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to gain by his death, and also, if you wanted
to assassinate him, why not put a bomb on board, wait until the aircraft is way out
at sea, blow the plane up? No wreckage, no evidence. But there
are mysterious coincidences. For example, the lax in security would have given
a small opportunity for sabotage. This was proven by the mailbag
that was found on the runway, which shows there would
have been access to the aircraft, right up to the point
at which it took off. I think this is one mystery
that will never be solved.

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This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. "I will win" - President Trump
fights to reinstate his travel ban. Defying the US - Iran's
missile tests continue. So why cant we get married? A fresh push for Same Sex Marriage.

ANNOUNCER: This is SBS
World News with Lee Lin Chin.

Good evening. US President Donald Trump says
he will win a Justice Department appeal
against the suspension of his travel ban. The legal challenge came
after an angry tweet, from the President,
against the conservative judge. But for now, the borders are open. And visa holders from the affected
countries are racing to get to the US. (CHEERING). In Boston, cheers now
as well as tears. A son, reunited with his
60-year-old Iranian mother. I'm ecstatic, because it's her 70th
birthday next week. But it's a race against time. The government moving to reverse
a federal judge's order that lifted the temporary travel ban on refugees
and those from seven mainly Muslim countries. That judge, James Robart,
says the ban would do America more harm than good. How many arrests have there been
of foreign nations from those seven countries since 9/11? Let me tell you the answer
to that is none, as best I can tell. Arriving at his weekend retreat
in Florida, President Trump was furious with the George W
Bush-appointed judge, prompting an attack on a judiciary
intended as a check on executive power.

The government warning the decision
poses an immediate harm to the public thwarts enforcement
of an executive order and second-guesses the president's
national security judgment. This is truly a politicized decision
by a judge who doesn't understand the law brought in the 1960s that
gives president the prerogative to decide how
immigration is handled. That is the facts of the matter
and the judge needs to understand that. As demonstrations at the executive
order continued in the US London, Paris and elsewhere for now,
at least, these protesters'
wishes are granted. No travel ban while three so-called
9th circuit judges hear the appeal. They will make a decision,
about whether the travel ban should remain suspended or whether it
could go back into effect during the period of litigation,
that means, until there's a final ruling by a judge. The ultimate decision,
she says, could take months. In typical style, President Trump
is in no doubt he'll prevail.

For the safety of our
country, we'll win. For now four month old Iranian
Fatemeh Reshad in need of emergency heart surgery -
is on her way to the US. She had a waiver for the travel ban
on Iranian citizens but in Abu Dhabi, the family
had been urged to get pre-clearance before
entering the US. Now that's unnecessary. The family
is overwhelmingly relieved and thrilled that the baby
is coming for surgery. I think it's been a real
whirlwind for them. A happy ending, it's hoped -
but for so many visa holders - the outlook is far from clear.

President Trump has questioned America's innocence. The presenter, Bill O'Reilly, asserted Russian President was a killer and asked if Mr Trump respected him.Well, I respect a lot of people but that does not mean I going to get along with them. He is the leader of his country, I say it is better to get along with Russia than not and if they help with the fight against ISIS and Islamic terrorism, that is a good thing. Will I get along with him?Vladimir Putin is a killer! There are a lot of killers, what, do you think our country is so innocent? And later, a light-hearted look
at the Turnbull-Trump phone call, direct from the US. Not me, I've had a long day. I'm tired and cranky and I feel
like I could just freak out on somebody. Then maybe you should
call Australia. Really? I mean, I haven't been briefed
or anything but what could go wrong? Tensions between the US
and Iran have escalated, with the country's Revolutionary
Guard stepping up military exercises in response to Trump
Administration sanctions. Iranian leaders have accused
the US of immaturity. Both sides have accused the other
of violating a nuclear deal. Described as a showcase
of the country's revolution's power, Iranian forces say their latest
missile tests were conducted in Semnan province, east
of the capital Tehran.

Iran, thumbing its nose
at the sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump's
administration over Tehran's military operations. The Speaker of the Iranian
Parliament hitting out at the US.

More than two dozen people
and companies suspected of being involved in Iran's missile
program have been slapped with US sanctions. Leading cleric Ahmad Khatami says
the bans are against the nuclear deal struck by the previous
Obama Administration.

