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tv   News  Al Jazeera  February 22, 2016 2:00am-2:31am EST

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so a standoff at a university in india between the police and five students facing sedition charges more than 120 people are killed after attacks in damascus and hydrogen bombs. i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility. 21 lives claimed after the cyclone in fiji. a fourth term appears to be running for defeat for moralis the presidential of the student union there was arrested earlier and charged with sedition. that arrest sparked anger and outrage over freedom of expression >> reporter: they were accused at the same time of chanting anti national slogans. they managed to escape as they stormed the campus that night and took their student leader in jail and is awaiting bail right at this moment. students were in hiding and saying they came back about because they believed the application will go through and the lawyers are trying to get them all off citizen charges. they stay they will stay in campus and allow themselves to be arrested if police come into campus. this is a problem because when the police stormed the campus before they received permission from the vice chancellor. you always need that permission for police to go in. the voice chancellor has come
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under huge criticism to allow them doing that. the police want a written letter from the vice-chancellor to come onto campus to arrest the students. the students say they have not been chanting anti national slogans and they are here to prove it staying in india, protests over a caste-based benefits have spiralled into violence. 12 people have died. the main water supply line has been damaged. they have been blocking roads and trains to the capital. the jats are the single biggest group with nearly 8 million. a special system to get easier
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access to government jobs and a place at university. they have been classified as a higher caste but feel their community has been overlooked, hurting them economically. they want an assured share of the public sector jobs on offer. the protests have turned violent. soldiers fired on demonstrators who blocked railway tracks and attacked ministers' homes. how likely is it to modify the standing system so these people will feel they get what they're entitled to. >> reporter: this is very complicated because the government wants to appease them. they promised them during election campaigns that they will get this reservation status. this has happened time and time again. the community have been granted or allowed reservation status by the government previously, but the supreme court has stepped in and said that this cannot be so because of their status and because it tips the numbers of the number of people or the
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percentage of the population who get reservation status. you can 50% of the community or state having reservation and it will be much more than 50% as they are a large part of the population. going back to what is happening, we're hearing that there have been sporadic bursts of violence again. more protests where we have seen some of the biggest aggressions and that's where the protesters have set fire to buildings and vehicles. this is despite thousands of army and para military troops on the ground over night. they had said that they had unblocked many of the roads but some of those are coming back on. so once again this is a very fluid situation and pockets of protesters are saying they will not believing the government until they have it in written form until they're granted reservation status separatist fighters in
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indian-administered kashmir are aat a standoff for a third day. the rebels are inside a government office. all civilians have been successfully evacuated from there. sen people, including military forces appeared one civilian-- and one civilian have been killed so far. i.s.i.l. fighters are claiming responsibility for bomb attacks in syria which claimed 120 people. 46 people were killed in car bomb explosions, two, in homs. the attacks come as government forces captured 31 villages and a power plant from i.s.i.l. john kerry said yesterday said he has reached a provisional impreement with russia on terms of a ceasefire. -- agreement with russia on terms of a ceasefire.
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looking at the bomb attacks yesterday, even by the standards of homs and cam as was diabetes - damascus, yesterday was a bad day >> >> reporter: yes. those neighborhoods have seen similar attacks in the past, but they're being described as the worst yet. you mentioned i.s.i.l. claiming responsibility two separate incidents, each involving multiple explosions just hours apart. the explosions went off during rush hour. that's why we saw dozens of casualties, people killed and wounded. the government really condemning the attack and what it called arab, western and the turkish regimes. it was really a clear message to the government. it was a challenge to the government's authority, a challenge to the government's ability to secure areas. it is just not enough to hold ground and to take ground but to maintain peace.
