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>> only on al jazeera america. this is al jazeera hello. welcome to the news hour. you're with al jazeera live from doha. here is what is coming up in the next 60 minutes. >> thank you very much everybody. thank you more momentum for donald trump's bid to become the candidate. he has a big win in l.a. phillip hammond says there are clear forces that forces in syria are acting in coordination
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with bashar al-assad and russia. rescue workers pulling people out of the rubble in aleppo. iranians will head to the polls in two elections u.s. republican hopeful dment says he-- donald trump says he is growing more confident after an easy victory in the nevada caucus. some see it as a seal of approval from the party's base. it follows previous wins for donald trump in the new hampshire and south carolina primaries. >> reporter: even donald trump seemed surprised by the scale of his victory >> we love nevada. >> reporter: he won almost half of the latino vote despite his
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votes on mexican immigrants being criminals and rapists. >> we won. we kon with highlied indicated. we won with poorlied indicated. i love the poorlied indicated. i'm really happy about 46% for the hispanics, 46%. >> reporter: early indications are that marco rubio came second, but it's still not clear if he will now become the anti trump candidate. the person the party establishment will back >> i suspect that the momentum of the last week really carried marco rubio forward. coming in a surprising second and south carolina, ted cruz coming in a disappointing third in a state which he thought he could win. he has put his strategy squarely on the shoulders of the religious community and there he
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is coming up short. >> reporter: ted cruz who came a close third says he is still the only candidate who has what it takes to beat trump >> the undeniable reality is that the only campaign that has beaten donald trump and the only one that can beat donald trump is this campaign. >> reporter: there is no doubt donald trump is on a winning streak. >> we love you. >> reporter: first new hampshire and then south carolina, now nevada. the next stop is super tuesday, and increasingly people in america are asking whether donald trump is unstoppable a visiting professor at the university of california in l.a. and also an expert on political campaigns and elections and this is what he had to say >> you have angry voters all over the country. they're upset about the fact that politics in washington and
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the establishment in this country can't get anything done. they are totally in grid lock. donald trump comes across as someone who can make things happen. he will knock heads together, he will make deals. he can make things happen. that's what people want in a leader. super tuesday could be a donald trump blow out. he could win most of those states, but maybe not texas which is ted cruz state. i don't see a single state that marco rubio looks strong in. he is trying to win the minnesota caucuses. there might be some, but donald trump looks strong ever everywhere to another political battle over the u.s. president's plan to close the prison at guantanamo bay. obama announced it yesterday saying that the prison camp undermines national security and his country's standing in the world. as our white house correspondent reports, not everyone is
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convinced. >> reporter: it was one of his first promises in office and now u.s. president obama is hoping in his last year he can actually accomplish it. close the controversial detention center at guantanamo bay cuba. >> are we going to let this linger on for another 15 or 20 years, another 30 years? >> reporter: for all that time dozens of men have been held in limbo. many so desperate they went on a hunger strike to be forced to be fed through a tube. the president is trying to close their location. it is a bit vague, the plan listing 13 places where detainees could be held. it would be cheaper. >> it is counterproductive to our fight against terrorists because they use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit. >> reporter: the ambassador was
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in charge and disagrees. >> the negative influence that these things have are going to live on long after they've been shut down. it is almost irrelevant in terms of the propaganda affect of it today is negligible. >> reporter: the president would have to get his plan through a congress controlled by the opposition. they are unlikely to go along. >> obama's plan to bring terrorists into u.s. communities, he should know that the will of congress has been expressed against that proposal >> reporter: this is an election year and this is an issue that divides the parties. >> not only are we not going to close guatemalan, but if we capture a terrorist alive while i'm president, they're going to go to guatemalan and we're going to find out everything they know >> reporter: the white house has indicated that if congress doesn't act, the president might move them on his own.
