"america tonight" tomorrow. [ ♪ ] [ gunfire ] deadly raids. syrian government forces launch a major offensive on aleppo, putting the peace talks in geneva in jeopardy. >> we cannot decide now on any political position about who will stay or control, we are here to push for what we came for stopping i.s.i.l. >> we will keep the pressure on.
squeezing cash from every angle, strangling attempts to establish networks. the secretary of state warns coalition must prevent i.s.i.l. gaining ground in libya. >> controversial ground. >> we'll extend the state of emergency. >> lawmakers in france are ready to review emergency measures, some say are now an attack on freedom. >> dehli politics. >> i thank you so much. we'll never forget you. >> in our global view segment. how the world sees the american election good evening, i'm antonio mora, this is al jazeera america's international newshour. we begin with a major military offensive in syria. it is trying to put a
stranglehold on rebel forces in aleppo, the largest city in the traditional capital. government forces captured several towns gutting off display lines. it's been described as the most intense offensive yet. that is not helping peace talks in geneva. opposition groups cancelled the special meeting because of the russian-backed offenses. and footage showing the utter devastation in the city of homs had gone viral. once a thriving industrial center, homs is little more than rubble. al jazeera al jazeera's zeina khodr has more. >> this can change the balance of power. the syrian army and its allies are taking town by down in the northern countryside. it's long been a stronghold. that may change.
>> with the help of russian air power, the government is advancing. civilians are caught in the crossfire, and the bombpartment is forcing families to leave. >> look at the situation. at the people arriving. and the road closure. where should people go, there's no homes, at no camps. >> the colonel, once from the free syrian army in aleppo explained the objective of the government's campaign, the army pushing sorth to the loyalist towns. they are predominantly shia, running between the turkish border and the decided district of aleppo. >> it will not be the situation. there are fighters and weapons
there. >> rebels are fighting back hard. if they lose, their stronghold will be cut off from the rest of the province. there's no easing of the conflict on the ground. the offensive in aleppo is the latest push against rebel strongholds across the country. northern areas of syria are strategic for opposition groups because the turkish boarder has been the life line. >> russia's intervehicles changed the dynamics. it targeted supply lines from turkey and other groups operating under the flag. the u.s. and russian want to eliminate the free syrian army. the choice will be between the regime or the terrorists. >> reporter: the battle for aleppo reached a crucial stage. an opposition defeat would be a loss and blow to the revolution,
because aleppo is the remaining stronghold of armed groups in the north, fighting under the banner of the free syrian army. >> that battle is taking place as the opposing sides are in geneva, unable to find common ground to get the peace talks moving. diplomatic editor james bays has the latest. >> reporter: the delegation arriving at the u.n. they are supposed to be talking peace. instead the government launched a major escalation. the man in charge of convening the talks, stefan de mistura called for the lifting of sieges and asked all countries to help arrange a nationwide ceasefire. >> opposition members say one of the most powerful of those countries, russia, has been doing the opposite.
carrying out heavy bombing in support of the government offensive around aleppo. >> we hoped for a good surprise, a nice surprise that will would have given us oxygen to hope and reassure our people that we have made the right decision by coming to geneva. instead we had an unbelievable attack. unprecedented air bombings on the city of aleppo and homs. aleppo is under huge attacks. we have not seen that since the by going of the revolution. it looks like aleppo might be besieged. members of the main opposition block have been having continuous meetings in the hotel. they decided not to go to the u.n. to see the special envoy, but for now. they are staying in geneva. >> they know well that their position has been undermined by the russian and syrian government military operation,
which they believe was carefully timed for this moment. they want the allies to speak out. the ongoing bombardment causing bloodshed and it risks destroying the talks. >> homs was one of the centers of syria's revolution, a look at the drone footage we showed you is evidence of the terrible toll. five years of conflict has taken in what was once the third-largest city. homs was known as the capital of the revolution against the bashar al-assad regime. the united nations negotiated a deal allowing the last remaining forces to leave the city in december. the pentagon's proposed 583
billion budget for 2018 seeks to address threats from i.s.i.l., china and russia. it asks for the budget to be quadrupled. ash carter says that money would be used to send a message to russian president vladimir putin. >> another investment is how to reinforce the posture in europe in the face of russia's aggression. the european reaturns initiative, and the quit from last year until this. it is quadrupling for a total of 3.4 million in 2017 ash carter wants an increase of $2 billion. it is by guided bombs and rockets, as the u.n. increases air strikes in iraq. 18 iraqi soldiers were killed. when three car bombers attacked
