>> the mosque was packed with worshipers on the explosion. security forces say they're investigating the case of tryingto find out how their suicide-bomber managed to get in to the mosque and houthi affiliate group. armed men open fired on the mosque. he groups blame al-qaeda and isil for launching such attacks to stabilize the country and
also ex-as baits--almost 90 people are affiliated with isil, and forcing people to launch attacks crass the country particularly against the embassy and capital riyadh. security forces say that they also arrested people including saudis to join isil in syria and iraq. this is something that is definitely going to prompts security forces across the country. and also targeting houthis in yemen and forces loyal to depose deposed president ali abdullah saleh. >> in yemen a bomb has exploded at a mosque in the capital of saana. 13 people were injured there.
isil has claimed responsibility for that attack. and iranian cargo ship loaded with aid for yemen has arrived to djibouti. it will be unloaded and taken by the u.n.'s world food program taken to the port under houthi control. it is full of rice, wheat and canned fish. the u.s. said it has no plans to offer strategy in the fight against isil despite iraqi figures calling for changes. they say the current operation was failing to stop isil but other reports from washington, d.c. the u.s. sees no alternative for the moment. >> they're ready to fight and perhaps to die. iraqi shia militiamen ready to take on isil. it's a controversial division to send them to the sunni province, but the iraqi government is
running out of options. the country's vice president say the airstrikes simply are not working. >> the international coalition meets and retreats. there is no good news from the coalition and there is no strategy. i ask the iraqi leaders to put a strategy together. the coalition meets but without any results. the airstrikes do not solve the problem. >> it's been a bad week for the u.s.-led coalition. u.s. government says its strategy in the region is under constant review, but at the moment it is saying there is no alternative. first there was the fight that forced fight tours pull out. one middle east analyst said that there is a basic flaw in the u.s.-led strategy.
>> the tactics are heavily dependent on having partners to do something different than they have been. the iraqi government meet to fund and pay for their own police, which they weren't doing in ramadi very well. it should probably support this national guard concept for sunni tribes. there is only so much that the u.s. can do when it has a coalition partnership. >> the state department insists that eight months into the fight against isil this is not the time to change. >> if there are very clear signs the strategy is not working. and people on the ground say it's not working. the senior people on the ground say it's not working. then perhaps it's time for a revision. >> you don't abandon a strategy when you know there would be set backs. you stick with it. you keep looking at it and that's what we're doing the. >> u.s. is willing to battle set backs in ramadi and elsewhere. there is a plan to retake the city and that would not involve
troops on the ground. the battle is constantly under review. that remains firmly ruled out. >> well, earlier we spoke to former iraqi government spokesmen. he discussed possible strategies to defeat isil. >> one very important issue which is fragile situation. you can see the problem among the sunni politicians and the tribes in anbar. there is a division. they call to the volunteers in the beginning. they found that it is not--we do need on the ground, the ground forces to control the ground.
iraqi military forces is not strong enough. they are weak. they cannot do the job alone. the tribes of anbar alone they can't do the job. so they do need to have all the effort. it is a big fire. they need all efforts to put out this fire. the u.s. support the air campaign of the united states is very very important, it's a key role in defeating daesh. all of this leading to defeat daesh. >> the colombian rebel group farc has suspended it's unilateral cease-fire after 26 of its fighters were killed by government forces. this despite the fact that both sides are taking part in peace talks in cuba.
>> shortly after the attack they said they were suspending the unilateral cease-fire that has been in place for six months. it blamed what it said were months of land and arrow fence by government forces. the colombian president defended the latest operation. >> with the same firmness and determination that we have under taken the peace talks to put an end to the conflict that plagues us after so many decades with the same firmness we'll continue to fight without truce all forms of crime in all corners of the country. >> the farc, however said with difficulty would continue with the peace talks held in havana, the last round only began on wednesday. the subject on the table the clearing of landmines. >> the time has come for the farc to commit to not planting any more landmines. not one more mine. >> the talks have been under way since 2012 with both sides struggling to resolve a conflict
that has lasted five decades leaving 200,000 people dead and millions displaced. >> our addition to move ahead together the columbia government continues to be unmodifiedible. >> the talks resumed as a family in rural columbia morning the death of a seven-year-old girl who stepped on a landmine. >> it has been very hard and must be repeated. the children should not have to pay for these things that they don't even understand. it needs to stop. we don't want any more war in our streets or any part of our colombia. >> both sides have accepted in a while peace talks continue there will be set backs. government troops were killed by farc fighters last month. but teach ago slows the process
and frustrates the majority of klum i don't know i don't klum i don't knowi don'tcolombians who are keen to see the end of the fighting. >> mexican media are saying that there are 40 casualties in a clash that took place in michoacan and jalisco. an area of high violence. john, what is the latest? >> we've seen video now of what has happened. we've seen the federal police officers as gunfire is going out, and then the camera pans and you can see there are dead bodies of what looks like people in civilian clothes. this was a brutal and violent
event. the mayor of the area of which this took place said there seems to have been two points of shooting. one was a pursuit and in a brink of what we were first told by local journalists there on the ground who said that there seems to be a pursuit by federal police that ended in a shootout in which many people died. the people who died there has been a lot of reports and local media and the state government of government that these were from the new generation cartel from jalisco where this took place. this is a cartel that has been growing more and more powerful in the last few years, and especially in the last couple of months has been defying federal authorities. it shot down an army helicopter and ambushed 16 policemen over the last couple of months.