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he is hoping the majority of did detainees will be transferred to other countries by the time he leaves office. those left, they can try to change the color of their jump suits but not their detention the british foreign secretary phillip hammond says the u.k. has seen evidence of coordination between syrian kurdish forces. the bashar al-assad government and russia. the syrian kurdish y.p.g. have gained ground in areas. they have been supported by the u.s. in that site. y.p.g. has been fighting against other rebels especially in aleppo. these are pictures from one such recent battle and it's near the turkish border. >> the syrian kurds are an important part of the equation and they have to be brought in to any enduring solution in syria, but turkey has a problem with links between the p.k.k. and syrian kurdish groups.
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the p.k.k. being a terrorist group designated as such in turkey and, indeed, in the u.k. there are over laying conflicts here and the conflict is a major contributing factor. we have seen disturbing evidence over the last few weeks of coordination between syrian kurdish forces, the syrian regime and the russian air force which are making us uneasy about the kurds' role in all of this let's speak to a former leader of the syrian kurdish democratic party. can you tell us what the level of coordination is between the syrian kurdish forces, the bashar al-assad government and russian according to what the u.k. is saying? >> thank you for having me. actually, no. coordination between the kurdish forces or let's say sdf and the
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bashar al-assad regime, the only coordination is between the forces and the international coalition which started from the battle of kobani when the international fighters struck the positions around the city so why would they be saying this to the british parliament and saying that the evidence is disturbing from what they've seen? >> maybe they are depending on the turkish accusers of the kurdish forces that they are coordinating with bashar al-assad regime or maybe to the statemen statements. all these are not evidence. if they say that the kurdish forces because they are fighting in north aleppo, which is clear evidence that they are coordinating with the bashar al-assad regime, i can tell you
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that they are for years now fighting not just against i.s.i.s. but also against al-nusra and another because they besieged cobani and other areas, that's many other places and they captured a lot of civilians on their way from aleppo to kobini. so these groups, the sdf and the y.p.g. are fighting against them for years. nothing changed now, just what changed that is this forces, they are trying to make progress against these forces around the area to in the siege can you clarify what the end game is here for the y.p.g.? is it to fight i.s.i.l. or is it to expand control on the border with turkey as turkey seems to think? >> of course fighting against i.s.i.s. is part of the y.p.g.
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strategy in north syria and also they're trying to push all the extremist groups that they treat the community in these regions, so it is not just fighting against i.s.i.s. it is part of the general battle of these forces. of course, they tried to liberate north syria from all these groups and they are trying to make a kind of democratic administration that can represent actually all the components of these regions in democratic way thank you very much for speaking to us from cobani. we're going to stick more with the story and head over to the head of the i.h.a.t. s center from london. to give me your quick response to the comments that were made by phillip hammond saying that they've seen coordination between these groups. what do you make of those
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comments at this particular time? >> as you just heard, there are two sets of competing claims or narratives, really, surrounding coordination to russian forces, the syrian government and the y.p.g. as ever in these situations, the truth lies somewhere between the two. while there is clearly an element of coordination between kurdish forces and y.p.g. and russian and syrian government forces, it is really of a different character to the kind of coordination we've seen between the y.p.g. and the u.s. led coalition in the country. while the latter is very much active positive coordination, cooperation between the y.p.g. and the russian and syrian government is much more, i guess, elemental, accidental. it is an alliance of convenience, really. there's a common enemy that they can both target and exploit the support that they can provide each other, but it's very of
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much in the line of convenience and one that wouldn't last in the long-term convenience or not, this poses a problem for the international community when it comes to the question of who then is a "terrorist organization". >> yes. it speaks to the extremely complicated nature of the politics that underlies the conflict in syria. you have multiple actors, multiple external actors trying to coordinate with partners on the ground who can act as effective proxy forces, but it also underlines the fact that you have multiple external actors who have very different objectives that they're trying achieve in syria. turkish are different to those of western targets. they all have differing reasons. actors on the ground have to
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pick and choose who they coordinate with in terms of who can best support their goals on the ground. the y.p.g. are well aware that coordinating with the western powers against the islamic state is a sure fire way to ensure western support, air power, et cetera. in the north-eastern areas of the kurn to secure borders. they're also aware that russia and the syrian government's efforts to undermine turkish-backed militants on the border kind of in the north and north-west in the areas of azzaz links up with the y.p.g.'s desire to expand east from afrein towards y.p.g. controlled territory. it is extremely difficult to alternative date these politics we will have to leave it
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there. thank you for-- gave gate -- alternative fate more than a quarter of a million people have been killed since the war began nearly five years ago. with some of the worst fighting going on in around and aleppo, we have a report about the volunteers who are saving lives there. >> reporter: for many syrians this is the only emergency service they have. where is it, they shout? these are the white helmets. they're volunteer rescue workers. like everyone else in aleppo they spend a lot of their time looking up to work out where the next bomb will fall. there isn't much of the city still standing. >> translation: there were two families in this house. we pulled out four people. one woman died. the rocket passed through two buildings and exploded here.