TRANSLATION: There was not a word
in the deal regarding plans for missile testing. The US is the one
violating the agreement. While President Trump has signalled
a tougher line towards Tehran than his predecessor,
his press secretary says sanctions were set to be imposed even before
he came into the White House. The timing was right. So you know they were in
the pipeline, they'd been staffed and approved and the president made
the decision that now is the time to do it based on recent action. Gareth Boreham, SBS World News. With politicians preparing to return
to Parliament this week, advocates for same-sex marriage have
launched a fresh campaign to ensure the issue
remains front and centre. It coincides with a group
of moderate Liberal MPs reportedly working
on a push for the Coalition to abandon its plebiscite policy -
much to the ire of conservative MPs, including former Prime
Minister Tony Abbott. TV AD: We can leap to your rescue,
we can hold a life in your hands, we can put our lives on the line From everyday Australians demanding change, a message straight
to Parliament House. ..so why can't we get married? We do our jobs, it's about time
politicians did theirs. Bondi lifesaver, Bastien Wallace,
and Sydney nurse, Sally Whitney, are among those who feature in
the campaign for same sex marriage. I treat everyone who comes
through the door with respect, no matter their beliefs,
their sexuality or who they love and I just want politicians
to treat me exactly the same The timing is deliberate. With Parliament resuming this week,
advocates for same sex marriage want the issue high on the agenda. We need to make it clear
to all the people who are elected representatives that this issue
hasn't gone away and it won't go away. There are reports some Liberal MPs
who support same sex marriage are working behind the scenes
to push the Coalition to abandon its policy that
a plebiscite be held, before any vote in Parliament,
sooner rather than later. But Conservative MPs, including
former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, are urging the government
to stay on course. Mr Abbott telling Fairfax...

Last year, the issue
brought dozens of church, family and ethnic groups together,
in a combined bid to push for a 'no' vote at a plebiscite. But the plebiscite legislation
was defeated in the Senate in November, and now Parliament
resumes for 2017 with both the government and opposition
still blaming each other for the stalemate. This Saturday coming up
we could have been having a vote on marriage equality and if that
vote had been a yes, which I anticipate it would have
been, we couldn't had marriage

which I anticipate it would have
been, we could have had marriage equality in Australia
within a matter of weeks. We can get this done now,
we can have marriage equality before Mardi Gras, all it's
going to take is a free vote on the floor of Parliament. Nina Stevens, SBS World News And Chief Political Correspondent
Daniela Ritorto joins us from Canberra, what does
the government have at the top of its agenda for 2017? Good evening. The Prime Minister did try to outline that last week but it was overshadowed by the revelation of his brother sizeable donation to the Liberal Party and the telephone call with Donald Trump. This week they will introduce child-care packages tied to tax benefits and working on reforming MPs and entitlements after a summer of embarrassment for both sides with, naked in the resignation of the health Minister. Its big election centrepiece policy is business tax cuts but it is facing a tough time to get through the Senate and that is where it ends. The legislative cabinet is pretty rare as far as the next few months are concerned but as we heard, there is one to get the vision on the subject of same-sex marriage with the Prime Minister saying they cannot allow a free vote. There is an ad on television. The Prime Minister denying he has been dictated to by his predecessor. These matters will be discussed in the party room. I am the Prime Minister, the Government position is that which we took to the election. It is clear the Government does not have a sense of purpose about it. Malcolm Turnbull is someone who becoming Prime Minister was at the endgame in itself.Someone who has been amusing about what she would do if she was Prime Minister is Pauline Hanson. She has been outlining some of her big ideas in a newspaper article. A 2% flat tax long been discredited by economist and others which she has been talking about for 20 years. Her plan would be for all newlyweds to sign up prenuptial agreement to stop longer drawnout cases in the family Court. But the senator could never be Prime Minister but it sounds like she has ambitions for her party beyond that. In the long term what I would dearly
love to see of One Nation is for the party to grow
and eventually have someone to be government under the banner
of One Nation, under the principles and objectives of what I foresee
for this country, that is my aim. (LAUGHS)I think it's
unlikely that One Nation is going to form
a government in Australia. Some Liberals may not be laughing next month in Western Australia were the one nation party they have a very big influence on just who forms government in that state. Chief Political reporter
Daniela Ritorto there. Thank you so much. More to come, including,
The new star in the French Presidential race urges unity. Shortly, an A-League player's
racial slur punished. And later, saving our heritage:
calls to protect indigenous rock art from modern threats.

