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>> welcome relief, aid arrives for those caught in the middle of the war in yemen. >> a white u.s. police officer is charged with murder after shooting a black man in the back. plus seeking new friends to avoid economic collapse. we look at why the greek prime minister has traveled to moscow. >> find out later why it's all smiles at this ebola treatment center in liberia.
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we begin this hour in yemen where aid is start to go trickle in as the saudi led operation against the houthi fighters continue. in southeast yemen, 30 houthis have been killed in battles with our tribal militias. while on yemen's border with saudi arabia, fighters stormed and took control of a remote border post. two soldiers have been killed. jordan is pushing a draft resolution at the u.n. to stop this conflict from escalating. the humanitarian situation on the ground in the port city of aden has been described as catastrophic but some aid has arrived. we have more. >> bombs from the sky light up the night over yemen.
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airstrikes by the saudi arabian led coalition have entered a third week. they haven't defeated houthi rebels with forces loyal to the former president ali abdullah saleh took control of the country in a coup earlier this year. the fiercest fighting is taking place in aden, a stronghold for hadi supporters which was his safe haven before he was forced to leave for saudi arabia. as with any war civilians are suffering the most. the united nations says 560 have been killed since the start of the fighting, an estimated 74 of them are children. on the border crossing with saudi arabia, people are still trying to escape. >> actually, the situation is getting worse, the company advised us to leave immediately. >> i live in the center of sanna close to several military bases.
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i had to flee. there were several airstrikes. it was terrifying. >> despite calls by several governments to allow aid into yemen and saudi arabia saying it would facilitate the arrival of aid and workers, the fighting on the ground coupled with the consistent bombardment for the air means that for now, the one thing in constant supply is violence. >> doctors without borders said two and a half tons of medical supplies arrived at a hospital in aden and humanitarian aid was delivered from unicef. joining us is the unicef representative. we appreciate your time. let's talk about what supplies have started to arrive and where they are arriving and who is in charge of allowing this to happen. >> we have a flight that we're trying to get into sanna for
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tomorrow. it will be 16 metric tons of medical assistance and water and sanitation supplies. it's been very, very difficult. we've been trying to bring this flight in for the last week. we and other humanitarian organizations have found it very tough. you've got difficulties about getting clearance both over the air, into the airport finding planes that are prepared to go in. it's just incredibly tough. the assistance we're bringing is nowhere near enough to cover the needs of the population directly covered by the conflict and incorrectly affected. >> how are you going to distribute these supplies to the people who need them the most? >> it's very difficult. you're having bridges that are blown up inside the country people are afraid to move. diesel is this huge need for diesel makes it difficult for transport, for electricity for
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water. moving inside the country is a huge challenge. we've got agreements with the local partners, the minister of health n.g.o.'s to move it to the north and to the south of the country so we will be able to support the population to a certain extent, but 60 metric tons isn't going to cut it. >> for the other supplies you need how are you going to get them there? how have you been getting things there? >> well, small planes is nowhere near. if you look at yemen 95% of their food stuffs are imported. if we can't ensure ships getting into the country can't ensure air freight, it's going to be very difficult port population. we are working with all parties to get access and looking at logistics to deliver to the country. >> is it an overstatement to say that perhaps people are literally dying as they are
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waiting for these supplies to be able to get there? >> well, i think people are dying before the supplies get there. we've seen 74 children killed in the first days of this fighting, which is more than were killed in the conflicts last year in yemen. we've seen hospitals that have been targeted, schools occupied by armed groups, the problem is the fighting. we can provide some assistance, but we need civilian infrastructure and ambulances, doctors, schools hospitals and children to be respected and not targeted. >> are you able to quantify how much more you need as far as aid and supplies go? do you have a number? >> it's very difficult to calculate the needs. you've the short term needs of the conflict, but looking at bigger needs for the country. we have a million children out of school today. in aden, the water system, where in some parts of the city
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haven't seen water in six days. a million people are aden depend upon the water system and there's other cities around the country having similar problems. then if you look at problems like vaccination which is beginning risks we've got huge problems and dealing with immediate problems and the more long term issues that this conflict is generating, it's going to be a huge task. >> is it fair to say that you have the supplies you need, you just can't get it to the people who need it? >> you've got issues of access, but also the requirements for the population are beyond what we can cope with. we've been able to deal and work in yemen for years decades, but the needs are just rocketing. this is a country that's plunging toward a humor disaster. we have about 100,000 people who have fled their homes and in the last days, all of those people are going to need help of some
