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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour, i'm nick clark in doha and coming up, in the next 60 minutes battle for aleppo and plea for help from syrian rebels as civilians try to escape to turkey. new allegations of sexual abuse by u.n. peace keepers in the central african rupic. a u.n. panel rules in favor of wikileaks assange and will he soon walk free in london. now it's one on one see who fairs best in the u.s.
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democratic rivals first debate. ♪ so we begin in syria where war is in aleppo and tens of thousands of people reported to be fleeing to turkey for safety, diplomatic talks on ending the crisis are on hold and saudi arabia plans to send in ground troops. well, syrian government forces backed by russian air raids have stepped up their offensive in the east of aleppo and opposition fighters appealed for help as the main supply root to turkey is under pressure and observatory says 30,000 civilians are making their way right now to the turkish border and gerald tan has the latest. >> reporter: out of their homes, out of aleppo and out in the open, they spend the night under the sky under the border with turkey hoping to get in. over the past few days syrians
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and tens of thousands have escaped aleppo since the syrian government and its russian allies began a new offensive in the province. >> translator: under pressure like never before syrian rebels issue a call for general mobilization to defend their positions in aleppo. the countryside here is the last remaining base in the north for groups allied with the circle of the free syrian army. for the past 3 1/2 years aleppo city has been divided and opposition controls the east, government forces the west. the regime is trying to besieged rebel held districts and cut the rebel supply line from turkey's border to the north. the development is raising new concerns. >> we are trying to end the siege of a number of besieged areas across syria and yet what is being done now by russian and syrian forces could create a new
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siege so this is incredibly hurtful in terms of real lives. it is a major obstacle to the pursuit of the political solution and it needs to stop. >> reporter: another siege could mean another madaya, starvation, malnutrition, mass suffering, once a holiday resort this town outside damascus has become the most dire example of what happens when cutoff from food and humanitarian aid by be sieging forces, it's a path nobody wants for aleppo. gerald tan, al jazeera. let's speak to dana on the turkish side of this syrian border and zaina what is the latest you are seeing with the refugees? >> reporter: well, the border that you see behind me remains shut. the gates are closed. just behind the border thousands of syrians are waiting for permission to enter. we have no indication that the
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turkish authorities are going to open that gate. officially turkey has an open-door policy for syrian refugees but over the past few months they imposed stricter restrictions due to security concerns and due to the fact that turkey already hosts 2.5 million refugees in this country. so people really desperate, many of them arrived on foot, many arrived with nothing. they escaped the bombardment and escaped the government offensive. what we understand from the observatory for human rights is 40,000 people are on the move. there are some who are reaching this border crossing but others are taking shelter in the kurtish enclave while others are heading to the western countryside of aleppo so this mass exodus from the countryside of this northern province but as of yet there has been no mass exodus from inside
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opposition-controlled districts in aleppo city. as you know that city is divided, opposition controls the east between 20-300,000 people live there and as of yet there has not been a mass exodus but understand from people inside already basic supplies are in shortage, prices have gone up because you know the offensive has cut the supply route really from the city to the turkish border. >> zaina you were saying earlier you can hear signs of the bombardment going on, what is the latest with the offensive? >> reporter: well, this offensive is continuing. russian air strikes are backing the ground forces, the syrian army as well as their allies. they are trying to advance further south from the pro-government towns. what they are trying to do is reach the northeastern entrance of aleppo city, the castello, if they read that junction they
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would, in fact, encircle aleppo city and lay a siege and really the fate of 200-300,000 people is in question. so this offensive is continuing but what we understand from sources close to the government, they have been saying that really the aim of the offensive is to reach the turkish border because if they want to weaken the opposition they have to reach the border which has been their lifeline and all eyes are on aleppo we have to make clear the government is launching ofnsive across the country like the northern countryside of homs as well as the southern province they managed to capture very strategic town adding yet more pressure on the rebels. >> we will leave it there for a moment and thanks for that and zaina reporting there and we will go to a syrian activist who joins us via skype and as our correspondent was saying just in the government is launching
