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a two day nuclear security summit convened by president obama just wrapped up in washington. the president said the gathering is fulfilling the goal of keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of "madmen". more needs to be done. our correspondent is covering the summit for us. jamie. >> reporter: the president said that the nation's gathered here achieved what he called something remarkable. he says that highly enriched uranium and plutonium have been removed from 50 facilities in 30 countries, removed or secured. that, he says, is enough material to make 150 nuclear bombs. he said from this point on what he called terrorist or criminal gangs or arms merchants look around for material to make a nuclear device, they will find vast regions of the world off
limits. >> reporter: in the same hall war president obama opened the first nuclear summit six years ago, he sounded a warning about the growing threat of nuclear terrorism. >> just the smallest amount of plutonium could kill and injure hundreds of thousands of innocent people. to would be a humanitarian, political and environmental catastrophe with global ramifications for decades. it would change our world >> reporter: 50 delegates all agreeing to contain materials which could be used to make a lower-tech dirty bomb >>. there is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material, they most certainly would use it to kill as many innocent people as possible. >> reporter: we have to stop
securing these materials like they're library books and start securing them like they're the golden fork kfox >> reporter: he heads the group that advocates for smaller nuclear stock piles. he gives president obama credit for making headway, securing loose nuclear material, but says with the rise of i.s.i.l., progress is far too slow. >> this summit will make it safer. this is a good thing that we're doing. when you're flowing a forest fire, it's not just the direct that matters-- fleeing a forest fire. can you go fast enough to get to safety before catastrophe engulfs you >> reporter: the glaring absence at the final summit was russia's president putin. he boycotted the meeting despite the fact that it sits on the largest stock piles of unsecured nuclear materials >> they're not working together any more. years of cooperation have ended. we funded for years programs in the states of the former soviet union to secure their materials.
putin has ended that cooperation. he has actually closed down facilities to any kind of u.s. cooperation. >> reporter: in his closing newspapers conference obama conceded much more needs to be done. >> there is still a great deal of nuclear and radio active material around the world that needs to be secured. global stocks of plutonium are growing. nuclear arsenals are expanding in some countries with more small tactical nuclear weapons which could be a greater risk of theft. >> reporter: the president said even though this is the last of these summits at the leader level, they have laid the ground work for future work, including an international working group of experts from 30 different countries who will continue the unfinished business of trying to rid the world of lose nuclear material jamie macintyre for us. turning now to presidential politics and a seeming identity
switch. the republicans are becoming more civil while the democrats are mixing it up more or maybe it has something to do with the calendar date. our david shuster has the story >> if we win here in new york, we are going to make it to the white house. >> reporter: as state an national polls continue to move towards bernie sanders, the frustration for delegate leader hillary clinton is now boiling over. >> they spend so much time telling you what they're against. >> reporter: an environmentalist activist pushing here, clinton erupted >> i have money from people [indistinct] i am so sick of the campaign lying about this. >> reporter: accused of lying, the sanders campaign responded by saying it is clinton who is lying. according to the officials, she
has received money from oil industry employees. regardless tensions between the democrats have been intensifying for days. this week after donald trump criticized abortion rights, clinton said sanders' response was inadequate. at a sanders rally in new york, his longstanding support for women's rights and equality and added this >> shame on you hillary. sorry, hold on. let me watch my tone >> reporter: the contempt and ridicule of the clinton campaign was a hit. polls suggest most younger women like these two with your their-- with their signs are supporting him. while double-stranded is trying to undercut his standing with younger voters, sanders is trying to undercut her support among latinos.
