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these were emotions i had been dreaming about for so long. thank you. >> techknow, proud to tell your stories on al jazeera america. ' man the police say is a key suspect in the paris attacks is arrested in belgium. welcome to al jazeera live from doha. i'm martine dennis. also coming up. saudi arabia plans to build a bridge across the sea to egypt. djibouti's president wins another five-year term. >> you said you would do me no harm. >> you said you would do me no harm
how two women are using poetry to raise awareness about sexual abuse one of europe's most wanted men is now in custody. he is suspected of taking part in last year's paris attacks. the belgian prosecutor is investigating whether he is also connected to the brussels bombings in which 32 people were killed. our correspondent reports from the french capital. >> reporter: belgian police arrest the man on the street in central brussels, one of five suspects roubded up on friday. part of the investigation into the recent attacks in paris and brussels. among them this man. on the run for five months he was wanted in connection with the paris plat. >> translation: this afternoon he was also arrested plus as
other people. their digital prints and other details were identified. >> reporter: he was last seen in this cctv footage at a petrol station in northern france just two days before the november attacks in paris. he was with his childhood friend, paris suspect salah abdeslam, also rested in brussels last month. they were driving an renault used by the attackers. the prosecutor says it's too early to say if he is the so-called man in the hat. the suspect is seen with two suicide bombers at brussels airport just before the blasts. what is clear is catching him is being seen as a major break through for belgian authorities. >> it is better to have them alive than dead because at least you can get intelligence from them. that's that they pride themselves on. in the raid in paris where they were able to get the attack ringer, most of the people -
everyone in that raid was killed. so the belgian's say, okay, we take longer, but we're capturing them alive >> reporter: also arrested is a man believed to have helped bomber at the metro station. as the investigation continues, these latest arrests reveal once again the close links between the paris and brussels attackerattackers saudi arabia plans to build a bridge over the red sea to egypt and is promising billions of dollars for press funding for sisi's government. he is a rare five day trip to egypt. he said the trip would boost trade between the two countries. >> reporter: historic was the word most used by saudi's king and egypt's president. there was a plan to build a bridge linking egypt and saudi arabia across the red sea.
>> translation: this historic step to connect the two continue incidentss is a transformation that will increase trade to the two areas. >> reporter: he made the announcement during the second day of his visit to cairo. a physical link between the two countries would be a powerful symbol of mutual solidarity. >> translation: the unique quality of the relations between egypt and saudi arabia, the extent to which they're strong and deep rooted will allow us to face mutual challenges. our cooperation will certainly allow us to resolve all of our regional crises, such as in palestine, yemen, libya and syria. >> reporter: the visit was about politics and economics. for the king, a warning that saudi arabia and egypt would stand together against outside interference by which they mean iran and its ambition in the region. for egyptians much more. the two nations are signing agreements including a multi
billion dollar dear whereby saudi arabia will finance egypt's oil needs for the next five years. estimates for the bridge is suggested to be around 3 to 4 billion dollars. sisi has been provided with important support since he came to power in 2012, but this package dwarfs all agreements people are returning to palmyra in syria which was until recently under i.s.i.l. control. it was captured by government forces last month after intense fighting with the i.s.i.l. which took over the area in may last year. a russian army team has been working to remove land mines planted all over the historic site. i.s.i.l. says it has released factory workers. local elders in the areas near
damascus negotiated the agreement. the group says, in effect, around 170 workers have been freed as others have managed to escape. the workers were taken after an i.s.i.l. offensive on monday. there are reports that saudi arabia is ready to halt its military campaign in yemen. under a u.n. brokered agreement a ceasefire is due to begin there this sunday. an army spokesman said saudi arabia will commit to the truce if houthi fighters lay down their arms and pull out of areas they currently control. a previous ceasefire collapsed in december but talks later this month are aimed at finding a lasting solution to the year-long war. more refugees are being deported from greece to turkey under the controversial e.u. deal with ankara with more than 200 people sent back on friday. two boats carrying mainly pakistani refugees arrived in the turkish port of dikili after leaving lesbos. while another operation, 967
