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a camp for displace germans hit on the fifth day as saudi-led air strikes in yemen. ♪ hello, you're with al jazeera live from doha and also to come negotiators continue to press for a deal on iran's nuclear program ahead of tuesday's deadline. nigerians await results of the hotly contested presidential election. plus out of africa and into the philippines find out about the safari park built by the
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country's former dictator. ♪ but first saudi-led forces have bombed houthi rebel positions in yemen for sixth nights and 20 killed after a strike hit a camp for displaced people in the province close to the saudi border and houthi said the saudi-led coalition bombed the camp killing women and children but witnesses say the camp used to be home to hundreds of families from an earlier conflict it's now occupied by houthi fighters and saudi arabia is investigating the report. and elsewhere in the country the strikes have hit several provinces including houthi stronghold and running battles in aiden between the houthis and pro-government forces. and saudi arabia says it's now complete a blockade of yemen's
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ports and kim has more. >> reporter: these are the victims of what appears to be the deadliest saudi-led air strikes so far. this was a camp in yemen's north, for those fleeing the violence that gripped yemen for a decade and houthis say women and children are among the dead but witnesses say many of those killed were fighters and saudi arabia is adamant the houthis are to blame. >> houthis moved their weapons and fighters where we have civilians and we do our best to prevent civilian casualties and reply to a source of fire we have no confirmation this was a refugee camp. >> reporter: saudi-led air strikes hit nine of yemen prove province provinces including the capitol sanaa and restrict the target and military base and weapons storage facility that belongs to the yemen republican guard. the focus is not just on houthi
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strongholds but also on protecting the port city of aiden. it's the main base of president haidi supporters and air strikes in the south targeting convoys of row enforcement and what they say are command centers like this one. coalition forces control the skies, navel forces are moving to block yemen's ports in a bid to stop rebel forces from rearming and they deny they are backing the houthis but yemen is continuing to make accusations. >> translator: there are a number of iran's guards that were on the ground but recently started upraiding more in the open. there are many advisors who are supported by iran mercenaries and some from lebanon, syria and other places all operating under the guidance of iran. >> reporter: coalition says the military campaign will continue until houthi fighters and soldiers loyal to deposed
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president abdullah hand over weapons and join talks to find a political solution. kim with al jazeera. al jazeera's has reported extensively in yemen and today then the saudis having to deal with this allegation that one of their air strikes has hit a camp for displaced people now this could prove to be quite a problem for them. >> it is an issue which i have been to that camp many times in 2009 2010 and 2011 and basically thousands of people have fled during fighting and means the houthis and the government and when they pounded houthi positions in 2009 thousands of families moved to a camp. the saudi army spokesperson said that the biggest problem they are facing is houthi fighters moving into urban areas or areas where you have civilians.
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they are using that tactic so that the saudis respond and we have casualties and we will go to the international community saying saudis are killing innocent and this is basically going to create a lot of problems in the future but as the fighting continues by the end of the day this is not a coalition facing an army it's our malitias stretching and spreading across the country and the potential for collateral damage will definitely stay in the coming days. >> talking about a saudi-led coalition but really so far only we have seen saudi war planes in action but there are reports that other countries are now getting involved particularly with regard to blockading yemen's ports. >> this is important to saudis because of the maritime fleet it's not really -- they don't have enough vessels from the red sea to aiden.
