we made it clear. it was. pope francis begins the final leg of his politically delicate visit to south america. a key piece of bricks that legislation passes the house of commons but huge questions still remain about how britain's divorce from the e.u. will work. and i'm far as well have all the day's sport news including it was a tricky task and fierce heat but third seed grigor dimitrov books is placed in the fourth round of the australian open. hello the us says it will withhold another payment to the u.n. relief agency for palestinian refugees the forty five million dollars payment which
was earmarked for food aid was promised last month at the time we provided that note that information to under we made it clear that it was a pledge it was not a guarantee and that it would need to be confirmed later at this time we will not be providing that but that it does not mean i want to make it clear that does not mean that it will not be provided in the future well this follows washington's announcement on tuesday that it was withholding sixty five million dollars out of the hundred twenty five million dollars aid package but u.s. provides the largest amount of funding to the agency last year the u.s. gave more than three hundred fifty million dollars now underwater has helped an estimated five million palestinians in education health care and housing and is active in the occupied palestinian territories syria lebanon jordan and gaza as well and you're simmons joining us live from what i'm on the dots in the occupied
west bank so this latest announcement of forty five million dollars specifically for food aid andrew what more can you tell us about this. well basically this was an emergency funding appeal which went to december only less than four weeks ago and this was the response of the u.s. yes we'll put in this amount of money forty five million it's a pledge we will do so to help this cause what we're hearing now is that that money has been pulled back it's not being x. completely it's being withheld and of course this is really humanitarian dynamite for the palestinians because their bottom line is that they're dependent on it's a very different things of u.n.h.c.r. which is for refugees outside of their countries of origin this is an internationally agreed agency a u.n.
agency it's got nothing to do with any attempts at peace talks anything to do with the pen it's politics it is a service for refugees five million you put the context together in that intro you have people who need access to this teaching education a chance to try to get a job food and this is particularly what we're talking about right now because this funding is directly onto the plates of those in need daryn how is this being moved being seen excuse me in ramallah where you are specifically amongst the palestinian authority if there has been any reaction right now. well the has been in fact we've just been speaking in the past half hour to a special advisor to the president he said that we condemn the u.s. position which is expected he talks about
a slap for the peace process but really it steps outside the i'll go into that in a minute but let's just get through that statement. it is a slap in the peace process because it happened due to the international community's failure to stand up to israel's crime which led to the expulsion of palestinians from their cities towns and homes so his contextualizing to the political position of occupation here in the occupied west bank we understand it's a political decision aiming at pressuring the p.a. and removing the refugee fall off the negotiating table just as trump tried to remove them off the table the while both issues are absolutely right to the palestinian people no basically the situation is the politics roll on trump is insistent he wants to take this policy of attacking those who are really in control on the ground but this is the humanitarian main line feed for refugees as i said where we're seeing teachers laid off now right across the occupied west bank and
also in guards or whether the need is at its very height also jordan many many people being laid off there in education services and this goes right down to the garbage bin every service that refugees need is provided by this agency so the political position is really really fraught and the humanitarian position is much more fraught this is a situation whereby many people are asking the question why use the term aid when this really is the responsibility of israel or the international community having seen a conflict in which you end up with occupied lands that this really really necessary part of moving on it should be part of the actual. thinking politically to actually provide a service because it's occupied land that's the argument being booked that's the debate whether or not president trumps attempts to bring people to the table after
his move on jerusalem being made the capital for israel which is obviously caused massive fraught situation with the palestinians if putting pressure on in this way is going to help remains to be seen there are many people very dubious we've yet to hear from itself it is the position whereby the estimates on its deficit are between one hundred twenty and one hundred seventy million this whole thing comes off the back of one hundred sixty million dollars cuts right half the entire budget by the united states last month so it's a critical position ok anderson thank you for that update from. well now speak to karl schembri he's a regional media advisor in the middle east for the norwegian refugee council joining us via skype from amman as andrew was saying we've yet to hear from under a law on this latest announcement by the u.s. that it is withholding forty five million dollars food aid yet you do work with.
