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d breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... emmy award winning investigative series... fault lines america's war workers only on al jazeera america >> malaysia's government confirms that mass graves have been discovered in an area known to be used by human traffickers. i'm jane dutton coming up in the next 30 minutes - fighting rages and yemen, but the country's exiled president says he won't attend peace talks in geneva ethiopia votes, but systematic oppression made it a np event
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women act -- nonevent. women activists cross north korea and south korea mass graves have been discovered in malaysia in an area known to be used by human smugglers. the government is investigating how many people may have been buried there, and where they came from. >> translation: today the chief and deputy chief of police are near the thai malaysian border to verify the mass graves found, believed to relate to human trafficking activities involving migrant. >> al jazeera's correspondent is there for us. >> we know that the home minister confirmed the discovery of mass graves but is not able to say how many bodies have been found or dug up. he is able to say that there were camps discovered in the
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area and said by the time police officers got to that area the camps had been abandoned. the police are believed to have made the discovery late last week. we know the inspector general of police and his deputy are in the area and are expected to hold a press conference to give details about what they had uncovered. we do know that there's a forensics team up there trying to conduct an investigation, determining where the bodies - where the people came from. >> and, florence we know a mass grave was discovered in thailand too. could there be a link here? >> right. absolutely, now, it seems that it would be - this is exactly what migrants rights activists, antihuman traffickers have been saying all along. southern thailand and northern malaysia has been used as a route by human smugglers, moving
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human cargo from myanmar to bangladesh through southern thailand northern malaysia. malaysia denied the existence of the camp but the discovery announced seems to fly in the face of that. now it's possible - it seems like there's a link between the camp in southern thailand. police have said there's a possibility, and it looks like the camps are linked. they are so close together geographically and it would be what people have been saying all along, and it's difficult for malaysian authorities now to say that they didn't know what happened. a lot of questions will be asked, and how long have the camps been in existence, and how would they operate with authorities. >> thank you for that u.n. brokered talks with the
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president haider al-abadi says he will not take part unless houthi rebels pull back. hashem ahelbarra has more from riyadh. >> president abd-rabbu mansour hadi, in exile has set companies with the geneva talks. he said that before going to geneva, they should stop interfering with the decisions made by the government. they should release political prisoners, including the minister of defence. he has been held for months by the houthis. it's - these are conditions that could undermine chances to go to geneva, because the houthis say that they are willing to go geneva but under no conditions and this is what the international community is trying to other out. they are holding meetings in the
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capital riyadh and members of the political parties. if he wan convince him to go to geneva that could be a significant step forward. they still insist on conditions and it could be a blow to the diplomatic way out to yemen a burning object widely reported to be a plane crashed in northern yemen. al jazeera obtained pictures which show the remains of two f-15 fuel tanks and parts of unused missiles. no evidence has been found of the main fuselage or cockpit. it reads royal saudi air force. there's no commentary from the military i.s.i.l. released images.
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following days of fighting the syrian government says most of the antiquity housed in palmyra have been transferred to damascus. jordan replaced the minister in a shake-up aimed at maintaining stability. the government is worried about support. >> reporter: this man makes enough money to just get by. like a lot of young men, not enough to get married. the problem is not i.s.i.l. it's unemployment. the city in this area is close to the border. many feel the difference. it has the highest poverty and installment mates.
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after i.s.i.l. burnt to death, an air force pilot in jordan the kingdom intensified its role. some that made clear they don't support i.s.i.l. say that jordan may not help. >> this is not our war. emotions made us feel sympathy but we should be far from war. >> they have little education and no jobs. >> they wouldn't be on camera they say they'll be arrested. some of the young men say they pore i.s.i.l. and i.s.i.l. only kills those that deserve to be killed. including the pilot, they say they've been executed. the city's mayor welcomed the shake-up by the government. >> the police withdrew from the
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city. since then they re-entered. >> translation: i think the only city in jordan is aman. we have lived with these and this atmosphere. >> instead of jobs being created, more young people will return to i.s.i.l. this is one of many parents whose sons have gone to fight. the youngest is killed. they were both fighting with al nusra front. >> translation: they went to fight, some were martyred. then they found this is app international game. they came back with different beliefs while the jordanian government is training them it's punishing the sons of mahn who do the same thing
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ethiopians are headed to the polls in the first general election since the death of prime minister. more than 36 million registered to vote in the regional and parliamentary poll. the people's democratic front is expected to hold on to power. the opposition parties accused the government of silencing them in order to hold on to power. >> reporter: orderly queues galvanised most politicians, there's 1,600 polling stations each handling about 800 or so. this is a scene by the government to ensure not many opposition supporters gather in one place, and turn the crowds into protesters voters have to
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have authenticated and check whether they are in the roll before they have it upright, and then pick the ballot papers and move into the both where they mark the ballot paper and drop it. this is what the ballot paper looks like. no names in here. >> there are 57 parties taking part in the election. the opposition claimed of intimidation. claims that the government denies. many are asking themselves will the opposition get the opportunity to give themselves more representatives in parliament. now they have a single member of parliament in the 527 seat house. >> the leader of a burundian opposition party has been shot
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dead in the capital. they were killed in a drive-by shooting on saturday. the deaths following weeks of protest. it's a bit for a third term. >> the people up the road - some of them are making the way. the road has been barricaded. they cordoned off the area so people could pay the respects. the family say they want answers, they want to know why he was killed. a car drove up and shot him. it's a military example. they want to know how this happened. close family and pend. it will be a tense week.
