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a u.n. brokered ceasefiredoe. you're watching al jazeera live. i'm fauziah ibrahim. the next half hour. turkey's prime minister has strong words for russia and an exclusive interview for al jazeera. david cameron says he's got a deal to give the u.k. special status in europe paving the way
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for an in or out referendum. and the fastest, brendan mccallum probation the world record. >> the u.n. brokered syrian peace process is in danger of total collapse. the deadline of a cessation of hospital title passed ohostilit. no way he can realistically get all sides to the table on february 25th as previously planned. meanwhile, president barack obama called the turve turkish counterpart, credit the kurdish group has claimed
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responsibility. and russia has drafted a u.n. security council resolution calling for an end to cross border shelling. while it doesn't mention turkey by named, it is widely believed that is who it is referring to. daniel lak has the story. >> in the north syrian kurdish fighters made gains along turkey's border. turkey sod with intense corrode border shelling. hose as well as rebel targets. at the united nations a stark warning from france, russia's action he were making things worse. >> this military escalation is a direct result of the brutal offensive in the north of syria led by the syrian regime and eighths lies and here russia must understand that its un,
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unconditional support to bashar al-assad is a dead end and a dead end that could be extremely danger ardangerous. >> french president francois hollande, and u.n. syrian en invoice staffan de mistura said there is no timing for resumed talks. calling on syria's neighbors and others to respect its territory and stop interfering in syria's affairs. >> there were elements repeated by everybody, so i cannot imagine how they could refuse that. >> there is little chance it will come to a vote according to britain and france and the u.s. ambassador to the united nations said the relations were good
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enough and had this stinging review. >> this is a distraction from the core fact which is that 224 needs to be implemented. we have a resolution on the books, it is the right resolution, we have commitourselves to it and we need russia to do the same. >> it is too early to say international diplomacy has failed. but getting the talks restarted in geneva will ease the tension is but pushing a political situation further away than it's been for some time daniel lak, al jazeera, united nations. >> turkey is blaming russia for stalled talks and accused russia with ethnic cleansing in syria. >> they want to is do an ethnic
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cleansing. kurds and arabs not important for them and all those who are against the regime so in fact, based on humanitarian grounds we are receiving the refugees. >> director for the center of strategic studies in washington, d.c. he believes the syrian government is benefiting from tense relations between the u.s. and turkey. >> the u.s. is involved, with the ypg, and it does not accept the turkish dissention o designn restraining the ypg from moving west from kobani into the 98 kilometers that is not controlled by the kurds. on the other hand, the russian he encouraging the kurds to run
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east into that corridor where overt 60,000 refugees have been gathered. the only beneficiary of that this kind of confusion is bashar al-assad sitting in damascus. hiss force he have made a lot of headway in the recent weeks, the aleppo turkey connection has been cut by the heavy russian bombing over the last couple of months.the opposition is circled in aleppo and the turkish focus is not so much helping the opposition, but in conflict not with assad's forces but with ypg the kurdish group. >> u.s. jeth hav jets have strut i.s.i.l. fighters, among them was gunmen involved in the
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tunisian attack. >> near the libyan town close to the tunisian border. >> translator: we woke up at night to the sound of explosion and we could not see anything. it was around 3:30 and we heard about five explosions. >> reporter: dozens of people were wounded in the u.s. air attack. several were killed. most of them were said to be tunisians who had just arrived. one was this man, tunisian noradin shoshan, linked to the bardo museum attack in march. he is also thought to be connected to the tunisian attack
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last june. we're going to continue to confront it, to protect our national security. and this was an instance where we saw an opportunity to strike at i.s.i.l. in libya and we carried out that strike. >> reporter: it's estimated there are around 5,000 i.s.i.l. fighters in libya. it's expanding its control especially along the merched coasmediterranean coast, it's sd several towns including sirte. there is no sign they will end soon. rob mathison, al jazeera. in an exclusive swru intervw with al jazeera, mohammedu
