u.s. backed forces bombard islamic states the last stronghold in syria people are fleeing the area including the wives of the fighters some of whom remain loyal to the so-called caliphate. venezuela's self-proclaimed leader says that he will ask of the national assembly to the state of emergency it comes after call for u.s. intervention. today the sickroom. and ethiopian airlines plane with one hundred fifty seven people on board crashes minutes after taking off from addis ababa there
are no survivors. are broadcasting live direct from. our u.s. backed fighters in syria have resumed their assault against in the last to area held by islamic state to terrorists fighting is now raging in the area a spokesperson for the kurdish led his syrian democratic forces says the battle is almost over. the troops began an offensive at six pm local time at planes targeted the terrorists' weapons depos there is fierce fighting on the outskirts of the camp a force is now ready to finish what is left of eisel off the village of has been a focal point of the syrian democratic forces for all says otherwise comments. have a look at but who's right there near the border with iraq we didn't really hear
about it in the course of syria's civil war misery now's the time it is really being called the last remaining eyelet of territory in syria. indeed we've seen crowds of escaping civilians and even jihad as who did choose to surrender the current say they want to make sure all innocent people make it out of booze before the guns go off just a short while ago though donald trump was bragging about his army and allies crushing islamic state completely we just took over you know you kept hearing it was ninety percent ninety two percent the caliphate in syria now it's one hundred percent we just took over ever since then however we've kept hearing absolutely
different takes from those who are actually responsible for what's happening on the ground the head of u.s. central command is sure i still hasn't surrendered he's confident it's not been defeated instead the terrorists after some tactical thinking have chosen to lay low and wait for the right time to make a comeback reduction of the physical caliphate is a monumental military accomplishment but the fight against isis and violent extremism is far from over we have won against isis now we've won and at least for now president trumps proud announcement that the american soldiers were pulling out makes less and less sense the pullout would have definitely scored mr trump some valuable political points but nothing seems to be certain here especially with this but google's thorn in the side you could in that vacuum see a resurgence. nice to see a resurgence you know or we're doing out we'll come back if we have to anyway
whatever happens next depends on what ignites and this small but vital strip of land known as booze well as general votel testified in congress recently and he said that. yes this is the end of the territorial state which is very important but it is not by any means the end devices there are a lot of fighters that have gone to ground and that have farms we believe that farms sleeper cells which are going to activate in the you know ed at some future date trying to later clarify that this is the territorial state and that's why he's reversed his opinion on u.s. troops remaining in syria you know there's a there's one hundred ways to count troops and that may not include a lot of the regular soldiers perhaps national forces obviously advisers diplomats and an aid organization so there's likely to be
a lot more americans there there's going to still be a lot of isis trouble and we're seeing bomb attacks being carried out in iraq on a weekly basis and there have been isis attacks in northern syria as well so isis is far from over and. whatever claims about this the president is making are misleading. many of those who escaped the fighting in bugaboos have been put up in a refugee camp there they're facing new threats with shortages of food and medicine . so i had thought i was in lattakia i didn't leave to join isis i love seeking jihad for god because we are almost there we have verses about jihad and have left islamic state but as disturbed of the regime it had the right approach.
the conditions are definitely dire in the count the problem is nobody was expecting these kinds of numbers so it has been overwhelming and it hasn't stopped. the political divide in venezuela is deepening with rival crowds filling the streets of caracas throughout the weekend opposition leader. addressed his supporters calling on foreign powers to bring down the majority. say the solution is intervention.