a headquarters north of of the provincial capital. we have this report from baghdad. >> reporter: there was shelling in the eastern neighbourhood of ramadi. they clear each house. some 300 i.s.i.l. fighters, according to the u.s. coalition are holed up in the neighbourhood, taking advantage of the urban landscape. i.s.i.l. fighters booby trapped several buildings that slowed the advance, this is the first time they defeated the last remaining packets. iraqis are confident that time it will succeed. deployment units are divided
into two parts, clearing the areas and moving to the next one. we are dealing with i.s.i.l. hyde outside by targetting them and to clear and advance to the eastern parts. i.s.i.l. fighters will resupply the eastern corridor, and the group will have 400 fighters in reserve. the group are under pressure, i.s.i.l. fighters fight back. using suicide car bombs mounting attacks against iraqi forces. including tuesday's suicide bombing in the north of ramadi. the city that iraqi security forces stay secure. 5,000 are trapped within fallujah. what some tell us, supplies are running out. baby milk disappeared from the
markets. there's no fruit and vegetables, medicines are in supply. i.s.i.l. is controlling the city. there is something. if the siege isn't lifted of that city, fallujah will face the crisis officials in afghanistan say u.s. air strikes destroyed an i.s.i.l. radio station, voice of the caliphate radio broadcast live near the pakistan boarder. 21 fighters, including five radio workers were killed. the state operated, issuing threats against residents and journalists and trying to recruit fighters. >> secretary of state john kerry met with representatives to discuss the next phase in the fight against i.s.i.l. the u.s.-led coalition is ready to intensify measures. as hashem ahelbarra explains, it will not include u.s. combat
troops in libya. >> reporter: taking on i.s.i.l. is a top priority for the international community. the gathering that was established in 2014, to stem the rise of i.s.i.l. in iraq and syria says there's a long way to go. the ongoing fighting and the deteriorating humanitarian situation is likely to involve a push to defeat i.s.i.l. it's the reason why the u.s. secretary of state john kerry urged the syrian government to allow aid to reach those affected in places like maiduguri. >> children are suffering, not as a result of an accident of war, but the consequence of an intentional tactic. as i mentioned. that tactic using starvation as an instrument of war is against the law of war.
key players in the coalition insist i.s.i.l. won't be defeated as long as bashar al-assad stays in power. this is another potential ground for the coalition. libya marred by infighting. it controls the area. the international coalition to stem the rise of i.s.i.l. >> the more it is tempted to pursue its terrorist activities elsewhere. by targetting other counties, and we are witnessing renewed activity, or by looking to strike inside our own countries.
>> the government was rejected by the internationally recognised perimeter in the east. it plays into the hands of i.s.i.l. that expands in the oil-rich country. >> despite the ongoing air strikes in iraq and syria, the group involves swathes of land, expanding in north africa, trying to build a base in libya. there's a growing consensus that it should be followed by a diplomatic push in france tomorrow, lawmakers plan to seek an extension of the state of emergency enmarketed, giving authorities sweeping powers. as neave barker tells us,
activists question the need for more power. >> reporter: in the land of liberty, equality and fraternity, matters of national security are center stage. since the paris attacks people have been living under a state of emergency. >> measures are good. they allow us to identify bad intentions. >> i'm prepared to see something that no one knows. i think we must be very careful today. >> reporter: at the end of february, the 3-month long state of emergency will expire. after weeks of speculation, the french government is certain to seek parliament's approval to extend it. the state of emergency gives authorities unprecedented power to arrest and conduct researches without the need for a warrant, and to shut down website
clorifying acts of violence and to stop public gatherings and demonstrations. the french government says the country is at war. >> translation: we'll extend the state of emergency. we have voted for two anti-terrorism bills, and we are going to propose a law giving more powers to the police and the courts. but plans to extend the measures led to this. thousands took to the streets of paris over the weekend. many here say the measures threaten french values, freedom of speech and the right to demonstrate. there are also questions about the effectiveness of the measures. since the attacks, police carried out thousands of raid. so far only four terrorism related investigations have been opened. activists say the eightened security unfairly targeted muslim communities. >> the measures taken by the government are counterproductive.
