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>>. this is al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton in new york. let's get you caught on the top stories of this hour. pro-russian activists break down the doors of a police station, demanding the relief of dozensedly. prayers and pressure on the nigerian government to do more to find hundreds of kidnapped girls. mourning for a german change student killed in montana - calls for justice. can talks bridge on end to the bitter ward in south sudan. that's the subject tonight of "the week ahead". . >> storming a police station in odessa pro-russian activists demand the release of dozens of protesters. the government's interim prime minister visited odessa and some injured. 40 were killed when clashes erupted. there were violence in ukraine, each side is increasing the resolve that they won't back down. we have the latest from the black sea down of odessa. >> reporter: to cries of "our heroes", they emerged from the police station, more than 60 pro-russian protesters arrested for taking part in extreme violence in odessa on friday
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night. for hours, as riot police looked on from behind their shields, the crowd shouted "freedom", demanding the release of those ideas. some forced their way into a vehicle entrance into a police station. once inside they seemed to be on the brink of complete control. and then from somewhere an apparent police decision to aqueous. >> reporter: this is a city in which great violence was down sound night and possibly was on the verge of happening again. it seems as if the police force, widely blamed for failing, actively decided to stand back and do nothing to prech it -- to prevent it doing nothing again. >> the crowd anger was inspired by what many saw when they were allowed into the black eped
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remains -- blackened remains of the trade union building. dozens died, trapped in the building as pro-ukraine crowds circled them outside. >> translation: i'm going to seek revenge for my people, every drop of blood of our victims. >> ukraine's interim prime minister arseniy yatsenyuk was in odessa on sunday and blamed russia for instigating the violence and vowed to root out corruption in the police station that he says did nothing to stop it. in this section of the population his words had little meaning. ukraine is set to hold presidential elections on may 25th. russia called it absurd given the conflict in the country. earlier i spoke to steven co-han, a professor emeritus of russian studies and he said
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holding an election now would we impossible. >> it's questionable to hold an election. what sort of election can you have looking at these pictures, tanks, people dying. those elections were for presidency, not for parliament - they need a new parliament. and not for a new constitution which everyone agrees is necessary to keep ukraine together. in practical terms, may 25th is what, 2.5 weeks away. can you imagine elections being held there now. >> here we have president obama and german chancellor angela merkel talking about sanctions. do they mean anything. >> yes, they mean something. they will hurt russia economically, eventually. you have to bear in mind for russia this is existential, it's not about money or something that a trillion or a million dollars will buy off. there has to be a serious negotiation. that's where angela merkel comes into play. putin does not trust obama,
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obama does not like vladimir putin. putin trusts angela merkel. he's talking to her. she's unhappy by the tapping of the phone. let's hope at the end of the day they talked about getting the russians, americans, germans and ukrainians to a negotiating table. have western powers done enough to influence the situation? >> it depends how you see it. the standard western story is putin began it. the reality is if it began in know last year when ukraine refused to sign an economic agreement to europe, it gave a deeply divided country an either or choice, why do that. why tell a country that you knew half of which leaped to rush a, and half to the west, you must choose between the two. and little reported, there was small print that essentially brought ukraine into n.a.t.o. through the back door. if you hadn't done that, you meaning the west, wouldn't have
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gotten to this crisis. turning our attention to afghanistan where people are searching through the mud. we are getting an aerial look at the scope of the devastation. the site of the disaster is expected to be devastated a mass grave. we have the latest on this tragedy. >> reporter: this boy is 15. he has lost so much. his mother and two sisters, two brothers, all buried in this mountain of mud. >> translation: at the time of the landslide i was holing my mother's hand. it slipped, i escaped, else i would have been buried in the same place with him. >> this man knows his family is gone, but he needs to find their bodies for his own peace of mind. >> translation: i want to see their dead bodies, their face, so i can come to terms with it. we have been working for
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two days without food and water. i'm devastated. i lost everything i had in my life. my wife and children are buried under the mud. >> the house is standing on hillside and provide an idea of what the village looked like when it was whole. now it's torn in two. >> hundreds of people are camping out in dispirit conditions. they have been given tents and aid agencies provide food, water and medicine. people here feared that another part of the mountain could collapse any time. >> people have told al jazeera that the aid they are getting is not enough. the tents are helping to protect survivors from the rain. many people are going hungry. there simply is not enough food and water to go around. >> right now we are working on what you see. what people need for shelter.
