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>> the u.n. said fighting has largely halted in syria, but the battle against isil goes on. >> i'm lauren taylor. this is al jazeera come to you from london. people are killed and many more wounded after suicide-bombings in afghanistan. thousands march in moscow in memory of opposition politician gunned down near the kremlin. plus. >> i'm in los angeles, home to a film industry where women are still routinely paid less than
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their male counterparts. but how does that reflect life as a whole in the united states? >> hello. the united nations said the cessation of hostilities in syria is largely being honored. there have been reports of artillery and gunfire. no major attacks have been reported. isil andal nusra front were not part of the deal. the government is continuing to shell a suburb that was also excluded from the truce. this will now allowed aid to get into besieged towns.
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>> these fighters are on parole, but they're also at ease. the sky above aleppo is usually buzzing with russian or syrian warplanes. the city has not had a calm morning probably in years. but fighters here are under no illusion. >> the regime is not trust worth. theyify aggravated other deals before. we're here and we'll prevent the regime from advancing in our areas. >> the in the areas of rebel control in aleppo there is a cautious sense of calm and the desire to end the bloodbath. >> we want the truce to last and the bombardment and killing of civilians in residential areas to stop. >> we want to live in peace and freedom. nothing else. but do understand that we won't be enslaved again. >> in the city of idlib, the province is under rebel control. it has been a place of daily
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carnage and destruction. civilians are getting on with their daily lives. but many fighters are suspicious. their umbrella rebel group includessal nusra front, which has links to al-qaeda. they're not part of the truce. >> the benefits in russia and the regime. >> syria's wounds are deep, and so are the mistrust. syrian government forces have slashed bombed al-qaedas while u.s. fighter yet have bombed the border with turkey. the level of violence has dropped significantly. the question is how long will this last? >> with an increase in fighting in the lead up to the cessation of hostilities, tens of thousands of syrians have been trying to reach the turkish border. camps have been set up inside
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syria next to one of those crossings. >> just a few weeks ago this was empty land. but within days the tents were set up to shelter the tens of thousands of people fleeing syrian government airstrikes as they moved to the northern part of the country. everybody we've spoken to has blamed the russian airstrikes they say they were not targeting isil. they say they were targeting civilian population season sores. this is the toil. there isn't proper sanitation in these tents. it has been a bitter winter, and that winter is still not over. many are hoping that it will allow for aid to be brought in and maybe butter shelters will be set up for them. they hope that what they have will last. >> isil launched an attack
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opposite fighters in the area close to the border with turkey. five fighters were killed by airstrikes goes. opposites is. 45 isil fighters and 20 kurdish fighters were killed. we're live for you i. tell us what you're hearing. >> this temporary cease-fire does seem to be holding up. in fact, what is being expressed as a sense of surprise, so many times before in the last few years there have been attempts at acre fire. the cessation of hostilities that never really even got off the ground at all. everybody who was involved in trying to put this cease-fire
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together had said be they players, actors opposite the. it was going to be impossible that what they were really hoping for at first is a lull in violence. we heard there would be a significant part of violent in parts of the country where the cease-fire has taken effect there would be most significantly is the fact that the syrian government has said, the russians have said, and opposition forces on the ground have said that the syrian air forced backed by the russians have not launched any airstrikes in the cease-fire area today. there seems to be a decree in over all i eye lent in various part of the country when are.
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>> the syrians have said in fact they thought that this territory had a lot of al nusra front fighters. the opposition state thad al nusra front fighters only comprise a small number of the fight there's. it goes to show you how complicated the situation is on the ground when it comes to the war in syria. by and large, again, when it comes to see the areas affected by the cease-fire. there has been a series decrease in the violence in those countries. >> given all that. how difficult would it be to get any aid in touring the assess
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indication of hostilities. >> it's something in a we've already heard about today, lauren, we've learned many why taking aid to areas much needed. the opposition state thad people in those affected areas need to get medical supplies, medication, food, and clean water. the unacr for its part, their office in damascus told us earlier today that they plan on attempt to go resumption of delivery of aid to some of those areas beginning tomorrow. oftentimes in the past maybe it's been difficult to adhere to the time lines, and it is
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important to get aid to parts of syria where the cease-fire has started to take hold. >> live for us in beirut. thank you. >> suicide-bomber has killed 12 people in the afghan capital. the police say another 13 people were wounded by the blast of the defense ministry in can pull. the tall taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. we have this update from the target. >> targeting the defense ministry is a bold motive. briefly let's tell you what we know according to police and government officials this was a suicide attack that took place right in front of the entrance of the defense ministry in kabul. this was a vast compound.
