said that these people signed a deal with the united nations present in november the 1st, giving the president mandate to choose members of the government. as far as he's concerned. here is a document. he's open to dialogue with them. having said that, i'm not going to take into account their concerns. let's listen to what the prime minister had to say. >> according to what we havee made orally with them, they have signed the papers. we are considering what has been signed, regardless of statements, during the meeting with the u.n. representatives, any kind of other statement is related to them. it's not an easy thing in yemen. but with the support of the yemeni people, the support of our brothers, with the support of the arab nations, our friends, from all over the world, i think we tried to take on all those challenges. >> the whole point of the
problem was to stablilize yemen. are the houthis going to pull out of sanaa? >> it doesn't seem to be the case given the position given by the houthis. they rejected the government, and therefore they understand that the fighters are present. in fact. while i was driving back from the presidential palace to the office, there was checkpoints manned by houthi fighters. and would you look at yemen. the significant gains made by houthis, they control sanaa, amaran, the power base in sadr, and are expanding in sunni areas in the south. it's hard to imagine the houthis going back to square one, and surroundering disarming and pulling out from the capital. i have been hearing houthi sources saying that they'll
escalate the mass protest movement. they'll stick to the street to denounce the government, and put pressure on the government. and if it doesn't set aside they'll thing about different kind of escalations. >> hashem ahelbarra in sanaa there two american citizens in north korea arrived back in the united states. kenneth bae, and michael todd miller were freed after the u.s. director of national intelligence flew to pyongyang for talks. they had been sentenced to 15 years for anti-government activities. victoria gaetan by reports. >> reporter: back home on american soil. kenneth bae steps off a military plane in washington state to be reunited with his family. he's joined on the tarmac by michael todd miller. the two men held in prison camps in north korea.
miller gaoled for six years in april. kenneth bae, a christian missionary convicted nearly two years ago for alleged anti-government activities. he had been trying to convert north koreans, and had been serving a 15 year term. >> thank you for support, prayer and love. that has been encouraging for me and others who are in the same shoes in the area as well. thank you. god bless you. >> news of the men's release have been welcomed by president obama. >> okay. it's a wonderful day for them, their families. we are thankful for their safe return: >> reporter: director clapper is james clapper the director of national intelligence. he was the highest ranking american to visit pyongyang in
more than a decade. it's not clear why clapper was brought in to negotiate or the second reason for officials meeting in pyongyang. there's speculation that by releasing the men, kim jong un may be trying to soften the country's image. north korea is facing sanctions because it refuses to stop the programme. and kim and other officials could be referred to the international criminal court for human rights violations. neither kenneth bae nor michael todd miller will be prosecuted, but the president obama considerations is warning other americans it's not a good idea to visit well, john ever ard is a former british ambassador to north korea, and believes there's a number of reasons why pyongyang decided to release the two men now. >> firstly, the international
situation seems to have turned against north korea. they have watched with anxiety china and japan. they know that president obama will be sitting down with president xi jinping of china shortly, and, of course, their attempts to drive a wedge between china and russia have not gotten anywhere. >> they have probably calculated that now is not a good time to annoy the yoits by continuing to hold three united states citizens. >> there has been an explosion inside the police headquarters in the capital kabul. the blast happened outside the office of the police chief. one has been killed. jennifer glasse is there. >> reporter: police confirmed it was a suicide bomber responsible for getting into police headquarters and blowing himself up near the police chief's office. he is unheart, but a deputy was killed and seven people were
injured in that attack. they looked at closed circuit footage. they say he was not in a police uniform, but came in with civilian clothes. he obviously got to pass through layers of security and determine how he did that. this is a secure compound in the heart of kabul home, not only to the police headquarters, but the governor's office, court and prison. 30,000 a day go through the compound, but it is fortified with many levels of security. the taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. the police will be looking into how they managed to breach the heavy security at the compound in the heart of the capital, and how they got explosives in as well. commemorations are held in germany to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall. german chancellor angela merkel
laid a flower. later she'll go to a party at the brand 'em burg gait. the well divided communist east germany and the democratic west. the fall became a powerful symbol at the end of the cold war. >> reporter: well, let's go to nick spicer, joining us from berlin. and it's a significant day for germans. tell us what we can expect today. >> well, you are probably going to hear daniel conducting the berlin state orkest ra fire up the ode to joy. they are rehearsing when 7,000 balloons will be released back into the sky. we are expecting up to a million people. they gathered in front of the brandenburg gate. they ran by. it's a place of a famous speech. they called on mikhail
gorbachev, the secretary-general of the soviet union, to bring down the wall. a symbol of a divided city, country and planet by a superpower standoff. people are coming and there is the night symphony. it is something that germans feel proud of. given the dark periods of the past. this is something we feel we can share with ourselves and show to the world. it was an instance of change. >> there's a lot of balloons tethered to the ground. we saw angela merkel at the war memorial. she was accompanied by the former soviet leader mikhail gorbachev. it's interesting. she's been talking about a new cold war and he blames the west. >> he has been speaking about
the world being on the verge of a new cold war. those words are weighty coming from the man, opening and restructuring the soviet union, the ideas that were really a breath of fresh air in the 1980s, if you recall that era, when we had to live in a world that was divided and had an absurd symbol of the berlin wall. because of tensions over ukraine and the middle east, and western triumphalism to use his words, we are on the verge of a new lord. he's coming out in support of vladimir putin, and his actions in ukraine, and has condemned sanctions against leading figures in the kremlin and people involved. surprising words to a certain extent for the man we associate with helping midwife, if you will, at the end of the cold war. speaking of a new one around the
corner. >> okay. we'll leave you with those orchestra rehearsals going on behind you. it's sounding good. for the moment nick spicer in berlin. >> still to come here on al jazeera america anger in mexico. protesters burn vehicles after the killing of 43 students. >> syrian refugees are being excluded from the u.n. world food program. stay with us.
