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syria's fragile truce begins. >> reporter: tens of thousands of the internally displaced are hoping that the cessation in hostilities will help bring much needed aid hello there. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. iraq's capital reals from an attack by i.s.i.l. which has claimed at least 70 lives. a senior vatican official
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compelled to give evidence in an australian inquiry into child sex abuse. the cessation of hostilities appears to be holding in most parts of syria, but there are claims it has been breached by the government. sir's opposition say government forces have attacked at least 15 rebel-held areas using heavy artillery and barrel bombs. russia have violated the deal. they have allegedly carried out air strikes in aleppo killing at least 10 people in the village of babes. the u.n. is poised for deliver to 154,000 syrians in besieged areas in the next five days. the flow of people fleeing continues. many have made their way to the refugee camp from where our correspondent reports. >> reporter: it feels like the
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world has abandoned this man. he has had his home twice destroyed in the past few years. the second time was a few weeks ago. >> translation: they bottomed my home as we tried to escape. they destroyed my car which had all my belongings it >> reporter: i asked why he believes his town was targeted? >> translation: there were no terrorists in our town. the russians were targeting civilians they want to get rid of us all >> reporter: these people are now in the camp but it is not equipped to accommodate all these people. there are only a handful of toilets for the tens of thousands here, medicine is in short supply and there's no heating to combat the severe cold. the aid agency which runs the camp together with charities says it is doing its best.
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100,000 loaves of bred and 25,000 hot meals are delivered every day. they've also provided 20,000 blanket and more than 3,000 tents, but they say much, more more is needed. gentleman >> opportunity fortunately, the international community are not doing enough which we expected from them. hopefully, after of ceasefire which is recently sipd by both sides, it will encourage the international communities to provide the services for us. >> reporter: agencies have set up tents to shelter the thousands of internally displaced. the conditions here are dire to say the leaflet. take a look-- least. take a look at this. this is a can you believe of inches dug into the ground. if there is any significant rainfall, it will run into the tent but increasing the risk of the spread of disease across
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this camp. as we walk through the camp we meet one lady who has walked hundreds of kilometers together with her four children. she fears for their lives. >> translation: where shall i go? just tell me where. just put us in a place so we can die peacefully and we will. we don't want to even live any more. we want to die peacefully >> reporter: her cries of that are from a whose children's lives slip away as she watches helplessly. she is not unique. this lady has two metally handicapped children who huddle here. aid is meant to reach all of those across the area. the destruction and devastation to people's lives and property makes it an impossible task.
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what is more daunting to think about whether everything that has been destroyed will be rebuilt > at least 70 people of been killed just north of the capital. a suicide bomb has been claimed by the i.s.i.l. i.s.i.l. has also attacked fighters across the country. several policemen were kidnapped by the group. according to source, both areas are now under i.s.i.l. control. 18 policemen were killed during an i.s.i.l. assault on a military barracks near fallujah. our correspondent sent us this update from baghdad.
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>> reporter: two explosions happened today. they happened in a very busy market called bride marngt. according to the sources, the first explosion was a motorcycle. it is followed by another explosion when the suicider wearing a suicide vest blew himself up inside the gathering of people. they gather trying to help. the people who are killed and injured in the first explosion. these explosions happened in the city. it is a majority shia area and it is subjected to security measures, but it seems that all these security measures have been not enough to prevented this explosion to be happened. i.s.i.l. hold the responsibility about this explosion. as police suspected that from the beginning, the tactic used in this explosion, it was clear
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that i.s.i.l. could stand behind this explosion. this could be one of the biggest in baghdad because a number of the number killed and injured is very high. it seems that all security issues could not be enough to prevent such explosion at least 15 people have died and several others wounded in twin suicide attacks in somalia. it happened in a restaurant. among the casualties is the deputy minister of disarmameant cardinal george pell is to appear before a royal commission in australia. he is appearing via video limpg because he is differencing-- link because he is too sick. >> reporter: taking the witness
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stand on the other side of the world. on sunday night he answered questions by a sex abuse commission in sydney from rome via video link. now in charge of the vatican economy he was a senior priest in his native ballarat and later in melbourne from 1970s to 90s where many children were abused by police. the commission wanted to know if he knew and why he didn't do anything about it. he said he was too unwell to travel australia to face the commission in person, a claim that sparked widespread outrage in a crowd funding campaign that raised more than 150,000 in a week to cover travel expenses to rome for 15 survivors. >> we are not here to intimidate him or anything, but he's got to look at our faces as the ones who have been damaged by the
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clergy. >> i would love for him to stand up appeared say we got this wrong, we didn't handle this well, but we can do better now. we can help the victims now. >> reporter: at 11 years old he was abused by his uncle, a priest who has since been convicted of 80 counts of child abuse. he was the first survivor to speak out in 1993. he says cardinal pell knew both him and his abuser. >> he was bishop pell then this been a family friend. i had known him since i was a child. i called him in the hope that he could help me in some way. he said to me, what will it take to keep you quiet. >> reporter: he will give evidence once a day at least until wednesday. he is not facing criminal charges, but should the commission ruled that he either ignored or protected abusers, then his position could become