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offensive right across the country, can you give us an impression of what the situation is like for civilians within syria right now? >> okay, so within syria we have to the part i'm going to cover in my speech first of all it starts with the people or civilians inside of aleppo as you know and mentioned in the previous report they are staying inside of the city of aleppo. we have the council issuing a statement, asking the like the shots and people who have anything like not to waste it, to consume wisely because we might be facing this be siege and asking again like not to raise the prices and for the people who are in the northern countryside they are close to the turkish side which is like
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the only exit left for them. we are not sure so far if the turkish government would allow them in or if they would stay in having new camps on the ground. now let's talk about the people who live in the western countryside of aleppo which is now completely on the northern countryside. this is a very important thing because the diesel that is important and essential for winter it comes from the i.s.i.l. area which means it comes from the eastern side of aleppo. now this road between east and west is cut from the northern countryside and by the i.s.i.l. fighters regime now and the kurdish fighters which means the western countryside people may suffer the cold of the winter. >> so it's a desperate situation with tens of thousands of
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people. what do you know about the advances and gains of government force forces? >> so far we know that they had a plan to reach the countryside and they did. now we think and we are getting ready for what they wanted to siege the city of aleppo through and with this essential road that connects the city to its countryside. all they say is all the fighters are from the opposition are gathering and trying to defy against this offensive held by the regime supported by the russian air strikes and they will do their best not to be siege but so far i don't think that the regime forces are aiming to reach turkish border.
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no one would allow them, not the kurdish, not the turkish, no one but they might like to be siege the city. >> we appreciate your perspective on this, good to get a view of what the situation is, desperate situation within syria itself thank you very much. more than 100 people are reportedly trapped under ground after a gold mine collapse in south africa. dozens of workers remain unaccounted for after the cave in of the gold mine east of johannesburg and emergency services say 49 have been rescued with minor injuries. let's speak now to mrs. miller who is in johannesburg and what more do you know about this? >> reporter: well, initially it's thought that about 129miners were trapped under ground and 49 have been rescued and emergency services say they
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are on site continuing with the rescue operation and hasn't been confirmation of exactly what caused the collapse. there is speculation that it happened in a lamp room which is the last stop for miners as they go under ground to collect safety gear and lamps and there is speculation it possibly could have been a rock fall or even a sinkhole because this is a gold field, this area this particular mine is known to be a shallow mine and while that could be an advantage the issue that still remains very insecure and unstable and those operations not knowing how long it will take to get the remaining miners out. >> how long have they been on the scene and working and trying to get people out and what is the prognosis for their success or otherwise? >> reporter: well, this has been going on for at least the last four or five hours, emergency
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services did respond fairly quickly to what happened and we did try to speak to management at goldfields who weren't very forthcoming with information and said they will issue a statement later in the day and the scene is a little less panicked than it was earlier in the day and emergency forces cannot say how long this will take and are just concerned of where the miners are and getting to them without endangering their lives, they have no deaths reported and those rescued have come out with minor injuries and they are hoping they will be able to get the reminding miners out safely. >> reporting there from johannesburg. news now just out of mali a u.s. peace keeping base there is under attack, residents and military forces say the result is on the outskirts of timbuktu and we will bring you more on that story as we get it.
