until then, i'm ray suarez. thanks for watching. good night. ♪ this is al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm tony harris. a florida surprise? marco rubio predicts a victory while john kasich is trying to fight on trump. and a surprise announcement by vladimir putin. and an american reportedly hands himself over in iraq from isil. and a new species of dinosaurs. what it tells us about the trex.
♪ the presidential candidates are gearing up for a day of primaries that could all but seal the nomination for at least two candidates. voters will go to the polls in florida, ohio, illinois, north carolina, and missouri. enough delegates are at stake to effectively end the race. perhaps no one has more to lose than marco rubio tomorrow. al jazeera's michael shure is live for us in miami. michael good to see you. look, could we actually be seeing the end of marco rubio's campaign? >> reporter: it is quite possible, tony. there are a lot of people here who think that this is marco's last standing. i'm in florida now. marco rubio just spoke here at the university to a very receptive crowd, but it seems to
be a forgone conclusion by reading the polls that this is not going to be marco rubio's race. he ran into trouble from the get-go running against jeb bush and then donald trump. but it will all come down to florida for marco rubio and his campaign. even during the snows of iowa and new hampshire, political watchers new that it could all come down to the sun shire state. >> all eyes are on florida and you see not just the republican candidates, but the democratic candidates spending so much time here. >> reporter: this man is a long time florida pollster, and he knows why his home state is so vital. >> the hispanic vote has gotten away from the republican party. >> reporter: and that is why republicans particularly here had such high hopes for favorite son senator marco rubio. former ambassador and south floridian, al was a jeb bush advisor. >> after jeb bush dropped out, i thought it would be a big boost
for marco, and it hasn't been the case. margins were worse than they were in the past. >> reporter: but syndicated radio host understands that many florida voters also see him as the acceptable alternative to donald trump. >> the runs that go to rubio are the ones that say we don't want one of these crazy gas roots tea party guys, but he passed himself off as one for a while. we could live with him. >> reporter: now even ted cruz is giving him trouble, and that means trouble for the republican party in this swing state. >> trump keeps giving them anger and anger and anger, and they seem to keep feeding all of that, and if you are not angry you are not winning. and ted cruz is a little angrier than marco rubio.
>> reporter: but rubio has won only endorsements and not many votes. he had a dreadful night last tuesday not winning a single delegate. >> i didn't do as well as i wanted to. and i was a little bit disappointed when i got home. >> reporter: but he hasn't broken through even after changing tack to take on trump at his own games. >> have you seen his hands they are like this. and you know what they say about men with small hands. [ cheers ] [ laughter ] >> you can't trust them. >> reporter: it didn't work. results there after rate disaster, and the question remains what has gone wrong for rubio in his home state? >> when i think about marco rubio i think of him as almost like the republican john edwards, someone who had a lot of the same type of young humble orig origins, but there was almost an allegation of superficialism, of overriding ambition.
