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turned into a mass grave by a landslide. hundreds spend a night out in the cold. hello, welcome to al jazeera, live from doha. also ahead - ukraine's president declares three days of mourning after 46 people are killed in odessa. also ahead - kenya's port city mombassa is rocked by twin explosion. too much is bad for you and so is too little. we are in australia to work out how much sun is right for you.
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. in afghanistan rescuers have abandoned a search for those in a mud slide. hundreds of homes were buried. more than 2,000 are missing, feared dead. it occurred in badakhshan. that remoteness made it difficult for aid agencies to reach the affected village. we have this report. >> reporter: mass prayer for a mass grave. these african villages have given up on survivors of the landslide. now they want to locate bodies. a focus has moved to helping hundreds of people who lost their homes. >> translation: i'm one of the survivors that came out of the mud. right now we need tents so we can be sheltered from the rain. around 700 houses are under
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threat of landslide. there are four valleys, water can flow into here. if water flows in, the village will be under water. >> digging continues to find thousands under the mud >> translation: seven members of my family were here. four or five were killed here. i'm half alive. what can i do? >> days of rain caused the side of this mountain to collapse. mud and rocks swept into the village below, destroying everything in its way. hundreds of homes were buried, many people inside. volunteers of nearby villages came to the remote area with tools and shovels to help rescuers. >> we have been bringing blankets, household items, solo land earns and a number of ngos in u.n. agencies bringing items such as tents, food, hygiene
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supplies and so forth. >> it's been hard for emergency teams to reach the site. the narrow roads have been damaged by rain and can't take the heavy machinery typically used in recovery efforts. the hillside remains unstable adding to fears another part may cave in. >> a team has arrived in the disaster area, and we have this update from there. >> villages tells me that aid has come. it is temporary aid. for now the aid is not organised. it is not distributed properly. they want more transparency in terms of delivering aid to the needy people, to the people who basically have suffered or survived this massive land slide. getting the aid to this area has been a changing task for the government or aid organizations. the roads are watched out by the
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floods in the past week. the mountains, the geography is challenging to get all the aid required on time to these people. joining me on the line from badakhshan is matt gray don, working for an aid group that reached the area - sorry, is it abby. >> yes, i am. we are outside the village where the landslide took place. >> what is it that you are seeing, and how far you are as far as getting bodies from the ground is concerned? >> we can see the devastation caused. the entire mountainside washed away. it's remarkable. where we are now, hundreds of families are looking for sps, and there are a lot of -- assistance and a lot of people have lost almost everything. >> and what about those missing
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now. have you given up on finding any survivors? >> at this stage it seems unlikely that there are any survivors in the - in the landslide - that could be recovered from the landslide. the focus are the families that have lost their homes. trying to get them assistance that they need. >> a few of the residents have been expressing anger to the team. saying it's disorganised. no one is telling them what happened. what is the problem there? >> at this stage there are many people who wind up waiting for assistance. a lot of organizations, in coordination with the afghan government, the agency - what we'll need to do is just respond, if that is possible, to
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people's needs. it takes time. it's a remote area. it's very rough to get up here. machinery and trucks. but they can mobilize aid between hours of the disaster striking, so -- >> i am sure it's a difficult task. >> how concerned are you about the weather. and the fact that rain could bring more mudslides and affect those that have survived? >> yes, this is an area that is highly prone to natural disasters, flood, landslide and people are concerned another will hit. and a lot of people have left their homes, but at this stage we are responding in a safe area, away from the landslide zone, but it is a concern throughout the region. >> thank you for talking to us. good luck with rescue efforts.