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the u.n. peace keeping mission in the central african republic identified seven new cases of sexual abuse by troops and say they include women and girls were gang raped and u.n. peacekeepers were deployed to restore order in 2013 after a spike in religious violence, the latest claims come on top of 20 allegations last year of sexual abuse by u.n. peacekeepers. >> due to the gravity of these allegations and given the information collected through the initial factfinding the u.n. has decided to take immediate measures of the 120 soldiers from the republic of congo who are deployed from the 17th of september to the 14th of december 2015. this will occur after investigation is carried out, in the meantime the soldiers will be confined to barracks. >> reporter: u.n. panel has ruled in favor of wikileaks
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leader leader assa nshg ashga nge and fine more about this and we are outside the ecuador embassy and what more do we know of the panel's findings and where it could lead? >> reporter: what the panel says, nick, is that the deprivation of liberty of mr. assange is arbitrary and believes it's in convention of the articles of declaration of human rights and calls on the government of the united kingdom and the government of sweden to ensure mr. assange safety, physical integrity and guaranty his freedom of movement in an expediant manner and means quickly in plain english and it also says that mr. assange should be given compensation for the deb -- deprivation he has
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suffered in 3 and a half years in a cramped building behind me and the ecuador embassy and the findings the past hour have been forthrightly rejected both by the swedish government that says it never had an extradition request from the united states, that of course has been one of the great fears for mr. assange if we were to go to sweden to answer allegations of rape he can be passed on to the americans and very forthright terms rejection from the uk government here and say they will formally contest the u.n.'s findings, they completely reject its findings, they say that mr. assange is not detained at all, that he voluntarily sought asylum in the building and is free to leave it of course there is a degree of semantics there and can see the van in the corner there, if he were to leave it he would be immediately
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arrested. the british authorities say that they are deeply frustrated by this situation and i think that is one thing in which all parties to this extraordinary dispute can agree on, they are calling on the ecuador and swedish authorities to come to agreement quickly. >> the question probably is not one man knows the answer to this is what will his next move be? >> reporter: that is the question, nick. a lot of excitement, a lot of heat generated over the past two days but i'm not sure how much has really changed beyond a significant moral victory for mr. assange and a high degree of embarrassment for the united kingdom and sweden with human rights offenders on the international stage and contradicted by a credible u.n. panel.
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will he try and use this victory to leave the embassy safely? undoubtedly. does he have any guarantees that those circumstances exist at the moment? no, not at all. will we get a better insight today into his state of mind? yes. apparently in about two hours he will address a press conference by video link, perhaps we will have a better idea where we stand then. >> we will see what happens then and thanks very much indeed, in london. still cotomorrow on the news hour accused of disloyalty a high profile chinese governor is removed from his post. going under ground and price controls in venezuela and the rio olympics insist that athletes will be protected tomorrow the zika virus. ♪
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so to the united states where democratic presidential hopefuls hillary clinton and bernie sanders have squared off in the most contentious debate so far and there were heated exchanges on the subject of campaign funding. and kimberly has more from new hampshire. >> reporter: outside the democratic debate hall in durham not a hillary clinton sign in sight. new hampshire is bernie sanders territory and enjoys more than 85% support especially when it comes to issues of income and equality. >> the rich are getting richer so i absolutely would like to see a candidate who supports radical changes in the economic structure to create more equality and justice. >> i honestly don't trust hillary and she has been flip-flop on issues and bernie has been consistent. >> reporter: reforming the economic structure is where the
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two presidential hopefuls argued most and sanders criticized for receiving 675,000 for making paid speeches to one investment bank on wall street suggesting her corporate political campaign makes her ill suited for the kind of reform he is promising. >> one of the things we should do is not only talk the talk but walk the walk. i am very proud to be the only candidate up here who does not have a super pack, who is not raising huge tons of money for special interests. >> there is this attack that he is putting forth which really comes down to, you know, anybody whoever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought and i just absolutely reject that senator. >> reporter: but when pushed for transparency to reveal whether promises had been made to corporate america clinton dodged the issue.