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this is a blow to the government because the government has been telling its people we are the ones who can bring peace to syria and stand by us. the target, they were civilians, but these are communities who are considered to be supporters of the government. you mentioned the government is on the offensive against i.s.i.l. on more than one front line. the government made clear that their aim is to advance towards i.s.i.s.'s stronghold in rikka interesting if bashar al-assad is trying to tie an gu late in people's my clients this-- triangul tashgs i.s.i.l. interests because that makes it difficult if they're trying to go forward with must be realistically some very, very heavy diplomatic work if it's only going on below the surface. >> reporter: yes. from day one the syrian president, bashar al-assad, really has used a blanket term
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on all armed groups on the ground. he calls them terrorists. he has blamed arab western and the turkish government for providing support to these groups. just a few days ago he did say that he would be ready for a ceasefire on condition that - he still called them terrorist groups, do not receive any aid from the turkish government, that they are not able to resupply and regroup. at the end of the day the international community recognises a legitimate opposition on the ground. they do recognise that armed groups, so-called moderate opposition are legitimate members of the opposition and they are taking part in the political process. the biggest problem they're facing now is labelling who is who, and we have to point out that acisation of hostility is not enough. it is not a political settlement. we neared kerry say there cannot
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be a government if bashar al-assad remains in power and we know how divisive that issue is. will his allies believe he step aside for a political agreement to be reached we saw him talking with one voice. they're talking about multi million dollar sums of money when it comes to the aid package, military and humanitarian. what are your sources telling you as to the timeline of that? how long until that kicks in because jordan has born the brunt of this along with turkey for so long >> reporter: yes. there was a meeting, a donors conference in london, brejing millions of dollars. jordan, turkey, lebanon, they can no longer cope. there are now tensions within the society, lebanese community, jordanian communities, turkish communities, they're explaining that they're losing jobs to the syrian community. we heard john kerry say more
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aid, with you this is why the international community is trying very hard to find a political settlement to this conflict. right now across the border there are tens of thousands of people who are living in tents, people who are living out in the open and who cannot survive without aid. if aid doesn't reach them, they cannot survive. as of yet the authorities have not opened the border. they don't see a need for that, saying aid is reaching them. at the end of the day if they open the border, the government sources are worried that these people will make their way to europe and turkey is under pressure to stop this mass influx of refugees into europe. there are many reasons why the international community now is trying to find a political settlement but undoubtedly the warring sides on the ground are very far apart, even though what we understand is the u.s. and russia are the main players in the complicate are playing and working hard to secure a deal
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the prime minister of fiji is warning that it will take some time to repair the damage from the strongest storm system recorded. many homes were flattened. flooding is hampering the clone up. 300 kilometer per hour winds cut off trts for hundreds of people >> power lines have gone down, and roofing, iron, wires, electric wires and other hazardous materials pose threats to public safety. we are working hard to make it safe again, but it will take time another update. >> reporter: the government says the cyclone winston was the strongest to have ever hit fiji. the good news is despite it
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would hit full on, they escaped the worst of the storm. the damage in nandi is relatively split. likewise in suva. the concern is the northern part of the mainly island and the out lying island where information hasn't come through. houses on those builds are known to be much more flimsy and those places took the full brunt of this storm. until proper information comes from those places, it is hard to say that fiji has in any way dodged a bullet. there could still be an horrific tragedy in those places. that pylon came down. a priority is to get power restored around the city and then, of course, the aid agencies will assess where the worst damage is and the most injuries are and get their teams there hopefully fast
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the police have removed uganda's main opposition leader from his home, besigye. he had been under house arrest following the presidential election. the opposition refusing to recognise the re-election of museveni for a fifth time. what's going on there? >> reporter: they have blocked off the roads leading to besigye's house. he wanted to collect results around the country, but he is heading to dispute the results in the election. he was driven off by police to an unknown location is anyone saying when he will be released and, or,
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perhaps, where he has been taken? >> reporter: we still don't know where he has been taken. we haven't had any comments from the police yet. often when he is detained he is taken to a police station and released a shortly while later. the authorities seem to try to balance between stopping him from doing whatever it is they want to stop him doing and on the other hand not aggravating his thoughts so much that he causes unrest in the streets of the city. he does have a lot of support here and around the capital any word on this from the supporters? >> reporter: they're very unhappy at the moment. they believe that their candidate was the real winner of the election. they believe the election was rigged, something that the ruling party around the
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commission deny. there are many supporters here, a large number of under employed and unemployed people here. these people are waiting to find out what will happen next we wait for the latest developments. for the moment, thanks very much. still to come here, al jazeera uncovers an illegal trade in humour begans in in-- human organs in indonesia. >> reporter: at least 30 people have been found to have sold their kidney to a kidney trade syndicate ahead to venezuelan people where they're turning to their gardens to feed their families.
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welcome back. you're with al jazeera. i'm peter dobbie. top stories t a standoff between students and police is still going on. a student was charged with sedition. i.s.i.l. fighters are claiming responsibility for bomb attacks in syria in damascus and homs which killed over 120 people. at least 83 died in a southern city. earlier in the day 46 people were killed in car bomb explosions in homs. police have removed the main opposition leader from his home in uganda. the opposition is refusing to
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recognise the re-election of the veteran president museveni for a fifth time. al jazeera has uncovered an illegal trade in humour begans in indonesia. villagers have sold their kidneys for around $5,000. three members of a syndicate have been arrested and doctors at a government hospital have been questioned by the police. >> reporter: this is a poor village. at least 30 people who live here have just one kidney. police say they sold their other kidneys to men for $5,000 each. >> >> translation: i have a huge debt and i koont pay my rent for four ms already. >> reporter: organ trade is illegal in indonesia, but they can donate their kidneys to friends and relatives.
