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  • Hi I'm Carl Azuz. Delivering ten minutes of international current events.

  • At the midpoint of the week, we're starting with news about Iran.

  • The Middle Eastern country tested out a number of ballistic missiles yesterday

  • That has the international community including the US

  • concerned because it might break the United Nations resolution.

  • It calls on Iran not to develop missiles that could carry nuclear weapons.

  • Iran says it doesn't have a nuclear weapons and

  • that this missile launch only tested conventional weapons.

  • But a US government source said the UN Security Council

  • might investigate the launch and consider action against Iran.

  • The Obama administration says the test did not violate

  • a controversial nuclear deal with Iran that the US led last year.

  • Our next story, the US military says a terrorist group in Africa

  • took a major hit over the weekend.

  • Al Shabaab which is based in the East African nation of Somalia

  • was the target of the US airstrike.

  • American officials say the Islamic Militant group

  • had about 200 fighters at a camp and that

  • they posed an imminent threat because they were planning some type of major attack.

  • Possibly targeting American and African Union military forces in Somalia.

  • But in Saturday's airstrike, US authorities believe as many as 150 Al- Shabaab members

  • were killed by drones and manned aircraft.

  • An official from Al- Shabaab disputes that number saying

  • only a few fighters died in the assault.

  • Either way, the strike while destructive,

  • is not expected to eliminate the threat from these terrorists.

  • The terror group Al- Shabaab is becoming deadlier and more ambitious.

  • Al- Shabaab means the Youth in Arabic,

  • and it's a group that's risen out of the chaos of the failed state of Somalia.

  • The irony is, as it's gained more international prominence,

  • it's actually lost ground at home due to infighting in the group,

  • successful operations by government forces, but also

  • drone strikes by the US. At the same time, though,

  • it's become more aggressive abroad,

  • particularly In September 2013 when in carried out

  • the Westgate Mall attack which killed more than 60 people.

  • More recently in April, the attack at Garissa University in Kenya

  • that killed more than 150. Like ISIS,

  • Al Shabaab has a powerful presence on the web,

  • particularly in terms of recruiting.

  • An added threat are Al- Shabaab's deep ties to the US

  • a number of Somali Americans have gone to Somali to join the ranks of Al- Shabaab.

  • Some of them have become suicide bombers. A man from Alabama,

  • Omar Hammami became the rapping Jahadi.

  • Powerful in their recruiting videos though he was later killed.

  • US counter terror officials are seeing more communication

  • as well as the sharing of know- how and technology

  • between Al- Shabaab and other A- Qadea type groups

  • such as AQAP in Yemen.

  • And they say a credible next step would be cooperation

  • on joint terror operations abroad. For a long time

  • Al- Shabaab has been seen primarily as a domestic threat in Somalia.

  • But more and more, it's seen as an international one.

  • International Women's Day is a worldwide event

  • that's been sponsored by the United Nations since 1975,

  • but the holiday itself has been celebrated on March 8th since 1921.

  • Women's suffrage, their right to vote was a major catalyst for the event.

  • Today the holiday continues to promote women's rights,

  • focusing specifically this year on gender parity.

  • Achieving worldwide equality for women in areas like education,

  • politics, and health. Musical performances, marches, rally's,

  • all part of the event yesterday.

  • The UN Says it organized International Women's Day events

  • in dozen's of countries from India to Albania.

  • In many public areas of Saudi Arabia, women and men are separated.

  • It's a country that's been criticized for women's rights,

  • but things there are changing.

  • I've spent years covering the Middle East and the Gulf region,

  • and the issue of women's rights in Saudi Arabia often comes up.

  • The kingdom is an absolute monarchy, ruled by the Al- Saud family.

  • Now they govern according to a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.

  • Women need the permission of a male guardian to travel, to work,

  • to attend higher education, or to marry.

  • But Saudi Arabia does have a very young population,

  • the median age there just 26, many that I've spoken

  • to say that the role of women in the country is evolving.

