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but down towards jamaica it is going to be a warm in a sunny day with a temper there of $31.00 degrees few. this is al jazeera. hello and welcome i'm peter dhabi you're watching the news our live from our headquarters here in doha are coming up in the next 60 minutes. at a retreat with conditions iraqi protesters withdrawal from the u.s. embassy compound in baghdad but demand foreign troops pull out from iraq to. homes in ruins the aftermath of devastating bushfires in australia that have
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already claimed at least 15 lives. israel's prime minister seeks immunity from prosecution in 3 corruption cases. violence and arrests as protesters in hong kong kickoff the new was another massive march demanding greater freedom. supporters and members of an iran backed group of withdrawing from the u.s. embassy compound in the iraqi capital baghdad after a 2 day siege of america's biggest diplomatic mission leaders of the popular mobilization forces ordered them to leave but there is a condition they want to iraq's parliament to vote on a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign forces the protesters are angry about sunday's airstrikes by the u.s. on the hezbollah brigades camps that killed at least $27.00 people earlier on
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weapons day the crowds threw rocks and lit fires outside the compound iran's supreme leader the ayatollah ali khamenei has also condemned the u.s. strikes and want to iran will defend itself if threatened its amount of 14 begins our coverage with this report from baghdad. they left just as they had arrived a day earlier determined and angry but also pleased that they had managed to deliver a message to the us supporters of the iranian backed popular mobilisation forces who had defied the prime minister's orders to withdraw just a day before now heeded the call of their leaders while some dismantled tents and ferried away supplies used to camp the night out the more defiant ones staged a final showdown in front of the embassy gates burning tires and flags to the sounds of anti-american slogans usa was let out of from our country we don't
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americans we can't brought it to ourselves more don't really our fighters who hurt out. killed arses road turned them gone through. the attack on the u.s. embassy was sparked by the latest u.s. strikes against hezbollah brigades which is part of the popular mobilization forces the majority of the crowd consisted of its members and supporters but some here say they were also driven by what they perceive as an unjust american policy in the region this is my land and if you want to stay here you must understand it's. when they. believe and understand. it's we can leave. as crowds withdrew u.s. helicopter circled overhead after reinforcements arrived from kuwait the night
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before the white house had pressured the iraqi government to end the standoff but it was clear that off already is here didn't want to risk confrontation iraqi security forces surrounded the embassy but use no force to remove the crowds or the iraqi governmental forces have been put on a very confusing and sensitive position as i mentioned they have a very sharp partnership and an alliance with both countries the u.s. and iran so the iraqi government has to prove to the u.s. that it's taking either a neutral stance or it's protecting the u.s. embassy because that's what a government has to do. and yet the outer gates of the embassy burned and vandalized bear witness to the iraqi government's inability to protect the u.s. presence here the speech here at the u.s. embassy appears to be coming to an end with u.s. trade and iraqi counterterrorism forces now taking over the security and basically securing the area of the crowd but the hezbollah brigades have said that this is
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just the 1st left and for the united states they have vowed that they will not stand down until they hear the archer of u.s. forces from iraq and the monopole to al-jazeera. let's bring in gabriel and his own correspondent in washington just picking up on the point at the end of that report they gave the u.s. secretary of state mike pompei on the phone to regional allies but clearly i mean he's not about to say ok we're leaving we will do what we're being told to do we presumably saying we're there for the long hold up. he absolutely is and that's why you're seeing him make so many different calls to leaders and our allies within the region just because the immediate threat so to speak is dissipated outside the u.s. embassy in baghdad does not necessarily mean everyone in washington is called what how everything is going and it's moving on to the next thing no they're not this is still very much a big crisis here in washington are seen as that of what happened my pump aoe the
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secretary of state speaking to regional allies in israel iraq and qatar he spoke to israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu about iran who the u.s. and israel both think were behind this clearly spoke also to iraqi prime minister abdul abdul mahdi on wednesday as well where he the secretary of state stressed to the prime minister of iraq that the u.s. still strongly believes that it's that you iraqi government's responsibility to make sure that no such attack happens again on an american diplomatic mission inside iraq and then he also spoke to the qatari foreign minister mohammad to bin abdul rahman al thought any qatar is important because it's a key strategic ally in the region for the united states according the state department to the foreign ministers spoke about their joint commitment to see peace