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talks between the government and opposition has been suspended. the government has nothing to do with the killing. they cannot continue with talks when the opposition supporters and leaders are killed. the deposit is told barr unitedians that they have three days to hand in -- bure undians that they have three days to hand in their weapons i'm jennifer glasse in kandahar. the biggest city in southern afghanistan doesn't have enough electricity because it can't affed to run its -- afterward to run its power stations. >> and ukraine's president is accused of inaction over the rich accused of fighting wars.
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thank for joining us. the top stories on al jazeera. a mass grave has been found near thailand's border with thailand. police are investigating whether they are the remains of victims of human trafficking a yemeni government spokesman says with no protest on the ground the exiled president will not attend talks in geneva ethiopia are heading to the polls. the country's ruling party is expected to remain in power a group around the world crossed the border between north and south korea on a peace march. they had setbacks on a trip aged
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at encouraging reconciliation between the countries, it has not stopped them describing it as a success. an historic moment for a group of peace activists crossing the border. they hoped to walk but were told at the last minute they'd have to take the bus. crossing a demilitarized zone is rarely allowed, involving a level of cooperation between two countries, which after 70 years are at war. >> personally came to north korea, with one-way ticket from beijing, we are going through seoul. we didn't think it would be possible. >> the group of 30 women come from 15 countries, including two nobel peace prize winners. . >> in the last few days they have met women from north korea, and made real human connections with people rarely allowed to
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speak to foreigners. north korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world. the north and south split. there was an all-out war, and a demilitarized zone set up between the two. so many sites have been fumbling can't be united. >> the u.s. and e.u. tested weapons. the aim of the trip is to help improve relations with the two koreas and the rest of the world. some observers are skeptical that it would help. >> they do not change north korea's policies. i don't see the causal relationship between this will the north koreans release people
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from gaol because of the protest. i don't think anyone believes that, which have why a lot of people are sent call about the mark. the group was brought attention to the issues, and the appealed to the united nations to normalize relations and agree on a lasting weighs treaty. >> in afghanistan, the taliban attacked seven checkpoints killing 10 police officers in the south. two posts in sanguin have been captured. they are regular targets. after decades of war, the end of n.a.t.o. and u.s. field subsidies made it worse. >> the
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>> this job feeds his family of 12. he thinks he won't have a problem. >> we have eight hours of electricity a day. we used to have 24. there were 100 working here, now there's 12. >> reporter: mohammed said losing his job could force him to be a fighter for the taliban or turn to crime. anything to make money. businesses get eight hours of power a day, residents four. two hours at a time. kandahar struggles more than other cities. there are sporadic outages in other places, residences and people have full-time pow, because the capital has access to imported electricity. the power problem here wasn't this bad, it's worse since the n.a.t.o. withdrawal. >> when american and canadian forces were here, they had 50 megawatts. when they left. thi had their tents here we lost - no power.
