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because no one cares or if you join us on sat there are people that choosing between buying medication and eating this is a dialogue i want to get in one more comment because this is someone who's an activist and she's close to the story join the global conversation at this time on al-jazeera. the u.n. calls for an immediate end to the targeting of civilians in syria as dozens more people die in rebel held eastern ghouta.
and i'm jane dutton this is al jazeera live from doha was a coming up in the hot seat the head of the aid agency oxfam faces questioning by british politicians about a prostitution scandal in haiti. my colleagues are providing christus intervention at this time lying down to call for reform students protest against u.s. gun laws plus. i'm wayne hay with a rare look at the second day being constructed on the lower mekong river as laos pushes ahead with its goal of becoming the battery of southeast asia. more than seventy people have been killed in the syrian rebel held on five of eastern goes in some of the heaviest fighting there in years hundreds of others have been injured in the intense bombardment by russia and the syrian government that brings the death toll to more than one hundred eighty people since sunday
local observers believe the attacks are the beginning of a major offensive on the area on the outskirts of the capital damascus the united nations wants an end to the targeting of civilians it says the humanitarian situation is spiraling out of control according to the union of medical care and relief the bombing has destroyed five medical facilities nearly four hundred thousand people remain trapped in eastern goza which has been under siege since twenty eight a hotter as more from beirut. has been one of the bloodiest twenty four hours in syria and in eastern go to more than one hundred people killed civilian. ns women children there were heavy airstrikes heavy artillery shelling a people are bracing for the worst more than three hundred people wounded in the end of the siege an area where there is a lack of medical supplies a lack of doctors to treat these people and people are bracing for the worst pro-government media is just talking about a decisive battle promising victory they have sent reinforcements to the edges of
the eastern border the question is is this saber rattling or is this a way to pressure the rebels to lay down their arms this is what the government wants and its backers of course the russian foreign minister lavrov saying that the experiment we had in aleppo could be implemented in what he's talking about is a surrender by by the rebels so people feel that all these these drums of war really to pressure the rebels either to surrender or to turn the civilians against the rebels in order for them to surrender because a ground offensive will be costly the government house tried to storm the hotel on numerous occasions in the past and they've lost a lot of men so the situation increasingly dire people inside appealing for help young children uploading videos on social media asking the world why are you remaining silent syrian pro-government militia are reported to be heading to the northern a free in the region that's where the turkish military has been fighting kurdish
forces stephanie decker reports. syrian state television and now says that forces loyal to president bashar al assad will be deployed to. turkey launch an operation against peoples protection units or y p g who are in control of the province almost a month ago and the y.p. g a terrorist organization the united states considers the group its most effective ally in fighting. this new move by damascus university in could mean its allied militia directly confront turkish troops turkey's foreign minister was defiant unicity cheated. if the regime is interested to clean. and there are no problems however if i come in to defend the y.p. the nothing and nobody can stop us this applies to efren as well as ma'am and to the east of the euphrates river the developments when set behind the scenes negotiations the details of which are unclear if the kurds are going to accept the
major conditions of the syrian regime will decide on that very heavy weapons. artillery rocket launchers will they be exiting the city because the syrian regime is asking syria democratic forces to exit the city and to move to the east of the euphrates the kurdish why p.g. holds the areas in yellow which include the region of the green areas land controlled by the syrian opposition supported by turkey and they are advancing on africa and under the turkish operation olive branch president assad's government controls the area to the south and the i.p.g. is territory to the east of the euphrates is where the u.s. has military bases and personnel on the ground syria's seven year war seems to have entered a new phase with the foreign powers who have long backed different sides trying to solidify their spheres of influence stephanie decker al jazeera. defense analyst specializing in turkish foreign policy for the center for economic and foreign
policy studies he says the syrian government is looking to regain control of kurdish dominated areas. turkey and syria in one thousand back in one nine hundred ninety eight signed the other on the agreement which prohibits the syrian regime in all forms to support p.k. k. or its lethal organizations. if the syrian militia if the government forces if the bashar assad's forces fight alongside with y. p.g. it is a clear violation of nine hundred ninety eight of the agreement and this is truly a clear pursing a clear red line in. missional defense understanding i think the syrian regime's intentions clear goal is to replace them at least curb any kind all kurdish autonomy intentions in the west of the u. freighters away from the us covered right now oksana bosses are being questioned by
british politicians about sexual misconduct in haiti in twenty eleven the charity is already apologized to the haitian government but the u.k. government wants more answers some of that stuff accused of using prostitutes joining an aid mission in haiti after the earthquake but to be phillips joins us from london what have we heard so far barnaby. what we've seen is senior oxfam executives being grilled by parliament's international development committee and it is an exercise in contrition one after the other they've said how sorry they are how a shame they are about what happened in haiti how they let down of course the people of haiti they let down employees of oxfam across the world and they let down the wider aid sector mark goldring the chief executive has been doing most of the talking he was not at salman twenty eleven he joined in twenty thirteen and he says that he had been told that the investigation had been closed