people were returned to turkey across the land border. there has abouts been a significant drop in the number of refugees arriving in germany. almost 100,000 fewer people arrived there in march compared with last december. many say it is because of the closure of the so-called balkan route. >> reporter: this woman relaxes in her berlin apartment. although she is safe and well, her journey from damascus was fraught with danger. now settled in, she reflects on how her life has changed >> here you can find everything, more opportunities, you can work, study. i don't know. everything is easy in a big city. it was easier when i moved here. >> reporter: most of the refugees who reach berlin end up here at first where they are registered and can get something to eat and drink. at the busiest time last autumn,
on average around 10,000 new arrivals reached centers like this every day. since the balkan route for refugees was closed, that number has dropped to just over 100 per day. the german government opposed the direction of fences along some central european borders but has had to accept it has changed the situation drastically. >> translation: you can't argue with the fact that the decrease in refugee number is directly linked to the closure of the balkan route. the agreement of the leaders and the e.u. turkey deal, this agreement is over. >> reporter: for their part, many central european governments believe that if they had not closed their borders to refugees, the crisis would have been much worse. >> translation: we have helped the e.u. stem the flows of refugees. turkey is central to this.
we need to cooperate with turkey and we have to implement the quo tasmanias for the relocation. -- quots for the relocation. she thinks the deal will not prevent people trying to cross europe. >> coming here and legally is not going to stop. this is just - it's going to be a bit more difficult for smugglers because they will find another way, not greece another way, and it is going to be more dangerous, more expensive for people and it's not going to solve anything. >> reporter: she is grateful for the chance of a new life that europe has given her, but with borders closed and quotas drafted, she wonders how many others like her will get the same opportunity kenya is one of the world's biggest refugee camps and its
children like all others have dreams of becoming doctors or engineers but that requires a university education that many of them are being denied. >> reporter: this man is at a turning point in his life. after three years of waiting he finally gets to leave the refugee camp and the restricted life he has always known. he got a scholarship to study in canada and wants to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering. in the meantime he volunteers here >> when i was a student i had the hope that one day i would finish my degree and master in a university where i will get quality education and then in return to have change on my life and then my country. >> reporter: but thousands of other young people who are eager to continue their studies are not as lucky as him.
the sponsorship programs are limited. only a small fraction of students here end up getting the competitive scholarships to study abroad. on paper there are localities of opportunities, but in reality many young people end up stuck in the camp with no chances for a higher education or even a decent job. in one of the camps he teaches his daughters his skills when he acquired when he came here in 2005. they've all completed high school, but the farmer a former teacher and graduate is frustrated that he can't give his children better opportunities. the main problem is kenyan government travel restrictions, especially for students who want to pursue studies independently. >> they can be only education. i hope my daughter, all my children, to become a doctor or
engineer or anything. >> reporter: his daughter has a diploma. she wants a degree but cannot be a travel permit >> i have nothing to do. it's hectic to stay here. i always say to my father that this life is boring >> reporter: officials say because of a security threat posed by al-shabab group whose fighters have carried out a series of attacks in the country, refugees must thoroughly vetted before being allowed to go anywhere outside the camp. >> most of these people never come back. that is when we are worried, we release people and we do not have a system to ensure that they come back. >> reporter: back at the secondary sdool, final year students prepare for their last exam. they hope to get a scholarship. it's one sure way out of this
camp they tell us state media in north korea is reporting a successful test of a new engine for an inter continental ballistic missile. it shows the leader overseeing a drill but there is no date on the video. south korea says the north is years away from developing such a missile. 13 north koreans meanwhile have defected to south korea. it is the largest group to defect since the leader took power five years ago. they were working at the same restaurant in a country abroad. still to come here at al jazeera. >> reporter: i'm in the brazilian capital. usually it is a ghost town on weekends but not on this one. behind me there have been march tonne sessions-- marathon sessions on the impeachment.