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and security in the region and how to work together to make that happen again qatar very critical the u.s. has about $10000.00 troops stationed in a big airbase just about a half an hour outside the capital of doha and qatar well a key ally of the united states also speaks with its neighbor iran as well and when it comes to the the hostilities between iran and the united states qatar is has very much a neutral attitude towards it trying to facilitate perhaps any sort of dial. that could potentially happen so what you're seeing here is united states very much sending troops to the region $750.00 to be exact taking no chances but also the secretary of state taking no chances on the diplomatic front as well playing all of his cards because it just shows how serious the u.s. is taking this and how potentially it could escalate again gave thanks very much gabriel elizondo our correspondent in washington hillary mann leverett is formally
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a white house national security official she's currently c.e.o. of strategy a political risk consultancy she joins us from washington as well hilary great to talk to you again what's your reading of how the trumpet ministration has handled this. well i think you know what what we see is in india an enduring symbol of the storming of the u.s. embassy by thousands of of iraqis it's an enduring symbol that nearly 17 years after the u.s. invasion of iraq one trillion dollars spent $5000.00 u.s. lives lost that the u.s. position in iraq is is worse today than it ever was and i think the trump and ministration president trump in particular but also secretary of state pompei o are very concerned that what is happening in iraq could at least you know on television look like a nother benghazi moment that's what they're talking about here the concern that
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back in 2013 when the u.s. u.s. diplomatic compound was stormed in magazine libya and the u.s. ambassador was killed it was a tragic terrible moment for the united states but politically it was an issue that both president and especially secretary of state pump aoe use mr lee to attack then secretary of state hillary clinton when she ran for president they are both very concerned that a similar type of in an incident could now happen in iraq to president trump here we are on the 1st day of 2020 as he enters his 2020 election campaign so they're trying very hard to avert that sending more u.s. troops there but unfortunately that's likely to lead to something even more significant in benghazi the u.s. is now trapped in iraq u.s. diplomats are trapped in that embassy they were cordoned off there overnight they had to stay overnight in the embassy how did they get out now by helicopter like u.s. diplomats had to flee set saigon vietnam when it collapsed this is
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a really terrible situation for the united states and a crisis that is nowhere near over if we rewind by 24 hours does this trumpet ministration feel slightly bushed by the way that the iraqi authorities clearly took a decision to let this iran backed militia and its supporters just walk with impunity literally up to the front door of the compound building. well this is ministration and not just this administration alone it's not just the trump administration the obama administration the bush administration certainly before that have misread almost day by day minute by minute what is going on both on the ground in iraq in iran in saudi arabia across the region and they make decisions based on these miscalculations and then they profess to be surprised it's it's quite stunning in its level of arrogance and when we talk about the election campaign we're into the election year no on the one hand from mr trump we've had
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a year of we're getting out of the middle east boys and girls are coming home the reality seems to us is that the the diametric opposite of that is actually happening and you're going 1st not you're stronger but you're saying they're actually trapped in iraq that there's no escape pod it's very difficult to see what the escape point is certainly. would like the united states to have to leave in a blaze of defeat off of the u.s. that the roof of the atmos embassy in helicopters if that the acting prime minister or the caretaker prime minister are going to it would prefer a negotiated way for the use of u.s. troops to get out of maybe not for all of them to get out keep in mind he supported the u.s. invasion as did a lot of the political elites in iraq today for the united states are in a terrible position in iraq but it's not just iraq it's everywhere in the region where would even those troops go would turkey invite them to incirlik to the u.s.
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base there doesn't seem likely president trump said promise that u.s. troops would get out of the region but i don't think he was expecting that they would it be expelled from the region in quite this way hillary mann leverett there in washington thank you so much thank you very much. evacuations have started and relief supplies arrive for thousands of australians stranded in fire ravaged towns thousands more are being told to leave their homes with dangerous conditions in the forecast this week has seen the deadliest space of blazes since the crisis began in october 15 people have died in the state of new south wales navy ships and military aircraft are being used to help emergency crews more than 200 fires are burning in the state's a victorian and new south wales and more than 1000 homes have been destroyed conditions are expected to worsen in the southeast on saturday so firefighters are busy back burning creating natural fire breaks to limit the destruction.
