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only on al jazeera america. desperate and trapped on the borders. greece's prime minister calls for urgent help for refugees you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up, i.s.i.l. claims responsibility for a suicide attack in iraq that kills 60 and wounds dozens more. an international scientific effort to beat the zika virus before the brazilian olympics.
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tributes to nancy reagan who dies at the age of 94. the greek prime minister is expected to seek the immediate relocation of thousands of refugees stranded within his country's borders at an e.u. summit in brussels on monday. they will use this meeting to push at members to tackle the crisis. this huge bottleneck at the border crossing where up to 14,000 people are stuck on the greek side of frontier with macedonia. by the end of this month there would be a hundred thousand refugees and migrants trapped in greece. that's the prediction of the
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e.u. commissioner. >> reporter: it has become the symbol of europe's failure and disunity when it comes to refugees. the border that remains more closed than open. the late est to cross over depes on the date arrived in greece. these people here the 17th and these the following day >> translation: i've been here 16 days. i've no more money. my son went to germany and the whole trip took him ten days. i didn't think it would be like this. >> reporter: the daily cap of 500 to travel through is rarely met. people roam around here in search for answers. over the past three weeksment camps spread from a transit one designed for a 1500 people, that's where the big tents are, to this ever-sprawling multi colored tent village.
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the makeshift camp stretches across both sides of the rail track. the long queue on the right is for food. the area of high extension is to the north. a double fence separate both countries. the macedonian side empty. all five of this family sleep in this space >> it is not fair. >> reporter: perhaps there are no better words to express how most feel. >> i am very sad. >> reporter: why? explain it to me? >> we can't get anything. the smallest needs of life i don't have. even drinking water i don't have. i didn't know who doesn't open the border.
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i don't have anything. you must live here so they can feel what we are having. i don't like to get thrown just like this with node cares for me. >> reporter: about one third of those stranded here are children below the age of five. many suffer from diarrhoea and fever. aid workers fear that soon measles and scabies could spread if their listening conditions don't improve. political leaders are hoping that the cessation of hostilities in syria will hold and stem the human wave. for those here it is already too late in another sign of how perilous the crossing to greece is, at least 25 refugees have drowned in the aegean sea.
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turkish state media says a boat sank in the sea 60 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in iraq. dozens of people were wounded in the blast which happened in hilla. i.s.i.l. says it carried out the attack. this report from the capital baghdad not far north of where the attack took place >> reporter: the tanker truck blew up at one of the busiest checkpoints on the main road. instead of fuel it was carrying explosives. there is almost nothing left here. i.s.i.l. took responsibility for the blast north of hilla close to the ancient city of babylon. this is almost 90 kilometers north of baghdad leading to the shia shrines. iraqi soldiers and police man
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the check point. many of the other casualties were believed to be civilians, including families heading south or returning to baghdad. >> translation: the blast has completely destroyed the check appoint and builds. more than 100 cars have been damaged. we strongly condemn the attack >> reporter: iraqi forces have driven i.s.i.l. fighters out of ramadi and recent recaptured hundreds of desert north of baghdad. as i.s.i.l. loses more territory, it seems to have stepped up its attacks on civilian targets. >> reporter: many iraqis will be asking how a truck filled with explosives managed to make it that far along a major road with multiple check points. while forces are making gains against i.s.i.l., the cities remain vulnerable earlier we spoke to a
