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>> well, we will attend the next syria talks and we are not going to boycott them because of the iran or anybody else for that matter despite ending ties with iran, saudi arabia says it's committed to talks on regional conflict. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up the chinese government intervened heavily to prop up a struggling stack market.
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the tides have changed, the flow disaster for those in a low-lying part of senegal first, we begin with news from kuwait. the country has recalled its ambassador to iran in protest against the attack on the saudi embassy in tehran. earlier saudi arabia said its decision to break off ties with iran will not affect its efforts to negotiate peace in syria and yemen. the saudi ambassador to the u.n. has called on the security council to condemn the attack on its embassy in iran. it is also said that normal relations can assume when iran stops medaling in other country's affairs including saudi arabia. tensions rose after the country executed a shia cleric. >> reporter: diplomats are,
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obviously, concerned because you have these two heavy weight nations of the middle east which have always had stranld relations and now they're at a new low. having said that, i suggestion expect they would have been slight heartened by the words of saudi ambassador who said there will be no effect in his country's view with peace efforts in regard to syria and yemen. >> reporter: the break in relations of saudi and iran, what effect will it have on peace efforts? >> from our side it will have no effect because we will continue to work very hard towards supporting the peace efforts in syria, in yemen, wherever there might be a need for that. how is that going to affect the behaviour of iran, we do not know. you would need to ask the iranians on that. the iranians, even before the break of diplomatic relations, have not been very supportive,
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have not been very positive in these peace efforts. they have been take provocative and negative positions and lies and as such i don't think that the break in relations is going to dissuade them from such behaviour. >> reporter: despite those comments, the united nations knows that both iran and saudi arabia are key players in both these conflicts and that's why the u.n. envoy for syria is now in riyadh. he will be going on to tehran and in the next few days the u.n. envoy for yemen will also be visiting the region while saudi arabia insists its dispute with iran will not affect talks on syria, the syrian opposition has given a list have demands ahead of negotiations due later this month. they say they want to see confidence-building steps from damascus, including the release of arbitrarily detained people.
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they're calling for an immediate halt of bombarding of cities. they want to ensure that there is unhindered humanitarian access for those in desperate need of aid. turkish media reports bodies of nine refugees have washed up on the aegean coast after their boat capsized. their bodies were found in a town. the resort is a starting point for many refugees and migrants trying to reach the greek island of lesbos. the chinese government has inter fiend to support its symptom markets. selling continued on tuesday a day after shares plunged and triggered an automatic halt in trading. our correspondent gives this update >> reporter: tuesday was another bad day for chinese stocks. the markets were all down, but it wasn't as bad as it had been on monday when shanghai closed
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down around 7%, shenzhen more than 8% and hong kong almost 3%. the reason for the continuing jiters in the market, i think, is probably this. on friday restrictions over the selling of shares are due to end. these restrictions were imposed during the market turbulence in the summer. if these restrictions are eased, it would mean a lot of cheap stock coming onto the market bringing prices down still further. because of that, the china security regulatory commission on tuesday issued a statement saying that they would take action to stop big shareholders selling their shares in blue chip companies. now, let's be clear. one of the reasons why some of these companies want to sell their shares is that they simply have no faith in their companies at the moment. so they're trying to flog them off to individual investors, but the government wants to protect those small investors. we have seen plenty evidence again on tuesday of government intervention in the market. they've been buying up shares in blue chip companies, but the day
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to watch this week is going to be friday the are reports of fire in afghanistan close to the indian consulate. no-one has claimed responsibility. it follows an attack on sunday. indian troops are still searching an air base near the pakistan border for more gunmen involved in an attack. no gunfire has been heard since monday night. at least one gunman is said to be at large in the air base. the assault began on saturday. a group of anti-government protesters in the u.s. is refusing to end their occupation of a western wildlife sanctuary. the group had been protesting against new jail terms for two local ranchers. those men have turned themselves in on arson charges and their lawyers say the protesters at the sanctuary do not speak for his clients. there have been land disputes between the federal government
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and ranchers in that area for generations. the latest from outside the city of burns in oregon. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the protesters said not to expect any guns and any questions about how many protesters were here were left unanswered during our 45-minute tour of the national wildlife refuge property that this group walked into and attack took over >> reporter: how is it going? >> it's an emotional roller-coaster. it's up and down. it's going great. there's no blood shed. this is not not a violent or hostile situation. >> reporter: there are 15 or so buildings here, dozens of idle government trucks, swamp boats for the marshes and heavy equipment. this is one of the sleeping areas. we took video through a window of people preparing food, but were not allowed into this kitchen. we didn't visit every building, but we were allowed to roam on our own and saw no signs of damage or vandalism.