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>> ukranian troops are continuing the advance in the east to stop pro-russian groups taking over more towns. the government says soldiers have made more gains as part of their anti-terror operation. in slovyansk pro-russian stronghold forces surrounded the city. in another eastern town kramatorsk, the government says its offensive is ongoing and sent more troops. in the hunt, the rebels are gaining the upper hand. they stepped up security and reinforced barricades. more than 40 died in odessa on friday. many died in a fire after being trapped inside a burning building occupied by pro-russian demonstrators. jonah hull is in odessa with the latest. >> reporter: perhaps unsurprisingly, of course, there are competing, contrasting narratives about what happened here on friday, depending on which side you speak to. the pro-russian side insists that many of the people who died
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in the burning building were victims of mob justice carried out by supporters of kiev. on the other side, of course, people will say that a peaceful march was broken up by gun-wielding pro-russian mobs. there are overarching questions, of course, who started the fire when both sides lobbed molotov cocktails at each other, and who was inside that building. the government suggests there is evidence that among the dead were russian citizens, people brought across from nearby pro-russian transnistrya, a breakaway province of moldova. turning to the police will not help. they said a government-led commission of inquiry is under way. the prime minister from kiev, is in odessa and blamed the security forces for failing to act to stop the violence. senn european military -- seven european military observers held hostage by
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pro-russian gunmen have been released. they are relieved at being released. the captors set the observers free without conditions. three people have been killed in two bomb attacks in the kenyan port city of mombassa. there has been no claim of responsibility but the government blamed similar attacks on the armed group al-shabab. >> jane ferguson's report contains images you may find concerning. >> this is all that is left of the bus. police say attackers threw a grenate at it while riding past on a bike. blood sustained the street as emergency services arrived to carry away the injured. >> i saw three dead after the blast. many were injured. we took about eight people to hospital. many took themselves to get treatment. minutes later a second attack in the same city, a bag with an
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improvised explosive device as spotted near the mombassa reef hotel. people passing buy managed to take cover before it detonated. unremarkably no one was killed. police say they don't have an explanation for who was behind the blast. kenya has become a target for al-shabab. it's trying to punish the kenyan government for sending troops into somalia to crush the troop. mombassa is a major port for the east african region, as well as being a draw card for tourists. the president says attacks like these are bringing the tourism industry to its knees. >> campaigning for egypt's presidential election began with much action taking place online. former army sceef abdul fatah al-sisi is one -- chief abdul fatah al-sisi is one of two candidates running. he started the campaign with
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this message. he said: . >> the only candid challenging abdul fatah al-sisi is hamdeen sabehe. he told his followers: he is the leader of the movement known as popular current, and came third in the 2012 election won by deposed president mohamed mursi. >> the trial of three al jazeera journalists detained in egypt has been detained until may 15th. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy, and baher mohamed are accused of giving a platform to muslim brotherhood, a declared terrorist group. >> abdullah al-shami a fourth shournalist has been -- journalist has been on hunger
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strike for 100 days. peter greste's father hopes he has the strength to endure. >> his number one priority, as we are hoping for him, is to make sure he keeps himself as wholly together from day to day as is possible. and, you know, no doubt his faith, his belief is that if he can keep doing that then perhaps he may not be too daunted if it runs to, you know, a year's anniversary. >> u.s. president obama emphasised the importance of a free press during the annual white house where are correspondent's dinner, making reference to journalists that risk their lives and liberty in places like egypt. >> tonight reminds us that we are lucky to live in a country where reporters get to give a head of state a hard time on a daily basis, and once a year
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give him or her the chance to return the favour. but we also know that not every journalist or photographer or crew member is so fortunate. as we celebrate the free press, our thoughts are with those in places around the globe - like ukraine and afghanistan. and syria. and egypt, who risk everything, in some cases give their lives to report the news. >> yemen's army stepped up its offensive against al-qaeda in the south. hundreds of vehicles have been sent. they sent troops to two provinces following u.s. and yemeni drone strikes. it's trying to drive al qaeda out of the area. more than 20 government soldiers have been killed. the army says it's killed more than 28 fighters including a senior leader. still ahead - campaign countdown in south africa.
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opposition leaders hold their final rallies ahead of polls next week. anger as the northern ireland continue to question gerry
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adams. the top stories - search teams have gin up hope of finding survivors that swept through a remote village in nearby afghanistan. two people are reported missing and 4,000 displaced. at least three people have been killed and several others injured in twin explosions in kenya's port city of mombassa.
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a grenade was flown at a passenger bus. >> ukranian troops conditioned their attack on troops. the soldiers have made more gains as part of a terror provision. police in northern ireland are holding gerry adams for a fourth night. he has been questioned about the murder of jean mcconville, in 1972. she was killed by members of the irish republican army. >> reporter: the arrest of gerry adams revolved old arguments and images from the trouble past. a sinn fein rally in front of a mural in west belfast. fellow party leader martin mcguinness is not ruling out withdrawing future cooperation over policing. >> anyone here - gerry adams arrest is not intended to
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disrupt the election campaign. >> it's not just in the north where the arrest is parking a rehabilitation. over the border in county lov, gerry adams's private constituency, others say he carries too much historical baggage, an opinion strength as he was questioned by the murder of jean mcconville by the ira in 1972. gerry adams denies involvement. >> it was here on a beach that jean mcconville's body was found in 2003. it is part of gerry adams's irish parliamentary constituency. the coincidence and his arrest by police may prove too much for some irish voters. >> local observers believe his power base is assured. >> he has elected in 2011,
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50,000 boats. he'd have to lose 7,000 for those seats to be in danger. to lose 50% of the votes is unlikely. everyone is talking about the rest and what he's been arrested about is serious. what is in the public domain, if it doesn't man fest, i don't think there'll be long-term damage for him. >> ghosts of the past are nefrt far away. they are haunting gerry adams political future. south africa's elections are a few days away and final campaign rallies are under way. the ruling national african congress is expected to win. economic hardship and scandals could dent the majority in parliament. tannio paige joins us from pretoria at an opposition rally. you are with the efs. what are the chances? >> yes, i'm with the economic freedom fighters rally which is about to get under way in an
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our. a poll puts them at achieving a 5% share of the vote. and there's 400 seat national assembly. it doesn't seem like much, but it's had a big loud disproportionate if you like voice in comparison. it's because of the charismatic leader who is from the a.n.c. she has radical policy ideas in comparison to the biggest opposition party, the democratic alliance, which is making a final pitch to voters over last weekend. the blue of the democratic alliance filled the hall like a rising tide. it's more popular than ever, it's small compared to the african national congress. it's the biggest opposition party. >> if our government was doing its work properly south africa would be attracting much more investments. and the economy would be growing
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faster to create the jobs we need to tackle our biggest problem, which is unemployment and poverty. >> all paigs parties say they can create the jobs that the national congress have not. the da has a major problem. >> reporter: the democratic alliance is perceived to be a party that protects the interests of whites. even though some leaders and the crowd are black. that perception holds it back. >> the a.n.c. has the influence of nelson mandela in its corner, gig people house, better services and social grants. supporters will not turn their backs on the former liberation movement. the daa and freedom fighters say they are corrupt. they promise to nationalize banks and mines. this woman is not convinced by the efs or da. a leader.