President Trump has called Ukraine's
leader to offer assistance in restoring peace to the region,
as the civilian death-toll rises in central and eastern Ukraine. NATO is calling the situation
a humanitarian crisis, pressuring Russia to relinquish
its role in the worst violence seen there in years.

Avdiivka is in ruins,
so too are the lives of its residents. Their part in this fight only
to stay alive as bombs rain from the sky.

33 civilians are dead in just one
town, dozens injured.

NATO urging the Kremlin to hold
Ukraine separatists to a ceasefire. We also see a very dire
humanitarian situation. So we call on Russia
to use its considerable influence

the Minsk Agreements. The US President's offer to help
bring peace to Ukraine comes amid America's biggest
military build-up in Europe since the cold war. US tanks linking the polish
border with Russia. Within Russia, protesters gather
on behalf of civilians with nowhere to run. Targeting civilians who die
as a result of military shelling is a war crime. On both sides the death
toll is rising. High profile rebel leader
Oleg Anashschenko died when his car exploded.

As each opponent points to the other
war monitors report neither is fighting fair. Ceasefire violations require guns,
guns require personnel. Logically in all of these hotspots
there is a massive amount of hardware and military movement. Eastern Ukraine residents now
refugees collecting in Donetsk.

But others won't leave home behind.

Holding tight to the life they know,
even as it collapses around them. Camille Bianchi, SBS World News.

After days of mass protests,
Romania's government has withdrawn plans
to water down the country's anti-corruption laws. An official decree had
decriminalised many offences committed by government officials, sparking the country's biggest
anti-government demonstrations since the fall of Communism. In Bucharest tonight,
it felt like an entire country had come together in one square. CHANTING AND VUVUZELAS DRONE. For five days, Romanians
have been protesting against a government decree. It would have meant that some public
officials who had abused their power could not be prosecuted. Tonight, the government caved in.
It said it would cancel the order. These are the largest
anti-government protests Romania has seen since the fall of Communism,
and they appear to have succeeded. People power has forced
the government here into a humiliating climb down. Tonight, pressure from the streets
forced this televised announcement by Romania's Prime Minister. He would make sure,
he said, that the decree would not take effect. Just two days ago, he'd promised
there would be no U-turn. On Victory Square, there was more
suspicion than celebration. Many here don't believe a word
of their government says. I don't think that we could say
that we have achieved any victory. We have to see whether or not this
is actually cancelled. I don't believe it. I don't believe it because they have
lied a lot of times. So the protests continue? Yes, sure, until we see it on paper. The authorities claim
they are cancelling the decree to avoid division in Romania,
but after these mass protests, Romania's leaders will struggle
to unite the country behind the government.

France's leading presidential
candidates have both held campaign rallies this weekend
in the city of Lyon. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and come-from-nowhere centrist
Emmanuel Macron are expected to go head-to-head
in the final round of the French elections in April. Until recently in France, few people believed he had a chance in the presidential race. Critics dismissed Emmanuel Macron as the young and inexperienced but the centrist candidate is proving them wrong. Opinion polls suggest he could win. His rallies are full.Supporters are convinced. It is my first meeting. I have never been engaged in politics so I engaged with Emmanuel Macron because it is a new challenge for France.TRANSLATION: Our country is in crisis and we need real change and he represents change.He formed an Independent party as an alternative to judicial left and right politics. He supports front as secular values but says they should not be used to stigmatise Muslims. TRANSLATION: A young woman came to me and said I prevented going to work full wearing a veil. That is not what the Republic teachers. If we accept our freedom we accept hers.They chose to rally in the city because the candidate who is shaping up to be his main rival is also in town. Marine Le Pen is launching her presidential campaign in Lyon. Anti-immigration, anti- Europe and a tough on Islam, she is expected to make it to the second round and the National front leaves her time has come.TRANSLATION: After Brexit, the rise of the German National is, the win of Donald Trump, it is time.The scandal engulfing the Conservative candidate, Francois Fillon, accused of providing jobs for relatives, has opened up the contest. Emmanuel Macron hopes that plays in his favour.

favour. The Louvre has reopened to visitors,
a day after a machete wielding man shouting, "Allahu Akbar"
was shot by soldiers there. The suspect is believed to be
an Egyptian citizen. French officials say his injuries
are no longer life threatening. President Francois Hollande says
the incident was no doubt a terrorist attack But the suspect's
father says he is shocked to learn of his son's alleged involvement,
saying he led a stable life, with a wife and child. The bodies of two Algerian victims
of the Quebec Mosque shooting have been repatriated. Prayers were said over the coffins
at a ceremony attended by family and officials before the bodies were taken to
the victims' hometowns for burial. Six men were killed in the attack. University student
Alexandre Bissonnette has been charged with murder. The United Nations has lifted
sanctions on a notorious Afghan Warlord, paving the way
for him to openly return to his homeland. The Afghan government requested
the move as part of a peace deal with the warlord's militant
group, Hezbe-Islami.

