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pres. biden: america is back, diplomacy is back. anchor: u.s. president joe biden announces major shift in foreign policy as his administration seeks to overhaul america's global standing. this is al jazeera. coming up, fulfilling a campaign promise -- the u.s. ends its support for each u.s. offensive operations in saudi arabia's war against yemen. stripping a u.s. percent of of powers in congress.
and tens of thousands of refugees who fled violence in ethiopia are adapting to a new level. u.s. president joe biden has laid out his vision for america's foreign-policy. he is promising to restore u.s. leadership on the world stage and prepare alliances fractured during the trump years. he announced he was ending u.s. support for offensive operations and the saudi led war in yemen, including a ban on the sale of specific weapons. he's also spoke about the coup in myanmar and russia's treatment of opposition figures. our state department correspondent reports. reporter: joe biden delivered his first statement on the long-running war in yemen where saudi and emma roddy forces have allegedly targeted civilians with u.s.-made weapons. pres. biden: this war has to end
and metoo underscore our commitment, we are ending all american support for offensive operations in the war and yemen, including relevant arms sales. reporter: on the weekend coup in myanmar -- pres. biden: the burmese military should relinquish power they have ceased, release the advocates and activists and officials they have detained, lift the restrictions on telecommunications and refrain from violence. reporter: and on russia's imprisonment of alexey navalny. pres. biden: he should be released immediately and without condition. reporter: biden's speech which also touched on china and reversing the trump administration's dismantling of u.s. refugee policy was short on -- short but specific -- a reflection of the years he spent leading the senate foreign relations committee. a former diplomat says he supports biden's action on yemen. >> u.s. contributed
significantly to that war and now the u.s. a saying i will no longer contribute to this war, i will not feel it with weapon shipments from here. i would like you all, the big powers and regional powers to do the same. that is something new. reporter: the other part of biden's foreign policy agenda -- repairing an agency that lost hundreds of experienced employees and suffered considerable budget cuts during the previous administration. morale had crashed, especially during the tenure of former secretary of state monk might -- mike pompeo, who made the plats believed used the agency to boost his political ambitions. in a separate speech to state employees, biden said things will be different. pres. biden: america is back. diplomacy is back. you are the center of all that i intend to do.
you are the heart of it. we are going to rebuild our alliances, we are going to reengage the world and take on the enormous challenges we face. reporter: the new administrations promise to try to restore the u.s. pediment -- u.s. reputation at home and around the world. darren: the u.s. house of representatives has just voted to take disciplinary action against a republican congress woman who has supported wild conspiracy theories. marjorie taylor greene has been removed from the house education committee and others to which she had been assigned. she has expressed support for qanon conspiracy theories unlike post on social medias which called for violence against democrats. the democratic speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, said the republican party's decision to appoint her to the education could he was of particular concern. >> i remain profoundly concerned about house republicans leader
acceptance of extreme conspiracy theorists, particularly their eagerness to reward a qanon adherent, 9/11 truth, harasser of child school shootings and to give valued committee positions, including -- you could imagine they would put such a person on the education committee. darren: we go to capitol hill. democrats have promised to punish her if the republicans didn't and now they have. what does this mean? guest: i think the only surprise here was as many as 11 republicans did join democrats in voting to remove marjorie taylor greene's committee appointments because after all, the leader of republicans in the house had said very clearly on wednesday night that the caucus should not do that, that the republican party, certainly the
ones in the house are a big tent and they need people like marjorie taylor greene, in part because donald trump is the most popular republican politician who still holds enormous power and his base is enormous sleep powerful and vocal and we also know underlying all of this, 100 99 republicans felt they could not vote to censure marjorie taylor greene for comments, for example calling for the killing of nancy pelosi, calling for shooting alexandria ocasio-cortez -- but what we understand is in the end, some of the republicans are so concerned about the power trump still wheeled on the party -- and this is the house, so districts are smaller and people can be primary to much easier. it doesn't take many people to ruin a house members career, let's face it. although there may be all sorts of reasons that are given, there
