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widespread devastation. you speak to a scientist who says there may be a new way to stop locusts swarming and in sport. diego maradona has been buried in tributes continue to roll in from around the world, including former club and team of current argentine accounts. and so we begin with breaking news from iran, where scientists believed to be at the heart of the country's controversial nuclear program, has been killed in an attack east of the capital tehran, most enough factories that day was also associated with the iranian revolutionary guard corps. he was sanctioned by the united states in 2008. revolutionary guard has vowed to avenge his death. let's go straightaway to i said, break who's live for us there in tehran? very much a developing story. i said, what more do we know?
well, the defense ministry have said that he was the head of innovation and research at the defense ministry and he came under attack along with his guards. now they say that he was seriously injured, was taken to hospital and medical staff, doubt operations on him, but were unable to save his life. and he died moments ago now send their condolences to the supreme leader of iran. how many to the iranian nation and to his family? now we've also had the head of the revolutionary guard, say that attacking assassinating nuclear scientists is an attempt by hegemonic powers to stop iran from gaining new sciences. but the fars news agency, the semi official news agency has given a shed a bit more light on this. they say they came under attack by 3 or 4 unknown assailants. there was an explosion, an exchange of gunfire. they also say that 3 to 4 people were killed. in that
incident there was a senior figure in iran's nuclear program, and this will come to a shock to many here in iran. nuclear scientists have of course been targeted in the past to tell us more about to reside here and why he might be targeted. but that's right. most and factors are there was also targeted targeted in 2010. he survived that attempt, but also in november, 201010 years ago, another nuclear scientist was assassinated and they have been targets before. now he was a member of the iran's revolutionary guard, in fact, benjamin netanyahu. the israeli prime minister had alleged that he had been working on iran's nuclear weapons program. he had also been sanctioned by the u.n. security council back in 2007. but those sanctions against him along with other scientists and military experts, were lifted this year in october. this year,
as the arms embargo run, act as part of the joint comprehensive plan of action that 2015 nuclear deal. again, he is a very senior figure here at the heart of iran's nuclear program and the defense ministry have said that he was the head of research and innovation at the ministry of defense, or as a reliever there for the moment back to as soon as we get more information from tehran, i said break. let's now move on to mohammad marandi, who's a professor of english literature and orientalism at the university of toronto, joins us live by skype from tehran. as i say, very much a developing story at this point in time. what more do you know? what's your reaction to this news? well, 1st of all, at the beginning of europe, europe ort, you stated that this was a part of iran's controversial nuclear program. iran's nuclear program is not controversial. it's only controversial in the eyes of the united states and its
allies, which want up a monopoly over technology and over the region as a whole. he is not the 1st scientists to be murdered. and it is interesting that every time that you run arrests, western spies, the western media, including unfortunately non-western, english media. they mimic western claims that these are all passages, they're all innocent as if you run arrest, no one but innocent people. but it's the cumulation intelligence that these very spies gather that needs to murder, assassination, and terrorism. and then suddenly the western media, the western media as they cloaked about the attacks and these murders. but i think the only result is that this is going to make iranians more assertive when it comes to dealing with it sent back in s.
. and it is very, it is too late for western intelligence agencies or the israeli intelligence agency, along with the any k. terrorist organization which is backed by the e.u. and the united states. it's too late for them to do anything about iran's nuclear program. 1015 years ago. if they carried out these assassinations, it would have had an impact. but now iran's nuclear program is highly developed is highly diverse. it has many young scientists and these murders will be more detrimental to your arms, antagonists, i believe in the long run than they will be to run. right. it's a mission factors. idea was targeted in the past. as we just heard from our correspondent tell us more about this man and what his role was within the nuclear program. well, just like all other fields of iranian technological development, the united states by sanctioning iran, trying to prevent iran from gaining and acquiring knowledge to keep iran backwards
. and he was one of the people, the 1st generation of people who helped develop nuclear technology in the country right now. the united states is trying to prevent iran from developing its vaccine for the coronavirus. the iranians are having major difficulty in importing the equipment. they need to develop the coronavirus. why? because that is a part of the broader policy by the united states and its allies to keep iran back . so it's not simply the nuclear program, but he was one of the key figures in the 1st generation. but as i said, the nuclear program in iran like other fields of inquiry have and technology has developed and it is, it is a very robust and diverse field. so he was much more important 1520 years ago. then he is today. but what is important is the whole, the, the fact that they carried out this murder any run, this act of terrorism in iran,
this was, in fact an act of war. and therefore, those antagonists of iran that were behind this. and it is probably a network of countries, because we do know that certain western embassies, as well as embassies, the u.s. embassies in countries around iran. they, they gather information and bay, in fact, to use the children of iranian academics, iranian officials, they target them day, and then they use them to put pressure on family members to begin spying for the united states. there's a whole network of countries and intelligence organizations that are targeting iran . certainly not clear at this point in time. who is responsible for this. we will bring more news on this as it develops, but for the time being maroney thanks very much. indeed,