the company to egypt. the king made the announcement during the second day of his visit to the egyptian capital. the egyptian president says the bridge would be named after the saudi king. saudi arabia is reportedly ready to hold its military-- halt its campaign in yemen. a ceasefire there is due to begin on sunday. annual army spokesman said saudi arabia will commit to a truce if houthi fighters lay down their arms and pull out of areas they currently control. police in el salvador have raided the offices there of the panama law firm at the center of a huge data league known as the panama papers. police seized documents and computer equipment from the office. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: el salvador is the latest country to launch an investigation into the murky world of offshore finance as a result of the panama papers
leak. the office was raided by police after they suspected it was about to be closed down. the attorney-general's office said it took action after the firm's sign was removed on thursday night and an employee says the company was moving. attorney-general oversaw the raid. >> translation: at this moment we are unable to speak of a crime. what we do know is we had to do our job and fine information and examine it to determine from the poishl point of view, the accounting point of view and the legal point of view. >> reporter: the leaked panama papers were released into the public eye last week. they show how some wealthy people, including politicians and heads of state use offshore companies to evade tax. the law firm at the center of the leak is based in panama in central america. it set up nearly a quarter of a million companies for its clients over the past 40 years. they insist they have broken no
laws. the government says it's seeking a diplomatic solution after being put on a financial black list. >> translation: i want to make it clear that the measure taken today by the french government as s a measure that is wrong and unnecessary. when instead there is communication between heads of state and when there is cooperation between countries. the decision like the one taken doesn't contribute to anything. >> reporter: prosecutors in el salvador say they want to interview lawyers from firms that worked with the firm in question. they're warning potential witnesses not to try to conceal data relating to the case it looks like being a rather long weekend for brazil's politicians. members of the impeachment commission have been holding a marathon overnight session. this is their last meeting before a likely announcement on monday which would recommend whether president dilma rousseff should be impeached on corruption allegations or not. add aim rainey reports.
>> reporter: - adam >> reporter: usually fridays and saturday see the political class evacuate the capital. not this weekend. >> normally to work on the weekends here, but this weekend in brazil it is here. >> reporter: the congressional impeachment commission dug in. on monday the commission will likely recommended the president dilma rousseff's impeachment that would send it to a vote in congress where support for her impeachment has almost reached the necessary two-thirds threshold. while congress hundred kerred down on friday-- hunkered down, protesters camped out on the street. their aim, to push for impeachment. >> translation: we need a
constitutional military intervention. there's no other option for us except the military. >> reporter: strong words in a country that only saw democracy return in 1985 after two decades of military rule. such thoughts, of course, are frightening to many poor brazilians who stand by the leftist president. >> translation: i want her to win in fight and stay until the end of her term. >> reporter: it has all the makings of an entrenched political and social battle. this square sits at the very heart of brazil's power structure. over there the congress. in front of me the supreme court and behind me the presidential palace which is hanging in the balance for president dilma rousseff because after this commission finishes its talks, her opponents could be close to pushing her from power france has published-- pope francis has published a report.
this long awaited document called the joy of love lists his views on marriage, contraception and on children. it doesn't change catholic doctrine but insists the church shouldn't criticise those who don't live up to the gospel ideals of marriage and family. djibouti's president has been reelected for a full term in office. he has ruled the east african nation for the past 17 years and his victory had been widely expected. opposition parties boycotted the vote. >> reporter: it was an election rife with tension and opposition claims of foul play. with the benefit of a strong challenger, he had an easy victory. >> translation: tonight the people have decided to entrust me with the highest authority again. i first thank the al mighty.