state of emergency based measures, stig matisation of communities. nothing works. within the government's own ranks, there are signs of dissent. last week the justice minister christian resigned about a reform that would allow people convicted of terrorism to by stripped of french citizenship. since the attacks in the place de la republique, it's a place of mourning. despite the criticism, government says that security must come first. many in france question whether the temporary measures will become a permanent reality. >> north korea could take a step towards developing missiles that could arrest the united states. they plan to launch a satellite. western governments are concerned the launch could be a missile test in disguise. >> south korea agrees and says the north will pay a price if it
local health officials in texas say a patient has contracted the zika vial us through sex. the centers -- virus through sex. it was confirmed that it was spread through sexual contact with someone that had been to venezuela. researchers explored zika when a colorado researcher infected his wife after an overseas trip. a big concern is the connection with microcephali, babies born with underdeveloped brains. the zika outbreak is spreading so quickly, that public health officials are worried others will be at risk. now the world health organisation is launching a unit. >> to have a child with microcephali and an increase in numbers, and the potential from spread across latin america, africa, asia with the highest
birth rates, we believe is a rate of high concern. >> the french pharmaceutical company committed to developing a vaccine against zika. officials say it could take years before it is available to the public. in venezuela, the government is accused of understating the extent of the outbreak. venezuela has more than 4,000 cases. voepz -- virginia lopez reports. joonchts at the institute of at the institute of tropical diseases in caracas, doctors are confronting a disease which they know little about, and they had no warning. zika, expected to infect 4 million people is diagnosed here, mainly through its symptoms, fever, pain and skin rushes. the doctors are trailling behind
the virus, and the economic situation is bound to make things worse. we have limited tools basically because we have no reactors or diagnosis. there's a general lack of supplies. what many find more alarming is the lack of information about the zika virus, and what that says about the health system. >> we are facing the perfect storm. we are in a country with a financial crisis, with shortages of everything, and on top of that, with an emergency. we can't manage it, let alone an emergency. the measure exceeding capabilities. >> despite being reported in october, the ministry of health recognised the first case last thursday. >> people were anticipating that
zika would happen. the virus has been here for a month. there should have been a statement to minimise the problem. >> officials reported a hike in the syndrome, a disease possibly linked to zika that could lead to paralysis. doctors say keeping a close tally is almost impossible because the ministry of health stopped publishing a year ago in saverl, health care -- el salvador, health care workers are turning to a solution. volunteers are delivering fish, and the fish are eating. keeping the mosquitos away. >> reporter: you could look at part of the answer to the zika epidemic. here they are called sambo fish, and they love eating the larvae
of mosquitos that transmit the virus. the heath worker found out about them while searching for a way to stop dengue fever in the coastal village of san diego. she started el salvador's sambo breeding programme. the fish are annihilating the mosquitos. from 2012 to 2015 we had the fish in control in the community, we are not frightened of zika. >> as the mosquitos disappeared, the villages have been won over. this team of volunteers deliver the fish to houses all over tune are town, and the village school gets a supply. >> there were loads of mosquitos in the school. we have the fish and the tank.
now they don't come out. before the children wore pants because they were bitten, not now. >> now the government is finally taking notice and wants to expand across the country that suffered years of mosquito carried diseases. they thrive in the water tanks common in poor communities. >> not just in this community but throughout central america they rely on stored water to watch dishes and clothes because there's a shortage of it, it means there's an ideal breeding ground for mosquitos in their very homes. >> reporter: the programme not just to keep the mosquitos down, but help the volunteers stay out of the trouble in violent countries, this 14-year-old is the project star sambo catcher.
