south korea says pyongyang's threatening to end economic cooperation in response to tougher sanctions. the world news from al jazeera. also ahead. >> for all of europe fall. what about america, canada, australia? hopes are dashed for thousands of syrian refugees as a popular migrant route to europe is shout down. myanmar's as the president candidate for the lower house.
u.s. democratic presidential hopefuls hillary clinton and bernie sanders have faced off in a televised debate south korea says pyongyang is threatening to suspend all exchanges and economic agreements with the south. the news agency is reporting that north korea plans to lick date assets to south korean forms in the industrial zone. it is in response to tougher sanctions imposed by the south korea after nuclear tests and rockest launch earlier this year >> reporter: this is a further degeneration in the relationship as though it could get any worse. the north koreans have announced that all economic agreements between north and south will be invalid and south korean assets in the north will be lek dated. this affects especially the industrial zone. this is a collaborative project
whereby more than 100 companies have assets in north korea employing some 50,000 workers there. this has been closed since last month. with this announcement the north koreans are saying that the assets there will be seized and liquidated. representing several hundred million dollars worth of investment by south korean companies. also affected is the resort. this is another project just across the border in north korea. a resort set up mainly for south korean tourists to visit the north. this has been closed since 2008 but was occasionally used tore reunions of family members separated by the korean war. it was hoped to be reopened in the future. that hope seems to have gone. this brings to an end all economic cooperation between the two koreas a popular refugee route to europe has been shut down.
macedonia, slovenia and croatia are no longer allowing people into their country. a report from a camp at idomeni. >> reporter: they were pushed out of their homeland only to end up in a huge puddle of mud along the closed border. now taking a few steps is a risky business. of the lost and confused they wander around asking anyone they meet for information, wonder whether their plight will end. many want to than reunited with their families. others fear they will be returned to turkey. some are still pinning their hopes on german chancellor angela merkel to save them. this happens every day. people sit on the railway tracks
hoping that it will put enough pressure to open the border. greek police are trying to explain that this is not the case. however their numbers are decreasing by the day. most, however, have reluctantly come to terms with the idea that the balkan route is now closed. this lady has been here for 15 days. when she set-off from damascus with her daughter she thought she would have been reunited with her husband and two sons. >> translation: i am trying to register in the relocation program. i want to get out from here. i have not had a shower since i arrived. there was little assistance. all my clothes are seekd. look at the weather. we are dying here. >> reporter: the e.u. in the relocation program for 160,000 refugees to be resettled among european countries, but so far the process has been slow. greece complaining that several countries want to pick and
choose among the refugees. time is running out here. people are stuck in squalid conditions well below the basic rye genetic standards said-- hygenic standards set by the >>. come see, she says. i am not lying. inside the tent her 7-year-old son, he has no dry clothes after after 15 days of hoping in vein she ran out of money. >> translation: we rely on hand outs from here and there. they give us food and we get along. it's really hard. we don't know what to do >> reporter: it was that the refugees set up fires burning everything from wood to plastic bottles and old clothes. it releases to beingic fumes but it helps against the rain one third of those refugees are syrians fleeing from the five year old civil war. another round of talks between
the warring sides will begin on monday. the u.n. spech envoy to syria are hoping that talks will succeed >> reporter: staffan de mistura says the stalled syrian talks have restarted, but for now the only people he has been meeting are diplomats and his u.n. colleagues. he is hopeful the syrian government and the main opposition block will be back in geneva soon >> the focus will be on new governance, constitution and elections. the future elections in eight months time, both presidential and parliamentarian. >> reporter: that message was clearly aimed at the opposition's high negotiating committee. its spokesman told me he was encouraged by that focus. he said the eventual outcome had
to be the formation of a new agreement without bashar al-assad. >> reporter: the cessation of hostilities has been in place for nearly two weeks, but violations by the government are continuing and they want detainees, particularly women and children, released. as the u.n. task force on humanitarian access in gen eve are complaining about government not allowing food and medical supplies in. this case backed in part by confirmation from the task force leader when he talked about the besieged areas the u.n. has not reached in recent weeks. >> reporter: which is be sieging the remaining six areas? >> it is very clear that the six areas drn i would say the seven areas where we have not reached are reached six by the government, one by islamic state.
