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the central bank says it will keep interest rates high on till inflation starts to ease despite president everyone's calls to cut trades meanwhile the government issued a decree on thursday banning the use of foreign currency and the property market and car rentals. will we not learn from you may determine interest rates but you don't determine inflation and inflation is a result of the wrong steps the central bank has taken and who pays the price the people with the trades means sitting in front of me we cannot be an intermediary to the usage of an exploitation tool like interest rates my dear friends to biggest advantage is that its problems are not caused by its finances our banks are solidly standing tall our president out of the lancers turkey will not turn a blind eye as civilians are killed in syria's province the turkish convoy made up of tanks and other heavy heavy vehicles has reached an observation point in the town of moore to consider his hama district it's one of the closest points to the
line which separates opposition fighters and government forces battling for control of the rebel held city of idlib to he has continued its calls for a ceasefire. the u.n. says it's share the g.p.s. coordinates of schools and hospitals with russia turkey and the u.s. led coalition as it tries to prevent what it fears will be a bloodbath an adlib nearly forty thousand people have fled sensory and russian warplanes intensified airstrikes ahead of a looming assault to win back the final major opposition stronghold. it is the most congested governorates in syria more than three million people living there about one point four million internally displaced. the situation in libya is really very different to any other area given the compositional including all the fighters and extremist groups that are there and that's really brings the need for humanitarian diplomacy for diplomacy for conflict prevention and to of course is that at the
moment. we hope for the best we're preparing for the worst stephanie decker has more from on talk to his border with syria nine hundred thousand people those are the estimates from the united nations at the worst case scenario if there is a full on military offensive on the province of idlib they fear that that seem out of civilians who could try to flee to safety what does that mean though however because the surrounded by government forces most people don't want to go to those areas there's a small area controlled by turkey turkish backed forces to the north the u.n. believes around seven hundred thousand people could flee in that direction that's a huge humanitarian effort and this is why you have increasing calls for there to be some kind of a political solution turkmen t'ain't its borders are going to remain closed it already hosts over three and a half million people million syrians and it cannot take anymore this is why the diplomatic tract the political talks are ongoing certainly reading the ground the
last three days no airstrikes no barrel bombs on sporadic shelling yes across the border but i think we can read from that the turkey has been given more time to try to talk to the armed groups inside particularly those sticking groups being called terrorist organizations to try and get them to disband that is going to be a major challenge so it is an incredibly complicated scenario and certainly for the opposition in the province is their last stand everyone will tell you at this point in time it's impossible to predict how it's all going to play out. there are plenty more ahead on the news hour including the man accused by britain of trying to poison a former russian spy appear on russian television insisting that and the. president of knowledge is french torture and algeria barred stopped short of apologizing and in sports the canadian youth hockey club that lost sixteen players and staff in a bus crash make their return to the ice.
spain has decided to go ahead with selling four hundred laser guided bombs to saudi arabia of last week's decision to cancel the order the move has angered activists who say the weapons will be used in the killing of civilians in yemen the holding of the deal created concerns about spanish jobs and the future of a more lucrative contract to supply warships well let's get more on this now we're joined by michael page in new york he's deputy director for the middle east and north africa division at human rights watch mr page very good to have you with us on al-jazeera so what do you make of the spanish reversal in the justification that the spanish weapons are persuasion guided and won't be used incorrectly. yes well it's a deeply disappointing decision to start out if spain had followed through with suspending or canceling the sale they would have followed other e.u. countries like germany the netherlands belgium and sweden in either restricting or
suspending completely arms sales to saudi arabia you know in spanish media there are reports that political pressure was put on them by the saudi arabia by saudi arabia quietly in the justification that the spanish government gave namely that these are precision guided munitions is something that we've heard for years from the u.s. and u.k. and it is completely false i mean you don't need even if you have precision guided munitions or weapons doesn't mean that they will be used lawfully saudi arabia already has an arsenal of high tech weapons and they've continually use them to bomb schools mosques. markets and continue to carry out civilian casualties in apparent unlawful strikes so you know human rights watch alone has documented the death of nearly a thousand civilians over the last several years in apparently eighty seven unlawful airstrikes other rights organizations have documented many more so the