>> i would have told him not to run in 2016 is what i would have told him. two guys from florida is a bad idea. [ cheers ] >> reporter: amid calls for him to leave the race, and with polls indicating the opposite, rubio has stressed that he will win florida and then go on to win the nomination. >> i believe with all of my heart, that the winner of the florida primary of florida will win the party nomination. >> reporter: a new poll shows that in order to capture florida, rubio would have to win 30% of the votes yet to be cast. a very tall order. florida congressman supports his friend, but is realistic. >> he has admitted publicly many times that winning florida is very important, so i assume after florida, win or lose, he is going to reevaluate his position in this race. >> i believe this nation will make the right choice, because i always believe that god has
blessed america, that god's hand is upon this country, and it's greatest days are yet to come. >> marco rubio now needs tuesday to be his greatest day. >> tony it doesn't get any better for marco rubio, today the attorney general of florida endorsed donald trump. the road goes on for marco rubio, at least until tomorrow. >> okay. michael. michael shure for us in miami. the latest polls have donald trump poised to win florida, but residents there say they are overwhelmed and unimpressed by a barrage of negative campaign ads leading up to the primary. >> reporter: the tranquil beaches of florida lie in stark contrast to the hurricane of attack adds. >> donald trump made millions, while hard-working americans got scammed. >> reporter: super pacs are attacking donald trump, hoping to stop his momentum. while trump fires back at marco
rubio, aiming to knock the florida out of the race on his own turf. florida voters tell us the ads are overwhelming, and make little difference. >> i think it's foolish. because why is everybody knocking everybody? it's so silly. >> it makes me aggravated. >> it's like listening to a whole bunch of children. >> florida is no stranger to down and dirty politics. during the last primary in 2012, mitt romney intent more than $15 million in attack ads. and nine out of ten campaign ads were negative. >> while i'm not thrilled with some of the negative and petty comments made in some of the debates, they are all so passionate about winning, and they are just trying to do everything they can to win the nomination, and -- so that -- i
just feel that they are -- whoever is elected, we have to get behind that nominee. >> reporter: barbara davis is the chair of florida's county republicans. she says the tone of this year's campaign has lead to one positive, increased engagement. >> the one thing that i'll really happy about is the fact that there is more people involved now. with the -- you know, with donald trump getting into the race, he has really excited certain people, and people are listening to the debates. they are learning more. i mean, each of us has our own favorite candidate, but at least everyone is getting involved, and that's the exciting part. i hope to have a really good voter turnout this year. >> reporter: a super pac supporting ted cruz is also going after rubio on tv. but in this contest where bold and brash are the name of the game, some campaign volunteers say the ground game is
different. >> the campaign asks us to represent the candidate in the exact manner in which he represented himself. so we're trying to win everybody over to our camp. if they are negative. we're extra nice. if they are -- if they are nice, then god bless them. you know we say god bless you in this office often and mean it. >> reporter: she is trying to rally voters in a unique way with her cruz mobile. >> this image was shocking. and i liked the shock value of it, for the attention it would bring for my candidate. i wanted young people to like him as well as old people. >> while the fight for attention so often negative, may be more than most voters cared for. one cruz supporter told us the end result is worth it. >> i think it's quite cleansing
like an ocean. we have waves. the waves clean the beach. times the waves come up really high on the beach and take out all of the sea wood. and i'm hoping to see lots more seaweed get washed out of washington. john kasich has presented himself as a more moderate alternative in this year's race for the republican presidential nomination. but is that really the case? al jazeera's lisa stark has been taking a close look at the ohio governor's record, and she is at a kasick rally, where the former presidential candidate, mitt romney took to the stage, i understand just moments ago, lisa. >> he did indeed. this is kasick territory. he began his political career here. it is very friendly territory for him.
mitt romney did not endorse john kasich, but he did tell ohio voters that they should get out and vote for the governor, a man who has integrity and a clear track record. well, what is that track record? we talked to some people who know john kasich to find out more. john kasich has tried to be positive and polite in what has often been an unrulely campaign season. >> i will never take the low road to the highest office in the land. i will run a positive campaign. [ applause ] >> reporter: he paints himself as someone who has worked across the aisle to get things done. is this the real john kasich? >> oh, absolutely. that's what is so beautiful about him is this is who he is. okay? >> reporter: a man who tells voters, you are special, and even offers up hugs. but some this kasick is a far
