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>> more protester underway in tunisia -- protests are underway in tunisia. the other stories on al jazeera, as french forces in mali push north towards algeria, violence erupts in the capital. >> i am in brussels. after talks lasting through the night, we now have a draft proposal for the eu budget. many more hours ahead before a deal is finally done. >> nasa's curiosity rover gets down to work on the red planet.
thousands of tunisians are gathering in their capital for the from -- funeral of a prominent opposition leader. shape -- shokri belaid was shot in front of his home. he was one of the government's fiercest critics. some are putting the blame on the ruling party. hashemi behar a -- hashem able horror -- haitian -- hashem ahelbarra is live with more. >> there are protests across the country and symbolic ceremonies paying tribute to the opposition leader. we are expecting the funeral to start anytime soon. the procession will be in the capital where he will be laid to rest.
people are concerned about potential clashes with supporters of the government and supporters of the opposition. they have beefed up the present of security forces to try to prevent any such deterioration of the situation. >> where does all of this leave the political stalemate at the moment, hashem? >> more concerned about how to break the deadlock. the transition from autocratic rule and post-resolution -- post-revolution. it is different from what we see in places like libya and egypt. the potential for a revolution to turn into the most vibrant democratic political system
could happen. this country could either be bogged down in the political deadlock or plunged into the worst political crisis it might face in the future. what is going to happen? people are waiting for the ruling party to offer some substantial answer to these people about the government. or for the president to step in and say we need to do something now to protect the legacy. this is why expectations are high. so are the worries and concerns of the millions of civilians. >> economically, the country can ill afford this. >> it is a very poor country. it does not have the resources that neighboring countries like libya or algeria have. they depend on tourism and agriculture. there is ongoing instability.
tourists are not tempted to come anymore. they would prefer to go to neighboring places like morocco. this is exactly why the government has been trying its best, along with international donors to try to send reassuring messages that, if we manage to have a peaceful deal with all the opposition parties for at least two years to three years, we can at least put the country back on track. with all of these problems, it is going to be a recipe for economic disaster, which, as you said, the country cannot really afford. >> at least 26 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in the capital of baghdad. many of them happened in babil and cut the mia -- khatamiya.
a suicide bomber has burned himself up near the city of gao in mali. as the troops push north towards the algerian border -- sorry. can we go to jackie? >> yes, jane. you were asking about the troops, the clashes between the rival groups of troops here in bamako. what i can tell you is that it really does seem to be underlining the fact that the malian army is far from stable, disciplined, and united. we are seeing rivalries coming to the surface between groups of -- groups behind the military coup in march last year and groups who still owe their
loyalties to the former regime. we understand that shots were fired. there are unconfirmed reports of at least one dead and a number injured. this does come at a time when the malian army is supposed to be looking towards when the french will leave and it will be supported by african troops from neighboring countries. but clearly it does call into question to what extent the malian army is really prepared and in shape where it will be able to not only resist any new challenges from rebels in the north, but also be able to secure mali as a sovereign, national state. >> everyone was sort of expecting the rebels to wait for the french and the foreign troops to leave before they announced another attack. >> yes. we are seeing that again very much in the case of this suicide bombing in the eastern city of gao. this was an important rebel
stronghold. it was one of the first cities to be retaken by the french and the malian army just a couple of weeks ago. in the case of what we have seen in the last 24 hours or so, we have seen troops leaving dow -- gao and moving north towards outposts of the rebels, also important locations. the french believe that there are seven french hostages being held by rebel groups. we have seen the french moving away. the number of soldiers in and around gao has been reduced. on friday, a man on a motorcycle wearing some kind of explosive device blew himself up at a checkpoint. one policeman was injured. it does indicate that groups who do not support the french and malian government are taking
advantage of a time when they feel that molly and army troops morelian army troops are exposed. that does not bode well for the future when the french intend to withdraw. >> gunmen in nigeria have shot dead at least nine health workers in two locations in kano state. the victims were working for a polio vaccination program. kano has been regularly targeted by poco from, which -- by boko haram, which has denounced the use of western medicine. this video appears to show shelling in the city in the southwest. it was one of the first to rise up against president sought -- assad's government.