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unatan able greece is warning the number of refugees and migrants on its soil could more than triple next month because of the a cap imposed by other countries. more than 70,000 could find itself trapped inside greece next month until help is given. >> reporter: this is the border that was set up last september as a transit camp intended for one thousand people maximum. now 7,000 desperate 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 fight for a bottle of water, orange and, perhaps, a sandwich. queuing for everything is a
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detail he grind here. inevitably tempers flair. >> translation: i have to wait hours to go to the toilet and also to get food. at night children are very cold. it's not life here. >> reporter: on sunday refugees blocked the rail line between greece and macedonia chanting their demands to be allowed to pass. macedonian riot police were unmoved. the bottleneck follows austria's decision to introduce a daily cap of 80 asylum applications and lets only 3200 migrants transit the country each day. furthered back other countries 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 crossing to
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lesbos on saturday. unless thee people can move onward, the number trapped in greece could rise to 70,000 next month. they come to the mainland but reception centers are full and now even the ferry terminal is full. people are living and sleeping on concrete floors and they're starting to despair. >> i hope they open the borders. we have children and women. the people doesn't have hope here. >> reporter: efforts by turkey an nato are expected to significantly stem the flow of rivals across the aegean in the next few weeks, but the plig, this of those already in europe is becoming a grave concern in the last hour macedonian authorities have let in 400 migrants and refugees from the greek side of the border of the most of them are women and children. they spent days waiting to
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across into the balkan country into greece where macedonia has endorsed strict transit restrictions. more than 6500 refugees are still stranded at the camp in the greek bordertown. fish numbers have not yet been released but it appears that selections have been an overwhelming vote are of confidence for president. they won all parliamentary seats in tehran, the biggest voting district. >> reporter: friday's election was considered by many to be a test of support for iran's path 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 their biggest
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gains in the country's cue institutions in over a decade, but analysts are quick to point out that neither immediate nor lasting change is inevitable. >> if the economy doesn't pick up then perhaps in four years from now 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 is not doing well. so it remains to be seen how this is going to play out in the next year and a half. >> reporter: the vibrant bustle of the grand bizarre disguises that which have been wrought here. 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
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trade and foreign investment, the sort of things that along with international re-engagement many ultra conservatives are 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 with them and we have need for change and we have to change the parliament to protect our government. >> reporter: conservatives will remain powerful in both the new parliament and the influential assembly of experts that appoints and advises the supreme leader. but significantly less powerful than before
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still ahead on al jazeera, the latest from peru as two rivers in the amazon basin are contaminated by a massive oil spill. people are flocking to cuba for medical health services. all that when we come back. ome back.
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welcome back. a reminder of the top stories. the u.n. and partner aid organizations say life saving aid will be delivered to 154,000 syrians in besieged areas in the next five days. a cessation in hostilities
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remains in place in syria as it entered its third day. at least 70 people have died in an i.s.i.l. attack just forth of the iraqi capital. cardinal pell has been compelled to give evidence an explosion occurred after rescuers tried to rescue workers from a collapsed mine. the operations have been halted. those trapped under ground have died. two rivers in the amazon basin have been contaminated. thousands of indigenous tribes who rely on the river have been
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worse hit. >> reporter: the scene behind me from the amazon region in peru would look eye dillic-- idyllic if you didn't know that thousands of crude oil halls flowed into it. this is the home for indigenous people that use the river to bathe, wash their clothes and to catch the fish which form a major part of their diet. so when the oil spilt into this river, it really affected the very center point of their existence and at the moment eating vegetables, we've been talking to various of them and waiting for the government to see what it can offer to try and resolve this problem. it was a state oil company whose pipeline burst and whose oil spilt into this river. now the government has declared
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a 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 currently kicking off. many people 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 hundreds of demonstrators in myanmar have ram eat against aung san suu kyi becoming their next head of state. they're angry about people's changes to the kon city dues-- proposed. it bars anyone from who has british passports illegal. they want the law changed so she
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can become president. the race for the white house is entering a decisive stage. on tuesday 13 states and territories will hold primaries to decide who they want to be their party's nominee for president. a closer look at how one man has dominated the campaign. >> reporter: in the battleground state of virginia it doesn't take long to find someone with strong opinions about the election i think americans are worried about a lot of things. >> reporter: she is a retired lawyer and she has voted in a lot of elections. she doesn't remember anything quite like this one. mostly because donald trump is winning. >> i think he is a madman. >> reporter: businessman donald trump is leading the republican primaries so far despite or possibly because of statements like this on mexicans >> they're bringing drugs and crime, raping.