>> the government has been stepping up its fight against the cartel. >> well, the government has been stepping up its fight in particular against this cartel, the new generation. has sent 10,000 federal forces in to jalisco to try and deal with this problem. as i said, the cartel has been shooting and damaging mexico's federal forces. you could see this as federal forces sort of hitting back. over all this is not the impression that the mexican government would like to transmit within the country and also to the international sort of world images of over 40 people it seems from the preliminary death count dead. it wants to spread a message of itself subduing organized crime of less organized crime, of less killing. and until recently it has been talking proudly federal officials i was with just yesterday about how they managed to subdue the violence in
michoacan. and if seemed like they were able to do it. this event from this anger around 9:00 a.m. is just going to feel like another set back for them. >> john, joining me live, thank you. coming up in the next 15 minutes. a world first. the irish people vote on whether to change their institution and allow same-sex marriage. and mind control, the implant that made it possible for a paralyzed man to lift a glass.
>> welcome back. a reminder of those top stories here in al jazeera pap suicide-bomber blew himself in a mosque in senior saudi arabia killing 21 people. isil has claimed responsibility for the attack which happened in a village. thousands of shia militia gather east of ramadi for a counter offense against isil and asked for international help to fight the group. 43 people have been killed in a large scale gunfight in western mexico. it happened in the area between the states of michoacan and jalisco, which is known to be a stronghold of drug cartel. in syria helicopter its bombed provinces. >> multiple airstrikes on the town in the province of idlib
the aim of the strikes is to provide cover for more than 200 government troops in. these pictures show a number of syrian forces escape. some of them are said to be senior officers. >> ten days ago they promised to end the siege. where is this? his power and his might but today is a day of joy and victory. >> the coalition of rebels which includes al nusra front fighters allyied to al-qaeda captured the city of idlib. the rest of idlib province are important. it means that they have a gateway to the syrian coast. it has a highway which connects the provinces of aleppo. further north of the province of
aleppo syrian helicopters drop two barrel bombs on the town in the northern countryside. rescue workers and residents were looking for survivors. the town is under rebel control and activists are saying that the attacks have killed several people. many of them women and children. al jazeera. >> three people have been killed in burundi's capital after attackers threw grenades in the crowd. it's amid violence after the president's bid for a third term has sparked protests. more than 100,000 people have fled. u.n. troops are being deployed in northeastern mali where fighting has intensified between separatists and government forces. at least 15 people have been killed during the past two days and there are reports of more fighting.
>> the town has become a flash point in northern mali. troops are being sent to the area to establish the buffer around the area to protect civilians. it led to the coordination and accuses government troops of killing civilian who is were captured by governmental lie militia. fighters told al jazeera that they controlled a nearby area. a spokesman said that they don't recognize the recent peace deal. with the agreement signed on the 15th, they dismiss who signed it without taking permission from the leader of the coalition of the people of azawad. last week they signed a peace agreement, but members of the coalition rejected it and said that more talks are needed. they said they need a deal with the separatists to go after other groups.
