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46 people are killed in the heart of homs on the same day the u.s. said a syrian ceasefire is closer than ever. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up, at least 10 people have died in protests over caste based privileges. a massive aid operation in fiji after the islands are hit by a powerful cyclone. >> tonight i am suspending my
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campaign. bowing out, deep pedigree and deep pocketed donors were not enough for jeb bush's campaign for the u.s. presidency. hello, at least 46 people have been killed in a twin blast in the syrian city of homs, that's on the same day john kerry said a ceasefire was closer than it had ever been. the u.s. secretary of state was in jordan and he said that washington and moscow have made a plan for a pause in fighting, which could begin in the coming days. zeina hodor has the latest. >> it was an attack in the heart of homs, the government held city in central syria. two near simultaneous explosions killed and injured dozens, many women and children. the neighborhood is the same sect as president bashar al assad. it has seen similar attacks in the past, but sunday's bombing
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is being described as the worst. over the years, the government has managed to regain control of much of the city from the opposition but bombings like these are a reminder that a military solution won't end the war. there seems to be progress towards a truce. >> we have reached a provisional agreement in principle on the terms of the cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days. it is not yet done and i anticipate that our presidents, president obama and president putin tin may speak somewhere in the next days or so in order to try to complete this task. >> kerry was speaking in jordan, which is also a member of the international syria support group. it is also the country given the task of putting together an internationally agreed list of who is a terrorist in syria and who isn't. there was no mention of whether
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a consensus has been reached. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry has said a deal on a cessation of hostilities is closer than ever. hours earlier, the syrian government and the opposition said they would be ready to accept a conditional ceasefire. the government doesn't want the rebels to exploit a truce to rearm and regroup and the opposition wants russian airstrikes to stop and sieges to be lifted. they made their positions clear, but it is the u.s. and russia who are the main players. >> one of those details is the presence of the he will nusra front, fighters linked to al-qaeda. the u.n. designates is a terrorist organization, but it fights alongside some opposition groups who participate in the political process, the opposition says excluding al-nusra front in any deal would give russia an excuse to continue targeting rebel positions. a pause in the fighting will bring relief to the millions of
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syrians trapped in battlegrounds but will not end the conflict. there are differences between the wars sides and their u.n. and international backers about what comes next. >> the answer to the syrian civil war will not be found in any military alliance with assad. let me make that clear. i am convinced it can be found in a broadly supported diplomatic initiative aimed at a negotiated political settlement with a transitional governing council. >> on the ground, alliances changed the balance, particularly fooling the offensive in northern syria. the opposition's hand in negotiations may have been weakened, but the general thought is that the government cannot win this war militarily. a truce would silence the guns, but peace still needs to be fought around the negotiating table.
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al jazeera, southern turkey. at least 10 are dead and more than 150 injured after violence flared in india's northern state. members of the agricultural community are demanding more state benefits. india has a system of affirmative action to help people discriminated against. they want to be added to the list, giving them more access to government jobs. they have cut off water supplies leading to a crisis in the nearby capital new delhi. we have this update. >> there have been more protests, despite a curfew, the presence of thousands of troops on the ground given shoot on sight orders. the rampage continues with protestors burning buildings, torching vehicles and we're also hearing incidents of looting in shops and of a.t.m. cash machines. travel also has been zeroly disrupted, also in neighboring states, as it is the key gateway to the northern state of india.
