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>> fighting between houthi fighters and government forces continues in yemen. >> live from aljazeera america news center in doha, also coming up on the program: >> seeking new friends to avoid economic collapse, greece's prime minister travelses to moscow. >> we'll find why it's all smiles at this ebola treatment center in liberia.
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>> gabon i is chosen to host the 2017 africa cup of nations. >> in yemen aid is trickling in atas the saudi-led operation continues. two ships were sent through the gulf of aden. fighting has been continuing in southeast yemen. thirty houthis have reportedly been killed in battle. on the border with saudi arabia, suspected al-qaeda fighters took control of a remote border post. >> on the diplomatic front jordan is pushing a draft resolution at the u.n. to try and stop this conflict from escalating. the humanitarian situation on the ground in the port city of aden is described as
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catastrophic but some aid has arrived. we have more. >> bombs from the sky light up the night over yemen. airstrikes by the saudi arabian led coalition have entered a third week. but the coalition hasn't been able to defeat houthi rebels who together with soldiers loyal to the past president ali abdullah saleh took control of the country in a coup earlier this year. on the ground, fighters which support the current president adou rabbo mansour hadi engage in street to street battles. the fiercest fighting is taking place in aden, a stronghold for hadi supporters that was also his final safe haven before he was forced to leave for saudi arabia. civilians are suffering the most. the united nation says 560 people have been killed since the start of the fighting, an estimated 74 of them are children. on the border crossing with
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saudi arabia are people still trying to escape. >> actually, the situation is getting worse. that's why the company advised us to leave immediately. >> i live in the center of sanna close to several military bases. i had to flee. there were several airstrikes. it was terrifying. >> despite calls by several governments for aid to be allowed to yemen and the assurances by saudi arabia that it will facilitate the arrival of aid, very little has been able to enter the country. the fighting on the ground coupled with the consistent bombardment from the air means for now the one thing in constant supply is violence. >> doctors without borders says two and a half tons of medical supplies has arrived at a hospital in aden and unicef had already defender some aid. earlier, he spoke to a unicef
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representative who described the difficulties of getting that aid into yemen. >> we're trying to get into sanna for tomorrow. it will be 16 metric tons of medical assistance and water and sanitation supplies. it's been very, very difficult. we've been trying to bring this flight in for the last week. we and other humanitarian organizations have found it very tough. you've got difficulties about getting clearance and both over the air into the airport finding planes that are prepared to go in, it's just incredibly tough. the assistance we're bringing is nowhere near enough to cover the needs of the population directly affect by the conflict and indirectly affect. we've seen hospitals that have been targeted, schools occupied by armed groups. the problem is the fighting. we can provide some assistance, but we need civilian infrastructure and ambulance workers, doctors schools
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hospitals, and children to be respected and not targeted. it's very difficult to calculate the needs because you've the short term needs of the conflict, but then you're looking at bigger problems for the country. we have a million children who are out of school today opinion in aden, the water system, where some parts of the city haven't seen water in six days, a million people in aden depend on the water system and other parts of the country are having similar problems. vaccination which is beginning risks to fame if the chain goes down we've got huge problems. dealing with the immediate problems and the more long term issues that this conflict is generating, it's going to be a huge task. the requirements for the population are beyond what we can cope with. we've been able to deal and work in yemen for decades, bub the needs are just rocketing. this is a country that's plunging toward a humanitarian disaster. we have about 100,000 people who
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have fled their homes in the last days. all of those people are going to need help of some sort, and there's no way that one organization or a small group of organizations are going to be able to cover this. even if we could cover it, without the possibility to move freely within the country without fear of aid convoys being hit then it's going to be very difficult. >> two policemen in saudi arabia have been killed. this happened in the capitol riyadh. a police spokesman said shots were fired from an i had identified car as it was passing the officers patrolling a street. >> in afghanistan a nato soldier has been killed, and another injured in a fight between afghan and nato security forces in jalalabad. it happened outside the provincial governor's compound where ameeting with a u.s. senior official was underway
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with that greece's alexis tsipras is meeting with vladimir putin today. russia has indicated it could offer some relief by lifting import sanctions and boosting trade with greece. let's take a closer look at greece's debt problems now. the country owes $348 billion in total, repayments on the largest amount, $140 billion doesn't start until 2023. the immediate problem for greece is the $27 billion owed to the international monetary fund. 503 million of that is due for repayment thursday. if greece were to miss that payment, it would be the first time a developed country has failed to meet its international debt obligations. we are in moscow with more on eye why the bilateral talks has some people in the e.u. worried. >> there's a nightmare scenario here and it goes like this.