demanding a trade to fabricated this whole show claiming the military would join them but there is only one answer yes to loyalty to be true it. is a clone. and a criminal. after a very tense week opposition supporters are back on the streets to protest against the government of nikko last month europe they called was may but why don't monday after rejoining an international tour don't heat up the already tense climate at the moment the whole capital is powerless one of the i'm protesting because i want a different government there is no electricity no water new food the government should step down there but you know i am here to defend the democratic choice of our people when you voted for nicolas maduro as our president under the constitution he is the only president unlike one why don't you chose and proclaim to yourself it is a coup and a violation of our democracy and freedom. one white oh who declared himself interim
leader in january says he will ask the country's national assembly to declare a state of emergency it comes on the fourth day of a national national blackout crocker's calls the outage an act of sabotage by the u.s. but the opposition says the government is actually to blame some though i had very different ideas about what caused it u.s. senator marco rubio a staunch advocate of removing woodrow tweeted that who because of the power outage was a transformer explosion at a german down but as it turns out there's no such thing in venezuela ocean at the german state coast another massive blackout. senator marco rubio an important transformer exploded in believer and vats in parts again collapse the venezuelan electric system however it was not in a dam much less german my name is again mon dum i'm one of the journalists who publish the information washington insists that nicolas maduro is no longer the
leader of venezuela the u.s. state department went so far as to berate journalists who fail to accept that view . we have noticed in news coverage that some outlets are incorrectly referring to one white go as the opposition leader or the south proclaimed president neither is corrects relying on venezuela's constitution one guy joe became interim president of venezuela on january twenty third millions of americans and more than fifty countries recognize why go as interim president of venezuela to get this straight you're complaining because it means that words are part of the by the title you'll think he made a complaint pointing out just trying to correct all that's all it's like a complaint to me in that sense can we he is he's the is the interim president well and we don't want to consider him to be the interim president but as you say fifty other countries outside including recognize him as the interim president but
they're all more than a hundred ninety members of the united nations so they're fifty countries is not even close to half it's the time to act in support of democracy and some news coverage of calling them the legitimate leader the president is going to intelligent more functional but we don't want to feed into the rhetoric of of the current dictator. the trumpet ministration introduced new measures against venezuela this week blacklisting officials and threatening sanctions against countries that support nicolas maduro by gazi of comments now on the sanctions and how they fit into washington's broader policy objectives the united states is exceptional literally thou owned by different rules to you and me of the nations states groups you see they have the right to decide who rules
where like in venezuela they decide who is a dictator and who isn't they decide which dictators rule and which don't now and state supports any number of dictators who are only human rights including the leaders of egypt saudi arabia the u.a.e. do you not see that the united states support for other brutal dictators around the world undermines the credibility of the argument you're making no i don't think it does make it separate and i think work in this administration we're not afraid to use the phrase monroe doctrine. it's an odd chaotic nineteenth century policy that basically says no nation in the americas may be colonized by europeans out of bounds for europeans and everyone not from the americas a little later teddy roosevelt twisted this policy turned it inside out instead of protecting american nations the us now toppled governments that didn't
like their now they've twisted it again now they think they can do this everywhere all over the world a nasal era and a bill that legitimizes us meddling there terry quire threat assessment a strategy to counter russian influence in venezuela. in effect they're trying to justify meddling in venezuela pagi because it's too friendly with russia and saying no not that then is asked for it not even america's champ there but you don't see broad support for i believe that there is respectful participation of russia in regards to watching the fate of our country but the same goes for other countries that are paying attention here america knows better in syria half the world away it's the same story in syria the united states where used to plumb us in work with
our partners to expel every last iranian brute and work through the un a process to bring peace and stability to the long suffering syrian people for the life of me i don't remember syrians are asking the united states to get rid of iranians but america knows better africa too many chinese there thinks washington up to no good. opaque agreements and the strategic use of debt to hold states in africa captive to beijing's wishes and demands goes without saying it wasn't the africans who asked for this in fact according to the latest gallup poll most africans approve of chinese investment plans leadership in africa but the united states knows better you know why because it's special exceptional better than you or me officially
our mission is to reassert our sovereignty reform the liberal international order this is a unique exceptional country. imagine mr monreal would turn in his grave if he could see what is but nine policy protecting the weak from european colonisers what that has been turned into a license. to kill to meddle to topple governments and politically but continents oh you've got to be special all right we have all sorts of recent cases libya syria iraq where u.s. intervention has essentially obliterated any possibility of democracy but this is true throughout the decades that the united states has meddled in the affairs of latin america overthrowing one democratically elected government after another whether in one thousand nine hundred eighty four with arbenz or the interventions
that he carried out in the one nine hundred eighty s. supporting brutal military regimes in countries like el salvador although venezuela is in the vise the moment cuba nicaragua are also mentioned by figures like bolton in the same breath this is clearly a concerted effort to bring latin american countries once again under the iron control. anything o.p.m. airlines plane has crashed killing all those onboard that tragedy after the break to watch our international.
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welcome back this is our team international an ethiopian airlines plane has crashed killing all one hundred fifty seven people on board it was heading from baba to nairobi the victims include thirty five foreign nationals and one thousand staff from my colleague unit o'neill. ethiopian airlines is reporting is that the c.e.o. has arrived on the crash site and he confirms personally that there are no survivors in the majority being from kenya canada and the e.u. now this was one of ethiopian airlines regularly scheduled flights although the plane crashed only six minutes after takeoff it took emergency services two whole hours to get to the site now this is especially shocking because reports were saying that it only crashed about fifty kilometers south of the takeoff zone at the airport one witness even told the b.b.c.
