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every. hong kong court convicts line leaders of the pro-democracy umbrella protests five years ago we have the latest live. on welcome to al-jazeera live from our headquarters in doha with millions but perata also ahead an unprecedented move the u.s. labels iran's revolutionary guard a terrorist organization israeli voters go to the polls this hour cab benjamin netanyahu one of the. reports from sudan that gunfire is being used to break up an anti-government demonstration and to.
begin with developments from hong kong where nine pro-democracy campaigners have been found guilty for their part in mass protests in twenty fourteen there were challenges on the colonial era north of conspiring causing instigating public nuisance the twenty fourteen umbrella movement for hong kong to a standstill with thousands of people calling for free elections for the city's leader let's go to our correspondent sara clock she is joining us live from hong kong some of the faces sarah the movement found guilty talk us through the verdict . as you mentioned there were. the full court today nine of those have won. one of those charges there were a number. of us. the founders of the occupied hong kong
now for the whole twenty were found guilty of the one particular charge which is conspiracy to commit public nuisance and just two of them were found guilty of incitement to commit public nuisance so we're yet to hear a sentence the court resume again this afternoon at two pm local time where we will hear more reasoning behind the judge's decision that will be. interesting for this morning but the prosecution has long argued to this group it could rally people to go and sit in the street demonstrations which caused a mass book the seventy nine days but about shutting down key parts of censor hong kong and today. the verdict was delivered to those nine people before the court and one of those convicted sara mr tytler who she is the head of the verdict that no matter what happens today they'll persist they won't give up but what does this verdict this guilty verdict mean for the pro-democracy movement.
was something very tied did rally support with all the the pro-democracy oh i'm a movement a group so we're here this morning and greeting them on their arrival he was calling on them to not will not let the support or the interest wine be suppressed whether or not he goes to jail or not but certainly this isn't good news for the pro-democracy movement we've had a number of other student leaders including including joshua one thing go and alex child also gone to jail in the past we've had for pro-democracy legislation so lawmakers politicians here disqualified from parliaments associated with the push for democracy certainly this is not right meets with my democracy movement and its future and it certainly will trigger some accusations that it's yet another of my basic approach on home front independence civil liberties and freedom of expression and public rights sara thank you very much for that for now that is sarah clarke with the very latest live from that hong kong course thank you. let's move on to
other news now and in an unprecedented move donald trump has designated iran's revolutionary guard a foreign terrorist organization it is the first time that washington has taken such a step with an arm of another country's military and has more from washington d.c. . iran's islamic revolutionary guard corps i r g c one hundred twenty five thousand troops strong is joining sixty seven others on the u.s. is a foreign terrorist organization list the secretary of state says the i.r.g.c. is a fundamental threat to u.s. national security the masquerade as a legitimate military organization but none of us should be fooled. it regularly violates the laws of armed conflict it plans organize and executes terror campaigns all around the world the i.r.g.c. is already a specially designated global terrorist organization but this is the first time the
us has put a government agency on its foreign terrorist organization list the top administration says the i.r.g.c. actively destabilizes other middle eastern countries from supporting the syrian government in its civil war to helping hezbollah undermine lebanon's government to sending advisors guns and money to who the fighters in yemen the question for the trumpet ministration why do this now we're taking an entirely new approach to this of significant sort of sustained maximum economic pressure to deny the i.r.g.c. and the iranian regime of the revenue that it needs to conduct its foreign policy the trumpet ministration says there are other reasons to put the i.r.g.c. on the list it plots attacks on opponents and other countries and uses money from both state run and private businesses to fund its operations and give safe haven to al qaeda operatives a former u.s. official says targeting the i.r.g.c.
