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. >> it is collapsing before our eyes we cannot stand by and watch. >> the u.n. chief warns the world about the deteriorating situation in yemen hello welcome to al jazeera, live from our headquarters in doha. i'm elizabeth prarn. also mohamed fadel fahmy walks out of prison a day after being granted bail along with our other colleague baher mohamed.
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ceasefire to stop the fighting in ukraine. thousands topped the funeral for three young muslims killed in the u.s. state of north united nations security council has been briefed on the situation in yemen. a coup carried out by rebels led to further instability. >> yemen is collapsing before our eyes. we cannot stand by and watch. countries are facing multiple challenges. dangerous political crisis continues in sanaa. the prime minister and
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government ministers and other state officials must be granted freedom of movement. i'm concerned by reports of excessive use of force to disperse peaceful demonstrators, and the use of arbitrary arrests. i call for the protection of human rights especially the rights of peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression. >> we have more from the southern city of tiaz. >> so more warnings from the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon. in yemen, a lot of people were asking what the united nations is willing to do in order to solve what is becoming a more and more dangerous situation, a more and more unstable state as every day goes by. a lot of people particularly the political parties who have been involved in these negotiations have become more and more pessimistic,
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particularly because they say the only consistency in terms of negotiations is that the houthis, the shia militia have become more powerful as long as the negotiations continued. so they are asking why the u.n. conditions with the strategy surely there must be another senior politician another strategy to ensure that this coup is reversed. and that legitimacy is restored. on a security perspective, more violence across the country. this time on thursday there was an attack by al qaeda militants on an army base in the province. the significance here is that the army base is in close proximity to the oil production center of yemen. also significant is the al qaeda militants who have taken control of the army base said they were doing this because the army had cap ittualated given the bases,
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as the houthis advanced southwards towards the rest of the country, and wanting to open up a new area. >> al jazeera journalist mohamed fadel fahmy left prison on bail after spending 412 days behind bars. our colleague baher mohamed is expected to be released on bail in the coming hours. on thursday an egyptian court granted bail to both of them. their retrial including helping the muslim brotherhood will resume on 23 february. neave barker reports. >> reporter: this could be the beginning of the end of an ordeal lasting more than 400 days mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed granted bail at the start of their retrial. it's come as a relief for their families. >> translation: i'm going immediately to tell the kids that their father is coming home
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and life will be beautiful. i wait to welcome him back. life has changed. mohamed fadel fahmy was asked by the judge to pay a security bond around $33,000. >> we'll abide by everything in the egyptian law, and i am sure things that are indicated, indicated later on in this case. >> the judicial fight for mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed will continue until the charges are dropped. baher mohamed was initially sentenced to 10 years, and mohamed fadel fahmy seven years. it was overturned recently. egypt's highest court of appeals challenged the evidence presented by the prosecution, saying the proceedings were flawed and ordered a retrial. earlier this month another al jazeera journalist peter greste was deported to australia after 400 days in detention. mohamed fadel fahmy, who was an
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egyptian canadian was told by the authorities that his only way to freedom is to renounce his egyptian citizenship, which he has down. they were arrested in december 2013 and accused of promoting the banned muslim brotherhood. >> the bail released is a small step in the right direction but a step that should have been taken 411 days ago. there's no evidence that they have been completely complicit with the muslim brotherhood, or no evidence that they were involved in journalism. journalists are frightened. their organizations have been frightened by the fact that these journalists are in gaol. >> the trial has been widely condemned by the international community and human rights organizations. protesters from around the world demonstrated in solidarity with a detained journalist. six other colleagues were
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sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison. al jazeera continues to call on egypt to have all journalists exonerated. >> the united states welcomed the ceasefire aimed at ending the war in eastern ukraine. it's once again called on russia to end support for the separatist. leaders from russia ukraine, france and germany agreed on the plan. ukraine's president says petro porashenko implementing the ceasefire will be difficult. >> immediately after the deal was signed by the trilateral group, the russian backed terrorists start the offensive operation. that's why it is a vitally important for us for all of us to make pressure to keep the promises about the ceasefire, the artillery, about the immediate release of the hostages. about the withdrawal of all the
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foreign troops from the ukranian territory as a key element for the sovereignty of my country. >> ceasefire deal is due to start on sunday. withdrawal of heavy weapons should begin two days later and be completed within two weeks. it will be monitored by the organization of the security in the group. the peace deal includes the withdrawal of foreign military forces allowing the ukrainian government to get control of the border by the end of the year and all unlawfully detained prisoners and hostages should be detained. >> vladimir putin described it has not the best noit of his life. presumably the other three leaders agreed. more than 15 hours of wrangling and cajoling trying to reach a break through on ukraine. waiting journalists had many hopes of an announcement dashed
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and into thursday morning it came. >> translation: the first thing is the ceasefire starting on 15th february. the second thing is the withdrawal of ukrainian troops and the withdrawal of don basket religion. there's also the right to people lying in the don basket region. >> these have been tough negotiations. going in, they were down beat about chances of success. even now, with the agreement signed angela merkel says much hard work remains. >> i'm under no illusion and we are under no illusion that a lot of work is necessary. germany and france, france and germany shows we have made a contribution in accordance. >> we have been here before
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literally. minsk welcomes leaders. the ceasefire quickly fell apart, and the agreements were never properly implemented. you can sign as many pieces of paper as you want. it's what happens on the ground that matters. and this eastern ukraine, the fighting and the dying continue as the leaders talked. the separatists representatives signed the new minsk deal. in forcing the demilitarized zone pulling back heavy artillery, making sure hostages are released and pushing through assurancers of political reform in the east will be a tortuous process with opportunities for failure. >> the u.s. senate approved the pointment of ashton carter as the new defence ministry.
