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>> the son of pakistan's former prime minister is kidnapped at an election rally. you are watching al jazeera, live from our headquarters in delhi --d doha. syrian warplanes upset the balance in rebel strongholds. several areas are under bombardment. a politician sentenced to bangladesh in a case dating back to the country's war of independence. club look at the cuban for the elderly that the
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government says is helping people live longer. gunman have kidnapped the son of pakistan's former prime minister, yousaf raza gillani, in the latest violent attack to hit the election campaign. ali haider gillani was leaving an election rally when he -- men started shooting, killing his personal secretary. he is running as an independent candidate in general elections. nts tie up -- in ts tie out -- imtiaz tyab is live with more. have you found out anything more about what happened and who did this? >> the campaign in the heartland of the family, where this family has an enormous amount of support and sympathy. what we know is that a group of men stormed this campaign rally.
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they were armed men. they opened fire, injuring eight people, killing one. as we have been saying, they have objected ali haider gillani. no group has claimed responsibility. however, there have been conflicting reports that the group may be behind this -- the outgoing minister. a direct connection between this and the pakistan taliban who have been behind a series of attacks during this campaign. yousaf raza gillani, the former prime minister and father of ali haider gallantly, says he believes it is his lyrical drivers -- of ali haider gallantly -- of ali haider illani, says he believes it is his political opponents. if we don't get my brother, -- >> if we don't get my brother by this evening, we will not let
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the election happen in this area. impactaz, what sort of is this likely to have on the election? well, at this stage, it is wait and see. if they g -- the gillani family and this area, the most popular province and all of pakistan, if they boycott this poll, a number of national assembly seats are held there am a provincial assembly seats are held there. it could skew the election result. if the poll goes ahead as planned. there is a lot of concern as to what may happen if ali haider is not returned to his family safe. we still don't know who is behind these attacks. we don't know what group is taking responsibility. in the four weeks of this election campaign, there have been a number of attacks on campaign rallies. over 100 people have been
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killed and many more injured. the latest abduction adding to the uncertainty as pakistan goes towards this historic poll, which would see the first democratic transition of power through the ballot box. >> thank you for that. the syrian forces appear to be gaining ground in their offense against the rebels. in the past few hours, fighter jets have struck rebel positions in the idlib province. in southern syria, more fighting has been reported in us -- in a border town on the main supply route renting -- running from jordan to the city of tirana -- deraa. they recaptured most of this city at the border of lebanon. forces loyal to bashar al-assad now also control the highway between damascus, homs, and artus, -- tartus, which gives
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them access to the mediterranean sea. in aleppo, the government forces took control of its southern part. our correspondent joins me now. she has been covering the syrian war for us. what do you make, from what you've seen and what you know i'm a of the government tactics now? they seem to have changed somewhat. >> absolutely. i think the government changed its tactics three weeks ago, a month now from a defensive position to an offensive. they are going all out in several fronts, mainly central syria. from our we understand sources, the government is mainly in control of that town. it had artie been in control of the villages around it. -- had already been in control of the villages around it. the government is waging this war by proxy.
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hezbollah later admitted that it was hezbollah fighters who were carrying out that war in the villages. it is more of a gorilla -- guerrilla tactic. they are leaving it to these hezbollah fighters who know more of the ground tactics. the government being at the back and pounding those areas. we have the same thing in homs. there is only one enclave left. it is where the fighters are still holding up. but the image you are getting is that you have these fighters that are now under siege. they have pockets of resistance. re-s difficult to get supplies of ammunition and weapons. fors it very difficult them to communicate? was it the mean for them? should they be nervous? >> they are nervous. they do say that they need help.
