the clouds gather and build and thunder when it rains really quite heavily. this will carry on, but the northeast monsoon, the colder one, the winter one will prevail. hong kong will get cooler, but the rains are still there on the south coast. in total, i think over the next two days, we'll get something like between 50 and
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75 millimeters, virtually wherever you are. this is just a start, though. it's about 11 days early. >> yes, indeed, thanks for that, rob. in a surprise announcement, the former florida governor jeb bush backed ted cruz for president. he tweeted on wednesday that cruz can unite the party and posted on his facebook page that they must "overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity donald trump has brought into the political arena." bush's father and brother served as president, just out of the presidential race one month ago. i'm joined live from washington, d.c. by our correspondent ross lynn jordan. so, how is this playing out then, what sort of impact is this likely to have, rosalyn? >> it's raising the specter that the efforts to try to stop the republican front runner donald trump are moving into high gear and in fact, some news reports here in the united states are suggesting that bush may have
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been moving in this direction even before he dropped out of the campaign to try to become the republican nominee earlier this month. now, it's also worth pointing out that not only is jeb bush giving his support to ted cruz, but one of his brothers has also joined the finance operation to help ted cruz raise money. cruz for his part is welcoming the endorsement saying that it's important to try to put together a campaign in order to defeat whom he believes will be the eventual democratic nominee, hillary clinton, the farmeresses. now we haven't heard any official response from donald trump about this, but it is worth pointing out that trump did win in arizona on tuesday while cruz beat him in the caucuses in the neighboring state of utah, so it's a very hard fought fight, even though trump is still in the running, jane. >> clinton did well in arizona,
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but sanders had two wins. where does that leave the race for the democratic party? >> hillary clinton is still far ahead of bernie sanders in the delegate count, but sanders is not anticipating getting out of the race that he has what he believes is a credible resounding message with many in the american democratic population and that he intends to run as long as his supporters want him to stay in the race. there hasn't been any reaction from either sanders or clinton, we should note, to the endorsement of ted cruz by jeb bush, but that's mainly because they are both basically focused on trying to see how many delegates they can both win before their party's nominating convention this summer. >> thank you for that, rosalyn jordan. >> argentina's the next stop on barack obama's travel itinerary after his visit to cuba. the new government hopes to show
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things have changed sings the simple in her era, but some argentineans are feeling uneasy. >> shipping to the united states has been impossible for more than 15 years. that's why jose is looking forward to barack obama's visit, because there's a chance it may help his industry export to the united states once again. >> we're hoping for an announcement on lemon exports. it's been a closed market for us, but we're hearing that imports could be opened again. >> there are dozen was companies like this one all around the country that are hoping to benefit from a better relationship with the united states. many here see obama's visit as a sign of support to argentina and as a way of helping this country turn the page to the financial isolation it has seen during the
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last 12 years. >> argentina has been an outcast of the international financial community since the economic crisis in 2001, when argentina defaulted on its sovereign debt. then during the center left government of the kirchners, argentina was closer to china and venezuela than the united states. trade and currency restrictions in recent years scared many potential investors away. the recently elected government is focusing on opening argentina for business once again. >> we are not looking for one economic partner, but many economic partners who want to work with the world. the u.s. is a world power and of course it will play a key role. >> argentina has historically been considered anti american. the last time a penalty visited was in 2005 when george bush attended the summit of the americas. thousands protested his presence
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then. now, many are opposed be obama's visit, because it cine sides with the 40th anniversary of the coupe which many say brought a brutal dictatorship to power. >> many here don't support the u.s. because it supported the dictatorship that killed thousands of political opponents. >> obama's visit opens a new chapter between argentina and the united states and many here are hoping touses the benefit soon. al jazeera, buenos aires. much more ahead on al jazeera. we'll have more from brussels where hundreds of people are gathering to pay tribute to the victims of tuesday's attacks.
