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donald trump makes good on his promise signing an order imposing stiff tariffs on imported steel and. united in a global fight for equality women across the world hold rallies to mark international women's day. and saving the coastline of cancun the host of the world ocean summit steps up its own environmental efforts. we begin with a potential breakthrough in relations between the united states and north korea donald trump says he will meet kim jong il within the next two months a south korean delegation meeting with trump at the white house delivered pyongyang's invitation to the u.s. president the north korean leader also agreed to stop nuclear and missile testing from now the upcoming meeting comes after weeks of diplomacy between seoul and north korea. he expressed this that even if we meet the president from that soon
as possible. president trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet. my maid to achieve prominent the duplo dietician well we have reporters following the story in china the u.s. and south korea shortly will go to adrian brown in beijing and she had the chance in washington but first rob mcbride joins us live from pyongyang rob so how significant was this announcement by the south korean national security adviser and what's been the response there in south korea. for south korea heads aren't trying to absolve this as everybody else things unfolding as quickly as they have in particular what form this meeting will take it was always assumed that there would be all kinds of preconditions before the leaders of north korea in the united states would meet how they set any preconditions it doesn't seem they've had
time to or will this simply be a meeting to start the whole process it remains to be seen but as far as south korea is concerned they will certainly regard this potentially as a breakthrough and also give credit i think to monday in the president of south korea it was after all his diplomatically this year to have his engagement with north korea that seems to have enabled all of this it was started almost as an act of desperation fearing some sort of unilateral military action by the united states against north korea in frustration at the nuclear buildup by north korea. in gauged with the north koreans as we know it led to the diplomatic mission north the agreement and now we have come to this the moon is already stated all along of course that he does not want to see war on the korean peninsula people are also here in south korea commenting on how kim jong un the leader of north korea has
come out of all of this and also his diplomatic skills who would have thought you would say the name kim and diplomatic skills in the same sentence it does seem as though a lot of this has been driven by his actions that it was kim that at the start of this year in his new year address talked about a reset talked about closer relations as was kim who used the opportunity of the winter olympics to send a delegation here and see this build up of goodwill at the same time though there are many conservatives more hawkish figures here in south korea who would caution that this is all the routes by north korea a way of delaying time to protect what it has built up in terms of its missiles and nuclear capability so rob just talk us through then what's likely to happen before this meeting in may because there are still many hurdles to cross. absolutely and it will be a calendar that is full of meetings of course at the end of april you have the
summit between the leaders of south korea and north korea moon j.n. is due to meet with kim jong un at the truce village in panmunjom that we thought was going to be the most exciting thing that we were going to be seeing here in the spring on the korean peninsula and now we course we have the potential of the meeting between between trump and kim himself it really remains to be seen daryn just what kind of preconditions have been set before these talks will take place as i said it was always assumed that there would have to be all sorts of ground rules set but then at the same time it does seem to be in the kind of style of the trumpet ministration just to say yes let's just do it let's just shake hands at least and see where we go from here and maybe given the intractability of the problems of the korean peninsula it needs something like that to kick start the whole process or it's a road macbride there in pyongyang rob thank you let's cross over now to washington d.c.
and talk to show how britain should have an extraordinary announcement i mean how's it been received there in the u.s. and in washington in particular. well i can give you the official announcement and reaction from the white house we have a statement from sarah huckabee saunders' the press secretary president trying greatly appreciate the nice words of the south korean delegation president moon he will accept the invitation to meet with kim jong moon at a place and time to be determined we look forward to the denuclearization of north korea in the meantime all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain and that is how the white house is presenting this this is a direct result not of clearly a great deal of work on the part of the south korean administration and a great deal of very deft diplomacy as a go between between kim jong un and as we can see actually in the statement that was made outside the white house in really flattering donald trump as well and trying to get him to this position as far as the white house is going so this is all a direct benefit from donald trump really who's driving all of this whether this is
so it's difficult to say so that's one part part of the equation we know the general mcmaster the national security adviser to the white house will now be briefing the u.n. security council on monday this is they're being presented as a great victory for the trump approach at least from donald trump and the press secretary statement for the moment many people though she had remain skeptical about north korea's intentions is that a danger that president trump is being played here. and. saying that you know there's just no discussions going on on the other side of the world that something happening here the commentary out is out in full force many former government officials especially saying this just isn't how things are done there isn't enough time you can't just do this is giving a huge p.r. coup to kim jong un and so on but of course the trumpet ministration is perfectly within its rights to say yes but you all failed to bring peace to the korean peninsula let's try it my way i don't trump has always made it clear that he would
