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come back, we'll have more of "america tonight" tomorrow. >> the u.n. says nearly 1,000 migrants died trying to flee myanmar, as malaysia, indonesia and thailand tackle ways to handle the crisis. i'm darren jordon, here in doha. also ahead - face off in burundi, police crack down on defiant protesters, the president clings to power. iraqi troops join forces with shia militias to recapture the key city of ramadi we go inside aleppo in syria, where the government
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steps up a campaign on civilians, but the rebels are under fire foreign ministers of malaysia indonesia and thailand have met to tackle the crisis from thousands of immigrants seeking reference in their countries. nearly 400 from myanmar have been brought ashore. search and rescue have seen 400] more stranded in boats, the latest among thousands who fled in the past year. let's get more from rob mcbride. we are waiting on the joint statement. what is likely to be agreed on? >> that's right. the meeting is taking place, there should have been a statement. it is overdue.
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according to human rights groups, a response from the nation an adequate one is long overdue. they are, of course extremely critical of the handling of this developing cries circumstances this push back policy by all three nations to not accept the migrant boats to push them into the territorial waters thereby endangering life and having resulted in death at sea. we are expecting to see what they come up with. a consideration for all three nations, they are aware of the international criticism they have been facing on the way they have handled this crisis. they have been careful not to give false hope to thousands more migrants that might travel south. we hear about both travelling off myanmar with more bangladesh migrants waiting to come south. the conditions they are scoping from are bad. if you encourage the people to come south, they may well get
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asylum would you be subjecting them to weeks on a per imous sea journey. >> as the talks are going on outside kuala lumpur where you are, more migrants have been arriving in indonesia. what do we know. >> that's right, we have been following the arrival of several hundred. it appears that the latest arrival is from a vessel that arrived in thai waters last week. the engine was broken the traffickers abandoned them. they were given food engine was fixed and sent on their way again on saturday. it appears to be this boat that has finally, after several months arrived in aceh and stories of how they were treated was harrowing. many faced starvation-type conditions without water and so on. some said when they came through malaysian waters they were threatened at gun point to move
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on, and if they returned to malaysian waters they'd be bombed. this is their account. we are yet to hear from the malaysians. none involved have come out looking good. >> thank you. >> well since violence broke out in myanmar's state in 2012 the u.n. estimates over 100,000 minority rohingya fled the country, making their ware to cox's bizarre, in bangladesh across to andaman sea, thailand indonesia and malaysia. since the beginning of 2014, 88,000 rohingya and bangladeshi migrants fled. 25,000 have undertaken that journey. of them nearly 1,000 died more on the refugee crisis let's talk to alastair bolton from the u.n.h.c.r. joining us
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from bangkok. we have a crisis meeting in malaysia today. but myanmar is conspeck use by its ab kens. sense. what -- absence. what kind of regional response will we see if myanmar is not there? >> as we know the thai government proposed a regional conference on 29 may. amongst those invited is the government of myanmar. their participation is key to levelling the situation in an immediate and structural sense. there has been a number of positive develops in myanmar. they need to be encouraged and expanded. the u.n. says the countries have a humanitarian obligation to help the migrants. that doesn't seem to be happening on a wide scale. why are we seeing a push back policy by the countries involved in. >> i think there's a concern by
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each of the countries not to be the first. we understand that a number of things may happen that are not reporting on that the countries do not want attention brought to that suggest a more humanitarian approach than is being reported on. obviously it's not adequate. and what we need is all of the countries to step forward at the same time and take a reasonable share each of the responsibilities for rescuing and is embarking these people and assisting myanmar and lang la desh in resolving structural issues that are giving rise to the displacement. >> the u.n.h.c.r. that you worked for offered to give assistance to the migrants. what help are you prepared to give. will it make a difference on the ground though? >> well we certainly hope so we are very much on the ground receiving the migrants and
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refugees, when they are disembarked in indonesia, there are about 1800 who have come so far. 11,000 in malaysia nearly 400 in thailand. and the remainder from camps, which were abandoned by the smugglers. so we are providing direct assistance with our partners iom in response to the arrivals. we are also working intensively with the government in the region, and we have prepared with iom and uno d.c. a strategy which has - which is shared with governments in the region that we think will - really a bit of a blueprint for responding to the immediate situation and the longer term situation. i would point out that it's not just u.n.h.c.r. that is involved, but the highest levels secretary general, deputy general have been very
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much involved. >> let me get a final thought. many countries like thailand malaysia indonesia, they say it's good for organizations like your own saying take these migrants now, they say hang on a second we have people smuggling rings taking advantage of the crisis misery of migrants and making huge sums of money. >> that's right, and disrupting and dismantling these levels is part of the response. absolutely. the smugglers ex-start from families disruption of the network is vital. at the same time and more immediately, there has to humanitarian response in the needs of individuals - they have to be seen to. it's both scenes. they are not ipp compatible --
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incompatible. they are essential and need to take place with the by in of up governments in the region. thank you for talking to al jazeera, alastair bolton u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon says north korea has withdrawn an invitation for him to enter the country, he would have been the first chief to enter in more than 20 years. he was due to go to a complex of the factories inside north korea, that is jointly run with the south to perunity where police fired tear gas to stop demonstrators. they want the president to abandon his attempt to stand for office, and is trying to tighten his grip on power. we have this report from the
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capital. >> reporter: even though warned not to go out. they are doing so. there are police not letting them mark into the central distribute of the capital. tear gas is fired, people run for cover. police don't want this shown on television. especially when they make processes clear the road. in another part of bujumbura, others are on the street. they seem defiant. >> we will demonstrate the power, yes. >> reporter: government officials say some protesters are armed and dangerous and were involved in the failed coup. >> if we were in the streets, it means that those people were - they agreed they were working closely with those persons who can and say there's a coup. the president of burundi.