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political analyst. he explained why iraqi forces are failing to maintain security in the country. >> iraq security forces have been unable to protect the country, although the united states and iraq and other allies now, including iran, have spent billions of dollars trying to build these forces. many iraqi analysts and politicians have been trying to point out the fact that these forces don't need more training, it's not a crisis says of training but a crisis of legitimacy. many view iraqi security forces are nothing more than yet another armed militia in the country, which is as sectarian and destructive as other militias. so it is definitely another sign of the weakness of iraq's central government egypt has arrested 14 people accused of killing one of the country's most senior state
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officials. public prosecutor died in a car bomb in cairo last june. the egyptian government says members of the banned muslim brotherhood conspired with hamas but both groups have denied the accusations. moving to turkey where the biggest newspaper has published its first edition since being taken over by the government. police fired tear gas at protesters outside the offices on saturday. journalists have destroyed what happened to the paper, which was often critical of the government, as a dark day for media in turkey. >> reporter: on this street in istanbul the day may have changed, but the headlines stayed the same. outrage. the free press can't be silenced, they chanted. some of them seeming to hold
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newspapers up as shields. >> reporter: i came here to support the newspaper which has been unlawfully seized by the government. >> reporter: on friday a turkish court appointed an administrator to run the newspaper and others. all were linked to the president erdogan's enemy, the muslim cleric. the take over is considered part of a wider state crackdown on his movements. while the president defended the move as legal not political, critics say it is the latest in a long line of trouble willing actions taken against journalists. one reporter described how scary things have gotten for her and colleagues >> i'm immensely worried. i've become paranoid and it's not even par i did not i can't any more because it is the
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reality-- march -- paranoia. they shut down the internet. they're doing everything to prevent us from road accidents producing the news. >> reporter: while police kept protesters away from the front of the headquarters, they had no trouble converging aon a side street. the hundreds of protesters are refusing to leave even though security officials are telling them repeatedly now that they must go. what they are doing here on the scene ask illegal. that they are blocking the road and they will be disbursed if they refuse to leave. >> translation: this man angrily confronted police, furious not about the threat they face today but rather the brutality faced 24 hours earlier. >> reporter: eventually the
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crowd heeded the warnings and began to leave. while the pitch of their anger hadn't lessened the tone of the newspaper they were defending had changed. the constitution is suspended was on the front page. the front page has a smiling president erdogan and it takes a softer editorial stance. as for the continued protests, they received no mention whatsoever syrian state media is reporting 14 people have been killed in an attack in aleppo city. fighters from the al-nusra front and other armed groups were behind the attack. the u.k. based rights organization says more than 70 mortar shells were launched at
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the group. a billionaire tycoon in iran has been sentenced to death for corruption. he was found guilty of fraudulently pocked about 2.7 billion dollars as well as facing the death penalty he was also ordered to repay the money. two other people whoed stood trial with him were also convicted of corruption. >> he used the situation to add to his wealth. he was sentenced to repay em-besankoed money and also sentenced to death, but still he can appeal and the ruling is open for appealing. i think he will do that. more to come for you on this program. a low oil price hitting nigeria's elderly. we take you to one of the regions where bankruptcy threatens pension payments. also we will hear from the tooifr who says he was sucked
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into a nuclear power plant and lived to tell the atale. >> that harmony, that politeness and that equilibrium that japanese people call "wa". at the other side of history, fukushima's heroes were not enough. people have lost their trust, especially in the authorities. the myth of nuclear energy, of it being economic, safe and clean has been swept away. >> "fukushima: a nuclear story," narrated by willem dafoe.
