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♪ the temporary truce is distance as ever after air strikes on hospitals and schools killed dozens of people. ♪ hello, welcome to al jazeera, i'm marteen dennis and more to come on the program and saudi arabia and russia reach an agreement on oil production, plus. i'm at the center for unaccompanied children in sweden where a series of anti-immigrant attacks country wide left the
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minors more vulnerable than ever before. office turning afghan war relics into works of art. ♪ the syrian president bashar al-assad questioned how in kind of truce can be achieved in his war-torn country as hopes for a ceasefire continue to fade and world powers had wanted a so called cessation of hostilities to start by sometime this week but the situation on the ground is as bad as ever. on monday at least 50 civilians were killed by air strikes which hit five medical facilities and two schools in the northern provinces of aleppo and idlib and france and turkey described the attacks as war crimes and the u.n. said they were a blatant violation of international law and it's still not yet clear who carried out the bombings. on the broader question of a
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pause in fighting bashar al-assad said it would be difficult. >> translator: hear about the request of ceasefire in a week and who is capable of bringing together all these conditions within a week? no one. who will speak to the terrorist to the terrorist organization refuses to adhere to the ceasefire and who will make them accountable and speaking of the conditions all the terms are met, this cessation of operations must be done with aim of improving the security situation. >> and zaina is in turkey and following developments from there. >> reporter: the opposition increasingly losing ground in the northern aleppo countryside, particularly in the northern corridor close to the turkish border and not just coming under attack from the skies, russian air strikes, the government and the allies on the ground are also advancing as well as the kurdish armed group of ypg and the syrian democratic forces and
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the opposition late yesterday was a major blow because this was one of their remaining strongholds in the northern corridor and spf and ypg promising the advances will continue and for them they have no red line and turkey said the border town of aziz is a red line and will not allow wpg and allies to advantage and turkey has resumed and has not stopped the advance so the border town of aziz now a front line and tens of thousands of people live there already, families have started to flee towards the border. there is no sign that this offensive by the government is going to end any time soon and hopes for a breakthrough on diplomatic front look increasingly unlikely and the syrian president making it very clear he sees an end to the conflict with national reconciliation agreements but for the opposition that is unacceptable because those agreements are just a form of surrender because the government
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lays sieges on certain areas and people starve and at the end they are forced into submission, a very complicated condition on the ground and the war rages on. >> to uganda now and the main opposition leader there has warned elections will not be free and fair but we have promised supporters that he will win. and he was detained and released twice during rallies in campala on monday and fired tear gas at supporters and some of them threw stones. malcolm web is our correspondent in the uganda capitol and joins us on the line so yesterday's violence and the detention of mr. beseja doesn't go well for a free and fair election. >> todd the campaigns have reviewed as planned and making his way around campala and attracted crowds and thousands of people and has a message of things that resonate as among
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particularly the young people, those who are under employed and unemployed and there are many in the area and also there are rallies in the city today as the candidates in their third place and the former prime minister, long time loyalist of the government and is now challenging this as well. so far there has not been violence and people are waiting for the final day of campaigning and says it will pass briefly ahead of voting and that will be on thursday and they will have to polls on thursday. >> okay malcolm web live in campala thank you for that. energy giants saudi arabia and russia have agreed not to increase the amount of oil they are pumping and as they grapple with the flooded global market and low prices and meeting in doha the saudi and russian army
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made the announcement with their counterparts from qatar and venezuela and say they will freeze at january levels but only if other major producers follow seat. so the former head of the energy studies department of opec and says this agreement is just the start of a long process. >> well, i don't think it will have a long lasting impact. prices have gone up a little bit since this announcement but after the market would understand it, you know, i think it's the beginning of a process rather than a final result that the market could look at because freezing the production at the january level is not going to cut supplies in any way. there is already too much oil on the market compared to a few months ago saudi arabia already has used about 400,000 barrels a
