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>> outrage in the u.k. after the prime minister suspends parliament for five weeks, limiting the time politicians have to block a no deal brexit. i am barbara. you are watching al jazeera live. yemen's u.n. recognized government regains control of the city of aden f it -- after it was captured by separatist. isil blame for suicide attacks in gaza leaving three police officers dead. the end of a 15 day journey.
climate activists arrive in new york after crossing the atlantic in a boat. ♪ thanks for joining us. anger in the u.k. after boris johnson moved to suspend parliament, a controversial decision that affects the ability of opponents to block a no deal brexit. politicians are calling it a constitutional coup. this is how it will play out. the queen has approved boris johnson's request to suspend parliament, so that will happen sometime between september 9 and 12th. it is normal for a new government to close parliament for a short time in the run-up to the queen's speech on october 14, a speech that sets out plans for the coming year. the prime minister once parliament to shut earlier than normal. they will be out of action for
five weeks, the longest suspension since 1945. that limits the amount of time and these have to block a no deal brexit or issue a vote of no-confidence in the government. the u.k. is due to leave the eu 17 days later. idea aboutemains an the british parliament taking back control of the agenda, having its own laws and making its own rules. what to make of the decision by the new prime minister to block it from sitting at all for a five-week time at the most crucial moment in the process? one eye on an election, boris johnson's as it is about setting out new plans and mps are not being frozen out about having their say over brexit. >> there will be ample time of -- on both sides of the summit in parliament for mps to debate. brexit the eu to debatebrexit brexit and the other issues.
>> for mps and have vowed to do anything in their power to block a no deal brexit, is could threaten to set up an alternative parliament if there views are ignored. they described the move as nothing short of a constitutional outrage, a step on the road to dictatorship. >> this is an attempt by a prime minister who was elected by a small number of people in the to ride roughshod over parliament and prevent any legislation or debate that would stop this country leaving the eu without a deal and all the problems it would cause. he wants to run headlong in the arms of donald trump with more determination than i have ever seen anyone else before. >> johnson was thought to have been getting on better with european leaders of late and hope had not been lost among them, but some new deal could be found -- had not been lost that
some new deal could be found, but there is a sense of crisis among those who fear a hard brexit. the conundrum has been whether brexit should fall to government to execute the will of the people or whether parliamentarians should have final say to determine what sort of brexit they think people voted for. by taking mps out of play at a crucial time, johnson is testing whether they have the will to him, hisnd overthrow thernment, and potentially referendum results. the attempt will come sooner rather than later. the national elections will almost certainly follow, something -- and something must surely happen to resolve this sense of democratic crisis in the u.k. >> we have been monitoring reaction and protests. >> since the referendum, the public discourse surrounding
leaving the eu has grown uglier. who would have thought a few years ago that the word coup would be used in relation to britain's democracy? that is what these demonstrators are calling the decision by johnson to suspend parliament next week. that is not how johnson sees it. he sees it in somewhat procedural terms as a way of making sure mps are out of the way, not in the equation anymore, to make sure the british government can pass much-needed legislation when it comes to the humdrum day-to-day stuff of running the country, things like roads, education, health care. for these people, opposed to leaving the eu without a deal, they disagree with that standpoint, believing that boris johnson wants to keep leaving the eu without a deal on the table until the dying moments, just before october 31, which remains of course in legislation
when the u.k. will leave the eu. according to mps i have spoken to, including the prominent opposition mp who is the chair of the cross party committee on leaving the eu, they intend when mps returned to parliament next week to challenge the position, very much in the same way they challenged theresa may and her vision of wrecks it -- of brexit . >> i think the priority is to prevent a no deal brexit because that is the reason he is doing this. that there isn't a majority in the house of commons to support them for a no deal brexit and he is trying to make it difficult for mps to stop him from achieving that. >> the problem is, time is running out. mps have a matter of days next week to coalesce around a single idea. boris johnson believes he is delivering the will of the
people, honoring the result of the referendum. parliamentarians say they represent the real will of the people. they will fight this to the end. commissioning editor at the telegraph newspaper says boris johnson's move is legitimate and could spark progress with eu talks. >> the queen, the head of state, endorsed this. it is a constitutional procedure. all of this humdrum unconstitutional gripes, they have been dismissed by the queen. there is no greater authority than her. eu leaders want to see boris johnson is ready and able to take something for parliament, that he can take on mps. this may encourage a quiet hope that he has worked out how to do this. in the middle of this froth about, dictator and constitutional arguments, one thing is missed. with the queen's speech boris
johnson wants to have to kick off the new parliament, there is the withdrawal agreement billion wants to happen. he could pass a withdrawal agreement, something he couldn't do given that it was previously rejected three times and the speaker of the house of commons room do can't have another go with the same legislation. >> italy looks set to have a new government after a breakthrough in coalition talks. the head of the opposition democratic party says he is ready to govern with a five-star movement. he says the party will accept the five-star candidate for prime minister once again. the italian president has summoned officials from meeting thursday. he is likely to receive a mandate to try and form a government. ♪ yemen's u.s. -- u.n. recognized government says it is in control
of aden. it recaptured the port city from the separatist forces two weeks after it lost control of it. the torilla reports. -- victoria reports. >> yemeni forces loyal to the internationally recognized government celebrate victory near aden's presidential palace. in a sudden offensive lasting just a few hours, saudi backed government forces recaptured control of the port city from uae backed separatist fighters. the government offensive started tuesday in yemen's eastern province. wednesday morning, the forces were on the outskirts of aden. as they retook the airport and pushed towards the center of the city, it is reported they faced little resistance from the separatist fighters. that led some to conclude a deal was done between saudi arabia and the uae ahead of a possible negotiation to and the war.
