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>> reporter: they know >> reporter: they want their allies to speak out, the ongoing bombardment is not only causing bloodshed in syria, it risks
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destroying these talks japan says that it will destroy a north korean missile if it falls on its territory after pyongyang says it is launching a space rocket this month. the launch is expected to be a missile test. abe says he will collaborate to demand that north korea not proceed with the launch. >> translation: when north korea says it will launch a satellite, it means a ballistic missile. in addition to the nuclear tests, north korea testing these missiles is an obvious violation of security council decisions. in terms of important security decisions for our country, it is a provocative act some analysis from our correspondent. what should we make of abe's comments? >> reporter: they're fairly strong, but they are the sorts
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of things that japanese leaders have said before during these periods when north korea has announced that it is about to launch a missile or a rocket, depending on whose definition you care to choose. abe is saying this would be a grave provocation towards japan's security, saying it's in direct contra vention of u.n. resolutions and they have been put on alert, the anti missile system that is run, they will be set off japan's west coast. japan is saying if any of the parts of in missile, or the rocket as they came down, the various stages threaten japanese territory, they will shoot them down if necessary. this is very different from the 2009 launch which actually went directly over japan and then
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ended up in the pacific ocean. this is more like it seems what happened in 2012 when the rocket went directly south from the western launch site in north korea and so it should fall, the first stage to the west, of south korea, the second stage to the north-east of the philippines. japan is saying if it does threaten its territory it reserves the right to try and shoot it down what's the reaction there in south korea today? >> reporter: well, obviously, this news came through late last night in south korea that north korea was planning this launch, all indications were that it would be happening. there were various satellite imagery that had been taken that led analysts to believe a launch was in the offing. there was a meeting of the u.n. council here and the defense minister has come out to the media and saying it is a grave escalation of the intentions
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here. a strong response from south korea. all attempts though to try and divert this from happening i think look just as doomed. as usual north korea has made this public announcement that it intends to go ahead. what we have is a government which is now publicly considering the deployment on its territory of an anti missile system called thaad, a system which china very much opposes. there's much more talk about the consideration that south korea is giving to this and that's a way of not just signalling north korea back-up also signalling-- but also china a. it seems to have indicated it is ready to do so far this year, since that fourth nuclear test on 6 january thank you for that. myanmar's parliamentary's upper house has convened for the first time since aung san suu kyi won.
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the lower house met on monday, installing the first elected government in more than 50 years. the first case of the zika virus has been reported in the u.s. with another in ireland. the infected person in dallas, texas, apparently contracted the disease through sexual transmission. chile has confirmed three cases of the virus. brazil's president declared a health emergency as her country struggles to control the zika outbreak. she says they need help to fight the virus. >> translation: we will partner with the american government with president obama. we have talked, established our capacity and improved in the sense of creating as soon as possible a vacuums ian for the zika virus australia's high court has ruled the government's offshore detention program is lawful. anyone who tries to reach australia by boat to claim asylum is held on the pacific island of nauru or on mannus
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island in png. it could see the return of many to the detention centers there. the head of policy and advocacy at unicef australia. she says that detention centers like the one in nauru are not suitable for children >> they don't stack up against international law. we have clear obligations, particularly in relation to the best interests of children and to protect them from all forms of serious harm and all forms of abuse, including physically and sexual abuse. we've had ongoing conversations with the government about all of this. this is an important moment for the australian government to show that it wants to take a very reasoned response to what has happened, that the high court decision decides the immigration minister has discretion under the immigration act and empowered to make
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decisions. unicef australia is concerned about the possibility of children, some of them living in the community, who are doing well there, busy rebuilding their lives, potentially just being uprooted and moved back to nauru where it is difficult to see what kind of future they would have still to come, promises of peace. south sudan president sells he wants the formation of a unity government. we will be right back. >> from rural midwest to war-torn mideast. she went for the money and found a greater calling... that could cost her everything. >> this is one of the most important sites in the century. >> proudest moment in my life.
