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ethiopia to ease tensions with egypt over nile dam | egypt news

correction 22/01/2018: an earlier version of this article included a video that misstated that ethiopia's prime minister held talks in sudan. the video has been deleted and the text has been changed to reflect that it was actually foreign minister workneh gebeyehu who visited khartoum. ethiopia's foreign minister workneh gebeyehu has held talks in the sudanese capital, khartoum, before heading to egypt for a four-day state visit. the official is trying to defuse tension over a giant hydroelectric dam that ethiopia is building on the blue nile.ethiopia aims to be the largest producer of hydroelectric power in africa.but egypt, which depends largely on the nile's water, is deeply concerned. it says ethiopia is trying to control the flow of the nile, which could threaten its water security.





uae-backed group vows to 'overthrow' yemen's government | news

a group of south yemen separatists, backed by the united arab emirates (uae), have declared a state of emergency in the port city of aden and vowed to overthrow the country's internationally recognised government within the next week.aidarous al-zubaidi, the leader of the southern transitional council (stc), said yemen's parliament would be barred from convening in aden or anywhere else in south yemen unless president abd-rabbu mansour hadi replaced prime minister ahmed bin daghr and his entire cabinet.speaking at a meeting on sunday, zubaidi accused hadi’s government of "rampant corruption" and of "waging a misinformation campaign against the southern leaders using the state funds"."the southern resistance forces (srf) declare a state of emergency in aden and announce that it has begun the process of overthrowing the legitimate government and replacing it with a cabinet of technocrats," a statement issued by the stc said.the srf, an armed group that has clashed with forces loyal to hadi for control of strategic areas including aden airport, will "become the core of a new force that will rebuild south yemen's security and military institutions," the statement added.the war in yemen explained in 3 minutesseveral commanders from security forces set up by the uae attended the meeting and declared their support for the announcement.the statement, however, did not give details on how it intended to topple hadi's government, only that he had a week to comply.the anno...





china builds largest floating solar farm in the world | china news

china is fast becoming a leader of the solar energy revolution. the government invests more each year in wind, hydro and solar power than any other country, and now they have built the largest floating solar farm on earth.and as the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, it has launched the largest ever plan to replace carbon with renewable energy. al jazeera’s rob mcbride has more from anhui province, china.





vietnam jails trinh xuan thanh for life over corruption | news

a court in vietnam has sentenced a former oil executive, who was allegedly kidnapped by vietnamese agents in germany last year, to life in prison for embezzlement and violating state rules. trinh xuan thanh, the former head of state-run subsidiary petrovietnam construction (pvc), was given the life sentence by the hanoi city court on monday, as part of a widespread corruption crackdown, state media reported. the court also jailed thanh's former boss and board chairman of the parent company petrovietnam (pvn), dinh la thang, for 13 years for his role in incurring million-dollar losses at the oil giant. twenty other officials at pvn and pvc were given nine to 22 year sentences. after the start of the investigation, thanh fled to germany in 2016.germany's government claimed the oil executive was kidnapped in july 2017 from a park in berlin as he sought political asylum. but, vietnam police say he returned voluntarily and turned himself in.in its ruling on monday, the court said the defendants had abused their key roles at the oil company regarding projects of national importance, according to the state-run vnexpress news site.thang served as pvn board chairman between 2006 and 2011 before taking on political positions as the transport minister and later party leader of ho chi minh city. according to the indictment, he directly appointed thanh as general director of pvc in december 2007 and boosted his power through various corporate decisions.under thanh's leadership be...





qatar-gulf crisis: all the latest updates | news

seven months ago, an air, sea and land blockade was imposed on qatar by neighbouring countries. here are the latest developments as of monday, january 22:on friday, qatari local media released an audio recording of sheikh abdullah dating back to january 15, a day after his video statement. in the recording obtained by al jazeera, sheikh abdullah said: "the gulf crisis is based on interests and the desire of both mohammed bin zayed and mohammed bin salman to usurp the wealth and riches of qatar."sheikh hospitalised. on tuesday, sheikh abdullah bin ali al thani was transferred to a hospital shortly after his arrival to kuwait. he was seen in a wheelchair when he arrived in kuwait from the uae. family confirmed. also on tuesday, the family of the qatari royal confirmed his arbitrary detention, according to qatar's national human rights committee.uae denied. on sunday, the uae's foreign ministry confirmed al thani's presence in the uae, but denied holding him against his will and said he was free to move as he wishes, according to wam news agency.on sunday, sheikh abdullah released a video statement saying he was "a prisoner" in the uae capital, abu dhabi, and that if anything happened to him, "sheikh mohammed" is responsible.