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and we brought tents for them. they need food. they don't have anything to cook. we are bringing in food for them. >> people are upset because the government has given up searching for bodies. the governor of the province says the houses are under too much mud. >> that's why we are digging here by ourselves. the government is not helping us at all to recover the family. it will take more, even if it takes 10 days. there's no other option but to recover the family. >> the idea that the homes would be turned into a mass grave is too much for many of these people to bare. the houses are gone. the mountain is a threat. the future of their village is in doubt. for now they are dead. in syria rebel forces reached a partial agreement with the government to end a 2-year siege in homs, allowing rebels
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to pull out of the city. in exchange rebels will release what they say are hezbollah fighters and syrian army soldiers. the operation is due to be monitored by the u.n. it ha a strong opposition it the syrian president. south sudan president says it has taken two key towns from rebel fighters, days after president salva kiir agreed to talks with the rebel leader to end the conflict. we have this report from juva. >> reporter: the spokesman for the government army announced two important victories. the first was this morning in the up to of n.a.s.a., close to the border with ethiopia, and this has been the rebel strong hold for some time, where riek machar, the leader of the movement had its faith. it's where it received pilae.
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the other is in the up to of bentiu, which the government says they took back at 4:00 pm. this is a town where we saw the horrific images emerge. people were massacred inside a mosque. there were more killings in a hospital and a church. the pictures went to the u.n. they shocked the people there who saw them. they were really the reason for a lot of international pressure that we saw piled on south sudan in recent days. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry came to visit and he referred to them. this is a big important victory for the government. it's important to remember that these battles are fluid. towns rise and fall with regularity. bentiu has changed hands five or six times recently. it is fluid, but for today gapes for the government forces. tonight we look at the crisis in south sudan. stay with us for "the week
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ahead", in been 19 minutes at 8:30pm eastern, 5:30 pacific. >> a series of bombings in kenya left at least seven dead, the latest in the capital, when explosions ripped through two crowded buses. we have this report. >> reporter: bombs on two buses exploded in nairobi shortly after 9:30pm. they were travelling close to one another down a busy highway, from the city center. dozens were rushed to kenyatta general hospital. >> one out of 16 arrived dead. six are critically injured. all of them are in stable condition and attended to by the medical team. >> no one was claimed responsibility for the attacks, but bombings in kenya increased since the country's military entered the country to fight al-shabab in 2011. in recent months they escalated
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dramatically. less than 24 hours before this attack grenades were thrown at a bus in the coastal city of mombassa, and a bomb was discovered in an upmarket hotel in the same city. kenya's government promised to step up its current security crackdown named operation security watch. attackers are still able to strike targets in major cities at will. nigeria's president told officials that everything must be done to rescue more than 250 school girls. they were kidnapped by armed fighters last month. many nigerians say the government botched the response. we have this report from abuja. >> reporter: nigerians at the assembly church, prays for the kidnapped girls to be found. there's pressure on goodluck jonathan, and he set up a committee to investigate how the abductions took place and why
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the rescue efforts failed. some churchgoers are planning overnight vigils until the girls are found. >> it's painful. i am a father, i have children. i have daughters and a son. if i should put myself in the shoes of the parents. it's painful. >> news of the abduction spread around the world. these protesters accused the nigerian government of mishandling the rescue effort. people have been protesting in london. there's a global social media drive under the hash tag bring back our girls involving celebriti celebrities. we are urging the nigerian government to do more to find them. these are people's daughters, sisters and so on. they need to be found and returned as soon as possible. >> public anger is fuelled by conflicting figures from different levels of government about how many girls have been
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affected. >> the anger is as high as it is because schools have been attacked before. in february '59 were killed at boko haram, is at a school nearby. >> reporter: meanwhile the military insists there's an ongoing operation to free the girls, but will not give details for what it calls security reasons. i asked when the presidential committee on the abductions is expected to report backs. despite the international pressure, a presidential spokesperson would only say, "soon." >> earlier i spoke via skype with a spoke person from the human rights watch and said nigeria's president should have taken action sooner. >> it's come a little too late. it's more than three weeks after the girls have been missing. the committee set up will be started next week. it's coming because the people have been pressuring, the people
