this program. follow us on twitter facebook and watch us next time in washington, i'm ray suarez. saudi arabia and its allies pound yemen with air strikes. i'm fauziah ibrahim. killed as al shabaab fighters storm a hold. prosecutors say the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane hid details of an existing illness from his
employers. and reaching for the stars. we report on the astronauts embarking on a record-breaking ride through space. the saudi led coalition has bombed houthis rebels in yes, ma'am for a third successive night. two planes have been hit and their pilots rescued. this is home to yemen's second largest port which was taken by the houthis in october. now, the coalition has also targeted the group's main stronghold of sadaa in the north. that's where the chief saleh is
believed to be. appears to have been the capital sanaa. omar al saleh reports. >> for the third night the coalition strikes houthi targets. air defense batteries supply routes and weapons depot. >> we were attacked by the coalition, now the air base is under the control of the yemeni army. we will continue to target their movement, their concentration of forces. until we clarify all the areas that they are controlling now. >> in the meantime, yemen's president abd rabbu mansour hadi arrived in egypt to attend the
arab summit. hadi is widely recognized as yemen's legitimate leader, he had called for intervention and probably will call for more political support to end the houthi takeover of his country. the shia houthis swept through the capital sanaa in september. they stormed his presidential palace in january. he resigned and was put under house arrest. he then fled to aden and rejected his resignation. they want to hold elections they have powerful friends get help with iran and have relations with the former president of yemen ali abdalla saleh. they consider him to be the main
orchestrator of the issue in yemen. now speaking through one of his aids. >> translator: we propose the following initiative, stop the sawedisaudi campaign and an honest return to the negotiating table under the u.n. the dialogue should be moved to uae or any other location. >> that call could be a little late. the houthis were involved in the national dialogue since 2012. they also signed a u.n. backed peace and partnership deal on the same day they controlled sanaa. many accused the group of backtracking on the deals they've signed. the houthis aren't showing many signs of being open to dialogue either. houthi controlled television is running pictures celebrating what they say is a downed coalition drone. they remain defiant. >> translator: we tell the gulf agents and their treacherous agents that we will
be coming after them. god willing we will avenge for our dead. >> reporter: approximated hadi and his allies could be open for dialogue but not before forcing the group to recognize hadi's presidency. omar saleh, al jazeera. >> the recognized government says it's still open for dialogue with the houthis. >> it's only possible under the leg head oflegal head of state. >> charles smith joins us from washington d.c. mr. smith we are seeing a third night of air strikes against the houthis now. the question is will the rebels be cowed to returning to the negotiating table? >> i'm not so sure the air strikes are going to succeed in doing that. the houthi continue to advance
in the south. they're making preparations to counter the air strikes. air superiority for the coalition forces may not be enough to bring -- to hurt the houthi enough to bring them to the negotiating table. they were born out of an insurgency. they were born out of you know facing an unequal battle and they are better armed now than they were before. i'm not sure they're ready to negotiate yet. >> saudi arabia and the allies say they are acting to reinstate yemen's legitimate leader and their ally, president hadi. do the yemenis welcome this operation by their neighbor? >> that's a good question. there are certainly those who support the operation in ta'izz and aden in the south to support the air strikes in mareb they also support the air strikes but
there are a lot of people who are against the houthi but also don't welcome the air strikes. the yemeni traditionally have been subject to a lot of foreign intervention in their country and they prefer not to have foreign intervention. so the fact that hadi would come back to power if he did with saudi support with the saudi air strikes it would not sit well with a lot of yemeni. >> now last year, as the houthis advanced towards the capital it became clear that they were in alliance with a the former president, president saleh. where does that alliance fall amidst yemen's military operation? >> it's a very good question. yes, the houthi tame of imran and entrance into aden by the