cry from the man they know. a man who has little patient for those who cross him. >> gives me a ticket says you must report to court. if you don't report to court, we're putting a warrant out for krour your arrest. he is an idiot. >> reporter: he later apologized. >> i got a call six or eight months ago saying the governor is going to push a bill to take over your schools tomorrow. just wanted to give you a head's up. no conversations, no hugs, no handshakes, just we're doing it tomorrow because we say so. >> reporter: he also says the governor is hardly the moderate he tries to portray on stage. >> when he was moving that bill, he said get on the bus or the
bus is going to run you over. that sounds more trump like than kasick like. >> reporter: he has always cut funding for planned parenthood, about a half of the clinics have had to close. >> conservative on some issues, but certainly not conservative on all issues. >> reporter: jason hart is reporter for a conservative website and points to kasick's decision to embrace part of obamacare, by expanded medicaid in ohio as a significant break from his republican roots. >> i don't know if anyone could defend with a straight face that policy as fiscally conservative or responsible. so he has changed, i think would be the polite way to say it. >> reporter: kasick has sited the bible to justify the medicaid expansion. >> it's a remarkable book, and
it talks about how we treat the poor. >> he has a soft spot for those who need help. those in the shadows. and obviously a big portion of those in the shadows are those are mental illnesses. >> reporter: russell was worried he would not have an ally in this republican governor. instead kasick has become his champion, allocating an additional $110 million for services on top of the controversial medicaid expansion. >> there's tremendous political risk, and some in his own party are criticizing him today for doing that, but he looked out and saw the people in need. >> reporter: he is a man of contradictions, criticized by both the left and the right. >> sounds like, you know, maybe the porridge was too cold on one side, too hot on the other, and
john kasich has it just right. >> reporter: so is that the right temperature for ohio voters? we'll find out tomorrow. that republican chairman here in the state told me, tony, that he is getting calls from republican leaders all over the country saying kasick has to win ohio, it's critical to try to put the break on donald trump. of course that's what he hopes to do tomorrow. >> okay. so lisa, he is popular, but how popular is governor kasick? his home state? and is that enough to stop trump? >> well, it's -- no one expects it is going to be a run away tomorrow. his supporters like to point out he won 86 of 88 counties when he ran for reelection, but that was for a democratic candidate who imploded and was really not a threat at all. the kasick folks say they are taking nothing for granted. the polls have them neck and
neck. >> lisa good to see you. thank you. another big prize up for grabs tomorrow is illinois. now at the bottom of the hour, we will look at how that race might mirror next week's surprise in michigan. russian president vladimir putin ordered his military to withdrawal from syria. he said the deployment had largely achieved its goals. it is unclear whether the air strikes will stop. jamie mcintyre is live at the pentagon. >> reporter: pu on the is withdrawing most of his forces after five months of military intervention, an intervention that putin claims was all about fighting terrorists, but the united states says it was really about propping up the regime of bashar al-assad. the pentagon was seeing a glimmer of positive news with the cessation of hostilities in effect, russia was limited to
striking isil targets, and it seemed to be doing so with gusto. then came the totally unexpected announcement from moscow. russian president putin, after meeting with his ministers said he ordered a pullout of the main part of russia's forces from syria, saying their goal has in large part been fulfilled. the withdrawal order came as a complete surprise. >> i did not see that report before coming out here today. so i'm going to have to reserve comment until we have a chance to take a look at it, and make an assessment. >> reporter: [ inaudible ] the president will be speaking with vladimir putin? >> i certainly wouldn't rule out. >> reporter: russia made a point of saying it will continue to have a presence at its long-time
naval base as well as holding on to its newly established air base in the lakea province. that was no surprise to the pentagon, which added that improvements to the base, including the installation of underground fuel tanks, indicated a long-term stay. also no surprise, the fact with russia's oil-dependent economy in decline, the pentagon would need to end the expensive war. still, administration critics, such as senator john mccain say putin achieved his goal, and the cessation of hostilities simply allowed him to lock in the spoils of war. in a statement, mccain said of the russians:
privately pentagon officials say putin's declaration of mission ak comp ibed was the bolsters of the regime of bashar al-assad who is undeniably in a stronger position, where isil is nowhere near defeated. putin's announcement came as the latest talks on syria's war resumed in switzerland. james bayes is in geneva with reaction from there. >> reporter: hours before the announcement from moscow, the latest round of syria talks. this the arrival of the government delegation. this man has been here before, but the man in charge of mediating between the two main sides says this time it will be different. >> this is a moment of truism.