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the top stories here. the syrian government is reported to have allowed u.n. aid into a rebel held area of damascus. this is after a military action in aleppo over shadowed talks in geneva. australia's high court has ruled the government's offshore detention program is lawful. the decision could clear the way for the return of 250 asylum seekers to the detention centers on png. the coalition of countries fighting i.s.i.l. has met in rome. it has pledged to continue the battle. u.s. john kerry said the people should be worried about the vacuum in libya >> reporter: taking on i.s.i.l. remains a top priority for the international community. the gathering that was established in 2014 to stem the
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rise of i.s.i.l. in iraq and syria says there's a long way to go. the ongoing fighting and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in syria is likely to imperil the push to defeat i.s.i.l. it's the reason why u.s. secretary of state john kerry urged the syrian government to allow aid reach those badly affected in places like madaya. >> children are suffering, not as a result of an accident of war, but as the consequence of an absolutely intentional tactic, and as i mentioned, that tactic of using starvation as an instrument of war is directly against the law of war. >> reporter: key players in the coalition, like saudi arabia and turkey, insist i.s.i.l. won't be defeated as long as bashar al-assad stays in power.
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this is another potential battleground for the coalition. libya has been marred by infighting, an i.s.i.l. off shoot controls a long coastal area aeurope's doorstep. the international coalition is considering a military operation to stem the rise of i.s.i.l. >> we know that the more d.a.e.s.h. is squeezed in its co-territory, the more it is tempted to pursue its terrorist activities elsewhere by targeting other countries and we are witnessing renewed activity in libya and in subsaharan africa looking to strike inside our own countries >> reporter: but libya remains politically divided. the political impasse plays into
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the hands of i.s.i.l. that continues to expand in the oil-rich north african country. despite the ongoing air strikes against i.s.i.l. in iraq and syria, the group still controlss lots of land and is expanding in north africa while trying to build a base in libya. it should be followed by a diplomatic push to end war in syria and infighting in libya pro-government forces in yemen said it made gains in the mountains near the capital of sinar. as our correspondent explains now, historic artefacts have been destroyed. >> translation: i stand here inside the national museum in the city of taiz. the museum has been under heavy shelling for two days now by the
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houthi fighters and the other forces. you can see everything was burnt down, the man ewe scripts. here in my hand, this melted because of the fire. he was the leader of the family and the last monarch in yemen. this historical treasure melted because of the raging fire. this is yemen's heritage, burned to the ground. the belongings of the ruling family and now everything is turned into ashes. this is the hill where the houthi forces shelled the museum from and even until now they keep bombing this area. nothing is left. only pages of old karan transcripts the chief ceasefire monitor in south sudan says civilians
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are dying of starvation as warring sides disregard a peace deal, but south sudan's rebel leader has told al jazeera he is still hopeful that the government of national unity can be formed. >> reporter: for the third year south sudan was one of the countries that dominated the recent african union summit. what started out as a political dispute between the president and the then vice president has evolved into an ethnic conflict. tens of thousands of people have since been killed, millions displaced. the two failed to form a government. despite a peace agreement in place fighting is still continuing. heads of state of the a.u. summit demanded the leaders form a transitional government as soon as possible. >> we've got to form the governme government, and we will prepare
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ourselves now that our troops go to the integrated police and then the security. >> reporter: we were told that with logistical and financial support from the international community, it will take up to three weeks to get his troops. >> what has delayed the formation of the government is that the president is waiting for the arrival of the leader of the rebel movement so that they can form the government. >> reporter: do you assure south sudan ease that you will go to duba, that there will be no more conditions and you will form this transitional government they've been waiting for, for so long? >> you know, ma'am, i want to be in duba. i want the government of national unity to be formed as soon as possible. all we need is to ensure that the obstacles, which were
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creating difficulties for us to form the government are removed. >> reporter: the armed opposition group had pulled out of negotiations after the president decided to increase the country's state from 28 up from 10. mediators agree that it was not in the spirit of the peace agreement and must be withdrawn for now. >> this is a political decision and it is a popular demand of the people. he has formed 21 states and even appointed heads. >> reporter: representatives from both sides are now willing to reach a compromise, so with that out of the way, the mass securitys arrangements putting a joint security force which needs money, both sides saying they need help with when the president promised
