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up front at this time on al-jazeera. news has never been more available it's a constant barrage that they put every day but the message is simplistic you have been trained good logical rational person crazy monster and misinformation is rife dismissal and does not hold well documented accusations and evidence is part of genocide the listening post provides a critical counterpoint challenging mainstream media narrative at this time on al-jazeera. turkey says it won't stand by syria and pro-government forces join us backed kurdish fighters in a free and. hello
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again i'm adrian finnegan this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up reports that a third former aide to donald trump is expected to plead guilty of the ongoing f.b.i. russia probe plus. jubilation without a goal of eighty political prisoners are released but opposition leaders say that's not enough. and why some drivers are worried about a change in direction for the popular jeepney in the philippines. so he's threatening to battle syria pro-government forces if they protect the kurds and then all that enclave of a free and the warning came soon after syrian state media said that the militia will be entering the region within hours the kurds are asked the syrian government for help to repel a turkish offensive it could mean. syrian link forces directly confronting turkish
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troops who've been engaged in an operation against kurdish fighters since last month syria's kurdish y p g has been a key u.s. ally in the fight against eisel but turkey is opposed to the group which it views as a terrorist organization and that's not the only flashpoint there's also been the syrian government strikes on the rebel held on play the eastern damascus on monday will get more on guta in just a few moments but first let's go to istanbul and speak with al-jazeera some of bin javac for the latest on the operation in africa and so is there now a danger that we could have syrian government backed forces actually confronting tyria turkish forces in that african region. absolutely adrian that is the danger that has been explained to us by a number of sources on the ground in syria but before i go to words in the last few minutes we've had two developments in this fast moving story one that the turkish
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president of the gun has had a contact phone conversation with the russian president vladimir putin the details of that conversation are still emerging we have just heard that they have talked about cooperation in terms of fighting terrorism in syria in the second development we've heard from the u.s. back to kurdish forces who say that the first batch of fighters which was dispatched from this city of aleppo one neighborhood in aleppo remained loyal to the syrian regime that was according to fighters on the ground if you remember in two thousand and sixteen when the fighting raged on in the east and in their pool this is one neighborhood from where white b.g. fighters have reached our freend and just recapping this is this is an area where turkey has launched an operation in january it's been fighting kurdish fighters would which they would turkish government calls terrorists. or people as protection units they have been saying that they want the government of syria's to help them
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fight against this turkish advance and the turkish government in the last couple of hours has come out and said that unless the syrian government is going to be fighting what it calls terrorists it there is a possibility that there might be a confrontation between turkish and syrian forces. in the name of the regime to clean. the when there are no problems however if they come in to defend the white p.g. the nothing and nobody can stop us supplies to efren as well as man into the east of the euphrates river. and that is the fear that many people are afraid of what is going to happen in africa and what will be the structure of the syrian forces from syrian state media we know that it will not be regular syrian forces which will be entering our freend and which has been confirmed by the press release that the first batch of fighters are in fact goodish fighters which are backed by the syrian government and according to the release by
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the syrian state media it will be the popular more popular forces or forces which we knew as the regular or paramilitary forces part of the syrian government forces are going to be taking part in the operations an effort in which appears to become a really a much larger flashpoint if to direct governments get involved in and out the sama did this deal come about do we know. but in the last few days we've been hearing about these talks going on between the buy p.g. and the syrian government there were sticking points including the matter of. the ending giving up all of their veterans and heavy weapons and also giving up all of their positions the military positions that the old inside a free to the syrian government how much of that has been agreed upon has not been made public as yet but this is a big deal that is we doing for nearly
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a month now from the very beginning of this offensive all of branch of the turkey launched in a free and they have been asking for help. statements from the kurdish media has been that they see that the syrian government is should be holding its integrity and turkey is a foreign force protecting its people and they should come and help the kurds what is complicating matters is that these are the kurds who are backed by the united states which has been calling the syrian government a murderous regime and then they are also backed by you know about russia and iran so it is further muddling the very complicated situation on the ground in syria and turkish forces are standing by to see what is going to happen on the ground and then they will react accordingly some of many thanks i was there as a some of it in istanbul more now on the situation in eastern umask us where at least twenty five people have died so far on monday and rockets and airstrikes local observers say the attacks are a prosecutor to
