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the whole robin you're watching the al-jazeera news our life my headquarters here in doha coming up in the next sixty minutes more people are killed on the ground in syria talks got underway in russia to try and end the conflict. also running good girls fall prey to human traffickers with some of the refugees sold for a sixty dollars we have an exclusive report from a camp in bangladesh. a city on the verge of running out of water the cape town drought reaches a critical stage. that all the day's sports news our top story russian athletes are barred from representing their country at the winter paralympics i'll have more on that story later in the pipe. welcome to the news hour syrian president bashar assad's main ally russia is hosting talks aimed. political solution to the nearly seven year civil war the
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meeting in sochi is also backed by turkey and iran but the main syrian opposition groups are boycotting the meeting the rebels want russia and the syrian government to stop bombing parts of it. so far monday air strikes have killed twenty civilians including women and children and elsewhere in the syria a russian russian brokered cease fire in eastern guta near the capital damascus seems to collapse activists there are reporting repeated violations by the assad government with at least eight people killed the rebel controlled on klav has been besieged by the government for almost five years now the kurds who control almost twenty percent of syria are also not at the site she talks are the focus of a turkish military operation in northern syria and ankara views their fighters as terrorists while we have reporters in such a rory chalons as they're monitoring those talks will cross to him in just a moment but first let's speak to stephanie decker who joins me now from gold bar
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on the turkey syria border. stephanie obviously a lot happening today and everyone trying to talk peace a dairy a different global locations but the fighting really does continue as far as the turkish offensive is concerned very close to where you are. yes you wouldn't get an indication that any sort of peace talks and negotiations were going on from where we are yesterday certainly was more intense when there was an active fight for a mountain strategically on the turkish syrian border just a little behind us but what we've seen today even though we can say it was relatively quiet as to yesterday intensive airstrikes are to be rocket fire throughout the day but where we are now we're hearing sort of also constant rockets outgoing just an adverb rub rates around these mountains also we were just in kilis which is just a little down the road from where we are also on the border and we had a rocket fly over our heads we heard incoming we had to duck and it fell just about
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five hundred meters away in an open field to give good indication also of the consequences of this operation turkey's operation inside syria you do have mortar fire rocket fire forming in kilis and also reports of more rockets falling there today the bigger picture of course the hail also when we talk about military and politics is a civilians in this area in the area and we understand it's a very difficult situation for them. saying that civilians have been killed but turkey says it doesn't target any civilian locations only the white p.g. but certainly a scary situation for them and we do know that people are fleeing trying to get closer into the city after being away from where the active battlefronts are right now scary situation of course of people in the problems with this continued bombing which doesn't help when we also hear that those fighting against the assad government attending these talks in sochi.
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yeah it's twofold so the thought she talks you don't have the main syrian opposition group you also don't have the kurds the p y d that's the political wing of the y. p.g. even though turkey doesn't want them there they do control around twenty to twenty five percent of syrian territory so you're going to have to speak to them if you're talking about a wider sort of you know negotiations about how to move on with syria and then briefly to your point about it live is a deescalation zone supposedly it is also the last held rebel province you can argue but the group in charge of the hell is. the backbone of that group is a group formally known as the nostra front which damascus and russia call a terrorist organization so they say it's not part of deescalation it's very complicated but there's an ongoing offensive there against the group which is killing civilians as you mentioned in your intro so incredibly complicated with all these negotiations ongoing as you mentioned different locations it does that is not felt by the people inside syria or from a believer that staff will come back to you as the situation develops let's cross
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over to our colleague rory chalons who's in sochi monitoring those talks for search and rory you know we wait patiently for any news about a breakthrough a resolution of the talks that really start till tomorrow from the stakeholders about really how they're going to proceed to try and find a way to stabilize syria. yeah the main bulk of this congress is going to be taking place on tuesday but we already know the general thrust of where this is heading heading certainly when it comes to what the key stakeholders may be russia and this part of damascus want to come out of this and that is well what they're calling a constitutional committee a new constitutional committee to be formed with representatives on one side of the damascus governments and then on the other side with various opposition groups and this constitutional committee would basically be coming up with proposals that will
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. built into the geneva process which let's not forget is the main track of political negotiations this is a kind of sideshow a stand there is a kind of sideshow geneva where this is all supposedly going to be resolved and so what comes out as such he is supposedly going to take the parties a little bit closer to a resolution in geneva of course rory as we touched on the issues of what's happening right at this moment with step just a few moments ago it is one of those issues of why the opposition adamant that they wouldn't attend these talks until there was a cease fire in that area the civilian deaths now on top it cannot be ignored by those that are attending sochi. no i mean the staff are saying there are various groups that are staying away from sochi now the main opposition group the s. and c.