the news that the defense ministry in iran has said that the senior figure in the country's nuclear program and most in fact his id has been assassinated and say, were you more news on that? as we get it on to ethiopia, where the government is denying claims, the prime minister is rejecting talks with the 2 grand leaders that is visiting peace. envoys push for a resolution to the week's long conflict. in the northern region, 3 african union, special envoys met, prime minister, told them he would only speak to representatives operating illegally in the region . the army was ordered to carry out the final phase of its offensive and move in on to graze regional capital. well, earlier my colleague for anybody who spoke to the ethiopian prime minister a spokeswoman saying, i think the gov widely misunderstood concept with regard to these strong words with ejection, particularly because they have not rejected talking to anybody from the gray region . in fact, the provisional administration,
there has been that sort of constitutionally by the half a federation is an amalgamation, are a composition of the various political parties that are active in the playground region. or there is no rejection on his part because this provision that illustration is comprised of representative court speaking on behalf of the people of the grand land. but up one point of the guard to your question of mediation at this point. and this has been really the period of several times of life. one of the key apply the rule of law of measures being undertaken is because, according to the laws of the land in the arctic ocean in the criminal code of the federal democratic republic of a copy of your own national forces of the credit of the criminal act in the considered a true so part of the country and the threat to holding the country. my park service to holding the country together. the action was taken to ensure that the
rule of law is being enforced. and in place in the region, the mediating with the criminal groups, the fact that the treasonous act is not something left on the table right now. but i see human origins up to this conflict right now. this offensive by the government has led to thousands of ethiopians fleeing to neighboring sudan. so you can understand the concern of neighboring countries when the conflict is now spreading into their territory. so why once again reject mediation that may come from sudan or not other countries when they're being directly impacted by what's happening in the tigray region. the sollie, the federal government, is in command of most of the areas within the to grow region. all of the places that were under p.p.r. look, militia occupation are now under federal command and are returning back to learn when in fact, the prime minister has made a clear call for all of those that have fled to come back because their areas and their homes are being protected, but do you think it's time for the citizens to return? as you say, when the prime minister announced yesterday that the final offensive on macand, the regional capital to grey had begun half
a 1000000 people live in that area. what is the government going to do to protect those civilians living there? the government is going to continue and continue doing what it has been doing throughout this operation and matters most protection for civilians. one thing that we have to understand and has not been well understood by the international community and international media is that one of the reasons that it has taken a little bit longer for all of these areas to be occupied is because the national defense forces is not having any military confrontations with people look militia in cities and towns that have been a part of its strategic operation of waiting cities and towns and taking terrain. then order to get to these areas where a lot of people live operators are. so there is one else ensuring that citizens are protected. secondly, the engagement to be happening in michaela is not something as construed by t.p.r. look up again. this is something with due cause for an end to military attention, a strategic and tactical operation that is going to be targeted towards the p.p.l.
of click and the men where their hideouts are also clearly known. or let's get more now from our correspondent michael ware, malcolm webb, i should say, who is monitoring developments from neighboring kenya. and malcolm very difficult to get any information at all out of the 2 gray region. what have you been hearing? that's why the communications, the phone lines and the internet are being cut off for weeks now. but in the statement from the prime minister's office and followed the meeting with the 3 envoys from the african union, they've yet to rated their commitment to not harm civilians. and this is something that's been come under criticism for from rights groups from diplomats as well. many who've expressed alarm about the possibility of this potentially pending assault on the city of micheli, home to half a 1000000 people, and to an international even said that shelling the city itself could constitute a war crime. but we haven't heard of any reports of fighting from the city yet. in
spite of that 3 day ultimatum expiring just a couple of days ago. what about any hopes of mediation? certainly seems if the government is saying that they don't want to be interference from the outside. the african union chair, south african presidents who run opposer, had said a couple of days ago that he sent these envoys to try and assist mediation between the 2 sides. and while in the statement from the prime minister's office, it said that federal government side to be open to talks all along this still no plan specified in that statement, for any talks between the 2 sides. to go ahead. so it doesn't look like that's imminent. a few days ago, it was over said that the grain military leadership either needed to give up or to be defeated. and certainly if the federal government continues in that line, then we're not expecting to see to see talks any time soon. and certainly for the last few months, that was a big part of the problem that led up to this conflict that both sides had ceased
to recognize each other and ceased to of knowledge each other's legitimacy. and that was part of the breakdown that caused this conflict. to break out in the 1st place or a more complex very much for michael ware. reporting from nairobi on the situation in ethiopia. well, all the while, thousands of people are fleeing the fighting, integrate into camps in neighboring sudan and of the days of walking. many are exhausted and sick, but struggling to get access to health care, or morgan has more now from near the border with ethiopia. this is the only health facility at village, a refugee camp near sudan's border with dozens come here from medical assistance each day. take low will die, says he was went by doctors back in his home country that he was developing cardiac problems. now he says, days of walking, to flee from fighting in ethiopia, region, and standing in line for aid and for treatment is making him feel worse. i was told
