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on the run, officials in belgium say they are looking for a second man, possibly involved in the brussels attacks, and six people are arrested in a series of raids across the capital. plot foiled. >> the investigation in question is going to close in on this criminal organization and people who are its accomplices >> reporter: france's interior minister says police prevented
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another imminent attack in paris. more crimes. >> the chamber here by sentences you radovan karadzic to a single sentence of 40 years of imprisonment a u.n. tribunal convicts former bosnian serb leader of genocide. i.s.i.l. launches an offence to retake mosul good evening. i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america's international news hour. we begin tonight with a series of new developments in the investigation into the brussels bombings. belgium police arrested six individuals today as part of their widening probe into
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tuesday's airport and subway massacres. some were detained in over night raids carried out in brussels and suburbs. it comes as authorities now believe at least two men involved in the attacks may have survived. both were seen on surveillance cameras before the explosions, one at the airport and one at the metro. belgium's terror threat assessment is no longer at highest level even though authorities are concerned that the country remains a target and admitted that another attack is "both likely and possible". paul brennan is in brussels with more on the investigation. >> reporter: how many attackers were involved in the brussels bombings? cctv pictures showed they're at the airport. two of them are known to be dead, one on the run. belgium state media says there may have been two people involved in the blast at the station. a suicide bomber and another man who may be still at large. as the manhunt widens, serious questions are being asked of the
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intelligence services. the background of airport bomber brahim el-bakraoui should, perhaps, have rung alarm businessmens. in january 2010 he was involved in a violent armed robbery at a money exchange office in brussels, shooting a police with a rifle. in september 2010 he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. in october 2014 he was released on parole and subsequently absconded. the first indication of i.s.i.l. affiliation came in june 2015 he he was arrested in it turkey en route to syria. a month later, he agreed to be voluntarily deported back to the netherlands. turkey says it warned both the dutch and belgium authorities that he posed a serious danger. >> what seems to appear from the investigation, from what has happened, is that we have underestimated the role or the
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intentions of a number of individuals. that's one thing. the other thing is we have probably underestimated the scope of the cell that was involved in the paris attacks in the first place, and then subsequently in the brussels attacks. >> reporter: more survivors are starting to speak. many suffered severe burns. this lady was at the airport when her world was turned upside down. >> there was an enormous noise like it was the end of the world in one second. i found myself on the floor and there was ash everywhere and it was all grey. i got up and lecht as quickly as i could. >> reporter: her experience is that of dozens of others also caught up in the explosions. in another strand of this investigation, salah abdeslam's lawyer ran a gount the of media cameras outside the justice
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center on thursday. the alleged tenth bomber from the paris attacks did not appear in person, but notified the court that he won't oppose extradition to paris. >> reporter: why does he want to go to france? >> because i think it is the most important part of the file. i think he has explanation to give. >> reporter: there have been more memorial ceremonies. outside belgium parliament the country's king and queen paid their respects and presented a wreath of flowers. a silence was observed outside the stock exchange. one minute of silence here has developed into more than five minutes, a silent reflection now. the public opinion here in brussels is also changing from the initial greech and shock to anger-- grief and shock to anger at the failings of the police and intelligence service >> reporter: the interior minister and justice minister have offered to resign their
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positions. their resignations were refused by the prime minister. the chorus of criticism is not going away joining us is a contributor to the new yorker whose reporti reporting includes terrorists. you've written a cup of pieces in the past couple of weeks. one before the brussels attack on the day that salah abdeslam was arrested. you subtly questioned the prime minister saying that he was celebrating a victory that day because you said that salah abdeslam had managed to avoid belgium authorities for 125 days. having spent so much time there, did you expect something like this would happen? >> sadly, these attacks don't come as i huge surprise. what is surprising,, both with the paris attacks in november
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and the brussels attacks, is the level of coordination and the scale of killing, frankly. there have been a number of smaller scale attacks. the man on the train that was foiled last august, previously the january 2015 that was busted before anything came of it the jewish museum. >> yes you wrote another piece after the attacks. in that you say that european authorities know that these men have gone from europe to fight with i.s.i.l. and come back that they have trouble prosecuting them >> right why? >> intelligence doesn't necessarily qualify as evidence to the requisite level for a prosecution. while there may be signals that suggest that they may have joined a terrorist organization which is a crime an and can be prosecuted, if the level of
