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i'm richelle carey. the news continues next. keep it here. >> hello there, i'm barbara sierra. this is news hour live from london. thank you for joining us. keeping up in the next 60 minutes. the police in belgium are hunting for a man who fled from the explosions in brussels. thousands gather to remember those killed also on the program, the war in yemen all sides agree to a cease-fire. and why the u.n. is pulling its staff out of refugee camps angry.
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>> robin adams here with sport. a friendly with portugal after the brussels attack and the top football official suggest some matches this year in france may be played behind closed door. >> we begin the news hour in brussels where the police are searching for a subject behind tuesday's triple bomb attacks that killed 31 people and injured 270 others. security teams have been carrying out raids on multiple addresses they've uncovered 15-kilos of explosives at one address along with nails and bomb-making equipment. belgium's chief prosecutor has been giving more details on the attackers themselves. one of them has been identified as the bomber wh who blew himself up. an hour later his brother khalid
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detonated a suicide-bomb. a third subject who has not been named is on the run. investigators say that his bomb was the largest but it was unstable and failed to explode. we'll be live in brussels in a moment. first this report from dominic kane. >> these are the men the police believe carried out tuesday's attacks. in the center of the image is a known criminal who carried out the suicide-bombing in brussels airport. the police operation to identify and at pre-helped those involved in the bombings will go to the capital. officers have searched multiple locations in brussels since the attacks took place. on wednesday prosecutors gave a news conference in which they described what evidence they gathered. >> the third suspect is still on the run. he had a big bag which contained some explosives. after the authorities came in they found the explosives.
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luckily no one has been wounded or injured. there was a taxi driver who told police that he had carried passengers who he thought had the explosives. >> belgiums are now marking three days of mourning. at midday a moment of violence was observed. wednesday's front pages reflect the motions of many people. some headlines speak of the horror of the bombings. others of the day that all had feared. some parts of the transpore system have now reopened. with heavy security presence. and this metro station passengers spoke of their concerns. >> it would be very important that everybody stick together, that we--there is no solution without speaking together. >> it was, indeed, a very strange day with all that happened yesterday, and i think everything is feeling the same now. but we do what we can do, and we'll get there in the end.
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>> on a normal weapons this airport would handle more than 650 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 is seen continued road closures and die versions. the people of brussels appear to be accepting this imposition stoically, but many are afraid that this high tension and threats to their city is becoming the norm. dominic kane, al jazeera, brussels. >> let's go live to jacky rowland, who is in central brussels for us. jackijacky, what is the latest on this third suspect who is still on the run. >> well, the third suspect has not been named. but the belgium media has been providing very accurate leaks of information that they've been
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getting from their sources said that police are looking for a man by the name of najim, a name that was already out there before the attacks. he was being looked for in connection with the paris attacks suspect. finally arrested here in brussels here on friday after being on the run for four months. he was accused of helping salah abdeslam. the police have apparently found dna of najim, and explosives linked both to the attacks here in brussels, and those attacks in paris last year. and he's apparently an expert in fabricating bombs. it is seen that he is high on the list of priorities for police looking for suspects connected to these attacks. >> you mentioned one of the last
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living suspects of the attacks in paris abdeslam, who was captured in brussels himself on friday. have the police authorities released any information whether there were any links between him and the attacks that we saw on tuesday? >> very little hats come out of the interrogation that has been undergoing here in belgium. there were links that came out on the first day, allegedly, he told the magistrate here that he had intended to blow himself up on that night in paris, but backed out at the last moment. what appears to be emerging from the ongoing investigation was abdeslam was a member of a larger cell, a cell that included the bombers here in bus else, and it may be that he was
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going to be one of the bombers here in brussels. if that was the case it was clearly disrupted when he was arrested. but he was part of the same cell. he was in touch with the bombers, and then he may well have known about the plans to attack here in brussels. he may have known names. details about explosives, plans and places if he did, then certainly they would reveal any of those details during recent days of interrogation despite the assertion about abdeslam's lawyer that he has been cooperating. >> jacky rowland with the latest from brussels. thank you. names are beginning to emerge of the victims of tuesday's attacks. belgium's foreign minister said that people from 40 different countries were affected. but as paul brennan reports many families are hoping to hear from