is understandable but could backfire on the trumpet ministration iran is is not doing well. and there is significant unrest within the country you know but the ayatollah and his government can make a credible claim that that this hardship is the fault of the united states and the early reaction from town it's now declaring the u.s. military in the middle east a terrorist organization and the iranian foreign minister says donald trump is trying to throw tuesday's parliamentary elections in israel quote another misguided election eve gift to netanyahu another dangerous u.s. misadventure in the region u.s. officials say it's important to hold onto. for its human rights abuses at home and its disruptive behavior abroad but it's not clear that other countries are going to join in with the u.s. as it steps up its efforts to isolate iran. jordan al-jazeera the state department
. lawrence korb is a former assistant secretary of defense and same a fellow at the center for american progress and he says that many will see the move by the trumpet ministration as unnecessary. most of our military leaders were opposed to this basically because the i.r.g.c. has some very bad actors and you should sanction them but you can be drafted into the i.r.g.c. everybody all a male us have to do two years of service so you're going to put a lot of good people in there we're also working with the i r g c in iraq to fight isis this is going to make it harder and i think the real goal of the trumpet ministration is to make sure we can never have another nuclear deal because they the i.r.g.c. had opposed that they said you can't trust the united states and he got out so of the next administration comes in and wants to you know get that deal correct it's
going to be very hard be because it be hard to negotiate with a terrorist group you do have the military rules of engagement and you're right they're helping the government and in syria we've got troops in there and you want to respect the laws of war but if you're dealing with a group that you call terrorists why should they respect the laws of war for example if they should happen to capture an american or french or one of our british british allies so no it really creates a problem that you didn't need to solve because of the fact that we've been dealing with this group you know since one thousand nine hundred seventy nine sometimes cooperating sometimes not being engaged in you know conflicts with the. israelis will begin voting this allison aside of benjamin netanyahu when another term as prime minister as
a main challenger benny gantz as just ahead in the polls is a live pictures from west jerusalem where polls opened about eight minutes ago how a force of reports from west jerusalem. on the last day of campaigning benjamin netanyahu turned to a familiar closing argument the mortal danger facing his likud party's right wing government. will hear the hour is very late at the moment we are behind a few seats lapping dancer leading the only way to close the gap and ensure with certainty about the could will form the next government that have a big could bring all the people there and you know who says israel needs him but only he could have won victories such as last month's u.s. endorsement that israeli sovereignty over the occupied golan heights. he's also made a last minute promise to impose sovereignty over in other words an exterior israel to every illegal settlement in the occupied west bank all but killing off any still lingering hopes of a two state solution. he's gone back on similar pre-election pledges before so this
time does he mean it seems like this is a election ploy but. we're in uncharted territory in this election with the indictments. likely to come soon after the election it's possible that in the coalition to go afterwards he may be held to those calls by far the right wing party the attorney general's decision to indict the prime minister pending hearings on three corruption cases has had little impact on opinion polls but ultra right nationalists could seek a high price for supporting a prime minister who wants to stay in office while fighting a criminal case a price such as settlement annexation his main opponent wants to make such questions academic by beating netanyahu at the ballot box benny gantz made his own final appeal for votes on monday. we're going to serve them the voters from the right and the left and all the citizens of israel we are going to win this. the
former army chief has been attacking netanyahu on security policy criticizing his attempts to pacify the crisis in gaza by making deals with hamas. guns supports the drug decision on the occupied golan heights but he has denounced netanyahu settlement annexation plan as irresponsible in the midst of an election campaign his own blue and white party advocates a continued israeli military presence in the occupied west bank itself a red line for palestinian leaders along with preserving large illegal settlements at the same time the party argues for a regionally and globally supported peace agreement without specifically endorsing a two state solution but there is more to this election than its main players netanyahu and dance there are thirty nine parties taking part with several harboring just above or just below the three point two five percent share of the vote required for a place in the israeli parliament the knesset that means a relatively small number of votes could radically reshape the policies and the makeup of israel's next government israeli soldiers have been among the first to
vote but their ballots will be among the last to be counted and not jus in until thursday this election is so finely poised that everyone might have to wait until then for a clear cut final result ari force at al-jazeera westerners. to saddam now we're getting reports of gunshots being fired to break up a mass outside the military headquarters and for saddam's defense minister says he wanted a breakdown in security but the demonstrators and said that they will not bog until president all mild machines ousted and a transitional government is formed. are. they saying they hate this day thousands of protesters gathered for a third night outside the army's headquarters in the capital. they're calling on president obama to bessie had to resign and one of the military's help in forming a transitional government. earlier on monday to secure.