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here, look, for syrian kids life continues. in spite of all will damage, they're still here. >> reporter: in aleppo most of the injuries are a result of syrian or russian bombings. this man says an aircraft dropped some bombs while he worked in an internet café. half his right leg was blown off. the russian government denies accusations that it is deliberately targeting civilians. it says its rockets are aimed only at what it calls terrorists. >> translation: there are only civilians here. no-one else. show me one fighter. show me the militants they talk about. show me. everyone here is a civilian. >> reporter: is it russian, they ask? yes. it's russian. the white helmets say they're committed to helping everyone.
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they say they risk sniper fire to retrieve the bodies of government soldiers. this time they're responding to another attack by the russian air force. before the war these volunteers were students engineers, carpenters, but here normal lives are no longer possible. today what's normal is crawling through rubble hoping to find survivors of another bombing. bernard smith you can see the full film syria under russia's fist here on wednesday on al jazeera. as fighting in syria intensifies near the jordanian border, the kingdom warned it has reached its limits in taking in refugees. more than 600,000 people have registered as refugees. they first welcomed them with open arms say they've had
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enough. >> reporter: there are traffic jams here all the time now. the population has doubled in the past five years. 100,000 syrian refugees out-no.90,000 jordanians. these universities students are celebrating their graduation but it will be harder for them to find jobs. the municipalities are struggling. >> translation: assistance should be directed to the landowners and the rest to the syrians. in the past it was directed to the syrians but not jordanians. >> reporter: there are religious and cultural links as well as tribal ties between them, but many in the north of jordan feel they're now paying the price for their hospitality. when the syrian refugees first started coming, the people welcomed them into their homes.
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now there that there are more syrians than jordanians there is a different feeling here. people don't see an end to the conflict and some are starting to worry that those guests are becoming permanent residents. they say they are now competing with syrians for the lowest paid jobs. >> translation: under the law they are not allowed to work so if they can find another source of income in addition to the assistance they receive, it doesn't matter how much it is. >> reporter: this man runs the cell phone shop by himself. he says some businesses employ syrians for less than $3 a day. they say they cannot afford to rent apartments. >> translation: we have become slaves of the landlords. you can't say a word when they raise the rent or ask you to leave because they say they have 100 others from syria who can pay. some say the syrians are changing the very nature of the tribal society. >> translation: jordan i can't
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bean-- jordanians are conservatives. everything is permissible. >> reporter: donors have purported millions-- pumped millions of dollars in the community. it is not enough. people say they are also suffering now more to come in this al jazeera news hour, including the report on european companies accused of selling surveillance equipment to egypt that could be used to clamp down on dissent. fiji clean up efforts are facing massive hurdles as the death toll is expected to rise. plus. >> reporter: i'm in argentina where football here and in the rest of the region is under the spotlight like never before. before. to iran where the country is
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gearing up for parliamentary elections. for the first time elections for the governing council. more than 12,000 candidates were registered to run for office but over half of them were disqualified. among the parliamentary candidates 586 are women. the candidates are competing for 290 seats in the government. as for another, 161 candidates are competing for only 88 seats. >> reporter: the old guard is rallying around. they formed an alliance of conservatives and hard liners. these clerics all prayer leaders in the capital are being briefed to tell people it's their duty to turn out, vote and give support. >> translation: the enemy wants to infiltrate. they want to get in through the