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defeating i.s.i.l. will be his top priority. he replaces chuck hagel, who resigned in november police in the u.s. state of north carolina are investigating whether racial hatred played a role in the killing of of barakat, his wife and her sister. they were shot in their apartment in chapel hill on tuesday. craig hicks has been charged. andy gallagher has more from north carolina. >> an incredible show of solidarity in rawley north carolina. so many turned up from the muslim community that the mosque behind the camera is too small to take them. they are in the sports field to pay respects to the two families. despite this being a day of
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morning, muslim civil rights leaders are calling from this to be thought of as a hate crime. so far the police investigation indicates that this was an argument over parking spots outside the apartment where the three young people lived. today is not about recrim jipations, it's about a show of solidarity. we had the state's district attorney and the chief of police showing solidarity. three or 4,000 students stood in silence with candles to pay respects to three young lies showing so much promise, cut short. >> in the u.s., a police officer has been arrested and charged with assault after attacking an indian citizen. he was tackled to the ground. he was in u.s. for two weeks to help care for a son. police received a call about a
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suspicious man walking in the neighbourhood. according to his lawyer he's partially paralyzed. the u.s. state department says the incident is regrettable. >> the secretary and the state department expresses condolences to the family for everything he's been through. this is handled by locality authority. >> the man's lawyer spoke to us earlier. >> he's making a little bit of progress every day. he has little function in his left leg. he has regained movement in his arms little grip strength. he's making a little bit of progress and the family hopes and prays that he'll make a full recovery. >> coming up after the break - rising civilian casualties as the syrian government shells the city of douma ramping up cyber security how new efforts in the united
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states could mean trouble for those tracking hackers. only on al jazeera america
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>> sunday night. >> 140 world leaders will take the podium. >> get the full story. >> there is real disunity in the security council. >> about issues that impact your world. >> infectious diseases are a major threat to health. >> "the week ahead". sunday 8:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. good to have you with us. i'm prarn in doha. these are the stop stories. ban ki-moon calls for urgent action. houthi rebels seized power last week while fighting between the army and al qaeda continues in the south. al jazeera journalist mohamed
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fadel fahmy has left prison on bail after spending 412 days behind bars. and our colleague is expected to be released on bail in the coming hours. an egyptian court granted bail on thursday. the retrial on charges of colluding with the muslim brotherhood reassumes on 23 february. >> the united states welcomed a ceasefire aimed at ending the war in eastern ukraine. washington called on russia to end its support for the separatists. leaders from russia, ukraine france and germany agreed on the plan international action has been call for to stop the syrian government shelling of douma. a government offensive include daily air strikes on the city outside of damascus. there's a report in the spike of civil can casualties there's a warning you may find some images
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in this report disturbing. >> it's a state on the brink of destruction. the chaos in dooma can be seen on the faces of residents struggling to survive regular syrian air streaks. dooma has seen a rise in casualties, since the government launched an offensive. more than 200 have been killed half in the last few days. the onslaught prompted the president to call on the u.n. and arab league to take action to stop shelling by forces loyal to syrian president. >> these are crimes that have been substantiated by several international organisations. human rights watch recorded the use of 650 barrel bombs, in order to take the bashar al-assad regime to the criminal court it requires our allies to present the crimes to the court. >> thousands fled their homes in
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dooma, for those that stayed behind, the most they can hope for is a narrow scep from the bombardment. activists say syrian strikes are init's criminate with medical facilities and hospitals damaged or destroyed. >> in the last campaign the office was hit, leading to the injury of members of the team. a male nurse was killed. we had to shut down the medical officers. it seems the insured have nowhere to go tore medical care. with the syrian government offensive, it seems to be taking a toll. >> now, the internet continues to play a greater role in our daily lives, and the high
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approval attacks is growing. involving companies and websites in the world. tuesday, the twitter accounts of news week and the facebook page of delta airlines was taken over. a month earlier, the twitter profile of the u.s. military command was hijacked by tassaduq hussain jillani sympathizers. hackers sold -- hijacked by i.s.i.l. sympathizers. north korea was accused of an attack on sony after they made "the interview." in may 2014 more than 145 million accounts of ebay were compromised. >> in 2011, the playstation network was hacked into with a lose of 77 user accounts including credit card details, sending the share price
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tumbling. >> u.s. president obama is expected to announce executive action to curb cyber security effects. a report from baltimore, some of the president's proposed laws are meeting resistance in the tech community at the johns hopkins computer science department fall is showing the professor the signs he's made. he's hacking into devices used in hospitals, and making them safe from other hackers. >> the medical devices are everywhere connected to networks now. nobody has really done much work looking at the security of devices, trying to prevent the legacy devices. >> it's not just medical devices. more and more of our lives are networked. all too often with safe
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disorders. under proposed hacking legislation, they could be prosecuted for exploring net work vulnerabilities. >> there was proposed legislation. there are many others - liable for prosecution for attempting to find weaknesses for those with bad intentions. they are proposing to make things that are already criminal more criminal. i don't think that will solve the problem. they are also sharing information with private companies. >> reporter: about all of us. >> about all of us. there are problems. they are collecting a lot of information. now there'll be more. what i can tell you is the problem we have is a lot of bad software, in everything that we use, ranging from everything.