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>> are you willing to release the transcripts of all your paid speeches? >> i will look into it i don't know the status but certainly look into it. >> reporter: clinton's defiance may not be enough to convince new hampshire voters. >> she has to prove she is as progressive as bernie sanders is and has a lot of arguments to say you are not and one of those that is most effective is they are taking money from major korms and banks and financial institutions at a time when many people in the democratic party especially the more progressive left wing of the democratic party is really angry about that. >> reporter: clinton has little time to change the minds of new hampshire voters and the primary now is days away and clinton trails her opponent and in sold polls by as much as 30 points, al jazeera, durham, new hampshire. >> and george is the founder and executive director of open debates which wants to reform the presidential process and says the new hampshire debate caught hillary clinton's team
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off guard but still managed to gain some ground. >> we saw hillary clinton do two brilliant things and sounded fluent and experienced and knowledgeable and her fluency highlighted sanders limitations and he is a moving and compelling candidate talking about domestic and equality and corrupt system and he is far less inspiring and far less eloquent speaking of international foreign policy issues. the other thing that hillary clinton did that was so effective in this particular debate is she simultaneously attacked bernie sanders accusing him of having plans we can't afford, promises we can't keep and numbers that don't add up and yet remains sympathetic because although she attacked him she was not mean or aggressive or hurtful and she simultaneously accused sanders for what he did to her and she will catch up in this particular new hampshire primary and they
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do make last-minute decisions and if there is something next week something may happen but she may loose new hampshire and out reached to voters and racial and gender equality and gay equality issues and appealing to the next states, the large african/american population in south carolina, the large latino population in nevada and if he wins new hampshire he will be relegated to a regional candidate but if hillary clinton can stop him here she will have the nomination no doubt. south korea's foreign minister meeting with the ambassador of seoul because of growing concerns of a rocket launch by north korea and a meeting with united states, japan and the eu and australia comes after north korea said it intends to launch an observation satellite. this follows widespread condemnation, international condemnation of north korea's fourth nuclear test in january. the governor of china's province
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has been dismissed and appears to be part of an anticorruption drive-by the president xping and the ruling communist party and we report from beijing. >> was governor of the province of one of the most important provinces in china. this of course is where the former paramount leader hailed from and accused of violating party discipline and you hear this over and over again in today's china and failing to rectify his wrongdoings. now, this of course follows events on thursday when the man who was the deputy governor of a very important province in china was also removed from his post accused of violating party discipline. in the case of hong i think it's
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exhibited to pijinping who was e former security czar in china jailed for corruption just last year. chinese police admitted detaining three hong kong book sellers missing since october and in total five book sellers disappeared last year and reemerged in china and worked for a publishing house and criticism of china's communist party and they say the three men have been investigated for illegal activity and detentions raised questions over china's commitment to hong kong's autonomy and time for the weather and in japan when it snows. >> they could have held this a month ago in the coldest part of japan there, don't adjust your screen and it's very bright and if you can see it that is actually a snow sculpture and buildings and have done the new version of the bullet train
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still in production and great fun and could have done it several weeks ago because they have a massively white winter and, in fact, the snow has fallen a long way south because japan is behind this which is the poller front and all the wear behind it is sometimes arctic and it has been really cold as a result but as you know despite the color change behind me which is really deep blue the temperatures are not as cold as they are and siberia and mongolia and what leaks out is not below average as it is and it's cold and minus 11 and plus 2 in seoul and 10 in tokyo and more snow showers to come staying on this side of the frontal system with sun in between. on that note briefly japan and china are both in the polar air but it's the first time in hong kong that the sun has been out for about ten days. it's not overly warm, it's 14
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degrees but the sun is back, nick? >> rob, thanks very much and see you later thank you. pro-government forces in yemen are continuing their offensive on houthi rebels and ally in sanaa province as they push towards the capitol and surrounding the rebel base east of the city and al jazeera is watching as government forces repel houthi fighters. >> reporter: you can see artillery shelling and the national army hopes to take control of the base in the coming hours, however they are worried about the ieds and the land inmines there and the base is powerless and less useful for forces as they are under tight lock down. the national army is hoping to capture this base so they can control the road to the capitol sanaa. al jazeera. yemen's army spokesman told al jazeera the offensive on
