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a comeback in mexico. two days until the european's deem to send rejected assume lum seekers back. people are losing patience. there have been protests in the greek border town over the thousands of refugees and my grants who are cammed there. they say their lifelines are at ri risk. they say they are facing the same fate in northern agrees, zeina hodr reports. >> reporter: attitudes are changing. compassion as given way to anger. at first, there was solidarity with the thousands of refugees and migrants. now, the people are telling the government in athens that lively their looildz are at risk. some are feweriotts. they say their quiet time no longer belongs to them.
>> when they came here, we embraced them but now our lives are unbearable. we are scared to allow our children to play in the streets. no one explains to us why they are staying here. >> reporter: the refugees and migrants have been living in the fields close to the border for weeks. fa farmers have lost their income. they can't plow their land. the people say the refugees have been stealing their chickens and for the past two weeks, the main freight railway lane has been blocked by those who are now stranded in greece. they hope the protest action will pressure them to opitz borders but it is adding more pressure on this country's already fragile economy. it will takes longer to deliver the goods. >> police have tried to remove people from the tracks. they failed because people resisted. greek authorities have
repeatedly said they have no intention of evacuating the area by force. >> this used to be a transit camp. a few have agreed to move. the majority of the people here are reluctant. european activists in the camp are blaming the eu for what they say is a lack of transparency. they have set up this information center to explain to those trapped in greece their official options even as they argue that the system is not functioning. our message is listen to the people on the ground that are not treated according to human rights. their life is on hold. the system doesn't work at all. >> the people here say they are under impossible strain. they temporarily blocked the main highway hoping that the authorities will act once they
left their way t they are on a road to leads to wno where. >> 300 locals demonstrating against the setting up of registration desks and the building of revifugee camps in their town. they will house asylum seekers who have been sent back to turkey from europe. we don't know who they are. they are even people from zimbabwe. nobody knows who they are. how can i be sure they are not terrorists? we feel sorry for them. >> the mayor is worried about the inflex of rouefugees' affec.
>> it is not peaceful. nobody asks before making a decision. there are concerns over security and about where these people, especially the children, would live and where they will be educated. when you look at the latest information, achille will be under threat. >> it is one of the turkish towns due to receive funding. its mayor says it will help cope with an influx of rough ujees. there is already more than double the town's population. >> the population 93,000 citizens and 129,000 syrian guests. we never call them refugees but our guests. the worst event we share
everything, our streets, our air. >> 12 soldiers killed in heavy fighting in the doisputed regio, both sides accuse much each other of violating a cease-fire that ended a conflict in the 1990s. the defense ministry said it killed more than 100 armenian soldiers in the fighting while armenia says 18 of its soldiers have been killed. al civilian was reportedly killed the area is just inside the order. eggednic aroundenian enclave. after the break-up of the soviet union, a war broke out between the two countries in 1988. an estimated 30,000 were killed
before a truce was under the control of local ethnic armenian forces and the armenian military. azerbajain has asked for the territory. al journalists and lecturer at the american university of armenia says these types of escalations can lead to an accidental war. the tensions have been escalating. and as we know, just recently until washington, those meetings have finished at the nuclear summit we have seen the offensive. it has been violated continuously. it's been mostly a self-maintained cease fire. the men's group has been trying to negotiate a peaceful settlement. but with the war rhetoric has
been trying to derail that pizza process it only contributes to a more 10 would you say situation with the loss of innocent lives loss of innocent lives. and it is continuing to monitor the situation. this corner of the world has been long ignored and with the efforts of the group, i think it's time for the world to pay greater attention to the situation here because as i said, it will have a large influence on the greater region if this issue is not resolved peacefully. >> now, belgium police have arrested around 2 dozen left-wing protesters in the square.