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massive manhunt is underway to catch a suspected isil bomber seen at the brussels airport. the identities are confirmed of two brothers who were involved in the attacks. the statement contradicted earlier reports that a third suspect has been arrested. police are currently carrying out raids in the brussels borough, we are looking at live pictures there of the outside of the building. you can see the security forces waiting outside the door. they are searching for the suspects and any evidence to find out who else was involved in tuesday's attacks. in central brussels, people have been gathering to pay tribute to the 31 victims.
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three days of national mourning have begun of what the belgian prime described as a day of tragedy. jacki role lands is live for us in brussels. talking us through what has been happening there and what is being planned. >> we've been seeing a series of events to commemorate what happened just over a day ago. moment of silence here, there was a crowd of several thousand people, also the same minute's silence marked in other places, including in the maelbeek metro station where the belgian king and prime minister were there. belgian king has been visiting victims in the hospital. throughout the day, we have been getting more information from politicians, also crucially from the belgian prosecutor and from doctors at the emergency unit of the hospital where so many victims have been treated.
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the death toll, we understand is currently slightly lower than initially feared, 31 people, although many, many more in a critical condition and we've been hearing details of the kind of severe injuries that medics are having to deal with, wounds created by flying particles of metal, fractured, perforated eyes. the oldest victim is 73, the youngest just three years old. we've heard as well 260 people wounded during those two both in the metro station and the bomb explosions at the airport. jacki, tell us where you are and what little that you're seeing. >> i'm in the area which has become away focal point for people in brussels who want to actually come here and just have a quiet moment to think about
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what's happened. there are a lot of little shrines that have sprung up on the ground, people have written messages in colored chalk on the street, lit candles, flowers, also various messages, for example in particular, there's the big banner that's been up on the steps behind me which says united against hatred. it's really been a place where people have been able to come to feel that they're part of the events that rocked brussels and also to think about the people who died, people who lost loved once and of course those people still in hospital being treated for those horrific injuries. >> thank you, we are waiting for more information on the events on tuesday. the explosions there, an investigation is underway. we hope to hear from the u.n. commissioner and the french
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prime minister. let's go to the war in yemen. houthi fighters have retaken control of the western part of the city of taiz. in southern yemen, a u.s. air strike on what is reportedly an al-qaeda tamp killed 40 people. we have the latest. >> pro-government fighters are sending reinforcements to the city of taiz. houthi forces backed by loyalists to former president saleh have taken over. it is a week since government forces fought their way in and broke the long siege of yemen's third largest city which has created a desperate humanitarian situation. houthi rebels lingered and now reappeared. this is seen as a setback for yemeni government forces who just a few days ago were confident of taking more areas. >> we will take control of the rest of the mountain and god willing will control the mountain soon to surround houthi
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rebels who are still in the north of taiz. god willing with the effort of pro-government fighters, we will tree taiz. >> pro-government forces control many parts of taiz but as fighting continues, it's clear no one can claim to control the whole city. some believe that the talk of liberation of taiz earlier this month was premature. >> the fighting hasn't stopped in the past two weeks. it wasn't like the houthis have been defeated in these areas, but rather as they withdrew to certain lines and now they are attacking again a reestablish the blockade. >> faced with the houthis in the north, the government finds itself confronting al-qaeda and the security vacuum is favoring the al-qaeda fighters. >> all the area that we had fighting between the government and houthis, when the fighting sub sides, you would find them taking over the areas along the
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entire coastline. >> u.s. forces have been carrying out airstrikes. in the latest strike, dozens of aqap fighters were killed when their camp was targeted. many injured were brought to the nearest hospital. with no central government in charge of the country, most of yemen's people are at the mercy of multiple armed groups. al jazeera. child marriage is a major issue in nepal, almost half the girls married before the end of 18. the government wants to put an end to the practice by 2030 but this could be a tough task. >> she is 17 and is a mother of two. her husband is 18. when they were just 13 and 14, their parents came together and arranged their marriage. in this village in southeast nepal, it's normal for children to be married early. >> i knew i was getting married,
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but i didn't know what it meant, she remembers. her husband says i didn't know i was getting married. my parents got me married. >> now four years later, he is still angry at his father. his father says he arced the marriage in line with traditional ideas. >> it is our culture, our society expect us to get our children married early. >> both had to quit school after marriage. he now supports his young family by working as a ticket collector on the rural bus service. >> what is at the bottom of it is traditional belief, cultural practices, and existing gender inequality. that definitely needs to be tackle'd and that does take time, you know, for anywhere. that change can take place. >> nepal has one of the worst rates of child marriages in the world. according to unicef, 41% of girls are married before their
