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entertaining. talk to al jazeera. only on al jazeera america. >> yemen's government says it will not attend u.n. backed peace talks as saudi air strikes continue to target houthi strongholds. welcome to al jazeera i'm fauziah ibrahim. an oips leader opposition leader is shot dead in unbrund. burundi.
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not walking fair. demimentdemilitarized zone from south to north korea. yemen's government has announced that president abd rabbu mansour hadi will not be attending peace talks in geneva. jerald tan has the latest. >> aden, yemen's second city is at the crux of an unrelenting war. in the north the east and the west fighters loyal to the embattled president abd rabbu mansour hadi try to overcome the enemy. they fire positions held by houthi militants.
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scenes like this are playing out against yemen. u.n. is trying to broker peace talks held in geneva but hadi says he will not attend. rebels must first commit to a u.n. resolution and pull out of yemen's main cities. >> translator: this position doesn't only represent the president, we have held many dialogue sessions with the houthis. we don't need more dialogue. we are now looking at how to implement the dialogue as well as u.n. resolution 2216. saudi air strikes hit houthi rebels strongholds president compound which they seized last
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september. further north both sites exchanged fire on the border between yemen and saudi arabia. the rebels have shown little sign of back being down, since the saudi-led coalition of arab nations intervened in yemen's civil war with a launch of an an aerial assault march 26th. neither side appear to be willing to back down, either. jerald tan, al jazeera. >> u.s. and u.s. led coalition have been pounding the i.s.i.l. positions. now iraqi troops and shia fighters have been deployed,
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phyllis benist is a fellow at the institute of middle eastern studies. she cell says the coalition is playing into the i.s.i.l.'s hands. >> strongest military force available to the iraqi army, to the iraqi government which doesn't have a viable military at this point. guaranteed to worsen the sectarian subdivide. not just a sectarian divide between sunni and shia, we're dealing with a scenario in which the sunni community has not just been discriminated against but forced massive beatings and they are not fight ago lonely, they
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are getting support from military leaders who were once part of saddam hussein's military military planning and training they are getting help from sunni tribal leaders who don't agree with the extremism of i.s.i.s. but see it as a lesser evil to the sectarian government who even amongst the prime minister abadi the actions of his government, particularly the military and intelligence agencies has not changed since the battle days of 94 alnouri al maliki. >> jane arraf reports.
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>> not enough to get married the problem here isn't i.s.i.l. he says, it's unemployment. the city in southern jordan is closer to the border with saudi arabia than it is to the jordanian capital. many here feel distance. this has the largest unemployment rates in the country. they say the city has been neglected in decades. after i.s.i.l. burned to death an air force pilot from jordan, even though they don't support i.s.i.l. say jordan shouldn't be fighting the group in iraq and syria. >> this is not our war. we lost a pilot. we'll lose others if we continue. emotion is maid us feel sympathy for pilot but our brains say we should be far from war. >> boys and young men have
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little education and no jobs. they wouldn't speak on camera because they say they would be arrested but some of the young men tell us off camera that they support i.s.i.l. that's because they say i.s.i.l. kills those who deserve to be killed even the jordanian pilot who they say was executed for dropping bombs on other muslims. the city's mayor has welcomed the shakeup withdrew from the city during violent protests six years ago. they have entered to mainly arrest people. >> translator: i think the only place in jordan where there is to no police officers is mann. >> he warns that if jobs aren't created more young people will turn to i.s.i.l. abdalla moasmed mohamed zalla is one of the parents whose children have
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gone to fight in the war. >> young people went to fight some of them were mart martyred. they came back with different thoughts and beliefs. >> reporter: he said that although he she is when they return they should instead be welcomed home. jane arraf, al jazeera naan, jordan. >> polls have opened in ethiopia's first eligible election, ruling party is expected to win. opposition parties have accused the government of using oppressive tactics to try and hold on to power. let's get more now from mohammad
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adow. how has the balloting gone so far? >> reporter: well, fauziah so far things have been smooth. polling stations opened about two hours ago. as you say there nearly 37 million ethiopians expect to have registered to cast their vote and they are voting in tens of thousands of apology stations across the country. here in the capital they are up to 1600 polling stations each holding 800 voters. this is obviously a strategic employment by the government to make sure they don't assemble too heavily in one place. the process in the exat have beencapital havebeen faster, one for