are clearly a lot of republicans that feel it's better to keep the trump base within the party then without the party. that is not the view in the senate where there are not the same pressures electorally, but that seems to be the overwhelming view in the house right now and this confirms that. darren: thank you. let's bring in michael is a cough, chief investigative correspondent at yahoo! news. he joins us in washington dc. great to have you back on the program. the house just approved the stripping of marjorie taylor greene of midi assignments. how significant is this? it is quite an extra ordinary move, isn't it? guest: it is and there isn't much precedent for what the house did today. on the other hand, there's not much president for a congresswoman like marjorie taylor greene. who has espouse the most bizarre conspiracy theories and more significantly, made comments
that seemed to threaten the lives of her fellow members in the house. i think that is what pushed the democrats to do this. at the very end, steny hoyer, house majority leader, the number two democrat in the house held up a poster of -- something marjorie taylor greene had posted on social media, carrying an assault rifle aimed at three democratic members of the house, alexandria ocasio-cortez, rashida tlaib and ill on omar -- the squad. saying she would be their worst nightmare. the image of that assault rifle aimed at democratic members of the house of representatives i think was so powerful and is what move not just all democrats, but 11 republicans to vote to strip her of her committee. darren: even though she
expressed crazy conspiracy theories, she still has an ear in the white house. president trump called her the night she won her election. does this suggest qanon reached all the way into the oval office? guest: it did indeed and trump's phone call to marjorie taylor greene, tweets about her, all are an indication of that. that's the only indication. you had michael flynn, his former national security advisor who was openly espousing qanon views come at took the qanon oath -- as we go one, we go all -- that is their catchphrase. flynn posted a video of him and his family saying that on social media over the summer and flynn was in the white house, back at the white house after trump pardoned him for his crimes related to the robert mueller investigation.
he was back in the white house egging trump on, talking about calling for martial law to overturn the results for a redo of the elections, so there were clear indications that this very bizarre qanon conspiracy cult reached right into the oval office during the trump presidency. darren: how much does this case expose the deep faultlines within the republican? many see it as a battle for the very soul of the gop. guest: it is. that is clearly a factor what is going on and kevin mccarthy is trying to balance various members of his caucus -- he has a hard-core, pro-trump membership in the caucus and they wanted to strip liz cheney of her position as chair of the
house republicans conference, the number three position for republicans in the house because she voted to impeach donald trump. mccarthy was able to dodge that bullet. he had a secret ballot and the majority voted to retain liz cheney but they also gave a standing ovation yesterday to marjorie taylor greene and voted overwhelmingly today to keep her on the committees. darren: an extra ordinary develop and. thank you for talking to us here on al jazeera. former u.s. president donald trump has rejected a request by democrats to testify during his second impeachment trial. democrats have accused him of endangering the lives of all numbers of congress by inciting his supporters to storm capitol hill. trump's legal team says the senate lacks the authority to try him now that he is no longer president. the trial will begin on tuesday. as we mentioned earlier,
resident joe biden has called on the myanmar military junta to step aside. they also called for aung san suu kyi's immediate release. they held a second meeting after failing to agree on a statement in a previous session. we will hear from our diplomatic reporter at the u.n., but first this reporter: -- small protests and the second largest the immune are. these students and activists are speaking out against monday's military coup. but with the military clamping down on internet and social media providers, it is hard for people to come you kate and organize protests. >> we have no access to any news. no news about aung san suu kyi. i feel so sad it gives me a pain in my chest. i would rather go out and fight, but that would be against her wishes. reporter: facebook is in essential part of myanmar.