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is boycotting these talks they are saying that they don't want to be a part of this process because it is as i was saying earlier separate to the geneva process and they don't like that they think that this congress is essentially just pushing damascus and moscow line on the conflict and of course as staff was saying earlier as well the kurds are staying away because of what's going on in africa and also the fact that one of the key sponsors of the sufi dialogue turkey views the you know why p.g.a. and its affiliates as terrorist organizations and doesn't want to negotiate with them in sochi or for the moment to rory we'll leave it there of course and come back to you over the next day or so thank you. nigel says it was behind a turn on a military academy in afghanistan's capital kabul eleven soldiers were killed and sixteen others wounded in the gun battle near the marshall for he national defense university of north five of the attackers were also killed. the same site was the
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target of a suicide bombing in october in which fifteen officers die and. it comes just two days after a suicide bombing also in kabul killed at least one hundred three people and afghans are blaming the government for failing to improve security which stark rahim is a regional security specialist he says the recent attacks by eisel and the taliban against government targets have different aims first and foremost they have been fighting each other on the battlefield they have been facing off more often against each other instead of the government particularly in eastern afghanistan we have experienced a lot of fear or she is fighting between the two groups. as late as two months back then they faced each other in who get the district of eastern afghanistan where they fart really serious back to losing in other and they have been trying to challenge each other in terms of captured in the territory are trying to send a message in terms of who holds a party in the avalon context and then you object gives our different paladar look
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at the effort to take or the outline government whereas the isis believe in lot of this killer fatah. sort of governance attaching themselves to the middle east and isis and the a bit they try to announce themselves as a wing as a probe and as a state of that big isis. governance structure so they're free to differ different in terms of the interviews in terms of the object is and the way they operate it. well staying in south asia human rights groups are warning ring of refugees are being increasingly targeted by human traffickers it comes in bangladesh they say the problem has been made worse by the influx of refugees fleeing me and ma more than six hundred fifty thousand people have left since a military crackdown began in rakhine state in august is hosting about a million refugees in its camps many of them in dire conditions the u.n.
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warns that in the chaos trafficking is often overlooked because of the urgent needs like food and shelter come first and the u.n. says refugees are often exploited and recruited with false office of paid work well from caught up along refugee camp in southern bangladesh charles stratford has said this exclusive report. my darling daughter she cries. she asks me when we talk oh mother what shall i do now how can i come back to you how will you get me out of india to be with you again my own accounts of them says her daughter years mean was thirteen years old when she was snatched by a man in the refugee camp and smuggled to india. that was three years ago known and the as mean fled the military crackdown in myanmar in two thousand and twelve. says the trafficker was arrested in india and yasmin was rescued her daughter is living
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at a safe house for other trafficking victims in kolkata myanmar stripped the regime gere of citizenship in one thousand nine hundred to be the noyon no or yes mean have passports so they cannot be reunited million as is every month she saves a little money to chat to her daughter for a few minutes on the phone. only god knows the pain i experience every day she says i don't have money to go to india my daughter warns me not to try and cross into india without a passport. my own story is built on coleman in the ricky refugio camps rights groups say that trafficking gangs have thrived in the range of refugee camps here in bangladesh for years but the recent arrival of more than six hundred fifty thousand new refugees means the situation is getting even worse and we met a traffic and he told us that men come from outside the camps they pay range of families for their daughters promising them work for the girls often never seen
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again. we sit by the road in the men come to us the man tells me they also because if we can get the helpless type of people families are ready to provide girls because they don't have enough food. the man says men often specifically want girls of a certain age he says they pay the families around five thousand talking about sixty dollars for each girl. for the girls around twelve to fourteen years old he says they tell me they have difficulty with their domestic work at home they say they need someone to cook for them. the man tells me he has stopped providing the men with girls now and only trafficked a few young women. when the parents come to find me that i have to highlight he explains they want information all that delicious but i have no dim formation.