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as more. entire neighborhoods have burned to the ground destroying more than property. jan gilbert is among the thousands of australians who have begun to go back home to nothing. rubble and debris now cover what's left of her belongings all of my positions have been tied in writing everything there is just simply nothing leaves nothing except that. in other areas the bushfires are far from over. there are thousands of firefighters are struggling in the states of the tory i new south wales an area that's home to more than 13000000 people and the conditions are expected to get worse over the next few days the winds are expected to be very strong back to 45 degrees temperatures we've got a lot for in the last guy that we look at times. in the town of all adult people
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wait outside supermarkets and stock up on food and water power and mobile phone outages are also a concern you have a challenge with getting people liable to even access the basics like petrol and atrocity and that's causing enormous stress for communities we understand that the australian military is using planes and helicopters sit downs of flames while preparing for possible evacuations. emergency crews are stretched thin and slight changes in temperatures and the wind could spark even more fires there wasn't much i could do it try and make work and i just couldn't do anything it was just hearing the wind just blew and wind just blew and if you look at everything in mind it's just grof it's just everything everywhere you go it's left nothing no one knows yet the precise cost of the damage but it's clear the widespread devastation is immense katia locus of a on al-jazeera well the a.b.c.'s melissa clark is in that's the new
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south wales she says most people are trying to escape the flames but some are still choosing to stay. people in maria can either go north or south along the princes highway most people are choosing to go south that will get them down to bigger they can then take the snowy mountains highway into cooma and then for a lot of people go back to either camber or sydney or head further inland i spoke to people trying to get young camera people from all around just trying to get away interestingly a couple of locals i spoke to don't want to leave even though the r.f.s. are advising people to leave this coast even though they can the r.f.s. here are very clear that they want anyone who has the capacity to guard some leave as soon as they can one of the key thing that's worth mentioning is that power has been restored here in maria i have not but there are still plenty of places that joint have power and getting the information that they want people to leave as soon
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as possible is proving tricky and we are hearing some circumstances where there's been misinformation getting around as well particularly where there isn't mobile reception and power. ok let's just take you briefly to canberra scott morrison australia's prime minister getting us right up to date on the very latest as to these epic fires taking place up and across those 2 big states in australia listening to what's going on the knowledge and congratulate the exemplary efforts of our starts in the y. that i have boyd there i can see it through these far legacy that started back in september in queensland so every jurisdiction has stood up to that not only for their own starts but we work together in a coordinated why and the body i fact is working constantly in marking sure that we share resources around the country mike sure that everything that can be done has been done and also i work through the commonwealth in marking sure we bring in those international forefathers that are here from the united states and canada and
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you see them as we've reciprocated for them in their hour of need obviously we will continue to work with i fact in the states as they put further a question. but the state's doing everything they humanly possibly can and so too is the commonwealth let me just side to those people that are frustrated whining for whether by surprise or tricity or even fuel can we just side them please be patient every think that humanly possibly can be done is being done we understand the situation we're in but we cannot put more strides in harms why in trying to deliver those services as quickly as some would like it so we are getting there as quickly as we can but obviously some of those decisions in restoring some of those services to just take time and that's why the strong defense force with the assets that i have have been have been called upon to bring those in where it is possible and where it is saif but that will continue to happen but we just side to every a stride in as far as it's also important now that you listen to the direction of
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those emergency management personnel on the ground for those men and women are putting their lives on the lawn we've already had too many fatalities in these low in these fires and sadly we've had 3 briber strides who were serving their community and their country who've made the ultimate sacrifice so i respect to them it is your responsibility to listen to those emergency service personnel to do what they tell you but to be prepared and to act now this is not should be a right sort of moment this is i serious situation as we get into the wake and it is imperative is imperative that you look after yourselves the responsibility to look out for yourselves and your families and you owe it to those men and women who are fighting these fires to keep you safe to do exactly what i say i really think if that is the case i don't know i think in a patient home. but when you look at all the deaths of the atlantic canada or all the heinz loss and what should ways not to worry or panic
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well they can send the firefighters in authority to anything to stop this sort of women having this sort of response that. we've got a real long term process. where there's no debt natural disasters a turned that why andrew because that's what i up by our natural disasters and they wreak this sort of havoc when they affect our country is they have for a very long time and the sky and the length of this bushfire season is something that i've referred to now on many occasions i mean the 1st far incident that i attended beginning was back in canungra back in september and these fires a variety of points land safa strata of new south wales victoria tasmania and there were concerns in western australia that is all true but the base why to respond as to why that astronomers have always responded to these events and that is to put our confidence in those who are fighting these fires in our experience to know what