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sanaa has taken houthi rebels by surprise. >> translator: this is one of the last scenes before the big battle and fighters there have to surrender or flee and this is the last phase to liberate sanaa and after that sanaa international airport will be under our fire. violent scenes in the greek capitol of athens during a protest against the government pension reforms. firebombs thrown and cars torched as police responded with tear gas and the latest round of measures is necessary to meet the demands of international creditors and john has more now from athens. ♪ this is a parade of broken promises, everyone here has a story to tell. this small group represents private daycare centers, they were promised government money if they took in children whose parents couldn't pay. >> translator: to promise free
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benefits to parents, members of society, families and entrepreneurs that cannot be met is one more lie in this original defeat. >> reporter: seen it cut a dozen times. >> translator: when we apply for pensions we did so under certain legislation so we are entitled to receive that amount of money. >> reporter: came to power a year ago to end austerity and now it's the enforcer of austerity and says the $93 billion loan will be greece's last bailout but the proposed overhaul of social security which is a key condition for that loan was the spark of this unrest. this general strike has broad support from the urban middle class and countryside particularly self-employed professionals and farmer, and they comprise one million taxpayers who are called upon to pay 27% of their income for health coverage adjust pension
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contributions, effectively doubling their taxation. the head of the bar association says a lawyer earning $22000 now spends 54% of that income on taxes and social security. under the proposed law it would rise to 69%. >> translator: all these tax demands won't be met, the result will be a very large number of freelance professionals will simply leave the economy and falling in a gray zone and won't pay taxes and social security because there won't be a choice and the whole system will collapse because it's not realistic and doesn't take into account people's ability to pay. >> reporter: widespread tax evasion would obviously under mine the very purpose of the law which is to increase the government's revenue so they might end up following a well toeded path squeezing more money from a smaller company, john with al jazeera, athens. thousands of people in vent
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venezuela talking about a coup by chavez and he was a colonel in the army when he tried to over throw the government in 1992, 70 soldiers and 80 civilians died and they supported the coup because the leadership at that time was seen as corrupt. the march comes at a time when chavez successor is struggling to deal with an economic slow down. that slow down has been partly blamed on the socialist policies and complex exchange rate system and venezuela trade minute certain stays it's being corrected in the latest attempt to bring down one of the highest inflation rates in the world as virginia lopez reports from caracus and the price only boosted illegal trade. >> reporter: from this street corner he controls his turf and strikes deals. his business is illegal. but with venezuela chronic shortages under ground food
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trading can also be seen as a solution, on any given day reselling sugar or diapers that he has bought directly from grocery stores or even from shop owners desperate to make a profit he says he can make as much as ten times the minimum wage. >> translator: we work directly with the chinese shop owners and sell us the subsidized goods for a profit and turn around and resell them for more. unfortunately the only loser is the consumer. >> reporter: government subsidies in place for more than a decade have created the perfect breeding ground for a black market. and with inflation and values from salaries more and more are joining his illegal line of business, so much so a new word has even been coined for this new breed of entrepreneurs after a native aunt and like their name sake they work hard and usually at a small scale. >> translator: i don't see it as a crime but i do see it as a deterioration of society because
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in the long run we are all harming each other. >> reporter: most of the emphasis on the table have gone missing from market shelves and i'm standing in front of a table of what venezuela people would consider gold dust and they are willing to do as hours and six out of ten people in the mile long will resell the goods for as much as ten times what shops are allowed. >> translator: the problem in the country is not the result of absurd model of price and currency controls. >> reporter: one created a primitive distribution system through which as much as one-third of basic goods gets sold. >> translator: i used to be offended by the term but now i see women, police and even the national guard doing it. half the country is in it. >> reporter: with an economy strapped for cash the government is likely to slash imports and
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as food is more scarce this trade will be replaced by more sophisticated forms of selling contraband and those involved will stand to lose their livelihood, al jazeera, caracu. still to come on the problem the virus spread by rats already claimed the lives of dozens of nigerians and the census and the first film on ethnic minorities in bangladesh is getting a mixed reception and sport coming up, too and the robots claiming it's a hit on the golf course. ♪
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♪ you are watching the al jazeera news hour and top stories tens of thousands of syrians are fleeing to turkey's border for safety and fighting intensified in aleppo province for a back drop of russian air strikes. more than 100 people are reportedly trapped under ground after a gold mine collapsed in south africa, dozens of workers remain unabdomen for at the mine in the province east of johannesburg. uk and swedish governments rejected a u.n. ruling in favor of wikileaks assange and held up in an embassy in london for three years and beliefs he has been detained arbitrarily. let's take that story on, joined from london by allen jones a correspondent with the uk press association, allen so what is your take on the latest