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sort and there's no way that one organizationar a small group of organizations are going to be able to cover this. keen if we could cover it, without the possibility to move freely within the country without fear of aid con voice being hit then it's going to be very difficult. >> all right. this is just the beginning of you being able to get aid to people just the beginning. thank you so much. >> away charity in qatar is trying to raise dollars or food and medicine for those caught in the war in yemen. they need the money to help thousands of families. they are part of the coalition led by saudi arabia attacking the who the release. doha is where u.n. led peace talks are set to take place. we were at the aid appeal, which was launch add few hours ago. >> this charity has been sending food and basic supplies to four
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yemeni families for decades, but say this is one of the toughest challenges yet. charity workers here in one of the richest countries in the gulf region are appealing to yemenis that work and live in doha as well as other communities to donate money. >> they are considered our brothers in islam and there's a lot of ties between, you know, the yemenis and qatarese. i'm looking to everybody to help in this cause and dew nate to our brothers in yemen. >> it takes about a day to drive from here in doha to the yemeni capitol, sanna. in fact, that is how the charity got basic supplies into yemen in the past, but it involves going through saudi arabia, which organizers say right now isn't an option. >> this time, we are concentrating on the food and health because we cannot now enter to yemen.
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what we will do, just we take all these items from the local market. >> getting aid within yemen is complicate though. it already imports almost all food. supplies are running low and price are rising steadily by the day. >> we are joined now by a former advisor to the lastee yemeni administrators. when you look at where the fighting is happening what do you see as a possible overall strategy now? >> russia, most of the fighting and the killing now is centered around aden, because this is the new capitol taken by the president. unfortunately, there had been many bases there. this is the air force base at one time royal air force base.
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another above it is a base. there it is. this is the base for the armed police. there's a third base. >> as you're talking about the bases, can you tell me what assets are at these bases? >> yes the biggest military depot in the south yemen. the british were said to have stored nuclear weapons here. there's a fourth base down, actually the military fourth region military command. this is a military base. beside it there there's the navy base. see, the houthis and these rebels were already in these bases, 10,000 at least more are them. half fled, half stayed out of allegiance to the president but turned in a coup. when the allied arab forces started hitting those bases these people in fill traded in
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the streets of the population, and now tear in armor vehicles. >> taking what they're find go there. >> yes and nobody can hit them. they are actually targeting the civilians. that's why this big disaster in aden. if you can see this was sort of a peninsula. the base there and air force is blocking them, so they can't get out. they have to surrender or they're going to be wiped out. unfortunately, as well, there are other -- >> talk about these other cities besides just aden. >> yes this is taiz now. this is part of the fourth military region. the allied forces are hitting them. this morning here, this his
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shebwa, 30 rebels were killed here. overall, it's centered, the thing i guess the allied forces are trying to wipe them all across, but they are trying to fight and hold aden as if to claim that they are winning but i don't think they are on the contrary. >> symbolism about aden. >> yes. this is the most important houthi regions because it overlooks president battle. >> thank you so much, we'll be calling on you again. >> israeli forces have shot dead a 27-year-old palestinian man saying he stabbed two soldiers near the jewish settlement of shiloh in the occupied west bank. one soldier is in critical condition with a stab wound to the neck. >> there is a new diplomatic push to establish a humanitarian corridor out of syria's yarmouk refugee camp, overrun by isil
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fighters. it's been under a government siege for two years and there's a severe shortage of food, water and electricity. two car bombs have killed at least 50 people in the northern province of aleppo. the first suicide bombing happened near a rebel base. activists blamed isil for attacking fighters from a rebel group which opposes the government. >> we have got some breaking news coming in right now. the host of the 2017 african can you have of nations football final has been named. the announcement has just been made in cairo. libya was due to hold the event but withdrew because of the violence and instability there. we'll have all the details coming up. >> also coming up, owe report from sudan where people hope the upcoming presidential election will deliver prosperity and relief from poverty. >> from ecuador with love.