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evidence isn't solid enough to prosecutor, then they rarely bring it to court. in fact they don't have the man power to watch them all >> certainly not. one of the problems on that front, specifically with prosecution, is in denmark, for instance, the head of a former executive director of the security surveillance service said they were nervous about their prosecution. they have had 60 returnees. they haven't tried because if the prosecution fails it sends a signal of impunity. they only want to start once they have an open and shut case that is frightening. your june story focused on an belgium cell. this organization was dedicated to destroying the belgium system. it had publicly announced it
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would destroy belgium monuments. it indoctrinated youths. it had pamphlets explaining how to beat women. how did the last as long as it did? >> there was investigation into it, and there was a clear idea of what was going on. at the same time the group hadn't broken laws. it is a democracy. who would want to live in a society in which you can't express your opinion on the streets when you're actually calling for violence, there should be some ability to go after these groups >> sure you went a lot of time in these neighborhoods profiling some of these people. why have belgium become the greatest per capita contributor of foreign fighters and what
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about these neighborhoods? are they so alienated that they're not helping belgium authorities? >> we have to look at the notion of a cell less of a sort of terrorist group and more as often preexisting - pre-radical relationships. friendships, team mates. brothers, certainly. when young people travel, each has an affect on locals. it is team mates, siblings or friends. i think what we're seeing is these logistics networks that seem to back a lot of these attacks that contributed to salah abdeslam's hiding for 125 days in the city that knew him best. this comes down to these guys know them as former team mates, not as terrorists as we see in
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the news. the notion that they are anything but what they knew the man before the conflict is hard to grasp this is frightening on so many different levels. thank you for joining us >> thanks for having me a development out of france where the government says police have foiled what could have been an imminent attack. france's interior minister says that the man is a french national who belonged to a terrorist network and plans for an attack were at an advanced stage. details of the attack have not yet been released. to the fight against i.s.i.l. in iraq. the iraqi government launched the first phase of its offensive to take back mosul. iraq says the army has retaken several villages in the area from i.s.i.l. they say they can retake mosul this year, but some analysts call that overly optimistic.
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i.s.i.l. over ran mosul in 2014 as it rap toured roughly a third of iraq. in syria government forces claimed to have entered the i.s.i.l. held city of palmyra. the city fell on i.s.i.l. last may. our correspondent reports on what could be a significant step for the syrian regime. >> reporter: the pictures broadcast on the television are said to show a significant advance. syrian government troops fighting to retake historic palmyra from i.s.i.l. state media also showed war planes and helicopters flying over head as soldiers approached on the ground. while there has been no independent confirmation, the syrian council for rights said fighting continued outside the city on thursday after the syrian army moved to the city outskirts on wednesday. i.s.i.l. captured the city which
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clues a unesco world heritage site last may and began mass executions. palmyra's location manges it an important one for the forces and allies. while russia withdrew forces from syria after six months of aerial bombardment, the government of bashar al-assad has recently made advances in rebel-held territory. the current offensive coincides with talks in geneva between syria's government and the main opposition group as the u.n. attempts to negotiate a political solution to the civil war. while a ceasefire between governments forces and opposition rebel factions has significantly reduced violence, the cessation of hostilities agreement exclude al-nusra front and i.s.i.l. i.s.i.l. which has taken over localities of territory in both syria and neighboring iraq finds itself attacked on both fronts
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as both countries commit for troops to a fight it's vowed to win a united nations tribunal sentenced radovan karadzic to 40 years in prison after finding him guilty of war crimes. he was convicted on ten of the 11 charges against him including one count of genocide. our correspondent has more. >> reporter: radovan karadzic showed no emotion as he was convicted. he was responsible for the siege of sar; ajevo. >> the chamber finds that he had reason to know that crimes had been committed by his
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subordinates in the aftermath of the fall of the area and he failed in his duty of supreme commander to take necessary measures. >> reporter: many of the victims' families had travelled to hear the verdict. the horrors of a war which ended more than 20 years ago sometime etched on the faces of those who had survived it-- still etched on the faces of those who had survived it. >> every time i see this picture it is not easy for me because it reminds me of the crime of radovan karadzic. >> reporter: radovan karadzic, president of the bosnian serbs in the early 90s, was also commander of its forces. after the war ended he disappeared. he was in neighboring serbia. not hiding in secret but disguised as an mystic healer.