that the result of this delay was because the fire was so strong that people were unable to approach the plane on the crash site the office of the ethiopian prime minister already reacted to this on twitter they said that they give their condolences to the families of those who lost their lives on this plane the big question is of course the cole is what happened to it do we have any kind of going to be investigation of course but but early stages of why this happened yet well that's another surprising detail hours later and we still have no details available as to what caused this crash in the first place it's one of the newest model so that's another aspect we have to bring in here it's actually called the boeing seven thirty seven max and it's a new addition to the theo be in fleet only from back in july of last year and a lot of people are drawing parallels to the plane crash that occurred last year in indonesia with lion airs model of the same plane the boeing boeing seven thirty seven max and just to give you a couple details about that it was
a very similar situation the plane crashed in indonesia only several minutes after taking off and over one hundred eighty passengers were killed now boeing also reacted to that and to this situation back event last year boeing issued a warning year later about this model of aircraft saying that the seven thirty seven max might have a tendency to do a nosedive against the will of the pilot of the plane. and during airplanes actually also responded on twitter to this specific crash saying that the company is aware of the accident and they're closely monitoring the situation. thousands of members of the french capital's algerian community have rallied against the president of algeria as reelection bid which is the second weekend in a row of such demonstrations other french cities saw similar protests including marsay and bordeaux during president. has been
power for twenty years but he has rarely been seen in public since he suffered a stroke in two thousand and thirteen sunday's protest as. for young people in the u.k. taking a trip across the pond is becoming less of an attraction with many blaming donald trump for making the united states on cool artie's point boyko decided to find out more. the transatlantic road trip they used to be most students dream holiday things like route sixty six or recreating the journeys of the beatniks from the road or feminist fugitives like louis s. but according to the u.k.'s biggest youth travel operator the kids of today no longer consider the us a cool destination backpacking trips and holidays over to america are down twenty three percent from the start of the year and the travel operators are blaming it on something called the trump slump they say that socially
conscious millennial is an generation's e is a shining america because that perch off by none other than the president himself would you shun would you shun the trip to the u.s. because of trouble yeah i can understand why people think so would you very old today would it be kind of top of your list of where you want to go not specially with all the poses going on and so. it's not like i don't know yeah i'd prefer to go somewhere but. would you want to go to america or just donald trump but you know. so you know all that i'll go america which you. do you go to church you have the opportunity to go to america you still go yeah yeah like i wouldn't care about. i mean i i don't like what he does but like i'd like to go but it's probably not to my listening i think that for a holiday that is very different going to the. migration and everything i do think
i would choose to live i think that's been going on it's quite time and i think i want to but then again you know with the whole thing like that stuff if i were to grade them every day that i had passed and if anything here to say it was you know coming to do you carry because of political situations that really should have an impact on people choosing a whole day this nation so it's still still travel. i don't know about in denver colorado where we're from but i can tell you i don't like don't much if you want from the u.s. would you go to the u.s. on holiday probably not really well i don't know. i probably just want to stay here where where i know what's going on where there's no kids. don't come to america. dolled up adolf hitler wearing lipstick and long eyelashes has been spotted in madrid and barcelona on the side of a bus is part of a campaign by
a conservative catholics who are unhappy about spanish laws on gender violence which they claim discriminate against men the bus tour and several other spanish cities in the run up to international women's day on friday the campaign was organized under the hashtag stop feminazi s which is how the organizers refer to certain types of feminist spokes person explain why. laws are really very. very very bottom also because lee discriminate the men from women in the penalty also the pinnacle discriminate also in the presence of innocence it's breaking and a symbol of equality that is in our constitution what we are asking is for already . a quality but they are asking for supremacism a not a giant way. the campaign is seeking a repeal of a two thousand and four law on gender violence under which special courts and
rehabilitation centers were created to protect women at risk people on twitter have bitten back coming up with a few of their own alternative bus slogans accusing the campaign of being behind the times body confidence advocate joanne b.m.r. alice of thinks the hitler bus has failed to get its point across. has me think it's quite hard to take a group an organization seriously when they use that has inflicted so much pain or many people so it's quite hard to just read the picture understand what the organizations trying to depict and i don't think he's the right person to ease the basic this campaign specially what they're trying to do that i don't need really that recurrent do you think is a bit of an insult to women especially because of what he was about and what he thought about women in particular and the stammer and trying to do it and now i do agree that something needs to be done and but again senate violence against. men and women domestic violence insulting to men directly does it from
a more of the weekly a. i think it's gone into a nihilistic fever that's why i think it. out the traveling across america to find what makes america the charlatans the genius. especially american hero this is a point which element is done so we always are on the current system. we're starting with is going to headed east into the swamp we're going into the belly of the b. i think i want to leave now doesn't get him oregon. it may be completely different but end of this. scale during the great depression which i'm
old enough to remember there was most of my family were employed. there wasn't it was bit much worse objectively than today but there was an expectation of the things were going to get better. there was a real sense of hopefulness there isn't today today's america was shaped by the turn principles of concentration of wealth and power. reduced democracy attack solo down engineer elections manufacture consent and other principles according to no i'm tomes to one set of rules for the rich opposite. that's what happens when you put her into the. narrows of wilf which is dedicated to increasing power for chills just as you'd expect one of the most influential intellectuals of our time speaks about the modern civilization of