musician, another sanders supporter, noted clinton's praise of former secretary of state henry kissinger whose policies supported genocide across latin america. >> it will represent to consider yourself lt an american. >> reporter: while the race get harsher, republicans are talking about g.o.p. harmony. days after saying he might not support whoever wins the nomination if it's not him, donald trump on thursday went to a previously unscheduled meeting with leaders of the republican national committee. on fox news he was saying this >> we met them. they're very good people. a terrific meeting, i think. >> reporter: ted cruz who was hoping for a contested convention put that talk aside
on friday. instead he released a video clip from months ago. >> i would like to invite donald right now to engage in a one-on-one debate with me any time >> reporter: cruz then tweeted: >> reporter: cruz posted a link to this video. >> we've had 11 debates. according to the polls i've won every single debate. we will go on forever with these debates. >> reporter: with the 80s pop song never going to give you up, the video place out with a reminder that this is april fools day. foolish or not, cruz has repeatedly brought his love for pop culture into the campaign. last fall he acted out his favorite scene from the movie princess bride. >> probably playing cards and he cheated. liar, liar. >> and he came in and his wife goes, liar, liar. shut up witch. i'm not a witch or your wife. after what you said i wish i
wasn' wasn't. >> smithers, release the houndz. excellent. >> reporter: laughs in the republican race, raw determination for democrats as the presidential nomination contest grind on. david shuster. al jazeera new york uses its department of motor vehicles website to register voters on line. this year the site saw last minute surges in registration. nearly 41,000 applications between march '10 and march 20, about half were for first-time voters. randall pinkston reports. >> reporter: 35 year old will be voting for the first time april 19 in new york's primary. why have you never voted before now? >> honestly, i was never interested >> reporter: why are you interested now? >> because it there comes a time where you want to be able to
have a voice. >> reporter: we met him at a rally for hillary clinton at the apol loshgs theater in-- apollo theater. why did you register to vote? >> my birth >> reporter: plea e he plans to vote for hillary clinton. >> reporter: are there republicans in your house? >> yes. >> reporter: why are you are here? >> she asked me to come. >> to keep his mind open >> reporter: this woman was working on a poster. a lot of your age group are supporting bernie >> i know. a lot of my friends are >> reporter: have they tried to change your mind? >> yes. and then they barrage me with baseless attacks. i've researched and i know they're not true and i know why i support her. >> thank you all so much >> reporter: among them, this woman may be in the minority. a few miles north of bihar
harlem, this man has been running a voter registration campaign. is it difficult to get students to register? >> people are really excited to participate. a lot of kids have watched from the sidelines and getting involved now >> reporter: this man has democratic politics in his d.n.a. his grandfather was a top aid to linden johnson. the younger man was supporting the anti establishment candidate, senator bernie sanders. >> enough is enough. >> the message bernie sanders brought to the table has shown people that there's a chance of changing the system and bringing about some progressive values that a lot of students are interested in >> reporter: these are all 18 and newly registered to vote. did you always plan to register as soon as you can or something else motivated you? >> i was also interested in registering independence, but in this race, bernie sanders represented so much idealism that i didn't know existed in
politics >> reporter: were you surprised that so many of your fellow students were interested in registering? >> i'm not surprised. you see apathy from younger people and i think that's changing. i'm happy it is changing. i always thought voting was important to do. i was very excited to register to vote >> reporter: all three students support bernie sanders. >> i registered to vote because i want bernie sanders to be elected, but i also care about voting in lots of other smaller elections for people in the house in the senate which i feel that sometimes democrats don't show up too enough >> reporter: this year new york voters in both parties have a connection to three of the candidates. a former senator, a famous real estate developer and a brooklyn native >> this contest is so dramatic. it is not just a contest on the republican or democratic side. it's both. it's across the board of the it involves people who we in new
york know very well and hillary clinton, donald trump and bernie sanders. >> reporter: political analyst says the anti establishment candidates this year, trump and sanders, are likely to benefit from the rise in voter registration >> any time they're able, if we look at the past primaries and caucuses, they're able to bring new voters in, it's the outside who seem to benefit from that surge of registration >> reporter: whatever the final number of registered voters, the more important number will be turn out, how many people show up at the polls april 19 at the bottom of the hour, we turn our attention to next week's wisconsin primary where donald trump is down after a bad week on the campaign trail and bernie sanders is up ahead of hillary clinton. stocks ended the week on an upnote because of a surprisingly strong jobs report, but even though jobs were added, the unemployment rate went up slightly, but as al jazeera's correspondent tells us, it's