the military has shut it down. >> they've gone after the primary social media platforms, which is the internet in myanmar. most people use facebook almost as if it is an email system. so it will be terrible in terms of organizing a response to the coup but also in terms of conducting day-to-day business. reporter: but that didn't stop these health workers from walking out of a hospital to protest the coup. similar walkouts happened at hospital across the country. >> we are protesting peacefully by wearing this red ribbon. we don't need to speak up. wearing the ribbon is a sign of protest against the military government and we only want our elected government. this is our message. reporter: many people have not seen such a military presence on their street since the military
reforms. despite the anger, and international condemnation of the coup, the generals who have vast business interests are not going and where. many people in the mr may be troubled by the intervention, but they've long been victims of the armies crackdown. hundreds of thousands muslim writing goer forced to flee. aung san suu kyi, whose largely silent about the plight, now finds herself at the mercy of the very same generals. darren: the un security council has added to the growing demands for the return of democracy. reporter: the statement took several days to negotiate, but it is significant. it shows security council unity and that china is on board with criticism of the military in myanmar. it was read out by the current president of the security council, the british ambassador.
>> the members of the security council expressed deep concern at the declaration of a state of emergency imposed in myanmar by the military on the first of february and the arbitrary detention of the members of government, including aung san suu kyi and the president and others. they called for the immediate release of all those detained. the members of the security council emphasized the need for continued support of the democratic transition in myanmar. reporter: she wasn't taking any questions, but the spokesperson for the secretary-general said he was pleased there was secure to counsel unity on the issue. >> i think it is welcome that relatively quickly the council came together to speak with law enforcement. reporter: the human rights council have welcomed the statement they say words must now be matched with action. darren: lots more to come,
including the ex-pat community in thailand showing solidarity after the military coup in myanmar. and years later, the government wants funeral ceremonies for victims. >> it's time for the perfect journey. the weather, -- >> we've got welcome, warmer weather coming into japan over the next couple days. still some wintry weather to get out of the way -- sleet and snow for friday, tokyo getting up to seven and soul behind that. that will roll its way to the south, but look at the
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three intrepid photojournalists return to the epicenter of peru's civil war and tracked down the brave characters they captured through their lenses 30 years earlier. a mesmerizing challenge to the history that nice indigenous peoples contribution to the peace process. witness seeing again on al jazeera. welcome back. a quick recap of our top stories top u.s. president joe biden has set out his vision for american foreign policy and has withdrawn support from saudi arabia's war in yemen and pledged to repair
global alliances fractured during the trump years. u.s. house of representatives has taken disciplinary against a republican congresswoman who has supported wild conspiracy theories. marjorie traylor green has been a roof from the education committee and others to which she had been assigned. un security council has called on the myanmar military junta to release aung san suu kyi. it held a second meeting after failing to agree to a statement in the previous session. outside of their homeland, more people from myanmar live in thailand than anywhere in the world. we spoke to some of the experts worried about their families back home. -- reporter: through decades of conflicts and military coups, fighters have found their way here. so when the elected leadership was ousted, it cut deep into the
community here. she was there in 1962 in the military first took power away from the civilian government. he later became a soldier for 10 years and fought the military for autonomy. with his experience, he thinks violence is not the solution and political pressure should come from people like him. >> i am worried about my countrymen in myanmar, not just my relatives. the military may be in power for many years to come. i do not support violent protests in the cities. they don't have to live in fear. reporter: they have a history unique and different from the rest of thailand and that is possibly why semi ethnic groups have decided to settle here. but it is difficult to stay connected to their communities and myanmar. he runs a migrant radio network.
to keep the many informed. they've been reporting on the coup since the first hours of the takeover. a lot of listeners were shocked and worried. >> i have to keep my listeners informed. people are worried and concerned about the future. reporter: a show in front of the consulate -- a nighttime gathering of protesters making themselves heard. this in support of those who put themselves in danger to denounce the coup. darren: a medical trial in the u.k. has been launched to see if giving people different coronavirus vaccines for the first and second dose will offer the same protection. it will move the astrazeneca and pfizer jabs. mixed doses have worked for
ebola and hpv. it has potential to speed up the rollout of covid-19 jabs. 16 countries have expressed interest in an african union coronavirus vaccine plan. the block hopes to roll out 114 million doses in the next two to three weeks. they want three fourths vaccinated, starting with front-line workers and vote about people. the priority is to vaccinate 62% of the continent in three years. the capital of cuba and it's more than 2 million residents will be under curfew starting friday. the country has been struggling with a rising number of infections. cuba reopened its airports in november and the government says new cases are linked to travelers breaking quarantine. portugal's essential workers and staff are receiving their coronavirus vaccines as anger grows over a slow rollout.