spanish government justification is clearly in contradiction with the fact that we've had over the past few years what if the spanish government you know does give in to political to economic reasons and precious could legal if not moral when the question stop them and other governments from selling weapons to sell things which are being used to kill innocent people and yet. absolutely so i would just say in the u.s. and u.k. where you have huge weapons exports the saudi arabia in the billions of dollars there have been multiple movements both court cases in the u.k. and at the congressional level backed by activists in popular pressure to not have u.s. involvement in what are a series of war crimes that are being committed over the years in yemen which is the poorest country in the arab world and suffering from the largest humanitarian crisis in the world so i think that there is a space for spanish civil society for activists to pressure the government to
reverse again what was a good decision last week to not give in to saudi pressure and then at the same time i think there's real questions that need to be raised around whether this even meets all of the export requirements of porting to e.u. regulations in which there are restrictions on whether a country can sell to another country that where those weapons will be used in serious violations of international humanitarian law that's a page with thank you very much for your time on this that as a human rights watch as michael page joining us live from new york thank you. thank you. meanwhile the u.n. humanitarian coordinator endgame and says hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance as fighting again picks up between the saudi and erotic coalition and healthy rebels in the port city of how they the commanders of the south them erotic coalition said they remain in control of the main supply route quote kilo sixteen which links hard they that to the rebel held capital the what they fight as
a dispute that anderson has more from neighboring djibouti. it's now becoming clearer that the fighting is escalating around the red sea port of data and hooty rebels have tried to repel the u.a.e. saudi led attacks but without success it seems there has been a cut in the supply line between the port and the rebel held capital sana'a now that has massive implications because say the children say millions of children's lives are at risk because of this with food supplies not getting through and other supplies medicine along with the vital supplies for the hooty rebel fighters as this fighting goes on the attempts at getting some sort of dialogue revived by martin griffiths the un special envoy goes on he's in the amount of capital muscat and he's been talking to
a delegation of who is the delegation that was meant to go to geneva led by mohammed abdul salam and he has said that some sort of dialogue will continue there is nothing substantive coming out of these talks publicly anyway whether or not he goes on to sign or is unclear but he is destined for riyadh and time is going by at a rapid rate with all this fighting escalating and this critical situation that gryphus himself warned about the economy plummeting and the danger of more deaths not through fighting but through famine right there for everyone to see but then what does everyone do it is a very very dangerous situation the european court of human rights has ruled that some of the u.k.'s massive valence techniques violated its citizens' rights to privacy the court criticize high tech methods used by british intelligence that were expires by american with a blow edward snowden five years ago the u.k.
is in the process of reviewing its legislation the court has given them three months to appeal its ruling. the court was looking at how the secret services intercepts communications and examine that data and it was looking at how the secret services can ask for communications dates for communications service providers found that there was a lot of safeguards in oversights when it came to selecting the traffic for examination and the subsequent going through that's information and also it found that there were not enough safeguards when it came to examining the data had been found by the author it says. the two russian men accused by version of poisoning former russian spy service and his daughter with a nerve agent say they were installed just to see its famous cathedral britain's prime minister has ridiculed their appearance on russian t.v. . then why isn't blatant fabrications or an insult to people's intelligence reports
the two men certainly look like the u.k.'s prime suspects in the poisoning of sergei and march we are indeed those who were shown on surveillance videos of former for. example the bad also confirm their names are the same as those revealed by british police thought to be aliases and that it is them all this c.c.t.v. footage but they deny they were in sol's bria they get sack time of the poisoning for anything more than a holiday. they have the famous. the cathedral it is famous not only in europe or over the world i think it's famous for its one hundred twenty three meter spire it's famous for its clock the first clock that was invented in the world and which still works prosecutors say the men visited solsbury on consecutive days the first day only for a few hours before returning to london the two russians say it was because of the
snowy weather british investigators say they were planning a murder the interviews failed to change official opinions in the u.k. a government spokesman said they clear the men are russian military intelligence officers the m.p. for solsbury dismissed the interview as propaganda delighted that alexander patrol of and was. able to see the world class attractions that soulsby has to offer tweeted john glenn but very strange to come all this way for just two days while carrying not the chalk in their luggage the interview came a day after the russian president vladimir putin said the men had been found and that there was nothing unusual about them british officials suspect the interview is a carefully staged managed to attempt to turn the u.k.'s version of events on its head . al-jazeera and anti kremlin activists who's also a member of. the serious condition in hospital after reportedly being poisoned.