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relatives who remain unaccounted for. >> the dead and wounded from the brussels bombings come from all over the world. they range in age from infant children to elderly pensioners. the first identified victim. she was at the airport with her belgium husband and their twin daughters. they survived. >> she had twins. they were in brussels airport, too. they were connecting through to new york to meet my sister. in the end this attack stopped that destiny. once i got the information early this morning, we didn't know much of what was happening with her, her body. where did the brussels state take it? >> 19-year-old mason wells was one block away from the boston bombing in 2013, and was in paris during last november's attacks. this time he didn't escape unscathed. >> he was very close to the bombings when they exploded. it's a miracle that he made it through as easily as he did with
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lower leg injuries and some shrapnel burns, minor importance. >> 16 of the casualties are being treated at the university hospital. two of the victims there are children ages 5 and 3. ten people are still in the icu there. even if they pull through their lives have been irreversebly changed. >> we hope we can have all the victims surviving their injuries, but they will suffer from disabilities. >> several victims remain unaccounted for. among them british it consultant david dixon has not been seen. and his friends and relatives have been using social media to plead for any information. while their fate remains uncertain, the relatives have the faintest glimmer of hope that they might yet be found put but they're being braced to accept the worst. specially trained teams of
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medics and social workers have been brought in to help. >> well all the unidentified people here in the hospital, we have a team from our morgue, forensics and the federal police, and they're collecting information both from the fata fatalities themselves, and also if possible family members from here, and if they can match certain data from other families or fatalities. >> the victims now face a painful process both physically and mentally. ball brennan, al jazeera, brussels. >> for more analysis on those attacks we're joined via skype by the brussels bureau chief of the germany magazine. you wrote a commentary piece today on wednesday after the attacks. you mentioned brussels was probably not just a target because it's the seat of the e.u. institutions or nato or
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really the capital of europe. i'm quoting the title, you say brussels is the ultimate soft target. talk us through what you meant. >> well, let me start just to say brussels is a great city. we have many different cultures mingling here. we have people from france, congo, morocco who live peacefully together. it's usual in a nutshell. it's a good place. but unfortunately, this is my point, this city is a good place for people who are trying to hide or create attacks. they are are some neighborhoods not just molenbeek, but there are neighborhoods who have become home for radicals that make it easy for criminals to hide. >> explain to us exactly why it is that brussels or belgium specifically is like that. because you know, you could argue that there are neighborhoods like that in any european or world city.
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>> exactly. there is political structure in the country, and especially in the city of brussels. the police force in brussels just start to explain why brussels is a good spot for people who want to hide and who want to prepare for attacks. >> there is a line that is very interesting that has come out of turkey. that's president erdogan has effectively said that one of the brussels attackser was deported by turkish authorities i in{^l" ^} 2015. there is another source who said it was ibrahim ablrakawi. belgium was criticized for not sharing it's intelligence and information well enough or in a way that would hint that belgium has not learned its lesson when it comes to try to avoid attacks
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like this. >> i think it's a mistake to put the blame only on belgium. there are european police, euro pole, which has been around for years up is t up to this day only five member states cooperate and fill in information this is the state of play that is not only belgium problem. >> what do you think brussels should do to not be a soft target? >> i would say that the belgiums have to overcome the police force in their capital. you know this is a seat of the institution. there are a lot of targets and overstretched police officers which to six different forces.
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brussels has 1.2 inhabitts. how many police force they have? six. it gives you a sense of the trouble they're having here. >> peter miller, for the german magazine speigel, thank you for sharing with us. >> thank you very much. >> much more to come including ted cruz gets a crucial endorsement in the race for the republican party's presidential nomination. also... >> i'm sara in hong kong, and the largest contemporary art show in asia. but what impact is the economic down turn in china having on the market. >> and an upset in the world twenty20. details coming up in sports.