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he and defiant in a trial lasting more than seven years. the current serb leader called the trial a humiliation and said radovan karadzic was subject to selective justice. for some the 40-year sentence falls short. there is a sense of frustration here that he was only convicted of 10 of the 11 counts against him. this also anger at the length of his sentence with some people saying it is too short. >> reporter: outside the court radovan karadzic's legal adviser was dprontd by relatives of the victim. >> he was disappointed and he was astonished by the verdict and he has asked us to appeal. >> reporter: his conviction closes one chapter in the darkest period of the history, but in a society still divide on ethnic lines, reconciliation is still a distant hope
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coming up next a closer look at radovan karadzic and his war creams an the victims-- crimes and the victims left behind. egyptian police say they have found a group linked to the abduction and murder of an italian student in cairo
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putting the genocide of
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radovan karadzic into focus. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: more than 20 years after the signing of the dayton accord ended the war, wounds run raw and deep. a three-year siege of the capital sarvjevo organized by radovan karadzic left as many as 12,000 residents dead, spround r surrounded by mountains, civilians lifted in terror from snipers. and shelling. one of the most brutal chapters in the war was the massacre of more than 8,000 men and boys. it was the worst massacre since world war ii. they're still digging up bones topped >> translation: for those who did not find the loved ones, it's hardest for them. my grandmother and others have their graves.
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>> reporter: troops demanded by radovan karadzic over ran the u.n. designated safe haven in july 1995. there was a footage that offered clues. dead bodies and soldiers on horse back also shown muslim prisoner calling out to others to surrender. after the war he disappeared. nato forces looked for him all over. he was in neighboring serbia, aif the have not hiding in secret but disguised as a healer. he defended himself at the hague. >> translation: my conscience is clear. i trust that the chamber will study carefully all the evidence. if that happens, i have no doubt that judgment of acquittal will follow. >> reporter: with him convicted of genocide and war crimes, he will face a similar verdict.
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ewe goes slavian president-- yugoslavian was convicted and found dead in his cell. this is important but not likely to reconcile bosnia to its past. the guns have fallen silent but the country is as divided as ever. genocide didn't happen only here. but across all the bosnia. as well as persecution suffering in everything we lived through our guest now joins us. i'm sure this is a bitter sweet moment for you to see, the butcher of bosnia convicted and sentenced for his crimes >> it is more bitter than sweet. i'm not about punishment, i'm not about revenge. i'm really about looking at the consequences of these crimes and what can be done to remedy the
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lives of those who have lost everything or at least who have lost many of their loved ones. remember the tribunal here focused on the head of a joint criminal enterprise. that remains. many of the victims continues to be under the cloud of this enterprise it remains in your belief as the government of the bosnian serb republic >> yes. that's correct. he was convicted on the basis of him being the president of the serb republic, not as the bosnian strong man or someone accounting individually. the people who are part of this joint criminal enterprise are other members of the leadership of the serb republic radovan karadzic kept insisting that he didn't know what had happened and kept saying that he was only trying to defend bosnian serbs.