so can you tell us who will be most affected by the u.s. withholding this money. and the only ones who are going to be affected by this is not only was not the palestinian leadership is the five million refugees palestinians spread across from gaza and the west bank and these journeys to syria lebanon and the camps i've just heard from my colleagues were to share not only become for refugees one of the many in lebanon on the mother of five children who are there for a c. section which was life threatening for her when she was giving birth because no one was held services she can stand her five children to school because there are all new our schools she can get help for her health track you can't afford it because of so this is a this is really the only effect is on these people on the millions of out there is
out there the children who go to school who is going to benefit from having half a million children attending schools in the region not going to school anymore who is going to benefit from that this is in our view very irresponsible the politicization of our major however is saying that they are withholding the money and this does not necessarily mean that the forty five million dollars will not be given at a later date do you have any result reason to believe that that indeed is going to happen i don't i can tell you what's going to happen but what i do know is that for all new up to start the financial year with half of its budget still still are fulfilled it is disastrous now when you are rightly asking or other international donors to step up and we are going to fill the gap we've already seen that belgium has has donating i believe twenty three million dollars over the next three years
it says to help fund the gap that is being left by the united states can you tell us if any other plans that you perhaps have heard of fire on araa. what i know is that when i was asking other international donors to step up their funding that's quickly as possible i can speak with the intention of other governments to do like the belgian government did but it is critical that this is this is done one thing i would add is that with these cuts or withdrawing of such huge amounts of funding to iraq this is ultimately going to impact israel in the occupying power who is ultimately responsible for putting in the niceties and the occupation why do you think that this money is being withheld the forty five million dollars for food aid as well as the sixty five million dollars for or as a whole that was announced earlier this week i think the u.s.
does ministration and mr crump directly has been have been seen as transparent in their motivation it has been stated that the palestinian leadership needs to get back to the negotiating table so it is clearly politically motivated politicize ation of a politically motivated cutting of aid to people who needed to score a political point and that goes against all the principles of having humanitarian impartial neutral aid given to those who need it these are these are ordinary palestinian refugees civilians families children who have not a day in the political scenario that is that they've been suffering from for decades ok karl schembri we thank you for speaking to us on al-jazeera thank you. a spending bill to keep the u.s. government operating has passed the house of representatives the legislation to release funding for federal agencies until the middle of next month will now be
debated in the senate government agencies are warning employees later on friday if the money isn't approved while the democrats say they will not support a bill unless there are guarantees that young adult migrants who entered the u.s. illegally will be protected our white house correspondent kimberly halkett reports . i have calls rock carlos roll was brought to the united states from venezuela illegally by his parents at the age of two his university educated and now lives in chicago but is spending his vacation in washington to plead his case before lawmakers now we're all here to support the dream act i've been senator i wanted to check in with you about your support for the dream act roe needs congressional support to pass a law so he can stay in the united states legally under a program called daca i don't so i think it's fair that they're playing politics with our lives i mean it's really problematic and the fact that you know we are you
know we are real people we are support you know we are contributors economy like my employers you know our employers are concerned about the political what's politically at stake dr recipients like rola have become central in the debate over funding that could shut down the u.s. government at midnight friday within required twenty eight thousand government funding legislation democrats are demanding protections for doctor recipients they also want money for health insurance for low income children republicans are demanding money for president trump's border wall along the southern border with mexico to stop illegal immigration they also want funding to rebuild the u.s. military if for any reason the judge down the worst thing is what happens to our military but democrats say dr recipients are the real victims in this battle if protections aren't put in place. some protesting in the u.s. congress were even arrested for advocating on behalf of illegal immigrants without
status it's possible a short term funding deal could keep the government open allowing time for bigger issues to be addressed the last time there was a government shutdown was nearly five years ago and it could happen again if democrats and republicans are able to overcome their differences. pope francis. in the midst of a domestic political crisis and a sexual abuse scandal involving the catholic church tens of thousands of his followers lined the streets of as he passed through the capitol it's the second final leg of his south american tour leader appealed to the pontiff to help resolve a political crisis following the pardon given to the former president alberto fujimori pope francis is also expected to address the vatican's handling of a sexual abuse case involving the leader of
a powerful catholic organization in peru. pope will be spending the night in early on friday he will be heading to monday the an area in the amazon that is a very important visit for the pope since this is an area that has been devastated by illegal miners and the pope been a champion of a healthy environment around the world will he will be visiting this place is a place that was very important for him and he will be meeting some of the indigenous communities members of the indigenous communities there he will be presiding a religious ceremony on sunday where a million and a half people are expected to attend before he heads back to rome. some people have been protesting here in the visit of the pope the vatican is protecting