-- to end the war. >> it is a cheap tactic, immoral, cheap tactic by the legitimate government, who is using sleeper cells to activate them and to cause chaos in the , forall in an attempt to negotiations. >> separatists from the southern transitional council, part of the saudi-uae coalition. in a dramatic twist, they took over the city of aden, the seat of the saudi backed yemeni government. some of the fighters are refusing to surrender. the government warns civilians to avoid military camps and areas where there is fighting. >> this morning, 50,000 civilians were evacuated from areas. it is a highly populated mostian area and we expect
casualties to be civilians because of the random shooting and random bombarding by both sides. >> yemen has not always been one country, north and south yemen came together in 1990 after years of conflict. it hasn't been an easy union. the war is deepening the divide. >> the editor of the international interest magazine says the war in yemen has reached a stalemate. >> until the u.n. decides that the national dialogue by all the parties that was agreed upon that wrote the government, which the separatists reneged on, it is worth sending troops. it is worth ousting them and forcing them to agreement. the strongest will win. yemen is renowned in the 1950's and 60's, the digits in army at the time was defeated.
an official wanted to show off and become king. .e was annihilated no one goes into yemen to fight because they know the yemeni tribes have allied with many countries. the alliances are always shifting. yemen is a quagmire. the uae saw an opportunity to take control of the ports. iran is not interested in taking over yemen. from the 19 60's, they have been fighting to become the main power. saying, separatists yemen is united and we want to be independent. our resources are going north. there are different agendas. the dialogue that brought everybody together is not supported by the u.n. so we have a free-for-all. until the u.n. adjusts the approach, yemen be a stalemate. >> hamas has declared a state of alert in gaza after three police officers were killed in separate
suicide attacks. isil is being blamed. mass arrests have taken place as how must says it will not tolerate -- hamas says it will not tolerate attempts to destabilize it from within. s> at the cemetery, two hama policeman killed in attacks were brought for burial. three policemen were killed. the gaza police chief was here to mourn his men and promised a strong reaction. have made arrests and we are investigating people to usher we get to anyone who could be responsible -- to assure we get to anyone who could be responsible. things are under control. >> gaza's interior ministry says twoci bombers carried out attacks on two checkpoints. officers were injured in the
first explosion. a third police officer died minutes later. police were back on duty, reinforcements stationed on streets throughout the city. for all the instability the people of gaza have had to get used to, these attacks have sent shock around the territory. they target the institution that is supposed to provide internal security in the heart of gaza city. >> the attacks are believed here to be the work of groups with links to isil. hamas agreed to help egypt fight isil, restricting their mood -- their movement. security of the nation, cooperation between hamas and injection security -- egyptian security, we are seeing further tension between hamas , as wel, and bloodshed
saw last night. i don't think this will be the last incident. >> this month has seen and with rockets fired into israel and attempts by armed men to breach a border fence. a source of internal instability has been made fatally clear. how must insists it will maintain security and -- hamas insists it will maintain security and prevent attacks. >> still to come, report from the amazon, where scientists are taking stock of the devastating fires. health workers in the largest are struggling to provide care to women giving birth. >> we have --
[indiscernible] dryn melbourne, should stay for the next couple days. sydney, 12 degrees celsius. perth is warm. by friday, a rain chance. 17 degegrees celsius. sunshine in brisbane, 21 degrees and friday, showers and sydney with a high of 14. in the south island of new the nextgood for couple days. a system coming in lingers and keeps rain off shore. 16 in christchurch thursday with a shower, then dry and clear friday. 11 degrees at best in christchurch. in japan, we have had torrential rain for the last couple days across much of the west of japan. in particular honshu, also, this
is the prefecture where thereres a lot of water. three people have died in landslides. the rain stays i in the forecast thursday and friday, heavy acacross into honshu.u. >> time for a reminder of the top stories. boris johnson has moved to suspend parliament for five weeks ahead of the october 31 brexit deadline. political opponents have limited time to stop britain crashing out of the eu without a deal. yemen's u.n. recognized government says it is in control offensiveter a brief against separatists. it was seized by the fighters
two weeks ago. hamas declared a state of alert police after three officers were killed in suicide attacks. arrests have taken place. isil is being blamed. hong kong protesters returned to the streets for the 12th straight week. thousands breast in black and took hardin citizens to condemned -- to condemn police sexual abuse. rallies in hong kong began in april against an extradition bill and grew into a wider pro-democracy movement. hundreds of protesters turned their anger towards the airline cathay pacific. they say the company's decision to fire members of staff for supporting the protest is creating a climate of fear. a report from hong kong. is a sensitive time in hong kong and being seen at a protest could cost you your job.