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the un's refugee agency is trying to help noyon to be reunited with her daughter but he says only the bangladesh all sorts he's to make a decision. leona says yes mean never met her father because he died before she was born she is afraid she herself may die without ever seeing as me again and my as i there was a. i want nothing more than like daughter back she says it would be so kind if you if you could get my daughter back i guess meaning is a piece of my heart. chance trafford al-jazeera could to prolong refugio camp bangladesh. jollibee here's a spokesman for unicef in bangladesh he says unicef a set up one hundred sixty eight child protection communities to help prevent trafficking child protection committees are formed we've community leaders and have inst ten to twenty needs to inform and to prevent or the families of these
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kind of quasi king actions and as a player we have all the thirty thousand dollars sense that in other sense clubs we have five hundred fifty adolescents and there they are taught. is so basically we have life skills based education so i just lives its basic education is helping them to understand all these issues of trafficking or violence and as it was when i mentioned. before. parents and people with a g.'s they lack of safe reliance a cubit is so we've the department of social service of the government of bangladesh we are starting now. from one thousand of the most renewable families so that they don't have to give their daughters like they do now in
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marriage to traffickers it will be a menu with n.t. measures that we have a group working in there is to. well plenty more ahead here on the al-jazeera news hour including refugees are sleeping rough on the streets of northern greece has growing numbers cross the turkish border plus. i'm gonna be the last on the scottish island of it's for sale along to the local community a wealthy man. and coming up in sport tiger woods hits a new milestone in his comeback to goals tatyana will have those details as for. at least four people have been killed in raging battles between government forces answer session as fighters in yemen the two sides in the southern port city of aden are supported by countries within the saudi led coalition who are fighting the
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hoofy rebels now the international aid organization oxfam is warning about the escalating violence including that in the city where it's had to close down its office a suburb individuals. fighting has intensified in the city of thais in central yemen government forces have been fighting who the rebels who are aligned with iran since two thousand and fifteen the saudi led coalition backs the government but fighters and guy say they're exhausted and not getting the help they need they say military aid is being provided on the basis of their alliance with members of the coalition some say the gates are doing to the u.a.e. get them or supplies that. had been receiving the required support the city would have been liberated by now so apart from whatever military gear we have the army and resistance are barely surviving we are abandoned by the coalition and we do not know the reasons that. has not been liberated due to the lack of enthusiasm on the
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part of the coalition residents are capable to liberate the city not time only to receive military and financial support. aid organizations including the red crescent say their staff are stranded oxfam says it has closed its office in. but there isn't the only place there conflicting interests within the saudi that correlation emerge this is a view with the airport remains closed for a second day prime minister ahmed bin that has visited his office after his troops took back control of government buildings from southern secessionists. accuse the separatists of mounting a coup for students from beyond were able to secure some areas but sporadic fighting continues. there is no difference between the who these and anyone else are rebels against a legitimate government no matter who they are if he's not with the legitimate government in these rebel in against it and considered an enemy to the entire country. but it's not as simple because the fighting sides are supported by members
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of the same coalition saudi arabia backs government forces in the session this are allies of the united arab emirates many in a didn't have traditionally supported the idea of a separate state similar to the structure before yemen's unification in one nine hundred ninety there you go with me we want a civilian government a government of law a government made according to the principles of the southern transition council. the internationally recognized government pulled in saudi arabia and united arab emirates to fight the who these but since two thousand and fifteen the gulf regions poorest country has suffered from the world's largest cholera outbreak and almost half the country needs and famine like conditions. and there seems to be no end to the fighting. there. the deadlock over the building of africa's largest dam along the nile river in ethiopia has been resolved egypt sudarsan ethiopia had been at loggerheads over the project but a short time ago leaders from the three countries met on the sidelines of the
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african union summit in addison. let's get more this now joins me now live from the ethiopian capital of course the great big debate really about the issue of water distribution and availability has been a contentious one for many years for not just these three countries that have managed to find a solution. so has this is an issue which is likely to continue over the coming weeks and months. danny's and egyptian president arrived. against the backdrop of mounting tension the egyptians accuse say that they are very much concerned about the dam which is being built by the europeans saying that it could disrupt the flow of water to the downstream desert nation of. so all the nations were trying to get their act together set aside their differences and negotiate a deal but suddenly there was this problem over the triangle between egypt and sudan which pushed the so that his government to recall their ambassador to cairo
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so we're talking about a very delicate political situation now the three leaders met today in this said that they are willing to set aside their differences and speak as a single voice hoping that they will be able to move forward this is not the first time that leaders from the three countries said that they are willing to move forward and that all the problems now are left behind them only for things to further take a new turn to words more let's listen to what mr blair him under this is how to tell us is it a while ago. i can tell you that for now the dispute is over and i hope that this will not be a temporary preserve vision. of the two presidents and if this were the met the president met also with the prime minister individually and then today via love to the meeting was held issues were discussed in of it through our spirit and