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had to go on the streets. there's no reason why it had to get to that point for the president of the nation to step up and sake action to rescue the girls. >> there's a lot of speculation on who to go after here. we don't know the abductors are boko haram. this is a group yet to claim responsibility, which they often do. >> absolutely. it's not in all cases that boko haram claim responsibility. at the end of - in the middle of march, after the attack on the military detention center, the boko haram leader did release a statement saying it was going to start abducting women and gurs, and the girls that escaped from the attack in the school, some of them had related, saying that when the group set fire, there was shouts of alarm. and the camp where the girls
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were tape to in the forest is known to be occupied by boko haram. it's difficult to imagine there would be another group hiding out in the forest. alongside boko haram. >> when you look at the motive there's speculation that the girls were sold into marriages for as little as $12 million. is this nothing more than sexual slavery? >> absolutely. these are teenage girls, many less than 18 years old. ideally they should be in school, their right to education is being denied. they are being taken into slavery and camps of moderates, and all of this should be a source of concern to the government of nigeria. >> it was said that it's crucial that the international community keep up the pressure on the government to find the kidnapped girls. police released sinn fein leader gerry adams without
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filing charges. protesters were waiting outside the detention center to show outraining. adams was detained in connection with the murder of a woman three decades ago. he said it was all hearsay. records have been falsified - clerks at an outparm clinic were told a lie, making it appear that the clinic's small staff were seeing patients within 14 days of an appointment request. many of the patients waited months to be seen. next on al jazeera america - hundreds pay respects to the teen from germany killed in montana, sparking new debates over gun laws and self protection rights. plus our weekly segment, "the week ahead", focuses on the violence in south sudan. we ask our panel what can be done to stop the killing in the world's newest nation.
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and a highwire act goes terribly wrong in rhode island.
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tonight friends and family are mourning the loss of a 17-year-old exchange student from germany. he was shot dead by a home owner in montana. the case sparked outrage in germany, fuelling calls for tighter gun restrictions in america. >> reporter: more than 500 attended the memorial service for a 17-year-old boy. his coffin draped in german as mourners paid their last respects. >> translation: the most important thing for us now is to find peace, also for my sound, and the person that killed him gets a deserved assistance. >> his father criticised america's gun culture saying america could not continue to play cowboy. a lawyer for the montana home
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owner who shot and killed the boy will plead not guilty. he told investigators he feared for his life when the 17-year-old exchange student entered his garage. prosecutors allege he set a trap, leaving the garage door open and his wife's purse sitting in the open, that he was looking for an excuse to shoot someone after being the victim of two burglaries. his defense attorney will argue otherwise. >> it was a dark night. he heard a noise. he fired four shots across the back of the garage from the front part of the garage, and then unfortunately the four shots, we believe, struck the young man and was a fatal blow. >> it's not clear what the teen was doing in the garage. his lawyer said he believed the
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police were not doing enough to solve burglaries. >> the individual in the garage was between his child and him. he didn't know his intent, if he had weapons, if he was on drugs. whatever the individual's intent was, he had no idea, he felt he had no choice. >> his partner and 10-month-old baby remained in his home. the host family paid tribute to the teen tying mailboxes with balloons and ribbons. with flowers in the front yard and sprite. his favourite soft drink. >> the student had less than two months left to go in his exchange programme before he was due to return home. startling video out of a ringling brother's show in rhode island.
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nine circus acrobats were injured when they fell 25 feet to the ground. they performed an act involving hanging by the hair from a platform when it collapsed. all were conscious when they were taken out of the stadium. one waved to audience members as she was wheeled away on a stretcher. >> we thought it was part of the show. when it hit the ground, i knew that it was not. >> officials are investigating the cause of the accident. >> a nor weegeon cruise ship was stuck in the hudson river. the coast guard had to help pull it into port. the crew reported is a problem with its steering system when river currents were strong. the controversy surrounding clippers owner donald sterling is far from over. california lawmakers are pushing other n.b.a. team openers to disenfranchise donald sterling. jessica taff reports.