This man, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has
officially been a terrorist for the past 14 years,
now no longer.

The United Nations lifting sanctions
on the warlord following a peace deal signed by the Afghan government
and the 69 year old's militant group Hezbe Islami last September. Hezbe Islami is Afghanistan's second
largest militant group after the Taliban.

Hekmatyar was one of Afghanistan's
most influential leaders in the fight against Soviet forces
in the 1980s and briefly served as Prime Minister in 1994. But he was also branded
the "The Butcher of Kabul" for his faction's indiscriminate
firing of rockets into the capital killing thousands of civilians
and he was forced to flee the city in 1996 when the Taliban took power. The deal criticised by some Afghans
and human rights groups which gives the warlord amnesty
for past offences.

The agreement paves the way
for Hekmatyar to openly return to Kabul where he is seen
as a potential political rival to President Ashraf Ghani. SBS World News

An alliance of US-backed militias
has started a new phase of its campaign against the IS-held
city of Raqqa, in Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces
are made up of Kurdish YPG fighters and Arab fighters. But not everyone is happy
with their plans to retake militant strongholds
in the Deir al-Zor province, near Turkey's border. They have been making progress
to the north and west of Raqqa and now the announcement
of a new phase of this operation. TRANSLATION:We announce
the starting of a third phase of the operation to liberate
al-Raqqa, that focuses on deliberating the eastern country
side of the province and saving our precious people
from ISIL terror and its savage practices that
increase every time. ISIL faces a certain end. The Syrian Democratic forces
are made up of the Kurdish YPG and Arab fighters. A joint force backed
by the US-lead Coalition, their task is to push towards ISIL's
self-declared capital in northern Syria. Coalition air-strikes have been
supporting the offensive. In the early hours of Saturday,
the last bridge in the city that straddled the Euphates was hit. This is video posted
by an ISIL-affiliated agency which appears to show another
bridge that was destroyed a few days earlier. Similar tactics are being used
in the battle for Mosul, across the border in Iraq. A focus of surrounding the city
with jets taking out bridges. But as always in Syria,
the dynamics are complicated. The Syrian Democratic Forces
are largely made up of the Kurdish YPG, a group Turkey
considers an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers Party,
or PKK, which it deems a terrorist organisation. But the Americans have long seen
the Kurdish YPG as their best allies on the ground to fight ISIL. Turkey did not welcome a recent
delivery of US armoured vehicles to the group. There are already a few hundred US
special forces on the ground, training new recruits
for the Syrian Democratic Forces. The SDF has made it clear that it
will only be Arab forces that enter Raqqa, not the Kurds,
due to sensitivities on the ground. What Turkey wants to know
is will the Trump administration policy be when it comes
to arming the Kurds. Recent reports suggest that it threw
out the previous administration's recommendations of arming
the Kurdish groups, something that would further damage
already strained ties between Washington and Ankara. While President Donald Trump has
given his advisers 30 days to come up with a plan to fight ISIL
and Turkey will be closely watching what role the YPG will play. And coming up soon... Swimming against the tide. The Sydney women busting myths and busting a move in the water. Their message of acceptance. We are just a bunch of girls out for a swim and the more people can see that, the more people see diversity on our beaches, in different activities, that will hopefully change perception that we are just like everyone else. A-League club Melbourne
City has apologised after goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis
called Albanian striker Besart Berisha a 'gypsy' in last
night's Melbourne derby. Bouzanis says he will personally
apologise to Berisha and will undergo
an education course. The Victory won the match 2-1. The New South Wales government says
it's confident its controversial shark-netting program
will be safe in future - after evidence contractors failed
to maintain nets on some of the state's beaches. Contractors faced multiple
penalties in 2014 and '15, after some nets were left
with large holes and others were missing altogether. The Opposition has called
for an urgent review. The Grampians region,
in Victoria's west, is home to 90% of the state's culturally
significant rock art, but desecration of valuable works has traditional owners and park
rangers calling for National Park
users to take care, or face the consequences.

