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that's it for us here in new york. >> we're back tomorrow morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. eastern. simmering tensions explode on greece's border with macedonia where refugees have tried to breakthrough. hello, we are live from doha. also ahead on the show, as a partial truce continues to hold, the u.n. is drying to deliver aid to 150,000 people in syria. a top vatican official testifies the catholic church made norm" mistakes in allowing thousand was children to be abused by priests. peru declares a state of
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emergency after an oil spill in the waterways of the amazon rain forest did he have states indigenous communities. macedonian police fired tear gas at hundreds of refugees and migrants trying to burst through a fence from greece. this is how it looked two hours ago. the tear gas was set off after a large crowd of people was seen smashing a section of the fence. the refugees are stuck in a huge bottleneck waiting for macedonian authorities to let them continue through the balkans. a handful are being allowed to pass each day, only those from syria and iraq. we have the latest. >> the situation has actually calmed down. there are still 100 people, young men sitting there on the railroad tracks just in front of
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that gate where the rioting happened earlier today. they are now chanting open the borders, some holding white flags. behind the fence is a heavy presence of macedonian police and military who have been deployed there as soon as those riots happened. earlier, we also saw a helicopter circle that area twice at low altitude, by and large, people have moved back to their tent. it is raining and it is wet cold here today and i have to say that even as the situation has calmed down, emotions are running high. the camp is overcongested and if people were facing uncertainty earlier in the day before the events that happened, well now, they are even more uncertain and more scared. many have come up to us asking do you think what happened will affect us or will actually help us? many were in disagreement with the ways used by some of the
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refugees, saying that we need to be peaceful, we need to demand for the borders to be opened but were very worried that those images might turn further the european public opinion against them. >> there have been some chaotic scenes in the french port city offal lay as authorities begin evacuating the southern half of a mike grant camp. a fire broke out as police destroyed tends and shacks in the camp also known as the jungle. doctors without borders said they're treating a number of people, including children after police used tear gas. courts gave the green light for the government to evict thousands of people living in the camp. the refugees and migrants are being moved to temporary processing centers where they may be able to eventually apply for asylum in france. >> in rome, identity's foreign minister was among dignitaries welcoming refugees who fled the wars in syria and were living in
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camps in lebanon. they've escaped a country where thousands risk dying of starvation in besieged areas. there are almost half a million people struggling to survive in places surrounded by government soldiers or various armed groups. with the first major truce in five years of conflict, it's hoping to be able to distribute life saving aid. let's look at where this aid is supposed to go. the goal is to get the supplies into the town on monday. they will move to other towns during the week. despite the pause in fightings, there have been airstrikes in idlib. the opposition parties say continued breaches will make new
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talks unattainable, saying government forces have used heavy artillery and barrel bombs. we have a report from the turkey-syrian border. this is day three and another report of claims of groups being struck at which were supposed to be covered by this truce. what's going on? >> indeed, more reports of violations by the russian air force, as you mentioned, sami, the latest was this morning in the southern suburbs. thee people were killed, the oppositions targeted were positions belonging to the free syrian army, which is meant to be covered by this truce. reports that there were no isil or al-nusra fighters actually in the past hour, we also heard news of another attack but this time by the syrian regime.
