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[ ♪ ] turkey and france both say air strikes on hospitals in northern syria are war crimes. hello, welcome. you are watching al jazeera, live from the headquarters here in doha. with me peter dobie. the other top stories today. police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at ugandan opposition supporters days before the election. pope francis condemns the treatment of mexico's indigenous people and says the world should, instead, ask for their forgiveness, and the afghan who
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is turning war relics into works of art the top story - condemn nation of air strikes hitting four schools and a hospital. the security council calls it a violation of international law. turkey warns of serious and bigger consequences if russia doesn't end operations in northern syria. two offices and two schools sheltering fighters were attacked. a hospital, supported by doctors without borders was hit in idlib. the group says the building was deliberately targeted. zeina khodr on the turkey syrian border. >> reporter: there's no red line
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on the syrian war. a school, a hospital and other locations were hit by what the opposition says were russian air strikes and ground to ground missiles. turkey called az as a red line, promising not to allow the town to fall. not just because it's a stronghold. it is threatened over the y.p.g. a kurdish armed group that ankara called terrorists. >> the y.p.g. stepped back from az as and its area. if they come closer, they'll see the most severe reaction. the whole world should know this. >> reporter: turkey has acted. it has targeted positions to advance protests by the yfg and its allies. they found many close to the
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border, taking advantage of a russian backed offensive against the rebels. >> the y.p.g. and its allies rejected turkey's ultimatum. they are advancing. they have taken the rebel stronghold, and are now at the doorstep of az as. the main opposition base in the northern corridor. many in the opposition say they have been able to take ground because of support from russian air power. >> air power is not only used in aleppo in the rebel controlled province of idlib. another hospital has been destroyed, causing casualties. the facility was assisted by doctors without borders, providing services for many people. the organization called a deliberate attack but did not blame anyone. last week, one of its facilities
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were hit. since the beginning of this year, they reason targeted in syria. the need for facilities are desperate. and the population reminds on it to get health care, and obviously it was denounced when health structure is targeted this way. >> in az as, fear is growing. for them, monday's attacks were a message from russia and its allies. dozens of families left towards the border. az as is no longer safe. it's become a new front line that could trigger a larger war. >> well, the syrian president bashar al-assad has downplayed 9 possibility of a cessation of hostilities, saying any efforts to end the violence should be about creating stability in syria. >> we did we'll hear about them
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requesting a ceasefire. who is capable of bringing them together. who will speak to the terrorist and terrorist organization, if they refuse to adhere to the ceasefire. we are speaking about foundations on conditions that terms are met. the air strikes are only adding to the war of words between russia and turkey, fears are growing that it will complicate efforts to end the fighting. rory challands from moscow. >> through the haze of a wintry day turkish shells fall an land held by fighters. several days of cross-border fire indicates syria's vortex is sucking in regional powers deeper. russian agent reacted angrily to the shelling. we see it as open support to international terrorist. and the violation of relevant resolutions to the security council, and obligations taken
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by turkey as a member country of the syrian support group. >> turkey is an n.a.t.o. country. russia is aware that turkey is a fault line within the alliance. >> this is unpleasant for n.a.t.o. they'll do everything to prevent it. it depends on whether recep tayyip erdogan decides to intervene in syria. n.a.t.o.'s code doesn't mean it will need to intervenes. >> russia is courting syria's kurds. last week they argued the first international office in moscow. russia insists they be involved in the stall said geneva negotiations. >> for turkey this is out of the question. it seems any encouragement has an existential threat. we go to kiev, where anti-russian feeling is strong. he lashed out at moscow and kurdish armed groups.
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>> y.p.g. and pyd forces who are pawns, will receive turkey's reaction if they act in this matter. russia made the munich agreement insignificant by the statement today. russia made it clear that it will not stop bombing terrorist groups, even if the cessation of hostilities commences. if it hits group that turkey or western or regional allies support. and if turkey shells fighters. risks multiple. there's the risk of the syrian cessation of hostilities will be dead in the water. and the risk that the regional powers might end up being pulled into outright conflict uganda's main opposition leader was detained twice as he tried to hold campaign rallies in the capital city kampala.
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police fired tear gas. supporters threw rocks. sergio is the main challenger to the president who has been in power for 30 years. >> the final campaign rally to here in kampala. the main opposition leader and his supporters were met with tear gat fired by police -- gas, fired by police as he tried to walk through the center. police say he was held because he didn't stick to an authorized route. and his diversion would disrupt businesses. his supporters would not see it that way. >> the dictatorship is so scared that they can't allow it with the supporters. >> police say that when they took him, it was not an arrest. >> we simply arrived him and his campaign team to coordinate and
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harmonize his programs with the police. >> a short while later he was released and back on the campaign trial. >> in thursday's poll he is running against the incumbent president. he ruled for 30 years, and is seeking another five. this is the fourth sim betajay ran against him. >> the process the full process is controlled by one candidate. who therefore announces what he wants. >> the planned rally didn't happen. the convoy and rapidly growing crowd was stopped again. >> police have just fired - police have just fired more tear gas. protesters are throwing rocks.
