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the u nuchlt special envoy to yemen has welcomed the start to a tentative truce but warns compromises will have to be made on both sides you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also coming up, >> you simply can't help but recognise that hiroshima's legacy is one of rebirth the u.s. secretary of state pays tributes to the hiroshima
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victims. police in india arrest five people over a massive fire at a temple that killed 106. a lot of support for fujimore, but it's not enough to avoid a run off our top story. u.n. envoy staffan de mistura to yemen has welcomed a tentative ceasefire that came into effect on monday. a truce that has been promised to be honoured. the shots are from around the province east of the capital. there were patches of fighting just before the ceasefire was supposed to start. the terms of the truce include inhindered access for relief aid where hundreds of thousands of people face malnutrition and
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lack of drinking water. >> reporter: it is one of the oldest cities in the world. it has been in houthi rebel hands for more than a year and a half. people here and right across yemen have borne the brunt of the civil war. while they may have different allegiances many are united in their desire for peace. >> translation: we support a ceasefire resolution in every way. a ceasefire is what we want but we need commitments that everybody abides by >> translation: we want a ceasefire that will last forever, not just a few days >> reporter: the uprising by the movement started in the north and has been going on for years, but this latest conflict began in september 2014 when houthi rebels swept into the capital. they forced out yemen's internationally recognised government led by president and
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have been fighting to expand their territory every since. u.n. sponsored talks to end the fighting are due to start in kuwait on 18 april. yemen's conflict will be complex to unravel. the houthi rebels are backed by supporters of the former president and have the support of iran. they have been fighting forces foil to the president and he has the backing of nine states led by saudi arabia. houthi fighters tried to move last year on the port city of aden. there are other groups in the mix. there is al-qaeda which has taken advantage of instability to grow in strength and a yemen affiliate of i.s.i.l. it emerged in 2014 looking to eclipse al-qaeda. no sight has come clit-- site
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has come close to winning the war. houthi rebels still hold the capital. air strikes hasn't managed to break their hold. all this has come with a heavy human cost. the u.n. says that more than 6,000 people have been killed since air strikes began. around half of them were civilians and almost a thousand were children. people were starving well before the houthi rebellion. now many need humanitarian aid. the u.n. accuses both main employers of atrocities and targeting yiflians. there are growing calls for a mediated end to the conflict but peace efforts have failed before the u.n. special envoy to syria is in damascus ahead of a new round of talks in geneva. staffan de mistura is expected to meet syrian officials on
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monday. a cessation of hostilities began in february, but it is coming under strain with both sides accused of repeated violations. activists say i.s.i.l. is launching a major offensive with turkey. it has captured two villages. russian media is reporting plans with syrian government forces to strengthen efforts to retake the city. as we've been reporting over the past few days, the prime minister has been speaking to a delegation in damascus. charles stratford joins us from the town close to the syria border. the turkish prime minister is there today. what are we expecting his central message to be? >> reporter: he ask here under the pretext of honoring this
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city, giving it a medal for ridding the city of forces in 1920. this has great symbolic value here. we're in south east turkey, in a predominantly kurdish region. repeated peace efforts [indistinct] the p.k.k. have failed [indistinct] [voice over loud speaker drowning out correspondent]
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charles, thanks. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry has laid a wreath at the peace memorial park in hiroshima. he is the most senior u.s. official ever to visit the site of the world's first nuclear attack. it was dropped in the last days of world war ii. as well as talking about the actual event of hiroshima and the impact that the memorial service had on mr kerry, it was also interesting to listen to him in that news conference because he was going through the
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shopping list of big world issues. basically, that the g7 countries are all on the same page about. >> reporter: yes. there are a wide range of issues. more than 20. in fact, 24 issues in total. everything ranging from syria, iraq, people smuggling, but there's no doubt that he spent most of his press conference talking about his own experiences visiting the peace memorial today p and also the peace museum. he said that everyone should come to hiroshima. when he was asked whether that everyone should include the president of the united states, he said yes but it was difficult to say whether he could come here because of his complicated schedule during his final months in office, but certainly the u.s. secretary of state is not ruling out the possibility of president coming here, neither is he ruling it in. certainly he said that the
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images he saw in the peace museum were gut wrenching and it affected all the sensiblitys. what we saw here today was powerful symbolism. john kerry was the most senior, the first secretary of state to visit this park and it's worth pointing out that the u.s. ambassador only paid his first visit here to this park six years ago. so it has taken the united states a long time to come to this moment the speaker of the house was there in 2008. we're moving up the political food chain here. is there a sense there that if obama makes a similar trip, some of that will, perhaps, be about legacy because we're talking about the second term president very, very close now to the u.s. elections. >> reporter: that's right. let's remember this is a president who has improved relations with cuba and iran.
