north korea fires short range projectiles into the sea of japan hours after the u.n. imposes tough new sanctions for the nuclear program. hell oel. i'm darren jordan in doha. also ahead, hillary clinton and donald trump move closer to winning their party's nomination, following big wins on super tuesday. outbreak of the zika virus in latin america now scientists in west africa are hoping to find a solution. a call to end the shark fin trade. we report from hong kong which
is one of the biggest markets the south korean defense ministry says north korea has fired several short range projectiles. one missile was from wonsan to the east sea, the sea of japan. it comes hours after the security council voted to impose strong new sanctions on pyongyang. >> translation: north korea has fired projectiles from wonsan city. the military is continuously monitoring and tracking while maintaining readiness harry fawcett reports now >> reporter: in that news conference the ministry of defense is saying a number of projectiles have been fired into the sea. local media in south korea are reporting more fully. they do sometimes get briefings
from unnamed military officials. they're talking about a range of apparently 100 to 150 kilometers. various numbers have been mentioned. six to eight or nine projectiles. it is unclear whether they were short-rang missiles or from a multi rocket launch system such was unveiled in a major parade in october in pyongyang last year. it is understood that analysis is underway on that point. the minister of defense is saying that the military remains in a heightened state of readiness, watching out for any further actions by its counterparts in north korea. we are coming into a period of annually heightened tensions between north and south because there are military exercises due to get underway in the next few days between u.s. and south korean force $on the korean peninsula. it is expected they will be bigger than usually. there are reports that they might rehearsals for a strike
against north korean nuclear facilities. north korea has come out against those reports saying it reserves the right to attack south korean seats of government. we do expect a round of heightened tensions. this is the first north korean reaction to this u.n. security council passage, the resolution passage. it may well be that there is more to follow in the days and weeks to come as you mentioned, this follows the united nations security council vote to impose the toughest sanctions in north korea in two decades. james bays has more. >> reporter: it is so decided. almost two months after north korea carried out its latest nuclear test, the u.n. security council finally gave its response. >> please raise their hands. >> reporter: a unanimous vote in favor of the toughest sanctions resolution yet >> as the resolution that we have adopted today underscores, all of the dprk's reso sources are channelled into its reckless
and relentless pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. the north korean government would rather grow its nuclear weapons program than grow its own children the fact north korea divide the international community with the launch of a satellite during the negotiations over this resolution, may have helped pur swayed the chinese to agree to these new extensive measures. the text of the resolution which is almost 20 pages long was discussed in numerous meetings between the u.s. and china. some parts are clearly directed at the north korean leadership among the luxury goods banned, aadequatic recreational vehicles like jet skis and snow mobiles. despite the agreement on the resolution, china is still strongly opposed to u.s. plans to deploy a high-altitude missile defense system known as thaad in south korea. >> translation: all parties concerned should avoid actions
that will further aggravate the tension on the ground. china deposes of the thaad anti missile system because it harms the security interests of china and other countries of the regime and goes against the goal of maintaining peace, security and stability of the peninsula >> reporter: there are now important questions, the provisions of this resolution go further than before, but will it be properly implemented and how will the north koreans react? in the past when they have been punished by the u.n. security council it has provoked them to take further action south korea's opposition members of parliament have ended a record breaking filibuster after eight days. it was to stall the first anti terror legislation. the bill was taken up and approved. the debate on the legislation began on february 23.
daniel pinkston is a lecturer and explained why the nuclear program is a concern >> china is opposed to north korea's nuclear program. they want to see a peaceful resolution of this issue on the peninsula, but on the other hand they want to avoid any instability or collapse of the regime. so for china returning to negotiations for the longer term, as long as north korea does not engage in provocative behaviour, i think that is sufficient for china. however, for the u.s., south korea and other friends and allies of south korea, there really needs to be some progress in denuclearisation and if not talk for talks sake causes political problems and it is unacceptable in south korea, washington and elsewhere donald trump and hillary clinton have moved a step closer to winning their party's nomination for the white house after super tuesday.