be the point man for any proper negotiations and he's serious negotiations with north korea having said that there are real problems for the administration because of their personnel shortages there isn't a point man at the state department on north korea he retired just last week i think it was there is no ambassador u.s. ambassador to south korea and there isn't even actually anyone confirmed at the state department overseeing east asian policy in the state department so they do have big gaps but don't trump and his administration does things that way. thank you discourse about brownies in the chinese capital beijing extraordinary how is it likely to be seen in china any response yet. well it is being reported in the state media here in china i would imagine that during the day we'll get a more substantial response from a government official but certainly as of yesterday china's foreign minister wang
ye was making it very plain that china wanted the united states and north korea to hold talks as soon as possible he said that china had and would remain unremitting in its efforts to try to bring about peace on the korean peninsula to bring stability and of course denuclearization but he wouldn't define what sort of role he saw china playing in the future now i think china will want to take credit for the breakthrough we're seeing right now because jury in the winter games that the united states desisted from carrying out military exercises there were no missile launches by north korea and that is precisely what china had been calling for its so-called suspension for suspension strategy but i also think there's potentially bad news for china because remember kim jong un is going to meet president trump before he meets you know she jinping the president of china remember china and north korea are supposed to be ideological allies that's clearly no longer the case
i think china will be hoping that possibly if there are to be talks them perhaps you know china could be a venue for those talks it's not too far for the north korean leader to go remember he hasn't traveled outside of north korea since he became leader of north korea more than six years ago and china in the past has always offered china as a venue for such talks. thank you. well let's take a closer look now at north korea's nuclear program since kim jong un took power in two thousand and eleven heeds his first nuclear test which took place underground was in february twenty eighth seen two years later north korea claimed to have tested a submarine launched missile and john returned to sixteen pyongyang announced it had successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb it also continued to make strides in its ballistic missile program but a few months later north korea tested its fifth nuclear weapon calling it a nuclear warhead explosion test and last year north korea announced it had successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto
a long range missile well let's talk to joshua pollack he's a senior research associate at middlebury institute of international studies at monterey and editor of the non proliferation review joins us via skype from washington d.c. joshua how significant is this announcement was this something that donald trump pulled off or is it being played by the north koreans it's impossible to say at this point i mean i would give most of the credit to south korean president even jay and. he has made this happen it is he's envoy when he's gone between the capitals you know for motion of the plot was effectively cutting out the u.s. state department. coming out everyone you know my only discomfort here you know serving this is to all we have. committing in which koreans to this is so are the words of the south korean national security adviser is the only
one is true of any substance on the outcome of these meetings north koreans have barely made a peep and you have to say that the pace of events since the winter olympics in pyong china has been dizzying to say the least is there a sense that the south korean president's strategy of engagement with the north is now paying off. it's a big gamble i think it's too soon to say if it's paid off or not there's a long way to go a lot of things could derail it i don't i don't mean to sound overly pessimistic but but. you know we have seen the persians this before none that have come to this point but they all do seem to get derailed at some point let me ask you what about regional player as like china like japan presumably they would say this is good news. well the chinese will be been urging this course of action on the north koreans for
a long time and on the americans so they don't they will take a great deal of satisfaction from these developments so although i can't read the mind of xi jinping i would have to imagine there's some trepidation as well just given. the highly personal istic style of president trump you never know what he's going to do next. and then the japanese i think it's a very different picture i see they were cut out of the loop they didn't know what was going on and. i suggest maybe concerns then that the americans are now breaking ranks with them. so bill day will certainly express themselves on this subject in the suitably diplomatic manner but i have it seems that. they are certainly experiencing some anxiety right now just a public thanks for talking to us to sarah. all right lots of also to come here on the news hour including signed and sealed the deal done by pacific trading partners
without the u.s. president plus. the use of a nerve agent a new case is a brazen and reckless new evidence uncovered of the type of poison used to try and kill a russian double agent and his daughter. and in sport serena's return the tennis legend prepares to take to the court for a comeback after giving birth joe behave a little bit late. all right some more white house news now donald trump has imposed controversial tariffs on steel and aluminum imports despite warnings of a potential trade war foreign imports of steel will now be charged twenty five percent and alimony i'm at ten percent they'll take effect in just over two weeks time will trump says neighbors mexico and canada are temporarily exempt from the new rules with a more on this let's go to john henry's live for us from washington d.c.
