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peace is almost possible but it never happens not because the situation is complicated but because no one cares or if you join a sunset there are people there there are choosing between buying medication and eating this is a dialogue i want to get in one more comment because this is someone who's an activist and she's close to the story join the global conversation at this time on al-jazeera. a vote on a ceasefire in syria the un security council postponed until saturday wrangle over word. meanwhile the people of eastern cooter plead for help are to get another day of airstrikes and casualties.
lots of the robin you're watching al-jazeera live my headquarters here in doha also coming up a former election aide to donald trump agrees to help the inquiry into alleged russian meddling in u.s. politics while another faces yet more charges. also the u.s. confirms the said bussy will move from tel aviv to jerusalem by day passed earlier than expected. and russia boxes that team really off the red army find out how the military has been rebuilt to become one of the strongest in the world. welcome to the program of the syrian military is bombardment of eastern ghouta looks set to continue after a u.n. vote on a humanitarian ceasefire was postponed until saturday more than four hundred forty civilians have died in six days of attacks. clave in
a few moments we'll hear from our diplomatic editor james basically but first of its reports on the situation in eastern guta. there's no. evidence yet the call out for those left on another floor but in the dense dust and debris it's hard to see who's left the upper floor is on fire. from. the doctor tells ali to open his eyes so he can wash it out medical workers in eastern huta are calling for urgent assistance because of the continuous heavy bombardment. incendiary bombs are now appearing in the night skies weapons intended to start large fires when they hit the ground. people in bodies are pulled out from crevices between buildings the nearly four hundred thousand people in the besieged enclave are dying in their hundreds how to be a bad what's taking place in eastern is a genocide and a crime against humanity in violation of international and humanitarian law and the
perpetrators should be held liable accountable and cannot escape punishment under any circumstances russia is to blame for directly being involved in the military campaign and even apartment graphic videos we've chosen not to show you contain body parts scattered in the aftermath of the latest onslaught by the assad government and its allies. the opposition holds russia and iran responsible. when the dust settles the destruction is clear people have been forced to live in underground shelters. and want a message to the security council is for a cease fire or truce for days airstrikes and bombardments have forced families and children into underground shelters we can't do anything we can't even go outside to get food but when the outside looks like this there aren't many places people can go to the ferocity of the bombardment and the arrival of troops on the outskirts of with are battling with fighters it's reminiscent of what happened to other rebel
held parts in places like homs and aleppo entire populations were evacuated to new places in syria and people inside besieged with there have been cheering orders flits of evacuation zones convinced that this is what is going to happen to them as well as. old a frantic negotiations here at the united nations to try and get a security council resolution passed a great deal of the pressure on the russian ambassador. who has problems with some of the language in the draft resolution drawn up by kuwait and sweden at one point the kuwaiti ambassador the president of the security council a period. the other nonpermanent members of the so-called elected ten and he sounded upbeat we're still working on. the language on some of the but i get asked but we are almost there and we would like you know as a been holder as
a president of the council to thank actually that he turned one of their support to a lot of votes and hopefully you are so close to adopt this is illusion today throughout the day votes were scheduled then perspire owned meetings were delayed towards the end of the day the us ambassador nikki haley tweeted unbelievable that russia is stalling a vote on a ceasefire allowing humanitarian access in syria how many more people will die before the security council agrees to take up this vote let's do this tonight the syrian people can't wait but in the end the security council decided to postpone its vote until saturday this was the comment from the swedish ambassador i'm trying to facilitate a meaningful outcome of this security council so i can only protect what we're trying to do and that is to have a resolution adopted yesterday and now we have not achieved that i find that
extremely frustrating given what we are faced with on the ground at the end of the day the russian ambassador was chatting with his syrian colleague basher i'll jaffery it's still unclear whether any vote will actually take place and whether a vote will pass what is certain is that the syrian government bombardment for now will continue there's been a suicide bombing in afghanistan's capital kabul and the explosion was at the gate of the department of intelligence one person is dead and several others have been injured will try to get you more on that as we get it. moving on now to the special counsel robert muller who's investigating alleged russian interference in the u.s. election and he's unsealed the latest charges against ex trump aide told manifold he's accused of secretly paying unnamed european politicians to lobby for the previously pro bosco government in ukraine in twenty twelve and twenty thirteen coal papers allege that manifest also wide the politicians of more than two million
