Skip to main content

tv   Weekend News  Al Jazeera  April 10, 2016 5:00am-5:31am EDT

5:00 am
at least 100 people are killed in a massive fire in a temple in southern india welcome to al jazeera live from doha. also coming up in the program, belgian prosecutors say the attackers are initially planned to strike in france. g7 foreign ministers gather for talks. north korea is expected to top the agenda. an empathy machine that gives young people the chance to
5:01 am
really feel what it's like to grow old. eye first, at least 100 people have been killed in a massive fire at a temple in southern india. it happened in a festival which draws in thousands to worship and watch fireworks. >> reporter: every year this temple marks new year's celebrations with a fireworks display and competition. once again, this year thousands of people have come to worship and watch the show. it was halfway through the show when a spark set-off the rest of the fireworks in storage leading to this scene. officials say most of the people who died were trapped by the flames in the crowded temple as
5:02 am
the storage shed next to it exploded. chunks of concrete and debris crushed worshippers. the explosion was felt within a 1 kilometer radius. >> translation: the families of the deceased will be provided financial assistance and the injured will be given free treatment by the government. the chief secretary has written to the election commission seeking permission to provide financial assistance to the victims. the government is doing its best. >> reporter: nearby hospitals were overwhelmed. it's a small fishing and residential found, not equipped to deal with the disaster of this scale. most of the injured were sent to the state capital nearly 70 kilometers away. with the rescue mission over, there are many questions, and growing anger from residents. they have previously asked for the fireworks event to be cancelled. officials say the temple did not
5:03 am
have permission to hold the fireworks competition. it is in the midst of state elections and this disaster is fast becoming the focus not only of local politicians but also the prime minister in new deli. while the scale of this accident is large, disasters at religious events and festivals happen frequently across the country. this is getting so much attention from the government due to its timing ahead of elections. there will be questions about why the government has failed to responsibility to longstanding calls to strengthen policing, crowd control and other safety measures at festivals and religious events that draw huge numbers of people foreign ministers from the group of seven nations are meeting in the western city of hiroshima. top diplomats are discussing issues such as threats from
5:04 am
armed groups as well as north korea. they're expected to visit the memorial to pay tribute to the victims of the atomic bombing more than 70 years ago. our correspondent is reporting live. it seems that the most senior official to date from u.s. will over shadow all the over business. >> reporter: yes. certainly i think that's going to be the main headline and will remain the main headline. certainly on monday when john kerry becomes the highest-ranking u.s. fish ever to visit the peace memorial park he here. he will lay wreth on monday here. this is something that will be highly symbolic and the highlight of this g7 summit. something that really wouldn't have been imagined to be
5:05 am
possible 10 years ago. there are those that say that, perhaps, this could be a dress-rehearsal for a visit here by the president obama next month. he is due to attend the g7 leader's summit in central japan and there is speculation that he could come here. at the moment the white house will neither confirm nor deny that. certainly the presence of some of the world's top lip dough mats here has been welcomed by some of the survivors of that atomic bomb attack more than 70 years ago. this area was chosen for the summit precisely because of what happened here. it is the home of the foreign minister. the japanese media believes that the government here will call for a declaration at the summit calling for the elimination of
5:06 am
nuclear weapons and also peace. that is, of course, the sort of thing you would have heard at peace rallies more than 50 years ago. it is a delegate for japan because they want to see the elimination of all nuclear weapons but on the other hand japan is reliant on the nuclear shield provided by the u.s. also, of course, in the background is what north korea has been doing during the past 24 hours. north korea's media reported on saturday that their military had successfully tested an engine on a long-range missile supposedly capable of reaching the united states. all that is happening in this particular context thank you for that. belgian prosecutors say a brussels-based cell intended to launch a strike in france but, instead, attacked the belgian capital.