the health ministry says it seeing a decline in deaths after the numbers surged in recent weeks, but the government is facing criticism of the vaccine plan. the prime minister blames the delay on supply shortages and eu authorization. a funeral for more than a hundred victims in an iraqi minority has been held in the capital, baghdad. thousands were killed by isil fighters into any 14. u.s. investigators called a genocide. we have this report from baghdad. reporter: these trucks carry the bodies of one hundred and 40 murdered by isil. they are at last on their way to their final resting place. there were thousands killed and buried in mass graves in the northern region and they are the
first to be identified after their remains were exhumed from the mass graves. now they have a name, a face and family to return to. the iraqi government did not protect them from their campaign of killing and kidnapping. in death, they are trying to grant them the respect they deserve. >> it's a message that terrorism targeted numbers of this community and iraq wanted although world to sympathize and there should be justice for the perpetrators. reporter: but for this group of survivors who met iraqi parliamentarians, the government hasn't done enough. they say the examination of mass graves is taking too long. >> the mass graves have been there for seven years. they are not under their
control. anyone can go to the mass graves but nobody cares. reporter: they accuse parliament of dragging their feet. they recognize the -- they demand they recognize the crimes committed as genocide and grant compensation and create a mandate to search for the approximately 3000 who are still missing. >> the female survivors are always repeating our demands for rights for us and our brothers. for those who are still in the hands of isil. they are always saying isil is finished, isil is gone, but why did nobody bring our families back? reporter: the survival log was summative to parliament, but it has been repeatedly delayed. it would delay the -- it would
give legal course for you and investigators -- you and investigators to prosecute suspects. >> justice, accountability, truth telling, proper investigations, fair trials are critically important not only to absorb the violent extremists ideology, but to be sure the value of human life is underscored and those individuals are confronted by those who have survived by hard evidence that is reliable so that when punishment is meted out, sentences are given and no one can say there is injustice. reporter: the objective wasn't civilly to return the bodies, but acknowledge the crime that it will not be repeated. the remains of be transported to a village where they will be
returned to their families and laid to rest. a funeral may offer closure for survival, there is struggle for dignity and rights that is far from over. darren: three months after the start of an ethiopian government offensive, refugees are still arriving in neighboring sudan. any are left stranded, unable to return to their homes. sudan hosts more than 360,000 refugees. reporter: it is the third day of waiting to be registered at this refugee camp. she wants to be able to receive her own shelter. it's her second home since she escaped fighting weeks ago. >> i was in a different camp before. things were tough to the extent
i thought of returning back to ethiopia, but i was told by those arriving it wasn't safe to return and the fighting is ongoing, so i agreed to be transferred here. reporter: that camp which opened in early january hosts more than 30,000 ethiopian refugees who fled their home because of fighting between the government and the people's liberation front. it started in early november and left the region with little to no way to communicate. aid agencies say access has been restricted. they are hoping to host refugees relocated from other camps relocated from the ethiopian border. >> refugees continue to arrive, though at lesser numbers than the start of the conflict. they were not meant to be camps because they cap has to be at least 50 kilometers away from the border. we are working to bring those still there here to give them
protection and services. reporter: more than 50,000 have arrived in sudan since the start of the conflict. they say this is a law enforcement operation. soldiers captured the capitol in december. most of the refugees here have been camps for three months now. others arrived more recently, but the rising number of refugees coming to sudan despite reports soldiers have made it difficult to