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despite everything, all the evidence in this trial, there are still people in bosnia who support him. the country remains divided. >> coming back again, the head of the area today said that the verdict was unjust, but more importantly, more telling, just a few details ago he dedicated a student dormitory named radovan karadzic. in this way we are perpetuating this criminal enterprise. i think europe and the u.s., international community, including the united nations, have to take responsibility for this. the consequences are not just for bosnia. what we see happened in bosnia is used as a model by everyone from i.s.i.s. to the ukrainian rebels. to call i.s.i.s. a joint criminal enterprise is extremely appropriate.
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what is unfortunate for the bosnian muslims is i.s.i.s. tried to use the injustice done as a recruiting tool. weep stand against that but we must say that justice has not been done yet and it cannot be done until this joint criminal enterprise is undone and the ethnic cleansing that we saw in bosnia is similar to what we see i.s.i.l. do in iraq and syria >> that's correct. we have now victims who are christians, who are shia muslims and sunni muslims of i.s.i.s. the question i ask on behalf of those victims, and like the juice who survived the hall owe kauft, who spoke out on behalf of bosnia, speaking about the genocides being committed now, whether they're in myanmar or else where. the question is what remedy will those victims have? will they just see one individual, a figure head troyed before an hague tribunal or will
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they victims, those christians and other muslims be to facilitate to return to their homes that's an important questions. will these people be punished. are these international tribunals effectively. people are saying that this verdict is the most important thing since nuremberg but it took a long time. justice is moving very slowly here. the head of serbia died before his trial even ended, and it had gone on for years >> nonetheless we do have a verdict. maybe it moved slowly because people tried to see the notion of the rule of law be overcome by time. in fact, we should keep in mind that the verdict today is also a verdict against the dayton accord which by the way i signed. i signed to gain a peace and stop a war and stop genocide. now it is time to go back and say, what did, in fact, the u.s.
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and europe and, in effect, the united nations endures in dayton and did they endorse the continuation of the joint criminal enterprise because of the way that it remain today >> that's right. there is a verdict against what was done there. we could have called it a necessary diplomacy, a necessary concession, but i think now we have the rule of law demanding something fresh, something beyond this. snoop thank you for that. it is very good of you to join us. remember that this was the bloodiest conflict in europe since world war ii. >> thank you john kerry meets with russian vladimir putin. why an israeli soldier was detained after shooting a palestinian man involved in a stabbing attack.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international news. tracking the source of brazil's zika outbreak. several media companies are threatening to stop filming at studios in georgia over a pending religious rights bill. among other things, built would
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allow religious officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. the governor has not said if he will sign it. an n.f.l. reporting back again concussions. it says there is faulty research. the paper claims 100 cases were left out. more than 10% of all diagnosed cases. the n.f.l. issued a point by point rebuttal to the report but acknowledged more research needs to be done. garry shandling died today at the age of 66. he had a sudden massive heart attack. in addition to his stand up and film work, he had two major shows. a rare moment of diplomatic goodwill between the u.s. and russia today. secretary of state john kerry met with russian president putin
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in moscow. the two sides said they have agreed to a timeline to come up with a political solution to the war in syria. mean child, syrians peace talks have come to a close with staffan de mistura said he expects the next set of talks to begin on april 9. james bays reports from geneva on what these two weeks of negotiations have yielded. >> reporter: u.n. special envoy, staffan de mistura addressing the address. talks that got bogged down. to solve the problem, staffan de mistura has published his own document of principles and heap says when the talks start again from april 9, the government side must move on. >> the next round of talks will be not focusing on principles
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again. we have had enough of that and there are many valid points but to start focusing on the political process. it is political transition. >> reporter: the main opposition block, the high negotiations committee, have produced detailed proposals for the future of syrup i can't which they've submitted to mr staffan de mistura. with the cessation of hostilities broadly holding, they say this chance to bring piece to the country must not be lost >> this is a unique moment, a precious moment and we mope russia will seize this-- hope russian will seize this moment and use the leverage >> reporter: russian pressure may be the only way to force the syrian delegation to discuss political transition, but then they will get to the most difficult issue and the