to be careful not to exhaust myself to take care of my diet, but since i had to flee my chest pains have been increasing. and when i come here, there's often a long line or no doctor, for hundreds of patients in the camp that hosts more than 15000. the center is the 1st and sometimes the only place to seek treatment. despite that, it has little to offer to patients, all fled to escape fighting from to grey. i wasn't suffering from anything when i was back at my i've been struggling to get medication since i got here and the treatment is very poor. more than 45000 refugees have been displaced by the fighting into grey. it's thought of 3 weeks ago following a government of unsafe on the take rate people's liberation front. the offensive was a response to an attack by the front on a military base and came after months of tension between the regional government and the federal government. 2 camps have been opened in sudan to cope with the influx of refugees. but providing services, especially health services,
is challenging as more and more refugees continue to arrive. the camp here has 3 doctors who are also refugees to tend to the sick. we don't, even if we cannot we don't agree with, you know, that could be of benefit. there are many here that we need to be that if we are going to be this, but we don't have that. and we don't think about sudan's commission of refugees says it's trying to assist the refugees with access to health care, but need support from organizations to be able to help the sick develop what's needed is for health organizations to provide emergency medication. and the refugee community is no mingling with the local community and some turn to local health
facilities to get treatment. health organizations need to step up to ensure that refugees have proper health care. most refugees here state, they don't know how long they remain in this camp, or if they will be relocated to places with better facilities. but they say they hope their calls for assistance will be listened to before a medical crisis. of course, he will morgan al-jazeera out of state. well, we've got plenty more ahead on the news are including going it alone. we report from a remote region of afghanistan as local troops try to maintain their fragile calm without the help of u.s. forces. donald trump is saying he'll leave office if joe biden is deemed the will after the electoral college votes, but refuses to concede just yet. and from playing on the streets to international competitions, we meet the young filipino chess player, making big moves in the game right
out in india, thousands of angry farmers have finally made it to the capital to protest the march for hundreds of kilometers. and it had to get past border blockades. police have allowed protesters to gather in the city after initially trying to hold off the crowds. and the farmers are rallying to demand that the government scrap new laws which they say damaged their livelihoods. farmers in fact have come from several different states to for the changes they faced barricades was a kind of interior gas as police try to stop their advance despite officials giving in that hasn't stopped more battles breaking out on the outskirts of the capital. a local media say delhi police have asked to turn 9 stadiums into makeshift jails and regional governments has opposed the plan. well, there is a general secretary of the all indian consensus about which is a farmers' organization that specifically with the communist party and is taking part of the protests. he says the laws will hurt small farmers and will benefit
large corporate interests. all the quarterly are going to be in that is the departments of india. and even dog acts that implement it. farmers will be, comes to live in their own len. they lose everything. and in that situation, farmers, their power needed that their $1000500.00 small be part of much of the nation all over the country, the united lee demanding that these, and the watermarks and war would really be in that, nor compromise on that. because that did little party party india. let's get more now from elizabeth burnham, who has more from there is a huge police presence here. in fact, so far there are still more police officers hid them. there are farmers and testers . there are a large number of police buses to take anyone on the way if they cause any trouble
. and just as importantly, there are police barricades surrounding the area to stop him from going beyond this point into central delhi, which is where they wanted to go. but they were denied permission police citing the record high number of coronavirus cases. police commissioner is appealing to farmers to protest peacefully to maintain order that is off to nearly 3 days of tens of thousands of farmers making their way to delhi from neighboring states. breaking through police barricades and as they faced will to canon and tear gas. so this is a concession by delhi police. we're not sure if it's going to be enough because while we're hearing that on their way here, and we can see the preparations for that here and others saying that this is not good enough. tens of thousands of people have rallied in iraq's capital in a show of support for the shia cleric muntadhar outside his bid for parliamentary elections. next june. they gathered in tahrir square, which was once the focus of anti-government protests. so i had frequently shown his
support for the demonstrations and often made calls for political reform or elsewhere violence between satirists and 90 government protesters had broken out in the southern city of nasiriyah. at least one person was killed, the 2 sides talk to each other using sticks and rocks around 40 people injured. when a fulton was at the ready in baghdad, friday sprayer here in baghdad, the hardest word was an overt display of power on the part of the sudras movement. just days after its leader influential shia cleric looked at all, sutter announced that his party intended to secure a majority in the forthcoming parliamentary elections and also to nominate the prime minister. of course, that would be a substantial increase compared to the 16 percent of seats. his party currently holds, but as you can see, thousands of people have gathered here today, which shows just how much political muscle this movement has, and also how much organizational capability they have to hold this thing together.
