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The United Nations is appealing to the international community to help with humanitarian efforts in the Central African Republic. The agency says half of the population requires urgent assistance. Fighting between various armed groups plunged the country into civil conflict in 2013, and the violence is spreading fast with many groups involved in the fighting. Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi reports from the town of Bria, Central African Republic. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

African countries ban secondhand clothes imports

Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have agreed to ban second-hand clothing, mostly imported from the US and UK, in order to support their own textile industries. They hope local factories will create much-needed jobs and increase exports. The three countries are now facing threats of trade sanctions from the US who says the ban violates free-trade agreements. Al Jazeera's Malcolm Webb reports from Uganda's capital Kampala. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

G5 Sahel military force still needs money

The European Union is doubling its funding for an African body aimed at combatting armed groups across the Sahel region. Leaders of five African countries are in Brussels for a security fundraising summit. They need to raise more money to fund a joint military force that works alongside French and UN troops. More than 50 countries are at the donor conference, including the US. The so-called G5 Sahel group is made up of soldiers from Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. Al Jazeera's Natacha Butler reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
There's concern in north east Nigeria after the government retracted a statement claiming dozens of abducted schoolgirls had been rescued. Suspected Boko Haram fighters took the girls from their school in the town of Dapchi in Yobe State on Monday. Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris was the first international journalist to get there and has this report from Dapchi, Nigeria. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

?? Trump suggests arming school teachers

US President Donald Trump is not backing away from his controversial proposal to arm teachers to prevent school shootings. He's suggested that they should be paid a bonus. Trump is under pressure to pass tougher gun laws after last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school. Al Jazeera's White House Correspondent Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, DC. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
As people in Eastern Ghouta continued to die, the United Nations Security Council continued to argue. The UN humanitarian chief has been urging the Security Council to call for a desperately needed ceasefire to deliver food and medicine to Eastern Ghouta. Members of the Security Council gathered to vote on the resolution, but it was clear Russia wanted amendments and would not let the resolution pass in its current form. Al Jazeera's diplomatic editor James Bays reports from the UN. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

UN to pass resolution to end Eastern Ghouta attacks

The number of deaths in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta has climbed to 400 since Syrian government planes began bombarding the region on Sunday. Russia has denied any involvement in the air raids - the Kremlin says the situation in Syria "leaves much to be desired". The United Nations security council is considering a resolution to end the attacks on Eastern Ghouta. Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports from the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

What is behind the rise in global rights violations?

Amnesty International says leaders including Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are undermining human rights. In its latest report looking at the state of human rights around the world, the group says Trump and XI joined a number of other world leaders in rolling out policies that held back human rights in 2017. Trump was singled-out for his controversial travel ban for people coming from six Muslim majority countries. The report also highlights atrocities including Myanmar's military crackdown on the Rohingya. Amnesty's Secretary-General says 'the spectres of hatred and fear now loom large in world affairs, and we have few governments standing up for human rights in these disturbing times'. Shetty accuses the international community of a 'feeble response' to reports of severe human rights abuses in Myanmar, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. As the situation gets worse, people around the world have created protest movements to fight back. But will this new activism be enough to turn the tide on human rights violations? Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Salil Shetty - Secretary General of Amnesty International. Benjamin Zawacki - Human Rights Researcher and Advocate in Asia. Amal De Chickera - Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

?? Venezuela before Maduro

Latin America's once 'model democracy' now struggles to maintain order and feed a divided people. But the seeds of its current demise were sewn a century ago, when the events of its formative years ensured that the fate of Venezuela would be written in oil.
 
Cyprus has accused Turkey of obstructing its offshore gas exploration in the east Mediterranean. Turkish Cypriots want a revenue-sharing agreement to be finalised before any drilling off the divided island can start. It was hoped that the potential of natural gas could bring the two sides together. But the fear is it will further complicate efforts to find a permanent solution to the Cyprus problem. Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Cyprus. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

?? African refugees on hunger strike in Israel

African refugees in Israel's Holot Detention Centre have gone on hunger strike, in protest against the imprisonment of seven Eritreans who refused to leave the country. Israel has given many African refugees three months to take up a cash offer to leave for Rwanda or face indefinite time in jail. Opinion polls suggest the policy has the backing of 70 percent of the population. But there are growing protests from Israel’s left against the deportations. Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Tel Aviv. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