5:07 am
they say the attackers changed their strategy because they were surprised by a quick moving vepgs. the man in the hat-- investigation. the man in the hat, this man, was wanted in connection with the paris attacks last november. he was one of four men charged on saturday. >> reporter: the so-called man in the hat was wanted for weeks. he was seen here with the airport's suicide bombers. on friday belgian police said they had their man. he says he is the man in the hat. he was also identified as a suspect of november 13 paris attacks. he has been charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group and terrorist murder. >> translation: we have
5:08 am
expressed our appreciation to the security forces for their efforts. we know that we have to stay very alert and we have to be very careful. that's why a lot of military and police are on the ground to maintain safety and security. >> reporter: a total of 162 people died in the attacks in brussels and paris. >> translation: i hope people will be able to give answers to what happened either in paris or brussels. also i hope prosecutors can find out if there are other tourist cells and suicide bombers and if they have more supporters here. >> translation: it is really important. the fact that be they got him. it means that the police are doing their job well. i think this is making belgian residents and the country in general feel safer. >> reporter: member of the islamic community gathered outside the station on saturday on pay tribute to the victims of last month's attack.
5:09 am
>> translation: this is something we do not tolerate. it's important for us to be present to show our support and thank the belgians who have supported us. >> reporter: an expression of solidarity, they say, that's essential to make belgium safer and stronger the nearly three million refugees who fled to turkey from syria are believed to include large numbers of children who have become separated from their families. our correspondent has been to meet the parents of an 11-year-old who vanished from the streets of istanbul. >> reporter: this family has been through a lot. the terror of war in their home town, aleppo, the struggle to get out for the sake of their five children. it was nothing compared to what happened when they made it here to istanbul. the disappearance of their nine year old daughter >> give me back my daughter for god's mercy. i won't stay here. even if the bombs are falling, i
5:10 am
will go back to syria but i can't go without my daughter >> reporter: she was playing outside the street of her house when she vanished 18 months ago. her parents are convinced she was abducted and still alive. they say the authorities have done little to find her >> reporter: the sprapgs of children from their parents usually happens on the road. but she went missing a few steps from her new home where her family thought they had tlaflt found safety. the desperation took them to a morning show broadcast on turkish tvp. they have been unable to find her but have been successful in many other cases. in another district, a refugee group is staging a day of fun. it is a deliberate demonstration to the local authorities of how
5:11 am
many children rely on them, especially those separated from their families. >> translation: they're dpleelt defenseless. turkey is in shock due to the high numbers of refugees. it is trying to clear the system for managing the situation. >> reporter: he says there are more than 50,000 unaccompanied children in turkey. we have been unable to be obtain an official figure from the government. they are just not worried about their missing daughter, they fear the effect that it is having on her brothers and sisters >> translation: she can't go upstairs or outside. she says they took her. they will also take me. they cannot even go outside. my son has nightmares. >> reporter: he does all that he feels that he can. every weekend taking to the streets of this vast city hoping that someone will see a photograph, call a number and bring an end to the nightmare he has been living for the past
5:12 am
year and a half we've got a lot more to come here at al jazeera, including we will go live to manilla in the latest standoff in the military and an armed group. why people in sudan are voting this week. this week.
5:13 am
5:14 am
welcome back. you're with al jazeera. a look at the top stories. at least 100 people have died in a fire eight temple in southern
5:15 am
india. the blaze started when stored fireworks exploded during a religious festival. belgian prosecutors say a brussels based cell intended to launch a strike in france, but instead attacked the belgian capital. they say the attackers changed strategy because they were surprised by a quick mf moving investigation. foreign ministers from the g7 group are meeting in japan. they will be talking about the threat from armed groups as well as the refugee crisis. going to the philippines now where at least 20 soldiers have been killed, 50 have been injured in fighting between the military and separatists. witnesses say about 100 fighters battled troops in the southern island. the group is known for kidnapping foreigners and for demanding huge ransoms. live to our correspondent who has more from the capital.
