at least 20 people have been killed in an al-shabab attack on a popular restaurant in mogadishu also to come in the program deadline date for south sudan. a new coalition government was supposed to be unveiled today but it looks unlikely to happen. prisoners freed before a government is formed. a new hope to children with
autism in south africa 20 people have been killed in an attack on a restaurant in somalia's capital. members of the armed group al-shabab stormed the beach area in mogadishu on thursday night. a battle then followed and lasted force several hours. >> reporter: you can't see the beach from the restaurant because it is dark, but you can hear the gunfire. a wedding ceremony and a graduation dinner were underway when armed fighters rammed a car packed with explosives into the restaurant. special forces have been sent in to help. >> so far what we know right now is that the people attending the
graduation party and also wedding were rescued. >> reporter: al-shabab which operates in somalia and neighboring countries has claimed responsibility. >> unfortunately, security services even in the west seem to really understate the threat of groups such as al-shabab. they've been very good at planning operations even outside somalia. >> reporter: last friday fighters from the group attacked an african union military base in south-west somalia. al-shabab says 100 kenyan soldiers were killed, although the kenyan government hasn't confirmed that figure. in april last year fighters killed 147 people in an attack on a university in kenya. in september 2013 fighters from the group stormed the west gate shopping mall killing 67 people.
somalia has been devastated by decades of civil unrest. four years ago the government pushed al-shabab out of major cities, including mogadishu, with the help of african union soldiers. attacks like this show that somalia's government and its supporters still have much more work to do friday is the deadline for the formation of a transitional government in south sudan. the president and his rival rebel leader signed a peace deal in august. our correspondent is live there now. they signed the deal back in august last year. why are they not able to form this unity government? >> reporter: well, that is a very good question. until about a week ago it really looked like we were on track to form this government.
all the different parties had agreed which ministries would go to which side, even some ministers had been appointed and documents had been signed. it was just last week the first vice president decided rather than coming here he would call his office for talks. they were supposed to come back today. they're still not here. there's no chance this government will be formed by the deadline of 22 january the two years of conflict and intense human suffering looks set to continue. what are the main points? what does he actually want? >> reporter: one of the most significant points of contention between the two parties is the security and yesterday the information minister actually addressed the media on this subject.
>> reporter: then the security arrangements up to now, the security arrangements are not in place. there is no assembly areas up to this moment. on the other hand, they did not send in their forces which are supposed to be here. they have not sent the presidential guards of 350 so that they are trained. >> reporter: another, perhaps, even the biggest sticking point off all was the decision out of the blue in october to make 28 states out of the existing 10. this has been a huge issue for the opposition. they said they cannot tolerate it. not only that, it delays the bureaucratic process as well because the constitution of the transitional government was formed on the basis of ten states. if there were to be 28 states, they is void and everybody has to return to the drawing board and draw up a new constitution
which will take four to eight weeks thank you for that. we will look at that more closely a fracture that could affect a union. the officer who is the spokesman for libya's national army says he has with defected from the leader. the general was seen here has accused haftar of embezzlement. he has called the army to another version of the former leader. >> translation: by god we have had it with the constant violations, the assassination, abuse, burning residences. i can no longer be associated with him. i here by disassociate myself from him and his irrational and illegal actions now to myanmar which has gun
releasing the first of around one hundred political prisoner on friday. the out going president has released 30 prisoners. it is from one of the largest prisons which is notorious for its poor conditions. our correspondent is following this follow in bangkok. there are reported to have been thousands of political prisoners in myanmar, but releasing a hundred or so seems like a sign of goodwill. >> reporter: yes, it certainly does. when this government took office, a government that is made up largely of former generals that took office in 2011 after the election of the previous year. since then it has been gradually releasing political prisoners. so the latest that we are hearing in terms of the numbers who are left before today's release of around 30 was around 150, but crucially there are
some 400 according to one ngo, some 400 activists still awaiting trial. so still many problems to overcome for the country. remember, this government is in the last few days before it hands over power to a new government led by the new party. they want to right some wrongs of the last 50 years what do we expect the government to do with regard to looking up people whose views don't concur with the government? >> reporter: i think the expectation both within myanmar and certainly internationally is that this practice will end immediately. aung san suu kyi is the leader of that party. she has been a campaigner for human rights and then she became the leader of the largest opposition party. it is fair to say that while she was the leader of the
