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accusations of war crimes as hospitals are bombed in northern syria. welcome to al jazeera live from doha. also to come on the program. opposition supporters and the police clash in uganda just days before elections. china opposes the u.s. plans to deploy an advanced missile system in response to north
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korea's rocket launch. hope francis denounces the exclusion of mexicans indigenous people from society. fighting has intensified in syria days after world powers agreed to a cessation of hostilities. dozens of people have died on air strikes in hospitals. at least 50 civilians including children, were killed. five medical facilities and two schools were targeted in northern syria's aleppo and idlib provinces. the u.n. has called the attacks of blatant violation of international law. france and turkey has said strikes constitute war crimes. implementing a truce would be difficult. bashar al-assad says any efforts to end the violence should be about creating stability in
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syria. >> translation: the question of a ceasefire in a week, who is capable to bring together all these conditions in a week. no-one. who will speak to the terrorist if the terrorism organization refuses to ceasefire. who will make them accountable? the cessation of operations must be done with the aim of improving the surety situation live to our correspondent in southern turkey. we have president bashar al-assad talking down the possibilities. this is an arrangement made with world powers but not including any syrians. >> reporter: no. the u.s. and russia agreed to this deal in munich a cup of days ago. they want an end to hostilities at the end of this week and allow aid to enter into besieged
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area. this is the first time he spoke since that. he doesn't believe a ceasefire will bring an end to the conflict saying that the government considers every person who holds a weapon or carries arms against the state are terrorists, not changing the position of the government since the start of this conflict. he also said that it's unrealistic and for the syrian government a solution would involve what he calls reconciliation agreements on the ground, but the opposition would call a surrender. what has been happening is agreements have been reached after a siege has been laid and people starve from the lack of food and medicine. it is not just the syrian president who is questioning the munich deal. the opposition is saying it allows russia to continue to target rebel groups. they believe the fact that al-nusra are not included in this deal, russia would use their presence to exploit and
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continue targeting rebels because in some areas of syria, al-nusra's positions are close to the rebel positions. the u.n. special envoy in a supplies visit to damascus arrived last night. he is going to have talks with the foreign minister. the munich deal will be discussed as well as efforts to revive the peace process because the date for 25 february is the date for continued talks there's intense fighting in the northern part of syria in particular the main losers are described as the moderate opposition. >> reporter: yes. the opposition increasingly under pressure, increasingly squeezed because it is facing more than one enemy on the ground, not just the government and its allies which have been taking ground and not just russian air strikes, russia from the skies, but the y.p.g. and
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the democratic forces. they managed to take one of the main strongholds. it fell last night. the sdf and the y.p.g. making it clear that they have no red lines. they will continue this advance and their next target is azaz. turkey warned them that it will not allow azaz allow to fall. the spokesman telling us they're not concerned, turkey cannot stop the advance. opposition is increasingly skweed and they say that they're going to change tactics. losing territory doesn't mean losing the war. they want to change tactics, apply hit and run tactics on the ground, carry out attacks on the regime. the opposition under a lot of pressure in a corner of syria. it is the main rebel supply
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route that has kept their uprising alive against the government. thank you for that. now to neighboring iraq where its defense minister has been holding talks with the u.s. ambassador to baghdad to retake mosul from i.s.i.l. a base is being deployed to south-east of mosul. the second largest city was taken over by i.s.i.l. in 2014. it is the last day of campaigning in uganda ahead of elections on friday. police fired tear gas while some supporters threw rocks. one person was killed. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: the final campaign rally for the uganda's presidential elections are here
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in the capita. the main opposition leader and his supporters were met with tear gas fired by police as they tried to walk through the city center. police say he was held because he didn't stick to an authorisingd route and his diversion would disrupt businesses. his supporters don't see it that way. >> the dictatorship is so scared of him, that they can't allow him to interact with his supporters >> reporter: the police say that when they took him it was not an arrest >> we have asked him and his campaign team to coordinate and harmonise his promise with the police. >> reporter: a short while later he was released and back on the campaign trail. on thursday's poll he is running against the incumbent president who has recalled for 30 years who is seeking another five. this is the fourth time the
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opposition leader has run against him. >> the process, it is controlled by one candidate who therefore announces what he wants. >> reporter: the planned rally didn't happen yesterday. his crowd was stopped again. >> reporter: police have just fired more gas, protesters are throwing rocks. his supporters are coming up this road. they are being met with the tear gas. he was meant a rally. the university is just up here. he didn't get there. this is exactly the type of tension just days before the polls. many opposition supporters say