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>> civil rights leaders in the u.s. are calling for calm while activists are planning to take to the streets to call attention to yet another police shooting that puts policing in the u.s. and race relations right back into the headlines. >> we've got 343 police departments in our department. this was a bad decision by one of those 343. i think the lesson that we take out of this and hopefully the general public takes out of it
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is that when an incident occurs, give us the appropriate time to investigate, find out exactly what happened, and we will act accordingly. >> north charleston is home to about 100,000 people, nearly half are black. 18% of its police force is also black. the f.b.i. and the justice department have announced that they are launching their own investigations into scott's shooting. this family says they're relieve that had justice will be served. >> we captain get my brother back and my family's in deep mourning for that, but through the process of justice has been surfed and i don't think that all police officers are bad cops but there are are some bad ones out there and i don't want to see anyone get shot down the way that my brother got shot
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down. >> south carolina senator tim scott said the shooting was senseless, absolutely unnecessary and avoidable. he propses to watch the case closely. >> the south carolina shooting is the latest flash point between police and african-americans in the u.s. the shooting of michael brown in ferguson last august shined a light on racial tensions. ferguson just had its first city election since brown's death and two black candidates were chosen for council. >> torrential rain and pounding hail kept people away from the polls for part of the day and turnout was light in ferguson's city council election. many voters like cathy glenn were hoping the vote wouldent months of turmoil. >> we've had our bad and seen our bad and now it's time to change that for everyone and make it the community that we all really want. >> it was the first local election since the killing of
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unarmed black teenager michael brown by a without ferguson policeman last august, setting off racial unrest and leaving the city scarred physically and emotionally and ready for change. >> with he want to see new people new faces and see if we can't go forward from this moment. >> there were three open city council seats in the election, two of those seats were won by african-american candidates on tuesday, giving ferguson's black community more representation than it has ever had before. now, half of the council members are black. for decades white elected officials cropped the town, even though two thirds of residents here are black. extremely low african-american voter turnout was partly responsible. voters like eva miller say there's been a double standard. >> one set of rules for one race another set for another.
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it's just down the line, there should be one set of rules for everyone. >> this is the spot michael brown died august 9. now it's a shrine covered with flowers and stuffed toys. >> the justice department report released in march showed black residents of ferguson were the targets of systemic bias, singled out for arrests fines and traffic citations by the nearly all white ferguson police department. >> with new leadership, the city hopes to put an admonition from long time resident delowers parnell into action. >> work together, and get along. love one another as neighbors. >> all here agree change will not come to ferguson overnight but tuesday's vote may one day be seen as a turning point. rob reynolds, al jazeera ferguson missouri. >> the greek prime minister
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alexis tsipras is in mass co to meet with vladimir putin. he's been visiting the tomb of the unknown soldier. greece is in difficult negotiations over its bailout program with the first installment due thursday. russia said it can lift i am pores sanctions and boosting trade with greece. let's take a closer look at greece's debt problem. the country owes $348 billion, total repayments. repayment on the largest a.m. doesn't start until 2023. there's more immediate problems for greece is the $27 billion owed to the international monetary fund. $5 billion is due thursday. if grease miss that had payment that would be unprecedented the first time a developed country has failed to meet its international debt obligations.