forces fired shots in the air and take out in an attempt to disperse to demonstrate says. one soldier was killed and several protesters injured. activists say the soldiers were for the first time helping shield demonstrators from police soldiers were also seen handing out water to the protesters would say oh it's all over me are you delivering. for the march. the protesters anticipate being here for a while and have set up a makeshift first aid facility people from different religious backgrounds have joined the rummies to. the scenes all reminiscent of the arab spring demonstration eight years ago in sudan's neighbor egypt sudan's been in a state of emergency since february after a government crackdown failed to stop the demonstrations. the president and bashir
has also the ruling national congress party to help bring stability back to the country but. the government insists change can come through the ballot box but it's the people on the streets insists they want change now so hideouts al jazeera. still ahead on the ballots in the u.n. secretary general calls on libya as one party is to stop any military operations and a major defeat for colombia's president and his push to alter the twenty six to peace treaty with five rebels. kind of the rivers a still high in the southwest of iran. but from the point of view of forecast rain
the news is relatively good this cloud certain contains rain but it's moving eastward so yes there are some provinces still to get some pretty heavy downpours but not many a charity seems fossil around the plane of eastern iraq and running across the border into iran but not to do any significant harm in afghanistan was probably considered useful rain back towards levant quite looking whether twenty three in beirut much the same down towards north and egypt the northern side is well with the sun in the sky little bit cooler wouldn't change come wednesday we're dropping three or four degrees even more than that but inland in iraq as dr we warming up to thirty three in baghdad and the cloud further south you see here remnants of the last system could bring a thunderstorm or two in the very quiet environment of central saudi and bahrain qatar for example quite from the point of view of not much wind to move things around humidity is high clouds in the sky showers are always
a possibility. big showers are returning to the east and south africa once again closer look crossed into sudden mozambique for the next two days. sponsored. easily. whether on line what. is to be able to be concise expressing exactly what is happening in the moment and what it means for the future or if you join us on saying israel is an apartheid state in view of the cleansing of the palestinian people this is a dialogue everyone has a voice and we want to hear from you join a global conversation. it's
good to have you with us on al-jazeera these are our top stories now in hong kong democracy campaign as have been convicted for their part in the umbrella protests of twenty fourteen they faced challenges of conspiring pausing and instigating public nuisance they will be sentenced in the coming hours. the u.s. has added iran's revolutionary guard to its so-called terror list it is the first time that washington has attached such an able to another country's armed forces iran's responded by giving the u.s. military the same designation. and israelis have taken part in entry elections promise to benjamin netanyahu aiming to win a fifth term in office he faces a strong challenge from former military chief benny guns. the u.n. secretary general has condemned an attack on libya's main airport antone
a terrorist called for an immediate halt. all military operations forces the world war one half the carried out the air strike and traveling eastern suburbs the attacks damaged my thinking airport which is run by the un backed government all flights have been suspended a spokesman for half that says they were targeting military aircraft without the war had reports from tripoli. trikes on libya's main airport. in the east of the city attacked by warplanes on the orders of the warlord only for have to international passengers are being evacuated. libya's all put on this sort of an image of the capital tripoli is also under attack forces allied to the u.s. and the government have to repeal have to reserve vance. we can't accept military rule in libya that's why we've come to tripoli to defend the city. here in the city's disused airport forces loyal to the backed government
say that they are in full control and have to as forces have pulled back but as they clash as are still ongoing the fear is rising that civil other neighborhoods will be affected the u.n. is repeating calls for a truce it says thousands of civilians have fled the area i think the first message we need to pass united states is the full implementation of the my italian troops to allow the civilians and the wounded to be evacuated from. the city and to avoid any further military action and any further military escalation and then return to the political negotiations and the political track strikes were launched by both the us and backed government and have to those forces at the weekend the u.s. has joined demands from other g seven countries for hafter to hold his own. but analysts