time they got into sanaa that became very clear. ali abdalla saleh made a statement that the houthis should stop their advance and the air strikes should stop in return. he's trying to distance himself a little bit and position himself perhaps as a negotiator between the coalition and the houthi. he's a very astute political operator. and he's clearly trying to position himself as a key element in the next negotiations. >> interesting to see where all this takes here in yemen as well. thank you very much for being with us, charles smith political analyst specializing in the middle east including yemen. saudi arabia has decided to return its envoy to sweden. earlier withdrew its ambassador,
because of record. criticized the monarchy's treatment of women and dissidents. at least ten have been killed and dozens wounded in spalsomalia after be al shabaab attacked. osama been javed reports. >> some witnesses jumped out the windows. survivor says, the gunman killed everyone they could find. the firefight began. after the gunmen entered the hotel. >> a suicide attack went off in a car. then the gunmen attacked. >> taken hostages and are still
holed up in the hotel's dark alleys and rooms. the attack came just a day after somali government spokesman announced the capture of top al shabaab commanders, involved in attacks and assassinations. officially al shabaab was pushed out of mogadishu in 2011 but secretly launches attacks on government and foreign targets. assisted by african troops cannot assert its own control it may not be able to stop attacks like these. osama ben javi, al jazeera. >> an italian court has
overturned the conviction of amanda knox, who has vowed to never return to italy. she was accused of murdering meredith kercher in 2007. fueling suspicious that the co-pilot andreas lubitz was hiding a mental condition before the crash. >> president pays his respects. as more information emerged about the co-pilot of the crashed plane germany's head of state joined hundreds of people at this church. the small town is mourning 16 people and two teachers killed in the french alps as they returned from a school trip to spain. >> translator: came out of the
church from the midst of people who lost the most precious thing to them, a child a loved one. i sat in the rowdz and crowds of people sobbing for the lost of their loved ones and i wanted to cry with them. >> why andreas lubitz flew the airbus a 350 into the mountains. >> now prosecutors say they found important evidence at his parents home and in dusseldorf which shed important light on his life. >> translator: pointing towards existing illness and corresponding information from doctors, torn up sick notes support the assumptions based on preliminary examination that the
deceased hid his condition from his employers. >> at the crash scene in france, they are still going through debris trying to find human remains. when they do they'll be taken away for dna analysis, identifying the victims and notifying will be a slow process. then there's the question of viability. >> translator: should it be the case that the colleague has signed off sick then i have to be very clear. someone with a sick note has no business being in the cockpit. he should have stayed home. i can't understand that. >> the families of some of the victims mostly from germany and spain have left their own tributes at the memorial at a spot near where their loved ones died. dominic kane, al jazeera montebar. >> still to come on al jazeera as l nigerians prepare to go to
>> "the stream". >> your digital community. >> you pick the hot topics and express your thoughts. "the stream", it's your chance to join the conversation. tuesday to friday, 3:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. interwelcome back. let's >> welcome back.let's take a look at the top stories. u.s. has rescued two saudi pilots off the south coast of yemen, they ejected out of their planes supposedly for technical problems. gunmen from al shabaab
stormed a hotel in mogadishu. armed men debt detonated explosives. doctors excusing andreas lubitz from work, suspicion that lubitz was hiding an illness before a crash killed hundreds of people. yemeni president abd rabbu mansour hadi has arrived at a summit from the middle east, miami hannah reports. mike han hannah reports. >> rebel houthi forces have seized the capital sanaa and advancing on the port city aden. arab coalition is carrying out
the campaign, describing the actions of the houthis as a threat to the security. yemen's leader, abd rabbu mansour hadi sought refuge in re yad. in riyadh. rapid intervention in the region the secretary-general of the arab league has been tasked with the next month. two rival governments allied to armed factions are competing for power. and linked to this in the minds of arab leaders is the rise of the self-declared islamic state of iraq and the levant. or i.s.i.l. which is continuing to carry out armed campaigns in iraq and syria while threatening destabilization in a number of other states. most importantly though for arab leadership is to continue
healing the divisions that emerged in the organization in recent years and restore unite ifunityif the common enemy i.s.i.l. is to be acquaint contained. >> syria's government has been in control of most of idlib city if taken it would be only the second syrian city in rebel hands. cannot be independently verified. nigeria's military says it's pushed boko haram out of the area of gwoza. yvonne ndege reports.
