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more traffic behind me i mean how to cause i'm cutting so i have to have all of you have to put my disposition. when i walk on the street. i feel. proud of it up through when i'm walking on the streets and to drive on the lights all can be all that really. all you do is i love. that for keeps me cool. this is al jazeera. hello again i'm peter w. watching the news live from our headquarters here in doha coming up in the next sixty minutes. when you are prepared to kill your own people mining is
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easy to. the u.n. rejects syria's justification for the offensive in eastern kuta as more troops are sent to the rebel enclave. we have with saudi arabia is historic it is an important one. the u.k.'s prime minister praises ties with saudi arabia but says she will raise human rights abuses with the crown prince who has just arrived at buckingham palace. it's too early to be optimistic south korea's president says sanctions against the north will be eased for the sake of next month's summit. also this hour sierra leone chooses a new president with sixteen candidates vying for the top job. our top story the u.n. human rights chief says the syrian government's offensive in rebel held eastern
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can't be justified been rod saying the same says civilians are facing a catastrophe as government forces target a few hundred fighters monitors are reporting that the government sent in reinforcements is in a hold on a report from neighboring lebanon. civil defense volunteers are appealing to the u.n. security council to make this stop they are calling what is happening in eastern huta a bloodbath. that rescuers are responding to cries from underneath. rubble in this case from a child. you know well something that you get me out of here this boy says. he survived was. well. it was but at least eight hundred syrians many of them women and children have already been killed in almost three weeks of relentless airstrikes and bartman throughout
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the besieged and claimed. shot but anyhow we are the free people of eastern little we want to freedom and the downfall of this murderous regimes which has committed crimes against the people there are extremists and terrorists here they are the ones who are killing children and god willing we will remain steadfast. the pro-government alliance is pushing ahead with its air and ground assault they have reportedly sent reinforcements hundreds of soldiers to join the battle rebels have lost territory but remain defiant. one of the main factions. says the people and the fighters in eastern will defend their land. the faction is also denying negotiating a withdrawal proposed by the russian military the russian defense ministry says some groups in eastern who are ready to accept the amnesty offer and leave with their families the ministry did not name those groups and so far none have expressed readiness to leave even. civilians have not taken up the russian offer to
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evacuate many of them are afraid to cross into government controlled territory and many are afraid of permanent displacement western nations have criticized the attacks on the densely populated opposition held territory but they have done little to stop them the united nations yet again using strong words against the syrian government and its backer russia this month. which is in the words of the sector general nurse. next month or the month after it will be somewhere else where people face an apocalypse an apocalypse intended planned and executed by individuals within the government apparently with the for the backing of some of their foreign supporters it is urgent to reverse this catastrophic course and to refer syria to the international criminal court hundreds of thousands
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of syrians are trapped in a war zone many are on the move as pro-government units advance further into the enclave the central town of misrata is the next target government forces are approaching the town from the east and the west just a few kilometers of territory is separating those forces capturing mr obama will cut the enclave in half making it more difficult for rebels to defend their territory. beirut. turkey is calling on the u.s. to stop faces from the kurdish y.p. gene militia travelling to the northern syrian region of members of the u.s. backed syrian democratic forces have moved their forces to a friend to assist fellow kurds against a turkish offensive turkey says it launched the operation to tackle terrorism on its border with syria alan fischer joins us live now from gas and here on the turkey syria border so alan was the latest information you have for us from our friend it looks as if the rebels have been trying to consolidate their hold on what they hold so far. well certainly what we're hearing in the last few hours from our
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friend is that there have been a number of explosions in and around the town of people are telling is that it seems that turkish forces are targeting the communications infrastructure and so things like phones and internet have gone down there also advancing on a number of larger towns particularly towards the south and west of our friend but this just really gives you a snapshot of how complicated this whole operation is in syria on one hand you have the white p.g.d. which has been backed by the united states while it's been fighting eisel in another part of syria no saying that it's going to pull seven hundred fighters away from that battle and moving them to our friend we have the talks saying to the americans look you've been backing these people you've got to tell them to stop that they cannot do this the american saying the fight for our friend has absolutely nothing to do with our eyes we would like them to continue fighting against ice or we see that is the priority meanwhile turkish forces are continuing
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their advance on our friend and will continue in the coming hours and coming days as the operation they have called all of branch continues and so this complicated international dance continues not far from the border here in turkey as the talks continue to push towards a friend and the population there you mentioned the turkish forces there alan i guess it's worth restating as well just for sake of clarity for ankara this is primarily a singularly a question of national security that's how it's perceived by people that mr. exactly right these see the white p.d. as part of the which is the kurdish workers party the sea they have been involved in an insurgency against turkey for more than thirty years they point to the fact that the peaky has been outlawed branded a terrorist organization by the unification union and also by the united states and by turkey itself and therefore the see this as
