tv Weekend News Al Jazeera February 14, 2016 8:00am-9:01am EST
hello. we begin in northern syria. that's where turkey has shelled kurdish fighters. ankara wants fighters from the y.p.g. group to withdraw from areas. the allies refuse to give up their gains. our correspondent has more from the turkey-syria border. >> reporter: the battle for the northern corridor. opposition groups are holding out. the government's ground forces are just a few kilometers away and the kurdish armed group the y.p.g. is approaching from the east. turkey stepped in. for a second day it shelled
positions of the y.p.g. and allies causing casualties. it is an attempt to force it to retreat from territories close to the border. >> translation: the y.p.g. will immediately withdraw from azaz and the surrounding area and will not go close to it again. it will not attempt to shut that corridor ever again. it will not have delusions of using the base to attack the opposition. >> reporter: over recent days the y.p.g. and its allies captured ground from syrian armed grouped backed by ankara. it is taking advantage of the government's push backed up by russian jets against those same opposition groups across aleppo province. the u.s. has called on the kurds to stop taking ground but the group says it doesn't plan to
retreat. >> translation: we recently captured the air base and we are close to capturing another. we want to fight this terrorist group. we are advancing and we won't retreat. >> reporter: the advances by both the government and the y.p.g. are putting pressure on the opposition. many believe that y.p.g. is linked to the p.k.k. if turkey. opposition fighters know that alliances could be shifting. >> translation: we have been stabbed in the back in the northern countryside. they took advantage of the fact that we were fighting on two fronts against the regime and i.s.i.l. >> reporter: turkey's policy in syria has been clear from the beginning. it wants regime change in syria and it wants to prevent a kurdish state from being created along the border. it wants a safe zone to preserve
its interests. so far the international community has not accepted that demand. turkey's latest actions serve as a message that it will stand by its red lines >> reporter: for the government one of those lines is the rebel controlled town a few kilometers from the border. officials have promised to protect azaz. from now, ankara has few positions because russia controls the size saudi arabia's foreign minister has accused civilians have been targeted on the ground. >> translation: the syrian regime has to open the way for the humanitarian support and
aids immediately and the syria regime has to stop the military attacks against the civilians, including the bomb barrels that are being used. this has to be stopped immediately. the syria regime has to be involved in the political process in order to start the political transitional period in syria while syrian's opposition leader has called for an end to violence, the former prime minister was speaking at a conference in munich. >> translation: we have to use the words to hope, but we need action. action is that i see is that russia is killing syrian kril i can't answer. -- civilians. you asked me if i accept the ceasefire, i ask you why is the
honorous on the opposition. i would like to see a single day of cessation of hostilities in order for a chance of political movement we're going to pass over to our correspondent to ask her for an update. >> reporter: it condemned the attacks and it called on the security council to take action what it called the crimes perpetrated by the turkish regime. it accused the authorities of helping the insurgent groups inside syria. the syrian government is on the offensive on the ground, that offensive backed by russian air power is entering its third week. heavy air strikes throughout the day targeting the remaining rebel strongholds in the northern countryside of aleppo, areas like terran and the
russian air strikes also fighting the rebel held east of aleppo earlier today. that is continuing, the opposition stale remaining defiant saying they will not withdraw or surrender. the government is on the ground as well as the y.p.g. and their allies. the opposition coming up pressure and the offensive continuing we were listening to some comments that were being made by the saudi's foreign-- saudi's foreign minister. what do we make about offering to send in ground forces in syria to take on i.s.i.l. where is all this heading? >> reporter: approximately a week ago saudi arabia said that it would be ready to send ground forces if and when the u.s. led coalition decides to take action
against i.s.i.l. in syria and iraq. at the time it was seen as some sort of pressure on the syrian government and the russian government because of the ongoing offensive, but the very fact that they have now deployed jets in the air base in southern turkey shows seriousness on the part of saudi arabia. the initial reaction of the syrian government is that if this ever happens, these troops will be confronted, this will be considered an aggression and these foreign troops will return home in coffins, but clearly it is a dangerous development, why saudi arabia and iran are involved in a regional rivalry and that is being played out across the region. imagine the troops on the ground face-to-face. it is a very dangerous development and the syrian government responding to the deployment of those jets saying that their troops are poised to