one man who is the leader or he was the leader of a very important religious organization for security of committing sexual abuse against the young men and. before. the pope arrived in peru he asked the vatican to intervene this is a religious organization called the so at least whom however people are angry at the pope that this hasn't been done before and so people are protesting but the government has said that no protests will be allowed and that anyone protesting will risk being detained. once more head on the al-jazeera news hour including we're live in lebanon valley where winter weather is adding to the misery of syrian refugees. as donald trump marks one year in office we look at the impact of his foreign policy on the middle east also this rising star marks a special night with
a big performance i will explain all. coming up in sports. first though the british prime minister to resign may in the french president emanuel on my call have vowed to continue what cooperating on a range of issues after the u.k. leaves the european union in his first presidential visit to the u.k. mccall said the history between the two countries could not be impacted by changes in institutions so on a whole reports. we're better to talk defense and security cooperation than britain's world famous sandhurst military academy. the british army may not be the global force it once was but france and britain are still the main e.u. military powers just one of many things in common that these two leaders say they
are keen to preserve post breaks it while this summit takes place is the u.k. prepares to leave the e.u. we are and will remain a steadfast partner to our friends and allies and a strong and deep relationship between the united kingdom and france remains in both our interests. the president and i agree on the importance of the u.k. france relationship not just to our security but to european security they also share a border on the french side including the sometimes troubled port of kalai and a border agreement that emanuel mccrone initially had said he wanted to tear up instead britain will pay tens of millions of dollars more towards reinforcing it and helping france deal with the burden of migrants and refugees trying to reach britain it is mr mack rahm's nod in the direction of common interests and continued close future ties. there are two things that cannot be changed our history and our
geography is cannot be impacted by changes in the institution or office we are facing common challenges and we share the same destiny. the two sides also promise to help each other in their foreign military operations british helicopters to help france's fight against eisel and al-qaeda in north africa french assistance in securing the e.u. use eastern borders with russia but the real focus of attention here is as much defense as it is diplomacy it is the u.k. government trying to forge a close future relationship with france inside the e.u. when britain is out as bricks of negotiations enter their most difficult stage trade talks there may well be more of this sort of treatment of e.u. leaders britain trying to maintain influence while it still can and relevance when it's all over. that's just the russian opposition leader
alexina volley has suffered a new setback as he tries to fight a ban preventing him from running in this year's presidential election russia's constitutional court is refusing to review a complaint logs. who was barred from the race because of a fraud conviction he says the charges were politically motivated president vladimir putin is widely expected to win a fourth term in march saturday marks one year since president donald trump took the oath of office becoming the forty fifth president of the united states and part four of our weeklong series on marking the anniversary bernard smith looks at how was presidency has affected the middle east's. it was the first time that saudi arabia had been chosen by u.s. president for his debut overseas trip donald trump and the saudi leadership wanted
to reset relations a strange under the obama administration particularly over iran the u.s. and the saudis are traditional allies but it's clearly a new relationship at least between the leaderships that he has closely a brace but haven't been so bad in saudi arabia and he has literally tweeted that the king of trade prince of saudi arabia enjoy his talk to confidence so he has essentially given them a diplomatic blank check and that is why many believe saudi arabia along with the united arab emirates bahrain and egypt miscalculated when they imposed an sea and land blockade on cata seven months ago katsa denies accusations of backing terrorist organizations trump initially supported the blockade before the white house shifted its position has to very much on the side of saudi arabia and i think . he has simply gone ahead with whatever his son in law. transmitted to
him and terms of messages between him and been so mine and himself and at the beginning he demonstrated that he knew very little as to the strategic importance of qatar to the united states trump has more than one shown a lack of knowledge not just about u.s. interests while meeting lebanon's prime minister saad hariri he seemed confused about the role of hezbollah lebanon is on the front lines in the fight against isis al-qaeda and hizbollah. it's part of the government it's also backed by iran iran has been the common denominator between the trump administration the saudis and the israelis but so far there doesn't seem to be a clear strategy on how to confront iran. there in iraq and syria after. has been. very very good. pam an american military presence. but it
is likely that iran is going to maintain. their. u.s. troops were deployed in the mainly kurdish region in northeast syria to assist in the fight against isis the u.s. led coalition says the american personnel will stay and help create a border security force of thirty thousand mainly kurdish troops the u.s. policy is to contain iran and it's using its only leverage in syria the kurds to try to do that. the trump doesn't have a new policy for syria he inherited his policy of nor direct military intervention but he doesn't want the russians iranian regime to declare victory the u.s. is not in a position to confront what it wants to postpone addict a ration of victory what he didn't perspiring however was his campaign pledge today we finally acknowledge the obvious that jerusalem is israel's capital.