>> thanks to erik our nation is welcome back. the top stories - yemen's newly sworn in government will be held together. despite the factions rejecting the administration. north korea releases the last two u.s. citizens in custody. kenneth bae and michael todd miller touched down on a military plane in washington commemorations are held in germany to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall. german chancellor angela merkel laid roses at a remaining section of the wall to commemorate those that died trying to escape to the west there has been fire in donetsk. it's been described as the worst since a ceasefire was brokered between the government and pro-russian fighters. we go to donetsk for the latest.
>> we heard shelling throughout the night. it was heavy for two hours. there has been continuation of the shelling as daylight struck. we don't know of confirmation of casualties or destroyed buildings. there has been a sense stand off between the pro-russian and ukranian forces. >> there has been protests in mexico over the apparent killing of 43 missing students. demonstrators in several cities attacked government buildings. jane ferguson reports. >> this is the national palace pals in mexico city. after the disappearance and murder of 43 students sparked
similar protests across the country. >> the attorney-general says they were killed and their bodies burnt by drug gans. these protesters accused government officials of being involved. >> i'm here to support fellow opportunities because the population nose it was the government na really killed them. it wasn't the drug cartel or criminals. it was the government. >> in guerrero state the parents of victims gathered at the university. they say saturday's announcement that children were killed provide no closure. >> we heard that our children were dumped, burnt, that in the end they were gotten rid of. we don't want wards, we want them to tell us, show us. we want proof.
did >> reporter: calls for ben yen yetto to step down -- peno nieto to step down were heard. the president doesn't live there. the attack is symbolic for whom some believe to be answerable to the apparent death of the students u.s. air strikes hit the gathering of fighters. a u.s. military spokesman hit a convoy of 10 vehicles thought to carry senior members of i.s.i.l., near the border crossing of iraq and syria. u.s. officials can't confirm who was part of the group. >> talks were taking place in ayman, over the nuclear programme for a team. u.s. secretary of state john kerry has been meeting the
counterpart. and e.u. negotiator katherine ash phone in mush rat. they are trying to find ways to overcome disagreements. iran denies claims by world powers that it's trying to make a nuclear weapon. the u.n. worpd food programme is cutting thousands of families from an assistance programme all fled the war. the u.n. says the families not able to meet the needs have to get priority. some of them say they can't survive on their own. >> reporter: this is a syrian widow living in jordan with her four children. she has barely been able to make ends meet. she says they've been hungry for almost a month. she got a text message informing her that the family is not eligible for food assistance. the reason - they've been
identified as meeting the basic food needs on their own. she has rice and vegetables in the refrigerator. she's been forced to borrow money and rent. we feel unwanted after losing the food vouchers, this is a policy to force us back. we'll die if not from hunger, from shelling. syrian refugees are not allowed to work here. she has started to pick olives and selling them. 12,000 families have been excluded from the food voucher programme. a study conducted, concluded that the families have access to sufficient income and support networks. many appealed to be reinstated. >> the majority of refugees did not have enough money to buy the
food they need. many are concerned without the support they may have to beg to bring the food back to the church. most families sell vouchers to by nonfood items or pay represent. the u.n. said it had to prioritise the vulnerable families based on a study, concluding that 15% of syrians don't need the vouchers, but they may have needed errors. some are clear. they can reinstate them. some can be clear from the living companies, assets they have, that they can survive on their own. they will stay excluded. >> there are many that say they can't survive on their own. conditions are getting worse al jazeera continues to demand theers of its journalists
who have been detained in egypt for 316 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed are falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. they are appealing against the prison sentences. mohamed fadel fahmy and peter greste were sentenced to 7 years in prison. baher mohamed was given an additional three years for having a bullet in his possession, picked up at a protest. >> u.s. president obama is on his way back to asia to join the apec summit. he has a number of times highlighted a goal of improving u.s. relations. patty culhane has more from washington. >> reporter: u.s. president obama once again gets off on the long journey to asia, with staps in china, myanmar and australia to fulfil a long-time term of his president say. >> pivot from the united states to asia.