>> this helps me not to get in trouble and bad habits. i'm more focused. >> the great thing about the fish, once they are big on the mosquitos, you can eat them. >> they taste nice. >> it's an unfortunate end for one of the best hopes against zika u.s. dehli candidate put their sites on new hampshire after results in iowa. coming up, how news outlets around the world are viewing the dehli race. >> haiti's prime minister resigns, clearing the way for government while the government sparks controversy with a sexually suggested song.
welcome back to al jazeera america i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international news, a possible constitutional battle over whether nobel prize winner aung san suy kyi can become president of myanmar. after a night of surprises at the iowa caucuses, the race to the white house shifts to the north-east united states. namp will -- new hampshire will host the first primary. we look at how the results in iowa could reshape the lace. >> iowa. thank you. >> reporter: bernie sanders is
riding a surge. >> last night we began the political revolution not just in iowa, not just in new hampshire, but all over this country. >> reporter: the 74-year-old socialist is giving presumed front-runner hillary clinton a surprise run. >> we are bringing all that energy, all that excite. all that determination right here to new hampshire, where we'll work hard up until the primary. >> reporter: for donald trump that took to twitter, new hampshire is a chance to regroup after a loss in iowa. >> we'll gone on to get the republican nomination and beat hillary or burnie or whoever the hell they throw up. >> reporter: ted cruz beet donald trump in iowa, but trails him in new hampshire. >> the election will not be decided by the lobbyist and the
washington cartel. this is going to be decided by the grassroots. >> for u.s. republican senator marco rubio, a close third-place finish in iowa means momentum. >> we need to unify the movement and the republican party, i can do that. >> reporter: iowa narrowed down the group, it's not clear how long kassig and bush can go on. with bernie sanders enjoying a comfortable lead over hillary clinton in new amp shire, the democratic race is a 2-candidate race. florida governor jed bush tried to move past a weak showing in iowa. >> i depend ted cruz, he deserves prays for his victory. if you look at their records. they are gifted in how they
speak. wlalent life experience. new hampshire offers a chance to change the stakes. the economist has weed in on the primaries calling it a brawl and a jaw-dropping spect call. the lead editorial says it's supposed to be a battle to extend the dynasty. it's been up-ended by outsiders more than any other election. our global news seg the. the hindu says the u.s. dehli primaries pit those invested in the current system against those that want to change it. adding that the score between the establishment and proponents shows the limit of the 2-party system. the paper mentions how donald trump and others do well in iowa, and that they will not go down without a fight. britain add independence says the iowa caucuses buck wisdom, and this is no different.
the paper says bernie sanders proves he is a seerius threat. trump's popularity looks like a media creation, and marco rubio is on the rise. canada's global mail published this cartoon, lady liberty in a library reading self-help books, unable to figure out what is going on and what it means. in context looks at how the iowa caucus and the race is viewed around the world. joining us is the editor of the israel herats newspaper, and the the italian paper editor. and a host on a russian radio station echo of moscow.
welcome. let's start with the lady liberty cartoon, is the rest of the world scratching its head? >> i think it depend how crazy your political system is. i come from a country - america has a lot to learn about how crazy you can be. everyone is looking at it with interest. it doesn't seem as if the system has gone haywire. were it not for trump, israelis will not pay attention. it's only that he is such a celebrity that he is taking an interest. >> we'll talk about trump. what about russia, are they paying attention to what is going on in the united states. >> they think all that russia cares about is vladimir putin, it's something, something to do about russia, russian people are interested in that.
for example, when vladimir putin says something about trump, and saying nice things back against vladimir putin, called a bromance. that was covered in russia widely. but in other cases not so much. there is no politics in russia. >> is that pretty much the same in western europe. >> no, no, western europe pays a lot of attention. about scratching our heads. we were in demoyne, inside a few caucuses, and i have there with other reporters that covered wars. third world countries and men said if an election was so chaotic like an iowa caucus in any other country of the world, we westerners would say it's not a democracy. >> it's not a fair election. >> yes.
>> going back to the intention and trump and clinton, what they are bringing, all your two newspapers and website covered the election, the caucuses in iowa, do israelis care? >> they care a lot. it's a deep relationship. they are emotional in the attitude towards the united states. and in the last elections they are more invested. there's a lot of strong feelings about president obama, probably negative mostly. so they are taking an active interest. it's an existential issue, the results of the election. there's a deep interest, and empathy towards the political circus that goes on here. we have our own at home. >> pol suggests is limited.
