celebrations in venezuela as the opposition surges to victory for the first time in almost two decades. hello. this is al jazeera. also ahead. >> the threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it freedom is more powerful than fear. president obama vows to destroy i.s.i.l. the french national capitalize on the paris attack with best elections. last chance of a climate global
deal as talks get underway in paris in last week of the summit venezuela's opposition has triumphed over the socialists winning control of the national assembly. modi took to the airway to concede the defeat. the election commission says some seats are yet to be counted but so far the opposition has won 99, more than double the ruling party which has 66 seats so far. 22 are still to declare. >> reporter: the country wants a change and this change begins today. the agenda of peace rains and the government is defeated. the people stoke clearly. venezuelan families are tired of living with the consequences of failure. >> translation: we've lost a battle today, but the struggle
to build new socialism in a new society starts now. we should take this as a slap in the face to wake us up so we can work towards the future. we must start over in a lot of things. that's fine. we're experts at it. we came from the struggle of the streets. >> reporter: it was past midnight when venezuela's electoral council gave the election results and they were a bitter blow to the socialist government since it came to power 17 years ago. the president addressed the nation looking stern but recognising the defeat saying that the socialist revolution would live to see a better day. however, the opposition is esat that timic. estatic. they have at least a simple majority in the national assembly that allows them to
control the budget, to set the agenda, to maim the president and depending on 17 deep tease that are still being contested, they could have a three fifths majority that would allow them to dismiss ministers. what it means for the country is still unknown. it will mean a cooperation, a sharing of powers or at least some kind of negotiation between the government and the opposition, it is too early to tell. will it mean more grid lock or opposition? syria's foreign minister has accused the u.s. led coalition of conduct an air strike which killed three soldiers. it has written to the u.n. security council condemning what it describes aggression by the u.s. the united states said it did conduct air strikes on the facilities on sunday but did not target vehicles or personnel in
the area. syrian rebels are pulling out of homs as part after a cease fire deal. 12 buses have arrived to transport fighters out of the area. homs has been under siege by the government over over two years now. aid agencies have been allowed in. u.s. president obama has vowed to defeat terrorism and destroy i.s.i.l. in a rare address from the oval office. he said the threat was real but freedom is more powerful than fear. his comments were framed by wednesday's shooting in california in which 14 people died. >> reporter: the backdrop is the oval office. this is the third time he has used this setting for a national address. it's meant to sent a message of seriousness after the attacks in california that left 14 dead. investigators are looking into whether the killers were inspired by islamic state in iraq and the levant. the president telling the
americans he has a strategy to defeat the group >> the threat from terrorism is real but we will over come it >> reporter: he has had a tough time of convincing americans, 57% disprove is not happy with the fight against i.s.i.l., others say the battle is going badly and some say it's more time to send more troops. >> for god sakes change your strategy mr president, come up with a ground force that go in and destroy the caliphate before we get hit here at home. >> reporter: the president had his own criticism saying it is time for new gun control legislation. that is unlikely. just last week the senate voted down a bill that would have kept people on the no fly list from buying weapons. president obama also urged americans not to frame this as a war against lamb. >>-- islam.
>> that is what i.s.i.l. want. i.s.i.l. does not speak for islam. they're thugs and killers, part of a cult of death. they account for a tiny fraction of a more than a billion muslims around the world. >> reporter: before the speech hundreds of advocates rallied outside the white house to send a similar message. >> the basic thing is to make the world realise that the terrorism that they're seeing not only domestically but international is not representative of islam. >> reporter: americans is to be assured that the president has a strategy to fight i.s.i.l. bill schneider says the obama speech was more about ensuring american people. >> he didn't have a great deal new to say in terms of rat straith gee or policy, but he was trying to tell americans
that our strategy is working, it's going to be strong, but it's going to be smart. it's not going to be rash and he was rejecting any kind of discrimination against muslim americans or muslims generally and say we're going to follow our own values. i think it reassured a lot of his own supporters that security is the upper most issue on the president's mind. last year the security issue is likely to be paramount. i'm not sure he wants it to be, but when people are concerned about safety and security, they look to the president and they're expecting this president to deliver. it is shaping the political campaign and the one candidate who seems to be making headway in all this is donald trump who is the front runner. he said just yesterday in iowa every time things get worse, i do better because people have confidence in me, people want strength. it's an issue that donald trump
is really using to get the republican nomination iraq says it will go to the u.n. security council if turkey doesn't withdraw its forces based in mosul. bag dodd says it violates the iraqi sovereignty. the prime minister has promised not to send any soldiers but it is duty-bound to protect personnel already deployed. france's far right has achieved a record vote in eau johnal elections of the early results show that marine le pen's party received 30% of the vote. right republicans led by the former president are in second place with 27%. president francois hollande's party is in third place with 22% of the votes. jacky rowland reports from paris. >> reporter: jubilation at
marine le pen's campaign headquarters. her national front has emerged as the leading party after the first round of voting which she personally has swept the board in her northern stronghold with more than 40% of the vote. it's a political land slide and she is savouring the moment. >> translation: the people have spoken and with them france raises its head once again. this vote confirms which earlier results announced. the national front is now without doubt the first party of france. >> reporter: close behind the national front are the republicans red by the former governor nor. he had some words of warning for people who voted for the national front. >> translation: i want to tell those who made mated that choice that we can hear those worries.