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day compared to today's level but saudi arabia, you know, is under intense diplomatic pressure to do something so this meeting is probably the result of this diplomatic pressure. i don't think freezing production is going to mean anything to the market unless other producers come into the picture which the meeting has stipulated so in the next few weeks or even a few months i think there will be a scurry of diplomatic activities to get other producers on board, otherwise these four countries impact only two countries, saudi arabia and russia. in fact, i don't think they will be able to do anything on their own. now here at al jazeera we are highlighting the plight of more than 10,000 unaccompanied
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child refugees who have disappeared since arriving in europe in resent months. it's clear many of them have become victims of trafficking and more children seek asylum in sweden than any country in the world and arriving at unaccompanied minors and many choose to go missing because they are fearful their applications for asylum will be rejected and they will be sent home and end up lives on the streets of towns and cities around the country. now for those who choose to remain within the system there is another problem, a tax against refugees and migrants have left many fearful especially among those who are trying to protect child refugees. al jazeera's mohamed has gained exclusive access to a center for unaccompanied minors where aid workers say the refugees are more vulnerable than ever. >> reporter: this may look like
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simple childhood fun but for hussein neither laugher nor levity come easy and repineded constant as he is of the awful journey. >> i was squared but i was so tired of the life that i had, i didn't think about the risks. >> reporter: originally from afghanistan hussein whose identity we are hiding for his protection set out from iran at the age of 14. alone and afraid he paid smugglers what he could. by 15 he made it to sweden where he spent months in a transit camp before finally being placed here at the city's light house center. there are 14 unaccompanied refugee children residing here but that hardly makes these minors any less vulnerable now than they were before, the past several months seen an increase in sweden and with that a string of arson attacks targeting shelters just like this.
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now extra precautions must be taken and even the location of the centers are no longer made public. aid workers tell us it's not just the threat of violence the kids have to worry about. >> criminality and of course they are without the legal guardians and also trafficking, pedophiles, we have some reports of it. >> reporter: at a time when thousands of unaccompanied refugee minors have reportedly gone missing in europe it's getting harder and harder to ensure these children stay safe. >> we cannot have that supervision of them, what they do in their spare time because it's an open camp and they can go and come almost as they leave. >> reporter: like the others he chose sweden because they aid in bringing the families of refugees under 18 who are granted asylum. but hussein lost contact with his parents and siblings over a year ago and applied for asylum
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he doesn't know if it will be granted. >> translator: i'm afraid of what will happen to me if they send me back to afghanistan, one of my brothers there was killed and another was kidnapped. >> reporter: despite all the attempts to brighten the mood 59 light house it's hard to keep the darkness at bay. >> as a refugee you don't have the time to process everything but when you come here to these camps then you have your own room, you are alone in the room and you think about everything. >> reporter: in hussein's room the atmosphere seems as bleak as his outlook. >> translator: i can't sleep well. i have nightmares. i go to see a psychologist for these problems but i still think of all the traveling i did just to get to sweden. >> reporter: now even at this shelter hussein's desperation only grows deeper as he wonders when and if this harrowing
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pilgramage will come to an end, sweden. still the come on the program calls for the president to step down, opposition supporters in drc demand a national strike. plus luxury behind bars in mexico, how some inmates in prison really are lifted up. ♪ the conference call. the ultimate arena for business. hour after hour of diving deep, touching base, and putting ducks in rows. the only problem with conference calls:
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make your business phone mobile with voice mobility. >> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. ♪ hello again and let's have a look at the top stories at al jazeera, the syrian president bashar al-assad said a ceasefire
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cannot exist while there is a war of what he callst against terrorist. dozens have been killed in an attack on a hospital supported by doctors without borders, the u.n. calls it a violation of international law. energy giants saudi arabia and russia have agreed not to increase the amount of oil they are pumping as producers grapple with a flooded global market and prices and they say they will freeze production at january levels but only if other major producers follow suit. uganda's main opposition leader warned that elections on thursday will not be free and fair but promised his followers he will still win. and he was detained and released twice during final rallies in the capitol campala on monday. meanwhile across the border in the democratic republic of congo they called for a nationwide strike and say the president steps down when his term ends in