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a major offensive on the rebel held territory which has been under siege since twenty eight thirteen reports. rockets missiles and air strikes activists fear the renewed bombardment of the besieged opposition area of eastern could be the beginning of a large scale military operation. it seems russian broke at the gauche ations to bring about a gravel surrender they have so far failed ending a week of relative calm yet again civilians were the victims since the end of december a stepped up military campaign killed more than four hundred people at least one hundred of them were children the fear now is that the numbers will only rise if a wide scale attack begins. the syrian government and its allies are sending military reinforcements to the edges of the rebel enclave just outside the capital damascus program of the media are promising victory and what they say will be a decisive battle it will be the first time they will try to storm. past ground
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offensives where we by rebels and people are defiant. we have man who crashed songs they won't be able to capture one inch of his land. this is what we have been steadfast for seven years they tried many times and he was all kinds of weapons but they weren't able to do anything. the syrian government and its allies haven't taken ground but over the years they have continuously bombarded residential neighborhoods the syrian government and its allies have been capturing one opposition pocket after another. has been their target for some time now but. the government captures territory after securing local cease fire deal that involved opposition fighters and their families evacuated and sent to other rebel controlled areas mainly to the problems of the in the north west. so far the people and rebels
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of eastern who are refusing to surrender but the reality on the ground is becoming harsher about four hundred thousand people are trapped there the violence is only. in. a child's cry from underneath the rubble he is alive to the volunteers say it's not usually the case. i still fighters in iraq have ambushed a convoy of shia militia on the outskirts of. a according to military sources they say that at least twenty five shia fighters were killed in the attack by members of i saw disguised in iraqi army uniforms last week the governor of nearby could cook warm but i still still poses a security threat in the area such a rescue teams have now reached the size of a plane crash in iran according to local media that facing mountainous terrain and
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temperatures of minus sixteen degrees celsius the airlines aircraft went down in foggy weather on sunday killing all sixty five people on board iran's president hassan rouhani has ordered an investigation into the accident. there are reports that yet another trump aide is likely to plead guilty as part of the f.b.i.'s investigation into russian interference in the twenty sixteen presidential election according to the los angeles times trump's former deputy campaign manager richard gates who pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud in october is expected to change his plea the f.b.i. investigation kicked up a notch in october when trump's former foreign policy advisor george papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the f.b.i. later the same month charges of conspiracy and money laundering were filed against trump's former campaign manager paul manifest he pleaded not guilty to the charges but it's understood that richard gates will now testify against him at
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a november trumps national security advisor michael flynn was charged with willfully and knowingly making false statements he pleaded guilty in december let's go live now to washington and as is political hay in is there for us if this is true patty what does it say about the progress of the investigation. well it definitely seems as if momentum is building behind the moeller investigation now we should point out that the l.a. times is pretty much soley reporting this right now but it wouldn't be all that and unexpected if you read the tealeaves of washington gates recently dumped his legal some of his lawyers and the reason why was under seal that led to broad speculation that he was going to make this plea deal obviously you don't need high powered attorneys if you've already done a deal it's a federal holiday here in the united states i don't expect that we'll see anything in the courts today but if it is true in the next couple of days we should see rick gates come and plead guilty now the reason this could be important is he was not
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only part of the trump campaign but he stayed when manna for it left and if you read the indictment it is very damning and the team has case after case of what they say proves money laundering they have bank accounts they have purchases they have the records so if someone does this makes a plea deal like this usually they're doing it because they're able to provide evidence on someone higher up the food chain all right so if it is true what are the wider implications of it. well it's not just about man a fort although this would do chris the pressure on him dramatically to make a plea deal of his own and prosecutors will only do that if you give them something someone higher up and you have to have something pretty damning for them to make a good deal we're hearing reports that gates could even still serve eighteen months in prison that's a pretty harsh sentence for somebody who's plea making a plea now metaphor is key to this because he was a campaign manager he was forced out when these allegations about ukrainian money
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came to light but still he could provide key pieces of evidence remember don jr the president's son had a meeting with that russian lawyer who promised dirt on hillary clinton he later came out and said well she didn't have anything she just wanted to talk about adoption so the meeting ended there paul man of fort was in the meeting so if that's the case he could say yes that's in fact what happened if it isn't well then he could provide that evidence if he chooses to flip and that would potentially exposed john jr to charges as well as the many thanks out there is political hay there in washington with a weather update on al jazeera then the director at the center of sexual misconduct accusations. was being revealed about what actually went on. craig's opposition demands on some sort of the deportation of its full body to.
