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this is al jazeera welcome to the news hour. i'm peter dobbie with 60 minutes of news and comment. today the hunt is on for this suspect in the brussels airport attack. there are reports that another bomber is on the run. the paris bombing suspect salah abdeslam will not challenge his extradition to france. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is calling for more support from the russians on syria.
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plus. >> reporter: i'm on a disputed island in the south china sea where this time it's taiwan making waves in these troubled waters we will meet the man on a mission to give indonesia's endangered orangutans a better future we begin this news hour with latest on the investigation into the brussels bombings. it seems that a second man believed to have taken part in the bombing at the metro station may still be at large. the hunt is still on to find the man seen on a security camera at the airport. there appears to have been three bombers at the airport. two are dead, but this man is believed to be on the run after his explosives failed to detonate properly. his identity is unknown. the two suspected attackers who died at the airport, najim
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laachraoui was already a suspect in paris attacks. the other airport bomber has been identified as brahim el-bakraoui. he had been deported from turkey after being detained at the syrian turkish border last june. meanwhile his brother brahim el-bakraoui is believed to have carried out the bombing at the metro station. he was also a paris suspect. one of the suspected suicide bombers, brahim el-bakraoui has been arrested in turkey. that happened last year. he was picked up in a routine sweep of suspects close to the syrian border. the turkish president said he had been deported back to europe and officials there had been warned. >> translation: one of the brussels attackers was caught in june 2015 and was deported. we informed the authorities
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about his. they released him. they could not establish any links with terrorism meanwhile annex tradition hearing into the man who police say is a key suspect in the paris attacks salah abdeslam has been postponed. his lawyer says his client no longer wants to contest his extradition to france. he wants to go to france. he was arrested in brussels last week. he told investigators that he had planned to commit a suicide bombing at france's main stadium on november 13, but then "backtracked". our correspondent dominic kane. there seems to be contradictory reports about whether salah abdeslam will fight extradition orders or not. what do we know? >> reporter: that's right. there has been a degree of ambiguity about the situation this morning. what we know is that he was due to appear for a first hearing into his case and that was to happen here in brussels, that he
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would be transported from the maximum security prison where he has been held. we know that his lawyer was at court this morning and that an adjournment was sought until april 7 at the request of the defense. insofar as the other elements of this case are concerned, it is suggested that the lawyer has said that, as you say, mr salah abdeslam does not want to fight extradition given that until now he had and to want to fight extradition. it has also been suggested that he has not cooperated with investigators since tuesday's events which sheds a degree of light on the situation regarding whatever involvement he may or may not have had in whatever planning there may or may not have been regarding these attacks. then insofar as what is happening here today in brussels is concerned, certainly we know that there are meetings being held between the interior and justice ministers of the european union, an extraordinary meeting that has been called to try to find whatever solution
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they can at a european level to the attacks that have happened here in belgium, that have happened in france, to try to find a coordinated approach at the european level belgium stays on the highest level 4 and the airport is still closed. >> reporter: absolutely right. the visible evidence of this high alert can be seen at the metro stations. indeed, here in the area where we're broadcasting from where so many people have come to lay floral tributes. there are troops of heavily armed soldiers, a heavy police presence walking around to resure people but to act as a deterrent to any people who might have other intentions, perhaps, in light of what has happened here. the airport is closed and it will be closed again tomorrow until late evening at the very
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yerlt because the authorities-- earliest because it is a crime scene and they want to gartsz evidence to give them any sort of further information regarding that one suspect who is still at large, the person in the hat and bluish-white shirt and glasses on that cctv image whose explosives failed. the interesting point about the explosives and the way they got to the airport, the information they have got came from a taxi driver who said he transported these three suspects to the airport. they wanted originally to transport five suitcases, but there wasn't room. we know that of these devices one device was found at the address that the police went to on the basis of the evidence that the taxi driver gave them. three devices were exploded by the suicide bomber and the fourth device was, presumably, the device that did not explode at the airport.