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>> reporter: on january mccain >> he is a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured >> reporter: on his own campaign >> i could stand in the middle of fifth appear avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters >> reporter: very few people predicted the large rise for donald trump. maybe because the region wasn't impacted by the recession. >> if you're from a community of color, if you only have a high school education, if you come from a rust best region, if you working in manufacturing, things have been tough. >> reporter: at this café this woman is surrounded by people who have lost their jobs. she understands poo people are angry-- why people are angry, but she doesn't understand why these are the candidates she has to choose from, including the
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democrats. >> i am so frustrated that i've almost stopped speaking about it. i want to cry. i want to cry for the choices that americans are facing today. >> reporter: she doesn't know who she will vote for in the end but she is sure in of one thing, donald trump won't 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 providing medical services to foreign countries is a major source of cuba's national income. the island is eyeing its maybe to the north as it looks to ex-planned its health tourism-- expand its health tourism industry. >> reporter: ride ago a horse is strengthening the muscles in this boy's back. he has cerebral palsy and he is
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getting long-term treatment at this hospital. two strokes brought this man here all the way from ghana. he says in almost three months he has made great strides regaining his mobility. he has paid $10,000 so far day in and day out physical speech and occupational therapy. >> we found that cuba had the best value for money. they have massive their usage. >> reporter: this the taf like to think of it as a hostel and hospital. many have come here no heal frirmly from canada china and europe. people are not coming here for state of the arted treatment. it has been difficult for hospitals to obtain certain types of equipment and medicine. the government says it has hurt
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its ability to market, specifically to the u.s. with ties expanding between the two countries, the cuban government has reason to feel optimistic >> it is a very important market. we can design a series of programs for them. >> reporter: we came across to group touring the hospital >> i just wanted to know about it and see what is done in cuba by myself. rather than making assumption for that. whether there's an untapped american market remains to be seen. in the meantime, people such as these two may be the best advertisement for cuba's medical tourism industry. the hope is both will soon walk out of here on their own swiss voters have rejected a
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referendum that foreign law breakers be deported. almost 60% of the voters rejected it. hollywood is preparing for its biggest night of the year with the 88th academy wars. preparations are in full swaining. this year's ceremony has been over shadowed by controversy. they're looking to a film win hopeful. >> reporter: a film deep into the jungle in race of the serpent tells of two expeditions down the amazon river 30 years apart. it is a tribute to the lost cultures of the colombian life.
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>> i feel the film has struck a cord because it is some people are getting tired of society and they're looking for different ways to live. many people are on a spiritual search and to be reminded of cultures, it is something that people respond to. >> reporter: a response that brought international recognition. first at the cannes film festival and then with an oscar nomination for best foreign picture. the first ever for a colombian film >> it is like a coming of age. we're just glad that we got to be a part of it. >> reporter: films like land and shade also won show signs of our film industry that has been considered in the 90s. an awakening which many tributes
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to a decade old film law that is starting to bear fruits. >> translation: we created a development fund from ticket sales and profits of distributors and producers. it is an indirect taxation which means we don't rely on the national budget or the political will of who is in partner. it has helped three productions a year become 36. >> reporter: 2015 has been the best year ever in the history of this country's cinema. while there are many reasons to celebrate, one important component is still missing, a strong national audience. while theater attendance has doubled, only 5% goes to colombian films >> translation: we need the support of people in order tore this to grow and sustain itself in time. hopefully this is the start of the first golden age of cinema.
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>> reporter: one that is showing the promise of a country rife with great stories to tell, but still in search of an audience at home ready to fully fall in love with them you can find out much more on our website. the address is tonight apple continues its fight with the f.b.i. over unlocking the shooter's iphone. i will talk to a security expert who thinks apple should give in. in our panel fears over donald trump presidency. and my final thought on america's double standard when it comes to double rights. i'm ali velshi. this is third rail


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