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here. hello. i'm lauren taylor. this is the news hour live from london. coming up. the syrian army launches a major offensive on rebels around aleppo. in bangladesh a brother is murdered for posting sexual views online. we look at the philippines presidential candidate vowing to take on a major superpower. i'm robin adams with the
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sports. he is defending his masters title in augusta. i have all the details for you later. the syrian army and it's allies launched a marnl offensive against rebels in the countryside south of aleppo. it's the biggest government operation in the area since a partial ceasefire late in february. the fighting threatens to derail completely the agreement at that reduced overall violence across the country. the special envoy to syria announced new talks have been pushed back by two days to next wednesday. in the north of the aleppo countryside, rebel fighters have reportedly taken over a town. they launched an offensive against isil fighters there. it's an important stronghold for
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the group. meanwhile, syrian state tv is reporting that the islamic state of iraq and levant has abducted as many as 300 near the syrian capital, damascus. it's unclear what happened, but several of those taken have now been released. >> reporter: there are conflicting reports with regards to the news of the abduction of these factory workers, these cement workers. state television saying isil kidnapped roughly 300 workers. sources on the ground today al jazeera that the number was far less and one of the armed rebel groups and one of the armed groups fighting the regime as well as fighting isil managed to secure the release of most of them. they say that isil initially killed or beheaded ten of those that they took captive accusing them of espionage or spying against them. less than 100 remain in the
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hands of isil. however, what this goes to show is not only the lack of clarity with regards to what is taking place on the ground because of the dangerous nature and the unfortunate fact that there is difficulty finding independent verification of things as they develop. what it also shows is that everybody in syria is a target, even those who haven't aligned themselves with any one side, and sides are numerous. just those going about their daily lives trying to make ends meet in what is a horrid situation. so people who got up one day to go to work find themselves in the midst of this conflict. the chairman of a u.n. humanitarian task force on syria hopes there will be a major evacuation of the wounded and sick from four syrian towns within the next week. he says altogether it could be up to 500 people moved. he's pushing for syrian government forces to let more aid into besieged areas. >> we do not have much time.
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we need to see progress again very soon. it is very dangerous to lose the momentum with humanitarian work because if the humanitarian situation rapidly deteriorates in many areas at the same time, it will also affect the political process. it will take effect on the hostilities and so on. so we cannot fail. we must regain the momentum, and i'm hopeful that that will happen in the next week or two. >> despite the odds and constant attacks, the civil defense force in rebel-held areas is managing to make a difference. we have report near the turkey/syrian border. >> reporter: ahmad works for the city of civil defense also known as the wide helmets in aleppo. he's not just a driver. he's also a rescue worker. when there are no air-raids, he helps clear up the city.
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>> translator: we're trying to help people in bhoirn more than one way. we clean the streets and debris and the roads that contain the rubble from troyed buildings. >> reporter: around 3,000 volunteers work in rebel-held areas across eight syrian provinces. they are people from all works of life, but they are paying a heavy price. always on the front lines, always the first to help. many times they become the targets. the syria civil defense say at least 109 of their staff have been killed since the group was founded in 2013. in neighboring turkey we met with the group's regional office. honoring a long list of casualties, celebrating the unknown heroes.
