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president as politicians start efforts to oust her from office. this is al jazeera live from doha. also ahead isolated fighting in yemen, but a fragile ceasefire holds. more pregnancy complications linked to the zika virus. how high-tech balloons can ensure that sri lanka has 4g
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coverage are grounds to impeach dilma rousseff. that's the key step in a process that could force her from office. the motion will go to the lower house of congress where a two-thirds majority will be needed to decide if there should be a trial of the proovm there would move her case to the senate where two votes will have to take place. she is accused of manipulating government accounts to hide a growing deficit ahead of an election in 2014. an accusation which she denies. problems just mounting for her. huge numbers of people have been out on the streets demanding her resignation as the country grapples with a deep recession. >> reporter: after hours of heated debate, the congressional commission's vote brings the
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embattled president one step closer to facing impeachment. the full lower house must vote on the admissibility of the impeachment charges as the government tries desperately to block the move >> what they're trying to do is persuade deputies to vote against impeachment or to be absent, to abstain. >> reporter: this amid claims the government operatives are offering ministerial positions and even money to maintain the loyalty of members of the rapidly disintegrating government coalition. as beyond the scenes negotiations intensify, supporters and opponents of the president are moving into the capital to pressure politicians. the vote is expected between friday and sunday. security forces are so concerned that they've already put up this huge 80-metre along barrier to try and separate protesters who
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are in favor and against the government. they're expecting 150,000 pro-government demonstrators here and another 150,000 anti-government demonstrators on this side, all of them gathered in front of the congress building. brazil's vice president seen here on the left is next in line should the president be forced to step aside. adding more drama atto the crisis, a leaked audio recording of the vice president addressing the nation as though she were already impeached. >> translation: we need to unite all the parties and all parties should be ready to collaborate to pull brazil out of this crisis >> reporter: this is the latest twist in a political soap apra that-- opera that has not only paralysed this country, but deeply divide the brazilian people the u.n. brokered ceasefire in yemen has entered a second
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day, but hours after it came into effect, sporadic clashes broke out in the east of the capital. it happened in the mared area. the coalition has supporting government troops and houthi rebels have promised to maintain the truce. yemen has been at war since march last year and the civilians have been bearing the brunt of it >> reporter: a rare quite in yemen's capital. for more than a year bombs have fallen here. houthi rebels control the city. a break in the fighting is allowing some here to hope the bombs will stop for good. >> translation: i hope all sides will observe the ceasefire. i wish for calm and order to be restored without any violations from either side. it is the people who are paying the price for this war. >> reporter: the truce is holding across much, but not all of yemen. this is the province east.
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there were reports of shelling in the south-western city of taiz where houthi rebels have laid siege for about a year. >> translation: we won't negotiate with killers. what truce are they talking about while rockets fall down on the city of taiz only a few hours after this apparent truce. >> reporter: but the sporadic fighting hasn't stopped the yemen's sides in honoring the ceasefire. in a conflict many say that that in itself is significant. the houthi rebels hold eight of the 22 provinces and spread out from the north to the edge of taiz in the south. this clues the capital sanaa. they're backed by forces loyal to the former president and have the support of the iran. houthis are fighting troops loyal to the president. he set up groups here and has militaries present in most of
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eastern yemen. since march last year air strikes from the saudi-led coalition. then there's al-qaeda. they're staunchly anti houthi but are not aligned with the government. also competing for control in the south we have the yemen affiliate of i.s.i.l. as well as successionist groups. they have been trying to breakaway from the north. the number of people without reliable access to aenough food has doubled since the conflict began to around 14 million people. that's well over half the population. most of them are women and children. the truce calls for inhindered access to aid across yemen-- unhindered. this is ahead of talks in kuwait in a week. the inability for any side to win this war is likely forcing them to resolve it by diplomacy
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six criticism i can't answers have been killed and aid dozens wounded after the government forces shelled areas in aleppo. they targeted the last humanitarian corridor linking the largest city to the countryside. control of aleppo is split between the opposition and government forces. syrian activists say barrel bombs are being dropped on residents in northern homs province. two people have been killed in the suburbs of tabr acres si and tarmulla. staffan de mistura is urging the government more humanitarian access ahead of the resumption of talks in geneva. a moderate member of the moderate opposition has called for discussions. they say bashar al-assad cannot be a key issue in the discussions. as a conflict in syria continues now into its sixth year, the country is preparing to hold parliamentary elections on wednesday.