john there's been lots of international criticism over these towers what's been the reaction in the u.s. . well steel workers loved it and that may explain why president trump was surrounded by steel workers as he made this announcement they know there will be more work in their industry in granite city illinois new plant a u.s. steel plant that had been closed for over two years plans on reopening and hiring hundreds of workers so of course they love this but it is hated by most every other industry in the u.s. particularly those that use metal in their products ninety percent of the steel in the u.s. is imported from other countries so we're talking about companies that make things like beer and guns so iconic american products it is not so much hated by canada and mexico as you mention they of course will be exempt from this but they trade partnership a private group says thirty four thousand new jobs could be created in the metals industry but one hundred eighty thousand could be lost in other industries here in
the u.s. president trump addressed the canada and mexico angle on this this is what he had to say at the same time due to the unique nature of our relationship with canada and mexico where negotiating right now nafta and we're going to hold off the tariff for those two countries to see whether or not we're able to make the deal on nafta national security very important aspect of that deal and if we're making the deal on nafta this will figure into the deal that we won't have the tariffs on canada on mexico. in congress the answer was immediate end immediately negative democrats hated it senator dick durbin of illinois a democrat said it was like bombing a fleet senator jeff flake a republican said that he planned to offer a bill to notify these tariffs so republicans most of them are free traders hated it as well and with good reason as some of them point out the year the european
union is already talking about retaliatory tariffs on such iconic american products as levi's jeans bourbons and harley davidsons that would be the answering salvo in what could become a global trade war that's what free traders here in the u.s. and around the world are worried about john thank you for joining us by skype from ottawa is peter clarke is an international trade strategist at a geopolitical trade consultancy pizza clock so donald trump has now signed off on these tariffs this was an election pledge and trumps clearly being tough on trade why now do you think. there are a number of elections coming in and steal states and he also wants to get this done before the mid-term elections and he wants to demonstrate it will keep his promise through middle class workers and trying to says he'll hold off on imposing tariffs on canada mexico wants he negotiates
a better deal on nafta just broaden that out for us what's the thinking behind that . well he hasn't been able to negotiate the type of tougher deal that he's wanted he's trying to put pressure on canada to do this and on mexico canada and mexico are going to keep the exemption they're not going to cave in to us and then suddenly after they're just stay at the table keep doing their work and see what happens and as all reports are that john hendren was saying in washington there are wide affairs of a global trade war with the europeans already saying look they will retaliate how's that like it's a play out do you think. it's going to be a mess serious the europeans are very good at this they've invented. circular or. carousel type of retaliation they know how to do it so does canada if the if that's what it comes to the united states it's canadian steel
exports. we sell five billion dollars worth of steel to the united states every year when they sell six to us. all the experts tell us that protectionism ultimately reduces employment and increases prices for consumers i mean many analysts argue that this won't say the american jobs in the long term. and it hasn't in the past it's not likely to this time nobody wins a trade war i wouldn't advocate one we're just hoping that we'll get. more reasonable people looking at it as we go down the road to get a final thought from you trump is taking aim at china saying that the trade gap will come down in the china has been accused of dumping cheap steel how is beijing like it only up to this. they've taken an interesting approach to it there's not much chinese steel imported into the united states because a lot of it is subject to any dumping in countervailing duties so other people are
going to lose more than china but if china feels that it's being discriminated against it will respond to talk thank you you thank. well out of the trade deal that donald trump didn't want to be a part of the trans-pacific partnership been signed in chile in what's being hailed as a powerful move against protectionism the real deal will reduce terrorists for eleven countries and collect economies worth ten trillion dollars in america newman has more from santiago i believe there's an agreement that's much more than a deal to reduce tariffs in the most dynamic region of the world economy. the comprehensive and progressive transpacific partnership or t.t.p. eleven for short. field as an antidote to the increasingly protectionist policies of the united states despite the rising trend where you have. today. then we stand behind. every station. many thought the t p p was
finished after president donald trump pulled out of the deal that his predecessor barack obama believed would offset china's growing economic and geopolitical power but spurred by japan the remaining countries forged ahead regardless leaving the u.s. on the sidelines the new revised agreement includes eleven countries that together account for more than five hundred million people and word and thirteen percent of global g.d.p. with the us it would have been forty percent but other countries like taiwan south korea the philippines and even the u.k. post brecht's it could also join the pact now. but there are critics demonstrators gathered in front of the treaty venue saying that the deal was to go shaded in secret and that it will favor corporations at the expense of workers and small businesses a charge canada's commerce minister refutes it is the first trade agreement in the
