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opposition accuses government forces of attacking more than a dozen rebel-held areas. hello there. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. an i.s.i.l. attack in the iraqi capital. going nowhere, this 7,000 refugees stuck on the greece mf macedonia border. rolling out the red carpet, but
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the controversy rumbles on just hours before the oscars kicks off. it's good to have your company. it's the second day of a pause in fighting in syria and the cessation of hostilities is holding in most areas but not all. the opposition says government forces have attacked at least 15 rebel-held areas using heavy artillery and barrel bombs. activists say russian war planes have carried out air strikes in aleppo killing at least 10 people. ban ki-moon, said that any further bombings would make
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negotiations impossible >> reporter: the truce in syria started badly. a number of towns were hit. people here in this town thought they were safe. many people woke up to this following the early morning raids. >> translation: people were sleeping. what truce? they hit the houses, the shops, the markets. >> translation: this is from hezbollah. >> translation: the truce is meant to spare these people but it seems it didn't. >> reporter: the rebel group al-nusra with links to al-qaeda is excluded from the ceasefire deal along with i.s.i.l. people understand fighters are here. activists in the area has told al jazeera that the group is a number of rebel groups controlling this area. the terms of the truce can be interpreted differently by all the warring sides. the ministry of defense in
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moscow sa say the strikes are not a violation of the truce was i.s.i.l. was the target. fighting is also being reported between government forces and the rebels in areas. erdogan is also warning kurdish fighters, the y.p.g. who are fighting i.s.i.l., that the turkish army will stop them from creating a free corridor on turkey's southern border and that could worsen the fragile truce tens of thousands of syrians have also fled to the turkish border to refugee camps. our correspondent gained exclusive access to one of those camps. >> reporter: this camp is home to tens of thousands of syrians who have recently been displaced
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as a result of russian air strikes. this used to be entry land. now thousands of tents are crowded together separated by winding footpaths and narrow streets. they're lined by boys and girls who have had their childhood robbed from them by war. they're traumatised by war and abandoned by the international community. this baby is two weeks old. his father and pregnant mother fled their home in aleppo a few weeks ago when russian air strikes began targeting the town >> translation: we left our home because of the russian air strikes. they were nonstop. they didn't spare anybody >> reporter: they slept in a car for a week before the mother went in labor. after the baby was born they were given a tent. >> translation: they are not targeting i.s.i.l. they are targeting civil dwrans,
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especially sunnis. they are going after sunnis. >> reporter: although the flow of refugees has ongoing for several years now what makes this camp different is that the displaced say they have been forceably and intentionally removed by russian air strikes and the syrian regime in a bid to ethnicallially cleanse the area. they say that they're being expelled. after this man lost his left leg eight months ago, he sought refuge in a place where he was displaced for a second time. >> translation: they're bombing our towns to empty them of the indigenous people. >> reporter: rebel groups and the government of turkey have also accused russia of ethnic cleansing. ankara says that's why it's
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refusing to let these people in. turkish aid agencies are delivering food and blankets, but the prime minister said accepting refugees will change the demographics of syria. there isn't a city in syria that hasn't been affected by the war and there is not a child here who doesn't seem to be haunted by the death and destruction. these children are too small to understand the differences between arab and sunnis we're hearing reports of limited pockets of fighting but on the outside this truce seems more successful, than, perhaps anyone expected. >> reporter: yes. it depends who you speak to in terms of politician and leaders it does appear promising at least when you compare it to previous attempts over the past three or four years to try and get some sort of cessation of
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facilities put into place. if you speak to people in the places around aleppo, if you speak to people in others areas where bombs drop from the sky from the syrian air force or if you speak to the syrian government, then people will say there's no difference has been made. as you saw in that report, there have been several places where there are civilian hours that were destroyed in the early hours of the morning. this means that at least in the areas where the fighting continues, no aid can be delivered. they are areas that are really in desperate need of aid. however, after the snc and after the comments made by the saudi foreign minister there is hope from that side of the equation that that will be put on the international community to ensure that they don't continue to commit those violations as
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they have been accused. the next 24 hours will be critical to ensure that this cessation of hostilities is back back on track as was hoped for thank you: at least 70 people have died in an attack in the shia neighborhood north of the iraqi capital. 60 others were wounded when a roadside bomb and suicide attacker at the motorcycle. i.s.i.l. has claimed responsibility for that. iraqi fighters have been attacked by i.s.i.l. over the country. according to military sources, both areas are understand i.s.i.l. control and 18 policemen were killed during an i.s.i.l. aassault at a military
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barracks. >> reporter: two explosions happened today in baghdad. they happened in a very busy market. according to the sources the first explosion was a motorcycle. it is followed by another explosion when a suicider wearing a suicide vest blew himself up inside a gathering of people. they just gathered to trying to help the people whom were killed and injured in the first explosion. these explosion happened in a majority shia area which is subsidiary to a heavily security measures, but they're saying that all these security measures have been not enough to prevent this explosion to be happened. i.s.i.l. have the responsibility about this explosion. as police expected from the beginning, that the tactic used
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and this explosion it was clearly that i.s.i.l. would stand behind this explosion. this could be one of the biggest explosion because the number of the people were killed and injured is very high, and it seems that all security measures subjected in baghdad could not be enough to prevent such explosion at least 15 have died and several others wounded in an attack in somalia. it happened in north west of the capital. among of debted was the deputy minister for disarmament. greece's migration minister says as many as 70,000 people could find themselves trapped in greece next month unless other e.u. help to relieve the burden.