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we are trying to make it better. >> reporter: is there a sense of going an easier route instead of going after corporations whose security is lapse. >> it's a hard problem. getting every country in america to put at software. it's a huge battle. >> since president obama's proposals were announced. cyber security experts like professor green raised the alarm. argues that it allows prosecutors to go after the wrong people. dangerous hackers would be untroubled. such is the need to be seen to be going something about hacking. it's unclear whether the administration is listening to their concerns. joining us via skype, we have a cyber space security from new south wales.
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did that story voice a valid concern that president obama's proposals for dealing with cyber security would allow prosecutors to go after the wrong people and leave dangerous hackers untouched. >> it's understandable that governments are trying to address the problem, and no one can any more say that anyone can deliver reliable internet security, but the question is are they trying to solve the right problem. one of the widespread concerns is that they are conflicted. they are trying to do two things, one is offer security for everyone and this would require encryption and a lot of big internet services are offering this. also a desire to provide surveillance of everyone and to crack down on those who are exploring the edges. and these two - how does the u.s. or other governments find that balance between, as you say
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security for everyone which requires maximum encryption and surveillance which relies on preventing reliable encryption. >> that's right. it's a conflict. we had worrying signs that it came down on surveillance with criticism from the internet giants. it's the same a gift to terrorists and criminals. really it's more complicated than that it's a protection for everybody's security confidentiality and their personnel information privacy. >> of course some internet giants are not sending the chief executives to this conference in silicon valley. google. facebook yahoo aren't and they are hesitant to share more information without reforms to government surveillance practices that edward snowden exposed. is that likely to happen the
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reforms to the n.s.a. programme. >> this is a moment for putting pressure on the u.s. government to come good. it has responded and acknowledged that some of the programs went too far, some of the controls too week but the corrections have not been strong, it's the internet companies, the giants that feel problems in other countries, people don't trust them any more. they are wanting something stronger and something that they can use to provide encryption to everyone without worrying that they are undermini ing from the top. >> it will be interesting what comes out of the catholic church. thank you for that. joining us from sydney august, thank you for your time. venezuela police clashed with students taking part in rallies, marking a year saints government protests left 43
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people dead. in the capital demonstrators threw petrol bombs. police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd. the ongoing drought in south-east brazil reached a critical stage. south america's most popular city sao paulo, things are so bad they are considering water rationing. >> in this middle class home the awareness of the need to save water transformed everyone's life. this woman and her family use a bowl to catch the water when they wash their hands. when it's full it's used to flush the toilet. a bucket cashes the water. while the shower warms up. when full she takes it downstairs to be used as a dishwasher or the washing machine. the soapie water is connected
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for a second lot of clothes, and used to wash the floors or pots or pans. nothing is wasted in an effort to economize in what has become a scarce commodity. >> sao paulo is a large city. i don't know what we'll do if there's water rationing. the government admitted it is cutting water five days a week. >> there are severe shortages in the poor neighbourhoods where the worst drought in south-eastern brazil's history forces many to rush home before the tap runs dry. >> we gather water in buckets and bottles, sometimes it disappears for days. >> in this case the washes machine is used to store water. according to experts, the ongoing deforestation of the forests is to cause. while the cause of the drought
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may be environmental, repercussions are economic and political. many disgruntled residents accuse the state and national governments of not investing in sufficient water infrastructure. ahead of what was a foreseeable crisis. the drought is in its third year. this drought has already impacting industry and it's now threatening to unleash an energy crisis, giving brazil's dependence on hydroelectric power. >> depending on the duration of the drought we will certainly go into recession. certainly. there's no - no reason to think otherwise. >> afraid of what is to come. one of sao paulo's traditional restaurants devised a plan b. top of the line disposable plates and cutlery. >> we are prepared. if we have no water, there's no
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other way to operate the restaurant. the government says he'll hold off until the end of the month, in the event that this will impose water rationing in the city of more than 20 million. llion. on "america tonight" - these center dragged in many elements of argentine society, at the center of it all is the home of president cristina fernandez de kirchner. what does she know what, did she up? >> in county after county across alabama, many court officials are refusing to issue same-sex marriage because of direct