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>> only on al jazeera america. >> translation accusation of war crimes as hospitals are bombed in northern syria. you're with yals live from doha. also to come on the program opposition supporters and the police clash in uganda just days before elections. china opposes u.s. plans to deploy an advance missile system in response to north korea's
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rocket launch. meet the artist who is turning the relics of war into works of art. fighting has intensified in syria days after world powers called for acisation-- a cessation of hostilities. at least 50 civilians including children died during the bombs. the u.n. has called the attacks blatant violation of international law while france and turkey have said the strikes constitute war crimes. meanwhile, the syrian president said implementing a truce would prove difficult. bashar al-assad said any efforts to episode the violence should be about creating stability in syria. >> translation: the ceasefire
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within a week, who is capable of bringing together these conditions within a week? no-one. who will speak to the terrorist organization if they refuse to adhere to the ceasefire. who will make them accountable. the cessation should be improved going to our correspondent in surgeon turkey on the syrian border. we have president bashar al-assad there doubting whether any cessation of hostilities can actually be implemented. >> reporter: yes. doubting, calling it unrealistic and really sticking it the government's positions since the start of the up rising calling everyone who carries weapons and arms against the states a terrorist. clearly a much emboldened and strengthened president since russia's intervention and political support it has been receiving from musts.
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the syrian government has been allowed to have the upper hand on the ground. we heard bashar al-assad call on the different groups to accept what he called national reconciliation agreements saying how the syrian government believes this conflict should end. if you ask anyone in the opposition and they will tell you that these agreements amount to a surrender because the policy has been you siege an area, people lack food, water and they're forced really into submission. so a lot of doubt on whether the cessation of hostilities which was agreed in munich will come into force at the end of this week. even the rebels say the agreement is unrealistic because in their view russian will continue to target their positions use the presence of groups like al-nusra front, the al-al-qaeda linked group on the ground as an excuse. staffan de mistura is in damascus and he is trying to
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revive the peace process but there is sign that the diplomatic process can be revived or progress made on the diplomatic front in the meantime, intense fighting taking place particularly in the northern part of syria. the main losers appearing to be what have been called the moderate opposition. >> reporter: yes. the battle for aleppo is entering its third week and the opposition is not just facing one enemy. russia controls the skies are, the syrian government and its allies have been capturing town after town, cutting through rebel held territory, cutting their supply lines and now they have a new enemy. the y.p.g. and others, and they have been on the offensive. they've taken the main rebel stronghold in the northern corridor and these groups telling us really, confirming to us, that they have no intention
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of stopping despite warnings by turkey and despite shelling by the turkish military. the turkish military has been shelling their positions, that shelling is continuing according to the officials, it is being targeted by turkish bombardment. the y.p.g. and the sdf telling us that they plan to advance towards azaz. that is the main opposition ba base in the northern corridor. they will be able to cut the main supply line for the rebels but at the same time rebel commanders say that this is not the end. they will kaep fighting. they don't need to control territory. they can adapt, change tactics. they still remain defiant but they are being squeezed thank you for that. to uganda where it is the last day of campaigning in the presidential and parliamentary elections which are due to take place on thursday. the main opposition leader was
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detained twice as he tried to hold his final rallies in the capital kampala. police fired tear gas while some of his supporters threw rocks. one supporter was killed. >> reporter: the final campaign rally at uganda's presidential elections are here in the capital. 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, 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 simply asked him and his campaign team to coordinate
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and harmonise his programs with the police. >> reporter: a short while later he was released and back on the campaign trail. in thursday's poll he is running against incumbent president. he has ruled for 30 years and he is seeking another fight. this is the fourth time he has run against him. >> they have the process where it is all controlled by one candidate. who therefore announces what he wants. >> reporter: yesterday's plan rally didn't happen. his crowd was stopped again. police have just fired more tear gas, protesters are throwing
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rocks. supporters are coming up this way and they met with the tear gas fired. he was meant to give 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. any opposition supporters here in the cap aat all say they're tired of the government. >> we are citizens of the we have rights. >> reporter: campaign rallies are meant to end at dusk. at that point the police towed his car to the police station with him inside. he was later released. many are left wondering if this week's poll will bring more violence saudi and russian energy ministers have agreed to freeze production at january levels. the agreement came at an
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unannounced meeting in doet on tuesday. riyadh has consistently said it won't cut production unless non-opex producers cooperate. south career's president says north korea doesn't want peace. park geun-hye has been addressing parliament about ongoing provocations from pyongyang. a long range rocket was launched into orbit last week which was carrying a satellite but it was said it was testing missile technology >> reporter: the message giving by park geun-hye that south korea had been used to the constant threats about nuclear shower, nuclear war from pyongyang, turning zeoul into a sea of fire that they have been incensetive to this. in the light of the fourth nuclear test by north korea and
