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>> search teams look for bodies as rescuesers say there's no hope of finding survivors after a landslide in afghanistan left thousands missing. . hello, you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. coming up, seven european observers are free after a weak of captivity in ukraine. at least three are dead already the kenyon city of mum bass e is rocked by -- mombassa is rocked by twin explosions. >> no documents, no visa and
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little money. patient migrants travel to brazil in search of a better life. in afghanistan rescuers abandoned the search for survivors of a landslide and are focussing instead on recovering bodies. hundreds of homes were buried by mud. more than 2 thous people are missing -- 2,000 people are missing, feared dead. the remoteness made it difficult for aid agencies to reach the village in argo district. we have this report. >> mass prayer for a mass grade. afghan villages give up finding survivors of a land slide. now they want to locate the bodies of family and friends. the focus moved to helping hundreds that lost their homes.
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>> translation: i'm one of the survivors who came after the mud. we need tents so we can shelter from the rain. 700 houses are under threat of flooding and landslides. there are fears of flooding. there are four valleys where water can flow into here, if that happens the village will be under water. >> digging began to find those under the mud. >> seven of my family were here, four or five were killed, i'm half alive. what can i do. >> days of rain in badakhshan province caused the mountain to collapse, mud and rocks covering everything in its way. homes were buried. volunteers from nearby villages came to the remote area with tools and shovels to help rescuers. >> we have been bringing blankets and household items,
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solo lanterns and there are a number of ngos bringing items such as tents, food, hygiene supplies and so forth. >> it's been hard for emergency teams to reach the site. the narrow roads have been dammed which rain and can't take the machine ray typically used in recovery efforts. the hillside is unstable, adding to fears another side may cave in. >> al jazeera's correspondent joins us on the line in afghanistan's nearby argo district. give us an idea of what the scene is like there. what is happening where you are? the referee: the scale of that landslide is deaf stating. the village has practically been wiped out. rescuers struggled to get people out on friday.
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they have given up. as we arrived early in the morning, there's no rescue ongoing, and now this area has been pronounced as a mass raid. i can see politicians and people arriving to give condolence to the families, aid groups providing food, water, tents and shelter. now the people here tell me that... (technical difficulties) ..and they believe that... (technical difficultie (technical difficulties) >> all right. we seem to be having communication problems with abdullah. we will try to get him back on the line a little later on. speaking to us from argo. as you can understand, the communication lines there would
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be very difficult after this landslide. moving on to other news. seven international observers captured by separatist groups in eastern ukraine arrived in general assembly. the o.s.c.e. mission was detained in slovyansk for a week, along with five military officers. the release coming as the army sent troops into a second town in the east, in a fight against anti-government groups. >> there is significant ebb and flow in the pro-ukranian and pro-russian forces here in the east. there has, undoubtedly been success for the ukranian military operation, an anti-the terror operation happening to the north of donetsk where i am standing now. slovyansk, check points have been established around the town, ringing the whole city and controlling traffic in and out. that secured the release of the
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o.s.c.e. observers who had been held for more than a week. that said, in o town for kramatorsk, south of slovyansk, the battle was a little tougher. >> reporter:. >> reporter: the burning cars and debris were evidence of what looked like a day of fighting between ukranian soldiers and pro-russian separatists. vehicles and cars set alight. >> translation: there are a lot of victims from both sides. civilians and from the checkpoints. people going to work were injured. there were a lot of injured and a lot of dead. they were shooting from buildings. >> a stockpile of petrol bombs were on hand to throw at soldiers that came near. it didn't stop the advance of the ukraine armoured vehicles, nor did the chance of residents of the ukranian checkpoints are controlling traffic in and out. after eight days in captivity a
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convoy carrying o.s.c.e. observers made it through. on a road side they embraced freedom with an overpowering assistance of relief. >> you can't imagine. it's deep relief. it was tough. the last two nights, as we saw the situation developing, every minute gets longer, and finally with the cooperation of all the key players, it wept perfectly, yes -- went perfectly, yes. thank you very much. >> the men looked calm but tired. the tension of captivity and the nerves was closer to see. they had been detained by the self-proclaimed mayor papua new
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guinea -- mayor vyacheslav panamaryov. they said he kept his word. any other outcome was unthinkable. >> taking people working for international organizations as hostages is unacceptable. it was extremely important to get through this mission. >> organising a hostage handover in this environment was far from straightforward. >> in the meantime the ukranian military was likely to continue its offensive and operations here in eastern ukraine on sunday too. there has been into appetite to stop. given that there have been successes for the pro-russian militia. they continued to take buildings in the east. they had an svu. several buildings here were taken during the cores of the afternoon. you can see it's ebb and flow on