has been in emergency care since losing his eyesight and speech on tuesday he was one of four protesters jailed for disrupting the world cup final and two months ago . for the first time a french president has acknowledged the widespread use of torture by french forces during algeria's war of independence emanuel macron stopped short of apologizing about one and a half million algerians died during the conflict. natasha butler has more from. well this is a very significant statement by him at all michael it is the first time that a french president has admitted state responsibility in the death of morris or dan nine hundred fifty seven during the algerian war of independence now more so down was a mathematics teacher at the university of algiers he was a communist he was an anti colonial activist and what his widow says is the one evening he was taken away from his home by the french military taken to
a prison and then she never saw him again the french military said to her that he had escaped but she never believed them she believed that he had been tortured and that he'd died in captivity well it's only now more than sixty years later though the french president has admitted that morris or died did die that he was tortured at the hands of the french military and it's a very significant statement indeed closes a chapter for her and it also perhaps opens one one another one for other people because he has said that the french state archives on that period of time will be open so other people other relatives of people who disappeared at the time will be able to find out what happened to their loved ones and whether or not the french military was involved in their deaths now remstar lanes of international human rights law researcher and she says this is a positive step for both country just use will finally be brought.
i think what this very well coming decision by president mackerel is a natural next step to take in these a very very heavy history it has to be done it had to be done for for the sake of our countries. a lot of mysteries around the disappearances of people who fall during the war the jury are mysteries that has not been sought until today mysteries that have been affected thousands and thousands of families and these definitions to recognize the using of torture but also to open the archives we'll bring some closure for buc countries so yes it's it's essential if you want to understand what's going on in france right now start at the roots are found into the history of colonization and ask for a jury our conversation has been talk because well and has been used against its
own people to control them and you know young people today want to move on and they they want closure families want closure and i think this step is that council yechury step it's necessary if it's the healthier thing you can do and both country will maybe i hope will start over and on better you know better grounds and hope for both of our people and i hope it will also have the french and ascended to want to or because you cannot move forward if you don't have any closure with your past. still ahead on the news out displaying spine drowns hundreds of thousands of afghans abandon their homes in search of wolves at a shelter for five bierria three hundred thousand troops join the line just walking between china and russia since the soviet era and in sport the dominican republic take on japan after qualifying for the volleyball golf championships for the first
time in forty four years. hello again what here across the southeastern part united states all eyes have been on florence of the last couple of days and of course you can see right here on the satellite image we're just within hours of the storm making landfall as probably a category two hurricane but it has weakened but it's slowing down as well and that's going to be the big problem with the storm is because it slows down the rain is going to continue in this area for several days storm surge as well as wind so from friday to saturday slow movement we do think that the storm is going to come down to about a tropical storm but still dropping a lot of rain in some locations particularly into southern parts of north carolina over six hundred millimeters of rain could be seen as we go through the weekend
well here across the caribbean will watching isaac as well that's going to be making its way across parts of the eastern caribbean islands not a lot of rain in times maybe some localized flooding but the system is moving quite quickly so once it passes things will be clearing up there but we do expect to see some heavy rain showers parts of puerto rico here on friday and then as we go towards saturday the system really moves into the central part of the caribbean rain for parts of the dominican republic furred kingston though for jamaica we expect to see some heavier winds for you over the next few days. police suspect a lone gun man is behind fifteen unsolved shootings in the city all targeting immigrants an ethnic minority and an attempted murder on a young life friday evening police were out in full force again after another man was shot out there cycling disillusioned with the state prosecution of the victim
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good to have you with us on the al-jazeera news hour and these are our top stories . the better the east coast of the united states has heading as a category two storm but forecasters warn that it will still cause catastrophic flooding across america southeast posing a grave threat to life and property high winds and waves are already slamming three coastal states. spain has decided to go ahead with selling four hundred laser guided bombs to saudi arabia reverse in last week's decision to cancel the order the move has angered activists who say the explosives will be used in the killing of civilians in yemen. and turkey central bank has raised interest rates from seventeen to twenty four percent in a bid to stabilize the economy and stem a currency crisis the move helped to strengthen the us against the us dollar by nearly three and a half percent while interest rates are now at their highest level since two