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situation, the big question of course is what will assange do next as i said a little bit earlier it's possibly a question he only knows the answer to? >> yes, we are waiting for he and his legal team to respond to the events of this morning and due to be having a press conference in hour-and-a-half time in central london and not expecting assange to leave to attend the press conference and will speak via some kind of video link but i think their argument will be this u.n. panel has found very much in his favor, he is being arbitrarily detained in the embassy and should be allowed to leave without being arrested but as you just reported the uk government and the swedish authorities have made it very clear this morning they are not changing their position and he will still be arrested if he leaves the embassy and he being here is he doesn't want to be arrested and it's continued stalemate in a way. >> and given that very firm response from the uk and swedish
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governments you wonder how long is he going to tough it out and cannot stay there for the rest of his life and at some point she going to have to come out. >> i don't think anybody thought he would be there for 3 1/2 years, no, but you know his position has never changed from the moment he went into the embassy he went in the embassy because he didn't want to be extradited to sweden and he firmly believes he will be moved on to america, to the united states if he goes to sweden and that position hasn't changed from the first second he went there so as long as the arrest warrant is still outstanding there is no way he is going to leave the embassy. who knows what is going to happen, there are a possibility of things happening in the coming months, years and at the moment even the events of today and there is more of a bit of a pr coup if you like for assange has not moved the case on. >> sweden says they have not received an extradition from the
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united states and one wonders given this perhaps as you put it moral victory for assange it's time to come out and face the music. >> yeah, well people have been saying that, you know, all along and i think that is one reason why assange gets quite negative publicity in part of the british media and people don't understand as you say he is not facing music and he is absolutely convinced despite what the authorities say and despite what the uk government says that there are agreements in place for him to be moved on to the united states which is the one thing he does not want to happen. i think if that did happen he probably would be locked up for a very long time so he can kind of understand in a way why he would want that cleared up. >> well, as you say we are expecting a press conference in about a little under an hour and a half from now from assange and interesting to see what he will
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say and appreciate it, thank you very much. let's return to syria humanitarian crisis, as the fighting intensifies on the ground they will donate $10 billion in humanitarian aid and another crisis looms the break down of talks in geneva on ending syria's civil war and our diplomatic editor james base has this. >> reporter: there is no doubt the conference in london was somewhat over shadowed as well as the business of raising money for the dire humanitarian situation, diplomates were dealing with another crisis, the first attempt at talks between the syrian government as the opposition for two years lasted just a few days. the talks put on hold after being under minded by a massive military operation by the syrian government backed by aerial bombardment by russia. opposition members are not just incensed by that, they can't understand why u.s. secretary of state john kerry is not being stronger in his condemnation,
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here just quoting the relevant u.n. security council resolution. >> paragraph 13, demands that all parties immediately cease any attacks against civilians and civilian objects as such including attacks against medical facilities and personnel and any indiscriminate use of weapons including through shelling and aerial bombardment. russia voted for that. russia has a responsibility as do all parties to live up to it. >> reporter: his comments are very different from those made by the man standing next to him, earlier this week uk secretary hammond said they may be helping the regime create a new mini state dominated by the religious second which the assad family belongs and at a conference the prime minister of a country whose relations with russia in recent months hit rock bottom says it will be very hard to
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resume the geneva talks. >> we have a hard time to convince syrian opposition to come to geneva to support the u.n. effort despite the siege and humanitarian crimes being committed there but this time it will be a lot more difficult. >> reporter: i spoke to the u.n. envoy staffan de mistura as he arrived here. he said he wanted to give a full assessment to his boss secretary-general ban ki-moon of the current situation and u.n. insiders tell me they know lit be extremely difficult to get the opposition back to the negotiating table but say postponing these talks was the only chance of keeping this process alive. james base, al jazeera, london. more than 80 people in nigeria have died from a new out break of a fever and it's transmitted through food and drink through rats and it can be treated but that is not an option for many people. >> reporter: this is the