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>> they say all parties to the conflict have agreed starting next month. we're at the united nations in new york. it would be great news if it does turn out. tell what's the envoy did say. >> they're speaking. there will be a cessation of hostilities with face-to-face talks to begin in kuwait on the 18th of april. he said those will deal with the withdrawal of military forces, the hand over. heavy weaponry, the security arrangements and state institutions detainees, prisoners and so on. but given the enormous toll this
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conflict has had both yemen's infr ininfrastructure. the envoy said that various committees have to be set up. there are hot spots where there have been conflict and ther there will be monitoring established to make sure that the cease-fire will hold. but clearly has taken a huge toll on yemen. 6,000 did in just a month. half of those civilians mainly from the saudi coalition airstrikes either side said that they would not take any steps to escalate. >> it is intriguing, to try to figure out why all of this is happening now.
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do we know if there is was a catalyst that led everything to this? >> that is very difficult to read what has to wonder what has been achieved, but i'm afraid its pure speculation right now as to what exactly has caused this announcement to be given right now a month after the hostilities began. >> absolutely. we'll be looking at the issue in more detail later in the program. for the moment, live for us at the u.n. thank you. now some of the 12,000 migrants and refugees stranded at greece's northern borderer has been protesting for a second day. they've been sweeping on the railway tracks and they're threatening to block food and water until the border is open. it comes a day after two
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protesters try to set themselves on fire. meanwhile, the u.n. refugee agency has pulled its staff from camps on lesbos and other greek islands, now other international groups have followed suit saying they won't be complicit in violating refugee's rights. rob mathson reports. >> the united nations have been a welcomed sight whether they meet the boats or people traveling on foot, staff from the u.n. agency have been guiding people to the camps, which have become known as hot spots. not any more. >> under the new provision these so-called hot spots have now become detention facilities, so accordingly and in line with uncr policies on opposing mandatory detention we have suspended some of our activities
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at some of these closed centers. >> the deal between the e.u. and turkey, which is meant to stop the flow of refugees through europe, has been prematurely implemented, and without proper safeguards. under the plan new arrivals are meant to be able to apply for asylum, but it means that people are confined to camps until their claims are assessed. people are being held against their will on several greek islands. >> war, persecution, human rights abuses, and here they're having to stay in a closed environment including children, elderly, pregnant women, they need to not feel punished. >> no longer will the transport people to those camps. it will continue some services including counseling for the traumatized by their journey. >> they have a mandate to protect refugees. it doesn't have a mandate to detain them. it's not going to be involved in processing and facilitating
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mass deportations. it's there to protect them and see that they get proper information and they'll continue to do those things. >> greece has begun sending thousands of refugees back to turkey, but more still come. only now when they land, the u.n. won't be there to greet them. rob matheson, al jazeera. >> william spindler is the spokesman for europe. he said that th they were to be there to greek migrants and deport them to center to document them. >> the centers are no longer reception centers but closed centers. in fact, detention centers. we have decided not to provide transport to these centers, not to be involved in the detention of refugees and migrants. our global position is that
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seeking asylum is not a crime. that people who are seeking appl a--asylum should not be detaine detained, 40% of those arriving are children. we decided not to be involved in the detention and expulsion of people in need of protection. this is a preliminary that--a principle that we need to up hold and we defend the rights of refugees. >> we get the latest in talks in geneva aimed at ending the syrian civil war. syria's government said it will doctor proposals put forward. despite the lack of a deal the u.n. said there is a glimmer of hope. james bays has this update from geneva. >> the talks here in geneva were supposed to continue on thursday with a meeting between the u.n. mediator and the government side and also the opposition side. now the government chief negotiator said that he has
