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>> al jazeera america - proud to tell your stories. at least 90 people are killed by a massive fire in a temple in southern india this is al jazeera live from doha. also coming up, a terrorism suspect arrested in belgium confesses to being the so-called man in the hat who was seen with the brufs airport attackers-- brussels. g7 meeting taking center stage. >> it has not been a great week david cameron admits
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mistakes in the handling of damaging financial revelations at least 90 people have been killed in a massive temple fire. it happened in the city of kolum. they say it started in the warehouse section where fireworks were stored what more details are emerging now about this fire and explosion? >> they're now concerned so those numbers could rise because they're saying 350 people, at least 350 people, have been injured, many of them critically. about 10,000 people were at that temple. they were there for the new year festivities. there was a fireworks display taking place. they were all there to watch that an worship at the temple.
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one of those, a display set-off an explosion. a lot of the people who were killed were trapped inside the building and also in the fire. >> reporter: we're seeing the pictures now of the rescue operation when it was happening earlier. what has happened to those who have been injured. we're hearing that hundreds of people were injured in this fire. it is a small area, its residential and a fishing area, recently becoming a tourist hot spot. there are some hospitals in the vicinity, but none of them can deal with a disaster or an accident of this scale. many people are being transferred by air and ambulances to the capital, which is about 60 km away, an hour away. they will be able to take care of them there. the other main issue is that not
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only was the temple area affected, the explosion was so large that houses within a kilometer radius were also effected with windows shat erting. this has become a little bit of a political hot spot. state elections are taking place and so the chief minister is there right now. he is trying his utmost to get help and care for the people who need it. the prime minister of india is also on his way to take stock of the situation thank you. after almost three weeks of searching, belgian prosecutors say they have identified the so-called man in the hat. he was captured on security cameras moments before suicide bombers detonated their explo explosi
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explosives. he was one of four men charged on saturday. we're having some technical problems with that, so we will come back to that report later in the program. moving on, foreign ministers from the group of seven industrialized countries or g7, are meeting in the city of hiroshima. they have all sent their top diplomats to discuss a host of global issues, including terrorism as well as ukraine and north korea. all are expected to visit the peace memorial to pay tribute to the atomic bombing more than 70 years ago. >> reporter: the symbolism as the first ever target of a nuclear attack won't be lost on the delegates. how will the ambitions play out here at this meeting? >> reporter: i don't think it
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will have any impact on north korea's nuclear ambitions. so far the north has shown itself to be impervious to many things. only on saturday north korea's military said it tested the engine on a long-range missile. indeed, in summit and the declarations likely to come from it could well provoke north korea to fire more missiles and projectiles into the seas off its eastern coast. behind he is the peace memorial park and it is here on monday that the u.s. secretary of state john kerry will become the most highest ranking u.s. official to visit this park when he lays a wreath here. it honors, of course, the 140,000 people died after the u.s. dropped an atomic bomb on this city more than 70 years
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ago. it will be a very powerful symbolic moment. japan is hoping that this summit will send out a message of nonproliferation and peace and it hopes that the other members of the g7 will sign up to that declaration. but, of course, it is going to be difficult because the united states, britain and france are all, of course, nuclear powers we know that china isn't a member of the g7, but japan will, of course, want to raise this very worrying issue of rising tensions in the south china sea. >> reporter: yes. it's the other big security issue here in asia right now. on friday the chinese foreign minister met the german foreign minister and said to him you have to realise that raising the south china sea issue in a forum like the g7 is going to create more instability in the south china sea. the g7 is not the forum for
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discussing such an issue. the g7 needs to focus on the economy and development, so it's a very sensitive issue for china right now because in just a few weeks time a court in the hague is due to rule on china's sovereignty claim and china wants to prevent countries like japan which it believes are trying to internationalise and politicalise this issue sudan's conflict hit dafur regi region. the purpose of the refer enduplicate is to decide whether it will remain divided into five states or be one entity. the vote fulfils a 2011 peace agreement between the government and rebel groups that have been fighting for more than a decade. violence began in 2003 between forces loyal to the president on the one side and the sudan
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liberation army on the other. more than two million people are thought to have been forced to flee their homes. it's thought about 1.4 million of them are sheltering in camps around sudan. >> reporter: fruits and vegetables every color of the rainbow. the offerings here are as diverse as the people. in april voters will decide between two options, keep dafur carved up into five states as the government wants or make this area the size of france, one region >> long ago we had one region and we haven't had services. the services are now better >> translation: this will not rupture the people. it will bring people together. >> reporter: in 2003 armed rebels from non-arab tribes said they were fed up with the more ethnically arab federal government turning its back on the area and neglecting its