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december and catherine has more from the capitol. >> reporter: human rights here review video footage from last year's protests when he took to the streets saying the president was trying to delay the election. one this 40 people were killed but a government also dropped plans for a sent census held before the poll and it's supposed to be held later this year. >> translator: we are afraid because we are ruled by a dictator for many years and people don't want to be taken back to that period. >> reporter: opposition believes there is still a plan to delay the poll and electoral commission is yet to publish a new calendar after a previous one was rejected by the supreme court, up to $1.2 billion is apparently needed to organize local and national elections but the government says there is no money. the president has called for
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dialog with the opposition but it will hear none of it. >> election should be left to the electoral commission and if he wants to talk about a peaceful transition we will do it, that is the only thing we can talk about. >> reporter: so this time they told people to stay away and not take their children to school, a nationwide strike they hope will put more pressure on him. some parts of the city you will find boats like this, this is an opposition count down to the end of the president's stamp and people here and areas say the president must step down at the end of his term in december but the democratic republic of congo is a large country and most of the people live in rural areas. ♪ this ruling party members say the president support goes way beyond other areas and that opposition is causing panic for
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no reason. >> translator: 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 he will respect the constitution. >> reporter: outside another opposition office this man updates the count down and it's 300 days before the president's term expires and many people agree that preparing for elections will not be easy and congo with more than 70 million people have very little inf infrastructure and in the east and opposition groups and their supporters say it still can be done, al jazeera. zimbabwe prosecutor general is appearing in court charged with obstructing justice and abuse of duty. harry has more. >> reporter: inside the magistrate's court one of the most intriguing cases is being
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heard, it involves zimbabwe top prosecutor and accused of obstructing justice and this is the story that is interesting, a few weeks ago four men, some of them were soldiers, some civilians tried or allegedly tried to bomb the dairy owned by the president's family. and were stopped before they could do it and arrested. it's alleged that the top prosecutor basically released two of them saying that they had turned state witness. some people thought obstructing justice and has a hidden agenda and why he was arrested and brought to court and out on bail. if the top prosecutor is found guilty he can get up to 15 years in jail and zimbabwe is asking what is this really about and some say it could be personal and maybe someone in his office doesn't want him around but many are saying this could be a much bigger issue and the president is getting older and some say this could have something to do with the cessation battle, who will take over from him and things are getting interesting
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on the ground and bizarre things happening and his wife say people in the military are trying to kill her son and a bomb scare at a top hotel and zimbabwe has been quiet but things could start getting interesting. the trial of those accused of a bombing at a bong cock shrine has become and has exposure for bombs and premeditated murder and at the shrine last august killed 20 people and injured more than 120 and military courts are handling the case as it involves issues of national security. south korea's president says the communist neighbor to the north has not proven that it doesn't want peace. and has been addressing parliament about what she calls on going provocation from
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pyongyang and says it was carried a sal light but it has to do with banned missile technology and harry faucet has more from seoul. >> reporter: the message is south korea got used to the constant threats coming from pyongyang about nuclear attack and nuclear shower and war and turning seoul into a sea of fire and is used to the language and provocations and in the light of the fourth nuclear test and because of the last, most resent missile test as they hear a term the rocket launch that they said was peaceful the weekend before last said it's time for a shift in action that south korea is willing to take and why she says the government took the decision to close the joint industrial complex at kaesong in north korean territory as it did last
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wednesday and south korea plowed hundreds of millions of dollars into the plant in investment and wages and she says that we know that north korea uses u.s. dollars and uses hard currency for its regime and nuclear and missile programs and the language was suddenly different from what her unification minister said on sunday saying they had evidence that north korea used that money in its nuclear weapons programs because south korea doesn't want to be seen at the moment when it's calling for a real international coalition which it wants to lead and not seen as knowingly given money to the weapons program in north korea and says that international coalition will soon show north korea and the regime of kim jun-un it will collapse and we wait to see what comes out of the security council and if measures can actually be enforced. reports coming in that four american journalists who have been arrested in bahrain have been released and accused of