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member of government and one for regional assemblies who are going to form governments of the regional states, nine states of ethiopia. here voters are only casting one vote, that is for the national member of parliament. >> mohamed the ruling party is expected to win again. how will the opposition party do this time around? >> well, the opposition is fractures and they have been complaining of harassment and intimidation of their supporters particularly in their rural areas. they are fractured and they have got division within them but they are also complaining of the vast amount of resources. particularly state resources vaiblavailable to the governing party but the opposition has not always been this fractured. i remember in 2005 covering the election there in which the
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opposition warned 147 seats in the 547 seat parliament. they refused to take the seats because they believed the votes were rigged and many ended up in prison. now there's been a crack down and paid a hue price. are they able to get one seat in parliament this time around as they had in the elections in 2010? they might but this is definitely an election that is going to be won by the winning party. >> mohammad adow, reporting on the ethiopian elections. stay to al jazeera for the results of the polls. lid iliddy beruzdi and his driver
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were murdered in burundi. haru mutasa reports from the capital where she met from some of the victims of the attacks. >> when the scar exploded he was buying food. >> i was heading from work and suddenly there was an explosion. i ran. >> nearby, he says he remembers exactly what happened. >> translator: i heard the first bang. after the second one i started running. the third explosion is what injured me. >> lydia was helping her mother sell vegetables. >> translator: all i can do is pray to god. he is the reason i survived. >> several people were killed in the grenade attack on friday. sister was in critical
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condition. >> even burundians are crying here for what happened in burundi. we are all burundians. >> some people are still upset and afraid. the market where this happened is now quiet. this latest protest started when president pierre nkurunziza announced he was running for another term in office. the area has been cordoned off and people are investigating. people say the grenades were thrown in this part of the market. screaming and shouting, people started running away leaving behind what they were selling. these protests have only worsened the violence here, the closer they get to the
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presidential election in june. haru mutasa, al jazeera bujumbura. >> still ahead on al jazeera. ireland makes history as it becomes the first country to approve same sex marriage by popular vote. and inaction of the superrich who are funding fighting groups in the country's war. war. inspiring. entertaining. talk to al jazeera. only on al jazeera america. is there such a thing as a sure thing in business? some say buy gold. others
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>> welcome back. let's take a recap of the top
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stories on al jazeera. yemen's government has decided not to attend u.n. backed peace talks set to happen in geneva on tuesday. want houthis to withdraw from all cities and towns before negotiations can take place. a bruinsian leader has been killed in a drive-by shooting. their death comes after weeks of unrest after president pierre nkurunziza's bid for a third term. first ethiopian election since the election of the president 30 years ago. crossing border between north and south korea part of an event recording on
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international women's disarmament organization. rare permission to cross the demilitarized zone. gloria steinem is part of the group. >> we feel very celebratory that we have created a voyage across the dmz in peace and reconciliation that was said to be impossible. we're not sure ourselves that we would be able to do it. but the fact is that we have accomplished something that is agreed to, that was agreed to, as a voyage. as a peaceful voyage by both governments. and we have now completed our trip. >> robert kelly is a professor of political science and diplomasdiplomacy and he says the
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march is likely to make much impact. >> these things don't really change north korea's policies, right? it has a pretty severe record of documented be are they going to release people from jail because of this protest. i don't think anybody believes this they are skeptical about the march. i don't see the change. by sort of crossing between the two states and see why north korea and south korea are to blame for this, you're letting north korea off the hook. they are not same. it allowed a million to 2 million of its people to starve odebt, well-known for treating
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its women horribly, women in prison camps are routinely raped and abused. and well-known in south korea. two somehow analogous suggesting that is an error. >> ukraine's billukraine's billionaire oligarch, petro poroshenko himself an oligarch, is accused of not doing enough to change the system. andrew simmons reports. >> reporter: in the distance there's shelling. and tanks are close to the front line. two blatant breaches of a minsk agreement ceasefire. it's another average day for these ukrainian volunteers in their standoff against pro-russian separatists regular armies conventional warfare are
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terms that would hardly best describe so many aspects of this from the other side. when you look at the background there's so little conventional about it. put simply if it wasn't for funding from a billionaire oligarch, the ne nepro 1 battalion wouldn't have existed. the battalion's commanders are here to accept the glitz they are an exclusive collection of swiss watches said to be worth more than $30,000 u.s. each. presented by a ukrainian mp, who was a commander until the oligarch was sacked. president petro poroshenko accused him of running his own private army.