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the vote is being held in areas controlled by the president bashar al-assad. thousands of candidates are exceeding and nearly all of them favor his party. the international community and the opposition have criticized the elections saying they will be biassed. 20 tons of food aid has been air dropped on the city of der asor. they had a high altitude delivery on sunday. 22 of the 26 pallets were collected. i.s.i.l. has been trying to capture an air base in the area which is a supply route to the city. in the united states health officials say the more they know about the zika virus the scarier it appears. it is linked to neurological conditions and immune deficiencys. >> reporter: you're looking at the 3d model of the zika virus. it is an image that few of us
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would recognise but one that has scientists and governments concerned. >> everything we look at it with this virus seems scarer than we thought. >> reporter: there's growing evidence it is linked to microcephaly. it causes malformation of the brain in the fee tugs. researchers have not conclusively proved the link yet. >> we have learned that the virus is linked to a broader said of complications in pregnancy, not just the microcephaly, but also prematurity, eye problems and some other conditions. >> reporter: researcher are also linking it to still births, miscarriages and complications through pregnancy. scientists in brazil believe it may also affect the immune system. they say zika may be causing spinal cord and brain tissue formation and a nerve condition
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which results in paralysis. it is passed on by mosquitos and sex. >> we need to learn more because it is a very unusual virus that we can't pretend that we know everything about it that we need to know. >> reporter: the current outbreak was first identified last year in brazil. since then it has spread from south america to the caribbean and the u.s. the dark areas on this map shows where it is more susceptible. >> women don't have the prevention there. there is no vaccine. there is no treatment. >> reporter: the world health organisation is predicting the virus will infect as many as four million people this year. experts are warning that as summer approaches, virus-carrying mosquitos in europe around the u.s. are likely to cause more outbreaks still ahead on al jazeera
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>> i still refer to him. >> reporter: a hot time for david cameron. a year after vanuato was hit, we look at how people are coping there. there. >> there's no way i am willing to give up my family for a drug ever again. >> getting to the heart of the matter. proud to tell your stories. al jazeera america.
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welcome back. our top stories on al jazeera. politicians in brazil have taken a step forward to removing dilma rousseff in office. a congressional committee voted in favor of advancing
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impeachment proceedings against her. the motion now goes to the lower house of parliament later this week. a ceasefire is largely holding in yemen more than 24 hours after it came into effect. there were reports of sporadic fighting in the east of the capital. earlier there were also violations reported in taiz. u.s. south officials say the impact of zika virus is wide ly across 30 states and has caused more problems linked to it. britain's prime minister has faced tough questioning from the opposition in a special sitting of parliament where he was forced to defend his family's financial arrangements. david cameron is under pressure following revelations from the panama papers, an unprecedented league into the financial activity of wealthy individuals who hold accounts offshore.
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>> reporter: every since the panama papers emerged the british time minister has to answer questions and reveal details of his wealth. he earned tens of thousands of dollars from his father's offshore investment company. in parliament he defended his record and his family. >> there have been some deeply hurtful and untrue accusations made against my father. i want to, if the house would let moo put the record straight. it was going to be trading in dollar securities. this should be a country that believes in aspiration and wealth creation. so we should defend the right of every citizen to make money lawfully. aspiration and wealth creation are not dirty words. they are the key engines of growth and prosperity in our country and we would always
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support those who want to own shares and make investments to support their families. >> reporter: the opposition labor party argues that the rich and powerful can write their own rules, enjoying wealth and avoiding tax that ordinary people have to pay. >> it is absolutely a master class in the art of distraction. i'm sure the prime minister would join me in thanking the media issue here. what they have driven home is what many people have felt. there is now one rule for the super rich and another for the rest. >> reporter: it is annie motive issue. david cameron, who was born into wealth and privilege, has imposed austerity and spending cuts, but tells the british people we're all in it together.