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that's where all this evidence is taking the police so far. as we know, there is the other suggestion about this other individual at the metro station. that evidence has been reported by the flemmish newspaper. talks about another individual seen talking to khalid el-bakraoui. that is a line that police are keen to investigate as quickly as possible thanks very much. talk to you later. turkey has been in the spotlight to becoming the main transit point for i.s.i.l. recruelties trying to get into syria. however, the government says it is doing its part to shut that route down. our correspondent has now. >> reporter: securing turkey's 900 kilometer border with syria is not easy. the government wants to seal it off completely with concrete walls, watch towers and more guards.
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the construction started about two years ago. some residents here say it's already made a difference. >> translation: they were passing from here, terrorists, man, woman, smugglers. they were all passing from here. >> reporter: turkey says it fears i.s.i.l. fighters are crossing into its territory with the intent of carrying out attacks. >> reporter: this is the closest we can get to the border. you can see behind me the concrete wall. that was built about a month ago about i the authorities. the government says it wants to prevent smuggling activities and illegal entry. western powers have accused turkey of turning a blind eye to the flow of foreign fighters in and out of syria. western intelligence services estimate more than 30,000 foreigners from 100 countries are fighting in syria. that turkey was the entry point
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for many of them. the e.u. law enforcement agency estimates between 3,000 and 5,000 i.s.i.l. fighters have returned to their home countries in europe and could be planning attacks. the u.s. and nato says this 70 kilometer strip of the border is used by foreign fighters to go in and out of syria. an i.s.i.l. stronghold is just a few kilometers away. the governor has ridiculed all accusations. he says the concrete walls will run over 800 kilometers through five turkish cities bordering syria, with cameras and a dars. >> translation: -- radars. >> translation: a man blew himself up at the metro and airport. how did they get there and how did they get the bombs? why doesn't europe protect its borders? instead of accusing us, let's work together to solve the problem >> reporter: turkey has
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increased its military power and personnel along its border with syria, but even if it succeeds in sealing the border, i.s.i.l. and other foreign fighters will find another way to cross as long as there is war in syria violence continues in syria between governments and opposition fighters despite an ongoing cessation of hostilities which is broadly holding. the opposition has reportedly killed 20 members of the pro-government forces during clashes near easter ghouta. two opposition fighters were killed and several others were injured by air strikes in damascus. john kerry will try to press his russian counterpart in relation to peace talks today. they're taking place in moscow. in geneva, it is the final days
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of the current round of talks. what can they agree on and what won't they agree on today? >> reporter: what they can agree on is that there is need to speed up talks about a transitional government in syria. they can agree on the fact that the future of syria, the future government they would like to see is one that is secular, a unified government. what they can't agree on is probably what role would bashar al-assad himself have in that transitional government, but these are very important talks because ever since the russians and americans have been meeting, things have been moving a bit further. not as quick as many people would like to see it, but certainly there has been progress on the fact that humanitarian aid was supplied. it is a meeting also between
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kerry and lavrov that led to the cessation of hostilities. because there is some frustration in geneva at the slow pace, the procrastination taken by the syrian government delegation, i think kerry would like to press on lavrov that russia needs to tell syria to move quicker, to take these talks seriously and to come to the table with some serious proposal. on the other side russia has another interest here. russia wants to have also some substantial talks on ukraine. that was very clear when they both mentioned their opening remarks before going behind the closed door meeting which ask still on the way. lavrov said that he wanted to hear about what's going to happen next in ukraine. he wanted at some point they would discuss the sanctions, the easing of the sanctions. that has been biting the economy
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here. so for russia these two go hand to hand. once this has finished behind closed doors, they will head later on in the afternoon to the kremlin. john kerry will need with vladimir putin and then both men will hold a press sorry - sorry, lavrov and kerry will hold a press conference. we will know then if there is a break through thank you. james, mr invoice stroi putting out a-- staffan de mistura putting out a paper talking about a common vision. have they made real progress as this round of talks draws to a close? >> reporter: not on the very big issues. what staffan de mistura calls the mother of all issues, political transition. that's why, i think, mr staffan de mistura earlier this week said to me "i always need the help of mr lavrov and mr kerry because they are the architects
