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this is the newshour. live from london. coming up in the next 60 minute. >> the nose have it. anchor: the british prime minister's brexit deal rejected a third time. parliament has two weeks to come with a new plan or crash o out f europe. hundreds of thousandnds of peope have taken to the streets of algiers, demanding an overhaul of the entire political establishment. also, >> we are just about to board a
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canadian air force operation. find out why this has become one of the deadliest peacekeeping operations in u.s. history. i have all your starts. as barcelona prepares for its star player taking aim at its critics and argentina. we will have that story for you later this newshour. we will begin the hour here in london where british mps have rejected the government's brexit deal for a third time. the prime minister had promised to resign if it was passed. the withdrawal agreement failed to win enough support, falling short by 58 votes. theresa may has until april 12 to come up with a new plan or face the prospects of crashing out with no deal. the eyes to the right.
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286. 's to the left, 344. reporter: the brexit breakthrough has been defeated. the country remains in confusion. a matter of be profound regret for every member of this house. once again, we have been unable -- the implications of the houses decision are grave. reporter: britain only has two weeks of find an alternative way forward. otherwise it will crash out of the au without a deal or plan. the opposition leaders say the defeat paves the way for a general election. >> this deal now has to change. there has to be an alternative found. if the prime minister can't accept that, she must go.
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not at an indeterminate date in the future, but now. so we can decide the future of this country reporter: through a general election. reporter:-- country through a general election. reporter: remember this? >> brexit means brexit. we are very clear. we will be leaving the a -- bu you on the 29th of march. reporter: the original deadline date is usually symbolic for the prime minister and 17 million people who voted for brexit. this has infuriated brexit tears. .- brexiteers >> where is that money coming from? reporter: the division inside parliament was echoed on the streets around it. the country at odds with itself. brexiteers rd-line
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and this is what they think of the eu. how can britain move forward from here? they may have missed the opportunity for an orderly exit but theresa may could still give her deal another go, possibly even next week. mps are hunting for an alternative to theresa may's plan. they have failed to rally around a single idea so far. they will try again on monday. a general election, anything now. british politics remain paralyzed. we are live outside of the british parliament. third time unlucky for the british prime minister. does this mean she will give up the fight? >> it's unlikely. she has shown herself to have extraordinary resilience so far.
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the indications coming out of downing street. they were going to try to find ways of carrying on. the prime minister's official spokesman said that the vote was going in the right direction. whetherficult to see his tongue was in his cheek in that. he was talking about the amounts of the defeat coming down and down and down from 230 to 149. today, 58. i suppose it is going in the right direction. it's not going quickly enough to salvage the prime minister steel. the question now, what happens next? mps who already on wednesday of this week seized control of a window of opportunity in the comments to put forward eight alternative options that they wanted to vote on. none of them got a majority. they are going to have another run at it on monday of next week. expectation if not
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hope that a customs union which only lost its majority -- it was defeated by eight votes last time. it might scrape across the line. there were 28 extensions by the cabinet. about fluiding numbers here. to talk about the procedure and possibilities, a guest has joined me from the institute for government. can the prime minister bring back her deal again, really? is it procedurally possible? >> we like to think that she can. the big question is whether the speaker will allow them to. previously clear that if the deal doesn't change substantively, the house cannot vote on it again. it is already rejected it multiple times. for him to change his mind on that would be a very significant u-turn for someone who has been
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intransigent. viablerally, it would be if the speaker decided he was fine with it. is very much up to the speaker. reporter: it seems as though the rules of politics and -- parliament have been turned to jelly by this whole process. >> absolutely. the rules have always had a degree of flexibility about them for the most part. they are conventions. conventions haven't come under challenge before in the same way that they have in the last weeks and months. certainly it has been lots of upending of conventions, rewriting of rules. it's hard to see where that's going to take us and how long that could actually play out in the future. biggest: one of the problems we happy here now is the limitation of time. days untilively 11 the european council meets on the 10th of april. 12th of april has been set as
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the new brexit date. wantsime minister, if she to contemplate alternatives, doesn't have much time. if she decides that she doesn't like what mps present her as a result of the indicative vote next week, can she refuse to carry out the will of the mps? >> technically, yes. she is not obliged to carry out the will of the mps. politically, that would be very difficult. legally, she can do what you likes. the government can decide that it wants to do something completely different. time is a limiting factor here. if she tried to present her current deal again to parliament, having not taken on board what parliament says it wants, that would be rejected again most certainly. that means you are running up to that deadline without any alternative. she will have to then ask for an extension from the eu that is longer.
