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Nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian girls released
"Ah, Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria ends with hundreds of girls being set free. Boxes. Simon Owens Reports. Governor of Nigeria's Some Forest state says 279 girls kidnapped from a boarding school last week have all been released have bean emotional family reunions. Let's go describes the kidnappers arriving at night is the Children slept? She says. They pointed guns at our heads. The governor says the girls were freed after authorities received help from what he calls repentant bandits. It's the latest in a spate of kidnappings at
Amid 'historic' rollout, UN vaccine project faces some delay
"Let's hope the global vaccines promoter says the U. N. vaccine project faces some delays Seth Berkley off Gabby the vaccine alliance of knowledge is the Rhode Island has gone slower than expected in some places because of issues with shipping and approval but he says ultimately older sis will be made available Buckley a leader of the project to deploy code with nineteen vaccines to needy people in both rich and poor countries has acknowledged pickups in the Kovacs budget doing an update about his distribution plans meanwhile millions of doses are expected to arrive in Angola Cambodia Congo and Nigeria monkey new momentum for the program I'm Charles de Ledesma
Global carbon emissions already over pre-pandemic lockdown levels
"There's a warning the global greenhouse gas emissions, which plummeted for much of last year because of the Corona virus, pandemic are climbing above pre covert levels. The International Energy Agency says economic recovery is fueling the rise. Bones. The government's must move quickly to put clean energy at the heart of stimulus plans to avoid throwing away the chance to make 2019 the definitive peeking global emissions. Brazil, China and India. Also emissions exceed pre pandemic levels by the end of last
U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia over Navalny's poisoning
"The US now blames them for poisoning and opposition leader L imposing sanctions. Fox is Simon, known as details Live Davis President Biden's first round of sanctions against Russia. Responding to the treatment of opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, who was poisoned last year, apparently with a nerve agent aunt has more recently being jailed. A senior official in the Biden administration says. The penalties target a number of Russian officials. The U. S. Is also considering a response to a massive cyberattack on federal government
Rights group files complaint in Germany in Khashoggi killing
"The human rights group filed a complaint in Germany in the killing of US based journalist Jamal Khashoggi the German federal prosecutors office has told the Associated Press it received a complaint from Paris based Reporters Without Borders on Monday relying partially on a newly declassified US intelligence report released Friday the complaint identifies five primary suspects Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman his closest aide sold all Khatami and three other high ranking Saudi officials and accuses them of crimes against humanity over allegations they were involved in the killing of the show G. prosecutors will determine whether the complaint justifies launching a full probe I'm Charles Taylor this month
Merck to help make Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine
"Rollout is getting a big boost from a competitors. The White House has reportedly brokered a deal with drugmaker Merck to help manufacture the single DOE shot. CBS is Errol Barnett says shipments are already on their way Signed sealed on out for delivery. Third Corona virus vaccine beginning its long journey Monday. Here. The UPS Healthcare Command Center in Louisville. Brian Thomas's team is tracking vaccines across the U. S on Dure apps people should realize is you take possession of this new vaccine. You're still distributing the two previous vaccines. Absolutely. And so, while we're excited to have the new volume come on board and that represents another provider. We absolutely can't lose track in sight of all of the other responsibilities we have for the existing to providers. Ups and FedEx are also pushing out vaccines from Fizer and Madonna. What it'll take to get
Are we going to meet our vaccination target or what?
