♪ last-minute hurdles delay delivery aid as momentum builds for a cessation of hostilities in syria. ♪ ♪ hello, this is al jazeera live from doha. also ahead yemen's government says it will go to the u.n. over allegations the lebanese armed group hezbollah is training houthi rebels. we go inside i understand neesha's prisons where 70% of inmates are locked up for drug offenses. and calling ahead to the future. the material which could revolutionize gadgets. ♪
♪ first, the u.n. says it has encountered technical difficulties in an air drop of aid to the besieged syrian town, aid drugs also couldn't reach the town last week because it's surrounded by isil-controlled territory. there have been developments as well on the planned cessation of hostilities in syria. russia has confirmed it started negotiation with his rebel groupings and sear i can't's main opposition group, the hnc says it will accept the deal for two weeks. also just hours ago syrian kurdish fighters the y.p.g. said they would abide by the cessation of hostilities. our diplomatic editor james ways reports from the united nations. >> reporter: at the security council there was stinging criticism of the syrian regime. the u.n.'s humanitarian chief told ambassadors the government had delayed aid delivery to his the besieged town and blocked until no now assistants.
>> the number, scope and, complexity of bureaucratic and other or identicals that is placed in the path of simple aid deliveries is staggering. >> reporter: he did appear to have one rare bit of good news. >> earlier this morning, a wfp plane dropped the first cargo of 21-tons of items in to the town. >> reporter: but the world food program later released a statement saying there had been technical difficulties and they would try the air drop again in a few days. it's not clear if any aid reached those in need. the issue you of aid delivery is his extremely important. obviously to get those surprise for those in desperate need in syria. but also because it's part of the plan drawn up earlier in the munich to restart the political process. other part of the plan is the cessation of hostilities due to start on saturday. will there be any sort of
resolution to mark the cessation of hostilities. neither the u.s. ambassador samantha power or the russian deputy foreign minister who is visiting the u.n. would discuss details. but they say the plan now is to hold a meet on the ground the security council on friday they would then vote on a resolution to vote on the cessation of hostilities just hours before it's supposed to start. james bays, al jazeera, at the united nations. in other news, yemen's government has accused hezbollah of training houthi fires it says it has linked them together. yemen plans to file a complaint to the u.n., both iran and hezbollah have given vocal sport to the houthis but reject allegations they've provided military aid to them. saudi state tv has been showing an alleged security adviser telling houthi rebel little how to carry out an attack. >> translator: we have a unique operation i just told you what you have to do.
don't ask the details just care out the attack. it is up to me to tell you what to do and how do it. >> and kuwait the latest gulf country to his issue a travel warning for their citizens to lebanon. it's part of an escalating row between lebanon. saudi arabia decided to withdraw $4 billion worth of military aid to beirut. accusing them of being influenced by hezbollah which the kingdom has imposed sanctions on. riyadh also expressed concerns that lebanon has supported it enough against ice regional rival iran. the travel warning by saudi arabia comes despite attempts o reiterate support for riyadh. >> reporter: it really breaks down along partisan, along sectarian lines, you have sunni politicians here that have publically urged saudi arabia to reconsider it's decision.
not just in trying to recall citizens from lebanon or urging them not to travel here, but also in trying to get saudi arabia to reconsider its decision to no longer fund the lebanese military here when it comes to that articles deal. then you have politicians that are allied with hezbollah who have continued to support iran, have continued to support hezbollah and have been critical of what the saudis are doing here in the last few days. when it comes to the average lebanese citizen when uh-huh serra lot of frustration, a lot of citizens here feel like they are really caught. they say the government has come to a complete standstill, this country has gone without a president, for example, for two years because of the political gridlock and a lot that have is due to the fact that the political process here is really tied on one end to iran and on the other end to saudi arabia. it makes it very difficult to have governance going on here. the citizens say these are decisions having these g.c.c. countries trying to pull their
citizens from lebanon or urging them not to go are decision that his will really have a bad effect economically on lebanon because their cone any is is not doing well by any standard. the syrian civil war continues to spill over no lebanon, they are worried that this is something that will have a much more bad effect on lebanon in the months to come and they are hoping that something can be resolved and that they can really get a more prosperous and more secure country which is something the citizenry here continues to call for. iran is going to the polls since their nuclear deal. on friday they will be used to choose a new parliament and assembly of experts. in the parliamentary election the main reform i was group the list of hope is led by mohamed who served as vice president under iran's only reform i was president. on the other side the grant coalition of conservatives is led by a former parliament speaker. the election of the assembly of expert is seen by many as more
