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calls for billions in aid for syrian refugees as world leaders meet in london. hello, i'm nick clark in doha with the world news from doha. also a had dash dash in geneva, syria's government and opposition trade blame as talks collapse. julian assange looks to have won his case at the u.n., he's still in the ecuadoran embassy and british police say he's facing arrest
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oil giant shell is looking to cut 10,000 jobs. we look at the crisis across the world. first up, the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon says the first steps in syria's talks have been undermined by the government's offensive in aleppo, talking at a major conference in london to drum up $9 billion in aide. in a moment we'll have the latest on the fighting in syria. first, more on the donor conference from barnaby phillips in london. and what have we been hearing this morning. >> we have heard a success of features about the magnitude, the scale of humanitarian disaster. i know these are numbers, they do bear rapting. the fact that half of syria's
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population has been displaced during five years now of horrific fighting. something like 4 million of those people have fled abroad between 6 and 7 million displaced within syria itself, the humanitarian crisis the world has not seen since the world war ii is a phrase echoed around the hall behind me. of course, all of that is happening within a context that does not give grounds for optimism. there's no light at the end of the tunnel. there's no sign of war in syria coming to an end. fighting is intensifying. as you say in the introduction, we had the breakdown of reports in indonesia, al jazeera had a quick ward with stefan de mistura, he hot footed if from geneva to here. all he could tell us is he had to brief the security council
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ban ki-moon, but the shadow of failure hangs over the conference here all right, thank you very much. let's return to the conference. i understand that we have the turkish prime minister at the podium. let's have a listen into that. >> we are facing the biggest humanitarian tragedy after the world war ii. yesterday i visited a hospital in ankara, the intensive care of this hospital. there were three syrian children, one girl, two boys. all the faces of the children were burnt after an bombardment in northern latakia. they were in the same room next to a turkish boy whose body was
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burnt after a terrorist attack in turkey. they were the same generations and the features. they'll behave, have the same destiny, and the girl looked at me, and there was nothing on her face. totally burnt. i tried to imagine her beautiful face before the bombardment. it was so painful to me, as a father, as a grandfather having daughters. what we are doing here is important. but more important is what will be - what we will be doing on the ground. today turkey is hosting 2.5 million refugees, and turkey, with these statistics is the biggest refuge hosting country in the world.
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700,000 schoolchildren are in turkey. 300,000 are getting regular education and are planning to have this educational facility for all the rest. 250,000 syrians are in camps. the rest 10 times more this number, are in the cities. today there is no city where we don't have syrians. in a town next door to syria. 60 persons of the population are syrians. only 40 persons are turkish citizens. you can imagine which type of social economy with the consequences we are having today. those in the camp, we can give all the facilities. and these conferences are timely. because we have to take care of all the children. we spent $10 billion only for those who are in the camps. for the rest -- in other cities,
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there are several calculations, additional social costs, economic costs. recently i am very proud of my nation that throughout these five years crisis there has not been any anti-syrian refugee or ant antimigration demonstration in church. we opened our houses universities and hospitals. if they have a certificate from syria, they have any university, or any entrance exam. if a syrian in his or her hand has a card saying he or semi is from syria, can get any aid. why in church they have to have
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additional certificates. last week, with the decision, we have decided to have right of the access in syrians, as if they are our citizens. they are not our citizens, they are our brothers, our sisters, our grandchildren. we will not let them alone. until now we didn't receive much humanitarian support. we are grateful. we are talking on how to deal with this humanitarian crisis together. but that happens. whichever decisions will be taken in this conference, i will assure you that turkey will share everything with the people. history we will not have a bad recourse. we will continue to help. billions for those who are in the camps. more millions for the others.
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do we continue the policy. without shelter or security or food in church. but we have to focus not on the humanitarian issue, we must disagree on the crisis of syria and two principles, one is humanitarian access to all those in syria. whoever is presents humanitarian access in madaya and aleppo, they were criminals. and the regime today, when they are talking here, people are eating crass, they don't have water to drink. they are lucky, at least they have some in turkey, jordan and lebanon. those in syria don't have anything to eat or drink. all of us, a statesman of this century, we are responsible for this. now geneva talks unfortunately,
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despite our efforts, the first phase was not hopeful. why? because when the regime was going to geneva, the aid bombardment was continuing in aleppo, in latakia, against civilians. schools, hospitals. we have to be honest with each other. for the last five years, all the refugees escaped from aid bombard. by the gix regime forces. and dash, a terrorist organization emerged. we had two enemies of humanity. regime and terrorism - we have to be shoulder to shoulder, working against these - those who are committing war crimes. who can explain to me or the people of syria the mentality of
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madaya siege, which is a study from the centuries, we have to talk for the future of refugees, and the root cause of syrian crisis. we should not ignore this. now, this morning, when i was coming 5 o'clock. i depart from turkey, now t 10,000 new refugees are waiting in front of the door of chile because of aid bombardment and attacks against aleppo. 60,000-are moving to turkey. my mind is not in london.