world where you have a dedicated chapter on small and medium sized businesses the timing of the signing ceremony is significant just one day after the european. union and the i.m.f. want president trump against unleashing a trade war if he slaps duties on steel and aluminum imports it isn't the same thing as a turning point in the us local dealership or lack of it was present secretary is now saying the reason for the civil defense attorney joining the taking. the movers in the deal is likely to be even less to donald trump's like. stiff controls of intellectual property rights to protect the u.s. pharmaceutical industry for example have been suspended along with one thousand other conflict of measures the treaty will go into effect sixty days after six of the eleven signatories complete domestic legal procedures turning the tepee p. plus eleven into one of the world's three top trading blocks. newman
santiago. donald trump's former campaign chairman paul manifold has denied charges of bank fraud and tax crime he is due to go on trial in july and at the junior federal court for two also faces other charges in washington d.c. u.s. special counsel robert muller brought in against him as part of a wide ranging probe into russian interference in the twenty sixteen election. syrian activists have posted video showing what looks like a chlorine gas attack in eastern guta it comes after another video of what appears to be phosphorous bombs being dropped on the enclave syrian government forces are almost three weeks into a major offensive on the rebel stronghold there are now on the verge of cutting the territory into two isolated pockets you know how to report from beirut in neighboring lebanon. the assault on eastern who is intensifying pro-government forces have pushed deep inside the besieged enclave rebels are finding it increasingly difficult to hold their ground. there has been heavy shelling extreme
levels meant to help ground troops. are not spared you have got to se you over nine hundred people have been killed in nearly three weeks of what many describe as one if not the thesis military campaigns of the syrian war. medical workers reported yet another chlorine gas attack the government denied the claims and blamed what it called desperate rebels for distorting facts but videos appear to show victims struggling to breathe. and i was. most. used. not just the bombs. but me because it's like two thousand and thirteen when. the remaining aid supplies that were are floated on monday because of the shelling
we're supposed. reached the besieged population on thursday but according to the international committee of the red cross the conditions on the ground did not allow that sources have told us that the russian government and the rebel factions in eastern who are holding the gauche ations over a withdrawal it may involve. one of the main rebel factions leaving two rebel controlled territories in the southern province of daraa the other main faction men will leave to areas under the control of turkey backed rebels in the north of the country eleazer zero also understands that international humanitarian organizations are meeting to prepare for what could be a mass evacuation even though that is not what the hundreds of thousands of people in peace say they want. i swear by god i will never leave our country i'll stay here till death look at the structure around you we are
asking for in countries to help them get rid of us this is inhumane and you are killing children and displacing people you are displacing the people of your own country. that has been part of the ceasefire deals reached in the past an effective surrender rebels their families and civilians who are either afraid of arrest or who don't want to return to government areas have little choice but to leave bussed out to other rebel controlled areas that is what the pro-government alliance wants to happen in eastern huta it's the deal on the table if it's not accepted it has made it clear it will push for an all out military victory. you know the head of the u.n. children's agency says the situation in eastern guta is for children with most of those under five facing severe malnutrition. this is a extraordinarily violent time it's been a very bloody two months here the beginning of this year it is really hell on
ground for the children it is very difficult there are bombarded ments they are scared they are see death and violence of the scale that you would hope no child would see there is a lack of food and water it brings disease many of the families are crowded into small spaces and basements two dozen of the hospitals have. been destroyed and so. with the targeting of schools and hospitals that means that life as a child on the ground is very very difficult so to come or not is there including sri lanka reimpose the curfew to quell anti muslim violence as leaders one of the effects on tourism. the football world is mourning the death of a talim international footballer a story we have more and more straight. from
the neon lights of asia. to the city that never sleeps. welcome back as we take a look at the weather across southern and eastern china's all looking fine on our weather maps sunshine around hong kong look at twenty degrees nothing special temperature wise that flow coming in from the north but conditions fine for annoy vietnam but further south i think we will see some heavy showers for central parts of vietnam through the forecast some twenty four hours basically confined across much this region all of indochina generally fine isolated showers across me of all but that's really what you expect so let's head down into southeastern parts of asia for the philippines we've got a few showers but jerry weather conditions not too bad i think from the low for much of the time it should be drawing fine scattered showers across a lot of the border really heavy showers for java bally's through towards east. the more west papa has a big storms are likely in jakarta up through them we may just see the old shower
for singapore in kuala lumpur i think for much of the time it will be dry there are some showers there in the gulf of thailand so bangkok runs the risk of seeing some showers on both friday and saturday highs in human thirty degrees into south asia we still have the risk of some showers for sure lanka so colombo the outside chance of a shower but otherwise for much of india pakistan through towards bangladesh weather conditions are looking generally find plenty of sunshine and highs of thirty two in delhi. the weather sponsored by cats are in ways. they watch us. they gather evidence but so can we. and american cyber activists develops and used in brazil to monitor police. we have more cameras than they do because we're the people. bigger brother. revel beaks. this time on our jersey.