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helicopters dropping barrel bombs. the town there and again, as far as we've been able to ascertain by speaking to contacts on the ground there, there was no isil or nusra front presence there, so yes, the violence has decreased, yes, the death toll has also decreased thankfully from a home perspective, however, the violence is still on going. the politicians like to describe this as pacts of violence, but for those who live in those pockets in syria, as far as they're concerned, it is still their lives that are at risk and it still means that humanitarian aid is unable to reach them. >> when it comes to aid, the u.n. is talking about people facing the prospect of starving to death. why, if there is supposed to be a lull in this fighting, at least to a degree, to get more aid in? >> well, that is the question, i mean, the u.n. obviously requires for there to be some sort of safety for its own stop
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and personnel for the world food program and others to be able to go in and deliver that aid. the problem, unfortunately, sami, what we've seen particularly in the past six months or so is that aid and food is being used as a weapon in this civil war. that's what's making it even more differ, because not only does there have to be some sort of relative safety and peace for aid workers to go in, but also, they need to get permission from the different sides that control these areas, and even from the syrian government. to the end of the day, syria is still a member of the united nations. the government still considers its territory as sovereign, so therefore for the u.n. to operate requires it to have approval from the damascus based government. all of this is making things more differ and not to mention the danger to isil proposes for aid agencies. we've seen how deadly and brutal
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they can be when they capture anyone there. all of this, what this means for the people on the ground, it means there are more and more people who will continue to suffer and be besieged. unfortunately, we've seen yesterday, there are those who lose their lives because of malnutrition and because of the siege. a top advisor to pope francis admitted the catholic church made enormous mistakes, allowing thousand was children to be raped and abused by priests. the cardinal testified via video link to an australian inquiry. from rome, we have this report. >> taking the witness stand on the other side of the world, on sunday night, cardinal george pell answered questions by a
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sexual abuse committee in sydney from rome via video link. he was the archbishop from the 1970's to the 1990's, when children were abused by the priests. the commission wants to know whether he knew and why he didn't do anything about it. pell said he was too unwell to travel to australia to face the commission in person, a claim that sparked widespread outrage. in a crowd funding campaign that raised more than $150,000 in a week to cover travel expenses to rome for 15 survivors. >> we're not feeling intimidate or anything. you've got to look at the ones damaged by the clergy. >> i would love to see george pell stand up and say we got this wrong, we didn't handle this well, but we can do better now. we can help the victims now.
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>> at 11 years old, david was abused by his uncle, a priest who has since been convicted of 80 counts of child abuse. he was the first survivor to speak out in 1993. he says cardinal pell knew both him and his abuser. >> cardinal pell while he was bishop pell had been a family friend. i'd known him since i was a child and he was the bishop where i was living. i called him in the hope that he could help me in some way. he said to me what will it take to keep you quiet? >> cardinal pell will give evidence once a day at least until wednesday. he is not facing criminal charges, but should the abuse commission rule that he either ignored or protected abusers, his position at chief of the economy in the vatican could be unattainable. plenty more still to come, including calls in hang congress
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for fair elections as tensions with beijing continue. plus. >> i thank you all for this amazing award tonight. >> this time lucky leonardo dicaprio takes home the best actor award.
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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. let's recap our top stories now. refugees have been stopped from tearing down a border fence
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between greece and macedonia. they're growing increasingly frustrated after macedonia and other balkan countries introduce new limits on who can enter the country. evicted from their camp in calais, shacks were destroyed in the camp known as the jungle. >> the head of the human rights says the united nations says thousands of syrians under siege are at risk of starving to death. the u.n. is due to start delivering aid to areas cut off by the war as a temporary pause in fighting largely holds. turning to our top story now, the refugee crisis in europe, the greek government warns after 70,000 refugees could soon be stranded in the country, it says it's considering bringing in the army to deal with the situation. we have this report from athens. >> still, they kept coming. at port in athens, 1,800
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refugees arrived monday morning opinion there's no one to welcome them, non-to stop them either. >> we faced a november if i havies getting here. we want to cross to macedonia, but we don't know how to do that. >> this is a stump rather shelter for the refugees. most of from syria and afghanistan. everyone here has the same objective, to get out of greece as fast as they probably can. formally they would be taking the buses to the border, but not many of leaving. greek officials want to ease the pressure there. the refugees say their only option is to travel north to other countries in europe. these men are from the sinjar area of northern iraq, the member of the yazidi minority shows me pictures of atrocities he says were committed by isil