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he has said he would be honored to come to hiroshima, but, of course, this is an issue that opens up a lot of wounds in the united states where what happened here still causes fierce debate. many americans believe that dropping the atomic bomb on this city was the rye thing to do, that it hastened the end of world war ii and that many people would have died if it had led to a land invasion. they say it is time to, perhaps, apologise for what happened. if you speak to survivors here in this city, as i have done today. one man i spoke to, who was 12 when he saw the mushroom cloud said he hoped obama would come to hiroshima. he said it would be good for the aggressor and the victim to come together. so here in this country that kind of language is still used thanks very much. five people have been arrested in india over the fire at a hindu temple that killed 108
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people and injured hundreds more. the authorities have launched an inquiry to find out what happened. the prime minister has travelled to the scene and offered help. >> translation: i have told the chief minister that the federal government will make immediate arrangements if patients need to be shifted somewhere else. it is difficult to explain how the accident happened. people as far away as 200 metres were injured. some bodies and heads were blown apart. i can understand how severe the scale of destruction is the fire began at a fire work display to mark the indue new year later this week. >> reporter: the event takes place every year at this temple and, once again, to mark the new year celebrations, thousands of people had come to worship and
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watch the fireworks. halfway through the show a lit fire work landed on the shed storing the rest leading to several explosions >> translation: concrete was flying everywhere. you could see dead bodies all around. it looked like a war zone >> reporter: buildings and homes within a 1 kilometer radius were affected by the glass. hospitals were overwhelmed. many of the injured had deep shrapnel wounds and severe burns. the country's prime minister cleared his schedule to visit the site and those in hospital. he brought a team of doctors with him from the capital. by night fall some residents returned to the temple site. he said many had warned organisers against holding such a big event so close to their crowded neighborhood. >> there is issue on the part of
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the authority. >> reporter: an investigation is underway and officials say the temple did not have permission to hold the fireworks display on such a scale. the knee normality of what happened-- enormity of what happened is seen here. while it took the authorities hours to clear the area, for the people here coming to terms with what happened will take a much longer time. the temple is one of the oldest in the state, a focal point for festivals. it will be remembered as one of the worst temple disasters in the country now the british prime minister david cameron is expected to have a tough day in parliament today as he addresses mps for the first time since the revelations about his links to
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an offshore funnelled. the opposition labor leader insists that his tax details is not enough. he wants him to disclose all investments past and present in offshore funds. brazil's president is facing a vote which could bring her one step closer to impeachment. construction workers in gaza uncover what could be a throw back to the 5th century.
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welcome back.
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you're watching al jazeera. a reminder of the main news. the u.n. special envoy to yemen has welcomed the start of the truce there. peace talks would require kon promi promises-- compromises from all sides. there has been an increase in violence in aleppo where are operations. the secretary of state john kerry has laid a wreath at the peace memorial. kerry is the most senior official to visit the site. returning to our top story. that is the ceasefire in yemen ahead of the forthcoming peace talks. a senior policy fellow is saying this is the closest sides have come to a meaningful truce
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>> there have been a number of ceasefire attempts in the past. this one is the most senior so far. so i think there are enough indicators to suggest that both parties are serious about the ceasefire and both parties have shown significant interest in that, whether it's in the announcement or in the acceptance of going to the kuwait talks to abide by the ceasefire. both parties have been driven for their public agenda regardless of the suffering on the grounds and with the continuation of the war. ties, for example, the city has been under siege with the disaster, humanitarian crisis for the past year. that did not stop the fighting military operations are continuing in the philippines against the armed group. officials say 18 soldiers have been killed and 50 were injured
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in the fighting between the military and the armed group. you were the command center of the philippine military. tell us what was going on there. >> reporter: we flew in there early this morning, early monday morning with the philippine air pores. i saw a lot of aerial bombardments coming back. this was where the group was created more than 16 years ago. the government has been trying to eliminate its presence there and in several other outlying islands they remain as powerful and well equipped as before. in three weeks from now it will be the elections and it has been an election hot spot. the question is what everybody is asking here is what went wrong in that operation. it was something that took months to plan, it was coordinated with local government units and it ended up
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with such a big casualty. more than 18 filipino soldiers killed and 56 wounded what is that the group manages to do? given that the government has been trying to demolish it for so long. >> reporter: when they started more than 16 years ago they wanted to establish an islamic city here in the south covering the area. over the years they have become nothing but a kidnap for ran son, criminal group that was involved in margotic at the same time. during election season that's when kidnapping is rife. more than 15 foreigners are being held by the group and other groups in the area. the philippine government says it is unable to clamp it down specifically because the group of the asg does not have a cohesive leadership. they have to reassess their
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strategy towards battling the terrorism, the problem of criminal activities. it is a very lawless element. they make a lot of money in kidnapping ransom thanks very much. turning our attention to peru where the leading presidential candidate will face a run-off election. she won nearly 40% of the votes in sunday's first round. that's not enough to win outright. she's the daughter of the former president who is in prison for human rights abuses committed during his time in office. >> reporter: victory for now. 40-year-old of the popular party won the first round in the general elections. although she didn't get 50% of the vote to win the presidency, she will control congress. >> translation: i express my
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deep gratitude to the millions of people who voted for me and have now elected the popular force as the first democratic force in the country. >> reporter: the republic party and the left wing leader of the broad front party fought a tight vote by vote. they went to the polls on sunday, many hoping for change. >> translation: we want security and more work. we say no to interruption. that's what we want. >> translation: weep want to fight corruption. i voted for her because she has promised a lot and i hope she fulfils her promise >> reporter: many people don't trust any candidate and they spoiled their vote. >> translation: no candidate is up to my standards. if they're not corrupt they will be when they get to power. that's why i will not vote >> reporter: the election was tarnished by an ambush on an army delivering ballot boxes.