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really here that many european leaders and they are restless nights might be considering at the moment going something like this. what if greece defaults on all its debts and it throws off austerity measures. it exits the euro zone and straight into the arms of russia, russia offers it some sort of financial deal, an aid package, but also, it comes with strings attached. grease has to use its e.u. veto at russia's behest basically toll ruin all that unity the european union has worked hard on to come to some sort of common position on russia and on sanctions and its position on ukraine. maybe a smaller trade package is more likely, like lifting of russia's embargo on european fruit and vegetables like put in place last year, giving freese and exemption. that greece will have to offer something in return. the big question is what will
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that be. >> vile forces shot dead a palestinian man after he stabbed two soldiers near shiloh in the occupied west bank. one soldier is in critical condition with a stab wound to the neck. >> there is a new push to establish a humanitarian corridor out of yarmouk on the outskirts of damascus. it has been overrun by isil. the camp has been under a government siege for two years and there is a severe shortage of food, water and electricity. >> two car bombs killed 50 in aleppo. the first happened near a rebel case. activists blamed isil for attacking fighters from a rebel group called the united front which oppose he is the government. >> in north charleston in the state of south carolina, a white police officer has been charged with the murder of a black man.
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an amateur video shows the officer shooting walter scott several times in the back as he's running away. we have a report. >> 33-year-old north charleston police officer slager is behind bars after this graphic video went environmental. a witness captured the moments the officer shot and killed 50-year-old walter scott in the back. scott, a father of four employed an engaged to be married is seen running from the officer. slager pulled scott over for a broken tail light. in his initial report, he wrote scott attacked him had stolen his taser and that his life was in danger. >> what happened today doesn't happen all the time. what if there was no video? what if there was no witness or hero as i call them to come
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forward? then this couldn't have happened. >> activists are planning to take to the streets. >> give us the appropriate time to investigate find out exactly what happened, and we will act accordingly. >> north charleston is home to about 100,000 people, nearly half of black. 18% of its police force is also black. the f.b.i. and the justice department have announced that they are launching their own investigations into scott's shooting. his family says they're relieved
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that justice will be served. >> we can't get my brother back and my family's in deep mourning for that, but through the process of justice has been served and i don't think that all police officers are bad cops, but there are some bad ones out there and i don't want to see anyone get shot down the way that my brother got shot down. >> south carolina senator tim scott said it was senseless unnecessary and avoidable. he promises to watch the case closely. >> coming up on al jazeera pakistan develops its own remote controlled aircraft, despite strong criticism of u.s. drone strikes on its soil. plus. >> i'm tim friend in poland where nervousness over the
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>> "the stream". >> your digital community. >> you pick the hot topics and express your thoughts. "the stream", it's your chance to join the conversation. today, 3:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> welcome back. you're watching al jazeera. the u.n. exspreads concern over the rising civilian death toll in yemen. since the saudi military campaign started nearly two weeks ago aid supplies are starting to arrive. doctors without borders said a boat carrying medical supplies is now in aden. >> greek prime minister alexis tsipras is in russia and has met
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with vladimir putin. greece is in difficult negotiations over its bailout program with the international monetary fund. it owes its first repayment on thursday. >> the u.s. city of charleston in north carolina, a white police officer has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black man. an amateur video shows the officer shooting walter scott several times as he is running away. >> in pakistan, a judge is ordering criminal charges against two former c.i.a. officials for the alleged deaths of two civilians. they were killed in 2009 by u.s. drone strike that was part of a c.i.a. program which lasted for years. now pakistan has developed its own missile firing drone. >> the drone is designed to kill. a remote controlled aircraft with laser guided missiles, pakistan has wanted one for years.