doubt the u.s. demand this statement from the secretary of state where we. try to see the capital we call a hot drink and. action behind this statement if you will drew of u.s. forces or relocation of us also from tripoli to go elsewhere this does not look like an administration that is committed to the protection of searches government. libya has been divided between two competing governments for the past five years the administration in tripoli is bad by the united nations the other in the eastern city of tobruk by have to end them in miami usually. one of the libyan army's task is to protect libyan constitution which guarantees and protects the nation's institutions and the citizens libyan army is moving towards tripoli with one goal which is to free it from the armed militias. have to his forces. the are fighting
terrorists to groups in the capital but the offensive is also about money and libya's central bank and its oil companies based in the capital. tripoli. the u.s. state department is blocking sixteenth all these citizens from entering the country over the murder of. j. then turned sour who's accused of masterminding kushal g.'s killing on the orders of crown prince mohammed bin salamander a sars this is a professor of law and director of the center on security and civil rights at rutgers university and she says these steps are only to pacify the international community. well it's just one more task are one more action at the government is taking against them to signal that at least the trumpet ministration is trying to respond to the international significant or national pressure particularly by the press to punish saudi arabia and more specifically to punish been
so men haven't been sent men and in fact in december two thousand and eighteen the senate unanimously issued a resolution. stating that they believe have been sent men was responsible for the more murder of which is difficult that all the republican signed on notwithstanding that trump has defended been sent men to contrary to international opinion international press the real issue is did been send men order the assassination and dismembers meant. and the cia has a high confidence that he did the senate clearly believes that he did the international press believes that he did and the only person who refuses to acknowledge it or to even take it seriously is donald trump so i think all of these steps are just marginal steps to try to appease this international pressure and i think trump is probably not going to waver because one i think he thinks that saudi
arabia is a key ally in the so-called deal of the century that he's trying to make on the arab israeli conflict and also because he needs saudi arabia to remain. loyal to him in terms of what he wants to do in selling billions of dollars of aid to the saudis and having them agree to all of his foreign policy actions including against iran and syria cetera. well relations but saudi arabia are also in the spotlight and brush when billions of dollars worth of weapons sales will come under discussion on tuesday lawyers for human rights groups will argue that the sale violate the u.k.'s export policies now they are reports from london. the war in yemen has unquestionably punished the civilian population beyond belief now a group of campaigning organizations is trying on appeal to prevent the british government from supplying weapons to a key player in the conflict i. since the war started four years ago the u.k.'s
licensed around six point five billion dollars worth of arms sales to saudi arabia . as well as precision guided bombs and munitions it's sold typhoon a tornado fighter jets made in supplied by british firm systems but most importantly it supplies personnel to maintain and train saudi personnel to operate them and just last week the dispatches program into the form of being personnel he said that if if they weren't there in saudi arabia the air force would stop flying british planes within seven to fourteen days at the most in two thousand and seventeen the u.k. high court ruled the government could keep licensing arms sales to riyadh but last year after saudi journalist was murdered by saudi agents in the country's culture in istanbul germany suspended arms sales to saudi arabia it recently extended that ban and now campaigners say it's time for britain to take similar steps at the
heart of the case is the arms trade treaty which says the government cannot license arms sales if there's a clear risk the items involved might be used for a serious violation of international humanitarian law now the u.k. government has told our jazeera we operate one of the most robust export control regimes in the world and keep our defense exports to saudi arabia under careful and continual review all export license applications are assessed on a. case by case basis against the consolidated e.u. or national arms export licensing criteria taking account of all relevant factors at the time of the application we will not grant a license if to do so would be inconsistent with these criteria for the main group bringing the appeal the u.k. is simply ignoring the facts on the ground time and again we've heard from the safety regime that it's supposedly taking every precaution to ensure it's not killing civilians and yet the bombings of funerals continue the bombings of weddings continue the bombing of school buses continue we have seen should have