>> capturing the boko haram strong hold of gwoza. >> several of the terrorists have died and many have been captured in the process. tons of ammunition have best recovered and many terrorists have been completely destroyed. >> civil society human rights organizations and the media in accessing the northeast. al jazeera journalist amad ahmad idris has been confined. >> reporting events in the northeast of the country and indeed has been one of the few
if only sources of information from the northeast. and ahead of elections happening, and the expectation that we would be getting reports from the al jazeera journalists who are based there and who have worked all along embedded with the military and reporting on the military activities in the region we've particularly worried about this situation. >> this is the closest presidential election since the end of military rule in 1999. the incumbent goodluck jonathan or the main opposition opponent, muhammedu habari, there are concerns about violence. >> there will probably be some violence around the country. however i'm not particularly worried about nationwide violence or anything like that. as i said before, the fact that there's been such a healthy
discussion about violence will be helpful. the electoral commission has had problems are distributing voter cards. it is a huge logistical challenge with nearly 60 million people expected to vote in 120,000 polling stations but they say they're ready. yvonne ndege, al jazeera abuja nigeria. last remaining ebola patient has died. sierra leone has imposed a lock down. from friday to sunday. dozens of new infections have been reported there every week. sierra leone guinea and liberia have been worst hit by the ebola outbreak which has killed more than 10,000 people in west
africa. the u.s. state of indiana has suffered an outbreak of the hiv virus. john hendren has the story. >> indiana's governor is calling it an hiv epidemic. >> an epidemic due to an outbreak of the hirve hiv virus that is reached epidemic proportions. >> 79 cases mike pence has declared the epidemic.
>> let me be clear i do not support needle exchange but this is a public health emergency and on the recommendation of the centers for disease control i am authorizing a focused short term limited needle exchange program if local officials deem this necessary and appropriate. >> indiana has barred needle exchanges in the past, it is unclear why scott county has seen such a surge but high drug rate and high teen pregnancy rate have long been problematic, in this rural slice of the u.s., where 98% of the residents are white. john hendren, al jazeera. >> the faroe islands are famous for fish. located near norway and iceland it's become an export bonanza.
>> when russia banned certain imports from the european union in result of sanctions over ukraine, the salmon fishing faroe islands stepped into the breach. found itself on a near monopoly of salmon sales to russia. fall out of the war in europe and with no apologies. >> we are not asking brussels because we are not an eu member. >> banned faroe mackerel. the prime minister who lobbied moscow hard was only too happy to take his business elsewhere. >> we were boycotted just before out of eu if you are boycotted out of eu where should you go? if eu is locking their harbor for us because we are not reaching an agreement in the
north atlantic then we need to find other markets and we are doing business as usual. >> the faroes upped both protection and price. by year end production to russia had increased by almost 700% and exercising its trade independent outside the eu. >> we were not able to market to eu to so we looked to another market an there was russia. >> no one should tell us where we should sell the salmon. if they decide to sell to russia that's the best to do. >> it will not help the faroe island, so why should a little nation faroe island help eu? >> the salmon have thrived in perfect north atlantic conditions.
>> producing to to very high end consumer market on the whole world. we are looking for high end sushi markets all around the world and moscow is also an interesting market for us. >> since september last year russia has received almost all of its fresh salmon from these waters in the faroe island and 140 odd million surabayai loving russians eat a lot of faroe salmon. >> jonah hull, al jazeera in the faroe islands. >> an american and two russian cosmonauts have arrived in the international space station. the longest ever continuous space voyage. the mission will help scientists find out how the human body reacts to the harsh environment
of space. useful information for future expeditions on mars. chris hadfield tells us what the space station is like. >> the space station is an incredible outpost on the edge of our capability. it is vast, it's strange to launch into the darkness to fly through space and suddenly have a little star get bigger and bigger and bigger and sort of grow into this huge human structure orbiting the world. it is like a gift to be weightless, it is magic all of a sudden you can take this wrist watch of mine which i first got to orbit i notice that it was floating and flying. almost like i had a living snake wrapped around my wrist and i keep my watch strapped loose for the rest of my life just because it reminds me of being
weightless. spending a year being weightless is different than this body was evolved. i'm lifting my arm i'm lifting it but in weightlessness, nothing resists you exercise two hours a day. when you first get back to earth your body will start to recover quickly but then it will take a few weeks to really get back to normal. a few months until you can run properly. and a matter of a few years to grow your skeleton completely back. it is through exploration that we understand the world and we understand ourselves and space exploration is no different. it is just fundamental to human nature. it's how we get to know where we are, how it is all interdependent and how we get to know ourselves as a species at all. >> italy has decided to
officially recognize knee poll tanneeneapolitanpizza makers. more on our website. >> the disease is crippling. >> why are you wearing gloves? >> i don't want to touch anything that i don't have to. >> a compulsive mental condition that shuts her off from the world. >> i couldn't kiss her, i couldn't hug her. >> these are patients that have tried everything and have failed. >> you're going to hear eligibility of noise, drilling sound but this should not hurt. >> now a new kind of brain surgery could free her from its grip. >> it's possible, physically possible for me to be happy. i need it to happen.