Venezuelan opposition calls for boycott of election

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro wants what he calls a "mega" election - urging people to come out early to vote, not just for the next president, but for candidates in congressional elections as well. Opposition parties have called for a boycott of the presidential race and called on the government to drop the ban on candidates, and take steps to reassure people the elections would not be rigged. But now, the opposition is facing the threat of losing the only branch of government that they control: the National Assembly. Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond has more. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

??Robo Doc and Iraq's Amputees | 101 East

Munjed al-Muderis was a young doctor in Iraq when he was forced to flee Saddam Hussein's brutality.He became detainee #982 in one of Australia's toughest detention centres - not a good start to his new life in a new country. Seventeen years later, he's a proud Australian citizen and world leader in the field of osseointegration - a pioneering prosthetic limb surgery. 101 East joins Dr Munjed as he returns to war-torn Iraq, which has one of the world's largest numbers of disabled citizens and amputees. His aim - to help as many as possible do the impossible - to walk again. Follow 101 East here: Facebook: http://facebook.com/101east Twitter: http://twitter.com/aj101east Instagram: http://instagram.com/aj101east Homepage: http://aljazeera.com/programmes/101east
 
At the Winter Olympics opening ceremony a few special volunteers, handpicked by the South Korean government, sat in the VIP section alongside the President Moon Jae-in. Two of them were North Korean refugees. They were brought to the South during the Korean War by American troops, in the largest humanitarian sea convoy in US history. Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim spoke to one of them in Seoul. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

?? The Mountain Will Fall - People and Power

In August 2017, a devastating landslide in Sierra Leone, killed over a thousand people. It was a terrible blow to a country that still bears the scars of a brutal civil war that ended two decades ago and the more recent, but equally appalling, Ebola crisis, which stretched the nation's limited resources to breaking point. Initially freak rains brought on by climate change were thought to be the cause, but then then other stories emerged - of corruption, greed and environmental degradation, of disastrous urban expansion and unheeded laws. It became clear that the catastrophe may have been as least as much a consequence of local failings as the result of global weather events. What's more, there had been stark warnings of looming disaster for many years. Filmmaker Paul Glynn, who'd first heard these predictions while living in Sierra Leone a decade ago, went back to find out why they’d been so tragically ignored. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

? Africa's 'lion economies' growth exceeds forecasts

The US president may refer to them as "shithole" countries, but despite his impression - and those often held in other Western capitals - many West African nations are booming. Some nations in West Africa including, Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Ghana have seen a strong economic growth recently. Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Ghana all saw a six-percent increase last year, a remarkable rate. Much of it is being fuelled by freedom of movement and cross-border trade, Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
This year's Berlin Film Festival is giving a voice to indigenous filmmakers, who are not often represented in mainstream cinema. From the Pacific to the Arctic, the storytellers explore the effects of colonisation, nuclear weapons, and climate change. Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports from Berlin. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

Cape Town's 'Day Zero' pushed to July

Severe water restrictions imposed on Cape Town's residents and visitors appear to be working - Day Zero has been pushed to July 9 instead of the scheduled date of June 4. Despite the fact that residents have earned themselves an extra few months, the South African city still risks becoming the first major metropolis to run out of water, because of years of drought and a rising population. Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
The year 2017 was one of the darkest years for human rights in recent history, according to a report by Human Rights group, Amnesty International. It covers the state of human rights in 159 countries. And in a direct criticism of the Trump Administration, the group unveiled its findings in the US for the first time. Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane has more from Washington, DC. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