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against all the odds they have rescued at least 50,000 people relying on the nations from non-governmental organizations and some western countries, secondhand vehicles and equipment. >> translator: we have 519 vehicles. not all of them are operational. half of them are secondhand, but we fix and use them in besieged areas like damascus and homs. we put border tanks on pickup trucks or a motorbike as an ambulance. they're all targeted. the systemic targeting from the regime and russians, we don't know who is teaching them the systemic way of bombing of ambulances and civil defense crews. >> reporter: the group has relied on turkey for help with training and equipment. around 1,000 syrian civil defense worikers have received training in turkey and jordan. they also have four training
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centers inside syria. back in aleppo these men continue to work despite the threats and hardship. 40 of them were killed in 2013. there is no guarantees that this year will be better. the truce has brought relative peace and calm, but it won't be too long before they are hit again. >> let's get more on this. thanks very much for coming to talk to us. i want to talk about the shifts on the ground surrounding aleppo. how significant are they? >> we see quite a bit of fragility in the ceasefire certainly, and there has been a move by the russians to help the syrian army consolidate. that is the main target at the moment. so it is significant. there's also quite a bit of pushback at the moment by a number of of militias that are
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not under the ceasefire, so misra front and several others that make a significant gain at the moment. and then receiving what has been called the carpet bombing by the russians most recently. >> what about this report, slightly hazy report at this stage about isil kidnapping a number of cement factory workers or people who were associated with cement factory quite near damascus? is that kind of a change for them in terms of where they are? >> no. that area has been quite tangible, and there has certainly been quite a bit of isis presence there. we're seeing an uptick in the activity down in damascus because the regime is accused of using very serious bombing there against civilians, which has, again, gained it the accusation that it, too, is not following the ceasefire. so there's quite a bit of
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activity down there. then there's also been the take-over by the nusra front. that's another area of syria in the north that is seeing quite a bit of activity. the russians had helped the syrian government take over that. now it's back in rebel hands. so we're definitely seeing quite a bit of activity throughout the region. >> in terms of the talks, they have now put back the start date for the talks. at the time of announcing them said the start was fluid and he seemed apparently relaxed about that. do you think it's significant or just, you know, kind of a glitch heading towards a political process? >> a political process is going. i think we must accept that the ceasefire, although it's very patchy, is a premise for the negotiations that people are actually are sitting on the
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table and washington and moscow are both part of that. the side show going on in saudi arabia is only a faction and has not succeeded, meaning infecting -- >> the agency -- >> exactly. >> what about them, and why are you describing this as a side show? >> well, because it's only islamist fighters and represents, and so far they have made various demands on the negotiations taking place in geneva, for example, requiring that for any negotiations to take place that the u.n. has to ensure that the crimes of the government have been stopped. so it's seen more as a factor that's disruptive rather than actually contributing. the key about the negotiations in geneva is that the two parties are actually talking. that is continuing. however, the momentum, you're right, is a little slowed, and the reason for that is because
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it very much depends on moscow's agenda. right now moscow's agenda is to contain aleppo and to get that back on really the syrian army's control and only then will we see probably the momentum in the geneva talks. >> very briefly, what's your forecast for how long it will take to get to something that looks like a political process? >> i think it's in a holding pattern to some degree. we don't know how long this is going to take. the very fact that it's fallen back into the hands of the nusra front would indicate that it's hard for the syrian army to hold ground. it needs the russians so that's why we see a renewed activity by the russians. it will take a little while. taliban in afghanistan has a new strategy to deal with the
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west. in a message to members the former leader says the group will negotiate with the u.s. and other western governments. the taliban also seek to work on its relationship with the afghan government in kabul and will coordinate better and organize its military. jennifer glasse has the latest from kabul. >> reporter: this will represent a significant shift for the taliban, that said it would not negotiate and come to the peace table until all western forces had left afghanistan. it repeatedly said it would not negotiate with what it called a puppet government here in kabul. now, this letter contradicts that. it says it represents a new shift, a new strategy by the taliban. it says that any divide in leadership was because of misunderstandings over the last few months, and pouurports to p forward this whole new system. we tonight know whether this is a guideline for the taliban
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moving forward. not only talking about negotiating with the united states and west and also the afghan government, but also reinstating its military, reorganizing its military systems. a whole new -- a whole set of 12 points of really a whole different organizational way of moving forward for the taliban. the really question here is does it have the backing of the taliban leadership, particularly mansour. they announced allegiance to mansour over the last couple of months. over the last two weeks, two members of his family, his mother and brother, was brought into the leadership trying to close the rifts. the division erupted when he was named the successor to omar last summer. the real question is how much of the taliban is behind this new plan, and whether it can be implemented? we haven't been able to pin it down here in afghanistan. the president's office knows nothing about the letter.