ahead of the september twenty fourth national election survey showed germans satisfied with the state of their economy this is easily estonia's biggest tech success story the company was bought by microsoft in two thousand and eleven we bring you the stories that are shaping the economic world we live in counting the cost at this time on al-jazeera. welcome back a quick recap of the top stories here on al-jazeera the u.s. president says he will meet kim jong un within the next two months after
a high level south korean delegation delivered an invitation from the north korean leader kim also pledged to stop nuclear and missile testing for now. the trouble ministration has imposed controversial tariffs on steel and aluminum imports despite warnings of a potential trade war mexico and canada will be temporarily exempt from the new levies on the gas station is continue on a regional trade deal. in the trans-pacific partnership that's been signed in chile and what's. hell is a powerful move against protectionism revamp deal with reduced towers for eleven countries and connect economies with ten trillion dollars. there are jazeera has learned that a military cargo plane from the united arab emirates breached qatari aspace on sunday the plane was flying from abu dhabi to q wait when it entered qatar yes space without authorization for seven minutes qatari fighter jets intercept the plane and tried to talk to the pilot by radio but there was no response this is not the first time the u.a.e. has breached international law by violating qatar yes space in january cast off on
the complaint with the u.n. about two other violations of its airspace and the rotty military aircraft the u.a.e. is one of four our countries which imposed a blockade on qatar last june amman cabala is director of policy analysis at the doha institute he says the breach by the u.a.e. will not get in the way of efforts to end the gulf crisis. over the past few weeks actually there has been some sort of reviving efforts in order to resolve the crisis we have seen general anthony zinni last week in the region meeting or the leaders of the consent conferees and we have also seen. the mediation also being revived amir of quiet he sent an envoy meeting all these all these leaders but most important maybe was the. start the globe in which the united states stated at the end of the day all over that it will be current teaching the security solvent and territorial integrity of got out of that was in my book might
be a very important development in the relationship between qatar and the united states has actually we don't expect much out of this sort of provocation but even if this act of a bit of a geisha and is meant to talk to be to the air force in order to. you know in these efforts to resolve the crisis i think. we don't we don't believe that that will lead anywhere. britain's home secretary amber rudd says the attack on a former russian double agent in the u.k. was an outrageous crime investigators have confirmed a rare poison was used to try to kill surrogates cripple and his daughter who were found unconscious on sunday the police officer first on the scene remained seriously ill but is now able to talk. the use of a nerve agent to a new case is a brazen and reckless act. this was attempted murder in the most cruel and public way people are right to want to know who to hold to account but
if we are to be rigorous in this investigation we must avoid speculation we are committed to doing all we can to bring the perpetrators to justice whoever they are and wherever they may be the investigation is moving at pace and this government will act without hesitation as the facts become clear in a court in the u.k. has been shown security footage of the moment a huge fireball exploded at a packed train carriage commuters can be seen fleeing the flames at passons green tube station in west london last year it was shown in the trial of suspected bomber ahmed hassan the eighteen year old denies charges of attempted murder footage shows him buying matches and batteries allegedly used to make the device which failed to fully detonate. anti muslim violence is continuing in central sri lanka despite the government imposing a curfew and deploying hundreds of soldiers to candy riots they have killed at
least two people and damaged hundreds of muslim owned businesses the police say they've arrested ten people connected to the violence including the suspected leader from candy has been a smith. the muslim business owners here don't need to take to tell them who's destroying their shops and homes. nationalist groups have again been exploiting long simmering resentment among some ethnic sinhalese who think muslims dominate the economy. this is my country i want here and i going to die here i don't know i am three long time after that. incident but i am. using social media rumors of alleged muslim wrongdoing spread fast and angry groups quickly for before the mob came through the military and the police told the muslims living here to get out so they did when they came home when it was all over
they came back to this a many of the people living here have told us that they've been left with the impression however right or wrong the security forces weren't interested in looking after their property the local police chief tells us they did everything they could . the government has sent troops imposed a curfew and cut access to social media with the coalition administration led by prime minister rana wickramasinghe is politically weak and some have accused it of not doing enough to tackle rising nationalism it's very difficult these are going to be few questions to answer because of the emotions involved it's very easy to from what it will give me that. that idea. and then and get my emotions to run riot in me maybe in the future there may be things that we can do better so. it's a topic that we have to discuss in the future. three quarters of shoreline because population is sinhalese and overwhelmingly but nationalist have promoted long held
fears that the character of the island is under threat first from british colonialism then there was a twenty six year civil war with tamils now it's muslims and they are destroying our blood the sites and we definitely cannot stand by sinhalese as blood this and watch as that is happening. one or two temples have been targeted but most victims of the violence are muslim region of candy is vital to sri lanka's multibillion dollar tourist industry but it's under curfew once again bernard smith al-jazeera candy well some take a snapshot of how people around the world have been marking international women's day these were the scenes in spain's capital madrid us thousands of women joined a twenty four hour strike it's estimated more than five million people protested calling for gender equality. a march of capital rome has been led by the actress who helped launch the hashtag need to movement asia are going to call for an end to sexual harassment and for equal opportunities for the respective agenda. and two