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in the end it developed its own. and is using it on the border with afghanistan. >> it boosts our capability, i think many fold, because in these areas, it is not airplanes that can go and carry out aerial bombing, it is the drones. >> it's found that since 2004, the number of people killed in pakistan by c.i.a. drones is somewhere between 2,500 and 4,000. >> this man knows this well. he is from north waziristan. a drone fired missile exploded close to his car and killed family members. >> it is difficult all the time. you hear the buzzing of drones. it affects you mentally. the children are afraid. the drones are blind. we don't know where they are going to hit. >> last month, the military
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showed off its new drone in a parade. lawyers who represent drone victims say many people are too afraid to challenge the pakistan military for carrying out the strikes. >> it would be very difficult for a civilian to stand up and say i am a civilian and i've been hit in a drone strike. >> the u.s. has been using drones extensively in the northwest tribal belt for the last 10 years, but it's repeatedly refused to supply pakistan with drones. the government in islamabad said it needs them if it's ever going to defeat the pakistani taliban. >> there is worry there will be even more drones in the sky. >> we fled our area for peace. if they find the same drones, we are going back to the same misery. >> it seems that fear caused by increased use of drones in
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pakistan is here to stay. nicole johnston, al jazeera, islamabad. >> the australian government announced plans to tackle the growing problem of crystal meth addiction. the number of people using the drug has doubled in just the past year. australia's prime minister said there will be a national response to tackle the problem. >> this is an epidemic beyond anything we have seen before now. i am determined that right around our country, we will take every possible step to combat this dreadful, dreadful scourge. >> hundreds of young polish men and women are signing up to join paramilitary groups. the conflict in eastern ukraine is driving the rise in recruitment with many seeing russia as a direct military threat. >> deep in the woods east of warsaw, members of the paramilitary group are playing
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war games with model weapons to the sound of real gunfire. their weekend hobby has suddenly taken on a new significance. just four hours' drive away is the ukraine border, a country in real conflict. poland's part time militia say no one can be certain of moscow's intentions. >> we want to be prepared so the government wouldn't have to train people on the spot. they would have someone trained before and if something happens, god forbid and we hope it wouldn't and believe it wouldn't, then we would do what we would have to do, and if this means, you know, fighting, then we will probably fight. >> concerns about ukraine and on line recruiting videos like this have prompted a sudden increase in volunteers for the paramilitaries, who date back to the end of the second world war.
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>> it is estimated there are 120 groups like this across poland with a total of around 10,000 total membership. the government has kept its distance but now wants to harness this enthusiasm to help boost poland's defenses. >> at a convention in warsaw the government promised the groups more equipment and cash in return for them signing up for a more coordinated effort, run by this man, recently returned from cooperation talks in kiev. >> we have to understand that maybe tomorrow, today's ok maybe tomorrow we will be next country. this is why people, of course, they are nervous if they observe what is going on nowadays in the east, ok. >> russia says it has no intention of aggression against poland and most military analysts agree it's extremely
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unlikely, but in a survey for the institute of public affairs think tank, 76% said russia posed military threat. the group wear facemasks because they've been portrayed to the russian media as aggressors. they say they simply want to defend their homeland, with their lives, if necessary. tim friend, al jazeera, warsaw. >> in mexico, gunman opened fire on a police convoy in the western state of jalasco. 15 state police officers were killed and five others wounded in the attack. it is home to a drug cartel known as new generation, experts say is among mexico's most powerful now. >> kenya's government is freezing assets of 86 companies and individuals suspected of having ties with al shabab. include on the list are hotels,
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somali money transfer companies and islamic clerics. it follows the garissa attacks that killed 147 people. a vigil's been held in memory of the victims. five men link said to the massacre have appeared in court. >> doctors say an ebola treatment center has been closed in liberia. the country is still a long way from being officially declared ebola free. we have a report. >> they hope their celebrations aren't premature. the staff at this former treatment unit receive certificates thanking them for their hard work over recent months. on each ribbon is a name in honor of those who helped fight the disease.