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received the latest paper putting forward his key principles on this process, and he says he wants to take those principles back to damascus. it was pretty clear when ambassador jaffrey spoke to us. he said for now he's walking away from geneva, but he's not walking away from the process. >> today we received the paper from special envoy. this paper will be carefully studied as we get back to our capital of damascus, and we shall respond to it at the next round. our delegation was the first and only delegation that summited a working paper. as the second round started with us with a paper and this round is ending with a paper from the envoy. >> so very little progress on the main issue of political transition, trying to create a new interim government for syria. remember, those, as well as this there has been the cessation of hostilities for more than three weeks now, and a new effort to
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get supplies into besieged areas to get humanitarian aid. the man leading that effort told me that there had been some progress. >> i live in the railed world. i lived in this war for five years as have all of us, 2014 us, 2014-2015 was just bad news every single day. at least there is a glimmer of hope now. yes, we're making progress and we hope and pray that the political talks will lead to something because there is only political solutions in this there are no humanitarian solutions. >> the main opposition block is that the government side has tried to stall in these negotiations, and tried to avoid the main issue of political transition. that's why the coming hours, the meeting between the russians, vladimir putin and his foreign minister sergei lavrov, and the u.s. secretary of state john kerry, who is starting a trip to
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moscow, will be so important. >> syrian government forces meanwhile have reportedly fought their way to the outskirts of the historic city of palmyra. the syrian state news agency said that the military has cleared the hills outside of the city of isil fighters. they're trying to capture palmyra, which includes the unesco world heritage site. it wases captured in may. president hopeful jeb bush has backed ted cruz saying that he's the best choice to take the white house. we go to--quite frankly if
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you're endorsing another candidate at this stage of the republican race means that you did not win a huge support. but it is suggesting that part of the republican establishment is now comfortable with ted cruz. there are two reasons why jeb bush has done what he has done. first, he dislikes donald trump intensely. they do not get on. he's aware that donald trump in the early days of his campaign fought against jeb bush more than anyone else. jeb bush said that's not a republican, and believes he would do damage to the party. he believes that ted cruz is the only way of stopping donald trump from getting to the required number of delegates he needs to secure the nomination. if he can get to the convention in cleveland and ohio in july with that question still in doubt there is the possibility that the republican establishment might then be able to sway delegates towards someone they would regard as
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more electable than ted cruz, certainly more electable than donald trump and at the moment in a three-man race that would be john kasich. the difficulty the republican party had was that would ignore the tens of millions of dollars that have been spent in this process, the time spent on in process, and it would ignore the views of tens of thousands of voters and that could possibly alienate them from the republican party for another generation. it is a suggest to back ted cruz, and an endorsement that ted cruz will warmly welcome saying that he shows support across the entire republican party. >> of course, almost the whole race has been focused on donald trump and many of the comments that he makes that a lot of people find unpalatable. tell us about ted cruz. he has become more acceptable to the republican establishment, how controversial is he still? >> of course, there is the
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outrage of donald trump when he said banning all muslims from the united states. and only on monday ted cruz came out and said they had to look at some way to empower law enforcement in the united states to patrol muslim areas and stop radicalization. that was immediately condemned by democratic politicians, as you would expect. it was also condemned by the commissioner of the police in new york, who said that it was a ridiculous idea, and unbelievable suggestion from ted cruz. and then the president got involved. now barack obama is currently in argentina, but he decided that he would weigh in on that one when asked about it. he said look, i've just come from a country where they monitor various communities. ted cruz's father escaped from a country where they monitor various communities. we don't want to go back to that situation. ted cruz bought being brutal about it, but it's clear to many people that ted cruz says a lot of the same things that donald
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trump says. he just says it in a smarter, more palatable way. perhaps that is why he's building up support. but he i he remains a figure divisive in washington. both democrats and republicans don't like him which makes this endorsement surprising. >> fascinating race so far. al-fisher with the latest from washington. thank you. we'll stale with you on the news hour. we still have lots more to come. including plenty of water on the ground but not enough to drink. while kenya is struggling to make reservoir supplies safe. >> we have lift off. >> we'll tell you how the payload of this rocket might help people escape extreme weather event. and waving off the u.s. president, the passion for baseball in the end of a historic visit.