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>> we want to be plilt, we want to be-- polite, we want to be neighborly, citizens, we want to be respectful of one another. >> reporter: this man is an arizona rancher who has emerged as one of the main spokesman. where is this going? >> this grievance that they're dealing with here is widespread throughout the west. this is not going to go away. >> reporter: we saw nobody carrying a weapon but, again, didn't see every room. we asked this man if people here were armed. >> there is probably a weapon in every pick-up truck within 100 miles of here. everybody says they're armed, but each rancher i know has a weapon. i had a cougar on my porch last week. there you go >> reporter: the leader of the group now calling itself citizens for constitutional freedom held a morning press
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conference to outline grievances about land use restrictions and federal regulations in an area where ramplyging and conservation have collided since the refuge was formed in 1908. he was asked what will it take to end this protest peacefully? >> i wouldn't say words would do it. i would say action would. that would be for the federal government to remove its unconstitutional presence here in the county. >> reporter: r >> i want to talk directly to the people at the wildlife refuge. you said you were here to help the citizens. that help ended when a peaceful protest became an armed occupation. the ham ononds have turned things themselves in. it is time for you to leave your community. go home to your families and end this peacefully. >> reporter: so far lots of talking but no serious as the protest that is that right saturday continues u.s. president obama is
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issuing a set of executive orders later on tuesday aimed at reducing gun violence in the u.s. obama wants more people to protest background checks. the defense and home lands security departments will be required to do more research on smart gun technology. obama will also request new funding for 200 law enforcement agents as well ago better saengs to mental health care for people who might commit gun related crimes. >> reporter: dozens of american deaths each day from gunshots. now the president has the attorney-general readying his options for narrowing access to firearms. >> this is not going to solve every violent crime in this kun. it is not going to prevent every mass shooting. it is not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal. it will potentially save lives in country. >> reporter: congress has refused to close loop holidays in the law which allows
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unlicensed gun dealers to sell weapons without criminal background checks. so obama says he will invoke his executive authority to tighten the regulations. >> a lot of the work that has gone on has been to ensure that we would have confidence in the legal basis of these actions. >> reporter: the top republican in congress, speaker of the house paul ryan, says obama's plan to reach "a dangerous level of executive over reach and the country will not stand for it". one of the republican contenders to succeed obama says he is acting like a petulant child after his defeats >> they reject your ideas repeatedly, and now you're going to try and impose them anyway. >> reporter: the rifle association, the powerful pressure group which opposes any new gun controls, says the obama administration is violating the rights of honest gun owners while ignoring the roots of the violence. >> i'm told a secret in
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washington is that he has all the laws to stop the blood shed now. take take violent criminals off the street. prosecute them understand the current federal gun laws and make sure they don't get to their next crime scene. that's the way to save lives. >> reporter: meanwhile federal authorities in the state of oregon are weighing what actions to take against a group of armed protesters who have taken over a public building in a remote wildlife refuge. they've promised no violence but refused to recognise washington's authority over the lands >> we have a strong tradition of gun ownership in this country. >> reporter: obama will follow-up his executive orders later this week with a national broadcast devoted to gun violence. in his last year of president demonstrating his determination to curb an epidemic of gunfire expected to claim more american lives than traffic accidents still ahead on al jazeera from door bells to dishwashers
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we're at the world's biggest consume technology show where everything is going digital. plus. >> reporter: for the first time in 16 years the opposition has managed to gain control of the national assembly. i've come to venezuela to see how people are reacting to this change. change.