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we are live in moscow live now. why is europe uneasy about this tsipras visit? >> there's a nightmare scenario really here that many european leaders and they are restless nights might be considering at the moment going something like this. what if greece defaults on all its debts and it throws off austerity measures. it exits the euro zone and straight into the arms of russia russia offers it some sort of financial deal, an aid package, but also, it comes with strings attached. grease has to use its e.u. veto at russia's behest basically toll ruin all that unity the european union has worked hard on to come to some sort of common position on russia and on sanctions and its position on
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ukraine. that's what europe is particularly worried about that's the nightmare scenario at the moment. >> it is quite a scenario there. how likely is that to actually happen? >> it's plausible and it is possible but there are more likely scenarios, the talk coming out of athens and moscow, it seems like there are other things that might be on the table first. one thing greece has said that it's not actually coming to russia cap in hand for any financial aid package. it wants to sort out its problems within the euro zone. you have to look at russia and say how equipped is russia to actually provide greece with some sort of bailout it has its own economic problems it needs to concentrate on at the moment. this is more about political theater maybe greece showing to the european union that it has options outside the euro zone
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and russia showing to the european union that maybe their cohesion isn't quite as solid as they think it is. nobody is going to walk away empty handled. they had a sit down before they went into their meeting an hour ago and tsipras and putin were talking about trade deals. putin was willmenting that trade was very healthy between russia and greece and last year collapsed by 40%. there's a very good reason it chopsed 40% because russia hilt the european union with food embore goes in response to the sanctions that the european union leveed against russia, so a good way to get that flowing again would be for russia to give greece and exemption on that embargo also, maybe they'll come out with an energy
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package to make greece's energy costs a built more affordable. there are still reasons r. reasons why the european union should be worried. the question is what can greece offer to russia. >> that remains to be seen. thank you so much. >> in ecuador exporting roses to russia used to be a blossoming industry. with falling oil price and sinkle ruble many recognitions can't afford the flowers leaving the market on the brink of collapse. we have a report from the southeastern city. >> ecuador's central high lands and paulina walks down row after row of roses. how long do the roses last after being cut? how long are their stems? does their bud flower in the classic style favored by her customers in moscow? the plantation owners are paying
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close attention. the russian market for ecuadoren roses has practically collapsed. rosing from ecuador are prized in russia, but the drop in global oil price and fall of the value of the ruble have made roses almost unattainable luxuries. >> there was a very dramatic effect on the rose industry. the owners of this farm had to destroy 12% of their plantations because russian buyers were no longer showing up. >> many growers started planting other flowers that were more suitable for other markets. some say the days are numbered for the ecuadorian rose that the russians used to covet. >> no prices lasts forever.
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prices in russia will never be the same and once plantations diversify, it is hard for them to go back. >> she is more hopeful. >> things change now but russians love roses. i'm sure the rose market will live forever in russia. >> the roses continue to grow and the growers remain optimistic and hopeful but they've started looking for new homes for their stunning products. al jazeera ecuador. >> now the weather with rob. i understand there's a bit going on in the u.s. you wanted to tell us about. >> yes, a little bit for california this was a hail chance but a surprise in as he can aresacramento. that was more play, if you like. this is not far from lake tahoe.
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you can see snow in the key. bear in mind, this is april. i know we're in the mountains but this is snow. very little of it, but whatever you have is a help at the moment because california of course is in a historic drought. there was rain in the central valley but the amounts were quite small. hasn't yesterday finished and there might be more on the way but i suspect the focus is further east. look at the clouds coming out of the eastern plains states. we've had a very quiet start to the tornado season, but it's going now bringing the warmth up from the south the still cold further north. it's where the two bits come together you tend to get the big storms. this afternoon local time i guess where they may well develop the eastern plains. it doesn't happen this afternoon, thursday afternoon could be quite vicious anywhere of the eastern plains states right down to the mississippi are at risk.
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>> lots more still ahead on the news hour. the tale of two chicagos. also ahead hitting the right notes, the piano playing center star in china starts a trend. >> we'll be here with the action.