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back door. it wants to infiltrate our centers of power and decision-making. >> reporter: posted outside the mosque an array of candidates in what would be the most hotly contested elections in a decade. one that people place an emphasis on mosques for their social networking, an aspect of the rise in moderates and reformists is connecting with the tech savvy people. there are many of them. one look at tehran's growing coffee shop culture shows what whatever the restrictions on websites, facebook is banned along with twitter, people manage effectively. one in four are estimated in using the telephone app which has escaped any blocks. one of these two english teachers say they want an end >>. it really matters to me and i do care about it because as human beings we all have the right to travel around the world. >> reporter: it would be wrong to say there's outright dissent
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here, but the people do want change. >> translation: one of the most important achievements of the president is fulfilling his promise to get sanctions lifted. it has people made happy after eight difficult years. >> reporter: the popularity of moderate president seen here as award ceremony for his negotiations in the nuclear deal is rising. the conservatives and hard liners have control of key islamic institutions. they threw out more than 6,000 mostly moderates and reformists, more than half wanting to stand in the parliamentary elections. it also barred nearly 80% of those wanting to be candidates in the assembly of experts and that's the body which will eventually choose the next supreme leader after aiotal. for now absolute power still
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lies with the supreme leader, even if the conservatives and hard liners do lose control of parliament. andrew simmons politicians in libya are yet to vote on the proposed new unity government. there were anger as they failed to agree on a vote to agree a unity government which would be backed by the u.n. it has been postponed to next monday as there were not enough mps present libya's national army says it has pushed rebel fighters including i.s.i.l. out of several areas in benghazi. the army is allied with the tobruk parliament. at least 10 people have been killed and nearly 50 injured in the fighting. they're being assisted by french special forces. authorities in fiji are struggling to reach isolated communities after the pacific
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island nation was hit by a record breaking cyclone. the death toll stands at 42 and is expected to rise. some villages have hardly any buildings left standing. al jazeera was the first television crew to reach the island. >> reporter: the damage here is repeated in the villages dotted right along the coastline of this island. at least here you can still see the basic structure of some of the houses, even if the walls and the roofs are missing in some laces everything-- places everything has been flattened. you can see some of the dangers faced, apart from the heat and happen humidity and shelter, corrugated iron and wires hanging everywhere. this is a living room of sorts, a kitchen, which is distinguishable, but i'm not sure what is out the back but you can see to the trees out there because the roof has totally gone. the real force of this wind.
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that ship, that tank krer was moored more than 5 kilometers down the coast in the main town of this island. it was swept off. incredible the force of wind that must have done that. yet, on this island and it seems to be the case across fiji, people did on the whole manage to shelter and that does explain why despite this level of destruction, despite the clear power of the wind, relatively few people died the weather with richard. a lot winter storm dwoepg over the south-east of the u.s. >> reporter: that's right. winston is moving into open water and the population center. we have got a significant storm developing. this is a massive cloud. it is developing because we have got a significant jet stream, about 240 kph which is digging all the way down from i did not knowed the canadian prairies. what is the significance of the jet stream?
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it stirs the air up of the it is an area of development. this low pressure center is beginning to develop. you can see the although line of cloud. that's swept through the south. the low center will move towards the north-east. you can see across the south-east dots represented hail storms that we've had eover the last 4 hours. this was a tornado which caused fatals. we're looking at florida, alabama. as we go through next 12 hours or so, that storm will move further north wards towards virginia and pushing to the north. snow on the northern edge. probably no more than 10 centimeters. michigan might see as much as 15 still ahead on the news
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hour, the european union is accused of using nato patrols off the coast. the kings give their play off chances a boost. the latest from the nba. ba.