and that's, that's in stark contrast to the anti-government protest movement that has been demonstrating here in tahrir square until just a few weeks ago, their movement has been fragmented. they have claimed that they have been infiltrated by parties like the sudras movement. their movement has essentially been hijacked, so this covering here, leaves little doubt as to who emerged as the victor after months of anti-government protests. this training military has moved to dismiss more than a dozen soldiers after an inquiry found some of its special forces committed war crimes. in afghanistan, investigators uncovered evidence that soldiers had unlawfully killed 39 civilians and prisoners. most of the killings happened in 201-220-1319, current and former troops have been referred for possible prosecution. the trumpet, ministration plans would drop 2 and a half hours in u.s. troops from afghanistan in january and
a further push to end america's longest war. many u.s. bases a being handed over to the afghan army despite a surge in violence zeros from your country, 40 percent at one of those bases in action. a once volatile region amazed where security forces are trying to maintain, fragile calm. these valleys have seen violence and death like few places in afghanistan. the area was occupied by isis fighters who targeted people in the region and destroyed their villages. now, things have changed. q, what sort of had to suffer? there is a taliban presence in the border areas of this district, but isis completely eliminated from this area. for nearly 4 years, relentless u.s. airstrikes supporting afghan military operations across achieving in eastern afghanistan destroyed. i saw sanctuary here on patrol with the afghan army uniform going on here
a year ago. it would have been completely impossible. but now since i saw was going to be early on, they have been very quiet at the nearby base. it's also quiet. it was from here that u.s. special forces with the use of sophisticated technology and air support fought, i saw the base was handed over to the afghan army may. these emblems are some of the few reminders that american troops were once here when the foreigners left, they did not leave equipment like weapons, vehicles, and other military equipment that we needed. we are an urgent need of heavy weapons, like artillery, mortars, cannons, and ammunition. if we have all these heavy artillery with us, we will be able to defend our country in a better way. the base commander says the taliban often attacks the base from the mountains day and night. the base is only levon kilometers from the border with
pakistan, from where he says taliban fighters can slip into the area. nato has adjusted eisold remains a concern here, and has promised to support the afghan security forces for the next 4 years. despite the sudden u.s. drawdown in the villages of achieving people who had fled, the fighting are returning to their homes. some say that makes no difference. the americans are no longer in the area with of us in the people who want to go. we are proud of our security forces and we are not worried. we want the taliban, the government on the face, negotiating teams to know that we have suffered a lot and we can't afford to see more funerals of our loved ones. we want peace and peace at any cost. and if peace ever comes to this remote corner of afghanistan, people here also hope they can finally have a hospital and
a bigger school for all the children. so everyone can know what a peaceful life looks like. for the contraflow al-jazeera, a changed eastern afghanistan, u.s., president obama says he will leave the white house if the electoral college confirms the victory of president elect joe biden. trump said it would be a mistake if biden was confirmed. i think it would be difficult to concede repeated unfounded claims about the election being stolen from him because of fortunate votes. biden's inauguration is set to take place on january 20th if the other from the 1st. all right. as to whether or not, even though they just show you certainly, well, certainly i will and you know that. but i think that there will be a lot of things happening between now and the 20th of january. the president of bella roussel, example of shanghai has promised to step down if a new constitution is created, he hasn't confirmed if the process is underway,
or even if it's being considered. because shanker has so far resisted months of protests calling for his resignation. critics accuse him of rigging the election and cracking down on his opponents still ahead here on al jazeera, mexico is getting its all under pressure after a rapid rise in cases of covert 19 and the italian club that maradona led to the greatest era pays tribute to the argentine legend ahead of the latest game. the recent very obvious change of season levant on recently the arabian peninsula is left this sort of zigs, northwestern syria, typical refugee camp, which of course, wet and red mud underfoot in saudi arabia. these flash floods from thunderstorms just one example is jetta from yesterday,
this is typical of most cities in the arabian peninsula when you get a big downpour briefly, flash floods then eventually clears away. but the concentration on the heavy in the more persistent rain is usually somewhere in iraq. all the western side of iran with the land starts to get tired. of course, in the course at heart, you tend to get snow out of it. now even during saturday, you've got that potential line of thunderstorms across saudi down towards the red sea coast across into djibouti. want to even show up to the south of that back rain or qatar for example. but let's take a couple of forecast baghdad, showers on saturday, very little wind drives in through the northwest. it picks up on sunday for a fun day. you got right to showers on monday, q 8. likewise such it looks shower in there. but once you, on monday, as the wind just turns around to a lightish northwesterly for the rest of us well, to the west, it's fine again. the sun is out. it's quite warm by day, but there's still showers in bahrain kuwait.