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los angeles mayor says he spoke to donald sterling, encouraging the 80-year-old billionaire to apologise. he believes he will resist attempts to sell the team. >> i don't think he believes they'll force him to sell. i spoke with him, urging him to apologise and move to restoring a lustre of a tale with los angeles on its jersey. >> this mayor reached out to the n.b.a. all star, considering him a driving force behind the commissioner's decision not only to ban donald sterling, but hand him a stiff penalty. >> commissioner silver exceeded expectations within 72 hours. no one decides quickly and he is it it in a strong way. had he not come out as strong, the players would determine what next steps would be.
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he exceeded expectations and did it for the right reason. >> another player came to the defense of the l.a. clippers's opener, not for his view, but his right. la lakers's superstar spoke out about the said that used to obtain the methods saying shouldn't we be angered that his private intimate conversation was taped and leaked to the media. he told a.b.c. this week that the n.b.a.'s move was needed and shed light on an issue ignored in this country for too lopping uch. >> more whites believe in ghosts than believe in racism. it's something that is part of our culture. things have to change. >> the n.b.a. openers will meet this week, likely preparing for a battle moving from the basketball court to the courtroom. the first openly bay episs
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copal bishop is getting a divorce. he made the announcement in app email on saturday. he entered into a civil union, converting to a marriage. his election in 2003 as the first openly gay bishop in the appingly con church drew international attention and caused many conservative episs coe pailians to brake away from the church in the united states. coca-cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its power aid drink. pepsi did the same last year. the use of a type of vegetable oil had been linked to flame retardant. the announcement came after a mississippi teeninger started -- teeninger started a petition. g.m. is recalling 50,000 suvs for inaccurate fuel gauges. g.m. says the gauges could be
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off bias much as a quarter of the tank. 2014 models are effected. it brings the recall this year to 7 million. they are under investigation for faulty ignition switches blamed for 13 deaths. next on al jazeera america - an indepth look at the crisis in south sudan. we examine whether direct talks will be enough to stop the fighting. that's next in "the week ahead".
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welcome back to al jazeera america. let's get you kault up on the top -- caught up on the top stories this hour. pro-russian activists in ukraine stormed a police station in odessa. the actions prompted police to free 60 activists. they were detained on friday when 40 were killed in a fight that broke out in clashes at a trade union building. >> president hamid karzai declares a day of mourning in afghanistan today.
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officials fear that more than 2,000 people were buried alive in a mud slide. nigeria's president ordered officials to do everything in their power to track down 250 school girls kidnapped in mid april. the government faced growing pressure over what critics say has been a slow response. boko haram has been blamed for the abductions. >> it's sunday night, time for "the week ahead". we'll look at the unfolding crisis in south sudan. the president and former vice president agreed to hold face to face talks. it's an attempt to end months of blood shed killing thousands, displacing more than a million. we begin with this report. secretary of state john kerry was critical of south sudan's leader for failing to stop the violence that prompted the country's vote to breakaway from sudan. >> we had vowed to do our level
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to prevent the violence. and this is precisely the kind of violence that the people of south sudan fought so hard for so long to escape. >> he urged african nations to deploy peacekeeping forces quickly. the u.s. estimates 5,000 troops are necessary to stop the blood-letting. >> east africa has a recent experience with genocide, as last month was the 20th anniversary of the genocide in rwanda when a million people perished in 100 days, and so nobody wants to see a repeat of that. so i think the governments of kenya, ethiopia and you canneda have really understood that they have to step up. >> the united nations top human rites official and the special advisor on the pretches of
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geno -- trench of genocide met with the south sudan rebel leader. >> at the end of the day the hostilities have to cease and both leaders come together so the leaders not be betrayed. >> over one million people have been displaced. thousands have been killed since the conflict erupted. it comes after a year of devastating floods. the u.n. says 6 million people are in urgent need of assistance. aid workers have been targeted in areas too dangerous for groups to deliver food. >> the u.n. has to move more rapidly. increasingly the world is watching. this is no longer a conflict on the back pages. too much has been invested by the international community. too much has been invested by africa for south sudan to become a completely failed state. >> the world food program says
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it faces a $224 million shortfall in an effort to feed over a million people. this morning the south sudan army recaptured a town. hours later it took back the oil-rich town of bentiu from rebel fighters, the latest move in months of fighting that broke out in december. on the diplomatic front president salva kiir agreed to hold face to face talks with former vice president riek machar. it followed talks about secretary of state john kerry met with delegations from both sides. if south sudan resolves internal problems, it has to cop tend with issues concerning sudan. tensions with its neighbour are territorial, surrounding the oil-rich areas along the border. to discuss the issues let's talk to the former u.s. special envoy