south korea's 'defector tv' | south korea

despite sharing the same peninsula, south koreans don't know much about their northern neighbours. most of what they do know comes from the testimonies of those who have sought asylum in the south.the 'defector tv' formula takes a reality tv approach - putting asylum seekers on the air, exploring what their lives were like before defecting and even setting them up with romantic partners from the south.the producers involved say they're out to improve understanding and pave the way to reunification of countries divided since the end of world war ii, but sceptics aren't buying that. they say the shows are heavy on misrepresentation, sensationalism and sexist stereotyping.the question of whether they break down prejudices or reinforce them is difficult ... the fact of the matter is they mostly do both simultaneously. they certainly seek to convey information about north korea ... [and] they have the tendency to reinforce some prejudices as well.christopher green, co-editor, sino-nk in december 2011, south korea's channel a launched a new programme with defectors from north korea. it's part talk show, part talent show and part beauty contest - and it was the beginning of a trend."there's never been a programme about north korea before," explains kim a-ra, defector and broadcaster of channel a. "north korea was only ever seen through the news, which kept talking about nuclear issues, the north korean army, how poor north korea is ... that was it."south korean channels,...





how will new front in syria war impact us-turkey ties? | turkey-syria border

inside story began this year asking whether 2018 would see the end of the war in syria that has lasted nearly seven years. recent events would suggest the conflict is instead changing course.turkey has launched air raids in the north as a direct response to the us decision to back a border security force in the region.the force, mostly made up of kurdish troops who helped get rid of isil (also known as isis), would control the northern part of syria. neither russia nor syria are happy about the announcement, but turkey feels particularly threatened.it has vowed to "strangle the force before it is even born". and it's with that aim that turkey launched the offensive on saturday, first targeting the city of afrin.but what are the implications of what ankara calls its olive branch operation?presenter: hashem ahelbarraguests:sinan ulgen - chairman of the centre for economic and foreign policy studiesguney yildiz - visiting fellow at the european council on foreign relationsrichard weitz - director at the center for political-military analysis at the hudson institutesource: al jazeera news





germany: spd narrowly backs coalition talks with merkel | news

germany's social democrats (spd) have narrowly approved the start of formal coalition negotiations with angela merkel's christian democrats.at a special congress held in bonn on sunday, 362 out of 642 delegates voted to approve a preliminary coalition deal, paving the way for further negotiations and potentially ending the political deadlock that has prevented a new government from being formed since elections took place on september 24. martin schulz, leader of the spd, called the vote "a key moment in the history of our party" and warned the cdu/csu that they now face "tough negotiations".in september, his party achieved its worst election result since germany became a federal republic in 1949 and many within the spd think renewing the "grand coalition" could further weaken the party. schulz himself initially rejected the idea of extending his party's coalition with merkel's conservatives but changed his mind after talks between the cdu/csu, the pro-business free democratic party (fdp) and the greens collapsed in november.schulz pledged on sunday to resist the csu's demand to cap migrant arrivals at 200,000 a year and promised that any future coalition government would be put up for review after two years.merkel welcomed the decision taken by spd delegates and said that the parties now face "a lot of work" to form a new government. she called for the talks to be wrapped up by mid-february.senior eu figures, too, were pleased with the outcome.they have been ...





yemen's children face 'worst diphtheria outbreak' | yemen news

deaths caused by a serious bacterial infection are "likely to rise" in yemen if a blockade imposed by a saudi-led military coalition is not lifted, a major international charity has warned.save the children said in a statement on sunday that minors in the war-torn country were the most affected in what it called "the worst diphtheria outbreak for a generation".diphtheria is a contagious infection that targets the body's respiratory system. though preventable by vaccines, it can lead to breathing problems, heart failure and death.{articleguid}since august, the aid organisation said it recorded at least 52 deaths from the disease, the majority of which were children under the age of 15.some 716 others were infected during the same time period."there's so little help right now that families are carrying their children for hundreds of miles to get to us," mariam aldogani, the group's field coordinator in the port city of hodeidah, said."but they're arriving too late and infecting people on the way."according to save the children, the outbreak has hit the western provinces of ibb and hodeidah the hardest.apart from severe food and fuel shortages, yemen's population is already facing an ongoing widespread cholera epidemic, described as the world's worst, and an outbreak of acute watery diarrhea.the united nations has said that spread of disease is "man-made", referring to the war between houthi rebels and the saudi-led coalition.yemen has been torn apart by conflic...