it was announced it was organized in defiance of a ban on demonstrations. far right protestors took to the streets last sunday. the airport will the reopen on sunday. the departure was damaged last month when it was attacked by suicide bombers. the metro station in the belgian capital was hit shortly after wars. 32 people people were killed. the opening was delayed as a deal was reached with police unions over security measures with passengers and the workers at the terminal. before employing the airport, an initial check will be carried out, their travel documents, their id and make a comparison between the two. we are going to give them a security check and a baggage check. >> the united nations has released disturbing figures showing a sharp spike in the
number of iraqis killed by violence in march. the u.n. mission to iraq says at least 1,119 people were killed last no last month compared to the 670 killed in february iraqi forces have advanced in recent months and its responded by ramping up large-scale bombings targeting civil yajz. worst affected is the capitol, baghdad, where 259 civilians were killed. another 1500 iraqis were injured in march. al jazeera waddill ibrahim has the latest from baghdad. >> reporter: many reasons for the increase. first of all, because the clashes and fighting against isil is still going on. it has increased highly.
iraqi forces announced they are going to launch or they did launch operation in more than one area. the circumstances have left some earlier some cities in iraq are witnessing. he specially when you talk about this issue, we talk about fallujah from all directions by iraqi forces. people have circumstances, many died because of thesesies the
number could be increased in the future a mem motheredfo for the attack a year ago, sparking a 15-hour siege. magazine malcolm web was at the university's commemoration event. >> tsurvivors know others' live were cut short. they did nothing to prevent the attack despite being repeatedly warned. changes came too late.
>> we are ready to make sure every kenyan who comes here to do business or to work or study is safe. >> 142 students were killed and dozens more injured when gunmen from the somali armed group a al shabaab attacked the campus. at this mem moefrnlt, viefrz struggled. the university staff gathered to commemorate those who were killed. most of the hundreds of students who survived the attack aren't here unless they came from -- they mostly came from other parts of kenyania and transferred to another university after the attack and most say they never want to come back. >> their new campus in western
kenya, these survivors held their own memorial. taiz says he struggles to study. they somehow missed his room. >> i can't concentrate. the feelings are that you wanting me. university staff say the cleaned up classrooms and improved security will help to attract a new intake of students across the country. they hope many lives lost here won't put them off. malcolm web, al jazeera. girissa, kenya. >> still on the program, deadly flash floods in kabul leave many asking where aid money went.
heavy fighting and numerous casualties sand a shaky cease-fire that's been in place since 1994. and belgian police have arrested around 2 dozen left wing protesters in brucel's square, defying a ban on demonstrations. officers arrested a number of right-wing protestors where far right which grougroups planned demonstration. turkey's approximately has lashed out at u.s. president, candidates for targeting muslims and says islam 0phone phobia is on the rice rise. he made the comments in maryland. the complex is funded by the turkish government. al jazeera john hendren reports. >> turkey's president ended his trip to the united states with tloningz of pro-turkish supportsershrongs of pro-turkis supportse supportsers. he said muslims should not be
pursecuted for a few. he said they were awful for europe ybut he asked people to remember that turkey has paid the highest price after suicide bombings in ankara and istanbul and elsewhere in that country. it was a controversial trip for him at the brookings institution. he was giving a speech outside his security forces clashed with protesters. they reportedly tried to keep some critical turkish judgists from entering that event and he was snubbed by president obama. the white house said no terduan invited him and he did have a brief talk with obama on the sideline of that meeting. it was a difficult trip. drofrnldz trump continues to
back pedal over comments that women should be punished for illegal abortions. he was asked: do you believe in punishment for abortion? trump said, women who have illegal abortions should be punished, which is contrary to current u.s. abortion law. that's prompted an outcry from both anti-abortion and abortion rights activists, but he's now said abortion laws should remain unchanged. trump recently said south korea and japan should acquire nuclear victims. asked his view, here is what president obama said. >> what the statements you mentioned tell us that the person who made the statements doesn't know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the korean peninsula or the world generally. north korea state media has been
released watching a test of what it calls a new type of anti-guided air system blowing up aerial targets t tsouth kore said it fired om friday. moving to afghanistan where four days of heavy rain combined with a lack of proper drainage has led to parts of the capitol being submerged under up to 50 centimeters of water. half of the international aid sent to afghantan under the past -- over the past 15 years has been earmarked for infrastructure development but as this report shows, many in kabul are asking where all that money went it's said, best way to get to know a city is to walk it. that's a tall order for the circulation million residents of kabul. the afghan capitol seems to always be soaking in rainwater, mud, and even sewage.