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of this process, the guarantors of the process", and the only people that can push the syrian government, and it is the syrian government not engaging on this issue of political transition, are the russians. i'm sure that's at the very center of what they are talking about right now in has co. what pressure the russians are prepared to put on the syrian government. clearly there is already pressure. the start of that russian pull-out, i think, put pressure on the syrian government, but despite that they're not only not refusing to talk about bashar al-assad and the role of bashar al-assad, they're refusing to talk about the whole idea of transition. whenever it has come up in the meeting, the delegation has wanted to talk about other things, it has wanted to talk about the agenda, about broad principles. we then had had the brussels attack and the wider situation of terrorism or what it called terrorism in syria. in this round of talks they really, the syrian government, have avoided the key issue and
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that's why this meeting in moscow is so important what's your reading of the language here. a few weeks ago mr kerry ruffled some feathers at the can kremlin, talking about a regional power, that was paraphrasing, but that was what he meant, and today the department talking about two super players. the language would appear to be more positive and the language is always so important if that relationship. >> reporter: absolutely. because if you look at it from russia's point of view, yes, it doesn't want an endless war in syria. certainly it didn't want to be involved in an endless war in syria and that may explain why they announced the pull-out, although they haven't completely pulled out of this, but it's not just about syria. it's about the whole international situation and i'm sure the russians will be saying, well, look what's going on in ukraine, look what's going on in syria. eif we help you over here,
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perhaps you can give us help over there. i think there will be all sorts of discussions. they won't just be about syria, but i think for the obama administration syria is the central thing. they know that to fight i.s.i.l. and brussels shows the problems of i.s.i.l. and how far the problems of syria have spread, you can't really do it until you have the end of the rest of the war in syria and then you can go into those areas, particularly, raqqa, where i.s.i.l. has its that headquarters. so i think syria is at the center of all this, but russia will be bringing up a lot of other issues thanks. plenty more ground to cover for you here on the news hour. including the people of sudan. >> reporter: i'm adrian brown on a disputed island in the south china sea where this time it's taiwan making waes in these trouble waters-- waves in these troubled waters. >> i feel sorry if in any way i
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hurt my female cleepg ten players. >> reporter: coming up in the sports new, novak djokovic is forced to back pedal after a tennis sexism row a cessation in hostilities in yemen. there have been several failed attempts to end the conflict that has triggered a big humanitarian crisis in what is the arab world's poorest country. a report from the u.n. in new york. >> reporter: a year since saudi arabia began its bombardment of yemen and 18 months since houthis took the capital. finally some hope. >> i am pleased to announce today that parties to the conflict have agreed to a nationwide cessation of hostilities beginning at midnight on 10 april. in advance of the joup coming
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ground of the peace talks, which will take place on 18 april in kuwait. >> reporter: the u.n. envoy staffan de mistura said another two weeks were needed for what he called a deescalation committee to be established as well as units to monitor the ceasefire. some 6,000 are thought to have been killed in the last year. over hassle civilians. -- half civilians. nearly half of the province is on the brink of famine according to the world food program. al-qaeda has been able to establish its presence in the country. despite both sides taking and retaking territory from each other, it is difficult to see what they're achieving. human rights watch suggested the main beneficiaries of this wau have been the countries who sold billions of dollars in weaponry since the war began >> it is one of the most shocking example of double standards sometimes by countries such as the u.s., u.k. and
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france who are rightfully often denounced human rights violations in other places, but when a major arms importer is involved, have a very different town >> reporter: the u. nesh ininvoice says he was confident there was a commitment to the upcoming talks but he warned this was the last chance for peace israeli soldiers say they shot and killed two palestinians who tried to stab them. they opened fire at a check point in the city of hebron in the occupy west bank. radovan karadzic expects to walk away a free man from the long-running trial in the hague. the u.n. court is dlu to deliver a verdict on the former leering
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of the bosnian serbs who is facing 11 charges including genocide and war crimes. >> reporter: it is not so long ago that a european capital city echoed to the sounds of war. in the countryside people were herded into camps. in one town thousands of men and boys were massacred. they're still digging up bones today. radovan karadzic, president of the bosnian serbs in the early 90s, is accused of responsibility for these crimes, the siege of sarajevo, ethnic cleansing and a massacre. a psychiatrist, poet, earrings cologist, the role of war time leader didn't always seem a natural fit. after the war he sdoopd.