5:16 am
tell us about in operation s this a case-- this operation. is this is a case of an operation that has gone desperately wrong? >> reporter: it is very hard to say at the moment. what we know is that this is an operation that they have been trying to do so for months. an entirely battalion moved specifically for this operation. the military claims at this point that in that operation a top international terrorist, as they say, was killed. that is a very big price to pay here. at least 20 filipino soldiers were killed and more than 52 of them were injured. some of them still remain in the battle so a lot of them wounded. the military say they're trying to extract them so they can be treated. there is a question as to how
5:17 am
exactly - what went wrong in terms of its planning. there is a lot of talks that they've been ambushed. it is a problem when conducting a surgical operation like this one. it is never going to be surgical where a lot of communities stay. so right now the government is not giving any other details except the numbers what was the objective of the operation? what was it seeking to achieve? >> reporter: the military has a target. it aims that at the end of december 2016 this year that they're able to eliminate the presence of the group. that's very difficult because that there is no cohesive leadership involved or at least no solid leadership being managed. there's so many other factions. this group is supposed to unite all of these factions in order to bring back the way it was more than 16 years ago.
5:18 am
they were supposed to be a group that wanted to put up an sharia city. it is nothing but a criminal group which conducts kidnap ransom operations that takes foreigners and brings areas herhere thank you. to sudan and the conflict hit region of dafur. it will start voting this week on whether to unify it's prive separate states. the purpose of the referendum is to decide whether it will remain divided or unite as one entity. president bashir says the vote fulfil a peace agreement. violence began in 203 before forces loyal to the on one side and the sudan liberation army on the other. two million are thought to have
5:19 am
been forced from their homes and almost 1.5 million of them have gone sheltering camps around the area. >> reporter: fruits and vegetables, every color of the rainbow. the offerings in this market are as diverse as the people. in april voters will decide between two options. keep the country carved up into five states as the government wants or make this area the size of france, one region. >> translation: long ago we in one region and we didn't have any services. since we had the five states established, the service s are 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 ash federal government turning its back on the aerp and neglecting its development. the violence became-- the area.
5:20 am
a genocide. as many as 300,000 people died, including from disease and malnutrition. more than 2.6 million people have been displaced. since 20 on 111 the country has been -- - has been five states. now the people will weigh in. it was harped to find someone to find one for it to be one reason >> translation: for security reasons for oel fair it is important to be one. >> reporter: a number of groups agree and are boycotting the referendum. this man says the election is a formality and the government will get what it pans a wants, permanently making it five states, splitting it along ethnic lines. >> this will increase the division of the country the same
5:21 am
way that they did for the south. we are expecting it in the west. after some time the west will ask for self-determination. >> reporter: the government squashes that notion >> t >> translation: there is not a single stale based on ethnic background. there are no other motives on the other hand 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 persists between the government and the disparate rebel groups making piece a distant prospect we can talk now to dug lass johnson from the rift valley institute and a sudan specialist. he is live in oxford in the u.k. thanks for taking the time to talk to us. one wonders how the people of
5:22 am
this vast region will be able to vote given that there's a state of conflict still in existence and so many people have been forced away from their homes. >> it's going to be impossible to have a free and fair vote. you have a number of people who have not been registered because they are either refugees outside of dafur or are in new lip created internal displaced camps. you have the area of dafur having been divided into five states. the governors of those states and the administration that has been put in place by the national government all have it in their interests to make sure that the vote goes confirm those divisions. so i don't quite see, especially since there is serious fighting going on, how this can be a free and fair election from the central government's point of view, what would be the best outcome if,
5:23 am
indeed, this plebecit does go ahead. >> as far as the government is concerned, they would like to have the division of dafur into five states confirmed. in fact, the president on a recent visit even suggested that more states could be created that would serve the central government's purpose in terms of defying and ruling this restive area? >> yes. this is quite a routine matter, routine effect of the defying rule, to divide areas to reward allies by putting them in place ar giving them posts, money or political power in areas where they might not have been able to have political power on their own the government insisting that this referendum is part of a peace process that is known as