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supporters are coming up this way, and are met with tear gas fired by the anti-riot police. he was meant to give a rally. he didn't get there. it's the tension that people hoped would not happen then, before the polls. >> many opposition supporters in the capital say they are tired of the government. >> we are citizens with the right to exercise our freedom. we don't have the jobs. campaign rallies are meant to end at dusk. at that point police toed the car to a police station with him inside. supporters are still defiant. he was later released. many are left wondering if this week's poll will bring more violence. iraq's defence minister has been holding talks in baghdad on
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military operations to retake mosul. soldiers have been deployed to a base. the second biggest city was overtaken by i.s.i.l. in 2014 the government of australia is being condemned after a hospital in brisbane refused to discharge a migrant baby facing deportation. the it 1-year-old girl is treated for burns after being scolded with hot water on nauru. >> reporter: this brisbane hospital is where the baby whose situation has come to symbolize everything controversial about australia policy towards refugees is held. australia government said she and her parents will get 72 hours notice before immigration officials go in and take her and her family back to nauru. the same guarantee of notice doesn't apply to the other 264 people in a similar situation in australia, risking deportation to nauru. overnight new zealand offered to take all 267 people to its
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shores. australia rejected a similar offer in the past, and doesn't want to give it incentive to smugglers to bring people to australia shores and deportation to new zealand, a country of australia may act as an incentive. you hear the cars in the bag ground. supporters encouraging cars to honk their horn. there was a big crowd. more than 300 gathered. trade union leaders representing staff and students. i talked to some. >> people are livid, so angry. this is the expression of that anger, of ordinary people refusing to sit back any more and watch as innocent people are tortured. >> there's unease about asylum seekers policies. >> this brought that to a head. >> it's such a travesty. >> the legislation in regards to asylum seekers, and refugees is
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putting health professionals at risk in terms of professional obligations verses the obligations the government imposes upon them. >> reporter: those here say they'll keep a permanent president outside the hospital. small numbers during the day, and rallies in the evening until they have a guarantee that the baby and her parents will not be deported. the australian government says it will make a decision within two weeks, the end of the month. >> more to come including - despite the handshakes there were protests in the desert. what is wrong with president obama hosting an asian summit in the united states. plus, jed bush turns to his big brother for support as his campaign to become u.s. commander in chief falters.
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welcome back. top stories from al jazeera. at least 50 civilians have been killed in air strikes that his for syrian hospitals and two schools. russia has been blamed pore the attacks. >> uganda's leader detained twice. there were protests. one was killed on thursday the australian government is bing criticized after a hospital in brisbane refused to discharge a migrant baby that might be deported. the 1-year-old girl is treated for burns after being squalleded with hot water on the island of
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nauru. >> asian leaders are being hosted on the u.s. soil for the first time. president obama says it's a sign of personal commitment to strengthen ties. rob reynolds reports from the californian desert. >> reporter: president obama welcomed the 10 asian government leaders to the delux sunnilands golf resort in the desert. the white house portrays the asian summit as a get together. it's heavy with symbolism. highlighting the pivot to asia. >> economic growth that is inclusive. creating opportunities for all. mutual prosperity. human dignity, respect for human rights that is sustainable. that is the vision. >> reporter: president obama wants to shore you have security
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ties and re-affirm. cambodia's leader - thousands gathered to protest. >> you're bringing a bunch. dictators to southern california. killing our people. the oppressor has to stop. >> cambodian americans denounsed hung san that has held power. >> he never won the election. he won the election through intimidation, through bulk buying. >> it is said that there is no democracy for the people of laos. >> the last government was corrupt. vietnamese have been killing innocent people. we are here to top that. >> human rights activists say
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most of the leaders are antidemocratic. at the end of the day the u.s. commitment to human rights is a lot of talk in practice, when it comes down to it. the united states government showed it is to throw it is in with the -- they'd itself to throw itself in with the leaders. >> national security advisor susan rice disputed that. >> just because in asia elsewhere we are obliged to deal with some does not mean that we are legitimising them. >> instead of human rights, the number one focus is on economic ties. trade between the united states and asian nations is worth a quarter of a trillion dollars. the u.s. republican presidential hopeful jed bush