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they're tired of the government. >> we have the right to exercise our freedom. we go to school but we don't have jobs. >> reporter: campaign rallies are metropolitan to end at dusk. at that point police towed the opposition leader's car to the police station with him inside, his supporters still defiant. he was later released. many are wondering whether the poll will bring more violence across the border in the democratic republic of congo, parties there have called for a nationwide strike. they're demanding that the president steps down when his term ends in december. >> reporter: human rights campaigners review video footage from last year's protests, when campaigners took to the streets claiming the president was trying to delay the election. more than 40 people were killed but the government also dropped
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plans for a census that would have been held before the poll and taken up to three years. the election is supposed to be held later this year. >> translation: we are afraid because we were ruled by a dictator for many years. people had no freedom at all. we don't want to be taken back to that period. >> reporter: the opposition believes necessity still plan to delay the poll. electoral commission is yet to publish a new calendar after a previous one was rejected by the supreme court. up to 1.2 billion dollars is needed to organise local and national elections, but the government says there's no money. the president has called for a dialogue with the opposition but they will hear none of it. >> translation: elections should be left to the electoral commission. if they bant to talk about a peaceful transition, we will do it. that's the only thing we can
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talk about. >> reporter: so this time they told people to stay away from work and not take their children to school, a nationwide strike they hope will put more pressure on the government. this is an opposition countdown to the end of the president's entour. many say that he must step down in december, but the democratic republican of congo is a large country and most of the people live in url areas. this ruling party member says that his support goes beyond urban areas. it is causing panic for no reason. >> translation: we are now in february. we are not in december. why, then, are people saying that the president wants to extend his rule? he has not said it. who did he tell? he has said that he will respect the constitution
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>> reporter: outside another opposition office, this man updates the countdown. it is likely more than 300 days before the president's term expires. many people agree that preparing for elections will not be easy. with more than 70 million people has little infrastructure and is hit by instability in the east. opposition groups and their supporters say it still can be done oil prices have surged $2 a barrel, as ministers from russia, the biggest non-opec producer and saudi arabia eheld a supplies meeting in doha. the meeting is expected to tackle the global oil supply glut. riyadh says it won't reduce production unless nonopec producers cooperate journalists have been
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detained whilst covering clashes between shia protesters and government forces. protests took place on the fifth anniversary of mass demonstrations led by bahrain shia majority. south korea's president says its communist neighbor has proven it doesn't washing peace. park geun-hye has been addressing issues on ongoing oppositions from pyongyang. last week a rocket carrying a satellite was launched >> reporter: the message given by park geun-hye had the country being used to threats from pyongyang, nuclear attack, shower and war. south koreans have become incensetive to this language and to north korean provocations. now in the light of the fourth nuclear test by north korea and
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because of this most recent missile test, as they here term the rocket launch, which north korea says was a peaceful satellite launch from the weekend before last, she said time for a shift in action that south korea is willing to take. that's why she says the government took the position to close the joint industrial complex inside north korean territory as it did last wednesday. south korea has put hundreds of millions of dollars into that plant and she says that they know nok uses hard currency for its regime and nuclear and missile programs. the language was subtly different to what the minister said on sunday saying that they evidenced north korea had used that money in the programs because south korea doesn't want to be seen at the moment when it is calling for an international coalition which it wants to lead, it doesn't want to be seen to knowingly given money to the
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weapons program in north korea. she says that international coalition will show north korea and the regime that if it continues to carry on with the program it will collapse. we wait to see what will happen, whether such measures can bens forced the advanced missile defense mission plan by the u.s. >> translation: we have serious concerns about the possible deployment of this advanced missile defense system. china has a clear position that is we firmly oppose any country's attempt to infringe china's extra tea ginning security interestses with the secures of nuclear issue to adrian brown in bay joining >> reporter: china is uneasy
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about the system. again an again during the past few days the foreign ministry here has reinforced the message that it believes thaad will compromise china's strategic security. the leadership believes it is another u.s. measure to try to contain china. what really unsettles the chinese is the reach of thaad because it will be able to reach into china. it has a range of some 2000 kilometers. if it ever came to war between the u.s. and china, this system will be able to knock out chinese missiles much more easily. all this comes at a time of warming relations between south korea and beijing. the south korean president the guest of honor at the big military parade last september. there is a sense of embarrassment here for the leadership that the south korean government is now openly embracing something that the chinese government is so hostile about we've got a lot more coming
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up here at al jazeera including luxury behind bars in mexico. find out how some inmates in this prison really lived it up. it up. venezuelan government blames el nino on the power crisis in the country.