>> reporter: he told reporters there was no plan b for syria. if his talks fail there will only be more bloodshed. >> political transition. >> reporter: in the first meeting there was no sign they discussed that yet. when he spoke to reporters, he spoke mainly of procedural issues. >> translator: in dip massey formal framework is very important to achieve substantive success. >> reporter: hours later here at the hotel the news by the syrian government delegation, no reaction to the announcement from moscow, but they are likely to be worried about the timing, because not only did the russian military intervention change things on the ground militarily,
it also gave the assad regime extra diplomatic weight. meanwhile across town where the main opposition block is staying, they say they are wary of anything the russians do, but this could be a positive development for them. >> it will be important if this decision is taken. it will be more important if putin decides to really stand beside the syrian people, not the -- beside the dictator. >> reporter: when the talks restart on tuesday, the opposition side meet mr. de mistura. they are hoping the dynamics have just shifted in their favor. james bayes, al jazeera. macedonia has begun detaining migrants crossing into the country illegally from greece. more than 2,000 were able to make it through. it was not an easy trip to macedonia. the refugees had to brave heavy rain and rough terrain, as well
had a large amount of cash, three cell forms, and three forms of identification, including a virginia driver's license. turkey's prime minister says that the kurdistan workers party, or pkk is almost certainly responsible for sunday's bombing. 37 people died when a car bomb exploded in the capitol of ankara. mohammed jamjoom reports. >> reporter: in ankara, a palpable sense of worry, a visceral sense of fear. as investigators continued to comb the scene, residents were still reeling from the second-such blast to rip through the heart of this city in less than a month. and the third attack to hit turkey's capitol since october. >> translator: they are very serious findings that point to tsipras's terrorist
organization. and of course this will be unveiled after the investigation is complete. >> reporter: in all, over 200 people have been killed in a string of suicide bombings in turkey since last summer, attacks that turkey blamed either on isil or kurdish milita militants. >> turkey is under immense threat from various state and non-state actors. the crisis in syria has put turkey at odds with russia, iran, obviously syria, as a state, and some other countries in the region, as well as non-state actors and terrorist organizations. and these terrorist organizations are all around the spectrum. with the left-wing pkk on one hand, dash on the other hand. >> reporter: turkey is now fighting two conflicts at the same time, one, as part of the
u.s.-backed coalition against isil. the other against the outlawed kurdistan worker's party or pkk, a group designated as a terrorist organization by turkey, and its nato allies. no single recent attack has highlighted just how complicated the situation in turkey has become more than the one in february. 29 people were killed, most of members of turkey's military when a convoy of buses was targeted. when a small group known as the kurdistan freedom hawks claimed responsibility, turkey's government blamed the bombing on a syrian kurdish force that works with the u.s. in the fight against isil. turkish officials accuse this group of being a syrian affiliate of the pkk. when the fragile truce fell apart in july, a conflict was
ignited. now turkey is involved in battling kurdish militants inside and outside of his borders. the government has stated repeatedly that it will not be deterred; that it will do what needs to be done to protect the citizens of turkey, but with the escalation in these types of attacks there is growing concern about the overall state of security. >> reporter: while the shock persisted, the cleanup continued, and shops began to open. but even as some were trying to restore a sense of normality, others were left wondering if they now must adjust to a frightening new normal. up next, much more on the race for the white house. voters get set to cast their votes tomorrow. why results in michigan might be
>> the only live national news show at 11:00 eastern. >> we start with breaking news. >> let's take a closer look. ♪ another big day of primary voting tomorrow, and it could be a make or break day for some of the candidates. voters head to the polls in florida, ohio, illinois, north carolina, and missouri. enough delegates are at stake to effectively end the race. al jazeera's david shuster reports. >> tomorrow is a day where we're going to shock the country and do what needs to be done.
we're going to win the 99 doll gaits here in florida. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: marco rubio campaigning in florida as if his political life were at steak, and it is. rubio trails donald trump by close to two to one in his winner take all home state. after that vote on tuesday, rubio may be staying home for good. also at take, primaries in other states. in ohio the second winner-take-all contest. ted cruz invoked adversaries in both parties. >> if you don't want to see donald trump as the nominee, if you don't want to see hillary clinton as the president, then i ask you, come stand with us. >> reporter: but polls suggest that cruz is trailing badly in ohio where governor kasick is making his last stand in the race.