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they're doing at the i can seize that prepare 2477 days a week that's what their job is a mergence the management of strider a commonwealth level its task is to ensure that in times like this there is a fully coordinated response between the commonwealth and states and even at the local level and the pints are appropriate and they treated and their action and that's what's occurring what we're saying is we have we cannot control the natural disaster but what we can do is control our response what we can do is support those who are out there putting themselves at risk by showing the patients in a calm there's no street that enables them to do their job and we need to do that for as long as it takes and it will cost whatever it costs to ensure that we continue to deploy this very well coordinated response in the midst of the disaster . i understand the anxiety and i extend understand the fear that is there for
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many and i understand the frustration but this is a natural disaster and that sure disasters a bay still with through the methodical well coordinated response that we're seeing to die if it were not for that response 5 days many months and you're right injured we have seen far too many lost in the premarin victorias just indicated still many unaccounted for in a lot of these small communities and. and it will be some time before we're able to know where they are and if they're if they will or indeed have been lost but the why to ensure we do that job whether it's an evacuation many facts that are occurring as we speak is to continue to do it in a responsible and well coordinated y. that we're doing had we not done that many more would have been lost and many more properties were saying that. there's. scott morrison the australian prime minister saying the best response from everyone is to put their confidence into the fire fight the relevant authorities are battling these multiple blazes he said we've got a coordinated response and it will take as long as it takes and we will keep on
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fighting it with our response for as long as we possibly campbell more on that of course on the web site al jazeera dot com and i will keep you right across all the main developments as and when we get the other key thing going in heading towards the end of this week is the weather forecast the weather forecast is saying that australia is going to hit a little bit of a mini heatwave which believe it or not will actually make conditions worse than they are already and they have been absolutely atrocious to date anyway. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has asked parliament to grant him immunity from prosecution in 3 corruption cases now to succeed he'll have to win the support of a majority of members in the knesset requesting immunity is likely to delay any potential trial by several months imran khan reports now from west jerusalem. just 4 hours before the deadline to request parliamentary immunity from prosecution expired the israeli prime minister appeared on television and said he would ask the
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knesset the israeli parliament to grant him immunity but have an opinion. about its mind tension this time before the call to shatter all the public aid accusations against me day citizens of israel the mean achievement what is meant to protect us from tided law i'm serving political crises harming the will of the people. he has filed a request with the speaker of the knesset but it's likely to be months before m.p.'s vote on it israel will hold its 3rd election in a year in march and they said you know his request can only be debated by a parliamentary committee wants a government has been formed and then has to come out of committee and be presented to knesset members to be voted on forming a government could take months. however some politicians are pushing to speed up the process holding the committee stage before the election already the request fame unity has divided israeli politicians avigdor lieberman from the israeli home
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party and an influential figure has said he won't vote for immunity netanyahu is only could party has said it will vote for immunity. in november israeli's attorney general decided to indict prime minister netanyahu in 3 separate criminal cases that alleged fraud bribery and breach of trust the judgment on of the shorts the i made the decision to issue an indictment against him and with a heavy heart a heavy heart perhaps but wholeheartedly with a deep sense of commitment to the rule of law to the public interest and to the citizens of the state of israel and. they said you know he and his supporters have claimed that the charges are politically motivated and that law enforcement and the judicial system in effect mounting a coup against him. netanyahu now faces a tough political fight yes to win an election form a government and then persuade m.p.'s to vote for immunity i mean if he only last
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as long as he is in office as prime minister or if he remains a member of the knesset the move will delay the prosecution of these 3 court cases by months or even stall the process completely until netanyahu is out of politics it's already been a very uncertain year in israeli politics and the future it would seem is equally uncertain and wrong how does there westroads slim the daughter of angola's former president has denied allegations of corruption after a court froze her bank accounts an estimated one $1000000000.00 worth of assets has been seized as part of an anti corruption drive by the angolan government isabel dos santos says the accusations are politically motivated she spoke earlier exclusively to al-jazeera saying there has been a lack of due process. we have not been summoned we have not received any notices from the court nor i nor any of my i directors or companies have been
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issued any notice is whatsoever so this was a completely secret procedure we had no recourse of defense so we were never called to show any documents or even to resent any witnesses this is a politically motivated attack there's no doubt about that my father was on the former ruler of angola he was president for a very long time chose not to stand for this elections he chose not to standing 2017 believing that it was important to have a transition it was important for someone new to come and unfortunately the nuclear who came on board have now trying to convey is politically motivated attacks on his family and specially on his children isabel dos santos has been described as africa's richest woman with an estimated net worth of more than $2000000000.00 her father former presidential say at watoto santos let angola for 38 years until 2017