enter the province of the i.s.i.l. controlled province. it was clearly a message that we will not let go of the eastern portion of the country which is controlled by i.s.i.l. thank you for that update. the united nations reports more than 11,000 civilians have been killed or injured in afghanistan in 2015. that is a 4% increase on the previous year. our correspondent reports from kabul. >> reporter: more civilians were killed or injured in fighting in afghanistan that year than at any time since u.s. and international forces invaded in 2001. the bleak statistic released in the u.n.'s latest report on civilian casualties in afghanistan. more than 11,000 civilsians were killed or injured in 2015. among those casualties, more
than 3,500 diet. taliban and other anti-government forces were blamed for 62% of the casualties. 17% were caused by afghan and international forces. a news conference was told that all parties of the fighting is to make an effort not to harm civilians. >> until we have a peace agreement, we must call on all of those who have the power to reduce the number of civilian casualties, to commit to take step to avoid harm and injury to civilians. it comes as the afghan government is pushing to have peace. the record number of civilian ka casualties that kind sides with an increase in afghan troop
acasualties injekts another element of security as afghan's ability to fight off coming up in the news hour, presidential run off in car, two candidates promised to end years of violence. >> reporter: i'm with the soldiers of odin who protect the citizens from refugees in sport, the top four teams in the english premier league are all in action, including tottenham taking on manchester city one of the u.s. supreme courts most conservative members has died. his death has the potential to shift the balance of the power in the courts. the appointment for successor
will now sit firmly at the center of the ongoing election campaign. our correspondent has more on the life and legacy of justice scilia. >> reporter: as the flag dropped to half staff at the supreme court, the death of the justice could see a battle in the congress >> he was a larger than life president on the bench. a brilliant mind with energetic style, wit and colorful opinions. >> reporter: he was a consistent conservative who often tilted the scales of justice. he was confirmed by a 98 to 0. >> my only agenda is to be a
good judge. >> he will best be remembered as a witty and powerful writer. >> reporter: he believed in an unchanging constitution saying founders would have scoffed at gay rights, abortion rights and affirmative action >> you can not adevelop a fair ee adopt a theory. you cannot cause the supreme court to package a very political institution. >> reporter: his critics say that's what he did. his vote on key five to four decisions struck down decisions. it helped decide the 2011 election in favor of george w bush. his death sets a titanic
struggle. president intends to name his successor >> there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the senate to fulfil its responsibilities to give that person a hearing and a timely vote >> reporter: it comes up when the court is to rule on various important matters. the president names the candidate and the congress decides it. unless president obama can come up with a common ground candidate with little common ground between him and the congress, it makes it will unlikely he will have within confirmed by the election. that could mean all three branches. government, the presidency, congress and high court are all in play in the november election the justice's death came up at a debate amongst the
presidential hopefuls. >> reporter: a moment silence to mark the death of a supreme court justice. the question of replacement for him dominated early exchanges. the question should president obama appoint a new justice as the constitution says. not in an election year is the consensus >> he will do it whether i want him to or not. it's called delay, delay, delay. >> i think we ought to let the next president decide who is going to run. >> reporter: ted cruz highlighted the issue. >> the senate needs on to stand strong and say we're not giving up the u.s. supreme court by allowing obama to make one more liberal appointee. >> reporter: jeb bush was happy
to defend his brother from an aggressive donald trump who said he lied. >> jeb is so wrong. he is absolutely so wrong. >> he gets his foreign policy from the shows. he thinks hillary clinton was a great negotiator for iran. >> this is a man who insults his way to the nominations. marco rubio got back into groove here launching this ataq on the subject of imdprags >> this is a disturbing pattern now. ted cruz has been telling lies. he lied about ben carson in iowa, lies about marriage. he is lying about all sorts of things. now he is making things up. >> reporter: donald trump had a hot performance and he came under attack from almost everyone. the reality is here he still leads the polls by more than 20 points.