th >> reporter: the socialist leader president francois hollande has seen his personal approval ratings jump since the paris attacks last month. that popularity doesn't seem to extend to his party. the socialists are trailing and they say they will withdraw from the second round in the north and the south-east. the national front is currently in the lead in several regions, but now it's when tactical voting kicks in. in the second round people may choose to vote for a candidate not necessarily from their preferred party, simply to keep the far right out. >> reporter: for now the national front is celebrating, but this was only round 1 and the turnout was low at 50%. the second and decisive round
venezuela's opposition has triumphed winning control of the national aseam plea. the right wing victory-- assembly. u.s. president obama has pledged to destroy i.s.i.l. in a rare address from the oval office. he says the threat from terrorism is real but america would overcome it. he has defended his national security policy after 14 people were shot dead in california on wednesday. france's national party has seen its best ever result in elections. they have received 30% of the vote. there will be a second round of voting next week. the final week of talks to reach a global deal on climate change is underway in paris. ministers are facing days of tough negotiations on a draft agreement that was approved by the weekend. they're aiming to reducing global warming by cutting
dependence on fuel. >> reporter: the technical negotiations are over now and now the heavy lifting begins, the draft texts are in the hands of the french presidency of this conference and he passes it to the high-level delegation which is all the ministers around the world, including john kerry. over the course of the next week they will try and hone down and seek out the climate deal. when compared to back in 2009, we are in a better place. then at this point the draft text was 300 pages long and there was a sense of despair, really. now the draft text is 48 pages long and there's a sense of optimism, albeit with the realisation that there is a long way to go. the chinese chief negotiator likened it to preparing a male, saying we've got the seasoning in place and the ingredients, but we have to cook the meal over the course of the next week. one of the main issues, thorny
problem of finance, also loss and damage, how developing countries can comp. sated for climate damage. this new target of 1.5 degrees c which is preferable to 2 degrees c, a lot of countries want that in the text. also contributions to reducing emissions are monitored. they all have to be looked at. le will be a lot of trading off and we will see at the end of the week how strong or weak this deal will be many people in south africa have to deal with rolling power cuts. they rely on coal to produce energy, but that's not enough. a new way of trying to address the energy crisis is changing south africa's rural areas. >> reporter: the wind turbines towering over the rural landscape of the eastern cape are hard to his. government officials hope if more of these go up they could help address the country's
energy crisis. the country sometimes have rolling black outs. it is dependent on fossil fuels like coal. >> it's not doing enough. it is due to our addiction to coal. generating almost 90% of our electricity by coal. this is where things have got to change. when we have unexploited renewable energy in the country that can be used to mitigate climate change. >> reporter: developers of this wind farm project have signed a 20-year contract with the state owned power company. this wind farm just outside port elizabeth has 20 wind turbines that generate up to 60 meg watts of electricity. that's enough to power around 40,000 medium sized homes. port elizabeth is known as the windy city. this is the perfect place for wind farms. officials say the electricity produced here is cleaner and
better for the environment. a percentage of the profits go into a community trust that has health care benefits. the local youth center is being maintained with money from some of the wind farm profits. children from poor communities have a safe place to play and learn a new sport. >> the kids go away from their homes because there's no hope and they come to these projects. they can be better people than staying in the misery at home of not having the things that all kids need >> reporter: wind energy costs 5 u.s. cents per hour, roughly half the cost of coal-fired power. officials hope these large tour binz will become part of africa's landscape - turbines
the mali government are trying to encourage people to return home. despite a recent peace deal, many fear retaliation and a lack of basic services. >> reporter: a shelter for donkeys used to be a school in northern mali. many buildings in the city are home to animals now. because tens of thousands of people have left for places. many of them are ethnic tribes men. a separatist group tried to declare independence in a region. some escaped fighting and some left fearing a government back lash following the signing of a peace deal. this man used to be a merchant. he gave it up due to the lack of security. he set up a small farm alongside the camp. politicians are trying to get displaced people to return but he isn't convinced. >> translation: those urging us to return are not aware of our conditions.
we left our homes, all our property was looted. we came here without a penny and started from scratch. >> reporter: aid agencies estimates more than 50,000 people are still displaced in mali. people don't feel secure. refugees and others have targeted a new life and have no desire to return. >> translation: we cannot go back to our homes. we have nothing left there. we started a fresh life and a new business here. we learned to trade here too. >> reporter: schools are among the basic services missing from areas they've fled. in this camp children get liquid meals with lessons. the school is being run by this man and says they shouldn't be asked to return unless real efforts are made to protect the next generation. >> translation: to say that they can return to the schools in the current state without
them being fixed, that would be really catastrophic. we need to repair these sites, fix the schools, create witness for learning and prevent interruptions that would be damaging for our students >> reporter: an estimated 800,000 children have had their education disrupted by fighting in mali. unless people are confident in resuming life where their homes used to be, many children will continue to live in refugee camps thousands of people in northern england remain stranded after their homes were flooded in a severe storm. the county has been worse affected by storm desmond which hit the past few days. military personnel have been deployed. meanwhile, flood waters are beginning to recede in the southern indian city of chennai leaving behind piles of rubbish. health workers are concerned about the spread of disease.