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and go is an oil rich country oil production and the industries that supports it make up around 89 percent of its exports but much of the population is poor last month just to fill a menno the sun tops the son of the president and the brother of isabel went on trial for corruption he's pleaded not guilty eric margolis is a foreign affairs columnist and commentator on african issues he joins us from the canadian city of toronto eric margolis welcome to the news hour is this about settling old scores at some level. well this is a classical african politico that marsh's the french call it that is that is the o. gang. kicks out new lines of ice occurs and the old people who exploited the country now change she since it's the musical chairs it's unfortunate because it would have been very uplifting and see and go more
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servants will. miss who can sometimes call fuller but it's very hard it's very very down to the only country it's pockets in line with dollars mostly less than us and here you need number of people being detained allegations doing the rounds does this mean that the allies of the former. across the board pretty much losing their traction losing their grip on power if you will. them would be very surprising if this were not the case i have seen a number of political transition zone and then go well i was there during a dane the days of the valiant by general johnson bimby who fought the communist government in london and was eventually assassinated i believe
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with american cooperation so it's a sort of its glory it's typical of the oil rich little oh. if we go oh not getting any better anytime soon what does it say about the country not even so much in the region but i've side business international global business that wants stability that wants to invest granted to get its hands perhaps on some about oil profits when it comes to invest a confidence in the country well right now i think the main forum and western angola are carpetbaggers in the benchers who want to come and. make their money and run out of their number of is really hot brewers there say year up the coast who have specialized in this and europeans will come in
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and make as much money as they can afford of the house of cards collapses here is i'm fortunate in the new economy economy as i know many will. there's not much else to whine on more. political instability ok we'll have to leave it there an interesting conversation all the same eric margolis the interim in canada thank you very much thank you. still to come here in the news for you will go to soar langkow with a new president's role during the civil war is causing fear among tamil minorities . also ahead after years of uncertainty the new you will see it work in the e.u. will take you through the brics challenges lying ahead. and in the sport with all the n.h.l. is winter classic it's wait there's a spice 1000 times see dallas take on nashville.
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hello again welcome back to international weather forecasts well starting here in north asia things are looking too bad the clouds you see on the satellite image will be pushing into the pacific what we're going to be left with on thursday is relatively quiet conditions across much of the area we will be picking up some snow though on that western coast that sea effect snow mostly on the higher elevations here in tokyo though it is going to be 11 degrees there but as we go down towards china do expect to see the rain increase across much of the central areas were gone it is going to be a chilly in a wet day with the temps are there about 8 degrees down towards hong kong though much better conditions where the temp if you of about 20 to one here across the southern part of the philippines expect to see some very heavy rain over the next few days we're watching a little bit of a disturbance pushing through it is not going to get any bigger than it is right now really just a tropical wave but notice those yellows right there pushing on to that southern
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area we could be seeing about $150.00 to possibly $200.00 millimeters of rain over the next few days so localized flooding could be a big problem there up to the north it is going to be scattered showers for manila at about 30 degrees for you there but over here towards thailand we do expect to see widespread sunshine across much of the area for bangkok expect to see a tempter of $34.00 degrees down towards kuala lumpur it is going to be rain in your forecast for the tempter there of $33.00 degrees as well. violence is power. tools is the political wild card that consummately shapes world order the structure that is defended at all cost. each with the support of the people fall through the crushing of their will. people in power exposes the use and abuse of power around the world. on
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you're watching al-jazeera a reminder of our top stories so far this hour after a 2 day siege at the u.s. embassy compound in iraq protesters backing a pro iranian group of now with people that have done so with the condition they want them to vote on a timeline for withdrawal of foreign troops from iraq. evacuations have begun and relief supplies have started reaching foust into australian stranded towns ravaged by bushfires since 15 people have died in the state of new south wales this week seen the deadliest spate of blazes since the crisis began in october. and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has asked parliament to grant immunity from prosecution in 3 corruption cases as you know he was indicted on charges of bribery fraud and breach of trust in the. syrian government and russian air strikes have killed at least 9 civilians in it lip the last remaining rebel stronghold turkey accuses those forces of targeting
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a school 5 children are among the dead attacks on int'l a province of intensified in recent weeks in december alone the violence forced nearly 300000 people from their homes. at least 400 pro-democracy demonstrators have been arrested in hong kong a new year's day march through the city ended in violence tens of thousands of people took part in the police approved rally but its permit was revoked after mosque demonstrators broke off from the main crowd florence louis reports now from . what was supposed to be a peaceful march descends into chaos and destruction on the streets of hong kong a small most likely caused by a petrol bomb but it's before it's doused by a will to carry. elsewhere police stupid to arrest a protester after demonstrators ignore their warnings to leave for hours into the protest march police with through their permit for this rally deeming this to be an