>> reporter: one of those areas is derayaa. the opposition believes it is being starved in the damascus suburbs. it is military and symbolically important to the government side the two democratic presidential hopefuls in the u.s. have faced off in a debate against florida. the debate in florida comes a day after bernie sanders beat current favorite hillary clinton in the michigan primary. our correspondent joins us live from washington dc. the debate in florida has been sponsored by a latino network. we know florida has a significant latino population. what were the issues in this debate? >> reporter: they really dominated by one issue and that is immigration. hillary clinton does have the edge with latino voters. they intend to favor her over bernie sanders two to one. this is an opportunity in this
debate for bernie sanders to try and score some points with voters in florida who will be casting their ballots in that nominating contest on tuesday. each tried to criticise the other's ro record while they were in public office. on the issue of immigration hillary clinton attacking bernie sanders decision to vote against comprehensive immigration reforms, something he defended as something of an issue of defending workers rights. at the same time he sort of slung the mud back at hillary clinton over her decision to support the obama administration deportation of children entering the u.s. illegally when they fled the border fleeing drug violence in central america. this back and forth got particularly strong in terms of the criticism, even testy. >> in 2006 senator bernie
sanders supported indefinite detention for people facing deportation and stood with the minute men vigilantes in their ridiculous, absurd efforts to "hunt down" immigrants. >> no. i do not support vigilantes and it is a horrific and unfair statement to make bernie sanders there continues to rode some of hillary clinton's momentum with that win in michigan >> reporter: that is why we saw the debate really getting rather critical between the two rather heated at times, if you will. one other big moment that could work in bernie sanders' favor came on an issue that only hillary clinton could address and that was the issue that seems to dog her throughout this campaign and could hurt her in a general election if she becomes a democratic presidential nominee and that is the use of a private email serve when she was
secretary of state. she has apologised for this and at the same time f.b.i. are still investigating and asked whether or not she would pull out of the race for the fact that there was a charge laid against her for that, she refused to answer the question, simply flew up her hands. these are the issues that seem to plague her and it is really affecting her ability to win over voters especially in terms of likeablity and trust. that was an issue for her in michigan and could plague her again as we head up to tuesday where a number of states will be voting, not to mention florida. we are talking about there are so many delegates in stake there. hillary clinton has the lead but bernie sanders is attempting to close that gap mps at myanmar's national lead for democracy has proposed a candidate for the lower house. the n.l.d. swept the elections
last year giving it the man died to form a government after decades of military rule. >> reporter: he was nominated by the lower house of parliament and he is the faift to go on to become the next president of myanmar. he is a member of the n.l.d., the party of aung san suu kyi, but she is not a member of the parliament. he is a man known to be very close to aung san suu kyi and very loyal to her. that's important because this is not the end of the road in terms of the ambitions from within the n.l.d. to have aung san suu kyi as the president of myanmar. even though it appears those negotiations with the military to suspend the article of the constitution that prevents her from becoming president appear to have failed for now. it is believes in the next year there will be another push for aung san suu kyi to negotiate with the military for them to set aside that section of the constitution. if she is to become president,
she needs someone in that position who is loyal to her and is willing to step aside to allow her to full her ambitions time for a short break here. when we come back, protests in bangladesh as the biggest mangrove forest comes under threat. plus. >> reporter: i'm in green land where the national football team is hoping f.i.f.a. will let them come in from the cold. om the cold.
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jazeera. south korea says pyongyang is threatening to suspend all deals with the south. north korea plans to liquidate assets of south korean firms and agencies in the industrial zone. a proposal for the presidential candidate for the myanmar parliament. democratic presidential hopefuls in the u.s. have faced off in florida. the states of vote in primaries this week arab league leaders are meeting to elect a new secretary general for the group. the 22 nation body was formed in 1945 and focused on relations with israel. since 1990 other internal conflicts have dominated discussions. in 2003 during the u.s. invasion of iraq the league tried to stop
iraq to sink into civil war. in 2006 it was criticized for being unable to unite the palestinian political factions. it suspended the syrian government in 2012 and imposed sanctions siding with the opposition movement. ahead of the arab league election foreign ministers of the gulf coppings council, g.c.c., have met in saudi arabia. it happens at a time of tension between the block and lebanon. they have told their citizens not to travel to lebanon. that has begun to hurt the economy there. >> reporter: for tourists visiting beirut from the gulf this is the most popular designation. it is full of designer shops and luxury cafés, but most sit empty. ever since war erupted in syria nearly five years ago, business
has fallen about 50%. >> translation: things here are just getting worse. this decision by saudi arabia will affect us even more. we hope things get better. all we have is hope. >> reporter: saudi arabia and its regional allies told its silt zens to leave lebanon and warned against future travel citing unspecified security concerns. it on will follow is riyadh's decision to stop financing. as well as hezbollah, most powerful organization, a terrorist group. it is seen as saudi arabia punishing lebanon for allowing hezbollah, a patron of rival iran, to become so powerful across the country it is not just the sharp decline in tourists from gulf states that have leaders worried. they're also concerned that