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issfu. >> are you still asking for that? >> translator: yes because i believe the situation in libya is not stable. chaos still prevails in the country. what's even more dramatic is daesh is settling down in libya as you know we must put in place a central government in libya, we backed the central don't and does not seclude any libyan but i'm not deceiving myself here. i'm under no illusion. even put in place the government won't be able to deal with the terrorist threat itself. a future government must be backed by an international force. in short yes i'm positive that a foreign intervention is needed in libya. >> is ready to send some to the coalition if it happens? >> of course if the international coalition is
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backed by r there is no reason why we won't participate. >> david cameron says his reforms mean he will campaign with his heart and soul to keep britain inside the eu. emma hayward reports. >> i've negotiated a deal to give the united kingdom special status inside the european union. >> cameron says he was battling for britain, a fight he says he has won. >> this is enough for me to recommend that the united kingdom remain in the european union having the best of both worlds. we'll be influencing the decisions that affect us this the driving seat of the world's biggest market and with the
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ability to take action to keep our people safe and we'll be out of the parts of europe that don't work for us. out of the open borders, out of the bailouts, out of the euro. >> reporter: support for the deal had to be unanimous but reaching that point was tough. breakfast became lunch and dinner while the talks rumbled on. cameron's are opposition said he wanted too much. an ever closer union and more integration, more access to the u.k. welfare system and also safeguards being imposed on britain's financial sector. >> translator: i don't want different rules for london markets as for other markets. with you have had a bank crisis
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like we had in 2008 you can't take any risks. >> the heart of one of the biggest economies in the eu, with britain holding a referendum on the relationship with european union. >> let me finish by saying i love britain and i love brussels. >> at times it seemed like it polite end without agreement. he now goes back to the u.k. knowing he has to convince the british people that he's got a good deal. david cameron will meet his cabinet on saturday some of whom are already ready to campaign against staying in the eu. he's expected to confirm that the hard work will begin in june. emma hayward, brussels. >> still to come on al jazeera,
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why some saits in the u.s. are stuck in limbo. >> and with all the controversy about the oscars and the lack of diversity there what is the situation like at the grass roots level of the industry?
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>> welcome back. a quick recap of the top stories on al jazeera this hour. the u.n. envoy to syria says it is no longer realistic to expect planned talks in geneva to go
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ahead. a deadline for a ceasefire has passed and the fighting on the ground is worsening. u.s. air strikes has targeted i.s.i.l. fighters in a libyan training camp, among those involved in the tbrean attac2015attack on the bardo mu. david cameron says this means the u.k. will not be a member of the european union superstate. held accountable for their action he, the announcement was made following protests by doctors and the shooting of a taxi driver by a policeman. brandis alexander has more. >> it's more scenes like this
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president abdel fatah al-sisi is hoping to avoid. the funeral of a 24-year-old taxi driver shot and killed by a police officer during an argument. >> translator: i want the government to bring me justice. the president himself. why would this policeman shoot my son? la was he guilty of? >> all they care about is to rob us. as long as there is chaos no one will get punished. there is no justice, we've had it. enough is enough. >> reporter: the president now wants new laws to curb police brutality. he says anyone who assaults should be accountable for their actions. the sisi government has brought in laws effectively banning demonstrations but doctors accuse police of beating up two
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doctors. >> when thousands come into the street to proafs protes proteste brutality because of the death at the hands of police. what you are seeing is a return to mass demonstrations against police brutality. >> reporter: the doctors protest will continue on saturday but they won't be in the streets. instead they have agreed to hold sit-this in are silence. brandys alexander, al jazeera. there have been mixed reactions to pope francis's statement on contraception. the pontiff said women could use contraception if they are concerned about the zika virus. reporting from guatemala.