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top stories. british foreign secretary says there is disturbing coordination
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between countries. donald trump has cemented his running for the presidential position. marco rubio second and ted cruz third. iran is preparing for elections. the two ruling bodies have never held elections on the same day. al jazeera has been shown documents that the german telecom giant siemens sold surveillance equipment to egypt. it was said to design the president but it could also be used to spy on the public. it has called on european corporations to come clean >> reporter: these documents cast a new light on the length
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gone to in order to protect themselves. it represents a secretary arm of state the technical research department or trd. the documents show that this company has sold equipment to the trd capable of enabling the security services to conduct massive surveillance, a monitoring center that can listen to mobile phones. >> they're the one who are always looking for the next new technology, the more high tech up-to-date technologies to conduct surveillance. from the perspective of a western company that are trying to paracel new products-- sell new products, it is a good customer. >> reporter: dates back before 2011 when the president was ousted suggesting that they were not only facilitated to help
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clamp down on dissent after the arab spring. it does appear all the technology has proved useful to the current government. >> translation: this audio clip lifted from a mobile phone call is from the son of a president and close friend in which they discuss what to do after hundreds of protesters were killed in 2013. the clip was played on egyptian television. he and his father were arrested and jailed. his brother is convinced this technology help the states portray them and thousands of others as traitors >> they tried to log into their phones and take personal information. now it becomes like for many activists now who are in egypt and trying to work in the fields of human rights, for example, or work in the fields of trying to - any civil society actions. they have to take extreme
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security precautions because they know that the security services want to have surveillance of them >> you have to hack your target. >> reporter: this revelation comes after an italian surveillance company calmed hacking team was itself hacked and thousands of documents put in the public domain. they have been selling the egyptian government malware to allow team to control people's electronic devices. no european companies can export this to egypt without the permission of their governments. politicians will call on germany and italy to explain why they think these sales to egypt were appropriate. >> we have a responsibility for our own companies here in europe and those companies themselves accept that they're responsible. i have to say in this instance it is very clear to me that those guidelines are being breached and these exports are wonning >> reporter: hacking team
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pointed out that the sales are legal and the western governments also paracel war planes and missiles to egypt. it says the you are valence could help fight against terrorism. it said it sold a subsidiary in 2013 and couldn't comment talking about this, we speak to the head of public law at irvine. speaking to us from london. how much pressure will these revelations put on european governments to come clean about their dealings with egypt? >> the european union has held itself up as the van guarder in export in armed controls and boasted abouted leading the-- about leading the way. in establishing those armed controls they've set up clear criteria that has to be adhered to, including whether the equipment will be used for the oppression of human rights and whether it will be used to
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prolong existing conflicts within the region. each member state is given a freedom to provide licences to the companies that export these goods. i'm not one to second-guess the roping behind how these licences were given, but it must be incumbent upon the states particularly implicate in the report to explain their reasoning as to how they believe that this equipment met those goals and those targets and that criteria we know that a group of european politicians are calling on germany and ultimately lee to explain why they think that these sales to egypt were appropriate. what will happen there? >> reporter: that's right. like you say, the european union has taken an active lead on this but has allowed member states to implement these policies themselves and to provide licences by determining their own criteria themselves. they have given themselves a lot of political room to interpret
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those guidelines and it seems like the revelations in this report would suggest that those guidelines may not be being adhered to >> reporter: when you speak about guidelines can you be specific? when it comes to the legal framework of using such equipment, is it clear what that legal framework is? >> european union has clear guidelines in place for the way they - member states should be exporting goods. those goods that may be used for explicit military equipment as well as, for example, dual use purpose equipment. in this instance the type of surveillance equipment that we're talking about would be covered by those guidelines and those guidelines have eight criteria for each licence to consider. a state has to give a licence for the equipment to be sold. where the equipment may be used to suppress human rights, may be
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used to prolong conflicts within a region or exacerbate existing tensions within a region. licences are clearly skip laid to not be provided in those circumstances. here licences appear to have been given and like i say it must be incumbent on the states indicated in the report to open up their decision making for there to be scrutiny as to how they came to the decision to provide licences if licences were provided at all thank you for that. protests have been held in more than 30 cities around the world to support apple refusal to give away the passwords on its phones. it would mean no-one's information would be safe from governments or from militias hackers. -- maliciouss hackers.