with this highly controversial. decades of u.s. foreign policy in the middle east but one year in what this administration thinks its policies in the region ultimately achieve remains a. good it's meant. next report in our series on president trumps first year in office we'll look at his policy on climate change he pulled the u.s. out of the paris accords in a year that saw storms hit parts of the u.s. and the caribbean will more extreme weather events make him change his mind you can see that report from twenty three g.m.t. on friday right here. and on saturday we'll have a one hour special at seventeen g.m.t. looking back at donald trump's first year in office and what to expect in his second year. the syrian kurdish militia saying turkish forces have fired around seventy shells at kurdish villages in the region of northwestern syria
in a bombardment from turkish territory that began around midnight and continued into friday morning so a spokesman told reuters this marked the heaviest turkish bombardment since the turkish government stepped up threats to take military action against the kurdish region the united states a nato ally of turkey has been calling on ankara not to proceed with the operation . considered a terrorist organization by turkey but its commanders have been working alongside the u.s. in the fight against isis in syria stephanie decker joining us from and what does this mean for the turkish operation. stephanie. well it's still sort of shady in the way that whether it is started or not we've just heard from the turkish defense minister he's made it very clear that the operation enough will go ahead it will start he says turkey has no choice other than to clear what he called terrorists from its border in northern syria and that
this should happen without delay now concerning those shells the shelling the intense setting the most intense it's been since the last week or so of tension and he says this de facto means that it is started at the same time he's saying that to the time needs to be right for there to be sort of the minimum civilian casualties as a complication here during that is the russians the russians have troops in the area of they also control the air space you have the turks in moscow at the moment talking yesterday and today again to the russians there needs to be some kind of tacit agreement but i think at the same time we have to say the political rhetoric that we've seen here over the last week or so coming from the president coming from the foreign minister coming from the defense minister coming from the presidential spokesperson all saying this is going to happen turkish media showing every day headlines tanks amassing on its border with a free and i think it's going to be very difficult for and not to do anything but again at the same time we're still waiting to see what exactly the russians say
whether they'll make it public or not but certainly it does look like the turks are very keen to get this started decker giving us the update from on tucker thank you . just a few moments we'll have the weather with rob still ahead right here on the al-jazeera news our. live music and the latest in high tech will take you on a tour of souls a new international airport terminal and that airport is getting ready to welcome the world to south korea for the winter games as they to lympics plane continues to make its way around the peninsular. from the clear blue sky of the doha mooney. to the fresh fruits embrace in the city of love. and i want strength of when do you think would be necessary to knock
over a partnership in can tell you as it happened yesterday happened in the puerto rotterdam on the highest wind strength record in the book of holland just at the entrance one hundred forty four kilometers per hour and there it went i'm surprised i have to say but as you well know this storm went through the low countries and through germany and poland causing damage all the way not give a talk of the trees of course stopping transport on the railways and airports and there it is running through the last twenty four hours it moved quickly now the storm itself is blowing out really of a better reason this urania it's still there still visible as a low center and of course it brought in a little cold as that's the boundary line that cold front there it wasn't just this part of europe that was windy either we've had the bay of biscay was tremendous season it free simply this is the picture from northern spain just look at the height of that wave now these winds are dying down this is becoming slightly quieter but given that's a cold front that came in it produced the potential for yet more snow at how much
snow we had over the outs in the last two weeks two meters three meters there is more to come and that's a whole lot drives further east winds it will snow and snow and snow here. the weather sponsored by cat time place. al jazeera explores prominent figures of the twentieth century and how rivalries influenced the course of history steve jobs much better marks the troop build up is going to real bad stuff all the old maid saw for what users to train the world to high tech visionaries breakthroughs inspired the digital revolution jobs and gates face to face at this time on al-jazeera and monday put it won't. u.s. and british companies have announced the biggest discovery of natural gas in west africa but what to do with these untapped natural resources is already
a source of heated debate nothing much has changed they still spend most of their days looking forward to for a dry riverbed like this one five years on the syrians still feel battered or even those who managed to escape their countries have been truly unable to escape the ruhr. the top stories on the al-jazeera news hour the u.s. says it will withhold a forty five million dollars payment to the un's relief agency for palestinian refugees the money which was earmarked for food aid was promised last month this is on top of a sixty five million dollars cut to announced earlier this week. the syrian kurdish