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18th birthday, even know under nepali law since 2002, the minimum legal age for marriage is 18. >> four out of five girls get married before the age of 18. now parents, as well as the children seem to understand that it's illegal, but social pressures are so high that even activists who want to lodge complaints against these child marriages face the pressure themselves. >> we found a 14-year-old who married 25-year-old, their marriage has given rise to the only court brought this year in this district. her mother has taken her own parents to court after the arranged marriage ormer underage granddaughter. the mother insists she is 18 and there are no documents to prove her age. >> i married because i fell in love. my mother is a bad woman, she says. the human rights activists who sponsored this court case have
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to tread warily. >> the rich get away with impunity, it's only the poor and powerless end up getting caught. >> the aims to end child marriage by 2030 and is hosting the girls summit in kathmandu this year. back in the villages, many girls are still getting married early all in the name of honor and culture. >> department for international development in the poor said child marriages not only affect young girls but society as a whole. >> it's harmful at the children in a number of ways. first of all, if a girl gets married while she's still a child, she's going to get taken out of education and it means that instead of learning and becoming an educated citizen, she's going to be stuck in the
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domestic sphere, probably dog a lot of physical labor and that for her is obviously going to be harmful. it's also harmful for her physically. girls who marry before the age of 15 are more likely to suffer from sexual and domestic violence, and clearly that's not good for anyone psychologically or physically. girls who marry or have babies before the age of 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth and women who have their babies when they're 20 or older, so there's a huge risk to them physically. the baby and the girl are going to be competing for the same nutrients, so it's very likely that the baby will be born with low birth weight and that affects society if the child is stunned both physically and mentally, so again, it's not good either for her or wider society.
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votes counted in hong kong after a referendum that could decide the future of the government's role in universities. organizers say the poll was necessary to prevent political interference. we have this report. >> journalism lecturer believes the vote held this week is important not just for teachers but for students. he is concerned about what is seen as creeping government interference in university life potentially impacting his students future work. >> if we have more and more intervention, we may have object steckel of assessing information or doing the story that we think it is news wordy. >> so he's voting in a poll which asks whether the head of the hong kong government should continue to act as chancellor of all the public universities. >> they can eventually control the administration and order academics will be directly or
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indirectly under their control or influence and this can be it. a sensitive issue here at hong kong university, where students and staff openly supported the umbrella movement or the pro democracy protests of 2014. >> china condemned the protests which lasted more than two months and brought international attention for the movement. >> the umbrella movement, there was a very clear sense that the chief executive was using influence in the universities as a way of reigning in the students here. >> students protested more recently after a non-political ally of the chief executive was appointed to the university's governing body. in january, hundreds of students stormed a meeting at hong kong university demanding its resignation and a other
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universities have expressed concern that a growing number of beijing loyalists are giving positions in their council. the academic staff casting votes believe it is an important exercise. >> no matter how the government would treat this referendum, it sends a very strong message from the sector that we really valid academic freedom. >> this is the first time they are challenging the pours of the chief executive in the higher education sector. staff here say they've always been able to take their economic freedom for granted and this is a test of however they are willing to go to preserve that. al jazeera, hong kong. to the struggle to find drinking water in kenya, underground reservoirs were thought to be the answer when they were discovered three years ago, the reservoirs are thought to have enough water to supply
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the whole country for the next 70 years. the united nations say 17 million kenyans can't get clean water. the discovery board hope the region discovers from severe drought. many are frustrated by the slow progress at getting water to them. >> for the first time in a year, it has rained in northern kenya. for a while, people will not have to walk long distances looking for water, but the rain here is fleeting and can mislead. it only rained for two days this time. it is known as one of the dryest and poorest regions of the country, but it's also rich with natural resources like oil and huge underground water reservoirs. this is one of four water aquifers discovered almost three years ago. it's not far from the capital. the local government wants to use the water for irrigation and has sunk bore holes.