there has been a mixed reaction to the offer of talks. how do people feel about the possibility of talks? >> it has been days since the syrian jet destroyed two buildings in a rebel-controlled area of aleppo city. they are sifting through the rubble of what was once their homes. many have already died. so much has been destroyed. that is why the opposition leader says he proposed talks with the government, but there are some people, even those who escaped death, who are not interested. >> we don't want talks with the killer or against us. if negotiations start, we will stand against it. >> it is a view shared by many of those who have been fighting this war. for these men, mo about fatigue -- more about fatigue -- moaz
al-khatib had no right, unless bashar al-assad step down first. >> we have a message to moaz al- khatib. let him come and talk to the mothers of these children. >> we don't recognize anyone apart from the fighters on the ground. our victory will come from god. >> clearly, the rebels have made gains, but they are far from winning. it seems international and regional powers are moving away from the military option. so far, neither side is winning this war. that is clear in aleppo. since the fight for control of the city began, the front lines have not changed much. this has caused a lot of frustration among the population here. many have been internally displaced by the conflict. this used to be one of the largest industrial complexes in syria. it is now a place where people find shelter from the violence here for many here, an end to the war cannot come any sooner
-- to the violence -- find shelter from the violence. for many here, an end to the war cannot come any sooner here >> -- sooner. to an extent, khatib's proposal has support. >> moaz al-khatib represent the opposition. he is honest and revolutionary. what he suggests is acceptable. it is enough. enough. >> the state has been weekend, -- weakened, but it is still ever present. the crisis in syria has not been solved by military means. it is still a long way between a negotiated settlement -- a long way from a negotiated settlement between me opposition and the government -- between the opposition and the government. >> a push by northern european
countries to lower spending seems to be gaining ground. we are looking at a live picture. there is still hard buzzing to agree on where the cuts will fall. we have this from brussels. >> all the signs are positive. it has been a very long night. they started at 9:00 p.m. on thursday evening and went through till 9:00 a.m. on friday morning. they are just resuming after a little two-hour break. suddenly, they are optimistic that a deal can be done. there is still the small print to be negotiated. there are winners and, inevitably, there are losers. latvia, lithuania, estonia -- they are pretty unhappy about the way that they do not appear to have got anything from this deal. the richer countries, britain, sweden, the netherlands -- they are rather happy. britain, in particular.
it appears they will have secured about a three percent reduction -- a 3% reduction in the you budget for the next seven years. martin schulz -- in the eu budget for the next seven years. martin schulz, the president of the european commission, has warned strongly against the idea of some kind of austerity budget, a backward-looking budget, which appears to be what we have on the table so far today in brussels. martin schulz said that the european parliament might not pass a budget deal. -- pass a budget deal which they regard as a deficit deal. there may yet be hurdles to overcome. am i he is one of the arctic -- >> he is one of the architects of the us drone program. what could be leadership asked
the leadership of john brennan mean for us policy -- what could the leadership of john brennan mean for us policy? >> hello. welcome back. for much of europe, it remains very cold and unsettled. lots of frontal systems, active frontal systems. a lot of snow whooshing up across -- pushing up across poland. still some significant snowfall. we are likely to see further snow the next few days. most of the heaviest snow will be across the ukraine and extending up towards western parts of russia. you see some snow over the dolomites. there is some patchy snow further to the west. many of these frontal systems are looking relatively weak at the moment. towards iberia, temperatures in double figures in madrid.
north africa, still this is affecting algeria, some heavy downpours expected. temperatures probably no higher than 9 degrees, way below average. that extends towards tunisia. highs are just 13 in tunis. for central parts of africa, looking relatively dry here. a few showers for gabon. some fairly heavy rain across parts of zambia and zimbabwe. heavy rain in madagascar.
>> top stories on al jazeera -- thousands of tunisians had gathered in the capital for the funeral of a prominent opposition leader. shokri belaid's death sparked protests across the country. flights in and out of tunis have been canceled. air are reports of a shooting in bamako -- there are reports of a shooting in bamako. forces have attacked a military checkpoint near the city of gao. european leaders are getting closer to a deal to decide that you's -- decide the eu budget for the next seven years.
incoming cia chief john brennan has defended his country's controversial drone program. he was one of the architects of the scheme, which has drawn criticism from human rights groups in the us and across the globe. >> the hearing to confirm john brennan as head of the cia got off to a rocky start. activists protested against the us drone program, which brennan helped to create. lawmakers have been frustrated for years by the white house's secrecy, but it's policy of targeted killings -- by its policy of targeted killings, a policy that he defended in its -- in strong terms. >> i think there is a misunderstanding of what we do as a government and the care we take in the agony we go through to make sure that we do not have any collateral -- the care that we take and the agony we go through to make sure that we do not have any collateral damage.