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infectious diseases unit at the mainland hospital in legos, one victim of the fever died here a few days ago, several have been given treatment and discharged but there are still patients suspected of carrying the disease which is spread through ingesting rat waste and include this man who doesn't want his identity revealed because of the sigma attached to the virus and his find say died a fort night ago and he is under observation for three days. >> she started the feeling of an experience and it was more like a disaster and it's true. >> reporter: he is not sure how rat waste contaminated the food that led to his fiancee's death and he thinks he will be cleared of the disease. but those who are suffering
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experience vomiting, backache, bleeding, severe swelling and rashes, the outbreak led to an increase and demand for rat killer products and 15% of those who contract the disease die. the government partly blames the outbreak on a popular food called gary and it's often stored outside in markets in unhydrogenic and poor conditions where rats roam freely and they get in sacks of gafr where they leave waste and also spreads through inhaling tiny partibles can rat droppings and urine and the traders here say they are not to blame. >> it's with us and the gary is with us. >> reporter: the government says it's doing all it can to stop the virus but it's having difficul difficulty getting the antiviral drug that stops it. >> we have all our response
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teams. the contract and diagnosis and case management. i don't think we have enough public that can meet the position of this and may need assistance. >> reporter: those suspected hope it will be over seen and good sanitation and hygiene and fumigation where rats are should see an end soon. 200,000 people fled burundi after unrest over the controversial bid to be reelected last april and more than half have gone to tanzania and refugees there told al jazeera agents of the burundi government are hunting down people they believe to be opposition activists and u.n. run refugee camps and malcolm web reports. >> reporter: a camp in tanzanea is home to more than 40,000 refugees who fled on going violence in neighboring burundi
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and when we visited we interviewed refugees who had been screened by officials from the u.n. refugee agency and u.n. said it was for refugees protection. several other people wanted to speak to us about security in the camp but were not allowed. so we contacted him by phone after we left. >> translator: the camp is currently not safe and live in fear of burundi malitia who are in the camp. >> reporter: we have spoken to many refugees by telephone who say similar things. many of them name particular individuals who they say are agents sent by the burundi government to the camp to track members of the opposition. they say those agents have attempted abductions and killings and they say those incidents have been reported to camp officials but many of the agents are still at large. several more refugees said a group of dozens had left the camp in november believing they were joining an armed rebel group in burundi and later learned it was a trap set by
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government malitia and people in burundi told them most in that group were killed. one said he was among them and gave a detailed account and says he escaped. >> translator: some of our group were tied up and loaded on to a truck and driven away, my friends and i jumped off and ran away to the tanzania border and met more malitia and killed my friend but i escaped on over the border. >> reporter: he told us on the phone that the all allegations are baseless and the u.n. said any of the refugees should have been allowed to speak to us and senior u.n. officials were not aware of these particular cases. >> because if we had solid evidence of course it would be our duty to try to do something about it but through the government we are not responsible for actually security and safety. >> reporter: the screening the constant flow of new arrivals in the camp is not easy, here tanzania police search the baggage for weapons and the
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government also says it was not aware of the allegations but it's doing all it can to make the camp secure. >> the government has been very strict. in fact, whenever we have supported any kinds of activity that they are trying to suggest and they are kind of a recruitment we have actually taken serious measures, only last week some refugees were actually apprehended and taken before the courts and searched. >> reporter: and a u.n. report accuses the rwanda government of training burundi refugees to fight against the burundi government from this refugee camp in neighboring rwanda and rwanda denies it and in tanzania the u.n. and the government says they are desperately short of funding to deal with the burundi refugees and the refugees say they just want a place to be safe, malcolm web. a film has rare insight in the lives and culture of
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neglected ethnic minorities in bangladesh but censorship says it is unlikely to get played in the country it was made. >> reporter: festivals here are a rare occasion to promote movies, not just for a global audience but for bangladesh people themselves and the local cinema is in decline with crowds dwindling since the 1990s. >> the old cinema halls are dying and the new film theatres have not replaced them in this way and this is one that you cannot show to the larger audience. >> reporter: at the same time local movies have been receiving more recognition abroad but the bangladesh film with most international attention this year won't be screened at home any time soon, my bicycle the first movie in bangladesh about the indigenous communities is getting trouble getting clearance from the sensors and