in twenty eleven and it had been dealt with in a satisfactory manner and so he saw no need to reopen it when he joined oxfam what he has said which i think is very interesting is that in the days since this scandal emerged in a british newspaper what fourteen days ago i think that has been a call out within oxfam by senior management for staff and former staff to come forward and bring any issues any episodes of abused without wanting to be too specific any concerns that they may have had and during that time we understand twenty six new reports have come out sixteen of which relate to oxfam international programs although we haven't heard which countries they pertain to that doesn't mean that they're all immediate ongoing some of them date to long ago historical
allegations of abuse but i suppose it does show how there was this great concern within oxfam and many people felt intimidated worried not able to bring their concerns up and then since the dam broke if you like over haiti all these new complaints have emerged any idea at this stage what of impact this will have on oxfam and its workings. well this is a critical time for oxfam i mean we know in the immediate short term that it has agreed not to take or not to bid for any more u.k. government money and that in itself is just about ten percent of its income so that's a serious hit i think what they're ultimately concerned about is their reputation in the eyes of donors across the world the public across the world are people going to stop you know giving ten pounds at christmas to oxfam are they going to stop
passing by oxfam shops on the high streets which you see across the united kingdom for example but of course the repercussions go beyond oxfam and they go to trust within the wider a community and i don't think there's any complacency and other aid organizations at all in fact in an hour's time it will be a man called kevin what kids the head of save the children another huge international agency which started in the u.k. who will be grilled by parliament about what's happening in save the children remember there's a political context to all of this there are many people in britain who feel that this country this government spends too much on aids and so they are seeing a degree of vindication in this scandal of this it'll be interesting to find out what more comes out of this as well because it's still ongoing thanks to that finally phillips. the funeral service for zimbabwe's former opposition leader is due to begin in less than an hour morgan chang died from cancer last week president
emerson when a god is among those expected to attend the burial let's go live to rome a tosser who is then i'm just wondering what the feeling is like there are people saying. all this where morgan tsvangirai grew up some people here are people who knew him really well they went to work they watched him grow up in me maybe here they see a wild man to they that they gladly. the holmes and they also happy that it's been raining in this community that's a good sign whenever it rains it means that that's died now with bodies let's impeach the i.p.s. just need a. potties rulings on the p.f. officials and also the king of the city to rile odinga will say here and he spoke very movingly about woman like you lie about what a great man he was how we met him in two thousand and eight and he was trying to revive morgan tsvangirai what to do back then when a lot of violence and they were spoke of enjoying
a need to government without mugabe the former president and he said morgan trying to i really love his people want a good zimbabwe and that he hopes that he's now resting in peace the barrios. hide behind me and as a human shield this has to be a good thing and who finally belatedly and where does this leave his car keys and i mean there is a lot of talk about the divisions within the party and questions of its future. i can tell you some supporters on very happy about this talk of infighting one man went up on the state the idea take the leadership what are you doing this is embarrassing moment trying to write created something good now you want to destroy it if you want especially congress to elect a new visa then how does one some in the leadership say they want the chance to intervene the on how to the nelson chamisa has been named acting president what is clear is that a lot of divisions in the opposition party. could go to
those initiatives and divided which could give a little money. to buy. the richest woman comes to the home with a clear head on al-jazeera we'll tell you why the u.n. is accusing the world of failing the most bomb. and this is the street coffee people out in force in a brazilian says. to protest against a military move. we've got a good mobile flow and our weather across the korean peninsula at the moment kind of right making their way through and some snow off the coasts a clear skies there into japan for a time we are going to see that making its way through as we go on through
wednesday will be the foul weather cloud nine celsius there for tokyo temps just getting up to around two or three degrees across the korean peninsula these will add up as we go on into thursday so six celsius in seoul by this day any success is their fault ok but it should be last the try little bit of a wet weather some wintry weather will move through the sea of japan but nothing too much to speak of and we have the rain clouds gathering across central and southern parts of china at present some wet weather over towards the southwestern corner and this will become rather more expansive as we go on through thursday so some really big downpours certainly a possibility hong kong should stay lousy dry if a little on the gray side temperatures no higher than around seventeen degrees celsius plenty of showers meanwhile across the central parts of southeast asia malaysia certainly things a big downpours but only icing some very heavy rain to see is that the showers stretching their way right the way across the matsuura but the possibilities are also seeing some very very wet weather as we go on through thursday and that wet weather sneaking down to good pop i think in the shia.