in donald trump won 11, krudz won in his states. this pushes ahead. 1237 delegates is needed for the party nomination. he has 319. his closest rival ted cruz has 226. alabama, arkansas, georgia, massachusetts, tennessee, texas and virginia. bernie sanders won in vermont, oklahoma, minnesota and colorado. clinton has 1052 for sanders 427, with the magic target of 2383 to win the democratic nomination. >> reporter: as super tuesday turned into a regular wednesday, people woke up to the realisation that for better or worse they've helped make it more likely that donald trump will be the republican nominee for president. >> he tells the truth. i think he just focuses on what
are in people's minds and what people are afraid to say. i think it is blatant honesty >> i'm hopeful that he won't be the president. i think it's time to understand that he harnesses a lot of anger that is going on in this country for how this country is being run, but i think there's someone better than him to run the country >> make the america great again. remember that. >> reporter: he won seven states and if that momentum continues he will march towards the nomination, leaving lin and party bosses little chance to stop a blahhing bearer they do not want >> the party isn't likely to do anything were donald trump to win a sort of large majority of delegates. it would be very difficult for them to try to essentially pull the rug out from under him >> reporter: but they're trying to keep him from dominating the rest of the contests and now the man who lost the last election to president obama will have an
announcement on wednesday. it is an open question whether he will run or plead on the call anyone but trump. hillary clinton is continuing her mash to the democratic nomination. but her rival bernie sanders did better than expected, winning four states. he is giving little indication he is ready to bow out. >> what i have said is that this campaign is not just about electing a president. it is about making a political revolution. >> reporter: super tuesday moved the process along, but didn't change any of the dynamics, but up next big states, florida, ohio, the candidates have two weeks to win there in what can be the deciding factor of who will represent their party to run for the u.s. macedonia has briefly opened up its border with greece to let
in about 200 refugees. 10,000 more are still than stranded and they're being blocked to making their journey to europe. e.u. has set aside 776 million dollars to deal with it. >> reporter: they've esescaped the violence in their homeland. they're struggling to find a stable existence as they try to make their way into central europe. now a potential lifeline as the e.u. announces an emergency financial package to deal with the largest influx of refugees since the second world war. >> this is to provide basic necessities, including food and emergency care, shelter, clean water, et cetera. >> reporter: a significant portion of go to greece. it is the main entry point for the migrants. more than a million have entered the e.u. via greece since 2015 and as the balkan countries tighten its border it is
struggling to cope. migrants are stranded in mud-soaked fields. there is a shortage of food, water and medical aid. they sleep anywhere they can at they wait to cross into macedonia. >> there is not enough because this is very small to person inside and you see all people outside they sleep >> reporter: macedonia allowed 170 refugees in on wednesday. little comfort to the thousands still waiting to get through. volunteers try to help. here food and drinks are being distributed, but it's still not enough. >> people bring food. food is not the problem. we need blankets and services and a place to stay. >> reporter: the aid package still needs to be passed by the e.u. parliament and member states. the commissioner for humanitarian aid says the root
causes of this cry is says still needs to be addressed. >> obviously, this emergency support on its own cannot and will not sort of problems. there are no magic for the problems. now more than ever member states in the e.u. need to work manned in hand-- hand-in-hand >> reporter: political cooperation is needed as more refugees continues to make the journey to europe time for a short break here on al jazeera. when we come back, why has a senior politician and rival of brazil's president been kon dieted for corruption. plus. >> reporter: i'm adrian brown in shanghai. a symbol of china's economic might, but the economy is in trouble, so can consumers help? onsumers help?