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both sides. at least three have been killed in two separate bomb attacks in the kenyan port city of mum bassa. several others have been wounded. there's in no claims, former attacks have been blamed on al-shabab. >> reporter: this is all that is left of the bus that was targeted. police say attackers threw a grenade at it and a group of passengers while riding past on a bike. blood stained the street as emergency services arrived to carry away the injured. >> i saw three people dead after the blast. many were injured. we took about eight to hospital. more took themselves for treatment. >> minutes later a second attack in the same city. a bag with an improvised explosive device was spotted near the hotel. people passing by took cover before it was detonated and
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remarkably no one was killed. police say they don't have an explanation for who is behind the blast, but kenya is a target for the somali-based rebel group al-shabab, and they are trying to punish the kenyan government for sending troops into somalia. it is a major port and a draw card for tourists. the president kin yachta said attacks like these are bringing the tourism industry to its knees. >> al-shabab claimed responsibility for a bombing in mogadishu. place say a former local government official who died in the explosion was the target. to syria, armed groups agreed to stop fighting and leave the last-remaining stronghold by sunday. the move was delayed as rebels
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seek more assurances from the government. we have this report. >> reporter: the old quarters of homs is the last rebel strongholds in the city. some 1,000 fighters are inside. for months they have been under siege. they may be given safe passage out as part of a deal with the government. the rebels will retreat to the country side of the city. the arse are also under siege. the deal aloss the state to regain control of a city known as the capital of the revolution. >> it is impossible to take back the city. we were so hangry. we -- hungry. we couldn't walk. i used to way 73 kielo, now i'm 5. >> this man arrived in istanbul and said the bombardment and the seem on rebel-held areas forced neighbourhoods to surrender one
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after the other. in early 2012 the regime began a campaign to take back areas in the city. activists like this appealed for help when international observers visited the rebel areas at the time. the world didn't act. for him, it was a symbol of defiance. when the rebels lost it, he left. >> at first i thought we returned. then the situation got works we didn't lose homs, we lost it over a year ago when the regime seized the city. >> it's not just a symbolic city, it's strategically located. the corridor linking along the coast passes through homs. >> both the regime and the opposition know they can't control the country. the regime is concentrating on retaking strategic territory. it's part of a plan to partition the country.
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>> once the rebels withdraw. homs will no longer be divided. the rep else may lose what they call the heart of the revolution. >> still ahead - campaign count down in south africa. the ruling a.n.c. prepares to hold a final rally ahead of polls next week. >> and the rise of e-rickshaws in india. are they really an environment-friendly option? stay tuned. the performance review.
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welcome back. a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. search teams have given up hope of finding survivors of a landslide that swept through a remote village in north-eastern afghanistan. 2,000 people are reported missing. 4,000 others have been displaced. seven international observers held hostage by pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine arrived in germany, captured more than a week ago and are relieved to be
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set free. a ceasefire in the syrian city of homs is holding. on friday armed groups agreed to stop fighting and leave a last-remaining stronghold. rebels are seeking assurances from the government before they moved out. campaigning for egypt's presidential election has begun, with action taking place online. a former army chief abdul fatah al-sisi is one of two candidates running in the may 26th poll. he started his campaign with a message on twitter saying: . >> the only other candidate is
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hamdi sabad. >> he started his campaign. he is a leader of popular current and came third in the 2012 elections won by mohamed mursi. . >> al jazeera is demanding the release of its journalist who have been in prison in egypt for 127 days. the trial of peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy, and baher mohamed has been adjourned until may 15th. they are falsely accused of providing a platform to the outlawed muslim brotherhood. a fourth journalist abdullah al-shami has been detained without trial assistance last august. he's been on a hunger strike for 104 days. al jazeera rejects all the charges. >> his number one priority as we are truly hoping for him is to make sure that he keeps himself
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as holding together from day to day as is possible. and, you know, no doubt faith, his belief is that if he can keep doing that, perhaps he may not be too daunted if it runs to, you know, a year's anniversary. u.s. president barack obama has emphasised the importance of a free press during the annual white house correspondence dinner and made reference to journalists that risked life and liberty in egypt. >> tonight reminds us that we are lucky to live in a country where reporters get to give the head of state a hard time on a daily basis and once a year give him or her the charges at least, to return the favour. we know that not every journalist or photographer or crew member is so fortunate.