5:24 am
the doho process. >> reporter: yes. it is part of the doha agreement, but, of course, the doha agreement does not include all of the opposition parties and more recently talks in january between opposition parties. there is no consensus about whether this referendum should take place at this time thank you for that. on the eve of peru's presidential election four people have been killed, seven have been injured in an armed attack. the authorities believe that the leftist group, the shining path, are behind the attack. in the central region. three of those killed were soldiers and the fourth was their driver. they were talking forces it v e
5:25 am
vote. security in crime rates are on peruvian voters' minds. opinion polls suggests that the front runner is moulding on to her lead but it unlikely to written outright in the first round. >> reporter: last month 38 year old was standing outside his home. a young man walked up to him and shot him twice in the head. his family says he died a victim of a wave of violence on the rise. >> translation: now youngsters 17/18 years old who walk around armed and they're more aggressive. there has to be a strategy to change this. >> reporter: crime is getting more violent. shootings and armed robberies happen in daylight. one in three murders is
5:26 am
committed by a hit man. she says she goes to the market carrying only the money she will spend. she doesn't trust there are enough police to protect the population. >> translation: you go out in terrible fear. you can't have more money because you walk around scared. they kill you for nothing. that's what i would like the next government to change >> reporter: the homicide rate is lower, but the national institute of statistics says one third of the residents have been the victim of some form of crime. >> reporter: surveys have found that most people say they feel unsafe outside their home. it seems this issue is more important for voters than the economy, poverty, health and education. all the main candidates have promised voters they will improve security. measures they have pledge manied close-up i.s.i.l. members, using the army to protect government
5:27 am
institutions and improving policing and investigations of crime. some would favor the deltdz penalty for the most serious crimes. >> translation: the last 10 years have been marked by failure and abandonment by the police. the security and judicial institutions haven't received attention. it won't be easy but it is a great challenge for the next government. focusing by strengthening the investigation and criminal intelligence. >> reporter: the family says there should be more and better trained police. they say they hope the next government would put security on top of its agenda bernie sanders has won the u.s. democratic presidential caucus in the state of wyoming. it is a latest in the string of victories who remains behind in his party's race for the nomination the effects of ageing are
5:28 am
something that most of us want to avoid for as long as possible. new technology is able to be show you what it feels like to grow old while there's still time to prepare for it. >> reporter: it is a suit that looks fit for a super hero. complete with flashing lights and going els, but-- goggles. >> i'm going to walk really slow >> reporter: it simulates what it's like to grow old. sellers of long-term car insurance came up with the idea >> no-one wants to talk about getting older, so this experience is through a tactical way to get the conversation started naturally. >> reporter: not just with the talk, but this gives kids something to think about. the headset simulates what it's like to have vision disorders.
5:29 am
>> can you imagine walking around like this? >> no. >> reporter: as well as hearing impairment. the contrawait on your back and resistance brings home the reality of muscle loss. >> if i had to walk out with problems with my limbs and not seeing or hearing, it would be so disorienting. i don't think i would want to go out. >> that's a huge issue. that isolation that happens. this is something that we want to overcome by bringing this to everyone's attention >> reporter: what engineers from the firm applied minds seemed to have created is an empathy machine >> seeing someone who could move about and then watch her legs and the difficulty with which she moved and hear the sounds, it made it more personal for me >> if i were to sit a kid down
5:30 am
an tell them i'm getting old, they won't pay attention. if you create an experience it will change people's attitudes. >> reporter: perhaps not just talk about the issues around long-term care, but better prepare for them. >> i will go home now and put my feet up. incarcerated with older inmates who they say brutally assaulted them. >> grabbed me around my neck and he told me he was going to. [ beep ] me. >> what we heard in the videos made us get to a plane to michigan. it was the starting point of our investigation in to the treatment of youth in the adult criminal justice system. >> we are now on the record. this goes the videotape deposition of john doe number one. >> and it began with an inmate that we'll be referring to as john

16 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on