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the monument lists staff members killed by ebola. now there's a sense the worst here at least may be over. >> coming to this, it is forever important for us. we think we have won the fight and we think now there's no need to be around anymore, there are no more patients. we can go back to our families. >> the world health organization said ebola has killed over 10,000 people in the last year guinea and sierra leone hit the hardest. 25,000 cases are reported and the w.h.o. said figures are an underestimate. the united nations called the epidemic an international public health emergency. an ebola outbreak is declared over in a country 42 days after the last confirmed case. the last case reported in liberia was on march 21. >> we pray and hope that for the
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42 days will elapse without any new case, we can be declared ebola negative. that is the country being free of ebola. it is a warning that we have to be extremely conscious. >> this particular building used as an emergency treatment center is now closed, because here at least, there are no more patients to treat. despite the celebration, no one in liberia is under any illusion that ebola could not reappear and there's still more than three weeks to go before the country is declared officially ebola-free. charles stratford, al jazeera. >> in uganda, the man once held in guantanamo bay has been arrested in connection with the murder of a local prosecutor. he and three others were tracked down by local authorities with the help of u.s. officials. they are suspected of being linked to her killing, she was handling a case against al shabab. >> voting for sudan's next
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president begins monday. opposition parties threaten to boycott the election. for many voters, it's the economy that is their main concern. almost half the population live below the poverty line. >> if there's oil to cook in the house, it means a hearty stew for dinner and a satisfied family. with frequent shortages of cooking gas and bread and inflation at 37%, the family said daily living in sudan is tough. >> everyone believes they're building their family's future. i tell my husband all the time he should go and work abroad. >> working by a teacher at day and ricksha driver at night, he supports his wife and two girls. in a country with an 18% unemployment rate and almost half the population living below
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the poverty line, he's lucky to have steady income. >> the secession of south sudan in 2011 hit the economy hard. it had been booming. sudan lost 75% of oil revenue and is struggling to rebound. >> the government says it is compensated for the lost revenue primarily through the expansion of gold mining. agriculture is now the country's primary sort of income. the government says it has provided loans and machinery to farmers to increase crop production. >> failure to optimize land and water, retraining for farmers, a lack of technology and financing are reasons resources were not used properly. >> the government also blames u.s. sanctions for stifling the economy. this man doesn't believe next week's presidential election will bring much change. >> i look at our situation and i think to myself, i have no
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reason to believe that tomorrow will be any different. >> he can't bear to leave his family and move abroad. if his wife has her way, he will one day build a future outside sudan. >> gabon was named host for the 2017 africa cup of nations. they were chosen ahead of algeria and ghana decided by a vote of the confederation of african executive football committee in cairo. they cohosted 2012 edition that neighbors he equatorial guinea. i think the delegation had
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strong belief they could get the bid. i think politics came in the way. the football association penalty of algeria is seen as a potential arrival for the current head of africa football. i think that was a strong factor in the fact that algeria didn't win the bid. my sources tell me that algeria had one of the strongest bids and got a standing ovation for the presentation. gabon is being rewarded for political that loyalty. they offered logistics and in equatorial guinea, we saw a lot of buses and i think this is a quid pro quo and victory for political loyalty. also the fact that they have a
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