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because of this last 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 now is a time for shift in action that south korea is willing to take. that's why she says the government took the decision to close the joint industrial complex last wednesday. south korea has hundreds of thousands of dollars into that plant. she says she knows that they use the currency for the rejeem. the language was subtly different from what the minister saying on sunday saying that the government had used that north korea had used that money in the nuclear weapons programs because south korea doesn't want to be see the moment when it is calling for an international coalition which it wants to lead. it doesn't want to be seen to have knowingly given money to
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the weapons program in north korea. she says that that international coalition will soon show north korea and the regime that if it intends to carry on with the nuclear and missile aprogram it will collapse. we wait to see whether such measures can actually be enforced soon after the north korean test south korea and the u.s. announced they would consider deploying the advance missile defense systems known as thaad but on monday china said it would oppose any such plan. >> translation: we have serious concerns over the possible deployment of this advanced missile defense system. china has a clear position that as we firmly oppose any country's attempt to infringe china's strategic security interests with the excuse of the korean peninsula nuclear issue more from adrian brown in
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beijing >> reporter: again and again during the past few days the foreign ministry here has reinforced the message that it believes thaad will come proposal ace china's strategic security. the leadership believes that simply another u.s. american 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 and if it ever came to war between the u.s. and china, this system will knock out chinese missiles more easily. all this comes at a time of warm willing relations between south korea and beijing. the south korean presidential the guest of honor after president xi jinping's big military parade last september, but 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 more coming up
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here at al jazeera, including the australian hospital refusing to charge a one year old girl who is threatened with deportation.
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fighting has intensified in syria days after world powers called for acisation of - drn a cessation of hostilities. dozens have died and 50 civils i can't answer including children were killed. saudi and russian energy ministers have just agreed to
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frees crude oil production at january levels. the agreement came at an unannounced meeting in doha on tuesday. riyadh has consistently said it won't cut production unless non-opec producers cooperate. it is the final day in euganda before elections. the opposition leader was held. the australian government has been criticized after a hospital in brisbane refused to discharge a migrant baby facing deportation. she has been treated for burns after being scalded with hot water whilst in detention facilities in naurru >> reporter: this is where the baby has come to symbolize everything controversial about
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australia's policy to refugees. the government says she and her parents will get at least 72 notice before immigration officials go in and take her and her family back to nauru. that doesn't apply to the other 264 people in a similar situation in australia, but risking departation to the center. new zealand offered to take all people to its shores. australia has rejected a similar offer in the past, it doesn't want to give any incentive to people smugglers to bring more people to australian shores and deportation to new zealand and similar countries to australia might act as some sort of incentive. you can hear car horns in the background. this small crowd of protesters are encouraging crowds to honk their honours. there was a big crowd outside this hospital more than 300 people gathered trade union leaders representing the staff
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inside the hospital among them and students. >> people are so angry. this is the expression of that anger. this is the expression of ordinary people refusing to sit back any more and watch as innocent people get tortured >> there's general unease about the policies in this country but this has abrought it to a head because it is such a travesty. >> the legislation is putting health professionals at great risk in terms of their professional obligations versus the obligations that the fed government imposes them with regard to asylum seeker policy in legislation. >> reporter: they say they will keep a permanent presence outside this hospital. small numbers during the day but rallies each evening until they get some guarantee that the baby and her parent won't be deported. australia's government says they will make a decision about the baby, her honour parent and the others within australia by the end of the mate
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some inmates at a mexican prison where a riot claimed claeflt 49-- claeft 49 lives-- at least 49 lives last week were living a luxurious life. officials found cells decked out with large beds, air conditioners, televisions, painting and even an aquarium. >> reporter: authorities have been clearing out literally tons of luxury items from a prison in northern mexico that was the scene of a deadly prison right last wednesday. 49 people were killed during a bloody battle between rival factions. clearly there were a lot of luxury items at stake here because they have been removing televisions, digital cables, large ebeds, many statues of the death saint. this folk saint that many
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worsh worship. all of these luck reitems literally tons 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 able to pay people to dig a tunnel out of his prison nearly two kilometers long. pope francis will be visiting a prison that was one just corrupt which will be one of the final places he visit as he wraps up his trip to mexico on wednesday zimbabwe's prosecutor general is appearing in court charged with obstructing justice and abuse of duty. he is accused of ordering the release of two opposition activists suspected of plotting to fire bomb the president's dairy farm.