lindsay graham says the death makes a huge election issue. >> if you don't win the election, you can't win a justice. i hope they make sure that we can get someone who can win the white house. >> reporter: this is a sign of how important south carolina will be and how the states for the men who want to be president are getting higher can you tell us a reaction now? >> you can see from the front pages of the newspapers here this is the top story in the u.s. all of a sudden over night, not two branches of government but all three are in play for the election. president obama will clearly try to avoid that. he is going to appoint his nominee. he has a year to do so. the average time it takes to
approve a nominee is something like 70 days. president regan did this in 1988, in february. that was his last year in office. this is not an unprecedented move despite from republicans say. you heard them there saying they do not want president obama to make this decision. that is going to be subjected to serious debate. the only way president obama can avoid having this drag out and having republicans seek to delay this to the term of the next president is if he appoints a consensus candidate, somebody who can bridge the gap between republicans and democrats. because those parties have moved to the right and left over the years, that gap is wider than it has been in quite some time. it will be difficult for obama to do that. nevertheless, we suspect that is what he is going to try to do.
he will have somebody who he hops to bridge that difficult gap thank you for that update from washington. voters in central african republic are choosing between two presidents. the elections being held off for two years. >> reporter: there was frustration with delays and long lines of voters in the presidential run off election in car. the polling stations did open on time but they were busy. in the first round, turn out had been strong with nearly 80%. that was seen as a rejection of the violence that had split the country on religious grounds. sunday's vote was also a rerun of the parliamentary election in december. the results were nulled due to irregular larlts. >> translation: i hope we will
finish with these and have a good laugh. >> reporter: in 2013 france sent troops to try and restore order to the car after mainly fighters topped. christian fighters had responded by attacking the muslim minority community. thousands of people have been killed. one in five has fled. two christians are facing off in the ballot. whoever wins will be able to extend beyond the capital. christians hold sway in the south-west. weapons are easy to get hold off. according to human rights watch grenade is cheaper than a can of coke
the threat of groups like boko haram and al-shabab continues to destabilize africa. >> we cannot forget that the flood of jihad is being raised. more than a dozen subsahara countries are concerned and thens of thousands have died. boko haram actually killed more people last year than the islamic state. attacks in many places are a daily or a reekly occurrence-- weekly occurrence in haiti an interim leader has been chosen to replace the former president. the chief will lead a caretaker government. an agreement reached with the opposition before the president's exit proposes a new presidential election in april. it all follows violent protests.
tell us more about this interim leader and do people there have confidence in him that he will be able to bring down the political tension? >> reporter: it is a historical day for haiti because of the interim president. it took about 12 hours. he is supposed to guide the country towards the elections to take place in april. we know that he was the state's minister when he was ousted back in 2004. he was detained and accused of persecuting and killing opponents. he vehemently denied that.
he considered himself a political prisoner at the time. he is considered to be moderate and he has the support of the party who has widespread support among the poor. his main priority is to build consensus in this divide nation besides that, what preparations are being made to ensure that the vote taking place in april will be fair and transparent? >> reporter: we will have to see what happens during the rest of the day. if this agreement, this election that happened on sunday very early in the morning certainly comes down a big sector of society here, especially that this is the strongest party that has widespread support among the poor. there has been a group opposing this process saying that
parliament should not be involved in this election. they have been saying that there was a parliamentary coup. it's 8 o'clock in the morning here, but we're expecting a lot of reactions later in the day. the inauguration ceremony is supposed to take place at 2 o'clock. we will have more information then thank you for that. the weather with richard. >> boston minus 23 celsius. add the effect of wind it means minus 38. very cold. we've got the cold at the moment. you see the blew, but we will see a massive contrast in a big rise in temperatures. we have minus 12 by tuesday and
plus eight. new york minus 18. at the moment through to tuesday, we should be looking at temperatures rising to plus 10. so as we look at the pressure pattern, this is what we've got, this area of high pressure. the winds are coming in from the north. at high levels the same thing is happening t look at the temperature chart again. put the jet stream on top. we have it comes down across james bay. next stop is the arctic. the cold air is pushing down from the south. the sub-tropical jet will be pushing up from the south. the city in new jersey was a designation for this annual event where people take to the water. it's bad enough here in doha with the relatively sool sea semps. -- cool sea temperatures. we get this feed and before that
hello again. the topstories. ankara wants y.p.g. group and its allies to retreat. they refused. the u.n. says more than 11,000 civilians have been killed or injured in afghanistan in 2015. the vast majority of deaths were caused by groups opposed to the government including the taliban. supreme court justice scalia has died at the age of 79 a man has been killed in a fight in an asylum center in sweden. it is the second killing in a month. sweden reversed the open door
policy for asylum seekers last year after a record 163,000 crossed over. finland's government has said it will deport refugees. they have struggled with many people there. there is un eaease among them. there is a group that is protecting civilians. >> reporter: named after a god of war, the soldiers of odin take their self-appointed mission seriously, patrolling the streets keeping women and children safe from refugees. >> translation: about 80% of the refugees are men of fighting age. to me it doesn't look like they need help. >> reporter: back in their clubhouse in the woods they insist they're just concerned citizens. though the nazi items says
otherwise >> translation: we only protect. if we see a crime taking place, we intervene >> reporter: the country is in economic trouble and a soup kitchen is far more likely than not that asylum seekers will be turned down >> the main thing is to make good picture for refugees. we are good and helping and we are good people. >> reporter: this man helped hundreds of refugees who crowded into this concert hall before formal reception centers were established. he regrets the change in mood. >> translation: i've heard hundreds of stories why they come. some are true and some are lies.