>> our children are struggle to go go to school. there is no one is to help them out. it's difficult for sick people to access hospitals. many are having lots of truck trying to go anywhere. damaged rotes turn streets into rivers. there is no water, no one to do the work properly. everyone is feeling their own pocket. this will problem has to be resolved. >> billions of dollars of international aid has poured into post war afghanistan. most residents say they think the money has been miss spent by ministers and greedy politician
ministers and greedy politici s politicians. they say government officials higher their own businesses for construction projectses or get kickbacks when awarding projects. >> if the money was spents the right way, there would not be a situation like this. some residents say the construction materials used in public works projects are often sun standard. residents say most last only a few years and then need repairs or a rebuild we know it is not a normal city. 75 percent were built without urban planning. >> international assistance in the past two decades was widely believed to be a rare opportunity for afghanistan to re-invent itself afghans say
they will have to address now the crisis themselves, take responsibility and rely on their own resources and resource fullness one of nelson mandela's cell imates has called for zuma to step down, saying he should go sot government can recover from the crisis of confidentions. his call came in an open letter published after a court ruled zuma had failed to uphold the cogstitution. zuma apologized and said he will pay back some of the money he spent on his private home three people have been killed and dozens injured in the fill passengers. farmers are angry over what they say is a lack of government health during one of the country's worst droughts in years. here is the latest. >> the fields are dry. crops have failed.
five months of drought have hit many parts of mendenow. unapparently fieeed their famils they tried to get divorces heard. they protested in the nearby town but on friday, it got out of hand. rocks were thrown at the police. police broke the lines of the protesters. then shots can be heard. eduardo religious brother was one of the farmers killed. he blames the police for his brother's death. >> the only reason we came here was to demand raise from the governor. we were surprised to see the police. the reason there was trouble was because the police tried to stop our demonstration. >> this is the city highway. it's a very busy road on most days. 3 people were killed.
4,000 have now taken sanctuary in this church. >> whole families have taken refuge wherever they can in the grounds of the church. the young and old, sheltering from the sweltering heat from the day with no agreement, security forces surrounded the church, well armed. the police were given permission to search the premises for westerners we cannot rely on the response of the government. government institutions and farmers should not be empty handed. >> reporter: there is hope for a break threw.
we are here it's believed an agreement to end the protest may be reached over the weekend. how to solve it is for the government. mendeno> w. >> monarch butterflies are making a comeback in the mexican state. for 20 years, their numbers have been falling, but they are now back on the rise. from mexico, john hollmann reports. >> reporter: it's one of the nature's longest mass migrations and one of the most precarious. after years of serious decline, this season, numbers of monnays in mexico have more than
tripled. biologist saynate and man helped the insects out. ed kwliemat has been benevolent this winter. the republic of the u.s. has helped to conserve and plant milk we'd, the chief food source for the larvae. >> milk we'd is the key. they lay eggs along the route. the plant serves as nursery and food for their young before they continue their parents' journey south farmlands. >> the basic idea which the children are very enthusiastic about is a good highway for the monarch butterflies from canada. >> these tiny creatures go on an incredible journey, two and a half thousand miles to get here and they do it using an internal come pass that guides them to a
relatively small area of forest that they have never even seen before. the u.s. government put more than $3,000 in monarch conservation. no one is getting carried away. it's too early to declare it a success. we have to keep watching to see what's going to happen in the long-term population. >> obstacles still lie ahead. environmentalists say herb sides are the biggest danger. the problem is that farmers are using the herbicide round-up which monsanto produces and wipes out milk we'd. the increase in the use of herbicides eliminated 58% of the milk we'd in these places. with it, 71% of the reproductive capacity of the monarch butterfly: too early to tell if we are seeing a comeback or just a short respite for the monarch
butterfly. john hollmann. at the butterfly sanctuary in mexico. gorgeous. aren't they? more on everything we are covering radio it here including the disputed region online. more on that later. aljazeera.com. >> this week on talk to al jazeera best selling author mitch albom. >> i use death to ricochet your attention back on to life. >> albom's latest novel is "the magic strings of frankie presto", a tale about the greatest guitarist to ever live and the lives he changes. the writer's first dream was to be a musician. >> i didn't write anything until i was already well into my twenties, cause everything i wanted to do was based around music.