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neither did the taliban spokesperson. so still very murky. if true, it would represent a real turn-around by the taliban and maybe a step further towards peace talks. to iraq now. residents in the isil h-held ci of fallujah are making food from grass because of food shortage. they haven't got aid supplies into the city since december of last year. the supply routes have been cut off leaving residents stranded and stavring. it's difficult to get information from residents stuck in the city as the islamic state of iraq and levant has banned the use of mobile phones and the intern internet. one of libya's rival administrations backtracked on the decision to step down. it left those inside and outside the country confused. so who is in charge now? we break it down. >> reporter: since the fall of long-time leader moammar gaffdy
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in libya, many have tried to fill the political vietnam couple. in the capital of tripoli is a self-declared government. it's supported by powerful militias. the justice department said this government is it stepping down. shortly after he threatened to prosecute any ministers that support the new u.n.-backed unit government. that's the second body, the government of national accord, created last december. the prime minister designate arrived in tripoli under he is court last week. he has moved to consolidate power by wiping winning the backing of the central bank and oil and investment authorities. they still don't have support of third administration, the house of representatives. that's the parliament that's been meeting in the eastern city of at thtibruk. it continues to create legitimacy because it was created following elections in
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2014. it was recognized by the u.n. until last year. the u.n. envoy to libya says the support of the new government will be crucial. >> the house of representatives has to continue to arrange meetings of all members of the pa lament to endorse the government. it's very clear. the legitimacy comes from the parliament. >> then there's the newly formed state council. just on wednesday it elected its president. the state council is made up of former members of the gnc, the general national congress. the old parliament in tripoli. it was agreed in the u.n. deal this body would serve as an upper chamber of parliament with government of national accord, and that together they would hopefully unite libya and end five years of conflict. plenty more took including
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new video of one of the main suspects in the brussels attacks. the latest from rome into the investigation of a brutal torture and killing of a student in cairo is wrapped up. belgian police released new video of a man wanted in connection with with last month's brussels airport bombing. he escaped after his explosives failed to dead nature, but they hope new footage helps to track him down. we have the report. >> reporter: walking away from an attack that caused carnage, this video has been released by belgian police. it shows the third suspect in the brussels airport bombing. the so-called man in the hat fled the airport when his bomb failed to explode. cctv footage shows him in a near by town without his distinctive
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jacket. police are keen to recover the items. they pieced together surveillance images for two hours after the attack. they hope someone at street level may have spotted him. >> we especially appeal to people that might have filmed or taken a photograph of the suspect or link they can provide for the next information on this issue. they're requested to call the telephone number that will be shown or the e-mail addresses. all information will be handed quickly. >> reporter: three attackers are believed to have targeted the airport last month, with two blows them up. it's emerged the man on the left here worked as a cleaner at the european parliament in 2009 and 2010. he's also suspected of become the bomb-maker for the paris attacks that killed 130 people last november. meanwhile, believed to be the only surviving member of the group that carried out the paris bombings and shootings had his
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latest court hearing in brussels. he won't be extradited to france for several weeks. >> translator: according to information i just received, the belgian arrest warrant needs to be lifted before he can be handed over to france. this will happen in a few weeks. he still needs to be heard in another case. >> reporter: as the hunt goes on for the third bomb e-a service fbi officials accused allies in europe of ignoring tools provided by the u.s. to track potential terrorists. for the belgians the priority is to use the cctv images they have to find this man. nadim barber, al jazeera. egyptian prosecutors are in the italian capital to update authorities into the investigation of a student in cairo. he went missing on january 25th, and his tortured body was found in a ditch nine days later. we have the latest from rome. >> reporter: it's a meeting that's been closely watched by italian public opinion. egypt's general prosecutor
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sulman and the general, a senior police official, arrive in rome for talks. they could expect some tough questions from italian officials on egypt's investigation into the killing of this student. the 28-year-old post-graduate student disappeared in cairo. his mutilated body was found on the outskirts of cairo. among italian officials, there have been skepticism as to how well the crime is being investigated they were initially told he was killed in a car accident. the murder has been a highly emotional issue here. the rising public anger over his murder is putting pressure on the government to ensure that justice is being done. some italian media have suggested that the egyptian government has been deliberately giving misinformation to italian prosecutors. the case is a real test of relations between egypt and italy, which is the north
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african country's biggest trading partner in europe. italian authorities ask egyptian investigators give them data including details of calls to and from his phone as well as surveillance video from cairo's metro. italy's pm told the senate in rome on tuesday that the egyptian authorities had failed to hand over those two sets of information. >> translator: if there is not a change in tack, the government is ready to react adopting measures that are both immediate and proportionate. >> reporter: egyptian authorities insist their investigation is trnz parent. the visiting official brought large amounts of dat to to rome to discuss with the italian counterparts. all the wife the man's family are agonizing over why their son was killed and who was behind it. al jazeera, rome. the italian coast guard
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rescued 300 refugees in a boat from the sicilian capital. more than 100 on board were children. families affected by the recent surge in violence in the disputed region have fled to the area's capital. fierce fighting between armenian and azerbaijani forces broke out saturday over the armenian enclave inside the borders. despite a reported truce, there's several allegations of violations. we have been talking to displaced families. >> reporter: this is the hotel. it's one of two hotels where people who have been forced to flee the fighting on the front line have come to find safety. there are 65 people staying here. i couldn't speak to some of them. i think this is nuna.