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this has changed my family's life. we now have water. we are farming. i can take care of my family. >> that's about it. if you move farther from the town, you come face-to-face with the struggles of those who live in the most remote areas. the largest aquifer with 240 billion cubic meters of water was discovered at the border with south sudan. tests done however found it's too salty to drink. >> there was so much excitement when this was discovered. some people even moved closer to the water source. when in 2013 they told you also there was a problem, it was finally over. now not many people will talk about it. they are frustrated. >> when we last spoke to sarah and her friends at a nearby village two years ago, they were so full of hope, but nothing much has changed for them. they tell us they still spend
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most of their days looking for water from dry river beds like this one. >> i just want the government to do something. when it doesn't rain, this water bed completely dries up and even if there's water, it's dirty. dogs drink it, then we drink it. that's why our children are falling sick. >> local officials say the underground water could be purified but the process would be too expensive. >> we await for the solution of what to do with water so that at least there is an alternative assurance for a couple of months for the people and for the livestock. >> these women say they want more action and less rhetoric. they've been doing this for decades, but are cautiously holding on to hope that one day soon it will be easier to
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actions clean, safer water for their families. catherine so i, al jazeera, northern kenya. >> still ahead. real drama at the fifa interactive world cup. jo will have the details in sport.
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the philippines first, a satellite has been sent into space to keep an eye on
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potentially devastating weather parse. it's the first to be assemble and developed by filipinos. we have a report from manila. >> mission and lift off. the latest blast off from cape canaveral in florida, the orbital signal's cargo ship is carrying three and a half tons of food and new scientific experiments to the international space station, including a 50-kilogram satellite built by filipino scientists. the $17 million craft is designed to take realtime images of weather patterns and climactic change in a region that's often in the eye of the storm. president aquino allocated $6 billion to the national disaster and risk reduction management council, which aims to deal with environmental issues. experts say that developing space technology will benefit the future of the philippines. >> we can reap the benefits of technology by being in our
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capability for technological self reliance and apply this to disaster prevention and mitigation efforts. in the long term, it's going to be very cost effective. >> news of the launch made the headlines. it is only the third satellite the philippines has launched into space. besides monitoring weather patterns, it's also designed to map agriculture productivity, using high resolution imagery will determine what land and water sources are available or in decline. these filipinos welcomed the space project. >> i think that's pretty awesome, because there's a lot that ha has to be done in termsf loss prevention. >> i haven't heard bit, but will be a good thing for the philippines. >> i think it's a very good move by the philippines to launch a satellite to be able to benefit all of us. >> it's hoped this technology will be able to warn everyone of impending storms that have in the past had a devastating effect on the fill teens and
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neighbors. it is expected to orbit the earth for 20 months and take as many as 3,600 images, using its four high resolution cameras. the philippines is no stranger to natural disaster and climate change. each year, storms and typhoons potentially affect the lives of males of people on this archipelago of over 7,000 islands. the satellite may have arrived just in time to monitor the weather patterns around the philippines, because the typhoon season is just a few months away. al jazeera, manila. jo's got the sport. >> thank you, very much. belgian football officials decided to move their teams friendly match with portugal from brussels total city in portugal. earlier they decided to cancel next tuesdays match because of the attacks in brussels. there's concern about security in public places in brussels and across europe.
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eufa suggested some matches could be played behind closed doors. the comment was made on italian radio. the tournament begins in france on the 10th of june and uefa already ruled out delaying or postponing the competition. >> england said contradicters remain in contention for the finals after beating having a earlier. england chose to bat first and overcame a employed innings collapse to post 142-7 in their 20 overs before restricting afghanistan to 127-9, securing their second win in three matches. bang-bang play india in just a few minutes time. india lost their opening match against new zealand before beating pakistan by six wicket on saturday. they still have more to do before reaching the semifinals. bangladesh currently sit at the bottom of their group.