Etched into this sheer sandstone,
known as Lil Lil, is thousands of years
of Aboriginal history. Unlike vivid rock art found
in Australia's north, the Grampians work is subtle
and sometimes difficult to detect but, according to traditional
owners, it's no less culturally
significant or profound. Here, this is our library. This is our art gallery. It warms the heart to know that,
for thousands of years, stories have been written on rock
on sites such as this. But, increasingly, traditional owners from the local
Barengi Gadjen Land Council

and Parks Victoria are finding
examples of graffiti or vandalism. It's irreplacable. Once a rock art site
is gone, it's gone. They either write in charcoal,
sometimes they scratch with rocks, sometimes they write with paint, so that not only deteriorates
the site, it's very disrespectful
to the traditional owners of this landscape. Archeological digital
filters help highlight the art beneath the grafitti. Art conservators have been enlisted
to provide specialist advice and volunteers spend hours
on the painstaking removal. All we were using is basically water
and cotton wool to remove the charcoal
from over the rock art, so that way we are removing
the graffiti without any adverse
effects to the rock art. The existence of Aboriginal people
in the region has been estimated to go back
at least 22,000 years. Of the 130-odd rock art sites
across the vast Grampians region, 35 were rediscovered in just
the past five years. Now there's an expectation many more
are set to be identified, and that's welcome news to Ron Marks
and his sister Sandra, who are actively engaged
in sharing culture which they say they were denied. We weren't allowed. We weren't encouraged
to maintain the practice, so we're getting that back. We are now finding our souls again. Mr Marks says he encourages
all people to walk, climb and use the National Parks but to also respect the thousands
of years of history which lies within. If they know they are,
and they deface them, then they should face
the brunt of the law. If it was our law, things
would be a bit more harsh. In the Grampians, Victoria,
Luke Waters, SBS World News.

There have been violent clashes between landowners
and traditional herdsmen in northern Kenya. Thousands of cattle are being driven
onto farms and wildlife sanctuaries. The herdsmen say that
drought is forcing them to move their livestock, but ranchers say it's
all politically motivated. In the grasslands below Mount Kenya, farmers are fighting a daily battle
to keep control of their land. Wildlife is being killed
and tourist lodges hit, as herds of cattle are being
illegally driven onto private land by traditional herdsman
in their tens of thousands. This is a game ranch,
buffaloes and elephants usually drink here, but traditional Pokot
and Samburu herdsman are driving their cattle through,
destroying the land. "It is because of drought",
he told me, "and this is the only place there's pasture,
the only place we can bring our cows". But farmers say it's less
about drought and more about politics - land
in exchange for votes. This is a tourist lodge,
set alight by herdsman, angry after clashes with security
forces left one man dead. The owners were forced to flee,
and then the looting began. People have been misused and told
to go and destroy property, destroy the wildlife,
try to destroy the livelihood of the place. The reality is that there
are too many people, too much livestock and
it is a global thing, it's not just Kenya. Overgrazing destroys a carefully
managed environment, but also has other costs. Elephants are shot -
either because they threaten cattle, or, amid the lawlessness,
for their ivory.

We just stumbled across some
of the illegal cattle herders who are on this land,
and as we got close to them, shots rang out. One of them went just over the car. Until the rule of law
and land rights restored, the herdsman will continue
their march, and the violence and damage will spread. Coming up next, how the burkini
helped create a world-first on Australian shores. Also, somewhere you don't
want to bee - how these insects stopped an international
cricket match.

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For the first time, a group
of Australian Muslim women have competed in an open water race. The 'Burkini Babes' say it's an achievement
they never thought they would be able to do and say the support
has been encouraging at a time of heightened
concerns in the Muslim community. This small competition in Sydney's
south-west is about to witness a world-first. The 'Burkini Babes',
a group of Muslim women, are diving into their
first open water race. I feel nervous, but I'm excited. I think it will be
a good day out there. They've been training for months
for this. (WHISTLE) I don't think I ever had in mind
to enter an ocean swim. I enjoy the concept of getting out of your comfort zone,
taking part in a challenge and just that feeling
of accomplishment will be worth it. Early morning ocean
swims are now part of their weekly routine. The ocean's very unpredictable, so we've got to fight currents,
we've got to know where the rip is, how to come back. But they say their burkinis - a specially designed
swimsuit for Muslim women - sometimes get curious looks. When it first came out,
it was revolutionary, yeah, it was really amazing, 'cause, before then, friends and I would only be able
to swim at women-only pool times. Yusra Metwally founded
the group last year after women were banned from wearing
burkinis on beaches in France. She says some of the
women are concerned about growing Islamaphobia
in Australian politics and overseas but, for them, the beach is a break. There's a lot going on globally, there's a lot going on politically, and I like to think that
when we're in the ocean, we get to get away from that. And they've been embraced
by competition organisers and competitors. Fantastic to have
community spirit here, and this is what this
swim is all about - increasing that. Their hard work leading to this. Come on! Let's go! Finish line! The women have just competed
in the 500m competition, but some will be doing
a 1km swim next week and they are also in training
for their first triathlon later this year. Everyone's so encouraging
around you, especially when you come
through the finish line. It's just a really
awsome experience. Looking forward to continuing
training and doing bigger races. One successful swim
completed and plenty more on the horizon. We're just a bunch of
girls out for a swim, and the more people can see - that the more people see
diversity on our beaches, diversity in different activities, that will hopefully change
perceptions that we're
just like everyone else.