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>> this man has more to divide this nation than anybody else. he has looked after his own pockets and i still refer to him as dodgy dave. >> reporter: one veteran left wing mp was ordered to leave parliament for abusive parliament >> reporter: david cameron hopes he has put a difficult week hunted him. he announced a new law to prosecutor british companies that help in tax evasion. he set up a task force to look into the revelations around the panama papers. he can't afford to lose any more credibility with the british public because in june he will be asking them to vote to remain in the european union. in a referendum that will make or break his political career and define the future of this country. >> reporter: there has been mass
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arrests in the u.s. capital after demonstrations against the use of big business money in politics. more than 400 people were detained during the sit in. the demonstration is part of a civil disobedience week. the group of prosecutor testers arrived in washington dc after a nine-day march from philadelphia. the process of choosing the next general will be commenced. our correspondent has more from the headquarters in new york. >> reporter: eight people have held the u.n.'s top job since the organization began in 1946. they have all been men. this time there is growing pressure for a woman to be ban ki-moon's successor when he leaves at the end of the year. four female candidates have joined the race. >> this would be a tremendous
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advance to have a woman who is able to stand up to the major powers and stand up for all of humanity and the international community and the u.n. charter. >> reporter: the u.n. secretary general is at the center of resolving global conflicts and humanitarian challenges. it has little power to deploy sources without support from the security council. especially its five permanent members, russia, u.s., france, china and the united kingdom. despite the fact that the general assembly formally chooses the next general, those five countries actually determine who will hold the post. for the first time in the u.n. 70-history, the candidates are able to state why they would make a good leader. >> transparency will help with the fact that they have to be up there. they have to answer questions, including from ngos.
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it is a good thing. at the end of the day the key will be whether the big power, the members of the council, are willing to choose someone who may at times challenge them. >> reporter: the convention in choosing a secretary general is that each region of the world has a turn. this time eastern europe is favored, although submit among those countries over russia's role in ukraine could make consensus difficult >> reporter: holding public hearings for the next u.n. secretary general could make a big difference. the interests that sit in this room, the security council chamber, could think otherwise. this week's testimony by candidates will be watched by many who want change. the security council makes the decision. beginning in july when they hold their first straw poll rescue teams are searching for survivors after a three-storey building collapsed in shanghai. the cause of the collapse is not
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clear, but it could be from renovations to the bottom floor a court in india is said to hold a special session this tuesday to decide if fireworks should be banned at testimony pels. more than 100 people were killed in the southern astate of india on sunday. more than 300 others were injured. our correspondent spoke to some of the victims. >> reporter: this ward was set up for those that were injured in the fire display. many of the patients had for years been taking part in the local temple celebrations to mark the hindu new year. >> translation: i will never forget the blast. the smoke, the darkness. its sound and the chaos. i saw it all and i will never forget it. >> reporter: like many others here it was followed by hours of
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anguish for his family. some of the people here wouldn't even near the temple. they were watching the fireworks from a kilometer away but were still hit by flying concrete from the explosion >> translation: i think the fireworks should be stopped. this happened here and who knows where else it could happen again. so it should be banned. there are many other ways to celebrate. >> reporter: the blast area around the temple has now been cordoned off. a government explosive expert has been inspecting the site to conduct an investigation into what happened. this pile of concrete is where a shed once stood. that's where reserve fireworks were kept and set-off the explosion after being hit by sparks. fireworks have always been part of religious festivals, but over the years they have become more powerful and sophisticated, the
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number of accidents has gone up. despite this, the governments and the courts have refused to ban their use saying they're an integral part of local culture. the state's chief minister has refused the idea of a blanket ban. though he says the government will look into tightening safety rules. some say it is not enough. we will never again go to see the fireworks. i'm afraid now. we will stay at home. it's only god's grace and my children's love that we didn't go. my husband survived but many are died and many more injured worse than them >> reporter: many of these will spend the rest of hindu new year in ward. for others, the fire work displays are expected to continue in sew ma-- somalia slab