"Hello this is karina. Cost a daily podcast. All about the coronavirus. I'm health reported teigen thailand physician and journalists dr norman swan. It's wednesday the third of march and norman. We're already more than a week into our vaccine. Roll out here in australia. Which makes us old hands at it now but there were reports over the past few days. That strategy hasn't quite met the targets that i was expecting to in terms of numbers. Vaccinations delivered in this first week. And we've got a pretty big target for october as being sort of the end of the roll out the end of the first big sizes of the rollout. What are some of the issues that have cropped up. I mean it's such early days. It feels a little unfair to stop critiquing the performance when we're on the awakened but what are some of the issues that have been identified as maybe slowing us down a bit. So far rove is clearly been a major cities of hiccups with the commonwealth rollout in aged care. As we've been saying in current cast in fact the main game is boorda. Workers airport workers flight crew and hotel quarantine workers and what we should be doing but we're not as their families in households. So that's the main game securing our borders. And doing that hyper quickly. And you've really got to do that with the vaccine because it's going to take you twelve weeks to complete it with the astra and it's not going to be as good coverage with the with the new variant possibility so there's been a cold up in aged care because the commonwealth doesn't run anything have his own services therefore they've got a contract they probably should have contracted it to the states. But they've going into private providers and been cups which have been well publicized so it's to take the commonwealth a bit of time to get their act together and also some of the states have been a little bit slow so this combination of supply of scene. But also as marion kane or imply. Just today the bookings haven't gone quite as quickly as they imagined. And they could cope with more bookings. And i think there's been a hint of that in some other jurisdictions so people have got to come forward when they're booked and have that but around the world there has been a problem with people. Not turning up for bookings people don't turn up for their appointments and that means that you have a system in place where you've got people on standby people that you can take a. We've got jobs over. can you. At five o'clock in unexpectedly get your vaccine. So we saw we had the new south wales primary gladys and yesterday criticizing the maybe lack of communication between the states and federal government. Is there improvements. That could be made there. Probably and the minister of sought yesterday to have a press conference which is probably in part induced. By the new south wales premier having criticized the federal government for not being clear with the doses. And how they're going to arrive. I mean i think some of the surprise here is that if i had a long time to develop this. And it's still not clear how the next phases are going to be rolled out how people are going to be told what booking system is going to be like. Gp is still not clear how they're going to work into it. They've had their letter saying they've been accepted as a as a center for you know the practice to deliver vaccines but even then the ph primary health. Networks are often not clear whether or not the four thousand six hundred practices are indeed the ones that will end up doing it. So there's a fair bit of uncertainty another area of uncertainties that third pretty good administration stopping doctors commenting on the relative efficacy of vaccines. Because they're calling it. Advertising saying the vaccine come to my practice sits behind that there's a lot influx. We'll get our act together. We're good immunizing country. People will come. Forward is just that. We don't want to lose momentum.
US men accused of helping Ghosn flee arrive in Japan
"Two Americans wounded in full Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's escape I'm now in Japanese custody Michael Taylor unease some pizza the suspected of helping gone skip bail in Japan and flew to Lebanon in December twenty nineteen detained in a Boston jail since last may they've not been extradited from the U. S. have arrived in Tokyo the Tokyo deputy prosecutor says the Taylors were arrested on suspicion of aiding a criminal and will be held at a Tokyo detention center where they'll be questioned and investigated Japan has put a cone on Interpol's wanted list but Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Japan I'm Charles de Ledesma
We must end ‘deadly addiction’ to coal for planet’s sake, urges Guterres
"The world's major polluters have not been bold enough in their pledges to cut emissions. Un secretary general antonio guitarist said on tuesday but he's insisted that they're still a fighting chance to hold back global warming if fossil fuel power stations are phased out in an appeal to governments private companies and local authorities to end our deadly addiction to call the un chief reiterated the urgent need to reduce emissions by forty five percent this decade highlighting three key measures mr guitarist called on countries to cancel all global coal projects in the pipeline and in particular the thirty-seven wealthy countries of the organization for economic cooperation and development. We cd who should commit to phasing out coal by twenty thirty the un chief also called for an end to the international financing of coal plants and investors to shift to renewable energy projects. This transition could happen coal plant by coal plant. If necessary misty guitarist insisted in comments at the powering past coal summit hosted by the uk and canada