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>> you'll find a catholic church in the center with millions of devout followers catholicism has shaped this conservative central american country. but if you thought that pope francis's suggestion that creptiocontraception might be cd during the zika crisis would upset catholics you might be wrong. >> i was surprised the pope said this but it's a big victory because he governs church. it is a big chai change and it l affect whole region. >> the children who suffer because of this illness and so women could take more care. >> far trlt vatican little appears to have changed. father eric monzon assures us that pope francis does not
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support contraceptives but using contraception could be better than abortion. >> we are not in favor of abortions or contraception. the church is always against them and the pope also knows this. >> reporter: inside this public health clinic women say they hope their children will not have to suffer as they have. with one of the region's highest fertility rates, and many living in poverty, they say it's time to lift their banton on birth control. >> the church says it's a sin and we should have however many children god gives us but it is sinful to suffer from hunger, i think it's better to use contraception. >> an exception to the church's contraception ban due to the
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zika virus, a step forward they're ready to take. david mercer al jazeera, antigua, guatemala. >> the death of a u.s. supreme court judge earlier this week has left several major cases in limbo. as politicians argue over who should replace just antonin scalia, some of president obama's key policies are up in the air. tom ackerman has the story. >> with the death of antonin scalia, a conservative scholar, that balance carries mixed outcomes for some of president barack obama's high priority cases which are pending before the court. including the loss of labor union privileges, added restrictions on abortion and contraceptives, challenges to his landmark health care laws and to his order legalizing the status of undocumented child
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immigrants.but the stakes may be highest for obama's plan for power plants to cut carbon emissions, to help clinch the paris climate deal last december. >> we then led by example. we set the first ever nationwide standards to limit how much carbon power plants can dump into the air. >> shutting down their coal fired generators and just days before scalia died by a 5-4 vote, the high court entered an unprecedented order. >> the supreme court has sent a message to all of your states, put down your pencils because the epa has no authority to issue and force this illegal rule down your throats. >> had scalia still been on the court, it seemed about to throw
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out the emissions ban. >> that would have been disastrous from an environmental perspective. i think stepping back climate change is so clearly the issue of the day. >> reporter: but as long as scalia answer seat stays empty the outcome remains uncertain. in each case likely to deadlock the court has two options either hear the arguments a second time or let the lower court ruling stand. if the court uses that second option it would mean victory for obama's environmental agenda. tom ackerman, al jazeera, u.s. supreme court. >> this year's academy award nominations are under scrutiny, for lack of diversity, andrew thomas is at trop fest.
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trop fest. >> what is the world's biggest short film festival. each year, 16 films are short-listed from the hundreds submitted to compete for the festival's prize, each must have been made specifically for competition. but just as the oscars are being criticized for a lack of diversity among those celebrateat the top of the film industry, the same is being said for these producers for the top list for the prize. >> this year, 16 are candidates but only one is a woman. how can this be every year? >> i think there's an industry wide issue of diversity. i'm not going to pretend trop
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fest isn't part of the industry. we can only choose the films we get entered but i will say we continue to look for diversity. >> this festival should have happened last november but financial problems got in the way, a last minute corporate sponsor meant it was delayed not cancelled. does that matter? online video sites like youtube means that screeners can't get their films watched. a film is about to begin and an expectant crowd of 60,000 people. four years ago, this film about a man a boy and a lemonade
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stand. alicia now works in los angeles directing television drama. >> got short films on the internet but no one knows where to find them. the actors that trop gives, that's invaluable. there this year's festival prize was won by an animation film. its director already works in los angeles but this win should help his career shine. andrew thomas, al jazeera, sydney. >> tributes have poured in for the author, harper lee. her classic novel "to kill a mockingbird" about racial justice in alabama sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. lee died in her sleep on friday and john hendren has her story. >> reporter: the words of harper lee painted pictures of life in america's deep south. it was a world she called home.
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>> we didn't have much money, nobody had any money. we didn't have many toys to play with. nothing was done for us so the result was that we lived in our imagination most of the time. >> her childhood was reflected in the narrator of her 1960 best seller "to kill a mockingbird." iin atticus finch. >> now gentlemen, in this country, our courts are the great levelers. in our courts, all men are created equal. i'm no idealist, to believe firmly in the integrity of our
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courts and our jury system. that's no ideal to me. that is a living working reality. >> reporter: though set in the depression era of the 1930s "to kill a mockingbird" fueled the 1960s and after. >> this is before the black panthers and the march on washington in 1963. this book coming out in 1960 was a time when civil rights were becoming very visible, controversial and fortunately the book was not consolidating or blaming, it was an engaging compassionate look of injustice in america through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl. >> reporter: she emerged out of seclusion very rarely. >> it cannot be underestimated how this book, won the pulitzer
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prize, the subject of a beloved moyer, many, many tell me it was her favorite world. >> it was her sole novel for 55 years until she released "go set a watchman." >> she was trying to write a tribute to her father whom she loved very much and her first attempt "go set a watchman" completed in the 1950s was full of anger. the second attempt, "to kill a mockingbird," was set in a different tone. >> the story teller who shed a light into some of the dark corners of american history. >> truly brill yafn brilliant w. brendan mccallum, 34-year-old
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just 54 balls to reach the milestone and in his innings against christchurch included 16 fours, and four sixes. the old record, 56 balls. thanks for joining us on "america tonight." i'm joie chen. this is the season that many californians were counting on to make a difference. we have reported on the golden state's seemingly unending


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