important as it will choose the next supreme leader in the event of the death of the current leader. andrew simmons has more from teheran. >> reporter: campaigning is now over. and for eye crane vinnies preparing to vote, the main issue is the ailing economy. and how much it could be transformed with the lifting of sanctions. the impact they have had could be seen by anyone landing in teheran. runways can resemble an aircraft museum with some airliners more than 30 years old. straight out of the nuclear deal came a multi billion dollars order from iran for 118 air bus planes, including a dozen a380 double decker aircraft. but many iranians wants to see the color of the money coming in to the country. this millionaire investment banker says the scope is massive. >> we have the largest market in the region. and it's totally diversified industry. well-educated people, natural resources, and a very large
market for consuming. besides that, our market is untapped for around 10 years. >> reporter: oil is the bedrock of the economy. but iran wants to reduce reliance on it. investment areas including the car industry, and a host of other lines of manufacturing. while the investment potential is big, will there be new jobs and better wages? these are the questions of voters. and with a banking system that needs reform and bailouts, people want to know when they will see improvements. when they can afford to indulge again in iran's vast retail sector. international sangs had a limited effect on the rich, while the poor became poorer. now conservatives and the hard liners have always been able to rely on support for lower income families, if their living conditions improve, then could that be changing? the answer is it could do
because moderate president rouhani is responsible to sanctions being lifted. but there is a question of timing. >> i think because of his lack of relations between the international committee, at the moment there is lack of confidence and a lack of knowing each other. and to get to know each other more, to get familiar with the iranian business we need more time, we need more communications together. >> reporter: and so it could be too soon for some voters to be convinced. despite what appears to be increasing support for moderates and reform reformists it may ne enough to see a parliamentary defeat for hard liners and conservatives. andrew simmons, al jazeera, teheran. the 80-year-old father of an american man arrested in iran has now been detained. he was take then to custody in october while visiting family. iran has yet to say why. on monday, his father was
arrested and is now in the same jail. washington says it's aware of the situation. indonesia is about to start buying iranian oil again. once a big exporter they are now using double the amount of oil it produces with its population on the up the country is making timely use of the lifting of sanctions on iran. step vaessen report from jakarta. >> reporter: officials from the iranian ministry of petroleum presenting business opportunities to their indonesian count irrelevant parts at a meeting near jakarta. since sanctions against iran were lifted last month these talks have intensified. >> translator: for us, iran is important because it has huge oil reserves. the third or fourth largest in the world. indonesia has a large population and needs a lot of oil in the future. we need a long-term secured supply. so iran is happy to have found a long-term customer and we are happy to have found a long-term
supplier. >> reporter: i wanindonesia wase a significant ex-porter of oil. it now produce about his 700,000-barrels a day. what ill iwhile it consumption n twice that amount. it's looking to iranian crude because of its low price. >> in the past we have too many [ inaudible ] in indonesia, unfortunately because of sanctions and some restrictions in to our corporation happened. just now we are trying to make it easy a smooth situation. >> reporter: indonesia says working with iran won't affect its relationship with saudi arabia. >> translator: we need to do business with whoever want to invest. iran, said saudi arabia, even if they are in a conflict. ing, have a conflict over there, but come here and do business together with indonesia. >> reporter: indonesia says its reviewed relationship iran will be strictly business. as the country with the largest sunni muslim population having
ties with shia dominated iran could be considered sensitive. but the government insists it's open to any partners who offer competitive deals. besides selling crude oil, iran has made it clear it's also interesting in building refineries, hydroelectric plants and engaging in technology transfer with his indonesia. step vaessen, al jazeera, jakarta. there is lots more ahead on al jazeera. the world health organization says the link wean the zika virus and birth defects has not yet been scientifically established. plus. >> reporter: i am phil lavelle in los angeles where forget big business, the hackers are now heading for hollywood. but can the entertainment industry really keep them out? out?