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it followed extraordinary scenes when he ordered minltses ministers in overall chrome of the company. his advisory says the president is also an oligarch selling chocolates. >> judge does his business still work in russia. if we speak about the struggle with oligarchs it shouldn't be about the individuals it should be about the whole system. >> reporter: it's a system where all ukraine's oligarchs have their own television system this one not surprisingly begins to him. >> the bureaucracy they can capitalize on it. they can use the state companies to enrich themselves by getting all the income, the revenues from all those companies.
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so we just need to break these ties. >> back near the so-called ceasefire line they continue troop rotations. with the possibility of war resuming it's a big distraction from the wrongs in ukraine's political system. andrew simmons, al jazeera in eastern ukraine. >> people in ireland are celebrating over the result of the same sex marriage vote. tim friend has the story. >> the yes vote campaigners are jubilant. the size of their victory is even bigger than they'd anticipated. it's the world's first national vote on the issue. not long ago the result would have been unthinkable in this staunchly catholic country. >> never felt happier than i have this day because we did it. we did it. i'm so proud of this country.
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>> i'm so proud to be irish. you don't get many times when your life, you can be proud you're irish but this is one of them. >> reporter: even before the official declaration it quickly became clear who had won. all the main political parties backed a yes vote along with big business and celebrities. >> i'm so proud to be irish today, it's been a very emotional journey. >> in the time between their wedding and their reception party newly wednesdays vincent and dan coal. >> nobody told us we could or couldn't get married. you should be able to get married to the person you love. it's a wonderful quality. >> many still cling to
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conservative attitudes but the catholic church has been rocked by abuse scandals. attitudes are changing. at dublin airport irish flocked home to vote. >> my flight was originally booked for tomorrow but i changed it so i could vote. >> to criminalize homosexuality just over two decades ago the opponents have raised questions over parenthood and surrogacy issues. tim friend, al jazeera. >> the judge ruled in cleveland ohio that michael brelo acted within his authority two victims died in a hail of 13 bullets just the latest in many
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cases of black be victims shot by police officers. adam rainey live from much guatemala city. >> the chant the protesters are shouting is "no more corruption." a widening corruption scandal it shows they want to keep up the pressure on be the president perez, saturday in guatemala city on part of an ongoing wave of protests that the area has had for no, sir now. >> at the president's stage of power, it means the same people will keep corrupting the institutions that means there's no change.
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>> translator: it's probably too late for his resignation. now what i think we need to focus on is the upcoming elections. think with the future. >> reporter: what you're hearing from many protesters here in guatemala right now. they don't want the same guatemala that their parents had. that they're supposed to protect the institutions and they want to see not just their president resign but for a total reformation of the political process. >> afghanistan is facing an energy crisis. decades of war has damaged infrastructure and the end of nato and u.s. food subsidies has worsened the situation. jenniferjennifer glasse has the story. >> eight hours of electricity a day now we used to have 24.
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there were 800 people working here now there are only 12. >> reporter: could force him to become a fighter for taliban to make money. businesses get eight hours of electricity a day residents get four, two hours at a time. kandahar struggles more than other cities in afghanistan city residents and businesses basically have full time power brut that's because the capital and other cities have accessing to imported electricity. the problem has not always been this bad it's gotten worse since the nato withdrawal. >> when the forces were here we had 15 times power. our teams here also lost, no power. >> reporter: some of that electricity comes from this ten
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megawatt diesel plant built with u.s. funds but now the plant is silent. at the rates they charge they can only cover 10% of the cost of fuel. in the control room, abdalla sahir is dealing out electricity to kandahar's neighborhoods. people eventually need to be upgraded or replaced. but first the city has to find a source. businessman faisal says afghanistan missed a golden opportunity. >> clear the money was spent with long term in mind they wouldn't have spent it on these generators they should have
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built hydroelectric plants and after that solar winds. >> the money the government doesn't have, meanwhile the people of kandahar will have to taketake what they can get. jennifer glasse, al jazeera. >> if you want more you can go to our website that's on a special eldition of "america tonight", honouring the broken soldiers. >> i want people to know that the war doesn't end when the guns are silenced. i want them to know that a long time coming, but a salute to disabled veterans. also tonight - how did a veteran's hospital become the center of a great disservice to our nation's bravest defenders. christopher putzel inside the wisconsin hospital known as candiland


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