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if you ever needed a good example of how sport can bring people together, look no further than havana. president obama and raul castro shared their two nations love of baseball in a historic game in the cuban capital. obama has been visiting the caribbean island nation this week to try to end more than 50 years of hostility between the countries. it was a carnival atmosphere with both leaders getting on the wave. tampa bay rays held nothing back against the cuban national team. it was the first time a major league team played in cuba in 17 years. james loney's two-run home run in the fourth inning helped put the raised 2-0 up. rudy reyes did have a solo home run in the ninth. it was only the second time since 1959 that an mlb team has played in cuba. >> it's really great.
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this is something that feels like a very big game back home, you know, when we had the opportunity to be in the playoffs a few times and the feels like that kind of an event. >> this game meant a loss because of the brotherhood there will be from now on and help open the door to the possibility that cuban baseball players can play in major league baseball. >> 10 anybody else said word number one djokovic apologized for saying men players should get more than women. he has been criticized after telling reporters at indian wells that the men's tour should fight for more money. in his message to fans, he stopped short of saying he supported equal pay for men and women. >> euphoria after the win got the best, he said. he went on we all have to fight for what we deserve. this was never meant to be a fight between genders and difference in pay. the los angeles lakers
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claimed a surprise win over the memphis grizzlies, clarkson scoring 22 points. kobe bryant added 20 and the lakers ended a four-game losing streak by defeating the grizzlies 117-100. the brooklyn nets face the charlotte hornets tuesday. jeremy lynn put the morn nets on top. 18-10 with 3 left in the opening quarter, charlotte held on to edge 105-100, handing the nets their third straight loss. for decades, the state of new york hosted boxing to american football show piece, the superbowl. now lawmakers there lift add 19 year ban on mixed martial arts after a passionate debate in the state assembly. >> we should not be allowing our young people to say i'd like to grow up someday and be a mixed martial arts artist and get somebody on the floor and staff,
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bite, whatever they can do. >> it would be wrong for us in a state where millions of people are not only fans but millions of people watch every single day on television mixed martial arts, boxing and other combative sports, to say that them that you can't do it in new york and we will not protect people who are doing it. >> after three hours of debates, the vote passed by 113-25, paving the way for the big money fighting to be held in new york. m.m.a. could generate $135 million a year for the state, with motors already earmarking madison square gardens to host stars like holly home and connor mcgregor. new york has been hosting another major sporting event over the last few days and the fifa interactive world cup came to a dramatic end tuesday. >> he's got a man in the middle, he's going to try to lay up, tries to run him through!
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he gets the goal! >> a 17-year-old from denmark came from behind to score in the last second and win a $20,000 first prize. more than 2 million players from around the world tried to qualify for the largest video gaming tournaments in the world. an elite 32 players made it to this final in new york. >> it was a very choice game. last goal, i was so happy. right now, i'm the happiest man on earth. >> that's all the sport for now, more a little bit later. we have obviously continuing coverage of the unfolding events in belgium following tuesdays bombings. memorials have been held in brussels and beyond. we leave you with images of some of the attributes around the world. ♪
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>> sad day for us. this is a fantastic place and i don't want anyone to destroy this beauty that we live with here. >> i never really believed that something could happen here in bris sells, but yeah, it's clearly here. >> we are here to show that even if we are far from belgium, we think about gel jen people and we are with them. >> i needed to be with belgian people. i am belgian myself, lived in new york over 25 years, so i looked on the internet where someone was organizing anything where belgian people would be together, because i've been very emotional all day. ♪
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belgium's federal prosecutor confirms that two brothers were the brussels suicide bombers. a manhunt is underway for the third suspect. ♪ i'm jane dutton, you are watching al jazeera. our coverage today is dominated by events in belgium. brussels stood silent to remember the 31 victims of tuesday's attacks. the u.n. refugee agency pulls