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hello there the rain is gathering for some of us in china at the moment as we head through choose day we're looking at some very heavy downpours in the northern part of our map here and that gradually pushes its way eastwards as we head through into wednesday i think cleared out the way completely though more rain is developing behind it so generally we're looking at some fairly unsettled weather here the moment at least it's not too cold our maximum temperature in shanghai should get to around seven degrees and force in hong kong will be up at around twenty two now if we head out towards the west we can see the cloud in our satellite picture just in the northern part of our map here as well less gradually tracking its way eastwards and it is bringing some of us some rain and some snow looks like we'll see some of that in couple their own cheese day and then gradually that pushes its way eastwards so kabul should have a dry a picture of wednesday but it won't be as warm we'll only get to around eleven
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degrees further south and fine and settle for most of us here just a bit will cloud in the far south that might squeeze out the or challenge sri lanka they look more likely if you're looking for showers if you had across towards the arabian peninsula here in doha the winds have picked up now but it also means that it's not quite as hot as it has been so we're top ten for sure and choose day of around twenty six degrees still very blustery as more cloud over the northwestern parts of south. facing realities growing up when did you realize that you were living in a special place the so-called secret city getting to the heart of the matter why ease activists to live in jail just because he expressed himself he had their story on the talk to al-jazeera at this time and. you know what. i'm. not.
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going to top stories here on al-jazeera turkey's threatening to battle syrian pro-government forces if they protect the kurds in the wrong place of a free in the warning came soon after syrian state media said that the militia will be entering the region within hours turkey considers the kurdish point peachy to be a terrorist group military sources say that i saw fighters in iraq of ambushed a convoy of shia militia on the outskirts of how we judge they say that at least twenty five shia fighters were killed in the attack by members of i saw disguised in iraqi army uniform. search and rescue teams have now reached the site of the
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plane crash in iran according to local media there facing mountainous terrain and temperatures of minus sixteen degrees celsius the as some of the airlines aircraft went down on sunday killing all sixty five people aboard. more than eighty political prisoners released in sudan the group includes prominent opposition leaders they were arrested last month off to protest against the rising cost of food i'm involved reports. the move to release dozens of political prisoners. from jails in the sudanese capital of khartoum came as a surprise was most were arrested last month after protests about soaring prices and tough economic conditions turned violent turn our molalla is that we will work hard to get rid of the reasons that have led to demonstrations and detention we will be in contact with all parties concerned we will keep and maintain the human rights and we will put an end to political polarization in the country for the sake
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of our nation. the families of those released from prison were delighted but concerned for the ones still detained and we are happy we need all the prisoners to be released we need our country to live in peace we need nothing but peace and security the freed prisoners included leaders of the opposition who are calling for all political factions to unite in order to find a solution to saddam's problems and they are demanding the release of all prisoners of opinion. and we need a full and comprehensive dialogue and such a dialogue is the only way to take our country away from this crisis the tension and prisons will never sort out our issues it is now the time to resort to the best methods to find peaceful solutions to the problems in our country the presidential decree to release that business came after the appointment of a new security chief and it followed calls from representatives of several foreign embassies the arrests were made during a wave of protests in several cities against the rise in bread prices and other
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economic difficulties facing the sudanese people many now hope the government and opposition parties can get together for talks aimed at resolving the country's persistent crises. are dizzying. foreign minister ibrahim gandhi or told me that the detentions weren't vindictive but he confirmed that all prisoners political prisoners will be released. the signal is that the president and the government discord instantly. committed to fear to political freedoms to freedom of speech in accordance with look at the situation so the detention was not vindictive was not meant to be a longer arrest it was meant in order to keep social order following the protests after the last three years so the release that is ult of the