Biden Seeks Help on Border From Mexican President
"Trump administration's immigration policies, he turned to Mexico on Monday to try to build a relationship with President Andres Manuel Lopez over door and the effort coming as a flood of migrants have rushed to the border. Since Biden's victory in November. The president has back to bill to give legal status in a path to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people. Living in the country illegally. United States and Mexico are stronger when we stand together. There's a long and complicated history between our nations that haven't always been perfect neighbors with one another. We have seen over and over again, the power and the purpose when we cooperate. And we're safer when we work together. Whether it's addressing the challenges of our shared border, forgetting this pandemic under control way had a Mexican president who dominated the country for 34 years. Very little time. His name was defeated. Yes, and he would say, or Mexico so far from dawn, and yet so close to the United States. I have no saved. Yeah, it's wonderful from Mexico to be close to God and not so far from the United States, Border Patrol agents are apprehending an average of more than 200 Children crossing the border without a parent per day. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday's looking toe push back against the notion that the situation at the border is spiraling out of control. When I started 27 days ago, I learned that we did not have Thief facilities available or equipped To administer the humanitarian laws that are Congress passed years ago. Way did not have the personnel. Policies, procedures or training to administer those laws. Quite frankly, the entire system was gutted. It takes time. Build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established, they need. They need to wait. It takes time. To rebuild the system from scratch. If they come if families come if single adults come to the border, we are obligated to in the service of public health, including the health of the very people who are thinking of coming. To impose the travel restrictions under the C D. C s title 42 with the authorities and return them. To Mexico and we have done that. We need individuals to wait and I will say that they will wait with a goal in mind and that is our ability to rebuild as quickly as possible. A system so that they don't have to take that the dangerous journey and we can enable them tow access humanitarian relief from their Kwan countries. Of origin. Um, do you believe that right now, there's a crisis at the border. I think that the answer is no. I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing. Following the White House's virtual meeting with the Mexican president, the two sides released a joint statement pledging greater cooperation on addressing migration, the corona virus pandemic and climate change. The Mexican government issued a separate statement, adding the two sides also agreed to crack down on migrant trafficking. Democrats hope of including that minimum
Protesters killed in bloodiest day of Myanmar crackdown
"At least eighteen people were killed in more than thirty injured in myanmar on sunday as police and military forces confronted peaceful demonstrations. The reported casualties make sunday the deadliest day since the military seized power on february first as demonstrations against the military coup which ousted democratically elected government of a civilian leader. Aung san suu. She entered their fourth week on saturday. Security forces beginning violent crackdown on protesters and towns and cities across the
India's Farmer Protests: Why Are They So Angry?
"Next on a protest movement movement in India. in India. It has drawn the It interest has drawn of pop the interest stars of pop and stars climate and activists climate activists and sent people and sent into the people streets into for the streets a cause. for a cause. What's fascinating What's fascinating about the cause about they're the cause fighting for, they're fighting for, is how is unfasten how unfasten ating ating it initially it seems, initially seems, farmers are protesting farmers are protesting over new rules over new for rules wholesale for wholesale markets. markets. One of those rules One matter of those rules so much. matter so much. The answer reveals The answer something reveals about something a giant about nation, a giant its nation, past its past and its possible and its future. possible future. NPR's Lauren NPR's Lauren Frayer begins at one of the markets in western India. Yeah, I like all day. So this is a wholesale market and sort of a dusty lot between looks like warehouses here. Yes, Yes. This is far. Good skunk. Oh, yeah, Wholesale agent, but this is all regulated by the government. Yes, they're appointed by the government. They're being market fees can vote How is showing me around his local wholesale market, one of thousands run by the government where Indian farmers sell their crops in auction. Takes bids for eggplants trucks disgorge bales of collie flower wave through waist high piles of green beans. These markets were set up in the 19 sixties in India's Green revolution. When the government started subsidizing pesticides and irrigation. It helped boost yields and made India self