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>> reporter: inside the management's court one of the most intriguing cases is being heard. it involves the top prosecutor who is accused of obstructing justice. this is where the story is interesting. a few weeks ago four men, some of them soldiers and others kril i can't answer tried to bomb the dairy owned by the president's family. they were stopped before they could do that and arrested. it is alleged that the top prosecutor basically released two of them saying that they had turned state witness. some people thought he was obstructing justice, he had a hidden agenda and that's why he was arrested brought to court and he is out on bail. if he is found guilty, he could get up to 15 years in jail. people are asking what is this really about. some say maybe it could be personal, maybe someone in his office doesn't want him around, but many are saying this could be a much bigger issue. the president is getting older. some say this could have
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something to do with the succession battle, who will take over from him. things are getting interesting on the ground. the president as way allege is that some people in the military are trying to kill her son. there was a bomb scare a few days ago at a top hotel. zimbabwe has been quiet over the last few years but people are saying things could start getting more interesting in the democratic republic of congo opposition parties have called for a nationwide strike. they're demanding the president steps down when his term ends in december. catherine soi joins us live from the capital. has the strike taken effect? >> reporter: absolutely. we have driven around in the city a bit more since we last talked and what we've noticed is that while a small group of
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traders are going about their business, shops are closed, parents have not taken their schools as well. we have made calls to our informers, we are being told the situation is more or less the same as here. it is very tense. joining me to discuss some of these issues is martin falooluu, one of the organisers of this strike. he was recently arrested. tell us where you are? >> yeah. i was arrested on sunday around 2.40 p.m. by militaries. they came there, five of them, plus three civilian. they came to my office and they arrested me. otherwise about to move to go on site to promote this day of
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strike of dead town and they took me to their place and before arrested me, arresting me, they beaten me like a cheat. i don't know exactly why. on i'm a member of parliament. why they can touch me and beat me like a kid. >> reporter: the president has - the big issue is the electoral process. you're saying the government is trying to delay the elections and the president to extend his term. he has called for dialogue for the sake of the country, to discuss this. they do not want the dialogue? >> why dialogue? we have to go to the election. we are saying we only simply to respect the constitution. the constitution say that every five years you have to have the presidential election. let us go to the election.
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i don't understand why he and his friend, they're calling for dialogue. after the 2011 election, because it was chaos. we wanted to discuss, to see what to do because of that at that time we had two guys proclaimed by themselves presidents. he said he was president. we said let us be together and to agree. they didn't want to agree and today what we are saying, the only thing we have to do is to respect the constitution and to organise the election. realistically speaking, drc is a huge country, 70 million people, very poor infrastructure. do you think that the electoral commission has ample time?
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do you think they have time to organise and conduct a credible free and fair election within this time? >> yes. they have, because they the commission knows that they have to organise the election this year. there is no room for other thing, but what they have to do, for the time remaining, they have to ask what much money they need. they have to ask the companies. with the timeframe, they can do something. i think if we have 200 million u.s. dollar today, you can't have a voter rej certained in two months. -- register in two months. if the people of the commission, they want to do their job according to the constitution, according to the mandate, they can do it, but now they are working for the president
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because he appointed them there. >> reporter: thank you very much. that's one of the organisers of this strike. the big issue like you mentioned is funding. the commission says it needs 1.2 billion dollars to organise the local and national election. the government says it does not have all that money. the international community is reluctant to provide some of this money. the >> says that it can only fund just the national elections, not the local elections. the u.n. mission here says that it can provide logistical support, 30% of the support in eastern congo in areas where it has assets. it is a very complicated issue, but the opposition says the elections must be held no matter what thank you for that. decades of fighting have left afghanistan littered with
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decaying records of war. one artist is making these her can vase >> reporter: in afghanistan's former battle fields now grave yards for tanks, rusted carcasses of war machines are getting floury make overs >> i just wanted to try it to see how it works. >> reporter: she is the make over artist. the 28 year old iranian came to afghanistan on a visit last year. like the people and decided to stay. when you told your family you're going to afghanistan what did they say? >> you're crazy >> reporter: she turned her attention to relics of war, aban dooned by the soviets when they withdrew from afghanistan in the late 19780s >> i enjoy recycling things. >> reporter: it took months to get permission from the afghan army to paint this tank. with the help of soldiers sent
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along to escort her, she revived the once rust surface to a glossy hunt of steel with traditional persian pattern. >> reporter: this is one personnel carrier before she found it. this is what it looks like after. in another neighborhood, before. after. she insist her work is neither political nor anti war. her only motivation is to have fun and get people to think. >> i just wanted to make some questions in people's mind that's what going on around themself >> reporter: the biggest impact of her work has been the fact that she has taken grim reminders of violence and war and turned them into colorful attractions where afghans, especially children, can come and just have a little fun.
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>> reporter: it became beautiful, we love it say these kids who play football on a nearby dirt field. she says she would like to stay in afghanistan to paint more tanks and murals, an artist levying here colorful mark on an otherwise bleak landscape. this week on "talk to al jazeera" sinner song writer natalie merchant >> i stumbled into this as a way of life. i had no intention of being in a band or a singer. it happened to me by accident she has rerecorded her break through solo album tigerlily,

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