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>> who is responsible for this. those going to den eva. but at the same time implementing a criminal act. they are responsible for this. not the syrian people. hosting 2.5 million people. it continues the policy. not asking what they are, everyone is welcome. we share everything. every week i will continue to do so. the main question is when will the warm crimes be ending, by
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d.a.e.s.h. therefore it is a timely meeting, parallel to geneva talks, and i'm grateful to all of the co-hosts for the timely initiative and turkey will be at disposal as initiators. all of our cameron. whatever is decided turkey will be on board. with the first of summary in turkey. to the 23rd and 24 it's of may and that would be an opportunity to talk more. all other humanitarian issues most will conduct the problems, not only support, but a
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conference supporting human support. >> turkish prime minister addressing that donor's conference taking place now in london. and talks about the millions of reeve guess in turkey from syria, including several hundred thousands schoolchildren and demanded humanitarian access to all areas of syria anything whoever has access to syria, people are eating grass, and we are responsible. we will continue the open-door policy, and was really asking for help. david cameron speaking, as i speak now, but he addressed the audien audience laying out a number of goals, pushing for help from
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kerin people. the long term solution can only be reached with a new government reaching the need of all of the people. however difficult it may be. while we pursue a solution, very can take vital steps now that make a difference today and into the future. we can provide the needs with prejudices of aid, food and supplies, literally surviving lives this year and years ahead. . >> that is david cameron, and we heard from ban ki-moon who expressed frustration that talks on syria had been undermined by violence, and groups not cooperating. u the focus has been lost on
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other matters. we should not have the talks for the sake of the talks. the coming days should be used to get back to the table, not to secure more claims on the battlefield. i urge the security council, and the members of i.s.s.g. to press the parties, to engage seriously with each other on syria's future. let's go to zeina khodr, live on the turkish side of the border. a lot of people at the donor's conference critical of the upsurge in violence as the talks were going on and the increased in aerial bombardment. >> yes, the united states, accused russia of being behind
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the talks. it is battling an offensive on pd ground. we heard the talk about those near the border, fleeing an offensive, a military break through for the government. thi managed to cut through the territory. i have to point down that this offensive is not over. what we have now is the government's aim is to fully encircle aleppo city, and lay siege, really, to the opposition districts inside that city. for now they cut the road, the main rebel supply line from the city to the turkish border, and are trying to close the last remaining road that takes you in and out of opposition controlled territories inside aleppo city. we've spoken to activists inside aleppo, and what they are saying is the prices of bake goods are starting to -- basic goods are
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starting to rise and peep are worried. -- people are worried. there's believed to be a few hundreds of thousands in sight. the government pushing ahead. clearly it is negotiating on the battlefield. we have seen many turning points in the syrian conflict, there's no doubt we reached a precisive point. it's not just about guidelines, they are targetting the border. the government pushing to the border, the life line of the oppositio opposition. >> at this corn se question shall point, how do you evaluate the strategic opposition forces? >> well, this is it a setback.
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the government made butle field gains on more than one front. they pushed the rebels back. they are no longer on the offensive. what is important about aleppo, this is a stronghold of the moderates, what the international community xauls moderates, fighters that fight upped the banner of the free syrian army. when you talk to people in the international community, they say they think they've been betrayed. the west shifted their position, they are in line with policies, because the west is concerned with solving the crisis to confront i.s.i.l. and stop migrants and refugees reaching europe. a lot of feeling of helplessness, there's no doubt that the government is on the offensive. and we are expecting to see an
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intensi intensity. >> thank you zeina khodr, we'll cover syria in developments at that conference in london as the day goes on. let's move on. the u.n. panel considering the alleged unlawful detense of julian assange reportedly ruled in his favour. he's been holed up for more than three years, trying to avoid extradition to sweden, where he's wanted for questioning of allegations of sexual assault melinda taylor is a member of the his legal team. she told al jazeera they expect the u.k. and sweden to abide by a decision do you on friday. >> we would say that the next steps would be or the u.k. and sweden to move impediments to his release, removing what vened
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the ex-digs, ensuring his protection and making sure he can't be extradite out the united states where he faces a risk of persecution and potentially inhumane treatment to iraq and a growing crisis. a siege is making it difficult for civilians to get food and medicine. >> although it's not a humanitarian disaster yet, there's concern that the situation could escalate. it's desperate. we've been talking to people in the city. they've been telling us the market is out of food. there's no fruit, vegetable or meet. a mother told us there's no baby milk supplies, and she's struggling to feed her child. the governor of anbash appealed to the u.s. saying there needs