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he was in neighboring serbia. when he was finally caught and taken to the hague his trial lasted five years. defiant, he defended himself. >> translation: my conscience is clear. the war did not occur according to my wishes. it was horrible. i expect and i trust that the chamber will study carefully all the evidence. if that happens, i have no doubt that judgment of acquittal will follow. >> reporter: in bosnia many serbs believe they were the victims. this week they gathered to name a building in honor of radovan karadzic. today's leader called the trial a humiliation. he said radovan karadzic was subject to selective justice. but what about sarajevo, the home of radovan karadzic for three decades but on which his
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forces turned their guns. this man was shot 21 years ago. what it will mean to him? >> i'm looking forward to it. not because it will be a big satisfaction, but a step towards restoring the fate in our society today. >> reporter: for those who lost loved ones the verdict is important. if radovan karadzic was meant to reconcile bosnia to its past, well, it hasn't worked out that way. the guns have fallen silent but this country is as divided as ever the u.n. resume rights council is investigating alleged crimes against humanity committed by north korea. a look at how to make the north and its leader accountable. several reports have found the isolated state has been involved in what it calls unspeakable
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atrocities. pyongyang has responded to the u.n. saying it rejects the resolution. al jazeera's china's correspondent has visited an island occupied by taiwan. it is in the middle of the spr tashgs ly islands. -- spratly islands. adrian brown was among the journalists invited to take a look. >> reporter: above the south china sea heading for one of the specks of land that make up the group of islands. taiwan's government had waited more than 50 years for this moment. to finally allow foreign journalists to see for themselves how taiwan is protecting and enforcing its
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sovereignty. it is very small. it is just half a kilometer long and is dominated by the runway. to but tremendouses its case taiwan is spending more than 100 million dollars upgrading the runway and also the port. >> this is the not formed island sustainable and good for the living of people according to the international practice, international law, so the island enjoys the rights of an island. it is not a rock. >> reporter: the tour was to try to prove that life here is becoming sustainable. the population is now almost 200. coast guard personnel mostly as well as a few scientists and medical staff. this doctor will spend eight weeks here. >> lonely sometimes.
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that's okay. i think two months is a great period. not too long, not too short. >> reporter: taiwan's government says its sovereignty claim grants its rights over surrounding waters for around 370 kilometers. that's important because these waters may contain rich reserves of oil and gas. china claims almost all of the south china sea. it also claims taiwan, but china's leaders normally sensitive on issues concerning sovereignty have not objected to what taiwan is doing here. in these disputed waters the two chinas appear to be on the same side. taiwan's isolated status means that it can't be represented at the united nations or other international bodies that have been trying to resolve the south china sea dispute. this trip was about trying to ensure taiwan's voice is also heard.