Chile: Vatican's sex abuse investigator hospitalised

A special envoy sent to Chile by Pope Francis to investigate cover-ups in a sex abuse scandal has been hospitalised. This has put more pressure on the Vatican, already under fire for not doing enough to deal with allegations of abuse by a Catholic Priest in Chile. Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from the capital Santiago. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets of Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, bringing traffic to a standstill on Wednesday. It was the first major protest rally held so far this year against President Mauricio Macri's austerity measures. But questions remain about the motives of the rally's organiser, union leader Hugo Moyano, who is under investigation for corruption. Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo reports from Buenos Aires. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
In Florida, where last week's shooting took place, deputy sheriffs who patrol school grounds have now been told to carry rifles. The state is at the centre of a big student mobilisation against gun violence. On Tuesday, thousands of them gathered outside the Republican-controlled legislature in the state capital, Tallahassee, to demand change. Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher Tallahassee, Florida. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
There has been an outpouring of anger and frustration at a meeting between the US President Donald Trump, students and families affected by last week's deadly school shooting in Florida. Trump heard their pleas for reform and has responded with ideas of his own, including arming teachers. Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
Syria's ally Russia has called for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in Eastern Ghouta. Meanwhile, the UN's human rights chief has condemned the violence, accusing the Syrian government of carrying out a "monstrous campaign of annihilation". Al Jazeera's James Bays reports from the UN. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

?? Turkey-backed Syrian rebels advance towards Afrin

Kurdish YPG fighters who are backed by the US are getting support from the Syrian government. But Syrian militias coming to support the YPG had to retreat after Turkish artillery prevented their advance. Al Jazeera's Osama bin Javaid has more from Gaziantep, near the Turkey-Syria border. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

What is the “reality” for people with dementia?

Dementia is devastating for those living with the disease, as well as their family and friends - and more people will be exposed to its effects in the future. Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of progressive cognitive diseases, of which Alzheimer’s Disease is just one. People with dementia face a daily battle to unlock memories, get around, and complete routine tasks. It takes an exhausting emotional and practical toll on the family and friends of those fighting it. Cases of Alzheimer’s Disease are expected to double every 20 years, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. It is estimated that a new diagnosis of the disease is made every three seconds. And it is a health crisis with global dimensions - dementia cases are predicted to rise particularly quickly in China, India, south Asia and the western Pacific region. While the effects of some forms of dementia can be lessened through drug treatment, a cure for the disease remains elusive. But scientists are creatively gathering data, including through the use of a virtual reality game, to advance their understanding of dementia and accelerate progress towards finding new treatments. In the meantime doctors, nurses and caregivers are radically refining palliative care methods. Music therapy and pioneering assisted-living facilities are just two methods that have changed lives. We’ll take a look at the impact of dementia on those closest to it, the efforts being made to tackle it, and the innovative ways that physical and emotional burdens are being eased. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

Is the golden age of water over?

Climate change, human action and a growing population are increasing the chances of a global water crisis. That's what experts have long been warning about. Over a billion people lack access to clean drinking water and the UN predicts, a global 40% water deficit by the year 2030. South Africa's Cape town for example could become the world's first major city to run out of water. Much of the city's and the rest of the country's water flows from neighbouring Lesotho and the next water crisis could be looming there. South africa has been plagued by a prolonged drought for three years. Another African country that is feeling the heat of water scarcity is Kenya. Several towns across the country, including the capital Nairobi, are facing an acute water shortage. Some of the residents in the towns have not received water through their taps for months, and resort to buying from vendors at high prices. So, why haven't governments done more to prevent this crisis? Presenter: Peter Dobbie Guests: Neil Armitage - Deputy Director of 'Future Water', a Research Institute at the University of Cape Town. David Tickner - Chief Freshwater Adviser at the World Wide Fund for Nature. Alex Awiti - Director of the East African Institute at the Aga Khan University. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 

'Assault on the poor': S Africa's new budget slammed

South Africa's opposition is calling the latest budget an assault on the poor. The government of South Africa is trying to increase spending on education to benefit poorer households, but at the same time trying to raise more money. In a budget speech, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said that a value-added tax would be increased to 15 percent for the first time in more than 20 years. Al Jazeera's Fahmida Miller has more from Johannesburg. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
The US preacher who carried his Christian evangelist message around the globe for more than six decades has died. Billy Graham was 99. Through broadcasts and mass rallies, he was credited with delivering his sermons to more individuals than anyone else in history. Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman looks at his life. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
 
The rebel-held region of Eastern Ghouta is under ongoing, heavy bombardment by Russian and Syrian forces. The Kremlin denies any involvement. Almost 300 people have been killed in the past four days, including 40 on Wednesday. It is the highest casualty count in the area since a chemical attack in 2013. Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from neighbouring Lebanon. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/