>> there's no politics, there's vladimir putin. putin has a questionable relationship. yes, absolutely. i don't think he would be over. i'm not speaking for him. no one knows what is going on in his head. it's a question of what's in there. i think he would be happy to have hillary clinton as the next president of the united states. vladimir putin prayed him. he thinks that trump has done what people say. vladimir putin may thing it's easier. what do you think the attitude is towards the candidates themselves? >> the attitude is two main reasons why europeans care about
the elections is foreign policy, what would be the next foreign policy, and economic policy, it's america, the largest policy in the world and the choice made can have enormous consequence are consequences on us two. in that respect i would say most europeans, not necessarily on the left. conservatives would feel comfortable with the president hillary clinton. >> and may feel not that uncomfortable with bernie sanders who speaks like european democrats. >> in israel i'd assume the opposite is true. >> when it comes to the people in israel... i don't think israelis would
fell comfortable with donald tru trump. it would be weird for him to be president after seeing him on "the apprentice." hillary clinton is not unliked in israel, not as much as president obama, and if elected it wouldn't be viewed by most as a disaster. president obama was popular. >> the most interesting candidates to look at the israeli public opinion, is bernie sanders, the most successful jewish candidate. he's largely unknown, and he doesn't express his duty, there's a wary attitude towards him. people are concerned about his political positions, conflict and his jewishness is not a factor. >> in the kremlin, i wonder what
the attitude would be. some opponents would be forceful about taking a strong anti-russian position. >> your question? >> do you think, even though you mentioned vladimir putin may like trump, what do you think the russian establishment would want out of the u.s. election? >> i don't think that establishment cares about american politics now, because what we do care, all russians, is vladimir putin, russian economy and what is going on. russian government doesn't have money. i don't know if they know who marco rubio is or who ted cruz is. >> you guys are covering it. >> i try to. do you know what happens? >> if vladimir putin's name is on the title, it gains many viewers, thousands.
if it's not, no one cares. really, that's true. people care about vladimir putin. not in a good way, but it's all about vladimir putin in russia, it's ridiculous, but it is so. >> in the united states, when the name trump is in the headlines, people pay attention, is that the case in europe as well? >> well, europeans paid attention to the trump phenomenon, and now maybe they feel a little relieved that the phenomenon might be over already. they were very worried about trump. i think, really, the first characteristic europeans expect it competence in foreign policy. and trump doesn't fit the distribution. they were worried. he might become the next
president. foreign policy. he may be the one to beat hillary clinton. >> trump, in israel is powerful. he endorsed him before the last election. they did have a sort of clash. making the statements about not allowing muslims into america, saying that he went to israel, and was told that he will not be welcome. so knowing trump, i don't think that somebody will pay for that in the long run. >> quick predictions from each one of you. whatever happens in the election, will relations between the u.s. and russia and western europe be better or worse? >> unfortunately, it depends on russia, it depends whether
vladimir putin will stay any longer or not. i don't think it depends on it. >> understandable. >> it depends on who wins. the last president george w. bush strained the relationship. they were members of the iraqi war, the relationships with german cannes lar schroeder. the french president jacques chirac were very bad. it depends. mostly europeans tend to have better relationships with a democratic president. >> i think that if you - if israelis had a choice, head pick jed bush. i think he would be the moment dependable. otherwise it depends. hillary clinton would have a strained relationship. it would be better.
marco rubio on the fays of it would have a -- face of it would have a great relationship with israel. you have to ask what would be america's position in the world if cruz is present. israel and the united states may have a good relationship. israel is affected by america's standing in the world, and under president cruz, it may not be that great. >> great to have you with us. it's fascinating to talk about what the world thinks about the united states and the political process. good to see you all. >> in myanmar speculation is growing that the party of aung san suy kyi is about to find a way to sidestep a law banning her to become the next president. her party won in a landslide, but the constitution prevent anyone with a foreign spouse or children taking office. aung san suy kyi's late husband was a britain and so were her children.
critics say she should concentrate on uniting the country than being the president. >> she should use all her wisdom. and prioritise whether they want to spend the first two years on amending the constitution or on peace building. they should set the priority. >> the legal expert says they should suspend the law haiti's leadership shows no sign of ending, the crisis - the prime minister planning to resign to clear the way for a temporary government to govern in place of outgoing president martelly. there is no successor because the run off voit was cancelled.