sufficient in food. It did not lift many farmers themselves out of poverty. My father has not much educated Lord Howe comes from a long line of grain farmers. The average Indian farm is about 2.5 acres. These are not big commercial farms like in the American West, and with climate change, mechanization and rampant development, not to mention the pandemic. Indian farmers are struggling load houses at our place. Water is not Copper supplies water. Not there. That's right. That's water as much as when you go. So exactly exactly exactly lot off problem is that the production costs off. Traditional farming is going higher day by day, so the help the Indian government passed three new laws last year they aimed to deregulate the way produces bought and sold. Wholesalers and grocery chains no longer have to buy it. These government run markets they could do deals directly with farms. Many farmers are not happy, though, because you know Agriculture prizes are subject to a lot of volatility. Economists seem a bad lawyer says farmers got used to selling of these government run markets, which guarantee them a minimum price. So it's a safety net for the farmers. When prices go down, the government says it will still set prices for certain crops, and it's not closing these markets just adding more options. But Sanjay Cohade is still worried. Ginger Allah Miggy. Eventually he's a middle man who buys from farmers here. He says he's worried big corporations will circumvent these markets and obliterate small traders like him. As we chat, another man interrupts. We have brought up Narendra Modi's. You will be the King of World nine innings, and this is basically what's happened with the farm laws. It's all devolved into political arguments. Agriculture reform has long been the third rail of Indian politics. Successive governments avoided it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to do it now on a national scale. The rules have always varied by state and by crop economist giant ego says mode. I made a mistake by not explaining this well. The amazing thing is that the more the government passed these laws in the middle of a pandemic. They just quickly passed it without any discussion. You could have gone to people talked about it Godfrey back because these are long term proposals proposals now laws that affect the approximately 800 million Indians who depend on farming for a living. There's been a lot of confusion. Farmers here in Western India don't have the same concerns as in the north of the country, but that didn what model? Is it? Me getting shit carry those air. The rich farmers from the north you see protest, Ng says a tomato farmer here named um, but a sun up. He's got nine family members to feed. He can't afford to take a day off to protest. The protests have been dominated by farmers from northern India, the country's bread basket. They grow mostly grain and rely on government markets. More than a tomato farmer like sun up who can sell out of the back of his truck. Northern farmers see these laws is the first step toward dismantling all the aid they've gotten since the Green Revolution. Including price guarantees for wheat, rice and 20 other crops. I'm your bony I mean about me, but not for my tomatoes. Sun up, says he's never been eligible for the price guarantees that wheat growers get a majority of India's farmers or not. Meanwhile, farmers in several states are already circumventing these government wholesale markets and have been for years well, These conveyor belts are moving quickly. This produce packing collective started more than a decade ago, when eight farmers banded together. Now it has a sprawling campus. It's co owned by more than 10,000 farmers. This is the man on I think Chambers Banana ripening chamber. This collective bypasses government wholesalers and sells directly to stores. The last Shin Dae is the founder. Market is ready to pay me back better place then I should capture that market is rapper Depending on government. He says he got fed up waiting decades for government reforms, so he took matters into his own hands and started this collective. For others, the pandemic has forced them to consider new ways of selling their produce. So these air your grapes here's yes. Yes, grandfather and then grape farmer Abby shake shall kisses. His harvest came right when government run wholesale markets closed last year because of Cove. It Actually long known there was opportunity. So he and his friends all farmers in their twenties who've gone to college, started selling on Twitter and got more for their produce. Abby Shake says his heart is with his fellow farmers who've been pro testing even if they don't share all the same concerns. His head, he says, is on how to solve some of the inefficiencies he sees in the way his forefathers have long done business and he doesn't really trust the government to do it when I'm just out to get the amulet and the mighty by it guys out the causal Calabrese. I think our generation is going to have to try to figure this out, he says. Lauren Frayer NPR news in Nash IQ. Maharashtra, India
Myanmar police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters
"There are more protests today on the streets of Myanmar Police in the capital fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who were continuing to denounce the country's military for seizing power a month ago. The U. N says at least 18 people were killed in clashes with security forces on Sunday. Me and Mars ousted leader Aung San Souci remains held on multiple charges.