euros. now it comes as another trump campaign aide has changed his plea to guilty rick gates's admission of conspiracy of lying to investigators means that he's willing to cooperate and testify against others particle he reports. are telling you it's happened again another member of donald trump's twenty sixteen campaign walks into the courthouse and pleads guilty to a serious felony conspiring against the united states and line to investigators gates isn't a household name but it's believed he played an important role in the campaign and inauguration often seen right next to his boss like here preparing for his party's acceptance speech gates was the former deputy campaign manager for trump and a longtime business partner of campaign chairman paul man of fort gates was indicted with manna for last october for money laundering later face charges of bank fraud and tax evasion both men originally pled not guilty gates joined the
term campaign in june of two thousand and sixteen and stayed on after man a fort was fired this will put more pressure on man afford to follow suit and flip giving evidence on people higher up in the campaign he was in that critical meeting between donald trump jr jared cushion or and a russian lawyer linked to the kremlin this is now the third trump campaign official to come to this courthouse and plead guilty with that there's been a lot more talking to serve circles that president donald trump should simply pardon everyone involved under the constitution he can do that you can pardon pretty much. anybody except himself it would be politically risky but there's another problem the special counsel's been working with state's attorneys and when it comes to stay crimes well there's literally nothing the president can do to interfere so far nineteen people have been indicted in connection with the moeller investigation into possible russian collusion for have flipped making it likely that more rests are coming and making it harder to say there's nothing here it
discredits more and more the claim that this is just fake news there's nothing there but there's nothing there why are people pleading guilty they usually do that in order for prosecutors to get people more powerful in this case closer to the president what's not know just how high this will go if it's possible it could lead to the president himself patty klein al-jazeera washington well the u.s. has also confirmed that it will open its new embassy in jerusalem this may not so much earlier than expected palestinians have condemned the announcement also in jordan because the latest. news the u.s. embassy would move from tel aviv to jerusalem on may fourteenth ok not in a communique but in a tweet from israel's intelligence minister i would like to congratulate donald trump on his decision to transfer the u.s. embassy on israel's seventieth independence day no greater gift than that a short time later the u.s.
president donald trump confirmed the news in a speech i was hit by more countries and more pressure and more people calling begging me don't do it don't do it don't do it. i said we have to do it it's the right thing to do it wasn't december trump announced he was moving the embassy to jerusalem. and he angered at those who said the u.s. was basically giving jerusalem to israel outside of final status talks with the palestinians the palestinian president mahmoud abbas was among those who condemned truff but at the u.n. security council this week it was clear abbas had moved on he told them basters the era of the u.s. as an honest broker is over and that it's time to try something new and money out of grammar digicam i would call for the convening of an international peace conference by mid two thousand and nineteen based on international law and relevant un resolutions with broad international participation including the two concerned parties and regional and international stakeholders one toasting
a politician says the embassy is an affront to his community and they chose this day and this presents a very serious proposal question to the palestinian side besides the fact that moving the embassy to jerusalem is by itself to sufficient in violation of national a us based analyst called the move in date very bad foreign policy rather than just giving jerusalem away to the israelis what he could have done is sad we will acknowledge jerusalem as the capital of israel if you dismantle all the illegal settlements and so what he stand now isn't given away very big valuable check and essentially gotten nothing in return the ambassador david friedman and a few aides will join current consulate staff at their office in jerusalem a new building won't be built for several years there's no denying the embassy move will affect any and all peace talks going forward rosalyn jordan al-jazeera washington well still ahead here on al-jazeera
a poll to dispute threatens to put the brakes on lebanon's every g.m. bush. and how a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline in afghanistan could mean more than just economic benefits stay with us here. however they are unsettled weather looks like sticking around for the middle east at least for the next few days still plenty of clouds coming in across iraq iran over towards afghanistan further west little bit of cloud just coming towards the levant as well as we go on through the next day out it doesn't look too bad as we go through saturday we can see for syria for iraq the cloud the right in that same place eighteen celsius in baghdad fair amount of plowed kuwait also seeing a good splattering of rain coming through and that will make its way further