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the biggest concern as i said yesterday in the briefing of the saudi army is smuggling of weapons into yemen and particularly areas like some of the ports which are under the sea ports under the control of the houthis. this is exactly why they will need egyptian vessels and they will also ask for international support to maintain a blockade because the concern for the saudis is the following, if they continue the fight and both sides are being smuggled into yemen, this is just going to protect their military confrontation in the coming weeks. >> so after one week of this operation of bombarding houthi targets what can the saudi-led coalition say that it achieved so far? >> they say basically they damaged houthi command centers, communication centers and fighter jets. now they are moving we can see a trend moving to a new stage
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which is basically own suring that the houthis don't move or advance and aiden and this is why yesterday the houthi positions in idlib to prevent sending reenforcements to aiden. i think saudis will continue the campaign and they have intelligence gathering, the houthis have been sealy under minded and they will call all parties for political dialog. >> thank you very much indeed our correspondent. let's go to our other main story of course and that is the situation regarding the deal with iran where diplomates are working really hard to try to reach that deal on iran's nuclear future hours before the self-imposed deadline expires and they have been meeting in switzerland and our diplomatic
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editor james is there and the count down begins in earnest. what is the feeling like there at that fancy hotel behind you? >> reporter: well the negotiations have been going on literally around the clock, officials working around the clock. the first big meeting of all foreign ministers early and met after 7:00 a.m. local time here a meeting of the p 5 plus 1, that is the five permanent members of the u.n. security council as well as germany and joined by iran side afterwards and had a meeting that lasted just over half an hour. since then we have seen some of the foreign ministers on their balconys of the hotel assessing where they are. one foreign minister is not here of the p 5 plus 1 and that is the russian foreign minister. he left about 24 hours ago saying he didn't see an agreement at that time returned to moscow where he had some business. well now sergei fedorov has
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been speaking in the last hour about the situation. he is talking about returning and sounds much more optimistic. >> translator: i'm planning to return to the talks and take part in the final session, i would say this round of negotiations has a good chance of success if the participants don't bring forward any new demands which may change the balance that now exists. >> reporter: so sergei fedorov on his way back here thinks soon when he gets back here that i think will be a moment that at any time there could be an agreement but we know as you heard him say there there could still be sticking points and may have agreed on most of the issues but nothing is agreed until everything is agreed in this high stakes negotiation and going on-and-off for 12 years and in lozan and over the last couple of weeks 12 days of meetings and we are getting close but it's still not a done deal. >> james thank you very much and
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is our diplomatic editor across every development today. vote counting is expected to resume in nigeria closely contested election and the results say former military leader buhari has a slight lead over the incumbent goodluck jonathan and it was in 36 states and capitol abuja and votes counted so far in 18 of those states. of these 10 have gone to buhari and eight have gone for jonathan. even though buhari is leading in the overall votes the number of votes alone doesn't settle the election. we can talk live now to yvonne our correspondent who is there at the election headquarters in the capitol abuja and it seems
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to be quite a slow process, doesn't it but we have to remember how vast an exercise this is. >> reporter: well that's right, it's a huge exercise some 60 million people it's believe participated in this election and over 150,000 polling stations and as you were just explaining there the candidate in this race not only has to win the majority of votes nationally, the candidate who is going to win this race also has to win at least 25% of the vote in 24 of nigeria's 36 states. now, if president goodluck jonathan or the main opposition candidate buhari both fail to do this this election will go to a runoff in a week's time and it will be the first time in nigeria democratic history there has been a runoff between two presidential candidates. >> all the while, while the country is poised waiting to
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hear who their new leader will be tensions will rise and quite a lot of pressure on authorities to get a result out as soon as possible. >> reporter: well, there is a lot of pressure. both of the main candidates have urged everybody to remain pay patient but because it's such a tight contest people want them to release the result. we already have at least 18 states whose results have not been announced, however, local media are reporting that the largest state in nigeria that is legos state has gone to opposition candidate buhari and reporting he won with 792000 votes over goodluck jonathan 632 votes but no official confirmation so far from the electoral commission. if correct this won't come as a complete surprise because legos has always been opposition territory since the end of