opposition, she was silent on things like human rights, on the rights of ethnic minority groups and things like that. stl is a lot of-- there is a lot of expectation on her once her party forms the next government. that will happen on 1 february when that new parliament begins sitting. there is a lot of expectation on her to right some of the wrongs of the past and set this country on the right path thank you for that. the south korean president has called for a meeting of five countries excluding north korea to discuss pyongyang's nuclear program. the international community is seeking to impose fresh sanctions on north korea in response to its fourth nuclear test on january 6. china, pyongyang's main ally, has been calling for a resumption of six-party talks to include north korea. u.s. oil prices rebounded on thursday gaining more than a dollar a barrel after hitting
their lowest price since 2003. still, few traders expect a quick recovery. >> reporter: the calls from nervous investors keep coming >> after 35 years of trading commodities, this man has seen his share of falling oil prices, but this week has been so extreme he ranks it can the gulf war of 1991 and the financial crisis of 2008. >> we had some crazy moves. this is right up there because, in fact, it has been such in one direction. that's the thing that that makes it surprising. it is a market that has gone down with virtually no retracement. >> reporter: this week oil futures dropped to their lowest levels in 13 years amid a global glut of crude. . the price sinking below 27 dollars. down from $100 a year and a half ago. investors are worried that demand is down because the
global economy is slowing and there's too much oil in the system. low oil prices have an upside for many companies and consumers as well. filling up the tank hasn't been this inexpensive in a long time >> it is very unusual that something comes down in price. normally it goes up. it never comes down. you're like i'm in shock. >> reporter: the price of gasoline or petrol varies from state to state, this month the national average fell below $2 per gallon. that's about 50 cents a litre and prices continue to fall. >> whatever is driving it, they need to keep it going >> for taxi drivers, we're driving every day, all day, it's good. it's good. >> >> reporter: that's extra money in your pocket >> extra money, yeah >> reporter: now that sanctions print iran from selling oil have been lifted, there's worry of a greater surplus amid shrinking demand. other big oil producers like
saudi arabia have reduced to reduce their out put. >> everything is out now. >> reporter: indeed, prices closed slightly higher thursday. a blizzard on the east coast may have driven up home heating prices, but still the forecast for the market remains cloudy we've got a lot more to come here at al jazeera including. >> they are proving that you can upcycle, reconstruct and recycle waste and put it back into fashion the eco friendsly designs sending a message on the catwalks of hong kong. of hong kong.
welcome back. a look at the top stories here. at least 20 people have been killed in an attack on a busy restaurant in somalia's capital. al-shabab stormed the beach area in mogadishu on thursday night. friday is the deadline for the formation of a transitional unity government in south sudan. the president and his rival rebel leader signed a peace deal in august, but they have been clashing as to how to share power. myanmar begins releasing political prisoners. the outgoing president is to released 30 prisoners before the new government is formed.
tunisian police have fired tear gas at protesters who have been protesting for the third day over the lack of jobs. a police post was set afire and they tried to storm government buildings in several towns. the government has back tracked on its promise to create five thousand jobs in response to the protests. the finance minister says it was a communication area and 5,000 people will be offered training schemes. it's not how this will be received in kasserine where our correspondent reports. >> reporter: the feeling of desperation in this area is real. this protester is threatening to commit suicide. he was saved at the last minute. tension is mounting and the crowd is losing patience.
this is one of the leaders of the protest movement. he graduated from the university eight years ago. he has been looking for work ever since >> translation: we are united against discrimination and marginalization. we don't feel like we belong to this country because government officials don't care about us >> translation: there is a budget for building hospitals and roads and providing electricity to the city, but nothing has been done about this. i denounce corruption. >> reporter: the crowd converges near a police station. moments later they start hurling stones at policemen who were asked by their commanders to show self-restraint. they will not fire tear gas unless the situation gets worse.
as protests spread across the country, government leaders may have little option but to try and contain discontent before the situation degenerates even further after delays and questions about who to invite, the syria talks could begin a few days behind schedule. the u.n. special envoy for syria has told al jazeera that last minute hurdles remains. at the world economic forum. >> we are getting to a point where everybody is feeling there is time for doing it. there are many new elements that you didn't have before. one, we have now suddenly a feeling of the refugee crisis touching europe appeared beyond. everybody in the world is realising that this is producing a monster called d.a.e.s.h.