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welcome back. let's take you through the top stories. at least 60 people rv died in a suicide attack south of baghdad in iraq. i.s.i.l. says it was behind the attack. the turkish newspaper that was seized by the government last week has resumed publication with a notable change in its editorial stance. the greek prime minister is expected to seek the immediate relocation of thousands of
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refugees at an e.u. summit in brussels on monday. it comes at a prediction that 100,000 could be trapped inside greece by the end of the month. so why are officials warning that the situation in greece is likely to deteriorate so quickly? according to the u.n. last year more than a million people tried to cross the sea. the vast majority trying to enter europe from turkey by crossing into greece. this is a breakdown of arrivals by month. you can see it climbed in peaks to october when more than 220,000 people attempted the see crossing. now look at what happens when you put in the figures from this year so far. a huge increase of around five,000 arrivals in january 2015 to more than 70,000 in january this year. there are more than four million syrian refugees, around 2.7
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million live in turkey. analysts say e.u. states will be pushing syria's neighbor more to tackle the crisis in monday's summit in brussels >> we are working within quite a lot of levels of uncertain itty at the moment. first of all agrees wants to find a solution. they're desperate to find a solution because they're just about to talk about a state of emergency in greece. they need a european solution and this is what the prime minister is saying. at the same time there is a lot of uncertainty about the extent to which turkey is happy to cooperate or the extent to which it is a reliable partner. the e.u. will put a lot of pressure on turkey tomorrow. we have to think of this issue in terms of two questions. one is whether we can kerb the refugee flows which are increasing, but at the same time what we do with the people who have already crossed the sea appeared are here and in greece
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and various other countries in the european union. what we're seeing at the moment a degree of unwillingness from the 28 member states to address the issue international scientists are visiting brazil to find out more about the zika virus. the government aims to have things under control by the time it hosts the olympics in august. much remains to be done for those affected. >> reporter: going from home to home in north-eastern brazil doctors from the u.s. centers for disease control are working with brazilian health officials to research a possible link between the zika virus and microcephaly. there has been a steep rise in the number of babies born with malformati malformationss. >> we want to get the information out as soon as possible in order to be able to understand this and to create
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public health activities. >> reporter: it has been ten months since the first case of zika was confirmed and medical facilities here are struggling to cope. there is still a lack of information, particularly with regard to its consequences. what few doctors there are have taken to use whatever technology there is to confer with doctors and clinicings and patients further afield. >> reporter: tests are still being run to see if there is a connection between the cases of microcephaly and the zika virus. so little known officials are asking everyone to do all they can to prevent being bitten by mosquitos. the government has been commended by the world health organisation for doing its best to handle a difficult situation. its efforts don't seem to be making their way to the areas most affected. >> translation: we haven't
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received any extra money for combatting the mosquito or even for treating those children with microcephaly. the research we are working on, all of that so far, it's the local government that has been paying for it. i cannot wait for them to make funding available. they need to make things happen here. >> reporter: whether linked to zika or not, there are more babies now in need of special attention. in places like here overwhelmed health workers are doing all they can to help families cope one day at a time a compensation scheme for women who are crippled during childbirth in ireland has been condemned by legal experts. hundreds under went a procedure which involved sawing through their pelvises as an alternative to a c-section. a report on the women's fight for their suffering to be recognised >> reporter: every set of medical records tells a story of
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lives of women returned in the maternity hospitals. this woman had her procedure in 1964 after a dong tore couldn't deliver eher baby with forceps. he opened her up with a saw and the pain is etched on her face even today >> the pain right up to your back passage as unreal. when i would got out of bed to the bathroom in the morning, the water came from me. i had no control over it. >> reporter: it wasn't only her who was injured. her baby boy was brain damaged, a product of the doctor's refusal to get minimum out quickly enough. she spent much of her own money as he grew up. >> he liked to play football, but he couldn't.