thousand and four turkey has plunged in recent months and is down nearly thirty nine percent against the dollar this year the currency crisis has been driven by many factors including investor concerns about the president and the ones influence on monetary policy more recently a growing trade and diplomatic dispute with the us has had a major impact washington double tower of sun steel and anna minium imports as it calls for a detained american pastor to be freed well let's get more on this now we're joined by joel rubin in chevy chase maryland he's a former deputy assistant secretary of state and a president of washington strategy group that's a consulting firm in washington d.c. very good to have you with us on al-jazeera so what do you make of this the rise in interest rates do you think that it will have. an effect long term here. well it's a strong signal that turkey has an independent central bank and the fact that the central bank raise interest rates in order to stem inflation to deal with the
exchange rate with the united states and strengthen the euro that that's a strong sign and western economies need to have independent central banks can't have presidents controlling monetary policy that's going to congress really going through its heels and so while the economic situation is difficult and certainly this is a good signal to international markets that central bank is taking this seriously and what about the other decree that president out of the one issued on thursday saying that that there will be a normal foreign currency and the property market and also how rentals will that help at all and how will that be viewed by foreign investors as well it will be difficult to see how that's an active turkey and when it cut itself off from the global economy and those types of actions could very well do that and be punishing potentially to the turkish economy turkey as a nato member and engaging in close detail commers with europe and the united
states despite that it comes that we're experiencing right now really does need to think through whether or not it wants to begin to reject the currency the american currency that could lead to further problems as we mentioned there are a great number of factors that have led to them they are a slide that's here just one of them as the deteriorating relationship with the united states how much do you think the currency and the euro can improve without relations with the u.s. and proving because they had doesn't seem to be any movement or progress on that. yes well markets often reflect perceptions of relations and of economic prospects and political risk is a key factor in interest rates and in the international investment climate so the longer that tension persists the harder it will be for investors to have confidence in the long term economic outlook towards or certainly these political questions they need to be resolved if we're going to have more sense of the markets and just
lastly mr been in the meantime until that's resolved what other steps can to take now it's already raised its interest rates despite very strong opposition from president and the want to that. well interest rate raese is a key part of the fiscal house given that in order and demonstrating that the management of the economy isn't strong enough that the people leaving the finance ministry as well and those advisors around the president they really need to demonstrate that they have a plan to rescue workers economy from this period if they don't that will decrease international calls for means that very much for your time on those that is joel rubin joining us live from chevy chase maryland to argentina now where prices soaring unemployment is high and the currency has lost half its value so far the cea inflation is now at thirty four point four
percent that rate is among the highest in the world and has to raise above reports from chocolate and more than argentina and division this community is some of the worst affected. struggling to recover from her son's death last week she belongs to the indigenous community in chuckle one of argentina's poorest provinces. he was a good boy he was always smiling always playing he did not deserve what happened to him we are good people we work in what we can and do not have much but we are honest my son would never steal a supermarket he was a good student. if my in was thirteen years old he was going to meet his mother in a nearby neighborhood when a group of people allegedly trying to rob a supermarket. in the kills that oh no he's mine was full of tension has been on the rice in argentina as food prices have increased because of the financial crisis . pretty much all selena in my says the incident in science pena is an example of
the difficulties indigenous communities face every day i don't know who i know but i look at us and say those dot disgusting indians from the north a useless and come to studio but that's not what happened argentina's government gives cash handouts to what card scheme to help poor families silenus says on this occasion the card was withheld by the shop owner and those who went to the supermarket wanted it back. what happened is that you leave your card at the supermarket because we can only buy the basics so they kicked it as a guarantee to make sure we pay the problem is we never know what we are being charged and he keeps on mocking the prices up and that's a big problem when he defects those who come barely make enough to survive indigenous communities in northern argentina have historically been neglected by the state they're suffering from high levels of undernourishment. basic services
this is the place that members of this community get their water from and that's why in times of economic crisis very desperate need of help. we went to talk to the owner of the shop where the shooting happened he denied any wrongdoing. and he's having repercussions on the prices because of the devaluation so it's confusing for us too so we try to catch up to those who came here wanted to rob us and had no excuse. but the communities insist that is not the case the economic crisis is affecting the poor in every possible way and while the government tries to contain the impact for some it is already too late. saints binya argentina brazilian farai a presidential candidate. is recovering from emergency surgery following her sobbing last week surgeons in sao paolo repair parts of his untested on a wall he was attacked at a campaign rally by a man who said he was acting on