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commitment of the government to political freedoms and that that is primarily was very short. as it used to up in the past we are all very happy and all the sudanese people are happy and i couldn't assure you that everybody would be released this is that this is you know of the president. that is will follow the body of zimbabwe's former opposition leader morgan tsvangirai is now lying in state in the capital harare large crowds of turned out in freedom square to pay their respects the sixty five year old died last week of colon cancer chang and i formed the movement for democratic change and was a staunch critic of former president robert mugabe he'll be buried at his rule home on tuesday morning from a serious out of a task in harare. people say they want to celebrate the inside eyes like they say he was a great man a great opposition leader and one way they say they want to preserve his legacy is
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to try and make sure that elections this year are three the credible morgan tsvangirai what it means to go to hear his rural home be buried on cheers they didn't know much of the focus will shift to the position of the party what is going to happen next some party members are unhappy that nelson should be as has been appointed acting president by the national council basically a special race should be held for people could vote they want as their leader so lots of things up in the air right now with the maybe that's the main concern some analysts say is that the leadership back together a big current unite the party could split which could weaken them when elections take place an internal report released by oxfam has revealed that three of its workers threatened with the says during an investigation into sexual misconduct in haiti the charity released the report after being criticized for its lack of transparency of allegations that its director it has he used prostitutes during a mission the report says that roland van hollen made and admitted the behavior
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that he's previously denied the claims from bobby phillips a lot. oxfam has handed over the complete report to the haitian government with an apology it says for its mistakes in the version which has been made publicly available the names of the individuals the seven individuals who left oxfam as a result of the scandal back in twenty eleven have been redacted nonetheless there are plenty of embarrassing details and they paint a picture of an unhappy dysfunctional organization working in that immediate post earthquakes in ario in haiti three witnesses for the report being physically intimidated other reports of bullying intimidation downloading of pornography it says it can't rule out that under age prostitutes were used it says that oxfam had a problem in terms of what it did with staff who were involved in activities like
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this preventing them from remaining in the aid sector working for other aid organizations a case in point ronald van hower myron the man who led the oxfam operation in haiti he went on to head an important agency an important job in bangladesh in other words this is an issue which goes way beyond oxfam and haiti and the mood within the aid sector here in britain is pretty grim right now remember that this is one of the very few countries which meets the united nations' target of spending point seven percent of gross national income on development assistance that is a large amount of money and it is a quantity of money that is coming under political fire a lot of people particularly the right to british politics saying why on earth are we spending all this money if it is being used in such morally dubious ways on further important development the heads of oxfam save the children and the
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government's own department the department for international development assistance diff it has been summoned to parliament on choose day for urgent question. supporters of the deported ukrainian opposition leader mikhail saakashvili have marched through kier to demand his return saakashvili was abducted from a restaurant last week he was thrown into a van and put on to a helicopter from kiev to warsaw his supporters want him back to contest the presidency palace reports. by a movement that won't be stops by freezing temperatures and a deported leader trains opposition marches on which of the premier league we came here to change his chin in our country to make us who it is work for the people and to support the people that's why we are here today. they swarmed on to the streets to protest against president petro poroshenko and supporters deported opposition leader mikhail saakashvili they want publishing called peached and
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a new election. this was the scene one week ago when saakashvili was seized in a key of restaurant more than a dozen men in military uniforms grabs the politician and threw him in one of two white vans inseam to poland. the former president of georgia became cranium in twenty fourteen but soon turned on his friend president poroshenko accusing him of corruption. and this was how it was received publishing co stripped him of his citizenship last year and deported him you know that the usual mikhail will remain the leader says one opposition politician his support though is a question that his party the movement of new forces polls at least than two percent in the ministry of internal fears the summation three thousand people at the rally reporter said it was more like ten thousand polish inker publicly ignored
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the rally he spent the weekend at the munich security conference blue delusion they have no new video people can't stand it anymore because there's no change the more time passes the worst we live poroshenko is dancing and having fun relaxing in the mall to eve he is a disgrace to the country you'd saakashvili faces similar accusations in his native georgia his rivals have charged him with abuse of power he denies any wrongdoing but relented his citizenship now he is stateless and so his world tour continues from georgia to ukraine to poland he's now seeking refuge in the netherlands the home of his wife there. in kiev they say his message will be heard wherever he seeks a. shallop bellus a lot easier. hungary's prime minister has launched his election campaign with calls for a global alliance against migration viktor orban party is expected to win