prominent female actors address the issue at the united nations. there has been rampant sexual harassment and abuse within our industry including myself when i was sixteen years old i was assaulted by a director. on a movie and i think. one of the things i understood it was a condition of my employment and the opportunities that i had was silence women are the more powerful sex ok. because i cannot believe the things i've heard women say they've been through and they still keep going day by day and handle their business and take care of the children and invest in their communities and stand up and make things and make things better for people around them on australia's first female foreign minister also spoke of the special you an event to honor women. we should all take the time to think how we
can over the other three hundred sixty four days of the year support and empower women and achieve gender equality. no nation can reach its potential unless it fully engage is with the skills and talents and ideas in energy of that fifty percent of its population that is female meanwhile in argentina the focus was more on legalizing abortions tens of thousands of people rallied outside the congress building in the capital as many wearing green hunka chips in support of abortion rights movement. and women in the saudi arabian city of jeddah exercise their newly acquired right to go jogging in public the conservative kingdom is one of the most restrictive countries for women in the world or minister required to have male guardians to make important decisions on their behalf. in turkey there's been a call for the release of female prisoners in syria rights groups say more than thirteen thousand women have been detained since the civil war began so the cost of
the reports. if you know a woman can warn dozens of buses carrying women activists have been under rules for two days from istanbul to hot site on the turkish syrian border the organizers of the so-called comes to school who want to remind the world of syria's forgotten women who have suffered dire conditions in syrian regime prisons and been tortured since the war began in two thousand and eleven lawyer demand musar sees the conditions violate not only international law but also syrian law absolutely no rights and a lot of times the families have some sort of idea where they are but for the most part they don't know which security branch they are imprisoned in or which prison and for many. they are forcibly disappeared which means we don't even know if they're actually detained in the prison or they have been taken hostage according
to the organizers of the cold war you more than six thousand seven hundred women are currently in jail at these five hundred thousand people have lost their lives in syria during the seven year conflict the british based syrian observatory for human rights says more than nine thousand were women and at least ten thousand were children thirty one year old nurul who jersey was tortured for several weeks the police in the mask has arrested her because she was an activist in two thousand and twelve she is one of the convoys leaders friend and thought of the the. i haven't repeatedly beaten during interrogations they did everything including electrocution they also humiliated us and tortured us the worst moment was when i officer ordered other soldiers to rape me if i don't talk for me there was always the threat before some other girls they were so lucky. women in this convoy are
from different religious and ethnic groups they aim to create international awareness about the violations and crimes committed against the women in syrian prisons it is the least they can do on an international women's day for them and for their children no one here is expecting president bashar assad to be watching but what they are demanding is that the international community puts more pressure on his government to act at the doorstep of syria these women call out to those in prison beyond the border we are coming to save you see. i'll just zero stumble well actually proud as a board member of republican women for progress she says the rise of such a mistake abuse in politics is worrying. we have president trump in there who makes comments about women pretty much regularly which i'm not very appreciative of and that was the rhetoric that was used on the campaign trail which i think has been
empowering a lot of women to consider running for political office because they've done more engaged more active in the sense that they feel as though they should be more represented there should be more women running for political office whether it be in your local school district or whether it be in the house and senate and i think that those are very important conversations for us to be having as woman for us to be lifting each other up and to be empowering one another to say we can do this and we can come together and we can really take on what has traditionally been a male dominated industry which is the political industry we're seeing you know a lot of women come forward and say this is not ok we can't be silent anymore it's not ok for us to be treated this way and there are many women some of my friends included including myself who have experienced this in the workplace there's harassment there's abuse there's all levels of it and at one point you have to say enough is enough and to start making a change as a society and this is become now a worldwide movement where of course you know some of us here in the united states
are obviously very fortunate and other women in other countries are not as fortunate and they suffer and experience human rights abuses that are absolutely atrocious so i think the me too movement being brought in is certainly something that will help empower women as a whole all across the world and all of this government has agreed to hold a referendum on whether to overturn a constitutional ban on abortion the vote six take place in may the current terminations are only allowed if the mother's life is at risk the maximum penalty full accessing the legal abortion is forty two years in prison and is steadily changing the rules rooted in toughening doctrine including a twenty fifteen referendum legalizing same sex marriage. to the school break going to come back with out of the school the defending women's football world champions get their hands on another trophy in the state with us.