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>> welcome back. you're watching the al jazeera news hour. here is a reminder of our top story. a huge manhunt is underway for a suspect believed to have been involved in tuesday's attacks in brussels. he is still on the run, and the police believe his bomb was the largest, but was unstable and failed to explode. thousands of people have been gathering to remember the 31 people killed and hundreds of others left injured from the two attacks. and in yemen's president said that houthi rebels have agreed to an u.n. resolution calling for the end of fighting. a cessation is expected to begin ahead of peace talks. a yemeny human rights activist who protested against ali abdullah saleh in 2011. thank you for joining us today. we've had news of cessation of
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violencers cease fires announced before, what makes you think this will be the one that will settle yemen? >> this is the first time that talks happen after the houthis and the saudis, and this is the first time that the two groups meet in person. they went over to saudi and they have direct contacts, and it is a sign that the houthis might be willing to reach an agreement with the saudis, but it is not clear how the state of the former president is going to be. the saudis have announced that they're happy to reach a form of agreement, a form of cease-fire with the houthies but not with former president ali abdullah saleh. >> still a lot of details need ton hammered out. the cessation is supposed to start on april 10th, two weeks from now. >> there is many things happening on the ground. you have these fronts in yemen
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that is a very intense front. and the houthi hadi forces are close to sanaa. there are very much open fronts across the country. i think it will still take time before the form of the cease-fire can be implemented on the ground. >> any cease-fire won't come a day too soon which already is the middle east, and has been ravaged in battles that no one seems to be winning. the timing is interesting. we're seeing there are talks in geneva over the war in syria. there are a lot of players behind the scenes in all this conflict in the middle east. do you think that meeting has anything to do with this announcement about yemen, or do you think ultimately the two are completely diversed? >> there is definitely some relationship: saudis want to get some sort of comforting messages coming from the international community. for them, it is a priority yemen
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is more of a priority than syria, and they want to make sure that yemen will be left as their backyard. they don't want the iranians to have the influence. over syria, they can negotiate, but yemen for them is a different story. the important thing about all of this is that there isn't any safe exit out of the current conflicts. that's why we think that it is very important and very relevant and come at a very important time in the history of the conflict. >> and thank you so much for sharing your views with us. thank you. >> thank you. >> u.s. president barack obama is in buenos aires where he's meeting with his counter part president mauricio macri. they're working on strengthening trade and diplomacy between the two nations. we're joined in buenos aires.
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how much of a shift does this visit represent in argentinian policies? >> well, if is a radical shift for argentina. that for the last 12 years before the elections happened last november, it was sided with china, venezuela and china and united states was perceived as an enemy. many say that's what isolated this country with the government nestor and cristina kirchner. this is a radical change. mauricio macri said that they're opening up to the world and they're ready to receive investors not only from russia and china, but europe and the united states, and the world is responding. we've seen in the last months the president of france, the prime minister of italy and now
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barack obama is here. during a press conference he referred and condemned the attacks in brussels, and this is what the united states president had to say. >> as i sold belgium's prime minister yesterday, the united states will continue to offer any assistance that we can to help investigate these attacks and bring attackers to justice. we'll also continue to go after isil aggressively until it is removed from syria and removed from iraq, and is finally destroyed. >> the last time an u.s. president visited argentina was more than a decade ago. it was president bush. there were protests. what kind of welcome has barack obama received? we know that the government has received him. what about behind the scenes? any controversy? >> well, there are lots of controversies on thursday it's the 40th anniversary of the 1976
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coup that brought dictator to power. it killed thousands of political opponents at the time. and barack obama on this day acknowledged the role that the united states played at that time. that's why many human rights organizations are opposing the visit. they're saying it is disrespectful for the united states president to come to argentina. we're expecting massive demonstrations, they're opposing obama's visit. but many are saying that it happened 40 years ago and it's time for argentina to begin a new relationship with the united states, where both countries can benefit from each other. >> thank you for everything on the presidential visit. thank you. three years ago underground water reserves were discovered in kenya's dryest and hottest region.