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to be an air drop. none of the aid agencies comments. the iraqi security forces took the city of ramadi as they were doing that they cut off a key supply line, the palestine bridge and besieged the city of fallujah, no food or other supplies are getting into fallujah, we have seen iraqi security forces besiege cities before taking them from i.s.i.l. there's 5,000 families t 110,000 dropped within the city. supplies don't get in, it will humanitarian disaster and something will need to be done. the iraqis are aware of this and say it's par of a military campaign to take the city from i.s.i.l. i.s.i.l. control the city. what they are doing is rationing that wheat to the people of fallujah. there's not enough to go around, and if something is not done
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soon, the city will face a humanitarian disaster. >> palestinian journalists across the occupied west bank and the gaza strip held protests against the detention of a palestinian reporter. he has been held in an israeli prison without charge. for 72 days, he's been on a hunger strike. we have this report their message is clear - free mohammed. this protest organized by a group of journalists from ramallah, they want israel to release him. he was arrested in november, and has been held in what israel calls administrative detention, imprisonment without charge for up to 6 months, renewable indefinitely. journalists held a similar
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protest. they have never been charged with any crime. israel accuses him of being part of hamas. the 33-year-old has been on a hunger strike since shortly after he was detained. his health had deteriorated. he's in poor continue in a hospital. on thursday, israel supreme court was expected to rule on appeal. acting to have him released from administrative detention, based on medical grounds. officials believe the court will rule to suspend the detention, meaning that once he's recovered from his hunger strike, he'll be put back in an israeli gale. >> in is mohammed's wife. if israel doesn't release her husband, he told her that he will continue the strike, even if it costs him his life.
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>> hamad was here, he said i reject my detention and refuse a deal. he wants his freedom. when the lawyer asks him what is the longest you agree to spend in gaol, he said as long as it takes to transfer me from israel to hospital. he is not budging. >> an israeli committee ordered health workers to treat with salt and supplements without his consent. he'll continue to resist israeli intervention into his health until he is a free man on to germany now, where thousands celebrate carnival week, leading to lent, a month of austerity for christians, it's the first public event since hundreds of assaults were reported in the city on new year's eve. now to dominique kane in
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cologne. the police drafted in thousands of officers to secure the carnival. what is the mood like in the city? >> it's a grey, cold, wet day in cologne. the warmth and colour is provided by thousands of revellers and party goers. on a serious side, there are perhaps 2.5,000 police officers who have been drafted in to secure what is the events taking place today and over the course of the next week. the police set up a score secure area for women, next to the cathedral. on new year's eve, it's been alleged by hundreds of women that they were physically and sexually assaulted there, and the aftermath of the event that took place has shaken public opinion. we saw the political parties struggling to come to terms with what this means in terms of
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asylum policies, how they deal with refugees, and the parties struggled to deal with. here in col open, the city's mayor said they can deal with what happened, they will go forward and speaking to people in the last few days. people say that one must be careful to distinguish between those social for what is alleged to have happened, and those who are inches. >> certainly at one carnival event people were at pains to tell me this was not a refugee issue, it's an issue of people who alleged to have committed the offenses alleged. >> i understand in a separate development, the security forces have been conducting morning raids. yes, place si they have conducted morning raids trying
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to investigate what they consider to be a group of algerian men linked to the islamic state of iraq and levant. they detained three people, two men and a women on existing warrants. we understand that two of those people may be in city of hanover and burr line, and it was reported that the prime suspect was a 35-year-old algerian. >> thank you very much indeed. >> i will giants announced it's cutting 10,000 jobs, the company confirming a 34% drop. it showed its steepest fall. >> the governor of florida declared a health emergency in
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four counties because of zika virus. this report from miami. miami has been known as the gateway. every day more than 40,000 passengers arrive from or go to latin america in the caribbean. being a hub makes glord hux ble. some voiced concerns that they may not have the voices to cope. it's getting back to basics that will help the most. >> almost all experts thing we'll see some cases. >> reporter: justice scola has been studying diseases for years. florida has programs in place to battle the mosquito that spreads
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dengue fever. he tells us a difference by improving conditions globally, accurately diagnosing those that fall ill. to me, it's getting back to the basics, diagnostics, data, science on what is transmitting. trying to get a perfect diagnosis. >> it's business as usual. officials have no plans to implement special measures to combat the virus, but say it's people that will make the difference. >> we are appealing to the property openers to do their job. they are to play a major role right now, by eliminating every accumulation. >> as yet, there's no guidelines in response to the potential
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