eastwards rain turning to snow over the hindu kush pushing across afghanistan fourteen celsius here in kabul and notice still looking rather disturbed behind and wet weather will come out of cyprus out of turkey easing towards syria once again southern areas. lebanon jordan doesn't look too bad should be lost and dry we push further south into my neck of the words he looks pretty disturbed as well actually long a lot of cloud of rain that will bring flooding across northern parts of saudi arabia eases its way down across us here in qatar doha to around twenty four degrees and then that right really setting is it heads towards the u.a.e. towards amman again flooding coming in behind abu dhabi twenty three celsius pick back to a dry twenty three here and by sunday afternoon. in the heart of the amazon believe me in families but then lives in peril to harvest
brazil nuts. but it's getting the congo to the capital is an even more dangerous challenge. risking it to libya. at this time on al jazeera. welcome back you're watching al-jazeera i'm so ho robert a reminder of our top stories the syrian military is bombardment of eastern ghouta looks set to continue with a u.n. vote on a humanitarian cease fire until saturday ball than four hundred forty civilians
have died in six days of heavy attacks on the rebel held and claims. it's all way too donald trump's presidential campaign has changed his plea to guilty brigades is facing charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators and inquiry into alleged russian meddling in u.s. politics his admission indicates that he's willing to cooperate and testify against others. also the u.s. has confirmed that it will open its new embassy injuries slipping back a much earlier than expected palestinians have condemned the announcement as provocative the decision in december to move the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem spot protests in palestine and around the world. now the u.s. president donald trump says that the government is imposing its largest ever set of sanctions on north korea over its nuclear missile program the measures target the country's maritime sector sixteen north korean shipping companies have been sanctioned along with several based in hong kong china and taiwan twenty eight
ships are on the list again mostly north korean but two are from panama and one of the can was as well as another from tanzania plus one individual a taiwanese passport holder has also been sanctioned. both career was of course part of trump's wide ranging speech to supporters at america's largest gathering of conservatives he again called for teachers to be armed after last week's florida school shooting in which seventeen dollars and all official was out the conservative political action conference in their view and was this was donald trump on homegrown surrounded by supporters people won over by his first year successes so relaxed he even made a real joke about his here i try like hell to hide their balls but folks i work hard as he started talking there was one protester who produced a russian flag he was quickly show to down and escorted out.
fifteen months on from the election donald trump again relived the when i and what it times felt more like a campaign rally of all he talked about the successes his administration had brought a load for a decision in the middle east we officially recognized jerusalem as the capital of israel was the address the shooting in florida seeing he'd been deeply affected by the stories of survivors and their families there are not enough tears in the world to express sorrow sadness and anguish and he pledged his administration would take steps pushing again the idea of arming teachers and more people that work in those buildings people that were in the marines for twenty years and retired people in the army the navy the air force the coast guard people that are adept at dept with weaponry and with the guns they teach the white house the children big announcement in the speech about tough new sanctions on north korea but caught up in the moment it was delivered almost as an afterthought with little detail that
was promised i do want to say because people have asked north korea we imposed today the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country this was this is the sort of reaction donald trump expected from c.p.r. the traumatized agreed this was. donald trump on the twenty six thousand election campaign revisiting thing that annoys plays well with this core support. yet the speech did detail challenges that lie ahead in an election year the iran deal immigration health care and the growing call for gun reform in america alan fischer al jazeera at the conference in maryland at least twenty seven people are being killed and twenty injured in twin car bombings in the somali capital mogadishu the first blast was near the presidential palace with the second beside a popular hotel group al-shabaab has taken responsibility to africa now and i gerry as president is promising more troops to join the search for dozens of
patchy schoolgirls kidnapped on monday now the armed group boko haram is suspected al jazeera is evidence wrists was the first international journalist on the ground and has this report from the area disappointment induction i was after parents were told that daughters have been rescued the state government apologized saying the information was not true for the relatives of more than one thousand students the wait has just begun some say it's all over again these sisters have not only escaped the kidnappers but they're older sister wasn't as lucky the incident leaves them devastated. well i'm wondering as they came just after we broke our monday fast we heard gunshots there was chaos everywhere she tried to comfort us but it only got worse four of us sisters started running to give that she fell and i fell down to her but someone picked me up that