good news. >> reporter: a solid reading on the u.s. labor market. employers kept up the pace of hiring in march adding 215,000 new jobs, this despite a weakening global economy. the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5% but for the right reasons because the number of people participating in the workforce either by having a job or actively looking for one, increased by nearly 400,000. that marks the sixth consecutive months the rate has increased. warmer with weather created jobs, but manufacturing lost 29,000 jobs. thanks in large part to a stronger dollar making goods less competitive overseas. meanwhile wages are heading in the right direction. after losing ground in february, it increase 7 cents. it is a 2.3 increase year over year. so, perhaps, not a raise to
write home about, but a raise nonetheless after working for eight months without a contract, chicago teachers staged a one-day walk out today. school officials are trying to make sure they cannot do it again. our correspondent joins us from chicago. what has been the reaction to today's walk out? >> reporter: just about an hour ago chicago's down town business district was filled with thousands of teachers and other protesters demonstrating and bringing their voices to the plight of the teachers who say they're disgusted that the impasse between them and the city has gone on for so long. they've not had a teachers contract since last summer. they said walking out of the schools today leaving behind about 350,000 students was the only way that they could bring attention to this problem. >> this strike is about
demanding adequate and sustainable funding for our schools. so without that, it's going to be a slow death by strangulation. >> if you ask any teacher in this line, no-one is here for more money. we would like our schools to be open so that we can come and teach, we would like to make sure that you're not going to close schools so that we can keep our jobs, keep the schools open, so that students can come and continue to learn. >> reporter: the ceo of chicago public schools said today that the teachers would be docked a day's pay. they would not be fired from their jobs, but he did say that the city would be seeking legal action against the teachers union. >> a permanent pre-emptive injunction against similar illegal strikes going forward into the future. we think it's important that it be clearly established that
whether children are in school and being educated is not subject to the whims of the chicago teachers union leadership. >> reporter: the chicago teachers union and the city have been odds for the last few years. it came to a head a few years ago when the city because of budget issues had to shut down 50 chicago schools today a ruling from the state attorney-general may have, and i will let you walk us through it, may have hampered the governor's plans for a state take over of the schools. how so? >> reporter: that's right. the attorney-general said that the state, the governor, was trying to prevent the chicago public schools from borrowing money, but the attorney-general said that he was not - they could not do that because of a ruling by the general assembly. however, the governor did today condemn the teachers for walking out on these 350,000 kids.
in a statement he said walking out on kids in the classroom leaving parents in the lurch is the height of arrogance. the ceo of chicago public schools has implord the teachers to join him in spring field to get a state budget pass to get additional money from the state flowing to chicago public schools thank you for that. still ahead, deadly collapse. the latest on the investigation into a bridge disaster in india and an apology from the president of south africa for violating the country's constitution.
the president of south africa apologised for unintentionally violating the constitution. he was found guilty of paling to pay back some of the millions in taxpayer dollars he used to improve his home. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: the country's highest court delivered the final damning word on the president and the national assembly. both breached the constitution. it ordered the president to repay the state coffers for home improvements unrelated to security. things like a theater and a swimming pool. in a statement broadcast live to the nation, the president says the gross over spend should never have happened. >> the matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion for
which i apologise on my behalf and on behalf of government. >> reporter: he defended his actions saying he had always intended to pay back the money. >> i respect the judgment and will abide by it. i have consistently stated that i will pay an amount towards the non-security upgrades once this has been determined by the correct authority. the court has ruled on the matter and has devised a way for
such determination by the national treasury. >> reporter: he was dismissive of the demand he repay some money spent on upgrading on his home. the country's corruption watchdog investigated after costs bloomed. it is said he should play a portion of the 16 million dollars spent on non-security features. he dismissed the finding and reports exxon rated him from any wrongdoing. the the president did a u-turn acknowledging that he did owe some money. the economic freedom fighters say they will force him from office. they're encouraging south afr a africanas to take to the street. they want him to resign. they called his address to the nation contradictory and