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military rule in 1999 there has always been opposition government in the state, the ruling people democratic party have never been in charge of the state and not a complete surprise and it's an incredibly important state and a lot to play for because if this is correct that leaves us with 17 states yet to announce their results in this race. >> okay for now doing the math for us in abuja, thank you. we have a lot more to come at al jazeera including what investigators have revealed about the copilot who is suspected of deliberately crashing his plane in the alps. plus a test of diplomatic clout between china and the u.s. and the race to join beijing's alternative to the world bank. ♪
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fedorov says talks over iran's nuclear future have a good chance of success and diplomates working to reach agreement just hours before a self-imposed deadline expires. and the u.n. is hoping to raise more than $8 billion for syrian refugees at a donor conference currently underway this kuwait city and ban ki-moon is chairing the day-long conference and what kuwait pledged $500 million to help tackle what the u.n. calls a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in syria. activists in syria say government air strikes have hit the northern part of idlib killing 30 civilians and rebels took the city from the army over the weekend and al jazeera has been to idlib after the take over and as we report thousands of civilians are trying to leave. >> reporter: people are not
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waiting to find out what is coming next. [bomb sounds] until last week their city was thought to be one of the safer places in syria because it was under government control. but the army lost idlib to these men, linked to al-qaeda. >> translator: we fought for two days in a row and roughly took control of districts and buildings, by the help of god we fully have taken control of the providence now we are preparing to take over camps used by regime to kill many people. >> reporter: from different rebel groups that have combined their resources under one banner. the coalition is led by al-nusra front an al-qaeda affiliate. having taken a strategic city out of the government's hands the rebels are turning to local politics. >> translator: thankfully we have the city and now our job is
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to protect the public institution and civilian property. >> reporter: here a poster of a man they are trying to unseat president bashar al-assad is ripped off the local governmented building and assad says the war is not about land but winning hearts and minds and says many syrians support him or he wouldn't have been able to hold on to power this long. >> we cannot win the heart while we are killing syrians and cannot stay four years in that position as a government and me as president and most of the word and regional power out against me and people against me. >> reporter: after four violent years many in syria and abroad will find it difficult to know who to believe especially when videos like this are posted online. one opposition organization accuses syrian soldiers of carrying out revenge attacks in
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idlib using chlorine gas, these are said to be the victims. >> of the people who suffered. >> reporter: assad said it's a lie and part of a smear campaign. >> media go for something that bleeds which is the variable. >> reporter: defiant as usual even though losing idlib to rebels puts his side at a disadvantage it's the biggest blow to assad's forces in two years, i'm with al jazeera. thailand's army commander now turned prime minister asked the king to lift marshal law which the military imposed ahead of coup last may and he says it will be replaced by article 44 of the military's interim constitution but they say that is more draconian and have absolute power and this is considered a formality.
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german wings copilot suspected of deliberately crashing his plane in the french alps had been treated for suicidal tendon el tendencies and still looking for the flight recorder and are building a road to reach the crash site and recover planes as well as plane debris all 150 people on board were killed. a senior prosecutor in new in uganda has been killed in what police say could be a targeted assassination and was shot dead late on monday and investigating if it was because of her work and she was prosecutor in those with the attack in the soccer world cup title in 2010 and the trial has been postponed.
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signed up to join the china-led investment bank and this is seen as a challenge to the existing financial institutions like the world bank and international monetary fund which the u.s. has a lot of influence. those who joined include uk, a close u.s. ally of course as well as rising asian powers and others like brazil russia and germany have applied for membership. the bank is designed to target infrastructure projects that are not being currently funded by the world bank and imf and hopes to fill a funding gap of $800 billion a year but the u.s. says the initiative will fall short of international banking standards. in a moment we will hear the view from beijing and dakarta but first we will hear from tom in washington d.c.