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the director is from the first from the film industry. >> translator: we financed the film by asking around, my wife and friends gave money, the crew worked for free and that was the kind of financing, a crowd funding model. >> reporter: his movie is not getting clearance because of concerns that it portrays the military in a negative way. a long running rebellion by fighters trying to win independence in 1997 but the army is heavy in indigenous areas and riots are common. it's difficult for any kind of independent film maker in bangladesh to get their movie screened and in theatres like this one but the stakes are particularly high with my bicycle, it's a rare glimpse into the lives of the country's indigenous minorities who are usually ignored in mainstream media. minority community leaders where their culture is in danger of
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disappeari disappearing. >> translator: a language survives through its use, we can't afford to print books in our language the way that bengoli is spreading we can't keep up with it. >> reporter: it's a state of affairs he hopes his film will help change but for that to happen he needs a board of sensors who are a little less sensitive, al jazeera, taca. andy is here with the sports soon awhy nepal's team has high hopes ahead of the rio olympics. ♪
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♪ hello again and welcome back and it's time for sport and here is andy. >> thanks and six months out from rio old pecks the organizers say they have a plan in place to protect people from the zika virus and who has a global public emergency while the australian committee said it would totally understand if athletes decided not to compete and there is no vaccination for the virus linked to mosquitos and linked to babies being born with under developed brains. >> nothing has changed beyond the fact we have worked with the local authorities to increase inspections and to over see the venues in search of stagnant waters and possible presence of the mosquito and we have sufficient funds to proform this
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work. >> reporter: nepal won a metal in 1988 in tie quando and the national team has high hopes ahead of the rio games and we report. >> reporter: every morning sports enthusiasts come to nepal's stadium in kathmandu and they are players practicing their moves. and he coaches both children and adults and some of his students have won international championships and at 11 his pupil is full of dreams. >> translator: i want to play and win gold metals, and participated in few games. >> translator: indoor nepal championship was her first game and made a gold metal and made a name in the championships. >> reporter: nepal doesn't have much of a presence in international sport but since winning an olympic bronze in
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1988 this sport is an exception with gaining recognition as its national championships. with limited facilities the players have a disadvantage and this is one of three nepal olympic qualifiers. >> translator: from the beginning they have difficulty and it's worse for girls as the families and even the society throw obstacles and our training is poor, players abroad have better equipment, indoor training facilities but compete internationally and never compromise on our performance. >> reporter: now the world federation has taken an interest in helping the players and the federation wants to have children in earthquake hit areas like this one and nepal's government wants to make it into a national sport. >> once they put it in national sports then they have a very good chance to win some metals
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and championships and also olympic games and i believe we can give them a dream in all and also the top level we can invite them to korea to learn more and skillful so this project will really enhance the development here in this country. >> reporter: the immediate goal for now is to win the south asia games which are about to start in india. >> translator: good job, good job, all of you should win gold metals, i'm fully confident. >> reporter: the next goal olympics, al jazeera, kathmandu. world governing body iaaf are investigating charges of a state sponsored doping program in china and a letter written by a china runner is central to the allegation and claimed the former world and olympic champion sent a letter to a journalist in 1995 and only just been purplished and detailed how
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she and her teammates were forced to take illegal drugs and is seeking to verify if the letter is genuine. broncos quarterback peyton manning is still to confirm if sunday's superbowl will be the final appearance of his career and manning and broncos will take on the carolina panthers in san francisco and it's his fourth superbowl and won it once with the colts in 2007. >> if you have any history of the game and certainly you watched superbowls and played in superbowls, had a sibling that played in superbowls it does make it even more special so i'm grateful for the opportunity to be here. >> reporter: there is a three-way lead after the first round of golf's phoenix open and ricky fowler is on top of the leaderboard along larry and
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others, all carded and opening six under par round of 65. women's world number one lydia is in a tie for the lead in the latest stop of the lgpga tour and seven under par before bad weather there cut short her second round. and there is a new rival for golf's best players, it's a robot called aldrick and he is at the 16th tee at the scottsdale course where this is being played and named after tiger woods and producing the shot that tiger wood cannot manage these days, a hole in one, admittedly it was the robot's fifth attempt but not bad. okay that is your sport for now. >> needs to work on his game. andy thanks a lot, that is it, more in a couple minutes. ♪
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the battle for aleppo a plea for help from syrian rebels as civilians try to escape to turkey. ♪ hello i'm nick clark in doha with the world news from al jazeera and also coming up, new allegations of sexual abuse by u.n. peace keepers in the central african republic, a u.n. panel rules in favor of wikileaks julian assange and will he walk free in london? now it's one on one and see who fairs the best in the u.s. democratic rivals first debate. ♪