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submitting false papers and taking part in an unlawful gathering. the reporters were detained while covering questions between shia protesters and government forces. pope francis has been to mexico's poorest state and many hope the pontiff's visit will improve the live of the majority indigenous population and we report from san cristobol. >> reporter: pope francis to the visit was about the indigenous community and makeup most of the population in mexico's poorest state and the pontiff used the visit to side with them and denounce hundreds of years of exploitation. >> translator: 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
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market trends have stolen your lands or contaminated then. >> few expect his visit alone to change things but for mendez a survivor of a massacre where they killed 45 people including six of his family the fact pope francis has come means something. >> translator: i feel like this is the real pope in favor of the indigenous communities, the marginilized because i lost six of my family in the massacre. i'm very happy he came. >> reporter: mexico's government may feel differently and has long before a problem area for them especially famous for an army of farmers who rose up against authorities in 1994 and are still active. pope francis is more conservative predecessors prefer to visit more catholic heart lands when they came to mexico but choosing areas like this that suffer marginazation and
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poverty and corruption he is taking a different line. he is using his visit for the indigenous languages can be used in mass and during the celebration people sang and prayed in their own tongues and it may help slow down the rush that follows this to other religions like evangelical christianity and even islam and has the lowest percent in mexico and those are struggling in this poverty-stricken state, john holman, oj, san cristobol. meanwhile in another part of mexico it appears that some inmates in a prison where a riot claimed at least 49 lives last week were living a rather luxury life and they went in the prison and this is what they found, big betz, much bigger than normally allowed, air conditioners,
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televisions, paintings and even an aquarium and adam rainy sent more from mexico city. >> 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 riot last thursday and 49 people were killed in the prison of monteray during a bloody battle from the cartel and clearly a lot of luxury items at stake in the battle and removing televisions, digital cable, acnumbers and betz larger than standard issue and found many, many statutes of the death saint or santa and say many in the drug trade-in mexico worship and many also with millions of down troden people in mexico worship as well, all luxury items and literally tons as i mentioned shows how indemic corruption is here and arrested on murder charges as a result of the riot and how corrupt prisons are across mexico and viewers
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may remember that chapo-guzman paid people to dig a tunnel out of his prison two kilometers long and the president will be visiting a prison that was just as corrupt, a prison in the city will be one of the final places he visits as he wraps up his trip to mexico on wednesday. a tornado has swept through rural florida and the town of century hit by the unexpected tornado destroying homes and the weather is part of a winter storm system that struck the eastern u.s. with the snow, strong winds and rain. now decades of fighting left afghanistan littered with decaying relics of war and one artist is making old war machines her canvas and we have more. >> reporter: in afghanistan's former battlefields now graveyards for tanks, rusted
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carkuses of war machines are getting flowery make overs. >> reporter: and netta is the make over artist, the 28-year-old iranian came to afghanistan on a visit last year, liked the people and decided to stay. when you told your family i'm going to afghanistan what did they say? >> you are crazy. >> reporter: when started an art magazine didn't pan out netta turned her attention to relics of war abandon by the soviets when they withdrew from afghanistan in the 1980s. it took months to get permission from the afghan army to paint this tank in the panshir valley with the help of soldiers sent along to escort her she revived the once covered rest surface into a glossy hunk of steel with patterns. >> the environment doesn't have that much color and monotone and
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very bright colors. >> reporter: this is what an abandon armored personnel carrier looked like before she found it, this is what it looked like after in another neighborhood. before. after. netta insists her work is nor political nor antiwar and her only motivation she says is to have fun and get people to think. >> i just want to make some questions in people's mind that what is going on around themselves. >> reporter: the biggest impact of her work has been the fact 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. . >> translator: it became beautiful. >> reporter: say the afghan kids who play futbol on a nearby dirt field and she would like to
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stay in afghanistan to paint more tanks and murals and artists leaving her colorful mark on an otherwise bleak landscape, al jazeera, kabul. more news as ever on the al jazeera website, lots of background too, al ali "on target" is next. >> i'm ali velshi. "on target" tonight, a firsthand look at the harsh reality of the american dream. presidential candidates are making lots of promises designed to appeal to middle class voters. that's no surprise. one obvious reason is that more than half of americans still, still identify themselves as middle class. that's after a great recession that knocked many people out of the middle. and even though we y


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