who has the right to decide? that makes me sad. especially as a christian. we should help all people >> reporter: as the public mood seems to be hardening here towards the refugees, it seems the prime minister himself has been forced into his about turn, having said that refugees were welcome to stay here in his country house in the north of the country, he has now said they can't, for security reasons. the house is said to be too public. the tighten controls are sinking in a center. >> there are some good people and bad people. even refugee there is good people and there is bad people. >> reporter: will you respect if it comes to a decision to send you home? >> if they send us back, i will respect that, but, you know w we will face death there. >> reporter: you have to wonder why they would want to live in
the freezing cold anyway. such is the desire for safety. jonah hull three palestinians have been killed in the past few hours. the health ministry says two of them were killed in jenin. both are reported to be 15 yeared. they were shot at after they opened fire at the soldiers. to date 176 palestinians have been killed since october and 27 israelis have died. hundreds of palestinians have travelled to the gaza border with egypt. it has opened for the first time this year for just two days al-monday. more than 25,000 people hoping to use the crossing, including some with medical conditions needing urgent attention. only a fraction of that number have been given permission to
cross. >> reporter: they have been waiting for days and some for years to get out. now some have been able to leave but many more the waying an hoping. egypt rarely opens its border crossing. it was sealed in 2013. >> translation: we have over 25 thousand cases in the gaza strip. our best estimate is one thousand will get to travel, which means there will be 24,000 people in need of help. >> reporter: this young teenager helps help. 2200 palestinians were killed in the war. thousands more were injured. >> translation: he needs surgery and therapy. we have been trying to get help for more than a year. we have been applying for permits and renewing them.
they rely on humanitarian help to get by. for some their only hope is to leave. >> translation: i am a student and today my visa ends. all this because of the crossing closing. what can i do. >> reporter: gaza has been under an economic blockade by egypt and israel since 2007. that's when the control of the strip was taken over. hamas is recorded as a terrorist organization. many are caught in the middle. >> translation: i've been trying to travel since last year for eight months. i live in saudi arabia and i almost lost my job because i haven't been able to go back >> reporter: those who don't get out this time has to face the hash reality that their freedom
of movement is decided by others armed groups in iraq are involved in renewed fighting out of a town that was controlled by i.s.i.l. fighting is concentrated on neighboring fields. imran khan reports. >> reporter: in april too much fan obtain, shia militias announced they had ten tikrit. this is the scene now. i.s.i.l. which still controls the countryside mounts attacks on will oil fields there. the battle is crucial. tikreet is an important hubs. the oil revenue is crucial.