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the headlines on al jazeera. queue wait has recalled the ambassador to iran in protest. saudi called on the u.n. security council to condemn the
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attack on their embassy. china's central bank has spent billions of dollars to try to stop a major shell off of shares in the chinese stock market. investors continue to sell their shares after trading was halted on monday following a 7% fall in the stokt market. the syrian opposition has given a lift of demands ahead of u.n. brokered peace talks due later this month. they're calling for release of prisoner, a halt on attack of civilians and unhindered humanitarian access. we have a guest from from paris. if the opposition don't get their demands met, what does it mean for the peace talks? >> the peace talks are pretty much in intensive care and i think they're pretty much flat
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lining now. they can't go to the table while such carnage is taking place on the ground. these are not new demands. syrians have been making these demands nor the last year, even in the kind of dialogue that we've been leading. we see terrible pictures over the last day or two, as well as the russian bombardment are you saying that the opposition, then, will not be attending those peace talks in your opinion? >> the opposition has organized itself. at the riyadh conference last month shows that it is possible for independence, for faction leaders and the political positions to come to go and form a platform. they have been organising in order to get for those talks at the end of the month, but how can they go to the table when
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the situation on the ground is so divorced from the reality - sorry, the unreality of what takes place in geneva surely going to the table is better than not going to a table at all. the syrian war is entering its fifth year. the u.n. envoy is to visit damascus and tehran, we understand, in the next couple of days. what do you think is going to come out of that meeting? >> well, he is, obviously, going to have his work cut out. the opposition will have demands, but there is also another issue, which is the u.n. has been mandated in the last revolution to add to the delegation, and it is something that they reject. they formed a delegation and they are still indicating a willingness to talk. the u.n. envoy won't be able to take a plane from riyadh to
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tehran any more. he will have to go through another country. that crisis between the saudis and iranians, despite what is being said by the saudis, that it will affect the peace talks how will it affect the peace talks when the saudis have come out and said that despite ending their ties with iran, they remain committed to talks on regional conflict? >> the main regional backers have basically two options in their hands. one is to favor these peace talks, and that's what saudi arabia, katar, saudi arabia and others have been doing, but at the same time they have said if there isn't really movements on the ground and the russians don't cease what they are doing, as well as the outside regime, then there is the option of the supporting militarily the rebels on the ground. i suspect that if we don't see the movement on the ground, and
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again it's under u.n. resolutions, it is about ending sieges, ending starvation, opening up areas, repleasings prisoners. it says immediately demand the parties to do. again, saudi arabia will have to - will continue to encourage peace talks, but again if the conditions are not there, it's not going to be able to push the syrian and the syrian opposition more than encouraging them thank you for joining us from paris. >> thank you the u.n. special group for human rights in the palestinian territories has resigned. he has been in the role since june 2014 says israel has continually failed to grant him access to territories he was supposed to monitor. he says his efforts to help palestinians has been frustrated every step of the way. we spoke to him a short while ago and he says it's important to see the situation on the ground first hand.
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>> the problem is i got a lot of information by telephone call, by skype and by video conference, and i got indications that the situation on the ground is worsening, so, therefore, i'm interested to see by myself the situation that in order to mitigate it, problems experienced by the palestinian who is the human right was violated. the response of israel is there are disappointed. according to him, the mandate should be universal, so should be to all parties to the conflict, not only the israeli violation of human rights but also the palestinian violation of human rights, but this is not my responsibility. the mandate is given to me. if they are interested to change the mandate, maybe they can fight in their human right council. they tried to convince others to
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change the mandate police in northern china has launched a man hunt following an apparent arson attack on a bus. it killed 14 people and injured 32 other passengers. police are investigating the man's motive venezuela's president has ordered security forces to ensure that peaceful swearing in the new national assembly when it takes place later on tuesday. maduro says he wants a safe transition of power after calls for rallies. >> reporter: for five years he designed and debated laws which he said list venezuelans out of poverty. he says he accepts defeat, but he is calling on his supporters to protest during tuesday's assembly inauguration. he says the march will be
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peaceful, but opposition has claimed that groups like his function as armed militia-like groups that attack their detractors. >> translation: the social movements are going to show the support for the revolutionary government and to tell the far right that we are not willing to lose the social and political achievements over the past 17 years. >> reporter: after gaining power in 1998 he vowed to transform the oil rich nation into what he called a socialist paradise. subsidised food, free housing and free clinics for the poor contributed to his unchallenged popularity. his successor lacks his carrise ma and the record high oil prices that help fund these programs has long gone. the country faces food shortages and the world's highest inflation rate.