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development. the violence became a genocide. the u.n. estimates as many as 300,000 people may have died, including from disease and malnutrition. more than 2.6 million people have been displaced. since 2011 dafur has been comprised of five states in a temporary control proposal eyes between the government-- compromise and several government groups. walking around the market it was hard to find someone who wants it to become one region. >> translation: for security reasons for our welfare, it is important for us to be one >> reporter: opposition parties and a number of rebel groups agree and are boycotting the referendum. this man says the election is a formality and the government will get what it wants permanently making dafur five states, splitting it along ethnic lines. >> this will increase a division
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of the country, the same way that they did for the south. we are expecting it to happen in the west. after some time we will ask for determination. >> reporter: the governor squashes that notion. >> >> translation: there is not a single state here based on ethnic background. there are no other motives other than to provide better services for the people. >> reporter: the referendum comes as fighting has displaced an additional 100,000 people since january. the chasm clearly exist between the government and the disparate rebel groups making peace a distant prospect egypt and saudi arabia have agreed on a 16 billion dollar investment fund. they've signed a dozen other agreements to improve trade and commerce between the two countries. saudi arabia's king is in egypt
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on a five-day state visit. he announced plans to build a bridge over the red sea connecting egypt and the kingdom. they agreed to a new maritime m map. a joint statement said this will benefit both countries. the islands have been a source of tension between the nations for decades a professor of political science who says egypt is trying to assert its international standing >> the islands are important because they sit in a really interesting place between egypt, saudi arabia. in 1950 the relationship was so that they were seated by saudi arabia as a protector under egypt before the establishment of the state of israel. this is the only way through which israel can get to the gulf. these two islands are really just 88 kilometers and 13 kilometers. they don't have any inhabitants
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on them. they're really security zones. the security zones can't be seated so easily, on so it's not clear what the implications are going to be in the long-term for egypt to make a decision like this tied to sovereignty and security and israel. what is expected is that this will be seen as quite possibly a rethinking of parts of the agreement and what does peace treaty that was signed in 1981 really means in the long-term. it will take a wider view of this moment, finding egypt in hay corner vis-a-vis what is happening in italy today and in the man died issued by the european council criticizing it. so by entering into these kinds of agreements with saudi arabia, egypt is trying to return into a greater sphere of international influence by hedging its bets at this moment time for a short break here on al jazeera. when we come back, we look into
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the challenges of delivering aid to millions of ethiopians as a devastating drought worsens. plus the board game in canada. ame in canada.
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welcome back. a quick reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera. at least 90 people have been killed in a massive temple fire in india. the fire started in a warehouse section of the temple where
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fireworks were stored. ministers are meeting in japan for theg7 > belgian prosecutors say a suspect in the paris attacks has admitted to being the man in the hat seen on security footage in the brussels airport bombing. he was arrested on friday following a series of police raids. ethiopians are enduring their worst drought in 50 years. more than 10 million people need emergency food aid and half a million children will need treatment for acute mall nutrition. they're facing huge challenges getting food to affected areas. >> reporter: this railway was built with a 2.3 billion dollar
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chinese loan. for land locked ethiopia it will provide a vital link with a sea port in neighboring djibouti. the railway hasn't opened yet, but as ethiopia tries to deal with its worst humanitarian crisis in decades, trains are being used to transport aid >> reporter: you get a sense of scale of the relief operation here. this is the second train to have arrived this week. each carriage carries around 1250 kilogram sacks of wheat. at the warehouse it's a similar scene. the supervisors says his men are working 24 hours a day. >> translation: we have to distribute to six regions. if we have received nearly 28,000 tons of food. there have been delays getting aid like this off ships. vessels carrying hundreds of thousands of tons of food have now been given priority to dock
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over ships carrying over goods. >> at the local level there is clearly a feeling that the response is not enough and that there are more people who need assistance. in each district you have a process where people are selected and saying, okay, you're going to get food aid and you're not. that's a terribly painful process. >> reporter: the government and international donors have so far given around 760 million dollars. the u.n. says at least 1.4 billion is needed. >> it wants to protect the people from the kind of catastrophic thing that will happen unless some intervention is made >> reporter: we drive around 200 kilometers out of the capital. this normally produces a surplus of food.