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he had to pretext he knew the recipient well. he changed his age to 25 years old. he had no problem passing the screening in the public hospital >> translation: they told me to get money for my kidney so i could open my own business and someone else can do heavy work for me. >> reporter: police say they have so far questioned six doctors for possible collusion with organized criminals. >> translation: if we find the syndicate works together with the hospital, of course the doctors will be prosecuted. >> reporter: the government hospital denies any involvement, but its director says that the screening process is designed to weed out any cases of trade in organs >> translation: this is part of the process to be refined. we need to look it at it on a case by case basis. if there are possible mistakes which could be the case, then this should be part of the
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investigation. >> reporter: according to the health ministry, 150,000 kidney patients need a transplant. this man has been waiting for the operation for more than a year. >> translation: we know about the brokers. i receive many emails from people saying they want me to buy a kidney. he cannot afford it. >> reporter: people are ashamed that people have to paracel their own kidney, a deal that many regret, but that will unlikely deter other poor villagers who are targeted by kidney trade syndicates. he sold his kidney when he was 17 years old. he only received $5,000 of the 25,000 paid for his kidney. he said his health has
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deteriorated since the operation. >> translation: i feel betrayed, but what can i do. i don't know the law. where on can i go to, to file a case. i have nothing. i can only suffer in silence. >> reporter: in an effort to stop the trade in kidneys, parliament members have urged the government to establish a donor bank where organ donation will be regulated and donors properly screened uber has confirmed one driver has been charged with the murders of six people in the u.s. jason bryanted dataon-- brian dalton passed checks. the practices worldwide are under scrutiny after attack osenkowski passengers. to bolive i can't-- bolivia
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where moralis has lost a vote. >> reporter: it is difficult for many people to remember a time when moralis wasn't president. it seems as though they have decided enough is enough and he won't be able to run again in 2019. he remains, however, a popular president. >> translation: he has been an excellent leader. he has transformed our politics. >> reporter: a few weeks ago the president yes campaign was well ahead but a strong opposition campaign alleging corruption in the governing party caused series damage. >> translation: they have shown a man that is not all powerful, he was replaceable and above albeitable. this has shown him to be a normal human being capable of
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making mistakes. >> reporter: the country's first indigenous leader he came to power in 2006 promising radical change. he nationalised the gas and oil industries and gave a voice to women. there has been a huge impact that the country will never be the same again. while everyone is saying yes, yes, yes, believing you could have too much of a good thing that power corrupts or simply the healthy democracy needs frequent change. the yes campaign lost in the east of the country. that was no supplies. it was also defeated in regions where moralis had enjoyed massive report. it had lost touch with the people who brought it to power >> translation: there is no equality and justice. we have to change this government. >> translation: a lot of young people have seen how things are
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in the other countries and that has influenced their thinking. >> reporter: the president gambled with this referendum. he will remain in power until elections in 2019. he will then have to step down and take a rest seven members of the second biggest rebel group in colombia have been killed in an air raid. it was targeted close to the border with venezuela. the leaders are involved in long running peace talks. they're in separate talks with the biggest group farc a fifth anniversary of the christchurch earthquake in new zealand. thousands attended a service in botanical gardens. all the names of 185 people killed in the disaster were killed out. a minute's silence was observed.
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australia's immigration minister says a refugee baby girl will be allowed to stay for now. she is being treated for burns in a hospital at brisbane. doctors were refusing to discharge the one year old. there were protests outside the hospital in support of that decision. she and her patterns are facing-- parents are facing deportation from australia to nauru. food shortages in venezuela are become so severe dozens of hens are being kept to lay eggs. a garden campaign is urging everyone to produce their own food. a plunge in the price of oil has further decreases. >> reporter: an oasis of vegetables. a public garden where venezuelans loyal to the government gather to learn how
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to grow their own food. this woman is hoping to replicate what she learns here in her struggling community. >> translation: the price of the basic food items has risen out of control because of speculators and must go letters. -- smugglers. >> reporter: it is an idea that the government is taking seriously with widespread shortages and out of control inflation. so seriously that the president announced the creation of ministry of urban farming. >> translation: the fir >> reporter: just a few hours outside the capital in one rich agriculture land, one believe the president should focus on the plight of traditional farmers. >> translation: it is an interesting idea, but won't
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solve the issues. >> reporter: there is a lack of seeds and herbicides. >> translation: the little we produce here is not enough to satisfy national demand. we used to be self sufficient in some items like r ice but that has gone >> reporter: the country can grow most of its own foods thanks to large expansion of fertile land, but through the years most of its agriculture has been abandoned and other farms like this have been taken and production has collapsed. >> reporter: this woman joined a cooperative of farmers a decade ago. production soared at the start, but if time they've left without resources. the little little they grow now is stolen by hungry neighbors. >> translation: there's nothing we can do to farm more.
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i'm asking for all of us. we owe it to our president. what would he if he saw the level of abandonment? i think he would die again. >> reporter: the risk is turning into a full-blown humanitarian crisis if you want the very latest world news or, indeed, coverage of all stories, go to tonight polls show a plurality that the americans agree with the libatarian point of view. should apple be forced to hack the iphone of a terrorist. my theory over supreme court justice antonin scalalia they thought they had a


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