insulting. they have certainly a lot of ammunition ahead of this year's local elections. the anc has wholeheartedly backed zuma and thanked him for humbling himself of an apology. the events underscore the dominance of the anc which enjoys the support of a vast majority of south africans, although the president and the party are under unprecedented pressure a new case of ebola was confirmed in liberia three months after the country was declared free from the virus. authorities say a 30-year-old woman died on thursday. a caution was tweeted that although ebola is no longer a global health emergency flare-ups in the region are expected. officials from five construction companies have been detained for questioning after thursday's deadly overpass collapse. our correspondent with the
story. >> reporter: a street once under the shadow of a flyover now being cleared of concrete slabs of man geled metal. >> translation: the main part of the operation is over. now the second part of the operation which you see, the fly over is still leaning in one direction. that will be done in a very systematic manner. >> reporter: workers say it will take up to three days to remove a precarious slab that is hanging off the bridge held together by pieces of concrete and twisted iron rods. residents look on with the bird's-eye view. their buildings once nearly touched the edge of the floi over. the 2 kilometer bridge had taken up all the space above the main thoroughfare which is why people and vehicles had no choice but to pass under the works. that's how two members of this family lost their lives. the slabs phenomenon onto an auto rickshaw that was taking
this man's son and daughter-in-law to nearby markets. >> translation: i have lost everything. my entire family is gone. i don't know how i shall run the family. i am already 75 years old and i'm left with my grandson. what do i do about his future? i don't know what to do without my son >> reporter: the search for the vehicles trapped continued eover night. no-one has pulled out alive. the chief minister cancelled all her campaigning to survey the scene, vowing no those responsible will be punished and there will be investigation. but in the light of day, locals say they're sceptical. they worry that the elections are the focus of politician' attention right now. two years ago a similar fly over collapsed in the city and although there were no casualties, people say in the government had taken action as it promised back then and
created policies for construction, a trajt of this-- a tragedy like this wouldn't happen. even they memories are short. despite warnings that this area is unsafe, crowds gather to watch machinery. further along it's business as usual. once again, stalls set up, pedestrians passing through and vehicles parked under the bridge political speed bump, why next week's wisconsin primary could be another tough vote for donald trump and hillary clinton. bridging the dimming tam divide, the company bringing high speed internet to subsidized housing. of race in america. >> i think since he was a person of color, the police department won't care. >> i'm more scared of the police than a burglar. >> this is really really unfair how we're being treated.
>> i think what's important is that we're having a discussion about it. >> what took place here 60 years ago...the murder of emmett till is to this day an unsolved crime. >> i wanted people to hear the true story of till. >> never thought that he would be killed for that. >> that was the first step in the modern civil rights movement. >> ferguson has a...asking for assistance with crowd control... >> we're live in ferguson, missouri. >> these young people deserve justice. >> this is a target you can't get rid of. >> they were so angry, because it could've been them. >> there's clearly an issue and we have to focus on how we bridge that. >> they say they did it because they were trying to protect my children. they didn't protect my children, they traumatized them. >> we're just the average person, trying to go to work, provide for our families, and do what we can in this world. >> don't get lost in a sea of despair. >> i'm interested in getting us to a place where we're feeling something that looks more like freedom and justice. >> check which ethnicity -
>> [chanting] yes we can! >> an historic election. >> you and i, we're going to change this county, and we will change the world. >> monumental decisions. >> mr. president, there's a one and three chance of a second great depression. >> first-hand accounts from the people who were there. >> their opinion was shocking. >> the challenges. >> he said, "i am president of the united states and i can't make anything happen." >> the realities. >> he stood up and said, "that's it, i'm finished." the presidential candidates are converging on wisconsin. they're all holding campaign events there today.
bill clinton is representing hillary clinton. just a short time ago bernie sanders and in a rally. he went after hillary clinton for her support of fracking. >> secretary clinton and i disagree on the issue of fracking. it may not seem like a sexy issue, but it is an enormously important issue. mark my words, that in the coming years one of the great cris crisis that we will deal with in the nation is clean drinking water david hans is with us the editor for the editorial page and he joins me now. good to have you on the program here. let's talk about your stake for a couple of minutes. the latest polling shows that the underdogs are pretty well positioned to win there in your state of wisconsin.