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♪ ♪ welcome back for our top stories the syrian opposition says it will commit to a cessation of hostilities deal for two weeks in order to test how serious the other sides are about the truce. on the ground in the syria the u.n. says it's still having difficulty getting aid in to the besieged town there. yemen's government has accused the hleb knees armed group hezbollah of training houthi rebels who are fighting in the country's civil war. saudi state tv has been showing an alleged security adviser from hezbollah telling them how to carry out an attack. a travel warning for lebanon is out particle of an escalating route between lebanon and saudi
arabia. the chief of the world health organization has stressed that the link between the zika virus and birth defects has not yet been scientifically established. margaret chan is visiting brazil where 1.5 million people are now known to be affected the w.h.o. head praised the response to the crisis. >> the social mobil saying led by the president toll fight mosquito, they talk about the importance of speed, they talk about the importance of sustainability to have regular actions by individuals, by families to make sure that mosquitoes do not breed in their homes. the science tells us and experience tells us 2/3 of the mosquitoes are, you know, bread at home. so every individual, every citizen can do a lot of things, simple things, not difficult, to protect themselves and to
protect their families. johnson & johnson has been order today pay $72 million in damage to his a woman who died of ovarian cancer. lawyers for the victim say her death was linked to her use of a talc-based baby powder. they say the company knew about the possible risks of using the product. the 62-year-old died of ovarian cancer in 2015, two years after being diagnosed with the illness. her relatives say she used the power fore nearly 50 years and claim her death was a direct result of this. now, to indonesia where the jail system has drawn criticism for fueling drug addition. up to 70% of the prison population there is there because the country's narcotics laws, al jazeera's 101 east gained exclusive action inside indonesia's main drug prison where smuggler is a problem. we have a report from jakarta. >> reporter: indonesian's biggest jail has a special session for the rising number of drug criminallal thats.
herein mates are in rehab programs based on the controversial teachings of america's church of scientology. >> translator: we noticed changes in their behavior. they are happy. more disciplined they look cleaner and tidier. >> reporter: but the chief warden says it's not easy to implement such programs because the prison is overcrowded. >> translator: we are only capable of holding 1,084 prisoners. but today we have 2,933 inmates. it causes many problems. there is not enough clean water for them. there is little room for resting or rehab activities. >> reporter: with so many drug users inside. traffickers and even some guards often try to smuggle drugs in to prisons. in 2013, a meth lab was found here. >> translator: we all know there was one time that we found drug
production activities on a small scale. this case is an indicator for us to be more aware of the involvement of prison staff in trafficking. those staff involved were fired and some were even convicted. >> reporter: now freed, this meth addict says drugs are easy to get in prison. inside he and many other prisoners contracted h.i.v. >> translator: in jail i used haren, which was easy to find. but it was hard to conceal needles. so one needle was shared around the cell block. >> reporter: a lawyer who has spent time in jail for drug offenses. he says the narcotic laws are too tough. >> translator: laws criminalize the victim. if someone buys drugs for their own use, it's described in the laws as being involved in an elicit trade. if you are caught with one graham of drugs, you are sent to
jail. >> reporter: indonesia says there are over 4 million addicts here and that's why it fights a tough drug war. every week those caught in the trade are shamed in a news conference like this one. interim continues very shall but the government says 33 people die from overdoses a day so tough measures are needed to fight drugs. drew ambrose, al jazeera, jakarta. well fox, more on this story be sure to catch "one off one east" on al jazeera. inside indonesia's drug wars first airs 2230 gmc this thursday on al jazeera. the people in the philippines are marking 30 years since the revolution that ended the rule of corrupt former president ferdinand marcos and his family the so-called people power movement of peaceful protests event taillight i forced marcos from power, he died in exile but members of his family recently returned. his son has become a senator and is seen as a strong contender for vice president in the upcoming elections in may.
irish voters are electing a new government on friday. many view it as a test of the outgoing leadership's economic management of the past six years. island which was -- ireland which was forced in to an international bailout in 2010 is now the fastest growing economy in europe. but as neave barker reports from dublin, not everyone is feeling they are benefiting. >> reporter: when ireland goes to the polls on friday, she and her family will be evicted from this government-paid hostile and they don't know where they will be housed next. during the financial crisis, house building stopped and rents soared. leaving hundreds of low income families homeless. this is the flip side of ireland's economic recovery. >> we couldn't find property that was affordable enough for us and the three children. it was the difference between paying the represent or feeding the kids, because we didn't have enough money to do both. >> reporter: this is the recovery those in power want you to see. here the sunshines on the irish
economy. building work stalled during the financial crisis has begun again. ireland has become a poster child for what financial austerity can achieve. but there are winners and losers. >> there is no doubt that there is economic recovery taking place. the beneficiaries of the recovery are those that are highly skilled, multilingual that can work in a large u.s. international. on the bottom is those with low level of skills. >> reporter: the outgoing prime minister are hoping for reelection. the party believe the recover is a down to them. and he may soon make irish political history if his fine gaigail win the lion share of te vote. a lot of his growth and support has come off the back of improvements to the irish economy, but his critics say this change in ireland's fortunate isn't filtering down to the rest of society. many here are calling for