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>> some of that electricity comes from the 10 megawatt diesel plant built with american funds. now the generators are silent. >> running the camp at full capacity would bring the people at kandahar 8 hours a day. the power people say it doesn't make financial sense. they can only cover 10% of the cost of fuel. in the control room they are dolling out power to the neighbourhoods. suddenly the lights go off because of a short in the power grid. it is reset. kandahar's grid is unstable. it will need to be upgraded or replaced. first the city has to find a power source. this businessman says afghanistan missed a golden opportunity because the international community didn't invest well. >> clearly the money was spent with long-term in mind. we wouldn't have spent it on
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these generators. the first choice should have been building hydro-electric plants and solar window. -- windows. >> any of the options would take years to complete, costing tens of millions the government doesn't have. >> in the meantime people of kandahar have to make do as best they can greece says it can't afford to pay its debt to the international monetary fund due next month. it owes $1.8 billion, and says it doesn't have the money to make the payment poland is choosing its new president in a run-off vote. the current president is facing a challenge from a former member of the european parliament, but unknown in polish politics. analysts say the race is too close to call. >> in ukraine the president is facing criticism for failing to step out corruption. they are accused of influencing
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politics. andrew simmonds has the details. >> reporter: in the distance there's shelling. and damages are close to the front line. two breeches. an average day from the ukranian volunteers in a stand off against pro-russian militia. >> regular armies turns to what is described as paelents from either side. >> when you look at the background there's very little. >> put simply if it wasn't for funding, they may never have
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existed. they are here to receive bravery awards. they are not medals but swiss watches, said to be worth $30,000 each. >> translation: presented by ukranian mp who was an advisor to igor kolomoiski until he was sacked as a regional governor. president petro porashenko accused him of running his own private army. it followed extraordinary scenes when the militia were called into the office in a battle for control of company. >> a former advisor says the president is an oligarch, and he is critical. >> translation: a lot of citizens have questions. speaking about oligarchs, it shouldn't be about individuals,
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but the whole system. >> reporter: it's a system where all of ukraine's oligarchs have their own tv stations - the one here not surprisingly belonging to kolimoyski. >> the ideal world is to protect the system. they can capitalize on it. they can use the state companies to enrich themselves getting the income and the revenues so it - they need to broke the thais. >> back near the ceasefire, they continue the troop rotation and the possibility of war resuming it's a big distraction russia's president vladimir putin signed a bill to ban non-governmental organizations. authorities have the power to shut down foreign n.g.o.s,
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undesirable, and gaol employees. an american police officers has been acquitted of the charges in the deaths of two unarmed black people. it's the latest case to go to court after a series of police-related shootings in the u.s. where the victims were black. >> as the judge read his verdict michael brello cried tears of relive. >> i find the defendant not guiltiy of counts one and two. >> he thanked his legal team and left the courtroom. >> timothy russell and melissa williams died in a hail of bullets after a car chase. more than 100 shots were fired as the chase came to a bloody conclusion, and officer brelo claimed on to the front of the car and fired 15 bullets through
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the windscreen. the judge could not rule beyond reasonable doubt that the officer was responsible for the death. outside, crowds waited for the verdict. >> we have no justice. they are killing kids. they are killing women. they do whatever they want to do. nobody. nobody is not doing nothing about it. nobody. no justice. no peace. no justice. no peace. >> the department of justice was involved in the case saying that the cleveland police worked in a pattern of excessive force and violated human rights. the prosecutors called the police ruthless. >> we stood toe to toe with an oppressive government trying to coerce and put away a law-abiding citizens who did his job in this case, even though there were tragic circumstances and outcomes. cleveland's mayor called for calm. >> this is a defining moment. as we hear this verdict and respond to the verdict and we as
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a city move ahead in a way that will ensure whatever injustices may be, will no longer happen again. >> there has been a number of police-related deaths, among them the shooting of michael brown in missouri and freddie gray in baltimore. the justice department will review all legal options after the verdict and decide whether additional steps are available and appropriate oscar ravero one of the 20th sent u your human rights activists has been beautified. he was famous for speaking out against oppression violence and poverty the citroen ds is one of the
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recognisable cars on the planet. on the 60th anniversary fans flocked to france to celebrate. jacky rowland joined them. jean pierre is in love. a passion that consumed him for most of his adult life. a passion that consumed him for much of his life, and the object of his obsession is a car. this is the citroen daes, it means goddess in french. for enthusiasts. the car commands religious devotion. >> it was really a car unlike any other, with a high level of comfort that you couldn't find anywhere else. >> the daes was a symbol of french national pride. the president adopted as an official vehicle, and the palace had a fleet of them for ceremonial occasions, the car retains cult status.
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the destinctive design and sleek ines make it popular with collectors, and they came out in their hundreds to celebrate its 60th anniversary, when the cars appeared on the streets of paris, they caused a sensation. it was as if a flying saucer arrived in the champs elysees. people had not seen anything like it before, it was a futuristic design, a space-age design, part of the atmosphere of optimism and confidence that characterised the post-war period. the car included many technical innovations, headlights that swivel as the car turns a corner. and a suspension system that cushions the bumpiest of roads. >> it was something new in the car world. if you drive it, it's like driving in a boat on the road. enthusiasts love the design and driving experience, but the car embodies a confident optimistic
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