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that extension would have to be justified, either by her saying she will have a general election or so good referendum. -- second referendum. lewis lloyd from the institute of government, highlighting the difficulties we have in predicting how it's going to play out over the next coming week. anchor: thank you very much. all the latest from westminster. now the european council president wasted no time in giving his response, saying that eu leaders will meet on april 10 to display -- discuss the way forward. let's get more. tell us about the reaction from eu officials. is there a sense that no deal preparations are being made now? doubt thathere's no the no deal scenario is one that is being spoken about by an
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increasing number of eu officials. the real possibility. the eu's chief brexit negotiator thursday, before this vote today, that this was something that eu ambassadors are preparing for. they need to ramp up those preparations because of no deal theeally, for him, plausible option at this moment. the vote today in the u.k. parliament, mps choosing not to support the agreement, has fueled this sense of frustration, brexit fatigue in the european union. what is happening next is on april 10, you have the eu council president who has called a special summit. theresa may will be invited as she will be expected to present britain's plan going forward.
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if she doesn't have a plan, eu leaders say britain will simply leave the european union on april 12 without a deal. that is something they have worked very hard to try to avoid. there are no other options on the table. the eu council president talking about a really long extension to give everybody more breathing time to come up with some new plan. people in the eu are feeling deflated about this process. anchor: thank you very much. still ahead for you in this newshour from london, a sprawling refugee camp in nigeria. experiencing violence in neighboring cameron. >> friends know more. the soviet era statute still as russia is an occupying power accused of meddling in
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ukraine's election. anchor: a record-breaking opening day in major league baseball. the details on that story, coming up. ♪ anchor: hundreds of thousands of people have been on the streets of algeria's capital in the biggest antigovernment demonstration since unrest directed six weeks ago. demonstrators are demanding an overhaul of the political system. weeks of the six peaceful protests in algeria, but no change in government. many feel they have never been closer. >> 20 years is enough. get out. algeria has many candidates who are competent to take the job. why would the regime stifle them in their own country? our youth deserves a brush of felt there -- fresh air. we deserve to live in peace.
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>> people have to listen to us. reporter: the army backed their calls to the president to step down. and algeria'sty biggest union have joined the calls for him to go. the e national lawyers uninion re-emphasized its demand that the 82-year-old president must leave office. we reiterate our support for the peaceful popular movement which calls for a change in the system of government, the creation of a new republic that respects the sovereignty of the people and the principle of the law. the union calls for a positive response to the demands of the people within whom sovereign power resigns -- reside. peopler: millions of came out to demonstrate in towns and cities across the country. this is the town in the east.
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scene in thelar west. want to move to a real , a new a juryntry in government. which will be elected by the people and not by this government. we are against this government. reporter: even if he does go, that won't be enough for the protesters. they want a complete overhaul of an establishment that has been entrenched since algeria's independence from france in 1962. they want the resignation of the ruling elite that sat along the president for 20 years. for anything like that to happen, the powerful military would have to agree. it's very sensitive to signs of instability. everyone is waiting for the constitutional council to rule on his fitness for office based on health reasons. it has given no indication of when it will make a decision.