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government's chief negotiator has said it's not up for discussion. >> president bashar al-assad has nothing to do with the syrian indirect talks. the references of our talks do not indicate anything, do not give any indication whatsoever with regard the issue of the president of the syrian arab republic. this is something that ask already excluded from the scene. >> reporter: it's clear these talks have so far made very little progress on the key issue of political transition, but these negotiations are part of a process that is making a difference on the ground in syria. the cessation of hostilities has been in effect now for almost a month. the u.n. estimates as many as 3,000 lives have been saved
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pope francis washed the feet of asylum seekers today in roam, a gesture to urge the nations of the world to take in refugees. he called the ritual of washing feet a paternal gesture in contrast to what he called a gesture of war this week in brussels. the refugees were from catholic, coptic, muslim and other background. some were moved by tears to the pope's gesture. obama held a joint conference with mcri today. >> democracies have to have the courage to acknowledge when we don't live up to the ideals that we stand for. we have been slow to speak up for human rights and that was the case here president obama said the u.s. will declassify more documents from that period to help families of victims find
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closure. al jazeera's correspondent has the latest. >> reporter: a banner with a picture of those who went missing during the dictatorship is carried. it is part of the ritual to commemorate the coup. this woman's brother was one of those who disappeared under the military rule. >> translation: my brother was part of the military and he deannounced that the authorities were killing people, making them disappear. he twaens too. >> reporter: on march 241976-- was taken too. >> reporter: on march 1976, people were kidnapped tortured around disappeared. many were killed in death flights where activists were thrown alive into the river. it was known as the dirty war.
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a year after the coup a group of women started coming mere to demand the release of their children. they claimed that remembering what happened back then is the only way of making sure that it never happens again. the anniversary coincides with the visit of obama. obama said many documents will be declassified. >> there has been kon ro trov see over-- controversy over the roam of the u.s. in those dark days. the u.s. when it reflects on what happened here, has to examine its own policies as well and its own past. democracies have to have the courage to acknowledge when we don't live up to the eye deals that we stand for. we have been slow to speak up for human rights and that was the case here
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>> reporter: human rights groups consider the visit offensive because they claim the military regime had the backing of the u.s. they also say the documents release is long overdue. >> translation: bomb will declassify the documents and it will take time. i am probably be dead when that happens. >> reporter: for 40 years, people here have been waiting to find out what happened to their loved ones. in spite of the wait, there is hope that this announcement might bring them closer to the truth a new study led by brazilian researchers shows the zika virus may have entered brazil in 2013. they thought it arrived in the time of the confederation cup soccer tournament.
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it might have been carried by athletes. with the olympics this sum, officials sdrind their plans to fight the virus. >> we are making the maximum effort that we have already done in brazil to combat the mosquito. we are focusing especially in rio dejaneiro. we will intensify our action to prepare ourselves more carefully for the olympics the government has employed thousands of troops to fumigate the area and educate people about the virus. 146 new ambulances and clinics will be ready in time for the summer games. an israeli soldier has been detained following the killing of two palestinians in hebron. the soldiers say the men tried to stab them. video shows a different story. >> reporter: a 21-year-old palestinian man lies on the
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ground. the army says he and another man attempted top stab a soldier. other soldiers stand around and then suddenly one soldier takes aim and appears to shoot the injured palestinian in the immediate. this is recorded by the human rights group. hebron is a microcosm of this conflict here where around a thousand israelis lived in palestinians. palestinians complain of constant harassment by the settlors. many incidents in the last six months of unrest have taken place in hebron. palestinians often dispute the stabbings happened at all. videos such as this one will only strengthen the belief of mm-hmm have many palestinians. israeli soldiers shoot to kill no questions asked.