welcome back. the top stories here on al jazeera. south korea's defense ministry says project tiles have been filed fired from north korea. it comes after voting on toughest sanctions on the country in january. hillary clinton and donald trump have moved closer to winning their party's nomination for the race for the white house. the e.u. has pledged 760 million dollars in humanitarian aid to member states dealing with growing numbers of refugees. macedonia briefly opened its
border with greece to let in about 200 but thousands more are still stranded scientists in west africa are hoping to find ways of stopping the spread of zika virus. they're using similar technology used to detect ebola. >> reporter: this scientist and his team are in high demand. back in december they got a call from scientists in brazil asking for help with tackling the zika outbreak. they travelled to the worst affected region carrying this suitcase. it is a solar powered virus detection set. inside the suitcase is a miniature state-of-the-art laboratory with justify a tiny blood sample they can detect whether a person or even a mosquito is infected with the virus. these machines inside the bag allow us to find out the genetic
make up of the virus no matter where it is located and whether it is in any bodily fluid. >> reporter: currently it takes five days to develop the virus after the patient develops symptoms. this can dekt in just 15 minutes >> it means we can try to tackle the virus soon and alleviate suffering for the infected patients. >> reporter: thousands in south america have been affected with the virus and it is spreading. researchers believe zika could be linked to the birth defect of microcephaly. >> we have not yet found a direct link between zika and microcephaly but there is an association as in we are seeking it in combination with it zika but we don't know the nature of the relationship. >> reporter: scientists believe early detention is key in that this relatively simple equipment can make a difference.
the kit was previously used during the ebola outbreak in west africa. detecting cases was crucial in detecting and bringing an end to the outbreak. they want to bring out these suitcases to affected areas as soon as possible. the challenge in tackling the virus is a lack of scientific knowledge. something researchers here have plenty on. zika has been in west african for more than 40 years. it is different in africa and it has not been a major health hazard here. brazilians are using kits modelled on this one. the team is packing its bags one more time to head back to south america to help out an egyptian soldier has been killed and three others injured in the sinai pen insular. a military convoy hit a bomb during a search of a prominent
leader of a group linked to i.s.i.l. the syrian kurdish group the y.p.g. says more than 40 fighters have been killed while defending a town from i.s.i.l. they launched a three-day offensive on saturday. 23 civilians are said to have died in the battle. a cease fair came into effect on saturday but doesn't include territory controlled by i.s.i.l. or the al-nusra front. the human rights group amnesty international has accused the russian and from hitting facilities to pave the way for ground troops. this was used by russia and syria over the past three months. two civilians and a policeman have died in the indian consulate. a suicide bomber blew himself up in the city of jalalabad. four gunmen entered the compound but were killed by afghan security forces. 19 people were wounded in the
attack. the foreign ministry said none of their diplomats were hurt a lecturer says the bombing is a deterrent to afghanistan's peace process. >> the attack on the consulate comes about as a result of the inter play between pakistan, india and afghanistan. there has been a growing trend that started which has moved to here for afghanistan to actually try to move closer to india thinking that pakistan is not in its best interest or the relationship between afghanistan and pakistan has cooled somewhat. so the attack on the consulate is to send a message to the - whichever group carried out, to the indian authorities that they don't like the change of relationship and india meddling in the peace process or the security balance in the region. there is also this idea that this looks like afghanistan is skipping over pakistan. for a long time pakistan's vital
role in the region it was the key to finding a peace between the taliban or al-qaeda operating in the region. it looks like they're losing their relevance. pakistan wants to maintain relevance and find a way over and above what india is accomplishing. then you have the fact that the taliban operates cross-border between pakistan and afghanistan and the fact that many of the groups that are involved either directly or indirectly in this are responsible for some of the attacks on indian facilities in afghanistan and also some attacks in india itself the speaker of brazil's lower house of congress has been indicted for corruption in connection with a scandal at the state oil company. a majority of brazil supreme court voted to accept the charges against him and puts the speaker on trial for allegedly accepting bribes on contracts for two drilling ships. the ruling must be officially confirmed at the end of the court session.
our correspondent more now. >> reporter: the brazilian government has been in disarray for quite some time now. the highest sitting politician to face corruption charges, but not the only one to be accused or seemed to be suspected the wrongdoing in relation to the company. there are at least 50 other high-level politicians that have been suspected of corrupt practices in relation to the oil company. he, of course, is leading the impeachment charge against the president in congress. that could see some faltering should he be unseated from his seat as speaker of the lower house. which is a decision that could be made by the supreme court or, indeed, an ethics committee. should the impeachment charge fall through, it doesn't mean the troubles of the president are over. she is one of the most unpopular leaders that brazil has had in recent history. aside from that, the economy is at its worst.