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how do you do? i'm robin. nice to meet you. can you tell me about your situation and your family here? >> translator: we came when the bombings started. we took the family and ran. we're doing okay. we're being looked after, and we're grateful for this. i've spoken to someone that said maybe it's okay for us adults to go home but not the children. >> reporter: today is mother's day, april 7th, for armenians. for the mothers of children caught up in the conflict, as it is for the moment soldiers on the front, it's also a celebration of the virgin mary for the armenian church. [ singing ] >> today is a religious holiday for church-goers. you can see in this armenian church it's a full congregation.
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many people have come here today to pray for those who have been killed and to pray for peace. >> translator: we all want peace, and i think that other mothers also want peace. >> translator: mothers don't have a nationality. mothers have children. any mother should be for peace. >> rory is in azerbaijan and following the latest diplomatic efforts to stop the conflict in the region. >> reporter: following a meeting the foreign minister said that the status quo is unsustainable and unacceptable. effectively, he wants eleven to be put on the armenians to get them to pull their army back from azerbaijan, the territory. the country best placed to apply that leverage is armenian's key ally, russia.
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despite intensive diplomacy over the past few days by the russians, diplomacy praised by both sides, the russians seem unwilling or unable to put that pressure on the armenians. i think for the prospects of any kind of comprehensive settlement over this to be good, all the sides here, the azerbaijanis and the armenians have to put behind them years of bad blood. they also have to take on the domestic political risks of a commitment to compromise. i don't think at the moment we're in a position yet for that to happen. zimbabwe's president is turning on the charm for war t vetera veterans. they want more benefits for having helped his political career. we have report. >> reporter: zimbabwe's warm veterans have a list of demands for the president.
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they say they're poor, old and neglected and they want more compensation for fighting in the liberating struggle more than 30 years ago. preferential access to land and strategic positions in companies and government. they also want a stake in the mining sector. he said they can take it all. >> all of the mining area is all things. you have all the mining companies. >> reporter: the 92-year-old leader is under pressure to deliver. war veterans are a key pillar of support for the president and helped him stay in power for 36 years, but the last time they were paid up by the government in 1997, getting 50,000 zimbabwe dollars, about 6,000 dollars then and the economy crashed. that's why opposition parties are concerned. >> perhaps the government should talk to them again and try to reengage them and convince that
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everything is in the country is in dire economic circumstances. we're looking at about 6 million people in need of feud aid. >> war investigate rans put pressure on him to lay out a plan for who will take over for her him. he refuses to name a successor. his supporters want him to stay in power and some are concerned about his health. the president is telling zimbabweans not to worry. >> this is not about things like that. look ahead. trerp trying to destroy it. let's see that. >> he said these war veterans are his priority. for now they have agreed to wait and see if he delivers. >> you're watching al jazeera.
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the syrian army and it's allies launched an offensive south of aleppo. it's the biggest government operation in the area since a partial ceasefire came into effect in late february. the afghan taliban will negotiate with the u.s. and other governments as well as improve relations with a government in kabul. one of the the rival gots reversed an earlier decision to step down. argentinian prosecutors have
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opened an investigation. opposition leaders demand he fully explain his role in a bahamas-based offshore company. we have the report. >> reporter: a prosecutor in argentina says there's enough evidence to launch an investigation into whether president macri committed a crime by participating in an offshore company registered in the bahamas. macri is one of the five acting heads of state that appeared in the panama papers. they say he has not committed any wrongdoing and was not a shareholder in the company and never received any dividends, and that's why that company was not declared in front of argentinian authorities. many are saying that they would like to see the president investigated. what we have to see is whether a judge considers that there is enough evidence to continue with this whole process. this is a very interesting time in argentina because we see that former politicians and businessmen close to former president christinristina kirch
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in court. the former president is expected to appear in court next week investigating for several cases including corruption among other issues. many are saying that this investigation request for macri is revenge by the front for victory party, vis tina kirchner's party because it started by a congressman that belongs to her party. many here are saying that the justice system is polarized just as argentinian society between those who support president macri and those who don't. there's fallout from the panama papers in china. about $1 trillion left china last year. if funds continue to leave at that rate it will destabilize the economy. the former president has links to offshore companies set up by the panamanian law firm. that comes in the face of his intense anti-corruption came
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pain on the communist party. there are strict laws about moving money in china. each citizen can transfer 50, 0 $50,000 a year outside the country. anything more than that is moved illegally. joining us live from atlanta is andrew widerman. he's writing a book about ping's war on this. tell us about who is implicated in china in the panama paper. >> there are ten people whose names appear. it's not that they're conflict implicated but rather people they're related to. sons, daughters, in-laws, et cetera. they range from jinping whose brother-in-law is listed as a director of offshore companies and also included a man who died in 1976. his grandson-in-law is named as