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they were new in power. >> this could be a long drawn out stand off. >> people say they are doing everything they can to protect themselves by carrying sticks and putting out barricades. they hope it helps to protect them from police and soldiers. as you can see, some soldiers are in the community. many say they know coming out on the streets could be dangerous, but they will not be stopped by them in iraq security forces deployed tanks around ramadi to try to recapture the facility. shia militias are at a base. they are preparing for an offensive. eight police men were killed after i.s.i.l. fighters attacked a police station east of ramadi. zeina khodr reports from the iraqi capital baghdad.
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>> reporter: they are preparing for a war that could deepen the shia-sunni sectarianism. they plan to push deep into the sunni heartland to recapture territory from the islamic state of iraq and levant. >> we are announcing that the popular mobilization forces are getting ready to take back anbar. >> the anbar provincial council a month ago. the government was relauct and. >> the anbar provincial council requested assistance when they fell to i.s.i.l. they are no longer millish owes, and operating under the government. the u.s. expressed concern about
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deploying them in a sunni province chl it backs the decision. there are those that don't agree. they say the paramilitary troops are stronger than the says. at moment they are the only force capable of fighting i.s.i.l. despite months of u.s. training, regular forces are weak and were not able to hold ground in the face of i.s.i.l.'s offensive in anbar. the u.s., which leads the coalition is stepping up air strikes, promising to help the iraqi government recapture lost ground. i.s.i.l. is on the offensive. people on the contested town is on the move. the armed group is tackling forces. fighting has displaced thousands. makeshift amps are being set up in pockets of territory under the control of the government and local allies in anbar. not all sunni tribes support the government, and dissent is
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growing. >> we are here to help our people who have been abandoned by officials. provincial council members and the government are not doing anything. >> reaching out to anbar is needed to win the war. the government has done little. what have our children done to deserve this. we have not eaten for two days. >> the battle for anbar has not begun in ernest, and there are fears of consequences. leaders demanded that they secure their province, defeating i.s.i.l. is the first challenge. if shia forces fill the vacuum, it could mean another war . >> time for a short break. when we come back what caused a fire in philippines killing 32 people. 34 million cars are being recalled in the u.s. over faulty
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welcome back a reminder of the top stories. ministers from malaysia indonesia and thailand met to discuss ways to tackle the migrant issue cross the region. 2,000 people are stranded in boats in the andean see. over 1,000 migrants making the perilous journey this year died. police fired tear gas at protestors over anger off
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burundi's president pierre nkurunziza to run for a third term in next month's election. in iraq hundreds are trying to escape the besieged city ramadi. iraq has deployed tanks around the city to recapture it. shia militias are at a base preparing for an offensive. >> syrian jets intensified bombing campaign in the city of aleppo, saying up to 10 barrel bombs a day are being dropped. victoria gatenby reports. >> reporter: this man is the latest victim of a barrel bomb attack by syrian government forces. the ancient city of aleppo has seen some of the fighting. the government's use of barrel bombs had a devastating effect. despite the increasing attacks people are resilient. >> we will never give up.
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we'll never retreat even if they bomb the city or shell us. we lost 10 people from my family and are ready to lose more. we never give up. >> this woman and children survived a barrel bomb attack. but her husband and relatives and home were destroyed. >> translation: we have nothing left. should i feed my kids or not. thank be to god we'll remain here and remain steadfast. god help us. we are not afraid. may god grant us the string to protect us. >> barrel bombs are not the only threat. campaign group the syrian group say backed by hezbollah fighters, control some of the north. the central parts are held by an alliance of opposition groups. some of the countryside to the east is held by i.s.i.l., and aleppos people are trapped.
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>> in yemen, the saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes, says the humanitarian ceasefire. aid agencies say the 5-day pause was not enough to deliver critical aid. the world food program delivered food to 400,000 people a little over half of those needing helpment the u.n. says more than half a million have been displaced. and over 1800 people have been killed in the conflict so far. efforts to stop the fighting have not made protest, as we report. >> surrender or face war. it's a warning issued to the houthis by yemeni and tribal leaders gathering in riyadh. president abd-rabbu mansour hadi, who is in exile called for troops to back the yemenis.