>> reporter: [indistinct] [technical difficulties] >> reporter: voting took off to a slow start on friday but picked up as the day progressed. the electoral commission was forced to add an hour more to voting time to accommodate voters waiting to cast their ballots. the opposition parties are angry. they were not allowed a say in the appointment of the commission. even before the vote was held, they considered elections fait accompli. >> he was already the winner. everything is done. it was decided.
>> reporter: the election was monitored by local and international observers. >> i think it's high time that they adopted it and the permission to manage all the elections and now the results and also allow for election, dispute issues. >> reporter: he has been a front runner in the elections. with a fresh five-year term he joins the league of longest serving african leaders conflict is expected to create food shortages in the coming month. four million people are expected to face crisis levels of food insecurity between now and september. a report on how farmers are learning to cope.
>> reporter: these 20 hectares are being cultivated with grit and devotion, passed from father to son. following the previous generation's way of forming is no longer an option. a cycle of drought disappointing harvests and an infestation of insects has forced this man to adapt. >> translation: no translation. >> reporter: recognising the threat facing farmers due to draught and conflict, the group practical action is assisting. he has learned the importance of diversifying the variety of crops he grows and planting in rows. he has learned to make a more effective fertilizer. this water spreading dam has helped farmers enormously. since 2004, 11 dams have been
built to control the flow of rain when it does come. farms in the area have doubled their ago cultural output. one of the flash points of the conflict is the tension between farmers and those rearing animals. this man tells us that with no rain it's getting harder for him to find pasture for his goats to graze. he says we need more roots for our livestock to pass there. when herders can't find them, they allow their animals to graze on farm land. this often triggers violence. that's why practical action is bringing two communities together to work through differences and negotiate routes for livestock. >> translation: no translation. >> i want aim to bring people together to improve the situation. >> reporter: despite the lack of
rain, he is ending this year's harvest with a better outlook because of the dam and the new techniques he has implemented. with the changing climate he now knows if his 12 children continue farming, they too will have to evolve. their livelihoods will depend on it more than 100 political prisoners have been freed by myanmar's new government in the first official act since aung san suu kyi's party took power. the group include students who were arrested last year for protesting against change in education policy. poetry slam is the active reciting of poems. it is picking up a huge following in nepali youth. >> last night you came home to me drunk and said, baby when
have i hit you? >> reporter: a poem about domestic violence. >> you said you would do me no harm. >> you said you would do me no harm. >> reporter: her friend joins in. >> is it that easy to forget last night what you said. >> reporter: they have become known for bold poem which makes people skirm on their seats >> we started in 2010, in december when there was spoken word workshop and a competition. >> we were writing poetry before the workshop, but seeing the performance affect, the words came alive and when i was on stage i remember being very nervous as well, but also feeling very liberated sort of, and then it was like a hook >> reporter: since then the two got together with other
participants and started word warriors. now spoken word poet has spread across the country and they're involved in training people. it has really captured the imagine of people here. several hundred thousands watch them online and can even mime the words. hundreds more have followed their lead to become warriors themselves. training like this is being held over the country. they get more requests for training. >> i call it being poetry struck. we see that happen to people, to younger kids that are just eyes light up. it's like we've seen people who are, like, really shy or are not kind of awkward, but they go on stage and it's sort of like a validation that you get when you're telling your own story on stage that empowers you in certain sense.
>> reporter: that sense of empowerment can be seen in the poems. in this one they raise the issue of women's right to pass on citizenship to their children. they ask if children are not nepail, then why aren't they nepa likes. and the crowd cheer on. l, then why aren't they nepa likes. and the crowd cheer on. i, then why aren't they nepa likes. and the crowd cheer on. velshi. "on target" tonight. addiction in america. better tactics for fighting a new war on drugs. how cities and states are battling the latest heroin epidemics and dealing with a brand-new class of synthetic drugs. all week long al jazeera america is showcasing a selection of your stories. they're some of the most important issues we've covered on this channel for you. among the most urgent and disturbing topics i've devoted time to addressing on this show