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>> reporter: this is on the greek macedonian border. it was set up last september as a transit camp intended for 1,000 people maximum. now 7,000 refugees are stuck here in bad conditions, many for more than a week now. >> translation: there are thousands of people here that are waiting to cross the borders. >> reporter: children want a bottle of water and orange and sandwich. queueing for everything is a daily grind here. tempers sometimes flair >> translation: i have to wait for minimum ten minutes. if i want to take food, i have to wait two hours. it is a very bad life. at night the child is very cold. it is not life here. >> reporter: on sunday refugees blocked the rail line between greek and macedonia chanting
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chair demands to be pabed. riot police were unmoved. the bottleneck follows austria's decision to only allow 3200 migrants transit the country each day. the balkans country and macedonia feared a backlog on their territories and quickly imposed their own restrictions. greece was left to shoulder the burden with 22,000 refugees on its soil currently and quickly rising. 3,000 more made the sea crossing to lesbos on sunday. athens says that unless these people can move onward, the number trapped in greece could rise to 70,000. they come on the mainland representation areas are full. people are living and sleeping on concrete floors and they're starting to despair.
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>> translation: this is not good. we have children. the people doesn't have hope here. >> reporter: efforts by turkey nato are expected to significantly stem the flow of rivals across the aegean over the next few weeks, but the plight of those already in europe is becoming a grave concern still to come on the al jazeera news hour, voting for moderation and reform. the indications so far from the iranian elections. livelihoods under threat as two rivers in the amazon basin are contaminated by a massive oil spill.
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welcome back. a reminder of those top stories. both russia and the bashar al-assad regime are accused of continuing attacks in some areas of syria despite the cessation of hostilities. at least 70 people have died just north of the iraqi capital from attacks. greece is warning the number of refugees on its soil could more than triple next month because of the cap imposed by countries further up the migration route. the iranian president has won a strong vote of confidence in the country's elections. whilst the official numbers are yet to be released moderates and reformists have done well indeed in the capital. >> reporter: friday's election was considered by many to be a test of support for iran's path
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out of international isolation and economic decay. as such the policies of the president including the nuclear deal with world powers that led to the lifting of sanctions have passed that test. his moderate and reformist allies have made the biggest gains in the country's key institutions in over a decade. analysts are quick to point out that neither immediate more lasting change is inevitable. >> if the economy doesn't pick up then perhaps in four years you will see the losers coming back to power. the president since he has been able to achieve an agreement, he has an advantage, but he has two major problems and that is the fall of the price of oil as well as the global economy that's not doing well. it remains to be seen how this will play out in the next year faf >> reporter: the vibrant bussle
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of grand bizarre is showing what it has brought. 60% of the population is under 30 and one in four of those is without a job. the economy is where most people want to see change the most. that means reforming the laws on trained foreign investment, the sort of things that along with international reengagement many you will extra conservatives are inherently suspicious of, to say nothing of the sort of social changes the young here crave >> reporter: which is why for so many voters loosening the conservative grip on power really matters. >> it is going to open the doors to the europe and other asian countries, to new relationships and communications with them, and we need to change and we have to change our parliament to protect our government.
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>> reporter: conservatives will remain powerful in both the new parliament and the influential assembly of experts that appoints and advise yes the supreme leader of the public, but significantly less powerful than before let's talk to jonah hull now. how close are we then to the final results? >> reporter: well, very close. we've been expecting it every hour through the day. it looks as though there won't be an final result, however, until month monday. most of the results have been released. when you put them together you get a pretty comprehensive picture of what has happened here. actually, a fairly mixed picture because there have been big wins for the reformists and moderates in some cities but also big losses. perhaps the most astonishing
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advance that they were able to make in both the elections was here in tehran in this voting district, the center of power, of course, of the 30 parliamentary seats available here in tehran they took all 30 knocking out some pretty powerful conservative figures in the process. of the 16 seats on the assembly of experts they appear to have taken 15 of those 16 seats. they've suffered losses elsewhere as well. neither side in the end, it seems, will have a working majority. they will have to rely on independents whose allegiance may shift from one side to the other depending on the matter at hand, but certainly i think the result of this election, the biggest, the best hand tilted towards reform that this country has seen in many years thank you for that.
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a third explosion at a remote coal mine in russia's arctic north has killed 10 rescue workers. they were trying to save 26 miners were trapped after methane gassed leaked causing two explosions on thursday. rescue efforts have halted. forces are tipped to reject a referendum that foreign criminals be deported. initiative has faced stiff opposition saying it has sir couple vend the rules of democracy. hillary clinton has won the primary in south carolina. the former secretary of state celebrated a victory over her rival bernie sanders. it comes ahead, of course, of super tuesday. the primaries next week when several states will choose which candidate to support.