a mission from god was the hour as leading opinion polls despite critics saying that he is homophobic and a massage honest the jewels for the seventh of october or the suspect in the alleged. attack has told a court that he felt threatened by bought a lot of his views. i like millions of people feel literally threatened by both scenarios i feel threatened by the speeches that he has given that sooner or later you'll accomplish what he's so vehemently promising for the whole country because people exactly like me. now in eastern russia vladimir putin has watched hundreds of thousands of troops take part in the country's largest military exercises since the fall of the soviet union and for the first time chinese troops also are also taking part in the war games in a sign of a strengthening bond between the two nations or a challenge reports from that of our stock. three hundred thousand personnel thirty
six thousand tanks and other vehicles one thousand aircraft eighty ships and supply vessels that's the size of vos stop two thousand and eighteen according to russia's defense ministry even if there might be some exaggeration there these drills are still huge the largest since one thousand nine hundred one bloody may putin flew into war to the sukkot firing range of near where the russian chinese and one goalie and borders meet soldiers and hardware from all three countries are taking part. but he is not in this way i want to express special gratitude to the soldiers of the people's republic of china and mongolia our duty to russia i am referring now to russian servicemen our duty to the homeland as did ready to defend the sovereignty the security and the national interests of our country. it's a huge show of force from the modernized russian military boosted by increased funding and the crucial battle experience it's gained in syria the chinese involvement in russia's drills has raised particular concerns in the west it's
a sign the two eurasian powers are overcoming historical animosities to forge a strengthening partnership. they want to show that if the united states asserts itself in the korean peninsula if they move against iran that they're likely to come up against a unified front from beijing and russia so it's really about showing solidarity and showing that there's an alignment of interests putin said russia is a peace loving state that does not and cannot have aggressive plans but nato has condemned the drills as a rehearsal for a large scale conflict the north atlantic alliance has also been testing capabilities british french and german jets simulated flight interceptions over western europe on wednesday to deter russian planes from entering nato airspace russia and the west haven't seem quite so hostile since the cold war these military exercises with china coincide with russia hosting the chinese president and other asian leaders at the eastern economic forum here in the pacific port city of lot of
rostock and taken together these two things show the russia are increasingly see its partners in interests in this part of the world more than in the capitals of europe and the united states will reach islands how does era radicals stop the u.s. has suggested that it may consider visa bans and targeted sanctions against chinese officials over beijing's treatment of ethnic weakness and other muslims and province the un human rights panel has accused china of holding up to a million weak as in secret internment camps where they're being forced to abandon their religion a senior u.s. state department official was asked of the magnitsky act could be applied that the u.s. human rights law that allows the president to target individuals responsible for committing human rights violations. china's imprisoning perhaps a million are we going to use magick act against them thank you congressman for that question the state department is very concerned about chinese tweet treatment of weak years we are encouraging the chinese government through diplomatic channels
to ensure that they allow the practice of freedom of religion they respect human dignity but this is a hearing on sanctions are we going to say yes congressman when it comes to sanctions rollouts we are not able to preview what we might do but i can tell you we are looking at this situation and global magnitsky is a tool that we use to curb human rights abuses around the world afghans are suffering from a drought so severe that a quarter of a million have abandoned their homes so far this year and search of water and food the u.n. says more afghans have left their homes because of drought than war but toyah gates and the reports when the rain stopped falling earlier this year many afghans knew the trouble was coming but they never imagined that the subsequent drought would be so bad they'd be forced to leave their homes to survive the u.n. says in the first week of september one hundred twenty thousand displaced people
arrived in kalon now the provincial capital of bhaag province others ended up in this camp for displaced people in neighboring hereat. i'm a widow with two children who came here because we were starving the drought destroyed our crops of wheat the land is to try to grow anything. and scarce rains in northwest afghanistan have caused the drought disaster there's a shortage of drinking water and grazing land for cattle. the u.n. says a quarter of a million afghans have abandoned their homes so far this year in search of water that's five times the number displaced by fighting between government forces and taliban and i saw fighters during the same period more than two million people are at risk of not having enough to eat the u.n. says one hundred fifteen million dollars is needed to help those affected we've now got a quarter of a million people who have been displaced.