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🇺🇸 Guns in America: Is this a watershed moment? | Inside Story



'Never again' is the chant of teenagers and young people across the US as they make their voices heard on the streets, and on social media, demanding stricter gun laws. It follows the shooting deaths of 17 students and staff at a high school in Parkland, Florida on February 14. Most of those leading the calls for change weren't even born when Congress last approved gun control legislation in 1994. And they're up against the National Rifle Association, a powerful gun lobby, which remains opposed to any new restrictions. But is the mood changing, in a country that has more mass shootings than any other? Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Paul Barrett – Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University & author of 'Glock: The Rise of America's Gun'. Richard Feldman – Former Regional Political Director at the National Rifle Association (NRA). Scott Lucas – Professor of American Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe
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Berlin Film Festival: what happens to refugees’ hopes?



From the war in Syria to the plight of Myanmar's Rohingya, the past year has been dominated by news of refugees. This year, the directors showing at the Berlin Film Festival are exploring how hopes of a new life can quickly sour. Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane has more 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/

🇨🇫 Central African Republic: Half the population needs aid



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/

🇸🇾 Haneen: Exhibition of Syrian children’s longings in war



The Lebanese capital Beirut is hosting an exhibition titled Haneen (or Longing) highlighting the plight of Syrian children. Artists exhibiting here have tried to interpret the poems of young refugees through art. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the challenges and trauma suffered by millions of displaced children, and the long-lasting trauma they have to deal with. Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker 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/

🇦🇺 Australia to build one of the world’s biggest batteries



An Australian company is turning a lake into one of the world's biggest batteries. The system of lakes, turbines and tunnels will move water around in a way that guarantees electricity is always on tap. Supporters of the scheme are hopeful it will reduce the country's dependence on coal. Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Talbingo in Australia's Snowy Mountains. – 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/

🇱🇧 🇮🇱 Lebanon-Israel: Tensions over disputed water



Lebanon has signed some of its first offshore oil and gas exploration agreements. But tension is running high as one of the areas is being disputed by neighbouring Israel. Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr has more from Beirut. – 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/

🇷🇺 🇺🇸 Russia and the US: Who is undermining democracy? | UpFront



In this week's UpFront, we ask 28-year veteran of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, John Sipher, about alleged Russian meddling in US elections, possible Trump collusion, and the CIA's own record of foreign interference. And in the Arena, we debate the political climate within Russia, as questions about democracy and President Vladimir Putin's grip on power resurface ahead of March's presidential election. More from UpFront on: YouTube – http://aje.io/upfrontYT
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Lebanon-Israel: Tensions over disputed water



Lebanon has signed some of its first offshore oil and gas exploration agreements. But tension is running high as one of the areas is being disputed by neighbouring Israel. Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr has more from Beirut. – 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/