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a third consecutive victory in the april vote the right wing politician has been increasingly at odds with the e.u. and the united nations or beyond said that eastern and western europe were heading in different directions. flight warnings are at their highest level around indonesia's mount cinnabon after ash spewed more than seven thousand meters into the air hundreds of homes surrounding the volcano were left covered in daybreak so the bungs been rumbling since twenty ten but activities picked up in recent days people are being urged to keep out of a seven kilometer exclusion zone around the crater. a move to modernize is threatening to change the way that many people get around in the philippines small buses notice jeepneys are being updated and drivers of the popular mode of transport feel that it will put their jobs at risk dog and reports from the. us think of the for the they often have the mind it is an offshoot of the american
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military jeeps that were left behind after world war two since then filipinos have made it their own. calling and have long been called the king of the road. for decades they've also been the solution to the country's lack of public transport jeepneys are affordable and available but have also been blamed for the city's chaotic traffic. the philippine government wants more control it says it is time to improve the industry it wants jeepney operators to start registering as corporations instead of running corporate tips independent. basically are what their station project. the changing of them it entails the improvement of the institutions including their operating conditions. it also wants to things out jeepneys their fifteen years or older government
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officials want you models they say they are safer and edgy efficient and environmentally friendly. it is unfair the assistance they offer is not even enough there is no other job in the world it can only be found here and it must be preserved. cheaply owners groups oppose the plan to saying the model that the government is demanding is double the price and g.p. operators and workers cannot afford it the majority of g.p. drivers belong to the poorest sector of society. they say forcing owners to upgrade without enough government assistance could mean an end to the g.p. industry all together. they said would. both that. and what did he do in the end he thought of them i don't care about you you can all die in hunger isn't such a bad. there are nearly three hundred thousand jeepneys all across the country and
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many of been plying the streets for decades but majority of commuters prefer jeepneys like this one modern colorful and fast. the government says the plan to improve the g.p. is just part of a broader project to overhaul the chance a point system. these are often seen as a chronic moving art pieces that reflect a filipino in. a tremendous hear it all to become a symbol of the government's neglect jim duggan al-jazeera manila. it is good to have you with us a very unforgiving here in doha the top stories on al-jazeera turkey is threatening to battle syrian pro-government forces if they protect the kurds in an all along flavor of affray in the warning came soon after syrian state media said of the
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militia will be entering the region within hours turkey considers the kurdish y p j to be a terrorist group it is said in the name if the regime is interesting the it cleans . the y.p. in there are no problems however if i come in to defend the white p.g. the nothing and nobody can stop us the supplies to efren as well as members into the east of the euphrates river at least twenty five shia fighters have been killed in an ambush in iraq their convoy was attacked by isis fighters on the outskirts of the. military sources say the members of i saw were disguised in iraqi army uniform . search and rescue teams have now reached the site of the plane crashed in iran according to local media there facing mountainous terrain in temperatures of minus sixteen degrees celsius the last a man airlines aircraft went down on sunday killing all sixty five people on board . sudan's foreign minister ibrahim was told around zero that all political
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prisoners detained last month will be released more than eighty of soap up for so far been freed families celebrated outside one of the prisons where they've been held the group includes prominent opposition leaders we are all very happy all the sudanese people are happy. that everybody would be released this is that this is you know the president. the rest will follow the body of zimbabwe's former opposition leader morgan tsvangirai is now lying in state in the capital harare large crowds of turned out in freedom square to pay their respects the sixty five year old died last week of colon cancer jagger i formed the movement for democratic change and was a staunch critic of former president of a program be he'll be buried at his rule home on tuesday at an internal report released by oxfam has revealed three of its workers threatened witnesses during an investigation into sexual misconduct in haiti the charity released the report after being criticised for a lack of transparency or accusations its director in haiti used prostitutes come
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