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unfitrules the president for office, parliament must endorse the decision by a two thirds majority. even if that happens, it will only just begin to the full the demands of the hundreds of thousands of algerians who have spoken out in protest. al jazeera. story, for more on the we speak to a researcher at the european council on foreign relations. she joins us live via skype. hearing in the report there, the protest started out by calling for the president to stand down. they are now adamant that the entire power structure surrounding the regime must also go. what is your sense about whether they will be able to achieve this? >> it's very difficult to say right now where this will end up. protesters,hat the week after week, have felt that
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a sensethey have felt of unity and power they have never felt before. this has led to increasingly ambitious demands as the weeks passed. clear that they can -- the demands that are now on the table in terms of really overthrowing the whole system rather than just the president. it seems increasingly likely that the president will go. but whether there will be a real transition and change in terms of the power structures in the country is much more questionable. anchor: a sense of unity and empowerment in opposition. is there a clear vision for what they want to transition to? >> i think that while not everybody who is out protesting
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has a strong idea of what the institutional framework would look like, there are certainly people who are organizing meetings and conferences in universities, in public parks, in theaters across the country to discuss what the future should look like. there are 17 of algeria's leading human rights organizations who put quite a clear plan on the table in terms a their proposals regarding transition that would include a transitional council that after the president's resignation should include a transitional oversee the would election of a constituent assembly and a new constitution. that's one of the most ambitious plans.
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there are really a huge number of discussions around this happening across the country. clear that thery proposals that were put on the people -- table this week are seen as not being enough. anchor: thank you very much. we appreciate your analysis. >> thank you. the united nations security council has met to discuss the deteriorating situation in mali. they are asking for more troops and resources. as fighting intensifies, some countries are pulling their soldiers out. we linked up with canadian troops operating out of the city in northern mali. reporter: this canadian task force is deep in molly's desert. a training mission to rescue wounded frontline troops. down below, u.n. soldiers are
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fighting 20 armed groups, including the islamic state in the greater scenario -- sahara. this dr. and her team of medics fly in a board a helicopter. this is a training exercise and hostile terrain. >> we don't know if they're still enemies in the area. we are putting ourselves as a target. possibly they will fight us. it's a really big target. we just want to pack up and get out. reporter: 200 u.n. troops have been killed in molly. it's the deadliest people keeping -- peacekeeping operation in their history. while this is a training exercise, the dangers are real. the canadian forces carried by venue nation. -- live in munition.
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the situation here is slowly deteriorating. this mobile phone footage captures the aftermath of the latest attack. entire villages are burned to the ground after a local militia over 100 the literatures. dismembering even the youngest. accused of him of supporting rebel groups. what started as a localized conflict is turning into an ethnic cleansing moving into neighboring countries. the theater of operation is as fast as the european -- the vast -- vast as the european union. >> i compare it to the canadian arctic, northern canada. it looks very much the same. you replaceape, if the sand with ice and rock, this is it. you would be in northern canada. reporter: 1000 feet above
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ground, this helicopter is turned into a flying hospital. what i have saved lives of soldiers, they have returned to bodies. , the primecriticism minister's government is pulling back its troops. the u.n. want them to stay. it's an operation they can't afford to lose. al jazeera, northern mali. refugee camps in nigeria are growing fast as fighting in cameroon forces thousands of people to flee across the border. 30,000 people have been officially registered. workers say the actual number is much higher. we travel to one of the permanent settlements over refugees in nigeria's cross river straight. -- state. reporter: it's a sprawling community of thousands. ass growing every week violence continues to force more
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people across the border. here, this family is preparing their evening meal. it's been a year since they fled the fighting. they may have a shelter and food for now, but only one thing preoccupies their mind. you are supposed to live -- leave where you belong. home is a home. praying thatg -- this will get finished and we can go back home. refugees,like many they know that that day is a long way off. compatriots continue to arrive with stories of violence back on. refugees are admitted to take over temporary tent shelters. thousands have , more than 30,000 have crossed into neighboring
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nigeria. camp, home refugee to 6000 refugees. it's one of the four permanent structures built. ,housands are waiting outside but facilities are overstretched. he's a leader of the russian community. -- refugee community. he says the past year has been difficult. >> it has not been easy for us. we don't have access to medication. every day we encounter death. our own fellows are dying. every day because of access to .edication the facility is lacking. apart from fruit, education for refugee children is also a problem. reporter: refugees believe that only one organization can and their plight.