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>> aid supplies are arriving in yemen, doctors without borders say a boat carrying medical supplies is in aden. the u.n. expressed concern over the rising civilian death toll since a saudi arabia coalition started targets houthis. >> an amateur video shows a white officer shooting a black man several times as he was running away. >> greek prime minister has met with president vladimir putin in russia. greece is in difficult negotiations with it's bailout program and owes a first repayment of $503 million on thursday. >> doctors in liberia say an ebola treatment center in the
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capitol has been closed because there are no more patients to treat. the last confirmed case in the country was march 21. liberia is a long way from officially declared ebola free. we have a report. >> >> they hope their celebrations aren't premature. the staff at this former treatment unit receive certificates thanking them for their hard work over recent months. an each ribbon is a name in honor of those who helped fight the disease. the monument lists staff members killed by ebola. now there's a sense the worst here at least may be over. >> coming to this, it is forever important for yours. we think we have won the fight and we think now there's no need to be around anymore there are no more patients. we can go back to hour families. >> the world health organization
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said ebola has killed over 10,000 people in the last year, guinea and sierra leone hit the hardest. the w.h.o. said figures are an underestimate. the united nations called the epidemic an international public health emergency. an ebola outbreak is declared over in a country 42 days after the last confirmed case. the last case reported in liberia was on march 21. >> we pray and hope that for the two days without any new case, we can be declared ebola negative. that is the country being free of people. it is a warning that we have to be extremely conscious. >> this particular building used as an emergency treatment center is now closed, because here at least, there are no more patients to treat. despite the celebration no one
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in liberia is under any illusion that ebola could not reappear and there's still more than three weeks to go before the country is declared officially ebola-free. charles stratford, al jazeera. >> kenya's government is freezing the assets of companies and individuals suspected of having ties with al shabab. included on the list are hotels, money transfer companies and prominent muslim clerics. it follows an attack on thursday that killed 147 people. >> a somber mood in the park. hundreds of groving kenyans holding candles to remember the victims of last week's attack at garissa university by al shabab
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gunman. this is the final moments of the three day mourning period, a shrine was set up, photographs of the victims displayed. the assault on the university was the deadliest in kenya by al shabab. >> every single attack we have in kenya we're giving numbers. we never know who the victims are, someone's brother sister, uncle, aunt tee. we want to humanize the numbers. >> some survivors of the attack came to pay respects to their departed friends and colleagues. a first year student at the university escaped being killed by the gunmen by hiding in a closet for eight hours. >> i just feel like crying. what did they do wrong? what did they do good that i'm here? i just feel like crying. >> she was soon overcome by
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grief. the vigil comes after kenyans told the story of the victims. they are calling for urgent action. >> ahead of the vigil hundreds of university students marched through nairobi streets demanding tighters security at universities shouting slogans the students denounced attacks in kenya and asked kenyans to unit against what they called a common enemy. they hope their calls will finally be heeded. al jazeera nairobi kenya. >> in uganda, a man once held in guantanamo has been arrested and held in connection with the murder of a local prosecutor, he and three others were tracked down by local authorities with the help of u.s. officials. they are suspected of being linked to last month's killing
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of the prosecutor, handling a case against the armed group al shabab. >> voting for sudan's next president begins monday. opposition parties threaten to boycott the election, but for many voters, it's the economy that is their main concern. almost half of sudan's population lived below the poverty line. a family in kartoum struggles to make errands meet. >> if there's oil to cook in the house, it means a hearty stew for dinner and satisfied family. with frequent shortages of cooking gas and bread and inflation at 37%, the family said daily living in sudan is tough. >> everyone believes they're building their family's future. i tell my husband all the time he should go and work abroad. >> working by a teacher at day and ricksha driver at night, he supports his wife and two girls.
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in a country with an 18% unemployment rate and almost half the population living below the poverty line, he's lucky to have steady income. >> the secession of south sudan in 2011 hit the economy hard. it had been booming. sudan lost 75% of oil revenue and is struggling to rebound. >> the government says it is compensated for the lost revenue primarily through the expansion of gold mining. agriculture is now the country's primary sort of income. the government says it has provided loans and machinery to farmers to increase crop production. >> failure to optimize land and water, retraining for farmers, a lack of technology and financing are reasons resources were not used properly. >> the government also blames u.s. sanctions for stifling the
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economy. the man doesn't believe next week's presidential election will bring much change. >> i look at our situation and i think to myself, i have no reason to believe that tomorrow will be any different. >> he can't bear to leave his family and move abroad. if his wife has her way, he will one day build a future outside sudan. >> dim bob way's president is in south africa for talks with president jacob zuma, looking to increase economic cooperation between the neighbors. the two are expected to sign an agreement to increase trade. >> two policemen in saudi arabia have been killed in the capitol riyadh. a police spokesman said shots were fired from a car passing the officers who were patrolling a street. >> in afghanistan a nato soldier has been killed, another
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injured in a fight between afghan and nato security forces. it happened outside the provincial governor's compound where a meeting with a u.s. senior official was underway. >> a judge in afghanistan is ordering criminal charges brought against two former c.i.a. officials in connection with the deaths of two civilians killed by drone strikes. pakistan has developed its own missile firing drone. we report frow mom islamabad. >> the drone is designed to kill. a remote controlled aircraft with laser guided missiles pakistan has wanted one for years. in the end, it developed its own and is using it on the border with afghanistan. >> it boosts our capability, i think many fold, because in these areas, it is not airplanes that can go and carry out aerial bombing, it is the drones.