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for our commander and the city of president agree to address the issue of the. well it's not just water they're discussing hash over this conference they've got lots to discuss including the conflicts that seem to resist not be resolved across the continent from central african republic to libya except i mean what seems to be taking priority. so has the council for peace and security which is debating right now is trying to get african nations to move forward with a plan to put an end to instability to the countries that have been mentioned in central africa south african country also the d.l.c. mali and somalia and libya saying that they hoping to see political reconciliation of those countries and also a united stance against extremism and also terrorist groups operating in the. area
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there is a long list of issues that the african union is debating today and they're hoping to come up with a final stance so the idea basically is this there is a political reform package with that which has been meant implemented has been presented by the one president which aims to streamline decision making process within the a you for the a you to be able to clamp down on a bureaucracy and narrow down the main subject they will they will have to debate every year people are telling them we cannot afford to come over every year and see the african union talking about the need to put an end to instability tackle corruption agree on a single skys market freedom of movement we have to now we down to one issue per year so they saying that this year they helping to pave the ground for political consensus to and instability in africa by twenty twenty then they would like to
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launch a new economic platform that could be the way for the g.d.p. of most of the african nations. to increase their biggest concern is you talking about a continent with one billion two hundred million people more than five hundred million young people these people if they cannot get employment in the near future that could lead to more instability so this is their top priority political reform economic reforms and then hoping to get a united economic community a single market and a single currency but i have to say so i think we have to wait long safely not too long for your next report and monitoring the african union summit thank you. no refugee support agencies are reporting a surgeon homelessness nurse in northern greece the region's main city thunder nikky has apparently run out of space to her as new arrivals refugee numbers are increasing as many an hour voiding the greek islands instead they're crossing over
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the land border from turkey in nearly every river which flows for more than one hundred fifty kilometers from bulgaria to the mediterranean sea laurence li reports now from northern greece many people believe pakistanis or iranians aren't refugees and so they cannot know what's happening in the border province of block you stand where these people come from they spoke out against tribal leaders there who want independence and they were threatened with death so they ran for it. across the ever us river from turkey into greece walked for five days and added up sleeping here in the salon icky for months the men had to take it in turns to stay awake to protect their wife and sister. i felt like committing suicide i was going mad i thought i should have stayed in my country and let the tribespeople kill me i just wasn't expecting this to toll the bill got frostbite in thick snow on the river boarder he can no longer bend his fingers. for. any wash for me
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i can't even go to the total of almost self my brother has to help me there's no way i can work it's really stressful. where they took us to where they've been sleeping we realised we'd been here before in november two thousand and sixteen then it was different people all suffering the same things that winter turned out to be the coldest for decades water froze in the refugee camps greece's lack of preparation was exposed the full year on nothing has changed it's due to the fog that their fundamental rights are being violently those people don't have house don't have access to medical care what they say absolutely nothing the baloch family got shelter three months ago through the norwegian refugee council saima is now pregnant but their only guaranteed accommodation for three months more so they could end up back here again before she gives birth.
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while the greek authorities and charities try to prioritise families single men have no chance one meal a day provided by young european volunteers working off to nations and that's it. there's no doubt the big increase in people crossing the every river into northern greece is simply compounded the homeless problem here and that's the only thing we're told is now completely full there is simply nowhere to put all these people there may be the good news is that the winds are so far hasn't been anything like as cold as a terrible conditions this time last year but if it does get worse greece could have a full blown crisis on its hands. they showed us where they sleep underneath an abandoned half built concrete block if the police catch them here they can go to jail so the dental even lights a fire is over presumably when they sleep they dream of nothing because that is exactly what they have to be no problem long sleeve al-jazeera facility
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well it's time for the weapon on his richard with a look at an apparent proving improving weather situation for some parts of europe at least yeah i'm glad you said some parts of hell because in some areas it's been really quite stormy particular down across southeastern parts of spain comes from mali going to see that palm tree taken down by strong winds from this little area of low pressure just on the edge of them up meanwhile we've got frontal systems across more northern areas and we've got cold air still entrenched across eastern areas and that will play a part of the few days as these are weather systems try to push in towards that area let's just look at that low pressure system which has been affecting eastern parts of spain it's still there as we look at the forecast through monday over parts of morocco circulation give me some snow up over the atlas mountains as we move on into choose that we should find the system dying out but there will still be a circulation and so it could quite be quite a bit of lift to dust around parts felled cheerier mauritania parts of western sahara so let's come back to europe then so it's now looking much better across
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there beer in potential we've lost the snow across the alps for the time being which is good news and then further north we've got that area of rain as a run the sequence that rain is going to push in towards that cold air further towards the east so we're going to see significant area of snow developing across parts of ukraine moldova through into western parts of russia but for many central and southern parts of europe weather conditions looking fine and even further east it should improve snow eventually beginning to clear away. thank you well still ahead here on al-jazeera protests over planned job cuts at the u.n. agency for palestinian refugees. is tracking down. concerns for the u.s. military. a grand slam but twenty. will tell us more after the break.