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fortified with labors of barriers. it is a relatively secure area. however, these are vulnerable locations and this is where the suicide attack took place. the taliban claiming responsibility for this attack. this suicide-bombing follows another suicide-bombing early in the morning where militants targeted and killed a very powerful and influence militia leader who played a key role in the government's fight against militants. this all comes amid the government's continued push for peace talks with the taliban. the government continues to insist that the best way to establish peace and security is through peace talks. they say the peace talks will resume in the coming days. however, when you see these attacks, militants going after big targets, the glaring
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question, are all taliban factions willing to stop fighting, willing to come to the negotiating table? >> 30 people have been killed in airstrikes in yemeni capital sanaaa. they say a popular market is where they killed many civilians. early have been killed in the last year. results are expected from mila iran. early results suggest candidates who support him are leading the race. thousands of people have gathered in moscow on the first anniversary of the shooting of
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the first anniversary of boris nemtsov. five men have been arrested for his murder. new security check points have been set up in attacks that killed 14 people. caroline malone reports. >> the force of the explosions in mogadishu can be seen more clearly the morning after the attack. people gathered around blown-out brooks. the suicide-bomber in the car ran the branson friday night. armed men fought guards as an out of security barrier, and 30 minutes later a second car bomb exploded at a park nearby. >> the casualties include civilians passing by on the street and security forces at the checkpoints where the car that exploded were stopped.
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many attacks are carried out on friday. it's the day where people are out and about with their family and friends. >> the blast shattered the windows and caused me to lose consciousness for a while. then i saw blood coming from my back. it was horrible. >> government leaders and business executives are not far from the presidential palace. al-shabab claims they were behind the attack. >> we really need to know that somalia has some problems. a lot of corruption has taken place. but most goes to the somalian government where there is corruption. and they build a real somali force, the military, the police
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and even undercover people. >> after thursday's attack the police would leave no stone unturned in their search for suspects. yet 24 hours later al-shabab was able to carry out another deadly attack. another sign that somali security is struggling to hold it's own. >> still ahead on al jazeera. we'll take you to the irish capital where vote count something under way in the general election. >> thousands of prostitutes evicted from jakarta's oldest red-light district.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is.
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>> hello, the top stories here in al jazeera. the u.n. said that the cessation of hostilities in syria is largely being honored. the rebels have agreed to a cease-fire. there have been twin attacks in afghanistan. many taking part in the anniversary of boris nemtsov, who was assassinated near the kremlin a year ago. this ireland elections continue. prime minister center right party and it's labor coalition partner may have to look for support in other parties to stay in government. they could look to the republican party as they occupy similar political territory, but they've been bitter rivals for years. they also ruled out a deal with each other before the election
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the campaign with a clear anti-austerity voice, the message which resonated with voters angry at ireland's economic turn around had not trickled down to those who need it most. ne a, ve barker reports from dublin. >> as the arduous task of counting began, they face the prospects of a bruising final result. early polls show a drop in support. the gayle party and it's labour party ally may be forced to seek support from other parties to stay in government. as the day progressed more signs of the electorate switching sides as support for the parties and candidates steadily grew.
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>> they thought they would be rewarded for recovery that has not reached many. >> the irish election follows this similar pattern for other european countries, spain, portugal and degrees. who have also been through periods of austerity. of course, ireland's story is different. austerity is officially over and the country has the fastest-growing economy in the european union. but as the results are counted, it continues to look more and more like people have gone out to deliberately punish the outgoing government in the polls. if the outgoing government wants to hold on to power they'll have to build new alliances. but that's no easy task. ireland's parties were forged nearly a hundred years ago. there were fierce differences
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that date back generations that could have serious implications for the country's near future. >> there are talks when the parliament resumes on the tenth of march that no one will be elected prime minister. that's extremely scary for people to think about. perhaps it will take a little bit of soul searching, perhaps in the end the traditional enemies will die decide to do business. >> it will be the smaller parties and independent candidates who will be called upon first to share power. but the coalition of several parties give ireland the table it needs to keep it its fragile recovery going. neave barker, al jazeera, dublin. >> tension among refugees is rising at the greek-macedonia border. humanitarian challenges are mounting at the camp. refugees are continue to go join more than 5,000 who have been blocked from passing since the border was closed to some nationalities on thursday.