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>> it's found that since 2004, the number of people killed in pakistan by c.i.a. drones is somewhere between 2,500 and 4,000. >> this man knows this well. he is from north waziristan. a drone fire missile exploded close to his car and killed family members. >> it is difficult all the time. you hear the buzzing of drones. it affects you mentally. the children are afraid. the drones are blind. we don't know where they are going to hit. >> last month, the military showed off its new drone in a parade. lawyers who represent drone victims say many people are too afraid to challenge the pakistan military for carrying out the strikes. >> it would be very difficult for a civilian to stand up and
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say i am a civilian and i've been hit in a drone strike. >> the u.s. has been using drones extensively in the northwest tribal belt for the last 10 years, but it's repeatedly refused to supply pakistan with drones. the government in islamabad said it needs them if it's ever going to defeat the pakistani taliban. >> there is worry there will be even more drones in the sky. >> if they find the same drones, we are going back to the same misery. >> it seems that fear caused by increased use of drones in pakistan is here to stay. nicole johnston, al jazeera, islamabad. >> the u.s. economy has slowly crept back to life over the last few years. chicago is one city that's bounced back from the recession with an overall uptick in major city. only parts of experiencing the
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boom. >> the city of big shoulders is lifting its fortunes more than ever. it's not just the magnificent mile stores, prices are rising city wide nearly. this is the tale of two commissions, one to the north and white to the south neighborhoods where police activity is a daily occurrence. here it is blighted, black and intensely poor. >> when we go north coming back here is depressing. all we have is the liquor stores. we have to hold every we elected accountable for why we live like we're in a third world country. >> the city tends to fund projects downtown or in wealthier neighborhoods. this neighborhood may be home to the first black president but chicago has had only one african-american mayor.
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>> everybody wasn't the black vote but people are not willing to protect the black community's interests. right now, we are last on the totem pole when it comes to construction contracts in the city of chicago. we have i can't 88% unemployment among african-american youth right now. we are struggling. >> schools are funded by local income taxes those in wealthy neighborhoods perform better, those in poorer neighborhoods worse, leaving students unprepared for work and form ago pipeline to prison. more black men are in prison than college. for most, the challenges of getting any job after prison evaporates. >> the first thing they ask is if you have a criminal background. you say yes these doors are constantly slammed in my face. >> there are now generations of black men struggling to work
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away from similar pasts with similar results. >> right now in chicago we're watching this genocide unfold in front of our eyes, not just chicago, but nationally. twenty years from now we're going to ask people what is your biggest regret and they're going to look back and say that is the genocide, we could have saved all those lives. >> even those confined here live with the threat of silence. this postal workers was shot 11 times as he climbed into his car to go to work. al jazeera chicago. >> in mexico, gunman opened fire on a police convoy. 15 officers were killed and five wounded in the attack. authorities say the gunmen were waiting for a convoy of state police to pass by and opened fire.
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experts say the group is among the most powerful in mexico. >> details on the masters coming up.
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>> french air traffic controllers have gone on strike leading to the cancellation of hundreds of flights. travelers face hours of delays across france. the strike is part of an ongoing dispute to try to push the retirement able for air traffic controllers from 67 to 69.