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a clear objective that while they were massing forces and gaining territory just across the border from turkey it's something that the government and ankara could not stand and so they have decided to launch their own operation to try and push it clean more territory create a secure zone as they call it the between the kurds and the turkish border and this this particular aspect of what's going on here that we're seeing highlighted enough for and i mean the rebels are in the main arabs and taking part in the turkish offensive for them is is more personal perhaps than other areas of the broader conflict because they're seeing this through a prism of revenge i guess given what's gone on in that region over the past year or two. i think we've lost the line to alan fischer will try and reestablish communications with alan if we can in the next few minutes. now let's move on to our top story another one of our top stories for you the u.k. prime minister to resign may says she will be raising concerns about human rights
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in saudi arabia when she meets the crown prince mohammed bin salma has now arrived at buckingham palace to meet her majesty queen elizabeth at the start of his new kate visit he's due to meet some of his may and cabinet ministers later saudi arabia is a major trading partner for britain especially as it prepares to leave the european union post bricks that activists say business shouldn't be put ahead of human rights jamal sheil joins us live now from outside buckingham palace they put together this sort of cooperation council both sides here stand to make a lot of money if their trade carries on going where historically has gone before. indeed yes i mean that council still hasn't been announced officially yes we have heard about it off the record during off the record briefings with officials here will be announced after having some man meets with prime minister may he is
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currently now having lunch behind me with the u.k. head of state queen elizabeth as her guest but as you mentioned obviously there is a lot of controversy surrounding this visit particularly with regards to mohamad been some man's record as ruthless politician or leader of focus week in the past couple of years he is the man who engineered the war in yemen that has killed thousands of civilians over the past couple of years years the man who was behind the anti corruption drive which many people saw as a smokescreen to essentially eliminate opposition to him and his policies within the kingdom and that's why the head of the main opposition party here in the united kingdom germany have of the neighbor party actually tabled an art of question during the week he promises question time just in the past couple of hours where he asked to raise or maybe if that during these discussions of money and economy and arms sales that many have been critical of obviously towards the saudis whether she
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would be raising the issue of human rights and this is what she had to say. the link to we have with saudi arabia is historic it is an important one and it just saved it has saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people. and i will be raising concerns about human rights with the crown prince when i meet him can i just say is the right honorable gentleman started on the issue of international women's day i welcome the fact that the crown prince will be sitting down ways as the guest oh off a female prime minister. so i guess the real policy kid jamal is about jobs in the u.k. and it's also about multibillion dollar deals i mean a ram co if that floats through the stock exchange in the city of london that's a lot of money on the table. indeed rama been some man has been using aramco as some sort of enticing offer both to the united kingdom and to the
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united states remember that there was a lot of talk that maybe he would try and actually float that huge oil company on the new york stock exchange something obviously donald trump is very keen on having but there has been talk that obviously london could also be. in the running for this we understand that no decision will be made whether that's because the saudis still haven't decided on which venue to go to yet or whether it's because till now obviously he wants to use that to get some sort of political results out of it so what mohammed someone has been looking for is recognition as a leader he is still thirty two years old he is somebody who is not extremely popular in many quarters not only in the middle east but also why is there a feel particularly here in the united kingdom as you mentioned there because of the role that he's fired in terms of locking up political opponents in terms of the war in yemen but to wrap up just very quickly here peter there is one of the more
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interesting elements of this trip is their propaganda campaign that is accompanied billboards across london have been set up portraying him as a reformer a leader there was children that were bussed in just to the gates of buckingham palace earlier today to cheer him on and wave the saudi flags and there is a very clear attempt not just by the saudis but by the u.k. government to portray mama bin southern man as a lights in what has been a very dark country in terms of human rights and liberalism but not a lot of people are buying it and that's why we expect some protests outside downing street later on today jim i'll talk to you later i'm sure in the meantime thanks very much well let's stay with that story for you the crown prince's visit comes as a joint report a new report has been released by human rights watch and the justice project pakistan group and other groups documented violations within the criminal justice system in saudi arabia the rip. what says pakistani defendants are held for prolonged periods without charge or trial it says prisoners are denied access to
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legal counsel and help navigating through the court system in a country where they do not speak the language the authorities are also accused of making detainees sign forced confessions to avoid prolonged detention we're going to talk now to adam kugel adam kugel is the author of the report the human rights watch aspect of the gathered findings there he joins us live now from amman in jordan adam kugel what else did you find and have you put those points to the saudi authorities. yes absolutely so this report is based on a collaboration between human rights watch and justice project pakistan we tracked down twelve former pakistani inmates in saudi prison as well as seven family members of other pakistani inmates and we also managed to get in touch with two current inmates in back in saudi prisons and we asked them to describe the experiences that they had within the criminal justice system and frankly you know i