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redefine capitalism plus taxing the rich to pay for the pandemic. in argentina, counting the cost, well, i'll just move again, you're watching al-jazeera remind of our top stories this hour. and the iranian scientist believed to be the heart of the country's controversial nuclear program, has been killed in an attack east of tehran has been condemned as a terror attack by the government and military figures who promised to return it. just felt ins of farmers have gathered in india's capital to demand that the government scrapped new market friendly laws, which they say damaged, their livelihoods. some of march for hundreds of kilometers to find police plant. and the ethiopian government has denied claims of prime minister is rejecting talks
with the grand leaders says, visiting peace envoy has pushed for a resolution to the week's long conflict in the northern regions. when i say a closer look at what led to this military operation integrate, that has been friction between tigra and leaders, and prime minister ahmed since he took office in 2018 until then the t.p.m. left had run the country as part of a coalition that dominated politics for nearly 30 years, but things escalated in september when the t.p.a. left held its own regional election and the government called the vote illegal since it had already perspire in the national poll because of covert 19 and then to ground forces attacked a federal army base in the north triggering triggering a full scale military response from the government and tens of thousands of to grant had fled to neighboring sudan to escape the fighting. but speaking out to murtha, who's the international crisis group's project director for the horn of africa,
joins us live by skype from nairobi. mr. moti good to see. any rooted to peaceful resolution. the government seem determined not to have any international intervention. well, we certainly did, but it's a really, it's up to that terry who taught hundreds, possibly thousands dead tens of boat and other projects when they're all and when we got to the top of that, especially up. but it's a major attack on their city or make it let's hold 200000000. unfortunately, there are prospects. let me xing the small federal forces up get up, get up, and they feel that they can make a limit, which is their regional really, but it might make us and make strained dependents. the prospects don't look good. but if you're good friends, given the prospects of what you might want to do in a catastrophe, given the importance of it you're, they should continue pressing. it's right,
it was very difficult to get any information as we were hearing earlier from our correspondent malcolm webb. from the gray region, communications are very scant and scarce. but what is your assessment of where this is heading? if things are not calm down, if you know it does escalate, i think that who lost all mean that scenario is what, where you up major conflict issues between 2 little bichon, all forces or least when you are up a 1000000. as a 1000000000 struck one, it will for example, that at least the failure of the 80s might extend the more about the debt issues potentially, but it's crappy but at least extended to allow civilians to leave. one would also hope that the african youth rest but saves to a lot of civilians to loot. but also for that, if you let it not to stand in the way of those that seek to exit so that when it
was just another group, another potential option is that the t.p. may be shipped and go up into the mountains and insurgency just as they did then they do it to you. and of course the line is one where one state the state test and that will really close up. it is right with many citizens have fled already as we were saying, the benelli have across the border to sudan. the government talks about this humanitarian corridor, it's essential that that is put in place is not yes. as you say, didsbury had to get 3 level mission out of that. if what we do know is that there are tens of thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire. i hate when i'm doing that mental is that it is international vision of some of those humanitarian corridor just to give civilians greater courage to be able to take advantage of them. but yes, absolutely. this is all we've tried to do. it's
a very difficult moment and one would hope that all sides will at least try and minimize the damage to civilians and to infrastructure. he said they, the federal government feels that it has the upper hand in the take rate region, but the t p l f themselves a pretty well armed and they've got a fairly good resource of troops. do you think they could put up a fight without question? that deep, 11 bitter rivals of protracted insurgencies before it just didn't you know, war successfully to get the support. but i think in the last few weeks, the uk yet if that of the drop been beaten, but for a monopolist it isn't and couldn't make it. it's very hard to tell of their calculus is what might be mentally might be saved to deploy their well armed, well trained, special forces to take on the federal forces and try and defend michelet. it is