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-- end their plight. >> [inaudible] done,er: unless that is most of the refugees here are digging in for a long wait in nigeria. al jazeera, nigeria. anchor: donald trump has sparked another row with mexico by threatening to shut the border. mexico's foreign minister responded on twitter saying, they don't act on the basis of threat. trump made the comments in florida. >> we have the weakest, the most pathetic laws. congress has to act. mexico makes so much money from the united states and so many other things. so many other assets. they have to grab it and stop it. we have two big caravans coming up from guatemala. massive caravans.
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walking right through mexico. mexico is tough. they can stop them but they chose not to. now they will stop them. if they don't, we are closing the border. we will keep it closed for a long time. i'm not playing games. mexico has to stop it. anchor: we have more on the story now from washington. threatr: donald trump's to close portions of the southern border of the united states certainly is not without precedent. we've seen this before. president george w. bush did temporarily after the september 11 attacks in 2001. we some republican president ronald reagan doing so in 1985, his reasons, in order to try to get mexico to cooperate when they were concerned that it was not being forthcoming with information. that may be the motivations for donald trump this time around,
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given the fact that the number of illegal immigration's -- immigrants is now at a 13 year high, according to the department of homeland security. given the fact that mexico has strict immigration laws. this u.s. president could be trying to force mexico to do more to curb the number of entries from honduras, el salvador as well as automotive. theor: still ahead for you, new railing cutting through traffic and one of the world's most congested cities. but at what cost? ♪ zealand remembers. a memorial service is held for those killed in the mosque attacks to weeks ago. onea former world number rolls back the years in style. that story and more in sports. ♪
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>> welcome back to your international weather forecast. we are looking at a nice weekend across much of europe. particularly on saturday. an area of high pressure will dominate. and acrosse north the southeast. across central and western europe particularly, things will be nice for the next couple of days. paris at 19 degrees. things start to break down. a body is making its way down. they'll bring in wind and clouds. look at the temperature for berlin. you will see clouds but you will keep that temperature at about 19 degrees. here across the eastern part of the mediterranean, this is an area of low pressure that will bring problems over the next few days.
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we will be watching this very carefully. asdy conditions for turkey well as much of the eastern countries here. down towards the south, egypt will see rain as well. getting to around 20 degrees there. toward sunday, rains continue along the coast. we are going to see rain out towards the west. ♪ anchor: welcome back. the top stories. u.k. could parliament has rejected the government's deal for leaving the european union for a third time. hundreds of thousands of people have been protesting on the state of algeria's capital in the biggest antigovernment demonstration since unrest
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erupted six weeks ago. the united nations security council is meeting to discuss the deteriorating situation in mali. they are asking for more troops and resources. back to our lead story. gone to plan, the united kingdom would've been leaving the european union in an hour and a half. it has not worked out that way. the delay is frustrating many who voted to leave back in june 2016. we have been to the town of boston, the most private -- pro brexit place in the referendum. sedate butt may look competition is still at the heart of this game. while the politicians in westminster try to score points against one another, here it is all about playing fair. bowlingd remain voters side by side in a town which overwhelmingly voted to exit the eu. happen, oursn't
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government has something to answer to. they are dragging their feet. the mps at each other's throats like fighting rats in the summer. >> i voted to stay in. reporter: have you feel now? >> i feel that we should now come out. due to the fact that if we stay in, the europeans will crucify us. reporter: back in the 2016 referendum, it pulled the highest proportion of leave voters anywhere in the u.k.. just over 75% of people who voted said they wanted to leave european union. thousands of people from eastern europe have made this corner of england their home. drawn by the offer of plentiful work in the fields and factories. few local people want to do that.