welcome back now political business and a comment the leaders from around the globe are in mexico for the world ocean summit and they're trying to find ways to use maritime resources sustainably but as john holdren reports the location of the meeting itself is a cautionary tale of financial gains trumping and viral mental concerns. for the delegates gathering to discuss how best to save the seas in the world ocean summit is a textbook example of what not to do in the very town that they flew into cancun it
attracted seven million international visitors just last year but financial success has meant abandoning the principles of sustainability that the summit is trying hard to promote. also changing the way the territory west conformed into a touristic area really brought lots of problems because for example we started to lose these natural barriers for the natural disasters not only the coral reefs but also the mangroves and what do you do this transformation you cannot go back easily . mangroves have been ripped out to make way for development it reflects a global trend more than thirty percent of the unique trees crucial for storing carbon dioxide have been destroyed worldwide cancun's lagoon and seas have been polluted that together with global warming has damaged the mess where american reefs the largest in the western hemisphere worldwide over three quarters of reefs
are under threat cancun is like holding up a mirror to the world or what happens when urban development and tourism explode largely unrestricted by authorities it might look good for now but environmentalist say that here and elsewhere time is running out. but just as globally here there's a local fight back going on this project is one of several farming coral to replenish the damaged reef one piece at a time it's the key to the ocean ecosystem that's had a sea face recent corals generates so many habitats for fish. it's as if they were an all races in the desert warfare or fishing corporate is working with authorities and n.g.o.s are enforcing no cuts sones the fishermen themselves monitor the protected areas and have seen biomass go up by more than four hundred percent though this is a work order if we didn't do this now we'd only be thinking a short little be here now would disappear are fairly wealthy but the state
government long lacks in holding hotel isn't developers to account says it's also now on board you know you can put on these so there is a serious commitment from the government to focus on the environment because. he recognizes that tourism attends only natural resources if we exhaust them tourism and spanish to. just words for now but it's a local vision in line with the yangs of this global summit united effort of business leaders conservationists and government before it's too late john holmes now does it a coup nearly a million people are without power after a heavy dumping of snow in the northeast of the united states it's the second storm to hit the east coast in less than a week more than eight hundred thousand people and during widespread electricity cuts some of been without power now for almost a week heavy snow and icy roads of four state officials to close schools canceled or delayed thousands of flights across the region time for the sport now his job.
thanks very much north and south korea will march separately friday's opening ceremony for the winter paralympics north korea we making its games debut in china but the respective teams have opted not to replicate the joint procession seen last month lympics the north korea taking part a toll if still being viewed as a major step forward rob mcbride reports. a build up event to boost support for the paralympics games that often struggle in the shadow of the more popular olympics they follow but amid the olympic goodwill generated between north and south korea these winter paralympics have an added political dimension. to the north and south of one nation and we should be united one day i see it as a positive move as a korean national. just as we saw a very successful winter olympics i believe we will see another equally successful paralympics. south korea's parent being joined by
a small team from north korea. a chance to help closer relations while supporting the development of schools for athletes with disabilities. the conditions for paralympics in the north is hard we want to help develop the sports and we hope that these paralympics can play a positive role in reunification with the men's pair ice hockey team is one of south korea's medal hopes the subject of a feature length documentary released to coincide with the games. lots of people look at us with pity but we hope they just see us as athletes. and also inspirational role models overcoming challenges and adversity. one of the team members is a defector from north korea now wearing south korean colors choi one calc how does
leg. when he fell from the train he'd been clinging to. there are some people who wish for and some who don't i personally want i wish all those who were hurt because of the division can be healed so now. the games organizers say ticket sales all beating expectations pointing to increased interest in spite of the hype it took time for south koreans to get behind their winter olympics one day no one it seems was more enthusiastic the hope is that same action will now carry through to support the paralympics. and if they help north-south relations say the games supporters koreans will be the winners even before the first medals have been awarded rob mcbride al-jazeera south korea three now williams thanked her return to competitive singles action later this the say six
months on from giving birth the former world number one is taking part in the indian wells tournament in california williams played in an exhibition event earlier this week in preparation for her first tour event since winning the two thousand and seventeen australian open the thirty six year old will take on zareen a d f o has it event will also see the comeback of victoria the rank. oh it's great to see them back to. go on for different reasons but you know obviously having the best. woman says her ever come back and play on tour something that is very special some very happy to see serene about going to be exciting to see. you know what she's going to come up with over the next few weeks and months. maria hsia already out of the eventually was beaten in straight sets by near soccer of japan sharpe over was also beaten in the first round at her last tournament appearance indo. the world of football has been remembering the life and career for