>> our desire to pif ot and focus on the ceejon. >> we are able to pivot to the asia pacific region. >> reporter: experts say apart from rotating a few troops to australia, it has not changed by much. >> since budget cuts are through, they've been able to hold measures. it's not as dramatic as some might have thought. >> if you look at trade, with asia it was $336 million, in 2016 it was $497 million. as the president heads to the region, he has a renewed chance to change that by pushing ahead with the trans-pacific partnership. more possible because his own party lost control of the senate. gements were against giving the
president more authority to negotiate a deal. as the president land in china, he'll make a renewed push. talking climate change with the president. and then he'll head to myanmar, trying to save what has been held up as foreign policy success. president obama is a pan in safe of a legacy, hoping this trip builds the foundation for that kenya's military is sending reinforcements to the northern rift valley after 23 police officers were killed if tribal violence. the army is trying to retrieve weapons. kathryn sawer reports government forces are being accused of actions. >> reporter: tribal elders from the community hand over a firearm to local activists in northern kenya. it's a weapon stolen from 23
security officers who were attacked. the eldest were given the gun by men afraid to hand it over. the young men are believed to have killed the offices in this track from a town, from which a rival tribe have fought for control. >> maybe after this, giving the government their gun, we come down and ask them who was these boys that did the problem. >> the killing of the police officer was a peak of tensions between the two tribes. they fought for decades over cattle and grading land. oil and gases have been discovered, and the battle of areas with the resources is politicized, sophisticated and violent. this man says his son was decapitated by a map from the rival tribe in what is believed
to be a revenge attack. it's been a month, his son's headless body is at the mortuary. >> i cannot bury him without a head. it's taboo. >> 2,000 police and soldiers have been deployed to disarm the tribes holding thousands of illegal firearms. we spoke to some people in the area, accusing security forces. this is a home state destroyed allegedly by security officers, hundreds of people fled. we could not see civilian movements on the road. that's because people have gone further into the interior, to the bushes, and the hills of this vast region. >> at one town center, this man has just come from his hideout to find his shops smouldering. it's one of several destroyed here. >> they said they are looking for guns, but we are far from where the attack happened and we have no guns.
snow the police spokesman told us that any formal complaint will be investigated. back home this man and his neighbours are worried. they want piece. many are concerned if the government does not deal with the cause of the conflict and those fuelling it, things may get worse. >> zambians mourning the late president michael satay say he brought much-needed reforms to his area. some say it led to budgets cuts in education. >> reporter: new roads in rural zambia make the ride home from school smoother. it's part of the late president michael sata's ambitious plan, including hospitals and schools and 100% pay rise for some workers.
it led to an 8 billion budget deficit. students pay the price. fewer are able to fand university for free. if the budget is approved. no one will. they'll have to get government loans they'll need to repay. >> it means there'll be no future for us. we want the government to look into that sector of sending people, paying for their primary and senior, but college. >> the government imposed a public sector wage freeze and cancelled subsidies on fuel and maize. roads have to be developed. new roads are necessary, coming at a cost that leave some wondering if it should be a high priority to the next government. >> we need to go back to the drawing board and revisit the infrastructure spending in the last few years. we need to re-organise ourselves
both socially, economically, and politically. >> zambia's copper riches means if enjoys steady economic growth. most zam bians live in rural areas and below the poverty line. the next leaders should make education a priority. >> the quality of education in zambia is one of the worst in the region. that has an effect on the employability of people coming out of the system. >> if the prospect of paying off a loan puts students off a university, they may find that the new roads will not lead far. >> now, britain's queen elizabeth led the annual commemorates for the war dead. 100 years after the start of the
first world war. the queen laid a wreath at the war memorial in london, where there was two minutes of silence. 880,000 soldiers from britain, and the commonwealth died during world war i. [ ♪ music ] >> i have seen people face some of the deepest trag dis they imagine, people are forced to do things, yet they continue on. >> forest whitaker is a special u.n.e.s.c.o. envoy for peace and reconciliation, working with the young affect by violence, soldiers. >> he was abducted by a mother and father. they took her to a tree and killed her.