a unique poor trait of a small gulf nation living under siege what made this to friends was their targets and their pain to be forced to leave would just be our fault and their games led us to live it has given us the desire to carry on with our lives and be creative maybe i'll turn down the normal barber business. has become more united. beyond the blockade at this time on al-jazeera.
are going to be taking you through the top stories more than seventy people have been killed in the syrian rebel held on klav of eastern goods in some of the heaviest fighting there in years that brings the death toll to more than one hundred eighty people since sunday in an intense bombardment by russia and the syrian government. british politicians are questioning oxfam bosses about sexual misconduct in haiti and twenty eleven some of the charities stuff is accused of using prostitutes during an aid mission prostitution is illegal it's already apologized to the haitian government the u.k. wants more answers. the funeral for zimbabwe's former opposition leader morgan chang is due to begin shortly president emerson man of god was among those expected to attend. the white house says u.s. president donald trump is open to supporting better background checks on people buying guns the move follows last week's school shooting in florida which seventeen people were killed trample meat survivors on wednesday been speaking to leaders in
congress about a bipartisan bill to improve checks on people purchasing weapons students staged a protest outside the white house on monday alone fishes mall. it started as a social media conversation on friday afternoon and became a mass protest in front of the white house dozens of students from around the washington area backed by the families gathered to mark this spate of school shootings in america and demanded argent action to stop them i don't see this as a republican or democrat issue it's more life or death really shootings happen every day and weapons don't belong on the streets they don't belong in schools they belong in war the current hot topic. we read out the names of the victims of school shootings in america since one thousand nine hundred ninety s. they listened and you were caught up in their own thoughts processing their own emotions that we not shootings in america in the past there have been protests in the past but this type of people think something is different but this time change
can be achieved but then came the mass die and students live on the ground sending a message that the politicians in action was no longer an option it's about the fact that kids are dying american kids are dying and that they're sitting in classrooms in the crowed a school psychologist who trained at the school in parklane florida where the mass shooting took place struggling to contain her emotions and her anger microwaves are providing crisis intervention at this time in over fifteen twenty years that they've been practicing they've never seen such heartache. typically we train to fight intervention support for death of a teacher or a student and the stories that they're hearing it's like a war zone the flag above the white house still flies at half staff in memory of the florida victims the young people here know that many of them are too young to vote but they insist their voices will be heard and they will not be ignored and
fisher argues either washington the world is failing newborn babies that's according to unicef a new report found infants born in the world's poorest countries have the lowest chance of survival into type experience. this is one of the busiest maternity wards in the pakistani capital islamabad several babies are born here every day but the odds of survival for infants across pakistan is some of the worst in the world according to un skilled and charity unicef one hundred twenty two die within the first month of life the situation globally isn't much better every year more than two and a half million babies died before turning one month old one million of them take their first and last breaths on the day they are born another two point six million are stillborn central african republic afghanistan somalia and list so throw around out the top five nations were infants struggle to stay alive more than eighty
percent of newborn deaths are the result of premature birth complications during labor and delivery infections poverty conflict and weak institutions are being blamed those with the best chance of survival are babies born in japan iceland and singapore compared with those countries newborns in the riskiest places are fifty times more likely to die there has been some success in reducing child deaths the number of dying before their fifth birthday has halved over the past twenty five years but according to the u.n. millions more could be saved if mothers and babies have access to affordable quality health care good nutrition and clean water some of the governments actually that are worst off spend less than one percent of the gross domestic product on health care in the national recommendation is to spend at least five percent. if you couple that with training competent health workers giving them a chance to wash their hands as they were stepping in to deliver babies and having