i.s.i.l. has taken control of the oil fields but is a difficult foe for the people here. >> translation: every day we have an attack by i.s.i.l. you can see them over there. they are using suicide car bombers and motorcycles. we had a suicide motorcycle across the canyon but we michaeled to repel the attack. >> reporter: i.s.i.l. is gaining control of another town. some have got out but others are trapped. >> translation: we left in a hurry with total fear. we had to walk through farms. we managed to escape from them. >> reporter: the civilians that fled are outside in a village. how long they will be safe there, it not clear. i.s.i.l. fighters are taking the
advantage of them moupting attacks in the countryside simply i.s.i.l.'s last stand and they will be dealt with soon pope francis had tough words for mexico's political and leaders warning them that they must stand up to drug trafficking gangs. >> reporter: it is a poor suburb on the edge of in mexico city. it represents the problems and promise of mexico and, perhaps e that's why pope francis is coming here to say mass. hundreds of thousands of people commute to the capital every day. they work hard and scrimp to save. they're hell back by corruption and gangs. this man moved here 25 years
ago. land was cheap and he wanted to be his own boss. he succeeded and after being beaten and kidnapped by police, he is afraid they will target him again. >> translation: we're they're prison prisoners. if a patrol pulls you over you don't know if it is a legitimate stop or they're going to hurt you. >> translation: victims groups are hoping to meet the pope and tell him about the violence and corruption that is endemic here. >> translation: the government is absent. reality is cruel here. i don't want my country to have this image of this, but we international attention so the government takes a hard look and works to solve this huge
problem. >> reporter: meanwhile the local government is making its best to make it look good and safe >> reporter: i asked him why they're out painting. he says they're painting bushes and trees to make it look likes for the pope >> reporter: the local mayor sees opportunity in the pope's visit >> translation: it is a big boost for the economy and also motivates us to move forward to give our all and work hard to get the city better. >> reporter: residents say it will take more from its leaders to make the city safe a 5.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the new zealand city of christchurch on sunday. vehicles could be seen shaking
but there was no damages or injuries. a 6.2 quake in 2011 killed many people two years ago a decades long conflict in the south came to an end. the government signed a peace deal with muslim separatists, but the greater autonomy promised to the region has been ratified. >> reporter: they are ewe night in grief. over the last 40 years each of these women have lost a male relative. of >> translation: my home was burned down and now i run a small street store. it is not enough to support me and my five children. no permanent home and a very dim future. >> reporter: each told me they longed for a lasting peace, one
that the entire community can embrace. a piece deal was signed two years ago after more than a decade of negotiations the peace agreement obtained in legislation known as the basic law would have given the muslim minority in the country more autonomy. the passage of this never happened. there is hope. this man is a law maker involved in the peace negotiations says one provision in the agreement for a. the largest signed that according. they assured everyone that the agreement is into the in jeopardy. >> this is very important to the next generation. we are struggling and fighting for how many kids, and hopefully this will be start simply
because of the peace that we are dreaming for. >> reporter: some christians here are nervous. >> translation: i am happy that the law was not passed. i don't want to be under the control of muslims. >> reporter: it has a vibrant and happy culture. keeping the area good is good for tourism. bomb disposal teams had to attend to this police station for a bomb. these women hope that calls for peace which seem to be echoed will be heard beyond the shores
they send more than 15 billion dollars home every year. many face difficulties as they try to adjust to their new lives overseas. efforts are underway to help them prepare for a life in a different country. >> reporter: the washing machine is difficult if you've never one before. this woman has never seen one before. nor had she seen a dishwasher, mike wave or vacuum cleaner. most come from a similar background. making for a steep lefshg curve when they go abroad. >> translation: when i go abroad i woken be able to speak the language. if i don't know how to use the equipment they will send me back. what if i burpt all the clothes?
>> reporter: with the vast majority of migrants heading to the gulf states, lessons are on offer here. back in a kitchen that is more familiar to her, a former migrant is recovering from a trauma. she said she was sexually abused and tortured by her employers abroad. the course was good but fell short when it came to teaching her to protect herself. >> translation: i went there to work and send money back but i got unyuck l. when i tried to seek justice, no-one listened to me. >> reporter: the bangladesh did thes i government says it is not too bad. >> translation: there are allegations of abuse here as well. are women not being tortured here. we're not considered equals
every. >> reporter: rights groups disagree. they say domestic workers are vulnerable to abuse. despite the evidence of the training centers, it is still taking a big risk for women, not just in terms of looking out of place but because they don't know how to use a micro wave oven time for the sports news. judge it's a close game in the english premier league right now. there was a foul. barney scored from the spot. leicester went down to ten men in the second half. danny simpson was given a second yellow card. it's one one with just a few
minutes left. later it is forth versus second as man chess tear city faces tottenham. their last two trips haven't been successful. they lost four one and six nil to the other side and hasn't won there since may 2010. >> it is not the last game, but i think it is very important game. it is a very important game and we know, they know we're in a position that is 13 games, but after we will go into the more important one. >> reporter: captain vincent back after recovering from a cap injury. they lost last week in the home to leicester.