WHO: 'Premature,' 'unrealistic' COVID-19 will end soon
"The World Health Organization is warning against thinking the coated nineteen pandemic may end of this year I think it will be a very premature and I I think I'm realistic instead WHL emergencies chief Mike Bryan says there needs to be a singular focus to keep transmission as little as possible to suppress that transmission is reassured by emerging data that many vaccines appear to be impacting transmission that is really really encouraging but even with that the world faces a huge challenge right now the virus is very much in control Sager mag ani Washington
China's Parliament to meet later this week
"Later this week china's parliament. The national people's congress will convene for its annual meeting actual policy debate. If passed foam is any guide will be neither lively nor free ranging or even existent however it is expected that the national people's congress will obligingly rubber-stamp plans to reform hong kong's electoral system. Such as it still is listeners. Anticipating any great reengagement with the idea of liberal pluralist democracy Likely to be
A dark picture emerges: atrocities in Ethiopia
"Rumors and scattered reports of atrocities in ethiopia's northern region of tigray have been swirling for months amid a media blackout. But the picture is now starting to become clearer and evidence for war. Crimes and crimes against humanity are stacking up on sunday. America's secretary of state anthony blinken condemned the killings sexual assaults and forced removals said to have taken place in tigray and called for troops to be withdrawn. The conflict began late last year. When the region's ruling party the tigray people's liberation front or tps aleph was booted out of the federal government where it had dominated for decades has to be off. Matt has announced quote final military operation against the defiant gripe province in coming days and a statement. Mr abiy said there was a catholic devise strategy to defeat the grand people's liberation front in the regional capital makaay without harming civilians late in november. Mr abi declared victory. Over the tb l. f. An armed resistance has continued yesterday. If government rejected america's demands describing. Mr lincoln's comments as regrettable. Thousands are known to have died in the conflict and more than two million people have been displaced. The growing civil war has drawn in fighters from neighboring regions and troops from eritrea which borders tigray to the north. I'm gonna stay. International has just released a report detailing its investigation into this incident that took place in late november an accident which is one of the oldest and most famous holy cities. Tom gardner addis. ababa correspondent. Ever soldiers killed hundreds of civilians over two days. And what i'm going to stay says was retaliation for an attack by local youth on their military camp now. Amnesty says the soldiers roams around the streets of the city picking out on young men and killing them on the spot then proceeded to plunder the city essentially of everything of value survivors said that all they could see on the streets with bodies and people crying this systematic slaughter civilians and axiom may amount to crimes against humanity according to amnesty. And you say the main players in this incident or allegedly airtran soldiers right just to remind people. This conflict has drawn in a few other parties. In addition to the ethiopian federal army and two grand forces loyal to the tps laugh you also have militia security forces from may bring regional state of. Im hara which has a rivalry with the laugh and disputed territories along their border and then and this is really controversial element. You have troops from eritrea. Which since the beginning of the conflict has been fighting alongside the ethiopian army against the which has a long rivalry with as well as to whether all these parties are committing atrocities. I think based on everything we know so far. Yes but i think. Eritrean soldiers are the most widely and extensively implicated and there are allegations of other atrocities beyond. What's happened in axiom. Ever since the war began in late november we've been hearing accounts trickling out which beginners rumor clearer. Picture is slowly started to emerge. We've seen several videos that appear to show ethiopian soldiers. Standing among the bodies of civilians. They've murdered there was an investigation by human rights. Watch found. European army had shelled towns including the capital of tigray mckelway killing at least eight hundred civilians including women and children and winding back to the beginning of the war the very first atrocity we heard about was this massacre in the town of my tatra which is in western tigray near the border with the neighboring regional state. I'm harlem according to a report that amnesty published at the time most of the victims were. I'm horrors murdered by militia. Sure the ousted rulers of tigray the epl f. That was then confirmed by day. State appointed human rights commission. Here however take ryan's reflect across the border to saddam tell of attacks on civilians by them militiamen an by government soldiers in the same area for its part. What is the european government saying about all these reports so that is an