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illegal assembly meaning they can take action to clear the street and that is exactly what they are doing here riot police we've got water cannon clearing the streets of protesters as well as the barricades that protesters have set up crowds of protesters many wearing gas masks had earlier used to braless and bricks to block groet. police fired rounds of tear gas to disperse the crowds i the march it started peacefully in the early afternoon attracting tens of thousands of people who slowly made their way along with 3 and a half kilometer route young and old they chose to spend new year's day much the same way hong kong had spent the 2nd half of last year at another street demonstration although him on my knees wish for peace in hong kong but that will depend on the government and the chinese communist party if they continue to tighten their grip on hong kong and these protests will continue. along the way
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maybe a union groups set up recruitment booths and volunteers collected donations to assist the protest movement was i the crowd did let up on its 5 demands which include an independent investigation into allegations of police misconduct during the protests and the right to choose their leaders. police did a distance away keeping a close watch occasionally protesters would direct the anger at the police over there. who wanted government protests at hong kong had gone on for nearly 7 months now and even though their rallies and gatherings almost every day they've reduced in intensity there's no indication the government is willing to make further concessions hold on no matter what the outcome will be we have to persist but no one knows for how long this will go on florence louis al-jazeera hong kong. trying
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because new president go to buy a rajapaksa is facing deep distrust among the tamil minority the country's north where most of them live is in dire need of investment but many a hopeful of help from the government rajapaksa led the military operations in the final days of the civil war during which tens of thousands of tunnels are estimated to have been killed. charles stratford reports. tamil fishermen return with a catch to sri lanka's north shuls it's been 10 years since the nice 3 decade long war between the tunnel tiger rebels and the sri lankan government ended. government promises of investment but failed to materialize life for these men is exceptionally hot. and the man they say must do more to help sri lanka's new president is deeply distrusted him. from the majority sinhalese community whose defense secretary joining the last stages of the war both sides were accused
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of committing war crimes it's estimated that tens of thousands of time will civilians could have been killed in the final days of fighting. and tunnels voted overwhelmingly against rajapaksa or in the november election and i trying to come to terms with the result and. we are on so she can see dozens but i think we must accept him as a leader of this country things have to change with the times. has the highest concentration of the country's $2500000.00 tonne of minority but there's been little investment here northern district of the smallest contributor to sri lanka's economy around 4 percent of g.d.p. and employment is 15 percent in some areas almost 10 percent higher than the south . for president mahinda rajapaksa promised investment and infrastructure as a means of helping reconciliation efforts his brother the country's new leader is promising more of the same but i'm least say there is going to take
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a lot more than money to force trust and agreement over a potential loss to political solution. a new railway and road linking the peninsula with the mainland have been built but few of the estimated half a 1000000 people who fled abroad during the fighting and could help rebuild the economy have returned. around 20000 others mostly tamils are still missing and their families say not enough support is given to those still traumatized by the war economy. says between the 2 are different. but the mindset between people from different parts of the country between different communities different ballgame successive governments have refused to implement devolution of power with respect to policing and land rights as a specified in the country's constitution it's really important that any government that comes to poly including this one if they want to build trust that they ensure
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that development comes with devolution rather give the. for the local population. many of those tunnels remain fearful of the country's new leader a man they blamed for much of this suffering in the past. northern sri lanka the former prime minister of guinea bissau. army general who. has won a presidential runoff with 54 percent of the vote. and supporters celebrated the victory in the capital he takes over from president. who was eliminated in the 1st round of the election but the losing candidate. says the vote was rigged he's vowing to contest the result in the supreme court. at least 16 inmates are being killed in a prison riot in the central area of mexico at least 5 others were injured in the
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violence that broke out on tuesday night officials say some of the victims died from gunshot wounds that were caused by weapons believed to be smuggled in by visitors with a clear mandate after last month's election britain's prime minister boris johnson looks set to make good on his promise to deliver by the end of this month but the road ahead remains uncertain particularly when it comes to the u.k.'s future relationship with the european union has joined a whole. as restoration work goes on to the outside of britain's houses of parliament a comprehensive renewal has taken place inside boris johnson's landslide election victory means legislation for the u.k.'s long awaited withdrawal from the european union is well on its way to being approved that leaves ratification by the e.u. parliament to allow bracks it to happen at the end of january with a transition period to follow meaning little change on the ground until at least