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this woman says the drought completely destroyed her harvest. she says she has received aid four times over the last few months, but the sacks of beans, ma sishgs ze and cooking oil is not enough. the children don't have enough to eat. that's why the men have left to try and find work so we can buy food. >> reporter: with the driest months now approaching, apriled agencies believe even more people like this woman and her family will need help to survive syria's opposition says it has stepped up operations against i.s.i.l. affiliated groups in the south. hundreds of fighters have been holding their positions for years and like everywhere else in the country, civilians continue to pay the high price. >> reporter: more syrians uprooted from their homes. hundreds of families from
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southern dera have been forced to leave. >> translation: the flight of the displaced is indescribable. many women give birth to children in this valley. mothers were carried out on horse back. those who refused were forced to make the journey on foot for hours. >> reporter: western deraa is here. local groups, those two, broke away from al-nusra and joined i.s.i.l. in 2014. the terrain has allowed fighters from both sides to push back regime forces over the years. fighting between opposition groups in the valley has intensified >> you see is actively opening up a front against the rebels, which is different from the prior status quo where there was
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a war with al-nusra and allies. now you've seen events of an activation in dera. >> reporter: groups like these have been fighting to keep the area out of control. the population finds itself in the middle of a fight. this man is forced to find safety. her family has turned a truck into a new home. >> translation: we were forced to run for our lives. we went through the steep ridges with our children. we were made homeless by the regime. what kind of life is it? is this a life? >> reporter: after five years of war, life in syria is really just a matter of survival a russian army team has been
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working to remove land mines planted all over palmyra in syria. the team is cleaning up the area as residents are arriving back in the city. forces recaptured the area from i.s.i.l. two weeks ago. british prime minister david cameron has released his tax details as part of efforts to disfuse anger about his late father's offshore business interests. the details emerged from a panama papers leak. >> reporter: el salvador, the latest country to launch an investigation related to the panama papers. the law firm at the center of the leak had its el salvador offices raid by police after they suspected it was about to close down. >> translation: at this moment we are unable to speak of a crime. we do know that we have to do
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our job and examine from the financial point of view, accounting point of view and legal point of view. >> reporter: the leak of millions of documents show how the very wealthy used offshore company to hide their riches and avoid paying tax. medical britain anger is brewing. the prime minister is under scrutiny over his involvement in an offshore fund belonging to his late father. he says he has done nothing illegal. >> i bought shares in a unit trust, shares that are like any other sorts of shares and paid tax on them in exactly the same way. i sold those shares. in fact, i sold all the shares that i owned on becoming prime minister and later on i will be publishing the information that goes into my tax return, not just for this year but for years gone past because i want to be
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completely transparent and open about these things. >> reporter: but for some that's not enough. the anger here is palpable. these protesters organized themselves very quickly via social media and they will not leave until he resigns or closes all tax loopholes. >> the main focus should be on the government to really look into the offshore tax laws and to clamp down on it really. that's the first step. not just cameron but the whole of the party. >> it has been an agenda to crackdown on tax evasion. they're saying one thing and not doing it. >> reporter: iceland's prime minister resigned over the same issue. the firm says it has broken no
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laws u.s. democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton has spoken of her desire for equal pay for women during her latest rally. she and before cheering crowds in brooklyn, new york, which is the next state to take part. hours earlier she lost the caucus to bernie sanders but remains ahead of him in the race for the nomination. >> there is no gender discount, right. so when we finally require and enforce equal pay, it lifts everybody up more than 60% of brazilians want both dilma rousseff and her vice president to step down. that's according to a new poll by a prominent firm. for some living in poor neighborhoods, whether she is impeached is a secondary
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concern. most want jobs and a pay packet >> reporter: a poor suburb here. political crisis seems far away. if anything expresses the young here is their prospects. >> translation: they really complain about the lack of opportunity. we don't have anyone fighting for them to give them a leg up. >> reporter: many in this suburb and millions of others in the capital, others, especially in the faltering economy are stuck in the slums. the crisis threatening dilma rousseff is a distraction many here say from larger problems. >> translation: they should crate a way out of the situation and not create a problem with impeachment. things will only get worse >> reporter: coming here you would find overwhelming support for the government but now it is
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pretty much gone. it is not just disgust with the ruling workers party. >> translation: this man says politicians in general have brought the country down. a few minutes away those even closer to the margins try to scratch out a living. a few dollars a day is all they earn skavageing in this toxic environment. this man moved. >> translation: corruption and theft is so bad it is absurd. >> reporter: the rich city is in clear sight, but for many it is still out of reach in digital age most people play games on their smart phones or computers, but the canadian city of toronto is leading the way back towards an older definition of entertnment. our correspondent has been trying out the atmosphere in the city's gaming calf calf-- cafes.
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>> reporter: created in germany 11 years ago, this is played by millions around the world. the newest board café in town. >> they told us about a league and we started coming. there's a lot of strategy. it is interaction. a lot of. >> reporter: who is going to win here. >> reporter: all of the city's board game calf's offer food and drinks. the main attraction are the colorful boxes on the shelves around the room. tons of games, games that i never knew existed where you play together, games where you deceive each other, where you're trying to fool somebody in a game of bluffing and you're trying to see if they're telling the truth or not. >> reporter: the first cafe of its kind was snakes and lattes.
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now it has two locations, the largest board game establishment in the world. there are more than a thousand games to play here as well as people known as gurus. >> the collection, make sure it is full of games that our customers will enjoy. as head game guru i'm in charge of training the staff to be able to make recommendations and teach the games to our krurms >> reporter: it's not clear why toronto is among the world leaders for board game cafes. it could be the city's fickle climb or a mass of residents who want to go analogue, leave the digital world at home >> it is a good place to come and be away from our screens, computers, phones. >> my favorite part it to win and show my family how superior i am to them. >> reporter: so far it has been successful on weekends the line-ups match any popular nightclub. the trend is spreading across
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north america as people rediscover something that our grandparents probably new already. every now and then, everything old is new again all the news, of course, on our website. there it is on your screen. the address >> this week on talk to al jazeera, director and producer spike lee. >> oh snap! >> we gonna make sure these fools put down these guns. >> lee's new film "chi-raq" tacklesgang warfare in chicago - and the idea that a "sex strike" could help quell it. while it's a satire based in one inner city, gun violence is an epidemic. >> how long will be... will we... will we bo


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