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fighters in his hometown. he showed bodies and mass graves. >> our homes in 16ary have been destroyed, our friends, as soon as and daughters were clottiered. mass graves are in our villages. we have nowhere to go back to. >> it has become a serious problem for greece. athens used to be a transit point, but now many are stuck in the capital. it's been turned into a refugee camp. most from afghanistan are no longer permitted to cross the border. >> they are not allowed to cross the borders. they are feeling sad and kind of hopeless. >> for now, these victims of war wait. their struggle to find a new place to call home is paused, but not over. every day they remain in greece,
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they wait for a welcome they never had. >> 16 iraqi army soldiers and tribal fighters have been killed in an isil shelling of their barracks south of fallujah. isil fired about 20 mortar shells hitting positions held by the iraqi army division in the village. at least 70 people are confirmed dead following an isil suicide attack on a market in iraq. bombers stuck a busy area in southern baghdad on saturday. >> a symbolic funeral is being held in gaza for a palestinian man who died in suspicious circumstances in bulgaria. his body was found in the palestinian embassy's back yard. prosecutors are investigating whether he was pushed or fell from a high floor. bernard smith reports. >> in gaza, a funeral without a body. staged by members of the marxist
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popular front. it's for the man who died last week. he was jailed in 1986 for his role in the murder of a seminary student. four years later, he escaped custody and eventually turned up in bulgaria. his widow is convinced israeli security forces finally caught up with her husband. >> even from inside the embassy, he was told that israel had all of the keys of the doors. they told him that although he was inside the embassy, they can't protect him. they urged him to lee the embassy. >> he had been hiding after bulgarian authorities tried to detain him following an extradition request. his family said while he was there, people dressed at security staff came to the mission saying a bomb had been planted and checked the building including where he stayed.
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>> israeli is responsible for what happened. the palestinian embassy is responsible for not protecting him. the embassy didn't do anything to relieve the pressure on omar. >> omar's boiled was found in the embassy's back yard. bulgarian authorities investigating whether he fell or was pushed from a higher floor as well as other possible causes. israeli's foreign ministry is looking into what happened. at his family home, his brother blames the palestinian authority for not protecting omar. penalty abbas ordered an investigation into the circumstances of the death. bernard smith, al jazeera. >> a u.s. student has given a tearful apology as he was paraded before state media in north korea. he was arrested in january after attempting to steal a political banner from his hotel. north korean media said he'd
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confessed to severe crimes against the state. he said he wanted the banner as a trophy for a friend back home in virginia. a south korean opposition party has broken a word record holding the longest speech during parliament. the fill buster is into its seventh strayed day to delay a vote on the government backed terrorism law that would allow the personal data of those suspected of posing a security threat to be collected. those opposing say it invites privacy rights. >> four of the hong kong book sellers who went missing have appeared on chinese television. they said they were arrested for trading books illegally in china and confessed to selling 4,000 books not authorized by the chinese government. the men worked for a hong kong publishes house which sells books critical of chinese communist leaders. voters have backed a
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candidate who campaigned for greater democracy following recent violent protests highlighting the growing tension with the chinese government. we have this report. >> at 34 years of age, this is his first time in politics. he supported the occupy demonstrations in 2014 and campaigned for electoral change. as a newly elected legislator in hong kong, he hopes he can now make that reform a reality. >> reformist is also something important, especially hong kong is at a very critical juncture and we have to convince voter that is we can deliver something that they can rely on. >> he is one of a number of young politicians fighting for democracy in a city divided over its political future. six candidates ran in the weekend by election. the junkest was most high profile after arrested in riots
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a few weeks ago. he campaigned for hong kong's independence and came third place in the election, but says the message from voters is a wake-up call for the hong kong government. >> people will know that we, the young generation devote ourselves in hong kong's future. >> it may have just been a bi-election, but there is a greater focus on hong kong's autonomy. with elections in september, it's also a test of the public concerns and increasing interference from the chinese government in beijing. >> china and forced to secure the hong kong local, our language and culture. >> they are fearful of losing their freedoms and human dignity. they do not want hong kong to
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become entirely so land mainland like city. therefore, they are -- support for the more, you know, so-called extreme or radical forces in hong kong. >> with some of the newly formed political parties vowing to use violence in their campaigns to protect hong kong from china's reach, it could be a turbulent year ahead. al jazeera, hong kong. >> the president of nigeria has ended its two day visit to qatar after tell the emir that word oil price are totally unacceptable. the largest oil producer is being hit hard by the slump in global energy prices. al jazeera was told opec countries need to work together. >> what are your thoughts about opec policy over the past year or so of prioritizing market share over the price of the
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barrel of oil? >> well, opec has to act together to save the situation. it has always been the interest. if you can produce less and earn more, why produce more andern less? i have never been able to understand, but -- >> you can see more of that interview if you watch talk to al jazeera on marsh five. peru declared an emergency three weeks after its main ole pipeline burst. 3,000-barrels of oil have polluted two rivers. it's affecting thousands of people from indigenous communities who rely on the rivers for food and water.