>> this country is about us coming together. this country is not about us tearing one another down, or having fistfights at a campaign rally. that's not what america is. >> reporter: but it is what has happened at many of trumps rallies. after the candidate cancelled a chicago rally friday, a few clashes broke out between protesters and his supporters. trump blamed them in part on democratic candidate, bernie sanders. >> somebody will stand up and say something, and they will have a bernie sign. bernie is going nowhere, you know that. probably given to them by bernie. >> reporter: and despite scenes like this, trump insises his rallies are lovefest. >> you know how many people have been hurt at our rallies? i think basically, none. there is no violence. >> reporter: no violence, but
lots of enthusiasm in ohio as bernie sanders blamed hillary clinton for trade deals that cost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs. >> the key difference between secretary clinton and myself is not only did i vote against every one of these disastrous trade agreements, i helped lead the opposition to them. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: sanders may have an uphill battle in ohio where polls have clinton ahead. >> thank you! >> reporter: but polls suggest it is too close to call in illinois, midwestern state where hillary clinton grew up. >> we come out of these elections tomorrow with the wind at our backs, and we have the way forward to be able to start talking about not only unifying the democratic party, but unifying our country. >> reporter: clinton does enjoy a huge lead in the polls in florida and acted like the front runner monday, even as the
sanders threat continues to build. after the voters are done tuesday, talk of unifying the country and the party may have to wait. david shuster, al jazeera. jobs and trade are expected to be among the top concern for voters going into the illinois primary. many jobs are being lost to other states and south of the border to mexico. diane eastabrook is in chicago for us. diane, how big of a role will the economy play in tomorrow's primary? >> reporter: well, it could play a very big role. think about a week ago about what happened in michigan. bernie sanders hammered hillary clinton on jobs, trade, and the economy. and we carried that state, and in many respects the situation in illinois is more dire than it is -- excuse me -- in michigan. unemployment here is -- we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, and the state is hemorrhaging jobs,
which is causing a lot of frustration here. one day before illinois voters head to the polls, the first round of layoffs began at this plant in chicago. >> i have a daughter in college, and we have to scramble to figure out what we're going to do. >> reporter: that the plant's parent is moving the jobs to mexico rather than restoring this facility. >> when a company decides to leave, like nibisco is leaving, and they have gotten benefits from the city of chicago. >> we have to stop it, folks. i know how to stop it. >> reporter: unemployment here is 6.1%, that's more than a percentage point higher than the national rate. it's also significantly higher
than other surrounding states in the rust belt. the line group in suburban chicago makes precision parts. the president and ceo says cheap labor in china has siphoned away some of his business, but a bigger problem for him is the high cost of doing business in illinois. he says while the state struggles under a massive $6 billion budget deficit, his income taxes, property taxes, and worker's compensation costs have all increased. he says that makes it tough for him to consider adding workers and create badly needed jobs. >> if i could up and move my business, i would move it tomorrow, but it would take me well over a million dollars to move a factory this size. >> reporter: what if that is what some countries are doing. >> this building is only a 30-minute drive away. >> reporter: two years ago he
convinced his father to move the company from the chicago suburbs to east chicago, indiana. 270 jobs went with it. he said $15 million in intenttives and a more favorable business climate sealed the deal. michael from the non-profit illinois policy institute hears even more manufacturers will leave if illinois doesn't balance its budget and make reforms, but he also thinks washington should help states even the playing field. >> we have always been the most innovative country in the world, but let's be competitive in how we structure our states and country to make it so businesses can hire, grow, and expand here. >> reporter: and a loss here in illinois would be hugely embarrassing from hillary clinton.