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authorities say they believe shining path rebels killed at least seven soldiers and wounded others. >> reporter: even though she easily won a first round, she will have a hard time for the running in the election in june. polls say 51% of people say they will never vote for her. she didn't get enough votes to win on the first round. opinion polls say 51% of people say they will never vote for her. she carries the weight of her father's legacy. his government is known as the most corrupt in the history of peru. she has tried to distance herself from her father's supporters, but to win the run off she may have to go from saying he committed mistakes to something like he is a criminal
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brazil's attorney-general will make one last appeal in defense of the president before the impeachment commission. dilma rousseff is accused of illegal legally hiding budgetary shortfalls during her 2014 re-election campaign and she is struggling the votes she needs to block impeachment. >> reporter: the impeachment hearings. she has been referred to as the ex-president and dolls of the former president in prison attire. the commission finishes it works on monday and likely will vote for impeachment. polls say both sides are unsure of victory. those in favor of impeachment don't have the two-thirds of votes in the lower house to push it through. dilma rousseff isn't sure she
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has the support to block it >> no. i don't think. it's very difficult to predict something because there is a large number of undecided people. both sides are trying to get them. >> reporter: pro-impeachment protesters are keeping a tally of who ask voting to impeach her. -- is voting to impeach her. there was billions of dollars in bribes to politicians. dilma rousseff has not been directed to it, but she has been accused of diverting money for spending in her election. they say it's an impeachable charges. she is calling it a coup. there have been protests for and against impeachment. the pro-impeachment side bigger.
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there have been so many protests that they're being to be separated due to violence. dilma rousseff is promising jobs or funds for pet projects. her attempts to install lula da silva in her congress. impeachment is a bad idea for the whom country. >> translation: it would be using a tool that is constitutional but very traumatic to for the country. it is the most serious thing you can do. >> reporter: if the president is impeached, the politics gets murkier with questions about who would replace her. her vice president could be facing an impeachment process of his own. those who led the attacks against her have another kickback scandal.
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we will see her fight for her political survival in hong kong a pro-democracy activist is charged request as a result and obstructing the police and is due for trial >> reporter: it has been 16 months before the demonstration in hong kong came to an end. today one of the more high profile activists and in court. he is a supporter and a member of the local civic party. he has been charged with assault and resisting arrest. he pleaded not guilty to those charges previousing stating that he believes they're politically motivated. the case is expected to last around five days with 11 witnesses being called to give evidence. there were a number of arrests made during the two and a half month long demonstration. his case is being followed closely here in hong kong.
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he was also the victim of an alleged beating of police with a video showing a number of officers kicking and punching him on the same night of the arrest. he was hospitalised as a result and those seven officers have since been charged with assault and one of causing grievous bodily harm. those seven officers will appear in court in june south korea has confirmed that two north korean senior officials defected last year. they include an army colonel and a senior diplomat who had been posted to an african country. news of the defection followed announcement that 13 officers at a restaurant in the north had all managed to defect together as one big group. just some breaking news for you. we're getting a report coming to us from reuters that three
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suicide bombers have carried out explosions in russia, specifically in the stavrpol region. that hit the headlines back in 2003 when there was a train bombing that killed 46 people. that was blamed on the breakaway rebel government at the time, so that was the point of 13/14 years ago when the world engaged with what was going on in that area, but the top line on that story now is we have one report talking about three suicide-type incidents taking place in stavropol. we will get more on that story for as soon as we can. construction workers have uncovered what could be ruins of a church dating back to the 5th century. they were a few hundred metres for another -- from another
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