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welcome back. a look at the top stories at jalalabads. fighting have-- al jazeera. fighting have continued and dozens of people have died on
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air strikes in hospitals. 50 civilians including children have killed. uganda protests in relation to up coming elections. oil prices are higher on reports that ministers from russia and several opec countries leaders are meeting today. it is expected to try to tackle a global oil supply glut. pope francis has been to mexico's poorest city. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: pope francis's visit to the city of chappas was all about the indigenous community. they make up most the population
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here. he used the visit to side with them and denounce hundreds of years of exploitation. >> translation: on many occasions in a systematic and organized way your people have been misunderstood and excluded from society. some have considered your values, culture and traditions to be inferior, others intoxicated by power, money and market trandz have stolen your lands or contaminated them >> reporter: few expect his visit alone to change things, but for one of the survivors of a massacre in which para military called 45 people, including six of his family, the fact that pope francis has come means something. >> translation: i feel this is the real pope in favor of the indigenous communities, marginalised and survivors. i'm very happy that he came. >> reporter: mexico's government may feel differently.
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chappas has been a problem for them. especially in a group of farmers who rose up against the government and are still active. >> reporter: previous popes chose other areas but this place, the pope is taking a different line. he has used this visit to decrew that indigenous languages can be used. people sang and prayed in their own tongues. it may help slowdown other christians. the state now has the lowest percentage of catholics in mexico. this brief visit has at least encouraged the faithful and those struggling in this poverty-stricken state in another part of mexico it
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appears that some inmates where a riot claimed 49 lives last week have been living a luxurious life. there are cells decked out with big beds, air conditioners, televisions and even an aquarium. >> reporter: authorities are clearing cells from dozens of tonnes of luxury items. they have been removing television, digital cable aquariums, large beds, many, many statues of the death saint. many worship this saint.
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all of these items shows just how endemic corruption was at the prison. the director of the prison has been arrested on murder charges as a result of that riot. it is a sign of just how corrupt prisons are across mexico. viewers might remember that joaquin guzman was anal to pay people to dig a tunnel out of his prison nearly two kilometers long. pope francis who is in mexico will be visiting a prison that was once just as corrupt. it will be one of the final places he visits on wednesday venezuelans have struggled with power cuts for several years. now the government says the weather system el nino is making the problem even worse and is rationing electricity. our correspondent has more. >> reporter: it's 1 o'clock. right about this time this food
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fair was usually bustling for the lunch hour. people will have to turn elsewhere for a meal. in some cases for work. >> translation: at 1 o'clock all the lights are turned off and people are asked to leave. we close everything up and go home. now instead of eight hours we're working four. it's half my salary >> reporter: according to government officials the country has been hard hit by el nino. a prolonged drought made worst by el nino has reduced the number of water to the dams which the country relies on for power. electricity rations is going to be extended to other sectors. >> translation: this meeting will not be helped by the owners of shopping malls. we will be talking to hotel chains as well.
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>> reporter: among the hardest hit for the decision to reduce the opening hours of malls or movie thoerts, forced to close from 1 to 3 and 7 po 9 at night, theater owners is saying it is only time enough to show one film. in one of the most violent countries in the world, catching a film is one of the few available options left to venezuelans. it is also for actors here an alarming symbol of waning culture. >> translation: if we turn the lights off in a country, we are taking away its culture, arts, voice. the day that we lose the theater or the sin that, is the day we impovrish the country. >> reporter: boasting one of the largest hydroelectric dam in the worlds, electricity was exported. in a country that is on the brink of default and thus unlikely to invest in
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infrastructure, the day that movies died might also foretell the darker times lying ahead leaders of south-east asian group of nations known as azean are being hosted on u.s. soil for the first time. president obama says this is a sign of his personal commitment to strengthening ties. >> reporter: president obama welcomed the leaders to the golf resort in the california desert. it is an informal and relaxed get together, yet it is heavy with symbolism, highlighting lgt obama administration pivot to asia >> chaeting opportunities, mutual security and peaceful resolution of disputes, human
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dignity, including respect for human rights and development that is sustainable. that is our vision >> reporter: obama wants to shore up economic and security ties and reinsert influence in south-east asia. as obama met with the lights of the sult ann and cambodia's leader, about a thousand people gathered to protest. >> translation: a bunch of dictators. expressing their own people. the oppressor has to stop. >> reporter: cambodian americans denounce hung sen who has held power >> he is a dictator. he never won election since 1993. he won through bulk buying and stealing the vote. >> reporter: they say there is no democracy for the people of laos >> the last government is corrupt. the neat that these have been
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killing innocent people. it's all wrong. we're here just trying to stop that. >> reporter: human rights activists say most of the leaders are anti democratic and repressive >> the problem with the summit is it gives leaders le jilt mays. at the end of the day the u.s. commitment to human rights is a lot of talk. in practice, the u.s. has shown itself to throw itself in with the leaders as opposed to the people of asia. >> reporter: national security adviser susan r ice strongly disputed that. >> just because in asia and elsewhere we are originaled to deal with government-- obliged to deal with governments, including those who we disagree with on things like human rights, sdu not mean that we're legitimizing them. >> reporter: the number one focus here is on economic ties. trade between the u.s. and the asean nations is worth a quarter of a trillion dollars
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