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they have been calling all along for weapons and ammunition. they are calling even more. i was pretty surprised are the numbers of fighters, maybe the ones in the villages, who are crossing into lebanon and just becoming refugees. they said there is no point of fighting this war anymore if we don't get help. it is a very difficult moment for the free syrian army and all the other opposition fighters who are on the ground there. more andmakes things more difficult. you have these pockets of resistance, these different groups fighting everywhere. i think the government's tactic at the moment is less take back all the main highways, let's make sure they don't get closer to damascus. let's get back all the vital installation of the government. >> and help might be on the way. we are hearing the british government say that maybe the -- maybe chemical weapons were used. do you think that could prompt
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some kind of intervention come of the sort, if i can use that word? >> i think there was hope a few weeks ago that the chemical weapons issue would be a very big issue and would prompt -- i heard from a lot of refugees comparing that issue to what happened in iraq and how it pushed the international community to act more swiftly. but you also get the feeling that they are not really sure if chemical weapons were used, who they were used by, and that confusion that is on the ground -- i think the international community realizes that the free syrian army and all the opposition forces need help and need help quickly. we heard john kerry say that assad must go. the u.s. and the international community has been saying that for the past few years. how you make that happen is the question nobody is answering at the moment. >> thanks, hoda abdel-hamid. the syrian president, bashar al- assad, has no place in the transitional government.
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john kerry is in romance as all sides are working on a deal -- in rome and says all sides are working on a deal. israel has approved what could become another obstacle to the peace process. it has given the greenlight to the construction of about 300 new houses houses in a settlement near ramallah in the occupied west bank. the army says they will compensate israelis who will -- were evicted from another settlement last year. a war crimes tribunal in bangladesh has confirmed that has consigned -- has consigned --ammad kamaruzzaman of during the 1971 war of independence. the just -- the jamaat-e-islami party says the charges are politically motivated. on five of seven charges and sentenced to hang.
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mohammad kamaruzzaman is the third leader of bangladesh's biggest islamic party to get the same sentence. a fourth has been given a light sentence could his wife disputes all the charges. -- sentence. his wife disputes all the charges. >> whatever allegations brought against him are fabricated. my husband is innocent. >> war crimes prosecutors say the crimes were committed when mohammad kamaruzzaman was a 19- year-old jamaat-e-islami student leader. the party had supported pakistani forces during the 1971 war of independence. the government says 3 million people were killed in that conflict and thousands of women were raped. mohammad kamaruzzaman is among 11 men accused of war crimes. all are prominent members of the opposition. the special tribunals were set up in 2010, shortly after the
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election. critics of the trials say they are a ploy by the government to eliminate the jamaat-e-islami leadership and weaken the opposition. but the prosecutors deny this. >> the prosecutions are very much independent for their work and judges are very much independent for their work. so, no government agencies can push or press anything on them here and we are looking at justice -- on them. we are looking at justice. >> they want convicted war criminals to hang. hundreds of thousands have been on the streets since february, as have supporters of the opposition. they have been marching for months, protesting against what they say is a political vendetta. hundreds have been killed in fighting with security forces. and they say they will continue to battle for justice for their political leaders, despite thursday's verdict. bangladesh has killed at least eight people in
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a building that housed two garment factories and residential flats. the fire in the capital of dr. -- om -- dhaka broke out just two weeks ago, a building collapsed, killing 900 workers. how many bases with the u.s. keep in afghanistan after its main withdrawal? we are live from bagram air base after the break. plus, a journalist who started arming himself after a wave of targeted killing. am at the al jazeera headquarters in doha. let's get a quick update on the top stories. the son of pakistan's former prime minister, josef raza delonghi, has been kidnapped at a campaign rally. -- yousaf raza gillani, has been kidnapped at a campaign rally. the syrian government forces appear to be gaining ground in their offensive across the