she is from suburban park ridge, illinois. tony? >> any idea what we can expect tomorrow? >> reporter: you know, nobody really knows at this point. the race between clinton and sanders is neck and neck. it's hard to say what is going to happen. trump does have at this point a sizable lead over his competitors. >> all right. diane, diane eastabrook for us in chicago. as migrants continue to poor into europe, germany has been coming under fire for letting them in. but angela merkel says she will continue wither this policies despite suffering heavy losses in regional elections in her par party. >> reporter: outwardly life is going on as normal here, but politically the landscape has shifted. now nearly one in four people in this state supports the
right-wing anti-refugee party, rfd. >> translator: i have voted afd, because i don't agree with the policies of the chancellor. she must learn first and foremost to think of her own people. >> reporter: germany media has called this a referendum on angela merkel's asylum pollties. but she says her refugee policy will not change. >> translator: it was a hard day for us. the refugee policy was a defining theme for the local elections, because people still feel there is no viable solution to it. it impacted on everything. we're working on a solution, but we're not there yet. >> reporter: no such doubts for the ifd. >> translator: germany and greece are the only two countries in europe that still have not realized what 26 other e.u. countries want to control european and also national
borders, again, to achieve that we can help asylum seeker, real asylum seekers, and refugees, but keep out migrants in the first place. because to treat migration, we need migration laws. >> reporter: but despite their apparent success, the road ahead for the party is rocky. none of the other main parties will work with them. and the majority of voters do not support them. >> translator: that they have performed well i'm not happy about, because they are too far to the right. >> reporter: the christian democrats governed this state in a grand coalition with the social democrats. sunday's result has made that combination impossible. what it means for the federal grand coalition, nationally is another question.
dominic kane, al jazeera. how -- thousands of iranian asylum seekers are fearing that two ministers signing a deal could send them back to iran. andrew thomas reports. >> reporter: these protesters see it as a case of love denied. this person fled iran in 2012 after she says she was raped by her stepfather. she came to australia by boat. and met an iranian refugee who has a visa to stay in australia permanently. the two fell in love and married. but last year australia's government rejected her claim to be a refugee. it put her in a detention center, and wants to deport her back to iran. for her husband who has her photos, wedding veil, and shoes, but not his wife, that would be
devastating. >> my heart would break because she already lived here with me. she already was part of our family. we love her. we -- both my parents. they love her. and we -- we really want her to come back. >> reporter: this week, though, deportation could get closer. the nuclear deal with tehran, and the lifting of sanctions has warmed relations between australia and iran. to date iran has refused to accept deportees back to australia, but iran's foreign minister is coming here on tuesday, and australia's foreign minister hopes a deal with be done. >> it's certainly a goal, but it's at officials level at present, and not something i'm personally negotiating for. >> reporter: if it happens many families will be divided. this process is mostly personal. but there are thousands of other
iranians who could be sent back from australia to iran if a deal is reached. about 9,000 iranians who came here by boat, australia says are not refugees. >> one of the fundamental principals of refugee law is that an individual who is at risk should not be returned to a country where they may be put at further risk. >> reporter: iron's human rights record is bad, and her husband is convinced that if she is sent back, his wife will be put straight in an iranian prison or worse. president obama met today with the "washington post" reporter who was detained in an iranian prison. he met with the president during his visit to the state
security forces. an al-qaeda affiliate is claiming responsibility. >> reporter: this woman was selling jury with her baby on the beach, when she heard the first volley of shots. still shaken, she has come back to the hotel to check up on the women. >> translator: they were shooting at her. she was holding her baby, and she fell on the ground presenting to be dead. then they moved inside the hotel. it was so carry. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: this surveillance footage shows the moment staff and guests realized gunmen were storming the hotel. moments later you see a man brandishing a machine again. the the simultaneous attacks lasted for hours.