sickening, might be that they might withdraw into the military. but then of course, the baseballs who are very well mean the hook sit or what military really shows. very, very latest numbers. very well and bullets laid, of course they capable of taking each other on. but as a state, of course, one would hope that they will say and certainly to meet, they ticked off it. so in a very tense situation there in mecca lael be keeping a very close eye on developments from the international crisis group. thank you very much. now the saudi led coalition in yemen has carried out a series of air raids in and around the capital sana, several areas controlled by the forces were targeted, no country have been reported. so to arabia and the u.a.e. intervened in given's war 5 years ago, in an effort to restore the government which was ousted from power by the crowds
gathering in the southwestern city of tires to voice their anger. against that, he's calling for the international community to recognize them as a terrorist group protest condemning the use of violence against civilians. now the british government has sent troops to saudi arabia to defend oil fields from attack without informing the public or parliament. the operation began in february, but it's not known how many troops were deployed. it would swear that british court ordering a ban on sending military hardware, it's riyadh until july. and this was because of concerns that saudi forces were committing war crimes in yemen with the rebels in yemen. have claimed responsibility for numerous missile strikes on major oil facilities in saudi arabia . and the saudi government says the u.a.e. has been fighting the who, the since 2015. the un says yemen is now facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis. that's the background. let's bring in andrew smith in glasgow. he's a spokesman for the campaign against trade and mr. smith, 1st, of all,
what's your reaction to this revelation? these saudi installations, the u.k. government says a critical need protecting. i think it's pretty concerning because there's been very little transparency in this exercise. parliament was never told, public was never told. and what it really underlines is hype, integrated the u.k. and say the military is, and the uncritical political and military support which has been given to the stadia regime since day one in this terrible war. and this more has created worst humanitarian crisis in the world. and yet you came, it weapons played a central role. you came, it soldiers have been working on to grangemouth it. saturday. led coalition, which has been responsible, was brutal parkman's. it was not made public, as you say, i know it happened at a time when there was a ban on military hardware to saudi arabia over concerns about the, the saudi actions us is talking about in yemen. absolutely, because since this war began,
if you case licensed at least 6000000000 planes were fighter jets bombs and missiles to the society led coalition, do you talk to could be, are higher. but in any case, because arms deals are not just a model, they would also be would also granted illegally. and the u.k. government was ordered to stop the arms sales. and yet, at that time, it was also working in a military capacity to protect saudi oil without telling parliament or public rights. that is, this certainly very concerning. when british troops be sent to protect saudi sites, you know, it seems a story looking from the outside that such a thing would happen that the pretty strings would operate in protecting foreign countries resources in this way. when they've got that, especially when they've got this is all that deal with billions of dollars. i think that it's part of the package of arms deal. it only too should be seen in isolation if they u.k. didn't already have such a close political and military relationship with say,
duty. and it would not send soldiers at the cost of u.k. taxpayers as well to protect oil and say today that i think that it is hard to see important policy which would lead to these debt lines which have led to the u.k. debating a complicity in support. for bartman, which is created such a brutal humanitarian crisis, because not the only government to send the arms to saudi arabia or other countries are involved as well, especially the united states. do you think they've been sending troops to yell and i think there's probably a lot more information to come into play with all of our countries as well. but since this war began, the u.s. and u.k. have been playing be more sense a little because this war simply could not happen with boat fighter jets and missiles much is exactly what was being debated, but you came to us. joe biden has said that when he became president, becomes president. he will look at these arms deals and take action that can happen . that's all the more reason might be u.k.