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welcome back you're watching our because there is news our arms the whole robin a reminder of our top stories strikes by russia on the syrian government have killed twenty civilians of rebel held areas of the bombardment is underway even as moscow holds its own talks on syria's political future but the main opposition group some of the kurds are not attending the talks in sochi. also rights groups are warning the ring of refugees particularly girls are being increasingly targeted by human traffickers it comes in bangladesh about six hundred ninety thousand people have left me and now since a military crackdown began in august last year. also at least four people are being
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killed in raging battles between government forces and succession its fighters in the yemeni city of eight or elsewhere aid groups are warning of civilian casualties as fighting against two three rebels intensifies in deaths. now thousands of union workers from the u.n. agency for palestinian refugees are protesting gars are against planned budget cuts now this follows the u.s. decision to cut billions of dollars worth of funding to the aid agency m. on campus more from gaza. this was one of the largest protests seen here in gaza city for a very long time officials are saying at least thirteen thousand people came out was organized by the unions clearly a very big organization here they were able to get numbers out onto the street. and the protest was really about the austerity measures that the united nations relief works agency has had to put in place because of the u.s.
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funding cuts to its budget for palestinian refugees last week the u.s. announced that it was cutting sixty five million dollars from us funding and then they followed up very quickly with a further forty five billion dollars for food aid now the is in crisis mode right now is having to deal with all of these budget cuts and what they're doing is they're immediately putting into place hiring freezes for people like teachers health workers people that put money into the economy had their families rely on them for the work that they do also they cutting graduate employment programs and they're also warning that if something doesn't happen if the money isn't in place soon that they're going to run out within about two months time and they'll have to shut down all of the programs and clearly that's a concern to a lot of the palestinians here let's hear from then see what they have to say generally i'm going to suddenly say we came here today to show our anger and our worry for the future and our destiny as refugees we came here to send
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a message to both sides first to the side that wants to influence the policies of the agency and clinch the budget the second is for the international agency to respond and intervene in need of the refugees now whether the international community is actually listening or not remains to be seen the u.s. is clearly taking a hard line towards an wrote this is concerned the united nations general you said that the united nations relief works agency is a part of the u.n. the shouldn't be playing politics with it and that the funding should be given to them as soon as possible they're going to launch another campaign another round of looking for financing some figures just they'll be looking for about eight hundred million dollars if they don't get that money that doesn't just affect people hit in gaza this five million palestinian refugees across the region it will affect all of them and in. any cases a lot of those palestinians rely on for any little money the little support the little help that they get now it's also
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a concern to israel as well in the local media in recent days israeli's security agencies have been talking them saying that actually it pros is a security threat to israel because it's not just about the gazan economy here is very fragile it's about to collapse according to a lot of the palestinian business work is if the economy collapses if there's no money if that does present a significant security situation for israel and a humanitarian disaster for the palestinians themselves. critics of the philippine government are protesting against a chinese research expedition to an underwater region called bend in rai's it's an important arena area in the philippine sea with vast untapped resources which the un has declared belongs to the philippines those who oppose the chinese its position warn that manila may be giving away too much to beijing by allowing me expedition to the island and how small. in two thousand and twelve the united nations confirmed that the bene rise is part of the philippines there are tree it's
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an undersea plateau located on the country's eastern coast it's at the center of the planet's marine by a diversity and its resources are untapped with more than thirteen million hectares believed to be rich in minerals and gas. which travelled to bynum rise a few months ago back then the philippine military boasted of a long term plan to improve its patrols of the area the agriculture ministry also plan to build a reserve that will be a refuge for filipino fishermen the behnam rise was seen as a possible solution to the country's school shortages but that appears to have changed now president rodrigo the third to says china may now lead to exploration in the area he's government says the research is purely scientific but mark time experts say to tear it is apparent cozying up to china is alarming we can see that
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this is all part of. this i mean it really strange showings of bali scene of friendliness stars china which you know a social game going overboard because it's just about in every aspect of of national life not china is also locked in a dispute with the philippines and other countries over the spratleys group of islands in the south china sea its incursions in the area have raised tension with other regional countries some fear the same could happen in the been a rise it should be a neutral country that have no vested interests that have no claim without territory on our exclusive economic zone that's why i said let's follow the a.b.c. rules anyone but china. filipina scientists are demanding justice parents see from detectives government they want the government to release the. details of the expedition so the public will know the concessions given to china is very limited
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and we have to use this to address the issue directly we do not have to solve it in the in the benham rates because what we only have in the been embraced as part of extended going to mental shelf is the right to explore and exploit the natural resources found the right filipino scientists have been exploring benon rise for years and want to sing you their work although china has become a powerful player in the region many people we spoke to here say they believe that the government stand on the issue may endanger the country's interests and those are with longtime allies. again al-jazeera manila. will stay on the same theme floodwaters in paris have reached their peak but towns downstream along the same river bracing for a possible breach weeks of heavy rains saw the say it hit a maximum level of five point eight four meters in the capital that's below initial fears a record level in nineteen ten more than eight meters but the water is threatening