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it views in incident as a grave breach of army values, conduct and military operations. the soldier involved has been detained an an investigation is underway police in egypt are blaming the murder of an italian student on a criminal gang. the mutilated body was found in cairo a week after he disappointed in january. police said all the gang members were killed in a raid and that they found his passport and bag at the apartment of one of the gang members. at the time of his death he was researching labor rights in egypt, some activists believed he was killed by security forces, a claim the ki go government has denied. the justice department said seven iranians are under indictment for cyber attacks in the u.s. from 2011 to 2013 hackers attacked dozens of banks. the attacks caused millions of
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dollars in damage. attorney-general said the u.s. is working to prevent future attacks >> the department of justice is end august powerful message that we will not allow any individual group or - dash a power message that we will allow any individual group to undermine the integrity of fair competition in operation of the free market the attorney-general said the criminal charges are a ground breaking step to addressing cyber attacks that threaten national security. a leader of boko haram in his first appearance in more than a year in a video. the armed group has killed thousands of people in a campaign to impose islamic law. the leader rejects allegations about his death. he says his time as chief of the group may be coming to an end. the military says it is closing in on the fugitive.
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boko haram engaged international notoriety with many missing school girls. the president today hailed his relocation as the real will of the people, but the opposition accuses him of cheating and is promising protests. our correspondent reports from the capital. >> reporter: official figures show that the incumbent won sunday's election with more than 60% of votes cast. protests are being organised for the coming days. they believe sunday's presidential election was rigged to getting him another term. >> the feeling of the population is reject the current system. >> reporter: the government says the polls were free and fair. on thursday a communications blackout to stop opposition
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candidates from publishing their own results was partially lifted. after days of frustration, some mobile knelt works are working again. opposition leaders have been able to speak about their objection of the fish results both on local and private radio stations and stations based in the area. they're being told to come out on the streets and protest. security forces know this. why police and authorities have been deployed. the president has ruled for more than 30 years. in his latest declarations, he reiterates that he will focus on infrastructure development and create jobs for the poor. >> translation: the president has a vision for the country. he has a lot more work to do. he has big plans that will benefit the people. heap wants to build more roads, hospitals and schools across the country, especially in the poor areas. >> reporter: congo is the fourth
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largest oil producer in subsaharan africa. p investors have been accused of quietly supporting the president. he has been confused of corruption and stifing calls for greater democracy. the president may have won this election, but it could be a difficult term for one of the of africa's longest serving rulers. people want change. he will have to give some attention to addressing in new energy on the streets. sfroo france says it has confirmed a case of mad cow disease. a five year old cow tested positive for the disease last week. officials say the single case poses no risk to human health despite the reassurances the case could allow france's food safety rating and almost impact
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its exports. the announcement follows a military country embargo listed last year when they gained the safetiest rating. across border drug ring busted coming up the jound ground smuggling rult. one man's crusade too save indonesia's orangutans.
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a drug tunnel the lejtdz of four football fields was discovered wednesday under the u.s. mexico border. drug traffickers allegedly purchased the property in california last april for $240,000. authorities confiscated 1500 pounds of marijuana valued at nearly $6 million. four people were arrested. this is the 12th completed drug tunnel authorities of found under the border since 206. global view segment. look at how news outlets are reacting the south china morning post says obama has taken the right approach with cuba, engagement and not isolation, the same move that brought about the nuclear deal with iran. the economic embargo should be lifted on cuba with fierce over the spread of communism have died and so should be archaic
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foreign policy that was implemented to tied it. south-east asians have a stake in the upcoming election even though this campaign season may seem ridiculous through foreign eyes. the economic impact of u.s. trade to south-east asia is immense and as the next president of the u.s. may be the difshs between peace and war in the south china sea. britain's the times published this cartoon criticizing britains who are using the attacks in brussels to score political points in the brexif fight. it shows mourners paying respects to those injured and killed as two britains stomp all over the memorial in a fight over whether they should leave or stay in the e.u. new zealand has debated for years whether to replace its national flag. tonight the votes are in. most people are not yet ready for change. >> reporter: a disappointing
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turn out and result. for those who wanted the flag to change refusing to concede defeat >> the current flag has won the day. we think within time we will have a new flag to represent the fact that we're an independent multicultural country in the south pacifi so thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: a let down too for prime minister who has led the campaign for change >> you can't be a sore losser. you have to say that those who wanted to change put their best foot forward. they gave it a go. we're' stronger country for it. >> reporter: for more than 1.2 million kiwi's there are celebrations that the current design will continue its 114-year reign >> it's what the majority of what they want. they will go home delighted >> >> i'm so pleased.