. government must take action and end its support. ms. war as well with thanks very much indeed. for that, thank you. thank you very much. now, french president amental macron says he is shocked by a video appearing to show police in paris, beating up a black music producer was recorded by security cameras inside the man studio. he told reporters that police followed him in after seeing him outside without a mask. 4 officers have been arrested. the incident comes ahead of a planned protest on saturday against police violence in france. thousands of anti-government protesters are back on the streets in bangkok, continuing their calls for political change. calling on thailand's prime minister to resign, they also want a new constitution and reforms that would limit the powers of the king. and that includes reversing changes that give him personal control over a royal fortune worth tens of billions of dollars. the scuffles have erupted
in taiwan's parliament over the government's decision to ease restrictions on u.s. . pork imports opposition politicians dumped buckets of pig organs on their rivals, punches were thrown. the new policy will allow american pork imports to have acceptable residual of an additive called oreck to me. critics are concerned about its effects on both animals and humans. ravaging locusts of never being good news for farmers, but a team of researchers in the u.k. says it may have found a solution. researchers say they're looking into the genetic coding of desert locusts in order to find a pesticide that can kill them all really stop them from swarming. but one that doesn't harm crops as well. the insect known for being destructive and have contributed to a hunger crisis in developing nations. and this year they've ravaged crops right across yemen, egypt, sudan, somalia, kenya, ethiopia, and pakistan. the u.n. says a small cloud of about 40000000 locusts can eat the same amount of food in
a day as 35000 people or let's bring in tom matheson is an associate professor of neurobiology at the university of leicester and part of the team. carrying out the study, he joins us by skype from leicester matheson good to have you with us here on the program. tell us more about this program and, and how it would work, how these locus would be targeted. thanks for having me on. so this is a combination of several years were led by colleagues in belgium, actually and at the university of logan and gained who did the informatics and the sequencing. but it comes out of a work over a number of years looking at the behavioral changes that occur because when they change from their normally oscillated lifestyle into the lifestyle where they start forming these massive swarms that i've just described, no diff devastate large areas of east africa and so on. and so what we've attempted to do, and what we've succeeded in doing now is to for the 1st time sequence, the entire genome of the desert locus, just the circuit. and it turns out the genomes are about 3 times bigger than the
human genome. so it's been quite a massive undertaking and cause lots of problems for the scientists doing the coding. but we've been able to do this and now that information as is deposited where it's for you available to anyone who wants to go and dig into it and start looking for keys and all that information that we can use to target these animals much better than we can at the moment, right now when you say target, you mean to develop this so-called kind of intelligent pesticide that they will target the locusts, but not other insects which would be crucial for pollination so forth. this is one of the sort of things that having the genome would enable you to do. so, once you've got a genome, you can do all sorts of different things with that. clearly controlling like this is one of the things that we would like to tackle. and when i say we are, and this is anyone who wants to get involved in doing this, essentially. so this is not just our program of work. we're trying to provide a resource for people across the globe. because one of the big problems with controlling locus is simply the infrastructure on the ground,
as i'm sure most of the listeners would be very well aware of it is very pesticides on an animal. so in that current pesticides certainly kill the the locus, but they have huge ecological consequences as well. they must be toxic that the operators and so are using them. so the idea that once you've got the genome you can start trying to design has decided which target things which are specific to the genome of this particular organism. and don't have the terminal knock on effects for other insects, for example, in the environment. yet it's arranged in a sense the locus place have their place in the natural order of things that we just kind of messing around with nature by doing this, isn't it going to have a kind of knock on ecological effect? i mean, i think that's a really great question and people often said to us that you want to eradicate locusts. and i think that wouldn't be a sensible thing to do at all for exactly the reason you just explained there clearly, a huge part of the eco system transferring a lot of energy around in the, in the ecosystem. so i don't think anyone would sensibly want to try to get rid of them and that's probably not a practical solution. however,
if we can modulate this warming activity in some way, then i think that would be a much more effective solution and may be able to save the, the baster as a crop that they're devastating. but clearly not taking him out of the system completely. are tom watson pre-shared that researcher from university of leicester . thanks a lot. thank you. now then mugs, prime minister has broken down in tears while apologizing for a government order to kill millions of mink. in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, frederickson was fisting, a farmer whose entire herd of make was euthanized. the order came off to 11 people became ill with a mutated version of the virus discovered in a mink. frederickson has now admitted that the plan had no legal basis and is facing calls from the opposition to resign. and now as some of the dead makes have risen from the shallow graves off the gases built up inside the bodies. these are aerial shots of
including at his former clubs. this is balsa lerner and the current captain. so often compared with holding a minute's silence in their training session on friday, who died from a heart attack on wednesday for boston. for 2 years in the early eighty's. but it was that not only you were, he had his biggest club success and the italian club marquees death in stunning fashion, thousands broken lock down rules to let off players in a wall of fire outside their stadium. before napoli's a europa league match, the city's mayor now wants to rename the club stadium after diego, a matter of honor. inside it now fully held a moment's silence, and wall number 10 shoots with marathoners name on the back. it came to naples in 19044, then a world record 7500000 dollar fee from barcelona and led them to 2 city on titles. and the europa league, which was then called the u.a.e. for cup, and remains the only major european trophy. marijuana was also remembered in carter
before friday's games in the asian champions league. the remaining matches of the tournament are being staged in the gulf country in a bio secure bubble off of the coronavirus border hole to play earlier in the year in this group even or to beijing go on, overcame melbourne victory to no,, to qualify for the last 16 over in group f., south korea's hyundai were up against australia's perth glory 2 goals in as many minutes for also on one day take them to the top of group a. if to know the final score, one more win will guarantee the south koreans a place in the last 16. tokyo olympics organizers will hold 18 test events ahead of the delayed games which are set to begin next july. this follows a successful gymnastics, meet in tokyo earlier this month. some events will include athletes from abroad, but no foreign friends will be allowed at any. and some won't even have athletes as they look to test operations. only think you may need these test events won't be
the same as the ones that we had planned before. the perspire meant we reexamined what would be needed. we want to properly test the coronavirus measures that the operations department will brush up on at the beginning of the new year. young chess players from around the world are preparing to compete in an international online championship. and one player making big moves is a 10 year old prodigy from the philippines. jamila island, ogun reports from many meller. al bashir. bhutto may seem like a typical young boy, but at the age of 10, he is already the philippines chess, prodigy. he improves his skills on manila sidewalks, mostly in the streets of kapil, were older avid chess players like a meet to pass the time. here he beat veteran players with the mastery and position where you least seen from young players like him.