y p j militia say turkish forces have fired around seventy shells a kurdish villages in the a fleeing region of northwestern syria in a bombardment from turkish territory that began around midnight and continued into friday morning a spokesman often told reuters this marked. the heaviest turkish. government stepped up threats to take military action against the kurdish region and tens of thousands of people have lined the streets of her room. to welcome the pope on the final leg of his south american. leader has appealed to the pontiff to help resolve a political crisis following the pardon given to the former president alberto fujimori. the u.n. says syrian refugees in lebanon are more reliant now than ever on international aids and with harsher winter weather forecast extra funds are urgently needed a survey shows three quarters of the one million the under one million syrian
refugees in lebanon are living on less than four dollars a day many in makeshift camps sixty percent are in extreme poverty an increase of five percent on the same time last year nine out of ten refugees are regularly going hungry un agencies in lebanon say last year they received a third of the money they needed to meet the needs of refugees there appealing for two point seven billion dollars in funding for this year. joining us from just outside a refugee camp housing syrians and lebanese. how is the shortfall affecting refugees in the camp where you are. well yes like you mentioned the united nations complaining that it just doesn't have enough funds that it leads with money and winter because the needs are greater the people they need thermal blankets they need warm clothes they need fuel for heating because the weather really is very cold so if you talk to the refugees here and many people are still inside their
homes well we call it homes but basically these are tents made of plastic sheeting they're sitting inside because it is very cold a lot of them have told us that they're not getting enough money from the united nations they received approximately two hundred dollars two months ago but that is supposed to last for the for the months of winter so it's not enough and there's a lot of donor fatigue in the united nations doesn't just have to help the millions of refugees living in neighboring countries it has to help the millions of syrians inside syria and the displacement inside syria continues a two hundred thousand people were displaced in recent weeks so the needs continue and the needs are much greater and the money is just not enough do they believe the twenty eighteen could be the year that some of them at least return home say no. well it's going to be quite difficult a lot of people here will say yes we would like to go home but it depends where they come from some of them come from areas which were totally destroyed so they have nothing to return to others come from areas which remain a battleground
a lot of people here for example are from the southern countryside of aleppo and it is a battle ground the pro-government forces are trying to advance in that area towards it live and then there are other people who tell you we can't return home because we are wanted by the governments we we refused to take part in the uprising or they refused to take part in the army army's operations and some of them were involved in opposition activities so it's very unclear really how these people are going to return home if you can see behind me there is no permanent camp there is no permanent structure here that is because the lebanese government doesn't allow any concrete construction the lebanese government doesn't want them here and they want them to return to syria as soon as possible and that is why the refugees here are worried because they know that they're not wanted here but many of them have no place to go back to. give us a sense of how many camps there are scattered around lebanon and i know you've been to if not the majority of them then all of them. well there are really
dozens of informal camps there's no permanent camps in formal camps like this one they tossed the because i'm going to syria and lebanon as you can see there is a storm lebanon is being hit by a storm temperatures are very cold heavy heavy winds a while ago it was snowing there's also the rainfall you walk into these people's in their tents and it's flooded with water some of these children they don't even have shoes they don't even have shoes and i can tell you it is freezing it is freezing and these people cannot survive without assistance and in lebanon they can't work for example unless they get the work permit and a work permit cost money and they also need to get a sponsor if they are to have a legal residence in this country and without that legal residence they cannot move they can't move around in the country so their life is very very difficult here
they're not really welcome this country hasn't been welcoming a for them is in a has a reporting from one of the refugee camps in the bekaa valley in lebanon thank you . the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. he haley has met a group of african diplomats just days after president donald trump's derogatory remarks on immigration from the consonance our diplomatic editor james bays has more from the u.n. in new york. this was the highest level meeting between an official of the trump administration and african nations ambassador nikki haley is not just the u.n. ambassador for the trumpet ministration she's a member of the cabinet she was in damage limitation mode but she did not apologize i understand that she told the african ambassador that she didn't know exactly what was said in that meeting last week in washington d.c. she simply said she regretted the political drama regarding what had been said she stress the long ties between the continent and the united states and the investment
and contribution that the u.s. had made towards africa for example citing the sixty six billion dollars the u.s. has given since the year two thousand to fight hiv aids the african ambassadors thanked her for talking to them remember only a few days ago they were asking for attraction and a formal apology they said though that these comments are not only been heard by african ambassadors but also by the african people in african leaders and stressed to her that african leaders will be meeting at an african union summit in the next two weeks and said it would be useful if president trump was to send a message to that summit and basta haley said she'll be going from here in new york to washington d.c. in the coming hours and she said she would relay that message directly to the president a leading zimbabwe an opposition politician has died in