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we human rights watch have done a lot of work on the justice system system for many years but even i was a little bit surprised by some of the serious due process issues that we came across in clude inc individuals being held for very very warm periods of time five months six months without being brought before a court or seeing a judge. going before judges without actually being able to speak arabic or understand the documents they're being asked to sign and as you said in your opening while saudi arabia does not deny legal counsel to pakistani inmates they are allowed to have lawyers the pakistanis that we talked to did not have the resources to a range of lawyer from inside saudi prisons they were able to contact someone on the outside to arrange it for them and even if they could most of them couldn't pay for it because of that these individuals generally eventually signed confessions and accepted their sentences on the understanding that if they didn't do that they would be held for prolonged arbitrary detention. just to interrupt you there for
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a couple of seconds are you saying that saudi arabia is particularly bad because across the gulf region there is an asian sub continent diaspora people that work in lots of countries around the arabian gulf but always saying that saudi arabia is worse than any other country that brings people in on these short term contracts they take their passports away from them that kind of behavior because that kind of behavior has been well documented before not just in saudi arabia but in other countries as well. so human rights watch has done a lot of work on my coworker abuses across the gulf and i would say in general that the issues that appear are the same this report in specific is talking about their experiences within the criminal justice system and i think the aspect that actually does make saudi arabia worse and worse especially for pakistanis is the fact that saudi arabia carries out a large number of executions every year especially concerning are the executions that saudi arabia carries out for drug smuggling and i should say that saudi arabia
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. carries out more executions of pakistanis than any other nationality nearly all for drug smuggling so while there may be flaws in other justice systems and there are certainly flaws in the saudi criminal justice system the stakes in saudi arabia are so much higher because the charges there can be to execution ok understood but if you get done if you are found guilty of drug smuggling of any country on the planet saudi arabia if you're being intelligent it is not the place to try and smuggle drugs there are other countries as well that have a policy of zero tolerance and if you go to saudi arabia and you start smuggling drugs you know it is not going to end well and i think we've lost that line to them kugel as well adam can you hear us i'll give it one more go. now definitely we lost that line there too adam kugel we will go back to me if we can although we did get a good sense of where that report is going we'll discuss further the visit of
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m.b.'s so quarter to london with our political analyst might want to share a little later here on the news hour for you we'll also covering these following stories for you evidence of genocide the u.n. accuses me and mar of destroying evidence of crimes against the rangar plus. i'm satisfied i found way at the recycling plant in burma and now the funny why the gulf crisis has been helping businesses like this one turn on you. and in the sports news ronaldo is on target as real madrid stay on course for a third straight champions league title. donald trump says north korea seems quote sincere in its apparent willingness to negotiate with the u.s. on abandoning nuclear weapons but south korea's president says it's too early to be optimistic when jean says he has no plans to ease sanctions before the summit next
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month with kim jong un right now from so. there is widespread optimism in south korea at what many believe is a landmark agreement but conservative opposition parties still suspect north korea of playing a game of deception to buy time for its nuclear and missile development there's been similar caution from japan which has accused north korea of rene going on previous agreements made a hero past discussions with north korea have not resulted in the nuclear a cation so our response should be based on lessons learned from their talks for the sake of talks are meaningless in china one of north korea's few allies and a possible partner in brokering future negotiations has been more welcoming. and a cautious welcome from u.s. president donald trump hopefully we'll go in the very very peaceful beautiful path
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we're prepared to go whichever path is necessary i think we're having very good dialogue south korea's envoys now travel to the u.s. to sell the merits of the deal the question for officials there is whether there is sufficient substance to get them involved this is a huge opportunity lost if we can't get some talks going with north korea to prolong this reduction in tension because what's the alternative to talks is what winston churchill said if you don't jar jar you're going to be in war war south korea's desire to avoid conflict at all costs may have started this push for dialogue it is now for others it seems to take it up for it to work if americans decide that it's a time to stop talking to the north koreans and it's like if they're making business here right now they will do it again there's not any inference of north south communication all sides no previous talks on the north korean crisis have
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been plagued by mistrust and failure. supporters of the initiative say the difference this time is a sincerity too weak to deal but unlike previous attempts the northeast so close to achieving its nuclear ambitions the united states is so determined to stop it one way or another the price of failure could be far higher probably right i'll just there are so. sri lanka's hold of the blocking of social media sites including facebook to stop the spread of from the just tensions across the country the president declared a week long states from urgency to try and stop violence against the muslim minority the military has been deployed to the city of candy and a curfew is now in place muslim owned homes and businesses have been set on fire and damaged in riots. the government to me is being accused of deliberately destroying evidence of possible crimes against humanity against the working good muslims the head of the un's human rights commission says he also strongly suspects
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acts of genocide against muslims in the state of rakhine since last august ziad rod hussein says the writing of being starved to death his intestines. life first and what a begum and her young children is a struggle to survive for months they have been sheltering in this refugee camp in a no man's land between the border with bangladesh and me and more the mother says she lost nearly everything when she escaped the military crackdown in her home state of. florida. we were all running away from me on march trying to save our lives we had no chance to look back my son died along the way he died crying the only way for refugees in the camp to get access to aid is to cross this river into bangladesh. to get out. we don't want to stay here because we don't feel safe the myanmar army fire shots at us they have