bernie sanders is up by four points, ted cruz is up by ten points. what is your analysis of the race there and how much has got walkers endorsement helped ted cruz? >> i think two things. first, on the democratic side, bernie sanders is doing well here. i think for a couple of reasons. he is doing great in maddison, where he does great. wisconsin is a state that is an maverick state. we like people who are sometimes different. on the republican side i think that cruz is doing well for a couple of reasons. one is this is not a donald trump state in some ways. we don't necessarily like our politicians to act the way he is acting. cruz has got a lot of support
from the base here, from governor scott walker and leaders in the legislature. i think the establishment, such as it is, has decided that this is the place where they build the fire wall i ask this of people who are following this race across the country: what are the issues that are most important right now? the top of mind, right important issues for wisconsin voters. >> i think national security and the combatting terrorism is a big issue for everyone, in wisconsin and around the country. after the terrorist attacks in brufs, i think there's no doubt that becomes top of mind-- brussels. the other issue is economy and jobs. we have lost thousands of manufacturing jobs. if you look at paul ryan's home country, 18,000 manufacturing
jobs in 1993. only 8,000 jobs today. what we've replaced those jobs is jobs that don't pay as well your editorial board, the national security in jobs there, your editorial board has endorsed john kasich in the republican primary. >> that's correct he has no math mat kal path to a primary-- mathematical path to a win. can you explain to me the endorsement. i wonder are you advocating in making this kind of an endorsement for an open brokered contested convention? >> i think any journalist would love to see that, right. but in all seriousness, we think john kasich is a thoughtful, smart politician, certainly conservative, and for republicans that matters. there is no way you can say he
is not conservative. he is also thoughtful and independent. what we liked about him is that over 18 years in congress and two terms as governor of ohio, he has learnt how to work with the other side, and we think that's important. we also have concerns about, obviously, donald trump. we basically took him to the wood shed in an editorial earlier in the week. we don't think he is fit for office. we have big concerns about ted cruz as well because we feel that cruz has shown time and again that he can't work with others. very few endorsements from his colleagues in the summit the wood shed is accurate. let me read this. the writing about donald trump your editorial board believes donald trump to be
unfit to be president of the u.s. expand on your thinking on that if you wouldn't mind. >> we do. i think it boils down to a couple of things. first of all, we think he has embarrassed our country abroad. we think this is a man who believes in wall of all kinds, walling out immigrants and muslims with the religious test which is frankly un-american, and walling our country off from the global economy with a punitive tariff that in the upper mid west that relies on these jobs. we have major fortune 500 companies here, that not only hurts their business it but it probably kills jobs you guys are tough. hillary clinton is not spared by your editorial board. she slammed for her record on transparency. the board writes:
why do you stop short of saying those transparency concerns should actually disqualify secretary clinton? you don't fairly far but you don't make the final leap >> we do. we don't go to the final step because we haven't considered her on all the issues. it is important to keep in mind that the editorial didn't deal with policy issues but only it this one of transparency in open government. to be honest with you, if it comes down to an election between donald trump and hillary clinton, we might have to make that choice, so we have to think about that as well. i would also point out that in the summer over 4 july weekend, our legislature run by republicans tried to get the
open records. we beat that back with a number of editorials and tough reporting in the states. this is not a partisan attack on hillary clinton. we're pretty bipartisan when it comes to open government thank you for that. the city of flint informed the state of michigan it may sue for its role in the current water crisis. our john terrett joins us now. >> reporter: good evening. you know that this story has gripped the country, if not the entire world. today flint is putting michigan on notice that it may well sue after a task force concluded that the state is fundamentally accountable for the led-contaminated water crisis. flint accuses michigan of negligent over sight from switching the water supply. in a letter to the michigan
court of claims the city states: >> reporter: >> reporter: a spokesman for the michigan governor rick snyder said this sums up the feeling. >> nobody trusts the city or the state. so the tests are available, people don't trust. after everything that has happened and continues to happen with the way things are being done, with the d meq, people don't trust the results. they don't trust the city, the state or the e.p.a. >> reporter: officials say they
still hope to establish cooperative relationship with the state of michigan and avoid a lawsuit, but they are stressing that the move was needed to protect the interests of their local tack pairs. the- - taxpayers that is damming. we don't trust any of you. >> reporter: it is a city, state and federal catastrophe a mess. thank you. good weekend to you. the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5% last month, but that is actually a good sign. it means that more people are actually looking for work. that includes refugees now living in the u.s. our correspondent explains. >> reporter: work on the dairy farm here in rural new york is loud and smelly. this man is thrilled to have this job, though. he was a refugee in nepal and he couldn't work for 20 years. >> translation: with new technology here, the new system
of milking in the dairy farm was challenging in the beginning, but now everything is easy. >> reporter: his boss is a sixth generation dairy farmer with reliable legal workers hard to find, she jumped at the chance to hire him through the refugee milker training tram. >> to have a stable worker, it is a job that they enjoy. a long-term employee. we look for people that want to stay >> reporter: this man serves as a liaison between the farmers and refugees. he was one of 100,000 forced out of his homeland in the 1990s. many came from rural communities like this and feel at home in the farm. >> reporter: the united states resettled 85,000 people since 2008. in 2012 more refugees came from buton than from any other country. in the refugee camp his family lived in a hut.