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>> reporter: the chinese initiative is not seen officially as a competitive threat and the american president of the bank says it's already in deep discussions about cooperating on infrastructure projects and the imf is also sounding positive about the new lending group. >> i think that the more sometimes the better and there is plenty of work to be done. infrastructure needs are not in short supply. >> reporter: willing to look at cofinancing some projects with the chinese-led bank as long as they have transparency and concern for the environment and many here believe the chinese would not be driven to set up this new bank if the u.s. congress agreed to increase china voting share in the imf. >> if it's up to indonesia the headquarters of the investment bank should be based right here and they say it's a logical choice because the country will be one of its biggest clients
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and they want to invest $438 u.s. billion in infrastructure and build railroad and 600 kilometers of roads and 28 sea ports and 48 dams and most of the money will have to come from foreign investments and they are working hard to host the bank and also eying one of its most powerful positions, the vice presidency. but many are questioning indonesia's chances due to a lack of proper infrastructure and space right here to host such a prestigious international institution. >> reporter: they are seeking to challenge washington's dominance of two of the world's biggest financial institutions the world bank and the international monetary fund but too long beijing says washington's voice prevailed here and institutions need
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reform and no longer reflect the changing shape of the global economy, an economy that is increasingly dominated by china so the bank that china is proposing to set up it hopes to change all that. china also believes this bank will dovetail neatly with another project it has been touting, the revival of the silk road trade route between china and europe and will involve billions of new infra sfrk -- infrastructure paid by loans of the new bank. e cigarettes marketed as a less harmful alternative to tobacco but the u.s. government warns they could be just as harmful and kimberly now reports. >> reporter: for 30 years shaun robinson used to smoke up to a pack of cigarettes a day, that is until he discovered e cigarettes. >> i was like wow, i just quick
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smoking like i don't think my mom believes i quit smoking i mean i have smoked that long. >> reporter: e cigarettes are touted as an ansi smoking tool and users say they can control and decrease the amount of nicotine they are taking in. eventually kicking the habit. u.s. senators for disease control for the first time is now including e cigarettes in their antismoking camp page arguing the alternative tobacco is just as deadly. >> many adults who think they are going to get off cigarettes by taking e cigarettes are actually continue to smoke when perhaps they would have quit if they had not taken up e cigarettes. >> reporter: most smokers using this as cessation tool continue to smoke putting their health at greater risk and they fear the flavors used in some e cigarettes will attract children who may not have started smoking otherwise. >> i'm not surprised but i'm sad.
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>> reporter: disagrees with the c.d.c. argument and convinced e cigarettes can reduce nicotine dependence so much so he opened up an e cigarette business dedicated to helping customers quit and even invites clients to display their final pack of traditional cigarettes. >> i'm in the business to get people off cigarettes and that is the way i quit with cigarettes and improve they do everybody good. >> reporter: despite u.s. government warnings and now advertisements to the contrary kimberly with al jazeera, washington. that was decades ago that the then philippine president shipped over 100 animals from africa and we have more on what has happened to them. >> reporter: it is dubbed a piece of africa in the philippines and this safari park is home to over 300 endangered animals and 4,000 hectors of national reserve and this island
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is a top tourist destination but the part is the least known attractions and has been working here for almost 40 years and tells me the story of how former president envisioned this shortly after a safari trip in africa, in 1976 over 100 animals were shipped from kenya to typhoon prone affecting over 200 families in the process and they are known to have stolen billions of dollars from government coffers and this was to be the private zoo. he was eventually over thrown by a people power revolution. decades on caretakers continue to work under limited conditions, often their salaries are not paid for many months and there are no resident animal doctors here not a clinic and not a single working vehicle. poaching is also a problem. at least 20 animals are killed here every year.
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caretakers say they do not have enough park rangers to police the area. but they stay for decades all for the love of the animals. >> my dream is to become a world type of safari park although i could say also this is remaining a safari park because that is the only thing we could maintain through its income the project. >> reporter: for many years it was closed off from the public neglected by the national government. and things are starting to pick up again, around 70 visitors come here now almost everyday. and there are talks of a new private investor that will help improve its facilities. so he and his team are happy.
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this may also mean the park will finally be known for its unique attractions and not as a bitter reminder of the excessive rule. i'm with al jazeera, western philippines. you can find out more about the day's top stories on the al jazeera [ ♪♪ ] indiana recently joined the parade of states passing a version of the religious freedom restoration act. the blow-back has been more ferocious than in missouri. corporations are cutting back or threatening to pull out of the state. now there's pressure on the n.c.a.a. to move its indianapolis headquarters and not bring the final four to the state's biggest city either. we'll look at the law's intention and possible costs. we have decided to serve up