a helicopter crash in the united states or bennett was one of five people killed in a remote mountain area in the state of new mexico it's unclear why the sixteen year old was in the u.s. then it was the treasurer general of the m.d.c. tea party and a strong critic of the former president robert mugabe near quite a is an african policy analyst he says benet's death will come as a shock to many people in zimbabwe. in terms of race and because the history of zimbabwe race raise plays a role he was a white farmer he was sixty sixty years old he had a farm in the eastern part of the bob where. and you know mr former president mugabe taking learn from. this mr bennett and his refutation are generally was that his neighborhood where he hardly is from the poor people there black people loved him he paid school fees for people he
saw him as the champion in the lookout should not along with to give him a nickname which means one of us saw he had to have babies but of cause he clashed heads with mr mr mugabe's government because he was a prominent member of the m.d.c. the opposition and so his death comes out as a shark and the american authorities are looking into it but i think it will have an impact on both the opposition and the new government in zimbabwe the new executive director of the un children's agency unicef has warned hundreds of thousands of children in south sudan may die if emergency action isn't taken to boost food security ongoing fighting between forces loyal to the president and rival fighters loyal to sack deputy continue to devastate the country millions have been displaced. well the u.n.
children's agency says two point four million children have been forced to flee their homes since that conflict began in two thousand and thirteen more than two thousand children have been killed nineteen thousand have been recruited into armed groups with least one in three schools damaged or closed more than seventy percent of children are not getting an education the unicef director henrietta for who's visiting the country told al-jazeera the civil war is also causing widespread malnutrition. has meant that many of the farmers have run away from their field their trade to do the farming and as a result there is just not food in the markets we've just ended the harvest season we're now into the dry period the lean period and it means that there is just less food less water to be found we are very worried that a quarter of a million children are going to be facing death here before the next harvest in july so it is
a serious problem yesterday we were up in some of the camps where the mothers and children are coming to see if there's malnutrition and the acute fear malnutrition is growing stronger so it's a crisis and it's one the world needs to think about and to do something about it's it's serious here in south sudan more than thirty two years ago thousands of people lost their homes after a massive earthquake in mexico city and today hundreds are still living in temporary camps and others have only recently been really how permanent homes but in september last year the list of those looking for a home grew even longer when another big earthquake struck mexico city david mercer reports. that morales was just ten years old when a devastating earthquake struck mexico city in one thousand nine hundred five the quake damaged a family's apartment and the government moved them to distant jack officials said
it was a temporary solution but thirty two years later jeanette is still here. back then if someone had told me that one day i'd have my own children and grandchildren but still be living here i wouldn't have believed that the government raised our hopes and then abandon us. around seventy families who lost their homes in that earthquake still live in this camp camp president. tries to keep pressuring city officials to deliver on their promises. but that if the government would have told us they weren't going to give us apartments we would look for alternatives every year. here's our agreement where we're going to deliver so this dream with her. this past september another powerful earthquake rocked mexico city hundreds of people died and once again thousands were left homeless. pets are playable as apartment building collapsed now she lives in this makeshift camp in
a city park petra can't afford local rents so for now the sixty four year old sleeps in this tent. you have to be here in the camp all the time and put pressure on the government and we don't want to be left here on the street for too long because we're senior citizens and we're vulnerable some of those displaced will benefit from government programs to cover short term rent payments and provide credits for housing loans but as winter temperatures drop others fear they'll be left out in the cold politicians have promised that they won't allow a repeat of what happened after the earthquake in one thousand and five but the cost and complexity of housing hundreds of people living in camps is a major task and one that many people here think the government will fail david mercer al-jazeera and mexico city. there has been a rise in the number of flaws. in the us declaring their work on behalf of foreign
entities and that's after donald trump's former campaign manager was indicted for failing to reveal for the ukrainian government firms are worried about being caught on the wrong side of the law as she reports. there's a story circulating in washington d.c. that the international industry here behind the anonymous facades of k. street is running scared since trump campaign. was indicted for some eighteen million dollars that he earned through his undeclared lobbying work for the ukrainian government for was in violation of foreign the foreign agents registration act that requires lobbyists to declare they work for foreign pows the trouble is there's very little money for enforcement for almost fifty years they were just been fair and criminal prosecutions that that were brought to bear and only three of those actually led to convictions and now that's three convictions in