this has regional and global potential implications, so everybody feels that when we have the vienna meeting, it is time to talk about peace. of course it would be uphill, it will be difficult, there will be walk outs and walk ins, that's why we have to accompany with concrete that what we are talking some food is coming all the time. there is no doubt that the migrant crisis has been a wake-up call for everyone in europe, heads of states, prime ministers can concern about it because it has been producing a destabilization of the politics. they're always concerned about the humanitarian side. now it is becoming a political issue. the russian military intervention has been an acceleration of wanting to address the issue, even by the russians, because i'm sure they
are realising this is an operation that cannot last too long. you see how many factors. >> reporter: let's talk politics then. 25 january is supposed to be the date the talks happen. it's up to you to send the invites out. have you done that yet? >> no. i've not done yet because this time i promised to myself and to the secretary general when i do so i need to feel comfortable that it will not be another geneva 2. there have been hiccups, but we have quite a lot prepared. one, we have an agenda agreed by everyone because it is agreed by security council unanimously. it is about new governance, new constitution and new elections in 18 months. and we have a timetable. 18 months the u.n. has escorted an aid shipment into tiez in yemen. more than a quarter of a million people have been living under
virtual siege there since november. trucks have been been stopped from entering the city since december. also an al jazeera news team has gone missing as they covered events. this correspondent and his crew were last seen on monday evening. they're believed to have been kidnapped. al jazeera is calling for their immediate release. at least 10 people have been killed in an explosion in the egyptian city in giza. seven police officers are among the dead, at least 13 others are injured. the state news agency says the bodies of five attackers has been found inside the building where the raid was carried out. in china investment and aid deals worth billions of dollars with egypt. they were signed during a visit
with president xi jinping. a crackdown on dissent. the visit just before the january 25 of the 2011 uprising that is being seen as a vote of confidence. the family of an australian couple who were kidnapped in burkina faso last week is pleading for their safe return. ken and jocellyn elliot had been running a charity hospital where ken was the only surgeon. >> reporter: the clinic here where dr kennel yot and his wife treated patients. it is in one of the poorest corners of burkina faso and the last stop before you cross the
border into mali. the elliots built the clinic, the only medical facility of the town. in the absence of dr elliot, the only surgeon at the hospital, treatment has stopped. this man has worked as a medical assistant to the surgeon for 231 years. >> translation: there is little we can do in his absence. we've asked all patients admitted for surgery to go home. we're only attending to those the doctor had already operated on. >> reporter: he speaks of his worst fears. >> translation: both of them are above 80 years old. they're too old. i'm afraid they won't survive the desert and the conditions they will be kept understand >> reporter: this is their home for most of the past 44 years. no reason has been given for their abduction and no-one knows
where they're being kept. armed groups are known for kidnapping foreigners as a way for raising funds for their activities. >> reporter: the people are now campaigning for the couples release. they have set up a facebook case to describe the impact it has had on their town. >> translation: by god, i don't know why anyone would hurt dr elliot and his wife. he is one of us. he speaks our language and eats with us. he is a kind man who has dedicated his life to serving others. >> reporter: news of the couples kidnapping came on the day an attack on an upmarket hotel in the capital ouagadougou killed at least 30 people. it is unclear if the elderly couples ago deduction is related. the group linked to al-qaeda is based throughout the country.
back at the hospital patients wait to be attended to. in the absence of the man they call their elder and his wife, it is unlikely they will get the treatment they need a new school for children living with autism has opened in the south african township. it is a first for this low-income community. >> reporter: this lady said she noticed something was wrong with her daughter nine months after she was born. >> the doctor didn't tell me she was autistic. he just said to me she was brain damaged. it broke my heart very bad. i couldn't even tell my parents, my family or my husband. >> reporter: she will be 16 soon. her mother now understands that autism is a knew row developmental disorder, mean that the brain brain does not
develop in the same way. she is excited now that there is a different school. people don't pay schools fees. this is the first school for autistic school in the township. many facilities cater for children with difficulties. they don't specialise with specific conditions such as autism. it is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood in the developing world >> people keep their children at home. there's not even a word for it. they see a kid who can't communicate or interact with other people. >> reporter: there are private schools offering more specialistist care. they often well equipped and well run. >> they're very visual learners. they don't process verbal information very well, but they process visual information
better. in that sense it is much easier to have learners with autism together so you can make the correct adaptations for them. >> reporter: but basic fees are here roughly $400 a month. that's excluding therapy sessions. this woman's son had a bad experience in a public school. she cannot afford to send him to a special school. >> i was crying really. it was very painful. >> reporter: this school has 64 students. with time officials hope similar facilities for these children can be opened in poorer neighborhoods designers at hong kong's fashion week have been competing to promote environmentally friendly garments. the design award highlights
recycling in an industry that is notoriously wasteful. >> reporter: in a world where strange is often good, it is one of the stranger fashion shows. it seems to make absolute sense. collections from ten young designers all using recycled tab tricks from bed sheets dumped by london hotels to the fashion labels discarteded by factories in china. >> i saw a lot of waste from the tailor after they cut and so. i'm thinking that maybe i can use them. >> reporter: making yesterday's fashions fashionable again has never been more important. >> reporter: one year in vogue, the next season out of it, the fashion industry is made for waste on an industrial scale, not just in the textiles that are dumped, but in the huge amounts of chemicals and water used in their production.
>> reporter: aiming to change that this ngo takes ten young designers around the world on a journey to discover the possibilities of recycling. on this trip a visit to a growing number of warehouses handling the amount of discarded cloths. >> a lot are good quality. some of the ones we picked out their virtually new >> reporter: back at the fashion week exhibition, the winners of the award from previous years now have their own labels. >> i see that we educate their designers. i see their creativity and the impact that they have on the minds of the established industry because they are proving that you can upcycle, reconstruct and recycle waste and put it back into fashion. >> reporter: soon the class of 2016 will be joining them hoping to make environmentally friendly become the fashion just in case you've
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