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to flood more towns west of paris towards normandy and the english channel. well for lots of water to no water because the south african city of cape town is facing its worst water crisis in a century and protests to say the government is to blame the top three expected to run dry on april the twelfth for victoria get back. out on the streets of cape town over a water crisis these protesters say the government should have prevented the city is completely mismanaging the water they're not getting the leaks cannot be using the placing of the pipes they already know what the management devices that they know are defective and that but no plan for the springs they are not allowing people access to so they are strangling the water supply reservoirs have been full for more than three years because the hasn't been enough rain. the city is limiting each household to fifty liters of water
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a day that's the quicker than two to one full blast with eighty people in the house up till now we've managed to bring up with the consumption from one thousand kilos lead to spur month we put all the down now last month it was a killer and we are doing a little bit more in order to bring that for the dome to get it in line with the six beat. that will come on the first of feeble woody from south africa's move to ministers says climate change is to blame for the crisis she said everyone to cut back that water he says it is therefore important that our loses leave the plants introducing what to consumption. the agricultural sector has made a commitment to make sure that they explore innovative solutions so that then there is that the petition to the realities of the meeting scientists say the city has made significant efforts to deal with the crisis the time has been really successful with a what are the monitoring program which began in
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a round about ninety nine and the remarkable thing about this program is that it has managed to live the dumond on what despite it grow a city was growing economic development and population city officials who already built pool with days there oh the date when taps are expected to run dry that day is now april the twelfth nine days earlier than previously expected it appears that desperate measures to conserve water are having little effect victoria gating be out there well interactive map to track the location of people using fitness devices like fitbit has raised concerns about security at u.s. military bases around the world the pentagon is concerned that soldiers using these devices may be accidently revealing top secret military locations estabrook has more. well fitness tracking devices have become very popular around the world in fact about twenty seven million people globally have these things including people
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in the u.s. military well it's starting to become a concern now for the u.s. military because this global heat map that went online last fall lets anybody go onto the internet and see where people that have these tracking devices are located and if you look at this map you see it places like the united states in north america and in europe are lit up because a lot of people in those areas of course have them but also now you can see areas where potentially u.s. military personnel have them the pentagon a few years ago gave out about twenty five hundred of these devices to some personnel in an effort to fight obesity so now there is concern that people can go onto this map and they can zoom in and they can see places where a military personnel are active places like the c. hill region of africa and an area south of mosul in iraq now the pentagon is taking
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a look at this it issued a statement late this evening saying that the d.o.d. is taking this very seriously it's reviewing the situation to see if training and policy should be developed in order to keep personnel safe so this device that was given out to the military in an effort to keep them fit now could potentially be a security risk the relations between the u.s. and cuba have deteriorated since donald trump to call for his he's put limits on trade and made it home for americans to visit me on and put some musicians and artists at the turbans to show the two countries can get along. know the reports from her father. sharing a stage comes naturally to these cuban and us musicians if you miss best known pianist. playing alongside american jazz legend. the saxophone player is among the u.s. artists who headline this years have been
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a jazz festival. musicians turned cultural ambassadors at a time of renewed hostilities between their governments it's now more important than ever music is a common language connects this two countries again the politics of the politics but the art form is a common language and that will help strengthen perhaps some of the other areas the broader international relationship. and that relationship has deteriorated significantly since its high point two years ago today the state department is actively advising americans to stay away from cuba but not all of them are listening even under tighter travel restrictions reimposed by the trumpet ministration and then president a number of americans visited and performed at this year's just festival here and have an hour and when asked why they're here they generally gave the same basic answer music trumps tropfest current time constraint. this cuban pianist couldn't agree more playing for
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a tour of american jazz lovers could respect checco things musical overtures can have just as much power as diplomatic. as with cuban music and culture is an explosion it's fire and that is what we transmit to the audiences beyond all the problems that exist i try to express what i am not as a musician but as a culture. and the cultural efforts extend beyond music this statue of cuban independence year ago cimetidine was a gift from new york's bronx to see him of the arts to the people of cuba veiling attended by architect. and other artists from both countries hope you are the start of other joint projects that's always been the artists and their cultural organizations that have really kept the conversation going they were responsible for initiating the conversation and opened the doors for relationship building greater connections between cuba and the united states. tended the inaugural
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ceremony in what is expected to be one of his last public events as cuban president perhaps not of support to those trying to get different nations ship with the u.s. back on track in. less than two weeks the winter olympics story. just ahead.