over fifty years that's less than the conviction a decade and so if nobody is being punished for violating the law there was a sort of sort of per person for companies not to file with farrah if they were filing with fair or not to file their paperwork and certainly not to file in on time the special counsel investigation may have started with inquiries about russia but it's become apparent that any undeclared foreign lobbying on behalf of any country that he turns up as part of his investigation may be of interest the number of lobbying firms reporting their work for foreign governments grew in twenty seventeen forty one new firms declared themselves one hundred three new foreign clones were added to those already known to be lobbying in d.c. and two hundred seventy four were declared themselves examples of the new filings include three hundred thirty three thousand dollars in payments for a campaign by the u.s. to link to terrorism fifty thousand dollars for speech writing for queen rania of jordan t.v. appearances by general wesley clark on behalf of the turks against us based cleric
for. say that the timing is purely coincidental they would have reported before and work anyway. to find things was simply the result of routine reviews however say that a turning point has been reached and that finally is being taken seriously freeman however is unconvinced the only thing that's changed right now is we have a special council investigating russian interference in the twenty sixteen election in three that they have indicted people for fair violations once that special counsel goes away all of those resources all of that will go away and farah will wear me in the same lackluster law that it's always been congress has no plans to grow the department of justice any more money to enforce foreign so yes there may be some fear here on k. street amongst lobbyists but it may only be temporary while the special counsel and his well financed investigators look in to the lobbying activities here once that investigation is over it may well be business as usual mobius trying to rake in as much money from foreign influence u.s.
policy on the own up to it shihab rattansi al-jazeera washington israel's embassy in jordan is reopening after israel apologized for a shooting incident it was closed in july when an israeli security guard shot dead two jordanians after one of them stabbed him the guard was allowed to return to israel under diplomatic immunity in brazil a car has driven onto a crowded prominent on rio de janeiro's copacabana beach killing an eight month old baby and injuring sixteen other people police have arrested the driver he says he lost control of the vehicle after suffering an epileptic attack sports fans heading to south korea for next month's winter olympics can look forward to using the new terminal which has just opened at seoul's international airport it can handle eighteen million passengers a year and boasts everything from robot waiters to interactive arts kathy novak has
more. this is the brand new terminal at inchon international airport the main gateway for people arriving here in south korea travelers are testing out technology that's been introduced to make their experience more efficient and a bit more fun as in any airport there are plenty of places to grab a coffee but for something a little different why not order a latte from the robot barista for those who may want to work out after hours of sitting on a plane there are a selection of active games at the digital gym and to take the flying experience to the next level strap in for some virtual reality based jumping. or hummer option passengers can sit in the indoor garden and take in a musical performance or experience some examples of traditional korean culture before boarding their flights travellers can come and check out some of the
artworks on display this interactive piece has taken traditional works and digitally enhanced them to be projected on the curved screen it's. just one of a number of installations scattered around the terminal this new addition to the airport will help cater to all of the visitors who will be coming to south korea for the winter olympics the olympic organizing committee estimates almost four hundred thousand foreigners will travel here for the winter games. in a world first a drone has been used to help save the lives of two swimmers the teenage boys were spotted struggling in dangerous waves off the eastern coast of australia in the state of new south wales lifeguards flew the drone above the pair and dropped a floats they made it safely to shore in just over a minutes a lifeguard would have taken up to six minutes to complete that rescue. the sundance film festival has opened in the u.s. state of utah the annual event will showcase more than one hundred movies they
include dramas comedies and documentaries but the focus this year isn't just on the films it's also on the me too movement a star studded rally is being held to focus on sexual harassment in the film industry. is in park city with more. normally the conversation here in park city utah during the sundance film festival is all about films but this year another topic has really dominated the conversation and that is the sexual misconduct scandal that broke involving a producer harvey weinstein back in october and has morphed into a industry wide affair also enveloping other industries of course including journalism and and others but here in sundance today the. founder of the festival robert redford the veteran actor said that he believes this is a tipping point women will now gain more say more of
a voice in the film industry and that men will have to sit back and listen other people we've been talking to here including female film directors from all around the world say that they believe that the meet to movement has ignited a sweeping change perhaps a tipping point but some are not so sure everyone agrees it will take a much longer period of time months perhaps years perhaps even a generation before the male dominance and the corruption of power for sexual gratification can be effectively eliminated still ahead on the al-jazeera news hour all the sports things and the sweltering heat at the australian open has players complaining of dangerous conditions.