it is at the worst it has been for several decades. unemployment is up, wages are down and people in general are displeased with the government the mexican drug lord joaquin guzman says he wants his extra addition to the u.s. sped up because he can't stand the conditions of the prison he is currently in. his lawyer says his client to negotiate with the u.s. for a lighter sentence and transfer to a medium security prison. he is being held in a maximum security jail. he had previously vowed to fight extradition for as long as possible. australian's transport minister says debris found on shore could belong the missing plain mh370. it disappeared two years ago with 239 people on board. the origin of the debris has to
be confirmed. spain's main opposition socialist party has failed at its first bid to form a government. attempts to form a left coalition was defeated by the far left party and the conservative popular party. there was no clear winner and shattered the two-party system with gains for austerity parties. a second vote will be held on friday. china's expected to improve an economic five-year plan this week. growth in the world's secretary biggest economy has been slow and the government is hoping for recovery through consumer spending. >> reporter: china's government thinks it has an asavor for the bad economy. the consumer. >> translation: i will be very careful with my consumption. i will still spend the money but
according to my needs. >> reporter: these stores are just giant adverts because the growing middle-class are increasingly buying online what they see displayed in shop windows. >> translation: i will try clothes for the right size in shopping mauls and then buy it on line because it is the same brand, same products but cheaper. >> translation: you can buy everything on line. i don't go to stores to shop >> reporter: this woman sells cosmetics via one of the big shopping platforms. operating costs are low. she bips in bulk at a discounted rate ensuring prices are half those of traditional retailers. it is this kind of consumption that the government wants to see more of >> translation: on line shopping is good, very different from traditional shopping. it is convenient, much cheaper
and you have a guaranteed return policy. so i think online shopping will only become more popular. >> reporter: traditionally manufacturing and exports have been the main drivers of china's economy, but that model has now run its course. consumer spending is not that high in china. in the u.s. it accounts for 70% of the economy. here in china it is around 30%. chinese people tend to be big savers. for the economy to pick up, the government needs that to change. >> our view is that consumption will be very stable over the medium to long-term in china. the main reason for that is china has this high savings rate. so it was around 49% last year. >> reporter: unless those savings are unlocked, the flashing lights on the famous water front could turn into warning signs shark fins are a much sought after delicacy in many asian
countries, particularly for soup, but with one third of all shark species extinct, welfare groups are demanding an end to the trade. >> reporter: this area in central hong kong is nearly always a hive of activity with these stores being restocked with dry food. what is sold here is fruit and vegetables as well as seafood, but it is shark fin which is the most controversial. it is a stable ingredient in soup and has high price tags and considered a status of wealth. it is trying having an effect on shark mortality and they're responsible for 50% of the trade >> many people consume shark fin in the restaurant so as of today 100% of restaurant are selling shark fin. many of them have banned the shark fin though. >> reporter: trade is restricted under an international agreement, but there's no system in place to track which species
is being traded. popularity may be declining in hong kong, other markets across asia are going strong with vietnam the largest and growing when a painting was done hundreds of year ago, it wasn't through to have such an impact. >> reporter: classic beauty and images by this artist. it has dozens on show here. it is the largest number of paintings and drawings of the artist in britain >> he was one of the most famous painters off his time. they were sought after. for 300 years he disappeared until he was rediscovered.
the movement of mostly english artists wanted to see art return to its classical origins and he became their inpyration. -- inspiration. since then he has become an international super star. >> he is really global, has this ability of touching any kind of culture. i don't think you can do that with any other artist. global interpretations from clothes to films, a modern day venus. he goes pop by andy warhol. a serine one. a glorious asian venus. >> a european beauty, pretty girls, so i have the asian face, like different beauty. >> reporter: modern artists like
hundreds before them have been drawn to this artist. whether it will inspire artists 400 years from now is uncertain there is our website, aljazeera.com. . >> thanks for joining us on "america tonight", i'm melissa chan. we looked at crime and punishment with an eye to the victims, there are hidden victims, those that the justice system did