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>> when i see helen campaigning the way she campaigns, i see a lot of symbolic transformation, but not addressing the bread and butter issues. >> inequality is rife, especially in the poorest province, the eastern cape. most of these young men are out of work and hope. >> i will not vote because the government is going nothing for us. when you go looking, we can't get work. even if in patches, they eat up taxpayers money. >> there aren't likely to be major changes. the dominance is guaranteed. it apeers to be losing some of its appeal. >> reporter: let me talk a little more and we will talk here to this person. the big headlines is the nationalizition, seizing land.
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what is the rationale behind the policies? >> we thing that [ inaudible ] sorry, we have to cut it short, we can't hear what he's saying because it's too noisy. let's leave tania page in pretoria. a papal advisory board will bring in measures to hold bishops accountable if they fail to report abuse of the those guilty of neglecting sexual abuse should be dealt with regardless of their position in the church. >> in time we will propose initiatives to encourage local responsibility around the world
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and the mutual sharing of level practices for the application of all minors, including programs for training, education, formation and responses to abuse. >> i would like to say i know there's many, many survivors around the world who are hoping and have great expectations of this commission. and what i could say so far is you can't make concrete promises, but as a survivor myself, i am hopeful that we are going to achieve what is hoped for. it's very early days yet. thousands of people have been affected by severe flooding across central italy. at least one person died in one of the province. others are missing.
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streets in senigallia have been emerged. >> a bridge collapsed in southern china killing 11. it was being built when it fell down. rescue teams pulled out 26 people. three have reportedly been rested and are accused of failing to get planning permission for the project. a study suggests one in four adults in australia is not getting enough vitamin d. it's essential for strong bones, muscles and health. some parts of australia get up to eight hours of sunshine a day. how much do you need before it damages your skin. andrew thomas went to melbourne to find out. >> reporter: for decades people have been told overexfornal the sun can cause skin cancer. australia has some of the highest rates. but rising is a number of people with low vitamin d. 4 million australians, a quarter of adults had a mild vitamin d
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deficiency. clair is taking part in a study to work out how much is the right amount. clair has osteoperosis, weak bones. the reason her levels of vitamin d needed to help the body store calcium are lower than it should be. i was careful about how much sun i was getting because i didn't want to the risk skin cancer later in life. i can see when i'm in the sun, my skin gets pink, and i don't like the way that it looks after i'm exposed to the sun. also the premature aging is important to kills my age. i was careful with it. >> what researchers are trying to find out is how many people like clair are vitamin d deficient and what issues it can cause. >> what most are aware of is osteoporosis, rickets, soft bones, and association with poor muscle health, diabetes,
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infection, cardiovascular disease. hopefully we can achieve vitamin d levels helpfully without putting them at risk of skin cancer. >> one reason is increasing use of sun cream. uv radiation doesn't make it through. immigration is also playing a part. more people who for cultural reasons cover up. >> because of the lack of experience in sunlight invite min d deficiency is an issue. a lot of people are trying to raise awareness about it in the muslim community. there's increased awareness and lead to increased vitamin d levels. it explains why some of the highest levels of vitamin d deficiency are in the middle east. >> when it comes to sunshine there's a fine line between not enough and too much. weak bones are bad. so, too, skin cancer. >> this study introducing
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definitive advise on how to get the balance right.. >> al-shabab claimed responsibility for bombing in somalia's capital, mogadishu. several were killed, others wounded. a former local government official who died in the explosion was the target. >>? india the army has been deployed after 31 muslim villagers were shot dead. police accused tribal residents of targetting immigrants. an indefinite curfew has been impressed. >> columbian authorities ruled out the chaps of finding survivors in a goldmine that collapsed. 10 bodies have been discovered in a mine. 60 are believed to be buried under tonnes of mud and gravel. we heard from barack obama earlier, but this was sort of a
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light evening affair, an evening the of black tie as the u.s. president poked fun of world leaders and himself. we are talking about the anum white house correspondents dinner. he addressed the gathering with a traditional joke or two. >> of course, we rolled out that could have gone better. [ laughs ] >> in 2008 my slogan was yes, we can. in 2013 my slogan was control alt delete. >> funny boy. in sport, floyd mayweather junior beat maydana to remain unbeaten ep after 46 fights, beating the argentinian in los angeles. to uni two welterweight titles. floyd "money" mayweather walked
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