Time for sport with Craig Foster and Australia's cricketers continue
to struggle away from home? That's right. Good evening. New Zealand has reclaimed
the Chappell-Hadlee trophy with a 24-run victory over
Australia in Hamilton. Ross Taylor set the platform
for the Black Caps Ross Taylor set the platform
for the Black Caps before Trent Boult took six wickets
in a man-of-the-match performance. Australia has now lost its past
seven one-day international matches on foreign soil. Mitchell Starc got Australia off
to the perfect start. Kane Williamson came
in and built a decent partnership with Dean Brownlie before Pat Cummins
made the breakthrough. In stepped Ross Taylor,
who began to hit freely. Brownlie soon got to 50, then tried his partner's
tactic and paid the price. James Faulkner chipped
in with two wickets. Josh Hazlewood came to the party,
taking two of his own. Taylor making a century, helping the Kiwis post a competitive
total of 281. Australia's captain Aaron Finch
flew out of the blocks. Shaun Marsh caught up
but was soon run out. That has to be closed. Peter Handscombe
lasted just two balls. Travis Head steadied
the ship with Finch. Finch got to 50 before
he was caught on the boundary. What about this one? He has not got enough on it. Glenn Maxwell came and went. Head followed his skipper's lead, making a 50 before failing
to clear the rope. Have to say inside the boundary and it does. James Faulkner went for a duck while Marcus Stoinis
was caught just short of his half-century. Mitchell Starc and
Pat Cummins offered a glimmer of hope but Trent Boult finished the job
with his sixth wicket. New Zealand have done it again! Australia will now travel
to Dubai to prepare for this month's Test
series against India. The Sydney Roosters have won
their first Auckland Nines title. The tri-colours made
the final in dramatic fashion. Their campaign looked over before
Bernard Lewis streaked away to win a thrilling semifinal
against Melbourne. The Roosters then edged past
Penrith, 10-8, in the decider. Coach Trent Robinson says it's a confidence
boost for his side, heading into next's
month NRL season.

People back to the nines and don't support it and we don't always send out best teams but a winning feeling is always important and is a great start to the season. Australia's women's side,
the Jillaroos, completed a 3-0 clean sweep
of their series against New Zealand, beating the Kiwi Ferns by 10 points. New Zealand has crushed the hopes of Australia's men's Rugby Sevens
side, taking out the bronze
medal match in Sydney. The hosts were starved of ball early and trailed by 10 points
at the break. New Zealand only lifted a gear
in the second passage, cruising to a 29-14 victory. England take on South
Africa in the Cup Final. England kicked off its Six Nations
title defence with a narrow win over
France at Twickenham. Former NRL star Ben Te'o scored
the match-winning try for Eddie Jones's side. It secured a record 15th consecutive
victory for England. Meanwhile, Ireland made a slow
start to its campaign, going down to Scotland
at Murrayfield.