the focus of this rally was cathay pacific. the airline is the most high profile case of what these people believe is increasing interference by china in hong kong workplaces. >> workers are facing [indiscernible] from the china government and hong kong government. which they cannot even expect [indiscernible] in their own social media. >> several cathay pacific employees have been fired for making social media posts in support of the antigovernment protests, for attending -- and for attending rallies. cathay pacific's publicly listed but one of its major , ownedlders is air china by the chinese government. some staff have resigned from the company in protest, like this pilot. >> this is interference from the beijing government. it changed it completely. beingody is in fear of
put under the spotlight. >> it is not just cathay pacific coming under pressure from beijing. there is a wider atmosphere creeping into the hong kong corporate world that if you want to continue doing business with china, you should distance yourself and your staff from the protests. oft week, it was the turn accountants to take to the streets to reject interference from beijing. had taken major firms out a newspaper ad criticizing their companies for ignoring hong kong people and the reasons for the protests. after pressure from beijing, the companies released statements distancing themselves from the ads. cathay pacific declined our request for an interview. the reason given for the action against staff's security. aviation authorities say they won't allow flights to and or their airspace if they are operated by anyone who has participated in were supported
-- or percent -- or supported protests. >> they need to fly into chinese airspace. china is entitled to live by their rules. as far as we are concerned, we totally support the freedom of opinion. >> freedom of opinion continues to be expressed on the streets, but in the workplace it is becoming difficult. >> health workers in the world's largest refugee camp say they are struggling to provide adequate care for the number of women giving birth. more than 100 babies are born every day in rohingya refugee camps in bangladesh. hundreds of thousands of rohingya are living there after fleeing violence. stephanie visited a camp. >> he is not even three days old, yet life is already stacked against him. like all the other babies, he
will have no birth certificate and no citizenship. the mothers look dazed, almost absent. the fan does little to ease the stifling humidity. the fact that these mothers have come to deliver their babies in one of the clinics is a small victory. >> they don't come to us in their early pregnancies. if they have complications, they come. the majority of women are giving birth in their bamboo huts, often with the help of the rohingya midwives. it is the traditional way. that is what this woman did. at 29, this is her eighth child. i was in a lot of pain while giving birth. it took all night. my child was born at dawn. i wasn't able to go to a clinic. i didn't have their number and i couldn't walk. how could i get there?
ofthere is little chance getting to a clinic at night. the camp is unlit and you have to navigate narrow alleys before you get to a main road. it is worrying health workers. unhygienice conditions and they don't come to health checkups. infections spread and lead to infants developing complications. mothers develop hypertension and diabetes. health risks,the it means a growing population, a growing refugee population that bangladesh says it won't post forever and myanmar doesn't want back. or than 100 babies are born in these camps every day. that amounts to 35,000 new lives every year. more than half of bangladesh's rohingya population are children. it makes you question, what future do they face?
there are learning centers for the young ones but no formal education. for teenagers, there isn't much to do. there is no education for them. they can't leave the camp to find jobs. spending time here is striking, how many children there are. lies on hold before they -- lives on hold before they have begun. >> funding for the prevention and control of fires in the amazon rain forest has dropped by nearly a quarter under bridges still -- under brazil's president bolsonaro. bolsonaro says they will only accept international aid if it can control how the money is used. the amazon plays a crucial role in controlling the world's climate but the recent fires have shown just how vulnerable it is. >> these are the images brazil's
president bolsonaro doesn't want you to see. he says the fires affecting the amazon region have been in before a state areas, but this place proves him wrong. .> this is a national park ofis 32,000 hectares protected territory. 11% of it has been devastated by the fire. >> the government has banned members of brazil's environment are -- environmental agency from talking to the press. jorge has been living here for over 30 years. he says this is the first time this area has been affected by fire. i don't know why, but there are ranchers nearby. maybe the fire came from them. what is behind them is agribusiness to grow soybeans. this place is filled with life. they want to turn the forest into money, no matter what gets
in the way. >> many fear the president's words when he insists he wants to open up the amazon for business. >> this area is known as the doorstep of amazonia. the region includes seven states in brazil. the fires are ongoing. i'm not sure you can see, but there is smoke right over there. he's been studying the rain forest for years and says the amazon needs to be protected. >> these fires [indiscernible] we have tons of carbon dioxide storage in these trees. these act as a filter of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. compensateforest can all the emissions of latin america. >> brazil's culture of the
forest and needs to change. >> we have this slash and burn culture to create new areas for agriculture, pastures to produce meat and soybeans. this culture, we have to change this culture because slash and ton is a very primitive form use the land. >> each time the forest burns, it loses its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. es of forest hectar have been devastated. the force of nature will endure for now. the question is, for how long?
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