now they have a five bedroom house partially subsidized by a state grant. >> it is a good fit because the american workers are not that interested in working on the farms. >> reporter: pat sandish runs a group that is helping people learn computer skills and english. some of the women have got jobs in a local sewing factory >> they don't mind the hard work. it fills a need. the gaps in the workforce that we're seeing. >> reporter: for ray and his family, coming to the you united states was a turning point >> i believe that, yes, america is a country to offer us an opportunity to grow and have our dreams come true >> reporter: while they didn't feel comfortable in a city, here in rural america they feel welcome and right at home a national effort to narrow the digital divide is taking
shape in kansas city. 100 apartments in a subsidized housing complex have super fast, free internet connections. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: up until last month this woman and her family had no computer or in-home internet access >> i had no idea that it was that much more internet out there than it was. i mean, my phone was one thing, but being on a computer different. it is a lot faster too >> reporter: today she is on line >> it logs me automatically in. >> reporter: as part of a federal program called connect home, a national-wide initiative to get some 275,000 families living in assisted housing on the web u >> there used to be a time wherein terror net access was a convenience. it's no longer a convenience. just to check emails, to stay in social media and in touch with family and friends, it's
actually a necessity. >> reporter: these are one of the 1300 families learning the basics in kansas city. digital literacy claeses like this stress the importance of not only getting on line but learning how to use the internet for education, job searching and health care. >> the next app is your google docs. >> reporter: the connect home partners with google fibres >> one of the things i love the most about connect home is the power of residents talking to other residents when they've had this tool in the homes, to find jobs or help with their kids' homework, that word getting out of one resident to another is so powerful. >> reporter: it is important because adults from households earning less than $30,000 are roughly eight times more likely than most affluent adults to not use at the time internet, even if they have access. missouri is one of 19 states
mostly in the south that have both statistically low computer ownership and low high-speed internet use. families here are also getting refurbished computers at lower cost. >> it is being fixed up >> reporter: since getting computer and internet access, this woman has used it to find a job and as a result has been able to buy a car. is this life-changing? >> yes. it has changed my life a lot. i get to see my chart and my medical records and stuff like that with my emails and i get to give out my email address more often so i can get emails, i get to shop online now. >> reporter: officials say over the next few years the connect home initiative is expected in impact some 200,000 children up next, working around the constitution. myanmar's new parliament wants
win for aung san suu kyi. a large majority here in the upper house has just accepted this very crucial bill which will give her far-reaching powers. she was barred from running for president. the constitution says a person with children that have foreign nationalities can't be the president. she was looking for another way as she has explained it to be above the president. it looks like with this new bill she will be above the president. some compare it with a position of prime minister. it is called state counsellor and it means that she is not only advising the government and not only advices r advising parliament, but also advising the judiciary. he is above all these parties. when i was asking the parliament member here, does that mean she has more power than the resident, they really don't want to officially admit that. it seems like she will have the problem, of course, is that she has four minister's posts. she was sworn in on wednesday as the foreign minister, the
education minister, the energy minister, the head of the president's office. how she is going to combine all these very crucial posts here in the country at this very crucial moment that still is going to be a question, but some people here are telling me she will probably resign from these minister's posts and will focus completely on this estate councillor position. >> reporter: what powers will she have when it comes to addressing the issues of ethnic minorities in myanmar, some who as you know are demanding autonomy and is she going to focus on that? >> reporter: well, she has said that national reconciliation is high on the agenda, that it is a priority to bring peace to myanmar. she, obviously, has to start all over again, peace negotiations done by the previous government has basically failed so she has to start all over again. so far we haven't seen any or heard any announcements in that direction. it's all been about increasing the power of the aung san suu
kyi in the first days of this new government. so we will have to see whether the next steps are going to be in the next weeks from now the united states is bracing for the rival of the zika virus. it is expected to reach the u.s. in the coming months. our correspondent reports on the investigation into the link between zeek and birth defects. >> reporter: for months it has been the one question without an answer. is the zika virus responsible for microcephaly in babies. scientists say they have an answer. >> we're very close to being 100% sure. i think at this point our policies are funding allocations are based on the idea that this is a true link. >> reporter: ever since brazil reported a startling increasing cases last autumn, scientists have been working for months to confirm a link between zika and