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called on a familiar face to host his campaign. his big brother took to the stage in south carolina. jed bush finished poorly in the iowa caucus. george thinks his brother has what it takes to lead the united states. >> he's going to assemble a great deal of people, to whom he will listen. he'll create a culture where they can deliver not just the good news. but the bad. >> he'll listen carefully, and has the backbone necessary to make the tough decisions on behalf of the american people. [ cheering and applause ] the president is defined by the unexpected. there'll be sis chris, if there is -- if there's going to be crisis, it's important to have a president with a calm resolve. >> jordan is a strategist for the republican party, and says
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this may be jed bush's last chance. >> there are no good inside - other ideas left for jed bush. he has to deploy his brother. without him, he will lose. the bush name is strong. in south carolina there's a strong military tradition. if he doesn't do anything, trump will go on to be the nominee. >> in this case jed bush will lose the nomination without doing something, and this is an attempt to regain momentum. he has to do this. he's running out of the bullets. all the money in the world is not going to help him win the nomination. he's picked up endorsements, raised money, he has a solid. he speaks well, it's not working. he has to try something else. the republican primary elector is not what it used to be. tea party voters have been
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reabsorbed into the republican party, what is left is a republican party that is anti-intellectual. we have given the drivers - we have put the tea party activists in the driver's seat. as a result we are more isolationist than ever before. we don't like immigrants, and this is a party that has turned on its head. and, of course, his father. >> now, the poorest state in mexico, that is where pope francis spent much of yesterday. many hope the visit will turn things around, especially for the indigenous population. we have this report. pope francis visit to the south mexican state was about the indigenous community. the pontiff used the visit to
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side with them and denounce hundreds of years of exploitation. on many occasions, the people have been misunderstood and excluded from society. others intoxicated by power, stole lands and contaminated them. few expected the visit alone to change things. paramilitaries had killed 45 people, including six of his family. the propose weren't sis came meant something. >> i feel like this is the reel pope for the marginalized and survivors. particularly because i lost six of my family in the massacre. i'm happy that he came.
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mexico's government may feel differently. it is famous for an army of farmers who rose up against authorities in 19194 and is still active. >> pope francis prepared for the heartland. including some areas suffering from marginalisation, poverty and corruption, he's taking a different line. francis used the moment. it may slow down the rush of followers to other religions. and even islam. the state has the lowest personnel of catholics. this visit encouraged the faithful and those struggling in the poverty stricken state. >> for several years venezuela's
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had been struggling with power cuts. the government says it will intensify the problem and is rationing electricity and is asking shopping malls to generate their own power or reduce the hours. virginia lopez from caracas. >> it's 1 o'clock. about this time this food fare is bustling with rush hour. for the next three months, shopping malls are forced to halve hours of operation. venezuelans will have to turn elsewhere for a meal. in some cases, for work at 1 o'clock all the lights are turned off. we close everything and go home. now instead of eight hours, we are working four. it's half my salary. according to government officials, it was hard hit by el nino. a droughts reduced the level of
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water of the hydro-electric dams, which the country relies on for power. electricity will be extended to other areas. >> this meeting will not just be with the shopping mall. to battle it to water supply. >> reporter: among the hardest hit, the decision to close the falls. 1 to 3:00 in the afternoon and 9 to 20. theatre owners days it's only time to show one film. in a violent country, catching a film is one of the few available things left to do. if we turn the light you have in a country.
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a friend used to say the day we lose the cinema. boasting a large dam, venezuela exported electricity. mismanagement and not elteeno is not the power cut. in a country on the brink of dealt and unlikely to invest in infrastructure, the day it fell may be the time the movies sopped. days of fighting littered by relics of conflict. an artist is injecting life. making war machines into canvases. >> in a former battlefield, grave wards for tanks. rusted carcasses of war machines are getting flowery make overs. >> i wanted to see how it
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worked. this is the makeover artist. the 28-year-old iranian came to afghanistan. he liked the people and decided to stay. >> when you told your family where you were going what did they say. >> that i was crazy. >> abandoned by the others. >> i enjoy the recycling. with the help of soldiers sent along to escort her, three revived the service into a hunk of steal trimmed with pat eshts. >> it doesn't have colour. i wanted to do bright colours. >> this is what an abandoned
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carrier looked like. this is what it looks like after. in another neighbourhood - before, after. her only motivation, she says, is to have fun. >> i just wanted to make some questions. in people's mind, that is going on around themselves. >> the fact of taking grim reminders of war, turning them into colourful attractions, where afghans can come and have fun. >> reporter: it became beautiful, we love it say these kids who play football on a nearby field. she would like to stay in afghanistan to paint tanks and
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