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paul gleason is a local counselor and voted to remain in the referendum vote. >> it has been hurt by the failure of authority to react quickly enough to an influx of new workers. they could've come from anywhere. they happened to come from eastern europe. .hey have been exploited we are in the bottom five in the country for wages. we have some of the highest rent. help people who come to live here from outside the u.k.. they say uncertainty surrounding brexit is unsettling. >> if you know what to expect, you can prepare for it. if we don't and nobody else knows what to expect, the people are uncertain. ,ome people do tend to leave some people stay to see how it's going to go. some people just are really worried. reporter: back in the bowling
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hall, there's no call for a rematch or second referendum. there is consensus that somehow the politicians must do more to try to navigate their way out of this political crisis. of his era, boston. anchor: pope francis has an acted new legislation to protect children from sexual abuse. the new law applies the vatican personnel and diplomats and requires the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to prosecutors. is the first such policy for the roman catholic church. russian hackers are targeting the election in ukraine with cyber attacks. we met some public figures in the p have who say they are now the targets of the troll farms. reporter: russian interference in ukraine's presidential election is less a concern than
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an expectation. that's according to the sbu state security service. it says cyberattack sephardi kurd and has working scenarios including attacks on ministry websites and the central election commission. media outlets are another obvious target. this new channel broadcasts from a muslimed at population occupy crimea. there are frequent efforts to disrupt communications. whohe editor and chief seems to be a person of particular interest. kremlin trolls constantly report my posts on facebook and block my account. is full of pro-russian accounts which carry disinformation about ukraine. that the country is a failure. .hat power should be changed
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that everything should be changed. reporter: it's not the first time that he has accused facebook. toy say it did not do enough prevent manipulation of the 2016 u.s. presidential election. said, we, facebook recently removed a network of facebook and instagram accounts for a gauging and coordinated inauthentic behavior as part of a network that it -- operated in ukraine. it's vittorio's lead difficult to prove the hand of russia in election interference. ukraine would seem to be particularly fertile ground. this statue represents the friendship of the people of ukraine and russia. there is talk now of tailoring -- tearing it down. not everyone agrees with the anti-russian narrative, some see the hand of the u.k. me and -- ukrainian state instead. >> 90% of what people call
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russian influence his internal machinations of the ukrainian government, cementing its position based on creating hysteria and paranoia. sits on theis mp foreign affairs committee in ukraine's parliament. >> i think that russia's influence is still very big. both in ukraine but also in the world. here in ukraine, we see that they are playing still. they are supporting with russian money one of the political forces, one of the presidential candidates. they are playing a big part in the eu by simulating -- stimulating some of the countries to be on their side. reporter: the truth may be a question of perspective. the results seem impossible to reverse. al jazeera, kiev. thailand, the election commissioner has withdrawn its unofficial vote count after allegations of treating and voting irregularities.
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results say the military party were the winners. some parties are rejecting that figure. there were many complaints of discrepancies on election day. both from voters and election monitors. it seems some of those concerns are only growing now that the election commission is finalizing the result. these are still provisional results. the official results won't be known until the ninth of may. what we saw on thursday was a surprise media conference called by the election commission to announce the final provisional results for the popular vote. it seems that there were some pretty major problems within the figures that they released. once they found out about these discrepancies, they withdrew those results. all give you a couple of examples. the voter turnout was 38 million people. the number of ballots cast was
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more than 40 million. all of a sudden, there are more than 2 million ballots cast by a seemingly mystery group of voters. the turnout let significantly -- if we look at the numbers from sunday, that media conference on thursday, an extra 4.5 million voters were found. clearly, many people are asking questions of the election commission. why there are so many problems emerging, why there are so many discrepancies. the election commission is only really saying that it will investigate. the political parties are being led to form coalitions, do deals with like-minded parties. those agreements will amount to nothing until the final results are known on may the ninth. anchor: the indonesian capital is one of the world's most congested cities. its 9s now at hand for million residents with the opening of its first commuter
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rail system. we have more from there. masster: the long-awaited rapid train system is finally here. it's proving a hit. more than 10 million people work and live in the indonesian capital. goes a long way in easing the city's notorious traffic congestion. >> this is a massive improvement. indonesia finally has an mrt like other countries that have been having it for years. it's awesome. i'm very proud. >> i used to take an old bus to the office. now i'm provided with this very comfortable public transportation. i hope people will use this facility. reporter: there's only one line at the moment. running from the south to the city center. covering a distance of 16 kilometers. the plan is to expand this to eventually cover 112 kilometers with more than 60 stations by 2025.