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it is a good result. well done new zealand. >> reporter: 57% of voters picked the current flag over the new design which notably ditched the union flag despite new zealand still having strong links to britain. the 17 million u.s. dollar referendum produced the highest voter turn out in 20 years. that proves it was a discussion worth having >> we've had enormous discussion and probably every school child in new zealand has had a discussion about the flag and what it means. actually, on the majority basis we've done something no other country in the world has done >> reporter: he was part of the government's flag consideration panel and says that the discussion is far from over. >> i think what will happen now is that there will be some ongoing debate about the appropriateness of our current flag and i think that there will be some other suggestions that will be promoted over time >> reporter: in wasn't the outcome the new zealand prime minister and this crowd wanted, but it's what 1.2 million kiwis
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voted for the world of soccer has lost a legend. he passed add way today after a battle with cancer. his grateful and artistic moves on the field revolutionized the game and became a model for future generations. he moved to the sidelines and became a successful coaches in the sport winning 242 games. he was 68. japanese whalers have returned on from their annual hunt. the government says they killed more than 300 minke what else each year. commercial whaling is banned worldwide, but a loophole allows them to be killed for scientific research. they say the hunt studies migration levels. opponent of the hunt say the research can be done by nonlethal means and japan uses
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the hoop hole to continue selling and eating meat in violation of the law. indonesia's orangutans are facing a grim future. time is running out to save these endangered kreetures. >> reporter: across indz forests are being razed to make oil for palm oil and rubber plantations. thee are the kreetures paying the price. >> one mistake people make is thinking they're a mindless animal. they're a person. >> reporter: he is a man on a mission. he is one of the first people to reintroduce a rescued orangutan into the wild. now after failing to convince authorities to protect the forests, he is taking matters into his own hands. using donations, large tracts of
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land being leafed to ensure that the forests are not bulldozed. >> we have control and a lease of everything north of here. this is the front line to have a functioning ecosystem in this area. >> reporter: he and his team have transformed these 34,000 hectares from a former logging station into a reserve for endangered animals. after training them to fend for themselves in the wild, this is where necessity release orangutans. >> all up 178 orangutans have gone back into the forest, yeah. and are inhabiting this ecosystem at the moment. we're hoping to key reintroducing to get a base of minimum of 2000 up to 500. ultimately we hope the population expands so there's 2000 orangutans living in a sustainable population here forever. >> reporter: now free to roam
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through the june delicatessen, this population has already started breeding independently. >> orangutans living wild is one thing, but reproducing and producing off spring is the ultimate goal. >> reporter: on the other side he and his colleagues believe they have made a startling discovery. a new species. it was previously thought that there were only two species. now they are almost certain a new species exists here. >> this population is isolated. it is genetically different and it is in a different environment. it will move in a different direction to the other population. so sooner or later, evolution would dictate that it will be a new species. >> reporter: he works with indonesian forest rangers to
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help keep illegal loggers and poachers out of the forest, but in a country where countless acres have already been destroyed and palm oil is a big money earner, making the forest safe for orangutans is a never ending battle the rolling stones are going to play a free show tomorrow in havana seismic jagger speaking spanish. hundreds of thousands are said to attend. it was supposed to be last week but was postponed because of obama's visit. that's it. in our next hour, a supply glut and low prices have brought oil production to its knees. we look at what that means for the broader economic picture. i will be back with more news in
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