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>> reporter: protest organized against the government's order across the u.s. in dc they gathered outside the f.b.i. headquarters >> the f.b.i. is asking workers to deliberately undermine the security systems that they themselves with are working to build >> reporter: one poll suggests the majority of americans don't see what the issue is and one of software's pioneers suggested the government had a case >> this is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. they're not asking for some general thing. they're asking for a particular case. >> reporter: facebook, google and even microsoft c oechlt and chief legal officer have expressed misgivings. >> reporter: the f.b.i. isn't asking appear emto hand over the password of one phone because they don't have it. they're stored on the phone thechlgs. the government wants apple to create a new program it to bypass the security system so they can have millions of attempts at cracking the coped.
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at the moment if 10 wrong attempts were made all data is wiped. >> reporter: apple and civil liberties groups argue that this isn't about one phone used in last year's mass shooting in california. >> what the government is seeking is a legal precedent that can be used multiple times in all kinds of circumstances and not just involving cell phones but everything that is connected to the internet from cars, to appliances, medical devices. >> reporter: the white house assured technology companies it could not seek a potentially contentious fight forcing the so-called back doors into encryption technology. it has been reported that the obama administration snepd ordered government agencies to find work hch arounds. the use of an obscure from the 18th seb tree, the all writs law to compel apple to help the f.b.i. break into its customers devices as part of the investigation into a national tragedy would appear to be an attempt to do that.
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even those who support the strategy accept that a complex international precedent is being set. would you be concerned if russia or china used an shan't law to get a back to do into encrypted technology in their own countries? >> absolutely i would. i'm concerned about my own privacy. i'm concerned about the protection of my own sensitive personal family information. we had the brain power across this land to bring them together so that in a way that allows law enforcement to do its work and still allows us to be protected >> reporter: the case goes to court in march sno pressure is piling up on european countries which lie along the refugee route. more than 100,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in the continent so far this year. that's more than eight times the number seen in the same period in 2015. a report from close to the
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border which has been closed to stop people crossing >> reporter: it took most of the day to move the after gangs at the standoff at the border. many didn't understand why they had been singled out when their country has been ravaged by war for decades. they're being bussed back to not know what will happen next. >> we sold our house and car, everything on the understanding it is better this way. i do my best. >> reporter: after gangs make about 30% of all arrivals in greece. the u.n. says they do meet international criteria for refugee status. for the after gangs the problem is not just crossing into macedonia. they have to go through several borders before reaching europe. they will face the same problem at the next border.
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this group was just pushed back to greece. among more than 100 deported by macedonia, including iranians considered as economic migrants. hundreds of afghans are also stranded at macedonia's northern border with serbia. it comes after austria, slovenia, serb, croatia and macedonia imposed new restrictions to reduce the number of people flowing through their territories. when the border opened, syrians and iraqis discovered that they will have to go through tougher controls and there's panic among them >> translation: i'm from aleppo. i only have this id card. my area is surrounded by i.s.i.l. and there has within no government presence for three years. i'm afraid they will not let me in >> reporter: many mere don't have the paperwork needed and will have to stay in greece for now. for some the disappointment is too hard to contain
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resume rights organizations are accusing european union blocking access to asylum. nato patrols are helping to send refugees from syria, iraq and afghanistan back to turkey without giving them a chance to apply for international protection in the european union. >> reporter: these are the refugee facilities on the island, a military outpost in the east aegean. for the new arrivals there is the stability of rocks, but that is all. a syrian refugee shot this video. he spent an hour there. >> there is maybe four or five military and there is a lot of people, refugee. they didn't give us anything, just they told us that wait to the boat. there is no place to sleep or
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anything >> reporter: it is a different game altogether. migrants play afternoon soccer with the volunteers who care for them. organizations like the solidarity network run shelters in buildings loaned by the municipality. it is an entirely volunteer-based effort. here too the military is acquiring a role. as europe becomes increasingly weary of new rivals, this is the new center days away from completion. the government has been trying to get it built for five months. the military has taken over and done it in three weeks. the spawns of this camp is not just that it can house a thousand people, which could be vitally important in the months to come. it is that here fingerprinting will happen quickly. so will deportation of economic migrants as opposed to refugees. a clear sign of europe's heartening response.