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taken people from here day and night we can't sleep riskier for our lives. nearly seven hundred thousand row hinge are seeking refuge in bangladesh many have described killings rape and arson by me and maher security forces the united nations human rights commissions has issued several condemnations of myanmar streetman of the road into it is warning the ethnic cleansing is continuing and says the tactics have changed from mass killings and rape to force starvation this council is aware that my office has strong suspicions that acts of genocide may have taken place in rakhine state since organist i am therefore not surprised by reports that ruins of villages which were attacked in recent years and alleged mass graves of the victims are being bulldozed. at the same time a bag with us government ministers accusing me of obstructing efforts to repatriate refugees finance minister and they moved in said despite
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a repatriation deal signed between myanmar and bangladesh in november it's unlikely that this place muslims would ever return to their homeland but repatriation plan has been controversial from the outset rights groups and the un have warned that the conditions for to return are no where near refugees the good camps in southeastern bangladesh are also resisting the idea fearing they won't be safe if they return to their homes and al-jazeera. a new laws been approved allows the israeli government to remove residency rights for people who live in occupied east jerusalem the palestine liberation organization has called the legislation racist and a violation of international human rights israel has revoked the residency status of more than fourteen thousand palestinians from jerusalem since one nine hundred sixty seven. voters in sierra leone are choosing a new president and it's by cover almost stepping down after ten years on the leaders of sixteen political parties are vying to succeed him three million voters
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are registered for the third election since the end of the civil war but address as one of the polling stations in the capital freetown. voting has started in almost all parts of southern york on time except for a few places why border was delayed briefly and in times of enthusiasm thousands of people have been on queue since the early hours of the day some as early as five o'clock two hours ahead of the opening of polls i'm here at one of the polling stations in freetown it's called goodridge at this particular area in this particular area that out more than twelve aborting centers and i looked up people have queued out. early to vote to cast their votes and they come you know with all the aspirations and right now i'm here with one voter. lilian cool who's been here early enough to try to access the ballot papers and cast her ballot talk to us lead in why is this election important for you this election is
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a false sense because we need our rights as a citizen of this and we need our conceits in general. are you happy with the way things are be arrangements and what you're hearing from other parts of the country somehow. what do you expect the new government and what do you expect from the new government. wants a better. vision for us like educational facilities food. you know. the basic message cities are for life. now that's a sentiment shared by three three million other center leoni and are lining up to cast their ballots in this election now as soon as a voter is on the line and given the clearance he goes for a true detention and then a ballot box or a ballot paper will be issued to him after the issuance of that ballot paper his
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name will be marked in the register and then they come and cast their ballots in these boxes the blue one is actually for a president for presidential candidates and there are sixteen of them the next will be for parliamentary seats and then local council elections for chairman and mayor and then finally councillors will be doing this until five o'clock in the evening local time which is five o'clock g.m.t. one post i expected to close unless of course the reason the need to extend cooling because of such an emergency is in center leon after that the coalition of results will start. the international monetary fund says the economic impact of the blockade on cattle is fading saudi arabia and three arab countries cut diplomatic and financial ties in june the i.m.f. has found the crisis has acted as a catalyst for self-reliance reports now on the blame for small business. but that out of a crisis comes opportunity and for twenty three year old abdullah it's this
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a new machine to make it cottons made from recycled paper it can produce as many as one hundred thousand of them a day meeting are below be able to meet a boom in local egg production since the blockade after the gulf crisis we lost all our main customers because they are mainly from saudi arabia bahrain and u.a.e. but we never gave up on our business and we continued searching another new way to run our factory also way the owns the only paper recycling factory in kotla which has four times as many customers since the blockade started in june and the factory exports eighty percent of its recycled paper to the likes of china sri lanka and amman and plans on expanding world series added to this and it turns in its aim right inside on this machine here whole process for a thirty second and up with three thousand full page but the one thing use is also
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recycled which means a very different way to sovereignty and he said it takes he's a company can deliver in this thing or did in the face of this one time. more than three thousand new businesses have opened in carthage since the gulf crisis spurred on by a sense of national pride and a need to rely less on imports the emir of qatar is keen to implement self-sufficiency as soon as possible we didn't actually feel the blockade accept the higher prices of of some some raw materials and. the challenges of the blockade are continuing but development bank says it has enough resources to support startups and entrepreneurs to take it from the idea stage up until access to funding funding and investment access to markets and how we can take them globally little back in the paper recycling factory owner says