  • Now, 2015 marked the first year that Saudi women

  • were allowed to campaign for public office and to register to vote

  • at the municipal level. And that came two years

  • after the former King Abdullah decreed that women must make up

  • at least 20 % of the Shura council.

  • Now, that is an appointed body that drafts laws and

  • advises the king on major issues.

  • More Saudi woman are also joining the work force.

  • Only about 19 % of them currently perform paid work,

  • but the Saudi government says their numbers have risen considerably,

  • between 23, 00 in 2004 to over 400, 000 in 2014.

  • Now, women are still required to cover their hair

  • and wear long clothing in public, but in many malls and hotels these days,

  • women are seen without head scarves.

  • Perhaps the most visible sign of women's rights in Saudi and not,

  • as the case may be, is that they are not allowed to drive.

  • All the women that I've met there tell me they are often frustrated

  • by the west's focus on this topic and they feel it ignores

  • the other positive steps they say have been made.

  • But proponents for change say allowing women to drive

  • would be a big step towards opening other doors of opportunity.

  • From Atlantic to Pacific, it's time to set sail on the roll call.

  • We'll start in Lake Worth, Florida. Watch your step.

  • The Cobras are online at Park Vista Community High School.

  • Moving northward to Virginia, we've got the Vikings today.

  • Hello to Lake Taylor Middle School in Norfolk.

  • And bordering another ocean in the northern Mariana Islands,

  • great to see everyone at Kagman High School. It's in Saipan.

  • US military is working on a type of brain implant

  • that could help people connect more closely with computers.

  • The implant would be the size of two nickels stacked together

  • it cost tens of millions of dollars to develop

  • but researchers hope it would help people who have disabilities

  • in seeing and hearing. It could aid veterans who been Injured in combat, for example.

  • The technology is still a ways away according to scientists,

  • and some critics say brain implants are just a bunch of hype

  • that would waste taxpayer dollars, and possibly

  • cause health problems like brain inflammation.

  • Still it's another example of the search for technology

  • that enables people to exceed their natural limits.

  • Take a good look at the smart arm

  • the latest example of mind over matter.

  • Developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology

  • that uses motion capture technology to respond to human gestures like drumming.

  • The founder of the Georgia Tech Center for Music, Gil Weinberg

  • says it's completely versatile.

  • We let the arm move to different drums by following

  • where the drummer is and where the arm is with sensors on the arm itself,

  • some of them are embedded to make it oriented correctly

  • and some of them is from afar to know the whole environment in general.

  • And that's where, based on new gestures,

  • the arm can move to the different drums that you are interested in.

  • Researchers hope to link the arm's movements to a drummer's brain activity

  • by way of a headband. And what you see here may be the start

  • of much more to come. The US military is taking an interest

  • in wearable technology that can be controlled by implants.

  • Sorry about that. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced

  • it plans to spend up to $ 62 million on a project

  • designed to help injured veterans have more of an open channel

  • between the human brain and modern electronics.

  • Some even see the potential for enhancing the abilities

  • of soldiers in combat.

  • But regardless of how cyborg technology is applied,

  • the lingering question is will it catch on in the real world.

  • It would for me be an add- on to a kit. I could trigger a sample or

  • a different instrument. This professional drummer is interested,

  • but says it might take some getting used to.

  • In the future, technology may help to provide that needed extra hand.

  • George Howell, CNN, Atlanta.

  • Anyone can take a camera, start a YouTube channel,

  • give a glimpse of a day in the life, here's a spin on that.

  • The animal care staff at the Oregon Zoo gave a camera

  • to Chloe and just let her go bananas.

  • Chloe is 46 years old. She had the camera for two days.

  • She toted it, tested it, tasted it, she even found out how to turn it off.

  • And just like some people take pictures of their food,

  • Chloe got some footage of herself snacking.

  • Kinda risky to do that with a $ 300 camera,

  • but for Chloe, that's just chimp change.

  • She seem to film everything in primate orders.

  • She jungled the responsibility very well just goes to show

  • the extent of her ape ability.

  • I'm Carl Azuz and it's time for us to shut down.

Hi I'm Carl Azuz. Delivering ten minutes of international current events.

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