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since coming to power in 2014, the president's administration has prioritized infrastructure development like this one is one of the waste one of the ways to unlock the country's economic potential. other projects include the construction of ports, roads, power plants and oil refineries. >> the country is moving from the commodity base to the manufacturing base. producing more products. competitive technology systems. reporter: exporting goods from indonesia or sending them around the country is expensive. logistics costs make up 24% of gdp. much higher than the regional average. given structure projects also come at a price. -- the infrastructure projects also come at a price. they will cost $400 billion over five years. the government says that the debt is manageable. >> we are allowed to go to 60%.
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we have maintained 29% of our gdp. today,ns that we got they are located with productive projects. they can pay from the project. i don't see that much problem. reporter: the economic growth that was supposed to happen on the back of infrastructure development hasn't yet materialize. gdp growth has hovered around 5% in the last five years. while that can be considered a pretty solid number for some countries, is below the government's target of 7%. it's not enough for indonesia's developmpment needs anand ambit. agrgree indonesia has to keep spending. and not just on building roads, railways and other facilities. >> we need soft infrastructure. capital.an is, human this year is one of the top priorities of the government. reporter: education and health
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care have been given bigger allocations in the state budget. physical infrastructure like the mrt is only part of what information needs to boost its economy. al jazeera. anchor: new zealand's prime minister has led a service in christchurch to remember the 50 people killed in a mosque attack two weeks ago. the event was attended by more than 20,000 people and screamed -- screened all over the country. ♪ reporter: what words, asked the premise or, can express the pain and suffering of new zealand's darkest day? what words capture the ink -- anguish of muslim communities targeted by hatred and violence? what words express their grief of the city of cap -- christchurch? and then she found them. p's be upon you. -- peace be upon you.
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of viruses ugliest can exist in places they are not welcome. racism exists but it is not welcome here. reporter: this service, exactly two weeks after the mosques were targeted by a white extremist gunmen, was broadcast on big screens around the country. representatives from more than 50 countries came to hear islamic welcomes and prayers. recital of theow names of those killed. all 50 of them. them, a woman whose survived.rprised -- onstage, he spoke of forgiveness. , he cannot deny the effect is my human brother. reporter: the daughter of another victim spoke about her father. >> he was a nice man.
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thank you. [applause] reporter: there were performances, too. from local singers, ♪ islam, catnd yusuf stevens using about peas. -- who sang about peace. ♪ reporter: 22 people remain in hospital following the attack. for them, recovery will be slow. for new zealand, too. >> this national remembrance service had a theme that came up again and again in the speeches on stage. that theme was unity. people rallied. al jazeera, christchurch. anchor: still ahead, a new wave
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of chinese artists pushing the boundaries at a cutting-edge exhibition in hong kong. that story and sport as well. the bahrain grand prix. ♪
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> business upstate -- updates brought to you. going up together. ♪ anchor: scientists in geneva are discussing a global ban on killer robots that kill independently without human control. they are not known to exist yet but their potential has started to debate about military technology and the ethics of warfare.