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the reservoirs are believed to have enough water to supply kenya for 70 years. but kenya is still recovering from a severe drought. 70million kenyans do not have access to safe drinking water, and the reservoirs may not bring the relief that people are expecting. >> for the first time in a year it has rained in northern kenya. for a while people would not have to walk long distances looking for batter. but it only rained for two days this time. this is one of four aquifers discovered. it's not far from the administrative capital. they want to use the irrigation.
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>> this has changed my family's life. i can take care of my family. >> but that's about it. we move further away from the town, we come face to face with the struggles of those who live in the most remote areas. the largest aquifer is 240 billion cubic meters of water. tests down in the underground water found that it was too salty to drink. >> there was so excitement when this aquifer was discovered. some people moved closer to the water source. they told us that their water problems were finally over. now not many people will talk about it. they're just frustrated. >> when we spoke to sara and her friends at a village more than two years ago they were so full of hope. but nothing much has changed for them. they tell us that they still
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spend 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 underneath this water it's dirty. dogs drink it. then we drink it. that's why our children are falling sick. >> local officials say that the underground water could be purified, but the process would be too expensive. >> we look for a solution and what to do with that water. these are alternative assurances. >> 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 they're cautiously holding on to hope that one day soon it
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will be easier to access clean, safer water for their families. catherine soi, al jazeera, northern kenya. >> and an elite police unit in south africa is reported to have launched an corruption investigation into president zuma's son and the powerful gupta family. zuma himself has been accused of being influenced by the gupta in his political appointment, a claim he has denied. a south african radio station said that the investigation of his son follows a complaint made by the opposition party the democratic alliance. a british judge has decided that a london-based trader who is accused of contributing to the 2010 wall street crash should be extradited to the u.s. the 37-year-old traded on the chicago mercantile exchange from his parent's home in london. u.s. authorities say that he used a program to spoof the
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market and left 10 trillion-dollar left wiped from the dow jones. he is facing 22 charges of fraud and manipulation. the philippines have to live with the power of nature. it's one of the nation's most exposed to tropical cyclones with several reported every similar year. sometimes this can be absolutely devastating. more than 6,000 people were killed by typhoons in 2013. we have more now from the capital of manila. >> and lift off. >> the latest blast off from cape canaveral in florida. the cargo ship is carrying 3.5 tons of food and experiments for the international space station including a satellite built-- >> let's take you straight now to geneva. you can see the u.n. envoy to
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syria and the e.u.'s foreign policy chief addressing the news conference. let's listen in. through you we would express stronger solidarity to the city where you are to the country where you are, and europe that you represent so well. because what happened yesterday in brussels. and you came as soon as i asked you to come i'm grateful. so it's not a coincidence today.
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>> thank you very much. it's a pleasure for me to be here in the u.n. with you. in a day that is clearly special for europe. i was this morning in brussels meeting with the prime minister of belgium, the prime minister of france and all those in the commission to commemorate and follow the victims of the attack yesterday, but also to look at our response and the external part of our response is for sure the work that you are doing together with the rest of the international community with the support of the u.n. security council and full support of europe. i was particularly honored and grateful for the call that you gave me in working more and more together to try to consolidate
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and accelerate the process for bringing peace in syria. and i immediately felt this was an excellent idea. because i was yesterday in amman, the day before in jordan meeting so many syrians, children, grandparents, women and men, and all of them were telling me the same thing. they want to go back home. when are we going to be able to go back home. how are talks going in geneva? i would say, you know, they're in good hands, proceeding, but still the way is long. when the news of the attacks in brussels came, my first out was
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that the responsibility that we're all halving, and on behalf we are all having is first and foremost for the syrian people but also for the europeans. the threat that is coming from elsewhere in the region and elsewhere in the world has clear connections also with daesh. and if we want to tackle this threat, this extension threat in an effective way, we are for sure to do some things internally in the european union, and i'm not the person to address this, and to accelerate and facilitate our work to put the end to the war in syria and sons trait and join--concentrate