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ok back a remote scottish island is up for sale and the government deciding whether to give the local community the right to buy it instead of it being sold on the open market landownership in scotland is a sensitive issue with a very few wealthy people owning half of all private land and as barnaby phillips reports from over the government wants to change all of that. in a distant corner of the british isles i drove through a wild landscape to find an island community that is dying six hundred people lived here on in the nineteenth century now there are only six including the owner has decided to sell it and rebecca whose children are at school on the neighboring island of maui she fears a new owner could force her family to leave a final blow in the long decline of this community my husband grew up here in our whole lives are invested in the. eleven years and in belton of her business and our
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children are very happy at the local scale and i think it would be devastating for us. is littered with empty houses some long abandoned recently far from jobs and services this is a difficult place to survive but the remaining islanders supported by people all want to buy believing they can repopulate it make it viable backed by scotland's government which has new powers to change the pattern of land ownership being to change from the present situation where a very large proportion of the very few people. to the benefit of local communities there's an opportunity under the wonderful legislation in scotland for actually to make a difference. grab it with both arms the old jamie howard who sadly have lived here for seventy years believes the community underestimate how much investment
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olva needs better his land agent told us to find a buyer on the open market if we're trying to get investors here we don't want to put barriers in the way we don't want to frighten them by saying if you buy here well the community or somebody else may come in and stop you we want people who are leaving europe with these like it or you don't. we're leaving your we want to encourage investment into this part of the world but donald who runs the little ferry to bow sees the proposed community buyout as old as last chance they will speak. so we need to get new blood young blood work into the typical. olver is just one tiny island but the conflict of interests here between local community and landowner is one that resonates through the highlands and islands and through scotland's history scotland's government seems inclined to give the islanders time and money to match the elders price it's intervention big watch to far beyond all
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of barnaby phillips al-jazeera in the scottish highlands. but it's time for sports history and i think you very much the hell the international paralympic committee have barred russian athletes from representing that country at march's winter games in chiang merit the decision made by the i.o.c. a squad of thirty to thirty five para athletes will however be permitted to compete as neutrals this means that russia's flag them and team uniforms be permitted the russian federation remain banned from the i.p.c. following accusations of states but it's addicting we often say during our deliberations last saturday can we look in the eyes of the athletes all of them and say that we are doing everything that we can to guarantee a level playing field and yes so yes so we are not rewarding russia but we are allowing this step we believe are clean to compete under
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a neutral flag welly i spoke to our sports correspondent lee wellings who will be traveling to pyongyang and we can offer him how surprised we should actually be by this decision. well from the noises we've been hearing from the international paralympic committee over the last few weeks this was the most likely course of action and what it does is it brings them in line with the international olympic committee and have been neutral at least remember the paralympic bosses took a much tougher stance over radar and they said there will not be any russian competitors there and they haven't just done this to fall back in line with the i.o.c. they're very much made it clear it's their own decision that they are really optimistic actually about how things are now going with the russians some of the language is no longer are the russians corrupted and compromised they've got greater confidence things are much better but what happened is that the russians have not progress in time to have their entire team there and it does actually feel a bit better all around to have the olympic bosses in the power input bosses in
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line together being as fair as possible as they can be with russian athletes who they perceive to be clean some of the most extreme athletes who will be competing in china been fine tuning their game for an afternoon this was the ninety nine from the judges almost perfect to claim the snowboard halfpipe competition. but that's event was marred somewhat biased serious injury to defending olympic gold medalist are you're a part of that trick of also known as i pod the swiss crashed heavily during his second run and was taken to hospital scans confirm he's got a nasal fracture. roger federer has announced his intention to return to melbourne to defend his australian open title next year the swiss has been showing off his twentieth grand slam trophy a day off to claiming a five set victory over croatia's marin challenged on sunday at thirty six years