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we have more. >> we have our primary test facility. robots driving around. reporter: 24 hours a day, seven days awake. robots roam here. being tested to deliver, discover, do what they are programmed to do. what you won't find here is a so-called killer robot. a fully economists weapon designed to hunt and kill without a human involved. as far as we know, they don't exist yet. this canadian company insists killer robots have no place on the battlefield. a lineeel that there is which is being crossed with this technology. we feel that on top of being riskier than anyone actually appreciates right now, there is a disconnect, unethical and an ethical and moral
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disconnect from war. these systems will be used in all sorts of dangerous ways. both by major powers and nonstate actors alike. of ther: the risks machine killing the wrong citizen are being -- or being hacked are some of the reasons the company says it took a stand in 2014. it has committed to not knowingly creating fully economists weapons. thousands of scientists, engineers and artificial intelligence experts have done the same. but they are not shunning military contracts completely. they say ai can be a valuable tool. last month called on big tech companies to help develop its ai capability. russia and china are already investing in military ai technology. >> it really first comes down to the responsibility of every
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engineer and developer to ensure that the governments around the world are aware of the risks in the use of this technology. and that these decisions are being made in a rational, considered way. from there, perhaps they can start having conversations about if their company in particular should work on these technologies. reporter: tech workers are demanding transparency. some of them have chosen to leave and work for companies like clear path. wanting to know what they are creating and whether it's technology that could kill or save lives. al jazeera. anchor: time now for the sport with peter. critics in argentina who say he doesn't make the same
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effort for his country as he does for his club. it comes as he is returning to changing -- training with barcelona at another disappointing showing with the national team. the player told the radio station on friday that he certainly was affected by awaycism of him, he stayed from the argentina side only to return last week. he scored a hat trick to weeks ago. his coach doesn't see any signs of the pressure getting to him. calm.ee that he is in the world of football, we are sometimes but under expensive -- excessive pressure. the last game he played with us, he was spectacular. and then he lost a game with his national team. it happens. as a blogger has won
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the african super cup. the match between the winners. the moroccan club scored church. to-one. -- 2-1. this was the first time the national cup was conducted outside of africa. the bahrain grand prix. provedmer champ prude -- fastest on friday. his teammate was a shade slower than him overall. he was first place in australia. is through to this year's final in the miami open. he had to work hard. the big serving american won 7-6, 7-6. 7-6 at --
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this extensive tiebreak record. they may have missed out in the world series last year, the los angeles dodgers are off to a powerful start. and in reeking hernandez hit two runs -- two home runs each. they are hitting eight home runs , a major opening league record. the new york yankees are also off to a winning start with a seven-to win over the baltimore orioles. the picture allowing just two runs. a man has been suspended by california's athletic commission for kissing a female reporter during an interview. the bulgarian was being interviewed last saturday and after the shots were taken, he kissed her on the lips.
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he claimed the two were friends. she says she only knew the box or the day before and is taking legal action against him. lee westwood showed he still has what it takes. at the wdcgainst -- match championships in texas. he scored this hole in one. he ultimately won the match. underway at back the santa anita track. it was suspended because of the deaths of 22 horses in three months. the last races had been on march stored -- march 3. one immediate change has been a reduction in dosage of an anti-bleeding medication for horses. we are to weeks away from the nba playoffs. two of the western conference elite went head-to-head. the houston rockets got a win
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over the denver nuggets. huge secondhad a quarter. the san antonio spurs inched closer to a playoff first with a narrow win over the cleveland cavaliers, leading 111-110. a three-pointer to think -- sink them. they went on to win 116-110. there will be a referendum whether to -- is the hoter favorite to take the role left of the world cup. there's never been a non-frenchman in charge. the amateurll all clubs in france on whether they are in favor of an outsider or not. the result will be announced on april 12. that's all the sport we have for you. more later. for now, i will hand you back to london. one of the worlds premier contemporary op-ed does
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underway in hong kong. showing cutting-edge exhibits from around the world including works from a new wave of chinese artists. there's a growing asian market in both creating and buying art. it's a fair showcasing some of the best contemporary art in the world. 242 galleries from 35 countries, under one roof. there's a growing presence of artists from southeast asia in this year's lineup. >> we do stand by our work. we are international art. i really feel that the asian galleries have strong names from our part of the world. therter: organizers say globalized landscape is changing with chinese pains a new favorite for investors. -- paintings, a new favorite for investors. this painting is "the last supper."
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painting "the rooster" is grabbing attention. this woman says a growing number of chinese artists is being driven by a more mature market and is attracting greater investment to the west. >> [inaudible] we all know that chinese are now his job -- reporter: art fairs like this shape the global art market. last year, total sales reached $16.5 billion. up 6% on the previous year. the united states remains the world's largest market. the u.k. holds the second stop -- spot. found that report millennials particularly in hong kong and singapore are the emerging big spenders. >> 30 years old.
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they have education abroad. a very western culture. the understand better the international level of art. reporter: it close to the art market to its second-highest level in a decade. galleries are hoping that prosperity continues this year. al jazeera, hong kong. anchor: that concludes the newshour. i will be back in a moment with much more of the days news for your viewing coming up shortly. see when a bit. -- see you in a bit.
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