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there are more planned strikes for the end of the month. >> it's time for sport. there's a lot going on. >> thank you so much. in the last hour, gabor have been named host for the africa cup of nations. it will be the second gabon will host the finals. >> to talk more on this, i'm joined on skype by gary l. smith. are you surprised by this decision? >> very good. i think that the algerian delegation had strong belief they could get this bid. i think politics came in the
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way. the football association penalty of algeria is seen as a potential rival to the current head of african football. i think that was a strong factor in the fact that algeria didn't win the bid. also it's surprisessing algeria didn't win. my sources tell me they had one of the strong evident bids. gabon are being rewarded for political loyalty. the back story is that you remember morocco chickened out of hosting. we saw a lot of buses planes given by gabon. i think this is simply a critical victory for political loyalty and also the fact that they have the infrastructure so
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are going to be using the facilities they used in 2012, as well. >> gabon hosted in 2012 with equatorial guinea. what difficulties will they faced? >> i think the difficulties will be sorted out. after the final of the 2012 event, they went back to the stadium to just do a report and it looked like there was nothing there. at the same time, they used a lot of chinese labor and materials and it was like stadiums we have seen. this time, they are going to have a lot of infrastructure that are going to be permanent. in intervening years following the numbers and economics gabon has been doing well because of the oil revenue managing it well. two years is a pretty long time to be able to build the infrastructure they used in
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2012, as well. >> let's move to the fifa presidential election. do you think plata will be supported by the majority of the african nations? >> all 54 federations in the african content for him is not true. that is seen all the time, every federation has a right to one vote. it's going to be extremely difficult i must say for us to imagine that he is not going to get all the vote. he is going to make sure that all of africa are going to be behind him so i'm expected 97 oh 98% to go behind him.
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>> thank you for that. >> thanks for having me. >> the fifa president will not support palestinian calls to ban israel. israel accused of restricting palestinian players moving through the west bank. he met the football federation tuesday, saying he wants to solution for the benefit of football development in palestinian and that football should connect and not divide. israel claims football is being used as a means to move weapons. >> this is a serious matter and a case which has been debated at the last executive committee and the executive committee has mandated the fifa president as it has been done two years ago already by the congress to deal directly this matter with the
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palestinian authorities and the football of palestinian but also with these authorities. >> despite a difficult season, through to the semifinals of the german cup but already knocked out of the champions league. this gave a 2-1 lead in the quarter final. the striker scored an equalizer to send the match to overtime. german fielder fired in the winner to give them the 3-2 victory. >> unable to get past the goalkeeper but the penalty from carlos rodriguez in the 72nd 72nd minute seals the 1-0 win.
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>> they won three on the night securing a 4-2 aggregate win. >> top golfers are fine tuning their game ahead of the masters beginning thursday. world number one rory mcilroy and former number one tiger woods got in practice in preparations for the event. woods is aiming for his fifth title here, however the 14 time major winner has dropped to 111th in the world rankings, having missioned the last two months with injury. >> i worked my beep beep off. that's the easiest way to describe it. i worked hard. it was -- people would never understand how much work i put into it to come back and do this again, but it was sun up to sun down and whenever i had time, free time, the kids were asleep,
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i'd still be doing it and then there was full light i'd still be doing it. it was a lot of work. >> that's it for me. back to rochelle. >> all eyes on tyinger. >> were you ever china's biggest classical music stars has started a booming trend millions of children learning to player the piano. china's become the biggest world manufacture of pianos. >> another morning at the keyboard for this 8-year-old, playing since she was 62 to three hours a day. her skill and enthusiasm shine through. across china, 14 million children are learning the piano a crazy attributed in part to the langlang effect. >> i've been to one of his concerts. when i was very young my mom used to say to me listen, he is
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so good. he plays piano so well. she said that over and over again. >> one of china's greatest classical music stars he arrived on the scene as the middle class families were looking for new ways to invest in their children's futures. music schools where there is competition for places, they need to have had instruction to be let in. >> parents say look, i've got a child who's well behaved. >> a long history of piano playing, in europe, the bug is spreading in china. china isn't just the biggest
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piano market in the world, it's the biggest manufacturer. >> a mixture of machines and staff produce 140,000 pianos every year, a figure that's doubled since 2007. even in an economy whose growth is slowing, they believe the piano business is a safe bet. >> more and more people become wealthy. in the chinese people, it's very concerned about the children's education and also the culture in the family. >> china has about three pianos per 100 households has a long way to go to reach european levels of 20 to 30, but with children devoting themselves to musicianship, that gap is closing. al jazeera, southern china. >> another full bulletin of news is ahead.
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