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any train that passes through deli to the north has to pass through hariana. about a thousand trains have been canceled. >> we are facing a lot of trouble commuting. the train services have stopped. there are blockades by protestors everywhere. even the bus services and taxi services refusing to where the protestors are. >> it is inevitable that the effects of the protest would be felt in the capital. not just with travel disruptions, but also water shortages, deli gets more than half of its water supply from the area and the main source has been shut down by protestors. there are still curfews imposed in several towns and districts, but leaders said they are going to carry on with their campaign until they get reservation status. a stand i don't have in kashmir with security forces for
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a second day. a military convoy was attacked. three soldiers and a civilian have been killed. the rebels are now inside a government building. police say all civilians have been evacuated from there. people of fiji told to stay inside at officials assess damages and restore services after their strongest ever storm on record. the psych loan brought 300-mile per hour winds and potential rains. at least six are dead. >> a glimpse of the damage in fiji after the strongest cyclone on record there. a town on the main island escaped a direct hit but the storm still left its mark. the cyclone brought to rear hen rain and 300 controller an hour winds, flattening homes. there is damage in other parts of the main island, even though it's a part of the country with the strongest infrastructure to withstand such winds and rain.
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>> it's vital that everyone remain in their homes while government teams and officials carry out the important work of repairing and restoring our critical infrastructure. there is a great deal of debris on our roads and in our communities. power lines have gone down all over the country and roofing, iron, glass, live electric wires and other hazardous materials pose as her i didn't say threats. >> the cyclone passed close to fiji's other islands. phones and power lines are down. it's difficult to contact people living there. some deaths and injuries have been confirmed. relief workers finding it difficult to get around because of trees strewn across the roads. >> i have offered australia's support and we have in place prepositioned supplies that are available. i've also offered the a.d.f. to send a. three orion to as he can carry
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out aerial surveillance and do a needs assessment. >> fiji release on the tourist industry. there are about 1,200 australian registered there and other nationalities also affected. getting home will be difficult because airports have been closed. many low lying islands are flooded and flash floods and mudslides are feared. the government has declared a 30 day state of emergency, because many of the islands are remote, it may yet be sometime before the full extent of the damage from the natural disaster is known. it's been a big night in the race for the white house. hillary clinton won the democratic caucus in the state of nevada, while in south carolina, donald trump finished first in the republican primary. he no longer has to worry about jeb bush. he's quit his bid to succeed his brother, gorge w. as president. trump won over a third of the
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vote and cemented his position at front runner. marco rubio won a close contest for second place over ted cruz. for the democrats, hillary clinton narrowly won in nevada, beating bernie sanders with just over 52% of the vote. alan fisher has more. >> donald trump back-to-back wins, first new hampshire, now south carolina. >> there is nothing easy about running for president, i can tell you. it's tough, nasty, it's mean, it's vicious. it's beautiful. when you win, it's beautiful. >> if this was a good night for the billionaire businessman, it was an awful night for jeb bush. he campaigned with his mom, his brother and used the family name. he was the choice in the party establishment. it wasn't enough and he stepped out of the race. >> the people have spoken and i really respect their decision so tonight i am suspending my campaign.
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>> yeah, yeah. thank you. >> south carolina has always been an important and significant stop in presidential primaries. while the republican party in the state remains largely old, white and mail, it is a very diverse state. the trump campaign moves on believing if it can win here, there is nowhere in the united states where they can't win. texas senator ted cruz believes the next few contests give him a chance of a few more wins, but marco rubio's performance in south carolina suggests he will now become the anti trump candidate, the person the party establishment will back especially now bush is gone. >> this has been a long road. there were many people on this campaign when it first started, many good people, many of whom in any other year would have been the front runner. now practically speaking, it's down to three. i know that our campaign gives us the best chance not just to come together, not just to unify
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other party, but to unify our country and to grow this movement. >> in hillary clinton's victory speech, she raised issues raised by bernie sanders. >> we aren't a single issue country. [ cheers and applause ] >> we need more than a plan for the big banks. the middle class needs a raise and we need more jobs! >> let's put this thing away, and let's make america great again. thank you very much. thank you. >> many thought donald trump's candidacy was a joke and would soon disappear. he's now the republican front runner and he can't stop smiling. al jazeera, south carolina. coming up, zimbabwe's plan
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to encourage farmers back to the land as it grapples with drought. the extent of the economic crisis in greece is reviving an old tradition.