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>> jakarta's oldest red-light district is about to be demolished. thousands o prostitutes have been convicted and many don't have enough to eat. >> this has been a popular destination for salers and traders for as long as everyone can remember, but not any more. those who sold food to customers every night are now out of work. this is a shanty town where this woman raised her children and grandchildren making money doing laundry. >> i'm crying all the time. i can't even eat. i want to eat, but i don't have the money to buy food now. i feel sad that my grandchildren will also have to go through this. >> it's a dark hidden world where generations of poor indonesians made a living and this will be the end of an era.
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now they're forced to pick up their lives, lives of joy and sadness. only 200 of the 233,100 evicted families have been given low-cost apartments. most sex workers return to their villages as soon as police move in. but some residents refuse to go. >> our country has failed to create proper jobs. they have failed to provide proper education. these sex workers are indonesian citizen who is simply need money to survive. the government should treat them more humanely. >> they say that the evictions are needed to turn the area into a park. >> our laws do not allow for a red-light district. if you want to sell your body at home or a hotel, that's your business if you want to be arrested by police. >> the government will try to close all red light districts. >> prostitution has always been a part of our culture. you can destroy their places but
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you can't make them disappear. they'll always be here. the sex workers do this because they see no other options since they are poor. >> those who remain only have a few days to decide if they'll leave voltairely or face the prospect of bulldozers moving in on february 29th. al jazeera, north jakarta. >> 13,000 people have protested in the south korean capital against a wave of new policies. they're demanding that president park step down. worried about the use of force and arrests in uganda following the country's presidential election. two people have been killed and more 300 detained and opposition candidates, they're continuing to dispute the president's
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re-election. now there are more allegations of vote rigging. >> supporting uganda's ruling nrn party for years. he wanted to become a member of parliament for her rule of constituency but said she lost the party's primaries because she were rigged. she decided to run independently, but she said she was cheated of victory again. she showed us these pre-ticked ballots and found ruling party officials stuffing emthem in ballot boxes in parliamentary and presidential elections. >> elections. >> i handed them all over to the police. >> when the ugandans voted on the 18th of february, many were critical. the president museveni was declared winner for another
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five-year term. the ruling party said that it's victory was fair and opposition parties were beaten because they were weak. >> regarding the pre-ticking, there is no such thing happeni happening. they will always justify their loss on someone else. most especially the nrm. >> this polling station officer said he saw polling officials changing results.
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>> security agencies said their roles are neutral and they're there to keep the peace. the electoral commissions said that such changing of results was never reported. >> i never saw that. i've not received word of that. there we make sure that nothing is done. >> supporters say that th the police say he's not been under arrest and he wants to cause violent protests. >> they say that things have changed. >> what has happened is clear. >> i feel so sad that i see my brothers fighting for justice. fight forgive a better uganda. finding more a a vote.
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and here i'm here, their sister is being treated the way i'm being treated in these elections. i'm not happy. i'm not happy with th them. >> hollywood gears up for the academy awards some campaigners are highlighting how women are less likely to have less opportunities in film than men. hollywood actress patricia arquette said that there is a lot more work to be done if women are to be truly equal in the united states. >> and the oscar goes to patricia arquette. >> well, that was expected but maybe hollywood wasn't prepared for the next bit. >> to every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, it's our time to have wage equality once and for all. >> every here knows patricia arquette, hollywood's women are all too familiar with her message.
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they're used to being paid less than men and art is imitating life here. >> we have to make a really radical shift. >> patricia has spent the last year producing this documentary highlighting how that pay gap extends beyond film for women across the united states. she has started a change up organize petition. >> because of pay inequality there are 33 million women and children in the united states who are living in poverty even though the mom is working full time. so if we made sure that women are paid their full dollar, we can really address a lot of child hunger in the united states. >> in terms of hollywood, robert downey jr. is the highest paid actor. he took home $80 million in one year. compare that to the highest paid actress jennifer lawrence. she made $52 million. part of this is about the
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opportunity available to women versus men in this town. let's take the top 100 films in 2014. in that year how many have female characters. >> 28%. >> of that 28% when a female lead or colead? >> 21. >> that's in front of the camera. behind the camera is fewer. 18% of producers being women. 11% when we're talking writers and only 2% of directors here are female. >> you see more men than you do women. >> mandy moved to l.a. to pursue her acting treatment. she has been in commercials and movies and knows that assessism is tsexism exists. >> i know so many male actors, writers, directors who don't have the opportunities as well, but it's not because of sexism. >> diversdiversity as hollywood prepares for its big night.
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