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more troubling to human rights groups, n.a.t.o. patrols aim to prevent arrivals. this may cult refugees off from access to asylum. the ships patrolling the sea and monitoring every moment many will make it difficult different. militarizing border control and returning people to safe countries abolish $refugees' ability to apply for asylum in europe and being ee have a value ewe eighted here. where is the u.n. headed? >> reporter: humanity and the law are precariously balanced here the philippines is marking the 30th anniversary of the revolution that ended two decades of the government. it comes as the former presidential's son is preparing to take part in upcoming elections. a report from manilla on how this is causing alarm for some
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in the philippines. >> reporter: the launch for a book titled never again. it is about the two decades of marshall law under the former presidential. >> i want people to realise what a benevolent dictatorship looks like >> reporter: the author lived through the events of 1986 that saw the government toppled by the largely peaceful people power movement. markos and wife and family were forced to flee the philippines. >> the apple set the gold-- family set the gold standard for corruption. >> reporter: enter the next generation. the son is vying for the place of president and he may win. he says claims of corruption and human rights abuses have already been settled.
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>> if you talk to people, they're not concerned about that. filipinos are concerned about their lives today. >> reporter: not surprisingly his slick online campaign message doesn't dwell too much on the past. we are the future he says. with him ahead in the opinion polls, the concern for some is not whether the past will be forgotten but whether it will be rewritten that he and his supporters will try to rehabilitate the marcos name which for many older filipinos is sometime synonymous with greed and corruption. a political activist who was arrested several times and subjected to electric shocks, she is still waiting for bongbong to say sorry >> he knew what was happening in the country. he knew what his father was
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doing. he said i cannot apologise for what my father did >> reporter: while he refuses to apologise, his growing number of spourers seem willing to forgive or at least forget they're only a few days to go towards the oscars, but each year they're subject to increasing scrutiny over diversity or lack of it. some are boycotting it because they say minorities are under represented. >> a door tonight has been opened. >> reporter: it was for her in 2004. the first and only african american best actress at the oscars. that door not even ajar you may say at this year's awards. the best actor nominees all white, same for best actress. there are no other races here. oscars so white that's the claim it is the hashtag everyone here is talking about. >> we will continue fighting
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until we see more representative films coming out of hollywood. >> reporter: it is over shadowing the film industry's biggest night >> reporter: looking at the nominations you have films about creed about a black boxer but the white actor is up for the award. this one, about a black producer but the white screen writer up for an award. only 28% of big roles went to nonwhite actors. it was even worse behind the scenes. in terms of directors only 12% of directors from other ethnic groups got that job. it raises the question are we talking about oscars so white here or the industry in general being too white. this man runs a theater group with these younger actors. he is an industry veteran and he says he knows what the root cause of this is
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>> race is a factor in this country. it permeates this country. look around. >> reporter: is the academy racist? >> i think they think there's a problem because of will smith and spike lee saying there's a problem. >> reporter: this member has been making films for decades. he is white and he is holder, like 94-- older like 94% of the other members. >> they don't hire. they honor people. you do good work, bingeo you, you get nominated. if you don't do good work. you don't get nominated. they don't hire or make those movies. so to take it out on the membership i thought was wrong. >> reporter: the academy says it is going to double the number of female and ethnic minority members by 2020. the promise from the boss we are going to lead we're not going to wait for the industry to catch up. the question is how long will that really take