some why witnesses believe the attackers may have been local. >> translator: we are worried. they were speaking english. but also in french, like we do. >> reporter: the survivors of the killings, mostly french expatriots, have left the hotel, heading for home. >> translator: i heard what was happening and we heard in the toilet. i waited there. i didn't want to leave, it seemed that just next to us people were dying. >> reporter: security forces has just found a suspicious devise buried in the sand. they think it's an explosive device, so they asked us to move away. really al-qaeda claimed responsibility for the attacks. security forces are organizing a reenactment of the represents, asking those eyewitnesses for as much information as possible,
trying to find clues as to what the security lapses were to try to ensure that an attack does not happen like this again. she is still looking for the young mother on the beach, hoping she is safe. in lebanon a smelly problem has been piling up on the streets for the past eight months. mountains of garbage accumulated since a landfill closed in july. residents want a long-term solution. >> reporter: despite the government's promises of this temporary solution to solve lebanon's now eight-month-old rubbish crisis, where every you look in the country it looks like to. mountains of trash literally everywhere on the sides of roads. near rivers and the like. it really is something that blights not only here in the capitol, beirut, but really many
areas across the country. this promise by the lebanese government to reopen a landfill that was closed eight months ago, which really started this crisis, really hasn't gone down well with a lot of lebanese. they say the promise of opening up new two landfills doesn't solve the problem, the fact that lebanon doesn't have a real system in place to deal with all of the garbage. and many people saying they are going to continue their protests until a permanent solution is put in place. >> translator: the government doesn't want us to protest. and we don't want to always have to be on the streets demonstrating. but the situation is so bad. everybody knows lebanon is green lebanon, not garbage lebanon. >> translator: the government needs to create a modern system to deal with the garbage. so have a long-term permanent strategy. many other countries recycle and
sell the garbage. they develop their country and fine jobs. why not ours? >> reporter: so until that permanent solution by the government that so many people here want is outlined or made, we're still going to see this. and although those landfills have been promised to either be reopened or new ones to be created, there are other concerns. lebanese health officials are saying they have seen a sharp increase in the number of respiratory illnesses and gastrointestinal illnesses. so while many lebanese are saying to us, that not only are they sick of seeing all of this garbage. it's also making them sick, and they want the government to come up with a permanent solution to solve the problem. up next on the program, unveil a new dinosaur. what scientists are learning from the prehistoric discovery.
>> reporter: mightier to ran sorerus rex. he wasn't always so big. before t-rex came from scientists refer to as pre-rex. the discovery of the dinosaur in 2004 just revealed by scientists that the national museum of natural history in washington, d.c. sheds new light on his evolution, as explained via skype. >> they had to get smart before they got big, and with the evolution of t-rex, this was a 100 million year evolutionary journey. >> reporter: the horse-sized dinosaur lived at the end of that period. >> we realized he already basically had all of the advanced senses that t-rex has. keen hearing, keen eyesight, and
presumably keen smell, and this evolved in a much smaller creature, and when the opportunity became available for them to be the giant superpredators that everyone knows, they were already prepared, the only thing to do was to bulk up in size. >> reporter: the growth to huge size and ecological dominance happened suddenly. though what triggered it is still a mystery. the exo-mars 2016 spacecraft blasted off earlier today. the mission is a collaboration to the european and russian space agencies. it joins a long list of probes exploring the red planet, but this craft has a unique mission. >> reporter: we know more about the planet mars now than ever before. there are seven active or bitters, rovers and landers on or above the planet from the
u.s., european union, anden dea. recent discoveries have included liquid water. and it has shown that the atmosphere was depleted by solar winds. the european and russian space agencies are sending the exo-mars, trace gas orbit for to the planet. it will explore its atmosphere, in particular it will look at the presence of methane. >> methane is a hot topic, so trying to understand the origin of methane, and where on the surface of mars and when it is being produced and how it is destroyed is very important. >> reporter: water in a liquid farm has been seen on the
planet's surface before, but it is not known how much exists. >> i think we need to understand a little bit better as well, what is really the water with depth, because if you want to land people on there, they are going to need drinking water, and you don't want to carry it with you. >> reporter: they will drop a small lander on to the surface. it will give it the opportunity to test its landing technology, before a planned rover is sent to mars in 2018. along with existing spacecraft, another two from the u.s. and india are expected in the next two years. tarek bazley, al jazeera. and that's all of our time. thajs for watching. i'm tony harris in new york city. john siegenthaler is up next with more of today's news right now. tony thank you, the presidential candidates tonight are getting ready for tomorrow's
primaries. primaries that could make or break several of those candidates. voters will go to the polls in florida, ohio, illinois, north carolina, and missouri. enough delegates are at stake that could clench things for at least two nominates. >> tomorrow we'll shock the country, and win the 99 delegates here in florida. [ cheers ] >> reporter: marco rubio campaigning in florida monday as if his political life is at stake, and it is. he trails donald trump two to one in his home state. also at take tuesday, primaries in missouri, north carolina, and two midwestern states, ohio and illinois. in ohio, the second winner-take all contest, texas senator ted cruz invoked