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country. in southern syria, more fighting has been reported in the border town. there are batters -- battles in idlib province, where rebels are targeting government military bases. a fourth opposition leader in bangladesh has been found guilty of war crimes. common kamaruzzaman was sentenced to death on charges of genocide and torture -- mohammad kamaruzzaman was sentenced to death on charges of genocide and torture. the afghan president says the u.s. will have nine bases in the country after its troops put out in 2014. hamid karzai says the two size have reached a deal to ensure the security in afghanistan -- two sides have reached a deal to ensure the security of afghanistan. >> all conditions should guarantee the security of the country and build up our economic infrastructure. >> jennifer glass joins us live
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from the bagram air base. unsure quite a bit of that equipment equipment will be moved out. tell us about some of the challenges they are facing there. >> this is part of the logistics operation to move all of this equipment out. the vehicles you see behind me have already had all their weapons systems and all of the netting that is armor on them removed. that is done here at bagram airbase. they are weighed and measured. they figure out how to get them out of the country. these are just some of the 28,000 vehicles that u.s. forces have to move out of the country in the next year and a half. .0,000 shipment containers $30 billion of equipment that will leave here by land, sea, rail, air over the next year and a half. it is a huge logistical operation. not only do they have to get
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all this equipment out, they have to make sure the forces in the field are taken care of, have the equipment they need while they are there and while they withdraw. >> certainly a big operation. we hear that nine bases remain. what will they be doing? >> we spoke to u.s. officials about president karzai last statement. we do know the united states and afghan government are still negotiating their bilateral security agreement that will determine how many u.s. forces remain here in afghanistan when the nato mission ends and what exactly they will be doing. the u.s. embassy here in afghanistan says it will not comment on any specifics of that bilateral security agreement because it says that president obama has made clear that u.s. forces will not occupy long-term bases, but the agreement is supposed to cover access and utility of afghan bases. the space i am standing on, bagram, tens of thousands of
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people here, a huge, sprawling base with an airfield. about an hour's drive out of kabul. wouldard to see how this not remain some sort of base. there is a lot of construction going on, even as this huge logistics withdrawal operation goes on. i think the americans refused to comment on the specifics of the bilateral security agreement except to say that they will not be long-term u.s. bases, but u.s. forces may stay here, but they will have use of afghan bases. >> thank you for that. killed 23 people in central nigeria. police say it was an ambush and the suspect belonged to an armed group. they say that 17 officers are missing and the bodies of those were burned by
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members of the armed group. journalists have started arming themselves. 22 media members have been murdered in the last year and a half. greste went to- the capital, mogadishu. >> as he loads his pistol -- him mohammed for safety. alongside his notepad and pen, the gun is now part of his stance on -- standard equipment. after seeing two dozen of his colleagues and friends murdered in the last year and a half, he feels he has no choice. >> i know it is bad, being a journalist and hearing a gun, but i have to protect myself erie the government does not help us. -- have to protect myself. the government does not help us. they never find anyone. >> when journalists gather to talk, the conversation often turns to the latest one among
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them to be targeted. the murders started in 2007, but last year was especially bloody. nobody knows who has been killing them or why, but they all know the effect it has had. has affected the independence of the news. the public -- it is unlikely that the public is receiving help -- receiving but -- receiving balanced information. >> that is more important than ever before. because this is not just about the targeted killings of one group of somali professionals, this is about an attack on the current -- one of the country's most important institutions. the government says it is ready to defend the freedom of the media. last year, it appointed a task force to investigate the crimes. the poster reminds staff of their dead colleagues.