>> memos were provided to congress before the hearing. concerns remain. >> the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances -- that is so troubling. every american has the right to know when their government believes it is allowed to kill them. >> it is not the first time brennan has been a candidate to head up the cia. he withdrew his name from consideration in 2009 after he was criticized for serving as a top official of the cia when the agency used harsh interrogation techniques. >> i expressed my personal objections and views to my colleagues about certain of those techniques, but i did not try to stop it. >> brennan is highly respected on capitol hill and is expected
to win easy confirmation. even as the agency's next director, he will still have to answer further questions about the drone program and the transparency of the cia. al jazeera, capitol hill. >> brennan's appointment has been criticized in pakistan, where us drones have killed hundreds of civilians. a lawyer with the human rights group reprieve said that oversight of the drone program is hypocritical. >> that is why there is no transparency and accountability before they decide who to kill and who not. they do not make their procedure public or even bring that to the knowledge of congress so that it can be questioned. cia has no sources on ground. how can they be sure that they are taking out targets which are their targets? we are not getting into the legal argument at all. if they can take out targets in another sovereign state or not.
whoever they are calling the target, no one knows about them. it seems like they have been killing ghosts for the last nine years. this is worrying for a superpower that is trying to promote democracy and rule of law in other countries. >> in california, the hunt for the former police officer who declared war on his former colleagues and their families. christopher dorner is accused of killing three people this month. one of them is the daughter of the officer who represented him at a disciplinary hearing. residents of the northeastern us are preparing for a blizzard that could dump up to 60 centimeters of snow in some places. it is expected to be heaviest in the corridor from new york to boston. schools across new england have closed. more than 1700 flights have been canceled. airports are warning passengers to expect more. china's move to crackdown on tibetan protesters -- it has detained seven -- 70 people.
nearly 100 people have burned themselves since 2009 in protest against the government in beijing. we have more from hong kong. >> of the 70 people who have been detained, 12 have been formally arrested and are likely to be charged with intentional murder. that crime, under chinese law, usually merits ascendance of 3 and 10 years in prison. last week, two people were convicted of such a crime. one of them got 10 years in jail. the other received a suspended death sentence. it was rather extreme and extraordinary. on the same day, six other people were also convicted for their role in supporting self immolation ask -- acts in tibet. the chinese government is trying to discourage this by saying that these people are breaking the law. in the same vein, the chinese
authorities hope that this is legitimizing their behavior when it comes to cracking down on protesters in tibet. >> tibet has called china -- japan has called china's response to an incident in east china sea a completely unacceptable. china is accused of locking weapons systems on japanese ships in the area. beijing has denied the allegations and is denying -- and is accusing japan of hype. >> this time, japan is deliberately spreading false information, targeting -- tarnishing china's image, and misleading international opinion. we cannot help but ask what they aim to achieve with -- achieve. we also have to maintain a high level of alertness with regards to japan's true intentions. we
hope the japanese side will refrain from such petty actions and referring -- returned to the proper track of dialogue to resolve the issue -- and returned to the proper track of dialogue to resolve the issue. >> villagers helped around 40 people to safety. others managed to swim ashore. many more are still missing. a rebel group in myanmar is demanding the government work with ethnic fighters. they want an end to the campaign against separatist groups. the state army signed a cease- fire agreement with the government in 2011. countries across asia are preparing for the lunar new year. in the chinese capital, decorations have been hung head of the fair that is due to start on saturday. people in taiwan are also getting ready. it is the year of the snake.
in vietnam, shoppers in hanoi are preparing to celebrate what they call tet. red and gold are favorite colors for the holiday, which represent wealth and good fortune. south koreans have the longest working hours of any nation in the developed world. the government in seoul is trying to change that. >> he heads home after another long day at the office. a bank employee, he typically puts in 12 or 13 hours here that the holiday, he only takes five pills -- 12 or 13 hours. for holiday, he only takes five days per year. democratically speaking, we feel uncomfortable -- >> practically speaking, we feel comfortable. >> his wife has the luxury of choosing her own hours.
>> as a boyfriend, he was quite nice. but over time, his workload becomes larger. these days, he is very busy. >> south koreans work for hundred hours more per year than the average group in their hash than0 hours more per year the average group in their area. employers are taking the mindset for granted. >> when they think of something, they call their juniors to do something instantly. so, when -- their juniors are -- should be always available. >> for all the hard work, productivity remained
stubbornly low. south korea was 28 out of 30 countries in terms of output per hour worked. the experiment here is interesting. they decided to ensure workers rested a reasonable time by shutting down computers automatically at 7:00 p.m. staff satisfaction and productivity are both up. it is a measure that is being planned at this bank as well. part of the government-backed hours -- drive to reduce hours. al jazeera, seoul. >> boeing has carried out its first dreamliner test flight since the battery problems grounded the entire global fleet. the jet flew for just over three hours between texas and washington. safety investigators say they are--there are still -- safety investigators say there are
still problems with the battery. they can easily catch fire. nasa says you can breathe a sigh of relief. there is no chance any of us will be killed by an asteroid next week. a rock roughly half the size of a football pitch is expected to hurtle towards earth in the next few days. scientists say it will pass planet earth at an altitude of 28,000 kilometers. in cosmic terms, that is pretty close to the asteroid should be