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john hohman has more from peru. >> a teenager views it the way he always has done, but there's a new danger in these waters. 3,000-barrels of oil burst out of a pipeline and into the main source of water and food for several indigenous communities. the government told them they shouldn't eat fish from the river. it's hit families hard. they're surviving on bananas and eucah. >> they're coming in be a contaminating the forest more and more. my grandparents didn't ever illnesses. they didn't used to control the fish or what they ate, but fish are now sick, just like the people. >> it belongs to the state
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company, petrol peru. they told us the oil is almost all gone and the fish are now fine. >> we say it's safe to bathe and you can seat the fish, but the population addition trusts us because they don't know oil and its behavior. >> i asked him if petrol peru had results to back that up? >> the studies are being taken and analyzed. we haven't got the results. >> although he's quick to declare the river clean, the company has been accused of acting late, only providing widespread food, water and specialized medical attention now, weeks after a crisis which has affected more than 200 people's health. this mother is one of several who worry her child's bouts of fever are connected to the spill. >> i went to work and left her at home. when i went back, i found my
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daughter had gone to the river and covered in oil. >> over the wears, petrol peru had pro in dealing with spills. the main pipeline was put together more than 30 years ago. environmental groups say time has really taken its toll. this is one of three spills in less than a month. >> there's more, 20 spills in the last five years. all on the same pipeline, where the lessons will be learned this time yet to be seen. john hohman, peru. now to hollywood after a night with the stars at the oscars, leonardo dicaprio finally took home that best actor road but the revenant didn't win best picture. we go to los angeles.
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>> and the oscar goes to leonardo dicaprio. this was to be his night at last. >> making the revenant was about man says relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015. >> in fact, the revenant took another big award, too. >> alejandro. >> second time lucky for him p.m. >> i can't believe this is happening. it's amazing to receive this award tonight. >> but no hat trick for his film, and here's why. >> spotlight. >> this movie was a contender but wasn't the favorite. just goes to show you never can tell what will happen in hollywood. when it came to best actress, brie larson took that.
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she didn't seem overly surprised. she was the hot favorite. >> thank you to everyone who participated in "room." thank you to all of you who saw it. >> "mad max" was also a big winner. six oscars for this movie. all eyes were on chris rock, the accusations are racism not far from everyone's mind. for weeks, there has been pressure on the academy after the nominations in the major categories were announced and they were all white. chris rock did not disappoint. >> i counted at least 15 black people on that montage. >> hollywood's annual night of back slapping is over for another year. these oscars have been the most controversial in recent memory. that issue of a lack of diversity really overshadowing things. the big question now as the oscars and the film industry enters that period of soul searching. will hash tag oscars so white be
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back next year, indeed, will it be necessary? you can get more on the oscars as well as the other stories we've been following here if you head over to our website. you can see our front page there, i also the address. countdown to super tuesday, hillary clinton hopes to turn her south carolina success into more big wins. >> i don't know what group you're talking about. >> donald trump goes on damage control over support from a former leader of the k.k.k. this is a sad day for everybody in this room, a sad day for law enforcement. >> a soldier due in court, accused of killing a rookie police officer on her first day on the job. if they nominat


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