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as we celebrate the free press tonight. our thoughts are with those around the globe like ukraine, afghanistan, syria, who risk everything. in some cases give their lives to report the news. >> south africans are gearing up for next week's general elections. the ruling afghan national congress party is holding a rally in johannesburg on sunday. it's expected to have the majority cut in the wake of corruption scandals, and opposition parties like the democratic alliance are hoping to take advantage. tania paige reports. >> reporter: the blue of the democratic alliance filled the hall like a rising tide. although it's more popular than ever, it's small compared to the
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governing national congress. it's the biggest party. >> if our government was doing its work properly south africa would be attracting more investments, and the economy would be growing faster to create the jobs we need to tackle our biggest problem, which is unemployment and poverty. >> all opposition parties say they can create the jobs. the african national congress has not. the da has a problem. >> the democratic alliance is perceived to be a party that protects the interests of whites. some of its leaders and the vast majority of the crowd are black. that perception holds it back. the a.n.c. has the influence of nelson mandela in its corner. it's giving people house, better services and social grants. they will not turp their backs -- turn their backs. >> the da and newcomers say the
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a.n.c. is corrupt. efs is promising to nationalize mines and banks and is tarting first-time voters, who are passing on their way to work. she is not convinced by the dff. >> when i see helen campaigning the way she campaigns, i see a lot of symbolic transformation, but i don't see her addressing the bread and butter issues. >> ipp equality is right, especially in the poor provinces. most of the young men are out of work and hope. >> i will not work because the government is doing nothing for us. when we go looking we can't get work. even in patches, they take taxpayers money. >> they are not likely to be major changes at the election. the at nc's dom naps is guaranteed -- dominance is guaranteed. it appears to be losing some appeal.
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>> columbian authorities ruled out the chances of finding survivors in an illegal gold mine. 10 bodies were recovered from the mine. six people are believed to be buried under tonnes of mud and gravel. >> thousands of haitian migrants migrate to brazil in search of a better life. many enter illegally through the remote amazon border with peru. once in the country they find it difficult to find employment. >> reporter: as a father all this man wants is a better life for his 12-year-old son. that's why they left haiti more than a month ago to travel to brazil. "i want financial stability for my son to become an artist, to have a profession." hatians have been coming to
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brazil by their thousands, entering the country illegally through the remote amazon border with peru. with scarce resources they are bussed op a 3-day journey to this church shelter for migrants. >> in the last two weeks 500 haitians have arrived here. so far this year it's nearly 500. it's a lot of people in a short amount of time. >> the church manages to feed and clothe them. there's a search of urgency to improve the process for hatians. >> reporter: the brazilian embassy in parta prince say they are oush -- porta prips say they are usual suing 1,000 work visas. it's not enough, given how many hatians arrive with a lot of hope, no work documents, no visa and little money. >> there are some signs of improvement. work documents are processed in a day or two.
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it used to take more than a month in the border regions. >> but with all his work document in hand, it's still not easy. we eat three times a day. but what we need is a job to get money for ourselves and families back home. >> as they look for work, the risks are great. officials are investigating cases of corrupt middle me looking to take advantage of the new immigrants. >> translation: hatians are easy prey for people looking for slave labour. most unable to speak port gees, walking around bus stations. people with bad intentions have tried to take advantage of this. >> most tell us the opportunity far surpasses the risk. it was this man's lucky day. a business owner hires him to work in a restaurant and whiskses him away - the first step after a long journey to
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achieve a new life in brazil. electric rickshaws are becoming more popular in india. in some places they have become the preferred way to get around town. as this report shows, they may face a bumpy road ahead. >> reporter: they have become a common site in new delhi. fully electric they offer an environmentally friendly alternatives. people take them after a metro ride and compete against cycle rickshaws and those powered by gas. mohammed raf eke made the switch. passengers prefer these, they travel faster. you can only take two people, it takes longer. they are late sometimes. >> not everyone is happy though. the delhi haurt ruled that the -- high court ruled that the government needs to regulate
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e-rickshaws. police say under current laws they can't go under elaw drivers. >> they are not prosecuted by police. it's a legal tangle which is stopping us. >> and there's more. a government commission recently reported that many of the e-rickshaws are more powerful than they are supposed to be, and are too fast. they are waiting for the government to instruct the police on what to do next. >> part of the popularity is that anyone can drive one of these legally without a licence. seemingly a happy medium, polluting and expensive rickshaws. they are not environmentally friendly as they appear. >> that man who sells and repairs e-rickshaws says the
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batteries have to be replaced every 6 to 12 months. businesses are down because of the threat to regulation. he's worried that e-rickshaws come under motor vehicle law and businesses die out. >> if they don't, the business will cope. if they come under the law and there are extra expenses on top of batteries and repairs, there's no life ahead for it. >> there are about 100,000 e-rickshaws on the road and all the drivers cap do now is wait for the government's decision on regulation to come down. only then will they know what the road ahead looks like. >> interesting concept. more to come on the programme. including after being warned for years of its dangers, australians are now told they may need more sun. we'll explain why.
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