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claimed responsibility for the bombing that killed five people. just over a year ago the pacific island of vanuatu was hit by a huge cyclone. despite millions of dollars in aid, much of the country's infrastructure is still not fixed. >> reporter: across vanuatu school classrooms look largely as they did more than a year ago after the biggest cyclone in the country's history. immediately after the storm when vanuatu briefly dominated headlines worldwide, countries, international organizations and charities promised tens of millions of dollars of help. it's not clear where that went on this island >> i feel like they forgot us. i don't know what will they do with the big money. they should have helped the schools and the hospitals. >> reporter: the island's one police car still hasn't been
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repaired. children are still learning in what was supposed to be very temporary tents. it's hot inside these tents. after midday it is often too hot. teachers say those shortened hours are having a big impact on these children's education. a few classrooms were rebuilt here in the weeks immediately after the cyclone. that was between march and july. $40 million was spent largely by charities and the australian government acting independently of vanuatus, but then momentum was lost >> i feel disappointed and i'm frustrated about what they left out after the cyclone. >> reporter: it's half an hour by plane to the capital. that is where money has got bogged down. why? first, not all money promised was delivered. vanuatu's government says countries made commitments they haven't kept. other money, about $70 million in grants and loans from the
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world bank, for example, is still being negotiated. political instability hasn't helped. there have been three different governments since the storm. that's slowed the spending of what has been received too. australia won't let its gift of 26 million dollars for recovery be spent without rigourous accountability. the vanuatu government has struggled to put that in place. >> there were some capacity issues within the government. this was just too much. >> reporter: the result has been the recovery efforts led by the government have ground to a halt. have any schools or hospitals been rebuilt at all as of yet? >> no. >> reporter: none? >> none. >> reporter: the government says it is now putting in place the systems donors need to see, but they're also calling on those who promised money to deliver it. teachers, meanwhile, say they just don't want another year in
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tents sri lanka may be the first country in the world to have complete 4g coverage. a network of high-altitude balloons is the key. >> reporter: showing off its balloons, a team from google at a recent youth festival here displayed the technology for the project it calls balloon network >> we're trying to bring internet to two out of three people on the planet who don't have the coverage. these will be 60,000 feet above the ground and it can send a signal down to a cell phone. >> reporter: there is more than 3 million and 634,000 subscribers. one fifth of its population is already connected. the google balloons will have a 40 kilometer radius range. 13 will be needed to cover the
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island. it was among the first countries in south asia to introduce mobile phones, 3 and 4g networks. the country has impressive internet bandwidth, but it would mean that the entire island, even remote places like this would be covered. google says lower costs are the main advantage over current internet operations. the balloons can be very inexpensive. the plastic is the same plastic as a shopping bag and the electronics is like that is the sell phone. it is bringing the costs of these chips and circuits down. >> reporter: the head of the information and communications technology agencies says the project will bring innovation. >> we're just after 30 years of war, we need to leapfrog in many ways. we've taken the stand that we're going to be leaders and not
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followers in this particular area. >> reporter: the minister of telecommunications introduced the project to young people at the festival. he was asked about some concerns over allowing google, a u.s. tech joint, to run a communications network in the country's airspace. >> we have gone through it and run through it and it is a pure technology that connects people and that's about it. >> reporter: it has not been smooth sailing. in february the first test balloon came out in tea country with a bump. google denied it had crashed. it says it was a controlled landing. then the display balloon was punctured by scaffolding. that and high winds meant it couldn't be fully inflated. tests will take up to a year after which a project that the country hopes will be another technology first may really get off the ground led zeppelin are facing a
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