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a lack of trees in qatar helps teach the younger generation the importance of recycling and how the gulf crisis has helped him turn the wheel of fortune from one man's trash to another man's treasure sort of al-jazeera. pop quiz time there's a difference between a nor'easter and the north east because i just tried to talk about the northeast no no so what's the difference though it's colloquial nor'easter just took the th it refers to that strong wind that we've seen off the coast the northeast coast as it happens of the u.s. and if the employer better weaken it it's pink or damaging to be ours not only it's right on the edge of this screen there however given has been blowing for that rainy day he's had a long fresh produce some pretty violent weather this is the stuff off the coast of massachusetts and that was just big waves over houses and surprise they are still standing to go on this but i suppose they used to because they get the sense of twice a year the east anyway now let's go out of the way we've got
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a new system coming in and that will produce a bit of a change to be on this first one it cuts off so it fairly obviously and there's still a loop in here of cold air which is could be a cross you know is going to happen cold frontal systems the next thing to get massachusetts and the northeast coast. isn't so much the wind is going to be snow temps will drop to run about the freezing mark will see snow fall that's the next thing to happen that'll be the next day or so the whole cold front stretches down to florida which is also quite telling because whilst this carries all the sicker of twenty four hours in the snow fall significantly it changes the wind direction for the size because we've had a problem down there i said it been going for about a week if not slightly longer that's a long fetch for the wind surfer in places like the bahamas the waves have also been up you can see that of your back window if you're driving down the road and you don't want to beat up rob thanks very much still to come here on the news. i'm
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andrew thomas in the rural land of australia i'll be explaining why for farmers here than you see. the one without the united states is beyond even the wildest dreams also had the world's oceans choking on plastic can experts meeting in mexico find a solution and in the sports news details of the car charged with helping electric racing catch up with this right. i remember the first time i walked into the newsroom and it felt like being in the general assembly of the united nations because it was so many nationalities. come from different places but it's one that gives us gives us the ability to identify the people the way or the other side of the world but we can understand what it's
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like to have a different perspective and i think that is a strength. welcome back you're watching the al-jazeera news our live from our headquarters here in doha today with me peter dopy your top stories the u.n. human rights chief says the syrian government's offensive in the rebel held he's turned into can't be justified. to be in rod as hussein says civilians are facing a catastrophe as government forces target a few hundred fighters monitors are reporting that the government has now sent in reinforcements. the south korean president says it's too early to be optimistic
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about progress with the north says he has no plans to ease sanctions against pyongyang ahead of the historic summit with the north's leader kim jong il planned for next month. and the u.k. prime minister theresa may says she will be raising concerns about human rights in saudi arabia when she meets the crown prince mohammed bin cell man has in the last hour or so arrived at buckingham palace to meet you know the sort of the start of a three day trip to the u.k. he's due to meet mrs may and cabinet ministers later on during his trip. with the labor party's shadow foreign secretary. she says the u.k. should not be selling arms to saudi arabia. i think that our relationship saudi arabia is an important one and we want to be friends with them but i think the french should speak truth to each other and there are a number of truths which i am concerned we won't be saying and there are a number of things that we should be doing that we're not doing i don't think that we should be selling arms to saudi arabia at the moment in these current
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circumstances particularly given the bombing campaign in yemen it seems to me that there are too many three billion targets that have been that have been used too many people have been killed as a result of saudi arabian bombing and i think that the the way in which they have been besieging the ports in the airport is in breach of international law on the face of it and we should be very cautious about giving support to the campaign of the saudis in yemen. ok let's talk to my colleague bashar hears al-jazeera senior political analyst joining us now from our bureau in the shot moment good see you again this new image of moderation how will that be received there in london or if you skim. the british press this morning you'll see that there is a major attempt on the part of the saudi p.r. machine to for example in the financial times to put a half a page or a full page every other page in the main section also in other papers really
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making the claim that. means change and means opening to the world inside of the pages though most of the commentary i've seen were critical of of saudi policy on human rights or mixed messages within the kingdom and his critics might also say surely although they won't say it to him when this is made standing around he has overseen everything for example that's gone on in yemen since day one. well of there is no doubt that he started the war a few weeks after he became defense minister and in fact it is the war in yemen that empowered him within the kingdom to make him crown prince and then if it was the manufactured crisis with qatar that pushed him to the fore and basically made
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him the de facto ruler of saudi arabia or the norm the question of the war in yemen of course is a major embarrassment for saudi arabia especially here in the u.k. and while the producer made claims the that the opposition leader does best as an opposition leader and that she needs to lead the country meaning the u.k. and it does have major security economic and other interests with saudi arabia but i think generally speaking the public is not exactly satisfied with the fact that the u.k. has tromped its economic interests above all other interests and values and what the could represent in this issue which is really leading to the end of the war in yemen instead of arming the saudi military that is bombarding yemenis so clearly misses me is looking to post breaks it deals that that's her number one priority i guess that would be a fair thing to say but is there