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adrian brown joining us live from beijing is victor gow, the director the china international association of international studies. what is it that makes the government in beijing so very threatened by the existence of this natural island to the point where it feels the need to build islands in that very specific area? >> your correspondent mentioned that there are two chinas. as a matter of fact, there is only one china. there is no difference about china's overall sovereignty of the islands and the areas in the south china sea. this clues that island. i think main lands china and taiwan eventually will need to cooperate with each other in asserting the sovereignty as well as territorial rights overall the islands in the south
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china sea. therefore, let me explain from the very beginning that between beijing and taipei there is no difference about overall chinese sovereignty over the islands in the south china sea when you say there are not two chinas, in one crucial regard there are two chinas because china has leverage, it has real power which it can choose to exert and use one way or the other. taiwan, by definition, is not recognised in the same way that china is recognised. so when it comes to the central message for countries like vietnam, countries like philippines, looking in on this, and they're understandably nervous, given that tensions have been rising in that area over the past three months particularly, why doesn't china talk to people instead of reacting very negatively and sending out this ripple effect of tension? >> well, what you mentioned exactly will lead to the logical
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conclusion that there is only one china. both mainland china and taiwan are part of this one china. therefore, when taiwan holds the day pie island from the chinese perspective in the mainland. it's the same as if mainland is holding the taipei island. therefore the sovereignty applies to these islands. i will say that eventually main lands china and taiwan will need to cooperate in sticking to the same position of chinese seventy over the islands in the south china sea. on the other hand, between china and vietnam and china and the philippines, for example, indeed, there are territorial disputes involving some of the islands in the south china sea and these need to be resolved by peaceful means through negotiations between china and vietnam on the one demand and also between china and the philippines on the other hand as far as beijing is
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concerned, that is to completely ignore the understandable fears because if you're the government in vietnam, if you're the government in the philippines and the big very powerful, very well-resourced local super power, is literally building islands, you would understandably be a little by suspicious as to what beijing plans to do wes w knows islands-- - to do with those islands >> i think in the normal world where we live in, and especially in the south china sea area where peace has prevailed for several decades already, we should not worry about the situation where a smaller country definitely or by logic need fear a bigger country. china is a big country. it has the largest population in the world. that fact does not change. does that mean smaller countries need to hold china in fear? no. i don't think so. i think smaller and bigger countries need to deal with each
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other in peace and with equality with each other and whatever problems there may be between a big country and a small country, including territorial disputes, let's talk about it. let's goesh about it. let's avoid panicking about the territorial disputes thank you very much. 19 coal miners have been killed in china. 110 escaped when the roof caved in underground. china's mining industry notoriously accident prone with thousands of workers dying every year. kiwis talking about two things today, the flag and weather >> the weather has been atrocious there. looking at the satellite picture pause that shows us what has been happening. the cloud, first of all that was across, then it began to develop with cloud gets brighter and whiter streaming its way area. it has been 48 hourlies. during that time it got hairy.
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for auckland we saw strongest wind, 110 kilometer per hour. that caused damage. 18,000 people were without power at the height of that storms. the winds and rains pushed their way into the south island as well. nelson so 145 millimeters of rain in 24 hours. that is double what you would expect in the entire month of march. clearly an awful lot of rain there. elsewhere we in a problem because that amount of rain caused some of the rivers to over flow their banks. in these pictures show just how bad it got in some places as that water rose. over the next few days it doesn't look like things will improve. we have some showers in the north-east of the north island as we head through the next few days. elsewhere it is fine and settled. the sunshine is out. auckland seeing 22 degrees on friday.
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cristchurch not that bad still to come >> what do we want? >> justice calling for changes in the judicial system in australia after the death of an indigenous woman in police custody. >> reporter: i'm at a refugee camp. these refugees are going back home. i will be talking to them about their fears and hopes as they start a new journey to rebuild their life in somalia in the sports news, india's cricketers pull off the impossible at the world twenty 20 championships. mpionships. hoy s'oi gho, esak?hoestcak
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welcome back. you're watching the news hour at al jazeera. belgium police looking for a suspect who was seen on a security camera at brussels airport before the explosions on tuesday. there were also reports that a second man possibly involved in the bombing at the metro is still at last. the lawyer for the man salah abdeslam now say their client wants to be extradited to france. he won't fight that process. he had earlier indicated that he would fight extradition. he was arrested in the brussels neighborhood last week. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry says he want to see further reductions in the levels of voips and greater humanitarian assistance flowing into syria. he is pressing his russian counterpart over political transition in syria. he will go to the kremlin later
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today. a senior policy fellow for the european council on foreign relations joining us live from london. in your reading of the talks at the u.n. headquarters in geneva, how much progress has been made, if we ignore for a second the fact that the relationship demonstrably between washington and the kremlin is on an upturn at the moment? >> in terms of deliverables, i think velgt has been achieved. they've avoided the key questions that the u.n. has tried to push, that being the question of a political transition, moving away from bashar al-assad or trying to create some transition or governing body. i think that we've seen two weeks of talks that they've held but they haven't delivered any results. oath both sides are waiting for the other to blink rather than in engaging in compromises themselves is there an equation here that doesn't have very much to