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two were gunned down last year. two others were hurt in bombings. the government says it is not a campaign, but a crime wave. >> civilians are being killed. people are being assassinated. they have been targeted. they paid a huge price. >> back at the radio station, they keep on broadcasting. they are not soldiers and they did not become journalists to fight, but if they have to, at least some of them are willing to carry a gun. peter greste, al jazeera, mogadishu. >> in recent years, china has been responsible for much of the world's economic growth. but now there our doubts about predictions its economy will
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surpass that of the u.s. in the next two decades -- there are doubts about predictions its economy will surpass that of the u.s. in the next two decades. china's development research council expects growth to drop to 6% by 2020 two the national bureau of statistics is warning that economic data collected from regional provinces -- to drop by 6% by 2020. the national bureau of statistics is warning that economic data collected from regional provinces -- china has worked hard to transform its economy and sustain growth. >> china has embarked on an incredible launch into private enterprise, really transforming its whole economy as it moved away from this state control. and it has had to keep up that kind of growth rate of double digits year on year to soak up the millions of workers who have been laid off from state
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industries and are now working in the private sector. it has largely been the growth story -- the growth story has been remarkable. it has been tangible. people have been able to say it is a genuine story. there is genuine wealth there. in recent times, people following the china story have been asking what is underpinning the growth now? is it real? when you see figures like 1/2 of all economic activity in china being related somehow to infrastructure investment, you wonder just how sustainable that kind of growth is. >> russians are celebrating victory day. parades are being held in the capital square in moscow. are expectedeople to attend thousands of events across the country. they include spectacles of russia's giant military strength. .ombat tanks will be on show russia has spent hundreds of
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billions of dollars on new weapons. part of its military strategy is in the arctic. northernore from a city. >> it is the biggest city inside the arctic circle. they are also celebrating victory day. this is a city that was given a gold medal for its fight against the nazis. of course, the bulk of military spending now is going on the naval forces. nearly $700 billion u.s. will be spent by the end of this decade, and most of it is going towards extending the strategic power of the navy. the new class of nuclear submarine has just been launched. it is the first one of eight they have ordered. it has a series of intercontinental ballistic missiles. president putin is determined to extend the strategic power of russia, and he is spending the money to prove it. inside the arctic circle is the
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stage for the next big strategic battle because of the arctic resources. with the receding of the ice flows, it means trying to get to floes, it means trying to get to the oil reserves and gas resources in the arctic circle will be the next five. president putin is determined that russia will be ready. >> a relative unknown is being groomed to take over manchester united following the retirement of alex ferguson. ferguson will step down at the end of the season after winning 38 trophies during his 26 years in charge. a 58-year-old, fellow scot who has not won a trophy -- who is now aker commentator for al jazeera sports believes that david moyes would be alex ferguson's first choice as his successor. >> david has gone on record
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saying that the next united manager after sir alec should alexnly have -- sir should not only have british experience, but should have european experience. david moyes does not have that. i do think that alex ferguson himself is very pro-david moyes. and he is very keen that david is his successor. i did ask the manager what he felt, who he felt could take the team on to the next level. they have come up with david moyes' name. once he is installed as manager -- and i think it will be sooner rather than later, it's a matter of who he brings in. and there might be one or two surprises. club cuba, there is a with a very specific membership requirement. you have to be over 80 years of age. it is part of a government
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scheme to keep people living longer. >> she is 102 years old. she was born in 1910. in spite of her advanced age, she says she can't take care of herself and claims the only reason why she has lived this can are -- she says she take care of herself and claims the only reason why she has lived this long -- >> i can bathe myself, cook, an d clean. there are other people in my family who have reached 90, so i think that's the reason i'm still alive. >> she's a member of the 120 -- year-old -- 120-year-old club. it was sponsored by fidel castro to help people live to a ripe, old age. this man is now 82 and was the founder of the club. he says that what keeps the leader of revolution -- of
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cuba's revolution alive is a positive attitude. it is important to keep positive. that is what fidel has done. if there is a problem, you solve it. that is why fidel won the revolution. >> cuba has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the region. the average citizen lives to 77. they point to their public health system as the main reason that cubans live longer. -- was-year-old club is created to extend longevity in cuba, teaching people about healthy diets, exercise, and providing motivation. 1500 people who are over 100 years old. the government says the club is already showing results. they also have a practical reason to keep older people healthy.
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the total fertility rate is as low as 1.5 children per woman, far less than it needs for population replacement. >> people here are living longer. at the same time, this is a challenge for the health system because you have a increasing cost -- increase in cost to take care of the elderly. >> in spite of her failing herself she has taught to play the p&f. she said that -- says that finding new passions is what has kept her going. havana.o, al jazeera,
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