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>> we have so much to look forward to. there's no doubt in my mind that america's best years can be ahead of us. we have got to believe that. we've got to work for that. we have to stand with each other. we have to hold each other up, lift each other up, move together into the future that we will make. thank you, god bless you and god bless america the race for the white house is now entering a decisive stage. on thursday the states and territories will hold primaries. our correspondent looks closer at how one man has dominated the campaign. >> reporter: in the battleground state of virginia it doesn't take you long to find someone someone with strong opinions about the presidential election >> i think voters are very angry about a lot of things >> reporter: this is a retired lawyer now using a café as an office.
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at 62 years old she has voted in a lot of elections, but she doesn't remember anything quite like this one mostly because donald trump is winning. >> i think he is a madman. >> make in america great again >> reporter: he is leading the republican primary so far despite or possibly because of statements like this on mexicans >> they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists >> reporter: on john mc drchlt ane >> he is a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured >> reporter: on his own campaign >> if i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody and eye wouldn't lose any voters >> reporter: very few predicted the rise of trump and that could be because unlike the rest of the country the capital region wasn't impacted as much by the great recession. houses still have values and wages are high >> if you only have a high school education, if you come from a rust belt region, if you
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used to work in manufacturing, things have been tough and haven't got much better >> reporter: at this café she is surrounded by people who have started over after losing jobs and income to the recession. she says she understands why people are angry. >> i like to punch him in the face >> reporter: but she still doesn't understand how these are the candidates she has to choose from, including the party she belongs to, the democrats. >> i'm so frustrated that i've almost stopped speaking about it. i want to cry for choices that americans are facing today. >> reporter: she doesn't know who she will vote for in the end, but she is sure of one thing, dlt will not be president of the u.s. >> americans will come to their senses. we're not as stupid as that. >> reporter: but they are angry and she is hoping after this campaign washington finally realises it two rivers in the amazon
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basin have been contaminated by a massive oil spill in peru. thousands of indigenous tribes who heavily rely on the river have been hit the worst. >> reporter: the scene behind me from the amazon region in peru would look pretty nice if you didn't know that about 3,000 barrels of crude oil had spilt into this river from a burst pipeline. this river really is at the center of varies communities of in-- various communities of daughter-in-lawing-- communities of indigenous people. they use the war to bathe and close and catch the fish that is a major part of their diet.
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this spill affected their super point of their existence. we've been talking to varieties of them and waiting for the government to see what it can offer. it was a state company, state oil company whose pipeline burst and whose oil spelt into this area. government has declared april state of emergency here. it is said that they can't use the river. it is trying to sort out medical attention for people who need it, but this isn't the first time that this has happened. 20 spills in the last five years have been registered. so in this latest one, the short-term solutions are kicking off, many say a little bit late, but the long-term solutions for these people whose diet, whose food supply and whose environment may have been severely affected won't be known for quite a while yet hollywood is preparing for its biggest night of the year in the 88th academy awards.
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of course it is sunday morning at the theater in l.a. this is the scene at the at the moment. i can spot one red gown there, but it's not just about the gowns but the controversy. chris rock will be presenting,, but this year's ceremony has been over shadowed over actors saying they're not coming. many countries will be broad countries and 80 countries have submitted films for best foreign language. >> reporter: preparations are pretty intense at the oscars. everything has to be perfect. the world is watching, remember, as the academy awards. who will win this year? there are your top film nominees. most of them we've seen before throughout award season. there are no surprises here. the revenant is expected to do
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very well. it is up for 12 awards. it took three top ones at the baftas. it's up against bridge of spies, not seen as a front runner, but this is hollywood. anything can happen here. there's the best actor nominees. dicaprio is there barely speaking in the film of revenant. the feeling is this is his year. spotlight's michael keating is also a name. his film is a quiet contender. best acttress, five to pick from. bri larson stole the show at baftas and is likely to be here
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the same. this whole debate about a lack of diversity in the wider film strip is something that will continue to be discussed for much longer, but it is still over shadowing what is the hollywood's biggest and happiest night. >> it has shown up all of this, how trivial it is. i don't think it is going to keep people from being in a happy mood. i think the academy itself is trying to ground that discussion in the ceremony by having black presenters, chris rock to there speak to the issue and he will be merciless and i hope he is >> reporter: creed is another film that ties into that debate. the nomination has been given to the white man. it is 39 years since he was nominated for an ass error for playing the same character. until that red carpet has been
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cleaned a hundred times and it has been worn thin, nobody knows which way it will go. that is part of the excitement. you never know how the story will end you can find out plenty more on our website at t aljaze tonight - hitting the brakes. red light cameras setting up to make streets safer, also making money for cities. quick cash that is hard to stop in more ways than one. i'm talking tonight about two subjects that don't usually end up in the same conversation. one is the number of people killed or injured in traffic accidents in american cities. and the other is the large


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