deep-seated social reforms too. what would you say to your critic who his say that the recovery story is not filtering down to everybody in irish society? >> i would say that's true. that's why we need a second term to complete the job that the people gave us. you can't take a country that was bankrupt five years ago and in a deplorable state economically and build it up it in that short time. >> reporter: in the last five years the coalition governments made big cuts to we'll fair, education, healthcare and policing. and the irish people have reluctantly send it. but on voting day the government that's brought both pain and prosperity, may find itself punished in the polls. neave barker, al jazeera, dublin. now, a top hacker has told al jazeera that hollywood hasn't got a clue when it comes to protecting itself against cyber crime. it's been more than a clear since sony was hit by a mass i've tack and that criminals are increasingly turn getting their attention studios. from los angeles, phil lavelle reports. >> reporter: there is edward snowden. and there is hollywood director
oliver stone. he's making a film about edward snowden. and this is ralph. the man oliver stone has hired to keep his film about edward snowden away from prying eyes. >> this industry doesn't really know what it's doing. >> reporter: ralph is a hacker turned hacker detector. one of a new breed called digital body guards helping hollywood make sense i've world where it is more than film fans watching very closely. >> they have this idea that the film is in the can as if it were a physical thing and it's not. from the moment that you are captioning this film it's a file it gets duplicated and multiplied throughout that process so many times. that didn't happen with a physical piece of film. >> reporter: hacking is big business, just and zone by that. remember 2014, cyber criminals breached its systems, they stole terabytes of data and cost the firm millions of dollars. five out of the every six large businesses here in the united states has fallen victim to some
sort of cyber attack at some point. in one year, that figure was up 40%. as you can see, this is a problem that is getting worse not better. and, of course, hollywood is a major target for these hackers. in previous years, the studios could control who saw what and when they saw it. everything was on film, everything was much more linear. nowadays you have so many people involved in that production process, and they are all accessing networks and files using their own phones, tablets, and in some cases their own laptops. you can see how keeping those prying eyes out, those hackers is almost impossible. philip lieberman is one of la's top cyber crime experts. this is a man who knows where those weak points are. try aiming for the stars. >> you have talent which might go to the store and buy an iphone and might set the pass toward their dog's name and then do an interview holding their dog, talking about their dog as name and somebody can pretty much figure out how to get things off their system.
for this digital ta*l body guard it's all about damage limitation. >> there is no such thing as 100 percent security in technology and never will be. it's a matter of identifying a potential threat early enough so that it doesn't have a huge impact. >> the hackers are in holywood metaphorically at least. there may be no happy ending in sight here. apple's chief executive is defending its decision to resist the demand by f bit. e to access is iphone of one of the san bernardino shooters. to provide the technology to hack the phone on would make customers vulnerable. the fbi says it needs the phone unlocked for its investigation in to december's attack in which 14 people died. apple is reportedly working on measures to make it harder for government to his break in to iphones.
>> this case is not about my phone. it's about the future. it's can about can the government compel us to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around the world including the u.s., we think it's bad news to write. we would never write it, we have never written it and that's what's at stake mere. >> the look of mobile phones has changed dematic i thinkly in recent years, with them rerelying on new testifies mate. we have this report from the mobile world congress in barcelona. >> reporter: 200 times stronger than steel but almost invisible to the eye. it's a wafer thin sheet of carbon atom with his some remarkable properties. it conducts electricity when it's prints odds for plastic film it's a flexible and chief alternative to silicon and metal-based electrics.
>> it's at the same time very thin and flexible and extremely good electrical conductor. the combination of properties is very difficult to find in any other material. and electrical conduction is often a building block for many of the applications of working. >> reporter: the european union is spending $1.2 billion over 10 years on research in to this. a clear sign of its enormous potential. graph it iine was heralded as a wonder material. something that would trappings form how he make cars and even close. but it's been hard to make. it may be about to change. whether used as censors in gloves or for printed electric circuits on flexible film. experimentsal applications for the material are being depositing are demonstrated at this year's mobile world
congress. and phone makers are interested. some are doing their own research. but the man who won a nobel prize for finding it, says there are a host of other materials that offer even greater promise. >> what we prefer to talk about is the family of crystals rather than graph otherine alone, collectively they have much more power than only graphine. because where it cannot do something, there are other materials that can. and i think that the future is really in the collective usage of those materials in combinations. >> reporter: the next generation of electrics may be the focus here, but in the years ahead, these one atom thick materials could see scientists completely re-engineer our material world. terrik bassly, al jazeera, at the mobile world congress in barcelona. world number one novak
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