microcephaly. during a health minister's summit, the pressing question was whether enough proof existed to confirm the link. >> translation: we have 20,000 cases of zika in colombia. that number can vary, but we still don't have cases of microcephaly with an important amount of registered cases. we need to work more to find out why brazil has so many cases and we don't. >> reporter: zika infection during pregnancy appears to increase the risk nor several types of birth defects and miss carriages. in fact, scientists say they have found the virus in the brains of affected babies. >> the most urgent imperative is to reduce the risk to pregnant women and their developing foetus. that is the over arching frame by which we make our plans, we make our action $, we focus our research and activities and we keep ourselves motivated--
actions. >> reporter: what still remains unknown is exactly what the chances are that a baby will suffer from a birth defect if born to a zika-infected mother colombia is coming close to ending its 50-year-old civil war, but with peace comes new problems. for example, integrating thousands of former rebel fighters, one restaurant has a plan. al jazeera's correspondent reports now. >> reporter: this is one of the top 50 restaurants, but for the past eight years it has been serving more than fancy food. it offers training and employment to veterans and now foreign fighters. >> translation: a prospective employer wants to know your experience. as a former rebel how can you answer? here i didn't have to lie
>> reporter: she left her home town after threats and couldn't find a job to feed her children. when a government agency connected her with this restaurant, she worried about not being able to work in a food restaurant and feared working shoulder to shoulder with her former enemy. >> translation: when i saw him for the first time, i had the shivers. i didn't know what his reaction could be. that same day we talked and i cried and since then he has been my support. >> reporter: her colleague lost his left eye and rate leg to an farc lan mine. >> translation: my first reaction was hash. it was hard for me to accept the idea. we shared our stories and i understood they're victims as well. >> reporter: the restaurant foundation originally only hired former soldiers. hiring ex-rebels was a big leap >> there were fears about security, public opinion, many things, but at the end we said,
if we don't do it, no-one will do it. >> reporter: this kitchen has become a symbol of colombia's efforts to overcome its conflict, but convincing most entrepreneurs of participating in programs like this one is still an uphill battle >> reporter: polls say hassle of the entrepreneurs in the country would never hire a former fighter. >> translation: we have an issue of stigmatisation. it is not enough for the government create opportunity, train these people and show responsibility if the moment they step out of the process they face a society that is not ready to receive them. >> reporter: back here, workers know a restaurant alone is not likely to reverse decades of fear and distrust, but they're convinced it might just hold the key to a recipe for reconciliation up next, helping a sick sea turtle. the experimental scienists are using to solve a unique problem.
creature getting treatment. >> we can have a chamber over here that can put up to eight people or if they're in gurneys it will be less >> reporter: the biggest hyper baric chamber on the west coast >> we treat the bends and carbon monoxide treatment. also diabetic foot wounds >> reporter: this patient is never been done before. tucker is a 70 pound sea turtle rehabbing at the aquarium. >> we're looking at the water level. we want him to sit at the bottom of the tank without effort >> reporter: he was found near dead in december on an oregon beach. >> he couldn't move and breathe on his own. >> reporter: he is doing better now but he has a problem, a gas
problem. internal bubbles that upset his boy an see and prevent him from diving. an important skill set >> it means they can't eat and avoid predators or boats. so they have to watch out >> reporter: necessity can't dive they become food >> they do. >> reporter: aquarium vets team up with this team to get a session breathing 100% pure oxygen >> this is the first time i've ever treated a sea turtle or any animal >> reporter: the goal to break up those gas bubbles to prevent him doing what they should do >> it's exciting. we don't know whether we're helping or not ultimately, but the options were quite limited for this turtle >> reporter: cat scans and behaviours should show whether deep dives are back in his repertoire. the humans involved hope he will be back in the ocean by late
summer that is all of our time. thanks for being with us. i'm tone' harris in new york. randall pinkston is up thank you. a two year ument just wrapped up in washington, the president saying the gathering fulfilled the goal of keeping nuclear waste out of the hands of "madmen", but more needs to be done. >> reporter: the president said that he thought the nations gathered here achieved something quite remarkable. he noted that in 50 facilities in 30 countries highly enriched uranium or plutonium have been secured or moved out of the country. that's enough material to make 150 nuclear bombs and he said as criminal gangs or terrorists or arms merchants look around for