basic equipment drugs getting breast feeding going within an hour and sending girls to school i think it's within within reach of all governments to do that babies born in countries across sub-saharan africa are often placed the top assad's that's mainly because pregnant women are less likely to receive assistance during delivery . of zero. risk you workers say they are unsure how many people are buried under a mountain of rubbish in mozambique's capital at least seventeen people died when heavy rain caused the rubbish to shift and collapse onto a number of shacks on monday neighborhood leaders say the dump should have been closed ten years ago because it was already full parts of new zealand have declared states of emergency as former cycling gator makes landfall tens of thousands of homes are already without power while some towns on the west coast of the south island are cut off by flooding the military was deployed to areas expected to be
hit the hardest storm cause serious damage to the pacific island nations of china and fiji last week for the palestinian president wants to set up an international alliance to mediate with israel that's the message mahmoud abbas will deliver to the united nations later on tuesday it marks a step away from a longstanding policy of accepting the u.s. as the main intermediary bennett smith reports from ramallah in the occupied west bank. donald trump's promise of the deal of the century turned into what the palestinian president called the slap of the century it's forced mahmoud abbas under steam back to the drawing. about south has been involved in palestinian policy making for decades he now believes the u.s. is losing its dominant role in the world in a world that is changing i mean the calculation is not only on our wishes it's also on our and alan says what's going on in the world including what israel now
practices israel is seeking very much better relations with the russians with the chinese was the indians with the with the japanese israel itself knows that the world is changing and it cannot ignore these other important forces abbas has been telling leaders from europe russia china and elsewhere that he wants them to have a role in mediation with the israelis while retaining u.s. involvement for any new form to work though the israelis would have to be willing to take part with trump at his back there seems little incentive for now the prime minister binyamin netanyahu to change tack i doubt that can be and the renewal of the peace process especially that the alternative sponsorship will be refused by israel we will witness a period of no process no solution what's a period i mean probably the coming one to two years at least
a massive fairly bleak outlook isn't it that's right but this is less harmful to the palestinians from continuing with a process in which the sponsor of the united states might come up with a proposal. that can be even more harmful than the continuity of the current difficult and please reality that we're living. anger with donald trump's recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital came with criticism of the palestinian leadership but depending on the u.s. mediation for the last twenty five years it's felt the pressure to come up with an alternative we have no other option we don't want to go back to violence we are not abandoning our commitment to the peace process and when you do that then you really have to find a new international alliance a new legal methods and ways and means of really saving our country from being
totally overtaken by the israeli call on your project as the palestinians cast around for a new mediation as the reality on the ground is that illegal settlements are expanding day by day eating up more and more occupied time is not on the palestinian side but it's with al-jazeera in the occupied west bank and egyptian companies agreed to by fifteen billion dollars worth of israeli natural gas operators of israel's. device an offshore fields will supply a private gyptian firm with about sixty four billion cubic meters of gas over a decade israel hopes the deal will strengthen diplomatic ties. it's a club. we need to understand that this will put billions into the state treasury to benefit the education health and social welfare as many people did not believe in the gas outline we lit it knowing that it would strengthen our security economy and regional relations they've been demonstrations in the brazilian city of rio de
janeiro it's in response to orders by president michel tema for the military to take over policing the government says it is to counter rising gang violence but many brazilians fear soldiers on the streets could worsen what they say is excessive force used by some police i'm sure those are my this force on the front of the armed forces the national force the federal police the holy patrol a called upon by the commander the president of the country for a fundamental cause in the defense of democracy to combat and to defeat organized crime it is not a military intervention far from that we will vote a decree of intervention of the federal government in the state of be auditioning or has already have your say been there's just nothing good what would solve the violence is to arrest the drug traffickers arrest the big ones those white callers who buy and traffic the drugs intervention does not solve the problem of security but on the contrary intervention will kill the people or the blacks and the people