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hello again, the top stories on al jazeera, 46 people killed in a twin blast in the syrian city of homs on the same day john kerry said he's reached a provincial deal with moscow on the terms of a ceasefire. 10 are dead in the northern indian state after protests by
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the agricultural community demanding more state benefits disrupted water supplies to the nearby capital new delhi. troops have been deployed. u.s. voters in south carolina and nevada have chosen donald trump and hillary clinton as their picks to run for the presidency. jeb bush pullles out of the race after a significant loss in this latest primary vote. that announcement is a big blow to a political dynasty that's produced two presidents, a senator and a state governor. >> let me introduce to you the next president of the united states of america, jeb bush. >> he is called the son who should have been president. >> i've decided i'm a candidate for president of the united states of america. >> that announcement last summer surprised many who thought jeb bush had missed his chance. the man who left his job as florida governor nine years ago went after the toughest job in
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politics. >> in this campaign, i've stood my ground, refusing to bend to the political winds. we put forward detailed in know vault i have conservative plans to address the mounting challenges that we face, because despite what you mitch heard, ideas matter, policy matters. >> poles did indeed matter, but not his. >> five months ago, sadaam hussein started this cruel war. >> from day one, the campaign was haunted by the bush legacy, his father and brother were both former presidents. >> i can hear you, the rest of the world hears you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. >> their policies led to the wars in afghanistan and iraq, policies that may influence geo politics for decades to come.
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try as he might to distance himself, the family name followed his every move. >> republicans want a change. they want something very different. they want a more radical anti establishment, anti washington approach than bush was offering. his timing was simply bad. >> the bush political dynasty may not end with jeb. his son is a land barron in texas, perhaps he can join the race for the white house after his father failed. six iraqi counter terrorism personnel killed as they tried to dismantle a booby trap house happened in central rimadi. iraqi forces have recently retaken the area and are working to clear explosive devices left by isil to secure a safe return for people displaced by the conflict. the philippines held its first televised election debate.
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the candidates were in the southern region where a peace deal is on the verge of collapse. rob mcbride has the latest. >> the election road show has rolled into this part of the country, their five candidates and their supporters. elections always have a fiesta feel for them. the debate adds to the spectacle. it's the first time in years that all candidates have agreed to be together on the first stage. in the past, one or more boycotted these events. this gives the people a chance to see who they will be voting for. it's questionable how much this will matter. ultimately presidential elections always tend to be more about personalities than policies, so while people have been debating here, it's not necessarily the candidate who sets out the best policy here, it's the person who connects best with its electorate. the u.k. prime minister
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david cameron has three months to convince the british public to stay in the european union. he will be campaigning with heart and soul to romaine in a reformed e.u. the prime minister hopes to win over skeptical voters. six members of his own cabinet announced they are campaigning against him for an out vote. he described the vote as one of the countries biggest decisions. on the streets, ther there are d reactions. >> the referendum is a good idea, it gives people a chance to address something based on their national freedoms. i'm undecided which way i would vote. >> people are doing their jobs very well. >> so many people come here, do nothing. >> i think anything's better
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together, like countries united are better than us thinking we're -- i feel people have got this idea that the uk is better than every other country in the e.u. a baby that was to be deported from australia is being left there for now. doctors refused to discharge her until a suitable home was found. her parents faced deportation. the baby will be moved into a community detention in australia, but stressed that at some point, the family will return to the island. nigeria has one of the world's highest infant mortality rates, especially acute in rural communities. doctors say hundreds of babies are dying every day because traditional mid wives don't of proper medical training. one organization is trying to
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help save lives. we have this report. >> juliana lost her son a month ago. he died just 12 hours after he was born, at home in a remote area in southwestern nigeria. an unskilled traditional home birth attendant helped her deliver. >> my son was born with very high temperature and was not breathing properly. i didn't know what to do. the birth attendant didn't know how to you handle the situation, either. by the time we got to the hospital, my son was already dead. >> juliana's story is one reason why a local n.g.o. is training hundreds of traditional birth attendants who live in rural communities. >> in this kind of environment, it's believe that had when you have a baby, and the baby is not crying or showing any sign of life, that it is dead. we are trying to intervene, to show them actually that this is