Journalism is Not a Crime: The Story of Mahmoud Hussein – Al Jazeera World



In December 2016, Egyptian security forces arrested Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein while on holiday in Cairo. There have been no formal charges against Hussein, an Egyptian national based in Doha, Qatar. He's accused of "incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos". However, article 71 of the Egyptian constitution says that: "no custodial sanction shall be imposed for crimes committed by way of publication or the public nature thereof". Al Jazeera has rejected the allegations against Hussein and has called on Egypt to unconditionally release him. His detention is the latest in a series of arrests by Egyptian authorities of the network's staff there. In May 2016, Ibrahim Helal, former editor-in-chief of Al Jazeera Arabic, was sentenced to death in absentia for purportedly endangering national security. Several other colleagues have also been charged in absentia, such as journalists Sue Turton and Dominic Kane. Egypt also imprisoned Al Jazeera's Abdullah Elshamy, Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste on charges of spreading "false news", in a case that was widely condemned by international media outlets and many politicians. All have since been released. Reporters Without Borders ranked Egypt 161 out of 180 in its 2017 press freedom index, a "black list" of countries considered "prisons for journalists".
"According to our statistics in 2016, we noticed there were at least 20 journalists behind bars because of their work," says Alexandra El Khazen from Reporters Without Borders. "They'd find themselves in a group political trial with hundreds of others accused. The accusations against them are political, because of their journalistic work, as if they were activists or terrorists." Wade McMullen, an international lawyer for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group, says that "the state [Egypt] is pretty much employing all the tools that we see repressive regimes around the world employ in order to restrict civic space, all at once. So there is direct intimidation, harassment, arrest of human rights defenders and journalists and activists, torture and mistreatment of those individuals once they are arrested and then detained." The Egyptian media has also played a part in discrediting Mahmoud Hussein. TV channels launched a campaign against a man who was once a colleague, having started his career in Egyptian state media and then worked as chief correspondent for the government-run Nile TV channel. "On TV, they said he was a terrorist and someone who disseminated false news. They said he ran a secret network to spread chaos in the country. They were all baseless accusations," says Aya Hussein. Mahmoud Hussein's current colleagues describe him as a trustworthy, passionate and experienced journalist. Al Jazeera Arabic presenter Mohammad Krichen says, "He did his job objectively. He always maintained balance and professionalism in his reportage."
"Mahmoud's media experience is very rich. He has worked with many TV channels," says Anas Zaki, a lifelong friend of Mahmoud Hussein. "He served as Cairo bureau chief for a couple of Arab TV channels. He travelled dozens of times to several Arab countries, especially Palestine … Mahmoud isn't complicated. He discusses all opinions and is open to all viewpoints. He doesn't anchor his personal relationships in ideology, politics or even religion. He is friends with Islamists, liberals and Nasserites, regardless of ideology." Several agencies have asked the Egyptian government to explain why Mahmoud Hussein has been imprisoned without trial; and, in February 2018, the UN called for his immediate release. "We wrote letters as soon as he was detained to the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and to the Egyptian embassy in Brussels because it is close to the IFJ office," explains Philippe Leruth, president of the International Federation of Journalists. "We denounced the fact that he was jailed and asked why precisely our colleague was detained. We received no answer from the Egyptian authorities. We also wrote letters to the United Nations secretary-general, who was Mr Ban Ki Moon by that time, to denounce the fact and the United Nations worry about the press freedom situation in Egypt in general." Mahmoud Hussein remains in Egyptian jail without due process. There have been many expressions of solidarity with Hussein, under the same banner as the campaign to free Abdullah Elshamy, Baher Mohammed, Mohammed Fahmy and Peter Greste: Journalism Is Not A Crime. More from Al Jazeera World on: YouTube – http://aje.io/aljazeeraworldYT
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Russia and the US: Who is undermining democracy? – UpFront



In this week's UpFront, we ask 28-year veteran of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, John Sipher, about alleged Russian meddling in US elections, possible Trump collusion, and the CIA's own record of foreign interference. And in the Arena, we debate the political climate within Russia, as questions about democracy and President Vladimir Putin's grip on power resurface ahead of March's presidential election. More from UpFront on: YouTube – http://aje.io/upfrontYT
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Haneen: Exhibition of Syrian children’s longings in war



The Lebanese capital Beirut is hosting an exhibition titled Haneen (or Longing) highlighting the plight of Syrian children. Artists exhibiting here have tried to interpret the poems of young refugees through art. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the challenges and trauma suffered by millions of displaced children, and the long-lasting trauma they have to deal with. Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker 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/

Central African Republic: Half the population needs aid



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/

🇳🇬 Nigerian schoolgirls not rescued after all: Officials



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/

🇸🇾 UN: Is Russia stalling a resolution on Eastern Ghouta?



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/

🇺🇸 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/

Nigerian schoolgirls not rescued after all: Officials



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/

🇨🇾 Cyprus accuses Turkey of obstructing gas exploration



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/

🇮🇶 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
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101 East – 🇮🇶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
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What is behind the rise in global rights violations? – Inside Story



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
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🇸🇾 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
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🇻🇪 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/

🇮🇱 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/

🇨🇾 Cyprus accuses 🇹🇷 Turkey of obstructing gas exploration



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/

🇰🇷 Winter Olympics: Al Jazeera speaks to special N Korean volunteer



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/

🇮🇶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
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