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the end of next year for governments in and after years of tough often acrimonious negotiations it is possible that 2020 will see britain's exit from the european union become law but don't expect that to be the end of the briggs's pain through here in brussels due renewal to inside e.u. institutions new commission president. says she's keen to preserve good relations with the united kingdom in negotiations to come over the future relationship but ill you interests will always come 1st and i think the danger in terms of relations is that again things get pretty tense between the 2 sides with the pressure from the u.k. side to get things done very quickly and the new side saying that's just not feasible unless you're willing to you know do things our way prime minister johnson insists a trade deal can and must be struck by the end of 2020 with no extension here in
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brussels you know people who are veterans of this kind of process with other countries you know say it takes much longer a year of more negotiating red lines rhetoric and brinkmanship lies ahead and back in london the prospect that by next december britain once again risks reaching no deal with the e.u. the one thing that we do know about crime is. that. quite obvious right. manifest in a single market. no real fear of pink which justices will make sure not to support it but the other thing we know from breast cancer patients so far is it can be flexible when he sees a deal in sight breaks it promises to be broken ultimatums reversed the undeliverable delivered in 2020 then expect the unexpected jonah how al-jazeera london. fact checking organizations are warning that not enough is being done to
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combat this information in georgia they say there are anti western websites mirroring russian claims that georgia hosts the secret biological weapons. run by the united states al jazeera was given special access to the lab at the center of the allegations from tbilisi robin for a c. walker as more. we were shown inside george's luca tree which detects and prevents the spread of dangerous diseases but pro kremlin media claim it spreads disease experimenting on humans with cancer zeek a virus killer. and plagues of stink bugs i asked the laboratories director whether there was any truth to these narratives but we are not making sic a white horse in this part of the killer. is. the level of. this weekend diagnosed.
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and many many infections this is no killer does not mean that this white house is no. burke coming from the loop of literature but the moderated. i'm not a scientist but what i have been seeing here suggests that this laboratory is exactly what the georgian government says it is the russian claims that what's going on at the loop is far more sinister haven't been supported by any hard evidence facebook investigators made the stocking claim that george's governing party had adopted russian style dissin from asian to discredit its opponents facebook shut down dozens of fake news accounts and pages government officials deny the allegations but fact checking organizations say political groups in georgia increasingly employ such tactics more than
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a 100 facebook pages connected to far right organizations spread and he western narratives and then wrote and enjoyed unlikely alliance of patriots party which came 3rd elections in 2016 claims homosexuality is a western disease and the nato membership cause another war with russia you are fighting a losing battle. is that how you would characterize it and yes because what we see groups of these people is increasing their audience number is increasing and told their barking we're recording 80 self interest case we have at least a reason to add to make peace and to start. working on that issue. like a virus this information in georgia is spreading faster than it can be contained robin for steelworker al-jazeera tbilisi. pope francis has apologized for
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slapping a woman on the wrist during a new year's eve celebration the head of the roman catholic faith appeared visibly angry when the woman pulled his hand on putting people in vatican city he has since expressed regret. that. no name magica god salvation is not magical but it is a patient salvation that is it involves the patience of love love makes is patient many times we lose patients including me and i apologize for yesterday's bad example at least 30 animals have been burnt to death after a fire ripped through a zoo in western germany highly endangered apes increase we were among the dead including little and gorillas west african chimpanzees and bornean rang at us. if we talk about the land of children some windmills holland or the netherlands usually comes to mind but what's name should we be using well from now on the
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government would prefer it if people called the nation of the netherlands as attempts to rebrand burn and smith is in amsterdam. holland is not a country despite suggestions to the contrary all over amsterdam north and south holland are just 2 coastal provinces in a country officially called the netherlands and the government tired of its biggest city being a by word for legalized prostitution and recreational drug use wants a rebrand. so with a new p.r. push it's asking us to forget holland and they go only of the netherlands for the whole rest of the world i think holland is quite clear what it is some small spot somewhere on the earth. where people live. and to change that image around to change that. idea of holland
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into the netherlands i think it's quite a task it's quite a difficult task everywhere you look from cloaks to other souvenirs the name holland dominates it's no surprise tourists aren't sure where they are what would you call this country. what do you call this country we're in now. you are right. yes. it was. yes i mean this is the. states the netherlands is the country today officially they want you to stop calling at all and they want to call it the netherlands. in
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amsterdam they're struggling to cope with the record number of tourists 42000000 people are expected to visit this country by 2030 that's up from around 20000000 now and to manage that the government hopes that this rebranding will encourage people to explore outside of a crowded amsterdam to the country beyond the 2 provinces of holland. al-jazeera in the netherlands still to come here on the world tennis number one rafa nadal gets on the trail of wildlife and trophies in australia paul has more in the sports news when we come back.