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the only chance to return to yem is to defeat them. >> translation: this will pave the way for a truce. >> reporter: the government has little control on the ground. saying talks with houthis only happen if it pulls out from areas beseiged. >> houthis must understand that they will not be a solution without the houthis respecting the resolutions of the security council. they have to withdraw. they have to understand that what they are doing is bringing descensions and splintering the country. this is the leader of the islam, one of the most powerful parties
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in yemen. it played a significant role in the 2011 uprising that toppled former president ali abdullah saleh. >> translation: the houthis are the ones that declared war on the yemeni people. we have to resist them until the will of the people prevails. >> they are far less united in their vision about yemen's future. the secessionists in the south are determined to breakaway from the north. >> translation: people of the south are looking for a genuine partnership with the north. there were two states, one in the south, one in the north that united. any feature acknowledges that it is, in fact two states. >> reporter: coalition war planes bombed houthi positions in the capital sanaa. there are heavy clashes in the city of tiaz and aden.
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millions of yemenis fear the protracted violence will aggravate the humanitarian situation. >> the international community is unwilling to get militarily involved in yemen. it's main goal for now is to bring together feuding factions to negotiate the deal and give diplomacy a chance. there's opinion a warning from the u.n.'s middle east envoy that gaza is in danger of imploding. he described his shock at the devastation in gaza after the 50 day war between hamas and israel. >> gaza is desperate, and angry. angry at the blockade apt the closure of the rafa crossing. angry at hamas. at the donors who are not honouring their commitments to
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reconstruction. and everyone. there is a moral and humanitarian imperative not just for the united nations and the international community, but primarily for the israeli and the palestinian authorities to prevent the implosion of gaza now the fire that gutted a shoe factory in the philippines is been called one of the deadliest in years. 72 people were killed. a preliminary investigation pointed to health and safety failings. we have this report. >> reporter: this couple are facing life without a father and mother. orphaned by a tragedy, they accept their parents are gone. >> translation: no one will send us to school any more. sometimes i cry. sometimes i play i cry and stop because i think about my parents. >> reporter: their parents were among 72 workers who died in a factory fire in manila.
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family members received $300 saying that was initial compensation. but there's no guarantee that they will get more. legal advice is being given to families here now. justice must be achieved they were told. this lady tells me there are charred bodies in the factory, and are uncollected. this is considered a center of rubber production. this is a poor community. the factory produced rubber sandals produced by workers making $3 a day. >> this is not only a sweat shop it's a fire trap. hopefully this will be the first time that public officials will be sent to gaol. it was a lack of sensitivity.
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>> preliminary groups revealed safety in house violations. there were no medical benefits because they were hired through recruitment agencies. the factory hat not fired up drills. workers are working under hazardous predictions. the owners say that for now they refuse to make any comment. families of those who have died say in death their loved ones are not given dignity. buried in graves like these ones there are no head stones to mark their deaths or their lives. >> the office of the city said the identification of the victims may take months. so for now the people in these graves are known by a number. and their families mourn for what their loved ones have
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become. >> the chief of venezuela's national assembly dismissed allegations that he is involved in drug trafficking and money laundering. senior officials are being investigated by u.s. authorities. venezuelan opposition leaders have asked for a probe. the government says it's part of a smear campaign a flood forced thousands to evacuate. mobile phone footage shows a house swept away. >> it's been called the largest recall. 34 million cars from 11 different manufacturers ordered back because of faulty airbags. here is patty culhane. >> reporter: a minor dent should not lead to this. but it did.
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his air back deployed and a chunk of metal flew out of his air bag into his eye. >> all i remember was a big explosion. sounded like a shotgun. my right side went black. >> it was the last thing he saw out of that eye. he's not alone. hundreds have been injured, six killed. takata air bags are to blame. now the manufacturer agreed to recall 34 million in the u.s. something previously they refused to do. >> does takata support the nationwide recall. >> senator, it's hard for me to answer yes or no. if you allow me... >> it is not hard for you to answer yes or no. >> with fined piling up the
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japanese manufacturer said it will replace the air backs in the front of cars. u.s. administrators don't know what has gone wrong, and can't study replacement kits so can't guarantee the same thing will not happen again. >> now we know the ones going in are safer. the concern is are they safe over the long term. that is yet to be determined. >> reporter: safety analyst clarence dit low is not convinced it's true. >> they are using additional composition with different chemicals. look people shouldn't beginee pigs to see if it works. we need assurance that it is safe today. if that means going to different suppliers, that's what the government should require. >> reporter: another problem, it's believed they can only produce half a million each month. that means it will take years before millions of drivers will not have to worry about facing
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the same fate realising the very equipment to keep him safe stole his sight let's cross to a news conference in malaysia where foreign ministers gathered to discuss the migrant crisis... i'm "ali velshi on target". blowing the whistle. a small town farmer taking on a big agro giant in an animal welfare war crusaders or criminals - the push to silence those threatening to expose where our food comes from americans are eating more meat, paying less for it than at any other time in u.s. history. at what cost? animals raised in barns of the 1950s have given way to an industrial revolution of sorts.