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a realisation there in london as far as the the government is concerned that maybe n.b.s. is overstretched himself you mentioned the blockade against cats are we've been talking about yemen there's also the the questions over iran as well. well look you know it seems like the u.k. is sort of a middle way here between egypt and the united states or france and the united states when it comes to the various dealings and wheelings with saudi arabia and the outside world the u.k. it sort of seems to be taking the middle ground and that's why the likes of mrs may and others will say look if we don't some of them arms the french will solve them arms and their americans will certainly solve them tens of billion dollars of arms so really don't blame us for doing what the others are doing although within europe by the way the germans the norwegians and the holland and the dutch have stopped selling saudi arabia arms because of yemen although they don't sell it the hell of a lot of arms be that as it may but in the end of the day really the question for
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the u.k. has been economic interests post brags it and has been trying to in the list as we heard in the report earlier the you know the iran quote in the london stock exchange so it is that friendly interests trumping values moment i'll talk to you tomorrow suspects in the meantime many thanks. britain's home secretary amber rudd says the police know more about the substance used in the suspected poisoning of a former double agent in the u.k. counter-terrorism police are investigating why the former russian intelligence officer cripple and his daughter were found unconscious on sunday they remain in a critical condition in hospital the u.k. says it will respond robustly if russia was behind the incident moscow is denying any involvement the u.s. secretary of state has announced an african aid plan worth more than half a billion dollars it will see ethiopia somalia sudan and nigeria among others
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receiving humanitarian assistance rex tillerson arrives in the ethiopian capital in the coming hours in the first stop of a five nation trip she had pretends he has more now from washington. mr rex tillerson. eight days the u.s. secretary of state will visit the capitals of ethiopia and kenya chad and in nigeria rex tillerson says the u.s. wants to show its commitments to african development this administration six to deepen our partnership with africa with the name of making african countries more resilient and more self-sufficient the trip was first announced in january shortly after donald trump allegedly used a profanity to describe african countries other than that sentiment which the president denies having expressed this is one of the few on the record comments the president has made about the council much money friends going to your countries trying to get rich it is not clear the president shop has ever been to africa but he knows very much about the continent as are all. and nor does he appear
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particularly interested in learning which is the great irony because for administration such as his which is trying to grow economic relationships around the world as a means of improving american businesses there is enormous opportunity at the state department background briefing about to listen strip officials they were keen to emphasize the u.s. sees more in africa than u.s. corporate profits and military bases in fact u.s. officials criticize china and russia for exploiting the resources of african countries without giving back to the african people but while china has poured money into the development of african infrastructure and trade the u.s. under president obama massively expanded the u.s. is military and cia footprint throughout the continent and is notable that while key african vacancies remain in the trump state department for example an assistant secretary to coordinate diplomatic policy the white house has managed to appoint
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a former cia official to be its senior director for africa but the five countries are fifty four trays and fit to listen strip key to the u.s. is military strategy in. the region suggests here at least there will be continuity with president obama's african policies thank you for your very kind of tension the state department says to listen this trip will be the first of many to africa but there is a suspicion that the trump administration doesn't intend fully to engage with the continent diplomatically there's a debate as to whether that's necessarily a bad thing for african nations who have returned to the old is zero washington. they revised the trans-pacific partnership trade deal will be signed in chile this week the u.s. pulled out of the original agreement but for farmers in australia the absence of america is an opportunity for thomas now reports from prema. these cows are pregnant when they have their cobs most of the male ones will be fat and then slaughtered for the beef this week signing of the comprehensive and
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progressive agreement the trans-pacific partnership or c p t p p trade deal means import tariffs on australian beef will fall that will impact where different cuts of those cobs go the kidneys and the livers and the things that could end up in our eyes is somewhere in japan for sure all the hard not end up somewhere else up there there's a possibility there that animal could end af-am. it could be world travel or turned into a pretty good thing simpsons wife lobbies for the agriculture industry years of work seem to have paid off in twenty sixteen after twelve countries agreed in principle to an initial t p p agreement then the huge emotional rollercoaster happened donald trump comes in suddenly you know expectations squashed but then c.p.t. p.p. between all the initial signatories except the united states rose out of the t.p. he's ashes and for australian agriculture it may be better than the initial deal
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for australian farmers the new trans-pacific partnership without the united states is the best of both worlds increase the mom for their exports through tariff reduction without a big competitor on the supply side representatives of agricultural industries can hardly hide that lights are you feeling sorry for your american counterparts relying on them now we're never laugh when we face a number of common challenges. they that harmonize ation of trade into other markets so we're more closely aligned and people might think however in the case of tape a lever and we certainly were disappointed not to have them at the table from a grand perspective for australia's economy as a whole it's more complicated the new deal is projected to raise australia's g.d.p. by no point five percent by twenty thirty the initial one including the united states would have risen it by no point six percent and having the us in the deal