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to sudan and south sudan, and instrumental in negotiating the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement. and a former assistant secretary of state for african affairs and served as u.s. ambassador to south africa. good to have you both with us. ambassador lieman, south sudan was supposed to be a crowning foreign policy achievement for the united states. how did it get to this point? >> we worked very hard, the united states and others, investing a great deal in helping end the war that had gone on for 20 years between sudan and south sudan. millions died in the wars. and we wanted to see south sudan have a right of self determination, and when they voted for independence, to become independent. the political institutions in south sudan proved to be week. when a challenge took place between the vice president and
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the president, and there was other descension within the party, the system collapsed. the army was never fully integrated. it was an alliance of militias that president salva kiir brought together. that contributed to the situation s. >> ambassador fraser, the u.s. spent a lot of time and resources to help south become an independent nation. what do you say about criticism that the u.s. didn't pay enough attention to the formulation of this nation. >> the united states backed the kenyan negotiation of a peace agreement in 2005 and worked very well with the government of south sudan and even with the northern government, to try to ensure that as princeton liman
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said that for self determination, the 98% vote by the southerners was respected. from that point, going forward, trying to actually help south sudan become an integrated nation was always going to be difficult. there was never any expectation, i would say that there would not be conflict along the way because the history of sudan has been one of conflict, and many groups would have been manipulated over the 50 years by the northern government in a divide and conquer type of strategy. so the expectation you would have, you know, this perfect nation after two or three years of independence, i think, was always a mistake. that said, i do thing the united states could have done more to hands on diplomatic approach to help the nation, particularly
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from january 2013 when it became clear that there was division within the ruling party. the united states could have been more engaged. >> in what way? >> well, i think that princeton liman himself was leaving as our special envoy. there was a gap between assigning a new special envoy. i think president obama needed to reach out more to president salva kiir, salva kiir came to the united states several times, was not met by the president early on. so the heavy engagement that president push had with the leader and government as a whole, i think was not carried forward after the vote for independence. >> ambassador liman, i'll give you a chance to spon. i want to give the viewers a better understanding of the region and the separation in sudan. south split from the north in 2011 following 40 years of on and off civil war.
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the majority in the north, known as sudan, are arabic speaking muslims. south with 200 groups and christianity the major religion. despite oil resources south sudan is one of the poorest countries in the world, about the size of new mexico and arizona put toot. it gained ipp dependence three years ago. it had 68 miles of paved road. as you know, thousands were killed in the fighting. more than a million others fled their homes. if it continues, doesn't this present a serious challenge to the international community with report and the question of genocide. >> it's a serious problem, and a challenge for south sudan. but for all of us involved, just to comment a little further on ambassador fraser's point, the administration - both bush
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administration and obama administration invested heavily in the peace process for sudan and bringing south sudan to independence and we spent two intensive years to sort out the lingering problems between sudan and south sudan that could have led them back to war. there was trouble brewing, as late as the fall of 2012, within the party. my last visit out there in december 2012 was very much related to concerns about the way the president was ruling the country and there was considerable discussion about how to handle this challenge from riek machar. i think when riek machar was dismissed in june, a techno accurate cabinet was put in place, there was a lull. things fell apart badly in the
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fall of 2013. now, coming back to your question, this is a very serious problem and it affects the entire region, refugees moving in every direction, ethiopia, sudan, uganda, kenya, et cetera. as you mentioned in earlier report, the threat of famine. we are coming into the rainy season when it is hard to distribute food. i think there are several things that everybody working together needs to do. one is to bring about ceasing the fighting. secretary of state john kerry's visit was important in this regard. the urging of president salva kiir to agree to a meeting - it was a very, very first step in the negotiations. there are also discussions of bringing in an african