living in the favelas and the workers. the first time in the lower macungie river may start generating electricity earlier than expected the controversial saya brewery dam is in laos and the communist government says it needs the project to improve its economy but many rely on the river argue that not enough research has been done on the environmental impacts when he was given rare access to the site. this is one of the most unique places on the mekong river just before it flows from laos into cambodia it disperses becoming eleven kilometers wide and creating thousands of channels and islands the mekong was the largest inland fishery in the world but in this part of the river those who rely on it for food and income say something is changing because the number of fish is decreasing to cheer it seems like there might be staying deeper for some reason i think there is too much noise in the river. something part of the answer could lie
a short distance from where fish is in one of the channels a dam is being built as the lao government works towards its goal of becoming the battery of southeast asia while china operates six dams on the upper make on the dawn so hong is just the second being built on the lower reaches both are in laos and the government has plans for at least seven more this is a relatively small project but is attracted some of the strongest criticism downstream from laos cambodia and vietnam both of which had been calling for a moratorium on the construction of dams on the main stream of the mekong river will seeing what laos is doing cambodia has given up on that now and is forging ahead with its own plans to build at least two dams on the make kong one of which will be in the province just across the border from here. neighboring countries had criticized last for not being transparent enough about dawn song and the potential trans boundary impacts it's being built on one of the only channels in the area
that fish can migrate up and down stream year around seventy percent. then make their terrific sell abstracting my question now would mean. and give up their stuff and the whole region. the developers and the government say they're widely and deepening other channels to allow fish to swim through they're also conducting daily surveys of fish stocks in the area which they say aren't being adversely affected. in international. company to study and. resell subsidies i have been sure i would stick on. is leading the race to harness the power of the lower may call and generate income it's a race that opponents now acknowledge they can't stop and can only hope to slow it down wayne hay al-jazeera home district southern laos archaeologist say pollution
is threatening the world's largest underwater cave system the suck up to the caves are home to some of the oldest human remains in the americas dating back more than twelve thousand years but there are concerns runoff from a nearby dump could be damaging skeletal remains more than one hundred sites of mine era pottery and bones have been discovered in the caves in the yucatan peninsula we. was very unlikely that there's another site like this in the world with these characteristics but the amount of archaeological wash affects film the and the live of preservation that they have. the top stories on al-jazeera more than seventy people are being killed in the syrian rebel held on klav of eastern guten some of the heaviest fighting there in years the death toll is now more than one hundred eighty people since sunday and tens bombardment by russia and the syrian government so hot as more from beirut.
people are worried their fear that this could be the beginning of an all out offensive but we have to bear in mind that so far what the government and its allies have been doing is promising civilians targeting residential neighborhoods they still have not tried to storm the course for a ground offensive they've tried that in the process and they feel that's not going to be easy so the question is the stepped up military campaign is it to bring about a surrender before a ground offensive begins also in syria tension is escalating in the northern african region pro-government militia are reported to be heading their way turkey is involved in a military operation against kurdish fighters and chris said it will confront the syrian forces if they help the kurdish y. p.g. which it considers a terrorist group. british politicians are questioning oxfam bosses about sexual misconduct in haiti in twenty eleven some of the charity's stuff it's accused of
using prostitutes during an aid mission it's already apologized to the haitian government but the u.k. wants more on. zimbabwe's former opposition leader morgan chang will be buried shortly president. is among those expected at the funeral service. the white house says u.s. president donald trump is open open to supporting greater background checks on people buying guns the move follows last week's school shooting in florida in which seventeen people were killed trump will meet survivors on wednesday he's been speaking to leaders in congress about a bipartisan bill to improve checks on people purchasing weapons students staged a protest outside the white house on monday there being demonstrations in the brazilian city of rio de janeiro it's in response to orders by president michel tema for the military to take over policing the government says it's to counter rising gang violence but many brazilians fear soldiers on the streets could worsen what they say is excessive force used by some police. those are the headlines the
news continues on al-jazeera but first its inside story. shifting alliances in syria kurdish fighters backed by the us say the syrian army has to help them face turkish troops the border area now an increasingly dangerous jigsaw will filter over by groups who want different outcomes as russia analysts and what's next for syria this is inside story.