tension rises as turkey sends troops to ypg stronghold | news

the us has urged turkey to use restraint in its ongoing military operation in northern syria as turkish ground forces pressed ahead against the syrian kurdish group ypg in the enclave of afrin.washington considers the ypg its closest ally in syria, viewing it as the most effective ground force in the fight against the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil) group.heather nauert, spokeswoman for the us state department, said on sunday that secretary of state rex tillerson spoke with his turkish and russian counterparts on the phone and called against an escalation in fighting in northern syria."we urge turkey to exercise restraint and ensure that its military operations remain limited in scope and duration and scrupulous to avoid civilian casualties," said nauert.the statement on sunday came just hours after turkey said its ground troops had crossed into northern syria.ankara considers syria's kurdish democratic union party (pyd) and its armed wing, the ypg, "terrorist groups" with ties to the banned kurdistan workers' party (pkk), which has waged a decades-long fight inside turkey.it fears the establishment of a kurdish corridor along its border.speaking in istanbul earlier on sunday, binali yildirim, turkey's prime minister, said turkish forces had  crossed into the ypg-controlled region in syria at 08:05 gmt from the turkish village of gulbaba.he said turkey intended to establish a 30km "safe zone" in afrin."throughout the day we've heard the sound ...





women's march protests: thousands rally against trump | trump news

thousands have taken part in women's marches across the us on the one-year anniversary of donald trump's inauguration, in a bid to generate more female candidates running for office as well as to protest against the us president's policies.under the name power to the polls, the rallies on saturday were hailed as the beginning of a new era in female political activism, with organisers hoping to encourage more women to get involved in politics at the local and national level. more marches worldwide are planned for sunday."what you're seeing one year into the trump presidency is a growing sense that women don't have a seat at the table," al jazeera's rosiland jordan, reporting from a march in washington, dc, said."the goal for many of these protesters today is to get women, particularly women of colour, involved in politics. that does not mean just register to vote, but also be active in politics, so running for school board or even us congress."the idea [behind the organisers' action] is that it is not enough for people to show they are angry or frustrated with the trump administration's policies. the only way they are going to see the policies that reflect their desires is for them to get involved in the politically process itself."{articleguid}one of the protesters, ashley valentine, thinks 2018 is going to be a big year for the movement."we’re starting to pave the ground for real change to happen with the elections coming up, with women being more empowered...





bringing 'brand israel' to bollywood | india

during his visit to india, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu chose to mark his last evening in the country with a special event for the indian film industry establishment. "bollywood shalom" was held in mumbai and bollywood stars like amitabh bachchan and actress aishwarya rai were in attendance.it ended with an oscar-style selfie and netanyahu's declaration: "we want bollywood in israel. we are putting our money where our mouth is."throughout his visit, netanyahu and the israeli delegation made it clear that they are trying to push the "anti-terror cooperation" narrative onto indian-israeli relations. in his address at the hyderabad house in new delhi, netanyahu said: "indians and israelis know too well the pain of terrorist attacks. we remember the horrific savagery in mumbai." it did not come as a surprise then that the venue chosen for the bollywood shalom was the taj hotel, which in 2008 was the city of a major terror attack.despite all the grand declarations, the forced symbolism and the media limelight, it was hard not to notice that a number of big names from the indian film industry did not attend the event.if bollywood so aspires to be apolitical, it should know that by opening itself up to israeli propaganda, it will become embroiled in politics. but israel is quite keen on the prospect of having a multi-billion-dollar industry on its side. tel aviv has been trying to attract bollywood to invest in israel for a while now. last year, they were su...





germany's spd votes for coalition talks with merkel | germany news

germany's social democrats have voted to hold formal talks about forming a coalition with chancellor angela merkel's conservative bloc. party delegates narrowly approved the step at a conference in bonn.some had argued they should not prop up another merkel government. the german chancellor has been unable to form a coalition since the elections in september.al jazeera's dominic kane reports from bonn.





gazans call for strike over collapsing economy | news

business leaders in gaza say the economy is on the verge of collapse. with unemployment soaring and sales falling, they have called a strike to highlight their plight.for more than 10 years the gaza strip faced a blockade by israel that has taken a severe toll on its economy.al jazeera's imran khan reports from gaza city.





kashmiris mark 28th anniversary of gaw kadal massacre | news

separatist leaders in indian-administered kashmir are marking the 28th anniversary of an indian security crackdown that killed 52 civilians and injured more than 250 others.amid the memorial, the government has imposed restrictions on people's movement in the region.al jazeera's victoria gatenby reports.





king abdullah reiterates support for two-state solution | news

a two-state solution is the only possible answer to the israel-palestine conflict, jordan's king abdullah ii has told us vice president mike pence in a meeting in amman.the king said on sunday he hoped pence's visit, the second leg of his regional visit, would "rebuild trust and confidence" after the us decision last month to name jerusalem as israel's capital."for us, jerusalem is key to muslims and christians as it is to jews," said king abdullah ii, calling for a two-state solution along 1967 lines that would name "east jerusalem as the capital of an independent palestinian state" that exists "side by side with a secure, recognised israel.{articleguid}"it [jerusalem] is key to peace in the region, and key to enabling muslims to effectively fight some of the root causes of radicalisation."king abdullah ii, a staunch us ally, also said the decision by washington to move its embassy in israel from tel aviv to jerusalem "does not come as a result of a comprehensive settlement to the palestinian-israeli conflict".for his part, pence acknowledged the king's role as the custodian of holy sites in jerusalem.he also defended us president donald trump's jerusalem decision, but stated that washington still supports a two-state solution "if the parties agree" to it.al jazeera's harry fawcett, reporting from occupied east jerusalem, said, however, that for palestinians, pence's message about the two-state solution "is entirely overshadowed" by the us jerusalem ...