even pulling a jaw with master player g. to guard to go far. if he gets the right support the support from the government, he needs to be exposed more to get better. so was 6 when he started competing internationally. he has played in iran, china, and malaysia, and for so many muslims here of long felt discriminated against in a country where they are. a minority alba share is a source of pride. people here tell us all of us are story mirrors their own aspirations, our young filipino muslim, making it to the global stage because of shared talent and determination. in competitions, i always work hard to make it worthwhile for my parents and those who supported me . the best part about chess is winning, but losing is good too because you learn more. but there are struggles. back home. al bashir comes from
a poor family who moved from around the city in the southern philippines, a place held back by war and displacement. his parents have often struggled to make ends meet. so paying for alba shares training has proven to be difficult. despite his classes and online competition, he still has to share a laptop with 5 other siblings. nation level, no one invited him updates my home. i have but they put it on restraining. it's not easy, but so we have to support he he is set to compete in the field, the online world cadets and youth rapid championship this week. and although he's weak internet connection, the toe may cost him critical minutes in the game. pushchair remains confident, like so many prodigies before him. he says his chess pieces have given him a sense of purpose and hopefully a wee out of poverty. dugan al-jazeera manila. there has been
a huge surge of interest in chess around the world. that's largely because of people being locked down by the pen demick and also because of the usually popular netflix show, the queen's gambit. chess isn't always competitive. casts can also be it is the show is about a young female chess prodigy and is netflix the most watched the limited series ever. google has also reported searches for the word chase are at their highest level in 14 years. and one chase gaming site says its weekly subscription rate is up 400 percent kitty suffer a loss really. as a woman, grandmaster and chase commentator, she's excited the show is helping attract more women to the game. chasing methods average where it's so large a good positive steps to develop at this point for even
our erstwhile international chess federation, 11 search of the project. last year's must be written by april by an hour i'll be there for a few. not just what you also own or be that is are played tricks. just place is like an apple shanghai only design. so just players are, are interested in your hero or weird thing. he can really say i am not positive experiences from how many and varied the bone. and i mean, that's what makes at least a bit stronger. you don't know and really can't be err big company even what you are as ok. we'll leave it be if i'm now i'll be here again in the 800 g.m.t. with another sports news update. look forward to your company,
then. that's it for now made yet, will it go to see then for me tom, thanks very much indeed. let's just remind you of our breaking news out of iran. now, the news that a prominent nuclear scientist has been killed in an attack east of the capital, tehran and most in fact resided, played a pivotal role in iran's controversial nuclear program and was also associated with iranian revolutionary guard. cool. the revolutionary guard has vowed to avenge his death. the foreign minister, javid zarif, has described the killing as murder and said that terrorists are responsible, he added there were indications of israel playing a role. well, listen to these pictures from the scene in tehran, whether it's had happened, state media says that most in fact result, he died of his injuries in hospital after assassins fired on his car. but more a web site. of course, more news coming up right with the latest on that from iran and
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there what was described as the world's longest long downpours the largest exodus since the creation of an independent india and $9247.00. experts believe india is still less than the stage of infection, but the long down has already created a humanitarian crisis and driven the unemployment rate for 6 to 23 percent. and it's also highlighted an equality religious tensions, and a health care system that isn't equipped to deal with a pandemic. the following week schoolchild of the peace and mass movement of people who accentuate the spread to the coronavirus from indian cities to its rule hot from the ounces here in london, bureau content to special guests in conversation. when you say a lie a 1000000 times, that becomes the fact. you then can create whatever narrative you want and from it's uninterrupted. and i realized i was working for something that evolved, you know, been a part of actually creating no real red meat christopher,
while the death of journalism is only the 1st signal for the death of democracy studio to be unscripted on al-jazeera but operated nuclear scientists is killed in an attack, east of the capital country's foreign minister calls it an act of state terror. ironically this is al jazeera live from doha, also coming up. ethiopian government denies it's ruling out, talks with ukraine leaders as peace and void, peace envoys pushed to end the week's long conflict. tens of thousands of indian farmers defy police barriers to march on the company. they say new proof market laws will have been.