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the election showed that in strongholds like this the government has lost all support. discontent at the government has become so widespread that the opposition secured 112 of the 167 seats in december's parliamentary vote. its newly elected president has vowed independence. >> translation: we will not be a court power. we will be an autonomous institution, the legislative power and we will exercise the role of an assembly which the past assembly never played >> reporter: the super majority has been threatened by a sprum court decision to block three opposition legislators >> translation: they claim no vote, but this is speculative because i haven't been presented with a formal indictment, but i know it is from local media and social networks. >> reporter: both sides have called on supporters to march at tuesday's inauguration. fears are growing that power sharing in this polarized
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country will fail and that there could be a repeat of the political street clashes that in 2014 left 43 venezuelans dead rising sea levels are causing low-lying islands off the coast of senegal to disappear. our correspondent reports that homes and livelihoods are simplinging fast >> reporter: a suitcase, pots and pans, all belongings that were once safe in her home before it was destroyed by rising water. it has become a daily ritual finding out what the tide will swallow and what she can save before it rises again. standing in what was her living room, the memories are confronting. her children once played in a cot here. this is what remains of a kitchen where her mother shared
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her recipes. >> translation: i am scared that more of our lives will disappear, washed away in this water that won't stop rising. >> reporter: it is a slow and quiet disaster unfolding in the low-lying delta here. barely one metre above sea level islands like this are gradual being submerged. the brackish water has destroyed paddy fields. villagers thought it was an unusual tied from a far away storm, but then someone gave it a name: climate change. since then government officials, international aid agencies and environmentalists have come to the island offering solutions. the government built a small war along the edge of the island to stop the water coming in. it wasn't high or strong enough. the united nations is spending millions of dollars in
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replanting plants here. the newly planted trees are no match for the tried t most are unaware of the global efforts to find a solution to climate change. those who do say it's too late. these islands are disappearing and people are now leaving this land. most of the men have moved to the capital or further afield to europe to find work. according to the red cross, there are more climate refugees than political refugees in the world. the united nation estimates the number will rise to 50 million people in 2020. among them this woman and other women from the island. they're already on the move semplying for a better-- searching for a better place to live wearable technology and digital senors are in just about everything. that's what is on show in an anywhere in l.a.
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it's where everyone, tech giants and tiny start ups compete to market their latest digital designs. >> reporter: the world's biggest consumer technology showcase is getting underway with 150,000 attendees from 150 countries. among the top trends for 2016, the expansion of digital technologies and sensors into more and more areas of everyday life. >> we still live almost completely in an analogue world. we're surrounded by digital devices, but we haven't started to yet integrate some of those digital attributes and those digital aspects into our daily lives and that's one of the big steps thatway will see take place at the 2016 ces >> reporter: experts say the trend towards technology that just about from door bells about to dishwashers will affect millions of people's jobs, lifestyles and family time. >> it is going to be a major
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change in how we live our lives. basically, technology is going to be everywhere, everything we do, from when we wake up, go to sleep and while we're asleep technology is going to affect our lives >> reporter: there could be a down side to such ubiquitous technology >> once everything is connected, all your life is digital. well, somebody can hack into your system somehow and learn where you are or what you're doing and in a way cyber stalk you >> reporter: another trend, wearable technology, a five billion dollar business and wearable tech in moving well beyond telling you how well your work out went >> i think what you will see is not just products focused on fitness, as we have seen in the past, but you will see that more holistic approach to wearable clothing, smart clothing is an area where we will see growth here at the ces >> reporter: the first consumer electronics show was held back in 1967. since then technology has
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