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old federer says he'll be continuing to manage his workload very carefully this year and is in discussions to next compete in dubai at the end of february but he'll take some time to enjoy his sixth melbourne title first it's just a lot you know it's a lot trying to take it in last year it was more straightforward you know it was just this believe going to believe it happened and. there i was waking up with a trophy but i don't know this year seems more surreal i can't believe i was able to defend my title you know after all this after all these years i could do it again tiger woods has finished in the top twenty five as a competitive goal for them for the first time in three years the fourteen time major champion has been battling back and any injuries but he produced a final round of seventy two at the p.g.a. event to torrey pines that saw him finish seven strikes off the pace and in a tie for twenty third of three under par this was irony his second event on the
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p.g.a. tour since august twenty fifth seen. a lot of my rounds and. the shark him wasn't something i was worried about going to coming into this week i knew what what i could do what i've been doing at home that was going to be the issue he was going to be can i shoot low scores. i didn't but i grind out some good rounds. while the action will continue later on die off to bad life forced an early end to play jason day and alex noren will resume a playoff for the title at torrey pines after finishing tied at ten under they paid five extra holes before deciding conditions one quite adequate. you know messi has surpassed cristiana ronaldo for the most goals scored from a free kick in the league at the argentine not his twenty first the botha in their victory over others on sunday but felipe catania is first league star for the club didn't go quite as he'd liked the club's record signing was subbed off midway through the second half of the game that was with his team trailing one nil pass
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overturn the deficit though winning it two one and stayed undefeated in the league this season to be one of the most secure since you always try to change the match or hold the match if you are doing well in this case we wanted to change it we were pressing them a lot but today very ready for us we needed to play quicker in those attacking positions in the end i thought one of the and said you could bring guys death and go said fortunately we came back because all the squad worked hard not to just disabuse so boss alone are eleven points clear at the top of the table ahead of second place athletico madrid last powers three earlier on sunday valencia as you can see a third round madrid sit fourth nineteen points behind bars or but with a game in hand villareal and sylvia complete the top six in the n.b.a. the cleveland cavaliers of one consecutive games for the first time since early december lebron james racked up twenty five points as they beat the detroit pistons
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one hundred twenty one to one hundred and four. we tied the fourth quarter last game i take it we've taken a couple steps forward i don't like our second quarter tonight. we allowed a couple of open looks and no contest so we got to continue to work on happens on that but you know for the most part through our forty eight minutes i think this is a one of the best days we've had you know obviously you know as of late we thought of the game play was on time and on target off it's really not many turnovers in the fourth quarter like we had last game aside i was progress meanwhile the l.a. lakers four game winning streak with snap by the toronto raptors fred van vliet scored a career hard twenty five points for toronto and the modernising had nineteen one hundred twenty three to one hundred on eleven with school. one of the most dominant and well known figures in mixed martial arts has announced a career switch for me u.f.c. champion ronda rousey it's quit the sport in order to compete full time in w w e a
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wild wrestling entertainment rosie's been one of the highest paid female athletes in the weald in recent is. thanks that's the other three watching the news out of all news on the other side of the reich until and thanks for your time i check up any. paint the scene for us where they are on line what is american sign in yemen that peace is always possible but it never happens not because the situation is complicated but because no one cares or if you join us on set there are people there to choose between buying medication or eating basis is a dialogue i want to get in one more comment because this is someone who is an activist and has posted a story joining the global conversation at this time on al-jazeera. february
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on al-jazeera south korea hosts the twenty eighteen winter olympics cam records being broken al-jazeera will bring you the latest from pyongyang the big picture examines the present day crisis in venezuela by exploring the divisions rooted in its path just senior officials will meet to discuss the biggest security challenges facing. we'll be live from the munich security conference partition borders of blood looks at the troubled legacy of the events that shaped the indian subcontinent and in a series of special reports we look at new trade and travel routes which are opening up the. february al-jazeera. what makes this moment this era we're living for so unique all this is really an attack on truth itself is a lot of misunderstanding a distortion even of what free speech is supposed to be about that context is hugely important level wise to publish it beat up again to be offensive or
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provocative or whatever nice people do setting the stage for a serious debate. up front at this time on al-jazeera. al-jazeera. where ever you. more people are killed on the ground in syria as talks get underway in russia to try to end the conflict.

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