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well. there's several current and several former members of the standing committee and the pilot bureau that's the larger pilot bureau. many of these names are not new to those of us who have been following the campaign. the claims or the allegations against jinping's brother were highlighted in a bloomberg investigation back in 2012. most of the others have been rumored. so in some ways the panama papers have some important revelations. at the same time, they kind of just reinforce what we had seen in the past. >> the chinese censors have taken action against websites public lishing this. is that a surprise? >> not at all. when "the new york times" published revelations against
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the former general secretary's family a number of years ago, they actually threw the reporters that did it out of the country. the fact that they're sensors is not surprising at all. >> you're saying that some of the is rumored or known about. how much do ordinary chinese people know about this, and how shocked might they be to find out the large amounts of money are going out of the country in this way? >> well, it's hard to tell what ordinary chinese know, since all they -- since most of their news comes from the official media. the official media does publish on corruption. it only publishes when someone is under investigation by the communist party or has been indicted or has been convicted. you don't get a lot of reporting of the rumors. those float through the informal
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media, the internet, and so on forth. chinese are not ignorant. they do in general when surveyed name corruption as one of the major problems facing the country. how much do they know about this particular in case is very hard to tell, particularly sitting here in atlanta. >> i mean, we had mentioned earlier that there has been this anti-corruption droif drive going on. how does that sit with these revelations, and will it make much difference? >> i think at this juncture that's an open question. on the one hand what has been happening when you look at the pace of the campaign, it seems to be slowing down. it's been a couple of weeks before we had major figures indicted. on the one hand this might be the opening to re-open the
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campaign and going after the people who are listed or least go after their relatives. some of them are not jinping's allies, so there might be an isn'tive to do that. on the other hand the fact that in a sense there isn't that much new here means that investigators in china probably have been aware about these -- about if not the companies themselves, the offshore companies, but rather about the activities in the past and have made a decision that these are people they're not going after. >> and do you think that the leadership is actually going to make a fuss about saying we are going to go against corruption, and we're going to try and clarify financial matters in the way that some liteeaders implicd in the panama papers we need to look into this and investigate. will they go down that route or try to ignore it mostly? >> yeah. that, again, is a hard question to answer.
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they have been cracking down on there and trying to root out the underground banks and other channels that allow people to get money out of the country. if you look at the activity in macau for example, the casino revenue has been down month after month after month. the reason is that the chinese government has cracked down on money laundering. the offshore companies are another way that people wander with ill-gotten gains. this probably makes isn'tives for the chinese to crack down again but probably quietly because of the political sensitivity of the people who are involved in this. >> okay. andrew, thank you very much indeed for joining us there. a professor at georgia state university. thank you. british prime minister david cameron said he benefitted from his late father's offshore fund beirut -- but before he took
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office. he had a stake in the fund in 2010 just four months before entering downey street. the conservative leader initially refused to comment on the revelations about the father's business dealings revealed in the panama papers leak. protestors took to the streets of the bangladesh capital after bloggers were hacked to death with machetes. hungs of students have demanded justice after this latest in a series of killing of liberal bloggers and secular tightists. he was attacked by up to four men as he walked home after attending an evening class. he had expressed secular views online and showed support for the punishment of war crimes during the 1971 war with pakistan. the presidential candidate in the philippines is vowing to take on beijing over the disputed islands in the south china sea. the straight fauking on the iss issue seems he's the donald
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trump of the philippines. we have the report. >> reporter: rodrigo has never been known to play nice. the 71-year-old mayor who loves his big bikes is notorious for allegedly using death squads to take out criminals in his city. and now as a top contender for president of the philippines, he's vowing to take on one of the world's superpowers, china. >> what will i do? listen to this very carefully, because i will do it. i will sail to china alone. i will bring the flag of the philippines, and i will walk through their airport and plant the filippino flag. if you want to do it, do it. i'd be happy to go with a bang. >> reporter: china and the philippines have been at heavy odds over who owns this string
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of islands in the south china sea. >> it is our island. it has always been our island historically. >> reporter: if elected president, he will first try to negotiate with the asian rival. if talks break down, he vows to reclaim the islands himself. >> i will not sacrifice the lives of soldiers in the armed forces of philippines. i'll rather go there, and they can waste me if they want. >> he's the most outrageous, the most colorful and the most interesting character in this upcoming presidential election. >> reporter: political watchers warn that such talk will only escalate tensions with china. >> we like to compare him to trump the u.s., because he loiks to shock with his statements. he can be very irrev rant and very reckless.