been days of celebration turns into massacres we've seen family homes destroyed trouble and yet all the while the arm sales of continues as the deadly airstrikes continue in yemen with millions facing desperate poverty largely because of the ongoing fighting a win for the campaigners could create an important precedent. for a london cutter has also its against banks and luxembourg saudi arabia and the united arab emirates a prism of currency manipulation cutlasses three battles caused billions of dollars of damage to its economy by weakening its currency the cases filed in london or new york accuse the bags of devising the plan for the boycott against cutter and june twenty seventeen saudi arabia the u.a.e. bahrain and egypt unpoliced an economic blockade on cutter giorgio coffee as chief executive officer gulf state that the d.c. based political risk consulting firm and he says couple has suffered significant
financial damage due to the blockades. right now in these courts in london and new york because there are these are seeking billions of dollars there's a certain amount of damage that they've calculated was a result of the actions taken by these three being did this quote unquote financial warfare result in qatar capitulating in the blockading states like riyadh and i would be wanted no obviously not this alleged campaign if it took place this financial warfare did not achieve its objective but it did hurt the qatari economy and there's no doubt that costs are paid a big price and we're talking billions of dollars as a consequence of the siege that was implemented almost two years ago to colombia now where congress has rejected
a president to attempt to alter part of the peace treaty signed with fox rebels three years ago to a wanton changes to a special tribunal set up to try and form a fox rebels for war crimes the protesters accuse the president of jeopardizing the peace deal to end five decades of conflict. yet he has more from the capital. this was a major defeat for president. and his quality probably the biggest since the beginning is government now president. ran on changing the peace deal that was signed on with three years ago. the government the previous president juan manuel santos and fire rebels about to the jury. the parties in congress decided against. supporting the veto even sent three parties that were voting with the government coalition decided
in this case to turn their back on the president saying that the colombia needs to move forward and not reopen debate that have been already settled in the past that they think this is the best deal for colombian it's necessary to implement peace deal and to move forward the opposition parties are also insisted that's for damn president's veto was unconstitutional since the deal had already been approved by congress and then graphics fied by the country's constitutional court now the president. will most likely sign the law governing the peace tribunal that he was trying to veto but police stations close to him are saying that while they might have lost the battle they will continue fighting for changes to a deal that they don't believe is the best option for colombia. ahead of the u.s.
secret service is leaving has jumped around off hours of departure is one of several leadership changes at the department of homeland security the secret service provides protection for the president and other top u.s. officials hours of departure pharmacy resignation of homeland security secretary castor nelson. know again all of those are the problem and how with the headlines on al-jazeera nine hong kong democracy campaigns have been convicted for their part in the umbrella protests of twenty fourteen they faced charges of conspiring causing and instigating public nuisance sarah clarke has more from hong kong. there are a number of charges or associated with the nine people go before the court today here in hong kong the most high profile of the three founders of the my palm com movement. three have been found guilty on one charge which is conspiracy to commit
public nuisance and two of those founders have been kept from guilty of incitement to commit public nuisance and all three have been found not guilty on the third charge the other six have been found guilty of the last two charges you are yet to hear the sentence. the u.s. has added iran's revolutionary guard to its so-called terrorist it is the first time that washington has attached such a label to another country's armed insulin's iran's responded by giving the u.s. military the same designation israelis have begun voting and parliamentary elections prime minister benjamin netanyahu is aiming to women when a fifth term in office he faces a strong challenge from former military chief benny gantz now gunfire is being reported in sudan's capital to break up a mass in outside the military headquarters demonstrators are calling for talks with the army to oust president omar al bashir and form a transitional government early a soldier was killed the security forces tried to break up this that have been khartoum at least twelve people have died since saturday in the largest
demonstration since protests began and december the u.n. secretary general has called for an immediate halt to all military operations in libya and. his call comes after the main airport in tripoli was shut down following airstrikes by warlords early for half this from sources in colombia congress has rejected president yvonne do cays attempt to alter part of the peace treaty signed with fark rebels three years ago protesters accuse the president of jeopardizing the treaty which ended five decades of civil war they want to changes to a special tribunal set up to try former rebels for war crimes well those are the headlines on al-jazeera the stream is coming up next thank you for watching.
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