important question on february. The twenty six th the ethiopian rights commission which is a state appointed or body released a statement saying that it had also conduct an investigation. And that it's key. Findings brutally corroborated those of amnesty. That's quite a significant step forward by the commission which tried two to three years ago would never have come out with a statement like that. The question though moving forward is whether the government decides to accept its findings and act on them. We have heard a lot from the prime minister's office the attorney general's office and other government agencies about accountability but so far very little indication that the government is willing to hold anyone but members of the tepe accountable for crimes committed during this conflict. More makes it even more. Complicated of course is the fact that the prime culprits in this case were eritrean. Troops can be very politically difficult for the government. Addis ababa which has been relying on these troops from eritrea relying on its relationship with the eritrean government to conduct its military operations in
WHO: ‘Premature and unrealistic’ to think pandemic will end this year
"Was asked when this will all end. It will be very furniture, and I think unrealistic to think that we're going to finish with this virus by the end of the year. I think what we can. If respect finish with is the hospitalizations and the debts and the tragedy associated with this pandemic authorities in Arkansas they one student was
Biden admin scrambles to expand housing for migrant children
"To criticism for housing undocumented migrant Children in some of the same tent cities over which Democrats criticized previous leaders. Homeland Security says there are no more cages and they are reuniting, not separating migrant families. Trump administration expelled Children To Mexico on We are not expelling young Children. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro My Arkus, saying they're racing to rebuild the trump immigration system, he warns anyone thinking of migrating to the U. S. Now should wait. Andy Field, ABC NEWS
Okonjo-Iweala begins first historic day as WTO director-general
"A lot of work to do. So I feel ready to go motivating words today from the new head of the World Trade Organization, the arrival of an go Z or condo, a whale A and a six month leadership void at the W T o International body based in Geneva, governs trade rules between countries. Okonjo you wail. His candidacy had been held up by the Trump White House on her first day. She's making history as the first woman and first African to serve as w. T O director general absolutely do feel on additional burden. I can't lie about that being the first woman and the first African means that one really has to perform. That was a con job away. The last month. She's a Harvard grad on economist and dual citizen of the U. S. And Nigeria with a 30 year career in international development, including Time is managing director at the World Bank. Biden administration announced its strong support for a condo you, Ella. Still, there was controversy. Senior African leaders of the United Nations recently complained about what they called racist and sexist media coverage of her appointment. For her part to conjure you. Ella has said that she remains focused on making the changes needed at the W T O. It's led to me that deep and wide ranging reforms are needed. And as I said, before, you cannot be business, as usual at the W. T O in her first speech is head of the W T o today and go Z and conjure you. Ella reiterated that point she said she can on Lee deliver results if members except that we can do things differently. Most urgent priority, she said, or to address the impact of the cove in 19 pandemic and climate change
U.K. Officials Search for Person Who Tested Positive for Highly Contagious Variant
"British health officials are racing to track down a person who has been infected with a highly contagious covert variant. Someone here in the UK has tested positive for the covert variant first detected in Brazil, which health experts fear may be highly contagious and at least partly vaccine resistant. But the person failed to fill out their test registration card correctly. The reason why won't take them quickly is to understand more about them and their movement. The fear is that the variant may already be spreading here. Tiki Bar For CBS News, London
Ex-President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, Found Guilty of Corruption
"And a two year suspended sentence is the first time in France is modern history that former president has been convicted of corruption. Sarkozy is 66 years old. He was president from 2007 through 2012 in the U. S. The Supreme Court agreeing to take a case on whether it is unconstitutional to exclude people living in Puerto Rico from SS
Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for $11.5M
"Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie has sold for more than $11.5 million Tower of the Code Obeah Mosque. Sold at Christie's auction house today, smashing the previous record for a work by Britain's World War two leader, which was just under 2.5 million. It was completed after the January 1943 Casablanca conference. He initially gave the painting to U. S. President Franklin D.
Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli-owned cargo ship - Associated Press
"Now accusing Iran of last week's attack on an Israeli cargo ship in the Persian Gulf. ABC is Georgiana Miller reports from Jerusalem Israel's prime minister, blaming Iran for Friday's blast that damaged in Israeli owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman. Benjamin Netanyahu, in a rare TV interview, said Iran was quote clearly behind the attack. Charge. Tehran swiftly rejected. Netanyahu's accusation came after Israeli officials inspected the damaged cargo ship in Dubai. Israel may have carried out a Reprisal strike overnight on Iranian linked targets south of Damascus, Syria reported it intercepted several alleged Israeli missiles. No comment from Jerusalem. Georgiana Miller, ABC
The inside story of the Iranian attack on Al Asad Airbase
"General Frank Mackenzie, commander of US forces in the Middle East, monitored the attack from his headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Walking into this small room off his main operation Center, where he could talk directly to the only two people above him in the chain of command. They bring in secretary defense and a little bit later they brought in the president to this conversation. We're listening to the reports of the missiles flying. You ever been on one like this? I've never been on one like this, where real missiles being fired at our forces and where I thought the risks were so high Iranian attack on al Assad was in retaliation for a stunning US operation. President Trump ordered six nights earlier, a drone strike, which killed Iran's most powerful general Qassim Suleimani. The blood of many Americans is on the hands of the same salamoni. He was this close to an indispensable man as you could find inside Iran, where he went violin. And death followed during the American occupation of Iraq. Sulamani had orchestrated attacks which killed more than 600. U. S troops and, according to Mackenzie, He was planning to do it again. We saw intelligence reports where the same cell Amani was moving various attacks, dreams forward against our forces in Iraq against our embassy and against other bases there. With the imminent perhaps an hour's, perhaps in days, probably not weeks. Until then, the USAID shied away from going after Sulamani for fear, killing such a high ranking government official. Would only provoke Mauritanian attacks. I never take killing anyone is a zone easy decision, but I think the risk of not acting in this case Outweigh the risks of acting So yes, I was good with the decision on January 3rd of last year on airport security camera recorded. Sulamani is arrival in Baghdad on a commercial flight from Damascus. Kensi was watching from a different angle. You have the drones overhead. Do you see him Healthy? Yes, yes. As soon Money's entourage pulled away from the plane. McKenzie gave the kill order to the commander controlling the drones. And then I said, Take your shot when you got it. Missile slammed into both vehicles simultaneously. There's no backslapping. There's no cheering because now I have to prepare to deal with the consequences. The action, General Mackenzie was sure Iran would retaliate, but he didn't know how and neither for awhile. Did the Iranians. I believe they went into a period of this organization because they had lost the officer. Who really spoke up and shaped everything up and told them what they were gonna do. So he's kind of ominous silence. It was a very ominous silence. And what was the first sign that Iran might really be thinking of her? Ballistic missile attack, they began to move their ballistic missiles. The attack was just hours away. When major Alan Johnson got the word. Iran's most powerful weapons were aiming for al Assad. My intelligence officer pulled me aside and Basically said, Sir, I've got some bad news for you. What's up? We have information that Iran is fueling 27 medium range ballistic missiles in their intention is the level this base And we may not survive. This was a completely different threat. Lieutenant Colonel Jim Garland commanded an army battalion at Al Asad. Sprawling air base about 120 miles west of Baghdad, where the U. S operated scores of helicopters, drones and other aircraft. Did the base have any defense against ballistic missiles now, sir? It was such a unprecedented threat. I don't think it was ever calculated. S o the capability to, uh, prevent a ballistic missile attack. It wasn't there. Did you have a plan for what to do? Way came up with the plan. The only real defense against ballistic missile attack is to get out of harm's way.
Time running out to help 16 million Yemenis avoid disaster
"U n chief antonio guiterrez has led a call for support for sixteen million yemenis including starving children amid a massive funding shortfall for the aid operation in the war crippled country in an appeal for three point. Eight five billion dollars this year mister gutierrez said that nearly fifty thousand yemenis are enduring. Famine like conditions. Yemeni children are starving. The secretary general insisted adding that nearly half of all children under five will likely suffer from acute malnutrition and four hundred. Thousand of those children could die without urgent treatment. The worst hunger is in areas affected by six years of conflict. He said in opening remarks. At a pledging event for yemen organized by the governments of switzerland and sweden some four million people have been forced from their homes. The un secretary general said adding that the hootie offensive in maarib could displace hundreds of thousands. More militarised reiterated his appeal for the water and it has to stop. He said calling for an immediate nationwide ceasefire and confidence building measures followed by an inclusive. Yemeni led political process coordinated by the united nations.