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at the time for the sports news. >> reporter: thank you so much. massi has given the advantage in the league last 16 tie with arsenal. the world player of the year put them ahead in the 71 st minute of the first leg in london. it was added a second with seven minutes to go. they take 8: 2 nil back to the new camp for the second leg. >> i liked everything about barcelona. i liked everything from the very beginning. i also liked the way we scored. we had plenty of possession and in the first half we managed to have the ball a lot. our opponent defended with every player in their own half but we still managed to hamper them. >> there was room to beat them tonight. it is the biggest regret i have. sometimes you can lose against a team and you think it was nothing to do, but tonight there
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was room to beat them. >> reporter: last year's runners um to the event is back home. thomas mueller and bayerg had two goals. there was one got back. 2 to 2 the final score. >> i would like to give some credit to my players. we played against champions, strongest team in italy in the past year. coming here and playing like this when everyone talked about they were being the favorite and we played without fear. >> reporter: the head of the footballing world will be decided on friday. f.i.f.a.'s new president will be taken over aborigine organization that is embroiled in scandal. latin america has been hit hardest where several top executives were arrested as part of u.s. investigations.
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>> reporter: this the plush headquarters of the south american football federation near the capital. nine of the 11 executive $on this plaque no longer serving, either in jail or wanting for questioning. >> translation: nothing that happens in football surprises me any more. not in our own football here or in the rest of the continent. it doesn't supplies me. it would supplies me if we saw something positive happening. >> reporter: this man is the new president. he replaces this man who was one of many named by in investigating corruption in world football. >> it needs to be restored. he is if you ask me, they are a real change, we don't know yet. >> reporter: meanwhile the game continues because it must continue.
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football here in argentina as in the rest of the region is part of the fabric of society. the fans keep coming despite the prices rising constantly and the authorities talking about dealing with violence and corruption but doing very little about it. football legend maradona began his career here, eventually pursuing his dreams in europe. many more followed and keep following him, often for millions. however, the concrete financial benefits from those sales are rarely apparent in these often run down grounds, so where is the money. >> translation: that is a good question. we need to do better accounting so we know where the money we get for those players goes. >> translation: poor management. what can i say. maybe just bad business. things are not run how they should be run. >> reporter: many critics believes that a lack of
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transparency in the football should be sorted out here. >> if we don't investigate where that money goes, who will? >> reporter: the fans have spoken. the investigations continue. latin america at the heart of world football is under pressure to respond. >> reporter: the rockets were held off in over time. kings went to denver for a play off battle. they got off to a strong start. they held a lead in the fourth quarter until there was a three-pointer to put denver ahead. the visitors bounced back to 114 to 110 victory behind 39 points from all stars centers. australia has moved to the top of the world test ranking thanks to their win over new zealand.
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they defeated the blacks by seven wickets to take the series two nothing. it is the first time they have topped. the first ever pack ston super league champions by beating cappa in the finals. gain smith chased the opener. australian wicket keeper child in with an unbeaten 61. this was the winning hit. united winning by six wickets with eight balls to spare. >> translation: i'm happy because the team played really well. all the players played their parts well. we had good support. all of pakistan was waiting for such a performance. i can't express how happy i am with us winning the psl. >> reporter: australian open
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champion kerber has lost her first match since she won that grand slam. world number two made 38 unforced errors. chang took the match in separate sets. she will next face another. meanwhile over at the dubai championships, there is a third first round loss. the swiss dropped the first set and was two points from defeat. he held a serve before breaking his opponent to win a five seven, six three, seven five. that's all your sport for now. back to you thank you very much for that update. thanks for watching the news hour on al jazeera. we're back in just a moment. we will have a full bulletin of
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