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not so. >> there are also superstitious cultural beliefs that make women choose home birth attendants who may be unskilled to deliver over having a baby in hospital. >> some believe that the baby will be attacked by the relatives or attendants. >> the n.g.o. is trying to dispel these beliefs, but the cost associated with going to hospital of also a put off for many expectant mothers. >> only 40% of nigerian women give birth in a hospital or clinic. unsafe home births are leading to 700 babies dying every day. >> doctors are determined to make sure these traditional birth attendants take life safing skills into the community. >> if what we're doing is
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successful and we're certain it will be, it will lead to a drastic reduction in the number of new bosch deaths. >> learning this type of training and increasing hospital births is likely to be a challenge. most women live in rural areas with few medical facilities and are dependent on home births. land was taken away from white farmers in south africa and redistributed to the blacks, but with the economy struggling, the government plans to reissue commercial farms run by white farmers. we have more. >> i need lots of eggs. >> helen has been farming in zimbabwe for decades. she is one of the few hundred white farmers left. she is constantly worried that
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she'll be kicked off the farm. >> it's like living on a knife's edge. you never know what's going to happen tomorrow or next week. if you wanting to further forward with your prongs, you actually don't know that you're going to achieve what you want to do, and if you're still going to be there to reap the rewards. >> she could soon have some form of security. the government now says it will issue 99 year leases to whites who are providing a service to the community, and working well with the locals. this is the only commercially run hatchery in the province, selling around 100,000 chicks a week. before land reform when many farms were seized from whites and given to black zimbabweans, there were 400 commercial farmers. there are about 400 white farmers in zimbabwe but some
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aren't farming all of their original land. much was seized during land reform. some farmers say reissuing leases won't survive the agricultural sector. >> the land has been given to politicians, people in the civil servant the. they work after the weekends, they are not producing anything there yet. we are faced with starvation. there's a lot of land like derelict, there's multiple farm ownership that needs to be sorted out. there is agricultural facilities, irrigation facilities are not functioning. all of this is part and parcel of the land reform prom which needs to be addressed. >> landownership is the cause of racial techies. most new black farmers who benefited from land reform also don't have leases. zimbabwe used to be called the bread basket of africa. the government hopes to help
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them grow again. the president of bolivia has led a final rally to change the constitution so he can run for a fourth term. those urging a no vote fear the extension could damage democracy. a yes vote would potentially see morales stay in power until 2025. >> greece has a history of absorbing cultural elements from both the east and west. one eastern true addition that has remained is that are prayer beads. the stress of the economic crisis has led many greeks to rediscover the habit of clicking the beads. we have this report from the south of greece. >> the museum has barely a wall that isn't covered in amber beads. it's not just the variety of heus that fascinates, it's the warmth of its touch and it's
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quiet music. >> a person has a sort of dialogue with it. it's a personal meditation that brings him close to his worries and his heart, with his preoccupations. it's a companion and a tool to help focus. it's not to do with god or anything external, but with oneself. >> those qualities have led greeks back to the beads during stressful years of joblessness and debt. sales here have jumped 30% during the crisis. >> we've seen younger people come into the habit. he might have snubbed it as something of their grandfather's generation. >> people find all sorts of ways to relieve stress, fingering cigarettes, turning key chains or tinkering with their mobile phones. a pure amber one goes back to
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prayer beads. greek orthodox mystics adopted them and so did crusaders. in modern days, it has lost its religious origins. >> i started using it regularly when i stopped smoking. before that, i was a sea man and we used it to pass the time. we would sale for more than a month with nothing but sky and sea. >> both the cigarette and this became symbols of male domination. it was seized upon by women as in this film in which a wealthy single woman serenades the men who manage her companies. ultimately it is not about gender politics or health or wealth. it's about isolation from the
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