italian player david a a story that here in t.n. a captain died on sunday at the age of thirty one thanks a story's funeral has taken place in florence with representatives of every top level italian club in attendance count fourteen times by as country he died of a suspected cardiac arrest just hours before fiorentina was set to play a league match against modern navy. also have ease the pressure on their under fire boss arsene wenger the gunners beat ac milan away in the first leg of their last sixteen euro please tie goals from henrik me tyrion and aaron ramsey sealed the two know when it is a run of four straight losses winning the competition would guarantee champions league qualification for arsenal who were down in sixth in the e.p.l. the worst the campaign of bangas twenty two year reign elsewhere let's go brigid beat lokomotiv moscow three nil but there was
a big upset for bruce who dortmund who lost at home and will face a tough away tie to celts book a good night two for the french teams in action as lille beat c.s.k. moscow marsay have beaten the. defending women's world champions the usa have beaten england in the final game of the she believes cup of the fourteen torment also included france and germany this national lando was decided by an own goal from england's believe right it's the second time the u.s. have won this title all the sides of building up to next year's world cup in france . sebastian vettel in for aria gaining momentum ahead of the new f one season which begins with the australian grand prix later this month the four time world champion set an unofficial track record in testing at barcelona's circuit of catalonia earlier vettel smashed daniel ricardo's lap time from wednesday by nearly a second there's just one day of practice left for the team. and i thought sport for now more later so thank you very much not all traditions and modern technology
collide at this year's festival in taiwan creations from six asian cities are on display at the event which attracts millions of visitors from around the world for reports. rising up the night sky this year's sky lantern festival theme is a celebration of the chinese zodiac year of the dog the main display lantern a child from the local soup tribe with a taiwanese dog to wish everyone a prosperous year ahead. of the festival dates back to the tenderness fourteen hundred years ago back in the tradition marked the end of the lunar new year break when students return to school with lanterns to be left out by the teaches as a symbol of a brighter future while. the festival features tech inspired elements that allow for more visitor interaction the smartphone app helps with festival navigation and provides displaying information along with the details of their design concept.
digital temple lanterns can be lit for good fortune or digital lanterns can be released into a virtual sky. but the traditional style lantern is still being kept alive first invented by a military strategist in china around eight hundred years ago it was brought to taiwan by immigrants and at one time mine is in ping c. use the lanterns to warn of bandits seventy one year old lingual he wants to attract tourists with his craft following in his father's footsteps he's been making sky lantern's the old fashioned way for almost thirty years tells law if we don't pass on our traditions many of those cultural heritage and doubts will be forgotten this is what keeps me going. lynches historical stories and shows visitors how to float the creations written hope how well love and success slowly rising. with kerosene so rice paper is expected
to last a year but as technology changes learn hopes his ancient craft last a lifetime. go for al-jazeera or a lawsuit from a darren jordan for this news agenda is up next with more of the day's news stay with us here now to zero but. the scene for us where on line what is a very stand in yemen that peace is always possible but it never happens not because the situation is complicated but because no one cares or if you join us on sat there are people there are choosing between buying medication and eating this is a dialogue i want to get in one more comment because this is someone who is an activist and has posted a story join the global conversation at this time on al-jazeera. the
nature is news as it breaks it's estimated ten million children of school age are still roaming the streets of baghdad with details coverage children what i'm off base and number of serious problems from chronic child malnutrition to a stream poverty from around the world should one is last us lawsuit in two thousand and ten by then he'd spent more than twenty million dollars in legal fees . for a man he's decided to break with tradition and train to sail competitively we're not that we want to present a positive image and change this here is typical expectation of women for them it's about more than just racing yachts you can still be good i'm only a woman and also a very talented sailor going off around the world showing everybody how strong armani people are al-jazeera world meets the first female same crew in the gulf sailing stop at this time on al-jazeera bigger and potentially more dangerous
that's the best way to describe what's happening with the smoking alternative known as favorite i enjoy the taste of it and the harmful effects of what smoking does between two thousand and thirteen in two thousand and fourteen alone we start tripling in use among us high school students and head to head comparison ysaye versus conventional cigarette which one do you think has helped my opinion i think they're both dangerous take no at this time and else is there. the u.s. president except an invitation to meet north korean leader kim jong un within the next two months. and i'm jane duck and this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up president donald trump.