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do with syria per se? is it to do with ukraine, is it to do with crimea? if the u.s. and russia are getting on better and bashar al-assad and mr vladimir putin has taken a lot of his forces out of syria, is there a quid pro quo here which the united states might have to be seeing to be paying lip service to? >> no. i don't think there is linkage there. i don't think anyone is actually trying to create linkage between the situation in syria and ukraine. i think what putin is wanted to do is establish himself at the high table of syrian negotiations. he has wanted to defend his own interests there. that has global ways of viewing the country. it is edge e engagement with russia. the terms of ceasefire has been set on russian terms. if there is going to be process, they first and foremost have to result from some kind of new agreement and push by the russians and americans, i don't
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think that's dependent on a quid pro quo linked to ukraine if the line in the sand here is mr bashar al-assad's future, if you're staffan de mistura, how do you keep the talks simmering, going in a positive direction? >> i think it's going to be incredibly hard to sustain this without some kind of political movement. i think that given it seems unlikely that the bashar al-assad question will move, the only hope really is broader political constitutional reforms. i would suggest probably in the form of increased decentralisation of granting rebels increased autonomy over the territories that they hold and hoping to use that as a building block to broader conversations about a national unity government and the broader question of transition even if that doesn't include bashar al-assad today without using the word "federalism"there, you seem to be talking about federalism, and
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if you are, that means you have to give part to bashar al-assad and you have to gift a part of syria to i.s.i.l. that in itself a total non-starter for so many people. >> i think it's inevitable that bashar al-assad and the regime are going to be controlling a large jumping of syria. there's no way out of that. i think whatever agreement could be reached between the external backers and between the regime and the opposition, that is never going to apply toisise. the fight against i.s.i.s., particularly being led by the international coalition, but also increasingly by the russians and the regime in terms of the fight in palmyra today. federalism, it is a form of federalism, but syria is so messy today. the areas where you have rebel control areas and the areas where the regime are controlled are so inter twinned, federalism in terms of a meet partition, upon geographical lines or sectarian or ethnic lines is very difficult. i think it's more of a
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devolution on power, to hold the countries together in a near term that allows a more unity model to emerge stronger down the line. i find it hard to imagine syria being twidd into components given that the areas are so mixed thank you for that. the u.n. is setting up a commission to investigate human rights abuse in south sudan. it's after a report found atrocities have been committed since late 2013. the panel will look at whether multiple rapes and attacks on civilians constitute water crimes. thousands of people have died in the civil war and more than two million people have been displaced. many of those ford out fled to neighboring countries. sudan has taken the largest number. our correspondent reports from white nile state. >> reporter: the saw sudanese voted to split from sudan in 2011 hoping to end generations
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of conflict and persecution. just a few years later thousands have returned to sudan desperate to escape the violence in their young country. >> translation: we voted for independence to end the oppression, but we came here to sudan to get safety. here we are not a refugee. we've become citizens after sudan. >> reporter: the government policy is to treat south sudanese as citizens with the same rights as sudanese. the war in south sudan was ignited over a rift between the president and his former vice president. both sides have been accused of massacring and displacing people along tribal lines. also i peace on deal was signed last august, the violence continues. aid groups estimate that since 2013 more than 130,000 people have fled to sudan's white nile state along the border. hundred agree, homeless and
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sick. the number of displaced keeps increasing. >> in spite of the bad economic situation here, we received people with open hearts because they're our brothers and sisters. where putting the spotlight to other partners to assist us to share the responsibilities >> reporter: sudanese citizens are also streaming over the border. many owned businesses and properties. the government says they're returning home facing dire circumstances, forced to leave everything behind. >> reporter: this woman and her six family members are cram episode into what was supposed to be a temporary shelter. when they speak of home, they speak of the milk they used to drink from that you are krous, the fish they used to eat from the river and having sugar on hand. they long to return to south sudan, but they say they can't until there is a genuine lasting peace. >> translation: i didn't expect
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to stay here for two years. but we are in a war and we should expect this. here we are safe >> reporter: here she also found an unexpected gift. she has adopted juma, one of the many orphaned children in the displacement camps plans are underway to repatriate more somali refugees who have been living in kenya. around 13,000 people have gone home so far under a voluntary program that the u.n. started back in 2014. another 50,000 are expected to return to somalia this year. more than 300,000 remain in camps in eastern kenya. from there, catherine soi now reports. >> reporter: under the mid-morning sun 249 people collect what may be the last aid package as refugees in northern either kenyas camp. they receive money to start them off. they give up their refugee
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status. today they get to go home. this woman and her husband are taking their six children back to south yern somalia. they have been here for the last eight years. she told me it was a tough choice that had to be made. >> translation: i'm going back to buy some animals and become self-sufficient. i'm concerned about security, but i've been told my neighborhood is safe. >> reporter: most of the refugees are from south yern somalia. they will be back to the border town and they will find their way home from there. the climate in this bus of the refugees, they're anxious but also cautious at the same time. they have been given their nonfood items like blankets and $120 each to restart their lives in somalia. they don't know what to expect, but it's hope. >> reporter: some who were repatriated have come back to the camp.