saudi arabia and its allies could impose restrictions on these workers in the region. including cancelling their work permits. more than 300,000 lebanese workers live in gulf countries. they send home around five billion dollars in remittances every year. it is a major portion of lebanon's economy and foreign currency reserves >> the one who should be heard is the people that support saudi arabia in lebanon. a large part of the country shows the future movement and other organizations are big supporters of saudi arabia and they actually work in saudi arabia. >> reporter: lebanon has been caught in the rivalry between shia led iran and sunni led saudi arabia. it is pushing lebanon towards iran. it is unclear that iran is willing to step up its economic
support to the government. whatever the case, the one thing most lebanese say they're sure of is that more uncertainty lies ahead colombia's leader has cast doubt over a peace deal with rebels. the president said on wednesday that he is willing to extend peace talks. colombia has been negotiating since 2012 to put an end to 50 years of fighting. former brazilian president has been charged in a money laundering investigation. he was detained last week. prosecutors say there's strong evidence that illicit fund was used to finance his workers partner. they were in power for 13 years. they accuse him of receiving payments and favours from companies in exchange for the
state-company petrobras. he denies all charges the families of 28 missing miners in venezuela are demanding to know what happened to their loved ones. it is said that they were killed over a gold claim. they have protested in the town near the border with brazil. ukraine's president wants a prisoner swap with moscow to secure the release of a military pilot. she made an object scene gesture in a months dough court where she is being tried for killing two journalists in a mortar attack. she denies the charges. the helicopter pilot was captured by russian forces in 2014. she faces 25 years in jail if found guilty. canadian prime minister justin trudeaux hopes to reinforce ties
with the u.s. ties with the u.s. suffered under hes predecessor. >> reporter: canada and the u.s. are each other's largest trading partners and the relationship is important to this country's xe. that's why there is such enthusiasm, such focus on his visit to washington. he said when he was elected last year he was going to press reset on a relationship that had rather frayed under his pre-desayser. mr harper wasn't able to get president obama's approval for the crucial keystone xl pipeline. that is not likely to come up when mr trudeaux is in washington. what is likely to come up is the border. tight new security restrictions are costing some 20 billion dollars a year, long line-ups, bureaucratic line-ups for
canadian experts >> i think the prime minister has to be frank in asking the president how canada and u.s. can cooperate on security issues, fighting terrorism but still ensuring that business people and canadian $and americans can cross the potential >> reporter: one potential irritant is to move canada's war planes from syria and iraq. they have worked through that when they met at the apec summit in november. they showed a fairly warm personal relationship there, always crucial. canada needs to keep in mind this is an election year, it needs to keep relations, and the potential nominees for the democratic and republican parties for president. that means, indeed, that canada is probably working on a strategy tore president donald trump should he be elected volkswagen's top executive
is stepping down thousands of workers at nigeria's state oil firm n mpc are on strike to oppose moves to restructure the company. refinery workers and tanker drivers blocked roads. the minister says he is willing to talk to members to stop the strike. illegal construction is being blame for the collapse of a five-story big in lagos. official say the property's owner built more floors than they had authority for. it came after heavy rains. thousands of blibs are marring from the capital to the biggest
mangrove forest. -- bangladeshies can you tell us more? >> reporter: the march was ride behind me. they are moving 400 kilometers towards the largest mangrove forest. it was organized to protect the natural resource power plant. they want to bring awareness to people and persuade the government to stop the construction of 1320 megawatt core power plant built by the bangladeshi and indian government jointly. that is to be at the largest man go forest. they want to carry on 400 mile
march and pick up more people on the way to protest. the government on its part saying this is nothing but a disinformation. they have environmental assessment reports saying there will be no impact and that they need pour. only 70% of the country is connected to electric grid. so the need for power and energy ask there and the government is very much-- is there and they're going to carry on. the construction has already started how is the government likely to respond to the process? >> reporter: i don't think they will respond very positively
because the construction is already started and the prime minister has said that she is not going to back down from this campaign. this was more likely to go on, the construction of the power plant thank you. there can be few places in the world where it's more difficult to play football than green land. arctic weather and vast distances between teams means getting to the game can be quite a challenge, but the national side still has ambitions to bun day win full f.i.f.a. membership. >> reporter: conditions for football in green land are not the greatest, but it doesn't stop people trying. the lack of a stadium here in the capital nuuk is one reason why the company is being refused membership in f.i.f.a. this man is hoping to see that
change. he is the coach of green land's national team looking out to a ground that few people will play on. >> i thought, oh my god people are playing here. nobody will come here as it is. to experience green land they will come but not to play football. i wouldn't recommend anybody to come here and play with us. >> reporter: a quick pitch ininspection reveals why it isn't possible. the pitch is full of these sharp little stones even in the summer which players need to wear thick tights in order not to cut their legs. so they take their passion for football inside. green land is going from strength to strength in this
game. it is crucial for player development given the problems faced by 911 a side league contested by hundreds of miles apart with no roads in between. national defender works here repairing boats which are one of the only means of getting to matches. >> translation: in other countries you can take the train, bus or drive yourself. we can't do that here. very often clubs cannot come to the championships because it is too expensive or the weather is just so bad that you can't sail. a >> reporter: green land is likely to need full independence from denmark before it can get f.i.f.a. ranking, making politics, geography and money three opponents which green land can't beat one of the driest countries on the planet is trying to cope with torrential rain.
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