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might have led to other big benefits the whole point of the team was always to attract more members within the asia pacific region into their grouping as your track more members the market access benefits of course start to grow us again still the largest the world's largest economy having it in the t.v. they would make the tape as a free trade agreement a much more attractive proposition in other words these cows female cars cabs could have ended up in countries not yet part of any deal that now looks less likely andrew thomas al-jazeera prima. and on thursday when he will report from vietnam a country expected to be one of the big winners from the new trade deal with also have full coverage of the signing ceremony in chile that's thursday here on al-jazeera. hundreds of delegates are in mexico to discuss ways to improve the state of the world's oceans overfishing and the dumping of plastics the hot topics of the world ocean summit especially after the latest shocking video from bali in
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indonesia istep vasant. indonesia is the world's second largest contributor to marine plastic pollution after china that's why the country during last year's world oceans summit vowed to reduce plastic waste with seventy percent by twenty twenty five but this is the reality today a british diver captured these images while swimming through a sea of plastic waste not very far from where the world ocean summit was held last year he went to a famous location where manta rays go to feed themselves with plankton it's also a famous tourist attraction where people go to watch these gigantic animals but both manta rays and tourists now find this location too dirty to go to instead the diver rich horner captured images of plastic bags plastic bottles plastic cups and all kinds of plastic waste it's a sad reminder that instead of cleaner the oceans only become dirtier not only threatening the country's rich marine life but also birds who have been found with
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plastic inside their stomachs and also fish meant for consumption are contaminated with plastic fish is an important source for protein in indonesia all in all a huge challenge for the delegates at this year's world ocean summit held in mexico more than three hundred delegates from governments companies and research institutes will gather to find a solution for this increasing environmental disaster while organizers have called two thousand and seventeen a year of promises they say two thousand and eighteen should be a year for decisions tough action is needed not only awareness campaigns if not in the nisha and world oceans summit last year will turn into a bad example of only empty promises and very little action ok astonishing images they were filmed by this man rich horner he is the british driver who filmed those pictures he joins us now from bali bridge just give us a sense of when you swim the horse it's like what it should be like compared to
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that video that we've just been watching. oh i believe on that day normally we're quite lucky that sides but rarely we get plastic in there and some of the other dive sites a couple of places where we do get some plastic pushed in but on that day there was just a lot of dust and it was several times more than i'd ever ever seen and anyone that i've spoken to is that the same so it was a big shock which is why i found it ok does this kill the local wildlife. i don't know. from what we know. with the manta rays the mentor is actively avoid eating plastic bags and we've actually witnessed them filmed manta rays if they have mistakenly at the plastic on them out there spit it out. so we've got that on film. so i don't think the wildlife around perhaps the turtles i think
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they're the ones that do because they love algate and the plastic is covered in our day ok so i certainly hope so that they would ingest the plastic because they need to get to the l.d. do you get the feeling that this is seasonal i.e. is it something that happens every three six nine months or was it a particular weather system that cause what we're seeing now. yeah totally seasonal to the joy months which is also luckily our high season we see practically zero. plastic floating air brought in on the currents and then when the rain starts in november december then we will start seeing these random clouds and the occasional slick but not on the scale that we had but it's here is you know what season is just by what's in the water so in other words it's going to come back either this time next year or in six months so when you hear the top line on our story which is we've got experts government ministers etc meeting in mexico to try and clean up
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the oceans and these things these swirling eddies of plastic they're visible from space now they are absolutely huge when you hear that yet when you hear that all those scientists are getting together what's your message to them. as an engineer i think planing the oceans is going to be a tough challenge and from what i understand that you know where we might be stuck with a lot of what's already in the ocean we don't need to stock any more going in you know and that sort of thing that duty for the governments and the people of every nation to work together to to stop ok interesting talking to rich happy swimming in the months ahead. ok thanks a lot here ok time for small businesses for peter thank you so much for the eighth straight time around madrid are through to the last day of the champions league around knocked out power center man five to you on aggregate christina rinaldo
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scored his twelfth goal of the season in this competition as the two time defending champions won two one in paris to back up their three one home victory in the first leg p.s.g. had midfielder marco variety sent off in the second half as they went out in the last sixteen for the second consecutive season. i know well draw at anfield saw liverpool easing through fog now on aggregate against porto it's the first time since two thousand and nine that the five time champions have reached the quarter finals this year we belong there to be honest it's should not be a big surprise. and next round will be very difficult to think that's clearly a lot of good t.v. exactly seven very good teams will be then involved. so maybe five of them are four of them all of them from rowing lindt anguish premier league leaders manchester
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city are on course to reach the last eight they take on basel at home later on having won the first like four nailed tottenham are looking to complete an unlikely comeback against you ventas weren't so part of cheney's aside escaped with a draw and turn in the first leg after being two no down inside the first ten minutes against the last season's runners up. we nobody will that we are going to play with one of the best team. but we had a brief break team very positive people. love the challenge and to worry so much the challenge we are going to compete on the same time trying to enjoy the course is a game. to enjoy. the way.