hello again tom for the sports news here's for daring thank you so much we start with the australian open where top seed rafa nadal is three to the last sixteen adele who was runner up last year demi moore izumo her in straight sets earlier he's looking to win the australian open for a second time third seger gordon dimitrov survived a tough task in sweltering heat to reach the last sixteen the ball game andre rieu beloved of russia and four sads to advance the twenty six year old reached the semifinals last year and is yet to make it to a grand slam final. you don't win slams in the first week i mean as simple as that you need to go through those matches and that's. the case right now simple as hard
when right now it's. i love it i mean on days that you don't feel the best and those are the matches that count a lot and the the bigger upside is you can only get better. over in the women's draw second seed caroline wozniak he will be in third round action against kiki bert's in the netherlands shortly earlier for seed alina spit lena and it's fifteen year old marta cost jukes a dream run at the australian open in searing heat she beat her ukrainian compared trysts in straight sets in just fifty nine minutes fiddler reaches the fourth round at the season opening major for the first time in her career. i'm just enjoying myself on court every match is a big challenge for for everyone in a grand slam and you know i'm just going to go out there and do my best and be ready for for my next match manchester united manager josie has admitted arsenal forward alexy sanchez could be on his way to old trafford the chilean crown tracked
at arsenal is up at the end of the season and there has been already having media speculation that he's involved in a swap deal that will see united's heinrich mactire enjoying arsenal not call for the but. what's your political. goal for the think you. just relaxed and. we've. we've got a feeling that you can. also have the feeling that. you can move and if you move. as you could have a chance the sentencing hearing for the former usa gymnastics doctor accused of abusing over one hundred and forty girls and women is coming to a close larry nasser pleaded guilty to molesting seven girls and as part of the plea deal the fifty four year old has been forced to listen to hours of his
victims' stories in the michigan courtroom. serving sixty years in prison for possessing child sex abuse images american will be sentenced after this hearing but not until his victims of all finished speaking out. europe can set a monster it is only sorry you got. i'm here today with all these other women not victims but survivors to tell you face to face that your days of manipulation are over we have a voice now we have the power now there's no say no here no humans are monsters like you you are pure evil. meanwhile usa gymnastics says it will no longer use the national team training center were nasser carried out the abuse the karalee around in texas was named by
several of the women as the place where they were abused the facility has been used for regular training camps but usa gymnastics said it had canceled next week sessions and is looking for another permanent location the cleveland cavaliers ended their four game slide on thursday but only just they beat the orlando magic by a single point not such a good night for the eastern conference leaders the boston celtics stumbled to their second loss in a row this time going down to the philadelphia seventy six ers joel topping the scores column the center hitting twenty six points on the very night he was found he found out that he's been voted into this year's all-star game seventy six years winning it eighty nine to eighty. now the olympic flame has been carried across the unification bridge between north and south korea after the two countries of crete to send a unified team about plates to the twenty eight team a winter games next month the torch relay began in november sending the flame
through nine provinces and eight cities and south korea will reach its final destination on feb ninth when it will light the cauldron at the opening ceremony in chiang. and that's all your support for now daryn back to you thank you very much and thanks for watching the news hour lord karl is with you in just a moment she'll have much more of the day's news coming up right here on al-jazeera stay with us.
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members of the knesset israel's parliament setting a higher threshold for any future attempt to give up any parts of truce and the story builds. up they did just what the president stated in the whole country that is not the other way and when people need to be heard china has a serious shortage of women and a lot of lonely men al-jazeera has teams on the ground to bring the award winning documentaries and live news on air and online. attacking as shelling a kurdish controlled area of northwest syria a prelude to what ankara promises will be more military action.