>> it is not a decisive game but very important. for our team we try to return to top of the table, to two to three teams that are in front of us. so for our team it is important. >> reporter: there is one other game on sunday. in a few minutes liverpool could move up to 8th. live pool have only lost once in their seven meetingsing with vila. >> we have to do everything to reach it. that's what our job. premier league is always difficult. so you can ignore this fact. it is difficult. you don't have to think about it. it is difficult but don't forget it is difficult for them too. that's the first thing we have
to show >> reporter: barcelona has a game is under. la liga barcelona haven't lost in many. >> translation: i think they're the only rival that has beaten us twice since i started coaching. the first one was a clear victory. they are dangerous and that tractive rival. they're one of the most attractive sites to look on television. they know how to put pressure on the area. >> reporter: australia remain in control of the first test against new zealand at the end of day 3 in wellington. new zealand managed to take the
victoria for 239. australia all out for 562. new zealand are 178 four four and their second innings they trial by 201 runs. england are looking to make it two wins out of two when they facity lee later on sunday-- italy later. england beat scotland last week and they nearly lost to france. they have failed to score a try once. >> if you want to call it pressure or expectation, expectation is good. i think it is making us prepared for this game. we are going to get stuck into it. >> reporter: in tennis, nadal went to a defeat.
nadl heads to brazil next week for the real open. >> translation: it was a complicated game. i do not have the opportunity to win. i congratulated the winner. he played well. it is important to try and i will keep believing and i just needed one more point, but it's okay we have to carry on. >> reporter: toronto is holding a game on sunday. the first time outside the new nighted coby brian will be retiring at the end of the season. a record 18 consecutive times he has been signed. >> i'm looking around the room and i'm seeing guys that were
playing and they were four when i began. i have seen the game go three or four generations. i've been in for 20 years. it's not sad at all. i'm really happy and honored to be here and see this. >> reporter: five time major winner mckilson has a two shot leaving going into the round in california. he got two bird >> translation: es and is 16 under overall. mi krrngs kelson hasn't won sin 2013. world number one is having his worst turn meant in two years. he is down in joint 54. that's all your sport for now thank you very much for that. award season for films is well
on its way in the 2016 bafta awards. >> reporter: we are well into the award season now. the golden globe $out of the war, oscars. this is bafta, an indication of what we will see in hollywood later this month. there are 24 categories. these are the ones that they will be talking about. best director. no stranger to the baftas. he was in town last year. he lost but stands a strong chance here for the revenant. he has strong opposition from these two, and rid lee scott is up for the martian i have a very
hot favorite to do well here >> this will be a first. >> reporter: then there is a portrayal of the late apple founder. again, there's the martian. he survived being stranded on mars. we will be getting a bafta. they are up against two strong contenders. dicapri oranges is the one to beat. radmayne won last year. will the danish girl bring him a second year of success. >> the surgery has never been attempted before. >> i have my whole life. it could you kill you u it is my
only hope. >> this is not my body. i have to let him go. >> reporter: so the best actress there. mag ee smith may be in her 80s, but she will be battling in the lady in the van. vikander is up for two awards. larson up for her role and ronan for her role. this is cate blanchett and this is carol. >> would you like me to visit sunday? >> yes. >> what a strange girl you are. >> why? >> from out of space. >> reporter: then there is best film. this is the big one.
the danish girl, carol again, bridge of spies, again, the big short, but it is the revenant. this is the one to watch. this could take a bafta. [ ♪ ] >> reporter: so the countdown is on. the red carpet is ready, the stage is set. as always, the predictions are just that. this is a wide open competition and previous years have given us surprises. the only certainty is that it is going to be a very exciting night and there is not long to go now thanks for watching the news hour on al jazeera.
turkey continues attacks on kurdish fighters inside syria, hours after the u.s. asks ankara to stop. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up, the death of conservative supreme court justice anto antonin scalia overshadows a presidential debate. why are more and more civilians being killed in afghanistan no we have a full report. hope for a return to peace as votingegin