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and join forces against daesh. i met today first of all which those who know which way the europe piano can support the efforts, but the message we all share to the delegations that we expect them to engage in the process on three key elements that were agreed by all of us in the international port group, and that are the backbone of our common position endorsed by the u.s. county resolution. first, the consolidation and
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expansion of the cessation. the consolidation and expansion of the humanitarian access to the areas that have till to be reached. and third, and i would say extremely important, enter into the political process. without delay, without game, with a spirit of reaching a solution. negotiations are in the hands of of stephen, but i felt i had to respond to his call and pass the message that it is important not only for the syrians, but for the european that this process start, works, and delivers. for the sake of the syrians, for the sake of the region, for the
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sake of the international community. i would like to thank very much, stephen, for his work, for the excellent cooperation that we have, and for all that we'll be able to do in the coming weeks. i say weeks, hopefully shorter, not months or years, that we're able to address these issues one of the most crucial of our time. >> i just wanted to clarify one point. tomorrow we will have the opportunity to answer questions of where we are on the negotiations. i'm not saying to concentrate the opportunity that we have with the representatives. secondly, the message i heard from the delegations that i met, the agencies and the government were both focusing on what happened yesterday. you must have heard it about the
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terrorism. the message that we're giving, and certainly you have helped a lot in giving it today. it is true, terrorism and what we mean by terrorism is daesh, it is our priority. and of the priorities is that you win the terrorism you have to find a political solution in syria. what about all of you helping us. you will see suddenly we will be able to focus on daesh, and by doing so, helping both syria and europe. that's why your message today was very helpful to bring it back to the issues, which is trying to find a solution in syria, and urgently just because
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yesterday we were reminded that it is urgent. thank you. the questions are open,nly on syria, and only on this occasion. not about the negotiations, which we'll be talking about tomorrow. [ inaudible question ] >> good evening, what was the main message the negotiations gave to you? what can you tell us? and apparently one of the main issues that this delegation was about the european sanctions. can you confirm this? >> this issue was not discussed.
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our talks were only focused on the support to the u.n.-led process on the negotiations. and that stephen underlined, rightly so, that the meeting of that delegation is the need to start a political transition. the visit in our opinion is the only way to effectively create the conditions in the country to find peace and security of all syrians with a security approach, and second to defeat daesh. the fight against terrorism on one side and political forces on the other in our view, they have to do the two things, and one thing supports the other. this is my main message.
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obviously not all exchanges were consensual, but we did not expect that at all that we expect in the political process and the continues to start. there is the unique opportunity of the international community uniting on this for the first time in five years. there is no excuse. >> maybe they would like to add something to my question. today, as in this last hour and a half there was a meeting between you and mr. jack perry, the head of the delegation of the government of syria. this is a big change. so did they give the impression
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that this was the step on track for the political transition, thank you. >> shall i? >> sure. >> i asked to send a strong message to whom, those who are participating in these talks. to the message that she gave on behalf of europe was taken seriously, these talks. and to whomever is present here talking to me. she did what i asked her to do, to send a message. and it happens to be the agency,
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thank you. >> and just to compliment obviously there is no change in european union position regarding the syrian regime. as there is no change in the european position regarding those talks and process. we have stated from the very beginning that the european union would actively support the work of stephen and of the u.n. not just participate in the international support group actively, but also participate with a key role in the task forces, both of them, and in particular the humanitarian one, the task force where we have an excellent and cooperation especially with the u.n. on delivering the aid, but also in supporting the diplomatic work and political work of
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negotiations supporting the u.n. work. and this is exactly what has been trying to do today, following up a clear invitation of the european union member states repeatedly stated in many conclusions. >> speaking to the e.u. foreign policy chief sharing the stage the u.n. envoy to syria. speaking of the talks in geneva trying to find a solution in syria. no real information was released in the talks. they said this is the first time in five years that the international community was united, and there really was no excuse for not coming to some kind of deal this time. so from me, we'll have more on that and lauren taylor will have
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