It was a wet and wild
finish to the opening round of
the inaugural AFL Women's League. More than 6,000 fans braved the wild
conditions in Melbourne. The Demons were leading the Lions
by four points when the match was stopped
in the second quarter due to lightning, and the break proved
a turning point for Brisbane, the visitors scoring 19 points
without reply after the stoppage,
claiming an upset victory. A dominant second-half display
lifted the Western Bulldogs to victory over Fremantle
at Whitten Oval last night. The Bulldogs booted three unanswered
goals after the main break, skipper Katie Brennan leading
the way with two majors. SA's Damien Howson has upstaged
three-time Tour De France champion Chris Froome, winning
the Herald Sun Tour, the 24-year-old emerging
from the shadows of his Orica-Scott team-mates
in a breakthrough performance. The Sun Tour's soaking sky
and waterlogged roads provided a nasty start
to the final stage. He has gone down! He has shot off the road there! Avoiding danger, defending champion
and three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was stalking the wheel
of race leader Damien Howson, whose aptly named
Orica Scott teammate was setting the tempo. Now it is Robbie Power
who is at the front of the peloton. Look at this gear
picking up a tailwind. The well-drilled Team Sky helping
Froome find a final flint to spark inside the last 5km. He has ripped the break apart. Howsen locked onto his wheel. With race leader Howson mirroring
every pedal press of Froome, it was up to another Sky rider
in the breakaway to make a move
for the stage win. Stannard goes again! The Brit's casual finish
almost costly. Stanard only just flirting
with the stage win. No drama for Howson,
a comfortable overall winner. Everyone was committed to the cause from the get go. Everyone was committed
to the cause from the get go. Everyone gave more
than they could have and I am really happy. Australia will face
the United States for a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals. Jordan Thompson defeated
Jiri Vesely in straight sets to complete a 4-1 victory over
the Czech Republic in Melbourne. The United States will travel
to Australia in April for the quarterfinal tie
after beating Switzerland. To football, and Central Coast has
kept defending champions Adelaide on the bottom of
the A-League ladder. In the battle of ninth versus 10th, it was Fabio Ferreira who drew first
blood for the Mariners, after the Reds failed
to clear the danger. A second half substitute sealed
it for Central Coast. 14 minutes after coming on, Kwabena Appiah scored his first-ever
A-League goal in his 52nd game, a late Jordan O'Doherty goal
for Adealaide turning out to be purely academic. Perth held off a fast-finishing
Newcastle to remain in the top six. Diego Castro scored a double
before Adam Taggart put the Glory 3-1 ahead. Jason Hoffman pulled one back
for the Jets but they couldn't find an equaliser, dropping
to seventh on the table. Chelsea has struck another blow
in the Premier League title race with a resounding
victory over Arsenal. Tottenham kept pace
with the league leaders Tottenham kept pace
with the league leaders while Liverpool was stunned by Hull. There were also wins for Sunderland, Everton, West Brom,
Watford and West Ham, but it's Antonio Conte's side that
remains well clear on top.

Stamford Bridge hasn't been a happy
hunting ground for Arsenal and they were behind after just 13
minutes. COMMENTATOR: Ball is still alive,
ball is in from Marcos Alonso! The Gunners' title
hopes were on the line. A response was needed
after the break but their defence
was mesmerised by the brilliance of Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard's gone all the way
and scored a beautiful, beautiful goal! And it got worse for
Arsene Wenger's side. One of Arsenal's finest products
striking the final blow. Fabregas! Limited celebration. Chelsea is now 12 points clear
of their London rivals and the Blues are 13 points ahead
of Liverpool after the Reds were upset by Hull. And it's put in by Ndye. Hull with a massive boost
to their hopes of survival.

Tottenham didn't falter,
edging past Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane.

Spurs into second spot,
nine points behind Chelsea.

The Cairns Taipans have
kept their NBL season alive with an 8-point win over
the Perth Wildcats. Tony Mitchell was putting on a show
for the home fans in Cairns. The American import was running hot
in the fourth quarter. Mitchell produced a stunning dunk,
and a shot clock-beating three-ball, lifting the Taipans into fourth
spot on the ladder. The biggest home crowd in 12 years wasn't enough to save the Kings
from defeat last night. Sydney's inability to stymie
Melbourne's shooting from beyond the arc hurt them. United's David Andersen was locked
in from the perimeter - his 21-point haul helping
the visitors to a 13-point victory. The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt,
has delighted fans with his first run
in Australia as part of the Nitro
Athletics series. The 3-time 100 metre gold medallist
turned on the speed in the mixed relay
to lead his team, The Bolt All Stars, to victory. The Bathurst 12 hour has lived
up to its reputation, delivering plenty of contact over
300 laps on Mount Panorama. The pole-sitting Ferrari
of Jamie Whincup took the scenic route
to the race lead and the vanquished Mercedes would fall further
adrift on the next lap. That left the prancing
horse trio of Whincup, Craig Lowndes
and Toni Wilander unchallenged to the chequered flag. It was a day full of birdies
at the Phoenix Open. Australia's Mark Leishman nailed
six of them to get within five shots
of the leader, Byeong Hun-An, heading into the final round. The South Korean turned in his third
sub-66 card to enjoy a 1-shot
cushion at the top.