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peacekeeping force in addition to the u.n. one. we have to look carefully at the scope of its mandate, where it will be located, what arse it should protect. it can't simply cover the country. that will be an important step. then there has to be work on a political transformation, can't go back to the status quo, can't go back to riek machar as vice president. there has to be a greater transformation of south sudan's politics. we work hard on that. we had a team in there to help them with the party and the constitution. they did not make very much progress on either of those things. >> i want to talk about protecting the citizens. earlier this morning a spokesman for the s.p.l.a. spoke to al jazeera. he said the army is there to protect the citizens. let's lisp. >> we believe the conflict
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started as a political quarrel. the politicians will continue to resolve the conflict. as records to the s l.a., they are in charge of protecting all the territories, counties and the borders of south sudan, must be protected by the army and all the security of the republic of south sudan. >> president obama signed an executive order back on april 3rd providing the legal authorisation to freeze assets and ban travel to the united states. no sanctions have been imposed. why not? >> well i think that the - i think it's right for the obama administration to move slowly on the imposition of sanctions. the real focus needs to be the areas that ambassador lieman outlined. the cease fire enforcing that, implementing that, and a longer term political solution, a transitional government, as secretary of state john kerry
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says. there may be hardliners within the administration of president salva kiir, and there may be some particular rebel leaders that you would want to target with sanctions. i don't think that targeted sanctions will be the difference as proactive engagement at the highest level of the obama administration administration, working closely with the neighbouring countries, with ethiopia. it will make the difference. i'd say go slow on sanctions, hard on diplomacy. >> how many influence does the u.s. have in this situation? >> i think the u.s. has a lot of influence, and what we can do level is use that influence to support and put it behind the african mediation led by youth your and kenya. that's what secretary kerry and
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the envoy were going, putting political heft behind the effort to get a ceasefire, to get meetings between the leader and get negotiations growing, and will play a major role in the humanitarian assistance. there's another element. and that's the actions of the security council. i take some issue with the statement of the spokesman for the south sudan government. the s.p.l.a. is not enough to protect the citizens, it hasn't been doing so. the u.n. is sheltering tens of thousands within its camps. government has been critical of the u.n. that's a terrible mistake on their part. i think the u.n. peacekeeping operation must be supported and strengthed and we have an important role to ensure that that happens. ambassador fraser
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several months ago all sides agreed to peace talks. do you think it will be different this time around. >> i think that no, to answer your questions. as long as you have a political crisis. as long as you don't have agreement on the way ahead you'll continue to have fighting on the ground. i think that the challenge is holding those who are responsible for these killings accountable, and that goes beyond leadership. every military person, that a case can be brought against them. any group or individual whomever is involved in killing, there needs to be an investigation to bring every individual to k. the focus has to be the negotiation, the peace talks and put pressure on riek machar.
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frankly, i think he's making irresponsible statements talking about a nuer genocide, arguing that you can't have a transitional government until you have a new constitution. that makes no sense. whereabouts president kear probably miscalculated and started this conflict through his political - reducing political space, i think riek machar was standing in the way of the progress of peace talks after president kear released the 11 detainees. >> ambassador liman, and our final thoughts. what can be accomplished to end the violence. >> i think the talks between salva kiir and riek machar is united. this is a very, very early step without a lot of preparation. those talks, in themselves, will not go far. this has to be the beginning of
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a process pushed hard by the african mediators, and backed by us, and our western allies. i want to make one comment about accountability. south sudan needs a period of discussion throughout the society about how to deal with accountability. there are grudges going back to the 90s, the 70s, and you can't do it by slapping a few sanctions on it. south sudan society has to come to terms with how to deal with a history of violence and holding people accountable in a way contributing to peace and reconciliation. there's a big agenda. you have to stop the fighting, get the humanitarian aid in there, but you have to have a process moving forward on the politic political front and a broadly
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based way giving all those that are fighting, a vision, a place where they don't need to take up arms. >> ambassador lieman, special envoy to sudan. and former secretary assistant to state fraser. appreciate your time. let's look at some other stories coming up this week - on monday president obama will host a delegate from africa. thursday is international red cross and red crescent day, and is the birthday of the founder. coming up on al jazeera america - teaching young children bull fighting in mexico. some say it's a lopping-standing tradition, but there's a new movement against it.