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six north korean athletes have arrived in south korea as the as the country prepares to take part in the winter paralympics for the first time last month north korea took part in the pyong chang winter games this latest move comes a day after north and south korea unveiled a landmark agreement to ease political tensions on the peninsula paralympics start on friday and i'm told we're two thousand and fourteen australian sean paul and was attacked by two great white sharks while surfing the then twenty three year old lost his left arm and right hand in the incident within a year polaroid had tried snowboarding for the first time and now he's getting ready to represent this his country at the winter paralympics and i. am a professional athlete from bunbury. a little over three years ago
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last left and in a shocked since then i have. the wives which i wanted to. turn to snowboarding and. definitely snowboarding has done a few that hold that surfing there if i leave probably almost four thousand ties from the nearest scares or coming from bomber there's no it's not anywhere near a lot of fun trying to go off to do down a lot of. oil just down there and lots. all competing sports banks and snowboard cross on top say it is pretty much at the bottom of the hill wins by stacking whoever gets out quicker and gets across the lawn wins but yeah if you stack it in the other god doesn't fall off and usually they're going tight when i'm losing a nominee and a lot of them trying has to do with cool strength and i'm down the gym a lot strengthening that core and a con to get driven to push myself knowing that you know i lost and got to the best
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of it while you can my diet i lost i get by using the prosthetic it took a while to learn and it took me a good couple wasteland out a bout of ties and even just can't dress it took a walk to get through everything figured out when it's right usually try to keep relaxed in or around the contests it's as soon as you're in the stock i kind of switch to rice mode and it's. never really crossed on representing my country when i was younger and conan has since gone shocked enjoyed being challenged and it's been a big challenge to try and get to the top level my family's really exhausted it's rewarding for them and myself to say that i've got these amazing opportunities that i have now when. i'm just going to be happy to be represented on the big stage the biggest thing i've learned three more experience is you never know how things
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are going to turn out you have to just have a big challenges and you'll be surprised what you can actually. the portland trail blazers have expanded their winning streak in basketball's top league to eight games damian lillard scored thirty seven points and made eighty three thousand years says the new york knicks c.j. mccollum added nineteen in the one hundred eleven to eighty seven when it sees the blazers moved into third place in the n.b.a.'s western conference standings while the knicks have one just one of their last fourteen games to. the columbus blue jackets secured an important win over the vegas golden knights in the national hockey league with a goaltender bobrovsky ruled out through ellis. stood in and stopped thirty seven shots for the blue jackets for one was to score the win over the pacific division leading golden knights means columbus hold on to the second wildcard spot in the eastern division. meanwhile the tampa bay lightning
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ended the florida panthers six game winning streak of beating their state rivals five four in overtime breaking point scoring his tenth game winner of the season for the lightning round there is now trail columbus by two points for the final playoff spot in the conference games and. the motor racing championship at the forefront of the electric car technology believes its new car can take the sport to the next level formally has revealed details of the car that will be used and its fifth season increase battery life will mean drivers no longer need to swap cars mid-way through races and top speeds will now hit two hundred seventy kilometers per hour still around one hundred per hour down on formula one cars. he's got to. change we need to change. we need to go electric and formula. goes all around the world promoting the guards and this is our work.
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for the next three seasons change the world will exist and i'll tell you sport for an hour. more coming up later but for now back to you peter thanks very much m.b.'s mom had been salma is having lunch with the queen will have a live update from outside buckingham palace when we come back as we. were such a problem is something which is a geopolitical issue that's for governments international institutions to manage under one thousand refugees don't have the right to walk freely on the other hand gord's can move freely as far and as much as they want it's a multinational colonialism this is a v. and over the democratic process these companies they just want the money europe's forbidden colony episode one at this time on al-jazeera. we here to jerusalem
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bureau covered israeli palestinian affairs we cover this story with a lot of intimate knowledge we covered it with that we don't dip in and out of this story we have a presence here all the time apart from being a cameraman it's also very important to be a journalist to know the story very well before going into the fields covering the united nations and global diplomacy for al-jazeera english is pretty incredible this is where talks happen and what happens here matters. what makes this moment this era we're living for so unique this is really an attack on truth itself is a lot of misunderstanding a distortion isn't what free speech is supposed to be about the context is hugely important we have a right to publish if you have a duty to be offensive or provoke to talk about it as people do setting the stage for a serious debate. up front at this time on al-jazeera. when
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the winning the will of the people hinges on the mass media state p.r. machine it's going to overdrive. but just who is influencing. we just don't know yet where the lines will be drawn between come to set and what conduct that. some journalists decided to sacrifice their integrity for outside the polling the media opinion the listening post but based time on al-jazeera. when you are prepared to kill your own people mining is easy to. the u.n. rejects syria's justification for the offensive on east and peter as more troops are sent to the reveling claims.

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