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time for the sports news poll thank you very much the longest serving commissioner in the history of the n.b.a. david stern has died at the age of 77 stern died on new year's day as a result of a brain hemorrhage he suffered last month born in new york city stan spent 30 years in charge of the u.s. basketball league he oversaw the growth of the n.b.a. into a global brand which was worth more than 5 $1000000000.00 when he left his position in 2014 houston rockets star james harden was back from injury and back in business in the n.b.a. on tuesday russell westbrook was also returning for the rockets and he did the early damage against denver. has struggled this season for the nuggets he was doing his best to keep his side in the gang. but hardin with $35.00 points would inspire
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the rockets to victory that go on to take 81272112. and in the state 6 straight defeats for the hornets boston celtics the team celebrating at the buzzer in charlotte jason tatum firing $24.00 points their leading scorer kemba walker also contributing in a one 108-9292 when more than 85000 hockey fans turned up to watch the n.h.l. winter classic in texas on new year's day the dallas stars were hosting the nashville predators in front of the league's 2nd biggest crowd in history nashville went to scores up but dallas came back to win 3 to 2 this was the 1st winter classic to be held in a warm climate and the 1st game out of doors for these 2 southern teams to football now and also have beaten months assimilated to nil in the english premier league to give new boss macau to his 1st win since taking charge the gunners have
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struggled this season but played with new resolution on wednesday for a 1st victory at home since october which left arsenal to 10th in the table 5 places below united. gerry same as tottenham made a poor start to 2020 the portuguese manager got a yellow card for an altercation with an opposition stuff member as spurs lost one nil to southampton. passing the yorker he's. because both groups. both agree with you. know both the really good. for the real world. and the polluted well you didn't really deserve you. well here's the full list of results manchester city beating everton then 2nd place leicester beating newcastle to go with a 9 points of leaders liverpool who play on thursday well they're up against sheffield united the v.a.r. video review system has been causing dismay among fans of the goals ruled out
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because of players' armpits or was offside but liverpool boss juergen club seems generally in favor as long as the decisions don't take too long the only problem is it takes like feels like half an hour if you told me to is there or not it was our bit and it's not cool and if somebody goes you can score a goal with our. lives offside at the top men's tennis players start their year at the new a.t.p. cup team events in australia but not everyone seems excited to be involved on wednesday canada's dennis shopov all of urged organizers to merge this tournament with the davis cup adding it felt weird to have 2 world team events within one month of each other the prize money on offer for the new a.t.p. cup is $13000000.00 less than november's event in madrid while spain beat canada in the davis cup final the doll and his team have been taking in some of the wildlife sights near their base in western australia not all says this new event is
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important and not just a light warmup for the australian open 7 time champion venus williams has had to delay the start of what will be her 27th season on the women's tennis tour she's pulled out of the brisbane international after suffering an injury setback in training venus who was given a wildcard entry to the tournament hopes to start her australian open build up at adelaide in a fortnight. no worries marius linda veeck made a great start to the new year in ski jumping in front of a packed arena of $20000.00 fans he broke the hill record at the garment pots incursion in germany 143.5 meters on his 1st jump the cornerstone of his victory which was also his 1st title in world cup of ants this is the 2nd like of the 4 hills tournament with events to come on saturday and monday. and i will have more later on and that was a dream will keep you company in the coming hours i will see you very soon for the
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moment about. more than 10 years after the global financial crisis you've taken home more than $480000000.00 your company is now bankrupt our economy is in the state of crisis of a very basic question this is a 1000000 lost their homes and leave us alone who is held responsible i will be fabulously wealthy and i will not take any price for it thank you all the men who still live on al-jazeera. if you want to learn above the world might look like very soon regard 100 and hungary's in the extreme example of the predicament the whole world is going through. since mass immigration story we had lunch clashes between the causers and the problem is that the culture of that is
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you are should say that some raiding the us is or is not comfortable with european culture this is not like good fascist. triumphal march. dreams of conquest and of global try. this is very very uneventful glide towards the precipice without resistance we are past the danger is already happened. it was then just 10 years ago. now this is it. it is murder when you throw a firebomb into someones home and mishit me off trashing you know i have not done in a significant in numbers that insignificant ideologically that is significant even as it crime gag down very significant by dictating big government in the
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fucked up policy now shall not kill part of the radicalized youth series on al-jazeera. the retreats with conditions iraqi protestors withdraw from the us embassy compound in baghdad but them on the foreign troops pull out of iraq. hello i'm adrian finnegan this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up. rescuers in australia search for 17 people reported missing after bushfires engulfed homes and farmland. israel's prime minister seeks immunity from prosecution in 3 corruption cases. in sri lanka the new president's role in the
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civil war is causing fear among tamil minorities.

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