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welcome back. in a few minutes you'll see the final episode of al jazeera america's ground-breaking series borderland. six americans making the dangerous journey across the u.s. mexican border coming face to face with potentially deadly challenges. here is a pre view. >> come on guy, the sun set is in a couple of hours, it's difficult to walk in daylight, and if we are caught in the dark it will be bad. we have to move out faster. >> i don't think i've been prepared at all for the crossing. we mentally try to prepare, physically with the right clothing. nothing prepares you for this. we have seen backpacks and
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jackets and shirts where people peeled it off, or lost it. but if you see at the different articles, no one is prepared for the journey. >> as you can see here, this is a good resting spot for immigrants. you sow the bottles, it provide shades and cover for the border patrol. >> this is a world travelled area. >> they know these routes have been in existence for a long time. they are owned by the cartel. they know how far to get and where the resting spots are, and it's used quite a bit. >> once again, stay tuned for the series finale of border land, coming up after the program nine eastern, six pacific. breaking news out of
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oklahoma, where a wildfire is burning. this is live pictures from guthrie, north of oklahoma city. the fire destroyed at least one home and is threatening many more. we, of course, will keep an eye on the situation and keep you updated as soon as we get more information. >> soccer violence in italy rose to new levels before the italian cup files, an argument among rival supporters in rome ended with gun fire. three shot, one victim fighting for his life. the alleged shooter belongs to a fanatical group of supporters known as ultimate recess, and they have been criticised for bringing violence and racism into italy's soccer stadiums. >> in another part of the italy people are cleaning up after heavy flooding. two died, one man drowning in his basement. many lost homes and cars. power and phone services have gone. it's creating hurdles for
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emergency responders. at least 19 are dead after a passenger train derailed. 100 more are injured, happening 70 miles south of mumbai. this is in india. rescuers spent hours reaching passengers trapped. the cause is not known. >> coming up on al jazeera. it's a cultural tradition in parts of mexico. there's a movement to ban children from training to become bull fighters. .
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>> in spain's famous bull fights mata doors have to be 16 years old to take part. in mexico they can be children when they train. some are working to change that. we have this report. >> reporter: a proud moment for 8-year-old edson in his first fight with a bull. bull fighting is in his blood. at home he shows me his tools, including a sword and cape.
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he is scared of getting injured, but dreams. travelling the world. >> i want to be a famous bull fighter and for lots of people to come and see me fight. >> three times a week he takes lessons, where crowds come to watch mata doors fight. more most, bull fighting is a tradition. in their genes since the days of the spanish. trainers say the earlier they start, the better. >> this takes a lot of time and dedication to become a professional bull fighter. the younger you fight the more time you'll have to prepare. >> there are over a dozen government sponsored dismiss throughout mexico. teachers insisting it's far from a dying tradition. critics say exposing children to such violence is wrong. >> in this video, the famous of the bull fighters, the child is
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knocked to the ground by the bull. he started his apprenticeship at five years old. organisers are accused by children of inducing crowds. >> the congressman is banning what he says is tantamount to child abuse. >> we are fed up with violence and every day more and more mexicans want to do away with the violent acts. moefl coe, columbia and peru are the only counties left promoting bull fighting. watching from the stands his parents admit their son is not completely understanding of the dangers. >> we don't know if he has a future as a bull fighter. it's a game for him. we'll see what it takes. >> they'll support his passion in the the moment comes and he
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decides if it's really worth. >> the third generation of two political dynasties came together. the granddaughters of president george bush accepted the john f kennedy profile. the award was presented by the grandson of j.f.k. the 41st president was not able to accept the award but relays thanks to his granddaughter. >> at age 89 and seven i thinks your kind words mean a lot to me. to receive the award with an illustrious history and bearing an illustrious name means more than time can tell. i'm sorry i cannot be there in person, but a nasty person said your menu encompassed a deconstructed study in broccoli. george w. bush received the award for raising taxes in 1990,
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despite promising never to do so and acknowledged it was the level decision for the country. thank you for joining us i'm back with another news later. the series finale "borderland" starts now. >> welcome to the city of culiacan sinaloa, a place that is known as the cradle of drug trafficking. >> ahead of you lies a treacherous border crossing. >> people have died there and so we're like practically walking into a death trap. >> this is the most dangerous part of your trip. >> so the first day don't kill ya, it's the third day that kills ya. >> we are really walking into