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this woman went to mogadishu with her eight children in august last year. they returned this month. she said a mortar hit their home and killed a worker. >> my children were traumatised. they couldn't sleep at night because of the constant gunfire and bombs. they told me they wanted to ge back to the camp. >> reporter: roughly 12,000 people have been repatriated. this is a small number, but u.n. officials say the number of refugees registering to go home is increasing and only a few are reappearing as refugees in kenya. >> if we in three months repatriated the same amount than we did in to 15. which is a big step. still people continue to want to
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go. around 20,000 have approached the help desks. >> reporter: there is still a lot of uncertainty and violence in many parts of somalia. people are worried about their safety, but they're proud toing going home to rebuild their lives in dignity indigenous people's in australia are calling for an over haul in the way they're treated by the justice system there. the call comes as an inquest is underway into the death of an aboriginal woman being held in a police station in remote western australia. an true thomas now reports-- andrew. >> reporter: this woman was 22 and a victim of domestic violence, but when police arrived to investigate, they arrested her for having unpaid fines. she was brought here to south hedland police station twice after complaining will feeling unwell she was taken to the local hospital but twice after a quick checkover she was returned to her cell. her condition deteriorated.
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she said she couldn't feel her legs. she vomited several times. police officers believed she was faking illness. they drapgd her across her cell only when she fell unconscious and they couldn't find a pulse did they take her back to hospital. she died of pneumonia and blood poisoning >> they knew she was sick. why didn't they ring an ambulance to take her. no. they chucked her in the back of a pad' wag want to take her and that's not trying-- pad ee wagon. >> reporter: her death has angered indigenous australians. about 1400 people have died in custody, among them a disproportion nature number of aboriginal people because they make up a disproportionately high number of those in prison. after public pressure an inquest is underway looking into the circumstances of her death and whether she was the victim of institutional racism.
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also whether people should be sent to prison for small unpaid fines. politicians say something has to change >> there are too many young people in our prison system, often for what might be seen as relatively minor offences >> reporter: her family say addressing that can't come soon enough. >> she paid the biggest price. i want the truth and the justice for her. >> reporter: justice for her and change for others. andrew thomas orangutans facing extinction in indonesia with their forest homes being cult down at an alarming rate, time is running out to change them. an australian zooologist is trying to ensure some of the apes have somewhere to live >> reporter: forests are being
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rrngs azeked in indonesia. these are the creatures paying the price >> one of the mistakes people make when connecting with the orangutan, is they're not just a mindless animal. it's a person >> reporter: he is a man on a mission. he is one of the first people to reintroduce a rescued orangutan into the wild. now after failing to convince authorities to protect the forest, he has taken matters into his own hands. using donations, he is leasing land to ensure the land is not bulldozed >> we have control and a lease of everything north of here. this is the front line to have a functioning ecosystem in this area. >> reporter: he and haste team have transformed these 34,000 hectares from a former logging station into a reserve for endangered animals. after training them to fend tore themselves in the wild, this is
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where they release the orangutans who have been orphaned or kept illegally as pets. >> all up 178 have gone back into the forest, yeah. are inhabiting this ecosystem at the moment. we hope to key reintroducing to get a business of minimum 200 and to 500. ultimately we hope the population expand so there's 2,000 orangutans living in sustainable population here forever. >> reporter: now free to roam through the jungle this population has already started breeding independently. >> them living wild is one thing and reperusing off spring is the ultimate goal for conservation. >> reporter: on the other side they believe they have made a startling discovery, a new species of orangutan. it was previously thought that there were only two species.