afghan forces end kabul hotel siege | news

afghan special forces have ended a siege at kabul's intercontinental hotel, leaving at least five civilians dead in an attack claimed by the taliban armed group, a government official has told al jazeera.al jazeera's jennifer glasse, reporting from kabul, said the siege was declared over following 16 hours of fighting."officials are inside [the hotel] now to conduct their investigations and to assess whether they will find any more casualties," she said."we know the fighting went room-to-room, we know that many guests spent terrifying hours overnight hiding in their rooms as the gunmen moved through the hotel."the hotel's some 200 rooms had all been booked out for saturday evening, glasse said.six people were wounded in the attack, while 153 others, including 41 foreigners, were evacuated, interior ministry spokesman najib danish told al jazeera on sunday."we recovered the bodies of at least four attackers as a clearance operation is ongoing in the building," he told al jazeera.four gunmen stormed the heavily-guarded hotel located on a hilltop in the bagh-e bala area late on saturday setting off a gun battle with security forces that continued into sunday morning.karim has been waiting outside the hotel since the attack started and witnessed the seige through sunday morning. he said many people were held hostage and the number of people killed might be more than what the government officials were stating.my son is trapped inside. i am not sure if he alive or dead," ...





how will new front in syria war impact us-turkey ties? | syria

inside story began this year asking whether 2018 would see the end of the near seven-year-long war in syria. recent events would suggest the conflict is instead changing course.turkey has launched air strikes in the north, as a direct response to the us decision to back a border security force in the region.the force, mostly made up of kurdish troops who helped get rid of isil, would control the northern part of syria. neither russia nor syria are happy about the announcement, but turkey feels particularly threatened.it has vowed to "strangle the force before it is even born". and it's with that aim that turkey launched the offensive on saturday, first targeting the city of afrin.but what are the implications of what ankara calls its olive branch operation?presenter: hashem ahelbarraguests:sinan ulgen - chairman of the centre for economic and foreign policy studiesguney yildiz - visiting fellow at the european council on foreign relationsrichard weitz - director at the center for political-military analysis at the hudson institutesource: al jazeera news





germany' spd narrowly backs coalition talks with merkel | news

germany's social democrats (spd) have narrowly approved the start of formal coalition negotiations with angela merkel's christian democrats.at a special congress held in bonn on sunday, 362 out of 642 delegates voted to approve a preliminary coalition deal, paving the way for further negotiations and potentially ending the political deadlock that has prevented a new government from being formed since elections took place on september 24. martin schulz, spd leader, called the vote "a key moment in the history of our party" and warned the cdu/csu that they now face "tough negotiations".in september, his party achieved its worst election result since germany became a federal republic in 1949 and many within the spd think renewing the "grand coalition" could further weaken the party. schulz himself initially rejected the idea of extending his party's coalition with merkel's conservatives, but changed his mind after talks between the cdu/csu, the pro-business free democratic party (fdp) and the greens collapsed in november.schulz pledged on sunday to resist the csu's demand to cap migrant arrivals at 200,000 a year and promised that any future coalition government would be put up for review after two years.merkel welcomed the decision taken by spd delegates and said that the parties now face "a lot of work" to form a new government. she called for the talks to be wrapped up by mid-february.senior eu figures, too, were pleased with the outcome.they have been anxiou...





why do few lebanese women make it into parliament? | lebanon news

lebanon is campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to parliament this spring in its first vote in nearly 10 years, the country's first women's affairs minister says.with diverse religious groups and women in prominent positions in the business world and the media, but female politicians unable to find their way into parliament, now some are calling for a quota for women."keeping women from public life is not only a loss for women. it is a loss for the parliament," minister of state for women's affairs jean oghassabian told the associated press. "the main obstacles are mentality, a philosophy of life, and this needs time," he said.in 2009, only four women managed to be elected in the outgoing parliament, which make up three percent of its 128 legislators. it was a drop from 2005, when six women were elected. since 2004, one or at most two women have been in high government posts.compared with other countries in the region, lebanon ranks as one of the lowest in terms of female representation in parliament, with only oman, kuwait and yemen having fewer. oman and kuwait have one and two women representatives respectively. war-torn yemen has none and is currently without a functioning parliament."in politics, there seems to be some kind of invisible barrier for women to really break through," christina lassen, european union ambassador to lebanon, told the associated press at a conference held last week to promote women's representation in lebanon.three...