It's game day in Houston
for Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots
and Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots are looking
to claim their fifth
Super Bowl title. The Falcons have never won the NFL's
Lombardi Trophy but have received an extra
boost, with quarterback Matt Ryan
named the league's most
valuable player this afternoon. And, finally in sport,
play was stopped for almost an hour in last night's one-day
international between South Africa
and Sri Lanka after thousands of bees
swarmed the pitch. Players ducked for cover as ground staff failed
to solve the problem. It sparked a local bee
enthusiast into action. He captured the bees, much to the relief and joy
of players and fans. And that's the day in sport. Coming up, the weather, and... Well, Mr Trump, thank you for still
acccepting our refugees. Homie, say what? ..and a comedic spin on that phone
call watched by millions.

To the forecast, and a monsoon trough over northern
Australia is triggering cloud bands
and thunderstorms in the tropics. Middle-level cloud is also producing
thunderstorms in SA and Victoria. In the major centres:

Looking further afield:

American comedians have
made fun of that now-infamous phone call
between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The US-Australia alliance appeared
to take a serious turn for the worse this week after reports the President abruptly
ended the conversation.

I'm tired and cranky and feel
like I could just freak out on somebody. Then maybe you should
call Australia? Really? I mean, I haven't been
briefed or anything but, what could go wrong? Let's do it. (DIAL TONE) Hello? Prime Minister Turnbull. Yes, hello, it's The Donald. President Trump, how are you? I hear there's been a lot
of blowback over your Muslim ban? No, there wasn't. Everyone loves it. And we had to do it because of that
huge, massacre at Bowling Green. Never heard of that one. Yeah, it was horrible. So many people died but, actually,
they're the lucky ones because they don't have to see how
bad 'The Apprentice' has gotten. Well, Mr Trump, thank you for still
accepting our refugees. Homie, say what? President Obama said America
would accept 1,200 refugees. Your country's compassion
will not be forgotten. No, no, no! No refugees! America first! Australia sucks! Your reef is failing! Prepare to go to war! Wait, no!

The world 's first class library has opened in Russia, consisting of 420 books which are etchings of wishes, coming from all over the world and are inscribed in various languages, including English, Chinese and Korean. The library will stand until April and then will melt away. Recapping our top stories now. US President Donald Trump says
he will win a Justice Department appeal against the suspension
of his travel ban. That's the world this Sunday. You can get all tonight's stories
online, and news around the clock, at our website and
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(c) SBS Australia 2017.

This is the story of a trade route
that changed the world.

A route that was
over 5000 miles long.

It began with a single commodity.

A material spun from the cocoon
of a moth

that became the clothing
of emperors.

This was the Silk Road.

It ran all the way from
China's ancient capital

through Central Asia,

through mythical cities
such as Samarkand,

or Persepolis, until it reached
the bazaars of Istanbul,

the merchants of Venice.

It ran through deserts and oases.

I'll get to see the Silk Road
treasures of Iran,

now once more opening
to travellers like me.

I'm starting to think that
I may have actually been

an Iranian merchant
in a former life.

And it ran through valleys
and over mountain passes.

From Alexander the Great
to Genghis Khan,

emperors and princes fought
to control the Silk Road.

It was worth fighting for.

Along its many miles,
there was money to be made.

But the peoples on the Silk Road
not only bought and bartered goods,

they also exchanged ideas
and techniques

on which Western Europe
would one day depend.

Paper, gunpowder
and musical instruments.

The Silk Road cut across borders

and brought cultures into contact
and conflict.

In this episode,
I'll travel 2000 miles

in the footsteps of the ancient
Chinese envoy

who first made the Silk Road
possible.

I'll meet the goddess
who discovered silk

and I'll find out
that on the Silk Road,

business didn't even stop
for death.

He was expecting to collect
on those loans in the afterlife.

I'm a historian,

and Venice has always had a special
fascination for me.

It has a central,
vital place in European history -

but there's something strange
about it. Something mysterious.

Charles Dickens once described
Venice as a hallucination.

When he visited here in 1844,

he was unable to rid himself
of the feeling that somehow,

strangely, weirdly, Venice wasn't
a European city at all,

but an Oriental one
which, in his own words,