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>> wra reckless perhaps, but he's amassed a huge following. his tough pledge of getting rid of crime and corruption and making the philippines a strong nation resonates. what do you think of dutarte? >> he's a good fighter. he acts well. he'll do the action. not the talking. >> reporter: filippinos may love his get tough approach, but if elected it will likely guarantee stormy waters ahead on the international front. steve chow, al jazeera, the philippines. and you can see more of that, the donald trump of the philippines, in 101 east with receive chau. guns, goons and the presidency first airs at 2230 gmt on al jazeera from thursday. the u.s. government will redirect almost $6 hundred had you been million to help fight the zika virus. it was left over from the fund
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set up to combat "the acc blitz" ebola outbreak. president obama has requested it from the republican-controlled congress. it's more widespread in america than thought. it has the potential to spread as the weather gets warmer. the heat wave in southern india has killed at leigh 66 people. temperatures have risen above 40 degrees celsius in the southern states. the problem is compounded by frequent power cuts and water shortages. 85 people died in a heat wave in the same region last year. pakistan's cinema industry is under going a boom after giving the go ahead to screen bollywood films. some say they want them banned because they're hurting the homegrown film industry. han khan has more. >> reporter: in recent years going to the movies is more
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popular across pakistan. there are 32 screens in lahore. one of the reasons for the expansion is allowing bollywood films to be screened. he says the popularity of bollywood means better quality films and an enhanced movie-watching experience. >> translator: there's a need for these films. if they don't come here, it will go back to being a niche industry. >> reporter: a group of film distributors wants to change all of that. it asked the high court to ban indian films. >> translator: the government says the pakistani cinema is growing, but the industry is only growing in middle class homes, and they don't watch the cina. they watch foreign films. because of bollywood we can't make new films. >> they say it's a threat to local productions. in pakistan the studios and cinema houses are owned by the same company. he used the money from tickets
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to fund new films. if pakistan continues this trend towards becoming a middle class activity, then it's cinemas like these, some of lahore's oldest will suffer. they don't have enough money to make the films that the people here want to watch. once again, in pakistan, as with so much, it's a question of the traditional versus the modern. traditionally the pakistani film industry specialized in local language films and low budgets and themes that resonate with the poor. to compete with bollywood the pakistani films are bigger and more experience. >> translator: it's better for family than the big city. those cinemas are too far away and expensive. >> across town in one of the mother affluent areas it's another story. >> translator: indian films are necessary because they are entertaining. they're stories, technology, sound effects. pakistani films don't have that.
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>> it's clear the pakistani film industry is changing, they're decided on whether it's a good thing. a four centuries old copy of the first edition of william shakespeare's collected play has been found. published in 1623, "the first folio" contains shakes spears 36 including several of which wouldn't have been published. it brings the number of known surviving copies to 234. >> "the first folio" is the most important book in the english language, some say the bible for braille to allow for that. the most important book in the english language beside the bible. it's the first collective edition of shakespeare plays, and it preserves those we would have lost. we don't have the temptest, and that's really important. still to come on al jazeera.
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>> i'm andy gallagher in old car city, georgia. this used to be a ginormous junkyard. we'll give you a tour. [ singing ] in sports find out if this female snooker player can make world championship history. ip history.
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cars are given a new lease in life after a junkyard owner created a museum in the u.s.
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andy gallagher has more. >> reporter: for more than 80 years it's the final resting place for cars no longer wanted. however, as these woods began to fill with rusting heaps of metal, the reputation of what's now known as old car city grew. >> 1931 they started it off. >> owner dean played amongst the wreck as a child. now the visitors take away the best memories. >> that's why we're here more than anything, amazing. i'll be back. some people stay for two, three and four days. i'm making a lot of smiles across the world. >> even pouring rain don't keep photographers away from the classic junkyard. it was advice given long ago who ensured this survival of the wonderland in the woods. >> he looks with a camera and comes back and said, i took incredible photographs.