was the last time i saw her she was taken. neighbors poor into their home to offer support. at the girls' school we were refused access to film inside i would miss is some of the attackers dressed in military fatigues drove through the school gates but before they got in many of the guards alerted by the gunshots fired early on the scale of the problem with the friends of the school and escaped but some girls say they saw some of their schoolmates being led into a waiting truck so lee and his family thought they too would receive fourteen year olds but she was one of the schoolgirls taken in to tell us the mother is in hospital she fainted on hearing that her daughter was and found a grief is too much for her activity isn't much was expected of the second year high school student for now they continue to wait hoping to hear good and definitive news about the return of their child residents hope the tragedy will be
as long as the twenty four incident where more than two hundred seventy goals like kidnapped from their school more than a third of them are yet to be found one hundred edris al jazeera. let's head to europe now where the e.u. council president doll tusk says the u.k.'s approach to the next stage of brecht's in negotiations is based on pure illusion speaking at a summit in brussels he said britain was still trying to cherry pick its future relationship with the e.u. it follows reports that british prime minister trees the maze divided cabinet has finally reached a position reports say senior ministers are backing so called unmanaged divergence a plan meaning that the u.k. except insofar as some e.u. regulation after breaks it. the u.k. government seems to be moving towards more details but.
however if the media reports are correct. i'm afraid that position today is based on pure illusion. it looks like the loss of a still life. from the very start of it's been a key principle of ten to seven that there can be no cherry picking. and slow single market a la carte. this is and will continue to be a key principle i have no doubt now lebanon has signed some of its first offshore oil and gas agreements but one exploration area is being disputed by neighboring israel has more from beirut gas and oil reserves are believed to be underneath these waters lebanon hopes to start exploratory drilling but a maritime border dispute with israel is causing a problem israel is laying claim to one of the energy blocs. these radio enemy is
trying to violate our sovereign rights in our modern time borders but exploration activities will begin. an international consortium which was awarded drilling rights to two of the five blocks up for tender says the dispute between israel and lebanon will not affect the work they say only a small section of block nine is this beautiful drilling will target the northern part which is around twenty five kilometers from the disputed zone. it's in no one's interests go into some sort of conflict over a small area of the sea i just think there's a kind of heated war of words going on between. lebanon and israel now that it's not just about the sea it's about a border war it's about hezbollah it's about iran. here in the us hezbollah has produced a video clip threatening israeli gas platforms if according to the group lebanon's oil and gas rights are violated hezbollah is stronger than lebanon's military and has fought wars with israel in the past. the israeli threats have
united lebanon's divided political class which ordered the army to confront any assault both on land and in the sea at the same time the government sent a letter to the un but resolving the issue legally may be hard. the problem is that israel has not signed any related conventions so for including and this is the most important the convention of the law of the sea. of the international community. the u.s. has tried to mediate but lebanon has rejected its proposal to split the disputed area that would involve giving up over three hundred square kilometers. lebanon says it will not allow anyone to prevent it from taking advantage of its wealth the government hopes developing the oil and gas industry will create jobs and the economy but it will take years before lebanon can benefit drilling is not expected
to start until two thousand and nineteen. israel has already discovered major offshore oil and gas reserves lebanon wants to do the same the two countries are officially in a state of war they talk tough but they also say they want to avoid an escalation after all commercial interests are at stake. beirut south-asian our work instruction has begun on the afghan section of an eight billion dollars gas pipeline linking turkmenistan pakistan and india its banks by the afghan government to u.s. and pakistan as well as the taliban tony berkeley reports now from kabul. in afghanistan these days there is not much to cheer about on friday there was an exception construction began on a pipeline project to carry natural gas from turkmenistan through the country to india and pakistan workers welded the first link of pipe crossing the border between turkmenistan and afghanistan's gar a district near herat. ten billion dollar project will bring jobs and income
equal but this project brings electricity gas work and life it brings like to the dark homes in afghanistan pakistan and india and also brings energy to each of our investors had their share. of the ceremony was watched by took many stands president the prime minister of pakistan and india's minister for external affairs who joined by video link the project known as tappy the initials of the four countries is being described as a new page in regional cooperation and hopes for a better future. now you have and then after a long time afghanistan is taking part in a regional project which will provide jobs for our people i'm hoping that this regional cooperation will result in closer relations between the countries and that it will help afghanistan become more stable and one that russia will the turkey project brings a message of peace so it will help bring peace in our country and also in the wider