>> reporter: the few household items that were left, this woman prepares a meal for her family. it's not much but better than nothing. for the past week she has struggled to find the basics to keep her family alive. >> translation: when the floods came suddenly we ran out of this place for safety. the first floor was submerged and the water kept rising up to the second floor. i've been wearing this for the past five days. everything was washed away. we lost everything. we don't know our to continue. >> reporter: power is slowly being restored in the city and surrounding areas, but until the lights come on, all this man can do is wait. it is a perfect breeding ground for disease. he says no-one has answered his call for help. >> translation: so far nobody from the ruling or the opposition parties has visited us.
they never bothered to find out what condition we were in. water was rising. we schemed for help but no-one came. >> reporter: flood waters have receded in this neighborhood, but residents still have a lot to worry about. piles of rubbish and water sources are con testimony natured-- contaminated. where they can, communities are beginning to clean up. >> translation: we urge the government to immediately provide basic amenities like drinking water and milk. first they must clean up the garbage and provide high genic living conditions. they have to have have medical camps and for people who have lost millions, we urge the government to estimate the cost and compensate at least half of it. >> reporter: for nearly a week millions of people haved waded through these waters waters.
the height of destruction along this river bank reminds people of how bad things were. while the worst may be behind many of these people, dryer conditions have brought with them more desperate times business is booming for armed security firms who are being employed to proceed text cargo from pirates in south-east asia. - pact-- proceed texts >> reporter: armed guards to protect ships against pirets. security companies are flushing because of issues at sea. a singapore based security company says it regularly provides armed guards to shipping companies. >> easily about 55 to 60% in
this vicinity when they are travelling south of singapore towards the islands are away from the singapore towards south china sea >> reporter: shippener, he knows the threat well. his tankers have been highjacked by armed pirates three times in the last few years. we are very concerned and we have started our own sop on how to deter this. >> reporter: the ship owner is reluctant to carry armed guards. he relies on the navy to protect his ship and crews, but commandsers say ship owners should be more alert >> zero policy in relation to pir torics es. there i question all mariners out there, please observe the good practices. should there see any suspicious
contact approaching you at any time, days or night, we must be alerted >> reporter: the security firms are offering equipment to scare off pirates with sounds or water. patrols have been stemmed up, but they're not allowed to enter each other's territory. while the patrols are seen as a solution, the biggest problem lies on the land, in indonesia, malaysia and singapore where leaders of pirate syndicates are able to evade arrest. three months ago police in indonesia detained a suspect after a ship was highjacked, but sources in indonesia say the suspected financier is a singaporean businessman who is yet to be arrested. police have not responded to our questions. >> perhaps singapore wants to
deny that its citizens or its residents may necessarily not be involved in piracey activities. it is influential and it has always been autonomous of the singapore government. perhaps there is a degree degree of reluctance to open up that pandora's box >> reporter: lack of law enforcement appeared a reck luck tans to share information amongst singapore, malaysia and indonesia creates uncertain and fear for those passing through south-east asia every day the competition to choose the logo for the 2020 olympics ends on monday. >> reporter: since the celebrations of tokyo's victory in the bidding process showing
that japan could rebound from the 2011 triple disasters, there has been a series of very embarrassing missteps. one has involved the logo. there was a graphic artist in belgium who sued the tokyo logo for its similarities to his design for a belgium theatre. that is why that design was scrapped and it was opened to everyone in japan over the age of 18 to submit an alternative. there have been thousands of submissions among the favorites that people have seen, the initial canned daylight city logo of cherry blossoms and another showing an opening fan. it is not clear whether they are in the competition, but the submissions will be evaluated in early january, narrowed down and a selection will be made. the bigger problem has surrounded the site itself for the olympic stadium. the original design was spectacular but the budget
swelled to double the original estimate and it was scrapped earlier this year by the prime minister. we still don't have a final decision. it's expected that that will be decided on by the end of this year. ground will be broken on construction of the stadium by early 2017 but already an important deadline has been missed. the rugby world cup which is scheduled to take place here in 2019 won't have the center piece stadium as a result. one bit of good news is that the government has committed to at least a quarter of the funding needed to build this stadium, the total being 1.3 billion dollars groceries and other essential replies are rocketing towards the international space station. >> reporter: three, two, one it's the first time in months the u.s. has sent a shipment. the orbital capsule is due to arrive at the space station on wednesday. the president of the rocket
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