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to end the war and said the minority in the region would have greater power. the government signed a peace deal with the rebels in 2014, but that law has now stalled in congress. our correspondent reports from manilla. >> reporter: this was the beginning of the end for the basic law here which would have been the basis for greater muslim autonomy in the southern philippines. 44 were killed in an unintentional clash with rebel fighters. it was the largest casualty of government troops in recent years. both violated a ceasefire. >> i find difficulty in understanding how this peace process will be saved. >> reporter: there was much support for the peace deal between the government and the islamic front when it was signed two years after over a decade of negotiations and years of
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fighting. but the killing of the 44 police commandos ended what was already a fragile trust between the two sides and exposed deep-seated prejudices within the country's christian majority and muslim minority. the cultural divisions combined with dwimpbss caused the bill to stall in congress. it was debated, diluted and then in a sense dismissed. many say this reflects the erosion of the political capital with which the president began six years ago. the popular leader was strongly criticized for mishandling the operation. >> a lot of people work in congress on the incentives that benefit them. that's the name of the game. we all know that, but if you're trying to reform that kind of system, then you can see how congress will not be able to catch up for achieving national unity and reconciliation in the
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country. >> reporter: the president's term ends in june and there are fears over what would happen should his successor not complete the autonomy as signed in the peace deal. >> there will be room for radicalization. if there is a splintering of this, if the groups shift their alliance to the other groups, it's anyone's guess what will come next >> reporter: it will be at least six months before a new process can are started. until then, both sides are doing to make sure that at least the peace agreement remains intact the transpacific partner ship is due to be signed in news later on wednesday. the tpp is a controversial free trade pact between north and south america and these seven states in the asia-pacific
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region. it aims to lower or eliminate tariffs on most goods and services as well as to regulate some trade laws. this could create a single market much like the euro zone. 12 countries have a combined population of 800 million people. they represent around 40% of global gross domestic product. the critics say it could cost jobs in the u.s. to move to lower wage situations. they have no knowledge of the dweel because negotiations for it have been conducted in secret. all 12 countries have to ratify the deal before it comes into forgs two years later. mexico is one of them. a report from mexico on the hopes and concerns there surrounding the pact. >> reporter: by joining, mexico is following a decade's old trend of embracing free trade agreements. it has more free trade
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agreements more than other countries in the world. it has 44. they are hoping by bracing free trade they will diversify their market. its main partner the u.s. received more than 80% of all the exports from mexico and that's mainly because it is so close and cheap for mexico and u.s. to have this huge amount of trade every year. when you talk about free trade, in mexico, one of the biggest players is car manufacturers. most of those producers are for export. auto industry has helped mexico see the small but growing middle-class in certain parts of the country where these jobs are, mainly in the north of the country and also in the center of the country and there are new plants opening up all the time. there are some stress that this
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won't deliver the prosperity that planners will say will finally arrive because 20 years after the passing of the earlier free trade, many live in continuing poverty and this new free trade agreement as big as it is will not deliver any more prosperity than the previous ones exxa and motor bike iland b-- mobil and bp have had a loss. they have had a drop in oil prices. >> reporter: exxa and mobile reported it's profits fell to its lowest point in 14 years. bp has expenses related to the oil spill more than five years ago >> everybody is hurting, bp's
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starting position was not quite as good as the rest of the company's because they had that outlay of the 55 billion. >> reporter: they're weathering the collapse of prices better than other companies. shef ron has had a 10% reduction in its workforce. bp is cutting 7 thoushs jobs worldwide by the end of the year, most of those in exploration and production. they expect the prices will hit bottom before the year end. >> there is only a one million barrel surplus today and that's going to close some time this year. by then the stock tanks will be filled and they will start to drain. it will take a long time >> reporter: the oil companies have loss control of market. saudi arabia, the world's top producer after the u.s., says it is to maintain its market share no matter how much prices full. iran is planning to add half a million barrels a day to the
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