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now he and his team they're almost certain a new species exists. they're calling it the tappanewly orangutan >> this population is eyeings lated, it is genetically different and it's in a different environment. it will move in a different direction to the other population. so sooner or later evolution will dictate that it will be a new species >> reporter: he works with indonesian forest rangers to keep illegal loggers and poachers out of the forest, but in a country where countless acres have already been destroyed and palm oil is a money earner, making the forest safe for orangutans is a never-ending battle you can see more of that report on 101 east, the orangutan whisperer at 2230 g.m.
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t thursday on al jazeera. still ahead here on the news hour, the world's best golfers fight it out for the last big prize before the masters. details after the break. s after the break.
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sports news world tennis number one novak djokovic has apologised to female tennis players after making controversial comments about payee quality in the sport, sexism in tennis has remained the hot topic in miami. the current stop on the pro
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tour. anger gallagher has more >> reporter: when it comes to the next generation of female marine le pens players, the university of miami prides itself in turning out some of the best new hopefuls. the hurricanes put in relentless hours of practice but the statement from a former somewhere tennis official went across the courts and throughout the sports. >> if i was a lady player i would go on my knee every night and thank god there's male players because they carry the sport >> i was very surprised that a high-ranking tennis executive would make these type of comments. >> reporter: as a former player and social professor of sports marketing, she doesn't think the comments means there's a problem with sexism in tennis but she says the timing is deeply troubling >> it has been a bad year for tennis. we have had difficult discussions about match fixing,
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performance enhancing drugs and now discrimination. i think this is another good example of why leadership is so important. >> reporter: over the years sexism has reader its ugly head plenty of times in the sport of tennis. thanks to the female pioneers, may is equal. despite that comments could be seen to have set the sport back decades. the world's number one serena williams called the remarks offensive. it stands for the principles of a quality and empowerment. >> the women train as hard as the men train. the women are just as professional as the men. we talked about the moral part of it. morally it's the ril thing to do. >> reporter: world number one novak djokovic has apologised for suggesting that men should earn more than women saying his comments were taken out of context >> my beliefs are in line with
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gender equality and equal opportunities. we are all part of the same sport. we all contribute in our own special unique ways. >> reporter: every time players or officials make disparaging remarks about female athletes, questions about sexism in sport remain belgium's football manager said his team didn't want their international friends to be moved from brussels. a decision was made on tuesday to shift next week's game to portugal following the attacks. belgium are the world's number one ranked side and the team has no hesitancy in playing at home >> >> translation: i wanted to play at home because the fans and the belgium people deserve this. i'm against fear. we must stand up and continue to live and think and the people expect that. if we could decide to play at home we would, but we have powers above us that have taken
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the decision >> reporter: a game is being played on thursday at the world's twenty 20 cricket championships. they will revived their chances of qualifying for the knock out round after a dramatic win over bangladesh. 146 to end their innings. great fieldings by their opponents. it seems like bangladesh were heading to victories. two boundaries in the final over. they needed two runs off the last three balls. three wickets in a row including the run out on the final delivery saw the men in blue escape with the win. rodriguez will walk away from the sport. the new yorker yankee player has hit 687 home runs over two decades. he will turn 41 later this year. he missed the 2014 season due to
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a doping ban. he will see out the remainder of his ten-year contract, worth 275 million dollars. the world's best golfers are fighting it out for the last big prize before next month's masters. the champion was among the players on the first day. world number one had a solid performance. he led from the start to beat the wales contender. another played through the pain but managed to beat mcdonald three and two. that's all the sport from me thanks very much. localities more news, of course, whenever-- lots more news on the website at back at the top of the hour.
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