the forces it's a big blow to all the movements. this individual seen as most violent of all leaders in the north, of course, i'm sure they have other recourses. they'll bounce back. but it was a blow because they were killed by two other leaders. the most important thing in all of this is that it was a great relief where they made a deal with compatriots. >> warring groups accuse the troops on the ground of taking sides. they've struggled to rein in separatists and groups on the ground. and despite the presence of international troops lasting peace can only come when all influential troops within mali
agree to stop fighting. >> myanmar's navy has detained more than 200 people after rescuing them at sea. myanmar's government said that the people are bengally. that's the word they use to describe rohingya muslims. thousands are fled persecution in myanmar and have fled to indonesia and malaysia and thailand. >> the commission wants to find refugees homes across europe. we followed some of the asylum seekers and we have this report from the northern greek border. >> they start at dusk crossing fields of maize and wheat that mark the edge of greek territory. there is no legal way for them to get to the heart of europe, so they take their chances on
foot. among them is a yemeni man who left his beef and small children behind to travel with his two teenage sons. >> i will never see my children fight for al-qaeda. sooner other later one side or another will approach them. >> they're at a temporary resting point and a point where they return after failed crossings. >> this is the start of what migrants call the black road, a freight track running along the river valley north all the way to serbia. and here for a depth of several hundred yards behind me the migrant crossings will prey to rival gangs. >> many have seen those attacks. >> i've seen fractured shins thighs arms, forearms, bruised
faces, broken noses skull fractures. these are not accidents but the result of violence. >> doctors without borders have seen worse. >> we saw people in serbia who fainted in front of us because they had been walking for three days straight without any food or water. we saw frost bite and a man with no legs, whose friends have carried him for two years from afghanistan. we saw blind people led by others. >> the reason these people travel is to apply for political asylum in northern europe. the law confines them to the e.u. country they first arrived at. in this case greece. but the e.u. is considering changing that rule, sparing them the pearls of perils of the forbidden countries. but these people are determined
to press on. this man recounts how police jailed and tortured him. memories that prove too much for his youngest daughter. in their minds the dangerous they left behind tower over those ahead. al jazeera at the northern greek border. >> the latest round of talks between the u.s. and cuba have finished out any final agreements on how they'll restore full diplomatic relations. they had reopened their embassies in washington and in havana for the first time in 50 years. it's the first step to normalizing relations. it was first pushed by president barack obama and raul castro in december. a referendum in scotland will be approveed to change its constitution onscotland--ireland
to legalize same-sex marriage. teams of scientists collected samples from all the world's oceans including virus organisms that produce half of the world's oxygen. dr. steve palum bi from stanford university in california. >> it's a remarkable way to look at the ocean. we don't necessarily think about the very small things very much. but in the ocean the mall things are a big deal. they produce a huge fraction of the oxygen that we breathe on the flaunt.
by a third of the life on the planet is tied up in these tiny things. they live, breathe reproduce so quickly, and they're a big part of the life on our planet. this expedition was one of the first ones to look at those small stuff and return with a new set of information that we've never seen. this is the base of the food chain that supports all the fish that we eat. those are moving around, too. they're very sensitive to temperature. it stands to reason that as the ocean temperature changes due to climate change that we'll see massive changes in the life of the ocean cascading from that. >> back here on the surface huge advances are being made in a technology that can change the lives of some of the world's most severely injured people. caroline malone reports on these bionic pie pioneers. >> great strides are being made
in technology. eric who has been paralyzed since being shot 13 years ago has the ability to move a limb again. >> we found out having small conversation helps the activity to move along smoother. sometimes i have to be quiet and if i get frustrated, the activity will go down hill and i won't be able to move anything at all. >> he has been able to do something he never has been able to do before, drink on his own. he's the first person to have a neurodevice implanted in the part of the brain where intentions are made. when it thinks about moving it activates a prosthetic. he's not the only one benefiting from this type of amazing technology. this man has a bionic leg that he uses his mind to control. >> asoon as i put my foot on it took me about ten minutes to get
control of it. and i could stand up and just walk away. >> lee lott lost both of his arms when he was electrocuted years ago. he was able to move his arms. >> it's realizing that there is so much more to learn. >> jan is a quadriplegic usually only able to move her neck and head. but now she's learning to move prosthetic limbs as well. >> they said that was all you. that was not the computer, it was all you. i can't stop smiling. i'm moving things. i have not moved things for about ten years. >> eric had his sensors implanted in his brain. another break through in his mind-controlled technology. as it turns out there is a lot
that can be achieved just by thinking about it. caroline malone. al jazeera. >> you can find out much more on our website. the address for that you can see it there on the screen. www.aljazeera.com. we'll be back in just a second with the remainder of those headlines. singers of a generation - kate pierson of the b-52s. >> (singing the song "love shack"). >> the greatest thing i think a band can do is give people this joy and make them happy and make them dance or sing or just, you know, just kind of give them a joy. >> the group was once given the title "america's favorite party band" by rolling stone, but