region the tension between the countries in the region will reduce the pipeline will run one thousand eight hundred fourteen kilometers and carry thirty three billion cubic meters of natural gas each year it is expected to be completed by january twenty twenty security in harat was tight for the ceremony but the taliban has given its support for the pipeline reversing an earlier stand observer say this is probably because of its close ties with pakistan which will take forty percent of the gas and make a profit of twenty five percent on the sale. with the security fears softened the main focus now is attracting the investors to raise the capital to complete the project but for now everyone seems to be happy this project takes many boxes money jobs prestige and importantly regional cooperation and that's the kind of good news event that doesn't happen all too often in this part of the world tony berkeley al-jazeera kabul. now russia has been holding its annual holiday honoring its armed
forces and this has sent the red army the military has been transformed in recent years with huge investment following years of decline after the soviet union collapsed journal reports from moscow. it's a hundred years since the first volunteers signed up to serve in the brand new red army almost immediately their task was to defend the october revolution in a civil war against anti communist forces. the red army would later succeed in fighting back hitler's invading nazis at a cost to the soviet union of millions of lost lives. these days the founding of the red army is much more broadly as a tribute to old military veterans in president vladimir putin's russia the achievements of the revolution to play down the occasion is an excuse for displays of communist nostalgia on
a fairly small scale those non-mental not for the one of the red flag is all flag it's the flag of victory in the great patriotic war children of the victors they were. the red army then they began transform. extend this into great especially in the beginning of the nine ive then there were several waves of different kind of reform and now actually they're more or less back where they began and increasingly resembling a kind of new projection of the red army which is then their standard because right now the russian army has more or less the same enemies as the red army did during the cold war and i mean enemies the united states and its allies where in the cold war number two russia's modern military has been rebuilt at vast expense both to counter the expansion of western alliances like nato and the european union and
also to advance russia's own geo political ambitions since then that successful search and war are a war for georgia. crimea now syria right now yes. but russia and. there are many is good and maybe the. best in the world but some with long memories place less stock in military hardware alone. our soldiers have always been stronger and had the best command is there are no americans who can come here and threaten us. and the world has once again come to respect russia's military might for many that is a welcome new chapter in the country's history channel al-jazeera moscow. georgiades their arms the whole raman these are all top stories the syrian military
is bombardment of eastern that's set to continue with a u.n. vote on a humanitarian ceasefire until saturday more than four hundred forty civilians have died in six days of heavy attacks on the rebel held enclave also the u.s. has confirmed it'll open its new embassy in jerusalem in may much earlier than expected palestinians have condemned the announcement as a provocation at least twenty seven people have been killed in twin car bombings in the somali capital mogadishu the first blast was near the presidential palace and the second in front of a popular hotel the armed group al-shabaab has taken responsibility u.s. president donald trump has repeated his calls to arm teachers in schools the florida governor's proposing raising also the age limit to buy firearms from eighteen to twenty one it comes after seventeen people were shot dead at a florida high school last week the broward county school superintendent said he'd rather have more money spent on trained law enforcement professionals. asking our
teachers to carry guns to me that's an easy way out you don't spend any money you're spending your resources on it we've got to do a better job investing in education making sure our schools are as safe as possible so if they're really serious about it pay for it to have trained law enforcement professionals on campus and allow us to have more of them don't put guns in the hands of teachers they have. job as it is that i don't think is the right direction that we need to go. now the investigation into russian interference in the us election has unsealed the latest charges against former trumpet paul manifolds and he's accused of secretly paying european politicians to not be on behalf of the previously pro bosco government in ukraine meanwhile former trump a drink gates changed his plea to guilty on charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators and it indicates he's willing to cooperate to testify against us
those are the headlines about with more news in thirty minutes next on al-jazeera risking it all to stay with us. five countries. four days. three thousand konami tends. to generation. one by. syrian refugees on assume rio de need to sweep. on the bright side. and witness documentary at this time and how does either.