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you should charge people to come and take photographs. my dad's reply was, great, i'll start with you. how much would you like to pay? >> the relationship between russ and root has prevailed, and unlike my junkyards as kro the u.s., old car city is prospering. in all there are 10 kilometers of hiking trails here and more than 4,000 classic american cars. what makes it so unique is the accessibility. there are no guard dogs or signs telling you to stay out. just watching manmade machines taken back by nature. >> it's one of the largest car collections of its kind in the world, and now more of a museum than a janning yard, a distinction that inspired family friend fast eddie mcdaniel to give this place its own theme song. ♪ old car city usa ] >> andy gallagher, old car city, georgia. [ singing ]
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robert has the sports from doha. >> thank you very much. we're underway at the masters at augusta, and we had a record open. ernie els has with the worst ever first hole score. all the big names are out on the course at the moment including world number one jason day who teed off in the last 45 minutes. reigning champion jordan spieth is leading the way. he's 5 under par. the american birdied three of his first nine holes to take an early one--shot lead in the opening round. a win for spieth would be second in a row at this event and a third major out of five. after two days of champions league quarterfinals, it shifts to the last eight of europepa league. they host prague versus sevilla
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while the liverpool manager plays against borussia sprz dortmund. he took them to a final at the time at the club. they're slated to win this. they're five points behind munich. >> i prepare my team. that's why i'm here on a place i had a wonderful time. that's how it is, but it's better to be here than north korea or something, you know. so i feel pretty good, and it's a big game. and my team is involved. that's good. >> i'm 100% unsure that nobody forgot this time and forgets about him. it's not necessary to forget it, and to put it aside.
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so i think it will be a very, very warm welcome. >> interesting that dortmund fans promised a warm welcome back. to south africa where one brazilian football had a dramatic night out. the 19-year-old gabriel jesus is up in the scoring against rosario. he added a second goal to get inside a 2-1 lead. you can see that he looked very pleased about it as well. this one-man performance continued after the break. he kicked out an aopponent in the 73rd minute. this match came to finish 3-3. the anti-doping agency have given kenya an additional month to prove they're meeting the requirements set out by the code. another nation facing concern at the moment is the ethiopia.
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they've been told they need to test between 150 and 200 athletes by november or they'll face a ban. that's not the only challenge. >> translator: we learned recently that private clinics and hospitals are giving glucose to athletes, which is forbidden. thai been prescribed another forbidden medicine. we learned that private and public athletics organizations are found to aa aal allocate bu for the activities. manny pacquiao hopes his fight can enhance his political and boxing reputation. he wants to win a place in the philippine senate in the upcoming elections. no title at stake in this third meeting, but bradley has beaten 12 world champions. pacquiao insists this will be his last fight, and has been in a reflective mood ahead of saturday's bout. >> as a boy that's in front of you now, i experienced the slave industry with no food, sometimes
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i'm hungry and we didn't have food. i just drank water to survive. that's my life. how i transformed my life into this level of fight is exciting and i'm thankful to god for everything he gave to me. >> this is about a legacy for me. i'm getting a third crack at it. i'm ready. if i'm going to win this fight, it's now. it's now. i'm ready for everything. more than any other fight that i've ever been in. the edmonton oilers said good-bye to their home of the last 40 years. wednesday saw one of hockey's most famous teams playing their last game at rexall place. it's here that wayne gretzky won four stanley cups for the oilers in the 1980s. edmonton missed out on the playoffs this season. ahead of their move to a new arena, they went out in style beating the vancouver canucks 6-2. we've been following and closely following the progress
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of female snooker player who is hoping to become the first woman to qualify for the men's world championships. she's the first non-british female world champion, but the hong kong player has failed in a bid. she's knocked out of the qualifiers losing ten frames to one in the first round match. >> i think this is the biggest competition in the world. i was quite nervous in the game, but i think it's because peter is a good player. it was a tough game. that is your sports for now. back to lauren and the rest of the news hour team in london. >> thank you very much indeed. just a quick remainder. catch up with all the sport and news we're covering by checking out our website. details there on the abduction of a number of syrians from a cement factory near damascus. that's it for me lauren taylor for the news hour. julie mcdonald will be here in a
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