parliament would by given the power to name a ruling council much ministers. [ ♪ ] tonight the that song is adding to the drama. sung by haitian president under the stage name suite mickey. it attacks the title for give them the banana. sexually suggestived lyrics are brect at the critics. among them a journalist in human rights. >> the british prime minister david cameron welcomed draft proposals aimed at keeping the u.k. in the european union. barnaby phillips explains from london. >> with the british prime minister hammered out a deal with e.u. officials. now he must sell it to his own people. >> we want a europe where we are not subsumed into a super state. we want a europe that is
competitive and respects our currency. and a europe taking the pressure off in terms of migration. >> david cameron held talks with the e.u. council. david cameron was pushing for a better view for britain, and mr toosk wanted to keep the other 27 countries happy with concessions. >> what have they agreed? >> among the key points in the negotiation. a restriction on social benefits that e.u. citizens can claim in britain. limits on social benefits, but e.u. workers are able to send to their children. a guarantee to british tax paris that their money will not be used to bail out counties in the eurozone. >> they sound like dry details, but there are issues at stake.
those campaigning for britain to leave the e.u., now has to persuade them that the prime minister failed to win concessions. >> they made no progress under genuine controls. qualifications about what they might like to have. >> they've now got back the trade. they don't have the independent vote or important bodies, and hasn't reduced budget contributions one iota. >> the budget will go before other leaders. >> if they sign up. david cameron could announce the referendum could be as soon as june. the the referendum has begun. polls suggest that the results will be close. european leaders are frustrated with demands. they'd like to see britain stay in the e.u., not the least
because of the diplomatic and military significance. european leaders will watch event in britain closely over the next few months. in moscow two critics found themselves in the cross-hairs literally. chechen leader posted a video on his popular instagram account showing a former prime minister and opposition activists in the cross-hairs of a sniper scope. the video was uploaded sunday and pulled the next day he accused instagram of censoring him. the most was removed because it violates the guidelines against threats or harassments. vladimir putin did not comment on the video. india's court takes on a law criticizing gay sex. land grab in south africa, a bill allowing the government to
re-instated in 2013 after a 4-year period of decriminalization that brought gay rights into the main stream. >> it's the first time that the petition will be heard in an open hearing and will be treated like a regular case. it will give us an county to put forward the the matter three-quarters of the population disproves of home sexual assaultie a decision to tear down homes in the west bank began after dawn. by day's end many were homeless. the military claimed control of the area. in the 1970s it was declared off limits to civilians. the south african government is
set to adopt land redistribution policies aimed to end land ownership between blacks and whites. >> reporter: this community has been leaving illegally on private land for 20 years. it used to be part of a farm in johannesburg. they think the owner lives abroad. and worry they'll be evicted. >> but the government says some landowners, their asking price is too high. it set up a committee to example a land bill. if it becomes law, it will give the state power to buy land. the government has to justify whyneeds the property, negotiate with the parties and agree on a price. if negotiations fail, a notice of intention to take over the land is issued. >> the final compensation offered by government. if you are not accepting that would then be paid to you on
appropriation. you would have the right to go to court. the way in which the government is proceeding is administratively unjust. >> land is a sensitive issue in south africa, partly the reason for the increasing tensions. much of the land left to hand. some opposition parties should take back the land:. >> it is everything. africans are living like kids. it must be in the public interest and used for public purposes. some people feel that they were abroad. it gives the government of the power to take any business or property, not just land. >> some south africans worry that the government could take
over homes and businesses, to put houses and other facilities for the poor. >> we think about the home owners and business owners in this circumstance. and find it difficult to find an alternative home if they get less than market value. government officials suggest land will not be arbitrarily seized. there'll be no land grap. the only one to correct the current imbalance of ownership a frightening scene in a commercial flights over somali, an explosion blowing a hole in the side of the plane. the jet took off when the blast happened. it is about 14,000 in the air. the pilots turned around and landed safely. no word on what caused the explosion. >> that is it for this international newshour.
good evening, i'm antonio mora, this is al jazeera america, a new case of the zika virus in the united states, but the transmission came from sex, not a mosquito. also... >> i am morally obligated to use every bit of the power and authority my office has to make flint's water safe. >> the mayor of flint michigan on the water crisis. now the fbi is investigating the