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he wanted to play football with the boys in the school. things like that was hard. but i had a little girl after that and then she - she would be jumping and doing something and he would say, why can't i do that? >> reporter: the conversation scheme offered her nothing for her son's disabilities. for herself she received a total of $54,000. the baseline offered in the payment schedule drawn up by the irish state. the department of health and the judge administering the claims have simultaneously refused every to grant us an interview, but have also condemned media criticism of the scheme as lacking objectivity. they take the view that the scheme is the best, fairest and simplest way of compensating women for many years of pain and suffering. it bears no relationship to
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recognised pay outs. one woman took her case to the high court and got well over $300,00 $300,000. >> reporter: ired there's a small book telling lawyers what they should expect to get for their client if they hurt a knee or ankle or some other part of their body. that was written in 2004. even then the amounts were higher than for these victims >> it is predicated on the assumption that a lot of them who suffered it was an operation that shouldn't have been performed, but that they suffered no injuries afterwards. that they carried on their lives like everybody else, that it was just an inconvenience at the time. >> reporter: of course, the most striking thing about these industries is that they were done to the women not by accident but on purpose by doctors who appears wanted the mothers opened up so they could have more and more babies regardless of the impacts on
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their health >> i was never the same person, not the fully same person as i was >> reporter: many believe their small compensation, the letters from the state advising them to spoil themselves with the process, do nothing about be-- proceeds do nothing but belittle everying they have gone through a few days ago you may have been forgiven for thinking it was ap a done deal but on super saturday on the race for the presidential nomination there were a few upsets. ted cruz put a dent in donald trump's republican campaign. marco rubio has won his second primary in p peurto rico. donald trump continues to win. >> reporter: if saturday's results did anything, it showed that onment republican side there are really two candidates that are now pulling away from the rest of the field. that's donald trump who is still clearly the front runner, but
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now also ted cruz as well. ted cruz did very well winning two states easily but also barely losing to donald trump and to other states. ted cruz has really had a very, very good search here and he has really positioned himself as a clear alternative to donald trump, at least based on what the voters indicated on saturday. on the democratic side bernie sanders continues to win states and in some regards a sort of humbling the front runner hillary clinton, but he is getting a little bit of momentum back, but it might not be enough because he still has less than half the delegates that hillary clinton has and even with bernie sanders winning two states compared to only one for hillary clinton on saturday, hillary clinton actually picked up more delegates because she won louisiana which has more delegates.
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bernie sanders is getting momentum back but clearly hillary clinton is still in the driver's seat former u.s. first lady nancy reagan has died aged 94. she died of heart failure in her home in l.a. she was an advocate for amz research. she will be buried alongside her husband. nigeria's elderly are feeling the will effects of low government oil revenues. half of the states say they face bankruptcy and won't be able to make pension payments. >> reporter: it has been six months since this man was paid his pension of around $150 a month. he is angry that after 33 years in the civil service he and other pensioners are facing this situation. he has two wives and 18 children and aseven grandchildren to look
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after. >> it is affecting us very seriously. you have a family and the age i am, if i am not getting my legal penning, i have to be a baeg yar-- pension, i will be a beggar. >> reporter: this group organized a protest outside the government's office to demand their pensions. they say the stay unfairly left them out of a financial government bail out. >> why are we not paid? >> reporter: most pensioners across here are facing the same problem. 18 out of 36 state say they can't make pension payments, saying the federal government
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pay outs given don't cover pensions, but they insist they're doing all they can to try and find the money. the governor says the bail out for the buyer state was only 142 million dollars. he has taken the problem to the presiden president. >> he will find ways of saying what can be done to help the pensioners. it is quite a pitful situation. >> reporter: people are under pressure to end their dependence on oil related income. instead they're told to focus on other income. back at this man's home he says pensioners like him ought to be the government's first priority with whatever money is availablavailable
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a scuba diver in florida says he is lucky to be alive after being sucked into an intake pipe at a nuclear plant. he emerged from the pipeline. he is now suing the power station for inadequate safety procedures. >> we were at a rock pile. we sue a buoy. no warnings anywhere. it lookd like a building. i felt a current and it got quicker. it felt lining i got sucked over a water fall. i was getting tumbled around and around. i'm trying to look around. as far as you can see black. i was thinking about these horror movies. a turbine and i'm coming for it. it's going to chop me up and killing me. so i pulled the regulator out of my mouth and do i just die? i started thinking about my
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family. all of a sudden there is daylight. fish everywhere, crystal clear water and the sun is shining. i'm like, this is heaven? he is fortunate to have made it through. more of everything here, >> i'm mei-ling mcnamara in canada here to discover how the great bear rainforest is being protected. >> i'm amanda burrell. i'm in london to find out how to make old houses green.


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